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Does the G5 have extended optical zoom?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by Mad_Sunday, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. Mad_Sunday

    Mad_Sunday Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jun 30, 2013
    Staffordshire UK
    I can't find this option in the menus, digging around via google gave me answers from "no" to "yes" and several answers about "yes but restricted" or "yes but you have to use a function key assigned to zoom".

    Does anyone have a definative answer please?

    Pete
     
  2. poopstick

    poopstick Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 9, 2013
    Burlington Ontario
    Does it have extended <I>optical</I> zoom? No, but many lenses do.:cool:
    There is an option when using video to use the center of the sensor, without any scaling, which basically gives you 2x zoom. I think it is called "Extended Tele-Zoom".
     
  3. Mad_Sunday

    Mad_Sunday Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jun 30, 2013
    Staffordshire UK
    That's digital zoom, my G1 and others G2 had an optical zoom that worked without loss by somehow using the full sensor with reduced pixel size. I think in the states it was called extra optical zoom. Digital zoom (cropping) is a different menu option.

    Pete

    Edit, maybe we're both right ;-) according to this thread on another forum. I'll have a play and report back.

    http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/42381800
     
  4. Itchybiscuit

    Itchybiscuit Photon Mangler

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    Dec 10, 2013
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Ivor
    I can use digital zoom on my G5 - I don't though!

    Go to 'Rec' menu then page down to 4/6 and there it is.

    Not what you're looking for exactly but as close as it gets...
     
  5. Mad_Sunday

    Mad_Sunday Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jun 30, 2013
    Staffordshire UK
    I've found the answer in the manual (If at first you don't succeed RTFM :) ) on page 80. It seems it does have the function but it's now called called "extended tele conversion". It will only give a 2x mag in low resolution picture mode, but at least it has the option :)

    Pete
     
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  6. Itchybiscuit

    Itchybiscuit Photon Mangler

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    Dec 10, 2013
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Ivor
    There's a manual? :wink: