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  • I'm Angela Nicholson, head of testing for Future Publishing's photography portfolio

  • and in this video I'm going to be looking at the Panasonic G6.

  • G5 owners will spot that the G6 looks a little bit different from their camera. The hump

  • over the viewfinder, for example, is a little less pronounced, the controls on the back

  • are black rather than silver and the surface of the camera has a slightly different texture.

  • These things combine to make the G6 look a bit more serious than the G5.

  • Panasonic has added a couple of extra function buttons to the G6 bring the total count to

  • 7 with 5 being physical and 2 on-screen. The default purpose of the function buttons is

  • written next to them, and on the most part they work well, but it can be helpful to make

  • the odd change here and there depending upon how you like to work.

  • I like to use Function button 3 to access the flash exposure controls for instance.

  • Panasonic has made it really easy to customise the function buttons, just find the option

  • in the menu to reveal this screen and tap to see what customisation options are available

  • and make any changes that you want.

  • This Function Lever on the top of the camera is really useful for changing the exposure

  • compensation value or adjusting the focal length of a powerzoom lens, but if you hand

  • the camera to a novice to take a shot they'll make a beeline for it and alter the exposure

  • before you've had a chance to tell them where the shutter release is.

  • As you've probably noticed, the G6 has a 3-inch touchscreen mounted on an articulating hinge.

  • Unlike the G5's screen, this is electrostatic so it responds to a touch of a finger rather

  • than a press and as a result it's noticeably more responsive.

  • It also provides a nice clear view in all but the very brightest direct light and the

  • hinge means it's really helpful when you want to shoot from very high or low angles.

  • It's useful to be able to set the focus point with a touch of the finger on the screen and

  • if you want, there's Touch Shutter mode in which the camera is triggered to focus the

  • lens and fire the shutter by touching the screen.

  • I also really like the TouchPad AF mode which allows you to shoot with the camera held to

  • the eye, but set the focus point with your finger on the screen. I use my left eye so

  • I tend to swing the LCD out to the side to avoid setting the AF point with my nose.

  • As the G6 is a mirrorless or compact system camera it has an electronic viewfinder and,

  • although it has a faint grid-like texture, this OLED finder works very well. It displays

  • plenty of detail and the colour and exposure match those of the final image pretty closely.

  • Another knock-on effect of the G6 being a compact system camera or CSC is that it relies

  • on contrast detection for autofocusing. This is an area that Panasonic has been working

  • on and I'm impressed by how fast the G6 can get subjects sharp, even in quite low light.

  • It also manages to keep up with moving subjects pretty well, even when shooting at 7 frames

  • per second.

  • Panasonic has used the same 16 million effective pixel sensor in the G6 as it has in the G5

  • and our lab tests reveal that the two cameras produce raw files with very similar noise

  • and dynamic range levels. However, at ISO 800 and above the G6 manages to resolve a

  • bit more detail.

  • The G6's multi-zone metering system performs very well in a range of conditions, as does

  • it automatic white balance system and the camera produces high quality images with plenty

  • of detail at the lower sensitivity settings. Naturally there's some loss of detail at the

  • higher sensitivity settings and images taken in low light at ISO 6400 or above are probably

  • best kept below A3 size when printing.

  • Video quality is also high and if you use the Creative Movie mode, which is selected

  • via the mode dial, then you can even set the aperture and shutter speed while shooting

  • -- though you'll need to connect an external mic to avoid recording the sounds of making

  • settings adjustments.

  • When continuous autofocusing is selected during video recording the camera brings the subject

  • smoothly into focus in most situations, but there's sometimes a little forwards and backwards

  • adjustments.

  • All things considered, I think the G6 is a great compact system camera, it's got a high

  • quality viewfinder and Wi-Fi communication built-in, a variangle touch-screen, allows

  • plenty of control over images and produces great results.

  • For more information about the G6 take a look at my full review at techradar.com

  • For more information about the G take a look at my review.

I'm Angela Nicholson, head of testing for Future Publishing's photography portfolio

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