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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide provides a wealth of information and professional insights for owners of this powerful HD camera. With its electronic viewfinder and interchangeable lenses, the G2 is capable of not only recording professional-quality still images, but has the added ability to record HD video as well.

Authors Brian Matsumoto and Carol Roullard explore and explain the features and capabilities of the G2 camera in detail, as they cover everything from the basic features of the camera to numerous advanced photographic applications. This informative text is illustrated with example images throughout.

Use this guide to learn how to:

  • Control the most basic camera functions - focus and exposure

  • Navigate the camera's menu system

  • Achieve a range of artistic effects using various camera settings

  • Use the camera's automated controls, and how to override those controls to obtain better exposure

  • Use the G2 in its video mode to obtain HD videos

  • Post-process images and videos on a computer

  • And much more...

Table of Contents

  1. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide
    1. About the Authors
    2. Downloadable Resources Webpage
    3. Preface
    4. 1. Getting Started
      1. Introduction
      2. Viewing Images and Menu Commands
        1. Menu Commands
        2. Menu Navigation
        3. Using the Directional Arrows
        4. Using the Rear Dial
        5. Setting the Clock’s Date and Time
        6. Quick Menu Option
      3. Intelligent Auto Mode
      4. Saving Your Pictures and Videos
        1. Information and Error Messages
        2. Important RESET Command
        3. The Dual Viewing System of the Panasonic G2 Camera
        4. Diopter Adjustment Dial
      5. Summary
    5. 2. Basic Photographic Ideas and External Buttons
      1. Introduction: Basic Photographic Ideas and External Buttons
      2. Focusing
        1. Focus Mode
          1. 1-Area-Focusing
          2. 23-Area-Focusing
          3. AF Tracking
          4. Face Detection
        2. Recommendations
        3. Focus Mode Lever
      3. Exposure (Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO)
      4. White Balance and the Appearance of Color
      5. Drive Mode Lever
        1. Single Mode
        2. Burst Mode
        3. Self-Timer
        4. Auto Bracket
    6. 3. Previewing and Reviewing Images
      1. Two Electronic Viewing Methods for the Panasonic G2
        1. The LCD Screen
        2. The Electronic Viewfinder
      2. Framing Pictures
        1. Data Display Formats
          1. Display Style Commands
          2. Image Data Display Screen Formats
        2. Compositional Controls
        3. Determine Image Exposure
          1. Histograms
          2. Camera Exposure Control
          3. Exposure Compensation
          4. Exposure Meter
          5. Depth of Field Preview
          6. Navigating through Exposure Compensation Controls
          7. Exposure Summary
      3. Reviewing Pictures and Videos
        1. Evaluating Pictures
          1. Reviewing Pictures Immediately
          2. Reviewing (Playback) Pictures and Videos Later
        2. Playback Data Display Screen Formats
        3. Altering the Playback Display
        4. Evaluating Exposure
        5. Playing Back Videos
      4. Deleting Saved Pictures and Videos
      5. Recommendations
    7. 4. Automatic Settings
      1. Introduction: Automatic Settings
      2. Face Recognition
        1. Activating Face Recognition
        2. Registering Faces
          1. Registering Faces Prior to Taking Pictures
        3. Registering Faces as You Take Pictures
        4. Keeping Face Recognition Up-to-Date
          1. Change Sample Images
          2. Enhancing Face Recognition Capability
      3. Intelligent Auto Mode
        1. Changing Intelligent Auto Settings
        2. Intelligent Auto Scene Detection
        3. Intelligent Auto Categories
          1. i-Portrait (Daylight and Nighttime)
          2. i-Scenery (Daytime and Nighttime)
          3. i-Macro
          4. i-Sunset
          5. i-Baby
          6. i-Low Light
          7. General
      4. Mode Dial
        1. Predefined Scene Modes
          1. Scene Mode
          2. Advanced Scene Modes
          3. Night Portrait Mode
          4. Close-up Mode
          5. Sports Mode
          6. Scenery Mode
          7. Portrait Mode
      5. Quick Menu
      6. Recommendations
    8. 5. Taking Partial Control of the Camera
      1. Introduction: Taking Partial Control
        1. Three Semi-automatic AE Modes: Shutter-Priority (S), Aperture-Priority (A), Program (P)
        2. Shutter-Priority (S) Mode
        3. Aperture-Priority (A) Mode
        4. Program (P) Mode
        5. Recommendations
      2. ISO
        1. ISO INCREMENTS
        2. Letting the Camera Set the ISO
          1. AUTO ISO
          2. iISO
        3. Intelligent Exposure: Taming Extremes in Brightness
        4. Commands That Affect Sensitivity
        5. Recommendations
        6. White Balance
        7. Fine-Tuning WB
        8. RAW and JPEG
        9. Recommendations
      3. Revisiting Format and Pixels
        1. Recommendations
      4. Customizing Automatic Focusing
        1. 1-area-focusing
        2. 23-area-focusing
        3. Recommendations
        4. Automatic Focusing: Speeding Up Focusing at the Expense of Battery Power
        5. Q-AF
        6. C-AF
        7. FOCUS PRIORITY
        8. Recommendations
      5. Automatic Focus in Dim Light
      6. Locking Focusing with AF/AE
        1. AF/AE LOCK
        2. AF/AE LOCK HOLD
        3. Recommendations
      7. Manual Focus: Overriding Automatic Focusing
        1. Turning Off Automatic Focus
        2. Recommendations
    9. 6. Manual Operation of the Camera
      1. Introduction: Manual Operation
        1. Manual Exposure Mode Controls
        2. Extremely Long Exposure “B”ulb Shutter Speed
        3. Noise Reduction with Long Exposure
        4. Metering Modes
        5. Recommendation
      2. Manual Focusing Micro Four Thirds Lenses
      3. Manual Focusing Four Thirds Lenses
      4. Manual Focusing Any Lens
      5. Touch Screen
        1. Focusing
        2. Activate Shutter
        3. Image Magnification
        4. Other Touch Screen Operations
      6. My Color
      7. Film Mode
        1. Recommendation
      8. Fine-Tuning White Balance
      9. Intelligent Resolution
      10. Getting More Magnification from the Lens
        1. Extended Optical Zoom
        2. DIGITAL ZOOM
      11. Choosing File Formats: JPEG
      12. Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.)
      13. AUTO BRACKET
      14. Executing Auto Bracketing
      15. Setting the Function Button
      16. Cleaning the Sensor
      17. Custom Mode
        1. Save Custom Settings
        2. View Saved Custom Settings
        3. Utilize Saved Custom Settings
        4. Recommendation
    10. 7. The System Approach Expanding the Camera’s Utility
      1. Introduction: Optical Accessories
      2. Optical Accessories: The Micro Four Thirds Lens
        1. Recommendations
      3. The Four Thirds System
        1. Focusing Four Thirds Lens
        2. Legacy Lenses, Discontinued Lenses
        3. Adapters for Panasonic G2 Camera Body and Legacy Lenses
        4. Exposure with Legacy Lenses
        5. Focusing Legacy Lenses
        6. Recommendations
      4. Research Microscopes
      5. Laboratory, Teaching, Home Microscopes
      6. Remote Release
      7. Tripod
      8. Telescopes
        1. Recommendations
    11. 8. Flash Photography
      1. Introduction: Flash Photography
        1. The Internal Flash
        2. Forced Flash OFF
        3. AUTO
        4. Forced Flash ON
      2. The Flash Icons on the Display Screen
      3. Additional Controls for Preflash and Internal Shutter
        1. Red-eye Reduction
        2. Slow Sync.
        3. Recommendation
        4. Altering Exposure
        5. Flash and the Internal Shutter
          1. 1ST Option
          2. 2ND Option
      4. External Flash
        1. Recommendation
    12. 9. Video
      1. Introduction: Video
      2. Setup
        1. Video Setup
        2. Audio Setup
          1. Recommendation
        3. LCD Screen vs. Viewfinder
        4. Image Data Display Screen Formats
      3. Video Recording
        1. Starting/Stopping a Video
        2. Selecting Video Mode
        3. Assigning Categories
        4. Motion Picture P Mode
          1. Exposure Compensation
          2. Peripheral Defocus
          3. Flicker Reduction Function
          4. Recording Videos
          5. Focusing
        5. Commands Disabled During Videos
        6. Recording Times
        7. Creating Still Pictures from a Video
          1. During Video Recording
          2. After Video Recorded
        8. Recommendation
    13. 10. Playing Back Your Pictures and Videos
      1. Introduction: Playing Back Your Pictures and Videos
      2. Chapter Organization
      3. PLAYBACK Mode Menu
        1. Overview
        2. Preparation Criteria
        3. CATEGORY SELECTION - Categories
        4. SLIDE SHOW
          1. Determine Presentation Content
          2. Presentation Commands
          3. EFFECT Command
          4. SETUP Command
          5. START Command
          6. Recommendations
        5. PLAYBACK MODE
          1. Overview
          2. Recommendations
        6. Playback Operational Controls
        7. Image Processing Commands
          1. Overview
          2. TITLE EDIT
          3. TEXT STAMP
          4. VIDEO DIVIDE
          5. RESIZE
          6. CROPPING
          7. ASPECT CONV.
          8. ROTATE
          9. ROTATE DISP
          10. FAVORITE
          11. PRINT SET
          12. PROTECT
          13. FACE REC EDIT
      4. Working outside of the Camera
        1. Overview
        2. Playing Pictures/Videos on Your Computer/Downloading
        3. Playing Pictures/Videos on Your TV Screen
        4. Printing Your Pictures
        5. Recommendation
    14. A. Setting Up The Camera
      1. Setting Up Your New Panasonic G2 Camera
      2. Some Assembly Required
        1. Memory Card Basics
        2. Battery Basics
        3. Inserting the Battery and Memory Card
        4. Attaching a Lens
        5. Neck Strap Basics
        6. Turning the Camera On and Off
    15. Index
    16. About the Authors