Let’s look at how these settings are applied to the presets.
Preset 1 is meant for general purpose activities like running, jogging, cycling or even aerial shows where your subjects aren’t likely to be hidden behind obstacles, and where their speed is likely to be constant, allowing you to easily pan to follow the movement, thus we have a basic tracking sensitivity of 2, and use the entire frame to track your subject.
As for preset 2, it’s meant for scenes where obvious obstacles are present. This tells the camera to wait longer for your subject to reappear if it disappears behind an obstacle. It also tracks the center of the frame more closely, so as long as you’re following the path of your subject it should lock on quicker.
Use preset 3 for subjects that are moving towards or away from you with varying speeds, like in a tennis game for example. Because they’re speeding up and slowing down a lot, we use the maximum speed tracking setting and medium tracking sensitivity setting, while telling the camera to scan the entire frame because we don’t know which direction they’re headed.
Preset 4 works for action coming from outside of your frame, for example, skateboarders moving in and out of your field of view, or as in the picture above, dancers leaping. For this, you want the camera to react immediately to any movement, which is why Tracking sensitivity is set to 0, while Speed tracking is set to 1. Zone area switching is set to Front because we expect any action to happen towards the front of the frame more than the back.
Finally, preset 5 is for really unpredictable action, when your subject can be moving anywhere at any time, with multiple changes in speed. For this, we want to use the entire frame to track the subject, so Zone area switching is set to Auto. Tracking sensitivity is at a high level of 3, while speed tracking is at the maximum of 2.