Panasonic Lumix G6 Review

May 9, 2013 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#1 kurth

IS is built into the camera body….3rd paragraph ? Olympus is the only m43 manufacturer offering inbody IS ! And you shoot a panoramic but don’t offer it in samples so we still don’t know what resolution the g6 is shooting it’s panoramas. And this camera was built for video ...and where’s your review of video capabilities ? ..... and no mention of timelapse and stop-motion ??? Your knowledge of shutter and aperture shooting videos is incorrect. Maybe you need to take one of phil blooms workshops, eh ?

2:14 pm - Thursday, May 9, 2013

#2 gummyrabbit

“Optical image stabilisation is built into the camera body, with the 14-42mm kit lens lens that we tested the G6 with lacking a physical OIS switch. Instead it can be turned on and off through the G6’s menu system. When enabled, the Panasonic Lumix G6 automatically compensates for camera shake, which is a slight blurring of the image that typically occurs at slow shutter speeds when the camera is hand held. You don’t notice that the camera is actually doing anything different when anti-shake is turned on, just that you can use slower shutter speeds than normal and still take sharp photos.”

Hmmm…how can we trust this review.  Panasonic doesn’t have IBIS…

2:20 pm - Thursday, May 9, 2013

#3 Harold

Mark Goldstein, your statement that optical image stabilization is built into the camera body is incorrect. You must not be familiar enough with panasonic m43 because you should know that none of their cameras have ever had built in o.i.s.

2:37 pm - Thursday, May 9, 2013

#4 Gov

As expected the IQ is the main issue here. You rremakr that it is topclass for m43 cam is incorrect too (most likely). As it is behind OMD, EPL5, EPM2 and GH3 because its use of an older sensor.

I am very sure this camera would sell really well with that sensor as it is as good as the averag ASP-c sensor out there. But with this sensor, it is not. Sad as it is really compleeing in every other way. For those who know enough about camera’s, the Panny G6 is a let down because of this.

4:48 pm - Thursday, May 9, 2013

#5 Dan

Give the guy a brake. Its a typing error, you can see he’s talking about the lens. Its good to point the mistake out, but you don’t need to harp on about it.

As for the camera…....hummm sadly i still prefer the GH2 design. The IQ is ok but it doesn’t make me want to switch from Oly.

4:51 pm - Thursday, May 9, 2013


WOW. Such hate for a Camera that isn’t even at retail yet..

-It’s using the GH2 sensor which, last I checked, is still a Very Good sensor!

“Hmmm…how can we trust this review.  Panasonic doesn’t have IBIS…”

-Nobody said it uses “ibis” it states O.I.S. whether it’s built in or not. How foolish you are GummyRabbit, Quoting the review, yet not smart enough to notice the difference between the words “OIS” and “IBIS”.

-Honestly Gov, how far can it be from those cameras, when it has features that some of those cameras DON’T? Newer processor, Wi-Fi, NFC?? Again, the GH2 sensor is no slouch. And with an updated engine, I’m sure its running with the rest of the cameras you mentioned, maybe even surpassing some.

Either way, count me in for one… I can see thru the Olympus Fanboy Propaganda. Keep hating, it’s obvious Panasonic is doing something right.

5:50 pm - Thursday, May 9, 2013

#7 SN

That paragraph about IBIS also made me pause, but the rest of the paragraph clarifies what is going on.  Image stabilization is built-in to the lens but turning the IS on or off is done through the menu.  The corrected paragraph should read:

Optical image stabilisation can be turned on and off using the menu, with the 14-42mm kit lens that we tested the G6 with lacking a physical OIS switch. Instead OIS can be turned on and off through the G6’s menu system. When enabled, the OIS automatically compensates for camera shake, which is a slight blurring of the image that typically occurs at slow shutter speeds when the camera is hand held. You don’t notice that the camera is actually doing anything different when anti-shake is turned on, just that you can use slower shutter speeds than normal and still take sharp photos.”

5:57 pm - Thursday, May 9, 2013

#8 NUr

Will the G6 with the 14-140mm kit be available in the US too?

6:54 pm - Thursday, May 9, 2013

#9 Courier6

I’ll definitely be buying a G6 body when it’s available. It’s “older sensor” means very little to me. I owned an OM-D and there was very little to judge IQ wise over my G3. Certainly not enough to justify the 110% price premium the Olympus cost. I much prefer the ergonomics and general handling qualities of the Panasonic G bodies and the sensor is more than good enough for me.

11:20 pm - Thursday, May 9, 2013

#10 m

Just read the second page (image quality):
“Panasonic Lumix G6 has an antishake mechanism which allows you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds than other digital cameras”

Nothing about the lens, it’s only about camera.
Obviously author thinks that “Optical image stabilization is built into the camera body”, and the lens just lacks the switch activating it in the body.

This can’t be more clear from this statement. Look for real reviews somewhere else.

2:39 am - Friday, May 10, 2013

#11 Bob

It seems pretty clear that what they were trying to say about IS is that it’s controlled by the body with lenses like the 14-42, which don’t have an IS switch. But Oly fanboys gotta hate, I guess….

3:17 am - Friday, May 10, 2013

#12 Mark Goldstein

We’ve updated the review to clarify that the Panasonic G6 does not have IS built into the body.

12:26 pm - Friday, May 10, 2013

#13 vercaud

Hey, when looking at your sample street images in 28 and 84, it is quite obvious that the 28 is quite soft compared to 84 !
Is this the new regular 14 / 42 zoom type II which is indeed said to be quite sharp center wise and soft at edges in wide position ?
I don’t find it sharp in the center at 28 by no means…..........

6:30 pm - Friday, May 10, 2013

#14 Tomas

So much hate in the comments! Unbelievable!

I dig the review, the camera looks amazing, a 40 fps burst mode sounds very fun. I just think Olympus took the right decision to have image stabilisation in the body, and now I have invested so much in non-stabilised lenses that I don’t think I could ever move to Panasonic.

However they are certainly making the switch look tempting, so they must be doing something right.

7:10 pm - Friday, May 10, 2013

#15 EvilBobo

Is the image quality being tested purely on the kit lens? I’ve owned a G2 for a few years and hated every image I’ve taken on its 14-42mm zoom. It’s a totally different camera on the primes (admittedly mostly olympus), and I’d be looking forward to testing this new G6 on 12mm, 25PL, 45 and the 75 that I’ve not yet got.
I’m very much caught as to whether the weather-sealing and video options of the GH3 would rank it higher, but it appears that this G6 has enough features of its own to allow the price difference become the deciding factor. £549 body-only is very reasonable.

2:05 pm - Sunday, May 12, 2013

#16 Ron I

It’s nice when comments are useful, not filled with multiple posts by a single troll with a bone to pick.

Buddy, you made your point (yes we know it doesn’t have IS built-in and you hate this blog), thanks, but move on now so people with interest in the camera can speak.

3:51 pm - Tuesday, May 14, 2013

#17 Eon

It looks a bit like the Canon sx40 HS from the front

9:45 pm - Tuesday, May 14, 2013

#18 Furtado

Rather than a comment, I have a doubt: most reviews of Lumix GH3 critisize heavily its OLED viewfinder. Is G6’s EVF any different from GH3’s? Have you tried both? What’s your opinion?

8:02 pm - Wednesday, May 15, 2013

#19 Anna

The review does not clarify clearly two the most important questions:
1. Is G6 really significantly better than G5?
2. What about detailed comparing G6’s picture quality with Olympus OM-D EM5?

7:29 pm - Tuesday, May 21, 2013



3:01 pm - Sunday, June 30, 2013

#21 richard t

I’ve just retired.  To make it as my hobby, I think I’ll buy this G6 irrespective of all you guys debating about. Which model will you guys recommend? Thanks.

10:05 am - Thursday, July 25, 2013

#22 DonP

I’m im the market too, and the only other camera on my hit list apart from the G6 is the Sony SLT A65, which uses a larger senson (DSLR size APS-C) but more pixels, has phase detection autofocus which is better at following a moving subject, seems to have cheaper lenses as IBIS not OIS, even better EVF, fast burst mode, is cheaper, but no touch-screen, no wi-fi, and is a bit bigger.  I really do want wi-fi and a touch-screen!

8:52 pm - Monday, August 26, 2013

#23 EvilBobo

My issue with Sony is that you don’t necessarily get the same quality of prime lenses. Though maybe the A system is better served than the NEX. It’s hard to beat Olympus and Leica-branded glass.

5:36 am - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

#24 Michael

Is it possible to lock exposure in movie mode?  This is easy to do when taking pictures, for example, by setting the AF/AE LOCK button (Fn2) to lock only exposure. But this does not seem to have any effect when taking a movie using either P mode or IA+ mode.  Is there a way to lock exposure in movie mode? Thanks, Michael

8:15 pm - Monday, October 14, 2013

#25 Paul C

I looked at this camera today and was quite impressed.  Very fast focusing. Everything is very good…except it seems, the image quality. If the images was better I would have bought it there and then.  Looks like I will wait for the new year to see what is on offer.

9:34 am - Saturday, November 23, 2013

#26 Alec

I thought the review gave an excellent overview of the G6. Perhaps too late as I had already sent off an order to buy!
I have already 4 Lumix cameras including the Gh2 - I just love collecting cameras.
Along with many others you do not mention a feature that I find marvellous - intelligent sensitivity. I call it Panasonic’s best kept secret.
I love the fully articulated screen plus other features of Lumix cameras.

6:13 pm - Tuesday, December 17, 2013

#27 drtombell1

I think the issue here about image quality is almost entirely about image quality above ISO 1600 ….and of cpourse with IS in the lenses you can keep your ISO low … so it is less of a problem.
I bought it with the 14-140 lens for less than the price of the lens … fabulous …and I think that is where it is at its best … once you put a 28-280 lens on an APSC then its a hefty beast

11:58 pm - Wednesday, January 8, 2014

#28 Jack

Does “Manual” really mean manual for the focus? I struggle with my FZ150 on so-called manual focus mode. I often miss good shots of birds in foliage because I am unable to focus on the bird, rather than a branch in front.

3:52 am - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

#29 Tom bell

Just to say there is an easy to use and ecellent manual focus mode on this camera. As you focus on the lens the image on the LCD enlarges makng accurate focusing easy and precise

9:56 pm - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

#30 DonP

Re manual focus, when you select it, you then turn the focus ring on the lens (I have the 14140) and a magnified image appears in the viewfinder. Then you twiddle the ring to achieve focus.

Does that answer your question?

10:14 pm - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

#31 Schon

I haven ‘t bought the DMC-G6K yet, but buried in the instruction manual was a statement that the supplied software won’t work on a MAC.  Does anyone have experience with this?  Is it true?

10:07 pm - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

#32 Kārlis

Hi! Just brought the panasonic G6. Do you know if there is any wireless remote that has record function? The thing is that in my situation the app would be a problem. I would prefer to have a small remote. Thanks

1:12 am - Sunday, April 5, 2015

#33 Saab

Hi PB Team.

You guys doing great job by helping us people understand what cameras can be of great value to them.

I have shortlisted two cameras (i am a first time buyer):
1. Panasonic Lumix G6
2. Sony HX400V

I understand that G6 is more towards DSLR like camera and sony one is a bridge camera but still good 50x zoom.

I am getting both the cameras in the same range G6 (280 pounds) and sony hx400 (300 pounds)

I am a bit inclined towards G6 given that lens are interchangable and i hear that Panasonic has better image quality than Sony hx400.

Still any last minute recommendation is greatly appreciable.


12:55 pm - Monday, June 15, 2015

#34 doug Sinnott

I bought a G6 to replace my Pentax K5,as I found the optical viewfinder not a patch(in my view) to a really good electronic viewfinder.
The ability to check images through the viewfinder,when the image,in daylight,is indistinct and dim on the average DSLR rear LCD,is a great feature.
And you can preview everything before you fire the shutter,unlike the typical DSLR,whose “Live View"is not a patch on these modern CSCs.
Also the G6,plus two lenses,weighs the same as my old K5 body,another big advantage!
The image quality is also comparablearable,at least up to 1600 ISO,and I seldom go any higher,and focussing is almost instantaneous.
All in all,it’s a camera you could carry all day,unlike a typical DSLR outfit,and there comes a time,when the weight of a DSLR kit means you seldom take it out,or take it on holiday,which is where these modern CSCs fill the gap.
I have also been using a Fuji XS1 Superzoom recently,in preference to the Pentax,as the viewfinder is superb,and my new Panasonic G6 should give me even more user friendly features,quicker focussing,and the benefits of a bigger sensor.
Plus it’s a proper system camera,without the fixed lens(although very good)of the XS1.
All the flexibility of a DSLR,and great picture quality,makings photography more enjoyable!

6:15 am - Thursday, July 23, 2015

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