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. Here are Jolyon’s first impressions of the camera and his take on 4K photo.
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.
Panasonic 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.
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.
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
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.