The Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 is a kind of uncommon cameras that appears to be greater than the sum of its elements. It is not a market chief in any particular space, it is not significantly cheap, and I’ve used and reviewed cameras that provide objectively higher outcomes than the GX9 is able to. And but, there’s one thing about its mixture of options, construct, type issue, picture high quality and controls that make it a digital camera I actually take pleasure in utilizing and need to carry round with me wherever.

Perhaps most significantly, I believe that is the primary Panasonic digital camera I’ve actually felt this manner about.

‘They have an excellent character’

Out-of-camera JPEG.
ISO 200 | 1/1250 sec | F2.8 | Lumix G Vario 35-100mm F2.8

That is a phrase that is not precisely constructive within the courting world, however bear with me – we’re speaking about cameras, in spite of everything. There are subtleties and intangibles – ‘personalities’ – cameras have about them that may impression how they make a photographer really feel. And whereas Panasonic has made some mighty tremendous cameras over the previous few years, I’ve by no means actually felt that emotional pull to choose them up and exit taking pictures only for enjoyable.

Again when the Panasonic GX85 got here out, I believed that was the one. That was the Panasonic digital camera that I would need to decide up and take with me, even when I am simply going out for a chunk to eat. However there have been some points with that digital camera – one challenge particularly – that basically turned me off, however Panasonic has addressed them within the GX9, after which some.

Sufficient already, what’s so good about it?

Out-of-camera JPEG.
ISO 200 | 1/500 sec | F5 | Panasonic Leica 15mm F1.7

To start with, my hat is off to the oldsters at Panasonic for his or her work on the JPEG engine. Once I began at DPReview, I hadn’t been keen on Panasonic colours, significantly the pores and skin tones, and whereas the noise discount did a so-so job of decreasing noise, it did an amazing job at smearing away element. This was the only largest challenge I had with the GX85, actually.

I am completely satisfied to say that is now not the case. Even simply previewing pictures on the rear of the digital camera, I can see that the colour out of the usual image profile is wealthy, heat and does not render my pals as green-skinned zombies. Plus, the shadowy areas of my pictures now not appear like mush.

This all means I am more likely to switch pictures to my telephone without having to course of Raws (although the GX9 can do this in-camera), after which publish right away to social media or ship them to a buddy. And the much less processing I must do, the extra pictures I will take.

Past that, I am actually completely satisfied to see the return of the addictive tilting viewfinder, although it is a tad small. The controls aren’t fairly as customizable as some rivals’, however the extremely customizable touchscreen makes up for this considerably. And personally, I favor the tilting display screen mechanism on the GX9 to totally articulating screens on different fashions. And when the display screen is tilted out, the attention sensor disables so you do not by chance journey it when taking pictures from the waist. Why this nonetheless is not normal observe, I do not know.

Nevertheless it solely bought a silver award!

Compulsory offended cat picture. Out-of-camera JPEG.
ISO 1600 | 1/60 sec | F1.7 | Panasonic Leica 15mm F1.7

I do know, I do know. I used to be the lead reviewer for the GX9, and in spite of everything this gushing, I nonetheless solely gave it a silver. However keep in mind on the high, how I mentioned it wasn’t a market chief in any explicit approach, and wasn’t significantly cheap? Then, take into account that cheaper competitors can typically offer you higher outright picture high quality.

And although the awards are weighted extra towards subjective reasonably than goal standards – that was all simply an excessive amount of for me to disregard. Bam, silver award.

However there are a couple of different issues I would wish to see addressed within the GX9’s successor. To start with, sufficient with the sector sequential digital viewfinder. Second, this digital camera launched at $999 with a package lens – for that value, I count on a devoted battery charger within the field, significantly with battery life this restricted (although USB charging is helpful for topping up on the go).

Lastly, in the event you’re a kind of people that love Panasonic for his or her video chops, the GX9 isn’t the digital camera for you. It is probably not geared for hardcore videophiles, however even for informal shooters, it is disappointing to see the newer mannequin step backward in video functionality with a 1.2x crop in comparison with the GX85.

The wrap

Out-of-camera JPEG.
ISO 200 | 1/80 sec | F2.8 | Lumix G 20mm F1.7 II

In the long run, the GX9 may be very succesful digital camera. It is not essentially the type of digital camera I would be eyeing for high-end, paid skilled gigs – although I am certain the GX9 might deal with them in a pinch – nevertheless it is the type of digital camera that I take pleasure in for private, informal pictures. It is also one thing I’d completely advocate as a second physique for extra established shooters wanting a smaller package deal.

Extra to the purpose, I additionally assume the GX9 is an efficient signal for Panasonic going ahead. They tried splitting the GX lineup in two with the high-end GX8 and midrange GX85, however then determined that wasn’t working, and shortly iterated to provide you with a incredible middle-ground within the GX9. I personally recognize that degree of responsiveness, and in my view, the GX9 actually is the most effective of each worlds for these cameras. Effectively, virtually.

For the final time – let’s ditch the sector sequential viewfinder.

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