With a new 16-million-pixel sensor and a clever tiltable electronic viewfinder, the GX7 could be one of the best system cameras we’ve seen, says Phil Hall. Read the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review – Our verdict

There’s no question that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 is a real leap forward in comparison to its predecessor, the GX1. Every area of the camera has been improved, resulting in one of the best compact system cameras available for serious photographers looking for a high-quality camera for travel or documentary photography.

While it can’t quite match APS-C-format rivals, the image quality from the GX7 is very good, delivering some of the best results I’ve seen from a micro four thirds sensor. Detail is very good, but for anyone shooting with the GX7, I’d recommend raw capture to ensure detail is retained at higher sensitivities.

The plethora of body-mounted controls for quick access combined with the fast AF, touch-sensitive display and excellent viewfinder, make the GX7 a pleasure to shoot with, all complemented by a sturdy, durable build with a comfy grip.

Going back to the drawing board with the GX7 has paid dividends for Panasonic. It’s resulted in conceivably the best Lumix CSC to date and a true photographer’s tool.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 – Key features

Highlight shadow
Versatile tool accessed via the menu to independently adjust the highlights and shadows of your shot, while also offering a selection of presets.

Built-in flash
Manually activated via a switch on the body, the pop-up flash on the GX7 offers a guide number of 5m @ ISO 100.

Quick menu
This offers quick access to a selection of the GX7’s main shooting controls.

Touchscreen
The capacitive-type touch display delivers one of the best user experiences we’ve had from a touchscreen-based CSC, with only light touches and gestures required.

D-pad
One of the few arrangements to be carried over from the GX1, offering hard-wired access to ISO, AF, drive and white balance, with a menu/set button at the centre.

  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 at a glance:
  2. 2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review - Stabilisation system
  3. 3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review - Metering
  5. 5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review - Dynamic range
  6. 6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review - Autofocus
  7. 7. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review - White balance and colour
  8. 8. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  9. 9. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  10. 10. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review - The competition
  11. 11. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review - Our verdict
  12. 12. First look
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