Face/Eye AF Set.

This function is used to determine whether or not the camera will focus with priority on faces or eyes.

This function can be used when the camera’s system software (firmware) is Ver. 3.00 or later.

  1. MENU(Camera Settings1) → [Face/Eye AF Set.] → desired setting item.

Menu item details

Face/Eye Prty in AF:
Sets whether or not to detect faces or eyes inside the focusing area and focus on the eyes (Eye AF) when autofocus is activated. ([On]/[Off])
Subject Detection:
Selects the target to be detected.
[Human]: Detects human faces/eyes.
[Animal]: Detects animal eyes. Animal faces are not detected.
Face Dtct Frame Dsp:
Sets whether or not to display the face detection frame when a human face is detected. ([On]/[Off])
Animal Eye Display:
Sets whether or not to display the eye detection frame when the eye of an animal is detected. ([On]/[Off])

Face detection frame

When the product detects a face, the gray face detection frame appears. When the product determines that autofocus is enabled, the face detection frame turns white.
In case you have registered the priority order for each face using [Face Registration], the product automatically selects the first prioritized face and the face detection frame over that face turns white. The face detection frames of other registered faces turn reddish-purple.

Eye detection frame

A white eye detection frame appears when an eye is detected and the camera determines that autofocusing is possible, depending on the settings.

The eye detection frame is displayed as follows when [Subject Detection] is set to [Animal].

[Eye AF] by custom key

The Eye AF function can also be used by assigning [Eye AF] to a custom key. The camera can focus on eyes 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].

  1. MENU → (Camera Settings2) → [Custom Key] → desired key, then assign the [Eye AF] function to the key.
  2. MENU → (Camera Settings1) → [Face/Eye AF Set.][Subject Detection] → desired setting.
  3. Point the camera at the face of a human or animal, and press the key to which you have assigned the [Eye AF] function.
  4. Press the shutter button while pressing the key.


  • If you want the face or eye detection frame to disappear within a certain period of time after the camera has focused on the face or eye, set [AF Area Auto Clear] to [On].
  • To detect animal eyes, arrange the composition so that both eyes and the nose of the animal are within the angle of view.


  • When [Subject Detection] is set to [Human], the eyes of animals are not detected. When [Subject Detection] is set to [Animal], human faces are not detected.
  • When [Subject Detection] is set to [Animal], the following functions are unavailable.
    • [Lock-on AF]
    • [Center Lock-on AF]
    • [Face Prty in Mlti Mtr]
    • [Regist. Faces Priority]
  • The [Eye AF] function may not function very well in the following situations:
    • When the person is wearing sunglasses.
    • When the front hair covers the person’s eyes.
    • In low-light or back-lit conditions.
    • When the eyes are closed.
    • When the subject is in the shade.
    • When the subject is out of focus.
    • When the subject is moving too much.
  • If the subject is moving too much, the detection frame may not be displayed correctly over their eyes.
  • Depending on the circumstances, the eyes cannot be focused.
  • When the camera cannot focus on human eyes, it will detect and focus on the face instead. The camera cannot focus on eyes when no human faces are detected.
  • The product may not detect faces at all or may accidentally detect other objects as faces in some conditions.
  • The Eye AF function is unavailable when the mode dial is set to (Movie) or , or during movie shooting.
  • The eye detection frame is not displayed when the Eye AF function is unavailable.
  • You cannot use the face/eye detection function with the following functions:
    • Zoom functions other than the optical zoom.
    • [Posterization] under [Picture Effect]
    • Focus Magnifier
    • When [Frame Rate] is set to [120fps]/[100fps] during slow-motion/quick-motion shooting.
  • You cannot use the face detection function in the following situation:
    • Movie shooting with [Record Setting] set to [120p]/[100p]
  • Up to 8 faces of your subjects can be detected.
  • Even if [Face Dtct Frame Dsp] is set to [Off], a green focusing frame will be displayed over faces that are in focus.
  • When the shooting mode is set to [Intelligent Auto], [Face/Eye Prty in AF] is locked to [On].
  • Even when [Subject Detection] is set to [Animal], the eyes of some types of animals cannot be detected.
  • Even when [Animal Eye Display] is set to [Off], a green focusing frame is displayed over eyes that are in focus.