Panasonic Lumix GF7 Review

April 7, 2015

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Panasonic Lumix GF7

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  • + Tiny size and light weight
  • + Fast focusing and shooting
  • + Compatible with huge range of Micro Four Thirds lenses


  • - Playback is slow and low resolution
  • - Cheap-looking design
  • - Image quality lags behind rivals



Price as Reviewed:

£430.00 (with 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens)

Panasonic calls it ‘the one that loves a selfie’, but is the GF7 a camera for serious photographers too? Andy Westlake finds out in our Panasonic Lumix GF7 review

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Panasonic Lumix GF7 Review: Introduction

Panasonic Lumix GF7 at a glance:

  • 16-million-pixel, Four Thirds sensor
  • ISO 100-25,600 (extended)
  • 1/16,000sec max shutter speed
  • 3in, 1.04-million-dot touchscreen
  • 7fps continuous shooting
  • £430 with 12-32mm lens

Panasonic’s GF series is one of the longest-running compact system camera ranges. Yet while the original Lumix GF1 of 2009 is fondly remembered among enthusiasts as a cult classic, successive models were designed to appeal mainly to entry-level photographers, with simplified controls based around touchscreen operation. The 2013 Lumix GF6 veered back the other way a little, with the reintroduction of an exposure mode dial and more physical controls. However, the new Panasonic Lumix GF7, at first sight, has gone back to being a camera for casual photographers, including a currently fashionable emphasis on shooting selfies.

Based on this history, it’s not entirely clear that Panasonic is sure who the GF series is aimed at any more. But in this test we have a simple question to answer – is the GF7 any good, and if so, who might be interested in buying it?

Panasonic GF7 samples gallery

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  • Sensor: 16-million-pixel, Four Thirds MOS sensor
  • Output size: 4592 x 3448 pixels
  • Focal length mag: 2x
  • Lens mount: Micro Four Thirds mount
  • Shutter speeds: 60-1/16000sec
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100-25,600 (extended)
  • Metering system: 1728 zones
  • Exposure compensation: ±3EV
  • Drive mode: 5.8fps
  • LCD: 3in, 1.04-million-dot tilting touchscreen
  • Viewfinder: None
  • AF points: Contrast detection with 23 points
  • Video: 1080p at 60fps, MP4 or AVCHD
  • External mic: No
  • Memory card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Power: DMW-BLH7E rechargeable Li- ion
  • Battery Life: 230 shots (CIPA standard)
  • Dimensions: 106.5 x 64.6 x 33.3mm
  • Weight: 266g with battery and card

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