This feature can be found in all digital cameras. In autofocus (AF) mode the camera will automatically focus on the subject in the focus area in the center of the LCD or viewfinder. Many digital cameras allows the user to also select other autofocus regions that will be indicated on the LCD/viewfinder.

AF Area

In “single AF” mode, the camera will focus when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. Some cameras offer “continuous AF” mode whereby the camera focuses continuously until you press the shutter release button halfway. This shortens the lag time, but reduces battery life. Normally a focus confirmation light will stop blinking once the subject in focus. Autofocus is usually based on detecting contrast and therefore works best on contrasty subjects and less well in low light conditions, in which case the use of an AF assist lamp is very useful. Some cameras also feature manual focus.

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