LUMIX GF7 (A CAMERA TO ALWAYS CARRY WITH YOU)

In the difficult art of finding a camera, your camera, you can get lost and meet again tens of times. It is not an easy decision, the variety is infinite and, as much as one wants the best camera at the best price, unfortunately, that does not exist. How easy it would be, huh? And the best camera does not exist, we will repeat it as many times as necessary in the blog, there is the most appropriate camera for each person. Most likely, you and I will give very different uses to a camera, and the same goes for the rest of readers or fans that are spread around the world. It is not the same as you want to photograph extreme sports than to take pictures of a newborn in a studio, or to photograph parties with your friends. It is not the same as being an amateur, a professional, or simply want to immortalize your hobby, one that has nothing to do with photography. It happens as with shoes, there is no model in the world that can be considered the most comfortable and durable, right? Each one has a different shape and wears a more comfortable type of footwear, something similar happens with the cameras Once you have this clear, you can find the best camera for you, the one that best suits your needs. Today I will introduce the Lumix GF7 , which is a small but bully camera. We better see it in depth.

WHO IS THIS CAMERA FOR?

Like all Panasonic GFs, it is a mirrorless camera aimed at beginners , an entry camera for amateurs . This as a concept, now, within the newcomers and users there is also a wide range, right? I will tune a little more. As you read you will understand why, but this camera is ideal for the most travelers , lovers of street photography and for those who spend the day taking selfies , or rather, self-portraits. The latter may sound very frivolous, and it is because it is very summarized. Keep reading because you still thought you are not one of those and you are. Some people have a blog or a YouTube channel and you have to record or photograph continuously, explaining how to make a craft, or sharing what are the best routes for hiking or telling how to travel cheaper. No matter, the case is that they need to be recorded. Or there are also many parents who don't take selfies with their babies (or children) can spend years and find that they do not have a decent picture with their child because they are always the ones behind the camera. Has it happened to you? Because to me yes It is also ideal for another group of people, for those who want to take the camera everywhere , the smartphone falls short and the reflex is too heavy. Are you identifying yourself a little more? Well read on, I'll tell you more things.

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Sensor: CMOS Four Thirds (17.3 x 13.8 mm)
  • Megapixels: 16
  • Focal length: 12-32mm
  • Maximum aperture: f / 3.5 (Wide Angle) - f / 5.6 (Telephoto)
  • Minimum opening: f / 22
  • Minimum focusing distance: 0.20 m (at focal lengths of 12-20mm) and 0.30m (at focal lengths of 21-32mm)
  • Dimensions: 106.5 x 64.6 x 33.3 mm approximately (not counting outgoing buttons)
  • Weight: approximately 266g (body, battery and card) and 336g with lens
  • Viewfinder: No optical or electronic viewfinder
  • LCD screen: 3 inches. Folding and tactile. It can be tilted up 180º vertically and its field of vision is approximately 100%
  • AF autofocus system : Contrast autofocus system
  • Focus modes: AFS (One) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / Manual Focus
  • Light measurement modes: Multiple / Centered / Area
  • Shooting modes: Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
  • ISO: 200-25,600 (video up to 3,200)
  • White Balance: Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shadows / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Set color temperature
  • Low pass filter (OLPF) Without low pass filter (better contrast and detail in the photographs)
  • Continuous shooting: 5 fps (5 photos per second)
  • Battery life: approximately 230 shots
  • Video: Full HD 1080p. 90º / 45º vertically hinged articulated screen
  • External microphone connector: No
  • WiFi connection
  • Recording formats: Photos (JPEG, RAW, MPO) / Videos (AVCHD, MP4)
  • Image formats: 4: 3, 3: 2, 16: 9, 1: 1
  • Timer: 10sec, 3 images / 2sec / 10sec
  • Maximum exposure time: 60 seconds
  • Capture panoramic images
  • Histogram in real time
  • Included in the kit: Battery Pack, Battery Charger, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, DVD-ROM, Lens Cap

SCENE MODES, CREATIVE FILTERS AND OTHER EXTRAS

  • Photo scene modes: Portraits (mode selector) / Children (mode selector) / Landscapes (mode selector) / Silky Skin / Soft Backlight / Relaxing Tones / Clear Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Brightness / Vibrant Sunset Brightness / Flashing Water / Clear Night Landscape / Cool Night Sky / Night Landscape with Warm Glow / Artistic Night Landscape / Flashing Lighting / Night Shots Handheld Camera / Sharp Night Portrait / Soft Flower Images / Appetizing Foods / Attractive Desserts / Frozen Animal Movements / Crisp Sports Shots / Monochromatic
  • Scene modes for videos: Portraits (mode selector) / Children (mode selector) / Landscapes (mode selector) / Silky Skin / Soft Backlight / Relaxing Tones / Clear Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Brightness / Vibrant Sunset Brightness / Clear Night Landscape / Cool Night Sky / Night Landscape with Warm Glitter / Artistic Night Landscapes / Night Shots Handheld Camera / Sharp Night Portraits / Appetizing Foods / Attractive Desserts / Frozen Animal Movements / Sharp Sports Shots / Monochromatic
  • Special self-recording function (self-portraits): Shutter Button, Touch, Face Capture, Buddy Shutter. Effects (Soft Skin: Off / Low / Medium / High, Blur: On / Off, Slimming Mode: Off / Low / High)
  • Image styles (for photos and videos): Standard / Vibrant / Natural / Monochromatic / Landscapes / Portraits / Custom
  • Silent mode: when you can not disturb or want to photograph someone sleeping
  • Creative photo filters: Expressive / Retro / Old Days / Light / Dark / Sepia / Monochrome / Dynamic Monochrome / Rough Monochromatic / Silky Monochromatic / Awesome Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Pop Toy / Fading Tendency / Effect Miniature / Soft Focus / Fantasy / Star Filter / One Point Color / Sunlight
  • Creative filters for video: Expressive / Retro / Old Days / Light / Dark / Sepia / Monochrome / Dynamic Monochrome / Awesome Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Pop Toy / Fading Deviation / Miniature Effect / Fantasy / Color in A point
  • Playback modes: Normal playback , 30-image mosaic, 12-image mosaic, calendar display, zoom playback (max. 16x), Slideshow (All / Photos only / Videos only / 3D / Category selection / Favorites, can be choose duration and effects), Playback Modes (Normal / Photos / Videos / 3D Playback / Categories / Favorites), Include Location, Clear Retouch, Edit Titles, include Text, Split Videos, Time Lapse Videos, Stop Motion Videos, Resize , Adjust, Rotate, Display Rotation, Favorites, DPOF Printing, Edit with Face Recognition, Organize Images, Confirm Deletion.
I already warned you that it was small but bully

WHY IS IT IDEAL FOR SELFIES?

Because of the flip-down screen and because it has a special “hands-free” function , only including the face in the frame or moving the hand in front of the face, the image is captured. It has a double shutter button, so you have the option of holding the camera only with the right hand or only with the left, you will not always leave the same side;). The wide angle of the lens allows several people to be included in the frame of a self-shot. In addition, the camera has features for beautifying the face, of the "silky skin" type.

ADVANTAGE

  • Its size is so light and small that it fits even in a baggy pocket. You can take it wherever you want! So you do not lose a photo, that there are smartphones that photograph movies, but let's be realistic, their sensors are not like those of these cameras and much less like those of the SLR.
  • Image quality , with a low ISO, can be said that little has to envy some SLR. It carries the same sensor as the GX7, of the same brand but higher range.
  • The focus system is quite fast and accurate, despite being by contrast.
  • It is very easy to use, if you do not want to warm your head very much, this is your camera because you select the object and the camera is already in charge of focusing and others.
  • The Wi-Fi connection is also very useful, in addition to the remote control, when sharing images. That's why I said it's great for bloggers and those who have a lot of presence in social networks.

DISADVANTAGES

  • It has no viewfinder .
  • You cannot attach an external flash , however, the integrated flash gives the option to synchronize to first and second curtains. This sounds ugly but it is nothing more than being able to select if you want the flash to fire at the beginning of the exposure or at the end and you can select it depending on the type of photo or the effect you are looking for. It is for slow speed shots. In quick shots it makes no sense
  • Does not include microphone input. If you want to record professional videos, this is an impediment.

PRICE

You can find it on Amazon for: (price not available at this time)

SAMPLE PHOTOS

To give you an idea, here are some images made with this model that Panasonic has published

VIDEO

And here you can see the presentation video:

SUMMARIZING

It is a mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses. It is small and light, vintage style. Ideal to carry as an extension of your body and with a fairly versatile goal. His photos are of great quality. Aimed at those who do not want to complicate life even if they care about quality and want to always carry the camera on. For streetphotography lovers, for travelers and for taking selfies . If you found it interesting, I invite you to share it, just like someone you do a favor and facilitate the task with the choice . Thanks and see you soon.

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