Sharp PC-A500 Instruction manual

Preparing the camera
Before your operation
Shooting images
Using the shooting
function
Using the viewing
function
Changing your setup
Viewing images on a
computer
Printing images
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Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera
Instruction Manual
DSLR-A500/A550
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Owner’s Record
The model and serial numbers are located
on the bottom.
Record the serial number in the space
provided below.
Refer to these numbers whenever you call
upon your Sony dealer regarding this
product.
Model No. DSLR-A500/A550
Serial No. __________________________
WARNING
To reduce fire or shock hazard, do
not expose the unit to rain or
moisture.
IMPORTANT SAFETY
INSTRUCTIONS
SAVE THESE
INSTRUCTIONS.
DANGER - TO
REDUCE THE RISK
OF FIRE OR
ELECTRIC SHOCK,
CAREFULLY
FOLLOW THESE
INSTRUCTIONS.
If the shape of the plug does not fit the
power outlet, use an attachment plug
adaptor of the proper configuration for the
power outlet.
Caution
Battery pack
If the battery pack is mishandled, the
battery pack can burst, cause a fire or even
chemical burns. Observe the following
cautions.
• Do not disassemble.
• Do not crush and do not expose the
battery pack to any shock or force such as
hammering, dropping or stepping on it.
• Do not short circuit and do not allow
metal objects to come into contact with
the battery terminals.
• Do not expose to high temperature above
60°C (140°F) such as in direct sunlight or
in a car parked in the sun.
• Do not incinerate or dispose of in fire.
• Do not handle damaged or leaking
lithium ion batteries.
• Be sure to charge the battery pack using a
genuine Sony battery charger or a device
that can charge the battery pack.
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• Keep the battery pack out of the reach of
small children.
• Keep the battery pack dry.
• Replace only with the same or equivalent
type recommended by Sony.
• Dispose of used battery pack promptly
described the instructions.
For Customers in the U.S.A.
UL is an internationally recognized safety
organization.
The UL Mark on the product means it has
been UL Listed.
Battery charger
Even if the CHARGE lamp is not lit, the
battery charger is not disconnected from the
AC power source (mains) as long as it is
connected to the wall outlet (wall socket).
If some trouble occurs while using the
battery charger, immediately shut off the
power by disconnecting the plug from the
wall outlet (wall socket).
If you have any questions about this
product, you may call:
Sony Customer Information Services
Center
1-800-222-SONY (7669)
The number below is for the FCC related
matters only.
For Customers in the U.S.A.
and Canada
RECYCLING LITHIUM-ION
BATTERIES
Lithium-Ion batteries are
recyclable.
You can help preserve
our environment by
returning your used
rechargeable batteries to
the collection and
recycling location nearest you.
For more information regarding recycling
of rechargeable batteries, call toll free
1-800-822-8837, or visit http://
www.rbrc.org/
Caution: Do not handle damaged or
leaking Lithium-Ion batteries.
Battery pack
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC Rules, Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
This Class B digital apparatus complies
with Canadian ICES-003.
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Regulatory Information
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: DSLR-A500
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics
Inc.
Address:16530 Via Esprillo,
San Diego, CA 92127 U.S.A.
Telephone No.: 858-942-2230
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This
device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: DSLR-A550
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics
Inc.
Address:16530 Via Esprillo,
San Diego, CA 92127 U.S.A.
Telephone No.: 858-942-2230
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This
device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
CAUTION
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in
this manual could void your authority to
operate this equipment.
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Note:
This equipment has been tested and found
to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the
FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses, and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the
following measures:
– Reorient or relocate the receiving
antenna.
– Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
– Connect the equipment into an outlet
on a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected.
– Consult the dealer or an experienced
radio/TV technician for help.
The supplied interface cable must be used
with the equipment in order to comply with
the limits for a digital device pursuant to
Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules.
For Customers in Europe
Notice for the customers in the
countries applying EU Directives
The manufacturer of this product is Sony
Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan Minato-ku
Tokyo, 108-0075 Japan. The Authorized
Representative for EMC and product safety
is Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger
Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany. For
any service or guarantee matters please
refer to the addresses given in separate
service or guarantee documents.
This product has been tested and found
compliant with the limits set out in the
EMC Directive for using connection cables
shorter than 3 meters (9.8 feet).
Attention
The electromagnetic fields at the specific
frequencies may influence the picture and
sound of this unit.
Notice
If static electricity or electromagnetism
causes data transfer to discontinue midway
(fail), restart the application or disconnect
and connect the communication cable
(USB, etc.) again.
Disposal of Old Electrical &
Electronic Equipment (Applicable in
the European Union and other
European countries with separate
collection systems)
This symbol on the product or on its
packaging indicates that this product shall
not be treated as household waste. Instead it
shall be handed over to the applicable
collection point for the recycling of
electrical and electronic equipment. By
ensuring this product is disposed of
correctly, you will help prevent potential
negative consequences for the environment
and human health, which could otherwise
be caused by inappropriate waste handling
of this product. The recycling of materials
will help to conserve natural resources. For
more detailed information about recycling
of this product, please contact your local
Civic Office, your household waste
disposal service or the shop where you
purchased the product.
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Disposal of waste batteries
(applicable in the European Union
and other European countries with
separate collection systems)
This symbol on the battery or on the
packaging indicates that the battery
provided with this product shall not be
treated as household waste.
On certain batteries this symbol might be
used in combination with a chemical
symbol. The chemical symbols for mercury
(Hg) or lead (Pb) are added if the battery
contains more than 0.0005% mercury or
0.004% lead.
By ensuring these batteries are disposed of
correctly, you will help prevent potentially
negative consequences for the environment
and human health which could otherwise be
caused by inappropriate waste handling of
the battery. The recycling of the materials
will help to conserve natural resources.
In case of products that for safety,
performance or data integrity reasons
require a permanent connection with an
incorporated battery, this battery should be
replaced by qualified service staff only.
To ensure that the battery will be treated
properly, hand over the product at end-oflife to the applicable collection point for the
recycling of electrical and electronic
equipment.
For all other batteries, please view the
section on how to remove the battery from
the product safely. Hand the battery over to
the applicable collection point for the
recycling of waste batteries.
For more detailed information about
recycling of this product or battery, please
contact your local Civic Office, your
household waste disposal service or the
shop where you purchased the product.
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Notice for customers in the
United Kingdom
A moulded plug complying with BS 1363
is fitted to this equipment for your safety
and convenience.
Should the fuse in the plug supplied need to
be replaced, a fuse of the same rating as the
supplied one and approved by ASTA or
BSI to BS 1362, (i.e., marked with an
or
mark) must be used.
If the plug supplied with this equipment has
a detachable fuse cover, be sure to attach
the fuse cover after you change the fuse.
Never use the plug without the fuse cover.
If you should lose the fuse cover, please
contact your nearest Sony service station.
Notes on using your camera
Shooting procedure
• This camera has two modes for shooting:
the Live View mode using the LCD
monitor, and the viewfinder mode using
the viewfinder (OVF).
• There may be differences between an
image recorded in Live View mode and
an image recorded in viewfinder mode,
such as exposure, white balance, or Drange optimizer, depending on the
method used of metering or the exposure
mode.
• In Live View or manual focus check
mode, the recorded image may be
different from the image you monitored
with the LCD monitor.
No compensation for contents of the
recording
The contents of the recording cannot be
compensated for if recording or playback is
not possible due to a malfunction of your
camera or a memory card, etc.
Back up recommendation
To avoid the potential risk of data loss,
always copy (back up) data to other
medium.
Notes on the LCD monitor and lens
• The LCD monitor is manufactured using
extremely high-precision technology so
over 99.99% of the pixels are operational
for effective use. However, there may be
some tiny black points and/or bright
points (white, red, blue or green in color)
that constantly appear on the LCD
monitor. These points are normal in the
manufacturing process and do not affect
the images in any way.
To deal with such issues that may appear
in Live View mode, you may reduce the
effect by using the “Pixel mapping”
function (page 163).
Black, white, red,
blue and green
points
• Do not hold the camera by taking hold of
the LCD monitor.
• Do not expose the camera to direct
sunlight. If sunlight is focused on a
nearby object, it may cause a fire. When
you must place the camera under direct
sunlight, attach the lens cap.
• Images may trail across on the LCD
monitor in a cold location. This is not a
malfunction. When turning on the camera
in a cold location, the LCD monitor may
become temporarily dark. When the
camera warms up, the monitor will
function normally.
• Do not press against the LCD monitor.
The monitor may be discolored and that
may cause a malfunction.
Warning on copyright
Television programs, films, videotapes, and
other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such materials
may be contrary to the provisions of the
copyright laws.
The pictures used in this manual
The photographs used as examples of
pictures in this manual are reproduced
images, and are not actual images shot
using this camera.
On the data specifications described
in this Instruction Manual
The data on performance and specifications
is defined under the following conditions,
except as described in this Instruction
Manual: at an ordinary ambient
temperature of 25ºC (77°F), and using a
fully charged battery pack.
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Table of Contents
Notes on using your camera .............................................. 7
Preparing the
camera
Checking the accessories supplied .................................. 12
Preparing the battery pack ............................................... 13
Attaching a lens ............................................................... 20
Inserting a memory card .................................................. 22
Preparing the camera ....................................................... 25
Using the accessories supplied ........................................ 27
Checking the number of recordable images .................... 29
Cleaning ........................................................................... 32
Before your
operation
Identifying parts and screen indicators ............................ 35
Front side .................................................................... 35
Rear side ..................................................................... 36
Top ............................................................................. 38
Sides/Bottom .............................................................. 39
Switching the recording information display (DISP)
............................................................................ 40
LCD monitor .............................................................. 41
Selecting a function/setting ............................................. 43
Selecting a function with the Fn (Function) button ... 44
The functions selected by the Fn (Function) button ... 45
The functions selected by the MENU button ............. 45
Shooting images Shooting an image without camera shake ....................... 47
Correct posture ........................................................... 47
Using the SteadyShot function ................................... 48
Using a tripod ............................................................. 49
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Shooting with the automatic setting............... 50
Using the Face Detection function ............................. 52
Shooting with a suitable setting for the subject (Scene
Selection) .................................................................... 54
Taking portrait photos .......................................... 55
Taking landscape photos ...................................... 56
Taking small-subject photos ................................ 57
Taking moving-subject photos ............................. 58
Taking sunset photos ........................................... 59
Taking night view photos .................................... 60
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Shooting an image the way you want it (Exposure mode)
..................................................................................... 61
Shooting with program auto .................................. 62
Shooting by controlling the blur of the background
(Aperture priority) ............................................. 63
Shooting a moving subject with various expressions
(Shutter speed priority) ..................................... 65
Shooting with the exposure adjusted manually
(Manual exposure) ............................................ 67
Shooting trails with long exposure (BULB) .......... 69
Shooting with the viewfinder (OVF) ............................... 71
Switching to the viewfinder ....................................... 71
Adjusting the focus of the finder (diopter adjustment)
............................................................................ 72
Switching the recording information display (DISP)
............................................................................ 73
LCD monitor (Graphic Display) ................................ 74
LCD monitor (Standard Display) ............................... 76
Viewfinder .................................................................. 78
Selecting the focus method .............................................. 79
Using the
Using autofocus .......................................................... 79
shooting function
Shooting with your desired composition (Focus-lock)
............................................................................ 81
Selecting the focus method to suit the movement of the
subject (Autofocus mode) ................................. 82
Selecting the focus area (AF area) ............................. 83
Adjusting the focus manually (Manual focus) ........... 84
Checking the focus by enlarging the image (Manual
focus check) ...................................................... 85
Zooming in in one step .................................................... 87
Using the flash ................................................................. 88
Performing wireless flash shooting ............................ 91
Adjusting the brightness of the image (Exposure, Flash
compensation, Metering) ............................................ 92
Shooting with fixed brightness (AE Lock) ................ 92
Using brightness compensation for the entire image
(Exposure compensation) .................................. 93
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Adjusting the amount of flash light (Flash compensation)
............................................................................ 95
Selecting the flash control mode to set the amount of
flash light (Flash control) .................................. 96
Selecting the method for measuring the brightness of a
subject (Metering mode) ................................... 97
Compensating for the brightness and contrast automatically
(D-Range) ................................................................... 98
Correcting the brightness of the image (D-Range
Optimizer) ......................................................... 98
Compensating automatically with rich gradation (Auto
High Dynamic Range) ....................................... 99
Image processing ........................................................... 101
Selecting your desired image processing (Creative Style)
.......................................................................... 101
Changing the range of color reproduction (Color Space)
.......................................................................... 102
Setting ISO .................................................................... 103
Adjusting the color tones (White balance) .................... 104
Adjusting the white balance to suit a specific light source
(Auto/Preset white balance) ............................ 104
Setting the color temperature and a filter effect (Color
Temperature/Color filter) ................................ 105
Registering the color tones (Custom white balance) 106
Selecting the drive mode .................................. 108
Shooting single shot ................................................. 108
Shooting continuously .............................................. 108
Using the self-timer .................................................. 109
Shooting images with the exposure shifted (Exposure
bracket) ............................................................ 110
Shooting with white balance shifted (WB bracket)
.......................................................................... 111
Shooting with the Wireless Remote Commander .... 112
Capturing smiling faces (Smile Shutter) ....................... 113
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Using the viewing Playing back images ...................................................... 115
Checking the information of recorded images .............. 120
function
Protecting images (Protect) ........................................... 122
Deleting images (Delete) ............................................... 123
Viewing images on a TV screen .................................... 125
Changing your
setup
Setting image size and image quality ............................ 128
Setting the method for recording on a memory card ..... 130
Changing the noise reduction setting ............................ 132
Changing the function of the AEL button ..................... 133
Changing other settings ................................................. 134
Setting the LCD monitor ............................................... 135
Confirming the version of the camera ........................... 137
Resetting to the default .................................................. 138
Viewing images
on a computer
Using your computer ..................................................... 140
Using the software ......................................................... 147
Printing images
Specifying DPOF .......................................................... 152
Printing images by connecting the camera to a PictBridge
compliant printer ...................................................... 154
Others
Specifications ................................................................ 156
Troubleshooting ............................................................. 160
Warning messages ......................................................... 169
Precautions .................................................................... 172
Index ............................................................................. 174
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Preparing the camera
Checking the accessories supplied
The number in parentheses indicates the number of pieces.
• BC-VM10 Battery charger (1)/
Power cord (mains lead) (1)
• Rechargeable battery pack NPFM500H (1)
• USB cable (1)
• Shoulder strap (1)
• Eyepiece cover (1)
• Body cap (1) (Attached on the
camera)
• Eyecup (1) (Attached on the
camera)
• CD-ROM (Application Software
for α camera) (1)
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• Instruction Manual (This manual)
(1)
Preparing the battery pack
When using the camera for the first time, be sure to charge the NPFM500H “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (supplied).
Preparing the camera
Charging the battery pack
The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack can be charged even when it has not
been fully depleted.
It can also be used when it has not been fully charged.
1 Insert the battery pack on the
battery charger.
Push the battery pack until it clicks.
2 Connect the power cord (mains
lead).
Light on: Charging
Light off: Normal charge completed
One hour after the lamp is turned off: Full
charge completed
CHARGE lamp
To a wall outlet
(wall socket)
About charging time
• Time required to charge a fully depleted battery pack (supplied) at a
temperature of 25°C (77°F) is as follows.
Full charge
Normal charge
Approx. 235 min.
Approx. 175 min.
• The charging time differs depending on the remaining capacity of the
battery back or charging conditions.
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• We recommend charging the battery pack in an ambient temperature of
between 10 to 30°C (50 to 86°F). You may not be able to efficiently
charge the battery pack outside of this temperature range.
Notes
• Connect the battery charger to the nearest wall outlet (wall socket).
• When charging is finished, disconnect the power cord (mains lead) from the wall
outlet (wall socket), and remove the battery pack from the battery charger. If you
leave the charged battery pack on the charger, battery life may be decreased.
• Do not charge any battery pack other than the “InfoLITHIUM” M series battery
pack in the battery charger (supplied) with your camera. Batteries other than the
specified kind may leak, overheat, or explode if you attempt to charge them, posing a
risk of injury from electrocution and burns.
• When the CHARGE lamp flashes, this may indicate a battery error or that a battery
pack other than the specified type has been installed. Check that the battery pack is
the specified type. If the battery pack is the specified type, remove the battery pack,
replace it with new one or another one and check if the battery charger operates
correctly. If the battery charger operates correctly, a battery error may have
occurred.
• If the battery charger is dirty, charging may not be performed successfully. Clean the
battery charger with dry cloth, etc.
To use your camera abroad — Power sources
You can use your camera and the battery charger and the AC-PW10AM
AC Adaptor (sold separately) in any country or region where the power
supply is within 100 V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz.
Note
• Do not use an electronic transformer (travel converter), as this may cause a
malfunction.
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Representative plug of power supply cord of countries/regions around the
world.
B Type
(British
Type)
BF Type
(British
Type)
B3 Type
(British
Type)
C Type
(CEE
Type)
SE Type
(CEE
Type)
O Type
(Ocean
Type)
The representative supply voltage and plug type are described in this chart.
Depend on an area, Different type of plug and supply voltage are used.
Attention: Power cord meeting demands from each country shall be used.
-For only the United States
Use a UL Listed, 1.5-3 m (5-10 ft.), Type SPT-2 or NISPT-2, AWG no. 18 power
supply cord, rated for 125 V 7 A, with a non-polarized NEMA 1-15P plug rated for
125 V 15 A.”
Europe
Countries/regions
Austria
Belgium
Czech
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Luxemburg
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Slovak
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
UK
Asia
Countries/regions
China
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Japan
Korea (rep)
Malaysia
Philippines
Voltage
230
230
220
230
230
230
230
220
220
230
230
220
230
230
230
220
230
220
220
220
127/230
230
230
240
Frequency (Hz)
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
Plug type
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C/BF
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
BF
Voltage
220
200/220
230/240
127/230
100
220
240
220/230
Frequency (Hz)
50
50
50
50
50/60
60
50
60
Plug type
A
BF
C
C
A
C
BF
A/C
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Preparing the camera
A Type
(American
Type)
Singapore
Taiwan
Thailand
Vietnam
Oceania
Countries/regions
Australia
New Zealand
North America
Countries/regions
Canada
USA
Central America
Countries/regions
Bahamas
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominican (rep)
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
Jamaica
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
South America
Countries/regions
Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Peru
Venezuela
Middle East
Countries/regions
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Saudi Arabia
Turkey
UAE
Africa
Countries/regions
Algeria
Congo (dem)
Egypt
Ethiopia
Kenya
Nigeria
South Africa
Tanzania
Tunisia
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230
110
220
220
50
60
50
50
BF
A
C/BF
A/C
Voltage
240
230/240
Frequency (Hz)
50
50
Plug type
O
O
Voltage
120
120
Frequency (Hz)
60
60
Plug type
A
A
Voltage
120/240
110
110/220
110
110
120
110
110
120/127
120/240
110/220
Frequency (Hz)
60
60
60
60
60
60
60
50
60
60
60
Plug type
A
A
A/C
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
Voltage
220
127/220
220
120
220
120
Frequency (Hz)
50
60
50
60
60
60
Plug type
C/BF/O
A/C
C
A
A/C
A
Voltage
220
220
230
127/220
220
240
Frequency (Hz)
50
50
50
50
50
50
Plug type
C/BF
C/BF
C
A/C/BF
C
C/BF
Voltage
127/220
220
220
220
240
230
220/230
230
220
Frequency (Hz)
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
Plug type
C
C
C
C
C/BF
C/BF
C/BF
C/BF
C
Inserting the charged battery pack
1 While sliding the battery cover
Preparing the camera
open lever, open the battery
cover.
2 Firmly insert the battery pack all
the way while pressing the lock
lever with the tip of the battery.
Lock lever
3 Close the battery cover.
To remove the battery pack
Turn off the camera and slide the lock
lever in the direction of the arrow. Be
careful not to drop the battery pack.
Lock lever
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To remove the battery cover
The battery cover can be removed to
attach the VG-B50AM Vertical Grip
(sold separately).
To remove the cover, push the lever in
the direction of the arrow and slide it out.
To attach the cover, put the knob in the
hole, pull down the lever, and slide it in.
To check the remaining battery level
Check the level with the following indicators and percent figures displayed
on the LCD monitor.
“Battery
exhausted”
Battery level
High
Low
You cannot shoot
any more pictures.
What is an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack?
An “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is a lithium-ion battery pack that has
functions for exchanging information related to operating conditions with
your camera. Using the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack, the remaining
battery time in percent figures is displayed according to the operating
conditions of your camera.
Notes
• The displayed level may not be correct under certain circumstances.
• Do not expose the battery pack to water. The battery pack is not water-resistant.
• Do not leave the battery pack in extremely hot places, such as in a car or under direct
sunlight.
Available battery packs
Use only an NP-FM500H battery pack. Note that the NP-FM55H, NPFM50 and NP-FM30 cannot be used.
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Battery life
• The battery life is limited. Battery capacity decreases little by little as you
use it more and more, and as time passes. If the battery operating time
seems shortened considerably, a probable cause is that the battery pack
has reached the end of its life. Buy a new battery pack.
• The battery life varies according to how it is stored and the operating
conditions and environment in which each battery pack is used.
How to store the battery pack
If the battery pack is not to be used for a long time, fully charge it and then
fully use it up once a year on your camera before storing the battery pack in
a dry, cool place to prolong the battery life.
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Preparing the camera
Effective use of the battery pack
• Battery performance decreases in low temperature surroundings. So, the
time that the battery pack can be used is shorter in cold places and the
speed of continuous shooting slows down. We recommend that you put
the battery pack in a pocket close to your body to warm it up, and insert it
in your camera immediately before you start shooting.
• The battery pack will run out quickly if you use the flash frequently, use
continuous shooting often, or turn the camera on and off frequently.
• The time available in the Live View mode is shorter than that in the
viewfinder mode. When you feel that the battery consumption is too fast,
switch to the viewfinder mode. Doing so makes the battery last longer.
Attaching a lens
1 Remove the body cap from the
camera and the packaging lid
from the rear of the lens.
• When changing the lens, quickly
change the lens away from dusty
locations so as to keep dust or debris
from getting inside the camera.
Body cap
Packaging lid
2 Mount the lens by aligning the
orange index marks on the lens
and camera.
Orange index marks
3 Turn the lens clockwise until it
clicks into the locked position.
• Be sure to put the lens on straight.
Notes
• When attaching a lens, do not press the lens release button.
• Do not use force when attaching a lens.
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To remove the lens
1 Press the lens release button all
the way in and turn the lens
counterclockwise until it stops.
2 Replace the packaging lid on the
lens and attach the body cap to
the camera.
• Before you attach them, remove dust
from them.
• A rear lens cap is not supplied with the DT
18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM Lens Kit. When
you store the lens without attaching it to
the camera, purchase the Rear Lens Cap
ALC-R55.
Note on changing the lens
When changing the lens, if dust or debris gets inside the camera and lands
on the surface of the image sensor (the part that acts as the film), it may
appear on the image, depending on the shooting environment.
The camera is equipped with an anti-dust function to prevent dust from
landing on the image sensor. However, quickly change the lens away from
dusty locations when attaching/removing a lens.
If dust or debris lands on the image sensor
Clean the image sensor using [Cleaning mode] in the
(page 33).
Setup menu
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Preparing the camera
Lens release button
Inserting a memory card
Only “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media, “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”
media, SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards can be used with this
camera. A MultiMediaCard cannot be used with this camera.
The “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media and “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”
media are referred to as the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media and the SD
memory card and SDHC memory card are referred to as the “SD memory
card” in this Instruction Manual.
1 Open the memory card cover.
2 Insert “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media or an SD memory card.
Face side (SD memory card)
Terminal part
• Insert the memory card until it clicks as
illustrated.
Face side (“Memory Stick PRO
Duo”)
Terminal part
3 Select the type of memory card
you want to use using the memory
card switch.
4 Close the memory card cover.
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To remove the memory card
Check that the access lamp is not lit, then
open the memory card cover, and push
the memory card once.
Notes on using memory cards
• Do not strike, bend or drop the memory card.
• Do not use or store the memory card under the following conditions:
– High temperature locations such as the hot interior of a car parked in
direct sunlight.
– Locations exposed to direct sunlight.
– Humid locations or locations with corrosive substances present.
• The memory card may be hot just after it has been used for a long time.
Be careful when you handle it.
• When the access lamp is lit, do not remove the memory card or the
battery pack, or turn off the power. The data may be corrupted.
• Data may be damaged if you place the memory card near stronglymagnetized material or use the memory card in a static-prone or
electrically noisy environment.
• We recommend backing up important data, such as to a hard disk of a
computer.
• When you carry or store the memory card, put it in the case supplied with
it.
• Do not expose the memory card to water.
• Do not touch the terminal section of the memory card with your hand or a
metal object.
• When the write-protect switch of a memory card is set to the LOCK
position, you cannot perform operations, such as recording or deleting
images.
• The “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media with a capacity up to 16 GB or the
SD memory cards with a capacity up to 32 GB have been confirmed to
operate properly with this camera.
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Preparing the camera
Access lamp
• The memory cards formatted with a computer are not guaranteed to
operate with this camera. Be sure to format the memory cards using the
camera.
• Data read/write speeds differ depending on the combination of the
memory cards and the equipment used.
• Do not press down hard when you write down on the memo area.
• Do not attach a label on the memory cards themselves.
• Do not disassemble or modify the memory cards.
• Do not leave the memory cards within the reach of small children. They
might accidentally swallow it.
Notes on the “Memory Stick” media used with the camera
The types of “Memory Stick” media that can be used with this camera are
listed in the table below. However, proper operation cannot be guaranteed
for all “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media functions.
“Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media*
“Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”
media*
Available with your camera
“Memory Stick Duo” media
Unavailable with your camera
“Memory Stick” media and
“Memory Stick PRO” media
Unavailable with your camera
* This is equipped with MagicGate function. MagicGate is copyright protection
technology that uses encryption technology. Data recording/playback that requires
MagicGate functions cannot be performed with this camera.
* Supports high-speed data transfer using a parallel interface.
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Preparing the camera
Setting up the date
1 Set the power switch to ON to turn
the camera on.
• To turn the camera off, set it to OFF.
2 Verify that [OK] is selected on the
LCD monitor, then press the
center of the controller.
3 Select each item with b/B and
set the numeric value with v/V.
• When changing the sequence of
[YYYY/MM/DD], first select [YYYY/
MM/DD] with b/B, then change it
with v/V.
4 Repeat step 3 to set other items, then press the center of the
controller.
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Preparing the camera
When you turn the camera on for the first time, the date/time setup screen
appears.
5 Verify that [OK] is selected, then press the center of the
controller.
To cancel the date/time setting operation
Press the MENU button.
To set up the date/time again
MENU button t
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1 t [Date/Time setup]
Using the accessories supplied
Attaching the shoulder strap
Attach both ends of the strap onto
the camera.
Eyepiece cover
• You can also attach the eyepiece cover
(page 28) on the strap.
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Preparing the camera
This section describes how to use the shoulder strap, the eyepiece cover,
and eyecup. The other accessories are described in the following pages.
• Rechargeable battery pack (page 13)
• Battery charger, Power cord (mains lead) (page 13)
• USB cable (pages 141, 154)
• CD-ROM (page 148)
Using the eyepiece cover and eyecup
You can prevent light from entering through the viewfinder and affecting
the exposure. When the shutter is released without the use of the viewfinder
in viewfinder mode, as in shooting with the self-timer, attach the eyepiece
cover.
1 Tilt the LCD monitor downward.
2 Carefully slide the eyecup off by
pushing on each side of the
eyecup.
• Put your fingers under the eyecup, and
slide it upward.
• When attaching the FDA-M1AM
Magnifier (sold separately), the FDAA1AM Angle Finder (sold separately),
or the FDA-ME1AM Magnifying
Eyepiece (sold separately) to the
camera, remove the eyecup as
illustrated and attach them.
3 Slide the eyepiece cover over the
viewfinder.
Note
• The eyepiece sensors located below the viewfinder may be activated depending on
the situation, and the focus may be adjusted or the LCD monitor may continue to
flash. In such cases, turn off both [Eye-Start AF] (page 71) and [Auto off w/ VF]
(page 136).
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Checking the number of recordable
images
Notes
• When “0” (the number of recordable images) flashes in yellow, the memory card is
full. Replace the memory card with another one, or delete images in the current
memory card (page 123).
• When “NO CARD” (the number of recordable images) flashes in yellow, it means
no memory card has been inserted. Insert a memory card.
The number of images that can be recorded on a memory
card
The table shows the approximate number of images that can be recorded on
a memory card formatted with this camera. The values are defined using
Sony standard memory cards for testing. The values may vary depending
on the shooting conditions.
Image size: L 14M (DSLR-A550)/L 12M (DSLR-A500)
Aspect ratio: 3:2*
“Memory Stick PRO Duo”
DSLR-A550
Capacity
Size
Standard
(Units: Images)
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB
213
451
893
1796
3642
Fine
151
319
633
1273
2582
RAW & JPEG
43
92
184
370
752
RAW
61
131
260
523
1062
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Preparing the camera
Once you insert a memory card into the
camera and set the power switch to ON,
the number of images that can be
recorded (should you continue to shoot
using the current settings) is displayed on
the LCD monitor.
DSLR-A500
Capacity
(Units: Images)
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
242
512
1015
2039
4136
Fine
174
368
730
1467
2975
RAW & JPEG
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105
210
423
860
RAW
70
149
296
596
1210
Size
Standard
SD memory card
DSLR-A550
Capacity
Size
Standard
16GB
(Units: Images)
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB
222
442
890
1793
3642
Fine
157
313
631
1271
2582
RAW & JPEG
45
90
183
370
752
RAW
64
128
259
522
1062
DSLR-A500
Capacity
(Units: Images)
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
252
502
1011
2036
4136
Fine
181
361
727
1465
2975
RAW & JPEG
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103
209
423
860
RAW
73
146
295
595
1210
Size
Standard
16GB
* When [Aspect ratio] is set to [16:9], you can record more images than the numbers
shown in the table above. However, if it is set to [RAW], the number is the same as
that of the [3:2] aspect ratio.
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The number of images that can be recorded using a battery
pack
DSLR-A550
DSLR-A500
Live View mode
Approx. 480 images
Approx. 520 images
Viewfinder mode
Approx. 950 images
Approx. 1000 images
• The number is calculated with a battery pack at full capacity and in the
following situation:
– At an ambient temperature of 25°C (77°F).
– [Quality] is set to [Fine].
– [Autofocus mode] is set to
(Automatic AF).
– Shooting once every 30 seconds.
– The flash strobes once every two times.
– The power turns on and off once every ten times.
• The measurement method is based on the CIPA standard.
(CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association)
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Preparing the camera
The approximate number of images that can be recorded is as follows when
you use the camera with the battery pack (supplied) at full capacity.
Note that the actual numbers may be less than those indicated depending on
the conditions of use.
Cleaning
Cleaning the camera
• Do not touch the inside of the camera, such as lens contacts, or the mirror.
Since dust on the mirror or around the mirror may affect the autofocus
system, blow away dust using a commercially available blower*. For
details on cleaning the image sensor, see the next page.
* Do not use a spray blower. Using one may cause a malfunction.
• Clean the camera surface with a soft cloth slightly moistened with water,
then wipe the surface with a dry cloth. Do not use the following as they
may damage the finish or the casing.
– Chemical products such as thinner, benzine, alcohol, disposable cloths,
insect repellent, sunscreen or insecticide, etc.
– Do not touch the camera with the above on your hand.
– Do not leave the camera in contact with rubber or vinyl for a long time.
Cleaning the lens
• Do not use a cleaning solution containing organic solvents, such as
thinner, or benzine.
• When cleaning the lens surface, remove dust using a commercially
available blower. In case of dust that sticks to the surface, wipe it off with
a soft cloth or tissue paper slightly moistened with lens cleaning solution.
Wipe in a spiral pattern from the center to the outside. Do not spray lens
cleaning solution directly onto the lens surface.
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Cleaning the image sensor
Notes
• Cleaning can be performed only when the battery level is
(three remaining
battery icons) or more. Low battery power during cleaning can cause damage to the
shutter. The cleaning should be completed quickly. The use of an AC-PW10AM AC
Adaptor (sold separately) is recommended.
• Do not use a spray blower because it may scatter water droplets inside the camera
body.
1 Confirm that the battery is fully charged (page 18).
2 Press the MENU button, then
select
3 with b/B on the
controller.
MENU button
3 Select [Cleaning mode] with v/V,
then press the center of the
controller.
The message “After cleaning, turn
camera off. Continue?” appears.
4 Select [OK] with v, and press the center of the controller.
After the image sensor vibrates for a short time, the mirror in front is lifted.
5 Detach the lens (page 21).
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Preparing the camera
If dust or debris enters the camera and lands on the image sensor (the part
that acts as the film), it may appear on the photo image, depending on the
shooting environment. If there is dust on the image sensor, use a
commercially available blower and clean the image sensor following the
steps below. You can easily clean the image sensor using only the blower
and the anti-dust function.
6 Use the blower to clean the image
sensor surface and the
surrounding area.
• Do not touch the image sensor with the
tip of the blower. Complete the
cleaning quickly.
• Hold the camera’s face downward to
prevent the dust from resettling in the
camera.
• When cleaning the image sensor, do not
put the tip of a blower into the cavity
beyond the mount.
7 Attach the lens and turn the camera off.
Note
• The camera starts beeping if the battery pack becomes low during cleaning. Stop
cleaning immediately and turn the camera off.
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Before your operation
Identifying parts and screen indicators
See the pages in parentheses for details of operation.
Front side
Before your operation
A Shutter button (50)
B Power switch (25)
* Do not directly touch these
parts.
C Control dial (64)
D Self-timer lamp (109)
E Remote sensor
F Lens contacts*
G Mirror*
H Mount
I Built-in flash* (88)
J Mode dial (50 – 70)
K
(Flash pop-up) button (88)
L Lens release button (21)
M Focus mode switch (79, 84)
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Rear side
A Diopter-adjustment dial (72)
I
B Viewfinder* (71)
J
C Eyepiece sensors (71, 136)
D MENU button (45)
E DISP (Display) button (40, 73,
115)
F LCD monitor (41, 115, 120)
• You can adjust the angle of the
LCD monitor to meet various
shooting situations.
(Delete) button (123)
(Smart teleconverter)
button (87)
K For shooting:
button (93)
For viewing:
button (116)/
button (117)
(Exposure)
(Zoom out)
(Image index)
L For shooting: AEL (AE lock)
button (68, 92)
For viewing/manual focus
check mode:
(Zoom in)
button (85, 116)
M For shooting: Fn (Function)
button (44, 45)
For viewing:
(Image
rotation) button (116)
G Light sensor (135)
H
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(Playback) button (115)
N Access lamp (23)
O Controller (v/V/b/B) (43)
P Controller (Enter) (43)/AF
button (83)
* Do not directly touch these
parts.
Before your operation
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Top
A Accessory shoe (91)
B LIVE VIEW/OVF switch (71,
87)
C MF CHECK LV (Manual focus
check Live View) button (85)
D
Image sensor position
mark (81)
E ISO button (103)
F
(Drive) button (108)
G D-RANGE (Dynamic range)
button (98)
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Sides/Bottom
B
(USB) terminal (141, 154)
C REMOTE terminal
• When connecting the RMS1AM/RM-L1AM Remote
Commander (sold separately) to
the camera, insert the plug of
the Remote Commander in the
REMOTE terminal, aligning
the guide of the plug on the
guide of the REMOTE
terminal.
D Hooks for shoulder strap (27)
Before your operation
A HDMI terminal (125)
H “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media insertion slot (22)
I Memory card cover
J Battery cover (17)
K Tripod receptacle
• Use a tripod with a screw length
of less than 5.5 mm (7/32 inch).
You will be unable to firmly
secure the camera to tripods
having screws longer than 5.5
mm (7/32 inch), and may
damage the camera.
E DC IN terminal
• When connecting the ACPW10AM AC Adaptor (sold
separately) to the camera, turn
the camera off, then plug the
connector of the AC Adaptor to
the DC IN terminal on the
camera.
F Memory card switch
G SD memory card insertion slot
(22)
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Switching the recording information display (DISP)
Each time you press the DISP button, the
screen changes as follows in Live View
mode. For the indicators in viewfinder
mode, see page 74.
DISP button
Graphic Display
Recording
information on
Histogram on
Histogram (page 94)
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Recording
information off
LCD monitor
The Graphic Display graphically shows the shutter speed and aperture
value and clearly illustrates how the exposure works.
Graphic Display
Recording information display
Before your operation
A
B
Display
Indication
Display
P A S M Mode dial (50 – 70)
Indication
Spot metering area (97)
AF area (83)
Shutter speed indicator
(65)
Image quality (129)
Aperture indicator (63)
MF CHECK LV
C
Image size (128)/Aspect
ratio (128)
Display
Indication
z
Focus (80)
1/125
Shutter speed (65)
F3.5
Aperture (63)
Memory card (22)
100
Manual focus check (85)
Overheating warning
(170)
Remaining number of
recordable images (29)
100% Remaining battery (18)
EV scale (68, 111)
AE lock (92)
Camera shake warning
(48)
SteadyShot scale (48)
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D
Display
Indication
Drive mode (108)
•
is only for the
DSLR-A550.
Flash mode (88)/Red-eye
reduction (90)
Focus mode (82)
AF area (83)
Face Detection (52)
Smile Shutter (113)
Smile Detection
Sensitivity indicator
(113)
E
Display
Indication
ISO sensitivity (103)
Metering (97)
+2.0
AWB
7500K G9
Flash compensation (95)
White balance (Auto,
Preset, Custom, Color
temperature, Color filter)
(104)
D-Range Optimizer (98)/
Auto HDR (99)
Creative Style (101)
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Selecting a function/setting
You can select a function for shooting or playback with the one of buttons,
such as the Fn (Function) button, or the MENU button.
In this Instruction Manual, the process of selecting a function with the
controller from the list displayed on the screen is described as follows (we
explain the process with the default icons.):
Example: Fn button t AWB (White balance) t Select the
desired setting
The operation guide list
The operation guide also indicates operations other than the controller
operation. The indications of icons are as follows.
MENU button
Returns with MENU button
Fn button
(Delete) button
(Zoom in) button
(Zoom out) button
(Playback) button
Control dial
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Before your operation
When you start an operation, an operation
guide of controller functions will be
displayed at the bottom of the screen.
: Press v/V/b/B on the controller to
move the cursor.
z: Press the center button to execute the
selection.
Selecting a function with the Fn (Function) button
This button is used for setting up or executing functions used frequently in
shooting.
1 Press the Fn button.
2 Select the desired item with v/V/
b/B on the controller, then press
the center z to execute.
The setup screen appears.
3 Following the operation guide,
select and execute the desired
function.
• For details on how to set up each item,
see the corresponding page.
Operation guide
To set up the camera directly from the recording information screen
Turn the control dial without pressing the
center z in step 2. You can set up the
camera directly from the recording
information screen.
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The functions selected by the Fn (Function) button
Drive mode (108)
Flash mode (88)
Autofocus mode (82)
AF area (83)
Face Detection (52)
Smile Shutter (113)
ISO sensitivity (103)
Metering mode (97)
Flash compens. (95)
White balance (104)
DRO/Auto HDR (98)
Creative Style (101)
Before your operation
The functions selected by the MENU button
You can set up the basic settings for the camera as a whole or execute
functions such as shooting, playback, or other operations.
Recording menu
Image size (128)
Aspect ratio (128)
Quality (129)
1 Flash control (96)
AF illuminator (90)
SteadyShot (48)
Color Space (102)
Long exp.NR (132)
High ISO NR (132)
2
Custom menu
Eye-Start AF (71)
AEL button (92)
Red eye reduc. (90)
1
Auto review (135)
Auto off w/ VF (136)
Grid Line (136)
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Playback menu
Delete (123)
Format (131)
Slide show (118)
1
Protect (122)
Specify Printing (152)
PlaybackDisplay (115)
Setup menu
LCD brightness (135)
Date/Time setup (25)
Power Save (LV) (134)
1 Power Save (OVF) (134)
CTRL FOR HDMI (127)
Language (134)
Help Guide disp. (134)
3
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Cleaning mode (33)
Pixel mapping (163)
Version (137)
Reset default (138)
File number (130)
Folder name (130)
Select folder (131)
2 New folder (131)
USB connection (141, 154)
Audio signals (134)
Shooting images
Shooting an image without camera shake
“Camera shake” refers to unwanted movement of the camera that occurs
after the shutter button has been pressed, resulting in a blurred image.
To reduce camera shake, follow the instructions below.
Correct posture
Stabilize your upper body and take a position that keeps the
camera from moving.
Shooting images
In Live View mode
In viewfinder mode
Point 1
One hand holds the grip of the camera, and the other hand supports the lens.
Point 2
Take a secure stance with your feet shoulder-width apart.
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Point 3
Lightly tuck your elbows against your body.
When shooting in a kneeling position, steady your upper body by placing
your elbow on your knee.
Camera shake warning indicator
Due to potential camera shake, the
(Camera shake warning) indicator
flashes. In this case, use a tripod or the
flash.
(Camera shake warning) indicator
Note
• The
(Camera shake warning) indicator is displayed only in the modes that
automatically set the shutter speed. This indicator is not displayed in M/S modes.
Using the SteadyShot function
The SteadyShot function is set to [On] in the default setting.
The SteadyShot scale indicator
The
(SteadyShot scale) indicator
shows the camera shake status. Wait until
the scale becomes low, then start
shooting.
(SteadyShot scale) indicator
To deactivate the SteadyShot function
MENU button t
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1 t [SteadyShot] t [Off]
Note
• The SteadyShot function may not work optimally when the power has just been
turned on or when the shutter button has been pressed all the way down without
stopping halfway.
Using a tripod
Note
• When using a tripod, deactivate the SteadyShot function because there is a potential
for malfunction of the SteadyShot function.
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Shooting images
In the following cases, we recommend that you mount the camera on a
tripod.
• Shooting without a flash under dark conditions.
• Shooting with slow shutter speeds, which are typically used in night-time
shooting.
• Shooting a close subject, such as in macro shooting.
• Shooting with a telescopic lens.
/ Shooting with the automatic
setting
The “AUTO” mode allows you to easily shoot any subject under any
conditions because the camera makes appropriate judgments on the
situation to adjust the settings.
Select
when shooting in a location where the use of a flash is restricted.
When you turn the mode dial, the explanation of the selected mode and
methods of shooting are displayed on the screen (Help Guide disp.). You
can clear the Help Guide (page 134).
1 Set the mode dial to
or
(Flash Off).
or
2 Adjust the LCD monitor to an easily viewable angle and hold
the camera.
3 Overlay the AF area on the
desired subject.
• If the
(Camera shake warning)
indicator flashes, carefully shoot the
subject, holding the camera steady, or
by using a tripod.
(Camera shake
warning) indicator
AF area
4 When using a zoom lens, turn the
zoom ring, then decide on your
shot.
Zoom ring
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5 Press the shutter button halfway
down to focus.
When the focus is confirmed, z or
(Focus indicator) lights up (page 80).
• Waiting until the
(SteadyShot scale)
indicator is low makes the SteadyShot
function more effective.
6 Press the shutter button fully
down to shoot.
Note
• Since the camera turns on the automatic setting function, many features will be
unavailable, such as exposure compensation, ISO setting. If you want to adjust
various settings, set the mode dial to P, then shoot your subject.
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Shooting images
Focus indicator
(SteadyShot scale) indicator
Using the Face Detection function
The camera detects faces, adjusts the focus, exposure, performs image
processing, and adjusts flash settings. The Face Detection function is set to
[On] in the default setting.
The Face Detection frame
When the camera detects faces, white
Face Detection frames appear. When the
camera judges that autofocus is possible,
the Face Detection frames turn orange.
When you press the shutter halfway
down, the Face Detection frames turn
green.
Face Detection frames (white)
• If a face is not positioned inside the AF
area available when you press the
Face Detection frames (orange)
shutter button halfway down, the AF
area that is used for focusing turns
green.
• When the camera detects multiple
faces, the camera automatically selects
a priority face and the single Face
Detection frame turns orange.
To deactivate the Face Detection function
Fn button t
(Face Detection) t [Off]
Shooting technique
• Compose to overlay the Face Detection frame and the AF area.
Notes
• The Face Detection function cannot be used in viewfinder mode or with the manual
focus check function.
• Up to eight faces can be detected.
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• The camera may not detect any faces, or may detect some other object, depending on
the shooting conditions.
Shooting images
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Shooting with a suitable setting for the
subject (Scene Selection)
Selecting an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting conditions
allows you to shoot the image with a suitable setting for the subject.
When you turn the mode dial, the explanation of the selected mode and
methods of shooting are displayed on the screen (Help Guide disp.).
Notes
• Since the camera judges the settings automatically, many features will be
unavailable, such as exposure compensation, ISO setting.
• The flash is set to
(Autoflash) or
(Flash Off) for each Scene Selection mode.
You can change these settings (page 88).
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Taking portrait photos
This mode is suitable for
z Blurring away backgrounds and
sharpening the subject.
z Expressing skin tones softly.
Shooting images
Set the mode dial to
(Portrait).
Shooting techniques
• To blur the background more, set the lens to the telephoto position.
• You can shoot a vivid image by focusing on the eye that is closer to the
lens.
• Use the lens hood (sold separately) to shoot backlit subjects.
• Use the red-eye reduction function if the eyes of your subject turn red
from the flash (page 90).
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Taking landscape photos
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting the entire range of scenery
in sharp focus with vivid colors.
Set the mode dial to
(Landscape).
Shooting technique
• To accentuate the openness of the scenery, set the lens to wide angle.
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Taking small-subject photos
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting close subjects such as
flowers, insects, dishes, or small
goods.
Shooting images
Set the mode dial to
(Macro).
Shooting techniques
• Get close to the subject and shoot at the minimum distance of the lens.
• You can shoot a closer subject using a macro lens (sold separately).
• Set the flash mode to (Flash Off) when you shoot a subject within 1 m
(3.3 feet).
• When shooting in macro mode, the SteadyShot function will not be fully
effective. Use a tripod to achieve better results.
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Taking moving-subject photos
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting moving subjects outdoors
or in bright places.
Set the mode dial to
(Sports Action).
Shooting techniques
• The camera shoots images continuously while the shutter button is
pressed.
• Press and hold the shutter button halfway down until the right moment.
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Taking sunset photos
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting the red of the sunset
beautifully.
Shooting images
Set the mode dial to
(Sunset).
Shooting technique
• Used to shoot an image accentuating the red color compared with other
modes. This is also suitable for shooting the beautiful red of the sunrise.
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Taking night view photos
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting portraits in night scenes.
z Shooting night scenes at a distance
without losing the dark atmosphere
of the surroundings.
Set the mode dial to
Set the flash mode to
persons (page 88).
(Night Port./View).
(Flash Off) when you shoot a night view without
Shooting techniques
• Take care that the subject does not move to prevent the image from
blurring.
• The shutter speed is slower, so using a tripod is recommended.
Note
• The picture may not be taken properly when shooting a wholly dark night scene.
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Shooting an image the way you want it
(Exposure mode)
With a single lens reflex camera, you can adjust the shutter speed (how
long the shutter is open) and aperture (the range that is in focus: depth of
field) to enjoy a variety of photographic expressions.
Adjusting the shutter speed and aperture not only creates the photographic
effects of movement and focus, but also determines the brightness of the
image by controlling the amount of exposure (the amount of light the
camera takes in), which is the most important factor in photo shooting.
Shooting images
Changing the brightness of the picture by the amount of exposure
Amount of
exposure
low
high
When using a faster shutter speed, the camera opens the shutter for a
shorter time. This means less time for the camera to take in light, resulting
in a darker picture. To take a brighter picture, you can open the aperture
(the hole through which the light passes) to some extent in order to adjust
the amount of light the camera takes in at one time.
The brightness of the picture adjusted by the shutter speed and aperture is
called “exposure.”
This section will show you how to adjust the exposure and enjoy various
photo expressions by the use of movement, focus, and light.
When you turn the mode dial, the explanation of the selected mode and
methods of shooting are displayed on the screen (Help Guide disp.). You
can clear the Help Guide (page 134).
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Shooting with program auto
This mode is suitable for
z Using the automatic exposure, while
keeping the custom settings for ISO
sensitivity, Creative Style, D-Range
optimizer, etc.
1 Set the mode dial to P.
2 Set the shooting functions to your desired settings (pages 79 to
112).
• To fire the flash, press the
button.
3 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
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Shooting by controlling the blur of the background
(Aperture priority)
This mode is suitable for
z Putting the subject in sharp focus
and blur everything in front of and
beyond the subject. Opening the
aperture narrows the range that is in
focus. (Depth of field becomes
shallower.)
Shooting images
z Shooting the depth of the scenery.
Narrowing down the aperture widens
the range that is in focus. (Depth of
field becomes deeper.)
1 Set the mode dial to A.
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2 Select the aperture value (Fnumber) with the control dial.
• Smaller F-number: The foreground and
background of the subject are blurred.
Larger F-number: The subject and its
foreground and background are all in
focus.
• You cannot check the blurring of an
image on the LCD monitor or in the
viewfinder. Check the recorded image
and adjust the aperture.
Aperture (F-number)
3 Adjust the focus and shoot the
subject.
The shutter speed is automatically
adjusted to obtain correct exposure.
• When the camera judges that the proper
exposure is not obtained with the
selected aperture value, the shutter
speed flashes. In such cases, adjust the
aperture again.
Shutter speed
Shooting techniques
• The shutter speed may become slower depending on the aperture value.
When the shutter speed is slower, use a tripod.
• To blur the background more, use a telephoto lens or a lens that is
equipped with a smaller aperture value (bright lens).
Note
• Press the button when you shoot with the flash. However, the flash range differs
according to the aperture value. When you shoot with the flash, check the flash range
(page 90).
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Shooting a moving subject with various expressions
(Shutter speed priority)
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting a moving subject at a
moment in time. Use a faster shutter
speed to crisply shoot an instant of
the movement.
Shooting images
z Tracing the movement to express the
dynamism and flow. Use a slower
shutter speed to shoot a trailing
image of the moving subject.
1 Set the mode dial to S.
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2 Select the shutter speed with the
control dial.
Shutter speed
3 Adjust the focus and shoot the
subject.
The aperture is automatically adjusted to
obtain correct exposure.
• When the camera judges that the proper
exposure is not obtained with the
selected shutter speed, the aperture
value flashes. In such cases, adjust the
shutter speed again.
Aperture (F-number)
Shooting techniques
• When the shutter speed is slower, use a tripod.
• When shooting an indoor sport, select a higher ISO sensitivity.
Notes
• The
(Camera shake warning) indicator is not indicated in shutter speed priority
mode.
• The higher the ISO sensitivity, the more conspicuous the noise.
• When the shutter speed is one second or more, noise reduction (Long exp.NR) will
be done after shooting. You cannot do any further shooting during the reduction.
• Press the button when you shoot with the flash. However, when using the flash, if
you close the aperture (a larger F-number) by making the shutter speed slower, the
light of the flash will not reach distant subjects.
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Shooting with the exposure adjusted manually (Manual
exposure)
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting with the desired exposure
setting by adjusting both the shutter
speed and aperture.
Shooting images
1 Set the mode dial to M.
2 Rotate the control dial to adjust
the shutter speed, and while
pressing the
button, rotate the
control dial to adjust the aperture.
button
Aperture (F-number)
Shutter speed
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3 Shoot the image after the
exposure is set.
• Check the exposure value on the EV
scale.
Toward +: Images become brighter.
Toward –: Images become darker.
The b B arrow appears if the set
exposure is beyond the range of the EV
scale. The arrow starts flashing if the
difference becomes greater.
Standard value
Notes
• The
(Camera shake warning) indicator is not indicated in manual exposure
mode.
• When the mode dial is set to M, the ISO setting [AUTO] is set to [200]. In M mode,
the ISO setting [AUTO] is not available. Set the ISO sensitivity as necessary
(page 103).
• Press the button when you shoot with the flash. However, the flash range differs
according to the aperture value. When you shoot with the flash, check the flash range
(page 90).
Manual shift
You can change the shutter speed and aperture value combination without
changing the exposure you set.
Rotate the control dial while pressing the
AEL button to select the shutter speed
and aperture value combination.
AEL button
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Shooting trails with long exposure (BULB)
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting trails of light, such as
fireworks.
z Shooting trails of stars.
Shooting images
1 Set the mode dial to M.
2 Rotate the control dial to the left
until [BULB] is indicated.
BULB
3 While pressing the
button,
rotate the control dial to adjust
the aperture (F-number).
button
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4 Press the shutter button halfway down to adjust the focus.
5 Press and hold the shutter button for the duration of the
shooting.
As long as the shutter button is pressed, the shutter remains open.
Shooting techniques
• Use a tripod.
• Set the focus to infinity in manual focus mode when shooting fireworks,
etc.
• Use the Wireless Remote Commander (sold separately) (page 112).
Pressing the SHUTTER button on the Wireless Remote Commander
triggers BULB shooting and pressing it again stops BULB shooting. You
do not need to press and hold the SHUTTER button on the Wireless
Remote Commander.
• If you use a Remote Commander that is equipped with a shutter button
lock function (sold separately), you can leave the shutter open using the
Remote Commander.
Notes
• When using a tripod, turn off the SteadyShot function (page 48).
• The longer the exposure time, the more conspicuous the noise on the image.
• After shooting, noise reduction (Long exp.NR) will be done for the same amount of
time that the shutter was open. You cannot do any further shooting during the
reduction.
• When the Smile Shutter or Auto HDR function is activated, you cannot set the
shutter speed to [BULB].
• If the Smile Shutter or Auto HDR function is used with the shutter speed set to
[BULB], the shutter speed is temporarily set to 30 seconds.
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Shooting with the viewfinder (OVF)
You can select either the LCD monitor (Live View) or the viewfinder
(OVF) to shoot images.
Switching to the viewfinder
Set the LIVE VIEW/OVF switch to
“OVF.”
The screen status changes as follows:
Shooting images
Viewfinder display
LCD monitor display
When you look into the viewfinder, the subject located in the AF area
comes into focus automatically (Eye-Start AF).
To deactivate the Eye-Start AF function
MENU button t
1 t [Eye-Start AF] t [Off]
• When attaching the FDA-M1AM Magnifier (sold separately), the FDAA1AM Angle Finder (sold separately), or the FDA-ME1AM Magnifying
Eyepiece (sold separately) to the camera, setting [Eye-Start AF] to [Off]
is recommended because the eyepiece sensors located below the
viewfinder may be activated.
Note
• A thin line may extend outward from the focus area in the viewfinder. This is not a
malfunction.
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Adjusting the focus of the finder (diopter adjustment)
Adjust the diopter-adjustment dial
to your eyesight until the display
appears clearly in the viewfinder.
• Training the camera on a light allows you to
adjust the diopter easily.
• When the indicators do not appear clearly,
even if you adjust the diopter, it is
recommended that you use a dioptic
adjustment attachment (sold separately).
When it is hard to rotate the diopter-adjustment dial
Put your fingers under the eyecup, and
slide it upward to remove the eyecup,
then adjust the diopter.
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Switching the recording information display (DISP)
Press the DISP button to switch between
the Graphic Display and the Standard
Display.
When you rotate the camera to a vertical
position, the display automatically rotates
to adjust to the camera position.
Standard Display
Shooting images
Graphic Display
(Default setting)
DISP button
No display
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LCD monitor (Graphic Display)
The Graphic Display graphically shows the shutter speed and aperture
value and clearly illustrates how the exposure works. In AUTO or Scene
Selection mode, only the items that can be set are displayed. See the pages
in parentheses for details of operation.
A
Display
Display
Indication
Exposure compensation
indicator (93)
Indication
P A S M Mode dial (50 – 70)
C
Image quality (129)
Display
Indication
Flash mode (88)/Red-eye
reduction (90)
Image size (128)/Aspect
ratio (128)
Memory card (22)
100
Remaining number of
recordable images (29)
100% Remaining battery (18)
Indication
Shutter speed indicator
(65)
Aperture indicator (63)
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Focus mode (82)
ISO sensitivity (103)
B
Display
Drive mode (108)
•
is only for the
DSLR-A550.
D-Range Optimizer (98)/
Auto HDR (99)
D
Display
Indication
1/250
Shutter speed (65)
F4
Aperture (63)
+1.0
Exposure compensation
(93)
AE lock (92)
SteadyShot (48)
Shooting images
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LCD monitor (Standard Display)
See pages in parentheses for details of operation.
In AUTO or Scene Selection mode
A
In P/A/S/M mode
Display
Display
Indication
Drive mode (108)
•
is only for the
DSLR-A550.
Indication
P A S M Mode dial (50 – 70)
Focus mode (82)
Image quality (129)
AF area (83)
AWB
Image size (128)/Aspect
ratio (128)
Memory card (22)
100
Remaining number of
recordable images (29)
100% Remaining battery (18)
B
Display
7500K G9
White balance (Auto,
Preset, Custom, Color
temperature, Color filter)
(104)
D-Range Optimizer (98)/
Auto HDR (99)
Creative Style (101)
Metering mode (97)
Indication
Flash mode (88)/Red-eye
reduction (90)
Exposure compensation
(93)
Flash compensation (95)
EV scale (68, 111)
ISO sensitivity (103)
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C
Display
Indication
1/125
Shutter speed (65)
F2.8
Aperture (63)
+1.0
Exposure (93)
AE lock (92)
SteadyShot (48)
Shooting images
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Viewfinder
A
Display
Indication
AF area (83)
Spot metering area (97)
Shooting area for aspect
ratio 16:9 (128)
B
Display
Indication
Flash compensation (95)
Flash charging (88)
WL
Wireless flash (91)
High-speed sync*
Manual focus (84)
z
Focus
125
Shutter speed (65)
5.6
Aperture (63)
EV scale (68, 111)
AE lock (92)
0
“Shooting unavailable”
warning (108)
Camera shake warning
(48)
SteadyShot scale (48)
Aspect ratio 16:9 (128)
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* When using the HVL-F58AM/HVLF42AM Flash (sold separately), you
can shoot with the High-speed sync
feature at any shutter speed. For
details, refer to the operating
instructions supplied with the flash.
Using the shooting function
Selecting the focus method
There are two methods for adjusting the focus: autofocus and manual focus.
Depending on the lens, the method for switching between the auto focus
and manual focus is different.
The switch to be
used
The lens is
Lens (Always set
equipped with a
the focus mode
focus mode switch switch on the
camera to AF.)
The lens is not
Camera
equipped with a
focus mode switch
The type of lens
To switch to auto
focus
Set the focus mode
switch on the lens to
AF.
To switch to manual
focus
Set the focus mode
switch on the lens to
MF.
Set the focus mode Set the focus mode
switch on the camera switch on the camera
to AF.
to MF.
Using the shooting function
Using autofocus
1 Set the focus mode switch on the
camera to AF.
2 When the lens is equipped with
the focus mode switch, set it to
AF.
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3 Press the shutter button halfway
down to check the focus and shoot
the image.
• When the focus is confirmed, the focus
indicator changes to z or
(below).
• The AF area where the focus has been
confirmed turns green.
AF area
Focus indicator
Shooting technique
• To select the AF area used for focusing, set up [AF area] (page 83).
Focus indicator
Focus indicator
Status
z lit
Focus locked. Ready to shoot.
lit
Focus is confirmed. Focal point moves following a moving
subject. Ready to shoot.
lit
Still focusing. You cannot release the shutter.
z flashing
Cannot focus. The shutter is locked.
Subjects that may require special focusing
Using the autofocus, it is hard to focus on the following subjects. In such
cases, use the focus lock shooting feature (page 81) or manual focus
(page 84).
• A subject that is low in contrast, such as blue sky or a white wall.
• Two subjects at different distances overlapping in the AF area.
• A subject that is composed of repeating patterns, such as the facade of a
building.
• A subject that is very bright or glittering, such as the sun, the body of an
automobile, or the surface of water.
• Ambient light is not sufficient.
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To measure the exact distance to the subject
The
mark located on the top of the
camera shows the location of the image
sensor*. When you measure the exact
distance between the camera and the
subject, refer to the position of the
horizontal line.
* The image sensor is the part of the
camera that acts as the film.
Note
• If the subject is closer than the minimum shooting distance of the attached lens, the
focus cannot be confirmed. Make sure you put enough distance between the subject
and the camera.
Using the shooting function
Shooting with your desired composition (Focus-lock)
1 Place the subject within the AF
area and press the shutter button
halfway down.
The focus and exposure are fixed.
2 Keep the shutter button halfway
down, and put the subject back in
the original position to recompose the shot.
3 Press the shutter button fully down to take the picture.
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Selecting the focus method to suit the movement of the
subject (Autofocus mode)
Fn button t
(Single-shot
AF)
(Autofocus mode) t Select the desired setting
The camera focuses and the focus is locked when you press
the shutter button halfway down.
(Automatic AF) The [Autofocus mode] is switched between Single-shot AF
and Continuous AF according to the movement of the
subject.
When you press and hold the shutter button halfway down, if
the subject is motionless, the focus is locked and if the
subject is in motion, the camera continues to focus.
(Continuous
AF)
The camera continues to focus while the shutter button is
pressed and held halfway down.
• The audio signals will not sound when the subject is in
focus.
• Focus-lock cannot be used.
Shooting techniques
• Use
• Use
(Single-shot AF) when the subject is motionless.
(Continuous AF) when the subject is in motion.
Notes
•
(Automatic AF) is selected when the exposure mode is set to AUTO or one of
the following Scene Selection modes:
(Portrait),
(Landscape),
(Sunset), or
(Night Port./View).
(Single-shot AF) is selected when the exposure mode is set to
(Macro) in
Scene Selection.
(Continuous AF) is selected when the exposure mode is set to
(Sports
Action) in Scene Selection.
•
(Continuous AF) is selected when the Smile Shutter function is used.
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Selecting the focus area (AF area)
Select the desired AF area to suit the
shooting conditions or your preference.
The AF area where the focus has been
confirmed turns green and the other AF
areas disappear.
• The AF area used for focusing is
illuminated briefly in viewfinder mode.
Fn button t
AF area
(AF area) t Select the desired setting
The camera determines which of the nine AF areas is used in
focusing.
(Spot)
The camera uses the AF area located in the center area
exclusively.
(Local)
Choose the area for which you want to activate the focus
from among nine AF areas with the controller. To select the
AF areas located in the center area, press the AF button.
Notes
• When the exposure mode is set to AUTO or Scene Selection, or the Smile Shutter is
activated, [AF area] is fixed to
(Wide) and you cannot select the other settings.
• The AF area may not be illuminated during continuous shooting or when the shutter
button is pressed all the way down without pause.
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Using the shooting function
(Wide)
Adjusting the focus manually (Manual focus)
When it is difficult to get the proper focus in autofocus mode, you can
adjust the focus manually.
1 Set the focus mode switch on the
lens to MF.
2 When the lens is not equipped
with the focus mode switch, set
the focus mode switch on the
camera to MF.
3 Rotate the focusing ring of the
lens to achieve a sharp focus.
Focusing
ring
Notes
• In the case of a subject that can be focused in autofocus mode, the z indicator lights
up when the focus is confirmed. When the Wide AF area is used, the center area is
used, and when the Local AF area is used, the area that is selected with the controller
is used.
• When using a tele converter (sold separately), etc., rotation of the focusing ring may
not be smooth.
• The correct focus in the viewfinder is not achieved if the diopter is not adjusted
properly in viewfinder mode (page 72).
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Checking the focus by enlarging the image (Manual focus
check)
You can check the focus by enlarging the image before shooting using the
image sensor used for recording.
1 Press the MF CHECK LV button.
MF CHECK LV button
2 Press the
button to enlarge the
image and select the portion you
want to enlarge with v/V/b/B on
the controller.
Using the shooting function
The mirror slides up and the image is
displayed on the LCD monitor in the 100percent field of view.
• The indication of the shutter speed and
exposure are fixed when the manual
focus check starts. The camera meters
the light again right before shooting
and the exposure is set.
• The image is displayed with the proper
brightness regardless of the determined
exposure. The exposure compensation
is not reflected in the displayed image,
however, it is reflected in the recorded
image.
button
• Each time you press the
button, the
zoom scaling changes as follows: Full
display t Approx. ×7 t Approx. ×14
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3 Confirm and adjust the focus.
• You can adjust the focus manually in manual focus check mode.
• If you press the AF button in autofocus mode, the autofocus is activated.
The mirror slides down in autofocus mode and the display is interrupted.
• When [AF area] is set to
(Local), the autofocus can also be activated
using the controller.
4 Press the shutter button fully down to shoot the image.
• You can record images when the zoom scaling is set to approx. ×7 or ×14,
however the recorded image is for full display.
• The manual focus check function will be released after shooting.
Shooting techniques
• If you press the MF CHECK LV button when the camera is in AE lock
mode, you can check a version of the image that reflects the compensated
exposure. When you start shooting from this point, the camera starts
exposure at the AE lock state.
• You can remove a grid line (page 136).
Notes
• The camera does not focus on a subject when you press the shutter button halfway
down.
• You cannot use the Face Detection and Smile Shutter functions.
• The image in the viewfinder is not visible in manual focus check mode.
• When
is indicated, the temperature of the camera is increasing. If you intend to
continue to perform the manual focus check, you cannot use the camera until the
temperature decreases (page 170).
• When using the manual focus check function in viewfinder mode, it is recommend
that you attach the eyepiece cover (page 28).
• When you perform continuous or exposure bracket shooting in manual focus check
mode, the autofocus is set at the first shot.
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Zooming in in one step
You can zoom in to the center of an image using the smart teleconverter
(Digital zoom) and record the image.
1 Set the LIVE VIEW/OVF switch to
“LIVE VIEW.”
2 Press the
button.
button
Using the shooting function
• Each time you press the
button, the
zoom scaling changes as follows:
Approx. ×1.4 t Approx. ×2 t Off
The image size is automatically set to the following regardless of the
selected image size.
Zoom scaling
Image size
Approx. ×1.4
M
Approx. ×2
S
Notes
• The smart teleconverter is unavailable when the manual focus check function is
available, the Smile Shutter function is set to [On], or [Quality] is set to
(RAW) or
(RAW & JPEG).
• When the smart teleconverter is available (when in autofocus mode), [AF area] is set
to
(Spot).
• When the smart teleconverter is available, [Metering mode] is set to
(Multi
segment).
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Using the flash
In a dark location, using the flash allows you to shoot the subject brightly,
and it also helps to prevent camera shake. When shooting into the sun, you
can use the flash to shoot a bright image of the backlit subject.
1 Fn button t
2 Press the
(Flash mode) t Select the desired setting
button.
button
The flash pops up.
• In AUTO or Scene Selection mode, the
flash automatically pops up if the
amount of light is insufficient or the
subject is backlit. The built-in flash
does not pop up even if you press the
button.
3 After the flash has finished
charging, shoot the subject.
z Flashing: The flash is being charged.
When the indicator flashes, you cannot
release the shutter.
z Lit: The flash has been charged and is
ready to fire.
• When you press the shutter button
halfway down under dark lighting in
autofocus mode, the flash may be fired
to help focus on a subject (AF
illuminator).
• z is not indicated in Graphic Display
mode.
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z (Flash charging) indicator
(Flash Off)
Does not fire even the built-in flash pops up.
(Autoflash)
Fires if it is dark or against light.
(Fill-flash)
Fires every time you trigger the shutter.
(Slow sync.)
Fires every time you trigger the shutter. Slow sync shooting
allows you to shoot a clear image of both the subject and the
background by slowing the shutter speed.
(Rear sync.)
Fires right before the exposure is completed everytime you
trigger the shutter.
(Wireless)
Fires an external flash (sold separately) that is off the camera
and away from it (Wireless flash shooting).
Shooting techniques
Notes
• Do not hold the camera by grabbing the flash emitter.
• Shooting conditions required to prevent shadows from appearing on an image vary,
depending on the lens.
• When the exposure mode is set to AUTO or Scene Selection, the
(Slow sync.),
(Rear sync.), and (Wireless) items cannot be selected.
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Using the shooting function
• The lens hood (sold separately) may block the light of the flash. Remove
the lens hood when using the flash.
• When using the flash, shoot the subject at a distance of 1 m (3.3 feet) or
greater.
• When shooting indoors or shooting nightscapes, you can use slow sync to
shoot a brighter image of people and backgrounds.
• You can use rear sync to shoot a natural image of the trail of a moving
subject such as a moving bicycle or a walking person.
The flash range
The range of the built-in flash depends on the ISO sensitivity and aperture
value. Refer to the following table.
Aperture
ISO
setting
F2.8
F4.0
F5.6
200
1 – 6 m (3.3 – 20
feet)
1 – 4.3 m (3.3 – 14
feet)
1 – 3 m (3.3 – 9.8
feet)
400
1.4 – 8.6 m (4.6 – 28 1 – 6 m (3.3 – 20
feet)
feet)
800
2 – 12 m (6.6 – 39
feet)
1 – 4.3 m (3.3 – 14
feet)
1.4 – 8.6 m (4.6 – 28 1 – 6 m (3.3 – 20
feet)
feet)
The AF illuminator
• AF illuminator does not operate when [Autofocus mode] is set to
(Continuous AF) or the subject is moving in
(Automatic AF). (The
or
indicator lights.)
• The AF illuminator may not operate with focal lengths of 300 mm or longer.
• When an external flash (sold separately) is attached, the AF illuminator of
the external flash is used.
• AF illuminator does not operate when [Smile Shutter] is set to [On].
To deactivate the AF illuminator
MENU button t
1 t [AF illuminator] t [Off]
To use the red-eye reduction
The red-eye reduction reduces the red-eye phenomenon by providing preflash (low-flash light) a few times before shooting when using the flash.
MENU button t
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1 t [Red eye reduc.] t [On]
Performing wireless flash shooting
With a flash that has a wireless shooting function (sold separately), you can
shoot with the flash without a cord, even when the flash is not attached to
the camera. By changing the position of the flash, you can shoot an image
with a three dimensional feel by highlighting the contrast of light and
shadow on the subject.
For the actual steps of shooting, refer to the operating instructions of the
flash.
1 Attach the wireless flash to the accessory shoe and turn both
the camera and the flash on.
(Flash mode) t
(Wireless)
3 Remove the wireless flash from the accessory shoe and pop up
the built-in flash.
• If you perform a test fire of the flash, press the AEL button.
Notes
• The camera cannot carry out the wireless lighting ratio control.
• Turn off the wireless flash mode after wireless flash shooting. If the built-in flash is
used while the wireless flash mode is still active, inaccurate flash exposures will
result.
• Change the channel of the external flash when another photographer is using a
wireless flash nearby and his/her built-in flash light causes your external flash to fire.
To change the channel of the external flash, refer to the operating instructions
supplied with it.
Setup of the AEL button
When using a wireless flash, it is recommended that you set [AEL button]
to [AEL hold] in the
Custom menu (page 133).
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Using the shooting function
2 Fn button t
Adjusting the brightness of the image
(Exposure, Flash compensation,
Metering)
Shooting with fixed brightness (AE Lock)
When shooting into the sun or by a window, the exposure may not be
appropriate for the subject because of the big difference in lighting between
the subject and the background. In such cases, use the light meter where the
subject is bright enough and lock the exposure before shooting. To reduce
the brightness of the subject, point the camera forwards a spot that is
brighter than the subject and use the light meter to lock the exposure of the
entire image. To make the subject brighter, point the camera forwards a
spot that is darker than the subject and use the light meter to lock the
exposure of the entire image.
This section describes how to shoot a brighter image of the subject using
the (Spot).
The spot where you
lock the exposure.
1 Fn button t
(Metering mode) t
(Spot)
2 Adjust the focus on the portion you want to lock the exposure.
The exposure is set when the focus is achieved.
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3 Press the AEL button to lock the
exposure.
(AE lock mark) appears.
AEL button
4 While pressing the AEL button, focus on the subject, and shoot
the subject.
Using brightness compensation for the entire image
(Exposure compensation)
Except for exposure mode M, the exposure is automatically selected
(Automatic exposure).
Based on the exposure acquired by the automatic exposure, you can
perform exposure compensation by shifting the exposure to either the +
side or the – side, depending on your preference. You can make the entire
image brighter by shifting to the + side. The entire image becomes darker
when you shift it to the – side.
Adjust in the –
direction
Base exposure
Adjust in the +
direction
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Using the shooting function
• If you continue to shoot with the same exposure value, press and hold the
AEL button after the shooting. The setting is canceled when the button is
released.
1 Press the
button.
button
• The exposure compensation screen is
displayed in the viewfinder mode.
2 Adjust the exposure with the
control dial.
Toward + (over): Brightens an image.
Toward – (under): Darkens an image.
Standard exposure
3 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
Shooting techniques
• Adjust the compensation level by checking the recorded image.
• Using bracket shooting, you can shoot multiple images with the exposure
shifted to the plus or minus sides (page 110).
Note
• This item cannot be set when the exposure mode is set to AUTO or Scene Selection.
To shoot while checking the screen using the histogram
Number of pixels
The histogram displays the luminance
distribution that shows how many pixels
of a particular brightness exist in the
picture. To display the histogram, press
the DISP button (pages 40 and 115).
Dark
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Light
Notes
• The histogram displayed in Live View mode does not indicate the final recorded
image. It indicates the condition of the image just monitored on the LCD monitor.
The histogram will differ based on aperture setting, etc.
• The histogram differs between shooting and playback in the following situations:
– When firing the flash.
– When the subject has low intensity, such as night scenery.
Adjusting the amount of flash light (Flash compensation)
When shooting with the flash, you can adjust the amount of flash light
alone, without changing the exposure compensation. You can only change
the exposure of a main subject which is within the flash range.
Fn button t
(Flash compens.) t Select the desired setting
Toward +: Makes the flash level higher.
Toward –: Makes the flash level lower.
Notes
• This item cannot be set when the exposure mode is set to AUTO or Scene Selection.
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Using the shooting function
The exposure compensation will change
the histogram accordingly. The right
illustration is an example.
Shooting with the exposure
compensation on the positive side
brightens the whole picture, making the
entire histogram shift to the bright side
(right side). If the exposure compensation
is applied on the negative side, the
histogram will shift to the other side.
Both ends of the histogram show a highkey or low-key portion. It is impossible to
restore these area with a computer later.
Adjust the exposure if necessary and
shoot again.
• If you have adjusted the flash level,
appears in the viewfinder when the built-in
flash is pulled up. When you adjust it, be careful not to forget to reset the value.
• The higher flash effect may not be visible due to the limited amount of flash light, if
the subject is outside the maximum range of the flash. If the subject is very close, the
lower flash effect may not be visible.
Exposure compensation and flash compensation
Exposure compensation changes the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity (when
[AUTO] is selected) to perform the compensation. If the flash is used, the amount of
flash light is also changed.
However, flash compensation only changes the amount of flash light.
Selecting the flash control mode to set the amount of flash
light (Flash control)
MENU button t
setting
1 t [Flash control] t Select the desired
ADI flash
This method controls the lighting of the flash, factoring in the
focus distance information and light metering data from the
pre-flash. This method enables an accurate flash
compensation with virtually no effect from the reflection off
the subject.
Pre-flash TTL
This method controls the amount of flash light depending on
the data only from pre-flash light metering. This method is
susceptible to the reflection off the subject.
ADI: Advanced Distance Integration
TTL: Through the lens
• When [ADI flash] is selected, using a lens that is provided with a distance
encoder feature can perform more accurate flash compensation by using
more accurate distance information.
Notes
• When the distance between the subject and the external flash (sold separately)
cannot be determined (wireless flash shooting using an external flash (sold
separately), shooting with an off-camera flash using a cable, shooting with a macro
twin flash, etc.), the camera automatically selects Pre-flash TTL mode.
• Select [Pre-flash TTL] in the following cases, as the camera cannot perform flash
compensations with ADI flash.
– A wide panel is attached to the HVL-F36AM flash.
– A diffuser is used for flash shooting.
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– A filter with an exposure factor, such as an ND filter, is used.
– A close-up lens is used.
• ADI flash is only available in combination with a lens that is provided with a
distance encoder. To determine if the lens is equipped with a distance encoder, refer
to the operating instructions supplied with the lens.
Selecting the method for measuring the brightness of a
subject (Metering mode)
Fn button t
(Metering mode) t Select the desired mode
(Multi segment)
This mode measures light on each area after dividing the total
area into multiple areas and determines the proper exposure
of the entire screen.
(Spot)
This mode measures light only in the spot metering circle
located in the center area.
Shooting techniques
• Use (Multi segment) metering for general shooting.
• When there is a high contrast subject in the AF area, measure the light of
the subject you want to shoot with the optimal exposure using the spot
metering function and take advantage of an AE lock shooting (page 92).
Note
• When the exposure mode is set to AUTO or Scene Selection, [Metering mode] is
fixed to
(Multi segment) and you cannot select other modes.
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Using the shooting function
(Center weighted) While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this mode
measures the average brightness of the entire screen.
Compensating for the brightness and
contrast automatically (D-Range)
D-RANGE button t Select the
desired setting
(Off)
D-RANGE button
Does not use the DRO/Auto HDR functions.
(DRO)
By dividing the image into small areas, the camera analyses
the contrast of light and shadow between the subject and the
background, producing the image with the optimal brightness
and gradation.
(Auto HDR)
Shoots two images with different exposures, and then
overlays the bright area of the under exposed image and the
dark area of the over exposed image to create an image with
rich gradation.
Correcting the brightness of the image (D-Range
Optimizer)
1 D-RANGE button t
(DRO)
2 Select an optimal level with b/B on the controller.
(Auto)
(Level)*
* Lv_ displayed with
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Corrects the brightness automatically.
Optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of
the image. Select the optimal level between Lv1 (weak) and
Lv5 (strong).
is the step currently selected.
Notes
• The setting is fixed to
(Off) when
(Sunset) or
(Night Port./View) is
selected in Scene Selection. The setting is fixed to
(Auto) when other modes are
selected in Scene Selection.
• When shooting with the D-Range optimizer, the image may be noisy. Select the
proper level by checking the recorded image, especially when you enhance the
effect.
Compensating automatically with rich gradation (Auto High
Dynamic Range)
1 D-RANGE button t
(Auto HDR)
2 Select an optimal level with b/B on the controller.
Corrects the exposure difference automatically.
(Exposure
Difference Level)*
Sets the exposure difference, based on the contrast of the
subject. Select the optimal level between 1.0Ev (weak) and
3.0Ev (strong).
* _Ev displayed with
is the step currently selected.
Shooting technique
• Since the shutter is released twice for one shot, be careful about the
following:
– Use this function when the subject is motionless or does not blink.
– Do not recompose.
– When you photograph people, we recommend that you use the Live
View mode.
Notes
• When the exposure mode is set to AUTO or Scene Selection, you cannot select
[Auto HDR].
• You cannot start the next shoot until the capture process is completed after you
shoot.
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Using the shooting function
(Auto Exposure
Diff.)
• You cannot select [Auto HDR] during Smile Shutter. If you turn on the Smile
Shutter function with [Auto HDR] selected, the camera will temporarily use with the
DRO setting.
• You may not obtain a desired effect depending on the luminance difference of a
subject and the shooting conditions.
• When the flash is used, this function has little effect.
• An image recorded with this function is limited to one overlaid image.
• You cannot use this function on RAW images.
• When the contrast of the scene is low or when camera shake or subject blur is
occurred, you may not obtain good HDR images. In such cases,
is indicated
on the recorded image to inform you of this situation. Shoot again, as necessary,
paying attention to the contrast or blur.
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Image processing
Selecting your desired image processing (Creative Style)
1 Fn button t
(Creative Style) t Select the desired
setting
2 When you want to adjust
(Contrast), (Saturation), or
(Sharpness), select the desired item with b/B, then adjust the
value with v/V.
For shooting various scenes with rich gradation and beautiful
colors.
(Vivid)
The saturation and contrast are heightened for shooting
striking images of colorful scenes and subjects such as
flowers, spring greenery, blue sky, or ocean views.
(Portrait)
For shooting the skin color in a soft tone, ideally suited to
shooting portraits.
(Landscape)
The saturation, contrast, and sharpness are heightened for
shooting vivid and crisp scenery. Distant landscapes also
stand out more.
(Sunset)
For shooting the beautiful red of the setting sun.
(B/W)
For shooting images in black and white monotone.
(Contrast), (Saturation), and
Creative Style item.
(Sharpness) can be adjusted for each
(Contrast)
The higher the value selected, the more the difference of light
and shadow is accentuated, thus making an impact on an
image.
(Saturation)
The higher the value selected, the more vivid the color. When
a lower value is selected, the color of the image is restrained
and subdued.
(Sharpness)
Adjusts the sharpness. The higher the value selected, the
more the contours are accentuated, and the lower the value
selected, the more the contours are softened.
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Using the shooting function
(Standard)
Notes
• When the exposure mode is set to AUTO or Scene Selection, [Creative Style] is
fixed to
(Standard) and you cannot select other settings.
• When
(B/W) is selected, you cannot adjust the saturation.
Changing the range of color reproduction (Color Space)
The way colors are represented with combinations of numbers or the range
of color reproduction is called “color space.” You can change the color
space, depending on your purpose.
MENU button t
setting
1 t [Color Space] t Select the desired
sRGB
This is the standard color space of the digital camera. Use
sRGB in normal shooting, such as when you intend to print
out the images without any modification.
AdobeRGB
This has a wide range of color reproduction. When a large
part of the subject is vivid green or red, Adobe RGB is
effective.
• The file name of the image starts with “_DSC.”
Notes
• Adobe RGB is for applications or printers that support color management and
DCF2.0 option color space. Using some applications or printers that do not support
them may result in or print images that do not faithfully reproduce the color.
• When displaying images that were recorded with Adobe RGB on the camera or nonAdobe RGB-compliant devices, the images are displayed with low saturation.
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Setting ISO
Sensitivity to light is expressed by the ISO number (recommended
exposure index). The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity.
1 Press the ISO button to display
ISO button
the ISO screen.
2 Select the desired value with v/V on the controller.
Notes
• When the exposure mode is set to AUTO or Scene Selection, ISO is fixed to AUTO
and you cannot select other ISO numbers.
• When the exposure mode is set to P/A/S and ISO is set to [AUTO], ISO is
automatically set between ISO 200 and ISO 1600.
• The [AUTO] setting is not provided in exposure mode M. If you change the
exposure mode to M with the [AUTO] setting, it is switched to [200]. Set the ISO
according to your shooting conditions.
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Using the shooting function
• The larger the number, the higher the noise level.
Adjusting the color tones (White balance)
The color tone of the subject changes depending on the characteristics of
the light source. The table below shows how the color tone changes based
on various light sources, compared with a subject that appears white under
the sunlight.
Daylight
Cloudy
Fluorescent
Incandescent
White
Bluish
Green-tinged
Reddish
Weather/
lighting
Characteristics
of light
White balance is a feature that adjusts the color tone to approximate what
you see. Use this feature when the color tone of the image did not come out
as you expected, or when you want to change the color tone on purpose for
photographic expression.
Notes
• When the exposure mode is set to AUTO or Scene Selection, [White balance] is
fixed to AWB (Auto WB) and you cannot select other modes.
• If the only light source available is a mercury lamp or a sodium lamp, the camera
will not be able to acquire the accurate white balance because of the characteristics
of the light source. Use the flash in such cases.
Adjusting the white balance to suit a specific light source
(Auto/Preset white balance)
Fn button t AWB (White balance) t Select the desired setting
• When [AWB] is not selected, you can fine tune the color tone with b/B
on the controller. Adjusting it toward + turns the image reddish and
adjusting it toward – turns the image bluish.
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AWB (Auto WB)
The camera automatically detects a light source and adjusts
the color tones.
(Daylight)
If you select an option to suit a specific light source, the color
tones are adjusted for the light source (preset white balance).
(Shade)
(Cloudy)
(Incandescent)
(Fluorescent)
(Flash)
Shooting techniques
Setting the color temperature and a filter effect (Color
Temperature/Color filter)
Fn button t AWB (White balance) t [5500K]
(ColorTemperature) or [0] (Color filter)
• To set the color temperature, select the value with b/B.
• To set the color filter, select the compensation direction with b/B.
Note
• Since color meters are designed for film cameras, the values differ under fluorescent/
sodium lamp/mercury lamps. We recommend that you use the custom white balance
or do a test shooting.
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Using the shooting function
• Use the white balance bracket function if you cannot get the desired color
in the selected option (page 111).
• When you select [5500K] (ColorTemperature) or [0] (Color filter), you
can adjust the value to the desired value (below).
• When you select
(Custom), you can register your setting (page 106).
5500K*1
(ColorTemperature)
Sets the white balance by the color temperature. The higher
the number, the more reddish the image and the lower the
number, the more bluish the image.
0*2 (Color filter)
Achieves the effect of CC (Color Compensation) filters for
photography.
Based on using the set color temperature as the standard, the
color can be compensated to G (Green) or M (Magenta).
*1 The value is the color temperature value currently selected.
*2 The value is the color filter value currently selected.
Registering the color tones (Custom white balance)
In a scene where the ambient light consists of multiple types of light source,
use of custom white balance is recommended in order to accurately
reproduce the whiteness.
1 Fn button t AWB (White balance) t
(Custom)
2 Select [
SET] with b/B on the controller, then press the
center of the controller.
3 Hold the camera so that the white area fully covers the AF area
located in the center, and then press the shutter button down.
The shutter clicks and the calibrated values (ColorTemperature and Color
filter) are displayed.
4 Press the center of the controller.
The monitor returns to the recording information display with the memorized
custom white balance setting retained.
• The custom white balance setting registered in this operation is effective
until a new setting is registered.
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Note
• The message “Custom WB error” indicates that the value is beyond the expected
range. (When the flash is used on a subject in close proximity or a subject with a
bright color is in the frame.) If you register this value, the
indicator turns yellow
on the recording information display on the LCD monitor. You can shoot at this
point, but it is recommended that you set the white balance again to get a more
correct white balance value.
To call the custom white balance setting
Fn button t AWB (White balance) t
(Custom)
Note
• If the flash is used when the shutter button is pressed, a custom white balance is
registered with the flash light taken into account. Take pictures with the flash in later
shootings.
Using the shooting function
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Selecting the drive mode
This camera has seven drive modes, such as single-shot advanced, and
continuous advanced. Use them to suit your purpose.
Shooting single shot
This mode is for normal shooting.
button t
(Single-shot adv.)
Note
• When the exposure mode is set to
shoot single shot.
(Sports Action) in Scene Selection, you cannot
Shooting continuously
The camera records the images continuously at the following speeds*.
Live View mode
Maximum 4 images per
second
Maximum 3 images per
second
Viewfinder mode
Maximum 5 images per
second
Maximum 3 images per
second
* Our measurement conditions. The speed of continuous shooting is slower,
depending on shooting conditions.
1
button t
(Continuous adv.) t Select the desired
speed
2 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
• When you press and hold the shutter button, the recording continues.
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The maximum number of continuous shots
The number of continuous shooting images obtainable has an upper limit.
DSLR-A550
DSLR-A500
Fine
32 images
12 images
Standard
116 images
58 images
RAW & JPEG
7 images
3 images
RAW
14 images
6 images
To shoot continuously at higher speeds (DSLR-A550 only)
The camera shoots continuously at a maximum of seven images per second.
The exposure and focus are set at the first shot.
button t
(Spd.Prty.Cont.Adv.)
Using the self-timer
The 10-second self-timer is convenient when the photographer appears in a
photo and the 2-second self-timer is convenient to reduce the camera shake.
1
button t
• The number after
(Self-timer) t Select the desired setting
is the number of seconds that is currently selected.
2 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
• When the self-timer is activated, audio signals and the self-timer lamp
indicate the condition. The self-timer lamp flashes quickly and the audio
signal sounds quickly right before the shooting.
To cancel the self-timer
Press the
button.
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Using the shooting function
Notes
• You cannot shoot images continuously when “0” flashes in the viewfinder. Wait
until the indicator disappears.
• You cannot shoot continuously when using Scene Selection modes other than
(Sports Action).
• When [Face Detection] is set to [On], the speed of continuous shooting may be
slower.
Note
• When you shoot images using the viewfinder, use the eyepiece cover (page 28).
Shooting images with the exposure shifted (Exposure
bracket)
Base exposure
– direction
+ direction
Bracket shooting allows you to shoot several images, each with different
degrees of exposure. Specify the value of deviation (steps) from the base
exposure, and the camera shoots three images while automatically shifting
the exposure. Press and hold the shutter button until the shooting stops.
When the flash is fired, flash bracket shooting is used to shift the amount of
flash light. To shoot, press the shutter button shot by shot.
1
button t
bracket step
(Bracket: Cont.) t Select the desired
2 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
The base exposure is set at the first shot in the bracket.
Notes
• When the mode dial is set to M, the exposure is shifted by adjusting the shutter
speed.
• When you adjust the exposure, the exposure is shifted based on the compensated
value.
• The bracket cannot be used when the exposure mode is set to AUTO or Scene
Selection.
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The EV scale in bracket shooting
Ambient light* bracket
0.3 steps, three shots
Exposure compensation 0
Flash bracket
0.7 steps, three shots
Flash compensation –1.0
Shown in the top row.
Shown in the bottom row.
LCD monitor (Live View
mode)
LCD monitor
(Viewfinder mode/
Standard Display)
Viewfinder
Shooting with white balance shifted (WB bracket)
Based on the selected white balance, and the color temperature/color filter,
three images are recorded with the white balance shifted.
1
button t
(WB bracket) t Select the desired
setting
• When Lo is selected, it is shifted by 10 mired*, and when Hi is selected, it is
shifted by 20 mired.
2 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
* Mired: a unit to indicate the color conversion quality in color temperature filters.
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Using the shooting function
* Ambient light: Any light other than the flash light that shines on the scene
for an extended period of time, such as natural light, a light bulb, or a
fluorescent light.
• In bracket shooting, the same number of indices as the number of
recordable images is displayed on the EV scale. However, in flash bracket
shooting, the indices are not displayed in the viewfinder.
• When the bracket shooting starts, the indices that indicate already
recorded images start to disappear one by one.
Shooting with the Wireless Remote Commander
You can shoot using the SHUTTER and 2SEC (the shutter is released after
2 seconds) buttons on the RMT-DSLR1 Wireless Remote Commander
(sold separately). Also, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the
Wireless Remote Commander.
1
button t
(Remote Commander)
2 Focus on the subject, point the transmitter of the Wireless
Remote Commander to the remote sensor, and shoot the
image.
Note
• When you shoot images using the viewfinder, use the eyepiece cover (page 28).
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Capturing smiling faces (Smile Shutter)
When the camera detects a smile, the shutter is released automatically.
1 Fn button t
(Smile Shutter) t [On] t Select the
desired Smile Detection Sensitivity mode
• When the Smile Shutter is activated, the Smile Detection Sensitivity
indicator appears on the LCD monitor.
2 Wait detecting a smile.
3 To stop shooting, Fn button t
Face Detection frame
Smile Detection Sensitivity indicator
(Smile Shutter) t [Off]
Smile Detection Sensitivity
You can set the sensitivity of the Smile Shutter function for detecting
smiles to one of the following three options:
(Slight Smile),
(Normal Smile), and
(Big Smile).
Shooting techniques
• To focus on the smile, overlay the Face Detection frame and AF area.
• Do not cover the eyes with bangs, etc. Keep the eyes narrowed.
• Do not obscure the face with a hat, a mask, sunglasses, etc.
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Using the shooting function
The camera detects a smile and the focus
is confirmed. When the smile level
exceeds the b point on the indicator, the
camera records images automatically.
• When the camera detects faces, orange
Face Detection frames appear around
the faces. The Face Detection frames
turn green when these subjects come
into focus.
• The smile level of the face surrounded
by the double Face Detection frame is
indicated on the Smile Detection
Sensitivity indicator.
• Try to orient the face in front of the camera and keep it as level as
possible.
• Hold a clear smile with an open mouth. The smile is easier to detect when
the teeth are showing.
• If you press the shutter button while the Smile Shutter function is
activated, the camera shoots the image, and then returns to Smile Shutter.
Notes
• The Smile Shutter function works only when the camera is set to the autofocus in
Live View mode. It does not work in the following cases: if the camera is in
viewfinder mode, when using the manual focus, manual focus check, or smart
teleconverter functions.
• The drive mode is automatically set to
(Single-shot adv.).
• The AF illuminator does not work with the Smile Shutter function.
• If the camera does not detect a smile, change the settings for Smile Detection
Sensitivity.
• Smiles may not be detected correctly, depending on the shooting conditions.
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Using the viewing function
Playing back images
The last recorded image is displayed on the LCD monitor.
1 Press the
button.
button
2 Select an image with b/B on the controller.
To return to the shooting mode
Press the
button again.
To switch the recording data display
Press the DISP button.
Each time you press the DISP button, the screen changes as follows.
Histogram display
Without recording
data
To select the orientation when playing back an image recorded in the
portrait position
MENU button t
desired setting
1 t [PlaybackDisplay] t Select the
Note
• When you play back the image on a TV or a computer, the image will be displayed
in the portrait position even if [Manual rotate] is selected.
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Using the viewing function
With recording
data
Rotating an image
1 Display the image you want to
rotate, then press the
button.
button
2 Press the center of the controller.
The image is rotated counter-clockwise. When you want to do another
rotation, repeat step 2.
• Once you rotate the image, the image is played back in the rotated position,
even if you turn off the power.
To return to the normal playback screen
Press the
button.
Note
• When you copy rotated images to a computer, “PMB” contained on the CD-ROM
(supplied) can display the rotated images correctly. However, the images may not be
rotated depending on the software.
Enlarging images
An image can be enlarged for closer examination. This is convenient to
check the focus condition of a recorded image.
1 Display the image you want to
enlarge, then press the
button.
button
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2 Zoom the image in or out with the
button or
button.
• Rotating the control dial switches the
image at the same display
magnification. When you shoot
multiple images with the same
composition, you can compare their
focus conditions.
button
3 Select the portion you want to enlarge with v/V/b/B on the
controller.
To cancel the enlarged playback
Press the
button so that the image returns to the normal size.
Image size
Using the viewing function
Scaling range
The scaling range is as follows.
Scaling range
DSLR-A550
DSLR-A500
L
Approx. ×1.1 – ×14
Approx. ×1.1 – ×13.4
M
Approx. ×1.1 – ×11
Approx. ×1.1 – ×10.1
S
Approx. ×1.1 – ×7.2
Approx. ×1.1 – ×6.7
Switching to the display of the image list
1 Press the
button.
button
The screen changes to the image index
screen.
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2 Press the DISP button repeatedly
to select the desired screen
format.
• The screen changes in the following
order: 9 images t 4 images
DISP button
To return to the single-image screen
Press the
button or the center of the controller when you select the
desired image.
To select a folder
1 Select the folder bar with b/B on the
controller, then press the center.
2 Select the desired folder with v/V,
then press the center.
Folder bar
Playing back images automatically (Slide show)
MENU button t
1 t [Slide show]t [OK]
Plays back recorded images in order (Slide show). The slide show
automatically stops after all the images have been played back.
• You can view the previous/next image with b/B on the controller.
To pause the slide show
Press the center of the controller. Pressing again starts the slide show again.
To end in the middle of the slide show
Press the MENU button.
To choose the interval between the images in slide show
MENU button t
1 t [Slide show] t [Interval] t Select
the desired number of seconds
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To play back repeatedly
MENU button t
1 t [Slide show] t [Repeat] t [On]
Using the viewing function
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Checking the information of recorded
images
Each time you press the DISP button, the information display changes
(page 115).
Basic information display
Display
Indication
Memory card (22)
100-0003
Folder - file number
(145)
-
Protect (122)
DPOF3
DPOF set (152)
Image quality (129)
Image size (128)/Aspect
ratio (128)
Remaining battery
warning (18)
1/125
Shutter speed (65)
F3.5
Aperture (63)
ISO200
ISO sensitivity (103)
2009 1 1
10:37AM
Date of recording
3/7
File number/total number
of images
120
Display
Indication
Auto HDR image
warning (99)
Histogram display
A
Display
Display
–0.3
Indication
Folder - file number
(145)
-
Protect (122)
35mm
Creative Style (101)
DPOF set (152)
Image quality (129)
AWB +1
5500K M1
Remaining battery
warning (18)
B
2009 1 1
10:37AM
Date of recording
3/7
File number/total number
of images
Indication
Histogram* (94)
P A S M Mode dial (50 – 70)
1/125
Shutter speed (65)
F3.5
Aperture (63)
ISO200
ISO sensitivity (103)
–0.3
White balance (Auto,
Preset, Color
temperature, Color filter,
Custom) (104)
D-Range Optimizer (98)/
Auto HDR/Auto HDR
image warning (99)
Image size (128)/Aspect
ratio (128)
Display
Focal length (158)
* When the image has a high-key or
low-key portion, that portion is flashed
on the histogram display (Luminance
limit warning).
Exposure compensation
(93)
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Using the viewing function
DPOF3
Flash compensation (95)
Metering mode (97)
Memory card (22)
100-0003
Indication
Protecting images (Protect)
You can protect images against accidental erasure.
Protecting selected images/canceling the protection of the
selected images
1 MENU button t
1 t [Protect] t [Marked images]
2 Select the image you want to
protect with b/B on the
controller, then press the center
of the controller.
-
A - mark appears on the selected
image.
• To cancel a selection, press the center
again.
3 To protect other images, repeat step 2.
4 Press the MENU button.
5 Select [OK] with v, then press the center of the controller.
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Deleting images (Delete)
Once you have deleted an image, you cannot restore it. Check whether to
delete the image or not beforehand.
Note
• Protected images cannot be deleted.
Deleting the image that is currently displayed
1 Display the image you want to
delete and press the
button.
button
2 Select [Delete] with v, then press the center of the controller.
Using the viewing function
Deleting the selected images
1 MENU button t
1 t [Delete] t [Marked images]
2 Select the images you want to
delete with the controller, then
press the center of the controller.
A
mark appears on the selected
image.
Total number
3 To delete other images, repeat step 2.
4 Press the MENU button.
5 Select [Delete] with v, then press the center of the controller.
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Deleting all the images in the folder
1 Press the
button.
2 Select the folder bar with b on
the controller.
Folder bar
3 Press the center of the controller, then select the folder you
want to delete with v/V.
4 Press the
button.
5 Select [Delete] with v, then press the center of the controller.
Deleting all the images all at once
MENU button t
1 t [Delete] t [All images] t [Delete]
Note
• It may take a long time to delete a lot of images by selecting [All images]. It is
recommended that you delete images on a computer or format the memory card
using the camera.
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Viewing images on a TV screen
To view images recorded on the camera on a TV set, an HDMI cable (sold
separately) and an HD TV equipped with an HDMI connector are required.
1 Turn off both your camera and the
TV, and connect the camera to the
TV.
1 To the HDMI
connector
HDMI cable
(sold separately)
2 To the
HDMI terminal
2 Turn on the TV and switch the input.
Using the viewing function
• See also the operating instructions supplied with the TV.
3 Turn on the camera.
Images shot with the camera appear on
the TV screen.
Select the desired image with b/B on the
controller.
• The LCD monitor on the camera does
not turned on.
Controller
Notes
• Use an HDMI cable with the HDMI logo.
• Use an HDMI mini connector on one end (for the camera), and a connector suitable
for connection to your TV on the other end.
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• By connecting your camera to Sony’s VIDEO-A compatible TV using an HDMI
cable, the TV automatically selects the appropriate image quality for viewing still
pictures. Please refer to the operating instructions of Sony’s VIDEO-A compatible
TV for more details.
• Some devices may not work properly.
• Do not connect the output connector of the device with the HDMI terminal on the
camera. This may cause a malfunction.
On “PhotoTV HD”
This camera is compatible with the “PhotoTV HD” standard.
By connecting Sony’s PhotoTV HD-compatible devices using an HDMI
cable, a whole new world of photos can be enjoyed in breathtaking Full HD
quality.
“PhotoTV HD” allows for a highly-detailed, photo-like expression of
subtle textures and colors.
To use your camera abroad
The camera automatically detects the color system to match that of the
connected video device.
On TV color systems
If you want to view images on a TV screen, you need a TV with a video
input jack and the video cable. The color system of the TV must match that
of your digital still camera. Check the following lists for the TV color
system of the country or region where the camera is used.
NTSC system
Bahama Islands, Bolivia, Canada, Central America, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador,
Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Surinam, Taiwan, the Philippines, the U.S.A.,
Venezuela, etc.
PAL system
Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany,
Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand,
United Kingdom, etc.
PAL-M system
Brazil
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PAL-N system
Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay
SECAM system
Bulgaria, France, Guiana, Iran, Iraq, Monaco, Russia, Ukraine, etc.
Using “BRAVIA” Sync
By connecting the camera to a TV that supports “BRAVIA” Sync using an
HDMI cable, you can operate the camera with the TV Remote Control.
1 Connect a TV that supports “BRAVIA” Sync to the camera
(page 125).
The input is automatically switched and the image shot with the camera
appears on the TV screen.
2 Press the LINK MENU button on the TV Remote Control.
The items for Link Menu
Slide show
Plays back images automatically (page 118).
Single-image
playback
Returns to the single-image screen.
Image Index
Switches to the image index screen.
Delete
Selects the method for deleting images from single or all
images (page 123).
Notes
• The operations available are restricted when the camera is connected to a TV using
an HDMI cable.
• Only TVs that support “BRAVIA” Sync can provide these operations. For details,
refer to the operating instructions supplied with the TV.
• If the camera performs unnecessary operations in response to the TV Remote
Control when the camera is connected to another manufacturer’s TV using an HDMI
connection, set [CTRL FOR HDMI] in the
Setup menu to [Off].
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Using the viewing function
3 Operate with the control button on the TV Remote Control.
Changing your setup
Setting image size and image quality
Image size
MENU button t
1 t [Image size] t Select the desired size
[Aspect ratio]: [3:2]
DSLR-A550
L:14M
4592 × 3056 pixels
M:7.4M
3344 × 2224 pixels
S:3.5M
2288 × 1520 pixels
DSLR-A500
L:12M
4272 × 2848 pixels
M:6.4M
3104 × 2072 pixels
S:3.0M
2128 × 1416 pixels
[Aspect ratio]: [16:9]
DSLR-A550
L:12M
4592 × 2576 pixels
M:6.3M
3344 × 1872 pixels
S:2.9M
2288 × 1280 pixels
DSLR-A500
L:10M
4272 × 2400 pixels
M:5.4M
3104 × 1744 pixels
S:2.5M
2128 × 1192 pixels
Note
• When you select a RAW image with [Quality], the image size of the RAW image
corresponds to L. This size is not displayed on the LCD monitor.
Aspect ratio
MENU button t
ratio
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1 t [Aspect ratio] t Select the desired
3:2
A normal ratio.
16:9
An HDTV ratio.
Quality
MENU button t
(RAW)
(RAW &
JPEG)
(Fine)
File format: RAW (Records using the RAW compression
format.)
This format does not perform any digital processing on the
images. Select this format to process images on a computer
for professional purposes.
• The image size is fixed to the maximum size. The image
size is not displayed on the LCD monitor.
File format: RAW (Records using the RAW compression
format.) + JPEG
A RAW image and a JPEG image are created at the same
time. This is suitable when you need two image files, a JPEG
for viewing, and a RAW for editing.
• The image quality is fixed to [Fine] and the image size is
fixed to [L].
File format: JPEG
The image is compressed in the JPEG format when recorded.
Since the compression rate of
(Standard) is higher than
that of
(Fine), the file size of
is smaller than that
of
. This will allow more files to be recorded on one
memory card, but the image quality will be lower.
Note
• For details on the number of images that can be taken when the image quality is
changed, see page 29.
About RAW images
You need the “Image Data Converter SR” software included on the CD-ROM
(supplied) in order to open a RAW image recorded on this camera. With this software,
a RAW image can be opened and converted to a common format, such as JPEG or
TIFF, and its white balance, color saturation, contrast, etc., can be readjusted.
• The RAW format image cannot be printed using a DPOF (print) designated printer
or a PictBridge compliant printer.
• You cannot set [Auto HDR] on RAW format images.
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Changing your setup
(Standard)
1 t [Quality] t Select the desired setting
Setting the method for recording on a
memory card
Selecting the method for assigning file numbers to images
MENU button t
setting
2 t [File number] t Select the desired
Series
The camera does not reset numbers and assigns numbers to
files in sequence until the number reaches “9999.”
Reset
The camera resets numbers in the following cases and assigns
numbers to files from “0001.” When the recording folder
contains a file, a number one higher than the largest number
is assigned.
– When the folder format is changed.
– When all the images in the folder are deleted.
– When the memory card is replaced.
– When the memory card is formatted.
Selecting the folder name format
The recorded images are stored in automatically-created folders in the
DCIM folder of the memory card.
MENU button t
setting
2 t [Folder name] t Select the desired
Standard form
The folder name format is as follows: folder number +
MSDCF.
Example: 100MSDCF
Date form
The folder name format is as follows: folder number + Y (the
last digit)/MM/DD.
Example: 10090405 (Folder name: 100, date: 04/05/2009)
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Creating a new folder
You can create a folder in a memory card for recording images.
A new folder is created with a number incremented one higher than the
largest number currently used, and the folder becomes the current recording
folder.
MENU button t
2 t [New Folder]
Selecting the recording folder
When a standard form folder is selected and there are two or more folders,
you can select the recording folder to be used to record images.
MENU button t
folder
2 t [Select folder]t Select the desired
Note
• You cannot select the folder when you select the setting [Date form].
MENU button t
1 t [Format]t [OK]
Notes
• During the format, the access lamp lights up. Do not eject the memory card while the
lamp is lit.
• Format the memory card using the camera. If you format it on a computer, the
memory card may not be usable with the camera, depending on the format type used.
• Formatting may take several minutes depending on the memory card.
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Changing your setup
Formatting the memory card
Note that formatting irrevocably erases all data on a memory card,
including protected images.
Changing the noise reduction setting
Disabling the noise reduction during long exposure
shootings
When you set the shutter speed to a second or longer (Long exposure
shooting), noise reduction is turned on for the same duration that the shutter
is open.
This is to reduce the grainy noise typical in a long exposure. When noise
reduction is in progress, a message appears and you cannot take another
picture. Select [On] to prioritize the image quality. Select [Off] to prioritize
the timing of shooting.
MENU button t
2 t [Long exp.NR] t [Off]
Notes
• Noise reduction is not performed on continuous shooting or continuous bracketing
images even when it is set to [On].
• When the exposure mode is set to AUTO or Scene Selection, you cannot turn off
noise reduction.
Setting the noise reduction at high ISO sensitivity settings
When shooting with the ISO set at 1600 or above, the camera reduces the
noise that becomes more noticeable when the camera sensitivity is high.
Select [High] to prioritize the image quality. Select [Normal] to prioritize
the timing of shooting.
MENU button t
2 t [High ISO NR] t [Normal]
Note
• [Normal] is selected automatically for continuous shooting or continuous bracketing
images, even when you set it to [High].
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Changing the function of the AEL button
Changing the operation of the AEL button
The function of the AEL button can be selected from the following two
functions:
– Holding the locked exposure value by pressing the AEL button while
the button is held down ([AEL hold]).
– Holding the locked exposure value by pressing the AEL button until the
button is pressed again ([AEL toggle]).
MENU button t
setting
1 t [AEL button] t Select the desired
Notes
• While the exposure value is locked,
appears on the LCD monitor and in the
viewfinder. Be careful not to reset the setting.
• The “Hold” and “Toggle” settings affect the manual shift (page 68) in the manual
exposure mode.
Changing your setup
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Changing other settings
Setting the sound on/off
Selects the sound produced when the shutter is locked, during self-timer
countdown, etc.
MENU button t
setting
2 t [Audio signals] t Select the desired
Removing the Help Guide from the screen
You can turn off the Help Guide that is displayed when you operate the
camera. This is convenient when you want to perform the next operation
quickly.
MENU button t
1 t [Help Guide disp.] t [Off]
Setting the time to turn the camera to the power save mode
You can set different time intervals for the camera to switch to power save
mode (Power save) for the Live View (LV) and viewfinder modes (OVF).
Pressing the shutter button halfway down returns the camera to the
shooting mode.
MENU button t
1 t [Power Save (LV)] or [Power Save
(OVF)] t Select the desired time
Note
• Regardless of the setting here, the camera turns to power save mode after 30 minutes
when the camera is connected to a TV or the drive mode is set to (Remote
Commander).
Selecting the language
MENU button t
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1t[
Language] t Select the language
Setting the LCD monitor
Setting the brightness of the LCD monitor manually
The brightness of the LCD monitor is automatically adjusted to the
surrounding lighting conditions using the light sensor (page 36).
You can set the brightness of the LCD monitor manually.
MENU button t
1 t [LCD brightness] t [Manual] t
Select the desired setting
Notes
• When it is set to [Auto], do not cover the light sensor with your hand and so on.
• When using the camera with the AC-PW10AM AC Adaptor (sold separately), the
brightness of the LCD monitor is always set to the brightest setting even if you select
[Auto].
Setting the displayed time of the image right after shooting
(Auto review)
MENU button t
setting
1 t [Auto review] t Select the desired
Note
• In auto review, the image will not be displayed in the vertical position even if
[PlaybackDisplay] is set to [Auto rotate] (page 115).
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Changing your setup
You can check the recorded image on the LCD monitor right after the
shooting. You can change the displayed time.
Keeping the LCD monitor tuned on while looking into the
viewfinder
When the LIVE VIEW/OVF switch is set to “OVF,” looking into the
viewfinder turns off the LCD monitor.
In the default setting, while looking into the viewfinder, the LCD monitor
is turned off to prevent the battery pack from wearing down.
If you want to turn on the LCD monitor while looking into the viewfinder,
select [Off].
MENU button t
1 t [Auto off w/ VF] t [Off]
Turning the grid line on/off
You can select whether the grid line is displayed or not in manual focus
check mode (page 85).
MENU button t
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1 t [Grid Line] t Select the desired setting
Confirming the version of the camera
Displaying the version
Displays the version of your camera. Confirm the version when a firmware
update is released.
MENU button t
3 t [Version]
Note
• An update can be performed only when the battery level is
(three remaining
battery icons) or more. We recommend that you use a sufficient battery or the ACPW10AM AC Adaptor (sold separately).
Changing your setup
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Resetting to the default
You can reset the main functions of the camera.
MENU button t
3 t [Reset default] t [OK]
The items to be reset are as follows.
Items
Reset to
Exposure compensation (93)
±0.0
Recording information display (73)
Graphic Display
Playback display (115)
Single-image screen (with recording
information)
Drive mode (108)
Single-shot adv.
Flash mode (88)
Fill-flash (differs based on whether the
built-in flash is open or not)
Autofocus mode (82)
AF-A
AF area (83)
Wide
Face Detection (52)
On
Smile Shutter (113)
Off
ISO (103)
AUTO
Metering mode (97)
Multi segment
Flash compens. (95)
±0.0
White balance (104)
AWB (Auto white balance)
ColorTemperature/Color filter (105)
5500K, Color filter 0
Custom white balance (106)
5500K
DRO/Auto HDR (98)
DRO Auto
Creative Style (101)
Standard
Recording menu
Items
Reset to
Image size (128)
L:14M (DSLR-A550)/
L:12M (DSLR-A500)
Aspect ratio (128)
3:2
Quality (129)
Fine
Flash control (96)
ADI flash
AF illuminator (90)
Auto
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Items
Reset to
SteadyShot (48)
On
Color Space (102)
sRGB
Long exp.NR (132)
On
High ISO NR (132)
Normal
Custom menu
Items
Reset to
Eye-Start AF (71)
On
AEL button (133)
AEL hold
Red eye reduc. (90)
Off
Auto review (135)
2 sec
Auto off w/ VF (136)
On
Grid Line (136)
On
Playback menu
Reset to
Specify Printing – Date imprint (153)
Off
Slide show – Interval (118)
3 sec
Slide show – Repeat (118)
Off
PlaybackDisplay (115)
Auto rotate
Changing your setup
Items
Setup menu
Items
Reset to
LCD brightness (135)
Auto
Power Save (LV) (134)
20 sec
Power Save (OVF) (134)
10 sec
CTRL FOR HDMI (127)
On
Help Guide disp. (134)
On
File number (130)
Series
Folder name (130)
Standard form
USB connection (141, 154)
Mass Storage
Audio signals (134)
On
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Viewing images on a computer
Using your computer
This section describes how to copy images in a memory card to a computer
connected using a USB cable.
Recommended computer environment
The following environment is recommended for a computer connected to
the camera to import images.
x Windows
OS (pre-installed): Microsoft Windows XP*1 SP3/Windows Vista*2 SP2
• Operation is not assured in an environment based on an upgrade of the
operating systems described above or in a multi-boot environment.
*1 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported.
*2 Starter (Edition) is not supported.
USB jack: Provided as standard
x Macintosh
OS (pre-installed): Mac OS X v10.3/Mac OS X v10.4/Mac OS X v10.5
USB jack: Provided as standard
Notes on connecting your camera to a computer
• Operations are not guaranteed for all the recommended computer environments
mentioned above.
• If you connect two or more USB devices to a single computer at the same time, some
devices, including your camera, may not operate, depending on the types of USB
devices you are using.
• Operations are not guaranteed when using a USB hub or an extension cable.
• Connecting your camera using a USB interface that is compatible with Hi-Speed
USB (USB 2.0 compliant) allows advanced transfer (high speed transfer) as this
camera is compatible with Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant).
• When your computer resumes from a suspend or sleep mode, communication
between your camera and your computer may not recover at the same time.
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Stage 1: Connecting the camera and your computer
1 Insert a memory card with recorded images into the camera.
2 Select the type of memory card you want to copy images from
using the memory card switch.
3 Insert the sufficiently charged battery pack in the camera, or
connect the camera to a wall outlet (wall socket) with the AC
Adaptor (sold separately).
• When you copy images to your computer using an insufficiently charged
battery pack, copying may fail or image data may become corrupted if the
battery pack shuts down too soon.
4 Turn on the camera and the computer.
5 Check that [USB connection] in
6 Connect the camera and your
computer.
2 is set to [Mass Storage].
1 To the USB
terminal
Viewing images on a computer
The AutoPlay wizard appears on the
desktop.
USB cable
2 To the
USB terminal
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Stage 2: Copying images to a computer
For Windows
This section describes an example of copying images to a “Documents”
(For Windows XP: “My Documents”) folder.
When you use the supplied “PMB” software, you can copy images easily
(page 147).
1 Click [Open folder to view files]
(For Windows XP: [Open folder to
view files] t [OK]) as the wizard
screen appears automatically on
the desktop.
• When the wizard screen does not
appear, click [Computer] (For
Windows XP: [My Computer]) t
[Removable Disk].
2 Double-click [DCIM].
3 Double-click the folder where the
image files you want to copy are
stored.
Then, right-click an image file to
display the menu and click
[Copy].
• On the storage destination of the image
files, see page 145.
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4 Double-click the [Documents]
folder. Then, right-click on the
“Documents” window to display
the menu and click [Paste].
The image files are copied to the
“Documents” folder.
• When an image with the same file
name exists in the copy destination
folder, the overwrite confirmation
message appears. When you overwrite
an existing image with a new one, the
original file data is deleted. To copy an
image file to the computer without
overwriting, change the file name to a
different name and then copy the image
file. However, note that if you change
the file name, you may not be able to
play back that image with your camera
(page 145).
For Macintosh
folder where the images you want to copy are stored.
2 Drag and drop the image files to the hard disk icon.
The image files are copied to the hard disk.
Viewing images on your computer
For Windows
1 Click [Start] t [Documents] (For Windows XP: [My Documents]).
• To view RAW images, the supplied “Image Data Converter SR” software is
required (page 150).
2 Double-click
the desired image file.
The image is displayed.
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Viewing images on a computer
1 Double-click the newly recognized icon t [DCIM] t the
For Macintosh
Double-click the hard disk icon t the desired image file to open the image
file.
Deleting the USB connection
Perform each procedure for Windows or Macintosh listed below
beforehand when:
• Disconnecting the USB cable.
• Removing the memory card.
• Turning off the camera.
x For Windows
Double-click
on the tasktray, then click
(USB Mass Storage Device)
t [Stop]. Confirm the device on the confirmation window, then click
[OK].
The device is disconnected.
x For Macintosh
Drag and drop the drive icon or the icon of the memory card to the
“Trash” icon.
The camera is disconnected from the computer.
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Image file storage destinations and file names
The image files recorded with your camera are grouped as folders on the
memory card.
Example: viewing folders on Windows Vista
Copying images stored on a computer to a memory card
and viewing the images
This section describes the process using a Windows computer as an
example. Step 1 is not necessary if the file name has not been changed.
When you use the supplied “PMB” software, you can copy images easily
(page 147).
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Viewing images on a computer
AFolders containing image data recorded
using this camera. (The first three digits
show the folder number.)
BYou can create a folder in date form
(page 130).
• You cannot record/play back any images in
the “MISC” folder.
• Image files are named as follows. ssss
(file number) stands for any number within
the range of 0001 to 9999. The numerical
portions of the name of a RAW data file and
its corresponding JPEG file are the same.
– JPEG files: DSC0ssss.JPG
– JPEG files (Adobe RGB):
_DSCssss.JPG
– RAW data file (other than Adobe RGB):
DSC0ssss.ARW
– RAW data file (Adobe RGB):
_DSCssss.ARW
• The extension may not be displayed
depending on the computer.
1 Right-click the image file, then
click [Rename]. Change the file
name to “DSC0ssss.”
• Enter a number from 0001 to 9999 for
ssss.
• If the overwrite confirmation message
appears, enter a different number.
• An extension may be displayed
depending on the computer settings.
The extension for images is JPG. Do
not change the extension.
2 Copy the image file to the
memory card folder in the
following order.
1 Right-click the image file, then click
[Copy].
2 Double-click [Removable Disk] in
[Computer] (For Windows XP: [My
Computer]).
3 Right-click the [sssMSDCF]
folder in the [DCIM] folder, then click
[Paste].
• sss stands for any number within
the range of 100 to 999.
Notes
• You may be unable to play back some images depending on the image size.
• When an image file has been processed by a computer or when the image file was
recorded using a model other than that of your camera, playback on your camera is
not guaranteed.
• When there is no folder, first create a folder with your camera (page 131) and then
copy the image file.
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Using the software
To utilize images recorded with the camera, the following software is
provided:
• Sony Image Data Suite
“Image Data Converter SR”
“Image Data Lightbox SR”
• Sony Picture Utility
“PMB” (Picture Motion Browser)
Note
• “PMB” is not compatible with Macintosh computers.
Recommended computer environment
x Windows
Recommended environment for using “Image Data Converter SR Ver.3”/
“Image Data Lightbox SR”
OS (pre-installed): Microsoft Windows XP*1 SP3/Windows Vista*2 SP2
*1 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported.
*2 Starter (Edition) is not supported.
CPU/Memory: Pentium 4 or faster is recommended, RAM 1 GB or more is
recommended.
Display: 1024 × 768 dots or more
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Viewing images on a computer
Recommended environment for using “PMB”
OS (pre-installed): Microsoft Windows XP*1 SP3/Windows Vista*2 SP2
*1 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. To create a disc,
Windows Image Mastering API (IMAPI) Ver. 2.0 or higher is required.
To download the IMAPI installer, an Internet connection is required.
*2 Starter (Edition) is not supported.
CPU/Memory: Pentium III 500 MHz or faster, 256 MB of RAM or more
(Recommended: Pentium III 800 MHz or faster and 512 MB of RAM or
more)
Hard Disk: Disk space required for installation—500 MB or more
Display: 1024 × 768 dots or more
x Macintosh
Recommended environment for using “Image Data Converter SR Ver.3”/
“Image Data Lightbox SR”
OS (pre-installed): Mac OS X v10.4/Mac OS X v10.5
CPU: Power PC G4/G5 series (1.0 GHz or faster is recommended)/Intel
Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster
Memory: 1 GB or more is recommended.
Display: 1024 × 768 dots or more
Installing the software
x Windows
• Log on as Administrator.
1 Turn on your computer, and insert
the CD-ROM (supplied) into the
CD-ROM drive.
The installation menu screen appears.
• If it does not appear, double-click
[Computer] (For Windows XP: [My
Computer]) t
(SONYPICTUTIL)
t [Install.exe].
• Under Windows Vista, the AutoPlay
screen may appear. Select “Run
Install.exe” and follow the instructions
that appear on the screen to proceed
with the installation.
2 Click [Install].
• Verify that both “Sony Image Data Suite” and “Sony Picture Utility” are
checked and follow the instructions on the screen.
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3 Remove the CD-ROM after the installation is complete.
The following software is installed and shortcut icons appear on the desktop.
• Sony Image Data Suite
“Image Data Converter SR”
“Image Data Lightbox SR”
• Sony Picture Utility
“PMB”
“PMB Guide”
x Macintosh
• Log on as Administrator.
1 Turn on your Macintosh computer, and insert the CD-ROM
(supplied) into the CD-ROM drive.
2 Double-click the CD-ROM icon.
3 Copy the [IDS_INST.pkg] file in the [MAC] folder to the hard
disk icon.
• Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
Note
• When the restart confirmation message appears, restart the computer following the
instructions on the screen.
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Viewing images on a computer
4 Double-click the [IDS_INST.pkg] file in the copy-to folder.
Using “Image Data Converter SR”
Note
• If you save an image as RAW data, the image is saved in the ARW2.1 format.
With “Image Data Converter SR” you can:
• Edit images recorded in RAW format with various corrections, such as
tone curve, and sharpness.
• Adjust images with white balance, exposure, and creative style, etc.
• Save the images displayed and edited on a computer. You can either save
the image as RAW format or save it in the general file format.
• For details on “Image Data Converter SR,” refer to Help.
To start Help, click [Start] t [All Programs] t [Sony Image Data Suite]
t [Help] t [Image Data Converter SR Ver.3].
Using “Image Data Lightbox SR”
With “Image Data Lightbox SR” you can:
• Display and compare RAW/JPEG images recorded with this camera.
• Rate the images on a scale of five.
• Set color labels and so on.
• Display an image with “Image Data Converter SR” and make adjustments
to it.
• For details on “Image Data Lightbox SR,” refer to Help.
To start Help from the Start menu, click [Start] t [All Programs] t
[Sony Image Data Suite] t [Help] t [Image Data Lightbox SR].
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Using “PMB”
Note
• “PMB” is not compatible with Macintosh computers.
With “PMB” you can:
• Import images shot with the camera and
display them on the computer.
• Organize images on the computer on a
calendar by shooting date to view them.
• Retouch (Red Eye Correction, etc.),
print, and send still images as e-mail
attachments, change the shooting date
and more.
• Print or save still images with the date.
• Create a data disc using a CD burner drive or DVD burner drive.
• For details on “PMB,” refer to “PMB Guide.”
To start “PMB Guide,” double-click the shortcut of
(PMB Guide) on
the desktop. When starting up from the start menu, click [Start] t [All
Programs] t [Sony Picture Utility] t [Help] t [PMB Guide].
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Viewing images on a computer
Note
• The confirmation message of the Information tool appears on the screen when
starting “PMB” for the first time. Select [Start]. This function informs you of news,
such as software updates. You can change the setting later.
Printing images
Specifying DPOF
Using the camera, you can specify the images and the number of images to
print before you print images at a shop or with your printer. Follow the
procedure below.
DPOF specifications are left with images after printing. It is recommended
that you unspecify them after printing.
Specifying /unspecifying DPOF on selected images
1 MENU button t
1 t [Specify Printing] t [DPOF setup]
t [Marked images] t [OK]
2 Select the image with b/B on the controller.
3 Select the number of sheets with the center of the controller.
• To unspecify DPOF, set the number to “0.”
4 Press the MENU button.
5 Select [OK] with v on the controller, then press the center of
the controller.
Notes
• You cannot specify DPOF on RAW data files.
• You can specify any number up to 9.
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Dating images
You can date images when printing them. The position of the date (inside
or outside the image, character size, etc.) depends on your printer.
MENU button t
[On]
1 t [Specify Printing] t [Date imprint] t
Note
• This function may not be provided, depending on the printer.
Printing images
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Printing images by connecting the
camera to a PictBridge compliant printer
Even if you do not have a computer, you
can print images shot using your camera
by connecting the camera directly to a
PictBridge compliant printer.
“PictBridge” is based on the CIPA
standard. (CIPA: Camera & Imaging
Products Association)
Note
• You cannot print RAW images.
Stage 1: Connecting the camera to the printer
Note
• It is recommended to use the AC Adaptor (sold separately) to prevent the power
from turning off partway through printing.
1 MENU button t
2 t [USB connection] t [PTP]
2 Turn the camera off and select the type of memory card you
want to print images from using the memory card switch.
3 Connect the camera to the printer.
1 To the
USB terminal
USB cable
2 To the
USB terminal
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4 Turn on your camera and the printer.
The screen used for selecting images you want to print appears.
Stage 2: Printing
1 Select the image to print with b/B on the controller, then press
the center of the controller.
• To cancel, press the center again.
2 Select [OK] in the menu, then press the center of the controller.
The image is printed.
• After the screen indicating that the print is completed appears, press the
center of the controller.
3 Repeat steps 1 and 2 if you want to print other images.
To cancel the print
During printing, pressing the center of the controller cancels the print.
Remove the USB cable or turn off the camera. When you want to print
again, follow the procedure (Stages 1 and 2) above.
Printing images
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Others
Specifications
[Auto Focus System]
System
Camera
[System]
Camera Type
Digital Single Lens Reflex
Camera with built-in flash
and interchangeable lenses
Lens
All of α Lenses
TTL phase-detection
system, CCD line sensors
(9 points, 8 lines with
center cross-hair sensor)
Sensitivity Range
0 to 18 EV (at ISO 100
conversion)
AF illuminator
Approx. 1 to 5 m (3.3 to
16.4 feet)
[Image sensor]
[Manual focus check]
Image format
DSLR-A550
23.4×15.6 mm (APS-C
format) CMOS image
sensor
DSLR-A500
23.5×15.6 mm (APS-C
format) CMOS image
sensor
Image format
Image sensor for shooting
Total pixel number of image sensor
DSLR-A550
Approx. 14 600 000 pixels
DSLR-A500
Approx. 12 900 000 pixels
Effective pixel number of camera
DSLR-A550
Approx. 14 200 000 pixels
DSLR-A500
Approx. 12 300 000 pixels
Field of View
100%
[Live View]
Type
Pentamirror tilt mechanism
Image format
Exclusive image sensor for
Live View
Metering method
1200-zone evaluative
metering
Metering range
1 to 17 EV (Multi segment,
Center weighted, Spot) (at
ISO 100 conversion with
F1.4 lens)
[SteadyShot]
Field of View
90%
System
Image sensor-shift
mechanism
[Viewfinder]
Charge protection coating
on Low-Pass Filter and
image sensor-shift
mechanism
Field of View
95%
[Anti-Dust]
System
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Type
Fixed eye-level pentaDach-mirror
Magnification
0.80 × with 50 mm lens at
infinity, –1 m–1 (diopter)
Eye Relief
Approximately 19 mm
from the eyepiece, 15 mm
from the eyepiece frame at
–1 m–1
Dioptor Adjustment
–2.5 to +1.0 m–1
[Exposure control]
Metering Cell
SPC
Recycling time
Approx. 4 seconds
Flash coverage
Covering 18 mm lens
(focal length that the lens
indicates)
Flash compensation
±2.0 EV (1/3 EV step)
[Recording media]
“Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media, “Memory Stick
PRO-HG Duo” media, SD
memory card, SDHC
memory card
Metering method
40-segment honeycombpattern, the exclusive
image sensor for Live
View in Live View mode
Metering Range
2 to 20 EV (4 to 20 EV
with Spot metering), (at
ISO 100 conversion with
F1.4 lens)
1 to 17 EV in Live View
mode (on all metering
modes, at ISO 100
conversion with F1.4 lens)
ISO sensitivity (Recommended
exposure index)
AUTO, ISO 200 to 12800
Exposure compensation
±2.0 EV (1/3 EV step)
LCD panel 7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT
drive
Total number of dots
DSLR-A550
921 600 (640 × 3 (RGB) ×
480) dots
DSLR-A500
230 400 (960 × 240) dots
[Input/output terminals]
USB
miniB
HDMI
HDMI type C minijack
[Power, general]
[Shutter]
Type
[LCD monitor]
Used battery pack
Rechargeable battery pack
NP-FM500H
Speed range 1/4000 second to 30
seconds, bulb, (1/3 EV
step)
[Others]
PictBridge
Compatible
Flash sync speed
1/160 second
Exif Print
Compatible
[Built-In-Flash]
PRINT Image Matching III
Compatible
Flash G.No.
GN 12 (in meters at ISO
100)
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Others
Electronically-controlled,
vertical-traverse, focalplane type
Dimensions Approx. 137 × 104 ×
84 mm (5 1/2 × 4 1/8 ×
3 3/8 inches) (W/H/D,
excluding protrusions)
Mass
DSLR-A550
Approx. 599 g (1 lb 5.1 oz)
(without batteries, memory
card and body accessories)
DSLR-A500
Approx. 597 g (1 lb 5.1 oz)
(without batteries, memory
card and body accessories)
Rechargeable battery pack
NP-FM500H
Used battery
Lithium-ion battery
Maximum voltage
DC 8.4 V
Nominal voltage
DC 7.2 V
Maximum charge current
2.0 A
Operating temperature
0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
Maximum charge voltage
DC 8.4 V
File format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif
Ver. 2.21, MPF Baseline)
compliant, DPOF
compatible
Capacity
Typical
11.8 Wh (1 650 mAh)
Minimum 11.5 Wh (1 600 mAh)
USB communication
Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0
compliant)
Maximum dimensions
Approx. 38.2 × 20.5 × 55.6
mm (1 9/16 × 13/16 × 2 1/4
inches) (W/H/D)
BC-VM10 Battery charger
Mass
Input rating 100 V – 240 V AC, 50/60
Hz, 9 W
Design and specifications are subject
to change without notice.
Output rating
8.4 V DC, 0.75 A
Operating temperature range
0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
Storage temperature range
–20 to +60°C (–4 to
+140°F)
Maximum dimensions
Approx. 70 × 25 × 95 mm
(2 7/8 × 1× 3 3/4 inches)
(W/H/D)
Mass
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Approx. 90 g (3.2 oz)
Approx. 78 g (2.8 oz)
On focal length
The picture angle of this camera is
narrower than that of a 35 mm-format
film camera. You can find the
approximate equivalent of the focal
length of a 35 mm-format film
camera, and shoot with the same
picture angle, by increasing the focal
length of your lens by half.
For example, by using a 50 mm lens,
you can get the approximate
equivalent of a 75 mm lens of a 35
mm-format film camera.
On image data compatibility
• This camera conforms with DCF
(Design rule for Camera File
system) universal standard
established by JEITA (Japan
Electronics and Information
Technology Industries
Association).
• Playback of images recorded with
your camera on other equipment
and playback of images recorded or
edited with other equipment on
your camera are not guaranteed.
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Trademarks
•
is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
• “Memory Stick,”
, “Memory
Stick PRO,”
,
“Memory Stick Duo,”
, “Memory Stick
PRO Duo,”
,
“Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo,”
, “Memory
Stick Micro,” “MagicGate,” and
are trademarks of
Sony Corporation.
• “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of
Sony Corporation.
• “PhotoTV HD” is a trademark of
Sony Corporation.
• Microsoft, Windows, and Windows
Vista are either registered
trademarks or trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation in the
United States and/or other
countries.
• HDMI, the HDMI logo and HighDefinition Multimedia Interface are
trademarks or registered trademarks
of HDMI Licensing LLC.
• Macintosh and Mac OS are
trademarks or registered trademarks
of Apple Inc.
• PowerPC is a registered trademark
of IBM Corporation in the United
States.
• The SDHC logo is a trademark.
• MultiMediaCard is a trademark of
MultiMediaCard Association.
• Intel, Intel Core, MMX, and
Pentium are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Intel
Corporation.
• Adobe is a registered trademark or
a trademark of Adobe Systems
Incorporated in the United States
and/or other countries.
• In addition, system and product
names used in this manual are, in
general, trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective
developers or manufacturers.
However, the ™ or ® marks are not
used in all cases in this manual.
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Troubleshooting
If you experience trouble with your camera, try the following solutions.
Check the items on pages 160 to 168. Consult your Sony dealer or local
authorized Sony service facility.
1
Check the following items.
2
Remove the battery pack, and insert the battery pack again after
about one minute, and turn on the power.
3
Reset the settings (page 138).
4
Consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
Battery pack and power
The battery pack cannot be installed.
• As you insert the battery pack, use the tip of the battery pack to push the
lock lever (page 17).
• Check the model number of the battery pack (pages 12, 18).
The remaining battery indicator is incorrect, or sufficient remaining
battery indicator is displayed but the power runs out too quickly.
• This phenomenon occurs when you use the camera in an extremely hot or
cold location (page 172).
• The battery pack is discharged. Install a charged battery pack (page 13).
• The battery pack is dead (page 19). Replace it with a new one.
Cannot turn on the camera.
• Install the battery pack correctly (page 17).
• The battery pack is discharged. Install a charged battery pack (page 13).
• The battery pack is dead (page 19). Replace it with a new one.
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The power turns off suddenly.
• If you do not operate the camera for given period of time, the camera turns
to power saving mode and nearly shuts down. To cancel the power save,
operate the camera, such as pressing the shutter button halfway down
(page 134).
The CHARGE lamp flashes when charging the battery pack.
• Remove and re-insert the battery pack correctly.
• Charge the battery pack under the suitable temperatures between 10 and
30°C (50 and 86°F).
Shooting images
Nothing is displayed on the LCD monitor in viewfinder mode when the
power is turned on.
• If you do not operate the camera for given period of time, the camera turns
to power saving mode and nearly shuts down. To cancel the power save,
operate the camera, such as pressing the shutter button halfway down
(page 134).
The image is not clear in the viewfinder.
• Adjust the diopter scale properly using the diopter-adjustment dial
(page 72).
No images in the viewfinder.
• The LIVE VIEW/OVF switch is set to “LIVE VIEW.” Set it to “OVF”
(page 71).
• The battery pack is discharged. Install a charged battery pack (page 13).
The shutter does not release.
• You are using a memory card with a write-protect switch, and the switch is
set to the LOCK position. Set the switch to the recording position.
• The position of the memory card switch is wrong. Set it to the correct
position (page 22).
• Check the free capacity of the memory card (page 29).
• You cannot record images while charging the built-in flash (page 88).
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Others
The screen of the viewfinder is dark.
• The shutter cannot be released when the subject is out of focus.
• The lens is not attached properly. Attach the lens properly (page 20).
• When an astronomical telescope, etc., is attached to the camera, set the
exposure mode to M and do your shooting.
• The subject may require special focusing (page 80). Use the focus-lock or
manual focus function (pages 81, 84).
Recording takes a long time.
• The noise reduction function is turned on (page 132). This is not a
malfunction.
• You are shooting in RAW mode (page 129). Since the RAW data file is
large, the RAW mode shooting may take time.
• The Auto HDR is processing an image (page 98).
The image is out of focus.
• The subject is too close. Check the minimum focal distance of the lens.
• You are shooting in manual focus mode, set the focus mode switch to AF
(autofocus) (page 79).
• When the focus mode switch is equipped with the lens, set it to AF.
• Ambient light is insufficient.
Eye-Start AF does not work.
• Set [Eye-Start AF] to [On] (page 71).
• Press the shutter button halfway down.
The flash does not work.
• The flash mode is set to [Autoflash]. If you want to make sure the flash fires
without fail, set the flash mode to [Fill-flash] (page 88).
The flash takes too long to recharge.
• The flash has been fired in succession in a short period. When the flash has
been fired in succession, the recharging process may take longer than usual
to avoid overheating of the camera.
A picture taken with the flash is too dark.
• If the subject is beyond the flash range (the distance that the flash can
reach), the pictures will be dark because the flash light does not reach the
subject. If the ISO is changed, the flash range also changes with it
(page 90).
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The date and time are recorded incorrectly.
• Set the correct date and time (page 25).
The aperture value and/or shutter speed flashes when you press the
shutter button halfway down.
• Since the subject is too bright or too dark, it is beyond the available range of
the camera. Adjust the setting again.
The image is whitish (Flare).
Blurring of light appears on the image (Ghosting).
• The picture was taken under a strong light source, and excessive light has
entered the lens. Attach a lens hood (sold separately).
The corners of the picture are too dark.
• If any filter or hood is used, take it off and try shooting again. Depending on
the thickness of the filter and improper attachment of the hood, the filter or
the hood may partially appear in the image. The optical properties of some
lenses may cause the periphery of the image to appear too dark (insufficient
light).
The eyes of the subject come out red.
• Activate the red eye reduction function (page 90).
• Get close to the subject, and shoot the subject within the flash range using
the flash (page 90).
Dots appear and remain on the LCD monitor.
Others
• This is not a malfunction. These dots are not recorded (page 7).
• You may reduce the effect of these issues using the “Pixel mapping”
function.
1 Set the LIVE VIEW/OVF switch to “LIVE VIEW.”
2 Attach the lens cap.
3 MENU button t
3 t [Pixel mapping] t [OK]
The image is blurred.
• The picture was taken in a dark location without the flash, resulting in
camera shake. The use of a tripod or the flash is recommended (pages 49,
88).
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The EV scale b B is flashing on the LCD monitor or in the viewfinder.
• The subject is too bright or too dark for the metering range of the camera.
The color of an image recorded in Live View mode is strange.
• In Live View mode, carefully check the image displayed on the LCD
monitor before shooting. The camera may not be able to recognize the color
of the image right after switching to the Live View mode. In such cases, the
expected result may not be obtained.
Viewing images
Your camera cannot play back images.
• The folder/file name has been changed on your computer (page 145).
• When an image file has been processed by a computer or when the image
file was recorded using a model other than that of your camera, playback on
your camera is not guaranteed.
• The camera is in USB mode. Delete the USB connection (page 144).
Deleting/Editing images
Your camera cannot delete an image.
• Cancel the protection (page 122).
You have deleted an image by mistake.
• Once you have deleted an image, you cannot restore it. We recommend that
you protect images that you do not want to delete (page 122).
You cannot mark a DPOF mark.
• You cannot mark DPOF marks on RAW images.
Computers
You do not know if the OS of your computer is compatible with the
camera.
• Check “Recommended computer environment” (pages 140, 147).
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Your computer does not recognize your camera.
• Check that the camera is turned on.
• When the battery level is low, install the charged battery pack (page 13), or
use the AC Adaptor (sold separately).
• Use the USB cable (supplied) (page 141).
• Disconnect the USB cable, and connect it again firmly.
• Set [USB connection] to [Mass Storage] (page 141).
• Disconnect all equipment other than the camera, the keyboard and the
mouse from the USB jacks of your computer.
• Connect the camera directly to your computer without passing through a
USB hub or other device (page 140).
You cannot copy images.
• Make the USB connection by properly connecting the camera with your
computer (page 141).
• Follow the designated copy procedure for your OS (page 142).
• When you shoot images with a memory card formatted by a computer, you
may not be able to copy the images to a computer. Shoot using a memory
card formatted by your camera (page 131).
The image cannot be played back on a computer.
• If you are using “PMB,” refer to the “PMB Guide.”
• Consult the computer or software manufacturer.
After making a USB connection, “PMB” does not start automatically.
• Make the USB connection after the computer is turned on (page 141).
Memory card
• Insertion direction of the memory card is wrong. Insert it in the correct
direction (page 22).
Cannot record on a memory card.
• The memory card is full. Delete unnecessary images (page 123).
• An unusable memory card is inserted (page 23).
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Others
Cannot insert a memory card.
You have formatted a memory card by mistake.
• All the data on the memory card is deleted by formatting. You cannot
restore it.
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media are not recognized by a computer with a
“Memory Stick” media slot.
• If “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media are not supported on your computer’s
“Memory Stick” media slot, connect the camera to the computer
(page 141). The computer will recognize the “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media.
Printing
Also see “PictBridge compliant printer” (as follows) in conjunction with
the following items.
The color of the image is strange.
• When you print the images recorded in Adobe RGB mode using sRGB
printers that are not compatible with Adobe RGB (DCF2.0/Exif2.21), the
images are printed at a lower intensity level (page 102).
Images are printed with both edges cut off.
• Depending on your printer, the left, right, top, and bottom edges of the
image may be cut off. Especially when you print an image shot with the
aspect ratio set to [16:9], the lateral end of the image may be cut off.
• When printing images using your own printer, cancel the trimming or
borderless settings. Consult the printer manufacturer as to whether the
printer provides these functions or not.
• When having images printed at a digital print shop, ask the shop whether
they can print the images without cutting off both edges.
Cannot print images with the date.
• Using “PMB,” you can print images with date (page 151).
• This camera does not have a feature for superimposing dates on images.
However, because the images shot with the camera include information on
the recording date, you can print images with the date superimposed if the
printer or the software can recognize Exif information. For compatibility
with Exif information, consult the manufacturer of the printer or the
software.
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• When you print images at a shop, images can be printed with the date if you
ask them to do so.
PictBridge compliant printer
For details, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the printer or
consult with the manufacturer of the printer.
A connection cannot be established.
• The camera cannot be connected directly to a printer that is not compliant
with the PictBridge standard. Consult the printer manufacturer as to
whether the printer is compliant with PictBridge or not.
• Set [USB connection] to [PTP] (page 154).
• Disconnect and connect the USB cable again. If an error message is
indicated on the printer, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the
printer.
Cannot print images.
• Check that the camera and the printer are properly connected using the USB
cable.
• RAW images cannot be printed.
• Images shot using cameras other than this camera or images modified with
a computer may not be printed.
Cannot print the image at the size selected.
• Disconnect the USB cable and reconnect it whenever you change the paper
size after the printer has been connected to the camera.
Cannot operate the camera after canceling printing.
Others
The lens gets fogged.
• Moisture condensation has occurred. Turn off the camera and leave it for
about an hour before using it (page 172).
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Others
• Wait for a while as the printer is carrying out the cancellation. It may take
some time depending on the printer.
The message “Set date and time?” appears when you turn on the camera.
• The camera has been left unused for sometime with a low battery or no
battery pack. Charge the battery pack and set the date again (pages 25, 172).
If the date setting is lost every time the battery pack is charged, consult your
Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
The number of recordable images does not decrease or decreases two at
a time.
• This is because the compression rate and the image size after compression
change depending on the image when you shoot a JPEG image (page 129).
The setting is reset without the resetting operation.
• The battery pack was removed when the power switch was set to ON. When
removing the battery pack, make sure the camera is turned off and the
access lamp is not illuminated (pages 17, 36).
The camera does not work properly.
• Turn off the camera. Remove the battery pack and insert it again. If an AC
Adaptor (sold separately) is used, disconnect the power cord. If the camera
is hot, allow it to cool down before trying this corrective procedure. If the
camera does not work after doing these solutions, consult your Sony dealer
or local authorized Sony service facility.
The five bars of the SteadyShot scale flashes.
• The SteadyShot function does not work. You can continue to shoot but the
SteadyShot function will not work. Turn the camera off and on. If the
SteadyShot scale continues to flash, consult your Sony dealer or local
authorized Sony service facility.
“--E-” is indicated on the screen.
• Remove the memory card, and insert it again. If this procedure does not turn
off the indication, format the memory card.
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Warning messages
If the following messages appear,
follow the instructions below.
Incompatible battery. Use correct
model.
• An incompatible battery pack is
being used (page 18).
Set date and time?
• Set the date and time. If you
have not used the camera for a
long time, charge the internal
rechargeable battery (pages 25,
172).
Power insufficient
• You tried to perform [Cleaning
mode] when the battery level is
insufficient. Charge the battery
pack or use the AC Adaptor
(sold separately).
Unable to use “Memory Stick.”
Format?
Unable to use SD memory card.
Format?
Card error
• An incompatible memory card is
inserted or the format has failed.
Reinsert “Memory Stick.”
Reinsert SD memory card.
• The inserted memory card
cannot be used in your camera.
• The memory card is damaged.
• The terminal section of the
memory card is dirty.
SD memory card locked.
• You are using a memory card
with a write-protect switch, and
the switch is set to the LOCK
position. Set the switch to the
recording position.
This “Memory Stick” is not
supported.
• Use “Memory Stick” media
available on this camera
(page 23).
The “Memory Stick” may not be
capable of recording and playing
normally.
• Since the card is not “Memory
Stick” standard-compatible, it is
not recommended that you use
this card. Consult with the
manufacturer of the card.
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Others
• The memory card was formatted
on a computer and the file format
was modified.
Select [OK], then format the
memory card. You can use the
memory card again, however, all
previous data in the memory card
is erased. It may take a some time
to complete the format.
If the message still appears,
change the memory card.
No “Memory Stick” inserted.
Shutter is locked.
No SD memory card inserted.
Shutter is locked.
• No memory card is inserted.
Insert a memory card.
Processing...
• When Long exposure noise
reduction will be done for the
same amount of time that the
shutter was open. You cannot do
any further shooting during this
reduction.
Unable to display.
• Images recorded with other
cameras or images modified with
a computer may not be able to be
displayed.
No lens attached. Shutter is
locked.
• The lens is not attached properly,
or the lens is not attached.
• When attaching the camera to an
astronomical telescope or
something similar, set the
exposure mode to M.
Unable to print.
• You tried to mark RAW images
with a DPOF mark.
Initializing USB connection...
• A USB connection has been
established. Do not disconnect
the USB cable.
Check the connected device.
• A PictBridge connection cannot
be established. Disconnect the
USB cable and connect it again.
Camera overheating. Allow it to
cool.
• The camera has become hot
because you have been shooting
continuously.
Turn the power off. Cool the
camera and wait until the camera
is ready to shoot again.
• The temperature of the camera in
manual focus check mode is
increasing. If you intend to
continue to use the camera, you
cannot use the camera until the
temperature decreases.
No images
• There is no image in the memory
card.
Image protected
• You tried to delete protected
images.
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Camera error
System error
• Turn the power off, remove the
battery pack, then re-insert it. If
the message appears frequently,
consult your Sony dealer or local
authorized Sony service facility.
Unable to magnify.
Unable to rotate image.
• Images recorded with other cameras
may not be enlarged or rotated.
No images changed
• You attempted to protect images
or specified DPOF without
specifying images.
Cannot create more folders.
• The folder with a name beginning
with “999” exists on the memory
card. You cannot create any
folders if this is the case.
Printing canceled
• The print job was canceled.
Disconnect the USB cable or
turn the camera off.
Unable to mark.
• You attempted to mark RAW
images on the PictBridge screen.
Printer error
Others
• Check the printer.
• Check if the image you want to
print is corrupted.
Printer busy
• Check the printer.
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Precautions
On operating temperatures
Do not use/store the camera in
the following places
Your camera is designed for use
under the temperatures between 0 and
40°C (32 and 104°F). Shooting in
extremely cold or hot places that
exceed this range is not
recommended.
• In an extremely hot, dry or humid
place
In places such as in a car parked in
the sun, the camera body may
become deformed and this may
cause a malfunction.
• Under direct sunlight or near a
heater
The camera body may become
discolored or deformed, and this
may cause a malfunction.
• In a location subject to rocking
vibration
• Near strong magnetic place
• In sandy or dusty places
Be careful not to let sand or dust get
into the camera. This may cause the
camera to malfunction, and in some
cases this malfunction cannot be
repaired.
On storing
Be sure to attach the lens cap or
body cap when not using the
camera. When attaching the body
cap, remove all the dust from the
cap before placing it on the camera.
When you purchase the DT 18 – 55
mm F3.5 – 5.6 SAM Lens Kit,
purchase the Rear Lens Cap ALCR55 also.
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On moisture condensation
If the camera is brought directly from
a cold to a warm location, moisture
may condense inside or outside the
camera. This moisture condensation
may cause a malfunction of the
camera.
How to prevent moisture
condensation
When bringing the camera from a
cold place to a warm place, seal the
camera in a plastic bag and allow it to
adapt to conditions at the new
location over about an hour.
If moisture condensation occurs
Turn off the camera and wait about an
hour for the moisture to evaporate.
Note that if you attempt to shoot with
moisture remaining inside the lens,
you will be unable to record clear
images.
On the internal rechargeable
battery
This camera has an internal
rechargeable battery for maintaining
the date and time and other settings
regardless of whether the power is on
or off.
This rechargeable battery is
continually charged as long as you
are using the camera. However, if you
use the camera for only short periods,
it discharges gradually, and if you do
not use the camera at all for about 3
months it becomes completely
discharged. In this case, be sure to
charge this rechargeable battery
before using the camera.
However, even if this rechargeable
battery is not charged, you can still
use the camera as long as you do not
record the date and time. If the
camera resets the settings to the
defaults each time you charge the
battery, the internal rechargeable
battery may be dead. Consult your
Sony dealer or local authorized Sony
service facility.
Charging method of the internal
rechargeable battery
Insert a charged battery pack in the
camera, or connect the camera to a
wall outlet (wall socket) using the AC
Adaptor (sold separately), and leave
the camera for 24 hours or more with
the power off.
Notes on recording/playback
•
•
•
•
•
•
Or it may cause a malfunction of
your camera.
Do not use the camera near a
location that generates strong radio
waves or emits radiation. The
camera may not be able to record or
play back properly.
Using the camera in sandy or dusty
locations may cause malfunctions.
If moisture condensation occurs,
remove it before using the camera
(page 172).
Do not shake or strike the camera.
In addition to malfunctions and an
inability to record images, this may
render the memory card unusable,
or cause image data breakdown,
damage or loss.
Clean the flash surface before use.
The heat of flash emission may
cause dirt on the flash surface to
become discolored or to stick to the
flash surface, resulting in
insufficient light emission.
Keep the camera, supplied
accessories, etc., out of the reach of
children. A memory card, etc., may
be swallowed. If such a problem
occurs, consult a doctor
immediately.
Others
• Before you record one-time events,
make a trial recording to make sure
that the camera is working
correctly.
• This camera is neither dust-proof,
nor splash-proof, nor water-proof.
• Do not look at the sun or a strong
light through a removed lens or the
viewfinder. This may cause
irrecoverable damage to your eyes.
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Index
Index
Numerics
C
40-segment honeycomb pattern
metering................................157
Center weighted ......................... 97
Charging battery pack................ 13
Cleaning mode ........................... 33
Color filter ............................... 105
Color Space.............................. 102
Color temperature .................... 105
Compression ratio .................... 129
Continuous AF........................... 82
Continuous bracket .................. 110
Continuous shooting ................ 108
Contrast.................................... 101
Controller ................................... 43
Creative Style........................... 101
CTRL FOR HDMI................... 127
Custom white balance.............. 106
A
Adobe RGB ..............................102
AE Lock......................................92
AEL button ...............................133
AF area .......................................83
AF illuminator ............................90
Ambient light............................111
Amount of exposure ...................61
Anti-dust function.......................33
Aperture ................................61, 63
Aperture priority .........................63
Aspect ratio...............................128
Audio signals ............................134
Auto HDR...................................99
Auto off w/ VF .........................136
Auto review ..............................135
Autoflash ....................................88
Autofocus ...................................79
Autofocus mode..........................82
B
Battery pack..........................13, 17
Bracket......................................110
BULB shooting...........................69
D
Date imprint ............................. 153
Date/Time setup......................... 25
DC IN terminal .......................... 39
Delete ....................................... 123
Depth of field ............................. 61
Diopter-adjustment .................... 72
DPOF setup.............................. 152
D-Range Optimizer.................... 98
Drive mode .............................. 108
E
Enlarged image ........................ 116
174
EV scale ....................... 68, 93, 111
Exposure .................................... 61
Exposure compensation ............. 93
Exposure mode .......................... 61
Eyecup ....................................... 28
Eyepiece cover ........................... 28
Eyepiece sensors ................ 71, 136
Eye-Start AF .............................. 71
I
Image Data Converter SR ........ 150
Image Data Lightbox SR.......... 150
Image Index.............................. 117
Image quality............................ 129
Image size ................................ 128
ISO sensitivity.......................... 103
J
F
Face Detection ........................... 52
File number .............................. 130
Fill-flash..................................... 88
Flash bracket ............................ 110
Flash compensation.................... 95
Flash control .............................. 96
Flash mode ................................. 88
Flash Off .............................. 50, 88
Fn button .................................... 43
Focal length.............................. 158
Focus .......................................... 79
Focus indicator........................... 80
Focus mode ................................ 82
Focus-lock.................................. 81
Folder name ............................. 130
Format ...................................... 131
Help Guide disp. ...................... 134
High ISO NR ........................... 132
High-speed sync......................... 78
Histogram................................... 94
L
Landscape................................... 56
Language .................................. 134
LCD brightness ........................ 135
LCD monitor ................ 41, 73, 120
Lens............................................ 20
Live View............................... 7, 71
Long exp.NR ............................ 132
M
Macro ......................................... 57
Manual exposure ........................ 67
Manual focus.............................. 84
Manual focus check ................... 85
Manual shift ............................... 68
Memory card switch................... 22
“Memory Stick Duo” ................. 22
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” ........ 22
Menu .......................................... 45
Metering mode ........................... 97
Moisture condensation ............. 172
175
Index
H
JPEG......................................... 129
Multi segment .............................97
N
New folder ................................131
Night Port./View.........................60
Noise reduction.........................132
Number of recordable images
..........................................29, 31
O
OVF ............................................71
P
PictBridge .................................154
Pixel mapping ...........................163
PlaybackDisplay .......................115
PMB..........................................151
Portrait ........................................55
Power Save ...............................134
Preset white balance .................104
Pressing halfway down...............51
Print ..................................152, 154
Program auto ..............................62
Protect.......................................122
Q
Quality ......................................129
R
RAW.................................129, 150
Rear sync. ...................................88
Red eye reduc. ............................90
Reducing camera shake ..............47
176
Remote Commander ................ 112
Reset ........................................ 138
Rotate....................................... 116
S
Saturation ................................. 101
Scene Selection .......................... 54
SD memory card ........................ 22
Select folder ............................. 131
Self-timer ................................. 109
Set the clock............................... 25
Sharpness ................................. 101
Shooting ..................................... 50
Shoulder strap ............................ 27
Shutter speed........................ 61, 65
Shutter speed priority................. 65
Single-shot AF ........................... 82
Slide show................................ 118
Slow sync................................... 88
Smart teleconverter .................... 87
Smile Shutter ........................... 113
Specifications........................... 156
Sports Action ............................. 58
Spot ............................................ 97
SteadyShot function................... 48
Sunset......................................... 59
U
USB connection ....................... 141
V
Version..................................... 137
Viewfinder ........................... 71, 78
Viewing image ......................... 115
Viewing images on a TV screen
............................................. 125
W
White balance .......................... 104
White balance bracket.............. 111
Wireless flash............................. 91
Wireless Remote Commander
............................................. 112
Z
Zoom .......................................... 87
Index
177
178