Using Peaking in Panasonic’s HPX-250

In addition to the 22X zoom and AVC-Intra codec, another one of my favorite features of Panasonic’s AG-HPX-250 is peaking.

Basically peaking is electronically “highlighting” the edges of your subject. My HPX-170 has peaking but nothing like the HPX250.

The best way to explain how it works is to show you. So here’s a little video I put together to show you how peaking works and the controls you have available to you for adjusting the amount of peaking.

And as always, shoot the ordinary and make it extraordinary!

Kevin J Railsback is a wildlife and nature filmmaker

By | 2016-11-06T09:39:09+00:00 December 13th, 2011|Categories: Filmmaking Naturally News|11 Comments

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Award-winning filmmaker Kevin J Railsback has traveled as far as Africa to test HD cameras for Panasonic. His stunning nature and wildlife footage has appeared in productions on National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel as well as in commercials for such corporate giants as AT&T.


  1. Anonymous January 17, 2012 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    No, there is no button to adjust the peaking on off.
    Only with the menu under EVF peaking.

    This is weird to not allocate one user setting to do so. also EVF is not suppose to be the side LCD?!

    More I use this camera more I think they did a lot of mistake in the software. Hope the March 2012 update will fix these.
    Another weird thing is to put aperture back to auto when camera turn on/off.An no way to know if you are in auto or not on the screen, you need to check each time…

  2. Mitch January 27, 2012 at 1:54 am - Reply

    For some reason even after I play with these settings in the menu of my HPX250, nothing changes, I can’t activate the white highlights for focusing.  I used to use the EVF DTL a lot on my hpx170.  Wonder if I just have a defective 250… shit.

  3. graeme benson November 30, 2013 at 6:12 am - Reply

    How do I update hpx250?
    Help much appreciated as diddly squat on google and ditto Panasonic,
    no guide on how to
    Graeme Benson

    • Kevin J Railsback November 30, 2013 at 8:29 am - Reply

      Hey Graeme,

      It’s pretty easy to upgrade. In fact, I see there is a update available since the last time I updated so I’ll probably update mine tomorrow as I’m going out of town for a dil project today.

      Anyway, the first thing you need to do is to download the upgrade, extract it and load the private folder onto a blank SD card that you formatted in in the camera.

      Then follow the procedure outlined in this document. You have to scroll down to #3 to see the update procedure.

      If you’re still having problems, I can set up my 170 and film myself upgrading my 250 so you can watch me do it.

      Just make sure you have a full battery or are plugged into the wall so your battery doesn’t die mid-update and turn the camera into an expensive brick! 🙂


  4. graeme benson November 30, 2013 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Hi Kevin
    which document do you mean please? can’t see (sharp) 3
    could you copy and paste it mate?

  5. graeme benson November 30, 2013 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Hi Kevin
    sussed it but now, how do I get the hard drives (ps cards) to show on my desktop? they are no longer showing on pc mode, so can copy media to a media drive?

  6. graeme benson November 30, 2013 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Hi Kevin
    I’ve updated camera now but my camera seems to have lost ability to get into pc mode so I can’t get the p2 hard drives to show on my desktop
    Would you kindly advise here, as in panic state at moment
    help much appreciated

    • Kevin J Railsback December 9, 2013 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      Hey Graeme,

      Sorry it took so long to get back to you. Been under the weather for a while.

      I haven’t heard of an update preventing the P2 cards from mounting on the desktop.

      Did you find a solution?


  7. Hugh DiMauro March 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm - Reply


    Just so I understand correctly: Low peaking accentuates more than high peaking?

    • Kevin J Railsback March 24, 2014 at 10:12 pm - Reply


      I’ll have to go back and watch the video.
      Which ever way I liked it in the video makes it easier to see peaking but is less “critical”. So if you want critical focusing, it’s the opposite of the video if that makes sense.
      So if I liked setting it at LOW that means that it peaks with a little more wiggle room around the critical focus. The other way doesn’t “snap” as quickly but it’s more useful when focus is absolute critical.

      I’ll have to look at how I have my 250 set these days. I don’t have any issues with focusing and I used to use the focus in red but I like the expanded view with peaking better. Seems it get better critical focus that way.

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