Focus Tracking...I'm impressed!

Discussion in 'Sony' started by rpavich, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. rpavich

    rpavich Veteran

    Jul 10, 2013
    Well..I was messing around with face-detection and focus tracking and I must say, that focus tracking is impressive.

    I tried to fool it and move around and be a bit "haphazard" and it nailed focus every time...and faster than a "focus recompose" approach too.

    I think I'm going to try and use this more often.

    Just FYI you use it by being in AF mode "center" or "multi" but NOT "multi-that-I-can-move-the-point-around" mode (that makes sense...why would you need to?)

    Then you put the subject in the center of the frame, push the center button on the wheel, and a small box appears...push it again and it locks onto your target. Now wherever you recompose, that target is the "focus point" and when you "half press" that's the "go green" box area.

    Give it a try!
  2. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Yeah, its pretty effective. Seems to work well on the Nex6 and my wife's RX100 too. When I'm shooting with any sort of DOF, I just focus and recompose, but for anything closeup or with really narrow DOF, I use the focus tracking a lot and it hasn't let me down yet.

  3. raconteur

    raconteur Rookie

    Aug 12, 2013
    S.E. Wisconsin
    Thanks for the reminder about this feature. I have probably only turned it on once.
  4. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    I reckon that face detection is invaluable when you hand over your camera to someone else to take a picture.