Panasonic G7 hands on review and field test in 4K
Maarten | 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.