No, it is not normal for me. They are usually the same. Perhaps you have a problem with shutter/mirror shake affecting the AF images at lower shutter speeds? You could detect this by comnparing the shots at high shutter speeds of 1/1000s or faster.I've been testing out a lens to compare the sharpness of the image taken with af to the one taken with liveview. No matter how much i microadjust it, I cannot get it as sharp. Is this normal?
A tripot will not cancel out the shock of the mirror moving. In LiveView, there's even less of that if you're also using an electronic first curtain shutter. So depending on your actual shutter speed, that may explain a difference.I used a tripod, timer and mirror lockup. There wasn't enough light for a very fast shutter speed, but the same settings were used for the liveview and af shots.