Digital SLR cameras DSLR
Digital SLR cameras
12.3-megapixel* imaging
with Quick AF Live View
DSLR-A500Y(JE)
W zoom lens Kit
Kit lens:DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM
* Effective megapixels (approx.)
A significant step up in camera performance,
a major advance in image quality
With
500 and SAL1855 (DT18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM), 1/8 sec., F11, ISO 200, Daylight white balance
A synergy of proprietary Sony technologies that
takes photorealistic imaging to the next dimension
New low-noise Exmor™ image sensor designed
for richer, clearer color and finer image detail
The low-light advantages of noise reduction —
less noise means more shooting possibilities
The 500 is prime example of the superior performance
offered by Image3, the triumvirate of exclusive lens, sensor,
and image processor technologies that has earned Sony
a worldwide reputation for true-to-life imaging excellence.
Taking these proven technologies a step further, 500
utilizes a new image sensor design and improved image
processing algorithms to help prevent noise at the source,
and assure blazingly fast capture speed. So you can
enjoy realistic, true-to-life imaging and responsive
shooting that let you take your photographic creativity to
the next level.
The Exmor CMOS image sensors in 500 features a new
design that minimizes noise at the source, on a photocellby-photocell basis. In addition, dual noise reduction is
applied before and after analog-to-digital conversion to
ensure the cleanest possible signal output.
The 500's improved noise reduction does more than just
help you take more beautiful photos. It also allows you to
take more of them — in situations you never could before.
Because more effective noise reduction means you can
capture clean, clear images at higher ISO settings. So you
can get super-sharp detail and realistic color even in dim
light that would normally require you to use a tripod or
flash. In fact, with an Auto ISO range of ISO 200 to ISO
1600, and a user-selectable ISO range of ISO 200 to ISO
12800, the 500 even makes it possible to shoot
handheld photos by candlelight.
Image processor
Image sensor
Lens
2
3
12.3-megapixel
500 image sensor
ISO 1600
ISO 6400
Fast, powerful new BIONZ™ engine for high-speed
image processing and true-to-life photorealism
Proprietary new Sony algorithms significantly boost the
BIONZ engine's processing speed and power, assuring
improved color balance and tonal detail, more responsive performance, and greatly reduced noise overall.
ISO 12800
SteadyShot INSIDE™ image stabilization —
another powerful ally for low-light shooting
In addition to greatly improved noise reduction, the 500
shares another built-in advantage for low light shooting:
body-integrated SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization. It
works with any system lens, and enables you to take
beautiful photos at shutter speeds up to 4 steps slower than
would otherwise be possible.
Sony Image3 system technology integration
*S
Stabilization effect varies according to lens
a
and shooting conditions.
Advanced technology for imaging that rivals
the tonal range of human vision
With
New Auto HDR lets you capture images of
amazing beauty and supernatural realism
4
5
Perfect for sunsets, backlit cityscapes, and other
dramatically illuminated subjects that contain
extremes of light and shadow, high dynamic range
(HDR) photography is a method of capturing and
reproducing an exceptionally wide range of shadow
and highlight detail in a scene. In the past, you had
to shoot with the camera on a tripod and use fancy
post-processing techniques to create a high-quality
HDR photo. But not any more. Because now, with the
500's new Auto HDR function, the camera does it for you
automatically. It works by taking two exposures in rapid
succession; one set to capture shadow detail, the other
set to capture highlight detail. The two exposures are then
digitally combined into a single image using proprietary
Sony algorithms to ensure optimum alignment and
wide-ranging tonal expression. What's more, the difference
between the two exposures can be set anywhere
between 1EV and 3EV, in 0.5EV increments. So you can
control the level of the HDR effect, and preserve your most
precious memories in breathtakingly beautiful photos,
supernaturally rich in color and image detail.
D-Range Optimizer for naturally balanced
exposures in virtually any shooting situation
Auto HDR OFF
Darker
Brighter
Auto HDR ON
Highlights captured
Shadows captured
B
A
500 and SAL1118 (DT 11-18mm F4.5-5.6 SAM), 1/6 sec., F8, ISO 200, Auto white balance, HDR (3.0 EV)
B
A
The D-Range Optimizer function differs from Auto HDR in
that it works equally well with moving and stationary subjects, and can capture a natural level of shadow and highlight detail that more realistically represents the tonal range
of human vision. Ideal for portraits and active subjects such
as children and pets, it uses proprietary Sony technology in
the newly developed BIONZ engine to optimize images in
real time, making it possible to use the D-Range Optimizer
even during continuous shooting. Settings include Auto,
which automatically optimizes images based on an areaby-area analysis of the scene, and level, which allows the
user to choose from 5 levels of optimization.
D-Range Optimizer
Off
Auto
LV1
LV5
* Optimization effectiveness varies according to shooting conditions.
Creative Style settings — the easy way
to make your artistic dreams come true
B
A
B
A
Final image with
optimum shadow/highlight detail
*Auto HDR available only in P/A/S/M modes; disabled when RAW or RAW+JPEG
image file format is selected.
B
A
B
A
LV2
LV3
LV4
Creative Style settings make it easy to adjust images to
suit your preference or artistic goals. Six pre-optimized
image styles are provided, all of which can be fine-tuned
to help you get the precise results you want.
Express yourself with image styles
Standard
Rich tonal gradation and color; ideal for a wide range of subjects
Vivid
Heightened contrast and saturation; ideal for flowers,
foliage and sky/ocean views
Portrait
For images with rich, natural skin tones; ideal for portraits
Landscape
Heightened contrast, saturation, and sharpness; ideal for scenic views
Sunset
Saturated reds for warm, beautiful images of the setting sun
B/W
For black and white images
Standard
Vivid
Landscape
B/W
Unleash your creativity with freestyle
live view shooting and SLR-class performance
Face detection for fast, accurate focusing
and beautiful, true-to-life portrait photos
Improved AF tracking for superior results
when photographing moving subjects
The 500's evolved new Quick AF Live View also
incorporates face detection, another technology with
wide-ranging benefits. Capable of detecting up to eight
faces, it uses fast, accurate phase-detection autofocusing to help you capture even the most fleeting expressions, and automatically optimizes exposure, white
balance, flash control, D-Range Optimizer, and other settings to assure truly professional-looking portrait photos,
with rich, natural skin tone and color.
Quick AF Live View's fast, accurate AF tracking also gets
a performance boost from our proprietary face-detection
technology, enhancing autofocusing accuracy by enabling the camera's nine AF sensors to instantly zero in on
the main subject. Backed by the dual combination of
SLR-class phase-detection autofocusing and a powerful
new BIONZ image processor, Quick AF Live View makes
it easier than ever to get beautiful results when you're
shooting moving subjects.
For more beautiful portraits
Without face detection
With face detection
Accessories for every lifestyle
Built-in Flash
Uncompromising SLR performance, with fullfeatured live view for full-time shooting ease
A user interface so intuitive and easy
to understand, it's a pleasure to use
Contrary to what many people think, live view shooting
with an SLR camera doesn't mean you have to compromise. Not with the 500. Because unlike most digital
SLRs, it lets you enjoy the blazingly fast response of phasedetection autofocusing even in live view. With advanced
functions like face detection and high-precision Manual
Focus Check Live View, plus a high-contrast, tiltable, 3-inch
LCD monitor, 500 makes full-time live view shooting a
mainstream option for digital SLR photography.
A new on-screen user interface provides easy access to
advanced functions and settings even during live view
operation. A quick press of the Function (Fn) button displays translucent icons at the sides of the screen that
can be selected using the control dial and/or controller
keys. Help Guide information and shooting tips are also
displayed to assist you in getting the precise results you
want. In addition, our exclusive shooting parameter
Graphic Display enables you to intuitively understand
the effect that shutter speed and aperture adjustments
will have on your final image.
90°
(Bounce flash enables
shadowless indirect lighting)
External Flash
External Flash
HVL-F42AM(JE)
HVL-F20AM(JE)
Optimized for digital imaging with auto white balance
adjustment, high-speed syncro, wireless capability, and a
variable-angle head. Guide number 42 (105mm, ISO 100m)
A sleek, stylish, and exceptionally easy-to-use external flash that lets
you bounce light off the ceiling when shooting indoors.
Guide number 20 (50mm, ISO100m)
Black(BC)
Removable rain jacket
inside
Soft Carrying Case
Soft Carrying Case
LCS-AMSC30(JE)
LCS-AMA(JE)
A stylish and compact case with front, rear,
and side pockets.easily store your camera
body, two lenses and a flash or a grip
Dimensions (W x H x D): approx. 320 x 270 x
180mm
Mass: approx. 500g
Keep your camera and lenses safe from
bumps and scratches. Feature
compartments for your camera, lenses,
flash, flash adapter and battery pack
Dimensions (W x H x D): approx.430 x 260 x
180mm
Mass: approx.1.2kg
Keep your camera and accessories
together while protecting it from dust and
scratches.
Dimensions (W x H x D): approx.185 x 260 x
130mm
Mass: approx.250g
Rechargeable Battery Pack for
Shoulder Strap
LCD Protect Cover for
NP-FM500H(JE)
STP-SB1AM B(JE)
PCK-LH6AM(JE)
A powerful, high-capacity lithium-ion battery
pack with output optimized for high-speed
operation and extended shooting stamina.
Use the stabilizing tension of this neoprene
shoulder strap to steady your aim and take
better pictures with your DSLR camera.
Extra protection from dirt and scratching.
Fits both variable-angle and fixed-position
LCD monitors.
Soft Carrying Case
LCS-SC5(JE)
90°
External Flash
Cinnaber(DC)
6
7
Function selection via controller
Function selection via control dial
Black(B)
Help Guide
Graphic Display
500
500
Main specifications
Camera type
Lens compatibility
Sensor type
Effective pixels
Image sensor
Total pixels
Anti-Dust system
Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and interchangeable lenses
Sony Lenses * Operation also confirmed with Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lenses
APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6 mm) CMOS sensor Exmor with RGB primary color filters
Approx. 12.3 megapixels
Approx. 12.9 megapixels
Charge protection coating on low-pass filter and image-sensor shift mechanism
JPEG (DCF v. 2.0 and Exif v. 2.21, MPF Baseline compliant), DPOF compatible, RAW
Recording format
(Sony ARW 2.1 format), RAW + JPEG
<Aspect ratio 3:2>
L size: 4272 x 2848 (12M), M size: 3104 x 2072 (6.4M), S size: 2128 x 1416 (3.0M)
Image size
<Aspect ratio 16:9>
L size: 4272 x 2400 (10M), M size: 3104 x 1744 (5.4M), S size: 2188 x 1192 (2.5M)
Image quality modes RAW*, RAW* + JPEG, Fine, Standard * Recorded in RAW format
Media
Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo / SD memory card / SDHC memory card
Recording
Long exposure NR: On / off selectable, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.
Noise reduction
High ISO NR: High / Normal selectable, available at ISO 1600 or higher
Color space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Creative Style: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W. (Contrast, Saturation,
Sharpness adjustable in +/-3 steps)
Other features
Dynamic Range functions: Off, D-Range Optimizer (Auto, Lv 1 - 5)
Auto HDR (Auto Exposure Difference, Adjustable exposure difference level: up to 3 EV
between 1.0 - 3.0 EV in 0.5 EV steps)
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom (color
Modes
White balance
temperature / color filter)
Bracketing
3 exposures, Hi / Lo level selectable
Type
TTL phase detection system
Sensor
CCD line sensors
No. of focus point
9 points
Focus control Sensitivity range
EV 0 - 18 (ISO 100 equivalent)
Modes
AF/ MF selectable. AF modes: Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF
Focus area
Wide, Spot, Local (9 local areas selectable)
Features
Predictive control, Focus lock, Eye-start AF, AF illuminator (built-in, flash range: approx. 1 - 5 m)
Type: TTL metering
Sensor: 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
Sensitivity range: EV 2 - 20 (EV 4 - 20 in spot metering mode) (at ISO 100 equivalent
Metering
with F1.4 lens)
Modes: Multi segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Modes: Program AE (AUTO, AUTO - Flash Off, P), Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority,
Exposure
Manual, Scene selection
control
Scene Selection: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night portrait / Night view
Exposure compensation: +/-2 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
Exposure
Bracketing: 3 continuous exposures, in 0.3 / 0.7 EV steps
ISO sensitivity range: AUTO (1SO 200 - 1600), ISO 200 to 12800 selectable (in 1 EV
steps, Recommended Exposure Index)
Type
Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror
Coverage
95%
Magnification
0.80x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 )
Viewfinder
Diopter adjustment -2.5 to +1.0 m-1
Eye point
Approx. 19 mm from the eyepiece lens, 15 mm from the eyepiece frame
Screen
Spherical Acute Matte
Type
3.0-inch* type, TFT (Clear Photo LCD Plus) * Viewable area measured diagonally
Total number of dots 230,400 dots
LCD monitor
Brightness adjustment Auto Brightness Control (auto setting in 2 steps), manual setting in 5 steps
Adjustable angle
Up / down by 90 degrees (from the camera back)
Type
Live view with the dedicated image sensor (pentamirror tilt system)
Image sensor
Dedicated to live view
Metering
1200-zone evaluative metering
Sensitivity range
EV 1 - 17 (in all metering modes, at ISO 100 conversion with F1.4 lens)
Quick AF Live
Coverage
90%
View
Histogram display, real-time image-adjustment display (exposure compensation, white
Display
balance, Sunset / B&W in Creative Style)
Face detection (up to 8 faces detectable automatically), Smile Shutter (selectable from
Other features
3 levels), Smart Teleconverter (x1.4 / x2.0 selectable)
Type
Image sensor
System
Safety Cautions
Free Dial 0120-777-886
( Toll-free number available only in Japan.)
phone callers please dial 0466-31-2546.
available
Mon. to Fri.
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Sun. and Holidays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Come see the Showroom to find wide range of Sony products and selected
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Showroom
Display
Shutter
SteadyShot
INSIDE™
(Image
Stabilization)
Built-in flash
Other features
Type
Speed range
Flash sync speed
Type
Indication
Compensation effect
Pop up
Guide number
Flash coverage
Control
Flash compensation
Modes
Drive
Flash bracketing
Recycling time
Modes
Continuous shooting
speed (approx.)
No. of frames
recordable (approx.)
Playback
Modes
Interface
PC interface
HDMI output
Supported OS Windows
environment
Macintosh
Print
Compatible standards
Power source
Battery performance
Power
External power source
Dimension (WxHxD)
Others
Weight
Operating temperature
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 (Memory Stick Pro Duo)
500 (Image size L 12M, aspect ratio 3:2)
Media capacity
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB
Standard
242
512
1015
2039
4136
Fine
174
368
730
1467
2975
RAW + JPEG
49
105
210
423
860
RAW
70
149
296
596
1210
When aspect ratio is set to [16:9], you can record more images than the numbers shown in the table
above. However, if it is set to [RAW], the number is the same as that of the [3:2] aspect ratio.
To ensure correct use of this product, read the “Instruction Manual” prior to use. Failure to follow all safeguards can result in fire,
electric shock, or other accidents. Do not use headphones while driving and cycling, etc.
•Sony Headquarters
•Sony Marketing (Japan) Inc.
10-18 Takanawa 4-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0074
•Sony Customer Information Center Japan
◎ For information about how to purchase or use our
products, and for other assistance, please call our
Customer Hotline.
Sony Showroom
Sony Building / Sukiyabashi,
Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Metering method
MF Check Live
Coverage
View
Live view with CMOS sensor Exmor
CMOS sensor Exmor
Varies according to shooting mode in use at the time of activation (live view or optical
viewfinder)
100%
Real-time image-adjustment display (white balance, sunset / B&W of Creative Style,
exposure compensation*) *Available only during AE lock
Enlarged display (x7.0 / x14.0), Grid line display (on / off selectable)
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
1/4000 to 30 sec., Bulb
1/160 sec.
Image-sensor shift mechanism
SteadyShot INSIDE scale and camera-shake warning (indicated on LCD monitor in live
view mode)
Equivalent to approx. 2.5 to 4 steps in shutter speeds * Varies according to shooting
conditions and lens used
Auto
12 (in meters measured at ISO 100 equivalent )
18 mm (focal length printed on the lens body)
ADI, Pre-flash TTL (automatic switching)
+/- 2 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
Flash-off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow sync, Rear sync, Wireless*, Hi-speed sync* * With
External Flash HVL-F58AM, HVL-F56AM, HVL-F42AM, HVL-F36AM
3 exposures in 0.3 / 0.7 EV steps
Approx. 4 sec.
Single, Continuous, Speed-priority Continuous, Self-timer (10 / 2 sec. delay selectable)
Max. 5 fps with viewfinder, max. 4 fps in live view mode
* Varies according to shooting conditions and memory card used
Fine: 12 images, Standard: 58 images, RAW: 6 images, RAW+JPEG: 3 images
* Varies according to shooting conditions and memory card used
Single (with or without shooting information, RGB histogram & highlight / shadow
warning), 4 / 9-frame index view, enlarged display mode (max. zoom - L size: x13.4,
M size: x10.1, S size: x6.7), Image orientation, Slideshow
USB2.0 Hi-Speed (mass storage, PTP)
HDMI mini connector (Type C), BRAVIA Sync (Sync menu), PhotoTV HD supported
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / Windows XP* SP3 / Windows Vista SP2**
* 64-bit editions and Starter Edition are not supported. ** Starter Edition is not supported.
Mac OS X (v. 10.3, v. 10.4, v. 10.5)
Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, PictBridge
One Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FM500H * NP-FM55H for DSLR-A100 is not usable.
Approx. 1000 shots with viewfinder, approx. 520 shots in live view mode (CIPA standard)
AC Adaptor/Charger AC-VQ900AM, AC Adaptor AC-PW10AM (both sold separately)
Approx. 137 x 104 x 84 mm (5-1/2 x 4-1/8 x 3-3/8 in.) (excl. protrusions)
Approx. 597 g (1 lb 5.1 oz) (w/o battery, memory card, accessories)
0 - 40°C (32 - 104°F)
Trademarks & Remarks
* “SONY” and “make.believe” are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
* is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
* BIONZ
, SteadyShot INSIDE, InfoLITHIUM
, Memory Stick
,
Memory Stick PRO Duo
,and
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
are trademarks or registered trademarks
of Sony Corporation.
* HDMI, HDMI logo, and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered
trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
are trademarks.
* SD, SDHC and
* 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.
* InfoLITHIUM
is a lithium battery pack which can exchange data with compatible
electronic equipment about its energy consumption.
Sony recommends that you use the battery pack with electronic equipment bearing the
mark.
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Screen displays are simulated.
The camera shown in this catalog is the 500.
Home Page sony.jp/overseas/
Contents of this catalog are valid as of October 2009
CXKP Printed in Japan (84946010)
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