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Panasonic GX7

 
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Panasonic GX7 summary

Panasonic GX7 is Panasonic's Advanced Mirrorless digital camera first released on November of 2013. It has got a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4592 x 3448.

Panasonic brought out this model to replace the earlier Panasonic GX1 (Read Full Comparison) and then brought out the newer Panasonic GX8 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to update this model.

The GX7 is ranked #49 out of 62 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras and over all #302 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please try our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your customized requirements.

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Panasonic GX7 history

The Panasonic GX7 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can look at all past and current models along with main specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G95 front thumbnailPanasonic G95
GX7 vs G95
20.3MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2019
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GX9 front thumbnailPanasonic GX9
GX7 vs GX9
20MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX850 front thumbnailPanasonic GX850
GX7 vs GX850
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G85 front thumbnailPanasonic G85
GX7 vs G85
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX85 front thumbnailPanasonic GX85
GX7 vs GX85
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF8 front thumbnailPanasonic GF8
GX7 vs GF8
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX8 front thumbnailPanasonic GX8
GX7 vs GX8
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G7 front thumbnailPanasonic G7
GX7 vs G7
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF7 front thumbnailPanasonic GF7
GX7 vs GF7
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM5 front thumbnailPanasonic GM5
GX7 vs GM5
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM1 front thumbnailPanasonic GM1
GX7 vs GM1
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX7 front thumbnailPanasonic GX716MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF6 front thumbnailPanasonic GF6
GX7 vs GF6
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH3 front thumbnailPanasonic GH3
GX7 vs GH3
16MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF5 front thumbnailPanasonic GF5
GX7 vs GF5
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX1 front thumbnailPanasonic GX1
GX7 vs GX1
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF3 front thumbnailPanasonic GF3
GX7 vs GF3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH2 front thumbnailPanasonic GH2
GX7 vs GH2
16MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF2 front thumbnailPanasonic GF2
GX7 vs GF2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF1 front thumbnailPanasonic GF1
GX7 vs GF1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH1 front thumbnailPanasonic GH1
GX7 vs GH1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

Panasonic GX7 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of pluses and minuses of the Panasonic GX7 based on things which are typically regarded as useful in a digital camera.

above average high ISO (25,600)
built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with HDMI socket
delivers RAW files
flash sync speed is above average (1/320 seconds)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
NFC support
offers face detect focusing
offers tracking focus
pretty good screen size (3")
screen has good resolution (1,040 thousand dots)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
supports focus by touch
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
tilting screen
touchscreen capability
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
you can focus manually
continuous shooting slow (5.0 fps)
does not have headphone socket
does not have microphone socket
lack of phase detect AF
not so great battery life (350 CIPA)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Panasonic GX7 Sensor specifications

The Panasonic GX7 is run by the Venus Engine processor chip. The size of the sensor on the Panasonic GX7 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4592 x 3448 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and provides a standard ISO range of 125 to 25600. RAW photos are saved therefore the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath displays the GX7's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The GX7 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic GX7 dimensions

Panasonic GX7 weighs in at 0.89 lbs (402g / 14.18 ounces) and the measurement of the camera is 123mm x 71mm x 55mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.2"). The weight of average Advanced Mirrorless camera is 454g and the Panasonic GX7 is less heavy when compared to various rivals.

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Here is a image of the Panasonic GX7 with a soft drink to help you have a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button design on the GX7.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 topview buttons dials

Panasonic GX7 Lens specifications

The GX7 uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available on the market. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the GX7.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-14-54mm-f2.8-3.5 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital 14-54mm f2.8-3.514-54mmf/2.8-3.5 435g
Panasonic-Leica-DG-Vario-Elmarit-50-200mm-F2.8-4.0-ASPH-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH Power OIS50-200mmf/2.8-4 655g
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Panasonic-Lumix-G-X-Vario-12-35mm-F2.8-II-ASPH-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 II ASPH Power OIS12-35mmf/2.8 305g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-7-14mm-f4.0 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f4.07-14mmf/4.0 780g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-150-400mm-F4.5-TC-1.25x-IS-PRO lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC 1.25x IS PRO150-400mmf/4.5 1850g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Macro-30mm-F2.8-ASPH-Mega-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm F2.8 ASPH Mega OIS30mmf/2.8 180g
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Panasonic-Lumix-G-25mm-F1.7-ASPH lensPanasonic Lumix G 25mm F1.7 ASPH25mmf/1.7 125g
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Panasonic GX7 Connectivity

The GX7 has the following connectivity:

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

Digital cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can send files and usually adjust settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Some applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external screen. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Panasonic GX7 Video specifications

The highest possible video resolution on the Panasonic GX7 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance for video quality vs file sizes but 1080p isn't going to give you much room to downsample. The camera does not offer a mic and headphone port which means that you get little control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to find a different model if you want good audio in your videos.

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Panasonic GX7 Weather Sealing

Panasonic GX7 does not include environment sealing so damp conditions might damage the camera.

Panasonic GX7 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic GX7 has got a 3 inch tilting display screen supporting a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means you can easily set focus points plus change settings using your finger.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The View Finder specs regarding Panasonic GX7 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 2,765 thousand dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.7x

In those sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders can be quite helpful.

Panasonic GX7 Shutter specifications

Panasonic GX7 continuous shooting rate is 5.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds. The camera also includes silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 seconds. Beware that the electronic shutter may cause "rolling shutter" in certain conditions.

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Panasonic GX7 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Panasonic GX7 includes both built in flash and also external flash support. The highest flash sync is 1/320 seconds.

Panasonic GX7 Autofocus specifications

Panasonic GX7 includes just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & accurate when compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has got Face detection which is useful for people photography.

It has got 23 focus points to choose from. Panasonic GX7 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers to switch focus. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for moving things. Panasonic GX7 has got manual focus if needed for low light conditions or you require more accurate focus control.

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Panasonic GX7 Battery life

The battery life on the Panasonic GX7 is made to last for 350 shots with respect to the CIPA specifications which is less when compared to its competition. The average Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 390. Sony A6600 has got the best (810) battery life for this range of cameras.

Following is a listing of Advanced Mirrorless cameras that have the best battery life:

Panasonic GX7 for specific types of photography

The following diagram displays a summary of the Panasonic GX7 for specific types of photography. To learn more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Panasonic GX7 Portrait photography factors

The Panasonic GX7 gets a rating of 71 which is above average, meaning that it is a fine option to use for portrait photos. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW photos along with the option to utilize external flash.

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focusing manually
flash sync is higher than normal (1/320s)
good megapixels (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detection focus
saves RAW formats

Panasonic GX7 as a Street photography camera

Getting a excellent rating of 82, the Panasonic GX7 is a outstanding pick to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen tilts
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
features focus via touch
great high ISO (25,600)

Panasonic GX7 Sports photography information

A modest sports photography points tally of 59 indicates the Panasonic GX7 is somewhat suited for photographing sports. A camera must have very good focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
silent mode (1/16,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames/s)
low battery pack (350 shots)
lack of phase detect autofocus

Panasonic GX7 Travel photography details

Size is very crucial in picking a camera for travel. In general, the Panasonic GX7 gets a nice 67 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable fit to purchase for your holidays.

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boasts focus via touch
resolution is good (16MP)
flash built-in
terrible battery pack (350 per charge)
display isn't selfie friendly

Panasonic GX7 Landscape photography advice

If you are looking to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most critical aspect is going to be image quality. The Panasonic GX7 with it's above average grade of 73 as a landscape camera is a good option in the current market.

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has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
above average high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
low battery pack (350 shots)

Panasonic GX7 Vlogging features

A vlogging camera ought to have a moving screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Panasonic GX7 is not really very good for vlogging as it receives a really bad rating of 34.

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screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have mic port

Panasonic GX7 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the GX7, here is a number of the highest rated cameras which fall into the family of Advanced Mirrorless.

The line graph just below provides you an overview of the GX7 versus it's top ranked rivals mentioned earlier.

There are more cameras you might view as alternate options. To go through a full comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Panasonic
Model
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
Category
Advanced Mirrorless
Introduced
2013-11-07
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Processor Chip
Venus Engine
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor measurements
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
224.9mm²
Sensor resolution
16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4592 x 3448
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
25600
Minimum native ISO
125
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points
23
Lens
Lens mount
Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses
107
Crop factor
2.1
Screen
Screen type
Tilting
Screen sizing
3"
Screen resolution
1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen tech
LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
2,765 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Viewfinder magnification
0.7x
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
70
DXO Color Depth score
22.6
DXO Dynamic range score
12.2
DXO Low light score
718
Features
Minimum shutter speed
60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Fastest silent shutter speed
1/16000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
7.00 m (at ISO 200)
Flash modes
Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Slow sync w/red-eye reduction, off
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize
1/320 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
Video data format
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
402g (0.89 lb)
Physical dimensions
123 x 71 x 55mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.2")
Other
Battery life
350 pictures
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs w/ 3 shots)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots
One
Pricing at release
$1,000