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The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6 is a Micro Four Thirds system inside of a DSLR body, offering comparable performance. A lot of the other mirrorless cameras on the market offer a smaller body, but Panasonic has chosen to give the DMC-G6 a more familiar feel by having it resemble a traditional DSLR. TrustedReviews says the G6 "looks and feels like a DSLR" but is still "noticeably smaller" than most. Even with the smaller body, Panasonic still stuck an articulating screen in there, which TechRadar says is a "huge bonus." The G6 delivers "excellent quality for its Micro Four Thirds class," according to Photography Blog, but most critics agree that for as good as the G6 is, it won't beat out rival DSLRs. Still, the G6 comes through in delivering decent video performance, and Camera Labs found the speed "very responsive." But, at $750, Panasonic is pricing the G6 alongside stiff competition like the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Panasonic's LUMIX G6 is a solid choice for someone looking for a Micro Four Thirds camera in a DSLR body, but with some equally good choices costing much less, you have to ask if having the body and viewfinder is worth the price bump.

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Critic reviews

8.9
11 reviews
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    8.3
  • Video quality
    8.4
  • Battery life
    7.2
  • Design and form factor
    8.1
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    8.0
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    9.3
  • Ease of use
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9.0
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    10
  • Video quality
    10
  • Battery life
    8.0
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    10
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    10
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    10
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    8.0
9.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 3, 2013

Top of the pops? Not quite, but nearly - the G6 is a great all-round performer that'll hold plenty of crowd appeal to a wide audience.

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8.0
Reviewed.com Cameras Jun 6, 2013

Although the G6 compares favorably to most of its Lumix siblings, the Olympus Micro Four Thirds lineup has nothing to worry about when it comes to stills ... Video doesn't seem to be a priority for Olympus, however, so if you need a camera for shooting both stills and video, the G6 is superior.

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10
TechRadar Jun 17, 2013

The Panasonic G6 feels like the most complete and well-rounded enthusiast-level Panasonic compact system camera to date.

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9.0
Camera Labs Jun 18, 2013

To eliminate the Lumix G6 on its sensor would see you missing out on one of the best system cameras around, whether equipped with a mirror or not. Once again it earns our Highly Recommended award without hesitation.

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9.0
TrustedReviews May 24, 2013

The Panasonic Lumix G6 is a feature-packed camera that more than keeps up with the competition. When you consider that it’s priced against impressive DSLR rivals such as the Canon EOS 100D and Nikon D5200, that’s no small achievement.

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9.0
What Digital Camera May 22, 2013

If you're looking for comparable DSLR performance and images in a smaller body that's complimented by a growing range of compact lenses, then the G6 is the perfect travel companion.

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8.0
T3 May 28, 2013

It may sound like feint praise but there's not much wrong with Panasonic's mini DSLR-styled G6. If you don't need the EVF supplied on the 16-megapixel compact system camera then save your money and go for cheaper.

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8.0
Digital Versus Jul 16, 2013

With a higher-res screen, an OLED viewfinder and speedier response times, the Panasonic Lumix G6 is above all a more pleasant camera to use than the G5. On other fronts, it hasn't changed much. It's still a sort of "mini-SLR" that handles well and which generally does a good job.

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10
Expert Reviews May 30, 2013

The G6 could be seen as a dependable but unremarkable camera. Its ergonomics, controls, performance and photo quality are all above average but not quite class-leading. Its video mode and Wi-Fi implementation are its best features, but these won't be the most important issues for many people.

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10
ePHOTOzine Jun 7, 2013

The Panasonic Lumix G6 delivers excellent image quality ... With this, the latest Micro Four Thirds SLR styled camera from Panasonic, the Lumix G6, Panasonic has introduced an excellent reason to switch from your DSLR.

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9.0
Photography Blog May 9, 2013

It may not offer too many genuine surprises, but the new Panasonic Lumix G6 is a compelling, very well-balanced compact system camera that offers a lot of features and performance at an attractive price.

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First Looks

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Digital Photography Review Apr 25, 2013

The G6 is impressively small, but pleasantly chunky thanks to a large contoured hand grip. Oddly, the camera's high 'shoulders' aid this impression of compactness, although objectively the G6 is not really all that different in size to its predecessor the G5.

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CNET Asia Apr 25, 2013

We had some time with the G6 and took it out for a spin, along with its G5 predecessor. The new camera obviously came with some cosmetic changes, with a chassis that's more rounded on top.

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Pocket-Lint Apr 24, 2013

The G6 bring the series up to date - largely because of the implementation of its Wi-Fi and NFC features. Elsewhere improvements are relatively subtle, and therefore we feel the latest model is more about keeping Panasonic in line with the latest technological expectations.

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TechRadar Apr 23, 2013

We liked the Panasonic G5 because as well as producing high quality images it has all the headline features that we want ... a good viewfinder, a vari-angle touchscreen, the ability to shoot raw and JPEG images ... and a sensible control arrangement with some novel thinking.

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TrustedReviews Apr 24, 2013

The Panasonic Lumix G6 looks like a solid upgrade to the great G5, improving its handling and tweaking its performance to please enthusiasts and adding wireless connectivity to bring it technologically up-to-date.

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Expert Reviews Apr 24, 2013

We found the camera responsive and quick to use, with the G6 focusing quickly. We didn't really get much chance to test the camera out in low-light scenes, so we'll have to save judgement for when we get a review sample.

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ePHOTOzine Apr 24, 2013

The Panasonic Lumix G6 has a number of improvements and updates over the Panasonic Lumix G5, including a new OLED electronic viewfinder, low-light AF, built in Wi-Fi, as well an a panoramic mode that was not available on the G5.

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Photography Blog Apr 24, 2013

Overall, the Panasonic G6 has been a joy to use - it surely is a small, fast and responsive little camera that is extensively customisable and extremely versatile to boot. Like its predecessor, it's quick to start up and offers truly lightning-fast auto focus.

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