Panasonic Lumix GF6 review

Beginner-friendly compact system camera gets an overhaul

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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 GF6 with the Panasonic GX1, Sony NEX-3N and Olympus E-PM2. The GF6 has the widest sensitivity range of all the cameras here.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Panasonic GF6 review

These results show that the Panasonic GF6's JPEG files contain the strongest signal to noise ratios of the group at ISO 160-400. The GF6's JPEGs are overtaken by those from the Sony NEX-3N at ISO 800, though, which show greater signal to noise ratios for the rest of the sensitivity range, except ISO 6400, when the GF6 is slightly stronger. JPEGs from the GF6 show stronger signal to noise ratios than JPEGs from the Olympus E-PM2 at ISO 200-800 and at ISO 3200, but at ISO 1600, 6400, 12800 and 25600 the Olympus's JPEGs are better. The GF6's JPEGs are stronger in their ratios than the Panasonic GX1's at every sensitivity setting but ISO 1600.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Panasonic GF6 review

The Panasonic GF6's TIFF images (after conversion from raw) contain weaker signal to noise ratios than TIFFs from the Panasonic GX1, Sony NEX-3N and Olympus E-PM2 at every sensitivity setting, with the GX1 producing the most similar results.

JPEG dynamic range

Panasonic GF6 review

JPEGs from the Panasonic GF6 contain greater dynamic range than those from the Panasonic GX1 at every sensitivity but ISO 1600, when the two cameras' images score similarly. The GF6's JPEGs show weaker dynamic range than the Olympus E-PM2's at every sensitivity setting, though. The GF6's JPEGs have greater dynamic range than the Sony NEX-3N's JPEGs at ISO 200, 400, 6400 and 12800, but at ISO 800-3200 the Sony's JPEGs have the more impressive dynamic range.

Raw dynamic range

Panasonic GF6 review

This chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Panasonic GF6 contain a smaller dynamic range than TIFFs from the Sony NEX-3N and Olympus E-PM2 at every sensitivity setting. The GF6's TIFFs have slightly greater dynamic range than the Panasonic GX1's at ISO 160 and 12800, but the GX1's images are stronger at the other sensitivities.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Product FamilyLumix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3x, 3x (Lens 1) - 3.3x (Lens 2)
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MP4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)280.1 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Image Sensor Size17.30 mm x 13 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4592 x 3448
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height64.8 mm
Width111.2 mm
Depth38.4 mm
Focal Length14 mm to 42 mm (Lens 1) - 45 mm to 150 mm (Lens 2)
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
Product ModelDMC-GF6
Product NameDMC-GF6 Compact System Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCGF6WEBK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

LUMIX G Micro System Digital Camera GF6 - The New Sleek, Stylish Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera Featuring High Picture Quality and Easy Sharing

The DMC-GF6 integrates new 16.00-megapixel Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine featuring its advanced noise reduction systems. By extending the control level of noise, controllable area of noise is expanded by approx.64x in size and large block of noise is removed. The Multi-process NR works in two separate steps allowing even finer control over noise level. In addition, the limit resolution is enhanced thanks to the precise detail reproduction and advanced Intelligent D-range Control ensures beautiful gradation with wider dynamic range than ever.

The DMC-GF6 boasts quick start-up and high-speed Light Speed AF making it possible to capture fast-moving subjects clearly. Also, AF Tracking enables consecutive shooting to capture moving subject in sharp focus. Combined with the Full-area Touch AF, it is possible to set focus on any point in the field of view which realizes quick and intuitive focusing operation. In addition, the LowLight AF gains higher performance in such as moonlight even without AF assist lamp to set focus on the subject more quickly and more precisely.

The Creative Control with 19 filter effects gives you the expressive power to turn ordinary situations into highly special scenes. The Creative Panorama function lets you apply filter effects to a dynamic vertical/horizontal panoramic image. With the Self Shot mode, you can shoot your own portraits by stretching an arm to hold the camera with the monitor flipped approx.180°vertically. The Clear Retouch makes it is possible to erase unwanted objects or figures in an image by just tracing over them on monitor with a fingertip.

With the Wi-Fi® connectivity with NFC technology, you can connect the camera to your smartphone/tablet anywhere at 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.

Package Contents
  • DMC-GF6 Compact System Camera
  • H-FS1442A Interchangeable Lens
  • H-FS45150 Interchangeable Lens
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Rear Cap
Limited Warranty1 Year