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Does Auto focus work while in Continuous Shooting or Speed Priority Continuous focus modes?

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    When the Auto focus is set to AF-A or AF-C, you may be able to adjust focus while in Continuous Shooting mode. Check the following since there are restrictions depending on the camera and lens:

    Note: Before starting, update the camera, lens, or mount adapter to the latest version of the system software (firmware) available.

    Model NameAuto Focus Mode SettingFast Hybrid AF Using Compatible LensFast Hybrid AF Using Non-Compatible LensMount Adapter Using LA-EA1Mount Adapter Using LA-EA3, LA-EA5Mount Adapter Using LA-EA2, LA-EA4
    ILCE-1AF-CYES *15YES *2YES *2YES *17NO
    ILCE-7M4AF-A or AF-CYES *15YES *2YES *2YES *16NO
    ILCE-7RM5AF-A or AF-CYES *15YES *2YES *2YES *16NO
    ILME-FX3AF-CYES *13YES *2YES *2YES *2NO
    ILCE-7SM3AF-CYES *13YES *2YES *2YES *2NO
    ILCE-9AF-CYES *10YES *2YES *2YES *14YES *2
    ILCE-9M2AF-CYES *10YES *2YES *2YES *14YES *2
    ILCE-7M3AF-A or AF-CYES *1YES *2YES *3YES *3YES *2
    ILCE-7RM2AF-A or AF-CYES *1YES *2YES *3YES *3YES *2
    ILCE-7RM3AF-A or AF-CYES *1YES *2YES*3YES *3YES *2
    ILCE-7RM3AAF-A or AF-CYES *1YES *2YES *3YES *3YES *2
    ILCE-7M2AF-CYES *1YES *2YES *3 *8YES *3 *8YES *2
    ILCE-7AF-CYES *4YES *5NONOYES *5
    ILCE-5100AF-A or AF-CYES *6YES *2NONOYES *2
    ILCE-6000AF-A or AF-CYES *6YES *2NONOYES *2
    ILCE-6300AF-A or AF-CYES *9YES *2YES *3YES *3YES *2
    ILCE-6500AF-A or AF-CYES *9YES *2YES *3YES *3YES *2
    NEX-5RAF-CYES *7YES *5NONOYES *5
    NEX-5TAF-CYES *7YES *5NONOYES *5
    NEX-6AF-CYES *7YES *5NONOYES *5
    Model NameAuto Focus Mode SettingFast Hybrid AF Using Compatible LensFast Hybrid AF Using Non-Compatible LensMount Adapter Using LA-EA1, LA-EA2, LA-EA4Mount Adapter Using LA-EA3, LA-EA5
    ILCE-6600AF-A or AF-CYES *13YES *2YES *2YES *6
    ILCE-7RM4AF-A or AF-CYES *13YES *2YES *2YES *6
    ILCE-7RM4AAF-A or AF-CYES *13YES *2YES *2YES *6
    Model NameAuto Focus Mode SettingFast Hybrid AF Using Compatible LensFast Hybrid AF Using Non-Compatible LensMount Adapter Using LA-EA1, LA-EA2, LA-EA3, LA-EA4
    ILCE-6100AF-A or AF-CYES *13YES *2YES *2
    ILCE-6400AF-A or AF-CYES *13YES *2YES *2
    ILCE-7CAF-A or AF-CYES *13YES *2YES *2
    ZV-E10AF-A or AF-CYES *13YES *2YES *2
    Model NameAuto Focus Mode SettingContrast AFMount Adapter Using LA-EA1, LA-EA3Mount Adapter Using LA-EA2, LA-EA4
    ILCE-7SM2AF-CYES *5NOYES *5
    ILCE-7SAF-CYES *5NOYES *5
    ILCE-7RAF-CYES *5NOYES *5
    ILCE-5000AF-CYES *5NOYES *5
    ILCE-3500AF-CYES *5NOYES *5
    ILCE-3000AF-CYES *5NOYES *5
    NEX-7AF-CYES *5NOYES *5
    NEX-3NAF-CYES *5NOYES *5
    NEX-F3AF-CYES *5NOYES *5
    NEX-C3AF-CYES *5NOYES *5 *11
    NEX-5AF-CYES *5NOYES *5 *12
    NEX-3AF-CYES *5NOYES *5 *12
    Model NameAuto Focus Mode SettingCompatibility
    DSC-RX10M4AF-A or AF-CYES *1
    DSC-RX100M5AF-A or AF-CYES *1
    DSC-RX100M5AAF-A or AF-CYES *1
    DSC-RX100M6AF-A or AF-CYES *1
    DSC-RX100M7AF-A or AF-CYES *1
    ZV-1AF-A or AF-CYES *1
     
    • *1 AF cannot be tracked while in Continuous Shooting mode in the following cases:
      • If the subject is outside the range of the phase-detection AF sensor.
      • When shooting in a dark environment.
      • When shooting with no subject contrast such as blue skies or a white wall.
      • If the aperture value is more than F8 or, for the ILCE-7M3, if the aperture value is larger than F11.
    • *2 Only compatible with Continuous Shooting Lo.
    • *3 Only compatible with Continuous Shooting Lo.
      • Note: You need to set Phase-detection AF for the AF system from the custom menu.
    • *4 AF cannot be tracked in Speed Priority Continuous Shooting mode in the following cases:
      • If the subject is outside the range of the Phase-detection AF sensor.
      • When shooting in a dark environment.
      • When shooting with no subject contrast such as blue skies or a white wall.
      • If the aperture value is more than F8.
    • *5 Only compatible with Continuous Shooting mode. (You will not be able to continue to focus in Speed Priority Continuous Shooting mode.)
    • *6 AF cannot be tracked when shooting in a dark environment. You will not be able to continue to focus in Mid / Hi in the following cases. In this case, set to Lo.
      • If the subject is outside the range of the Phase-detection AF sensor.
      • If the aperture value is more than F11.
      • When the system software of the LA-EA3 is Ver.01
    • *7 AF cannot be tracked in Speed Priority Continuous Shooting mode in the following cases:
      • If the subject is outside the range of the Phase-detection AF sensor.
      • When shooting in a dark environment.
      • If the aperture value is more than F6.3.
    • *8 Software Ver.2.0 or later is required.
    • *9 AF cannot be tracked when shooting in a dark environment. You will not be able to continue to focus in Mid Hi / Hi+ in the following cases. In this case, set to Lo.
      • If the subject is outside the range of the Phase-detection AF sensor.
      • If the aperture value is more than F11.
      • When the system software of the LA-EA3 is Ver.01
    • *10 AF cannot be tracked when shooting in a dark environment. You will not be able to continue to focus on the following cases:
      • If the subject is outside the range of the Phase-detection AF sensor.
      • If the aperture value is more than F16
    • *11 Software Ver.02 or later is required.
    • *12 Software Ver.05 or later is required.
    • *13 The camera may not be able to maintain focus on a subject using AF during continuous shooting in the following situations: 
      • When the subject is outside of the Phase-detection AF sensor area
      • When shooting in dark surroundings
      • When the contrast of the subject is low, such as a blue sky or a white wall
      • When the aperture value is greater than F11
    • *14 AF cannot be tracked when shooting in a dark environment. You will not be able to continue to focus in Mid Hi in the following cases. In this case, set to Lo.
      • If the subject is outside the range of the Phase-detection AF sensor.
      • When the F-value is greater than F16
      • When the system software of the LA-EA3 is Ver.01
      • When the contrast of the subject is low, such as a blue sky or a white wall
    • *15 The camera may not be able to maintain focus on a subject using AF during continuous shooting in the following situations:
      • When the subject is outside of the Phase-detection AF sensor area
      • When shooting in dark surroundings
      • When the contrast of the subject is low, such as a blue sky or a white wall
      • When the aperture value is greater than F22
    • *16 AF may not be tracked when shooting with no subject contrast such as blue skies or a white wall, or when shooting in a dark environment. You will not be able to continue to focus in Hi+ Hi / Mid in the following cases. In this case, set to Lo.
      • When the F-value is greater than F22
      • When the system software of the LA-EA3 is Ver.01
    • *17 AF may not be tracked when shooting with no subject contrast such as blue skies or a white wall, or when shooting in a dark environment. You will be able to continue to focus in only Lo (Shutter TypeMechanical Shutter) in the following cases.
      • When the F-value is greater than F22
      • When the system software of the LA-EA3 is Ver.01