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Panasonic G7 Officially Unveiled, A Mini GH4 On A Budget

By Anthony Thurston on May 18th 2015

Just as with last night’s Fujifilm X-T10 announcement, we have been hearing a lot about the Panasonic G7 ahead of time. But the time for guesses and conjecture is over, the G7 is now official and we can see what Panasonic has come up with.

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The G7 is Panasonic’s latest 4K video capable camera, making it a nice budget alternative to their flagship GH4 model. It features a 16MP Live MOS sensor, and a Venus image processor powered by a quad-core CPU that allows for up to 8fps continuous shooting.

Contrary to what was rumored, the G7 does feature Panasonic’s advanced DFD focusing technology, meaning that its AF performance should be similar to the GH4 – in other words, very well.

Panasonic G7 Specs

  • 16 MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Sensor
  • Venus Engine 9 Image Processor
  • 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

The new Panasonic G7 will be available later this year, though an exact day – or even month – was not released. The price, however, was released, and you can now get yours pre-ordered over on B&H now for just $895.98.

What are your thoughts on the new Panasonic G7? Do you think it slots in nicely with other advanced amateur cameras like Fuji‘s new X-T10 and Sony’s A6000? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dave Haynie

    They seem to have filtered out some of the top professionally-oriented features. Checking out Panasonic’s spec sheet, it’s missing DCI-4K (4096×2160), it’s missing the All-Intra 100Mb/s and 200Mb/s modes… so 1080p60 is limited to 28Mb/s for MP4 or AVCHD. It seems that it’s going to be limited to 29’59” recording for at least some modes, including 4K, even in the USA — Panasonic’s been one of the only companies not to impose this European limit on the rest of the world in at least some of their cameras. It may also be region-locked. Doesn’t seem to do 10-bit 4K output, either. No variable frame rate. And it doesn’t hook up to the YAGH interface. And no weather sealing.

    It keeps the same sensor, the same EVF, and includes a new video DSP (eg, “Venus Engine”). This might be particularly if you’re a GH4 shooter hoping to use a G7 as a B-cam, should be easy to color match. It’s actually capable of using UHS-II cards at speed, not just UHS-I, which means you can probably do an “infinite” number of high speed burst photos (the OM-D E-M5II can do “infinite” bursts at 5fps with a UHS-II card, though at 10fps it’s DRAM buffer limited).

    So, not a horrible way to get into 4K for less than $800 (that’s actually the price with kit lens, no body-only price yet), if you can deal with the limitations. Shooting 4K for HD won’t get you to the 200Mb/s AVC-Intra mode of the GH4, but downsampling that will kick butt over any of the built-in HD modes. It’s also interesting that most of the differences are firmware-only. I do wonder if this is as hackable as the GH3 was….

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  2. Doug Davis

    Will there be any big differences between this and the GH4? Cant wait to see reviews.

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  3. Lissette Garcia

    So many cameras, so little time.

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