• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 45.7 megapixels
  • ISO 64 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic GX9 advantages over Nikon Z7

  • Less expensive
    $798 vs $3997
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Fast startup
    ~1.00 vs 1.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More telephoto lens reach
    120 mm vs 70 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    46 mm vs 67 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    660g vs 1175g
    Lighter weight
  • Less shutter lag
    0.14 vs 0.21 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    140 vs 26 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon Z7 advantages over Panasonic GX9

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.35 vs 3.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer video battery life
    85 vs 70 minutes
    Capture more video
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 400 vs 260 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More dots on screen
    2100k vs 1240k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.80x vs 0.70x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    45.7 vs 20.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility

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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.

  • Familiar design in a compact form; Rugged build quality; Gorgeous EVF; Excellent image quality; Good autofocus; In-body image stabilization; Good 4K video recording.

  • Single card slot; Not as good at subject tracking as some Nikon DSLR cameras; Limited native lens selection (although adapter works well); Limited buffer depths.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Panasonic GX9
Panasonic GX85
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
Nikon Z7
Panasonic GX85
  • $3397
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Olympus E-M10 III

Panasonic GX9
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $649
  • 4/3
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Lighter weight
Nikon Z7
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $3397
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $649
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A7R III

Panasonic GX9
Sony A7R III
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon Z7
Sony A7R III
  • $3397
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • More dots on screen
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • High resolution composite
  • NFC

Compared to Olympus E-PL9

Panasonic GX9
Olympus E-PL9
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $533
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon Z7
Olympus E-PL9
  • $3397
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $533
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Canon EOS R

Panasonic GX9
Canon EOS R
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2299
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Nikon Z7
Canon EOS R
  • $3397
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup
  • $2299
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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