Panasonic GF7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 front

Panasonic GF7 overview

Panasonic GF7 is Panasonic's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera first revealed on February of 2015. It has a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4592 x 3448.

Panasonic released this camera to improve the older Panasonic GF6 (Read Full Comparison) & then introduced the fresher Panasonic GF8 (Read Full Comparison) in order to improve this camera.

The GF7 ranks at #68 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all round #335 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to try out our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your customized factors.

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Panasonic GF7 family

The Panasonic GF7 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the detailed list below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G100 front thumbnailPanasonic G100
GF7 vs G100
20MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GX9 front thumbnailPanasonic GX9
GF7 vs GX9
20MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX850 front thumbnailPanasonic GX850
GF7 vs GX850
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX85 front thumbnailPanasonic GX85
GF7 vs GX85
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF8 front thumbnailPanasonic GF8
GF7 vs GF8
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX8 front thumbnailPanasonic GX8
GF7 vs GX8
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF7 front thumbnailPanasonic GF716MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM5 front thumbnailPanasonic GM5
GF7 vs GM5
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM1 front thumbnailPanasonic GM1
GF7 vs GM1
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX7 front thumbnailPanasonic GX7
GF7 vs GX7
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G6 front thumbnailPanasonic G6
GF7 vs G6
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF6 front thumbnailPanasonic GF6
GF7 vs GF6
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G5 front thumbnailPanasonic G5
GF7 vs G5
16MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF5 front thumbnailPanasonic GF5
GF7 vs GF5
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX1 front thumbnailPanasonic GX1
GF7 vs GX1
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF3 front thumbnailPanasonic GF3
GF7 vs GF3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G3 front thumbnailPanasonic G3
GF7 vs G3
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF2 front thumbnailPanasonic GF2
GF7 vs GF2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G10 front thumbnailPanasonic G10
GF7 vs G10
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G2 front thumbnailPanasonic G2
GF7 vs G2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF1 front thumbnailPanasonic GF1
GF7 vs GF1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G1 front thumbnailPanasonic G1
GF7 vs G1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

Panasonic GF7 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of positives and negatives of the Panasonic GF7 based on features that are normally viewed as important in a camera.

built-in touchscreen
comes with focus via touch
does have HDMI support
good ISO range (25,600)
has built in flash
has face detection focus
has manual focus
has tracking autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
max shutter speed is good (1/16,000 seconds)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
NFC connectivity
nice clear screen (1,040 thousand dot)
saves RAW formats
screen size is good (3")
screen tilts
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
can't use external flash
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
does not have image stabilization
low fps (5.8 frames/s)
missing external microphone jack
missing headphone jack
not so great battery (230 shots)
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Panasonic GF7 Sensor specs

The Panasonic GF7 houses the Venus Engine chip. The spec of the sensor on the Panasonic GF7 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4592 x 3448 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 200 to 25600. The ISO can be widened electronically to a minimum of 100. RAW format is supported therefore you have more margin for error.

The image below shows the GF7's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The GF7 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is pointed out in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic GF7 dimensions

Panasonic GF7 is 0.59 pounds (266 gr / 9.38 oz) & the overall size of the camera is 107mm x 65mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3"). The weight of normal Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 gr and the Panasonic GF7 is lighter than various rivals.

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The following is a photo of the Panasonic GF7 next to a softdrink so you can get a feel for its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will provide the button design on the GF7.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 topview buttons dials

Panasonic GF7 Lens details

The GF7 works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available to buy. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the GF7.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Panasonic-Leica-D-Vario-Elmar-14-50mm-F3.8-5.6-Mega-OIS lensPanasonic Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-50mm F3.8-5.6 Mega OIS14-50mmf/3.8-5.6 434g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-14-140mm-F3.5-5.6-ASPH.-Power-O.I.S lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH. Power O.I.S14-140mmf/3.5-5.6 265g
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Panasonic-Leica-DG-Elmarit-200mm-F2.8-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm F2.8 Power OIS200mmf/2.8 1245g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-35-100mm-f2.0 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 35-100mm f2.035-100mmf/2.0 1650g
Panasonic-Leica-DG-Summilux-25mm-F1.4-II-ASPH lensPanasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm F1.4 II ASPH25mmf/1.4205g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-40-150mm-f4.0-5.6 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.640-150mmf/4.0-5.6 220g
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Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-17mm-f2.8-Pancake lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f2.8 Pancake17mmf/2.8 71g
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Panasonic GF7 Connectivity

The GF7 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that contain NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send pictures and sometimes change camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.

A few apps also provide a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external display. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB socket.

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Panasonic GF7 Video details

The maximum video resolution on the Panasonic GF7 is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance in quality versus file size but FULL HD will not leave you with any room to downsample. The body doesn't feature a microphone and headphone port which means that you have zero control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to order another camera should you want better sound for your video clips.

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Panasonic GF7 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing in the Panasonic GF7 so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty situations.

Panasonic GF7 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic GF7 has a 3 inch tilting display screen with a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means you are able to adjust focus point as well as adjust settings by using your fingertips.

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The View Finder specs for Panasonic GF7 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are very handy in bright outdoor situations which can make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.

Panasonic GF7 Shutter details

Panasonic GF7 is able to shoot continuously at 5.8 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/16000s.

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Panasonic GF7 Flash and Hot shoe details

Panasonic GF7 features just built in flash with missing external flash ability.

Panasonic GF7 Autofocusing details

Panasonic GF7 features only Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier & precise than Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which makes it valuable for taking photos of people.

The AF system has 23 focus points to pick from. Panasonic GF7 has tap to focus. You can use your fingers to adjust where you focus. It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for moving things. Panasonic GF7 boasts manual focusing in case it is required in low light occasions or you require more accurate focusing control.

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Panasonic GF7 Battery life

The battery in the Panasonic GF7 is designed to last for 230 clicks with respect to the CIPA benchmarks making it less than it's competitors. The general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 comes with the highest possible (750) battery life in this group of cameras.

Following is a collection of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras with the strongest battery life:

Panasonic GF7 for varying kinds of photography

The following bar chart shows a overview of the Panasonic GF7 for varying kinds of photography. To see more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Panasonic GF7 Portrait photography features

The Panasonic GF7 gets a rating of 65 which is very good, and means the camera is a respectable fit to use for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos and potential to utilize external lighting.

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has manual focus
resolution is good (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
external flash not possible

Street photography with Panasonic GF7

Having a very high rating of 80, the Panasonic GF7 is a awesome fit to use in street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen tilts up and down
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
supports touch to focus
above average ISO range (25,600)
lack of image stabilization

Sports photography with Panasonic GF7

A average sports photography rating of 52 suggests the Panasonic GF7 is relatively suitable for shooting sports. A camera really should have very good tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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great max shutter speed (1/16,000 seconds)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking autofocus
low frames per second (5.8 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery power (230 per charge)
does not have phase detect AF

Panasonic GF7 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is super crucial in buying a camera for travel. All things considered, the Panasonic GF7 gets a very good 70 for a travelling camera which makes it a good option to take on your vacations.

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provides touch focus
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
bad battery power (230 per charge)
display is not selfie friendly

Panasonic GF7 Landscape photography features

When you are looking to buy a camera for landscape photos, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic GF7 at it's very good grade of 69 for a landscape camera is a fine fit in the current market.

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you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
MP count good (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
very good high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
does not have image stabilization
not so great battery life (230 shots)

Panasonic GF7 Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera should posses a articulating display, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Panasonic GF7 is simply not very good as a vlog camera as it delivers a really bad score of 33.

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screen is touchscreen
provides face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
no external mic support

Panasonic GF7 Alternatives

If you need replacements to the GF7, below is a collection of the top placed cameras that fall within the category of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The chart down below provides you an overview of the GF7 versus it's top scored rivals suggested earlier.

Following are several cameras you may have a look at as alternate options. To read a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Venus Engine
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor measurements
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4592 x 3448
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Min boosted ISO
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points
Lens support
Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Display size
Resolution of display
1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
5.8 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
4.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options
Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, flash off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
266 grams (0.59 pounds)
Physical dimensions
107 x 65 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3")
Battery life
230 images
Battery format
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3-shot/10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
Storage slots
Price at launch