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Panasonic Lumix G7 Versus Panasonic Lumix G6 Comparison

Panasonic Lumix G7 Versus Panasonic Lumix G6 Comparison - We have a look at the Panasonic Lumix G7 and compare it to the previous version, the G6.

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Panasonic Lumix G7 Vs G6 (3)

The Panasonic Lumix G7 is the latest DSLR-style CSC from Panasonic, and features a 16 megapixel sensor, 4K video recording, plus a number of improvements over the Panasonic Lumix G6 that it replaces. Here's a quick run-down of the major differences between these two models. 

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The G7 features an improved 2.36m dot OLED electronic viewfinder, vs the 1.44m dot OLED EVF on the G6, both are 0.7x magnification. The G7 also benefits from a slightly larger rubber eyecup surround, which should make it more comfortable to use. Both cameras feature a 3inch vari-angle touch-screen, although the G7 now features a 1040k dot resolution, compared to 1036k dot resolution on the G6. 

Panasonic Lumix G7 Vs G6 (7)

The G7 is larger with a deeper grip and a body that measures 124.9 x 86.2 x 77.4mm, compared to 122.45 x 84.6 x 71.4mm for the G6. The G7 weighs 360g, compared to 340g for the G6 body only without the memory card and battery.

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The G7 has a battery life rating of 360 shots (with the 14-42mm lens) compared to 350 shots on the G6 (with the 14-42mm lens), although the number of shots will depend on how you shoot, with the 4K photo mode on the G7 giving you the ability to take 8mp images at 30fps.

Panasonic Lumix G7 Vs G6 (1)

The G7 has an extended ISO range of ISO100 to ISO25600, compared to ISO160 to ISO25600 on the G6. AF focusing has been improved in low light, with the camera capable of focusing in low-light down to -4EV on the G7, and the G6 capable of focusing in low light down to -3EV. Continuous shooting is now at 8fps (for 13 raw images, and 100+ jpeg images), or 6fps with AFC, compared to 7fps on the G6. 

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Video recording on the G7 is now at 4K resolution, and the camera also lets you take individual 8 megapixel frames from the video, letting you shoot at 30fps. The G6 records fullHD video. The G7 has two control wheels compared to only one on the G6. The G7 has added additional external controls, including a drive mode dial, plus an AF mode switch.

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Comparison Table

Panasonic Lumix G7Panasonic Lumix G6
ManufacturerPanasonicPanasonic
Image Sensor
Pixels16.05Mp (Megapixels)16.05Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)46084608
Pixels (H)34563456
Sensor TypeLive MOS SensorLive MOS Sensor
Sensor SizeMicro / Four ThirdsMicro / Four Thirds
Sensor Size (width)17.3mm17.3mm
Sensor Size (height)13mm13mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
  • 3:2
  • 1:1
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
  • 3:2
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in3in
Screen resolution1040K dots1036K dots
Touch ScreenYesYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/16000sec1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec60sec
Bulb modeYesYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Centre Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600160 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5+/-5
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution2.36million dots1.44million dots
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting8fps7fps
Video
Movie modeYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 4K
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS4K at 25/24fpsAVCHD (1080p at 50 FPS) and MP4 (1080p at 25 FPS)
Stereo SoundYesYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNoNo
Interface
HDMIYesYes
USBUSB 2USB 2
Wi-FiYesYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium IonLithium Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)360shots340shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsCamera, Lens, Body cap, Battery, Battery charger, USB cable, Neck Strap, Software CD-ROMCamera, Lens, Body cap, Battery, Battery charger, USB cable, Neck Strap, Software CD-ROM
Dimensions
Weight410g340g
Width124.9mm122.45mm
Height86.2mm84.6mm
Depth77.4mm71.4mm
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Comments


20 May 2015 2:17AM
So there is basically no difference than 4K. I have G6 and see no reason to upgrade Tongue

G6 is amazing camera, good for stills too Grin

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ChrisV Plus
12 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
20 May 2015 11:23AM
What's the build quality like? One of the caveats I had with the G6 [compared perhaps unfairly with the GH3, but also the GX models] is that it felt like a flimsy/plasticky camera. I'm attracted by the 4k capability [and I don't need the high end output of the GH4], is this a worthwhile alternative? [The other bugbear with just about every other m43 camera but the GH3/4 is battery life, but carrying spares is no big deal - I just wished they'd used the larger/higher capacity units. Are these the same as the ones in the G6?]
joshwa Plus
8 860 United Kingdom
20 May 2015 11:31AM
The G7 has a plastic body, and there didn't appear to be a massive or instantly noticeable difference in build quality between the two, however the grip did seem better, and the design does look a little more serious. The silver / grey version of the G7 looked more plasticy in my opinion. The viewfinder surround on the G7 also appeared to be more robust compared to the G6.

The battery is the same on both cameras.
ChrisV Plus
12 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
20 May 2015 1:03PM
Cheers Joshwa - I gues these things are slightly subjective. I think I will wait until they appear on the shelves and hold one for myself. Nice to hear spares for the G6 will work with it.
2 Jun 2015 9:06AM
In the text it states the G7 weighs 360g, but in the spec list it says 410g - quite a difference. Which is correct?
Also, aside from 4K video, are there any upgrades on the speeds, codecs, etc. on the G7 video specs over the G6?
Thanks.
joshwa Plus
8 860 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2015 9:15AM
Hi spdavies, the 360g (G7) 340g (G6) weights are both body only, without the battery and memory card, for comparison. The 410g is the weight of the G7 with battery and memory card, which is the way most weights are now being reported according to CIPA standards.

We will be covering the G7 video specs in the full review which is underway, but to very quickly answer your question, the video codec options are the same, except there are now more options and settings for mic adjustment, mic level limiter, diffraction compensation, luminance level settings, highlight shadow settings, as well as snap movie.

thanks Josh
EDL 1
27 Aug 2017 2:58PM
There is something incorrect. Afaik the G6 has WIFI ... or am I wrong?
28 Aug 2017 1:45AM
You are not wrong, the chart is wrong. The G6 has both WiFi and NFC.
joshwa Plus
8 860 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2017 8:56AM
Updated, thanks

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