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On article Camera roundups: What to buy and why (286 comments in total)

This site have become like reviews of car magazines. Every car gets thumbs up, and a "good buy". Yet, a year later you hear the car they raved about catches fire while on family vacation, or the front wheel comes off on the freeway while doing 80 click. Just minor inconveniences....

There is exactly 3 weak points and 3 good points in each camera. That is a good review, that is, if you want to sell anything that your dad carries in his store.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 20:43 UTC as 87th comment | 8 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review (611 comments in total)
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concert photographer: Why is it not possible to use most Olympus lenses on Panasonic cameras? (and vice-versa). I thought they did work together since 7 years to achieve this goal?
I shot some pictures with the 9-18mm on the GX7: horrible! It simply doesn't WORK. Strange that nobody ever tried to do that before! before replying, please TRY yourself.
One issue will be soon the non waterproof tilted viewfinder: five minutes of rain on it in its upwards position and the whole camera is ruined.
Marc

I tilt the the LVF 90 degree, and lay on my back to avoid water getting in. Works perfectly...

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2013 at 02:44 UTC
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pinholecamera: Does anyone know definitively if there is a way to record only AUDIO with the mic? My current Cannon has this great feature and I hate to lose it. Thanks!

I haven't come across this feature and I don't see it in the user manual. Are you using it for annotation?

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2013 at 15:49 UTC
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BBnose: It is probably the most arguable camera review by dpreview. So many comment against it. I think dpreview should review their review on GX-7 and redo the review. Huh!

DP have gone from being a good informative resource to a opinion blogs for gizmo fondlers that you call reviews these days. It started some time ago and this review is just one of the worst I have seen so far. You can defend it but that doesn't change it from what it is- an opinion of someone whom we don't know the qualification of.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 15:43 UTC
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chj: What is the Auto ISO range on the GX7?

CHJ,

No, I checked again. auto ISO is 200-25600 for still image. Of course, in my book 12800-25600 is not really usable beyond on screen viewing. Even canon 5D MIII looks like *&^% at 6400+ when you print it.

In Movie mode it is 200-3200

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 15:28 UTC
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Lensahand: This camera is very tempting, especially with it's silent mode compared to my GF-1 which makes such a loud noise that it's very offputting.

What's more offputting, though, is the depreciation on these m4/3 bodies. My GF-1 cost about £600 three years ago and now goes for £80, which in itself represents a bargain but for an early adopter that's dreadful.

Would I notice a huge leap in image quality from a first generation m4/3 to the latest models? Silence aside, that's the other thing that would make me consider this. Given how quickly these cameras fall in value, perhaps I need to stop myself and do the intelligent thing by waiting a year or so!

"Would I notice a huge leap in image quality from a first generation m4/3 to the latest models?"

That can be a tough thing to measure. If you are taking pictures on sunny days only, the difference is not as big between old and new. But if you take a lot of low-available light then there is significant improvements.

Of course, the camera has features that work very well. The LVF is well executed. The manual focusing is a head and neck above any other system, etc.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 15:20 UTC
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Aucupium: The tilting EVF seemed such a benefit (I fondly remember my old one from a Minolta Dynax) - so a shame to see it is such a weak feature. Being someone who likes an EVF, as I dont like to use glasses and so don't use the LCD for taking photos which M4/3 EVF actually works properly?

And why is exactly a "such as weak feature??

LVF works perfectly with or without glasses. My friend with oly with dm5 is dumb founded how well it works with legacy lenses too.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 15:59 UTC
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tbcass: I'm confused. What is "in camera RAW processing?" I thought the whole purpose of RAW was to give you a totally unprocessed image for post processing on a computer.

Yes, raw file has a single purpose! It makes possible to re-process the image to one's liking instead of the final jpg format. That's the purpose.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2013 at 16:09 UTC
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chj: What is the Auto ISO range on the GX7?

200-25600
no auto in manual mode...

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2013 at 15:53 UTC
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ChicagoRob: I'd like some feedback from eyeglass wearers. Does the GX7 VF require you to move your eye around to see the entire frame? How much of a problem is the small eyecup, which, according to DPR, causes the VF image to wash out?

Rob

I can see the entire image and a bit of exrtra edge. As for side lights, I have that problem even with my M9 and D700. The tilting viewfinder in gx7 comes is quite handy for that.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2013 at 03:45 UTC
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dansw99: Neglecting video and continuous stabilization, how well does the IBIS work at the moment of shutter release? I didn't see any mention of that in the GX7 review, or any other review. I don't shoot video much and am living now with IS set on just shutter release.

I have a hand tremor which makes IS a major consideration , but I never see any mention of it as a comparison item. Or are all cameras equal for IS?
Thanks,
Dan

That's probably true.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 21:27 UTC
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tbcass: I'm confused. What is "in camera RAW processing?" I thought the whole purpose of RAW was to give you a totally unprocessed image for post processing on a computer.

"in camera RAW processing?" = A useless feature for "in-camera"

The camera already is producing the best jpg in can process. Don't tell me you can determine better images on that dinky display. Don't you have a computer at home?

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 18:58 UTC
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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 ..."

The reviewer or DP really have gone out of their way to mark this down.

Yes, the camera does not include X,Y,Z. But there are people who exactly don't want to carry a camera with XYZ. This is a really high end small camera on the move.

Kind of ashamed to say, but Leica M9 and Nikon D700 are staying home a lot these days. I'm not claiming images are better than leica but the short coming is small and once you get familiar with it it is a fast efficient camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 18:45 UTC
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dansw99: Neglecting video and continuous stabilization, how well does the IBIS work at the moment of shutter release? I didn't see any mention of that in the GX7 review, or any other review. I don't shoot video much and am living now with IS set on just shutter release.

I have a hand tremor which makes IS a major consideration , but I never see any mention of it as a comparison item. Or are all cameras equal for IS?
Thanks,
Dan

If you use legacy lenses you MUST tell the camera what the focal length is(which, it'll remember), the camera will do fine job of it. But using legacy zooms is kind of harder as camera really needs to know what the focal length is to work properly and that is counter to nature of a zoom lens that doesn't tell the body automatically.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 18:36 UTC
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Waynger: Had the GH2 wasn't impressed, sold it and have been waiting, and waiting, would have bought the E-M5 but I didn't want to deal with a clip on flash.

I was afraid the reviewers would rate it below the E-M5, guess I was right, they probably were also.

GX7 is pretty much what I have been waiting for. However, yesterday at the SEMA show in Vegas the EVF was as worthless as not having one. Did get some nice shots using my left hand to block the sun lite, One handed shooting is no problem, fortunately.

Am ordering the eye cup for the EVF, I bet that solves THAT issue, just hope it doesn't dwarf the camera.

I have not noticed any issue with the field sequential LCD other than the fact the sliding diopter is a PITA to adjust. I would gladly trade the flip up EVF for an easily accessed rotary adjustment.

That said, no way I would ever go back to a DSLR.

Yes, it deals with that problem perfectly. You are not looking in the sun's direction.

BTW. the evf works quite nicely in any position for me and I wear glasses.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 18:06 UTC
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