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Old Apr 2, 2005, 8:16 AM   #1
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I am considering purchasing the Pentax Optio s5n but would like to have the following clarified..

The Pentax has "Pan Focus" which locks the focus at one point thus allowing the user not to half press the shutter release button.

But I am not sure if it has "Auto Pan Focus", the feature that allows the camera to continually focus without pressing the shutter button half way. This mode is good if you want a stranger to take a picture of you while traveling (and for simply taking faster pictures). I would think that this feature is very important and practical.

Can anyone clarify if the Optio s5n has this feature ?
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Old Apr 2, 2005, 11:48 AM   #2
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I don't think it does. Many cameras refer to that as continuous focus and others have their pet name. Pentax calls it continuous focus on other cameras that have it. But I don't see anything that would indicate the S5i or n have continuous focus. The reviewers usually ignore it but it shows up in the record menus because it has to be switchable. With the Pentax 750Z it shows up in the Menu>AF Setting>AF Mode>Single or Continuous. The S5i also has pan focus and I see no continuous options in the menu. Maybe they added it to the n, but they didn't include a change in their boilerplate. You might wait for a review.

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