Autofocusing based on subject movement or size

Use the following functions to help you focus automatically.


When you shoot using the monitor, you can specify where to autofocus and shoot by touching a position on the monitor.

Focus Mode / Focus Area

Setting the camera

  1. [Focus Mode]

    MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Focus Mode] → [AF-S], [AF-A], or [AF-C].

  2. [Focus Area]

    MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Focus Area] → desired setting.

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Guide to using the camera

Focusing based on subject movement

Adjust the [Focus Mode] setting to suit subject movement.

Locks the focus once the subject is in focus after you press the shutter button halfway down. Recommended for landscapes or snapshots, with stationary subjects.

Automatically switches between [AF-S] and [AF-C] in response to subject movement.

Keeps subjects in focus as long as you hold the shutter button halfway down. Recommended for moving subjects, as when shooting sports scenes or animals.

Focus Area

Choose the best focus area based on subject position or size.

Focuses on subjects across the entire monitor. Effective for erratic subjects such as children, animals, or athletes.
Automatically focuses within your selected focusing zone on the monitor. [Zone] is divided into nine focusing areas, which makes it effective for focusing on moving subjects within these specific areas.
Focuses on subjects centered on the monitor. When used with focus-lock, effective for shots with your preferred composition.
[Flexible Spot] [Expand Flexible Spot]
Focuses on very small subjects or narrow areas in a frame that you can move freely on the monitor. Choose a small, medium, or large focusing frame. [Expand Flexible Spot] expands the focus area around the [Flexible Spot] if focusing is not possible within your selected spot.

Focusing frame

The focusing frame turns green once subjects are in focus when the shutter button is pressed halfway down. To shoot under these conditions, with subjects in focus, press the shutter button all the way down.

When the focusing frame is displayed in magenta, it means that the subjects are out of focus. In that case, change the distance to the subjects, composition, or focus setting before shooting.

Subject is in focus
(Green focusing frame)


Subject is out of focus
(Magenta focusing frame)

Quickly switching to frequently used focus areas

To quickly switch to the types of focus areas you use most often, first select these areas in [Focus Area Limit].

Setting the camera
  • MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Focus Area Limit].

  • Add check marks to the focus areas that you want to use, and then select [OK].

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Moving the focusing frame ([Zone], [Flexible Spot], [Expand Flexible Spot])

When [Focus Area] is set to [Zone], [Flexible Spot], or [Expand Flexible Spot], the triangles are displayed on the top, bottom, left, and right sides of the focusing frame. The focusing frames can be moved by using the top/bottom/left/right sides of the control wheel.

Focusing frame is ready to move (When the flexible spot is selected)

To center a focusing frame on the screen, press the (Delete) button.

Focusing frame in the upper left

Centers the focusing frame

Press the center button to lock the focusing frame position.

Focusing frame is locked (When the flexible spot is selected)

Either select [Zone], [Flexible Spot], or [Expand Flexible Spot] in [Focus Area] again or use the custom key to which you have assigned the [Focus Standard] function. Once you have assigned the [Focus Standard] function to a custom key, you can move the focusing frame by simply pressing the assigned key.


Select MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Focus Frame Color] to change the focusing frame to red.

By touch, you can choose where to focus.

Try these convenient focusing functions.

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*The menu screen images on this web page have been simplified for display purposes, and do not exactly reflect the actual screen display of the camera.

Note: The images on this web page are provided as examples only. They are not actual images taken by this camera.