The G7 is the manufacturer's latest CSC offering 4K video capture, but how does its stills shooting measure up? See for yourself in our first look gallery

The enthusiast CSC market is one of the most competitive in digital photography at the moment, thanks to a range of recent announcements from a host of the major competitors.

The price point at which enthusiast CSCs compete marks a sweet spot where both consumers looking to upgrade their current camera and those looking to buy a smaller body to complement their DSLR meet. Recent additions have include the impressive Sony A6000 and Olympus’s E-M10, and to this burgeoning market arrives Panasonic’s latest CSC – the Lumix G7.

The G7 arrives to replace the Lumix G6 – a model which impressed back in 2013 thanks to the combination of an enthusiast specification, DSLR-esque design and a relatively small body.

Panasonic Lumix G7 Review Sample Image Gallery

1/5000 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 200 AWB LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm F3.5-5.6

So, how does the G7 look to build on the success of it’s predecessor? Well to begin with the latest CSC now features the latest in video capture technology, thanks to the addition of 4K resolution capture. With this setting arrives the ability to grab 8MP still from any section of the video, as well as access a range of super fast burst mode settings.

There’s also a wide range of other attractive features, including an improved OLED viewfinder, conventional continuous shooting speed of up to 8fps and maximum focusing speeds of as little as 0.07 seconds.

Panasonic Lumix G7 sample image 9

1/10000 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 200, AWB
LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm F3.5-5.6

We were fortunate enough to go hands-on with the new camera on the day of launch and capture a few early images, which you can see here. If you want to read a little more about the new model head on over to our First Look, and be sure to check out our full review of the camera over the coming weeks.