Record Screens & Menus
The GH1 does not output video while in record mode, therefore
we had to photograph the LCD for some of the below screen captures.
Here you can see the live image when using the iA (intelligent Auto) exposure mode. There are various icons on the screen indicating chosen camera settings for Film mode, stabilizer mode, Self-timer, Video mode, Image size/quality, LCD mode, iContrast settings, battery level, and much more. In iAuto, the camera will select all of the necessary settings to capture an optimal exposure as well as choose the appropriate scene mode settings by analyzing the subject being framed. This is the perfect exposure options for those who are new to photography, and want to simply point-n-shoot.
Program mode is much like iA, as the camera still selects the exposure values for shutter speed and aperture. However, now you have a bit more control with access to various options like ISO sensitivity, metering, focus mode, white balance, exposure compensation, etc.
In A or Aperture priority mode, you now choose the desired aperture value, and the camera will automatically select the proper shutter speed. Selecting the aperture allows you to control depth of field (aka range of focus), with smaller numbers yielding less depth of field, while larger numbers yield more.
S or Shutter-speed priority mode is the exact opposite of the above. Here you choose the desired shutter speed, and the camera automatically selects the proper aperture value. A faster shutter speed can 'freeze' moving subjects, while a slower shutter speed will allow you to pan with a fast-moving object and blur the background as well as capture the flowing of moving water in a landscape scene.
In M or Manual mode, you now have complete control over the exposure process by choosing both the shutter and aperture values. This mode is designed for those who are experienced photographers that want to dial in the specific settings to suit their needs. A nice feature of the GH1 is the exposure scale that is displayed along the bottom of the frame, just about in the center. This scale will help you dial in a good exposure, by indicating whether the camera thinks the photo will be under or over-exposed.
- Aspect - 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
- Picture Size - Large, Medium, Small
- Quality - High JPEG, Low JPEG, RAW + High JPEG, RAW + Low JPEG, RAW
- Face Recognition - On or Off
- Metering mode - Intelligent Multiple, Center-weighted, or Spot
- Optical Image Stabilization Mode - Mode 1, 2, 3
- Flash - Auto, Auto w/Red-eye, Forced, Forced w/Red-eye, Slow sync, Slow sync w/Red-eye
- D.Red-Eye - On or Off
- Flash Sync - 1st, 2nd
- Flash Adjust - ± 2 in 1/3 increments
- I.Exposure - Off, Low, Standard, High
- Ex. Opt. Zoom - On, Off
- Digital Zoom - Off, 2x, 4x
- Burst Rate - High, Low
- Auto Bracket - Step (1/3 or 2/3 for 3, 5, or 7 frames), Sequence (0, -, +)(-, 0, +)
- Self-Timer - 10, 10x3 (captures 3 frames), 2 seconds
- Color Space - Standard RGB, Adobe RGB
- Long Shutter Noise Reduction - On, Off
- ISO Limit Set - Off, 200, 400, 800, 1600
- ISO Increments - 1/3 or 1 EV steps
- Audio Rec. - On or Off; Records a 5 second audio memo after an image has been captured
Above you can see one of the many screens that are displayed when you press the Film mode button located on the top of the camera. Here you can choose from a wide variety of pre-set film more or color mode options. You also adjust the contrast, sharpness, saturation, and noise reduction settings for each option, allowing you to dial in that certain look.
- Custom Set Memory - Set 1, Set 2, Set 3
- LVF DISP. Style - LCD or Viewfinder style
- LCD DISP. Style - LCD or Viewfinder style
- LCD Info DISP. - 1 (Brown), 2 (Red), or 3 (Black)
- LVF/LCD Auto - On or Off
- Histogram - Off or On
- Guide Line - Enable grid lines to assist in framing
- AF/AE Lock - AF, AE, AF/AE
- AF/AE Lock Hold - On or Off
- Preview Hold - On or Off
- PRE AF - Off, Q-AF, C-AF
- Direct AF Area - Off or On
- Focus Priority - On or Off
- AF Assist Lamp - On or Off
- AF + MF - On or Off
- MF Assist - On or Off
- EXPO. Settings - Switch by pressing front dial or switch by pressing LVF/LCD button
- Still/Movie REC Area - Change the angle of for still photo or video recording; Picture or Motion picture view
- Remaining Disp. - Display number of remaining shots or remaining time
- Movie Button - On or Off; set whether or not the Movie shutter release is operational or not
- Dial Guide - On or Off
- Menu Resume - Brings you back to the last menu item you adjusted. On or Off
- Pixel Refresh - perform optimization of imaging device and image processing
- Sensor Cleaning - Activates the Dust Reduction system to remove any dust or debris from the image sensor
- Shoot W/O Lens - On or Off
Here you can see the shooting information display when you are not using the LCD as the live viewfinder.
This is also a graphical shortcut menu that allows you to quickly change various settings for exposure compensation, White balance, ISO, AF, metering, iContrast, Flash mode, Image/Video quality, Film mode, and much more (depending on the current exposure mode being used).
Above you can see the screen display when using the Creative Motion Picture mode, located on the mode dial. Here you can choose the which exposure mode is used when recording video (P, A, S or M), and just like when shooting stills, you can now control the shutter speed and aperture settings for movie mode. This is a very handy feature that many video enthusiasts will enjoy, and appreciate.
The My Menu function remembers that last 5 items that were used, so you can easily recall frequently used settings.
- Clock Set - Set the cameras internal clock
- World Time - Allows you to set your home time but still see the different times from around the world
- Travel date - Set the departure/return date for your vacation
- Fn button set - Metering (default), I.Exposure, Quality,, Aspect Ratio, Guide Lines
- Economy - Toggle Power Save and Auto LCD Off settings
- Auto Review - Review: Off, 1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec, Hold - Zoom: Off, 1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec
- Highlight - Off or On
- Monitor - Adjust the brightness of the monitor
- LCD Mode - Off, Auto adjust, Manual adjust
- Scene Menu - Auto or Off
- Beep - Off, Low, High
- Volume - Control the volume of camera sounds (7 levels)
- Number Reset - Yes or No
- Reset - Resets camera to original defaults
- USB Mode - Select on Connection, PC, PictBridge (PTP)
- TV Aspect - 4:3 or 16:9
- HDMI mode - Auto, 1080i, 720p or 480p
- VIERA Link - Enable remote control via VIERA Link using the HDMI mini cable
- Version Display - Tells the current version of the firmware for the Body and Lens
- Language - Choose from 6 different languages
- Format - Format the memory card
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