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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Silver)

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Product Highlights
  • 16MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 3.0" 1,040k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 90° Tilting 2,764k-Dot EVF
  • Full HD 1080p AVCHD Video at 60 fps
  • In-Body MEGA O.I.S. Image Stabilization
  • Built-In Wireless and NFC Connectivity
  • Focus Peaking and Magnification Windows
  • Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens

The silver Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera is a compact digital camera that features a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds Digital Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor to produce high resolution imagery with notable low-light sensitivity to ISO 25600. The combination of these two technologies affords a wealth of detail and clarity in imagery and also supports full HD 1080p video recording at 60 or 24 fps in AVCHD or MP4 formats.

Both a tilting electronic viewfinder and a tilting touchscreen LCD monitor are integrated into the camera's design for working from a variety of angles. The EVF has a 2,764k-dot resolution and supports tilting 90° upward while the 3.0" 1,040k-dot LCD monitor is capable of tilting 45° upward and 80° downward. Its touchscreen functionality enables more intuitive playback and menu navigation for employing a host of camera settings and features, including control over the built-in wireless connectivity. This function pairs with the Panasonic Image App for remote control over camera settings and for instant transference of imagery between the camera and a mobile device.

Amongst other features housed within the GX7 is in-camera MEGA O.I.S. image stabilization, which helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake with any lens. Also benefitting image sharpness and clarity is the Light Speed AF system that utilizes a contrast-detection method for acquiring focus in a precise and fast manner, making it ideal for working with moving subjects. If working with manual focus, focus peaking is available as an aid for determining focus based on edges of contrast within the scene.

Included with the camera is the silver Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II APSH. MEGA O.I.S. lens, which is a standard zoom lens providing a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 28-84mm. The lens integrates two aspherical elements into its construction to minimize chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range and also reduce the overall size of the lens. It has an internal focusing system and uses a stepping motor to provide smooth and quiet performance that is well-suited to video applications.

16MP Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine
A 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds Digital Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor work together to produce high resolution imagery that exhibits a great deal of clarity, detail, and overall impressive image quality. The processing power affords heightened sensitivity to ISO 25600 with minimal noise for enhanced use in low-light conditions. The Venus Engine also provides a wealth of speed throughout the camera system, including the ability to record up 5 fps in full resolution, 40 fps using an electronic shutter, and continuous shooting at 4.3 fps with full-time AF.
Full HD Video Recording
The 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor also supports full HD 1080p video recording in both 60 and 24 fps at a maximum bit rate of 24 Mbps. Both the high quality AVCHD and the Internet-friendly MP4 formats can be used depending on the intended output and editing workflow used and stereo sound is recorded with videos using a built-in microphone. Full-time continuous AF and tracking AF modes can be used during recording and exposure settings can be manually adjusted using either shutter speed or aperture controls. Touch AF and Touch AE controls also prove to be effective means for modifying the focus and exposure settings while recording video and focus peaking is ideal when working with manual focus.
Tilting EVF and Monitor Design
To better aid in live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation, both a tilting electronic viewfinder and rear LCD monitor are integrated into the design of the GX7. The EVF, or LVF (Live View Finder), features a 2,764k-dot resolution and approx. 100% color reproduction using the field sequential system for clear visibility in all conditions. It has a 90° upward tilting mechanism that permits easier viewing from low working angles. Additionally, Eye Sensor AF can be used to automatically begin auto focusing as soon as the viewfinder detects use, which greatly benefits working in a more spontaneous manner.

A large 3.0" 1,040k-dot touchscreen LCD is also available for viewing and features a tilting design that permits the monitor to be tilted 45° upward or 80° downward to benefit working from both high and low angles. The front panel of the monitor is attached directly to the In Cell Touch LCD without a gap between in order to reduce surface reflections and improve visibility of the screen in bright conditions. The touch functionality of the monitor also enhances efficiency by allowing for a more natural method of adjusting camera settings and navigating throughout the menu structure. Combining use of both the viewfinder and the touchscreen is Touch Pad, which allows you to use the EVF for monitoring along with the touch control functions of the rear LCD.
In-Camera Image Stabilization
MEGA O.I.S. in-camera image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake when working with lenses that do not incorporate image stabilization. This added benefit enables sharp low-light shooting with any lens and is especially useful for handheld shooting with longer, telephoto lenses.
Focusing Performance
An array of focusing technologies are available to help ensure sharp focus when working in all shooting modes with any type of subject matter. Light Speed AF, a contrast-detection AF system, is used to intelligently and accurately determine critical focus in quick and efficient manner. The speed of this system is ideal for photographing and tracking fast-moving subjects in a variety of lighting conditions. Low Light AF is also available to help determine critical focus in dimly-lit (-4 EV) conditions without the need of an AF assist lamp.

If working with manual focus, focus peaking is available to provide a more objective means for determining exacting focus based on highlighting edges of contrast within the scene. Pin-Point AF allows for live view images to be magnified from 3-10x during shooting for homing in on tight details and One-Shot AF allows focus to be acquired quickly and automatically with manual focusing abilities available for greater focus refinement and creative control. Full-area focus makes use of the intuitive touchscreen design and allows you to tap anywhere within the frame to set focus and AFF mode acquires autofocus as normal and then can reset focus if the determined target moves.
Built-In Wireless Connectivity
Wireless connectivity is integrated into the GX7 to enabled remote transferring and control of the camera from mobile devices when using the Panasonic Image App. Zoom and focus can be controlled through the app as well as remote releasing of the shutter. Images can be sent directly to mobile devices for instant sharing online and NFC (Near Field Communication) technology allows for a simplified method of connecting the camera to the mobile device.
Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II APSH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens
The included 14-42mm zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 28-84mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives to suit working in everyday situations. MEGA O.I.S. image stabilizations helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake when working in low-light conditions and with longer focal lengths and an internal focusing system with a stepping motor promotes smooth, quiet performance that is ideal for video work. The optical design of the lens integrates two aspherical elements to minimize chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range and multi-coated lens elements reduce lens flare and ghosting to provide richer overall contrast and clarity.
Camera Design
The camera body is constructed from die-cast magnesium alloy to provide rigidity and durability while still remaining light in weight. It features a contoured rubberized grip for greater stability and the tilting design of the EVF and LCD monitor facilitates more natural handheld shooting positions. Both a pop-up flash and a hot shoe are also integrated into the camera's design as well as front and rear manual control dials for intuitive adjustment of crucial camera settings.
Other Camera Features
  • Silent Mode switches the shutter from mechanical to electronic operation and disables all sounds and AF assist lamps for greater inconspicuousness while shooting.
  • A top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec. aids in capturing fast-moving subjects and working with wider apertures in bright conditions.
  • Time Lapse Shot automatically records sequential images over a set period of time, which can then be automatically combined in order to produce a time lapse video.
  • Stop Motion Animation permits the creation of stop motion videos by automatically sequencing frames into a video file without needing to use an editing program.
  • Highlight Shadow control allows adjustment of the highlight and shadow details when working in live view by using the front and rear dials; three preset patterns are available and three custom profiles can be created.
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) automatically composites several images of varying exposures in order to gain greater highlight and shadow details and an extensive middle range of tones.
  • Touch AE allows you to select the point within the image where an exposure metering is taken; ideal for backlit subjects or high contrast scenes.
  • A Level Gauge can be used to help ensure level horizons and plumb verticals. The gauge will automatically switch orientation when shooting in the vertical format.
  • Monochrome Filter mode works to simulate the effects of black and white color contrast filters, such as yellow, orange, red, and green filters, to enhance the appearance of monochromatic images in-camera.
  • Creative Control mode facilitates the creation of creatively enhanced imagery by providing 22 different filter effects. These filter settings can be adjusted manually as well to suit individual images.
  • Creative Panorama mode automatically stitches together multiple images in order to realize one wide-spanning horizontal or vertical image.
  • Multi Exposure mode allows up to four distinct exposures to be made and layered within a single frame for unique, creative effects.
  • Clear Retouch makes it possible to remove unwanted objects, figures, or other aspects of an image by simply tracing over them on the touchscreen monitor.
  • A supersonic wave filter protects the sensor from dust and is able to vibrate approximately 80,000 times per second in order to effectively repel dust and other particles.
  • Language support: English and Spanish.
Imaging
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 16.84 Megapixel
Effective: 16 Megapixel
Max Resolution 15.8MP: 4592 x 3448
Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
Movies: MP4, MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: AAC, Dolby Digital 2ch
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps
1280 x 720: 60 fps, 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 70 Min
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,764,800
Viewfinder Eye Point 17.5 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.39x
Diopter Adjustment - 4 to +3 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Touchscreen Tilting  LCD (1,040,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-25600 (Extended Mode: 125-25600)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 60 - 1/8000 sec
Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 120 - 1/8000 sec in Bulb Mode
Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 1/25 - 1/16000 sec in Movie Mode
Remote Control DMW-AC8 (Optional)
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 18.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set 1, White Set 2
Burst Rate Up to 5 fps at 16 MP
Up to 4.3 fps at 16 MP
Up to 4 fps at 16 MP
Up to 2 fps at 16 MP
Up to 40 fps at 3.9 MP
Up to 10 fps at 3.9 MP
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction
Forced On
Off
Slow Sync
Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Not Specified By Manufacturer
Guide No. 16.4' (5 m) ISO100 
Max Sync Speed 1 / 320 sec
Flash Compensation Not Specified By Manufacturer
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 40 fps
Self Timer 10 sec, 2 sec
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Power
Battery 1x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 1025mAh
AC Power Adapter DMW-AC8 (Optional)
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 - 80%
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.8 x 2.8 x 2.1" / 122.6 x 70.7 x 54.6 mm
Weight 14.18 oz / 402 g with battery and memory card
Kit Lens
Focal Length 14 - 42 mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 28 - 84 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Angle of View 75° - 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" (20 cm)
Magnification 0.17x
Elements/Groups 9/8
Diaphragm Blades 7
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Filter Thread Front:46 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.20 x 1.93" (56 x 49 mm)
Weight 3.88 oz (110 g)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Silver)
  • Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II APSH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens (Silver)
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • DMW-BLG10 Li-ion Battery for Select Lumix Cameras (7.2V, 1025 mAh)
  • Battery Charger
  • Body Cap
  • Shoulder Strap
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    PanasonicLumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Silver)
     
    4.6

    (based on 72 reviews)

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    • 5 Stars

       

      (50)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (46)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (45)
    • Easy to use (40)
    • Compact (38)
    • Image stabilization (38)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (18)
    • Poor flash (4)
    • No image stabilization (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (43)
    • Family photos (37)
    • Landscape/scenery (37)
    • Low light (28)
    • Video (22)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (29), Semi-pro photographer (14), Pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (57)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    M4/3 comes of age. Great hiking camera

    I upgraded from a panny GH1 to the GX7 and I am glad I did. The only hesitation I had was that I was tempted by the Oly E-m1 splashproofing. I sure wish Panasonic...Read complete review

    I upgraded from a panny GH1 to the GX7 and I am glad I did. The only hesitation I had was that I was tempted by the Oly E-m1 splashproofing. I sure wish Panasonic would add this feature to their M4/3 cameras. I take my camera out hiking almost every weekend. Tough lighting, tough conditions. The flip up EVF and LCD make it easier to protect the GX7 from the elements(and get the spectacular low shots without groveling in the mud), and then I toss it in a zip lock with reusable dessicant when not actively shooting, on wet days. I was never happy with the GH1 color rendition, no matter how much I played with settings or in PS. GX7 is much better at grabbing colors and really showing a depth of correct color, in addition to the extra clarity. And what can be pulled out of deep shadow in RAW images is nothing short of amazing. I will continue to use the awesome 1.7x 20 Panny lens, which will be even better with the in-body stabilization. I have the new 3.5x14-140 panny lens on order, to knock a half pound off my previous rig. 1.5 pounds for a high quality sensor camera WITH a 28-280 zoom lens! That is a phenomenal hiking setup. Worth dealing with the bag and dessicant for wet weather. I am just starting to play with the features. Pan is pretty decent, although a bit of learning curve and some restrictions. Set a custom spot on the dial to vertical pan setting and pan horizontally with the camera on end to boost panning resolution. Search on "GX7 tips and tricks" and custom settings for good ideas of what you can do with this adaptable camera. I just set it on full auto the first hike I used it, since I got it only the day before, and it did a respectable job on full intelligent mode. But I will have a lot of fun exploring all of its extensive capabilities, with plenty of function buttons to make it all handy. Another cool trick is looking through the EVF, which turns off the LCD, but you can set it to still use the LCD as a touch panel for grabbing focus spots with your thumb, while looking through the EVF.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Excellent camera, but...

    I purchased this to repace my GX1 and gain the integrated viewfinder. The optional viewfinder was the biggest weakness of the GX1. On the plus side for the GX7, the controls, size,...Read complete review

    I purchased this to repace my GX1 and gain the integrated viewfinder. The optional viewfinder was the biggest weakness of the GX1. On the plus side for the GX7, the controls, size, image quality are all excellent.But no amount of diopter adjustment could give me an acceptably clear image in the viewfinder. SInce the actual images and the view in the LCD was sharp, I initially thought I had a defective unit. After many tests, talking to Panasonic's technical folks, and digging through the detailed specs on the international site, it turns out the the LFV on this camera is significanly lower resolution than many of their other current and former cameras (e.g. G5, G6, LVF2 on the GX1) For a high end camera this is very surprising.IF you are not using the viewfinder, I'd rate the camera 5 stars, but there are more cost effective solutions (You are paying for the viewfinder). Likewise if you find a low resolution image in the LVF sufficient, then it is a fine camera.For me the disapointing viewfinder is a deal breaker in a $[$] camera.B&H's excellent return policy saved the day.

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    5.0

    Fantastic Camera

    By pnebel

    from Sarasota, FL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Silver):

    I bought the Lumix GX7 camera to complement my Canon 7D Mark II for those times when I don't want to carry so much heavy equipment. It was a complete surprise to me how much I like the GX7. Not only is it small and light, but it takes exceptional photos, especially in high contrast lighting. Every time I use it, I'm just in awe of the quality and ease of use. I think I'll be using it a lot more than I initially intended!

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    4.0

    Great quality and lots of featuers

    By We all are one

    from PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Silver):

      I wanted a quality camera, with a nice size sensor one step above the point and shoot cameras but not as expensive as a full frame digital SLR camera and this is the happy medium. It has a nice ISO range, comparable to those of higher end cameras and comes with plenty of features that are really convenient, like the tilting LCD touch screen, the pop up flash, the flip-up viewfinder and the wireless connectivity. You can also use your smartphone as a remote control (that works with my Galaxy S4, not sure about others). The four thirds standard and mirroless body makes it compact and easy to carry. I droped one star only because I wish the included lens had a better zoom.

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      5.0

      1965 Styling - 2015 Functionality

      By Fabini

      from Northern New England USA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Small / Compact
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Street
        • Travel

        Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Silver):

        I love this camera's size and versatility. I purchased it as a 'street' camera and it works very we'll that way. But I now take it everywhere, inside and out, for 90% of all my photography needs. I still rely on a big DSLR for those grand landscape shots, but when I save up for the right lens, I will not need to lug it around anymore.

        My only issue – and it's human error – is when I go to spin the rear wheel with my right thumb, I press too hard and change the current function. I'll practice restraint, I promise.

        Lastly, I love the tilt viewfinder and the camera's overall look. It's old school, it feels just right.

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        4.0

        Fun features, great image quality

        By bunmun

        from Charleston, SC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact
        • Video

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Street Photography
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Silver):

        I was used to carrying my Canon 5DmkII everywhere with me as my main camera, but then I read more and more about mirrorless micro4/3 systems so I decided to try it out.My main decision was between the Sony a6000 and Panasonic Gx7. I went with the GX7 because it seemed to have more fun features, despite having a smaller sensor. The touchscreen is a big feature that is missing on the a6000.I've had the Gx7 for about a month and in that time, I don't think I've touched the 5D. The GX7 is just so much more fun. The built in Wifi, touchscreen, scene modes, filters effects, silent electronic shutter, tiltable EVF, and the tiny size, are all things that I didn't have on the 5D. I know it's not an apples to apples comparison, but when it comes to having fun with photography, the GX7 blows the 5D away.When it comes to pure image quality, I do get better results from the full frame sensor on the 5D, but for casual use the Gx7 isn't far off. I have photos from both the Gx7 and the 5D on my flickr page and I bet most people can't tell the difference: https://www.flickr.com/photos/selectbThe smaller sensor actually makes it a good for getting more of the shot in focus. Handy for video.Here are some things that I think could be better with the GX7:1. Faster wifi mode connection. For some reason it takes a while to connect and disconnect.2. Longer battery life.3. More secure battery compartment4. I have smaller hands, but the buttons on the back could be a little bigger even for me.

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        5.0

        Great camera

        By Djmontal

        from Durham

        Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Silver):

        Great quality pictures in a small camera. Great quality/price ratio

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        5.0

        Best MFT Camera I have tested

        By David G

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

          Compared to the GH3 and Olympus E-P5 hands on for several weeks. Slightly lower image noise and better OIS (using 14-140mm Power OIS zoom lens) than GH3. Slightly better overall low-light performance than GH3 and E-P5. Much better auto white balance in low light than E-P5. Easy-to-use, powerful camera that does everything I need.

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          4.0

          M4/3 comes of age. Great hiking camera

          By Thom

          from Kirkland, WA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Limited Zoom
          • Poor Flash
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

          I upgraded from a panny GH1 to the GX7 and I am glad I did. The only hesitation I had was that I was tempted by the Oly E-m1 splashproofing. I sure wish Panasonic would add this feature to their M4/3 cameras. I take my camera out hiking almost every weekend. Tough lighting, tough conditions. The flip up EVF and LCD make it easier to protect the GX7 from the elements(and get the spectacular low shots without groveling in the mud), and then I toss it in a zip lock with reusable dessicant when not actively shooting, on wet days. I was never happy with the GH1 color rendition, no matter how much I played with settings or in PS. GX7 is much better at grabbing colors and really showing a depth of correct color, in addition to the extra clarity. And what can be pulled out of deep shadow in RAW images is nothing short of amazing. I will continue to use the awesome 1.7x 20 Panny lens, which will be even better with the in-body stabilization. I have the new 3.5x14-140 panny lens on order, to knock a half pound off my previous rig. 1.5 pounds for a high quality sensor camera WITH a 28-280 zoom lens! That is a phenomenal hiking setup. Worth dealing with the bag and dessicant for wet weather. I am just starting to play with the features. Pan is pretty decent, although a bit of learning curve and some restrictions. Set a custom spot on the dial to vertical pan setting and pan horizontally with the camera on end to boost panning resolution. Search on "GX7 tips and tricks" and custom settings for good ideas of what you can do with this adaptable camera. I just set it on full auto the first hike I used it, since I got it only the day before, and it did a respectable job on full intelligent mode. But I will have a lot of fun exploring all of its extensive capabilities, with plenty of function buttons to make it all handy. Another cool trick is looking through the EVF, which turns off the LCD, but you can set it to still use the LCD as a touch panel for grabbing focus spots with your thumb, while looking through the EVF.

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          3.0

          Lots of buzz but not enough bang

          By Sk

          from Fremont, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Poor Flash
          • Poor Image Quality
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

          Camera is good at certain optimal settings, in indoors image quality sucks after ISO800. It has performed very poorly in video focussing too, on given optimal lighting situation this camera focus systems works very well, but in indoors like birthday parties etc.. this camera constantly hunting for the focus. I bought this camera hoping to take very good pictures for my son's birthday, but it has ruined most of the pictures and video. At birthday this camera was handled by one of my friend who is very professional at taking pictures (he himself owns panasonic GH3). Refrain your self from this little camera.

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          4.0

          Panasonic fan

          By Skip from Thailand

          from Maejo, Thailand

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Silver):

            This is the third Panasonic camera I've owned and they have become my favorite. While I've only had the GX7 for a few days I can say it's the best one so far. Test pics I've taken are excellent. I'm still learning how to use it with the 45-200 lens I purchased, and how to work the touch screen so that my settings remain set. It's just a matter of time and scaling the learning curve. So far I'm loving it. The build quality is the best of any Panasonic I've owned. I won't be using the built-in flash so no comment there. My only gripe is that the Fn1 button is easily activated by accident when shooting. I purchased this camera to take daytime candid pictures in Thailand. I've only tested it on stationary objects in the neighborhood here in the USA, but I can see this will be the camera I take to capture candid smiles in The Land of Smiles.

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            4.0

            A lot of power packed in a small package

            By SunnyD

            from Madison WI

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Silver):

            I used it for taking with me backpacking instead of the heavier Canon 60D. GX7 delivered performance and the flexibility of a DSLR.

            Love its level indicator when taking landscape pictures.

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            4.0

            Nice Fully featured compact camera

            By Tom the Newbie

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Silver):

            The Lumix GX7 is a sweet compact fully featured camera. It takes some beautiful pictures. And as a beginner who wants to learn more about photography, it supplies me with the full feature set of a DSLR without having the weight.

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            5.0

            Great Camera

            By Uhooru

            from Costa Mesa, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Silver):

            I shoot with this camera as a walk around street shooter and for weddings and events.
            I love the size, the easy programming allowing me flexibility in lens choice, I like the Pany lenses I have and the 4/3 system is great for adopting other lens types.
            The picture quality and color rendition were a pleasant surprise and I get quite usable pictures up to ISO 3200. Probably not higher than that though.
            The two things I don't like are the short battery life. For a serious day of shooting you need to take a couple of spares. Also, sometimes I get into a mode where my nose moves the focal point from the center by swiping the touch screen accidentally. Its a lovely touch screen and I have a great nose, but sometimes the two clash. i then have to take time to fumble around to change it back.
            Otherwise, its great to have a gig, use a fairly small camera bag with the GX7, a zoom and several fixed lenses weighing just a few pounds and taking up so much less room. Also, it takes pretty nice video and except that there is no provision to add an external mike, the video quality itself is very good. The in camera stabilization also works pretty well, not as good from what I've seen the Olys, but a noticeable plus. Its a good camera.

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            4.0

            GX7

            By sturdyart

            from Armstrong BC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

              A light camera and lens with a cheap plastic feel. Seems to operate well.

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              2.0

              Not my first choice

              By jcephoto

              from Chicago

              Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

              Only if you are making images in full daylight is this camera worth the effort due to the slow speed lens.
              Compared to the Fujifilm XE2 the Lumix image is soft and lacks detail. The moveable finder and monitor are nice but do not make up for limits this camera imposes.
              B&H's service was outstanding from purchase through the return.

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              5.0

              Ideal all around camera

              By Willie

              from Flushing Queens NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Poor Flash
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel

              Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

              I bought Lumix 14-140 Vario to go along with this GX7. Great combo. They work well together. The O.I.S works great, resulting in very sharp pictures.

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              5.0

              Perfect for my life

              By Stillwater

              from Portland, Or.

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

              This camera is small enough so I take it with me, and small enough to not get in the way. I love the size. I love the pictures that it takes. I believe that it takes better pictures than my Nikon D7100. I use it to take shots of waterfeatures and gardens that I design. I can carry a camera bag with it in it along with three other lenses and filters and it is no problems at all.

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              5.0

              GX7 has me close to selling my DSLR Gear

              By Colin Masson

              from Sammamish WA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Poor Image Stabilization
              • Slow Picture Review
              • Unprotected Lcd

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

              I have nearly 50 000 photos on Flickr, and have been through a wide range of compact digicams, DSLRs and MFTs since my first Casio 2 Megapixel camera in 2000. The GX7 isn't perfect, but its close enough that I'm considering whether I can finally get rid of my beloved Pentax DSLRs. For me, who takes mostly family and travel photos, it gives me great photo quality, and a great range of lenses, in a compact and light enough format that I don't hesitate to take with me (unlike my DSLRs and bulky lenses).

              Although not quite as capable in low light as my Pentax K5, the GX7 does well at ISO 1600 in my first few trips (I don't go beyond this ISO on my Pentax either), and I've found it to have a very wide range of control over its very good Program settings, when I do want to get creative.

              One of the best looking MFT cameras in my view, especially in black, and it should keep my happy for a couple of years. There are a few improvements that could be made. The in body image stabilization doesn't seem as effective as my Pentax. My GX1 LCD screen delaminated, so I'm a bit concerned that unlike the G5, the tiltable LCD does not rotate to face the camera for full protection. While the touchscreen is very responsive in picture taking mode, I do find playback for review a bit slow to respond. Perhaps this latter issue can be fixed in a firmware update.

              Overall, my top recommendation for those looking for an MFT ILC, and I'd generally recommend ahead of many DSLRs for those travelling, and concerned about size/weight, but still wanting top notch photo quality and a system camera.

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              5.0

              Fantastic Sale

              By Gege

              from Austin

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Silver):

                The best camera I haver had.

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                5.0

                Seriously good in most ways

                By Dekkam

                from North New Mexico

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

                  My principal work is indoor available light photos of people engaged in various activities, recalling what I did as a full-time professional many years ago. I have tried a good many digital cameras for this purpose: 4/3 and APS-C types principally, hoping to find THE one that best suits my way of doing things. The GX7 is one of two that I have settled on (the other being the new Fuji XT-1).
                  The GX7's advantages? It is small, unobtrusive, and has an utterly silent operating mode that can be extraordinarily helpful when working in quiet conditions such as musical performances or any circumstances under which I don't want to attract attention away from whatever's going on. The Lumix f/2.8 12-35mm and 35-100mm zoom lenses can cover just about any situation I usually encounter; if I need more speed under really poor lighting, both Panasonic and Olympus make excellent faster alternatives, and of course many other lensmounts can be adapted to 4/3. So far as print quality is concerned, I normally make 8x10s for the uses that they're put to, and I have made 8x10s from as little as 25% of the whole image area with no obvious degradation. Panasonic's new stabilization makes using Olympus and other adaptable lenses somewhat less likely to smear the final photo.
                  The only real problem I've run into is occasionally accidentally pressing one of the several setting buttons on the right side of the camera's back. I would suggest to Panasonic that an additional choice should be available for the control buttons: allow the user to turn the ones he doesn't need entirely off. In my case, I have set the three that I seem most often to hit accidentally to do something innocuous and easily gotten rid of, but deactivating them entirely would make life easier yet.
                  The GX7 works for me and the jobs that I still approach professionally, but I believe it would also be a joy for recording your trips, landscapes, and family life in general: a very responsive instrument in a small package. The VF really doesn't need to be adjustable, of course (that's just a gimmick), and you do have to remember that you're working in the 4/3 format so that making super-murals is probably pushing the limits too far. This obviously isn't an E-M1, but that one's a camera more suited to someone who wants to experiment with "creative" alternatives rather than simply document facts. For documentation, personal or professional, I would urge you to look closely at the GX7!

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                  4.0

                  Well worth the money

                  By Bill

                  from Agawam, MA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Viewfinder
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Complicated menus
                  • Funky Wifi
                  • Too many buttons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black):

                  Most of the film based cameras I have owned were rangefinders and Panasonic has done well to capture the look and feel of a good rangefinder camera. The build quality is excellent. The viewfinder is clear and sharp and there is no delay in switching between the viewfinder and the LCD screen. I found the LCD screen was often useless in bright outdoor light, so to me a viewfinder is a must. The photos I shot with the kit lens were excellent for the most part and between Panasonic and Olympus, there is a huge selection of lenses available for the GX7. For me, there are too many buttons and I found it easy to activate something I didn't want with my fat fingers. The camera has an excellent touch screen and could easily shed half the buttons it has. My other complaint is the WiFi that needs Panasonic's app to work. The app is quirky and not particularly user-friendly.

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