The Panasonic GF7 is an ultra-compact hybrid taking seriously the selfie mode.
Internetdict made a new start on the segment of the digital camera general public, that of its GF series. In addition to annual renewal cycle of previous models, and nearly a year behind the previous appointment, and he launches GF7. More than a successor GF6 , this new compact interchangeable lens is an alternative to microscopic GM1 and GM5.
Shortly after her with Fujifilm X-A2 is the Panasonic’s turn to embrace the trend of selfie and focus on the self-portrait. This is the main contribution of GF7 which however pushes the vice farther than his rival.
The swivel 180 ° screen (only upwards) is slightly offset, so that the housing does not obstruct the view. Like the hybrid Fujifilm, Panasonic made automatically focus on the eyes when the screen is returned, but it offers more filters “soft skin” or “background blur”. There is also and especially alternative trigger modes: nod or jump. Jump the Snap function facilitates the realization of this classic picture by exploiting the accelerometer smartphone connected via Wi-Fi to trigger automatically while the user is in the air.
In terms of ergonomics, GF7 is very similar to GM1, both in terms of handling that control layout. Leveraging the compact, it has no handle. It is also offered with a retractable zoom compact enough to rest. And it boasts a 3-inch capacitive multi-touch screen (7.6 cm) display 720 x 480 pixels (1.04 million dots), it has still many physical buttons.
Technically, too, the GF7 inherits the electronics of GM1 and GM5, including their CMOS sensor 4/3 inch 16 megapixel high sensitivity gifted and up to 25,600 ISO. Associated with the chip processing Venus Engine house, the continuous photography unit to 5.8 i / s and films in Full HD 1080p at 24, 50 or 60 i / s (but not 25 or 30) in AVCHD format or MP4. Finally, it has Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC, allowing you to control the device from a phone and upload photos and videos.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 and zoom 12-32 mm f / 3.5-5.6 (equivalent to 24-64 mm) will be available in March for 500 euros.