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Panasonic Makes GF6 Official

The Lumix family's newest member finally debuts after numerous leaks.

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Panasonic today announced the Lumix GF6, the latest in its series of Micro Four Thirds cameras. This model was perhaps the worst-kept secret of the past few weeks, leaking on a number of other camera sites prior to being made official.

Featuring a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor powered by a new Venus Engine processor, the GF6 will offer a well-rounded suite of upgrades. The GF6 also packs Wi-Fi, NFC, and a 3-inch,180-degree tilting touchscreen (similar to what the Olympus E-PL5 offers) for easy self-portraits.

Panasonic is boasting a 0.5 second startup, fast autofocus (powered by their Light Speed AF contrast focusing system), and Clear Retouch in-camera editing via the touchscreen. Video is limited to 1080/30p (or 60i), unfortunately, which will disappoint video-shooting fans of Panasonic's GH3 who may have been hoping for a cheaper alternative. The GF6 will offer full PASM control for video shooters, however, so it's not all bad news.

As had been all but confirmed by the previous leaks, the GF6 will follow in the entry-level footsteps of recent GF-series cameras, rather than replacing the DMC-GX1 as had been previously rumored.

The GF6 will be compatible with Panasonic's Image App for iOS and Android, which lets users shoot remotely with their tablet or smartphone. This Lumix also comes in a range of colors: black, white, brown, or red. The kit lens available with the GF6 is Panasonic's 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 power zoom lens. With the aforementioned kit lens, the GF6 will sell for $599.99 but it isn't clear when it's set to start shipping.

For the official word on the Panasonic GF6, you can head on over to Panasonic's Press Room.

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