PDAF (phase detection auto focus) is a high-speed automatic focus technology. PDAF in consumer cameras generally uses some of the pixels for imaging on the image sensor as pixels for phase detection. Because PDAF can quickly and accurately focus the lens for each frame it detects, it enables faster and more accurate auto focus (AF) than conventional AF.
Amazingly fast focus with phase detection
Conventional contrast AF takes time because it needs to move the lens to detect the focus point with the highest contrast. In comparison, PDAF can focus quickly by detecting the phase to move the lens to the focus point immediately.
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Quickly focus on moving objects
While conventional contrast AF cannot properly track objects that are moving or changing direction, PDAF can measure their distance in every frame, enabling fast focus.
Focusing the lens for abrupt changes in scene distance
When there are objects at different distances in the same angle of view and the focus shifts from an object in the back to one in the front, conventional contrast AF takes time because it needs to move the lens from the back object to the front one and detect the focus point. With PDAF, however, phase detection can move the focus point to the front object immediately, allowing it to focus the lens on the subject right away.
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