I have been a Panasonic GF1 user when I started to use the Micro 4/3 system a couple of years ago. The GF1’s default raw files needed some tweaking to get pleasing results. It had the strong magenta cast (sorry I’m not well-versed on these advance color jargon haha) on the photos that I had to tweak its auto white balance (AWB) and in post-processing.
The Panasonic G3 seems to have solved this, it provides an improved AWB… however it still has inherited a bit of that cast from the GF1. Especially for skin tones on portraits, it really shows. It is not evident in all situations, some won’t reveal this cast but on some, it will.
Here below are two side-by-side comparisons where I try to remove the cast in Adobe Lightroom via a minor tweaking under the camera calibration. While this is not scientific, I have been using this tweak quite effectively when the situation calls for it. I don’t apply this preset universally to all the photos, it is only useful when the situation calls for it.
What does this preset do?
1. try to correct and remove the cast
2. improve the overall skin tones of portraits
3. provide more accurate rendering of colors
Note: All other settings in this preset are left at Lightroom default.
Update July 2013: I found that this preset is applicable to the following – Panasonic GF1, Panasonic GX1, Panasonic G3 and Panasonic GH3. Some other Panasonic Micro 4/3 cameras like the Panasonic G5 and others *might* benefit from this preset, although I cannot confirm because I don’t have first-hand experience on those cameras. But I got some feedbacks from the users of this preset that this also works on Panasonic G5 as well as on the other models of the Panasonic G and GH series.
If you wish to get a free copy of this Lightroom preset (xdayv_lumix_preset), I can email it to you. Cheers!
Left side (Select) is before applying xdayv_lumix_preset, right side (Candidate) is after applying the preset:
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