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Looks EXACTLY like Sony NEX6... I hope Sony is not Apple...;-)
It does! I have an NEX6 as well and I didn't notice until you said that. It definitely does from the rear. The layout is almost identical. I do like the titling EVF though, that is a nice touch, as is the inbuilt 5-axis IS. This is something I wish Sony had done instead of going lens based because when you use the E to A mount adapters, A mount lenses aren't optically stabilised because the Alpha SLRs have inbuilt IS.
Just noticed the mechanical AF/MF switch. Again a nice inclusion and something Sony should have kept on the NEX-6 from the NEX-7
what happens when you put a stabilising lens on a body with built in stabilisation?
NEX 6 and NEX 7 has a bigger sensor than GX7 and NEX 7 has internally 3.5 mm audio input for external microphone. I wish the GX7 has an option to attach external audio input
It's a key point of difference from other cameras in the range, which don't normally have it built into the body?? OLYMPUS has done along century ago man...
In Panasonic's range.
Lens takes priority and cameras stabilisation is switched off.
A score of 1 out of 10, and still recommended?? What do Panasonic have to do NOT to get a recommendation I wonder?!
The 3:2 aspect screen ratio is photographer-friendly. Agreed, the sensor is 4:3 but the former is more pleasing.
Sorry, that's an error. It should update with the correct shortly, which is 9/10.
How does the EVF compare to this of the OM-D or VF-4?
does the image stabilization for during video recording? Also, are you able to switch aperture settings during video recording, as well?
One more early review listing an image quality section and completely failing to make any comments about dynamic range in comparison to other cameras in the same market space? Hmmm?
The GX1's heritage is much more related to the LC-1 than any NEX. There are some similarities in the silhouette but when you start to compare part by part, there are much more differences than similarities.
Lovely looking item. Very similar to the NEX-6 in shape and layout. Perhaps this is convergence in action, that this is a pretty good general layout. Where it bests the NEX is surely the titling EVF and the mechanical switch for AF/MF, something Sony should have left on the NEX-6 from the 7. Power switch placement looks better, so too does the movie button and the second control wheel around the shutter button would be much preferable to the wheel in the d-pad location on my NEX-6.
My only reservation then lies with the 4/3rds sensor. They can talk all day about how they have repackaged the sensor and improved the processing, but at the end of the day my gut feeling is physics will win out. That the larger APS-C sensor in the NEX cameras will ultimately lead to better IQ, especially with RAW files.
Still 4/3rds absolutely steals the show when it comes to lens choice. SONY need to get their act together in that regard (and also on menu design which is generally convoluted and awful).
and i just realised the comments from the preview are also here and so I have commented twice on the same points. Oh well, I ain't turning back now!
I wonder... Did you bother to read the review?
I thought the same of the M43 sensor vs. APS-C but then I bought an Olympus E-PM1 as a small backup camera a little over a year ago. Fast forward to today & I've sold both my APS-C & the little E-PM1 in favour of an all M43 kit that includes an Olympus E-PL5 & a Panasonic GX1. While understanding how personal these decisions are, I find that I've now always got a "good" camera with me & I struggle to tell the difference between the results from either format. I really like the GX7 package, especially now that it uses the Olympus wireless flash system & it has a very useful silent shutter mode. It's a definite contender to replace my GX1.
the APS-C sensor of the nex will not give you better IQ, since the IQ is not driven only by the sensor, but it does include the processing chip and the lens you mount on it.on the other hand it will give you for sure bigger lens.so if the size is not a problem for you, you should go for a full frame sensor, and enjoy the real advantages of a bigger sensor, if you are stayin in the smaller sensor area, the difference between APS-C and 4/3 is really not an issue anymore.
I was thinking it looks not much different from my Panasonic GF1, in terms of button layout and body shape.
I'm interested on this one also ;-)
Lenses are probably the biggest factor IMO. I have never been too enamoured with my NEX results. However, having used it with a CZ 24-70mm I was rather taken aback at the results. Probably the sharpest things I have ever seen come from a camera under my control. Similarly, stick a cheap lens on a full frame and you'll just waste the advantages.
I did compare the NEX 6 to the OMD and I felt the NEX had the edge on noise at the higher ISOs and slightly better when it came to depth of field. Some people don't notice these things, I do. So the sensor does make a difference in my opinion (given similar grade glass and by passing processing) with regards to photo site size. Physically larger photo sites are an advantage, so long as you can feed them correctly.
Still we are talking about the NEX-6 and the OMD here. These cameras are not the cutting edge anymore. Things improve, tech converges. Perhaps you are right.
I tell you what, one good reason to go for a m4/3 camera would be to get away from SONY's awful user interfaces. Christ, I'd like to meet the man who did the UI on the NEX-6 and I'd like to smack him. Its ruddy awful; clunky, slow and seemingly all jumbled together. It seems to be a common trait amongst a lot of SONY products.
I don't think I'd go lower than APS-C for the moment. A key feature really of the APSC sony's was the fact you can buy any number of adapters and use what ever lenses from which ever manufacturer rather easily. The sensor size being the same as most mainstream DSLR's means you just have to make the stand-off distance and it should work.
In other words I wanted to downsize because I hate carrying all that weight associated with a big SLR, but I am not ready to give up the access to some great, high quality DSLR glass. I can hire a good lens and the required adapter when I need the performance, and I get to keep a relatively compact and light set up for the rest of the time.
lets face it most of SONY's e-mount lenses are not particularly amazing in the IQ stakes...a partial side effect of trying to make them smaller... so being able to get hold of proper glass is big tick in the box for me.
TOTALLY agree on the Sony UI. It was so bad I sold my NEX-6 on eBay not long after I got it. Took a bath on it and waited for the Panny G6. I like the G6 a lot, but I'm selling it for the GX7 for the tilting LCD and the newer sensor - though, really, I kind of doubt I'd be able to tell any real difference between the two. My ONLY gripe on the GX7 is the LCD doesn't flip out like the G6. But its not a deal breaker.
If you do the math (sensor area divided by the number of pixels), NEX pixels are just 7% larger, IMO not enough to provide any significant quality increase, just take a look at http://www.dpreview.com/articl... ...there's a bit of an advantage in number of pixels though since it helps to "average out" the noise if you down-sample. But this is assuming all other things being equal, which is not the case, especially when it comes to lenses. I would personally choose a full-frame camera in a professional setting where low-light performance is critical. Otherwise I would favor overall usability where lighting conditions are acceptable.
LUMIX G, IR Converted, 14-40 kit lens - I'm pretty pleased with the overall quality although I think for non-IR I would prefer a better lens.
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