L-MOUNT Forum

Register a free account now!

If you are registered, you get access to the members only section, can participate in the buy & sell second hand forum and last but not least you can reserve your preferred username before someone else takes it.

Quick, what's on your Quick Menu?

PJD

Active Member
I'm gradually figuring out which of my S5iiX camera's features I'll use most often. Yesterday I customized its Quick menu for the first time. Of course, after I've used the camera for a while I may tweak these settings & choices further.

Note: I only capture photos as RAW, so I don't use in-camera color adjustments other than selecting V-Log for video, Natural (or Standard) for photos, and WB.

I created 3 separate Quick menus, one for Mode Dial "C1" for photos, and two similar Quick menus for video ("C2" for recording h265 to SD cards, and "C3" for recording ProRes to SSD).

I also programed a few buttons on the back of my camera to do things such as Waveform on/off, IS on/off, etc. I saved my settings to a file, and copied it to my Mac.

I'm curious what settings others have programmed into their camera's function buttons, Quick menus and C1, C2, C3 modes?
 

Attachments

  • S5iiX - Quick menu - C1 Photo mode.jpg
    EXIF
    S5iiX - Quick menu - C1 Photo mode.jpg
    161.1 KB · Views: 6
  • S5iiX - Quick menu - C2 h265 video mode.jpg
    EXIF
    S5iiX - Quick menu - C2 h265 video mode.jpg
    172.2 KB · Views: 6
  • S5iiX - Quick menu - C3 ProRes video mode.jpg
    EXIF
    S5iiX - Quick menu - C3 ProRes video mode.jpg
    182.3 KB · Views: 6
Good topic for discussion Peter!

I have been very lazy and not customised my Quick menu so it's still at the default setting. I have started playing with the JPEG styles though, e.g. I've installed a few LUTs and also used someone else's 'recipe' for mimicking a Fuji chrome look so I can access theses simply via the Quick menu.

I reassigned my Q button to do photo playback as I find it awkward to use the dedicated playback button on the right hand side of the camera. I've reassigned the red video button on the top plate to be the Quick menu button. :oops:

I have currently got C1 and C2 set up for train photography. I'm at work now so from memory C1 is the main profile I use and it's set as follws:
  • Aperture priority
  • f8
  • minimum 1/800s shutter speed
  • auto ISO with an upper limit of 12800
  • auto WB
  • RAW + Fine JPEG
  • Electronic shutter
These settings give me the depth of field and shutter speed needed to get a sharp photo of a moving train and most of the surrounding scene. The camera is also set to AF-C and I often turn on burst mode but of course neither of these setting can be stored in the custom settings.

I often adjust the aperture also depending on the light. If it's a bright day I might stop down to f10 or f11 and it it's dim, I will open up to f7.1 or larger.
 
  • Like
Reactions: PJD
I'm curious what settings others have programmed into their camera's function buttons, Quick menus and C1, C2, C3 modes?
This is my Quick menus for the S5IIx (shown side by side with the default settings).

Quick Menu
Video


Column 1
Column 1
Column 2
Column 2
Column 3
Column 3
Default
New
Default
New
Default
New
Exposure Mode
Photo Style

Rec. File Format

Zebra

Rec. Quality

Spot Meter

Photo Style

Exposure Mode

Saturation

Live Cropping

AWB

Rec. Quality

Contrast

Image Stabilizer

Highlight

E-Stabilization

Shadow

Boost I.S.

Sharpness

Lut View Assist

Noise Reduction

Fan Mode

Metering Mode

AF Custom

Quick Menu
Photo


Column 1
Column 1
Column 2
Column 2
Column 3
Column 3
Default
New
Default
New
Default
New
Exposure Mode
Photo Style

White Balance

Zebra

ISO

Spot Meter

Contrast

Silent Mode

Hilight

Shutter Type

Shadow

Focus Peaking

Saturation

Image Stabilizer

Sharpness

Histogram

Noise Reduction

Flash Mode

Single

Lut View Assist

Aspect Ratio

Level Gauge

Flash Mode

Photo Grid Line

(I don't know why level gauge is there for the photo settings, I need to find something better since the level gauge can be set with the return/trash button.)

I've had various things in C1, C2 and C3, but nothing in there right now. I use the CreativeVideo Combined Set. functions to separate the Photo and Video settings (by setting them all to video), and I usually just set up the photo and video settings on the spot. I need the Lut View Assist setting for both video and photo because Panasonic doesn't recognize it as just a video function.
 
Is the S5 mk1 included here?
Yes, it'll be interesting to see how all S5_ owners have set up their cameras (S1_ too if menu features are similar). Thanks for for the responses so far! :)
 
Last edited:
I've yet to use the Q menu and have never used custom modes :oops:

I suppose WiFi and Bluetooth could go in for starters.
 
In the S5ii/x is possible to register up to 10 custom modes in C3; 3 sets are available as default settings (operating instuctions page 530):

Custom modes.jpg
 
I'm curious what settings others have programmed into their camera's function buttons, Quick menus and C1, C2, C3 modes?
My S1R has in C1 custom mode the aspect ratio 65:24 (vivid profile, aperture priority, raw + jpeg, 225 area AF, single shooting, AUTO ISO and WB).

The C2 custom mode is my "black and white" mode: L monochrome D profile, monochrome live view and focus peaking in color Red... The other things like C1 (aperture priority, raw + jpeg, 225 area AF, single shooting, AUTO ISO and WB). :cool:
 
  • Like
Reactions: PJD
It is possible to change the custom mode name up to a maximum of 22 caracteres (macro, portrait, pets, trains, etc.) as a little help to remember Daumenhoch Smilie
I still use the exposure triangle basics with the modern AF. I not even competent with the auto exposure modes yet. I'm finding it much more difficult in M mode than DSLR and often out by nearly 2EV under, I'm not sure I like those red bars showing SS and F in M mode, I don't know what the exposure is exactly like.

I seriously doubt I'll ever use custom modes and much prefer the above if I can finally understand those SS and F non-red zones.

For video I definitely need more knowledge, my mountain session on Monday resulted in well exposed skies and dark landscapes. I don't know if there is a way to auto boost the shadows or protect the skies from blow-out. As usual my phone does this automatically without any settings. My S5ii videos were terrible but the skies showed what it can do.
 
I've been crazy adventurous with my S5 Q menu so far, I've changed the bottom left menu item to iDynamic lol. I've not really found any great need to make wholesale changes so far, as I'm purely a stills shooter, & the S5 already has plenty of buttons and dials to cater for pretty much all the parameters I'm using when shooting. WB, ISO, AF menu, exposure comp, Aperture, shutter speed, joystick -it's all there. In comparison to my G100's anyway, where there's wholesale changes been made :) Going to leave the flash exposure comp & mode where it is, I suspect when I head off overseas/on holidays, I might modify a couple of the jpeg settings, to suit the files a bit better when using the Lumix Lab app.
 
Well I did a bit more tinkering today, and made a few more changes. I've gone to Style 2, with the 2 rows of 6 columns -1 2 3 4 5 6 along the top row, 7 8 9 10 11 12 along the bottom. put the flash exposure comp & flash on/off in position 6 & 12 (above and below each other for quick and easy access)
I've got bracketing in position 3, and AF point style below it in position 9. I certainly don't have small hands, but not gigantic either, but I've always found the AF point style button a bit of a stretch with the camera up to my eye, being in the middle of the AF mode lever. Much more ergonomic where I've got it now. iDynamic is still residing in position 10 where I had it initially, I think.
I'll run with that for a while, & see how it works for me. I have absolutely no idea in the world how some users can try a camera for a few hours, or even a day or to, and proclaim it good, or bad. It can take me a year or two to set up a new camera to my liking -and even then I'll try something a little bit different, or read about someone else's settings.
 
I've yet to use the Q menu and have never used custom modes :oops:

I suppose WiFi and Bluetooth could go in for starters.
If you're reviewing image's, pressing the Q button itself is a single press solution for sending image's to your phone. As long as Sync is running on your phone. Pretty much the same as my G100's, except the button is labelled on the G100
 
Back
Top