Panasonic LUMIX GX9 launched: 4K photos and videos, 5-axis stabilization and improved image quality

Feb 13, 2018

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Panasonic LUMIX GX9 launched: 4K photos and videos, 5-axis stabilization and improved image quality

Feb 13, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Panasonic has officially launched LUMIX GX9, a new mirrorless micro four-thirds camera. It packs a lot of great features in a compact body and as Panasonic itself writes, it’s aimed at “amateur photographers wanting a professional experience.”

It features a 20.3 MP sensor, shoots 4K video at 30fps, and allows you to save video frames as 4K photos. Many of the features are aimed at capturing the perfect shot, so it seems that this camera would be ideal for street photographers.

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Unlike previous models, the GX9’s sensor comes without a low-pass filter, in order to capture more details. Panasonic promises that the sensor” achieves the truest color reproduction from dark to bright parts of the image,” which especially improves skies and skin tones. The ISO ranges between 200 and 25,600, or 100-25,600 in the Extended Mode.

In burst mode, Panasonic GX9 shoots at 9 fps (AFS) / 6 fps (AFC). The company promises fast and accurate focus even in extremely low-lit situations. The camera lets you choose more easily between multiple frames with a new Auto Marking function.

GX9 allows precision and stabilization when shooting both videos and stills. It combines 2-axis optical image stabilization and 5-axis body image stabilizer. It provides you with several AF functions, all aimed to help you nail focus even with fast-moving subjects and in low-light conditions.

As for the video, GX9 shoots 4K video in 3840×2160 at 30/p. It also allows users to “capture the fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution to save it as a 4K photo.”

There are some more features worth noting, such as tillable viewfinder and LCD screen, which allow you more flexibility when shooting. Here are the full specs, so you can get acquainted with the camera further:

Imaging
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 21.77 Megapixel
Effective: 20.3 Megapixel
Max Resolution 5184 x 3888
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MP4
Audio: AAC, Dolby Digital 2ch
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 24, 30 fps (100 Mb/s MP4)
1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28 Mb/s MP4)
1920 x 1080p at 30 fps (20 Mb/s MP4)
1280 x 720p at 30 fps (10 Mb/s MP4)
1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28 Mb/s AVCHD)
1920 x 1080p at 24, 30 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)
1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min 59 Sec
Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo + Mono)
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Flexible (AFF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 49
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,760,000
Viewfinder Eye Point 17.5 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.7x
Diopter Adjustment -4 to +3 m
Display Screen 3″ Rear Touchscreen Swivel Touchscreen LCD (1,240,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-25600 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 60 – 1/4000 Second
Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 – 0 Minute in Bulb Mode
1/25 – 1/16000 Second in Movie Mode
Type: Electronic
Speed: 1 – 1/16000 Second
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multiple, Spot Metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Metering Range: EV 0.0 – EV 18.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set 1, White Set 2, White Set 3, White Set 4
Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 9 fps at 20.3 MP for up to 30 Frames in Raw Format
Up to 9 fps at 20.3 MP for up to 100 Frames in JPEG Format
Up to 6 fps at 20.3 MP for up to 30 Frames in Raw Format
Up to 6 fps at 20.3 MP for up to 100 Frames in JPEG Format
Up to 2 fps at 20.3 MP for up to 30 Frames in Raw Format
Up to 2 fps at 20.3 MP for up to 100 Frames in JPEG Format
Up to 30 fps at 8 MP with 4K PHOTO Mode
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-Eye Reduction
Forced On
Forced On/Red-Eye Reduction
Off
Slow Sync
Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide No. 13.78′ (4.2 m) ISO100
Max Sync Speed 1 / 200 Second
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Performance
Self Timer 10 Seconds, 2 Seconds
Interval Recording Yes
Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Power
Battery 1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1025 mAh
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 – 80%
Physical
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.9 x 2.8 x 1.8″ / 124.0 x 72.1 x 46.8 mm
Weight 14.36 oz / 407 g with battery and memory card

Panasonic LUMIX GX9 is ready for preorders and it comes with a 12-60mm kit lens. The price of the kit is $997.99 and you can get it in black and silver. As for the availability, the shipping is expected to begin on 12 March current year (23 March at B&H).

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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