Panasonic Lumix G7 4k Digital Camera Review
The Panasonic Lumix G7 adopts the classic G-series mid-range accessibility and bolts-on features of the Panasonic GH4. The Panasonic Lumix G7 made the 4k video features accessible to many people. It drops the entry price a little. The Panasonic G7 is much more cheaper than the Lumix GH4 and also 2 times costlier than the price of the old Panasonic G6.
It features a new fairly angular design as well as 4k shooting capability. Nevertheless, the quality of the image is just slightly different from the G6, hence there’s no much image upgrade on the Panasonic G7. The Panasonic brand does not produce compact system cameras with so much design. But the Panasonic Lumix GH7 features an angular design bringing a hint of the retro DSLR flavor that motivates ranges such as the Olympus OM-D series.
The most important feature of the Panasonic G7 is the pentaprism-style mound above the Lumix G7 plate that holds the view finder. It features an OLED screen instead of an actual viewfinder mirror which looks nice in some users eyes.
The Panasonic G7 is very simple to hold and offers much comfort to the user. It has the same curvy design that makes the G series slightly bigger than some Micro Four-Third CSCs. This design makes the camera feel more secure and much suitable for the hands. It features a rubber grip around it thereby providing the friction we need.
The Lumix G7 is made up of mainly plastic and has control dials including a top plate and hence it does not give all those expensive feeling. This type of design is not mostly seen in upper-level-entry-cameras but after testing the Magnesium alloy FujiFilm X-T10, it really looks a lot more plastic.
The plastic design does not influence the use of the camera at the control dial. Even though it is made of plastic, it can turn on its own mistakenly and hence before you go out for a shooting session , you’ll have to check your camera bag incase if it has turned mistakenly.
The Panasonic Lumix G7 features a total of 16 buttons, 4 dials and 2 switches giving you access to all the manual control you need and also much scopes to customize operation. It does not actually feel like a camera to first time users and might be intimidating for some.
Screen and viewfinder
The screen features a 3-inch display that folds out on a single hinge. It shoots extremely good videos and takes good selfies. It is not easily obstructed by tripods unlike the now-flip-out-screen-style which is slightly unique. The screen is a touch screen and offers 1040k-dot resolution, even though we had expected more. It offers the usual gestures such as pinch-to-zoom and speaking identical language with your phone.
The Panasonic Lumix G7 features a prominent viewfinder and gets the 2.36 million dot EVF seen in the GH4. It has a good view finder that compromises as soon as you start shooting.
The Lumix G7 features an eye sensor fluttering the viewing display from the rear screen to the EVF as desired.
The Lumix G7 features an excellent connectivity, even though it doesn’t have everything you need. You have the Wi-Fi which can be used to pair wireless devices without going through the stress of following procedures and too many buttons.
The Lumix G7 image app is slightly easy to use and the Wi-Fi setup is not difficult as well. The image app allows you to transfer pictures, share photos to social media and controls the shutter and AF for remote shooting.