Point-and-shoot cameras advertise “Face Recognition”, a cheap trick that a Serious Photographer using a Real Camera with a Fast Prime Lens would never go near. Oh, wait.

What happened was · At goto; Aarhus the big first-night party was “007-themed”, which gave everyone with flashy duds an excuse to wear them. People were looking good and I wanted to take portraits; it was dim in that room, so I was using a prime lens jammed wide-open. Here’s what Fujifilm calls “Face detection” at work.

Kresten Krab Thorup

Kresten Krab Thorup, conference organizer, Erjang guy, smart.

Nicky Plant

Nicky Plant, a beauty therapist with secret desire
to be a Bond villainess.

Randy Shoup

Randy Shoup, consulting CTO in Silicon Valley,
formerly of eBay, Google, and KIXEYE.

Eva Andreasson

Eva Andreasson, Swedish JVM engineer
gone American Big Data product manager

Don’t they all look great?

I was surprised to find “Intelligent Face Detection” buried down in the X-T1 menus. The name is a lie; what it actually does is find eyes and lock in on them. With a steely grip. The fact that it works at close quarters in low light at F1.4, especially given that the 35mm probably has the klunkiest autofocus of all the Fujinon X-lenses, feels like a miracle to me.


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From: John Cowan (Oct 22 2014, at 17:10)

Aw ****. And here I was hoping it actually did face recognition, as in, figuring out who this person is you're taking a picture of. That would be invaluable for me, as my built-in face recognition engine doesn't work: see "Prosopagnosia" in Wikipedia.


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