GX7 now shipping in Asia. And a new review by LL.


The New Panasonic GX7 is now shipping in Asia (see Amazon Japan). And one of our readers just sent me the picture of the GX7 arrival (image on top). You can open the GX7 RAW files with Silkypix. the new version has just been released with full GX7 support.

And a new review has been posted by one of my favorite sites, Luminous Landscape (Click here). They write:

As far as overall image quality goes, the GX7 should satisfy all but the pickiest compulsive gear-head, let alone practical photographers. Frankly, over the past couple of years the differences between sensor performance on most cameras has gotten so close that it takes very large prints and 100% pixel peeping to tell the difference. Also, most cameras do quite well up to about ISO 3200, and few of us shoot at higher ISOs in the real world.
The real differences between cameras and camera performance has now shifted to lenses and those features which allow us to shoot and work more productively. In that regard the new Panasonic GX7 comes off very well indeed.

GX7 preorder list (Click on store name to open the GX7 price, specs and preorder page):
Silver GX7 body at Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama, Samys, Wex Deutschland, Wex UK , Amazon JP.
Silver GX7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Samys, Henrys, Wex Deutschland, WexUK, Amazon UK.
Black GX7 body at Henrys, Wex Deutschland, Wex UK, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan.
Black GX7 with 14-42mm lens at Henrys, Wex Deutschland, Wex UK, Amazon UK.
Black GX7 with 20mm lens at Henrys, Wex UKAmazon UK, Amazon Japan.
Silver GX7 with 20mm lens at Henrys, Wex UKAmazon UK, Amazon Japan.

  • Love the body. Concerned about the in body stabilization and jpeg colours. Some of my best lenses are olympus primes so ibis a big plus.

    • its not that dramatic for stills, unless you shoot like Robin Wong at very slow shutterspeeds when needed. for video the 5 axis version’s advantage is more evident in general use for wide to short tele range

      • There’s also ibis in video mode. For the average user , is higher frame rate more important than video stabilization.

        Does Panasonic video get jello effect?

    • Leendert

      The Panasonic jpg’s are very good now!

  • bill

    I really wish Oly would have adopted this form factor instead of the OM-D one… The GX-7 seems to be a nice camera coming with a few quirks which may probably be addressed by firmware updates. Pre-ordered.

    • Anonymous

      ??? Excuse my but they adopted it with the PEN serie… The only mistake (IMO) is the lack of integrated EVF.
      OM-D is another camera line and style that should be compared to GH serie, don’t you think?

      • bill

        I meant a small rangefinder form factor embedding an EVF. Fuji got it right with their X-serie, though the bodies are still a bit too big for me. I don’t like the OM-D form factor which is much more the one of a DSLR. That said, it’s mostly matter of taste, of course.

        • Anonymous

          The X-E1 and the Gx7 are very close in size. X-E1 5.1 in.(W) x 2.9 in. (H) x 1.5 in. (D). GX7 4.83 (W) x 2.78 (H) x 2.15 inch (D).

          • bill

            Damn, you’re right. Anyway, I have too many m43 lenses I love to switch system right now :)

  • BdV

    I guess just about everybody would agree with that sensible LL quote.

  • Please, please. please, @admin, try to make a pressure on Panasonic to include Auto ISO in manual mode for future or even current camera releases. It should be really easy task to be solved via firmware.

    • AMVR

      What makes you think Admin has that kind of influence in the decision making process over at Panasonic ?

  • Yun

    Yes , it really a disappointing matter in manual mode without auto ISO . Overall this is a great camera to have . Now my problem with the retailer is to get the camera with the 20mm lens as a package , they don’t sell only body . No news yet about the 42.5mm F1.2 lens .

  • my take

    1. I wanna buy GH3; still waiting for VK team to release a higher bitrate ALL-I hack and new Sandisk Extreme Pro 160 MB/s cards :)
    2. I wanna buy GX7; no IBIS for my CV? You must be joking! No autoISO in M?
    No comments!!!
    Waiting for first youtube samples showing how effective new IBIS is.

    3. I wanna buy E-M1; waiting for first tests how low iso is set and how effective are m43 primes in c-af. Video samples showing movements (sports, etc.) would be great.
    Also how big buffer is (.orf) when using Sandisk ExtremePro 95 MB/s.
    There you go.

    • Stéphane

      My E-M5 doesn’t have auto ISO in M (unless it’s a setting I’ve missed) so I wouldn’t bet any big money on the E-M1 having it…

      I think that the buffer handles 57 (or was it 54) RAW files.

      • New m4/3 user

        The E-M5 does have Auto ISO in M. By default it does not but you have to activate it in the menus.

        • Stéphane

          That’s great! Most of the time I shoot quite comfortably in A mode so I haven’t bothered to go digging. Guess I’ll use M a lot more from now on.

          Thanks! :)

        • The Real Stig

          It’s only better image quality if you manually focus. That’s a well known fact.

          • The Real Stig

            In reply to post below.

            • OMG The Stig talks!

  • Overpriced ! Apart from that what offers small sensor terrible jpegs colors ? This camera is complete fail. M43 is dead due to small sensors they already get to highest resolution…… If want rangefinder style just get a fuji way better image quality

    • Anonymous

      well go and buy your Fuji then, Einstein. It’s not our fault that YOU don’t “get” it, is it…..

      • Yes is not your fault that panasonic is so mediocre or maybe yes cuz you buy their mediocre products. Fanboy :)

        • Anonymous

          a) I don’t have a Panasonic at the mo, I have an Olympus (which rocks). I also like the Panasonic cameras. It’s very hard to buy a BAD camera these days, though not impossible.
          b) I also have a 24MP APS-C camera, which is also great for what it’s used for.
          c) I use cameras to enjoy photography, which is kinda the point really.
          d) You can enjoy photography with pretty much any camera on the market.
          e) The Fuji cameras are also very nice. If that’s what you like go get one. Simples…..

    • facetime

      Learn how to write proper english you douche bag.

      • mrc

        Facetime, you can bash him for his opinions that he keeps repeating because he likes the attention, but don’t bash him for not having English as a mother tongue. Your comment is extremely chauvinistic and full of prejudices agains non anglophones.

      • Anonymousse

        ‘Douchebag’ is one word, and ‘English’ should be capitalized.

        • Actually, In English any compound word may be written as two words. You even may write “cannot” as “can not,” although this is an admittedly uncommon spelling variant. As for “douche bag,” or “douchebag,” either version is perfectly acceptable in modern English.


          • Anitbiotics

            American slang. Not very nice at that, typical rude American derogatory term. So not “acceptable” in a real world of English.

            • I was talking about acceptable in terms of alternate spelling. Wasn’t that obvious within the given context?

              As for American slang versus, for example, British slang, if you knew what you were talking about, or if you were honest – take your pick! vulgar idioms are abundant in any iteration of the English language or any other languange (Except Esperanto, possibly).

    • bill

      please do yourself a favor and get a life. what will you say to your grandchildren when they’ll ask for what you did in your life? “I trolled forums.”

      Think about it. Get a life.

      • C. C.

        Don’t worry, bill. No one will ever have his children, thank God.

  • This camera is fail same as em1 and all the system he to small sensor
    http://camerasize.com/compare/#371,472. Just check the difference. What about the image quality smash by fuji !

    • facetime

      Your mom failed not aborting your ass.

    • Lol

      Lol are you employed by Fuji to troll this site?

      • Anonymous

        Impossible. Who could give him a job? Even for medical experimentations, they better work with monkeys or rats. He’s a lame, that’s all.

      • Steve

        Actually I know an accomplished photographer which would trade in his fancy gear for a Fuji x100

      • The Real Stig

        I think the ID is used by a couple of people paid to troll in shifts. The grammar and spelling come and go.

        • AMVR

          Yeah, I think so too, this guy would have to be logged in 24/7 with no sleep or food to achieve this level of continuous trolling, so it’s definitively different people, on a salary most probably, that or he’s a really mediocre and sad failure of a human being, which is also entirely possible.

          I wish someone would track his IP and just plainly destroy his OS or something, just to get a 5 min rest without some douche coming here and trying to troll us, is anyone up to the task ? Another rather simpler solution would be for Admin to finally employ an IP ban list (there are many wordpress plugins out there), that would sort most of the recurring trolling IMO.

    • Anonymous

      4/3 sensors are not full frame. thanks, we know that – you don’t have to repeat it in every single thread.
      surely there are better things to do with your time – such as admiring those lovely high ISO noise free shallow DOF but incredibly sharp images you make all the time with that full frame camera that you have.
      Wait, you do have one, right? Otherwise – epic fail. So go use it then, don’t bother us lowlifes with tiny sensors, we’re not worth your time.

    • Phred’s master

      Buy medium format. Better than Fuji

  • So say the truth is trolling ?

  • Brod1er

    Really superb camera. Pocketable package that does everything other than CAF. If it wasn’t for the EM1, I would definitely be buying.

    • Anonymousse

      Buy both :)

  • Really like this

    Goodbye full frame 5D2, hello lightweight high quality fun!

  • Yes u think is really good camera same bad iq as gh3 ?

  • Per K

    To me the GX7 is the best m43:
    Form factor
    Tilt, built in EVF
    User interface more straight forward

  • Maybe but at least my sensor take better picture

    • I can easily believe it.

      Your sensor has higher IQ than you, developed consciousness and started taking pictures.

    • Brod1er

      [Chuckle.] Really?! if that was true, we would all use large format cameras and your weedy 35mm sensor would only be good for a smartphone! ;-)

  • Full frame

    I confess…I do not even own a real camera. I shoot all my pics with an iPhone 2. They really look fantastic to me.

  • Yes all post proses in Instagram :)

  • Panasonic in Germany said that they hope to send mine today. “Hope” is the word they used. There was apparently a (last minute) delay due to firmware update.

  • With all the recent drum beating about the E-M1, I nearly forgot about this lovely, nimble camera. No, I’m not going to buy it for three reasons:
    1. Panasonic colours (I refuse to be enslaved by RAW processing)
    2. lack of weather sealing
    3. dodgy 4/3 lens support

    I have quite unusual demands from a camera, but most photographers should enjoy the GX7 very much indeed. No auto ISO in manual mode? Oh dear, the sky is falling (yet again).

    • Leendert

      Panasonic colours are not bad in new camera’s (GH3, G6…)

      • Phred

        The colors in my GX1 raw files were not nearly as good as my OMD.
        (I never shoot jpeg).There was something very anemic and “flat” about the files…I could never really get them to come to life….i know that is not a very tech description..but perhaps someone else feels the same? Don’t know about the GHE or G6. …for that reason I shy away fron the GX7…but that issue may have changed in the newer Panasonic’s.
        I just sold my GX1 and bought an E-P5 and am much happier now.

        • AMVR

          I’ll buy a GX7 mostly because of the tactile interface (controls,EVF, UI) but if I ever miss the Oly colors then I’ll just get a cheap PM2, no need to go high end to a E-P5 just to get the JPEG engine and then end up sacrificing the ergonomics with an Add-on, been there, done that, no thanks. I value the actual shooting experience above everything else, that’s why I choose the format to begin with or I would be using medium format.

          • Phred

            I think that tha EP 5 is an incredibly fluid camera in hand…once set up to my personal needs the shooting experience is just incredible and effortless.

    • > 1. Panasonic colours (I refuse to be enslaved by RAW processing)

      Most if not all cams this days allow to adjust the color curves.

      I thought there were floating around the color adjustments for the Panasonic cams?

  • alexander

    what about apps ???…

  • Full frame

    Is the lack of auto-iso in manual mode a factor in all Panasonic cameras, I can’t remember if my G10 is the same or not? Nonetheless, after deliberating between the GX7, Sony NEX 6, Fuji X-E1, and the Olympus E-M5, I will definitely be purchasing the Panny with the 20mm. The overall package and quality is spot on for an enthusiast for me. I will probably wait to see if there are any deals in the New Years sales though.

    • AMVR

      Dude, you have a serious case of multiple personality disorder, please stop what you’re doing, get off your computer and seriously get some help before you hurt yourself or something, or you know, just kill yourself and do your family a favor.

    • Hey dint copy my name at least use bad grammer

  • Rob

    I tested this camera today in a store (in Japan). I think the black looks much better than the silver (compared to the EM5 in which the silver looks better, even though I bought the black).

    To sum it up, it’s a fantastic camera. I was really impressed by it. The weight is perfect, and the focus peaking was excellent, I really wish my EM5 had it. I thought the EVF was not as good as the EM5 though, maybe it’s the refresh rate or something, but it seemed a bit unnatural to me, it seemed to me like an updated G3 EVF, but without the rainbow tearing.

    Quick menu was good, and I was pleased to see 24p in there. If it had a microphone port, and was hacked, I could see it easily taking over GH3 sales. In fact the GH3 seemed like a giant beast in comparison to it, especially in weight.

    If my EM5 broke now, I think I would replace it with a GX7 rather than another EM5. Handy having a built in tiltable flash too with programmable custom modes on the top. I also felt the dual dials were nicely positioned and the grip perfectly proportioned.

  • Chris

    Whats gonna be the price of this with the 12-50 in USD?

    • Anonymous

      GX7 looks like an ideal camera to me, except for the microphone port. I recently purchased the DMW-MS2 mic for my GH-3. If the GX7 had the mic port, I would have seriously thought about trading in my GH3 for the GX7.

    • Paul Latouche

      The 12-50 is an Olympus lens. You won’t see that in a kit with the GX7.
      The kit zoom will be Lumix 14-42mm II. The good part is that it’s about half the size of the 12-50mm, IQ is better, it’s optically stabilized (a plus on a Panasonic body, even if we have IBIS on GX7), and cheaper. The advantage of 12-50mm is mostly its range and macro mode. It’s weather sealed, but then there’s no use for that feature on a GX7.

      And now I just thought you were probably talking about the E-M1. Were you?

  • derek

    I tried it last evening at a big local computer shop. it was a good camera, over all, I agree with Mike at LL. probably it is the best MFT camera to date.
    the GX7 focuses very fast, the EVF is excellent, the IS works just fine, its video quality is really much better than anything from Olympus.
    I think only one minor issue of that camera is, like Michael said ,no ISO in Manual mode.
    As a long time Nikon user , I think it is a big design flaw as Michael said in his GX7 review.
    Michael well done, thanks for the quick timely review on the excellent GX7.

  • derek

    I meant no auto ISO in M mode.

  • Anti-daewoo

    GX7 is good for chefs.

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