9 April 2013
Almost exactly a year from the announcement of the DMC-GF5 compact system camera (5 April 2012 to be exact), Panasonic have announced it’s successor in the Lumix G lineup, the DMC-GF6. With it, comes the almost obligatory jump in sensor resolution, up from 12 megapixels to a detail-grabbing 16 megapixels, built in Wi-Fi and Near-Field Communication (NFC) enabled, and a newly developed Live MOS sensor and Venus engine.
The GF6 represents Panasonic’s entry-level compact system camera in the Lumix G range, and for those feeling adventurous, the GF6 offers 19 creative filters, which Panasonic claim will “take your photography from an amateur point-and-shoot to a more serious level“. We’ll let you be the judge of that. In video mode, and the GF6 is capable of shooting in Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 30fps, you also have the option to use these creative filters, but only 16 of the 19 are available in video mode.
A 1040k dot resolution, touch capable, 180 degree tiltable screen makes it easy to capture photos from otherwise difficult and awkward angles, very handy if you’re in a crowd at a concert, or wanting to shoot from lower angles.
NFC capable devices have been bubbling under the surface for quite some time now, and Panasonic have come up trumps here. With Wi-Fi and NFC you’ll be able to connect the GF6 to other devices (mobile, tablet) simply by bumping them together (lightly!) and seamlessly transfer your photos and videos, or automatically transfer your photos to a PC, for example. Not only that, you can use your remote device as a multi-capable remote shutter with monitor. Handy.
With a host of updates and new features, and the heritage that comes from the Lumix G range, the DMC-GF6 is an enticing interchangeable lens compact system camera. The DMC-GF6 is available soon for around £495.
- New 16-megapixel Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine
- Quick Response & Higher Mobility
- Creative Panorama and Creative Control with 19 Filter Effects
- Self Shot Mode with approx. 180° Tiltable monitor
- Easy Wireless Connectivity via Wi-Fi® / NFC with Smartphones and tablets
- High Quality 1920 x 1080 Full-HD Video with Stereo Sound
Apr 9, 2013: Introducing the new Lumix GF6 – the latest addition to our range of Lumix G cameras! With a host of features that produce stunning image quality, 19 filter effects and WiFi and NFC enabled, the Lumix GF6 lets you take great pictures and do so much more with them!
The camera boasts a new Live MOS Sensor, newly developed Venus Engine and high precision, ‘Light Speed AF’ which all contribute to excellent image quality. The Lumix GF6 gives you the freedom of size combined with a much more sophisticated and professional result by letting you control manual settings such as aperture, shutter speed or lens selection.
With 19 filter effects the DMC-GF6 is not just an interchangeable camera. It is a creative tool that will let you explore and take your photography from an amateur point-and-shoot to a more serious level. Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC (Near Field Communication) make it easier than ever to remotely shoot from a tablet or smartphone, transfer images and share pictures with friends and family around the world!
Furthermore the DMC-GF6 has a dedicated video record button, so that you can record full-HD video (1920×1080, 50i) in AVCHD with stereo sound. The GF6 is robust with a built-in flash (GN6.3 ISO160･m / GN5.0 ISO100･m), 3.0 inch, 180 degree tiltable monitor and comes in a fashionable black body.
Cablefree Connectivity with Wi-Fi and NFC
For the first time integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity offer a more flexible shooting experience and easy image sharing from an interchangeable lens camera. After the initial setup, tablets and smartphones can be connected with a simple touch without having to re-enter authorisation details every time.
True Picture Quality with New 16.00 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine
The new Live MOS Sensor enables high resolution and high sensitivity image recording while minimizing the noise. The Venus Engine image processor is also newly developed and features advanced noise reduction systems. The controllable area of noise has been expanded by approx. 64x in size. This makes it possible to remove large blocks of noise which were earlier hard to detect and helps produce clear, smooth images. This is especially useful for low light shooting. The combination of the new Live MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine achieve ISO3200 (Auto) and max. ISO 25600 (Extended).
An Advanced Photographic Tool for Creative Users
With its wide variety of shooting options such as ‘Self Shot’ mode; ‘Creative Control’ providing 19 filters; and Stop Motion Animation function the DMC-GF6 is not just a high quality camera. The popular ‘Creative Control’ mode has been upgraded by increasing the number of filters from 14 to 19 by adding new filters like Old Days, Sunshine, Bleach Bypass, Toy Pop and Fantasy in addition to the conventional Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Soft Focus, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect and Star Filter and Miniature Effect mode.
Evolving LUMIX G AF System Speed and Accuracy
All cameras in the LUMIX G range feature Contrast AF for their focus system. Compared with the Phase difference AF system, the Contrast AF boasts higher accuracy especially in shooting with a bright lens and small ‘F’ (focal ratio) value. Light Speed AF makes it possible to capture fast-moving subjects clearly. Additionally, AF Tracking enables consecutive shooting to capture moving subject in sharp focus.