Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9

Introduction

Panasonic's Lumix DC-GX9 is a compact, rangefinder-styled camera that, in many ways, is especially well-suited for street and travel photographers. The design is handsome and understated, it comes with a 20 megapixel Four Thirds sensor and its standout feature is a tilting electronic viewfinder that is really handy, but not without its own caveats.

The GX9 is well-built and comes with a robust and customizable array of controls. Great JPEG colors and the addition of a L. Monochrome D setting (basically, a high-contrast black-and-white mode) will be fun and useful for users that desire high quality images without having to process Raw files - though the GX9's Raw files are awfully nice, too.

Key Specifications

  • 20.3MP Four Thirds sensor with no anti-aliasing filter
  • 'Dual IS' 5-axis in-body image stabilization
  • Depth from Defocus (DFD) contrast-detect AF
  • Tilting 2.76M-dot electronic viewfinder
  • 3" 1.24M-dot touchscreen display
  • 6 fps burst shooting with continuous AF
  • 4K UHD video capture at 30p
  • Built-in flash
  • Redesigned, electromagnetic shutter
  • New L. Monochrome D and Grain Effect color modes
  • Wi-Fi + Bluetooth

Processed in Adobe Camera Raw
Lumix G Vario 35-100mm F2.8 @ 35mm | ISO 500 | 1/400 sec | F2.8

Photo by Wenmei Hill

The GX9 is something of a blend of Panasonic's preceding Lumix GX8 and GX80/GX85/GX7 Mk II (what that camera is called depends on which market you're reading from). Following the original GX7, Panasonic moved the Lumix GX8 slightly upmarket, with a higher price, while introducing the GX85 shortly after at a lower price. As the GX9 sees those two lines recombined, there are some nuances to it feature set that we'll cover thoroughly on the following pages of this review.

Pricing and Availability

The DC-GX9 began shipping in early March 2018 at a price of $999 with the Panasonic Lumix G 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 OIS lens. Other regions will likely have other kits available.

Color choices are black or silver.


What's new and how it compares

The GX9's 20MP sensor now comes without an anti-aliasing filter, and Panasonic's added some neat new features like Sequence Composition.

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Body and controls

The GX9 is well-built and compact but has room for a good amount of customizability and controls - plus, of course, that tilting viewfinder.

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What's it like to use?

The GX9 is a versatile camera that will suit a wide range of uses and photographers.

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First impressions

Editor Jeff Keller details his experiences of using the GX9, from the JPEGs to the tilting viewfinder.

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Image Quality

The GX9's redesigned shutter eliminates shutter shock, and the JPEG engine gets a big update in terms of color.

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Autofocus

Panasonic's Depth-from-Defocus technology makes for speedy and accurate autofocus in a wide range of situations.

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Video

With high-bitrate 4K and good-quality 1080p, the GX9 is a great camera for casual video shooters.

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Sample gallery

We've been updating the GX9's sample gallery steadily over the time we've had it - take a look to see everything from cats to concerts.

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Conclusion

We really like the GX9, and find that it's a lovely camera to use. Plentiful controls make for an engaging experience, and the compact size means it's easy to bring with you.

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