Panasonic’s Lumix GF6 is a single lens mirrorless camera, most compact of the G family. The new 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor delivers both high-resolution and high sensitivity image and video recording. The Venus Engine was also newly developed for the GF6 to attain both high-performance signal processing and noise reduction, achieving a maximum ISO 25,600 (Extended).
The GF6 features Self Shot, Creative Panorama, and Stop Motion Animation, in addition to the Creative Control mode that boasts 19 filter effects.
Stop Motion Animation delivers unique stop motion video while the Clear Retouch function gives you the power to erase unwanted parts of a picture after shooting.
The GF6 offers high-speed, high precision Light Speed AF including practical full-time AF, and tracking AF is available for video recording. The newly integrated Low Light AF enables accurate focusing on the subject even in low-light situations. The camera is ready to shoot in only 0.5 seconds after start-up.
With Wi-Fi connectivity featuring Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, users can connect the camera to their smartphone/tablet anywhere with one-touch, which makes sharing images much easier. It is also possible to use a smartphone/tablet as a multi-capable remote shutter with a monitor.
With the Instant Transfer function, photos are automatically sent to the smartphone/tablet immediately after shooting. Both images and video can be archived to the user’s registered digital equipment, such as a PC, automatically via the wireless access point (router) at home.
In addition, it is possible to tag the location information to the image by utilizing the GPS (Global Positioning System) log of a smartphone/tablet.
All these flexible shooting/browsing/sharing styles are made possible with the GF6 and Panasonic’s dedicated application software Panasonic Image App for iOS/Android smartphones/tablets.
Also, with Panasonic’s cloud service “Lumix Club,” the GF6 can automatically synchronize images via internet with the designated devices and web services like Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Twitter, or YouTube.
The GF6 records 1920 x 1080 at 60i full-HD video in AVCHD with high quality stereo sound. The P/A/S/M mode in video recording is also available.
Videos can also be recorded in MP4 format.
The GF6 touts a built-in flash and 3-inch monitor that tilts approximately 180-degrees. The front panel is directly attached to the new In Cell Touch LCD without containing an air layer in between. The result is that the reflection of external light is dramatically suppressed, Says Panasonic. Resolution is increased by 13 percent and colour reproduction improved by roughly 20 percent.
Not only does the rear monitor have touch control but the layout of the device makes the camera control smooth and easy. With the Full-area Touch AF, it is possible to set focus on any point in the field of view which yields quick and intuitive focusing operation with free frame composition. In addition, the newly adopted Touch AE (Auto Exposure) function allows the user to set focus and exposure with a single touch on the subject displayed on the monitor.
With the new Self Shot mode, users can shoot their own portraits by stretching an arm to hold the camera with the rear monitor flipped approximately180-degrees vertically to frame the shot properly. A variety of options such as Creative Control can be applied on this self-portrait as well.
The new Stop Motion Animation function allows users to produce a stop motion (stop frame) video in camera with pictures that are sequentially shot while moving the object by degrees. This effect makes the object appear as if it is moving by itself.
Another new in-camera function is Clear Retouch, which makes it possible to erase unwanted objects or figures in an image by just tracing over them on monitor with a fingertip.
Remote shooting of both photo and video is available by using the smartphone/tablet as a remote shutter with a monitor which displays live at a smooth 30 fps. Not only the shutter release, but zooming, focusing and setting the shutter speed, aperture, and exposure compensation are all controllable with a smartphone/tablet.
For beginners, iA (Intelligent Auto) mode supports capturing images with a variety of shooting-assist functions including AF Tracking, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition, and Intelligent ISO Control. The Intelligent Scene Selector now integrates Food Recognition mode. It detects food on a dish and captures it so it looks colourful and delicious. The iA Plus mode lets users adjust the defocusing area in the background, exposure compensation and white balance for more flexible control.
Scene Guide offers 23 sample pictures shot by professional photographers. Users can choose the one closest to the situation they are going to shoot and optimum parameters for shooting the scene will be automatically set. Furthermore, shooting procedures, technical advice and the recommended interchangeable lens for the scene are displayed for users to improve their photography.
Availability and price of the GF6 are to be determined.