Record Screens & Menus

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In default display mode, when shooting in Program mode, the touch screen LCD screen displays a fair amount of camera information. Note the folder tab on the right side: Tapping it reveals a column of icons including zoom and touch shutter, which allows you to tap the screen instead of using the shutter button.




Panasonic-DMC-G5_menu-iAmode.jpgIntelligent Auto mode is launched by a dedicated button on the top panel. So, regardless of what position you're using on the mode dial, you can easily switch in and out of iAuto without having to consult the dial. There are two Intelligent Auto modes to choose from. iAuto sets all parameters automatically, while iAuto Plus allows you to adjust color and brightness settings.

There are 23 scene modes to choose from, and one SCN position on the mode dial.

Scene modes:

  • Clear Portrait  
  • Silky Skin  
  • Backlit Softness  
  • Clear in Backlight  
  • Relaxing Tone  
  • Sweet Child's Face  
  • Distinct Scenery  
  • Bright Blue Sky  
  • Romantic Sunset Glow  
  • Vivid Sunset Glow  
  • Glistening Water  
  • Clear Nightscape  
  • Cool Night Sky  
  • Warm Glowing Nightscape  
  • Artistic Nightscape  
  • Glittering Illuminations  
  • Clear Night Portrait  
  • Soft Image of a Flower  
  • Appetizing Food  
  • Cute Dessert  
  • Freeze Animal Motion  
  • Clear Sports Shot  
  • Monochrome

In addition to the 23 scene modes, there are 14 Creative Control filters you can apply while shooting (you can not apply them to existing shots as an edit in playback mode).

Creative Control menu:

  • Expressive
  • Retro
  • High Key
  • Low Key
  • Sepia
  • Dynamic Monochrome
  • Impressive Art
  • High Dynamic
  • Cross Process
  • Toy Effect
  • Miniature Effect
  • Soft Focus
  • Star Filter
  • One Point Color


Panasonic-DMC-G5_shoot-AFbox.jpgWhen the camera achieves focus, the AF boxes turn green. You can use the touch screen to reposition your autofocus area.

The camera uses contrast detection autofocus. There are four focus modes:

  • AFS (Single) - Focus is set automatically when the shutter button is pressed halfway.
  • AFF (Flexible) - While the shutter button is pressed halfway, focus is corrected if the subject moves.
  • AFC (Continuous) - While the shutter button is pressed halfway, focusing matches the movement of the subject, and predicts position at the time of recording.
  • Manual



Panasonic-DMC-G5_menu-AF.jpgIn addition to the focus modes (AFS, AFF, and AFC), you can select an AF mode to fit your subject matter. Shown here are icons (left to right) for face detection AF, AF tracking, 23-area AF (the default), one-area AF, and pinpoint AF. 23-area

The position and size of the AF area can be adjusted using the touch screen.



Panasonic-DMC-G5_menu-AF-face.jpgIn face detection AF mode, the camera can detect up to 15 faces automatically.



Panasonic-DMC-G5_menu-burst.jpgThe four burst modes offer a wide variety to help you capture even the quickest of movements. Super High mode is rated to shoot at 20fps, though I achieved 22fps in my testing. At this clip, the camera was able to capture 40 JPEGs at 4MP before stopping, and immediately after to record another 16 frames at roughly 20fps.

You can't use live view when using the two fastest burst modes (High and Super High), but at such a rapid burst you probably wouldn't expect to. If you need live view, you can always use Medium burst, which is rated at 3.7fps, though again I was able to get a slightly faster speed, at 4fps.

One surprise here is that you can't shoot continuously with the built-in flash. Even when using Low bust, I had to press the shutter button each time I wanted the flash to fire.

Burst mode menu:

  • Super high: 20fps (4M)
  • High: 6fps
  • Medium: 3.7fps (with Live View)
  • Low: 2fps (with Live View)


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High light sensitivity and low light performance is one of the DMC-G5's greatest strengths. You can manually set the ISO from 160 to 12800. In addition to Auto, the camera offers Intelligent ISO, which takes subject movement into account and optimizes light sensitivity and shutter speed to minimize blurred movement.



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The white balance menu options are nothing out of the ordinary, though you can finely adjust the white balance, using the touch screen if you choose. You can adjust the color temperature by dragging a touch screen bar, or finely adjust the white balance by dragging a point within a box that has sides corresponding to amber, blue, green and magenta. You can perform these same functions, of course, using the four-way control.

 

Panasonic-DMC-G5_menuC3.jpgA wealth of custom options are available. Shown here is page 3 of 8 pages of customizable settings. Highlighted is the on/off setting for eye sensor AF. When turned on, the camera performs autofocus when your eye approaches the eyepiece of the electronic viewfinder.



Panasonic-DMC-G5_menu-C5.jpgIn the custom menus you can select the display style of the electronic viewfinder (or LVF as Panasonic calls it) separately from the LCD. Within each style are four options: with information, without information, tilt sensor with information, and tilt sensor without information.
 

Panasonic-DMC-G5_menu-fnbuttons.jpgThis menu illustrates just how customizable the DMC-G5 is, and how helpful the in-camera information and intuitive icons are. Fn1, Fn2 and Fn3 are physical buttons, while Fn4 and Fn5 are on-screen buttons. You get a total of 31 options to assign to each one.
 
Function buttons menu:

  • One Push AE
  • Preview
  • Level Gauge
  • Focus Area Set
  • Photo Style
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Picture Size
  • Quality
  • Focus Mode
  • Metering Mode
  • HDR
  • Flash
  • Flash Adjust.
  • I. Resolution
  • I. Dynamic
  • EX. Tele Conv.
  • Digital Zoom
  • Electronic Shutter
  • Stabilizer
  • Motion Pic. Set
  • Picture Mode
  • Histogram
  • Guide Line
  • Step Zoom
  • Zoom Speed
  • Rec Area
  • Sensitivity
  • White Balance
  • AF Mode
  • Drive Mode
  • Playback



 
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The camera records movies in AVCHD or MP4 format. In AVCHD, movies are recorded at 16:9 aspect ratio. MP4 videos also are recorded at 16:9, unless you select VGA, which records at 4:3. The G5 offers both formats so you can choose which you prefer to use. AVCHD is typically better for viewing on HDTVs or when recording to Blu-Ray, while .MP4 is more geared towards use on your PC or the Internet.

While recording video, you can use most of the scene modes and filters available when recording still images.

Scene modes for movie recording:
  • Clear Portrait
  • Silky Skin
  • Backlit Softness
  • Clear in Backlight
  • Relaxing Tone
  • Sweet Child's Face
  • Distinct Scenery
  • Bright Blue Sky
  • Romantic Sunset Glow
  • Vivid Sunset Glow
  • Clear Nightscape
  • Cool Night Sky
  • Warm Glowing Nightscape
  • Artistic Nightscape
  • Clear Night Portrait
  • Appetizing Food
  • Cute Dessert
  • Freeze Animal Motion
  • Clear Sports Shot
  • Monochrome

Creative Control filters for movie recording:
  • Expressive
  • Retro
  • High Key
  • Low Key
  • Sepia
  • Dynamic Monochrome
  • Impressive Art
  • High Dynamic
  • Cross Process
  • Toy Effect
  • Miniature Effect
  • One Point Color


Panasonic-DMC-G5_menu-movie-rec1jpg.jpgThe movie record menu offers three pages of settings. Here you use the same photo styles as those for still images: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait and Custom. In fact, the Photo Style, Focus Mode, Metering Mode, i.Dynamic, i.Resolution and Digital Zoom settings are common to both the still image recording menu and the movie recording menu. If you've selected one for still images, it will also be used for recording video.

In the record mode menu you can select AVCHD, MP4, as well as AVCHD Progressive, which records at 1920x1080/60p (60 frames per second). These movies can be saved and played back on the camera or on a PC using the included PHOTOfunStudio stoftware.

Perhaps the most interesting option here is Picture Mode, which sets the recording method for taking still pictures while recording a video. Selecting "motion picture priorities" as shown sets the camera to record 2M stills while video recording is in progress. You can take up to 30 stills.

Selecting "still picture priorities" will not limit the size of the photos and will record still images at the selected picture size and quality. Up to eight photos can be taken with this setting.
 

Panasonic-DMC-G5_menu-movie-rec1b.jpgMovie recording can be performed with one of three same autofocus modes used for taking still images. You can also use manual focus.

 

Panasonic-DMC-G5_menu-movie-rec2.jpgContinuous autofocus can be turned on and off for movie recording. Intelligent resolution is intended for photos with sharp profile and resolution. Using i.Dynamic, the camera adjusts contrast and exposure automatically when the brightness of your background and subject is great.


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