• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Panasonic GX9 advantages over Nikon Z fc

  • Less expensive
    $798 vs $1097
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • More telephoto lens reach
    120 mm vs 75 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon Z fc advantages over Panasonic GX9

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.22 vs 3.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    11 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Longer exposure
    900 vs 60 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.0 fps vs 9.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Great image quality; Good high ISO performance for its class; Improved JPEG processing; Fast autofocus; Fast ~9fps burst mode.

  • Smallish field-sequential EVF; Below average battery life; No mic/headphone jacks; Noticeable crop on 4K video.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Panasonic GX9
Panasonic GX85
  • $931
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
Nikon Z fc
Panasonic GX85
  • $957
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Olympus E-PL8

Panasonic GX9
Olympus E-PL8
  • $931
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Longer video battery life
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon Z fc
Olympus E-PL8
  • $957
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Longer video battery life

Compared to Olympus E-M10 III

Panasonic GX9
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $931
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Lighter weight
Nikon Z fc
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $957
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Fujifilm X-T200

Panasonic GX9
Fujifilm X-T200
  • $931
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
Nikon Z fc
Fujifilm X-T200
  • $957
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon EOS M50 II

Panasonic GX9
Canon EOS M50 II
  • $931
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
Nikon Z fc
Canon EOS M50 II
  • $957
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Thinner
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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