The Panasonic Lumix G7 is a mirrorless camera from Panasonic that comes with the ability to shoot images in 4K. The interesting thing about G7 is that the camera tries to move away from its mirrorless characteristics and tries to be more of a camera that can do a lot of things while providing the flexibility of changing lenses to the users.
The Panasonic Lumix G7 looks and feels a lot like a DSLR with features and controls that display the same characteristic on the camera. It comes with two control dials and a lot of buttons that does lot of things that we will read about in this review of the G7.
Let us start by taking a look at everything that you get inside the retail box of the camera.
The first thing that you are going to see when you open the box for the first time is the camera documentation & warranty information booklets. Taking these things out of the box will reveal everything neatly organized in the box. You can find the list of the contents below.
- Lens shroud
- Battery charger
- USB cable
- Neck Strap
- Software CD-ROM
These are all the standard contents that you get inside the box. There is no protective casing or a bag for the camera so you can choose to buy an aftermarket camera bag for your G7.
Build & Design
If you have seen a Panasonic G-series camera, you will find a lot of similarity between the G7 and the other G-series cameras. You get a flip-out touchscreen display, five buttons that you can customize.
The camera looks small and compact even with the 14-42mm kit zoom lens attached to it. This is a good thing for those who don’t like the bulk of a camera while they are traveling or taking a tour. Let’s take a look at the whole body in detail and see what buttons and dials have Panasonic added to the camera.
The front of the camera has nothing much to display apart from the lens attachment shroud and the button to help you detach the camera. There’s also a Lumix branding above the lens and that’s pretty much it.
The ISO switch and the capture button are situated on the handle of the camera. Turning the camera around reveals the 3-inch flip out touchscreen. This is an OLED display and can be used for choosing options on display as well as setting autofocus.
There’s an Fn5 button that lets you choose between the viewfinder or the display to display the scene being shot. The Autofocus button is also situated on the back which lets you choose between AE-L and AF-L autofocus.
Apart from that, you have all the standard camera function buttons on the back of the camera.
You have two control dials on the camera, one on the left top side and one of the right top side. These will help you control and switch between various camera modes and scene settings.
The build quality of the camera is solid and it doesn’t feel cheap or light in hands. It is neither too heavy nor too light which gives it the perfect feel for a camera of such small size.
The Panasonic Lumix G7 has a 16MP sensor that is capable of shooting both images and videos. The sensor used in this camera is a Digital Live MOS sensor that comes with the new Venus Engine and quad-core CPU to help you with the signal processing. The new sensor will help you shoot high detail photos in high contrast and resolution. The ISO on this camera can go up to 25600 which is actually an impressive number.
The touchscreen on the camera is a 1040K-dot unit. You can see 100% of the field of view just like what you see in the viewfinder. The display itself can be flipped-out and it will be useful for those who want to create self-shoot videos on this thing.
The image stabilizer on the camera is quite impressive too. It is a new 5-axis dual image stabilizer so you don’t have to worry about blurred pictures that might happen due to shaky hands.
If you want to shoot 4K videos on this thing, you will be able to do so at a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels at 25p which is 50Hz. 24p in MP4 is also possible with the camera.
The Panasonic Lumix G7’s primary focus is on the 4K features that this compact camera has to offer. You can shoot 8MP still images on the camera in the aspect ratio options of 3:2, 1:1, 4:3 or 16:9.
There are options to shoot 4K Burst with which you can shoot up to 30 minutes of burst shorts at 30fps. If you want to burst shoot for longer than 30 minutes, you can choose the Start/Stop 4K burst function that lets you shoot for more than 30 minutes. All you need to do is press the shutter button to start and to stop you just have to hit the shutter button again.
The 4K Pre-burst shoots 30 frames the second before the shutter button is pressed and hence it gives you about 60 shots to choose your perfect capture from.
You can use Adobe Lightroom to extract frames from a 4K video or you can save 4K photos straight from the camera. You can also shoot 4K videos for better details and then downscale the video to 1080p for your YouTube need if you are a video content creator.
Image & Video Quality
The images taken on the camera are quite clean and clear. With so many modes available for you to use, you can choose to go in a preset mode or move to manual mode to shoot pictures and videos with your own settings. The images or videos that we captured using the device were impressive. You can get 350-400 shots at once before you need to charge the battery.
All in all the Panasonic Lumix G7 4K is a performer and it does it all while being in a very small package. The photos and videos that you shoot on this thing look good and with the support for 4K image and video shooting, Panasonic has hit a mark where this camera will definitely appeal to a lot of people. You can easily buy Lumix G7 from an online or offline store for around 52,000 INR.