Though the camera comes with a dozen or more scene modes, of most interest to us was the Peripheral Defocus mode which aims to give the user Bokeh-type effects without the need for special lenses.
We took lots of different shots, from foliage to landscape, portraits and "action", with and without the Peripheral Defocus mode on. Though we only had 30 minutes with the camera, we were impressed by its relatively quick performance and ability to avoid overexposure.
Ty Pendlebury travelled to Japan as a guest of Panasonic.
The streets of Osaka. The traffic in the background was moving but even the wheels are in sharp focus.
In "Peripheral Defocus" mode you are able to focus on individual elements in the frame in a similar way to the Apple iPhone 3GS. However, instead of "tap to focus" you need to use the eight-way switch to move a cursor around the screen to the point you want in focus. Notice how the dog is sharply detailed but its owner isn't.
Defocus used here to highlight a pigeon standing in front of the HEP Five shopping centre's Ferris wheel. The pancake lens and its fixed focus limited our ability to get a tight shot here, because if we stood any closer the bird would have flown away.