Refocus Reinvented - Focus Stack on the Panasonic Lumix FZ2000/FZ2500

Just a short post to share something I recently tested on the Panasonic Lumix FZ2000. I wrote about it on my Facebook page earlier and was surprised by the positive response. So here's a post about it, sharing one of the results I "stacked" so far.

Focus stacking is a way to combine several shots of the same scene with different focus. In Nokia days it was called "refocusing". "Nokia Refocus" was the first to bring the technique to a smartphone. You'll find my first post from 2013 about it here, please note all results I shared are now gone since refocus.nokia.com was shut down. However, if you know some archive where all results can still be found, please let me know.

Refocusing has become available on much more devices - Samsung, Huawei even allows you to play with aperture later on. I guess Apple may have joined the party as well, I don't own any iPhone. But now I find the feature to capture a subject in a short series of shots with different focus on the Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 (FZ2500 in the US).

I don't really know if it's new on compact/bridge/system camera's. If I understand correctly though, it's quite a special feature on a device like this - hence my conclusion it may be rare or even unique in this field (please correct me if I'm wrong). 

On camera, the file will be saved as 4K MP4 and you may combine several or all parts that are in (any) focus into one .JPG file (no raw). Of coure, usually, you'll choose a clear "foreground and background" situation to play with it or just get everything in focus. In this case, however, I chose my fire place... So the scene was static and very active at the same time. I'll share a resized original and two crops (larger version here).



The series of shots was captured handheld (it takes one second) and iI must admit I'm pleasantly surprised with the result myself, but I look forward to your opinion, as always. As I look forward to do some more testing with static/dynamic scenes.