A6000 and Face Detection

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Tone Row Regular Member • Posts: 334
A6000 and Face Detection

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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Cherylynne1 Regular Member • Posts: 240
Re: A6000 and Face Detection

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

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Marla2008 Senior Member • Posts: 2,419
Re: A6000 and Face Detection

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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Cherylynne1 Regular Member • Posts: 240
Re: A6000 and Face Detection

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?

Pete Y Contributing Member • Posts: 508
Face Detection is very good

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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Tone Row OP Regular Member • Posts: 334
Re: A6000 and Face Detection

Thanks for looking Marla.

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Pete Y Contributing Member • Posts: 508
Please look again, Marla. (nt)

Tone Row wrote:

Thanks for looking Marla.

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areichow Senior Member • Posts: 1,584
Re: Face Detection is very good

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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Pete Y Contributing Member • Posts: 508
Tone Row, this is what you want to know

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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Pete Y Contributing Member • Posts: 508
Re: Face Detection is very good

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 Contributing Member • Posts: 508
Another point of interest

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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Tone Row OP Regular Member • Posts: 334
Re: Another point of interest

Thank you Pete.

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