Focusing on a person’s face or eyes

Use the following functions to focus automatically on faces or eyes.

Face/Eye AF Set.

Setting the camera

  1. [Face/Eye AF Set.]

    MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Face/Eye AF Set.] → [Face/Eye Prty in AF] → [On].
    MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Face/Eye AF Set.] → [Subject Detection] → [Human].
    Choose your desired setting: [Right/Left Eye Select] or [Face/Eye Frame Display]

  2. [Focus Mode]

    MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Focus Mode] → [AF-C].

  3. [Focus Area]

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

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Guide to using the camera

Setting the focus area

Faces in focusing frames are detected, so you can switch to the best focus area for your shot.

  • [Wide]: Set for subjects that are moving around, or when the position of faces is unpredictable.
  • [Zone], [Flexible Spot], [Expand Flexible Spot]: Set when you will decide in advance how to compose shots, or when you will focus on one person out of several subjects.

Face and eye detection frames

Face detection frames are displayed for any detected human faces, and eye detection frames for any detected human eyes.

Detection frames are color-coded, as described below.

  • Gray: Face or eye detected, but not available for autofocus (because the focus area and face do not overlap)
  • White: Autofocus available (when you have set priority order in [Face Registration], subjects include faces that you have ranked highest in priority)
  • Reddish-purple: Faces ranked second or lower in priority in [Face Registration]

Selecting people to focus on their face or eyes

Selecting faces with the focus area

Faces to focus on can be selected when the focus area is over the face detection frame.
If an eye is detected, an eye detection frame is displayed on the eye.

Selecting faces by touch

Faces to focus on can be selected when the focus area is moved over the face detection frame by touch. On the monitor, touch the detection frame of the face to select.
If an eye is detected, an eye detection frame is displayed on the eye.

Selecting faces by registering them

Faces that you register in advance are given priority when the camera focuses.

MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Face Registration] → [New Registration] to register faces.

MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Regist. Faces Priority] → [On] to prioritize registered faces when focusing.

When you have registered multiple faces, you can adjust their relative priority via MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Face Registration] → [Order Exchanging].

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Switching the eye to detect

Which eye to detect (left or right) is set in advance in MENU → [Face/Eye AF Set.] → [Right/Left Eye Select], but you can also switch eyes as follows.

Switching with a custom key assigned to [Switch Right/Left Eye]

If you have set [Right/Left Eye Select] to [Right Eye] or [Left Eye], the eye to detect can be switched between left and right each time you press the custom key assigned to [Switch Right/Left Eye].

If you have set [Right/Left Eye Select] to [Auto], the eye to detect can be temporarily switched between left and right by pressing the custom key assigned to [Switch Right/Left Eye].

Note

Any of the following actions will cancel the temporary right/left selection when [Right/Left Eye Select] is set to [Auto]. The camera will revert to automatic eye detection.

  • Pressing the MENU button
Switching by touch

If you have set [Func. of Touch Operation] to [Touch Tracking], the eye to detect can be switched between left and right by touching the periphery of an eye on the monitor.

Touch the periphery of an eye that you want detected on the monitor.

The eye to be detected switches.

Switching by touch is possible when you are not pressing the shutter button halfway.

To cancel touch operations, press the center of the control wheel or touch the icon in the upper right of the monitor.


Hiding the face/eye detection frame

To hide the face/eye detection frame, adjust the settings as follows.

MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Face/Eye AF Set.] → [Face/Eye Frame Display] → [Off].

Even if the [Face/Eye Frame Display] is set to [Off], the eye detection frame will be displayed in the following situations.

  • When [Right/Left Eye Select] is set to a parameter other than [Auto]
  • When performing [Switch Right/Left Eye] using a Custom Key
  • When pressing a Custom Key assigned with the [Eye AF] function

Eye AF

Setting the camera

  1. Custom Key

    After selecting MENU → (Camera Settings2) → [MoviesCustom Key], select [Eye AF] for the button to assign.

  2. [Face/Eye AF Set.]

    MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Face/Eye AF Set.] → [Subject Detection] → [Human].

  3. [Focus Mode]

    MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Focus Mode] → [AF-C].

Guide to using the camera

Eye detection frames

When you press the Custom Key assigned with the [Eye AF] function and an eye is detected, a white frame is displayed around the eye. If the eyes cannot be detected, a frame might appear around the subject's face. If this is the case, zooming in on the subject's face may cause the eye detection frame to appear.


Focusing on a face or eye after selecting a person's face

By registering faces in advance, you can give them priority when the camera focuses.

MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Face Registration] → [New Registration] to register faces.

MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Regist. Faces Priority] → [On] to prioritize registered faces when focusing.

When you have registered multiple faces, you can adjust their relative priority via MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Face Registration] → [Order Exchanging].

Related camera help guide

Switching the eye to detect

Which eye to detect (left or right) is set in advance in MENU → [Face/Eye AF Set.] → [Right/Left Eye Select], but you can also switch eyes as follows.

Switching with a custom key assigned to [Switch Right/Left Eye]

If you have set [Right/Left Eye Select] to [Right Eye] or [Left Eye], the eye to detect can be switched between left and right each time you press the custom key assigned to [Switch Right/Left Eye].

If you have set [Right/Left Eye Select] to [Auto], the eye to detect can be temporarily switched between left and right by pressing the custom key assigned to [Switch Right/Left Eye].

Note

Any of the following actions will cancel the temporary right/left selection when [Right/Left Eye Select] is set to [Auto]. The camera will revert to automatic eye detection.

  • Pressing the MENU button

Hiding the face/eye detection frame

To hide the face/eye detection frame, adjust the settings as follows.

MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Face/Eye AF Set.] → [Face/Eye Frame Display] → [Off].

Even if the [Face/Eye Frame Display] is set to [Off], the eye detection frame will be displayed in the following situations.

  • When [Right/Left Eye Select] is set to a parameter other than [Auto]
  • When performing [Switch Right/Left Eye] using a Custom Key
  • When pressing a Custom Key assigned with the [Eye AF] function

*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.

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