Panasonic announced two new compact cameras Lumix GX9 and Lumix ZS200. The two products are very different, although they share some characteristics. The Panasonic GX9 is a mirrorless camera and comes equipped with a 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor, CM Quattro Micro Thirds camera, without the low-pass filter. The video processor is the Venus Engine, capable of guaranteeing automatic focusing (using the Depth From Defocus system) on 49 points in 0.07 seconds.
Sensitivity extends from ISO 200 to ISO 25,600, expandable to ISO 100. Compared to the previous model, the stabilizer integrated into the camera body has improved. This is the 5-axis Dual I.S. Image stabilizer that effectively suppresses blur. Combining a 2-axis Optical Image Stabilizer and a 5-axis Body Image Stabilizer, the Dual I.S. compensates for a wider range of movement to enable blur-free photo/video shooting from wide to tele, even in low-light conditions.
Other improvements relate to the 4K Photo modes, now equipped with Auto Marking and Sequence Composition. Auto Marking allows the camera to identify movement in a 4K clip and set a marker to quickly jump to the action, and Sequence Composition makes it easy to create composite images of action in-camera.
The Panasonic Lumix GX9 also features L.Monochrome D mode which makes it easy to shoot detailed dynamic monochrome photos with emphasized highlights and shadows. And, Grain Effect can also be adjusted in all monochrome modes with Photo Style.
The max shutter speed reaches 1/4,000 second against 1/8,000 second of GX8. The Live View Finder (LVF) is an OLED with a resolution of 2.76 million points and a 1.39x magnification (0.7x equivalent). The viewfinder can be tilted up to 90°. On the back is placed the 3-inch touchscreen LCD screen, with a resolution of 1.24 million points and tiltable (-45 ° to + 80 °).
Then we find the 4K Ultra HD video recording at 24, 25 and 30fps, or in Full HD up to 60fps. The connectivity includes a micro HDMI output, a USB port that can also be used for charging, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Panasonic Lumix GX9 price is $999.99 with 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 Power O.I.S. Lens and it can be pre-ordered via Amazon.com. It will be released on April 1, 2018, and comes in Black and Silver color options.
Moving to Panasonic Lumix ZS200 is a compact camera coming with 1″ CMOS sensor and a 20.1-megapixel resolution. It comes with a 24mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens and enhanced 15x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-360mm). The Venus Engine processor offers virtually the same features as the GX9, including 4K Photo mode, Auto Marking, and L.Monochrome.
Panasonic ZS200 offers up to ISO 12,800 for high sensitivity extends from ISO 125 to ISO 12,800, expandable to ISO 80 and ISO 25,600. The AF system is always the 49-point Depth From Defocus. The Hybris OIS + 5-axis stabilizer is contained inside the camera body.
A Contrast AF System features DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology and excels in both speed and accuracy for ultra-fast autofocusing in approx. 0.1 sec. The bursts shooting is up to 10 fps with AF-S or 6 fps with AF-C. The electronic viewfinder has a resolution of 2.33 million points and a 1.45x magnification (0.53x equivalent). It has a 3.0-inch touchscreen display with a 1.24 million dot-size, and video can be recorded in 4K Ultra HD up to 30fps and in Full HD up to 100fps (in High-Speed Video mode).
Panasonic Lumix ZS200 price is $799.99 with 15X LEICA DC Vario-Elmar Lens and it can also be pre-ordered via Amazon.com. It will be released on the same April 1, 2018, and also comes in Black and Silver color options.