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Old February 20th, 2019, 05:27 AM   #31
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Re: Replacement for HDC-TM700

Using this method (mode dial set to movie, P in the menu, half shutter press to set focus), during the shoot, does the camera re-focus itself if I zoom in or out or does the shutter button have to be half pressed again?
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Old February 20th, 2019, 06:40 AM   #32
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As long as continuous focus is on in the video menu ..it will keep focus and yes, refocus too during a zoom. If you are patient enough the continuous focus will eventually grab focus and keep it but it's way better to using the half press shutter at the start of each new clip ..in short half press at the beginning of a clip and then let the camera take over the focus. The only time you need to touch the shutter to to stop recording!!
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Old February 20th, 2019, 06:49 AM   #33
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OK thanks so much.

Sorry to be asking such elementary questions, but with my TM700 I just always shot in iA mode and hit the record button. The camera took care of everything else.

My son has a robotics competition Saturday and I won't really know how it all turns out until I get home and download the footage to my computer. So I'm trying to get this all figured out ahead of time.

Thanks again for all your input.
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Old February 20th, 2019, 11:16 AM   #34
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Sorry to be asking such elementary questions, but with my TM700 I just always shot in iA mode and hit the record button. The camera took care of everything else.
Don't feel bad. Cam software has been on a steep development curve and the next time you upgrade to one a few years newer you'll have a similar problem.

For myself, went from the Sony AX100 to the AX700 and ... there was a lot of new stuff to figure out. Basically the camera body is the same but with more bells and whistles but the menu has a lot of changes.

Unless you're really sure about something you just might want to shoot with your old cam while continuing to figure out the new one, or maybe just use the new one on the "safe" shots. For myself, I went through some soft focus and exposure issues the first few times using it but fortunately it was on some family shots. The menu is similar but much more in depth so takes longer.

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Old February 26th, 2019, 05:20 AM   #35
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Everything went great at the robotics competition on Saturday. I'm beyond happy with this camera and thank you again for the recommendation.

What I love is that it's also a great stills camera, so I'm interested in taking more advantage of that. Which brings me to a question. If there is a robot game in the foreground and my son is in the background waiting his turn on the playing field, with the camera in auto, how can I focus on him and not the robot game?
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Old February 26th, 2019, 05:10 PM   #36
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Hey Edward

The simplest way is to use plenty of zoom which will reduce the depth of field but the more correct way is to open up the iris and increase shutter speed to make the depth of field smaller ...You can actually do this in "semi-auto" by using P mode when shooting a still ..the camera will determine a correct exposure using shutter speed and aperture but you can adjust this to lessen the DOF and still keep the bracketed exposure so lets say the camera sets F8 at 1/100 shutter , you can move the "bracket" to F2.8 and it will automatically adjust the shutter speed higher to keep the same exposure. Check the manual for details!!
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Old February 27th, 2019, 08:26 AM   #37
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Hi Edward,

I always use the 'Direct Focus Area' mode from the custom menu whilst shooting in M,S,A,or P modes. Direct focus is set from the custom menu, 3rd down on the left, then page 3 of 8. Once set, pressing any of the arrows around the menu button, will give you a yellow square with 4 arrows in the centre of the view finder or screen. Using the direction arrows, you can set the square to wherever you want the point of focus to be. You can also resize the focus area and the mode is available for still or video filming.

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