Taking Pictures. Panasonic DMCLX2

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Taking Pictures

The camera automatically sets the shutter speed and the aperture value according to the brightness of the subject.

• Remove the lens cap.

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1

Turn the camera on.

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Set the mode dial to programme AE mode [

L

].

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Slide the focus switch to [AF].

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2

Aim the AF area

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to the point you want to focus and then press the shutter button halfway.

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• The focus indication

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is lit and then the aperture value

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and the shutter speed

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are displayed.

• The shutter speed is not displayed when the ISO sensitivity is set to [

ISO

] (P83).

• You can select the AF area when the

AF mode is set to 1-area-focusing or 1area-focusing (high speed). (P88)

• If 9-area-focusing or 3-area-focusing (High speed) is used in AF mode, the AF area does not appear until the subject is brought into focus. (P87)

• The AF area displayed is bigger than usual when using the digital zoom or when taking pictures in dark places. (P88)

• Refer to P47 for compensating the exposure

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.

• Refer to P26 for Programme shift.

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Focus range

In normal picture mode

Wide Tele

50 cm to

Z

1.0 m to

Z

When the subject is not focused

When the subject is focused

Blink (green) On (green) Focus indication

AF area

Sound

Turns from white to red or no AF area

Turns from white to green

Beeps 4 times Beeps 2 times

3

Take a picture.

A

5 3 4

A

: Press the shutter button halfway to focus.

B

B

: Press the shutter button fully to take the picture.

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• We recommend checking that the clock is set properly before taking pictures. (P19)

• When you press the shutter button, the screen may become bright or dark for a moment. This function allows easy adjustment of focus and the recorded picture will not be affected.

• When the time for power save is set

(P22), the camera is automatically turned off if you do not operate it within the set time. When operating the camera again, press the shutter button halfway or turn the camera off and on.

• To avoid picture noise, we recommend decreasing the ISO sensitivity, setting

[NOISE REDUCTION] in [PICT.ADJ.] to

[HIGH] or setting every item except

[NOISE REDUCTION] to [LOW]. (P90)

(ISO sensitivity is set to [AUTO] when the camera is shipped. Therefore, when taking pictures indoors etc. the ISO sensitivity increases.) n

Programme shift

In Programme AE mode, you can change the preset aperture value and the shutter speed under the same exposure. This is called Programme shift.

By this function, you can make the background more blurred (by decreasing the aperture value) or record the moving subject more dynamically (by setting to slow shutter speed) in Programme AE mode.

• Press the shutter button halfway and perform the programme shift with the joystick while the aperture value and the shutter speed are displayed (about 10 seconds).

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1

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1

• When the Programme shift is activated, the Programme shift indication

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appears on the screen.

• Programme shift is cancelled if the camera is turned off or the joystick is moved up and down until the programme shift indication disappears.

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Example of Programme shift

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 (Ev)

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2.8

(A)

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5.6

8

٨

1 1/2 1/4 1/8 1/15 1/30 1/60 1/125 1/250 1/500 1/1000 1/2000

(B)

(A): Aperture value

(B): Shutter speed

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Programme shift amount

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Programme shift line chart

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Programme shift limit

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• If the exposure is not adequate when the shutter button is pressed halfway, the aperture value and shutter speed turns red.

• When 10 or more seconds have passed after the Programme shift becomes effective, the status to activate the

Programme shift is cancelled and returned to the Programme AE mode.

However, the setting on the Programme shift is memorised.

• The Programme shift may not be activated depending on the brightness of the subject.

• The Programme shift does not activate when the ISO sensitivity is set to [

ISO

].

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Tips for taking good pictures

• Hold the camera gently with both hands, keep arms stationary at your side and stand with your feet slightly apart.

• Be careful not to move the camera when you press the shutter button.

• Do not cover the microphone or the AF assist lamp with your finger or other objects.

• Do not cover the photo flash with your finger or other objects.

• Do not touch the lens part.

• If the LCD monitor screen is difficult to see because of light from the sun etc. shining on it, we recommend using your hand or another object to block the light when using the camera.

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A

2

A

B

B

1

: When holding the camera sideways

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: When holding the camera vertically

A

: Photo flash

B

: AF assist lamp n

Direction detection function

• If you take pictures by holding the camera vertically, the information of the rotation on the pictures are automatically added and recorded to the pictures.

When [ROTATE DISP.] (P96) is set to

[ON], you can rotate and display pictures on the screen or the TV according to the information of the rotation on the pictures.

• This function may not work properly on pictures recorded by aiming the camera up or down.

• In motion picture mode [ i

] or [FLIP

ANIM.], you cannot use the direction detection function.

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Focusing

• The focus range is 50 cm to Z (Wide),

1.0 m to Z (Tele). Use macro mode when recording close-up pictures. (P58)

• If the distance between the camera and the subject is beyond the focus range of the camera, the picture may not be properly focused even if the focus indication lights.

• In the following cases, the camera cannot focus on subjects properly.

–When including both near and distant subjects in a scene.

–When there is dirt or dust on the glass between the lens and the subject.

–When there are illuminated or glittering objects around the subject.

–When taking a picture in a dark place.

–When the subject is moving fast.

–When the scene has low contrast.

–When jitter occurs.

–When recording a very bright subject.

We recommend taking pictures using prefocus (P57) and AF/AE lock (P60). In dark places, the AF assist lamp (P89) may turn on to focus on the subject.

• Even if the focus indication appears and the subject is focused, it is cancelled when you release the shutter button.

Press the shutter button halfway again.

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Preventing jitter (camera shake)

• Be careful of jittering when pressing the shutter button.

• The jitter alert

1

appears when the shutter speed is slow and the chances of blurring are greater.

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• When the jitter alert appears, take special care with the shooting methods described on P27, or use a tripod for best results. By combining the use of a tripod with the self-timer (P46), you can avoid blurring caused when you press the shutter button.

• Shutter speed will be slower particularly in the following cases. Keep the camera still from the moment the shutter button is pressed until the picture appears on the screen. We recommend using a tripod.

–Slow sync./Red-eye reduction [ u ]

(P42)

–[NIGHT PORTRAIT] (P63), [NIGHT

SCENERY] (P63), [PARTY] (P64),

[CANDLE LIGHT] (P65), [FIREWORKS]

(P65), [STARRY SKY] (P66) in scene mode

–When you have reduced shutter speed

(P52, 53) n

Exposure

• If you press the shutter button halfway when the exposure is not adequate, the indication of the aperture value and the shutter speed turns red. (However, the aperture value and the shutter speed do not turn red when the flash is activated.)

• The brightness of the screen may differ from the brightness of the recorded pictures especially when recording in low light conditions.

• When most of the subjects in the screen are bright (e.g. blue sky on a clear day, snowy field, etc.), the recorded pictures may become dark. In this case, compensate the exposure value on the camera. (P47)

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