Overall Rating:

4

Panasonic Lumix GF7


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Pros:

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

Cons:

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

Manufacturer:

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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

Panasonic Lumix GF7 Review – Verdict

GF7 selfie mode

The GF7’s touchscreen tilts upwards and forwards for selfies

After spending some time with the GF7, I’m happy to report that it’s a very capable little camera. Indeed, I’d be tempted to conclude that, aside from build quality and its slightly cheesy looks, it’s a better camera than the highly regarded GM1. The flip-up screen is genuinely useful, and the slightly larger size means that the GF7 is more comfortable to hold.

The problem facing the GF7, though, is that it’s in a cut-throat class that’s packed full of very capable little cameras, but offers little to make itself stand out. In comparison, the Sony Alpha 5100 offers a larger sensor and an incredibly sophisticated autofocus system, the Olympus Pen E-PL7 includes in-body image stabilisation and arguably more attractive JPEG output, and the Fujifilm X-A2 has enthusiast-friendly twin-dial controls.

Don’t get me wrong, I rather like the GF7, but I’m just not sure that it brings enough to the table to make it a really compelling option for the casual photographers it’s designed for. Instead it may be more attractive to existing Micro Four Thirds users as a compact second body.

RECOMMENDED 4
  • 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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