How to Use Canon EOS 80D Face Tracking and Autofocusing

Canon EOS 80D Face Tracking and Autofocusing

Yes, the Canon EOS 80D has this new and exciting feature of face+Tracking Auto focusing but there have been users which have faced issues with the Face+Tracking Auto focusing on the Canon EOS 80D camera. Canon EOS 80D face tracking mode is set as a default setting for both the movie recording and still photography purposes. In both cases, the camera automatically searches for human faces in the shot. Still, you may come across issues while using Canon EOS 80D face tracking and auto focusing and the below guidelines can certainly help.  

Step 1.

Target your camera lens on a human face first.

canon 80d face tracking - target
canon 80d face tracking – target

Step 2.

After this, you can press and hold the shutter button on the camera for a few seconds, or you can press and hold the AF-On button on the camera. You will notice the focus of getting a lock on the face.

canon 80d face tracking
canon 80d face tracking – portrait lens

canon 80d face tracking

Step 3.

You will notice the focus frame turning into green. After this, the camera will light a beep, and then you are ready to click the picture.  

Some issues faced by the users while using Canon EOS 80D face tracking autofocus

Though this default setting in the Canon EOS 80D is exceptionally fantastic and makes the work of the photographer easy in a lot of ways. But it still shows some issues. So here are some tips that you can follow to avoid unwanted mishaps –  

  • The focus of the Face+Tracking is a bit difficult to lock on a focus. In this case, you can follow the above steps.
  • Many users face the problem while detecting the face. It is necessary that the people you are clicking pictures of are facing the camera. The face detection works by detecting the mouth, eyes, and the nose.
  • Some times the camera might focus on any object possessing the similarities of a human face.
  • The face detection sometimes shows up some issues if the size ratio of the face and the background is not right. This problem may even show up when the angle you are taking is a bit tilted, or there is a problem in light, or the face has anything blocking it. In this case, you can try fixing them. In case of size ratio, you can zoom in or out to fix it. If the angle is a bit tilted, to make it straight. If there is less or more light, you can try increasing or decreasing the light or changing the position according to the preferred light. In case of anything blocking the face try to remove or ignore the object. Using a DSLR monitor will dramatically improve the face tracking efficiency as the wide display screen will help you see the object in greater details.
  • Whenever the person you are focusing on is too close to the camera frame, the Face+Tracking Autofocusing does not work. The camera will alert you the issue it is focusing. It displays a gray structure instead of the usual white one over the subject. To fix this, you can increase the distance of the camera frame or can re-frame temporarily. After this, you can lock the focus using the mentioned steps and then re-frame to your preferred composition.

These are some useful tutorial and tips to use Face+Tracking Autofocusing, for your Canon flip screen DSLR. Face+Tracking is a face detection or face priority Auto Focus of the camera. This can detect any human face by which it becomes easier for the camera to set the proper focus and exposure for any shot, automatically. How to Zoom in for a Focus Check in Live view with Canon 80d