Panasonic Announces the Development of New Post Focus Technology, as well as Two New Micro Four Thirds Lenses

Along with their new camera announcements, Panasonic announced the development of a new Post Focus technology, which will be available as a firmware update for their new GX8 and FZ300 in late 2015 or early 2016, as well as two new MFT lenses.

Basically, Post Focus allows users to select a different "in-focus" area for their photographs during playback by simply selecting the desired focal point on the LCD. Then, a separate photo from the original will be produced, with the focus set to the area that you selected (even when it differs from the original focus area of the photo). This is accomplished thanks to a combination of their new Depth From Defocus (DFD) AF technology and 4K Photo Burst option (which captures 4K photos at up to 30fps). More info on this technology can be found in their press release below.

The first of the new MFT lenses for use with Panasonic and Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras is the LEICA DG 100-400mm f/4.0-6.3. This new telephoto lens boasts a 200-800mm equivalent focal range, their POWER O.I.S. system to help keep images sharp and clear, DFD AF technology, and splash/dust protection.

The second is the LUMIX G 25mm f/1.7 prime lens. With a 50mm equivalent field of view, this new LUMIX G lens offers a very pleasing viewing angle, similar to that of the human eye. This focal length works well for various types of photography, from landscapes to portraits. It also boasts "high-speed, high-precision AF (Auto Focus) with DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology".

Since both of these lenses are still in development. no pricing or availability has been established. We'll be sure to keep an eye out for the latest on these new products and technologies as it is released.


Panasonic LUMIX Announces New Technology

Two New Lenses and Post Focus Function

Newark, NJ (July 16, 2015) - Panasonic is proud to announce the development of two lenses and a new technological function called "Post Focus."

Post Focus will enable users to select an "in-focus" area after shooting with a simple interface. This function has been developed as a further evolution of 4K Photo technology to prevent out-of-focus errors and offer additional creative freedom.

By combining high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth From Defocus) auto focus technology and the 4K Photo burst images in 4K resolution are shot at 30 fps while shifting the lens to set focus on approx.501 areas (*TBC).

With the Post Focus function, the best image can be selected from the 4K burst images shot with different focus areas. Once the composition is fixed, you are free from the job of serious focusing. In addition, this function can be used for creative photography such as landscapes or portraits. Users can pull different impressions out of one picture by changing the subject to enhance it with focus. The operation of the Post Focus function is quite easy - just touch the point where you want to set focus while playing back the image, no matter where the original focus area is, and the image with different in-focus area will be produced as a separate photo.

Panasonic will introduce this Post Focus function via a firmware update for LUMIX GX8, LUMIX FZ300 and some other models in late 2015 and 2016 will study to integrate it into upcoming LUMIX digital cameras as well.

Service specifications are subject to change without notice.

New LEICA DG 200-800mm (35mm Equiv.) Zoom Lens Under Development

Panasonic is developing the first LEICA DG 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 telephoto zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 200-800mm) for the Micro Four Thirds system standard to expand the lineup of DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) digital interchangeable lenses.

The LEICA DG lenses are designed and developed under the stringent quality standard certified by Leica that boast excellent optical performance. Four single focal length LEICA DG lenses have already introduced to the market and have been highly acclaimed by users worldwide2.

The new telephoto zoom achieves exceptional imaging performance over the entire zoom range. It also features high speed digital signal exchange at 240 fps to comply with the high-speed, high-precision AF (Auto Focus) with DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology on LUMIX G cameras. Together with the POWER O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer), it lets users to focus on the target quickly to capture crisp, clear images. In addition, the new lens is both light and small and is splash/dust-proof to withstand heavy field use. As the new telephoto zoom lens excels in size and weight, it enables handheld 800mm (35mm camera equivalent) telephoto shooting without using a tripod.

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New LUMIX G 25 mm/F1.7 Single Focal Length Lens Under Development*

Panasonic is developing a LUMIX G 25 mm/F1.7 single focal length lens. .

This lens is a 50mm (35 mm camera equivalent) single focal length lens with a large diameter. The 50mm focus distance offers almost the same viewing angle and sense of perspective of human eyes which means users can enjoy shooting a portrait or scenery as they see.

The new lens also supports high speed digital signal exchange at 240 fps to comply with the high-speed, high-precision AF (Auto Focus) with DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology on the LUMIX G cameras.

Panasonic will continue to further advance its product development to meet the diverse needs of customers in the expanding digital mirrorless camera market.

* Details of the product specifications, the date of release and the price are not yet finalized.

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About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company

Based in Newark, NJ, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. The company offers a wide range of consumer solutions in the U.S. including products from VIERA Life+ Screens, Blu-ray players, LUMIX Digital Cameras, Camcorders, Home Audio, Cordless Phones, Home Appliances, Beauty, Grooming, Wellness and Personal Care products and more. In Interbrand's 2014 annual "Best Global Green Brands" report, Panasonic ranked number five overall and the top electronics brand in the report. To learn more about our products, visit Follow Panasonic on Twitter @panasonicUSA; additional company information for journalists is also available at

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1 Details of the product specifications, the date of release and the price are yet to be advised