Guide to Sony a6000 Focus Modes

Ever wondered how to capture fast action or use manual focus on your Sony a6000?

In this quick and concise guide, we’ll go over every option in the “focus modes” category on your Sony a6000 to explain what they are and how to use them.

Let’s dive in!

focus mode location on sony a6000

Where to find the focus mode setting?

To find the focus mode setting, you just have to hit the little Fn key on the back of your camera.

By default, the fourth option on the top row should be your focus mode settings.

Simply push in the middle of the joystick/dial to open it up. Now let’s jump into the specific modes.


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Single-shot AF was fine as this was a static subject.

Single-Shot AF (AF-S)

The single-shot AF mode is pretty self explanatory. When you half press the shutter button, the camera will lock in focus.

You can then move the camera around (recompose) and the camera will hold focus, or just simply take the shot.

Single-shot AF is the most commonly used focusing mode on the a6000, as it’s the best for stationary subjects.


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Continuous AF helped in getting a clean picture of this car.

Continuous AF (AF-C)

For non-stationary subjects, continuous AF is best. While the shutter button is pressed halfway, it’s able to continuously track a moving subject.

You’ll see tiny green boxes moving around the screen that indicate what is currently in focus. I’ve used this for all sorts of subjects. The obvious being fast moving objects like cars, but also even for capturing a sense of motion during portraits shoots.

This mode can be coupled with the continuous shooting drive mode (read our guide on drive modes) in order to capture fast action. This focusing mode is generally very accurate but will consume battery quite fast.


This image was shot through a window, so manual focus was used to insure accuracy.

Manual Focus (MF)

The next mode is manual focus. This is the mode where you physically have to spin the focusing ring on your lens as it completely disables the autofocus system.

While manual focus may be intimidating, it’s actually quite easy and very fun (and powerful) to use when you get used to it.

If you’re interested in learning more about MF, I’d highly recommend reading our top ranking guide to manual focus on Sony a6000 cameras.


Dynamic Modes

Automatic AF (AF-A)

Automatic AF is a combination of the two previously mentioned modes.

When the shutter button is pushed halfway down, it’ll lock focus on a stationary subject. If it detects movement, however, the camera will switch to continuous AF to track the subjects.

This mode is generally very unreliable, and I wouldn’t suggest ever using it.

Dynamic Manual Focus (DMF)

The last mode is DMF. It’s a smart mode that, by default, will use autofocus (AF-S) but will switch to manual focus as soon as the focusing ring is moved.

This can be a very useful mode, but can often times accidentally be activated by bumping the focusing ring.


Hopefully this helped you understand the focus modes on your Sony a6000 a bit better. If you’d like to read more guides on the a6000, scroll down a bit to our master list of guides. Thanks for reading!

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