Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
Price as Reviewed:£999.00
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...
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
Versatile tool accessed via the menu to independently adjust the highlights and shadows of your shot, while also offering a selection of presets.
Manually activated via a switch on the body, the pop-up flash on the GX7 offers a guide number of 5m @ ISO 100.
This offers quick access to a selection of the GX7’s main shooting controls.
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.
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.
- Video: Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60i AVCHD 60fps (PAL), 1920 x 1080-pixel MPEG-4 (30fps)
- White Balance: Auto, 5 presets, 2 custom, Kelvin, all with fine-tuning
- Built-in Flash: Yes, GN 5m @ ISO 100
- Shutter Type: Focal-plane shutter
- Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
- Viewfinder Type: 2,764,800-million-dot articulated EVF
- LCD: 3in, 1.04-million-dot touchscreen LCD
- AF Points: 23-area and touch-focus anywhere in the frame
- Output Size: 4592 x 3448 pixels (15.8 million pixels)
- Field of View: 100%
- Max Flash Sync: 1/320sec (internal) 1/250sec (external)
- White Balance Bracket: 3 frames
- Sensor: 16-million-effective-pixel Live MOS
- Focal Length Mag: 2x
- Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, iA+, 25 scene modes
- Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion
- Weight: 360g (body only)
- File Format: JPEG, RW2 (raw), raw + JPEG, MPO (when attaching 3D lens in micro four thirds-system standard), AVCHD, MPEG-4
- Shutter Speeds: 60-1/8000sec, bulb
- Drive Mode: Up to 5.0 fps (with AFS), 4.3fps (with AFC, in 1-area-focusing AF mode) for 9 continuous shots in raw, unlimited JPEGs
- Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
- Lens Mount: Micro four thirds
- ISO: 125-25,600
- Focusing Modes: Contrast AF, single, continuous, manual, face detection, AF tracking, 23-area, 1-area, pinpoint, touch
- DoF Preview: Yes, with shutter speed simulation
- Dimensions: 122.60x 70.7 x 54.6 mm
- Metering System: 1,728-zone, multi-pattern sensing system with options for intelligent multiple, centreweighted, spot
- Compression: 2-stage JPEG
- Connectivity / Interface: Mini HDMI, digital/video out, remote release
- Exposure Comp: ±5EV in 1/3 steps
- RRP: £986.99 (body only)
- Tested as: Enthusiast CSC