This article is not so much a technical review of the GF7 but more an introduction to the feature advancements compared to similar models in the LUMIX G series, features that make this super compact, mirror-less camera a serious contender when looking to step up from a regular compact or upgrade from an older GF or GM model.
In the ever expanding LUMIX G range, the DMC-GF7 sits neatly between the GM1 and the GF6, similar in design and handling to the GM1 but featuring an in-line and slightly higher flash housing (helps to avoid shadows when using longer lenses) and expanding many of the features of the GF6. The flat fronted GF7 includes the faux leather wrap detail that has (so far) only featured on the GM models, but certainly helps to grip these very small, lightweight cameras. Also, good news for those looking to trade up from the GM1, not only is the GF7 similar in size, but it also shares the same DMW-BLH7 battery.
The GF7 weighs in at approximately 266 Grams (including battery and card/excluding lens), just over 60g heavier than the GM1 (and 10mm taller) but almost 60g lighter than the GF6. In common with both of these models the GF7 also features a 3.0” (75mm Diagonal Viewing Area), Touch-screen monitor – but no viewfinder. As with the GF6, the LCD monitor swings through 180-degrees, thanks to its top-mounted hinge, allowing it to face forward for control of the ever popular ‘selfie’ shooting function.
The forward facing LCD screen supports ‘Selfie mode’ but with advancements over the GF6.