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Use the focus mode selector to choose how the camera focuses.

[M] (manual)
Focus manually using the control 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 LCD monitor. Choose for manual control of focus or in situations in which the camera is unable to focus using autofocus.
[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.
[S] (single AF)
Choose for stationary subjects.

If [ON] is selected for [AUTOFOCUS SETTING] > [PRE-AF] in the shooting menu, 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 command control. Press again to cancel zoom.

In manual focus mode, zoom can be adjusted by pressing the command control left or right when [STANDARD] or [FOCUS PEAK HIGHLIGHT] is selected for [MF ASSIST], while if [ON] is selected for [SCREEN SET-UP] > [FOCUS CHECK], the camera will automatically zoom in on the selected focus area when the control ring is rotated.

Focus zoom is not available in focus mode [C] or when [AUTOFOCUS SETTING] > [PRE-AF] is on or an option other than [SINGLE POINT] is selected for [AUTOFOCUS SETTING] > [AF MODE].