Lumix G7 – First Impressions

We sent Jolyon – winner of the Photographer of the Year 2014 – along to our Lumix G7 launch in sunny Mallorca. He got the opportunity to hear from our representatives and product managers, talk to the journalists present at the event, take photos and play around with the camera.ย  Here are Jolyon’s first impressions of the camera and his take on 4K photo.ย 

First impressions of the Lumix G7

I was pleased to see that the bodywork has a slightly more retro feel than previous incarnations of the G model. In fact quite stealth bomber looking in its diagonals and corners which is appropriate as the camera has the brilliant one button silent shooting mode for all of you birders, wildlife, acoustic stage and wedding photographers etc.

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Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 10.26.31 AMPanasonic have also clearly spent some careful time making sure that it sits beautifully in the hand and feels extremely secure even with a loosely held grip; the perfectly shaped and rubberised grip protrusion feeling instantly at home and fully secure in my small to medium sized hand.

Plenty of assignable function buttons dotted about in convenient locations and all navigation buttons perfectly located. Glad to see the SD card slot in with the battery compartment, unlike on my GH3 with its side mounted door that opens accidentally so easily and risks being snapped off. The cameras weight with its 14-150 image stabilised Vario lens was a surprise and in picking mine up, I found myself flipping the battery compartment open to put in a battery that it turned out was already in and as we progressed through the days shooting I found that this gave a pleasant comfort to long term wearing and holding.

Auto focusing was the fastest that I have yet experienced and although only split seconds quicker than I’m used to, it also seemed noticeably more sure of itself. Upon a quick check I was also very glad to see that focus peaking has been incorporated as I am a regular user of this brilliantly useful function, particularly in low light situations with my fast lenses.

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Taken with the Lumix G7

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Taken with the Lumix GX7

Everything about the camera was good on first impressions. I had a day’s shooting to try and find a flaw or two. I can usually find something to have a moan about, yet so far this little beauty has been thwarting me.

– Jolyon

Below are just a few of the shots Jolyon took while on location. You can see more of Jolyon’s images on his Flickr account here: Lumix G7 Product Launch

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Taken with the Lumix G7

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Taken with the Lumix G7

Big thank you Jo for your time and effort in reviewing the LUMIX G7.

Keep an eye on the Community for his views and more.

Member Comments

  1. toddvic posted a comment on 21 May 2015 at 7:08 pm
    Expert User

    Love the images on your Flickr Jo. Good Job! Pretty sure I’m gonna order one!

  2. jolyon posted a comment on 21 May 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks Vicky, I forgot to include the paragraph on 4k shooting which is really probably the freshest feature on the camera, It can, of course film in 4k and then you can superbly easily scroll through frames (30 per second) to find a time stopped perfect image -The downside is that your still image is only 8 megapixel but in practice it is a very cool feature and most images were plenty sharp as long as I didn’t have to crop too much (see images of coffee splash and man popping bubble, the latter was considerably cropped) I think I would be torn with the bubble shot as I feel like I could get the image anyway,(maybe ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) but things as quick as the coffee splash, to be able to choose between 6 or 7 images of the splash at different stages is amazing. The auto focusing while filming is insanely quick also, and when you examine your motion frames you realise how fast it is tracking and re-focusing everything in shot. One more thing I really liked was the big, comfortable, soft,.. light glare eliminating EVF. I am used to the small and relatively uncomfortable GX7 viewfinder which is fine for short shoots but the G7 gives the eye socket a lovely soft cuddle by comparison. Buy with confidence I say

  3. bigred posted a comment on 25 May 2015 at 4:08 pm
    Expert User

    Just looked through the Flickr set. Excellent shots Jo – especially with the ‘one-size-fits-all’ 14-150 lens ๐Ÿ™‚
    Seriously tempted by the G7 – though I may hold out for the GH5 as and when – we seem to be back to a period of getting really worthwhile improvements with each new body. You can only wonder at what else Panny can cram in!

  4. jolyon posted a comment on 27 May 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks Big Red, It was a welcome break to stick to mainly one lens (Im usually flitting between several primes). There was a hint during the presentation at 8k movie with 16mp stills from movie capability at some future point….bring it on I say ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. j9ksf posted a comment on 8 June 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Oh jolyon – you state GX7 as the camera in your Flickr presentation.

  6. j9ksf posted a comment on 8 June 2015 at 6:46 pm

    I just read it again – shot taken of the G7 was with a GX7. Must change these glasses.

    • jolyon posted a comment on 25 June 2015 at 4:44 pm

      easily done, I have the same problem! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. flat_eric posted a comment on 19 August 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Quote โ€œGlad to see the SD card slot in with the battery compartment, unlike on my GH3 with its side mounted door that opens accidentally so easily and risks being snapped off.โ€ Never as happen to me, odd how Jolyon does not refer to has easy it is to move the rear top selector dial, which can be accidentally moved with easy!
    Do Panasonic test there cameras a lab only?

    • jolyon posted a comment on 1 September 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Hi Eric, I am a little unsure as to what it is that you are saying exactly. I guess there is always a potential to press or turn or open a button dial or door on a camera depending on hand size and what you are used to using. I do not find the dial to ever be a problem personally but I have opened the side SD card door accidentally on my GH3 several times. I have small hands so maybe this has something to do with it.

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