To focus on the faces or eyes of dogs and cats (animal-detection AF), select [Wide-area AF (L-animals)] or [Auto-area AF (animals)] for AF-area mode.
The following are the recommended settings for portraits of dogs and cats:
|Photo shooting menu|
|Focus mode||Continuous AF|
|AF-area mode||Wide-area AF (L-animals)|
|Custom Settings menu|
|a11 Built-in AF-assist illuminator||Off|
|d5 Shutter type||Auto|
When this option is selected, the camera detects and focuses on the faces or eyes of dogs and cats in the active focus area (animal-detection AF), making this a good choice when you want to focus on a particular animal portrait subject.
Depending on shooting conditions, the camera may fail to detect the faces or eyes of some breeds or may display a border around subjects that are not the faces or eyes of dogs or cats. Animal face- and eye-detection may also not perform as expected if: