Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 full review

The GX7 pushes the limits of the Micro Four Thirds format and crams in enough extras to deliver Panasonic’s best yet

The GX7 is not only Panasonic’s newest compact system camera, but in topping its compact ‘G’ series it might just be its maker’s best effort yet. It’s not actually the headline specification that impresses, which in offering 16 megapixels from a Four Thirds (4/3-inch) sensor is in truth no better or worse than most, but rather enthusiast-enticing extras. For example the world’s first body integral electronic viewfinder (EVF) to flip up through 90°, so we could compose shots looking down on it, as well as with the camera held at eye level. Previously Panasonic only offered an EVF as a clip-on extra for its non-DSLR styled G models. Here the EVF is equipped with an eye sensor for automatic activation too, which is very cool. Read more Camera reviews

This addition has in part delivered a camera more boxier in appearance than we’re used to from the electronics giant, which it is – like Olympus, Fuji and Pentax before it – referring to as being more deliberately retro styled. It also means the GX7 more directly competes with the pricier end of the CSC spectrum and models like the OM-D and obviously E-P5, Fuji X-Pro1, plus older Sony NEX-7 and Nikon V2. Viewfinder aside, Panasonic further spoils us by including a tilting touch screen LCD with high 1,040k resolution, plus plenty of ‘hard keys’ including a couple of DSLR-like command dials also found on the E-P5, 11 option shooting mode dial, and the latest must have of built-in Wi-Fi, here activated via its own backplate button.

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