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Panasonic G95 vs GX9

The Panasonic Lumix DC-G95 (called Panasonic G90 in some regions) and the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in April 2019 and February 2018. Both the G95 and the GX9 are mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras that are equipped with a Four Thirds sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 20.2 megapixels.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Panasonic G95 versus Panasonic GX9
Panasonic G95 Panasonic GX9
Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
Micro Four Thirds lenses Micro Four Thirds lenses
20.2 MP, Four Thirds Sensor 20.2 MP, Four Thirds Sensor
4K/30p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 200-25,600 ISO 200-25,600
Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots) Electronic viewfinder (2760k dots)
3.0 LCD, 1240k dots 3.0 LCD, 1240k dots
Swivel touchscreen Tilting touchscreen
9 shutter flaps per second 9 shutter flaps per second
In-body stabilizationIn-body stabilization
Weathersealed bodynot weather sealed
290 shots per battery charge260 shots per battery charge
130 x 94 x 77 mm, 536 g 124 x 72 x 47 mm, 407 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Panasonic Lumix DC-G95 and the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The physical size and weight of the Panasonic G95 and the Panasonic GX9 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The GX9 can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the G95 is only available in black.

Size Panasonic G95 vs Panasonic GX9
Compare G95 versus GX9 top
Comparison G95 or GX9 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Panasonic GX9 is notably smaller (27 percent) than the Panasonic G95. Moreover, the GX9 is markedly lighter (24 percent) than the G95. It is worth mentioning in this context that the G95 is splash and dust resistant, while the GX9 does not feature any corresponding weather-sealing.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. In this particular case, both cameras feature the same lens mount, so that they can use the same lenses. You can compare the optics available in the Micro Four Thirds Lens Catalog. Mirrorless cameras, such as the two under consideration, have the additional advantage of having a short flange to focal plane distance, which makes it possible to mount many lenses from other systems onto the camera via adapters.

Concerning battery life, the G95 gets 290 shots out of its DMW-BLC12 battery, while the GX9 can take 260 images on a single charge of its DMW-BLG10 power pack. The battery packs of both cameras can be charged via USB, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, just select a new right or left comparator from among the camera models in the table. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life 1
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch 2
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
 
Panasonic G95 5.1 in 3.7 in 3.0 in 18.9 oz 290 Y Apr 2019 999 i
 
Panasonic GX9 4.9 in 2.8 in 1.9 in 14.4 oz 260 n Feb 2018 849 i
 
Olympus E-M1 III 5.3 in 3.6 in 2.7 in 20.5 oz 420 Y Feb 2020 1,799 i
 
Olympus E-M5 III 4.9 in 3.3 in 2.0 in 14.6 oz 310 Y Oct 2019 1,199 i
 
Olympus E-M1X 5.7 in 5.8 in 3.0 in 35.2 oz 870 Y Jan 2019 2,999 i
 
Olympus E-M1 II 5.3 in 3.6 in 2.6 in 20.2 oz 440 Y Sep 2016 1,999 i
 
Olympus E-M5 II 4.9 in 3.3 in 1.8 in 16.5 oz 310 Y Feb 2015 1,099i
 
Olympus E-M10 II 4.7 in 3.3 in 1.9 in 13.8 oz 320 n Aug 2015 649i
 
Panasonic LX100 II 4.5 in 2.6 in 2.6 in 13.8 oz 300 n Aug 2018 999 i
 
Panasonic ZS200 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.8 in 12.0 oz 370 n Feb 2018 799 i
 
Panasonic G9 5.4 in 3.8 in 3.6 in 23.2 oz 400 Y Nov 2017 1,699 i
 
Panasonic GH5 5.5 in 3.9 in 3.4 in 25.6 oz 410 Y Jan 2017 1,999 i
 
Panasonic G85 5.0 in 3.5 in 2.9 in 17.8 oz 330 Y Sep 2016 899i
 
Panasonic GX8 5.2 in 3.1 in 2.5 in 17.2 oz 330 Y Jul 2015 1,199i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.
(1) Number of images that can be taken on a full battery charge according to the CIPA-standard; (2) Official announcement.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The GX9 was launched at a somewhat lower price (by 15 percent) than the G95, which makes it more attractive for photographers on a tight budget. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature a Four Thirds sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 2.0. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Panasonic G95 and Panasonic GX9 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 20.2 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the G95 and the GX9 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. It should, however, be noted that the G95 is a somewhat more recent model (by 1 year and 1 month) than the GX9, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The Panasonic Lumix DC-G95 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 200 to ISO 25600, which can be extended to ISO 100-25600. The Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 offers exactly the same ISO settings.

G95 versus GX9 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
 
Panasonic G95 Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
 
Panasonic GX9 Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
 
Olympus E-M1 III Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
 
Olympus E-M5 III Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884k/24p........
 
Olympus E-M1X Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
 
Olympus E-M1 II Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p23.712.8131280
 
Olympus E-M5 II Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34561080/60p23.012.584273
 
Olympus E-M10 II Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34561080/60p23.112.584273
 
Panasonic LX100 II Four Thirds 16.8 4736 35524K/30p........
 
Panasonic ZS200 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p........
 
Panasonic G9 Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/60p........
 
Panasonic GH5 Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/60p23.913.080777
 
Panasonic G85 Four Thirds 15.8 4592 34484K/30p22.812.565671
 
Panasonic GX8 Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p23.512.680675

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, and both provide the same movie specifications (4K/30p).

Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The two cameras under review are similar with respect to both having an electronic viewfinder. However, the one in the GX9 offers a higher resolution than the one in the G95 (2760k vs 2360k dots). The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Panasonic G95 and Panasonic GX9 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
  Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
 
Panasonic G952360 n 3.0 1240 swivel Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y Y
 
Panasonic GX92760 n 3.0 1240 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y Y
 
Olympus E-M1 III2360 n 3.0 1037 swivel Y 1/8000s 18.0 n Y
 
Olympus E-M5 III2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y
 
Olympus E-M1X2360 n 3.0 1037 swivel Y 1/8000s 18.0 n Y
 
Olympus E-M1 II2360 n 3.0 1037 swivel Y 1/8000s 18.0 n Y
 
Olympus E-M5 II2360 n 3.0 1037 swivel Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y
 
Olympus E-M10 II2360 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y Y
 
Panasonic LX100 II2764 n 3.0 1240 fixed Y 1/4000s 11.0 n Y
 
Panasonic ZS2002330 n 3.0 1240 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
 
Panasonic G93680 Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/8000s 20.0 n Y
 
Panasonic GH53680 n 3.2 1620 swivel Y 1/8000s 12.0 n Y
 
Panasonic G852360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y Y
 
Panasonic GX82360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y
The G95 has an articulated LCD that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in snapping selfies. In contrast, the GX9 does not have a selfie-screen.

The reported shutter speed information refers to the use of the mechanical shutter. Yet, some cameras only have an electronic shutter, while others have an electronic shutter in addition to a mechanical one. In fact, both cameras under consideration feature an electronic shutter, which makes completely silent shooting possible. However, this mode is less suitable for photographing moving objects (risk of rolling shutter) or shooting under artificial light sources (risk of flickering).

The Panasonic G95 and the Panasonic GX9 both have an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the G95 and the GX9 write their files to SDXC cards. The G95 supports UHS-II cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 312 MB/s), while the GX9 can use UHS-I cards (up to 104 MB/s).

Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Panasonic Lumix DC-G95 and Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
  Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
 
Panasonic G95YstereomonoYYmicro2.0Y-Y
 
Panasonic GX9Ystereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
 
Olympus E-M1 IIIYstereomonoYYmicro3.1Y-Y
 
Olympus E-M5 IIIYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
 
Olympus E-M1XYstereomonoYYmicro3.0Y-Y
 
Olympus E-M1 IIYstereomonoYYmicro3.0Y--
 
Olympus E-M5 IIYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
 
Olympus E-M10 IIYstereomono--micro2.0Y--
 
Panasonic LX100 IIYstereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
 
Panasonic ZS200-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
 
Panasonic G9YstereomonoYYfull3.0Y-Y
 
Panasonic GH5YstereomonoYYfull3.1Y-Y
 
Panasonic G85YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
 
Panasonic GX8YstereomonoY-micro2.0YY-

It is notable that the G95 has a microphone port, which is missing on the GX9. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.

Both the G95 and the GX9 are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. The GX9 replaced the earlier Panasonic GX8, while the G95 followed on from the Panasonic G85. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Panasonic website.

Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Is the Panasonic G95 better than the Panasonic GX9 or vice versa? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Advantages of the Panasonic Lumix DC-G95:

  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • Better sound control: Has a headphone port that enables audio monitoring while recording.
  • Larger viewfinder image: Features a viewfinder with a higher magnification (0.74x vs 0.70x).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (290 versus 260) on a single battery charge.
  • Better sealing: Is weather sealed to enable shooting in dusty or wet environments.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Supports a more advanced SD data transfer standard (UHS-II vs UHS-I).
  • More modern: Is somewhat more recent (announced 1 year and 1 month after the GX9).


Arguments in favor of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9:

  • More detailed viewfinder: Has higher resolution electronic viewfinder (2760k vs 2360k dots).
  • More compact: Is smaller (124x72mm vs 130x94mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 129g or 24 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • More affordable: Was released into a lower priced segment (15 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in February 2018).

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the G95 is the clear winner of the match-up (9 : 5 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

G95 09:05 GX9

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Panasonic G95 and the Panasonic GX9 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the G95 and the GX9 in practical situations. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, and photographyblog). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Review Scores
  Camera
Model
camera
  labs  
dp
review  
ephoto
  zine  
imaging
resource
photography
  blog  
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
 
Panasonic G95+83/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Apr 2019 999 i
 
Panasonic GX9+84/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Feb 2018 849 i
 
Olympus E-M1 III..83/1004.5/5..4/5 Feb 2020 1,799 i
 
Olympus E-M5 III+82/1004.5/55/54.5/5 Oct 2019 1,199 i
 
Olympus E-M1Xo..4.5/55/5.. Jan 2019 2,999 i
 
Olympus E-M1 II+ +85/1004.5/55/54.5/5 Sep 2016 1,999 i
 
Olympus E-M5 II+ +81/1005/54.5/55/5 Feb 2015 1,099i
 
Olympus E-M10 II+ +80/1005/55/55/5 Aug 2015 649i
 
Panasonic LX100 II+82/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Aug 2018 999 i
 
Panasonic ZS200+ +81/1004.5/5..4.5/5 Feb 2018 799 i
 
Panasonic G9+ +85/1005/55/55/5 Nov 2017 1,699 i
 
Panasonic GH5+ +85/1004.5/55/55/5 Jan 2017 1,999 i
 
Panasonic G85+ +84/1005/54.5/54.5/5 Sep 2016 899i
 
Panasonic GX8+82/1004.5/55/54.5/5 Jul 2015 1,199i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

Panasonic G95:
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Other camera comparisons

Did this review help to inform your camera decision process? In case you would like to check on the differences and similarities of other camera models, just use the search menu below. As an alternative, you can also directly jump to any one of the listed comparisons that were previously generated by the CAM-parator tool.

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    Specifications: Panasonic G95 vs Panasonic GX9

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Panasonic G95 Panasonic GX9
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Micro Four Thirds lenses Micro Four Thirds lenses
    Launch Date April 2019 February 2018
    Launch Price USD 999 USD 849
    Sensor Specs Panasonic G95 Panasonic GX9
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format Four Thirds Sensor Four Thirds Sensor
    Sensor Size 17.3 x 13.0 mm 17.3 x 13.0 mm
    Sensor Area 224.9 mm2 224.9 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 21.6 mm 21.6 mm
    Crop Factor 2.0x 2.0x
    Sensor Resolution 20.2 Megapixels 20.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5184 x 3888 pixels 5184 x 3888 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.34 μm 3.34 μm
    Pixel Density 8.96 MP/cm2 8.96 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 200 - 25,600 ISO 200 - 25,600 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 25,600 ISO 100 - 25,600 ISO
    Image Processor Venus Venus
    Screen Specs Panasonic G95 Panasonic GX9
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.74x 0.70x
    Viewfinder Resolution 2360k dots 2760k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1240k dots 1240k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Panasonic G95 Panasonic GX9
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 9 shutter flaps/s 9 shutter flaps/s
    Electronic Shutterup to 1/16000sup to 1/16000s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Image StabilizationIn-body stabilizationIn-body stabilization
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-II UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Panasonic G95 Panasonic GX9
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port no MIC socket
    Headphone Socket Headphone port no Headphone port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Panasonic G95 Panasonic GX9
    Environmental SealingWeathersealed bodynot weather sealed
    Battery Type DMW-BLC12 DMW-BLG10
    Battery Life (CIPA)290 shots per charge260 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 130 x 94 x 77 mm
    (5.1 x 3.7 x 3.0 in)
    124 x 72 x 47 mm
    (4.9 x 2.8 x 1.9 in)
    Camera Weight 536 g (18.9 oz) 407 g (14.4 oz)

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