#1. "RE: D800 Face Recognition" In response to Reply # 0
Not having a D800 or D4 I'm speaking on speculation. I believe the facial recognition is part of the exposure programming. Meaning you won't see something show up in the viewfinder or menus. It just simply works when it comes to calculating proper exposure in matrix metering mode.
I'm ready to be totally corrected by people who actually know something.
#5. "RE: D800 Face Recognition" In response to Reply # 0
Cape Coral, US
In the auto-area (as i read the manual) this is automatic and cannot be turned off or on, so if it is picking the focus point (not tracking, but full auto) it gives preferenace to faces, and in particular the closest face. It also then is supposed to give preference to meter on the face. Or so that is what I understand.
Live view face mode appears to be a separate setting entirely.
This I found confusing, that it would be optional in live view and not in ... well, whatever non-live view is, but that is certainly how it reads.
Now all that said, I just took mine out into my office and experimented, and about 60% of the time it focused on cubicles, filing cabinets, etc. and ignored the faces in the room. So I'm not at all sure I have it set right.
That's not how I normally work, I have never used my D300 (out of experimentation mode) in auto-area mode. So I may have my expectations set poorly also.
#6. "RE: D800 Face Recognition" In response to Reply # 5
Monterey Bay, US
I read and printed page 94.
I now have AFF and AutoArea with face priority. I need to test this with the D800 as the faster processor, AF, and metering may make a difference. With other cameras this was disastrous, with the focus points jumping around too much. (Searching?)
I mostly want to use this in Movie Mode. So, can I change these settings in LV Photo and differently in LV Movie?
#7. " D800 Face Recognition" In response to Reply # 6 Mon 16-Apr-12 01:33 AM by davidhunternyc
New York, US
Hello Everyone! This is my very first post on the Nikon forums. I am so excited to be here and to have my very first Nikon camera in my hands. My way to Nikon was roundabout. I am a minimalist and so the only digital cameras I have ever owned were the Leica X1 (which I sold for...) and the Fuji X100 (which I currently own). Recently, I was hired to photograph an indoor wedding. As much as I love my X100 it is woefully inadequate for this, low, ambient lighted wedding event. The X100 uses contrast detection auto-focus and too many of my test photos were out of focus. So here I am, convinced by others, to rent a Nikon D800. This is like going from a Honda Civic to a Ferrari (which weighs as much as a Sherman tank). I had a lesson today with the D800 and my tutor and I can not figure out a way to activate face recognition in the viewfinder. Yes, like others here, we have activated face recognition in the live-view LCD viewfinder but it does not automatically transfer to the electronic viewfinder. Please help. If I get corrupted by this camera, I may become a Nikon fanboy. So far, the jury is out. A part of me is outrageously impressed with this camera (and, doh!, the 900 speedlight) but then another part of me is contemptuous that you need the space shuttle to take brilliant photographs. Time will tell. David