- Jun 4, 2014
- Real Name
Yes, it is, and it works well for what it does. However, stacking won’t work with an insect that is moving around, or foliage being moved by wind.Is this not the aim of those who like to stack? And if so, can anyone what m4/3 cameras can do in-camera stacking? It's beginning to interest me a little, too. I keep seeing people who say their images are hand-held stacks and I simply can't imagine how that can be so easy I may have to get more with it.....
I believe all of the cameras have Focus Bracketing, which is the one that I use anyways. With this feature, the camera takes all of the frames and slightly different focus shifts, and you merge them in post with stacking software. I don’t think all of the older cameras have Focus Stacking, which is Olympus’ in-camera stacking feature which produces a merged JPEG. I find that the in-camera merging works pretty well.
Focus bracketing gives you control over both the interval shifted and the number of frames taken, up to 999. Focus stacking also lets you control the interval but allows far fewer frames (16 or so, IIRC). One other difference between focus bracketing and focus stacking is where the initial aim point starts. With focus bracketing, it is on the closest front edge of the subject. With focus stacking it’s somewhere about a third of the way into the subject. I prefer Focus Bracketing for macro, but sometimes I use Focus Stacking for landscapes. Either will work.