Less than a year after announcing the Lumix DMC-G5, Panasonic has updated its range of Micro Four Thirds bodies with the Lumix DMC-G6. This model maintains the aesthetic and many features of its predecessor and was seen a few weeks ago by the GF6 and under strict confidentiality agreement during the press event organized by the company in Vienna.
Although the integration of Wi-Fi and NFC is seen as the most obvious difference to justify this update, the G6 comes with a comprehensive list of improvements. According to the company officials, the new Micro Four Thirds keeps the 16 megapixel CMOS its predecessor, but expands its sensitivity up to 25,600 ISO. It also opens a new way optimized for low light scenes.
With a look reminiscent of traditional SLRs, G5 inherits the lever at the top to control some settings and has optical zoom motorized. The ability to select the focus point through the touch screen even when viewfinder is on is another benefit retained in the new Lumix.
The viewfinder is also among the items renewed, as Panasonic has chosen OLED technology this time. The rear screen, for its part, keeps the 3 inch size and mobility. Among the new features is also a shooting speed of up to 7 frames per second (6 in the previous model). With respect to this video (Full HD 50p sequences), the G6 adds to the options of its predecessor a capture mode to 24p.
(Two weeks ago, Panasonic introduced the Lumix G6 with other developments at the European press in Vienna)
Lumix 14-140mm f3.5-5.6
In addition to the G6, Panasonic also took the opportunity to refresh one of its oldest zooms. Versatile is the goal of the 14-140mm, which was released over four years ago and now gives way to a renewed version, with an identical focal but is more compact and slightly brighter.
Thus, the remodeled Lumix G 14-140mm f3.5-5.6 has been expanded at both ends (f4-5.8 in the original model) and an optimized focusing system to fully realize the potential of the latest Panasonic bodies.
The stabilizer is also enhanced in this model, which takes the Power OIS mechanism. Despite being a denomination optical HD-optimized as in the previous version, for recording video, the zoom does not have any type of engine as it does on some models in the Lumix GX series.