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Wouldn't "automatic hyperfocal mode" be a nice feature?

Started Oct 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
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New Daddy
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Wouldn't "automatic hyperfocal mode" be a nice feature?
Oct 3, 2013

With a lens that has distance scale, it's easy to do hyperfocal. You work your way around by setting the far end of the DOF at infinity.

Without a distance scale on the lens barrel, getting hyperfocal focusing is more tricky. Yes, people use online/smartphone/paper calculators to get the hyperfocal distance for a given focal length and aperture. But then how do you know which point in front of you is that distance away? A laser tape measure? (That has been suggested on the internet.)

What if camera bodies do the calculation for us and set the focus automatically (i.e., automatically set the focus at the hyperfocal distance for the given aperture and focal length)? All there is left for the user is then to make sure that the nearer object in the viewfinder is satisfactorily in focus. If not, the user can back up a few steps or stop down. Much easier than getting out a calculator and a laser tape measure..

It sounds like a simple feature to implement in a camera body. Wouldn't this be a cool feature in m4/3? Is there any other system that already does this?

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