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Panasonic unveils LUMIX GH7

Posted on Jun 6, 2024

Panasonic has announced the release of its latest flagship model in the Lumix G Series, the Lumix GH7 micro four thirds mirrorless camera

The Lumix GH7 understandably builds on the success of its predecessor, the GH6, by enhancing its capabilities in video. Panasonic states that the camera aims to meet the growing demand for high-quality video content and in that respect, it certainly has some things to shout about.

It’s 25.2MP BSI CMOS sensor is said to deliver improved video performance and wider dynamic range, but the big things to note are its phase detection autofocus (PDAF), internal Apple ProRes RAW recording and the world’s first 32-bit float recording, which simplifies sound recording by removing the need for level adjustments during shooting. On release, the camera will be priced at £1,999.99.

Let’s take a closer look.

Product photo of Panasonic Lumix GH7 camera.
Panasonic Lumix GH7 camera | Image: Panasonic

Lumix GH7 image quality

The camera features a 25.2MP BSI CMOS sensor with 13+ stop dynamic range. Panasonic states that the sensor offers significantly enhanced image quality and fast readouts.

The phase detection autofocus is said to be speedy and accurate and it includes a new real-time autofocus recognition feature for tracking a variety of subjects, including humans, animals and various vehicles.

There is also improved image stabilisation technology that offers perspective distortion correction for videos and a High Mode to further stabilise footage when on the move.

Close up of Panasonic Lumix GH7 camera with microphone attached being held as if taking a selfie in a street scene
Panasonic Lumix GH7 camera | Image: Panasonic

GH7 video features

The GH7 can internally record 5.7K/30p ProRes 422 HQ and ProRes RAW HQ. The camera is also capable of recording ARRI LogC3 with the purchase of an additional software upgrade key.

Users can also apply custom LUT files directly to their footage, allowing for immediate colour grading through a Real Time LUT feature.

As mentioned above, the camera also supports 32-bit float recording. This is when two audio signals are recorded at the same time, one optimised for high levels, the other optimised for low levels. The two signals then work together to provide a much wider overall dynamic range.

This means videographers do not have to worry about whether their audio is clipping from one environment to another, freeing them from constant adjustments.

Note that 32-bit float recording is only available when using a specific XLR microphone adapter, which will be sold separately at a not insignificant £499.99.

The LUMIX GH7 also supports proxy recording and native Camera to Cloud integration with Adobe’s Frame.io. This functionality facilitates automatic upload, backup, and sharing of images and videos, which can help expedite workflows for remote teams.

Product photo of Panasonic Lumix GH7 camera with full rig attached.
Panasonic Lumix GH7 camera | Image: Panasonic

Operability

When it comes to durability, the GH7 is dust and splash resistant and can operate in temperatures as low as -10°C. It also features an integrated cooling fan to prolong recording times.

The GH7 has all the makings of another favourite for independent filmmakers. Keep an eye out for a more detailed test in the future.

GH7 price and availability

The LUMIX GH7 is set to be available at the end of July 2024, priced at £1,999.99. The accompanying DMW-XLR2 microphone adapter will also be released at the same time, retailing for £499.99.

For more information, visit the Panasonic website.

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