Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review

Overall 43
Imaging 16
Features 69
Size 73
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor
  • ISO 160 - 25600
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 7.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 3840 x 2160 (30, 25, 24, 20fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 125 x 86 x 77 mm
  • Weight: 410 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Panasonic G6.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Summary

This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-G7 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in May 19, 2015. This model is a Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Panasonic released to replace their older product G6.

In Semi-Pro Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #154 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #550 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/16000
  • Continuous Shooting: 7.0 fps
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fully Articulated
  • Af Phase Detection: No

Complete Comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 has the following external dimensions 125 x 125 x 77 mm (49.21 x 33.86 x 30.31″) with the weight of 410 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro Mirrorless type cameras is 437g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 77mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 — 350 shots
Min: 250 shots
Average: 348 shots
Max: 540 shots

Thickness

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 — 77 mm
Min: 33 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 93 mm

Weight

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 — 410 g
Min: 140 g
Average: 437 g
Max: 625 g

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Photo and Sensor Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 has the following ISO range 160 - 25600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 features a 16.0 MP Four Thirds sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Four Thirds sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

LCD and ViewFinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,040k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,360k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 are its 7.0 fps max speed and 1/16000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Lumix DMC-G7 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/16000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Lumix DMC-G7 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, Lumix DMC-G7 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Post Focus

Apart from the focus features described above, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 also comes packed with a special Post Focus mode. This mode uses its 4K video and combines bracketing features together in order to take a series of shots and later merge them into one image. It also gives you more opportunities for further processing of your shots. For example, after the picture is taken, you can change the focus point of it using the LCD screen of your camera. This feature offers photographers some significant flexibility. However, bear in mind that the resulting photo will come with only 8 MP resolution.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of Lumix DMC-G7.

In addition, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Lumix DMC-G7 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Lumix DMC-G7 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 provides a shooting life of 350, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 348 shots.

Compared to all models in the Semi-Pro Mirrorless category, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 offers the highest battery life that reaches 350 shots.

How Good is Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-G7 to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 60. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/16000s)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • No Image Stabilization

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 92. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Large Four Thirds(17.3 x 13 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (125 x 86 x 77 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 84. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 can be called a 84 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/16000s)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (7.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (49)
  • Small battery life (350 shots)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 74. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (410 g)
  • Big size (125 x 86 x 77 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 73. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 can be called a 73 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-G7
Announced May 19, 2015
Body Type SLR-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Number of Lenses 94
Focal Length Multiplier 2x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,040k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 2,360k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.7
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/16000 s
Continuous Shooting 7.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 9.3
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Dimensions 17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 224.90 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4592 x 3448
Max Native ISO 25,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 160
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 49
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30, 25, 24, 20fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 410 g
Physical Dimensions 125 x 86 x 77 mm
Battery Life 350 shots
Battery Type 350 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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