Tracking erratic subjects

Use these [Tracking] functions as follows to track moving subjects that are in focus.

  • After you set [Focus Area] to [Tracking], when you move the focusing frame to a particular subject and then press and hold the shutter button halfway down, the camera starts tracking the subject starting from the focusing frame.
  • Even when [Focus Area] is not set to [Tracking], you can temporarily change the setting for [Focus Area] to [Tracking] and the setting for [Focus Mode] to [Continuous AF]. Press and hold the custom key to which you have assigned the [Tracking On + AF On] function.

Tracking

Setting the camera

Press the Still/Movie/S&Q button to select the still image shooting mode.
The following icon is displayed at the upper left on the monitor in the still image shooting mode.

  1. [Focus Mode]

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

  2. [Focus Area]

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

Guide to using the camera

Tracking status display

The green frame shown below is displayed after the camera starts tracking when you press the shutter button halfway down. To shoot under these conditions, with subjects in focus, press the shutter button all the way down.


The link between Tracking and [Face/Eye AF Set.]

If you set [Face/Eye AF Set.] to focus on a face or eye of a person beforehand, a focusing frame will move automatically to any detected face or eye while tracking a subject. This is effective for sports photography or for photographing portraits of a model making spinning motions.

  1. Tracking distant subjects

  2. If a face is detected once the subject is closer, the focusing frame will move to the face or eyes。

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Examples of tracking settings

For subjects that are difficult to track
If the subjects are moving fast and framing is difficult, you can use [Tracking: Wide] or [Tracking: Zone]. The subjects are automatically detected when you press the shutter button halfway down, and the camera continues to track the subjects as long as you hold the button halfway down.
If you want to focus on a specific position
Use [Tracking: Expand Flexible Spot], [Tracking: Flexible Spot S], [Tracking: Flexible Spot M], or [Tracking: Flexible Spot L] when you want to specify a focusing position relative to the subject, such as the head. With these settings, you can manually select the position where tracking starts. Move the focusing frame to your desired focusing position, and then start tracking the subject by pressing the shutter button halfway down.

Tracking On + AF On

Setting the camera

Press the Still/Movie/S&Q button to select the still image shooting mode.
The following icon is displayed at the upper left on the monitor in the still image shooting mode.

  1. Custom Key

    Select MENU → (Camera Settings2) → [Still imageCustom Key]. Select the button to which the function is assigned, and then set [Tracking On + AF On].

  2. [Focus Mode]

    MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Focus Mode] → Select your preferred setting from the [Single-shot AF], [Automatic AF], [Continuous AF], or [DMF] option.

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Guide to using the camera

Even when the setting for [Focus Mode] is not [Continuous AF], if it is set to either [Single-shot AF], [Automatic AF], or [DMF] mode, the camera can track the subject if you press and hold the custom key to which you have assigned the [Tracking On + AF On] function.

The following example gives the operation method for tracking and shooting a moving subject by pressing the custom key to which you have assigned the [Tracking On + AF On] function when you shoot landscapes.

  1. The camera is shooting the landscape by setting [Focus Mode] → [Single-shot AF], [Focus Area] → [Wide].

  2. To track a moving subject while shooting still images, press and hold down the custom key to which you have assigned the [Tracking On + AF On] function.
    You can temporarily change the setting for [Focus Area] to [Tracking: Wide]*, and the camera starts tracking.

    * When this operation takes place, the type of [Tracking] will be inherited from [Focus Area] that was being set before you activate [Tracking On + AF On]

  3. To shoot the subject being tracked, press the shutter button while you press and hold down the custom key to which you have assigned the [Tracking On + AF On] function.

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The link between Tracking and [Face/Eye AF Set.]

If you set [Face/Eye AF Set.] to focus on a face or eye of a person beforehand, a focusing frame will move automatically to any detected face or eye while tracking a subject. This is effective for sports photography or for photographing portraits of a model making spinning motions.

  1. Tracking distant subjects

  2. If a face is detected once the subject is closer, the focusing frame will move to the face or eyes。

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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.

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