White balance and colour

In a variety of conditions, such as bright sunlight, overcast skies and indoor tungsten light, the auto white balance of the E-PL3 gives no cause for concern. For those few situations where it may struggle, taking a custom white balance is simple.

It is in the manual control of white balance and colour that the E-PL3 is really strong. The comprehensive white balance options include Kelvin adjustment, custom settings, the usual six presets and white balance bracketing to maintain warm or cool colours.

I generally stuck to the natural colour mode, which gives a good balance between the vivid and muted colours produced in other colour modes. I also enjoyed using the monotone mode, for which a vast number of filters can be applied for different image types. For example, monochrome with a green filter is ideal for portraits, and the sharpness, contrast and tone of monochrome can then be adjusted, too.

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