Panasonic Releases the Lumix DMC-GX7 16MP Micro Four Thirds Camera

Panasonic GX7
Panasonic GX7

After being rumoured for a while, Panasonic released the Lumix DMC-GX7 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds Camera today. This is the replacement for the older GX1, with an upgraded sensor with a maximum ISO of 25,600. According to Panasonic, the new sensor achieves 10% higher sensitivity and 10% better resolution than the GX1.

Notable new features of the GX7 is a 2.76-million dot EVF which can be tilted up 90° for waist-level shooting and an in-body image stabilization system which Panasonic says is as effective as the MEGA O.I.S. found in Panasonic’s lenses. We are not sure if it’s a 5-axis one like the Olympus OM-D E-M5, though.

NFC seems to be a trend with the recent cameras released and is available on the GX7 as well along with the more traditional WiFi for wireless data transfers. Other features include a silent electronic shutter for taking those stealth shots, full HD 24p video recording with the AVCHD Progressive CODEC, creative filter effects, camera panorama, time lapse, stop motion and clear retouch.

The camera will be available this November at a price of US$999 for the body, or US$1,099 for a kit with a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.

YS: The real question is, what is the sensor that is being used? Is it a rehash of the GH2’s sensor which is also found in the G5 and G6, or is it going to be based on the GH3’s? The pixel count suggests something totally different though. The black version looks like it will be reserved for certain markets, along with the 20mm kit.

(Image credit: Panasonic press image)

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The Panasonic GH3 Compared in Size

Panasonic Micro Four Thirds Cameras: GH3, GH2, G5, G3, GX1, GF5
Panasonic Micro Four Thirds Cameras: GH3, GH2, G5, G3, GX1, GF5

As some of you might know, I’m rather looking forward to the Panasonic GH3, and am buzzed that there’s a Micro Four Thirds camera that attempts to approach a pro-level DSLR in operation and handling.

Of course, this has a downside. Part of that means the camera is going to be bigger. Some say it’s too big; approaching that of a mid-level DSLR. To better illustrate the increase in size, here is an image with the various recent Micro Four Thirds cameras by Panasonic set to scale. Personally, I think the size is still fine when taken as a system camera, as the main weight in a system has always come from the lenses.

(Image Credit: Panasonic Press Images)

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