Colors are generally accurate, but not always attractive ...
This observation was of course not meant as a compliment. I mean, after all, who would want a camera that produces generally accurate color? What exactly would be the point of having to deal with - thank the techno-gods for giving us the digital tools (H&S sliders to the max!) which provide us with a quick and easy way to change those accurate colors into attractive colors - that "deficiency"?
an aside - I find it very strange and more than a little ironic that the pretty picture crowd, especially the nature landscape division thereof, deplores accurate colors. On one hand, they profess great admiration and respect for the natural world. On the other hand, they can't keep their hands off of the natural colors found therein. The god*-given colors of natural things are never quite good enough to match the imaginings, feelings, fetishes, and "memories" of those picture makers. And, in a very strange application of reason and logic, they seem to think that presenting a false/distorted view of the natural world will engender a respect (their oft-stated rational for their picture making excesses) for the actual natural world. IMO, and that of many others, that reasoning backfires way more often than it succeeds because the real (more accurate, if you will) natural world rarely can match that of the fabricated "grandeur" exhibited in pictures made by the pretty picture crowd. The net effect of that issue is that there is little respect for / appreciation of the non-grandeur natural world and, concomitantly, there is much destruction thereof.
In any event, as can be deduced from many of the my-how-to entries on this blog, I spend a fair amount of time and effort converting / correcting, to a "generally accurate" state, the "attractive" colors my camera + color engine produces. Needless to state, I would actually prefer a camera + color engine which produces generally accurate rather than "attractive" colors. It surely would save me a heap of time and effort.
FYI, on one hand, the camera under review is of the µ4/3rds variety so I've moved it to my maybe someday list (purely mental, partly fantasy). That said, 2 things will have to happen before it can enter the realm of the possible - 1) the price will have to drop considerably (it probably will after the initial "buzz" / gear lust wears off - although it's status, review wise, as "easily the best video-equipped stills camera that we've ever used" (I couldn't care less) might keep demand on the high side for an extended period), and, 2) it will have to be available as body-only because I really don't want or need the kit lens which comes with it.
On the other hand, I am very happy with the quality and look (post processing) of the prints my current camera/sensor + color engine + work-flow produces. So, I ask, why mess with a good thing?
*the "creator", mother nature, natural selection, random chance - pick one or make up your own definition.