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.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 Mirrorless Camera Kit with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II OIS Lens
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- 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
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|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)|
|Processor||Venus Engine FHD|
|ISO||Auto, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, (25600 with boost)|
|White balance presets||5|
|Custom white balance||Yes (2)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Standard|
|Optics & Focus|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Focal length multiplier||2×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle|
|Minimum shutter speed||60 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|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))|
|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)|
|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)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (mini HDMI TypeC)|
|Wireless notes||with NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities|
|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″)|
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|CCD||6 (SIX) MONTHS||90 (NINETY) DAYS|
|RECHARGEABLE BATTERY PACK (IN EXCHANGE FOR DEFECTIVE BATTERY PACK)||90 (NINETY) DAYS||NOT APPLICABLE|