Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

Released June, 2013
  • 16 MP
  • Four Thirds 17.3 x 13 mm LiveMOS
  • 3" LCD
The Panasonic GF6 is bundled with Panasonic's SilkyPix software, which enables you to get more out of raw format images, should you need to.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)
8.9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Lumix DMC-GF6
8.1
PEN E-PL5
8.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Lumix DMC-GF6
7.6
PEN E-PL5
8.1
Focus lag

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Lumix DMC-GF6
9.0
PEN E-PL5
9.2
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Lumix DMC-GF6
9.5
PEN E-PL5
9.5
Reviews from 43rumors.com, techradar.com, dpreview.com, 1001noisycameras.com and 2 more

8.9

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Lumix DMC-GF6
8.9
PEN E-PL5
9.1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

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

Lumix DMC-GF6
622 ISO
EOS 750D
919 ISO
NEX 5R
910 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Lumix DMC-GF6
2,600 LPH
Lumix DMC-GF5
2,000 LPH
PEN E-PM1
2,400 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-GF6
267 ms
Lumix DMC-GF5
180 ms
Lumix DMC-G5
194 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Lumix DMC-GF6
72 ms
Lumix DMC-G5
63 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Lumix DMC-GF6
800 ms
Lumix DMC-GF3
1,900 ms
PEN E-PM1
1,800 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-GF6
4.2 fps
Lumix DMC-G5
20 fps
NEX 5R
10 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6


10.0
One of the claims that Panasonic makes about its Micro Four Thirds range of cameras is that edge-to-edge sharpness is better than from APS-C equivalents.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

In addition to an extra control point provided by a top-plate zoom lever encircling the shutter button, the GF6 gains an additional customizable Fn button on its rear, plus another two on a 'pull-out' tab on its touch screen.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)
Images are full of detail, while colours are bright and punchy without being overly vibrant.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)
Along with the sensor is a brand new Venus engine, and most noticeably a new tilting 180-degree touchscreen and a mode dial on the top of the camera.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)

Lens

The main changes are the addition of a conventional exposure mode dial on the top plate, along with a compact camera-style zoom lever surrounding the shutter button.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)
The bundled 14-42mm kit lens is capable of producing sharp and detailed images, with plenty of detail right up to the corners of the frame.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)
The 14-42mm lens is a new version of the old kit lens, which is smaller than the previous version.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)

Sensor

There's no shortage of detail in this shot taken at ISO 160, the colour and white balance are also accurate.
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 100 the Panasonic GF6 is capable of resolving up to around 24 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)
The GF6's AF system coped fairly well in the relatively low light of the riding school, but examining this ISO 1600 image at 100% on screen reveals quite a bit of smoothing to reduce noise.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)

Zoom

The camera was subsequently announced in the US at a price of $599.99 for the 14-42mm standard zoom kit, and is expected to ship in June.
by c|net (Apr, 2013)
This controls exposure compensation or zoom, depending on whether you have a power zoom fitted.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)
The GF6's compact size is complemented by a couple of the smallest zooms available for any interchangeable-lens cameras.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)

Touch

Speaking of the touchscreen, it is very responsive to use, being a capacitive device, and soon becomes an integral part of how you use the camera.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)
Image quality is fantastic, while usability, thanks in part to the touchscreen and sensible menu system, makes it one of the more pleasurable cameras to shoot with.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2013)
I enjoyed using the touch screen to pinpoint focus on any part of a scene, along with the ability to touch to shoot.
by c|net (Apr, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type LiveMOS
Megapixels 16 MP
Resolution 4616 x 3464
Size Four Thirds
Area 17.3 x 13 mm
Crop factor 2.1x
Pixel size 14.1 microns
Light sensitivity 160 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 12,800 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,600 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Supports continuous Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None

performance

Max continuous shooting 4.2 fps
Battery life 330 photos
Continuous shooting 4.2 fps
Focus lag 267 ms
Shutter lag 72 ms
Startup delay 800 ms

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MP4, MJPEG)
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None
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 111 x 65 x 38 mm
Thickness 38 mm
Weight 418 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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