The dangers of AF: camera mistakes ref's bald head for soccer ball in live game!

The dangers of AF: camera mistakes ref's bald head for soccer ball in live game!

The dangers of relying on AI-driven autofocus systems became very apparent during a recent professional soccer match, where the hard camera's tracking system kept mistaking a linesman's bald head for the game ball.

Autofocus and tracking systems are increasingly big selling points of modern cameras, whether it's the animal AF in cameras like the Canon EOS R5 and Canon EOS R6, the face and eye tracking of the likes of the Sony A7R IV, or the head detect autofocus of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III – which would have come in handy for this match! 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.