Focus Issues

3 months 4 weeks ago #681878 by jasonjdking
I bought a Panasonic Lumix FZ-80 for Christmas and I've been reading the manual trying to figure out how to stop the 1-area-focusing from going where ever it wants to. I set it to dead center and it may stay there for a few shots then when I try to take another shot it's located some where else in viewfinder/screen and tries to focus there. It is really annoying having to try and reset it before my subject disappears.


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3 months 4 weeks ago #681887 by Shadowfixer1
I don't know this camera but if I had to guess what is happening is you are hitting the 4 way controller if it has one and inadvertently moving the focusing point. It could also be an accidental tap of the screen if it has focus to touch on screen. If it has the 4 way controller for moving the focusing point, see if it can be disabled. If it has touch to focus, turn that option off. If it doesn't have either of these then I have no clue because I'm not familiar with this model.

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3 months 4 weeks ago #681905 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Jason

I am a panny user too :)

Okay- it sounds as though you have the LCD screen 'open' to view and as it is a touch screen, it will move stuff around the screen willy-nilly each time you accidentally touch the LCD screen. It is a damn nuisance and I hate it

Goto page 200 of the manual ... or play with the custom menu to disable it completely or partially

Personally- I rarely use the rear screen ... preferring to use the eyepiece 99% of the time. The only times I use the rear screen is when I can't see the eyepiece - ie: when the camera is on the ground for an insect or something like this

Hope this helps
Phil from the great land Downunder
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3 months 4 weeks ago #681906 by jasonjdking
This was doing it even with the lcd off and using the viewfinder I just shut the touch focus and the pad focus off will test it out as soon as it quits raining here Thanks


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3 months 4 weeks ago #681907 by jasonjdking
Thank You I have now disabled both now just waiting for the rain to stop so I can go outside and test it.


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3 months 3 weeks ago - 3 months 3 weeks ago #682016 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Jason

Good to hear the so-far, it seems to have offered you a solution

ps- If you are a facebook user pop into this site, goto FILES and download any of the PDFs relating to subjects of interest to you
www.facebook.com/groups/fzcommunity/


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3 months 3 weeks ago #682427 by jasonjdking
I tried the suggestions they work temporarily then the touch focus setting turns itself back on same with the touch pad I have also noticed that when I change the exposure compensation to -2/3 or -1/3 it resets itself to +2/3 even when I save everything to custom function.


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3 months 3 weeks ago - 3 months 3 weeks ago #682430 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Jason
Give me today to think it over and I will respond tonight (my time)
...... equally, our mate Gary might have an answer

Phil


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3 months 3 weeks ago #682432 by jasonjdking
Okay Thanks


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3 months 3 weeks ago #682439 by garyrhook
My GH7 has been assigned a task to support remote meetings, so it's not at home right now. Thus, I can't experiment.

I'd look first to see if there's a firmware update for the camera, though. Maybe it's a bug that's been fixed?


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3 months 3 weeks ago #682446 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Jason

Examining the FZ-80 book shows that all the touch screen stuff and settings appears identical to my FZ-2500 ~ so unless there is something unique to the -80 these multiple issues 'should' be fixable :)

Okay- p200 of the -80 manual shows a full list of touch options incl the reference that "when touch screen is turned 'off' then ALL associated options are disabled also. This clearly implies that the the focus point cannot have its position altered manually. (when I test it here, I cannot finger-move the focus point anywhere) Does it move for you? > if it does there is a fault somewhere

However > several function buttons only exist on the touch screen, so by turning 'off' the screen, you also lose several Fn buttons unless you allocate them to an existing button elsewhere (see p-47)

= if= you are sure that you have turned 'off' the touch screen stuff but the focus point can still be moved via your fingertip, then something else is causing it. Goto the left-cursor button and open the focus-point menu. Here you can change the size & shape & position of the focus point -but- after clicking okay, it should not move around the screen. Does it? > if it does there is a fault somewhere

Exposure issues
At the top-right on the rear panel is the exposure adjustment dial. It does 2 things and your finger needs to be careful here (but the screen changes showing you what it is up to)
a) rotate the dial right or left to increase or decrease exposure ... using P-A-S modes at least.
b) press the dial - feel the 'click' - and it will jump to the bracketing menu. You then rotate the dial to determine how extreme the exposures will be either side of 'normal'
The qty of bracketed exposures is determined within the custom menu ... 3 or 5 or 7 exposures (p-128 shows you more info)

Have a play in your loungeroom and see what's happening, and let us know how it all goes :)

Hope this helps
Phil from the great land Downunder
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3 months 2 weeks ago #682948 by jasonjdking
Thanks for your responses. I took it out for a hike yesterday and again today with no issues and the picture quality is almost where I want it. Just a couple more tweaks and all will be good


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3 months 2 weeks ago - 3 months 2 weeks ago #682965 by Ozzie_Traveller
Excellent!

I shoot jpg all the time and I have tweaked the 'photo style' settings for Vivid + several +/- tweaks in the colour options

Does me nicely
Phil


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