Panasonic Announces the Lumix DMC-LF1, DMC-G6 and G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Zoom Lens

Panasonic just announced two new cameras – the Lumix DMC-LF1 enthusiast compact with WiFi capabilities, the DMC-G6 16-megapixel mid-range Micro Four Thirds camera and a new lens – the Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH.

Panasonic DMC-LF1
Panasonic DMC-LF1

Let’s start with the Lumix DMC-LF1. This is an enthusiast camera in the likes of their LX7, but with a longer/slower range (28-200mm f/2.0-5.9 equivalent, compared to the LX7’s 24-90mm f/1.4-2.3.) and an electronic viewfinder. The camera also features WiFi for remote control and wireless communications which can be setup using Near-Field Communications (NFC) technology. Sitting among the ranks of the LX7, the LF-1 offers fewer direct controls but is still more adjustable than most conventional compacts. The EVF is a rather low-res 202k-dot one but the 3″ rear LCD is a more respectable 920k-dot panel.

Nothing exciting here, so let’s move on.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Next, the DMC-G6. This is latest model in the G-series of Panasonic’s SLR-styled Micro Four Third cameras. It offers improved movie capabilities including full exposure control, an external mic socket and the same 16mp sensor as the very popular GH2. Like the LF1, it has WiFi capabilities which can be easily setup via NFC.

The DMC-G6 is designed for high performance, having a quick start-up time of 0.5s, a burst rate of 7fps in full resolution and high-speed Light Speed AF. A newly-integrated Low Light AF enables accurate focussing even in dimly-lit situations.

Video-wise, the G6 is capable of Full HD 1920x1080p at frame rates of 24, 50 and 60fps in the MP4 and AVCHD Progressive CODECs with stereo audio. Full-time AF and AF tracking is available in video recording, and with a maximum bit-rate of 24Mbps, you will be able to get high-quality cinema-like video footage.

It’s really nice to see camera manufacturers trickling down the advanced features of the higher-end cameras into the lower end models, like what Panasonic has done here. Hope other companies will follow suit instead of overly crippling their low-mid range models in fear of “cannibalising” the sales of their higher-end models.

YS: You mean, unlike Canon?

The G6’s gotten a little bigger as well. I think after shrinking down the GF and G cameras a little, Panasonic seems to be setting the G and GH as the DSLR-like serious cameras, the GX as the serious compact, and the GF as the casual point-and-shoot upgrader. Interesting to note only one camera line is really aimed at the casual user, even though all four lines have “beginner aids” in them (Scene modes in a GH3, seriously).

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH

Finally, we move on to the lens. Panasonic unveiled the Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Power O.I.S, a compact super-zoom for the MIcro Four Third cameras. This covers a 35mm equivalent of 28-280mm, ideal for people who wants a “do it all” lens for travelling, etc. The lens features Panasonic’s Power O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilisation), giving shake-free shots even at low shutter speeds. Two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements minimises chromatic aberration and distortion while keeping the lens compact.

 YS: I am so glad I sold the older 14-140 off. If you still have it, that’s it, be prepared to keep it or sell it at silly low prices. The older lens was just not small, light, cheap, or particularly good.

(Image Credits: Panasonic Press Images)

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailby feather