Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to provide a detailed evaluation and comparison of two different camera models that fall into the same category - Semi-Pro Mirrorless. Although these cameras are from the same category, they were introduced by different brands - Panasonic and Sony. Although Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 and Sony Alpha a6400 are both equipped with the same CMOS sensor, they boast of different resolution. Thus, Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 has a sensor with a resolution of 20.0 MP, while Sony Alpha a6400 has a different resolution of 24.0 MP.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 and Sony Alpha a6400 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 Key Features:
Sony Alpha a6400 Key Features:
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Screen Resolution||1,240k dots vs 922k dots||25.6% higher resolution screen|
|Viewfinder Resolution||2,760k dots vs 2,359k dots||14.5% higher resolution|
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP vs 20.0 MP||16.7% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||366.6 mm2 vs 224.9 mm2||38.7% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||11 fps vs 9 fps||2 fps faster|
|Number Of Focus Points||425 vs 49||376 more focus points|
|Battery Life||410 shots vs 260 shots||150 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||403 g vs 407 g||4 g lighter|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Touch Screen||Yes | Yes||Easy control of camera functions|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Type||Tilting | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Continuous Shooting||9.0 fps | 11.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 and Sony Alpha a6400 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Sony Alpha a6400 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 4g less than the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 and Sony Alpha a6400 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 features a 20.0 MP Four Thirds sized CMOS sensor and boasts of a Venus Engine processor . Sony Alpha a6400, in its turn, comes with a 24.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor and Bionz X processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 and Sony Alpha a6400 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Sony Alpha a6400 is equipped with a sensor that is 0.6x larger than the one featured in Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 and Sony Alpha a6400 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9||Sony Alpha a6400|
No Significant Advantages
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 or Sony Alpha a6400, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 and Sony Alpha a6400 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Sony Alpha a6400 deserves a higher Total Score than the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9||Sony Alpha a6400|
|Model||Lumix DC-GX9||Alpha a6400|
|Announced||Feb 13, 2018||Jan 15, 2019|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds||APS-C|
|Sensor Dimensions||17.3 x 13 mm||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||224.90 mm2||366.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5184 x 3888||6000 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||32,000|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||102,800|
|Min Native ISO||200||100|
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds||Sony E|
|Number of Lenses||94||102|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2x||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||49||425|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Resolution||1,240k dots||922k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,760k dots||2,359k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||9.0 fps||11.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off||auto, slow sync, rear sync, redeye reduction, wireless, hi-speed sync|
|Video Resolutions||n/a||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 1||USB 2.0|
|Weight||407 g||403 g|
|Physical Dimensions||124 x 72 x 47 mm||120 x 67 x 60 mm|
|Battery Life||260 shots||410 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick DUO (UHS-I compliant)|