FZ200 / LX7 scene mode "Through glass"

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FZ200 / LX7 scene mode "Through glass"

My FZ200 and LX7 both have a "Through glass" scene mode. Whenever I am shooting through glass I switch to it. However, it occurs to me that as part of my photographic education I should probably know what settings the camera invokes to implement it.

Can anyone tell me what "Through glass" does, or should do, to the settings?

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Re: FZ200 / LX7 scene mode "Through glass"

As a *guess* it's focusing on infinity or some shorter range, to avoid focusing on the glass itself.

Apparently a bad guess -- because manual says "The camera may focus on the glass if it is dirty or has dust on it."

Shoot a picture in that mode and see what the EXIF info says re camera settings.

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Re: FZ200 / LX7 scene mode "Through glass"

PC Wheeler wrote:

Shoot a picture in that mode and see what the EXIF info says re camera settings.

I am assuming it isn't just exposure settings. Here is one each, first the LX7 then the FZ200.

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"Through glass" WITH CARE!

PC Wheeler wrote:

As a *guess* it's focusing on infinity or some shorter range, to avoid focusing on the glass itself.

Apparently a bad guess -- because manual says "The camera may focus on the glass if it is dirty or has dust on it."

Shoot a picture in that mode and see what the EXIF info says re camera settings.

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I would agree, I'd "guess" it's focusing on infinity & so should just be lumped in with Landscape mode.

None of the EXIF programs I have show what "mode" was used - particularly annoying when you have shot some "HDR" or "Night Shot" pictures & would like to be sure which they are.

In most cases, it's easy enough to simply hold the lens closer to the glass than the closest Macro distance - but, with care: taking pictures as my plane maneuvered over the Channel Islands while approaching Los Angeles airport, turbulence whacked my ZS19 lens into the window and the lens has refused to come out since: "Zoom Error"

So, I had to buy a new camera 

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Re: "Through glass" WITH CARE!

Erik Ohlson wrote:

I would agree, I'd "guess" it's focusing on infinity & so should just be lumped in with Landscape mode.

None of the EXIF programs I have show what "mode" was used - particularly annoying when you have shot some "HDR" or "Night Shot" pictures & would like to be sure which they are.

I don't use the Panasonic software because my computers are Macs and I prefer Photoshop for RAW. I wonder if the Panny software provides mode info? I know EXIF Viewer does not.

In most cases, it's easy enough to simply hold the lens closer to the glass than the closest Macro distance - but, with care: taking pictures as my plane maneuvered over the Channel Islands while approaching Los Angeles airport, turbulence whacked my ZS19 lens into the window and the lens has refused to come out since: "Zoom Error"

So, I had to buy a new camera

I'm very sorry to hear that, Erik. I think I had that happen once or twice but without ill effect.

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Re: FZ200 / LX7 scene mode "Through glass"

I too was of the impression that the "through glass" function stopped you from focusing in too closely, however I just tried it on my FZ200 and it fired off multiple shots, just like the "hand held nightshot" setting. Now I have no idea what its supposed to do. I have a suspicion that by taking multiple shots, the camera might pick what it thinks is the "best" one and saves that shot. That would probably be the cleanest shot. This is not based on any evidence at all, but I simply can't think of a reason for the camera taking so many shots like that.

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