GX1 new user macro setting query

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by Gordon, May 4, 2013.

  1. Gordon

    Gordon New to Mu-43

    May 4, 2013
    I have joined this forum as I took delivery of a GX1 today and am slightly overwhelmed by the options available. As with most (all?) supplied manuals the GX1 manual is thorough enough in setting out the functions that are available but very weak at explaining how to actually use them.

    I purchased the camera and lens (LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.) to use attached to a Swarovski spotting scope to digiscope birds.

    Often it is recommended that when digiscoping the camera is set to macro mode and to use Aperture priority -the latter to try to get the fastest shutter speed possible.

    I've been going through the GX1 maunual but the only ways I can find to get a macro setting is to use the pre-set flower option or intelligent auto - neither of which give me any control over the aperture setting.

    Can anyone tell me how I can set the camera to macro mode while retaining control over aperture and ISO or any other parameters?

    I also have a Canon Ixus 300HS which can do what I would like to do with GX1.

    many thanks in advance
  2. Al.

    Al. Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2010
    Hull, East Yorkshire, UK
    There is no macro mode on the GX1, its dependant on the lenses used
  3. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 4, 2010
    Yeah, the Auto/Scene modes for flowers/insects is a little mis-leading compared to a point 'n shoot.

    On a P&S camera those modes would put you into macro whereas on an interchangeable lens system it won't really make much difference unless you've got a macro lens attached - even then you're likely to use a different mode to suit the conditions and subject matter (A, P or S or M).
  4. Gordon

    Gordon New to Mu-43

    May 4, 2013
    Thanks for your responses.
    It looks like I'll just have to get snapping and find out what the best options are by trial and error.

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