Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup (2013)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6
16MP Live MOS sensor | Fully-articulating LCD | Wi-Fi with NFC
What we like:
- Responsive performance
- OLED viewfinder and articulated LCD
- Value for the money
What we don't:
- Plasticky body
- Tight controls and small buttons
- High ISO performance
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a competitively priced Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera. Its built-in viewfinder offers a more DSLR-like experience than the entry-level DMC-GF6, though it lacks many of the enthusiast-friendly features of the GX7 above it. The G6 is one of the fastest autofocusing cameras on the market, even with the relatively small 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II kit lens.
"The G6 represents excellent value, offering features found on more expensive cameras"
The G6 takes well-exposed photos with pleasing colors. In terms of noise and detail, the G6's photos are comparable to other cameras until you get to its higher ISO setting. Even then the difference is relatively small and you can get better results by shooting Raw.
The body offers the slightly plasticky build of an entry-level DSLR and, like many cameras in this class, there's just a single control dial, which makes setting adjustment more work than it need be. It has a touch-sensitive, fully articulated LCD, allowing near-instant touch-focus and a seamless experience when shooting movies. The camera can record 1080/60p video and supports an external microphone. It also includes Wi-Fi, with NFC for quick pairing with a smartphone.
The G6 is styled to evoke the look and feel of an entry-level DSLR, but it does so in a smaller package and offers a seamless transition between viewfinder and rear screen shooting. If anything, the G6 offers a level of control more like a mid-level DSLR, making it an attractive option if you like that form-factor, but not the bulk. To top it off, the G6 represents excellent value, offering features found on more expensive cameras at a more palatable price.