Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 Mirrorless Camera Kit with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II OIS Lens

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Key Features

  • 16MP CMOS Micro Four Thirds sensor
  • 4.2 FPS continuous shooting
  • ISO 160-12800 (expandable to 25600)
  • 1080/30p HD Video (MP4, AVCHD format)
  • 3" tiltable touch-control LCD with 1,040,000 dots
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • Customizable function lever,buttons, and mode dial
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for image transfer and camera control
  • Pop-up flash
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot

Product Description

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 is a 16MP entry-level mirrorless camera with Wi-Fi. Like many of its competitors it has a capacitive touchscreen, that can tilt both downwards and upwards to face forwards for self-portraits. It gains a compact-camera style zoom lever around the shutter release that can alternatively be used to set exposure compensation, and an exposure mode dial on the top plate. It's also the first interchangeable lens camera with Near Field Communication (NFC) that allows setup of Wi-Fi connections with compatible smartphones and tablets, simply by tapping the devices together. Movie recording is available at 1080p30 in either MP4 or AVCHD format.

Specs

Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution 4592 x 3448
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Venus Engine FHD
Image
ISO Auto, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, (25600 with boost)
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes (2)
Image stabilization Unknown
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Standard
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier 2×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 6.30 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Continuous drive 4 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±2 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i PsF/30p in NTSC models, 50i PsF/25p on PAL), 1280 x 720p (60i PsF/30p in NTSC models, 50i PsF/25p on PAL), 640 x 480 (30/25fps)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini HDMI TypeC)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes with NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities
Remote control No
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 340
Weight (inc. batteries) 323 g (0.71 lb / 11.39 oz)
Dimensions 111 x 65 x 38 mm (4.37 x 2.56 x 1.5)
Other features
GPS None

Reviews

User Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
  • jlchen, Oct 21, 2013 GMT:
    My first M34 camera

    I just bought the GF6 as my first micro 3/4 camera a few days ago, and I bought the black version with the new 14-42mm 3.5-5.6 II lens on it. One of the reasons why I select the GF6 is due to I had very good results from another Panasonic: the SZ15, it is a terrific small compact camera with 16x optical zoom. When I don’t have the space and energy to bring my full frame DSLR to a trip, I always bring the SZ15 with me recently. It is very pocket-able while it can produce much better pictures ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Good inexpensive M43 backup body

Hi, I have a GH1 body with these lenses: m43: Panny 14-140mm f/4-5.6, Panny 20mm f/1.7 FD: Elicar 35mm f/2.8, Canon 50mm f/1.8 Universal-to-FD: Soligor 90-210mm f/4 C-Mount: 24mm f/1.4. I'm thinking of picking up a smaller body to be used with the primes, especially the 20mm, so that I actually bring out the camera more often rather than anything else. I do not care about high ISO performance, the highest I ever go is ISO 400, usually ISO-100. Cost being an issue, I am thinking of picking up a GF1, since I can get one off ebay for <$200. I used a GF1, and like the controls, added bonus is that the battery is the same as the GH1. Video on the GF1 is not necessary, but nice to have if I catch the flock of deer in the forest. I want to avoid the GF2, GF3, GF5, and GF6 because I don't really like the controls, the controls feel dumbed-down, I am not enthused by the touchscreen (though it is neat sometimes), I shoot in ISO 100 most of the time, and I REALLY like the exposure mode dial on ...

ComicSans asked
9 days ago

ANSWERS

The difference in sensors between a current generation M43 and the original generation 12MP sensor cameras is pretty remarkable, so I would suggest you take a look at newer generation cameras instead.  If you want full controls, you may be able to find a used GX1, which has many more direct manual controls than any of the other cameras except the GF1 that you mention.  On the other hand, the newer generation cameras have the ability to control everything with a single touch wheel and programmable buttons, so even if there are fewer controls, they are all at hand anyway and menu diving is not necessary. I would recommend you look at an Oly EPM2 also.  There have been a few promotions on that camera in the past few weeks which have the body, kit 14-42mm AND 40-150mm for $299 (currently it's at $399 for the kit, but it would not surprise me if it came back down again).  For that, you could sell both kit lenses and have the body for about $150....and it will really trump the GF1 in ... Continue Reading

jalywol answered
9 days ago

Yes, I want more manual controls on the body while having as small a body as possible. Which is why I was thinking about the GF1, and discarding all other GFx models. But I also heard that the Olympus' sensor-shift implementation for OIS can work on manual lenses, which is why I am asking whether an Olympus camera would be good choice. Continue Reading

ComicSans answered
7 days ago

I would be looking to the Panasonic GX1 In my opinion by far the best blend of price, quality and controls available at the moment - a notable step up from a camera like the GF1 or GF2, but with far better control options than something newer like the GF6. Continue Reading

Narcosynthesis answered
9 days ago

QUESTION

Panasonic GF6 vs Olympus E-PL5?

Looking to get a M4/3 camera in the next few weeks.  These are the two I've been mainly looking at.  They seem pretty similar. I plan to mainly use it for travel w/ the Panasonic 14mm pancake lens (unless I can get the 20mm at a good price).  I may not even take the 14-42mm kit lens with me.  I'm going from taking a Nikon D7100 w/ me on my last trip to a M4/3.  I want compact and these are pretty compact.  Those are basically my use cases. Based on my research it looks like the E-PL5 is better in low light w/ less noise at a higher ISO.  It seems to have generally better image quality (based on reviews).  I see this as its biggest advantage. While I don't use flash too much, having a built-in flash is nice on the GF-6.  Panasonic also has in-camera HDR, which I use occasionally on my DSLR.  And the lcd screen is nicer. Panasonic also has built-in WiFi and NFC, supposedly making transfer of photos easier, but I dunno how effective it is.  This could be useful if I want to transfer ...

sunshadow asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

For a few dollars more should you be looking at a G6 as well? Continue Reading

Ron Joiner answered
1 month ago

I don't know if this elderly thread I started will be of any help, but just in case: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51730456 I actually like them both (in different ways) and you've already summarised very well most of the differences in your post. Some people find the Olympus menu tricky to master but I've always been OK with it (long-standing Olympus user...); it's maybe relevant to point out, though, that you can use the touchscreen thoroughly with the Panasonic menu, whilst the Olympus's touchscreen doesn't operate within its menus. That Panasonic LCD is definitely superior (in size as well as resolution and clarity), probably just as well since the GF6 can't take an EVF (which the E-PL5 can, but then it lacks a flash once the EVF is mounted). If nothing else, my pictures of the two (which happen to be in the same colour, quite likely not the finish you're looking for!) do at least show the size/shape differences quite clearly, due to this. Continue Reading

Helen answered
1 month ago

Thanks I will read through that. Not too concerned about the EVF because I'm not gonna spend the extra money on one for an M4/3 camera anyway. Continue Reading

sunshadow answered
1 month ago

QUESTION

Advice needed! Which do I buy?

Hi all, I am looking for advice - I am looking to buy a csc or small SLR. I have been very tempted by the Lumix fz200, but I just find that it is quite large for all the travelling I do, which made me consider the Lumix DMC-GF6, but I really like a viewfinder. I am willing to buy secondhand to keep a more expensive camera within my budget? Is there something in between these two that I have been missing? Would really appreciate advice!

Sian61 asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

New options with a viewfinder and a lens in that approx price range include : (1) Sony A3000 (2) Panasonic G5 Used models would include those new one and : (1) Panasonic G2 and G3 (2) maybe a Panasonic G6 if you were very lucky (3) Various models of Olympus E-P and E-PL with one of the optional EVFs. (4) Various models of Panasonic GF or GX some of which can use an optional EVF Continue Reading

darklamp answered
1 month ago

You might want to consider the Canon 100D/SL1. DPReview Gear of the Year: Canon Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D Continue Reading

TTMartin answered
1 month ago

Warranty Information

"If your product does not work properly because of a defect in materials or workmanship, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company or Panasonic Puerto Rico, Inc. (collectively referred to as “the warrantor”) will, for the length of the period indicated on the chart below, which starts with the date of original purchase (“warranty period”), at its option either (a) repair your product with new or refurbished parts, or (b) replace it with a new or refurbished product. The decision to repair or replace will be made by the warrantor."

PRODUCT OR PART NAME PARTS LABOR
DIGITAL STILL CAMERA 1 (ONE) YEAR 1 (ONE) YEAR
CCD 6 (SIX) MONTHS 90 (NINETY) DAYS
RECHARGEABLE BATTERY PACK (IN EXCHANGE FOR DEFECTIVE BATTERY PACK) 90 (NINETY) DAYS NOT APPLICABLE


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