Capturing the images for the G7 is a 16-Megapixel Live MOS imaging sensor , powered by a next generation processor that captures high quality stills and 4K video. It also allows the camera to capture at fantastic speeds, so you will never miss the shots that you are after. Panasonic uses the Micro Four-Thirds mount system, which is also used by Olympus, for connecting its collection of lenses. Since this system is shared, the camera works with any brand Micro Four-Thirds lenses, which greatly increases the overall lens selection.
Making the camera a pleasure to use anywhere, Panasonic includes built-in WiFi that allows you to connect the camera to your smartphone. Once connected you can download and share your images with the world. It also allows you to use your phone as a remote viewfinder and shutter release for the camera.
Shown here is the G7 with the 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 G Vario Kit lens. This is a standard length kit lens with an optical zoom of 3x. It handles most common situations well, but it lacks on both the wide and telephoto ends. MEGA O.I.S. built into this lens helps to steady the camera in low-light and any other situations in which you are on the move. Panasonic also offers a kit with a 14-140mm lens that will give you a much larger zoom range.
Assisting with you low-light images is a compact, built-in flash unit. The manual pop-up flash has a range of approx. 6.6m (21.65ft.) at ISO 100. This TTL flash features most of the common flash modes, including: 1st and 2nd curtain, Slow-Sync and Red-Eye Reduction. A hot shoe allows you to increase your flash power with an external unit.
On top right of the camera you will find several controls that make the operation of the camera easy and effortless. From left to right you have the Mode Dial, Power Switch, Fn1 button, Shutter Release, 2 command dials and the dedicated video recording button. The Fn1 button is programmable to control one of a number of optional shooting settings.
The top left of the camera features a dial that controls the camera's burst and self-timer settings, keeping them at your fingertips. Here you also see the hot shoe, MIC input, Fn5/LVF, manual flash button and dioptic adjustment for the Live Viewfinder. The Fn5 button is another programmable button.
Framing your images can be accomplished with either the LVF (Live Viewfinder) or the LCD screen (below). The LVF sports 2.36-Million dots of resolution, giving you an incredibly high level of detail and no noticeable lag as the camera or subjects move. You also get to see all of the same details and settings that are shown on the LCD screen while you shoot. All of your adjustments are shown in real time on the LVF while you change them, so there is no more guessing on how your changes will effect your images. Dioptic adjstment and an Eye-Level sensor make the LVF a pleasure to use.
Your second option for composing and viewing your images is the 3.0-inch, 1.04-Million dot Free-Angle Touch LCD screen. This high-res screen is great for both shooting and viewing your images, and makes it a snap when you need to shoot at a tough angle. This screen also makes it easy to record video while on the move.
The rest of the controls on the back of the camera include 3 more programmable Fn buttons (2, 3, and 4), playback button, DISP. button, and the 4-way controller. The 4-way controller acts as a shortcut to several shooting settings including ISO, WB and AF selection. The center button brings up the camera's menu and makes your selections. The Fn4 button acts as the delete button when the camera is in playback mode.
On the right side of the camera you will find the camera's Input/Output ports. From top to bottom you have the Remote input, HDMI output and USB/AV input/output. The HDMI output allows you to view your images and 4K/1080p HD videos on any 4K/HDTV with an optional HDMI cord.
The high-speed G7 records its images and videos to SD/SDHC/SDXC style memory cards. High-speed burst shooting and 4K video modes require a fast memory card. We recommend at least a UHS-1 speed card. Our tests were completed using this Panasonic UHS-3 16GB SDHC memory card. If you will be shooting a lot of 4K video, you will want fast and large, so go for a 64GB or 128GB card so you are not swapping cards out all the time.
Powering the G7 is a 7.2V, 1200mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. Allowing the camera to capture up to approx. 360 images on a single charge, the G7 gets decent battery life for an interchangeable lens camera. If you will be out for a full day of shooting, you will want to have a spare or two because it does go fast. Also shown above is the included quick charging unit that makes it easy to keep your battery and a spare charged and ready to go.