Smart Snappers – testing the 2013 Lumix G6 and GF6 in Bali


The image quality on smartphones is now so good that most consumers are happy to snap candid pics with them day and night. I’m not immune to the charms of a smartphone camera, I even took the picture above on a phablet.

However, there are plenty of times when the camera on a phone just won’t cut the mustard.  Vacations, graduations, wedding celebrations – these, and many more events, call for a “real” camera.

To illustrate this point, Panasonic recently held a digital imaging seminar on the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali.  As one of the attending media I got to try out the 2013 range of compact system cameras for myself.

Handling the 2013 Lumix G6 and GF6 I was reminded why you need a good camera with a decent set of lenses.  Over the course of a day, our group was shuttled around the island and given the opportunity to photograph some extraordinary special events.

We captured the excitement of the Water Blow at Nusa Dua, the ritual of a fruit offering ceremony by Balinese women at Batu Bolong Temple, the fiery sunset at the W Hotel’s WooBar and the dramatic danger of a traditional fire dance on the beach after dark.

Without the quality of the camera’s large sensors, and the ability to swap between wide angle and zoom lenses, most of the opportunities to take memorable photos would have passed me by.

You can read more about the cameras below, but first, here is a sample of some of the images I took of the amazing island.


Tourists get drenched at the Nusa Dua Water Blow while the press pack snap away. This image was taken with a Lumix GF6 using a 14-40mm lens.


Men in traditional Balinese dress prepare to lead tourists to Tanah Lot Temple. Taken with Lumix G6.


A procession of Balinese women carry fruit offerings to the Batu Bolong Temple.

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