Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

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(All screens shown can be displayed on the EVF or LCD)

Program AE is the automatic exposure mode and is enabled when the aperture ring and shutter speed dial are set on the (A)uto position. The camera selects the best combination of aperture and shutter speed for a proper exposure. When you half-press the shutter a dial icon will appear, you can now "Shift" the aperture to another value by using the Command Dial.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

Aperture-priority mode is enabled by setting the aperture ring on anything other than the (A)uto position. Rotate the Command Dial to select the desired aperture value and the camera picks the proper shutter speed.

We have the realtime histogram display enabled. Icons across the top indicate "A"perture exposure mode, flash is enabled, macro focus mode enabled, ISO sensitivity is set to 100, the image size is 2560x1920, quality is Super Fine, battery is full, there's space for 101 more pictures at this resolution and quality.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

Shutter-speed priority mode is enabled by setting the shutter speed dial on any position other than (A)uto. The shutter speed dial has separate positions for 1/4 to 1/2000 seconds, the "2-8s" position gives you access to the 1/2 to 8 second long shutter speeds which are selected by rotating the Command Dial.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

Manual mode is enabled when both the aperture ring and shutter speed dial are on other than the (A)uto position. You can adjust both values as desired. A metering scale is displayed so you can properly adjust the exposure value.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

When you half-press the shutter release the auto focus is locked (green dot) and the exposure is calculated. If the selected shutter speed or aperture is insufficient for proper exposure, the numbers will be displayed in red.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

The FUNCTION button by default gives you quick access to change the White Balance, fine tune the WB, change the ISO sensitivity or enable the Spot AF function by pressing the 4-way controller. These items can be changed via the Setup menu for: White Balance, WB Adjust, Pict Size, Quality, Spot AF, ISO Sensitivity, Burst Rate, Audio Rec, D.Zoom, Flash Sync, Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Motion Image or Flip Anim.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

There's a multi-function button on the back that allows you to change the Exposure Compensation (+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV steps), AE Bracketing (3 or 5 frames) or Flash Exposure Compensation (+/-2 in 1/3 steps). Press the button repeatedly to cycle to the desired function.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

If the Review option is enabled, the image captured is automatically displayed for one or three seconds. You can manually initiate Review Mode by pressing the 4-way controller "Down."

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

Motion Image recording size is 320x240 pixels with either 30 or 10 frames per second capture rate. Audio is recorded. The total amount of recording time available is shown below the battery meter (there's a 512MB SD card in our camera.) The length of movie capture is limited only by the amount of available memory.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

RECORD Menu Options:
    W.BALANCE - White balance; Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flash, B&W or Manual Set

    WB ADJUST. - Fine tune the white balance color temperature

    PICT.SIZE - 2560x1920, 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480, HDTV (16:9 aspect ratio)

    QUALITY - RAW or JPEG: Super Fine, Fine or Standard

    SPOT AF - Spot Focus; On or Off

    ISO SENSITIVITY - Auto, 100, 200, 400 equivalent

    BURST RATE - High (2.7fps), Low (1fps)

    AUDIO REC. - Record 5-sec of audio with still images; On or Off

    D.ZOOM - Enable or disable digital zoom function

    FLASH SYNC. - Slow flash sync: 1st or 2nd curtain

    PICT.ADJ - Adjust image contrast, sharpness or saturation

    MOTION IMAGE - Enable movie capture mode and set the framerate

    FLIP ANIM. - Create small 320x240 animations in-camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

SETUP Menu Options:

    FINDER - Adjust EVF backlight intensity

    AUTO REVIEW - Display image after capture; Off, 1sec, 3sec

    BEEP - Button beep sounds volume and shutter sound effects

    POWER SAVE - Off, 2min, 5min, 10min

    MF ASSIST - Manual focus assist: Off, Enlarge center of frame or enlarge entire frame

    CUSTOM SET - Assign items to FUNCTION button: Available choices are WB, WB Adjust, Pict Size, Quality, Spot AF, ISO, Burst Rate, Audio Rec, D.Zoom, Flash Sync, Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Motion Image, Flip Anim

    NO.RESET - Reset the file numbers

    CLOCK SET - Set time and date

    CAMERA RESET - Reset all settings to default

    USB MODE - Mass Storage, PTP, PictBridge

    LANGUAGE - Menu language

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