Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 review

White balance and colour

Image: Skin tones appear very natural in JPEG format, taken straight from the camera

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5's white balance offers just five presets in addition to the auto setting, but each can be fine-tuned with a full four-way axis. There are also two manual presets that can be measured by taking a test shot, as well as colour temperature adjustment. However, for most scenes the auto white balance does a great job so there is little need to use the presets, especially when shooting in raw, which gives complete control at the editing stage.

In its standard mode, the G5 delivers very natural-looking colours, akin to those expected by DSLR users. For those wanting different looks, the camera offers a choice of six photo styles, including vivid, natural, mono, scenery and portrait. There is also a custom mode that applies the user's own colour preferences, although all photo styles can be fine-tuned for contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction.