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Canon HF M50/M52/M500 Help w/AutoFocus

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Recently bought a Canon HF M500 as an upgrade from my old Canon Mini-DV Camcorder (about 8 years old). One of the things I use my camcorder for the most is producing videos for my YouTube channel doing Android App reviews. I set the camera at the widest shot showing the entire phone, but during the review I often lift the phone closer to the camera to get a closer shot of certain aspects of the app.

With my old camera on auto-focus when I would do this, the camera would immediately re-focus and almost instantly have the closer up phone in clear focus. With the HF M500, it re-focuses much slower. I actually don't think the re-focusing is taking as long as maybe it's just taking the camera longer to decide to re-focus. Either way, I'll be in the middle of a review and I lift the phone then have to pause and wait for it to re-focus. With my old camera, I never had to pause because it re-focused almost instantly.

I'm hoping there's a setting or something I can do to get this same quick/instant re-focus on the my new Canon HF M500. Any help would be much appreciate.

Thanks,
Eric
post #2 of 3
Does it have instant AF? Make sure it is on, and that instant AF sensor is not blocked. It also makes sense to have clear, not busy background to make it easier for the cam to decide what part of the shot to focus at.
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There's IAF and AF ...set it to IAF (instant auto focus) in the menu.

Would also be a good idea to go through the user manual.
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