Article ID : 00092189 / Last Modified : 10/07/2019

How do I lock focus on a specific subject?

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    The Lock-on AF and Tracking features of your camera can keep a subject in focus as it moves across the frame. Availability of these features vary depending on the model and system software (firmware) version of your camera. For detailed information, check your manual.

    Set the Focus Area to Tracking

    This procedure applies to photo modes only.

    1. Press the MENU button.
    2. Set Focus Mode to Continuous AF (AF-C).
    3. Select appropriate Focus Area depending on the subject, background, and shooting situation.
      • If you encounter a moving subject against a simple background, select Tracking: Wide.
      • If you know the starting location of the subject on the frame, select Tracking: Zone.
      • If the subject is against a contrasting background or there are objects in front that may interfere with tracking, select one of the following:
        • Tracking: Center
        • Tracking: Flexible Spot
        • Tracking: Expand Flexible Spot
    4. Align the subject with your selected Focus Area.
    5. Press the shutter halfway down to start tracking.
      • The Focus Area switches to Tracking: Wide automatically after the tracking feature locks onto a subject.
    6. Depress the shutter button fully to take the photo after you obtain your preferred composition.

    Enable the Tracking On Feature with a Custom Button

    If you press the custom button set to Tracking On, your camera's Focus Area is set to Tracking even if you selected a different Focus Area option. Tracking On is useful when shooting a subject that's approaching from a distance. For example, you can use a telephoto lens to track an athlete running towards you.

    Note: This procedure applies to photo modes only.

    1. Press the MENU button.
    2. Set Focus Mode to Continuous AF (AF-C).
    3. Under Custom KeyCustom Key, select a custom button.
    4. Select Tracking On.
    5. Set your camera to a photo shooting mode.
    6. Press the shutter button halfway down to focus on the subject.
    7. Press the custom key assigned to Tracking On to start tracking.
    8. Depress the shutter button fully to take the photo after you obtain your preferred composition.

    Enable the Touch Tracking Feature

    Touch Tracking is available for all Focus Modes except Manual Focus (MF). This procedure applies to both photo and movie modes.

    1. Press the MENU button.
    2. Select Func. of Touch Operation.
    3. Select Touch Tracking.
    4. Set your camera to shooting mode.
    5. On your camera monitor, tap the subject you want to track.
    6. Press the shutter to take a photo or press the movie button to record a movie.

    Set the Focus Area to Lock-on AF

    This procedure applies to photo modes only.

    1. Set Focus Mode to Continuous AF (AF-C).
    2. Select appropriate Focus Area depending on the subject, background, and shooting situation.
      • If you encounter a moving subject against a simple background, select Lock-on AF: Wide.
      • If you know the starting location of the subject on the frame, select Lock-on AF: Zone.
      • If the subject is against a contrasting background or there are objects in front that may interfere with tracking, select one of the following:
        • Lock-on AF: Center
        • Lock-on AF: Flexible Spot
        • Lock-on AF: Expand Flexible Spot
    3. Align the subject with your selected Focus Area.
    4. Press the shutter halfway to start the Lock-on AF feature.
      • The Focus Area switches to Lock-on AF: Wide automatically after the autofocus feature locks onto a subject.
    5. Depress the shutter button fully to take the photo after you obtain your preferred composition.