54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
, July 15, 2013
This review is from: Panasonic Lumix G Series DMC-G6KK Mirrorless Digital Camera with 14-42mm II Lens Kit (Black) (Electronics)
Over all this is a great camera, I've been a Professional Photographer for over 45 years, and though I'm now semi-retired, I still do some work and I teach at Wayne County Community College- Downriver. I also teach for Digital Photo Academy, so I keep up with the latest in photography. I've been doing Hybrid photography for about 6 months and this camera may be the best camera out there for that type of photography. If you do not know what Hybrid photography is, go to CreativeHybridPhotography.com to learn more.
Now on to the camera:
I have an Nikon D90, Kodak DCS760, Panasonic G5, several Rollie TLR's Rollie SL66, Ricoh GR IV, along with several other cameras that I've used over the years. I have to say the G5 is a great camera and the G6 improves on it. Which one is the best to buy, depends on if the extra features on the G6 is worth an additional $400 to you. The viewfinder on the G6 is brighter and faster than the G5, but the G5's finder is still very good. The touch screen is more responsive on the G6. Low light focus was better on the G6, but an update that was released 5 days ago brings the G5 up to the same level. The G6 added Panorama and I have to say it is the best I've seen on any camera to date. Overall I can say that I will do recommend both the G5 and G6 to any of my students that is interest in buying a new camera.
The new 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 lens is a great improvement over the older lens that came with the G5. Even though I was happy with the IQ of the old lens, the build quality was only fair to good and zooming was jerky and very bad for video. The new lens is smooth in zooming and much better build quality.
I've only had the camera for 3 days, so I'm not sure if there are bugs in the software, or I'm just not doing something right. I notice that when I re-format the card, I'm able to continue on with the file numbering on my still shots, but my video re-starts the numbering a 000. I'm hoping to find a way to turn that off, but as of now have not found it.
Overall if you are looking for a great camera at a fair to good price, go with the G6, if you are looking for a camera that is just a small step below great, but at a Great Price go with the G5.
As I use this camera more I will update this to keep you informed. By the way as of now I rated this as 4 stars, but only because I do not have all the answers about this camera. If this camera keeps performing as it has been 5 stars will not be enough.
7/28/13 update: After using the camera for a while I can say it is great! What I thought was bugs are not there. We every thing works.
8/24/13 Update: I still love this camera, but as all products, it is not perfect. What I'm going to be talking about here may be bugs and if they are I hope Panasonic can fix them with an update, or they just may be a problem that I can fix with more research or help from others that had the same problems. So here goes.
1. The worst problem is that I will sometime be taking video and when I stop recording the camera freezes and nothing works. Turning it off does not solve the problem and only a battery pull get the camera working again. I'm using a Sony card that is 64gb and is class 10 U1. It may be a card problem since I do not seem to run in to this problem until I have over a 100 photos on the card. It could also be a bug in the camera since one time it happened with there was only a 120 shot on the card and the next time it happened after the card was formatted and over 500 shots were on the card. I have several other cards, but none of them are 64gb so I'm not sure that testing them would really give me an answer. If any of you have run in to this problem, please let me know.
2. When I re-format the card my photos continue the numbering where I left off. This is what I like, but the video file re-start at zero. So I end up with many duplicate file name on videos and therefore need to re-name them. I've looked through all the menus and cannot seem to find a way to turn this off, even though they do have a way to re-set the still photos numbering system. Please let me know if any of you are having the same problem and if you have found a fix for it. Thanks!
I will update this with any answers and fixes I come up with. Until then, for the money and quality of this camera it is still 5 stars to me.
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