Review: Panasonic G7

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Panasonic has introduced the Lumix G7 to replace the G6. The Panasonic G7 has been a first ever mirrorless camera which looks like a miniature DSLR and includes all the control points you would definitely expect, including twin control dials as well plenty of switches and buttons. Because it is a mirrorless camera, it is fully automated with its touch sensitive screen.

The new processor means that the native sensitivity range has been boosted from ISO 200 – 25,600 with an expansive setting of ISO 100. The G7 can shoot 25,600, so it has got an amazing picture quality in which minute details can be visualized with clarity. The design of the G7 basically attracts the DSLR buyers, but the level the Panasonic with its control points is directly in competition with Sony’s 6000 which offers a built in viewfinder and average degree of direct control.

This actually means it is a treat for the buyers getting a higher degree of quality at cheap prices. The G7 is just not the best shot by Panasonic but the best suggested camera, if video and stills are taken into account. It is one of the smallest cameras, especially when the size is considered making it fit in any of the corners of your place.

The camera has full resolution continuous shooting, which is all because of quad-core CPU meant for fast processing. Compared to its earlier version G6, G7 is much more capable as it has up to 8 fps or available in single mode, continuous AF mode or 6 fps in whereas the G6 was constrained to 7 fps and 5 fps.

However, the camera has new 4K modes, which possess a lot of appeal to both videographers and stills photographers. Continuous shooting at 4K, allows you to shoot at 30 fps and extract the frame of your choice. It can also be utilised in any exposure mode of your choice.

There have been few changes done to the control layout to G7 as compared to its earlier version G6. On the top of the camera, there are two dials, one is on which the forefinger sits, while the other dial is for you to sit. If you are working on the manual mode, these dials can be used to shut the aperture and shutter speed, which feels like a very natural way of working.

There is a button in the middle of the dial on the back of the camera, which allows you to use the dial to use ISO and white balance with a nice touch. A new drive is at the top left of the camera, from where you can select the 4K mode option. On the whole, the camera does a great job that other cameras could not even cope up to do so.

Dynamic range is amazing to experience which means the highlights are not lost. Automatic white balance produces natural colors in different settings, which proves that the camera is worth buying.

Price: $800