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Panasonic Lumix GF6 Hands-On Preview

Panasonic Lumix GF6 Hands-On Preview - Panasonic's new GF6 is a compact Micro Four Thirds camera with 16 megapixel sensor, Wi-Fi and NFC. We go hands-on with this new camera.

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Category : Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
Product : Panasonic Lumix GF6
Price : £499
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Panasonic Lumix GF6 (15)

Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix GF6, the new entry level Micro Four Thirds camera replaces the Panasonic Lumix GF5, and includes a number of updates, including a 16 megapixel sensor, 3inch tilting touch screen, mode dial, Wi-Fi and NFC. The Panasonic Lumix GF6 will be available with the new more compact 14-42mm II kit lens, priced at £499, and £649 with twin kit lens (including the 45-150mm lens), from the end of April.

Key Features

  • 16 megapixel Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor
  • 3inch tilting 1040k dot touch-screen
  • New Venus Engine
  • Improved AF performance, with new low-light mode
  • 19 filter effects, Panoramic shooting
  • Full HD Video, stereo sound
  • ISO100 - 25600 (extended)
  • 4.2fps continuous shooting
  • Wi-Fi connectivity, NFC 
  • Retouch mode
  • Available in black or white
Panasonic Lumix GF6 (19)

The top of the camera is where you'll find the re-introduction of the mode dial, which should make selecting modes easy, as well as the introduction of a sweep panoramic mode, that will automatically stitch the photos together as you pan the camera. Surrounding the shutter release button is a zoom control which can be used with the power zoom lenses, or in playback to zoom into photos.

Panasonic Lumix GF6 (1)

Some of the photos in this hands-on article show a pre-production model, where the front grip is smoother than the final version. The final production version of this camera is shown above, and you can see the textured front grip, which gives a good level of resistance as it is made out of rubber.

Panasonic Lumix GF6 (10)

On the rear the camera has a thumb grip, as well as the playback, display, scroll wheel, menu/set, Q Menu / Fn1 and Fn1 buttons and the tilting touch screen, which features a 1040k dot resolution and tilts to 180 degrees. The camera also features improved AF performance, with a new low-light focusing mode that is automatically activated in low-light and is said to greatly improve low light focusing performance. 

Panasonic Lumix GF6 (12)

Underneath the camera has the usual tripod socket and battery / memory compartment, and battery life is rated at 330 shots according to Panasonic / CIPA standards, which is the same as the previous model, the Panasonic Lumix GF5, which is to be discontinued. In playback mode, a new retouch feature lets you edit out areas of the photo and remove objects using the touch screen.

View Panasonic Lumix GF6 Sample Photos or view the rest of the hands-on photos below:

Panasonic Lumix GF6 Hands-On Photos of Equipment



Panasonic Lumix GF6 Specifications

ManufacturerPanasonic
Image Sensor
CCD pixels16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4592
Pixels (H)3448
Sensor TypeLive MOS Sensor
Sensor SizeMicro / Four Thirds
Sensor Size (width)17.3mm
Sensor Size (height)13mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1040k dots
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity160 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure CompNo Data
Viewfinder
Viewfinder ResolutionNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting4.2fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30fps, 25fps
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium Ion
CIPA Rating330
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data
Dimensions
Weight323g
Width111.2mm
Height64.8mm
Depth38.4mm

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Comments


JohnHoppy 5 5 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2013 7:26PM
I'll hang onto my GF5 and G5.   Maybe Pany are saving the best for the GX2. The GF line has been erratic: from the GF1 it was simplified to attract punters to move up from Compacts and away from mobile phones but now has lurched back toward the GF1 - and hence GX1. A Mode dial is more likely to put "happy snappers" off.  It seems Pany are trying to broaden the base but the philosophy is muddled. The changes on the GF6 are okay but largely incremental, I'm disappointed with the design: the cranked rear screen would be far more versatile if fully articulated and what's another millimetre or two? The tiny flash would be better sited on the left allowing a hot shoe in the centre, there's room if the line of the "hump" runs to the left. The GF6 is attractive, but most photographers will be waiting to see what the G6 brings, and if 'photographers' aren't the target audience, is this GF6 over-qualified for its market segment?

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