Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens

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Product Highlights

  • 16MP Live MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds Standard
  • 14-42mm Zoom Lens (35mm Equiv: 28-84mm)
  • 3.0" 1,036k-dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 1,440k-dot OLED Live View Finder
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wireless and NFC Connectivity
  • 7 fps Shooting at Full Resolution
  • Light Speed Autofocus System
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Panasonic DMC-G6 overview

  • 1Description

The Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens from Panasonic is a high performance Micro Four Thirds format mirrorless camera with a 16.05MP Live MOS sensor and the Venus Engine image processor. Together they provide high resolution, low-noise images and Full HD 1080p video with fast autofocus and impressive low-light capability. Low-light Autofocus allows you to quickly set focus even in dim light and a wide ISO range extends to 25600 offering sharp imaging in low light. The DMC-G6 is bundled with a the Lumix 14-42mm II f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. lens with a 28-84mm equivalency in the 35mm format and optical image stabilization.

With both a 3.0” Touchscreen Tilt LCD monitor and a bright 1,440k-dot OLED Electronic View Finder you can compose your images in a manner that suits your style or shooting situation. The EVF offers 100% field of view, accurate color reproduction and minimal lag time. The tilt screen LCD offers a large viewing area and the ability to compose your shot from various angles. Its touchscreen capability provides shutter control and touch autofocus and auto exposure simply by tapping the LCD. An eye sensor recognizes that you have placed your eye to the View Finder and switches between EVF and LCD automatically. The sensor provides three sensitivity levels to avoid errant switching.

Full HD 1080p video at 60 fps is provided in both AVCHD format and in MP4 format for playback without conversion. Touch AF is supported in video mode and allows you to adjust focus while recording with just a tap on the LCD. In addition, video can be recorded and cinema-like 24 fps and with P/A/S/M manual control you can create videos with professional flourish.

Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with Near Field Communication (NFC) allows for instant transfer of your images to a computer, smart phone or tablet. NFC lets you connect your smart phone to your camera simply bring them together which significantly simplifies the process and with the free Panasonic Image App you are able to use your device as a remote control and monitor, upload directly to social media sites, playback wirelessly on compliant TV's and sync and store your image in the cloud.

The DMC-G6 provides full manual control and numerous assistive features in its iA (Intelligent Auto) mode and incorporates many creative tools such as Creative Control mode for adding filter effects, Creative Panorama, Stop Motion Animation, Time lapse mode, and Clear Retouch, which allows you to remove unwanted aspects from your photos.

The Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. lens that is included with the G6 is an ideal day-to-day lens with a zoom range equivalent to 24-84mm in the 35mm format. With MEGA Optical Image Stabilization you can shoot blur-free images even in low light situations, and its inner focus system with stepping motor provides smooth, silent and accurate autofocus. An aspherical lens element minimizes aberrations and lens multi-coating reduces the reflections that can cause ghosting and flares.

16.05MP Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine
The combination of 16.05MP sensor and Venus Engine image processor brings with it advanced noise reduction, smooth sharp imaging and detailed reproduction. The advanced Intelligent D-range Control ensures beautiful gradation with wide dynamic range.
OLED Live View Finder
The large, bright 1,440k-dot OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) LVF (Live View Finder) with approximately 100% field of view in 4:3 aspect boasts excellent color reproduction and high contrast for outstanding visibility. The display time lag is minimal and the image output between the LVF and the rear monitor is switched automatically by the eye sensor on the LVF, which features options of sensitivity - high, low and off - to reduce false operation during touching of the rear monitor.
3.0" 1,036k-dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
The LCD monitor on the DMC-G6 is bright, covers 100% field of view and offers saturation, brightness and contrast adjustment. Able to tilt and swivel, the LCD allows you to compose from any angle and adjust for glare. With touchscreen capability, you are able to focus, establish exposure, release the shutter and scroll through menus with simple taps and gestures.
1080p Full HD Video Recording in AVCHD and MP4
The DMC-G6 records smooth, high-resolution Full HD 1920 x 1080 60p videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format. The DMC-G6 also supports 1080/24p native mode with 24 Mbps in AVCHD format bringing impressive afterimage to the footage. Full HD 1080 60p video can also be recorded in MP4 at 28 Mbps, to play it back directly on your computer or other portable electronic device without the need of conversion. A dedicated video button is provided to immediately start shooting video from any mode and still images (at 12MP) can be taken during video recording without interrupting the video.
High Quality Stereo Sound
High quality sound is recorded in Dolby Digital two-channel format including 19-step adjustable audio input levels and a Wind Cut function to block out most of the noise from background wind. In addition to the built-in stereo microphone, the DMC-G6 is equipped with a 3.5mm terminal for an external microphone.
Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC
With NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, you can connect the camera with a smartphone or tablet by just bringing them together. The Wi-Fi setup is extremely easy and finishes within a few seconds, making it possible to pair the camera directly to the device without connection procedure of information input for authorization. With Wi-Fi connectivity you can instantly transfer images to your smartphone the free Panasonic Image App lets you perform multiple wireless tasks, including remote shooting and viewing from your smartphone, direct sharing to social media sites, geotagging, real time broadcasting and Cloud Sync storage of images across compliant devices.
Compatible Lenses
The DMC-G6 is compatible with the full line of Lumix G and Leica DG lenses providing you with a lens to match your shooting needs. From wide-angle primes to telephoto zoom lenses and even the new Lumix G 12.5mm f/12 3D lens, you can tailor your entire kit around the G6 and the Lumix lens system.
Contrast AF System
Contrast Autofocus provides the DMC-G6 with fast and accurate autofocus and offers a variety of AF modes including Pinpoint AF, 1-area AF (Flexible Scale), Multi-area AF (23-area), AF Tracking and Face Detection AF. The AFF (AF Flexible) mode locks on the focus when the shutter button is half-pressed, however, if the subject moves, the focusing is reset to get accurate results. The Focus Peaking Function works in manual- or autofocus modes and displays a blue highlight on the subject in focus.
Low Light Autofocus
The Low Light AF in DMC-G6 sets focus precisely and quickly in low light situations, even without the AF assist lamp. Combined with the Full-area Touch AF, it is possible to set focus on any point in the field of view.
Light Speed AF and Burst Shooting
The DMC-G6 features high-speed Light Speed AF, making it possible to capture fast-moving subjects clearly. It provides high speed burst shooting at 7 fps in 16.05MP full resolution and a maximum of 40 fps using the electronic shutter. Also, AF Tracking enables consecutive shooting to capture moving subjects in sharp focus at 5 fps in one-area focusing mode.
Touch AF and Touch AE
With the Full-area Touch AF, it is possible to set focus on any point in the field of view with a simple tap on the LCD. In video mode, you have rack-style focus that can adjust focus during recording with a sensitive touch. In addition, the newly adopted Touch AE (Auto Exposure) function allows setting focus and exposure at a single touch on the subject displayed on the monitor.
Wide ISO Range and Extended ISO
The combination of the Live MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine achieves ISO 12800 (Auto) and maximum of ISO 25600 in Extended Mode. Images shot in low-lit situations are clear with sharp resolution and minimal noise.
Intelligent Auto Mode and iA Plus Mode
iA (Intelligent Auto) mode allows taking beautiful pictures with a variety of 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 the dish and captures it to look delicious. The iA Plus mode lets you adjust defocusing area in the background, exposure compensation and white balance for more flexible control.
Scene Guide
The Scene Guide offers 23 sample pictures shot by professional photographers. You can choose the one closest to the situation you are going to shoot and optimum camera settings for shooting that scene will be automatically set. Furthermore, shooting procedure, technical advice and recommended interchangeable lens for that scene can be shown to help you learn. The Scene Guides are Clear Portrait, Silky Skin, Backlit Softness, Clear in Backlight, Relaxing Tone, Sweet Child's Face, Distinct Scenery, Bright Blue Sky, Romantic Sunset Glow, Vivid Sunset Glow, Glistening Water, Clear Nightscape, Cool Night Sky, Warm Glowing Nightscape, Artistic Nightscape, Glittering Illuminations, Clear Night Portrait, Soft Image of a Flower, Appetizing Food, Cute Dessert, Freeze Animal Motion, Clear Sports Shot, Monochrome
Manual Exposure Control
The DMC-G6 offers complete manual exposure control in Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority and Full Manual modes.
Sophisticated Design
The handsome, compact design of the DMC-G6 provides a comfortable grip with easy access to control buttons and dials. A newly added function lever allows direct adjustment of selected functions (zoom with power zoom lenses and exposure or aperture control in manual mode), magnification in playback mode and page flip in menu. You can customize a total of seven function buttons by allotting to them a function you use often. In the Custom Mode, a total of four custom setting patterns can be memorized to the camera.
HDR (High Dynamic Range)
With HDR several still images consecutively shot at different exposure levels are overlaid to produce a single well-balanced composite picture without over-exposure or under-exposure.
Built-in Flash
The DMC-G6's built-in flash has a light intensity equivalent to GN 8.3 (ISO 100)/ GN 10.5 (ISO 160), and you can adjust the intensity within a range of ±EV 2 in 1/3 EV steps. It also lets you use 1st curtain sync. flash and 2nd curtain sync. flash to capture nightscapes with a natural flow of light.
Dust Reduction System
Vibrating vertically around 80,000 times per second, a Supersonic Wave Filter repels dust and other particles and protects the image sensor.
Creative Control and Creative Panorama
The Creative Control mode allows you to add creative post-processing effects in-camera and has been upgraded to include 19 filter options including Old Days, Sunshine, Bleach Bypass, Toy Pop and Fantasy mode. Effect parameters of each mode are adjustable. With the new Creative Panorama function, it is possible to shoot a horizontal or vertical panoramic image and adjust it by using 15 filter effects of Creative Control. The Creative Control Filters in Still mode are Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Toy Pop, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Fantasy, Star Filter, One Point Color, Sunshine
Clear Retouch
Clear Retouch makes it possible to erase unwanted objects or figures in an image by just tracing over them on the monitor with your fingertip. They disappear without destroying the image.
Time Lapse Shooting
Time Lapse mode allows you to leave the camera stationary and record subjects such as flowers coming into bloom or an approaching storm cloud. The series of images can be combined in-camera to produce a time lapse video.
Stop Motion Animation
The new Stop Motion Animation function enables producing a stop motion (stop frame) video with pictures that are shot sequentially shot while slightly moving the subjects. This effect makes the object appear as if it is moving by itself.
Playback Modes
Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (Max. 16x), Slideshow (duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal/ Picture/Video/3D Play/Category/Favorite), Location Logging, Clear Retouch, Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Time Lapse Video, Stop Motion Video, Resize, Cropping, Rotate, Favorite, Print Set, Protect, Face Recognition Edit
Languages Supported
English and Spanish
Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 II Asph./MEGA O.I.S. Lens
Included with the DMC-G6 is the Lumix G 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II lens. With a 35mm focal length equivalent of 28-84mm, this lens provides wide-angle to short telephoto coverage and is an ideal lens for everyday shooting. MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) compensates for camera shake and provides clear, blur-free images even in low light and other slow shutter speed situations. With an inner focus system and stepping motor the lens supports continuous focus in both still and video modes and remains smooth and silent during autofocus. One aspherical lens element minimizes aberrations while lens multi-coating minimizes reflections that cause flares and ghosting.
In the Box
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens
  • Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. Lens
  • DMW-BLC12 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (7.2V, 1200mAh) dvtyvqesbczufzwueqezsa
  • Battery Charger
  • Body Cap
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.2 PE Software
  • SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.1 SE Software
  • LoiLoScope (trial version) Software
  • USB Driver Software
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Panasonic DMC-G6 specs

    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 18.31 Megapixel
    Effective: 16.05 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 4608 x 3456
    Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13.0 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
    Movies: MP4, AVCHD
    Audio: AAC+, Dolby Digital 2ch
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type SD
    Image Stabilization None
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC
    Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
    Video Clip Length Up to 75 Minutes
    Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Autofocus
    Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 23
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Pixel Count 1,440,000
    Viewfinder Eye Point 17.5 mm
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.4x
    Diopter Adjustment -4 to +4 m
    Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting Touchscreen LCD (1,036,000)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 160-12800 (High Sensitivity Mode: 25600-)
    Shutter Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 60 - 1/4000 Seconds in Manual Mode
    Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 120 - 1/4000 Seconds in Bulb Mode
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering, Spot Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
    Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 18.0
    Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Cool White, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Kelvin, Neutral White, Shade
    Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 7 fps at 16.01 MP for up to 9 Frames
    Flash Modes Auto
    Auto/Red-Eye Reduction
    Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction
    Forced On
    Slow Sync
    Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Guide No. 27.23'; (8.3 m) ISO100 
    34.45'; (10.5 m) ISO160 
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 160 Second
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Start-up Time 0.5 seconds
    Self Timer 2 Seconds, 10 Seconds
    Custom: 0 - 10 Seconds
    Number of Shots: 0 - 3
    Interval Recording Yes
    Connectivity 1/8" Microphone
    2.5mm Sub-mini (3-Ring)
    AV Output
    HDMI C (Mini)
    USB 2.0
    Wi-Fi Capable Yes
    Battery 1 x DMW-BLC12E Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1200 mAh
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
    32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Humidity: 10 - 80%
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.8 x 3.3 x 2.8" / 12.2 x 8.4 x 7.1 cm excluding protrusions
    Weight 11.99 oz / 339.92 g body only, without battery and card
    Kit Lens
    Focal Length 14 - 42mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 28 - 84 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
    Minimum: f/22
    Angle of View 75° - 29°
    Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" / .2 m
    Magnification 0.16x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6
    Optical Design 9 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Autofocus Yes
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 46 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.20 x 1.93" / 56 x 49 mm
    Weight 3.88 oz / 110 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.4 x 6.2 x 5.3"

    Panasonic DMC-G6 reviews

    Lumix DMC-G6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 47.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Say Enough About This Gem First of all, it's small, plastic, cheap feeling. But that's the reason you can afford it. Inside is another story. VROOOOM! 1080 60p, Focus Peeking.. yeah! And it has a couple (actually useful) extras, like Panoramic and Stop Motion. Throw some good (none kit) glass on this thing and there's not much you can't do! I own a couple GH2 cameras and a GH4. I have absolutely NO problem throwing this thing in the mix and use it all of the time. THIS is the camera body I recommend to all of my friends who are just wanting to dabble in video/photo but aren't terrible serious or want to spend lots of money. It's always in my camera bag.
    Date published: 2014-06-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from As good as it gets I have owned all of the Lumix G series cameras and retain the G3 and G5. I also have an Olympus E-M5. I shoot exclusively in RAW and process in Lightroom. The images from the G6 and the E-M5 using the same lens are equally excellent. The features that make me prefer the G6 are better ergonomics, fully articulated LCD, focus peaking, and more efficient customization. The excellent IBIS of the E-M5 is rarely needed for m4/3 primes. It is most useful with the 60mm Macro. The OIS on the Panasonic 100-300 plus the G6 sensor provided reliably sharp images at f5.6, 1/500, iso 10,000. Hand held, 600 mm equivalent, acceptable noise. I am happy.
    Date published: 2013-11-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Little Beast of a Video Camera I bought the G6 for video, having heard it had very decent performances. And it does. Image quality is very good for the price. Sharp, detailed, decent colors and low light (definitely improved over GH2). Choice of 108060p, mov or avchd, adjustable sound levels with meters if you wish to use an external mic to record very good sound, good lcd and viewfinder is very useful, improved wider hand grip area, wi-fi monitoring and camera control, same batteries as GH2, plus a bunch of other elements making it a great low budget camera with a ton of video features. It shoots decent stills as well!
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Camera for Price, One big drawback So far, I love this camera. I did some side by side comparison shooting with my GH2 and the footage is noticeably better. It is sharper, has better color, especially when using old nikkon glass that tends to be washed out with the gh2, the focus peaking is amazing, and the screen is really nice. There are some drawbacks, though. The biggest is no live feed, hdmi out. That was a dealbreaker as far as trying to sell my gh2 and run with two g6's. The sd card is inside next to the battery, which is inconvenient. There are a lot less dial options as well. Overall, for the price, I don't think there is anything better out there for video.
    Date published: 2014-03-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost Perfect I bought the G6 for video to replace a stolen hacked GH2, and I have not been disappointed. Image quality in general is better than a stock GH2, but does show motion artifacts on a complicated subject such as breaking surf that a GH2 running Flowmotion does not. So far, I have not encountered banding, a significant problem on the GH2. To test dynamic range, I locked in exposure from outdoors, then went inside. In a room lit only by exterior light from windows, I was able to retrieve excellent detail in the shadows in FCPX. I did have one significant issue - occasionally the camera will lock up in playback, requiring a battery restart. The Wifi feature works, but is useful only in specific situations. The focus peaking feature is great in good light, but does not come into play in a dark scene. If you prefer to simply start making great films without spending a lot of time trying different settings, use the Standard profile unmodified and get to work.
    Date published: 2013-07-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good. I've had my G6 about a week now and it has performed nearly flawlessly. I'm using it mainly for video, but do some dabbling in photography as well. The video detail is amazing. The picture is sharp, there's no moire, colors are rich, and the codec allows for decent color correction/grading. The camera is comfortable in my hands, although possibly a bit too small. Coming from canon DSLRs, it really is tiny. I expect this is something I'll get used to though. Also, the camera does feel cheap and plastic compared to DSLRs; not fragile, just...lightweight. Peaking, crop mode, touch autofocusing, all work beautifully. I did have two incidents where the g6 froze on me and i had to pull the battery. At this point though, i believe they were isolated incidents. Still, hopefully panasonic will fix this with an update. Overall, I'm a happy videographer. The G6 holds up to the hype.
    Date published: 2013-08-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for hiking and a great value This is a perfect camera for hiking and backpacking. It's relatively small and very lightweight and the new kit lens is lighter and smaller than its predecessor. I love the ergonomics as compared to my G3. If you're at all familiar with other G series cameras you'll feel right at home with the G6. The Wifi implementation works really well. Autofocus is faster than my G3 and exposure compensation is really quick and easy using the new toggle switch next to the shutter button. Image quality appears on par with, or perhaps just a little bit better than the G3. It may be because I use the Wifi, but battery life is shorter than the G3. For the price I paid, I am very happy with this camera.
    Date published: 2013-12-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from This camera works for me I upgraded from a Lumix - G2. This camera delivers the goods. I primarily shoot with a Panasonic 20mm lens. The camera is compact but not small. Its light enough to carry around all day long without ever noticing it there. It's a perfect camera to take on a vacation or a days walk around the city. So far I'm very happy with low light performance. I put an old Leica 28mm on it and the image looked like you'd expect a Leica lens to perform - sharp with great tonal separation. This wasn't the case on the G2. For the price point this is the Mirrorless camera you should give serious consideration.
    Date published: 2014-01-10
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