Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Summary
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Assessment
Panasonic made a leap forward with the GX7. For the first time, one of their mirrorless camera offers built-in stabilization, opening photographic possibilities. They have also include the highest-resolution EVF possible, providing a crystal-clear and extremely usable view of the world.
The GX7 truly delivers. We cannot say it has the best image-quality but is certainly at the level where it only matters for large prints. Noise, color, WB are all good and metering is outstanding. Dynamic-range is one step behind, as is critical sharpness.
There is nothing serious to complain about in terms of performance. This digital camera is always quite responsive, has an instant shutter-lag with very short black-out and speedy autofocus.
The Panasonic GX7 offers an impressive feature-set which is suitable for most photographic needs except for very long exposures. Even using Bulb mode, it is limited to 2 minutes which is not enough to capture star-trails. This is of course a niche application and most photographer have more than needed in this mirrorless.
This mirrorless has access to the largest mirrorless lens lineup in the industry and its 2X crop-factor gives Micro Four-Thirds cameras an advantage in terms of total size compared to most mirrorless systems.
|Low image noise until ISO 1600||Slight image softness from base ISO|
|Realistic image colors after tweaking||Dynamic-range not as wide as competition|
|Reliable metering||Modal EC interface|
|Superb shot-to-shot speed||Preview not Exposure-Priority|
|Very fast autofocus||Wrong Live-Histogram|
|Short shutter-lag||Poor flash clearance|
|Fast and extremely responsive||Below average battery-life|
|Calibratable LCD||Video clips last second|
|Class-leading EVF||Slow to power off|
|Good LCD visibility|
|Sturdy build quality||Excellent Excellent|
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Panasonic DMC-GX7 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|16 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 125-25600|
|Micro Four-Thirds Mount|
|2-Axis Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|0.40" Built-in EVF 2.8 Megapixels (0.70X)||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Spot-Metering|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Hot-Shoe|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Stereo audio input|
|5 FPS Drive, Unlimited Images||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video Recording||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
|3" LCD 1 Megapixels|
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