After a couple of early leaks, Panasonic has formally unveiled its latest Micro Four Thirds camera, the Lumix DMC-GF6. The mirrorless shooter follows in the footsteps of last year’s entry-level GF5, but does manage to bring some spiffy new changes for the more connected among us.
Besides increasing the megapixel count from 12.1 to 16, the GF6 most notably adds Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity to the mix. This helps make the GF6 compatible with various iOS and Android smartphones and tablets via the Panasonic Image App, which in turn lets users remotely control the camera and then quickly share images across devices.
Also new is the GF6’s 3-inch LCD touchscreen, which can flip 180 degrees to both block unwanted sunlight and more easily take self-portraits. Narcissistic, perhaps, but a nifty feature either way. A new mode dial and a new zoom lever have been added, and Panasonic claims that the GF6 can boot up in a half a second too.
Those are the major additions, but on the whole the GF6 takes most of its cues from its predecessor. Its design remains largely unchanged from before and, like last year, it can shoot 1080i video at 60fps in the AVCHD video format and 1080p video at 30fps in the MP4 one. A complete list of specs and features can be found at the source link below.
The GF6 will be available in red, white, brown or black when it launches, but so far Panasonic hasn’t formally announced availability or pricing details for its newest shooter. Various reports suggest that it’ll arrive by the end of the month for somewhere around $650, but TG will update once more concrete details are given.