Panasonic GX9

 
Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 front
 
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 407g - 124 x 72 x 47mm
  • Announced February 2018
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  • Alternatives
Portability
82
Imaging
63
Features
80
Overall
69

Panasonic GX9 summary

Panasonic GX9 is Panasonic's Advanced Mirrorless camera originally released on February of 2018. The camera has a 20MP, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a max resolution of 5184 x 3888.

The GX9 ranks at #24 out of 54 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras and overall #147 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. You should check out our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your customized criteria.

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Panasonic GX9 family

The Panasonic GX9 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the full list below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G95 front thumbnailPanasonic G95
GX9 vs G95
20.3MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2019
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GX9 front thumbnailPanasonic GX920MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX850 front thumbnailPanasonic GX850
GX9 vs GX850
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G85 front thumbnailPanasonic G85
GX9 vs G85
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX85 front thumbnailPanasonic GX85
GX9 vs GX85
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF8 front thumbnailPanasonic GF8
GX9 vs GF8
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX8 front thumbnailPanasonic GX8
GX9 vs GX8
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G7 front thumbnailPanasonic G7
GX9 vs G7
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF7 front thumbnailPanasonic GF7
GX9 vs GF7
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM5 front thumbnailPanasonic GM5
GX9 vs GM5
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM1 front thumbnailPanasonic GM1
GX9 vs GM1
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX7 front thumbnailPanasonic GX7
GX9 vs GX7
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF6 front thumbnailPanasonic GF6
GX9 vs GF6
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH3 front thumbnailPanasonic GH3
GX9 vs GH3
16MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF5 front thumbnailPanasonic GF5
GX9 vs GF5
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX1 front thumbnailPanasonic GX1
GX9 vs GX1
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF3 front thumbnailPanasonic GF3
GX9 vs GF3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH2 front thumbnailPanasonic GH2
GX9 vs GH2
16MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF2 front thumbnailPanasonic GF2
GX9 vs GF2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF1 front thumbnailPanasonic GF1
GX9 vs GF1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH1 front thumbnailPanasonic GH1
GX9 vs GH1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

Panasonic GX9 Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of benefits and drawbacks of the Panasonic GX9 based on features that are typically considered crucial in a camera.

comes with HDMI support
connects via bluetooth
does not have low pass filter
good ISO range (25,600)
good resolution screen (1,240 thousand dot)
has built in flash
has face detect focusing
has touchscreen
has tracking focus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
manual focus
megapixel count good (20MP)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
quiet shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
screen tilts up and down
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports phase detect AF
supports RAW formats
supports touch to focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
display is not selfie friendly
no headphone jack
no mic jack
not so great battery pack (260 per charge)
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Panasonic GX9 Sensor features

The Panasonic GX9 houses the Venus Engine processor. The measurement of the sensor in the Panasonic GX9 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 5184 x 3888 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 20MP and has a native ISO range of 200 - 25600. The ISO can also be widened digitally to a low of 100. RAW format is saved which means that you have more margin for error.

Panasonic opted to omit the low pass filter on the Panasonic GX9. This can result in more detailed photos but can cause moire under some conditions.

The picture below shows the GX9's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The GX9 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic GX9 dimensions

Panasonic GX9 weighs around 0.90 lb (407 grams / 14.36 oz) and features exterior dimensions of 124mm x 72mm x 47mm (4.9" x 2.8" x 1.9"). The weight of typical Advanced Mirrorless camera is 437 grams so the Panasonic GX9 is very much the same in comparison with various competitors.

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Listed below is a visual of the Panasonic GX9 next to a soft drink so you're able to have a feel for its size.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show you the button design on the GX9.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 topview buttons dials

Panasonic GX9 Lens features

The GX9 uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 151 lenses currently available. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the GX9.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-300mm-F4-IS-Pro lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital 300mm F4 IS Pro300mmf/4.0 1270g
Samyang-Reflex-300mm-f6.3-UMC-CS-Four-Thirds lensSamyang Reflex 300mm f6.3 UMC CS300mmf/6.3 260g
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Panasonic-Leica-DG-Macro-Elmarit-45mm-F2.8-ASPH-OIS lensPanasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS45mmf/2.8 225g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-14-42mm-f3.5-5.6 lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.614-42mmf/3.5-5.6 150g
Samyang-24mm-f1.4-ED-AS-UMC-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 24mm f1.4 ED AS UMC24mmf/1.4 580g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-20mm-F1.7-II-ASPH lensPanasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 II ASPH20mmf/1.7 87g
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Panasonic-Leica-DG-Summilux-15mm-F1.7-ASPH lensPanasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH15mmf/1.7 115g
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Panasonic GX9 Connectivity

The GX9 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily transfer photos and usually change settings without connecting physically with the camera.

Several apps also give a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external display. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Panasonic GX9 Video features

The max video quality in the Panasonic GX9 is 3840 x 2160 and it can save in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 format. 2160p can provide a superb quality for video. You can easily downsample to 1080p in order to get cleaner video. Be wary of the huge file sizes and make sure you own good SD cards with good write speed. The body does not have a mic and / or headphone port which means you have zero control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to consider another camera in case you want better sound in your video clips.

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Panasonic GX9 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing in the Panasonic GX9 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.

Panasonic GX9 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic GX9 has a 3 inch tilting screen with a resolution of 1,240 thousand dots.

Additionally the screen is touch friendly which means that you can easily switch focus point and adjust settings by using your finger.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Panasonic GX9 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,760 thousand dots
  • Coverage 100%
  • Magnification 0.7x

Viewfinders are quite useful for bright outdoor conditions which can make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Panasonic GX9 Shutter features

Panasonic GX9 continuous shooting speed is 9.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000s. The camera also features silent electronic shutter of 1/16000s. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter may produce "rolling shutter" under some lighting conditions.

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Panasonic GX9 Flash and Hot shoe features

Panasonic GX9 boasts both built in flash and external flash support.

Panasonic GX9 Autofocus features

Panasonic GX9 boasts both Phase Detect Autofocus along with Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster & accurate than Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which makes it valuable for people photography.

The Sensor has 49 focus points to pick from. Panasonic GX9 has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to shift where you focus. It also has Tracking Autofocus for things on the move. Panasonic GX9 has got manual focusing when required for low light occasions or you require more exact control on focusing.

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Panasonic GX9 Battery life

The battery pack in the Panasonic GX9 is designed to last for 260 shutters with respect to the CIPA standards which is less than its competition. The usual Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 366. Sony A6600 has the maximum (810) battery life for this class of cameras.

Underneath is a collection of Advanced Mirrorless cameras that have the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Sony-Alpha-A7c front thumbnailSony A7c
GX9 vs A7c
740 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Z5 front thumbnailNikon Z5
GX9 vs Z5
470 yesnoyes

Panasonic GX9 for specific types of photography

The following illustration shows a outline of the Panasonic GX9 for specific types of photography. To see more, have a look at the specific section below.

Panasonic GX9 Portrait photography advice

The Panasonic GX9 gets a rating of 77 which is outstanding, meaning that it is a tremendous fit for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support along with the ability to use external flash.

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you can focus manually
good resolution (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats

Panasonic GX9 Street photography highlights

With a very high score of 84, the Panasonic GX9 is a outstanding choice to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of image quality and portability.

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has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
supports touch focus
very good ISO range (25,600)

Panasonic GX9 Sports photography info

A nice sports photography points total of 74 suggests the Panasonic GX9 is a fine pick for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have fantastic tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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silent mode (1/16,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (20MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
sensor has phase detect auto focus
bad battery life (260 per charge)

Panasonic GX9 Travel photography highlights

Size is extremely critical in choosing a camera for travel. Overall, the Panasonic GX9 gets a above average 72 for a travel camera which makes it a fine choice for your journeys.

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connects via bluetooth
includes focus by touch
decent megapixels (20MP)
built-in flash
not so great battery pack (260 per charge)
does not posses selfie friendly screen

Panasonic GX9 as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody planning to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic GX9 at it's exceptional rating of 78 as a landscape camera is a wonderful option compared to it's rivals.

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focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
no low pass filter
great ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
bad battery (260 shots)

Vlogging with Panasonic GX9

A vlogging camera preferably should come with a articulating display screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Panasonic GX9 is not really appropriate for vlogging as it comes to a low score of 36.

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screen is touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detection focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
missing external microphone jack

Panasonic GX9 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the GX9, here is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall under the category of Advanced Mirrorless.

The graph here offers you a summary of the GX9 compared to it's top rated rivals shown above.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might regard as alternative options. To check out a full comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Panasonic
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9
Category
Advanced Mirrorless
Announced
2018-02-13
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Processor Chip
Venus Engine
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
224.9mm²
Sensor resolution
20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
5184 x 3888
RAW images
Max native ISO
25600
Lowest native ISO
200
Lowest enhanced ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points
49
Lens
Lens support
Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses
107
Focal length multiplier
2.1
Screen
Display type
Tilting
Display diagonal
3 inches
Display resolution
1,240 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
2,760 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Viewfinder magnification
0.7x
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
60s
Max shutter speed
1/4000s
Max quiet shutter speed
1/16000s
Continuous shutter speed
9.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
6.00 m (at ISO 200)
Flash options
Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Max video resolution
3840x2160
Video file format
MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
Yes
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
407 gr (0.90 lb)
Dimensions
124 x 72 x 47mm (4.9" x 2.8" x 1.9")
Other
Battery life
260 shots
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 photos over 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
Storage slots
1
Price at release
$1,000