Is the GX7 designed by Olympus?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by Ulfric M Douglas, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Could the GX7 be a mainly Olympus design? *ducks* :)

    Nice retro styling with touchable metal.

    In-body stabilisation.

    Wireless flash control.

    "want it!" appeal.

    High starting price.

    Anyone with any more 'Olympic' trends to add, feel free.

    Heck if they nail auto-WB and Jpeg colours I'll rest my case. Guilty.
  2. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
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    No....because it comes with a free grip.
  3. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
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    Don't the newer Pens (at least the E-PL5) come with grips? It would be a NO if the lens came with a hood. :smile:
  4. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
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    ...looks like they're copying Panasonic now.
    What next ?.....lens hoods that come with the lens :eek:

  5. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
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    Sean Rastsmith
    I was going to say No due not having to spend another $400 on the EVF (*ducks and runs*).
  6. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
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    All Panasonic cameras I have owned had lens hoods included as a part of the kit.
  7. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    GX7 is designed by Olympus, and Panasonic starts designing separate batteries for every Olympus camera! :wink:
  8. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
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    Andrew Lossing
    The GX1 looks pretty similar to the GX7, I think the shinier metal bits are just an attempt to garner the flashy appeal that Olympus already has. Unnecessary, if you ask me.
  9. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
  10. daum

    daum Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 26, 2011
    I've always thought Olympus drew inspiration from their older cameras where as Panasonic was more modern. I prefer Olympus's retro/modern design over Panasonic's. It seems like Panasonic is also jumping on the retro/modern bandwagon but ends up looking like the rest (Fuji?).
  11. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    I've always thought Olympus focused on retro design to the detriment of ergonomics and functionality, while Panasonic focused more on usability to a photographer than on style. With the GX-7, they may have managed to combine a bit of both. :wink:
  12. RickinAust

    RickinAust Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 9, 2013
    Now I think the OP is right. It explains why the EPL5 feels not quite finished. Panasonic stole the design before Olympus could get the EPL5 into production :wink:
  13. gcogger

    gcogger Mu-43 Veteran

    May 25, 2010
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    My sentiments exactly...
  14. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 20, 2012
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    All Olympus camera lenses I've had came with lens hoods until I got into M4/3's. :frown:
  15. Luckypenguin

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    Oct 9, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    Am I alone in thinking that the words GX7 and style don't go together? Looks like an awesome camera and I'd love to have one based on specs and features but I can't call it stylish nor attractive. For me only the E-P1 to E-P5 remain the true stylemasters in Micro 4/3.
  16. ccunningham

    ccunningham Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 23, 2010
    I was originally indifferent but the more I read about the specs and features in GX-7 and the size of it, the more interested I am. This is REALLY what the GF-2 should have been, or at least it's what I wanted the GF-2 to be. Or the E-P3 or E-P5 for that matter. Geez, now I have to strategerize how I can raise the money to afford one. A second job maybe?
  17. Photodan1

    Photodan1 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 26, 2012
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    I tend to favor the Olympus products but I think the GX7 looks great. I would really like to see some reviews about the sensor and see it if has made some big strides. If it is equal to the GH3, I think they have a solid winner - maybe even if it doesn't.
  18. Ian.

    Ian. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2013
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    The straight through top edge of the GX7 means it does not share the Olympus PEN curved and stepped top styling line.
    The GX7 is not a PEN.
  19. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    I think this is like arguing how many angels fit on the head of a pin. You can find similarities, and differences, between all of these cameras.

    Seriously, how can you say the E-P5 resembles the original Pen? The division between the metal and leather sections is completely different, and the new one doesn't have a big round dial on the front! And what's with the round shutter release?

    Absurd? Yes. But so are most of the other "comparisons" between the GX, the Pen, and any of a hundred other similarly styled phones.
  20. Ian.

    Ian. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2013
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    They need not be identical. But one of the main style elements is the top curve. Also not identical. Modernised perhaps. But the character of it is important and has been deliberately kept. No another brand has that PEN style element.