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Smallest Micro Four Thirds Lumix Is First With Wi-Fi

By Fred Singer

April 16, 2013

Panasonic has joined the great "Honey I Shrunk The Camera" race with the GF6, the smallest camera in the Lumix Micro Four Thirds line.

Panasonic today announced the Lumix DMC-GF6, expected in June but available for pre-order at Adorama, a diminutive  interchangeable-lens camera with a Micro Four Thirds mount and the smallest Panasonic in that category. It features built-in Wi-Fi, a newly-developed 16MP Live MOS sensor, which measures 22.2x14.8mm—approximately half the size of a 35mm sensor, a flip-up, touchscreen sensor, and several creative features geared towards snapshooters and hobbyists.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 Key Features

  • 16MP Live MOS Sensor
  • Claimed 0.5 sec start-up time
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • 1040k Dot, 180-degree tiltable touch monitor
  • Advanced iA+ Intelligent Auto Plus Mode
  • P/A/S/M exposure control modes
  • Scene Guide for Beginners
  • Full HD 1920x1080 video resolution at 60i

 

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 may be small, but according to Panasonic, it's also quite fast. Panasonic claims a 1/2-second start-up time, The touch screen offers full-area Touch AF, so users can touch any spot on the screen that area will jump into focus. Touch AE lets users focus and set exposure together. Among the GF6's new features is Self Shot, Creative Panorama, and Stop Motion Animation. A Creative Control mode has 19 filter effects, and Clear Retouch lets you erase areas of the photo in-camera.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6's wireless connectivity integrates Wi-Fi with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, so users can share photos online via a Panasonic Image App for iOS and Android devices. Remote features include remote shooting of both photo and video using the smartphone or tablet as a shutter release; shutter speed, aperture, exposure can all be controlled wirelessly. Images can be transferred instantly and can be geotagged via the smartphone's GPS. Users can connect their device to the GF6 by simply bumping them together.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 is expected in June, but can be pre-ordered from Adorama now for $599.99.

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