Panasonic GF6 Review

 
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Model Name: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 
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Manufacturer URL: Manufacturer website
Predecessor: Panasonic GF5
GF5 vs GF6
Successor:  
General
Model Number: GF6
Camera Format: Compact System Camera
Currently Manufactured: Yes
Retail Price: $599.99
Street Price: $453.72
Date Available: 2013-06-30
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 16.0 oz (454 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Size: 4.4 x 2.6 x 1.5 in.
(111 x 65 x 38 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: Live MOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Panasonic
Effective Megapixels: 16.0
Sensor Format: 4/3
Sensor size: 224.9mm2 (17.30mm x 13.00mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 3.77 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 2.0x
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter: Fixed
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Sensor shift image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
DxO Sensor Score: 54
DxO Color Depth Score (bits): 20.7
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs): 10.6
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso): 622
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4592 x 3448 (15.8 MP, 4:3),
4592 x 3064 (14.1 MP, 3:2),
4592 x 2584 (11.9 MP, 16:9),
3424 x 3424 (11.7 MP, 1:1),
3232 x 2424 (7.8 MP, 4:3),
3232 x 2160 (7.0 MP, 3:2),
3232 x 1824 (5.9 MP, Other),
2416 x 2416 (5.8 MP, 1:1),
2272 x 1704 (3.9 MP, 4:3),
2272 x 1520 (3.5 MP, Other),
1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16:9),
1712 x 1712 (2.9 MP, 1:1)
Image File Format: JPEG, MPO, RAW, RAW + JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 4.2
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (60i/50i/30p/25p)
1280x720 (60p/50p/30p/25p)
640x480 (30p/25p)
Movie File Format: AVCHD or MP4, with stereo sound
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: No
Video Usable as Viewfinder: No
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds
Lens: Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH. MEGA O.I.S.
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 28 - 84 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.00x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 (wide) / f.5.6 (tele) - f/22
Normal Focus Range: 20 cm to Infinity
7.9 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Filter Thread: 46.0mm
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: Yes
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: 2x or 4x
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detection: Face detection, AF Tracking, 23-area-focusing, 1-area-focusing, Pinpoint, Touch
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: No
Viewfinder Type:  
Focus Peaking: No
EVF Resolution: n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):  
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):  
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: No
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 1,036,800 dots (345,600 px)
Touchscreen: Yes
Articulating Screen: Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: Yes
Max Playback Zoom: 16.0x
Top Deck Display: No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 12800
Minimum ISO (native): 160
ISO Settings: Auto, Intelligent ISO, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 in 1 or 1/3 EV steps; 25600 extended
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, White Set 1/2, Color Temperature Setting (2,500-10,000K in 100K steps)
Shutter Speed Range: 60 - 1/4000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 1728-zone Intelligent Multiple, Center-weighted, Spot
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Scene Guide (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); Creative Control (Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Toy POP, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Fantasy, Star Filter, One Point Color, Sunshine)
Self Timer: 2, 10, 3 images after 10 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Flash Guide Number: 5.0 m / 16.4 ft.
Flash Range Description: Lens dependent; GN 6.3m (ISO 160)
Max Flash Sync: 1/160
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: n/a
Wireless Flash Control:  
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support: UHS-I
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
RAW Capture Support: Yes
Uncompressed Format: RAW, RAW + JPEG
Movie File Format: AVCHD or MP4, with stereo sound
Included Memory: No memory included
Included Memory Type:  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: Yes
NFC: Yes
Bluetooth: No
Built-In GPS: No
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed,WiFi
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Via Wi-Fi
Connections (extended): Mini HDMI (Type-C), Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, Combined AV/USB connector
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 0.58
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 0.62
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): Unlimited
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot): 0.60
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 4.2
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 28
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 3.9
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames): 8
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 4.0
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames): 10
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.27
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):  
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.092
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 0.40
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.072
Shutter Lag (notes): Full AF lag, wide-area mode = 0.277s
Startup Time: 0.8
Play -> Record Time: 0.8
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 3.6
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary (7.2V, 1025mAh)
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included: Yes
Internal Charging Supported: No
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View): 340
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF):  
Software
Included Software: PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.2 AE, SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE, Super LoiloScope (trial), USB Driver
OS Compatibility:  
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: Tilting Cell Touch 1040K-dot LCD, Built-in Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2412MHz - 2462MHz (11ch), WPA / WPA2, Infrastructure mode), NFC (ISO/IEC 18092(NFCIP-1), NFC-F). Available in black, white, brown or red.


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