Tweets By Keith

Keith's Instagram

Keith's Discord

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7K Unboxing Review

Apr 7 | By KeithIsHere

The G7 costs a lump sum of £630, making it one of the most affordable interchangeable lens cameras around capable of recording video at 3840 x 2160 resolution. Although it’ll still hit your savings for six, this snapper seems like a pretty cheap way of getting into 4K filmmaking - particularly when other 4K capable lens-swappers are so expensive.

Panasonic’s own Lumix GX8 and GH4 start at £1,000, the Samsung NX1 is £1,250, while Sony’s A7S costs £1,700 lens-free and won’t even record 4K on its own, merely output it to an external device. And none of those prices include a lens.

The G7 comes bundled with a 14-42mm kit zoom and features a lofty maximum ISO of 25,600, promising strong low light performance, and a hybrid auto-focus system that apparently locks on subjects in as little as 0.07 seconds. There’s a lot to look at here, so let’s delve in.

There’s a bright, clear OLED electronic viewfinder on the back which, while not among the largest or sharpest around is a very welcome feature. Personally, I prefer using a viewfinder to the screen when it comes to photo and video composition – holding the camera up to one’s face keeps it steadier, and unlike a screen a viewfinder isn’t going to annoy people nearby when you’re shooting at concerts and the like. The screen, for its part, works just fine. 

It flips around the side to face forwards (hello, easier selfies), and can be tilted up or down to aid composition when holding the G7 above or below your head. It’s also touch sensitive, which means you can adjust certain controls by tapping – or, more importantly in my opinion, swiftly set the autofocus point by touching the on-screen object or area you want the camera to lock onto. If you wish, you can have the camera automatically take a shot after it does so.

While I’m on the subject of autofocus, it’s brilliantly fast and accurate here, even in less than ideal conditions. When taking the below nighttime test shot of the street, for instance, there was none of the slow, frustrating focus hunting you get with a lot of interchangeable lens cameras – the G7 locked onto the desired spot almost instantly. And it’s even speedier in good lighting.

And what of performance? Well, I’m happy to report that, in terms of its stills quality, the G7 is no slouch. Staying on the low light theme, its maximum ISO of 25,600 makes it surprisingly adept at capturing usable pictures in anything but the most dismal conditions. Not that you’ll want to push it to its very ISO limits, where noise makes things grainier than a bumper jar of Dijon mustard – even at ISO 3200 or 6400, results are fairly clean and the shutter speed remains quick enough to stop everything from becoming a blurry mess.

Out on a sunny (or even overcast) day, the G7’s 16MP images are sharp, clean and arresting, albeit with colours that are fairly understated straight out of the camera. Aside from the 14-42mm kit zoom, I didn’t use any other Micro Four Thirds lenses with the G7, but I’d expect sharpness to be better with many of them – and it isn’t half bad in its straight-out-of-the-box guise here.

As for 4K video, I found it quite impressive given the camera’s modest price tag. Not all the clips I recorded looked particularly stunning, and some of that wasn’t even down to my own ineptness as an Ultra HD cinematographer – there’s a little bit of pulsing evident at times, as well as some choppiness. But when you manage to get it in its sweet spot, the detail and richness on show is very easy on the eyes indeed.
I also liked the fact that the kit lens’ autofocus motor is silent (or very close to it), so can do its thing without the camera’s microphone picking up its whirring gears.

One of the G7’s touted features is “4K photo”, which basically means you can extract any single frame out of 4K videos as an 8MP still. As 4K videos run at up to 30fps here, that essentially means you get a constant 30fps continuous shooting mode, albeit at lower quality than the full 16MP stills you’d get if you, y’know, actually take photos. And that’s pretty great.


  • 16 MP Live MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine 9 Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30/24 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Up to 8 fps Shooting with AF & ISO 25600
  • DFD AF System, 4K Photo Modes
  • 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 POWER O.I.S. Lens


Offering true recording versatility, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is a true hybrid mirrorless camera that blends 4K UHD video with advanced still capture and burst shooting capabilities. Revolving around a 16 MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor and Venus Engine 9 image processor, the G7 features notable low-light sensitivity to ISO 25600, continuous shooting to 8 fps with single-shot AF, as well as a trio of 30 fps shooting rates based on the 4K UHD video recording. 

Complementing the fast burst shooting modes is an equally adept DFD autofocus system, which works to quicken focusing speeds and emphasize accurate subject tracking for consistently sharp imagery in fast-paced and trying working conditions. 

Rounding out the feature-set of the G7 is a contemporary body design accentuated by physical exposure control dials, six customizable function buttons, both a high-resolution EVF and 3.0" tilting touch-screen LCD, and built-in Wi-Fi for wireless sharing and remote camera control. Bridging the gap between stills and video, the Lumix DMC-G7 pairs these two high-resolution mediums with refined focusing and shooting controls for the utmost in shooting versatility.

Included with the camera body is the equally well-rounded Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. lens, which provides a 28-280mm equivalent focal length range to cover wide-angle to telephoto perspectives. An Optical Image Stabilizer compensates for camera shake for sharper hand-held shooting while aspherical and extra-low dispersion elements help to minimize the overall lens size and maintain a high degree of sharpness and clarity throughout the zoom range.

16 MP Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine 9

A 16 MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor pairs with an updated Venus Engine 9 to deliver fast overall performance with matched image quality to suit working in a wide variety of lighting conditions with consistent results. Sensitivity ranges from ISO 200 to 25600, with the ability to extend down to ISO 100 for working in bright conditions or with longer shutter speeds. 

Versatile burst shooting modes also allow you to pair high continuous shooting rates with AF; including shooting up to 8 fps with AF-S, 6 fps with AF-C in one area, and 6 fps during live view. For even faster performance, up to 40 fps shooting is possible with the electronic shutter function or 30 fps at 8 MP using the 4K Photo Modes.

The sensor and processor combination also helps to ensure notable image quality through the use of accurate white balance settings, Live TTL direct exposure metering, and intelligent NR (Noise Reduction) control for clean, natural imagery. Additionally, the Venus Engine 9 aids in reducing image blur caused by diffraction using electronic adjustment to automatically sharpen edges for clearer results when photographing with smaller aperture sizes.

4K UHD Video Recording

In addition to the versatile still shooting modes, the G7 also supports recording 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) video with either 30p or 24p frames rates at 100Mbps in the MP4 format. Full HD 1080p/60 is also supported, in both MP4 and AVCHD formats, as well as HD and SD resolutions.A built-in stereo microphone can be used during recordings, and features an integrated wind-cut filter, or an optional external microphone can be utilized via the 3.5mm jack for even clearer sound.

4K Photo Modes

Utilizing the 4K video recording capabilities, a trio of still shooting modes are available for recording continuous 8 MP stills at a 30 fps shooting rate:4K Burst: Just as with video recording, this mode will allow you to continuously record 8 MP images at 30 fps for up to 29 min. 59 sec., making it ideal for instances where you need a fast frame rate in order to capture the best 4K moment. 


This mode is ideal for times when you're unsure of the critical moment to press the shutter button and will record 8 MP images at 30 fps one second prior to and one second after pressing the shutter button in order to give you 60 frames to choose from.4K Burst (S/S): This mode most closely follows the 4K video recording process, and allows you to playback your video, pause at the chosen moment, and use the shutter button to mark a chosen frame from the video and save it as a single 8 MP frame.

When using any of the 4K Photo modes, you are afforded complete exposure control using the PSAM dial in order to base metering results and exposure configurations on your own shooting needs.

Depth-From-Defocus AF Technology

For accelerated autofocus performance, which performs in low-light conditions down to -4 EV, DFD (Depth-From-Defocus) technology is employed to quickly calculate the distance to subjects and adjust the focusing position in as little as 0.07 seconds. 

This contrast-detection type focus method benefits both still and video recording modes, as well as subject tracking applications where subject colour, size, and motion vectors are used to intelligently lock-onto the moving subjects and ensure precise focus. Benefiting manual focus operation, focus peaking is available that highlights bright edges of contrast with a coloured outline for quickly recognizing your focus point, as well as depth of field distances.

Body Design and Wi-Fi

Featuring a sleek design that is characteristic to Micro Four Thirds cameras, the G7 pairs retro aspects with modern functionality for intuitive use and classic appeal. Front and rear dials avail direct aperture and shutter speed control, as well as quick changing of ISO and white balance settings. Six function buttons can be assigned to control a range of custom features and the main drive wheel offers fast switching between shooting modes, including the 4K Photo modes.

For greater versatility when shooting, both a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and rear LCD monitor are available. The 2.36m-dot OLED Live View Finder features a 10,000:1 contrast ratio for bright, accurate viewing of scenes, even in difficult lighting. 

The 3.0" 1.04m-dot LCD features a static touchscreen design for intuitive navigation and control, as well as a vari-angle design for easier working from high and low angles. Rounding out the handling capabilities, the G7 also features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for wirelessly sharing images and remotely controlling the camera from a linked mobile device using the Panasonic Image App. Connection is simplified using a QR code system to pair the smartphone or tablet with the camera. Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

A versatile all-in-one zoom, the Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. is a 28-280mm equivalent wide-to-tele featuring an Optical Image Stabilizer to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. Three aspherical and two extra-low dispersion elements are incorporated within the lens design to reduce the overall size and weight as well as benefit image sharpness and clarity. Complementing the optical design is an internal focusing system that pairs with the camera's contrast-detection AF for quick, accurate focusing performance.

Other Camera Features

An electronic shutter function affords both a high top shutter speed of 1/16,000 sec. as well as silent operation for quick, inconspicuous shooting. UHS-II SDHC/SDXC memory cards are supported in order to benefit the high-resolution, data-intensive 4K movie and raw burst shooting workflows. 

An Electronic Level Gauge can be used to help ensure level horizons and plumb verticals. HDR (High Dynamic Range) automatically composites several images of varying exposures in order to gain greater highlight and shadow details and an extensive middle range of tones. A built-in pop-up flash provides additional illumination for photographing in difficult lighting conditions, and features a guide number of 20.3' at ISO 100. A Panorama mode automatically stitches together multiple images in order to realize one wide-spanning horizontal or vertical image. 

Photo Style modes: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait, Custom, Cinelike D, and Cinelike V.Creative Control modes: Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Monochrome, Dynamic Monochrome, Rough Monochrome, Silky Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Toy Pop, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Fantasy, Star Filter, One Point Color, and Sunshine. Language support: English, Japanese, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese (Traditional).


No comments
You need to sign in to comment

Related Articles