• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic GX7 advantages over Olympus E-PL7

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.7 fps vs 8.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 24 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Olympus E-PL7 advantages over Panasonic GX7

  • Less expensive
    $499 vs $648
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 0.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    873 vs 718 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Thinner
    38 mm vs 54 mm
    Thinner
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    17 vs 9 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Sharp retro design and solid build; High resolution, tiltable electronic viewfinder and LCD touchscreen monitor; Competitive still image quality; Very good video quality, recording Full HD at frame rates up to 60p; Fast autofocusing and all-around performance; Robust Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities, including remote shooting when paired with a smart device

  • Weak built-in flash; No external mic or headphone jack for video recording; Some poor results when shooting in Creative Panorama mode

  • Excellent image quality for its class including very good ISO performance; Improved performance and ergonomics over the E-PL5; LCD tilts 180 degree downward for easier selfies; Upgraded 3-axis IS system.

  • No built-in flash (but a small add-on flash is included); No built-in EVF; Default colors somewhat muted; Somewhat quirky menu system.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M5

Panasonic GX7
Olympus E-M5
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More telephoto lens reach
Olympus E-PL7
Olympus E-M5
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic GF6

Panasonic GX7
Panasonic GF6
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Olympus E-PL7
Panasonic GF6
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Olympus E-P5

Panasonic GX7
Olympus E-P5
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Thinner
Olympus E-PL7
Olympus E-P5
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
  • Faster JPEG shooting

Compared to Olympus E-M10

Panasonic GX7
Olympus E-M10
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Fast startup
  • $474
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
Olympus E-PL7
Olympus E-M10
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $474
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Internal flash

Compared to Olympus E-M5 II

Panasonic GX7
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
Olympus E-PL7
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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