On this page, I describe how you can configure the Panasonic TZ202. First, I demonstrate the configuration options for the user interface of this camera, and then cursorily how the camera can be configured using the menus. I also describe my configuration choices, as far as there are any at this early point in usage time...
Note that I might also have chosen to simply list all the menus and their options, but then I would have just replicated the camera manual...
In the following, I describe the options that the Panasonic TZ202 offers for configuration of its user interface. Configuration means in this case that you can configure certain camera controls (dials, levers, buttons) to behave in different ways, for example, to allow you to set different things (for example, to set exposure, focus, or dynamic range).
Buttons that set variants or modes of a certain function will, on the other hand, not be regarded as configurable here (for example, the flash button that cycles through different flash modes, or the zoom lever that can be set to step zoom). But some entities may be "borderline cases"...
Top view (from left to right to bottom)
Rear view (from top to bottom, left to right)
Italic: Configurable button or dial/ring
The following table lists the configurable "hard" and "soft" elements of the TZ202 user interface with their defaults and my personal settings (if available...):
|Rear Dial||---||Standard||[Exposure Comp.]|
|Fn Buttons||Fn1||4K-Symbol||[4K Photo Mode]||[Focus Area Set]|
|Fn2||Post Focus Symbol||[Post Focus]||[Sensitivity] (ISO)|
|Fn3||Delete Symbol, Q.MENU/Cancel Symbol||[Q.MENU]||[Q.MENU]|
|Fn4||Fn4/LVF||[LVF/Monitor Switch]||[LVF/Monitor Switch]|
|Touch Fn Buttons||Fn5||Wi-Fi Symbol||[Wi-Fi]||[Wi-Fi]|
|Fn6||Level Symbol||[Level Gauge]||[Level Gauge]|
|Fn8||Movie Symbol, Snap, Fn8||[Snap Movie]||[Snap Movie]|
Functions that can be assigned to the Control Ring or Rear Dial:
* Items that can only be set to the control ring
Functions that can be assigned to Fn buttons (Fn1...4) and touch Fn buttons (Fn5...9):
*1 Function button settings at the time of purchase
*2 No function is assigned to function buttons.
Note: In the table above, I also list my current configuration, but do not take that information too seriously. My assignments may change over time and according to my changing needs and habits - and I may forget to update my assignments here...
In the following, I describe the structure of the menu system of the Panasonic TZ202. The menu items allow you to control the behavior of the camera.
Like most other cameras, the Panasonic TZ202 is configured using a menu system. It is being accessed using the [MENU/SET] button. The menu is divided into the following sections:
After having used cameras from different manufacturers, it will take quite some time before I will get used to this menu system (and the logic behind it...).
As can be seen above, a number of functions are set to fixed buttons, whereas other buttons can be configured (more or less freely...).
In addition, Panasonic offers two "shortcuts" to its menu system, some sort of "favorite menus," one of which can be accessed via a function button (the Quick Menu or [Q.Menu]), whereas the other is accessed via the menu system (the [My Menu]). The [My Menu] can be configured to appear first whenever you press the [MENU/SET] button for faster access. More on both "shortcut menus" in the following.
The Quick Menu (Q.MENU) allows you to store up to 15 menu items out of 43 items (photo mode) in a menu than can be accessed by a function key (Fn3 is predefined for this purpose). Initially, it comes with a number of predefined items ([PRESET]), but you can customize it according to your needs ([Custom]). However, the items that you can assign to the Quick Menu seem to be predefined...
[My Menu] is a special menu item that allows you to store and display up to 23 menu items. This may be quite handy, but competes somewhat with the Quick Menu ([Q.MENU]). Nevertheless, there seems to be more flexibility with respect to the menu items that you can assign to "My Menu"...
As already mentioned, the [My Menu] can be configured to appear first whenever you press the [MENU/OK] button for faster access (I still do not know whether this is really useful or annoying in the long run...). I think that it is a good place for storing functions that you access less often, but that you nevertheless access from time to time. Here, they are easier to find than in the complete menu system.
Compared with [Q.MENU], I find [My Menu] easier to work with although the number of button presses seems to be the same...
Below, I describe how I configure the camera (experimentally at the moment), using the menu options. I do so in two steps:
Both lists of assingments are preliminary and subject to change...
The Quick Menu ([Q.MENU]) allows you to store up to 15 menu items out of 43 items (photo mode) in a menu than can be accessed via a function key (Fn3 is predefined for this purpose). Initially, it comes with a number of predefined items ([PRESET]), but you can customize it according to your needs ([Custom]). However, the items that you can assign to the Quick Menu seem to be predefined (that is, there is only a restricted set of functions available)...
At the moment, I use the ([PRESET] functions because the camera was reset after dust removal. Before that the following functions "experimentally" populated my Q.MENU:
This was just for testing the feature...
[My Menu] is a special menu item that allows you to store and display up to 23 menu items in a list. This may be quite handy, but, in my opinion, competes somewhat with the Quick Menu ([Q.MENU]). Nevertheless, there seems to be more flexibility with respect to the menu items that you can assign to [My Menu]...
At the moment, [My Menu] is empty because the camera was reset after dust removal. Before that the following functions "experimentally" populated my [My Menu]:
This was just for testing the feature... It also looked to me as if more than 23 items can be assigned to the menu.
There are also quite a number of "general" settings that control the behavior of the Panasonic TZ202. There typically reside in one of the different camera menus and are far too many to be listed here. Nevertheless, I would like to list a subset of them, namely the ones that I find important for me (or my style of photography...). Typically, I list the settings, where I diverted from the default setting. Since the default settings are not listed in the manual, however, I often write "?" where I am unsure (therefore, do not take the default values too seriously).
In addition to describing the configuration of the Panasonic TZ202, I listed some of my settings. At the moment, these should be regarded as preliminary because I myself am still unsure about quite a number of them...