Panasonic has announced a replacement to the Lumix GX1, introducing the 16-megapixel Panasonic GX7 which incorporates the world’s first built-in 90-degree tilt-able Live View Finder.
Key among the Panasonic GX7’s features is what the company says is the world’s first built-in 90-degree tilt-able Live View Finder (LVF) on a DSLM body, which allows photographers to compose images through the viewfinder at any angle.
The newly built-in 90-degree tilt-able Live View Finder boasts what Panasonic says is the highest resolution available, with over 2.7m dots, and achieves a high colour reproduction of approximately 100% using AdobeRGB as a reference.
What’s more, sitting alongside the new LVF is a 3in, 1040K-dot touchscreen LCD screen. An Eye Sensor AF feature starts auto focusing when you begin looking into the LVF.
The Panasonic GX7 also incorporates a newly developed 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor, which affords “significant low-light shooting capabilities compared to its predecessor the LUMIX DMC-GX1,” according to Panasonic.
Another signature feature of the new Lumix camera is the GX7’s Contrast Auto Focus system, which includes “Light Speed AF” at around 0.06secs. You can also set the focus and exposure settings directly on your subject in the monitor with one touch using the Full-area Touch AF and Touch AE settings, while Pin-point AF allows you you to set magnification from 3x to 10x enlargement in 0.1x gradients.
One-shot AF allows photographers to use AF even in Manual Focus mode to set a rough focus on the subject and then go back to MF for fine adjustments.
For more practical control over focusing, the Panasonic GX7 adds a Focus Peaking function that shows the peak of focus in MF and AF+MF mode. The detection level can be set to ‘High’ or ‘Low’ and then a colour can be selected to stand out from the shooting environment. In ‘High’ these are light blue, yellow or green, and in ‘Low’ blue, orange or white can be selected.
Using the Panasonic GX7’s Low Light AF mode photographers can focus on subjects even in very low light situations such as under starlight with industry leading -4EV, the company says.
Panasonic also claims the GX7 achieves a higher saturation of light than previous Lumix models due to the enhanced pixel architecture of its new sensor, producing better sensitivity and dynamic range.
The camera’s Venus Engine image processor’s advanced noise reduction system also makes it possible to remove large blocks of noise that were previously harder to detect, Panasonic says.
A Silent Shooting mode has been added for street photographers, which eliminates AF and shutter sounds.
Along with Wi-Fi capability, a 1/8000sec shutter speed, 5fps burst shooting and a range of 22 creative filter effects, other key specs of the Panasonic GX7 include:
- Image Sensor 16.0 MP LIVE MOS
- Engine Venus Engine
- ISO setting Auto / Intelligent ISO 125(Extended) / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600
- AF mode: Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint / Touch AF
- Movie recording: Full HD 1920 x 1080 50p smooth, high quality video recording in AVCHD Progressive and MP4 with stereo sound
- LCD Monitor: 3.0inch (7.5cm)/ 3:2 Aspect / Wide-viewing angle /Approx. 1040K dots
- LVF: Approx.1.39x / 0.7x (35mm camera equiv.) magnification, high color reproduction of approximately 100% using AdobeRGB, 100% field of view and eyepoint of approximately 17.5 mm
- Size: 122.60 x 70.7 x 43.3 mm (excluding protrusions)
- Weight: Approx. 402g (body, battery and SD card)
- Interface: USB 2.0 High Speed Multi, miniHDMI, TypeC / VIERA Link, internal stereo microphone, monaural speaker
The Panasonic GX7 price and release date were not known at the time of writing.
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