In this Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 review, Ian Burley tests the company's fifth-generation mirrorless, 16-million-pixel CSC, which has an articulated capacitive touchscreen, OLED EVF, Wi-Fi and NFC, plus improved low-light autofocus
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 review: Our verdict
In some areas, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a big step forward, such as the new viewfinder, touchscreen and Wi-Fi support, especially for remote shooting with a smartphone or tablet. However, its basic picture-taking capabilities are similar to its older stablemate.
For anyone seeking an affordable camera with a wide range of customisable controls in a lightweight package, with an eye-piece viewfinder, fast autofocus and modelled on an SLR layout, the G6 has a lot going for it. Its micro four thirds compatibility with, by far, the largest range of lenses of any compact system camera platform is also a major plus point. The increasing importance of video, which is an area of excellence with the G6, will also make it worthy of consideration by some.
However, its sensor, while still good, is no longer cutting-edge, and if your photography pushes a camera’s dynamic range you may be better off with a more up-to-date unit. The fallibility of some of the controls is also a concern and demands careful handling of the camera.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 – Key features
The G6 has a dual-axis digital level with an artificial horizon indicator. This is ideal for keeping the camera level, especially when using the articulated screen.
Two custom-setting modes are accessible quickly and conveniently via the mode dial.
Audio and video
Video recording is a strong area for the G6, but there is no port for a high-quality external microphone. This can be worked around by using a separate recorder and syncing audio when editing the video.
Wi-Fi and NFC
Wi-Fi allows remote shooting with live view using Android and Apple smartphones and tablets. Connection and pairing can be as simple as tapping a camera with an NFC-enabled device.