Using face detection on the EOS C500 Mark II
Article ID: ART176479 | Date published: 02/04/2020 | Date last updated: 02/04/2020
 

Description

When the face detection function is activated, the camera will detect people's faces. Instructions for using face detection on the EOS C500 Mark II are included below.

Solution

Face Detection

When there are a number of people in the picture, one person will be determined to be the main subject but you have the option to select a different person as the main subject. The camera will keep tracking the main subject even when it moves.
You can use face detection with one of the autofocus functions to let the camera focus on the main subject automatically (Face AF). You can also combine face detection with the focus guide to help you focus on the main subject manually.
  1. Select MENU > [ Camera Setup] > [Face Detection] > [On].
  2. Select MENU > [ Camera Setup] > [Face AF] > [Face Priority] or [Face Only].
    •  (face priority) or  (face-only AF) will appear on the left of the screen.
  3. Point the camera at the subject.
    • During continuous AF, the camera will keep focusing on the main subject's face. During one-shot AF, the camera will focus on the main subject's face while you hold the ONE-SHOT AF button pressed down.
    • All detected faces will have a face detection frame. The main subject will be indicated with a face detection frame with small arrows (white when autofocus is active, gray or yellow* during manual focus).
      Push the joystick left/right or turn the SELECT dial to select a different person as the msain subject.
    • If you use face detection together with the tracking function, the camera will be able to track the selected main subject more reliably. when you touch a subject on the LCD screen, tracking will be activated and the face detection frame will change to a double frame  (tracking frame). This is better if you want to track a subject when it is difficult to keep seeing their face.
      * [AF-Boosted MF] within manual adjustment range.
Options
[Face Priority]: The camera focuses according to the AF mode currently selected.
[Face Only]: When a face is detected, the camera focuses according to the AF mode currently selected.
When there is no face detected, the camera locks the focus.

Face AF operation by AF mode
Menu > [ Camera Setup] >
[AF Mode] and focus operation
MENU [ Camera Setup] > [Face AF]
[Face Priority] [Face Only]
Face detected No face detected Face detected No face detected
[One Shot] while the ONE-SHOT AF button is not pressed Manual focus
[One Shot] while the ONE-SHOT AF button is held pressed down Focus on the
detected face
Focus on the
subject inside
the AF frame
Focus on the
detected face
Manual focus
[Continuous] (autofocus)
[AF-Boosted MF] within the automatic adjustment range
[AF-Boosted MF] within the manual adjustment range
(yellow AF frame)
Manual focus

 NOTES

  • In certain cases, faces may not be detected correctly. Typical examples include:
    • Faces extremely small, large, dark or bright in relation to the overall picture.
    • Faces that are turned to the side, at a diagonal, partially hidden or upside-down.
  • Face detection cannot be used in the following cases:
    • When the shiutter speed used is slower than 1/30 (59.94 Hz recordings), 1/25 (50.00 Hz recordings) or 1/24 (24.00 Hz recordings or 59.94 Hz recordings with a 23.98P frame rate).
    • when the second focus guide is active (MENU > [ Assistance Functions] > [Focus Guide] and [Focus Guide 2nd Frame] are both set to [On]).
    • When slow & fast motion recording is activated.
    • when a manual focus lens is attached to the camera.
  • The camera may mistakenly detect the faces of non-human subjects. In such case, turn face detection off.
  • If you set an assignable button to [Face Detection], you can press the button to turn the function on and off. If you set an assignable button to [Face AF], you can press the button to toggle between the face detection options.

Tracking a Specific Subject
You can have the camera track other moving subjects that are not faces and also combine the tracking function with one of the autofocus functions to let the camera focus on the desired subject automatically.
To use th etracking function, you will need to set an assignable button to [Tracking] in advance.

  1. Set an assignable button to [Tracking].
  2. Press the assignable button.
    • The subject selection mark  will appear on the screen.
    • Press the assignable button again or the CANCEL button to end the subject selection mode.
  3. Select the subject you want to track.
    • Touch the desired subject on the LCD screen to start tracking it. You can also use the joystick or SELECT dial to place the center of the  mark on the desired subject and then press SET.
    • If the tracking failed, the  mark will turn red momentarily. Select the subject again.
  4. The  mark changes to a double frame  (tracking frame) and the camera will start tracking the selected subject.
    • During continuous AF, the camera will keep focusing on the selected subject. During one-shot AF, the camera will focus on the selected subject while you hold the ONE-SHOT AF button pressed down.
    • Press SET or the assignable button again to return to subject selection mode and select a different subject to track. Press the CANCEL button to end the tracking function and return the camera to the focus mode that was used previously.

 NOTES

  • The camera may start tracking the incorrect subject is there is another subject in the picture with similar color/pattern characteristics. In that case, select the desired subject again.