This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-GX7 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Nov 07, 2013. 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.
Initially, Panasonic developed this model to replace their older product GX1 and, after some time, Panasonic has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one GX1.
In Semi-Pro Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #63 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 49/100 and it takes a rank of #114 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 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.
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-GX7. 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.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 has the following external dimensions 123 x 123 x 55 mm (48.43 x 27.95 x 21.65″) with the weight of 402 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-GX7, 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-GX7 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 55mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 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-GX7 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-GX7 comes with Venus Engine processor. This model also 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-GX7 has the following ISO range 125 - 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-GX7 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.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 70 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7’s sensor.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 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-GX7 with other standard sensor sizes.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 is equipped with a Tilting 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-GX7’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,765k 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.
Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/16000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Besides, Lumix DMC-GX7 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.
Lumix DMC-GX7 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.
In addition, Lumix DMC-GX7 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
One more advantage of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, Lumix DMC-GX7 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Lumix DMC-GX7 with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 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-GX7 offers the highest battery life that reaches 350 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7’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-GX7’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-GX7 to the average MirrorLess camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 72. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 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.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 95. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 77. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 can be called a 77 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 75. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 77. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 can be called a 77 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.
|Announced||Nov 07, 2013|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Number of Lenses||94|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,765k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Slow sync w/red-eye reduction|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||70|
|DxO Color Depth||22.6|
|DxO Dynamic Range||12.2|
|DxO Low Light ISO||718|
|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||125|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||23|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|Physical Dimensions||123 x 71 x 55 mm|
|Battery Life||350 shots|
|Battery Type||350 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|