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Old Apr 6, 2010, 7:37 AM   #1
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I'm practicing now with the video and notice that focusing is a challenge.

Can anyone recommend a good focus setting or mode for taking video with the camera? My normal setting for pictures is 1-Area focusing and Center Weighted metering.

Should I be switching to other focusing modes when recording video?

I have the manual printed out and there is a heck of a lot of material to absorb and I'm trying to determine if the camera goes in to AF Tracking mode as default for video recording. I am also reading you can go into various modes for video recording so I'm not too sure about the focus modes.

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I'm just seeing now that there is a Cont. Focus mode ON/OFF setting in the recording menu. Is it best to have the camera in CF mode ON while videoing? Have other had better look with other modes?

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Old Apr 6, 2010, 3:31 PM   #2
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Hi Chris,

I would recomend using the manual focus when recording video. In auto focus mode the camera will always refocus, when you are moving the camera or when the focused object is moving out of the center. In the manual focus mode you can use the 'focus' button on the top of the camera for focusing. This can even be done during recording.
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I have to get to understand that focus button better. I also see panning fast is not got for the focus nor is any jerky movements of the camera. There is a reason for dedicated video cameras as I see all picture cameras have limitations when recording video.

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Im using auto recording mode , which means I just hit that small hidden red button , and must say I am pretty satisfied with the result.Also in low light.
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Im using auto recording mode , which means I just hit that small hidden red button , and must say I am pretty satisfied with the result.Also in low light.
I've had the same experience, no trouble at all with focus during any video mode. The FZ35 has amazing videos in my opinion.
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Old Apr 9, 2010, 7:39 AM   #6
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When you hit recording mode, is it by default that focusing is automatic like a regular camcorder ?
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When you hit recording mode, is it by default that focusing is automatic like a regular camcorder ?
It seems to function exactly like a camcorder as far as I can tell. The FZ35 has better autofocus during video than anything I've used. The zoom is slowed a tad in video and seems to let the focus stay caught up.
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thanks Setter.

The only video I have taken so far are tadpoles in a pond using a polarizing filter. So it was a challenge.
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