Face Tracking Auto Focus vs. Large Zone

Continuing this exploration of auto focus features in the Canon R5 and R6. Today, the difference between Face Tracking with Animal Eye selected and Large Zone Auto Focus with Animal Eye selected.

This is a video of the R5 focusing on a small pine siskin. The camera is set to Large Zone AF. The camera is also set to Servo AF Case 1 Versatile Multi Purpose (AF Menu 3) and Subject To Detect Animal (AF Menu 1). Notice that the camera focuses on any part of the bird.
Same settings in the camera as above but the Auto Focus Method is Face Tracking. Notice how the camera narrows in on the eye of the pine siskin.
Same settings as above. Another view of how the R5’s auto focus narrows down to the eye of the bird.

The successful results are a combination of settings on the R5 or R6.

Let me know if you have questions. Thoughts?

Author: kathyadamsclark

Professional photographer leading workshops and tours.

2 thoughts on “Face Tracking Auto Focus vs. Large Zone”

  1. Fantastic illustration of the two types of autofocus, Kathy! Thanks much for sharing all of your research. By the time I get my camera, you will have it all figured out.


    1. It’s a work in progress. Canon’s given us a lot of options. I’m having fun pushing the buttons to see what works. Can’t wait to see you in the field with an R5 slung over your shoulder.


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