Panasonic Lumix GF7 Review – Quiet little rascal




The Panasonic Lumix GF7 is interesting for those looking for a small camera with a higher picture quality than a standard compact camera. The 12-32mm-pancakekitlens hold the camera very small and you also have the possibility to exchange lenses. The GF7 is perfect for beginners, but can also appeal to advanced photographers, with his PASM dial and fast autofocus system. Thanks to its silent mode with electronic camera shutter is whisper quiet and you can without beeps and mechanical shutter go ahead. You do not stand still with the GF7 because he is so small that it can continue for a compact camera.

Very compact
High-speed autofocus
Competitively priced
Not screen tilts down
Somewhat fiddly operation
Tweakers zegt: goed
Price for publication: € 490, –
Available from: € 459, –
Tested version: Panasonic Lumix GF7K + 12-32mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA OIS Silver
It took some time for the successor of the announced GF6 in April 2013 saw the light. The main reason is that the GF6 actually a good camera, with a modern sensor, WiFi, NFC and a tilt and touch-sensitive screen. What also consider is that Panasonic has in the meantime been thinking about the GF line and a slightly different direction wagered.

GF7 hand

The GF-line was always a more compact and simple implementation of the G-series, but what concerns technology and capabilities they grew increasingly converging. At the same time Panasonic achieved success with the new GM series, which is characterized by a particularly compact design. Smaller can not actually a m4 / 3 cameras capable. Panasonic line which now extends to the GF series. The GF7 seems more a successor to the GM1 and a cheaper alternative to the end of last year introduced GM5 with EVF.

Panasonic GF6

In comparison, its predecessor, the GF6

Combined with the flat-12-32mm kit lens, the GF7 at the editorial offices by many as a compact camera. However, the M4 / 3-sensor is significantly larger than a standard compact camera sensor of 1 / 2.3 “, and even larger than the relatively large sensors of the Sony RX100 series and Panasonic’s own LX100, who does not use the entire sensor surface. This means In theory, higher quality, more dynamic range and more space to play with depth of field. Add to this that the GF7 now uses the same fast autofocus system as the GH4 and LX100, and does it in a relatively affordable, and the new Lumix is ​​on paper a winner. How he performs in practice?


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