Rear of camera controls
The GF1's rear controls will be pretty familiar to anyone who has used the G1 or GH1 - the layout (as far as the body design allows) is almost identical (FZ series owners will feel at home here too). The controls are logically arranged and surprisingly easy to get to, though only if you use both hands to support the camera.
On screen settings adjustment
Buttons such as white balance and ISO display a dedicated mini menu on the LCD monitor (or EVF if you add one) which allow you to see all the options available, use the command dial or arrow keys to change. Of course there are plenty of other ways to change settings using the various display options.
|Setting Focus mode example||Setting ISO example (1/3 EV steps)|
Quick Menu (Q.Menu)
The GF1 offers direct access to most of the most common settings using the Quick Menu (found on most modern Lumix compacts). Pressing the Q.Menu button lets you select a setting from the icons arranged around the live view screen (using the directional arrows or the control dial) and change it. The exact appearance of the quick menu settings depends on which display mode you are in.
|Changing image size in the two different display modes (the operation is identical in both cases; it's just the display that's different).|
Buttons / controls
Press this button to release the pop-up flash.
Auto Focus / Auto Exposure Lock
Used to change exposure settings and navigate menus. In play mode turning the dial changes magnification and activates the thumbnail views. The dial has a button click that switches its function (for example, between shutter speed and AE compensation in A mode). The 'click' can also be used in place of the 'SET' button for selecting menu items.
Activates the Quick Menu, which allows you to select and change any of the settings shown as on-screen icons.
Press to change the focus mode from Auto (Single or Continuous) to Manual. Continuous AF option only offered on lenses fast enough to support it (i.e. not the 20mm F1.7).
In shooting mode the four arrow keys each have a dedicated function (listed below). The directional keys are also used to navigate menus and change settings. In playback mode the left and right keys are used to scroll through saved images.
|WB||White Balance (right arrow)
• Custom 1
• Custom 2
• Kelvin temp (2500 - 10000 K, 100K steps)
ISO Sensitivity (up arrow)
• Single area (press DOWN arrow to use cursor keys to set AF point)
• 23 area (auto select)
• Subject Tracking AF
• Face Detect AF
Fn (down arrow)
In play mode cycles through the various information display modes.
Erase / Depth of field preview
In Play mode displays a 'Yes / No' confirmation dialog to delete the current image, press the Erase button again to switch to All/Multi mode; Multi allowing you to select images on a 6 image thumbnail index, All erasing all images on the storage card (except for Protected images).
Menu / Set
The GF1, like the other G cameras, only has one dial, but it does the job of two thanks to the fact it's also a button.
The dial is used to change exposure settings and navigate menus, and in play mode turning the dial changes magnification and activates the thumbnail views. The dial has a button click that switches its function (for example, between shutter speed and AE compensation in A mode). The 'click' can also be used in place of the 'SET' button for selecting menu items.