Panasonic Lumix GF7 mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera officially announced

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The Panasonic GF7 camera is now officially announced and is available for pre-order at Amazon, Adorama and B&H.

Additional GF7 information:

Panasonic GF7 camera specifications:

  • 16MP Live MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • 3.0-inch 1040K-dot touch screen, tiltable by 180 degrees
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with One-Button Connect
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD video in AVCHD Progressive (50p) or MP4 (MPEG-4 / H.264) format
  • Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
  • Contrast AF system
  • ISO Up to 25,600
  • Dual Shutter Buttons
  • Buddy and Face Shutters
  • Wide variety of creative and automatic modes including Self Shot, Jump Snap, Creative Control, Time Lapse, and Stop Motion
  • Animation
  • Light Speed Auto Focus with Contrast AF, Low Light AF, Face / Eye Detection AF and more
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
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  • Spy Black

    Very surprised they didn’t put a rotating screen on that thing.

    • Neopulse

      Probably going to put that in the higher models. Although the current GX7 screen isn’t too different from this one.

    • asdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdf

      Why does it need to rotate?

      I’m more surprised there is no flash bracket for a $600 camera.

      • Spy Black

        Try to shoot over a crowd with that.

        • Zos Xavius

          I shoot over the crowd and my screen doesn’t even swivel! If that’s a priority I’m sure you can find another $600 camera that offers you that. You seem really upset by this omission seeing as how this like your 2nd post about it.

          • Spy Black

            It’s common sense dude. Is it a mandate? Of course not, but if you’re going to have an articulating screen, make it useful. I have an RX100, and it can shoot waist-level, overhead, or 180 degrees.

          • asdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdf

            I never considered to shoot over a crowd (probably because I’m taller than the average person). But I can see how a lot of people could use that feature. To me the “getting low” angle is difficult (bending over), so thats a life saver. Shooting over heads is not essential to be sure, but it would be nice. I wonder why they didn’t include it.

            Anyway, they should have an accessory/flash bracket (to put an optional EVF on) AND a swivel/flip LCD. These things need to be standard. Making mirrorless cameras without them today just seems weird and out of touch.

            If this was a point and click then OK.

        • asdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdf

          ^He has a point you know.

          *insert photo of Morgan Freeman*

  • Kynikos

    No viewfinder, no thanks.

    • asdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdf

      At least a flash/accessory bracket to accommodate one.

      • Spy Black

        I don’t know why cameras today still use Xenon flash units. An LED array along the front of the camera would be a lot more practical, and can double as a video light as well.

      • Kynikos

        The whole pitch with m4/3 is very good IQ in the smallest practical package. Strapping on an external viewfinder, in my opinion, defeats the purpose.

    • Zos Xavius

      Yeah its a real shame Panasonic doesn’t make any compact MILCs with viewfinders….

      • Neopulse

        Have you seen the GX7? Or did you mean non-EVF?

        • Zos Xavius

          But of course. Sarcasm is hard to convey sometimes….

          • Neopulse

            Ah I see, for a moment though though you were referring to a live viewfinder. Like leaning towards a rangfinder-style with a MFT sensor. Pardon my ignorance.

  • MonkeySpanner

    m4/3 became less interesting to me when the 1″ systems started to appear. 1″ can be TRULY compact. To me m4/3 is a stepping stone between 1″ and aps-c that really doesn’t need to be there. I think they have done a good job of having lots of body options and a good lens selection – but – it isn’t a huge size reduction over the sony e-mounts, and that tired 16MP sensor is really starting to lag behind the latest Sony aps-c sensors.
    And – fight!

    • asdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdf

      Except that there are several m4/3rds cameras that are MORE compact that the 1″ systems……….. So, that’s a problem for the 1″ systems. They don’t gain much in compactness, and their manufacturers aren’t really doing much with them.

      The Nikon 1’s are pretty much a joke, with several total joke modes. Except the V3. But that one was priced like a joke on the consumers and had almost no performance or quality improvement over the V2. Nikon should really do better.

      • MonkeySpanner

        I never said that good 1″ sensored systems are available – just that it is possible to make them much smaller than m43 (bodies – no, lenses – definitely). It has already been shown that a 1″ sensor can be made to have acceptable to pretty good IQ. And yes, the Nikon 1 bodies are mostly a joke. I am hoping someone else will come up with a reasonable 1″ system. Samsung also tried – but now doesn’t appear to be interested in the NX mini any more. It is a shame. 1″ has lots of potential for lens size reduction – but no one has come with a serious system.

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