Are you looking for a camera to make videos, but do not have a very big budget? Probably this article will be useful to you.

Panasonic Lumix G7

 

There are so many cams to make great videos. Obviously the quality is directly proportional to the price, but this camera combines a reasonable price to a really good quality.

 

It is a mirrorless, so it's light weight because it does not have the mirror system of a reflex. I can not say it's a compact because it's a bit big, but it's small enough to be used as a camera for self-vlogs (cams that I call selfie-cam)

The interesting thing for me was the folding screen because for those who want to make vlogs is one of the most useful things. The rear screen is of 3" and you can tilt it in any direction. The only thing that might be uncomfortable is that it flips side by side and not from above, but it does not give you any trouble and you get used to it right away. Plus, it's touch screen.

Very convenient is the ability to put an external microphone with the jack. The cam's audio is quite bad. Not really bad, but rumbling in the closed environments and the sound is not quite clear so it's always better to use a good external microphone.

I'm currently using a Boya BY-V01.

There's the possibility to change the lens and it allows you to vary your content. Situation in the dark? A bright lens like f1.4; a beautiful panorama to capture? A wide-angle lens can help. For those who can afford to buy them is a good thing. For now I have a Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42 mm ranging from f 3.5 to f 5.6. It's not the best for shooting in the dark even if the videos are not very bad, but since it's my first lens and I do not mind doing the night life, for now it's okay.

ISOs range from 200 up to 25,600 although I personally never exceed 1600, only sometimes 3200, but you already can see the image noise and it's not okay. The most of the times I leave everything automatic and let the camera to decide. Of course, count that my lens is not very good for nighttime content.

Regarding the shooting modes, there are a lot of them. Obviously the main ones: automatic shutter, burst, time lapse, self-timer, panoramic picture, video mode and there are others that for now I do not use. Among them is the mode that gives more priority to the iris, more exposure priority, etc.

Now a bit of technical data.

 

16 megapixel micro four-thirds sensor.

Recording in 4K 25fps at 100 mbps or 1080p 25fps at 20 mbps or 50fps at 28 mbps. Unfortunately no super rallenty, but as the price is not very high it's okay.

Battery.

 

The original is of 1200 mAh and it is enough to make about 350 photos or 3h of recording, but personally I've bought two 1700 mAh batteries, so I'm okay for the whole day.

The files are not very heavy, there is the ability to record in AVCHD or MP4, but with the first there is no 4k. Regarding the weight of the files, 5 minutes of 1080p at 50fps in MP4 weigh 1GB while the same 5 minutes in 4K at 25fps weigh about 3.5GB.

 

It's a great camera for anyone planning to start making photos and videos. The Lumix G7 is more portable for videos, but with a little bit of practice you can make great shots.

 

It's handy to hold in, the grip is great and the stabilization is pretty good, although it's always better to have an external stabilizer, like a gimbal.

 

Being a mirrorless is not too heavy either with the lens, so it will not destroy your arm with which you hold it.

I especially recommend it for the price and the fact that the lenses can be changed so there's a bit of customization and plaus there is the app.

Unfortunately the camera does not have the NFC, but it has the Wi-Fi through which it can be connected to the smartphone to be controlled. From the app we have the live preview of what the camera sees and all the settings we can handle remotely. Of course you can also transfer files from camera to phone using Wi-Fi.

For all the other info and for more details you can visit the Panasonic website : https://goo.gl/Y3PF3y

In case you wanna see the video review, I leave you it here below.

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