The GF6 has so far proved that it’s a capable entry-level CSC, and its image quality doesn’t disappoint much, either.
The metering system is pleasingly reliable, delivering accurate exposures in a range of situations. There is a slight tendency to overexpose by around half a stop in particularly bright scenes, but in very challenging situations – such as low light conditions – results were unerringly accurate. The auto white balance system delivers accurate results across a range of different and mixed lighting conditions, too.
The new Venus Engine promises to aid colour rendition, and JPEG files exhibit rich, vibrant tones and smooth colour gradients, much ahead of a standard you would see in a compact camera.
The good image quality extends to the camera’s ISO performance – it’s noticeable that there’s very little difference in image noise between ISO 160 and ISO 1,600, which is in itself an accomplishment.
At the higher settings of 6,400 and 12800 image quality does begin to suffer somewhat, although not irreversibly, while even the top ISO setting of ISO 25,600 even delivers results which can still be deemed usable.
The Panasonic Lumix GF6 is currently available with its 14-42mm kit lens for a little under £400. There are several competitors at this price range that offer some strong competition, including the Olympus PEN E-PM2 and Canon EOS M, although it’s fair to say that the GF6 is at least as good as these.
The only model that really trumps it in terms of value for money is the Sony NEX-3N, although that’s in some part due to it being on the market for longer. So, if you’re looking for an entry-level CSC the GF6 is certainly in keeping with the better models on the market.
For more alternatives, take a look at our best cameras round-up.
The Panasonic Lumix GF6 delivers across the board, and although it’s by no means perfect – with a few usability issues – it’s certainly one of the better entry-level CSCs currently on the market.