Sony alpha 700 User's Manual

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White Balance


Colour temperature

White balance bracketing

Super SteadyShot





Field of view


Eye relief

Diopter adjustment


Focusing screen

Auto Focus System



No. of focus point

Sensitivity range

Focus mode

Main specifi cations of


Camera type

Lens mount

Lens compatibility

Image Capture

Image sensor type

Image sensor size

Total pixel number

Effective pixel number

Anti-Dust system

Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and interchangeable lenses

Sony mount; compatible with Konica Minolta A-type bayonet mount

All Sony lenses and Konica Minolta / MAXXUM / DYNAX lens

Exmor TM CMOS sensor

23.5 x 15.6 mm (APS-C type)

Approx. 13,053,000 pixels

Approx. 12,246,000 pixels

Charge protection coating on low pass filter and image-sensor shift mechanism




File system

Image format

Image size

Color space

Noise reduction

Memory Stick: Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo,

Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

CompactFlash card: Type I, Type II (UDMA / Microdrive)

Dual slot for Memory Stick Duo / CompactFlash

FAT 12, 16, 32

JPEG, RAW (ARW 2.0 format), RAW + JPEG

RAW: 4288 x 2856, L (12M, 3:2); 4272 x 2848,

M (6.4M, 3:2): 3104 x 2064, S (3.0M, 3:2): 2128 x 1424,

L (10M, 16:9); 4272 x 2400, M (5.4M, 16:9): 3104 x 1744,

S (2.6M, 16:9): 2128 x 1200 sRGB, Adobe RGB

Long Exp. NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.

High ISO NR: High / Normal / Low, available at ISO 1600 or higher

Creative Style

Base Styles: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Adobe RGB

User setting registration: 3 style boxes; Standard, Vivid, Neutral,

Adobe RGB, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night view,

Autumn leaves, B/W, Sepia

Adjustable Items: Contrast (-3 to +3 steps),

Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps),

Brightness (-3 to +3 steps), Zone Matching (-1 to +2 steps)

D-Range Optimiser

Mode: Off, Standard / Advanced: Auto / Advanced: Level

Advanced Level setting: 5 levels

DRO advanced bracketing: 3 frames, H/L selectable

Focus area

Eye-Start AF system

AF illuminator

Auto Exposure System

Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash

Colour Temperature / Colour filter, Custom

2500 - 9900 k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation

3 frames, H/L selectable

Image-sensor shift mechanism

Approx. 2.5 EV - 4 EV decrease in shutter speed

(varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)

Fixed eye-level system with optical glass type pentaprism


0.9 x, with 50mm lens at infinity

Approx. 25 mm from the eyepiece,

Approx. 21 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter

-3.0 to +1.0 m-1

Quick return mirror

Spherical Acute Matte

(TTL) phase-detection system

CCD line sensors

11 points

0 EV to +18 EV (at ISO 100 equivalent)

Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF,

Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus

Wide focus area (Auto,11 areas), Spot focus area,

Local focus area (11 local areas, selection with the multi-selector)

On/Off selectable

Type: built -in, LED

Range: approx. 1 m - 7 m

Light metering

Exposure setting

Exposure compensation

AE bracketing

ISO sensitivity (REI)

ISO range

ISO steps

Type: TTL metering

Cell: 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC

Range: 0 EV to 20 EV (+2 EV to +20 EV with Spot metering)

(at ISO 100 equivalent with F1.4 lens)

Mode: Multi segment, Spot, Centre weighted

Auto, Program AUTO (with Program Shift), Shutter priority,

Aperture priority, Manual , Scene selection (Portrait, Landscape, Macro,

Sports action, Sunset, Night view/portrait)

+/-3.0 EV, 0.3 EV / 0.5 EV steps selectable

Bracket: Cont. / Bracket: Single, with 0.3 / 0.5 / 0.7 EV increments,

3/5 frames selectable

AUTO: ISO 200 - 1600 (lower limit / upper limit selectable)

ISO 100 - 3200 equivalent

(Up to ISO 6400 can be set as expanded ISO range.)

1/3 EV step


Built-in flash system

Flash metering system

Flash mode

Flash compensation

Flash bracketing

External flash

Manual popup; approx. GN 12 (in metres at ISO 100); coverage of up to 16 mm (in the focal length); approx. 3 sec. recycling time; flash-ready indicator

ADI flash / Pre-flash TTL / Manual flash

Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync, Slow sync, Manual flash,

Red-eye reduction, High speed sync (with external flash)

+/- 3.0 EV (0.3 / 0.5 EV steps selectable)

3/5 frames, 0.3 / 0.5 / 0.7 EV steps selectable

Sony System Flash

Wireless control: available



Speed range

Flash sync speed


Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type

1/8000 sec. - 30 sec., bulb

1/250 sec. (Super SteadyShot off), 1/200 sec. (Super SteadyShot on)

Drive mode

Continuous advance rate

Single-frame advance, Continuous advance (H/L selectable),

Self-timer (10 sec. / 2 sec. delay, with mirror-up function)

Hi: approx. 5 fps max., Lo: approx. 3 fps

No. of frames recordable w/ continuous advance

RAW: 18, cRAW (compressed): 25, RAW+JPEG: 12, cRAW+JPEG: 12,

L/Fine JPEG (Extra fine): 16, JPEG (Standard/Fine): until memory card is full (with 4GB memory card capacity) Performance depends upon memory card utilised

Camera Function

Depth-of-field preview

Auto review

LCD Monitor

LCD screen size

Total number of dots

Field of view

LCD brightness setting


Print function


Yes (by pressing Depth-of-field preview button)

10 sec. / 5 sec. / 2 sec. / Off selectable

7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT

921,600 (640 x 3 (RGB) x 480) dots


+/-5 steps

Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, PictBridge, DPOF setting



Sync. terminal

Video Out

Remote Control



PC control


HDMI type C minijack

1920 x1080i 59.94/50 Hz, 1280 x 720p 59.94/50Hz,

720 x 480p 59.94 Hz, 720 x 576p 50 Hz

USB2.0 (Hi-Speed), USB Connecting (Mass Storage, PTP, Multi LUN)

Adaptable to the sync. terminal of the opposite polarity

NTSC / PAL selectable (in Menu)

With optional RM-S1AM or RM-L1AM


Image data transfer and camera control with supplied software

Power source

Battery charger

Battery life

Power saving mode


Dimensions (WxHxD)

Battery: Solely with the Rechargeable Battery Back NP-FM500H (7.2 V )

AC adapter: AC-VQ900AM (optional) (7.6 V)


Approx. 650 shots (CIPA measurement)

Shut down after 1 / 3 / 5 / 10 / 30 min

Approx. 141.7 x 104.8 x 79.7 mm (excl. protrusions)

Specifications are based on the information at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.

Trademarks & Remarks

* is a trademark of Sony Corporation.

* Exmor

Memory Stick

, Bionz , Bravia

, Memory Stick PRO

Memory Stick PRO Duo

Cyber-shot , HANDYCAM

, Super SteadyShot, InfoLITHIUM

, Memory Stick Duo

, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

, and Magic Gate registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Corporation.





* Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista DirectX are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft

Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

* Macintosh, Mac OS, iMac, iBook, PowerBook, and Power Mac, and eMac are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

* HDMI, HDMI logo, and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are registered trademarks or trademarks of HDMI

Licensing LLC.

* Intel, Intel Core, MMX, and Pentium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.

* CompactFlash is a registered trademark of SanDisk Corporation in the United States and /or other countries.

* Microdrive is a registered trademark of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies in the United States and/or other countries.

* Adobe is a registered trademark or a trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

* D-Range Optimizer Advanced uses technology provided by Apical Limited.

* All other company and product names mentioned herein are used for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

* The 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 that has the mark.

Sublime image quality

New Sony-developed 12.24 effective megapixel Exmor


CMOS sensor

Advanced BIONZ


image processing engine

Super SteadyShot


optical image stabilisation effective with all lenses

Sensational viewing

HDMI output with Photo TV HD for high quality playback on new series

BRAVIA Full HD televisions

Large 3-inch 921,000 dot Xtra Fine LCD screen

Tough, responsive and beautifully easy to use

Fast, accurate 11-point centre dual-cross autofocus

Up to 5 fps continuous shooting

Intuitive Quick Navi function for convenient, easy operation

Rugged dust- and moisture-resistant* magnesium alloy body

*Not waterproof or splashproof.

Breathtaking quality from capture to playback

Sublime image quality

Revolutionary 12.24 megapixel

Sony Exmor


CMOS sensor

Advanced new BIONZ ™ image processing engine


70 - 200mm F2.8G (SAL70200G), M mode, 1/800 sec., F4, ISO 200, White balance: Custom

35mm F1.4 (SAL35F14), M mode,

1/320 sec., F4, ISO 200,

White balance: Custom

New on-chip column A/D conversion and dual noise reduction

Developed by Sony, the all-new Exmor™ CMOS sensor realises the full creative potential of the lens range. The extremely high resolution of 12.24 effective megapixels ensures images that are rich in highlight and shadow detail. Proprietary

Sony noise reduction technologies are applied both before and after analogueto-digital conversion. Since conversion and noise reduction takes place on the

Exmor™ CMOS sensor itself, output signals are exceptionally clean, even at sensitivity settings as high as ISO 3200. In addition, a 3-layer low pass fi lter preserves high-resolution detail while suppressing moiré effects and colour artifacts.

The Exmor™ CMOS sensor and BIONZ™ image processor work together, reducing noise and ensuring crisp, accurate reproduction of details captured by the lens.

Another step forward in the evolution of image quality

The new BIONZ™ image processing engine inside the uses advanced Sony technology to capture colours with even richer texture and depth – just as the human eye perceives them. The BIONZ™ engine receives a clean digital signal from the Exmor™ CMOS sensor’s on-chip circuitry that suppresses noise from the outset, processing massive amounts of data from the sensor with lightning speed.

Signals are then refi ned even further by screening out noise during RAW data conversion and image processing. This ensures faithful reproduction of the full range of detail, contrast and colour that’s captured by every lens.



Sublime image quality

Advanced noise reduction for clearer images

ISO 400 ISO 800

ISO 1600 ISO 3200

50mm F1.4 (SAL50F14), M mode, 1/160 sec., F5.6, ISO 100, White balance: Custom



multi-stage noise reduction

The uses advanced technologies at every stage of image acquisition and processing to reduce electrical signal noise that can degrade image quality, especially with long exposures or at high ISO sensitivity settings. During shooting, the Exmor™ CMOS sensor’s on-chip circuitry suppresses noise both before and after analogue-to-digital signal conversion.

Within the BIONZ™ image processing engine, noise reduction is also applied during both RAW data conversion and image processing to ensure an absolute minimum of noise in the fi nal image data.

In addition, high ISO noise reduction is automatically applied when shooting at ISO 1600 or more.

A clearer picture with Super SteadyShot ® Inside

Sensitivity is selectable from

ISO 100 to 3200. ISO 6400 is also available in expanded mode.

High ISO noise reduction


At settings of ISO 1600 or higher, High

ISO noise reduction is automatically activated to reduce image noise.

Reduction level can be selected from High, Normal or Low.

Vario-Sonnar ® T* DT16 -80mm F3.5 - 4.5 ZA (SAL16 80Z), M mode, 1/8 sec., F4, ISO 200, White balance: Custom

Improved body-integrated image stabilisation that works with any lens

The incorporates an improved version of the

Super SteadyShot optical image stabilisation system to reduce blurring caused by camera shake. Unlike lens-based systems, Super SteadyShot is built into the camera body. It works by shifting the image sensor, providing protection against blurring that works with any lens. What’s more, the enhanced system’s more effective stabilisation now enables shooting at shutter speeds from 2.5 to 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible – so even shots that would normally require the use of a tripod or fl ash can be taken handheld.

Comparison of body-integrated image stabilisation effect

Since Super SteadyShot ® stabilisation takes place inside the camera body, it provides effective image stabilisation with any or compatible A-mount Dynax/Maxxum lens.

Body-integrated image stabilisation unit Super SteadyShot OFF Super SteadyShot ON


Superb response

Faster, more precise 11- point autofocus system


100mm F2.8 Macro (SAL100M28), A mode, F4.5 (1/10 sec,), +1.0EV, ISO 100, White balance: Daylight

Improved accuracy with moving subjects and large-aperture lenses

The new Sony-developed centre dual cross 11-point AF sensor system signifi cantly boosts autofocus accuracy and speed to ensure fewer missed shots. The 11-point layout allows great freedom in framing subjects, while the system’s quick response heightens accuracy when shooting moving subjects. In addition to the dual cross sensor, a dedicated new sensor signifi cantly boosts focusing precision when shooting at apertures of F2.8 or wider.

AF sensor layout

The 11-point layout makes it easy to focus on the subject’s eyes when taking vertically oriented portrait photos. It also provides excellent coverage for quick, precise focus with moving subjects.

AF sensor

AF sensor for F2.8 aperture or larger

Focusing options to suit your shooting style

New AF/MF button for easy focus mode switching

The key to easy, responsive focusing is the ability to switch seamlessly between auto (AF) and manual

(MF) operation. The features a focus drive clutch mechanism that allows rapid switching between focus modes simply by pressing the new AF/MF button on the back of the camera. Operation is intuitive: there’s no need to alter your grip or take your eye from the viewfi nder. A dial on the front of the camera body gives easy access to four focusing modes: Manual

Focus (MF), Single AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), and an Auto AF (AF-A) mode that automatically switches from single AF to continuous AF when the system detects that a subject is moving. Combining

AF/MF button switching with your preferred highspeed, high-precision AF mode ensures accurate and responsive focusing in virtually any situation.

AF/MF button and focus clutch mechanism

AF motor

Timing belt

Clutch gear

AF drive coupler

AF in autofocus modes

Charging motor

MF in manual focus mode

Cam gear

4 Focus Modes

S: Single AF

A: Auto AF

C: Continuous AF

M: Manual focus

Clutch gear

When the AF/MF button is pressed, it switches focus modes by toggling the position of the focus clutch. The button can be customised to switch focus modes each time the button is pressed, or to switch modes only while the button is pressed.

The AF illuminator on the front of the camera has a range of up to 7 metres, providing supplementary illumination for accurate autofocusing when ambient light or subject contrast is low.



AF activation

Autofocus is normally activated in a digital SLR camera by pressing the shutter button half-way down.

However the Sony Eye-Start ® system automatically activates AF as soon as the viewfi nder is raised to your eye. This means you’re ready to start shooting sooner… and capitalise on every photo opportunity.

Eye-Start ® eyepiece sensor AF illuminator

Bright, clear viewfi nder for easy focusing

The bright, clear viewfi nder features a precisionground optical glass pentaprism and a high refractive index eyepiece lens, treated with an anti-refl ective coating to help prevent ghosting. Exclusive to Sony, the spherical acute matte focusing screen ensures high viewfi nder brightness: it also aids manual focusing by making it easy to identify the correct focus point. Optical glass pentaprism

Spherical acute matte


Superb response

Full-resolution continuous shooting at 5 fps

Vario-Sonnar ® T* DT16 -80mm F3.5 - 4.5 ZA (SAL16 80Z), M mode, 1/1000 sec., F8, ISO 400, White balance: Daylight

(to be updated if use new images ffor 5fps)

Drive modes available

Continuous advance (Hi 5 fps /Lo 3 fps),

Single-frame advance, Self-timer (with

10 sec./2 sec. delay), and Bracket

(continuous or single exposure bracket, white balance bracket, and DRO advanced bracket).


High-speed, high-capacity continuous shooting

Thanks to the incredibly fast new BIONZ TM engine, high-speed shutter, high-power coreless motor, and optimised processing sequence control, the can capture full-resolution 12.24 effective megapixel images at speeds of up to 5 fps even in RAW + JPEG format. A lower-speed 3 fps setting is also selectable. Continuous shooting of L-size images is possible up to the limit of available memory in JPEG Fine and Standard image quality modes.

Continuous shooting capacity



Extra fine


18 frames

25 frames

12 frames

12 frames

16 frames

Until memory card is full

* Number of recordable frames varies according to the type of memory media used, shooting conditions and other factors.

* cRAW data is RAW data compressed by approximately 30%.

Ultra-responsive performance

Dual media card slots

For maximum convenience and fl exibility, the and MemoryStick ® recording media.*

accepts both CompactFlash

*Accepts high-speed MemoryStick Pro Duo HG, as well as MemoryStick Duo and Duo Pro media.


Memory media capacity

Recording Mode

Standard (JPEG)

Fine (JPEG)

Extra fine (JPEG) cRAW + JPEG




MemoryStick Duo


MemoryStick Duo


MemoryStick Duo


MemoryStick Duo


MemoryStick Duo


MemoryStick Duo


MemoryStick Duo


L (12MB)















No. of Images on a 1 GB Card

3:2 Aspect Ratio 16:9 Aspect Ratio

M (6.4MB) S (3.0MB)





















L (10MB)















M (5.4MB)











S (2.6MB)











* cRAW data is RAW data compressed by approximately 30%

MemoryStick PRO-HG Duo TM



Three high-precision metering modes

The is equipped with a 40-segment, honeycomb-pattern metering sensor that uses advanced new algorithms to ensure balanced exposures under a wide range of lighting conditions.

Users can select multi-segment metering, centreweighted metering, or spot metering via a 3-way metering mode switch that’s conveniently positioned on the back of the camera for instant access.

Quick-response coreless motor and dual mirror stoppers

A high-power coreless motor drives the high-speed shutter and mirror that have been developed to enable 5 fps continuous shooting. In addition, a primary stopper and a secondary rebound stopper prevent mirror bounce that can slow high-speed operation.

Centre-weighted metering

Spot metering

40-segment honeycombpattern metering


Expanded creativity

D-Range Optimiser for superior exposure balance Creativity with absolute control

Fine-adjust the selected

Creative Style

Standard mode

D-Range Optimiser off

DT11-18mm F4.5 - 5.6 (SAL1118),

A mode, F8 (1/200 sec.), +0.3EV,

ISO 200, White balance: Custom

Optimum exposure and contrast in backlit situations

The enhanced D-Range Optimiser takes full advantage of the Exmor TM CMOS sensor’s wide dynamic range, obtaining richer shadow and highlight detail in backlit scenes. In Standard mode, it assures more natural exposure balance by optimising brightness and contrast for the image overall. In Advanced mode, it analyses each area of the composition separately and offers fi ve optimisation levels for fi ner control. There’s also a new

D-Range Optimiser bracketing function for convenient best-shot selection.

In addition, D-Range Optimiser postprocessing can be applied to RAW fi les using supplied Image Data Converter

SR software.

D-Range Optimiser bracketing

Advanced Auto mode

Lv3 Lv5

Advanced: Level (Lv5)

Advanced mode creativity

Creative use of the D-Range

Optimiser’s advanced mode enables you to achieve the results you want even in difficult backlit shooting situations.

*D-Range Optimiser Advanced uses technology provided by Apical Limited



Creative style: Landscape

DT11 - 18mm F4.5 - 5.6 (SAL1118)

Creative style: B/W

Vario-Sonnar ® T* DT16 - 80mm F3.5 - 4.5 ZA (SAL1680Z), A mode, F8 (1/80 sec.), -0.3EV, ISO 200

Creative style: Night view

Vario-Sonnar ® T* DT16 - 80mm F3.5 - 4.5

ZA (SAL1680Z)

Creative Mode settings




Rich tonal gradation and colour; suitable for a wide range of subjects and scenes

Heightened contrast; suitable for subjects such as flowers, spring foliage, sky scenes and ocean views

Attenuated saturation and sharpness; provides a neutral starting point for post-processing images

Adobe RGB For capturing images in the Adobe RGB colour space

5 adjustable parameters





Zone matching







Night view

Autumn leaves



For clear images with limpid colours in the highlights; evokes a sense of radiant light

For images with deep, dense colours; evokes a feeling of solidity and presence

For images with bright, uncomplicated colour expression; evokes a light, fresh ambience

For images with rich, natural skin tones; ideal for portraits

Heightened saturation, contrast, and sharpness for crisp detail and vivid colour; ideal for landscapes and scenic views

Attenuated contrast for more faithful reproduction of evening scenes

Attenuated contrast for morefaithful reproduction of night skies and early evening scenes

Saturated reds and yellows for scenic views of autumn foliage

For black and white images

For monochromatic sepia-toned images

Fine-tune Creative mode settings to suit your personal style

Versatile Creative mode settings allow quick adjustment of image parameters to suit your artistic preference. Four basic styles (Standard, Vivid, Neutral, and

Adobe RGB) are complemented by three style boxes, allowing the assignment of

Creative styles of your choice. The four basic styles can be adjusted for contrast, saturation, sharpness, and styles. The three style boxes can be adjusted for contrast, saturation, sharpness, brightness, and zone matching (no saturation adjustment on Sepia or B/W). Whether it’s with predefi ned or custom styles,

Creative mode provides a fast, simple route to the image that matches your creative vision.


Expanded creativity


Extending your mastery over light and colour

Easy dial access to basic exposure and scene modes

The mode dial on the top of the provides direct access to Program, Aperture priority,

Shutter priority and Manual exposure modes, as well as a fully automatic Auto mode and six

Scene Selection modes. Scene Selection modes apply optimised AF, drive mode, exposure, brightness, contrast, and other settings appropriate to each type of scene – for beautiful portraits, landscapes, sunsets, sports, macro photos and night scenes.

White balance bracketing

Auto mode

Program mode

Aperture priority mode

Shutter priority mode

Manual exposure mode

Memory recall mode




Sports action


Night view/portrait

Allows the camera to determine exposure and restrictions applied to other setting changes. Also, most photo shooting parameters are reset when Auto mode is selected

Shutter speed and aperture are set automatically, while other settings can be adjusted and saved

User sets aperture manually; camera selects optimum shutter speed automatically

User sets shutter speed manually; camera selects optimum aperture automatically

User sets both aperture and shutter speed

Memory Recall of complete camera configuration. 28 individual parameters can be stored in 3 memories

For beautiful portraits with soft background defocusing

For crisp, vivid images of distant scenery and foreground subjects

For clear, sharp images of flowers, insects and other small subjects

For sharp images of fast-moving subjects in bright light

For sunset images with rich red tones

For beautiful images of night scenes/For balanced exposures of foreground subjects and background lights

Colour temperature: 5500 k

Colour temperature: 5000 k Colour temperature: 6200 k

Versatile white balance colour control options

Under normal shooting conditions, Auto white balance captures natural colours just as they’re perceived by the human eye.

There’s also a range of preset and custom modes to achieve precisely the effect you want. In addition, white balance bracketing captures three frames at different white balance settings for easy best-shot selection.

Built-in fl ash plus external fl ash synchro

The built-in fl ash offers a versatile range of modes, a guide number of 12 (ISO 100–m), and a maximum synchronisation speed of 1/250 sec. (1/200 sec. with Super SteadyShot ® ).

A new manual control mode allows users to regulate fl ash power regardless of metered exposure values. A synchro terminal enables the use of high-power grip-type external fl ash units and multi-fl ash studio systems.

External synchro terminal

White balance settings

AWB (Auto WB) Adjusts white balance automatically







Custom 1-3 /

Custom set-up

Colour temperature

Colour filter

For outdoor subjects in bright sunlight

(+3 to -3)

For outdoor subjects in shady areas on sunny days (+3 to -3)

For outdoor subjects under cloudy skies

(+3 to -3)

For indoor subjects illuminated by incandescent light (+3 to -3)

For indoor subjects illuminated by fluorescent light (+4 to -2)

For indoor subjects illuminated by flash

(+3 to -3)

For user-configurable custom white balance settings

For white balance setting by colour temperature (2500K - 9900K)

For white balance setting by filter type

(G9 - M9)

Built-in flash

Beautifully simple operation

3-inch Xtra Fine LCD screen for ultra high resolution playback

Anti-reflective coating assures excellent visibility outdoors

Without coating

(high reflectivity, low visibility)

With coating

(low reflectivity, high visibility)

*Image is simulated.

921,000 dot resolution for ultra-sharp image display

On-the-spot image review is one of the fundamental benefi ts of digital photography.

The maximises this advantage with its large new 3-inch, Xtra Fine LCD screen. With a pixel count approximately four times higher than typical

230K dot screens and contrast approximately

2.8 times higher than previous generation

Sony LCD screens, it offers a photo quality screen display resolution of 270 dpi, higher even than the

200 dpi required for printing. Hybrid construction and an anti-refl ective coating ensure that focus and fi ne details are easy to check – even when viewing outdoors.

New RGB histogram and index display options

The new 3-inch LCD monitor offers a range of new viewing and information display options. In addition to conventional histogram and fl ashing highlight/ shadow warning displays, RGB histogram colour balance checking is now added. A new view mode displays fi ve preceding/following frames above the current frame. This greatly simplifi es best-shot selection from a series of bracketed or sequential images. Index view displays 4, 9, or 25 thumbnail frames simultaneously.

Single-frame view

(with shooting info)

4-frame index view


R channel

G channel

B channel

Single-frame view

(with 4 previous/following images)

25-frame index view


Enhanced operating simplicity

New Quick Navi screen for responsive control


choose press

Easy access to settings while shooting

Pressing the Function (Fn) button switches the LCD screen from standard

information display to Quick Navi information display. With Quick Navi activated, it’s easy to adjust settings for any of the shooting parameters shown using thumb and forefi nger. Just operate the multi-selector to select a shooting parameter, press once and then choose the desired setting.

Many frequently-used settings can also be adjusted directly by rotating the front or rear control dial while the item is highlighted. The result? Fast, positive, responsive control without interrupting your creative fl ow.

Essential information at a glance

The screen can display essential shooting information in either standard (detailed) or enlarged (simplifi ed) formats. Display orientation automatically switches to vertical format display when the camera is rotated for vertical format shooting. To avoid distraction while shooting, the display switches off automatically when the camera is raised to your eye.

Settings accessible via Quick Navi














Flash compensation

Flash mode

Drive mode

White balance

AF area

D-Range Optimiser

Creative Style

Image quality

Image size

Enlarged format Standard format Vertical format

Customisation options to suit your shooting style

Optional VG-C70AM vertical grip

The VG-C70AM vertical grip offers unparalleled handling stability and operating ease for vertical-format shooting.

It can hold two InfoLithium (NP-FM500H) batteries (optional), and will automatically switch to the second battery when the fi rst one requires charging. The grip boasts the same rugged, lightweight magnesium alloy construction and dust/ moisture resistance* as the itself. It’s also equipped with a generous complement of buttons and switches for all the essential functions of the camera.

*Not waterproof or splashproof.

A wide range of customisable settings

The offers an exceptionally wide range of customisation options to suit your shooting style. Up to three combinations of as many as 26 different shooting parameters can be stored in memory and instantly recalled by setting the mode dial to

MR (Memory Recall). In addition, the Custom (C) button on the back of the camera can be assigned to open settings for your most frequently used function. There are 21 different

Custom menu items whose default behaviour can be set to suit your preference.

Memory Recall (MR) mode customisable parameters

Exposure mode

Drive mode

ISO sensitivity

White balance

Exposure compensation

Metering mode

Focus mode

Image size

Creative Style

Custom button

Exposure step

Flash mode

Flash control

Power ratio (manual flash)

Custom (C) button function assignments

AF lock

AF area

AF/MF control

Image size

DOF preview

Image quality


Creative Style

Flash compensation

ISO Auto max.

ISO Auto min.

AF-A setup

AF area

Priority setup

D-Range Optimiser

Image quality

Aspect ratio

AF illuminator

AF area position

AF with shutter

Long exposure noise reduction

High ISO noise reduction

White balance

D-Range Optimiser

Exposure compensation

Flash mode

Flash compensation

Drive mode


With the vertical control grip attached, vertical-format shooting is as easy and comfortable as horizontal-format shooting.

Vertical grip attached Vertical-format shooting

Custom menu items


Menu 1

Eye-Start AF

AF/MF button

AF/MF control

AF drive speed

AF area display

Focus hold button

Menu 2

AEL button

Control dial setup


Eye-Start AF on/off

AF/MF button/AF lock button

AF/MF button hold/toggle

Fast/slow AF drive speed

AF area display duration

Focus hold button/depth of field preview button

AEL hold/toggle

Control dial to adjust shutter speed/aperture

Dial exposure compensation Exp. comp. on dial

Control dial lock Control dial lock on/off

Button operations

Release w/o Card

Button operations display/Quick Navi screen

Shutter release w or w/o card

Shutter release w or w/o lens Release w/o Lens

Menu 3

Red-eye reduction Red-eye reduction on/off

Exposure compensation set Compensate for ambient light + flash or ambient light only

Bracket order Order in bracketing

Auto review

Auto off with viewfinder

Auto review duration

LCD on/off when looking into viewfinder

Recording info display

Image orientation

Menu 4

Custom reset

Recording info display autorotation/horizontal only

Image orientation info recording on/off

Reset custom functions yes/no


Outstanding reliability

Tough enough to meet any challenge

Strong, lightweight body

For rugged, reliable performance under the toughest shooting conditions, the top and front covers of the are constructed from a strong, lightweight magnesium alloy. Inside the camera, the high tensile-strength aluminium alloy chassis plus high-rigidity engineeringgrade plastics contribute further to structural integrity and low weight.


Aluminium alloy chassis

Sealed rear and top button units

Magnesium alloy top and front covers

Superior dust and moisture resistance

No matter how strong its internal and external body components are, any camera will suffer if it’s not protected against the elements. The features buttons, dials, and switches that are safeguarded by gaskets and sealants to keep dust and water droplets out.*

*Not waterproof or splashproof.

Shutter button

(exploded view)

High-endurance shutter unit

For long-term reliability under heavy use, the features a newly developed high-precision, high-speed shutter unit that offers outstanding durability. Capable of withstanding the performance demands of 1/8000 sec. shutter speeds and 5 fps continuous shooting, it’s proven to approximately

100,000 shutter cycles. The shutter unit is also optimised to enable high-precision Super SteadyShot ® sensor-shift movement for improved anti-shake performance.

New shutter unit

Power for worry-free shooting



battery with high-precision level display

Providing generous reserves of power for worry-free extended shooting, the uses a newly developed high-density InfoLithium battery

(NPFM500H). Fully charged, it packs enough power for approximately 650 shots.* Remaining power can be displayed as a 5-level indicator or in 1% increments – so there’s no need to guess how much battery power is left.

*CIPA standard test; built-in flash used on 50% of shots.

Although the the

’s NP-FM500H InfoLITHIIUM battery can also be used in the

’s NP-FM55H battery cannot be used in the .


5-level battery level display

100~81% 80~51% 50~21% 20~1% 0%

Battery level percentage display with single-digit accuracy


Without anti-dust protection (dust on sensor appears as blemish in blue sky)

Anti-dust protection for blemish-free imaging

With any digital SLR camera, care is needed to prevent airborne dust particles getting into the camera and contaminating the sensor when you’re changing lenses. The features an anti-dust coating that prevents static electricity build up on the low-pass fi lter, making it easier to remove any stray dust particles inside the camera with a blower.

In addition, the Exmor TM CMOS image sensor is equipped with an anti-dust system that dislodges dust particles by vibrating the sensor momentarily every time the camera is switched off.

Anti-dust system

Image sensor

Low-pass filter

With anti-dust protection

Dust particles dislodged by sensor vibration


Wide screen image viewing

PhotoTV HD – a new dimension in viewing pleasure

Stunning resolution and detail displayed on your TV screen

Experience the ultimate in home viewing pleasure. The can be connected directly to a Sony BRAVIA™

HD television or any HDTV with HDMI connection to display breathtaking images with full 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Compatible with new BRAVIA models, “PhotoTV HD” optimises still image display for even more subtle colours and natural, lifelike textures. There’s no better way to see your images come to life on the big screen as you’ve never seen them before.

Fully automatic and optimised for photo viewing

HDMI Cable (Optional)

Direct HDMI connectivity for simply stunning HD images

A single optional HDMI cable links the directly to a Sony BRAVIA HD television. When connected, the BRAVIA TV automatically applies

PhotoTV HD settings on latest BRAVIA models that are optimised for still image display to ensure faster screen response and superb image quality. Image playback can be controlled using the camera’s supplied Remote Control.

A choice of 3:2 and 16:9 aspect ratios

Many digital SLR cameras shoot with a fi xed 3:2 aspect ratio, so that images displayed on a 16:9 format HD television can’t use the full width of the screen. The eliminates this problem with a choice of 3:2 and widescreen 16:9 aspect ratios.

To capture pictures intended for viewing on your

BRAVIA, simply select 16:9 format, noting the boundaries of the 16:9 display area in the viewfi nder.

Images will be displayed beautifully in ‘native’

16:9 format on a widescreen HD television.

Horizontal lines near each corner of the viewfinder indicate the 16:9 format image area.

When shooting RAW+JPEG images, the JPEG image is recorded at 16:9 and the RAW image is recorded at 3:2


*Compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTV and HDMI cable (sold separately) required for PhotoTV HD viewing.

PhotoTV HD draws on the synergies between latest-generation Sony imaging products to add an exciting new dimension to your enjoyment of photography.

Optimised image quality for even greater enjoyment of your photos

Latest generation BRAVIA televisions feature a specially optimised “PhotoTV HD” display mode that brings out every image detail and colour gradation in breathtaking Full High Defi nition. It’s a synergy between digital SLR imaging excellence and advanced BRAVIA HD television technology that only Sony could achieve.

Photo display on conventional TV

(video mode)

Photo display on HDTV

(video mode)

Photo display on BRAVIA HDTV

(PhotoTV HD mode)

*Images are simulated.



Included software

A powerful range of software tools

Adjustment palette 3: for adjusting and setting Creative Style, sharpness, noise reduction, picture effect, etc.

Adjustment palette 1: for adjusting and setting white balance, colour correction, hue, saturation, etc.

Image Data Converter SR for RAW data image editing

Included with the , Image Data

Converter SR software is an easy-to-use application for viewing and editing

RAW image fi les. Featuring a powerful new engine that effectively doubles the speed of RAW data conversion and image editing tasks, Image Data

Converter SR offers adjustment of tone curves, white balance, exposure, saturation, contrast, hue, and sharpness.

It also allows custom adjustment profi les to be saved and applied to multiple images. Image viewing, printing, and basic fi le management are also supported, and edited images can be resaved as RAW fi les, as well as converted to JPEG or TIFF format.

Palettes for “tone curve”, “histogram”, and “adjustment of the display area” are also available. It’s quick and easy to display, redo, or undo each palette.

Adjustment palette 2: for adjusting and setting exposure, contrast, D-range Optimiser, etc.

Image Data Lightbox SR for

RAW data image editing

Also supplied with the , Image Data

Lightbox SR software can be used alone, or with Image Data Converter SR and

Remote Camera Control. A wide range of features for viewing, sorting, and comparing RAW image fi les simplifi es best shot selection and photo library management. It also simplifi es creation and maintenance of image collections, batch printing and conversion to JPEG/

TIFF format.

Remote Camera Control SR for RAW data image management

Remote Camera Control software provides control of many functions from a connected PC. Captured images can also be saved directly to computer hard drive, bypassing the camera’s media card storage. In addition to shutter release, exposure, and focus, control is provided over drive mode, white balance, image quality and D-Range Optimiser.

System requirements




Picture Motion Browser


Windows 2000 SP4

Windows XP SP2* 1

Windows Vista* 1

Pentium III

500 MHz or faster

(800 MHz or faster recommended)

256 MB or more

(512 MB or more recommended)

Image Data Converter SR ver.2.0/

Image Data Lightbox SR/Remote Camera Control

Windows Macintosh * 2

Windows 2000 SP4

Windows XP SP2* 1

Windows Vista* 1

(Remote Camera Control supports Windows XP SP2 only)

Mac OS X (v.10.4) or later

Pentium III

1.0 GHZ or faster recommended

512 MB or more

(1 GB or more recommended)

Power Mac G4/G5 series

(1.0 GHz or faster recommended)

Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core2

Duo, or faster

512 MB or more

(1 GB or more recommended)

* 1 Except Windows XP/Vista 64-bit and Starter editions

* 2 Not compatible with Mac OS X 10.3

Basic menu operation

Recording Menu


Image size

Aspect ratio


D-Range Optimiser

Creative Style

Custom button

Exposure step


Flash mode

Flash control

Flash compens.

ISO Auto max.

ISO Auto min.


AF-A setup

AF area

Priority setup

AF illuminator

AF with shutter

Long exp. NR




Rec mode reset

Custom Menu


Eye-Start AF

AF/MF button

AF/MF control

AF drive speed

AF area display

Focus hold button


AEL button

Control dial setup

Dial exposure compensation

Control dial lock

Button operations

Release w/o Card

Release w/o Lens


Red -eye reduction

Exposure compensation set

Bracket order

Auto review

Auto off with viewfinder

Recording info. display

Image orientation


Custom reset

*For details of Custom Menu, see P.17.

Playback Menu





DPOF setup

Playback display


Slide show

Setup Menu


LCD brightness

Info. display time

Power save

Video output

HDMI output


Date/Time setup


Memory card

File number

Folder name

Select folder

USB connection

Mass Storage card


Menu start

Delete confirmation

Audio signals

Cleaning mode

Reset default


system lenses


Imagination unlimited

The offers a near-infinite palette of creative possibilities to match the limits of your own imagination. There’s a wide range of quality optics, including G series and Carl Zeiss ® lenses to satisfy the most demanding photo enthusiast.

Explore the complete line-up of 25 lenses* – from super-wide angle, macro and zoom to Smooth

Trans Focus and reflex super telephoto. And with the addition of four new lenses shown here, it’s a range that keeps growing.

*subject to local country availablity

DT 16-105mm F3.5-5.6 (SAL 16105)

Designed specifi cally for use with APS-C type sensors

– as found in the – this new standard zoom offers an extraordinarily wide 24mm angle up to a mid telephoto focal range of 157.5mm in 35mm equivalent. Extremely compact, incorporating one ED

(Extra-low Dispersion) glass lens element and two glass aspherical lens elements to suppress colour aberration and assure excellent contrast across the zoom range.

Lens configuration: 15 elements in 11 groups

Min. focus: 0.4m Max. Magnification ratio: 0.29 x

Dimensions (Max. x L): 72 x 83mm Weight: approx. 470g

Supplied accessory: petal hood

DT 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 (SAL18250)

This powerful yet compact lens boasts a 14x zoom range for outstanding versatility. Offering a 35mm equivalent focal range of 27–375mm, it presents an excellent all-in-one APS-C imaging solution with minimised size and weight.

Lens configuration: 16 elements in 13 groups

Min. focus: 0.45m

Max. magnification ratio: 0.29 x

Dimensions (Max. x L): 75 x 86mm

Weight: approx. 440g

Supplied accessory: petal hood

DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 (SAL55200)

This light, compact, and affordable zoom is designed specifi cally for cameras with APS-C sized sensors.

Medium telephoto offers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 82.5–300mm. An ideal companion to the

DT 18–70mm standard zoom lens.

Lens configuration: 13 elements in 9 groups

Min. focus: 0.95m

Max. magnification ratio: 0.29 x

Dimensions (Max. x L ): 71.5 x 85mm

Weight: approx. 295g

Supplied accessory: circular hood

With ND filter

ND Filter


ND Filters reduce the amount of light reaching the sensor without affecting colour quality. Ideal when using slower shutter speeds for creative effects when ambient light levels are high.

Circular PL Filter


Polarising filters cut glare from reflective surfaces and water vapour in the atmosphere. Heightens contrast to emphasise image detail, particularly in scenic photos and skyscapes.

With PL filter

70-300mm F4.5-5.6G SSM (SAL70300G)

Precision G series telephoto zoom lens featuring an extremely quiet, responsive SSM (Super Sonic wave

Motor) autofocus drive system. With a minimum focusing distance of only 1.2m, it’s equally suited to portraits and sports photography. High-grade

G series optics ensure superb contrast across the entire zoom range. Offers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 105–450mm.

Available Spring 2008

Carl Zeiss



These high quality fi lters bring out the best in your lens collection. Acclaimed Carl Zeiss ® T* coatings suppress ghosting and fl aring. Available in a range of sizes, with a low profi le that prevents vignetting when used with wide angle lenses.

MC Protector



A clear filter to protect valuable lenses from scratches and dust

system accessories

Flash Unit


High performance flash unit with guide number of 56 (85mm, ISO 100•m).

Supports wireless flash and high-speed synchro at all shutter speeds. Variableangle head features built-in diffuser lens for wide coverage, and can be angled for vertical or horizontal bounce flash or close-up shooting.

Ring Light


Ideal for macro shooting.

Provides steady, full-circle lighting for shadowless illumination or half-circle lighting to emphasise contrast and depth.

LCD Protective Cover


Durable polycarbonate cover protects the LCD screen from scratches and breakage.

Shoulder Straps


40mm-wide straps with nylon inner surface. Available in black and cinnabar.

Shoulder Strap


Stylish, luxurious 25mm wide strap in high quality genuine leather.

Soft Carrying Case


Medium-size carrying case can accommodate a camera body plus standard lens, two additional lenses and a flash. Rain cover also included.

Flash Unit


Flash unit with guide number of 36

(85mm, ISO 100•m). Supports wireless flash and high-speed synchro at all shutter speeds. Variable-angle head can be adjusted for vertical bounce flash. Supplied with detachable flash diffuser for wide angle coverage.

Macro Twin Flash Kit


Unsurpassed flash versatility for macro shooting, with a low-power modeling function that allows you to check shadow formation before shooting.

LCD Protective Sheet


Thin, clear film protects the LCD screen from dust and scratches without impairing visibility.

Soft Carrying Case


A high-quality genuine leather camera case designed to accommodate the

with a standard zoom lens attached. Easy-open design assures quick access.

Accessory Kit


An excellent accessory Value Kit that includes the Rechargeable Battery

Pack NP-FM500H and Soft Carrying

Case LCS-SC11.

MemoryStick media

Memory Stick PRO Duo™ series &

Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ series

The is compatible with both MemoryStick

PRO Duo and high-speed PRO-HG Duo media for fast data transfer.

CompactFlash media

NCFB & NCFC series, NCFD series

High-quality Sony branded CompactFlash media with high read/write speed for fast data transfer.


controls and displays


AF illuminator/Self-timer lamp Flash sync terminal

Front control dial

HDMI terminal

Remote sensor

Lens release button

REMOTE terminal

Focus mode lever


USB terminal

Depth-of-field preview button


2 2

Mode dial

For shooting: AEL (AE lock) button/SLOW SYNC button

For viewing: Index button

Metering mode lever

Eyepiece sensor

Power switch

Menu button

DISP (display) button

Delete button

Playback button

LCD monitor



2 2



5 7 9 10 11 12 13 15

6 8 14

1 Spot AF area

2 Local AF area

3 Spot metering area

4 Shooting area for 16:9 aspect ratio

5 Flash compensation

6 Flash being charged or lit

7 Wireless flash/High-speed sync

8 Manual focus

9 Focus

10 Shutter speed

11 Aperture

12 Ev scale

13 AE lock

14 Remaining shots counter

15 Camera-shake warning

16 16:9 aspect ratio



















17 18 19


For shooting: AF/MF button

For viewing: Enlarge button

Rear control dial

Access lamp


For shooting: C (custom) button

For viewing: Histogram button

Super SteadyShot ® switch

For shooting: Fn (function) button

For viewing: Rotate button

1 Exposure mode

2 Shutter speed

3 Aperture

4 Flash mode

5 Ev scale

6 ISO sensitivity

7 Drive mode

8 Focus mode

9 AF area

10 Metering

11 D-range optimiser

12 Creative Style

13 Creative Style adjustment

14 White balance

15 Battery remaining

16 Image quality

17 Image size

18 Memory card

19 Remaining no. of recordable images

20 Quick Navigation





Memory card cover

3 4


1 Memory card

2 Folder – file no.

3 Protect

4 DPOF set

5 Image quality

6 Image size

7 Shutter speed

8 Aperture

9 Date of recording

10 ISO sensitivity

11 File no./total no. of images

DC IN terminal

Shutter button

Exposure compensation button

DRIVE button

ISO button

WB (white balance) button

5 6



system accessories

lens lineup Flash & flash accessories Batteries / Grip & Charger

DT 11–18mm F4.5–5.6


16mm F2.8 Fisheye


External Flash


External Flash


AC Adapter /




Battery Pack


DT 18–70mm F3.5–5.6


20mm F2.8


Vertical Grip


Shooting accessories

Macro Twin Flash Kit


Ring Light


DT 16–105mm F3.5–5.6


28mm F2.8


Angle Finder




External Battery

Adapter for Flash


Off-Camera Shoe for Flash


DT 18–200mm F3.5–6.3


50mm F1.4


Eyepiece Correctors

FDA-ECF05 / ECF10 / ECF15 / ECF20 / ECF30 /

ECN10 / ECN20 / ECN30 / ECN40

Off-Camera Cable for Flash


Extension Cable for Flash


DT 18–250mm F3.5–6.3


50mm F2.8 Macro


Multi-Flash Cable


Triple Connector for Flash


LCD Protect Cover


LCD Protect Sheet


DT 55-200mm F4-5.6


100mm F2.8 Macro


24–105mm F3.5–4.5


135mm F2.8 [T4.5] STF


Eyepiece Cup








Cases & Straps

Soft carrying cases

75–300mm F4.5–5.6


500mm F8 Reflex


1.4x Teleconverter


G lenses

2x Teleconverter


Lens accessories

Circular PL filters


62CPAM / 72CPAM / 77CPAM

ND Filters

VF-49NDAM / 55NDAM /

62NDAM / 72NDAM / 77NDAM

MC Protectors

VF-49MPAM / 55MPAM /

62MPAM / 72MPAM / 77MPAM


(Camera case)


(System case)

* Availability depends on areas


(System case)

Shoulder Straps




(Genuine leather)

35mm F1.4G


70–200mm F2.8G



(Genuine leather)

Lens Cases



Front Lens Caps




70–300mm F4.5–5.6G


* Available in spring 2008

300mm F2.8G


ALC-F49A / F55A /

F62A / F72A / F77A

ALC-F62Z /

F72Z / F77Z

Carl Zeiss

Planar T*

® lenses

85mm F1.4 ZA


Sonnar T*

135mm F1.8 ZA


Vario-Sonnar T*


F3.5–4.5 ZA


Lens Hoods

ALC-SH0001 / SH0002 / SH0003 / SH0005 / SH0006 /

SH0007 / SH0008 / SH0009 / SH0010 /

SH0011 / SH0013 / SH0014 / SH0016

Rear Lens Cap

ALC-R55 / ALC-B55

HDMI Cable


GPS Unit Kit


GPS Unit


Digital Photo Printer


Memory Stick

Memory Stick Duo TM series,

Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo TM series

CompactFlash Card

NCFB & NCFC Series, NCFD Series

* For use with DSLR-A700, an application update is required. Please access the URL below for more information.



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