Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review – Premium Camera Wrapped in a Not-So-Premium Body

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is bundled with a starter zoom lens that has a focal length of 14 to 42-millimeters. It is a premium-made camera that is wrapped in a plastic shell. If you can do away with its plasticky feel, then know that you will find the 16-megpaixel Micro Four Thirds imaging sensor to do a good job in capturing various images.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review - Premium Camera Wrapped in a Not-So-Premium Body

Functionality is the Name of the Game for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Aside from its 16-megapixel image sensor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 also has a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), a vari-angle rear LCD, a lot of on-top body controls, and has built-in Wi-Fi to easily share your photos to your favorite social media platforms.

In terms of design, the Lumix DMC-G7 picks up most of its looks from SLRs. It has a slim body with sharp angles. However, the handgrip is quite deep than normal standards. Also, the EVF occupies the same space as the optical viewfinder found in an SLR unit.

The camera measures in at 3.4 x 4.9 x 3-inches and weight 14.6-ounces without the lens. It is a bit heavier and larger than its direct competitors such as the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II. While the E-M10 is smaller and lighter, it feels more robust and solid in the hand which is largely thanks to its aluminum exterior. On the other hand, the G7 has a plastic shell that does not feel fragile. However, it doesn’t cater to that premium finish that others may be expecting.

There are a ton of controls found on the G7’s body. This can become a daunting task for more casual shooters who want to let their cameras do plenty of the work for them. On the plus side, shutterbugs who want to take more control for their shots may fancy this camera.

The G7 is able to start, focus, and shoot in a mere 0.8-seconds, which is a decent enough result for a mirorless camera. In this aspect, it is better than the Sony Alpha 6000 which has a 1.9-second start. The G7 is fairly quick to focus. What’s more is that this mirrorless camera can shoot 4K videos. Furthermore, its 16-megapixel sensor is able to produce images that are rife with detail.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is one of the better mirrorless cameras out there that you can purchase. Although it does lack the build quality of other mirrorless cameras of its price class, the image quality it produces is just one step behind APS-C models when shooting at high ISOs. Perhaps the largest selling point for this camera is its ability to deliver ultra-high definition resolution videos.


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