Two years after it hit the market, the successor of the veteran Lumix DMC-GX1 from Panasonic was announced; merely days after the first details about it were leaked, the Lumix DMC-GX7 was officially announced.
According to Panasonic Spain, it will cost around 1100 Euros, and it comes with the standard 14-42 mm f3.5-5.6 zoom. The new GX keeps the philosophy of its predecessor, being the most modest and “classic” among the interchangeable lens Lumix cameras –although this doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a lot of new features.
Apart from the changes in its design that give it that classic look, the GX7 has an integrated electronic viewfinder with a 2.7-megapixel resolution, which promises 100 % coverage of the Adobe RGB color space. Although this feature is nothing uncommon nowadays, the GX7 and its fold-out system allow the set the viewfinder in a 90-degree angle.
And thanks to its 16-megapixel CMOS, the Japanese company said, its performance has been greatly improved, the sensible zone of each photodiode has been widened, and –with a little help from the Venus Engine VIII processor- the image noise has been greatly reduced.
Since its recent presentation in thedigitalcamera.net. we’ve already been able to test a production unit of the Lumix GX7.
It features a sensitivity of up to 25.600 ISO and a shutter speed of 1/8000 of a second. The new GX7’s burst mode shoots at 5 frames per second at the maximum resolution.
One of the most interesting new features is the GX7’s mechanical stabilization system, the first one among Panasonic’s interchangeable lens cameras. This is especially useful for those who use non-stabilized lenses from other brands with Micro Four Thirds systems, or older lenses.
In any case, Panasonic says the mechanic stabilizer will work just fine with the already stabilized lenses, and this system will remain active when using the Lumix G lenses.
The magnesium alloy body and the improved focus –especially in low-light scenes, the company says- are some of the new features of this new GX, which also has a fold-out touch screen with a 1-megapixel resolution.
Naturally, it also features Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, Full HD video recording at 50 and 24p with manual controls (although it doesn’t support external microphones) and Focus Peaking system.