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...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review – White balance and colour

Image: Using Wi-Fi, images can be sent from the camera to a smart device and quickly adjusted using Adobe Photoshop Touch

Inside the GM1’s white balance menu is a wealth of different options. These include auto (AWB), daylight, cloudy, shadow, incandescent, flash, white set 1 and 2, and a custom colour temperature setting. The custom setting is very good and was the one I opted for the most. It allows users to view the scene in real time and adjust the colour temperature between 2,500K and 10,000K in 100K steps. This is a very precise and easy way to adjust the white balance.

By simply tapping down on the D-pad while in a white balance setting, the blue/yellow and magenta/green bias can be adjusted, which is very useful. I found that in AWB the tungsten white balance was often too cold, so nudging towards the yellow axis added a welcome warmth to the image.

Overall, colour rendition is good, although in some scenes colours appear a bit flat. Thankfully, under the photostyle option, it is easy to boost the image saturation to bring back some of the punch. A host of other picture styles can also be applied from this menu, including portrait, vivid and monochrome.

The scene modes have a variety of different options, including cross-process, silky monochrome and dynamic monochrome.

Image: In its standard mode, colours look natural, although slightly muted

  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 at a glance:
  2. 2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - Time-lapse
  3. 3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - Metering
  5. 5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - Dynamic range
  6. 6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - Autofocus
  7. 7. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - White balance and colour
  9. 9. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  10. 10. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - The competition
  11. 11. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review - Our verdict
  12. 12. Hands-on review
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