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Top of camera controls

The top right of the camera is where the majority of the main controls are clustered together around the prominent main mode dial. Gone is the shutter speed dial found on the L1, replaced by the more usual twin command dials (one front, one back). You can still use lenses with an aperture ring.

Mode Dial

Position
 
Function
 
Auto Mode

Basic 'point and shoot' mode with pretty much every setting fixed on automatic.
P Programmed Auto (Flexible)

The Program AE on the L10 has 'program shift' functionality. This means that you can select one of a variety of equal exposures by turning the front command dial left or right. Minimum shutter speed is 60 seconds, top speed is 1/4000 second.
Example:

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

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 viewfinder status bar and the LCD monitor (if INFO display is on), turn the front dial to select different apertures. A half-press of the shutter release causes the cameras 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 steps

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 viewfinder status bar and the LCD monitor (if INFO display is on), turn the rear dial to select different shutter speeds. A half-press of the shutter release causes the cameras exposure system to calculate the aperture.

• 60 seconds - 1/4000 sec (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)

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 front dial to adjust aperture, turn the rear dial to adjust shutter speed (the dials can be switched in the custom menu). The viewfinder display will indicate how close you are to the metered exposure (+/- 5 EV). In addition a graphical representation is shown on the LCD monitor.

Advanced Scene mode : Portrait

Allows the selection of one of four scene modes, each with slightly different parameters (all aim to minimize depth of field and produce flattering skin tones):

  • Normal Portrait
  • Outdoor portrait
  • Indoor Portrait (Intelligent ISO active)
  • Creative Portrait (allows user to set aperture)

Advanced Scene mode : Scenery

Allows the selection of one of four scene modes, each with slightly different parameters:

  • Normal Scenery
  • Nature
  • Architecture
  • Creative Scenery (allows user to set shutter speed)

Advanced Scene mode : Macro

Allows the selection of one of three scene modes, each with slightly different parameters:

  • Normal MAcro
  • I. ISO macro (for moving subjects)
  • Creative Scenery (allows user to set aperture)

Advanced Scene mode : Sports

Allows the selection of one of four scene modes, each with slightly different parameters:

  • Normal Sports
  • Outdoor Sports
  • Indoor Sports
  • Creative Sports (allows user to set shutter speed)

Advanced Scene mode : Night Portrait

Allows the selection of one of four scene modes, each with slightly different parameters:

  • Night Portrait
  • Night Scenery
  • Illuminations
  • Creative Night Scenery (allows user to set aperture)
CUSTOM  
SCN

Scene mode

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

  • Sunset
  • Food
  • 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... I think this is a first in a digital SLR).

Buttons / Switches

Unlike the L1, the L10's top panel levers are a lot more difficult to accidentally move, being stiffer and having more defined click stops.

Button/switch
 
Options
 
ON/OFF Main Power Switch

 • On
 • Off
Drive Drive mode

 • Single shot
 • Continuous drive
 • Bracketing
 • Self-timer
FILM MODE

Film Mode

Pressing the Film Mode button activates the Live View and allows you to choose from nine preset 'film modes', or to individually set four parameters (contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction). You can save custom settings into one of two 'My Film' registers.

Film modes:
• Standard (color)
 • Dynamic (color)
 • Nature (color)
 • Smooth (color)
 • Vibrant (color)
 • Standard (B&W)
 • Dynamic (B&W)
 • Smooth (B&W)
 • My Film1
 • My Film2

OPEN

Flash up

Press this button to release the pop-up flash.

Front dial

Used to change settings and navigate menus, by default also used to select aperture when using a lens without an aperture ring. In play mode turning the front dial scrolls through saved images.

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

Unlike like the Panasonic DMC-LC1 (AKA the Leica Digilux 2) the L10's kit lens has no dedicated aperture ring. On the side of the lens 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:

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