How does multi-point AF work?

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Jim in Hudson
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How does multi-point AF work?
Nov 3, 2012

I know this seems like a stupid question that only someone who barely has ever used a camera would ask.  That said, I don't really know.

Most basically, what does the camera do under 5-point AF?  Every point has a "subject" of some type so what drives the selection of the point for focusing?  Manuals (in my case, K30) never really explore this question but I'm sure many here can.  Thanks.

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