Here’s How a Camera’s Autofocus Works and How It Has Evolved Through the Years (VIDEO)

If you’re too young to have ever used a manual focus camera (or too old to remember), it’s easy to take autofocus technology for granted. But most of us appreciate how this vital capability makes photography easier, faster, and far more precise.

This interesting and amusing animated video from Canon USA was created to illustrate how autofocus technology works and how it has evolved over the past 30 years. You’ll learn about different types of focusing systems, and when each is most effective for the task at hand.

The video also illustrates the importance of various AF features, like using focus tracking for moving subjects and customizable focus points for pinpoint precision.

You can find more videos on the Canon USA YouTube channel, and be sure to look at the video we shared yesterday from Canon Australia demonstrating how negative thoughts can impact your photography.