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(FT5) UPDATED: GX7 to be announced on August 1?

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A GX7 versus GX1 size comparison (Thanks Carpandean)

An anonymous soruce just told me that the GX7 is expected to be released on August 1 already! UPDATE: And the German Foto Magazin that will be released on August 1 already unveils the GX7 on the cover :)

Bee sure to be online at 5-6am London time on 43rumors to follow the announcement live!

The source also wrote: “A few things that you haven’t reported yet: AF down to -4EV, The back wheel has a double function by pushing down a button. The front one is around the shutter. It can take 40 pictures per second…You can edit images in the camera, including retouch away some unwanted parts of the image (for example a lightpost)

Thanks to the source for reporting this!

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  • AhYap

    Looks like I will be the one to pay a premium to own the first batch… :(

    • mjp

      …and you’ll be the proud owner of a beast. Mag alloy body, 40fps, good sensor, -4ev af…wow!

  • alffastar

    A real beauty!

  • in Japan, rumor of “1st. Aug ” also supported by some ones.
    but… I think it’s not “on sale” date, but press release date.
    anyway the date is near, because, the leaked pictures are so perfect that they must be of catalogue (or web site) pictures.
    so the preparation is finished for release.

    Remember, this year is 5th anniversal of m4/3 for Panasonic. the first m4/3 was G1, but the GF1 should have been the model that established Panasonic’s reputation. GX7 must be the 5th anniversary model.

    BTW, no phase-detect AF?

    • carl

      It’s sounding like the GX7 won’t have PDAF. The Nikon V1 has this feature well executed but lacks the ergonomics of a Panasonic. I’m considering a cheap V1 while I wait for m43 to handle moving subjects.

  • Yun

    Things unreported include sensor improvement over it’s predecessor in RAW performance . Since it is entire new sensor or new generation sensor fr Pana , I expect it to be at least 2 fullstops improvement over current GX1 in Image Quality .

    • true homer

      I expect cars to fly by 2015 and cows to bw genetically modified to churn out fat free chocolate milk straight from the tit.
      No maker from no brand since digital has been conceived has improved 2 stops in one generation. Even the 5d mk3 had 4 years to do so, and didnt. Sooo, im gonna call you dilusional again.

      • I think Yun heard you the 1st time regarding to your 2 stop opinion.

    • Me

      > Since it is entire new sensor or new generation sensor fr Pana , I expect it to be at least 2 fullstops improvement over current GX1 in Image Quality.

      Which would mean that it’s “just” on par with the latest Olympus/Sony sensor then. But I even doubt that if the sensor is really Panasonic-made. Panasonic never managed to lead sensor development, they were always lagging behind. And the fact that they used a Sony sensor in the GH3 (their flagship model, funny enough) shows that even they know.

      Anyway, the GX7 seems to be a winner, but please don’t expect that Panasonic reinvented the wheel (sensor-wise). Maybe Panasonic got a new sensor from Sony that is improved over the one used in the GH3 and the latest Olympus cameras. But even then, improvement will be little, as current tech is limited by physics.

      • IT’S NOT A “FACT” THAT IT’S A SONY SENSOR

        Nor, does it even matter at this point. It’s a 18MP sensor that uses 16MP. with a new engine it should fare well enough to warrant a purchase.

      • Anonymous

        The gx1 is less than half a stop behind the EM5 regarding high Iso the gain with the Sony sensor is in DR

      • Anonymous

        The gx1 is less than half a stop behind the EM5 regarding high Iso the gain with the Sony sensor is in DR

    • peevee

      I don’t think 2EV improvement (in high ISO noise I presume) is even possible without completely eliminating color filter AND making some other magical improvements.

    • Markthetog

      Expectations are one thing, reality another.
      We can only drool over the image of the camera and dream about it’s magical properties.
      We can’t say anything about what it really does since we have yet to encounter a resident of the planet who is willing or able to tell us anything.

  • Pixnat

    Well, looking like this, I think I prefer the GX1 ergonomics : the on/off switch, video button and the mode dial seems to be better placed in the GX1.

    Morever, the GF1 and GX1 design are better for me : Panasonic has no old cameras for reference (like the PENs, OM,or Fujii rangefinders). So this “faux-vieux” look isn’t too cool I think

    But let’s see.

    • Markthetog

      Ergonomics are best judged by actual use of the device.
      IMO this camera hits all the notes with the best one being the EVF.

      If Olympus had started with the PEN this way they would own the field.

      • Pixnat

        Of course, we must handle the camera before making judgments. It’s just an initial impression. Some things look odd, but it’s possible that it’s very nice to handle.

        PENs have very nice ergonomics, especially the E-P5. But I agree that the EVF inclusion is a plus. Olympus choosed to include the EVF to the the OM-D line, but maybe we’ll see one future PEN with and EVF, who knows.

        • mahler

          Well. that is plain wrong. The PENs prior to the E-P5 had the worst ergonomics of all m4/3 cameras. In comparison the GX7 really shines.

          • Pixnat

            That’s very personal. I used the e-p1 for years and found it very nice and easy to use. Then I switched to the GH2 and never can really get used to it’s ergonomics. But my all-time favorite is the OM-D. YMMV

        • Larry Z

          I agree. I switched from GH2 to E-M5 and the layout of the buttons and and the menu system of the Lumix were FAR easier to USE!!!! I am hoping the image quality is finaly improved on this Lumix with IBIS to come back, unless Olympus improves their menus that look 2002 compact cameras.

          • bousozoku

            I suspect you’d feel the opposite way going from Olympus to Panasonic.

            I’ve found Panasonic’s (and Sony’s and Samsung’s) setups to be very electronics-like, rather than photographic equipment-like.

            I haven’t found any menu system to be good now. They’ve added far too many options but Olympus’ little tool icons don’t help at all. Their Super Control Panel does.

    • Markthetog

      Oh, by the way those “old designs” were once new designs that had no reference in the past. The new design is very clean and elegant IMO. Of course, if it becomes a classic it will inspire others.

      • Pixnat

        The GX7 design is definitely retro. Actually, it’s the first Panasonic camera that looks retro. I think it’s a pity because I liked the way that Panasonic and Sony stayed away from the retro hype and designed modern cameras. Well, everything has an end (or a beginning :-))… But that’s not too imprtant.

        Now, Panasonic lenses will look a bit awkward on the GX7 (like they do on PENs)

        • Justin

          You just think it looks retro because of the two-toned look (silver on black). All black won’t appear the same way.

  • Fradius

    The images do not look convincing enough. I think what we have seen so far are well engineered fakes.. Something does not look right about them.

    • AMVR

      People fueled by paranoia make this comment every time a new camera is leaked. You should’ve learned by now that these images come from Panasonic themselves, they always do. The fact that they ¨look¨ fake has nothing to do with its veracity, it has to do with the fact that these are rendered promo pictures, they’re made in software like Photoshop and Alias by Panasonic marketing dept. for promotional purposes, this is a industry standard practice, nowadays is pretty uncommon to have studio shots of actual products (it often costs more), those are often reserved to video teasers and presentations, just look at any past announcement, it’s always the same.

      IMHO these are pretty much official.

    • Ross

      That’s OK. If that’s what you believe then who are we to convince you otherwise. ;)

      Meanwhile, the rest of us are enjoying this preview of what will (most of us believe, but could be wrong) be announced very soon. :)

  • emde

    It certainly is 1 August. The next issue of the German “fotomagazin” from which the picture leak was taken will go on sale on 1 August. As magazines do not publish before the end of the blocking period mentioned by the companies, the GX7 has to be presented on 1 August at the latest…

  • a

    too late…shld have launch it before em5,xe1..now with samsung, sony..and that premium price is not going cut it.

    • Observer

      What premium price? You’ll sell your dog or your mother if you have to to get this GX7.

  • Anonymous

    The only thing that concerns me is I can’t see a diopter adjustment on any of the photos for the EVF. Other than that, this looks FANTASTIC. I always thought the grip on the GX1 was a little uncomfortable, and this looks like it’s going to sit really well in hand….and I like the size. There are a lot of tiny M43s around at this point, and one that is still compact but a little bit beefier is very welcome.

    • carpandean

      It looks like the diopter adjustment is a slider on the bottom of the EVF. You can see it in the picture where the EVF is tilted up.

      • I think also this.

        • Anonymous

          I hope so, but I was thinking that might be the latch to release the tilt mechanism….

          • ever hopeful

            A latch to release the tilt mechanism that is placed underneath the thing you want to tilt…? ;o)

          • Anyway the is diopter adjustment on GX7. (by cyberphoto)

  • Frye

    “It can take 40 pictures a second.” Say what?

    • Renato S.

      The question is if it’s full size pictures, since GH cameras can take those 40 pictures with electronic shutter and smaller size. I’d need a big buffer to accommodate 40 full-sized pictures.

      But I’m more interested in understanding the “front dial” around the shutter because the front view shows no markings, which is odd from what is supposed to be a dial, it doesn’t look very ergonomic.

  • jeroen

    what is going on with those asymmetric strap lugs?

    • Fish

      It looks like the lugs were positioned so that the camera turns a little while on the strap so that it will sit on your chest with the weight distributed between the viewfinder and opposite edge. If the lugs were even with each other, most of the camera’s weight would be on the protruding viewfinder.

      • stickytape

        In which case it should be the other way round, with the lug on the left side closer to the back of the camera and the one on the right closer to the front.

        As it is right now, the EVF will jut into your chest.

        • MarcoSartoriPhoto

          Just keep the EVF up while the camera is resting on your chest, and push it on place, down, while you take it to the eye..

          • C’mon, people. You are smarter than that.

            The left strap lug is off so that it wouldn’t rub against the nose when one looks into the VF.

            • MarcoSartoriPhoto

              @Dummy00001 I was giving a simple suggestion. I never had a problem with straps: I use a silk Artisan&Artist strap, really comfortable, and when I walk around my camera is in my hand. I never hang it around my neck.

        • JHCCAZ

          Consider that a typical mounted lens shifts the center of mass to the front of the camera, and that the lens is very close to the left (viewfinder) end of the camera. Probably the lug placement helps the camera hang properly on the straps when fitted with a typical lens (not the lightest, not the heaviest).

          I would have preferred the wide strap holders like most previous Lumix bodies had. But more than that, I wish that they would have put an upper and lower strap attachment on one end of the camera (three lugs total) – I prefer to let the camera hang vertically, and it lets you hold on to the camera in more ways when carrying and/or shooting.

          And yes, it’s a very minor issue in any case. I will be pre-ordering this camera – probably in black, but I need to see the press release photos first.

  • Soeren

    @Admin: It will definitely be announced very soon.
    The first leak was a test from “fotomagazin” and the issue comes out on August 1st.
    They won’t publish a test of an unannounced product ;)

  • Frye

    Hey admin, 40 pictures per second in what kind of resolution? Any idea?

    • Anonymous

      as the g5 could take 20fps with 5 (?) mpx using the electronic shutter i guess it’s something like that

  • Anonymous

    Admin,

    Do you have any Oly rumors lined up after this? What ever happened to that Zuiko 25mm rumor?

  • Redmosquito

    I guess this is a trusted sorce, one of the best camera shops in Sweden. http://www.cyberphoto.se/blogg.php The camera is not named, but all the specs is the same as I’ve heard before and he says it can be ordered on thursday.

    • Henke

      If it is the same camera (99% it is) they have also confirmed that it has touch screen by writing this sentence:

      “I övrigt så fungerar tryckskärmen och menyerna föredömligt bra.” – From the webpage.

  • fvanzela

    Bye Bye EPL-5, my next cam will be this pana…

    • PLI

      lol, poor E-PL5 :)

  • radissimo

    I never liked the design of Panasonic cameras, it was obvious that are made by big electronic company.

    After GX7 Panasonic camera division is now matured (design-wise) to real photographic company. Great

  • Thom.An

    I want one !

  • Anon

    I am a bit disappointed that it does not have GPS. I think it’s an important feature if it’s a bring-anywhere travel camera. Other than that, GX7 is as good as it is.

  • Awesome if true. Crossing fingers.

  • AND I WAS SO CLOSE TO GETTING A G6

    But I scooped up a G5 to hold me down till this GX7 drops.. Sometime next january, I suppose.

    It’ll be a long wait till B&H or Amazon gets it….. “SIGH”

  • Two dials! Yay!

  • John

    I just grabbed the G5 on sale and will use that for video and casual shooting while my GH-2 will likely be sold when I get my hands on the GX-7 which will become my hiking/backpacking/climbing/travel camera with the 12-35/2.8 attached and likely a Oly 75/1.8 and 7-14/4 along for the ride. Now if it only had a true multi-aspect sensor it would be perfect! (but you can’t always get everything in a camera now can you?)
    Hopefully they will offer a black version, though if they don’t it won’t keep me from getting one.

  • Biggstr

    Congratulatons Panasonic! Looks like a winner. I’m very optimistic about m43 … the Panasonic/Fuji alliance and the Olympus/Sony alliance. Sensors, high ISO, and lens size and quality (not camera size) are the competive issues between m43 and ASP-C and they are being resolved in favor of m43. I used Nikon systems starting in 1973 until 2011 when age and my back started catching up with me (walk abouts with a Nikon D200 paired with an FF 80/200f2.8 zoom would just about do me in). Even lenses sized for APS-C are a challenge. Given the relative size, weight, and quality, photography using m43 is actually fun again. I have the E-P2, PM1, PM2, and PL3. One (usually more) of these go with me everywhere.

  • parsi

    I’d like to buy one at the 5th of August or immediately, so I can take with me on my next journey. I’d love to have a replacement for my gf2, one with better ooc jpeg

    • pizza4D

      Same here, not always happy with my GF2

  • parsi

    I’d like to buy one at the 5th of August or immediately, so I can take with me on my next journey. I’d love to have a replacement for my gf2, one with better ooc jpeg

  • Narretz

    Fotomagazin also reveals that Sigma brings “one lens for all systems”. whatever that means.

    • one lens to rule them all?

      • J White

        One lens to find them.

        • Anonymous

          One lens to bring them all,
          And in the -4ev, wirelessly tether them.

    • Mitch

      I think Sigma’s announcement is the rumoured FF 24-70 f/2

      • OK….an lens around 1500g, i think. ;-)

    • MarcoSartoriPhoto

      It means that Sigma lenses, can’t say if all of them or just a selection, will be available in different mounts. Interesting for someone and interesting for M43, but I think that the 2x crop factor turns them into less interesting focal lenghts.

      • spam

        They are available in different mounts, what’s new according to the rumors is that you can send a lens to Japan and have them replace the mount. An adapter system with user replaceable mounts like Tamron used to have would have been really interesting.

        I really hope that it’s something more practical than sending the lens away for replacement, but we’ll see when they launch on Thursday.

        • spam

          … and mFT isn’t a suppported mount for most of the lenses

    • JHCCAZ

      Maybe it means that Sigma will supply a Speed Booster (focal length reducer) type of attachment to solve the smaller-sensor disadvantage. Short of providing a wide range of custom-designed lenses, that could be a good solution. The converter needs to be optically very good, and promising early results from Metabones customers indicate that this is a realistic hope.

    • hullyjr

      I think it means that Sigma will take you Canon-mount (for example) 18-35/1.8 lens and convert it the mount of your choice. Not going to be cheap, but cheaper than changing the lens.

    • If so my yesterday’s guess was right. But even if they do a multiple adaptall mount I wonder how they do the different electrical contacts.

      OTH if they make a lens without SW correction (telecentric) the interaction with the camera is limited, and reverse engineering is easier.

  • catflap

    admin – when is it likely to be on sale?

  • _katira_

    It Sounds better and better, I would like to see how the jpg coulors are, as good as Fuji would be great !

    • Anonymous

      Here is an amazing fact if you can read the menu you can adjust the camera to give any JPEG look that tickles your fancy , whether you want to go for more muted realistic or Olympus Walt Disney is up to you.

      • Actually, it certainly isnt as easy as that. The in-camera Jpeg adjustments certainly do not offer the type of adjustments to finely match the different renderings of different brands. Now if the subtle differences mean nothing to you, then by all means dont worry about it, but to those more sensitive to colour differences they do make a difference.

        Try it some time, you can post up your results, same lens, 2 cameras same light and see if you can match the differences say between the new Sony sensor and the old Panasonic one… Or for that matter, a Canon RAW and an Olympus one. You would be surprised. But if your eye isn’t trained to see the differences, well then it is all mute isnt it.

        • Anonymous

          please matching Jpegs is as easy as pie. They only folk saying different are the OLympus fannyboys

          • Well now I know where a couple of your weaknesses lie :), one: appreciating and assessing colour and tonality and two: holding a decent discussion.

            Matching jpegs in camera when your eye seems to be as poor as yours is probably very easy… Rather like when you have a terrible palette for food, cooking a gourmet meal is also probably very easy!

            What can I say, some have it, and some dont.

            • FredG

              Tweaking any JPEG engine to give the owner pleasing results is indeed very straightforward either in-camera or in post.Your problem seems to be that you are working under the impression that some cameras default JPEG engines have some inherent advantage over others,this is certainly not the case if you are interested in producing images that have colourific accuracy hues.Which ever JPEG output you prefer that is all it is a personal preference as none of them are accurate , with key differences being satiation of certain colours. As an example the E-M5 has an overall saturation score of 106% which while not bad is certainly not spot on ,in fact in the red spectrum the E-M5 over saturates by approx 10%.

              So your suggestion that you somehow have an inherently better ability to see colourific accuracy is nonsense,just because you personally favour a specific look does not make that the gold standard to anyone but you. I can categorically state that “I” prefer a certain JPEG look over another ,that does not make my viewpoint universal as just like you you are stating an opinion based on what you like the look of not what is genuinely representative of the real colour.As for adjusting the defaults of your specific camera to mimic another model most cameras allow adjustments to the defaults, for example the Panasonic GH3 lets you adjust image saturation in eleven steps

              • Fred, I have replied to you below.

                Tweaking any JPEG engine to give the owner pleasing results is indeed very straightforward either in-camera or in post.

                **In post it is certainly easier (but not easy, understanding colour mixes takes practice and experience), but again, we are talking OOC JPEGS, and from certain models form the same brand it is easier, cross brands, and cross sensor manufacturers it certainly isn’t, especially when using the limited in camera settings which is what we were actually talking about.

                Your problem seems to be that you are working under the impression that some cameras default JPEG engines have some inherent advantage over others,

                **Where the hell did I say this… learn to read what it written and get your bias out of your understanding. I gave no advantage to any camera or camera company.

                this is certainly not the case if you are interested in producing images that have colourific accuracy hues.

                **Accuracy cannot be determined after the fact by anyone other than the person that was there (and even they have poor colour memory). The number of factors that effect colour “accuracy” are wide ranging… Again Fred, that is why I didnt mention the word ACCURACY… Notice that?

                Which ever JPEG output you prefer that is all it is a personal preference as none of them are accurate , with key differences being satiation of certain colours. As an example the E-M5 has an overall saturation score of 106% which while not bad is certainly not spot on ,in fact in the red spectrum the E-M5 over saturates by approx 10%.

                **Of course I noticed that when comparing the output from two of my cameras. But the problems arise when you want to pull back the reds a score of other colours are effected. Many blues and purples become cooler, as do yellows, oranges and browns etc. It really isn’t that easy. the CFA on these things blocks light, global adjustments don’t always fix the colour changes that take place.

                So your suggestion that you somehow have an inherently better ability to see colourific accuracy is nonsense,just because you personally favour a specific look does not make that the gold standard to anyone but you.

                **Again Fred, I mentioned no preference. Read back again. I do have a well trained eye for colour, I am a graphic designer by trade and work in a professional colour space 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I deal with print and on-screen colour reproduction for multinationals on a regular bases and do product photography where colour accuracy is very important. Experience is what sets me apart from the average poster here, and when I see them say something that I have actually tested myself I will comment on it.

                **You seem to have a comprehension issue here. You debate points I didnt raise. I will go through them one at a time. Here is the first. I didn’t claim any particular look was any gold standard, or that MY favorite was anyone elses. Only that matching OOC JPEGS was not as easy as suggested.

                I can categorically state that “I” prefer a certain JPEG look over another ,that does not make my viewpoint universal as just like you you are stating an opinion based on what you like the look of not what is genuinely representative of the real colour.

                **Again, a severe case of comprehension breakdown. Where did I say what you suggest I said? Fred, you need to read what was written and not what you impress upon the text.

                As for adjusting the defaults of your specific camera to mimic another model most cameras allow adjustments to the defaults, for example the Panasonic GH3 lets you adjust image saturation in eleven steps

                **So what? So you desaturate to get your reds a little less blocked up and then your greens become more muted. Fred, think about it like this. A CFA blocks light across the sensor, but some areas in an image have more colour than others. Lets say they have a weaker red filter or a slightly different colour on the red filter… This will be most visible in areas of the image with strong reds. When you desaturate to pull the reds back, you desaturate globally, effecting other colours in the image. Add to this the hocus pocus manufacturers are pulling on sensor RAW tweaking and localized sensitivity… all means global adjustments in camera often are not enough TO MATCH ONE CAMERAS OUTPUT FROM ANOTHER.

                I did a test here:
                http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51481103

                Have a look. Others played around with the RAWs and found that while they could get close, it was very difficult to match, and that was with RAW converters, never mind the camera settings.

                • Since not all cameras use the same jpeg engine code wise, there are bound to be inherent advantages for one over the other depending on the actual application. Additionally, some cameras allow more in-camera configuration of their jpeg engine then others. Also, some cameras allow in-camera re-converting to jpeg from raw, most don’t.

                  And eh, your statements concerning saturation are interesting, but based on which profile? There is a very significant difference between ‘muted’ and ‘vivid’ with regards to saturation when leaving all other settings at their default. There is a significant difference between various ‘presets’ like portrait, landscape etc with regards to ‘default settings’, and ‘iAUTO’ will change things depending on if/what kind of scene it recognizes, hence ‘default settings’ aren’t until you start talking about a specific mode.

                  Accuracy? Any idea how much of what you see is actually interpretation by your brains instead of accurate measurement?

                  Red Green contrast anyone?

                  • There is also a lens element. Different lenses have different transmission values for particular colours etc. It really is more complex than many like to accept. And colour being so very subjective there is no right or wrong in many cases, only a preference.

                    Hence we have so many photographers with strong colour preferences and brand preferences.

                  • John1955

                    Hello Bart with regards to ” inherent advantages for one over the other depending ” that is purely a personal opinion.If as the poster above suggests that all cameras to one degree or another have what are technically incorrect color defaults over saturated etc then what is or is not pleasing is a matter of personal opinion.Probably due to coming from a P&S background before moving up to mFT I prefer the more saturated more contrasty Olympus JPEG to those of Panasonic though others feel the opposite.

                    I think it would be fairer and more accurate to say that for certain people with certain visual preferences then one JPEG engine will hold an advantage.As to tinkering with one models JPEG output to look like another I cannot say that i have found this difficult.Though not something I have bothered with much on occasion when I had both a GF1 and an EP3 occasionally if there was some obvious disparity between them from the same shooting I would adjust to suit.

                    There are so many variables in “correct” color throughout digital imaging from the camera defaults,what we remember from the taking,screen calibration,print management and so on that arguing that one is better than another is of dubious value to anyone but ourselves .This in the end is all that matters as in the end we are the only ones who need to be happy :)

                    • bart

                      Which ‘film mode’ and ‘picture mode’ are you using for a comparison anyway? Which mode?

                      Basic things like saturation and contrast can be tuned to look virtually the same, but how much control do you get over tone curves? And noise reduction? Can you redo the raw to jpeg conversion in-camera to fine-tune parameters on the spot?

                      Thats not about which output you like most but about what kind of differences exist that allow tuning it better to the application at hand and the look you desire.

  • pdc

    This will be my “goto” camera for sure. Good for Panasonic for rewarding my keeping the faith since 2008!

  • Georg

    I already got a look at the new Foto Magazin.
    It says that they got their hands on a pre production model.
    The touchscreen is tiltable, has 3″ and 1MP.
    The 16MP is a new one, manufactures by Panasonic and is said to be slightly better than the GH3 sensor.
    Vieo is GH3 quality, although some tweaks are missing (e.g. sinlge frame compression- whatever that is).
    Kit lenses will be 3,5-5,6/14-42 mm and a new pancake 1,7/20 mm II.
    The rest is exactly what is already known here.
    IMHO this is a great camera and may get me away from the P5. Let’s hope that their first in body OIS is as good as the one from Olympus and their Jpeg engine is on par with the P5- that would be all I ask, great video and great photos.

    • _gl

      ‘single-frame compression is ‘intra’ compression used for video, ie. each video frame is compressed individually without referencing surrounding frames. It takes more bitrate but delivers better quality and is also faster to decode and easier to edit. The GH3 has this option, the GH2 can be hacked for it.

      • Georg

        I see, thanks for the clarification.

    • pizza4D

      Most likely can’t expect it to be as good as the 5-axis stabilizer from Olympus, though.

    • Thanks for the info!

  • Endlos

    This is a really cool camera but I think I’m going to use my GH2 for quite some time.

    With all this camera and lens stuff it’s hard not to be caught in GAS hungry for the latest and greatest.

    What I’m waiting for is the Panasonic 35-100 F2.8 to drop a bit in price so that I can pick up a copy.

    But with the GX7 camera Panasonic will likely score a real home run. Exciting times for M43.

  • AND THE GRIP IS BEEFY

    And that’s a Good Thing!
    This camera is a winner in my book. Hurry and bring it to market, Panasonic!

  • Anonymous

    I was going to give $1000 to Olympus but was disappointed by the ep5, so now I’m going to five $1250 to Panasonic instead.

  • Enzojz

    If should not be far from launch, if not these pic will not be “leaked”

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait to see the all black version. Hopefully there will be other fast lens announcements as well.

    • pizza4D

      After the first picture from fotomagazin leaked, someone on 2ch made a mockup for how the black version could look like:
      http://imgur.com/MyUPEYz
      http://imgur.com/98dEAUB
      Though I have some doubts it will as cool as these mockups, especially the second one, look.

      I’m suspecting that the ring surrounding the mount on the black version will still be silver, as it’s been the case with previous black bodies.
      The shiny silver strip separating the black middle part of the body and the top plate probably will be there on the black body as well. But the bottom part should be black.

      • Mr. Reeee

        “The shiny silver strip separating the black middle part of the body and the top plate probably will be there on the black body as well.”

        Crikey, I hope not!
        Shiny silver chrome bits are so incredibly tacky!
        Gimme satin stainless steel any day!!!!

  • THIS, PLUS THE 20mm LENS

    My go-to Street Photography hook-up.

  • The first thing I noticed about the new body was the more subdued and elegant Lumix ‘L’ logo – that old one is really distracting, relatively speaking. I hope that attention to detail is consistent throughout – I don’t plan to buy this camera but I’d like to see ‘the best MFT camera’ continue to improve to keep the line relevant and competitive. It seemed like the GH2 was ‘the best MFT camera’ for far too long.

  • ObviousTroll

    There’s one more hidden feature: Chuck Norris uses this camera.

  • Guillaume

    Why not a X-Trans CMOS on this GX7? It could be the “new Panasonic sensor” from Panasonic/Fuji alliance.
    It would be a good news as a french site compare the last X-M1 sensor with the best FF one:
    http://www.lesnumeriques.com/appareil-photo-numerique/fujifilm-x-m1-p16635/test.html#test-complet

  • Guillaume

    Why not a X-Trans CMOS on this GX7? It could be the “new Panasonic sensor” from Panasonic/Fuji alliance.
    It would be a good news as a french site compare the last X-M1 sensor with the best FF one:
    http://www.lesnumeriques.com/appareil-photo-numerique/fujifilm-x-m1-p16635/test.html#test-complet

  • Edvian

    The Sweedish blog said that the only thing he did not like was the back side dial, which changes mode by pressing it, and that happened accidentally too often. Re sensor stabilizing: there are several Panasonic patents related to “vibration reduction” that mentions *combined* optical and in-body stabilization. This could make Panasonic lenses even better, while being useful for all other lenses also!

  • Hotshoe looks awfully close to the evf. Do you think you’ll be able to use the evf with anything in the hotshoe?!

    • Hotshoe does look close to finder, but maybe far enough. Probably cannot tilt it up with flash camera, but maybe with a remote trigger or cord adapter. My only real complaint with my GX1 is not being able to use the finder with a flash.

  • Pros:
    Sensational video quality
    Good stills image quality
    Solid, sealed metal construction without the camera becoming too heavy
    Lots of external control points
    Plenty of customization
    Caters well to both videographers and stills shooters
    Good choice of framerates, bitrates and codecs
    Comprehensive Wi-Fi settings and extensive control
    Big battery with the option of battery grip for long shoots
    Fast autofocus system for stills
    Useful autofocus modes for video shooting

    Cons:
    No focus aids available when shooting video
    Electronic viewfinder has distinct color cast and disappointing optics
    Noise reduction at high ISO rather clumsy
    JPEG color response a little underwhelming
    Wi-Fi can be awkward to set up

    • Nelson

      No focus peaking in Video? But doesn’t G6 have that even during video mode?

  • V4Vendetta

    Some news or idea about the sensor? GH2 upgraded, GH3 upgraded, new sensor (likely Fuji-Panix)?

  • Fast Primes

    Good enough. Not too retro. Not too modern. Good balance. Would have liked a few more controls and switches. Hoping for all black version. GX7 + 10.5 f/2/2.8 + 25 f/1.4 + 42.5 f/1.2 would cover everything I do. UWA 21mm; “normal” 50mm; 85mm short tele/portrait. Don’t need extreme narrow DOF. Panasonic’s good video also opens up opportunities for journalism and documentary work. Will wait to see real world pricing and make a decision.

  • Swejk

    I think it’s the first Kamerera where I like the silver version …

  • Swejk

    I think it’s the first Camera where I like the silver version …

  • Cde.

    Resolution on the EVF sounds nuts. Should be a good camera for shooting with manual focusing lenses!

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