Minolta Dimage A1-A2 Focus options

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1. SINGLE SHOT AUTO FOCUS (Focus mode switch in "S" position)
A. Wide focus area (Default = On)
Wide focus brackets

Focus lock
When the shutter release is half-pressed, one of the 11 focus points is automatically selected and briefly indicated on the EVF/LCD with a red rectangle.
Holding the shutter release halfway down keeps the focus locked, which makes it possible to recompose the picture when the subject is outside the focus frame.
(Manual: p. 33-35)
OPTION: Direct Manual Focus (Default = Off)
DMF after AF lock.
Direct Manual Focus allows manual adjustments to be made after the AF system has locked onto the subject. While holding the shutter release button halfway down, the camera can be manually focused with the focusing ring. The DMF indicator and the approximate object distance from the CCD are displayed near the frame counter.
DMF is set in section 4 of the recording menu.
If active, the Flex Digital Magnifier can be used (see below under Manual Focus).
(Manual: p. 107)
B. Flex Focus Point (FFP) (Default = Off)
Flex Focus Point

Focus lock
Spot AF mode, in which the cross-hair can be moved to any point in the image area by the controller's four-way keys.
Once the cross-hair is in the required position a half-press of the shutter release activates the Auto Focus. The cross-hair turns briefly red to confirm focus.
Pressing the center button of the controller returns the cross-hair to the center of the image area.
To switch between FFP and Wide Focus: press and hold the center button. (Manual: p. 48)
OPTION 1: Direct Manual Focus (Default = Off)
See above.
OPTION 2: Fulltime Auto Focus (Default = On)
grip sensor LCD EVF
On On Off Grip sensor activates Fulltime AF.
On Off On Grip sensor together with eye sensor activate Fulltime AF.
Off On Off Fulltime AF is always active.
Off Off On Eye sensor activates Fulltime AF.
Continually focuses the camera without any touch on the shutter release. A half-press of the shutter release locks the focus.
When Fulltime AF is enabled, the activation depends on how the grip sensor and monitors are set (see table).
Fulltime AF is set in section 4 of the setup menu.
(Manual: p. 143)
2. CONTINUOUS AUTO FOCUS (Focus mode switch in "C" position)
A. Tracking AF (Default = On)
Continuous AF cross-hair

Subject Tracking AF
When the shutter release is half-pressed, the camera continuously tracks and focuses on the subject on which the green cross-hair is positioned. Focus is confirmed by the focus signal .
If the subject moves or the camera is panned, the cross-hair will follow the subject (if the movement is not too fast). Focus and exposure will change as the subject moves and lighting conditions change. (Manual: p. 46)
B. Continuous AF (Tracking AF = Off)
When the shutter release is half-pressed, the camera continuously focuses on the cross-hair spot, without tracking the subject. Focus is confirmed by the focus signal .
Tracking AF can be disabled in section 4 of the recording menu. (Manual: p. 106)

3. MANUAL FOCUS (Focus mode switch in "MF" position)
Manual focus
In manual focus mode, the camera is focused with the fly-by-wire focusing ring at the base of the lens barrel.

The MF indicator and the approximate object distance from the CCD are displayed near the frame counter.
(Manual: p. 47)
OPTION: Flex Digital Magnifier (Default = Digital zoom)
The Flex Digital Magnifier is a focusing aid for manual focus. The live image can be magnified by X2 and X8 (A1) or X3.3 (A2).
A1: pressing the magnification button gives:
- first press :2X magnification of framed area
- second press : 8X magnification of framed area
- third press :cancels magnification.
A2: pressing the magnification button switches the 3.3X magnification on or off.
The controller can be used to scroll and center the image area. When the shutter release is half-pressed, the entire image area is displayed. Flex Digital Magnifier is set in section 3 of the recording menu. (Manual: p. 105)


2X magnification area (A1)

2X magnification and
8X magnification area (A1)

08-05-2004  -  Johan Branders  -   Email: