Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review: Closing the gap between APS-C mirrorless rivals

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday October 15 2013

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Introduction | Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 sensor performance | Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Versus Olympus PEN E-P5 Versus Sony NEX-6: Results are close | Conclusion
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review: Closing the gap between APS-C mirrorless rivals

The GX7 is Panasonic's classy replacement for the rangefinder style GX1 and features a new, improved 16-Mpix sensor, a tilting widescreen viewfinder and rear screen plus built-in WIFI connectivity. The magnesium alloy bodied camera is also the first from Panasonic to feature in-body stabilization, but just how well does this $999 (body only) mirrorless model perform

Panasonic's flagship rangefinder style, MFT format Lumix DMC-GX7 is a complete overhaul of the earlier GX1, announced late 2011. The new model adds several notable features over the original including a high-resolution, widescreen format tilting electronic viewfinder with proximity sensor, pull out tilting rear screen and for the first time from the maker, a new in-body stabilization system.  As with other models from the firm, the GX7 has promising video capabilities with Full HD 1080p AVCHD clips up to 60 fps, including a 24 fps option.

The GX7 is said to include a new 16Mpix Live MOS type sensor featuring a ‘redesigned on-chip lens' arrangement with a 10% increase in color saturation. The consumer electronics giant also claim a 25% improvement in signal to noise ratio and a 10% increase in detail, though it’s not clear if the firm is referring to the GX1 or the later, video-oriented GH3, as both models share a Live-MOS type sensor with the same pixel count.

Key specifications:

  • 16MP Live MOS sensor
  • In-body image stabilization (works with any lens)
  • Front and rear control dials
  • Flip-up, 1024 x 768 pixel (2.3M dot equivalent) electronic viewfinder
  • 3-inch tilting LCD
  • 3-level focus peaking
  • 1080 video at 60p/60i/24p in MP4 or AVCHD format
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC
  • Magnesium-alloy frame
  • 1/8000th second max shutter speed, 1/320th flash sync speed
  • Highlight and shadow curve adjustments
  • Built-in pop-up flash
  • Large contoured grip

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 sensor performance

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Versus Olympus PEN E-P5 Versus Sony NEX-6: Results are close

Conclusion