Just had a play GX7 and G6

Started Sep 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Trevor Carpenter
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Just had a play GX7 and G6

Bearing in mind my current camera is a G5

First impressions of GX7,

The main control dial with shooting modes is very fiddly and has far too many options for my not so delicate hands. The on/off switch doesn’t help.

Disappointed by the EVF , I was expecting something fantastic from reading other reports but felt small to me. Maybe clear but not a big enough improvement to sell it to me.

Position of the EVF, I think I would get used to

Lots of buttons, good but so many it’s all very congested, I think I would struggle

The silly moveable strap lugs on the side are surprisingly annoying

Very solid feel to the camera

When I first tried the E-M5 I knew straight away it wasn’t for me and this was similar. I went back several times to check out the EM-5 but I think I already know that it’s not for me.

Big selling point to me is the IBIS which I didn’t try but I’d love the ability to use non IS lenses.

Also first time I’ve handled a G6, loved it straight away. I do like cameras that feel like cameras and this just fits me. My biggest complaint about the G5 is the ease with which I accidentally switch things on that I don’t want especially AWB. It looks like the joystick dial may not be so sensitive and a bit further in on the body which would be a big bonus to me.

The GX7 may be better overall but I’m a firm believer that I will. take my best shots with my most comfortable camera and I think the G6 is much more me.

I did notice that the 14-42 lens was different on each camera. The one on the G6 looked like my G5 one but on the GX7 it was a smaller shining version which is presumably the new model. IsS this right that lit kit lenses are different between the models.

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 Trevor Carpenter's gear list:Trevor Carpenter's gear list
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Panasonic G85 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / Power O.I.S Panasonic Leica 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
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