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...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review – Our verdict

Image: The panorama mode can be a bit hit and miss. Here, it has worked well and recorded to its maximum angle

For its target audience – those stepping up from a compact camera, first-time buyers of an interchangeable-lens camera, or even those that want a backup to a DSLR – the GF6 is an excellent option. It is lightweight, compact and handles well, with a good range of lenses.

The camera may not offer a viewfinder, which is understandable for a model of its size and price, but its tiltable screen can be viewed clearly in most conditions. The ability to control the camera through the buttons or touchscreen works well, with the touch metering and AF particularly pleasing. Likewise, controlling the camera wirelessly through a smartphone is at times genuinely useful, as is the ability to share images while on the go.

When it comes to image quality, the GF6 is a capable camera, especially considering the excellent lenses that are available in the Lumix G system. All in all, the GF6 is quick to get to grips with, handles intuitively and speedily, has an impressive feature set, and can record good-quality images.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 – Key features

Display
The sort of information that can be displayed on the LCD screen includes live histogram, guide lines, record area, and exposure settings.

Underside of the camera
The tripod bush is central to the lens mount, while the battery and SD memory card slot are accessed through the same door under the handgrip.

Movie record
On the top-plate next to the shutter release is a button that switches directly to movie recording.

Connectivity
On the right-hand side of the camera, HDMI and AV/out ports can be found underneath a firm plastic door.

NFC
The NFC chip is placed on the left-hand side of the camera, which is where NFC devices need to be held to make an NFC connection.

Other Fn controls
Through the touchscreen menu there are two further function buttons, both of which are customisable.

Quick menu/Fn1 button
Most key exposure controls – 13 in all – can be accessed via this quick menu, so expect to use this button a lot day-to-day.

Fn2 button
By default, this button is set to access the Wi-Fi menu. A four-digit password can be activated to prevent unauthorised access to the Wi-Fi menu.

Details

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
  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 at a glance:
  2. 2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review - Remote control shooting
  3. 3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review - Metering
  5. 5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review - Autofocus
  6. 6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review - Dynamic range
  7. 7. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review - White balance and colour
  8. 8. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  9. 9. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review - LCD, viewfinder and video
  10. 10. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review - The competition
  11. 11. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review - Our verdict
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