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Self-timer and focusing

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by sprinke, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    Debi
    I have a GH2 but probably the other Panasonic bodies work in the same manner.

    I'm looking for a way to "tell" the camera that when I set the self-timer, I want it to focus just before it takes the picture, not when I press the shutter. Useful for self-portraits.

    There has to be a way to do this ... I used to be able to do it with my Panasonic Lumix FZ-35. Anybody know?
     
  2. veereshai

    veereshai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    777
    May 12, 2011
    Arlington, VA
    Umm, didn't know such a feature exists. Will look closely at this thread for replies.
     
  3. starlabs

    starlabs Mu-43 Top Veteran

    856
    Sep 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    I've been stumped by this on Oly cameras too.

    Have you tried setting it to C-AF (continuous AF)? I tried it on my E-P3 but can't tell if it worked or not...
     
  4. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    Debi
    Interesting ... I dug up the manual for my FZ-35. Under the self-timer instructions, it says:

    The manual for the GH2 does not mention anything like this. On the other hand, it says:

    I guess maybe it's just not possible and I'll have to get a wireless remote shutter release. Huh.
     
  5. F1L1P

    F1L1P Mu-43 Veteran

    388
    Jan 2, 2010
    Europe
    you can use the focus lock option and fire away!
     
  6. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    Debi
    Not so much when you're trying to do a self-portrait ... ! Unless you set up something in your place to focus on while you're at the camera. Too much work! I ordered a wireless shutter remote for $20.
     
  7. sin77

    sin77 Mu-43 Veteran

    243
    Dec 9, 2011
    Singapore
    Pls update us again. Thks
     
  8. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    I believe you need face recognition turned on.
     
  9. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    Debi
    Not sure what you mean. I have face recognition turned off, and my GH2 finds and focuses on people's faces just fine.

    This is what my manual says about Face Recognition:

    You have to register specific people in the camera for it to work.