Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF6 Preview

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Panasonic_LUMIX_GF6_front.jpgPanasonic has announced the LUMIX DMC-GF6, an upgraded version of last year's GF5 G-series ILC. Designed for the creative at heart, the GF6 boasts a 16-megapixel Live CMOS images sensor paired with Panasonic's Venus Engine image processor, 1080/60i HD video recording, and a 3.0-inch Tilting Touch Screen LCD Display. This monitor tilts up to 180-degrees and allows users to actively control not only menu functions, but also Auto Focus and Exposure settings for still photography and video capture.

New for this model year is integrated Wi-Fi connectivity, which combines NVC (Near Field Communication) technology with Panasonic's LUMIX CLUB to give users the ability to instantly upload photos and videos to Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Twitter, or YouTube. And, if you also own a DNLA-compliant Panasonic VIERRA HDTV, you can playback images right on your TV using Wi-Fi Direct.

If you're unsure about making the shutterbug jump to an interchangeable lens camera, Panasonic's got you covered there too with Advanced Intelligent Auto Plus Mode, which offers a variety of shooting assist features, as well as Scene Guide, which offers 23 professional photographer pictures samples to help you pick out optimum shooting parameters for your photo.

The GF6 also includes a number of fun modes like Creative Panorama or Self Shot or Stop Motion Animation mode, and 19 Creative Mode filters (that's up from 14 on last year's GF5).

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF6 Features
  • 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor
  • Venus Engine processor
  • 3.0-inch 180-degree Tillable Touch Monitor
  • ISO up to 3200
  • Full HD 1080/60i movie recording
    • Dedicated Video Record Button
  • 0.5 seconds to shoot photo after startup
  • Contrast AF
  • AF Tracking
  • Full-area Touch AF
  • Touch AE (Auto Exposure)
  • Integrated Wi-Fi Connectivity
    • NFC (Near Field Communication) Technology
    • Access to Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Twitter, and YouTube via LUMIX CLUB
    • Wi-Fi Direct images/videos to DLNA-compliant VIERA HDTVs
  • Built-in GPS
  • Advanced iA+ (Intelligent Auto Plus Mode)
  • Scene Guide
  • Self Shot
  • Creative Panorama
  • Stop Motion Animation
  • Clear Retouch
  • Creative Control Mode Includes:
    • 5 New Filters
      • Old Days
      • Sunshine
      • Bleach Bypass
      • Toy Pop
      • Fantasy
    • 14 Filters from Previous G-Series Models:
      • Expressive
      • Retro
      • High Key
      • Sepia
      • High Dynamic
      • Soft Focus
      • Dynamic Monochrome
      • Impressive Art
      • One Point Color
      • Cross Process
      • Low Key
      • Toy Effect
      • Star Filter
      • Miniature Effect Mode
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF6 will be available in black, white, brown or red. Pricing and availability should be announced soon.

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