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.

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]. By assigning [Switch Focus Area] to a custom key, you can switch to your other selected focus areas one after another each time you press that key.

Setting the camera
  • MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Focus Area Limit] → add check marks to focus areas you will use, and then select [OK].

  • After selecting MENU → (Camera Settings2) → [Still ImagesCustom Key], select [Switch Focus Area] for the button to assign.

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

White focus frames can be moved by using the top/bottom/left/right side of the control wheel. After you press the center button, the focusing frame is locked and turns gray. To move the focusing frame in this state, use the [Focus Standard] function. Once you have assigned a custom key to [Focus Standard], to use this function to move the focusing frame, press your assigned key, and after the focusing frame turns white, use the top/bottom/left/right side of the control wheel to move it.

State when focusing frame can be moved (when [Flexible Spot] is selected), after you have pressed the custom key assigned to [Focus Standard])

Gray focusing frame (cannot be moved)


Focusing frame turns white, ready to move

To center a focusing frame on the screen when it is white, press the (Delete) button.

Focusing frame in the upper left

Centers the focusing frame

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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.