Panasonic G7 Hands-On Review

While this review focuses more on the photography than videography features of the Panasonic G7, it still provides a good general overview of this camera.

Both Panasonic and Olympus continue to improve their m43 cameras.  This G7 has a better viewfinder, good video features, nice build, and other incremental improvements.  But the area that is still lacking for m43 in general is the sensor.  m43 has been mimicking Canon’s strategy of doing nothing exciting with the sensor for generations.  This strategy has worked for a while but Sony has come along and really started to innovate.  Hopefully that will compel other camera makers to wake up.  The biggest thing we feel is lacking in the G7, GH4, NX1, etc is the lack of dynamic range.  Video just feels extra special when the sky isn’t blown out.

Sony RX10 II 4K and Sony RX100 IV M4 4K

In addition to the recently released Sony A7r II Sony also announced two additional cameras.

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The Sony RX10 II is an upgrade from the RX10 that was a decent fixed-lens camera with 1080p video.  This 1-inch sensor camera now shoots 4K video and has advanced slow-motion frame rates that were never before seen at this price-point like 240FPS at 1080p.  The Carl Zeiss 24-200mm f/2.8 Lens is a nice touch too.  4K is at 30p or 24p.

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The very portable Sony RX100 IV also shoots 4K but for only a maximum of 5 minutes.  It uses the same 1-inch sensor.

Some video examples from these cameras:

Finally: Sony Announces the A7rii, their first Mirrorless Camera with internal 4K

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The Sony A7s is a great camera but it only does 1080p internally.  We were waiting for Sony to lead the way with a full frame mirror less camera that shoots 4K internally.  Enter the A7rii, with the following specs:

  • 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization (estimated 4.5 stops improvement)
  • 399 Phase-Detect AF Points & 5 fps Burst
  • Internal 4K XAVC S Video & S-Log2 Gamma
  • Weather-Resistant Magnesium Alloy Body
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • ISO 102,400
  • No shutter slap issues
  • Faster start up times and AF
  • $3200

See Sony’s own page about this camera and the following video shot with the camera: