Panasonic Lumix GX7 Review - Image Quality and Verdict Review


Panasonic Lumix GX7: Image Quality

Just as the GX7 looks, feels and performs as its £899 price tag suggests, it takes great photos, too. The likes of the Fujifilm X-E1 do edge the GX7 for absolute image quality overall, but the margins are very fine.

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The GX7’s 1728-zone metering system is the same as that implemented in the Lumix G6 and delivers similarly sterling results. In a variety of lighting conditions exposures are reliable, with only the slight tendency to underexposure.

Colours are similarly pleasing from the GX7. Results in ‘Standard’ colour setting may be a little too under saturated for some tastes, although if that is the case there are a selection of other colour settings from which you can choose.

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The claims made about the GX7 delivering improved noise-free results are generally borne out on review, with images generally proving noise-free right up to ISO 1600. Even looking further up the ISO range to ISO 6400 and noise is still very well controlled.

Although noise is well controlled there is some loss of detail owing to the noise reduction technology. Raw files do retain more of this detail, although they do appear noisier as a result.

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Should I buy the Panasonic Lumix GX7?

There’s no escaping the fact that the GX7 faces some serious competition. The likes of the Fujifilm X-E1 and Olympus PEN E-P5 are excellent cameras, but the GX7 is more than a match for both.

It may not handle noise quite as the former, or appear as stylish as the latter, but the outstanding screen and built-in viewfinder really elevate it. That’s especially true when compared to the Olmypus, which doesn’t have an EVF and which is considerably more expensive when you add an external one.

To our minds it also edges the Sony NEX-7 thanks to it superior controls and handling, though it’s a close run thing.

For more options, head to our best cameras round-up.


The Panasonic Lumix GX7 is a real leap forward in comparison to its predecessor, the GX1. It’s a solidly designed CSC with some real stand-out features, including the tilt-angle viewfinder and exemplary touchscreen LCD, that takes great photos, too.

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Score in detail

  • Value 9
  • Design 8
  • Features 9
  • Image Quality 8
  • Performance 8

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