Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7

Estimated Street Price: $599 (including 12-32mm kit zoom).

INTRODUCED 1/2015

Even smaller than its tiny GF6 predecessor at 4.2×2.6×1.3 inches and 11.9 ounces (with memory card, battery and 12-32mm kit zoom attached), the new Lumix DMC-GF7 offers a host of features that makes it easy to take great selfies. The 3-inch, touch-screen LCD monitor tilts 180º, and when so positioned, puts the camera in Self Shot Mode, enabling a number of selfie functions. Face Shutter trips the shutter when you wave at the camera. Buddy Shutter trips the shutter when you bring two heads close together. Three Beauty functions produce more attractive selfies: Soft Skin, Slimming and Defocusing modes. And Jump Snap uses your smartphone’s accelerometer to trip the shutter at the high point of a group jump. The camera’s built-in WFi capabilities also make it easy to share images, and allow you to zoom, focus and fire the camera wirelessly via your smart device.

There’s more to the GF7 than just selfies, of course. New sensor technology and Venus Engine processing get the most out of the 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds image sensor. The Light Speed contrast AF system is very fast (camera and lens exchange signals at up to 240 fps), and the camera can shoot at 5 fps in AFC mode, 5.8 fps in AFS and 40 fps using the electronic shutter.

Video capabilities include 1080 full HD at 60p, 60i, 30p and 24p in AVCHD and 1080 60p and 30p in MP4, both with stereo sound. Touch AF makes it easy to do pro-style rack focusing.

Like all Micro Four Thirds System cameras, the GF7 can use all MFT lenses, along with pretty much any lens for which an adapter is available.

STANDOUT FEATURE: New “selfie” features add f lexibility to this tiny mirrorless camera.

1. The three-inch touch LCD f lips up 180º for easy self-portraits.

2. The Fn1 button can provide one-touch connection to a smartphone via built-in WiFi.

3. A built-in, pop-up f lash provides handy light for nearby subjects.

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