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Panasonic G7 hands on review and field test in 4K

Panasonic G7 hands on review and field test in 4K

| On 17, Oct 2015

My own interest in the Panasonic G7 was high, but after posting the video of the media briefing, I could see that others were interested in this camera also. It took a little while before the review unit arrived mid-August, but I was able to take it for a trip around Southwestern Ontario and to Washington DC.

 

The review is all in the video – the following are behind the scenes production notes. I don’t comment on the details I observe in every scene, but provide the examples for your analysis. If you like, I’m happy to provide the original video and RAW image files – post a comment below.

If you’d like to see the images in more detail, and check out their EXIF data, the photos used in the review are available on flickr.

In Southwestern Ontario we stayed at Retro Suites in Chatham, a most interesting hotel where each room has an individually themed décor. The canoeing scenes were shot at Point Pelee National Park.

The video is produced in 4K, using 4K video shot with the Panasonic G7 and the Sony RX100M4 (when the G7 is in the shot). The scenes (primarily the screens) shot in HD and up-sampled have an HD bug in the top right.

I’m always happy when a camera provides live and dirty (including menu overlay) HDMI out, which enables me to attach an Atomos Ninja Star to record screens. The Ninja Star bricked (but is now repaired) during the recording, so the remaining screens are shot with a Sony A6000 using the 30mm macro lens. Screen captures are edited, condensed and sometimes have their speed adjusted to make the images fit the script.

On camera, I used a Sony ECM 44, recorded on a Tascam DR70D, dual system as there’s no audio in on the RX100M4.  VO recorded using the Røde NT USB.  I use the x-rite colorchecker passport for white balance and colour reference. Edited on an iMac using Final Cut 10.2.2. Images processed in Lightroom CC 2015.1.1

The G7 kit was on loan, and has been returned. I am not affiliated with or compensated by Panasonic or any other camera or device manufacturer.

As always, if there are any details I’ve overlooked, I welcome (and reply to) your comments and questions.

Comments

  1. Michelle

    Hi Maarten,

    I love your videos and would really value and appreciate your input on this! For a beginner, would you recommend the Lumix G7 or the Nikon D5300? From what I’ve researched, Lumix is far superior for videos, though its photo quality is also very high. Would the excellent video quality and good photo quality of the G7 be worth getting over the excellent photo quality, beginner friendliness and lens options of the D5300?

    Many thanks in advance for your time, as well as for the wonderful content you share with us viewers 🙂

    • Maarten

      Thanks for your confidence. There are two issues to consider in choosing the Panasonic, with is a great camera, packed with powerful features, over the Nikon. The first is the lens selection, which is limited, particularly for video. The second is the smaller micro four thirds sensor. The Nikon’s drawbacks are size/weight and the mirror, which is an inconvenience for video. But in the end, I always suggest that you let your wallet, your hand (is it comfortable to hold), and your heart (which is the one you’d be proudest to own and would never leave behind) provide the final guidance. Hope this helps.

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