In the M-REC using autofocus, 990 provides five focus areas, each of which can be selected for focusing purpose. The following shows the locations of these five focus area indicators:
The selected, or active, focus area is shown in red; other unselected focus areas are shown in white. To focus, just make sure that the main subjects are in the selected focus area and press the shutter release button halfway down. In the above left image, the center area is selected by default, and the right area is selected in the above right image. In this way, focus lock is avoided in most situations.
Note that in the A-REC mode, focus area is not selectable. Only the center area is used and no area indicator is displayed on the LCD monitor. Note also that focus area selection is not available for manual focus either, because focus area selection is for autofocus!
To select a focus area, follow the procedure below:
|Auto|| The camera selects the focus area that contains
the subject closest to camera. The selected, or active,
focus area is shown in red when the shutter release
button is pressed halfway down.
|Manual||The camera focuses using the selected, or active, focus area. Thus, focus lock is likely unnecessary. You just compose, select a focus area, and take a photograph.|
|Off||The center area is used. This center area is identical to the one in the viewfinder. Note that no focus area indicators will be shown on the LCD monitor. Thus, focus lock is required if the main subjects are not in the center.|
Note that once this option is chosen, it will stay there even after turning off the camera. Therefore, you need to go through the above procedure again to reverse the setting..