Panasonic GF6

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 front
 
Portability
87
Imaging
54
Features
64
Overall
58

Panasonic GF6 overview

Panasonic GF6 is Panasonic's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera initially released on April of 2013. It comes with a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a peak resolution of 4592 x 3448.

Panasonic brought out this camera in an effort to upgrade the older Panasonic GF5 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently launched the updated Panasonic GF7 (Read Full Comparison) to upgrade this model.

The GF6 is scored #63 out of 108 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and all around #310 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. You can test our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your personalized requirements.

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The following is a graph of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic GF6 family

The Panasonic GF6 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the detailed list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G100 front thumbnailPanasonic G100
GF6 vs G100
20MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GX9 front thumbnailPanasonic GX9
GF6 vs GX9
20MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX850 front thumbnailPanasonic GX850
GF6 vs GX850
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX85 front thumbnailPanasonic GX85
GF6 vs GX85
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF8 front thumbnailPanasonic GF8
GF6 vs GF8
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX8 front thumbnailPanasonic GX8
GF6 vs GX8
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF7 front thumbnailPanasonic GF7
GF6 vs GF7
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM5 front thumbnailPanasonic GM5
GF6 vs GM5
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM1 front thumbnailPanasonic GM1
GF6 vs GM1
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX7 front thumbnailPanasonic GX7
GF6 vs GX7
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G6 front thumbnailPanasonic G6
GF6 vs G6
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF6 front thumbnailPanasonic GF616MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G5 front thumbnailPanasonic G5
GF6 vs G5
16MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF5 front thumbnailPanasonic GF5
GF6 vs GF5
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX1 front thumbnailPanasonic GX1
GF6 vs GX1
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF3 front thumbnailPanasonic GF3
GF6 vs GF3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G3 front thumbnailPanasonic G3
GF6 vs G3
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF2 front thumbnailPanasonic GF2
GF6 vs GF2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G10 front thumbnailPanasonic G10
GF6 vs G10
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G2 front thumbnailPanasonic G2
GF6 vs G2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF1 front thumbnailPanasonic GF1
GF6 vs GF1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G1 front thumbnailPanasonic G1
GF6 vs G1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

Panasonic GF6 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of upsides and downsides of the Panasonic GF6 based on criterias which are normally seen as important in a camera.

boasts focus via touch
exports RAW files
flash built-in
focusing manually
good megapixels (16MP)
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes face detection focus
includes HDMI support
includes tracking autofocus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
NFC connectivity
nice screen size (3 inch)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
screen has good resolution (1,040 k dot)
screen tilts
touchscreen enabled
cannot use external flash
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
does not have phase detect auto focus
low frames per second (4.0 frames per second)
no external microphone jack
no headphone jack
no Timelapse function
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Panasonic GF6 Sensor features

The Panasonic GF6 is run by the Venus Engine FHD processor. The measurement of the sensor in the Panasonic GF6 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4592 x 3448 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 16MP and gives a native ISO range of 160 - 12800. The ISO can also be expanded electronically to a maximum of 25600. RAW format is supported therefore the user has more margin for error.

The picture underneath illustrates the GF6's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The GF6 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is showcased in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic GF6 dimensions

Panasonic GF6 weighs around 0.71 pounds (323 grams or 11.39 oz) and the overall size of the camera is 111mm x 65mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.5"). The weight of general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 323 grams so the Panasonic GF6 is very similar compared with various competitors.

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Down below is a shot of the Panasonic GF6 beside a soft drink so you can have a sense of its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button arrangement on the GF6.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 topview buttons dials

Panasonic GF6 Lens features

The GF6 works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 151 lenses currently available. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the GF6.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-45-150mm-F4-5.6-ASPH-Mega-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm F4-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS45-150mmf/4.0-5.6 200g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-100-300mm-F4-5.6-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS100-300mmf/4.0-5.6 520g
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Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-14-42mm-F3.5-5.6-ASPH-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS14-42mmf/3.5-5.6 165g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-45mm-F1.2-Pro lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 Pro45mmf/1.2410g
Panasonic-Leica-DG-Macro-Elmarit-45mm-F2.8-ASPH-OIS lensPanasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS45mmf/2.8 225g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-35mm-f3.5-Macro lensOlympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f3.5 Macro35mmf/3.5 165g
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Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-100-300mm-F4-5.6-II-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 II Power OIS100-300mmf/4-5.6 520g
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Panasonic GF6 Connectivity

The GF6 has the following connectivity:

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

Cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to send pictures and oftentimes adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

A few apps also give a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. A good number of cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.

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Panasonic GF6 Video features

The highest video resolution in the Panasonic GF6 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance in quality and file size but FULL HD isn't going to leave you with much room to downsample. The body doesn't include a mic and / or headphone port which means that you have got zero control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to take a look at an alternative model if you want better audio in your video clips.

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Panasonic GF6 Weather Sealing

Panasonic GF6 doesn't have weather sealing so damp conditions may damage the camera.

Panasonic GF6 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic GF6 comes with a 3" tilting display with a resolution of 1,040k dots.

Moreover the display is touch friendly which means you will be able to shift focus points and adjust settings with your fingertips.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Panasonic GF6 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and hard to view, viewfinders can be particularly valuable.

Panasonic GF6 Shutter features

Panasonic GF6 is able to shoot continuously at 4.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Panasonic GF6 Flash and Hot shoe features

Panasonic GF6 has got just inbuilt flash with no external flash ability. The max flash sync is 1/160 seconds.

Panasonic GF6 Autofocusing features

Panasonic GF6 has got only Contrast Detect Auto Focus and is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and precise than Contrast Detect focusing. The camera comes with Face detect which is helpful for portrait photography.

Panasonic GF6 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to adjust where you focus. It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for things on the move. Panasonic GF6 can use manual focus if required in low light or you require more accurate focus control.

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Panasonic GF6 Battery life

The battery power in the Panasonic GF6 is made to last for 340 pictures as per the CIPA standards making it similar to its competitors. The typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 337. Samsung NX mini comes with the highest (650) battery life in this type of cameras.

Here is a collection of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras having the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Panasonic GF6 for various styles of photography

The following chart gives a summation of the Panasonic GF6 for various styles of photography. To see more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Panasonic GF6 as a Portrait photography camera

The Panasonic GF6 receives a score of 65 which is above average, and means the camera is a respectable option to use for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos along with the potential to use off-camera flash.

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focusing manually
good megapixels (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detection focus
supports RAW files
no external flash support

Street photography with Panasonic GF6

Having a superb points tally of 77, the Panasonic GF6 is a terrific option to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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screen tilts up and down
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
has touch to focus
does not have image stabilization

Panasonic GF6 as a Sports photography camera

A moderate sports photography score of 52 means the Panasonic GF6 is relatively acceptable for shooting sports. A camera must have excellent autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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good resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports tracking focus
max frames per second very slow (4.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect autofocus

Panasonic GF6 Travel photography information

Size is extremely critical when picking a travel camera. Overall, the Panasonic GF6 gets a above average 69 as a travel camera which is a fine option to take with you on your trips.

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includes focus by touch
good resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse function
does not feature selfie friendly display

Panasonic GF6 Landscape photography highlights

For those who are planning to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic GF6 and it's nice rating of 67 as a landscape camera is a very decent option in the current market.

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has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
missing Timelapse recording

Panasonic GF6 Vlogging features

A camera for vlogging ought to come with a moving display screen, mic port and if possible IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Panasonic GF6 is not very good as a vlog camera as it comes to a horrible rating of 32.

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touchscreen enabled
includes face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
lack of microphone jack

Panasonic GF6 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the GF6, here is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall under the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The chart just below will give you an overview of the GF6 vs it's highest scored rivals mentioned above.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may consider as alternate options. To check out a extensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Panasonic
Model
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6
Class
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed
2013-04-08
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Chip
Venus Engine FHD
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor measurements
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area
224.9mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4592 x 3448
RAW support
Max native ISO
12800
Max boosted ISO
25600
Minimum native ISO
160
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross focus points
0
Lens
Lens mounting type
Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses
107
Focal length multiplier
2.1
Screen
Range of display
Tilting
Display sizing
3 inch
Resolution of display
1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech
TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO All around score
54
DXO Color Depth score
20.7
DXO Dynamic range score
10.6
DXO Low light score
622
Features
Lowest shutter speed
60 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
6.30 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync
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 (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)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video file format
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
323 gr (0.71 pounds)
Physical dimensions
111 x 65 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.5")
Other
Battery life
340 images
Battery format
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
Single
Cost at launch
$326