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Camera Menus

The G2 fits its many options onto 20 pages of menus. These are divided into six categories: Record, Motion Picture, Custom Menu, Setup, My Menu and Playback. Although they've been jigged around a bit since the G1, generally you'll find all the options where you'd expect them and, after a short while with the G2, navigating the menus is easy. Note that you get a much smaller subset of menus in full Auto mode.

Record menu

The record menu is very similar indeed to the G1/GH1 (the only significant change being the option to turn on the new Intelligent Resolution feature). In this table and all those that follow the * indicates a material change over the last generation (we haven't marked all the menu items that have moved).

Option Values / Actions Notes
Aspect Ratio  • 4:3
 • 3:2
 • 16:9
 • 1:1

- 4000 x 3000/2816 x 2112/2048 x 1536 - 4128 x 2752/2928 x 1952/2064 x 1376
- 4352 x 2448/3072 x 1728/1920 x 1080
- 2992 x 2992/2112 x 2112/1504 x 1504

Picture Size  • Large
 • Medium
 • Small
 
Quality  • Fine
 • Standard
 • RAW + Fine
 • RAW + Standard
 • RAW
RAW mode stores only the maximum number of pixels of your chosen aspect ratio, not necessarily the entire sensor.
Face Recognition  • Off
 • On
 • Memory
 • Set
 
Metering Mode  • Multiple
 • Center weighted
 • Spot
 
Stabilizer  • Mode 1
 • Mode 2
 • Mode 3
Mode 1 is always active. Mode 2 only when the shutter is pressed. Mode 3 is used when horizontally panning.
Flash  • Auto
 • Auto with Red-eye correction
 • On
 • On with Red-eye correction
 • Slow sync
 • Slow sync with Red-eye correction
 
D.Red-eye  • On
 • Off
Camera tries to digitally remove red eyes from images.
Flash Syncro  • 1st
 • 2nd
Flash fires at start or end of exposure
Flash Adjust +/- 2 EV in 0.3 EV steps  
I.Resolution *  • Off
 • Low
 • Standard
 • High
 
i.Exposure  • Off
 • Low
 • Standard
 • High
Exposure and contrast are adjusted to compensate for scenes requiring a wide dynamic range
ISO Limit Set  • Off
 • 200
 • 400
 • 800
 • 1600
Sets the maximum limit to which Auto or i.ISO settings will set the sensitivity.
ISO Increments
 • 1 EV
 • 1/3 EV
 
Long Shtr NR
 • On
 • Off
Takes a second, dark-frame to allow subtraction of long exposure noise
Ex. Opt. Zoom  • On
 • Off
"Extra Optical Zoom" -only uses part of the sensor, to simulate additional zoom
Digital Zoom  • Off
 • 2X
 • 4X
Digital Zoom - crops the image to simulate additional zoom
Burst Rate  • H
 • M *
 • L
Selects 3.2, 2.6 or 2 fps shooting
Auto Bracket  • Steps
3, 5 or 7 frames
1/3 or 2/3 EV steps
 • Sequence:
0/-/+
-/0/+
 
Self-Timer  • 10 sec
 • 10 sec (3 images)
 • 2 sec
 
Color Space  • sRGB
 • AdobeRGB
 
Audio Rec *  • On
 • Off
 

Motion picture menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
Rec Mode  • AVCHD Lite
 • Motion JPEG
 
Rec Quality

 • Rec Mode: AVCHD Lite
SH
H
L
 • Rec Mode: Motion JPEG
HD
WVGA
VGA
QVGA

 
Continuous AF  • Off
 • On
 
Exposure Mode  • P
 • A
 • S
 • M
This option is only active in creative motion picture mode
Metering Mode  • Multiple
 • Center weighted
 • Spot
 
i.Exposure   • Off
 • Low
 • Standard
 • High
Exposure and contrast are adjusted to compensate for scenes requiring a wide dynamic range
Wind Cut  • Off
 • Low
 • Standard
 • High
Reduces wind noise in motion picture recording
Ex. Opt. Zoom  • On
 • Off
"Extra Optical Zoom" -only uses part of the sensor, to simulate additional zoom
Digital Zoom  • Off
 • 2X
 • 4X
Digital Zoom - crops the image to simulate additional zoom

Custom menu

The main difference here over the G1 is that the Fn button options have moved over from the Setup Menu and that this menu now has options for the iA button and touch screen controls.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Cust. Set Mem.  • C1: Set 1
 • C2: Set 2
 • C3: Set 3
Assigns current settings to one of three custom memories
Fn Button Set *  • Focus Area Set
 • Aspect Ratio
 • Quality
 • Metering Mode
 • I. Resolution
 • I. Exposure
 • Ex Optical Zoom
 • Guide Line
 • Movie/stills Rec Area
 • Stills/Movie Remaining display
 
Histogram  • Off
 • On
Provides a histogram on the shooting screen
Guide lines  • Off
 • Thirds
 • Center
 • Movable
 
Highlight  • Off
 • On
 
AF/AE Lock  • AE
 • AF
 • AF/AE
Which parameters are locked by the AL/AE lock button
AF/AE Lock Hold  • Off
 • On
Is the action of the AF/AE Lock button retained?
Pre AF  • Off
 • Quick AF
 • Continuous AF
Quick AF will start to try to achieve focus when it detects the camera is being held steadily.
Direct Focus Area  • Off
 • On
On allows the AF point to be moved when in single-point AF mode
Focus Priority  • Off
 • On
Does the camera wait for focus before allowing shutter release
AF Assist Lamp  • Off
 • On
 
AF + MF  • Off
 • On
Allows manual fine-tuning of focus once AF lock has been achieved
MF Assist  • Off
 • On
Zooms in the view to allow high-precision manual focus
MF Guide  • Off
 • On
Displays a rough focus scale when focusing manually
Preview Hold  • Off
 • On
Is the action of the preview button retained upon button release?
Expo. Meter  • Off
 • On
 
Expo. Settings  • Switch by pressing front dial
 • Switch by holding EVF/LCD button
Dictates how to toggle between the command dial's functions
LVF Disp. Style
 • Finder style
 • LCD Monitor style
Electronic Viewfinder display style
LCD Disp. Style
 • Finder style
 • LCD Monitor style
 
LCD Info. Disp.
 • Off *
 • 1 (Blue)
 • 2 (Red)
 • 3 (Black)
Selects the status view color scheme.
EVF/LCD Auto
 • Off
 • On
Uses the proximity sensor to switch between EVF and LCD.
iA Button Switch *  • Single Press
 • Press & Hold
 
Movie button  • Off
 • On
Enables/disables the movie button
Rec Area
 • Stills
 • Movies
Changes the angle of view during motion picture and still picture recording
Remaining Disp  • Stills (frames)
 • Movies (time)
Switches between number of recordable pictures and available recording time
Touch Q.Menu *  • Off
 • On
 
Touch Shutter *  • Off
 • On
 
Touch Guide *  • Off
 • On
 
Touch Scroll *  • H
 • L
 
Dial Guide  • Off
 • On
Gives cues to the dial's function in the viewfinder after a change
Menu Resume  • Off
 • On
Menus return to last-used position
Pixel Refresh Start processing
Yes
No
Checks the sensor for malfunctioning pixels
Sensor cleaning Start processing
Yes
No
 
Shoot W/O Lens  • Off
 • On
 
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