ILCE-1

Focus Setting Guide

Settings Guide

When shooting typical moving subjects using the ILCE-1, the following settings are recommended by default.

Recommended default settings

Focus Mode AF-C(Continuous AF) Focus mode dial
[Priority Set in AF-C] [Balanced Emphasis] MENU→(Focus) 19/ 51
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]* [3(Standard)] MENU→(Focus) 19 / 51
[Focus Area]* [Spot: M] MENU→(Focus) 20 / 51
[Switch V/H AF Area] [AF Point Only] MENU→(Focus) 20/ 51
[Face/Eye AF]* [Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On] MENU→(Focus) 22 / 51

* Recommended settings differ depending on the subject. Refer to the chart at the bottom.

Focus Mode

When set to the AF-C(Continuous AF) mode, the camera continues to focus while the shutter button is pressed and held halfway down.

[Focus Area]: [Spot: M]

When set to the [Spot: M], the camera allows you to move the focusing frame to the desired point on the screen and focus on a small subject in a narrow area. The size of the focusing frame can be selected. The medium size M is recommended for general use. Refer to the chart at the bottom for the setting for each subject.

  • Other settings

 Wide:
Focuses on a subject covering the whole range of the screen automatically. When you press the shutter button halfway down in the still image shooting mode, a green frame is displayed around the area that is in focus.

 Zone:
Select a zone on the monitor on which to focus, and the product will automatically select a focus area.

 Center Fix:
Focuses automatically on a subject in the center of the image. Use it together with the focus-lock function to create the composition you want.

 Expand Spot:
If the product cannot focus on a single selected point, it uses focus points around the [Spot] as a secondary priority area for focusing.

     Tracking:

This setting is available only when the focus mode is set to [Continuous AF]. When the shutter button is pressed and held halfway down, the camera starts tracking the subject from the setting position of the focus frame. Point the cursor at [Tracking] on the [Focus Area] setting screen, and then select the desired area to start tracking using the left/right sides of the control wheel. You can also move the tracking start area to the desired point by designating the area as a [Tracking: Zone], [Tracking: Spot S]/[Tracking: Spot M]/[Tracking: Spot L] or [Tracking: Expand Spot].

[Face/Eye AF]

[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
This function is used to determine whether or not the camera will focus with priority on human faces or eyes.
During autofocus, the camera detects the face of a person within the focus area and then focuses on the face or eyes.
Also, when [Focus Area] is set to [Tracking], once a face is detected near the focusing frame during tracking, the camera will automatically focus on the face or the eyes. This function is effective when the subject is a person, animal, or bird.

[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]

Regarding whether to release the shutter even if the subject is not in focus, shoots with a balanced emphasis on both focusing and shutter release.

[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]

When set to [5(Responsive)], the camera focuses responsively on subjects at different distances.

When set to [1(Locked on)], the camera keeps the focus on a specific subject even when other objects pass in front of the subject.

[3(Standard)]is recommended for general use. Refer to the chart at the bottom for the setting for each subject.

[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]

Switches the position of the focusing frame according to the orientation of the camera (horizontal/vertical). The [Focus Area] is fixed.

  • Other settings

[Off]:
Off: Does not switch the [Focus Area] or the position of the focusing frame based on the orientation of the camera (horizontal/vertical).

[AF Point + AF Area]:
AF Point + AF Area: Switches both the [Focus Area] and the position of the focusing frame based on the orientation of the camera (horizontal/vertical).

Recommended autofocus settings chart for each subject

Ball games

Subject Focus Mode [Focus Area] [Face/Eye AF] Other settings
Soccer, Football, Futsal AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [4]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Basketball AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Rugby AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
American football AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [Off] [Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [2]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Handball AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [4]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Tennis AF-C [Tracking: Spot M]
[Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Volleyball AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Sepak takraw AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Zone]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [Off] [Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]

Athletics / Track and field

Subject Focus Mode [Focus Area] Face/Eye AF Set. Other settings
Sprints (100 m~), Hurdles AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Javelin, Shot put AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Long jump, Triple jump AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
High jump, Pole vault AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [Off] [Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Marathon AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]

Winter sports

Subject Focus Mode [Focus Area] Face/Eye AF Set. Other settings
Alpine skiing (near a gate, jump) AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Mogul AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Snowboarding (Halfpipe, Slalom) AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Ski jumping (front, side) AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Biathlon AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Short-track speed skating AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Speed skating AF-C [Spot: M]
[Zone]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Figure skating (Singles) AF-C [Tracking: Spot M]
[Spot: M]
[Zone]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Ice hockey AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [Off] [Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [4]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Curling AF-C [Tracking: Spot M]
[Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [2]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Bobsleigh AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]

Motor sports

Subject Focus Mode [Focus Area] Face/Eye AF Set. Other settings
Car racing, Karting AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [Off] [Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Motorcycling (on-road) AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [Off] [Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Motocross AF-C [Spot: M]
[Wide]
[Tracking: Wide]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [Off] [Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]

Other sports

Subject Focus Mode [Focus Area] Face/Eye AF Set. Other settings
Swimming AF-C [Expand Spot]
[Spot: M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [1(Locked on)] and [2]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Cycle race AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Archery AF-C [Tracking: Spot M]
[Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Canoeing、Equestrian events AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [2]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Judo AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Kendo AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [Off] [Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Horseracing AF-C [Tracking: Spot M]
[Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Equestrian events AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [2]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Speedboat racing AF-C [Tracking: Spot M]
[Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [Off] [Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Fencing AF-C [Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [Off] [Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics AF-C [Tracking: Spot M]
[Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Golf AF-C [Tracking: Spot M]
[Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Human]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [2]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]

Non-sport categories

Subject Focus Mode [Focus Area] Face/Eye AF Set. Other settings
Trains and other railed vehicles AF-C [Tracking: Spot M]
[Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [Off] [Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Airplanes, Air shows AF-C [Tracking: Spot M]
[Spot: M]
[Zone]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [Off] [Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Wild birds (birds perch on tree branches) AF-C [Tracking: Spot M]
[Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Bird]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Wild birds (flight of rather big birds) AF-C [Tracking: Zone]
[Tracking: Spot M]
[Wide]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Bird]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Wild birds (flight or diving of small birds) AF-C [Zone]
[Wide]
[Spot: M]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Bird]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [5(Responsive)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Wild animals/pets (when there is no movement or when there are no obstacles such as grass even if there is movement) AF-C [Tracking: Spot M]
[Spot: M]
[Spot: S]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Animal]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]: [3(Standard)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]
Wild animals/pets (when there is movement and obstacles such as grass) AF-C [Tracking: Spot M]
[Spot: M]
[Expand Spot]
[Face/Eye Prior. in AF]: [On]
[Face/Eye Subject]: [Animal]
[Priority Set in AF-C]: [Balanced Emphasis]
[AF Tracking Sensitivity]:[1(Locked on)]
[Switch V/H AF Area]: [AF Point Only]

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