90 Mirrorless Minutes in Bracknell: A Review of the Lumix G6
How much can you learn about a new camera in 90mins? Are there any decent photo opportunities in Bracknell town centre? And can you get there from Clapham Junction on an Oyster Card? Between accepting Panasonic’s invitation to write a review of the new Lumix G6 and arriving at their head office in Bracknell, these were the questions on my mind. Those of you already on the edge of your seats will be excited to hear that all will be revealed before the end of this review, while everyone else will hopefully find a helpful account of my time with the G6.
A brief introduction to help you put this review into context: My name is Matt and I’ve been taking photographs at an ‘enthusiastic-amateur’ level for about five years. My go-to camera is an aging but reliable Canon DSLR paired with an f/2 35mm prime lens. I find this combination good for street photography and documentary portraiture, which makes up the bulk of my work. I’m 29 and work with computers so I’m fairly digitally savvy, but as a photographer I have always favoured the capture of interesting moments over advanced technical capabilities. For me the essential attributes of a camera are:
- Is it fast and user-friendly? If I decide to take a picture will it react quickly and intuitively?
- Is it reliable? Does it focus accurately and work well in low light conditions?
- Are the images it captures of high quality? Is it good at capturing colour and are noise levels tolerable?
Any other features are obviously very welcome but if a camera fails to deliver in any of these areas then it isn’t suitable for my needs, and I have evaluated the G6 accordingly.
I’m not going to dwell too long on technical specifications in this review because there are plenty of other websites available that do a far better job of this than I could. Amazon in particular has a handy grid that summarises the facts and features if that’s what you’re after – feel free to take a look and pop back later.