Panasonic TZ202: Configuration

What Can Be Configured in the User Interface of the TZ202 | Configuring the Behavior of the Camera | How I Use the Configuration Options | Conclusions | Links and Books

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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...

 

What Can Be Configured in the User Interface of the Camera

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"...

Overview of the Panasonic TZ202 Controls

    

Top view (from left to right to bottom)

  • Rear dial (top)
  • Motion picture button (bottom)
  • Shutter button
  • Zoom lever (around shutter button)
  • Camera [ON/OFF] switch
  • Mode dial
  • Flash (pop-up)
  • Control Ring (around the lens)
     
 

Rear view (from top to bottom, left to right)

  • Viewfinder (left) with diopter adjustment dial
  • Eye sensor
  • [LFV]/[Fn4] button
  • Flash open lever
  • [AF/AE Lock] button
  • (4K Photo Mode) button/[Fn1] button
  • [Post Focus] button/[Fn2] button
  • Charging lamp/Wireless connection lamp
  • (Playback) button
  • Cursor buttons
    • (Exposure compensation)
    • (Focus Mode)
    • [MENU/SET] button
    • (White balance)
    • (Drive Mode)
  • (Delete) button/[Q.MENU] (Cancel) button/[Fn3] button
  • [DISP.] button

Italic: Configurable button or dial/ring

The Configuration Options for the User Interface in Detail

The following table lists the configurable "hard" and "soft" elements of the TZ202 user interface with their defaults and my personal settings (if available...):

Control Sub-Control Text/Symbols Default

My Settings

Control Ring   --- Standard Standard
Rear Dial   --- Standard Standard
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]
Fn7 Histogram Symbol [Histogram] [Histogram]
Fn8 Movie Symbol, Snap, Fn8 [Snap Movie] [Preview]
Fn9 Fn9, OFF [Off] [Off]

Functions that can be assigned to the Control Ring or Rear Dial:

  • [DEFLT] [Normal]
  • [Zoom]*
  • [Step Zoom]*
  • [Exposure Comp.]
  • [Sensitivity]
  • [White Balance]
  • [AF Mode]
  • [Focus Mode]
  • [Drive Mode]
    
  • [Photo Style]
  • [Filter Effect]
  • [Aspect Ratio]
  • [Highlight Shadow]
  • [i.Dynamic]
  • [i.Resolution]
  • [Flash Mode]
  • [Flash Adjust.]
  • [OFF] [Not Set]*

* 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):

  • [4K Photo Mode]: [Fn1]*1
  • [Post Focus]: [Fn2]*1
  • [Wi-Fi]: [Fn5]*1
  • [Q.MENU]: [Fn3]*1
  • [Video Record]
  • [LVF/Monitor Switch]: [Fn4]*1
  • [LVF/Monitor Disp. Style]
  • [AF/AE LOCK]
  • [AF-ON]
  • [Preview]
  • [One Push AE]
  • [Touch AE]
  • [Level Gauge]: [Fn6]*1
  • [Focus Area Set]
  • [Operation Lock]
  • [Photo Style]
  • [Filter Effect]
  • [Aspect Ratio]
  • [Picture Size]
    
  • [Quality]
  • [Sensitivity]
  • [AF Mode]
  • [AFS/AFF/AFC]
  • [Metering Mode]
  • [Bracket]
  • [Highlight Shadow]
  • [i.Dynamic]
  • [i.Resolution]
  • [Min. Shtr Speed]
  • [HDR]
  • [Shutter Type]
  • [Flash Mode]
  • [Flash Adjust.]
  • [i.Zoom]
  • [Digital Zoom]
  • [Stabilizer]
  • [4K Live Cropping]
  • [Snap Movie]: [Fn8]*1
    
  • [Motion Pic. Set]
  • [Silent Mode]
  • [Peaking]
  • [Histogram]: [Fn7]*1
  • [Guide Line]
  • [Zebra Pattern]
  • [Monochrome Live View]
  • [Constant Preview]
  • [Rec Area]
  • [Zoom lever]
  • [Exposure Comp.]
  • [White Balance]
  • [Focus Mode]
  • [Drive Mode]
  • [Rec / Playback Switch]
  • [Off]*2: [Fn9]*

*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...

 

Configuring the Behavior of the Camera

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.

Menu

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.

Q.MENU (Quick Menu)

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

[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.

Compare with [Q.MENU], I find [My Menu] easier to work with although the number of button presses seems to be the same...

 

How I Use the Configuration Options

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...

Q.MENU (Quick Menu)

In progress

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, the following functions "experimentally" populate my Q.MENU:

  • [Photo Style]
  • [Picture Setting]
  • [Quality]
  • [Histogram] (was Sensitivity)
  • [AFS/AFF/AFC]
  • [Metering Mode]
  • [Flash Mode]
  • [Flash Adjust.]
    
  • [i.Dynamic]
  • [AF Mode]
  • [HDR]
  • [Silent Mode]
  • [Peaking]
  • [Bracket]
  • [Guideline]

This is just for testing the feature...

My Menu

In progress

[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, the following functions "experimentally" populate my [My Menu]:

  • [Aspect Ratio]
  • [Picture Size]
  • [Sensitivity]
  • [Quality]
  • [AF Mode]
  • [Metering Mode]
  • [i.Dynamic]
  • [i.Resolution]
    
  • [AFS/AFF/AFC]
  • [Photo Style]
  • [Self Timer]
  • [Pinpoint AF Setting]
  • [Format]
  • [Silent Mode]
  • [AF+MF]
  • [MF Assist]
    
  • [MF Assist Display]
  • [Touch Settings]
  • [Auto Review]
  • [Peaking]
  • [Histogram]
  • [Flash]
  • [i.Zoom]
  • [Bracket]

This is just for testing the feature... It also looks as if more than 23 items can be assigned to the menu.

General Settings (Menu)

In progress

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).

REC

Custom

Exposure
Focus
Operation

Setup

 

Conclusions

In preparation

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Links and Books

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