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    Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview

    How is the feel of the camera, do the ergonomics seem well thought out?

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    Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview

    How does focus peeking compare to the Oly implementation?
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    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 mechanism holding it in place, Ian?

    Can you imagine putting the camera in a large pocket, and drawing it out without the camera being stuck?

    As a comment, since the LCD (OLED?) flips out, it really makes double use...

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    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 accessory grip? (Since the GX-series is marketed as a "rangefinder" style camera, my guess would be no.) Does it support the Olympus wireless flash system?

    I'm most curious to find out about the sensor, and especially to see some test results for dynamic range, high-ISO performance, etc. Is it made by Panasonic, Sony, or someone else? Olympus and Panasonic have often thrown around the "all new" label with sensors, and many of them have proven to be small tweaks of existing sensors. So I'm skeptical about the claim, but hopeful that it really is new and improved.

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    Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview

    It sounds & looks like an interesting camera.

    BTW, the description beneath the bullet points is showing GF6 & not GX7.
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    Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview

    Quote Originally Posted by hschnee View Post
    This is an exciting and enticing camera!

    Is it made by Panasonic, Sony, or someone else? Olympus and Panasonic have often thrown around the "all new" label with sensors, and many of them have proven to be small tweaks of existing sensors. So I'm skeptical about the claim, but hopeful that it really is new and improved.

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    Well Hal If I remember correctly it was said Panny used a Sony sensor in the GH3 only because they could not get there own new sensor into production in time for the GH3 launch. So maybe this is their own new sensor, I've seen full size jpegs at ISO 6400 and they seem very good.
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    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 bigger photosite wells and slimmed-down chip wiring and taller microlenses to make the sensor more sensitive. Panasonic say the sensor has better high ISO noise performance than an OM-D E-M5. However, long exposure capability has been reduced, so your are limited to 60 seconds on the dial and I can't see a Bulb option - but once again I'll get this verified.

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    Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview

    Quote Originally Posted by Woofmix View Post
    How is the feel of the camera, do the ergonomics seem well thought out?

    Paul
    It's not bad - the off-set viewfinder is odd at first but has the advantage that your nose tends not to operate the touch screen as much as it does with a more central viewfinder. The camera feels larger than an E-M5 of E-P5. It feels more solid than a G6 and the buttons are more solid - less accidental changes to the settings. There are two adjustment wheels and one of them can bet mode-toggled by pressing it.

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    Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview

    Quote Originally Posted by Ross View Post
    It sounds & looks like an interesting camera.

    BTW, the description beneath the bullet points is showing GF6 & not GX7.
    Yes, sorry - I forgot to update that bit of the template!

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    Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview

    Quote Originally Posted by aamalric View Post
    I quite like the camera, but I have a gripe with the jutting out viewfinder. How sturdy us the mechanism holding it in place, Ian?

    Can you imagine putting the camera in a large pocket, and drawing it out without the camera being stuck?

    As a comment, since the LCD (OLED?) flips out, it really makes double use...
    The LCD screen is not OLED but it has good vewing angles and is OK in bright outdoors light.

    The tilting EVF is solid and does not (and has not in my hands) look easy to be pushed up accidentally.

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