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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF6

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  • 16.00-Megapixel Live MOS Sensor
  • Wi-Fi® / NFC with Smartphones
  • 4.2 fps
  • ISO 160-12800, expandable to 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 (60i PsF / 30p in NTSC models, 50i PsF / 25p on PAL)
  • 1040K-dot 180゜Tiltable Touch Display

 

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF6
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF6
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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF6
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF6
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF6

Overview

Description by Panasonic:

The camera boasts a new Live MOS Sensor, newly developed Venus Engine and high precision, ‘Light Speed AF’ which all contribute to excellent image quality for photographers used to taking creative images with their smartphones but who are looking for a much more sophisticated and professional result by being able to have more control over manual settings such as aperture, shutter speed or lens selection.

With 19 filter effects the DMC-GF6 is not just an interchangeable camera but a creative tool for any user looking to explore and change their photography habits from an amateur point-and-shoot photographer to a step-up user looking to take their photography more seriously.  Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC (Near Field Communication) make it easier than ever to remotely shoot from a tablet or smartphone, transfer images and share their pictures with friends, family and the online world.

Furthermore the DMC-GF6 has a dedicated video record button on the top so you can record full-HD video (1920x1080, 50i) in AVCHD with stereo sound. Contrary to its stylish appearance the camera is robust with a built-in flash (GN6.3 ISO160・m / GN5.0 ISO100・m), has a 3.0 inch, approx. 180 degree tiltable monitor and comes with a fashionable black or white body.

True Picture Quality with New 16.00 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine

The new Live MOS Sensor enables high resolution and high sensitivity image recording while minimizing the generation of noise. The Venus Engine image processor is also newly developed to feature its advanced noise reduction systems.  The controllable area of noise has been expanded by approx.64x in size. This makes it possible to remove large block of noise which were formally hard to detect and helps produce clear, smooth image especially for night time scenery.  The combination of the new Live MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine achieve ISO3200 (Auto) and max. ISO 25600 (Extended).

An Advanced Photographic Tool for Creative Users

With its wide variety of shooting options such as ‘Self Shot’ mode; ‘Creative Control’ providing 19 filters; and Stop Motion Animation function the DMC-GF6 is not just a high quality camera.

Users can shoot their own portraits by stretching an arm to hold the camera with the monitor flipped approx.180 degrees vertically allowing them to fit perfectly into the frame.

The popular ‘Creative Control’ mode has been upgraded by increasing the number of filters from the 14 of the DMC-GF5 to 19 for the DMC-GF6, adding new Old Days, Sunshine*, Bleach Bypass, Toy Pop, Fantasy in addition to the conventional Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Soft Focus*, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect and Star Filter* and Miniature Effect** mode1. A number of these filters can also be applied on the self-portrait taken in ‘Self Shot’ mode.

Cablefree Connectivity with Wi-Fi and NFC

For the first time integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity offer a more flexible shooting experience and easy image sharing from an interchangeable lens camera.  After the initial setup, tablets and smartphones for remote shooting can be connected with a simple touch without having to re-enter authorisation details every time.

Evolving LUMIX G AF System Speed and Accuracy

All cameras in the LUMIX G category feature Contrast AF for their focus system. Compared with the Phase difference AF system, the Contrast AF boasts higher accuracy especially in shooting with a bright lens and small ‘F’ (focal ratio) value.

Light Speed AF makes it possible to capture fast-moving subjects clearly. Additionally, AF Tracking enables consecutive shooting to capture moving subject in sharp focus.

Reviews

So, how was Panasonic's latest micro 4/3 camera entry received by the media? Pretty positively actually. We've selected some quotes:

Shawn Low from Cnet.Asia writes: "Although the GF6 is thicker and has a boxier build, we found the camera's front grip and substantial thumbrest provides a more secure grip and better ergonomics than its predecessor."

Richard Butler at DPReview: "But, while it gains features that will appeal both to the point-and-shoot and the take-control crowd, the GF6's trump card is Wi-Fi. Or, more specifically, the best implementation of Wi-Fi to hit the market so far."

Post date: 09/04/2013 - 18:02

The Panasonic GF6 is a new 16-megapixelcompact system camera with a 180° tilting touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) that allows setup of Wi-Fi connections with compatible smartphones and tablets, simply by tapping the devices together. The included WiFi  app can also remotely control the camera and the updated 1040k-dot rear screen that can tilt and flip 180 degrees for self-portraits. Other highlights include the new mode dial from it's GF5, movie recording at 1080p30 in either MP4 or AVCHD format, ISO sensitivity up to 25600 and built in flash.

press release:

New Sleek, Stylish Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera with Wi-Fi® / NFC LUMIX GF6

Featuring Superb Picture Quality and High Speed Response

April 9, 2013: Panasonic is proud to introduce a new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera DMC-GF6 from the stylish, most compact GF series of LUMIX G. The new 16.00–megapixel Live MOS Sensor achieves high-resolution, high sensitivity image recording. The Venus Engine is also newly developed for DMC-GF6 to attain high-performance signal processing and the advanced noise reduction system minimizes noise and even achieves shooting at max. ISO25600 (Extended) high sensitivity taking best advantage of the new sensor.

Post date: 09/04/2013 - 06:40

This preview was not supposed to go official yet, but some admin at the Tech Radar was apparently too trigger happy. The pages have now been withdrawn, but not before they ended up in the Google cache.

The New and Exciting:

  • NFC chip, it allows cameras to exchange images and videos by touching each other (sounds kinky, huh?)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Manual Video controls
  • 180° flipping rear touch LCD monitor. It is also a bit more responsive than its predecessors.
  • An extra dial makes the camera easier to handle compared to its predecessors. No more constantly diving into the menus.
  • New Venus engine will (supposedly) make for faster and better performance, in both video and still image capturing.
  • More digital effect filters, brings the total count to 19. Anyone up for some 'Bleach Bypass"?

The Bad:

  • No hotshoe for external flashes
  • Same "old" 16mp sensor as the one used in the GX1. 
  • The GF6 is a bit chunkier than the GF5, although this can be a plus for some users.

Here's the early conclusion from the Tech Radar review:

Post date: 05/04/2013 - 08:24

Specifications

Release Date: 
04/2013
Image Sensor
Type: 
Micro Four Thirds
Image Sensor Type : 
17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS Sensor
Effective Pixels: 
16.0 Megapixels
Total Pixels: 
16.7Megapixels
Aspect Ratio: 
4:3
Intelligent Orientation Sensor: 
Yes
Filter Array: 
Bayer RGB color filter
Sensor has dust removal: 
Yes
Sensor Stabilization
Stabilization system : 
No
Image Processor
Image Processor Type : 
Venus Engine FHD
Lenses
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent): 
2.0x the focal length of the lens
Lens Mount: 
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Storage
Memory Card Slots: 
1
Memory Card Type: 
SD
SDHC
SDXC
Exposure Control
Metering Mode: 
Multi
Center-weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation: 
±3.0 EV
Exposure Compensation Details: 
at 1/3 EV steps
Exposure Compensation Braketing: 
±2 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
Maximum shutter speed: 
1/4000 sec
Minimum shutter speed: 
60 sec
Bulb mode: 
Yes
Shooting Modes: 
Program
Aperture Priority
Shutter Priority
Manual
Scene modes (Clear Portrait, Silky Skin, Backlit Softness, Clear in Backlight, Relaxing Tone, Sweet Child's Face, Distinct Scenery, Bright Blue Sky, Romantic Sunset Glow, Vivid Sunset Glow , Glistening Water, Clear Nightscape, Cool Night Sky, Warm Glowing)
Drive Modes: 
Single
Continuous
Self-timer
Movie
Continuous shooting: 
4.2 fps
Self Timer : 
Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
ISO Range: 
160 - 12,800 ISO
ISO Sensitivity: 
Auto, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, (25600 with boost)
ISO Sensitivity (Extended): 
25600
White Balance
White Balance Settings: 
5 White balance presets
White Balance Personal: 
Yes (2)
White Balance Bracketing: 
Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Focusing
Focusing Type: 
Contrast detect
AF Modes: 
Multi-area
Selective single-point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
Live View
Predictive AF: 
Yes
Manual Focus : 
Yes
AF Assist Beam : 
Yes
Live View
Liveview: 
Yes
Monitor
Rear screen size: 
3.0 in
Rear Screen Details: 
TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Resolution: 
1040000 dots
Rear Screen Touch sensitive: 
Yes
Tiltable Monitor: 
Yes
Tiltable Monitor Details: 
approx.180 degrees
Coverage: 
100%
Brightness: 
Adjustable
Flash
Flash Hotshoe: 
No
Built in Flash: 
Yes
Built in Flash Details: 
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Flash Modes: 
Auto,
On,
Off,
Red-Eye,
Slow Sync
Guide Number: 
6.3m
Media Types / Sizes
Maximum Still Image Size: 
4592 x 3448
Maximum Video Image Size (pixels/fps): 
1920 x 1080 / 30
Image Sizes: 
4592 x 3448px
Still Image Format: 
RAW
RAW + Fine
RAW + Standard
JPEG-Fine
JPEG-Standard
MPO + Fine
MPO + Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Movie: 
1920 x 1080 (60i PsF / 30p in NTSC models, 50i PsF / 25p on PAL),
1280 x 720p (60i PsF / 30p in NTSC models, 50i PsF / 25p on PAL),
640 x 480 (30 / 25 fps)
Movie Format: 
MPEG-4
AVCHD
Other Features
Wi-Fi: 
Yes
GPS: 
No
Firmware Update: 
Update possible bu the user
Connectivity
Computer Interface: 
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Other Conection Interface: 
mini HDMI TypeC
Power Source
Power Source: 
Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
Battery Life: 
340 CIPA
Physical Specifications
Weather sealing: 
No
Width: 
111mm
Height: 
65mm
Depth: 
38mm
Weight: 
323.0 g

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