Record Screens & Menus

Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures. The DMC-FZ60 did not include an A/V output cable, therefore we had to photograph the LCD.

In Intelligent Auto mode, the LCD displays no information by default. Pressing the Display button shows the icons and information pictured here. When you first enter iAuto mode, an icon briefly appears above the AF tracking indicator (lower right), showing that pressing the rear dial will activate the background blur function. I had a difficult time seeing the effect of this feature; it was barely noticeable even when my focus was on a subject just 2 feet away and the background 30 feet in the distance.

In the most shooting modes, the dedicated AF button takes you to an AF menu with four choices (iAuto and iAuto Plus set AF mode automatically). Rather than having to go to the four-way control to navigate these selections, pressing the AF button repeatedly will do the trick, and you can go back to the shutter button without having to press the menu/set button. When focus has locked on, one or more AF boxes turn green on the LCD.

Auto focus menu:
  • AF
  • AF macro
  • Macro zoom
  • Manual focus

When turning the mode dial, a virtual dial appears on the LCD, displaying the selected position in enlarged font at 9 o'clock (iA is always in red). This allows you to switch shooting mode without having to take your eyes off the LCD. Note also the positions for creative control (filters), scene modes, and two custom positions.

In addition to Intelligent Auto, the DMC-SZ 60 offers iAuto Plus mode. You enter the menu via the menu/set button on the four-way control and press it again to select your preferred mode.

The iAuto menu (shown above) replaces the six-page recording menu shown with the other shooting modes. Also conveniently, the eight-page setup menu is abbreviated to just one page of common adjustments.

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In iAuto plus mode, pressing the rear dial gives you three setting selections: exposure compensation, background blur, and color adjustment. iAuto mode only allows you to adjust the background blur setting. You can make these adjustments with the rear dial or left/right buttons on the four-way control.

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Pressing the rear dial in aperture priority, shutter priority and manual modes, displays the exposure compensation adjustment (highlighted in yellow). Pressing the dial again will highlight the aperture in yellow (shown here as 8.0), which you can then also adjust by spinning the dial. In Program mode only the exposure compensation adjustment can be made by this method.

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By default the Fn2 position on the four-way control (leftward) brings up the AF style menu. This does not apply in the iAuto or creative video modes (both selectable on the mode dial). If you choose to assign the Fn2 button to another function, you can still easily access the AF style menu via the quick menu button (along with a host of other settings).

The auto focus menu is accessed via the dedicated button above the playback button on the back panel. Though I certainly appreciate the inclusion of manual focus, trying to determine accurate focus while using it is difficult. Even when using the focus assist function, which magnifies the target image on the LCD or EVF, neither screen's resolution is high enough to inspire total confidence.

In addition to AF style and the AF menu, you will find AF mode on page 2 of the recording menu, which allows you to select face detection, AF tracking, 23-area and one-area AF.

Focus Menu:
  • Normal / AF Macro / Macro Zoom / MF
  • Quick AF On / Off (on in Intelligent Auto)
  • Continuous AF (only for motion picture)
  • AF/AE Lock Button
  • One Shot AF
  • AF Area Select
  • AF Tracking

The quick menu button below the four-way control (which doubles as the trash button) offers instant access to nine menus without having to scroll through the entire recording menu. Seven of them appear horizontally along the top of the screen, and the last two along the bottom. You can navigate through them quickly using the rear dial to both scroll and select when pressing inward. Pictured is the flash menu in Program mode, which offers for selections: auto, auto/red eye, forced flash on, and slow sync/red eye.

Flash Menu:
  • Auto
  • Auto / Red-eye Reduction
  • Forced On
  • Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction
  • Forced Off Flash Synchro: 1st / 2nd Slow Sync. 0.3 - 13.5 m (Wide / ISO Auto)
  • 1.0 - 7.3 m (Tele / ISO Auto)

Quick Menu:
  • Photo Style: standard, vivid, natural, monochrome, scenery, portrait, custom
  • Flash: auto, auto/red eye, forced flash on, slow sync/red eye
  • Motion Picture Setting: AVCHD/FSH, AVCHD/SH, MP4/FHD, MP4/HD, MP4/VGA
  • Picture Setting: 4:3 (16M, 10M, 7M, 5M, 3M, 0.3M), 3:2 (14M, 9M, 6M, 4.5 M., 2.5 M, 0.3M), 16:9 (12M, 7.5M, 5.5M, 3.5M, 2M, 0.2M), 1:1 (12M, 7.5M, 5.5M, 3.5M, 2.5M, 0.2M)
  • Quality: fine, standard
  • AF style: AF single, AF flexible, AF continuous AF mode: face detection, AF tracking, 23-area, one-area
  • Metering mode: Multi-metering, center-weighted, spot
  • Exposure compensation: -3 to +3

When accessed via the quick menu button, te metering mode options appear at the bottom of the screen, as does exposure compensation.

The burst shooting menu is easily accessed via the dedicated button on the top panel, behind the shutter button. The list of options here is very impressive, with the two slower burst speeds allowing you to select autofocus to be continuous or be set with the first frame.

Unfortunately, burst modes are this camera's Achilles' heel. Only the 2 frames per second burst speed lived up to expectations in our tests. Both the 5fps and 10fps burst speeds were limited - only able to capture two or three images at the specified rate, after which the camera took a pause before resuming. You will see detailed test results reflected on the conclusion page: In the end, if you want to shoot more than a few images in a single rapid burst, you'll be disappointed. If you take more than a three images in one burst, you'll actually end up with the same speed whether you select the 2fps mode or 5fps mode - and an even slower speed at burst 10.

Burst Shooting Menu:
  • Off
  • 2fps AF-Single
  • 2fps AF-Continuous
  • 5fps AF-Single
  • 5fps AF-Continuous
  • 10fps AF-Single
  • Flash AF-Single (3M)


Eighteen scene modes are offered with this camera, and you can assign one to the SCN position on the mode dial. Pressing the menu/set button on the four-way control brings up the scene mode menu while the dial is in this position.

Scene Modes:
  • Portrait
  • Soft Skin
  • Scenery
  • Panorama Shot
  • Sports
  • Panning
  • Night Portrait
  • Night Scenery
  • Handheld Night Shot
  • HDR
  • Food
  • Baby1
  • Baby2
  • Pet
  • Sunset
  • High Sensitivity
  • Glass Through
  • 3D Photo

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There are 14 filters and effects you can apply to your shots, and have one assigned to the creative control position on the mode dial. The results are attractive and the settings fun to play with.

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

The six-page recording menu offers a wide-ranging selection of settings and customizable options. A quick glance at the list will show you a number of settings that can improve your shots, depending on your conditions. For example, limiting the ISO setting or selecting a minimum shutter speed could help you get better results in low light conditions without having to resort to full manual mode.

Shooting Menu:
  • Photo style: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait, Custom
  • Aspect ratio: 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
  • Picture size: 16M, 10M, 7M, 5M, 3M, 0.3M
  • Quality: fine, standard
  • ISO limit set: auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
  • ISO increments: 1/3 EV, 1 EV
  • Face recognition: on, off, memory
  • AF mode: face detection, AF tracking, 23-area, one-area
  • AF style: AF single, AF flexible, AF continuous
  • Quick AF: on, off
  • AF/AE lock: AF, AE, AF/AE
  • Metering mode: multi-metering, center-weighted, spot
  • i.Dynamic: high, standard, low, off
  • Minimum shutter speed: auto, 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1
  • i.Resolution: i.zoom, on, off
  • Digital zoom: off, on
  • Stabilizer: off, on
  • AF assist lamp: off, on
  • Flash: auto, auto/redeye, forced flash on, slow sync/redeye
  • Flash synchro: 1st, 2nd
  • Flash adjust: -2 to +2 EV
  • Red-eye removal: off, on
  • Conversion: off, close-up lens, tele converter lens
  • Auto bracket: off, -3 to +3 EV
  • Date stamp: w/o time, with time, off
  • Clock set

The intelligent dynamic range control feature in the recording menu is designed to control against overly dark shadows and overexposed highlights in situations where the brightness of your background and subject vary significantly. The display will turn the i.Dynamic icon to yellow to show you that this effect is being used. You can set this feature's sensitivity to low, standard or high range.

Eight pages worth of settings are available via the setup menu. It is here that you set the functions for the Fn1 and Fn2 buttons.

Assignable Fn button functions:
  • Photo style
  • Aspect ratio
  • Quality
  • Metering mode
  • AF mode
  • AF style
  • Intelligent dynamic control
  • Guideline
  • Video recorder area
  • Remaining display
  • Flash
  • Flash adjustment
  • Auto bracket
Camera settings menu:
  • Clock set
  • World Time
  • Travel date
  • Beep: deep level, beep tone, shutter volume, shutter tone
  • Volume
  • Custom set memory
  • AF/AE lock/FN one
  • Fn buttons set
  • LCD display: brightness, contrast/saturation, red tent, blue tint
  • LCD mode: auto power LCD, power LCD, off
  • EVF display style: viewfinder style, LCD monitor style
  • LCD display style: viewfinder style, LCD monitor style
  • Guide line: one of three patterns, off
  • Histogram off, on
  • Video record area: on, off
  • Remaining display: remaining shots, remaining time
  • Highlight: on, off exposure meter on, off
  • Lens resume: zoom resume (on/off), and MF resume (on/off)
  • MF assist: on, off
  • Economy: sleep mode (10, 5, 2, 1 minute, off)
  • Auto LCD off Colin 30 seconds, 15 seconds, off
  • Live review mode: normal, economy

You get five menu options for recording video.

Motion Picture record menu:
  • Record mode: AVCHD, MP4
  • Record quality: FSH (1920x1080), SH (1280x720)
  • Continuous AF: on, off
  • Wind cut: auto, off
  • Zoom mic: on, off

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