Panasonic introduces the premium compact-style Lumix DMC-GX1, its fourth current compact system camera in the range that packs the same number of pixels as its larger siblings
Spot metering for the white of the flowers in this image ensures there are no blown-out highlights
Overall, the 144-zone metering system is intelligent and very reliable. Set to its multi-pattern evaluative mode, exposures are often a fraction on the bright side and benefit from underexposure by a good 1⁄3EV.
Although the evaluative metering system is pretty reliable and exposure compensation is quick to dial in, I found myself using spot metering a lot more than usual. This is because it is so easy to select the point by touch on the screen anywhere within the frame that it offers the utmost accuracy for the desired subject, and with the minimum of fuss.
When using spot metering, the size of the spot area can be selected from one of four sizes, the largest of which covers roughly 30% of the frame. For critical spot metering the smallest size is preferable, and on-screen appears to cover no more than 2% of the total frame.