Leica – M10-P – User Manual

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LEICA M10-P
Instruction manualEN
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FOREWORD
Dear Customer,
We wish you a great deal of fun and success taking photographs
with your new Leica M10-P. Please read this manual thoroughly to
ensure that you familiarize yourself with the full scope of functions
your camera has to offer.
Your Leica Camera AG
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
Before using your camera for the first time, please check that the
accessories supplied are complete.
– Leica M10-P
– Camera bayonet cover
– Lithium-ion battery Leica BP-SCL 5
– Battery charger Leica BC-SCL 5, incl. mains cable and in-car
charger cable
– Carry strap
– Drawstring pouch for battery, charger and cables
– Manual (this book)
– Test certificate
– Registration card
Subject to changes in design and production.
Foreword/Scope of delivery3
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REPLACEMENT PARTS/ACCESSORIES
Please visit the Leica Camera AG website for information on the
extensive range of Leica replacement parts/accessories:
us.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-M/
Technical-Equipment
Important
• Only the accessories listed and described by Leica Camera AG
must be used with the Leica M10-P.
Only the accessories specified and described in this manual or
by Leica Camera AG must be used with the camera (battery,
charger, mains plug, mains cable, etc.). These accessories
should only be used with this product. Third-party accessories
may result in malfunctions or damage to the product.
Please make sure to read the chapters “Legal information”,
“Safety remarks”, and “General information” before using
your camera for the firs time. Knowledge of the content will
prevent inadvertent damage to the product and possible
injuries and other risks.
Replacement parts/accessoriesEN
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Legal Notes
LEGAL NOTES
LEGAL NOTES
• Compliance with copyright laws is mandatory. The recording and
publication of pre-recorded media like tapes, CDs or other
published or broadcast material may breach copyright laws.
• The following applies for all video material created with this
camera: This product is governed by the AVC Patent Portfolio
license and is meant for private use by a consumer only. The
device may furthermore be used for purposes for which the
consumer receives no remuneration, e.g. (i) encoding in
accordance with the AVC Standard (“AVC Video”) and/or (ii)
decoding of AVC Video that was encoded by a consumer in
accordance with the AVC Standard within the scope of personal
use and/or which the consumer has received from the provider,
who is in possession of a license to offer AVC Video. No license
is granted or implied for any other use. Any other use, specifical –
ly the provision of AVC video in exchange for remuneration, may
require a separate license agreement with MPEG LA, L.L.C.
Please visit the MPEG LA, L.L.C. website at: www.mpegla.com
for more information.
REGULATORY INFORMATION
You will find the manufacturing date of your camera on the stickers
in the Warranty Card and/or on the packaging.
The date format is year/month/day.
Specific regional approvals for this device can be found in the
camera menu.
Select Camera Information in the main menu
Select Regulatory Information in the submenu
The CE mark on our products documents compliance with the
fundamental requirements of applicable EU directives.EN
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Legal Notes
DISPOSAL OF ELECTRIC AND ELEC-
TRONIC EQUIPMENT
(Applies within the EU and for other European
countries with active waste separation policies.)
This device contains electric and/or electronic components which
must not be disposed of in general household waste. Instead, it
should be disposed of at a recycling collection point provided by
your local authority.
This service is free of charge. Any standard or rechargeable
batteries used in this device must be removed and disposed of
separately in accordance with local regulations.
Please contact your local authorities, waste disposal collection
point or the retailer, from whom you purchased the device for more
information on correct waste disposal.
The CE mark on our products documents compliance with the
fundamental requirements of applicable EU directives.EN
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Legal Notes
IMPORTANT NOTES REGARDING THE USE OF GPS
Legal restrictions on use
• The use of GPS and associated technologies may be restricted in
some countries or regions.
• You should therefore contact your travel agent or the embassy of
your destination country for relevant information beforehand.
• The People`s Republic of China and Cuba (exceptions: Hong
Kong and Macao) prohibit the use of GPS within their territories
and in the vicinity of their borders.
Violations will be prosecuted by local authorities. The GPS function
is therefore automatically deactivated in these areas.
Notes on function
• Prerequisite for GPS triangulation is “Line of Sight” (LoS) to at
least 3 GPS satellites (up to 9 of the total 24 GPS satellites are
available from any point on Earth at all times). The camera
should therefore always be held with the GPS antenna pointing
straight upwards.
• Make sure not to cover the GPS antenna with your hand or any
object (specifically metallic objects).
• Perfect signal reception from GPS satellites may be impossible in
the following locations or under the circumstances listed below.
Geo-location may then be impossible or erratic at best.
– in enclosed spaces
– underground
– under trees
– in a moving vehicle
– in the vicinity of tall buildings or in narrow valleys
– in the vicinity of high-voltage lines
– in tunnels
– in the vicinity of mobile phones
– with an accessory attached to the flash shoe, e.g. a flash unit
We recommend recommissioning the GPS function in a location
with good signal reception if the camera has not been used for an
extended period of time.
Notes on safe use
The electromagnetic radiation generated by the GPS system may
affect electronic instruments and measuring devices. Make sure to
disable the GPS function on board an aircraft before takeoff or
landing, in hospitals and other locations where RF restrictions
apply.EN
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Legal Notes
IMPORTANT NOTES REGARDING THE USE OF
WLAN
• Appropriate measures must be taken to ensure security and
protect against disruptions to the systems in place where
devices or computer systems are in use that require more
stringent security than WLAN devices.
• Leica Camera AG shall not accept liability for damages arising
from the use of the camera for purposes other than as a WLAN
device.
• It is assumed that the WLAN function will be used in countries
where this camera is sold. There may be a risk of breaching
statutory wireless communication regulations when using the
camera in other countries. Leica Camera AG shall not accept
liability for such breaches.
• Please note that there is a risk of unauthorized third party
interception of wirelessly communicated data. We highly
recommend that you activate encryption in the wireless access
point settings to ensure data safety.
• Avoid using the camera in areas where it can be exposed to
magnetic fields, static electricity or other interferences, e.g. near
a microwave oven. RF transmissions may otherwise not reach
the camera.
• Using the camera near devices like microwave ovens or wireless
phones that use the 2.4 GHz RF band may negatively affect the
performance of both devices.
• Do not attempt to connect to wireless networks you are not
authorized to use.
• The device will automatically search for wireless networks, once
the WLAN function is enabled. A list of network SSIDs, including
networks you are not authorized to access, will be displayed
(SSID: Network identifier for a WLAN connection). Do not
attempt to connect to such a network, as this could be
construed as unauthorized access.
• We recommend disabling the WLAN function while on an
aircraft. EN
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Safety Remarks
SAFETY REMARKS
GENERAL INFORMATION
• Do not use your camera in the immediate vicinity of devices that
generate powerful magnetic, electrostatic or electromagnetic
fields (e.g. induction ovens, microwave ovens, television sets or
computer screens, video game consoles, cell phones, broadcast-
ing equipment). Their electromagnetic fields can interfere with
recordings.
• Strong magnetic fields, e.g. from speakers or large electric
motors, can damage the stored picture data or disrupt recording.
• Switch off the camera, remove the battery and switch the
camera back on if the camera malfunctions due to the effects of
electromagnetic fields.
• Do not use the camera in the immediate vicinity of radio
transmitters or high-voltage power lines. Their electromagnetic
fields can also interfere with recordings.
• Always store small parts e.g. the accessory shoe cover as
follows:
– out of the reach of children
– in a safe location, where they will not get lost or stolen
• State-of-the-art electronic components are sensitive to static
discharge. You can easily pick up charges of several 10,000 volts
by simply walking on synthetic floor coverings. A static discharge
can occur when you touch the camera, and especially if it is
placed on a conductive surface. A static discharge on the
camera housing poses no risk for the electronics. Despite built-in
safety circuits, you should avoid direct contact with external
camera contacts like those in the flash shoe.
• Take care not to soil or scratch the sensor for lens detection in
the bayonet. You must similarly prevent direct contact of the
bayonet with grains of sand or similar particles, as these could
cause irreparable damage. This camera component must only be
cleaned with a dry cloth.
• Use a cotton or linen cloth instead of an optical micro-fiber cloth
(synthetic). Before touching the contacts, you can make sure you
discharge any electrostatic charge by deliberately touching a
heating or water pipe (conductive, grounded material). Dirt
deposits and oxidation on the contacts can be avoided by storing
your camera in a dry location with the lens cap attached and all
covers in place.
• Use only accessories specified for this model to prevent faults,
short circuits or electric shock.
• Do not attempt to remove parts of the housing (covers) yourself.
Repairs must be done at authorized service centers only.
• Protect the camera against contact with insect sprays and other
aggressive chemicals. Petroleum spirit, thinner and alcohol must
not be used for cleaning. Some chemicals and liquids can
damage the camera housing or the surface finish.
• Rubber and plastics are known to expel aggressive chemicals
and should therefore not be kept in contact with the camera for
extended periods of time.
• Prevent any sand or dust or water penetration into the camera,
e.g. during snowfall or rain or on the beach. Be extra careful
when changing the lens and inserting or removing the memory
card and battery. Sand and dust can damage the camera, the
lens, the memory card and the battery. Moisture can cause
malfunctions and irreparable damage to the camera and memory
card.EN
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Safety Remarks
LENS
• A camera lens can have the effect of a magnifying glass when
exposed to direct frontal sunlight. The camera must therefore be
protected against extended exposure to direct sunlight. Using
the lens cap and keeping the camera in the shade (ideally in its
camera case) will help prevent damage to the interior of the
camera.
RECHARGEABLE BATTERY
• Improper use of the batteries or the use of unapproved battery
types may result in an explosion!
• Do not expose the rechargeable battery to sunlight, heat,
humidity or moisture for prolonged periods of time. Likewise, the
batteries must not be placed in a microwave oven or a high-pres-
sure container as this would pose a fire or explosion hazard.
• Do not under any circumstances charge or insert a damp or wet
battery!
• A safety valve in the battery ensures that any excess pressure
caused by improper handling is discharged safely. It is neverthe-
less important to dispose of a bloated battery immediately. This
battery will pose an explosion hazard!
• Keep the battery contacts clean and easily accessible. Although
lithium-ion batteries are secured against short circuits, they
should still be protected against contact with metal objects like
paper clips or jewelry. A short-circuited battery can get very hot
and cause severe burns.
• When a battery is accidentally dropped, make sure to check the
housing and the contacts immediately for any damage. A
damaged battery can damage the camera.
• In case of noise, discoloration, deformation, overheating or
leaking fluid, the battery must be removed from the camera or
charger immediately and replaced. Continued use of the battery
may result in overheating, which can cause fire and/or
explosion!
• Never throw batteries into a fire as they might explode!
• Keep the battery away from sources of heat in case of a leak or if
you smell burning. Leaked fluid can catch fire!
• The use of other chargers not approved by Leica Camera AG can
cause damage to the batteries and, in extreme cases, may cause
serious or life-threatening injuries.
• Connect the charger to a freely accessible power socket.
• The car charging cable supplied must never be connected while
the charger is connected to the mains.
• Battery and charger must not be opened. Repairs must only be
carried out by authorized service centers.
• Keep batteries out of the reach of children. Batteries can cause
suffocation when swallowed.
FIRST AID
• Battery fluid may cause blindness if it comes into contact
with the eyes. Rinse the eyes thoroughly with clean water
immediately. Avoid rubbing. Seek medical attention
immediately.
• Leaked battery fluid poses an injury hazard when it comes in
contact with clothing or skin. Rinse the affected areas
thoroughly with clean water.EN
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Safety Remarks
CHARGER
• Using the charger in the vicinity of broadcasting receivers may
interfere with the reception of the device. Ensure a distance of
at least 1 m (3 ft) between the charger and the receiver.
• When the charger is in use, it may emit a buzzing sound – this is
normal and not a malfunction.
• Disconnect the charger from the mains when it is not in use,
because it consumes some (a very small amount) electricity,
even when no battery is inserted.
• Always keep the charger contacts clean, and never short circuit
them.
• The car charging cable supplied must only be operated in 12V
in-car grids and must never be connected while the charger is
connected to mains electricity.
MEMORY CARD
• Never remove the memory card during a datasave or card
reading process. The camera must not be switched off or be
subjected to impact or vibrations while working.
• Do not open the cover/remove the memory card or the battery
while the status LED is lit, which indicates memory access. Data
on the card may otherwise be destroyed and camera malfunc-
tions may occur.
• Do not drop or bend memory cards as this will cause damage
and result in the loss of the stored data.
• Do not touch the connections on the reverse of the memory
card and keep them clean and dry.
• Keep memory cards out of the reach of children. Swallowing a
memory card may cause suffocation.
SENSOR
Cosmic radiation (e.g. during flights) may cause pixel defects.EN
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Safety Remarks
CARRY STRAP
• Carry straps are usually made of very robust material. You
should therefore keep it out of the reach of children. A carry
strap is not a toy and poses a strangulation risk.
• Use the carry straps only for their intended purpose on a
camera or on binoculars. Any other use poses the risk of injury
and may possibly result in damage to the carry strap and is
therefore not permitted.
• Carry straps should also not be used for cameras/binoculars
during sports activities with a high risk of getting entangled in
the carry strap (e.g. mountain climbing and similar outdoor
activities).
Please read the section about “Care/Maintenance” for more
information about what to do in case of problems.EN
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General notes
GENERAL NOTES
CAMERA/LENS
• Make a note of the serial numbers of your camera (engraved in
the base of the camera housing) and lenses, as this information
will be extremely important in case of loss.
• Make sure to always have a lens or the camera bayonet cover
attached to prevent dust or other foreign bodies penetrating the
camera.
• That is why you should always replace lenses quickly and in a
dust-free environment.
• Never store the camera bayonet cover or the rear lens cover in a
pants pocket, as they will attract lint and dust, which could then
be accidentally introduced into the camera.
• Leica releases firmware updates for lenses at irregular intervals.
You can download any new firmware version from our homepage
and transfer it to your lens. Please read the section “Installing
firmware updates” (p. 100) for more information.
LCD PANEL
• Condensation may form on the display if the camera is exposed
to great temperature fluctuations. Wipe the screen carefully with
a soft, dry cloth.
• The screen image will initially be slightly darker than normal if
the camera is very cold when it is switched on. The normal level
of brightness will be reached as soon as the display warms up.
RECHARGEABLE BATTERY
• The battery must have a temperature between + 10°C and +
30°C for charging, as the charger will otherwise not switch on or
will switch off again.
• Lithium-ion batteries can be charged at any time, regardless of
their current charge level. A partially charged battery will charge
to full capacity faster than a fully discharged one.
• The rechargeable batteries come only partly charged ex works
and should therefore be charged fully before their first use.
• A new battery only reaches its full capacity after it has been fully
charged and – by using it in the camera – depleted 2 to 3 times.
This depletion process should be repeated roughly every 25
cycles.
• Both battery and charger heat up during the charging process.
That is normal and not a malfunction.
• Rapid flashing of the two LEDs (> 2 Hz) when charging
commences indicates a charging error (e.g. maximum charging
time exceeded, voltages or temperatures outside the permitted
ranges, or short circuit). Disconnect the charger from the mains
and remove the battery. Ensure that the above temperature
conditions are met and then restart the charging process.
Please contact your dealer, the Leica office in your country or
Leica Camera AG if the problem persists.
• Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries generate power by way of
internal chemical reactions. These reactions are influenced by
ambient temperature and humidity. To ensure a maximum
service life of the battery, it should not be exposed to extreme
temperatures (high or low) for extended periods of time (e.g. in a
parked car in the summer or winter).
• However, every battery has a limited service life! After several
hundred charging cycles, this limitation will become evident as
the operating times get significantly shorter.EN
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General notes
• The replaceable battery provides power to a back-up battery
which is permanently fitted in the camera. This back-up battery
retains the set date and time for up to 2 months. Once the
back-up battery is depleted, it must be replenished by inserting
a charged main battery. The back-up battery will recover its full
capacity after approx. 60 hours with the rechargeable battery in
place. This process does not require the camera to be turned
on. You will, however, have to set the time and date again.
• As the battery capacity deteriorates or if using an older battery,
warning messages may appear and some functions may be
restricted or blocked entirely.
• Remove the battery if the camera will not be used for an
extended period of time. Make sure to switch the camera off via
the main switch before removing the battery. Leaving the battery
in the camera will result in a deep discharge after a few weeks.
Voltage levels will decrease significantly, as the camera uses a
low idle current to maintain settings.
• Dispose of damaged batteries in accordance with the relevant
regulations at an approved collection point for proper recycling.
• You will find the date of manufacture on the battery itself.
The date format is week/year.
MEMORY CARD
• The range of available SD/SDHC/SDXC cards on the market is
too extensive for Leica Camera AG to test all types for compati-
bility and quality. Generally, any type of memory card may be
used without any damage to the camera or memory card. As
some “no name” cards may not fully comply with the SD/
SDHC/SDXC standards, Leica Camera AG cannot provide any
guarantee of function.
• We recommend formatting memory cards from time to time,
because fragmented residual data from deleted files may block
some of the storage capacity.
• Generally, it is not necessary to format (initialize) memory cards
that have been previously used. Formatting will, however, be
necessary if you insert an unformatted memory card or a card
that was formatted in another device (e.g. a computer) for the
first time.
• We recommend backing up your data on a PC, because
electromagnetic fields, static electricity and any memory card or
camera defects could result in permanent damage or loss of
your data.
• SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards come with a write
protection slider to prevent accidental overwriting. This slider is
located on the non-beveled side of the card. All data on the card
is protected when the slider is set to its lower position, marked
LOCK.EN
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General notes
SENSOR
• Any dust or dirt particles stuck to the glass cover of the sensor
may result in noticeable dark spots or specks on the pictures.
DATA
• All data, including personal information, may be changed or
deleted due to incorrect or accidental operation, static
discharge, accidents, malfunctions, repairs and other measures.
• Please note that Leica Camera AG will not accept liability for
direct or consequential damage due to the manipulation or
destruction of data and personal information.
FIRMWARE UPDATE
Leica is continuously working on the further development and
optimization of Leica M10-P. As digital cameras have many
functions that are controlled electronically, improvements and
enhancements to the functions can be installed on the camera at a
later date. Leica releases what are known as firmware updates at
irregular intervals. Cameras are always supplied from the factory
with the latest firmware. Otherwise you can download it from our
website yourself and transfer it to your camera.
If you register as an owner on the Leica Camera home page, you
will receive a newsletter informing you when a new firmware
update is available.
Further information on registration and on firmware updates for
your Leica M10-P and on any changes or additions to the details in
this manual can be found on our website under “Customer Service”
at:
https://owners.leica-camera.com
Select menu item “Firmware” to check whether your camera and
lenses are running the latest firmware version.EN
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General notes
Definition of remarks in this manual
Note
Additional information
Important
Failure to observe the instructions may result in damage to the
camera, the accessories or the pictures.
Attention
Failure to observe this information can result in personal injuryEN
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Table of Content
TABLE OF CONTENT
FOREWORD ………………………………………………………………………….. 2
SCOPE OF DELIVERY …………………………………………………………….. 2
REPLACEMENT PARTS/ACCESSORIES …………………………………… 3
LEGAL NOTES ……………………………………………………………………….. 4
LEGAL NOTES ……………………………………………………………………………………4
REGULATORY INFORMATION ……………………………………………………………..4
DISPOSAL OF ELECTRIC AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT ……………………..5
IMPORTANT NOTES REGARDING THE USE OF GPS ……………………………..6
IMPORTANT NOTES REGARDING THE USE OF WLAN …………………………..7
SAFETY REMARKS ………………………………………………………………… 8
GENERAL INFORMATION ……………………………………………………………………8
LENS …………………………………………………………………………………………………9
RECHARGEABLE BATTERY ………………………………………………………………….9
FIRST AID ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 9
CHARGER ………………………………………………………………………………………. 10
MEMORY CARD ………………………………………………………………………………. 10
SENSOR …………………………………………………………………………………………. 10
CARRY STRAP ………………………………………………………………………………… 11
GENERAL NOTES ………………………………………………………………… 12
CAMERA/LENS ………………………………………………………………………………. 12
LCD PANEL …………………………………………………………………………………….. 12
RECHARGEABLE BATTERY ………………………………………………………………. 12
MEMORY CARD ………………………………………………………………………………. 13
SENSOR …………………………………………………………………………………………. 14
DATA………………………………………………………………………………………………. 14
FIRMWARE UPDATE ………………………………………………………………………… 14
PART DESIGNATIONS ………………………………………………………….. 20
CAMERA ………………………………………………………………………………………… 20
LENS ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 22
DISPLAYS ……………………………………………………………………………. 23
VIEWFINDER ………………………………………………………………………………….. 23
LCD PANEL …………………………………………………………………………………….. 24
WHEN TAKING A PICTURE ……………………………………………………………………. 24
REVIEW MODE …………………………………………………………………………………….. 25
PREPARATIONS …………………………………………………………………… 26
ATTACHING THE CARRYING STRAP …………………………………………………. 26
PREPARING THE CHARGER ……………………………………………………………… 26
CHARGING THE BATTERY………………………………………………………………… 27
INSERTING THE BATTERY IN THE CHARGER ……………………………………………. 27
CHARGE STATUS DISPLAYS ON THE CHARGER UNIT ………………………………. 27
INSERTING/REMOVING THE BATTERY …………………………………………….. 28
CHARGE STATUS INDICATOR ON THE LCD PANEL …………………………………… 29
MEMORY CARD INSERTION/REMOVAL……………………………………………. 30
COMPATIBLE LENSES……………………………………………………………………… 31
LEICA M LENSES ………………………………………………………………………………….. 31
COMPATIBLE LEICA LENSES WITH ADAPTER ………………………………………….. 31
LENSES WITH LIMITED COMPATIBILITY ………………………………………….. 32
USABLE, BUT WITH RISK OF DAMAGE TO THE CAMERA AND/OR LENS ……. 32
COMPATIBLE, BUT EXACT FOCUSING IS LIMITED ……………………………………. 32
USABLE, BUT EXPOSURE METERING IS POSSIBLE ONLY IN LIVE VIEW MODE .. 32
INCOMPATIBLE LENSES ………………………………………………………………….. 32
ATTACHING/DETACHING THE LENS ………………………………………………… 33EN
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CAMERA OPERATION…………………………………………………………… 34
OPERATING ELEMENTS …………………………………………………………………… 34
MAIN SWITCH ……………………………………………………………………………………… 34
SHUTTER BUTTON ……………………………………………………………………………….. 35
SHUTTER SPEED SETTING WHEEL …………………………………………………………. 36
ISO SETTING WHEEL …………………………………………………………………………….. 36
THUMBWHEEL …………………………………………………………………………………….. 37
DIRECTIONAL PAD/CENTER BUTTON …………………………………………………….. 37
LV BUTTON/PLAY BUTTON/MENU BUTTON …………………………………………… 38
TOUCH SCREEN …………………………………………………………………………………… 38
MENU CONTROL …………………………………………………………………………….. 39
CONTROL ELEMENTS …………………………………………………………………………… 39
STRUCTURE OF THE MENU SCREEN ……………………………………………………… 40
DISPLAY MENU PAGES …………………………………………………………………………. 41
MENU NAVIGATION ……………………………………………………………………………… 42
FAVORITES MENU ………………………………………………………………………………… 44
DIRECT ACCESS TO MENU FUNCTION …………………………………………………… 44
CAMERA DEFAULT SETTINGS ………………………………………………. 46
MENU LANGUAGE ………………………………………………………………………….. 46
DATE/TIME …………………………………………………………………………………….. 46
DATE …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 46
TIME……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 46
AUTOMATIC TIME VIA GPS ……………………………………………………………………. 46
TIME ZONE ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 47
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ……………………………………………………………………….. 47
AUTO POWER SAVING (STANDBY MODE) ………………………………………… 47
DISPLAY/VIEWFINDER SETTINGS …………………………………………………… 48
LCD PANEL SETTINGS…………………………………………………………………………… 48
BRIGHTNESS ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 48
INFORMATION DISPLAYS ……………………………………………………………………… 49
BASIC PICTURE SETTINGS …………………………………………………… 50
FILE FORMAT …………………………………………………………………………………. 50
IMAGE PROPERTIES ……………………………………………………………………….. 50
JPG RESOLUTION …………………………………………………………………………………. 50
JPG SETTINGS ……………………………………………………………………………………… 50
LENS DETECTION …………………………………………………………………………… 52
USING A LEICA M LENS
WITH 6-BIT ENCODING …………………………………………………………………………. 52
USING A LEICA M LENS
WITHOUT 6-BIT ENCODING …………………………………………………………………… 52
USING A LEICA R LENS …………………………………………………………………………. 53
PICTURE MODE …………………………………………………………………… 54
IMAGE TYPES …………………………………………………………………………………. 54
USING THE RANGEFINDER ……………………………………………………………………. 54
LIVE VIEW MODE …………………………………………………………………………………. 56
FOCUSING ……………………………………………………………………………………… 56
DISTANCE METERING METHODS USING THE
RANGEFINDER …………………………………………………………………………………….. 56
DISTANCE METERING METHODS
IN LIVE VIEW MODE ……………………………………………………………………………… 57
ASSIST FUNCTIONS FOR MANUAL FOCUSING
IN LIVE VIEW MODE ……………………………………………………………………………… 58
ISO SENSITIVITY …………………………………………………………………………….. 60
WHITE BALANCE ……………………………………………………………………………. 62
AUTOMATIC/FIXED SETTINGS ………………………………………………………………. 62
MANUAL SETTING AFTER MEASUREMENT Greycard ……………………….. 62
DIRECT SETTING OF THE COLOR TEMPERATURE …………………………………….. 63
EXPOSURE……………………………………………………………………………………… 64
EXPOSURE METERING METHODS ………………………………………………………….. 64
EXPOSURE SETTING …………………………………………………………………………….. 66
EXPOSURE CONTROL/FUNCTIONS WITH AUTOMATIC EXPOSURE …………… 67EN
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OTHER FUNCTIONS ………………………………………………………………………… 73
AUXILIARY DISPLAYS ……………………………………………………………………………. 73
SERIAL EXPOSURES …………………………………………………………………………….. 75
INTERVAL SHOOTING …………………………………………………………………………… 75
SELF-TIMER …………………………………………………………………………………………. 77
FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY …………………………………………………………………… 77
COMPATIBLE FLASH UNITS …………………………………………………………………… 77
ATTACHING THE FLASH UNIT ………………………………………………………………… 78
FLASH EXPOSURE METERING (TTL METERING) ………………………………………. 78
FLASH MODES …………………………………………………………………………………….. 79
FLASH CONTROL …………………………………………………………………………………. 80
FLASH EXPOSURE COMPENSATION ………………………………………………………. 82
FLASH EXPOSURE DISPLAYS IN THE VIEWFINDER
(SYSTEM-COMPATIBLE FLASH UNITS) ……………………………………………………. 83
PLAYBACK/REVIEW MODE ………………………………………………….. 84
PICTURE REVIEW ……………………………………………………………………………. 84
AUTOMATIC REVIEW OF THE MOST RECENT PICTURE TAKEN ………………….. 84
DISPLAYS IN PLAYBACK/REVIEW MODE …………………………………………. 85
SELECTING/SCROLLING THROUGH PICTURES ………………………………… 86
ENLARGED CROPPED SECTION ………………………………………………………. 86
DISPLAYING SEVERAL PICTURES AT ONCE ……………………………………… 88
PICTURE MARKING/UNMARKING …………………………………………………… 89
MARKING A PICTURE ……………………………………………………………………………. 89
PICTURE UNMARKING ………………………………………………………………………….. 90
DELETING A PICTURE ……………………………………………………………………… 90
DELETING INDIVIDUAL PICTURES …………………………………………………………. 91
DELETING MULTIPLE/ALL PICTURES ……………………………………………………. 91
OTHER FUNCTIONS …………………………………………………………….. 92
USER PROFILES ……………………………………………………………………………… 92
SAVE CURRENT SETTING AS USER PROFILE …………………………………………… 92
APPLY/ACTIVATE PROFILE ……………………………………………………………………. 93
EXPORTING/IMPORTING PROFILES TO/FROM THE MEMORY CARD…………. 93
DATA MANAGEMENT ………………………………………………………………………. 94
DATA STRUCTURE ON THE MEMORY CARD …………………………………………….. 94
CHANGING FILE NAMES ……………………………………………………………………….. 95
CREATING A NEW FOLDER ……………………………………………………………………. 95
RESETING IMAGE NUMBERING ……………………………………………………………… 96
COPYRIGHT MARK ……………………………………………………………………………….. 96
RECORDING THE PICTURE LOCATION WITH GPS …………………………………….. 97
FORMATTING A MEMORY CARD …………………………………………………………….. 97
DATA TRANSFER …………………………………………………………………………….. 98
WORKING WITH RAW DATA (DNG)…………………………………………………… 98
RESETTING THE CAMERA
TO FACTORY SETTINGS ………………………………………………………………….. 99
FIRMWARE UPDATE ………………………………………………………………………… 99
REMOTE CAMERA CONTROL (WLAN) …………………………………………….. 100
CONNECTION METHOD ……………………………………………………………………….100
CREATE PERSONAL PASSWORD …………………………………………………………..101
CHANGE DEVICE NAME (SSID) …………………………………………………………….101
CARE/STORAGE …………………………………………………………………102
CAMERA HOUSING ……………………………………………………………………….. 102
LENS ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 102
LCD PANEL …………………………………………………………………………………… 103
RECHARGEABLE BATTERY …………………………………………………………….. 103
MEMORY CARDS …………………………………………………………………………… 103
SENSOR ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 104
DUST DETECTION ……………………………………………………………………………….104
SENSOR CLEANING …………………………………………………………………………….104
FAQ ……………………………………………………………………………………106
KEYWORD INDEX ……………………………………………………………….108
MENU OVERVIEW ………………………………………………………………110
TECHNICAL DATA ……………………………………………………………….112
LEICA CUSTOMER CARE ……………………………………………………..116EN
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Part Designations
PART DESIGNATIONS
CAMERA
1
2
3
4
5 5
4a
3a
7
9
15
10
12
14
13
11
8
16
Top view
1 Main switch
2 Shutt er butt on
3 Shutter speed setting wheel
a Alignment point for shutter speed setting wheel
4 ISO setting wheel
a Alignment point for ISO setting wheel
5 Carry strap eyelets
6 Accessory shoe
Front view
7 Lens release button
8 Focus button
9 Bayonet
10 Sensor
11 Rangefinder viewing window
12 Brightness sensor
1
13 Self-timer LED
14 Viewfinder viewing window
15 6-bit encoding (sensor for lens detection)
16 Image field selector
17 Bottom cover locking point
1
Leica M lenses with viewfinder attachment cover the brightness sensor. Please
read the sections “Displays (viewfinder)” and “Leica M lenses” for more
information about how to work with these and other lenses.
6
17EN
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Part Designations
Rear view
18 Viewfinder
19 Thumbwheel
20 Directional pad
21 Center button
22 LV button
23 PLAY button
24 MENU button
25 LCD panel
26 Brightness sensor for LCD panel
27 Picture / Recording / Datasave LED
Bottom view
(bottom cover fitted)
28 Bottom cover
29 Locking toggle for bottom cover
30 Tripod thread A ¼, DIN 4503 (¼“)
(Bottom cover removed)
31 Memory card slot
32 Battery compartment
33 Battery locking latch
34 Latch for bottom cover
18
19
20 21 22
23
24
26
27
22 25
28
29
30
31
32
33
34EN
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LENS
38
35
36
37 37a
38a
38b
38b
36a
39
35 Lens hood
36 Aperture setting ring with scale
a Index for aperture values
37 Focus ring
a Focus tab
38 Fixed ring
a Focusing Index
b Depth of field scale
c Index button for lens replacement
39 6-bit encoding (sensor for lens detection)
*Representative image. Technical features may vary depending on model.
Part DesignationsEN
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DISPLAYS
VIEWFINDER
1
2
3
3 Digital display
a. :
– Displays the automatically calculated shutter speed
in aperture priority mode A or the countdown of
longer shutter speeds in 1 s increments.
– Warning that the metering or setting ranges are
overshot or undershot using aperture priority mode
A
– Exposure compensation value (appears for a short
time during setting and for about 0.5 s when
activating exposure metering by tapping the shutter
button)
– Notification regarding (temporarily) full cache
– Message: No memory card (Sd)
– Message: Memory card full (full)
b. • (top):
– Indicates (when lit) that saved metering values are
being used
c. • (bottom):
– Indicates (flashing) that exposure compensation is
being used
d. :
– For manual exposure setting:
Concurrently as light balance for exposure
compensation. The triangular LEDs give the
direction of rotation of the aperture setting ring
and shutter speed setting dial to adjust the
exposure.
– Warning before the measuring range is undercut
e. Flash symbol:
– Flash ready to use
– Details of flash exposure before and after the
picture
DisplaysEN
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LCD PANEL
WHEN TAKING A PICTURE
(All displays/values refer to actual settings)
In Live View mode
1 2
7
10
11
8
9
18
17
16 14 13 12
15
3 4 5 6
When using the viewfinder
6
13
14
15
16
20
3 4 2
1
5 18 12
18
DisplaysEN
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Displays
REVIEW MODE
(All displays/values refer to the displayed image)
1 2 3
7
22
23
8
19
12 13 14 16 18
15
5 6
1 White balance mode
2 File format/compression level/resolution
3 Exposure metering method
4 Shutter button/Drive mode
5 Light intensity/focal length or lens type
6 Battery capacity
7 Histogram
8
Clipping identification of under exposed (blue), or over
exposed subject sections (red)
9 Identification of in focus edges in the subject
(Focus peaking)
10 Spot exposure metering field
(only if the metering method is switched on)
11 Grid lines (choice of 2 variants)
12 Exposure mode
13 ISO Sensitivity
14 Light balance
15 Exposure compensation scale
16 Shutter speed
17 Exposure simulation
18
Remaining number of pictures, incl. trend detection by
means of bar charts
19 Display of cropped section size and position
(only visible for enlarged sections)
20 User profile
21 Remaining memory card capacity
22 File number of the picture shown
23 Symbol for marked pictureEN
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Preparations
PREPARATIONS
ATTACHING THE CARRYING STRAP
Attention
Once you have attached the carry strap, please make sure that the
clips are mounted correctly to prevent the camera from falling.
PREPARING THE CHARGER
Use the mains cable with the matching regional plug to connect
the charger to mains electricity.
Note
The charger will automatically adapt to local mains voltage.EN
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Preparations
CHARGING THE BATTERY
The camera is powered by a lithium ion battery.
INSERTING THE BATTERY IN THE CHARGER
CHARGE STATUS DISPLAYS ON THE CHARGER UNIT
The status LED indicates a correct charging process.
Display Charge status Charge time*
CHARGE fl ashes green battery is charging
80% lights up orange 80% approx. 2 h
CHARGE continuous
green light
100% approx. 3½ h
Disconnect the charger from mains electricity when the charging
process is complete. There is no risk of overcharging.
* for a completely discharged batteryEN
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Preparations
INSERTING/REMOVING THE BATTERY
Make sure that the camera is switched OFF (see p. 34)
OPENING THE BOTTOM COVER
CLOSING THE BOTTOM COVER
▸ Insert the bottom cover (Fig. 1-3)
▸ Turn the locking toggle in clockwise direction
▸ Click down the locking toggle
▸ Check that the bottom cover was inserted and closed correctlyEN
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Preparations
INSERTION
REMOVAL
Important
Make sure that the bottom cover is securely closed before
switching on the camera.
CHARGE STATUS INDICATOR ON THE LCD PANEL
You can see the charge level of the battery on the display if you
press the center button.
Display Charge status
approx. 88 – 100%
approx. 63 – 87%
approx. 47 – 62%
approx. 36 – 46%
approx. 26 – 35%
approx. 0 – 25%
Battery needs to be replaced or chargedEN
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Preparations
MEMORY CARD INSERTION/REMOVAL
The camera will save exposures to an SD (Secure Digital), an SDHC
(High Capacity) or an SDXC (eXtended Capacity) memory card.
Notes
• SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards are available from various
suppliers in various sizes and with diff ering read/write speeds.
Memory cards with high storage capacities and high read/write
speeds off er quick storage and rendering.
• Memory cards with a capacity of less than 1GB are not
supported. Memory cards with capacities between 1GB and 2GB
must be formated before fi rst use.
• Make sure the memory card is correctly aligned if you are having
diffi culties inserting it into the camera.
• Removing the bottom cover or the memory card while the
camera is switched on, or switching on the camera while the
bottom cover is not attached will trigger the following warning
message on the display:
– Bottom cover open
– No card available
The memory card slot is located directly next to the battery
compartment. Open/Close the bottom cover (see p. 28 )
INSERTION
REMOVAL
Important
Check that the bottom cover is closed correctly before you switch
on the camera.EN
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Preparations
COMP A TIBLE LENSES
LEICA M LENSES
Most Leica M lenses can be used with any lens equipment (with or
without 6-bit encoding in the bayonet). Your camera will also
deliver great pictures with Leica M lenses without encoding. We
recommend entering the lens model type manually to ensure the
best possible image quality (see p. 52).
Please read the following sections for details on the very few
exceptions and limitations.
Notes
• Our Leica Customer Care department can retrofi t many Leica M
lenses with 6-bit encoding.
• Leica M lenses come with a control curve that mechanically
transfers the set distance to the camera to allow manual
focusing via the rangefi nder of the Leica M camera. Please note
the following when using the rangefi nder with wide-aperture
lenses (≥ 1.4):
– The focusing mechanism of every camera and every lens is
adjusted individually at the Leica Camera AG factory in
Wetzlar with the greatest possible precision. Extremely
narrow tolerances are adhered to in this process, which
enable precise focusing of every camera/lens combination
in photographic practice.
– If wide-aperture lenses (≥ 1.4) are used with an open
aperture, the then sometimes resulting very low depth of
fi eld and inaccuracies in focusing with the rangefi nder may
lead to setting errors resulting from the (added) overall toler-
ance of the camera and lens. It can therefore not be ruled
out in such cases that a specifi c camera/lens combination
will manifest systematic deviations.
– We recommend having the lens and camera checked by
Leica Customer Care if you notice a general deviation of the
focal position in a specifi c direction over time. Our
technicians will ensure that both products are calibrated
within the permissible overall tolerance. However, a 100%
match of the focal position cannot be achieved for all
pairings of cameras and lenses.
• In such cases we recommend using the Live View function with
the appropriate setting facilities.
COMPATIBLE LEICA LENSES WITH ADAPTER
The optional accessory R-adapter M allows the use of Leica-R
lenses in addition to Leica M lenses. Please visit the Leica Camera
AG website for more information on these accessories.EN
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Preparations
LENSES WITH LIMITED COMPATIBILITY
USABLE, BUT WITH RISK OF DAMAGE TO THE CAMERA
AND/OR LENS
– Lenses with retractable tube must only be used with the tube
extended, i.e. never attempt to retract the tube while the lens is
attached to the camera. This does not apply for the current Mak-
ro-Elmar-M 90 f/4 model, as its tube will not retract into the
camera itself and can therefore be used without restriction.
– Heavy lenses attached to a tripod-mounted camera, e.g.
Noctilux 50 f/0.95 or Leica R lenses via adapter: Make sure that
the tilt of the tripod head cannot move inadvertently when the
camera is not held. A sudden tilt and impact could result in
damage to the lower edge and the camera bayonet. That is why
you should always use the tripod mount on relevantly equipped
lenses.
COMPATIBLE, BUT EXACT FOCUSING IS LIMITED
Despite the high precision of the rangefinder on the camera, exact
focusing with 135 mm lenses with an open aperture cannot be
guaranteed due to the very low depth of field. We therefore
recommend stopping down by at least 2 steps. Live View mode, on
the other hand, plus the various setting aids provided, allow
unrestricted use of this lens.
USABLE, BUT EXPOSURE METERING IS POSSIBLE ONLY
IN LIVE VIEW MODE
– Super-Angulon-M 21 f/4
– Super-Angulon-M 21 f/3.4
– Elmarit-M 28 f/2.8 (Serial numbers below 2 314 921)
INCOMPATIBLE LENSES
– Hologon 15 f/8
– Summicron 50 f/2 with close-up
– Elmar 90 f/4 with retractable tube (manufactured 1954-
1968)
– Some examples of the Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 (non-aspherical,
manufactured 1961-1995, Made in Canada) cannot be
attached to the camera or cannot focus to infinity. Leica
Customer Care can modify these lenses so that they can be
used with the camera.EN
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Preparations
ATTACHING/DETACHING THE LENS
ATTACHING
▸ Make sure that the camera is switched OFF
▸ Hold the lens on the fi xed ring
▸ Position the alignment button on the lens opposite the release
button on the camera housing
▸ Attach the lens in this position
▸ Turn the lens clockwise until you hear and feel it click into place
REMOVAL
▸ Make sure that the camera is switched OFF
▸ Hold the lens on the fi xed ring
▸ Press and hold the release button on the camera housing
▸ Turn the lens counter-clockwise until the alignment button is
opposite the release button
▸ Remove the lensEN
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Camera operation
CAMERA OPERATION
OPERATING ELEMENTS
MAIN S WIT CH
The main switch switches the camera on and off .
SWITCHING THE CAMERA ON
On
Notes
• Once switched on, the camera will be ready to use after approx.
1 s.
• Once switching on, the LED lights up briefl y and the displays in
the viewfi nder appear.
SWITCHING THE CAMERA OFF
Off
Note
The function Auto Power Saving (see p. 47) deactivates the
camera automatically if no operation occurs within a preset time.
Use the main switch to deactivate the camera if this function is Off
to prevent inadvertent exposures and battery discharge when the
camera is not in use.EN
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Camera operation
SHUTTER BUTT ON
The shutter button works in two stages.
1. Tap (= Press the shutter button to the 1st pressure point)
saves the metered exposure value in aperture priority mode,
i.e. the shutter speed determined by the camera (for more
details, refer to the “Metering memory lock” section on p.
68)
– restarts a self-timer delay in progress
– reverts the camera to picture mode:
– if playback mode is set
– if menu control is active
– if the camera is in Standby mode
2. Press down fully
– the picture is taken
– starts a preselected self-timer delay
• The data is then transferred to the memory card.
Notes
• Press down the shutter button in a smooth motion until you hear
the click of the shutter. This will prevent camera shake.
• The shutter button remains locked
– if the internal buff er memory is (temporarily) full, e.g. after a
series of ≥16 pictures.
– if the memory card inserted and the internal buff er memory
are (temporarily) full.
– if the battery has exceeded its performance limits (capacity,
temperature, age).
– if the memory card is write-protected or damaged.
– if image numbering on the memory card has reached its limit.
– if the camera prompts for language, date and time settings at
fi rst use or after a reset.
– if the sensor is too hot.
• When the shutter button is released, camera electronics and
viewfi nder displays remain active for the time set in the main
menu for Auto Power Saving.EN
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Camera operation
SHUTTER SPEED SETTING WHEEL
The shutter speed setting wheel has no stop, which means it can
be turned in either direction from any position. It will click at each
engraved position and for intermediate values. Intermediate
positions outside the click positions must not be used. Please read
the section “Exposure” (see p. 64) for details about exposure
settings.
– A: Aperture priority mode
(automatic shutter speed control)
– 4000 – 8s: Fixed shutter speed of 1⁄4000 s to 8 s
(with intermediate values, clicking in ½ increments)
– B: Long-term exposure (bulb)
– : The shortest possible sync speed of 1⁄180 s for fl ash mode
ISO SETTING WHEEL
– A: Automatic ISO sensitivity control
– 10 0 – 6400: Fixed ISO values
– M: Manual ISO sensitivity control
Fig. 2
▸ Push the ISO setting wheel up until you feel it clicking into place
and the red line (fi g. 2) is visible
▸ Turn the setting wheel to the desired value
▸ Push the ISO setting wheel down
Fig. 1EN
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Camera operation
THUMB WHEEL
– for menu navigation
– for menu item/function selection
– for exposure compensation value selection
– for enlarging/reducing viewed pictures
– for scrolling through the picture memory
DIRECTIONAL PAD/CENTER BUTTON
DIRECTIONAL PAD
– for menu navigation
– for menu item/function selection
– for scrolling through the picture memory
– for controlling the selected image section when using
Greycard
CENTER BUTTON
– for the status display
– for applying menu settings
– for display of settings/data when taking a picture
– for display of picture data during picture reviewEN
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Camera operation
LV BUTTON/PLAY BUTTON/MENU BUTTON
LV BUTTON
– for Live View mode activation/deactivation
PLAY BUTTON
– for (continuous) playback mode activation/deactivation
– for return to full-screen display
MENU BUTTON
– for accessing the FAVORITES menu/MAIN MENU
– for exiting the FAVORITES menu/MAIN MENU/submenu
TOUCH SCREEN
GESTURE CONTROL
Tap
briefl y
Tap
twice
horizontal/vertical
Swipe
Two-fi nger
pinch/spread
In Picture mode (Live View)
– to select the exposure metering fi eld position
(tap the desired on-screen location once)
– to select an image area for viewfi nder live zoom
(tap twice)
In Playback/Review mode
– to view display information (tap once)
– to scroll through the picture memory (swipe)
– to zoom in/out on viewed pictures (two-fi nger pinch/spread)
Note
A light touch is enough, do not press down.EN
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Camera operation
MENU CONTROL
Menu sections: MAIN MENU and FAVORITES menu
MAIN MENU:
– contains all menu items
FAVORITES menu:
– your custom list (see p. 44 for details on how to manage this
list)
Note
No favorites menu will be displayed if no menu item is assigned to
it.
CONTROL ELEMENTS
The following elements are used for menu control.
18
15
16
17
19
20
18 LV button 15 Thumbwheel
19 PLAY button 16 Directional pad
20 MENU button 17 Center buttonEN
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Camera operation
STRUCTURE OF THE MENU SCREEN
MAIN MENU
38
39
40
41
42
38 Menu section: MAIN MENU/FAVORITES
39 Name of the menu item
40 Setting of the menu item
41 Reference to the submenu
42 Scrollbar: current position in the menu list
SUBMENU
43
44
45
43 Current menu item
44 Submenu item
45 Reference to further submenus
Notes
In some cases, an additional scale will be available, where values
can be set or function options can be selected.EN
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Camera operation
DISPLAY MENU PAGES
DISPLAY “HOME” SCREEN
(INITIAL MENU CONTROL SCREEN)
In picture mode
if there are no menu items assigned to the favorites menu:
▸ Press the MENU button 1x
• MAIN MENU appears on screen.
if at least one menu item was assigned to the favorites menu:
▸ Press the MENU button 1x
• The FAVORITES menu appears.
To get back to the main menu from the favorites menu:
– if the favorites menu consists of one page:
▸ Press the MENU button 1x
– if the favorites menu consists of 2 pages:
▸ Press the MENU button 2x
or
▸ Select Main Menu (last item in the favorites menu)
In Playback/Review mode
▸ Tap the shutter button
• back to picture mode
▸ Press the MENU button
• The Home screen is displayed
Display submenu
▸ Press the center button
or
▸ Press the directional pad to the rightEN
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Camera operation
MENU NAVIGATION
NAVIGATING WITHIN THE MENU
Page by page navigation
▸ Press the MENU button
Line by line navigation
▸ Turn the thumbwheel
(to the right = down, to the left = up)
or
▸ Press the directional pad
– up/down: Function options selection
– left/right: Settings within a line or on a scale
Line navigation in submenu items with selectable function variants
can also be done via the center button.
Note
• The menu item Format SD Card and some submenu items can only
be accessed under specific circumstances. Please read the
relevant manual sections for more information. The text in the
relevant line is displayed in gray to signify the existence of a
submenu.
CONFIRM SELECTION
▸ Press the center button
• The screen image changes back to the active menu item. The
set function variant is shown on the right in the relevant menu
line.
Note
No confirmation is needed for the selection of On or Off. An
automatic save is done.
ONE STEP BACK
▸ Press the directional pad to the left
or
▸ Press the MENU button 1x
EXIT THE MENU
You can exit the menus and submenus at any time – with/without
applying the settings made.
– Go to picture mode:
▸ Press the shutter button
– Go to playback mode:
▸ Press the PLAY buttonEN
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Camera operation
KEYPAD SUBMENU OPERATION
A
B
E
F
C
D
A A
B
C D
A Entry line
B Keyboard
C “Delete” button (deletion of the respective last value)
D “Confirm” button (co

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