DPReview: Sony Real Time Tracking is a Big Leap Foward

DPReview posted an interesting demo of their new real-time tracking system and it’s definitely a leap above cameras at its price point. This system makes me want a Sony a9 again, but I think I will wait for the Sony a9 Mark. For now, my Sony a7RIII will have to do.

What makes the new system better? Real-time tracking now uses additional information to track your subject – so much information, in fact, that it feels as if the autofocus system really understands who or what your subject is, making it arguably the ‘stickiest’ system we’ve seen to date.

What does all of this mean for the photographer? Most importantly, it means you have an autofocus system that works reliably in almost any situation. Reframe your composition to place your AF point over your subject, half-press the shutter, and real-time tracking will collect pattern, color, brightness, distance, face and eye information about your subject so comprehensively it can use all that to keep track of your subject in real-time. This means you can focus on the composition and the moment. There is no longer a need to focus (pun intended) on keeping your AF point over your subject, which for years has constrained composition and made it difficult to maintain focus on erratic subjects. – DPReview

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