Excerpt: Panasonic’s latest G series camera, the Lumix GX7 has been hyped as a complete outfit and sits towards towards the top of Panasonic’s line up. Due to its range finder style the GX7 is significantly different from the other Lumix flagship, the GH3 (which is a bulkier DSLR competitor). It is as though Panasonic has placed one foot in the traditional era and one in the future, as the GX7 oozes innovative features, despite its retro styling.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix GX7 is undoubtedly one of the most comprehensive and ambitious compact cameras currently on the market. At a price of € 1,099 kit with 14-42mm zoom, certainly belongs to the high end of the market, thus entering into competition with advanced SLR, against which, however, looks good in almost any point of view. The Panasonic Lumix GX7 depth controls, image quality, focus speed, burst and video mode are certainly among the main advantages of GX7, which.
Pros: Features standard, Good photo quality, Excellent video quality, Fast and accurate AF, Integrated stabilizer, Adjustable screen and viewfinder.
Cons: No jack for external microphones, Some inconsistencies menu and controls, Tone Jpeg characterless.
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: 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...
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.
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.
Summary: The best image quality from a G-series camera
Pros: Touchscreen, Tilting screen, EVF, We generally like touchscreen control, provided that the screen is responsive, and the Panasonic GX7's is nice and fast. However, there are times when physical buttons and dials are easier or faster to use, so it's great that Panasonic has kept the full complement of controls for the Panasonic GX7. The tilting screen is also useful when you want to shoot landscape format images from especially high or low angles, and it's good that th...
Cons: Screen isn't articulated, Slow Tracking AF system, Slow viewfinder refresh rate, Although the Panasonic GX7 is bigger than the Panasonic GX1, it doesn't make a huge difference. And the grip is much more substantial, making the camera more secure in the hand. While a tilting screen is a bonus over a fixed unit the Panasonic GX7's is prone to catching on a tripod mount. It's also no help when shooting portrait format images at awkward angles. Panasonic also needs to wor...
Conclusion: The Lumix GX7 is the package deal. It's bursting with features, it's a pleasure to use and it produces some excellent shots. Pro-spec features such as a 1/8000th sec maximum shutter speed and that tilt-angle viewfinder further bolster the package deal that, straight of of the box, is unlike anything else out there on the market. Only there is one strong competitor that can't be overlooked: the Olympus E-P5.
Pros: Built-in electronic viewfinder, decent build quality, super-fast autofocus speed, decent image qualty, fully user-customisable, responsive touchscreen controls, manual focus override with focus peaking works well, 1/8000th sec shutter speed, price fair for full feature list
Cons: Colour noise in high-ISO shots, some viewfinder activation lag, continuous autofocus still not quite there, accidental focus point adjustment via touchscreen, so-so battery life, pinpoint AF requires double tap, overexposure can be an issue