Panasonic Lumix GX9 review

A mirrorless camera with rangefinder styling

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In many ways, the Lumix GX9 takes two steps forward over the GX8, but one step (maybe half a step) back.

The removal of the optical low-pass filter means Lumix GX9 delivers excellent detail, with images looking that bit sharper than those from the GX8, while the smaller form factor compared to its predecessor hasn't seen the quality feel of the camera sacrificed.

That said, it's disappointing to find that the GX9's viewfinder and screen aren't quite a match for the older model, while it's also a shame that the weather sealing has been dropped.

Comparisons with the GX8 aside, the Lumix GX9 slots in nicely above the GX80/GX85 in the Lumix mirrorless range. It's similar in size, but offers a few more features and improved handling, thanks in part to the dedicated exposure compensation dial. While there's perhaps a little too much reliance on the touchscreen interface for some tastes (especially when selecting your desired AF area), the Lumix GX9 is a nice camera and a very solid performer – it just doesn't do quite enough to stand out from the crowd.


Phil Hall

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