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Panasonic Lumix DMC GX7 hands on review

by | Oct 27, 2013 | Blog, MAARTECH

I purchased a GF1 several years ago, I was on my way to dinner at a fancy restaurant and wanted to be able to take food photos. I decided that my DSLR was too big and bulky and I remembered from when I’d reviewed the GF1 several months earlier that its food photos were fabulous – so I purchased one on my way to dinner. It’s been on several holidays since, and although it’s not my go-to camera, it’s one that I continue to use.

I am not affiliated with Panasonic, but I was given the opportunity to loan the GX7 for a few weeks to review it. My thanks to Leanna at Environics for her support.

Although the camera has an HDMI out, it is only available when viewing playback and the menu, it’s not active in other modes, which makes the screen captures of lower quality than I’d like. That said, as it’s a touch screen, it’s sometimes helpful to see where my fingers are.

The images used in the video are available at if you would like to view the EXIF data. Please post comments with your questions if you’d like more details on locations or other particulars. On my youtube channel you’ll also find a longer recording of Chic Gamine, which serves as an audio recording sample.

Video production notes:

As presented in the video, the GX7 images are presented as the JPEG files directly from the camera, they have not been further manipulated. They are resized in Final Cut X using spatial conform to “fit”. I’ve further scaled them to 95% to give them a border. The closeups of the images are with FCX’s spatial conform set to “none”. This provides a 1:1 pixel mapping from the original image to the video. The youtube video above is at 720 resolution.

The slide sequence was created in iPhoto. Music was created in Garage Band.

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