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Our Score

9/10

User Score

Review Price £550.00

Panasonic Lumix G6 – Image Quality

One of the new features to debut on the Panasonic Lumix G6 is a 1,728-zone metering system, and the good news is that this copes admirably in a range of different lighting conditions. If it does err at any stage then the results are slightly underexposed, although this is easy enough remedied. There’s HDR and an Intelligent D-Range setting for taking wide dynamic range shots, both of which work well.

Panasonic Lumix G6
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The G6's auto white balance also performs well in a range of different lighting conditions and sources, although on occasion it does produce slightly cooler images than required.

The new 16MP Live MOS sensor is capable of capturing an impressive level of detail; enough to produce an A3 print at 240ppi with ease. Although the resolution isn't quite as good as its DSLR rivals, it's impressive when you consider the smaller physical size of the sensor.

This smaller physical sensor also handles noise well at lower ISO settings. Results between ISO 160 and 1600 results are more than a match for comparative DSLRs. Above this setting results do begin to suffer from aggressive noise reduction, although shooting in Raw and then processing yourself will go some way to avoiding this.

Panasonic Lumix G6 ISO 800
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Verdict

The Panasonic Lumix G6 is a feature-packed camera that more than keeps up with the competition. When you consider that it’s priced against impressive DSLR rivals such as the Canon EOS 100D and Nikon D5200, that’s no small achievement.

The addition of Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, along with an impressive touchscreen and a host of body controls, all make the G6 a great camera to use. One of the only real disappointing areas is the model’s plastic finish – a step back from the Panasonic Lumix G5.

Throw in some strong image quality performance and its compact proportions, as well as a selection of compatible lenses that continues to grow, and it’s safe to say that the Lumix G6 is one of the best CSCs on the market.

Scores In Detail

Build Quality
7/10
Design & Features
10/10
Image Quality
8/10
Value
8/10

Our Score

9/10

User Score

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