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LUMIX GX7 First Impressions

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by robknight, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. robknight

    robknight Mu-43 Regular

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    Hey guys,
    I've had the chance to shoot the LUMIX GX7 for a little over a week, and I shared some of my first impressions on my blog. I'm very pleased with the handling and especially the image quality from the new machine. I'll be posting more photos and notes from our trip over the next few weeks.

    Cheers!

    LUMIX GX7 First Impressions | Rob Knight Photography
     
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  2. audiodrive

    audiodrive Mu-43 Veteran

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    jef
    Thanks for sharing!
     
  3. gochugogi

    gochugogi Mu-43 Veteran

    Is there any improvement in IQ over the prior GX1 or is it mainly an upgrade of features?
     
  4. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    2 different sensors for one...
     
  5. robknight

    robknight Mu-43 Regular

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    I think the GX7 has a slight IQ advantage over even the GH3 in many situations, so I'm sure it is an improvement over the GX1
     
  6. Dramaturg

    Dramaturg Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Yevgen
    Viewing the reviews on Youtube I got a feeling that GX7's ibis is not as good as the one OM-D has. At least video footage didn't have that floating effect that OM-D video clips have. Did you get the same feeling testing the camera? Though now we know that GX7 actually shoots 1080 60p. A shame for Olympus.
     
  7. jpark1982

    jpark1982 Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 3, 2013
    The OM-D uses 5-axis IBIS, the Panasonic is at best a 2-axis. Plus Panasonic says themselves that's their IBIS is 'almost as effective' as their Mega OIS in their lenses which is tested to be inferior to the 5-axis IBIS.
     
  8. robknight

    robknight Mu-43 Regular

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    It is 2-axis IBIS, and it only works for stills (at this point, at least). I am able to get sharp shots at 1/15 with no problem with the GX7 and good shooting technique.
    The GX7 shoots 1080 60p, 30p and 24p :)
     
  9. gugarci

    gugarci Mu-43 Veteran

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    Bill
    Yes the 5-axis system is better. But do you really want to send in your camera in for service for a sensor cleaning because of the IBIS. I don't. If the IBIS works as well as the one in my E-P3 I'm good.
     
  10. Dramaturg

    Dramaturg Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Yevgen
    What do you mean? What 5-axis ibis has to do with the sensor getting "dirty"? Actually the sensor is being cleaned every time you turn your camera on (dustshaker probably?).
     
  11. robknight

    robknight Mu-43 Regular

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    I'm generally not a big side-by-side tester, but I can tell you I haven't been let down by the GX7's IBIS in real-world use. I've used the LUMIX/Leica 25mm f1.4 and LUMIX 7-14mm f4 quite a bit on the GX7 with excellent results
     
  12. robknight

    robknight Mu-43 Regular

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    He's talking about getting professional service if you DO need your sensor cleaned beyond the usual built-in cleaning. The ibis doesn't make the sensor dirty, but it is more easily damaged than other sensor mounts.
     
  13. Mijo

    Mijo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 23, 2012
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    How's the flare with the panny 7-14 on the GX7 (in comparison to the GX1 or the EM5)? That's the only real deciding factor, for me, in terms of upgrading to the GX7.
     
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  14. robknight

    robknight Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 15, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    I used that lens a lot last week, and I didn't notice any flare. I wasn't necessarily looking for it, but it don't jump out at me in any case. I was shooting raw+jpeg and I have been working almost exclusively with the Jpeg's. I haven't been inspired to fire up Silky pix to check out the raw files yet because the Jpeg's are really impressive
     
  15. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 18, 2011
    OK, now we're getting somewhere.

    A. In what situations, specifically?
    B. What is the IQ advantage you're referring to? Resolution? Noise? Etc...
    C. What about RAW? Have you shot and processed any?
     
  16. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

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    Steve
    I suspect neither camera is clearly better, but this is a perfect example of a point that is critical to some and meaningless to others. Choice is good.
     
  17. robknight

    robknight Mu-43 Regular

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    The advantages I've noticed are mostly at higher ISO settings. The GX7 is a bit cleaner (less noise, more detail) than the GH3 at ISO3200. Especially in low light. That is in Jpeg's with the noise reduction at -5.
    I haven't processed with any raw files yet.
     
  18. gugarci

    gugarci Mu-43 Veteran

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    Bill
    That exactly what I meant.
     
  19. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
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    I don't understand why everyone thinks Panasonic (a historically lens-based IS company) would have state of the art in body IS like Olympus ...
     
  20. gsciorio

    gsciorio Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    The IBIS works fine for me. More on my G+

    P1070312.

    Date taken 8/15/13, 11:03 AM
    Dimensions 4592 x 3448
    File name P1070312.jpg
    File size 7.54M
    Camera DMC-GX7
    Focal Length 25mm
    Exposure 1/13
    F Number f/1.4
    ISO 3200