Use the following procedure to take pictures by focusing on an animal’s eye. There are two shooting methods, same as the method used for focusing on a face or eye of a person. Use either shooting method in accordance with the shooting conditions from the two methods.
1. When shooting images by pressing the shutter button halfway down (or pressing the AF-ON (AF On) button)
Sets whether or not to detect the animal’s eye inside the focusing area and focus on the animal’s eyes when autofocus is activated. When the camera cannot detect an animal’s eye, you can use the regular AF mode to adjust the focus according to the selected focus frame.
Select MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Face/Eye AF Set.] → [Face/Eye Prty in AF] → [On].
Select MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Face/Eye AF Set.] → [Subject Detection] → [Animal].
Select MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Face/Eye AF Set.] → [Animal Eye Display] → desired setting. When [On] is set, the white eye detection frame appears over the eye.
Since the camera focuses on the animal’s eye in the focus area, set the [Focus Area] to [Wide] if you want to detect an eye in as wide a range as possible. If you want to limit the range for detecting an eye, set the [Focus Area] to settings such as [Flexible Spot] or [Zone]. It is also necessary to set Focus Mode to Autofocus mode.
Focus Mode → AF-S (Single-shot AF) or AF-C (Continuous AF).
Shooting still images
Point the camera so that the animal’s eye to be focused on are within the focus area.
When [Focus Area] is set to [Zone]
Press the shutter button halfway down or press the AF-ON (AF On) button to focus on the animal’s eye. A green eye detection frame is displayed over the eye once an animal’s eye is detected and focusing is performed.
Press the shutter button fully down.
If you want to switch the [Subject Detection] setting more quickly, register the [Subject Detection] setting to the Function menu or assign it to a Custom Key.
If you want to focus on a specific animal’s eye when the displayed face of that animal is very small, or two or more animals are displayed on the screen, set [Focus Area] to [Flexible Spot] and then focus on the subject so that it is easier for the camera to detect the eye.
If an animal eye is detected when the subject comes closer, a focusing frame will automatically appear around the detected eye.
2. When shooting images by assigning [Eye AF] to a custom key
The Eye AF function can also be used by assigning [Eye AF] to a custom key. The camera can focus on the animal’s eye as long as you are pressing the key. This is useful when you want to temporarily apply the Eye AF function to the entire screen regardless of the setting for [Focus Area]. For instance, if [Focus Area] is set to [Flexible Spot] and you want the camera to focus on an eye outside of the focusing frame, you can apply the Eye AF function by pressing the custom key to which [Eye AF] has been assigned, without changing [Focus Area].
When the subjects have cat- or dog-like faces and both eyes are clearly visible, the camera can easily detect the eye. The camera, however, may not be able to detect an eye depending on the type of animal or shooting environment (e.g. two or more animals moving around). Use the following examples as guidelines.
Size of the entire face is big enough to be clearly visible
The orientation of the animal’s face allows you to view both eyes and nose clearly
Examples of difficult-to-detect subjects’ eye
The subject animal has a spotted or striped face and body
When shooting in dark places or animals with dark hair
Animals that do not have cat- or dog-like faces
When two or more animals are moving around
If the face of an animal is out of focus, the camera may not be able to detect the eye. In that case, adjust the focus on the face once. After that, the camera can detect the eye more easily.
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