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Panasonic GX7 Released today. Whoop!

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by Ghosthunter, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
  2. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
  3. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Yup. A lot of micro four-thirds owners have been waiting a long time for a rangefinder-styled camera with a built-in viewfinder. Now it's here and it seems to be a very nice piece, indeed. It also seems to be a better deal than the Oly E-P5 with VF-4 kit.
     
  4. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    what's the price region?
     
  5. Stan

    Stan SC Regular

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    Apr 19, 2013
    California
    Stan
    It looks good and is feature packed. Will keep a lot of people i the systems who wanted this type of camera.

    The bulb-like grip makes it look like it has a paunch. Grippage is good.
     
  6. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder SC Veteran

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    Mar 7, 2012
    Looks nice. Here's hoping for the standard 66% Panasonic price drop within a few months.
     
  7. Ranger Rick

    Ranger Rick SC Regular

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    Mar 12, 2012
    Tempe, AZ
    Rick
    This pretty much checks every box- Panasonic seems to have listened to photographers this time!
     
  8. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
  9. Stan

    Stan SC Regular

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    Apr 19, 2013
    California
    Stan
    The last piece of the puzzle is sensor performance. The ergonomics and features seem well sorted, however, Panasonic has used the phrase "new sensor" to mean many things. I know it's a function of marketing. If the sensor is great and sets the bar or matches at least the GH3, then it'll be a winner. If it's a reworked GH2 sensor, then I can see enthusiasts passing on this, given the competition.
     
  10. retow

    retow SC All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    This body plus the two f2.8 Panasonic zooms will make for quite a travel combo.
     
  11. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Don't count on it. The G6 and whatever the latest GF-series camera is, yes. But notice how the price of the GH2 didn't drop for a very long time. The same goes for Olympus: Don't look for the price of the E-P5 to drop all that much for quite a while. The OM-D is another camera that has held its price, while Oly's E-PL- and E-PM- series cameras saw big price drops over the course of a year or so. The E-P3 didn't see deep discounts until only a couple of months ago. It's clear both Panasonic and Olympus will protect the price of their high-end camera bodies. I think the best we'll see for a long time is the occasional $100 or $150 discount sale.
     
  12. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder SC Veteran

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    Mar 7, 2012
    But look to the GX1 as an example. It was their last high end camera body in this line. The one that kicked off the GX line. It tumbled from $699 to $250 in a matter of months.
     
  13. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    I'm just going to wait for someone more attracted to shiny things to want to unload theirs. But first I'll be stalking folks itching to get rid of their GH3 for the GX7.
     
  14. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    That's right... but it's apples vs oranges. The GX1 started at $699. The GX7 starts at $999 without lens. The GX line has moved upmarket. Now, don't get me wrong. I would love for you to be right and me to be wrong (always a possibility and even highly likely). But I honestly don't expect the kind of price drop that we'll probably see again with the G-series and GF-series. At least not until the GX7 close-outs prior to its replacement.
     
  15. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Good plan. I had been pining for a Fuji X-E1 or X100s but, with the GX7 a reality, I'm not so sure.
     
  16. zapatista

    zapatista SC Regular

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    Jul 28, 2012
    Denver, Colorado
    Mike
    In for 1, with kit lens. I'm very curious to see if the indicated DR and noise improvements bear out in reality. OTW, wel holy S**T it's got everything.
     
  17. stratokaster

    stratokaster SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 27, 2010
    Kiev, Ukraine
    Pavel
    I wonder whose idea it was to release only the silver model in the US. That person should be executed.
     
  18. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    is there more than one color available?
     
  19. stratokaster

    stratokaster SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 27, 2010
    Kiev, Ukraine
    Pavel
    Black and silver in Japan and Europe, but only silver for the US.
     
  20. Prototype

    Prototype SC Veteran

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    Jul 9, 2010
    Illinois
    Brian
    I never end up buying any of these system cameras, but I get really excited about their announcements. I've been following the Micro Four-Thirds world recently and there seems to be an uncertainty about the system. With last year's OMD E-M5 and today's GX7, it makes me wonder how such a promising format could be in "trouble."