Panasonic Lumix GF6 Review

June 27, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |


The new Panasonic Lumix GF6 is an excellent compact system camera that offers more features and performs much better than its entry-level price-tag might first suggest. Now additionally offering built in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, a clever 180 degree tilting touch screen, welcome re-inclusion of the shooting mode dial, creative movie mode, sweep panoramas, stop motion movies, not to mention a brand new sensor with an expanded ISO range, the GF6 represents a big step forward for the GF-range and one that will appeal to beginners and enthusiasts alike.

Slightly bigger and heavier than its predecessor, the GF6 may no longer be the smallest compact system camera on the block, but it is one of the most well-appointed for the money. The GF6 may still lack a flash hot shoe, accessory port, viewfinder and dedicated ISO button, but we'd bet that most prospective GF6 owners won't miss those features, especially if they stick to the kit lenses and don't venture into longer focal length territory.

This latest generation of Lumix G takes things a stage further than its predecessor in terms of still image quality, with a usable ISO range of 160-1600 and good results even at 3200, despite a substantial increase in the megapixel count. The GF6 still can't quite rival a decent DSLR or CSC camera with an APS-C sized sensor in low-light, but the gap has definitely narrowed, so much so that unless you routinely shoot in more testing conditions you'll hardly notice the difference.

All in all the Panasonic Lumix GF6 is a surprisingly capable camera that will more than satisfy a lot of people's needs, including both casual snappers and more serious photographers alike. You'd be hard-pushed to find such a well-rounded, well-connected, and, well, great performing camera without spending quite a lot more, making the new Panasonic Lumix GF6 richly deserving of our coveted Highly Recommended award.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 4.5