So my camera journey started of with the Lumix DC-FZ82 that came with that crazy ass zoomlens build-into the body (1200mm) but swiftly moved on the Lumix DMC-LX100 (a top 10% overall camera with manual analogue controls) and with that I somehow still am not/wasn’t satisfied.
The DC-FZ82 is a great camera for Sports and Animal Photography; the DMC-LX100 is awesome when it comes to portrait photography, landscape and street photography. The most annoying thing about the DMC-LX100 is that it comes with a build-in lens. I wish the Panasonic Folks hadn’t done that. Really!
Instead I started looking for a camera that was affordable, came with all the modern perks like 4k video & shooting, wifi/bluetooth and as a naked body. I want to buy my own lenses over time as I improve, hopefully, as an amateur photographer. Anyways to cut a long story short I decided to buy the Panasonic Lumix G-7 with a 12-60mm lens.
The specs of the G7 did it for me.
- 16MP – Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
- ISO 160 – 25600
- 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
- 2360k dot Electronic viewfinder
- 7.0 fps continuous shooting
- 3840 x 2160 video resolution
- Built-in Wireless
I received the camera body and the first thing I noticed that it was very light , but also felt solid yet very much plastic. It isn’t dust or weather sealed either and that is reflected in the cost. The set that I bought was a little under $700 which is a fair price for the great camera and gadget it is.
The G-7 has been reviewed as a great camera for Vloggers (who ever came up with that word must have been a pirate captain) and filmers. That said it also is a good to great camera for shooting stills. Mind you, if you are like me so used to the DMC-LX100, you’ll be delighted with the display that you can move around, but you’ll have to be patience in getting used to the buttons on the right hand top side of the camera. One button can be rolled left or right ways to control the ISO or WB, the front button can be used to change the Shutterspeed. It did take me a good few turns to get used to controls and menus on the G-7 but that is mainly because I love the DMC-LX100 and its manual controls. If you changed your old Lumix for the G-7 you will not have a single issue with the G-7.
When it comes to the pictures it takes I have the following examples. I short portraits of myself with the LX100 and the G-7. See the difference below
below I have few other shots taken with the G-7