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

  • Included Free

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    PanasonicLumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)
     
    4.7

    (based on 59 reviews)

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (37)
    • Good image quality (36)
    • Easy to use (30)
    • Image stabilization (30)
    • Large clear LCD (30)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (11)
    • No image stabilization (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (36)
    • Family photos (33)
    • Landscape/scenery (29)
    • Low light (24)
    • Video (18)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Superb and fun to use

    I currently have Fuji X100s X20 Sony NEX5n Sony NEX7 Panasonic GX1 and Olympus OMD-5 plus a load of DSLR gear.
    I love the colors form my Fuji X series cameras and low...Read complete review

    I currently have Fuji X100s X20 Sony NEX5n Sony NEX7 Panasonic GX1 and Olympus OMD-5 plus a load of DSLR gear.
    I love the colors form my Fuji X series cameras and low light performance and I like the sharpness in my Sony NEX5n & NEX7 - However there is no fun factor in using them - Sony NEX with a terrible menu system and no Mode dial and the lack of tocuh to focus and touch to shoot -
    The Olympus is much better with touch to focus and touch to shoot and many other nice features and a good menu system - however some of the buttons are very very small - control dials are fine -
    So fun factor is higher -
    I got my Panasonic after getting the other cameras as a backup for my OMD-5 as it was at a real nice price this summer - I would say that the IQ does not quite match the Fuji and Sony and OMD-5 however I just loved the many Fn buttons and button layout and touch to focus and shoot -
    So when I heard Panasonic was going to update the GX1 I was hoping that they would improve upon the GX1 and they sure did -
    I love the size - still a street shooter size -
    ( the OMD-M1 and panasonic GH3 are fantastic but to large for my street shooting )

    The GX7 has programmable Fn buttons and C1-C3.3 or 5 custom function settings that can be activated in a snap.
    For example I have C1 set for B/W and C2 for Sepia tone and C3 for totally quiet mode -

    With so many Fn buttons and custom setting it is a real snap to make so many changes besides it has a Quick menu and buttons for all the main settings as well -
    There is no menu diving like with the Sony NEX -

    The image quality or IQ is on par with OMD-5 which of course has been recogonized as having super nice IQ.
    8000 of a second shutter speed - mechanical and electronic shutter - totally quiet shutter - so many art filters - Pano - time-laps - nice flash controls with a commander mode - nice grip - very nice tilt-able viewfinder etc etc makes the Panasonic GX7 a total joy to use besides great IQ.

    If you get the Panasonic 20mm F1.7 and 24-35mm F2.8 and 35-100mm F2.8 you are totally set with awesome camera and awesome glass - ( pro grade glass )

    Video is also super nice and has many options like slow motion etc. Of course the GH3 is better sutied for pro video work at the price of size and weight -

    Another awesome feature with the GX7 is the inbody stabilization so you can use any legazy leica lenses for example or any Olympus M43 lens -

    The OMD-5 is a super nice camera but it is a bit heavier and has the annoying small buttons -

    The GX7 has nice looks and great controls great IQ - super super fast focus and one of the best focus speed in low light. My Fuji X100s might have a larger sensor and a bit better low light cabability but in low light it just does not want to focus so many times whereas the GX7 just nails it every time - so what is the point if you can't focus?

    It is really hard to find faults with the GX7 - some might say oh there is no Mic input - and yes it would be nice to have but I am not doing much video and if I where a video guy I would get the GH3 but I am more concerned with size and weight so to me there was a clear winner - the GX7.

    Yes now Sony has the A7 and A7R - which are Full Frame - but there are some things that one should keep in mind - Price is almost doble for the A7 and almost triple for the A7R - Also Sony only has 3 lenses for it now and it will take some few years to add more whereas M43 has been around for quite a while and there are so many great lenses at a cheaper price but with guality.
    Also the lens sizes for the A7/R will be a lot lot heavier and larger and costlier.

    So there are comprimizes -

    For allaround use and fun to use with tons of options and nice lens selection light weight and good looks I got the GX7.

    I am not a brand name bigot I just want the best IQ with ease of use in the smallest size I can get -

    So of course I have the Sony RX100 (want to upgrade to RX100M2) - but for the next step up and so easy and nice to use and also has viewfinder and tilt-able LCD and Touch-to-Focus and Shoot the GX7 is it.

    After I started to aquire the mirro-less or system cameras my DSLR cameras just collect dust as they are so large and the lenses are so large and so heavy.

    So I hightly suggest the GX7 - The Olympus Pen-P5 is also very nice but it does not have as many Fn buttons and no builtin viewfinder and costs more -

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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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    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

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      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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        5.0

        Product Review

        By PB

        from Flushing

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

        Nice camera that is filled with interesting functions. I also enjoyed the enthusiasm of the sales person explaining the many functions too me.

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        5.0

        Great Travel Camera

        By Jo

        from Pa

        About Me Casual Photographer

        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
        • 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 love how lite this camera is and would be very easy to take on trips.

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        5.0

        My first M43 Camera

        By ExMachina

        from Falls Church, VA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          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've been strictly an iPhoneographer for the last few years though I was raised on SLRs from Canon and Olympus. Finally got tired of not being able to get the really low-light shots and started looking at "real" cameras. What sold me on the Lumix GX7 was the price, quality, feel-in-hand, WiFi remote and touch screen interfaces. Picked up a lens adaptor and have been having a lot of fun with my legacy glass. Only thing surprising/disappointing is that there appears to be no way to combine the self-timer and auto-bracketiing modes, though I'm working around that by remote-controlling the camera from my iPhone.

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          4.0

          Nice travel camera

          By Clay

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          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

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel

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

          This little guy works well for the purpose that I bought it, which is to travel with. It's light, small, quick and quiet.

          The kit lens is sharp enough for showing the pictures on a TV screen, which is realistically as big a test as I'm going to put it through. Distortion, vignetting, CA are automatically corrected, of course.

          My current main camera is a Nikon D7000; compared to that, the GX7 is tiny and almost weightless. The lenses are also much much smaller and lighter, for no perceptible loss of quality for my purposes. I have heard that one problem with Panasonic is their limited repair facilities in the U.S. - which is true, but doesn't seem worse than the situation with Nikon, so there's no loss there.

          There isn't the plethora of menu options that there is on the Nikon, but I've found a way to do everything I want, plus several things that aren't possible with the D7000. I love the number and placement of the buttons and dials. It no time to get used to pushing the rear dial to change its function: it's like having a third dial. Very cool.

          I've had the GX7 a couple of weeks, and so far it's worked great, with two complaints: in sunny situations, there is a lot of glare off the EVF; a hat and the optional eyecup correct that in most situations, but it can still be annoying; the other complaint is that the manual and the on-screen menues are difficult to understand. For instance, the menu option for saving the setup to the C1-C3 memories makes it sound like you're about to overwrite the current settings with the contents of the saved memory - when in fact, selecting that option does just the opposite.

          In default mode, the colors seem a little thin - not as rich as I'm used to; I'm still fiddling with it to see if there's a way to adjust that.

          Overall it's a fine little camera, it takes great pictures and I'm getting a lot of use out of it. I am definitely pleased.

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          4.0

          GX7 is awesome. Very surprised.

          By Blimpy

          from Bettendorf Iowa

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Grip
          • Poor Image Stabilization

          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 (Black):

          If anyone is considering buying the Panasonic GX7, I was pleasantly surprised on how much I liked it.

          I have the Nex6, Fuji XE2, OMD EM5 and am very happy to add the GX7 to my equipment.

          The Auto Focus is blasting fast, the User Interface and buttons are easy to use and very intuitive. The Image Quality is slighly inferior to OMD EM5 but most people won't notice unless you pixel peep hard. The in-body stabilization works only with still pictures and not with video. However, the video quality is really amazing. Lots of controls and options.

          If I had a choice I would pick GX7 over OMD EM5 due to the better video capability of the GX7. Once Olympus adds better video capability and codec then Panasonic looses it's advantage since the Olympus in-body stabilization is fantastic and works will all lenses.

          The difference between Micro 4/3, APS-C and Full Frame has become very small. Yes, Full Frame will give better dynamic range and depth of field (background blur) but you can get very fast lenses for M4/3 to compensate.

          Areas of improvement for the camera are the grip (could be deeper) and in-body stabilization for video (not just for still pictures).

          100% recommend this camera.

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          5.0

          Panasonic bring out a winner again

          By MarkPea

          from Richmond, IN

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Manual Focus
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Rotating Evf

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            I purchased the GX-7 recently as an upgrade for my PF-1 and have been delighted with it. The 14-42 lens is OK but I mainly use the 20mm pancake lens from my PF-1. I shall probably flog the PF-1 with the 14-42 lens. There are two aspects to this camera that make it fun and satisfying to use. The artificial horizon appears in the display so that every shot can be spot on perfectly horizontal. No more guessing or multiple frames at slightly different angles. The second brilliant feature is the adjustable Electronic Viewfinder. Coupled with the Eyecup it makes shooting in bright sunlight in the snow a real possibility. And it makes taking shots from unusual angles easy with just a flick of the EVF upwards -- feels like micro Hasselblad :-) Finally, focus peaking and the magnification feature make manual focussing swift and accurate -- much easier in fact than my D600. The camera with two lenses and the bag weigh a good deal less than my D600 with a 50mm prime! I have yet to test the low light capability in dark church interiors but shots made at dusk have come out well. The 16 Megapixel image size is good for reasonably large prints.

            Drawbacks are trifling but include difficulty operating with gloves in the extremely cold weather we're having -- but then does any camera work well in these circumstances? AND the worst fault is the lack of a comprehensive manual. Sorry -- pdf on a CD does not cut the mustard. And as frustrating is the fact that I've not been able to find any decent books published about the camera.

            In my opinion it's hard to overestimate the usefulness of the rotating viewfinder, the accurate manual focus and the artificial horizon display.

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            5.0

            Excellent Camera and great Feautres

            By itester

            from Chantilly, VA

            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
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Image Stabil Video

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • 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'm really happy this camera, staring for the retro look, light camera body and great control options, this camera was designed to take photos easily, very convenios dial knobs to adjust all camera plus many programable function buttons, I have tested many targets and scenes and this camera have not failed me, the stabilization works great when shooting photos, I also impress with the Panasonic Image App that can control the camera from an iPad or iPhone, works on multiple modes, full control, shooting and saving locally, or saving on both camera and mobile device, camera focus is very fast, also the camera range of ISO operation and speed is amazing, able to freeze any fast scene using 1/8000th of the second, finally the burst operation up to 10 fps when using RAW, finally the EVF Viewfinder articulated able to move, can take great shots on difficult positions low close to the floor.

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            5.0

            Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

            By Arctic Conor

            from Kuujjuaq, Quebec

            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

              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 (Silver):

              Another great panasonic camera. This is an upgrade for me from a DMC-LX5. I spend a lot of time guiding and doin outdoor activities in the Eastern Canadian Arctic and having a camera that is relatively compact is key. If it is too bulky I won't carry it and as a result won't get the shots. This is my reason for the LX5 purchase as well as the GX7. The GX7 clearly has the advantage of interchangeable lenses and does have some more advanced features than the point and shoot. Quality and ergonomics are of utmost importance to me and this camera fits the bill. If a want to shot full manual to get the exact landscape I want, I can spend the time. If I am in a hurry I can use autobracket fo the same landscape. From the seat of a kayak in I can use Program Ae or aperture priority if I need to get the shot off quicker. Essentially, the camera has many different options that are easily adjusted due to great ergonomics for any situation. It is also smaller than a DSLR and in my case that means a smaller pelican case on the deck of my kayak or on top of a dogsled. All the quality and versatility of a DSLR but without the bulk. There are a great range of lenses available too.

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              4.0

              Great Camera

              By Buck8Jim

              from Fort Worth Texas

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel

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

                  I bought this to augment my G3. This camera surpasses in every way. The ability to use IBISis a plus.

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                  5.0

                  Great camera

                  By zztopp

                  from Ventura, CA

                  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

                  • 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 (Silver):

                  How many features can they pack into one camera.... this one has them all in spades and you can use your old legacy lenses.

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                  3.0

                  Excellent camera, but...

                  By Guru8321

                  from Reston, VA

                  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
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Poor viewfinder

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

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

                  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

                  great camera

                  By photoshooter

                  from new york

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

                  Love this camera

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                  5.0

                  Overwhelmed

                  By Jim88

                  from Rochester, NY

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • quality of camera
                  • quality of results

                  Cons

                  • Wifi Tricky For Some Link

                  Best Uses

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

                    Quality of camera and of photos is too notch. Looks high-end and is. Need to learn a lot to use all of its features but results worth it.

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