One of the most frequently asked questions from our MC readers over the last year has been about the successor to Panasonic’s popular, albeit underrated compact Micro 4/3 camera, the Lumix GX1. The GX1 is a dynamite little camera, performance wise, and it’s small size, pocketability (especially with a lens such a Panasonic’s stellar 20mm 1.7 pancake) and high quality images made it a favorite for M43 shooters. But the GX1 came out years ago and let’s face it… it was getting long in the tooth. It also seems that there have been rumors about it’s successor, which everyone assumed would be called the GX2, for almost as long as the camera has been in existence – not surprising as it seems that the lifespan of most camera models these days is about a year (if that).
Finally, the wait is over… and Panasonic have thrown us a bit of a curve ball by skipping over 6 model numbers to go straight from the Lumix GX1 all the way to the new Lumix GX7. But will the new camera perform well enough to warrant such a large leap in model numbers?
My 2 Cents
While I have to agree with Chris that the Lumix GX7 is a little less than inspiring in the looks department, I’ll have to quote Han Solo in describing the Millenium Falcon… “She may not look like much, kid, but she’s got it where it counts.”
Indeed, there’s a lot to love about the GX7. The camera handles well, the menus are intuitive, it’s feature rich, it has a high resolution, tiltable touch screen and Electronic Viewfinder (which, whether you’re going to flip it up or not, you have to admit it’s pretty cool). But what really stands out for me is the quality of both the still photos and videos produced by the GX7 (both color and black and white – see the B&W still photo and the color video below, shot by my good friend, Mark Toal in very low light conditions – You can also check these and more images out on a blog post written by Mark as he was evaluating the new camera).
Lumix GX7 Video
Lumix GX7 Still Photo
While I agree with Chris that I would’ve loved to have seen a mic input jack and headphone jack on the GX7, I have to say that what this camera delivers in terms of image quality (this camera easily hangs with the best of the best), ease of use, wi-fi and affordable pricing (at the time of this posting, you can get the Panasonic Lumix GX7 for only $898 USD) make the Lumix GX7 a winner, and we’re awarding it with our Editor’s Choice Status.