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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 Operation

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2's user interface is straightforward enough that it shouldn't require more than a relatively short learning curve if you read through the included manual. The Mode dial on top of the camera sets the main exposure mode, and the Four-Way Arrow pad on the rear panel provides quick access to some of the main camera functions. Welcome on the LX2 is the Joystick controller, which serves navigational purposes but also lets you quickly set the exposure in the manual and partial manual exposure modes. The LCD menu system is fairly concise and simple to navigate, when you do need to delve into it.

Record Mode Display: In any record mode, the LCD display shows either the image area with information (exposure mode, flash mode, metering mode, ISO, quality and resolution, battery, available images, memory, optical stabilization mode, and any other optional settings), image with information and live histogram, alignment grid, and image with no information modes. 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, the specific Record mode, orientation, and a handful of exposure settings (including the predicted aperture and shutter speed). Through the Record menu, you can choose between two grid styles, turn off the histogram, and turn off the recording information.

Playback Mode Display: Playback mode also offers three display modes, including the image only, the image with limited information (quality and resolution, memory, filename, series number, and date and time), and the image with expanded information (exposure settings) and a histogram. The camera's Setup menu also offers a blinking highlight display mode, which flashes any overexposed areas of the frame. You can also display nine or 25 thumbnail images at a time with the index display mode, as well as access a calendar display mode. Playback zoom enlarges the image by up to 16x.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 Modes and Menus

Record Mode: In Record mode, the Panasonic LX2 can capture still images or movies, with a range of options available through the Record menu. The Exposure Mode dial sets the camera to Scene, Auto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, or Movie exposure modes. The 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):

Record Menu: Available in all Record modes, but depending on camera setup, it may take a second press of the Menu button to access the menu from the Scene modes (the first displays the Scene menu). The three-page Record menu offers the following selections:

Scene Menu: If designated through the Setup menu, this set of five menus automatically appears whenever the Panasonic LX2 is switched to the SCN. If turned off, pressing the Menu button when in either scene mode calls up this page. For each Scene mode option, you can press the left arrow button to receive a brief description of the mode.

Playback Menu: This three-page menu is only available in the Review mode. It lets you erase, protect, and rotate captured images or movies; or set up images for printing on a DPOF compatible device. The Play menu offers the following selections:


Setup Menu: The four-page Setup menu provides universal camera control options that remain the same in both Record and Playback modes, though some functions are only available when accessed in Playback mode. Following are the available settings: