Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 Review
Rear of Camera Controls
The rear controls are similar to the L1, with a bit of the FZ series thrown in for good measure. Top left is the Live View button to toggle between framing with the viewfinder and the LCD screen. Down the right side of the screen we have focus mode and AE/AF lock, play mode, display (for changing the amount and type of information overlaid on the live view and playback displays) and a new FUNC button. This activates a 'quick menu' (as seen on recent Lumix compacts) for fast access to common settings. Below this is a dedicated delete button. To the right is the standard four-way controller. Each of the directional keys has a dedicated function in record mode, giving direct access to ISO speed, metering mode, focus pattern and white balance.
On screen settings adjustment
Buttons such as white balance and ISO display a dedicated mini menu on the LCD monitor which allow you to see all the options available, use the command dial or arrow keys to change. We found it a little annoying that we couldn't use the four way controller to move around settings shown on the main info screen (something now common on digital SLRs) - you have to use the dedicated buttons or menus. You can, however, half press the shutter release to accept a change, which is a lot faster then pressing SET.
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 some examples of changes being made.
|Setting white balance example||Setting ISO example|
|White Balance Adjust (using live view)||Setting Metering example|
Quick Menu (FUNC)
New to the L10 is a FUNC menu - as found on most modern Lumix compacts. Pressing this brings up a small horizontal menu running along the top of the screen offering quick access to (depending on which mode you're in): Size, Quality, OIS mode, ISO, White Balance and Flash mode.
|Quick menu when shooting with viewfinder||Quick menu when shooting in Live View mode.|
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
In shooting mode the four arrow keys each have a dedicated function (listed below). The directional keys are also used to navigate menus and change settings. In playback mode the left and right keys are used to scroll through saved images.
|WB||White Balance (down arrow)
• Auto (AWB)
• Custom 1
• Custom 2
• Kelvin temp (2500 - 10000 K) [clip]
|ISO||ISO Sensitivity (up arrow)
• Auto (not in M mode)
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
|Focus Frame Setting (left arrow) [clip]
• Left, center, right, all
Metering Mode (left arrow)
• Shooting information
• No display (off)
Live View mode
• Information overlay
• Information + histogram
• Thirds grid lines (3x3)
• Quarters grid lines (2x2)
• No overlay
• Basic information overlay
• Full information + thumbnail
• Information + RGB histograms + thumbnail
• No overlay
Used to change settings and navigate menus, by default also used to select shutter speeds in Manual and Shutter Priority modes (note that the functions of the dials can be swapped using the Custom menu). In playback mode turning the rear dial magnifies the image.
Menu / Set
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