Take pictures using autofocus.
Select single or continuous AF for G[AF/MF SETTING] > [FOCUS MODE] in the shooting menu (aFocus Mode).
Use G[AF/MF SETTING] > [AF MODE] to choose an AF mode (aAutofocus Options (AF Mode)).
Select G[AF/MF SETTING] > [FOCUS AREA] and choose the position and size of the focus frame (aFocus-Point Selection).
Choose how the camera focuses.
Press [MENU/OK] to display the menus.
Select G[AF/MF SETTING] > [FOCUS MODE] in the shooting menu.
Choose from the following options:
Mode Description p
Focus manually using the lens focus ring. Choose for manual control of focus or in situations in which the camera is unable to focus using autofocus (aManual Focus). k
Focus is continually adjusted to reflect changes in the distance to the subject while the shutter button is pressed halfway. Use for subjects that are in motion. l
Focus locks while the shutter button is pressed halfway. Choose for stationary subjects.
Regardless of the option selected, manual focus will be used when the lens is in manual focus mode.
If [ON] is selected for G[AF/MF SETTING] > [PRE-AF], focus will be adjusted continuously in modes l and k even when the shutter button is not pressed.
The Focus Indicator
Focus status is shown by the focus indicator.
|Focus indicator||Focus status|
|( )||Camera focusing.|
|Subject in focus; focus locked (focus mode l).|
|Subject in focus (focus mode k). Focus is automatically adjusted for changes in distance to subject.|
|Camera unable to focus.|
|j||Manual focus (focus mode p).|
Autofocus Options (AF Mode)
Focus can be adapted to a variety of subjects by changing the combination of settings selected for focus and AF modes.
Press [MENU/OK] and go to the shooting menu.
Select G[AF/MF SETTING] > [AF MODE].
Choose an AF mode.
How the camera focuses depends on the focus mode.
Focus Mode l ([SINGLE AF])
Option Description Sample image r[SINGLE POINT] Camera focuses on subject in selected focus point. Use for pin-point focus on selected subject. y[ZONE] Camera focuses on subject in selected focus zone. Focus zones include multiple focus points, making it easier to focus on subjects in motion. z[WIDE] Camera focuses automatically on high-contrast subjects; display shows areas in focus. j[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: r[SINGLE POINT], y[ZONE], and z[WIDE].
Focus Mode k ([CONTINUOUS AF])
Option Description Sample image r[SINGLE POINT] Focus tracks subject at selected focus point. Use for subjects moving toward or away from camera. y[ZONE] Camera tracks focus in selected focus zone. Use for subjects that are moving fairly predictably. z[TRACKING] Focus tracks subjects moving through wide area of frame. j[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: r[SINGLE POINT], y[ZONE], and z[TRACKING].
Choose a focus point for autofocus.
Viewing the Focus-Point Display
Press [MENU/OK] and go to the shooting menu.
Select G[AF/MF SETTING] > [FOCUS AREA] to view the focus-point display.
Use the focus stick (focus lever) and rear command dial to choose a focus area.
The focus point can also be selected using touch controls (Shooting Touch Controls).
Selecting a Focus Point
Use the focus stick (focus lever) to choose the focus point and the rear command dial to choose the size of the focus frame. The procedure varies with the option selected for AF mode.
|AF mode||Focus stick|
|r||Select focus point||Select highlighted focus point|
|AF mode||Rear command dial||[DISP/BACK] button|
|r||Choose from 6 frame sizes||Select center focus point|
|y||Choose from 3 frame sizes|
Manual focus-point selection is not available when z[WIDE/TRACKING] is selected in focus mode l.
If j[ALL] is selected for AF mode, you can rotate the rear command dial in the focus-point selection display to cycle through AF modes in the following order: r[SINGLE POINT] (6 frame sizes), y[ZONE] (3 frame sizes), and either z[WIDE] (focus mode l) or z[TRACKING] (focus mode k).
The Focus-Point Display
The focus-point display varies with the option selected for AF mode.
Focus frames are shown by small squares (□), focus zones by the large squares.
Although the camera boasts a high-precision autofocus system, it may be unable to focus on the subjects listed below.
- Very shiny subjects such as mirrors or car bodies.
- Subjects photographed through a window or other reflective object.
- Dark subjects and subjects that absorb rather than reflect light, such as hair or fur.
- Insubstantial subjects, such as smoke or flame.
- Subjects that show little contrast with the background.
- Subjects positioned in front of or behind a high-contrast object that is also in the focus frame (for example, a subject photographed against a backdrop of highly contrasting elements).
To zoom in on the current focus area for precise focus, press the center of the focus stick (focus lever). Press up to two times more to zoom in further and a fourth time to cancel zoom.
In focus mode l, zoom can be adjusted by rotating the rear command dial.
In focus mode l, select [SINGLE POINT] for [AF MODE].
Focus zoom is not available in focus mode k or when G[AF/MF SETTING] > [PRE-AF] is on.
Use D[BUTTON/DIAL SETTING] > [FOCUS LEVER SETTING] to change the function performed by the center of the focus stick (focus lever). D[BUTTON/DIAL SETTING] > [FUNCTION (Fn) SETTING] can also be used to assign focus zoom to other controls.