The Playback button is on the back of the Lumix LX7, giving you access to the images and videos stored in memory. With a still image on the screen, you can see information about the image, such as the resolution, image quality, and image file number in the upper right corner of the screen, as well as the time and date the image was shot in the lower left corner.
If you press the Disp button on the back of the camera, you'll see additional data about the image, including the aperture, shutter speed, white balance, ISO, flash setting, and shooting mode. Pressing the Disp button again will remove all data from the screen.
With an image on the LX7's display screen, you can scroll through a series of images more quickly by changing the number of photos that are displayed. Pressing the zoom ring button to the left will change the look from a single image to a 3x4 grid of thumbnail images. Pressing the zoom ring to the left again creates a 5x6 grid of thumbnails. Press it to the left a final time, and you'll open the calendar menu, which sorts the photos and videos by the date they were recorded.
To scroll through any of these images in a grid, use the four-way buttons or the scroll dial in the upper left corner of the back panel of the LX7. Press the Menu/Set button to select an individual thumbnail photo from the grid after it's highlighted.
With an image on the screen, open the Retouch menu (shown here) by pressing the upper four-way button (marked as ISO). With Auto Retouch the camera's software performs some basic editing work.
With Creative Retouch, though, you can apply a limited set of special effects to your images (the Playback menu, which we'll discuss later, has many more editing options, though). The effects, shown on the right side of the Creative Retouch screen, include: Off, One Point Color (1CLR), Star Filter (STAR), Soft Focus (SOFT), Miniature Effect (MINI), Toy Effect (TOY), Cross Process (XPRO), High Dynamic (HDYN), Impressive Art (IART), Dynamic Monochrome (MONO), Sepia (SEPI), Low Key (LKEY), High Key (HKEY), Retro (RETR), and Expressive (EXPS). You'll see a sample of each option in the middle of the screen as you highlight it.
As shown here, you also can zoom into your stored images using the LCD. With an image on the screen, press the zoom ring to the right, and you'll see a close-up of a portion of your image. The current magnification will appear in the top left corner of the screen, and you can magnify the image as much as 16x.
When pressing the menu button in Playback mode, you're going to have access to a few different menus, Playback Mode, Playback, and Setup. The Setup menu offers the same options as discussed in the Record Screens & Menus section.
The Playback Mode menu, which allows you to control how images are displayed on the screen, offers four options:
- Normal Play
- Slide Show - All, Picture Only, Video Only, 3D Play, Category Selection (Face Recog., Portrait, Scenery, Night Scenery, Events, Baby, Pet, Food, Travel Date, Burst Shooting, Time Lapse Shot)
- Filtering Play - Picture Only, Video Only, 3D Play, Category Selection, Favorite
Once you've selected a type of Slide Show, you have a few more options, including: Start, Effect (Auto, Natural, Slow, Swing, Urban, Off), and Setup (Duration, Repeat, Sound).
The Playback menu has quite a few more available selections, most of which are focused on giving you some additional editing options versus what was discussed earlier on the Creative Retouch screen. These menu options are:
- Upload Set - Single, Multi, Cancel
- Title Edit - Single, Multi
- Text Stamp - Single, Multi
- Video Divide
- Resize - Single, Multi
- Leveling - Between 2 degrees and -2 degrees in 0.2-degree intervals
- Favorite - Single, Multi, Cancel
- Print Set - Single, Multi, Cancel
- Protect - Single, Multi, Cancel
- Face Rec Edit - Replace, Delete
- Copy - Internal Memory to Memory Card, Memory Card to Internal Memory
In Playback mode and with a recorded video on the LX7's display screen, you'll initially see some data about the stored video file, including the length of the recording in the upper left corner (26 seconds in this example) and the date and time the movie was recorded in the lower left. By pressing the upper four-way button, you can begin playing the video back on the camera's LCD. During playback, you'll see a key for using the four-way buttons for controlling the video in the lower right corner, as well as the elapsed time of the video in the upper right corner.