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Panasonic G6 review

Same sensor as the G5, but more responsive

Our Verdict

For

  • Viewfinder
  • Fully articulating screen
  • Extensive touchscreen controls
  • Can shoot raw files with filters

Against

  • Old 16MP sensor
  • Can't use Creative Control options in advanced exposure modes

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Panasonic G6 with the Sony NEX-6, Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and Panasonic G5. The Panasonic G6 has the greatest sensitivity range of all the cameras here.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Panasonic G6 review

These results show that the Panasonic G6's JPEG files show a weaker signal to noise ratio than those from the Panasonic G5 at the bottom and top ends of the sensitivity scale, but are stronger at ISO 400 and 800. At ISO 1600 and 3200 their scores are extremely similar. JPEGs from the G6 contain slightly greater signal to noise ratios than those from the Sony NEX-6 at ISO 200, then similar levels at ISO 400 and 800, before falling behind at ISO 1600 and above. Similarly, the G6's JPEGs beat the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5's for signal to noise ratio at ISO 200-800, but fall behind at ISO 1600 and above.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Panasonic G6 review

Scores for signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) are much easier to follow, with TIFFs from the Panasonic G6 showing every so slightly weaker signal to noise ratios than those from the Panasonic G5 at every sensitivity setting, and significantly weaker ratios than those from the Sony NEX-6 and Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 at every sensitivity setting.

JPEG dynamic range

Panasonic G6 review

As we can see from this chart, the Panasonic G6's JPEGs contain more dynamic range than the Panasonic G5's at every sensitivity but ISO 1600 and 3200. The G6's JPEGs also show greater dynamic range than those from the Sony NEX-6 at ISO 200 and 800, but they're weaker at other sensitivities, while JPEGs from the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 outperform the G6's JPEGs at every sensitivity setting.

Raw dynamic range

Panasonic G6 review

Looking similar to the other TIFF results, this chart indicates that the Panasonic G6's TIFF images (after conversion from raw) contain similar levels of dynamic range to those from the Panasonic G5, at every sensitivity setting, and are well and truly beaten by the TIFFs from the Sony NEX-6 and Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 at every sensitivity.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix
ColourBlack
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesNoise Reduction, Continuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, Live View, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, AVCHD, MP4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)340 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeLive MOS
Total Camera Resolution18.3 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I)
Height84.6 mm
Width122.5 mm
Depth71.4 mm
Autofocus Points23
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, MPO
Audio FormatsAAC
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain Sync, Rear Curtain Sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-G6
Product NameDMC-G6 Compact System Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCG6EBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

LUMIX G Micro System Digital Camera G6 - Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera Featuring High Picture Quality, High Speed Response and Easy Sharing

The DMC-G6 integrates 16.05-megapixel Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine featuring its advanced noise reduction systems. The controllable noise area is expanded by approx.64x in size and large block noise is removed. The Multi-process NR works in two separate steps allowing finer control over noise level. The limit resolution is enhanced with detail reproduction, and advanced Intelligent D-range Control ensures beautiful gradation with wider dynamic range. The Low Light AF gains higher performance in such as moonlight even without AF assist lamp.

The fast, accurate Light Speed AF makes it possible to capture fast-moving subjects clearly. The camera and the lens exchange the digital signal at max. 240 fps to minimize the time to focus. The DMC-G6 realizes the high speed burst shooting at 7 fps in 16.05-megapixel full resolution. Also, AF Tracking enables consecutive shooting to capture moving subject at 5 fps. he 1440K-dot equivalent OLED LVF retains the outstanding viewability. It can be used with monitor at the same time as the Touch Pad function.

The DMC-G6 can record full HD 1,920 x 1,080 videos with stunning smoothness at 50p (50Hz) in AVCHD Progressive and MP4 format, or 24p in AVCHD format according to your intended use. In addition to the built-in stereo microphone featuring Dolby® Digital, the DMC-G6 is equipped with 3.5mm terminals for external microphone to comply with serious sound recording. Also, the audio input level can be adjusted in 19 steps. The P/A/S/M mode will faithfully reflect your shooting intent, and give you a wide range of video images.

With the Wi-Fi® connectivity with NFC technology, you can connect the camera to your smartphone/tablet anywhere with one-touch, which makes sharing images much easier. It is also possible to use a smartphone/tablet as a multi-capable remote shutter with a monitor. With the Instant Transfer function, photos are automatically sent to the smartphone/tablet right after shooting. On the other hand, both photo and video can be archived to the registered digital equipment such as PC automatically via the wireless access point (router) at home.

Battery Life340 Shot
Package Contents
  • DMC-G6 Compact System Camera
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Rear Cap
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Body Cap
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
Display Resolution1036000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker