The larger APS-C format of the Samsung NX10 goes up against the Micro Four Thirds system of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 as we test two micro-system cameras in our Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 vs Samsung NX10 camera test
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 vs Samsung NX10 – White balance and colour
When outside, the automatic white balance (AWB) setting of both the NX10 and Lumix DMC-G2 perform extremely well, producing well-balanced, neutral images. Under tungsten lighting, the NX10’s AWB performs far better. Although a yellow cast is still visible, it is not as strong as that produced by the G2 in the same AWB setting.
Switching the G2 to its tungsten white balance setting helps to reduce the yellow cast, but it retains some of atmospheric colour, especially when compared to the completely neutral, tungsten-balanced images from the NX10.
When set to its default colour mode, images from both cameras look similar, although the G2 has the more realistic and natural-looking colours.
The NX10 produces more vivid images in its default setting. The colours are pleasing, and for social and holiday pictures the JPEG files are great for printing without adjustment. However, green grass becomes quite a deep and vivid green. While it doesn’t noticeably affect other shades of green so much and is great if you want punchy pictures, landscape photographers may want to shoot raw images for absolute control over colour.
Image: Although both cameras produce good JPEG images, there is much more scope for altering colour and contrast when adjusting raw images
Each camera offers a range of colour-control options. As well as the customary black & white, vivid and natural options, both models allow custom image styles to be created. These image styles are
known as Picture Wizard in the NX10 and Film Modes in the G2.
Panasonic has also included a useful Multi-Film mode, which allows up to three film modes to be selected. When the shutter is fired, three images are taken in quick succession, each with one of the film modes applied to it. This can be particularly useful if you want to take a standard, vivid and black & white version of the same scene, but don’t want the hassle of editing the image files later on computer.
There isn’t much to separate the two cameras in terms of colour. Of the two, the white balance of the NX10 is preferable. However, the G2 also produces excellent images and renders shades of green better than the NX10, so the G2 may be the better option for landscape photography.
Image: This scene illustrates the differences in the way each camera renders the green colours