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Adjust focus settings.


To display focus settings, press MENU/OK in the shooting display and select the G (AF/MF SETTING) tab.

The options available vary with the shooting mode selected.

FOCUS AREA

Choose the focus area for autofocus, manual focus, and focus zoom.

AF MODE

Choose the AF mode for focus modes S and C.

Option Description

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SINGLE POINT

The camera focuses on the subject in the selected focus point. The number of focus points available can be selected using GAF/MF SETTING > NUMBER OF FOCUS POINTS. Use for pin-point focus on a selected subject.

y

ZONE

The camera focuses on the subject in the selected focus zone. Focus zones include multiple focus points, making it easier to focus on subjects that are in motion.

z

WIDE/TRACKING

In focus mode S, the camera automatically focuses on high-contrast subjects; the areas in focus are shown in the display.

In focus mode C, the camera tracks focus on the subject in the selected focus point while the shutter button is pressed halfway.

The camera may be unable to focus on small objects or subjects that are moving rapidly.

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ALL

Rotate the rear command dial in the focus-point selection display (aSelecting a Focus Point, The Focus-Point Display) to cycle through AF modes in the following order: rSINGLE POINT, yZONE, and zWIDE/TRACKING.

AF-C CUSTOM SETTINGS

Select focus-tracking options for focus mode C. Choose from Sets 1–5 according to your subject or select Set 6 for custom focus-tracking options.

Option Description
SET 1 MULTI PURPOSE A standard tracking option that works well with the typical range of moving subjects.
SET 2 IGNORE OBSTACLES & CONTINUE TO TRACK SUBJECT The focus system attempts to track the chosen subject. Choose with subjects that are hard to keep in the focus area or if other objects are likely to enter the focus area with the subject.
SET 3 FOR ACCELERATING/DECELERATING SUBJECT The focus system attempts to compensate for subject acceleration or deceleration. Choose for subjects prone to rapid changes in velocity.
SET 4 FOR SUDDENLY APPEARING SUBJECT The focus system attempts to focus quickly on subjects entering the focus area. Choose for subjects that appear abruptly or when rapidly switching subjects.
SET 5 FOR ERRATICALLY MOVING & ACCEL./DECEL. SUBJECT Choose for hard-to-track subjects prone not only to sudden changes in velocity but also to large movements front to back and left to right.
SET 6 CUSTOM Adjust TRACKING SENSITIVITY, SPEED TRACKING SENSITIVITY, and ZONE AREA SWITCHING to suit your preferences based on the values for Sets 1–5 (aFocus Tracking Options, Custom Focus Tracking Options).

Focus Tracking Options

The individual parameters that are part of a focus tracking set are described below.

TRACKING SENSITIVITY

This parameter determines how long the camera waits to switch focus when an object enters the focus area behind or in front of the current subject. The higher the value, the longer the camera will wait.

Options
0 1 2 3 4

The higher the value, the longer it takes the camera to refocus when you attempt to switch subjects.

The lower the value, the more likely the camera is to switch focus from your subject to other objects in the focus area.

SPEED TRACKING SENSITIVITY

This parameter determines how sensitive the tracking system is to changes in subject velocity. The higher the value, the greater the precision with which the system attempts to respond to sudden movement.

Options
0 1 2

The higher the value, the more difficulty the camera will have focusing in situations in which autofocus does not perform well, such as when the subject is highly reflective or low in contrast.

ZONE AREA SWITCHING

This parameter determines the focus area given priority in zone AF.

Option Description
CENTER Zone AF assigns priority to subjects in the center of the zone.
AUTO The camera locks focus on the subject at the center of the zone and then switches focus areas as necessary to track it.
FRONT Zone AF assigns priority to the subjects closest to the camera.

This option takes effect only when yZONE is selected for AF mode.

Set Values

Parameter values for the different sets are listed below.

  TRACKING SENSITIVITY SPEED TRACKING SENSITIVITY ZONE AREA SWITCHING
SET 1 2 0 AUTO
SET 2 3 0 CENTER
SET 3 2 2 AUTO
SET 4 0 1 FRONT
SET 5 3 2 AUTO

Custom Focus Tracking Options

Follow the steps below to adjust settings for Set 6.

  1. Select AF-C CUSTOM SETTINGS > SET 6 CUSTOM.

  2. Press the selector up or down to highlight items and rotate the front command dial to change. To reset settings to their original values, press b.

  3. Press DISP/BACK when settings are complete.

STORE AF MODE BY ORIENTATION

Choose whether the focus mode and focus area used when the camera is in portrait orientation are stored separately from those used when the camera is in landscape orientation.

Option Description
OFF The same settings are used in both orientations.
FOCUS AREA ONLY The focus area for each orientation can be selected separately.
ON The focus mode and focus area can be selected separately.

AF POINT DISPLAYyz

Choose whether individual focus frames are displayed when ZONE or WIDE/TRACKING is selected for GAF/MF SETTING > AF MODE.

Options
ON OFF

NUMBER OF FOCUS POINTS

Choose the number of focus points available for focus-point selection in manual focus mode or when SINGLE POINT is selected for AF MODE.

Option Description
117 POINTS (9 × 13) Choose from 117 focus points arranged in a 9- by 13-point grid.
425 POINTS (17 × 25) Choose from 425 focus points arranged in a 17- by 25-point grid.

PRE-AF

If ON is selected, the camera will continue to adjust focus even when the shutter button is not pressed halfway. The camera adjusts focus continuously, allowing it to focus faster when the shutter button is pressed halfway. Choosing this option helps prevent missed shots.

Options
ON OFF

Choosing ON increases the drain on the battery.

AF ILLUMINATOR

If ON is selected, the AF-assist illuminator will light to assist autofocus.

Options
ON OFF

The camera may be unable to focus using the AF-assist illuminator in some cases.

If the camera is unable to focus, try increasing the distance to the subject.

Avoid shining the AF-assist illuminator directly into your subject’s eyes.

FACE/EYE DETECTION SETTING

Intelligent Face Detection sets focus and exposure for human faces anywhere in the frame, preventing the camera from focusing on the background in group portraits. Choose for shots that emphasize portrait subjects. You can also choose whether the camera detects and focuses on either the left or right eye when Intelligent Face Detection is on.

Option Description
FACE DETECTION ON

Adjust settings for Intelligent Face Detection. You can also adjust eye detection settings.

  • g EYE OFF: Intelligent Face Detection only.
  • u EYE AUTO: The camera automatically chooses which eye to focus on when a face is detected.
  • w RIGHT EYE PRIORITY: The camera focuses on the right eye of subjects detected using Intelligent Face Detection.
  • v LEFT EYE PRIORITY: The camera focuses on the left eye of subjects detected using Intelligent Face Detection.
OFF Intelligent Face Detection and eye priority off.

If the subject moves as the shutter button is pressed, the face may not be in the area indicated by the green border when the picture is taken.

In some modes, the camera may set exposure for the frame as a whole rather than the portrait subject.

The face selected by the camera is indicated by a green border. Any other faces detected by the camera are indicated by gray borders. To have the camera focus on a different subject, tap inside the gray border. The g icon will change from white to green.

You can also switch subjects by pressing the function button to which n FACE SELECT op is assigned and then using the focus stick (focus lever) or (during viewfinder photography) touch controls (an FACE SELECT op).

If the selected subject leaves the frame, the camera will wait a set time for its return and consequently the green frame may sometimes appear in locations where no face is seen.

You cannot switch subjects during burst photography.

Depending on shooting conditions, face selection may be suspended at the close of burst shooting.

Faces can be detected with the camera in vertical or horizontal orientation.

If the camera is unable to detect the subject’s eyes because they are hidden by hair, glasses, or other objects, the camera will instead focus on faces.

Face/eye detection options can also be accessed via shortcuts (aShortcut Options).

Using Touch Controls for Intelligent Face Detection

The touch controls that can be used when framing pictures in the monitor vary with the touch screen mode (aLCD Monitor).

Option Description
TOUCH SHOOTING Tap a face in the display to focus and release the shutter.
AF Tap a face in the display to lock focus.
AREA
  • Tap faces to switch subjects.
  • Tap anywhere else to temporarily suspend face detection and select the focus area.

AF+MF

If ON is selected in focus mode S, focus can be adjusted manually by rotating the focus ring while the shutter button is pressed halfway. Standard and focus peaking MF assist options are supported.

Options
ON OFF

Lenses with a focus distance indicator must be set to manual focus mode (MF) before this option can be used. Selecting MF disables the focus distance indicator.

If the lens is equipped with a focus distance indicator, set the focus ring to the center, as the camera may fail to focus if the ring is set to infinity or the minimum focus distance.

Standard and focus peaking MF assist options are supported.

AF+MF Focus Zoom

When ON is selected for GAF/MF SETTING > FOCUS CHECK and SINGLE POINT selected for AF MODE, focus zoom can be used to zoom in on the selected focus area. The zoom ratio (2.5× or 6×) can be selected using the rear command dial.

MF ASSIST

Choose how focus is displayed in manual focus mode.

Option Description
STANDARD Focus is displayed normally (focus peaking, digital split image, and digital microprism are not available).
DIGITAL SPLIT IMAGE Displays a black-and-white (MONOCHROME) or color (COLOR) split image in the center of the frame. Frame the subject in the split-image area and rotate the focus ring until the three parts of the split image are correctly aligned.
DIGITAL MICROPRISM A grid pattern that emphasizes blur is displayed when the subject is out of focus, disappearing to be replaced by a sharp image when the subject is in focus.
FOCUS PEAK HIGHLIGHT The camera heightens high-contrast outlines. Choose a color and peaking level.

You can also choose MF assist options by holding the center of the rear command dial.

FOCUS CHECK

If ON is selected, the display will automatically zoom in on the selected focus area when the focus ring is rotated in manual focus mode.

Options
ON OFF

Pressing the center of the rear command dial cancels focus zoom.

The zoom position is centered on the current focus area and changes when the focus area is changed.

INTERLOCK SPOT AE & FOCUS AREA

Select ON to meter the current focus frame when SINGLE POINT is selected for AF MODE and SPOT is selected for PHOTOMETRY.

Options
ON OFF

INSTANT AF SETTING

Choose whether the camera focuses using single AF (AF‑S) or continuous AF (AF‑C) when a button to which focus lock or AF-ON is assigned is pressed in manual focus mode.

Options
AF-S AF-C

DEPTH-OF-FIELD SCALE

Choose FILM FORMAT BASIS to help you make practical assessments of depth of field for pictures that will be viewed as prints and the like, PIXEL BASIS to help you assess depth of field for pictures that will be viewed at high resolutions on computers or other electronic displays.

Options
PIXEL BASIS FILM FORMAT BASIS

RELEASE/FOCUS PRIORITY

Choose how the camera focuses in focus mode AF-S or AF-C.

Option Description
RELEASE Shutter response is prioritized over focus. Pictures can be taken when the camera is not in focus.
FOCUS Focus is prioritized over shutter response. Pictures can be only taken when the camera is in focus.

TOUCH SCREEN MODE

Choose the shooting operations performed using touch controls.

Still Photography

Mode Description

TOUCH SHOOTING

Tap your subject in the display to focus and release the shutter. In burst mode, pictures will be taken while you keep your finger on the display.

AF

In focus mode S (AF-S), the camera focuses when you tap your subject in the display. Focus locks at the current distance until you tap the AF OFF icon.

In focus mode C (AF-C), the camera initiates focus when you tap your subject display. The camera will continue to adjust focus for changes in the distance to the subject until you tap the AF OFF icon.

In manual focus mode (MF), you can tap the display to focus on the selected subject using autofocus.

AREA

Tap to select a point for focus or zoom. The focus frame will move to the selected point.

OFF

Touch focus and shooting disabled.

Movie Recording

Mode Description

TOUCH SHOOTING

Instead of pressing the shutter button, you can tap your subject in the display to focus and start recording. During recording, you can tap the display to focus as described below. To end recording, press the shutter button.

AF

Tapping the display focuses the camera on the selected point. Use the shutter button to start and stop recording.

In focus mode S (AF-S), you can refocus at any time by tapping your subject in the display.

In focus mode C (AF-C), the camera will continuously adjust focus for changes in the distance to the subject at point selected by tapping the display.

In manual focus mode (MF), the camera will focus using autofocus when you tap the display; during recording, you can tap the display again to move the focus area to a new location.

AREA

Tap to position the focus area. Use the shutter button to start and stop recording.

In focus mode S (AF-S), you can reposition the focus area at any time by tapping your subject in the display. To focus, use the button to which AF-ON is assigned.

In focus mode C (AF-C), the camera will continuously adjust focus for changes in the distance to the subject at point selected by tapping the display.

In manual focus mode (MF), you can tap the display to position the focus area over your subject.

OFF

Touch focus and shooting disabled.

To disable touch controls and hide the touch screen mode indicator, select OFF for DBUTTON/DIAL SETTING > TOUCH SCREEN SETTING > TOUCH SCREEN ON/OFF. Choosing ON automatically sets BMOVIE SETTING > MOVIE AF MODE set to AREA, even if MULTI is currently selected.

Touch Controls for Focus Zoom

Different touch controls are used during focus zoom (focus check enabled).

Central Area

Tapping the center of the display performs the operations below.

Mode Still photography Movie recording
TOUCH SHOOTING AF-S/MF: Take a picture AF-S: AF
MF: Instant AF
AF AF-S: AF
MF: Instant AF
AREA AF-S: AF
MF: Instant AF
OFF AF-S/MF: OFF AF-S/MF: OFF

Other Areas

Tapping other areas simply scrolls the display, whether during still photography or movie recording and regardless of the option selected for touch screen mode.