Panasonic’s update to its entry-level interchangeable-lens camera, the Lumix GF6, incorporates most of the newer tech that’s in the tiny GM5. This year’s GF7 should have better performance and a more streamlined design.
The primary kit is priced at $600, ÂŁ430, or AU$700 and should be available in February in the US and Australia, and in March in the UK.
Coupled with the more compact lens designed for the GM series, the GF7 has a slimmer overall profile.
Better burst performance –Â Its 5 frames per second with autofocus brings it into parity with the better-specced competitors.
Enhanced autofocus –Â It now incorporates Panasonic’s fast Light Speed AF system.
Selfie-friendly –Â It has a couple of new features targeting selfie-takers — face shutter (triggered by a hand wave in front of your face) and buddy shutter (when it detects two faces in proximity to each other).
Updated video –Â It now supports MPEG-4, not just AVCHD.
Streamlined design –Â Panasonic swapped the locations of the mode dial and the iA (one-touch auto) button, and added a programmable function button to the left shoulder. The back buttons are also shuffled around a bit. It’s also gone from curved to a little more retro boxy on the top. The record button has been relocated as well. Unfortunately, Panasonic also jettisoned the grip; that tends to make cameras look a little sleeker but harder to hold. And the two custom settings mode are no longer on the mode dial.
More compact –Â Part of the smaller footprint also includes switching to the smaller lenses designed for the GM series: to the 12-32mm f3.5-5.6 (24-64mm equivalent) kit lens from the 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 (28mm – 84mm equivalent). The wider angle 12-32mm lens is more conducive to selfies and groupies, but it’s just a little less broad of a focal range — 2.7x vs. 3x. Australians will also be able to purchase a two-lens kit for AU$1,000 (denoted with WGN in the model name) with the other GM-designed lens, the 35-100mm f4-5.6 (70 – 200mm equivalent).