Panasonic G7

31 Jul 2015 10:30:10 am

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James from Ted's Cameras compares the features and benefits of the new Panasonic G7

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James: Hi, I'm James and welcome to Get Teducated. Today we're looking at the new Panasonic Lumix G7 compact system camera, which offers a few really impressive features.

While it's the same 16 Megapixel resolution we find on the rest of the Panasonic range, the G7 is the first camera at this entry-level price point to offer the benefits of stunning 4K Ultra High Definition video, which Panasonic have certainly made the most of. One of the key benefits to shooting 4K is that each frame of video is around 8 Megapixels, which allows you to pick out a specific moment in your video and still have a high enough resolution to print a decent quality still image even at A4 size and potentially even larger.

How this is utilized in the camera though is excellent. Over on the drive mode dial here there is a 4K burst mode which gives us 3 options- 4K burst, which will record Ultra High Definition video while the shutter button is held; Pre-Burst, which will record from 1 second prior to pressing the shutter through to 1 second after; and Start/Stop, which will start the burst when the shutter is first pressed and stop when it is pressed a second time. After using any of these modes the camera allows you to browse through the burst you've just captured frame by frame using the touch screen, making it super easy to find and capture that crucial moment.

The other thing I loved was how fast this camera focuses, even in lower lighting conditions. It finds focus quickly and is incredibly capable of tracking moving subjects throughout the frame. An interesting feature is the ability to precisely move the autofocus point around while using the Electronic Viewfinder, which is done by swiping the touch screen even though it's turned off. Naturally, the G7 uses Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds system, so it's compatible with their wide range of quality lenses giving you plenty of versatility to shoot whatever takes your fancy.

The angular design gives the camera a quality look and feel, with a decent sized hand grip to keep it comfortable when shooting for extended periods. Like any enthusiast-level camera, you've got 2 well-positioned control wheels and there are plenty of custom functions buttons allowing photographers to set the camera up with easy access to their favourite functions. Of course, even with all the manual control available, there's still an Intelligent Automatic mode so users of any skill level can simply point and shoot and still take advantage of the speed and quality of an interchangeable lens camera.

That's all for now...

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