Boasting a 16-millon-pixel-sensor, interchangeable lenses and Wi-Fi in a palm-sized body, is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 the perfect balance between image quality and pocketability? Read the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review...
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review – Metering
A 1,728-zone multi-pattern sensing system is used to meter the exposures on the GM1. This is the same hardware we have seen in previous Panasonic G-series cameras, such as the Lumix DMC-G6, GF6 and GX7. The metering performs well in a variety of lighting situations, giving consistent exposures, but in some overcast landscape situations the metering slightly underexposes the images. This can be corrected by tapping the up direction on the D-pad and adjusting the exposure compensation setting by roughly +0.6 EV.
In most other scenes I found that the camera prioritises the midtones to give bright exposures that are rich in detail between shadows and midtones. This is good for users wishing to use images straight out of the camera. The highlights are sometimes lost, but there is rarely any shadow clipping.
The three metering modes available are multi-metering, centreweighted and spot, all of which return a good result. Spot metering can be linked with a focus point and, thanks to the touchscreen, it is quick and easy to operate.