Panasonic has officially announced the brand new Lumix DMC-G7 mirrorless camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor, reviving its GF-series after putting it on hold in 2014.
The rumor mill has recently revealed that Panasonic is on the verge of announcing a new mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Reliable sources have said that the company will revive the GF-series by launching the Lumix DMC-GF7 as a replacement for the Lumix DMC-GF6. The shooter is now official with a set of specifications that is not very different from the one provided by its predecessor.
Panasonic unveils Lumix GF7 camera with plenty of selfie features
Panasonic has re-imagined its GF line-up after the successful GM-series. The GF7 may come with similar features as its forerunner, but it has been packed in a more compact and classic design that is reminiscent of the GM1.
The design is more linear, while the hump on top of the camera has been modified, too, in order to make the GF7 a better looking camera than the GF6.
The hump is there to accommodate the lever for the 3-inch 1,040K-dot LCD touchscreen which can tilt upwards by 180-degrees, thus turning the Panasonic GF7 into a selfie camera.
Selfie fans will love the new modes, such as Face Shutter and Buddy Shutter, which will automatically trigger the shutter when it detects a waving hand in front of a face or when it detects two faces approaching each other.
The same hump is also hiding a pop-up flash, which could be of use in low-light environments. Moreover, a Fn1 (function) button has been added on top of the camera for quicker access to exposure settings.
Panasonic GF7 specs list is rather similar to the one of its predecessor
Panasonic has revealed that the Lumix GF7 comes packed with a 16-megapixel Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor and that it is powered by a Venus image processor.
The autofocus system uses Contrast AF technology and offers Light Speed AF, allowing the camera and the lens to exchange information at a speed of 240fps.
The camera comes with a continuous shooting mode of up to 5.8fps, which means that photographers can capture photos of fast-moving subjects.
Its ISO sensitivity range stands between 200 and 25,600, but it can go lower at ISO 100. On the other hand, the shutter speed ranges between 1/16000th of a second and 60 seconds.
Panasonic GF7 can shot RAW photos and full HD videos with stereo audio at up to 60fps.
More details and availability information
Panasonic GF7 is a compact and lightweight mirrorless camera that measures 107 x 65 x 33mm / 4.21 x 2.56 x 1.3 inches, while weighing 266 grams / 9.38 ounces.
As expected, it comes packed with built-in WiFi and NFC, so that users can transfer files to a smartphone or tablet and then share them on the web.
The company is trying to make the GF-series pocketable, just like the GM-series, so the GF7 will be sold in a kit with the small 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS lens.
An exact release date has not been set, but the Panasonic GF7 will become available by the end of February for a price of $599.99 in Black and Silver color options.
Photographers who want this device can already pre-order it at Amazon for the aforementioned price.