The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 is the long-awaited successor to the DMC-GX1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. New features include sensor-shift image stabilization - a first for a Lumix ILC - plus a high resolution electronic viewfinder that can tilt upward by as much as 90 degrees. The 3-inch LCD also has the ability to tilt up or down. Other additions include a faster maximum shutter speed (1/8000 sec), focus peaking, tone curve adjustment, and improved photo and video quality. Panasonic has also added Wi-Fi to the GX7, complete with NFC for easy photo sharing with mobile devices.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Camera
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“ The GX7 holds its own against both mirrorless and mid-range DSLRs in terms of both performance and photo quality.”
- 16MP CMOS Four Thirds sensor
- ISO 200-25600 (extendable ISO 125)
- Up to 5 FPS continuous shooting (40 FPS with electronic shutter)
- 3 inch tiltable touch LCD with 1,040,000 dots
- Flip-up electronic viewfinder with 2,764,800 dots and eye sensor
- 1080/60p/30p/24p HD video (AVCHD/MPEG-4) with PASM control
- Creative Control mode with 22 filter effects + PSAM
- In-body image stabilization
- Manual focus peaking
- Magnesium alloy frame
- Built-in pop-up flash
- 1/8000 second max shutter speed, 1/320th flash sync speed
- Built-in WiFi and NFC
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||4592 x 3448|
|Other resolutions||4592 x 3064, 4592 x 3064, 4592 x 2584, 3424 x 3424, 3232 x 2424, 3232 x 2160, 3232 x 1824, 2416 x 2416, 2272 x 1704, 2272 x 1520, 1920 x 1080, 1712 x 1712|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||17 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes (2)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Standard|
|Optics & Focus|
|Digital zoom||Yes (2X, 4X)|
|Number of focus points||23|
|Lens mount||Micro 4/3 Lens Mount|
|Focal length multiplier||2×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||7.00 m (at ISO 200)|
|External flash||Yes (via hot-shoe)|
|Flash modes||Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Slow sync w/red-eye reduction, off|
|Continuous drive||Yes (5 fps)|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs w/ 3 shots)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (3 exposures in blue/amber or magneta/green axis)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n with NFC|
|Battery description||Lithium-ion rechargeable|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||350|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||402 g (0.89 lb / 14.18 oz)|
|Dimensions||123 x 71 x 55 mm (4.83 x 2.78 x 2.15″)|
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The Panasonic GX7 is a full-featured mirrorless camera that offers very good photo and video quality, a highly customizable interface, plenty of useful features, and robust performance. It's marred by a so-so viewfinder, lack of in-camera Raw conversion, and a disappointing in-body IS system.
Those seeking excellent photo and video quality with a very customizable interface; street photographers
Not So Good For
Frequent viewfinder users, video enthusiasts, those who want to process Raw images in-camera
Panasonic gave me a weekened with one
Smaller than I thought, and lighter. Built great, lots to use in this package. I dare say its almost too loaded considering its classic design- almost wish it had a more minimalist design personally. That said, I think its probably the best m4/3 Panasonic has made yet and I suspect many others will think so too. I didn't get a chance to eval the image quality yet because I don't have ACR set up to support it at this time- will get into that when I get more time with it with an extended ...
Not for these money. / Violating rule #6. Locked.
Bought GX-7 + 12-35/2,8 lenses, for about 2,000 euro. After day of testing: for such money you can buy much better camera. Focus fast enough, but sometimes have delays, colors good, design inconvenient, IQ is not perfect. Touchscreen changes focus point unexpectedly. Nothing groundbreaking. Right for this camera is twice less. Moderator Edit : Everyone knows that this camera is very good like other Olympus and Panasonic cameras, in fact not even the less better Micro 4/3 camera deserves ...
GX7 review (my first review!)
I've had the GX7 for over a month now. My camera experience includes long term use of a Nikon D300, D60, D200, D90, D70, Sony RX100 II, Panasonic LX3, LX5, Canon G11, and Panasonic G1 and GH2. I've been a photography enthusiast since the late '70's. Some cameras really thrilled me when I first got them; Nikon D70, D200, D300, Panasonic LX3, Panasonic GH2, Sony RX100 II. The first day I got my GX7, I wasn't exactly overwhelmed. Functionally, it was very similar to my GH2, but arranged ...
Why is it such an exuberance about GX7?
I mean people already placing pre-orders, declaring it the best m43 ever, predicting death to NEX-7, etc. I'mnot saying ithat will be a failure but at this point nobody really knows about IQ, IBIS, performance, etc. Even putting those unknown aspects aside what's so exciting about GX7 compared to OMD, E-P5 with VF4 or Nex-6/7 except for tilting EVF?
built in EVF, articulated LCD, silent shooting mode (who else other than leaf shutter cameras are having that around?), excellent video, built in flash *and* flash socket (you can use the EVF + an external flash at the same time- what a concept no? :-) ) - and the price being significantly cheaper than the Pen5 + EVF attachment (and it's not an attachment). OH yeah, the design, design, design. Continue Reading
Every time Olympus or Panasonic released a rangefinder shaped camera there were a lot of people asking for a rangefinder styled camera with a top corner EVF, tilting screen and IBIS in a compact body. I guess now that Panasonic has delivered all those people are getting pretty excited about it (apart from the ones who now thing it's too big or too expensive ;-) ) Continue Reading
20 mm lens banding on EM1 and GX7?
Has any of the early reviewers tested the high ISO banding of the 20 mm pancake on the GX7 and EM1? Were any results or comments published? I have not noticed any yet. Thank you for any info. I have already pre-ordered the GX7 and am curious to learn of progress on this technical issue. Luiz
LB1940 wrote: Has any of the early reviewers tested the high ISO banding of the 20 mm pancake on the GX7 and EM1? I've looked at the 20mm F1.7 on the E-M1 in direct comparison to the E-M5 and E-P5. The very obvious banding seen with the E-M5 is suppressed but still visible on the E-P5, but seems to be completely absent on the E-M1 even at ISO 25600 with 3000K lighting. Personally, I'd say it counts as fixed. I haven't looked at the GX7. Continue Reading
I haven't seen anything official, but I would suspect that it would band on the EM1 and not band on the GX7. All of the cameras that have reported banding so far (EM5, GH3, etc.) have featured the Sony sensor. The EM1 has this sensor, so I would suspect that it bands. The GX7 does not, so I would have greater hopes that it wouldn't band. No guarantees though. Continue Reading
Henry Richardson wrote: Please update us if you have now checked the GX7. Thank you. We've just checked the GX7 with the 20/1.7 - there's no banding visible at all, even at ISO25600 under tungsten light. This is with the new version of the lens, but we understand it's the same inside. Continue Reading
Lumix GX7 firmware updates
I recently bought a GX7, and I love it! Spending time configuring, and learning what the camera can do. How do I ensure that I receive any firmware updates for my GX7? Do I need to register my camera somewhere? What is the current version of firmware, and how do I check what version is currently installed in the camera? On an unrelated topic, can anyone recommend a good camera strap for the GX7. It's a lightweight camera, so doesn't really need a heavy duty camera strap. I'm looking for something more comfortable and stylish than the one that comes with the camera. Any help appreciated. Nick
You can get firmware updates for both Panasonic's cameras and lenses here: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/index.html So far there have been 2 firmware updates for the GX7. I installed the first one but have skipped the second one since it does not apply to how I use the camera. Registering your camera with Panasonic is something you should do, but doing this will not get you anything - Panasonic does not notify registered users of firmware updates. Continue Reading
I think that we all know by now that companies use registration information for marketing reasons, often selling it. Don't know about everywhere, but in the US it has no effect on warranty, or FW upgrades; the courts took care of that (warranty) a long time ago. Having owned digital cameras since 2001, I've never been asked to register to get FW upgrades. For a short period last summer (July only, I think) Sigma required registration to get a longer warranty on their products; the requirement was quickly dropped, from what I heard, and I don't think it's necessary now. Perhaps they had some complaints or checked with their lawyers. I didn't mind doing it for a camera purchase then because they didn't ask for any information except the serial number. So, what would be the advantage for the consumer of giving personal information to a company? Stores (B&H, Apple, etc.) nowadays offer to email copies of receipts, so you always have proof of purchase stored online for warranty issues. ... Continue Reading