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 – Metering
Image: The GX7’s 1,728-zone multi-pattern metering system coped well
The GX7 plays it pretty safe here, using the same 1,728-zone multi-pattern sensing system that’s appeared most recently on the G6 and GF6. This provides you with a multi-segment matrix mode, centreweighted area and sport area modes.
For the majority of the time, the multi-segment matrix mode on the GX7 copes admirably under a host of lighting conditions. Exposures in bright conditions can be used straight out of the camera, while low-light scenes at high sensitivities also produced pleasing, well-balanced results. There was the odd occasion in overcast conditions that it did underexpose the scene slightly by 0.3-0.7 of a stop, but by using the dual control dials this can easily and quickly be corrected without the need to lower the camera from your eye.
Spot metering is linked in to the GX7’s AF position, allowing you to quickly tap anywhere on the rear display to take a precise meter reading, while the changes in exposure can be seen in real time, either through the viewfinder or on the rear display.