Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 added to Dpreview’s studio scene comparison

GX9 at BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon. FocusCamera

Dpreview added the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 on their studio scene comparison:

“Our technical evaluation of the Panasonic GX9 has included a trip to the studio, where we put its 20MP Four Thirds sensor in front of our standard test scene. We’ve seen solid image quality from this sensor before, but Panasonic says that it has gone one step further and improved color rendition compared to both the 20MP GX8 and 16MP GX85. Take a closer look at its performance against its predecessors as well as its peers.”

Panasonic FT7 review by Cinema5D

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Cinema5D tested the new Panasonic FT7:

The Panasonic LUMIX FT7 is certainly a rugged outdoor travel companion that can do it all, whether you take it to the mountain, a sandy beach or underwater. But can it do it well? It sells for about $450, which is a considerable amount of money. For the price it offers a lot of features, great robustness, nice picture and colors out of the box, but I am still struggling somewhat to define the sweet spot and who it is for. A 40mm wide angle in 4k as a starting point, no lens filter thread, a viewfinder that leaves a lot to be desired and a rear LCD screen that barely can see in direct sunlight are quite limiting. In addition, the lens when zoomed in all the way to 128mm is quite soft. The underwater capabilities are nice but keep in mind the additional underwater telephoto effect.

Leica 8-18mm tested by Opticallimits: “very decent performer in its category”

Leica 8-18mm lens at Adorama, BHphoto, Panasonic and Amazon. In Europe at

Opticallimits (former Photozone) tested the Panasonic-Leica 8-18mm lens:

As you might expect, the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH is a very decent performer in its category. The image center is very sharp and the borders and corners are pretty good as well – technically at least. Field curvature is a bit of an issue at 12mm albeit that’s not unheard of in this class (albeit usually at the wide end). Image distortions as well as vignetting are low when taking advantage of image auto-correction (obviously). The quality of the native design isn’t quite as hot in these respects though. Lateral CAs are very low and contribute to the high-quality perception. If pushed you will be able to spot some ghostings are a bit of glare with strong light sources in the scene. However, it isn’t worse than the competition in this respect.

A highlight of the lens (as well as its Leica cousins) is the build quality. We really wished this would be standard across all lenses. The Leica lens feels both sturdy and extremely well assembled with smooth controls and weather sealing on top of all that. Some may regret that Panasonic skipped an image stabilizer but honestly we agree with this approach because it’s already difficult enough to produce ultra-wide lenses without much sample variations.

Overall the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH follows a balanced approach in this category. It skips a constant aperture in favour of having front filters combined with a compact size. We wouldn’t state that it excels compared to its Olympus and Panasonic mates but it is in the very same league and as such an appealing option.

Leica 8-18mm lens at Adorama, BHphoto, Panasonic and Amazon. In Europe at