Canon PowerShot G12 Know How to Override Auto Focus

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As good as the Canon autofocus system is, there are times when it just isn’t doing the job for you. Often you’d like to compose a scene and specify where the actual point of focus should be. This can be especially true when you are using the camera on a tripod, where you can’t pre-focus and then recompose before shooting (as discussed earlier). To take care of this problem, switch to manual focus by pressing the MF button (Figure 1.4).

Press the MF button to manually focus.

A large “MF” appears in the center of the LCD, and a bar showing a distance display appears along the right side of the screen. Using the Control dial, adjust the focus as necessary—using the distance display as a rough guide—and take your picture.