Panasonic DC GX9 Detailed Review

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In additional DC GX9 was introduced by Panasonic in February 2018. It belongs to the Mirrorless Cameras category.

Panasonic is well-known and shouldn’t require further introduction, please see our manufacturer’s page for more digital cameras by Panasonic.

Brand Panasonic
Category Mirrorless
Date 02/2018
Sensor Properties

Also DC GX9 has a Four Thirds CMOS sensor with size of 17 x 13 mm² (0.68″ x 0.51″).

Picture of DC GX9’s sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: DC GX9 comparing sensor sizes

The 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The DC GX9’s sensor has resolution of 20 megapixel.

The Panasonic supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Panasonic’s RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

The DC GX9 features a mechanism for automatic sensor cleaning.

Format Four Thirds
Sensor area 17.30 x 13.00mm²
(0.68″ x 0.51″)
Type CMOS
Resolution (physical) 21.77 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 20.30 megapixel
Pixel size 11.10 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 8 frames/second
Lens
Interchangeable lens
Mount Panasonic Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
Viewfinder Properties

The DC GX9 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.76 megapixel, an excellent value for a viewfinder like this which makes the camera a joy to use.

The magnifcation is c. 0.70x, an above average value for an electronic viewfinder.

Type Elektronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.70x
Resolution 2.76 megapixel
Dioptric correction
Shutter

The DC GX9’s shutter speed varies from 1/4000s to 60s.

Max. shutter speed 1/4000s
Min. shutter speed 60s
Sensitivity Properties

The DC GX9’s sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 25600 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Automatic
Min. sensitivity 100 ISO
Max. sensitivity 25600 ISO
Exposure Modes

The DC GX9 supports all general exposure modes.

The Panasonic allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Multi
Center weight
Partial
Spot
Auto Focus Properties

The DC GX9’s auto focus processor uses 49 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. when panning the camera).

Manual focus is also possible with the Panasonic, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

Type Contrast Detection
AF points 49
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The DC GX9 has a built-in flash with a diapason of up to 6m (20 ft.). That range will fit for almost all occasion.

Built-in
Range 6.00m
(20 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs

The DC GX9 display has a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 inches.) and a resolution 1.24 megapixel.

The camera display is intended for selfies or other occasion.

Display parameters:

Type LCD
Size 75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution 1.24 megapixel
Articulated
Touch screen
Video Specs

DC GX9 video supported the resolution with 3840 x 2160 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Panasonic DC GX9 Video parameters:

Max. resolution 3840 x 2160 pixel
…with frame rates 24 frames/second
25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The DC GX9 has Wi-fi connection. You can transfer photos to a mobile or laptop using wi-fi.

For photo transferring users may use Bluetooth option.

Connect the Panasonic to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Panasonic supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

WiFi
Bluetooth
NFC
Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
Apps
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini
USB-C
Custom
Memory

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 1
Memory cards SD
SDHC
SDXC
Battery

The Panasonic DC GX9 works with a BLG10E LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is an average 260 shots. That’s on the lower side of things for a full day, consider a spare battery for the DC GX9.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The DC GX9’s battery battery parameters:

Type BLG10E LiIon
Removable
In-camera charging
Battery life 260 photos
Size

The Panasonic DC GX9’s size is 124 x 72.1 x 46.8mm³. (4.9″ x 2.8″ x 1.8″). That dimensions are without lens. The weight of camera is 4.9″ x 2.8″ x 1.8″ grams (450 oz.) without lens weight.

Here is front and top view of the DC GX9:

Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The DC GX9 is not much bigger:

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