jesus_freak: Thank you Damien, excellent demonstration and write up!
This is also a shining example of the benefits of a touchscreen. So many purists defend Sony's decision NOT to include touchscreens on the A7 and RX series, but Panasonic clearly demonstrates the value touchscreens can add with things like focus point selection and post-focus.
But less tedious than not having that feature.
While touchscreens are handy, Postfocus could be controlled by buttons.
lem12: Does this feature works on Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100?
I agree that it could be adapted to buttons, but who knows if Pana will or just it as an incentive to upgrade.
"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8, DMC-G7, and DMC-FZ330 will be supported."
The LX100 does not have a touchscreen.
darngooddesign: Its a very cool feature and I can't wait to see it mature and remove the current limitations. Can this be done on your computer with an app, or only on camera? It would suck to have to load the Post Focus capture back on your SD card later just to shift the focus.
I'd love to see a more detailed comparison between this, focus stacking, and Lytro's method.
It would be great if they also let you assign a manual focus point. That way you could use it on a subject moving towards you.
I've never done focus stacking, but don't you need to mask off the different faces so their backgrounds don't show?
With the PF feature, can you set the lens to f1.4 to get all the light you can, but increase the DOF on a group more of them are in focus than f1.4 would normally allow. Or lets say you are taking a photo of a dog, actually get the head and long snout in focus while at f1.4?
"The same principle can be used to maintain the defocused effect of F1.4 in the background of a portrait while the focus range across the face might be more typical of F4. By shooting a sequence at F1.4, using focus points from one eye to the other, the background can be kept extremely unsharp, while the face is all perfectly in focus. This gives something of the effect of a swing movement in a technical camera or with a tilt and shift lens."
Is this something that can easily be done in LR or PS? It sounds like you can increase the face's DOF to f4 while the background still looks like f1.4. If this is true could you use the low light benefits of f1.4 without the downside of a shallow DOF on your subject? So you could keep more of a group in focus, in low light.
Essenobi: Will this feature come to the LX100 model? Because that had 4K video recording as well.
Maybe Panasonic is testing and refining on a small number of touchscreen cameras, or maybe they will use it as an incentive to upgrade bodies.
But does doing that in LR really give you the same abilities as in camera? I'm think about what you wrote about the dof on the face vs the dof on the background.
straylightrun: Terrible gimmick.
Why do you see it as a gimmick? I see it having some generally useful applications.
It currently needs a touchscreen, but there is no reason why it could be made to work with buttons.
Its a very cool feature and I can't wait to see it mature and remove the current limitations. Can this be done on your computer with an app, or only on camera? It would suck to have to load the Post Focus capture back on your SD card later just to shift the focus.
Rooru S: So...you have to keep camera still while it records a short video? Hmmmmmm...
The camera's software sill stitch it together accurately. Of course if you wildly change the framing there will be more issues.
darngooddesign: I'm starting to agree with those claiming that this much attention on one camera feels like a pre-Christmas media blitz.
Yes, but to be relied on as an impartial judge of gear, you have to avoid the appearance of favoritism.
Nonsense, I never claimed that I know more than Barney. What I did say is that having worked in publishing I understand the need to focus a lot of energy on the current popular thing. Its the same reason why there is a disproportionate amount of iPhone coverage.
Everyone loves it when their favorite brand receives a lot of coverage, but many people have been waiting for reviews of cameras they are interested in and when this much energy is placed on a single camera it feels like DPR is ignoring other cameras because this one is getting too much manpower assigned to it.
I've worked in publishing so I get it, but there has been proportionally more attention on that camera than others.
BelePhotography: still OS X only?
I'm starting to agree with those claiming that this much attention on one camera feels like a pre-Christmas media blitz.
aris14: There are some non destructive tools and several image post processing suites for everyone. Some pro some not so pro. I guess that one of them suits someone mainly because of GUI. I also guess that at least 95% of pix taken and pped will finally have a Photoshop treatment no matter how light or heavy that 'll be. Adobe offered top products, still offer, but some parts of them still show their age. Alien skin is a serious company back from the 1993 (had a different name then), undoubtedly will offer a great product.The vast, to my opinion, number of such suites, converters and PP tools has to do with the fact that most people of photography does not know or hates to be involved with the maths and physics of photography.
"Alien skin is a serious company back from the 1993 (had a different name then)..."
Wasn't it Kai Power Tools?