Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Micro Color Panel review: tactile control for color grading

The Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Micro Color Panel is a fantastic yet specialist device

Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Micro Color Panel on a wooden surface
(Image: © James Abbott / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Micro Color Panel is an excellent tool for professionals or those who often color grade their video footage and require tactile precision. It’s highly portable – small and light enough to carry around in a backpack – and can be used at a desk with a computer or an iPad. At $509 / £498 it may be less expensive than the more advanced Mini Color Panel, but it’s still a pricey piece of kit.


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    Tactile controls that aren’t too sensitive

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    Excellent build quality

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    Internal battery and Bluetooth

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    Speeds up colour grading


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    Expensive and specialist

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    DaVinci Resolve Studio not included

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    A bit of a learning curve

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    Not cost-effective for casual users

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I have to confess that I have no problems using software interfaces for making adjustments when editing photos and videos, but I may have been swayed by the Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Micro Color Panel. This is a color grading control panel designed for use with DaVinci Resolve video editing software that can be used with both computers and iPads.

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ControlsThree trackballs, 40 buttons, 12 dials, three wheels
CompatibilityDavinci Resolve 12.5 and above
ConnectivityUSB-C / Bluetooth
Power supplyUSB-C / internal battery
OS compatibilityMac 14.3 and above / Windows 11 / Rocky Linux 8.6
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FeaturesA useful range of controls and Bluetooth connectivity.★★★★★
DesignA well-made device that’s compact and lightweight for transportation and use on the go.★★★★★
PerformanceThe Micro Color Panel provides tactile and precise control of the Color Page.★★★★☆
ValueA little expensive so not ideal for casual users, and a DaVinci Resolve Studio license isn’t included.★★★☆☆
Loupedeck CT

Loupedeck CT
The Loupedeck CT is another multi-software controller that features customizable buttons, dials, and a jog wheel alongside a neat screen, but it’s only just less expensive than the Micro Color Panel.


The Tourbox is a customizable multi-software controller that can be used with both photo and video editing software rather than being dedicated to one part of a single software program. 

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James Abbott

James Abbott is a landscape and portrait photographer based in Cambridge. He’s also an experienced photography journalist specializing in camera skills and Photoshop techniques. He is also a CAA-approved drone pilot and professional aerial photographer.