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Date: 12/10/2013 | By: Mathieu

A Sunny Afternoon at Lake Como: A Panasonic Lumix GX7 Gallery

X100S, 1/70, f/ 28/10, ISO 250

A Sunny Afternoon at Lake Como: A Panasonic Lumix GX7 Gallery

As many of you know, our Panasonic Lumix GX7 finally arrived last week but constant rain and busy work schedules postponed my first real contact with this exciting new camera. Finally, yesterday, the bad weather took a break in Northern Italy and we seized the chance by spending our afternoon around the beautiful Lake Como. It was also the opportunity to show Heather’s brother Nick, who was visiting from Canada, one of the most beautiful areas of Lombardia.

A view of the lake from Como.DMC-GX7, 1/640, f/ 8, ISO 200
A view of the lake from Como.
DMC-GX7, 1/640, f/ 8, ISO 200

I want to do more testing before coming to any conclusions, but as of right now, my feelings are very positive about this new camera. It has wonderful ergonomics and its comfortable protruding grip puts it a step above other cameras in its same category. The built-in viewfinder is clear and sharp. The various dials and buttons are thoughtfully-placed, and the menu and various functions are easy to navigate just like most Panasonic cameras.

Note: These photos were taken with the M.Zuiko 12mm f/2 and 45mm f/1.8.

X100S, 1/70, f/ 28/10, ISO 250
Me with the Lumix GX7
DMC-GX7, 1/1000, f/ 8/1, ISO 200
DMC-GX7, 1/1000, f/ 8, ISO 200

Regarding image quality, the sensor is a new 16mp Micro Four Thirds sensor, an improvement over the sensor inside the GH3. We already compared ISO performance by putting the camera side-by-side with the Pen E-P5 and the GX7 shows an improvement in terms of high ISO, especially concerning colours and dynamic range. 800 ISO and 1600 ISO are very clean and almost noise-free, and the details preserved in both shadows and highlights are great. The examples below have been post-processed using Lightroom 5 from the RAW file. I reduced highlights and recovered some shadows. The results are very well-balanced and the colours are pleasant.

DMC-GX7, 1/13, f/ 56/10, ISO 800
DMC-GX7, 1/13, f/ 5.6, ISO 800
DMC-GX7, 1/25, f/ 56/10, ISO 1600
DMC-GX7, 1/25, f/ 5.6, ISO 1600

The new sensor also seems to have an improved dynamic range. As I walked through Como’s downtown, I spotted some very highly-contrasted scenes with the sun cutting through the small streets of the city. Some of the pictures came out slightly underexposed but I managed to recover a lot with the RAW files and adjust them as I wanted. Considering that it was around 3 pm when the light of the sun is very hard, the GX7 definitely shows a lot of potential in terms of dynamic range. Of course I will test this aspect more thoroughly later on.

DMC-GX7, 1/500, f/ 8/1, ISO 200
DMC-GX7, 1/500, f/ 8, ISO 200
DMC-GX7, 1/2000, f/ 8/1, ISO 200
DMC-GX7, 1/2000, f/ 8, ISO 200

The only aspect that doesn’t impress me so far is the reproduction of outdoor colours. When using either Auto WB or the sun preset, I find the pictures too cold. I had to increase the colour temperature on almost all the outdoor pictures in Lightroom. I mainly used the Scenery profile. Colours are definitely more accurate indoors.

DMC-GX7, 1/100, f/ 2/1, ISO 800
DMC-GX7, 1/100, f/ 2, ISO 800

The examples below are JPGs straight out of the camera. I like how the red and the greenish-yellow light projected onto the tabletop from the stained glass window (not in the frame) are rendered.

DMC-GX7, 1/250, f/ 2/1, ISO 200
DMC-GX7, 1/250, f/ 2, ISO 200

This was my first serious day with the camera and I didn’t want to waste too much time trying to find the ideal settings. Rather, I wanted to enjoy the day with Heather and her brother. I have plenty of time to familiarise myself with this camera which, if recent reviews are correct, has a lot of interesting settings and functions to discover.

In late afternoon, we left Lake Como and tried to reach the lake that is north of Como, another very beautiful place where you can catch a nice sunset. Sadly, we encountered unexpected traffic and arrived too late.

DMC-GX7, 1/60, f/ 56/10, ISO 200
DMC-GX7, 1/60, f/ 5.6, ISO 200
DMC-GX7, 1/50, f/ 2/1, ISO 200
DMC-GX7, 1/50, f/ 2, ISO 200

Lake Como and the surrounding area are wonderful places to visit but a word of advice: it is better to stay a couple of days if you can afford it. There are many lakes, breathtaking views and unique towns to visit, and we will definitely return! In the meantime, enjoy this Lumix GX7 gallery!

DMC-GX7, 1/60, f/ 8/1, ISO 200
DMC-GX7, 1/60, f/ 8, ISO 200

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About the author: Mathieu Gasquet

Mathieu Gasquet is a professional photographer with French and Italian origins. Besides running his own video and photography studio 3Dit Lab, he is also the official photographer for the National Cinema Museum in Turin. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter or Facebook!

  • Mathieu

    Hi JM, so far my feedback about battery life is:
    – stills: in lake Como I used the camera from 1pm to 6.30pm and there was still two bars left out of three.
    – video: today I shot a promo video using gh3 and gx7 for every shot. I started to record at 10.30am and at 1.30 pm there was only one bar left. I briefly charged it during lunch break. I finished the work around 4.30pm with one bar left. In comparison, at that same time, the GH3 still had 3 bars left!
    Bottom line, it seems that the battery will last a full day for stills but not for video.

  • T N Args

    Thanks that is very helpful. I look forward to your further articles with this camera.


    Hi Mathieu,
    I have read lots of things about GX7 but can’t get a reliable information about battery life ?
    How many shots can you really make ? How long does battery last in video mode ?

  • Mathieu

    If you own Olympus silver prime lenses like I do (12mm, 45mm), the silver/black body will look better from an aesthetics point of view. Black color lenses will look nice on both versions. Personally, I prefer the silver/black version, but the black version was the only one available in the store at the time of the purchase.

  • T N Args

    Thank you for this nice first impressions article. I haven’t been to Lake Como since 1982, when Louisa and I took the ‘long short cut’ when migrating from South Africa to Australia. I loved it then, pedaling around the lakes on cheap Rossignoli cycles bought in Milano. Unforgettable!

    A small question please… for the GX7 what do you think of the black versus black/silver body colour option? Also how the colour options fit with the various lenses from Oly and Pana.

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