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3

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 – Metering

Like most systems, the GF6 offers multi-pattern, centreweighted and spot metering options. The 1,728-zone multi-pattern metering is very good – exposures in bright conditions were spot on in every image I recorded. In overcast conditions, exposures are a tad on the bright side, which means midtones are well exposed but at the cost of clipped highlights.

The fact that spot metering is achievable by touching the screen anywhere in the frame is a boon for everyday shooting where time is of the essence. Other systems that are navigated using a rear control pad are considerably slower and less sutiable for day-to-day shooting. Furthermore, the size of the spot can be adjusted using a pinching action on the screen, which is quick. With speedy handling of spot metering and the iDynamic options (more on this in Dynamic range), I rarely found it necessary to use exposure compensation.

  • 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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