Rear of Camera Controls

From left to right; down the left side of the camera we have a column of four buttons which are used in shooting mode to change various shooting related settings (white balance, ISO etc.). Beside this is the 2.5" LCD monitor then four more buttons (play, display, DOF preview, erase) and then the four way controller. Above this is the command dial which is set flat against the body and is located conveniently for adjustment using your thumb. Along the top above the LCD monitor are three more buttons (bringing the total to sixteen).

On screen settings adjustment

Settings such as white balance and ISO display a dedicated selection panel on the LCD monitor which allow you to see all the options available, use the command dial to change. I found it a little annoying that I couldn't use the four way controller to move around settings or the SET button to confirm (something you naturally do if you've used almost any other digital SLR).

Note that settings are not repeated in the viewfinder while being changed (the assumption is you're looking at the LCD monitor). Below you can see an example of changing white balance to Kelvin temperature (hold the WB button to set the value, overlaid on a partial live view), as well as an example of changing ISO sensitivity.

Setting white balance example Setting ISO example

Buttons / controls


Switch between normal viewfinder mode and LCD monitor 'live view' mode. In Live View mode the viewfinder is blacked out and instead a live TTL view is provided by the LiveMOS sensor to the LCD monitor. Press again to return to viewfinder mode.

Flash up

Press this button to release the pop-up flash, it has two positions, a gentle press flips the flash up to the 'bounce' position, press a little further and the entire mechanism is released and the flash is in the 'forward' position.

Focus mode dial

 • Auto Focus Single-shot
 • Auto Focus Continuous
 • Manual Focus

Auto Focus / Auto Exposure Lock

The AFL / AEL button is used to measure exposure and auto focus and lock them, this can either be momentary (while the button is held) or locked where you simply tap the button and it remains locked until the AFL / AEL button is pressed again.

WB White Balance [clip]

 • Auto
 • Daylight
 • Cloudy
 • Shade
 • Incandescent
 • Flash
 • Custom 1
 • Custom 2
 • Kelvin temp (2500 - 10000 K)
ISO ISO Sensitivity [clip]

 • Auto (P mode only)
 • ISO 100
 • ISO 200
 • ISO 400
 • ISO 800
 • ISO 1600
Flash mode [clip]

 • Auto
 • Auto with red-eye reduction
 • Fill Flash
 • Fill Flash with red-eye reduction
 • Slow-sync flash
 • Slow-sync flash with red-eye reduction
Flash compensation [clip]

 • -2.0 EV to +2.0 EV
 • 1/3 EV steps

Play mode

Enters or leaves play mode, the L1 is a shooting priority camera which means you can always return to play mode by half-pressing the shutter release button.


Display mode

When live view is active pressing this button selects the overlay detail, when the control panel is displayed it selects the information level.

Viewfinder view

 • Shooting information
 • No display (off)
Live View mode

 • Information overlay
 • Information + histogram
 • Thirds grid lines (3x3)
 • Sixths grid lines (6x6)
 • No overlay
Play mode

 • Information overlay
 • Information + histogram
 • No overlay
DOF preview

Hold this button to preview the depth of field of the final shot by stopping the lens diaphragm down to the selected aperture. This works for viewfinder or live view.


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).

Command dial

Used to change settings and navigate menus, also used to select aperture when using a lens without an aperture ring. In play mode turning the command dial clockwise enters magnify mode.
Four-way controller

In shooting mode the left / right arrows of the four-way controller allows you to select AF area. In play mode the left / right arrows are used to browse images.

Menu / Set

Press to enter the Menu in any mode, also used to confirm menu settings.