Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 Summary
Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 Assessment
The redesigned Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 recreates a truly compact mirrorless with a deep feature set with the convenience of built-in image-stabilization, a tilting EVF and .dual control-dials.
Built around a 20 MP Four-Thirds sensor mounted on a 5-axis image-stabilization system effective to 4-stops over hand-holding and paired with a Venus Engine processor, the GX9 outputs high-quality images with sharp details and low noise, up to ISO 1600, with ISO 3200-6400 remaining quite good for mid-size prints.
The Multi-Segment Metering system in the GX9 behaves very reliable with conservative output which requires less EC than usual. Colors are fairly good and adjustable, as is White-Balance. Dynamic-range maxes-out around 12-stops which is good for this sensor-size.
Speed is one of the strong points of this mirrorless digital camera. It can capture 20 MP images at 9 FPS or 4K at 30 FPS. The autofocus system is particularly fast, extremely sensitive and highly flexible. The 49-Area specification do not do it justice as one can focus nearly anywhere in the frame with pin-point accuracy.
|Low image noise||Limited dynamic-range|
|Nice image colors after tweaking||Occasional color-cast in low light|
|Impressive metering||Impossible DMF-Assist|
|Instant shutter-lag with short blackout||Exposure-Priority only in Manual mode|
|Ultra-fast autofocus||Wrong Live-Histogram|
|Extremely sensitive AF||Uncomfortable eyelets|
|Fast shot-to-shot speed||Reflective LCD|
|Superb EVF||Very short battery-life|
|Calibratable LCD||Fixed exposure steps|
|Highly customizable||Excellent Excellent|
The Panasonic GX9 is one of those cameras that truly impresses. Its compact body manages to fit so much in terms of controls and feature-set, including a rare 0.39" tilting EVF with 2.8 megapixels, a large 0.7X magnification and an Eye-Start Sensor plus dual control-dials that are frequently missing from small cameras. Getting all of high-image-quality, fast-speed and efficient controls in a small camera like the GX9 is exceptional.
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Panasonic DC-GX9 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|20 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 100-25600|
|Micro Four-Thirds Mount|
|5-Axis Built-in Stabilization, 4-Stop Improvement||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|0.39" Built-in EVF 2.8 Megapixels (0.70X)||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Spot-Metering|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Hot-Shoe|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|9 FPS Drive, 100 Images||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
|3840x2160 @ 30 FPS Video Recording|
|3" LCD 1.2 Megapixels|
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