Summary: The Panasonic GX7 is a full-featured mirrorless camera that offers very good photo and video quality, a highly customizable interface, plenty of useful features, and robust performance. It's marred by a so-so viewfinder, lack of in-camera Raw conversion, and a disappointing in-body IS system.
Pros: Photos have pleasing color and sharpness, with little detail smudging, In-body image stabilization brings anti-shake to any lens, Well constructed, easy-to-handle body, Quick autofocus and shot-to-shot speeds, Highly customizable, Well-implemented touchscreen, Large and sharp tilting electronic viewfinder, Truly 'silent' shooting mode, Wi-Fi with NFC capability
Cons: In-body stabilization not available for image composition, Camera tends to use small apertures (rather than faster shutter speeds) in Program mode, No sensor-shift IS in movie mode, Strong 'rainbow' tearing effect in EVF, EVF is hard to see outdoors, adds bulk to camera, No in-camera Raw conversion, Lacks headphone and external mic ports for video shooters
Summary: So Panasonic took all of this on board for the GX7 and squeezed in a viewfinder along with Wifi, NFC, focus peaking, 1/8000 shutter, low-light AF, manual movie exposures, lots of controls with a high degree of customization, adjustable tone curves and auto panoramas, while surprising all of us by also including built-in stabilisation. The latter, while widely leaked in the run-up to the GX7's launch, remains a surprise every time I read or write it.
Pros: Relatively compact body with lots of customisable controls., Built-in and tiltable high resolution electronic viewfinder., Tilting touch-screen monitor., Built-in image stabilisation works with any lens., Fast AF that also works well in very low light conditions., Fastest shutter of 1/8000 quicker than most mirrorless., Built-in Wifi with excellent smartphone remote control., Focus peaking for stills and movies., 1080p video with full manual exposure control.
Cons: Viewfinder shape optimised for HD video, not stills., Stabilisation only gave 1 stop compensation in my tests., Not weather-sealed., Stabilisation not available when filming video., No microphone input or microphone accessory., Viewfinder image prone to tearing artefacts for some people., Image quality not improved over rival M4/3 models.
Conclusion: So, in that respect, the GX7 is a big win over the E-P5. You don’t have to worry about carrying around a bulky EVF attachment—which, in our opinion, ruins the classic good looks of the E-P5—and you can’t misplace what’s built into the camera. Ergonomically, the GX7 is significantly more comfortable to hold for long periods of shooting. Where the comparison gets interesting is when we pit the GX7 against the OM-D E-M5.
Excerpt: Panasonic just unveiled the very capable and very attractive Panasonic GX7 as their iteration of the mirrorless rangefinder. Based on its look and specs, it should be highly popular, and I definitely see this as a very nice complement to my Panasonic GH3.
Summary: Our initial impression of the Panasonic GX7 is very good. It seems like a very nicely constructed camera that should meet the needs of experienced photographers looking for a small camera that accepts interchangeable lenses and enables plenty of control.
Summary: For a camera of this type, the Panasonic Lumix GX7's specification is very comprehensive, delivering a host of features that will keep the keen enthusiast or professional user more than satisfied in most situations.
Excerpt: The 16MP LUMIX GX7 with Venus engine is the latest premium compact system camera (CSC) from Panasonic, directly replacing the GX1. Although it's more than twice the current street price of the GF6, which is Panasonic's award-winning entry-level CSC, it does offer a number of significantly better specs and features, many of which rival, or even outshine, the flagship GH3.
Summary: The GF7 provides Panasonic with a camera that can compete with the top models from Olympus, which have similar specifications. The GX7 also offers an additional body that can be added to an Olympus system where, with its built-in viewfinder, it's a better option than the PEN E-P5. Advantages like the integrated Wi-Fi and NFC will attract many potential buyers.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review - Pushes the limits of the Micro Four Thirds format
29 September 2013
Excerpt: The GX7 pushes the limits of the Micro Four Thirds format and crams in enough extras to deliver Panasonic’s best yet The GX7 is not only Panasonic’s newest compact system camera, but in topping its compact ‘G’ series it might just be its maker’s best effort yet. It’s not actually the headline specification that impresses, which in offering 16 megapixels from a Four Thirds (4/3-inch) sensor is in truth no better or worse than most, but rather enthusiast-enticing extras.
Pros: Solid metal build, angle adjustable eye level viewfinder and tilting rear LCD, very quiet operation, smooth zoom action
Cons: Backplate button smaller than we’d like, not an APS-C sensor, looks expensive unless directly compared with rivals offering similar features