What is Focus Peaking?

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Havanai
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What is Focus Peaking?
Feb 5, 2013

It was referred to in the recent (02/04/13) article on Panasonic's strategic quandaries.  But what is focus peaking?

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Havanai wrote:

It was referred to in the recent (02/04/13) article on Panasonic's strategic quandaries. But what is focus peaking?

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It's a viewfinder display method that outlines edges that exceed a certain contrast ratio.  The areas of highest contrast are usually the areas of best focus.  See the bottom of this page:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonynex7/6

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It was referred to in the recent (02/04/13) article on Panasonic's strategic quandaries. But what is focus peaking?

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Focus Peaking is a feature in Sony’s NEX and SLT cameras, than identifies points in focus by highlighting them. This helps especially in manual focusing. Many people use it in conjunction with focus magnify (where you can zoom in digitally to adjust focus). It can also be used in conjunction with DMF.

In these Sony cameras, you can set any of three colors for highlight (white, red or yellow) and sensitivity (low, mid, high). The “low” setting is for maximum accuracy but in low light/contrast, mid or high settings help.

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Havanai wrote:

It was referred to in the recent (02/04/13) article on Panasonic's strategic quandaries. But what is focus peaking?

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Focus Peaking is a feature in Sony’s NEX and SLT cameras, ...

I had a Nikon P&S in 2001 that had focus peaking, it isn't just a recent Sony thing.

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Pentax K-30 also has focus peaking.

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EinsteinsGhost wrote:

Havanai wrote:

It was referred to in the recent (02/04/13) article on Panasonic's strategic quandaries. But what is focus peaking?

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Focus Peaking is a feature in Sony’s NEX and SLT cameras, ...

I had a Nikon P&S in 2001 that had focus peaking, it isn't just a recent Sony thing.

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"Focus Peaking is a feature in Sony’s..."

Didn't mean to imply that it hasn't been used before (in fact, the idea comes from video cameras). But now that you bring it up, which Nikon P&S would that be?

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EinsteinsGhost wrote:

Havanai wrote:

It was referred to in the recent (02/04/13) article on Panasonic's strategic quandaries. But what is focus peaking?

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Focus Peaking is a feature in Sony’s NEX and SLT cameras, ...

I had a Nikon P&S in 2001 that had focus peaking, it isn't just a recent Sony thing.

Brian A

"Focus Peaking is a feature in Sony’s..."

Didn't mean to imply that it hasn't been used before (in fact, the idea comes from video cameras). But now that you bring it up, which Nikon P&S would that be?

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I don't know, it is long gone now. The implementation was much more subtle than on recent Sonys. The infocus areas were shown with a further increase in contrast to make them more obvious. Could have been the 885.

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