Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Hands-on Preview
3 Design and Operation
Design & Operation
The G6 looks a lot like its predecessor, minus some of the rounded edges. In fact, from the front, the high-shouldered G6 rather reminds us of a miniaturized Leica S2, of all things. From the front, the only real difference between the G6 and its predecessor are the higher shoulders of the new model, but meaningful changes have been made on the rear, and the G6 now boasts five customizable 'Fn' buttons, bringing it into line with the higher-end GH3.
Despite positively sprouting Fn buttons, the G6 only has one additional control point on its rear, and this is the Wi-Fi/Fn 4 button, right at the lower left of the rear control cluster. This is used to set up Wi-Fi (using NFC with suitable devices), or alternatively as a customizable function button during shooting.
The G6's touch-sensitive rear screen dominates the back of the camera. Like the G5 it's a fully articulated screen but now uses capacitive technology as used on smartphones, rather than being pressure sensitive. The screen responds very positively to touch, and setting things like focus point in live view mode and navigating menus are quick and easy using a fingertip. Flipping through images is slightly laggy though, and certain operations still feel more natural when initiated by a hard button press.
A built-in flash pops up out of the 'pentaprism' (or rather EVF) hump, and a standard hotshoe sits at its center, alongside apertures for the camera's stereo microphones.
Top of camera
From the top, the G6 offers almost exactly the same control layout as the G5. Things are kept pretty simple, and the only controls are a compact camera-style zoom rocker switch just behind the shutter button, a red movie record button and the iA button for entering Panasonic's useful 'intelligent Auto' mode. The only difference to button layout compared to the G5 is the new position of the G6's mechanical flash button, which can now be found on the upper left of the camera's rear, rather than on the top plate as it was before.
In your hand
Five Function Buttons!
The G6 has an impressive five 'Fn' customizable buttons, which can be assigned to the following options:
|Options that can be applied to the Fn buttons:|
• AF/AE Lock
• LVF/Monitor Switch
• One Push AE
• Touch AE
• DoF Preview
• Level Gauge
• Focus Area Set
• Aspect Ratio
• Picture Size
• Metering Mode
• Focus Mode
• Electronic Shutter
|• Flash Mode
• Flash Adjust
• Ex Tele Conv.
• Digital Zoom
• Motion Pic Set
• Picture Mode
• Guide Line
• REC Area
• Function Lever
• Step Zoom
• Zoom Speed
• ISO Sensitivity
• White Balance
• AF Mode
• Drive Mode
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