Friday, March 9, 2018

LUMIX GX9 FIASCO

I was asked by my readers to write a post on the new Lumix GX9 camera and why it is receiving a lot of bad vibes from Lumix fans...

To understand why the Lumix GX9, a really good micro 43 offering from Panasonic is getting lambasted by it's fans, we got to rewind to the beginning...


In November 7, 2011 Panasonic announced their LUMIX DMC GX1.

The DMC-GX1 has a 16MP sensor with a top ISO of 12,800. The 460,000 dot 3.0" fixed LCD functions as a touch screen. The camera will create full AVCHD 1080/60i video from 30fps sensor output. Continuous full resolution shooting is 4fps while burst mode allows continuous shooting up to 20fps at a lower resolution. Extra function buttons were added bringing the total to four, two of which are on the touch screen. Auto bracketing will create sets of 3, 5 or 7 exposures at 1/3, 2/3 or 1 stop. Wikipedia


With Auto Focus, Manual focus, Face Detection, AF Tracking, 23-Area-Focusing/1 Area Focusing, Single or Continuous AF, AF detection range: EV 0–18 (f/3.5 lens, ISO 160),Pre AF (Quick AF/Continuous AF), AF+MF, MF Assist(5x, 10x), the GX1 was a very popular camera!

Then in August 2013, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 was announced it is a Micro Four Thirds compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. It was Panasonic's first Micro Four Thirds camera with a built-in in-body stabilisation system (IBIS) and has a built-in EVF.


GX7 features include:
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • New 16 MP Live MOS, Four Thirds sensor (25% better Signal to Noise performance, 10% better sensitivity, 10% better saturation level [4])
  • Venus Engine
  • ISO 200 - 25,600 (ISO 125 in extended mode, max. 3,200 in movie mode)
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec.
  • AF detective range: -4 EV to 18 EV [5]
  • Micro Four Thirds mount
  • Full HD video capture, including 1920 x 1080/60p (AVCHD or MP4 formats)
  • Full-time AF and tracking AF also available in cinema-like 24p video with a bit rate of maximum 24 Mbit/s
  • Built-in live view finder (electronic view finder, EVF), 90-degree tilt-able, 2.764M pixel resolution with 100% Adobe RGB color reproduction
  • Built-in 3", 1040K pixel tilting (45 deg. up, 80 deg. down), touch-screen LCD screen
  • Built-in flash (and hot-shoe)
  • Sensor-shift, in-body image stabilization (2-axis)
  • 5fps using single AF with mechanical shutter / 60fps with electronic shutter up to 12 frames
  • Focus Peaking
  • 22 creative effects, HDR
  • Panoramic mode, with filters
  • Silent Mode, electronic shutter mode
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Wi-Fi connectivity

After bathing in popularity for 2 years, in late 2015, according to Wikipedia, Panasonic launched GX8, which succeeds the Panasonic GX7, it has a 20MO sensor, an ISO range of 100-25600 and 49 AF points. The Panasonic GX8 can record 4K videos and 4K time-lapse movies.


I was given the GX8 to review in September 2015 and I realised the GX8 was a different beast to the GX7.

It was much larger and the huge weather sealed body was made to take BIG lenses like the 100-400 comfortably.

Best of all, it came with a NEW 20MP sensor and the first M4/3 camera that can utilise the 4-axis in body stabiliser TOGETHER with the 2-axis one from most Lumix lenses to give you a 6-axis system!

The feature that I will part with my money was A HUGE 2,360k OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF)! The view in the finder is huge and the colour is so natural you would mistaken it as a reflex finder from a DSLR! You got to look inside to believe how good it was!

It was easy to understand why Lumix fan accepted the GX8 as Panasonic's TOP END RF-like camera.

Less than a year after the glory set by the GX8, Panasonic DID IT AGAIN with a smaller GX8 look alike and they named it the GX85.



In April 2016, I was the first person to review this smaller GX85 and I asked "GX85 Did Panasonic GET IT RIGHT?"

I think they did and my report on the "got it right" Lumix received the highest views of all my posts!  The camera became the best seller for Panasonic and I was so impressed by its features, I bought one myself!

Panasonic fans started to questions why the very desirable GX85 is known as GX7 MarkII in Japan. Some seems to think that the GX7 was NOT actually "replace" by GX8 but by GX7 MarkII (the GX85), the BIGGER GX8 is actually a NEW FAMILY of Lumix.

It was HUNKI-DORY for Panasonic for a while until they announced the GX9 a few weeks ago.

Judging by the name GX9, you would ASSUME it is a GX8 upgrade?

Wrong!

The GX9 is known as GX7 MarkIII in Japan!



GX8 users were furious, they now realised Panasonic has UPGRADED the GX7 TWICE while leaving the GX8 users in the lurch!

One very angry user Aaron Spektor gave me permission to publish his frustration... 

This is a GX90. The update to the GX85. 

Panasonic f@#$ed up their own nomenclature. 


Panasonic told us previously, that the breakdown for models is something like this:

GH- Pro/SLR

G- Mid SLR

GX 7/8/9/10....
Pro Randefinder

GX 80/85/90/95...
Mid Rangefinder.

We finally started to follow this stupidity.

Then;

G9- A Pro photo-biased SLR. 
Proper name should have been GH5P
(P for photo)

GX9- This is clearly a GX90
A Mid-Rangefinder. 

So if there ever Is a replacement to the GX8, It should have been the GX9, but now theyll have to call it something more confusing.

I hope theyre reading these comments.

IDIOTS!! "


OUCH!


I think it is time Panasonic do some DAMAGE CONTROL!

I hope I will be getting some feed back from Panasonic.

13 comments:

cy.leow said...

Tore Hansen - Panasonic must fire the market department, and hire some people who can make sense of the model range.

Now it's just confusing all over the place.

cy.leow said...

Greg Dower - For such a huge company that makes Consumer Electronic Devices so stunning and capable for so many years, it’s hard to believe they could stuff up on something as simple as a name. Can’t help but wonder how many sales this will affect from confused disgruntled customers.

cy.leow said...

Greg Dower - This would be a fantastic upgrade if you were coming from the GX7. Unfortunately that is lost on those who were expecting an upgrade on the GX8 because that’s what the name suggests.
The $1000 includes a $300 kit lens so for what it is it’s actually a reasonable price. I’m considering it as a back up to my G9. Can’t always carry a camera that big everywhere.

cy.leow said...

Cesareo T Bermundo - The mistake is done and can’t be changed anymore. Let’s hope Panasonic learns something from all the comments and failed expectations. Personally, I was ready to upgrade my well-liked GX8.

cy.leow said...

Colin Fenwick - Maybe Panasonic intention was to encourage new audiences and was not intending for GX8 users to upgrade

cy.leow said...

David Montgomery - But I don’t think the naming of the camera is a problem, everybody I know wanted an upgraded version of the GX8 including myself. Now we don’t know if that will happen at all. The GX9 is a good camera and a good size but lacks articulating screen for starters ! I’m not upset by this camera, just wanted something different.

cy.leow said...

Tom Lee - Cy Leow, good review of yours. I opened a discussion on Feb 13 of this camera in this group. There are many feed backs in that thread. Search the description "What a joke!? Wait for 6 months, the price will be half due to lack of interest. Who is going to pay $1,000 for this non-sense? Next, Panasonic!", and you'll find it. I think Panasonic needs to hear it. 

cy.leow said...

Edwin A. Canlapan - After reading this article I won't be surprised if Panasonic updates the GX8 and name it LX200 hehehe

cy.leow said...

Paul Richards - Panasonic totally screwed up on this. I had been waiting for months for the GX9 to replace my GX8, and then they release this disappointment. At the moment I don't know where to go, but am thinking I will get a G9, even though it's bigger than the GX8. Given that it's marketed as the GX7 mark 3 in Japan, heads should roll in their international marketing office

Snapjockey said...

I've a GX7, nice camera, decent video, for which I bought it. For the type of stills work I shoot the chip is (borderline) too small, DX or APS-C is ok, full frame is ideal. This is for old world print media.

Frankly I don't care about the name of Panasonic's newest - I'd just like them to use a bigger sensor. Imagine a GX camera with a DX or even full frame sensor. Call it whatever you want, just make it!

cy.leow said...

Magnus Angus - My 2 cents. I like my GX7, for my commercial work it's almost useless and is more likely to be replaced by a smart phone than a newer GX series camera. If Panasonic were listening to me they would be planning a range of cameras with larger sensors, DX or even full frame....
Manage

Francois Mellet said...

Is anyone of you took some picture with the GX9?

Haozhe XU said...

I've been using Panasonic GM5, GX7, GX85, GX8 for several years, mainly for street photography, I think Lumix series is the best camera for street photography, better than Ricoh GR, better than Fuji X, see my youtube video for why I prefer GX85 over X100F for street photography:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKJPZBNAx6k

HOWEVER! I do have the need of photographing family members during travel or walking around, and their feedback is that they don't like the skin color from Lumix cameras, they like the ones from Fuji or even Olympus, I know this is subjective and photos can be processed to achieve desired color, but I'm not a professional photographer and I don't have much time to spend on post-processing.

As a result, I have to have two systems (Panasonic and Fuji) for the two purposes, with lenses covering duplicated focal lengths. I REALLY HOPE Panasonic can step up and improve the color and skin tone, so that I can have only one system. I've seen the color improvement in GX85 but it's still not up to other brands.

See my instagram for street photography:

https://www.instagram.com/haozhe.xu/

Thanks!