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!).
Intelligent Auto Mode
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.
• 1/160 F3.2 (turn one click CCW)
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.
Full Manual Exposure
When recording video in 'M' mode aperture and shutter speed are selected automatically.
Motion Picture Program
When recording video in this mode the camera will use the selected Scene mode settings.
My Color Mode
The Custom options allows you to experiment with different colors and tonality with 11-step sliders for the following:
You can also record video in My Color mode.
Buttons / Switches
Options / description
|ON/OFF||Main Power Switch
• Single shot
• Continuous drive
|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.