Micro Four-thirds: Benefits of Live View

Special Guest Post by Mark Toal

One thing that people forget about is what you can do with a live view camera that you can’t do with a digital SLR.  I take it for granted after using Micro Four-thirds cameras for five years but recently had to use my Nikon SLR for a portrait shoot and was reminded of all the things I’ve become used to with MFT.

Live Histogram

I’m a big believer in using the histogram to judge my exposure. On my MFT camera I can see the histogram live in the electronic viewfinder or on the LCD, adjust the exposure and take the photo. On a digital SLR I have to take the photo then play the image back to see the histogram and then adjust the exposure. If it’s an extreme lighting situation I may have to repeat the process.

Touch focusing

My favorite feature is the touch screens that both Panasonic and Olympus incorporate into their Micro Four-thirds cameras . A touch screen makes it easy to focus on subjects, play back images, and adjust settings such as exposure and white balance without taking your eye away from the screen or viewfinder. With a touch screen camera you can touch anywhere on the screen to focus precisely on that spot or you can set the camera to focus and shoot when you touch the screen. This sure beats having to move the SLR to set the focus and then hold the shutter down or to move the focus point using buttons or a dial. In the (below) portrait of the little girl I just touched the screen on her eye to set the focus and hit the shutter.

Touch focus portrait © MToal

Once you get used to live view and touch screens you’ll never want to go back. I’ve made a short video showing the benefits of touch screen focusing using a Lumix G5 at https://vimeo.com/57601631

seld-portrait © Mark ToalMark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his photo blog at www.mtoal.wordpress.com or at www.mtoallumiximages.wordpress.com. Mark can be contacted at marktoalphotography@gmail.com

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