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Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Preview

By dpreview staff on Apr 24, 2013 at 00:00 GMT
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We've just posted our Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 preview, covering Panasonic's newest Micro Four Thirds mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The G6 comes barely a year after the G5, and offers several updates, including a 1.44 million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder and the same sensor as the GH2. Its body has also been restyled and the touch-sensitive technology of its fully-articulated screen has been upgraded. Like its little brother the GF6, the G6 also includes built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with Near Field Communication (NFC). Click the links below for our hands-on preview.

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Total comments: 107
Mahmoud Mousef
By Mahmoud Mousef (11 months ago)

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/panasonic-lumix-dmc-g6/images/comparedtog5back.jpg

Thanks to whoever in Panasonic made the decision to take the distracting relfective G5-style buttons off the body; at last, sense returns with the G6, though the circle buttons are still rockers.

I wonder if there was a technical reason for the higher shoulders here, or was it purely aesthetic and a design choice? It definitely looks different and probably better to me since I always found the middle hump a bit too DSLR-ish; now it's less pronounced. I don't mind it at all if it doesn't hamper ergonomics and I don't think it does. Well maybe you have to reach a bit for the mode dial, but the mode dial has been moved towards your hand more with the G6 versus the G5 and it's more naturally angled now.

Shutter button seems to be angled forward a bit more, which should make for more comfortable pressings since your index finger is quite angled in this position as it is.

Ergonomics are pretty good here.

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marleni
By marleni (11 months ago)

Can anyone please tell me if Panasonic has with the Lumix G6 improved the rendering of COLORS? I am disappointed that no preview of the G6 discusses this important point in detail.
I was -as well as others I know- never satisfied with the quality of colors with the G3 and G5. The colors that they produce look slightly artificial, don't have the depth and fullness of other manufacturers, some colors truly go wrong. This becomes apparent in fields like portrait photography (people with different skin tones, women wearing shades of make-up) or still life (flowers in botanical garden, artworks, ecc.) To anyone truly loving photography, sacrifices in color quality are unacceptable. Color is so important for photography. In fact, color is a KEY element. So please, Panasonic executives, leave away some useless art filters, instead work on improving the rendering of Colors (truer!,deeper,fuller). Only this way the Lumix G-series will become the widely-accepted grown-up. Mabye with a G7 ?

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Don051348
By Don051348 (Apr 25, 2013)

I miss the G5 and GH2 hump....

I think it's time for Panny to introduce a a 150-300 PZ lens to complement the 45-150PZ. Coming from a FZ150 and a Oly C8080 I like the idea of zooming from a lever on the camera body.

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Don051348
By Don051348 (Apr 25, 2013)

I guess I should have said it's time for Panny to introduce a a 175-300 PZ lens to complement the 45-175PZ lens...

0 upvotes
SalmanH
By SalmanH (Apr 25, 2013)

Panasonic seems to be trying very hard to produce increasingly ugly cameras...

3 upvotes
stevens37y
By stevens37y (Apr 27, 2013)

nicer then a retro dino

2 upvotes
chillgreg
By chillgreg (Apr 29, 2013)

Took the words right out of my mouth. That is just gross.

0 upvotes
Mahmoud Mousef
By Mahmoud Mousef (11 months ago)

G6 looks great.

It's different to the traditional larger DSLR hump and that is probably what throws you a bit. Looks overgrown with the larger left-and-right area so it looks like it has a 'small head' yet it still remains small like the G5.

In my opinion, Olympus' interpretation of retro stands out like an embarrassing antiquated anomaly (which is probably its intent, minus the embarrassing bit) but I still know which one I'd rather be using daily.

0 upvotes
Heleno Costa
By Heleno Costa (Apr 24, 2013)

Please can someone explain what causes the photos technically different sensors of different cameras LUMIX ? Not interested in video.
But in practical terms what differentiates these cameras in photography?

0 upvotes
Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Apr 24, 2013)

G (and GF, GH, GX) series have largest sensor = highest quality. And you can change lens.

That means that with right lens, you can shoot in very dark situations. For example.

1 upvote
In hydraulis
By In hydraulis (Apr 25, 2013)

I think Heleno might be referring to the multi-aspect sensor of the GH2, and now the G6.

It's a larger sensor, but no single photo uses the entire surface. So a square format photo, for example, can be larger (taller) than one simply cropped from a 4:3 rectangle.

1 upvote
In hydraulis
By In hydraulis (Apr 25, 2013)

Self-correction: The G6 does not have multi-aspect. The GH2 does.

Damn. Would have been a nice selling point.

2 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (Apr 25, 2013)

very simple rule that at any given angle of view, and regardless of the format size, the aperture size (diameter in mm, or sqmm, not f-number which is irrelevant) is the single decisive factor across all formats and above other factors.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 3 minutes after posting
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rallyfan
By rallyfan (Apr 24, 2013)

Did the G5 sell well enough that a DPR test was not deemed necessary by Amazon?

1 upvote
Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Apr 24, 2013)

Amazon doesn't tell us what (or how) to review.

8 upvotes
rallyfan
By rallyfan (Apr 24, 2013)

Do you foresee a G6 review then?

3 upvotes
Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Apr 25, 2013)

I hope so, yeah. I've only used a pre-prod sample, but it's shaping up to be a nice little camera.

0 upvotes
Eric Eisenhandler
By Eric Eisenhandler (Apr 25, 2013)

I hope so too. The G5 preview actually promised a review but it didn't happen and now of course the G5 is gone. A full G6 review would be useful - for example I have a GH1 that could do with updating, and although the GH3 sounds good it's also bigger and more expensive. So the question is how much you lose in performance and options with the cheaper, smaller G6.

1 upvote
rallyfan
By rallyfan (Apr 25, 2013)

OK great then, looking forward to review.

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olypan
By olypan (Apr 28, 2013)

By Barney Britton (2 days ago)
I hope so, yeah. I've only used a pre-prod sample, but it's shaping up to be a nice little camera.

LIKE
That comment tells yo everything you need to know about the attitude to non canikon products.

0 upvotes
Ben O Connor
By Ben O Connor (Apr 24, 2013)

G5 is very well and new... already GH-3 was lauched. ... now G 6... why hurry ?

Not just panasonic but all the producers really.

1 upvote
Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Apr 24, 2013)

Thats cause Panasonic like Sony or Samsung are producers of "consumer electronics". And in that segment, there is shoter life of product. Plus they apparently actually try to compete against each other.

Canon and Nikon are regular camera manufacturers with much longer life cycles. Sony dSLTs have bit longer life cycle too, at least those high end ones.

0 upvotes
Deeso
By Deeso (Apr 24, 2013)

Except for the Canon 450-500-550-600-650D... :)

Comment edited 20 seconds after posting
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Ben O Connor
By Ben O Connor (Apr 26, 2013)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baHqjUrykTU

Watch this video from CamerastoreTV Canada. Its the best review coul ever possible done by a reviwer about this Canon 700D

Its also ridicules in a very nice way though :)

2 upvotes
Abaregi
By Abaregi (Apr 24, 2013)

Whats the point if you can buy and DSLR with an APS-C for the same price?

Is it not mirrorless and if so why not NEX sized?

4 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Apr 24, 2013)

Because it's smaller, because it works just as well when using the rear screen as when you use the viewfinder, because it focuses faster (in AF-S) than any DSLR with most lenses?

21 upvotes
wakaba
By wakaba (Apr 24, 2013)

@rbutler and arabegi: Cost. Its a scaled up version of a P&S.
It is not as usable as an APS DSLR. Picture quality and speed is not in the same league. Better buy is a lowend Nikon DSLR. Much better camera, way better lenses, weight difference not much. Electronic viewfinders, LV - good for phones no place on a serious camera.

1 upvote
Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Apr 24, 2013)

Small + light + can take any lens you can imagine + full time LV.

That and Panasonic have very specific "look" in those images when processed right with good lens. Plus its native 4:3 usually, which I find way better than pre-historic 3:2. But ofc 1:1 with 36x36mm would be much better..

2 upvotes
SDPharm
By SDPharm (Apr 24, 2013)

@wakaba > Electronic viewfinders, LV - good for phones no place on a serious camera.

A good viewfinder does not make images better. You should have seen your image before putting your eyes up to the viewfinder, if you have one. View camera users make do without a viewfinder altogether.

3 upvotes
nathanleebush
By nathanleebush (Apr 24, 2013)

Share's the GH2's excellent video sensor, which is still second best among DSLR class cameras only to the GH3.

1 upvote
agentul
By agentul (Apr 25, 2013)

mescalamba: that's why the multi-aspect sensor was so awesome. you could choose between 16:9, 3:2, 4:3 and 1:1 and have pretty much the same resolution.

1 upvote
marike6
By marike6 (Apr 25, 2013)

Contrast Detect AF mirrorless cameras focus very fast in good light. Indoors or in poor light, forget about it. Slower than even an entry level DSLR.

One of the few mirrorless cameras for which this is not the case is the Nikon 1 which is fast and accurate in both bright and pretty solid in low light.

My E-PL5 is extremely fast in bright light. Indoors in dim-light, it's slow and hunts. So to say that a mirrorless cameras focus faster than DSLRs in AF-S mode is not entirely true.

And bright light AF-Single Shot speed is only part of the story.
For AF tracking, C-AF only mirrorless cameras are miles behind DSLRs.

2 upvotes
Vlad S
By Vlad S (Apr 25, 2013)

@ marike6:
"For AF tracking, C-AF only mirrorless cameras are miles behind DSLRs."

I would not say "miles behind" We see plenty of sharp images eve with shallow DOF, of fast subjects moving in any direction - birds, dogs, boats, cars, etc. I don't see the actual evidence that current micro 4/3 cameras are doing so much worse for photographing moving subjects.

1 upvote
rallyfan
By rallyfan (Apr 25, 2013)

I don't see any evidence of moving subject focusing one way or another. The samples are almost entirely static subjects. I'd love to see something moving -- a runner, a vehicle, an aircraft, something -- in order to be able to at least get an idea of how well focus works.

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (Apr 25, 2013)

m4/3" is more like DSLRs than P&S and performs more similar to DSLRs but it doesn't have high quality lenses and the cost-perfomance is low (but better than Fuji XF or Nikon 1).

about EVF, I think this guy has future and OVF has not, but we better not use any of these keyhole peeping style viewfinders like on old SLRs.

Comment edited 3 times, last edit 10 minutes after posting
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jimread
By jimread (5 months ago)

I have a G2 4/3 and a 5D Mk1 FF both 12MP, at 12" x 18" prints are indistinguishable. I was surpised! The G2 is ohhh so much easier to use.

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ericsan
By ericsan (Apr 24, 2013)

Big disappointment as i was ready to move from DSLR to MFT...A new body with an older sensor...same as Canon recycling years after years it's 18 MPIX sensor on various bodies...
What's wrong with these brands and their policies of "minimum innovation"
will wait for the new Olympus bodies coming shortly and decide to make the move or not !!

2 upvotes
pannumon
By pannumon (Apr 24, 2013)

By innovation do you mean the sensor technology? In terms of innovation, I find far more important concept the following: mirrorless system camera, short flange back distance, electronic shutter, EVF, fully articulating screen, touch screen (touch focus), WiFi, power zoom lenses, excellent manually controlled video, face recognition, PDAF that works in video, focus tracking across any part of the image, small lenses, software correction of aberrations, multi-aspect ratio sensor, stepless aperture control on a system camera lens... Of course Panasonic was not the first to introduce all of this, but you can't claim them not for being innovative. The innovations from other manufacturers includes IBIS, translucent mirror, PDAF on sensor, customizable adjustment ring in lens and focus peaking... Please, feel free to upgrade the lists.

Comment edited 25 seconds after posting
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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Apr 24, 2013)

They are sometimes improved on processing level. Its usually not 100% identical sensor.. which cant be said about Canon (sorry :D).

2 upvotes
KieranGee
By KieranGee (Apr 24, 2013)

The preview picture on this page is very nicely done. Good presentation whoever took it.

3 upvotes
Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Apr 24, 2013)

Why thank you, kind sir...

2 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (Apr 24, 2013)

So in a kit this ships with the new 14-42mm rather than the old one correct? Just have seen quite a number of previews with the older kit lens attached.

Also as a kit with the new 14-140 is cool and a first for a non-GH Panny.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Apr 24, 2013)

In the US, the kits will be:

Body Only G6 + 14-42 power zoom G6 + 14-42 II (as used in our preview) G6 + 14-140 3.5-5.6 G6 + 14-42 II + 45-150

2 upvotes
agentul
By agentul (Apr 25, 2013)

so, combined with the expected availability date of June 2013, does this mean that the new 14-140 lens will also be available around that time?

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jimkh
By jimkh (Apr 24, 2013)

Ihave a GH2, a G5 and an FZ200 - all with the same battery. Is the G6 the same, too or does it have a different one?

Jim

0 upvotes
miketala
By miketala (Apr 24, 2013)

I've got a G3, which has a sensor that performs similarly to the GH2, and my biggest gripe with it is that it's rather easy to blow highlights. Most reviews pick up on this problem too.

The new Oly's and the GH3, I believe, hold onto highlights much better, and that's why I would like to see a better sensor in the G6.

1 upvote
Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Apr 24, 2013)

Most cameras blow highlights, if the subject is illuminated by a spotlight on a dark stage, or a bright beach next to dark water, or a brilliant sunset over a dark landscape. Unfortunately, the studio still shot tests don't include a standard means of comparing DR or blowout performance, so the opinions tend to be anecdotal or based on situations that are difficult to compare.

1 upvote
Xellz
By Xellz (Apr 24, 2013)

Sensor in G3 is noticeable worse than in GH2. And blown highlights are not exactly fault of the sensor, auto metering system is not perfect, but at least there many workarounds for this, including manual exposure :)

0 upvotes
Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Apr 24, 2013)

Good improvements, It has all the G5 has but better.

Well done Panasonic. The G cameras line is very good and less expensive than the GH's.

I like better the G6 design.

8 upvotes
Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Apr 24, 2013)

If the price of the G5 with kit lens falls to $299, might it still not be "better"?

0 upvotes
MarkInSF
By MarkInSF (Apr 24, 2013)

Possibly a better buy, but not a better camera. I don't expect it to fall quite that far. It dropped almost immediately to $500, where it stayed. If the G6 holds its price better (at least $700), the G5 would still zell at $500. Indeed, if the G6 gets hot, as it might, the G5 may even benefit.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Apr 24, 2013)

Focus Peaking will be added to the GH3 in a firmware update when the G6 is released.

3 upvotes
originalhype
By originalhype (Apr 27, 2013)

and how long will that take!? Good luck.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Apr 24, 2013)

It is like a GH2.75.

2 upvotes
Jun2
By Jun2 (Apr 24, 2013)

GH1.9. No Multiple aspect ratio sensor. Really don't like 4:3.

1 upvote
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Apr 24, 2013)

Then you really must not like the Micro Four Thirds format.

3 upvotes
Xellz
By Xellz (Apr 24, 2013)

You can dislike 4:3 ratio and still like m4/3 as system. Like i do for example. Nex sure has superb bodies, but sadly you can't stick m4/3 lenses to it.

3 upvotes
Jun2
By Jun2 (Apr 25, 2013)

I had GH1, now with Gh2. No 4:3 ratio.

1 upvote
agentul
By agentul (Apr 25, 2013)

i like to use 3:2 and sometimes 1:1 for macro shots of flowers. the GH2 does that.

0 upvotes
gandulfc
By gandulfc (Apr 24, 2013)

basically, when I read the video specs, this is a panasonic gh2 with slight photo improvements

0 upvotes
MichaelKJ
By MichaelKJ (Apr 24, 2013)

It has 1080/60p and focus peaking. Andrew Reid is quite impressed with it.
http://www.eoshd.com/content/10172/gh2-sensor-goes-into-impressive-panasonic-g6-adds-108060p-and-focus-peaking

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Apr 24, 2013)

Any details or support for his mention of "40fps burst mode (and rumours of a 4K / 8MP burst mode at 20fps)"?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Apr 24, 2013)

With electronic shutter mode, it can shoot a 40fps burst.

1 upvote
fototak
By fototak (Apr 24, 2013)

An Leica R9 shadow.

0 upvotes
mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (Apr 24, 2013)

what does that even mean?

1 upvote
cgarrard
By cgarrard (Apr 25, 2013)

It means it looks like an R9's shadow.

0 upvotes
Prognathous
By Prognathous (Apr 24, 2013)

Designed to look like a Leica R-series camera.

0 upvotes
Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Apr 24, 2013)

A bit, but Sony A380 was way closer (including image quality, excluding OVF unfortunately).

0 upvotes
MrTritium
By MrTritium (Apr 24, 2013)

Damn, still no mechanical stabilisation , why? A lot of people will propably use the G6 with the non-stabilized 14/2.5, 20/1.7 or 25/1.4.
The OMD is one step ahead.

2 upvotes
Skarstrom
By Skarstrom (Apr 24, 2013)

OM-d has IBIS and way better sensor, Panasonic loses.

5 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (Apr 24, 2013)

A lot of people will use the 14, 20 and 25mm lenses at 1/50 or faster, so not really sure where the advantage lies...?

1 upvote
abortabort
By abortabort (Apr 24, 2013)

Oh yeah and this doesn't compete with the OM-D, the GH3 does (if there is a direct competitor), this will be priced closer (in shops that is) to the E-PL5 - wanna tell me which is better?

1 upvote
abortabort
By abortabort (Apr 24, 2013)

@Skarstrom - G6 does way better video, costs less than half as much, has WiFi, NFC, has a better screen and EVF... And there might be a half stop (if that) behind the OM-D in outright IQ. Oh did I mention it costs half as much and handles twice as good?

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quangzizi
By quangzizi (Apr 24, 2013)

"'G6 does way better video, costs less than half as much"

Lol really?
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMC-G6-Compact-Digital-14-42mm/dp/B00CFCTDD6/

$749 and not available until June

"EVF"

Lol I lose right here. Way to go keyboard hero!

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Apr 24, 2013)

Because Panasonic choose to do optical stabilisation instead.

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abortabort
By abortabort (Apr 24, 2013)

'"EVF"

Lol I lose right here. Way to go keyboard hero!'

Ah sorry what? Where I am, $750 is half of the $1500 the OM-D's RRP with 12-50mm. So yeah, half.

But what I don't understand is this genius comment? What like the mythical OM-D doesn't use one?

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quangzizi
By quangzizi (Apr 24, 2013)

haha why? Cause you enlarge it and give it the same number of pixels. Is that improvement?

But worse use the price of OMD with 12-50 to compare with G6 with 14-42? Haha I heard they are the same.
Oh we haven't counted in other stuffs yet hum...

Oh the best part is you get everything wrong haha:
OMD with 14 - 42
http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-Interchangeable-3-0-Inch-Tilting-Touchscreen/dp/B0074WDFOK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366833387&sr=8-1&keywords=EM+5

haha, 1100 ATM and OMD with 12 - 50 is for 1300 AT THE STARTING PRICE. Double? haha yeah totally.

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abortabort
By abortabort (Apr 25, 2013)

Hahaha, loligags, hahaha rofl... I'm a teenager who has only just discovered masturbation ;)

You also cannot compare a product that is 18 months old's shop price to a brand new, just been launched product. The Oly might be $1300, but the G6 will be $600 before the Oly gets any cheaper - or is that a bit hard for you to understand?

If so how about this: The G6 doesn't actually compete against the crappy E-M5, it competes with the E-PL5... So now tell me which is better genius? Lol, hahaha barf.

(Please do not include another lol or haha in your pathetic little response).

As for the EVF, I would say that the large contrast ratio boost between the EVF found in the E-M5 (and VF2) is a worthy upgrade, resolution isn't everything... Measurbating little putz.

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abortabort
By abortabort (Apr 25, 2013)

Oh and forgot to add, for the E-M5 to compete with the G6 you have to add a $300 grip so your tiny boy hands can hold the thing.

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abortabort
By abortabort (Apr 25, 2013)

And what the 12-50mm is SO awesome? Is that your only lens? Yeah, it is isn't it. Oh look at the little boy with his little kit lens, it makes him a big a proud little chest beater. Little crappy kit lenses for the win their champ ;)

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Skarstrom
By Skarstrom (Apr 24, 2013)

Sad sad that it has the GH-2 sensor, I would buy it otherwise just because I prefer Panasonic bodys.

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abortabort
By abortabort (Apr 24, 2013)

A sensor (or should I say, the mild difference between sensors) shouldn't be enough of a reason. This G6 is a far better camera than the OM-D, save for the sensor, yet is half the price. Give me a G6 please.

3 upvotes
agentul
By agentul (Apr 25, 2013)

the improvement from the GH2 to the GH3 sensor can be compensated by the better lenses that are coming out lately. so you shouldn't compare the old review photos taken with the GH2 to the new review photos taken with the GH3, because it would not be fair.

besides, it's not like the GH2 sensor had any major flaw.

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Hex144
By Hex144 (Apr 24, 2013)

According to DxO, G5 was better than GH2 in dynamic range and color depth. wut.......

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Revenant
By Revenant (Apr 24, 2013)

That could be explained by improvements in the signal processing. The G5 and the new G6 definitely have the GH2 sensor; the total pixel count of 18 MP is a giveaway.

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Chev Chelios
By Chev Chelios (Apr 24, 2013)

Panasonic taking a leaf out of Canon's book: stick a two year old sensor in a consumer camera and flog it as an update.

I haven't read the marketing fluff but presume this offers substantially more than the current G5?

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Franka T.L.
By Franka T.L. (Apr 24, 2013)

DPReview, pls verify, do you mean its got the same sensor as the GH3 or is it really the same sensor as the GH2 ?? Kind of perplexing here

5 upvotes
Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Apr 24, 2013)

It's (apparently) the same sensor as the GH2, but with improved processing, giving a wider ISO span. BUT. The G6 does not inherit the GH2's multi-aspect feature, delivering a maximum resolution of 16MP in 4:3 aspect ratio (from a total pixel count of 18MP).

5 upvotes
YouDidntDidYou
By YouDidntDidYou (Apr 24, 2013)

Is that a new accessory also on the writing pad ;)

1 upvote
micahmedia
By micahmedia (Apr 24, 2013)

I was surprised to find it's the same one I have!

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RXVGS
By RXVGS (Apr 24, 2013)

It's used for micro adjusting your lenses! ;)

3 upvotes
SergioNevermind
By SergioNevermind (Apr 24, 2013)

I just don't like reflex design on an EVF mirrorless. I prefer Fuji's (and Sony's) approach Leica like lateral finders, with or without the OVF.

Just a personal opinion.

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micahmedia
By micahmedia (Apr 24, 2013)

I was just saying: I hope they use the design of the EVF from the LF1 on any future GX model. (Although more resolution would be nice). I'd happily pay the cost of incorporating an LVF2, if they could maintain the size of the overall package.

Really, that's what the lines should be: GX# size with incorporated EVF, and the GH#/DSLR/full size. GF# series for the really truly tiny models.

I'm having trouble differentiating between this new model and a GH3. If the price is less, why wouldn't I want this over the more expensive model?

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MarkInSF
By MarkInSF (Apr 24, 2013)

The GH3 offers better build quality and far more advanced video specs. Not that this isn't very good, too, but it's not specifically aimed at pro videographers.

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Alexhou
By Alexhou (Apr 24, 2013)

i propose that GH3 has much VEDIO advantage benchmark with G series. so in my opinion, GH series just for VEDIO hot fans or pros, G series for photo user.

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1MPXL
By 1MPXL (Apr 24, 2013)

Love the body design!!! but it looks like it doesnt have a heart & soul (old sensor)... moving on to Olympus.

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Xellz
By Xellz (Apr 24, 2013)

A bit sad that pany is going this way. I like their bodies more than oly, especially G series. But to use old sensors, when a noticeable better one is available... Seems my next cam will be from olympus after all, G3 that i have now is lacking some features i'd like to have, like build in level gauge and better DR at base iso

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Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Apr 24, 2013)

Meh x.001

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Vinc T
By Vinc T (Apr 24, 2013)

Same sensor as that in the GH2? I am really disappointed.

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marike6
By marike6 (Apr 24, 2013)

The GH2 is capable of good IQ, but yes, the GH3 sensor is a big improvement. So I too was hoping for the GH3 sensor. Olympus put the OMD sensor in two lower end models, I figured Panasonic might do the same. If they had I would have bought the G6, which is I guess why Panasonic DIDN'T put the GH3 sensor in it. They don't want me to skip the GH3 for a G6.

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Apr 24, 2013)

The GH2 is multi aspect 18MP if I remember correctly.

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Xellz
By Xellz (Apr 24, 2013)

yep, but seems they are not using this feature in G6. Too bad, that would be at least some benefit.

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trekkeruss
By trekkeruss (Apr 24, 2013)

According to the specifications, the multi-aspect ratio feature is retained.

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Alexhou
By Alexhou (Apr 24, 2013)

Yes Oly OMD put its sensor in lower end models, so maybe PANASONIC will put GH3 sensor in GX2? everybody want highlight one product in each level, and GX series volume is larger than G.

1 upvote
Revenant
By Revenant (Apr 24, 2013)

No, the MAR feature is not retained. The other aspect ratios are achieved by cropping, just like in most other cameras. Which is a shame, because the sensor does have 18 MP just like the GH2, so this really is intentional crippling.

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Jun2
By Jun2 (Apr 24, 2013)

Hacking MAR

3 upvotes
RDMPhotos
By RDMPhotos (Apr 28, 2013)

I Do not get why they disabled the MAR feature of this Chip

2 upvotes
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