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Panasonic Lumix GX9 Review - Performance

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Panasonic Lumix GX9 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

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Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.05
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.125
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.1
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 0.8
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.4
Shot to Shot with Flash 0.65
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
8fps (149 before slowdown)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW+Fine 8fps (29 before slowdown)


Silent shooting is available using the electronic shutter. The standard shutter sound is quieter than the GX8, and similar to other mirrorless cameras. Tested using a Toshiba Exceria Pro UHS-II U:3, 260MB/s SD card, and the Panasonic 12-32mm lens.


Panasonic Lumix GX9 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Photos are well exposed with bright saturated colours and good levels of detail particularly when shooting in bright sunny conditions. On the GX8, shadow areas occasionally showed signs of noise but images captured on the GX9 don't show any sign of this and overall, are very well balanced. 

 

Panasonic Lumix GX9 Lens test images

Lens Performance - The camera automatically corrects for lens distortion, as well as purple fringing, and as a result, there were hardly any issues with purple fringing or distortion visible. The 12-32mm kit lens performs well, with good levels of detail, however it is prone to flare when shooting into direct, bright sunlight but a lens hood can easily fix this. One area where the 12-32mm lens lacks is in close-up focus, with the lens not being particularly suited to close-up macro work. 

 

Panasonic Lumix GX9 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - The standard ISO range available is ISO200 to ISO25600. An extended ISO100 (Low) is also available, but records lower dynamic range. For the lowest noise and best detail possible we would recommend using ISO100 to ISO1600, as images have low levels of noise and good levels of detail. For lower light situations ISO1600 to ISO6400 still provides good results, although noise increases and detail is reduced. At ISO12800 noise levels become strong and we would recommend avoiding this setting if possible, although results may still be useful if resized and used on the web. ISO25600 is best avoided as noise is high, and detail is low. Noise reduction can be set from -5 to +5, and we took these shots on default settings.

The noise performance is almost identical to the Panasonic Lumix G9, and there is a slight but subtle improvement in noise performance compared to the GX8, with lower chroma noise.

 

Panasonic Lumix GX9 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - White balance performance is good, with auto white balance producing good, but warm, results under tungsten and mixed lighting. Using the auto white balance (AWB) cool setting you get much more accurate results under tungsten lighting. AWB performs well under fluorescent lighting, and there is no fluorescent preset available.

 

Panasonic Lumix GX9 Digital filters

Digital Filters - Creative effects let you apply a number of digital filters to the images, and you can shoot JPEG and raw so that you can go back to the original if you want to. There is also an option to save the original, unedited JPEG image as well as is the option to shoot photos with and without creative filter options applied simultaneously. There are several preset colour modes, these can be customised letting you alter the contrast, sharpness, noise reduction, and saturation levels. The monochrome colour options let you choose a black and white filter which includes L Monochrome which gives the feel of black and white film to your images. There's also an option for adding grain. 

 

1/125 sec | f/5.2 | 25.0 mm | ISO 2500
 

Panorama mode - The camera features an automatic panoramic mode, where you simply press the shutter release button and pan the camera from one side to the other. Results are very good and well stitched together, with a high-resolution image produced. Although, the shutter is loud when panning. 

 

Video - You can choose between AVCHD (FullHD) and MP4 (4K and FullHD) video recording. 4K UHD (3840x2160) video is recorded at 30, 25, or 24p, and 100mbps. Image stabilisation can be used, and there's also an option for additional electronic stabilisation, and IS Lock. Detail is very good when recording 4K video, however the microphones are quite good at picking up wind noise, as shown in the video below. We recorded this with the 12-32mm lens, and Wind Noise Cancellation was set to "Standard" - there are options for Off, Standard and High. Additional sample videos can be found on the ePHOTOzine YouTube channel.


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Comments


ChrisV 15 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2018 2:10PM
In many ways it's a downgrade from the GX8. Lack of weather sealing and the smaller field sequential viewfinder certainly pitch it as a lower-end camera - I've also read elsewhere the optional grip is needed to improve balance and handling. I also like a swivel screen, but that's more a mater of taste than anything else.

All in all this feels more like a repositioning of the GX line rather than an update to its predecessor. While there are a lot of nice little enhancements there's too much to miss from the GX8 for this to be any sort of viable direct replacement.
cfreeman 18 1.0k United Kingdom
13 Feb 2018 9:26PM
I'm a fan of Panasonic cameras and own both the GX80 and GX8 so I was awaiting this new camera with much anticipation. I was expecting more of a G9 in a smaller body but this new GX9 is more of a GX90 than a GX9 - a definite upgrade to the GX80 but I wouldn't class it as an upgrade of the GX8.

Perhaps Chris is correct a repositioning of the GX line. I've no doubt it is a good camera in its own right but for me - a pity because had it been a clear GX8 upgrade I certainly would have bought one.
lemmy 15 2.9k United Kingdom
17 Feb 2018 12:04PM
When the GX8 came out it was criticised as not being an upgrade to the much loved GX7 but much bigger and represented a a new camera type. The GX9 is a clear upgrade to the GX7 and its successor the GX80.

Panasonic has a pretty eccentric naming record - I suggested in one of my videos that they used a random number generator - but if you look at the range minus the GX8 it makes much more sense. GX9 smaller rangefinder style, G80 smaller DSLR style, G9 top line stills, GH5 top line hybrid, GH5S top line video.

The GX8 doesn't really fit in there and given that Panasonic have so many cameras in their Micro Four Thirds range already it's a moot point whether they'll replace it. Some rationalisation is necessary - I get a mass of queries from people who can't sort put which is for what. Chris is right, I think it represents an effort to bring some logic to the range where the GX8 was basically nothing to do with the GX7.

The Pen F would be a n alternative buy for otherwise GX8 buyers, less good AF performance all round but nicely made.
31 May 2018 2:19AM
I'd get this camera if it had the EVF from the GX8. As is I'll probably wait for the GX10
lemmy 15 2.9k United Kingdom
31 May 2018 9:25AM

Quote:I'd get this camera if it had the EVF from the GX8. As is I'll probably wait for the GX10
If it had the EVF of the GX8 it would be much bigger, so then we'd say "I'd get this camera if it had the body size of the GX80" Smile
RoyChilds 14 117 England
23 Apr 2019 3:57PM
100 quid off from Wex this makes body only £400 so for that reason I'm in

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