Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 is a 16.0 MP DSLM Camera with Tilt-Live Viewfinder. It features Tilt-able Live View Finder with Field Sequential Color Accuracy, Seamless 16MP Photos and Full HD Video 1080/60p, Creative Control with 22 Effects and Creative Panorama. This camera also offers In-Camera Stabilization for Non-Stabilized Lenses, Focus Accuracy with Focus Peaking and Magnification Windows, Wi-Fi and One-Touch Device Connection with NFC, and has Touch Enabled 3.0″ Tilt-able LCD.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Our Review

Features & Design

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 has a design that is not much different from the GX1, the difference lies in the grip (handle) that is slightly more prominent and ergonomics including button layout that has been properly adjusted. While the body is made of magnesium alloy which has strong durability and quite light weighing just 402 grams. The body is designed with a retro design that looks more elegant and premium. In addition, the camera body also seem to be more comfortable when used in the palm, remains solid to accompany you to capture every moments of your life.

As has been said before that the placement of the button settings have been adjusted as possible for easier and comfortable when used. In the upper right shoulder, there are two key control of exposure as the shutter button and use custom for organize your favorite shooting mode. While the buttons on the back are already familiar to those of you who are already familiar with Panasonic cameras. The button consists of a Menu button, aperture, Fn, and several other buttons.

upper view (credit: Panasonic)

upper view (credit: Panasonic)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 has a touch screen LCD Monitor measuring 3.0-inch with a resolution of 1,040k-dot which you can also use to adjust the camera settings menu or help focus on the subject. In addition, the screen can also be tilted up to 45 degrees and down 80 degrees. Meanwhile, the electronic viewfinder has a resolution of 2,764 k-dot screen that can be tilted as a monitor up to 90 degrees. Both of these features make this camera easier and intuitive to used, much less have a high resolution so its able to display an image that is sharp and accurate.

In addition, the DMC-GX7 also equipped with the very latest connectivity support you to transfer photos and videos that you have captured with ease. Connectivity consists of Wi-Fi and NFC are already commonly used in today’s cameras that allows you to transfer images and video to all the electronic devices that are compatible such as computers, tablets, and smartphones or share directly to various social media. In addition, both the connectivity also enables you to control the DMC-GX7 with your smartphone as the remote. When you connect this camera with a smartphone, you can adjust the focus and zoom with ease shortly before the shooting.

rear view (credit: Panasonic)

rear view (credit: Panasonic)

Another feature that is not less interesting is that this camera is also equipped with a built-in flash and Mega OIS image stabilization which added in this camera body. If image stabilization is usually located on the lens, this time Panasonic put the image stabilization on the camera body directly as it did on camera Olympus ILC.

Not only that, the DMC-GX7 also offers a variety of interesting shooting modes to help you get amazing pictures. Various shooting modes that include: Creative Control with 22 filter effect is, Stop Motion Animation, Highlight Shadow, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Monochrome Filter mode, Creative Panorama mode, Multi Exposure mode, and much more.

Performance & Image Quality

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 has shutter speed 1/8000 sec that helps you get image with perfect DOF without having to use a Neutral Density Filter. This camera also allows you to control the Shadow and Highlight using a curve overlay similar to the Olympus OM-D. In addition, there is two focus modes to provide fast and accurate focus when you shoot photos or record video, that is Autofocus and Manual focus. If you work in manual focus, you can use the Focus Peaking function that helps the camera to focus on achieving peak color contrast in whatever shooting situations.

In addition, the DMC-GX7 has ISO range of ISO200-25600 which lets you shoot high-resolution images with excellent results in low light shooting situations. To get a quick and accurate focusing, the camera adopts Contrast AF system as the focus system where this system is much more accurate when compared to the Phase Detection AF focusing system. In addition, the focus system also features Light Speed ​​AF that lets you capture clear images of fast-moving subjects. While Low Light AF gives an incredible ability to help you get the proper focus in low light shooting situations.

credit: Panasonic

credit: Panasonic

Speaking of performance, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 have a very short startup time of only 0.5 seconds. While in the continuous shooting mode, the camera is able to achieve a speed of 4.3 frames per second with autofocus and 5fps in continuous shooting mode without autofocus. There is a faster mode and lets you take images up to 80 frames when using the electronic shutter that produces an average of 42fps with a resolution of less than 2272 × 1704.

From the results of testing, if you shoot with a smaller resolution, the DMC-GX7 lets you shoot up to 25 images in the RAW file format and JPEG files with an unlimited number of course when you use a single burst. While the autofocus system also works very quickly and effectively.

Pictures Quality

Speaking of image quality, we used the 14-42mm kit lens to test the image quality of this camera produced. The combination of the DMC-GX7 with the lens is able to produce a slightly sharper image but impressive. If you use the default setting mode, the camera is capable of producing reasonably accurate colors and sharp. While the automatic exposure mode settings, lets you get an accurate exposure with a slight tendency to underexpose than overexpose.

Sample photos: 1/2000, f/4.0, 17mm, ISO200 (credit: Cameralabs)

Sample photos: 1/2000, f/4.0, 17mm, ISO200 (credit: Cameralabs)

While chromatic aberration is hardly noticeable at all when we combine DMC-GX7 with all lens testing. In testing, this camera can produce images with astonishing quality in JPEG Fine image mode. Picture looks free of noise at ISO100-1600, and a little began to appear in ISO3200. At ISO6400, noise is quite noticeable and reduce image details. While at the fastest setting on ISO12800 to ISO25600, the picture looks to have more noise, but can still be used in the printing of small size and a website. The quality of the RAW files look better with impressive detail than JPEG files.

In addition, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 also allows you to record 1080p Full HD video with excellent quality. Video can be recorded at 60fps and 24fps with a maximum bit rate of 24 Mbps. Video sound can be recorded with the internal microphone on the camera with a good but not too good also funds unfortunately you can not use an external microphone on the camera.

The image stabilization is not supports video recording so you need to use a lens that supports image stabilization. Overall the video quality produced by DMC-GX7, has quality better than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 thanks to the AVCHD format and frame rate selected for recording.

Should I buy the camera?

So far, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 is the mainstay of Panasonic ILC cameras are able to produce high quality images and has a range of advanced features that can provide what you want. To get a more perfect picture quality, we recommend you to use a better lens than the kit lens. It sold with price of $998.00 including 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens. It is a reasonable price for a great camera like Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7.

Rating: ★★★★½

Specifications

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Specification

TYPE:
+ Camera Type: Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera

+ Mount: Micro Four Thirds mount

IMAGE SENSOR
+ Sensor Type: Live MOS Sensor

+ Sensor Size: 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)

+ Total Pixels: 16.84MP

+ Effective Pixels: 16.00MP

RECORDING SYSTEM
+ Recording Media: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards (compatible with UHS-I standard)

+ Color Filter: Primary color filter

+ Dust Reduction System: Supersonic wave filter

+ Stabilization System: In-camera, Image Sensor Shift Type

+ Recording File Formats:
- Still: : JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, MPO (for 3D lens in MFT format)
- Motion Picture: AVCHD and MP4
- Audio: Dolby Digital 2 Channel in AVCHD; AAC 2 Channel in MP4

+ Color Space: sRGB, Adobe RGB

+ Image Quality: RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard, MPO+Fine, MPO+Standard

+ Aspect Ratio: 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1

+ Still Photo File Size:
(4:3) 4592 x 3448(L) / 3232 x 2424(M) / 2272 x 1704(S)
(3:2) 4592 x 3064(L) / 3232 x 2160(M) / 2272 x 1520(S)
(16:9) 4592 x 2584(L) / 3232 x 1824(M) / 1920 x 1080(S)
(1:1) 3424 x 3424(L) / 2416 x 2416(M) / 1712 x 1712(S)

+ Motion Picture File Size:
1920 x 1080: 60p, 30p, 60i, 24p
1280 x 720: 60p, 30p
640 x 480: 30p

+ Maximum Sensor Output: 28Mbps

+ Maximum Actual Recordable Time: 70 minutes

+ Flicker Reduction: [1/50] / [1/60] / [1/100] / [1/120] / OFF

Wi-Fi FUNCTION
+ Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2412MHz – 2462MHz (11ch), Wi-Fi / WPA / WPA2, Infrastructure mode

+ NFC: ISO/IEC 18092, NFC-F(Passive Mode)

VIEWFINDER
+ Viewfinder Type: LCD Live View Finder (2,764,800 dots equivalent)

+ Tilting: Yes; 90° upward

+ Field of View: Approx. 100%

+ Magnification: Approx. 1.39x / 0.7x (35mm equivalent) with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m -1

+ Eye Point: Approx.17.5mm from eyepiece lens

+ Diopter Adjustment: -4.0 – +3.0 (dpt)

FOCUS
+ Focus Type: Contrast AF

+ Focus Modes: AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF

+ AF Modes: Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint

+ AF Range: EV -4 – 18 (ISO100 equivalent)

EXPOSURE CONTROL
+ Light Metering System: 1728-zone multi-pattern sensing system

+ Light Metering Mode: Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot

+ Metering Range: EV 0 – 18 (F2.0 lens, ISO100 equivalent)

+ Exposure Modes: Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual,

+ ISO Sensitivity: Auto / Intelligent ISO / ISO 125(Extended) / ISO 200- 25600

+ Exposure Compensation: 1/3EV Step ±5EV

+ AE Bracket: 3,5,7 frame, in 1/3 or 2/3 or 1EV Step, Max.±3 EV

WHITE BALANCE
+ White Balance: Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting

+ White Balance Adjustment: Blue/amber bias, Magenta/green bias

+ Color Temperature Setting: 2500-10000K in 100K

+ White Balance Bracket: 3 exposures in blue/ amber axis or in magenta/ green axis

SHUTTER
+ Shutter Type: Focal-plane shutter

+ Shutter Speed: Still Images: Bulb (Max. 2min), 1/8000 – 60; Motion Picture: 1/16000 -1/25 (NTSC area)

+ Self-timer: 10sec, 3 images/ 2sec / 10sec

BURST SHOOTING

+ Mechanical Shutter – H: 5 fps (with AFS), 4.3 fps (with AFC, In 1-area-focusing AF mode), M: 4 fps with live view, L: 2 fps with live view

+ Electronic Shutter – SH: 40 fps, H: 10 fps, M: 4 fps with live view, L: 2 fps with live view

+ Number of Recordable Images in Burst 9 when shooting RAW; Unlimited without RAW

Built-in Flash
+ Type: TTL Built-in Pop-up Flash; GN 16.4′ / 5m equivalent (ISO 100)

+ Flash Mode: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off

+ Maximum Sync Speed Built-in Flash: 1/320 second

+ External Flash: 1/250 second

+ Flash Sync 1st. Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync.

LCD Monitor
+ Type: Tilt Static LCD with Touch Monitor

+ LCD Monitor Size: 3.0″

+ Pixels: 1,040,000

+ Field of View: Approx. 100%

+ Monitor Adjustment: Brightness, Contrast and Saturation, Red tint, Blue tint

Live View
+ Digital Zoom 2x, 4x

+ Live View Extra Tele Conversion Stills: Max 2x / Motion Picture: 2.4x, 4.8x

+ Video Exposure Modes Program AE/ Aperture-Priority / Sutter-Priority / Manual Exposure

Interface
+ USB 2.0 High Speed Multi, miniHDMI (Type C), AV Output

+ Remote Input: Yes, 2.5mm jack

+ External Mic Input: No

+ Built-in Microphone: Stereo

+ Built-in Speaker: Monaural

POWER
+ Battery: Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1025mAh)

+ Operating Temperature: 32-104°F (0 – 40°C)

+ Operating Humidity: 10-80%

DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT
+ Dimensions: 4.83 x 2.78 x 2.15″ (122.60x 70.7 x 54.6mm)

+ Weight (Body Only): 12.6oz (360g)

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Samples Photos

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Sample Photos

- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Sample Photos @ Ephotozine

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- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Sample Photos @ Flickr

User Manual

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 User Manual (PDF)

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Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7.

Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 is the main competitor to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 where this camera is the inspiration for the Panasonic to make DMC-GX7. OM-D E-M5 has a 16.1-Megapixel Live MOS sensor combined with the TruePic VI image processor to create incredible images with high speed. The camera is equipped with 3.0-inch OLED Touchscreen Monitor, Electronic Viewfinder LCD, Full HD 1080i video recording at 60fps, and 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization. In addition, the E-M5 also have a range of ISO100-25600 and provide Fast Performance including accurate autofocus. This camera is sold at $1,099.00, with 12-50mm Lens.

Olympus PEN E-P5

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The second competitors is Olympus PEN E-P5 which has almost the same specifications and features. This camera is equipped with 16.1-Megapixel Live MOS sensor combined with the TruePic VI image processor and of course to give you a perfect picture quality. Features of the E-P5 include 3.0-inch Tilt LCD Touchscreen Monitor, Full HD 1080p video recording in MOV and AVI formats, 5 Axis Image Stabilization with IS Auto, 9 fps Burst Shooting; 1/8000s Shutter, VF- 4 Electronic Viewfinder, a built-in Flash with wireless capabilities, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity. This camera is sold at $999.00 Body Only.


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