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Use the focus mode selector to choose how the camera focuses (note that regardless of the option selected, manual focus will be used when the lens is in manual focus mode).

[S] (single AF)
Focus locks while the shutter button is pressed halfway. Choose for stationary subjects.
[C] (continuous AF)
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. Eye-detection AF is not available.
[M] (manual)
Focus manually using the lens focus ring. Rotate the ring left to reduce the focus distance, right to increase. The manual focus indicator indicates how closely the focus distance matches the distance to the subject in the focus brackets (the white line indicates the focus distance, the blue bar the depth of field, or in other words the distance in front of and behind the focus point that appears to be in focus); you can also check focus visually in the viewfinder or LCD monitor. Choose for manual control of focus or in situations in which the camera is unable to focus using autofocus.

Use [BUTTON/DIAL SETTING] > [FOCUS RING] to reverse the direction of rotation of the focus ring.

To use autofocus to focus on the subject in the selected focus area, press the [AEL/AFL] button (the size of the focus area can be chosen with the rear command dial). In manual focus mode, you can use this feature to quickly focus on a chosen subject using either single or continuous AF according to the option chosen for [AF/MF SETTING] > [INSTANT AF SETTING].

Use [BUTTON/DIAL SETTING] > [FUNCTION (Fn) SETTING] to change the role of [AEL/AFL] button or assign its default function to other controls.

The camera can show focus distance in meters or feet. Use [SCREEN SETTING] > [FOCUS SCALE UNITS] to choose the units used.

If [ON] is selected for [AF/MF SETTING] > [PRE-AF], focus will be adjusted continuously in modes [S] and [C] even when the shutter button is not pressed.

The Focus Indicator

The focus indicator turns green when the subject is in focus and blinks white when the camera is unable to focus. Brackets (“( )”) indicate that the camera is focusing and are displayed continuously in mode [C]. is displayed in manual focus mode.

Checking Focus

To zoom in on the current focus area for precise focus, press the center of the rear command dial. Press the center of the rear command dial again to cancel zoom. In manual focus mode, zoom can be adjusted by rotating the rear command dial when [STANDARD] or [FOCUS PEAK HIGHLIGHT] is selected for [AF/MF SETTING] > [MF ASSIST], while if [ON] is selected for [AF/MF SETTING] > [FOCUS CHECK], the camera will automatically zoom in on the selected focus area when the focus ring is rotated. Focus area selection using the focus stick is available during focus zoom. Focus zoom is not available in focus mode [C] or when [AF/MF SETTING] > [PRE-AF] is on or an option other than [SINGLE POINT] is selected for [AF MODE].

Use [BUTTON/DIAL SETTING] > [FUNCTION (Fn) SETTING] to change the function performed by the center of the command dial or assign its default function to other controls.