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    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 outperforms the E-M5 sensor in certain areas (high ISO noise, for example).

    It feels bigger than an E-M5 but I will take some side by side comparison shots.

    Not sure about the RC flash system - not seen any menus referring to this. Will confirm later.

    No accessory grip.

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    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

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul View Post
    How are you finding the viewfinder when wearing glasses Ian,do you see all the frame or have to move your eye around to see it all?

    Also I see no sign or mention of a dioptric adjustment wheel on the viewfinder.
    There is an adjuster - it's a slider under the eyepiece. I don't have a VF4 here to compare but the VF4 view is, from memory, larger and more spacious. However so far I have not been disappointed by the GX7 viewfinder. You do have to move a little with glasses to see all corners but no worse than any other EVF I have used.

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    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 seller. Could make a major dent in E-M5 sales and will almost certainly significantly dent E-P5 sales. However, I'm sure that Olympus is aware of this and I expect them to respond with something equally exciting in the next month or two.
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    Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview

    Quote Originally Posted by John Perriment View Post
    This looks to be a milestone camera for MFT and, if the price is pitched right, could be a major seller. Could make a major dent in E-M5 sales and will almost certainly significantly dent E-P5 sales. However, I'm sure that Olympus is aware of this and I expect them to respond with something equally exciting in the next month or two.
    WEX are pricing the body at 815 for pre orders.

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    Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview

    Quote Originally Posted by Woofmix View Post
    WEX are pricing the body at 815 for pre orders.

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    Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview

    Quote Originally Posted by StephenL View Post
    Not out of the box for a start price.
    Especially as the EP5 starts at 899 and you need to add the EVF on top of that...
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    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 are 2 nice examples. And on the video side- can you confirm that the GX7 does the same 25p HBR recording (like the GH2), for the PAL part of the world?
    Cheers, Rob

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    Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview

    I can confirm that the GX7 supports multi flash wireless remote control compatible with the Olympus flash system.

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    Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertD View Post
    Thanks Ian for this report! And the image samples are all well sorted and varied too! Images 25 & 38 are 2 nice examples. And on the video side- can you confirm that the GX7 does the same 25p HBR recording (like the GH2), for the PAL part of the world?
    Cheers, Rob
    The GX7 does not have a High Bit Rate mode. It's aimed at still photographers primarily.

    Panasonic's policy continues to be that regions where the electricity supply is 50Hz you get a camera with 25/50 frames per second recording rates and in 60Hz countries you get 30/60 frames per second. You can't switch to the correct rate to avoid flicker issues depending on which country you are in. But then Olympus only offers 30 frames per second regardless of the market location.

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    Re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul View Post
    How are you finding the viewfinder when wearing glasses Ian,do you see all the frame or have to move your eye around to see it all?

    Also I see no sign or mention of a dioptric adjustment wheel on the viewfinder.
    Quote Originally Posted by timg View Post
    ...and how does the VF compare to the VF4 in size/detail?
    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    There is an adjuster - it's a slider under the eyepiece. I don't have a VF4 here to compare but the VF4 view is, from memory, larger and more spacious. However so far I have not been disappointed by the GX7 viewfinder. You do have to move a little with glasses to see all corners but no worse than any other EVF I have used.

    Ian
    Thanks Ian. It's nice to know how things compare as I can use the EP-11 cup on the E-M5 with glasses & can see the whole display of the EVF at once. I guess there are some compromises when shoehorning components in for a more compact design.
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