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The new 4K photo mode on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 allows you to take 8MP photos easier than ever before. It is a step above its predecessor, the G6, in every conceivable way. Its biggest drawback is the inability to capture moving objects very effectively because of slow autofocus, but the other features are solid.

It delivers impressive picture quality with a 16MP sensor and a sensitivity range of up to ISO 25600. The Lumix G7 also provides versatile video options, able to shoot UHD 4K video along with full manual exposure controls for video and time-lapse modes. Its sensor allows you to extract high-resolution images from 4K video.

Beyond great image and video qualities, the G7 offers special shooting modes like Panorama Shot mode, which stitches together a panoramic image in-camera. Despite sluggish autofocus, the G7 redeems itself with very good image quality, 4K video skills, panoramic shooting, and a wide sensitivity range that performs well.

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Why We Like It – Panasonic Lumix G7

The Panasonic Lumix G7 is a mirrorless camera that is trying hard, and succeeding, in creating a foothold in the mirrorless camera world. It may not offer all the fancy bells and whistles a Sony camera might offer, but it’s still a high-performance camera with an engaging price point that enthusiasts and newbies will both enjoy. If you also use your smartphone as a camera sometimes, you’ll love this iStabilizer dolly for smartphones. Shopping around for a 20.3MP light MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor mirrorless camera? Read our Panasonic Lumix G9 review.

  • High Dynamic Range
  • Silent and Responsive Electronic Shutter
  • Micro Four Thirds Gives Access to a variety of lenses
  • Video Capture of moving objects isn’t too good
  • Some Noise in low light scenarios
  • Record Button Sometimes Becomes Unresponsive


Unlike the Panasonic Lumix ZS50, the dynamic range on this digital camera is good and is able to provide a wide range of tones up to and including ISO 6400. The Panasonic G7 compares favorably to other mirrorless cameras on its level like the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II in this case. Image quality is also high. The highest among all Panasonic cameras. However, because the Lumix DMC-G7’s auto focus operates in video mode it’s a little slow meaning video recording of things moving towards or away from you isn’t recommended. For a camera that doesn’t record video, you might like the GE Power Pro X500.


The electronic shutter on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 shoots at a shutter speed of 1/16,000 and is completely silent. It also comes with an electronic viewfinder like its predecessor, the G6, and it’s always clear with plenty of detail, although noise seems to seep through in low-light situations. The Sony A7 III performs admirably in low-light situations though. It also comes with the same kit lens as the GX7, which is becoming a staple for Panasonic and one memory card slot for a UHS-I SD card.

Unlike some compact system cameras that feel plasticky, the G7 has a rugged, durable body. It includes a rear dial and control wheels for intuitive handling, plus a built-in flash and a single SD memory card compartment. The body itself is splash and dust resistant for use in tough environments.

While it lacks in-body image stabilization, the G7 otherwise delivers robust physical construction expected from a DSLR in a portable form factor. For a mid-range mirrorless camera, the G7 stands out with its sturdy ergonomics and weather-sealed body. Photographers who want a compact system camera that still offers rugged control and durability will appreciate the design of the Lumix G7.


4K burst mode can be used with any exposure, and in 4K burst shooting, it’s possible to use image ratios of 16:9, 4:3, 3:2, and 1:1. It continues for as long as the shutter button is held down. The Lumix G7 also uses a quad-core CPU for better processing for HD resolution and full HD continuous shooting at 8fps or 6fps with live view. The four-thirds image sensor also gives it the ability to use an extensive set of lenses, not just from Panasonic. If you’re craving access to lenses, try the Nikon Z6 Camera, as it has access to all of Nikon’s best lenses. The current price point for the Panasonic Lumix G7 is $598, which is an absolute bargain.

Panasonic Lumix G7 Wrap Up

The system camera has been greatly improved over its predecessor, the G6, and anyone who already owns one would do well to upgrade. The attractive $598 price point means it’s not so much of an investment compared to other cameras (looking at you Sony), and it will last you for quite a while.

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