Panasonic Lumix Post Focus Stack vs. Racked Focus Stacking

This comparison was done using the in camera “Post Focus” feature of the Lumix GX85 for one image and an  automated focus rack of the same number of images (40 total) as RAW files.  The “Post Focus” video was rendered into an image sequence using Photoshop and the output files were generated as TIFF.  Both sequences were stacked using Helicon Focus using the Depth Map option for stacking. Each stack was saved as a TIFF file.  The images were cropped to proportion and exported using Lightroom. Both stacks are excellent, further validating the viability of the “Post Focus” capability of Lumix cameras.  The lens used was the Lumix H-HS030 30mm f/2.8 macro at f/4.0, ISO 200, 1/100 sec.

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Focus Stack using the "Post Focus" feature.

Focus Stack using the “Post Focus” feature.


Focus Stack using 40 RAW files stacked.

Focus Stack using 40 RAW files stacked.

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One Comment

  1. Rick September 3, 2016 at 10:16 am #

    Interesting. The Post Focus version has a more pleasing, to me, tone in the BG and is a little more open in the shadows. The “normal” focus stack has a little more contrast, which could be a plus or minus, and a little better rendition on the highlights, at least to my eye.

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