I already own the Panasonic G6 which delivers
excellent image quality BUT this new
Panasonic G7 Micro Four Thirds compact
system camera is tempting, especially in its silver livery. There have been some
negative comments about the block styling of the camera body but I like it and
it makes for a refreshing change.
The G7 does offer excellent 4K video with the ability to freeze a single image frame
(in camera) and also (I suspect) using a decent video editing
software package. In any case, the
camera body that I really like is the silver one and that can only
(apparently) be purchased with a Lumix 14-42mm (28mm-84mm field of view)
zoom kit lens from Jessops in the UK - it comes in at £679.00 vat
inclusive on pre-order.
Full Specifications of the Panasonic G7
camera are very impressive and coupled with excellent manual controls this is a
camera that all photographers can use with the right lenses for portraiture,
landscapes, wildlife, sport and street photography. Even with a
Lumix 100-300mm f4/f5.6 OIS Zoom Lens
(200mm-600mm field of view) fitted the combination remains relatively
compact and lightweight for travel use, wildlife and sports photography.
A Panasonic Micro Four Thirds compact system camera is so much fun to use and all that a photographer requires, even for niche photography. A camera like
the G7 can be carried around in one hand all day with only a wrist strap as
backup should you accidently drop it.
If you are serious about owning just one
camera with a few good lenses then the Panasonic G7 should not disappoint - my
older G6 variant is a blast.
From the Internet - "The Panasonic F1.2 ASPH Leica DG Nocticron O.I.S.
Lens for the Micro Four Thirds system is a fast portrait lens with maximum f1.2
aperture and Optical Image Stabilisation. The aperture ring on the lens barrel
allows direct, intuitive control over aperture settings so you dont have to
take your eye off the subject and potentially miss the shot. Optical Image
Stabilisation effectively compensates for any camera shake, ensuring your photos
are crisp and clear, even in badly lit environments".
The Nocticron is an awesome prime lens and although primarily designed for
portraiture it's image quality is superb and it could also be used for street
and landscape photography to pull in those distant subjects.
As well as being used for street photography, it is also ideal for pulling in distant landscapes, nature and sports photography as well as general use.
The cream on the cake is of course is it's 4K video. The camera and lens comes in at around £694.00 vat inclusive in the UK.
From the Internet - "The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7 combines stunning 4K (30p/24p) video, high resolution stills and a variety of practical new enhancements to help anyone capture the perfect image. Ideal for the aspiring photographer wanting to take their photography to the next level, the 16-megapixel Panasonic G7 is designed for ease-of-use without compromising on performance. The camera brings a variety of standout features including a built-in 2,360,-dot OLED viewfinder, 3.0" 1.04m-dot resolution free-angle touch screen display, improved autofocus, 8 fps burst shooting, Wi-Fi connectivity and a new 4K Photo mode that allows you to extract 8-megapixel stills from the 4K footage in-camera so that you never miss a moment".
You have to hand it to Panasonic, they have stayed true to the compactness of
their G Series of cameras and the new G7 offers a great deal of photographic
power in a lightweight and compact package. The size is not too small and not
too large whereby the manual controls are relatively easy to use and yet the
camera and a couple of
Panasonic Lumix Lenses does not require a
huge bag. The G7 camera body measures in at 4.92" in width by 3.39" in height by
3.05" in depth (not including the kit lens and protrusions) and weighs in
A large part of the body 3.05" depth size is taken up by the
New Venus Engine image processor
4K Video, 4K Photo, Full HD video up to 50/60p
Silent shooting mode
8fps burst shooting
3in touch-sensitive display, 1.04m dots, fully
2.36m-dot electronic viewfinder
3.5mm microphone socket
410g (body only)
I have made some image comparisons between the Panasonic G7 and my current
Panasonic G6 but there is no gain in image quality with the newer G7; in fact my
G6 seems to have a slight edge in the higher ISO 1600-3200 bands.
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