The word ?selfie? is now a part of the respected Oxford English Dictionary. A recent selfie of some Ms. Universe contestants caused a political stir in the Middle East. Even President Obama succumbed by snapping a self-portrait together with his vice president. This cultural phenomenon has become so powerful that camera makers felt the urge to keep pace. Panasonic doesn?t want to be left out so it decided to join the pack by announcing the new Lumix GF7 camera.
Lumix GF7 specs
The Panasonic Lumix GF7 favors a retro design which is different from previous GF camera models. In contrast to the vintage-style exterior, the GF7?s specs sheet is astonishingly modern. It packs a mirrorless 16-megapixel camera with Micro Four Thirds MOS sensor equipped with the company?s proprietary Venus Engine image processor. This system allows an extended ISO range of 100 – 25,600. Its burst speed is clocked at 5.8fps or 5fps with AFC.
When it comes to the device?s body the device is relatively small and measures 107 x 65 x 33 mm (or 4.2 x 2.6 x 1.3 in) and weighs 266 g (9.4 oz). It used contrast autofocusing which the company claims to be more accurate than the phase detection utilized by DSLR camera. The rate by which data is exchanged between the lens and camera is measured at 240fps. Sadly, the Lumix GF7 is still not capable of capturing 4K videos but it can record clips with a decent 1080×1920 full HD resolution.
Panasonic?s new snapper flaunts a 3-inch high resolution LCD touchscreen that can be flipped up 180 degrees. Its ideal for taking great selfies and boasts of high visibility even when under different lighting conditions. Once the screen is tilted up, the device automatically activates its Self Shot Mode
Other selfie-centric features include Face Shutter (activates when a hand is waved across the face), Jump Shot (detects when the subject reached the highest point in a jump) and Buddy Shutter (snaps a photo when the camera senses two faces in the viewfinder).
The Panasonic Lumix GF7 is slated to go on sale by the end of February or early March. It will be tagged with a $600 price and come bundled with a 12-32-mm lens kit. Black, brown, or pink variants will be available. Check out the GF7 below in a promotional video posted by Panasonic.
Photo Credit: ?Panasonic
Video Credit: ?Youtube.com – Panasonic