Panasonic Introduces Post Focus with New Firmware Update

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Adding even more functionality to the Lumix line, Panasonic has just announced a new firmware update that allows you to refine your point of focus after shooting. Making use of the already versatile series of 4K Photo shooting modes, along with the intelligent DFD (Depth from Defocus) system, the new Post Focus setting lets you decide your critical point of focus after the fact by simply tapping the area of the image you wish to be in focus.

During shooting, the initial image will be recorded as a 4K MP4 video file, shot at 30 fps, and the specific point of focus will be shifted throughout burst shooting to avail a range of distinct focus ranges. During playback, via the camera's touchscreen, you then tap the specific area of the image you wish to be in focus and an 8MP JPEG image will be created. Multiple individual files with different focus points can be created from the original burst, and you can also use assist functions, such as 5x enlarged view, focus peaking, and fine-tuned focus adjustment, to gain even more precise control. Post Focus is ideal for preventing out-of-focus imagery, especially in conjunction with selective-focus techniques, and is well suited for macro shooting applications where the need to achieve focus accuracy is paramount.

The firmware update is being made available for the Lumix DMC-G7, GX8, and FZ300 cameras, and will also be featured on forthcoming Lumix series digital cameras.

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The firmware release notes mention a change made to how the G7 uses the HDMI connection, but there is nothing specific about what is different.  I've called Panasonic and they have utterly FAILED to give a good answer. I was hoping it would be able to output a clean HDMI signal WHILE recording internally to an SD card (instead of cutting off the HDMI output).  Do you have any information on this? I'm trying to decide between this and the GH3 with apparently is only on sale through TODAY!

Unfortunately I've not been able to find any details on this online.  I am very sorry about that.  I will continue to research it and if I will post any relevant findings here. 

Is there a reason this firmware won't be available for the GH4 as well?

They will release a firmware update for the GH4 for this feature also, currently it is anticipated to be released sometime in early 2016. Stay tuned for announcements.

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