|Introduction | Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 sensor performance | Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 vs competition | Conclusion|
Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-G6 is the update to last year’s DMC-G5 MFT camera, the firm’s $750 mid-range EVF equipped model sitting above the entry-level finder-less DMC-GF6 yet beneath the mighty video-maker’s favorite DMC-GH3. The new camera features a 16-Mpix Live MOS sensor as well as a new Venus processing engine, but just how well does it perform in our labs?
Panasonic’s mid-range DMC-G6 features a 16-Mpix sensor with a new Venus Engine image processor accounting for an extended sensitivity ranging from ISO 160 to 25,600 (up from ISO 12,800 on the previous DMC-G5 model) and rapid continuous shooting mode of up to 7fps (with AF-tracking at 5fps). Although the EVF remains the same resolution at 1.44 million dot the DMC-G6 adopts a new ultra-responsive OLED variant with proximity sensor and a 3.0-inch, 1.04 million dot,articulated capacitive touch screen at the rear.
New features include a gesture-based “Clear Retouch” function – a context aware cloning tool allowing retouching during playback, and like the earlier entry-level DMC-GF6, it also has built-in Wi-Fi with the practicality of NFC (Near Field Communication) technology for simplified connectivity with compatible smart-phones and tablets. Panasonic has also enhanced the HD movie capabilities. As well as useful 3.5mm mic-socket, the DMC-G6 adds 24p in AVCHD with 1080 60/30p (50/25p PAL) as either MP4 or AVCHD format. Let’s see how well the DMC-G6 performs against rival mirrorless offerings.