Panasonic Lumix GF7 Review

January 20, 2015 | Mark Goldstein | |

Specifications

TYPE Type Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera
Recording media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card (Compatible with UHS-I standard SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards)
Image sensor size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds mount
IMAGE SENSOR Type Live MOS Sensor
Total pixels 16.84 Megapixels
Camera effective pixels 16.00 Megapixels
Color filter Primary color filter
Dust reduction system Supersonic wave filter
RECORDING SYSTEM Recording file format Still image JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds system standard)
Motion picture AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2ch), MP4 (Audio format AAC 2ch)
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Image quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard/MPO+Fine / MPO+Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds system standard)
Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
File size(Pixels) Still Image [4:3] 4592x3448(L) / 3232x2424(M) / 2272x1704(S) / 1824x1368 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third system standard)/[3:2] 4592x3064(L) / 3232x2160(M) / 2272x1520(S) / 1824x1216 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third system standard)/[16:9] 4592x2584(L) / 3840x2160(M) / 1920x1080(S) / 1824x1024 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third system standard)/[1:1] 3424x3424(L) / 2416x2416(M) / 1712x1712(S) / 1712x1712 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third system standard)
Motion picture*1 MP4*2 [Full HD] 1920x1080 60p, 28Mbps (sensor output is 60fps)/[Full HD] 1920x1080 30p, 20Mbps (sensor output is 30fps)/[HD] 1280x720 30p, 10Mbps (sensor output is 30fps)/[VGA] 640x480 30p, 4Mbps (sensor output is 30fps)
MP4*2:PAL area [Full HD] 1920x1080 50p, 28Mbps (sensor output is 50fps)/[Full HD] 1920x1080 25p, 20Mbps (sensor output is 25fps)/[HD] 1280x720 25p, 10Mbps (sensor output is 25fps)/[VGA] 640x480 25p, 4Mbps (sensor output is 25fps)
AVCHD*3 [Full HD] 1920x1080 60p, 28Mbps (sensor output is 60fps)/[Full HD] 1920x1080 60i, 17Mbps (sensor output is 60fps)/[Full HD] 1920x1080 60i, 24Mbps (sensor output is 30fps)/[Full HD] 1920x1080 24p, 24Mbps (sensor output is 24fps)
AVCHD*3:PAL area [Full HD] 1920x1080 50p, 28Mbps (sensor output is 50fps)/[Full HD] 1920x1080 50i, 17Mbps (sensor output is 50fps)/[Full HD] 1920x1080 50i, 24Mbps (sensor output is 25fps)/[Full HD] 1920x1080 24p, 24Mbps (sensor output is 24fps)
Continuous recordable time (Motion picture) AVCHD [FHD/60i, FHD/50i]: Approx. 80 min with H-FS12032/AVCHD [FHD/60i, FHD/50i]: Approx. 80 min with H-PS14042/AVCHD [FHD/60i, FHD/50i]: Approx. 80 min with H-FS35100
Actual recordable time (Motion picture) AVCHD [FHD/60i, FHD/50i]: Approx. 40 min with H-FS12032/AVCHD [FHD/60i, FHD/50i]: Approx. 40 min with H-PS14042/AVCHD [FHD/60i, FHD/50i]: Approx. 40 min with H-FS35100
WiFi FUNCTION WiFi IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2412 MHz - 2462 MHz (1-11 ch), Wi-Fi / WPA / WPA2, Infrastructure mode
NFC No
QR Code Connection Yes
Password-less connection Yes (ON / OFF selectable)
FOCUS Type Contrast AF system
Focus mode AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF
AF mode Face/Eye Detection / Tracking / 23-Area / 1-Area / Pinpoint/(Full area touch is available)
AF detective range EV -4 - 18 (ISO100 equivalent)
AF assist lamp Yes
AF lock Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF lock
Others One Shot AF, Shutter AF, Half Press Release, Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion picture recording), AF+MF, MF Assist, Touch MF Assist, Focus Peaking, Touch AF/AE Function, Touch Shutter
EXPOSURE CONTROL Light metering system 1728-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light metering mode Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Metering range EV 0 - 18 (F2.0 lens, ISO100 equivalent)
Exposure mode Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual,
ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto / Intelligent ISO / 100 (Extended) / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)/(Up to ISO3200 in motion picture recording)
Exposure compensation 1/3 EV step ±5EV (±3EV for motion picture)
AE lock Set the Fn button in custom menu to AE lock
AE bracket 3, 5, 7 frames in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV Step, Max. ±3 EV, single/burst
WHITE BALANCE White balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting
White balance adjustment Blue/Amber bias, Magenta/Green bias
Color temperature setting 2500-10000K in 100K
White balance bracket 3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
SHUTTER Type Electronically-controll focal-plane shutter / Electronic shutter
Shutter speed Still image: Time (Max. 60 second), 1/16,000 - 60/Motion picture: 1/16,000 - 1/25
Self timer 10sec, 3 images / 2sec / 10sec
SCENE GUIDE Still image Portrait (mode dial) / Kids (mode dial) / Scenery (mode dial) / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Relaxing Tone / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Glistening Water / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Glittering Illuminations / Handheld Night Shot / Clear Night Portrait / Soft Image of a Flower / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome
Motion picture Portrait (mode dial) / Kids (mode dial) / Scenery (mode dial) / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Relaxing Tone / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Handheld Night Shot / Clear Night Portrait / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome
PANORAMA SHOT Panorama shot Yes
BURST SHOOTING Burst speed Mechanical shutter: H: 5.8 frames/sec (with AFS), 5 frames/sec (with AFC, in 1-area-focusing AF mode), M: 4 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)/Electronic shutter: SH: 40 frames/sec, H: 10 frames/sec, M: 4 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
Number of recordable images 7 images (When there are RAW files with the particular speed.)/Unlimited consecutive shooting (Except for the SH mode. When there are no RAW files. Depending on the capacity of the memory card.)/39 images (SH mode. When there are no RAW files.)/(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
FLASH Flash type TTL Built-in-Flash, GN5.6 equivalent (ISO 200・m), GN4.0 equivalent (ISO 100・m), Built-in Pop-up
Flash Mode Auto*, Auto/Red-eye Reduction*, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off * For iA, iA+ only.
Synchronization speed Less than 1/50 second
Flash output adjustment 1/3EV step ±2EV
Flash synchronization 1st. Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync.
REAR MONITOR Type TFT LCD monitor with static touch control, Tiltable monitor
Monitor size 3-inch / 3:2 aspect / Wide viewing angle
Pixels Approx. 1040k dots
Filed of view Approx. 100%
Monitor adjustment Brightness (13 levels), Contrast (13 levels), Saturation (13 levels), Red-Green (21 levels), Blue-Yellow (21 levels)
LIVE VIEW Digital zoom 2x, 4x
Extra Tele Conversion Still image: Max. 2x/Motion picture: 2.4x (FHD), 3.6x (HD), 4.8x (VGA)
Other functions Level Gauge, Real-time Histogram, Guide Lines (3 patterns), Highlight display (Still image / motion picture), Zebra pattern (Still image / motion picture)
DIRECTION DETECTION FUNCTION Direction Detection Function Yes
SELF SHOT Self Shot Mode Yes
Shutter Shutter Button, Touch, Face Shutter, Buddy Shutter
Effect Soft Skin: OFF / Low / Medium / High, Defocusing: OFF / ON, Sliming Mode: OFF / Low / High
FUNCTION BUTTON Fn1, Fn2, Fn3, Fn4, Fn5, Fn6 Wi-Fi / AF/AE Lock / AF-ON / Preview / One Push AE / Touch AE / Level Gauge / Zoom Control / Cursor Button Lock / Photo Style / Filter Select / Aspect Ratio / Picture Size / Quality / Sensitivity / Metering Mode / Focus Mode / i.Dynamic / i.Resolution / HDR / Shutter Type / Flash Mode / Flash Adjust / Ex. Tele Conv. / Digital Zoom / Stabilizer / Snap Movie / Motion Pic. Set / Picture Mode / Silent Mode / Peaking / Histogram / Guide Line / Zebra Pattern / Monochrome Live View / Rec Area / Step Zoom / Zoom Speed / Touch Panel / Restore to Default
PHOTO STYLE Still image and motion picture Standard / Vivid / Natural / Monochrome / Scenery / Portrait / Custom
CREATIVE CONTROL Still image 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 / Sunshine
Motion picture Expressive / Retro / Old Days / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Monochrome / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Toy Pop / Bleach Bypass / Miniature Effect / Fantasy / One Point Color
MOTION PICTURE FUNCTION Flicker reduction [1/50] / [1/60] / [1/100] / [1/120] / OFF
PLAYBACK Playback function Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (Max. 16x), Slideshow (All / Picture Only / Video Only / 3D / Category Selection / Favorite, duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal / Picture / Video / 3D Play / Category / Favorite), Location Logging, Clear Retouch, Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Time Lapse Video, Stop Motion Video, Resize, Cropping, Rotate, Rotation Display, Favorite, DPOF Print Set, Protect, Face Recognition Edit, Picture Sort, Delete Comfirmation
IMAGE PROTECTION / ERASE Protection Single / Multi, Cancel
Erase Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite
PRINT Direct Print PictBridge compatible
INTERFACE USB USB 2.0 High Speed Multi
HDMI microHDMI TypeD / VIERA Link/Video: Auto / 1080p / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p in PAL system)/Audio: Stereo
Audio video output Monaural Type, NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for North America/*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the products that are available in your market.
Microphone Stereo, Wind-cut: OFF / Low / Standard / High / AUTO
Speaker Monaural
LANGUAGE OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
POWER Battery Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 680mAh, 4.9Wh) (Included)/Battery Charger
Battery life (CIPA standard) Approx. 230 images with H-FS12032/Approx. 210 images with H-PS14042/Approx. 230 images with H-FS35100
DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT Dimensions (W x H x D) 106.5 x 64.6 x 33.3 mm / 4.2 x 2.55 x 1.32 inch (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 266g / 0.59 lb (SD card, Battery, Body)/Approx. 236g / 0.53 lb (Body only)/Approx. 336g / 0.74 lb (SD card, Battery, H-FS12032 lens included)/Approx. 361g / 0.80 lb (SD card, Battery, H-PS14042 lens included)/Approx. 401g / 0.88 lb (SD card, Battery, H-FS35100 lens included)/Approx. 471g / 1.04 lb (SD card, Battery, H-FS12032 + H-FS35100 lenses included)
OPERATING ENVIRONMENT Operating temperature 0℃ to 40℃ (32°F to 104°F)
Operating humidity 10%RH to 80%RH
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.6 PE (Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8)/SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 4.2 SE (Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, Mac OS X v10.5 / v10.6 / v10.7 / v10.8)/LoiLoScope (trial version) (Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8)
Standard accessories DMC-GF7K Kit/Battery Pack, Battery Charger, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, DVD-ROM, AC Cable*, Lens Cap/* Depends on the country or region.
INTERCHANGEABLE LENS-1 Lens Name LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.
Lens Construction 8 elements in 7 groups (3 aspherical lenses, 1 ED lens)
Nano Surface Coating -
Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Optical Image Stabilizer Yes (MEGA O.I.S.)
Focal Length f=12-32mm (35mm camera equivalent 24-64mm)
Aperture Type 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Maximum Aperture F3.5(Wide) - F5.6(Tele)
Minimum Aperture F22
Closest Focusing Distance 0.20m/0.66ft (at focal lenghts 12-20mm) / 0.30m/0.98ft (at focal lenghts 21-32mm)
Maximum magnification Approx. 0.13x / 0.26x (35mm camera equivalent)
Diagonal Angle of View 84°(Wide) to 37°(TELE)
General Filter Size 37mm / 1.5in
Max. Diameter φ55.5mm / 2.2in
Overall Length Approx. 24mm / 0.94in (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
Weight [g] Approx. 70g (excluding lens cap, lens rear cap )
Weight [oz] Approx. 2.47oz (excluding lens cap, lens rear cap )
NOTE *1 Use a card with SD Speed Class with ""Class4"" or higher.
NOTE *2 Motion picture can be recorded continuously for up to 29 min 59 sec or up to 4 GB.
NOTE *3 Motion picture can be recorded continuously for up to 29 min 59 sec (in Europe and some Asian areas.)