Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 Mirrorless Camera

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The One That Loves a Selfie

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera Their latest entry-level mirrorless camera, the Panasonic Lumix GF7, and matching other Lumix G models, makes use of the traditional Micro Four Thirds classic and a 16 Megapixel sensor. Released in January 2015, it appears almost two years after previous version, the Lumix GF6, although the older version will remain on sale while stocks last.

Like its predecessor, the primary feature of the GF7 is its tilting LCD screen which can fold towards the front to face the subject for selfies. After being folded out, the GF7 transforms into Self Shot mode, making it easy to capture pictures of yourself, with new optional defocusing, slimming, and smooth skin filters. The GF7 also has fun thinking of ways to complement the selfie experience. A new Buddy mode verifies when two faces are near each other, and the entertaining Jump Snap mode wittily exploits the accelerometer in your smartphone to press the shutter as you jump into the air. As previously, the screen hinge is at the top while the built-in flash explains the lump on top of the body. wistfully it's not an EVF. If you desire an EVF in a smaller Lumix G camera, you should get the GM5.

Video has been upgraded to support 1080, 50p and 60p, the autofocus which once worked down to -3EV now shoots under even darker situations at an industry-standard -4EV, while continuous shooting has been increased somewhat to 5.8fps, or 5fps with AF tracking. Also there is focus peaking, built-in Wifi (sans NFC), and a casual snapshot video function which captures and compiles very short clips. The GF7 is produced in silver or brown.

Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds Adapters

As with all mirrorless cameras, if you want to mount a non-OEM lens on your Micro Four Thirds camera, all you need is the correct MFT lens adapter. Several manufacturers specifically create adapters for mounting third-party lenses to Four Thirds and Miro Four Thirds camera bodies.

Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless  
Max resolution 4592 x 3448  
Other resolutions 4:3 (3232 x 2424, 2272 x 1704), 3:2 (4592 x 3064, 3232 x 2160, 1824 x 1216), 3:2 (4592 x 2584, 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080), 1:1 (3424 x 3224, 2416 x 2416, 1712 x 1712)  
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 16 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels  
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
Processor Venus Engine  
ISO Auto, 200-25600 (extends to 100-25600)  
Boosted ISO (minimum) 100  
White balance presets 5  
Custom white balance Yes (2 slots)  
Image stabilization No  
Uncompressed format RAW  
JPEG quality levels Fine, standard  
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (2x-4x)  
Manual focus Yes  
Number of focus points 23  
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds  
Focal length multiplier 2  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting  
Screen size 3  
Screen dots 1,040,000  
Touch screen Yes (with touch AF, shutter, playback, menus)  
Screen type TFT LCD  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/500 sec  
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/16000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes  
Flash range 4.00 m (at ISO 100)  
External flash No  
Flash modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, flash off  
Continuous drive 5.8 fps  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3-shot/10 sec)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV steps)  
AE Bracketing 3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing Yes (3 shots in blue/amber and magenta/green axes)  
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)  
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264  
Videography notes 24p only available with AVCHD  
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)  
Microphone port No  
Headphone port No  
Wireless Built-In  
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n with NFC  
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)  
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-ion battery & charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 230  
Weight (inc. batteries) 266 g (0.59 lb / 9.38 oz)  
Dimensions 107 x 65 x 33 mm (4.21 x 2.56 x 1.3)  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
GPS None


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