Lumix DMC-G7 body only (£249 price after DOUBLE Cashback) £449 @ Amazon
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Lumix DMC-G7 body only (£249 price after DOUBLE Cashback) £449 @ Amazon

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Found 22nd Nov 2015
*** Update (03 December 2015) - with only 4 days left for the Double cashback promotion, it seems unlikely that both Amazon & Currys are likely to get stock in time, therefore I have updated this post to include Carmarthen Cameras who do have official UK stock @ £449 ***

Having been an amateur and semi-professional photographer for the best part of 45 years, I have progressed from 35mm to DSLRs and finally moved to the Lumix G6s and now the G7 (mainly as I became fed up of lugging my incredibly heavy back-pack, I'm no soldier!). Some would argue the G7 (awarded EISA Best European Photo and Video Camera for 2015/16) is an incremental upgrade on the G6 - it's far more than that, especially using the newer GX7 sensor (so 18 months old in reality and is a marked improvement over the G6), quicker & better focusing, much better viewfinder, improved low light performance, but the most stunning aspect is the capture of amazing quality 8MP stills via its 4K continuous shooting facility. I used it at my niece's wedding this past weekend... and I'm more than loving it, so is my niece (she paid for a pro as she wanted us to enjoy the wedding, but hoped I would take... 600 frames later!)

In August I was not prepared to pay £800 for the body only, in October I paid £449 via SRS MicroSystems and got £100 cashback, so £349, now with "Double Cashback", its a no-brainer £249 (I'd be surprised if it went cheaper during the Black Friday week) ! Am I annoyed at the extra cashback? Definitely not, as I wouldn't have been able to capture my niece's special day!

NB camera must be purchased by 06 December 2015 and Panasonic Cashback claim made by 07 March 2016. Finally, you also get a 2 Year Guarantee (from Panasonic too - NO registration required)!
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I can't seem to find a link to the cashback. Would you happen to have a direct link please
mayzi

I can't seem to find a link to the cashback. Would you happen to have a … I can't seem to find a link to the cashback. Would you happen to have a direct link please


Here we go... g-ec2.images-amazon.com/ima…pdf
Cheers for that!! Don't forget Zeek as well, they are online now https://www.zeek.me/gift-vouchers/brands/b::amazon. I didn't know they had a limit though. So can anyone recommend a good starter lens?
Edited by: "jools19" 22nd Nov 2015
jools19

Cheers for that!! Don't forget Zeek as well, they are online now … Cheers for that!! Don't forget Zeek as well, they are online now https://www.zeek.me/gift-vouchers/brands/b::amazon. I didn't know they had a limit though. So can anyone recommend a good starter lens?

For sheer value for money and surprisingly good quality, the 14-42mm lens that comes in a kit form with the G7 is a great starter. I decided against the 14-140mm, mainly due to cost and weight and in truth find the slightly slower (f4) LUMIX G X 45-175mm a great accompanying lens, especially at the price (power zoom is almost silent during videoing too!) Just my opinion, I do have other lenses too, but they are quite specialist...
Nirm

For sheer value for money and surprisingly good quality, the 14-42mm lens … For sheer value for money and surprisingly good quality, the 14-42mm lens that comes in a kit form with the G7 is a great starter. I decided against the 14-140mm, mainly due to cost and weight and in truth find the slightly slower (f4) LUMIX G X 45-175mm a great accompanying lens, especially at the price (power zoom is almost silent during videoing too!) Just my opinion, I do have other lenses too, but they are quite specialist...


Thanks for your reply, I ordered just the body only, and just looked at the prices of 14-42mm lens, are they ever cheap deals for these or should I cancel my order & get the one with lens?
The best standard zoom by far is the older version 14-45mm Lumix lens. Pin-sharp and high resolution with a metal mount and made in Japan, can't buy it new but lots of as new examples on a well known auction site. The newer 14-42mm is all plastic and very fragile with optical quality far below the 14-45mm. G7 is an excellent camera, by the way.
raza997

The best standard zoom by far is the older version 14-45mm Lumix lens. … The best standard zoom by far is the older version 14-45mm Lumix lens. Pin-sharp and high resolution with a metal mount and made in Japan, can't buy it new but lots of as new examples on a well known auction site. The newer 14-42mm is all plastic and very fragile with optical quality far below the 14-45mm. G7 is an excellent camera, by the way.

I ditto that (re 14-45mm), however, I purchased the 14-42mm as a separate (retail boxed) lens and the mount is in fact metal - the plastic mount is only on kit supplied lenses and I presume for a slight cost saving, however, I have not heard of any issues relating to their durability.
if you register for lumix club and and Google drive they throw in 100gb of storage for 2 years
jools19

Thanks for your reply, I ordered just the body only, and just looked at … Thanks for your reply, I ordered just the body only, and just looked at the prices of 14-42mm lens, are they ever cheap deals for these or should I cancel my order & get the one with lens?


It's your call - the "new" standard lenses you will see on eBa* and other smaller high street shops are generally kit lenses that have been split off from a kit for people wanting to buy a body only which historically have been expensive. Therefore it is probably a false economy buying these (especially for warranty purposes) so for £90 more buy the 14-42mm in kit form - being honest, you will get the latest iteration of the lens (denoted as II and built since 2013) and overall you will be pleased with the result so long you understand some limitations (eg at complete wide angle, don't use for tight group shots of people as distortion is noticeable!) - in bright light conditions its a very competent lens, and actually well made
Edited by: "Nirm" 22nd Nov 2015
Thanks Nirm, cancelled & ordered again as kit, just noticed your from Leicester as well, that's where I grew up!
Nirm

For sheer value for money and surprisingly good quality, the 14-42mm lens … For sheer value for money and surprisingly good quality, the 14-42mm lens that comes in a kit form with the G7 is a great starter. I decided against the 14-140mm, mainly due to cost and weight and in truth find the slightly slower (f4) LUMIX G X 45-175mm a great accompanying lens, especially at the price (power zoom is almost silent during videoing too!) Just my opinion, I do have other lenses too, but they are quite specialist...



Nirm, do you shoot in jpeg or raw? I'm an existing M4/3 user and I've never been that happy with the lumix jpeg's compared to the Olympus cameras. I went to my local jessops yesterday and handled the G7 as some reports slate the plastic body but I was quite impressed with it, it's just a pity that it doesn't have in body stabilisation like the olympus models. But at the cashback price I think I'll give it a chance
bobby-gg

Nirm, do you shoot in jpeg or raw? I'm an existing M4/3 user and I've … Nirm, do you shoot in jpeg or raw? I'm an existing M4/3 user and I've never been that happy with the lumix jpeg's compared to the Olympus cameras. I went to my local jessops yesterday and handled the G7 as some reports slate the plastic body but I was quite impressed with it, it's just a pity that it doesn't have in body stabilisation like the olympus models. But at the cashback price I think I'll give it a chance


How very interesting... I was an Olympus E1 and E30 DSLR man, shot in RAW in the former, but hated having to Photoshop, so moved to JPEG in the E30. The processing wasn't as severe as I thought it would be and more often than not just shot in JPEG especially as it was too much hassle to post-process as I upload and share loads of photos - convenience over "perfection". When I moved formats, I was concerned about the smaller sensor in the G6 and shot in RAW almost immediately and was impressed... but I shouldn't have worried as once again the processing in JPEG was not as severe as I thought it would be, but having said that I have always saved as large/ fine, if you know what I mean! With the G7, at this stage I have left everything as JPEGs... especially as this past weekend I uploaded almost immediately via my Xperia (so easy), so no time for post-processing as guests wanted to see results (my answer to processing was taking scores of the same shot and picking the best, believe me its much quicker). I am a semi-pro at best and my work does not aim/ require for studio quality perfection. Auto bracketing is still my favourite way of taking photos when I have next to no time to compose, if I have few seconds, using +/- exp compensation on the fly live in viewfinder is wonderful (it's come a long way compared to my E30). I will, however, play with RAW (saving JPEG and RAW at the same time) just to compare... as to build quality, though plastic the G7 is very solid and well made, and I certainly prefer to a now cheaper feel of my G6. I am thoroughly delighted with the G7, though have bought another battery (non-Lumix as are 20% of the cost!) as the incredible 4K bursts are very power hungry (and warming on the great hand grip!). Just get one (_;)
jools19

Thanks Nirm, cancelled & ordered again as kit, just noticed your from … Thanks Nirm, cancelled & ordered again as kit, just noticed your from Leicester as well, that's where I grew up!


Ranieri, Vardy et al too... I'm sure you won't be disappointed
**** sake, bought a used GH3 off ebay only a few months ago
I was after a nikon d5300 but tempted by this. Only issue I have is if the lenses available are going to be affordable. I want a decent 50mm lens as well as a zoom of approx 250mm. Any suggestions that might help make my mind up for me?
Don't know how reputable they are, but value basket are selling this camera with a lens for £429.99:

http://www.valuebasket.com/en_GB/Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G7-Digital-Camera-with-Lumix-G-Vario-14-42mm-f35/mainproduct/view/19209-AA-BK?AF=GOOGB&gclid=CjwKEAiA7MWyBRDpi5TFqqmm6hMSJAD6GLeAqHDWElYB_5RT8lnxyyKnRFNaoXQfw_kdC8f69rgnARoCfFnw_wcB

Presumably this would also be eligible for the £200 cashback.

Edited by: "msdctkldst" 22nd Nov 2015
andy182

I was after a nikon d5300 but tempted by this. Only issue I have is if … I was after a nikon d5300 but tempted by this. Only issue I have is if the lenses available are going to be affordable. I want a decent 50mm lens as well as a zoom of approx 250mm. Any suggestions that might help make my mind up for me?


Aah, I can answer that... for Christmas I have already purchased on behalf of wifey ( ) my specialist lens for portraits, and its superb - pin sharp photos, take a look at the Lumix HS043 (its actually 42.5mm so a 85mm DSLR), at f1.7, £300 isn't cheap, but its definitely not Leica expensive
Problem is that is is around 200 more than the nikon 50mm 1.8 which would do as good a job. I hate how expensive the lenses are compared to more established manufacturers. Same goes for Sony lenses for the a6000
andy182

I was after a nikon d5300 but tempted by this. Only issue I have is if … I was after a nikon d5300 but tempted by this. Only issue I have is if the lenses available are going to be affordable. I want a decent 50mm lens as well as a zoom of approx 250mm. Any suggestions that might help make my mind up for me?

Don't know about their reputation, but cashback is for UK models only; I rather suspect these are imports and Value Basket does not come up on the Panasonic claim form list (and T&Cs) as a UK accredited dealer... so whilst a good price, the claim would probably be rejected!
msdctkldst

Don't know how reputable they are, but value basket are selling this … Don't know how reputable they are, but value basket are selling this camera with a lens for £429.99:http://www.valuebasket.com/en_GB/Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G7-Digital-Camera-with-Lumix-G-Vario-14-42mm-f35/mainproduct/view/19209-AA-BK?AF=GOOGB&gclid=CjwKEAiA7MWyBRDpi5TFqqmm6hMSJAD6GLeAqHDWElYB_5RT8lnxyyKnRFNaoXQfw_kdC8f69rgnARoCfFnw_wcBPresumably this would also be eligible for the £200 cashback.


They are not on the list of participating retailers, so it would not be eligible for cashback. See the list here: http://promotions.panasonic.co.uk/promotions/promotions/view_terms/103
I think Valuebasket are based in Hong Kong.
andy182

I was after a nikon d5300 but tempted by this. Only issue I have is if … I was after a nikon d5300 but tempted by this. Only issue I have is if the lenses available are going to be affordable. I want a decent 50mm lens as well as a zoom of approx 250mm. Any suggestions that might help make my mind up for me?


You have to allow for the crop factor, due to the sensor size. A 25mm lens on the Lumix would be an equivalent view to a 50mm lens on a full frame camera.
The new Panasonic 25mm F1.7 is getting good reviews, you can buy it for £150. Or the Olympus 45mm F1.8 is about £180, with £30 cashback.

There are a few options for longer zoom lens. eg I think Panasonic 45-150 is OK, it has image stabilisation, not too expensive. Or the 45-200 is not bad, though fairly big and heavy.
Edited by: "vclaw" 22nd Nov 2015
andy182

Problem is that is is around 200 more than the nikon 50mm 1.8 which would … Problem is that is is around 200 more than the nikon 50mm 1.8 which would do as good a job. I hate how expensive the lenses are compared to more established manufacturers. Same goes for Sony lenses for the a6000


Prices vary Andy - I got the Lumix GX 45-175mm for just £160 in March this year from Currys of all places (should have been £300, then discount plus an o2 offer); btw I (wifey) paid £210 for the Lumix portrait lens (purchased from Amazon Germany, but with the exchange rate I didn't batter an eye lid getting from Germany (I have done so for years)... and got it in 2 days!)... but still double the price, I know

Edited by: "Nirm" 22nd Nov 2015
One tasty deal, still on Olympic EPL1 here and got used to the format too much to go back to something bulkier.
good deal
So does this take all micro 4/3 lenses or is it a different lens mount?
andy182

So does this take all micro 4/3 lenses or is it a different lens mount?

No, same mount and takes all lenses from Lumix, Olympus, Leica and others
2%cash back through kidstart

Feel free if anyone wants a referral or wants to save for my boy ;-)
Nirm

No, same mount and takes all lenses from Lumix, Olympus, Leica and others … No, same mount and takes all lenses from Lumix, Olympus, Leica and others


But all may not autofocus as Lumix branded ones I think?
Edited by: "Besford" 22nd Nov 2015
Besford

But all may not autofocus as Lumix branded ones I think?

This is true, though most important ones are, however, this is a useful link: hazeghi.org/mft…tml
Thanks for the post Nirm. I had dismissed the G7 as only a minor update from my (barely used) G6 but your post has caused me to think again. I'm a bit of a tech junky, especially cameras, and recently had to pare back my ridiculous selection of Lumix stuff. I have to admit that I take most of my shots with my TZ60 (successor to a whole history of TZ models but haven't been able to justify a TZ70 yet!). The best camera for the job is the one you have with you and even the G6 and 14-45 lens aren't exactly pocket sized. I'm still very tempted at this price though. Must check what my G6 would fetch to justify.
Edited by: "Besford" 22nd Nov 2015
Nirm

This is true, though most important ones are, however, this is a useful … This is true, though most important ones are, however, this is a useful link: http://hazeghi.org/mft-lenses.html:{


Very useful, thanks. Better compatibility than I had thought.
Nice price if the cash back comes in. Prefer APS-C mirrorless options such as Sony A6000 but if you have lenses that fit this, then it's a deal.
Besford

Thanks for the post Nirm. I had dismissed the G7 as only a minor update … Thanks for the post Nirm. I had dismissed the G7 as only a minor update from my (barely used) G6 but your post has caused me to think again. I'm a bit of a tech junky, especially cameras, and recently had to pare back my ridiculous selection of Lumix stuff. I have to admit that I take most of my shots with my TZ60 (successor to a whole history of TZ models but haven't been able to justify a TZ70 yet!). The best camera for the job is the one you have with you and even the G6 and 14-45 lens aren't exactly pocket sized. I'm still very tempted at this price though. Must check what my G6 would fetch to justify.


I finally sold my G6 about a month ago on eBa*... was less than a year old, I stuck it out and got a BIN of just under £200 (gross), body only. In my opinion, with this current cashback offer, I would have still pulled in £150... or just take the plunge and buy (if you have enough spare £s), wait for 7 December (when Double Cashback is over) and perhaps get a few extra £s for the G6, it's Xmas time after all. Finally, just to reiterate, the G7 whilst not an exponential, its definitely not an incremental upgrade from the G6, and a total brainer at this price... oh and if you're thinking that a possible G8 with the new 20MP GX8 sensor is worth waiting another 18 months for, it's not, especially as I recently tried the sub £1000 GX8 (yes, tech junky too in my spare time ) which only reaffirmed that the G7 is definitely the way to go (especially as my hands don't get on with pocket size cameras, I like something to grip and weighting with lenses is better too)
so would this fit and autofocus

ebay.co.uk/itm…860?hash=item5d4d93420c:g:tZcAAOSwo8hTrXVP
andy182

so would this fit and autofocus … so would this fit and autofocus http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sigma-30mm-f2-8-DN-Micro-4-3-Micro-Four-Thirds-Mount-Art-Series-BLACK-/400733454860?hash=item5d4d93420c:g:tZcAAOSwo8hTrXVP


Yes, and definitely... have a look at this site I have used for years: dpreview.com/art…s/4
Liking this camera more by the minute. The 45-150mm f/4-5.6 Aspherical Mega-OIS for approx £150 seems good value as well. Would have liked something around 200-250mm but its a good starting point
andy182

Liking this camera more by the minute. The 45-150mm f/4-5.6 Aspherical … Liking this camera more by the minute. The 45-150mm f/4-5.6 Aspherical Mega-OIS for approx £150 seems good value as well. Would have liked something around 200-250mm but its a good starting point

Yes... and I would like longer lens, but all in good time, eh! That's my bit for today, Andy... you'll probably not sleep tonight, but suggest you get the body asap, lenses can wait a bit. N:{
I've already got the Oly 14-42 and the Pany 45-200 so thinking I might go with the 14-140 kit from Mathers, makes the lens £246
Nirm

Yes... and I would like longer lens, but all in good time, eh! That's my … Yes... and I would like longer lens, but all in good time, eh! That's my bit for today, Andy... you'll probably not sleep tonight, but suggest you get the body asap, lenses can wait a bit. N:{



I go to Dublin in 10 days so want my camera sorted by then. Bit more research tonight and if I order it I won't open it until after the Black Friday deals come along
andy182

I go to Dublin in 10 days so want my camera sorted by then. Bit more … I go to Dublin in 10 days so want my camera sorted by then. Bit more research tonight and if I order it I won't open it until after the Black Friday deals come along



​On mobile now as having a laugh @ I'm A Celebrity... good idea re not opening it, but if you're considering a kit, possibly opt for John Lewis kit @ £10 more than Amazon (Nectar & Avios too) and then make a Never Knowingly Undersold claim as imo Currys will be price matching Amazon in the next few days. Irrespective, good luck
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