Panasonic Lumix GX7: Falling in Love with Photography Again

special guest post by Mark Toal

Since I work for Panasonic I’m not going to even try and review this camera technically. I’ll leave that to all the other bloggers and camera reviewers. I want to talk about my experience with this new camera in the past week that I’ve been using it.

1953 Jaguar GX7

My first thought when I heard about the specifications of the GX7 was that it didn’t do much if anything that my Lumix GH3 wouldn’t do and that I didn’t need to buy one. Since I own a Lumix GH3, GH2 and GX1 I felt that I had the field covered. My brain told me that I really didn’t need this camera.

Jasmine-Mark Toal

1/40 sec at f/1.4 and ISO 2000

The sample GX7 from Panasonic arrived and I opened the box, picked it up and immediately fell in love with this camera. Now, I am going to get all new age, touchy feely here but it took me right back to my childhood and the first car I fell in love with, the 1953 Jaguar XKR. My inner child can’t put this camera down.

Sunflower-Mark Toal

1/80 sec at f/6.3 and ISO 400

The retro styling of the Panasonic GX7, Fuji X series cameras and Olympus OM-D are all the rage right now and after trying the GX7 I can see why. The GX7 may become my new carry everywhere street photography camera while the Lumix GH3 gets used for my professional jobs and video.

Blacksmith-Mark Toal

1/80 sec at f/5.3 and ISO 3200

My advice on the Lumix GX7 is to skip the pixel peeper blogs and go down to a local camera store and pick up one of these retro style cameras and fall in love with photography again.

seld-portrait © Mark ToalMark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his web site at You can contact Mark at

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