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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

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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 – 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

  • Built-in Flash: Yes, GN 5.6m @ ISO 200
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets, 2 custom, Kelvin, all with fine-tuning
  • Video: Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50i AVCHD (PAL), 1920 x 1080-pixel MPEG-4 (24fps)
  • Shutter Type: Focal-plane shutter/electronic shutter
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: N/A
  • Output Size: 4592 x 3448 pixels
  • LCD: 3in, 1.036-million-dot touchscreen LCD
  • Field of View: N/A
  • AF Points: 23-area and touch-focus anywhere in the frame
  • White Balance Bracket: 3 frames
  • Sensor: 16-million-effective-pixel Live MOS sensor
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/50sec (internal only)
  • Focal Length Mag: 2x
  • Weight: 173g (body only), 274g (with kit lens, card and battery)
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, iA+, 24 scene modes
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion (220 shots)
  • Shutter Speeds: 60-1/16,000sec
  • File Format: JPEG, RW2 (raw), raw + JPEG, MPO (when attaching 3D lens in micro four thirds-system standard), AVCHD, MPEG-4
  • Drive Mode: Up to 5fps (with AF-S), 4fps (with AF-C, in 1-area-focusing AF mode) for 7 continuous shots in raw, unlimited JPEGs
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV in 1/3 steps
  • Lens Mount: Micro four thirds
  • RRP: £629 with 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens
  • ISO: 125-25,600 Auto (extended) – native 200-25,600
  • Focusing Modes: Contrast AF, single, continuous, manual, face detection, AF tracking, 23-area, 1-area, pinpoint, touch
  • DoF Preview: Yes, with shutter-speed simulation
  • Metering System: 1,728-zone, multi-pattern sensing system with options for intelligent multiple, centreweighted, spot
  • Dimensions: 98.5 x 54.9 x 30.4mm
  • Connectivity / Interface: Wi-Fi, Micro HDMI, USB 2.0
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Tested as: Enthusiast CSC

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