Originally Posted by Windsock2
I agree it seems worthless. Moving the joystick left or right just didn't seem to do anything on mine. An awkward system.
Did you read the manual? Anyway, here's how to do manual focus:
On the joystick, click SET (push in).
Push down (next) twice until it says "FOCUS" on top. Note at this point that the near/far icons are greyed out, which means you are NOT in manual focus mode, and left/right won't do anything.
Push UP to activate manual focus mode. Note that the near/far icons are not greyed anymore, and the focus mode indicator in the top center of the screen has changed to "MF". Pushing left/right now will focus the camera, and the screen will zoom 2x while focusing if you have "focus assist" turned on.
Also, if you are in autofocus mode and push UP and hold for a few seconds, the focus indicator on the top changes to an infinity symbol, which means it's locked on infinity focus. This is what I'll use most of the time since usually when I want manual focus it's to keep the camera from trying to focus on bugs flying in the campfire light or water on the filter being lit by a firework explosion when I'm trying to shoot stuff a hundred feet away.
I agree it's not as good as a focus ring, but it's far from useless. When I'm shooting manual focus, I usually am setting up a shot and have some time to do it, and it'll work for me.