35mm Full-Frame Digital SLR Camera
35mm Full-Frame Digital SLR Camera
Photograph by Chukyo Ozawa SAL1635Z (Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM), 1/250 sec., F16, ISO 200, Auto white balance
The dream is within reach
Inheriting technology and design from the flagship 900, the 850 places the 24.6-megapixel resolution* of the 35mm full-frame Exmor
CMOS sensor as well as the stunning response and imaging performance of Dual BIONZ
processing engines in the hands of more discerning photographers whose skills and vision deserve the best.
If only superior detail, natural color and gradation, intuitive handling, and outstanding fit-and-finish will do, this is the camera for you.
This is a camera for the serious photographer … whether you’re serious about artistic expression, professional quality, or simply photographic enjoyment, the 850 will help you take your images to the next level. The dream of image quality approaching medium-format standards with digital SLR handling and speed is finally within reach.
* Effective megapixels (approx.)
Approaching perfection at the critical interface between light and signal
CMOS full-frame sensor
Sony’s established semiconductor expertise is behind the exceptional performance of the 850 in many ways, but perhaps most prominently in its full-frame 24.6-megapixel
Exmor CMOS image sensor. This sensor – the same one used in the flagship 900 – was designed specifically for 35mm full-frame imaging, implementing proprietary Sony planarization technology for maximum flatness, plus over 6,000 on-chip column parallel analog/digital converters so that the analog image is converted to noise-resistant digital form right at the beginning of the processing chain.
Noise reduction is applied both before and after analog/digital conversion for an even cleaner signal.
image processing for beauty and speed
The large volume of image data generated by the 850’s 24.6megapixel Exmor CMOS image sensor is no challenge for the power of
Dual BIONZ image processing engines. Not only do the BIONZ engines give you exceptionally fast response, including the capability for continuous 3 fps shooting at full resolution*, but they deliver images with true-tolife color and tonal gradation as well.
They also apply two stages of advanced noise reduction so the finest image details come through. The combination of the high-resolution
Exmor image sensor and Dual BIONZ image processing engines delivers exceptionally high resolution and outstanding dynamic range, making it possible to take advantage of the stellar optical quality of precision
Multi-stage noise reduction for outstanding clarity
Referring to the diagram below, you can see that noise reduction is applied at four different stages: twice by the Exmor CMOS sensor (once before initial analogto-digital conversion, and once after), and twice by the Dual
BIONZ image processing engines before image processing.
850 noise reduction
Exmor CMOS Sensor
On-chip Column A/D Conversion + Dual Noise Reduction
Dual Noise Reduction
Both the points at which noise reduction is applied within the processing chain and the types of noise reduction applied have been precisely tailored to achieve maximum image clarity without compromising detail or tonal nuance.
Memory Stick Duo /
Digital signal Noise
image stabilization refined for full-frame imaging
More powerful and faster than the
SteadyShot INSIDE systems used in
-series DSLRs with APS-C type image sensors, this in-body image stabilization system has been redesigned to achieve optimum quality with the 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor. It is so effective that you’ll be able to shoot sharp images handheld at shutter speeds up to 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible.* SteadyShot INSIDE works with all compatible -series lenses, including macro and wide-angle types.
* Stabilization may vary according to lens
and shooting conditions.
SteadyShot INSIDE unit for 35mm full-frame format sensor (actual size) SteadyShot INSIDE unit for APS-C format sensor (actual size)
Photograph by Takeshi Hirayama SAL2470Z (Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM), 1/320 sec., F8, ISO 200, White balance: Daylight
A fine view that puts you in touch with your subject
A bright, low-distortion view from corner to corner
Optical precision is as advantageous in a viewfinder as it is in the rest of a camera, and the 850 does not compromise. An optical glass pentaprism and high-power condenser lens, plus the use of high refractive index glass for all eyepiece elements, offer an exceptionally clear, low-distortion view that contributes significantly to shooting ease and comfort. Greater clarity is achieved under the widest possible range of shooting conditions by the use of multi-layer anti-reflection coatings on almost all optical surfaces.
0.74x* magnification and expansive
98%* coverage facilitate framing. The standard Spherical Acute Matte focusing screen makes manual focusing easy, and a high eye-point improves visibility for eyeglass users.
Interchangeable focusing screens
The Type G spherical acute matte focusing screen supplied with the 850 can easily be replaced with an optional Type L or Type M screen to match your photographic application. The
Type L screen has gridlines for precise positioning and framing, while the highdispersion Type M screen is an ideal match for bright lenses with a maximum aperture of F2.8 or greater, making it easier to fine-tune focus manually.
High-power condenser lens
Type M focusing screen FDA-FM1AM
Type L focusing screen FDA-FL1AM
Super spherical acute matte
Spherical acute matte
Solid reliability for tough shooting conditions
Durable magnesium alloy body
Sometimes capturing great images means working under demanding conditions, and the 850 is built to take them in stride. The body’s front, rear, and top are formed of a lightweight high-strength magnesium alloy, while the interior chassis features high-tensile aluminum in a tower-bar configuration for rugged reliability. The critical mirror box is made of carbon fiber reinforced polycarbonate resin that achieves the ideal combination of weight and rigidity. Overall, the balance and handling of the design are superb, maximizing comfort and efficiency in extended shooting sessions.
Frame and capture with confidence
9-point autofocus detection with 10-point assist
Fast, accurate autofocus with a wide range of subjects means fewer missed shots, and that is precisely what you get with the
850’s center dual-cross 9-point
AF sensor system. There’s even a dedicated central sensor that enhances accuracy when shooting at apertures of F2.8 or larger. Ten additional “assist” sensors significantly improve subject detection when Wide AF is selected, as well as enhancing out-of-focus discrimination so that the system doesn’t “hunt” when attempting to focus. The sensors themselves have been specially designed for pinpoint detection and faster focusing. There’s even an AF Micro Adjust function that lets you fine tune auto-focus for individual lenses and register the settings so they will be automatically recalled when the corresponding lenses are attached.
AF sensors AF assist sensors
3 metering modes for optimum exposure in a variety of situations
A 40-segment honeycomb-pattern metering sensor coupled with advanced exposure algorithms achieves optimally balanced exposure in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can instantaneously switch between full 40-segment metering, center weighted metering or spot metering via a convenient selector on the rear of the camera body.
Quick dial access to exposure modes
The 850’s standard exposure modes – Program Auto, Aperture
Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, and Manual – can be quickly accessed via a convenient topmounted Mode dial. The dial is ideally situated for fast on-the-fly mode changes.
AF Micro Adjust display
Center-weighted metering Spot metering
Program auto mode
Aperture priority mode
Shutter speed priority mode
Manual exposure mode
White balance settings for the right color in any light
In addition to versatile and accurate auto white balance, the 850 offers a range of user-tunable white balance presets that can be quickly accessed via a button on top of the camera body, including a Color Temperature mode in which you can directly specify the color temperature in kelvin together with magenta or green color-correction filters in a range of densities. There are also three user-definable custom settings.
The Drive mode menu includes a selection for white balance bracketing, in which each image is recorded at three different white balance settings.
-0.7 EV -0.3 EV ±0 EV
Exposure bracketing – the surefire solution for ideal exposure
Perfect exposure doesn’t always correspond to “technically correct” exposure. When you want the option to choose, the Drive mode can be set to auto exposure bracketing so you get 3 or 5 frames exposed in 0.3 EV, 0.5 EV, or 0.7 EV steps.
There’s also a ±2 EV mode that’s perfect for creating high dynamic range composites.
Intelligent Preview simulates exposure settings
This feature can be a tremendous advantage when you need fine photographic control right at the point of image capture. Intelligent
Preview lets you preview the effect of exposure, white balance, and
D-Range Optimizer variations on the camera’s LCD, along with the corresponding histogram, before actually taking the picture. This can be a great aid to achieving the desired look right in the camera, saving a considerable amount of post-processing time and effort.
Auto white balance mode
Simulation of Auto and Daylight white balance mode effects.
Shape light and color to match your vision An interface that gives you total control
D-Range Optimizer compensates for high contrast scenes
Scenes with a wide dynamic range can be exceedingly difficult to capture with natural tonal gradation. The
D-Range Optimizer function automatically compensates for extremes of light and shadow, analyzing and adjusting tonal values to achieve smooth, natural tonal balance while bringing out subtle highlight and shadow detail. You have a choice of three D-
Range Optimizer modes: Standard mode applies compensation based on analysis of the entire image, Advanced Auto compensation is based on individual analysis of separate areas of the composition, and Advanced Level lets you specify the strength of the compensation in five levels. There’s even a D-Range Optimizer bracketing function for bestshot selection.
D-Range Optimizer off
Standard mode Advanced Auto mode
Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
* D-Range Optimizer Advanced uses technology provided by Apical Limited.
3-inch* Xtra Fine LCD monitor for accurate image review
This monitor provides clear, bright image review with 270 ppi (approx.) resolution and high contrast. Hybrid construction and a multilayer antireflective coating ensure optimum visibility even under bright sunlight.
The large monitor also shows full
RGB histograms and provides a comprehensive info display that allows functions and camera settings to be checked at a glance.
The standard detailed display can be switched to an enlarged, simplified mode for easier reading, and the display is automatically rotated for correct orientation when the camera is held vertically.
A variety of index view options during playback make shot selection easy.
* Viewable area, measured diagonally
Creative Style supports your artistic vision
13 customizable styles are provided for use as a basis for creating images that are true to your photographic intent. You can use the base styles as they are, or fine-tune them by editing contrast, saturation, sharpness, brightness, and zone parameters (no saturation adjustment is provided for the monochrome Sepia or B/W styles). Up to 6 customized creative styles can be registered in the camera’s “Style Box” for instant recall whenever needed.
Creative Style settings
Rich tonal gradation and color; suitable for a wide range of subjects and scenes
Heightened contrast and saturation; suitable for subjects such as flowers, spring foliage, sky scenes, and ocean views
Attenuated saturation and sharpness; provides a neutral starting point for images that are to be post-processed
For clear images with limpid colors in the highlights; helps evoke a sense of radiant light
For images with deep and dense color; helps evoke a sense of depth and solidity
For images with bright, uncomplicated color expression; helps evoke a light, refreshing ambience
For images with rich, natural skin tones; ideal for portraits
Heightened contrast, saturation, and sharpness for crisp detail and vivid color; ideal for landscapes and scenic views
Saturated reds for warm, beautiful images of the setting sun
Attenuated contrast for more faithful reproduction of night view tonalities
Saturated reds and yellows for scenic views of autumn foliage
For black and white images
For monochromatic sepia-tone imaging
Night view style
Quick Navi display allows fast parameter adjustments on the fly
When you need to access and adjust a parameter quickly, the Quick Navi display is a fast, convenient way to do it. Just tap the Function (Fn) button next to the LCD monitor to switch it from the standard info mode to the Quick Navi mode, then you can quickly select and adjust a range of important shooting parameters via the multi-selector using only your thumb. Alternatively, you can adjust the selected parameter via the front or rear control dials, if you find that more comfortable. Parameters that can be accessed and adjusted via the Quick Navi display include ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, flash compensation, flash mode, drive mode, white balance, focus area, D-Range Optimizer, Creative
Style, image quality, image size, and memory card slot.
Single-frame view RGB histogram display 25-frame index view
1. Press 2. Adjust
Efficiency and convenience are in the details
AF illuminator / Self-timer lamp
Front control dial
Flash sync terminal
Lens release button
Focus mode lever
Rear control dial
For shooting: AF/MF button
For viewing: Enlarge button
Metering mode lever
For shooting: AE lock button /
SLOW SYNC button
For viewing: Index button
Display button /
LCD brightness button
For shooting: Custom button
For viewing: Histogram button
For shooting: Function button
For viewing: Image rotation button
SteadyShot INSIDE switch
Eyepiece shutter lever
Display panel illumination button
White Balance button
Built-in eyepiece shutter maintains metering precision
Close the eyepiece shutter in any shooting situation in which you’re not looking through the viewfinder – selftimer shots or long nighttime exposures, for example – to prevent extraneous light from entering the eyepiece and affecting the camera’s exposure metering.
DC IN terminal
VIDEO OUT / USB terminal
Diopter adjustment dial
Memory card cover
Custom button for easy access to frequently used functions
Normally the Custom button on the rear of the camera selects the
Creative Style menu, but it can be easily reassigned to directly select any of 15 other functions, according to your personal shooting requirements.
3 user-programmable memories for favorite setting combinations
The numerals “1”, “ 2”, and “3” on the camera’s mode dial correspond to three memories that you can program with your own combinations of settings and modes. Simply set the dial to the appropriate number to instantly recall your custom setups.
High-density battery for outstanding endurance
A high-capacity InfoLITHIUM
™ battery pack offers outstanding endurance on a single full charge.
Remaining battery charge can be monitored via the 5-segment icon displays as well as in precise 1% increments.
Dual memory card slots add media versatility
™ and Memory Stick Duo
memory media* slots, you can load both and switch between them as required via the Quick Navi information display.
* Accepts high-speed CompactFlash UDMA,
MemoryStick Pro-HG Duo, MemoryStick Pro Duo,
and MemoryStick Duo media.
Durable long-life shutter unit built for professional use
A high-speed, high-precision shutter unit with a rated service life of approximately 100,000 activations ensures long-term reliability even under heavy use. Built to withstand the demands of 1/8000 sec. shutter speeds and continuous shooting with a full-frame sensor.
Top-mounted LCD panel provides convenient setting confirmation
A backlit LCD panel mounted on the top of the body allows convenient review of battery level, remaining frames, drive mode, shutter speed, and aperture. This is a particularly useful feature when the main LCD monitor is turned off.
Dust and moisture protection enhance reliability in harsh environments
The camera’s buttons and dials, terminals, viewfinder, and other vulnerable areas feature rubber seals to minimize the possibility of moisture and dust entering the body, for reliable operation.*
* Not waterproof or splash proof.
Anti-dust sensor protection keeps the sensor clean
In addition to a special anti-static coating that minimizes dust adherence, the anti-dust mechanism vibrates the sensor at a high frequency every time the camera is turned off to shake off dust that may have entered the camera while changing lenses.
Anti-dust sensor protection
Low-pass filter with special anti-static coating
Dust particles dislodged by sensor vibration
Join the network
Freedom and communication via the Sony digital network
The ways you can view and share your digital images are multiplying rapidly, and the Sony digital network gives you a wide variety of options.
Connect and communicate your creativity with an ever-growing universe of digital photo frames, camcorders, Blu-ray disc players and recorders, high-definition televisions, and personal computers.
Exhibit your work with the visual impact of BRAVIA
With the 850, you can directly take advantage of outstanding
Sony BRAVIA HDTV image quality to display your images. Connect the
850 HDMI terminal to a compatible BRAVIA HDTV, and the TV will automatically switch to PhotoTV HD mode for dynamic display of images stored on the camera’s memory card, with faithful reproduction of delicate hues and tonal gradation.* PhotoTV
HD is an exclusive Sony BRAVIA
HDTV technology for optimum Full
HD still image display.
* HDMI cable (optional) is required.
Remote Commander is also optional.
Supplied software tools
Conversion and editing –
Image Data Converter SR
This powerful application facilitates fast conversion and editing of the large RAW image files from the
850’s 24.6-megapixel sensor. An intuitive interface allows easy adjustment of exposure, white balance, contrast, hue, sharpness, and tone curve, and also features an enhanced D-Range Optimizer function and compensation for light falloff at the image periphery.
Sorting and comparison –
Image Data Lightbox SR
Image Data Lightbox SR provides an efficient way to sort, compare, and organize RAW and JPEG files. It offers fast thumbnail display, a range of filtering options, and convenient compatibility with the Remote Camera Control application. Drag & drop selection of images for preview or comparison makes for easy, intuitive photo management.
Remote capture and control –
Remote Camera Control
In addition to allowing comprehensive remote camera operation from your computer – including all basic camera operations plus white balance, image quality, and D-Range Optimizer settings – this application transfers captured images directly to the computer so you can shoot for expended periods without having to worry about memory card capacity.
Photo library management –
PMB (Picture Motion Browser)
The perfect solution for general image file management, PMB makes it simple to organize photos in folders by tagging, ranking, and titling them for efficient access and retrieval.
PMB can also simplify the task of uploading your photos to photosharing websites, and it can utilize data from an optional GPS
Unit Kit to display images in a map format.
Windows XP* SP3 / Windows Vista* SP1
Pentium 3, or faster
Image Data Converter SR / Image Data Lightbox SR /
Remote Camera Control
Windows XP* SP3 /
Windows Vista** SP1
Mac OS X (v 10.4 / v 10.5)
Pentium 4, or faster
1 GB, or more
Power PC G4 / G5 series
(1.0 GHz or faster recommended)
Intel Core Solo / Core Duo /
Core 2 Duo, or faster recommended
1 GB, or more Memory 256 MB, or more
* 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. ** Starter (Edition) is not supported.
*** Compatible operating system: factory preinstalled only
GPS Unit Kit
system lenses bring your vision to life
They say a camera is only as good as its lens …
Lenses are a camera’s “soul,” defining how it renders scenes sliced from life and how much control the photographer has over that rendering. Sony offers an excellent range of lenses with varying capabilities that satisfy a wide spectrum of technical and creative requirements. Their purposes may be diverse, but the quality is all top class. The lineup will continue to evolve and grow as long as photographers demand quality that supports and nurtures their creativity.
exemplify Sony dedication to optical excellence
No compromises. That about sums up the approach Sony applies to G
Lenses. They are the pride of everyone involved in their production, and have captured the imagination of serious photo enthusiasts everywhere with unparalleled image quality and rendering. G Lenses are designed and constructed to the very highest standards of optical excellence, making generous use of high-performance aspherical and ED glass elements wherever they result in superior clarity and sharpness. G Lenses also feature circular apertures for smooth, attractive defocusing.
70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM
Wide zoom range from 70 mm to 400 mm, ED glass elements that deliver contrast and sharpness rivaling the best prime lenses, and smooth, quiet autofocus with SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) drive.
35mm F1.4 G
70–200mm F2.8 G
70–300mm F4.5–5.6 G SSM
70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM
300mm F2.8 G
Quality control: the key to consistent satisfaction
Although most strongly associated with manufacture, quality control takes on a much broader meaning when applied to system lenses.
Every aspect of design and production, including optical performance, reliability, operating feel, and other factors that go beyond the conventional definition of “quality control,” is optimized to guarantee total customer satisfaction.
optics contribute to outstanding imaging quality
Close cooperation between Sony and renowned optical specialist Carl
Zeiss has resulted in some truly outstanding lenses that, with liberal use of ED and super ED glass elements, offer stunning clarity, excellent contrast, impressive resolving power, and gorgeous defocusing characteristics that add up to expressive images. Carl Zeiss lens elements feature the legendary T* coating for minimal flare and ghosting.
Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM
Bright, wide-angle zoom with smooth, silent SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) AF operation. ED and super ED glass deliver clear, sharp rendering with minimum spherical aberration.
T* coating ensures minimal flare.
Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM
An exceptionally versatile wide-angle to mid-range
zoom lens with high-quality Carl Zeiss optics and an SSM autofocus drive system.
Carl Zeiss lenses
16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM
24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM
85mm F1.4 ZA
135mm F1.8 ZA
lenses for a broad range of applications
When diversity is a key consideration, Sony’s extensive lineup of high quality lenses is where you’ll find it.
The lineup includes fisheye, macro, reflex, super wide and super telephoto primes, teleconverters, and zooms covering a number of ranges. Whatever the photographic challenge, there’s an lens that will meet it.
28-75mm F2.8 SAM
This bright F2.8 standard zoom incorporates four aspherical and
three ED glass elements, achieving superb performance in a remarkably compact, lightweight package. Internal SAM
(Smooth Autofocus Motor) drive ensures responsive autofocus.
28-75mm F2.8 SAM
16mm F2.8 Fisheye
50mm F2.8 Macro
100mm F2.8 Macro
135mm F2.8 T4.5 STF
500mm F8 Reflex
Accessories for maximum shooting versatility
External Flash HVL-F58AM
GN58 power* with Quick Shift Bounce for optimum angle in any camera orientation.
6-level zoom, fast recharge, high-speed sync,
WB compensation, ADI flash metering, wireless flash control, and large LCD display panel.
External Flash HVL-F42AM
GN42 power* with a variable-angle head, auto zoom, wireless flash support, fast recharge, AWB,
ADI metering, high-speed sync, and built-in wide panel. Comes with Mini Stand for wireless flash.
* 105mm, ISO100 m
External Flash HVL-F20AM
Compact and slim with GN20 power (50mm, ISO100 m).
Ideal for auxiliary illumination as well as wireless flash triggering. Wireless control, AWB, ADI metering, and bounce switch.
Wireless multi flash (setup: 850 and three HVL-F58AM units)
Batteries / Grip & Charger lighting system
FDA-ECF05 (+0.5) / ECF10 (+1.0) / ECF15 (+1.5) / ECF20 (+2.0) /
ECF-30 (+3.0) , FDA-ECN10 (-1.0) / ECN20 (-2.0) /
ECN30 (-3.0) / ECN40 (-4.0)
Macro Twin Flash Kit
Hot Shoe Adaptor
AC Adapter / Charger
External Battery Adapter for Flash
Sync Terminal Adaptor
Off-Camera Cable for Flash
Extension Cable for Flash
Off-Camera Shoe for Flash
Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick PRO Duo
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
GPS Unit Kit
* For use with DSLR-A850, an application
update is required. Please access the
URL below for more information.
Triple Connector for Flash
Cases & Straps
LCD Protect Cover
LCD Protect Sheet
Messenger Type Bag
Soft Carrying Case
Lens Cap Holder
LCL-60AM / LCL-90AM / LCL-140AM
Circular PL Filters
VF-49CPAM/ 55CPAM / 62CPAM /
67CPAM / 72CPAM / 77CPAM
ND Filters [8x]
VF-49NDAM / 55NDAM / 62NDAM /
67NDAM / 72NDAM / 77NDAM
VF-49MPAM / 55MPAM / 62MPAM /
67MPAM / 72MPAM / 77MPAM
Vertical Grip VG-C90AM
Super handling for vertical-format shooting.
Rugged magnesium alloy plus dust and moisture protection.* Holds two InfoLITHIUM ™ batteries with automatic switching.
* Not waterproof or splashproof
Shoulder Strap STP-SB2AM
Made of tough neoprene.
One-touch length adjustment plus detachable connectors.
Grip Belt STP-GB1AM
Simple to adjust, genuine leather belt for a secure, one-hand grip.
Usable with any digital SLR with or without Vertical Grip attached.
Availability depends on areas
Main specifications of
Digital SLR camera for use with interchangeable lenses
Sony lenses, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lenses*
35mm-film format (35.9 x 24.0 mm), Exmor CMOS sensor
Approx. 24.6 megapixels
Approx. 25.7 megapixels
Charge protection coating on low-pass filter, image-sensor shift mechanism
Image quality modes
JPEG (DCF2.0 and Exif 2.21 compliant, DPOF supported), RAW (Sony ARW 2.1 format), RAW + JPEG
<Aspect ratio 3:2>
L size: 6048 x 4032 (24M), M size: 4400 x 2936 (13M), S size: 3024 x 2016 (6.1M)
<Aspect ratio 16:9>
L size: 6048 x 3408 (21M), M size: 4400 x 2472 (11M), S size: 3024 x 1704 (5.2M)
<APS-C size capture>
L size: 3984 x 2656 (11M), M size: 2896 x 1928 (5.6M), S size: 1984 x 1320 (2.6M)
RAW, cRAW (compressed), RAW & JPEG (Fine), cRAW (compressed) & JPEG (Fine),
Extra Fine, Fine, Standard
Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo,
CompactFlash (Type I / Type II, UDMA Mode 5 compliant), Microdrive
Dual slot for Memory Stick Duo / CompactFlash, selectable with Quick Navi or from Setup Menu
Long exposure NR: On/Off selectable, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.
High ISO NR: High / Normal / Low / Off selectable at ISO 1600 or higher sRGB / Adobe RGB selectable from Recording Menu
13 image styles: Standard / Vivid / Neutral / Clear / Deep / Light / Portrait /
Landscape / Sunset / Night View / Autumn Leaves / B&W / Sepia
Adjustable parameter: Contrast / Saturation / Sharpness / Brightness / Zone Matching*
6 settings can be registered. * Saturation cannot be set for B&W and Sepia.
Modes: Off / Standard / Advanced Auto / Advanced (Lv 1 to 5)
DRO Advanced Bracketing: 3 frames, Hi / Lo selectable
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash
Color Temperature (2500 – 9900K) with color filter (19-step magenta / green compensation)
Custom (3 settings can be registered)
White Balance Bracketing: 3 frames, Hi / Lo level selectable
No. of focus points
TTL phase detection system
CCD line sensors
9 points (center dual-cross type) with 10 assist points
EV 0 – 18 (at ISO 100)
Single-shot AF (AF-S), Automatic AF (AF-A), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF),
Manual Focus (MF)
Wide, Spot, Local (9 local focus areas, selectable with multi selector )
AF Micro Adjustment (+/- 20-step increments for up to 30 different lenses), Predictive control,
Focus lock, AF illuminator (LED, Range: approx. 1 – 7 m, Auto / Off selectable)
Type: TTL metering
Cell: 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
Range: EV 0 – 20 (EV 2 – 20 in spot metering mode) (at ISO 100 with F1.4 lens)
Modes: Multi segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Modes: Auto, Program Auto (P, with program shift), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M)
Exposure compensation: +/-3 EV, 0.3 / 0.5 EV steps selectable
Bracketing: 3 / 5 frames selectable, Single or Continuous selectable, 0.3 / 0. 5/ 0.7 / 2.0* EV steps selectable
* 2.0 EV bracketing limited to 3 frames.
ISO 200 – 3200 in 1/3 EV steps (ISO 100 – 6400 can be set as expanded ISO range)
ISO Auto Range: ISO 200 – 1600, ISO 400 – 1600, ISO 400 – 800, ISO 200 – 800,
ISO 200 – 400 selectable
Fixed eye-level, pentaprism
Approx. 98 %
Approx. 0.74 x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m
-3.0 to +1.0 m -1
Approx. 20 mm from the eyepiece (at -1 m -1 )
Spherical acute matte screen (G Type). User-replaceable L type FDA-FL1AM (grid type) and
M type FDA-FM1AM (super-spherical acute matte type) available (both types optional)
AF area, Spot AF area, Spot metering area, Shooting area for aspect ratio 16:9, APS-C size area
Flash compensation, Flash charging, Wireless flash, High-speed sync, Manual focus, Focus signal,
Shutter speed, Aperture, EV scale, AE lock, Shot-remaining counter, Camera shake warning,
SteadyShot scale, Aspect ratio 16:9
Total number of dots
External flash units
3.0-inch type* Xtra Fine LCD * Viewable area, measured diagonally
Adjustable in +/- 5 steps
Intelligent Preview / Optical Preview selectable from menu
Shutter speed, Aperture, Exposure compensation, White balance, ISO sensitivity,
Drive mode, Battery remaining, Remaining number of recordable images, with illumination
Flash sync speed
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
1/8000 to 30 sec., Bulb
1/200 sec. with SteadyShot INSIDE, 1/250 sec. without SteadyShot INSIDE
SteadyShot INSIDE ™ (Image Stabilization)
Image-sensor shift mechanism
SteadyShot scale and camera-shake warning in the viewfinder
Equivalent to approx. 2.5 to 4 steps in shutter speeds
(varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)
system flash units (optional)
ADI, Pre-flash TTL
+/- 3 EV (0.3 / 0.5 EV steps selectable)
Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync, Wireless*, Slow sync, High-speed Sync
* HVL-F58AM, HVL-F56AM, HVL-F42AM, HVL-F36AM supported; As the wireless trigger, either HVL-F58AM or HVL-F20AM is required.
3 / 5 frames, 0.3 / 0.5 / 0.7 / 2.0* EV step selectable
* 2.0 EV bracketing limited to 3 frames.
Built in, adaptable to the sync terminal of the opposite polarity
Continuous shooting speed
No. of frames recordable
Single, Continuous, Self-timer (10 sec. / 2 sec. delay selectable),
Mirror lock up, Remote commander
Approx. 3 frames per sec. (max.)
Standard: 593, Fine: 384, Extra Fine: 34, RAW: 16, cRAW: 18, RAW & JPEG: 12, cRAW & JPEG: 12
Single (with or without shooting information, with 4 previous / following images,
RGB histogram & highlight / shadow warning), 4 / 9 / 25-frame index view, enlarged display modes (max. zoom ratio: L size: 19x, M size: 14x, S size: 9.4x)
Computer interface type
USB2.0 Hi-Speed, Mass Storage (Multi LUN compliant) / PTP / PC Remote Control
NTSC / PAL selectable
HDMI mini connector, 1080i / 720p / SD selectable (optional HDMI cable required)
Supported OS Environments
Windows 2000 Professional SP4 / Windows XP* SP3 / Windows Vista** SP1
* 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) not supported. ** Starter (Edition) not supported.
Wired control: Remote Commander RM-S1AM / RM-L1AM (optional)
Wireless control: with Remote Commander RMT-DSLR1 (optional)
PhotoTV HD supported
Mac OS X (v. 10.1.3 - v. 10.5)
Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, PictBridge
External power source
One Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FM500H
Approx. 880 shots (measured using CIPA standards)
AC Adapter AC-PW10AM (optional) / Charger AC-VQ900AM (optional)
Approx. 156.3 x 116.9 x 81.9 mm (6-1/8 x 4-5/8 x 3-1/4 in.) (excl. protrusions)
Approx. 850 g (1 lb 14 oz) (w/o battery, memory card, accessories)
0 – 40 degrees C (32 – 104 degrees F)
*1 DT lenses are not recommended for use with 35mm full-frame sensors due to their differing image circle size,
which may affect light metering accuracy in certain shooting situations.
Specifications are based on the information available at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.
Number of recordable frames for single media (Aspect ratio 3:2, image size L 24MB / M 13MB / S 6.1MB)
Memory Stick Duo
Extra fine cRAW & JPEG (Fine)
RAW + JPEG (Fine) cRAW
Extra fine cRAW & JPEG (Fine)
RAW + JPEG (Fine) cRAW
* When you shoot with aspect ratio set to [16:9], or with APS/C size Capture function [On], you can record more frames than shown above.
However, when you record an image in RAW format with 16:9 aspect ratio, number of recordable frames is the same as with 3:2 aspect ratio.
* For further detail, please visit our website and go to "Support".
Trademarks & Remarks
* is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
, Bravia , SteadyShot INSIDE, Cyber-shot
, Memory Stick
, Memory Stick PRO
, and MagicGate
, S-Frame , Picture Station
, Memory Stick Duo
, Memory Stick PRO Duo
are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.
* PLAYSTATION is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
* Blu-ray Disc and
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* Macintosh, Mac OS, and Power Mac are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
* HDMI, HDMI logo, and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
* Intel, Intel Core, MMX, and Pentium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.
* CompactFlash is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation.
* Microdrive is a registered trademark of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies in the United States and/or other countries.
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* All other company and product names mentioned herein are used for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
is a lithium battery pack which can exchange data with compatible electronic equipment about its energy consumption.
Sony recommends that you use the battery back with electronic equipment bearing the mark.
Screen displays are simulated.
Printed in Japan
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