Do we really need better Autofocus?

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MaciekPruski Regular Member • Posts: 211
Do we really need better Autofocus?
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It seems to me that camera companies lately focus very much on AF improvements- reliable tracking, eye AF, CAF etc. Most flagship models distinguish themselves from the midrange by autofocus capability ie. Olympus EM1x, Sony A9.

The reviews also often give this a lot of weight like it's one of the most important features of a camera.

Frankly, I don't really need it. It can be nice, of course, but not nice enough to pay several hundred dollars for it. I use Pentax cameras that are supposed to have way worse AF than competition and somehow I manage to get my images in focus, including running kids, pets, people in motion etc. Continuous AF works just fine for my needs.

I wish they focused on better dynamic range instead, or optimisation of image processing so I don't have to adjust contrast in post, better colors, computational imaging etc. Like things that smartphones do better than real cameras these days.

I think the marketing departments of camera companies succeeded in convincing photographers that they should throw bags of money at cameras with great AF when in reality flagship-grade AF is niche and only really needed by select pros who shoot sports or say people who photograph birds..

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