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Features

Keeping with the 'let's give it everything' theme, Panasonic has put virtually every feature imaginable on the GX7. Some of these features are old friends, such as Intelligent Auto mode, Intelligent Dynamic, and Intelligent Resolution. There are several new features of interest, such as tone curve adjustment, a 'silent mode', and a 'clear retouch' option which lets you delete unwanted subjects from a photo. Below we'll look at the most interesting features on the DMC-GX7.

Sensor-shift IS

The Lumix GX7 is Panasonic's first mirrorless camera to feature sensor-shift image stabilization. Previously, Panasonic built optical stabilization into most of their lenses (save for its prime and 7-14mm models), so this wasn't necessary. But by building image stabilization into the body, the GX7 also brings shake reduction to Olympus' Micro Four Thirds lenses (which don't have it, since Olympus' cameras have in-body IS as well).

We tried a pair of Olympus Micro Four Thirds lenses that don't have image stabilization (the 12mm and 17mm primes) and the in-body IS system worked as advertised (again, it only operates as the photo is taken). Many other lens mounts can be used with the GX7 and yes, that means that they'll have image stabilization for still shooting as well. Attaching an old Konica lens via an adapter worked fine, with the only change being that you must tell the camera what the focal length is.

The GX7 is the first Panasonic G-series camera to feature sensor-shift image stabilization.

The 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor is also a new design.

The downside? There's no shake reduction while you're composing a photo, so things can get wobbly when you're using a telephoto lens. In addition, the in-body IS system does not work in movie mode.

Tone curve adjustment

Another new feature on the GX7 is tone curve adjustment, which you'll also find on several Olympus mirrorless cameras, including the E-P5 and E-M1. There are four presets (standard, higher contrast, lower contrast, brighten shadows) plus three custom slots, all of which can be customized.

The tone curve adjustment lets you use the front and top dials to tweak contrast to your liking.

Any changes will be saved to one of the three custom slots.

The shadows and highlights can be adjusted from -5 to +5 in one-stop increments in either direction. The results are previewed in real-time on the LCD and EVF.

Shadows -5 Neutral tone curve Highlights +5

Silent Mode

A feature that makes the DMC-GX7 a great 'stealth camera' is its silent mode. When activated, the camera switches from the mechanical shutter to the electronic one, disables all the blips and bleeps, and shuts off the AF-assist lamp.

The results are impressive. The camera is truly silent, to the point where a person standing right next to you cannot tell when a photo was taken. An additional benefit is that can you shoot considerably faster in burst mode: 10 fps at full resolution and 40 fps at 4 megapixel.

Banding can be an issue when using the GX7's electronic shutter in artificial lighting conditions. This particular photo was taken under fluorescent light.

ISO 2500, 1/200 sec, f/5.4

So what's the catch? The flash is unavailable, and the ISO range narrows to 200 - 3200. In addition, the slowest shutter speed you can use is 1 second. And, because the camera is using its electronic shutter, there's a risk of the rolling shutter effect (as the sensor effectively scans the scene, top to bottom), distorting moving subjects. There's also a risk of artificial light leaving banding across images as the scanning of the sensor captures the flickering of the lights.

Focus peaking

While the old DMC-GX1 (and video-focused GH3) lacked focus peaking, it's out in full force on the GX7. Focus peaking is for use in manual focus mode. When your subject is in-focus, it will be outlined by a color that 'glimmers'. You can use this tool to make very precise adjustments to the focus distance.

While difficult to see here, there are yellow lines showing what areas of the subject are in-focus.

There are two levels of sensitivity to choose from, aptly named low and high. You can also select the color of the outline: blue, yellow, or green. In low light, focus peaking can be difficult to see, as noise is often highlighted, rather than high-contrast regions. In good light, it works very well.

HDR

Another feature that the GX1 was missing is HDR, or high dynamic range. HDR combines a series of photos (usually three), each shot at a different exposure, into a single image with a wider range of tonal information. The idea is that it allows the capture and inclusion of more highlight information and shadow detail than a single exposure.

The first thing to know about HDR on the GX7 is that it's for JPEGs only. You must turn off Raw or Raw+JPEG to even access the HDR menu item. Once you're there, you can fire away.

There are four 'levels' of HDR to choose from: Auto, 1EV, 2EV, or 3EV. The larger the interval, the more pronounced the effect. You can also choose whether or not the camera tries to align the three images.

HDR off
ISO 200, 1/320 sec, f/6.3
HDR auto
ISO 200, 1/250 sec, f/5.6

The comparison above was taken with HDR set to 'Auto'. As you can see, the shadows get brightened quite a bit, while the correct highlight tone returns to areas that were clipped in the original. You will notice that the HDR version is a bit 'cropped' compared to the original (to give the camera flexibility to match slightly misaligned images) but that's a small price to pay for the improvement in contrast.

The last time we looked at the HDR feature on a Panasonic mirrorless camera was when we reviewed the DMC-GH3, and we found it did poorly if the was any movement within the scene. The GX7 does a lot better, with only a minor error occurring around the head of the security guard, towards the lower left of the shot. The HDR photo does seem to be softer than the original, as well.

The GX7 shoots fast enough that you won't need a tripod - at least in good light.

Another feature you can use to improve image contrast is i.Dynamic, which we'll cover on the Dynamic Range page.

Panorama

The Lumix DMC-GX7 has a 'Panorama Shot' feature, which has slowly been appearing on mirrorless cameras over the last year. The exception is on the Sony NEX cameras, which have had this 'sweep panorama' feature since the beginning, which isn't surprising, considering Sony was looking for ways to promote the speed advantages of the CMOS sensors it makes.

Taking panoramas is simple. Select the Panorama option from the Scene mode (which has a whopping twenty-four options, by the way) and pan the camera from left to right (or the direction of your choosing).

As you can see above, the results can be impressive. There are just a few stitching problems, as well as some muddy details on the 'tower' at the center of the photo.

One of very few stitching problems Another stitching problem, plus some muddy detail on the bricks, which may have nothing to do with this being a panorama.

If you're shooting a panorama with a large amount of contrast, the camera will not dynamically adjust the metering across the scene.

If you want to add some 'style' to your panoramic images, the GX7 offers 18 'Creative Controls' (also available for stills) which lets you quickly adjust the color or apply special effects.

Stop Motion / Time Lapse

If you're a fan of Wallace & Gromit or The Nightmare Before Christmas, then you'll know what stop motion animation is. By taking a photo, slightly moving your subject, and taking another picture (repeatedly), you can obtain a choppy but effective animated movie.

On the GX7 you can take as many pictures as you'd like, and the camera will put them together into a video for you. The original stills are saved, as well. The camera can 'auto shoot' at set intervals (you'd better be quick) or you can take them at your own pace. The GX7 displays an overlay of the previous shot, so you can see exactly what's moved.

When you've finished taking pictures, you can save the results as an MP4 video. You can choose resolutions of up to 1080/60p, with frame rates ranging from 3 - 30 fps. Obviously, the quality of the animation depends on your skill, but here's a quick example from us:

Stop Motion, 18 shots, 1920 x 1080, 6 fps, MP4 format

Another, more common feature on the GX7 is time-lapse. Simply choose the start time, interval, and number of photos to be taken, and the camera does the rest. Just remember your tripod (and AC adapter if you're being ambitious).

Clear Retouch

Samsung has been toting the 'Photo Eraser' feature on their smartphones, and you can do the same thing on your GX7 using its 'Clear Retouch' option. The idea is that it lets you 'remove' unwanted subjects from a photo. The camera doesn't give very clear instructions on how to use this feature - the word 'trace' implies outlining, at least to us - but carefully running your finger over the item you want to remove will turn it red. Once that's done, the camera will grind away for a few seconds and then display the result.

If you're feeling a bit skeptical about this feature actually working, you should be. In our tests, results were pretty awkward. See for yourself:

Let's say that you want to remove that unsightly yellow pole from the photo.
ISO 200, 1/125 sec, f/5.6
Downsized crop, original photo Downsized crop, Clear Retouch photo

After toying around this feature, we think you're better off using the clone tool in Photoshop or pretty much any basic image editing software, instead.

Wi-Fi

The Lumix DMC-GX7 offers a fairly elaborate Wi-Fi feature, which includes remote camera control from your smartphone. In order to take advantage of smartphone connectivity, you'll first need to download the Panasonic Image App for iOS or Android.

The most difficult part of the process is pairing your mobile device with the GX7, which can be accomplished in several ways. If your smartphone supports NFC (near-field communication), you can 'tap' the two devices together at a designated spot. Previous experience with Panasonic's NFC implementation has been frustrating, and while it's better on the GX7, we still saw quite a few connection failures. If you don't want to deal with NFC - or don't have a device that supports it - you can type the network details into your smart device.

Once connected, you can remotely control the GX7, with a good selection of shooting options. You can touch the screen to focus or meter, or turn on touch shutter which will take a photo instantly. Settings such as white balance, ISO, focus mode, and even the aperture and/or shutter speed can be adjusted (which is an unusually high level of control, for such cameras). If you're using a power zoom lens, that too can be controlled from the app. One thing you cannot do is switch shooting modes, which requires a trip to the 'real' mode dial.

Above you can see the various settings you can adjust when controlling the camera with your smartphone. The quick menu offers less commonly used settings.

You can also transmit photos directly from the camera to another device as they are taken. In addition to a smartphone, photos can be sent to a PC, 'web service' (such as Facebook, YouTube, Flickr), Panasonic's cloud service, or compatible televisions. In order to share photos to social networking sites or cloud storage, you must sign up for Panasonic's LUMIX Club (since all images are uploaded there first), which is an exercise in frustration.

Browsing photos on the GX7's memory card using the Panasonic Image App.

If you don't want instant photo transfer, there are a couple of ways to get them from the camera to your smartphone after the fact. One way is to connect the two devices as if you're shooting, and then browse what's on the camera's memory card (shown above). Alternatively, you can browse through individual photos on the camera and the connect to your device to transfer the images. If you're using NFC, you can also 'tap' to transfer images.

Overall, the GX7's Wi-Fi feature sounds good on the surface, but the user experience and reliability could be a lot better.

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cruz031

What's worth having a gold award camera if your imagination is ony worth a bronze? ;)

1 upvote
SirSeth

Or if the opinion of a reviewer is going to sour your milk because he dosn't validate your bias.

0 upvotes
JudgeDread

These silver/gold awards certainly are the most absurd ratings a technical review could ever use. This camera paired with a 20/F1.7 is really an excellent (maybe the best) sub FF mirrorless combo, really small, excellent rendition of human skin at high iso.

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5 upvotes
petr marek

Agree, it is best M43 camera to date...

0 upvotes
Pixnat2

Why you people bother with Gold or Silver awards? This is very subjective.
The most important is reading the review and make your own mind.

2 upvotes
John Driggers

Oh yeah...the flash doesn't work in silent mode as a criticism???? Why, pray tell, would you want the flash to fire when you are being "stealthy?"

In fact, if the flash would fire, THAT would be a valid criticism.

There are just too many really dumb observations in this review.

40 upvotes
intruder61

exactly.

2 upvotes
Jeff Keller

I don't see how pointing out a trade-off of the e-shutter feature is a 'criticism'. It's not listed as a 'con' and rest assured that we're not knocking points off of the score because you can't use the flash in silent mode.

6 upvotes
MikeInRomsey

In fairness the review states that the flash wont work when the electronic shutter is selected. The electronic shutter can be used outside of the 'silent' mode.

2 upvotes
Raist3d

Because it's not a trade-off. It's part of the concept of silent mode as a feature.

A trade-off happens when you are losing something, compromising- whereas losing the flash in this context is not a disadvantage, but a complete advantage, as designed.

There is probably some photographer in a parallel universe that would have required the flash to fire in silent mode but that's probably one in several billion humans :-)

2 upvotes
babalu

Or, that the flash would be fired, but without light, as deems in silent mode.. :)
Really, the review tends to belittle the camera .

2 upvotes
M Irwin

If a flash goes off in silent mode in the woods, would anybody see it?

4 upvotes
Digital Suicide

Exactly. The same thing with cameras having "clickless" ring. Why on earth would you want to manual focus with ring that has steps...?

0 upvotes
Jorginho

I did notread the whole review, but I did read the part of the negative points. However: I cannot understand that this cam just gerts one point more than the Oly EP5. EP5 does not have an EVF (so no rainboweffects there..), EP5 has far worse video. EP5 has a shuttershock problem. And if EP5 menu is anything close to my EPL5 menu, it is clearly worse than even my GH2 menu. By far (can work with it though).

A remark like ËVF adds bulk to the camera...come on! That applies to any camera with any VF!

30 upvotes
alendrake

Now I get it - as long as Olympus didin't release a rangefinder styled calera, DPreview considers GX7 as a competitor for E-P5. And not to hurt the sales of Olympus, they had to give similar marks.

3 upvotes
John Driggers

Panasonic makes great cameras that are the be all, end all for video. Then they make a stills oriented camera (the GX7) and everybody moans about it not having every video capability (mic inputs, etc). If you want a video oriented camera go buy the one that's video oriented--that's not what this camera is supposed to be.The new Nikon doesn't even do video so it should get a score of 50-bet that doesn't happen. This effort to list as a disadvantage an aspect of a camera that's not part of it's design brief happens too often.

You don't know why a tiltable EVF is useful, as the LCD tilts? Guys, how useful is a tilting LCD when you are doing a low level shot in bright light and can't see the LCD? I bought this camera via preorder because it had both a tilting LCD and EVF. I was tired of using my tilting EVF from my PENs on my OMD-EM5 when the tilting LCD washed out in bright light. If you don't why having both viewfinders tilt is useful, don't embarrass yourself by telling us.

13 upvotes
yabokkie

very like GX1, marketed as a high end with compromised features.
don't know if it has same capacity for deep price plunge as GX1.

0 upvotes
panos_m

If you want to be successful in bashing a camera you have to say something that is believable, something near the reality but a little uncertain or something that can be difficult to prove. Saying that GX7 has compromised features won't work. Try harder.

15 upvotes
yabokkie

should stand in user's shoes and look for them again.
then you will see more and understand more.

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Raist3d

So yabokkie- what exactly are the compromised features of this camera?

3 upvotes
Impulses

Well, it does have a worse EVF than the G6, and IBIS could be more advanced... But I guess that's what the next GX model's for! Just hope Panasonic keeps the line alive.

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Raist3d

How does the EVF is worse than G6? (not a rhetorical question).

0 upvotes
Impulses

G6's OLED EVF suffers much less from the rainbow effect visible to some on field scanning EVF, and it's better sized for stills (vs video).

1 upvote
Raist3d

Thanks. I would have expected them about the same on that. Good to know.

0 upvotes
Aleo Veuliah

Should had a Gold Award, from what I have seen on other camera reviews.

But things are not linear in this reviews world.

17 upvotes
cornellra

Noted that the daylight and lowlight comparison pages are identical. Can that be fixed?

0 upvotes
Jeff Keller

Fixed, thanks for the catch.

0 upvotes
Najinsky

Remember Guys, the scores and awards are just DPR's own take on how it all comes together.

The real gem in these reviews is the effort DPR put into making it, and time spent documenting it in all those pages before the conclusions.

I remember the Ricoh GXR review, where it got a shockingly low score (bad DPR)

I had the GXR/A33 APS-C and it was fantastic. Great IQ, a belter of a lens, superb ergonomics with the twin control dial and grip. It was a great camera hidden inside an unusual and for some, flawed, concept.

The conclusions and scores were as much a reflection of DPR's take on the concept and what they chose to treat as its peers. But behind the scores it was all still there, in the detail of the review. Great IQ, great ergonomics and so on.

And so it is with this GX7 (which has hardly been given a bad score).

There's plenty in the review to help you reach your own conclusions. So just be happy all this work has been done for you, look at the detail and take what you need.

15 upvotes
Joel Halbert

First, I want to thank DPR and Jeff Keller for posting this review, despite the fact that "my camera" didn't quite get a Gold.

We all weigh pros and cons differently. For example, no Panasonic before (or Nikon or Canon or Fuji) has missed a Gold because it _has_ IBIS (in addition to most of its lenses having OIS) - but just not in preview or video mode(?!)

I do see most of the listed cons as minor - the pros may have been slightly under-appreciated.

Now specifically regarding the tilting EVF - it's a bit frustrating to read reviewers who can't fathom this feature. I find it to be a great help. Here is a thread where several of us addressed the topic:

Whys and Wherefores of a Tilting Viewfinder
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52233239

Also, I find the EVF to be very relaxing to use at the height of a sunny day here in AZ, clearly more so than using the screen. I have family in Seattle though; from my travels I understand that the screen may typically be more usable there.

3 upvotes
RichRMA

The minutiae of the GX7 is debatable but for people really interested in image quality, compare the only Pentax there, the K500 with anything in APS and smaller sensors and it's just far above them in all in RAW at ISO's of 400 and up. It's probably the one non-FF that you can set on Auto ISO and not worry about it.

2 upvotes
white shadow

I was looking anxiously for an upgrade to my GF1 but I think I may have to wait or get the E-P5.

I am not so concern about having an EVF but having one may be useful at times if it is good. In this case, the EVF is only "so-so" and worse, even suffer from "rainbow effect". Besides, the protruding eyecup gets in the way when one is trying to put it away in a pouch.

Panasonic's first attempt to include IBIS is not too good so the additional feature is a waste of time.

Although I shoot in Aperture Priority mode most of the time but I do shoot in P or Auto mode sometimes. Its tendancy to choose unnecessary smaller aperture while at these modes is disappointing.

Overall, its not too bad but would not convince me to rush in to buy one. Meanwhile, I will carry on using my faithful GF1 for Micro 4/3. The Oly EM-1 is tempting but maybe just a bit big for the format.

I may consider an E-P5 once I find out more about the "shutter shock" problem.

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0 upvotes
ageha

The IBIS in this one is actually pretty good, not a waste at all.

4 upvotes
cheddargav

No disrespect, but it's kind of sad that you would read this review and decide that the camera is not for you. It's really very very good. And the negatives they throw at it (as others have said, the comment regarding the added bulk of the EVF is just bizarre?)

1 upvote
G Davidson

I think you should try it out in a store and see if the viewfinder is as bad (for you) as you fear. I personally prefer the E-P5/EM1 one a lot more, but you pay a price in size.

0 upvotes
Dennis

I tried both the Oly EM1 and the GX7 at Photoplus in October - the first time I'd seen either. The EM1 had a confusing array of buttons, like the EM5, but was more refined and the EVF was really nice. The GX7 was unimpressive and the EVF was very mediocre. It did not feel like a $1000 camera. Autofocus was sluggish and uncertain compared to the snappy EM1. I also tried the GM1 and thought it was too tiny with really fiddly controls. To my mind, Oly *is* micro 4/3 these days, at least for stills, with Panasonic appealing to video-oriented shooters.

2 upvotes
HelloToe

Now if only Olympus didn't charge an extra $300 to put an EVF on an E-P5. (And if you want a viewfinder that doesn't stick out from the body, forget Olympus entirely.)

1 upvote
blohum

Oly are currently running an offer for a free VF4 with an EP5 in the UK at the moment...

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HelloToe

Fat lot of good that does the rest of the world. I remember hearing about Oly UK running a free prime lens deal a while back, too.

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jerrysdean43

I totally agree it does not feel like a $1000.00 camera, I returned it after 1 day, I thought the efv was terrible, and the tilting feature added bulk to the camera. To be fair though this was my first and last experience with an evf, I just don't like them, if this is one of the best, they have a long way to go IMHO. I am looking at a 5ti, I miss an optical viewfinder. IMHO mirrorless is overpriced & only has a size & weight advantage.

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HelloToe

Gosh, that must mean that a lot of us really like having a smaller & lighter camera!

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jerrysdean43

I like a smaller and lighter camera also but I want the viewfinder to actually work and for $1000.00 I expect more quality. If I need to carry a larger bigger camera to use a working viewfinder and can track moving subjects that is the price one has to pay. Smaller and lighter and struggle with an evf or larger and heavier and able to use the optical viewfinder. Of course I am almost 70 years old and have been in photography for many years and have a lot of experience with optical viewfinders, a lot of photographers today probably have only used an lcd or evf to compose with. It comes down to a price/value ratio and for me the value does not outweigh the price.

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Dennis

Nothing wrong with liking the camera - it has its own unique set of features that no other camera has. But some people are griping because it didn't get "Gold" and I can fully understand it not getting gold; it doesn't feel as well put together as other cameras. There's nothing wrong with that ... two out of my three cameras have "Silver" ratings from dpreview. And one of them barely deserves that !

Generally, I agree with jerrysdean's comment that mirrorless is overpriced. It might sell better if it didn't cost more to go small. The Panny G series is probably the best deal going. Sony tried with the A3000 but the result is - apparently (I could kick myself for not finding one to try while at the expo) pretty lousy (EVF & LCD).

0 upvotes
srados

I do not own this camera and I agree there is review bias to some other brands.Sometimes DP is leaning to Fuji NIKON,Olympus cameras.I judge cameras by their picture quality and I do pixel peep.To my eye these sample images are comparable and better than Fuji...Fuji seem to me to be a hassle to operate with all mechanical failures (like stuck shutter leafs on some models unreliable WB and focusing). And this is all based from reviews and B&H and Amazon reviews as well...As I said I am not a troll, but I am trying to understand the sentiment of the testers and their preference towards cameras.All above brands,do pump up yellows and reds and maybe share similar sensors.

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harold1968

Fuji is one of the benchmarks for APS-c
Look harder

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Olymore

All the latest cameras with a large sensor are pretty good for IQ nowadays. In my opinion, unless you have specific needs (e.g. very low light) the important bits are things like the viewfinder, ease of use, functionality etc.
Coming from the film days I think Fuji have the best interface for basic functions (caveat, I don't own one) and I believe they have sorted a lot of the quirky behaviour in their earlier models with FW updates.

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lazy lightning

Good point Olymore. Just think how popular a Olympus camera would be with a large sensor!

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Olymore

Yes, it's only been the last five years that anybody has been able to take a decent quality picture. And then only with a FF camera. All those Nikon D70 and D90 and Canon APSC cameras were obviously useless as their sensors were the same or worse than current m43 cameras.

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Kurt_K

Do we even need silly awards and percentage scoring? I'd be happy with just the pros and cons list and the IQ test results. Pretty easy to make up my own mind from there. Oh, but I guess I'm forgetting that most of the folks here don't want to make up their own mind; they want the camera aficionados to make it up for them.

10 upvotes
Simon Joinson

you are free to just ignore the scores

25 upvotes
Digital Suicide

Pros and Cons list is personal (DPR's) point of view as well. You might find them different.

0 upvotes
panteraaa

I always ignore the score.

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babalu

Yes, I might ignore the scores from now on.

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LWW

I get my jollys just reading the comments - this font of knowledge is much more insightful than a any 'ole Dpreview review :-)

2 upvotes
Raist3d

I am it sure why this camera didn't get the gold. You get a built in evf at the usd $1k bracket, ability to focus in dark (-4 ev according to panasonic) and panasonic traditionally has the IS in their main lenses. Is ibis in light of this really that crucial? Is Ibis that crucial anyway?

Then it has the quite unique silent mode which as mentioned is great for street life- or even if you are shooting in a classic music concert or theater play. I don't get it.

Lack of in camera raw converter? (For the record, I love that feature myself but how many people really use it and is it really such a key feature to get out the gold?)

Don't understand.

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BJN

And Panasonic does the touch interface very well.

8 upvotes
alendrake

Totally agreed. This camera is a leap forward from all previous G GF and GX models, with everything on right place and finally an EVF in small body. And the reason for not giving Gold are a bit ... well, lousy.

12 upvotes
alendrake

By the way, probably DP reviewer didn't know that Panasonic sells DMW-EC1 rubber eyepiece which "cuts extra light between the view finder and the eye and provides an excellent fit for both the naked eye and glasses".

http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/systemcamera/gms/gx7/optional_accessories.html#eyecup

It costs 15$ , adds more bulk to the camera, probably easy to lose, but anyway NEX-6/7 they both seem to have same issues and same rubber cup solution, however it was not mentioned as a negative point in their reviews.

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8 upvotes
Raist3d

alendrake- to be fair, the reviewer did mention the cup in the review.

4 upvotes
Treeshade

They do:
"...This makes the optional DMW-EC1 eyecup a must-buy, in our opinion."

About the award, it seems that DPR really don't like faults. Mediocre features get gold. Superb features with minor fault get silver.

6 upvotes
Impulses

What is in-camera-RAW conversion most used for? I'm curious what situation in comes in handy where shooting RAW+JPEG isn't a viable alternative... Genuine question btw since I've never had a camera with said feature. If I was gonna ding the GX7 for *not* having something it'd be weather sealing... Makes the choice between it and the EM5 just a little harder.

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Raist3d

For me in-camera raw conversion is good for a few reasons. One, I don't want to shoot JPEG+RAW all the time- takes more memory on the card, takes more time for the camera to flush the shot (this depends on camera model in a way that it impacts me or not).
Two, very often I want to experiment with the RAW file in several ways with different settings and see how flexible it is for post processing in the camera. Or I may want to get a JPEG ready to send someone.

If the camera has filters and effects (say, the Pentax Q, K-5), I like to experiment with some of them to get an idea of some of the overall treatment of the shot, what would work better, less better.

It all depends. Finally I like the idea of a camera system that does not really ultimately in a computer in case you are not carrying one around.

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alendrake

Raist3d, Treeshade - you're right, hence disregard the bulk of my second comment. However I still wonder, what makes the viewfinders of NEX-6/7 in terms of protecting from sunlight without eyecup.

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alendrake

I can't stop coming back to this slightly unfair conclusions in review: "...It's marred by a so-so viewfinder, lack of in-camera Raw conversion, and a disappointing in-body IS system".
DPReview team was equally disappointend in GH3 viewfinder. Moreover, what is better - to have a nicely working IBIS in photography mode, which doesn't activate in video and in liveview (GX7), or not to have any IBIS at all (GH3, all Canon, all Nikon DSLRs, you continue)? So why these issues were not in GH3 conclusion?

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deleted-13120401

Happy to see this - was waiting for the DR curve above anything else. Looks like a worthy upgrade to my trusty GX1 with nearly 2 stops more DR, and an i.Dynamic feature that actually does something measurable. Like the GX1 a lot and will keep it as backup, but the DR was starting to get on my nerves vs every other camera on the market today. Thanks!

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Baron LaCat

"This brings diffraction into place, which can noticeably soften images"

When does diffraction begin to appear ??
I just checked my GX7 jpeg images taken in P mode, and most seem to be around F7.1 to F8. At what focal length should I go into A mode and drop it down ??
Baron

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Brigcam

Nothing beats seeing for yourself, just go out on a nice day and take set of the same shot with different apertures.

Personally I felt that F8 was the sweet spot for 4/3s, the point of maximum lens sharpness before diffraction kicked in. That said diffraction up to around F16 isn't that big of a deal.

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wansai

for m4/3 optimal is F4/F5 and you should not see any problems at F8. Once past that, you'll start noticing softness pretty easily.

A good rule is to stick below F8 for the format, preferably around F5; which already brings pretty much everything into focus any way.

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white shadow

For landscape, I shoot mostly at f/5.6. F/8.0 maybe stretching it a bit. For portraits, I would usually use the wide open aperture at f1.8 or f2.0 using the 20mm f/1.7 or 45mm f/1.8 lenses.

It all depends on the lens. Most Micro 4/3 lenses are optimised to be used at the wider apertures. The 75mm f1.8 is excellent when shot at f/1.8.

Even the older (but the best) 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 perform its best at the wide apertures below f/5.6.

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Hentaiboy

Still don't understand the awards. 79% & Silver when the Fuji X-M1 received 77% & Gold? And the Fuji had slow autofocus and mushy greens?

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marike6

Don't know if I agree with the GX7 scoring, but the X-M1 AF really is not slow, and it has superb IQ (Search Fujifilm X-M1 on Flickr).

No VF, but a great little camera.

X-M1 AF Test
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTXCJ9TmUIg

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Jimmy jang Boo

Fuji X-M1 got silver.

Truth be told, the DPR gold, silver and bronze designations are definitively meaningless. There's no podium, no metal, no reason nor rhyme. Someone, much like a magician, reaches inside a hat and pulls out a make belief award.

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AbrasiveReducer

I think the gold/silver thing distracts people from the individual scoring which really tells you something. For example, the Nikon Df will receive a gold award (with some reservations) so there's no point in sitting on the edge of your chair. What will be helpful is how the individual features are scored, and it's the same with this Panasonic.

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tsammyc

There is an error in the review. The built in flash can be used as a wireless master flash. I've successfully used it with the Metz MS-15. In the menu, there is a setting for "wireless flash"

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Danut Tiparu

I think that GX7 score is unfair. Same thing has happend with GH3, too.

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marike6

> Fuji X-M1 got silver.

No, the X-M1 received a Gold Award (copy-paste link below):

http://www.dpreview.com/search/?query=Fujifilm%20X-M1&product=fujifilm_xm1

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