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Panasonic GX7 review

The best image quality from a G-series camera

Our Verdict

For

  • Touchscreen
  • Tilting screen
  • EVF

Against

  • Screen isn't articulated
  • Slow Tracking AF system
  • Slow viewfinder refresh rate

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Panasonic Lumix GX7 with the Samsung NX300, Panasonic GX1, Fuji X-E1 and Olympus PEN E-P5. The GX7 has the widest sensitivity range of all the cameras here.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review

As we can see from this chart, the Panasonic GX7's JPEG files have a stronger signal to noise ratio than those from the Panasonic GX1 at every sensitivity setting but ISO 400, where the two cameras' images score the same. The GX7's JPEGs are stronger than JPEGs from the Samsung NX300 and Olympus PEN E-P5 at ISO 200-800 and 6400-25600. The GX7's JPEGs have weaker signal to noise ratios than those from the Fuji X-E1 at ISO 800 and above.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review

The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Panasonic GX7 are significantly stronger than TIFFs from the Samsung NX300 at every sensitivity setting, and stronger than those from the Panasonic GX1 at every sensitivity setting but ISO 400. The GX7's TIFFs have weaker signal to noise ratios than the Fuji X-E1 and Olympus PEN E-P5, however.

JPEG dynamic range

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review

The Panasonic GX7's JPEGs have stronger dynamic range than JPEGs from the Samsung NX300 and Panasonic GX1 at every sensitivity setting. The GX7's JPEGs have weaker dynamic range than those from the Fuji X-E1 and Olympus PEN E-P5 at ISO 200-3200.

Raw dynamic range

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review

This chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Panasonic GX7 contain stronger dynamic range than those from the Panasonic GX1 at every sensitivity setting, and stronger than TIFFs from the Samsung NX300 at every setting but ISO 800. The GX7's TIFFs have weaker dynamic range than those from the Fuji X-E1 and Olympus PEN E-P5 at every sensitivity setting.

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