Panasonic Lumix GF7 Brief Review



  • 16 megapixel 4/3 CMOS sensor
  • Kit lens: 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 with optical image stabilization
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/16000
  • ISO 200-25600
  • RAW and JPEG
  • 5.8 fps continuous shooting
  • Manual modes
  • Auto and manual focus
  • Focus peaking
  • 1080p HD video at 60 fps
  • 3” touchscreen, tilting LCD
  • Wi-fi
  • Li-ion battery rated at 230 shots
  • Weighs 11.9 ounces (336g)
  • Release Date:
  • Final Grade: 89 4.45 Star Rating: Recommended

Panasonic GF7 Review: A capable, selfie-inspired camera
Boasting new selfie features and a new autofocus system, the Panasonic GF7 looks like an interesting camera.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 2/16/2016

Panasonic is jumping on the selfie bandwagon with several updates that make self portraits simpler with the 2015 Lumix GF7.

A tilting touchscreen allows users to see the image as they snap selfies--but that's not the only improvement in this category. Pictures can be taken hands-free with the self shot mode, face shutter and body shutter options that trigger the camera based on an action, like putting two faces near each other. Users can also take a selfie while jumping in mid-air by holding a cell phone--the phone detects the highest point of the jump and tells the camera to snap the image just then. Of course, the wi-fi can also be used to snap pictures using a smartphone or tablet as a remote.

While most of the updates lie in the selfie-realm, the Panasonic GF7 also sees an update to the autofocus, switching from the phase difference to the contrast detection type. The new type offers more accurate performance, especially at wide apertures. Autofocus speed should see a jump over the previous model as well.

The Panasonic GF7 still sports a micro four thirds sensor, manual modes, RAW shooting and a host of other advanced features. Focus peaking assists during the use of manual focus when that new contrast detection system just doesn't get it quite right. Speed is around average for the category with a 5.8 fps continuous shooting mode. Video quality should be solid as well at 1080p and 60 fps. Features for the average consumer aren't neglected either, with automated modes, including beauty shot options.

While largely seeing improvements for taking selfies, the Panasonic GF7 does sport a few more advanced features as well, though enthusiasts that are not interested in the flip screen and selfie modes might be able to save a bit or get a larger sensor by comparing with the best mirrorless cameras. All things considered though, the GF7 certainly doesn't look like a bad choice.

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