Cheap solution for the G3 flush DISP / Fn1 button problem

Started Oct 14, 2011 | Discussions
makdaddy New Member • Posts: 22
Cheap solution for the G3 flush DISP / Fn1 button problem

As the DPreview says:

The DISP. button is designed so that it is essentially flush with the camera body, meaning you can't press it accidentally, but making locating it by touch frustratingly difficult. Given the fact that DISP now does double duty as a function button, and is ideally-located to use for a commonly-accessed function such as AE lock, this is unfortunate.

Pixel Peter mentioned using large 9mm self adhesive foam disc stickers on all of his buttons back in July: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1041&message=38979742&q=flush&qf=m

I wanted to see if I could find something that would more closely mimic the raised design and feel and size of the other buttons, and think I found it. For all of $2.69 you can buy a set of 75 self-stick "jewels" that come in 4 sizes, 3 of which, the 3mm, 4mm, or 5mm, can be used depending on how raised you want the button to be. They are called "Mark Richards Crystal Stickers Elements" style 1609. I bought them here: http://www.nonadesigns.com/jewels.htm

There is a tiny bit of excess adhesive material connecting the jewels that may remain if you just try to rip one off the sheet, so cutting it with an x-acto or razor blade is better. The adhesive seems to grip pretty well, but the nice thing is that if it should fall off, you've got almost a lifetime supply of them.

Shown below is the 4mm size. It's raised higher than the other buttons and I might try the 3mm, but the tactile feel is great due to the height and the facets on the surface.

Plus, by adding one, you've just added some glam appeal to your G3...

Trafford
Trafford Veteran Member • Posts: 8,255
Re: Cheap solution for the G3 flush DISP / Fn1 button problem

Looks good, I used a slither of Velcro (the hook part) on
one camera that had a recessed On/Off switch some years ago.
Worked fine.

Pixel Peter Regular Member • Posts: 124
Re: Cheap solution for the G3 flush DISP / Fn1 button problem

@Makdaddy.

I am still content with the self adhesive foam disc stickers but your solution seems very good and looks "cool". When I sometimes unintentionally touch some buttons I reset in no time all my settings by going to the C1 custom button.

The C1 custom approach I found here on this forum. And it is also great to bring back the focus point exactly back to the centre when you had programmed it there in C1.
Thanks for your tip Makdaddy.
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OP makdaddy New Member • Posts: 22
Re: Cheap solution for the G3 flush DISP / Fn1 button problem

I totally agree about the custom settings - it's also great when you need a quick shot and the camera's been sitting around for a while and you're not sure of your last settings.

As far as accidentally hitting the DISP/Fn1 since the "jewel" makes it more prominent, since I have it set to AEL/AFL, hitting it won't seriously mess anything up.

SF Photo Gal
SF Photo Gal Senior Member • Posts: 2,228
Re: Cheap solution for the G3 flush DISP / Fn1 button problem

Could start a whole new trend. Get one of those old Bedazzler kits and totally trick out your camera.

SF Photo Gal
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Vlad S Veteran Member • Posts: 3,750
Re: Cheap solution for the G3 flush DISP / Fn1 button problem

SF Photo Gal wrote:

Could start a whole new trend. Get one of those old Bedazzler kits and totally trick out your camera.

I am sure this is great bringing the camera to stadiums/concerts - nobody will take your camera seriously!

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OP makdaddy New Member • Posts: 22
Re: Cheap solution for the G3 flush DISP / Fn1 button problem

I said "add a little glam appeal" - this might be taking things a bit too far. Also, it might be a bit hard to figure out which one is the button!

rrr_hhh Veteran Member • Posts: 6,022
Re: Cheap solution for the G3 flush DISP / Fn1 button problem

Very smart solution !

Mine shows less glamour; I've just sticked a little patch of foam and in order to get a nice round cut, I used that office tool employed to cut holes in sheets of paper (so that you can store them in a folder, how do you call that tool in English ?).

I must say that at the beginning I was really put off by that hard to find fn button. I'm so accustomed to prefocuse with the AF/AE lock button that I couldn't adapt to this damned recessed button. I almost begun to hate the camera, untill in a helpful message Diane B hinted me to that possible workaround.

It is almost unbelievable that such a small thing could become so irritating and so frustrating. I can't understand why Panasonic allowed such a misconceived design to succeed, it is such a big ergonomic blunder.

But with the patch it is a whole other camera. I love it now.

Here is how the camera look now :

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h2k Contributing Member • Posts: 816
Re: Cheap solution for the G3 flush DISP / Fn1 button problem

Love this thread. From the DIY solution to the cam-pimping - interesting and amusing.

Do you see any of that in Canykon forums?

(Oh well, is it necessary there?)

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