Panasonic planned a perfect gift for its customers as they released a new firmware update which allows the photographers to select the focus point of their choice, that too after shooting the frame. The new firmware update is available only for Panasonic’s Lumix GX7, G8, and FZ300 cameras.
The newly introduced function called ‘Post Focus’ is an attempt by Panasonic to make sure that their users get well-focused and sharp images. After clicking the picture, the photographer will have the freedom to choose the desired focus point within the frame with just a touch on the screen.
Actually what happens in Post Focus mode is, the camera records a 4K resolution video at 30 fps while capturing 49 different points of focus, that too in a single burst. Once the camera has captured the video, it creates as much as 49 differently focus images in the processing phase. This allows the photographer to choose the required point of focus with just a touch on the screen of the camera.
This is not all, Panasonic has also included some fine adjustment setting in this mode such as 5x magnified zoom and focus peaking.
Wondering what’s the use of this feature? Well, you can take portraits and macro shots without the fear of getting defocused images. Consider a case of street photography, you clicked an interesting frame and suddenly the subject moved on, what now? If you had used the Post Focus feature, all you had to do was to choose the desired focus point. Kaboom, there your had a sharp and focus image.
Personally, i feel that this new ‘Post Focus’ mode would help the travel photographers to an extent. But it somehow would stop your mind from thinking creatively and would make you a lazy photographer.
The Post Focus firmware update for the LUMIX DMC-GX8, DMC-G7 and DMC-FZ330 is now available on the official LUMIX Global website.
What’s your take on this new feature released by Panasonic? Would it help you as a photographer or is it an another attempt to kill the true essence and meaning of photography?