Sorry to burst bubbles about GX7, but...

Started Aug 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
dougjgreen1 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,068
Re: Sorry to burst bubbles about GX7, but...

NZ Scott wrote:

sigala1 wrote:

Interesting to read this post a year after the fact.

1. Panasonic has never shown willingness to use the best “GH” sensor in what it considers to be lesser cameras. So the GX7 will most likely have the same sensor as the G6 which appears to be the same sensor as in the G5 which is not as good as the sensor being used in all current-model Olympus m43 cameras.

The GX7 sensor seems to be as good as all the other 16mp Micro Four Thirds sensors.

2. The Panasonic IBIS is completely untested. I wish them well because Oly needs some competition in that area. The IBIS on my E-PM1 was completely useless because it caused a lot more blur than it prevented. Since this is Panasonic’s first-ever attempt at IBIS, and Oly still doesn’t have the 2-axis IBIS working perfectly after so many years, I wouldn’t assume that the Panasonic IBIS is any good until thoroughly tested.

It does seem that the GX7's IBIS is not very good.

3. Given the ***ppy thumbwheel on the G5, which had a pretty high price tag of $699, I wouldn’t assume that the GX7 thumbwheel is going to be any better than that just because it costs a thousand dollars, and not a quality thumbwheel like Olympus has on its best m43 cameras.

Not sure about this one. My E-P3 has a great thumbwheel, but I haven't tried the G5. I do prefer the ergonomics of the GX7 over the E-M5.

4. As a Panasonic camera, it will be much more resistant to purple fringing than Olympus, but I sort of fixed that problem by using a Tiffen 52mm Haze 2A filter and appropriate step-up rings.

Not so easy if your lens doesn't have a filter thread (7-14 f/4).

5. If history repeats itself, those who are patient will may very well be able to buy the GX7 for less than $500 within a year. It took less time than that before the G5 was on sale for half price.

GX7 bodies are going for US $590 on ebay, including shipping.

The consensus from most users, after a year, is that the GX7 is a very good camera.

One thing that has changed, is that Panasonic has not quickly rolled out new general purpose cameras, which tended to force fire sales on cameras that were less than a year old.  The G6 killed the value of the G5 within a year, but there is no G7 on the horizon some 15 months after the G6, and that has also left the GX7 as the only fully capable still-image centric (compared to the GH series which is video-centric) body in the Panasonic lineup.   As I preferred the ergonomics of the G5 and G6 to the GX7, and was not looking for a tiny but limited camera like the GM1, and not a video shooter, I replaced my G5 not with a Panasonic, but with an OM-D E-M1.  Had there been a G7 with similar features to the GX7, I probably would have gone that route.  And the other camera I strongly considered was the E-M10.  I never really liked the EVF on the GX7, and never got the sense that the IBIS was competitive. And those two factors moved me from having a Panasonic as my larger body, to having an Olympus as my larger body (along with an E-PL5 as my smaller body.

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