The Lumix DC-GX9 from Panasonic is a pocketable camera with a rangefinder-like design that, in many respects, is especially well-suited for photographers who focus on street and travel photography. The style is tasteful and subtle, it comes with a 20-megapixel Four Thirds sensor, and the feature that stands out the most is a tilting electronic viewfinder that is incredibly helpful but comes with its own set of limitations.
The GX9 is well constructed and comes with a wide variety of controls that are both durable and modifiable. Great JPEG colors and the inclusion of an L. Monochrome D option (essentially, a high-contrast black-and-white mode) will be entertaining and beneficial for people that prefer high quality photographs without having to edit Raw data, despite the fact that the GX9’s Raw files are quite beautiful as well.
Panasonic Lumix GX9 Price in USA
The Panasonic Lumix GX9 may be seen of as a hybrid between its predecessor, the GX8, and the GX80/GX85/GX7 Mk II camera, the name of which varies depending on which market you are reading from. After the launch of the first generation GX7, Panasonic released the Lumix GX8, which came with a higher price tag. Shortly thereafter, the company introduced the GX85, which had a reduced price tag. In light of the fact that those two product lines have been brought back together under the GX9 brand, there are certain intricacies to the feature set of this camera that we will go over in great detail in the coming pages of this review. The Lumix GX9 is a hybrid camera that combines elements from both the intermediate GX80/GX85/GX7 Mark II and the high-end GX8. As a result, it inherits a variety of functions from each of these cameras. Unfortunately, it does not receive every function from either camera, but considering that its MSRP is in the middle of the two, that is to be anticipated given that it is a compromise between the two.
The GX9 is equipped with a 20-megapixel Four Thirds sensor that does not include an anti-aliasing (AA) or optical low-pass filter, just as the more advanced Lumix GH5 and G9. The resolution is a significant improvement over the 16MP that came standard with the GX85, and the absence of an AA filter ought to provide pictures that are somewhat crisper than those produced by the 20MP GX8, albeit at the penalty of increased moiré and false color in your photographs.
As you’ll see on our page devoted to Image Quality, Panasonic’s JPEG engine does a good job of handling moiré, and if you use Adobe software, Camera Raw comes with powerful capabilities that make it easy to reduce the visibility of this effect in your Raw files.
The GX9 maintains Lumix’s position as the only camera in its line to include a tilting viewfinder, which comes in particularly helpful for photographers interested in candid and street photography. It is sort of a hybrid of the units that are found on the GX85 and the GX8; it inherits the field sequential panel that is found on the former and the tilting mechanism that is seen on the later. We like the tilting mechanism in general, but we wish the magnification and overall quality were greater. Furthermore, if you’re sensitive to ‘color ripping’ from field sequential displays, the GX9 will be a letdown for you.
The mechanism that allowed the back screen to completely articulate has been replaced with one that allows it to tilt up and down, similar to the GX85 (which itself was the same mechanism as the GH5). This is something that shooters that prefer shooting from the hip would really enjoy, but heavy video shooters might not. At the very least, the resolution is increased from 1.04 million dots to 1.24 million dots.
L. Monochrome D is the name of Panasonic’s newest addition to their lineup of photo styles for shooting in black and white. According to the manufacturer, this mode is superior than the Monochrome and L. Monochrome choices in terms of the depth of its blacks and the diversity of its tones. In addition to that, there is a new Grain Effect function that you can use to give your black-and-white photographs a grain that looks remarkably similar to film grain.
Sequence Composition is a fun new option that is included as part of the 4K Photo function that is offered by Panasonic. This gives you the ability to take numerous frames that were taken in a 4K picture burst and merge them into a single image, very similarly to how a multiple exposure would work. Sequence Composition isn’t hard to figure out, and the results were impressive to us; the only thing you need to keep in mind is to always photograph with a tripod.
Although the GX9 already features wireless connectivity, the inclusion of Bluetooth LE is a brand-new feature. You are able to remotely release the shutter (but not while using live view), transfer images as they are taken (using Wi-Fi), and automatically add location information to photos if your camera and smart device are connected via Bluetooth, which enables a constant, low energy connection between the two devices (hence the “LE”) designation. The pairing process is straightforward, and we experienced no problems whatsoever while using the camera.
Panasonic Lumix GX9 Specifications
|MSRP||$999 (w/12-60mm F3.5-5.6 lens)|
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Max resolution||5184 x 3888|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||20 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||22 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 200-25600 (expands down to 100)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||100|
|White balance presets||5|
|Custom white balance||Yes (4 slots)|
|Image stabilization notes||Dual IS uses sensor and lens-shift (when available)|
|CIPA image stabilization rating||4 stop(s)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, standard|
|File format||JPEG (Exif v2.31)Raw (Panasonic RW2)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Digital zoom||Yes (2x-4x)|
|Number of focus points||49|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Focal length multiplier||2×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder magnification||1.39× (0.7× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||60 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed (electronic)||1/16000 sec|
|Exposure modes||ProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual|
|Flash range||6.00 m (at ISO 200)|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe)|
|Flash modes||Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off|
|Flash X sync speed||1/200 sec|
|Drive modes||SingleBurst4K PhotoPost FocusSelf-timer|
|Continuous drive||9.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 photos over 10 secs)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264|
|Modes||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1280 x 720 @ 30p / 10 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n with Bluetooth 4.2 LE|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone)|
|Battery description||Lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||260|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||450 g (0.99 lb / 15.87 oz)|
|Dimensions||124 x 72 x 47 mm (4.88 x 2.83 x 1.85″)|
The Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 is an excellent camera that is suitable for a wide variety of photographers due to its small size, extensive feature set, plenty of options, and general responsiveness. The clever tilting viewfinder is a nice addition, but we wish it were larger. Additionally, the low power life continues to be an issue. However, with to its remarkable in-body image stabilization, likable JPEG engine, and respectable 4K capture quality, the Lumix GX9 is a camera that we have no problem recommending to others.
- 4K video.
- sensor with 20 megapixels for Micro Four Thirds.
- Internal body control and balance.
- LCD display that can be tilted.
- A flash that pops up.
- Compact body with a viewfinder that can tilt.
- Drops GX8's vari-angle LCD.
- There is no option to purchase just the body.