aut­o­fo­cus & cover­age

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In­ter­est­ingly, Nikon DX and FX cam­eras use the same ba­sic aut­o­fo­cus sen­sor mod­ules, with only small mod­i­fi­ca­tions for the dif­fer­ent for­mats. This means that aut­o­fo­cus ad­vances hap­pen across both for­mats – the D500 has essen­tially the same brand-new state-of-the-art aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem as the flag­ship Nikon D5. But there is a fur­ther bonus for DX Nikon users: be­cause the sen­sor area is smaller, the area cov­ered by the aut­o­fo­cus sen­sor stretches right to the edge of the frame. For sports/ac­tion pho­tog­ra­phy, the D500 comes out a clear win­ner partly be­cause of its aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem.


Multi-CAM 20K aut­o­fo­cus sen­sor mod­ule 153 AF points, in­clud­ing 99 cross-type Sin­gle-point AF, 25-, 72-, or 153-point dy­namic-area AF, 3D-track­ing, group-area AF, auto-area AF A side-ef­fect of the smaller DX sen­sor is that the area cov­ered by the aut­o­fo­cus sen­sor goes right to the edge of the frame

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