Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 review

Metering


Image: By exposing for the highlights, it is possible to pull plenty of detail from the shadows and achieve some great landscape shots

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5's 144-zone metering offers a comprehensive multi-segment system that produces well-exposed results within the camera's dynamic range. Once that range is exceeded, the exposure tends to need reducing by around 1⁄3-1⁄2EV if the brighter area is small in the scene. A test of the tipping point showed that the bright area needed to cover almost half the frame before the metering really corrected for it.

This is in line with most consumer-level models and is easily corrected with a small adjustment of the exposure compensation. Having the metering set up in this way produces better results straight from the camera, and for those who prefer to edit their shots on a computer, it is easily adjusted. The centreweighted option can also be useful for exposing a central subject, but in doing so it is more likely to overexpose, say, a bright sky.

For portraits in tricky lighting, the spot-metering option comes in handy, but is centrally placed rather than linked to the AF point. Using face detection can work as an alternative to concentrate the exposure on a face, often without such dramatic results.