au·​to·​fo·​cus ˈȯ-tō-ˌfō-kəs How to pronounce autofocus (audio)
: an automatic focusing system (as on a camera)
autofocus verb

Examples of autofocus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That last toggle supports near, far, or full-range autofocus, with 10 meters as the cutoff point. PCMAG, 1 Feb. 2024 The front camera is 16 MP and also doesn't have autofocus. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 23 Jan. 2024 The lens assembly has been mounted on a voice-coil actuator, and autofocus relies on either the sensor's detection or the Pi's algorithm. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 9 Jan. 2023 The Secure Edition is available with fixed-focused or autofocus cameras and priced at €7,990 and €13,990 ($8,700 and $15,200), respectively. IEEE Spectrum, 27 Nov. 2023 Keep in Mind The projector needed to reset its autofocus every time someone walked in front of it, which may not be ideal for households with small children. Jenna Clark, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Sep. 2023 Other camera features include support for continuous shooting of up to 30 frames per second and eye-tracked autofocus. Jon Porter, The Verge, 11 May 2023 With autofocus, this camera also delivers a higher resolution, even in mixed light or backlit subjects. José Adorno, BGR, 2 Nov. 2022 The focus is manual only; there is no autofocus available. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 4 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


auto- + focus entry 2

First Known Use

circa 1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of autofocus was circa 1937

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“Autofocus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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