Right, this has been driving me nuts ever since I got it! How do you turn face-detection OFF in auto mode? Is it even possible?
I actively dislike portrait photography. So there is no reason ever to have face detection on. I can switch it off in the manual modes (aperture priority, shutter priority, or manual). But not when the camera is on auto.
This may seem no big deal; after all, if I'm not photographing faces, it won't matter, will it?
But it does! If there is any vaguely round "blob" in the shot, it identifies it as a face, and tries to focus on it. Even if it's not the main object of interest in the shot. Which results in wrong focus. For example, I've had clocks on buildings picked out as a "face" (I suppose it is, of a sort).
Must I either live with this, or learn not to use Auto any more?
The manual doesn't help at all.