Panasonic Announces Two New Lumix Cameras: The GX9 and ZS200!

(Panasonic GX9)

It's been a busy year so far for Panasonic with the newly released powerhouse GH5S and, as it's the fifteen-year anniversary of the Lumix brand, they're just getting started.

Today, Panasonic announced not one, but two new cameras. They're both updates to previously loved existing models and they sound pretty fantastic.

First is the GX9, which replaces the GX8 while inheriting a lot of features from the GX85. The GX9 will have have the same compact size of the GX85, including the same battery, though with a different top plate. It has 20.3 Megapixels just like its predecessor, but it has the new Venus engine which helps reduce moire and improve ISO performance in low light.

Here are some of the major advantages the GX9 has over the GX8:

  • 5-axis dual image stabilization
  • New Widescreen LFV (live viewfinder) tilts up to 90 degrees
  • contrast autofocus system featuring (DFD) Depth from Defocus
  • Improved battery, 900 images in power saving mode
  • Improved 4K Photo capture with an all-new Auto Marking Function
  • Post Focus (change the focus after image was taken)
  • L. Monochrome mode added to photo style for B&W photography
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 for low battery consumption
  • Quieter shutter than the GX85
  • Silent record mode with no beeps
  • Easier to access power button
  • Record movie button moved
  • Rear screen increased to 1.240K dots
  • Raw buffer can handle more than 30 images

The camera can still record 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) at 30/24p (or 25p in various markets) and can shoot Full HD 1080/60p. An ILC with these kinds of features in this form factor is really impressive especially when you add things like Auto Marking function that can help you when slogging through takes by identifying the images that are the most different from the others.

The GX9 will be available around the end of March. Sold both as a stand-alone camera without a lens and also as a kit with a LUMIX G Vario Lens, 12-60mm, F3.5-5.6 ASPH, which should cost somewhere around $999.99.

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(Lumix ZS200)

The smaller ZS200 replaces the ZS100 as Panasonic's new flagship travel zoom camera. It's been almost two years since the ZS100 came out and significant improvements have been made. It's getting a lot of the new tech that the GX9 is albeit on a smaller 20.1MP 1" MOS sensor and fixed lens. But what about that lens? It's a remarkable 24mm Leica DC Vario Elmar lens with an enhanced 15x optical zoom that's equivalent to having a 24-360mm 35mm lens.

Key upgrades between the ZS200 and the ZS100 include:

  • 5-Axis Hybrid optical stabilization
  • L. Monochrome mode added to photo style for B&W photography
  • High Sensitivity MOS sensor
  • Venus Engine brings ISO up to 12800
  • Upgraded Live View Finder (LVF) up to 2,330k dots
  • 3" touchscreen display
  • New Leica lens allows Macros up to 3cm
  • QFHD 4K video in 3840x2160 at 24 or 30p
  • 4K burst images at 30fps
  • contrast autofocus system featuring (DFD) Depth from Defocus
  • Wifi and Bluetooth 4.2 for low battery consumption
  • Indépendant dials and control ring on lens barrel

This mighty little camera also boasts features like an eco mode for long battery life and a focus peaking function to show you exactly where the most critical point of focus is. It will also be available in Black or Silver. Panasonic is certainly making their 15th year anniversary of making Lumix mirrorless cameras a memorable one so far.

The LUMIX ZS200 will be in stores on March 20, 2018, with a suggested retail price of $799.99 and will be available in either Black and Silver.

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