First impressions of the Panasonic Lumix G7

First Impressions of the Panasonic Lumix G7

We tested the Panasonic Lumix G7, the latest Micro Four Thirds camera from the Japanese company functions and new look 4K

Not too Panasonic Lumix G7 , a chamber for renewing the G range of the Japanese multinational and whose main assets are brought to its sensor Micro Four Thirds and functions related to recording 4K . However, does it meet expectations? Although it is a model still subject to revision, we have tested and these are our first impressions


 Panasonic G7-2

The feeling when holding the Lumix G7 are similar we could get after using a GH4. Thus, the curved appearance of the Lumix G6 and is committed to a device with more right angles is abandoned, something that has affected positively to the handle , being much nicer to hold than its predecessor. Also, the body is built of magnesium alloy , but not protected against dust and splashing as it does with the camera top model.

On the other hand, as referring to weight , but after holding the device is not very light, not too excessive. They are 410g (with SD card and battery) which we must support maintaining the Lumix G7, to which we add the lens you are using.

Panasonic G7-5

Therefore, has those qualities that some praise or criticize the DSLR camera bodies . That is, on the one hand is a very ergonomic camera when taking photos, but otherwise is very impractical if we want a simple and convenient device to carry. Clearly the public seeking Panasonic is not one who tries to take the camera with him everywhere, but that commitment interested in making a type of more specific than casual photography.

Burst 4K

Panasonic 4KPhoto2

One of the functions in which it has placed special emphasis has been that they have baptized 4K Photo , which can be used in 3 different ways:

  • Burst Shooting 4K : burst of 30 frames per second and up 30 minutes
  • 4K Burst :. a more conventional mode, which is activated by pressing the shutter once and stops after pressing it a second time
  • . 4K Pre-Burst : here 30 frames a second before recording and after pulling the trigger, giving us a total of 60 fps

The purpose. of this is recording a video 4K which we can remove the frame we want , then giving us an image with a resolution of 8 megapixels.

The experience of using this function was positive, however, I think their strengths are reduced to a very specific framework . The usefulness of this will vary depending on the type of picture that we make, gaining special importance those in which we have any moving object. Yes, we can select the only moment in which a sugar cube strikes coffee, but Is that what you need?

Were it 9 seconds, the file would occupy approximately 100MB

4K Record a video you select a frame will also have some negative consequences, and among them we note size of that file, that if 9 seconds occupy 100MB . You can select the image and then remove the video file from the camera, but the problem arises when we wish to select that frame later in our PC and on a larger screen that allows us more fully appreciate the result.

This would make sense if Panasonic had developed a desktop program with the same functions than we have in the camera, a simple and intuitive software that shows precisely the different frames available. However, that does not exist.

 Panasonic 4KPhoto

In addition, all we get with 4K Photo it is exported as video , when ideally have a pile of images stored in folders, as with the gusts. So, one option could be to open Video Lightroom and export this decision, an alternative much less accurate.

Therefore, I believe that these features Panasonic could make sense in very specific situations, but do not think it’s something we should determine which camera to buy. And if we do, we will have to acquire several SD cards and make room on your hard drive.

A cheaper version of the GH4

What I think we should emphasize the Panasonic Lumix G7 are all those characteristics that equate to its “big sister”. Among them, we must point out the presence of the “Depth From Defocus” , which does the job perfectly and allows us to focus on our subject in few tenths of a second.

Panasonic dynamic range

I have not tested how it works with night scenes, but it seems that the focusing system requires very little time to focus on the subject quickly that aim. However, video mode , the impression I got is that the focus changes should be softer, as were somewhat abrupt transitions. Also, the Dynamic Range appears to be at the height of the circumstances, resolving those contrasting scenes in which the difference between the darkest and lightest point is pronounced.

The sensor Live MOS processor Venus Engine , also incorporated in the GH4, provide a similar experience in the Lumix G7, which is very positive considering that we talk about a camera that costs about 500 € less.

Panasonic dynamic range 2

Although it would be necessary to see which provides the final version of the Panasonic camera roughly could say it’s a good choice for those looking for similar results to those that could be obtained with the Micro Four Thirds most leading Japanese company.

The technology advances, and the positive part of this is that the costs for the construction of a product normally tend gradually reduce as time passes. That is what allows us, for example, now can buy something very like a GH4 for a price much lower .


First impressions of the Panasonic Lumix G7
Source: english  
May 19, 2015

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