Properly, it is a little bit of a shock if true. Panasonic has lengthy shunned different autofocus techniques in favour of its proprietary “Depth from defocus” system utilized in its Micro 4 Thirds cameras. And whereas Panasonic may be pleased with it, many Panasonic users are not. However now it looks like Panasonic would possibly really be altering their tune if the above video is to be believed.
It was posted by Film Studi-O-taku Hi, based mostly in Japan who says that the “magical digital camera firm fairies” (which may imply he’s defending his supply or it could possibly be utterly made up) acquired phrase to him that the GH6 will embrace normal phase-detect autofocus.
This is able to be fairly an enormous deal for Panasonic’s customers. The issue isn’t that DFD is especially horrible – though some would argue that it’s – the difficulty is that it’s proprietary and no one else can use it. No person. Even different corporations with which it has alliances. Like Olympus (neither the outdated Olympus nor the brand new one). So, none of your Olympus or different third celebration lenses can reap the benefits of DFD and it defaults again down to straightforward, sluggish, usually inaccurate contrast-detect autofocus.
Offering phase-detect autofocus implies that the digital camera ought to see a reasonably fast autofocus increase over earlier Panasonics and never simply with Panasonic’s personal lenses, however with all third celebration lenses, too. At the least, that’s the idea. It’s nonetheless doable that Panasonic would possibly do one thing to make it solely appropriate with their very own lenses. In any case, even accomplice corporations like Olympus and Sigma are nonetheless technically opponents.
But when they do implement phase-detect AF, then let’s hope not. Whether it is true, I’d be very curious to see if additionally they begin implementing it of their full-frame L mount our bodies, too.
What do you suppose? Is Panasonic ditching DFD in favour of PDAF?
[via Mirrorless Rumors]