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G6 - help me understand in-camera teleconverter

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by jonlong, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. jonlong

    jonlong Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 25, 2013
    The G6 has an option for a digital teleconverter that enhances the zoom, but also takes a smaller picture. Is this just cropping? It seems like it's just magnifying the image on screen and cropping the excess. If so, what's the point? If it's doing something else, please explain. Thanks!
     
  2. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 22, 2013
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    It is designed for video. The way video works with the 4/3 sensor, half the information is thrown out to record HD video. Using the digital teleconverter will instead use the center of the sensor, effectively making it a 2/3" sensor with a 4x crop factor and no information loss.

    It isn't that useful for still photos.
     
  3. PeeBee

    PeeBee Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Whilst the overall effect is pretty much the same as cropping, it can help you to frame and focus for the intended image.
     
  4. ThomD

    ThomD Mu-43 Veteran

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    I think the manual focus assist is probably an easier way to do this.
     
  5. PeeBee

    PeeBee Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Possibly, but there are differences. Manual Focus Assist will display just a magnified area surrounding the selected focus point. The Extended Optical Zoom feature will display the full image frame. MFA requires manual input, whereas you can rely on autofocus during EOZ. You can also use MFA during EOZ should you need even greater (on display) magnification.
     
  6. Superstriker#8

    Superstriker#8 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 24, 2013
    For stills it's the same as cropping
     
  7. ThomD

    ThomD Mu-43 Veteran

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    I was just looking at the manual for this and I noticed that you can't use it RAW mode and you can't use it with L image size. So, as has been stated, it is really is just crop-in-camera.