Estimated Street Price: $599 (with 14-42mm zoom)
Panasonic’s compact Lumix DMC-GF6 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera measures just 4.4×2.6×1.5 inches and weighs but 9.9 ounces. It also features Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC (Near Field Communication) technology: Touch the camera to your NFC-compatible smartphone or tablet to establish connection, then share images or use the smart device to operate the camera remotely.
A 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor (like the one in the GX1, not the one in the flagship GH3) combines with the Venus Engine to yield high image quality and quick performance, including Light Speed AF for still and video and improved low-light AF. The camera can shoot reduced-resolution bursts at 20 fps, full-res images at 4 fps and 3 fps with full-time live view. Startup requires only 0.5 seconds.
In-camera HDR and panorama capabilities, many built-in special effects, stop-motion animation and 3D shooting (with the optional Lumix G 12.5mm ƒ/12 3D lens) add versatility. You can even delete unwanted objects from your photos in-camera by tracing over them with your finger via the Clear Retouch feature. The GF6 can do 1080 full HD video at 60i and 30p, 720 at 60p and 30p, and 640×480 at 30p with full-time AF and stereo sound via a built-in microphone. The 3-inch LCD monitor tilts and swivels for easy odd-angle shooting, and provides touch-screen features, including touch AF. There’s no eye-level EVF, nor is one available as an accessory.
The GF6 can use all Micro Four Thirds lenses, and pretty much any lens for which an adapter is available. Current Panasonic MFT lenses range from a 7-14mm superwide zoom through a 100-300mm supertele zoom. With the MFT sensor’s 2.0x crop factor, this provides 35mm-camera-equivalent focal lengths from 14mm through 600mm. There’s even an 8mm (16mm-equivalent) full-frame fisheye lens.
STANDOUT FEATURE: Advanced in-camera editing lets you remove unwanted objects simply by tracing them with your finger on the touch-sensitive LCD.
1. A new mode dial provides direct access to a number of camera functions.
2. Built-in stereo microphones provide good audio capability for an entry-level camera.
3. The new function lever around the shutter button provides direct control of zooming (when a power-zoom lens is attached), exposure or aperture (in M mode).