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

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

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
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Panasonic DMC-GX7 Overview

  • 1Description

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.
In the Box
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, 1025mAh)
  • Battery Charger
  • Body Cap
  • Shoulder Strap
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Panasonic DMC-GX7 Specs

    Pixels Actual: 16.84 Megapixel
    Effective: 16 Megapixel
    AV Recording
    Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
    Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
    Viewfinder Resolution 2,764,800 Dot
    Viewfinder Eye Point 17.5 mm
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.39x
    Diopter Adjustment -4 to +3
    Exposure Control
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set 1, White Set 2
    Continuous Shooting Up to 5 fps at 16 MP for up to Exposures
    Up to 4.3 fps at 16 MP for up to Exposures
    Up to 4 fps at 16 MP for up to Exposures
    Up to 2 fps at 16 MP for up to Exposures
    Up to 40 fps at 3.9 MP for up to Exposures
    Up to 10 fps at 3.9 MP for up to Exposures
    Flash Modes Auto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, Off, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Battery 1 x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1025 mAh
    Kit Lens
    Angle of View 75 to 29
    Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" / 19.99 cm
    Maximum Magnification 0.17x
    Optical Design 9 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Dimensions ( x L) 2.20 x 1.93" / 55.88 x 49.02 mm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 6.8 x 6.1"

    Panasonic DMC-GX7 Reviews

    Lumix DMC-GX7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Silver) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 131.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Camera I've Ever Owned 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.
    Date published: 2014-01-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite camera This camera is as perfect as a camera gets for me! The Construction is top notch with a cast metal frame. It has a real quality feel to it. The GX7 focus peaking implementation is the best I have seen. The Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) is bright and adjustable. It is the only viewfinder of all the micro 4/3 cameras that allows me to see the entire image without vignetting while wearing my glasses. The GX7 is one of the most ergonomic cameras I have used. I bought a silver GX7 when they were first released. I like the camera so much I bought the black GX7 as a second body. The image quality is outstanding!
    Date published: 2015-01-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice camera I got this camera since I wanted to try the Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2 lens. I first didn't like the camera, but I am slowly getting use to it. I kind of like it now. Pro: Lens, lens and more lens, good IQ in low iso, lot of function buttons, silent shutter Con: IQ drops around iso 3200 and gets worst from there. I almost sold this camera, but I am glad I didn't. The silent mode is awesome, and they offer a lot of good sharp lenses. I don't think I would of purchased this camera system if Sony had wide rage of good lenses. Excellent travel camera with small lenses.
    Date published: 2015-04-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camera I purchased this camera because it had all the features I needed in a camera that was lighter than my professional equipment I usually travel with. My last trip of 6 weeks in Europe a few months ago left me in pain because of the weight I was carrying and decided to try to make it easier. I bought this the first day it was available on my way to the airport, I took a chance not having time to try it out. I knew the Lumix cameras are good because I bought my daughter one 2 years ago and she's happy with it. I do documentaries mostly in S.E.Asia and it has proven it's worth and has made traveling much easier.
    Date published: 2013-11-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Camera 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.
    Date published: 2013-12-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really, really good, not great I used this for travel and a second camera for a recent wedding. I love the large LCD, the focus, the stabilization and the tilting EVF. I bought the GX7 because of the tilting EVF, but it presents quite a small view - and for someone using glasses, it'd be very unsatisfactory, due to the glasses keeping your eye away from the EVF (which does have an adjustable diopter). If you remove your glasses, or use contacts (I do) then the tilting EVF is quite nice, if still small. No reason for the EVF to be that small... I do love the instant enlargement for manual focusing on the LCD.
    Date published: 2013-10-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pure Delight! The grip feels great, substantial yet not too chunky. Touch screen and physical dials complement each other nicely and are fully customizable. The EVF is very good, position on the left is better than center IMHO. Being able to tilt up the EVF is a real PLUS (for example you can use it almost floor-level without breaking your neck). I wear glasses and have no problem using the EVF. In-body stabilisation gives about 2-stops advantage from the few tests I made. When in silent mode, it just doesn't make a sound (you'll hear yourself breathing before you hear anything from the camera). Kit lens is OK. Bought the Pana-Leica 25mm f1.4 with my GX7, and it truly is a joy to use this combination. You'll need spare batteries for : A) a shortish battery life and B) you won't want to turn off the camera once you have it in your hands! A happy camper I am.
    Date published: 2013-10-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this camera!! This might be the best walk around camera I have ever used, super fast focus and very easy to use. I'm a pro sports photographer and wanted a small camera to carry every where and this one fits the bill. I have even started carrying it with me at sporting events for that quick little shot on the bench. Love it.
    Date published: 2013-10-01
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    Video recording facility of DMC-GX7 cannot be available for PAL system?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    This camera records in NTSC only.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Does BH have the camera body in all black or will it be at a later date?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Currently, the DMC-GX7 is available in all black with the included 14-42mm lens:
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Is there a similar model with GPS? I like the camera but can't see a camera like this without GPS or a bluetooth link to a GPS receiver..
    Asked by: Anonymous
    You can try the Samsung Galaxy NX:
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Is the camera weather sealed?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Panasonic GX7 is not weather sealed.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    How do I get f3.5? The largest aperture I can get is f5.6 when I am in A mode. I want a narrow DOF and cant get it with this camera, please advise
    Asked by: Anonymous
    I'm not sure what your experience level is, so excuse me if you're already aware of this. But f/3.5 is only available when the lens is at 14mm. If you're zoomed in to 42mm, your widest aperture will be f/5.6. My best DOF from a similar lens (Panasonic Lumix 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6) was when shooting relatively small subjects (a bunch of acorns on a park bench @ 37mm & f/5.6, or a fallen leaf on my windshield @ 45mm & f/5.6) at near-minimum focusing distance with a background that was noticeably farther away.The 14-42mm, like the 14-45mm, is a basic kit lens. So you're not going to get serious DOF like you would from a prime lens like the 20mm f/1.7 II or from something like the 12-35mm f/2.8.Best of luck to you though. I hope this was helpful.
    Answered by: Charles F.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    any idea how compatible the flash shoe is with the major wireless connectors such as the pocket wizard?
    Asked by: John W.
    I only know that it will work with iPad 2.
    Answered by: Richard P.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Does B&H sell only the body? I have the 14-42 lens that came with the GX1 and so I really don't need another one, but I am interested in getting another GX7.
    Asked by: Peter M.
    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 is not sold body only and as a kit with a lens only at this time.
    Answered by: Robert K.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Is this a good upgrade from an FZ50? I want something smaller.
    Asked by: Richard D.
    Richard, I dont know anything about your FZ250 so I cant comment whether the GX7 would be a upgrade. Just came home yesterday from a 3 wk trip to Nz and Au and used the GX7 for the first time under real world conditions. 1. It rained quite a bit and the GX7 is not water proof so I was very careful. 2. I do not have a smart phone so I'm not hep to touch screens. Found I was constantly moving focus point inadvertently. Missed some clear images because of it. Also going back and forth with the touch points on the LCD was sometimes a problem for me. 3. The camera is loaded with a lot of features that were helpful. HDR, panorama, guidelines, highlight warning, live histogram, flip up/down lcd screen and others. I mostly used the eye viewfinder as my glasses are transition and made the lcd screen difficult at times. 4. I did not use the the 14-42. I used a 14-140 as it is more versatile for traveling. Its not great but OK. For inside museums etc I used a Pany 20mm. Its a very sharp lens. The images from it are easily identified from the 14-140. 5.Overall the camera is a nice size. I decided to down size from a Nikon D300 and 18-300 which was a burden to carry around.
    Answered by: Joe S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25
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