Panasonic's update to its entry-level interchangeable-lens camera, the, incorporates most of the newer tech that's in the tiny . This year's GF7 should have better performance and a more streamlined design, though it loses a couple of things in the process.
The primary kit is priced at $600, £430, or AU$700 and should be available in February in the US and Australia, and in March in the UK.
- Better burst performance. Its 5 frames per second with autofocus brings it into parity with the better-specced competitors.
- Enhanced autofocus. It now incorporates Panasonic's fast Light Speed AF system.
- Selfie-friendly. It has a couple of new features targeting selfie-takers -- face shutter (triggered by a hand wave in front of your face) and buddy shutter (when it detects two faces in proximity to each other).
- Updated video. It now supports MPEG-4, not just AVCHD.
- Streamlined design. Panasonic swapped the locations of the mode dial and the iA (one-touch auto) button, and added a programmable function button to the left shoulder. The back buttons are also shuffled around a bit. It's also gone from curved to a little more retro boxy on the top. The record button has been relocated as well. Unfortunately, Panasonic also jettisoned the grip; that tends to make cameras look a little sleeker but harder to hold. And the two custom settings mode are no longer on the mode dial.
- More compact. Part of the smaller footprint also includes switching to the smaller lenses designed for the GM series: to the 12-32mm f3.5-5.6 (24-64mm equivalent) kit lens from the 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 (28mm - 84mm equivalent). The wider angle 12-32mm lens is more conducive to selfies and groupies, but it's just a little less broad of a focal range -- 2.7x vs. 3x. Australians will also be able to purchase a two-lens kit for AU$1,000 (denoted with WGN in the model name) with the other GM-designed lens, the 35-100mm f4-5.6 (70 - 200mm equivalent).
There's just enough updated here that it doesn't feed like a complete retread of the GF6, and improved performance is never a bad thing. I hate it when manufacturers drop the grip, though.
|Olympus PEN E-PL7||Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6||Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7||Sony Alpha A5100|
|Sensor effective resolution||16.1MP Live MOS||16.0MP Live MOS||16.0MP Live MOS||24.3MP Exmor HD CMOS |
|Sensor size||17.3mm x 13mm||17.3mm x 13mm||17.3mm x 13mm||23.5 x 15.6mm|
|Sensitivity range||ISO 100 (exp)/ISO 200 - ISO 25600||ISO 160 - ISO 12800/25600 (exp)||ISO 100 (exp)/ISO 200 - ISO 25600||ISO 100 - ISO 25600|
|Burst shooting||3.5fps |
unlimited JPEG/20 raw
(8fps with fixed focus and exposure)
7 raw/unlimited JPEG
(20fps with fixed focus and exposure)
7 raw/unlimited JPEG
(40fps with electronic shutter and fixed focus)
56 JPEG/23 raw
(mag/ effective mag)
|179-pt phase- |
detection; 25-area contrast AF
|AF sensitivity||n/a||-3 - 18 EV||-4 - 18 EV||-1 - 20 EV|
|Shutter speed||60-1/4,000 sec; bulb to 30 minutes; 1/250 sec x-sync||60 - 1/4,000 sec; 1/160 sec x-sync||60 - n/a sec; max 1/16,000 sec with electronic shutter; 1/50 sec x-sync||30-1/4000 sec.; bulb; 1/160 x-sync|
|Metering||324 area||1,728 zone||1,728 zone||1,200 zone|
|Metering sensitivity||-2 - 20 EV||0 - 18 EV||0 - 18 EV||-1 - 20 EV|
|Best video||H.264 QuickTime MOV 1080/30p @ 24Mbps||MP4 |
|H.264, AVCHD |
1080/60p, 50p, 24p (AVCHD only)
|XAVC S |
|Manual aperture and shutter in video||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Maximum best-quality recording time per clip||22 minutes||4GB/29:59 minutes||4GB/29:59 minutes||29 minutes|
Flip-down touch screen
|Memory slots||1 x SDXC||1 x SDXC||1 x SDXC||1 x SDXC|
|Wireless connection||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi, NFC||Wi-Fi, NFC||Wi-Fi, NFC|
|Battery life (CIPA rating)||350 shots||330 shots||230 shots||400 shots|
|Size (WHD)||4.5 x 2.6 x 1.5 in. |
114.9 x 67 x 38.4mm
|4.4 x 2.6 x 1.5 in. |
111.2 x 64.8 x 38.4mm
|4.2 x 2.6 x 1.3 in. |
106.5 x 64.6 x 33.3mm
|4.3 x 2.5 x 1.4 in. |
109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7mm
|Body operating weight||12.9 oz. |
|11.4 oz. (est.) |
|9.4 oz. (est.) |
|10 oz. (est.) |
|Primary kit||$600 |
(with 14-42mm II lens)
(with 14-42mm lens)
(with 16-50mm PZ lens)
|Release date||September 2014||April 2013||February 2015||September 2014|