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Panasonic GX9 Review

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Panasonic GX9 Review

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 complements the DMC-GX8 downward: Robust viewfinder-style mirror-less system camera – Mirror-less system camera with flip-up viewfinder

With the Lumix DC-GX9, Panasonic announces an advanced sister model of the Lumix DMC-GX8. The GX9 comes in a compact rangefinder style, i.e. without a hump and without a pronounced handle. The electronic viewfinder sits on the side and can be folded upwards. The CMOS sensor in Micro-Four-Thirds format, which is mounted on movable bearings for image stabilisation, continues to resolve 20 megapixels and records videos with 4K resolution.

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Large scope of equipment
  • Practical foldable viewfinder
  • Good image quality up to ISO 1,600
  • Very large lens selection

Cons

  • No microphone input
  • Exposure compensation wheel too smooth
  • Short battery life
  • Weak-chested internal flash without wireless control function

The Lumix DC-GX9, the latest model in Panasonic’s GX system camera series, is not the successor to the GX8, but is somewhere between the GX80 and GX8. The GX series is characterized by a brick construction with a viewfinder on the upper left side of the housing. Why the GX9 isn’t a real successor to the GX8 can perhaps be explained by the G9, which is now Panasonic’s photo flagship – the title used to do justice to the GX8. However, the GX9 offers an attractive price-performance ratio on paper and now has to prove its image quality and practical suitability in tests.

 

Panasonic GX9 Review

The Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 is much more compact than the GX8, but still offers some even better features. [Photo: Panasonic]

Compared to the GX8, the case has changed significantly, it’s almost shrunk to the dimensions of the GX80 and measures only 124 x 72 x 47 millimeters. The operational weight is only 450 grams and lies between the GX8 and GX80. Unfortunately, the GX8 does not offer splash water and dust protection. As a nice detail, the interface flap retracts like a sliding door. It releases the Micro HDMI connector and the Micro USB socket, which can be used to recharge the battery.

Like the GX8, the GX9 also has an upward folding viewfinder as a unique selling point. This is especially useful for ground level shooting or other situations that require an angle finder. The design with the system flash shoe and pop-up flash next to each other, however, was adopted from the GX80.

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The electronic viewfinder of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 can be folded up 80 degrees. It also has an exposure correction wheel, a system flash shoe and a built-in pop-up flash. [Photo: Panasonic]

The GX9 only has a very flat handle, but is covered with grained rubber. A thumb recess on the back provides more grip. The operating concept with many buttons, dials and levers is also more similar to the GX8. For example, the exposure-compensation wheel is located below the program dial. The two multifunction wheels are located around the shutter-release button and above the thumb recess and can be used to adjust the aperture and exposure time, for example. The focus mode selector and many dedicated but also programmable keys are located on the back.

The 17.3 x 13 millimetre Micro Four Thirds image sensor (Crop Factor 2.0) has a resolution of around 20 megapixels and is mounted on movable bearings for image stabilisation. It should allow up to four f-stops longer exposure times, with corresponding lenses it works together in the Dual IS 2. Videos can be recorded at a maximum of 4K resolution at 30 frames per second. The continuous-advance function achieves nine frames per second. But the 4K photo functions are also part of the game, which enables particularly fast image series and focus shooting series with around 8.4 megapixels. In addition, the images can be combined using stacking to increase the depth of field. An aperture and focus bracketing function are also available in full resolution.

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The new electromagnetically controlled shutter (left) introduced with the GX80 is now also used on the GX9. It works quieter and with less vibration than the GX8 lock with its strong tension springs and electrical control. [Photo: Panasonic]

The electromechanical shutter is designed to provide particularly low-vibration recordings. It was first used on the GX80 and is therefore also an innovation compared to the GX8. The new closure is significantly more compact than the old one, contributing to the GX9’s more compact dimensions and lower weight. The rear screen is a touch screen that folds up and down for ground level and overhead shooting. It measures 7.5 centimeters diagonally and now has a resolution of 1.24 million pixels.

The DC-GX9’s intelligent automatic Scene Recognition and the classic creative programs P, A, S and M make it suitable for demanding beginners as well as photo enthusiasts. Thanks to WLAN, the photos taken can be transferred to mobile devices, computers or televisions, and remote control via app is also possible. New is Bluetooth for a power-saving permanent connection with a smartphone. This allows among other things the permanent GPS transmission, so that the photos can be stored directly with the location in the EXIF data.

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The rear touchscreen of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 can be folded 80 degrees up and 45 degrees down. [Photo: Panasonic]

Panasonic GX9 Review

The Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9’s 20 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor is mounted on a moveable mount for up to four f-stops longer exposure times to stabilize the image. [Photo: Panasonic]

Already in March 2018, the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 in black is to be launched on the market at a price of almost 800 euros. The set with the Lumix G Vario 12-32 mm should cost a good 900 euros, if the 35-100 mm is added, the set price rises to almost 1,100 euros. If you don’t like to change lenses, you can also buy the GX9 as a set with the Lumix G Vario 14-140 mm for almost 1,200 Euro. The GX9 is available with the Lumix G Varia 12-60 mm F3.5-5.6 for around 1,000 euros.

Ergonomics and workmanship

With its 124 x 72 x 47 millimetres compact and 450 gram heavy plastic housing, which is not protected against splash water and dust, the GX9 does not show any flagship ambitions on the outside, but rather that it depends on the inner values. After all, the case is neatly finished and doesn’t make a “windy” impression. Large-scale “leatherings” with grained rubber even spray a certain style and quite a bit of high quality. This means that, despite its very small handle, the housing feels quite good and lies securely in the hand, as long as you don’t use too huge telephoto lenses. On the back there is even a small bridge that holds the thumb in place.

The operation is clearly aimed at ambitious amateur photographers. Thus, in addition to two shutter releases (one for photos, the other for videos), the program selector wheel with a good click-stop and the somewhat smooth-running exposure correction wheel, there are also two classic setting wheels with which parameters such as aperture and exposure time can be set independently of each other. There is also a four-way cross with sensible key presettings and seven additional keys as well as a lever for selecting the focus mode. It is a shame that the flash button is purely mechanical and does not allow the flash function to be set in addition to folding up. Three of the keys can also be programmed if you want a different function from the one provided. The many long menus are not necessarily the clearest. After all, up to 23 menu items can be saved on three pages in a favorites menu.

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The rear 7.5cm screen of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 shines very brightly with up to 750 cd/m² and can be folded up and down.

Further programmable function keys are displayed on the foldable touch screen, others can be called up via the quick menu. The screen measures 7.5 centimeters diagonally and has a resolution of 1.04 million pixels. With its maximum brightness of almost 750 cd/m², it easily outshines conventional smartphone displays and illuminates quite well against the sunlight. In favor of compactness, Panasonic dispenses with the usual pan and tilt mechanism; instead, the display behind the camera can be tilted 45 degrees downwards and 80 degrees upwards. That’s enough for taking pictures from a frog’s perspective and across crowds, but if you want to take pictures of yourself in love with selfies, the GX9 is the definitely wrong camera model for you.

The Lumix DC-GX9 has another unique feature that distinguishes many GX Series models: The electronic viewfinder can be tilted up 90 degrees, making photography from many perspectives much easier. In the past, photographers attached angle finders to their SLR cameras in order to make macro shots more convenient – the GX9 already has it built in. Thanks to the electronic viewfinder, a focus magnifier, an artificial horizon (spirit level) and fade-in grid lines are also integrated. There is a preview of the exposure and the white balance anyway, also the menus and the image reproduction run on request in the viewfinder. All you have to do is to put it to your eye, thanks to the proximity sensor it switches on automatically. The image has a sufficiently fine resolution of 2.36 million pixels, the 0.7x magnification in 35mm equivalent is even above average in this price class. However, spectacle wearers cannot completely see the viewfinder, but at least there is a far-reaching dioptric correction.

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The exposure correction wheel of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 sits below the tightly running program selector wheel, but is quite smooth and occasionally adjusts unintentionally. [Photo: Panasonic]

The equipment with interfaces has turned out to be somewhat economical. Behind a thoroughly innovative “sliding door” there is only a Micro-USB socket and a Micro-HDMI connection. Above all, a stereo microphone input would have looked good on the GX9. The Micro-USB connector can also be used to charge the replaceable lithium-ion battery, but only when the camera is turned off. An external charger is only available as an option. Thanks to Micro-USB you can recharge the battery anytime and anywhere, be it at the cigarette lighter of a car (with adapter), at the smartphone charger or a USB power bank. This is also absolutely necessary, because with 260 recordings according to the CIPA standard, the battery life is not exactly long.

The lithium-ion battery can be removed like the SD memory card on the bottom of the camera. The GX9 is also compatible to SDHC, SDXC and UHS I, but the interface doesn’t fail too fast with a bit less than 40 MByte per second memory speed. The metal tripod thread is exemplary in the optical axis in spite of the compact housing, although perhaps a little far at the front of the housing. Tripod exchange plates therefore do not block access to the battery and memory card compartment.

Equipment

The Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 offers a wide range of interesting functions from beginners to ambitious amateur photographers. This is clearly where Panasonic has saved the least. The intelligent automatic system, for example, analyzes the subject and sets the appropriate program; faces are also recognized and focused on the eyes. The GX9 also detects both subject and photographer movement and uses the integrated sensor shift image stabilizer in combination with the lens optical image stabilizer to counteract sufficiently short exposure times. If you wish, you can also select one of the numerous motif programs, which are illustrated with attractive example pictures.

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Practical: The viewfinder of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 can be folded up by 90 degrees and is reminiscent of a classic angle viewfinder, which used to have to be attached separately. [Photo: Panasonic]

If you want, you can add a certain style to the recordings with various filters, the GX9 is not stingy in its choice. In addition, various parameters such as color saturation, contrast, sharpening and noise reduction can be individually adjusted. More freedom is offered to the photographer in the creative programs, in which he can take control of the exposure parameters such as aperture, ISO sensitivity and exposure time if desired. The GX9 uses a very quiet and above all low vibration electromagnetic shutter, which allows short exposure times of up to 1/4,000 seconds. The noiseless electronic shutter even offers short exposure times of up to 1/16,000 second, but the rolling shutter effect can cause distortion of the subject during fast movements.

The bracketing function allows up to seven shots with a maximum EV exposure distance, allowing manual HDR shooting. But the Lumix also has an automatic HDR function to offer, the images are automatically merged. If you want to take panoramas from your hand, you can use the pan panorama mode. The GX9 takes serial pictures at a speed of nine frames per second. In highest JPEG quality we achieved 140 shots in a row, but in Raw there are only 31, which should be enough for most cases. Those who would like to have the sharpness corrected must get by with 7.4 frames per second, because then the fast DFD autofocus keeps many action motifs well in focus. However, since this is based on contrast, perfect focusing is not always guaranteed with moving subjects.

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The Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 is very compact with its “brick size” housing, but the small handle doesn’t offer too much grip. [Photo: Panasonic]

In single shots, however, it impresses with an unbeatable speed, it only takes 0.15 seconds from pressing the shutter button until the shot is in the box. Almost half the time allows itself the pure release delay, so the focus is really rapid. However, you sometimes notice that it works with contrast, especially in 4K resolution. Here it comes to a micro pump every now and then, with which the camera briefly checks whether the subject is still perfectly in focus. Otherwise there is nothing wrong with the video quality, also the sound is well recorded. Due to the lack of an external microphone connection, however, the GX9 cannot meet higher demands here.

Almost standard are the interesting 4K photo functions, which the GX9 also offers. Thus, one can produce 30 frames per second fast image series with at least 8.3 megapixels resolution per single frame. In addition, the GX9 is able to move through the focus area during such a series, so that you can later select on the screen with which focus plane the photo looks most beautiful. If a larger area should be in focus, this is no problem either, the focus stacking function extends the focus range of the 4K photos at the touch of a button. If you prefer to take full advantage of the sensor resolution, you can also use the bracketing function to take focus series instead of classic exposure series and later offset the photos on the PC with the appropriate software.

Despite the compact housing, Panasonic was able to accommodate both a small pop-up flash and a TTL system flash shoe on the top. The small flash first raises mechanically at the push of a button, but is then quickly charged. However, the low guide number of 5.2 (according to our measurement) ensures only a short range. With one exception, the small light dispenser has nothing missing in terms of functions: There is an automatic, a brightening function as well as a long-term synchronisation, if desired also with synchronisation on the second shutter curtain. The flash output can be corrected extensively and even a manual flash output setting in 22 steps is possible. However, no external flashes can be triggered wirelessly via TTL, for this you need a suitable system flash on the flash shoe.

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Even though the Staiv thread of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 sits a little far in front, it is still in the optical axis and above all far enough away from the battery and memory card compartment.

There are also numerous functions available for image reproduction that go beyond what is absolutely necessary. Above all, the GX9 offers an integrated raw data converter if you need a JPEG quickly. Even videos can be divided into two pieces. Slide shows can also be seen, even with a music background and moving picture effects, the Panasonic can come up.

Thanks to its good connectivity with Bluetooth and WLAN, the Lumix DC-GX9 connects to smartphones, tablets and even computers. Thanks to Bluetooth, the camera can be activated from the smartphone, and the GX9 can also access the smartphone’s position data to provide the images with the corresponding coordinates directly during recording. The wireless transmission of the pictures is also possible without any problems. In addition, the corresponding free app allows remote control of the camera including live image transmission and far-reaching setting options for the recording parameters.

Picture quality

The Lumix DC-GX9 delivers, as usual at Panasonic, quite reservedly processed JPEG images. They show a rather natural image processing, without jumping into the eyes with a crisp over-sharpening. However, depending on the requirements, it cannot be harmful to post-process the images easily or to adjust the camera’s internal image processing parameters accordingly. The Micro Four Thirds live MOS sensor delivers a physical resolution of just under 20 megapixels in 4:3 aspect ratio, with a crop factor of 2.0. This means that the 12-60mm zoom lens used in the test shows the same image detail as a 24-120mm zoom on a camera with a 35mm sensor. This makes the Micro-Four-Thirds lenses relatively compact and lightweight, but the depth of field is higher, which is sometimes an advantage and sometimes a disadvantage. In addition, the pixels on the sensor are somewhat smaller, which is why they are not optimally suited for particularly high ISO sensitivities.

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On this page we would have liked the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 to have a microphone input that would have rounded off the otherwise good video function. [Photo: Panasonic]

To get to the bottom of image quality, we tested the GX9 for image quality in our lab.

With the 12-60 mm F3.5-5.6, the resolution at 50 percent contrast reaches a maximum of only 48 line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm) in 35mm equivalent, which is not much for a 20-megapixel sensor. As mentioned at the beginning, however, the Panasonic prepares the images quite cautiously and therefore doesn’t emphasize the resolution as much. Nevertheless, the sharpness artifacts reach a maximum of over ten percent, but only at the wide-angle in the center of the image. The resolution maximum is reached in the watt-angle, minimally dimmed at F4. Beyond F5.6, the resolution decreases due to the small pixels. However, the resolution remains high at 44 lp/mm even at F8, but only 37 lp/mm at F11. At medium focal length, the lens must also be dimmed a little, here from F4.5 to F5.6, in order to reach the maximum resolution of 44 lp/mm. At the long end of the focal length no dipping is necessary, with 43 lp/mm the maximum resolution is already reached at open aperture, which is also hardly below the resolution at medium focal length.

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The small interface cover of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 slides into the camera as a sliding door, which looks innovative and higher quality than the usual covers in this price range. [Photo: Panasonic]

As usual for relatively inexpensive zooms, the resolution decreases strongly towards the edge of the picture, especially in the wide angle. Here, hardly more than 30 lp/mm are achieved, which corresponds to almost 40 percent loss of resolution. At medium focal length, the highest edge resolution of 33 lp/mm is achieved, which also means that the lens does not stain itself with fame. With a long focal length it’s only 30 lp/mm again, which is barely enough for sharp DIN A4 prints. The automatic distortion correction, which reduces the edge resolution, is probably not completely innocent of this. Nevertheless, at least in the wide-angle angle with 1.5 percent ton form there is still a slightly visible distortion, which disappears when zooming. Chromatic aberrations, on the other hand, hardly play a role; even at the maximum, the color fringes reach at most one pixel, and that only at the edge of the picture. Also the edge darkening is low with less than one f-stop.

Although the signal-to-noise ratio does not reach good values of over 40 dB due to the small pixels, it remains within the acceptable range of over 35 dB over an amazingly wide sensitivity range. Only beyond ISO 3,200 does it fall below that level. With the exception of the highest sensitivity of ISO 25,600, the noise is fine-grained, with only very slight brightness noise above ISO 3,200, while color noise plays no role at all. This suggests that noise suppression is a powerful tool, which is confirmed by the measurement of texture sharpness. Up to ISO 400, the fine details practically do not diminish, but above that they slowly become less. Above ISO 1.600 the images become slightly blurred, above ISO 3.200 there is a clear loss of fine structures.

After all, the noise suppression provided by the deep, interference-free black ensures a high dynamic range over a wide sensitivity range. From ISO 200 to 12,800, this is around and at eleven f-stops. At ISO 100 it is slightly lower because it is a “low” setting. The basic sensitivity is ISO 200, so the signal is dampened for ISO 100, which costs a narrow f-stop dynamic range. This is also noticeable in the tonal curve, which is somewhat flatter at ISO 100 than at the other sensitivities, where Panasonic provides crisp center contrasts that make the photos appear more dynamic. The output tonal range is highest at ISO 100 and 200 with almost 224 of 256 brightness gradations, but remains in the good range of over 160 levels up to ISO 3,200.

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The 4/3″ sensor of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 has a resolution of 20 megapixels and is movably mounted for image stabilization.

The color fidelity of the Panasonic GX9 is pretty good, which means that it reproduces most colors quite faithfully. But even the colors, which are changed for a subjectively more beautiful reproduction, do not deviate too much from the original. This concerns above all the somewhat increased saturation of the red and magentate tones, the minimal deviations of yellow towards green and cyan towards blue, on the other hand, are hardly worth mentioning. Also the white balance works perfectly in manual mode and even in automatic mode, the photographer has the choice whether he prefers to have neutral colours or the lighting mood. In addition, the white balance can even be fine-tuned in automatic mode to suit individual needs.

Bottom line

The Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 is a solid piece of camera technology that impresses with its good price-performance ratio. Even though the case is not made of metal and has no splash water protection, it is still quite neatly finished. You have to like the small handle of this compact design, but you get a unique folding viewfinder. The GX9 leaves nothing to be desired in terms of equipment, only a stereo microphone connection would have rounded off the camera perfectly. The operation has its advantages and drawbacks with the many wheels and buttons, which are partly programmable, but also the somewhat confusingly long menus. The image quality is especially good up to ISO 1,600, but even at ISO 3,200 it is still usable. Only in the resolution the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 doesn’t run to top form, but its image processing is too much trimmed to naturalness, which certainly finds its fans.

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The small lithium-ion battery of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 is already empty after 260 shots. It shares the compartment with the memory card, and the GX9 is compatible with SD, SDHC, SDXC, and UHS I.

Fact sheet

Fact sheet
Manufacturer Panasonic
Model Lumix DC-GX9
Sensor CMOS 4/3″ 17.3 x 13.0 mm (crop factor 2.0
)21.8 megapixels (physical)
20.3 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 3,3 µm
Resolution (max.) 5.184 x 3.888 (4:3)
Video (max.) 3.840 x 2.160 30p
Lens Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60 mm 3.5-5.6 Asph Power OIS (zoom lens)
Video viewfinder EVF, 100 % field coverage, 2,760,000 pixels resolution, 1.39x magnification (sensor related), 0.70x magnification (KB equivalent), diopter compensation (-4.0 to 3.0 dpt)
Monitor 3.0″ (7.5 cm)
Disbandment 1.240,000 pixels
tiltable yes
rotatable
swivelling
Touchscreen yes
AV connector HDMI Output Micro (Type D)
Fully automatic yes
Automatic motif control yes
Motive programmes 24
Program automation yes
Program shift yes
Aperture priority yes
Aperture priority yes
Manual yes
Bulb long time exposure yes
HDR function yes
Panorama function yes, Sweep panorama
Exposure metering Matrix/multi-field measurement (1,728 fields), center-weighted integral measurement, spot measurement
fastest shutter speed 1/4.000 s
Flash built-in flash
Synchronous time 1/200 s
Flash connection Flash shoe: Olympus/Panasonic (also Leica compact camera), standard center contact
WLAN yes
NFC yes
GPS external, permanent smartphone connection
Remote release yes, remote control via Smartphone/Tablet
Interval shooting yes
Storage medium
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I)
Sensitivity
automatic ISO 200-25.600
manually ISO 100-25.600
White balance
automatic yes
manual measurement yes
Kelvin input yes
Fine correction yes
Autofocus yes
Number of measuring fields 49 Contrast sensors
Speed 0,15 s
AF auxiliary light LED
Dimensions (mm) 124 x 72 x 47 mm
Weight (ready for operation) 450 g (housing only
)662 g (with lens)
Tripod socket in optical axis
Zoom
Zoom adjustment manual on lens
Battery life 260 images (according to CIPA standard)
– = “not applicable” or “not available”

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Large scope of equipment
  • Practical foldable viewfinder
  • Good image quality up to ISO 1,600
  • Very large lens selection

Cons

  • No microphone input
  • Exposure compensation wheel too smooth
  • Short battery life
  • Weak-chested internal flash without wireless control function

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor 4/3″ 17.3 x 13.0 mm (crop factor 2.0
)21.8 megapixels (physical) and 20.3 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 3,3 µm
Photo resolution
5.184 x 3.888 pixels (4:3)
5.184 x 3.456 pixels (3:2)
5.184 x 2.920 pixels (16:9)
3.888 x 3.888 pixels (1:1)
3.840 x 2.160 pixels (16:9)
3.712 x 2.784 pixels (4:3)
3.712 x 2.480 pixels (3:2)
2.784 x 2.784 pixels (1:1)
2.624 x 1.968 pixels (4:3)
2.624 x 1.968 pixels (4:3)
1.968 x 1.968 pixels (1:1)
1.920 x 1.080 Pixel (16:9)
1.824 x 1.368 pixels (4:3)
1.824 x 1.216 pixels (3:2)
1.824 x 1.024 Pixel (16:9)
1.712 x 1.712 pixels (1:1)
Panorama Swivel panorama
Picture formats JPG, RAW
Colour depth 24 bits (8 bits per color channel), 36 bits (12 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.31), DCF standard
Video resolution
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 30 p
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 25 p
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 24 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 60 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 i
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 30 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 24 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 30 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 25 p
640 x 480 (4:3) 25 p
Maximum recording time 70 min
Video format
MPG4 (Codec H.264)
AVCHD (Codec H.264)

Lens

Lens mount
Micro Four Thirds

Focusing

Autofocus mode Autofocus working range from -4 EV to 18 EV, contrast autofocus with 49 focus points
Autofocus Functions Single autofocus, Continuous autofocus, Tracking autofocus, Manual, AFL function, AF Assist Light (LED), Focus Peaking, Focus Magnifier (6x)
Focus control Depth of field control, dimming button, Live View

Viewfinder and Monitor

Monitor 3.0″ (7.5 cm) TFT LCD monitor with 1,240,000 pixels, anti-glare, brightness adjustable, colour adjustable, tiltable 80° upwards and 45° downwards, with touchscreen
Video viewfinder Video viewfinder (100 % field coverage) with 2,760,000 pixels, 1.39x magnification factor, diopter compensation (-4.0 to 3.0 dpt)

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 1,728 fields, spot measurement
Exposure times 1/4,000 to 60 s (Auto
)1/4,000 to 60 s (Manual)
1/16,000 to 60 s (Electronic Shutter)
Bulb with maximum 1,800 s Exposure Time
Exposure control Fully Automatic, Program Automatic (with Program Shift), Aperture Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual
Bracketing function Exposure bracketing function with maximum 7 shots, step size from 1/3 to 1 EV, HDR function
Exposure compensation -5.0 to +5.0 EV with step size of 1/3 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO 200 to ISO 25.600 (automatic
)ISO 100 to ISO 25.600 (manual)
Remote access Remote triggering, remote control via Smartphone/Tablet
Motives Flowers, Backlight, Skin, Kids, Landscape, Night Scene, Night Portrait, Portrait, Sunset, Food, Sports, 13 more scene modes
Picture effects Bleach bypass, cross development, high key, low key, miniature effect, monochrome, pop color, retro, selective color, sepia, toy camera, star grid, blur, various tinting and filter effects in parameterizable b/w mode, nostalgic, 9 further image effects
White balance Auto, Cloudy, Sun, White balance bracket, Fine-tune, Shadow, Flash, Incandescent, from 2,500 to 10,000 K, Manual 4 memories
Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB
Continuous shooting Continuous shooting function max. 9.0 fps at highest resolution and max. 100 stored photos, 6 fps at continuous AF
Burst function Burst function
Self-timer Self-timer at intervals of 2 s, special features: or 10 s (optional)
Timer Timer/interval recording with max. 9,999 recordings, start time adjustable
Shooting functions AEL function, AFL function, live histogram

Flashgun

Flash built-in flash (hinged
)Flash shoe: Olympus/Panasonic (also Leica compact camera), standard center contact
Flash range Flash sync time 1/200 s
Flash number Guide number 6 (ISO 100)
Flash functions Auto, Fill-in flash, Flash on, Flash off, Slow sync, Flash on second shutter curtain, Manual flash output (22 levels), Red-eye reduction by pre-flash, Flash exposure compensation from -3.0 EV to +3.0 EV

Equipment

Image stabilizer Sensor shift (optical)
Memory
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I)
GPS function GPS external (permanent smartphone connection)
Microphone Stereo
Power supply Power supply connectionUSB charging function
Power supply 1 x Panasonic DMW-BLG10E260
images according to CIPA standard
Playback Functions Red eye retouching, video editing, image cropping, image rotation, image protection, highlight / shadow warning, playback histogram, playback magnifier with 16.0x magnification, image index, slideshow function with music and fade effects, reduction
Face recognition Face recognition
Picture parameters Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Noise Reduction
Special functions Electronic spirit level, Grid can be displayed, Zebra function, Orientation sensor, Live View, User profiles with 3 user profiles
Ports Data interfaces: Bluetooth, USBUSB type
:USB 2.0 High SpeedWLAN
: present (type: B, G, N)
NFC: present
AV connectors AV Output: HDMI Output Micro (Type D
) Audio Input: noAudio Output
: no
Supported direct printing methods PictBridge
Tripod socket 1/4″ in optical axis
Features and Miscellaneous Electromagnetic shutterDust filter
with ultrasonic self-cleaning functionAutofocus
with scene recognition and trackingDFD autofocusPinpoint-AF5-levelsetting of colour saturation5-level

setting of

camera-internal focus5-level
setting of image contrast3-level
setting of graduation (High-Key, Normal, Low-Key)
4K photo function with 30 fps video exposure correction
from -3 to +3 EV image playback
in calendar viewLight panel view simultaneous

recording in RAW & video

JPEG format possible Subsequent
saturation correctionRAW processing functionTouch autofocus Electronic

viewfinder folds up 80 degreesEye sensorNoiseless

modePicture styles
Photo: 7Picture styles
Video

:

2Post focus functionFocus stackingFocus bracketing

max. 999 shotsTime-lap functionStop motion function1080p

shot max. 90 min

Size and weight

Dimensions W x H x D 124 x 72 x 47 mm
Weight 450 g (ready for operation)

Other

included accessories AC adapter, USB cable, Blitzshuh cover, strap, case cover
optional accessory Olympus FL-700WR Slip-on flash with swivel reflectorPanasonic
DMW-HGR2 Battery handlePanasonic
Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25 mm 1.7 (H-X1025) Zoom lens

Firmware update 1.1 for the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9: Function extensions

Panasonic has released new firmware version 1.1 for the mirrorless Lumix DC-GX9 system camera. This adds the settings “Cinelike D” and “Cinelike V” to the Photo Styles. In addition, the extended flash can now be switched off so that you don’t have to retract it if you don’t want it to flash. The update can be downloaded from the Panasonic website and installed by the user according to the instructions provided there. If you don’t have the confidence to do this yourself, you can ask your dealer or Panasonic support for help.

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