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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

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  • + 4K video and 4K Photo modes
  • + Electronic shutter enables silent operation
  • + Twin control dials for independent aperture and shutter speed control
  • + Superb 2,36-million-dot electronic viewfinder

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  • - Operational speed in 4K Photo modes needs to be faster
  • - Top plate, dials and buttons have a plasticky feel
  • - Low resolution previews via EVF in 4K burst photo mode

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Dynamic Range

The 16-million-pixel sensor produced a maximum of 11.9EV at ISO 100, dropping to 10.6EV at ISO 200. To offer a figure for comparison, one of the G7’s close rivals, the Canon EOS M3, recently produced readout of 11.9EV at ISO 100 and 11.6EV at ISO 200. Beyond ISO 200 the dynamic range falls to 10.5EV at ISO 400, 9.4EV at ISO 800 and 8.7EV at ISO 1,600. At ISO 6400 the dynamic range was recorded just below 7EV, but importantly it didn’t drop below the critical 6EV at ISO 12,800 or ISO 25,600. These results are slightly better than those previously recorded by its predecessor at high ISO.

  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review – Features
  2. 2. Build & Handling
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Dynamic range
  6. 6. Noise
  7. 7. Verdict
  8. 8. Full Specification
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