Sony | Alpha CA649W | User's Manual | Sony Alpha CA649W User's Manual

Main specifications of
System
Camera type
Lens mount
Lens compatibility
Image Sensor
Sensor type
Effective pixels
Total pixels
Aspect ratio
Anti-Dust function
ISO sensitivity
(recommended
exposure index)
Recording
Image format
Image size
Image quality modes
Media
Card slot
Noise reduction
Color space
Creative Style
D-Range Optimizer
LCD Monitor
Type
Total number of dots
Coverage
Brightness adjustment
Preview
Function
LCD Panel
Digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera for use with interchangeable lenses
Sony mount
Sony lenses, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lenses13
35mm-film format (35.9 x 24.0 mm), Exmor™ CMOS sensor
Approx. 24.6 megapixels
Approx. 25.7 megapixels
3:2
Charge protection coating on low-pass filter, image-sensor shift mechanism
ISO 200 – 3200 in 1/3 EV steps (ISO 100 – 6400 can be set as expanded ISO range)
ISO Auto Range: ISO 200 – 1600, ISO 400 –1600, ISO 400 – 800, ISO 200 – 800,
ISO 200 – 400 selectable
Displays
JPEG (DCF2.0 and Exif 2.21 compliant, DPOF supported), RAW (Sony ARW 2.1 format), RAW + JPEG
<Aspect ratio 3:2>
L size: 6048 x 4032 (24M), M size: 4400 x 2936 (13M), S size: 3024 x 2016 (6.1M)
<Aspect ratio 16:9>
L size: 6048 x 3408 (21M), M size: 4400 x 2472 (11M), S size: 3024 x 1704 (5.2M)
<APS-C size capture>
L size: 3984 x 2656 (11M), M size: 2896 x 1928 (5.6M), S size: 1984 x 1320 (2.6M)
RAW, cRAW (compressed), RAW & JPEG (Fine), cRAW (compressed) & JPEG (Fine),
Extra Fine, Fine, Standard
Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo,
CompactFlash ( Type I / Type II, UDMA Mode 5 compliant), Microdrive
Dual slot for Memory Stick Duo / CompactFlash, selectable with Quick Navi or from Setup Menu
Long exposure NR: On /Off selectable, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.
High ISO NR: High / Normal / Low / Off selectable at ISO 1600 or higher
sRGB / Adobe RGB selectable from Recording Menu
13 image styles: Standard / Vivid / Neutral / Clear / Deep / Light / Portrait /
Landscape/Sunset / Night View/Autumn Leaves / B&W/Sepia
Adjustable parameter: Contrast / Saturation / Sharpness / Brightness / Zone Matching14
6 settings can be registered.
Modes: Off / Standard / Advanced Auto / Advanced (Lv 1 to 5)
DRO Advanced Bracketing: 3 frames, Hi / Lo selectable
White Balance
Modes
Bracketing
Focus Control
Type
Sensor
No. of focus points
Sensitivity range
Modes
Focus areas
Other features
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash
Color Temperature (2500 – 9900K ) with color filter (19-step magenta / green compensation),
Custom (3 settings can be registered)
3 frames, Hi / Lo level selectable
TTL phase detection system
CCD line sensors
9 points (center dual-cross type) with 10 assist points
EV 0 – 18 (at ISO 100)
Single-shot AF (AF-S), Automatic AF (AF-A), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF),
Manual Focus (MF)
Wide, Spot, Local (9 local focus areas, selectable with multi selector)
AF micro adjustment (+/- 20-step increments for up to 30 different lenses), predictive control,
focus lock, AF illuminator (LED, Range: approx. 1 – 7 m, Auto / Off selectable)
Exposure
Metering
Exposure control
Viewfinder
Type
Field coverage
Magnification
Diopter adjustment
Eye point
Focusing screen
Area displayed
Other displays
Eyepiece shutter
Type: TTL metering
Cell: 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
Range: EV 0 – 20 (EV 2 – 20 in spot metering mode) (at ISO 100 with F1.4 lens)
Modes: Multi Segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Modes: Auto, ProgramAuto (P, with program shift), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M)
Exposure compensation: +/-3 EV, 0.3 / 0.5 EV steps selectable
Bracketing: 3 / 5 frames selectable, single or continuous selectable, 0.3 / 0. 5/ 0.7 / 2.0 15 EV steps selectable
Fixed eye-level, pentaprism
Approx. 100 %
Approx. 0.74 x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m -1)
-3.0 to +1.0 m -1
Approx. 20 mm from the eyepiece (at -1 m -1)
Spherical acute matte screen (Type G). User-replaceable Type L (grid type) and
Type M (super-spherical acute matte type) available (both types optional)
AF area, spot AF area, spot metering area, shooting area for aspect ratio 16:9, APS-C size area
Flash compensation, flash charging, wireless flash, high-speed sync, manual focus, focus signal,
shutter speed, aperture, EV scale, AE lock, shot-remaining counter, camera shake warning,
SteadyShot scale, aspect ratio 16:9
Built in
3.0-inch10 Extra Fine LCD
921,600 dots
100%
Adjustable in +/- 5 steps
35mm Full-Frame
Digital SLR Camera
Intelligent Preview / Optical Preview selectable from menu
Shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, white balance, ISO sensitivity,
drive mode, battery remaining, remaining no. of recordable images, with illumination
Shutter
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Type
1/8000 to 30 sec., Bulb
Speed range
1/200 sec. with SteadyShot INSIDE, 1/250 sec. without SteadyShot INSIDE
Flash sync speed
SteadyShot INSIDE® (Image Stabilization)
Image-sensor shift mechanism
Type
SteadyShot scale and camera-shake warning in the viewfinder
Indications
Equivalent to approx. 2.5 to 4 steps in shutter speeds
Compensation effect
(varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)
Flash Control
system flash units (optional)
External flash units
ADI, Pre-flash TTL
Control
3 / 5 frames, +/- 3 EV (0.3 / 0.5 EV steps selectable)
Flash compensation
Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync, Wireless16, Slow Sync, High-speed Sync
Modes
3 / 5 frames, 0.3 / 0.5 / 0.7/ 2.015 EV step selectable
Flash bracketing
Built in, adaptable to the sync terminal of the opposite polarity
Sync terminal
Drive
Single, Continuous (Hi / Lo selectable), Self-timer (10 sec. / 2 sec. delay selectable),
Modes
Mirror Lockup, Remote Commander
Continuous shooting speed Hi: approx 5 frames per sec. (max.), Lo: approx. 3 frames per sec. (max.)
No. of frames recordable Standard: 285, Fine: 105, Extra Fine: 11, RAW: 12, cRAW: 12, RAW & JPEG: 10, cRAW & JPEG: 10
Playback
Single (with or without shooting information, with 4 previous / following images,
Modes
RGB histogram & highlight / shadow warning), 4 / 9/ 25-frame index view,
enlarged display modes (max. zoom ratio: L size: 19x, M size: 14x, S size: 9.4x)
Interface
Computer interface type USB2.0 Hi-Speed, Mass Storage / Multi LUN / PTP/ PC Remote Control
NTSC / PAL selectable
Video output
HDMI mini connector, 1080i / 720p / SD selectable (optional HDMI cable required)
HDMI output
Wired control: Remote Commander RM-S1AM / RM-L1AM (optional)
Remote control
Wireless control: with supplied Remote Commander
Others
PhotoTV HD supported
Supported OS Environments
Windows
Windows 2000 Professional / Windows XP / Windows Vista
Macintosh
Mac OS X (v. 10.13 or later)
Print
Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, PictBridge
Compatible standards
Power
One Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FM500H, one CR2025 for Wireless Remote Commander
Power source
Approx. 880 shots (measured using CIPA standards)
Battery performance
External power source AC Adaptor / Charger AC-VQ900AM (optional)
Others
Approx. 156.3 x 116.9 x 81.9 mm (6-1/8 x 4-5/8 x 3-1/4 in.) (excl. protrusions)
Dimension (WxHxD)
Approx. 850 g (1 lb 14 oz) (w/o battery, memory card, accessories)
Weight
Operating temperature 0 – 40 degrees C (32 – 104 degrees F)
Specifications are based on the information available at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.
The body cap of
900 uses polyamide 11 vegetable-based plastic derived from castor oil.
Number of recordable frames for single media (Aspect ratio 3:2, image size L 24MB / M 13MB / S 6.1MB)
Memory Stick Duo™
CompactFlash™ card
Capacity
Quality
2GB
4GB
8GB
M
Capacity
16GB
L
M
S
L
M
S
L
S
L
M
Standard
294
477
766
582
944
1517
1169
1896 3048 2369 3844
Fine
196
334
582
388
662
1152
779
1330
2315
1579
Extra fine
85
152
275
168
302
545
339
606
1094
687
cRAW & JPEG
55
63
68
110
125
135
221
251
273
RAW & JPEG
41
45
48
81
89
95
164
180
191
Quality
S
2GB
4GB
8GB
M
S
L
M
S
L
M
S
Standard
296
481
773
593
962
1547
1185
1922 3090 2370
3844
6180
2697 4694
Fine
197
337
587
395
675
1175
790
1348
2347
1580
2697 4694
1229
2219
Extra fine
86
153
277
172
308
555
343
614
1109
687
1229
2219
449
509
553
cRAW & JPEG
56
63
69
112
127
138
224
254
276
449
509
553
333
365
388
RAW & JPEG
41
45
48
83
91
97
166
182
194
333
365
388
6179
M
16GB
L
S
L
cRAW
77
154
309
627
cRAW
78
157
313
627
RAW
52
103
208
423
RAW
52
105
211
423
When you shoot with aspect ratio set to [16:9], or with APS/C size Capture function [On], you can record more frames than shown above.
However, when you record an image in RAW format with 16:9 aspect ratio, number of recordable frames is the same as with 3:2 aspect ratio.
For further details, please visit our website and go to ”Support.”
Effective megapixels (approx.).
Stabilization effect varies according to lens and shooting conditions.
Available in winter 2008/2009.
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Not waterproof or splashproof.
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D-Range Optimizer Advanced-use techhology provided by Apical Limited.
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Mac OS not supported.
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Compatible operating system: factory preinstalled only.
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64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported.
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Compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTV and HDMI cable (sold separately) required for PhotoTV HD viewing.
Specifications of the BRAVIA HDTV shown vary according to market region.
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Viewable area, measured diagonally.
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2
3
Accepts high-speed CompactFlash UDMA, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™,
Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and Memory Stick Duo media.
For use with DSLR-A900, an application update is required.
Please access http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/www/accy/gps/ for more information.
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DT lenses are not recommended for use with 35mm full-frame sensors due to their differing
image circle size, which may affect light metering accuracy in certain shooting situations.
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Saturation cannot be set for B&W and Sepia.
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2.0 EV bracketing limited to 3 frames.
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HVL-F58AM, HVL-F56AM, HVL-F42AM, HVL-F36AM supported;
full multi-flash functionality requires at least one HVL-F58AM unit.
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For the fine art
of photography
Printed in USA
CA649W
A celestial new standard
in imaging
Introducing the Sony
(alpha) DSLR-A900.
A camera whose stellar image quality
eclipses everything you have known
before. At its heart is a 35mm full-frame
Exmor ™ CMOS sensor that represents
the culmination of a dream. With
24.6-megapixel1 resolution that
captures details so fine, and color so
rich and natural, you will never be
satisfied with anything less again. The
900 digital SLR from Sony.
®
Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL2470Z), 1/250 sec., F8, ISO 200, auto white balance
300mm F2.8 G (SAL300F28G), 1/2000 sec., F8, ISO 640, auto white balance
Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA (SAL135F18Z), 1/200 sec., F4, ISO 200, white balance: daylight
At the summit of
design perfection
The (alpha) DSLR A900 camera. Take it in your
hands, and you will know that this is the camera
you have been waiting for. Look into its
viewfinder, and you will see the world with a
clarity that opens your mind to possibilities as
limitless as the sky. You are free to express your
creativity as never before.
From the prominent forepeak of its pentaprism,
to the sleek beauty of its magnesium-alloy body,
the 900 is finished to a standard of perfection
that only Sony could have achieved. The
24.6-megapixel 35mm full-frame Exmor ™ CMOS
sensor that beats at the heart of the 900 will
reward you with a standard of quality that
photographers have desired for generations.
Now the wait is over.
A breakthrough in digital imaging realism
for ultra-fine detail and truly natural color
Images of singular beauty,
from a sensor like no other
Only a company like Sony, with extended
experience in semiconductor and
microprocessor manufacturing, could
have developed the 900’s
remarkable new 24.6-megapixel1
35mm full-frame Exmor ™ CMOS
sensor. Designed specifically to take
advantage of the superb power of the
high-precision series lenses, its high
pixel count and large size assure
enhanced image detail and a wider
dynamic range that enables colors
and subtle tonal gradations to be
captured just as the human eye
perceives them.
24.6
24.6-megapixel Exmor CMOS
35mm full-frame imaging
Dual BIONZ image processing
for truly lifelike and natural color
The DSLR A900 camera image sensor
is designed from the ground up for
35mm full-frame imaging, and is
produced using proprietary Sony
planarization technologies to ensure
an ultra-flat surface across the entire
imaging area. Instead of a single
analog/digital converter, the sensor
uses over 6000 on-chip column-parallel
analog/digital converters to convert
analog signals to noise-resistant digital
signals at the earliest possible stage. In
addition, noise reduction is applied
both before and after analog/digital
conversion to ensure cleaner signal
output. The result is not only higher
image quality, but also blazingly fast
sensor response.
Image processing on the 900 gets
a big boost in speed and power from
new Dual BIONZ image processing
engines. As a result, the 900’s massive
amount of image data captured by the
24.6-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor
can be processed instantly, assuring
you of quick shooting response and truly
natural, what-you-see-is-what-you-get
color and tonal gradation. In addition,
the Dual BIONZ engines apply user
selectable noise reduction algorithms
twice — once prior to RAW data
conversion and again during image
processing — to ensure an absolute
minimum of noise in final image data.
™
megapixels
™
®
Faster, more powerful
SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization
®
To match the larger size and higher
image quality specifications of the
)new 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS
sensor, the 900 features a
SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization
system that is 1.5x more powerful and
1.3x faster than our previous systems.
Enabling you to enjoy handheld
shooting at shutter speeds up to
four steps slower than would
otherwise be possible.2 The
body-mounted SteadyShot INSIDE
system works with all compatible
system lenses — including macro
and wide-angle lenses — and doesn’t
cause the image degradation that
can occur with lens-based optical
stabilization systems.
SteadyShot INSIDE unit for 35mm full-frame format sensor
SteadyShot INSIDE unit for APS-C format sensor
900 Noise Reduction
Exmor CMOS Sensor
Lens
Captured Image
Dual
On-chip Column A/D Conversion + Dual Noise Reduction
Charge / Voltage
Conversion
Analog Signal
Noise Reduction
Dual Noise Reduction
Digital Noise
Reduction
Raw Data
NR
NR with
Image Processing
Raw Data
NR
NR with
Image Processing
Analog signal
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Recording to
Memory Stick Duo™/
CF Card
Data
Compression
Digital
Signal
A /D
Conversion
Receptor
Image Processor
Output
Digital signal
Noise
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Optical excellence to satisfy
the most demanding photographer
A lens for every need,
to capture beauty in every shot
With the 900 and its 24.6-megapixel
35mm full-frame CMOS sensor, you’ve
got a camera system that can fully
realize the performance potential
of the world-class lens lineup.
Drawing on the tradition of
craftsmanship that gave birth to such
optical innovations as ED (Extra-low
Dispersion) and super ED glass, the
lens lineup also integrates the
latest lens technologies developed
for Sony professional broadcast-use
video cameras. It includes
top-quality G series and Carl Zeiss ®
lenses crafted to the highest
standards of optical precision, as
well as a wide-ranging selection of
fisheye, macro, STF (Smooth Trans
Focus), and other high-performance
lenses. Offering a lens for virtually
every need, the system lens
lineup will continue to grow and
evolve, presenting you with an
ever-expanding universe of
photographic creativity to explore.
70-200mm F2.8 G
(SAL70200G)
A bright, high- performance telephoto zoom lens
with the light- gathering power of an F2.8 aperture,
and an SSM autofocus drive system.
New
70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM
(SAL70400G)
A powerful new G series super telephoto
zoom lens with a quiet and responsive SSM
( Super Sonic wave M otor) autofocus drive system.3
G series lenses: the gold
standard in performance
Carl Zeiss lenses: world-class
craftsmanship in every detail
system G series lenses are
designed and constructed to the
highest standards of optical
excellence, and incorporate
proprietary Sony technologies to
maximize imaging performance.
Precision-built to shrug off the
elements and provide a lifetime of
photographic pleasure, G lenses
feature circular aperture mechanisms
for smooth, attractive background
defocusing, and make lavish use
of high-quality aspherical and ED
optical glass elements to assure
superb clarity and sharpness.
Developed jointly by Sony and the
world-famous lens-maker Carl Zeiss,
these lenses are considered by many
to be some of the finest lenses in the
world. Top-quality optics with ED
and super ED glass elements ensure
unrivalled clarity, high contrast and
resolving power, and superb
defocusing characteristics, with
true-to-life color and exceptionally
rich tonal gradations and textural
detail. In addition, lens elements
feature proprietary T* coatings to
reduce flaring and ghosting to an
absolute minimum.
Vario-Sonnar ® T* 16-35mm
F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL1635Z)
New
A bright super-wide to wide - angle zoom lens
with super ED glass, high- precision Carl Zeiss lens,
and an SSM autofocus drive system.3
Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm
F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL2470Z)
An exceptionally versatile wide - angle to mid- range
zoom lens with high- quality Carl Zeiss lens
and an SSM autofocus drive system.
300mm F2.8 G (SAL300F28G; above) and Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA (SAL135F18Z; below)
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Frame and capture your subject with
uncompromising speed and precision
24.6-megapixel full-resolution
continuous shooting up to 5 fps
1SEC
Full-resolution 24.6-megapixel
imaging at speeds of up to about
5 fps is made possible by powerful
Dual BIONZ ™ image processing
engines and a high-power coreless
motor. In addition, a new high-speed
moving-magnet actuator and
parallel-link mechanism are used to
drive the camera’s large swing mirror,
enabling you to enjoy virtually 100%
view-finder coverage without sacrificing
continuous shooting speed. So you can
capture the perfect moment even when
you’re shooting sports or other active
subjects, and still enjoy the rich color
and exquisitely fine detail that are a
hallmark of the 900’s 24.6-megapixel
35mm full-frame imaging.
Mirror box unit and
parallel-link mechanism
Unparalleled viewfinder brightness Optional focusing screens
and a 100% field of view (approx.) to suit your shooting style
The 900’s viewfinder is a masterpiece
of optical precision in its own right.
Featuring a high-quality optical glass
pentaprism and a new high-power
condenser lens, it offers truly exceptional
brightness, 0.74X magnification (approx.)
and a field of view that covers virtually
100% of the 35mm full-frame sensor’s
large imaging area. A high refractive
index glass eyepiece and condenser
lenses virtually eliminate distortion,
while multi-layer anti-reflective coatings
help prevent ghosting. A spherical
acute matte focusing screen aids
manual focusing by making it easy to
identify correct focus, and a high
eyepoint improves visibility when
wearing eyeglasses.
According to your preference or
shooting needs, the standard Type G
spherical acute matte focusing screen
that comes with the 900 can be
replaced with an optional Type L
spherical acute matte screen or
Type M super spherical acute matte
screen. The L type features grid lines
to enable easier framing, while the
Type M is particularly well-suited to
bright lenses with an aperture of
F2.8 or greater, and features a highdispersion screen that makes it easier
to fine-tune the focus manually.
Super spherical acute matte
Type M focusing screen
FDA-FM1AM
Spherical acute matte
9-point autofocus system with
additional wide-area 10-point assist
A versatile new center dual-cross
9-point AF sensor system provides fast,
accurate autofocusing to ensure
fewer missed shots. Featuring 10
additional sensors to assist in subject
detection when Wide AF is selected,
it also offers improved out-of-focus
detection to reduce focus hunting,
and has a dedicated sensor in the
center of the frame to enhance
accuracy when shooting at apertures
of F2.8 or larger.
Glass pentaprism
Eyepiece lens
Viewfinder schematic
High-power
condenser lens
Type L focusing screen
FDA-FL1AM
AF sensors
AF assist sensors
Screen images simulated.
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The finest build quality,
to match the finest imaging
Rugged, magnesium-alloy body
for reliability and durability
Intuitive control layout for
enhanced operating ease
The body of the 900 reflects the
same high quality and attention
to detail as the images it delivers.
Ruggedly constructed for years of
dependable service, it features a front,
back, and top made of strong,
durable magnesium alloy, an interior
chassis made of high-tensile
aluminum, and a mirror box made of
high-rigidity polycarbonate resin
reinforced with carbon fibers. Superb
balance, handling, design and finish
of the exceptionally easy-to-hold grip
reflect the experience Sony has in
developing broadcast-use video
cameras and camcorders.
In addition to superb handling and
balance, the 900 also features
an improved control layout for fast,
intuitive operation. Essential settings
are easy to adjust without taking your
finger off the shutter button. All controls
are comfortably positioned to allow
trouble-free operation even when
wearing gloves.
Easy vertical-format shooting
The optional VG-C90AM vertical grip
enables you to enjoy the 900’s
superb handling and operating ease
even during vertical-format shooting.
Featuring the same rugged and
lightweight magnesium-alloy
construction as the 900, it’s sealed
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against dust and moisture, and has
a full complement of buttons and
switches for essential shooting
functions. For increased shooting
®
time, it holds two InfoLITHIUM
(NP-FM500H) rechargeable batteries,
automatically switching to the second
one when the first one runs out.
High-endurance shutter unit
for trouble-free shooting
Long-term reliability is also assured
by a high-precision shutter unit that
offers outstanding durability under
heavy use. It’s built to withstand the
performance demands of 1/8000
sec. shutter speeds and up to 5 fps
continuous shooting with a 35mm
full-frame sensor and a standalone
unit service life of 100,000 shutter
release cycles (approx.).
Anti-dust sensor protection
for cleaner images
Worry-free outdoor shooting
To allow worry-free shooting in
adverse environmental conditions,4
the 900’s controls, terminals,
viewfinder, and other sensitive
components are protected from
dust and moisture by rubber seals.
To help protect the camera’s sensor
from dust contamination that can occur
when changing lenses, an anti-dust
mechanism vibrates the sensor at high
speed every time the camera is
switched off. In addition, the low-pass
filter in front of the sensor is protected by
a special anti-static coating to help
prevent dust adherence.
Anti-dust sensor protection
Low-pass filter
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Image sensor
Dust particles dislodged by sensor vibration
VG-C90AM
NP-FM500H
High-density
InfoLITHIUM battery
The 900 uses an advanced
high-density InfoLITHIUM battery
(NP-FM500H), and keeps you informed
of current battery life by displaying
remaining power in precise 1% increments
on the camera’s LCD monitor.
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Light and shadow are at your command
P
3 high-precision metering modes
for greater shooting versatility
The 900 is equipped with a 40-segment
honeycomb-pattern metering sensor that
uses advanced algorithms to ensure
balanced exposures under a wide range
of lighting conditions. A convenient 3-way
switch on the back of the camera allows
you to choose between 40-segment
honeycomb-pattern metering, centerweighted metering, or spot metering
according to your shooting needs.
Versatile white balance settings
for superior color in any light
Program auto mode
A
Aperture priority mode
S
Shutter speed priority mode
M
Manual exposure mode
Quick access to exposure modes.
Standard exposure modes accessible
from the top-mounted mode dial
include Program Auto, Aperture
priority, Shutter-speed priority,
Manual, and Auto.
Advanced Level mode ( Lv2)
35mm F1.4 G (SAL35F14G), 1/250 sec., F5.6, ISO 200, white balance: daylight
Exposure bracketing up to ±2EV
for secure “best-shot” capture
40-segment
honeycomb-pattern metering
D-Range Optimizer for rich tone
gradations in high-contrast light
When photographing scenes that
contain extremes of light and shadow,
it can be difficult to capture the full
range of tonal gradations that the
human eye can see. But with the
900’s D-Range Optimizer function,
the camera analyzes the scene for
you, and automatically adjusts
gradation reproduction parameters to
assure optimum exposure balance,
with richer highlight and shadow detail.
In Standard mode, the D-Range
Optimizer analyzes the overall image
before performing the optimization,
and in Advanced mode,5 it analyzes
each area of the composition
separately. On the 900, improved
algorithms provide even better
performance, with a choice of
Advanced Auto and Advanced Level
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The 900’s versatile range of white
balance settings can be instantly
accessed via a button on the top of
the camera. In addition to Auto white
balance mode there are user-tunable
presets for Daylight, Shade, Cloudy,
Tungsten, Fluorescent, and Flash
lighting, as well as an adjustable
Color Temperature mode and three
user-configurable Custom modes.
White balance bracketing, which
records a single frame at three
different white balance settings, can
also be set via the Drive mode menu
for easy best-shot selection.
D-Range Optimizer off
Exposure bracketing can be set via
the Drive mode button to enable bestshot selection from a series of images.
In keeping with the 900’s high
performance standards, the range of
selectable options includes 3-frame or
5-frame bracketing in 0.3EV, 0.5EV,
or 0.7EV increments, as well as new
3-frame ±2EV bracketing that makes
it easy to create stunningly realistic
high dynamic range composite images.
Standard mode
-1.0EV
-0.5EV
±0
+0.5EV
+1.0EV
Exposure effect simulation
Center-weighted metering
Advanced Auto mode
settings you can use to help you
capture the level of highlight and
shadow detail you want. In addition,
there’s a D-Range Optimizer bracketing
function that records images at three
different optimization levels to allow
best-shot selection.
Advanced Level mode ( Lv3)
Another advanced function introduced
for the first time on the 900 is
Intelligent Preview. Using this function,
you can simulate the effect of various
D-Range Optimizer, exposure
compensation, and white balance
settings, and display the result on the
LCD monitor without actually taking a
picture. It’s a great way to fine-tune
image adjustments in advance when
working with a tripod and complex
shooting setups.
Spot metering
Simulation of Auto and Tungsten white balance mode effects.
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Unlimited creativity and image control
Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL1635Z), 1/100sec., F11, +0.7 EV, ISO 200, white balance: daylight
B/W Image Style
Express your personal vision
Creative Style image matrix
In addition to the parameters shown in this diagram, each Creative Style setting
also has a different effect on color reproduction, white balance, sharpness and
tone curve, providing exceptionally fine control over the final image. (Selecting
a different Creative Style setting will not produce the same results even if the
basic brightness, contrast and saturation settings are the same.)
1) Standard, 2) Vivid, 3) Neutral, 4) Clear, 5) Deep, 6) Light, 7) Portrait,
8) Landscape, 9) Sunset, 10) Night view, 11) Autumn leaves
The 900’s Creative Style options
are designed to make it easy for
you to achieve your artistic and
photographic goals. A total of 13
Image Styles is offered, and all of
them can be customized to suit
your preference. Adjustment
parameters include contrast,
saturation, sharpness, brightness
and zone matching (no saturation
adjustment on monochrome Sepia
or B/W), enabling you to achieve the
precise tonalities and artistic effect
that your creative goals require.
Image Data Converter SR for
image conversion and editing
Image Data Lightbox SR for
image comparison and sorting
Powerful new Image Data Converter
SR software enables quick, responsive
conversion and editing of full-resolution
24.6-megapixel RAW data image files.
It also features an intuitive new inteface
for easy adjustment of exposure, white
balance, contrast, hue, sharpness and
tone curve. It also boasts an improved
D-Range Optimizer function and a new
Peripheral Illumination function that
compensates for light fall-off at image
corners caused by vignetting.
Our Image Data Lightbox SR software
for comparing, sorting, and
organizing RAW and JPEG images
has also been updated to offer faster
thumbnail display, more filtering
options, and improved compatibility
with Remote Camera Control
software. The enhanced filtering
options now include the ability to sort
by camera or lens model name, or by
color label or user rating. In addition,
support for drag & drop selection of
images to be previewed or compared
allows faster and more intuitive photo
library management.
Creative Style settings
Standard
Rich tonal gradation and color; suitable
for a wide range of subjects and scenes
Vivid
Heightened contrast and saturation;
suitable for subjects such as flowers, spring
foliage, sky scenes and ocean views
Neutral
Attenuated saturation and sharpness;
provides a neutral starting point for
images that are to be post-processed
Clear
For clear images with limpid colors in the
highlights; helps evoke a sense of
radiant light
Deep
For images with deep and dense color;
helps evoke a sense of depth and solidity
Light
For images with bright, uncomplicated
color expression; helps evoke a light,
refreshing ambience
Portrait
For images with rich, natural skin tones;
ideal for portraits
Heightened contrast, saturation and
Landscape sharpness for crisp detail and vivid color;
ideal for landscapes and scenic views
Sunset
Saturated reds for warm, beautiful
images of the setting sun
Night view
Attenuated contrast for more faithful
reproduction of night view tonalities
Autumn
leaves
Saturated reds and yellows for scenic
views of autumn foliage
B/W
For black and white images
Sepia
For monochromatic sepia-tone imaging
Remote Camera Control
Improved Remote Camera Control
software expands your shooting
horizons by enabling you to capture
images remotely and record them
directly on your computer’s hard disk
drive. A new interval recording function6
has also been added to the program’s
impressive feature set, which includes
virtually all basic camera controls, as
well as white balance, image quality,
and D-Range Optimizer settings.
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Landscape Image Style
Offering an extremely easy and
intuitive way to organize and browse
your photo library, PMB is perfect for
day-to-day image file management.
Photos can be quickly organized into
folders, tagged, ranked and titled
to make them easier to find later on.
In addition, a new Face Search
function helps you locate other photos
in your library in which a particular
person appears.
System requirements
PMB
®8
OS7
Windows Vista
®
Windows 2000 Vista /
Windows XP SP3 / Windows Vista 8 SP1
8
8
Vivid Image Style
PMB (Picture Motion Browser) for
easy photo library management
Image Data Converter SR / Image Data Lightbox SR /
Remote Camera Control
Microsoft Windows
Windows XP SP3 /
Windows Vista SP1
Macintosh
®
8
8
Mac OS X (v 10.4 / v 10.5)
®
TM
CPU
Pentium 4, or faster
Pentium 4, or faster
Power PC G4 / G5 Intel Core
(1.0gHz or faster recommended)
Intel Core Solo / Core Duo /
Core 2 Duo, or faster recomended
Memory
256MB, or more
IGB, or more
IGB, or more
®
Night View Image Style
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Experience a new digital lifestyle
Enjoy the unlimited freedom
of your own Sony digital network
Sony offers an ever-growing range of
products to help you share and enjoy
the beauty of high-definition digital
imaging. From digital cameras and
camcorders to Blu-ray Disc™ recorders,
televisions and personal computers,
the world of Sony digital networking
gives you new ways to enjoy and
interpret your photographic creativity.
VAIO computers
®
Screen images simulated.
Turn your Sony BRAVIA HDTV
into a personal digital art gallery
®
With their powerful graphics-handling
capabilities and ultra-sharp displays,
Sony VAIO computers are an ideal
choice for digital photography
enthusiasts, and a great companion
to the 900.
®
For the ultimate experience in home viewing pleasure,
simply connect the 900 directly to a compatible Sony
BRAVIA HDTV.9 The TV will automatically switch to PhotoTV
HD mode, enabling you to enjoy and share your photos in
a dramatic new way. It’s a completely new viewing
experience, one that combines the clarity, color fidelity
and rich contrast of positive film with the big-screen impact
of a slide projector.
From breathtaking scenic photos and landscapes to
photos of your family and friends, BRAVIA PhotoTV HD
brings out radiant beauty in every detail, filling the
room with luminous, high-resolution images that launch
photography into a new dimension. It’s like having a
digital art gallery right in your own living room.
Digital Photo Frames
Remote, camera, HDMI ™ cable and HDTV all sold separately.
Available in a variety of sizes and
styles, Sony S-Frame TM digital photo
frames are the perfect way to enjoy
an endlessly repeating, radiantly
beautiful backlit slideshow of your
favorite images at any time of day,
in virtually any room in the house.
Screen images simulated.
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Attention to detail
that makes shooting a breeze
1. Press
Easy access to frequently used menu settings
At-a-glance settings confirmation
The Custom button on the rear of the camera is
set to open the Creative Style menu by default,
but it can be assigned to perform any of 15
other tasks according to your preference.
A backlit LCD panel on the top of the
camera enables quick confirmation
of battery level and frames remaining,
and displays drive mode, shutter
speed, aperture, and exposure
compensation information whenever
the corresponding setting is changed,
and it is inconvenient to use the main
LCD.
2. Adjust
Adobe RGB color space support
Lens-specific focus tuning with
AF Micro Adjustment
3" Xtra Fine LCD
(approx. 920,000 dots)
Quick navigation for one-handed setting
selection
A quick press of the Function (Fn) button on the
rear of the 900 switches the LCD monitor from
standard information display to Quick Navi
information display. From there, you can quickly
adjust essential shooting parameters by operating
the multi-selector with your thumb, or by rotating
the front or rear control dial, enabling you to
change settings on the fly without interrupting
your creative flow.
3" conventional LCD
(approx. 230,000 dots)
AR coating
With AR coating
(low reflectivity, high visibility)
Without AR coating
(high reflectivity, low visibility)
With AF Micro Adjustment switched on, you can
fine-tune the AF focus point for up to 30 different
lenses in ±20-step increments. Adjustments can
then be stored in the camera’s memory and will
automatically be applied when the same lens is
mounted again.
Mirror Lockup mode
A Mirror Lockup mode enables you to prevent
mirror movement when taking vibration-sensitive
macro or high-power telephoto shots.
Single-frame view
(with shooting info)
Single-frame view
(with four previous/following images)
Dual memory card slots
Support for both CompactFlash ®
and Memory Stick Duo™ recording
media11 (both sold separately) enables
you to load both types of media and
switch between them via the Quick
Navi information display.
Instant access to your favorites settings
Up to three combinations of your frequently used
modes and settings can be stored and accessed
via the mode dial on the top of the camera. When
you want to apply the settings again, simply select
the corresponding number on the mode dial and
you’re ready to shoot.
In addition to the sRGB color space
supported by virtually all computer
monitors and modern inkjet printers,
the 900 supports the wider color
gamut of the Adobe RGB color
space that is used by many
professional printers.
RGB histogram display
25-frame index view
3-inch (10) Xtra Fine LCDTM display10 for sharp,
clear image review in any light
On-the-spot image review is easy thanks to a 3.0"
Xtra Fine LCD monitor10 with a screen resolution of
270 ppi (approx.), which is even higher than the
220 ppi resolution generally considered to be the
upper limit of what the human eye can perceive.
Hybrid construction and an anti-reflective coating
improve monitor visibility when shooting outdoors.
There is a wide choice of index view options to
facilitate best-shot selection, including a
full-featured RGB histogram and shooting
information display.
Built-in eyepiece shutter
The built-in eyepiece shutter prevents extraneous
light from entering the eyepiece and skewing
exposure values.
Screen images simulated.
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Illuminate your subject, and your creative spirit
The ultimate flexibility of
Quick Shift Bounce flash
A host of advanced features,
plus wireless multi-flash control
The lighting system offers a full
range of external flash units to suit
virtually any shooting situation.
At the top of the line stands the
HVL-F58AM, a revolutionary new flash
with a Quick Shift Bounce system that
allows the head to pivot 90° left or
right, enabling you to maintain
correct camera/flash orientation
during both horizontal and vertical
format shooting. Class-leading GN58
(105mm, ISO100•m) power and
6-level zoom support a wide range of
lenses, with auto-optimized flash
coverage to enable use with both
APS-C and 35mm full-frame sensors.
The powerful HVL-F58AM recharges
in as little as 3 seconds with nickel
metal hydride batteries (NiMH) and
offers high-speed synchronization at
speeds of up to 1/8000 of a second, as
well as color temperature-based white
balance compensation, ADI (Advanced
Distance Integration) flash metering,
and a large, easy-to-read LCD panel.
It also comes with a mini-stand for
wireless off-camera operation, and
can be used to control sophisticated
multi-flash setups comprising up to
three flash groups, with automatic
flash ratio calculation to ensure that
each flash provides the precise
amount of illumination needed to
produce the results you want.
Three-group wireless multi-flash setup
with flash ratio control
Group 1: on-camera flash unit and master control
Group 2: off-camera flash units left front and center low
Group 3: off-camera flash units right rear
Flash ratio: 1 (Group 1): 4 (Group 2): 16 (Group 3)
150°
90°
Quick Shift Bounce system
Flash head pivots a full 180°,
ensuring correct orientation for both
horizontal and vertical format shooting.
Flash head can be angled down
by 10° or up by 150°
90°
Flash
Flash
GN58 (105mm, ISO100•m) power with
Quick Shift Bounce system, wireless multi-flash
control, high-speed sync, built-in diffuser lens,
wide panel and catch light sheet.
GN42 (105mm, ISO100•m) power with
variable-angle head, wireless flash
support, high-speed sync, built-in wide
panel and detachable diffuser lens.
HVL-F58AM
Macro twin flash kit
Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA (SAL135F18Z ), 1/60 sec., F10, ISO 200, White balance: Custom
10°
HVL-F42AM
Ring light
HVL-MT24AM
HVL-RLAM
A versatile dual-head unit for macro
shooting, with a low-power modeling
function to enable pre-shot confirmation
of shadow formation.
A ring-shaped light for macro shooting,
with full-circle output for shadowless
illumination and half-circle output for
contrast and depth.
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Rear control dial
For shooting: AF/MF button
For viewing: Enlarge button
Metering mode lever
For shooting: AE lock button/SLOW SYNC button
For viewing: Index button
Power switch
Eyepiece sensors
MENU button
Display button/LCD brightness button
Delete button
Playback button
LCD monitor
Multi-selector
For shooting: Custom button
For viewing: Histogram button
For shooting: Function button
For viewing: Image rotation button
®
SteadyShot INSIDE switch
Mode dial
AF illuminator/Self-timer lamp
Shutter button
Front control dial
Remote sensor
Preview button
Flash sync terminal
Lens release button
Focus mode lever
Exposure button
Display panel
Accessory shoe
lens lineup
Eyepiece shutter lever
Display panel illumination button
White balance button
DRIVE button
ISO button
REMOTE terminal
DC IN terminal
HDMI terminal
VIDEO OUT/USB terminal
Batteries / Grip & Charger
lighting system
Diopter adjustment dial
Memory card cover
Shooting accessories
New
75–300mm F4.5–5.6
(SAL75300)
28mm F2.8
(SAL28F28)
135mm F2.8 T4.5 STF
(SAL135F28)
16mm F2.8 Fisheye
(SAL16F28)
50mm F2.8 Macro
(SAL50M28)
50mm F1.4
(SAL50F14)
500mm F8 Reflex
(SAL500F80)
1.4x Teleconverter
(SAL14TC)
system
accessories
20mm F2.8
(SAL20F28)
External Flash
HVL-F58AM
2x Teleconverter
(SAL20TC)
70–200mm F2.8 G
(SAL70200G)
New
The system is designed to offer
you a lifetime of satisfaction and
an unlimited range of exciting new
possibilities to explore. Wherever your
photographic interests lead you,
you’ll find an ever-growing lineup of
high-quality system lenses, flash units
and other accessories to help you
achieve your creative goals.
Ring Light
HVL-RLAM
70-400mm F4-5.6 G
(SAL70400G)3
New
New
New
AC Adaptor/Charger
AC-VQ900AM
External Battery Adaptor for Flash
FA-EB1AM
Off-Camera Cable for Flash
FA-CC1AM
Rechargeable
Battery Pack
NP-FM500H
Extension Cable for Flash
FA-EC1AM
Multi-Flash Cable
FA-MC1AM
70–300mm F4.5–5.6 G SSM
(SAL70300G)
Magnifier
FDA-M1AM
Eyepiece Correctors
FDA-ECF05 (+0.5) / ECF10 (+1.0) / ECF15 (+1.5) / ECF20 (+2.0) /
ECF-30 (+3.0) , FDA-ECN10 (-1.0) / ECN20 (-2.0) /
ECN30 (-3.0) / ECN40 (-4.0)
Macro Twin Flash Kit
HVL-MT24AM
An unlimited range of photographic
and creative possibilities to explore.
Angle Finder
FDA-A1AM
External Flash
HVL-F42AM
Vertical Grip
VG-C90AM
100mm F2.8 Macro
(SAL100M28)
G lenses
35mm F1.4 G
(SAL35F14G)
New
Focusing Screen
FDA-FL1AM
(Type L)
Focusing Screen
FDA-FM1AM
(Type M)
Hot Shoe Adaptor
FA-HS1AM
New
Sync Terminal Adaptor
FA-ST1AM
LCD Protect Cover
PCK-LH4AM
Off-Camera Shoe for Flash
FA-CS1AM
Triple Connector for Flash
FA-TC1AM
New
New
Eyepiece Cup
FDA-EP4AM
Remote
Commander
RM-S1AM
Remote
Commander
RM-L1AM
Wireless Remote
Commander
RMT-DSLR1
300mm F2.8 G
(SAL300F28G)
GPS units
Carl Zeiss ® lenses
GPS Unit Kit
GPS-CS1KA12
GPS-CS1KASP
New
New
New
Camera Case
LCS-AMLC4
Soft Carrying Case
LCS-TT10
GPS Unit
GPS-CS112
Vario-Sonnar T*
16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM
(SAL1635Z)3
Vario-Sonnar T*
24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM
(SAL2470Z)
Planar T*
85mm F1.4 ZA
(SAL85F14Z)
Sonnar T*
135mm F1.8 ZA
(SAL135F18Z)
Memory cards
Circular PL Filters
VF-49CPAM/ 55CPAM /
62CPAM / 72CPAM / 77CPAM
MC Protectors
VF-49MPAM / 55MPAM /
62MPAM / 72MPAM / 77MPAM
System Case
LCS-SC20 3
New
Lens accessories
ND Filters [8x]
VF-49NDAM / 55NDAM /
62NDAM / 72NDAM / 77NDAM
System Case
LCS-SC5
Grip Belt
STP-GB1AM
(Genuine leather)
Shoulder Strap
STP-SB2AM
(Neoprene)
Shoulder Strap
STP-SH2AM
(Genuine leather)
Shoulder Strap
STP-SH1AM
(Genuine leather)
System Case
LCS-AMSC30
NewNew
Shoulder Strap
STP-SB1AM
(Neoprene)
Shoulder Strap
STP-SS3AM 3
(Polyester)
Shoulder Strap
STP-SS4AM 3
(Polyester)
Memory Stick Duo™ Series
Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Series
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ Series
Lens Hoods
ALC-SH0001 / SH0002 / SH0003 / SH0005 /
SH0006 / SH0007 / SH0008 / SH0009 / SH0010 /
SH0011 / SH0013 / SH0014 / SH0016 /
SH101 / SH102 / SH103 / SH104 / SH105
CompactFlash ® Card
NCFB / NCFC / NCFD Series
Shoulder Strap
STP-SS2AM
(Polyester)
Shoulder Strap
STP-SS1AM
(Nylon)
Lens Cases
LCL-60AM / LCL-90AM / LCL-140AM
Availability depends on areas
The Sony digital network for beautiful imaging
PLAYSTATION ®3
VAIO ® Computers
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PLAYSTATION ®3 Computer Entertainment System
Blu-ray Disc™ Players
BRAVIA ® HDTVs
S-Frame Digital Photo Frames
Picture StationTM Digital Photo Printers
Screen images simulated.
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