Panasonic DMC-G2 Modes and Menus

Capture Modes: When powered on, the Panasonic G2 defaults to Record mode. The Exposure Mode dial on top of the camera sets the main shooting mode, with the following options:

  •  Program AE (with Shift): This mode places the camera in control of both aperture and shutter speed, while the user has access to all other menu functions. Once the camera's exposure system has been activated by half-pressing the shutter button, the user can shift the aperture value and shutter speed by rotating the rear dial. (The overall exposure remains the same, but you can bias the camera towards using a larger or smaller aperture with a correspondingly faster/slower shutter speed.) When shooting movies, most functions are available, but the aperture and shutter speed both remain under automatic control.
  •  Aperture Priority: Lets the user control the aperture setting while the camera selects the best shutter speed. (The aperture range varies with the lens in use.) When shooting movies, most functions are available, but the aperture and shutter speed both remain under automatic control.
  •  Shutter Priority: The opposite of Aperture Priority, allows the user to set the shutter speed, from 1/4,000 to 60 seconds, while the camera selects the most appropriate aperture setting. When the flash is activated, the fastest shutter speed drops to 1/160th second. When shooting movies, most functions are available, but the aperture and shutter speed both remain under automatic control.
  •  Manual: Provides complete user control over the exposure, including both aperture and shutter speed settings. A Bulb shutter setting also becomes available in this mode, allowing variable length exposures for as long as you hold down the shutter button, to a maximum exposure time of four minutes. When shooting movies, most functions are available, but the aperture and shutter speed both remain under automatic control.
  • Custom: Up to three sets of shooting modes and settings can be stored, and are accessed quickly in this mode.
  • Motion Picture P: The DMC-G2 allows shooting of movie clips in all its various Record modes, but only the Motion Picture P mode allows control of aperture and exposure compensation used for movie capture. The aperture range varies with the lens in use, and the precise shutter speed remains under automatic control although it can be tweaked in the desired direction using exposure compensation. ISO sensitivity is controlled automatically in this mode.
  • Scene Mode: Adjusts camera settings (color rendering, flash mode, etc.) to optimize for different subject types: Sunset, Party, Babies (including keeping track of birthdays for two different children, so the Panasonic software can display the child's age along with the photo), Pet, and Peripheral Defocus (uses wider apertures to blur backgrounds).
  •  Night Portrait: Allows slower shutter speeds to be used with flash. Balances the foreground subject illuminated by flash with the ambient light of the background. Sub-options include Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Illuminations (outdoor lighting at night), and Creative Night Scenery, which allows changes in the aperture value for special effects.
  •  Close-Up: This mode is for macro pictures of small objects, enhancing color in flowers, etc. Sub-options include Flower, Food, Objects and Creative.
  •  Sports: Adjusts ISO and controls shutter speed to freeze fast-moving subjects. Sub-options include Normal Sports (intelligent ISO control & high shutter speeds), Outdoor Sports (the same, but lower ISOs for shooting in good lighting), Indoor Sports (favors higher ISO speeds for indoor lighting), and Creative Sports (allows direct control of shutter speed).
  •  Scenery: Optimizes settings to produce sharp, colorful landscapes. Sub-options include Normal, Nature, Architecture and Creative, the latter allowing control of the shutter speed. (Perhaps for deliberately blurring motion of waterfalls, fountains, etc.)
  •  Portrait: Optimizes camera settings to reproduce warm, soft skin tones against a slightly blurred background. Sub-options include Normal Portrait (large aperture and soft skin tones), Soft Skin (introducing additional color-based blurring of skin areas by the camera's processor), Outdoor Portrait (compensates for backlighting), Indoor Portrait (intelligent ISO control to prevent blurring) and Creative Portrait (allows direct control of aperture setting).
  • My Color Mode: Lets you adjust color, brightness, or saturation of the image on-screen. (That is, the preview image shown on the LCD or electronic viewfinder will reflect the color adjustments you've selected.) Here, the "Color" adjustment shifts the overall hue of the image from red at one extreme to blue at the other. The adjustment can either be made automatically via a number of presets, or manually via the "Custom" setting. Presets include Expressive, Retro, Pure, Elegant, Monochrome, Dynamic Art, and Silhouette.

 

Intelligent Auto Button: Panasonic's Intelligent Auto (iA)mode has moved from the Mode dial to a dedicated button in the G2. Pressing the iA button toggles between activating iAuto mode, and returning to the operating mode selected on the Mode dial. An LED in the center of the iA button illuminates when the G2 is in iAuto mode, at which point the options selected on both the Mode and AF Mode dials are overridden. There is one exception to this, in that the Motion P position on the Mode dial does still configure the camera for movie recording, although the iAuto functions appropriate to movie recording are now enabled.

iAuto mode places the camera entirely in control of most exposure variables, and when using autofocus, requires a focus lock before the shutter can be triggered. The camera automatically detects a subset of seven common scene types (or four types when recording movies), or falls back to a standard iAuto mode if an appropriate scene type isn't detected. In all cases, automatically adjusts settings appropriately. Other functions that are automatically enabled in iAuto mode include face detection autofocus, red-eye removal, intelligent ISO sensitivity control, intelligent exposure, long-shutter noise reduction, quick AF, backlight compensation, and intelligent resolution.

The user can still access the self timer, adjust the exposure compensation, enable or disable the flash, select between single / continuous autofocus or manual focus modes, enable or disable autofocus tracking, enable or disable image stabilization (modes 1 or 2 only, except for movies, which are fixed to mode 1), and enable or disable face recognition. It is also possible to switch between standard color or standard black & white film modes, enable or disable guide lines and information overlays on the LCD display, change the aspect ratio, and select the still image quality and dimensions. When shooting movies, you can specify the quality, dimensions and compression (except for the 16:9 WVGA Motion JPEG mode), and disable or set the strength of the wind cut function.

 

Movie Record Button: Pressing this dedicated movie record button will start and stop movie recording. Movies will be recorded using whatever mode is currently selected. This button can be enabled or disabled in some modes via a Custom Settings Menu setting. Confusingly, the Intelligent Auto mode provides only limited options on the Custom Settings menu, and the Movie button will retain whatever setting it had when it was last set. So users might find themselves in iA mode unable to trigger a movie when they want to, and also unable to find the option on the Custom Settings menu that would let them do so. (In fact, the camera will tell you to check the setting for the Movie Record button if you press it and it's disabled, but in iA mode, there's no way to turn it back on again.)

 

Playback Mode: The Playback button on the rear panel accesses Playback mode, where you can review captured images. The left and right arrow keys, as well as the up and down keys, scroll through the images on the card, or you can also scroll between images by dragging your finger horizontally across the surface of the touch-screen display. You can enlarge captured images or display them in index or calendar formats for quick viewing by rotating the rear dial.

 

 

Panasonic G2 Menus

DONE TO HERE Pressing the Menu button provides access to the camera's full menu system. The following options are available in most camera modes as menu tabs down the left side of the display. (Full auto mode greatly reduces the available options, to simplify camera operation.)  

Panasonic G2 Record Menu:

Record Menu 1 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
Aspect Ratio
- 4:3
- 3:2
- 16:9
- 1:1
Select normal, 35mm film or HDTV wide screen aspect ratios for images. The maximum image width at full resolution is always 4,000 pixels for the non-square options, the aspect ratios wider than 4:3 just crop top and bottom. The 1:1 aspect ratio crops the sides (and oddly the top/bottom ever so slightly), so the maximum pixel size is 2,992 pixels square. NOTE that you can have different image sizes set for each aspect ratio, so you could shoot full-resolution at 4:3, but (for instance), small-size files at 3:2, for making 4x6 inch prints.
Picture Size
- L
- M
- S
Specifies the pixel dimensions of the pictures you will take. (Options are roughly 12, 6, and 3 megapixels in 4:3 aspect ratio mode.)
Quality
- Fine
- Standard
- Raw & Fine JPEG
- Raw & Std JPEG
- Raw (no JPEG)
Specifies the compression level and type of files saved for each shot. It's nice that you're not restricted to lower-quality JPEGs when shooting Raw+ JPEG. Note, though, that Raw+JPEG shots are treated as a single image in-camera -- that is, you can't delete one type without simultaneously deleting the other.
Face Recognition
- Off
- On
- Memory
- Set
Up to 6 faces can be registered, with name, priority and age. To enhance recognition accuracy, up to 3 separate photos can be registered for a single individual's face. For example, you can shoot from slightly different angles, to improve the chances of recognition.
Metering Mode
- Multi-pattern
- Center-Weighted
- Spot
Selects the metering mode.

 

Record Menu 2 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
Stabilizer
- Off
- Mode 1
- Mode 2
- Mode 3
This menu only appears if a Panasonic image-stabilized lens is attached to the G2. Optical Image Stabilizer modes. Mode 1 is continuous, Mode 2 is on when the shutter is pressed, Mode 3 is used when panning. (Mode 3 only compensates for up/down motion of the camera.) Note that not all Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds lenses are stabilized. Current models lacking stabilization are the 7-14mm zoom, and the 20mm prime.
Flash
- Auto Flash
- Auto Flash w/red-eye reduction
- Forced Flash on
- Forced Flash on w/red-eye reduction
- Slow Sync.
- Slow Sync. w/red-eye reduction
Selects the flash mode.
Red-Eye Removal
- Off
- On
Digital Red-Eye reduction. If this option is enabled and the flash is in any of the red-eye reduction modes, the camera will examine the captured images and remove any red-eye that it finds.
Flash Synchro
- 1st
- 2nd
Select either first or second shutter curtain sync. (Use second-curtain sync for motion trails that follow your subjects, rather than lead them, when shooting with slow shutter speeds.)
Flash Adjust
- +/-2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Adjusts flash power higher or lower. Note that this adjustment is independent of the ambient exposure compensation, accessed via the rear dial, so you can adjust flash and ambient exposure independently.

 

Record Menu 3 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
I. Resolution
- Off
- Low
- Standard
- High
Intelligent Resolution mode is a form of localized sharpening, which applies different levels of sharpening to outlines, texture and gradation within a single image. This menu option varies the amount of the effect applied to your photos. (The effect is always enabled in iA mode, and the amount is adjusted automatically.)
I. Exposure
- Off
- Low
- Standard
- High
Intelligent Exposure mode adjusts contrast and exposure to handle high-contrast subjects. This menu option varies the amount of the effect applied to your photos. (The effect is always enabled in iA mode, and the amount is adjusted automatically.)
ISO Limit Set
- Off
- 200
- 400
- 800
- 1600
Sets maximum ISO sensitivity limit when using Auto or Intelligent ISO, or can be set to Off. When set to Off, Auto ISO is limited to 400 by default, and Intelligent ISO is limited to 800 by default or 400 when using flash. It isn't possible to set a limit for movie recording.
ISO Increment
- 1/3 EV
- 1 EV
Default is 1 EV steps in ISO adjustment, but 1/3 EV steps can be handy for maintaining a specific shutter/aperture speed combination.
Long Shutter NR
- On
- Off
If enabled, the camera will shoot a "dark frame" for noise subtraction on long exposures. This doubles the time for each shot for long exposures, but reduces image noise.

 

Record Menu 4 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
Ex. Opt. Zoom
- On
- Off
Only available when shooting at less than maximum image size. If the lens' zoom ring is rotated beyond the point of maximum optical zoom, the G2 crops a portion from the center of the image, with the maximum Extra Optical Zoom position simply cropping the actual image dimensions from the center of the sensor data. The effect is similar to a traditional digital zoom, except that the image isn't interpolated to match the resolution of an uncropped image.
Digital Zoom
- Off
- 2X
- 4X
Adds a fixed digital magnification (w/lower image quality) of 2x or 4x.
Burst Rate
- H
- M
- L
High, Medium, or Low speed burst rate. High speed is 3.2 frames/second, medium speed is 2.6 frames/second, and low speed is 2 frames/second. (All figures are those stated by Panasonic.)
Auto Bracket
- Step
- Sequence
The Step option lets you shoot groups of 3, 5 or 7 pictures, with user selectable EV steps of either 1/3 or 2/3 EV between shots. The sequence of the bracketed shots (under/nominal/over) can also be set by the user, to 0/-/+ or -/0/+.
Self Timer
- 10 Seconds
- 10 Seconds/3 shots
- 2 Seconds
Configures the Self Timer mode. The 10 second/3 pic mode shoots a sequence of 3 shots after an initial 10-second delay, with a couple of seconds between shots in the sequence. (Handy for making sure nobody blinked/everyone was smiling.) The 2-second delay is handy if you're using a lightweight tripod, or want to just rest your camera on a table, convenient rock, etc. to take the shot.

 

Record Menu 5 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
Color Space
- sRGB
- Adobe RGB
Select the color space for images to be recorded in. sRGB matches the gamut of most PC displays, while Adobe RGB has a wider gamut suitable for printing.
Audio Record
- Off
- On
Audio is recorded for 5 seconds after each image is captured.

 

 

Panasonic G2 Motion Picture Menu:

Motion Picture Menu 1 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
Record Mode
- AVCHD Lite
- Motion JPEG
Selects the video file format. AVCHD Liteis meant for playback on an HDTVvia HDMI. Motion JPEG makes much larger files, but doesn't produce as many compression artifacts with moving subjects.
Record Quality
AVCHD Lite Mode (50p from 25 fps sensor output):
- SH
(1280x720, 17 Mbps)
- H
(1280x720, 13 Mbps)
- L
(1280x720, 9 Mbps)
Specifies the video file quality (compression level). The options available vary depending on whether AVCHD Lite or Motion JPEG is selected for the recording mode. The Motion JPEG WVGA setting is not available in Intelligent Auto mode.
Motion JPEG Mode (30 fps):
- HD
(1280x720)
- WVGA
(848x480)
- VGA
(640x480)
- QVGA
(320x240)
Continuous AF
- Off
- On
Selects whether focus should be fixed from the first frame of the movie, or continuously adjusted during movie recording, which brings the possibility of noise from the focusing system being picked up by the G2's microphone.
Metering Mode
- Multi-pattern
- Center-Weighted
- Spot
Selects the metering mode in Creative Motion Picture Mode.
I. Exposure
- Off
- Low
- Standard
- High
Selects the intelligent exposure level (contrast compensation) in Creative Motion Picture Mode.

 

Motion Picture Menu 2 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
Wind Cut
- Off
- Low
- Standard
- High
Selects the microphone wind filter setting.
Ex. Opt. Zoom
- On
- Off
Sets the amount of Extra Optical Zoom when recording movies. See still image equivalent in Record Menu 4 for further discussion.
Digital Zoom
- Off
- 2x
- 4x
Sets the amount of digital zoom when recording movies (w/lower image quality).

 

 

Panasonic G2 Custom Menu:

Custom Menu 1 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
Cust. Set Mem.
- C1
- C2
- C3
You can maintain up to 3 separate custom shooting profiles, saving most of the settings on the camera. They can then be quickly accessed via the CUST option on the mode dial.
Fn Button Set
- Focus Area Set
- Aspect Ratio
- Quality
- Metering mode
- I. Resolution
- I. Exposure
- Ex. Opt. Zoom
- Guide Line
- Record Area
- Remaining Display
Selects what the Fn Button does. (Fn button doubles as down-arrow key.)
Histogram
- Off
- On
Display live histogram in Record Mode. You can position the histogram display anywhere within a horizontal band covering about 70% of the display area. (Histogram can't overlap with shooting information overlay areas.)
Guide Line
- Off
- Grid
- Grid + Star
- Positionable horiz/vertical lines
Select grid overlay pattern. The fourth option lets you position single horizontal and vertical lines anywhere in the frame you want.
Highlight
- Off
- On
If on, any blown highlight areas will blink when the image is auto-reviewed on the LCD screen or electronic viewfinder.

 

Custom Menu 2 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
AF/AE Lock
- AE
- AF
- AF/AE
Controls the AF/AE lock button's function. When pressed, lock the Auto exposure, Auto Focus or both.
AF/AE Lock Hold
- Off
- On
Normally, the AF/AE Lock button locks exposure/focus only while you're holding it down. With this option selected, pressing the AF/AE Lock button toggles the lock. (That is, once it's been pressed, the lock remains in effect until you press it again to release it.)
Pre AF
- Off
- Q-AF (Quick-AF)
- C-AF (Continuous-AF)
Quick AF focuses automatically whenever the camera stops moving, Continuous AF adjusts the AF all the time. Either mode will reduce AF times when you're switching between close and distant subjects, but both will use more battery power. (Continuous more so than Quick.)
Direct Focus Area
- Off
- On
When enabled, lets you modify the position and size of the AF area while shooting in all except tracking AF mode. Arrow keys move the AF area around, control dial adjusts the size.
Focus Priority
- Off
- On
When enabled, the camera will only open the shutter when the subject is in focus. Does not apply to movie recording.

 

Custom Menu 3 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
AF Assist Lamp
- Off
- On
When enabled, AF assist light will illuminate when shooting in dim lighting.
AF + MF
- Off
- On
Allows manual focus adjustment after autofocus is done.
MF Assist
- Off
- On
Enables automatic zoom of the viewfinder image whenever the manual focus ring is moved. (Zoom is selectable between 5x and 10x, by rotating rear dial or pressing an on-screen icon.)
MF Guide
- Off
- On
Enables an on-screen gauge showing the approximate focus position compared to the available focus range. Doesn't show an actual focus distance value.
Preview Hold
- Off
- On
Controls the Preview display option in Record mode. (For previewing effects of exposure, depth of field, and shutter speed.) When Preview Hold is enabled, the Preview button toggles the mode on and off. Otherwise, the Preview function is only active while you're pressing the Preview button.

 

Custom Menu 4 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
Expo. Meter
- Off
- On
Selects where or not the exposure meter should be shown when correcting exposure, performing program shift, or setting the aperture or shutter speed. If set on and information display is active, the meter will be shown for four seconds after each change, with areas of the range that will result in poor exposures marked in red.
Expo. Settings
- Switch by pressing the rear dial
- Switch by pressing the LVF / LCD button
Selects which control should be used to switch between exposure compensation, program shift, aperture or shutter speed adjustment in the P / A / S / M modes.
LVF Disp. Style
- Viewfinder style
- LCD monitor style
Viewfinder style shrinks the live preview display and puts the shooting information at the bottom, LCD monitor style lets the live preview cover the full area of the screen, and overlays the shooting information over the image.
LCD Disp. Style
- Viewfinder style
- LCD monitor style
Functions identically to the previous item, but for the LCD display rather than the electronic viewfinder.
LCD Info Disp.
- 1 (Blue)
- 2 (Red)
- 3 (Black)
Selects which color scheme to use for the LCD information display screen.

 

Custom Menu 5 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
LVF / LCD Auto
- Off
- On
When enabled, the G2 will automatically switch from the LCD display to the electronic viewfinder whenever an object (such as your eye) is near the sensor below the viewfinder.
iA Button Switch
- Single Press
- Press and Hold
Determines whether the iA button will switch the camera to Intelligent Auto mode with a single press, or whether it must be held in briefly to switch mode.
Motion Picture Button
- Off
- On
Enables/disables the Motion Picture Button.
Record Area
- Picture
- Motion Picture
Crops the viewfinder display to either 4:3 (Picture) or 16:9 (Motion Picture) aspect ratio, apparently as a guide for images that will be displayed on different-format output devices.
Remaining Display
- Remaining Shots
- Remaining Time
Selects between displaying number of still image frames and minutes of movie recording left.

 

Custom Menu 6 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
Touch Q. Menu
- Off
- On
When set to on, the the Touch Quick Menu is enabled, and an extra icon is displayed on the screen to access the menu with a touch of the finger. When set off, the icon is removed, and the Touch Quick Menu can't be accessed.
Touch Shutter
- Off
- On
When set to on, the the Touch Shutter function is enabled, and an extra icon is displayed to toggle whether Touch Shutter is currently active. When set off, the icon is removed, and Touch Shutter is disabled.
Touch Guide
- Off
- On
Determines whether the touch panel Guide Screen should be shown in playback mode.
Touch Scroll
- H (High speed)
- L (Low speed)
Selects the speed at which the G2 should scroll through pictures in playback mode, if you swipe your finger across the display and then hold it still near the edge of the screen.
Dial Guide
- Off
- On
When enabled, the camera momentarily displays an icon telling you to push the rear dial to switch between exposure settings.

 

Custom Menu 7 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
Menu Resume
- Off
- On
If set on, the camera will remember the last menu screen you were using, even if the camera is turned off.
Pixel Refresh
Start Processing?
- Yes
- No
Maps-out bad sensor pixels. Panasonic recommends doing this when stuck / hot pixels are noticed, and power-cycling the camera once the function has completed.
Sensor Cleaning
Start Processing?
- Yes
- No
Performs dust reduction function (also done at each startup).
Shoot W/O Lens
- Off
- On
If set on, you can activate the shutter button without a lens mounted. Allows use of accessories such as the Leica lens mount adaptors, which have no electrical connections (and hence can't be detected when attached to the camera).

 

 

Panasonic G2 Setup Menu:

Note that our setup menu screen shots and descriptions are based on a Panasonic G2 intended for the North American market. Panasonic doesn't include a switchable video output mode in North American cameras, but those intended for sale in other markets allow a choice of either NTSC or PAL video encoding. This is accomplished courtesy of a Video Out setting in the Setup menu, but we don't know precisely which page this item would be located on. (Based on the order in which the user manual is arranged, it would probably be on either page 2 or 3 of the menu.) We also don't know if it replaces another option, or simply shifts all the subsequent items down by one position, resulting in some options being located on different pages of the menu for non-North American cameras. We do know that the option only appears when the AV or HDMI cable is connected.

Setup Menu 1 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
Clock Set

- Hr/min/M/D/Y
Sets cameras time, date, display sequence, and clock style (24-hour or AM/PM)
World Time
- Destination
- Home
Lets you quickly switch time/date between two locations, "Home" and "Destination".
Travel Date
- Travel Setup
- Location
You can set Arrival and Departure dates, as well as Location. Travel info is added to your photos.
Beep
- Muted
- Low
- High
Sets the beep volume for the focus confirmation, self-timer and the alarm.
Volume
- 0 to 7
Adjusts the volume of the speakers.

 

Setup Menu 2 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
Monitor / Viewfinder
Adjust color (two axes), brightness and/or contrast & saturation in 7 steps
Adjusts LCD when LCD in use, viewfinder when EVF is in use.
LCD Mode
- Off
- A* (Auto Power LCD)
- * (Power LCD)
Enables auto brightness adjustment of LCD screen in response to bright surroundings. Alternatively the "*" option increases brightness all the time (although it will reduce power after 30 seconds of inactivity to save battery life).
Economy
Sleep Mode:
- Off
- 1 Min
- 2 Min
- 5 Min
- 10 Min
Turns camera and/or LCD monitor off after a specified period of inactivity.
Auto LCD Off:
- Off
- 15 Sec
- 30 Sec
Auto Review
Review:
- Off
- 1 Sec
- 3 Sec
- 5 Sec
- Hold
Selects the time that an image is displayed on the LCD monitor after the picture is taken.
USB Mode
- Select on connection
- PictBridge (PTP)
- PC
Selects how the camera connects with your computer or printer. Set to always appear as a storage-class device (PC) or as a PictBridge controller, or to select each time the camera is connected.

 

Setup Menu 3 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
TV Aspect
- 16:9
- 4:3
Matches the video output's aspect ratio to that of your TV.
HDMI Mode
- Auto
- 1080i
- 720p
- 576p / 480p
Selects the HD video output format. 576p is only available when set to PAL mode, and 480p only when set to NTSC mode for video out.
Viera Link
- Off
- On
When enabled, the G2 can be controlled by other Panasonic Viera home electronics (TVs, projectors, home theater systems) to which it is connected via its HDMI link. Not all operations are possible via remote control, and use of the camera's buttons is limited while Viera Link is active. (Some other brands of HDTV may also be able to control the camera, but control may not be as extensive as with Panasonic Viera models.)
Scene Menu
- Off
- Auto
Chooses whether or not the sub-option menu automatically appears when the camera is switched into one of its scene modes.
Scene Menu
- Off
- Auto
Chooses whether or not the sub-option menu automatically appears when the camera is switched into one of its scene modes.
Touch Screen Calibration
To calibrate LCD touch response, touch the marked position with the stylus pen.
Allows the touch panel to be recalibrated, useful if it doesn't respond, or if the touch detection seems inaccurate.

 

Setup Menu 4 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
Language
- English
- German
- French
- Spanish
- Italian
- Chinese
Select the menu language. (US models only: Units sold in other parts of the world will have different language menu options.)
Version Disp.
- Body Firmware
- Lens Firmware
Displays the version of firmware in the body and lens.
No. Reset
- Yes
- No
Resets the file numbering.
Reset
Reset Rec. Settings?
- Yes
- No

Reset Setup / Custom Parameters?
- Yes
- No
Resets most menu options back to their default settings. You have the option to reset either or both the Record settings (including face recognition) and Setup / Custom settings.
Format
- Yes
- No
Formats the memory card.

 

 

Panasonic G2 My Menu:

The Panasonic DMC-G2's My Menu shows the five most recently-used menu options, handy for accessing frequently-used controls quickly. Unlike some My Menu features, you can't explicitly assign controls to this menu, rather, the most-recently used ones appear here automatically.

 

Panasonic G2 Playback Menu:

Playback Menu 1 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
Slide Show
- All
- Picture Only
- Motion Pic. Only
- Category Selection
- Favorite
Controls the slide show. Six fade effects are available: Natural, Slow, Swing, Urban, Off, and Auto. You can specify duration, music / audio, and repeat. Duration control is only available when the Fade Effects are off, and ranges from 1 to 5 seconds. Category selection allows playback of images only from one specific category - Face Detection, Portraits (including Baby), Scenery (including Sunset), Night, Sports / Party, Baby, Pet, Food, Travel Date, and Movie.
Playback Mode
- Normal Play
- Picture Play
- AVCHD Lite Play
- Motion JPEG Play
- Category Play
- Favorite Play
Selects the playback mode. Only the selected types of images/movies will be visible when playing images back. Normal play displays all image types. Category play is described in the previous menu item.
Title Edit
- Single
- Multi
Add text comments to pictures. The text comments appear in playback mode, overlaid over the image. The text does not alter the original image, but is tagged in the EXIF header. Face recognition, Baby, Pet or Travel date info can be automatically entered - but not simultaneously in one image. Images recorded with other devices, as well as Protected, Raw, Raw+JPEG, or movie files cannot be tagged.
Text Stamp
- Single
- Multi
You can stamp the recording date, date+time, name, location, travel date and / or title onto photos. A new small-size image is saved with the stamped information embedded in it.
Video Divide
Divide this movie file?
- Yes
- No
Allows movies to be split into two separate files at a user-selected point. If you want to keep only a portion from the middle of a video, this can be achieved by splitting it twice, and then deleting the first and last portions, for example.

 

Playback Menu 2 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
Resize
- Single
- Multi
Allows you to resize your pictures. (Only resizes down to smaller sizes.)
Cropping
- Displays picture
Lets you crop pictures by zooming in until you have the framing you want, then pressing the shutter button. Raw files, and those with attached audio or text stamps cannot be trimmed, and face recognition information is lost in the trimmed image. Only provides for about a 2x zoom, regardless of image resolution, but you can zoom & trim multiple times. (No limit on number of times you can zoom and trim.)
Aspect Conv.
- 3:2
- 4:3
- 1:1
Lets you change the aspect ratio of images captured as 16:9 ratio to one of the other available ratios. Raw files, and those with attached audio or text stamps cannot be converted, and face recognition information is lost in the converted image. Curiously, you also can't convert the aspect ratio of images initially captured at ratios other than 16:9.
Rotate
- Clockwise
- Counter-clockwise
Allows you to manually rotate the selected picture.
Rotate Disp.
- On
- Off
When enabled, if a picture was shot with the camera held vertically, it will be displayed on the LCD vertically. (NOTE that the G2 always tags portrait-format files in the EXIF header, this menu option just controls how they're displayed by the camera.)

 

Playback Menu 3 Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Notes
Favorite
- On
- Off
- Cancel
In Favorite mode, you can mark images as your "Favorites", and then choose to show only those images in slide shows and/or Playback mode. When enabled, the down-arrow button marks/unmarks favorites in playback mode. Up to 999 favorite images can be selected, and curiously Raw images can't be selected as favorites.
Print Set
- Single
- Multi
- Cancel
Controls DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) orders. You can select which photos to print, how many, and whether a date stamp is added.
Protect
- Single
- Multi
- Cancel
Protect pictures that you do not want deleted. (Note though, that they aren't protected against memory card reformatting.)
Face Rec Edit
All face recognition info for the selected image can be cleared, or tagged with a different individual. Images which didn't have face recognition data recorded at capture time cannot be tagged.

 

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