It seems that no sooner had my article on the many virtues of the Panasonic Lumix GX8 camera been published here that news appeared in my email in-box of an imminent second update to the camera’s firmware to include a while new feature named Post Focus.
The GX8 is not the only Panasonic Lumix 4K-capable camera to receive new firmware to include Post Focus. Firmware updates for the Lumix DMC-G7 and DMC-FZ300 cameras will also be appearing on November 25 in the wee hours Greenwich Mean Time at GMT/CET 100am.
My beloved Panasonic Lumix GH4 will not be left out of the new list of Post Focus-capable cameras. It will receive its own Post Focus-inclusive firmware update early 2016.
From the video posted at YouTube by Panasonic Australia, Post Focus appears to work in a way not unlike rack focus, where you choose a foreground focus point, a rearmost focus point, then shoot 4K video that records them and points in between.
As it takes advantage of the cameras’ 4K photo movie-shooting functionality, it is likely that your video footage will be saved for use in a movie and you can also choose one or more optimally-focused still frames to export for use as photographs join their right or as stills for use in a movie.
Post Focus looks useful for a range of stills photography subjects as well for as moviemakers. What I would really love to see in the next firmware update after this one is focus stacking. That would be enormously useful for extreme close-up photographs of some of the hardware I write about here.
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Beautiful shots in the sharpest focus: Panasonic introduces creative, easy to use ‘Post Focus’ mode: Available on LUMIX DMC-GX8, DMC-G7 and DMC-FZ300 4K cameras
Via Panasonic Press:
LUMIX introduces the first Compact System Cameras and Bridge camera to allow users to select their preferred ‘in-focus’ area after taking their shot
Sydney, November 20, 2015: Panasonic is set to release the innovative ‘Post Focus’ mode, which enables the user to select the subject they wish to be in focus, after the photo has been taken.
With each shutter press, ‘Post Focus’ mode captures all possible focus points from foreground to background. Ideal for situations such as macro or food photography, the key benefit of the new mode is the ability to refine the image post-shot to get sharp, accurate focus on a precise area and then select a preferred shot or number of shots.
Scott Mellish, Business Manager, G Series, Panasonic, said: “‘Post Focus’ is designed for macro shooting, food or portraiture where perfect focus is a must in achieving that great creative shot. When the moment is fleeting, you can use this mode to capture your image, with flexibility in deciding on the absolutely ideal focus point after the event. You can take your shot and then review and select your preferred focus point so it is pin-sharp.
“An added benefit in this mode is access to adjustment tools such as Focus Peaking and 5x magnification to really fine-tune your image to the smallest of details and achieve stunning results.”
To see a demonstration of how to use ‘Post Focus’, visit: youtu.be/zukYhBihj80. ‘Post Focus’ is available on the LUMIX DMC-GX8, DMC-G7 and DMC-FZ300 by updating the firmware to version 2.0. Australian consumers can download the upgrade from 26th November (GMT/CET 1:00am, November 25) at the LUMIX Global Customer Support Site: av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/index.html.The firmware that enables the DMC-GH4 to comply with Post Focus is scheduled to be released in early 2016.
‘Post Focus’ is very easy to use. The user simply selects the mode, then presses the camera shutter to take the image. Then, during playback they select the preferred focus point to save as a separate shot. The process can be repeated for multiple shots, with fine adjustment, 5x magnified view and Focus Peaking available as the shot is selected.
The new mode requires high-speed, high-resolution imaging and uses Panasonic’s fast, high-precision Depth From Defocus autofocus technology working together with the powerful 4K engine, which can record in high resolution at a fast frame rate. It scans all the focus points within an image to quickly capture information.
For further information, please visit www.panasonic.com.au
(cover photo credit: snap from Karin Gottschalk)