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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review

June 19, 2013

Overall Rating:

3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6


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Price as Reviewed:

£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...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review – Remote control shooting

While the GF6 does not have a port for connecting a cable release, the fact that the camera is Wi-Fi-enabled means that remote shooting and live view are possible via a smartphone or tablet. Not only are they possible, but through the Panasonic Image app (downloadable for free from the Apple and Android stores), there is wide range of shooting controls available via a smart device.

The range of exposure settings that can be adjusted remotely include AF mode, white balance, touch shutter, touch AF, colour modes, picture effects and even the drive mode. There is no manual override of the shooting mode dial, so one must select the shooting mode wisely if the camera is being placed at a distance. Thankfully, the camera’s response to remote changes is near instant, making the GF6 suitable for remote wildlife shooting or sports, where a quick response is necessary to capture a moment.

  • 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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