Eye AF

What is “Eye AF”?

In portrait shooting, it is important to focus accurately on the subject’s eyes. To aid in this goal, Sony α cameras are equipped with the Eye AF function. You can focus on the subject’s eyes by pressing the assigned button.

Setup

α5100

  1. MENU → (Custom Settings) 5 → [Custom Key Settings] → assign the [Eye AF] function to the desired button.
  2. Point the camera at a person's face, and press the button to which you have assigned the [Eye AF] function.
  3. Press the shutter button while pressing the button.
  • The frame around the eyes disappears after a certain period of time.
  • The Eye AF function does not work when the focus mode is set to Continuous AF (AF-C), or when it is set to Automatic AF (AF-A) and the subject is moving.
  • For details, refer to “Help Guide.”

α6000

  1. MENU → (Custom Settings) 6 → [Custom Key Settings] → assign the [Eye AF] function to the desired button.
  2. Point the camera at a person's face, and press the button to which you have assigned the [Eye AF] function.
  3. Press the shutter button while pressing the button.
  • The frame around the eyes disappears after a certain period of time.
  • The Eye AF function does not work when the focus mode is set to Continuous AF (AF-C), or when it is set to Automatic AF (AF-A) and the subject is moving.
  • For details, refer to “Help Guide.”

α6300

  1. MENU → (Custom Settings) 7 → [Custom Key(Shoot.)] → assign the [Eye AF] function to the desired button.
  2. Point the camera at a person's face, and press the button to which you have assigned the [Eye AF] function.
  3. Press the shutter button while pressing the button.
  • The frame around the eyes disappears after a certain period of time when the focus mode is set to Single-shot AF (AF-S), or when it is set to Automatic AF (AF-A) and the subject is still.
  • The frame around the eyes is displayed continuously while you are holding down the button when the focus mode is set to Continuous AF (AF-C), or when it is set to Automatic AF (AF-A) and the subject is moving.
  • For details, refer to “Help Guide.”

α6500

  1. MENU → (Camera Settings2) 8/9 → [Custom Key(Shoot.)] → desired key, then assign the [Eye AF] function to the key.
  2. Point the camera at a person's face, and press the button to which you have assigned the [Eye AF] function.
  3. Press the shutter button while pressing the button.
  • The frame around the eyes disappears after a certain period of time when the focus mode is set to Single-shot AF (AF-S), or when it is set to Automatic AF (AF-A) and the subject is still.
  • The frame around the eyes is displayed continuously while you are holding down the button when the focus mode is set to Continuous AF (AF-C), or when it is set to Automatic AF (AF-A) and the subject is moving.
  • For details, refer to “Help Guide.”

α7 (ILCE-7)

  1. MENU → (Custom Settings) 6 → [Custom Key Settings] → assign the [Eye AF] function to the desired button.
  2. Point the camera at a person's face, and press the button to which you have assigned the [Eye AF] function.
  3. Press the shutter button while pressing the button.
  • The frame around the eyes disappears after a certain period of time.
  • The Eye AF function does not work when the focus mode is set to Continuous AF (AF-C).
  • For details, refer to “Help Guide.”

α7R (ILCE-7R)

  1. MENU → (Custom Settings) 6 → [Custom Key Settings] → assign the [Eye AF] function to the desired button.
  2. Point the camera at a person's face, and press the button to which you have assigned the [Eye AF] function.
  3. Press the shutter button while pressing the button.
  • The frame around the eyes disappears after a certain period of time.
  • The Eye AF function does not work when the focus mode is set to Continuous AF (AF-C).
  • For details, refer to “Help Guide.”

α7S (ILCE-7S)

  1. MENU → (Custom Settings) 6 → [Custom Key Settings] → assign the [Eye AF] function to the desired button.
  2. Point the camera at a person's face, and press the button to which you have assigned the [Eye AF] function.
  3. Press the shutter button while pressing the button.
  • The frame around the eyes disappears after a certain period of time.
  • The Eye AF function does not work when the focus mode is set to Continuous AF (AF-C).
  • For details, refer to “Help Guide.”

α7II (ILCE-7M2)

  1. MENU → (Custom Settings) 6 → [Custom Key Settings] → assign the [Eye AF] function to the desired button.
  2. Point the camera at a person's face, and press the button to which you have assigned the [Eye AF] function.
  3. Press the shutter button while pressing the button.
  • The frame around the eyes disappears after a certain period of time.
  • The Eye AF function does not work when the focus mode is set to Continuous AF (AF-C).
  • For details, refer to “Help Guide.”

α7RII (ILCE-7RM2)

  1. MENU → (Custom Settings) 7 → [Custom Key Settings] → assign the [Eye AF] function to the desired button.
  2. Point the camera at a person's face, and press the button to which you have assigned the [Eye AF] function.
  3. Press the shutter button while pressing the button.
  • The frame around the eyes disappears after a certain period of time when the focus mode is set to Single-shot AF (AF-S), or when it is set to Automatic AF (AF-A) and the subject is still.
  • The frame around the eyes is displayed continuously while you are holding down the button when the focus mode is set to Continuous AF (AF-C), or when it is set to Automatic AF (AF-A) and the subject is moving.
  • For details, refer to “Help Guide.”

α7SII (ILCE-7SM2)

  1. MENU → (Custom Settings) 6 → [Custom Key Settings] → assign the [Eye AF] function to the desired button.
  2. Point the camera at a person's face, and press the button to which you have assigned the [Eye AF] function.
  3. Press the shutter button while pressing the button.
  • The frame around the eyes disappears after a certain period of time when the focus mode is set to Single-shot AF (AF-S).
  • The frame around the eyes is displayed continuously while you are holding down the button when the focus mode is set to Continuous AF (AF-C).
  • For details, refer to “Help Guide.”

α7III (ILCE-7M3)

  1. MENU → (Camera Settings2) 8/9 → [Custom Key] → desired key, then assign the [Eye AF] function to the key.
  2. Point the camera at a person's face, and press the button to which you have assigned the [Eye AF] function.
  3. Press the shutter button while pressing the button.
  • The frame around the eyes disappears after a certain period of time when the focus mode is set to Single-shot AF (AF-S), or when it is set to Automatic AF (AF-A) and the subject is still.
  • The frame around the eyes is displayed continuously while you are holding down the button when the focus mode is set to Continuous AF (AF-C), or when it is set to Automatic AF (AF-A) and the subject is moving.
  • If the camera focuses on any eyes when [Set. Face Prty in AF] is set to [On] and the focus mode is set to Single-shot AF (AF-S), a green frame will appear around the eyes momentarily regardless of the Eye AF setting.
  • For details, refer to “Help Guide.”

α7RIII (ILCE-7RM3)

  1. MENU → (Camera Settings2) 8/9 → [Custom Key] → desired key, then assign the [Eye AF] function to the key.
  2. Point the camera at a person's face, and press the button to which you have assigned the [Eye AF] function.
  3. Press the shutter button while pressing the button.
  • The frame around the eyes disappears after a certain period of time when the focus mode is set to Single-shot AF (AF-S), or when it is set to Automatic AF (AF-A) and the subject is still.
  • The frame around the eyes is displayed continuously while you are holding down the button when the focus mode is set to Continuous AF (AF-C), or when it is set to Automatic AF (AF-A) and the subject is moving.
  • If the camera focuses on any eyes when [Set. Face Prty in AF] is set to [On] and the focus mode is set to Single-shot AF (AF-S), a green frame will appear around the eyes momentarily regardless of the Eye AF setting.
  • For details, refer to “Help Guide.”

α9 (ILCE-9)

  1. MENU → (Camera Settings2) 8/9 → [Custom Key(Shoot.)] → desired key, then assign the [Eye AF] function to the key.
  2. Point the camera at a person's face, and press the button to which you have assigned the [Eye AF] function.
  3. Press the shutter button while pressing the button.
  • The frame around the eyes disappears after a certain period of time when the focus mode is set to Single-shot AF (AF-S).
  • The frame around the eyes is displayed continuously while you are holding down the button when the focus mode is set to Continuous AF (AF-C).
  • For details, refer to “Help Guide.”

α77II (ILCA-77M2)

  1. MENU → (Custom Settings) 6 → [Custom Key Settings] → assign the [Eye AF] function to the desired button.
  2. Point the camera at a person's face, and press the button to which you have assigned the [Eye AF] function.
  3. Press the shutter button while pressing the button.
  • The frame around the eyes disappears after a certain period of time.
  • The Eye AF function does not work when the focus mode is set to Continuous AF (AF-C), or when it is set to Automatic AF (AF-A) and the subject is moving.
  • For details, refer to “Help Guide.”

α99II (ILCA-99M2)

  1. MENU → (Camera Settings2) 8/9 → [Custom Key(Shoot.)] → desired key, then assign the [Eye AF] function to the key.
  2. Point the camera at a person's face, and press the button to which you have assigned the [Eye AF] function.
  3. Press the shutter button while pressing the button.
  • The frame around the eyes disappears after a certain period of time when the focus mode is set to Single-shot AF (AF-S), or when it is set to Automatic AF (AF-A) and the subject is still.
  • The frame around the eyes is displayed continuously while you are holding down the button when the focus mode is set to Continuous AF (AF-C), or when it is set to Automatic AF (AF-A) and the subject is moving.
  • For details, refer to “Help Guide.”

Notes

  • You cannot use the Eye AF function when the subject is too large or too small in the frame.

    Example of a subject that is too small

    Example of a subject that is too large

  • The [Eye AF] function may not function very well in the following situations:
    • When the person is wearing sunglasses.
    • When the front hair covers the person’s eyes.
    • In low-light or back-lit conditions.
    • When the eyes are closed.
    • When the person is in the shade.
    • When the person is out of focus.
    • When the person is moving too much.
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