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Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic GF6

Portability
67
Imaging
37
Features
62
Overall
47
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 front
Portability
87
Imaging
53
Features
64
Overall
57

Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic GF6 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ100
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 540g - 124 x 82 x 92mm
  • Introduced July 2010
  • Successor is Panasonic FZ200
Panasonic GF6
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800 (Raise to 25600)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 323g - 111 x 65 x 38mm
  • Released April 2013
  • Previous Model is Panasonic GF5
  • Later Model is Panasonic GF7
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Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic GF6 Overview

Let's look more in depth at the Panasonic FZ100 and Panasonic GF6, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and both are created by Panasonic. The resolution of the FZ100 (14MP) and the GF6 (16MP) is fairly close but the FZ100 (1/2.3") and GF6 (Four Thirds) have different sensor size.

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The FZ100 was revealed 3 years earlier than the GF6 which is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic FZ100 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic GF6 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving right into a detailed comparison, here is a brief synopsis of how the FZ100 matches up against the GF6 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ100 over the Panasonic GF6

 FZ100 GF6 
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic GF6 over the Panasonic FZ100

 GF6 FZ100 
ReleasedApril 2013July 2010Newer by 33 months
Display resolution1040k460kCrisper display (+580k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FZ100 and Panasonic GF6

 FZ100 GF6 
Manually focus Very exact focus
Display size3"3"Same display size

Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic GF6 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to travel with your camera, you should consider its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FZ100 has got external measurements of 124mm x 82mm x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6") and a weight of 540 grams (1.19 lbs) whilst the Panasonic GF6 has dimensions of 111mm x 65mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 323 grams (0.71 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic FZ100 and Panasonic GF6 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are using during that time. Here is a front view proportions comparison of the FZ100 compared to the GF6.

Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic GF6 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the FZ100 and GF6 is 67 and 87 respectively.

Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic GF6 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic GF6 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be difficult to picture the gap in sensor dimensions merely by researching specifications. The image underneath will give you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the FZ100 and GF6.

To sum up, the 2 cameras feature different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The FZ100 having a smaller sensor is going to make shooting shallow depth of field tougher and the Panasonic GF6 will render extra detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop images way more aggressively. The more aged FZ100 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic GF6 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic GF6 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic GF6 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ100 Portrait photography info
Panasonic GF6 Portrait photography info
54
has manual focus
good MP (14 megapixels)
features face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
65
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
external flash not possible
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FZ100
Street photography with Panasonic GF6
58
screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
heavier than others in class (540g)
77
screen tilts up and down
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
has touch to focus
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ100 Sports photography advice
Panasonic GF6 Sports photography advice
51
great zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
51
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ100 Travel photography factors
Panasonic GF6 Travel photography factors
59
good MP (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
relatively wide (25mm)
long reach (600mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
heavier than others in class (540g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
69
has touch to focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
flash built-in
missing Time Lapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FZ100
Landscape photography with Panasonic GF6
51
has manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14 megapixels)
saves RAW formats
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
missing Time Lapse mode
67
you can focus manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ100 Vlogging features
Panasonic GF6 Vlogging features
64
relatively wide (25mm)
selfie friendly screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have external mic socket
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than others in class (540 grams)
32
touch screen
provides face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
missing mic jack
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Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic GF6 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ100 and Panasonic GF6
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2010-07-21 2013-04-08
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine FHD Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4320 x 3240 4592 x 3448
Maximum native ISO 6400 12800
Maximum boosted ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 160
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) -
Max aperture f/2.8-5.2 -
Macro focusing range 1cm -
Total lenses - 107
Focal length multiplier 5.9 2.1
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology - TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 11.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 9.50 m 6.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/160 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60i PsF/30p in NTSC models, 50i PsF/25p on PAL), 1280 x 720p (60i PsF/30p in NTSC models, 50i PsF/25p on PAL), 640 x 480 (30/25fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 540 gr (1.19 lb) 323 gr (0.71 lb)
Physical dimensions 124 x 82 x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6") 111 x 65 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 54
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 20.7
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 10.6
DXO Low light rating not tested 622
Other
Battery life - 340 photos
Battery format - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
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