Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2



Record Modes & Screens




Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

For beginners or anyone that just wants to "point-n-shoot" there's your typical Auto exposure mode (camera icon with an A on mode dial.)



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Auto menu options:

    Pict. Size - depends on what aspect ratio you are using
      16:9 - 10M, 8M, 5.5M, 2M
      3:2 - 8.5M, 7M, 4.5M, 2.5M
      4:3 - 7.5M, 6M, 4M, 3M, 2M, 1M

    Quality - Fine, Normal, and RAW
    Clock Set - Set the time and date


Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Program AE mode is also an automatic exposure mode, but the user has a wide array of menu settings available (see Normal menu options below.) The screen here shows the flash is set to Forced off, image size is 10M, image quality is Fine, the battery level is at 2/3, there's room on the SD card for another 281 shots, and the image stabilizer is set to Mode 1 (shaking hand icon.)



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

When the shutter is half-pressed and the auto focus is achieved, the AF target brackets in the center turn green (red if AF fails) and a focus confirmation "green dot" is displayed. The shutter speed and aperture will also be displayed.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30

Pressing the Stabilizer button located on the top of the camera will briefly display this menu of options.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30

Aperture priority mode (A icon on the mode dial), allows you to select a specific aperture value to control depth of field (range of focus). A small aperture number gives you a shallower depth of field to put the background out of focus.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30

Shutter-speed priority is the direct opposite of aperture priority, it allows you to select the desired shutter speed and the camera matches the proper aperture. Fast shutter speeds allow you to "freeze" rapid moving subjects or "blur" them with a slower shutter speed.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30

In Manual exposure mode you select both the shutter speed and aperture value - you must also select the right combination to get the proper exposure level. An on-screen meter will display the exposure value when you half-press the shutter release.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Normal menu options:

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, Preset 1/2 or Manual set
    WB Adjust. - Make fine adjustments to the current white balance setting being used
    Sensitivity - Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 ISO equivalent
    Pict. Size - depends on what aspect ratio you are using
      16:9 - 10M, 8M, 5.5M, 2M
      3:2 - 8.5M, 7M, 4.5M, 2.5M
      4:3 - 7.5M, 6M, 4M, 3M, 2M, 1M

    Quality - Fine, Normal, and RAW
    Audio Rec. - Record 10 sec audio note with still image, On or Off
    Metering Mode - Multiple, Center-weighted or Spot
    AF Mode - Select the desired AF-area sensor combination (9-area, 3-area High speed, 1-area High speed, 1-area or Spot)
    Continuous AF - Continuous auto focus, On or Off
    AF Assist Lamp - On or Off
    AF/AE Lock - Choose settings for AF/AE lock button (AF, AE, AF/AE)
    D. Zoom - Digital zoom option, On or Off
    Color Effect - Off, Cool (bluer), Warm (redder), B/W (monochrome),Sepia
    Picture Adjust - Natural (softer), Standard, Vivid (sharper)
    Flip Animation - Create small in-camera animations
    Clock Set - Set the time and date




Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Rotating the Mode Dial to the SCN1 or SCN2 position gives access to 14 scene specific modes that are optimized for variety of shooting environments and subjects. You can choose from Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Beach, Aerial Photo, High Sensitivity, Baby 1 & 2. While scrolling through the Scene menu, pressing "Right" on the 4-way controller will give a brief description of the Scene modes intended use.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Press the 4-way controller "Down" to enable the Quick Review function to view or delete the last image taken.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Macro (close up) focus mode lets you get as close as 1.97 in. (5cm) Wide or 11.8 in. (30cm) Telephoto.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Movie mode captures QucikTime video at either 4:3 (640x480 or 320 x 240, 30/10fps) or 16:9 (848x480, 30/10fps; 1280 x 720 15 fps) aspect ratios, with audio. The length of capture is limited only by the amount of available memory. Because sound is recorded, the zoom may be preset before recording, but it can not be used during. 4:3 mode gives a normal view, while 16:9 gives you a more wide screen or letterbox effect.


Movie Capture Capacities

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Movie mode recording options:

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, Preset 1/2 or Manual set
    WB Adjust. - Make fine adjustments to the current white balance setting being used
    Picture Mode - VGA (30 or 10fps), QVGA (30 or 10fps), 16:9L (30 or 10fps), 16:9H (15fps)
    Metering Mode - Multiple, Center-weighted or Spot
    AF Mode - Select the desired AF-area sensor combination desired
    Continuous AF - Continuous auto focus, On or Off
    AF Assist Lamp - On or Off
    Digital Zoom - Digital zoom option, On or Off
    Color Effect - Off, Cool, Warm, Black/White, Sepia
    Clock Set - Set the time and date


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