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Panasonic DMC-LS2 Operation

Designed for beginners, the LS2 offers rudimentary control in an easy-to-use package. Turn the power switch to "on" and you're basically ready to go. Whether you're in the Normal picture mode (signified by a small red camera) or the Simple mode (signified by a heart) shooting is pretty straightforward. I would recommend the Normal picture mode to most users because it's not much more difficult than the Simple mode and gives you more control over such things as the MEGA O.I.S. Once you're in the menu system on the LCD, wheeling around from one adjustment to another is also not difficult thanks to Panasonic's easy-to-read fonts and straightforward interface. Scene modes are easy to access via the mode dial.

Record Mode Display: In any record mode, the Lumix LS2's LCD display shows either the image area with information, image with information and live histogram, an alignment grid with no information, and image with no information. Pressing the Display button cycles through the available displays. When the information display is active, it reports battery life, resolution and image quality settings, the number of available images, Record mode, orientation, and a handful of exposure settings (including the predicted aperture and shutter speed).

Playback Mode Display: The Lumix LS2's Playback mode also offers three display modes, including the image only, the image with information, and the image with expanded information and a histogram. Aperture and Shutter speed are displayed in the expanded display. You can also display nine, sixteen, or twenty five thumbnail images at a time on-screen with the index display mode, or zoom in by up to 16x on captured images to check fine details, focus, or framing.

Panasonic DMC-LS2 Modes and Menus

Record Mode: In Record mode, the camera can capture still images or movies depending on the dial position, with a range of options available through the Settings menu. The Lumix LS2's LCD menu--accessed by pressing the Menu button in any record mode--provides the following exposure options (some options are not available in all modes):