Benarm: I wonder if it will get a Silver or Gold award on DPR. Its Canon after all!
The fact they chose not to review the original was just as telling.
plasnu: A professional and unbiased review. I'm sick of Steve H or someone's unprofessional impressions on their commercial BLOG.
Huff's only objective is to stoke the flames of Gear Acquisition Syndrome to the point where you rabidly click on the affiliate purchase links on his website. It's literally how he makes a living.
okfuture: I'm a little confused about the review in terms of performance.
"The Lumix DMC-GX7 certainly does not disappoint in the performance department. ... Focusing is nearly instantaneous ... met or exceeded Panasonic's speed estimates."
There wasn't a single negative in the narrative description. Not even a lukewarm statment. Either the score is poorly aligned or the narrative is incomplete.
I'm truly curious -- what am I missing?
The x-m1 received a higher score with this narrative on performance: "It's not quite as snappy as, say, the Panasonic Lumix GF6 .. makes subject tracking difficult ... the battery seemed to die quicker than one would expect ..."
"I'm truly curious -- what am I missing?"
You're not missing anything.
Unfortunately you're applying logic, reasoned thinking and common sense to the situation. Which means you're not DPR's target audience.
babalu: Hey, can this be true ??The one point which probably has led to this camera not getting the highest award, is : No In Camera RAW conversion. Well, that feature IS available with the GX7. See user manual page 140 .Quality modes available include RAW+JPEG, whereby JPG can even be set to high or low quality . Am I blind or completely off the topic, or what ?
"The point is that it's a handy feature that most of the GX7's rivals offer and the Panasonic doesn't."
Similar to how the electronic shutter is a handy feature that none of the GX7's rivals offer. Or the incredible flexibility of the wifi control that leaves its competitors floundering.
Compare the glowing verbosity of the E-P5's Pro's against the colourless description of the GX7's Pros, particularly those aspects where the GX7 is clearly superior. Similarly, compare the gievious failings of the E-P5 (shuttershock) against the innocuous shortcomings of the GX7 (in-camera RAW conversion), and it quickly becomes apparent we're reviewing by brand name here.
Comparing the Pro's and Con's of the GX7 and its direct competitor the E-P5 are enlightening.
E-P5 Pro:"Superb, high-res optional electronic viewfinder"
Yes, it costs $300 extra. You can get one for free with the GX7, but we're going to lob that in as a Con because we feel you need a $15 eyecup to use it effectively.
Leaves you dumbfounded after reading reviews that downplay poor ergonomics because you can purchase a $50 aftermarket add-on by Richard Franiec.
So compared to the E-P5 the following is worth 1 point I take it? Congratulations DPR, you've outdone yourself once again.
* E-P5 is more expensive;* E-P5 has no EVF, requiring a $300 add-on;* E-P5 has a major fault: shuttershock;* E-P5 applies focus peaking as an art filter, which reduces the display frame rate, stops the use of other art filters, and is unusable in video (where it's essential);* E-P5's video quality is a mess with no 24/25/50/60p (no PAL frame rates);* E-P5 has no electronic shutter;* E-P5 wifi is only usable in iAuto mode (and unlike the GX7, no control of: WB, ISO, aperture/ss, exposure comp, focus mode, burst mode, bracketing, photo style, image quality, metering, flash mode, video quality and record options, stop animation, etc etc);* E-P5's time lapse is limited to 999 exposures and doesn't put the camera to sleep between shots;* E-P5 has no sweep panorama
I find it rather incongruous that a system of cameras with a much smaller sensor (m43) all but matches the 70D for image quality, yet DPR still gives IQ an extraordinarily high rating. Go figure.
As a traveler/backpacker/ hiker, I just want the smallest body I can whack a 20mm f/1.7 and 45mm f/1.8 on. So this is all win for me.
Piggy the bad: I think for the vast majority of people the dmc LF1 is a much better buy. 28-200 equiv zoom, built in v/f which is actually very good and I really doubt if anyone can tell difference in iq due to sensor size.
Whack the 20mm f/1.7 on the end of the GM1 and watch it fly.
tjbates: Anyone know the specifics of silent mode (beyond what's already been written above) Specifically, I'd lke to know if the silent mode produces higher resolutioin images than the silent mode on my GH2. The GH2 can shoot 4MP in 4:3 ratio but only in the SH burst mode - 2-40 shots per burst. It is truely silent.
The electronic shutter shoots full resolution RAW images. The only limitation when compared to the mechanical shutter is that it can't be used above ISO3200 and for exposures of longer than 1 second.
SirSeth: To me the price of the E-M1 and new lens seems very fair. It's the most "Pro" oriented mirrorless to date and has a multitude of improvements over the much loved E-M5. Little things like sealing, deep buffer (51 RAW), 10 fps, best continuous AF yet from a mirrorless, heavily customized layout, direct button control without looking... all features usually reserved for the higher end bodies. Should be very popular.
"Should be very popular."
Perhaps amongst those who already own a raft of FT lenses. It's hard to see many others being prepared to outlay a $500 premium for the ability to AF with FT glass if they don't own the requisite glass.
citizenlouie: Good new test method! I like it. I see no surprise with the test result though. RX100 II's IQ is the worst, the other three cameras shows similar results, with NEX 6 slightly better at base ISO. Olympus shows best color (no surprise), but the big surprise here is Panasonic's JPEG engine has improved to be fairly acceptable now. Great achievement.
I can't agree. The RX100 is clearly the inferior of the four, however the GX7 pulls well ahead of the E-P5 at higher ISO for detail, color rendition and noise performance. Took a close look at those spools of cotton for example, it's not even close. The big surprise here is how far the GX7 is pushing the Nex 6.
Absolutic: these honestly look very poor. Looks like noise reduction is eating the details like there is no tomorrow on these, I assume all Jpegs. I will reserve my judgement til I see Raw files, but Panasonic once again proves that its jpeg engine truly sucks. Just check out Olympus OMD or Fuji XE1 jpegs for a change
I have to agree with M Hamilton, Absolutic. I'm guessing you didn't read the exif data before making that comment? I wont take my OMD above ISO3200, but the ISO 6400 and even ISO12800 samples here are very impressive. I'd be happy using them.
xlynx9: I had high hopes, but I wasn't expecting them to look this good.
Images are very encouraging. GX7 looks a winner.
Geodesiq: IF ONLY they'd used the same fullly articulating LCD from the G series this would be a no brainer. Why regress to a mediocre, crippled, semi-articulating screen when they've demonstrated the best touch LCD in the business??? They also left off the touch-to-shoot feature which is fantastic for street shooting. From what I can tell my "lowly" G3 is more capable at 1/3 the cost.
The touch shutter is still there. At least according to the official release:
"and its touch-control features offer intuitive navigation through the camera's features and controls, including touch focus and touch shutter release."
Tend to agree with you regarding the articulating screen though.
Vitruvius: No IBIS for video ??? If it works for 2 second exposures (as reviewers have claimed) then what is the problem with video? Hope this is a firmware update.
Legacy glass + IBIS during video + Focus Peaking during video = AWESOMENESS!
There have been 5 years and multiple generations of PEN cameras, and Olympus are still to produce one capable of utilising 2-axis IBIS in video with any degree of success. It would certainly be nice to have, but probably a little unrealistic to expect Panasonic to implement it with their first foray into IBIS territory with a G-series camera.
You never know though, perhaps they'll add it after release via firmware, similar to what occurred with the E-M5.
Zvonimir Tosic: If this lovely thing came with "Canon" engraved on top, I presume it would be fully reviewed in, say ... 3 weeks? With deep apologies for not coming sooner.
You could bet your bottom dollar that if the EOSM was a decent camera it would've got a review. The fact that it didn't speaks volumes on a number of levels. None of them favorable for any of the parties involved.
Mary Lee: I have the GX1 and love it but will probably upgrade to the GX7. One thing I really liked about the GX1 was the fact that the flash locked back for bounce flash. I have not seen any pics of the GX7 with the flash up. Does anyone know ig it will tilt back like the GX1?
Yes I've seen a video or two where they display the flash being bounced, similar to that of the GX1.
white shadow: When the Lumix GF1 came out about 5 years ago I was excited and without much hesitation bought one. It was well designed and easy to use. I am using it until today on days I do not want to carry my Canon 5D Mk II.
Unfortunately, I am not getting that excited with the GX7 despite its "improvements". Panasonic is trying to please too many people, thus making them more consumer oriented. I would prefer they just improve on the photography related aspect.
The GX7 is trying to be a bit of everything.
The front looks a bit like the Fuji XE1.
The back looks like the Sony Nex. The tiltable EVF looks flimsy and may not last.
The new features are very similar to the EP5. Even the camera strap lug looks the same. The original lug is much simpler and better.
The built-in flash looks flimsy too. Look out. It may not last.
Overall, I think the Lumix G6 has a better design and may prove to handle better eventhough the body is made of plastic. Thus, it may be a better buy.
"I would prefer they just improve on the photography related aspect."
* Tilting EVF* New improved sensor* Improved low light AF (-4 EV)* In-cam adjustable curves* Focus Peaking* IBIS* Electronic Shutter
You seem to have gotten caught up on the existential changes, ie, the appearance. Delve a little deeper and you'll find a lot of substance waiting for the keen photographer.
rfsIII: I was ready to toss all my Nikon gear till I came to the part of no microphone port? Now I'm gonna cry.
You shoot video with Nikon?
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