Panasonic Lumix G6 First Look

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On a Skype conversation last week with my good friend and MC contributor Giulio Sciorio (of SmallCameraBigPicture.com), G gave me a sneak peek at the new Panasonic Lumix G6, which he’s been testing for the company.  Giulio walked me through the G6’s new features and upgrades it has over the G5, and there’s a lot to be impressed with in the new offering.  What has me most excited though, is the wifi and enhanced video capabilities of the G6 as displayed in the video above, where you’ll see Giulio putting the G6 to the test as a travel camera, for portrait photography and even for use in producing an indie music video (featuring another good friend named Johnny Juarez, who is touring to promote his new album).

Screen Shot 2013-04-24 at 9.25.15 AMWhat’s new on the G6?

The new camera packs an impressive list of features, including…

  • 16-megapixel sensor
  • New Venus Processing Engine for improved autofocus speeds, even in low light
  • 7fps burst mode (or 5fps in AF tracking mode)
  • Maximum ISO 25,600 (extended)
  • Wi-Fi capable for instant sharing of images to the web or smart devices, as well as remote control with your smart device via the Free Panasonic Lumix Link App
  • NFC (or Near Field Communication), which allows you to instantly pair your camera by touching it to another device that also has NFC capability
  • New Clear Retouch in-camera editing feature that allows users to remove unwanted items in an image by tracing a finger over the item in question and remove it without affecting the overall photo
  • 19 creative filters (trust me…  you’ll love ’em!)
  • 1,440k-dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • Fully articulated 3-inch touchscreen that tilts and swivels by 180 degrees and 270 respectively
  • Super fast start up time of 0.5 seconds…  not too shabby!
  • Focus peaking – which highlights portions of the scene that are in focus

The G6 for Video

  • Records up to 1080/60p video in AVCHD or MP4
  • A new 24p video mode has been added for a film-like effect when capturing full HD videos.
  • Records stereo audio – complete with a 3.5mm external microphone input
  • Live and touch autofocus that make for “professional-like rack focusing” (moving focus from one item within your frame to another on the fly)
  • Timelapse and Stop Motion modes

My 2 Cents

Panasonic must be paying attention to what their users have to say, because with the Lumix G6, they seem to have successfully combined everything I love about the Lumix G5 with everything I wish the G5 had.  In the G5, you have a camera that produces stunning image quality and is full featured enough to please any pro, but it’s easy enough for a beginner to use.  Although the G5 produces great quality video as well, it lacks somewhat in that department when compared to other cameras.  enter the Lumix G6, with it’s 3.5mm external microphone input, enhanced video modes and control, Panasonic have served up a “mid level” hybrid camera that will give top of the line competitors a serious run for their money.  No…  It’s not a GH3, but it’s an attractive alternative for serious enthusiasts and indie filmmakers who don’t have the budget to pop for the flagship.

The G5 is an excellent camera, but with it’s wifi and enhanced video capabilities, I feel that the G6 is a worthy upgrade.  Put me down for one!

The Panasonic Lumix G6 will sell for $749 USD with a kit lens and will be available in black, white and silver.   It’s scheduled to be released on June 21st.  Those who are interested in it’s predecessor might also want to be on the lookout for some screaming deals on the Lumix G5 as well.

Buy the Panasonic Lumix G6 on Amazon Here

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