Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7 Review

Preview posted 05/18/2015 by Michael Palmer
Full review posted 02/09/2016 by Josh Fate

Quick Take
  • iAuto and Program shooting modes are accurate and easy in all situations
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • Outstanding image quality for both still images and video
  • Excellent performance
  • Mega O.I.S. on the included kit lens is very helpful when shooting on the move
  • High Res. EVF and Tilting touch-LCD make the camera easy to use in all situations
  • Good Battery Life for an ILC
  • Competitively priced
  • Lacks internal image stabilization that has been noticeably more effective that being built into the lenses
  • Higher ISO settings are way to noisy to be used
  • No NFC for quick connections to smartphones
Bottom Line
The Panasonic Lumix G7 is a compact, powerful and affordable ILC. It is the perfect camera for anyone looking to be ready for any situation, either shooting stills or 4K video. Coming in well under $1,000, it is a must see for anyone looking for an ILC or dSLR. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Meet Panasonic's newest Micro Four Thirds (mirrorless) digicam: the LUMIX DMC-G7. A 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor has been paired with the Venus Engine, which combined boast improved image quality and performance over past models, thanks to features like Mulit-process Noise Reduction feature as well as a "Random Filter" that reduces chromatic noise, producing more consistently natural imagery. The added benefit here is an extended ISO range all the way up to ISO 25,600.

The G7 also boasts a speedy Contrast AF (AutoFocus) system that uses DFD (Depth from Defocus) Technology to accurately adjust focal distances in up to 0.07-seconds. But wait, there's more! The G7's AutoFocus system also includes Low Light and Starlight AF allowing your camera to still find focus under moonlight or of actual stars. Face Recognition AF automatically sets focus to a human eye, while Pinpoint AF allows you to "magnify a target area" to set your focus. Lastly, AF Tracking locks onto subjects so that even if they move (or you move the camera), they stay sharp and clear.

Let's talk 4K. 4K is the newest standard for cinema projectors as well as next gen Ultra High Definition TVs. The DMC-G7 shoots video in high-resolution QFHD 4K video (3840x2160) at 30p or 24p in MP4 in addition to the Full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p video in AVCHD Progressive or MP4 (MPEG-4 / H.264). Shooting 1080p in 60fps allows you to create slow-motion videos when played back at 30p or 24p.

But when Panasonic says the G7 is a "4K" camera, they don't simply mean motion pictures. They mean picture-pictures. While the full resolution 16MP still images are limited to 8 frames-per-second, you can capture 4K (aka 8MP) images at up to 30fps thanks to the camera's video capabilities. Let's break down how this works and in which modes. 4K PHOTO allows you to save individual frames from a 4K VIDEO as a still image. 4K BURST allows for (almost) unlimited shooting at 30fps - simply press the shutter button and hold until you're done. 4K BURST S/S (Start/Stop) works like 4K BURST, but you don't have to hold the shutter the entire time. Lastly, 4K PRE-BURST "automatically records a total of 60 images right before/after the shutter release."

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7 Features:
  • 16MP Live MOS images sensor
  • Venus Engine image processor
  • 4K Video Recording
  • 4K Photo
  • 3.0-inch free-angle rear display
  • OLED Live View Finder (2,360K-dot)
  • 0.07-second AutoFocus time
  • 8fps High Speed Burst Shooting
  • ISO 100-25,600
  • Contrast AF with DFD (Depth from Defocus) Technology
  • Low Light AF
  • Starlight AF
  • Face Recognition AF
  • Pinpoint AF
  • AF Tracking
  • Max 1/16000 sec High Shutter Speed (electronic)
  • Time Lapse Shot / Stop Motion Animation
  • P/A/S/M mode for Video Recording
  • iA+ (Intelligent Auto) Mode for Photo and Video
  • Scene Guide with 20 Sample Situations
  • Creative Panorama
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Creative Control with 22 Filters
  • Jump Snap
  • 3.5mm Microphone Socket
  • Focus Peaking
  • Silent Mode
  • Level Gauge
  • WB (White Balance) Bracket
  • UHS-II SDXC/SDHC Memory Card Compliance

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7 is in two kit forms:
  • The 14-42mm kit, in either black or pewter / gunmetal, will cost $799.99
  • The 14-140mm kit, in black only, should run $1099.99

What's in the box?:
  • G7 body
  • kit lens (14-42mm or 14-140mm)
  • Lens cap
  • Lens hood
  • Camera strap
  • Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Manual

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