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?
Like most cameras, the AF and metering systems are linked in certain aspects. The evaluative metering uses a 144-zone area. I found that it leans towards metering correctly for the midtones. Within the constraints of a slightly limited dynamic range, this often results in bright highlights blowing out, but exposure compensation is available via the press and turn of the control wheel.
The nicest thing about the metering system is using spot metering. The single point can be shifted intuitively by using the touchscreen to anywhere but the very edges of the frame. Press the precise area of the screen, or even use the control wheel, and the camera adjusts. The size of this area can be adjusted to take in a smaller or larger area. I found this type of metering particularly useful for scenes of high-contrast light, making sure that small areas of bright highlights are not blown out.