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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
Introduction

** Read the official Panasonic GX7 press release

The Panasonic DMC-GX7 is the first Micro Four Thirds camera with an integrated tilting electronic viewfinder

Panasonic Lumix have today unveiled a significant new Micro Four Thirds camera, the DMC-GX7. The new camera is now the flagship 'flat-top' model in the Lumix G-Micro range and, in a number of ways, is higher specification than the current top of the range GH3 model - particularly in terms of sensor specification plus the implementation of a new 1/8000th mechanical shutter. Perhaps the most obvious unique feature is an integrated tilting high-resolution electronic viewfinder.

Below is a bullet point list of the key features. Four Thirds User is the first magazine to have access to a working pre-production sample and we will be publishing some sample images (reduced resolution) later today. In the mean time lower down this page you can explore the GX7 via our unique product photo gallery.

  • Brand new 16 megapixel LiveMOS sensor with significantly improved sensitivity, dynamic range and high ISO noise performance.
  • Magnesium alloy body (not weather-sealed).
  • Panasonic's first Micro Four Thirds camera with sensor-shift image stabilisation for use with all lenses without built in OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation), including manual legacy lenses.
  • Integrated 2764 dot (921K pixels) tilting (up to 90 degrees) high-resolution electronic viewfinder with eye-sensor.
  • Focus- peaking facility for manual focusing.
  • 1/8000th fastest shutter speed using a conventional dual-blind mechanical shutter
  • Silent sensor shutter option.
  • Two adjustment controls with one being dual function.
  • Extra effects modes.
  • Stop/motion and time/lapse shooting.

 

Here is a our exclusive set of hands-on photos of the new Panasonic DMC-GX7. This gallery depicts two GX7 samples, one of which is an earlier design iteration with a hand grip that is slightly different to the final production version.

Below is a gallery of thumbnail views of the GX7. To see a larger view of the the thumbnail, just click on the thumbnail image you are interested in to open a new page with the full-size view.

To return to the thumbnail gallery, click the home arrow at the bottom of the page, or navigate forwards or backwards through the gallery using the backwards/forwards arrow buttons.



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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview

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Panasonic Lumix has launched its DMC-GX7 Micro Four Thirds camera, featuring an integrated tilting e... (more)

Paul Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
This looks like the camera Olympus Pen owners have been wanting Olympus to produce, a built in EVF. ... (more)

StephenL Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
Certainly on paper it looks good. In many ways, it's maybe leapfrogged the E-P5. Which makes me wond... (more)

timg Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
I normally have a hard time getting excited about Panasonic cameras but this one could be interestin... (more)

RobertD Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
Yes I'm also very interested. Because it now has in-body stabilisation (like Olympus), but also does... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
Hi all, sorry about the teething problems with the product photo gallery in the article. Am in Japa... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
The in-body stabilisation only works with non-stabilised lenses, so if you have Mega OIS or Power... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
Sample images gallery coming shortly, by the way... Ian... (more)

Paul Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
How are you finding the viewfinder when wearing glasses Ian,do you see all the frame or have to move... (more)

timg Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
...and how does the VF compare to the VF4 in size/detail?... (more)

Kiwi Paul Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
How is the feel of the camera, do the ergonomics seem well thought out? Paul... (more)

timg Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
How does focus peeking compare to the Oly implementation?... (more)

aamalric Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
I quite like the camera, but I have a gripe with the jutting out viewfinder. How sturdy us the mecha... (more)

hschnee Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
This is an exciting and enticing camera! How does the size compare to the E-M5? Will there be an ... (more)

Ross Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
It sounds & looks like an interesting camera. BTW, the description beneath the bullet points is s... (more)

Paul Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
Well Hal If I remember correctly it was said Panny used a Sony sensor in the GH3 only because the... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
Panasonic won't say officially, but this is one of their sensors and not a Sony. The sensor has bigg... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
It's not bad - the off-set viewfinder is odd at first but has the advantage that your nose tends ... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
Yes, sorry - I forgot to update that bit of the template! Ian... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
The LCD screen is not OLED but it has good vewing angles and is OK in bright outdoors light. T... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
The sensor is not just tweaked - it is a major update and data we were shown indicates it outperform... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
There is an adjuster - it's a slider under the eyepiece. I don't have a VF4 here to compare but t... (more)

John Perriment Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
This looks to be a milestone camera for MFT and, if the price is pitched right, could be a major sel... (more)

Kiwi Paul Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
WEX are pricing the body at 815 for pre orders. Paul... (more)

StephenL Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
Not out of the box for a start price.... (more)

timg Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
Especially as the EP5 starts at 899 and you need to add the EVF on top of that...... (more)

RobertD Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
Thanks Ian for this report! And the image samples are all well sorted and varied too! Images 25 & 38... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
I can confirm that the GX7 supports multi flash wireless remote control compatible with the Olympus... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
The GX7 does not have a High Bit Rate mode. It's aimed at still photographers primarily. Panas... (more)

Ross Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
[quote=timg;94104]...and how does the VF compare to the VF4 in size/detail?[/quote] [quote=Ian... (more)

John Perriment Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
Consideing the built in EVF this is a very reasonable price. :)... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
[ I have now added five shots (numbers 25 through 29) comparing the GX7 to an OMD-EM5 to the hands-o... (more)

nrdlnd Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
Thank you Ian! I think it's fair to compare the GX7 with the OM-D (and not the E-P5) as both have... (more)

John Perriment Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
The GX7 appears to be enticingly smaller than the E-M5. I wonder how long before Olympus introduce a... (more)

Ian Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
Mmmmm... the E-M5 'feels' smaller in use. Of course for some that is not necessarily positive for... (more)

Kiwi Paul Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
Personally I prefer the lines and styling of the E-M5, I've really grown to like the handling and er... (more)

biomed Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
After holding the GX7 in my hands I can hardly wait until mine arrives. Except for the grip and the ... (more)

biomed Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
You know it's going to happen. The u4/3 system just keeps getting better.... (more)

biomed Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
H... (more)

stevegold321 Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
It looks great on paper and [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuepjjsWs0w"]video[/ame] :)... (more)

biomed Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
The GX7 EVF is the best I have seen to date. I am able to view the image from corner to corner whi... (more)

biomed Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
My GX7 arrived on Sept 23. I find it to have the best ergonomics of any u4/3 camera I have used to d... (more)

nrdlnd Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview
Olympus already has several competitiors (E-M5, EP5 and E-M1). Each of these have superior IBIS a... (more)