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Panasonic GX7 review

The best image quality from a G-series camera

Although it has a tilting electronic viewfinder (EVF) and a tilting LCD, the Panasonic GX7 is only a little bigger than the Panasonic GX1 that it replaces. It still has the same flat top and rectangular shape, but the EVF sticks out a little from the back of the camera, making it marginally less pocketable.

The camera has a magnesium alloy body, which gives it a solid, high-quality feel. There's also a decent-sized grip that provides a comfortable hold.

Despite the presence of a touchscreen, the Panasonic GX7 has the full complement of physical buttons and controls. These feel well made and responsive. Having a mode dial on the top-plate makes it possible to switch quickly between shooting modes, which include all the enthusiasts' favourites (aperture priority, shutter priority and manual) as well as a collection of scene modes and Creative Control options.

Panasonic Lumix DMC GX7 review

The 3-inch touchscreen also responds quickly to a light touch, but it suffers from reflections more than some other screens. Fingerprints resulting from using the touchscreen naturally don't help the situation, but thankfully there's the viewfinder on hand, and this provides a very clear view.

Because there's no obvious texture in the viewfinder and the image contrast and colour are a good match for the scene (depending upon the camera settings), you can almost forget that you're looking at an electronic unit.

Some may find it a little on the small side, but it has plenty of detail and has the benefit of being able to display the impact of camera settings such as exposure and white balance - plus there's a clear level display available.

Panasonic Lumix DMC GX7 review

Panasonic has made a few changes to the control layout since the GX1. The Ai button - which sets the camera to intelligent Auto mode regardless of the exposure setting - has gone, for instance, and this mode is now selected via the mode dial.

There's also a new control dial around the shutter release button, which is used in conjunction with the rear control dial to change settings and so on. It's within easy reach of your index finger. In addition, there's a new switch on the back of the camera around the AE lock, which enables you to flick quickly between auto and manual focus.

In another change since the Panasonic GX1, the Panasonic GX7's mode dial sits on the far right of the top plate as you hold the camera for use. This is quicker to access than the more central position on the Panasonic GX1.

Panasonic Lumix DMC GX7 review

As usual there's a Quick Menu that can be reached with the press of a button. You can set this up to take you straight to a preset group of features or a customised list, but it would be nice if it was also a customisable menu page where you could assign your most frequently used features. It would be useful to be able to reach the Format option quickly, for example.

All things considered, however, the menu and control arrangements of the Panasonic GX7 are sensible, with everything within easy reach. It's easy to switch between using the physical buttons and dials and using the touchscreen.

The screen's touch control provides a quick way of navigating through menus, making settings selections and adjustments and scrolling through images in review mode and zooming in and out to check details.

Panasonic Lumix DMC GX7 review

We have only a few niggles, one being that the Display button just below the thumb rest is prone to being pressed accidentally with the middle of your thumb when you're holding the camera.

Another issue is that the Touch Pad AF feature, which enables you to position the AF point with a finger on the main screen while looking through the viewfinder, isn't much use for left eye users, since your nose is prone to touching the screen and shifting the point.

It means that you have to either set the point with the physical controls or take your eye away from the EVF and tap the screen when it comes to life.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix G
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)360 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Maximum Image Resolution4592 x 3448
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeLive MOS
Total Camera Resolution16.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height70.6 mm
Width122.7 mm
Depth54.6 mm
Autofocus Points23
Product SeriesG
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-GX7
Product NameDMC-GX7 Compact System Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCGX7EBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

LUMIX G Compact System Camera GX7 - The Ultimate DSLM Camera in Premium Flat Body - Packing a Host of Creative Functions for Photography Enthusiasts

The DMC-GX7 realizes high-quality image recording with real-to-life details through excellent resolution, image rendering and color reproduction. Taking full advantage of newly developed 16.00-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine, images are rendered with highly sharp resolution even shot in low-lit situations. In addition, the limit resolution is enhanced thanks to the precise detail reproduction and advanced Intelligent D-range Control ensures beautiful gradation with wider dynamic range than ever.

The Contrast AF System of DMC-GX7 excels in both speed and accuracy by exchanging digital signal between the camera and the lens at max. 240 fps. A variety of extensive AF functions enhances usability to comply with wide-ranging shooting situations. The Low Light AF makes it possible to set focus on the subject more precisely in -4EV situations, which is as dark as starry sky. The Pin-point AF allows you to set magnification from 3x to 10x enlargement by 0.1x step. The One-shot AF enables using AF in MF mode to set rough focus on the subject.

The DMC-GX7 newly integrates 90-degree tiltable LVF with 2760K equive. high resolution and approx. 100% color reproduction. The LVF allows photographers to look down the camera, which lets them shoot enables bust or low angle shot casually. The new large, 1040K-dot high resolution static-type touch monitor with approx. 100% of field of view tilts up and down. The front panel is directly attached to the new In Cell Touch LCD without containing air layer in between. The result is that the reflection of external light is dramatically suppressed.

The DMC-GX7 allows you to use max. 1/8000 fast shutter speed for more impressive expression with high speed lens. The Optical Image Stabilizer (as effective as the MEGA O.I.S. in the conventional DSLM lenses) is built in the camera body, which makes it more enjoyable to mount old lenses of your lens property. The DMC-GX7 is also compatible with Focus Peaking for more precise control of focusing. Dressed in magnesium alloy full diecast frame, the DMC-GX7 is a high quality camera in every aspect that has been awaited long by the photographers.

The DMC-GX7 records full HD 1920 x 1080, 50p (50Hz) smooth, high quality video in AVCHD Progressive and MP4 with stereo sound. The practical full-time AF and tracking AF is available in video recording. The cinema-like 24p video with the bit rate of max. 24Mbps or P/A/S/M mode provide richly expressive afterimage with overwhelming image quality. The motion picture quality is greatly improved thanks to the new Digital Live MOS Sensor, too. With the Wi-Fi® connectivity, remote shooting is available by using the smartphone/tablet.

Battery Life350 Shot
Package Contents
  • DMC-GX7 Compact System Camera
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger
  • Body Cap
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Rear Cap
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
Display Resolution1040000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker