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Hands on with the Panasonic Lumix GX7

Take a closer look at the Panasonic Lumix GX7 and some sample images taken on the camera.

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Lexy Savvides
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Retro, meet future. This is the Panasonic Lumix GX7, a new interchangeable lens camera (ILC) from Panasonic.

The GX7 brings a 16-megapixel sensor, magnesium alloy frame and remote shooting options to the ILC fray. As opposed to earlier G-series models, the GX7 has image stabilisation built in to the camera body, which makes shooting with legacy lenses much more appealing. Focus peaking and video recording come as standard, too. Click here to read more about the specs of the GX7, and click through for hands-on photos.

The GX7 boasts features that put it more in line with a rangefinder-style camera than any other G-series that has come before.

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At the top of the GX7 is a mode dial and a control wheel around the shutter button. In conjunction with the usual adjustment wheel at the back of the camera, the control wheel can be used to adjust parameters when shooting in manual modes, such as aperture and shutter speed.

Within the menus, the direction and operation of these wheels can be adjusted to the photographer's liking.

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The EVF tilts up 90 degrees for a more discreet shooting experience, particularly for street photography and portraiture. At 2.76 million dots, the EVF is also very high resolution and offers 100 per cent coverage.

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At the back is a switch that slides between AF and MF modes. Focus peaking is available in both video and photo modes, with three different colour overlays and two intensity levels to choose from.

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The GX7 boasts features that put it more in line with a rangefinder-style camera than any other G-series that has come before.

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6 of 12 Lexy Savvides/CNET

At the top of the GX7 is a mode dial and a control wheel around the shutter button. In conjunction with the usual adjustment wheel at the back of the camera, the control wheel can be used to adjust parameters when shooting in manual modes, such as aperture and shutter speed.

Within the menus, the direction and operation of these wheels can be adjusted to the photographer's liking.

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Time for some sample shots. These images were taken using the GX7 in manual mode using the Leica 25mm f/1.4 prime lens.

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The GX7 has a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 second, so you can use a wider aperture for shallow depth-of-field effects even without a neutral density filter.

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The GX7 has a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 second, so you can use a wider aperture for shallow depth-of-field effects even without a neutral density filter.

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The tilting 3-inch LCD touchscreen (1.04 million dots) comes 80 degrees up and 45 degrees down.

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A canoe at sunset, taken on the GX7. The camera does come with a built-in HDR mode, which snaps three images in quick succession at 1, 2 or 3EV either side of the metered exposure. This shot, however, was taken without the HDR mode active, using a custom picture mode preset.

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Like earlier cameras, the GX7 comes with a number of different scene modes. Sunset-specific modes enhance contrast and saturation for more vibrant photographs straight out of camera.

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