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Panasonic offers wide range of compact system or interchangeable lens cameras under the Lumix G and Lumix GH (high-end) product line. The best Panasonic compact system cameras are known to be compact and light-weight which the company suggests to be a perfect replacement for the traditional DSLRs. Among our listing of best compact system cameras, the Panasonic digital cameras score pretty well. As a replacement to the DSLR cameras, the compact system cameras from Panasonic implement electronic (live) view finders instead of optical viewfinder which actually account for the compactness of the camera.

Features:
The best Panasonic compact system cameras offer image and video quality comparable with the DSLRs. Along with the imaging quality, these cameras offer durability, portability, versatile interchangeability of lens, and the promise of high responsiveness. Some of the top-end Lumix G line of products support Wi-Fi connectivity feature for easier sharing of your photos. Most mirrorless cameras from Panasonic have the effective video capture capability and they are actually video-optimized models.

All the compact system cameras from Panasonic use the lens manufactured by itself. Panasonic uses the customized micro four thirds (MFT) system sensors supporting smaller and lighter design of cameras and lenses allow discretion and portability with the help of MFT sensors.

The best Panasonic compact system cameras offer resolution of over 14 Megapixel, have LCD screens of over 3 inch, HD video recording capability and can be purchased under $1000 price range.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Compact System Digital Camera


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Release Date
Apr 2013
Jul 2012
Nov 2011
May 2011
Nov 2010
Camera Type
Compact System Camera, Digital camera - Mirrorless system, SLR-style mirrorless
Digital camera - Mirrorless system, Compact System Camera
Light Field Camera,Compact System Camera
Compact System Camera
Compact System Camera
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
18.3 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.7 Megapixel
12.1 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
Live MOS
Live MOS
Live MOS
Live MOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
21.64 mm
21.6 mm
21.6 mm
21.6 mm
21.6 mm

  • In our view the Lumix G6 is the best overall compact system camera that Panasonic have yet released, offering a great mix of must-have features, intuitive DSLR-like handling and speedy performance, all at a reasonable price. Whether its image quality meets your needs, good as it is for a Micro Four Thirds camera, is perhaps the only reason for looking elsewhere - in all other regards it's very easy for us to strongly recommend the Panasonic Lumix G6 as a fantastic camera in its own right.


  • The Panasonic Lumix G6 is an excellent camera, with very few issues, although battery life could be better. The Wi-Fi features are excellent for remote control and sending images to your smartphone, but uploading to social networks should be much easier, without having to go through the Lumix logon website, which caused some issues. Value for money is very good, particularly as the introduction price competes very well with similar cameras, and we would expect the price to drop over time making it even better value for money.


  • 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 (most CSCs allow the use of an EF as an add-on extra if you do later change your mind).

    If you can't live without it, then be prepared to pay the premium.


  • Panasonic has taken the G3 and gave it some enhancements such as a higher-resolution screen, proximity sensor and an improved handgrip. We were also impressed with the improvement in video quality, which is one of the best we've seen from an ILC. Beginners will like its user-friendly interface and reliable programmed settings, while advanced users are not left out with its customizable options and rich feature set. We think the G5 is a mirrorless ILC that has everything you could want in a dSLR, minus the bulk.


  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 edges out some other excellent cameras to earn our Editors' Choice award for compact interchangeable lens cameras under $1,000.

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    Panasonic were one of the original innovators in the mirrorless space, but with this year's GF5 and now the G5, it looks like they've settled into a safe, comfortable routine of predictable, conservative yearly updates. The G5 is a modest update to last year's G3; a slight rework of the body, a few spec bumps, and an otherwise familiar experience for both G-series fans and traditional DSLR shooters.

    Most of the improvements seem genuinely helpful.

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    The Panasonic GX1's built-in flash has a Guide Number rating of 7.6 meters (24.9 feet) at ISO 160. With the 14-42mm kit lens, that translates to a range of 7.1 feet at f/3.5, or 4.5 feet at f/5.6. The GX1 doesn't offer an ISO 100 setting, but since most cameras don't provide an ISO 160 guide number, it's worth noting that its flash offers a strength equivalent to 6 meters at ISO 100. That's much weaker than most digital SLRs, which are typically rated at 12 or 13 meters, but not unusual for a compact system camera.


  • A well-designed camera with an interface that creative photographers can customize to their liking, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 deserves serious consideration if you're looking for a modestly compact interchangeable-lens model.


  • At 16 megapixels, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 features the highest resolution of any Micro Four Thirds camera. It has some nice features that should appeal to enthusiasts, but it doesn't do well at the higher ISO settings and is bundled with a lens that can't keep up with the camera.

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    With the compact system camera market heating up, Panasonic's G3 shows that the drive is toward smaller and smaller designs, as was seen in the Sony NEX-5. While Panasonic has produced a smaller camera, the G3 marks several firsts, maintaining major big-camera features while reducing the camera's size, increasing its novelty and portability. Improving speed while maintaining the simplicity of contrast-detect autofocus is a major achievement in such an inexpensive camera, one the SLR makers have yet to match.


  • If you're looking for a camera that's not quite as big as a dSLR but doesn't skimp on hardware controls or features like an articulated LCD, EVF and stereo full HD video, the G3 is one of my top options.


  • The Lumix DMC-G3 is the most well-rounded Panasonic compact system camera to date, offering a great mix of cutting-edge features, improved image quality, intuitive and customisable handling, and a very competitive price.

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    Overall, I had a great time with the little Panasonic GF2. Although it doesn't quite catch up to that of Sony's aggressively styled NEX-5, the Panasonic GF2's new body is noticeably more compact than that of the GF1. It's extremely nimble and compact -- still a little too large to slip into a pair of slacks without looking like you have a camera in your pocket (I did get looks), but the design has never been more sportcoat or jacket-friendly.


  • Though we still really like Panasonic's GF series, there are several trade-offs to take into account before you buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2. Its raw-format images look extremely good, but JPEG shooters looking for best-possible photo quality may get frustrated by image artifacts.


  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 might be the best Micro Four Thirds camera on the market, but it's not the best compact interchangeable-lens camera you can buy.


Top 5 panasonic compact system camera:

  1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Compact System Digital Camera
  2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Digital Camera
  3. Panasonic DMC-GX1K Light Field Camera with 14-42mm lens
  4. Panasonic lumix DMC-G3 Digital Camera
  5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Digital Camera