Panasonic has officially announced the Lumix DMC-GF6 mirrorless camera, the first interchangeable lens shooter with support for Near Field Communications.
Panasonic has not tried to keep this camera hidden from public view. It has been leaked before, along with its specs, release date, and price details among others. Although not all of them turned out to be true, Micro Four Thirds fans already formed an opinion about the shooter.
Panasonic GF goes live with 16-megapixel sensor and 3-inch tilting touchscreen
Panasonic GF6 is the replacement for the Lumix GF5. The compact system camera features a 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor borrowed from the Lumix GX1, while the Venus engine is a welcomed addition, which brings improved noise reduction technology and signal processing.
The Micro Four Thirds camera also features Light Speed AF technology, allowing photographers to track subjects in video mode. Low-light AF tracking system is also available, giving users the possibility of taking high-quality photos and videos in dark environments.
Up to 19 filters are available to photographers, including Self Shot, Stop Motion Animation, Creative Control, and Creative Panorama. Speaking of self-portraits, the Lumix GF6 comes packed with a 3-inch 1,040K-dot capacitive LCD touchscreen, which can be tilted with 180 degrees, meaning that it is very helpful when taking self shots.
The first interchangeable lens camera with an NFC chipset in the world
WiFi is becoming more present in nowadays cameras and the Panasonic GF6 has not missed this opportunity. Users can connect their mirrorless camera to smartphones and tablets, in order to upload or backup their photos on mobile devices.
Additionally, the Lumix GF6 can be remotely controlled with the help of a compatible smartphone or tablet.
Perhaps the most memorable feature of the camera is its NFC chipset. The camera is the first interchangeable lens system to come packed with NFC technology. As a result, photographers can share content on compatible devices only by touching them.
Lumix GF6 can record full HD videos and 4.2fps in continuous mode
Full HD video recording is present, too, in various forms. Cinematographers can record 1080i videos at 60 frames per second, respectively 1080p films at 30fps. The usual P, A, S, and M modes are available when capturing both stills and motion pictures.
The camera features an ISO sensitivity range between 160 and 12,800, which can be easily boosted to 25,600 using built-in settings. It is worth mentioning that the Lumix GF6 can capture RAW photos and that it employs an autofocus assist light.
The shutter speed range stands between 60 and 1/4000 seconds, while a continuous 4.2fps shooting mode can capture a multitude of shots in just a few seconds. It supports the usual storage cards, such as SD, SDHC, and SDXC, and a HDMI port.
Panasonic GF6 does not have a viewfinder, but it offers a live view mode, allowing photographers to frame their shot properly.
Availability information still scarce
The Panasonic GF6 release date and price are not mentioned in the press release, but if it were to trust yesterday’s rumors, the camera will be released on April 24 for £449.
However, the Japanese company has officially confirmed that photographers will get to choose from four colors, such as Black, Brown, Red, and White.
The Micro Four Thirds system will be offered in a bundle package with a brand new 14-42mm lens, though, as stated above, the world is still waiting for Panasonic to reveal the camera’s release date.
Last, but not least, another important features consist of the new mode dial and zoom lever, which are surrounding the shutter button.