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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

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Pros:

  • + 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

Cons:

  • - 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 Review

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Noise

At low sensitivity settings (ISO 100-400) the G7 delivers clean and detailed images. Luminance noise starts to creep into images at ISO 800, but it isn’t blatantly obvious unless you go searching for it in the shadows at close magnification. Chroma noise also starts to make an appearance in Raw files at ISO 800, but the automated noise reduction that’s applied to JPEG files does a sufficient job of removing it.

The influence of luminance and chroma noise gradually becomes more pronounced as you push up to ISO 3200 and 6400, yet the level of detail preserved at these sensitivities remains high. Provided noise reduction is applied to Raw files at ISO 3200 and ISO 6400, both settings remain useable for less-critical applications.

Detail deteriorates quickly beyond ISO 6400 and although ISO 12,800 could be used as a last resort if you’re caught out in a low-light situation, ISO 25,600 should be avoided at all costs.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 JPEG ISO 100

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 JPEG ISO 200

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 JPEG ISO 400

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 JPEG ISO 800

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 JPEG ISO 1600

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 JPEG ISO 3200

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 JPEG ISO 6400

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 JPEG ISO 12,800

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 JPEG ISO 25,600

  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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