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

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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

Keeping level
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.

Custom settings
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.

Details

White Balance:Auto, 5 presets, 2 custom, Kelvin, all with fine-tuning
Video:Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50i AVCHD 25fps (PAL), 1920 x 1080-pixel MPEG-4 (30fps)
Built-in Flash:Yes, GN 10.5m @ ISO 160 (8.3m @ ISO 100)
Shutter Type:Focal-plane shutter
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Viewfinder Type:N/A
Output Size:4608 x 3456 pixels (15.8 million pixels)
LCD:3in, 1.04-million-dot touchscreen LCD
Field of View:100% on LCD
AF Points:23-area and touch-focus anywhere in the frame
White Balance Bracket:3 frames
Sensor:16.05-million-effective-pixel Live MOS
Max Flash Sync:1/160sec
Focal Length Mag:2x
Exposure Modes:Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, iA+, 24 scene modes
Weight:340g (body only)
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion
File Format:JPEG, RW2 (raw), raw + JPEG, MPO (when attaching 3D lens in micro four thirds-system standard), AVCHD, MPEG-4
Drive Mode:40fps at 4-million-pixel resolution, 7fps with AF, 4fps with live view, 9 continuous shots in raw, unlimited JPEGs
Shutter Speeds:60-1/4000sec, bulb
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
DoF Preview:Yes, with shutter speed simulation
Dimensions:122.45 x 84.6 x 71.4 mm
Metering System:1728-zone, multi-pattern sensing system with options for intelligent multiple, centreweighted, spot
Connectivity / Interface:Mini HDMI, digital/video out, remote release
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Exposure Comp:±3EV in 1/3 steps
RRP:£549 (body only)
Lens Mount:Micro four thirds
Focusing Modes:Single, continuous, manual, face detection, AF tracking, 23-area, 1-area, pinpoint, touch
ISO:160-25,600
Tested as:Enthusiast CSC
  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 review: At a glance:
  2. 2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 review: Wireless remote shooting
  3. 3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 review: Build and handling
  4. 4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 review: Metering
  5. 5. Dynamic range
  6. 6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 review: Autofocus
  7. 7. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 review: Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 review: White balance and colour
  9. 9. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 review: Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  10. 10. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 review: The competition
  11. 11. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 review: Our verdict
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