Offering true recording versatility, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is a true hybrid mirrorless camera that blends 4K UHD video with advanced still capture and burst shooting capabilities. Revolving around a 16 MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor and Venus Engine 9 image processor, the G7 features notable low-light sensitivity to ISO 25600, continuous shooting to 8 fps with single-shot AF, as well as a trio of 30 fps shooting rates based on the 4K UHD video recording.
Complementing the fast burst shooting modes is an equally adept DFD autofocus system, which works to quicken focusing speeds and emphasize accurate subject tracking for consistently sharp imagery in fast-paced and trying working conditions. Rounding out the feature-set of the G7 is a contemporary body design accentuated by physical exposure control dials, six customizable function buttons, both a high-resolution EVF and 3.0" tilting touchscreen LCD, and built-in Wi-Fi for wireless sharing and remote camera control. Bridging the gap between stills and video, the Lumix DMC-G7 pairs these two high-resolution mediums with refined focusing and shooting controls for the utmost in shooting versatility.
16 MP Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine 9
A 16 MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor pairs with an updated Venus Engine 9 to deliver fast overall performance with matched image quality to suit working in a wide variety of lighting conditions with consistent results. Sensitivity ranges from ISO 200 to 25600, with the ability to extend down to ISO 100 for working in bright conditions or with longer shutter speeds. Versatile burst shooting modes also allow you to pair high continuous shooting rates with AF; including shooting up to 8 fps with AF-S, 6 fps with AF-C in one area, and 6 fps during live view. For even faster performance, up to 40 fps shooting is possible with the electronic shutter function or 30 fps at 8 MP using the 4K Photo Modes.
The sensor and processor combination also helps to ensure notable image quality through the use of accurate white balance settings, Live TTL direct exposure metering, and intelligent NR (Noise Reduction) control for clean, natural imagery. Additionally, the Venus Engine 9 aids in reducing image blur caused by diffraction using electronic adjustment to automatically sharpen edges for clearer results when photographing with smaller aperture sizes.
4K UHD Video Recording
In addition to the versatile still shooting modes, the G7 also supports recording 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) video with either 30p or 24p frames rates at 100Mbps in the MP4 format. Full HD 1080p/60 is also supported, in both MP4 and AVCHD formats, as well as HD and SD resolutions.
A built-in stereo microphone can be used during recordings, and features an integrated wind-cut filter, or an optional external microphone can be utilized via the 3.5mm jack for even clearer sound.
my shotgun mic have headphone out so that's no big deal for me.
The audio monitoring doesn't bother me. It's great I can plug in a mic. But I record audio separately. I mean.... it's an $800 (with lens!!) camera. It's not built for audio recording.
Can you view a meter while it's recording so you can see if it peaks or not?
Yeah. Kind of a deal breaker for me, the lacknof a headphone port.
It has No Headphone Jack, kind of a bummer.
We GH4 users forget that the GH line began life as a prosumer camera, intended for advanced amateurs. Panasonic is taking a great risk with the camera. It is actually pulling customers from its truly professional broadcast line.
I know. We own several Panasonic 900, 300 and other P2 camcorders. My GH4 meets or exceeds their performance. And none of them can do 4K.
Much of the technology on the GH4 is borrowed from the broadcast group. On the other hand, Canon won't let their still cameras steal the thunder of their "pro" cameras. Panasonic does.
The fact that Panasonic has released a body (with a lens!) that can be a good B camera to the GH4 for a mere $800 is truly remarkable.
Yes, I'm anxious to see what the future GH5 will do, but in the meantime, the G7 looks darned interesting. All my lenses will fit and it's really inexpensive. Sounds like a great backup or second camera.
@Vlad - Yes looks like an excellent B cam. It does not have as many features like variable framerate, or as many recording choices as the GH4 (i.e *.mov), but it seems like a definite B cam option. I love how it even has the option of the microphone input. This is going to be a great portable camera for a lot of people. If I didn't already own (3) GH4 cameras + LX100, I would have picked this one up for sure.
What is your take Mr Cheese? Seems as powerful as the GH4, yet cheaper. Maybe a good B cam?
What no 96 FPS? Are you kidding me?!