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Why was DMC-FZ8 made so when in the"Motion Picture Mode" focus, zoom and aperture are fixed at the initial setting? Must now choose blurry or broken (start-stop/focus-restart...)video & sound.

I am using my DMC-FZ8 for documenting neighbor noise problems. If I want to be able to see clearly as the subjects move I need to refocus and reset zoom as I follow the action. The only way I can do that is to stop recording, change the focus and zoom and then restart. By the time I've done that the subjects have moved and are out of focus. This also creates broken audio stream which makes the whole thing look like a poorly created photo (video)-shop project and, if needed for court would not be considered good evidence. I also do some amateur photography (and I would like to do video) at motorsports events. Being able to work with one camera would make my job so much easier, but in motorsports one must be constantly refocusing and re-zooming. I know the answer is to get better equipment, but right now I haven't the funds to upgrade. Is there anyway to reprogram the FZ8 so that those adjustments can be made without having to stop?

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  • Anonymous Mar 06, 2016

    Sorry I didn't vote sooner. Thank you for the answer. It is very helpful. I am doing what you advised and it is making it easier.
    Thank you again for the HELPFUL answer!
    Kenn Dillon

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Unfortunately no. You can get better video if you turn off auto focus and set the zoom position to the halfway mark . This set up will significantly improve your results.

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