Yesterday, the premiere was a new camera – Panasonic GX9. Are the changes in the new model relative to the predecessor big enough to pay for the new model? Here's a short comparison.
Panasonic Lumix GX8 had its premiere two years ago, and during our test it was very good. It is a camera with great film capabilities, although it belongs to the producer's models, which photographers will also appreciate. What's new with Lumix GX9?
Matrix without a low-pass filter
The basic change in the photographic issue is the removal of the AA filter from the matrix, which ensures better image quality – their increased dynamics and detail. The matrix itself is still a Live Micro MOS of Micro Four Thirds size, supported by the Venus Engine processor. The algorithm of noise reduction was supposedly improved, which means that pictures taken at high sensitivities are to be characterized by better quality. The autofocus system is based on DFD technology and equipped with 49 focus points, it has a face detection function as well as an eye. The number of points remains unchanged from the predecessor, so you can not expect significantly better results, although the manufacturer ensures that AF will work faster in low light.
Better viewfinder and screen
The manufacturer applied slightly better parameters in the case of image preview. The screen is still equipped with a touch, but its resolution has increased to 1.240 million points, compared to 1.040 million in GX8. In turn , the OLED viewfinder's resolution was raised to 2.760 million points, compared to 2.360 million points in its predecessor. In both cases, therefore, we have to improve the resolution, although the less-trained eye may not even notice the difference in the quality of the preview, which after all in the GX8 was good enough.The producer also praises the possibility of tilting the viewfinder by 90 degrees – this significantly increases the comfort of taking pictures, because changing the viewfinder setting allows us to photograph from various positions. However, this function is not new, because we have already dealt with it in the case of the previous model.
In Panasonic GX8, we had to deal with non-standard, 4-axis matrix stabilization, which was still doing quite well and cooperating with stabilization in the manufacturer's lenses. In the new model, the manufacturer has already used typical 5-axis stabilization, such as in its other newer models. As a result, the stability is to be even better, which will positively affect both hand-held shooting with longer exposure time and filming. The Lumix GX9's shutter system is equipped with an electromagnetic drive that reduces the risk of shutter shake by about 90%. This in turn reduces the risk of camera shake due to internal camera shake.
Movie mode without major changes
GX8 offered the possibility of filming in 4K at 25 frames per second and Full HD mode, in which we could shoot slow-motion movies. Nothing has changed in this respect. The number of frames in 4K has not been increased, nor does the filming function have been added in this mode using the entire matrix.We're getting a few new features, the ability to create slow-motion videos from photos, Auto Marking, which makes it easy to choose the best shots you took and the 4K Live Cropping function when shooting movies to ensure panning stability or zoom effects. In order to obtain a panning effect, it is enough to set the angle of view to obtain smooth panning without the use of specialized equipment, such as a slider. However, these are minor changes, mainly involving the addition of several "goodies".
The flash returns
Camera housing has not changed significantly, although there are a few noteworthy details. The manufacturer added a new knob to the front of the body and slightly rearranged the buttons on top. The important thing is that the whole body has decreased slightly and decreased – by 70 grams. In relation to the predecessor, the built-in flash returns to the new model, fortunately not at the expense of the hot shoe that stays in place. A novelty on the Lumix GX9 camera is also the possibility of simultaneous shooting with creative filters turned on and off. RAW images can be processed at the camera level, so the user is not dependent on access to the computer.
Price and availability
Two years after the release of the predecessor, you could count on the Panasonic GX9 to offer some more news. Meanwhile, the changes are largely cosmetic, which is a bit surprising. Everything is explained, however, when we look at the planned price of the new model. The camera will cost less than $ 1,000 , which in Polish today gives less than 3,400 zlotys. We know that we will pay more on the Polish market, but now the price of the GX8 body is about PLN 3,700. So at the entrance the camera will cost the same as the predecessor or even less. It seems that Panasonic follows the trail of Canon, whose EOS M6 model was cheaper than the theoretical predecessor, so it was not its full successor. And it is from this angle that one should look at the GX9 model. This price can be a factor that will be responsible for the success of this model.