Lens barrel controls
Looking at the lens barrel from the left of the camera we see a variety of controls starting with the focus and zoom rings, buttons to change camera settings (used in combination with the main or sub-dials) and two switches, all detailed below:
Buttons used in combination with main or sub-dial
|Hold||And turn main or sub-dial:|
Select metering mode:
Center Weighted Average
Select drive mode:
Selects an exposure compensation between -3 EV and +3 EV in 0.3 EV steps. Exposure compensation is displayed on the top LCD, viewfinder status bar and rear LCD (if enabled).
|Focus Range (Macro)
Select auto focus range:
Optional Lens (if enabled)
Optional x3 Lens (if enabled)
|Auto / Manual Focus
Throwing this lever disenages the auto focus mechanism and enables the focus ring on the front of the camera (focus-by-wire).
|OPEN||Open LCD (release)
This button releases the rear LCD so that it can be tilted out either down or up.
Switches / Levers
Select focusing method
Auto Focus (manual focus ring disabled)
Manual focus (manual focus ring enabled)
|OPEN||Release rear LCD
The OPEN lever releases the rear LCD so that it can be tilted out, up or down.
Lens barrel rings
Both rings are well made and run smoothly, in particular the zoom ring has a good weighty feel to it yet moves cleanly from full wide to full tele. What may confuse digital "newbies" are the focal lengths printed just below the zoom ring, they are the actual focal lengths but will mean nothing (as they only correspond to the size of the sensor). It would have been more useful to print the 35 mm equivalent focal lengths on the zoom ring, at least this would be more familiar.
Manual White Balance
The E-10 features a "one-touch" manual white balance button, it's located on the front of the camera just next to your fingertips (beside the hand grip), you can press it at any time to take a white balance reading for the manual preset white balance setting (obviously you're supposed to be aimed at a white card / white wall and not overexposed). If the sample is ok to be used for white balance measurement you'll see the display on the right below asking you to confirm the new white balance (press OK).
This won't automatically switch selected white balance to manual preset, you have to / or already have chosen it. This is a VERY WELCOME feature and something I wish other manufacturers would implement, it's quick and easy to use.