Panasonic Lumix G7 Review – Best 4k Vlogging Camera You Can Buy Under $600

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System camera which incorporates 4K video recording capability with many different 4K Photo functions. The G7 can record 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) movie with 30p or 24p frames rates at 100Mbps in the MP4 format. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is offered in silver or black in 3 kit choices: body-only (#599), in a kit with all the 14-42mm II lens (#679 / $799), or using all the 14-150mm super-zoom lens (#849 / $1099).

Benefits of Use

The newest Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Still styled very much in the DSLR mold, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 has a more angular layout than the curved G6. It manages to match a 3-inch fully rotating, free-angle LCD display and a digital viewfinder into its diminutive dimensions, however, remains comfortable enough for users with average-sized hands to function. Apart from the handgrip, back thumb grip and the right-hand side of the camera, which can be all rubberized, the DMC-G7 has slightly textured plastic end. It is still very well-built with a high-quality aluminum chassis, metal lens mount and metal tripod socket which belies its relatively affordable price point.

On the very front of this Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is a tiny focus-assist and Self-timer indicator lamp, black lens release button, metal lens mount and a generously-sized rubberized hand-grip with a sculpted indent for your forefinger, which is large enough to effectively aid your hold on the camera.

Optical image stabilization is built into the camera body, with the 14-42mm II kit lens that we analyzed the DMC-G7 without a physical OIS upgrade. Rather it could be turned on and off via the DMC-G7’s menu program. Once enabled, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 automatically compensates for camera shake, and it can be a slight blurring of the picture that typically happens at slow shutter speeds once the camera is handheld.

On the left side of this DMC-G7 (when viewed from behind) is the MIC socket to be used with an external mic, hidden under a rubber flap. On the right of the body are three connection ports, for example, AV Out/Digital port, a port to the optional remote shutter release, and an HDMI port for connecting the DMC-G7 to an HD tv or monitor. Panasonic does not contain an HDMI cable as standard in the box, which means you’ll have to buy one separately to take advantage of the camera’s HD connectivity.

On the bottom is a metal tripod socket, notably in-line with the middle of the lens barrel, and also the shared battery compartment and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot. The DMC-G7 oversees around 350 shots using the supplied 7.2V 1200mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery before needing to be recharged, about the same since the former DMC-G6.

Found on top of this Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 are a new drive mode dial On the left that includes the burst mode/4K/bracketing/constant

shooting/timer options, the external flash hot shoe and built-in pop-up flash, complete with a manual switch to open it to the rear, twin stereo microphones, on/off switch, a handy one-touch movie record button, fresh Fn1/Exposure Compensation button, and a reasonably sized, tactile shutter button that’s encircled from the first of two control dials. The next thumb-operated control dial changes the aperture but cleverly has a button at its center that lets you toggle to the white balance and ISO speed – very handy.

DMC-G7’s top panel is a traditional shooting mode dial that allows you to choose the different exposure modes. This dial is a normal quality of SLR cameras also enables you to quickly switch between the various modes. The typical selection of Software, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual are available for more experienced photographers, while beginner-friendly Scene modes are accessed through the SCN setting. Additionally, there’s a customized mode, marked C, which allows you to configure three of your favorite settings and immediately access them.


Front of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7


The DMC-G7’s Range of Creative Controls, denoted by an artist’s palette, today provides a whopping 22 options. Some are more practical than the others, and you do lose control of the exposure and other key settings when using the Creative Controls, whereas the 6 accessible Photo Styles still permit full control of the camera’s settings. The Creative Panorama mode allows you to apply any of the different results to a vertical or horizontal panoramic image, which can be easily taken by’sweeping’ with all the camera while keeping the shutter release depressed.

The clever Intelligent Car mode, now chosen via the shooting style Dial, tries to make things as easy as you can for the complete novice, allowing them to point and shoot the camera without needing to worry about selecting the most appropriate picture style or preferences. Intelligent Vehicle Mode automatically decides a number of key criteria when taking a picture, such as selecting the most appropriate scene mode (from 5 commonly utilized presets) and ISO speed, and turning facial detection (up to 15 faces), picture stabilization and speedy auto-focus on.

The Intelligent Auto Plus Mode also Includes Intelligent Exposure, which raises exposure only in the under-exposed regions of the image, Digital Red-eye, which automatically finds and eliminates red-eye, and AF Tracking, which tracks a moving subject and keeps it into focus, without you have to hold the shutter button halfway down as on most other cameras. Intelligent D-range always checks the ambient light level and adjusts the exposure setting as conditions change to avoid blown highlights and blocked shadows, while Intelligent Resolution mode makes a typical image seem like a higher resolution one.

In practice, the Intelligent Vehicle Mode system functions really well, with The DMC-G7 seamlessly choosing the most appropriate mix of settings for the current circumstance. The 5 available scene modes are Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Night Portrait, and Night Scenery, so clearly not all situations are covered by Intelligent Auto Mode, but it will work for the majority of the moment. It makes it possible for the experienced photographer to readily take well-exposed, sharp images of people, scenery, and close-ups by simply pointing and shooting the camera.

The DMC-G7 provides both AVCHD movie Capture and MP4, together with the latter offering 4K recording in 3840×2160 in 25p (50Hz) or 24p at MP4 with full-time auto-focusing. Interestingly, if you want to shoot the maximum 4K video — i.e twice as high quality as Full HD — a change to MP4 style is required before you can execute that setting on the Panasonic, with the choice 25 or 24 frames per second capture speed. To put it differently, 4K shooting is not available with AVCHD compression. You could even extract a still picture from a 4K sequence, end up with the equivalent of an 8-megapixel photograph at 30fps.

The rear of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is a fascinating prospect for would-be videographers, providing access as it does to the same imaginative exposure P,A,S,M modes selectable when shooting stills. You also get access to all of the Photo Style and Creative Control manners when shooting video. ISO settings, white balance, and AF monitoring are also accessible when shooting pictures. The normal bugbear of exterior location shoots is also dealt with thanks to a wind cut choice one of the four display’s worth of menu settings in motion picture style.


The DMC-G7’s Smart Auto mode functions for films as well as for Still photos. Just choose the iA shooting style on top of the camera, then the Movie Record button. The Intelligent Scene Selector automatically determines the most suitable Scene style from five options – Portrait, Scenery, Low Light and Close-up or Normal modes. Face Detection automatically detects a face in the frame and adjusts the focus, exposure, contrast, and skin elasticity.

Intelligent Exposure continually checks the ambient light level and adjusts the exposure setting as conditions change to prevent blown highlights and blocked shadows. The Picture Stabilizer helps prevent blurring from hand-shake when using a harmonious lens or via the camera body. 1 great benefit of this touch-screen control system is that Touch Auto Focusing is offered in movie recording, enabling pro-level rack-like focusing only by pointing in the topic on the LCD display.

You will find three 4K Photo functions – 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst which record constant 8-megapixel stills in a 30fps shooting pace. 4K Burst permits you to continuously capture 8 megapixel images at 30fps, 4K Pre-Burst does the same but for one second prior to and one second after pressing the shutter button in order, providing you with 60 frames to choose from, and 4K Burst (S/S) allows you to playback your video, pause at the chosen moment, and use the shutter button to automatically indicate a selected frame from the video and save it as one 8 camera framework.


The Wi-Fi operates (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) lets you use your smartphone to change the DMC-G7’s settings (focus setting, exposure compensation, ISO, WB and Photo Styles) as well as fire the camera (including interval video files ), whereas the auto-transfer operate automatically backs up your photographs onto a tablet. You can also use GPS data from your smartphone to record the shooting location on your own images. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 supplies a time-lapse purpose in which you can set the time period and the number of pictures to take, and a multi-exposure option that lets you combine up to four exposures in a single frame.

The Back of this Lumix DMC-G7 is Dominated by the big 3 inch LCD display. The rotating, free-angle LCD screen, which is hinged on the left side of the camera (looking from the rear), can be rotated 180 degrees for side to side and flipped out and twisted through 270 degrees. It is possible to use the screen as a waist-level viewfinder, holding the camera overhead, and even for turning the DMC-G7 on yourself for arm-length self-portraits. There is also the added benefit of folding the screen away against the camera to protect it when saved in a camera bag, preventing it from getting marked or scratched.

Top of this Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

 The 1036K Pixel high-resolution screen coped admirably with the vast majority of Lighting conditions.  

The Auto Power LCD function automatically detects the current lighting conditions and fosters the LCD backlighting by up to 40% when shooting outdoors in bright sunshine, helping keep the Screen observable.


The high-res, free-angle LCD screen Is a Lot more than Just a novelty - it's a lot more versatile than the usual blend of Optical viewfinder and adjusted LCD, supplying new angles of opinion and Improving your general imagination. Above all, it's a fun way of Composing your images.


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