I'm sure this is a "beginner" question, but other than experience with point and shoot cameras, I'm a beginner.
Currently, my main camera is a P1000. I'm very happy with it, but there is one thing I can't stand about the camera:
I use it mostly for bird pictures, and was (prior to the purchase), and am aware of the awful auto-focus system.
If the camera does not sense an object is sufficiently in focus, it will refuse to take photos. In these instances, depressing the shutter button does nothing at all. I often use the camera for ID shots/proof of rare birds and am OK with out of focus photos. In many of these instances, I can see enough detail in the viewfinder, and am confident the resultant image or images would be enough to ID the bird. In any event, even if the shots would be unrecognizable, I still can't stand the fact that the camera sometimes refuses to take photos.
I'm assuming the auto-focus systems on the Z8 and Z9 are orders of magnitude better than the P1000, and this issue will therefore come up much less frequently, however, I need to ask:
Will the Z8 and Z9 take photos even if not in focus?