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Panasonic Lumix GX9 Review - Verdict

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Value for Money

The Panasonic Lumix GX9 is available for £699 (body only) which makes it quite good value for money compared to some of the competition. Alternatives to look at include the following cameras, with Panasonic's other cameras, such as the GX8 and GX80 offering the most competitive prices: 

  • Panasonic Lumix GX8, 20.3mp, 4-axis IS, 8fps, 4K video, 4K photo, weather-sealed, £699 with 12-60mm lens
  • Panasonic Lumix GX80, 16mp, 5-axis IS, 8fps, 4K video, 4K photo, £499 with lens
  • Panasonic Lumix G9, 20mp, 5-axis IS, 60fps, 4K video, 6K photo, weather-sealed, £1499 body only
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, 16mp, 5-axis IS, 10fps, FullHD video, weather-sealed, £849 body only
  • Fujifilm X-E3, 24mp APS-C, 8fps, 4K video, Bluetooth, £799 body only
  • Sony Alpha A6500, 24mp APS-C, 5-axis IS, 11fps, 4K video, Bluetooth, weather-sealed, £1279 body only

You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

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Panasonic Lumix GX9 Verdict

The Panasonic Lumix GX9 updates the GX8, with a more compact camera body, a tilting screen, and smaller electronic viewfinder (EVF), which is most likely unavoidable due to the smaller body size. The 3inch tilting touch-screen has a good resolution of 1270K dots, and continuous shooting speed has been improved to 9fps. In-camera image stabilisation has been updated to 5-axis image stabilisation, and can be used in combination with lens based image stabilisation, when using Panasonic lenses. 

Image quality has been improved with slightly better noise performance, and colour reproduction is now better than ever with Panasonic's latest cameras. There's a built-in flash, which was missing from the GX8, and the camera also has a quieter shutter than the GX8. Battery life could be considered as quite low, with 260 shots possible on normal settings, so we'd recommend using the power saving mode, which should increase battery life to 900 shots.

Whether you need the GX9 or the GX80 could be a tough call, and if you are happy with 16mp images, then it could be worth having a look at the GX80 in our comparison, as it certainly offers excellent value for money. However, the GX9 offers all of the latest white balance settings, including the extremely useful "Cool" auto white balance setting, making product shots easier. Bluetooth has been added, making it easier to transfer images to your smartphone or tablet, and you may as well benefit from the 20mp sensor, which delivers great image quality.

 

Panasonic Lumix GX9 Pros

  • 20mp sensor
  • 5-axis image stabilisation sensor
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in
  • Auto White Balance "Cool" setting
  • More compact body compared to GX8
  • Great image quality
  • 4K video quality

Panasonic Lumix GX9 Cons

  • Smaller EVF than GX8
  • Short battery life unless you use the power saving mode
  • Some will no doubt wish for a mic socket

 

Features5/5
Handling4.5/5
Performance4.5/5
Value4.5/5
Overall Verdict

 


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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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