Lumix DMC-GX7: The New Panasonic Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera

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Panasonic has announced their latest Micro Four Thirds format interchangeable lens mirrorless camera, the Lumix DMC-GX7. The GX7 is the follow-up model to the popular DMC-GX1, which was released in early 2012. The GX7 arrives with several notable upgrades and adjustments as well as the already strong features that will be familiar to any GX1 user.

The GX7 provides a 16MP Digital Live MOS sensor that offers high-sensitivity still images. It works together with the Venus Engine image processor to reduce noise even at its maximum ISO of 25600, which is an improvement from the 12800 maximum of its predecessor. The sensor/processor combination also provides Full HD 1080/60p video recording in both the AVCHD and MP4 formats. The Contrast AF focus system on the GX7 is particularly accurate, especially when working with wide-open apertures and the Lumix Light Speed AF system clearly captures fast-moving subjects while Low Light AF is effective in dark situations, even without an AF assist lamp.

The GX7 is easy to operate and provides high-resolution imaging. Its features, especially those that mark its difference from the GX1, enable a user-friendly experience with better access to controls, versatile functionality, and wireless connectivity. First, the GX7 offers an integrated Live View Finder, which is housed on the left-hand side of the top plate and provides clear composition with field sequential color accuracy. With 2,764k-dot resolution and approximately 100% color reproduction, the image you see in the viewfinder is accurate to the scene, no matter the conditions in which you are shooting. The LVF offers Eye Sensor AF which starts autofocusing when your eye touches the finder and tilts upward 90°, which offers flexibility when shooting and a great way to glance down and take discreet waist-level shots. Also housed on the camera’s top plate are a built-in pop-up flash and a hot-shoe mount for an external flash or other accessories.

In addition to the Live View Finder, a touch-enabled 3.0” tilting LCD screen with 1,040k-dot resolution and 100% field of view is available for composition and image playback. With its improved front panel that eliminates the internal air layer and 80°-down and 45°-up tilt capability, the LCD is also effective in bright-light situations and its touch-control features offer intuitive navigation through the camera's features and controls, including touch focus and touch shutter release.

The flexibility of the GX7 includes the ability to switch seamlessly between photo and video modes with just a touch of a dedicated button. Video features have expanded to offer 60 fps capture for smooth, high-quality video and 24 fps capture for a cinema-like feel with full-time autofocus and tracking autofocus to keep moving subjects always in focus. P/A/S/M manual control modes are also present when shooting video for heightened image control and a built-in stereo microphone provides quality audio.

The GX7 also brings with it in-camera image stabilization. It allows you to use lenses without image stabilization control and still get the benefits of shake compensation for clear imaging in low light or when shooting with long focal length lenses. The GX7 will still support image stabilization from the full lineup of O.I.S.-equipped Lumix lenses; however, having in-camera stabilization opens up the potential to use an adapter and shoot with lenses from almost any manufacturer and still benefit from image stabilization and blur-free photography. When shooting with dedicated Lumix DSLM lenses, you can take advantage of the GX7’s high-speed contrast AF and its fast maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 per second.

The GX7 incorporates focus peaking and other functions to assist in achieving accurate manual focus while in live view. With focus peaking, all elements within your composition that are in focus will be highlighted based on defined edges of contrast. In addition, Pin-Point AF allows you to magnify your live view image from 3x to 10x for a clearer view of your subject and One-Shot AF sets a rough autofocus on the subject and then enables you to go to manual focus to find precise final focus.

For instant sharing and backing up of your images, Panasonic has enabled the GX7 with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. By downloading the Panasonic Image App, you can not only transfer images wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet but you can use your device as a remote control for the camera; controlling zoom, focus, and even the shutter release. The Wi-Fi setup is easy, thanks to NFC (Near Field Communication), which connects camera to phone simply by placing them beside one another.

The GX7 is a camera with advanced features but is still very user friendly and provides assistive features such as iAuto and Face Recognition. It also offers Creative Control with an increased number of filter effects. With 22 effects, each adjustable within its parameters, you can add numerous creative touches to your images such as Retro Effect, Toy Effect or High Key. Many of these filter effects are also applicable in Creative Panorama, in which you can simply add the effects to panoramic images. Silent Mode is a welcome feature that switches the shutter from mechanical to electronic, and turns off all sounds and the focus lamp for shooting situations where you need to be totally discreet. A multi-exposure function as well as time lapse video and a stop-animation function add to your creative palette. 

One of the biggest draws of the GX1 was its slightly retro, dial-heavy physical design, and this style has carried over to the GX7. In fact, the GX7 has located more of its control dials on the camera’s top plate for improved access to auto and manual controls.

As befits a camera that is designed for fast access and day-to-day use, the GX7’s magnesium-alloy, die-cast frame is durable, with an ample rubberized handgrip and a handsome brushed-chrome top plate. The GX7 is presently available as a body only or as a kit with an included 14-42mm G Vario lens with MEGA Optical Image Stabilization and the 35mm focal length equivalent of 28-84mm.

For more information, stop by the B&H SuperStore in New York, speak with a sales professional on the telephone at 1-800-606-6969 or contact us online via Live Chat.

Camera Type Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera
Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Sensor Type Live MOS Sensor
Sensor Size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Total Pixels 16.84MP
Effective Pixels 16.00MP
Recording Media SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards (compatible with UHS-I standard)
Color Filter Primary color filter
Dust Reduction System Supersonic wave filter
Stabilization System In-camera, Image Sensor Shift Type
Recording File Formats Still: : JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, MPO (for 3D lens in MFT format)
Motion Picture: AVCHD and MP4
Audio: Dolby Digital 2 Channel in AVCHD; AAC 2 Channel in MP4
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Image Quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard, MPO+Fine, MPO+Standard
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Still Photo File Size (4:3) 4592 x 3448(L) / 3232 x 2424(M) / 2272 x 1704(S)
(3:2) 4592 x 3064(L) / 3232 x 2160(M) / 2272 x 1520(S)
(16:9) 4592 x 2584(L) / 3232 x 1824(M) / 1920 x 1080(S)
(1:1) 3424 x 3424(L) / 2416 x 2416(M) / 1712 x 1712(S)
Motion Picture File Size 1920 x 1080: 60p, 30p, 60i, 24p
1280 x 720: 60p, 30p
640 x 480: 30p
Maximum Sensor Output 28Mbps
Maximum Actual Recordable Time 70 minutes
Flicker Reduction [1/50] / [1/60] / [1/100] / [1/120] / OFF
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2412MHz - 2462MHz (11ch), Wi-Fi / WPA / WPA2, Infrastructure mode
NFC ISO/IEC 18092, NFC-F(Passive Mode) 
Viewfinder Type LCD Live View Finder (2,764,800 dots equivalent)
Tilting Yes; 90° upward
Field of View Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 1.39x / 0.7x (35mm equivalent) with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m -1
Eye Point Approx.17.5mm from eyepiece lens   
Diopter Adjustment -4.0 - +3.0 (dpt)
Focus Type Contrast AF
Focus Modes AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF 
AF Modes Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint
AF Range EV -4 - 18 (ISO100 equivalent)
Light Metering System 1728-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light Metering Mode Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot 
Metering Range EV 0 - 18 (F2.0 lens, ISO100 equivalent)
Exposure Modes Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, 
ISO Sensitivity Auto / Intelligent ISO / ISO 125(Extended) / ISO 200- 25600
Exposure Compensation 1/3EV Step ±5EV
AE Bracket 3,5,7 frame, in 1/3 or 2/3 or 1EV Step, Max.±3 EV
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting
White Balance Adjustment Blue/amber bias, Magenta/green bias
Color Temperature Setting 2500-10000K in 100K
White Balance Bracket 3 exposures in blue/ amber axis or in magenta/ green axis
Shutter Type Focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed Still Images: Bulb (Max. 2min), 1/8000 - 60; Motion Picture: 1/16000 -1/25 (NTSC area)
Self-timer 10sec, 3 images/  2sec / 10sec 
Burst Shooting Mechanical Shutter - H: 5 fps (with AFS), 4.3 fps (with AFC, In 1-area-focusing AF mode), M: 4 fps with live view, L: 2 fps with live view
Electronic Shutter - SH: 40 fps, H: 10 fps, M: 4 fps with live view, L: 2 fps with live view
Number of Recordable Images in Burst 9 when shooting RAW; Unlimited without RAW
Built-in Flash Type TTL Built-in Pop-up Flash; GN 16.4' / 5m equivalent (ISO 100)
Flash Mode Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off  
Maximum Sync Speed Built-in Flash: 1/320 second
External Flash: 1/250 second
Flash Sync 1st. Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync.
LCD Monitor Type Tilt Static LCD with Touch Monitor
LCD Monitor Size 3.0"
Pixels 1,040,000
Field of View Approx. 100%
Monitor Adjustment Brightness, Contrast and Saturation, Red tint, Blue tint
Live View Digital Zoom  2x, 4x
Live View Extra Tele Conversion Stills: Max 2x / Motion Picture: 2.4x, 4.8x
Video Exposure Modes Program AE/ Aperture-Priority / Sutter-Priority / Manual Exposure 
Interface USB 2.0 High Speed Multi, miniHDMI (Type C), AV Output
Remote Input Yes, 2.5mm jack
External Mic Input No
Built-in Microphone Stereo
Built-in Speaker Monaural
Battery Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1025mAh) 
Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0 - 40°C) 
Operating Humidity 10-80%
Dimensions 4.83 x 2.78 x 2.15" (122.60x 70.7 x 54.6mm)
Weight (Body Only) 12.6oz (360g)