Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Review
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
|LIVE VIEW||Live View
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.
|Focus mode dial
• Auto Focus Single-shot
• Auto Focus Continuous
• Manual Focus
Auto Focus / Auto Exposure Lock
|WB||White Balance [clip]
• 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 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
• Shooting information
• No display (off)
Live View mode
• Information overlay
• Information + histogram
• Thirds grid lines (3x3)
• Sixths grid lines (6x6)
• No overlay
• Information overlay
• Information + histogram
• No overlay
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.
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.
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
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