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Panasonic Lumix G7 Review

The Panasonic G7 is the successor to the Panasonic G6 and is placed in the company’s small system cameras lineup below the Panasonic GH4. It is the more compact of the two versions that are similar to SLR cameras and designed with amateur photographers in mind. It is located next to the square Panasonic GX7 and is placed over the GF7, GM1, and GM5 cameras.

Every recent briefing for a Panasonic interchangeable lens camera appears to have begun with the phrase, “it’s got the same sensor as the GX7,” which is true of both the G7 and the GX7. This indicates that the new camera maintains the exact resolution as the camera it replaces, which is 16 megapixels, although having a more recent sensor (albeit still two years old).

According to Panasonic, the combination of this sensor and the Venus Engine 9 processing engine found in the GH4 results in the highest possible image quality of any Panasonic camera. This processing engine can be found in the GH4. In addition, it provides a native sensitivity range from ISO 200 up to ISO 25,600 and has a low expansion option of ISO 100. The G6 has a native sensitivity range that extends from ISO 160 to 12,800 and has an extension option that goes up to 25,600.

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Build Quality

The G7 from Panasonic has a more angular appearance than its predecessor, the G6, and a handful of tweaks have been made to the control panel’s layout. Two pretty sizable dials, for instance, may be seen on the top plate of the instrument.

The first of these controls replaces the Function Lever seen on the G6 and is located around the shutter release, while the second is located nearer the rear of the plate and is within reach of your right thumb. Both have a high-quality feel, and the camera is responsive to changes. The previous Function Lever has been replaced with a front dial that is much simpler to operate.

A new drive mode dial, analogous to the one found on the GH4, may be found on the left side of the camera’s top plate. Pressing the Menu/Set button in the middle of the navigation controls on the back of the camera will bring up a menu from which you may pick one of the three different 4K possibilities. This dial has the option to select the 4K Photo mode.

Panasonic Lumix G7 Performance

When I tested the Panasonic GX7 in August of 2013, I discovered that it produced high-quality images; the noise was well controlled up to about ISO 6400, but speckling was visible at 100% in photos taken at ISO 800 and higher. This was the case even though the camera could shoot at higher ISOs. Because it uses the same sensor, the G7 behaves similarly, which is not surprising given the circumstances.

Raw images captured at ISO 1600 and above reveal coloured speckling when all noise reduction is disabled, and the magnification setting is set to 100%. The concurrently taken JPEGs do not have any chroma noise when the parameters are left at their defaults; nonetheless, there is some blurring of information, and luminance noise is noticeable at 100%, with some regions seeming extremely mushy.

Although it is feasible that specific pictures taken at ISO 12,800 may produce fine A3 (11.7 x 16.6-inch) prints, others should be kept to A4 or lower (8.27×11.7) sizes, and I would avoid using the highest (ISO 25,600) level whenever it is practicable to do so.

Panasonic Lumix G7 Image Quality

During this evaluation, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 generated photographs of exceptionally high quality. It can produce pictures devoid of noise from ISO 100 to 1600, after which it creates some noise (although very little) from ISO 3200. ISO 6400 has rather noticeable noise and a loss of fine detail, and while the faster setting of ISO 12,800 makes even more noise, it is still helpful for small prints and usage on the web. However, we wouldn’t recommend utilizing the ISO 25,600 level because it gets so much attention.

The images were a little soft right out of the camera with the default level of sharpening, and they need additional sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop. Alternatively, if you don’t like the default results, you can change the setting in the camera itself.

You can quickly customize the appearance of the JPEG photographs that the camera captures thanks to the different Creative Controls and Photo Styles. The pop-up flash performed admirably indoors, preventing red-eye and providing enough exposure.

Your nighttime shot turned out wonderfully, and the fact that you could use the maximum shutter speed of 60 seconds allowed you to capture a lot of light. Although it was difficult for us to distinguish between the various Intelligent Resolution settings, the Intelligent D-range and the HDR mode proved valuable tools for obtaining more detail in the image’s mid-tones, highlights, and shadows.

Panasonic Lumix G7 Specs

Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution4592 x 3448
Other resolutions4592 x 3448, 3232 x 2424, 2272 x 1704, 1824 x 1368
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (2)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
File formatRAWRAW + FineRAW + StandardJPEG FineJPEG StandardMPO + FineMPO + Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomNo (2x, 4x)
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points49
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.4× (0.7× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Exposure modesProgramAperture PriorityShutter PriorityManual
Scene modesClear PortraitSilky SkinBacklit SoftnessClear in BacklightRelaxing ToneSweet Child’s FaceDistinct SceneryBright Blue SkyRomantic Sunset GlowVivid Sunset GlowGlistening WaterClear NightscapeCool Night SkyWarm Glowing NightscapeArtistic NightscapeGlittering IlluminationsClear Night PortraitSoft Image of a FlowerAppetizing FoodCute DessertFreeze Animal MotionClear Sports ShotMonochrome
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range9.30 m
External flashYes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Flash X sync speed1/160 sec
Continuous drive7.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions3840 x 2160 (30, 25, 24, 20fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (microHDMI TypeD)
Microphone portYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)350
Weight (inc. batteries)410 g (0.90 lb / 14.46 oz)
Dimensions125 x 86 x 77 mm (4.92 x 3.39 x 3.03″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone

Panasonic Lumix G7 Verdict

Although the design and construction of the G7 may not have the same level of excitement as other cameras, such as the Fujifilm X-T10, it has a well-rounded feature set, including a high-quality OLED viewfinder, a touchscreen with a variable angle, and a Wi-Fi connection. The quality of the images is also excellent.

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