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Top of camera controls

The top plate is home to the main mode dial, a lever for the drive mode (which includes AE bracketing and self timer positions), the shutter release and the movie record button. Movies can be captured in any shooting mode by pressing this button, though you're stuck with auto exposure (whatever you've set manually). Switching to the movie position on the mode dial gives you a few extra options (though still no control over apertures/shutter speeds/sensitivity) and allows you to stop/start movies using the main shutter release (something even the GH1 can't do - thanks Panasonic!).

Mode Dial

Position
 
Function
 

Intelligent Auto Mode

Basic 'point and shoot' mode with pretty much every setting fixed on automatic. Activates Panasonic's full arsenal of clever 'Intelligent' features:
 • Auto Scene Detection
 • Digital Red Eye removal
 • Face Detection
 • Intelligent ISO (increases ISO if subject motion detected)
 • Intelligent Exposure (lightens shadows in contrasty situations)

When recording video in Intelligent Auto Mode the camera will select set the most appropriate settings for subject and light conditions automatically. This includes all of the above 'intelligent' features.

P Programmed Auto (Flexible)

The Program AE on the GF1 has 'program shift' functionality. This means that you can select one of a variety of equal exposures by turning the command dial left or right. Minimum shutter speed is 60 seconds, top speed is 1/4000 second.
Example:

• 1/160 F3.2 (turn one click CCW)
• 1/125 F3.5 (turn one click CCW)
• 1/100 F4.0 (metered)
• 1/80 F5.0 (turn one click CW)
• 1/60 F5.6 (turn one click CW)

When recording video in 'P' mode aperture and shutter speed are selected automatically.

A Aperture Priority Auto

In this mode you select the aperture and the camera will calculate the shutter speed for the exposure (depending on metered value; metering mode, ISO). Aperture is displayed on the LCD monitor, turning the dial selects different apertures. A half-press of the shutter release causes the camera's exposure system to calculate the shutter speed, if it's outside of the cameras exposure range the shutter speed will blink.

• Range depends on lens max. and min. apertures, in 1/3 EV or 1.0 steps

When recording video in 'A' mode aperture and shutter speed are selected automatically.

S Shutter Priority Auto

In this mode you select the shutter speed and the camera will calculate the correct aperture for the exposure (depending on metered value; metering mode, ISO). Shutter speed is displayed on the LCD monitor, turn the dial to select different shutter speeds. A half-press of the shutter release causes the camera's exposure system to calculate the aperture.

• 60 seconds - 1/4000 sec (in 1/3 or 1 EV steps)

When recording video in 'S' mode aperture and shutter speed are selected automatically.

M

Full Manual Exposure

In this mode you select the aperture and the shutter speed from any combination of the above (and additionally Bulb shutter). Turn the dial to adjust aperture and shutter speed (toggle between the two by pressing the dial). The viewfinder/LCD display will indicate how close you are to the metered exposure (+/- 3 EV).

When recording video in 'M' mode aperture and shutter speed are selected automatically.

Motion Picture Program

In this mode all stills shooting options and menus are disabled and the camera operates purely as a video capture device, with the main shutter release starting and stopping movie clips (the movie button still works too, unless you disable it).

C1, C2

Custom Mode

You can save up to two sets of custom settings for immediate recall. You can also record video in this mode.

SCN

Scene mode

Designed to match the camera settings to several (very) specific shooting scenarios:

  • Portrait
  • Soft Skin
  • Scenery
  • Architecture
  • Sports
  • Peripheral Defocus
  • Flower
  • Food
  • Objects
  • Night Portrait
  • Night Scenery
  • Illuminations
  • Baby 1/2 (includes ability to record child's birthday for display of age in playback mode or in supplied software)
  • Pet (also allows you to set the age of your pet...).
  • Party
  • Sunset

When recording video in this mode the camera will use the selected Scene mode settings.

My Color Mode

Gives you the option to shoot with one of the 7 tonal presets:

  • Expressive
  • Retro
  • Pure
  • Elegant
  • Monochrome
  • Dynamic Art
  • Silhouette
  • Custom

The Custom options allows you to experiment with different colors and tonality with 11-step sliders for the following:

  • Color (hue)
  • Brightness
  • Saturation

You can also record video in My Color mode.

Buttons / Switches

Button/switch
 
Options / description
 
ON/OFF Main Power Switch

 • On
 • Off
Drive
Drive mode

 • Single shot
 • Continuous drive
 • Bracketing
 • Self-timer
Motion Picture button

Starts and stops video recording. The button can be deactivated in the menu.

Lens barrel controls (MEGA O.I.S.)

On the side of the GF1's kit zoom (the 14-45mm) is the OIS on/off switch. The lens uses the same moving lens element optical stabilization as Panasonic's compact Lumix cameras and offers three modes (changed using the Quick Menu):

  • Mode 1 (IS operates continuously)
  • Mode 2 (IS operates only when the shutter is depressed
  • Mode 3 (vertical correction only: panning mode)

Note that the new 20mm pancake kit lens doesn't have an IS module.

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