Sony alpha 700 User's manual

Sony alpha 700 User's manual
Main specifications of
Camera type
Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and interchangeable lenses
Lens mount
Lens compatibility
mount; compatible with Konica Minolta A-type bayonet mount
Built-in flash system
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
Flash metering system
ADI flash / Pre-flash TTL / Manual flash
Flash mode
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)
Sony lenses and Konica Minolta / MAXXUM / DYNAX lens
Image Capture
Image sensor type
Exmor TM CMOS sensor
Image sensor size
23.5 x 15.6 mm ( APS-C type)
Total pixel number
Approx. 13,053,000 pixels
Flash compensation
Effective pixel number
Approx. 12,246,000 pixels
Flash bracketing
3/5 frames, 0.3 / 0.5 / 0.7 EV steps selectable
Anti-Dust system
Charge protection coating on low pass filter
and image-sensor shift mechanism
External flash
System Flash
Wireless control: available
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Memory Stick: Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo,
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
CompactFlash card: Type I, Type II ( UDMA / Microdrive)
Speed range
1/8000 sec. - 30 sec., bulb
Flash sync speed
1/250 sec. (Super SteadyShot off ), 1/200 sec. (Super SteadyShot on)
Dual slot for Memory Stick Duo / CompactFlash
File system
FAT 12, 16, 32
Image format
JPEG, RAW (ARW 2.0 format), RAW + JPEG
Image size
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
Color space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Noise reduction
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
Drive mode
Single-frame advance, Continuous advance (H/L selectable),
Self-timer (10 sec. / 2 sec. delay, with mirror-up function)
Continuous advance rate
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
Yes (by pressing Depth-of-field preview button)
Auto review
10 sec. / 5 sec. / 2 sec. / Off selectable
LCD Monitor
LCD screen size
7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT
Total number of dots
921,600 (640 x 3 (RGB) x 480) dots
Field of view
LCD brightness setting
+/-5 steps
Print function
Mode: Off, Standard / Advanced: Auto / Advanced: Level
Advanced Level setting: 5 levels
DRO advanced bracketing: 3 frames, H/L selectable
Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, PictBridge, DPOF setting
White Balance
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
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash
Colour Temperature / Colour filter, Custom
USB2.0 (Hi-Speed), USB Connecting ( Mass Storage, PTP, Multi LUN )
Colour temperature
2500 - 9900 k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation
Sync. terminal
Adaptable to the sync. terminal of the opposite polarity
White balance bracketing
3 frames, H/L selectable
Video Out
NTSC / PAL selectable ( in Menu )
Remote Control
Super SteadyShot
Image-sensor shift mechanism
Approx. 2.5 EV - 4 EV decrease in shutter speed
(varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)
With optional RM-S1AM or RM-L1AM
PC control
Image data transfer and camera control with supplied software
Power source
Battery: Solely with the Rechargeable Battery Back NP-FM500H (7.2 V )
AC adapter: AC-VQ900AM (optional ) ( 7.6 V )
0.9 x, with 50mm lens at infinity
Battery charger
Approx. 25 mm from the eyepiece,
Approx. 21 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter
Battery life
Approx. 650 shots (CIPA measurement)
Power saving mode
Shut down after 1 / 3 / 5 / 10 / 30 min
Diopter adjustment
-3.0 to +1.0 m-1
Quick return mirror
Focusing screen
Spherical Acute Matte
Fixed eye-level system with optical glass type pentaprism
Field of view
Eye relief
Dimensions ( WxHxD)
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.
Auto Focus System
( TTL) phase-detection system
CCD line sensors
No. of focus point
11 points
Sensitivity range
0 EV to +18 EV (at ISO 100 equivalent)
Focus mode
Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF,
Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus
Focus area
Wide focus area (Auto,11 areas), Spot focus area,
Local focus area (11 local areas, selection with the multi-selector)
Eye-Start AF system
On/Off selectable
AF illuminator
Type: built -in, LED
Range: approx. 1 m - 7 m
Auto Exposure System
Light metering
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
Exposure setting
Auto, Program AUTO (with Program Shift), Shutter priority,
Aperture priority, Manual , Scene selection (Portrait, Landscape, Macro,
Sports action, Sunset, Night view/portrait)
Exposure compensation
+/-3.0 EV, 0.3 EV / 0.5 EV steps selectable
AE bracketing
Bracket: Cont. / Bracket: Single, with 0.3 / 0.5 / 0.7 EV increments,
3/5 frames selectable
ISO sensitivity (REI)
AUTO: ISO 200 - 1600 (lower limit / upper limit selectable)
ISO range
ISO 100 - 3200 equivalent
(Up to ISO 6400 can be set as expanded ISO range.)
ISO steps
1/3 EV step
Trademarks & Remarks
is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
* Exmor
, Bionz
, Bravia
, Super SteadyShot, InfoLITHIUM
Memory Stick
, Memory Stick PRO
, Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick PRO 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
* 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
Sublime image quality
New Sony-developed 12.24 effective megapixel ExmorTM CMOS sensor
Advanced BIONZTM image processing engine
Super SteadyShot ® optical image stabilisation effective with all
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
The Exmor™ CMOS sensor and BIONZ™ image processor work together, reducing noise and ensuring crisp,
accurate reproduction of details captured by the lens.
New on-chip column A/D conversion and dual noise reduction
Another step forward in the evolution of image quality
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 filter preserves
high-resolution detail while suppressing moiré effects and colour artifacts.
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 refined 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
A clearer picture with Super SteadyShot ® Inside
Advanced noise reduction for clearer images
50mm F1.4 (SAL50F14), M mode, 1/160 sec., F5.6, ISO 100, White balance: Custom
Exmor ™ + BIONZ ™ multi-stage
noise reduction
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 final image data.
In addition, high ISO noise reduction is automatically
applied when shooting at ISO 1600 or more.
ISO 400
ISO 800
ISO 1600
ISO 3200
Sensitivity is selectable from
ISO 100 to 3200. ISO 6400 is also
available in expanded mode.
High ISO noise reduction
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
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 flash can be taken handheld.
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.
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
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
viewfinder. 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
Charging motor
Timing belt
Clutch gear
AF drive coupler
AF in autofocus modes
MF in manual focus mode
Cam gear
4 Focus Modes
S: Single AF
A: Auto AF
C: Continuous AF
M: Manual focus
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 significantly 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
significantly boosts focusing precision when shooting at apertures of F2.8 or wider.
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.
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.
Eye-Start ® 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 viewfinder is raised to your
eye. This means you’re ready to start shooting sooner…
and capitalise on every photo opportunity.
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.
Eye-Start® eyepiece sensor
AF illuminator
Spherical acute matte
Bright, clear viewfinder for easy focusing
AF sensor
AF sensor for F2.8 aperture or larger
The bright, clear viewfinder features a precisionground optical glass pentaprism and a high refractive
index eyepiece lens, treated with an anti-reflective
coating to help prevent ghosting. Exclusive to Sony,
the spherical acute matte focusing screen ensures
high viewfinder brightness: it also aids manual
focusing by making it easy to identify the correct
focus point.
Optical glass pentaprism
Superb response
Full-resolution continuous shooting at 5 fps
Ultra-responsive performance
Dual media card slots
accepts both CompactFlashTM
For maximum convenience and flexibility, the
and MemoryStick® recording media.*
*Accepts high-speed MemoryStick Pro Duo HG, as well as MemoryStick Duo and Duo Pro media.
Memory media capacity
No. of Images on a 1 GB Card
Recording Mode
Standard (JPEG)
Fine (JPEG)
Extra fine (JPEG)
3:2 Aspect Ratio
16:9 Aspect Ratio
L (12MB)
M (6.4MB)
S (3.0MB)
L (10MB)
M ( 5.4MB)
S ( 2.6MB)
MemoryStick Duo
MemoryStick Duo
MemoryStick Duo
MemoryStick Duo
MemoryStick Duo
MemoryStick Duo
MemoryStick Duo
MemoryStick PRO-HG Duo TM
CompactFlash ®
* cRAW data is RAW data compressed by approximately 30%
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)
Three high-precision metering modes
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 engine, high-speed shutter,
high-power coreless motor, and optimised processing sequence control,
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.
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.
40-segment honeycombpattern metering
Continuous shooting capacity
18 frames
25 frames
12 frames
12 frames
Extra fine
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%.
Quick-response coreless motor
and dual mirror stoppers
Centre-weighted metering
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.
Spot metering
Expanded creativity
D-Range Optimiser for superior exposure balance
Creativity with absolute control
Fine-adjust the selected
Creative Style
Creative style: Landscape
DT11 - 18mm F4.5 - 5.6 (SAL1118)
Standard mode
D-Range Optimiser off
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
DT11-18mm F4.5 - 5.6 (SAL1118),
A mode, F8 (1/200 sec.), +0.3EV,
ISO 200, White balance: Custom
Creative Mode settings
Optimum exposure and
contrast in backlit situations
The enhanced D-Range Optimiser takes
full advantage of the ExmorTM 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 five optimisation
levels for finer 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 files
using supplied Image Data Converter
SR software.
Advanced Auto mode
5 adjustable parameters
Zone matching
D-Range Optimiser bracketing
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
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
Night view
Attenuated contrast for morefaithful reproduction of night skies and early evening scenes
Autumn leaves
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
Advanced: Level ( Lv5)
Creative style: Night view
Vario-Sonnar® T* DT16 - 80mm F3.5 - 4.5
ZA (SAL1680Z)
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
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 predefined or custom styles,
Creative mode provides a fast, simple route to the image that matches your
creative vision.
Expanded creativity
Beautifully simple operation
Extending your mastery over light and colour
3-inch Xtra Fine LCD screen for ultra high resolution playback
Easy dial access to basic exposure and scene modes
Anti-reflective coating assures
excellent visibility outdoors
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
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
Program mode
Shutter speed and aperture are set automatically, while other
settings can be adjusted and saved
Aperture priority mode
User sets aperture manually; camera selects optimum shutter
speed automatically
Shutter priority mode
User sets shutter speed manually; camera selects optimum
aperture automatically
Manual exposure mode
User sets both aperture and shutter speed
Memory recall mode
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
Sports action
For sharp images of fast-moving subjects in bright light
For sunset images with rich red tones
Night view/portrait
For beautiful images of night scenes/For balanced exposures
of foreground subjects and background lights
Colour temperature: 5500 k
White balance settings
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.
AWB (Auto WB)
Adjusts white balance automatically
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)
Custom 1-3 /
Custom set-up
For user-configurable custom white
balance settings
Colour temperature
For white balance setting by colour
temperature (2500K - 9900K)
Colour filter
For white balance setting by filter type
(G9 - M9)
Built-in flash plus external flash synchro
The built-in flash 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 flash
power regardless of metered exposure values. A synchro
terminal enables the use of high-power grip-type external
flash units and multi-flash studio systems.
External synchro
Built-in flash
Without coating
(high reflectivity, low visibility)
With coating
(low reflectivity, high visibility)
*Image is simulated.
921,000 dot resolution for
ultra-sharp image display
R channel
On-the-spot image review is one of the
fundamental benefits of digital photography.
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-reflective coating ensure that focus
and fine 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 flashing highlight/
shadow warning displays, RGB histogram colour
balance checking is now added. A new view mode
displays five preceding/following frames above
the current frame. This greatly simplifies best-shot
selection from a series of bracketed or sequential
images. Index view displays 4, 9, or 25 thumbnail
frames simultaneously.
G channel
B channel
Single-frame view
(with shooting info)
Single-frame view
(with 4 previous/following images)
4-frame index view
25-frame index view
Enhanced operating simplicity
New Quick Navi screen for responsive control
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 first 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
Settings accessible via Quick Navi
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 forefinger. 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 flow.
Flash compensation
Flash mode
Drive mode
White balance
AF area
Exposure mode
Flash compensation
Eye-Start AF
Eye-Start AF on/off
D-Range Optimiser
Drive mode
ISO Auto max.
AF/MF button
AF/MF button/AF lock button
Creative Style
ISO sensitivity
ISO Auto min.
AF/MF control
AF/MF button hold/toggle
Image quality
White balance
AF-A setup
AF drive speed
Fast/slow AF drive speed
Image size
Exposure compensation
AF area
AF area display
AF area display duration
Metering mode
Priority setup
Focus hold button
Focus hold button/depth of field preview button
Focus mode
D-Range Optimiser
Menu 2
Image size
Image quality
AEL button
AEL hold/toggle
Creative Style
Aspect ratio
Control dial setup
Control dial to adjust shutter speed/aperture
Custom button
AF illuminator
Dial exposure compensation Exp. comp. on dial
Exposure step
AF area position
Control dial lock
Control dial lock on/off
Flash mode
AF with shutter
Button operations
Button operations display/Quick Navi screen
Flash control
Long exposure noise reduction
Release w/o Card
Shutter release w or w/o card
Power ratio (manual flash)
High ISO noise reduction
Release w/o Lens
Shutter release w or w/o lens
Vertical grip attached
The screen can display essential shooting information
in either standard (detailed) or enlarged (simplified)
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.
With the vertical control grip
attached, vertical-format shooting
is as easy and comfortable as
horizontal-format shooting.
Essential information at a glance
Enlarged format
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.
Vertical-format shooting
Custom menu items
Memory Recall ( MR) mode
customisable parameters
Menu 1
Menu 3
Custom (C) button function assignments
Standard format
Vertical format
Red-eye reduction
Red-eye reduction on/off
Exposure compensation set
Compensate for ambient light + flash or ambient light only
AF lock
White balance
Bracket order
Order in bracketing
AF area
D-Range Optimiser
Auto review
Auto review duration
AF/MF control
Exposure compensation
Auto off with viewfinder
LCD on/off when looking into viewfinder
Image size
Flash mode
Recording info display
Recording info display autorotation/horizontal only
DOF preview
Flash compensation
Image orientation
Image orientation info recording on/off
Image quality
Drive mode
Menu 4
Custom reset
Reset custom functions yes/no
Creative Style
Outstanding reliability
Tough enough to meet any challenge
Power for worry-free shooting
Strong, lightweight body
New InfoLITHIUMTM battery with high-precision level display
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.
Providing generous reserves of power for worry-free extended shooting,
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
’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
Battery level percentage display with single-digit accuracy
Aluminium alloy chassis
Magnesium alloy top and front covers
Anti-dust protection for
blemish-free imaging
Superior dust and moisture resistance
Sealed rear and
top button units
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 filter, making it easier to remove any
stray dust particles inside the camera with a blower.
In addition, the ExmorTM 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.
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)
Without anti-dust protection (dust on sensor appears as blemish in blue sky)
Anti-dust system
Image sensor
High-endurance shutter unit
For long-term reliability under heavy use, the
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.
Low-pass filter
New shutter unit
With anti-dust protection
Dust particles dislodged by sensor vibration
Wide screen image viewing
PhotoTV HD – a new dimension in viewing pleasure
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
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.
Many digital SLR cameras shoot with a fixed 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 viewfinder.
Images will be displayed beautifully in ‘native’
16:9 format on a widescreen HD television.
Optimised image quality for even
greater enjoyment of your photos
PhotoTV HD draws on the synergies
between latest-generation Sony
imaging products to add an
exciting new dimension to your
enjoyment of photography.
*Compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTV and HDMI cable (sold separately) required for PhotoTV HD viewing.
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 Definition. It’s a synergy
between digital SLR imaging excellence and
advanced BRAVIA HD television technology that
only Sony could achieve.
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
Photo display on
conventional TV
(video mode)
Photo display
(video mode)
Photo display
(PhotoTV HD mode)
*Images are simulated.
Included software
Remote Camera Control SR for RAW data image management
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.
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
Image Data Converter SR ver.2.0/
Image Data Lightbox SR/Remote Camera Control
Macintosh *2
Windows 2000 SP4
Windows XP SP2*1
Windows Vista*1
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
500 MHz or faster
( 800 MHz or faster
Pentium III
1.0 GHZ or faster recommended
Power Mac G4/G5 series
(1.0 GHz or faster recommended)
Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core2
Duo, or faster
256 MB or more
( 512 MB or more recommended)
512 MB or more
(1 GB or more recommended)
512 MB or more
(1 GB or more recommended)
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 files. 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 profiles
to be saved and applied to multiple
images. Image viewing, printing,
and basic file management are also
supported, and edited images can
be resaved as RAW files, as well as
converted to JPEG or TIFF format.
*1Except Windows XP/Vista 64-bit and Starter editions
*2 Not compatible with Mac OS X 10.3
Basic menu operation
Recording Menu
Custom Menu
Playback Menu
Setup Menu
Image size
Eye-Start AF
LCD brightness
Aspect ratio
AF/MF button
Info. display time
AF/MF control
Power save
D-Range Optimiser
AF drive speed
DPOF setup
Video output
Creative Style
AF area display
Playback display
HDMI output
Custom button
Focus hold button
Exposure step
Slide show
Date/Time setup
Image Data Lightbox SR for
RAW data image editing
AEL button
Flash mode
Control dial setup
Memory card
Flash control
Dial exposure compensation
File number
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 files simplifies
best shot selection and photo library
management. It also simplifies creation
and maintenance of image collections,
batch printing and conversion to JPEG/
TIFF format.
Flash compens.
Control dial lock
Folder name
ISO Auto max.
Button operations
Select folder
ISO Auto min.
Release w/o Card
USB connection
Release w/o Lens
Mass Storage card
AF-A setup
AF area
Red -eye reduction
Menu start
Priority setup
Exposure compensation set
Delete confirmation
AF illuminator
Bracket order
Audio signals
AF with shutter
Auto review
Cleaning mode
Long exp. NR
Auto off with viewfinder
Reset default
Recording info. display
Image orientation
Rec mode reset
Custom reset
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.
*For details of Custom Menu, see P.17.
system lenses
system accessories
Imagination unlimited
Flash Unit
Flash Unit
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.
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.
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.
Ring Light
Macro Twin Flash Kit
Ideal for macro shooting.
Provides steady, full-circle lighting
for shadowless illumination or
half-circle lighting to emphasise
contrast and depth.
Unsurpassed flash versatility for macro
shooting, with a low-power modeling
function that allows you to check
shadow formation before shooting.
ND Filter
LCD Protective Cover
LCD Protective Sheet
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.
Durable polycarbonate cover
protects the LCD screen from
scratches and breakage.
Thin, clear film protects the LCD
screen from dust and scratches
without impairing visibility.
Shoulder Straps
Soft Carrying Case
40mm-wide straps with nylon inner
surface. Available in black and
A high-quality genuine leather camera
case designed to accommodate the
with a standard zoom lens
attached. Easy-open design assures
quick access.
*subject to local country availablity
DT 16-105mm F3.5-5.6 (SAL 16105)
Designed specifically 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.
With ND filter
With PL filter
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.
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
specifically 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
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.
Shoulder Strap
Stylish, luxurious 25mm wide strap
in high quality genuine leather.
Accessory Kit
An excellent accessory Value Kit that
includes the Rechargeable Battery
Pack NP-FM500H and Soft Carrying
Case LCS-SC11.
Soft Carrying Case
Available Spring 2008
Medium-size carrying case can
accommodate a camera body plus
standard lens, two additional lenses
and a flash. Rain cover also included.
Carl Zeiss ® Filters
These high quality filters bring out the best in your lens
collection. Acclaimed Carl Zeiss ® T* coatings suppress
ghosting and flaring. Available in a range of sizes, with
a low profile that prevents vignetting when used with
wide angle lenses.
MC Protector
A clear filter to protect valuable lenses
from scratches and dust
MemoryStick media
CompactFlash media
Memory Stick PRO Duo™ series &
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ series
NCFB & NCFC series, NCFD series
is compatible with both MemoryStick
PRO Duo and high-speed PRO-HG Duo media
for fast data transfer.
High-quality Sony branded CompactFlash
media with high read/write speed for fast
data transfer.
controls and displays
system accessories
AF illuminator/Self-timer lamp
Flash sync terminal
lens lineup
Flash & flash accessories
Batteries / Grip & Charger
HDMI terminal
Front control dial
REMOTE terminal
Lens release button
Remote sensor
USB terminal
Focus mode lever
DT 11–18mm F4.5–5.6
16mm F2.8 Fisheye
External Flash
DT 18–70mm F3.5–5.6
Shutter button
Ring Light
28mm F2.8
Angle Finder
Mode dial
Exposure compensation button
DRIVE button
For shooting: AEL (AE lock) button/SLOW SYNC button
For viewing: Index button
DT 18–200mm F3.5–6.3
50mm F1.4
ISO button
WB (white balance) button
Metering mode lever
DT 18–250mm F3.5–6.3
External Battery
Adapter for Flash
Off-Camera Shoe
for Flash
Off-Camera Cable
for Flash
Extension Cable
for Flash
Multi-Flash Cable
Triple Connector
for Flash
For shooting: AF/MF button
For viewing: Enlarge button
DT 55-200mm F4-5.6
Rear control dial
Eyepiece Correctors
FDA-ECF05 / ECF10 / ECF15 / ECF20 / ECF30 /
ECN10 / ECN20 / ECN30 / ECN40
50mm F2.8 Macro
Eyepiece sensor
Power switch
Battery Pack
Vertical Grip
Shooting accessories
Macro Twin Flash Kit
DT 16–105mm F3.5–5.6
External Flash
20mm F2.8
DC IN terminal
Depth-of-field preview button
AC Adapter /
LCD Protect Cover
LCD Protect Sheet
100mm F2.8 Macro
Menu button
Access lamp
DISP (display)
Eyepiece Cup
24–105mm F3.5–4.5
135mm F2.8 [T4.5] STF
For shooting: C (custom) button
For viewing: Histogram button
Delete button
Cases & Straps
Soft carrying cases
Super SteadyShot® switch
Playback button
75–300mm F4.5–5.6
For shooting: Fn (function) button
For viewing: Rotate button
LCD monitor
500mm F8 Reflex
Memory card cover
(Camera case) (System case)
* Availability depends on areas
1.4x Teleconverter
2x Teleconverter
5 7
G lenses
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
35mm F1.4G
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
Shoulder Straps
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
(Genuine leather)
ND Filters
VF-49NDAM / 55NDAM /
62NDAM / 72NDAM / 77NDAM
Lens accessories
Circular PL filters
62CPAM / 72CPAM / 77CPAM
(System case)
70–200mm F2.8G
MC Protectors
VF-49MPAM / 55MPAM /
62MPAM / 72MPAM / 77MPAM
(Genuine leather)
Lens Cases
Front Lens Caps
70–300mm F4.5–5.6G
300mm F2.8G
ALC-F49A / F55A /
F62A / F72A / F77A
ALC-F62Z /
F72Z / F77Z
* Available in spring 2008
Carl Zeiss ® lenses
Vario-Sonnar T*
Planar T*
Sonnar T*
85mm F1.4 ZA 135mm F1.8 ZA
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 DuoTM series,
Memory Stick PRO-HG DuoTM 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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