In this article I will compare the newly announced Panasonic Lumix GF7 vs its predecessor, the GF6, and we are going to learn about the difference between those two cameras.
We’ll start with a short introduction to the GF7 and than move to the comparison section.
Panasonic Lumix GF7
The Panasonic Lumix GF7 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The first thing that you notice when comparing it to its predecessors is the new camera design. The GF7 looks much different than its predecessor, but in a positive way.
The new GF7 is made with magnesium alloy die-cast frame, compared to mostly plastic of the GF6. Panasonic changed the design completely, making the GF7 more stylish retro-style look — it’s really a beautiful camera in my opinion, I am really impressed.
Panasonic Lumix GF7 is selfie-oriented digital camera. It packs a 180-degree rotating touch-screen display, which flips up facing forward, which makes it easy to take selfie photos and group shots. When you flip the display, the camera automatically enters the self shot mode, which also automatically turns on some of the dedicated selfie feature, including face shutter, buddy shutter and others.
The GF7 also has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, which allows easy photo sharing between your camera and your mobile device, whether a smartphone, tablet or home computer. The camera also supports NFC, so it’s even easier to bind your mobile device with the camera. You can also use the wireless connectivity in order to control your camera using the dedicated camera app on your smartphone. Furthermore, the Instant Transfer Function makes it very easy to transfer photos from the camera to your smartphone. Once you’ve taken a photo, it will automatically be transferred to a connected smartphone or tablet device.
Panasonic also added a function called “Jump Snap”, which let people shoot themselves while jumping and use their smartphone as a remote control. The smartphone detect the when the person is in its highest position and automatically triggers the camera shutter release to capture the person while in the air.
There is nothing new in the autofocus system, it still use Panasonc’s super-fast contrast-detect AF system and a wide range of AF modes to choose from, including pinpoint AF. The GF7 can record 1080p60 (progressive frames) with full-time AF and tracking AF.
The Panasonic GF7 sells for $599.99 (as of 1/25/2015 via amazon.com) bundled with the 12-35mm kit lens. It is offered in four colors (depends on the sales area): white, black/silver, pink or brown.
I think that the GF7 will sell very well because of its stylish design, compact size, selfie capabilities and wireless connectivity that allows easy sharing of photos using a mobile device. Lets not forget the option to choose between more than 23 Micro Four Thirds lenses (sold separately).
GF7 vs GF6
Now let’s take a look at the differences between the new GF7 and the GF6 which it replaces.
|Panasonic GF7||Panasonic GF6|
|Announced||January 20, 2015||April 9, 2013|
|Build Quality||Magnesium alloy||Polycarbonate|
|The GF7 has more durable build quality and stylish design. I really liked that Panasonic changed the design, it really looks better in my opinion, and I'm sure most people will favor this change.
That said, non of the cameras are weather sealed.
|Unfortunately, The GF7 doesn't come with IBIS, I personally hoped to see this feature in this model. Oh well, maybe in the next model.,|
|Sensor||16.00 MP (effective)|
Micro Four Thirds
Supersonic Wave Filter
|16.00 MP (effective)
Micro Four Thirds
Supersonic Wave Filter
|There was not even one word whether the GF7 has a new sensor, but I assume that this might be the same sensor as the GF6.
16MP will give you plenty of room for cropping when editing your photos in a photo editing software. You'll enjoy highly detailed images even for medium-large prints.
|160 - 12800
|AF System||23 AF points|
Modes: Face/Eye detection, Tracking, 23-area, 1-area, pinpoint
Range EV: -4 - 18
|23 AF points
Modes: Face detection, AF tracking, 23-area, 1-area, pinpoint
Range EV: -3 - 18
|Light Metering System||1728-zone multi-pattern sensing system|
Range: EV 0 - 18
|1728-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Range: EV 0 - 18
|The GF7 has one-stop more sensitive AF system, allowing better focusing under low-lighting conditions and also adds eye detection AF.|
|Both the GF6 and GF7 have the same high-res tiltable display, but the GF7 automatically activated more selfie-oriented features like buddy shutter, but overall with both cameras you can capture selfie shots very easily. The LCD is of a very high quality and very responsive, so if you are used shooting with your mobile phone camera, you'll feel right at home with the GF7 and GF6 operation.|
|Shutter Speed||60 - 1/16,000||60 - 1/4000 sec|
|The GF7 offers much faster maximum shutter speed, giving you better control and creativity options when shooting fast moving subjects.|
|Full Manual Control||Yes||Yes|
|Built-in Flash||Yes 4.00m||Yes 6.30m|
|The GF6 has more powerful built-in flash|
|Burst Speed||5.8 fps||4.2 fps|
|The GF7 shoots slightly faster in burst mode.|
|Exposure Compensation||5 (at 1/3 EV steps)||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)||±2 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)|
|The GF7 adds 1080p60 (progressive) video recording option. 60p means higher image quality compared to 60i (interlaced frames), which is especially important if you intend to edit your videos and want the highest quality available for you.|
|Wireless||Wi-Fi + NFC||Wi-Fi + NFC|
(auto capture with waving hand or when two faces are closer to each other in the frame)
|Snap Movie Mode||Yes||No|
|Dimensions||107 x 65 x 33 mm (4.21 x 2.56 x 1.3″)||111 x 65 x 38 mm (4.37 x 2.56 x 1.5″)|
|Weight||266 g (0.59 lb / 9.38 oz)||323 g (0.71 lb / 11.39 oz)|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||230||340|
The GF7 sells for almost over $250 more than its predecessor. You pay more and you enjoy a newly-designed retro-style camera body, better build quality, improved selfie functions, higher quality full HD videos, better AF performance in low-light, faster burst, more remote camera and sharing functions, the H-FS12032 lens (the same lens that comes with the GM5) and all in a smaller and lighter body.
I would have preferred having 4K video recording and maybe an electronic viewfinder, but overall the GF6 is a really nice update. For some of you it might not worth the upgrade, but if you are buying a new compact system camera and searching for an entry-level mode, the GF7 seems like an excellent choice.
The thing is that you can buy the GF6 for much less now, and it might be a better choice if you don’t need the GF7 added features. If you want my opinion, I would probably went with the GF7 due to its build quality, cool stylish design, better selfie functions and I prefer its kit lens over the 14-42mm one.
You can view the GF7 vs GF6 side by side on camera size website.
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