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Unveiled: The 4K-Capable Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Camera

Positioned as a true multimedia camera, capable of utilizing its high-resolution video capabilities for both stills and movies, Panasonic's Lumix DMC-G7 is a mirrorless Micro Four Thirds model characterized by its hybrid sensibilities and versatility in recording media. Succeeding 2013's G6, the G7 adds a wealth of updates to its feature set, most notably the inclusion of 4K UHD video, along with a new 16MP Live MOS sensor, Venus Engine 9 processor, faster burst shooting, 4K Photo modes, and more refined handling. The G7 is a well-rounded option for both photographers and videographers, and even better for those who dabble in both media.

At the heart of the G7 is the 16MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor and Venus Engine 9, which pair to offer sensitivity to ISO 25600, as well as 8 fps shooting with single-shot AF, 6 fps with continuous AF, or 40 fps with an electronic shutter in SH mode. The image processor also contributes to more sophisticated noise reduction, accurate white balance and exposure metering, and diffraction reduction for sharper, clearer appearing imagery.

Beyond stills, the G7's calling card is its inclusion of 4K UHD video (3840 x 2160) with either 30p or 24p frame rates at 100Mbps in the MP4 format. With four times the resolution of full HD video, UHD recording offers increased detail and greater room for editing and post-production work. While 4K is certainly the wave of the future, the G7 also offers a breadth of full HD and HD recording capabilities, including 1080p/60 in the AVCHD format. A built-in stereo microphone can be used during shooting, or an external microphone can also be employed for clearer sound.

The addition of 4K doesn't only benefit the videographer, however, as it also avails a trio of burst modes for high-speed 8MP stills shooting at 30 fps with access to your PASM exposure modes. The 4K Burst mode, like video recording, allows you to shoot at the 30 fps rate for up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds, giving you a plethora of frames to ensure you capture the right moment. For a more refined shooting duration, the 4K Pre-Burst setting will record one second prior and one second after you press the shutter button; giving you a total of 60 frames to choose from for those instances where the critical moment isn't quite so clear. Most closely following the video capabilities is the 4K Burst (S/S) mode, where recording is done as if it were a video, and then during playback you can use the shutter button to mark the chosen frame to have as a single 8MP image.

Paralleling the high-speed shooting is an equally high-speed autofocus system with enhanced low-light performance to -4 EV, DFD, or Depth-From-Defocus. AF technology calculates the distance to your subject and then utilizes color, size, and motion vectors for accurate subject tracking and focusing speeds as little as 0.07 seconds. For the times when control is valued over speed, manual focusing is benefitted by the inclusion of focus peaking, which outlines bright edges of contrast and depth-of-field distances for easier recognition of in-focus objects.

Complementing the wealth of imaging features, the G7 is also distinguished by an updated body design, which includes both front and rear control dials, a main drive wheel for selecting different shooting modes, and six customizable function buttons to be assigned to the functions of your choosing. Beyond the enhanced operability, a new 2.36m-dot OLED Live View Finder has been added, which features a 10,000:1 contrast ratio for brighter, more detailed eye-level monitoring in various lighting conditions. On the back of the body is a 3.0" 1.04m-dot LCD monitor, which features a touchscreen interface for more intuitive use, as well as a vari-angle design for easier viewing from high and low working angles. In addition to the in- and on-camera controls, built-in Wi-Fi also lends an element of control to your linked smartphone or tablet for remote adjustment of different camera settings and wireless image sharing.

The Lumix DMC-G7 is available in black with the Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. lens, and is also available in black or silver with the Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens.

  Lumix DMC-G7 Lumix DMC-G6
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Image Sensor Live MOS (17.3 x 13mm) Live MOS (17.3 x 13mm)
Effective Pixels 16.84 MP 18.31 MP
Total Pixels 16 MP 16.05 MP
Maximum Resolution 4592 x 3448 4608 x 3456
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Still Image File Format JPEG, MPO, RAW JPEG, MPO, RAW
Storage Media SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards; UHS-II compatible SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
Card Slot 1x SD card slot 1x SD card slot
Viewfinder Type OLED Live View Finder, 2.36m-dot OLED Live View Finder, 1.44m-dot
Frame Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification Approx. 1.4x Approx. 1.4x
Eyepoint 17.5mm 17.5mm
Diopter Adjustment +/-4 m +/-4 m
Shutter Type Focal plane and electronic Focal plane and electronic
Shutter Speed 60 to 1/4000 sec., bulb (up to 2 min.)
1 to 1/16,000 sec. (electronic shutter)
1/125 to 1/16,000 sec. (motion picture)
60 to 1/4000 sec., bulb (up to 2 min.)
1/30 to 1/16,000 sec. (motion picture)
Flash Sync Speed 1/160 sec. 1/160 sec.
Top Continuous Shooting Rate 40 fps with electronic shutter
30 fps with 4K Photo modes
8 fps with AF-S
6 fps with AF-C
40 fps with electronic shutter
7 fps with AF-S
5 fps with AF-C
Self-Timer 10- or 2-sec. delay 10- or 2-sec. delay
Exposure Metering System 1728-zone multi-pattern sensing system 1728-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Metering Method Multiple, Center Weighted, Spot  Multiple, Center Weighted, Spot 
Metering Range 0 to +18 EV 0 to +18 EV
Exposure Modes Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual
Exposure Compensation +/-5 EV in 1/3 steps +/-5 EV in 1/3 steps
Exposure Bracketing 3, 5, or 7 frames in 1/3, 2/3, or 1 EV steps 3, 5, or 7 frames in 1/3, 2/3, or 1 EV steps
ISO Sensitivity Auto, ISO 200-25600, Extended to ISO 100 Auto, ISO 160-12800, Extended to ISO 25600
Autofocus System Contrast-detection AF with DFD technology Contrast-detection AF
Focus Modes AF-S (Single), AF-F (Flexible), AF-C (Continuous), Manual Focus AF-S (Single), AF-F (Flexible), AF-C (Continuous), Manual Focus
Autofocus Sensitivity -4 to + 18 EV -3 to + 18 EV
Built-In Flash Yes, pop-up; GN: 20.3' / 6.2 m at ISO 100 Yes, pop-up; GN: 27.2' / 8.3 m at ISO 100
Flash Modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Flash Compensation +/-3 EV +/-3 EV
External Flash Interface Hot shoe Hot shoe
White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, White Set (1, 2, 3, 4), Color Temperature Setting Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, White Set (1, 2, 3, 4), Color Temperature Setting
Movie Recording MP4
UHD: 3840 x 2160p/30 fps; 100 Mbps
UHD: 3840 x 2160p/24 fps; 100 Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080p/60 fps; 28 Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080p/30 fps; 20 Mbps
HD: 1280 x 720p/30 fps; 10 Mbps
SD: 640 x 480p/30 fps; 4 Mbps

FHD: 1920 x 1080p/60 fps; 28 Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080p/30 fps; 24 Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080p/24 fps; 24 Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080i/60 fps; 17 Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080p/60 fps; 28 Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080p/30 fps; 20 Mbps
HD: 1280 x 720p/30 fps; 10 Mbps
SD: 640 x 480p/30 fps; 4 Mbps

FHD: 1920 x 1080p/60 fps; 28 Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080p/30 fps; 24 Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080p/24 fps; 24 Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080i/60 fps; 17 Mbps
HD 1280 x 720p/60 fps; 17 Mbps
File Format AVCHD, MP4 AVCHD, MP4
Audio File Format Dolby Digital 2ch, AAC 2ch Dolby Digital 2ch, AAC 2ch
External Microphone Input Yes; 3.5mm jack Yes; 3.5mm jack
Headphone Jack No No
Maximum Recording Time 29 min. 59 sec. 29 min. 59 sec.
Monitor 3.0" 1.04m-dot vari-angle touchscreen LCD 3.0" 1.036m-dot vari-angle touchscreen LCD
Monitor Viewing Angle Approx. 100% Approx. 100%
Interface USB 2.0, HDMI micro (Type D), 2.5mm remote jack, 3.5mm jack, Viera Link USB 2.0, HDMI mini (Type C), 2.5mm remote jack, 3.5mm jack
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2412-2462 MHz (1-11 ch), Wi-Fi / WPA / WPA2, Infrastructure IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2412-2462 MHz (1-11 ch), Wi-Fi / WPA / WPA2, Infrastructure
Power Source 1x rechargeable lithium-ion battery; 7.2 VDC, 1200 mAh 1x rechargeable lithium-ion battery; 7.2 VDC, 1200 mAh
Battery Life Approx. 360 shots Approx. 350 shots
Operating Environment 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Humidity: 10 - 80%
32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Humidity: 10 - 80%
Dimensions 4.9 x 3.4 x 3.0" / 124.9 x 86.2 x 77.4mm 4.8 x 3.3 x 2.8" / 122.5 x 84.6 x 71.4mm
Weight 12.9 oz / 365 g (body only) 12 oz / 340 g (body only)

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Does it records 4k on sd card? Or the external recorded must be added?

Yes on SD card. The other two Lumix 4k cameras record to SD. It's just Sony that can't manage it (it's rumored because of an overheating issue).

As Marina mentioned above, the Panasonic DMC-G7 will record 4K internally onto an SD card.  You would need a U3 class card.

Any in-body image stabilization?

No, OIS in lens.

As Marina mentioned above, the DMC-G7 does not have built-in image stabilization.  Panasonic builds image stabilization into certain lenses.

Although Panasonic usually builds stabilization into lenses, the gx7 did offer in body stabilization. Perhaps they. Eliminated the option to keep the price down,

Maximum recording time is 29min 59sec.  Is that file size?

It's a limit imposed before it becomes a "video camera" and subject to different rules re import/export in Europe. 

It is a limit used to keep the cameras in a specific category pertaining to taxes collected on products in Europe. Any video recording device that can record longer than 30 mins straight gets taxed at a higher rate, and thus manufacturers for products in this category have chosen to limit the recording time to keep the products in a lower taxed category. 

It's a work around to EU tax law that would classify (and tax) it a s a camcorder if it recorded 30 minutes or more of video.

Can't we have two recording models, one for Europe, and one for the rest of the world?

Are the menus lockable like canon 70D

At this point I've not seen that detail, however there are plenty of specifications which have not yet been published.  We will have to wait for more details to surface from Panasonic and or once they release it we can get our hands on it to test.

Does all G micro four thirds lenses fits to G7

Yes they do. It is comaptible with any "Micro 4/3rds" lenses. 

Does it has Clean HDMI out ?, Sebrs or othe exposure aids ?

The Panasonic DMC-G7 will have clean HDMI out, yes.  For 4K, though, you will need to use an HDMI cable that is “4K compatible”.  As for exposure aids, it does have zebra pattern available for both still images and video.

Thank you

Can it record internally and also send out clean HDMI?


what is the continuious recording time on the G4

The maximum continuous recording time for the camera is 29 minutes and 59 seconds.

Secs say for motion picture minimum speed 1/125.

For video I guess it has 1/30 and 1/60 Right ?

If you regard the "Movie Recording" category in the chart above, it lists all of the frame rates based on format type and resolution levels.

No frame rate but shutter speed in movie mode what is the minimum speed ?

The slowest shutter speed during video capture will be 1/25 sec.

Great will try one

How do you measure the audio levels recorded in the video mode? Is their a meter built in to monitor recording/playback levels?

That is a detail that has yet to be published.  We would not be able to comment specifically on that  until the camera is released or Panasonic posts the instruction manual online for us to regard (which they have not yet done).  Hopefully more information will become available in the upcoming weeks and we can see. 

Dose G7 have full sensor readout in 4K video recording or it uses cropped sensor? thanks.

According to the preliminary information we have received from Panasonic, the DMC-G7 will have a wider angle of view than the GH4 when recording 4K.  The additional crop factor for the G7 when recording 4K should be negligible.

Thank you so much.

What is the max # of RAW shots that can be taken before the camera stops ? This has been a problem for me with the G5

Panasonic states under their Specifications for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Mirrorless Digital Camera that the camera captures more than 13 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed), and more than 100 images (when there are no RAW files) both which are dependent on the memory card type, aspect, picture size and compression.  Likewise, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Mirrorless Digital Camera had a smaller buffer with only 9 images captured with each burst (when there are RAW files with the particular speed).

Does it have face detection (especially to aid in auto-fcous of portraits ?)

At this point we cannot yet confirm if it features face detection.  There has not been any mention of it so far but its a situation where Panasonic has not published the instruction manual online yet for us to regard and comment on specifically.  Hopefully as time passes they will release more information and specifications on the camera.

Please make sure you give the right information.

Reviewers say there is not zebras and you said yes

The Panasonic DMC-G7 was just announced, and while we always do our best to provide timely accurate information, mistakes can be made, especially with a recently announced camera.  That being said, according to information gathered directly from Panasonic, the DMC-G7 will have Zebra.

Felipe Henao, please don't be rude. You will notice that the B&H Team is extremely helpful and polite. It is only fair to return the favour. 

it is compatible with canon lenses?

Can I film in 1080p in 120fps?

What is the maximum frames per second shooting video and what size is availeble?

Wondering if the camera has the same Cinelike profiles like the GH4?

Yes it does.  It features Cinelike D, and Cinelike V options.

I believe it does 4k via HDMI. Is that true? Also, does it do 8 bit, instead of 10 bit, via HDMI?


This is another detail that  we have not yet been able to confirm as Panasonic has not published the details, and it seems that they are waiting until the camera is released to address certain features.  Once we know we will update the link on our website to indicate this.

Nice to hear, that the Panasonic DMC-G7 will have clean HDMI out. Can you tell if it's possible to select between different resolutions on the HDMI out and if so, which resolutions? 

As far as we can tell it should be able to record at 1080p with the HDMI out.  Unfortunately there are still many subtle details about the camera we do not yet have information on.  Once it becomes available and the instruction manual has been posted we can better tell what they may be. 

I bought a previous Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ200 bridge camera to supplement my SLR whn I was travelling, mainly so I could shoot video as well, however when I coupled it with an external mic (Rode) I found out there was no manual control for mic input levels, just an autogain which filled the gaps in sound with a horrible hiss. Is there a manual control on this camera to control mic input levels from an external mic to stop this? 

Audio is recorded using built-in stereo microphones in front of the hotshoe, and it's possible to set the recording levels manually.

Thanks for the reply Yossi, however I will be using a rode videomic mounted on the hotshoe and connected via the audio in using the 3.5mm jack, I'm assuming I will be able to adjust the levels for this external mic input (in the camera) as well as for the built in mic. Basically as long as I can shut down any autogain function, that should suffice.