Can we just shut up about autofocus for a second?

Sony human pose estimation
(Image credit: Sony)

It looks like we’re done with megapixels, thank goodness, we’ve forgotten about exposure metering and there’s really not much more to say about white balance and ISO ranges… so why is autofocus such a thing?

Probably because it’s an area where manufacturers are still making technical advances that can help push new camera sales and can talk about the technological wizardry of AI and deep learning as if we are at the threshold of a new age in digital imaging. Which is a bit annoying for those of us who haven’t quite finished with the old one.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at