Face/Eye AF Set.

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

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

Menu item details

Face Priority in AF:
Sets whether or not to detect faces inside the focusing area and focus on the eyes (Eye AF) when autofocus is activated. ([On]/[Off])
Right/Left Eye Select:
Specifies the eye to be detected. If [Right Eye] or [Left Eye] is selected, only the selected eye is detected.
[Auto]: The camera detects eyes automatically.
[Right Eye]: The right eye of the subject (the eye on the left side from the photographer’s perspective) is detected.
[Left Eye]: The left eye of the subject (the eye on the right side from the photographer’s perspective) is detected.
Face Detect. Frame Disp.:
Sets whether or not to display the face detection frame when [Face Priority in AF] is set to [On]. ([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.


[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 human 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. Point the camera at a person’s face, and press the key to which you have assigned the [Eye AF] function.
  3. Press the shutter button while pressing the key.


[Switch Right/Left Eye] by custom key

When [Right/Left Eye Select] is set to [Right Eye] or [Left Eye], you can switch the eye to be detected by pressing the custom key to which you have assigned the [Switch Right/Left Eye] function.

When [Right/Left Eye Select] is set to [Auto], you can temporarily switch the eye to be detected by pressing the custom key to which you have assigned the [Switch Right/Left Eye] function.

The temporary left/right selection is cancelled when you perform the following operations, etc. The camera returns to automatic eye detection.

  • Stopping pressing the shutter button halfway down.
  • Stopping pressing the custom key to which [AF On] or [Eye AF] is assigned.
  • Pressing the Fn button or the MENU button.


Hint

  • When [Right/Left Eye Select] is not set to [Auto], or you execute [Switch Right/Left Eye] using the custom key, the eye detection frame appears.
  • 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].

Note

  • 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 person is in the shade.
    • When the person is out of focus.
    • When the person is moving too much.
  • If the person is moving too much, the detection frame may not display correctly over their eyes.
  • Depending on the circumstances, the eyes cannot be focused. When this occurs, the camera will detect and focus on the face. The camera cannot focus on eyes when no 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.
  • 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
    • Movie shooting with [Record Setting] set to [120p]/[100p]
    • When [Frame Rate] is set to [120fps]/[100fps] during slow-motion/quick-motion shooting.
  • Up to 8 faces of your subjects can be detected.
  • Even if [Face Detect. Frame Disp.] 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 Priority in AF] is locked to [On].