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Very Happy With This M43 SLR
Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2018
I am the happy owner of this gray market G7 since the fall of 2016. I rationalized my purchase by convincing myself that my street camera, a Panasonic GX1, wouldn't cut it as a camera for national parks and other outdoor locations. The GX1 is still my street camera, and the G7 is my more rugged camera.
While I don't love the traditional SLR form factor (I used rangefinders in my youth), it really works well in the G7. It is comfortable to hold and you can easily use it with fingerless gloves in cold conditions. It offers SLR ergonomics without the bulky APS-C SLR size.
While I am still learning how to use my G7, here's my list of pros and cons so far.
- Improved low light performance (certainly better than the GX1 and GF series)
- Surprisingly decent at fast shutter speeds. Decent, not APS-C SLR good.
- Super flexible. With four programmable function buttons and an array of auto focus modes, the G7 should suit the needs of most photographers.
- Rugged and scratch-proof enough to take outdoors.
- Swivel LCD monitor is useful in many situations. Viewfinder is pretty good.
- Data save speed is good enough for an amateur. I use a Lexar SD card.
- Video performance is more than good enough for a casual YouTube channel operator like me. 3.5mm microphone input jack is a very nice plus. I was able to get a Lumix shoe-mounted microphone on the gray market.
- I'm not finding the images as sharp as the GX1. Could be the glass, but I am not certain of that yet.
-Not weather-sealed. But I don't really care.
- I find the 4K photo mode to be a novelty, but once in a while, I get a fantastic shot with the sharpness I expect.
- There does seem to be a shutter shock issue. As an amateur photographer, I used to think that shutter shock was an overrated problem. But every few shots, I notice blur in an image where there shouldn't be any. Could be lens vignetting. And I am still not certain what the cause is. In most cases, I have more than enough shots that I can delete the ones that have imperfections.
- Intelligent Auto mode tends to overexpose images? Still not certain. But I am finding better results by sticking to Aperture mode and trusting my use of the dial. I don't save RAW images. I let the camera process JPEGs as I go.