Panasonic DMC GF7 Detailed Review

Panasonic DMC GF7

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In additional DMC GF7 was introduced by Panasonic in February 2015. It belongs to the Mirrorless Cameras category.

Panasonic is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Panasonic.

BrandPanasonic
CategoryMirrorless
Date02/2015
Sensor Properties

Also DMC GF7 has a Four Thirds CMOS sensor with size of 17 x 13 mm² (0.68" x 0.51").

Picture of DMC GF7's sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: DMC GF7 comparing sensor sizes

The 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The DMC GF7's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 16 megapixel. The resolution is somewhat below average but will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 size.

The Panasonic supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Panasonic's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

The DMC GF7 features a mechanism for automatic sensor cleaning.

FormatFour Thirds
Sensor area17.30 x 13.00mm²
(0.68" x 0.51")
TypeCMOS
Resolution (physical)16.84 megapixel
Resolution (effective)16.00 megapixel
Pixel size14.20 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 6 frames/second
Lens
Interchangeable lens
MountPanasonic Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
Viewfinder Properties

The DMC GF7 does not come with a built-in viewfinder. The camera's display is used to compose the photo. That can be cumbersome in broad daylight.

Shutter

The DMC GF7's shutter speed varies from 1/16000s to 60s.

Max. shutter speed1/16000s
Min. shutter speed60s
Sensitivity Properties

The DMC GF7's sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 25600 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Automatic
Min. sensitivity100 ISO
Max. sensitivity25600 ISO
Exposure Modes

The DMC GF7 supports all general exposure modes.

The Panasonic allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Multi
Center weight
Partial
Spot
Auto Focus Properties

The DMC GF7's auto focus processor uses 23 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. when panning the camera).

Manual focus is also possible with the Panasonic, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

TypeContrast Detection
AF points23
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The DMC GF7 features a built-in flash with a range of up to 6m (19 ft.). That range will work for most situations.

A hotshoe is missing from the Panasonic.

Built-in
Range5.60m
(19 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
DMC GF7 display and touch screen

The DMC GF7 display has a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 inches.) and a resolution 1.04 megapixel.

The camera display is intended for selfies or other occasion.

Display parameters:

TypeLCD
Size75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution1.04 megapixel
Articulated
Touch screen
Video Specs

DMC GF7 video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Panasonic DMC GF7 Video parameters:

Max. resolution1920 x 1080 pixel
...with frame rates24 frames/second
25 frames/second
50 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The DMC GF7 has Wi-fi connection. You can transfer photos to a mobile or laptop using wi-fi.

Connect the Panasonic to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Panasonic supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

WiFi
Bluetooth
NFC
Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
Apps
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini
USB-C
Custom
Memory

The DMC GF7 will only accept Micro SD cards. The Panasonic does not support SD cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots1
Memory cardsMicro SD
Battery

The Panasonic DMC GF7 works with a BLH7E battery. The battery lifetime is an average 230 shots. That's on the lower side of things for a full day, consider a spare battery for the DMC GF7.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The DMC GF7's battery battery parameters:

TypeBLH7E
Removable
In-camera charging
Battery life230 photos
Size

The Panasonic DMC GF7's dimensions are 106.5 x 64.6 x 33.3mm³. (4.2" x 2.5" x 1.3"). That's the body only, without lens. The camera's weight is only 266 grams (8.6 oz.). Add to this the weight of the lens.

Here is front and top view of the DMC GF7:

Panasonic DMC GF7 Dimensions (Width / Height)
Panasonic DMC GF7 Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The DMC GF7 is not much bigger:

Panasonic DMC GF7 size comparison

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