On this page, I would like to provide an overview of the Leica X Vario's camera controls and their functions.
The following photos are meant to provide an overview of the camera controls so that they can be discussed.
Photos: Views of the Leica X Vario
Here is an overview of the "menu" buttons at the left edge on the LCD on the back of the camera.
|PLAY||Opens the (continuous) review screen||Half-pressing the shutter release button cancels the review|
|Deletes images (Play mode)
Focus button (Record mode)
|WB||Sets the white balance||Has to be pressed only briefly; also sets the value|
|ISO||Sets ISO sensitivity||Has to be pressed only briefly; also sets the ISO value|
|Calls and closes the menu screen (incl.
Applies the selected menu option
|Calls and closes the menu screen
Applies the selected menu option and returns to the main menu (INFO on the direction pad does the same*)
*) Since firmware update 1.1.
Menu options can be cancelled by half-pressing the shutter release button
Here is an overview of the direction pad buttons and the setting dial/thumb wheel on the back of the camera .
|Direction Pad||The direction pad is used for
||See the button descriptions below for details|
|INFO*||The INFO button is used for
||*INFO: Toggles between different screen modes in picture and play mode|
|EV +/- (Up)*||Exposure compensation
The up button is also used for
|Menu use: You can also use the thumb wheel (setting dial)|
|none (Down)*||The down button is used for
||You can also use the thumb wheel (setting dial)|
|Selftimer (Left)*||Opening / making settings in the self timer
menu / exiting menus and submenus without saving the menu settings
The left/Selftimer button is also used for
|Flash (Right)*||Flash: Opening / making settings in the flash
mode menu / opening submenus (Flash)
The right/Flash button is also used for
|The thumb wheel is used for
||*1 second and longer
**Added by me (somewhat redundant with the "scrolling" item)
***Exposure compensation: In P mode, up (EV +/-) has to be pressed briefly, before the value can be selected in P mode (in A and T mode not needed; not available in M mode); further presses lead to bracketing and flash exposure compensation
???In the manual there is also the item "Manual distance setting." It seems to be a leftover from the X1/X2 manuals; at least, I cannot confirm this.
*) On the direction pad
**) Since firmware update 1.1.