Summary: Panasonic Lumix GX7 has been a wonderful camera and it has everything going for it – beautiful build, great handling, a high-res EVF which can tilt, an overdose of features, wireless connectivity, great image quality and so on. The silent mode, although limits some options, is a great tool for street photography enthusiasts. In retrospect, we did not really feel stunted by its limitations mode while shooting on streets.
Conclusion: We've been long waiting for a Micro Four Thirds model with advanced features that does just about everything well at a reasonable price, and the Panasonic GX7 was worth the wait. Other enthusiast-oriented cameras we've reviewed lately have been excellent, but have made calculated sacrifices in one area or another.
Pros: Solid magnesium alloy construction and sharp, retro design, New 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor delivers pleasing JPEG image quality, Very good high ISO performance, competitive with the best Micro Four Thirds cameras, Improved dynamic range over the GX1, In-body, sensor-shift image stabilization, Excellent quality Full HD video at up to 60p with stereo audio, Advanced built-in Wi-Fi with NFC connectivity; allows for both image sharing and remote shooting, Tilting high-r...
Cons: Warm colors indoors with Auto and Incandescent WB settings, Buffer depths shallow with RAW files, Weak built-in flash, No external mic or headphone jacks, Creative Panorama mode sometimes produces poor results when exposure varies greatly as shots are stitched, Electronic shutter can cause rolling-shutter effects with moving subjects, Modal LCD / EVF brightness adjustment is confusing until you know how it works, User manual could be clearer about functions such as NFC
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.
Conclusion: Panasonic has managed to produce a contrast detection AF system that is getting close to a good phase detection system in a DSLR. It is to be congratulated for pushing the boundaries of what can be done with a compact system camera, and for making them more versatile.
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: 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.
Summary: While many pros take delight in sneering at compact system cameras, the rest of us (pros or otherwise) can revel in their ability to deliver high-end control and results in a discreet, portable form factor. The Panasonic GX7 does just about everything you could ask of a micro-DSLR and a bit more besides.