Panasonic Lumix G7KS 4K Mirrorless Camera, 16 Megapixel Digital Camera, 14-42 mm Lens Kit, DMC-G7KS – $497.99
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Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera 14 42MM Lens Kit, 4K. Image Sensor Type: Live MOS Sensor.
What a camera you're getting for this price point! The Panasonic G7 is the sixth camera in their G series line, and I have to say they have finally nailed it. This camera sits right in the sweet spot of performance, size, and price. It is considered a mid level camera but can do just about anything the higher end models can.The 16 mp sensor has been refined and provide good high iso performance. RAW files are easy to work with. The headline feature 4K video is top notch although you have limited manual controls for video recording. Speaking of controls, this camera bristles with dials, levers, and buttons. It is a call back to the original G1 and G2 and I love it. Handling is top notch, everything falls into place and all functions are within easy reach for fast access. The grip is superb and I really think this is the best handling camera out there. Auto focus is fast and accurate, but that also depends on the lens.So what's not to like? Not much. The build materials are plastic, but overall build quality is quite good. No in body stabilization, this is a big deal to some. I don't know why, I don't think it is such a big deal. No weather sealing but we are talking about a mid level camera here, if you want to check all the boxes you will be looking at a more expensive camera. Saying that though Pentax manages to weather seal all their bodies so it can be done Panasonic!Overall, for this price point it is tough to find a better camera. Highly recommended! Use the money you save to get some lenses. Because as good a camera body is, it's really the lens that makes the biggest difference. I see a lot of people upgrading to a new camera expecting to be blown away, but always end up disappointed. Simply because they just use the kit lenses the cameras come with.If you couldn't tell I really like this camera. I'm a portrait photographer and you can see a lot of my work on Flickr. Just search my name I guess. Happy shooting!
Okay here is it, I'll keep this short and simple. It shoots 4K and at the time of buying, cost $600 with a kit lens. Let's be honest here, those points alone make this an almost unbeatable deal. This camera also uses Micro Forth Thirds mount and has a wide selection of lenses available from both Panasonic and Olympus as well as 3rd party's. Want to use a canon EF lens? Easy get a metabones adapter and boom Canon EF lenses WITH autofocus still working. This camera is a polymer bodied camera without weather sealing, if you want those, look at the big brother GH4. But this costs half that.I actually sold my Sony A6000 for this for a couple of reasons, first, the Sony lenses are just too expensive. A6000 has no microphone in for audio. Lastly, the Sony overheated after shooting 20min of 1080p footage.
I absolutely love this camera. I did hours and hours of research before spending this much money on a SLR/DSLR camera, and hands down this camera came up as the best choice. It has all the features and quality of cameras that cost twice as much. It's also a perfect starter camera for someone looking to get into more serious photography. I would reccomend looking up some Youtube videos and reviews on this camera to see all the features and quality before purchasing this one, or any higher end camera for that matter. HOWEVER, keep in mind, that many reviews are done by camera critics who rate this camera and others by extremely high standards, so they are going to knock this camera for having "problems" that the average person will never notice. The ONLY thing I agree with them that I could even notice as being an issue with this camera is that the auto focus is a little sluggish.. but if you are wanting to get into professional photography, you are going to have to learn how to focus your shots by yourself. Well there are two things, the second thing is that I had some difficulty setting up the wifi connection to my PC, but the connection to my phone through the app was super simple and quick. Besides that.. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!