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PanasonicLumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 72 reviews)

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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)
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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

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    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

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                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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