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Panasonic LUMIX GX7 16.0 MP DSLM Camera with LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm II Lens and Tilt-Live Viewfinder (Silver)
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- 16MP CMOS Four Thirds sensor
- ISO 200-25600 (extendable ISO 125)
- Up to 5 FPS continuous shooting (40 FPS with electronic shutter)
- 3 inch tiltable touch LCD with 1,040,000 dots
- Flip-up electronic viewfinder with 2,764,800 dots and eye sensor
- 1080/60p/30p/24p HD video (AVCHD/MPEG-4) with PASM control
- Creative Control mode with 22 filter effects + PSAM
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||350 Photos|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Compatible Mountings||Micro Four Thirds|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||5 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Tilting|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1040000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||25,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||125|
|Exposure Control Type||Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG (DCF, EXIF 2.3), RAW, MPO|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/320 sec|
|Flash Type||via hot-shoe|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection, Touch|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|ISO Range||Auto, 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.78 x 2.15 x 4.83 inches|
|Item Weight||0.89 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1,025 Milliampere Hour (mAh)|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||7.2 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||40 grams|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 Year Parts and Labor|
|Material Type||Magnesium Alloy|
|Maximum Focal Length||42 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,592|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||60 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||MOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||Venus Engine|
|Remote Control Description||Yes|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Supersonic Wave Filter|
|Shipping Weight||1.35 pounds|
|Style Name||14-42mm II Lens Kit|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-ion rechargeable|
|Touch Screen Type||Yes|
|Video Capture Format||avchd|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder Description||2764800 dots|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Digital Camera with G Vario 14-42mm Lens is a creative DSLM street camera that brings an artisans vision to life. Smaller and sleeker than a DSLR, the Lumix GX7 delivers the power of exceptional image quality in difficult to shoot street photos and video discreetly. Discover powerful optical quality and viewfinder accuracy, flexibility to control the creative process, and seamlessly switch between photo and video with the Lumix GX7. The photographic world is at your fingertips when you pair the Lumix GX7 with the full line-up of Lumix G/LEICA DG lenses.Tilt-able Live View Finder with Field Sequential Color AccuracyThe Lumix GX7 integrates a 90-degree tilt-able LVF (Live View Finder) delivering a new angle of view for flexibility and discretion in composition. The LVF boasts 2764K-dot equivalent high resolution and approximately 100% color reproduction for high visibility under any circumstances. Achieve a high color reproduction in the display based on the field sequential system.Seamless 16MP Photos and Full HD Video 1080/60p The Lumix GX7 is a hybrid creative camera featuring full-HD 1920 x 1080/60p smooth, high quality video recording in AVCHD Progressive and MP4 format with stereo sound. Full-time AF and tracking AF are also available in cinema-like 24p video with a bit rate of maximum 24 Mbps. 16MP P / A / S / M photo modes are available in video, delivering exceptional professional-like video recording by manually setting aperture and shutter speed.Find Your Inner Artist Using Creative Control with 22 Effects and Creative Panorama The popular Creative Control mode performs beautifully with 22 filter effects. You can even adjust the parameter of each filter effect to capture your true artistic vision. With the Creative Panorama function, you can shoot a horizontal/vertical panoramic image with consecutive s
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Panasonic LUMIX GX7 16.0 MP DSLM Camera with LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm II Lens and Tilt-Live Viewfinder - (Silver)
The Panasonic LUMIX GX7 DSLM brings an artisan's vision to life with a color accurate tilting viewfinder built into a discreet body design. Its many creative tools empower hybrid photographers to seamlessly switch between photo and video with exceptional quality under demanding shooting conditions.
Expand Your Creativity with the Full Line-Up of LUMIX G / LEICA DG Lenses
Panasonic offers a wide variety of digital interchangeable lenses including wide, standard, telephoto zoom, fixed focal length, macro or fisheye lenses to cover any shooting situation. Every lens is exclusively designed for DSLM cameras taking advantage of digital technologies such as high-precision, high-speed Contrast AF. Click to See More
Discover Ultimate Picture Quality
Capture high-quality photos and video with realistic details through exceptional resolution and color reproduction. 16.00-Megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor that achieves both high resolution and high sensitivity image quality with minimum noise. Venus Engine with advanced noise reduction for smooth images in low light. Click to See More
Touch Enabled 3.0" Tilt-able LCD
Optimized for even sunny, outdoor shooting, the 1040K-dot high-resolution static-type touch monitor delivers approximately 100% field of view and tilts up 45 degrees and down 80 degrees. Combined with increased resolution, the monitor for LUMIX GX7 delivers higher visibility even in sunny outdoor shooting. Click to See More
Light Weight, Durable Magnesium Alloy Body
Dressed in a magnesium alloy, full die-cast frame, the LUMIX GX7 boasts high durability for any shooting situation. State-of-the-art imaging is delivered in a sophisticated, stylish metal body. Click to See More
Precise Focusing with Contrast AF System
All LUMIX G cameras boast the sophisticated Contrast AF focus system. Compared with the Phase Difference AF focus system, Contrast AF delivers higher accuracy especially when shooting with a bright lens and a small F-stop. The LUMIX GX7 features quick Light Speed AF, making it possible to capture even the fastest moving subjects clearly. Click to See More
Premium Body Design with Precision Quality
Dials on the top and back perform beautifully especially when shooting manually and adjusting aperture, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. Discover impressive defocus in sports and wildlife photography and Silent Mode for being discreet; the LUMIX GX7 switches the shutter from mechanical to electronic and turns off sounds. Click to See More
Panasonic LUMIX GX7 Premium Accessories
Panasonic Lithium-ion Battery Pack for Lumix Digital Cameras
Panasonic DMW-FL360L Wireless LED Flash features a built-in LED designed for difficult illumination in any still or movie.
Top customer reviews
First I'd like to focus on a few very positive differences in particular that make the GX7 SO much easier and more practical to use in a variety of circumstances than I found the E-M5.
- First, the lack of a hump. I know people say they "don't care" - but really that doesn't make any sense. If you didn't care about the streamlined size, why would you buy a mirrorless camera? Anyway, it's more practical to stick this in a coat pocket than the E-M5, let alone the E-M1 whose hump makes it literally 1 inch (!) taller than the GX7. The GX7 is the most compact/streamlined body with a built-in viewfinder (EVF) in the m43rd's universe (Update: Now the Panasonic GM5).
- About the EVF. Many people have talked up how inferior it is to the Olympus VF-4 (which sits like a mountain atop the E-P5) or that on the E-M1 (which again adds a 1-inch hump). First off, I find it just as visually adequate as the E-M5 no major difference in my eyes (note that I don't wear glasses). But *functionally* it blows the E-M5 away. Why? Because of the autofocus selection mechanism. On the GX7 I position the autofocus point using the touch-screen *while* looking through the EVF. Ingenious (and a little EVF tilting, another great feature, plus using my right eye makes this practical). I can't tell you how many shots I missed on the E-M5 stupidly and painfully slowly trying to move the autofocus point around with the squishy cursor buttons while looking through the EVF. Ridiculous.
- The wifi smart phone control (absent on E-M5). I have been to so many places where I would have loved to have gotten a picture of myself or myself and my travel companions but just couldn't because blind timer pictures are just so difficult. With smartphone control I literally see the screen on my smart-phone, can select the autofocus point, all the shooting settings, etc. Really a game-changer.
- Autofocus mechanisms. The GX7's 1-area autofocus can be shrunk (*permantently* it remembers) to a very small area. Much smaller than on the E-M5. And at any rate, getting a smaller autofocus point on the E-M5 inexplicably required going into a separate "mode" where all of a sudden half the shooting settings become invisible and inoperable until you "set" the autofocus point. Again, I can't tell you how many shots with the E-M5 of eg animals I missed due to either the large autofocus point or having to waste time in the ridiculous autofocus-magnify mode. In addition, the GX7 has pinpoint autofocus which magnifies and is amazingly accurate - nothing like that on the E-M5.
- Manual focusing. When you manual focus the GX7 pops up a magnified picture-in-picture over an area of your choosing (and again it remembers once you set the location and magnification of the PIP). Combined with focus peaking (absent on the E-M5) this is now much faster and more accurate and therefore I use it more, which is the most important thing.
- Video! Video quality is outstanding on the GX7, while the compression codecs and quality on the E-M5 were basically not useful for anything fast-moving, way too many ugly artifacts.
- Silent shutter. Boy do you get some ugly looks at quiet concerts when your mechanical shutter fires off. This is incredibly useful, opens up a whole new range of venues to photography for me, and is completely absent on the E-M5. But note that it only works up to ISO 3200 and is not appropriate for fast-moving subjects.
- Built-in pop-up bounceable flash (the E-M5 has a large, cumbersome add-on flash that, in practice, I never brought with me. Carrying 4 lenses on a 15-mile hike is plenty to keep track of, thank you). No more dark faces outside in the sun. Plus bounceable means I normally don't have to shine it on people's faces indoors (which I dislike so much that I just go no-flash when that's the only option.
- Bright light goodies. ISO 125 (instead of E-M5's 200) and max shutter speed of 1/8000s (instead of E-M5's 1/4000s) let me shoot my PL 25mm f/1.4 at f/1.4 significantly more often than I could before. Less need for an ND filter (which I never carry around anyway) or stopping down when I don't want to.
Finally some neutral/negative comparisons.
- The image quality of the GX7 is essentially identical to all current M43rd's cameras, including the Olympus E-M1, E-P5, and E-M5. There is literally no noticeable difference, end of story.
- The GX7's in-body-stabilization (IBIS), the first on a Panasonic camera, is inferior to the Olympus high-end 5-axis. But many reviews have vastly overstated the useful advantage here. I get roughly 100% success at 1/10s using the 25mm f/1.4. That's just more than enough. Sure, I could go to 2/3s with the E-M5, but how often is that practical? Even leaves blowing in the wind get blurred at that speed!
- The GX7 is not weather-sealed, the E-M5 is. Yet zero of my 6 lenses are weather-sealed...so how is that useful? My E-PL5 is also not weather-sealed, and I've taken it to the jungle. I guess I'm careful.
- The GX7's battery life is not too impressive, the E-M5's was great.
The image quality is excellent and the viewfinder makes me feel more at home with the camera - as well as allowing me to compose and shoot in bright sunlight when the rear panel display washes out. The viewfinder image is not full frame nor is it color accurate but that's not the reason I use it - it's an excellent composition aid.
The camera has a lot of automatic processing features that are usually useful but occasionally get in the way of what I'm working for. In manual mode the range of shutter speed is very limited - I have not gotten it to go out past 1 second, so I can't do any of the low-light/heavy filter work that I do with my Nikon. I guess that's my biggest disappointment with the camera.
However, the light weight is a big plus - I can carry this camera around all day w/o bothering my arthritic shoulder - with a 100-300 mm lens it is just a little over a pound, while my Nikon, even without a lens, is in the 6-7 pound range.
Additionally, the unit has a 'silent' setting - turns off all the beeps and the fake mirror 'clack-clack' - it's great to get photos without letting everyone around you know you have an SLR (or even a non-SLR).
Once my shoulder gets fixed (I'm in line for a joint replacement) I expect to go back to the Nikon for most of my work, but the GX7 has earned itself a place in my collection.
The main thing about the GX7 that stands out to me is just how configurable it is:
* 5 Custom setting slots
* Multiple overlays and grids
* Custom grid lines (position-able with the touch screen)
* Touch and drag to re-position the histogram
Very cool features:
* WiFi shooting and image transfer
* NFC pairing (works really well in practice)
* Focus peeking (even in video mode)
* Picture in picture zoom mode for manual focusing
* Roll and pitch leveling lines
* 1/8000 maximum shutter speed
* Option to reset certain settings when the camera powers off (exposure compensation or self timer are two examples)
* You can use the screen as a touchpad to move the focus point around while holding the camera to your eye!
Strange things about the camera:
* In M (Manual) mode, you are shown a corrected view in the viewfinder. You need to use a special function to preview the actual exposure and this can be clunky. The old E-PL1 gave you an approximation of your under/over exposure in the viewfinder.
* The manual is freakin' cryptic. A lot of the features are simply not explained very well. Also there's a USA PDF manual and a UK PDF manual. They are different for some reason (in the depth of explanation).
I'm really happy I got this camera. The video recording and the different format options are superb! You can even record 1080p at 60fps! I do wonder if I should have gotten the Olympus EM5 instead, but then again the EM5 has no focus peeking in video mode and far worse video format support.
Most recent customer reviews
This was a $1300 camera when I bought it back in 2013. That price includes the $100.4 Year Camera Accident Protection Plan ($900-1000).Read more