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

Product Overview

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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

Product:

Panasonic Lumix GF7 Review

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Price as reviewed:

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

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  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix GF7 Review: Introduction
  2. 2. Panasonic Lumix GF7 Review - Features
  3. 3. Panasonic Lumix GF7 Review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Panasonic Lumix GF7 Review - Performance
  5. 5. Panasonic Lumix GF7 Review - Resolution
  6. 6. Panasonic Lumix GF7 Review - Dynamic range
  7. 7. Panasonic Lumix GF7 Review - Noise
  8. 8. Panasonic Lumix GF7 Review - Verdict
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