The Lumix DMC-G7 Panasonic is an interchangeable lens model that receives the latest innovations of the brand in terms of autofocus and image processing as well as video recording in Ultra HD. The result is a very good interchangeable lens camera that represents a great alternative, moreover smaller and lighter, to many DSLRs
The G7 is available in two finishes:. Black or two-tone black and graphite. It is available for around 700 euros with a 10x lens 14-42mm f / 3.5 -5.6.
Picture and video quality is excellent for this price. The colors are faithful and jpeg photos taken in poor lighting remain correct up to 1600 ISO.
Under the same lighting conditions, yet one can get more details by raw.
The Ultra HD videos are really good and it is very easy tweaking and play them on different devices. The most fastidious users will find that the brighter areas are a bit washed out, but the artifacts are still scarce and low-light videos remain very clean.
G7’s performance is living up to what may be expected of travelers or families. It needs 0.6 seconds to power on and shoot. That’s more than twice as long as the Nikon D5500, which is in the same price range. This slow start is a rare characteristic defects of this type of apparatus compared to DSLRs. The autofocus G7 is very swift, like the 14-42mm lens that we tested. The development and the outbreak under good lighting only take 0.1 seconds to 0.3 seconds when the light downward.
The response time if one adds image processing time is a little slower. It takes 0.4 seconds to take two successive jpeg pictures. It’s not bad, but not as good as the competition. In raw one falls to 0.2 seconds, which is much better. With flash, the delay switches to 1 second, which again is not bad
Burst mode with autofocus is very efficient. 6.5 frames / second for 30 JPEG shots. This is much less impressive in raw. Although it reaches the 6.2 frames / second, this only lasts for 8 shots after which the system slows dramatically. And in circumstances where we can dispense with continuous autofocus, white balance and exposure, we reached 8 frames / second. There is a high-speed burst mode that works at 40 frames / second without autofocus with a resolution lowered to 4 megapixels
If you enter very short sequences, the 4K mode is probably a better option. It s ‘These 30 photos 8 megapixel taken every second that can extract and save individual.
The shots of action scenes were surprisingly good, even with this goal. The camera is quick in the development, which is useful for street photography. In commissioning mode to fully automatic point it is barely better than other devices with a tendency to choose the closest object. However, if you attempt the maneuver, it is usually wiser choices.
The battery life is given for 360 shots, which is typical for a hybrid but frustrating in practice. However, during our tests we were able to take 750 pictures and several videos and the battery indicator lost just one bar. The video is greedier however. We noticed that when we were filming in Ultra HD in a moderately warm temperature (27 ° C), the camera cut the viewfinder and the LCD screen.
The design and functionality
The G7 looks like an entry-level digital SLR: plastic finish with an imposing but sturdy and comfortable handle. There are two adjustment knobs located on the front and back of the upper portion while a programmable button functions is placed inside of the rear wheel.
To the right of the upper part is the mode dial with the classic manual, semi automatic and self and a video mode, panorama and personalized. The power button is located right next to another programmable function button and the video recording button is flat and hard to find without looking.
On the left is the dial with options for motion time lapse / stop-motion, self-timer, exposure control, photo mode 4K and 4K burst mode and normal individual burst.
On the back of the case, another programmable button that defaults switches between the EVF and the LCD screen and a button for the retractable flash. The button to control the autofocus is placed to the right of the viewfinder with the AF lock button and auto exposure housed at the center. Just below the thumb rest, another programmable button that opens the default quick settings menu plus playback control and display options. There is finally a directional pad to handle the ISO sensitivity, AF area, white balance and a programmable button. Beneath it still a programmable button. In total, no less than 11 buttons that can be reconfigured at will
On the side of the handle are three connectors:. For remote triggering A micro HDMI and a proprietary port combining AV and USB. This one, and the location of the memory card housed in the battery compartment are our only real complaints regarding the design.
Enjoyed the electronic viewfinder that is both large, bright with a relatively comfortable eyepiece.
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The Wifi function to transfer photos and remote triggering is simple and quite rich. The G7 really offers a lot of features and is supplied with one of the best instructions manual we’ve seen. The only flaw is that it does not have an index. This is needed because there are many features you will not find without him. Examples include the ability to apply effects on manual and semi auto exposure modes while recording a version without the filter jpeg. Snap Movie function, which takes clips from February to August seconds has an option that allows two points of focus. The device will then automatically switch from one point to another in the clip.
Video features are not as elaborate as those proposed by the Cyber-shot RX100 IV of Sony, but there is everything even a jack for an external microphone. And we can also specify whether you want the tonal range works on the scale of values 0-255 RGB or 16-255.
Panasonic has made much of its function which Retouch Clear Deletes an object of a scene by scribbling on the screen, but the demo works better than true. Perhaps our fingers were they too big and too small screen to get a good result …
An alternative to a DSLR
Now that the Lumix GX8 is out with a sensor more powerful and it is compatible with Olympus lenses, it is tempting to pin the G7 for not proposing the same thing. If you do not plan to change lenses, there will be no real problem except that there is not much flexibility to crop images with 16 megapixel sensors. This leaves enough improve future versions of the G7. But in the meantime, if you want a great device that is an alternative to a DSLR at the same price, the Lumix DMC-G7 meets present.