Digital Cameras Guide
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Image Performance, Conclusion
The Lumix GF6 benefits from Panasonic's fast and accurate auto-focus system, even in low-light with the help of the AF lamp. Even if the camera doesn't lock onto the right subject for whatever reason, all you need to do is tap on the screen to set focus. Colors are vivid and pleasant, and the camera shoots up to ISO 3200 while keeping image noise to a minimum. Even at ISO 6400, while there is noticeable loss of detail, the appearance of noise is kept impressively low. The camera scores approximately 2200 LPH (horizontal and vertical) on our resolution chart which is a good amount of detail.
The Panasonic Lumix GF6 is a capable little shooter with smooth handling for both beginners and enthusiasts. For the enthusiasts, the Function Lever and the rear scroll wheel work as twin control dials, while the beginner can just tap the iA (Intelligent Auto) button and let the camera take care of everything. The integration between the touch-screen and physical controls make the camera easy to use, and the tilting monitor opens up more shooting angles, including easy self portraits with its ability to tilt nearly 180°.
The quick and accurate auto-focus makes it easy to get the right subjects in focus, and the resulting images look great in both bright and low-light. You can then share images with smartphones and tablets using the built-in Wi-Fi and the Panasonic Lumix app. While the app could be better designed, it works, and you can grab images shot from the camera and quickly share it with your friends.
If there's any quibble with the camera, it's that the body feels plasticky, but then again, at S$749 the GF6 is not built to be a premium camera. And that the Lumix G X 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 power-zoom isn't offered as a kit lens option with the GF6. While we had our reservations with the lens, it does help to streamline the entire shooting package. Nevertheless, we feel it's quite a steal to get a large-sensor interchangeable lens camera at S$749 with built-in Wi-Fi, a touch-screen and that fantastic AF speed and image quality.
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