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Panasonic unveils DMC-GF6 with Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities

By dpreview staff on Apr 9, 2013 at 04:00 GMT
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Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-GF6 - a 16MP entry-level mirrorless camera with Wi-Fi. Like many of its competitors it has a capacitive touchscreen, that can tilt both downwards and upwards to face forwards for self-portraits. It gains a compact-camera style zoom lever around the shutter release that can alternatively be used to set exposure compensation, and an exposure mode dial on the top plate. It's also the first interchangeable lens camera with Near Field Communication (NFC) that allows setup of Wi-Fi connections with compatible smartphones and tablets, simply by tapping the devices together. Movie recording is available at 1080p30 in either MP4 or AVCHD format.

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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. ISO 25600(Extended) high sensitivity taking best advantage of the new sensor.

The DMC-GF6 boasts high-speed, high precision Light Speed AF system including practical full-time AF and tracking AF is available in video recording. Newly integrated Low Light AF enables quick, accurate focusing on the target subject even in low-lit situations. Getting ready to shoot in only 0.5 sec after start-up, the DMC-GF6 never misses fleeting shooting opportunities.

The DMC-GF6 is not just an interchangeable lens camera but a creative magic box full of wide-ranging attractive features including the new Self Shot, Creative Panorama and Stop Motion Animation in addition to the popular Creative Control mode with a total of 19 fascinating filter effects. The Stop Motion Animation allows producing unique stop motion video and the Clear Retouch function enables to erase unwanted part of a picture after shooting – both operations completes with stunning ease in camera.

With the Wi-Fi® connectivity featuring NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, users can connect the camera to their smartphone/tablet anywhere at one-touch, which makes sharing images much easier. It is also possible to use a smartphone/tablet as a multi-capable remote shutter with a monitor. With the Instant Transfer function, photos are automatically sent to the smartphone/tablet right after shooting. On the other hand, both photo and video can be archived to the registered digital equipment such as PC automatically via the wireless access point (router) at home.

The DMC-GF6 records 1920 x 1080 at 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL) full-HD video in AVCHD with high quality stereo sound. The P/A/S/M mode in video recording is also available for more expressive creation of motion picture footage.

Despite its sleek, compact profile, the DMC-GF6 is a practically reliable digital camera with a built-in flash(GN6.3 ISO160・m / GN5.0 ISO100・m) and 3.0-inch large approx.180°tiltable monitor. Dressed in stylish colors - black, white, brown and red, the DMC-GF6 brings new opportunities to enjoy shooting higher quality image with cutting-edge digital technologies.

New 16.00-Megapixel Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine for Superb Picture Quality
The DMC-GF6 integrates new 16.00-megapixel Live MOS sensor which enables high resolution and high sensitivity image recording while minimizing generation of noise. The image processor Venus Engine is also newly developed to feature its advanced noise reduction systems. By extending the control level of noise, controllable area of noise is expanded by approx.64x in size. This makes it possible to remove large block of noise which was formally hard to detect and helps produce clear, smooth image especially for the nighttime scenery. In addition, the Multi-process NR (Noise Reduction) works in two separate steps allowing even finer control over noise level. The texture of noise itself, regardless of the noise size, is improved with this deliberate control, which is resulting in the reproduction of smooth human skin even in high sensitivity recording.

Furthermore, the optimum design of newly adopted Detail Reproduction Filter Process enhances the limit resolution by max. 3% and the contrast of middle to high range by max. 5%. Plus, the advanced Intelligent D-range Control offers wider dynamic range while maintaining the smooth gradation thanks to the higher-precision signal processing performed by the redesigned signal processing circuit. Suppressing both blocked shadows and blown highlights, every part of an image – from dark to bright – is faithfully reproduced.

The combination of the new Live MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine achieves ISO3200 (Auto) and max. ISO 25600 (Extended). The Low Light AF in DMC-GF6 gains higher performance in such as moonlight even without AF assist lamp to set focus on the subject more quickly and more precisely.

Pursuing Even Higher Speed Response and Mobility
The DMC-GF6 boasts even higher response. It takes only approx.0.5 sec to shoot photo after startup (CIPA). Not only its intuitive touch controllability on the rear monitor, the optimum layout of operation devices makes the camera control smooth and easy. The newly added function lever allows direct adjustment of allotted function - zoom*1, exposure or aperture*2 control, which works for magnification in playback mode and page flip in menu. The mode dial has come back for this new DMC-GF6.

All cameras of LUMIX G adopt Contrast AF for its focus system. Compared with the Phase difference system AF, the Contrast AF boasts higher accuracy especially in shooting with bright lens with small F value. The DMC-GF6 also boasts high-speed Light Speed AF making it possible to capture fast-moving subjects clearly. Also, AF Tracking enables consecutive shooting to capture moving subject in sharp focus.

Combined with the Full-area Touch AF, it is possible to set focus on any point in the field of view which realizes quick and intuitive focusing operation with free frame composition. In addition, the newly adopted Touch AE (Auto Exposure) function allows setting focus and exposure at a single touch on the subject displayed on the monitor.

A Variety of Shooting Functions for Artwork Creation
The DMC-GF6 is not just a high quality camera but an advanced photographic tool enhancing shooting experience with wide variety of options.

With the new Self Shot mode, users can shoot their own portraits by stretching an arm to hold the camera with the rear monitor flipped approx.180°vertically to get in a frame properly. A variety of options such as Creative Control can be applied on this self-portrait, too.

The popular Creative Control mode is upgraded by increasing its filter option from 14 (for DMC-GF5) to 19 (for DMC-GF6) adding new Old Days, Sunshine*3, Bleach Bypass, Toy Pop, Fantasy in addition to the conventional Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Soft Focus*3, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect and Star Filter*3 and Miniature Effect*4 mode. Effect parameter of each mode is also adjustable. With the new Creative Panorama function, it is possible to shoot a horizontal / vertical panoramic image with consequent shots taken by overlaying the previous picture and to put on a filter effect of Creative Control*5.

The new Stop Motion Animation function enables producing a stop motion (stop frame) video in camera with the pictures that are sequentially shot while moving the object by degrees. This effect makes the object appear as if it is moving by itself.

Another new in-camera function is Clear Retouch, which makes it is possible to erase unwanted objects or figures in an image by just tracing over them on monitor with a fingertip. They naturally disappear without destroying the image.*3 For photo only *4 Sound will not be recorded with [MINIATURE EFFECT] in Creative Control Mode and approximately 1/10 of the time period is recorded. (If you record for 10 minutes, the resulting motion picture recording will be approximately 1 minute long) *5 Some filters of Creative Control cannot be used in Creative Panorama mode.

Wireless Connectivity for One-Touch Picture Sharing & Remote Shooting via Wi-Fi® / NFC with Smartphones

The DMC-GF6 integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology camera to offer more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with compliant smartphone/tablet. All these flexible shooting / browsing / sharing style are made possible with the DMC-GF6 and the Panasonic's dedicated application software Panasonic Image App for iOS / Android smartphones/tablets.

Users can connect the camera with a smartphone/tablet by just bringing them together. What is new is that the setup is extremely quick and easy, making it possible to pair the camera directly to the smartphone/tablet without connection procedure of information input for authorization.

Remote shooting of both photo and video*6 is available by using the smartphone/tablet for a remote shutter with a monitor which displayed live at smooth 30 fps. Not only releasing a shutter, zooming*7, focusing and settings of shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation are all controllable with a smartphone/tablet.

The Instant Transfer function allows the camera to transfer the photo data to the designated electronic devices automatically whenever shutter is released. In playback mode, users can also touch the image displayed on the camera to transfer it directly to the smartphone/tablet right on the spot. In addition, it is possible to tag the location information to the image by utilizing the GPS (Global Positioning System) log of a smartphone / tablet.

Archiving images becomes easy. DMC-GF6 transfers the data to PC or other compliant electronic devices automatically via the wireless access point (router) at home. Also, with Panasonic's exclusive cloud service “LUMIX CLUB”, DMC-GF6 can automatically synchronize images via internet with the designated devices and web services like Facebook™, Flickr™, Picasa™, Twitter™ or YouTube™.

The Wi-Fi Direct™ function allows direct playback of images on the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) – compliant VIERA HDTV*8.

Other Attractive Features for DMC-GF6

High Quality 1920 x 1080 Full-HD Video with Stereo Sound
The DMC-GF6 records 1920 x 1080 at 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL) full HD videos with full-time AF and high quality stereo sound in the AVCHD format which excels in both compression efficiency and compatibility with AV equipment for playback. With a dedicated video record button on the top, users can instantly start recording videos while shooting photos without any having to make any extra setting adjustments. In addition, the P/A/S/M mode also lets users enjoy professional-like expressive video recording. Videos can also be recorded in MP4 format for playback on a PC or other portable electronic devices without having to convert the files.

- Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [AVCHD] is 29 minutes 59 seconds in Europe and some Asian areas.

- Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [MP4] is 29 minutes 59 seconds or up to 4 GB.

- You can check the recordable time on the screen. (For [FHD] in [MP4] format, the file size is large and so the recordable time will drop below 29 minutes 59 seconds.)

Compact, Stylish Design with a variety of Color Selection
The DMC-GF6 features ultimate compactness in sleek, stylish design despite its incorporation of useful built-in flash(GN6.3 ISO160・m / GN5.0 ISO100・m). The design dispels impression for conventional big, heavy and colorless DSLRs. Fashionably dressed in black, white, brown or red, the DMC-GF6 matches any style and fashion regardless of gender. In addition, new power zoom digital interchangeable lens in white H-PS14042-W is specially bundled in the white camera kit as DMC-GF6X-W.

New Approx.1040K-dot 180゜Tiltable Touch Display
The new large, approx.1040K-dot high resolution monitor boasts approx. 100% of field of view, andit tilts up approx. 180°. The front panel is directly attached to the new In Cell Touch LCD without containing air layer in between. The result is that the reflection of external light is dramatically suppressed. Together with the increased resolution by approx.13% and improved color reproduction by approx.20%, the monitor for DMC-GF6 secures higher visibility than ever. Plus, attenuation of transmitting backlight is minimized to achieve wide angle of view and by 25% of power saving.

The touch-control system immediately lets users to set focus to the subject by just touching it on the screen and you can even release the shutter. It is free and easy to enlarge the target point with fingertips to set precise focus.

Advanced iA+ (Intelligent Auto Plus Mode) and Scene Guide for Beginners
For beginners of Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras, iA (Intelligent Auto) mode supports taking beautiful pictures with a variety of shooting-assist functions including AF Tracking, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition and Intelligent ISO Control. The Intelligent Scene Selector now integrates Food Recognition mode. It detects food on the dish and captures it to look delicious. The iA Plus mode lets users adjust defocusing area in the background, exposure compensation and white balance for more flexible control.

The Scene Guide*9 offers 23 sample pictures shot by professional photographers. Users can choose the one closer to the situation they are going to shoot and optimum parameters for shooting the scene will be automatically set. Furthermore, shooting procedure, technical advice and recommended interchangeable lens for the scene can be shown for users to learn photography.

*1 When used with Power Zoom lenses H-PS14042 or H-PS45175.

*2 In M (Manual) mode.

*3 For photo only

*4 Sound will not be recorded with [MINIATURE EFFECT] in Creative Control Mode and approximately 1/10 of the time period is recorded. (If you record for 10 minutes, the resulting motion picture recording will be approximately 1 minute long)

*5 Some filters of Creative Control cannot be used in Creative Panorama mode.

*6 For remote shooting of video, start/stop recording is available over smartphone/tablet control

*7With LUMIX G Power Zoom Lens H-PS14042 or H-PS45175.

*8 Using [Playback on TV] of the Wi-Fi function, you can display images on a TV that supports the Digital Media Renderer (DMR) function of the DLNA standard. Please check the following website about the compatible devices for details. http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/

*9 Video recording using Scene Guide is not possible in some scenes.

Panasonic DMC-GF6 specifications

Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution4592 x 3448
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorVenus Engine FHD
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
Image
ISOAuto, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, (25600 with boost)
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (2)
Image stabilizationUnknown
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Standard
File format
  • RAW
  • RAW + Fine
  • RAW + Standard
  • Fine
  • Standard
  • MPO + Fine
  • MPO + Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier2×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure 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
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range6.30 m
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive4 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 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 (30/25fps)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini HDMI TypeC)
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless noteswith NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)340
Weight (inc. batteries)323 g (0.71 lb / 11.39 oz)
Dimensions111 x 65 x 38 mm (4.37 x 2.56 x 1.5)
Other features
GPSNone
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Comments

Total comments: 53
aboysdream
By aboysdream (Apr 11, 2013)

It is sure limited, but I love my GF3 as a grab and go camera, especially with the 14mm. Looks like this might be a good upgrade if the sensor is as improved as it should be. Will look forward to some user pictures.

2 upvotes
mrsfixit
By mrsfixit (Apr 9, 2013)

I'm looking to upgrade from a Canon G11. The Sony NEX-6 interests me, but now so does this camera.
It has a tilting screen and built-in flash, those are the 2 things I can't live without. I really could give a hoot about GPS or a hot shoe, I just want something better than my aging G11...

0 upvotes
originalhype
By originalhype (Apr 13, 2013)

nex 6 is much better in everyway. do not overthink.

0 upvotes
vroger1
By vroger1 (Apr 9, 2013)

Another Kiddie Camera in the GF Line. The GF1 was great- the GX1 even better- this???? Let's wait for the GX2!

0 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Apr 9, 2013)

The GF line is supposed to be mass-market - Panasonic has said it didn't intend for the GF1 to be an enthusiast camera.

The GX line is the company's response to the audience the GF1 unexpectedly (from Panasonic's point of view), attracted.

3 upvotes
originalhype
By originalhype (Apr 10, 2013)

nonsense!
GF1 has the controls and the was suppose to be mass market? The gf1 looks like gx1 and gx1 is FROM gf1.
GF6 has a mode dial, so it does not make sense. As of right now, panasonic is very confuse, even they said that during their announcement few months ago.

0 upvotes
TacticDesigns
By TacticDesigns (Apr 10, 2013)

Yeah. Some have built-in flash, some don't. Some have a mode dial, some don't. Some have a hot-shoe, some don't.

For me though . . . this one seems to have a nice bunch of things I've been wanting.

Point-and-shoot ease for when I want to be down right lazy! <grin> But enough controls that if I decide to have some fun I can. In a smaller than my dSLR package. With a built-in flash just in case. And WiFi so I can blast my snaps onto my Facebook account. <grin>

This one just seems to check-off the most boxes on my want list for a small camera.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Apr 9, 2013)

I can see, by the number of comments, that this camera didn't exactly stir the photographers' soul... which is a shame, what with all those intelligent features such as "Sweet Child's Face" scene mode.
Maybe Panasonic should try a little harder in order to attract a greater number of enthusiasts. "Moist French Kiss" scene mode would be a nice feature.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Apr 12, 2013)

The GX line is the enthusiast line, this camera isn't aimed at enthusiasts.

0 upvotes
Alumna Gorp
By Alumna Gorp (Apr 17, 2013)

The GX line, is there one ?

There has only been the 1 camera, and by the look of things it could be the last.

0 upvotes
SantaFeBill
By SantaFeBill (Apr 9, 2013)

Interesting, but still no attached GPS unit to write GPS data at time of exposure. No options to add EVF or hot-shoe external flash.
No GPS is SOP for m4/3 (one reason I've stayed away), but the lack of reasonably-priced external flash option seems strange if Panny is really aiming this at more sophisticated users as well as less sophisticated ones. As, to a lesser extent, does the lack of an EVF.
(The FL-360L is priced at US$270 at B&H. I can't see many adding a unit of that price to the GF6.)

Comment edited 14 minutes after posting
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skytripper
By skytripper (Apr 9, 2013)

The new Panasonic GF6—now with 25% more real cheese!

1 upvote
TacticDesigns
By TacticDesigns (Apr 9, 2013)

Ok. This looks pretty cool.

Koodos on adding the mode dial and having the potential to use the zoom dial around the shutter release to change exposure compensation. That and the built-in flash and WiFi makes this a camera that looks like I can have some fun with!

Nice!

Ok. This camera got my attention!

1 upvote
Shamael
By Shamael (Apr 9, 2013)

Furthermore, the optimum design of newly adopted Detail Reproduction Filter Process enhances the limit resolution by max. 3% and the contrast of middle to high range by max. 5%.

This is interesting, even with the gx1 sensor. The new Pana filter system seems to improve high noise sensitivity in very noticeable way.

0 upvotes
mikiev
By mikiev (Apr 9, 2013)

"Panasonic is proud to introduce a new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera..."

"The DMC-GF6 is not just an interchangeable lens camera but..."

Why can I read through the entire press release and not see "Micro Four-Thirds" anywhere in it?

Even under "Other Attractive Features", I can't find any mention of it being compatible with u43 lenses...

Am I just suppposed to know this?

If this is an "entry level" camera, wouldn't they want to advertise what format the newbie was "entering"?

0 upvotes
Bill Bentley
By Bill Bentley (Apr 9, 2013)

The story "tags" are listed underneath the headline.

"CAMERA NEWS" "MICRO-FOUR-THIRDS" "MIRRORLESS" "PANASONIC" "WI-FI"

But I agree, it would have been nice to have it mentioned in the article somewhere. Like maybe the first sentence. lol

1 upvote
mikiev
By mikiev (Apr 9, 2013)

Which is my point.

DPReview added the 'tags", and it wasn't an "article" - it was [is supposed to be?] Panasonic's press release.

Its like Samsung not mentioning Android in some of their recent advertising.

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (Apr 9, 2013)

So, they made a competitor to Olympus E-PL5 and Sony NEX-5r (in terms of size, weight and probably price too), leaving their range without a basic model competing with E-PM2 and NEX-3n. Maybe the margins at the very low end are too small?

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (Apr 9, 2013)

Of course it is still hard to justify GF6 over either E-PL5 or NEX-5r, both offering better sensors and higher sequential shooting speed, with Oly adding IBIS, hot shoe and optional accessories such as viewfinders, and NEX-5r adding apps and on-sensor PDAF (although GF6 probably focuses even faster without PDAF).

2 upvotes
Abaregi
By Abaregi (Apr 9, 2013)

Seems really nice, would like to play with one if it weren't for the small sensor :/

0 upvotes
4thnebula
By 4thnebula (Apr 9, 2013)

A major improvement over the GF5. Finally an articulating LCD which opens up the possibilities. Other features may be useful (WiFi, NFC).

1 upvote
IonPortraits
By IonPortraits (Apr 9, 2013)

Sample images look really good. A step up in sharpness compared to GX1. Plus the noise reduction system seems to work well since some shots were 4 and 6 sec long.

0 upvotes
richardplondon
By richardplondon (Apr 9, 2013)

"...not just an interchangeable lens camera but a creative magic box..."

Bold claim. Can they substantiate that? (grin)

3 upvotes
AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (Apr 9, 2013)

NFC? Hhahahahahaha...c'mon now...this is getting ridiculous.

2 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (Apr 9, 2013)

Why ridiculous? In the near future it will be possible to transfer ideas and memories from person to person via NFC. You just give someone a headbutt or punch him in the face, and he'll know exactly what you're thinking.

7 upvotes
AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (Apr 9, 2013)

Wow...I'd love to be able to punch someone in the face and them learn something from it.

Comment edited 56 seconds after posting
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jquagga
By jquagga (Apr 9, 2013)

Seems gimmicky. I just can't see why I'd ever pick this over a GX1 which is now cheaper and has more actual camera features.

0 upvotes
igorek7
By igorek7 (Apr 9, 2013)

Nice little camera, a decent upgrade from GF5.

BTW, according to official Panasonic web-page http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/optional_accessories/external_flash/specifications.html#fl360l one can use the Panasonic DMW-FL360L Wireless LED Flash with the GF6:
" DMC-GF6*.
* Compatible with the DMW-FL360L only. While the LUMIX-GF6 is not equipped with a hot shoe, it is capable of wireless control."

6 upvotes
Rob Sims
By Rob Sims (Apr 9, 2013)

I personally think the image quality from the GX1 sensor is good enough for an entry level mirrorless camera is this price bucket... and here's a tempting proposition:
A GF6 with the 25/1.4. Super compact, relatively cheap given the image quality, and a fast enough lens for some bokeh even on m43.

Agree that you could do the same with a NEX-3N and 35/1.8 but that doesn't have the PDAF of the 5N/6 so not quite as tempting. I remember my old GF3 was pretty snappy even with CDAF.

0 upvotes
agentul
By agentul (Apr 9, 2013)

i think you misspelled "super compact". the 25mm f1.4 lens is not really that compact. if you want "super" you should look at the 20mm or 14mm lens.

0 upvotes
Rob Sims
By Rob Sims (Apr 9, 2013)

Ha, well compared to my D700 it would be super, super compact.

But yes, good point well made.

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dpLarry
By dpLarry (Apr 9, 2013)

Sexiest GF yet.

4 upvotes
Antonio Rojilla
By Antonio Rojilla (Apr 9, 2013)

So more or less a Sony NEX-3N clone with a worse sensor. Way to go Panasonic. The only thing they have is more lenses, but you know, most people buying this camera won't ever bother to put on it anything but the kit lens.

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NZ Scott
By NZ Scott (Apr 9, 2013)

I've got 8 Micro Four Thirds lenses, ranging from 7mm fisheye to 300mm telephoto.

Can Sony NEX match that?

Nope.

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Rob Sims
By Rob Sims (Apr 9, 2013)

By NZ Scott: "I've got 8 Micro Four Thirds lenses, ranging from 7mm fisheye to 300mm telephoto. Can Sony NEX match that? Nope."

SEL1018/F4 or SEL1628 w/ VCL-ECF1
and
SEL55210 w/ TC1.4

Took all of 30 seconds to find that. Google is your friend here NZ Scott.

But in all seriousness, I don't think you would be the typical GF6 / NEX-3N buyer as you effectively moved down from a Nikon dSLR so were unlikely to be interested in the most basic m4/3 model - I guess that's why you went instead for the E-P3 (which I hear is a great camera) and amassed such a fine collection of lenses.

IMHO Antonio is correct that the target audience for this camera (upgraders from P&S) are the least likely group to upgrade beyond the kit lens, so this camera has to compete kit for kit against a NEX-3N and not rely on the superior lens selection of m43. Just look at the majority of entry level dSLRs you see tourist carrying around, how many do you see with anything but their kit lenses?

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goshigoo
By goshigoo (Apr 9, 2013)

I think
- m43 focuses faster than NEX
- No 7mm fisheye
- SEL55210 w/ TC1.4 => does it has autofocus?

But I do agree Sony closes a lot of gap since the release of 10-16/35/PZ kit

Anyway, OMD is still the best m43 camera and I think even NEX6/7 can't match it

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Rob Sims
By Rob Sims (Apr 9, 2013)

"No 7mm fisheye"
Not trying to pick a fight, but isn't the SEL1628 w/ VCL-ECF1 a 9.8mm fisheye on APS- i.e. 14mm equiv. in 35mm terms and hence same as the 7mm fisheye pana on m43? Correct me if I'm wrong.

"Anyway, OMD is still the best m43 camera and I think even NEX6/7 can't match it"
Agree that OMD is the best m43, especially with the IBIS. The lens selection made this a very tempting proposition although I decided after playing with both NEX6 and OMD, and reading dozens of reviews of the latter, to go for the NEX6 as it better fitted my needs. No light decision as I had already started to invest in m43 and had to sell off my system. But let's save that discussion for another time ;-)

Anyway, the point I was making, was not that NEX glass is anywhere near as complete as m43... I was just returning the first reply back to the original post by Antoni that said the target audience would probably not be as focused on glass availability.

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Shamael
By Shamael (Apr 9, 2013)

OMD is better than NEX-7. Strange idea, the sensor of the OMD is made by Sony and is just a reduction in size of the NEX-7 sensor, same pixel density, same pitch. Could be that OM has a better basic processor for jpeg files, Sony, except on the funny priced Rx1, has never had any real good processor, specially when it becomes to noise reduction. Generally Sony high iso files are flocky watercolor style. With a full sized apsc, the new 20 mpix chip, the new higher pixel EVF, from Sony, an OMD could fit me.

0 upvotes
Antonio Rojilla
By Antonio Rojilla (Apr 9, 2013)

- M43 has more lenses...
- M43 has better lenses...
- The OM-D EM-5 is curently the best mirrorless...

But what has that to do with what I said?

At least Rob Sims can read...

1 upvote
h2k
By h2k (Apr 9, 2013)

Do i see it right that this interchangeable lens camera has no flash hot shoe and no view finder? That's great, i don't miss them and it is nice that despite all miniaturisation they still include a built-in flash.

This would really be my kind of camera if only the screen was side-hinging, instead of vertically hinged. So far, Panasonic built side-hinging screens which give you many more perspectives than vertically moving displays, and not only for portrait oriented scenes.

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3 upvotes
Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Apr 9, 2013)

Nice and good small camera. Nice improvements and features.

Well done Panasonic.

Now I wanna see how is the G6.

7 upvotes
bloodycape
By bloodycape (Apr 9, 2013)

And GX2 if there is one.

3 upvotes
5DMkIII Shooter
By 5DMkIII Shooter (Apr 9, 2013)

Well done Panasonic, this I like. Seems Panasonic's RND team listens to all photographers suggestions and frustrations, perhaps even more so than what Canon or Nikon's designers does.........Hmm

6 upvotes
Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Apr 9, 2013)

Meet the new GX1?

2 upvotes
E A S Y
By E A S Y (Apr 9, 2013)

Where is EVF?

3 upvotes
Beat Traveller
By Beat Traveller (Apr 9, 2013)

On Panasonic's other bodies, targeting a different group of users.

11 upvotes
Airless
By Airless (Apr 9, 2013)

No point buying this when you could get a E-PL5 for $100 less, better IQ and IBIS.

7 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (Apr 9, 2013)

You missed the 'for you' part. The better screen, more compact kit lens options, WiFi, NFC, better video modes might suit other buyers more than the slight difference in real world IQ and IBIS. But no you're right, Olympus are the bestest always.

6 upvotes
Airless
By Airless (Apr 9, 2013)

I knew you'd see things my way

3 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Apr 9, 2013)

No point, unless you want a Panasonic camera with significantly better video and a much better LCD with more than good enough IQ. Not everybody in m43 has jumped on the Olympus fanboy bandwagon.

2 upvotes
Airless
By Airless (Apr 9, 2013)

Yeah, there were a few stragglers who missed the boat in fall and are left to buy the poor man's camera this spring.

1 upvote
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Apr 9, 2013)

Finally Panasonic has enabled the Manual controls for movie modes on something other than the GH line.

This camera is actually going to be a pretty big hit I think.

9 upvotes
Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Apr 9, 2013)

Atleast Panasonic has come senses they are not reducing the size of camera anymore.

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