Panasonic DMC GX7 Detailed Review

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In additional DMC GX7 was introduced by Panasonic in September 2013. It belongs to the Mirrorless Cameras category.

Panasonic is well-known and shouldn’t require further introduction, please see our manufacturer’s page for more digital cameras by Panasonic.

Brand Panasonic
Category Mirrorless
Date 09/2013
Sensor Properties

Also DMC GX7 has a Four Thirds CMOS sensor with size of 17 x 13 mm² (0.68″ x 0.51″).

Picture of DMC GX7’s sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: DMC GX7 comparing sensor sizes

The 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The DMC GX7’s image sensor has an effective resolution of around 16 megapixel. The resolution is somewhat below average but will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 size.

The Panasonic supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Panasonic’s RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

The DMC GX7 features a mechanism for automatic sensor cleaning.

Format Four Thirds
Sensor area 17.30 x 13.00mm²
(0.68″ x 0.51″)
Resolution (physical) 16.84 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 16.00 megapixel
Pixel size 14.20 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 9 frames/second
Interchangeable lens
Mount Panasonic Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
Viewfinder Properties

The DMC GX7 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.76 megapixel, an excellent value for a viewfinder like this which makes the camera a joy to use.

The magnifcation is c. 0.70x, an above average value for an electronic viewfinder.

Type Elektronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.70x
Resolution 2.76 megapixel
Dioptric correction

The DMC GX7’s shutter speed varies from 1/4000s to 60s.

Max. shutter speed 1/4000s
Min. shutter speed 60s
Sensitivity Properties

The DMC GX7’s sensitivity goes from 200 ISO und 25600 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity 200 ISO
Max. sensitivity 25600 ISO
Exposure Modes

The DMC GX7 supports all general exposure modes.

The Panasonic allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The DMC GX7’s auto focus processor uses 23 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. when panning the camera).

Manual focus is also possible with the Panasonic, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

Type Contrast Detection
AF points 23
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The DMC GX7 has a built-in flash with a diapason of up to 5m (17 ft.). That range will fit for almost all occasion.

Range 5.00m
(17 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs

The DMC GX7 display has a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 inches.) and a resolution 1.04 megapixel.

The camera display is intended for selfies or other occasion.

Display parameters:

Type LCD
Size 75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution 1.04 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

DMC GX7 video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Panasonic DMC GX7 Video parameters:

Max. resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel
…with frame rates 50 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The DMC GX7 has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

Connect the Panasonic to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Panasonic supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 1
Memory cards SD

The Panasonic DMC GX7 has a BLG10E LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 320 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The DMC GX7’s battery battery parameters:

Type BLG10E LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life 320 photos

The Panasonic DMC GX7’s size is 122.6 x 70.7 x 43.3mm³. (4.8″ x 2.8″ x 1.7″). That dimensions are without lens. The weight of camera is 4.8″ x 2.8″ x 1.7″ grams (402 oz.) without lens weight.

Here is front and top view of the DMC GX7:

Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The DMC GX7 is not much bigger:

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