New GF: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 Preview
After several iterations, Panasonic’s GF compact mirrorless camera line has gradually settled into a comfortable position in the market: providing mass market point-and-shoot appeal while giving photographers the option to fully control settings should the need arise. The latest camera in the series, the DMC-GF7, continues this trend. It’s built around the same 16MP sensor as other recent Panasonics including the GX7, GM1, and GM5, so we expect the image quality to be on par with those cameras.
Where the GF7 diverges from recent GF-series bodies is style. It eschews the rounded, plastic edges that have defined recent GF cameras and instead takes more traditional design cues from Panasonic’s minuscule GM-series cameras. Panasonic explains that while the GM1 has proven popular, a lot of people "just wanted a little bit more camera to hold on to". The result is a body roughly 20% larger than the GM1, but with the same basic control layout and internals.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 key specifications:
- 16MP Four Thirds sensor
- Focus down to -4EV
- 3" 1.04M dot rear LCD
- 180 degree tilt "selfie" screen
- 5.8 fps burst shooting
- 1080/60p video in AVCHD or MP4 format
- "No Password" Wi-Fi connectivity
- "Face" and "Buddy" shutter modes
The GF7 will be available in the US as a kit with the G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH lens for $599/£429.
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