Here is a quick review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 Digital Camera (Micro 4/3 Sensor). First up is the unboxing video below which is also filmed with another Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 in auto-focus.
The range and versatility of this camera is truly astounding with the standard kit lens. Even for a novice such as myself I was able to get some brilliant creative shots in low light using the manual settings. This camera really does come to life when using the manual settings and although they are not as easy to tweak and control as Canon DSLR’s, they certainly do give a wide palette of variation.
The maximum video recording time for the AVCHD and MP4 mode is 29 minutes and 59 seconds as expected due to EU regulations imposed on all digital cameras. See here for more information on why the 30 minute recording time limit is placed on digital cameras. If you require more recording time onboard, look at the Blackmagic range of cinema cameras. As expected they would have paid the additional EU taxes on being able to record for longer times. The time limit is imposed via red tape and is a legal president which stops manufacturers of cameras which limit the recording time, otherwise this is declared as being a video camera. There is also a time out for standby and a menu will display on the HDMI output when left unattended for a period of time. This is applied to many cameras and consumer camcorders to stop live streamers from using anything other than professional grade video cameras for this purpose. For users of Canon DSLR’s there is discussion of extending the recording time via Magic Lantern here. The recording of RAW Video is not possible, this is only available on Canon DSLR with Magic Lantern and Black Magic design Cameras.
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