You are not going to believe this, but it's absolutely true.
had my Lumix camera for probably a year and a half. Plenty of time to
figure out its quirks and commands. My previous Lumix had a Macro focus
feature on the dial with a little picture of a flower. I would just turn
that little dial and be able to zoom in and focus on insects, flowers,
all the little things of our little universe. The current Lumix does not
have that feature on the dial. It has plenty of letters and little
graphics for choices: P (programmable); A (aperture); S (shutter speed);
M (manual exposure); a little camera and M (Creative Video). There are a
few others, but you get the point, no little flower, no macro feature.
So, I would try to get as close as I could with the camera set on the P
dial and hope for a good close up photo of the little things.
the other day, I was trying to figure something out with the camera and
discovered another little button next to the little screen. It had
these letters AF; AF with a little flower; and MF. Mmmm. I've always
just had the camera set AF. When I clicked on to AF with the little
flower graphic guess what I found? I could take close-up photos of
flower petals and spiders. I couldn't believe I hadn't noticed the
little (very little) flower graphic.
now I'm running outside to check on the jumping spiders that are
everywhere and the roses blooming out by the fence. There hasn't been
much in the way of atmospheric optics here lately, and most of our birds
have headed north for breeding season. So it's just me and the little
things. And, I am pretty happy about it!