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Panasonic Lumix GX1 review @ TrustedReviews

Panasonic Lumix GX1 review @ TrustedReviews

"As is common with many digital cameras these days, the GX1 allows you to choose from a set of predefined processing styles. In keeping with other recent Lumix G-series releases the GX1 offers a choice of: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait and Custom. We

tended to favour the Standard setting as it offers a happy medium between the deliberately flat Natural setting and the highly saturated Vivid setting, and is the easiest to work with when shooting in Raw. That said, we also found ourselves switching over to Vivid on a number of occasions when the light was really flat and our subject required a bit of extra pop.         

In addition to Picture Styles, the GX1 also features a good range of supplementary image-shaping technology, including Intelligent Resolution (which generates sharper edges and greater emphasis of fine detail) and Intelligent Dynamic (which creates the impression of an increased dynamic range for high-contrast scenes). On top of this the GX1 also offers Shading Compensation (which corrects vignetting by lightening the corners) and Long Shutter Noise Reduction (which lessens the effects of image noise). All of these certainly have their uses, and can be used quite effectively as a general safety net for overall image quality. That said, turning such functions up too high can also result in unnatural looking images, so some prudence is required.
 
Metering is taken care of via a 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system and proves consistently accurate, although we did notice an occasional tendency to slightly underexpose some images in tricky (high-contrast) lighting conditions. Of course, this is easily rectified via the ±5EV of exposure compensation that's provided. We encountered no such problems with Automatic White Balance setting, with the GX1 producing accurate colour reproduction in a variety of natural and artificial lighting conditions without any overly warm or cold hues creeping in."
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