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PanasonicLumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver)
 
4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good image quality (14)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (13)
  • Compact (11)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Image stabilization (11)

Cons

  • Short battery life (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (10)
  • Travel (9)
  • Family photos (8)
  • Low light (7)
  • Video (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nearly perfect

I previously used a GF1, which I liked very much. With the optional EVF, it was essentially a pocketable and lightweight version of an early DSLR, with the form factor of a rangefinder...Read complete review

I previously used a GF1, which I liked very much. With the optional EVF, it was essentially a pocketable and lightweight version of an early DSLR, with the form factor of a rangefinder (except for the EVF). Not quite up to a modern DSLR, though.

The GX7 is the successor to the GF1, after the intermediate step of the GX1. Panasonic basically decided to include every real improvement to digital imaging in this RF-style mirrorless camera. It's a bit heftier than the GF1, which was a bit too small, without being nearly the size and weight of a DSLR. It has a grip that's just right. It has a built-in EVF that is very high resolution, easy to use, and senses your eye to switch on; and it's rotable upward. Even the touchscreen is well-designed, which I certainly wasn't expecting. Fast focusing, fast shooting.

Use is very intuitive. It cures each of the holes that I perceived in the GF1 quite perfectly. Lots of knobs, wheels, buttons; lots of programmability; good, intuitive menu system. Super move was including in-body IS for lenses that don't have it. Previously, I limited myself to Panasonic lenses; now I can consider some of the other really great MFT lenses and still get IS.

This camera feels great in the hand. The EVF is super, and the screen is better than most in sunlight.

It has an optional silent electronic shutter that I will probably never need, but it's nice to know it's there if I do want it. It has Wi-Fi connectivity, as it should; it can record GPS coordinates from your phone if you want.

From what I've read, it has very good low-noise characteristics at high speeds, but I haven't yet played with that.

The one complaint I have about this, and most new digital cameras, is that there is no way to get a true low ISO; one has to resort to ND filters to be able to open up the lens in substantial light. Surely it should be possible to put in attenuation, comparable to the amplification that lets one photograph in candlelight, that would let one shoot a sunlit waterfall at 1/16 second instead of 1/100.

Some reviewers have complained about the lack of a microphone jack. I have no need for a microphone jack, so I don't see this as a negative. This is a still shooter's camera that allows video as a secondary matter. It's not for those who want to use it for high-end video.

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notable omission

Before purchasing this camera users need to understand that it does *not* have full auto-TTL capabilities for tethered off-camera flash. Source: Panasonic

I could go on a rant about this inexplicable...Read complete review

Before purchasing this camera users need to understand that it does *not* have full auto-TTL capabilities for tethered off-camera flash. Source: Panasonic

I could go on a rant about this inexplicable omission but this post is just a heads up that you can't take the flash off the camera and expect full auto TTL capabilities.

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5.0

Get One While You Can!!!!!

By Bill

from Lyndhurst

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • 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

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

    Since there's rumor going around that the GX7 has been discontinued & will be replaced by the GM2 buy one while you can. I Love this camera. Great IQ, love the small size and the fact that it looks like a glorify P&S. Camera fits my hands like a glove & I love the grip. The camera has IBIS, twin dials, a built in flash, EVF, & 9 function buttons. The EVF is good not great, but still very usable. If you buy this camera & wear glasses buy the accessory EVF cover. It really makes the EVF performance better in the daylight. The IBIS is just as good as my E-P3's & for my needs this is more than adequate. My complains are few. I wish the IBIS would work on video, and I sometimes trigger the exposure compensation while turning the rear dial. Although I have not done this recently so I must have adjusted. Also battery life could be better but there are plenty of really good third party batteries around like the Wasabi's. I was going to give this camera 4 stars since I couldn't rate it at 4.5 stars. But at the current price this is without a doubt a 5 star camera. Get one while you can!

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    4.0

    little big camera

    By JD

    from Colorado Springs

    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
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

      The GX1 was a pretty good pro-sumer compact m34 camera, but it's lack of a built-in DVF was a big knock against it. The external DVF was an essential but somewhat cumbersome accessory. The new GX7 solves that problem, adds extra ISO snesitivity, in-body IS, and a tilting LCD. The tilting LCD would've been much better if it was fully-articulated with a swing-out and flip-over feature that would cover the LCD to protect it, but as is, it's at least useful for composing with the camera up high or down low, though I could do without it. Unfortunately, the GF1 had by far the most capable battery in the line. The GX7 boasts more mAh, but is much smaller than the GF1 battery and doesn't provide as much usable life. Also, not sure why, but in-body IS doesn't work for video. The AF is fast and sharp. The GX7 also has a 2nd click dial that will be appreciated by dSLR users. This is the best compact m43 out right now.

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      5.0

      GX7 Delivers Excellent Video

      By David Spero Peligro

      from Venice, CA.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

        Hello Folks. Truth be told, I bought this camera to use exclusively for documentary video/film making.Hands down - the GX7 delivers EXCELLENT quality video! This little gem is perfect for run and gun applications. The size and weight of the camera is "just right" - not too small & the grip and handling is very manageable for video. The optical viewfinder is perfect in bright sunlight, the flip screen / touch screen is magical. Amazing! I use a variety of lenses (Active m43, C-Mount, Vintage 35mm) with stunning results. I'm enjoying the versatility and freedom this camera allows me… I just leave the big sloppy DSLR at home.Audio: The onboard stereo microphones sound good - they really do.** BTW - another great secret - the Panasonic 12-42 (Kit zoom lens) is an exceptional deal! It's Cheeeeeep, has image stabilization - it's great for video and still photos.I have ZERO complaints about this camera.Hope my review helps.

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        5.0

        My best m43 can yet

        By Jg

        from USA

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

        Excellent value, I am impressed. Solid feel, great evf and screen.

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        5.0

        Small & powerfull

        By Miniak

        from Gdynia

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

        I use this camera as a small replacement of my Nikon D700. I can not take my D700 everywere with me because of the size. If you want to have your camera always with you and take good shots so GX7 is a good choice. I use GX7 with summilux Leica 25mm f/1.4 I just love bokeh of this lens.
        Nice colours of the photo, good AF, and very good quality of video + lots of good lenses on the market you can use for this camera.

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        5.0

        Great camera

        By Richard

        from Dayton, ohio

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

        A lot of camera in a small package

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        5.0

        Head Over Heels

        By KEP

        from New York, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        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

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

        After trading in my Nikon D200 from my days as a professional I wanted something small, light, fast and with all the bells and whistles of a full DSLR. The GX7 exceeded my expectation and I see myself sticking to Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras for the remainder of my life.

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        5.0

        First Micro 4/3 Camera

        By Jason

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

            This is my first Micro 4/3rd camera. The build quality and features of the camera are top notch. I enjoy the control layout and the number of customizable function buttons that allow you to tweak the camera to fit you. The picture quality has been outstanding.

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            5.0

            The Ultimate

            By Bob

            from Illinois

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

            I've followed and owned most of the Lumix 4/3 cameras in the past. Finally it appears that Panasonic has got it right. This camera has all of the basics as well as a host of bells and whistles! My GX7 arrived with a firmware problem, and B&H promptly replaced it. This is a great product made better by B&H customer service!

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            5.0

            Excellent

            By SWDweller

            from Albuquerque, NM

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

            This is an amazing camera. It does take a bit of patience to set it up the way you want but is well worth it. I have been using Nikon for many years and do have two Nikon FX bodies. About a year ago I bought an Olympus OM-D EM-5 and really enjoy using it. When looking for a second 4/3rds body the Lumix GX7 fit the bill. It is small, has excellent image quality in stills and video, and will utilize all my Olympus micro 4/3rds lenses. Plus it has stabilization built-in and that feature will work with all my vintage Nikon and Leica glass with adapters. I would highly recommend anyone look at this Panasonic if you are strongly considering other small ILC cameras. Image quality is so good that it easily rivals my Nikon D7000. And that means very sharp 16x20s and larger if I do my job in postprocessing.

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            4.0

            excellent compact camera

            By xtranch

            from Fairhope, al

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Has An Optical Viewfinder
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Excessive Menu

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

            I am using this camera for street photography and other shoots where I prefer keeping a low profile.

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            5.0

            Fantastic camera, huge upgrade

            By Chad

            from Ellicott City, MD

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Video

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

              I upgraded to a GX7 from a Panasonic GH1, and it is amazing what a difference it is.

              - The sensor is much better in low light, and I use ISO 3200 without even thinking about it now.
              - Focus peaking and IBIS mean that legacy lenses are much more usable.
              - The controls and responsiveness make it a joy to use.
              - Increased max shutter speed (1/8000) and flash sync speed (1/320 or 1/250 depending on use) are quite handy.
              - Wifi remote control with the Panasonic Image app on my phone/tablet can be very handy for remote triggering and image review.
              - The option of using the electronic shutter is very nice for times when I don't want to make noise (e.g. my kid's recital).
              - The video quality is outstanding, including all the resolutions/framerates I want and the ability to fully control PASM in video.
              - The screen is much crisper than the GH1 screen, as is the viewfinder.

              It's really a great camera, and a huge upgrade for me.

              One note - I found no way to seal out extraneous light in the viewfinder. I ended up ordering the Panasonic DMW-EC1 eyecup, which makes the viewfinder much more usable.

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              5.0

              Best Camera I've Ever Owned

              By Passionate Lifetime Photographer

              from Los Angeles

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

              Amazing camera. Image quality is superb in still and video mode. Incredible feature set I can't think of anything this camera can't do that others can. Really enjoy the EVF it's sharp and I use it all the time to focus manually. The 4/3 format can easily convert to APS-C with a Metabones Speedbooster adapter but honestly you don't need to to get a really narrow depth of field as there's a great range of very fast native 4/3 glass to play with from very expensive to fun cheap lenses like the SLR Magic Toy Lenses which I use all the time. I own tens of thousands of dollars worth of camera gear but this is the camera I get excited about shooting with every day.

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              4.0

              Great Quality and Features

              By Greg

              from Massachusetts

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

                I've been a Canon 5D user for many years and its still my go-to Full Frame choice. The GX7 is my 2nd MFT camera. I was looking for something compact with some extra features that my 5D doesn't have - such as quality video, time lapse, HDR, etc.

                My main shopping comparisons were the GX7, the OMD-EM1 and the X100s. I ruled out the OMD early because of its size and almost too-dense of a feature set. The x100s I almost bought - and while I'm not opposed to a fixed lens camera, I already had glass for the MFT setup. Thus the GX7 seemed like the right choice for me.

                Camera takes excellent photos and video. I really like the amount of Custom presets you can store in the camera. Allows for quick access to your favorite modes. The optical viewfinder is quite good, but this camera is actually the first I find myself using the LCD because of the touch features - that are actually useful. For me, wanting a camera where I could play around a little with features, its a nice touch (haha, see what I did there? :-)

                Cons are the same as others have mentioned - the battery life isn't stellar but replacement kits are quite cheap. Get an extra or two. Other than that I'm quite happy so far and B&H had the best price around.

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                5.0

                Lightweight Heavyweight

                By Fred_NYC

                from New YorkNY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                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

                • 2-axis Is Is Just Adequat

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

                Panasonic is shaking the boat with this one: impressive dynamic range, EVF thats a pleasure to use, well-implemented Touch-screen control. and tiltable i-res LCD, It's a pleasure to carry and use. Accepts legacy glass, has in-body image stabilization. Finally mirrorless shows its mettle.

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                5.0

                Great evolution of the Micro 4/3 system

                By Trunk

                from Seattle, 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
                • Short Lag Time

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

                  Replaced my GX1 and can't say enough positive things about this camera. Great focus speed, fantastic high ISO performance, and the in-body stabilization is an awesome feature. Coupled with the 20mm f1.7, this camera is still pocketable, but a bit larger with the GX1. Great camera!

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                  5.0

                  Lovely Camera

                  By Red Cape Studio

                  from Los Angeles

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

                    I am a hybrid shooter and previously owned the Panasonic GH2. The GX7 has some new features that serve my shooting style well. This includes: an excellent implementation of focus peaking for my manual lenses, the adjustable evf, dual dials and an effective array of physical controls. The Panasonic menu system and touch screen controls are considerably better than my earlier camera. The only thing I miss from the GH2 is the fully articulated screen. However the quality of the tiltable screen on the GX7 is excellent. This is an wonderful all around camera.

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                    3.0

                    notable omission

                    By Ty

                    from Tir na nOg

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Poor Flash

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

                        Before purchasing this camera users need to understand that it does *not* have full auto-TTL capabilities for tethered off-camera flash. Source: Panasonic

                        I could go on a rant about this inexplicable omission but this post is just a heads up that you can't take the flash off the camera and expect full auto TTL capabilities.

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                        5.0

                        How do they do it!!!

                        By photoshooter

                        from New York

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        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

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

                        Panasonic puts out a camera that is full featured, at a cost that is markedly lower than competitors. This is an upgrade for me from the G3. It is quicker, better in low light and has image stabilization as well as wi-fi (have not linked it yet). I chose this camera over Olympus OMD EM 5 because of the onboard flash. The current promo of $200 off additional lens is great. I picked up a 20mm f1.7 at a bargain price. The kit 14-42 lens is quite good.

                        Wish battery life was a bit longer.

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                        4.0

                        Nice size, clean images, great controls

                        By JRS

                        from New England

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Have not found one yet

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black and Silver):

                        I am a casual photographer, a hobbiest, I like to shoot landscapes and anything with patterns, just about anything I see that is pleasing to my eye. This camera handles well, lets you customize the layout of the EV and has plenty of custom Fn buttons. So far so good.

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