This new, not-so-compact system camera offers the best of Panasonic’s digital imaging technology in practically every area. We get to grips with the company’s flagship Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3. Read the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 review...
White balance and colour
In the Lumix DMC-GH3’s photo style, there are a handful of colour modes, including monochrome and a custom setting. When left in its standard photo style, the colours are pleasing if a little flat. I prefer working from flatter tones as a starting point, though, and making adjustments post-capture to saturation and vividness. Of course, these changes can be made pre-capture by using the vivid photo style, activating iDynamic (which increases contrast and therefore the brightness of colours), or by adjusting the parameters of the standard photo style to taste. The parameter adjustments available are contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction.
Like most systems, the colour rendition produced by AWB is, on the whole, a little cool for my liking, but in most circumstances not noticeably so. Only when the correct white balance preset is used for the same scene and the results compared alongside the AWB image is it noticeable. There is space for up to four custom white balance settings, and assuming that one can remember which is which, it is comprehensive. All in all, it is possible to get some great results straight out of the camera.
Image: The dominance of green in this screen has tricked the AWB inot producing a magenta cast. Using the correct preset has sorted the colour balance