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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...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review – White balance and colour

I largely kept the GF6 in its standard colour mode and in AWB, and was pleased with the colour rendition in most situations. In sunny weather, images were punchy without being too saturated, so there was little need to employ the vivid setting in this instance. For times when the colour rendition was a little off – for example, single dominant tones usually trick AWB into compensating for the opposite end of the colour axis – a custom reading was quick and simple to take, to ensure the rendition was correct.

Colour modes are found in the photo style menu, where tweaks to contrast, saturation, sharpness and noise reduction can be made. I would like to see some colour filters added to the monochrome photo style, such as green and red, because these filters can really add impact, such as darkening the sky or adding tonal depth to portraits.

  • 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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