Tim Coleman tests the latest compact system camera in Panasonic's entry-level range, which features a 16-million-pixel sensor, a newly designed tilt screen, built-in Wi-Fi and extra controls on its body. Read the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review...
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review – Metering
Like most systems, the GF6 offers multi-pattern, centreweighted and spot metering options. The 1,728-zone multi-pattern metering is very good – exposures in bright conditions were spot on in every image I recorded. In overcast conditions, exposures are a tad on the bright side, which means midtones are well exposed but at the cost of clipped highlights.
The fact that spot metering is achievable by touching the screen anywhere in the frame is a boon for everyday shooting where time is of the essence. Other systems that are navigated using a rear control pad are considerably slower and less sutiable for day-to-day shooting. Furthermore, the size of the spot can be adjusted using a pinching action on the screen, which is quick. With speedy handling of spot metering and the iDynamic options (more on this in Dynamic range), I rarely found it necessary to use exposure compensation.