A6000 and Face Detection

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Tone Row
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A6000 and Face Detection
6 months ago

I wonder if one of the lucky few A6000 owners could help answer a question for me, and that is, what autofocus area modes does face detection work in? The reason I ask is, all things equal I gravitate toward spot focus so that I can focus and recompose my shots. At the same time, I have young kids running around, so it is nice to have face recognition constantly on so that I can quickly fire off some snaps of them. With my A55 this isn't a problem as spot focus with face detection turned on is supported. With my NEX-5R though, the only autofocus area mode that supports face recognition is multi which bugs me to no end.

So, does anyone know if the A6000 supports face detection in all focus area modes?

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Re: A6000 and Face Detection
In reply to Tone Row, 6 months ago

I'm in the exact same situation, I'd love to know the answer to this myself.

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Unless I'm mistaken, Face Detection only work in Multi metering mode, and Wide focus mode. Which is a pain if you also have AF-C enabled, because you'll see the little green dancing dots (PDAF AF sensors), and they seem to override the green box of face detection in about 60 to 80% of cases, meaning you get said green box only if the person is facing you straight, not head tilted in the slightest way, or a hand to the face or anything distracting at all (go tell your kids not to turn their head even an inch, lol).

So in this regard, and in AF-C mode, NEX face detection actually works a little better

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In reply to Marla2008, 6 months ago

I thought I read in one of Sony's official descriptions that they've actually upgraded to eye detection, so that it will focus on one eye even if the head is turned. Am I mistaken? And if not, how accurate is the detection?

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Face Detection is very good
In reply to Cherylynne1, 6 months ago

Cherylynne1 wrote:

I thought I read in one of Sony's official descriptions that they've actually upgraded to eye detection, so that it will focus on one eye even if the head is turned. Am I mistaken? And if not, how accurate is the detection?

Yes, it works even center point AF is selected. It works if the face is slightly better than a profile. It works even with the eyes closed. The eyes, or the nearer eye, will be sharp.

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Thanks for looking Marla.

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Please look again, Marla. (nt)
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Tone Row wrote:

Thanks for looking Marla.

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I hope it does - this is one of those things my RX100 does better than my NEX. Face detect works in center point focus on my RX100, but only in multi-area on my NEX.

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Tone Row, this is what you want to know
In reply to Tone Row, 6 months ago

Tone Row wrote:

I wonder if one of the lucky few A6000 owners could help answer a question for me, and that is, what autofocus area modes does face detection work in? The reason I ask is, all things equal I gravitate toward spot focus so that I can focus and recompose my shots. At the same time, I have young kids running around, so it is nice to have face recognition constantly on so that I can quickly fire off some snaps of them. With my A55 this isn't a problem as spot focus with face detection turned on is supported. With my NEX-5R though, the only autofocus area mode that supports face recognition is multi which bugs me to no end.

So, does anyone know if the A6000 supports face detection in all focus area modes?

Focus area set to Center AF (note the icon on the left).  If no faces are detected, the camera just uses the centre AF point.  (Well, cartoon faces are not faces, you know that already.)

As soon as a face is detected, the camera automatically switches to Face Detection AF.  Note the Center AF icon on the left hasn't been changed (below the letters 'AF-A').  Now you can see the FD square.

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areichow wrote:

I hope it does - this is one of those things my RX100 does better than my NEX. Face detect works in center point focus on my RX100, but only in multi-area on my NEX.

Please read my reply to the OP below.

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Pete Y wrote:

Tone Row wrote:

I wonder if one of the lucky few A6000 owners could help answer a question for me, and that is, what autofocus area modes does face detection work in? The reason I ask is, all things equal I gravitate toward spot focus so that I can focus and recompose my shots. At the same time, I have young kids running around, so it is nice to have face recognition constantly on so that I can quickly fire off some snaps of them. With my A55 this isn't a problem as spot focus with face detection turned on is supported. With my NEX-5R though, the only autofocus area mode that supports face recognition is multi which bugs me to no end.

So, does anyone know if the A6000 supports face detection in all focus area modes?

Focus area set to Center AF (note the icon on the left). If no faces are detected, the camera just uses the centre AF point. (Well, cartoon faces are not faces, you know that already.)

As soon as a face is detected, the camera automatically switches to Face Detection AF. Note the Center AF icon on the left hasn't been changed (below the letters 'AF-A'). Now you can see the FD square.

If you look very carefully at the two pictures at 100% view, the focus plane of picture 2 has already shifted back to the face even before the shutter is half-pressed.  This is because Pre-AF is on.

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In reply to Pete Y, 6 months ago

Thank you Pete.

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