Overview of the mirrorless camera Panasonic Lumix GX9: change of course
The camera came to me to the test with three lenses: one option package, the Lumix G VARIO 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6, aperture zoom Lumix Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH, Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8
Mode “4K photo” allows you to create mini videos with the ability to use any frame as a photo. The shooting is done with low photo resolution (3328 × 2496 format 4:3), but at 30 frames/s
Function Post focus. As the name implies, the essence of functions that we can choose on what terms to focus after the photo is made. This allows you to avoid annoying viewers with incorrect induced sharpness or just play around with the accents in the picture. In fact, this focus stacking: the camera takes multiple shots and combines them into an overall picture using the touch screen, the user can specify the object that needs to be as sharp.
L Monochrome: Dynamic. In addition to the extensive group of artistic filters from Panasonic are traditionally present a separate color profiles. In GX9 added a new black-and-white profile – L Monochrome: Dynamic. This is a reference to the days of monochrome film photography.
Shooting 4K video. Panasonic Lumix GX9 can record 4K video with frequency of 24 to 30 frames per second and is quite common for 4K bit rate of 100 Mbps.
Bluetooth (BLE). Bluetooth BLE profile allows the camera to maintain a constant connection, due to what is available fast reconnect mobile device without a regular password or a QR-code reader and a remote shutter release without activating Wi-Fi.
New shutter, mechanically limited to a speed of 1/4000, but when activated, the electronic range extends right up to 1/16000.
5-axis image stabilization system. This improvement compared to the previous model, the GX8, which uses a 4-axis (and not the most efficient compared to competitors) the in-cell stabilizer.
|Panasonic Lumix GX9||Panasonic Lumix GX8||Panasonic Lumix GX80||Sony a6300||Fujifilm X-E3|
|Image sensor||17,3 × 13 mm (Micro 4/3) Live MOS||17,3 × 13 mm (Micro 4/3) Live MOS||17,3 × 13 mm (Micro 4/3) Live MOS||The 23.5 × 15.6 mm (APS-C) Exmor CMOS||The 23.6 × 15.6 mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS III|
|Effective number of pixels||20.3 megapixels||20.3 megapixels||16 megapixels||24.2 megapixels||24.3 megapixel|
|Stabilizer||Built-in camera, 5-axis||Built-in camera, 4-axis||Built-in camera, 5-axis||No||No|
|Photo format||JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.31), RAW||JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW||JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW||JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW||JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW|
|Video format||AVCHD, MP4||AVCHD, MP4||AVCHD, MP4||XAVC S, AVCHD, MP4||MOV (MPEG 4/H. 264)|
|Mount||Micro 4/3||Micro 4/3||Micro 4/3||Sony E-mount||Fujifilm X mount|
|Frame size (in pixels)||up to 5184 × 3888||up to 5184 × 3888||up to 4592 × 3448||up to 6000 × 4000||up to 6000 × 4000|
|Video resolution (in pixels)||up to 3840 × 2160 (30fps)||up to 3840 × 2160 (30fps)||up to 3840 × 2160 (30fps)||up to 3840 × 2160 (30fps)||up to 3840 × 2160 (30fps)|
|Sensitivity||ISO 200-25600 with the possibility of expansion to ISO 100||ISO 200-25600 with the possibility of expansion to ISO 100||ISO 200-25600 with the possibility of expansion to ISO 100||ISO 100-25600 expandable to 51200||ISO 200-12800, expandable to ISO 100, 25600 and 51200|
|Shutter||Mechanical shutter: 1/4000–60 s;
Electronic shutter: 1/16000–1;
Long (Bulb): max. 30 minutes;
|Mechanical shutter: 1/8000–60 sec;
Electronic shutter: 1/16000–1;
Long (Bulb): max. 30 minutes;
|Mechanical shutter: 1/4000–60 s;
Electronic shutter: 1/16000–1;
Long (Bulb): max. 30 minutes;
|1/4000—30 c||Mechanical shutter: 1/4000–30 s;
Electronic shutter: 1/32000–1 sec;
Long (Bulb): max. 60 minutes
|The burst speed||up to 9 frames per second; in the mode of 4K photos up to 30 frames per second with electronic shutter||up to 10 frames per second; in the mode of 4K photos up to 30 frames per second with electronic shutter||up to 8 frames per second; in the mode of 4K photos up to 30 frames per second with electronic shutter||up to 11 frames per second||up to 8 frames per second with mechanical shutter, up to 14 frames per second with electronic shutter|
|Autofocus||Contrast, 49 points||Contrast, 49 points||Contrast, 49 points||Hybrid AF (phase 425 pixels, 169 contrasting points)||Hybrid, 325 points, of which 169 – phase, located on the matrix|
|Metering modes||TTL-metering in 1728 points, multipoint/centre weighted/spot||TTL-metering in 1728 points, multipoint/centre weighted/spot||TTL-metering in 1728 points, multipoint/centre weighted/spot||1200-zone evaluative: matrix, center-weighted, spot||TTL-metering in 256 points multi-point/center-weighted/average/spot|
|Compensation||±5 EV in 1/3-step increments||±5 EV in 1/3-step increments||±5 EV in 1/3-step increments||±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 steps||±5 EV in 1/3-step increments|
|Built-in flash||is, guide number 6 (ISO 200), 4.2 guide number (ISO 100)||No||is, guide number 6 (ISO 200), 4.2 guide number (ISO 100)||Built-in, sync 1/160 sec, guide number 6 (ISO 100)||Yes, attached, EF-X8, guide number 11 (ISO 200)|
|Self-timer||2/10 with||2/10 with||2/10 with||2/10 with||2/10 with|
|Memory card||SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I)||SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-II)||SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-II)||Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo; SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)||single slot SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)|
|Display||LCD, 3 inch, 1240 thousand points, touch, tilt||OLED, 3-inch, 1040 thousand pixels, touch, swivel||LCD, 3 inch, 1040 thousand pixels, touch, tilt||LCD, 3 inch, 921k-dot, tilt||LCD, 3 inch, 1 040 thousand points|
|Viewfinder||Electronic (OLED with 2360 thousand points), rotary||Electronic (OLED with 2360 thousand points), rotary||Electronic (OLED with 2360 thousand points)||Electronic (OLED with 2359 K dots)||Electronic (OLED 0.5 inch with 2360 thousand points)|
|Interfaces||HDMI, USB||HDMI, USB, external microphone||HDMI, USB, external microphone||USB, HDMI, external microphone (3.5 mm)||HDMI, USB, 2.5 mm for external microphone/remote control|
|Wireless modules||Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 (LE)||Wi-Fi, NFC||Wi-Fi, NFC||Wi-Fi, NFC||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)|
|Food||Li-ion battery DMW-BLC10 with a capacity of 7,4 VT·CH (1025 mAh, 7.2 V)||Li-ion battery DMW-BLC12E with a capacity of 8.7 WH (1200 mAh, 7.2 V)||Li-ion battery DMW-BLC10 with a capacity of 7,4 VT·CH (1025 mAh, 7.2 V)||Li-ion battery NP-FW50, 7,3 WH (1020 mAh, 7.2 V)||Li-ion battery NP-W126S with a capacity of 8.7 WH (1200 mAh, 7.2 V)|
|Dimensions||124 × 72 × 47 mm||133,2 x 77,9 x 63,1 mm||122 × 71 × 44 mm||120 × 66,9 × 48,8 mm||121,3 × 73,9 × 42,7 mm|
|Weight||407 grams (incl. the battery and memory card)||487 grams (incl. the battery and memory card)||426 grams (incl. the battery and memory card)||404 grams (with battery and memory card)||337 grams (incl. the battery and memory card)|
|Current price||59 800 rubles for the version without lens (body); 69 990 rubles for the version with lens (kit)||65 800 rubles for the version without lens (body);
83 900 rubles for the version with lens (kit)
|59 990 rubles for the version without lens (body) ; 67 590 rubles for the version with lens (kit)||59 990 rubles for the version without lens (body); 65 990 rubles for the version with lens (kit)||59 990 rubles for the version without lens (body), 85 000 rubles for the version with lens (kit)|
Design, ergonomics, management
Panasonic GX9 is distinguished by its modest size (124 × 72 × 47 mm) and small weight of 407 grams with battery and memory card (but no lens). This is the real “return to the roots” series, GX is again compact while maintaining rotary display (albeit only in the vertical plane) and the viewfinder is also rotatable. To abandon this unique Panasonic chips are not to hand.
Optics, with which the tested camera is also lightweight and small – especially the “folding” of the 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6, which, of course, sounds rather like the traditional “pancake” than a zoom lens. In General is not a problem to take the walk camera and three lens technique does not take up much space in a backpack, its weight is almost not felt.
The camera body is metal sheathed with inserts “under the skin” that helps it not to slide in hands. There is also a small ledge to grip with the right hand – it adds comfort to work. Panasonic GX9 available in two colors: all black or black with silver.
A large part of the controls are located on the rear panel of the camera: here we see the toggle button renderers (viewfinder/display), gear lever type focus, hoist push button flash and autofocus lock, one of the selectors changing the settings, buttons to activate a mode “postfocus”, playback, quick menu and display settings. Also, there is a call button on the main menu and is surrounded by keys, responsible for the ISO, AF mode, shooting mode and white balance.
The rest of the space on the rear panel is a sloping three-inch screen. It has a touch surface that will be convenient for those who are accustomed to such a method of control in modern gadgets with the touch of a finger you can set the focus point and quickly scroll through the menu. Compared to GX8 higher resolution screen with 1.04 million (720 × 480) to 1.24 million pixels (1280 × 720).
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The top panel contains the following elements: selector modes combined with exposure compensation selector, the second selector disk, the lever on/off camera button video recording, built-in flash and hot Shoe.
In General, management bodies and management principle under which all the most popular camera features fixed a button, quite convenient: no need to constantly refer to the menu, all clearly and makes it impossible to get lost. It will certainly be a pleasant fact for those who are just mastering manual settings and is afraid of “getting lost” in the menu. Also note that you can reassign the functions of the three keys and selector discs.
One of the interesting parts of the camera – the rising (90 degrees maximum) up the viewfinder. It’s not new for a range of Panasonic cameras, but an interesting feature for those who like to shoot from the lower angle on a Sunny day when the picture on the inclined display becomes less legible. The viewfinder has a resolution of 2.7 million points and made the basis of OLED-matrix. The size of it, however, inferior to what was used in the GX8.
Quite unusual is implemented and access to the connectors on the right side of the camera: cover them cover when opening the “leaves” inside the shell. The decision itself is interesting, but it took me a while to get the hang of it quickly in one movement to open the lid.
The bottom panel is a single compartment for battery and card slot standard SD slot – supports only cards of speed class UHS-I For camera of this class, this parameter does not seem critical.
Panasonic GX9 heavily marketed as a camera for travel photography enthusiasts, and I was able to test it in that capacity. As mentioned in the beginning of the article, the lightness and compactness of the camera can be attributed to its unique advantages – for a day’s outing with GX9 not tired. But, going to a way, it is also important to understand whether there is enough on the shot of the stock battery. In this sense, the camera doesn’t offer anything phenomenal, but face in the dirt does not hit. It has battery DMW-BLG10E capacity of 7,4 VT·CH (1025 mAh, 7.2 V).
Every time I was able to stretch a charge for a full day, but the shooting was conducted in not too intensive and frequent interruptions. Those who used to shoot a lot, you should definitely buy an extra battery. Duration of operation on one battery charge according to CIPA standard is 260 frames.
Or carry a power Bank Yes, the Panasonic Lumix GX9 can be recharged using a standard USB cable. Completely from external charger Panasonic did not refuse if you wish, you can use the classic version.
For Panasonic Lumix GX9 used for the traditional Panasonic contrast method of focusing using 49 points – exactly the same as in younger models GX80 or GX800.
The camera focuses quickly, but sometimes there were problems with accuracy when you try to set the focus point on the touch screen under difficult conditions (e.g. when taking pictures of a flowering Bush when I was trying to focus on a particular flower) – focus was not set on the desired object. Autofocus may be a little “fidget” and for portraits.
Showed good tracking focus: when shooting a model running at the camera in burst mode almost all the footage was correctly focused. Even if a couple of frames, the focus is off, then the camera is again “caught” the model in focus. Also note high ISO (up to -4 EV).