Panasonic G6

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 front
 
Portability
74
Imaging
54
Features
76
Overall
62

Panasonic G6 overview

Panasonic G6 is Panasonic's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera first introduced on April of 2013. It features a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.

Panasonic launched this model as a way to improve the older Panasonic G5 (Read Full Comparison) & subsequently introduced the fresher Panasonic G7 (Read Full Comparison) in order to improve this camera.

The G6 ranks at #48 out of 108 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all round #263 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. Remember to look at our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your customized requirements.

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Panasonic G6 history

The Panasonic G6 has a history of related cameras. Down below, you can check out all older and the latest models along with key features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G100 front thumbnailPanasonic G100
G6 vs G100
20MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G95 front thumbnailPanasonic G95
G6 vs G95
20.3MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2019
Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH5S front thumbnailPanasonic GH5S
G6 vs GH5S
10MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2018
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G9 front thumbnailPanasonic G9
G6 vs G9
20MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX850 front thumbnailPanasonic GX850
G6 vs GX850
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH5 front thumbnailPanasonic GH5
G6 vs GH5
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2017
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G85 front thumbnailPanasonic G85
G6 vs G85
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF8 front thumbnailPanasonic GF8
G6 vs GF8
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G7 front thumbnailPanasonic G7
G6 vs G7
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF7 front thumbnailPanasonic GF7
G6 vs GF7
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM5 front thumbnailPanasonic GM5
G6 vs GM5
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH4 front thumbnailPanasonic GH4
G6 vs GH4
16MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM1 front thumbnailPanasonic GM1
G6 vs GM1
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G6 front thumbnailPanasonic G616MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF6 front thumbnailPanasonic GF6
G6 vs GF6
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH3 front thumbnailPanasonic GH3
G6 vs GH3
16MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G5 front thumbnailPanasonic G5
G6 vs G5
16MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF5 front thumbnailPanasonic GF5
G6 vs GF5
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX1 front thumbnailPanasonic GX1
G6 vs GX1
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF3 front thumbnailPanasonic GF3
G6 vs GF3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G3 front thumbnailPanasonic G3
G6 vs G3
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH2 front thumbnailPanasonic GH2
G6 vs GH2
16MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF2 front thumbnailPanasonic GF2
G6 vs GF2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G10 front thumbnailPanasonic G10
G6 vs G10
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G2 front thumbnailPanasonic G2
G6 vs G2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF1 front thumbnailPanasonic GF1
G6 vs GF1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH1 front thumbnailPanasonic GH1
G6 vs GH1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G1 front thumbnailPanasonic G1
G6 vs G1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

Panasonic G6 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of pluses and minuses of the Panasonic G6 based on aspects that are usually viewed as essential in a digital camera.

above average ISO range (25,600)
built-in flash
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
comes with face detection focusing
comes with touch focus
comes with tracking autofocus
decent MP (16 megapixels)
does have external microphone socket
does have HDMI socket
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
has touchscreen
NFC support
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
saves RAW formats
screen articulates fully
selfie friendly display
very good screen resolution (1,036 k dots)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
you can focus manually
lack of headphone socket
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect AF
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than others (390 grams)
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Panasonic G6 Sensor specifications

The sensor spec on the Panasonic G6 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and includes a standard ISO range of 160 to 25600. RAW files are supported therefore you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture below illustrates the G6's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The G6 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is displayed in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic G6 dimensions

Panasonic G6 has a weight of 0.86 pounds (390 gr or 13.76 ounces) & has external size of 122mm x 85mm x 71mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 2.8"). The weight of normal Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 323 gr and the Panasonic G6 is weightier in comparison with its rivals.

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Listed below is a visual of the Panasonic G6 next to a soft drink to help you get a feel for its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 dimensions scale

The top view below will highlight the button design on the G6.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 topview buttons dials

Panasonic G6 Lens specifications

The G6 uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 151 lenses available in the market. Below is some of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the G6.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Lensbaby-Velvet-56-Micro-Four-Thirds lensLensbaby Velvet 5656mmf/1.6 400g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-45-200mm-F4-5.6-II-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm F4-5.6 II Power OIS45-200mmf/4-5.6 370g
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Samyang-16mm-f2.0-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 16mm f2.0 ED AS UMC CS16mmf/2.0 583g
Samyang-12mm-f2.0-NCS-CS-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 12mm f2.0 NCS CS12mmf/2.0 260g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-18-180mm-f3.5-6.3 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 18-180mm f3.5-6.318-180mmf/3.5-6.3 435g
Panasonic-Leica-DG-Vario-Elmar-100-400mm-F4.0-6.3-ASPH-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH Power OIS100-400mmf/4.0-6.3 985g
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Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-12-60mm-F3.5-5.6-ASPH-Power-OIS-Micro-Four-Thirds lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS12-60mmf/3.5-5.6 210g
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Panasonic G6 Connectivity

The G6 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send images and sometimes adjust settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

A few applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external monitor. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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Panasonic G6 Video specifications

The maximum video resolution on the Panasonic G6 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p resolution gives a great balance in video quality vs file sizes but FULL HD won't leave you with any room to downsample. While the camera has a microphone port, it is lacking a headphone port which means you will not have the option to check your sound levels.

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Panasonic G6 Weather Sealing

Panasonic G6 doesn't include weather proofing so wet conditions might ruin the camera.

Panasonic G6 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic G6 features a 3" fully articulated screen supporting a resolution of 1,036k dots.

The screen is selfie friendly for self portraits as well as group shots if needed. Additionally the screen is touch friendly which means you are able to shift focus point plus change settings by using your fingertips.

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The View Finder details for Panasonic G6 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 1,440k dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.7x

For bright outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders can be particularly helpful.

Panasonic G6 Shutter specifications

Panasonic G6 has the ability to shoot continuously at 7.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Panasonic G6 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Panasonic G6 has both built-in flash along with external flash ability. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/160 sec.

Panasonic G6 Autofocusing specifications

Panasonic G6 has just Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster and accurate in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera features Face detection which can be valuable for portrait photography.

The Sensor features 23 focus points to pick from. Panasonic G6 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers to change where you focus. It also has Tracking Autofocus for moving objects. Panasonic G6 supports manual focusing when needed in low light scenarios or you want to have more exact focusing control.

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Panasonic G6 Battery life

The battery on the Panasonic G6 is fashioned to last for 340 clicks with respect to the CIPA standards making it about the same as it's competitors. The general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 337. Samsung NX mini has the highest possible (650) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Following is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras with the best battery life:

Panasonic G6 for various kinds of photography

The following chart indicates a analysis of the Panasonic G6 for various kinds of photography. To look at more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Panasonic G6 as a Portrait photography camera

The Panasonic G6 has a rating of 72 which is nice, and means the camera is a good option to use for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor size, RAW support along with the ability to utilize external flash.

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has manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
features face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats

Panasonic G6 Street photography factors

With a above average rating of 69, the Panasonic G6 is a very decent choice for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen articulates fully
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
boasts focus by touch
very good ISO range (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
heavier than competitors (390g)

Panasonic G6 Sports photography factors

A modest sports photography rating of 57 suggests the Panasonic G6 is somewhat acceptable for photographing sports. A camera must have excellent autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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good megapixels (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
does not have image stabilization
does not have phase detect autofocus

Panasonic G6 Travel photography info

Portability is super critical in choosing a travel camera. All things considered, the Panasonic G6 gets a above average 67 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent fit to take with you on your travels.

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boasts touch focus
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition in class (390 grams)

Landscape photography with Panasonic G6

When you're looking to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic G6 and it's above average score of 67 for a landscape camera is a good fit among it's competition.

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focusing manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
lack of image stabilization
no Timelapse function

Panasonic G6 Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera really should have a moving screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Panasonic G6 is a fine pick for vlogging as it receives a nice rating of 68.

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selfie friendly screen
touchscreen
provides face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with external microphone port
no image stabilization
more heavy than competitors (390 grams)

Panasonic G6 Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the G6, here is a list of the highest placed cameras that fall into the family of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The chart listed below shows you a bird's eye view of the G6 compared to it's highest ranking competitors shown previously.

There are a bunch of cameras you may view as alternate options. To browse through a full comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Panasonic
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6
Category
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced
2013-04-24
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor measurements
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
224.9mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
25600
Minimum native ISO
160
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
23
Lens
Lens support
Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses
107
Crop factor
2.1
Screen
Type of screen
Fully Articulated
Screen size
3 inch
Screen resolution
1,036k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech
TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
1,440k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
0.7x
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
61
DXO Color Depth rating
21.3
DXO Dynamic range rating
11.5
DXO Low light rating
639
Features
Slowest shutter speed
60 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
7.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
10.50 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
Video format
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
390 grams (0.86 lb)
Physical dimensions
122 x 85 x 71mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 2.8")
Other
Battery life
340 photographs
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
One
Pricing at launch
$750