Preparing the camera
Before your operation
Shooting images
Using the shooting
function
Using the viewing
function
Using the menu
Viewing images on a
computer
Printing images
Additional information on this product and
answers to frequently asked questions can be
found at our Customer Support Website.
Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera
Instruction Manual
DSLR-A900
Printed on 70% or more recycled paper using
VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)-free
vegetable oil based ink.
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-A900
Serial No. __________________________
WARNING
To reduce fire or shock hazard, do
not expose the unit to rain or
moisture.
For Customers in the U.S.A.
This symbol is intended to alert
the user to the presence of
uninsulated “dangerous voltage”
within the product's enclosure
that may be of sufficient
magnitude to constitute a risk of
electric shock to persons.
This symbol is intended to alert
the user to the presence of
important operating and
maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
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For your protection, please read these
safety instructions completely before
operating the appliance, and keep this
manual for future reference.
Attachments
Carefully observe all warnings, precautions
and instructions on the appliance, or the
one described in the operating instructions
and adhere to them.
Cleaning
Use
Power Sources
This set should be operated only from the
type of power source indicated on the
marking label. If you are not sure of the
type of electrical power supplied to your
home, consult your dealer or local power
company. For those sets designed to
operate from battery power, or other
sources, refer to the operating instructions.
Polarization
This set may be equipped with a polarized
ac power cord plug (a plug having one
blade wider than the other).
This plug will fit into the power outlet only
one way. This is a safety feature. If you are
unable to insert the plug fully into the
outlet, try reversing the plug. If the plug
should still fail to fit, contact your
electrician to have a suitable outlet
installed. Do not defeat the safety purpose
of the polarized plug by forcing it in.
Overloading
Do not overload wall outlets, extension
cords or convenience receptacles beyond
their capacity, since this can result in fire or
electric shock.
Object and Liquid Entry
Never push objects of any kind into the set
through openings as they may touch
dangerous voltage points or short out parts
that could result in a fire or electric shock.
Never spill liquid of any kind on the set.
Do not use attachments not recommended
by the manufacturer, as they may cause
hazards.
Unplug the set from the wall outlet before
cleaning or polishing it. Do not use liquid
cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a cloth
lightly dampened with water for cleaning
the exterior of the set.
Installation
Water and Moisture
Do not use power-line operated sets near
water – for example, near a bathtub,
washbowl, kitchen sink, or laundry tub, in a
wet basement, or near a swimming pool,
etc.
Power-Cord Protection
Route the power cord so that it is not likely
to be walked on or pinched by items placed
upon or against them, paying particular
attention to the plugs, receptacles, and the
point where the cord exits from the
appliance.
Accessories
Do not place the set on an unstable cart,
stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The set may
fall, causing serious injury to a child or an
adult, and serious damage to the set. Use
only a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table
recommended by the manufacturer.
Ventilation
The slots and openings in the cabinet are
provided for necessary ventilation. To
ensure reliable operation of the set, and to
protect it from overheating, these slots and
openings must never be blocked or
covered.
– Never cover the slots and openings with a
cloth or other materials.
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– Never block the slots and openings by
placing the set on a bed, sofa, rug, or
other similar surface.
– Never place the set in a confined space,
such as a bookcase, or built-in cabinet,
unless proper ventilation is provided.
– Do not place the set near or over a
radiator or heat register, or where it is
exposed to direct sunlight.
Lightning
For added protection for this set during a
lightning storm, or when it is left
unattended and unused for long periods of
time, unplug it from the wall outlet and
disconnect the antenna or cable system.
This will prevent damage to the set due to
lightning and power-line surges.
Service
Damage Requiring Service
Unplug the set from the wall outlet and
refer servicing to qualified service
personnel under the following conditions:
– When the power cord or plug is damaged
or frayed.
– If liquid has been spilled or objects have
fallen into the set.
– If the set has been exposed to rain or
water.
– If the set has been subject to excessive
shock by being dropped, or the cabinet
has been damaged.
– If the set does not operate normally when
following the operating instructions.
Adjust only those controls that are
specified in the operating instructions.
Improper adjustment of other controls
may result in damage and will often
require extensive work by a qualified
technician to restore the set to normal
operation.
– When the set exhibits a distinct change in
performance – this indicates a need for
service.
Servicing
Do not attempt to service the set yourself as
opening or removing covers may expose
you to dangerous voltage or other hazards.
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Refer all servicing to qualified service
personnel.
Replacement parts
When replacement parts are required, be
sure the service technician has used
replacement parts specified by the
manufacturer that have the same
characteristics as the original parts.
Unauthorized substitutions may result in
fire, electric shock, or other hazards.
Safety Check
Upon completion of any service or repairs
to the set, ask the service technician to
perform routine safety checks (as specified
by the manufacturer) to determine that the
set is in safe operating condition.
IMPORTANT SAFETY
INSTRUCTIONS
SAVE THESE
INSTRUCTIONS.
DANGER - TO
REDUCE THE RISK
OF FIRE OR
ELECTRIC SHOCK,
CAREFULLY
FOLLOW THESE
INSTRUCTIONS.
For connection to a supply not in the
U.S.A., use an attachment plug adapter of
the proper configuration for the power
outlet.
Read this first
CAUTION
Replace the battery with the specified type
only. Otherwise, fire or injury may result.
Do not expose the batteries to excessive
heat such as sunshine, fire or the like.
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.
• 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
140°F (60°C) 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 with Sony
battery charger or the device that can
charge the battery.
• 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 promptly
according to the instructions.
For Customers in the U.S.A.
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.
Caution
Incorrect use of the battery pack risks
explosion, fire, or chemical burn. Comply
with the following precautions.
• Do not disassemble.
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Regulatory Information
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: DSLR-A900
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.
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 the State of California,
USA only
Perchlorate Material - special handling may
apply, See
www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/
perchlorate
Perchlorate Material: Lithium battery
contains perchlorate.
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For Customers in Europe
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).
Disposal of waste batteries
(applicable in the European Union
and other European countries with
separate collection systems)
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.
Applicable Accessories: Remote
Commander
This symbol on the battery or on the
packaging indicates that the battery
provided with this product shall not be
treated as household waste.
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.
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.
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Notes on using your camera
No compensation for contents of the
recording
Warning on copyright
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.
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.
Back up recommendation
The pictures used in this manual
To avoid the potential risk of data loss,
always copy (back up) data to other
medium.
The photographs used as examples of
pictures in this manual are reproduced
images, and are not actual images shot
using this camera.
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.
Black, white, red,
blue and green
points
• 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.
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Table of Contents
IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS.......................................... 3
Read this first ..................................................................... 5
Notes on using your camera .............................................. 9
Preparing the
camera
Checking the accessories supplied .................................. 13
Preparing the battery pack ............................................... 14
Attaching a lens ............................................................... 21
Inserting a memory card .................................................. 23
Preparing the camera ....................................................... 27
Using the accessories supplied ........................................ 29
Checking the number of recordable images .................... 33
Cleaning ........................................................................... 35
Before your
operation
Identifying parts and screen indicators ............................ 38
Front side .................................................................... 38
Rear side ..................................................................... 39
Sides/Bottom .............................................................. 40
LCD monitor (Recording information display) ......... 41
Display panel .............................................................. 44
Viewfinder .................................................................. 45
Selecting a function/setting ............................................. 47
Selecting the functions on the Quick Navi screen ..... 48
Shooting images
Shooting with the automatic setting .................... 49
Exposure mode ................................................................ 51
Shooting with Program auto .................................. 51
Shooting with Aperture priority ............................ 53
Shooting with Shutter speed priority ...................... 54
Shooting with Manual exposure ............................ 55
Shooting with BULB ............................................. 56
Selecting the focus method .............................................. 58
Using the
Selecting the focus mode (Auto focus) ...................... 58
shooting function
Selecting the focus area .............................................. 60
Shooting with focus-lock ........................................... 61
AF illuminator ............................................................ 62
Shooting with Manual focus ...................................... 62
Shooting with Direct manual focus ............................ 63
Switching the AF/MF easily ...................................... 64
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Using a flash (not supplied) ............................................. 65
Selecting the flash mode ............................................ 66
Shooting with Slow Sync ........................................... 67
Shooting with High Speed Sync (HSS) ..................... 67
Using a flash equipped with a flash sync terminal cord
............................................................................ 68
Adjusting the brightness of the image (Metering, Exposure,
Flash compensation) ................................................... 69
Selecting the Metering mode ..................................... 69
Compensating the exposure ....................................... 70
Shooting with fixed brightness (AE Lock) ................ 71
Adjusting the amount of flash light (Flash compensation)
............................................................................ 73
Setting ISO ...................................................................... 74
Adjusting the color tones (White balance) ...................... 75
Auto/Preset white balance .......................................... 75
Setting the color temperature and a filter effect ......... 76
Custom white balance ................................................ 77
Image processing ............................................................. 79
Using the D-Range Optimizer .................................... 79
Using the Creative Style ............................................. 80
Selecting the drive mode ................................................. 83
Shooting single shot ................................................... 83
Shooting continuously ................................................ 84
Using the self-timer .................................................... 85
Shooting with Exposure bracket ................................ 85
Shooting with the white balance bracket
............................................................................ 87
Shooting with the DRO advanced bracket ................. 87
Shooting with the mirror lockup function .................. 87
Shooting with the Remote Commander ..................... 88
Using the preview function ............................................. 89
Registering your own settings ......................................... 91
Using the viewing Playing back images ........................................................ 92
Checking the information of recorded images ................ 97
function
Deleting images (Delete) ................................................. 99
Viewing images on a TV screen .................................... 101
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Using the menu
Menu function list .......................................................... 105
Recording menu 1 ................................................... 107
Recording menu 2 ................................................... 110
Recording menu 3 ................................................... 112
Recording menu 4 ................................................... 114
Custom menu 1 ......................................................... 116
Custom menu 2 ......................................................... 118
Custom menu 3 ......................................................... 121
Playback menu 1 ..................................................... 123
Playback menu 2 ..................................................... 126
Setup menu 1 ............................................................ 127
Setup menu 2 ............................................................ 129
Setup menu 3 ............................................................ 131
Setup menu 4 ............................................................ 134
Viewing images
on a computer
Copying images to your computer ................................ 137
Viewing images on your computer ................................ 141
Using the software ......................................................... 145
Printing images
Printing images by connecting the camera to a PictBridge
compliant printer ...................................................... 152
Others
Specifications ................................................................ 157
Troubleshooting ............................................................. 160
Warning messages ......................................................... 167
Precautions .................................................................... 170
Index .............................................................................. 172
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Preparing the camera
Checking the accessories supplied
The number in parentheses indicates the number of pieces.
• Rechargeable battery pack NPFM500H (1)
• Wireless Remote Commander
(Remote Commander) (1)
• Remote Commander clip (1)
• Shoulder strap (1)
• Body cap (1) (Attached on the
camera)
• Accessory shoe cap (1) (Attached
on the camera)
• Eyecup (1) (Attached on the
camera)
• CD-ROM (Application Software
for α camera) (1)
• Instruction Manual (This manual)
(1)
• USB cable (1)
• Video cable (1)
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Preparing the camera
• BC-VM10 Battery charger (1)/
Power cord (mains lead) (1)
Preparing the battery pack
When using the camera for the first time, be sure to charge the NPFM500H “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (supplied).
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.
To use your camera abroad — Power sources
You can use your camera and the battery charger and the AC-VQ900AM
AC Adaptor/charger (not supplied) in any country or region where the
power supply is within 100 V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. Use a commercially
available AC plug adaptor [a], if necessary, depending on the design of the
wall outlet (wall socket) [b].
Note
• Do not use an electronic transformer (travel converter), as this may cause a
malfunction.
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Preparing the camera
Notes
• Connect the battery charger to an easily accessible wall outlet (wall socket) close by.
• 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).
• 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.
Representative plug of power supply cord of countries/regions around the
world.
A Type
(American
Type)
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
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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
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
Preparing the camera
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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Inserting the charged battery pack
1 While sliding the battery cover
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 check the remaining battery level
Set the power switch to ON and check the level on the LCD monitor. The
level is indicated with the percent figures, in addition to the following
indicators.
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.
The number of images that can be recorded
The approximate number of images that can be recorded is 880 when you
use the camera with the battery pack at full capacity.
Note that the actual numbers may be less than those indicated depending on
the conditions of use, the attached lens, or the memory card.
• 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].
– Focus mode is set to AF-A (Automatic AF).
– Shooting once every 30 seconds.
– The power turns on and off once every ten times.
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Preparing the camera
“Battery
exhausted”
Battery level
• The measurement method is based on the CIPA standard.
(CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association)
• The battery capacity decreases as the number of uses increases and also
over time.
• The number of images that can be recorded is decreased under the
following conditions:
– The surrounding temperature is low.
– The camera has been turned on and off many times.
– Focus mode is set to AF-C (Continuous AF).
– When the camera continues to focus for a long time without shooting,
including cases where you press and hold the shutter button halfway
down.
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. We
recommend the following to ensure longer battery pack use: 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.
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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Attaching a lens
1 Remove the body cap from the camera and the rear cap from
the lens.
orange index marks on the lens
and camera.
Orange index marks
3 Turn the lens clockwise until it
clicks into the locked position.
• When attaching a lens, do not press the
lens release button.
Notes
• The shutter is not released if the lens is not attached, except when the mode dial is
set to M (page 55).
• Using a DT lens is not guaranteed because the corners of the field are darkened and
the camera does not meet the primary AE performance standard.
To remove the lens
1 Press the lens release button all
the way in and turn the lens
counterclockwise until it stops.
• When changing the lens, quickly
change the lens away from dusty
locations so as to keep dust from
getting inside the camera.
Lens release button
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Preparing the camera
2 Mount the lens by aligning the
2 Replace the cap on the lens and attach the body cap to the
camera.
• Before you attach the cap, remove dust from the cap.
Note on changing the lens
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 to keep dust or debris from getting inside the camera when
attaching/removing a lens.
If dust or debris lands on the image sensor
Clean the image sensor using [Cleaning mode] in the
(page 36).
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Setup menu
Inserting a memory card
You can use a CompactFlash card (CF card), Microdrive, or “Memory
Stick Duo” as a memory card.
2 Insert a memory card (not
Terminal part
supplied) from the terminal part
(the terminal side has a number
of small holes).
Set the face side with the label toward
the LCD monitor.
• For a “Memory Stick Duo,” insert it all
the way in until it clicks.
Terminal part
3 Close the memory card cover.
Note
• In the default setting, a CF card is selected as the memory card. If you use a
“Memory Stick Duo,” you have to switch the memory card setting (page 24).
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Preparing the camera
1 Open the memory card cover.
To remove the memory card
Check that the access lamp is not lit, then
open the memory card cover.
CompactFlash/Microdrive: Push down
the CF card eject lever. After the card is
ejected a little, pull out the memory card.
“Memory Stick Duo”: Push the “Memory
Stick Duo” once.
CF card eject lever
Access lamp
To shoot using a “Memory Stick Duo”
After turning on the camera, follow the steps below to switch the memory
card setting.
1 Press
the Fn button so that the Quick
Navi screen appears (page 48).
2 Select the memory card item with v/V/
Front control dial
b/B on the multi-selector.
3 Select
with the front or rear
control dial.
• You can also select the card with
[Memory card] in the
Setup menu
(page 129).
Rear control dial
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Notes on using memory cards
On the CF card/Microdrive
• Be sure to format the CF card/Microdrive using this camera when you use
it for the first time.
• Do not remove the label of a CF card/Microdrive or attach a new label
over the label.
• Do not press on the label strongly.
On the “Memory Stick”
• “Memory Stick Duo”: You can use the “Memory Stick
Duo” with your camera.
• “Memory Stick”: You cannot use the “Memory Stick”
with your camera.
• “Memory Stick PRO Duo” or “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo” with a
capacity up to 16 GB have been confirmed to operate properly with this
camera.
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Preparing the camera
• 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.
• A “Memory Stick Duo” formatted with a computer is not guaranteed to
operate with this camera.
• Data read/write speeds differ depending on the combination of the
“Memory Stick Duo” and the equipment used.
Notes on using a “Memory Stick Duo”
• Do not press down hard when you write down on the memo area.
• Do not attach a label on the “Memory Stick Duo” itself.
• Do not strike, bend or drop the “Memory Stick Duo.”
• Do not disassemble or modify the “Memory Stick Duo.”
• Do not leave the “Memory Stick Duo” within the reach of small children. They
might accidentally swallow it.
• Do not use or store the “Memory Stick Duo” 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.
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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 multi-selector.
3 Select each item with b/B and
set the numeric value with v/V.
4 Repeat step 3 to set other items, then press the center of the
multi-selector.
• When changing the sequence of [YYYY/MM/DD], first select [YYYY/
MM/DD] with b/B, then change it with v/V.
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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 multiselector.
To cancel the date/time setting operation
Press the MENU button.
Adjusting the diopter
Adjust the diopter-adjustment dial
to your eyesight until the indicators
appear clearly in the viewfinder.
• Turn the dial toward + when you are farsighted, toward – when you are near-sighted.
• Training the camera on the light allows you to
adjust the diopter easily.
When it is hard to rotate the diopter-adjustment dial
Insert your fingers under the eyecup, and
slide it upward to remove the eyecup,
then adjust the diopter.
• When attaching the FDA-M1AM Magnifier
(not supplied) or the FDA-A1AM Angle
Finder (not supplied) to the camera, remove
the eyecup as illustrated and attach them.
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Using the accessories supplied
Attaching the shoulder strap
Attach the both ends of the strap on
the camera.
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Preparing the camera
This section describes how to use the shoulder strap, Remote Commander
clip, and Remote Commander. The other accessories are described in the
following pages.
• Rechargeable battery pack (page 14)
• Battery charger, Power cord (mains lead) (page 14)
• Eyecup (page 28)
• USB cable (pages 103, 138, 153)
• Video cable (page 101)
• CD-ROM (page 146)
Using the Remote Commander clip
You can catch the cord of the RM-S1AM Remote Commander (not
supplied) on the shoulder strap to secure it.
1 Open the Remote Commander
clip.
2 Clip the strap and the cord of the
Remote Commander to the
Remote Commander clip.
3 Close the Remote Commander
clip.
How to use the Remote Commander
1 Remove the insulation sheet.
Insulation sheet
2 Point the Remote Commander at the remote sensor on the front
of the camera in order to operate the camera (page 38).
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The names of the buttons
A 2 SEC (shutter release in 2 seconds)
button (83, 88)
B SHUTTER button (83, 88)
C
Preparing the camera
(Histogram) button (93)
D DISP (Display) button (92)
E
(Index) button (96)
F
(Rotate) button (94)
G
(Playback) button (92)
H MENU button (105)
I PRINT button (155)
J Transmitter
K
(Slide show) button (126)
L
/
M
(Delete) button (99)
(Scale up/down) buttons (95)
N v/V/b/B/
(47)
To change the battery of the Remote Commander
1 While
pressing on the tab, inset your
fingernail into the slit to pull out the
battery case.
2 Place a new battery with the + side
facing up.
3 Insert the battery case back into the
Remote Commander until it clicks.
Tab
WARNING
Battery may explode if mistreated. Do not recharge, disassemble or
dispose of in fire.
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Note
• When the lithium battery becomes weak, the operating distance of the Remote
Commander may shorten, or the Remote Commander may not function properly. In
this case, replace the battery with a Sony CR2025 lithium battery.
Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.
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Checking the number of recordable
images
Notes
• If “0” flashes in yellow, the memory card is full. Replace the memory card with
another one, or delete images in the current memory card (page 99).
• When “----” flashes in yellow, it means no memory card is inserted or [Memory
card] (page 129) is not set to a correct position. Insert a memory card or set it to a
correct position.
The number of images that can be recorded on a memory
card
The tables show the approximate number of images that can be recorded on
a memory card formatted with this camera. The values may vary depending
on the shooting conditions.
The number of recordable images (Units: Images)
Image size: L 24M/Aspect ratio: 3:2*
CF card
Capacity
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB
148
296
593
1185
2370
Fine
98
197
395
790
1580
Extra fine
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86
172
343
687
cRAW & JPEG
28
56
112
224
449
RAW & JPEG
20
41
83
166
333
cRAW
39
78
157
313
627
RAW
26
52
105
211
423
Quality
Standard
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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.
“Memory Stick Duo”
Capacity
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB
145
294
582
1169
2369
Fine
97
196
388
779
1579
Extra fine
42
85
168
339
687
cRAW & JPEG
27
55
110
221
449
RAW & JPEG
20
41
81
164
333
cRAW
38
77
154
309
627
RAW
26
52
103
208
423
Quality
Standard
* When [Aspect ratio] is set to [16:9], you can record more images than the numbers
shown in the tables above. However, if you record an image as a RAW image, the
number is the same as that of the [3:2] aspect ratio.
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Cleaning
Cleaning the LCD monitor
Cleaning the lens
• When cleaning the lens surface, remove dust using a 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.
• 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 auto focus
system, blow away dust using a commercially available blower. If dust
lands on the image sensor, it may appear on the photo image. Turn the
camera to the cleaning mode, then clean it using a blower (page 36). Do
not use a spray blower to clean the inside of the camera. Using this may
cause a malfunction.
• Do not use a cleaning solution containing organic solvents, such as
thinner, or benzine.
Cleaning the camera surface
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.
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Preparing the camera
Wipe the screen surface with an LCD cleaning kit (not supplied) to remove
fingerprints, dust, etc.
Cleaning the image sensor
If dust or debris enters the camera and lands on the image sensor, 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.
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 Adaptor/
Charger (not supplied) is recommended.
• Do not use a spray blower because it may scatter vapor inside the camera body.
1 Confirm that the battery is fully charged (page 19).
2 Press the MENU button, then
select
3 with b/B on the
multi-selector.
MENU button
3 Select [Cleaning mode] with v/V
on the multi-selector, then press
the center of the multi-selector.
The message “After cleaning, turn
camera off. Continue?” appears.
4 Select [OK] with v on the multi-selector, and press the center
of the multi-selector.
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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6 Use the blower to clean the image
sensor surface and the
surrounding area.
Preparing the camera
• 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 lens mount.
7 Attach the lens and turn the camera off.
Note
• The camera starts beeping if the battery pack is discharged during cleaning. Stop the
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
A ISO button (74)
M Accessory shoe (65)
B
N WB (White Balance) button
(Exposure) button (70)
(75)
C DRIVE button (83)
D Shutter button (49)
E Front control dial (48, 118)
F AF illuminator (62)/Self-timer
lamp (85)
G Remote sensor (88)
H Lens contacts*
I Mirror*
J Preview button (89)
K Lens mount
L
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(Display panel
illumination) button (44)
O Eyepiece shutter lever (85, 88,
150)
P Mode dial (49, 51)
Q
(Flash sync) terminal (68)
R Lens release button (21)
S Focus mode lever (58, 62)
* Do not directly touch these
parts.
Rear side
Before your operation
A Viewfinder (28)
K Diopter-adjustment dial (28)
B Eyepiece sensors (127)
L For shooting: AEL (AE lock)
button (71)/SLOW SYNC
button (67)
For viewing:
(Index) button
(96)
C Power switch (27)
D MENU button (105)
E DISP (Display) button/LCD
brightness button (42, 92)
F
G
(Delete) button (99)
(Playback) button (92)
M Metering mode lever (69)
N Display panel (44)
O For shooting: AF/MF (Auto
H LCD monitor (41)
focus/manual focus) button
(64)
For viewing:
(Enlarge)
button (95)
I For shooting: C (Custom)
button (109)
For viewing:
button (93)
(Histogram)
J For shooting: Fn (Function)
button (48)
For viewing:
(Image
rotation) button (94)
P Rear control dial (48, 118)
Q Access lamp (24)
R Multi-selector (47)
S
(SteadyShot) switch (46)
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Sides/Bottom
A “Memory Stick Duo” insertion
slot (23)
B Memory card cover (23)
C CF card insertion slot (23)
D CF card eject lever (24)
E Hooks for shoulder strap (29)
F REMOTE terminal
G DC IN terminal
• When connecting the ACVQ900AM AC Adaptor/
Charger (not supplied) to the
camera, turn the camera off,
then plug the connector of the
AC Adaptor/Charger to the DC
IN terminal on the camera.
H HDMI terminal (103, 155)
I VIDEO OUT/USB terminal
(101, 138)
J Battery cover (18)
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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.
LCD monitor (Recording information display)
Before your operation
• The illustration above is an example of the detailed display in the horizontal
position.
A
C
Display
Indication
Display
P A S M Mode dial (49, 51)
1/125
Shutter speed (54)
F5.6
Aperture (53)
+2.0
Exposure (70)
Indication
Drive mode (83)
Focus mode (58)
AE lock (71)
AF area (60)
B
Display
Indication
Metering (69)
Flash mode (65)
D-Range Optimizer (79)
Creative Style (80)
Exposure compensation
(70)/Metered Manual
(55)
Flash compensation (73)
EV scale (55, 86)
ISO AUTO
ISO sensitivity (74)
+1
+1
+1
+1 Contrast, Saturation,
+1 Sharpness, Brightness,
Zone (82)
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Display
Indication
D
AWB
White balance (Auto,
Preset, Color
temperature, Color filter,
Custom) (75)
Display
5500K
M1
Indication
90%
Battery remaining (19)
Image quality (108)
Image size (107)/APS-C
size (134)/Aspect ratio
(107)
Memory card (24)
100
Remaining number of
recordable images (33)
Switching the recording information display
Press the DISP button to switch between
the enlarged display and the detailed
display.
When you rotate the camera to a vertical
position, the display automatically rotates
to adjust to the camera position.
Detailed display
DISP button
Enlarged display
No display
• You can set the display so as not to be rotated with [Rec.info.disp.] in the
Custom menu (page 120).
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Note
• You can display the screen used for adjusting the brightness of the LCD monitor by
pressing the DISP button a little longer (page 127).
Before your operation
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Display panel
You can adjust white balance, ISO
sensitivity, drive mode, and exposure
compensation by checking the display
panel on the top of the camera.
A
Shutter speed
(54)/Aperture
(53)
Exposure (70)
White balance
(75)
ISO sensitivity
(74)
Drive mode
(83)
B
Display
Indication
Battery remaining (19)
[100]
Remaining number of recordable images (33)*
* Even when the remaining number of recordable images is more than 999, “999” is
displayed on the display panel.
To turn on the backlight of the display panel
Press the display panel illumination
button on the top. Pressing again turns off
the backlight.
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Display panel illumination button
Viewfinder
Display
Display
Indication
Indication
SteadyShot scale (46)
AF area (60)
Aspect ratio 16:9 (107)
Spot AF area (60)
Spot metering area (69)
Shooting area for aspect
ratio 16:9 (107)
APS-C size area (134)
B
Display
Indication
Flash compensation (73)
Flash charging (65)
WL
Wireless flash (66)
High-speed sync (67)
Manual focus (62)
z
Focus (59)
125
Shutter speed (54)
5.6
Aperture (53)
EV scale (55, 86)
AE lock (71)
9
Shots-remaining counter
(84)
Camera shake warning
(46)
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Before your operation
A
Camera shake warning indicator
Due to potential camera shake, the
flashes in the viewfinder.
(Camera shake warning) indicator
Note
• The
(Camera shake warning) indicator is displayed only in the exposure modes
that the shutter speed is automatically set. This indicator is not displayed in M/S/PS
modes.
SteadyShot scale indicator
Setting the
switch to “ON” turns on
the
(SteadyShot scale) indicator. Wait
until the camera shake is reduced and the
scale becomes low, then start shooting.
This SteadyShot function can reduce the
effect of camera shake by the equivalent
of approximately 2.5 to 4 increments of
shutter speed.
switch
Note
• The SteadyShot function may not work optimally when the power has just been
turned on, just after you aim the camera, or when the shutter button has been pressed
all the way down without stopping halfway. Wait for the
(SteadyShot scale)
indicator scale to go down, and then press the shutter button down slowly.
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Selecting a function/setting
You can select a function for shooting or playback on the recording
information display that is displayed by pressing the Fn (Function) button,
or from the screens that are displayed by pressing the DRIVE or MENU
button, etc.
Before your operation
When you start an operation, an operation
guide that indicates a function of the
multi-selector is displayed at the bottom
of the screen.
: To the left/right for selection
: Up/down for selection
: Up/down/to the left/to the right for
selection
z: Press the center button to execute the
selection.
Move the multi-selector by following the
instructions in the operation guide to
select an item.
Operation guide
The operation guide list
The operation guide also indicates operations other than the multi-selector
operation. The indications of icons are as follows.
Display
Indication
MENU button
Returns with MENU
button
Display
Indication
button
Front or rear control dial
button
Front control dial, rear
control dial
button
DISP button
Fn button
Returns with DISP button
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Selecting the functions on the Quick Navi screen
Using the Quick Navi screen, you can change settings directly on the
recording information display.
1 Press the Fn button so that the
Quick Navi screen appears.
2 Following the operation guide,
select the desired item with v/V/
b/B on the multi-selector.
Operation guide
3 Set the item with the front or rear
Front control dial
control dial.
• For details on how to set up each item,
see the corresponding page.
• Pressing the Fn button again turns off
the Quick Navi screen.
Rear control dial
• Gray items on the Quick Navi screen are not available.
• When using Creative Style (page 80), some of the setup tasks can be
accomplished only on the Exclusive disp screen.
To set up a function on the Exclusive disp screen
When the Quick Navi screen is displayed, pressing the center of the multiselector turns on the Exclusive disp screen to set up the selected item.
For details on how to set up each item, see the corresponding page.
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Shooting images
Shooting with the automatic setting
The “AUTO” mode allows you to easily shoot any subject under any
conditions.
1 Set the mode dial to
.
Shooting images
2 Hold the camera and look into the
viewfinder.
Focus area
Focus indicator
3 Press the shutter button halfway down to focus and press the
shutter button fully down to shoot.
When the focus is confirmed, the focus indicator z or
lights up (page 59).
(Focus indicator)
Notes
• If you turn the camera off or change the exposure mode in the AUTO mode, the
main shooting functions are reset to the default settings. The functions that are not
reset are as follows:
– Switch, dial, buttons:
The
switch, the diopter-adjustment dial, the items set with the DISP button,
and the C button
– Recording menu:
Image size, Aspect ratio, Quality, Exposure step, Memory
– Custom menu/Playback menu/Setup menu:
All the items
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• The actual setting may not correspond to the positions of the focus mode lever and
metering mode lever on the camera. Refer to the information displayed on the LCD
monitor when you take pictures.
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Exposure mode
If you adjust the shutter speed or
aperture, the effect on the picture is
changed, even if it is the same subject.
This camera has the following four
modes.
The number positions (1/2/3) are used to
recall the saved settings. See page 91.
Front control dial
Mode dial
Rear control dial
A: Aperture priority mode (page 53)
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually.
Shoots by controlling the blur of the background.
S: Shutter speed priority mode (page 54)
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually.
Shoots a moving subject with various expressions.
M: Manual exposure mode (page 55)
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure manually (both the shutter
speed and the aperture value).
Shooting with Program auto
1 Set the mode dial to P.
2 Set the shooting functions to your desired settings.
The settings will be stored until you reset the settings.
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Shooting images
P: Program auto mode (below)
Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the
shutter speed and the aperture value). The other settings can be adjusted,
and your setting values can be saved.
Program Shift
You can temporarily change the shutter speed and aperture value
combination with the correct exposure determined by the camera
maintained.
1 Press the shutter button halfway
down to adjust the focus.
Shutter speed
Aperture value
The shutter speed and aperture value are
indicated.
2 Rotate the front or rear control
dial to select your desired
combination while the focus is
achieved.
PS
Shutter speed
Aperture
value
Rotating the front control dial sets the
exposure mode indicator to “PS” (Shutter
speed priority Program Shift) and
rotating the rear control dial sets the
exposure mode indicator to “PA”
(Aperture priority Program Shift).
Notes
• If you turn the camera off and on or a certain period of time is passed, Program Shift
“PS” or “PA” is canceled and returned to “P.”
• When Program Shift “PS” is selected, the
(Camera shake warning) indicator is
not displayed.
• When a flash (not supplied) attached to the camera is turned on, Program Shift does
not operate.
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Shooting with Aperture priority
If you set the aperture (a smaller Fnumber) wider, the in-focus range
becomes narrower. Only the main subject
is then in focus. When the aperture is
smaller (a larger F-number), the in-focus
range becomes wider. The whole image
is sharpened. The shutter speed is
automatically adjusted.
Wide aperture
Small aperture
Shooting images
1 Set the mode dial to A.
2 Select the aperture value (F-
Aperture (F-number)
number) with the front or rear
control dial.
• You can check the blurring of an image
with the preview button (page 89).
• 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.
• The aperture value is adjusted in 1/3
EV increments. You can set this
exposure step to 1/2 EV increments
with [Exposure step] in the
Recording menu (page 111).
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Shooting with Shutter speed priority
If you shoot a moving subject at a higher
shutter speed, it appears as if frozen on
the image. At a lower shutter speed, the
subject appears as if it flowing.
Aperture value is automatically adjusted.
High shutter speed
Slow shutter speed
1 Set the mode dial to S.
2 Select the shutter speed with the
Shutter speed
front or rear control dial.
• The shutter speed is adjusted in 1/3 EV
increments. You can set this exposure
step to 1/2 EV increments with
[Exposure step] in the
Recording
menu (page 111).
Notes
• The
(Camera shake warning) indicator is not indicated in shutter speed priority
mode.
• When using the flash (not supplied), if you close the aperture (a larger F-number) by
making the shutter speed slower, the light of the flash does not reach a distant
subject.
• When the shutter speed is one second or slower, noise reduction (Long exp.NR) will
be done after shooting. You cannot do any further shooting during the reduction.
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Shooting with Manual exposure
You can manually adjust the shutter speed and aperture values.
This mode is useful when you maintain the setting of the shutter speed and
the aperture value or when you use an exposure meter.
1 Set the mode dial to M.
2 Rotate the front control dial to
Shooting images
adjust the shutter speed, and
rotate the rear control dial to
adjust the aperture.
Shutter speed
Aperture
(F-number)
• You can switch the functions of the
front and rear control dial with [Ctrl
dial setup] in the Custom menu
(page 118).
3 Shoot the image after the
LCD monitor (Detailed display)
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. When the
exposure is compensated, the standard
value contains the compensated value.
: Metered Manual
Standard value
Viewfinder
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.
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Manual shift
You can change the shutter speed and aperture value combination without
changing the exposure you set.
Rotate the front control dial while
pressing the AEL button to select the
shutter speed and aperture value
combination.
AEL button
Shooting with BULB
You can shoot trails of light, such as
fireworks, with a long exposure.
1 Set the mode dial to M.
2 Rotate the front control dial to the
BULB
left until [BULB] is indicated.
3 Rotate the rear control dial to adjust the aperture (F-number).
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4 Press and hold the shutter button for the duration of the
shooting.
As long as the shutter button is pressed, the shutter remains open.
• Using a Remote Commander (either the one supplied, or another of your
choice) reduces the camera shake and continues the exposure without
pressing and holding the shutter button.
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Shooting images
Notes
• When using a tripod, turn off the SteadyShot function.
• The longer the exposure time, the more outstanding 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.
Using the shooting function
Selecting the focus method
Selecting the focus mode (Auto focus)
1 Set the focus mode lever to the
Auto focus (S, A, C)
desired position.
2 Press the shutter button halfway
Focus area sensor
down to check the focus and shoot
the image.
• When the focus is confirmed, the focus
indicator changes to z or
(page 59).
• The area that the focus is confirmed in
the AF area illuminated briefly in red.
Focus area
Focus indicator
S (Single-shot AF)
(
)
The camera focuses on and the focus is locked when you
press the shutter button halfway down. This is useful when
shooting a motionless subject.
A (Automatic AF)
(
)
The AF 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. In
continuous shooting, the second and later shots are
automatically set to Continuous AF.
C (Continuous AF)
(
)
The camera continues to focus while the shutter button is
pressed and held halfway down. This is useful when the
subject is in motion.
• If the AF area is set to
(Wide), the AF area switches to
match the position of the subject.
• The audio signals will not sound when the subject is in
focus.
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• You can set the function of the “A” position of the focus mode lever to
DMF (Direct Manual Focus) with [AF-A setup] in the
Recording
menu (page 63).
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.
To measure the exact distance to the subject
The
mark on 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.
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Using the shooting function
Subjects that may require special focusing:
Using the auto focus, it is hard to focus on the following subjects. In such
cases, use the focus lock shooting feature (page 61) or manual focus
(page 62).
• 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.
Selecting the focus area
Spot AF area
Select the desired AF area to suit the
shooting conditions or your preference.
The area used for focusing is illuminated
briefly.
AF area
Area
1 Press the Fn button to display the Quick Navi screen (page 48).
2 Select the AF area item with v/V/
b/B on the multi-selector.
3 Select the desired mode with front or rear control dial.
(Wide)
(Spot)
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The camera determines which
of the nine AF areas is used
in focusing within the AF
area. The camera focuses on a
subject using 10
supplementary ranging
points, in addition to the
normal nine ranging points,
to focus with a high degree of accuracy. If you press and hold
the center of the multi-selector, [AF area] is temporarily set
to
(Spot) and you can adjust the focus using the spot AF
area.
The camera uses the spot AF area exclusively.
(Local)
Choose the area for which you want to activate the focus
from among nine areas with the multi-selector during the
shooting. To select the spot AF area, press the center of the
multi-selector.
Notes
• The supplementary ranging points are activated only when
(Wide) is selected.
They are not displayed in the viewfinder.
• The AF area may not be illuminated during continuous shooting or when the shutter
button is pressed all the way down without pause.
Shooting with focus-lock
If the subject is off-center and outside the AF area, lock the focus by
following the steps below.
Using the shooting function
1 Place the subject within the AF
area and press the shutter button
halfway down.
2 Keep the shutter button halfway
down, and re-compose the shot.
3 Press the shutter button fully down to take the picture.
• Pressing the center of the multi-selector also locks the focus on the spot
AF area (page 60).
• You can also use the AF/MF button to lock the focus with [AF/MF
button] in the Custom menu (page 116).
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AF illuminator
Press the shutter button halfway down, a
red illuminator is automatically emitted
until the focus is locked, according to the
situation.
When you shoot a subject under dark
conditions, or when you shoot a low
contrast subject, the AF illuminator
allows the camera to focus more easily on
the subject.
AF illuminator
• The AF illuminator does not operate when the focus mode is set to
Continuous AF or the subject is moving in Automatic AF.
• The AF illuminator does not operate when the center area is not selected
with [AF area] set to
(Local).
• The AF illuminator may not operate with focal lengths of 300 mm or
longer.
• When a flash (not supplied) is attached, the AF illuminator of the flash is
used.
• You can deactivate the AF illuminator with [AF illuminator] in the
Recording menu (page 112).
Shooting with Manual focus
You can set the distance of a subject.
1 Set the focus mode lever to MF.
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2 Rotate the focusing ring of the
lens to achieve a sharp focus.
Focusing ring
Shooting with Direct manual focus
You can make fine adjustments after adjusting the focus in auto focus
(Direct manual focus). You can assign this function to the “A” position of
the focus mode lever.
You can quickly focus on a subject rather than using the manual focus from
the beginning. This is convenient in cases such as macro shooting.
1 Press the MENU button, and select [AF-A setup] t [DMF] in
the
Recording menu 3 with the v/V/b/B on the multiselector.
2 Set the focus mode lever to “A.”
3 Press the shutter button halfway down to lock the focus.
4 Turn the focusing ring to fine-tune the focus while pressing the
shutter button halfway down.
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Using the shooting function
Notes
• In the case of a subject that can be focused in auto focus mode, the z indicator lights
up in the viewfinder when the focus is confirmed. When the Wide AF area is
selected, the center area is used, and when the Local AF area is selected, the area that
is selected with the multi-selector is used.
• The camera resets the focal length to
(infinity) when you turn the camera on.
• When using a tele converter, etc., rotation of the focusing ring may not be smooth.
• When you turn the camera off and then on again with the mode dial set to “AUTO,”
or change the exposure mode to AUTO from another mode, AF (Auto focus) is
automatically selected, regardless of the position of the focus mode lever (page 49).
Switching the AF/MF easily
You can switch between auto focus and manual focus without relaxing
your position (AF/MF control).
Press the AF/MF button.
In auto focus mode: The focus mode is
switched temporarily to the manual
focus. Press and hold the AF/MF button
and adjust the focus by rotating the
focusing ring.
AF/MF button
Focusing ring
In manual focus mode: The focus mode is
switched temporarily to the auto focus
and the focus is locked.
• You can maintain the selected mode without pressing and holding the AF/
MF button with [AF/MF control] in the
Custom menu (page 116).
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Using a flash (not supplied)
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.
For details on how to use the flash, refer to the operating instructions
supplied with the flash.
1 Remove the accessory shoe cap
and attach the flash (not
supplied).
Using the shooting function
• Firmly push the flash into the accessory
shoe in the direction of the arrow until
it stops.
2 Turn the flash on and after the
flash charging is completed,
shoot the subject.
Flashing: The flash is being charged.
Lit: The flash has been charged.
• When you press the shutter button
halfway down under dark lighting in
auto focus mode, the AF illuminator of
the flash may be emitted.
(Flash charging)
indicator
Note
• The lens may block the light of the flash and a shadow may appear on the bottom of
the image. Remove the lens hood.
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Selecting the flash mode
1 Press the Fn button to display the Quick Navi screen (page 48).
• When the enlarged display screen is used, set up from the menu (page 105).
2 Select the flash item with v/V/b/
B on the multi-selector.
3 Select the desired mode with the front or rear control dial.
(Autoflash)
Fires if it is dark or against light. This is selectable only when
the AUTO mode is selected.
(Fill-flash)
Fires every time the shutter is released.
(Rear sync.)
Fires right before the exposure is completed. You can capture
a flowing light or the trail of a moving subject in a more
realistic way when shooting a moving subject using a slower
shutter speed with the flash.
(Wireless)
Rather than attaching a flash on the camera, you can create
more contrast, resulting in a more three-dimensional picture.
Two or more wireless flashes* are required, including an
HVL-F58AM.
* HVL-F58AM, HVL-F56AM, HVL-F42AM, HVL-F36AM
To perform wireless flash shooting
1 Set the flash mode of the camera to (Wireless).
2 Set the HVL-F58AM as the wireless controller and attach it to the
camera.
3 Place the other flash apart from the camera.
4 If you perform a test fire of the flash, press the AEL button.
It is recommended that you set [AEL button] to [AEL hold] or [ AEL
hold] in the
Custom menu.
If you select [AEL toggle] or [ AEL toggle], every test fire will cause
the slow sync recording mode to switch on and off.
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5 Shoot
the image.
The flash of the HVL-F58AM and another flash are fired.
Notes
• Change the channel of the external flash when another photographer is using a
wireless flash nearby and his/her flash light triggers firing of your flash. To change
the channel of the external flash, refer to the operating instructions supplied with it.
• For details on the wireless flash, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the
flash.
Shooting with Slow Sync
If you use the slow sync shooting feature with a slower shutter speed, you
can capture a clear image of both the subject and the background. This is
convenient when you shoot a portrait at night with a dark background.
in the viewfinder and on the LCD
monitor lights up to indicate the exposure
is locked.
SLOW SYNC button
Note
• In shutter speed priority mode or manual exposure mode, slow sync shooting is not
available using the SLOW SYNC button.
Shooting with High Speed Sync (HSS)
Since the flash sync speed restriction is removed when you use one of the
HVL-F58AM, HVL-F56AM, HVL-F42AM or HVL-F36AM models, the
flash allows you to take pictures using the flash with the entire shutter
speed range of the camera. It also enables you to take pictures with the flash
in bright conditions with the aperture open. In high speed sync mode, “H”
or “HSS” appears in the viewfinder and on the LCD monitor.
Notes
• High speed sync mode is not available when the two-second self-timer or mirror
lockup shooting is selected, or the flash mode is set to
(Rear sync.).
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Using the shooting function
Shoot with the SLOW SYNC button
pressed.
• For details on High Speed Sync, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the
flash.
Using a flash equipped with a flash sync terminal cord
Open the cover of the (flash sync)
terminal and plug the cord in.
(flash sync) terminal
• You can use a flash equipped with a flash sync terminal of the opposite
polarity.
Notes
• Select the manual exposure mode and set the shutter speed to 1/200 second with the
SteadyShot on or 1/250 second with the SteadyShot off. If the shutter speed
recommended on the flash is slower than that, use the recommended speed or an
even slower speed.
• Use a flash with a flash sync voltage of 400 V or less.
• Before you connect the flash sync cord to the (flash sync) terminal, turn off the
power of the connected flash. If the power is on, it may flash when you connect the
cord.
• The flash will always be full emission. Flash compensation (page 73) cannot be
used.
• Using auto white balance is not recommended. Use custom white balance to gain
more precise white balance.
• The flash indicator is not displayed when the (flash sync) terminal is plugged in.
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Adjusting the brightness of the image
(Metering, Exposure, Flash
compensation)
Selecting the Metering mode
You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject.
Select the desired mode with the
metering mode lever.
This divides the whole screen into 40 segments to measure
light (40-segment honeycomb pattern metering).
This metering method enables the camera to measure light in
a way most similar to that of the human eye, which is ideal
for general shooting, including shooting into direct sunlight.
(Center weighted) While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this mode
measures the average brightness of the entire screen.
(Spot)
This mode measures light only in the spot metering circle in
the center of the frame.
This is suitable for shooting a subject with strong contrast or
measuring the light of a specific area of the screen.
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Using the shooting function
(Multi segment)
Multi segment metering
The screen of this camera is equipped
with 39 honeycomb sharped metering
elements and one metering element that
covers the surrounding area. These
elements work in sync with auto focus,
allowing the camera to accurately
measure the position and brightness of
the subject in order to determine the
exposure.
• In multi segment metering, if the focus is locked, the exposure (the
shutter speed and the aperture) is locked simultaneously (only when
Single-shot AF or Automatic AF).
Compensating the exposure
Except for exposure mode M, the exposure is automatically acquired
(Automatic exposure).
Based on the exposure acquired by the automatic exposure, you can
perform exposure compensation, depending on your preference. You can
make the entire image brighter by shifting it to the + side. The entire image
becomes darker when you shift it to the – side.
Adjust in the –
direction
1 Press the
Base exposure
button to display the
exposure compensation screen.
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Adjust in the +
direction
button
2 Adjust the exposure with b/B on
the multi-selector.
• You can use the front or rear control
dial instead.
Standard exposure
• The exposure is compensated by 1/3 of a step between ±3.0 EV. You can
set this exposure step to 1/2 EV increments with [Exposure step] in the
Recording menu (page 111).
Shooting with fixed brightness (AE Lock)
You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a
picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are
different, or when you want to shoot continuously while keeping the same
exposure value.
1 Target the subject for which you want to meter the exposure.
• Adjust the focus (you do not need to lock the focus.)
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Using the shooting function
To compensate the exposure only on the ambient light*
In the default setting, the exposure compensation is performed with the
amount of flash light also changed when the flash is fired. You can limit the
effect of exposure compensation to the background that is illuminated only
by ambient light (light other than the flash) (page 121).
* 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.
2 Press the AEL button to lock the
exposure.
(AE lock mark) appears in the
viewfinder and on the LCD monitor.
AEL button
3 While pressing the AEL button, recompose the image, if
necessary, and shoot the image.
• 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.
• You can change the function and operation of the AEL button with [AEL
button] in the
Custom menu (page 118).
To check the exposure of the image
Hold down the AEL button and place the
spot metering circle on the spot where the
lighting is contrasted from the subject.
The metering indicator displays the
degree of exposure difference, zero being
the locked exposure.
Shifting to the + side makes the image
brighter, and shifting to the – side makes
the image darker.
When the image is too bright or too dark
to get the proper exposure, b or B
appears or flashes at the end of the
indicator.
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Spot metering circle
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.
Adjusting it toward + makes the flash level higher and adjusting it toward –
makes the flash level lower.
1 Press the Fn button to display the Quick Navi screen (page 48).
2 Select the flash compensation
item with v/V/b/B on the multiselector.
3 Select the desired compensation value with the front or rear
control dial.
Notes
• If you have adjusted the flash level,
appears in the viewfinder when the flash is
attached on. When you adjust it, be careful not to forget to reset the value.
• The positive effect may not be visible due to the limited amount of flash light, if the
subject is at or around the maximum range for the flash. If the subject is very close,
the negative 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.
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Using the shooting function
Flash compensation
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 multi-selector.
• You can use the front or rear control dial instead. The number is
incremented by 1 step using the front control dial and it is incremented by
1/3 step using the rear control dial.
Notes
• The available luminosity limits for an image (dynamic range) are a little narrower in
the range less than ISO 200. When ISO 3200 or higher is selected, the range is
treated as an expanded range and the noise is more noticeable. Adjust the ISO
number after you check the amount of noise on the image.
• 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.
• You can adjust the range of [AUTO] with [ISO Auto Range] in the
Recording menu (page 111).
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Adjusting the color tones (White balance)
WB button
White balance is a feature that adjusts the
color tone to approximate what you see.
When [AWB] (Auto WB) is selected, the
white balance is automatically adjusted.
However, you can 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.
Daylight
Cloudy
Fluorescent
Incandescent
White
Bluish
Green-tinged
Reddish
Weather/
lighting
Characteristics
of light
Note
• 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.
Auto/Preset white balance
1 Press the WB button to display the White balance mode screen.
2 Select the desired mode with v/V on the multi-selector.
• You can use the front control dial instead.
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Using the shooting function
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.
3 Select a preset white balance, then finely adjust the color tone
with b/B on the multi-selector, if necessary.
Adjusting it toward + turns the image reddish and adjusting it toward – turns
the image bluish. (The increment is equivalent to about 10 Mired*.)
• You can use the rear control dial instead.
* Mired: a unit to indicate the color conversion quality in color temperature filters.
AWB (Auto WB)
Approx. 3000 to The camera automatically detects a light
7500K
source and adjusts the color tones.
(Daylight)
Approx. 5300K
(Shade)
Approx. 7500K
(Cloudy)
Approx. 6100K
(Tungsten)
Approx. 2800K
(Fluorescent)
–*
(Flash)
Approx. 6500K
If you select an option to suit a specific
light source, the color tones are adjusted
for the light source (preset white balance).
* Since the color of fluorescent light cannot be expressed by the color temperature, the
color temperature is omitted.
On fluorescent light
When (Fluorescent) is selected, adjusting the value with b/B on the
multi-selector selects the types of fluorescent light; it does not perform a
fine adjustment.
• In a scene where the ambient light consists of multiple types of light
source, if you cannot properly adjust the white balance using [AWB]
(Auto WB) or the preset white balance options, use the custom white
balance (page 77).
Setting the color temperature and a filter effect
1 Press the WB button to display the White balance mode screen.
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2 Select [5500K] (ColorTemperature) or [0] (Color filter) with v/
V on the multi-selector.
• To set the color temperature, select the value with b/B.
• To set the color filter, select the compensation direction with b/B.
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.
The color temperature can be selected between 2500K and
9900K.
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).
The color filter value can be selected between G9 and M9.
The increment is approximately equivalent to CC filter
number 5.
*1 The value is the color temperature value currently selected.
*2 The value is the color filter value currently selected.
Note
• Since most of the color meters are designed for film cameras, using the
measurements obtained from them may not give correct results under fluorescent/
sodium lamp/mercury lamps. We recommend that you perform the compensation
according to a test shooting or use the custom white balance.
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. You can register three settings.
1 Press the WB button to display the White balance mode screen.
2 Select [
1]* (Custom white balance) with b/B on the multiselector, then press the center of the multi-selector.
* Any number between 1 and 3 is indicated.
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Using the shooting function
5500K*1
(ColorTemperature)
3 Select [
SET] with b/B on the multi-selector, then press the
center of the multi-selector.
4 Hold the camera so that the white area fully covers the spotmetering circle and press the shutter button down.
The shutter clicks and the calibrated values (ColorTemperature and Color
filter) are displayed.
5 Select a memory number with b/B, press the center of the
multi-selector.
The monitor returns to the recording information display with the memorized
custom white balance setting retained.
• The custom white balance setting is registered in this operation is effective
until a new setting is registered.
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
In step 3, select the desired number.
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.
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Image processing
Using the D-Range Optimizer
The camera analyzes the subject almost instantly and automatically
compensates to improve the image quality with the optimal brightness and
gradation. You can shoot images with the natural color that you intend to
reproduce.
1 Press the Fn button to display the Quick Navi screen (page 48).
2 Select the D-Range Optimizer
3 Select the desired mode with the front control dial.
• To adjust
(Off)
(Standard)
(Advanced: Level), use the rear control dial.
No compensation.
When there is a high contrast of light and shadow between
the subject and the background, which is common when
shooting into the sun, the camera attenuates the contrast
across the entire image to produce an image with proper
brightness and contrast.
(Advanced Auto) By dividing the image into small areas, the camera analyzes
the contrast of light and shadow between the subject and the
background, producing the image with the optimal brightness
and gradation.
(Advanced:
Level)
The level is selected between
(weak) and
(strong).
Notes
• Since the speed of continuous shooting may be slower in
(Advanced Auto), we
recommend that you select
(Standard) in situations, including shooting sports
images you need high speed continuous shooting.
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Using the shooting function
item with v/V/b/B on the multiselector.
• For enlarged RAW images, the effects of the D-Range optimizer other than
(Standard) cannot be checked on the camera.
• When shooting with the D-Range optimizer, the image may be noisy. Especially
when you enhance the effect with
(Advanced: Level), select the level by
checking the recorded image.
Using the Creative Style
This Creative Style is pre-programmed with image styles optimal for
various scenes and purposes. You can take a picture with an appropriate
level of color reproduction and tone. Besides, using these image styles as a
base, you can produce an image to meet your needs.
1 Press the Fn button to display the Quick Navi screen (page 48).
2 Select a Creative Style item with
v/V/b/B the multi-selector, then
press the center of the multiselector.
• If you are only selecting a style box,
you can perform the operation on the
Quick Navi screen.
3 Select the desired image style
with v/V on the multi-selector.
In the default setting, you can select from
Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait,
Landscape, or B/W.
4 Move the cursor to the right with
B on the multi-selector, and set
up parameters with v/V on the
multi-selector.
For available image styles and
parameters, see below.
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To use image styles other than the default ones
1 Select the style box for which you want
to change the setting.
the cursor to the right with B on
the multi-selector, and select the
desired image style with v/V on the
multi-selector.
2 Move
Image styles
For capturing various scenes with rich gradation and
beautiful colors.
(Vivid)
The saturation and contrast are heightened for capturing
striking images of colorful scenes and subjects such as
flowers, spring greenery, blue sky, or ocean views.
(Neutral)
The saturation and sharpness are lowered for capturing
images in a quiet tone. This is also suitable for capturing
image material to be modified with a computer.
(Clear)
For capturing images in a clear tone with limpid colors in the
highlighted area, suitable for capturing radiant light.
(Deep)
For capturing images with deep and dense color expressions,
suited to capturing the solid presence of the subject.
(Light)
For capturing images with bright and uncomplicated color
expressions, suited to capturing refreshingly light ambience.
(Portrait)
For capturing the skin color in a soft tone, ideally suited to
capturing portraits.
(Landscape)
The saturation, contrast, and sharpness are heightened for
capturing vivid and crisp scenery. Distant landscapes also
stand out more.
(Sunset)
For capturing the beautiful red of the setting sun.
(Night view)
The contrast is attenuated for capturing a nightscape that is
more faithful to the real view.
(Autumn
leaves)
For capturing autumn scenes, vividly highlighting the red and
yellow of coloring leaves.
(B/W)
For capturing images in black and white monotone.
(Sepia)
For capturing images in sepia monotone.
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Using the shooting function
(Standard)
Parameters
(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 vivider the color. When a
lower value selected, the color of the image is restrained and
quiet.
(Sharpness)
Adjusts the sharpness. The higher the value selected, the
more the highlighting of the contours is accentuated, and the
lower the value selected, the more the highlighting of the
contours is softened.
(Brightness)
Adjusts the brightness of an entire image.
(Zone)
Preventing an image from becoming overexposed or
underexposed, a rich tone is reproduced.
When a higher value is selected, it prevents an image from
becoming overexposed when shooting a bright area subject;
and when a lower value is selected, it prevents an image from
becoming underexposed when shooting a dark area subject.
Notes
• When
(B/W) or
(Sepia) is selected, you cannot adjust the saturation.
• If you adjust
(Zone), you cannot adjust
(Contrast).
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Selecting the drive mode
This camera has nine drive modes, such as single-shot advanced,
continuous advanced. Use them for your purpose.
1 Press the DRIVE button to display
DRIVE button
the setup screen.
2 Select the desired mode with v/V on the multi-selector, then
select the desired setting with b/B on the multi-selector.
Using the shooting function
Single-shot adv. (page 83)
Continuous adv. (page 84)
Self-timer (page 85)
Bracket: Cont. (page 85)
Bracket: Single (page 85)
WB bracket (page 87)
DRO adv. bracket (page 87)
Mirror lockup (page 87)
Remote Commander (page 88)
• You can substitute the Fn button for the DRIVE button to set up on the
Quick Navi screen (page 48).
Shooting single shot
This mode is for normal shooting.
This is also used for canceling other drive modes.
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Shooting continuously
When you press and hold the shutter button, the camera records the images
continuously.
Shoots at a maximum of 5 images per second*
Shoots at a maximum of 3 images per second*
* Our measurement conditions: [Image size] is set to [L:24M], [Quality] is set to
[Fine], the focus mode is set to Single-shot AF or manual focus, and the shutter
speed is 1/250 second or faster.
However, the speed of continuous shooting is slower when shooting under dark
conditions, the D-Range Optimizer is set to
(Advanced Auto) or
(Advanced: Level), or [High ISO NR] is set to [High].
The maximum number of continuous shots (Media used for the
measurement: Sony CompactFlash Card NCFD2G (300× 2GB))
The number of continuous shooting images obtainable has an upper limit.
RAW
12 images
cRAW
12 images
RAW & JPEG
10 images
cRAW & JPEG
10 images
Extra fine
11 images
Fine/Standard
105 images/285 images
The number of images that can be shot
continuously is indicated in the
viewfinder. When the available number
of continuous shots is more than nine
images, “9” is indicated in the
viewfinder.
The number of images that can be
shot continuously
Note
• When the capacity of the memory card is insufficient, the camera may not
continuously shoot all the images indicated in the viewfinder.
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Using the self-timer
After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released
about ten seconds.
When the self-timer is activated, audio signals and the selftimer lamp indicate the condition. The self-timer lamp flashes
quickly and the audio signal sounds quickly right before the
shooting.
After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released
about two seconds.
This is convenient to reduce the camera shake because the
mirror moves upward before shooting.
To cancel the 10-second self-timer
Press the DRIVE button.
Shooting with Exposure bracket
Bracket shooting allows you to shoot several images, each with different
degrees of exposure. This camera is equipped with an auto bracket
function. Specify the value of deviation (steps) from the base exposure, and
the camera shoots while automatically shifting the exposure. You can
choose an image that has the brightness you like after shooting is finished.
The base exposure is set at the first shot in the bracket.
Base exposure
– direction
+ direction
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Using the shooting function
Notes
• When you press the shutter button without looking into the viewfinder, close the
eyepiece shutter with the eyepiece shutter lever.
• When the 2-second self-timer is selected, the following shooting features cannot be
used: high speed sync shooting, WL high speed sync, and mirror lockup shooting.
* (Bracket:
Shoots three or five images with the exposure shifted by a
selected step.
Press and hold the shutter button until the recording stops.
* (Bracket:
Single)
Shoots three or five images with the exposure shifted by a
selected step.
Press the shutter button shot by shot.
Cont.)
* _._ EV beneath
/
is the step currently selected and _ to the right of EV is
the number currently selected.
• In the default setting, the camera shoots in the order 0 t – t +. You
can change this order to – t 0 t +, with [Bracket order] in the
Custom menu (page 121).
Notes
• When the mode dial is set to M, the exposure is shifted by adjusting the shutter
speed. If you shift the exposure by adjusting the aperture value, press and hold the
AEL button and shoot the image.
• When you adjust the exposure, the exposure is shifted based on the compensated
value with bracket shooting.
• When the flash is not used, ambient bracket shooting is performed and the shutter
speed and aperture are changed to accommodate bracket shooting. When the flash is
used, flash bracket shooting is performed and the flash light is changed.
• In flash bracket shooting, single shot is automatically selected regardless of the
single/continuous setting. Press the shutter button shot by shot.
The example of the EV scale in bracket shooting
Ambient 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
Viewfinder
• In ambient bracket shooting, the EV scale appears in the viewfinder, too,
but it does not appear in flash bracket shooting.
• When the bracket shooting starts, the indexes that indicate already
recorded images start to disappear one by one.
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• When Single bracket is selected, if the shutter button is pressed halfway
down and released, “br 1” appears for the ambient light bracket and “Fbr
1” appears for the flash bracket in the viewfinder. When bracket shooting
starts, it indicates what number the next frame is, for instance, “br 2,” “br
3.”
Shooting with the white balance bracket
Based on the selected white balance value three images are taken per one
shooting with the color temperature shifted.
* (WB
bracket)
* The value beneath
When Lo is selected, it is shifted by 10 mired, and when Hi is
selected, it is shifted by 20 mired.
is the value currently selected.
DRO advanced bracket shooting takes three pictures per one shooting while
separately changing the optimizing level of the gradation in each image
area.
(DRO: D-Range Optimizer)
bracket)
* (DRO adv. When Lo is selected, it is shifted slightly, and when Hi is
selected, it is shifted widely.
* The value beneath
is the value currently selected.
Notes
• When DRO advanced bracket shooting is selected, the D-Range Optimizer setting
(page 79) is temporarily deactivated.
• You cannot verify the effects of D-Range Optimizer other than those of
(Standard) if you play back and enlarge an image recorded in RAW format.
Shooting with the mirror lockup function
Moving the mirror upward before shooting prevents camera shake when the
shutter is released. This feature is convenient when you perform macro
shooting or shoot with a telephoto lens, because even slight camera shake
affects the image.
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Using the shooting function
Shooting with the DRO advanced bracket
1 Press the shutter button.
The focus and exposure are locked and the mirror moves upward.
2 Press the shutter button again to shoot.
• If you use the Remote Commander (not supplied), you can reduce the
camera shake furthermore.
Notes
• The mirror automatically moves downward after 30 seconds from the time the
mirror is moved upward. Press the shutter button again.
• High speed sync shooting and WL high speed sync shooting cannot be used during
mirror lockup shooting.
• In mirror lockup shooting, do not touch the shutter or strongly blow on the shutter
using a blower. These may cause damage to the camera.
• When you press the shutter button without looking into the viewfinder, close the
eyepiece shutter with the eyepiece shutter lever.
Shooting with the Remote Commander
Activates the SHUTTER and 2 SEC (the shutter is released after 2 second)
buttons on the Remote Commander.
Focus on the subject, point the transmitter of the Remote
Commander to the remote sensor, and shoot the image.
• In BULB shooting, the camera starts exposure when you press the
SHUTTER or 2 SEC button, and when you press the SHUTTER or 2
SEC button again, the camera stops exposure.
Notes
• When you press the shutter button without looking into the viewfinder, close the
eyepiece shutter with the eyepiece shutter lever.
• To lock the focus, press the shutter button on the camera halfway down and release
the button, then shoot with the Remote Commander. After shooting, the focus
remains locked. Any operation on the camera will release the focus lock.
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Using the preview function
You can check the approximate sharpness of the subject in the viewfinder
before the actual shooting (Optical preview).
Then, you can check the condition of the image on the LCD monitor on the
rear of the camera beforehand, and on the same screen, you can check and
adjust the effect of the exposure, white balance, D-Range Optimizer, and so
on (Intelligent preview).
1 Focus on the subject and press
the preview button.
Preview button
Using the shooting function
While the button is held down, the
aperture is narrowed to match the
aperture value displayed in the
viewfinder (Optical preview).
• You can adjust the aperture during the
preview.
2 Release the preview button.
The image is displayed on the LCD
monitor (Intelligent preview).
• Maintain the camera position until the
image is displayed on the LCD monitor
after releasing the button.
3 Select an item with b/B on the multi-selector, then adjust the
value with the front or rear control dial.
The adjusted value is maintained except for some functions.
• Pressing the DISP button compares the modified image to the original
image. Pressing it again returns to the modified image.
• Pressing the
button returns the values to the original values.
4 Press the shutter button halfway down, and clear the Intelligent
preview screen to shoot.
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When you want to activate only the Optical preview function
Set [Preview Function] to [Optical Preview] in the Custom menu
(page 117).
Notes
• The image in the viewfinder will be darker during the Optical preview.
• The auto focus does not function during an Optical preview. Focus on the subject
beforehand.
• The Intelligent preview feature cannot be used during BULB shooting.
• The Intelligent preview feature cannot be used when the buffer memory of the
camera is full.
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Registering your own settings
You can register three combinations of frequently used modes and settings
in the memory. You can recall the registered settings with the mode dial.
1 Put the camera on the setting you want to register.
2 Press the MENU button, and select [Memory] in the
Recording menu 4 with v/V/b/B on the multi-selector.
3 Select the number you want to register with b/B on the multiselector, then press the center of the multi-selector.
• You can rewrite the settings as many times as you like.
To recall the saved settings
Set the mode dial to the desired number position.
You can change the settings by following the steps above after you have
recalled a saved setting.
Notes
• You cannot register the Program Shift and Manual Shift settings.
• The actual setting will not correspond to the positions of the dials and levers on the
camera. Refer to the information displayed on the LCD monitor when you take
pictures.
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Using the shooting function
Items that can be registered
Exposure mode, drive mode, ISO, white balance, exposure compensation,
metering mode, focus mode, the position of the local AF area, and all of the
Recording menu items (pages 107 to 115)
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 multi-selector.
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.
Displays previous or
next images, up to five
images.
With recording
data
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With recording
data
Without recording
data
Displaying the histogram
A histogram is the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a
particular brightness exist in the picture.
Press the
button.
The histogram and recording data of the
displayed image are displayed.
button
To return to the normal playback screen
Press the
button again.
Luminance
R (Red)
Flashing
G (Green)
B (Blue)
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Using the viewing function
How to check the histogram
When the image has a bright or dark area
portion, that portion is flashed on the
histogram display (Luminance limit
warning).
Number
of pixels
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 bright
or dark area portion. It is impossible to
restore these area with a computer later.
Adjust the exposure if necessary and
shoot again.
Dark
Light
Rotating an image
1 Display the image you want to
rotate, then press the
button.
button
2 Press the center of the multi-selector.
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.
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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.
The center of the image is enlarged.
button
2 Scale up or down the image with the rear control dial.
enlarge with v/V/b/B on the
multi-selector.
• Each time you press the center of the
multi-selector, the screen changes
between the enlarged screen and the
whole screen.
• You can select an image with the front
control dial at the same scaling.
• Each time you press the DISP button,
the information on the screen is
switched between on and off.
Enlarged playback screen
Entire screen
To cancel the enlarged playback
Press the
or
button.
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Using the viewing function
3 Select the portion you want to
Note
• For enlarged RAW images, the effect of the D-Range optimizer other than
(Standard) cannot be checked on the camera.
Scaling range
Image size
Scaling range
L
Approx. ×1.2 – ×19
M
Approx. ×1.2 – ×14
S
Approx. ×1.2 – ×9.4
Switching to the display of the image list
1 Press the
button.
button
The screen changes to the index screen.
2 Press the DISP button repeatedly
to select the desired screen
format.
• The screen changes in the following
order: 9 images t 25 images t 4
images
DISP button
To return to the single-image screen
Press the
button or the center of the multi-selector when you select the
desired image.
To select a folder
1 Select the folder bar with b/B on the
multi-selector, then press the center.
2 Select the desired folder with v/V,
then press the center of the multiselector.
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Folder bar
Checking the information of recorded
images
Basic information display
Display
Indication
Display
Indication
Memory card (23)
3/7
File number/total number
of images
Folder - file number
(143)
-
Protect (124)
DPOF3
Using the viewing function
100-0003
DPOF set (124)
Image quality (108)
Image size (107)/APS-C
size (134)/Aspect ratio
(107)
Battery remaining
warning (19)
1/125
Shutter speed (54)
F3.5
Aperture (53)
ISO100
ISO sensitivity (74)
2008 1 1
10:37AM
Date of recording
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Histogram display
A
Display
Display
Indication
Exposure compensation
(70)
–0.3
Flash compensation (73)
Memory card (23)
100-0003
Folder - file number
(143)
-
Protect (124)
DPOF3
DPOF set (124)
Indication
–0.3
Metering mode (69)
35mm
Focal length
Creative Style (80)
Image quality (108)
AWB
White balance (Auto,
Preset, Color
temperature, Color filter,
Custom) (75)
Image size (107)/APS-C
size (134)/Aspect ratio
(107)
5500K
M1
Battery remaining
warning (19)
2008 1 1
10:37AM
Date of recording
3/7
File number/total number
of images
D-Range Optimizer (79)
B
Display
Indication
Histogram (93)
P A S M Exposure mode (49, 51)
1/125
Shutter speed (54)
F3.5
Aperture (53)
ISO100
ISO sensitivity (74)
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Deleting images (Delete)
Once you have deleted an image, you cannot restore it. Check whether you
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 on the multi-selector, then press the
Using the viewing function
center of the multi-selector.
Deleting all the images in the folder
1 Press the
button.
2 Select the folder bar with b on
the multi-selector.
Folder bar
3 Press the center of the multi-selector, then select the folder you
want to delete with v/V.
4 Press the
button.
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5 Select [Delete] with v on the multi-selector, then press the
center of the multi-selector.
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Viewing images on a TV screen
1 Turn off both your camera and the
TV, and connect the camera to the
TV.
1 To video input jack
Video cable
2 To the
VIDEO OUT
terminal
2 Turn on the TV and switch the input.
• See also the operating instructions supplied with the TV.
Using the viewing function
3 Turn on the camera, and press the
button.
Images shot with the camera appear on
the TV screen.
Select the desired image with b/B on the
multi-selector.
• The LCD monitor on the rear of the
camera does not turned on.
Multi-selector
button
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To use your camera abroad
It may be necessary to switch the video signal output to match that of your
TV system (page 128).
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
PAL-N system
Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay
SECAM system
Bulgaria, France, Guiana, Iran, Iraq, Monaco, Russia, Ukraine, etc.
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Viewing images higher image quality
If you are using an HDTV equipped with
an HDMI connector, you can view
images higher image quality by using an
HDMI cable (not supplied).
1 To the HDMI
connector
HDMI cable
(not supplied)
2 To the
HDMI
terminal
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.
• By connecting your camera to Sony’s VIDEO-A compatible TV using an HDMI
cable, TV sets suitable image quality for viewing still picture automatically. 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, 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.
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Using the viewing function
To change the type of the HDMI output signal
The output signal from this camera is determined automatically according
to a connected TV, other signals, however, may make the image clearer,
depending on the subject (page 128).
Operating with the Remote Commander
Connecting the camera to a TV and turning to the playback mode allows
you to play back images using the Remote Commander. Most of the
buttons on the Remote Commander have the same functions as the buttons
on the camera.
Buttons on the Remote Commander
Page
A
93
(Histogram)
B DISP (Display)
92
C
(Index)
96
D
(Rotate)
94
E
(Playback)
92
F MENU
105
G
126
H
I
(Slide show)
/
(Scale up/down)
(Delete)
J v/V/b/B/
95
99
(Multi-selector)
47
Slide show
The
button on the Remote Commander easily starts/stops a slide show.
During a slide show, the following operations are available from the
Remote Commander.
• Displaying the previous/next image with b/B.
• Pausing/playing back the slide show with .
Note
• When you connect the camera to a TV using the supplied USB cable, you cannot
play back images using the Remote Commander.
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Using the menu
Menu function list
This section describes how to set up the
function using the MENU button. After
pressing the MENU button, operate the
multi-selector, following the instructions
in the operation guide (page 47).
MENU button
Recording menu (pages 107 to 115)
Image size
Aspect ratio
Quality
1 D-RangeOptimizer
Custom button
Creative Style
Color Space
Memory
Rec mode reset
Using the menu
AF-A setup
AF area
Priority setup
3 AF illuminator
AF w/ shutter
Long exp.NR
High ISO NR
Flash mode
Flash control
Flash compens.
2 Exposure step
ISO Auto Range
4
Custom menu (pages 116 to 122)
AF/MF button
AF/MF control
AF drive speed
1 AF area disp.
FocusHoldButton
Auto review
Preview Function
AEL button
Ctrl dial setup
Dial exp.comp
2 Ctrl dial lock
Button ops.
Release w/oCard
Rec.info.disp.
Exp.comp.set
3 Bracket order
Custom reset
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Playback menu (pages 123 to 126)
Delete
Format
Protect
1 DPOF setup
• Date imprint
• Index print
PlaybackDisplay
Slide show
• Interval
2
Setup menu (pages 127 to 136)
LCD brightness
Info.disp.time
Power save
1 Video output
HDMI output
Language
Date/Time setup
Memory card
File number
Folder name
2 Select folder
• New folder
USB connection
• MassStrg.card
Menu start
Delete confirm.
Audio signals
3 Cleaning mode
AF Micro Adj.
• amount
Focusing Screen
APS-C size capt.
Reset default
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4
Recording menu
Recording menu 1
Image size
[Aspect ratio]: [3:2]
L:24M
6048 × 4032 pixels
M:13M
4400 × 2936 pixels
S:6.1M
3024 × 2016 pixels
[Aspect ratio]: [16:9]
L:21M
6048 × 3408 pixels
M:11M
4400 × 2472 pixels
S:5.2M
3024 × 1704 pixels
[APS-C size capt.]: [On]
L:11M
3984 × 2656 pixels
M:5.6M
2896 × 1928 pixels
S:2.6M
1984 × 1320 pixels
Aspect ratio
3:2
A normal ratio.
16:9
An HDTV ratio.
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Recording menu
Notes
• When you select a RAW format with [Quality], the image size of the RAW image
corresponds to L. This size is not displayed on the LCD monitor.
• When attaching a DT lens, [APS-C size capt.] is automatically selected.
Quality
RAW (
)
cRAW* (
File format: RAW (raw data)
This format is not achieved by digital processing. 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.
)
RAW & JPEG
(
)
File format: RAW (raw data) + 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].
cRAW & JPEG*
(
)
Extra fine (
Fine (
Standard (
)
)
)
File format: JPEG
The image is compressed in the JPEG format when recorded.
The higher the compression rate, the smaller the file size.
This will allow more files to be recorded in one memory card,
but the image quality will be lower.
* “c” of “cRAW” means “compressed.” The data is compressed up to about 60 to 70%
compared to an image not compressed. Use this setting when you want to increase
the number of images that can be taken.
Note
• For details on the number of images that can be taken when the image quality is
changed, see page 33.
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.
• Recording a RAW image entails the following limitation.
– The RAW image cannot be printed using a DPOF (print) designated printer or a
PictBridge compliant printer.
• You cannot verify the effects of D-Range Optimizer other than those of
(Standard) if you play back and enlarge an image recorded in RAW format.
D-RangeOptimizer
For details, see page 79.
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Custom button
You can assign a function of your
choosing to the C button. In the default
setting, [Creative Style] is assigned to the
C button.
C button
The functions you can register
AF lock/AF/MF control/Optical Preview/IntelligentPrev./ISO/White
balance/Exposure comp./Flash compens./Drive mode/AF area/Image size/
Quality/Creative Style/D-RangeOptimizer/Flash mode/Memory
Creative Style
For details, see page 80.
Color Space
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.
Adobe RGB
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 reproduce faithful 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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Recording menu
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.
Recording menu 2
Flash mode
For details, see page 66.
Flash control
You can select the flash control mode to set the amount of flash light.
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 flash cannot be determined (wireless
flash shooting, 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.
– 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.
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Flash compens.
For details, see page 73.
Exposure step
You can select a compensation increment for shutter speed, aperture, and
exposure.
0.5 EV
Changes in 1/2 EV steps.
0.3 EV
Changes in 1/3 EV steps.
ISO Auto Range
400 – 1600
Sets the range to 400 – 1600.
400 – 800
Sets the range to 400 – 800.
200 – 1600
Sets the range to 200 – 1600.
200 – 800
Sets the range to 200 – 800.
200 – 400
Sets the range to 200 – 400.
Recording menu
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Recording menu 3
AF-A setup
For details, see page 63.
AF area
For details, see page 60.
Priority setup
Select a setting for shutter release.
AF
The shutter cannot be released when the focus is not
confirmed.
Release
The shutter can be released even when the focus is not
confirmed. Select this setting if the shooting opportunity
takes precedence.
Note
• The shutter can be released regardless of the setting in the manual focus, even if the
focus is not achieved.
AF illuminator
You can set the AF illuminator to on or off. For details on AF illuminator,
see page 62.
Auto
Automatically fills the AF illuminator if necessary.
Off
Does not fill the AF illuminator.
Note
• When [AF illuminator] is set to [Off], the AF illuminator of the flash (not supplied)
does not function.
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AF w/ shutter
In the default setting, adjusting the focus is carried out by pressing the
shutter button halfway down. You can deactivate this action.
On
Adjusts the focus by pressing the shutter button halfway
down.
Off
Does not adjust the focus by pressing the shutter button
halfway down. You can adjust the focus by pressing the
center of the multi-selector. This is convenient when shooting
continuously at the same focus position.
Long exp.NR
Long exposure makes noise conspicuous. When the shutter speed is one
second or slower, noise reduction is activated to reduce the grainy noise
that is common in long exposures.
When the shutter speed is one second or slower, the noise
reduction process is performed for the duration that the
shutter was open. You cannot take the next picture until the
process is over. This is suitable when the image quality takes
precedence.
Off
This mode does not perform noise reduction. This is suitable
when timing of shooting takes precedence.
Note
• Noise reduction is not performed on continuous shooting or continuous bracket even
when it is set to [On].
High ISO NR
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.
High
Normal
Low
Off
When [High] is selected, the noise reduction works more
effectively. When you give priority to the details of a subject,
select [Low].
Does not reduce noise.
Note
• The speed of continuous shooting becomes slower when set to [High].
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Recording menu
On
Recording menu 4
Memory
For details, see page 91.
Rec mode reset
You can reset the main functions of the recording mode when the mode dial
is set to P, A, S, or M.
The items to be reset are as follows.
Items
Reset to (default setting)
Exposure comp. (70)
±0.0
Drive mode (83)
Single-shot adv.
White balance (75)
AWB
ColorTemperature/Color filter (76)
5500K, Color filter 0
Custom white balance (77)
5500K
ISO (74)
AUTO
Image size (107)
L:24M
Aspect ratio (107)
3:2
Quality (108)
Fine
D-RangeOptimizer (79)
Off
Custom button (109)
Creative Style
Creative Style (80)
Standard
Color Space (109)
sRGB
Flash mode (66)
Fill-flash
Flash control (110)
ADI flash
Flash compens. (73)
±0.0
Exposure step (111)
0.3 EV
ISO Auto Range (111)
200 – 800
AF-A setup (112)
AF-A
AF area (60)
Wide
Priority setup (112)
AF
AF illuminator (62)
Auto
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Items
Reset to (default setting)
AF w/ shutter (113)
On
Long exp.NR (113)
On
High ISO NR (113)
Normal
Recording menu
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Custom menu
Custom menu 1
AF/MF button
AF/MF control
Uses the button for switching the auto focus and manual
focus (page 64).
AF lock
Uses the button as the AF lock button.
Press the shutter button to take pictures while holding the AF/
MF button down.
AF/MF control
When [AF/MF button] is set to [AF/MF control], you can change how you
operate the AF/MF button.
Hold
AF and MF are switched only while the button is held down.
Toggle
Press and release the button to switch between AF and MF.
The setting is maintained until you press the button again.
AF drive speed
You can select the speed of focusing when the auto focus is activated.
Fast
Confirms the focus quickly.
Slow
Confirms the focus slowly.
Has a higher probability of confirming the focus when
shooting a subject using macro shooting feature.
AF area disp.
When the focus is being adjusted, the local AF area in focus is briefly
illuminated in red. You can change the duration of illumination or turn off
the illumination.
0.6 sec
The local AF area is illuminated for 0.6 seconds.
0.3 sec
The local AF area is illuminated for 0.3 seconds.
Off
The local AF area is illuminated only when the multi-selector
is pressed.
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FocusHoldButton
If you use a lens equipped with a focus hold button, you can change the
function of the button to preview a shot.
Focus hold
Uses the button as the focus hold button.
Optical Preview
Uses the button as the optical preview button.
IntelligentPrev.
Uses the button as the intelligent preview button.
Auto review
After an image is recorded, you can display it on the LCD monitor. You
can change the display time.
10 sec
5 sec
Displays the image on the LCD monitor for the amount of
time you selected.
2 sec
Off
Deactivates auto review.
Note
• In auto review, the image will not be displayed in the vertical position even if you
shot the image in a vertical position (page 125).
Intelligent
Uses the Intelligent preview function.
Optical Preview
Uses only the Optical preview function.
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Custom menu
Preview Function
You can select the preview function. For details on preview function, see
page 89.
Custom menu 2
AEL button
The function and the mode of operation of the AEL button can be changed.
AEL hold
The camera locks the measured exposure value. Select from
the following two options: Holding the value while the AEL
button is pressed ([AEL hold]) or holding the value until the
AEL button is pressed again ([AEL toggle]). This is useful
when you want to keep regular exposures on multiple images.
AEL toggle
AEL hold
The camera temporarily performs spot metering and locks the
measured exposure value. Select from the following two
options: Holding the value while the AEL button is pressed
([ AEL hold]) or holding the value until the AEL button is
pressed again ([ AEL toggle]). This is useful when you
want to temporarily perform spot metering.
AEL toggle
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 56) in the manual
exposure mode.
Ctrl dial setup
When the mode dial is set to M (Manual exposure) or P (Program Shift),
you can switch the functions of the front (
) and rear (
) control dials
from the shutter speed or aperture.
SS
F/no.
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F/no.
SS
Adjusts the shutter speed with the front control dial and
adjusts the aperture with the rear control dial.
Adjusts the aperture with the front control dial and adjusts the
shutter speed with the rear control dial.
Dial exp.comp
You can compensate the exposure with the front control dial (
control dial (
).
Off
) or rear
Does not compensate the exposure with the dials.
Front dial
Compensates the exposure with the front control dial.
Rear dial
Compensates the exposure with the rear control dial.
For example, when [Ctrl dial setup] is set to [
SS
F/no.], the
functions of the front and rear control dials are as follows:
Exposure Mode
P
A
S
M
Off
Front dial
Rear dial
PS shift
Exp. comp
PS shift
Rear control dial
PA shift
PA shift
Exp. comp
Front control dial
Aperture
Exp. comp
Aperture
Rear control dial
Aperture
Aperture
Exp. comp
Front control dial
Shutter speed
Exp. comp
Shutter speed
Rear control dial
Shutter speed
Shutter speed
Exp. comp
Front control dial
Shutter speed
Shutter speed
Shutter speed
Rear control dial
Aperture
Aperture
Aperture
Ctrl dial lock
When the exposure value is not displayed, you can lock the front and rear
control dials to deactivate them.
On
The front and rear control dial function only when the shutter
speed and the aperture are displayed.
Off
The front and rear control dial function at all times.
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Custom menu
Front control dial
Button ops.
In the default setting, pressing the ISO button, WB button, DRIVE button,
button, or C button will put the exclusive screen on the display. You can
choose to have the Quick Navi screen (page 48) displayed instead.
Exclusive disp
Displays an exclusive screen for each mode.
Quick Navi
Displays the Quick Navi screen of the mode selected at the
time.
Note
• Even if [Quick Navi] is selected, the exclusive screen will be displayed when no
item is applicable on the enlarged display screen.
Release w/oCard
You can set the shutter lock to keep the shutter from releasing when no
memory card is inserted in the camera.
Enable
The shutter can be released when no memory card is inserted
in the camera.
Disable
The shutter cannot be released when no memory card is
inserted in the camera.
Rec.info.disp.
You can set the recording information display to rotate when the camera is
in a vertical position.
Auto rotate
The display rotates to a vertical position (page 42).
Horizontal
The display does not rotate.
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Custom menu 3
Exp.comp.set
You can select a method for exposure compensation when a flash is used.
Ambient&flash
Exposure compensation is performed on both the ambient
light range (the background that the flash light does not
reach) and the flash light range.
• Values that change: shutter speed, aperture, ISO (only in
AUTO mode), amount of flash light
• Values that do not change: none
Ambient only
By fixing the amount of flash light, you can limit the effect of
exposure compensation to the background that is illuminated
only by ambient light (light other than the flash).
• Values that change: shutter speed, aperture, ISO (only in
AUTO mode)
• Values that do not change: amount of flash light
• With the flash compensation, you can limit the compensation to flash
light range by fixing the exposure of ambient light range that the flash
light does not reach (page 73).
The order in bracket shooting (page 85) can be selected. This does not
apply to DRO advanced bracket.
0t–t+
Uses 0 EV in shooting the first picture which presents the
best shooting opportunity.
Example: ±0 EV t –0.3 EV t +0.3 EV t –0.7 EV t
+0.7 EV
–t0t+
Ordered from low to high exposure.
Example: –0.7 EV t –0.3 EV t ±0 EV t +0.3 EV t
+0.7 EV
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Custom menu
Bracket order
Custom reset
You can reset the items of the Custom menu.
The items to be reset are as follows.
Items
Reset to (default setting)
AF/MF button (116)
AF/MF control
AF/MF control (116)
Hold
AF drive speed (116)
Fast
AF area disp. (116)
0.3 sec
FocusHoldButton (117)
Focus hold
Auto review (117)
2 sec
Preview Function (89)
Intelligent
AEL button (118)
AEL hold
Ctrl dial setup (118)
Dial exp.comp (119)
SS
F/no.
Off
Ctrl dial lock (119)
Off
Button ops. (120)
Exclusive disp
Release w/oCard (120)
Enable
Rec.info.disp. (120)
Auto rotate
Exp.comp.set (121)
Ambient&flash
Bracket order (121)
0t–t+
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Playback menu
Playback menu 1
Delete
You can delete multiple images. Once you have deleted an image, you
cannot restore it. Check whether you delete the image or not beforehand.
Marked images
Deletes the selected images.
1 Select the images you want to delete with b/B on the
multi-selector, then press the center of the multi-selector.
(To cancel a selection, press the center again.)
To delete other images, repeat this step.
2 Press the MENU button. After a message appears, select
[Delete] with v on the multi-selector, then press the center
of the multi-selector.
All images
Deletes all the images in the memory card. After a message
appears, select [Delete] with v on the multi-selector, then
press the center of the multi-selector.
Note
• Protected images cannot be deleted.
Formats the memory card. Note that formatting irrevocably erases all data
on a memory card, including protected images.
After a message appears, select [OK] with v on the multiselector, then press the center of the multi-selector.
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.
• You cannot format a “Memory Stick Duo” that is inserted into the CF card insertion
slot using an adaptor.
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Playback menu
Format
Protect
You can protect images against accidental erasure.
Marked images
Protects selected images or cancels the protection of the
selected images.
1 Select the image you want to protect with b/B on the
multi-selector, then press the center of the multi-selector.
(To cancel a selection, press the center again.)
To protect other images or cancel the protection of other
images, repeat this step.
2 Press the MENU button. After a message appears, select
[OK] with v on the multi-selector, then press the center of
the multi-selector.
All images
Protects all the images or cancels the protection of all the
images in the memory card. After a message appears, select
[OK] with v on the multi-selector, then press the center of
the multi-selector.
Cancel all
DPOF setup
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.
DPOF specifications are left with images after printing.
Marked images
Specifies/unspecifies DPOF on the selected images.
1 Select the image you want to specify DPOF with b/B on
the multi-selector, then select the number of sheets with
the rear control dial. (To unspecify DPOF, set the number
to “0.”)
To specify/unspecify DPOF on other images, repeat this
step.
2 Press the MENU button. After a message appears, select
[OK] with v on the multi-selector, then press the center of
the multi-selector.
All images
Cancel all
To specify/unspecify DPOF on all the images in the memory
card. When [All images] is selected, set the number of
images with v/V on the multi-selector, then press the center
of the multi-selector. After a message appears, select [OK]
with v on the multi-selector, then press the center of the
multi-selector.
Notes
• You cannot specify DPOF on RAW images.
• You can specify any number up to 9.
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Date imprint
You can date images when printing them. The position of the date (inside
or outside the image, character size, etc.) depends on your printer.
On
Imposes the date.
Off
Does not impose the date.
Note
• This function may not provided, depending on the printer.
Index print
You can create an index print of all the images in the memory card.
Create index
Specifies an index print.
Delete index
Does not specify an index print.
Notes
• The number of images that can be printed on one sheet and the format depend on the
printer. RAW images do not print in index print.
• The images you shoot after setting the index print are not included in the index print.
It is recommended that you create the index print just before printing it.
When you play back an image recorded in the portrait position, the camera
detects the orientation of the image and automatically displays it in the
correct position.
Auto rotate
Displays the image in the portrait position, if required.
Manual rotate
Displays all images in the landscape position.
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Playback menu
PlaybackDisplay
Playback menu 2
Slide show
Repeatedly plays back the recorded images in the memory card. You can
view the previous/next image with b/B on the multi-selector.
To pause the slide show
Press the center of the multi-selector. Pressing again starts the slide show
again.
To end in the middle of the slide show
Press the MENU button.
Interval
30 sec
10 sec
5 sec
3 sec
1 sec
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The image switches at the selected interval time.
Setup menu
Setup menu 1
LCD brightness
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor.
Adjust the brightness with b/B on the multi-selector, then press
the center of the multi-selector.
• On the recording information or playback screen, you can adjust the
brightness by pressing the DISP button a little longer.
Info.disp.time
1 min
Displays for the amount of time you select.
30 sec
10 sec
5 sec
Power save
You can set the time to turn the camera to the power saving mode (Power
save). Pressing the shutter button halfway down returns the camera to the
shooting mode.
30 min
10 min
The camera turns to power save mode after the selected time
has elapsed.
5 min
3 min
1 min
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).
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Setup menu
Note
• Regardless of the setting in this menu, the eyepiece sensors below the viewfinder
turn off the LCD monitor while you are looking into the viewfinder.
Video output
Sets the video signal output according to the TV color system of the
connected video equipment. Different countries and regions use different
TV color systems. If you want to view images on a TV screen, check page
102 for the TV color system of the country or region where the camera is
used.
NTSC
Sets the video output signal to NTSC mode (e.g., for the
USA, Japan).
PAL
Sets the video output signal to PAL mode (e.g., for Europe).
HDMI output
When you connect the camera with an HDTV using an HDMI terminal
(page 103), the output signal from this camera is determined automatically.
When displaying images recorded with a camera, other signals may make
the image clearer, depending on the subject. You can make the following
changes.
HD(1080i)prior.
Prioritizes HD (1080i) signal output.
HD(720p)prior.
Prioritizes HD (720p) signal output.
SD priority
Prioritizes SD (standard) signal output.
Language
Select the language to be used to display the menu items, warning, and
messages.
Date/Time setup
Sets the date and time again.
For details, see page 27.
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Setup menu 2
Memory card
You can select the types of memory cards that you use for recording or
playback.
Memory Stick
Uses the “Memory Stick Duo” for recording or playback.
CompactFlash
Uses the CF card/Microdrive for recording or playback.
File number
Selects the method used to assign file numbers to images.
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.
Folder name
Selects the folder name format.
The recorded images are stored in the automatically-created folder in the
DCIM folder on the memory card.
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: 10080405 (Folder name: 100, date: 04/05/2008)
Select 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.
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Setup menu
Series
Select the desired folder with v/V on the multi-selector, then
press the center of the multi-selector.
Note
• You cannot select the folder when you are setting [Date form].
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.
USB connection
Selects the USB mode to be used when connecting the camera to a
computer, etc., using a USB cable.
Mass Storage
Used for copying images to the computer. The camera is
recognized as a USB mass storage device.
PTP
Prints the images with a PictBridge compliant printer or
copies images to PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) compliant
devices.
• For details on printing with a PictBridge compliant printer,
see page 152.
Remote PC
Using “Remote Camera Control” contained on the CD-ROM
(supplied), you can operate some functions of the camera
(such as shooting) from a computer, store the recorded
images to a computer, etc.
MassStrg.card
When a “Memory Stick Duo” and a CF card are both inserted in the camera
during mass storage connections, you can select the displayed method on a
PC.
Both cards
Displays both the “Memory Stick Duo” and CF card/
Microdrive. This is supported by a PC running Windows
2000 SP3, or a later version of OS.
Selected card
Displays only the card selected with [Memory card].
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Setup menu 3
Menu start
You can select the default screen when you press the MENU button.
Top
Displays the
Previous
Displays the previously selected menu screen first.
1 or
1 menu screen first.
Delete confirm.
You can select the default item of a confirmation screen when deleting the
images or the folders.
“Delete” first
[Delete] is selected by default.
“Cancel” first
[Cancel] is selected by default.
Audio signals
Selects the sound produced when the focus is confirmed, during self-timer
countdown, etc.
Turns on the sound.
Off
Turns off the sound.
Setup menu
On
Cleaning mode
For details, see page 36.
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AF Micro Adj.
You can finely adjust the focus of each lens.
Perform this operation only when needed. Note that you may not be able to
properly focus on a subject if you have made a poor adjustment.
On
Registers the adjustment value of the attached lens or focuses
on a subject using the registered value. Adjustment values are
set between –20 to +20.
Off
Does not perform AF fine adjustment.
Clear
Clears the values of all the registered lenses.
After a message appears, select [OK] with v on the multiselector, then press the center of the multi-selector.
amount
You can register adjusted values of [AF Micro Adj.].
Select the desired value with v/V on the multi-selector, then
press the center of the multi-selector.
Notes
• When [AF Micro Adj.] is not set to [On], you cannot register an adjustment value.
• By shifting the value toward +, the focus point shifts toward the background, and by
shifting it toward –, the point shifts toward the foreground. Decide the value by
reference to the result of a test shooting.
• We recommend that you decide the value under actual shooting conditions.
• When you attach a lens that is registered on the camera, the registered value is
displayed. When you attach an unregistered lens, “±0” is displayed. If “–” is
displayed as the value, then a total of 30 lenses have been registered. When you want
to register a new lens, attach a lens for which you can delete its registered value, and
set that value to “±0,” or reset the values of all the lenses with [Clear].
• If you perform AF fine adjustment with a lens of other manufacturers, the
adjustment values of Sony, Minolta, and Konica Minolta lenses may be affected. Do
not use this function with any lens of other manufacturers.
• You cannot individually perform AF fine adjustment when using the Sony, Minolta,
and Konica Minolta lenses that have the same specifications.
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Focusing Screen
You can change the focusing screen to Type L (not supplied) or Type M
(not supplied) according to your purpose. Select the appropriate setting for
the type of screen after changing the screen itself.
Type G
Standard focusing screens (the default one).
Type M
Focusing screens that make it easier to check the peak of the
focus and approximate sharpness. This is suitable for a
brighter lens (F1.4 to 2.8).
Type L
Focusing screens that are equipped with a grid. The
brightness of the viewfinder is the same as that of the G type.
Notes
• If the type of screen is not properly set, you cannot measure the light properly.
• For details on how to change the focusing screen, refer to the operating instructions
supplied with the focusing screen.
Setup menu
133
Setup menu 4
APS-C size capt.
Captures an image in the area equivalent to the APS-C size.
Decide on composition using
(APS-C size area) in the viewfinder as a
guide. [Aspect ratio] is set to [3:2].
On
Shoots an image in the APS-C size area.
Off
Shoots an image in the normal size area.
Reset default
You can reset the main functions of the camera.
The items to be reset are as follows.
Items
Reset to (default setting)
Recording information display (41)
Detailed display
Exposure compensation (70)
±0.0
Drive mode (83)
Single-shot adv.
White balance (75)
AWB (Auto white balance)
ColorTemperature/Color filter (76)
5500K, Color filter 0
Custom white balance (77)
5500K
ISO (74)
AUTO
Playback display (92)
Single-image screen (with recording
data)
Recording menu
Items
Reset to (default setting)
Image size (107)
L:24M
Aspect ratio (107)
3:2
Quality (108)
Fine
D-RangeOptimizer (79)
Off
Custom button (109)
Creative Style
Creative Style (80)
Standard
Color Space (109)
sRGB
Flash mode (66)
Autoflash or Fill-flash
134
Items
Reset to (default setting)
Flash control (110)
ADI flash
Flash compens. (73)
±0.0
Exposure step (111)
0.3 EV
ISO Auto Range (111)
200 – 800
AF-A setup (112)
AF-A
AF area (60)
Wide
Priority setup (112)
AF
AF illuminator (62)
Auto
AF w/ shutter (113)
On
Long exp.NR (113)
On
High ISO NR (113)
Normal
Custom menu
Items
Reset to (default setting)
AF/MF button (116)
AF/MF control
Hold
AF drive speed (116)
Fast
AF area disp. (116)
0.3 sec
FocusHoldButton (117)
Focus hold
Auto review (117)
2 sec
Preview Function (89)
Intelligent
AEL button (118)
AEL hold
Ctrl dial setup (118)
Dial exp.comp (119)
SS
Setup menu
AF/MF control (116)
F/no.
Off
Ctrl dial lock (119)
Off
Button ops. (120)
Exclusive disp
Release w/oCard (120)
Enable
Rec.info.disp. (120)
Auto rotate
Exp.comp.set (121)
Ambient&flash
Bracket order (121)
0t–t+
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Playback menu
Items
Reset to (default setting)
DPOF setup – Date imprint (124)
Off
PlaybackDisplay (125)
Auto rotate
Slide show – Interval (126)
3 sec
Setup menu
Items
Reset to (default setting)
LCD brightness (127)
±0
Info.disp.time (127)
5 sec
Power save (127)
3 min
HDMI output (128)
HD(1080i)prior.
File number (129)
Series
Folder name (129)
Standard form
USB connection (130)
Mass Storage
MassStrg.card (130)
Selected card
Menu start (131)
Top
Delete confirm. (131)
“Cancel” first
Audio signals (131)
On
AF Micro Adj. (132)
Off
APS-C size capt. (134)
Off
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Copying images to 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 2000 Professional SP4/ Windows
XP* SP3/Windows Vista* SP1
• Operation is not assured in an environment based on an upgrade of the
operating systems described above or in a multi-boot environment.
* 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported.
USB jack: Provided as standard
x Macintosh
OS (pre-installed): Mac OS X (v10.1.3 or later)
USB jack: Provided as standard
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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.
Stage 1: Connecting the camera and your computer
1 Insert a memory card with recorded images into the camera.
2 Insert the sufficiently charged battery pack in the camera, or
connect the camera to a wall outlet (wall socket) with the AC
Adaptor/charger (not supplied).
• When you copy images to your computer using insufficient battery pack,
copying may fail or image data may become corrupted if the battery pack
shuts down too soon.
3 Turn on the camera and the computer.
4 Check that [USB connection] in
2 is set to [Mass Storage]
(page 130).
5 Connect the camera and your
computer.
1 To the USB
terminal
• 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.
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].
• In that case, you can also import images using “PMB.”
3 Double-click the folder where the
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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 143.
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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 143).
For Macintosh
1 Double-click the newly recognized icon t [DCIM] t the
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.
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For Windows
This section describes the procedure for viewing copied images in the
“Documents” (For Windows XP: “My Documents”) folder.
1 Click [Start] t [Documents].
• If you are using Windows 2000,
double-click [My Documents] on the
desktop.
2 Double-click the desired image file.
The image is displayed.
Double-click the hard disk icon t the desired image file to open
the image file.
Deleting the USB connection
Perform the procedures listed below beforehand when:
• Disconnecting the USB cable.
• Removing the memory card.
• Turning off the camera.
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For Macintosh
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.
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AFolders containing image data recorded
using this camera. (The first three digits
show the folder number.)
BYou can create a folder by date form
(page 129).
• 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 from 0001 to 9999. The numerical
portions of the name of a RAW data file and
its corresponding JPEG image 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 from 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 130) 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”
“Remote Camera Control”
• 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”/“Remote Camera Control”
OS (pre-installed): Microsoft Windows XP* SP3/Windows Vista* SP1
* 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are 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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Recommended environment for using “PMB”
OS (pre-installed): Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4/Windows
XP* SP3/Windows Vista* SP1
* 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are 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—200 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”/“Remote Camera Control”
OS (pre-installed): Mac OS X (v10.4/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 – Picture Motion Browser”
“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 [SIDS_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 restarting confirmation message appears, restart the computer following
the instructions on the screen.
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4 Double-click the [SIDS_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 the 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 the Help.
To start the Help, click [Start] t [All Programs] t [Sony Image Data
Suite] t [Help] t [Image Data Converter SR Ver.3].
To start up/exit “Image Data Converter SR”
x Windows
Double-click the shortcut of “Image Data Converter SR Ver.3” on the
desktop.
When starting up from the Start menu, click [Start] t [All Programs] t
[Sony Image Data Suite] t [Image Data Converter SR Ver.3].
To exit, click the
button on the upper-right corner of the screen.
x Macintosh
Double-click [Image Data Converter SR Ver.3] in the [Sony Image Data
Suite] folder from the [Application] folder.
To exit, click [Quit Image Data Converter SR] from the [IDC SR] menu.
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 in “Image Data Converter SR” and make adjustments to
it.
• For details on “Image Data Lightbox SR,” refer to the Help.
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To start the Help from the Start menu, click [Start] t [All Programs] t
[Sony Image Data Suite] t [Help] t [Image Data Lightbox SR].
To start up/exit “Image Data Lightbox SR”
x Windows
Double-click [Image Data Lightbox SR] on the desktop.
When starting up from the Start menu, click [Start] t [All Programs] t
[Sony Image Data Suite] t [Image Data Lightbox SR].
To exit, click the
button on the upper-right corner of the screen.
The dialogue used for saving a collection appears.
x Macintosh
Double-click [Image Data Lightbox SR] in the [Sony Image Data Suite]
folder from the [Application] folder.
To exit, click [Quit Image Data Lightbox SR] from the [Image Data
Lightbox SR] menu.
Using the “Remote Camera Control”
To start the Help from the Start menu, click [Start] t [All Programs] t
[Sony Image Data Suite] t [Help] t [Remote Camera Control].
1 Press the MENU button, and set [USB connection] to [Remote
PC] in the
selector.
Setup menu 2 with v/V/b/B on the multi-
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Connect the camera to your computer. With “Remote Camera Control” you
can:
• Set up the camera or record an image from the computer.
• Record an image directly to the computer.
• Perform an Interval Timer Shooting (Only for Windows).
2 Connect the camera and your
computer.
1 To the USB
terminal
USB cable
2 To the
USB terminal
3 Turn on the camera and the computer, then start the “Remote
Camera Control.”
Notes
• When you press the shutter button without looking into the viewfinder, close the
eyepiece shutter with the eyepiece shutter lever.
• In Interval Timer Shooting, the drive mode is set to
(Single-shot adv.). If the
focus is not achieved, the shutter is not released (except when the manual focus is
selected or [Priority setup] in the
Recording menu is set to [Release]).
To start up/exit “Remote Camera Control”
x Windows
Click [Start] t [All Programs] t [Sony Image Data Suite] t [Remote
Camera Control].
To exit, click the
button on the upper-right corner of the screen.
x Macintosh
Double-click [Remote Camera Control] in the [Sony Image Data Suite]
folder from the [Application] folder.
To exit, click [Quit Remote Camera Control] from the [Remote Camera
Control] menu.
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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] (in Windows 2000, [Programs]) t [Sony Picture Utility] t
[Help] t [PMB Guide].
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.
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To start up/exit “PMB”
Double-click the
(PMB – Picture Motion Browser) icon on the desktop.
Or, from the Start menu: Click [Start] t [All Programs] (in Windows
2000, [Programs]) t [Sony Picture Utility] t [PMB – Picture Motion
Browser].
To exit the “PMB,” click
button on the upper-right corner of the screen.
Printing images
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: Setting the camera
Note
• It is recommended to use the AC Adaptor/charger (not supplied) to prevent the
power from turning off partway through printing.
1 Press the MENU button, and set [USB connection] to [PTP] in
the
Setup menu 2 with v/V/b/B on the multi-selector.
2 Turn the camera off and insert the memory card that the images
have been recorded on.
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Stage 2: Connecting the camera to the printer
1 Connect the camera to the printer.
1 To the
USB terminal
USB cable
2 To the
USB terminal
2 Turn on your camera and the printer.
The screen used for selecting images you want to print appears.
Stage 3: Printing
1 Select the image to print with b/B on the multi-selector, then
press the center of the multi-selector.
• To cancel, press the center again.
Printing images
2 Repeat step 1 if you want to print other images.
3 Press the MENU button and set up each item.
• For details on setting items, see “PictBridge menu.”
4 Select [Print] t [OK] in the menu, then press the center of the
multi-selector.
The image is printed.
• After the screen indicating that the print is completed appears, press the
center of the multi-selector.
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To cancel the print
During printing, pressing the center of the multi-selector cancels the print.
Remove the USB cable or turn off the camera. When you want to print
again, follow the procedure (Stages 1 to 3) above.
PictBridge menu
Page 1
Print
Prints the selected images. For details, see “Stage 3: Printing.”
Set print q’ty
You can specify the number of prints, up to 20. The same number of prints is specified
on all the selected images.
Paper size
Auto
Printer setup
9×13cm/3.5"×5"
89×127 mm
Hagaki
100×147 mm
10×15cm
10×15 cm
4"×6"
101.6×152.4 mm
A6/4.1"×5.8"
105×148.5 mm
13×18cm/5"×7"
127×178 mm
Letter
216×279.4 mm
A4/8.3"×11.7"
210×297 mm
A3/11.7"×16.5"
297×420 mm
Wide/4"×7.1"
10.2×18.1 cm
A3+/13"×19"
329×483 mm
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Layout
Auto
Printer setup
1-up/Borderless
Borderless, 1 image/sheet
1-up
1 image/sheet
2-up
2 images/sheet
3-up
3 images/sheet
4-up
4 images/sheet
8-up
8 images/sheet
Index
Prints all the selected images as an index
print. Printing layout follows the printer
setup.
Date imprint
Day and time
Attaches the date and time.
Date
Attaches the date.
Off
Does not attach the date.
Page 2
Unmark all
After the message appears, select [OK], then press the center of the multi-selector. The
DPOF mark on each image is cleared. When you cancel your specification without
printing images, select this item.
Folder print
Prints all the images in a memory card. After the message appears, select [OK], then
press the center of the multi-selector.
Printing images
Printing with the Remote Commander
Once you connect the camera to an HDTV with an HDMI cable (not
supplied), you can easily print images while viewing them on the TV.
1 Connect the camera to a TV and printer (pages 103, 153).
2 Display the image you want to print.
3 Press the PRINT button on the Remote Commander.
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Notes
• Regardless of the menu setup of the camera, setup for printing is fixed as follows:
– The number of sheets: 1-up
– Paper size: Auto
– Layout: Auto
– Date imprint: Off
• When the camera is connected to a TV with the video cable (supplied), the PRINT
button is disabled.
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Specifications
image sensor-Shift
mechanism
[Viewfinder]
Camera
Type
[System]
Camera Type
Digital Single Lens Reflex
Camera and
interchangeable lenses
All of α Lens (except for
DT lens*)
* Using a DT lens is not guaranteed
because the corners of the field are
darkened and the camera does not
meet the primary AE performance
standard. [APS-C size capt.] is
automatically selected.
Lens
Fixed eye-level system
with pentaprism
Focusing Screen
Spherical Acute Matte
(exchangeable, option)
Frame coverage
Approx. 1
Magnification
0.74 × with 50 mm lens at
infinity, –1 m–1
Eye point
Approximately 20 mm
from the eyepiece
Diopter Adjustment
–3.0 to +1.0 m–1
[Image sensor]
[Auto Focus System]
Total pixel number of camera
Approx. 25 720 000 pixels
System
Effective pixel number of camera
Approx. 24 610 000 pixels
Image format
35 mm (35.9×24.0) CMOS
sensor
ISO sensitivity (Recommended
exposure index)
AUTO, 100 to 6400
[SteadyShot]
Sensor-Shift mechanism
SteadyShot Compensation capability
Approximately 2.5 to 4 EV
decrease in shutter speed
(varies according to
shooting conditions and
lens used)
[Anti-Dust]
System
Charge protection coating
on Low-Pass Filter and
Ranging point
9 points and 10
supplementary ranging
points
Sensitivity Range
0 to 18 EV (at ISO 100
equivalent)
AF illuminator
Approx. 1 to 7 m (3.3 to
23 feet)
[Exposure]
Metering Cell
40-segment honeycombpattern SPC
Metering Range
0 to 20 EV (2 to 20 EV
with Spot metering), (at
ISO 100 with F1.4 lens)
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System
TTL phase-detection
system, CCD line sensors
(with center dual cross-hair
sensor, F2.8 sensor)
[Shutter]
Type
Mass
Electronically-controlled,
vertical-traverse, focalplane type
Speed range 1/8000 second to 30
seconds, bulb
Flash sync speed
1/250 second (SteadyShot
deactivated),
1/200 second (SteadyShot
activated)
[Recording media]
CompactFlash card
(TypeI,II), Microdrive,
“Memory Stick Duo”
[LCD monitor]
LCD panel 7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT
drive
Total number of dots
921 600 (640 × 3 (RGB) ×
480) dots
[LCD monitor]
With backlighting
[Power, general]
Used battery pack
Rechargeable battery pack
NP-FM500H
[Others]
PictBridge
Compatible
Exif Print
Compatible
PRINT Image Matching III
Compatible
Dimensions Approx. 156.3 × 116.9 ×
81.9 mm (6 1/4 × 4 5/8 ×
3 1/4 inches) (W/H/D,
excluding protrusions)
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Approx.850 g (1 lb 14 oz)
(without batteries, memory
card and body accessories)
Operating temperature
0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
(When using the
Microdrive: 5 to 40°C (41
to 104°F))
Exif
Exif Ver.2.21
USB communication
Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0
compliant)
BC-VM10 Battery charger
Input rating 100 V – 240 V AC, 50/60
Hz
Output rating
8.4 V DC, 750 mA
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
Approx. 90 g (3.2 oz)
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
Maximum charge voltage
DC 8.4 V
Capacity
11.8 Wh (1 650 mAh)
Maximum dimensions
Approx. 38.2 × 20.5 × 55.6
mm (1 9/16 × 13/16 × 2 1/4
inches) (W/H/D)
Mass
Approx. 78 g (2.8 oz)
Design and specifications are subject
to change without notice.
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, Mac OS, iMac, iBook,
PowerBook, Power Mac, and eMac
are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Apple Inc.
• Intel, Intel Core, MMX, and
Pentium are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Intel
Corporation.
• CompactFlash is a trademark of
SanDisk Corporation.
• Microdrive is a registered
trademark of Hitachi Global
Storage Technologies in the United
States and/or other countries.
• Adobe is a registered trademark or
a trademark of Adobe Systems
Incorporated in the United States
and/or other countries.
• D-Range Optimizer Advanced uses
technology provided by Apical
Limited.
• 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.
Troubleshooting
If you experience trouble with your camera, try the following solutions.
Check the items on pages 160 to 166. 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 134).
4
Consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
Battery pack and power
The battery remaining indicator is incorrect, or sufficient battery
remaining 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 170).
• The displayed battery remaining differs from the current one. Fully
discharge and then charge the battery pack to correct the display.
• The battery pack is discharged. Install a charged battery pack (page 18).
• The battery pack is dead (page 20). Replace it with new one.
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 127).
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Shooting images
Nothing is displayed on the LCD monitor when the power is turned on.
• In the default setting, the LCD monitor will turn off if no operation is
registered for more than five seconds to minimize the battery consumption.
You can change the time that the LCD monitor is turned off (page 127).
• The LCD monitor is set to off. Press the DISP button to turn the LCD
monitor on (page 42).
The image is not clear in the viewfinder.
• Adjust the diopter scale properly using the diopter-adjustment dial
(page 28).
The shutter does not release.
• Check the free capacity of the memory card (page 33). If it is full, do one of
the following:
– Delete unnecessary images (page 99).
– Change the memory card.
• The shutter cannot be released when the subject is out of focus (page 112).
• When an astronomical telescope, etc., is attached to the camera, set the
exposure mode to M and do your shooting.
Recording takes a long time.
• The noise reduction function is turned on (page 113). This is not a
malfunction.
• You are shooting in RAW mode (page 108). Since the RAW image is large,
the RAW mode shooting may take time.
The date and time are recorded incorrectly.
The aperture value and/or shutter speed flash 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.
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Others
• Set the correct date and time (pages 27, 128).
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.
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). In such cases, making the aperture smaller by 1 to 2 steps may
prevent this phenomenon.
Dots appear and remain on the LCD monitor.
• This is not a malfunction. These dots are not recorded (page 9).
The EV scale b B is flashing in the viewfinder.
• The subject is too bright or too dark for the metering range of the camera.
Viewing images
Your camera cannot play back images.
• The folder/file name has been changed on your computer (page 143).
• 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 141).
The image does not appear on the TV screen.
• Check [Video output] to see if the video output signal of your camera is set
to the color system of your TV (page 102).
• Check whether the connection is correct (page 101).
Deleting/Editing images
Your camera cannot delete an image.
• Cancel the protection (page 124).
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Computers
Your computer does not recognize your camera.
•
•
•
•
Use the USB cable (supplied) (page 138).
Disconnect the USB cable, and connect it again firmly.
Set [USB connection] to [Mass Storage] (page 138).
Disconnect all equipment other than the camera, the keyboard and the
mouse from the USB jacks of your computer.
You cannot copy images.
• When you are copying images from the camera to your computer, if you
open the memory card cover, the copy is canceled. Do not open the memory
card cover during copying.
• 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 123).
Memory card
Cannot insert a memory card.
• Insertion direction of the memory card is wrong. Insert it in the correct
direction (page 23).
Cannot record on a memory card.
• The memory card is full. Delete unnecessary images (page 99).
• An unusable memory card is inserted (page 23).
You have formatted a memory card by mistake.
Others
• All the data on the memory card is deleted by formatting. You cannot
restore it.
Remote Commander
The supplied Remote Commander does not function.
• To shoot, set the drive mode to
connect the camera to a TV.
(Remote Commander). To play back,
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• Point the remote sensor away from strong light sources such as direct
sunlight or overhead lighting. Otherwise, the Remote Commander may not
function properly.
• A lens or hood may cover the remote sensor to protect it from the light.
Operate the Remote Commander from positions where the light from the
Remote Commander is not obscured.
Another DVD device malfunctions when you use the supplied Remote
Commander.
• Select a commander mode other than DVD 2 for your DVD device, or
cover the sensor of your DVD device with black paper.
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 109).
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.
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.
• When you print images at a shop, images can be printed with the date if you
ask them to do so.
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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 152).
• 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.
• RAW images cannot be printed.
• Images shot using cameras other than this camera or images modified with
a computer may not be printed.
“---- -- --” is printed on the date-inserted part of the image.
• Images that do not have the recording data cannot be printed with the date
inserted. Set [Date imprint] to [Off] and print the image again (page 155).
Others
The message “Set date and time?” appears when you turn on the camera.
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 108).
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Others
• 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 (page 27). If the
date setting is lost every time the battery pack is charged, consult your Sony
dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
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 (page 18).
The camera does not work properly.
• Turn off the camera. Remove the battery pack and insert it again. If an AC
Adaptor/charger (not supplied) 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 flash on the lower-right corner of the
viewfinder.
• 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 lower-right corner of the LCD monitor.
• 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.
For “InfoLITHIUM” battery only
• An incompatible battery pack is
being used.
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 27,
170).
Power insufficient
• You tried to perform [Cleaning
mode] when the battery level is
insufficient. Charge the battery
pack or use the AC Adaptor/
charger (not supplied).
No Memory Stick
No CF card
Unable to use Memory Stick.
Format?
Unable to use CF card. Format?
• The memory card was formatted
on a computer and the file format
was modified, or the memory card
Card error
• An incompatible memory card is
inserted or the format was failed.
Read only memory
• Your camera cannot record or
delete images on this “Memory
Stick Duo.”
Reinsert the Memory Stick.
Reinsert the CF 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.
Processing... Unable to operate.
• When the buffer memory is full,
you attempt to operate the
Intelligent preview function by
releasing the preview button.
Invalid operation
• When in BULB shooting, you
attempt to operate the Intelligent
preview function.
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Others
• The type of the memory card
inserted into the camera is
different from the memory card
type selected with [Memory
card] in the
Setup menu. Set
it to appropriate position.
was formatted on another device.
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.
Use Memory Stick slot to format.
• You attempt to format the
“Memory Stick Duo” that is
inserted into the CF card
insertion slot using an adaptor.
Insert the “Memory Stick Duo”
into the “Memory Stick Duo”
insertion slot and format it.
No Memory Stick inserted. Shutter
is locked.
No CF card inserted. Shutter is
locked.
• [Release w/oCard] is set to
[Disable]. Set it to [Enable] or
insert a memory card.
Unable to display.
• Images recorded with other
cameras or images modified with
a computer may not be able to be
displayed.
Check the connected device.
• A 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.
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.
Cover open
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.
• Close the memory card cover to
start shooting.
Unable to magnify.
Unable to rotate image.
• Images recorded with other cameras
may not be enlarged or rotated.
No images changed
Unable to print.
• You tried to mark RAW images
with a DPOF mark.
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• You attempted to protect images
or specified DPOF without
changing the specification of
those 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
• Check the printer.
• Check if the image you want to
print is corrupted.
Printer busy
• Check the printer.
Others
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Precautions
or hot places that exceed this range is
not recommended.
Do not use/store the camera in
the following places
On moisture condensation
• 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 carrying
• 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.
On operating temperatures
Your camera is designed for use
under the temperatures between 0 and
40°C (32 and 104°F) (When using a
Microdrive: 5 and 40°C (41 and
104°F)). Shooting in extremely cold
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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 8
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
internal rechargeable battery, the
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/charger (not supplied), and
leave the camera for 24 hours or more
with the power off.
Notes on recording/playback
•
•
•
•
Notes on handling the
focusing screen
• Be careful not to touch the focusing
screen, the mirror, etc., with your
finger.
• If dust lands on the surface of the
screen, remove dust using a blower.
In this case, do not use a spray
blower.
• If the screen has a scratch or gets
oily, consult your Sony dealer or
local authorized Sony service
facility.
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Others
• Before you record one-time events,
make a trial recording to make sure
that the camera is working
correctly.
• This camera is designed to be dustand moisture-resistant but not to be
waterproof and splash-proof. When
using the camera in the rain, be
careful not to get the camera and
lens wet. Clean the camera after use
if the camera becomes dirty. With
water, sand, dust, salt, etc., left on
the camera, the camera may cause a
malfunction.
• 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.
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 170).
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.
Keep the camera, supplied
accessories, etc., out of the reach of
children. The “Memory Stick Duo,”
etc., may be swallowed. If such a
problem occurs, consult a doctor
immediately.
Index
Index
Numerics
40-segment honeycomb pattern
metering..................................69
A
Adobe RGB ..............................109
AE lock .......................................71
AEL button ...............................118
AF area .......................................60
AF illuminator ............................62
AF Micro Adj. ..........................132
AF/MF control............................64
Ambient light..............................71
Anti-dust function.......................36
Aperture ......................................53
APS-C size................................134
Aspect ratio...............................107
Audio signals ............................131
Auto focus ..................................58
Auto review ..............................117
Autoflash ....................................66
B
Battery pack................................18
Bracket........................................85
Bright area portion......................93
BULB shooting...........................56
C
C button ....................................109
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Center weighted ......................... 69
CF card....................................... 23
Charging battery pack................ 14
Cleaning mode ........................... 36
Color filter ................................. 76
Color Space.............................. 109
Color temperature ...................... 76
Compression ratio .................... 108
Continuous AF........................... 58
Continuous bracket .................... 85
Continuous shooting .................. 84
Contrast...................................... 80
Creative Style............................. 80
Custom button.......................... 109
Custom white balance................ 77
D
Dark area portion ....................... 93
Date imprint ............................. 125
Date/Time setup......................... 27
Delete ......................................... 99
Diopter-adjustment .................... 28
Direct manual focus................... 63
DISP button ......................... 42, 92
Display panel ............................. 44
DPOF setup.............................. 124
D-Range Optimizer.................... 79
DRIVE button ............................ 83
Drive mode ................................ 83
E
Enlarged screen.......................... 95
EV scale ......................... 55, 72, 86
Exposure compensation ............. 70
Exposure lock ............................ 71
Exposure mode .......................... 51
Eyecup ....................................... 28
Image size ................................ 107
Index print ................................ 125
Index screen ............................... 96
Info.disp.time ........................... 127
Intelligent preview ..................... 89
ISO Auto Range ....................... 111
ISO sensitivity............................ 74
F
J
File number .............................. 129
Flash........................................... 65
Flash compensation.................... 73
Flash control ............................ 110
Flash mode ................................. 66
Fn button .................................... 48
Focus .......................................... 58
Focus indicator........................... 59
Focusing Screen ....................... 133
Focus-lock.................................. 61
Folder name ............................. 129
Format ...................................... 123
JPEG......................................... 108
H
HDMI output............................ 103
High ISO NR ........................... 113
High Speed Sync........................ 67
Histogram............................. 93, 98
Image Data Converter SR ........ 148
Image Data Lightbox SR ......... 148
Image quality ........................... 108
LCD brightness ........................ 127
LCD monitor ........................ 41, 97
Lens ............................................ 21
Long exp.NR ............................ 113
M
Manual exposure ........................ 55
Manual focus.............................. 62
Manual shift ............................... 56
Memory ...................................... 91
“Memory Stick Duo” ................. 23
MENU button........................... 105
Menu list .................................. 105
Metering mode ........................... 69
Microdrive.................................. 23
Mirror lockup ....................... 83, 87
Moisture condensation ............. 170
Multi segment ............................ 69
Multi-selector ............................. 47
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Index
I
L
N
New folder ................................130
Noise reduction.........................113
Number of recordable images
..........................................19, 33
Rotate......................................... 94
S
PictBridge .................................152
PlaybackDisplay .......................125
PMB..........................................151
Power save................................127
Preset white balance ...................75
Pressing halfway down.......49, 113
Preview .......................................89
Print ..................................124, 152
Priority setup ............................112
Program auto ..............................51
Program Shift..............................52
Protect.......................................124
Saturation ................................... 80
Select folder ............................. 129
Self-timer ................................... 85
Set the clock............................... 27
Sharpness ................................... 80
Shooting..................................... 49
Shoulder strap ............................ 29
Shutter speed........................ 51, 54
Single bracket ............................ 85
Single-shot AF ........................... 58
Slide show................................ 126
Slow sync................................... 67
Specifications........................... 157
Spot ............................................ 69
sRGB........................................ 109
SteadyShot function................... 46
Q
U
Quick Navi..................................48
USB connection ....................... 130
R
V
RAW.................................108, 148
Rear sync. ...................................66
Rec mode reset .........................114
Rec.info.disp.............................120
Remote Camera Control ...........149
Remote Commander
....................30, 83, 88, 104, 155
Reset .........................114, 122, 134
Reset default .............................134
Video output ............................ 128
Viewfinder ........................... 28, 45
Viewing image................... 92, 101
P
174
W
WB button.................................. 75
White balance ............................ 75
White balance bracket................ 87
Wireless flash............................. 66