Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Released June, 2013
  • 15.9 MP
  • Four Thirds 17.3 x 13 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Raw files can be processed to reveal more detail than the JPEGs, but this is at the expense of noise, which becomes more visible.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)
9.1 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Lumix DMC-G6
8.3
D7100
9.7
OM-D E-M5
8.8
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Lumix DMC-G6
7.7
D7100
7.4
OM-D E-M5
7.1
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Lumix DMC-G6
9.2
D7100
9.1
OM-D E-M5
8.7
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Lumix DMC-G6
9.8
D7100
9.2
OM-D E-M5
9.4
Reviews from dpreview.com and techradar.com

9.1

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Lumix DMC-G6
9.1
D7100
9.2
OM-D E-M5
8.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Lumix DMC-G6
639 ISO
D7100
1,256 ISO
Alpha NEX-6
1,018 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-G6
216 ms
SLT A58
326 ms
OM-D E-M5
277 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Lumix DMC-G6
900 ms
Alpha NEX-6
2,000 ms
SLT A58
1,900 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-G6
7 fps
Alpha NEX-6
10 fps
EOS 100D
4 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Lumix DMC-G6
340 photos
D7100
950 photos
SLT A58
690 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Lumix DMC-G6
21.3 bits
D7100
24.2 bits
Alpha NEX-6
23.7 bits

Reviews Word on the street for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6


10.0
While there's a range of preset white balance settings, it's so easy to set a custom white balance value that it makes sense to use this in artificial light.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

Things are kept pretty simple, and the only controls are a compact camera-style zoom rocker switch just behind the shutter button, a red movie record button and the iA button for entering Panasonic's useful 'intelligent Auto' mode.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)
If you regularly switch between powerzoom and non-powerzoom lenses you may find it best to set this lever to adjust the exposure compensation, to avoid its function from changing depending on the lens that's mounted.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)
Because Panasonic and Olympus were first and second, respectively, into the CSC market, both companies have had time to develop the system, and there's an extensive array of optics available.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)

Screen

We found the main LCD screen also provides a clear view even in quite bright light, and because it is mounted on an articulating hinge it makes shooting from awkward angles much easier than normal.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)
Unlike some other apps, Image App gives the photographer remote control over the exposure, white balance and drive mode settings and the focus point can be set with the touch of a finger on the tablet or phone screen.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)
Having a fully articulating screen is also a huge bonus, because it encourages you to shoot from more interesting angles.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)

Sensor

This means you can have a JPEG image with the effect applied and a clean raw file for normal processing.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)
Having a raw file as well as a more heavily processed JPEG makes the Creative Control options more attractive to enthusiast photographers who want to option of working on their images post-capture.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)
If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 160 the Panasonic G6 is capable of resolving up to around 24 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)

Video

The G6 can capture movies in 1080 60p/60i/30PsF and 24p in AVCHD mode, along with 60p and 30p video in MP4 format (Cameras bought in PAL regions get the same combinations but with 50 and 25 frames per second).
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)
It gains a socket for attaching an external mic as well as gaining full PASM exposure control over its movie capture.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)
An advantage of using the GH2's sensor is that the G6 is able to offer more comprehensive video functions than the G5.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)

Focus

If the camera is on a tripod you can focus very precisely by enlarging the on-screen image and focusing manually.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)
In addition, the manufacturer says the new engine enables faster autofocusing, especially in low light.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)
It's especially useful when using Touchpad AF, which enables the AF point to be selected by touching the screen while composing images in the EVF.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 15.9 MP
Resolution 4608 x 3456
Size Four Thirds
Area 17.3 x 13 mm
Crop factor 2.1x
Pixel size 14.1 microns
Light sensitivity 160 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 23
Supports continuous Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Electronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 1.4x
Viewfinder size 0.67x
Display type LCD
Display resolution 1,036 k dots

performance

Max continuous shooting 7 fps
Battery life 340 photos
Continuous shooting 7 fps
Focus lag 216 ms
Startup delay 900 ms

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps (AVCHD, MPEG-4)
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 1,036 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 122 x 85 x 71 mm
Thickness 71 mm
Weight 390 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi Yes
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Optical
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