Sony SLT-A58, SLT-A58K, SLT-A58M, SLT-A58Y Operating instructions

Sony SLT-A58, SLT-A58K, SLT-A58M, SLT-A58Y Operating instructions

4-459-705-12(1)

Interchangeable Lens

Digital Camera

α Handbook

A-mount

Preparing the camera

Shooting and viewing images

Shooting images to suit your subject

Using the shooting functions

Using the playback functions

Function list

Viewing images on a computer

Others

Advanced Operations

Index

©2013 Sony Corporation

SLT-A58

Table of Contents

Basic

Operations

................................................................. 9

This section provides basic information on operating the camera.

Notes on using your camera ............................................ 10

Preparing the camera

Checking the supplied items ............................................ 12

Identifying parts ............................................................... 13

Front ........................................................................... 13

Back ............................................................................ 14

Top ............................................................................. 15

Sides/Bottom .............................................................. 16

Lens ............................................................................ 18

Charging the battery pack ................................................ 19

Inserting the battery pack/memory card (sold separately)

..................................................................................... 21

Memory cards that you can use .................................. 23

Attaching a lens ............................................................... 24

Turning on the camera and setting the clock ................... 27

Before shooting ............................................................... 29

Adjusting the viewfinder’s visual acuity (diopter adjustment)......................................................... 29

Holding the camera properly ...................................... 29

Shooting and viewing images

Shooting still images ....................................................... 30

Recording movies ............................................................ 32

Playing back images ........................................................ 33

Deleting images (Delete) ................................................. 34

Shooting images to suit your subject

Adjusting the angle of the LCD screen ........................... 35

Selecting a shooting mode ............................................... 36

Superior Auto .................................................. 37

Scene Selection .................................................. 38

Sweep Panorama ................................................ 39

Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE ............................. 40

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Using the shooting functions

Using the flash ................................................................. 41

Adjusting the image brightness ....................................... 43

Selecting the drive mode .................................... 45

Switching the recording information display (DISP) ...... 46

Setting image size ............................................................ 47

Image Size .................................................................. 47

Panorama: Size ........................................................... 47

Using the playback functions

Enlarging images ............................................................. 48

Switching to the image list display .................................. 49

Viewing images on a TV screen ...................................... 50

Function list

Functions that can be operated using the buttons/switch

..................................................................................... 51

Selecting a function using the Fn (Function) button ....... 52

Functions that can be selected using the Fn (Function) button .........................................................................53

Functions selected using the MENU button .................... 55

Using the guide function of the camera ........................... 62

In-Camera Guide ........................................................ 62

Shooting Tips ............................................................. 62

Viewing images on a computer

What you can do with software ....................................... 64

What you can do with “PlayMemories Home” .......... 64

What you can do with “Image Data Converter” ........ 65

Installing the software ..................................................... 66

Installing “PlayMemories Home” .............................. 66

Viewing “PlayMemories Home Help Guide” ............ 66

Installing “Image Data Converter” ............................. 67

Viewing “Image Data Converter Guide” ................... 67

Installing “Remote Camera Control” ......................... 68

Selecting the method for creating a movie disc ............... 69

Creating a disc using a computer ............................... 70

Creating a disc with a device other than a computer

............................................................................ 70

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Others

List of screen icons .......................................................... 71

Functions available for each shooting mode ................... 74

Flash modes available ...................................................... 75

Advanced

Operations

................................................................76

This section provides further information on operating the camera.

Preparation

Setting up the camera ...................................................... 77

Removing the Eyepiece cup ....................................... 77

Shooting mode screen display ......................................... 78

Selecting the screen mode .......................................... 78

Histogram ................................................................... 79

Monitoring the subject through the lens without effects displayed ........................................................... 80

List of viewfinder mode icons .................................... 80

Shooting a clear image without camera shake ................ 83

Camera shake warning indicator ................................ 83

Using the SteadyShot function ................................... 83

Using a tripod ............................................................. 84

Shooting

Selecting the shooting mode ............................................ 85

Intelligent Auto/ Flash Off .............................. 85

Superior Auto .................................................... 85

Scene Selection .................................................. 86

Sweep Panorama ................................................ 88

Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE ............................. 90

Program Auto ......................................................... 91

Aperture Priority ................................................... 92

Shutter Priority ....................................................... 94

Manual Exposure ................................................... 96

BULB ..................................................................... 97

Movie recording setup ................................................... 100

Recording movies easily .......................................... 100

Digital Zoom ............................................................ 101

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Changing the tracking sensitivity of autofocus during movie recording .............................................. 102

Recording movies with the shutter speed and aperture adjusted ........................................................... 102

File Format ............................................................... 103

Record Setting .......................................................... 104

Audio Recording ...................................................... 105

Adjusting the focus ........................................................ 106

Autofocus ................................................................. 106

Focus-lock ................................................................ 108

Autofocus Mode ....................................................... 109

AF area ..................................................................... 110

AF Illuminator .......................................................... 111

Lock-on AF .............................................................. 111

Manual focus ............................................................ 114

Peaking ..................................................................... 115

Focus Magnifier ....................................................... 116

Detecting faces .............................................................. 117

Face Detection .......................................................... 117

Face Registration ...................................................... 118

Auto Object Framing ................................................ 119

Smile Shutter ............................................................ 120

Adjusting the brightness of the image ........................... 122

AE Lock ................................................................... 122

AEL w/ shutter ......................................................... 123

Metering Mode ......................................................... 123

Flash Comp. ............................................................. 124

Flash control ............................................................. 124

The flash ........................................................................ 126

Wireless flash ........................................................... 127

Setting ISO .................................................................... 129

Multi Frame Noise Reduct. ...................................... 129

Compensating for brightness and contrast automatically (D-

Range) ...................................................................... 130

D-Range Opt. ........................................................... 130

Auto HDR ................................................................ 131

Setting image processing ............................................... 133

Picture Effect ............................................................ 133

Creative Style ........................................................... 134

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Playback

Camera Setup

Adjusting color tones (White Balance) ......................... 136

Fine adjustment screen for color .............................. 137

Color Temp./Color Filter ......................................... 138

Custom white balance .............................................. 138

Zooming ........................................................................ 140

Selecting the drive mode .................................. 143

Single Shooting ........................................................ 143

Cont. Shooting .......................................................... 143

Self-timer .................................................................. 144

Bracket: Cont./Single Bracket .................................. 144

WB bracket ............................................................... 146

Playback mode screen display ....................................... 147

Switching the screen during playback ...................... 147

List of histogram display icons ................................ 147

Using the playback functions ........................................ 149

Rotating an image .................................................... 149

Still/Movie Select ..................................................... 149

Slide Show ............................................................... 150

Playback Display ...................................................... 150

Scrolling panoramic images ..................................... 151

Protecting images (Protect) ........................................... 152

Deleting images (Delete) ............................................... 153

Delete (Multiple Img.) ............................................. 153

Deleting all images or movies in each view mode

.........................................................................154

TV playback .................................................................. 155

Using “BRAVIA” Sync ........................................... 155

Setting the aspect ratio and image quality ..................... 157

Aspect Ratio ............................................................. 157

Quality ...................................................................... 157

Setting the other camera functions ................................ 159

Long Exposure NR ................................................... 159

High ISO NR ............................................................ 159

Color Space .............................................................. 160

Release w/o Lens ...................................................... 160

Grid Line .................................................................. 161

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Computer

Auto Review ............................................................. 161

Func. of AEL button ................................................ 161

ISO Button ............................................................... 162

Preview Button ......................................................... 162

Electronic Front Curtain Shutter .............................. 163

Viewfinder Bright. ................................................... 163

Power Save ............................................................... 164

FINDER/LCD Setting .............................................. 164

Lens compensation ........................................................ 165

Lens Comp.: Peripheral Shading .............................. 165

Lens Comp.: Chromatic Aberration ......................... 165

Lens Comp.: Distortion ............................................ 165

Setting the memory card recording method .................. 166

Format ...................................................................... 166

File Number ............................................................. 166

Folder Name ............................................................. 166

Select REC Folder .................................................... 167

New Folder ............................................................... 167

Recover Image DB ................................................... 168

Upload Settings ........................................................ 168

Resetting to default settings .......................................... 170

Confirming the camera version ..................................... 174

Using the camera with your computer ........................... 175

Recommended computer environment (Windows)

.......................................................................... 175

Recommended computer environment (Mac) .......... 176

Connecting the camera to a computer ........................... 177

Making a USB connection ....................................... 177

Setting the USB connection mode (USB LUN Setting)

.......................................................................... 177

Connecting to a computer ........................................ 178

Importing images to a computer (Windows) ........... 178

Importing images to a computer (Mac) .................... 179

Deleting the USB connection ................................... 180

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Creating a movie disc .................................................... 181

Creating a high definition quality (HD) disc (AVCHD recording disc) on a computer ......................... 181

Creating a standard definition quality (STD) disc .... 182

Discs you can use with “PlayMemories Home” ...... 183

Print

Specifying DPOF ........................................................... 184

Date Imprint ............................................................. 184

Cleaning

Cleaning the camera and lens ........................................ 185

Cleaning the image sensor ............................................. 186

Troubleshooting/Others

Troubleshooting ............................................................. 189

Warning messages ......................................................... 198

Precautions .................................................................... 200

Using your camera abroad — Power sources ................ 203

AVCHD format ............................................................. 204

Memory cards ................................................................ 205

Battery pack/Battery charger ......................................... 207

License ........................................................................... 209

Index .............................................................................. 210

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Basic Operations

This section provides basic information on operating the camera. Read this section first. To use

the camera even more effectively, see “Advanced

Operations” (page 76).

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Notes on using your camera

Shooting procedure

This camera has 2 modes for monitoring subjects: an LCD screen mode using the

LCD screen, and a viewfinder mode using the viewfinder.

Notes on the functions available with the camera

To check whether it is a 1080 60icompatible device or 1080 50i-compatible device, check for the following marks on the bottom of the camera.

1080 60i-compatible device: 60i

1080 50i-compatible device: 50i

No compensation for recorded content

The recorded content cannot be compensated for if recording or playback is not possible due to a malfunction of your camera or memory card, etc.

Back up recommendation

To avoid the risk of data loss, always copy

(back up) data to other media.

Notes on the LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, lens, and image sensor

• The LCD screen and electronic viewfinder are 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 screen and electronic viewfinder. These points are normal in the manufacturing process and do not affect the images in any way.

• Do not hold the camera by the LCD screen.

• Do not expose the camera to sunlight or shoot toward the sun for extended periods of time. The internal mechanism may be damaged. If reflected sunlight is focused on a nearby object, it may cause a fire.

• There is a magnet on the back and around the rotating shaft of the hinge of the LCD screen. Do not bring anything that is easily affected by a magnet, such as floppy disks or credit cards, near the

LCD screen.

• Images may trail across on the screen in cold locations. This is not a malfunction.

When turning on the camera in a cold location, the screen may become temporarily dark. When the camera warms up, the screen will function normally.

• The recorded image may differ from the image you monitor before recording.

Notes on recording over extended periods of time

• When you continue to shoot for a long time, the temperature of the camera rises.

If the temperature reaches a certain level, the icon appears on the screen and the camera turns off automatically. If the power is turned off, leave the camera for

10 minutes or longer to allow the temperature inside the camera to decrease to a safe level.

• Under high ambient temperatures, the temperature of the camera rises quickly.

• When the temperature of the camera rises, the image quality may deteriorate.

We recommend that you wait until the temperature of the camera drops before continuing to shoot.

• The surface of the camera may grow warm. This is not a malfunction.

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Notes on importing AVCHD movies to a computer

When importing AVCHD movies to a computer, for Windows computers, use the

“PlayMemories Home” software.

Notes on playing movies on other devices

• This camera uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

High Profile for AVCHD format recording. Movies recorded in AVCHD format on this camera cannot be played using the following devices.

– Other devices compatible with

AVCHD format that do not support

High Profile

– Devices incompatible with the

AVCHD format

This camera also uses MPEG-4 AVC/

H.264 Main Profile for MP4 format recording. For this reason, movies recorded in MP4 format on this camera cannot be played on devices other than those that support MPEG-4 AVC/H.264.

• Discs recorded in HD image quality

(high definition) can be played back only on AVCHD format-compatible devices.

DVD-based players or recorders cannot play back HD image quality discs, as they are incompatible with the AVCHD format. Also, DVD-based players or recorders may fail to eject HD image quality discs.

Warning on copyright

Television programs, films, videotapes, and other materials may be copyrighted.

Unauthorized recording of such materials may be contrary to the provisions of copyright laws.

The pictures used in this manual

The photographs used as examples of pictures in this manual are reproduced images, and are not actual images shot using this camera.

Notes on using your camera

On the data specifications described in this manual

The data on performance and specifications are defined under the following conditions, except as described in this manual: at an ordinary ambient temperature of 25ºC

(77°F), and using a battery pack that has been fully charged for about an hour after the charge lamp has turned off.

Model name

This manual covers several models supplied with different lenses.

The model name varies depending on the supplied lens. The available model varies depending on the country/region.

Model name

SLT-A58

SLT-A58K

SLT-A58M

SLT-A58Y

Lens

DT18-55mm

DT18-135mm

DT18-55mm and

DT55-200mm

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Preparing the camera

Checking the supplied items

First check the model name of your camera (page 11). The accessories

supplied differ depending on the model.

The number in parentheses indicates the quantity.

Supplied with all models

• Camera (1)

• Battery charger BC-VM10A (1)

• Body cap (1) (Attached to the camera)

• Power cord (mains lead) (1)* (not supplied in the U.S.A. and

Canada)

* Multiple power cords may be supplied with your camera. Use the appropriate one that matches your country/region.

• Rechargeable battery pack NP-

FM500H (1)

• Micro USB cable (1)

• Eyepiece cup (1) (Attached to the camera)

• Instruction Manual (1)

SLT-A58K

• DT18-55mm zoom lens (1)/Front lens cap (1)/Packaging lid (1)

SLT-A58M

• DT18-135mm zoom lens (1)/

Front lens cap (1)/Rear lens cap

(1)/Lens hood (1)

SLT-A58Y

• DT18-55mm zoom lens (1)/Front lens cap (1)/Packaging lid (1)

• DT55-200mm zoom lens (1)/

Front lens cap (1)/Rear lens cap

(1)/Lens hood (1)

• Shoulder strap (1)

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Identifying parts

See the pages in parentheses for details on operation for the parts.

Front

A

Shutter button (30)

B

Power switch (27)

C

Control dial (92, 94, 96)

D

Self-timer lamp (144)

E

Lens contacts*

F

Mirror*

• This mirror is made of a transmissive film. Do not touch the mirror. Doing so may soil or deform the mirror, and the image quality and camera performance may deteriorate.

G

Preview button (94)/Focus

Magnifier button (116)

H

Mount

I

Built-in flash* (41, 126)

J

Microphone** (105)

K

Mode dial (36)

L

(Flash pop-up) button (41,

126)

M

Mounting index (24)

N

Lens release button (25)

O

Focus mode switch (106, 114)

* Do not directly touch these

parts.

** Do not cover this part

during movie recording.

Doing so may cause noise or lower the volume.

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Identifying parts

Back

A

Eyepiece sensors (77)

B

Viewfinder*

• When you look into the viewfinder, viewfinder mode is activated, and when you move your face away from the viewfinder, viewing mode returns to LCD screen mode.

C

Diopter-adjustment dial (29)

D

LCD screen (71, 80, 147)

E

Eyepiece cup (77)

F

For shooting: Fn (Function)

button (52, 53)

For viewing: (Image

rotation) button (149)

G

Control button v/V/b/B/DISP (Display

Contents) (46, 147)/WB (White

Balance) (136)/

(Drive

Mode) (45, 143)/

(Picture

Effect) (133)

H

Control button (Enter)/AF

button (110)/Lock-on AF

button (111)

I

(In-Camera Guide) button

(62)

For viewing: (Delete) button

(34)

J

(Playback) button (33)

* Do not directly touch this

part.

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Identifying parts

Top

A

Multi interface shoe 1)2)

(127)

B

MENU button (55)

C

Image sensor position

mark (108)

D

FINDER/LCD button (164)

E

ZOOM button (140)

F

ISO button (129, 162)

G

For shooting: (Exposure)

button (43)/AV (Aperture

value) button (96)

For viewing: (Zoom in)

button (48)

H

For shooting: AEL (AE lock)

button (122, 161)

For viewing: (Zoom out)

button (48)/

(Image index)

button (49)

I

MOVIE button (32, 100)

1) For details on compatible accessories for the Multi interface shoe, visit the

Sony web site, or consult a Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility in your area.

Accessories for the Accessory Shoe can also be used. Operation with other manufactures’ accessories is not guaranteed.

2) Accessories for the Auto-lock

Accessory Shoe can also be attached using the Shoe Adaptor (sold separately).

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Identifying parts

Sides/Bottom

A

Hooks for shoulder strap

• Attach both ends of the strap to the camera.

D m

(Microphone) jack

• When an external microphone is connected, the internal microphone is automatically turned off. If the external microphone is a plug-in-power type, the power of the microphone is supplied by the camera.

E

HDMI micro jack (50, 155)

F

Multi/Micro USB Terminal

(178)

• Supports Micro USB compatible device.

B

Speaker

C

DC IN terminal

• When connecting the AC-

PW10AM AC Adaptor (sold separately) to the camera, turn the camera off, then plug the connector of the AC Adaptor into the DC IN terminal on the camera.

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G

Battery insertion slot (21)

H

Battery cover (21)

I

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 with a screw length of 5.5 mm

(7/32 inch) or longer, and attempting to do so may damage the camera.

J

Access lamp (22)

K

Memory card insertion slot (21)

L

Memory card cover (21)

Identifying parts

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Identifying parts

Lens

DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II

(Supplied with the SLT-A58K/

A58Y)

DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM

(Supplied with the SLT-A58Y)

DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM

(Supplied with the SLT-A58M)

A

Focusing ring

B

Zoom ring

C

Focal-length scale

D

Focal-length index

E

Lens contacts

F

Focusing mode switch

G

Mounting index

H

Lens hood index

I

Zoom lock switch

• The DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM

II/DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM/

DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM are designed for Sony A-mount cameras (models equipped with an APS-C sized image sensor).

You cannot use these lenses on

35mm-format cameras.

• For lenses other than DT 18-

55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II/DT 55-

200mm F4-5.6 SAM/DT 18-

135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the lens.

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Charging the battery pack

When using the camera for the first time, be sure to charge the NP-

FM500H “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (supplied).

The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack can be charged even when it has not been fully depleted. The battery pack can also be used when it has not been fully charged.

The charged battery pack is discharged little by little, even when you do not use it. To avoid missing an opportunity to shoot, charge the battery pack again before you shoot.

1

Insert the battery pack into the battery charger.

Push the battery pack in until it clicks.

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Charging the battery pack

2

Connect the battery charger to a wall outlet (wall socket).

For the U.S.A. and Canada

Light on: Charging

Light off: Charge completed

Charging time About 175 minutes

CHARGE lamp

Plug

• When charging a fully depleted battery pack at a temperature of 25°C

(77°F).

• The CHARGE lamp turns off when charging is completed.

For countries/regions other than the

U.S.A. and Canada

CHARGE lamp

To a wall outlet

(wall socket)

Notes

• The charging time differs depending on the remaining capacity of the battery pack or charging conditions.

• We recommend charging the battery pack in an ambient temperature of between

10°C to 30°C (50°F to 86°F). You may not be able to efficiently charge the battery pack outside of this temperature range.

• Connect the battery charger to the nearest wall outlet (wall socket).

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Inserting the battery pack/memory card (sold separately)

1

Open the battery cover by sliding the lever.

2

Insert the battery pack completely, using the tip of the battery to press the lock lever.

3

Close the cover.

Lock lever

4

Slide and open the memory card cover.

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Inserting the battery pack/memory card (sold separately)

5

Insert a memory card.

• With the notched corner facing in the direction shown, insert the memory card until it clicks into place.

Ensure that the notched corner faces the correct direction.

6

Close the cover.

To remove the battery pack

Turn off the camera and check that the vibration of the camera has stopped and that both the LCD screen and access lamp

(page 17) are turned off. Then, slide the

lock lever in the direction of the arrow to remove the battery pack. Be careful not to drop the battery pack.

Lock lever

To remove the memory card

Make sure that the access lamp is not lit, then open the cover and push the memory card once.

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Inserting the battery pack/memory card (sold separately)

To check the remaining battery level

The supplied battery pack is a lithium-ion battery pack that can exchange information related to operating conditions with your camera. The remaining battery time in percent figures is displayed according to the operating conditions of your camera.

“Battery exhausted.”

Battery level

Memory cards that you can use

The following memory cards are compatible with this camera. However, all memory cards are not guaranteed to work with this camera.

Types of memory card

Still images

Movies In this manual

Memory Stick PRO Duo

Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

Memory Stick XC-HG Duo

(Mark2)

Memory Stick

PRO Duo

Memory Stick

XC Duo

SD memory card

SDHC memory card

SDXC memory card

(Class 4 or faster)

(Class 4 or faster)

(Class 4 or faster)

SD card

Notes

• Images recorded on a “Memory Stick XC-HG Duo” media or an SDXC memory card cannot be imported to or played on computers or AV devices that are not compatible with exFAT. Make sure that the device is compatible with exFAT before connecting it to the camera. If you connect your camera to an incompatible device, you may be prompted to format the card. Never format the card in response to this prompt, as doing so will erase all data on the card. (exFAT is the file system used on

“Memory Stick XC-HG Duo” media or SDXC memory cards.)

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Attaching a lens

1

Remove the body cap from the camera and the packaging lid from the rear of the lens.

• Quickly change the lens somewhere away from dusty locations so as to keep dust or debris from getting inside the camera.

• When shooting, remove the front lens cap from the front of the lens.

Front lens cap

Body cap

Packaging lid

2

Mount the lens by aligning the orange index marks

(mounting indexes) on the lens and camera.

Orange index marks

3

Turn the lens clockwise until it clicks into the locked position.

• Be sure to put the lens on straight.

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Attaching a lens

Notes

• When attaching a lens, do not press the lens release button.

• Do not use force when attaching a lens.

• E-mount lenses are not compatible with this camera.

• When using a lens equipped with a tripod socket, attach the socket on the lens side to the tripod to maintain balance.

• When carrying the camera with a lens attached, hold both the camera and the lens firmly.

• Do not hold the part of the lens that is extended for zoom or focus adjustments.

To remove the lens

1

Press the lens release button all the way in and turn the lens counterclockwise until it stops.

Lens release button

2

Attach the caps to the front and rear of the lens and the body cap to the camera.

• Before you attach the caps, remove any dust.

• A rear lens cap is not supplied with the DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II

Lens Kit. If storing the lens without attaching it to the camera, purchase

Rear Lens Cap ALC-R55.

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Attaching a lens

To attach a lens hood

It is recommended that you use a lens hood to reduce flare and ensure optimum image quality.

Fit the hood into the mount on the end of the lens barrel and rotate the hood clockwise until it clicks.

Notes

• A lens hood is not supplied with the DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II. You can use the

ALC-SH108 (sold separately).

• The lens hood may block the light of the flash. Remove the lens hood when using the flash.

• When storing, turn over the lens hood and place it onto the lens backwards.

Note on changing the lens

When changing the lens, if dust or debris gets inside the camera and adheres to the surface of the image sensor (the part that converts light to electric signal), it may appear as dark spots on the image, depending on the shooting environment.

The image sensor is equipped with an anti-dust function to prevent dust from landing on the image sensor. However, attach or remove the lens quickly somewhere away from dusty locations.

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Turning on the camera and setting the clock

When you turn on the camera for the first time, the date/time setup screen appears.

1

Set the power switch to ON to turn on the camera.

The screen to set date and time appears.

• To turn off the camera, set the power switch to OFF.

2

Check that [Enter] is selected on the LCD screen, then press the center of the control button.

3

Select your area using b/B on the control button, then

press the center of the control button.

4

Select each item using b/B

and set the numeric value

using v/V.

[Daylight Svg.:]: Turns on or off the daylight saving time setting.

[Date Format:]: Selects the format for displaying the date.

• Midnight is indicated as 12:00 AM, and noon as 12:00 PM.

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Turning on the camera and setting the clock

5

Repeat step 4 to set other items, then press the center of the control button.

6

Check that [Enter] is selected, then press the center of the control button.

To cancel the date/time setting operation

Press the MENU button.

To set the date/time again

The date/time setup screen appears automatically only when you turn the camera on for the first time. To set the date and time again, use the menu.

To set the area again

You can set the area where you are using the camera. This allows you to set the local area when you use the camera abroad.

Maintaining the date and time setting

This camera has an internal rechargeable battery to maintain the date and time and other settings regardless of whether the power is on or off or the

battery is installed (page 201).

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Before shooting

Adjusting the viewfinder’s visual acuity (diopter adjustment)

Adjust the diopter-adjustment dial to your eyesight until the display appears clearly in the viewfinder.

Notes

• The dioptric adjustment attachment (sold separately) cannot be used with this camera.

Holding the camera properly

Stabilize your upper body and take a position that keeps the camera from moving.

In LCD screen mode In viewfinder mode In viewfinder mode

(vertical position)

Point

1

Hold the camera with one hand, and support the lens with the other.

Point

2

Take a secure stance with your feet shoulder-width apart.

Point

3

Lightly tuck your elbows against your body. When shooting in a kneeling position, steady your upper body by placing your elbow on your knee.

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Shooting and viewing images

Shooting still images

In [Intelligent Auto] mode, the camera analyzes the subject and allows you to shoot with the appropriate settings.

Select when shooting in a location where flash use is restricted.

1

Set the mode dial to

(Intelligent Auto) or

(Flash Off).

or

2

Hold the camera, monitoring your shot using the LCD screen or viewfinder.

3

Overlay the AF area on the desired subject.

• If the (Camera shake warning) indicator flashes, carefully shoot the subject, holding the camera steady or using a tripod.

• When the camera recognizes the scene, the Scene Recognition icon appears on the screen and suitable settings for that scene will be used.

4

When using a zoom lens, turn the zoom ring, then decide on your shot.

AF area

(Camera shake warning) indicator

Zoom ring

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Shooting still images

5

Press the shutter button halfway down to focus.

When the focus is confirmed, z or

(Focus indicator) lights up

(page 107).

6

Press the shutter button fully down to shoot.

• When [Auto Object Framing] is set to

[Auto] and the camera shoots faces, close-ups, or subjects tracked by

[Lock-on AF], the camera automatically trims the image into a suitable composition. Both the original and the trimmed images are

saved (page 119).

Focus indicator

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Recording movies

1

Press the MOVIE button to start recording.

• Movie recording can be started from any exposure mode.

• The shutter speed and aperture are adjusted automatically. If you want to set them to particular values, set the mode dial to

(Movie) (page 102).

• The camera continues to adjust the focus when it is in autofocus mode.

MOVIE button

2

Press the MOVIE button again to stop recording.

Notes

• The sound of the camera and the lens in operation may be recorded while recording a

movie. You can disable sound recording by setting [Audio Recording] to [Off]

(page 105).

• The continuous recording time of a movie may be shorter, depending on the ambient temperature or the status of the camera. See “Notes on continuous movie recording.”

• When the icon appears, the temperature of the camera is too high. Turn the

camera off and wait until the temperature of the camera drops (page 199).

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Playing back images

1

Press the button.

button

2

MENU button t

the desired mode

• To play back still images, select [Folder View(Still)], and to play back movies, select [Folder View(MP4)] or [AVCHD View], depending on the file format.

3

Select an image using b/B on the control button.

• To play back movies, press the center of the control button.

During movie playback

To pause/resume

To fast-forward

To fast-reverse

To slow-forward

Control button/control dial operation

z

B b

To slow-reverse

To adjust sound volume

To display the information

Rotate the control dial to the right during pause.

Rotate the control dial to the left during pause.

• The movie is played back frame-byframe.

V v t v/V

Notes

• Movies recorded using other devices may not play back on this camera in some cases.

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Deleting images (Delete)

Once you have deleted an image, the image cannot be restored. Be sure that you do not want the image before deleting it.

1

Display the image you want to delete and press the button.

2

Select [Delete] using v on the control button, then

press the center of the control button.

button

Notes

• Protected images cannot be deleted.

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Shooting images to suit your subject

Adjusting the angle of the LCD screen

Adjust the LCD screen to an easily viewable angle.

• The LCD screen tilts down about 55 degrees and up about 135 degrees.

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Selecting a shooting mode

Set the mode dial to the desired shooting mode.

The following shooting modes are available:

(Intelligent

Auto)/ (Flash Off)

(30, 85)

(Superior

Auto) (37, 85)

(Scene

Selection) (38, 86)

(Sweep

Panorama) (39, 88)

In [Intelligent Auto] mode, the camera analyzes the subject and allows you to shoot with the appropriate settings.

Select [Flash Off] when you want to shoot without the flash.

The camera recognizes and evaluates the shooting conditions, and appropriate settings are set automatically. The camera saves 1 appropriate image by combining or extracting images, as necessary.

Allows you to shoot with preset settings according to the scene.

Allows you to shoot panoramic images.

(Picture Effect)

(133)

(Tele-zoom

Cont. Priority AE)

(40, 90)

100)

(Movie) (32,

(Program Auto)

(91)

Allows you to shoot still images with a texture unique to the selected effect.

The camera continues to shoot while the shutter button is pressed fully down. The camera records images continuously at a maximum of about 8 images per second.

Allows you to shoot movies with the exposure (both the shutter speed and the aperture value) adjusted manually.

(Aperture

Priority) (92)

(Shutter Priority)

(94)

(Manual

Exposure) (96)

Allows you to shoot with the exposure (both the shutter speed and the aperture value) adjusted automatically. The other settings can be adjusted manually.

Allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually using the control dial.

Allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually using the control dial.

Allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (both the shutter speed and the aperture value) manually using the control dial.

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Selecting a shooting mode

Superior Auto

1

Set the mode dial to (Superior Auto).

2

Point the camera towards the subject, and adjust the focus and shoot the subject.

Scene recognition

When the camera recognizes the subject and adjusts itself for shooting conditions, the following information appears on the screen: Scene Recognition icon, appropriate shooting function, and the number of images to be shot.

Recognized scene:

(Night Scene),

(Hand-held Twilight),

Scene Recognition icon

Shooting function

Number of images to be shot

(Backlight), (Macro), (Night

Brightness), (Baby)

Shooting function: Cont. Shooting,

Slow Sync. (pages 41, 126), Auto HDR

(page 130), Daylight Sync., Slow Shutter,

Hand-held Twilight (page 87)

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Selecting a shooting mode

Scene Selection

1

Set the mode dial to (Scene Selection), then press the center of the control button.

2

Select the desired mode using v/V, then press the center of

the control button.

• To change the scene, press the Fn button, then select another scene.

3

Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.

(Portrait)

(Sports Action) Shoots a moving subject at a fast shutter speed so that the subject looks as if it is standing still. The camera shoots images continuously while the shutter button is pressed.

(Macro) Shoots close-ups of the subjects such as flowers and foods.

(Landscape)

(Sunset)

(Night Scene)

Blurs away backgrounds and sharpens the subject.

Accentuates skin tones softly.

Shoots the entire range of scenery in sharp focus with vivid colors.

Shoots the red of the sunrise or sunset beautifully.

(Hand-held

Twilight)

Shoots night scenes at a distance without losing the dark atmosphere of the surroundings.

Shoots night scenes with less noise and blur without using a tripod. A burst of shots are taken, and image processing is applied to reduce subject blur, camera shake, and noise.

(Night Portrait) Shoots portraits in night scenes.

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Selecting a shooting mode

Sweep Panorama

1

Set the mode dial to (Sweep Panorama).

2

Point the camera at the subject for which you want to adjust the brightness and focus, and press the shutter button halfway down.

3

Point the camera at the edge of the composition while pressing the shutter button halfway down, and then press the shutter button fully down.

This part will not be shot.

4

Pan or tilt the camera to the end, following the guidance on the screen.

Guidance bar

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Selecting a shooting mode

Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE

1

Set the mode dial to (Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE).

2

Adjust the focus and shoot the subjects.

• The camera continues to shoot while the shutter button is pressed fully down.

• The center area on the screen is cropped and the camera records the images continuously at a maximum of about 8 images per second.

• The minimum zoom scale of the camera is set to 2 times and the image size is set to S.

Shooting techniques

• When [AEL w/ shutter] is set to [Off], the camera continues to adjust the exposure even after the first shot in [Cont. Shooting] or [Tele-zoom Cont.

Priority AE] (page 123).

• When [Autofocus Mode] is set to [Continuous AF], the camera continues to adjust focus during shooting. You can set [ISO] to the desired number.

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Using the shooting functions

Using the flash

In dark environments, use the flash to shoot the subject brightly and to prevent camera shake. When shooting against the sun, use the flash to lighten the image of the backlit subject.

1

Fn button t (Flash Mode) t Select the desired setting

• For further information on the flash modes available for each shooting

mode, see page 75.

2

Press the button.

The built-in flash pops up.

• In [Intelligent Auto], [Superior Auto], or [Scene Selection] mode, the built-in flash does not pop up even if you press the button. In these modes, the flash automatically pops up if the amount of light is insufficient or the subject is backlit.

button

3

After the flash has finished charging, shoot the subject.

Blinking: The flash is being charged.

While the indicator is blinking, you cannot trigger the shutter.

Lit: The flash has been charged and is ready to fire.

• When you press the shutter button halfway down under dark lighting in autofocus mode, the flash may be fired to help focus on a subject (AF

Illuminator).

(Flash charging) indicator

41

42

(Flash Off)

(Autoflash)

(Fill-flash)

(Slow Sync.)

(Rear Sync.)

(Wireless)

Using the flash

Does not fire even if the flash is raised.

• You cannot select this item when the mode dial is set to P,

A, S, or M. If you do not want to use the flash in these modes, push the flash down.

Fires in dark environments or when shooting towards bright light.

Fires every time you trigger the shutter.

Fires every time you trigger the shutter. Slow sync shooting allows you to shoot a clear image of both the subject and the background by slowing the shutter speed.

Fires right before the exposure is completed every time you trigger the shutter.

Fires an external flash (sold separately) that is off the camera and away from it (wireless flash shooting).

Adjusting the image brightness

Normally, the exposure is automatically selected (Automatic exposure).

Based on the exposure acquired by the automatic exposure, you can perform exposure compensation. You can make the entire image brighter by shifting to the + side. The entire image becomes darker when you shift to the – side (Exposure compensation).

1

Press the button.

button

2

Adjust the exposure using the control dial.

Toward + (over): Brightens an image.

Toward – (under): Darkens an image.

• In viewfinder mode, confirm the exposure using the EV scale.

The LCD screen after the exposure is adjusted.

Compensated exposure

The screen in the viewfinder

Standard exposure

3

Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.

Shooting techniques

• Adjust the compensation level by checking the recorded image.

• Using bracket shooting, you can shoot multiple images with the exposure

shifted to the plus or minus sides (page 144).

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Adjusting the image brightness

Notes

• This item cannot be set when the exposure mode is set to [Intelligent Auto],

[Superior Auto], or [Scene Selection].

• When the exposure mode is set to M, the exposure can be adjusted only when [ISO] is set to [AUTO]. Turn the control dial during AE lock to adjust the compensation value.

• Even though you can adjust the exposure between –3.0 EV and +3.0 EV, only a value between –2.0 EV and +2.0 EV with the equivalent image brightness appears on the screen when shooting. If you set an exposure beyond this range, the image brightness on the screen does not show the effect, but it will be reflected on the recorded image.

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Selecting the drive mode

You can select the appropriate drive mode, such as single, continuous, or bracket shooting, to suit your purpose.

on the control button t

Select the desired mode

(Single

Shooting) (143)

(Cont. Shooting)

(143)

This mode is for normal shooting.

The camera records images continuously.

(Self-timer) (144) The 10-second self-timer is convenient if the photographer

wants to appear in the photo, while the 2-second self-timer is convenient for reducing the camera shake.

(Bracket:

Cont.) (144)

(Single

Bracket) (144)

(WB

bracket) (146)

You can shoot 3 images, each with different degrees of exposure.

You can shoot 3 images, shot by shot, each with different degrees of exposure.

Based on the selected white balance and the color temperature/color filter, 3 images are recorded with the white balance shifted.

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Switching the recording information display (DISP)

Each time you press DISP on the control button, the recording information display changes as follows.

You can set the recording information display separately for viewfinder mode and LCD screen mode.

Graphic Display Display All Info.

No Disp. Info.

Graphic Display

[Graphic Display] shows the shutter speed and aperture value as graphs, and clearly illustrates how the exposure works. The pointers on the shutter speed indicator and aperture indicator indicate the current value.

Aperture value

Shutter speed

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Setting image size

Image Size

[Aspect Ratio]: [3:2]

Image size

L: 20M

5456 × 3632 pixels

M: 10M

S: 5.0M

3872 × 2576 pixels

2736 × 1824 pixels

[Aspect Ratio]: [16:9]

Usage guidelines

For shooting at the highest image quality

For prints up to A3+ size

For prints up to A5 size

Image size

L: 17M

M: 8.4M

S: 4.2M

5456 × 3064 pixels

3872 × 2176 pixels

2736 × 1536 pixels

Usage guidelines

For viewing on a high-definition

TV

Notes

• When [Quality] is set to [RAW] or [RAW & JPEG], the image size of the RAW image corresponds to L. This size is not displayed on the screen.

Panorama: Size

You can set the image size for panoramic images. The image size varies

depending on the setting of the shooting direction (page 89).

size

Standard

Wide

[Panorama: Direction] is set to [Up] [Down]: 3872 × 2160

[Panorama: Direction] is set to [Right] [Left]: 8192 × 1856

[Panorama: Direction] is set to [Up] [Down]: 5536 × 2160

[Panorama: Direction] is set to [Right] [Left]: 12416 × 1856

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Using the playback functions

Enlarging images

A still image can be enlarged for closer examination. This is convenient for checking the focus condition of a recorded image.

1

Display the image you want to enlarge, then press the button.

button

2

Zoom the image in or out using the button or button.

• Rotate the control dial to switch images at the same magnification. When you shoot multiple images with the same composition, you can compare their focus conditions.

3

Select the portion you want to enlarge using v/V/b/B on the

control button.

To cancel the enlarged playback

Press the center of the control button and the image returns to normal size.

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Switching to the image list display

You can display multiple images on the screen simultaneously.

Press the button.

The image index screen is displayed.

• You can select the number of images displayed on one page of the image index screen using [Image Index] in the

Playback menu.

button

To return to the single-image screen

Press the center of the control button after selecting the desired image.

To display the desired folder

Select the bar on the left of the image index screen using the control button, then select the desired folder using v/V.

Press the center of the control button while the bar is selected to switch the view mode.

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Viewing images on a TV screen

To view images that were recorded on the camera on a TV set, an HDMI cable (sold separately) and an HD TV equipped with an HDMI connector

are required (page 155).

1

Turn off both your camera and the

TV, and connect the camera to the

TV.

1

To the HDMI connector

HDMI cable

(sold separately)

2

To the

HDMI micro jack

2

Turn on the TV and switch the input.

• See also the operating instructions supplied with the TV.

3

Turn on the camera, and press the

button.

Images shot using the camera appear on the TV screen.

Select the desired image using b/B on the control button.

• The LCD screen on the camera does not turn on.

Control button

button

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Function list

Functions that can be operated using the buttons/switch

You can set up or operate various functions using the buttons/switch.

For the location of the buttons/switch, see “Identifying parts” (page 13).

button (41, 126)

button (43)/AV button

(96)/

button (48)

Pops the flash up.

Adjusts the exposure./Sets up the aperture value./Scales an image up when viewing images.

Adjusts the ISO sensitivity.

ISO button (129)

FINDER/LCD button (164)

Switches the display between the LCD screen and the viewfinder.

MENU button (55)

MOVIE button (32, 100)

Displays the menu screen for setting up the menu item.

Records movies.

AEL button (122)/

button (49)/

button (48)

Fixes the exposure of the entire screen./Displays multiple images on the screen simultaneously./Scales down an image that has been scaled up when viewing images.

ZOOM button (140)

Fn button (52, 53)/

button (149)

Control button

Magnifies and shoots the subject using the zoom feature of the camera.

Displays the setup screen for a function set using the Fn button./Rotates images.

Sets up the following functions: Display Contents (46,

78, 147), White Balance (136), Drive Mode (45, 143),

Picture Effect (133), and Autofocus (110).

Plays back images.

button (62)/

(34)

button (33)

button

Focus mode switch (106,

114)

Preview button (94)/Focus

Magnifier button (116)

Displays a shooting tip or In-Camera Guide./Deletes images.

Switches the autofocus and manual focus.

Checks blurring of the background./Allows you to check the focus by enlarging the image before shooting.

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Selecting a function using the Fn

(Function) button

This button is used for setting up or executing functions used frequently in shooting.

1

Press the Fn button.

2

Select the desired item using v/V/b/B on the control button,

then press the center z to execute.

The setup screen appears.

3

Following the operation guide, select and execute the desired function.

Operation guide

To set up the camera directly from the recording information screen

Turn the control dial without pressing the center z in step 2. You can set up the camera directly from the recording information screen.

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Functions that can be selected using the Fn (Function) button

The functions that can be selected using the Fn button are as follows:

Scene Selection (38,

86)

Selects an appropriate mode from among the Scene Selection preset settings to suit shooting conditions.

(Portrait/Sports Action/Macro/Landscape/Sunset/Night

Scene/Hand-held Twilight/Night Portrait)

Movie (102)

Selects the exposure mode to suit your subject or your effect and records movies.

(P/A/S/M)

Drive Mode (45, 143) Sets a drive mode, such as continuous shooting.

(Single Shooting/Cont. Shooting/Self-timer/Bracket: Cont./

Single Bracket/WB bracket)

Flash Mode (41, 126) Sets the flash mode.

(Flash Off/Autoflash/Fill-flash/Slow Sync./Rear Sync./

Wireless)

Autofocus Mode

(109)

Selects the focus method according to the movement of the subject.

(Single-shot AF/Automatic AF/Continuous AF)

AF area (110)

Lock-on AF (111)

Selects the focus area.

(Wide/Zone/Spot/Local)

Keeps the focus on a subject while tracking it.

(Off/On/On(Lock-on AF w/ shutter))

Smile/Face Detect.

(117, 120)

Auto Object Framing

(119)

Automatically captures people’s face(s) with the optimal focus and exposure./Shoots when a smile is detected.

(Face Detection Off/Face Detection On (Regist. Faces)/Face

Detection On/Smile Shutter)

When shooting faces, close-ups, or subjects tracked by

[Lock-on AF], the camera analyzes the scene and automatically trims the image into a suitable composition.

(Off/Auto)

ISO (129)

Sets the sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the faster the shutter speed.

(Multi Frame Noise Reduct./ISO AUTO, ISO 100 to 16000)

Metering Mode (123) Selects the method for measuring brightness.

(Multi segment/Center weighted/Spot)

Flash Comp. (124)

Adjusts the intensity of the flash output.

(–2.0EV to +2.0EV)

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Functions that can be selected using the Fn (Function) button

White Balance (136)

Adjusts the color tone of images.

(Auto WB/Daylight/Shade/Cloudy/Incandescent/Fluor.:

Warm White/Fluor.: Cool White/Fluor.: Day White/Fluor.:

Daylight/Flash/C.Temp./Filter/Custom)

DRO/Auto HDR (130) Adjusts the brightness and contrast automatically.

(Off/D-Range Opt./Auto HDR)

Creative Style (134)

Selects the desired image processing.

(Standard/Vivid/Portrait/Landscape/Sunset/Black & White)

Picture Effect (133)

Shoots with the desired effect filter to achieve more impressive images.

(Off/Toy Camera/Pop Color/Posterization/Retro Photo/Soft

High-key/Partial Color/High Contrast Mono./Soft Focus/

HDR Painting/Rich-tone Mono./Miniature)

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Functions selected using the MENU button

You can set the basic settings for the camera as a whole or execute functions such as shooting, playback, or other operations.

Press the MENU button, then set up the desired item using v/V/b/B on the control button, then press the center of the control button.

Select a menu page Select a menu item

Still shooting menu

Image Size (47)

Selects the size of still images.

(L: 20M/M: 10M/S: 5.0M (When [Aspect Ratio] is set to

[3:2])

L: 17M/M: 8.4M/S: 4.2M (When [Aspect Ratio] is set to

[16:9]))

Aspect Ratio (157)

Quality (157)

Selects the aspect ratio for still images.

(3:2/16:9)

Sets the image quality for still images.

(RAW/RAW & JPEG/Fine/Standard)

Panorama: Size (47)

Selects the size of panoramic images.

(Standard/Wide)

Panorama: Direction

(89)

Sets the shooting direction for panoramic images.

(Right/Left/Up/Down)

Clear Image Zoom

(140)

Digital Zoom (101,

140)

Zooms an image with higher quality than Digital Zoom.

(On/Off)

Zooms an image with higher magnification than Clear Image

Zoom. This feature is also available for movie recording.

(On/Off)

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Functions selected using the MENU button

Long Exposure NR

(159)

Sets noise reduction processing for shots with a shutter speed of 1 second or longer.

(On/Off)

High ISO NR (159)

Sets noise reduction processing for high-sensitivity shooting.

(High/Normal/Low)

Flash control (124)

Sets the method for determining the intensity of flash output.

(ADI flash/Pre-flash TTL)

AF Illuminator (111)

Sets the AF illuminator, which provides light for a dark scene to aid focusing.

(Auto/Off)

SteadyShot (83)

Color Space (160)

Sets SteadyShot.

(On/Off)

Changes the range of reproducible colors.

(sRGB/AdobeRGB)

AEL w/ shutter (123)

Sets whether to fix the exposure by pressing the shutter button halfway down. This is convenient when you want to adjust the focus and exposure separately.

(On/Off)

Shooting Tip List (62) Allows you to access all shooting tips.

Movie shooting menu

File Format (103)

Selects the movie file format.

(AVCHD/MP4)

Record Setting (104) Selects the size of the recorded movie frame.

(60i 24M(FX)/50i 24M(FX)/60i 17M(FH)/50i 17M(FH)/24p

24M(FX)/25p 24M(FX)/24p 17M(FH)/25p 17M(FH)/

1440×1080 12M/VGA 3M)

SteadyShot (83)

Sets SteadyShot.

(On/Off)

AF Track. Duration

(102)

Sets the tracking sensitivity of the autofocus feature for movie recording.

(High/Mid/Low)

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Functions selected using the MENU button

Audio Recording

(105)

Wind Noise Reduct.

(105)

Sets whether to record audio when shooting a movie.

(On/Off)

Reduces wind noise during movie recording.

(On/Off)

Custom menu

Eye-Start AF

FINDER/LCD Setting

(164)

Red Eye Reduction

Release w/o Lens

(160)

S. Auto Cont.

Shooting (85)

S. Auto Image

Extract. (85)

Sets whether to use auto focus when you look through the viewfinder.

(On/Off)

Sets the method for switching between the viewfinder and

LCD screen.

(Auto/Manual)

Reduces the red-eye phenomenon during flash use.

(On/Off)

Sets whether the shutter can open when a lens is not attached.

(Enable/Disable)

Sets whether to shoot continuously in [Superior Auto] mode.

(Auto/Off)

Sets whether to save all the images that were shot continuously in [Superior Auto] mode.

(Auto/Off)

Grid Line (161)

Auto Review (161)

Sets a grid line display to enable alignment to a structural outline.

(Rule of 3rds Grid/Square Grid/Diag. + Square Grid/Off)

Displays the captured image after shooting. Sets auto review.

(10 Sec/5 Sec/2 Sec/Off)

DISP Button(Monitor)

(78)

Sets the LCD screen display modes that can be selected by pressing DISP on the control button.

(Graphic Display/Display All Info./No Disp. Info./

Histogram/For viewfinder)

DISP Button(Finder)

(78)

Sets the viewfinder screen display modes that can be selected by pressing DISP on the control button.

(Graphic Display/Display All Info./No Disp. Info./

Histogram)

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Functions selected using the MENU button

Peaking Level (115)

Enhances the outline of in-focus ranges with a specific color in manual focus mode.

(High/Mid/Low/Off)

Peaking Color (115)

Sets the color used for the peaking function.

(Red/Yellow/White)

Live View Display

(80)

Sets whether to display the effect of a function on the screen, such as the effect of the exposure compensation value.

(Setting Effect ON/Setting Effect OFF)

Func. of AEL button

(161)

Assigns the desired function to the AEL button.

(Exposure Comp./Drive Mode/Flash Mode/Autofocus Mode/

AF area/Smile/Face Detect./Auto Object Framing/ISO/

Metering Mode/Flash Comp./White Balance/DRO/Auto

HDR/Creative Style/Picture Effect/Image Size/Quality/AEL hold/AEL toggle/ AEL hold/ AEL toggle/Lock-on AF/

AF lock/Aperture Preview/Shot. Result Preview/Zoom/Focus

Magnifier)

ISO Button (162)

Assigns the desired function to the ISO button.

(Exposure Comp./Drive Mode/Flash Mode/Autofocus Mode/

AF area/Smile/Face Detect./Auto Object Framing/ISO/

Metering Mode/Flash Comp./White Balance/DRO/Auto

HDR/Creative Style/Picture Effect/Image Size/Quality/AEL hold/AEL toggle/

AEL hold/ AEL toggle/Lock-on AF/

AF lock/Aperture Preview/Shot. Result Preview/Zoom/Focus

Magnifier)

Preview Button (162) Selects the function to be assigned to the preview button.

(Shot. Result Preview/Aperture Preview/Focus Magnifier)

Focus Hold Button

Sets the function of the focus hold button of the lens.

(Focus Hold/D.O.F.Preview)

MOVIE Button

Sets whether to always activate the MOVIE button.

(Always/Movie Mode Only)

Lens Comp.: Shading

(165)

Compensates for shaded corners on the screen caused by the attached lens.

(Auto/Off)

Lens Comp.: Chro.

Aber. (165)

Reduces the color deviation at the corners of the screen caused by the attached lens.

(Auto/Off)

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Lens Comp.:

Distortion (165)

e-Front Curtain

Shutter (163)

Face Registration

(118)

Functions selected using the MENU button

Compensates for distortion on the screen caused by the attached lens.

(Auto/Off)

Sets whether or not to use the electronic front curtain shutter function.

(On/Off)

Registers or changes the person to be given priority when focusing.

(New Registration/Order Exchanging/Delete/Delete All)

Playback menu

Still/Movie Select

(149)

Delete (34, 153)*

Slide Show (150)

Image Index (49)

Protect (152)*

Specify Printing

(184)

Allows you to determine how to group the playback images.

(Folder View(Still)/Folder View(MP4)/AVCHD View)

Deletes images.

(Multiple Img./All in Folder/All AVCHD view files)

Plays a slide show.

(Repeat/Interval/Image Type)

Displays the image list.

(4 Images/9 Images)

Protects images, or cancels the protection.

(Multiple Img./Cancel All Images/Cancel All Movies(MP4)/

Cancel All AVCHD view files)

Specifies or unspecifies the images for DPOF.

(DPOF Setup/Date Imprint)

* Available items differ depending on the view mode.

Volume Settings

Playback Display

(150)

Sets the volume for movie playback.

Sets how to play back an image recorded in portrait.

(Auto Rotate/Manual Rotate)

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Functions selected using the MENU button

Memory Card Tool menu

Format (166)

File Number (166)

Formats the memory card.

Sets the method used to assign file numbers to still images and MP4 movies.

(Series/Reset)

Folder Name (166)

Select REC Folder

(167)

New Folder (167)

Sets the folder format for still images.

(Standard Form/Date Form)

Changes the selected folder for storing still images and MP4 movies.

Recover Image DB

(168)

Creates a new folder for storing still images and MP4 movies.

Recovers the image database file and enables recording and playback.

Display Card Space

Displays the remaining recording time of movies and the recordable number of still images on the memory card.

Clock setup menu

Date/Time Setup (27) Sets date and time and daylight savings.

Area Setting (28)

Selects the area where you are using the camera.

Setup menu

Menu start

Mode Dial Guide

LCD Brightness

Viewfinder Bright.

(163)

Viewfinder Color

Temp.

Selects a first-displayed menu from the top menu or the last menu screen.

(Top/Previous)

Turns on or off the mode dial guide (the explanation of each shooting mode).

(On/Off)

Sets the brightness of the LCD screen.

Sets the brightness of the viewfinder.

(Auto/Manual)

Sets the color temperature of the screen in the viewfinder.

Setting it toward + makes the color cooler, and toward – makes the color warmer.

(+2 to 0 to –2)

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Functions selected using the MENU button

Power Save (164)

Power Saving Start

Time (164)

Sets the level of the power saving feature.

(Max/Standard)

Sets the interval after which power save mode engages.

(30 Min/5 Min/1 Min/20 Sec/10 Sec)

HDMI Resolution

(155)

CTRL FOR HDMI

(156)

Upload Settings*

(168)

USB Connection

(177)

USB LUN Setting

(177)

Audio signals

Sets the resolution when the camera is connected to an HDMI

TV.

(Auto/1080p/1080i)

Operates the camera from a TV that supports “BRAVIA”

Sync.

(On/Off)

Sets whether to use the upload function of the camera with an

Eye-Fi card.

(On/Off)

Selects the appropriate USB connection method for each computer or USB device connected to the camera.

(Auto/Mass Storage/MTP/PC Remote)

Enhances compatibility by limiting the functions of USB connection. Normally, use [Multi], and if you cannot make a connection, set it to [Single].

(Multi/Single)

Sets whether to use the beep sound when the focus is achieved or the self-timer is working.

(On/Off)

* Appears when an Eye-Fi card (sold separately) is inserted in the camera.

Version (174)

Language

Displays the camera software version.

Selects the language.

Cleaning Mode (186) Starts cleaning mode to clean the image sensor.

Demo Mode

Initialize (170)

Sets the demonstration playback of a movie to on or off.

(On/Off)

Restores the settings to their defaults.

(Reset Default/Rec mode reset/Custom reset)

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Using the guide function of the camera

In-Camera Guide

When you press the (In-Camera Guide) button on the Fn (Function) screen or menu screen, a guide for the currently selected function or setting automatically appears.

To select unavailable functions or settings on the Fn screen, press the center of the control button to display the appropriate setup to enable them.

(In-Camera Guide) button

Shooting Tips

The camera displays shooting tips in accordance with the shooting mode selected.

1

Press the (In-Camera Guide) button when the recording information display is displayed.

A shooting tip list for the current subject automatically appears.

(In-Camera Guide) button

2

Select the desired shooting tip using v/V on the control button,

then press the center of the control button.

The shooting tip is displayed.

• You can scroll the screen using v/V.

• You can select the item using b/B.

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Using the guide function of the camera

To access all shooting tips

You can search through all the shooting tips from the menu.

Use this item when you want to read shooting tips you have seen before.

shooting tip

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Viewing images on a computer

What you can do with software

To utilize images recorded with the camera, use the following software:

• “PlayMemories Home” (Windows only)

You can import still images or movies recorded with the camera to your computer so that you can view them, and use various convenient features to enhance the images you have shot. “PlayMemories Home” is required when importing AVCHD movies to your computer.

• “Image Data Converter”

You can retouch RAW format images and convert them into JPEG/TIFF format.

What you can do with “PlayMemories Home”

Importing images from your camera

Viewing images on calendar

Uploading images to network service

Creating a movie disc

Sharing images on

“PlayMemories Online”

Installing “PlayMemories Home” (for Windows only)

You can install “PlayMemories Home” from the following URL (page 66):

www.sony.net/pm

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What you can do with software

Notes

• An Internet connection is required to install “PlayMemories Home.”

• An Internet connection is required to use “PlayMemories Online” or other network services. “PlayMemories Online” or other network services may not be available in some countries or regions.

• “PlayMemories Home” is not compatible with Macs. Use the applications that are installed on your Mac. For details, visit the following URL: http://www.sony.co.jp/imsoft/Mac/

What you can do with “Image Data Converter”

With “Image Data Converter,” you can do the following:

• You can play back and edit images recorded in RAW format with various corrections, such as tone curve and sharpness.

• You can adjust images with white balance, exposure, and [Creative

Style], etc.

• You can 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 (JPEG/TIFF).

• You can display and compare the RAW images and JPEG images recorded by this camera.

• You can rank images in 5 grades.

• You can apply color labels, etc.

Installing “Image Data Converter” (Windows/Mac)

You can download “Image Data Converter” from the following URL

(page 67):

http://www.sony.co.jp/ids-se/

Notes

• An Internet connection is required to install “Image Data Converter.”

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Installing the software

Installing “PlayMemories Home”

• Log on as Administrator.

• If the software “PMB (Picture Motion Browser),” supplied with models released before 2011, has already been installed on your computer,

“PlayMemories Home” will overwrite it and will be installed. Although some “PlayMemories Home” functions differ from those of “PMB,” use

“PlayMemories Home.”

1

Using the Internet browser on your computer, go to the

following URL, then click [Install] t [Run]. www.sony.net/pm

2

Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.

• When the message to connect the camera to a computer is displayed, connect the camera and computer using the micro USB cable (supplied).

To a USB jack

Viewing “PlayMemories Home Help Guide”

For details on how to use “PlayMemories Home,” refer to the

“PlayMemories Home Help Guide.”

Double-click the [PlayMemories Home Help Guide] icon on the desktop.

• To access the “PlayMemories Home Help Guide” from the start menu: Click

[Start] t [All Programs] t [PlayMemories Home] t [PlayMemories

Home Help Guide].

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Installing the software

• For Windows 8, select the [PlayMemories Home] icon on the Start screen, then launch “PlayMemories Home” and select [PlayMemories Home Help

Guide] from the [Help] menu.

• For details on “PlayMemories Home,” you can also see the following

PlayMemories Home support page (English only): http://www.sony.co.jp/pmh-se/

Installing “Image Data Converter”

1

Using the Internet browser on your computer, go to the following URL.

For Windows: http://www.sony.co.jp/imsoft/Win/

For Mac: http://www.sony.co.jp/imsoft/Mac/

2

Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.

Viewing “Image Data Converter Guide”

For details on how to use “Image Data Converter,” refer to the “Image Data

Converter Guide.”

For Windows:

Click [Start] t [All Programs] t [Image Data Converter] t

[Help] t [Image Data Converter Ver.4].

For Mac:

Start Finder t [Applications] t [Image Data Converter] t

[Image Data Converter Ver.4] t In the menu bar, choose “Help”

t “Image Data Converter Guide.”

• For Windows 8, start “Image Data Converter Ver.4” t In the menu bar, choose “Help” t “Image Data Converter Guide.”

• For details on “Image Data Converter,” you can also see the following “Image

Data Converter” support page (English only): http://www.sony.co.jp/ids-se/

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Installing the software

Installing “Remote Camera Control”

To use “Remote Camera Control,” connect the camera to a computer. The following functions are available.

• You can set up the camera or shoot an image from the computer.

• You can record an image directly to the computer.

• You can perform Interval Timer Shooting.

1

Using the Internet browser on your computer, go to the following URL.

For Windows: http://www.sony.co.jp/imsoft/Win/

For Mac: http://www.sony.co.jp/imsoft/Mac/

2

Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.

• For details on how to use “Remote Camera Control,” refer to the “Help.”

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Selecting the method for creating a movie disc

Depending on the disc type, playable devices may vary. Select the method that suits your disc player.

There are two ways to create a movie disc. Use “PlayMemories Home” on your computer or create a disc using devices other than a computer, such as a recorder.

Disc type/usage

Record setting available

FX FH

Player

Blu-ray disc playback devices

(Sony Blu-ray disc player,

PlayStation®3, etc.)

To keep high-definition image quality (HD)

–*

AVCHD format playback devices

(Sony Blu-ray disc player,

PlayStation®3, etc.)

To keep high-definition image quality (HD) (AVCHD recording disc)

Ordinary DVD playback devices

(DVD player, computer that can play DVDs, etc.)

–* –*

To keep standard definition image quality (STD)

* Movies recorded with the [60i 24M(FX)]/[50i 24M(FX)] or [24p 24M(FX)]/[25p

24M(FX)] setting in [Record Setting] are converted by “PlayMemories Home” in order to create an AVCHD recording disc. This conversion can take a long time.

Also, you cannot create a disc with the original image quality. If you want to keep

the original image quality, store your movies on a Blu-ray disc (page 182).

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Selecting the method for creating a movie disc

Creating a disc using a computer

You can import AVCHD movies to a computer using “PlayMemories

Home,” and create an AVCHD recording disc or a standard definition quality (STD) disc.

For details on how to create a disc using “PlayMemories Home,” see

“PlayMemories Home Help Guide.”

Notes

• To create Blu-ray discs using “PlayMemories Home,” install our proprietary add-on software. For details, access the following URL: http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/BDUW/

• PlayStation®3 may not be available in some countries/regions.

• Movies recorded with the [60i 24M(FX)]/[50i 24M(FX)] or [24p 24M(FX)]/[25p

24M(FX)] setting in [Record Setting] are converted by “PlayMemories Home” in order to create an AVCHD recording disc. This conversion can take a long time.

Also, you cannot create a disc with the original image quality. If you want to keep

the original image quality, store your movies on a Blu-ray disc (page 182).

Creating a disc with a device other than a computer

You can create a disc using a Blu-ray disc recorder, etc.

The disc type you can create depends on the device used.

Device Disc type

Blu-ray disc recorder: To create a Blu-ray disc or

DVD with standard image quality (STD)

High-definition image quality

(HD)

Standard definition image quality

(STD)

HDD recorder, etc.: To create a DVD with standard image quality

(STD)

Standard definition image quality

(STD)

Notes

• For details on how to create a disc, refer to the operating instructions of the device you use.

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Others

List of screen icons

Graphic Display (LCD screen)

A

Display Indication

P A S M

Exposure mode (36)

Display All Info. (LCD screen)

For playback (Basic information display)

Scene Recognition icons

(37, 85)

Memory card (21, 205)/

Upload (168)

100

20M 10M

5.0M 17M

8.4M 4.2M

Remaining number of recordable images

Aspect ratio of still

images (157)

Image size of still images

(47)

Image quality of still

images (157)

Frame rate of movies

(104)

Image size of movies

(104)

100% Remaining battery (23)

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Display Indication

Flash charge in progress

(41)

Setting Effect OFF (80)

No audio recording of

movies (105)

SteadyShot/Camera

shake warning (83)

SteadyShot error (197)

Overheating warning (10)

Database file full (199)/

Database file error (199)

View Mode (149)

100-0003

Folder - file number

(179)

-

Protect (152)

DPOF

DPOF set (184)

Remaining battery

warning (23)

B

Display Indication

Spot metering area (123)

AF area (110)

Smart Zoom (140)

Clear Image Zoom (140)

Digital Zoom (140)

Zoom magnification

Shutter speed indicator

(46)

Aperture indicator (46)

List of screen icons

C

Display Indication

REC 0:12

Recording time of the movie (m:s) z

1/250

F4.0

Focus (31, 107)

Shutter speed (94)

Aperture (92)

EV scale (43, 97, 146)

(Only for viewfinder)

+3.0

Exposure compensation

(43)

AE lock (122)

ISO400

3/7

2013-1-1

10:37AM

Auto HDR image

warning (131)

Picture Effect error (134)

ISO sensitivity (129)

File number/Number of images in the view mode

Date of recording

D

Display Indication

Drive mode (45, 143)

Flash mode (41, 126)/

Red-eye reduction (57)

Focus mode (109)

AF area (110)

Lock-on AF (111)

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Display Indication

Face Detection (117)/

Smile Shutter (120)

Auto Object Framing

(119)

Smile Detection

Sensitivity indicator

(120)

E

Display Indication

Metering mode (123)

Flash compensation (124)

AWB

7500K

A5 G5

White balance (Auto,

Preset, Custom, Color temperature, Color filter)

(136)

+3 +3 +3

D-Range Optimizer

(130)/Auto HDR (131)

Creative Style (134)/

Contrast, Saturation,

Sharpness

Picture Effect (133)

List of screen icons

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Functions available for each shooting mode

The functions you can use depend on the selected shooting mode.

In the table below, indicates the function is available, and a – indicates the function is not available.

The functions you cannot use are displayed in gray on the screen.

Shoot Mode

Exposure

Comp.

(43)

Self-timer

(144)

Cont.

Shooting

(143)

Face

Detection

(117)

Smile

Shutter

(120)

Auto

Object

Framing

(119)

(30, 85)

85)

(30, 85)

(37,

(38, 86)

(39, 88)

(40, 90)

(91)

(92)

(94)

(96)

(32, 100)

*

*

* When the exposure mode is set to M, the exposure can be adjusted only when [ISO] is set to [AUTO].

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Flash modes available

The flash modes you can select depend on the shooting mode and functions selected.

In the table below, indicates the function is selectable, and a – indicates the function is not selectable.

The flash modes you cannot select are displayed in gray on the screen.

Shoot Mode (Flash

Off)

(Autoflash)

(Fillflash)

(Slow

Sync.)

(Rear

Sync.) (Wireless)

(30, 85)

(30, 85)

(37,

85)

(38, 86)

(39, 88)

(40, 90)

(91)

(92)

(94)

(96)

(32, 100)

– – – –

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Advanced Operations

This section provides further information on operating the camera.

Preparation

Preparation (Advanced Operations)

Setting up the camera

Removing the Eyepiece cup

When attaching the FDA-A1AM Angle Finder (sold separately) to the camera, remove the Eyepiece cup.

Carefully slide the Eyepiece cup off by pushing on each side.

• Put your fingers under the Eyepiece cup, and slide it upward.

Notes

• When you attach an FDA-A1AM Angle Finder (sold separately) to the camera, set

[FINDER/LCD Setting] to [Manual] in the Custom menu and switch the display between the viewfinder and the LCD screen by pressing the FINDER/LCD button.

Setting [Eye-Start AF] to [Off] is recommended because the eyepiece sensors located above the viewfinder may be activated.

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Shooting mode screen display

Selecting the screen mode

You can select the desired screen mode. When you switch the screen by

pressing DISP on the control button (page 46), only selected screens are

displayed. You can set the screens to be displayed on the LCD screen and the viewfinder separately.

1

MENU button t

Button(Finder)]

2

Select the desired display using v/V/b/B on the control

button, then press the center of the control button.

3

Press the MENU button.

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Histogram

The histogram displays the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a particular brightness exist in the picture.

The exposure compensation will change the histogram accordingly.

Both ends of the histogram show a highkey or low-key portion. You cannot restore these areas with a computer later.

Adjust the exposure if necessary and shoot again.

Shooting mode screen display

Dark Light

Notes

• The histogram does not indicate the final recorded image. It indicates the condition of the image just monitored on the screen. The histogram will differ based on aperture setting, etc.

• The histogram differs between shooting and playback in the following situations:

– When firing the flash.

– When the subject has low light intensity, such as night scenery.

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Shooting mode screen display

Monitoring the subject through the lens without effects displayed

You can monitor the subject through the lens without displaying effects, such as [Exposure Comp.], [White Balance], [Creative Style], [Picture

Effect], etc.

MENU button t

t [Live View Display] t [Setting Effect

OFF]

• When [Setting Effect OFF] is selected, the Live View image in M mode is always displayed with the appropriate brightness.

Notes

• [Setting Effect OFF] cannot be selected when the exposure mode is set to [Intelligent

Auto], [Superior Auto], [Sweep Panorama], [Movie], or [Scene Selection].

List of viewfinder mode icons

When [For viewfinder] in [DISP Button(Monitor)] is activated, the LCD screen can be set to the mode suitable for shooting with the viewfinder by pressing DISP on the control button.

See pages in parentheses for operation details.

In [Intelligent Auto], [Superior Auto], or [Scene Selection] mode

In [Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE],

[Picture Effect], P/A/S/M, or [Sweep Panorama] mode

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A

Display Indication

P A S M

Exposure mode (36)

Memory card (21, 205)/

Upload (168)

100

20M 10M

5.0M 17M

8.4M 4.2M

Remaining number of recordable images

Aspect ratio of still

images (157)

Image size of still images

(47)

Image quality of still

images (157)

Frame rate of movies

(104)

Image size of movies

(104)

100% Remaining battery (23)

Flash charge in progress

(41)

Setting Effect OFF (80)

No audio recording of

movies (105)

SteadyShot/Camera

shake warning (83)

SteadyShot error (197)

Shooting mode screen display

Display Indication

Overheating warning (10)

Database file full (199)/

Database file error (199)

B

Display Indication

Drive mode (45, 143)

Flash mode (41, 126)/

Red-eye reduction (57)

Focus mode (109)

AF area (110)

Lock-on AF (111)

Face Detection (117)/

Smile Shutter (120)

Metering mode (123)

AWB

White balance (Auto,

Preset, Custom, Color temperature, Color filter)

(136)

7500K

A5 G5

+3 +3 +3

D-Range Optimizer

(130)/Auto HDR (131)

Creative Style (134)/

Contrast, Saturation,

Sharpness

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Display Indication

Picture Effect (133)

Auto Object Framing

(119)

C

Display

1/125

F3.5

Indication

Shutter speed (94)

Aperture (92)

Exposure compensation

(43)/Metered Manual

(97)

Flash compensation (124)

EV scale (146)

ISO AUTO

ISO sensitivity (129)

AE lock (122)

z

Lock-on

AF

Histogram (79)

Lock-on AF (111)

Shooting mode screen display

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Shooting a clear image without camera shake

“Camera shake” refers to unwanted movement of the camera that occurs during shooting, resulting in a blurred image.

To reduce camera shake, follow the instructions below.

Camera shake warning indicator

When the camera detects potential camera shake, the (Camera shake warning) indicator flashes. In this case, use a tripod or the flash.

(Camera shake warning) indicator

Notes

• The (Camera shake warning) indicator is displayed only in modes that automatically set the shutter speed. This indicator is not displayed in M/S modes or when you record movies.

Using the SteadyShot function

The SteadyShot function is available with this camera to reduce camera shake. The SteadyShot function can be set separately for still image shooting and for movie recording.

The SteadyShot function is set to [On] in the default settings.

MENU button t

3 or

1 t [SteadyShot] t Select the

desired setting

Notes

• The SteadyShot function may not work optimally when the power has just been turned on, right after you point the camera towards a subject, or when the shutter button has been pressed all the way down without stopping halfway.

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Shooting a clear image without camera shake

Using a tripod

In the following cases, we recommend that you mount the camera on a tripod.

• Shooting without a flash under dark conditions.

• Shooting with slow shutter speeds, which are typically used in night-time shooting.

• Shooting close-ups of the subjects, such as in macro shooting.

• Shooting with a telescopic lens.

Notes

• When using a tripod, deactivate the SteadyShot function, as it may cause a malfunction.

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Shooting

Shooting (Advanced Operations)

Selecting the shooting mode

Intelligent Auto/ Flash Off

Set the mode dial to (Intelligent Auto), and shoot images

(page 30).

• Select (Flash Off) when shooting in a location where the use of flash is restricted.

Notes

• Since the camera turns on the automatic setting function, many features will be unavailable, such as exposure compensation and ISO setting. If you want to adjust various settings, set the mode dial to P, then shoot your subject.

Superior Auto

Set the mode dial to

(page 37).

To set continuous shooting

(Superior Auto), and shoot images desired setting

To select the storage method to be used for recorded images

In continuous shooting, you can select a storage method that allows the camera either to store 1 appropriate image from among the continuously shot images or to store all the images.

desired setting

Notes

• Even if you set [S. Auto Image Extract.] to [Off], when [Hand-held Twilight] is selected as a recognized scene mode, 1 combined image is saved.

• When [Quality] is set to [RAW] or [RAW & JPEG], performance will be affected.

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Selecting the shooting mode

Scene Selection

This mode is suitable for

z

Shooting with preset settings based on the scene

Set the mode dial to (Scene Selection), select the desired

mode, and shoot images (page 38).

(Portrait) Blurs away backgrounds and sharpens the subject. Accentuates skin tones softly.

• To blur the background more, set the lens to the telephoto position.

• You can shoot a vivid image by focusing on the eye that is closer to the lens.

• Use the lens hood to shoot backlit subjects.

• Use the red-eye reduction function if the eyes of your

subject turn red from the flash (page 57).

(Sports Action) Shoots a moving subject at a fast shutter speed so that the subject looks as if it is standing still. The camera shoots images continuously while the shutter button is pressed.

• Press and hold the shutter button halfway down and wait for the right moment.

(Macro) Shoots close-ups of the subjects such as flowers, foods.

• You can shoot a closer subject using a macro lens (sold separately).

• Set the flash mode to [Flash Off] when you shoot a subject within 1 m

(3.3 feet).

• When shooting in macro mode, the SteadyShot function will not be fully effective. Use a tripod to achieve better results.

• The shortest focal distance does not change.

(Landscape) Shoots the entire range of scenery in sharp focus with vivid colors.

• To accentuate the openness of the scenery, set the lens to wide angle.

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(Sunset)

Selecting the shooting mode

Shoots the red of the sunrise or sunset beautifully.

(Night Scene) Shoots night scenes at a distance without losing the dark atmosphere of the surroundings.

• The shutter speed is slower, so we recommend using a tripod.

• The picture may not be taken properly when shooting a night scene in total darkness.

(Hand-held

Twilight)

Shoots night scenes with less noise and blur without using a tripod. A burst of shots are taken, and image processing is applied to reduce subject blur, camera shake, and noise.

• Blur reduction is less effective when shooting:

– Subjects with erratic movement

– Subjects too close to the camera

– Subjects with little contrast such as the sky, a sandy beach, or a lawn

– Subjects that change constantly, such as waves or waterfalls

• Block noise may occur when using a light source that flickers, such as fluorescent lighting.

(Night Portrait) Shoots portraits in night scenes.

• The shutter speed is slower, so we recommend using a tripod.

Shooting technique

• When you want finer images, set the mode dial to P, A, S, or M and use

the [Creative Style] function (page 134) so that you can adjust the

exposure, ISO, etc.

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Selecting the shooting mode

Notes

• Since the camera judges the settings automatically, many features will be unavailable, such as exposure compensation and ISO setting.

• The flash is set to [Autoflash] or [Flash Off] for each [Scene Selection] mode. You

can change these settings (pages 41, 75, 126).

Sweep Panorama

This mode is suitable for

z

Shooting expansive scenery or high-rise buildings with dynamic composition.

Set the mode dial to (Sweep Panorama), and shoot images

(page 39).

Notes

• If you cannot pan or tilt the camera across the entire subject within the given time, a gray area occurs in the composed image. If this happens, move the camera faster to record a full panoramic image.

• Since several images are stitched together, the stitched part will not be recorded smoothly. While shooting, do not tilt the camera back and forth or right and left as you swing the camera straight ahead of you.

• Under low light conditions, panoramic images may be blurred or not recorded.

• Under flickering lights such as fluorescent lights, the brightness or color of the combined image is not always the same.

• When the panoramic shot overall and the angle in which you fixed the focus and exposure with AE/AF lock are extremely different in brightness, color and focus, the shot will not be successful. If this happens, change the lock angle and shoot again.

• [Sweep Panorama] is not suitable when shooting:

– Moving subjects.

– Subjects too close to the camera.

– Subjects with little contrast such as the sky, a sandy beach, or a lawn.

– Subjects that change constantly, such as waves or waterfalls.

– Subjects for which the sun or electric lights, etc., are much brighter than the surroundings.

• [Sweep Panorama] recording may stop in the following situations:

– You pan or tilt the camera too fast or too slow.

– There is too much camera shake.

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Selecting the shooting mode

• The camera continues shooting during [Sweep Panorama] recording, and the shutter keeps clicking until the end of the shot.

• [Auto Object Framing] and the zoom feature of the camera cannot be used.

Tips for shooting a panoramic image

Pan or tilt the camera in an arc with a constant velocity and in the same direction as the indication on the screen.

[Sweep Panorama] is better suited for still subjects than moving ones.

Vertical direction

Horizontal direction

Radius as short as possible

• In [Sweep Panorama], we recommend that you use a wide-angle lens.

• When you use a lens that has a long focal length, pan or tilt the camera more slowly than when you use a wide-angle lens.

• Determine the scene and press the shutter button halfway, so that you can lock the focus and exposure. Then, press the shutter button fully down and pan the camera.

• If greatly varied shapes or scenery are concentrated along a screen edge, the image composition may fail. In such cases, adjust the frame composition so that the section is in the center of the image, then shoot again.

To change the image size

You can select the image size: MENU button t [Panorama:

Size].

To set the pan or tilt direction

You can set the direction in which to pan or tilt the camera.

desired setting

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Selecting the shooting mode

Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE

This mode is suitable for

z

Shooting a fast-moving subject continuously to capture a moment.

z

Shooting children’s facial expressions that change from moment to moment.

Set the mode dial to

shoot images (page 40).

(Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE), and

• The minimum zoom scale of the camera is set to 2 times and the image size is set to S.

Shooting techniques

• When [Autofocus Mode] is set to [Continuous AF], the camera continues to adjust focus during shooting. You can set [ISO] to the desired number.

• In manual focus mode or when the autofocus mode is set to [Single-shot

AF], you can adjust the ISO sensitivity and the aperture. When [Singleshot AF] is selected, the focus is fixed at the first image.

Notes

• Depending on the ISO or aperture setting, the shutter speed is slower and the continuous shooting speed may become slower.

• The Face Detection function is turned off.

• When [Auto HDR] is selected, the DRO process is performed temporarily according to the DRO setting.

• When (Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE) is selected, you cannot set [Quality] to

[RAW] or [RAW & JPEG].

• Our measurement conditions. The speed of continuous shooting may be slower, depending on shooting conditions (Image size, ISO setting, High ISO NR, or the setting of [Lens Comp.: Distortion]).

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Selecting the shooting mode

Program Auto

This mode is suitable for

z

Changing settings for ISO sensitivity, Creative Style, D-Range Optimizer, etc. while using automatic exposure.

1

Set the mode dial to P.

2

Set the shooting functions to your desired settings (pages 106

to 146).

• To fire the flash, press the button.

3

Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.

Program Shift

You can temporarily change the shutter speed and aperture value combination while keeping the correct exposure determined by the camera.

Rotate the control dial to select your desired combination while the focus is achieved.

The exposure mode indication changes to

“P*.”

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Selecting the shooting mode

Aperture Priority

This mode is suitable for

z

Placing the subject in sharp focus and blurring everything in front of and beyond the subject. Opening the aperture narrows the range that is in focus. (Depth of field becomes shallower.) z

Shooting depth of scenery. Narrowing the aperture widens the range that is in focus. (Depth of field becomes deeper.)

1

Set the mode dial to A.

2

Select the aperture value (Fnumber) using the control dial.

• Smaller F-number: The foreground and background of the subject are blurred.

Larger F-number: The subject and its foreground and background are all in focus.

• You cannot check the blurring of an image on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder. Check the recorded image and adjust the aperture.

Aperture (F-number)

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Selecting the shooting mode

3

Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.

The shutter speed is automatically adjusted to obtain the correct exposure.

• When the camera judges that the proper exposure cannot be obtained using the selected aperture value, the shutter speed flashes. If this happens, adjust the aperture again.

Shutter speed

Shooting techniques

• The shutter speed may become slower depending on the aperture value.

When the shutter speed is slower, use a tripod.

• To blur the background more, use a telephoto lens or a lens that is equipped with a smaller aperture value (bright lens).

• You can check the approximate blurring of the image before recording using the preview button.

Notes

• Press the button when you shoot with the flash. However, the flash range differs according to the aperture value. When you shoot with the flash, check the flash range under “Specifications.”

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Selecting the shooting mode

To check blurring of the background (Preview button)

The LCD screen and the viewfinder show an image captured with the widest aperture. The change in aperture affects the sharpness of the subject image, creating a discrepancy between the sharpness of the image before shooting and that of the actual image.

While you are pressing the preview button, you can see the image with the aperture used in the actual shot so that you can check the approximate sharpness of the subject before shooting.

• Press the preview button after you adjust the focus.

• You can adjust the aperture in preview mode.

Preview button

Notes

• When [Focus Magnifier] is assigned to the preview button, set [Preview Button] to

[Shot. Result Preview] or [Aperture Preview] in the

Custom menu (page 162).

Shutter Priority

This mode is suitable for

z

Shooting a moving subject at a moment in time. Use a faster shutter speed to crisply shoot an instant of movement.

z

Tracing movement to express dynamism and flow. Use a slower shutter speed to shoot a trailing image of a moving subject.

1

Set the mode dial to S.

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2

Select the shutter speed using the control dial.

Selecting the shooting mode

Shutter speed

3

Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.

The aperture is automatically adjusted to obtain the correct exposure.

• When the camera judges that the proper exposure cannot be obtained with the selected shutter speed, the aperture value flashes. If this happens, adjust the shutter speed again.

Aperture (F-number)

Shooting techniques

• When the shutter speed is slower, use a tripod.

• When shooting an indoor sport, select a higher ISO sensitivity.

Notes

• The (Camera shake warning) indicator does not appear in [Shutter Priority] mode.

• The higher the ISO sensitivity, the more conspicuous the noise.

• When the shutter speed is 1 second or longer, noise reduction (Long Exposure NR) will be performed for the same amount of time that the shutter was open after shooting. You cannot shoot during noise reduction.

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Selecting the shooting mode

• Press the button when you shoot with the flash. However, when using the flash, if you close the aperture (a larger F-number) by making the shutter speed slower, the light of the flash will not reach distant subjects.

Manual Exposure

This mode is suitable for

z

Shooting with the desired exposure setting by adjusting both the shutter speed and aperture.

1

Set the mode dial to M.

2

Rotate the control dial to adjust the shutter speed, and while pressing the AV button, rotate the control dial to adjust the aperture.

• You can set [ISO] to [AUTO] even in

[Manual Exposure] mode. When [ISO] is set to [AUTO], the ISO sensitivity automatically changes for proper exposure according to the set shutter speed and aperture value.

• When [ISO] is set to [AUTO], if proper exposure is not obtained with your settings, the setting value indicators on the screen will flash. In this case, adjust the shutter speed or aperture value again.

AV button

Aperture (F-number)

Shutter speed

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3

Shoot the image after the exposure is set.

• When [ISO] is set to other than

[AUTO], check the exposure value using Metered Manual*.

Toward +: Images become brighter.

Toward –: Images become darker.

* When the camera is in M mode, it will show an under or over compensation value based on the correct exposure. In

LCD screen mode, a numeric value is displayed. In viewfinder mode, the value is indicated on the EV scale.

Selecting the shooting mode

LCD screen

Metered Manual

The screen in the viewfinder

Metered Manual

Notes

• The mode.

(Camera shake warning) indicator is not displayed in manual exposure

• Press the button when you shoot with the flash. However, the flash range differs according to the aperture value. When you shoot with the flash, check the flash range under “Specifications.”

BULB

This mode is suitable for

z

Shooting trails of light, such as fireworks.

z

Shooting trails of stars.

1

Set the mode dial to M.

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2

Rotate the control dial to the left until [BULB] is displayed.

Selecting the shooting mode

BULB

3

While pressing the AV button, rotate the control dial to adjust the aperture (F-number).

AV button

4

Press the shutter button halfway down to adjust the focus.

5

Press and hold the shutter button for the duration of the shot.

As long as the shutter button is pressed, the shutter remains open.

Shooting techniques

• Use a tripod.

• Set the focus to infinity in manual focus mode when shooting fireworks, etc. When the infinity position of the lens is not known, first adjust the focus on fireworks that are being set off in the same general area, then shoot them.

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Selecting the shooting mode

• If you use a Remote Commander* that is equipped with a shutter button lock function (sold separately), you can keep the shutter open using the

Remote Commander.

* Use a Remote Commander that is compatible with a Multi/Micro USB

Terminal.

Notes

• When using a tripod, turn off the SteadyShot function (page 84).

• The longer the exposure time, the more conspicuous the noise on the image.

• After shooting, noise reduction (Long Exposure NR) will be performed for the same amount of time that the shutter was open. You cannot do any further shooting during the reduction.

• When the Smile Shutter or Auto HDR function is activated, or when [Picture Effect] is set to [HDR Painting] or [Rich-tone Mono.], you cannot set the shutter speed to

[BULB].

• If the Smile Shutter, Auto HDR function, or the [HDR Painting] or [Rich-tone

Mono.] setting of [Picture Effect] is used with the shutter speed set to [BULB], the shutter speed is temporarily set to 30 seconds.

• We recommend that you start BULB shooting while the temperature of the camera is moderate to prevent the quality of the image from deteriorating.

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Movie recording setup

Recording movies easily

Movie recording can be started from any exposure mode.

The shutter speed and aperture value are adjusted automatically.

Press the MOVIE button to start recording (page 32).

Shooting techniques

• Start recording after you adjust the focus.

• The following settings that were set during still image shooting can also be used in movie recording.

– ISO

– White Balance

– Creative Style

– Exposure Comp.

– AF area

– Metering Mode

– Face Detection

– Lock-on AF

– D-Range Opt.

– Lens Comp.: Shading

– Lens Comp.: Chro. Aber.

– Lens Comp.: Distortion

– Picture Effect

• [ISO], [Exposure Comp.], [Lock-on AF], or [AF area] can be adjusted during movie recording.

• If you assign [AF lock] to the AEL button or ISO button, you can lock the focus by pressing these buttons in autofocus mode.

Notes

• In movie recording mode, the recordable area (angle of view) is narrower than that of still image shooting. To record with the same angle of view as a 16:9 still image,

set [SteadyShot] to [Off] (page 83).

• When the [For viewfinder] screen is displayed on the LCD screen, the LCD screen is switched to the [Display All Info.] screen at the moment movie recording starts.

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Movie recording setup

• Do not shoot a strong light source, such as the sun. The internal mechanism of the camera may be damaged.

• When you import AVCHD movies to a computer, use “PlayMemories Home”

(pages 64, 178).

• When you continue to shoot for an extended period of time, the temperature of the camera rises and the image quality may deteriorate.

• When the icon appears, the temperature of the camera is too high. Turn the camera off and wait until the temperature of the camera drops. If you continue to shoot, the camera turns off automatically.

• Since the shutter speed and aperture are automatically adjusted, the shutter speed will be higher and the movement of the subject may not be smooth under bright conditions. Selecting manual focus and adjusting the shutter speed or aperture may

make the movement smoother (page 102).

• A value for ISO sensitivity between ISO 100 and ISO 3200 can be selected when you record movies. If you start movie recording with a value of ISO 3200 or larger selected, the ISO sensitivity is switched to ISO 3200. When you finish recording your movie, the ISO sensitivity setting returns to the previous value.

• When [ISO] is set to [Multi Frame Noise Reduct.], [AUTO] is temporarily selected.

• You cannot select [Soft Focus], [HDR Painting], [Rich-tone Mono.], or [Miniature] in [Picture Effect]. When movie recording starts, [Picture Effect] is temporarily set to [Off].

• [Clear Image Zoom] cannot be used during movie recording.

Digital Zoom

You can use the digital zoom feature during movie recording. The quality, however, will deteriorate because image processing is performed.

1

Press the ZOOM button.

• Digital zoom is available during movie recording even when [Digital Zoom] is set to [Off] in the Still shooting menu.

ZOOM button

2

Magnify the image up to the desired zoom factor using b/B on

the control button.

• A zoom factor of up to about 4 times is available.

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Movie recording setup

Changing the tracking sensitivity of autofocus during movie recording

When you record fast moving subjects, select [High], and when several subjects are moving or crossing back and forth, select [Low].

desired setting

Recording movies with the shutter speed and aperture adjusted

You can record movies with the shutter speed and aperture adjusted, controlling the background defocus or fluidity as you like.

1

Set the focus mode switch to MF (page 114).

2

Set the mode dial to (Movie).

3

Select the desired mode using v/V on the control button, then

press the center of the control button.

• To change the mode, press the Fn button, then select another mode.

4

Adjust the shutter speed and aperture value using the control dial.

5

Adjust the focus, then press the MOVIE button to start recording.

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(Program Auto)

(Aperture

Priority) (92)

Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically

(both the shutter speed and the aperture value). The other settings can be adjusted manually, and your setting values can be saved.

Allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually using the control dial.

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(Shutter

Priority) (94)

(Manual

Exposure) (96)

Movie recording setup

Allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually using the control dial.

Allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure manually

(both the shutter speed and the aperture value) using the control dial.

File Format

format

AVCHD

MP4

Records 60i/50i movies or 24p/25p movies in AVCHD format. This file format is suitable for viewing the movie on a high-definition TV.

You can create a Blu-ray disc, an AVCHD recording disc, or a DVD-Video disc using the software “PlayMemories

Home.”

• 60i/50i movies are recorded at either 60 fields/second or 50 fields/second, respectively. Both 60i and 50i movies utilize the interlace scanning system, Dolby Digital audio, and the

AVCHD format.

• 24p/25p movies are recorded at either 24 frames/second or

25 frames/second, respectively. Both 24p and 25p movies utilize the progressive scanning system, Dolby Digital audio, and the AVCHD format.

Records mp4 (AVC) movies. This format is suitable for

WEB uploads, e-mail attachments, etc.

• Movies are recorded in MPEG-4 format at about 30 frames/ second, utilizing the progressive scanning system, AAC audio, and the mp4 format.

• You cannot create a disc from the movies recorded in this format using the software “PlayMemories Home.”

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Movie recording setup

Record Setting

The higher the average bit-rate, the higher the image quality.

setting

[File Format]: [AVCHD]

Record Setting

60i 24M(FX)*

50i 24M(FX)**

60i 17M(FH)*

50i 17M(FH)**

24p 24M(FX)*

25p 24M(FX)**

24p 17M(FH)*

25p 17M(FH)**

Bit-rate

Maximum

24 Mbps

Average

17 Mbps

Maximum

24 Mbps

Average

17 Mbps

Recording

Records high image quality movies at 1920 × 1080

(60i/50i).

Records standard image quality movies at 1920 ×

1080 (60i/50i).

Records high image quality movies at 1920 × 1080

(24p/25p). This produces a cinema-like atmosphere.

Records standard image quality movies at 1920 ×

1080 (24p/25p). This produces a cinema-like atmosphere.

[File Format]: [MP4]

Record Setting

Average bit-rate

1440×1080 12M

12 Mbps

VGA 3M

3 Mbps

* 1080 60i-compatible device

**1080 50i-compatible device

Recording

Records movies at 1440 × 1080.

Records movies at VGA size.

Notes

• Movies recorded with the [60i 24M(FX)]/[50i 24M(FX)] or [24p 24M(FX)]/[25p

24M(FX)] setting in [Record Setting] are converted by “PlayMemories Home” in order to create an AVCHD recording disc. This conversion can take a long time.

Also, you cannot create a disc with the original image quality. If you want to keep the original image quality, store your movies on a Blu-ray disc.

• To watch 24p/25p movies on a TV, you need a TV that is compatible with 24p/25p.

If you use a non-compatible TV, the movies are converted to 60i/50i and output to the TV.

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Movie recording setup

Audio Recording

When you record movies, the operating noise of the camera or lens may be recorded. You can record movies without audio.

When the focus mode is set to manual focus, the operating noise of the lens

during autofocus will not be recorded (page 114).

To reduce wind noise

You can reduce wind noise by cutting bass sound input from the built-in microphone.

Notes

• Setting [Wind Noise Reduct.] to [On] may cause some bass sound to be recorded at too low a volume. Select [Off] when the wind is not blowing.

• When an external microphone (sold separately) is used, [Wind Noise Reduct.] does not function.

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Adjusting the focus

There are 2 methods for adjusting the focus: autofocus and manual focus.

Depending on the lens, the method for switching between the autofocus and manual focus is different.

The type of lens

Lens equipped with a focus mode switch

Lens not equipped with a focus mode switch

The switch to be used

Lens (Always set the focus mode switch on the camera to AF.)

Camera

To switch to auto focus

Set the focus mode switch on the lens to

AF.

To switch to manual focus

Set the focus mode switch on the lens to

MF.

Set the focus mode switch on the camera to AF.

Set the focus mode switch on the camera to MF.

Autofocus

1

Set the focus mode switch on the camera to AF.

2

When the lens is equipped with the focus mode switch, set it to

AF.

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Adjusting the focus

3

Press the shutter button halfway down to check the focus and shoot the image.

• When the focus is confirmed, the focus indicator changes to z or (below).

• The AF area in which the focus has been confirmed turns green.

AF area

Focus indicator

Notes

• While the camera is focusing automatically, do not touch the rotating focusing ring.

Shooting technique

• To select the AF area used for focusing, set up [AF area] (page 110).

Focus indicator

Focus indicator

z

lit

lit

lit

z

flashing

Status

Focus locked. Ready to shoot.

Focus is confirmed. Focal point moves following a moving subject. Ready to shoot.

Focusing in progress. You cannot release the shutter.

Cannot focus. The shutter is locked.

Subjects that may require special focusing

When using the autofocus, it is hard to focus on the following subjects. In

such cases, use the focus lock shooting feature (page 108) or manual focus

(page 114).

• A subject that is low in contrast, such as blue sky or a white wall.

• Two subjects at different distances overlapping in the AF area.

• A subject that is composed of repeating patterns, such as the facade of a building.

• A subject that is very bright or glittering, such as the sun, the body of an automobile, or the surface of water.

• Ambient light is not sufficient.

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Adjusting the focus

To measure the exact distance to the subject

The mark located on the top of the camera shows the location of the image sensor*. When you measure the exact distance between the camera and the subject, refer to the position of the horizontal line.

* The image sensor is the part of the camera that acts as the film.

Notes

• If the subject is closer than the minimum shooting distance of the attached lens, the focus cannot be confirmed. Make sure to place enough distance between the subject and the camera.

Focus-lock

1

Place the subject within the AF area and press the shutter button halfway down.

The focus is locked.

• Set [Autofocus Mode] to [Single-shot

AF].

2

Keep pressing the shutter button halfway down, and place the subject back in the original position to re-compose the shot.

3

Press the shutter button down fully to take the picture.

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Adjusting the focus

Autofocus Mode

Fn button t (Autofocus Mode) t Select the desired setting

AF)

AF)

(Single-shot

(Automatic AF) [Autofocus Mode] switches between [Single-shot AF] and

[Continuous AF] based on the movement of the subject.

When you press and hold the shutter button halfway down, if the subject is motionless, the focus is locked and if the subject is in motion, the camera continues to focus.

(Continuous

The camera focuses and the focus is locked when you press the shutter button halfway down.

The camera continues to focus while the shutter button is pressed and held halfway down.

• The audio signals will not sound when the subject is in focus.

• Focus-lock cannot be used.

Shooting techniques

• Use [Single-shot AF] when the subject is motionless.

• Use [Continuous AF] when the subject is in motion.

Notes

• [Automatic AF] is selected when the exposure mode is set to [Intelligent Auto],

[Superior Auto] or one of the following [Scene Selection] modes: [Portrait],

[Landscape], [Sunset], [Night Scene], [Night Portrait], or [Hand-held Twilight].

• [Single-shot AF] is selected when the exposure mode is set to [Sweep Panorama] or

[Macro] in [Scene Selection].

• [Continuous AF] is selected when the exposure mode is set to [Sports Action] in

[Scene Selection] or when the Smile Shutter function is used.

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Adjusting the focus

AF area

Select the desired AF area to suit the shooting conditions or your preference.

The AF area where the focus has been confirmed turns green and the other AF areas disappear.

AF area

Fn button t

t Select the desired setting

(Wide)

(Zone)

(Spot)

(Local)

The camera determines which of the 15 AF areas is used in focusing.

Choose the zone for which you want to activate the focus from among left, right, or center zone using the control button. The camera determines which of the AF areas in the selected zone is used in focusing.

Press the AF button so that the setup screen appears, and then select the desired zone.

The camera uses the AF area located in the center area exclusively.

Choose the area for which you want to activate the focus from among 15 AF areas using the control button.

Press the AF button to display the setup screen and select the desired area.

Notes

• [AF area] is fixed to [Wide] and you cannot select other settings when the exposure mode is set to [Intelligent Auto], [Superior Auto] or [Scene Selection], or when the

[Lock-on AF] function is being used or the Smile Shutter is activated.

• The AF area may not be illuminated during continuous shooting or when the shutter button is pressed all the way down without pause.

• When [Lock-on AF] is set to [On], the setup screen used for the [Zone] or [Local] option is not displayed by pressing the AF button.

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Adjusting the focus

AF Illuminator

You can set the AF illuminator to focus on a subject under dark lighting.

setting

• Since the camera uses the built-in flash as an AF illuminator, press the button to open the flash.

• The AF illuminator does not operate when [Autofocus Mode] is set to

(Continuous AF) or the subject is moving in (Automatic AF).

(The or indicator lights.)

• The AF illuminator may not operate at focal lengths of 300 mm or longer.

• When an external flash (sold separately) with an AF illuminator is attached, the AF illuminator of the external flash is used. Push the built-in flash down.

• The AF illuminator does not operate when [Smile Shutter] is set to [On].

Lock-on AF

Keeps the focus on a moving subject while tracking it. When [Autofocus

Mode] is set to [Continuous AF], [On(Lock-on AF w/ shutter)] will function.

1

Set [Autofocus Mode] to [Continuous AF] (page 109).

2

Fn button t

t [On(Lock-on AF w/ shutter)]

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Adjusting the focus

3

Press the shutter button halfway down so that the camera automatically locks onto a target and tracks the subject.

The camera continues to focus while the shutter button is pressed and held halfway down. When the subject is in focus, the target frame turns green.

Target frame

4

Press the shutter button to shoot the subject.

When [AF area] is set to [Wide], the camera starts tracking the subject around the center area.

The camera focuses on the subject using all areas during tracking.

• The camera can start tracking the subject from the selected area when [AF area] is set to [Local], [Spot], or [Zone].

Shooting techniques

• To capture persons, you can detect and track the person’s face using the following settings: [Lock-on AF] is set to [On(Lock-on AF w/ shutter)],

[AF area] is set to [Wide], and [Smile/Face Detect.] is set to [Face

Detection On]

• When the subject is small on the Live View screen, you can track the subject certainly by setting the autofocus area in advance using the following settings: [Lock-on AF] is set to [On(Lock-on AF w/ shutter)],

[AF area] is set to [Local] or [Zone].

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Adjusting the focus

To change the mode

Fn button t

(On)

(Off)

(Lock-on AF) t [On] or [Off].

Press the center of the control button on the recording information display to display a target frame. Align the target frame with the subject to be tracked, and press the center of the control button. The camera starts tracking the subject.

When the subject is in focus, the target frame turns green. To cancel the tracking feature, press the center of the control button again.

Deactivates the [Lock-on AF] function.

Notes

• [Lock-on AF] may be difficult in the following situations:

– The subject is moving too quickly.

– The subject is too small or too large.

– The contrast between the subject and the background is poor.

– The subject is in dark lighting conditions.

– The ambient light changes.

• [Lock-on AF] cannot be used when the exposure mode is set to [Sweep Panorama],

[Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE], or [Hand-held Twilight] in [Scene Selection], or when manual focus is selected.

• The camera stops tracking a subject when the subject moves off the screen.

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Adjusting the focus

Manual focus

When it is difficult to get the proper focus in autofocus mode, you can adjust the focus manually.

1

Set the focus mode switch on the lens to MF.

2

If the lens is not equipped with a focus mode switch, set the focus mode switch on the camera to

MF.

3

Rotate the focusing ring of the lens to achieve sharp focus.

Focusing ring

Notes

• When the Wide AF area is used, the center area is used for focusing; when the Zone

AF area is used, a typical area of the selected zone is used; and when the Local AF area is used, an area that is selected using the control button is used.

• When using a teleconverter (sold separately), etc., rotation of the focusing ring may not be smooth.

• The correct focus in the viewfinder is not achieved if the diopter is not adjusted

properly in viewfinder mode (page 29).

• Make sure to set the focus mode switch on the lens to MF for manual focus. Rotating the focusing ring forcibly without switching to MF may damage it.

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Adjusting the focus

Direct manual focus

When a lens that is equipped with a direct manual focus function is mounted and [Autofocus Mode] is set to [Single-shot AF] or [Automatic

AF], you can make fine adjustments using the focusing ring after the focus is locked (DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM, etc. ). 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.

Peaking

You can enhance the outline of in-focus ranges with a specific color in manual focus. This function allows you to confirm the focus easily.

setting

Notes

• Since the camera judges that sharp areas are in focus, the peaking level differs, depending on the subject, shooting situation, or the lens used.

• The outline of in-focus ranges is not enhanced when the camera is connected using an HDMI cable.

To set the color of the peaking function

You can set the color used for the peaking function in manual focus.

setting

Notes

• [Peaking Color] cannot be set when [Peaking Level] is set to [Off].

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Adjusting the focus

Focus Magnifier

You can check the focus by enlarging the image before shooting.

1

MENU button t

Magnifier]

2

Press the Focus Magnifier button.

Focus Magnifier button

3

Press the Focus Magnifier button again to enlarge the image and select the portion you want to

enlarge using v/V/b/B on the

control button.

• Each time you press the Focus

Magnifier button, the magnifier scaling changes as follows: Full display t

Approx. ×6.8 t Approx. ×13.6

4

Confirm and adjust the focus.

• Rotate the focusing ring to adjust the focus in manual focus mode.

• If you press the AF button, the enlarged portion returns to the center.

• The [Focus Magnifier] function is canceled if you press the shutter button halfway down.

5

Press the shutter button fully down to shoot the image.

• You can record images while an image is enlarged, but the camera records a full-display image.

• The [Focus Magnifier] function will be released after shooting.

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Detecting faces

Face Detection

The camera detects faces, adjusts the focus and exposure, performs image processing, and adjusts flash settings.

setting

Face Detection Off

Face Detection On

(Regist. Faces)

Face Detection On

Smile Shutter

Turns off Face Detection.

Enables Face Detection and prioritizes recognized faces that

have been registered in [Face Registration] (page 118).

Enables Face Detection, but does not prioritize recognized faces.

Detects and shoots a smile automatically.

The Face Detection frame

When the camera detects faces, gray Face

Detection frames appear. When the camera judges that autofocus is possible, the Face Detection frame turns white.

When you press the shutter button halfway down, the Face Detection frame turns green.

Face Detection frames (gray)

Face Detection frames (white)

• If a face is not positioned inside the AF area available when you press the shutter button halfway down, the AF area that is used for focusing turns green.

• When the camera detects multiple faces, the camera automatically selects a priority face and a single Face Detection frame turns white. A magenta frame appears on a face that is registered with [Face Registration].

Shooting technique

• Compose to overlay the Face Detection frame and the AF area.

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Detecting faces

Notes

• When the exposure mode is [Sweep Panorama] or [Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE],

[Face Detection] cannot be used.

• Up to 8 faces can be detected.

• The camera may not detect any faces, or may detect some other object, depending on the shooting conditions.

Face Registration

The camera detects faces for which information has been registered in advance.

1

MENU button t

Registration]

2

Align the guide frame with the face to be registered, and press the shutter button.

3

Select [Enter] using v/V on the control button, then press the

center of the control button.

• Up to 8 faces can be registered.

• Shoot the face from the front in a brightly lit place. The face may not be registered correctly if it is obscured by a hat, a mask, sunglasses, etc.

To change the priority of faces previously registered

When you have registered multiple faces, the priority order is set. You can change the priority order.

Exchanging] t Select a face for which you want to change the

priority and the priority level

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To delete a registered face

You can delete a registered face.

Select the face you want to delete

• When you select [Delete All], you can delete all registered faces at one time.

Notes

• Even if you select [Delete], the data on registered faces remains stored in the camera.

If you want to delete this data from the camera, select [Delete All].

• Registered faces are not deleted even if you use [Initialize].

Auto Object Framing

When shooting faces, close-ups, or subjects tracked by [Lock-on AF], the camera analyzes the scene and automatically trims the image into a suitable composition. Both the original and the trimmed images are saved.

• turns to green when the trimming feature is available in Live View mode.

• The frame used for trimming is indicated on the auto review screen after shooting.

Auto review screen

Trimmed range

To change the setting of [Auto Object Framing]

The default setting is [Auto].

setting

Notes

• The [Auto Object Framing] function cannot be used when the exposure mode is set to [Sweep Panorama], [Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE], [Movie], or [Hand-held

Twilight] or [Sports Action] in [Scene Selection].

• The trimmed image may not be the best possible composition, depending on the shooting conditions.

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• When [Quality] is set to [RAW] or [RAW & JPEG], this function cannot be used.

• This feature cannot be used with the following functions: Continuous shooting, continuous bracket, [Multi Frame Noise Reduct.], [Auto HDR], the zoom feature of the camera, manual focus, or [Soft Focus], [HDR Painting], [Rich-tone Mono.], or

[Miniature] in [Picture Effect].

Smile Shutter

When the camera detects a smile, the shutter is released automatically.

1

Fn button t (Smile/Face

Normal Smile] t Select the desired Smile Detection

Sensitivity mode using b/B on the control button

You can set the sensitivity of the Smile Shutter function for detecting smiles to one of the following 3 options: (On: Slight Smile), (On: Normal

Smile), and (On: Big Smile).

• When the Smile Shutter is activated, the Smile Detection Sensitivity indicator appears on the screen.

2

Wait detecting a smile.

The camera detects a smile and the focus is confirmed. When the smile level exceeds the b point on the indicator, the camera records images automatically.

• When the camera detects target faces, orange Face Detection frames appear around the faces. The Face Detection frames turn green when these subjects come into focus.

• When [Auto Object Framing] is set to

[Auto], the image will be automatically trimmed to provide a suitable composition.

Face Detection frame

Smile Detection Sensitivity indicator

3

To stop shooting, Fn button t (Smile/Face

Select an item other than [Smile Shutter].

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Shooting techniques

• To focus on the smile, overlay the Face Detection frame and AF area.

• Do not cover the eyes with bangs, etc. Keep the eyes narrowed.

• Do not obscure the face with a hat, a mask, sunglasses, etc.

• Try to orient the face in front of the camera and keep it as level as possible.

• Hold a clear smile with an open mouth. The smile is easier to detect when the teeth are showing.

• If you press the shutter button while the Smile Shutter function is activated, the camera shoots the image, and then returns to Smile Shutter.

Notes

• The [Smile Shutter] function cannot be used when the exposure mode is set to

[Sweep Panorama], [Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE], [Movie], or [Hand-held

Twilight] in [Scene Selection], or when manual focus is selected.

• [Drive Mode] is automatically set to [Single Shooting].

• The AF illuminator does not work with the Smile Shutter function.

• If the camera does not detect a smile, change the settings for Smile Detection

Sensitivity.

• Smiles may not be detected correctly, depending on the shooting conditions.

• If the camera tracks a face using [Lock-on AF] with Smile Shutter turned on, the

face becomes the target of the smile detection feature (page 111).

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Adjusting the brightness of the image

AE Lock

When shooting into the sun or by a window when the exposure may not be appropriate for the subject, use the light meter where the subject is bright enough and lock the exposure before shooting. To reduce the brightness of the subject, point the camera toward a spot that is brighter than the subject and use the light meter to lock the exposure of the entire image. To make the subject brighter, point the camera toward a spot that is darker than the subject and use the light meter to lock the exposure of the entire image.

This section describes how to shoot a brighter image of the subject using

1

Fn button t (Metering Mode) t

2

Adjust the focus where you want to lock the exposure.

3

Press the AEL button to lock the exposure.

The (AE lock) icon appears.

• The exposure value based on the locked exposure in the spot metering circle is also indicated on the EV scale.

AEL button

4

While pressing the AEL button, focus on the subject and shoot.

• If you continue to shoot with the same exposure value, press and hold the

AEL button after shooting. The setting is canceled when the button is released.

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AEL w/ shutter

Sets whether to fix the exposure when you press the shutter button halfway down.

setting

Notes

• AEL button operation is given priority over the [AEL w/ shutter] settings.

Metering Mode

(Multi segment)

This mode measures light in each area after dividing the total area into multiple areas and determines the proper exposure of the entire screen.

(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 located in the center area.

Shooting techniques

• Use [Multi segment] metering for general shooting.

• When there is a high contrast subject in the AF area, measure the light of the subject you want to shoot with the optimal exposure using the spot

metering function and take advantage of AE lock shooting (page 122).

Notes

• When the exposure mode is set to [Intelligent Auto], [Superior Auto], or [Scene

Selection], or when the zoom feature of the camera is used, [Metering Mode] is fixed to [Multi segment] and you cannot select other modes.

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Adjusting the brightness of the image

Flash Comp.

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 the main subject within the flash range.

Fn button t (Flash Comp.) t Select the desired setting

Toward +: Makes the flash level higher.

Toward –: Makes the flash level lower.

Notes

• [Flash Comp.] cannot be set when the exposure mode is set to [Intelligent Auto],

[Superior Auto], [Sweep Panorama], or [Scene Selection].

• The higher flash effect may not be visible due to the limited amount of flash light, if the subject is outside the maximum range of the flash. If the subject is very close, the lower flash effect may not be visible.

Exposure compensation and flash compensation

Exposure compensation changes the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity (when [AUTO] is selected) to perform the compensation.

Flash compensation only changes the amount of flash light.

Flash control

setting

ADI flash

Pre-flash TTL

Controls the lighting of the flash, factoring in the focus distance information and light metering data from the preflash. This method enables accurate flash compensation with virtually no effect from reflection off the subject.

Controls the amount of flash light depending only on the data from pre-flash light metering. This method is susceptible to 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 provides more accurate flash compensation by using more accurate distance information.

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Notes

• When the distance between the subject and the external flash (sold separately) cannot be determined (wireless flash shooting using an external flash (sold separately), shooting with an off-camera flash using a cable, shooting with a macro twin flash, etc.), the camera automatically selects [Pre-flash TTL].

• Select [Pre-flash TTL] in the following cases, as the camera cannot perform flash compensation 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.

• [Flash control] cannot be set when the exposure mode is set to [Sweep Panorama] or

[Night Scene]/[Hand-held Twilight] in [Scene Selection].

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The flash

Press the Fn button, select the desired flash mode, press the

button, and shoot images (page 41).

Shooting techniques

• The lens hood may block the light of the flash. Remove the lens hood when using the flash.

• When using the flash, shoot the subject at a distance of 1 m (3.3 feet) or greater.

• When shooting indoors or shooting nightscapes, you can use slow sync to shoot a brighter image of people and backgrounds.

• You can use rear sync to shoot a natural image of the trail of moving subjects, such as a moving bicycle.

• When using the HVL-F60M/HVL-F58AM/HVL-F43AM Flash (sold separately), you can shoot with the High-speed sync feature at any shutter speed. For details, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the flash.

Notes

• Do not hold the camera by the flash emitter.

• Shooting conditions required to prevent shadows from appearing on an image vary, depending on the lens.

• When the exposure mode is set to [Intelligent Auto], [Superior Auto], or [Scene

Selection], the [Slow Sync.], [Rear Sync.], and [Wireless] items cannot be selected.

• When the exposure mode is set to P, A, S, M, or [Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE], the

[Flash Off] or [Autoflash] items cannot be selected. If you do not want to use the flash, push the flash down.

• If you use the flash with a stereo microphone or similar device attached to the Multi interface shoe, the flash may not pop up to the correct position and recorded images may have shadows in their corners. Remove any device from the Multi interface shoe.

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Wireless flash

With a flash that has a wireless shooting function (sold separately), you can shoot with the flash without a cord, even when the flash is not attached to the camera. By changing the position of the flash, you can shoot an image with a three-dimensional feel by highlighting the contrast of light and shadow on the subject.

For the actual steps of shooting, refer to the operating instructions of the flash.

1

Attach the wireless flash to the Multi interface shoe and turn both the camera and the flash on.

2

Fn button t (Flash

3

Remove the wireless flash from the Multi interface shoe and pop up the built-in flash.

• To perform a test fire of the flash, press the AEL button.

Notes

• Turn off the wireless flash mode after wireless flash shooting. If the built-in flash is used while the wireless flash mode is still active, inaccurate flash exposures will result.

• Change the external flash channel when another photographer is using a wireless flash nearby and his/her flash light causes your external flash to fire. To change the external flash channel, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the flash.

Setup of the AEL button

When using a wireless flash, we recommend that you set [Func. of AEL button] to [AEL hold] in the

Custom menu (page 161).

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Wireless flash with lighting ratio control

You can use the wireless lighting ratio control in combination with multiple flashes. For details, refer to the operating instructions supplied with flash

(HVL-F60M (sold separately), HVL-F58AM (sold separately), or HVL-

F43AM (sold separately)).

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Setting ISO

Sensitivity to light is expressed by the ISO number (recommended exposure index). The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity.

1

Press the ISO button to display the ISO screen.

ISO button

2

Select the desired setting using v/V on the control button.

• The larger the number, the higher the noise level.

• If you want to select [Multi Frame Noise Reduct.], display the setup screen using B, and select the desired value using v/V.

Notes

• When the exposure mode is set to [Intelligent Auto], [Superior Auto], [Sweep

Panorama], or [Scene Selection], [ISO] is fixed to [AUTO] and you cannot select other ISO numbers.

• When the exposure mode is set to P/A/S/M and [ISO] is set to [AUTO], [ISO] is automatically set between ISO 100 and ISO 3200.

Multi Frame Noise Reduct.

The camera automatically shoots multiple images continuously, combines the images, reduces the noise, and records 1 image.

With multi frame noise reduction, you can select larger ISO numbers than the maximum ISO sensitivity.

The image recorded is 1 combined image.

Notes

• When [Quality] is set to [RAW] or [RAW & JPEG], this function cannot be used.

• The flash, [D-Range Opt.], and [Auto HDR] cannot be used.

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Compensating for brightness and contrast automatically (D-Range)

(Off)

Does not use the DRO/Auto HDR functions.

(D-Range Opt.) By dividing the image into small areas, the camera analyzes the contrast of light and shadow between the subject and the background, producing an image with the optimal brightness and gradation.

(Auto HDR)

Shoots 3 images with different exposures, and then overlays the correctly exposed image, the bright areas of the underexposed image and the dark areas of the over-exposed image to create an image with rich gradation.

2 images are recorded: an image with the correct exposure and an overlaid image.

D-Range Opt.

1

Fn button t (DRO/Auto

(D-Range Opt.)

2

Select an optimal level using b/B on the control button.

(D-Range

Optimizer: Auto)

(Level)*

Corrects the brightness automatically.

* Lv_ displayed with

Optimizes the gradations of the recorded image in each area of the image. Select the optimal level between Lv1 (weak) and Lv5 (strong).

is the step currently selected.

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Notes

• The setting is fixed to [Off] when the exposure mode is set to [Sweep Panorama], or when [Multi Frame Noise Reduct.] or [Picture Effect] is used.

• The setting is fixed to [Off] when [Sunset], [Night Scene], [Night Portrait], or

[Hand-held Twilight] is selected in [Scene Selection]. The setting is fixed to [Auto] when other modes are selected in [Scene Selection].

• When shooting with the D-Range Optimizer, the image may be noisy. Select the proper level by checking the recorded image, especially when you enhance the effect.

Auto HDR

1

Fn button t (DRO/Auto

2

Select an optimal level using b/B on the control button.

(Auto HDR:

Exposure Diff. Auto)

(Exposure

Difference Level)*

* _EV displayed with

Corrects the exposure difference automatically.

Sets the exposure difference based on the contrast of the subject. Select the optimal level between 1.0 EV (weak) and

6.0 EV (strong).

For example: When 2.0 EV is selected, 3 images are overlaid: an image with –1.0 EV, an image with the correct exposure, and an image with +1.0 EV.

is the step currently selected.

Shooting technique

• Since the shutter is released 3 times for a single shot, be cautious of the following:

– Use this function when the subject is motionless or does not blink.

– Do not recompose.

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Compensating for brightness and contrast automatically (D-Range)

Notes

• You cannot use this function on RAW images.

• When the exposure mode is set to [Intelligent Auto], [Superior Auto], [Sweep

Panorama], [Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE] or [Scene Selection], or when [Multi

Frame Noise Reduct.] is selected, you cannot select [Auto HDR].

• You cannot start the next shot until the capture process is completed after you shoot.

• You may not obtain the desired effect depending on the luminance difference of a subject and the shooting conditions.

• When the flash is used, this function has little effect.

• When the contrast of the scene is low or when camera shake or subject blur occurs, you may not obtain good HDR images. If the camera has detected a problem, is displayed on the recorded image to inform you of this situation. Shoot again as necessary, paying attention to the contrast or blur.

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Setting image processing

Picture Effect

Select the desired effect filter to achieve more impressive and artistic images.

Set the mode dial to (Picture

Effect), and select the desired setting.

• For a mode that has a fine adjustment option, select the desired setting using b/B.

(Toy Camera)

Creates the look of a Toy Camera photo with shaded corners and pronounced colors. You can set the color tone using b/

B.

(Pop Color)

Creates a vivid look by emphasizing color tones.

(Posterization)

Creates a high contrast, abstract look by heavily emphasizing primary colors, or using black and white. You can select primary colors or black and white using b/B.

(Retro Photo)

Creates the look of an aged photo with sepia color tones and faded contrast.

(Soft High-key)

Creates an image with the indicated atmosphere: bright, transparent, ethereal, tender, soft.

(Partial Color)

Creates an image that retains 1 specific color, but converts others to black and white. You can select a color using b/B.

(High Contrast

Mono.)

Creates a high-contrast image in black and white.

(Soft Focus)

(Rich-tone

Mono.)

Creates an image with a soft lighting effect. You can set the intensity of the effect using b/B.

(HDR Painting)

Creates the look of a painting, enhancing the colors and details. The camera releases the shutter 3 times. You can set the effect intensity using b/B.

Creates an image in black and white with rich gradation and reproduction of details. The camera releases the shutter 3 times.

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Setting image processing

(Miniature)

Creates an image that enhances the subject vividly, with the background defocused considerably. This effect can often be found in pictures of miniature models. You can select the area to be in focus using b/B. The focus on other areas is greatly reduced.

• (Off) can be selected if you use (Picture Effect) on the control button.

Notes

• When the zoom feature of the camera is used, the [Toy Camera] and [Miniature] effects are not available.

• When [Partial Color] is selected, images may not retain the selected color, depending on the subject or shooting conditions.

• When the exposure mode is set to [Intelligent Auto], [Superior Auto], [Sweep

Panorama] or [Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE], or when [Quality] is set to [RAW] or

[RAW & JPEG], [Picture Effect] cannot be used.

• When [HDR Painting], [Miniature], [Rich-tone Mono.] or [Soft Focus] is selected, you cannot confirm the effect before shooting. You also cannot set the drive mode.

• When the contrast of the scene is low or when significant camera shake or subject blur has occurred with [HDR Painting] or [Rich-tone Mono.] selected, you may not obtain good HDR images. If the camera detects such a situation, is displayed on the recorded image. Shoot again as necessary, recomposing or paying attention to the blur.

Creative Style

You can select the desired style to be used to perform image processing, and adjust the contrast, saturation, and sharpness for each [Creative Style].

You can also adjust the exposure (shutter speed and aperture), unlike

[Scene Selection], in which the camera adjusts the exposure.

1

Fn button t (Creative Style) t Select the desired setting

2

If you want to adjust (Contrast), (Saturation), or

(Sharpness), select the desired item using b/B on the control

button, then adjust the value using v/V.

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Setting image processing

(Standard)

For shooting various scenes with rich gradation and beautiful colors.

(Vivid)

(Portrait)

The saturation and contrast are heightened for shooting striking images of colorful scenes and subjects such as flowers, spring greenery, a blue sky, or ocean views.

For shooting the skin color in a soft tone, ideally suited to shooting portraits.

(Landscape)

The saturation, contrast, and sharpness are heightened for shooting vivid and crisp scenery. Distant landscapes also stand out more.

(Sunset)

For shooting the beautiful red of the setting sun.

(Black & White) For shooting images in black and white.

(Contrast), (Saturation), and (Sharpness) can be adjusted for each

Creative Style item.

(Contrast)

(Saturation)

(Sharpness)

The higher the value selected, the more the difference between light and shadow is accentuated, thus making an impact on an image.

The higher the value selected, the more vivid the color. When a lower value is selected, the color of the image is restrained and subdued.

Adjusts the sharpness. The higher the value selected, the more the contours are accentuated, and the lower the value selected, the more the contours are softened.

Notes

• When the exposure mode is set to [Intelligent Auto], [Superior Auto] or [Scene

Selection], or [Picture Effect] mode is selected, [Creative Style] is fixed to

[Standard] and you cannot select other settings.

• When [Black & White] is selected, you cannot adjust the saturation.

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Adjusting color tones (White Balance)

The color tone of the subject changes depending on the characteristics of the light source. The table below shows how the color tone changes based on various light sources, compared with a subject that appears white under the sunlight.

Daylight Cloudy Fluorescent Incandescent

Weather/ lighting

Characteristics of light

White Bluish Green-tinged Reddish

Use this feature when the color tone of the image did not come out as you expected, or when you want to change the color tone on purpose for photographic expression.

Notes

• When the exposure mode is set to [Intelligent Auto], [Superior Auto], or [Scene

Selection], [White Balance] is fixed to [Auto WB] and you cannot select other modes.

• If the only light source available is a mercury lamp or a sodium lamp, the camera will not be able to acquire an accurate white balance due to the characteristics of the light source. Use the flash in such cases.

WB on the control button t Select

the desired setting

• When you select a setting other than

[C.Temp./Filter], press B so that the fine adjustment screen appears and you can adjust the color tone using v/V/b/

B as necessary.

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Adjusting color tones (White Balance)

AWB (Auto WB)

(Daylight)

(Shade)

(Cloudy)

(Incandescent)

White)

(Fluor.: Warm

(Fluor.: Cool

White)

White)

(Fluor.: Day

(Fluor.:

Daylight)

(Flash)

The camera automatically detects a light source and adjusts the color tones.

If you select an option to suit a specific light source, the color tones are adjusted for the light source (preset white balance).

Shooting techniques

• Use the white balance bracket function if you cannot get the desired white

balance using the selected option (page 146).

• When you select [C.Temp./Filter], you can adjust the value to the desired

one (page 138).

• When you select [Custom], you can register your setting (page 138).

Fine adjustment screen for color

You can perform fine adjustments by combining the color temperature with the color filter.

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Adjusting color tones (White Balance)

Color Temp.

Color Filter

Fine-tune color in the B (blue) direction using b and the A

(amber) direction using B.

Fine-tune color in the G (green) direction using v and the M

(magenta) direction using V.

Color Temp./Color Filter

1

WB on the control button t

(C.Temp./Filter) t B

2

Set the color temperature using v/V on the control button.

3

Press B to display the fine adjustment screen and compensate

the color to your preference using v/V/b/B.

Notes

• Since color meters are designed for film cameras, the values differ under fluorescent/ sodium lamp/mercury lamps. We recommend that you use the custom white balance or perform a test shooting.

Custom white balance

In a scene where the ambient light consists of multiple types of light source, use of the custom white balance is recommended in order to accurately reproduce the whiteness.

1

WB on the control button t [

SET] t press the center of the

control button

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Adjusting color tones (White Balance)

2

Hold the camera so that the white area fully covers the AF area located in the center, and then press the shutter button down.

The shutter clicks and the calibrated values (Color Temperature and Color

Filter) are displayed.

3

Press the center of the control button.

The screen returns to the recording information display with the memorized custom white balance setting retained.

• The custom white balance setting registered in this operation is effective until a new setting is registered.

Notes

• 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. You can shoot at this point, but it is recommended that you set the white balance again to get a more accurate white balance value.

To call the custom white balance setting

WB on the control button t (Custom)

• Press B to display the fine adjustment screen and compensate the color to your preference.

Notes

• 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 shot.

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Zooming

You can magnify images with a higher scale than the optical zoom of the lens.

1

Magnify the image with the zoom ring when using a zoom lens

(page 30).

2

Press the ZOOM button.

ZOOM button

3

Magnify the image to your desired zoom scale using b/B on

the control button.

• You can magnify the image at wider intervals using v/V.

The zoom features available with this camera

The icon displayed on the screen changes as follows based on the zoom scale.

Zoom scale

(low)

Zoom scale

(high)

A

: The zoom feature of the camera is not used (×1.0 is indicated).

B

Smart Zoom: You can magnify images by trimming them slightly.

(Available only when [Image Size] is set to M or S.)

C

[Clear Image Zoom]: You can magnify images using a high-quality image process.

D

[Digital Zoom]: You can magnify images using an image process.

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Zooming

Setting

Image size

Zooms images by trimming them in the available range (without deterioration of image quality).

[Clear Image Zoom]: [Off]

[Digital Zoom]: [Off]

Gives priority to image quality when zooming images.

[Clear Image Zoom]: [On]

[Digital Zoom]: [Off]

L

M

S

L

M

S

Zoom scale with optical zoom

About 1.4×

About 2×

About 2×

About 2.8×

About 4×

Gives priority to higher magnification when zooming images.

[Clear Image Zoom]: [On]

[Digital Zoom]: [On]

L

M

S

About 4×

About 5.6×

About 8×

Notes

• The zoom feature of the camera is unavailable

– When the exposure mode is set to [Sweep Panorama].

– When [Quality] is set to [RAW] or [RAW & JPEG].

• The [Clear Image Zoom] is unavailable

– When the exposure mode is set to [Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE].

– When [Drive Mode] is set to [Cont. Shooting] or [Bracket: Cont.].

• You cannot use the Smart Zoom or [Clear Image Zoom] function with movies.

• When the electronic zoom is available, [Metering Mode] is set to [Multi segment].

To change the [Clear Image Zoom] setting

The default setting is [On].

desired setting

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To change the [Digital Zoom] setting

The default setting is [Off]. If you want to use higher magnification regardless of the deterioration of the image, set it to [On].

Zooming setting

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Selecting the drive mode

Single Shooting

This mode is for normal shooting.

on the control button t

(Single Shooting)

Notes

• When the exposure mode is set to [Sports Action] in [Scene Selection], you cannot use [Single Shooting].

Cont. Shooting

The camera records images continuously.

1

on the control button t

(Cont. Shooting) t Select

the desired speed

2

Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.

• When you press and hold the shutter button, recording continues.

Shooting technique

• To shoot continuously faster, set the exposure mode to [Tele-zoom Cont.

Priority AE] (pages 40, 90).

• When [AEL w/ shutter] is set to [Off], the camera continues to adjust the exposure even after the first shot in [Cont. Shooting] or [Tele-zoom Cont.

Priority AE] (page 123).

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Selecting the drive mode

Notes

• When is selected, the recorded image is displayed between the shots.

• You cannot shoot continuously when using [Scene Selection] modes other than

[Sports Action].

Self-timer

The 10-second self-timer is convenient when the photographer wants to appear in the photo and the 2-second self-timer is convenient for reducing camera shake.

1

on the control button t

(Self-timer) t Select the

desired setting

• The number after indicates the currently selected setting.

2

Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.

• When the self-timer is activated, audio signals and the self-timer lamp indicate the condition. The self-timer lamp flashes quickly and the audio signal sounds quickly right before the shooting.

To cancel the self-timer

Press on the control button.

Bracket: Cont./Single Bracket

Base exposure

– direction + direction

Bracket shooting allows you to shoot several images, each with different degrees of exposure. Specify the value of deviation (steps) from the base exposure, and the camera shoots 3 images while automatically shifting the exposure.

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Selecting the drive mode

1

on the control button t

(Bracket: Cont.) or

(Single Bracket) t Select

the desired bracket step

• _EV displayed with currently selected value.

is the

2

Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.

The base exposure is set at the first shot in the bracket.

• Press and hold the shutter button until recording stops when [Bracket:

Cont.] is selected.

• Press the shutter button shot by shot when [Single Bracket] is selected.

Notes

• When the mode dial is set to M and [ISO] is set to other than [AUTO], the exposure is shifted by adjusting the shutter speed. When [ISO] is set to [AUTO], the camera changes the ISO sensitivity and adjusts the exposure value.

• When you adjust the exposure, the exposure is shifted based on the compensated value.

• Bracket cannot be used when the exposure mode is set to [Intelligent Auto],

[Superior Auto], [Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE], [Sweep Panorama], or [Scene

Selection].

• When using the flash, the camera shifts the amount of flash light using flash bracket shooting. Press the shutter button shot by shot even when [Bracket: Cont.] is selected.

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Selecting the drive mode

The EV scale in bracket shooting

Ambient light* bracket

(e.g., 0.3 steps, 3 shots,

Exposure compensation 0)

Viewfinder

Flash bracket

(e.g., 0.7 steps, 3 shots,

Flash compensation –1.0)

LCD screen (When

[DISP Button(Monitor)] is set to [For viewfinder])

Shown in the top row.

Shown in the bottom row.

* Ambient light: Any light other than the flash light that shines on the scene for an extended period of time, such as natural light, an incandescent light, or a fluorescent light.

• In bracket shooting, the same number of indices as the number of recordable images is displayed on the EV scale.

• When bracket shooting starts, the indices that indicate already recorded images start to disappear one by one.

WB bracket

Based on the selected white balance and the color temperature/color filter,

3 images are recorded with the white balance shifted.

1

on the control button t

(WB bracket) t Select

the desired setting

• When [Lo] is selected, the camera shoots with the white balance shifted by 10 MK –1 *, and when [Hi] is selected, the camera shoots with the white balance shifted by 20 MK –1 .

2

Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.

* MK –1 : a unit to indicate the color conversion quality in color temperature filters. (The same value as the conventional unit “Mired.”)

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Playback

Playback (Advanced Operations)

Playback mode screen display

Switching the screen during playback

Each time you press DISP on the control button, the screen changes as follows.

Display Info.

Histogram

List of histogram display icons

No Disp. Info.

A

Display Indication

Memory card (21, 205)

View mode (149)

100-0003

Folder - file number

(179)

Aspect ratio of still

images (157)

20M 10M

5.0M 17M

8.4M 4.2M

Image size of still images

(47)

Display

-

DPOF

Indication

Image quality of still

images (157)

Protect (152)

DPOF set (184)

Remaining battery

warning (23)

Auto Object Framing

(119)

Remaining battery (23)

147

Display Indication

Database file full (199)/

Database file error (199)

Overheating warning (10)

B

Display Indication

Histogram* (79)

Exposure mode (36)

P

A S M

1/125

F3.5

ISO200

–0.3

–0.3

35mm

Shutter speed (94)

Aperture (92)

ISO sensitivity (129)

Exposure compensation

(43)

Flash compensation (124)

Metering mode (123)

Focal length

Creative Style (134)

Picture Effect (133)

Playback mode screen display

Display

2013-1-1

10:37AM

3/7

Indication

Date of recording

File number/Number of images in the view mode

* When the image has a high-key or low-key portion, that portion flashes on the histogram display (Luminance limit warning).

AWB

5500K A1

M1

White balance (Auto,

Preset, Color temperature, Color filter,

Custom) (136)

D-Range Optimizer

(130)/Auto HDR/Auto

HDR image warning

(131)

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Using the playback functions

Rotating an image

1

Display the image you want to rotate, then press the button.

button

2

Press the center of the control button.

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 after you turn off the power.

To return to the normal playback screen

Press the button again.

Notes

• You cannot rotate movies or 3D-images.

• When you copy rotated images to a computer, “PlayMemories Home” can display the rotated images correctly. However, the images may not be rotated depending on the software.

Still/Movie Select

Selects the unit for images to be played back.

desired setting

Folder View(Still)

Folder View(MP4)

AVCHD View

Displays still images by folder.

Displays movies (MP4) by folder.

Displays AVCHD movies.

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Using the playback functions

Slide Show

Plays back recorded images in order (Slide Show). The slide show automatically stops after all the images have been played back.

• You can view the previous/next image using b/B on the control button.

• You cannot pause the slide show.

To end in the middle of the slide show

Press the center of the control button.

To change the interval between the images in a slide show the desired number of seconds

To play back repeatedly

To play back 3D images

If you connect the camera to a 3D-compatible TV using an HDMI cable

(sold separately), you can play back 3D images.

Also refer to the operating instructions supplied with the TV.

[Display 3D Only]

Notes

• This camera cannot record 3D images.

Playback Display

You can set the playback orientation of images recorded in portrait orientation.

desired setting

150

Using the playback functions

Scrolling panoramic images

Select a panoramic image, then press the center of the control button.

• Press the center of the control button again to pause the playback. You can scroll a panoramic image manually by pressing v/V/b/B during pause.

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Protecting images (Protect)

You can protect images against accidental erasure.

1

MENU button t

2

Select the image you want to

protect using b/B on the control

button, then press the center of the control button.

A mark is put in the check box.

• To cancel a selection, press the center again.

3

To protect other images, repeat step 2.

• You can select all the images in the folder by selecting the bar on the left of the image index screen.

4

Press the MENU button.

5

Select [OK] using v, then press the center of the control button.

To cancel protection of all the images or movies

You can cancel protection of all the images or movies in each view mode displayed.

[Cancel All Movies(MP4)] or [Cancel All AVCHD view files]

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Deleting images (Delete)

You can delete selected images or all the images.

Once you have deleted an image, you cannot restore it. Be sure that you do not want the image before deleting it.

Notes

• Protected images cannot be deleted.

To display the desired folder

Select the bar on the left of the screen using the control button, then select the desired folder using v/V.

Delete (Multiple Img.)

1

MENU button t

2

Select the image you want to delete using the control button, then press the center of the control button.

A mark is put in the check box.

• To cancel a selection, press the center again.

Total number

3

To delete other images, repeat step 2.

• You can select all the images in the folder by selecting the bar on the left of the image index screen.

4

Press the MENU button.

5

Select [OK] using v, then press the center of the control button.

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Deleting images (Delete)

Deleting all images or movies in each view mode

You can delete all still images or movies in each view mode displayed.

1

MENU button t

AVCHD view files]

2

Select [Delete] using v on the control button, then press the

center of the control button.

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TV playback

Connect the camera to a TV using an HDMI cable (sold separately)

and play back images (page 50).

Notes

• Use an HDMI cable that has the HDMI logo.

• Use an HDMI cable with a mini connector on one end (for the camera), and a connector suitable for connection to your TV on the other end.

• When images cannot be displayed properly, set [HDMI Resolution] in the Setup menu to [1080p] or [1080i], depending on your TV.

• Some devices may not work properly.

• Do not connect the camera and your TV using both output terminals. This may cause a malfunction.

“PhotoTV HD”

This camera is compatible with the “PhotoTV HD” standard.

By connecting Sony’s PhotoTV HD-compatible devices using an HDMI cable, a whole new world of photos can be enjoyed in breathtaking Full HD quality.

“PhotoTV HD” allows for a highly-detailed, photo-like expression of subtle textures and colors.

Using “BRAVIA” Sync

By connecting the camera to a TV that supports “BRAVIA” Sync using an

HDMI cable (sold separately), you can operate the camera using the TV remote control.

1

Connect a TV that supports “BRAVIA” Sync to the camera

(page 50).

The input is automatically switched and the image shot with the camera appears on the TV screen.

2

Press the SYNC MENU button on the TV remote control.

3

Operate using the buttons on the TV remote control.

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TV playback

Sync Menu items

Slide Show

Single-image playback

Image Index

Still/Movie Select

Delete

Plays back images automatically (page 150).

Returns to the single-image screen.

Switches to the image index screen.

Switches the view mode.

Deletes images.

Notes

• The operations available are restricted when the camera is connected to a TV using an HDMI cable (sold separately).

• Only TVs that support “BRAVIA” Sync can provide these operations. SYNC

MENU operations differ depending on the TV connected. For details, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the TV.

• If the camera performs unwanted operations in response to the TV remote control when the camera is connected to another manufacturer’s TV using an HDMI connection, set [CTRL FOR HDMI] in the Setup menu to [Off].

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Camera Setup

Camera Setup (Advanced Operations)

Setting the aspect ratio and image quality

Aspect Ratio

ratio

3:2

16:9

Normal ratio.

HDTV ratio.

Notes

• [Aspect Ratio] cannot be set when the exposure mode is set to [Sweep Panorama].

Quality

JPEG)

(RAW)

(RAW &

(Fine)

(Standard)

File format: RAW (Records using the RAW compression format.)

This format does not perform any digital processing on the images. Select this format to process images on a computer for professional purposes.

• The image size is fixed to the maximum size. The image size is not displayed on the screen.

File format: RAW (Records using the RAW compression format.) + JPEG

A RAW image and a JPEG image are created at the same time. This is suitable when you need 2 image files, a JPEG for viewing, and a RAW for editing.

• The image quality is fixed to [Fine] and the image size is fixed to [L].

File format: JPEG

The image is compressed in the JPEG format when recorded.

Since the compression rate of that of (Fine), the file size of

(Standard) is higher than

is smaller than that of . This will allow more files to be recorded on one memory card, but the image quality will be lower.

Notes

• [Quality] cannot be set when the exposure mode is set to [Sweep Panorama].

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Setting the aspect ratio and image quality

About RAW images

Download and install “Image Data Converter” on your computer to open a

RAW image recorded on this camera. With this software, a RAW image can be opened and converted to a common format, such as JPEG or TIFF, and its white balance, color saturation, contrast, etc., can be readjusted.

• The RAW format image cannot be printed using a DPOF (print) designated printer.

• You cannot set [Auto HDR] or [Picture Effect] for RAW format images.

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Setting the other camera functions

Long Exposure NR

When you set the shutter speed to 1 second or longer (Long exposure shooting), noise reduction is turned on for the same duration that the shutter is open. This reduces the grainy noise typical for a long exposure. When noise reduction is in progress, a message appears and you cannot take another picture. Select [On] to prioritize the image quality. Select [Off] to prioritize the timing of shooting.

desired setting

Notes

• Noise reduction is not performed even when [Long Exposure NR] is set to [On] in the following situations.

– When the exposure mode is set to [Sweep Panorama], [Tele-zoom Cont. Priority

AE], or [Sports Action] or [Hand-held Twilight] in [Scene Selection]

– When [Drive Mode] is set to [Cont. Shooting] or [Bracket: Cont.]

– When [ISO] is set to [Multi Frame Noise Reduct.]

• When the exposure mode is set to [Intelligent Auto], [Superior Auto] or [Scene

Selection], you cannot turn off noise reduction.

High ISO NR

The camera reduces the noise that becomes more noticeable when the camera sensitivity is high. A message may be displayed during processing and you cannot record images during this time.

Normally, set it to [Normal]. Select [High] to reduce the noise. Select

[Low] to prioritize the timing of shooting.

setting

Notes

• When the exposure mode is set to [Intelligent Auto], [Superior Auto], [Sweep

Panorama], or [Scene Selection], this item cannot be set.

• Noise reduction is not performed on RAW images.

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Setting the other camera functions

Color Space

The way colors are represented with combinations of numbers or the range of color reproduction is called “color space.” You can change the color space, depending on your purpose.

setting sRGB

AdobeRGB

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 modifications.

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 applications or printers that do not support them may result in images or prints that do not faithfully reproduce the color.

• When displaying images that were recorded with Adobe RGB on the camera or non-

Adobe RGB-compliant devices, the images are displayed with low saturation.

Release w/o Lens

You can release the shutter when no lens is attached. Select this when you attach the camera to an astronomical telescope, etc.

Notes

• Correct metering cannot be achieved when you use lenses that do not provide a lens contact, such as the lens of an astronomical telescope. In such cases, adjust the exposure manually by checking it on the recorded image.

160

Setting the other camera functions

Grid Line

The grid line is an auxiliary line for shooting composition. You can set the grid line to on/off or select the type of grid line. The available range of movie recording is also displayed.

Auto Review

You can check the recorded image on the screen immediately after shooting. You can change the displayed time.

setting

Notes

• In auto review, the image will not be displayed in the vertical position even if

[Playback Display] is set to [Auto Rotate] (page 150).

• In auto review, the camera may display an image for which an image process, such as [Lens Comp.: Distortion], has not been performed, then display the same image for which an image process has been performed.

Func. of AEL button

The function of the AEL button can be selected from the following 2

functions (page 123):

– Holding the locked exposure value by pressing down and holding the

AEL button ([AEL hold]).

– Holding the locked exposure value by pressing the AEL button until the button is pressed again ([AEL toggle]).

When [ AEL hold] or [ AEL toggle] is selected, the exposure is locked in spot metering mode.

desired setting

161

Setting the other camera functions

Notes

• While the exposure value is locked, appears on the LCD screen and in the viewfinder. Be careful not to reset the setting.

• When [AEL toggle] is selected, be sure to press the AEL button again to release the lock.

To assign another function to the AEL button

You can assign one of the following functions to the AEL button in addition to the AEL function:

Exposure Comp./Drive Mode/Flash Mode/Autofocus Mode/AF area/

Smile/Face Detect./Auto Object Framing/ISO/Metering Mode/Flash

Comp./White Balance/DRO/Auto HDR/Creative Style/Picture Effect/

Image Size/Quality/Lock-on AF/AF lock/Aperture Preview/Shot. Result

Preview/Zoom/Focus Magnifier

ISO Button

You can also assign another function to the ISO button, other than the ISO function. The functions available are the same as those of [Func. of AEL

button] (page 161).

setting

Preview Button

You can check the approximate blurring of the background of the subject

before shooting (page 94). You can also assign [Focus Magnifier] to the

preview button, which allows you to magnify the image to confirm the

focus before shooting (page 116).

setting

162

Setting the other camera functions

Shot. Result Preview The aperture is narrowed to match the selected aperture value and you can check the blurring. The effect of DRO or the shutter speed value is also reflected.

• The preview image may be darker, depending on the shutter speed value. However, you can record images based on the brightness you have set.

Aperture Preview

Focus Magnifier

The aperture is narrowed to match the selected aperture value and you can check the blurring.

You can magnify the image to confirm the focus before shooting.

Electronic Front Curtain Shutter

The electronic front curtain shutter function shortens the time lag between shutter releases.

desired setting

Notes

• When you shoot at high shutter speeds, ghosting of a blurred area may occur and the image brightness may be uneven, depending on the subject or shooting conditions.

In such cases, set [e-Front Curtain Shutter] to [Off].

• When a Minolta/Konica Minolta lens is used, set [e-Front Curtain Shutter] to [Off].

Viewfinder Bright.

The brightness of the viewfinder is automatically adjusted to the lighting conditions of the subject.

You can set the brightness of the viewfinder manually.

Select the desired setting

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Setting the other camera functions

Power Save

You can shorten the waiting time until the camera turns on power save mode when it is not being operated to prevent the battery from being consumed. If you operate the camera, for example, pressing the shutter button halfway down, the camera returns to shooting mode. If you do not operate the camera for a set period of time, the brightness of the LCD screen is reduced.

setting

To change the waiting time until the camera turns on the power save mode

You can set different time intervals in which the camera switches to power save mode.

desired time

Notes

• When the AC-PW10AM AC Adaptor (sold separately) is used, [Power Save] cannot be set to [Max].

• The camera does not turn to power save mode when the camera is connected to a

TV.

• If you set [Power Save] to [Max], [Power Saving Start Time] is set to [10 Sec].

FINDER/LCD Setting

You can disable automatic switching of the LCD screen and the viewfinder and enable only the FINDER/LCD button to switch them.

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Lens compensation

You can automatically compensate for the following characteristics: light fall-off at the edges, chromatic aberration, and distortion (only for automatic compensation compliant lenses). For further information on automatic compensation compliant lenses, visit the Sony web site, or consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.

Lens Comp.: Peripheral Shading

Compensates for the shaded corners of the screen caused by certain lens characteristics. The default setting is [Auto].

desired setting

Lens Comp.: Chromatic Aberration

Reduces the color deviation at the corners of the screen caused by certain lens characteristics. The default setting is [Auto].

desired setting

Lens Comp.: Distortion

Compensates for the distortion of the screen caused by certain lens characteristics. The default setting is [Off].

desired setting

165

Setting the memory card recording method

Format

Note that formatting irrevocably erases all data on a memory card, including protected images.

Notes

• During formatting, 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.

• If the remaining battery time is 1 percent or less, you cannot format memory cards.

File Number

setting

Series

Reset

The camera does not reset numbers and assigns numbers to files in sequence until the number reaches “9999.”

The camera resets numbers when a file is recorded in a new folder and assigns numbers to files from “0001.” When the recording folder contains a file, a number one higher than the largest number is assigned.

Folder Name

The recorded still images are stored in automatically-created folders in the

DCIM folder of the memory card.

setting

166

Setting the memory card recording method

Standard Form

Date Form

The folder name format is as follows: folder number +

MSDCF.

Example: 100MSDCF

The folder name format is as follows: folder number + Y (the last digit)/MM/DD.

Example: 10030405 (Folder name: 100, date: 2013/04/05)

Notes

• The MP4 movie folder form is fixed as “folder number + ANV01.”

Select REC Folder

When a standard form folder is selected and there are 2 or more folders, you can select the recording folder to which images are recorded.

desired folder

Notes

• You cannot select the folder when you select the [Date Form] setting.

New Folder

You can create a folder on a memory card for recording images.

A new folder is created with a folder number one higher than the largest number currently in use, and the new folder becomes the current recording folder. A folder for still images and a folder for MP4 movies are created at the same time.

Notes

• When you insert a memory card that was used with other equipment into the camera and shoot images, a new folder may be automatically created.

• Up to 4,000 images can be stored in a folder. When the maximum image number is exceeded, a new folder is automatically created.

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Setting the memory card recording method

Recover Image DB

When inconsistencies are caused in the image database file by processing files on computers, etc., images on the memory card will not be played back on this camera. If this happens, the camera repairs the file.

Notes

• Use a sufficiently charged battery. Low battery power during repairs can damage data.

Upload Settings

Select [On] to use the upload function of an Eye-Fi card (commercially available).

This item appears when an Eye-Fi card is inserted in the camera.

Communication status

Standby. No images are to be sent.

Upload standby.

Connecting.

Uploading.

Error.

Notes

• The Power Save function does not work while the camera is uploading images.

• Before using an Eye-Fi card, set up a wireless LAN access point and forwarding destination. For details, refer to the operating manual supplied with the Eye-Fi card.

• Eye-Fi cards are sold in the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, and some countries in the EU (as of March 2013).

• For more information, please contact the manufacturer or vendor directly.

• Eye-Fi cards can be used only in the countries/regions where they were purchased.

Use Eye-Fi cards in accordance with the laws of the countries/regions in which you purchased the card.

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Setting the memory card recording method

• Eye-Fi cards include a wireless LAN function. Do not insert any Eye-Fi cards in the camera when it is prohibited to do so, such as on an airplane. If there is an Eye-Fi card inserted in the camera, set [Upload Settings] to [Off]. screen when [Upload Settings] is set to [Off].

is displayed on the

• When you use a new Eye-Fi card for the first time, copy the install file of the Eye-Fi manager recorded on the card to your computer before formatting the card.

• Use an Eye-Fi card after updating the firmware to the latest version. For details, refer to the manual that comes with the Eye-Fi card.

• If (error) is displayed, remove the memory card and reinsert it, or turn off then turn on the power again. If appears again, the Eye-Fi card may be damaged.

• Wi-Fi network communication may be influenced by other communication devices.

If the communication status is poor, move closer to the access point of the Wi-Fi network.

• For details on the file types that can be uploaded, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the Eye-Fi card.

• This product does not support the Eye-Fi “Endless Memory Mode.” Make sure that

Eye-Fi cards that you insert into this product have “Endless Memory Mode” turned off.

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Resetting to default settings

You can reset the main functions of the camera.

t [OK]

The following items will be reset.

Shooting functions (Reset Default/Rec mode reset)

Items

Exposure Comp. (43)

Drive Mode (45, 143)

Flash Mode (41, 126)

Autofocus Mode (109)

AF area (110)

Lock-on AF (111)

Smile/Face Detect. (117, 120)

Auto Object Framing (119)

ISO (129)

Metering Mode (123)

Flash Comp. (124)

White Balance (136)

Color Temp./Color Filter (138)

Custom white balance (138)

DRO/Auto HDR (130)

Creative Style (134)

Picture Effect (133)

Scene Selection (38, 86)

Movie (102)

Still shooting menu (Reset Default/Rec mode reset)

Reset to

±0.0

Single Shooting

Fill-flash (differs based on whether the built-in flash is open)

AF-A

Wide

On

Face Detection On (Regist. Faces)

Auto

AUTO

Multi segment

±0.0

AWB (Auto WB)

5500K, Color Filter 0

5500K

D-Range Optimizer: Auto

Standard

Off

Portrait

P

Items

Image Size (47)

Aspect Ratio (157)

170

Reset to

L: 20M

3:2

Resetting to default settings

Items

Quality (157)

Panorama: Size (47)

Panorama: Direction (89)

Clear Image Zoom (140)

Digital Zoom (101, 140)

Long Exposure NR (159)

High ISO NR (159)

Flash control (124)

AF Illuminator (111)

SteadyShot (83)

Color Space (160)

AEL w/ shutter (123)

Reset to

Fine

Standard

Right

On

Off

On

Normal

ADI flash

Auto

On sRGB

On

Movie shooting menu (Reset Default/Rec mode reset)

Items

File Format (103)

Record Setting (104)

SteadyShot (83)

AF Track. Duration (56)

Audio Recording (105)

Wind Noise Reduct. (105)

Reset to

AVCHD

60i 17M(FH), 50i 17M(FH)

On

Mid

On

Off

Custom menu (Reset Default/Custom reset)

Items

Eye-Start AF (77)

FINDER/LCD Setting (164)

Red Eye Reduction (57)

Release w/o Lens (160)

S. Auto Cont. Shooting (85)

S. Auto Image Extract. (85)

Grid Line (161)

Auto Review (161)

Reset to

Off

Auto

Off

Disable

Auto

Auto

Off

2 Sec

171

Resetting to default settings

Items

DISP Button(Monitor) (78)

DISP Button(Finder) (78)

Peaking Level (115)

Peaking Color (115)

Live View Display (80)

Func. of AEL button (161)

ISO Button (162)

Preview Button (162)

Focus Hold Button (58)

MOVIE Button (58)

Lens Comp.: Shading (165)

Lens Comp.: Chro. Aber. (165)

Lens Comp.: Distortion (165)

e-Front Curtain Shutter (163)

Reset to

Display All Info./Graphic Display/No

Disp. Info.

No Disp. Info./Graphic Display

Off

White

Setting Effect ON

AEL hold

ISO

Shot. Result Preview

Focus Hold

Always

Auto

Auto

Off

On

Playback menu (Reset Default)

Items

Still/Movie Select (149)

Slide Show – Interval (150)

Slide Show – Repeat (150)

Image Index (49)

Specify Printing – Date Imprint (184)

Volume Settings (59)

Playback Display (150)

Memory Card Tool menu (Reset Default)

Reset to

Folder View(Still)

3 Sec

Off

4 Images

Off

2

Auto Rotate

Items

File Number (166)

Folder Name (166)

Reset to

Series

Standard Form

172

Resetting to default settings

Setup menu (Reset Default)

Items

Menu start (60)

Mode Dial Guide (60)

LCD Brightness (60)

Viewfinder Bright. (163)

Viewfinder Color Temp. (60)

Power Save (164)

Power Saving Start Time (164)

HDMI Resolution (155)

CTRL FOR HDMI (155)

Upload Settings (168)

USB Connection (177)

USB LUN Setting (177)

Audio signals (61)

Demo Mode (61)

1 Min

Auto

On

On

Auto

Multi

On

Off

Reset to

Top

On

±0

Auto

0

Standard

Others (Reset Default)

Items

Recording information display (LCD

screen) (46)

Recording information display

(Viewfinder) (46)

Playback display (147)

Reset to

Display All Info.

No Disp. Info.

Single-image screen (with recording information)

Notes

• Faces registered using [Face Registration] are not deleted even if you use [Reset

Default]. Select [Delete All] in [Face Registration] in the Custom menu.

• Perform [Reset Default] to reset [Date/Time Setup], [Area Setting], [File Number], and [ Language] to the default settings.

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Confirming the camera version

Displays the camera version. Confirm the version when a firmware update is released.

If you mount a lens compatible with the lens version up feature, the lens version is also displayed.

Notes

• An update can be performed only when the battery level is (3 remaining battery icons) or more. We recommend that you use a battery with sufficient charge or the AC-PW10AM AC Adaptor (sold separately).

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Computer

Computer (Advanced Operations)

Using the camera with your computer

Use the following applications to allow more versatile uses of images shot using your camera.

• “PlayMemories Home”

You can import still images or movies recorded using the camera to your computer so that you can view them, and use various convenient features to enhance the images you have shot.

• “Image Data Converter”

You can open RAW format image files.

For detailed notes on installation, see page 66.

Notes

• An Internet connection is required to install the software.

• Use “Image Data Converter” to play back RAW images.

• “PlayMemories Home” is not compatible with Mac computers. When you play back images on Mac computers, use the appropriate application software supplied with the Mac computer.

Recommended computer environment (Windows)

The following computer environment is recommended when using the software and importing images via a USB connection.

OS (pre-installed)

“PlayMemories

Home”

“Image Data

Converter Ver.4”

Microsoft Windows XP* SP3/Windows Vista** SP2/

Windows 7 SP1/Windows 8

CPU: Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or faster

(For playing/editing High Definition movies: Intel Core Duo

1.66 GHz or faster/Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or faster, Intel

Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz or faster (AVC HD (FX/FH)))

Memory: Windows XP 512MB or more (1 GB or more is recommended), Windows Vista/Windows 7 1 GB or more

Hard Disk: Disk space required for installationapproximately 500 MB

Display: Screen resolution-1024 × 768 dots or more

CPU/Memory: Pentium 4 or faster/1 GB or more

Display: 1024 × 768 dots or more

* 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. Windows Image

Mastering API (IMAPI) Ver.2.0 or later is required to use the function for creating discs.

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Using the camera with your computer

** Starter (Edition) is not supported.

Recommended computer environment (Mac)

The following computer environment is recommended when using the software and importing images via a USB connection.

OS (pre-installed)

“Image Data

Converter Ver.4”

USB Connection: Mac OS X v10.3 – 10.8

“Image Data Converter Ver.4”: Mac OS X v10.5, 10.6

(Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

CPU: Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster

Memory: 1 GB or more is recommended.

Display: 1024 × 768 dots or more

Notes

• Operation is not assured in an environment based on an upgrade of the operating systems described above or in a multi-boot environment.

• If you connect 2 or more USB devices to a single computer at the same time, some devices, including the camera, may not operate, depending on the types of USB devices you are using.

• Connecting the camera using a USB interface that is compatible with Hi-Speed USB

(USB 2.0 compliant) allows advanced transfer (high speed transfer), as the camera is compatible with Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant).

• When your computer resumes activity from suspend or sleep mode, communication between the camera and your computer may not recover at the same time.

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Connecting the camera to a computer

Making a USB connection

Selects the method used to make a USB connection between the camera and a computer or a USB device using a USB cable.

setting

Auto

Mass Storage

MTP

PC Remote

Establishes a Mass Storage or MTP connection automatically, based on the computer or other USB devices to be connected. Windows 7 or Windows 8 computers are connected in MTP, and its unique functions are enabled for use.

Establishes a Mass Storage connection between the camera, a computer, and other USB devices.

Establishes an MTP connection between the camera, a computer, and other USB devices. Windows 7 or Windows 8 computers are connected in MTP, and its unique functions are enabled for use. In the case of other computers (Windows

Vista/XP, Mac OS X), the AutoPlay Wizard appears, and the still images in the recording folder on the camera are imported to the computer.

Uses “Remote Camera Control” to control the camera from the computer, including such functions as shooting and

storing images on the computer (page 68).

Notes

• When [USB Connection] is set to [Auto], it may take some time to establish a connection.

• If Device Stage* is not displayed with Windows 7 or Windows 8, set [USB

Connection] to [Auto].

* Device Stage is a menu screen used to manage connected devices, such as a camera

(Function of Windows 7 or Windows 8).

Setting the USB connection mode (USB LUN Setting)

Enhances compatibility by limiting of USB connection functions.

desired setting

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Multi

Single

Normally, use [Multi].

Set [USB LUN Setting] to [Single] only if you cannot make a connection.

Connecting to a computer

1

Insert a sufficiently charged battery pack into the camera, or connect the camera to a wall outlet (wall socket) using the AC-

PW10AM AC Adaptor (sold separately).

2

Turn on the camera and the computer.

3

Check that [USB Connection] in 2 is set to [Mass Storage].

4

Connect the camera to your computer.

• When a USB connection is established for the first time, your computer automatically runs a program to recognize the camera. Wait for a while.

1

To a USB terminal of the computer

USB cable (supplied)

2

To the Multi/Micro USB Terminal

Importing images to a computer (Windows)

“PlayMemories Home” allows you to easily import images.

For details on “PlayMemories Home” functions, see the “PlayMemories

Home Help Guide.”

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Importing images to the computer without using “PlayMemories Home”

When the AutoPlay Wizard appears after making a USB connection between the camera and a computer, click [Open folder to view files] t

[OK] t [DCIM] or [MP_ROOT] t copy the desired images to the computer.

File name

Folder

DCIM folder

MP_ROOT folder

Type of file

JPEG file

JPEG file (AdobeRGB)

RAW file

RAW file (AdobeRGB)

MP4 file (1440×1080 12M)

MP4 file (VGA 3M)

File name

DSC0ssss.JPG

_DSCssss.JPG

DSC0ssss.ARW

_DSCssss.ARW

MAH0ssss.MP4

MAQ0ssss.MP4

• ssss (file number) stands for any number within the range of 0001 to

9999.

• When [Quality] is set to [RAW & JPEG], the numerical portions of the name of a RAW data file and its corresponding JPEG file are the same.

Notes

• For operations such as importing AVCHD movies to the computer, use

“PlayMemories Home.”

• When the camera is connected to the computer, if you operate AVCHD movies or folders from the connected computer, images may be damaged or may not be able to be played. Do not delete or copy AVCHD movies on the memory card from the computer. Sony is not liable for consequences resulting from such operations via the computer.

Importing images to a computer (Mac)

1

Connect the camera to your Mac computer first. Double-click

the new icon on the desktop t the folder where the images

you want to import are stored.

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2

Drag and drop the image files to the hard disk icon.

The image files are copied to the hard disk.

3

Double-click the hard disk icon t the desired image file in the

folder containing the copied files.

The image is displayed.

Software for Mac computers

For details on other software for Mac computers, access the following

URL: http://www.sony.co.jp/imsoft/Mac/

Deleting the USB connection

Perform steps 1 and 2 below before performing the following operations:

• Disconnecting the USB cable.

• Removing the memory card.

• Turning off the camera.

1

Double-click the disconnect icon in the tasktray.

• For Windows 7 or Windows 8, click

, then click .

Disconnect icon

Windows Vista

2

Click (Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device).

Notes

• With Mac computers, drag and drop the icon of the memory card or the drive icon to the “Trash” icon before you disconnect the camera from the computer.

• With Windows 7, the disconnect icon may not be displayed. In that case, you can disconnect without following the above procedure.

• Do not disconnect the USB cable when the access lamp is lit. The data may be damaged.

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Creating a movie disc

Creating a high definition quality (HD) disc (AVCHD recording disc) on a computer

You can create a high definition quality (HD) AVCHD recording disc from

AVCHD movies imported to a computer using the software

“PlayMemories Home.”

1

Start up [PlayMemories Home] and select Tools in the

(HD)).

2

Select the AVCHD movies you want to write, then drag and drop onto the right side of the screen.

3

Create the disc, following the instructions on the screen.

Notes

• Install “PlayMemories Home” beforehand.

• Still images and MP4 movie files cannot be recorded on the AVCHD recording disc.

• It may take a long time to create a disc.

Playing back an AVCHD recording disc on a computer

You can play back the discs using “PlayMemories Home.” Select the DVD drive that holds the disc and click [Player for AVCHD] on “PlayMemories

Home.”

See “PlayMemories Home Help Guide” for details.

Notes

• Movies may not be played smoothly depending on the computer environment.

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Creating a movie disc

Creating a Blu-ray disc

You can create a Blu-ray disc using AVCHD movies previously imported to a computer. Your computer must support the creation of Blu-ray discs.

BD-R (non-rewritable) and BD-RE (rewritable) media can be used to create

Blu-ray discs. You cannot add content to either type of disc once it has been created.

To create Blu-ray discs using “PlayMemories Home,” install proprietary add-on software. For details, access the following URL: http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/BDUW/

An Internet connection environment is required to install the software.

See “PlayMemories Home Help Guide” for details.

Creating a standard definition quality (STD) disc

1

Start up [PlayMemories Home] and select Tools in the

Video (STD)).

2

Select the AVCHD movies you want to write, then drag and drop onto the right side of the screen.

3

Create the disc, following the instructions on the screen.

Notes

• Install “PlayMemories Home” beforehand.

• MP4 movie files cannot be recorded on a disc.

• It will take a longer time to create a disc because AVCHD movies are converted to standard definition quality (STD) movies.

• An Internet connection environment is required when creating a DVD-Video (STD) disc for the first time.

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Creating a movie disc

Discs you can use with “PlayMemories Home”

You can use the following types of 12 cm discs using “PlayMemories

Home.” For Blu-ray discs, see page 182.

Disc type

DVD-R/DVD+R/DVD+R DL

DVD-RW/DVD+RW

Features

Unrewritable

Rewritable

• Always update your PlayStation®3 to the latest version of the

PlayStation®3 system software.

• The PlayStation®3 may not be available in some countries/regions.

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Print

Print (Advanced Operations)

Specifying DPOF

Using the camera, you can specify still images before printing them at a shop or with your printer. Follow the procedure below.

DPOF specifications are left with images after printing. It is recommended that you unspecify them after printing.

1

MENU button t

t [Multiple Img.] t [Enter]

2

Select the image using b/B on the control button.

3

Press the center of the control button to add a mark.

• To unspecify DPOF, select the image again, then press the center of the control button.

4

Press the MENU button.

5

Select [OK] using v, then press the center of the control button.

Notes

• You cannot specify DPOF on RAW data files.

• You cannot specify the number of images to be printed.

Date Imprint

You can add the date to images when printing them. The position of the date (inside or outside the image, character size, etc.) depends on your printer.

[On]

Notes

• This function may not be available, depending on the printer.

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Cleaning

Cleaning (Advanced Operations)

Cleaning the camera and lens

Cleaning the camera

• Do not touch parts inside the camera, such as the lens contacts or the mirror. Since dust on the mirror or around the mirror may affect the images or the performance of the camera, blow the dust away using a commercially available blower*. For details on cleaning the image sensor, see the next page.

* Do not use a spray-type blower as doing so may cause a malfunction.

• Clean the camera surface with a soft cloth slightly moistened with water, then wipe the surface with a dry cloth. To avoid damaging the finish or casing, follow the instructions below.

– Do not use the chemical products such as thinner, benzine, alcohol, disposable cloths, insect repellent, sunscreen or insecticide, etc.

– Do not touch the camera with the above substances on your hand.

– Do not leave the camera in contact with rubber or vinyl for extended periods of time.

Cleaning the lens

• Do not use a cleaning solution containing organic solvents, such as thinner or benzine.

• When cleaning the lens surface, remove dust using a commercially available blower. In case of dust that sticks to the surface, wipe it off using a soft cloth or tissue paper slightly moistened with lens cleaning solution. Wipe in a spiral pattern from the center to the outside. Do not spray lens cleaning solution directly onto the lens surface.

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Cleaning the image sensor

If dust or debris enters the camera and adheres to the image sensor (the part that acts as the film), it may appear as dark spots on the photo image, depending on the shooting environment. If there is dust on the image sensor, clean it following the steps below.

Notes

• Do not use a spray-type blower as doing so may scatter water droplets inside the camera body.

Cleaning the image sensor automatically using the camera’s cleaning mode

1

Press the MENU button, then select

3 using b/B on the

control button.

MENU button

2

Select [Cleaning Mode] using v/

V

, then press the center of the control button.

3

Select [Enter] using v, and press the center of the control

button.

The image sensor vibrates for a short time, and eliminates dust from the sensor.

4

Turn off the camera.

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Cleaning the image sensor

Cleaning the image sensor using a blower

If further cleaning is needed after using cleaning mode, clean the image sensor using a blower, following the steps below.

1

Perform the cleaning operation described in steps 1 to 4 of

“Cleaning the image sensor automatically using the camera’s cleaning mode.”

2

Detach the lens (page 25).

3

Push the V mark on the mirror

lock lever with a finger to lift up the mirror.

• Be careful not to touch the surface of the mirror.

Mirror lock lever

4

Use the blower to clean the image sensor surface and the surrounding area.

• Do not touch the image sensor with the tip of the blower and do not put the tip of the blower into the cavity beyond the mount.

• Hold the camera face downward to prevent the dust from resettling in the camera. Complete the cleaning quickly.

• Also clean the back of the mirror using the blower.

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Cleaning the image sensor

5

After cleaning is finished, lower the mirror with a finger until it clicks.

• Lower the mirror frame back down with a finger. Be careful not to touch the mirror surface.

• Lower the mirror down until it locks firmly.

6

Attach the lens and turn the camera off.

• Confirm that the mirror is locked down firmly when you attach the lens.

Notes

• After cleaning is finished, confirm that the mirror is locked down firmly when you attach the lens. Otherwise the lens may be scratched or additional problems may be caused. Also, if the mirror is not locked down firmly, the autofocus will not work while shooting.

• You cannot shoot while the mirror is lifted up.

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Troubleshooting/Others

Troubleshooting/Others (Advanced Operations)

Troubleshooting

If you experience trouble with the camera, try the following solutions.

1

Check the following items.

2 Remove the battery pack and reinsert it after about 1 minute, and turn on the power.

3

Reset the settings (page 170).

4

Consult your dealer or local authorized service facility.

Battery pack and power

The battery pack cannot be installed.

• As you insert the battery pack, use the tip of the battery pack to push the

lock lever (page 21).

• Only an NP-FM500H battery pack can be used. Make sure that the battery is NP-FM500H.

The remaining battery level indicator shows incorrect level or power runs out quickly despite the indicator showing sufficient battery level. Cannot turn on the camera.

• This phenomenon occurs when you use the camera in an extremely hot or

cold location (page 200).

• The battery pack is discharged. Install a charged battery pack (page 19).

• The battery pack is dead (page 208). Replace it with a new one.

• Install the battery pack correctly (page 21).

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Troubleshooting

The power turns off suddenly.

• If you do not operate the camera for a certain period of time, the camera reverts to power-saving mode. To cancel power saving, operate the camera,

such as pressing the shutter button halfway down (page 164).

The CHARGE lamp flashes when charging the battery pack.

• Only an NP-FM500H battery pack can be used. Make sure that the battery is NP-FM500H.

• If you charge a battery pack that has not been used for a long time, the

CHARGE lamp may flash.

• The CHARGE lamp flashes in 2 ways, quickly (at about 0.15-second intervals) or slowly (at about 1.5-second intervals).

If it is flashing quickly, remove the battery pack and reattach the same battery pack securely. If the CHARGE lamp flashes quickly again, it suggests that there is something wrong with the battery pack.

Slow flashing indicates that charging is suspended because the ambient temperature is outside the suitable range for charging the battery pack.

Charging will resume and the CHARGE lamp will be lit when the ambient temperature returns to within the suitable temperature.

Charge the battery pack under suitable temperatures between 10°C and

30°C (50°F and 86°F).

Shooting images

Nothing is displayed on the LCD screen in viewfinder mode when the power is turned on.

• [FINDER/LCD Setting] is set to [Manual]. Press the FINDER/LCD button

(page 164).

The image is not clear in the viewfinder.

• Adjust the diopter scale properly using the diopter-adjustment dial

(page 29).

No images in the viewfinder.

• [FINDER/LCD Setting] is set to [Manual]. Press the FINDER/LCD button

(page 164).

• Move your eye a little closer to the viewfinder.

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Troubleshooting

The shutter does not release.

• You are using a memory card with a write-protect switch, and the switch is set to the LOCK position. Set the switch to the recording position.

• Check the free capacity of the memory card.

• You cannot record images while charging the built-in flash (pages 41, 126).

• In autofocus mode, the shutter cannot be released when the subject is out of focus.

• The lens is not attached properly. Attach the lens properly (page 24).

• When the camera is attached to another device, such as an astronomical

telescope, set [Release w/o Lens] to [Enable] (page 160).

• The subject may require special focusing (page 107). Use the focus-lock or

manual focus function (pages 108, 114).

Recording takes a long time.

• The noise reduction function is turned on (page 159). This is not a

malfunction.

• You are shooting in RAW mode (page 157). Since RAW data files are

large, RAW mode shooting may take time.

• The Auto HDR is processing an image (page 130).

The same image is shot several times.

• The drive mode is set to [Cont. Shooting] or [Bracket: Cont.]. Set [Drive

Mode] to [Single Shooting] (pages 45, 143).

• The exposure mode is set to [Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE] (pages 40, 90).

• The exposure mode is set to [Superior Auto] and [S. Auto Image Extract.] is

set to [Off] (page 85).

The image is out of focus.

• The subject is too close. Check the minimum focal distance of the lens.

• You are shooting in manual focus mode. Set the focus mode switch to AF

(autofocus) (page 106).

• When the lens has a focus mode switch, set it to AF.

• The ambient light is insufficient.

Eye-Start AF does not work.

• Set [Eye-Start AF] to [On] (page 77).

• Press the shutter button halfway down.

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Troubleshooting

The flash does not work.

• The flash mode is set to [Autoflash]. If you want to make sure the flash fires

each time, set the flash mode to [Fill-flash] (pages 41, 126).

The flash takes too long to recharge.

• The flash has been fired in quick succession over a short period. When the flash has been fired in succession, the recharging process may take longer than usual to avoid overheating of the camera.

A picture taken using the flash is too dark.

• If the subject is beyond the flash range (the distance that the flash can reach), the pictures will be dark because the flash light does not reach the subject. If the ISO is changed, the flash range also changes with it. Check the flash range in “Specifications.”

The date and time are recorded incorrectly.

• Set the correct date and time (page 27).

• The area selected in [Area Setting] is different from the actual area. Set

[Area Setting] again (page 27).

The aperture value and/or shutter speed flashes when you press the shutter button halfway down.

• Since the subject is too bright or too dark, it is beyond the available range of the camera. Adjust the setting again.

The image is whitish (Flare).

Blurring of light appears on the image (Ghosting).

• The picture was taken under a strong light source, and excessive light has entered the lens. Attach a lens hood.

The corners of the picture are too dark.

• If a filter or hood was 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). You can compensate for this phenomenon with [Lens Comp.:

Shading] (page 165).

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Troubleshooting

The eyes of the subject are red.

• Activate the red eye reduction function (page 57).

• Get close to the subject, and shoot the subject within the flash range using the flash. Check the flash range in “Specifications.”

Dots appear and remain on the LCD screen.

• This is not a malfunction. These dots are not recorded (page 10).

The image is blurred.

• The picture was taken in a dark location without the flash, resulting in

camera shake. We recommend using a tripod or the flash (pages 41, 84,

126).

The EV scale b B is flashing.

• 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 179).

• 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.

• Use “PlayMemories Home” to play images stored on a PC with this camera.

• The camera is in USB mode. Delete the USB connection (page 180).

Deleting images

Your camera cannot delete an image.

• Cancel protection (page 152).

You have deleted an image by mistake.

• Once you have deleted an image, you cannot restore it. We recommend that

you protect images that you do not want to delete (page 152).

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Troubleshooting

Computers

You do not know if the OS of your computer is compatible with the camera.

• Check “Using the camera with your computer” (page 175).

Your computer does not recognize your camera.

• Check that the camera is turned on.

• When the battery level is low, install a charged battery pack (page 19) or

use the AC Adaptor (sold separately).

• Use the USB cable (supplied) (page 178).

• Disconnect the USB cable, and connect it again firmly.

• Disconnect all equipment other than the camera, the keyboard and the mouse from the USB jacks of your computer.

• Connect the camera directly to your computer without passing through a

USB hub or other device (page 178).

You cannot copy images.

• Make the USB connection by properly connecting the camera with your

computer (page 178).

• Follow the designated copy procedure for your OS (page 178).

• When you shoot images using 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 166).

The image cannot be played back on a computer.

• If you are using “PlayMemories Home,” refer to the “PlayMemories Home

Help Guide.”

• Consult the computer or software manufacturer.

After making a USB connection, “PlayMemories Home” does not start automatically.

• Make the USB connection after the computer is turned on (page 178).

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Troubleshooting

Memory card

Cannot insert a memory card.

• The insertion direction of the memory card is wrong. Insert it in the correct

direction (page 21).

Cannot record on a memory card.

• The memory card is full. Delete unnecessary images (pages 34, 153).

• An incompatible memory card is inserted (pages 23, 205).

You have formatted a memory card by mistake.

• All the data on the memory card is deleted by formatting. You cannot restore it.

Printing

Cannot print images.

• RAW images cannot be printed. To print RAW images, first convert them to JPEG images using the software “Image Data Converter.”

The color of the image is strange.

• When you print 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 160).

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. In particular, when you print an image shot with the aspect ratio set to [16:9], the sides of the image may be cut off.

• When printing images using your printer, cancel the trimming or borderless settings of the printer. Consult the printer manufacturer as to whether the printer provides these functions or not.

• When having images printed at a digital print shop, ask the shop whether they can print the images without cutting off both edges.

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Troubleshooting

Cannot print images with the date.

• Using “PlayMemories Home,” you can print images with the date

(page 64).

• 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.

Others

The lens gets fogged.

• Moisture condensation has occurred. Turn off the camera and leave it for

about 1 hour before using it (page 200).

The message “Set Area/Date/Time.” appears when you turn on the camera.

• The camera has been left unused for some time with a low battery or no

battery pack. Charge the battery pack and set the date again (pages 27, 201).

If the date setting is lost every time the battery pack is charged, consult your dealer or local authorized service facility.

The number of recordable images does not decrease or decreases 2 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 157).

The setting is reset without performing the resetting operation.

• The battery pack was removed while 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 lit (pages 17, 21).

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Troubleshooting

The camera does not work properly.

• Turn off the camera. Remove the battery pack and insert it again. If the camera is warm, remove the battery pack, and allow it to cool down before trying this corrective procedure.

• If an AC Adaptor (sold separately) is used, disconnect the power plug.

Connect the power plug and turn on the camera again. If the camera does not work after performing these steps, consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.

appears on the screen.

• 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 problem persists, consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.

“--E-” appears on the screen.

• Remove the memory card, and insert it again. If the problem persists even after performing this procedure, format the memory card.

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Troubleshooting/Others (Advanced Operations)

Warning messages

If the following messages appear, follow the instructions below.

Set Area/Date/Time.

• Set the area, date, and time. If you have not used the camera for a long time, charge the internal

rechargeable battery (pages 27,

201).

Unable to use memory card.

Format?

• The memory card was formatted on a computer and the file format was modified.

Select [Enter] to format the memory card. You can use the memory card again, but all previous data in the memory card will be erased. It may take some time to finish formatting.

If the message still appears, change the memory card.

Memory Card Error

• An incompatible memory card is inserted or the format has failed.

Reinsert memory card.

• The inserted memory card cannot be used in your camera.

• The memory card is damaged.

• The terminal section of the memory card is dirty.

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Memory card locked.

• You are using a memory card with a write-protect switch, and the switch is set to the LOCK position. Set the switch to the recording position.

Processing...

• Displaying when Long exposure noise reduction or high ISO noise reduction will be performed for the same amount of time that the shutter was open.

You cannot do any further shooting during this reduction.

Unable to display.

• Images recorded with other cameras or images modified with a computer may not be displayed.

Check that a lens is mounted. For an unsupported lens, set “Release w/o Lens” in the menu to

“Enable”.

• The lens is not attached properly, or the lens is not attached.

• When attaching the camera to an astronomical telescope or similar device, set [Release w/o Lens] to

[Enable].

Unable to print.

• You tried to mark RAW images with a DPOF mark.

Warning messages

Internal temp. high. Allow it to cool.

• The camera has become hot because you have been shooting continuously.

Turn the power off. Allow the camera to cool and wait until the camera is ready to shoot again.

• Because you have been recording for a long time, the temperature inside the camera has increased to an unacceptable level. Stop recording.

Recording is unavailable in this movie format.

• Set [File Format] to [MP4].

• The number of images exceeds that for which date management in a database file by the camera is possible.

• Unable to register to the database file. Import all the images to a computer using “PlayMemories

Home” and recover the memory card.

Camera Error. Turn power off then on.

System Error

• Turn the power off, remove the battery pack or lens, then reinsert or reattach it. If the message appears frequently, consult your dealer or local authorized service facility.

Image Database File error.

Recover?

• You cannot record or play back

AVCHD movies because the

Image Database File is damaged.

Follow the on-screen instructions to recover data.

Unable to magnify.

Unable to rotate image.

• Images recorded with other cameras may not be magnified or rotated.

Cannot create more folders.

• A folder with a name beginning with “999” exists on the memory card. You cannot create any folders if this is the case.

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Precautions

Do not use/store the camera in the following places

• 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 a strong magnetic field

• 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.

• Humid places

These may cause the growth of mold on the lens.

On storing

Be sure to attach the front lens cap or body cap when not using the camera. When attaching the body cap, remove all the dust from the cap before placing it on the camera.

When you purchase the DT 18-

55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens Kit, purchase the Rear Lens Cap ALC-

R55 also.

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Care

The surface of the LCD screen has a coating that may peel off if scratched.

Please note the following points for handling and care.

• Grease or hand cream left on the

LCD screen by your hands may dissolve the coating. If any grease or cream gets on the LCD screen, wipe it off immediately.

• Wiping forcefully with tissue paper or other materials may damage the coating.

• Before wiping dirt, dust the dirt or sand off in advance using a blower, etc.

• When wiping off dirt, wipe gently with a soft cloth, such as a cloth for cleaning glasses.

On operating temperatures

Your camera is designed for use in temperatures between 0°C and 40°C

(32°F and 104°F). We do not recommend shooting in extremely cold or hot places that exceed this range.

On moisture condensation

If the camera is moved 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 moving 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 for about 1 hour.

If moisture condensation occurs

Turn off the camera and wait for 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, or whether the battery pack is charged or discharged.

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 gradually discharges. If you do not use the camera at all for about

3 months, it becomes completely discharged. In this case, be sure to charge this rechargeable battery before using the camera.

Precautions

However, even if this rechargeable battery is not charged, you can still use the camera as long as you do not record the date and time. If the camera resets the settings to the defaults each time you charge the battery, the internal rechargeable battery may be dead. Consult your

Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.

How to charge the internal rechargeable battery

Insert a charged battery pack in the camera, or connect the camera to a wall outlet (wall socket) using the AC

Adaptor (sold separately), and leave the camera for 24 hours or more with the power off.

Using the lenses and accessories

We recommend that you use Sony lenses/accessories* designed to suit the characteristics of this camera.

Using the products of other manufacturers may cause the camera not to operate to its capability, or result in accidents and malfunctions of the camera.

* Including Konica Minolta products

Memory cards

Do not attach a label, etc. to a memory card or a card adaptor.

Doing so may cause a malfunction.

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Notes on disposal or transfer of the camera

For the protection of personal information, perform the following operations when you dispose of or transfer the camera.

• [Initialize] t [Reset Default]

(page 170)

• [Face Registration] t [Delete All]

(page 119)

On recording/playback

• When you use a memory card with this camera for the first time, we recommend to format the card using the camera for stable performance of the memory card before shooting.

Note that formatting permanently erases all data on the memory card, and is unrecoverable. Save important data on a computer, etc.

• If you repeatedly record/delete images, fragmentation of data may occur on the memory card. Movies may not be able to be saved or recorded. If this happens, save your images to a computer or other storage location, and then format

the memory card (page 166).

• Before you record one-time events, make a trial recording to make sure that the camera is working correctly.

• This camera is neither dust-proof, splash-proof, nor water-proof.

Precautions

• Do not look at the sun or a strong light through an unattached lens or the viewfinder. This may cause irrecoverable damage to your eyes.

It may also cause a malfunction of your camera.

• Do not use the camera near a place 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 place may cause malfunctions.

• If moisture condensation occurs, remove it before using the camera

(page 201).

• Do not shake or strike the camera.

In addition to malfunctions and an inability to record images, this may render the memory card unusable, or cause image data breakdown, damage or loss.

• Clean the flash surface with a soft cloth or similar material before use.

The heat of flash emission may cause dirt on the flash surface to emit smoke or burned.

• Keep the camera, supplied accessories, etc., out of the reach of children. A memory card, etc., may be swallowed. If this happens, consult a doctor immediately.

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Using your camera abroad —

Power sources

You can use your camera, the battery charger and the AC-PW10AM AC

Adaptor (sold separately) in any country or region where the power supply is within 100 V to 240 V AC,

50/60 Hz.

Notes

• Do not use an electronic transformer (travel converter), as this may cause a malfunction.

On TV color systems

When you view images on a TV screen, the camera and TV must use the same TV color system. Check the color TV system for the country or region where you are using the camera.

NTSC system (1080 60i)

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 (1080 50i)

Australia, Austria, Belgium, China,

Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark,

Finland, Germany, Holland, Hong

Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy,

Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand,

Norway, Poland, Portugal, Rumania,

Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain,

Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand,

Turkey, United Kingdom, Viet Nam, etc.

PAL-M system (1080 50i)

Brazil

PAL-N system (1080 50i)

Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay

SECAM system (1080 50i)

Bulgaria, France, Greece, Guiana,

Iran, Iraq, Monaco, Russia, Ukraine, etc.

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AVCHD format

The AVCHD format is a high definition digital video camera format used to record a high definition (HD) signal of either the 1080i specification* 1 or the 720p specification* 2 using efficient data compression coding technology. The

MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format is adopted to compress video data, and the Dolby Digital or Linear PCM system is used to compress audio data.

The MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format is capable of compressing images at higher efficiency than that of the conventional image compressing format. The MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format enables a high definition video signal shot on a digital video camera recorder to be recorded on 8 cm DVD discs, hard disk drive, flash memory, memory card, etc.

Recording and playback on your camera

Based on the AVCHD format, your camera records with the high definition image quality (HD) mentioned below.

Video signal* 3 :

1080 60i-compatible device

MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 1920 ×

1080/60i, 1920 × 1080/24p

1080 50i-compatible device

MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 1920 ×

1080/50i, 1920 × 1080/25p

Audio signal: Dolby Digital 2ch

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Recording media: Memory card

*1 1080i specification

A high definition specification that uses 1,080 effective scanning lines and the interlace system.

*2 720p specification

A high definition specification that uses 720 effective scanning lines and the progressive system.

*3 Data recorded in AVCHD format other than the above mentioned cannot be played on your camera.

Memory cards

Notes on using memory cards

• Do not strike, bend or drop the memory card.

• Do not use or store the memory card under the following conditions:

– Locations with high temperatures, such as in a car parked in the sun.

– Locations exposed to direct sunlight.

– Humid locations or locations with corrosive substances present.

• The memory card may be hot 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 materials or use the memory card in a static-prone or electrically noisy environment.

• We recommend backing up important data, such as to a hard disk of a computer.

• When you carry or store the memory card, put it in the case supplied with it.

• Do not expose the memory card to water.

• Do not touch the terminal section of the memory card with your hand or a metal object.

• When the write-protect switch of a memory card is set to the LOCK position, you cannot perform operations such as recording or deleting images.

• Memory cards formatted on a computer are not guaranteed to operate with this camera. Be sure to format memory cards using the camera.

• Data read/write speeds differ depending on the combination of memory card and equipment used.

• Do not press down hard when you write on the memo area.

• Do not attach a label to the memory cards themselves.

• Do not disassemble or modify the memory cards.

• Do not leave memory cards within the reach of small children. They might accidentally swallow them.

Notes on the “Memory

Stick” media used with the camera

The types of “Memory Stick” media that can be used with this camera are as follows. However, proper operation cannot be guaranteed for all

“Memory Stick XC-HG Duo” media and “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media functions.

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“Memory Stick XC-HG Duo” media*

1 * 2

“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media*

1 * 2 * 3

“Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo” media*

1 * 2

Compatible with your camera

“Memory Stick Duo” media

Not compatible with your camera

“Memory Stick” media and “Memory

Stick PRO” media

Not compatible with your camera

Memory cards

Notes on using “Memory Stick

Micro” media (sold separately)

• This product is compatible with

“Memory Stick Micro” media

(“M2”). “M2” is an abbreviation for

“Memory Stick Micro” media.

• To use a “Memory Stick Micro” media with the camera, be sure to insert the “Memory Stick Micro” media into an “M2” Adaptor as large as Duo size. If you insert a

“Memory Stick Micro” media into the camera without an “M2”

Adaptor as large as Duo size, you might not be able to remove it from the camera.

• Do not leave the “Memory Stick

Micro” media within the reach of small children. They might accidentally swallow it.

*1 This is equipped with the

MagicGate function. MagicGate is a copyrighted protection technology that uses encryption technology. Data recording/ playback that requires MagicGate functions cannot be performed with this camera.

*2 Supports high-speed data transfer using a parallel interface.

*3 When using “Memory Stick PRO

Duo” media to record movies, only those marked with Mark2 can be used.

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Battery pack/

Battery charger

• The charging time differs depending on the remaining capacity of the battery pack or charging conditions.

• We recommend charging the battery pack at an ambient temperature between 10°C and

30°C (50°F and 86°F). You may not be able to efficiently charge the battery pack outside of this temperature range.

• Connect the battery charger to the nearest wall outlet (wall socket).

• Do not try to charge the battery pack again right after it has been charged, or when it has not been used after being charged. Doing so will affect the performance of the battery pack.

• 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/or 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 a new or different one and check that the battery charger is operating 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 a dry cloth, etc.

Notes on using the battery pack

• Use only an NP-FM500H battery pack. Note that the NP-FM55H,

NP-FM50 and NP-FM30 cannot be used.

• The displayed battery 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.

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Effective use of the battery pack

• Battery performance decreases in low-temperature environments.

This means that the time the battery pack can be used is shorter in cold places and the speed of continuous shooting slows down. We recommend that you put the battery pack in a pocket close to your body to warm it up, and insert it in your camera immediately before you start shooting.

• The battery pack will run out quickly if you use the flash frequently, use continuous shooting often, turn the camera on and off frequently, or make the LCD screen brighter.

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 considerably shortened, 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.

Battery pack/Battery charger

How to store the battery pack

Store the battery pack in a dry, cool place after removing it from the camera. Even if you do not use the camera for an extended period of time, charge the battery pack and fully use it up at least once a year to prolong the battery life.

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License

Notes on the License

Software provided in the camera are based on license agreements with the copyright owners. Based on requests by the owners of copyright of these software applications, we have an obligation to inform you of the following. Please read the following sections.

Licenses (in English) are recorded in the internal memory of your camera.

Establish a Mass Storage connection between the camera and a computer to read licenses in the “PMHOME” -

“LICENSE” folder.

THIS PRODUCT IS LICENSED

UNDER THE AVC PATENT

PORTFOLIO LICENSE FOR THE

PERSONAL USE OF A

CONSUMER OR OTHER USES IN

WHICH IT DOES NOT RECEIVE

REMUNERATION TO

(i) ENCODE VIDEO IN

COMPLIANCE WITH THE AVC

STANDARD (“AVC VIDEO”)

AND/OR

(ii) DECODE AVC VIDEO THAT

WAS ENCODED BY A

CONSUMER ENGAGED IN A

PERSONAL ACTIVITY AND/OR

WAS OBTAINED FROM A VIDEO

PROVIDER LICENSED TO

PROVIDE AVC VIDEO.

NO LICENSE IS GRANTED OR

SHALL BE IMPLIED FOR ANY

OTHER USE.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

MAY BE OBTAINED FROM

MPEG LA, L.L.C.

SEE

HTTP://WWW.MPEGLA.COM

On GNU GPL/LGPL applied software

Software that is eligible for the following GNU General Public

License (hereinafter referred to as

“GPL”) or GNU Lesser General

Public License (hereinafter referred to as “LGPL”) are included in the camera.

This informs you that you have a right to have access to, modify, and redistribute source code for these software programs under the conditions of the supplied GPL/

LGPL.

Source code is provided on the web.

Use the following URL to download it.

http://www.sony.net/Products/Linux/

We would prefer you do not contact us about the contents of source code.

Licenses (in English) are recorded in the internal memory of your camera.

Establish a Mass Storage connection between the camera and a computer to read licenses in the “PMHOME” -

“LICENSE” folder.

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Index

Index

A

A (Aperture Priority) ..................92

ADI flash ..................................124

AdobeRGB ...............................160

AE Lock....................................122

AEL ..........................................161

AEL button ...............................161

AEL w/ shutter .........................123

AF area .....................................110

AF Illuminator ..........................111

AF Track. Duration ..................102

AF-A .........................................109

AF-C .........................................109

AF-S .........................................109

Ambient light............................146

Anti-dust function.....................186

Aperture ......................................92

Aperture Preview ........................94

Aperture Priority.........................92

Area Setting ................................28

Aspect Ratio .............................157

Audio Recording ......................105

Audio signals ..............................61

Auto HDR.................................131

Auto Object Framing ................119

Auto Review .............................161

Auto WB...................................137

Autoflash ....................................42

Autofocus .................................106

210

Autofocus Mode ...................... 109

Automatic AF .......................... 109

AVCHD ................... 103, 104, 204

AVCHD View ......................... 149

B

Battery pack ................. 19, 21, 207

Beep sound (Audio signals)....... 61

Bracket ..................................... 144

Bracket: Cont. .......................... 144

“BRAVIA” Sync ..................... 155

BULB shooting .......................... 97

C

Center weighted ....................... 123

Charging battery pack................ 19

Cleaning ................................... 185

Cleaning Mode......................... 186

Clear Image Zoom ................... 140

Cloudy (White Balance) .......... 137

Color filter (White Balance) .... 138

Color Space.............................. 160

Color temperature

(White Balance)................... 138

Compression ratio .................... 157

Computer ................... 66, 175, 177

Cont. Shooting ......................... 143

Continuous AF......................... 109

Continuous bracket .................. 144

Continuous shooting ................ 143

Contrast .................................... 134

Control button ............................ 51

Control dial .................... 92, 94, 96

Creative Style........................... 134

CTRL FOR HDMI................... 155

Custom (White Balance).......... 138

D

Date Imprint ............................. 184

Date/Time Setup ........................ 27

Daylight (White Balance) ........ 137

DC IN terminal .......................... 16

Default ..................................... 170

Delete ................................. 34, 153

Demo Mode ............................... 61

Digital Zoom.................... 101, 140

Diopter-adjustment .................... 29

Direct manual focus ................. 115

Disc creation .............................. 69

DISP................................... 46, 147

DISP Button(Finder).................. 78

DISP Button(Monitor) ............... 78

Display ....................................... 46

Display All Info. ........................ 46

DPOF Setup ............................. 184

D-Range Opt. ........................... 130

Drive Mode ........................ 45, 143

DRO/Auto HDR ...................... 130

E

e-Front Curtain Shutter ............ 163

Enlarged image .......................... 48

Index

EV scale ....................... 43, 97, 146

Exposure compensation ............. 43

Eye-Fi....................................... 168

Eyepiece cup .............................. 77

Eyepiece sensor.................... 14, 77

Eye-Start AF .............................. 57

F

Face Detection.......................... 117

Face Registration...................... 118

File Format (Movie)................. 103

File Number ............................. 166

Fill-flash ..................................... 42

FINDER/LCD Setting.............. 164

FINE......................................... 157

Fine........................................... 157

Flash (White Balance).............. 137

Flash bracket ............................ 144

Flash Comp. ............................. 124

Flash control............................. 124

Flash Mode................... 41, 75, 126

Flash Off ........................ 30, 42, 85

Fluor.: Cool White

(White Balance) ................... 137

Fluor.: Day White

(White Balance) ................... 137

Fluor.: Daylight

(White Balance) ................... 137

Fluor.: Warm White

(White Balance) ................... 137

Fn ......................................... 51, 53

Focus ........................................ 106

Focus hold .................................. 58

211

Focus Hold Button......................58

Focus indicator .........................107

Focus Magnifier........................116

Focus-lock ................................108

Folder Name .............................166

Folder View ..............................149

For viewfinder (Monitor) ...........80

Format.......................................166

Func. of AEL button.................161

Function button.....................52, 53

G

Graphic Display..........................46

Grid Line ..................................161

H

Hand-held Twilight ..............38, 87

HDMI .........................................50

HDMI Resolution .....................155

HDR..........................................130

HDR Painting ...........................133

High Contrast Mono. ................133

High ISO NR ............................159

High-speed sync .......................126

Histogram ...................................79

I

Image Data Converter...........65, 67

Image Index ................................49

Image quality ............................157

Image sensor .....................108, 186

Image Size ..................................47

212

Index

In-Camera Guide ....................... 62

Incandescent

(White Balance)................... 137

Index .......................................... 49

Initialize ................................... 170

Install ......................................... 66

Intelligent Auto .................... 30, 85

ISO Button ............................... 162

ISO sensitivity ......................... 129

J

JPEG ........................................ 157

L

Landscape ............................ 38, 86

Language.................................... 61

LCD Brightness ......................... 60

LCD screen ............ 35, 71, 80, 147

Lens...................................... 18, 24

Lens Comp.: Chromatic

Aberration............................ 165

Lens Comp.: Distortion ........... 165

Lens Comp.: Peripheral

Shading ................................ 165

Lens Compensation ................. 165

Live View Display ..................... 80

Local (AF area)........................ 110

Lock-on AF.............................. 111

Long Exposure NR .................. 159

M

M (Manual Exposure)................ 96

Mac ............................................ 67

Macro ................................... 38, 86

Manual Exposure ....................... 96

Manual focus............................ 114

Mass Storage............................ 177

Memory card...................... 21, 205

MENU........................................ 55

Menu .......................................... 55

Metering Mode ........................ 123

MF............................................ 114

Microphone jack ........................ 16

Miniature.................................. 134

Moisture condensation ............. 200

MOVIE .............................. 32, 100

Movie ................................. 32, 100

Movie Audio Recording .......... 105

MOVIE Button .......................... 58

Movie File Format ................... 103

MP4.......................................... 103

MTP ......................................... 177

Multi Frame Noise Reduct....... 129

Multi interface shoe ................... 15

Multi segment .......................... 123

N

New Folder .............................. 167

Night Portrait ....................... 38, 87

Night Scene.......................... 38, 87

No Disp. Info. ............................ 46

Noise reduction ................ 129, 159

Index

P

P (Program Auto) ....................... 91

Panorama: Direction .................. 89

Panorama: Size........................... 47

Partial Color ............................. 133

PC Remote ............................... 177

Peaking..................................... 115

Peaking Color........................... 115

Peaking Level........................... 115

Picture Effect............................ 133

Playback Display...................... 150

Playing back panoramic images .................................. 151

PlayMemories Home............ 64, 66

Pop Color ................................. 133

Portrait.................................. 38, 86

Posterization............................. 133

Power Save............................... 164

Power Saving Start Time ......... 164

Pre-flash TTL ........................... 124

Pressing halfway down .............. 31

Preview....................................... 94

Preview Button......................... 162

Print .......................................... 184

Program Auto ............................. 91

Protect ...................................... 152

Q

Quality...................................... 157

213

R

RAW .........................................157

RAW+J .....................................157

Rear Sync....................................42

Record Setting ..........................104

Record Setting (Movie) ............104

Recording information

display ............................46, 147

Recording movies ...............32, 100

Recover Image DB ...................168

Red Eye Reduction .....................57

Reducing camera shake ..............83

Release w/o Lens ......................160

Remaining battery level..............23

Remote Camera Control .............68

Reset .........................................170

Retro Photo ...............................133

Rich-tone Mono........................133

Rotate........................................149

S

S (Shutter Priority) .....................94

S. Auto Cont. Shooting...............85

S. Auto Image Extract. ...............85

Saturation..................................134

Scene Selection.....................38, 86

SCN ............................................38

Scrolling playback ....................151

Select REC Folder ....................167

Self-timer ..................................144

Setting the clock .........................27

Shade (White Balance) .............137

214

Index

Sharpness ................................. 134

Shooting ..................................... 30

Shooting mode ........................... 36

Shooting Tip List ....................... 63

Shooting Tips............................. 62

Shot. Result Preview.................. 94

Shoulder strap ............................ 16

Shutter Priority........................... 94

Shutter speed.............................. 94

Single Bracket.......................... 144

Single Shooting........................ 143

Single-shot AF ......................... 109

Slide Show ............................... 150

SLOW SYNC ............................ 42

Slow Sync. ................................. 42

Smart Zoom ............................. 140

Smile Detection Sensitivity indicator ............................... 120

Smile Shutter ........................... 120

Soft Focus ................................ 133

Soft High-key........................... 133

Software ..................................... 64

Specify Printing ....................... 184

Sports Action ....................... 38, 86

Spot .......................................... 123

Spot (AF area).......................... 110

sRGB........................................ 160

Standard ................................... 157

STD.......................................... 157

SteadyShot ................................. 83

Still/Movie Select .................... 149

Strap ........................................... 16

Sunset................................... 38, 87

Superior Auto....................... 37, 85

Sweep Panorama.................. 39, 88

T

T8 ............................................... 40

Tele-zoom Cont. Priority

AE .................................... 40, 90

Time zone .................................. 28

Toy Camera.............................. 133

U

Upload Settings (Eye-Fi) ......... 168

USB.......................................... 177

USB Connection ...................... 177

USB LUN Setting .................... 177

V

Version..................................... 174

View Mode .............................. 149

Viewfinder ............................... 163

Viewfinder Bright. ................... 163

Viewing image ................... 33, 149

Viewing images on a TV

screen ............................. 50, 155

Volume Settings......................... 59

W

WB ........................................... 136

WB bracket .............................. 146

White Balance.......................... 136

Wide (AF area) ........................ 110

Wind Noise Reduct. ................. 105

Index

Windows .............................. 64, 67

Wireless...................................... 42

Wireless flash ........................... 127

Z

Zone (AF area) ......................... 110

Zoom .................................. 30, 140

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