Panasonic Lumix GX9 Hands On

Panasonic announced two new cameras earlier today – the Lumix GX9 – a small rangefinder-style Micro 4/3 camera and a large sensor (1″) compact camera with a long zoom – the Lumix DC-ZS200 / TZ200 (depending on the market).

We are going to focus here on the GX9 which according to Matt Higgs from Wex Photo in the U.K. who had a chance to play with this camera in Rome is a great little street photography camera – more reminiscent of the GX7 than the GX8 but with several improvements.

The camera has a 20.3MP sensor (micro 4/3) but with no AA filter (like the GH5S and G9) it has dual image stabilization (5 axis) a higher res tilt viewfinder and a touch screen (but sadly no tilt or vari-angle on this one).

The camera does shoot 4K at up to 30p but this isn’t really designed for video work as it doesn’t have a mic or headphone jacks so the most that you can capture with it is some short clips with the built-in mic. The camera is more oriented towards street photography with its compact design and simple and straightforward handling as well as some new features such as low power BT and a simpler option to geo-tag images.

Here are some specs of the GX9:

  • Sensor: 20.3MP micro 4/3 (no AA filter).
  • Processor: Venus Engine Image.
  • Image stabilization: Dual IS’ 5-axis in-body.
  • AF: Depth from Defocus contrast-detect AF
  • Viewfinder: Tilting 2.76M-dot electronic
  • LCD: 3″ 1.24M-dot touchscreen.
  • Continuous shooting: 6 fps burst shooting with continuous AF
  • Video: 4K UHD video capture at 30p.
  • Built-in flash.
  • Redesigned shutter mechanism with electromagnetic drive.
  • Color modes: New L. Monochrome D and Grain Effects.
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi + Bluetooth lower power
  • Price: $800 (or $1000 with 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH POWER O.I.S. lens).

You can find many more photography gear announcements and new products on our photography gear section here on LensVid.


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