Panasonic Lumix GX9 Review

February 22, 2018 | Tim Coleman | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star

Introduction

The Panasonic Lumix GX9 is billed by the company as a premium street photography camera. It slots into the range alongside the GX8 and GX80, replacing neither of these models. It's most readily compared to the GX80 and any new features mentioned in this review are generally against this camera.

The Panasonic GX9 retails at £699 and shipping is scheduled for 12th March 2018. Those that preorder the camera will get a free 25mm f/1.7 lens with it - that’s a great promotion.

As well as being available body only, there are several kit options, including one with the 12-32mm lens, one with the 12-60mm lens and the twin kit with 12-32 & 35-100mm lenses. Prices TBC. 

And what do you get for your money? Well quite a lot really. A 20.3 megapixel micro-four-thirds sensor without low pass filter, meaning the images will be a little sharper. 4K video is included here in MP4 format, up to 30fps, plus FHD videos up to 60fps in AVCHD format. 

Images are stabilised with Panasonic’s 5-axis dual image stabilisation, where up to 6.5 f-stops of stabilisation is possible, depending on the lens in use (give it a try, it’s pretty darn good).

Like in the GX80, you get that lovely tilt EVF with 0.7x magnification and 2.76-million-dot resolution. The 3in touchscreen is still the tilt type, plus its resolution has been improved to 1.24-million-dots. 

There are a few new tricks included and the handling has been improved through the GX9's redesigned body. You can charge the camera via USB through the new sliding type socket cover (it’ll put a smile on your face, trust us) and the power save mode boosts the battery life from 260 shots to 900 shots. Any improvement in the battery life department is welcome.

4K Photo Mode at 30fps now offers Auto Marking, which detects movement and/ or faces in a sequence and marks it to help you find your best shot. No more scrolling through every frame in a 30fps sequence. There’s new Photo Styles too, including L Monochrome D and a Grain Effect for any monochrome mode.

Bluetooth wireless connection has found its way into the GX9 alongside Wi-Fi. Bluetooth consumes less power than Wi-Fi and you can remotely control and share images using a smart device via the Panasonic Image App.

At a Glance

•20.3MP sensor with no low pass filter
•5-axis dual in-body-image-stabilisation (IBIS) that can be combined with 2-axis lens stabilisation 
•Tilt EVF with 2.76-million-dot resolution and 0.7x magnification (full frame equivalent)
•3in LCD touchscreen that tilts up 80° and down 45°
•4K videos up to 30fps in MP4
•4K Photo Mode with Auto Marking and Sequence Composition functions
•Redesigned body
•Live view boost for clear viewing in low light
•MF assist up to 20x
•Silent Mode (electronic shutter)
•NEW: Grain effect in all monochrome modes
•Burst shooting up to 9fps single AF, 6fps continuous AF
•AF 'obstacle avoidance' and 'prevent false focusing’ features
•'Post Focus' mode
•Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connection
•USB power charge, sliding type socket cover
•Power save LVF mode ups battery life from 260 shots to 900 shots

Let’s now take a closer look around the Panasonic Lumix GX9 camera. 

Ease of Use

When the Panasonic GX9 is first in hand it feels like a solid bit of kit. If you’ve seen the GX80 before, then the GX9 is largely similar, though there are improvements.

Its rectangular form is rather simple, actually. Like the Olympus PEN E-PL9, there are few contours. The viewfinder, flash and hotshoe sit within a flat top plate. The textured front looks great and provides some grip, plus there is more of a thumb grip to speak of now. It’s all very attractive. 

Packing a built-in flash, hotshoe and viewfinder into such a compact body, along with a multitude of dials and buttons, is no mean feat. Yet somehow, nothing seems too crowded. Panasonic has made the most of the camera real estate.

So what has changed on the Panasonic Lumix GX9? First up to mention is a new Focus Mode Lever, where you can choose between manual focus, single AF or continuous AF. This is billed as a premium street photography camera after all, where quick access to focusing control is really important. 

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Front of the Panasonic Lumix GX9

Then there is the new exposure compensation dial, which is stacked under the shooting mode dial. It takes a tiny shift of your thumb position from the new thumb grip to be able to rotate the dial. We really appreciated quick access to this control. The dial offers a sturdy resistance, with clicked changes in 1/3 stops up to ±3EV.

In addition to the new exposure compensation dial are two dials to make changes to exposure and for zooming and scrolling through images in playback. In short, the quick and intuitive access to manual controls in the GX9 is likely to please experienced photographers. 

The Panasonic GX9 can be charged via USB and it has a really neat sliding socket cover. You push the cover backwards and it disappears. We love it when a new design like this puts a smile on our faces. It’s hard to believe that this design is not more commonplace in cameras. You see, most socket covers are flexible rubber pulled out from the body and can get in the way of cables. This design does not. 

Only downside to the new socket cover design is that we struggle to see how it could be weather sealed, so it’s unlikely to make its way into high-end cameras. Yes, unlike the GX8, the GX9 body is not Splash/ Dust/ Freezeproof. 

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Front of the Panasonic Lumix GX9

We did get a brief feel of a new handgrip (MW-HGR2), which is an optional accessory. It fits your hand like a glove and would make a worthy extra with the camera. Truth be told is that the ridge on the front of the camera could do with a little more purchase for a comfortable hold, especially with bigger lenses. 

Also, if you are shooting in bright daylight it can be very difficult to see the viewfinder clearly. We would strongly recommend the optional viewfinder eyecup, if viewfinder use is your thing. With the plethora of camera/ lens bundles available, we’d like to see the viewfinder eyecup and hand grip as optional bundles too. 

What we have been really impressed with is the overall speed of the Panasonic Lumix GX9. Power up, image processing, image viewing, menu scrolling, touch function, AF. The whole shebang. It all works with great efficiency and we can’t really think of any handling frustrations, save for the limited battery life. Kudos to Panasonic for making a camera that is such a pleasure to use.  

On battery life - the power-save mode when using the viewfinder boosts the battery life up to 900-shots (from 260-shots). Poor battery life is possibly one of the put-offs to the Panasonic Lumix G system, so this is a welcome feature.

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Rear of the Panasonic Lumix GX9

For still images, there is a choice between mechanical and electronic shutters. The latter operates silently, which is a big appeal to street photographers who want to take pictures without drawing attention to themselves. 

That electronic shutter has a maximum shutter speed of 1/16,000sec, faster than the mechanical shutter. There is a practical benefit here, such as when shooting with the wide aperture lenses at the lowest native sensitivity setting of ISO 200, where there is too much light intake for the mechanical shutter. (ISO can be extended down to ISO 100 too, at the small cost of reduced dynamic range.) 

Autofocus wise, the GX9 offers a 49-point contrast detection based system. These large points cover a wide area of the frame, so there is some flexibility for off-centre AF. 

The touchscreen works really well for autofocusing. There’s an auto AF that will do the work for you, plus custom AF where you can select by touch where in the frame you’d like to focus, covering up to 13 of those AF points in one go. 

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Top of the Panasonic Lumix GX9

Single point AF covers anywhere in the frame while Pinpoint AF is possibly our favourite AF mode for general focusing. It’s more precise than other AF modes for picking out a specific subject, while it is possible to see a histogram of the point selected on screen. That’s a really handy feature in order to make sure the exposure is spot on for the subject in focus. You also get focus magnification on first touching the screen.

Finally, there is auto tracking AF and face detection AF. Panasonic introduces 'obstacle avoidance’ to its tracking AF to 'prevent false focusing’. It says the accuracy of AF when tracking a subject is improved, being more able to ignore objects that cut across your path of a tracked subject. While tracking people on the move in street scenes, tracking AF has performed well. 

The touchscreen remains in play for touch focusing even when you are using the viewfinder. It works really well and other brands could learn something from Panasonic here.

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The Panasonic Lumix GX9 In-hand

Regarding the touchscreen, the position of the viewfinder is better for right-eyed users when the viewfinder is in use. Left-eyed users will discover their noses touch the screen while using the viewfinder and consequently shift the focus area. Touch AF can be deactivated should this become too much of an issue.

Our final note on the Panasonic GX9’s ease of use is regarding image stabilisation. It’s claimed for up to 6.5 f-stops of stabilisation, depending on the lens in use. On paper that rivals the best existing stabilisation that can be found in the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. From our experience the Panasonic stabilisation technology is not quite as effective as it’s rival. 

As for shooting modes, we like sequence composition, where it is possible to combine multiple images into one. For example, tracking the motion of a person and placing them several times in those different positions within the same picture (tripod needed). There is also a low light/ starlight mode, where the display brightness is boosted in order to view the scene more clearly when all around is dark.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20M Fine JPEG image size option, which gives an average image size of around 8Mb.

The Panasonic Lumix GX9 features a 20.3MP micro-four-thirds sensor. That’s 5184x3888 pixels, plenty large enough for A3-size prints.

There is no low pass filter in the sensor. It’s fairly common-place to omit a low pass filter these days, with users enjoying slightly sharper image quality as a result.

Resolution does not tend to be a problem in most micro-four-thirds cameras these days (unless you are printing huge for galleries). Also, with so many fast aperture lenses to choose from, control over depth of field is less of an issue.

Really it's the limited dynamic range of small-sensor formats like this - especially in low light - that presents the bigger challenge for producing high quality images. In this regard, maximising light intake is a key concern to get the best image quality possible from the GX9. 

To do this you have a couple of great options. There is a HDR mode available that works as well as one could hope, combining multiple exposures for a final image with more tonal detail (tripod needed). These is also the excellent image stabilisation that allows the photographer to use a slower shutter speed handheld (and therefore maximise light intake), while still enjoying sharp results (unless you are trying to freeze movement).

There are Photo Styles and Shooting Modes a plenty to choose from in the GX9. Truly, you’d struggle to find a more comprehensive set of genuinely useful shooting modes in any camera. Let’s go through some of the shooting modes first.

There is up to 9fps (single AF) or 6fps (continuous AF) in burst mode shooting. Elsewhere, check out time-lapse Shot, Stop Motion Animation, HDR (available in JPEG mode only) and Multi Exposure. We expect most photographers are familiar with these terms by now. 

What you may not have heard of before is Post Focus, which is an interesting shooting mode. The camera takes several pictures scanning the entire focus range of the scene and compiles these photos into a short video clip. It is then possible to select any frame from this clip or even merge them together in order to maximise the areas in sharp focus.

We expect any owner of the GX9 will explore the 4K Photo Mode, from which it is possible to extract any single frame from 30fps sequences as a standalone still image.

Once a 4K Photo capture has been made, the camera can search for Face or Motion Priority (or Auto) within the Auto Marking function, so you can find your best shot quickly. Otherwise, the timeline at the top of the screen can be scrolled through quickly to specific frames. Any saved images are by default 3328 x 2496 pixels (around 8.3MP). 

Noise

The GX9 has a sensitivity range of ISO 200 to ISO 25,600 that can be extended down to ISO 100. On the whole, images look clean right up to ISO 1600. If being hyper critical, we would say that ISO 3200 and higher does not quite cut the mustard. 

Detail in highlight areas stays pretty sharp up until ISO 3200. Yet it is the shadow areas where the decline in image quality because of noise is most obvious. 

Firstly, the dynamic range is much more limited at higher ISO settings. For example, if you look in shadow areas, there is much less detail at ISO 3200 than there is at ISO 200. Plus that detail is less sharp because of luminance noise. 

Image quality in low light (using high ISO settings) is still the pitfall of the micro-four-thirds sensor format, when compared to the larger APS-C and full-frame formats. However, we must stress that only pixel-peepers and those printing big will really find the decline in image quality an issue.

Also, that image stabilisation does effectively provide up to 6.5 f-stops (EV) of stabilisation, meaning it is possible to use those lower ISO settings in more situations, when shooting handheld. 

Depending on the lens in use, stabilisation covers practically the entire 7-stop native ISO range. So you could shoot handheld at ISO 200 with the GX9 without seeing camera shake, when needing to shoot at ISO 12,800 using a larger format non-stabilised camera. However, those slower possible shutter speeds are not suitable when the desire is to freeze the action. 

Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting for both JPEG and Raw formats:

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Raw

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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File Quality

The Panasonic Lumix GX9 has 2 different JPEG image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

Fine (7.52Mb) (100% Crop)

Standard (3.16Mb) (100% Crop)

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Flash

The Panasonic GX9 has a built-in pop-up flash. Obviously it can be kept off with the flash folded away. When in use, there are four options; forced flash, forced flash/ red-eye, slow sync and slow sync/ red eye. There is also also the choice to manually input exposure compensation and opt for 1st or 2nd curtain flash.

Flash is not available when using the silent electronic shutter, you’ll need an external flash for that. 

Flash Off

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Flash On

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Flash Redeye

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Flash Slow Sync

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Night

The Panasonic Lumix GX9 maximum shutter speed is 60 seconds and there's also a Bulb option for exposures up to 30 minutes long, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 160. The camera takes the same amount of time again to apply noise reduction, so for example at the 15 second setting the actual exposure takes 30 seconds.

Night

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Intelligent Resolution

The Panasonic Lumix GX9's Intelligent Resolution feature identifies outlines, texture areas and soft gradation areas of the image and then automatically optimizes the edges and detailed texture areas while using noise reduction to make the soft gradation areas smoother. There are three available strengths - low, standard and high.

Off (100% Crop)

Low (100% Crop)

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Standard (100% Crop)

High (100% Crop)

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Intelligent Dynamic

The Panasonic Lumix GX9's Intelligent Dynamic feature adjusts the exposure setting to record more detail in the highlights and shadows, with three strengths available - low, standard and high.

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Auto

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Low

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High
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HDR

In the HDR mode the Panasonic Lumix GX9 combines 3 frames taken at different exposures to create a single image with increased dynamic range (JPEG only).

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On

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Multiple Exposure

In Multi Exposure you can shoot up to four exposures, always with the option to retake the most recent frame. There is also the Auto Gain option, which will equally divide the exposure between the pictures during the processing of the final image.

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Photo Styles

As for Photo Styles, Panasonic introduces another monochrome Photo Style, called L Monochrome D. Supposedly, there is greater dynamic range within this mode when compared to other monochrome styles. In any monochrome style, Grain Effects can be added, which is also new to the GX9. We’ve played around a bit with this mode and the grain effect is rather good actually.

Standard

Vivid

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Natural

Monochrome

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L.Monochrome

L.Monochrome.D

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Scenery

Portrait

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Filter Effects

Panasonic includes 22 Filter Effects - that’s more in-camera effects than you can shake a stick at. These effects are applied to JPEG images only, though you can still shoot in RAW format simultaneously. 

Expressive

Retro

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Old Days

High Key

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Low Key

Sepia

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Monochrome

Dynamic Monochrome

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Rough Monochrome

Silky Monochrome

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Impressive Art

High Dynamic

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Cross Process

Toy Pop

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Bleach Bypass

Miniature

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Soft Focus

Fantasy

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Star Filter

One Point Color

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Sunshine

 
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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Panasonic Lumix GX9 camera, which were all taken using the 20.3 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Panasonic Lumix GX9 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Panasonic RAW (RW2) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movies & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 3840x2160 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please note that this 12 second movie is 137Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 3840x2160 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please note that this 12 second movie is 141Mb in size.

Product Images

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Conclusion

We’ll start by saying that we have really, really enjoyed testing the Panasonic Lumix GX9. 

The camera packs a seriously impressive number of controls into a compact and stylish body. We think the camera handles better with an optional grip. Certainly, with any of the heavier glass attached to the GX9, the combination is front heavy. 

The viewfinder is hard to see in bright light, though with the optional eye-cup in play viewing is much easier. Battery life is still rather modest too. 

But really, there is little else we can pick out. The GX9 is really fast, its touchscreen works a treat, silent mode is very welcome, plus the camera is packed with so many features and shooting modes. 

Using a selection of Panasonic lenses, we have been able to get sharp images with good control over depth of field. 

Bottom line; the Panasonic Lumix GX9 is a very able and affordable offering in the Lumix G series of cameras. Against the GX80 there are numerous refinements and plenty of reasons to go for the GX9 instead.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4
Value for money 5

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Panasonic Lumix GX9.

Canon EOS M6

The Canon EOS M6 is a new compact system camera that offers 24.2 megapixels, 9fps continuous shooting, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, full HD 60p high-definition video with 5-axis in-body electronic image stabilisation, and a touch-screen interface. Other key features of the EOS M6 include a tilting 3-inch LCD screen, ISO range of 100-25600, and wi-fi, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity. Read our in-depth Canon EOS M6 review now...

Fujifilm X-E3

The Fujifilm X-E3 is a stylish rangefinder-esque digital camera that comes across like a mini X-Pro2 with a wealth of smartphone touch and connectivity options. Read our Fujifilm XE3 review to find out if this mix of retro and modern is a successful one or not...

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a new high-end compact system camera with a number of innovative features that make it stand out from the crowd, including the world's most effective image stabilisation system. Read our expert Olympus E-M5 II review to find out if it's also the best compact system camera...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is a new premium compact system camera aimed firmly at enthusiast photographers. With a new 20 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, dual lens and in-body image stabilization, built-in tilting electronic OLED viewfinder, 3 inch free-angle OLED touchscreen, 4K video and photo modes, integrated wi-fi and NFC connectivity, and a weather-proof rangefinder-like design, can the Panasonic GX8 live up to its early promise? Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review complete with sample images, test shots, videos and more to find out...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80 is a new mid-range compact system camera. With a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor with no optical low pass filter, new dual 5-axis image stabilization, built-in electronic viewfinder, 3 inch tilting LCD touchscreen, 4K video and photo modes, and integrated wi-fi connectivity, can the Panasonic GX80 live up to its early promise? Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80 review complete with sample images, test shots, videos and more to find out...

Sony A6500

The Sony A6500 is the latest high-end compact system camera with an APS-C size sensor. With 24.2 megapixels, 4K movie recording, in-body 5-axis stabilization, a touchscreen 3-inch tilting LCD screen, 11fps burst shooting, electronic viewfinder and built-in flash, is the A6500 the best Sony APS-C camera yet? Read our Sony A6500 review to find out...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Panasonic Lumix GX9 from around the web.

ephotozine.com »

The Panasonic Lumix GX9 is a brand-new CSC camera that joins the GX8, GX7 and GX80/GX85 in the Panasonic line-up. The new camera builds on what previous models have introduced, offering improved image quality and better ISO performance up to 6400 ISO.
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Specifications

TYPE Type Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera
Recording media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card/(Compatible with UHS-I UHS Speed Class 3 standard SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards)
Image sensor size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds mount
IMAGE SENSOR Type Live MOS Sensor
Total pixels 21.77 Megapixels
Camera effective pixels 20.30 Megapixels
Color filter Primary color filter
Dust reduction system Supersonic wave filter
IMAGE STABILIZATION SYSTEM Image sensor shift type (5-axis / 4-stop*), Dual I.S. compatible/*Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=60mm (35mm camera equivalent f=120mm), when H-FS12060 is used.]
RECORDING SYSTEM Recording file format Still image JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.31), RAW
4K PHOTO MP4
Motion picture AVCHD Progressive, AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Audio 2ch)/MP4: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC (Audio format: AAC (2ch)
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Image quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
File size(Pixels) -Still Image 4:3 5184x3888(L) / 3712x2784(M) / 2624x1968(S) / 3328x2496(4K PHOTO)
3:2 5184x3456(L) / 3712x2480(M) / 2624x1752(S) / 3504x2336(4K PHOTO)
16:9 5184x2920(L) / 3840x2160(M) / 1920x1080(S) / 3840x2160(4K PHOTO)
1:1 3888x3888(L) / 2784x2784(M) / 1968x1968(S) / 2880x2880(4K PHOTO)
File size (Pixels) -Motion picture** MP4**[HD] 1280x720 HD/30p: 10Mbps/HD/25p: 10Mbps
MP4**[4K] 3840x2160 4K/30p: 100Mbps/4K/25p: 100Mbps/4K/24p: 100Mbps
MP4**[Full HD] 1920x1080 FHD/60p: 28Mbps/FHD/50p: 28Mbps/FHD/30p: 20Mbps/FHD/25p: 20Mbps
AVCHD**[Full HD] 1920x1080 FHD/50p: 28Mbps, 50p recording/FHD/50i: 17Mbps, 50i recording/FHD/25p: 24Mbps, 50i recording (sensor output is 25fps)/FHD/24p: 24Mbps, 24p recording
Continuous recordable time (Motion picture)** AVCHD [FHD/50p]/Approx. 90 min (rear monitor), 80 min (LVF) with H-FS12032 / H-FS12060 / H-FS1442A / H-FS35100/Approx. 80 min (rear monitor), 80 min (LVF) with H-FS14140/AVCHD [FHD/50i]/Approx. 90 min (rear monitor), 80 min (LVF) with H-FS12032 / H-FS12060 / H-FS1442A / H-FS14140/Approx. 90 min (rear monitor), 90 min (LVF) with H-FS35100/MP4 [4K/30p, 4K/25p]/Approx. 70 min (rear monitor), 70 min (LVF) with H-FS12032 / H-FS12060 / H-FS1442A / H-FS14140/Approx. 80 min (rear monitor), 70 min (LVF) with H-FS35100
Actual recordable time (Motion picture)** AVCHD [FHD/50p]/Approx. 45 min (rear monitor), 40 min (LVF) with H-FS12032 / H-FS12060 / H-FS1442A / H-FS35100/Approx. 40 min (rear monitor), 40 min (LVF) with H-FS14140/AVCHD [FHD/50i]/Approx. 45 min (rear monitor), 40 min (LVF) with H-FS12032 / H-FS12060 / H-FS1442A / H-FS14140/Approx. 45 min (rear monitor), 45 min (LVF) with H-FS35100/MP4 [4K/30p, 4K/25p]/Approx. 35 min (rear monitor), 35 min (LVF) with H-FS12032 / H-FS12060 / H-FS1442A / H-FS14140/Approx. 40 min (rear monitor), 35 min (LVF) with H-FS35100
WIRELESS WiFi IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2412 MHz - 2462 MHz (1-11 ch), Wi-Fi / WPA / WPA2, Infrastructure mode
Bluetooth Bluetooth® v4.2 (Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE))
QR code connection / Password-less connection Yes / Yes (ON / OFF selectable)
VIEWFINDER Type LCD Live View Finder (2,760k dots equivalent), Tiltable
Field of view Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 1.39x / 0.7x (35mm camera equivalent) with 50 mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
Eye point Approx. 17.5 mm from eyepiece lens
Diopter adjustment -4.0 - +3.0 (dpt)
Eye sensor Yes
FOCUS Type Contrast AF system
DFD technology Yes
Post Focus Yes
Focus Stacking Yes
Focus mode AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF
Starlight AF Yes
AF mode Face/Eye Detection / Tracking / 49-Area / Custom Multi / 1-Area / Pinpoint/(Full area touch is available)
AF detective range EV -4 - 18 (ISO100 equivalent)
AF assist lamp Yes
AF lock Yes (AF/AE LOCK button)
Others One Shot AF, Shutter AF, Half Press Release, Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion picture recording), Eye Sensor AF, AF+MF, MF Assist, Touch MF Assist, Focus Peaking, Touch AF/AE Function, Touch Pad AF, Touch Shutter
EXPOSURE CONTROL Light metering system 1728-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light metering mode Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Metering range EV 0 - 18 (F2.0 lens, ISO100 equivalent)
Exposure mode Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) Still image: Auto / Intelligent ISO / 100 (Extended) / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)/Creative Video Mode: Auto / 100 (Extended) / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Exposure compensation 1/3 EV step, ±5EV (when set with the menu) (±3 EV for motion picture), ±3EV (when set with the dial)
AE lock Yes (AF/AE LOCK button)
WHITE BALANCE White balance AWB / AWBc / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2, 3, 4 / Color temperature setting 1, 2, 3, 4
White balance adjustment Blue/Amber bias, Magenta/Green bias
Color temperature setting 2500-10000K in 100K
SHUTTER Type Focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed Still image: Time* (Max. 30 minutes), 1/4,000 - 60 *Bulb mode is possible with the "Image App" remote control via Bluetooth./Electronic shutter: 1/16,000 - 1/Motion picture: 1/16,000 - 1/25
Self timer 10sec, 3 images / 2sec / 10sec
BRACKET AE bracket 3, 5, 7 images in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV step, max. ±3 EV, single/burst
Aperture Bracket 3, 5 or all positions in 1 EV step
Focus Bracket 1 to 999 images, focus steps can be set in 10 levels
White balance bracket 3 images in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
PANORAMA SHOT Panorama Shot Yes (Standard / Wide)
4K PHOTO** Burst speed 30 frames/sec
Exif information Yes (Each JPEG image cropped out of the 4K burst file complies with EXIF.)
Marking function Auto / Face Priority / Motion Priority / Off (Manual) (in 4K Burst mode and 4K Burst (S/S) mode)
Loop rec function Yes (in 4K Burst (S/S) mode)
BURST SHOOTING Burst speed [Mechanical shutter]/AFS/MF: H: 9 frames/sec, M: 6 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View) *When H-FS12032 is used./AFF/AFC: H: 6 frames/sec, M: 6 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View) *When H-FS12032 is used./[Electronic shutter]/AFS/MF: H: 9 frames/sec, M: 6 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)/AFF/AFC: H: 6 frames/sec, M: 6 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
Number of recordable images More than 30 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed)/More than 100 images (when there are no RAW files)/(depending on memory card type, aspect, picture size and compression)
TIME LAPSE SHOT Time Lapse Shot Yes
STOP MOTION ANIMATION Yes
FLASH Flash type TTL Built-in-Flash, GN6.0 equivalent (ISO200 ・m) / GN4.2 equivalent (ISO100 ・m) (Reference), Built-in Pop-up
Flash Mode Auto*, Auto/Red-eye Reduction*, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off     *For iA, iA+ only.
Synchronization speed Less than 1/200 second
Flash output adjustment 1/3EV step ±3EV
Flash synchronization 1st. Curtain Sync., 2nd Curtain Sync.
Synchronization for flash dimming and exposure compensation Yes
Wireless control Yes (When using DMW-FL200L / FL360L / FL580L (sold separately)), Wireless Channel: 1ch/2ch/3ch/4ch
SILENT MODE Yes
REAR MONITOR Type TFT LCD monitor with static touch control, Tiltable monitor
Monitor size 7.5cm (3.0-inch) / 3:2 aspect
Pixels Approx. 1,240k dots
Filed of view Approx. 100%
Monitor adjustment Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Red Tint, Blue Tint
LIVE VIEW Digital zoom 2x, 4x
Extra Tele Conversion Still image: Max. 2x/Motion picture: 2.7x (FHD), 4.0x (HD)
Other functions Level Gauge, Real-time Histogram, Guide Lines (3 patterns), Center Marker, Highlight display (Still image / motion picture), Zebra Pattern (Still image / motion picture)
DIRECTION DETECTION FUNCTION Yes
FUNCTION BUTTON REC 4K Photo Mode / Post Focus / Wi-Fi / Q.MENU / Video Record / LVF/Monitor Switch / LVF/Monitor Disp. Style / AF/AE LOCK / AF-ON / Preview / One Push AE / Touch AE / Level Gauge / Focus Area Set / Zoom Control / Operation Lock / Dial Operation Switch / Photo Style / Filter Select / Aspect Ratio / Picture Size / Quality / AFS/AFF / Metering Mode / Bracket / Highlight Shadow / i. Dynamic / i. Resolution / Min. Shtr Speed / HDR / Shutter Type / Flash Mode / Flash Adjust. / Wireless Flash Setup / Ex. Tele Conv. / Digital Zoom / Stabilizer / I.S. Lock (Video) / 4K Live Cropping / Snap Movie / Motion Pic. Set / Picture Mode in Rec. / Sound Rec Level Adj. / Silent Mode / Peaking / Histogram / Guide Line / Zebra Pattern / Monochrome Live View / Constant Preview / Live View Boost / Rec Area / Step Zoom / Zoom Speed / Sensitivity / White Balance / AF Mode/MF / Drive Mode / Rec/Playback Switch / Off / Restore to Default
PLAY Wi-Fi / LVF/Monitor Switch / Rec/Playback Switch / 4K PHOTO Play / Delete Single / Protect / Rating 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 / RAW Processing / 4K PHOTO Bulk Saving / Off / Restore to Default
IMAGE PROTECTION / DELETE Protection Single / Multi or Cancel
Delete Single / Multi / All / Except Rating
PHOTO STYLE Standard / Vivid / Natural / Monochrome / L. Monochrome / L. Monochrome D / Scenery / Portrait / Custom
CREATIVE CONTROL Expressive / Retro / Old Days / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Monochrome / Dynamic Monochrome / Rough Monochrome* / Silky Monochrome* / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Toy Pop / Bleach Bypass / Miniature Effect / Soft Focus* / Fantasy / Star Filter* / One Point Color / Sunshine*/*For photos only.
PLAYBACK Playback function 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (Max. 16x), Slideshow (All / Picture Only / Video Only, duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal / Picture Only / Video Only), Protect, Rating, Title Edit, Face Recognition Edit, RAW Processing, 4K PHOTO Bulk Saving, Light Composition, Sequence Composition, Clear Retouch, Text Stamp, Resize, Cropping, Rotate, Video Divide, Time Lapse Video, Stop Motion Video, Rotation Display, Picture Sort, Delete Confirmation, Creating Still Pictures from a Motion Picture
PRINT Direct Print PictBridge compatible
INTERFACE USB USB 2.0 Micro-B
HDMI*** microHDMI TypeD / VIERA Link/Video: Auto / 4K / 1080p / 1080i / 720p / 576p/Audio: Stereo
Audio video output No
Microphone Stereo, Wind Noise Canceller: OFF / Standard / High
Speaker Monaural
LANGUAGE OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
POWER Battery Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1025mAh, 7.4Wh) (Included)/USB power charging
DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT Dimensions (W x H x D) 124 x 72.1 x 46.8 mm / 4.88 x 2.83 x 1.84 inch (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 407g / 0.90 lb (SD card, Battery, Body)/Approx. 450g / 0.99 lb (Body only)/Approx. 517g / 1.14 lb (SD card, Battery, H-FS12032 lens included)/Approx. 585g / 1.29 lb (SD card, Battery, H-FS35100 lens included)/Approx. 652g / 1.44 lb (SD card, Battery, H-FS12032 + H-FS35100 lenses included)/Approx. 560g / 1.23 lb (SD card, Battery, H-FS1442A lens included)/Approx. 660g / 1.46 lb (SD card, Battery, H-FS12060 lens included)/Approx. 715g / 1.58 lb (SD card, Battery, H-FS14140 lens included)
OPERATING ENVIRONMENT Operating temperature 0℃ to 40℃ (32°F to 104°F)
Operating humidity 10%RH to 80%RH
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Software ・ The software to edit and playback images on computer is not bundled with this camera. To do this, PHOTOfunSTUDIO is available for download at Panasonic website using computer connected to the Internet./http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/soft/download/d_pfs10ae.html (For Windows)/・ The software to process RAW file on computer is not bundled with this camera. To do this, SILKYPIX Developer Studio is available for download at Ichikawa Soft Laboratory's website using computer connected to the Internet./http://www.isl.co.jp/SILKYPIX/english/p/ (For Windows / Mac)
Standard accessories DC-GX9 Kit/Battery Pack, AC Adaptor, USB Connection Cable, Hot Shoe Cover, Shoulder Strap, Body Cap/・ The DC-GX9 Operating Instructions for advanced features is available for downloaded at Panasonic LUMIX Customer Support Site using PC, smartphone or tablet connected to the Internet.
NOTE ** About motion picture recording / 4K PHOTO recording
NOTE - Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class 4" or higher when recording motion pictures in [AVCHD] or [MP4 (under 28Mbps)].
NOTE - Use a card with SD Speed Class with "UHS-I UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)" when recording motion pictures with [MP4] in [4K] or [4K PHOTO].
NOTE (SD speed class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.)
NOTE - Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 29 minutes and 59 seconds with [AVCHD] in Europe.
NOTE - Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 29 minutes and 59 seconds or the file size exceeds 4GB with [MP4] in [FHD] [HD].
NOTE - Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 29 minutes and 59 seconds with [MP4] in [4K].
NOTE - MP4 motion pictures with [MP4] in [4K]:
NOTE - When using a SDHC memory card: You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 4 GB, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.
NOTE - When using a SDXC memory card: You can record a motion picture in a single file.
NOTE - MP4 motion pictures with [MP4] in [FHD] [HD]:
NOTE - You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 4 GB or 30 minutes, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.
NOTE - When the ambient temperature is high or continuous recording is performed, the camera may stop the recording to protect itself. Wait until the camera cools down.
NOTE *** For [4K] video output, use an HDMI cable that has the HDMI logo on it, and that is described as"4K compatible".

News

The Panasonic Lumix GX9 is a new compact system camera with a sleek design aimed at street photographers. The GX9 has a 20.3 megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor, Live View Finder that tilts up 80-degrees, 3.0-inch 1240K-dot touch monitor, 5-axis Dual Image Stabilisation system, 4K video recording, an exposure dial and a focus lever, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Panasonic GX9 will go on sale in the UK in early March, priced at £699 (body only).

Panasonic UK Press Release

Introducing the GX9: Premium Technology in a Compact Body

The Lumix GX9: Capture the World in your own Creative Way

Panasonic has today introduced a new compact system camera with a sleek design - the Lumix GX9. Building on Panasonic’s rich heritage of superior compact system cameras, the Lumix GX9 boasts a host of great features and is perfect for amateur photographers wanting a professional experience. With its compact body and high-end technology, the Lumix GX9 is an excellent companion for seekers of the authentic street-style picture.

The 20.3 megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor comes without a low-pass filter to ensure the greatest details are captured and an optimised gradation setting provides a wide dynamic range. Three-dimensional Colour Control detects hue, saturation levels and brightness individually and achieves the truest colour reproduction from dark to bright parts of the image - especially improving skies or human skin.

Capture small, authentic moments with speed, consideration and precision

The Contrast AF System features Depth From Defocus (DFD) technology and excels in both speed and accuracy by exchanging a digital signal between the camera and the lens at a maximum 240 frames per second (fps)[1]. As a result, the Lumix GX9 achieves high-speed AF of approximately 0.07 sec[2] and high-speed burst shooting at 9 fps (AFS) / 6 fps (AFC) to capture fast-moving subjects in-focus.

A variety of AF functions including Face/Eye Detection AF and the popular Pinpoint AF function enhance usability to comply with a wide-ranging of shooting situations. The advanced Low Light AF makes it possible to set focus on the subject more precisely - even without the AF assist lamp in extremely low-lit situations down to -4EV.

To help ensure the best shot is taken, the Lumix GX9 integrates a new LVF (Live View Finder) that tilts up 80-degrees offering an extraordinary shooting style – especially for subjects below eye-level. The Live View Finder Eye Sensor AF starts auto focusing as soon as it’s in use to ensure no shooting opportunity is missed.  With 2760K-dot equivalent high-resolution and almost 100% colour reproduction, this 16:9 Wide Screen LVF boasts 1.39x / 0.7x (35mm camera equiv.) magnification and 100% field of view.

To save power, the camera includes a new feature which makes it automatically enter sleep mode at a designated time after detecting the eye is off the Viewfinder eye sensor saving battery whilst shooting. A long battery life of approximately 900 images [3]  per battery charge is achieved with this power-saving LVF and users can quickly go back into shooting mode with a half-press of the shutter button.   

The new 3.0-inch large, 1240K-dot high resolution touch monitor tilts up by 80-degrees and down by 45-degrees, which enables shooting in either high or low angles even easier. Live View Boost allows to check the composition on the screen even in total darkness by boosting the sensitivity.

Image Stabilisation – for perfect shots on the go

For greater precision, the Lumix GX9 incorporates 5-axis Dual I.S. (Image Stabiliser) for more effective suppression of blur. Combining an O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser, 2-axis) and a B.I.S. (Body Image Stabiliser, 5-axis), the 5-axis Dual I.S. compensates for a larger range of movement, making it possible to use 4-stop slower shutter speed [4]. Users can enjoy blur-free photo/video shooting from wide to tele, even in low-light situations.

The 5-axis Dual I.S. works in both photo and motion picture recording including 4K video. Panasonic Lumix G Cameras offer a wide variety of digital interchangeable lenses and most of them comply with this 5-axis dual I.S.

To further reduce motion blur, the Lumix GX9’s shutter unit incorporates an electromagnetic drive which reduces the risk of shutter shock by approximately 90%6. For street photographers who need to minimise disrupting their subjects, the sound of the mechanical shutter is also reduced in volume. For further reduction in noise, Silent Mode switches the shutter from mechanical to electronic and turns all sound (AF, operation) off while suppressing the emission of the AF assist lamp and flash with just a single setting; perfect for special shooting occasions.

Sophisticated 4K Capabilities

With its high-speed signal readout and processing of the engine, the Lumix GX9 is capable of recording smooth, high-resolution 4K video in 3840x2160 25p(50Hz Area) or 24p in MP4.

Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can also capture the fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution to save it as a 4K PHOTO.

Choosing the best shot out of hundreds of frames is now easier with a new Auto Marking function. It allows the user to jump to a frame where the difference is obvious between consequent frames to minimise the time for choosing the best shot.

In addition, the Lumix GX9 incorporates Light Composition function as a new option of 4K PHOTO mode. The camera combines the images by choosing and saving the brighter pixel. This makes it possible to produce more dramatic images of situations such as fireworks or night scenery with ease.

Intuitive Creativity – improved body details, new filter

For more intuitive control, an exposure dial has been included for quick change of exposure setting. A Focus lever has also been added to the back side of the camera enabling users to change between AFS (AFF), AFC and manual focus without diving into a menu.

For further creative freedom, Focus and Aperture Bracketing have been added. With Focus Bracketing, a maximum of 999 images can be shot with different focal distances. Aperture Bracketing lets users have multiple shots with different depth of field. Users can later choose the shot with the best focus level or most fitting depth of field characteristic.

Also new to the Lumix GX9 is the option to shoot photos with and without creative filter options applied simultaneously. RAWs can be developed in the camera, allowing independence from access to a computer. Sophisticated modes, such as Multi exposure and Time lapse shot/ stop motion animation are also available in the Lumix GX9.

Connectivity

The Lumix GX9 integrates Bluetooth and Wi-Fi® connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing. Once the camera is connected to a smartphone or tablet installed with Panasonic's dedicated application software Panasonic Image App for iOS / Android, users can shoot, browse and share images remotely. Compatibility with Bluetooth 4.2 (called BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy) enables constant connection with a smartphone/tablet with minimum power consumption. This enables the camera to activate by simply using a smartphone/tablet or to add GPS geotag on the photos automatically.

Setting the new standard for Panasonic’s Compact System Cameras, the Lumix GX9 is the perfect companion to save eternal memories and share your daily life in your own creative way.

Accessories

Eye Cup DMW-EC5 (sold separately)

The LUMIX GX9 complies with a variety of optional accessories to expand the shooting experience. The Eye Cup DMW-EC5 is available making it even more comfortable to see the LVF.

Hand Grip DMW-HGR2 (sold separately)

The Hand Grip DMW-HGR2 enhances grip power for more stable shooting especially when using an ultra-telephoto lens or a large-diameter lens. It is designed to match sleek camera profile.

DMW Series Camera Bags: Shoulder, Compact Shoulder and Backpack (all sold separately)

Each Camera Bag is the perfect accessory to protect the LUMIX GX9. All are highly-durable, have a Water-Resistant Base, Protective Flap Design, Quick Release Buckles and Side Stretch Pockets.

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The Lumix DC-GX9 will go on sale in early March and will RRP at £699 (body only).

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[1] Contrast AF with DFD Technology works only with Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses

[2] In AFS, at wide-end with H-FS14140 (CIPA).

[3] Under the test conditions specified by Panasonic based on CIPA standard. When the time to get in the sleep mode is set to 1 second

[4] Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=32mm (35mm film camera equivalent f=64mm), when H-FS12032 is used.

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First Impressions

Panasonic further grows its range of Lumix G cameras with the GX9. Billed by Panasonic as a premium street photography camera, the GX9 slots into the range alongside the GX8 and GX80, replacing neither of these models. 

The Panasonic GX9 is most readily compared to the GX80. In general, any new features mentioned in this first look are against the GX80. 

We’ve had extended time with a final version of the camera prior to its announcement. Ahead of our full review, let’s take a look at our first impressions of the Panasonic Lumix GX9.

Panasonic Lumix GX9

Panasonic Lumix GX9: Pricing and Availability

The Panasonic Lumix GX9 retails at £699 and shipping is scheduled for 12th march 2018. Those that preorder the camera will get a free 25mm f/1.7 lens with it - that’s a great promotion.

As well as being available body only, there are several kit options, including one with the 12-32mm lens, one with the 12-60mm lens and the twin kit with 12-32 & 35-100mm lenses. Price TBC.

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Panasonic Lumix GX9: At a Glance

•       20.3MP sensor with no low pass filter
•       5-axis dual in-body-image-stabilisation (IBIS) that can be combined with 2-axis lens stabilisation 
•       Tilt EVF with 2.76-million-dot resolution and 0.7x magnification (full frame equivalent)
•       3in LCD touchscreen that tilts up 80° and down 45°
•       4K videos up to 30fps in MP4
•       4K Photo Mode with Auto Marking and Sequence Composition functions
•       Redesigned body
•       Live view boost for clear viewing in low light
•       MF assist up to 20x
•       Silent Mode (electronic shutter)
•       NEW: Grain effect in all monochrome modes
•       Burst shooting up to 9fps single AF, 6fps continuous AF
•       AF 'obstacle avoidance' and 'prevent false focusing’ features
•       'Post Focus' mode
•       Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connection
•       USB power charge, sliding type socket cover
•       Power save LVF mode ups battery life from 260 shots to 900 shots

Panasonic Lumix GX9

Panasonic Lumix GX9: Key Features

The GX9 features a 20.1MP micro-four-thirds sensor that does not have a low pass filter. It’s fairly commonplace to omit a low pass filter these days, with users enjoying slightly sharper image quality as a result. 

For still images, there is a choice between mechanical and electronic shutters. The latter operates silently, which is a big appeal to street photographers who want to take pictures without drawing attention to themselves. 

You also get an impressive video specification. There's 4K videos up to 30fps in MP4 format, or FHD videos up to 60fps in AVCHD. 

Videos and photos can be stabilised with the 5-axis IBIS and 2-axis OIS, which together provide up to 6.5 f-stops of image stabilisation. We’ve used it before and the effectiveness of this image stabilisation technology is amazing. 

The 4K Photo mode offers still images from any frame of its 30fps video footage. Like in the TZ200, there’s a new auto marking feature, where the camera marks key frames within these 30fps sequences, so you don’t need to look through all the frames to find the best shot. We will report back on how good this new feature is.

There is also sequence composition, where it is possible to combine multiple images into one. For example, tracking the motion of a person and placing them several times in those different positions within the same picture. 

The tilt EVF with 2.76-million-dot resolution and 0.7x magnification is the same as the one in the GX80, though the 3in tilt-touchscreen has an improved resolution at 1.24-million-dots.

Bluetooth wireless connection has found its way into the GX9 alongside Wi-Fi. Bluetooth consumes less power than Wi-Fi and you can remotely control and share images using a smart device via the Panasonic Image App.

Main other point to note here is that the GX9 has a power save mode when using the viewfinder, where the battery life is up to 900-shots. That’s a big increase from the modest 260-shot life when using the LCD screen. 

Other new features include a low light/ starlight mode, where the display brightness is boosted in order to view the scene more clearly when all around is dark. 

Panasonic has added another monochrome Photo Style, called L Monochrome D. Supposedly there is greater dynamic range within this mode when compared to other monochrome styles. In any monochrome style, Grain Effects can be added, which is also new to the GX9. 

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Panasonic Lumix GX9: A Redesigned Body

•       Focus Mode Lever
•       NEW: Exposure compensation dial
•       Twin dials
•       NEW: thumb grip
•       USB power charge with sliding type socket cover

The GX9 looks and feels most like the GX80, though there have been several tweaks to the body design. Our first impressions are that these changes are very welcome and the GX9 handles really well. 

First up to mention is a new Focus Mode Lever, where you can choose between manual focus, single AF or continuous AF. For a camera like this that is aimed at street photographers for whom focusing control is really important, it makes total sense to create quick access to focus modes.

Then there is the new exposure compensation dial, which is stacked under the shooting mode dial. It takes but a minor shift of your thumb position from the new thumb grip to be able to rotate the dial. We really appreciated quick access to this control. The dial offers a sturdy resistance, with clicked changes in 1/3 stops up to ±3EV.

In addition to the new exposure compensation dial are two dials to make changes to exposure and for zooming and scrolling through images in playback. 

The GX9 can be charged via USB and it has a really neat sliding socket cover. You push the cover backwards and it disappears. A smile was our first reaction to this socket cover design and it’s hard to believe that this is not more commonplace in cameras. Most socket covers are pulled out from the body and can get in the way of cables. 

Only downside to the new socket cover design is that we struggle to see how it could be weather sealed, so it’s unlikely to make its way into high-end cameras. 

Otherwise, the size, form and design of the GX9 is very similar to the GX80. Unlike the GX8, the body is not Splash/ Dust/ Freezeproof. We did get a brief feel of a new handgrip (MW-HGR2), which is an optional accessory. It fits your hand like a glove and would make a good extra with the camera. 

We’ll bring you more details about the camera’s ease of use and image quality in our upcoming full review. 

Hands On

Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Lumix GX9 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic GX9 camera.

A gallery of hands-on photos of the new Panasonic Lumix GX9 camera.

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Preview Images

Ahead of our full review, here are some sample JPEG and Raw images and 4K movies taken with the Panasonic Lumix GX9 compact system camera. The Panasonic Lumix GX9 is a new compact mirrorless camera that features a 20 megapixel sensor, 5-axis image stabilization and 4K video recording.

A gallery of full-size sample images taken with the Panasonic Lumix GX9 compact system camera.

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Sample RAW Images

The Panasonic Lumix GX9 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Panasonic RAW (RW2) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movies & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 3840x2160 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please note that this 12 second movie is 137Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 3840x2160 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please note that this 12 second movie is 141Mb in size.

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