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Setting Up Touch Screen Autofocus on LUMIX Cameras ► Helpful Tool or Too Much Trouble?

Photo Moment - January 22, 2018

LUMIX cameras can turn the touch screen into a “trackpad” so you can touch-to-focus and control the Autofocus point while looking through the viewfinder. PhotoJoseph is going to show you how to set it up and how it works!

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I did what you said but when i tap on the screen, i get the large grid with small white boxes. when i tap on the screen, i get the yellow boxes that show what is in focus. i'd rather have the small yellow box like what you have. do you know how i get that? thanks!
Had the same issue, just figured it out. You're set to 225-Area focus mode. Press the Fn1 button and choose 1-Area focus. It'll get rid of the grid and give you the box.
great video as usual! i needed this! couldn't figure it out on my GH5
Even Offset or Exact they do exact the same thing both ;) gh5
@PhotoJoseph So Joseph in my monitor when i switch on the camera has the symbol: DUAL 2 ((🖐)). Also in my lens the OIS is on!
In the menu now CAMERA symbol: page 3 > Stabilizer: Has 4 options.
1st: Operation Mode ((🖐)) *Greyed* (Why This IS GREYED???)
2nd E-Stabilization video OFF
3rd Anamorphic Video OFF
4th Focal Lenght Set OFF
Any thought of what is happening here???
@PhotoJoseph Yes, If i take off the lens the option works!!! What now...???
@PhotoJoseph No its the mkii
@PhotoJoseph So i informed that with 16-35 2.8 II or the 35-100 2.8 II ...when you turn on the switch the DUAL 2 is working ...when its switch is off NO Dual IS working...thats all! It's also mentioned in the manual, here is what it says:
• When using an interchangeable lens with O.I.S. switch (such as H-ES12060), stabilizer function is activated if the O.I.S. switch of the lens is set to [ON]. ([ ] is set at the time of purchase).
To be honest there's no reason to use lens OIS without's pointless!!! I think this is the new update philosophy.....Stabilizer or Not Stabilizer!!hahah!!
I own a gh5 this helped me tremedously! Thanks!
is this gx9 camera sufficient to take videos of a toddler, running across the camera and towards it using this technique? much appreciated
Been doing this for years on my gx85. Essential for wildlife photography. You dont have time to waste manually moving it with 40 button presses.
how to remove [AF] icon in MF mode on gh5?
@PhotoJoseph there's an af icon at the bottom right of my screen. If i switch to manual mode it is appearing on the screen but if i switch on autofocus mode it will disappear. Just wanto to get rid of that icon in manual mode because i want to put my waveform at the bottom right of my screen. Thank you😊
@PhotoJoseph yeah I tried turning off the touch screen. But of course i want to stay that enabled. Anyway, Thank you so much for your response😊 more power🙏
Hi I'm not sure if you'll still get comments on this... I really appreciate your videos about the GH5. I've seen the ones too. Very helpful. A question please.. I'm sure it is possible to use this track pad type focus method when in manual focus mode and looking through the EVF. it works fine for me when looking at the screen but when I look through the EVF and move the focus point on the screen with my thumb the focus assist screen comes up wth magnification but it doesn't focus. Any ideas? I've tried everything. I'm fairly sure it was working like this at some stage.
Great tip. Is it possible to reset the focus point to the center after each shot? I like to start to take pictures always from the center, not from the place where I took the last picture (touchscreen). I am a street photographer so subjects move fast in the crowd and I need to be precise, starting from the center is always helpful. I would appreciate some help, I have been 1 week searching for a solution! Thanks in advance if someone can help please!
@PhotoJoseph maybe i can use a shortcut button for AE/AF off and on? I have a new brand panasonic gx9 a camera made for streetphotographers and they didnt think in something basic like this, it is a pity
@PhotoJoseph i have found a solution, Thanks anyway
@PhotoJoseph haha u told me before i was the only person in the world interested, now do u want the solution? I guess we r two now
@PhotoJoseph no problem i love ur channel really helpful :) u need to create a custom multi AF point in the center as big as u want lile this u can touch AF to take the picture somewhere else in the screen and automatically recenters all the time. U should share this i see people in forums searching for a solution. Thanks for the help
As usual, a long drawn out video for a small technical tutorial which could have ended in about 4 minutes. Needless talk about your avatar and all that. Some people pompously assume everyone here is their subscriber/follower waiting to know what your doing in life and what you had for breakfast. Get to the point.
@PhotoJoseph> Nope Joseph. I saw just 2 videos today and when i knew its "your format" just gave them a thumbs down and exited stage left, to never be viewing any of 'your formats' again. LOL.
I use offset, but is there a way to tap on screen to instantly focus? You still need to half press the shutter or wait a few seconds for the focus to kick in. Tracking seems to be closer to this effect, but 1 area instant tap to focus would be nice.
had my G85 a week now, that's such a cool option. Thanks
Is there anywhere I can download some GH5S video files to test.
I see you have a left master eye like me...makes operating the joystick and the other switches to the right of the EVF a little less convenient eh? Makes shooting a shotgun less convenient too, being right-handed! :-)
Hey, Photojoseph! This is random, but I was wondering what the reflector to the right of the screen you had was and where you got it? I have been meaning to get one of those for beauty work for a while now. Thanks!
the latest Olympus cameras also have this with one added benifit you can use only the right part of the rear LCD so your nose hitting the left side won't keep changing the focus point.
Another great tip! BIG help, I can't handle 4k 24 at the moment but I see I can use AVCD 1080 24fps plus it get almost triple the record time. If I use 1080 30fps it get less than 1hr. Will you see a difference in quality of the two format? Final output will be for youtube. Thanks for all the help.
Definitely. AVCHD is much more compressed. But try it side by side and compare for yourself. The difference may be negligible. It all depends on what you’ll do to the file. If you are basically just uploading straight to YouTube then AVCHD will likely be perfectly fine. If you want to edit and color grade though, it won’t be as nice.
Great video about this awsome feature that made me switch from canon to panasonic when I first got my hands on the GX7.
M43 is just amazing !
GX8 has it but my nose does tend to move my focus point. Currently I use an fn button to turn off the touch screen. I think I just need to train myself to look through the viewfinder using my other eye to prevent moving the focus points.
I'm using the G85 and never knew about the function, thanks a lot! It's on page 8 and apparently you can focus without looking into the EVF
That's correct you don't have to look through the EVF you can just drag the focus point around the screen.
I find exact and offset work the same for me on the G85
Thanks for yours videos, I Prefer the A illustration, Ciao.
Just in case no-one else chimed in with this answer, even Lumix Bridge cameras with touch capability, such as my FZ-300, can do it.
G7 does have the touch screen autofocus. It is on page 8 of the wrench C screen. 11:49
Awesome, never knew about this. Thanks for the great info. And yes I got the Panasonic 45-150mm lens for my G7 at Amazon for $148. Amazon still had the sale price at 2am.
I was using EXACT and OFFSET is so much better for what I need :D. thanks
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