The GF2 is Panasonic’s smallest and lightest compact system camera, yet it has some of the most advanced features on the market. Mat Gallagher discovers just what the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has to offer
White Balance and Colour
White balance control is achieved with an auto setting, five presets (daylight, cloudy, shade, halogen, flash), two custom settings and a colour temperature setting of between 2,500 and 10,000K. There is further white balance adjustment with blue/amber, magenta/green axis adjustment on all the settings and even the ability to bracket over three exposures.
Image: White balance appears slightly blue in the snow using AWB, but the raw file has allowed us to cool it further to suit the mood
The auto white balance does an impressive job of keeping a neutral image even in difficult lighting situations.
When presented with snowy scenes, the AWB managed to avoid the typically blue hue that some cameras can lean towards and, under tungsten lighting, the scene avoided the warmth normally associated with indoor shots. This is an ideal default and having the ability to fine-tune all the presets means that, should you wish to leave some warmth in a shot rather than neutralise it, for instance, this can be easily achieved.
Images are generally bright and punchy without losing their realism. Deeper colours appear rich, much like a slide film, while subtleties in natural greens and browns remain well defined.
The my colour modes allow effects such as monochrome and pure, as well as some unusual shifts in colour such as cinema, dynamic art and expressive. These won’t be to everyone’s taste and some will suit video makers more than still photos, but there is also a custom mode with slider controls over contrast, brightness, saturation, and contrast, allowing you to create your own image style.