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Photography or film-making is no longer just a hobby. With people choosing it as a career path, companies are providing more and more affordable options in terms of camera and equipments. However, the main question still remains: which one do you buy?
The one thing that you should keep in mind when buying your first camera is the camera ecosystem.
When I talk about ecosystem what I mean is, when you save money now, will you be able to save money in the future as well?
Do the lenses cost more?
Do the batteries cost more?
And how much is it going to burn your pocket in the future?
Well, when the companies are introducing new and new machines in the market, Panasonic has also come up with something new. And I am talking about the Panasonic LUMIX G7!
This is more than just an entry level camera. With its form factor, it gives you a feel of an actual DSLR. The size and the built of this camera is quite rugged. It has a micro four-third sensor so the form factor is quite small. But yet it fits right in your hand perfectly.
The camera has a lot of customizable options with custom buttons all over it. And you can customize these to suit your needs. The camera comes with an electronic viewfinder that allows you to see what the camera is actually seeing. And the colours come quite accurate as well. This feature also allows you to shoot in situations when the sunlight is too bright. But the LCD screen falls short on clarity and colour in certain conditions.
The camera comes with WiFi connectivity and with a Panasonic Image app on your phone, you can manually control every little setting of the camera using your smartphone. From aperture to shutter and the ISO to the white balance, you can manage everything. It allows you to maintain focus in any part of the frame just by touching the screen.
One of the very interesting feature of this camera which interests me a lot is: the timelapse option built into the camera. You can set the amount of photos to be taken, and the interval through the interface and the camera will automatically record a timelapse. At 16 megapixel, this camera gives you good enough images for digital use. Well, you can have beautiful images on your Instagram profile when you’re using this.
The camera comes with a tilt screen which allows you to shoot in those very tricky situations where it is hard to keep the camera screen in front of your eyes. Also, this is a touchscreen. Hence, it is easy for you to do touch-focus or even change the settings just with your fingertips.
The most important feature of this camera, which was a total game changer for me, is the capability to record 4k video. Well, if Panasonic calls this an entry-level camera, it is far superior than any of its competitors. Another amazing feature is the 4k photo. In this, the camera shoots a short 4k clip and allows you to save the frame that you like as an image later on.
The Panasonic Lumix cameras are based on Leica technology. Hence, the glass and the mechanics of the lenses has the backbone of Leica. The quality is exquisite and worth every penny. There is a huge range of micro four-third lenses in the Lumix universe.
All in all, this is an amazing package for the aspiring photographers and film-makers who are just starting out in the industry and have a very tight budget. In the Indian market, it has recently been launched under the 50k budget. I would highly recommend you the Panasonic Lumix G7 if you are getting into the vlogging space and you do not have enough budgets for the expensive equipment. It comes with a 14-42 mm lens and the whole lens space and the universe is quite affordable. So when you’re looking out for the first camera that you are buying, this could be your option!
Reviewed by Kshitij Sheetak