In this Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 review, Ian Burley tests the company's fifth-generation mirrorless, 16-million-pixel CSC, which has an articulated capacitive touchscreen, OLED EVF, Wi-Fi and NFC, plus improved low-light autofocus
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 review: White balance and colour
The latest multi-core Venus Engine image processor does a fine job of rendering accurate colour in JPEGs in the Lumix DMC-G6. There is no evidence of oversaturation using the standard settings. Skin tones are well reproduced and green foliage only tends towards a cool tone when underexposed, while blue skies are recorded faithfully with little evidence of cyan overtones.
When using auto white balance, measured grey tones in daylight, including sunny and overcast conditions, were neutral. Under artificial light there is modest warmth to the tone under either tungsten or fluorescent light, which accurately reflects the mood of such scenes. I didn’t detect any problematic green or yellow casts under fluorescent lighting.
There is full control over the customisation of white balance if needed. This includes various white balance presets, Kelvin temperatures and two custom white balance settings that can be easily programmed using a white or grey card. An alternative is to use a visual colour balance selector whereby the user moves a point against a colour chart and previews the effect on the live view in real time.