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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6


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£499.00

Tim Coleman tests the latest compact system camera in Panasonic's entry-level range, which features a 16-million-pixel sensor, a newly designed tilt screen, built-in Wi-Fi and extra controls on its body. Read the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review – The competition

Three cameras provide the stiffest competition to the GF6: the Olympus Pen E-PL5, Sony NEX-3N and Samsung NX300. The Panasonic and Olympus cameras use the four thirds format, while the Sony and Samsung models are APS-C format, with the Samsung camera featuring the highest-resolution sensor at 20-million-pixels, compared to the 16 million pixels of the others.

All three cameras are compact and light – weighing between 269g and 325g (with battery) – and are virtually identical in size, except for the Samsung NX300, which is slightly bigger. All have tilt LCD screens, though only the Sony NEX-3N is not touch-sensitive. The Panasonic GF6’s screen has the highest resolution, but no optional viewfinder is available, unlike for the Olympus and Sony models  Meanwhile, the Samsung cameras is the only one without built-in flash, though its hotshoe will take an external unit. Overall, the Olympus camera feels the least ‘entry-level’.

  • Video: Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50i AVCHD 25fps (PAL), 
1920x1080-pixel MPEG-4 (30fps)
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets, 2 custom, Kelvin, all with fine-tuning
  • Built-in Flash: Yes, GN 6.3m @ ISO 160 (5m @ ISO 100)
  • Shutter Type: Focal-plane shutter
  • Viewfinder Type: N/A
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Output Size: 4592 x 3448 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
  • Sensor: 16-million-effective-pixel Live MOS
  • White Balance Bracket: 3 frames
  • Weight: 280g (body only), 323g (with card and battery)
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, iA+, 24 scene modes
  • Focal Length Mag: 2x
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/160sec
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion
  • Shutter Speeds: 60-1/4000sec, bulb
  • File Format: JPEG, RW2 (raw), raw + JPEG, MPO (when attaching 3D lens in micro four thirds-system standard), AVCHD, MPEG-4Compression
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: 20fps at 4-million-pixel resolution, 4.2fps with AF, 3fps with live view, 7 continuous shots in raw, unlimited JPEGs
  • RRP: £499 with the 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1/3 steps
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Lens Mount: Micro four thirds
  • Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, manual, face detection, AF tracking, 23-area, 1-area, pinpoint, touch
  • ISO: 160-25,600
  • Dimensions: 111.2 x 64.8 x 38.4mm
  • DoF Preview: Yes, with shutter speed simulation
  • Metering System: 1728-zone, multi-pattern sensing system with options for intelligent multiple, centreweighted, spot
  • Connectivity / Interface: Mini HDMI, digital/video out, remote release
  • Tested as: Entry-level CSC

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