Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup (2013)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
16MP Live MOS sensor | Tilting electronic viewfinder | In-body image stabilization
What we like:
- Image quality
- Customizable controls
- Silent shooting mode
What we don't:
- Rainbow effect in EVF
- In-body IS limitations
- Poor Program line
The Lumix DMC-GX7 is Panasonic's flagship mirrorless camera, sitting above the DMC-G6, and roughly at the same level as the video-centric DMC-GH3. Panasonic has clearly aimed to throw as many features as possible into this stylish camera, and they've succeeded for the most part.
Image quality is one of the GX7's strong suits. Exposures are accurate, though highlights will clip at times (turn on i.Dynamic to reduce this). Colors are vibrant and detail good, thanks to well-implemented sharpening. The camera performs well at high ISOs, though there's more detail to be had by shooting Raw.
"Panasonic has clearly aimed to throw as many features as possible into this stylish camera, and they've succeeded for the most part"
The GX7 is well-built and easy to hold and intuitive to operate, especially considering that it offers a whopping nine customizable buttons. Beyond this, there's a truly silent mode, which uses the electronic shutter (though this does impose some limitations). It also has a tilting EVF, but its field-sequential display exhibits a rainbow-like 'tearing' effect that some people find distracting. The GX7 also offers in-body image stabilization. though it's hampered by the fact that it only activates when a photo is taken (so composing can be shaky with telephoto lenses), and is not available in movie mode.
There's a lot to like about the GX7. If you don't mind the tearing and 'rainbows' in the EVF, then it's a very competitive camera that's well worth a closer look.