With the Looks of a small DSLR and many helpful features, is this the perfect beginner’s camera?
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6 looks, on paper, like a feature-packed camera that’s perfect for the aspiring amateur, and it certainly lived up to our expectations.
The 16.05MP sensor might not be winning the megapixel race, and its Micro Four Thirds size is smaller than the APS-C sensors found in the likes of Samsung’s NX300, but its feature set makes up for that. While the smaller sensor may mean a small drop in image quality, this does mean it’s compatible with other MFT lenses.
In terms of design, the G6’s 1440K-dot touch screen is on an articulated joint, meaning it can fold out for difficult angles. It’s responsive and you can touch to shoot and focus. Unlike a lot of CSCs, it also comes with a built-in flash and electronic viewfinder that is bright and clear, and allows you to see the effect that changes to settings have on the image. It has a matte plastic finish with a rubberised grip that feels of a high quality. The large moulded grip on the front allows for a firm purchase, and there are buttons for often-used options.
It’s a camera stacked with plenty of manual options for those wanting more control, as well as auto modes for beginners. These include 23 scene modes and
Intelligent Auto mode, which determines the scene for you. It also works out whether to turn on Face Detection, Image Stabilisation and more. There’s Time Lapse for taking shots at intervals, Multi Exposure for combining exposures in one shot, a silent electronic shutter for quieter shooting and 1080p HD Video mode that lets you control aperture and shutter speed. There are 19 effects that you can add (to panoramas and RAW files as well) and it comes with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC (see boxout).
The G6 doesn’t let us down in terms of image quality either. The camera was quick to focus, with accurate results. Shots were noise-free up to ISO 800, with only a small amount appearing at 1600, so it’s great for low light. Colours were bright and details were rich. If you’re looking for a compact model that doesn’t skimp on options, this is a fantastic choice whatever your level.