With the launch of Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF3, the company’s smallest interchangeable-lens camera just got even more compact and lighter while maintaining a strong set of features. Surely there has to be compromises?
White balance and colour
I am pleased with the punchy yet natural colours of images taken with the GF3. On a bright sunny day, the standard colour setting is almost a little too vivid, but the natural colour setting gives nicely understated results.
Colour modes are accessed via Photo Style in the main menu and can be tweaked ±2 for contrast, saturation, sharpness and noise reduction. Tweaking the saturation in monochrome gives a pleasant sepia or cyanotype result. One favoured adjustment in Photo Style can be saved as a custom setting for quick access. I am happy to see that all the colour settings are also available in video mode.
White balance control offers five presets and two custom, plus auto and Kelvin settings. The latter is easily adjusted between 2,500K and 10,000K using a slider on the touchscreen or the control wheel. This comprehensive control also allows further adjustment on the blue/amber and magenta/green axis.
There are no surprises about how the white balance performs. Auto white balance can be relied upon in most settings, but renders a warmer tone in tungsten light, which is not unusual.
Image: In tungsten light the auto WB can be very warm, so images benefit from the tungsten WB setting.