Panasonic Lumix GF6 Review

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This mirrorless camera has a few more features than DLSRs in this price range, including Wi-Fi and a tilting LCD. It also shoots nicely detailed images.

Panasonic Lumix GF6 reviews marvel at all the features the company has managed to squeeze into this affordable mirrorless camera (starting at $449, Amazon). A PC Mag analyst likes the high-resolution touchscreen LCD, which displays very sharp images and tilts to a variety of angles to help users compose shots from awkward angles. He found the 3-inch display easy to read even in bright light. The camera includes Wi-Fi and also NFC, or near field communication, for wirelessly transferring photos to a smartphone and using a phone to control the camera remotely (after downloading an app). The kit lens included with this camera is a good one, according to the Panasonic Lumix GF6 review at PC Mag. The camera focuses very quickly and retains good detail in photos even in difficult, high-contrast lighting situations. The camera can also focus quickly in low light; many other cameras struggle to do so. Photos appear sharp, with barely any distortion. Even at higher ISOs (through 3,200), the images show little noise.

A reviewer from Camera Labs is likewise impressed with the Panasonic Lumix GF6. He points to the fact that there are plenty of compatible lenses available, including several from third-party vendors. The LCD touchscreen can be used to focus on a subject and makes navigating the camera's menus a breeze. The reviewer found the autofocus very fast and accurate, even in low light.

The Panasonic Lumix GF6 (model DMC-GF6KK) is a Micro Four Thirds camera with a 16MP Live MOS sensor, which is a bit smaller than the APS-C sensors usually found in budget digital SLRs. Still, photos taken in the review sites' testing show nice detail and sharpness. The camera can save photos in the JPEG and RAW formats. It also records HD video, which is saved in the MPO format. The camera's ISO settings range from 100 to 25,600 in extended mode and shutter speeds range from 1/4000 to 60 seconds. The Lumix GF6 includes a USB 2.0 port and a mini-HDMI port. Its battery life is a bit on the short side: about 330 to 340 images. In continuous shooting mode, it captures a maximum of 4.2 frames per second without sacrificing image quality, although reviewers warn it can't keep up that pace for long.

The Panasonic Lumix GF6 is a nice camera that offers more features than most competitors. There aren't that many digital SLR or compact system cameras in this price range that offer a tilting touchscreen and Wi-Fi. Furthermore, the camera's performance is pretty quick, the autofocus works well, and photos appear nice and sharp. At this price, it's difficult to find any quibble with the Panasonic Lumix GF6.

Michael Sweet

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