Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 Summary
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 Assessment
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 is clearly a capable mirrorless digital camera. It delivers a well-rounded performance, combining high image-quality and fast operational speed. Its relatively compact size makes it light and easy to carry when using small lenses.
With the GF-series, Panasonic has been adjusting the balance between features and simplicity. While the original GF1 was quite advanced, the GF2 that followed was seen as over-simplified and the GF6 regains numerous features and controls which were previously removed. It even gained WiFi and NFC, both featured aimed to please novice photographers, plus a highly popular tilting LCD.
There is certainly a lot to like about the GF6 and for those looking for a more powerful or speedy camera, Panasonic makes the G6 and recently-reviewed GH3 which all share the same Micro Four-Thirds sensor. The GH3 sits at the high-end with an EVF, same as the G6, plus triple control-dials in a weather-sealed body which is only effective when combined with a weather-sealed lens.
This mirrorless has access to the largest mirrorless lens lineup in the industry and its 2X crop-factor gives Micro Four-Thirds cameras an advantage in terms of total size compared to most mirrorless systems.
|Low image noise until ISO 1600||Slight image softness from base ISO|
|Realistic image colors after tweaking||EC easily accidentally changed|
|Good automatic white-balance||Below average shot-to-shot speed|
|Reliable metering||Flimsy control-dial|
|Fast contrast-detect autofocus||Preview not Exposure-Priority|
|Short shutter-lag||Wrong Live-Histogram|
|Quick and responsive||Poor flash clearance|
|Calibratable LCD||No EVF option|
|Good LCD visibility||Short battery life|
|Customizable interface||Video recording delay|
|Sturdy except for control-dial||Video drops last second||Good Good|
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Panasonic DMC-GF6 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|16 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 160-25600|
|Micro Four-Thirds Mount|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|4.2 FPS Drive, Unlimited Images||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Spot-Metering|
|3" LCD 1 Megapixels||Stereo audio input|
|Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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