The new Lumix GF6 is Panasonic’s new entry level replacement for the Lumix GF5, is now hitting stores. The new model features a lot of exciting upgrades over it’s predecessor, including a 16mp sensor (the same as the one found in the GX1) tiltable touch screen, wifi and NFC (Near Field Communication – a bump to share feature). The GF6 also gains style points over the previous model, with a more substantial build, sleek metal top plate and mode dial.
ePhotozine just posted their hands on review of the GF6 and are highly impressed with the new camera.
EPZ’s Review Highlights
Panasonic Lumix GF6 Pros
Wi-Fi built in – remote operation
Great image quality
Lens hood provided with new kit lens
High resolution tilting touch-screen
Fast operation, focus, shot to shot
Access to a wide range of Micro Four Thirds lenses
Mode dial re-introduced
Stop motion animation
Panasonic Lumix GF6 Cons
No flash hot-shoe
Loud shutter (compared to other mirrorless cameras)
Would be nice if Wi-Fi supported direct uploads to social media sites, rather than going via Lumix logon
Value For Money
The Panasonic Lumix GF6 is available for $599 USD with the new, more compact (and much improved) 14-42mm IS kit lens, making it good value for money, priced in the same region as other mirrorless cameras with tilting touch-screens, with the following cameras offering similar features:
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 – 16mp, tilting touch screen, Wi-Fi option, $549 with 14-42mm lens
Sony NEX-5R – 16mp, tilting touch screen, Wi-Fi, $598 with 18-55mm lens
Samsung NX300 – 20mp, tilting touch screen, Wi-Fi, $749 with 20-50mm lens (without IS)
Panasonic Lumix GF6 Verdict
The Panasonic Lumix GF6 was introduced by Panasonic as a completely new camera when compared to the previous mode, the Panasonic Lumix GF5, and after testing the camera we can see why. The camera comes with a new sensor, built in Wi-Fi, tilting touch screen, mode dial, panoramic mode and many more new features that we’ve been asking for. This makes the GF6 a much more appealing camera to not just beginners, but also the enthusiast looking for a high quality mirrorless camera.
With an introduction price of $599 with the new 14-42mm IS kit lens, the camera is priced very competitively with similar models, and with the kit lens delivering excellent image quality, we feel that the camera offers very good value for money. Provided with a deep lens hood, premium neck strap, and a wealth of creative effects, as well as panoramic effects, the camera is packed with features, making it a fun camera to use, with a wealth of features to play with.
The Panasonic Lumix GF6 offers almost everything you could want from a mirrorless camera, with the most likely complaint about it likely to be the lack of flash hot-shoe, making it less appealing to the more serious photographer. For the majority of people having a built in flash will be preferable, and the re-introduction of the mode dial will make the camera easier to use for every level of photographer. Image quality is very good, with the camera delivering sharp detailed photos with good colour, and low levels of noise, although not as low as results from the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, due to use of a different sensor. The Wi-Fi implementation is very good, giving remote control and numerous shooting options straight from your smartphone or tablet. There are a few, very minor niggles, but we can very happily highly recommend the camera. (Read full review on ePhotozine – Video review courtesy of WhatDigitalCamera)
ePhotozine awarded the Panasonic Lumix GF6 with 4.5 out of 5 stars and Highly Recommended Status
My 2 Cents
This is an excellent upgrade to a popular camera, and Panasonic have loaded it up with features that people want in the era of the SmartPhone. It’s aimed right at the same crowd that would be interested in a Sony NEX 5r and should compete very well with other cameras in it’s price range. I love the addition of a mode dial, tilt screen, wifi and NFC, and the GF6’s ease of use and cool creative features for photo and video should make it a popular choice for those stepping into an interchangeable lens system.