Sony DI12023 User's manual

Sony DI12023 User's manual
a99 | full-frame interchangeable lens camera
the power of full-frame
amaze yourself
Sony’s full-frame interchangeable lens camera, the a99.
welcome to the family
Introducing Sony’s full-frame sensor lineup.
With the introduction of the SLT-A99V, DSC-RX1 and NEX-VG900, Sony brings some of the most innovative and revolutionary
technologies to the table. Dual Phase Detection AF systems for lightning fast Tracking AF in stills and video, impeccable
image quality from one of the world’s first 35mm sensors to give you 1080/60p video and XLR adapters for the best in audio
recording are just a few of features that can be found in the new family of full-frame cameras from Sony.
The new Sony NEX-VG900
interchangeable lens Handycam®
camcorder features a 24.3 MP
full-frame 35mm sensor for highquality HD video with a truly
professional look. Shoot video in
Full HD 24p, 60p or 60i, and take
advantage of superb low-light
The new DSC-RX1 is the world’s
first fixed lens 35mm full-frame
digital camera which offers
an uncompromising design
that focuses on intuitive,
user-friendly operation. The
camera fits in the palm of
a hand and allows users to
carry it nearly everywhere
to capture any shooting
opportunity that arises.
• Full Frame 24 megapixel resolution
with 14-bit RAW output
• Bright F2.0 Carl Zeiss® Sonnar T*
lens with macro capability
• World’s first fixed lens 35mm
digital camera
• Full HD 24p video with manual
control and audio input
• World’s first 24.3 MP Exmor™ full-frame
HD CMOS Sensor (As of September 11,
• Uncompressed Full 1080 HDMI ® output
in 24p/60p/60i
• Includes LA-EA3 lens adaptor for fullframe A-mount lens compatibility
• High contrast XGA OLED Tru-finder™
EVF with eye sensor
The new Sony NEX-VG900
interchangeable lens Handycam®
camcorder features a 24.3 MP
full-frame 35mm sensor for highquality HD video with a truly
professional look. Shoot video in
Full HD 24p, 60p or 60i, and take
advantage of superb low-light
By fully leveraging the potential of
Translucent Mirror Technology, the
35mm full-frame format and Sony's
professional broadcasting technology,
it takes a major leap forward in
quality, performance and handling
ease. Meet the future of Sony a .
Push the Envelope
Image Quality
Think Fast
Speed and Response
Sharpen your Focus
Translucent Mirror Technology
Hone your Vision
Take Control
Intuitive Operation
Get Tough
Build Quality
Get into Motion
Video Capabilities
Unleash your Creativity
Creative Modes
Get to Know the A99
Product Tour
Extend your Point of View
Lens System
Expand your Horizons
System at a Glance
Explore the Possibilities
“Standing on the edge of this waterfall in
Iceland, I knew I wanted to capture this
scene as a panorama. I love having
the ability to shoot dramatic imagery
with one press of a button.”
16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL1635Z ), 1/160 sec., F6.3, ISO 100
the calling
“This assignment of a lifetime made
me stop and think about the way
photography has shaped my life. It
made me appreciate how powerful
photography is.”
Sony took a major leap forward with the introduction of the new flagship
Alpha a99 interchangeable lens camera. To demonstrate the revolutionary
capabilities of the a99, Sony sent world-class photographer David McLain on
the “Assignment of a Lifetime”. David took the a99 on a trip around the world
that resulted in some of the most stunning footage and still photographs he has
ever captured. The assignment took David to Iceland, Vietnam, Spain, Paris,
Detroit and Death Valley. Each location presenting unique challenges and
opportunities that made the most of the a99’s capabilities.
Go online to see David’s short film “The Calling.”
David McLain, Sony Artisan of Imagery
“I love the way images, light,
and color are so fleeting.”
“I love shooting ice and icebergs. When we got to this glacier in Iceland, the light
was cold and the water was still, which was perfect for the environment. I shot at
a low angle to get the maximum reflection on the water and chose to put a little
foreground of the shore in the frame to balance out the background. A few minutes
later the wind picked up, the water started to ripple, and the picture was gone. I
love the way images, light, and color are so fleeting. It’s one of the many things that
makes photography never get old.”
35mm F1.4 G (SAL35F14G), 1/160 sec., F2.0, ISO 100
“As I started looking around I saw this
statue of Buddha lit by neon lights that
seemed more suited to the window of
a bar than a temple.”
“We went to a Buddhist temple in Vietnam expecting to see weathered monks praying
in dramatic shafts of light. When we got there, all the monks were gone, and the
temple was lit with fluorescent light. That’s the way it goes sometimes and you always
need to make the best of it. As I started looking around I saw this statue of Buddha lit
by neon lights that seemed more suited to the window of a bar than a temple. I really
liked this contradiction of objects and light. It’s important to have expectations but
also to understand they may not always be met and to be able to change course or
mindsets quickly in the field. It’s a very Buddhist approach....”
135mm F1.8 ZA (SAL135F18Z), 1/80 sec., F1.8, ISO 800
“I was amazed afterward how much
latitude the final frame had, and how the
detail on the backside of the fisherman
was maintained despite the fact we were
shooting into the sun.”
“We got up early one morning to shoot a fisherman on the Mekong Delta. Like most
people who make a living from the land or sea he was very capable and skilled at
his craft. I chose to shoot into the sun and from a low angle so the net and fisherman
would stand out agains the sky. I was amazed afterward how much latitude the final
frame had, and how the detail on the backside of the fisherman was maintained
despite the fact we were shooting into the sun. Like a lot of scenes, I doubled this up
on 60p (slow motion) video and the same scenario made it into the video we created
from the shoot as well.”
16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL1635Z ), 1/200 sec., F4.0, ISO 250
ush the envelope
Gorgeous full-frame sensor image quality.
David found the perfect travel companion in the a99 because of the camera’s ability to perform in
the real world. In low light, contrary light, fog, rain, golden light, snow, overcast light, all conditions were
conquered by the a99.
“We were hanging out with a goat herder in his barn early one morning in Southern Spain. There is a lot
less light on his face than it looks like in this image. I opened all the way up, focused on his eyes, and made
this portrait. Its important to always be on the lookout for light... its amazing all the places you can find it.”
“I’m in love with my Zeiss
135mm F1.8 and shoot
people with it all the time
wide open. This lens along
with the a99’s full-frame
sensor makes for some
amazing image quality.”
Light concentration technology
Sony compressed the height of circuitry within the image sensor via newly developed
proprietary processing technology to dramatically increase the amount of light
collected by each pixel. This vastly improved light-gathering efficiency results in
significantly higher sensor sensitivity, much lower noise, an impressive signal-to-noise
ratio and outstanding image quality in virtually all shooting conditions.
Conventional design
Cutting-edge design
On-chip lens
color filter
Thinner wiring layer
Photo diode substrate
24.3 megapixel 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor
The new 24.3 megapixel 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor delivers
beautiful, finely detailed images from corner to corner with a wide
dynamic range and low noise. Thanks to innovations that only Sony—one
of the world’s leading image sensor developers—could achieve, the sensor
is 1.5x more sensitive and 2x more effective at eliminating random noise
than the acclaimed a900. This wide and high ISO sensitivity combines with
extremely low noise to make the a99 a brilliant performer in dim lighting.
Photographers and cinematographers will also welcome the gorgeous
bokeh and full compatibility with full-frame wide-angle lenses.
Photo diode substrate
Photo diode expansion
By taking full advantage of optimized
image sensor circuitry, Sony significantly
increased the size of the photo diode
at every pixel. These larger photo diode
dimensions more than doubled the
sensor’s dynamic range in comparison
with the a900—a major breakthrough
in performance that delivers smoother,
richer image gradation. The larger
dimensions also improved the signalto-noise ratio by further increasing
sensitivity and lowering noise.
Photo diode substrate
Circuit and wiring
Expanded receptor
push the envelope
Multi-segment optical low-pass filter
On-chip column A/D conversion with dual NR
Unlike conventional optical low-pass filters that degrade image
resolution when suppressing moiré, Sony’s new multi-segment
optical low-pass filter effectively maintains high-resolution detail.
This achievement was made possible by proprietary multi-segment
technology from Sony’s professional broadcasting equipment that
subtly controls the distribution of image points.
Thousands of parallel analog/digital converters in the sensor convert light to
digital signals with utmost precision and speed. Before and after conversion, the
sensor cancels noise to ensure exceptionally clean 14-bit signal output at all ISO
settings. By performing analog/digital conversion and dual noise reduction on
the chip itself before image processing, the a99 produces images of exceptional
quality and clarity.
Conventional system
Image sensor
Conventional OLPF
Newly developed system
Multi-segment OLPF
Image sensor
135mm F1.8 ZA (SAL135F18Z), 1/250 sec., F1.8, ISO 500
think fast
Engineered for speed and response.
David was able to capture crisp, sharp, perfectly-focused photographs as he globe trotted with the a99.
The Dual Phase Detect AF system, a world first* among interchangeable lens cameras, allowed him to
perfectly capture each decisive moment with tack-sharp precision.
“Every pro demands speed and responsiveness from their camera and the a99 over-delivers on both
fronts. This camera has an amazing amount of processing power which means quicker focus in low light
and buffering that rarely kicks in while shooting still photographs.”
“The a99 focuses fast,
processes images fast, and
allows me to shoot in the
widest possible range of
light. These are the qualities
in a camera that all
photographers value.”
Area-specific noise reduction
High-speed front-end LSI chip
A new front-end LSI (large scale integration) chip supports the BIONZ™ image
processing engine to significantly boost performance during the early stages of
processing. By accelerating the handling of image sensor data early on, the LSI chip
frees other BIONZ components to achieve a more subtle level of peripheral shading
compensation and advanced black level offset correction that significantly raises
image quality.
New BIONZ system
This intelligent noise reduction selectively divides the image into
areas based on patterns (such as edges, textures and evenly
colored areas like blue skies), then optimally processes each
area to markedly reduce noise and improve image quality—
especially when shooting in dimly lit environments. Combined
with conventional noise reduction, this new feature delivers
clear, low-noise images throughout the entire 9-stop range
(ISO 100–25600, expandable to ISO 50).
RAW to Output
8bit JPEG
Image Sensor
Newly developed
high-speed front-end LSI
14bit RAW
PC app
8bit JPEG
16bit TIFF
ISO 6400
BIONZ image processing engine
Accelerated BIONZ processing easily
handles the massive 14-bit data
generated by the 35mm full-frame
sensor. Even when loads are heaviest,
such as during high-speed continuous
shooting and Multi Frame NR, Sony’s
new high-speed front-end LSI chip
processes the data with precision and
ease. New area-specific noise reduction
also ensures clear, low-noise images
over the entire sensitivity range. Through
these and other refinements, the engine
delivers 14-bit RAW output of exceptional
quality with extremely rich gradation.
ISO 1600
think fast
SteadyShot™ INSIDE image stabilization
14-bit RAW output
Advanced image stabilization compensates for camera-shake blur and is an
especially useful feature during handheld shooting. Since the sensor-shift image
stabilizer is in the camera, it provides image stabilization for any mounted A-mount
system lens, including all Carl Zeiss® and G Lenses, from wide-angle to telephoto.
You can capture sharp images at shutter speeds 2.5 to 4.5 steps slower than
otherwise possible without a tripod or flash, as well as take advantage of vastly
increased photo opportunities.
14-bit RAW image data of extremely high quality is
output by the a99. This data fully preserves the rich
detail generated by the image sensor during the 14-bit
A/D conversion process. When developed with Sony’s
Image Data Converter RAW development software, these
images deliver the superb photographic expression and
rich gradation that only 14-bit data can offer.
Lens shading and aberration compensation
The camera automatically compensates for the shading
and aberrations specific to the lens you mount. This
includes vignetting (peripheral shading), lateral chromatic
aberration and optical distortion compensation, which
can each be manually activated or deactivated as
desired. Embedded data within the camera on supported
A-mount lenses ensures optimal compensation.
Newly supported lenses: 50mm F1.4, 24–70mm F2.8 ZA SSM, 28–75mm
F2.8 SAM, 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM, 70-200m F2.8 G, 35mm F1.4 G, VarioSonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM, DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM, DT 30mm
F2.8 Macro SAM
* Among interchangeable lens digital cameras with a full-frame image
sensor (as of September 12, 2012) according to Sony’s internal survey.
85mm F1.4 ZA (SAL85F14Z), 1/80 sec., F1.4, ISO 800
sharpen your focus
Dual AF System
Dual AF System is the world’s first* AF
system to employ two phase detection
sensors. By maximizing the strengths
of both sensors, it vastly improves
subject tracking performance as well
as focusing precision. The 19-point
(11 cross-point) phase detection AF
sensor mounted above the translucent
mirror provides high-precision focusing
performance and depth detection,
while the 102-point focal plane phase
detection AF sensor overlaying the
image sensor offers the advantages of
wider depth and width (object plane)
coverage. Together, these sensors
deliver a new level of AF performance
and functionality.
19-point (11 cross points)
Phase detection AF sensor
102-point Focal plane
Phase detection AF sensor
Translucent Mirror
Cross sensors
AF sensors
Focal plane phase detection AF sensor
Translucent Mirror Technology
Sony Translucent Mirror Technology revolutionized interchangeable lens cameras
by replacing the swinging mirror of SLRs with a stationary translucent mirror that
continuously directs light to the AF sensor and image sensor. This innovation enables
both full-time phase detection AF and full-time live view through the viewfinder and
rear LCD monitor during single shot, continuous and movie shooting.
Now Translucent Mirror
Technology boasts another
breakthrough—Dual AF System.
By simultaneously directing light
towards two phase detection AF
sensors, it essentially doubles the
potential of autofocus for serious
* The world’s first AF system in a 35mm full-frame
interchangeable lens digital camera to feature
two phase detection sensors as of September 12,
2012, according to Sony’s internal survey. Notes:
Only the following lenses currently support AF-D
mode and area assist display in AF Range Control
: Vario-Sonnar T* 24–70mm F2.8 ZA SSM, 50mm
F1.4, 28–75mm F2.8 SAM, 70–400mm F4–5.6 G
SSM, 500mm F4 G SSM, and New 300mm F2.8 G.
(Firmware updates are also planned for other
A-mount lenses. Please refer to the Sony website
for more details.)
sharpen your focus
AF area modes
Four AF area modes are provided to meet various needs. You can select
Wide (all 19 sensors), Spot (central sensor), Local (any selected sensor) or
Zone (right, center, or left zone) as well as 102-point assist AF points when
in AF-D mode. Various AF modes are selectable—AF-S (Single shot), AF-A
(Auto), AF-C (Continuous), AF-D (Depth Map Assist Continuous AF). Also
selectable are Manual focus mode and DMF (Direct Manual Focus), which
now provides access to the Peaking function for greater focusing precision.
AF-D mode
AF Range Control
Continuous autofocusing is provided
by a new AF-D (Depth Map Assist
Continuous AF) mode that delivers
precision focusing for virtually any
subject. This mode utilizes the 19-point
(11 cross-point) phase detection AF
sensor to keep subjects sharply focused
in most shooting situations. When fastmoving subjects demand wider, denser
area coverage than the 19-point AF area
can provide, the 102-point focal plane
phase detection AF sensor lends reliable
support. This combination of 121 AF
“eyes” (19+102) from two highly precise
phase detection AF sensors provides
a clear performance advantage over
single-sensor AF systems.
Subject tracking can be limited to a
specified range of distance so the
camera stays focused on your subject
even if background and foreground
objects enter the AF frame. To stay
focused on a drummer even when
guitarists cross the stage, for example,
or to keep an athlete in focus through a
wire fence, simply press the dedicated
AF Range button, use the front and
rear dials to set the minimum and
maximum distances from the camera,
and enjoy highly accurate focusing that
disregards everything but your subject.
A user-friendly graphic indicator clearly
displays the selected range as well as
the point, in terms of distance, that is
currently in focus.
Note: AF-D mode requires a compatible full-size lens.
The range of supported lenses will gradually expand
through firmware updates.
Enhanced Tracking Focus
6fps continuous shooting
Various advances come together in the a99 to enable accurate tracking of fastmoving subjects. Once you designate your subject and press the shutter button
halfway (S1), Tracking Focus activates and utilizes predictive focusing algorithms and
Sony’s original subject recognition technologies to track your subject’s every move with
speed and precision. This continuous, uninterrupted performance, made possible by
Translucent Mirror Technology, is supported by blazing-fast BIONZ image processing
and 19 autofocusing points. When AF-D mode is selected, an additional 102 assist
autofocusing points are activated to further expand AF coverage, helping to better
keep moving subjects in focus.
The Continuous Advance Priority AE
mode lets you capture the decisive
moment at full resolution with clarity
and precision by shooting at speeds
up to 6fps. You can also raise the
continuous shooting speed to approx.
10fps by entering the Tele-zoom High
Speed Shooting mode.
hone your vision
Viewfinder display options
Keep your eye on the viewfinder
The viewfinder is so informative and easy
to view that every step in the shooting
process can easily be handled from start
to finish without removing your eye from
the viewfinder. This includes setting up
shooting parameters and previewing
their effects in real-time, framing your
subject and fine-tuning the focus with the
magnification feature, shooting photos
and movies, and checking final results.
Even when shooting in bright outdoor
lighting during sports, portrait and macro
photography, the viewfinder provides
the precision feedback you need. So
you can fully concentrate on capturing
spectacular images.
Camera Level display
Image histogram display
Clear photo and movie playback
Unlike optical viewfinders, the viewfinder in
the a99 lets you view photos and movies
that have already been recorded. This
convenient capability is especially useful
for confirming details in bright outdoor
conditions. By applying the magnification
function to recorded images, you can
confirm whether every detail matches your
highest expectations.
DT lens
35mm full-frame capture
APS-C capture
Focus Range Control display
Color adjustment and display variations
Viewfinder color temperature can be adjusted to suit your preference and detailed
shooting information can be displayed at high XGA resolution for quick and easy
reference. The DISP button makes it easy to select any of five display modes (Shooting
Data, Graphic, Digital Level Gauge, Histogram of Simple Display) while keeping your
eye on the viewfinder.
Color adjustment
Quick Navi display
Focus Magnifier for fine-tuning focus
High-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder with 100% field of view
Sony’s new XGA OLED Tru-Finder is easy to view in almost any lighting. Every detail is faithfully
reproduced as it will appear in your recording, including defocusing effects that faithfully reflect
your aperture settings. Since backlighting is eliminated, blacks are blacker, details are clearer and
contrast is higher in both dark and light environments. You can also adjust viewfinder brightness for
comfortable shooting indoors and out. Professional specifications include a wide 33.3° viewing angle,
high 27mm eye-point and 100% frame coverage. Accelerated OLED response virtually eliminates
motion blur and residual images when tracking moving objects or displaying recorded movies. Rich
functionality includes numeric information displays, recorded image playback, and features for
fine-tuning focus on the high-resolution 2,369K (approx.) screen. Even when APS-C format lenses are
mounted, the image is displayed using the entire finder area.
The image in the viewfinder can be magnified up to
11.7x to allow super-fine tuning of the focus. High contrast
is maintained even at high magnification, allowing
accurate viewing of details and confident adjustment
of focus and other settings. This magnification function
is especially useful when shooting in bright sunlight,
which is when the viewfinder is easier to view than the
rear-mounted LCD. The
viewfinder also clearly
displays images when
the Smart Teleconverter
function is used to
magnify the center of
the image 1.4x or 2x.
Peaking function
(indication in Red)
Faithfully reproduced bokeh
Versatile viewing
Since images displayed in the viewfinder come directly
from the image sensor, they faithfully reproduce what
will appear in your recorded images. You can therefore
compose the scene and fine-tune every detail with
remarkable accuracy instead of guesswork. Even bokeh
is displayed with all the subtle characteristics that will
appear in your final image. This is a decisive advantage
over optical viewfinders, which display bokeh distorted
by the focusing screen. Whether shooting portraits,
commercial products or close-ups of miniature wonders,
such precision helps you take better photographs.
Field coverage
Wide viewing
Optical Viewfinder
Focus Magnifier
hone your vision
WhiteMagic™ and ultra-low reflection structure technology
Two innovative technologies
improve LCD brightness and black
reproduction to enhance viewing ease
in almost any type of lighting. Ultralow reflection structure technology
fills the gap between the protective
outer glass and underlying LCD with
resin to reduce surface reflections,
improve visibility from wide viewing
angles, maintain high contrast and
more accurately reproduce deep
blacks. WhiteMagic nearly doubles the
brightness of the display by combining
white pixels with conventional red,
green and blue pixels in a unique
RGBW pixel structure. The resulting
exceptional brightness dramatically
improves visibility in sunny outdoor
conditions, making it much easier to
check the focus and image details.
3-way tiltable LCD supports
various shooting positions
The LCD flexibly tilts to provide the most
natural viewing angle and its 3-way
tilting mechanism has been enhanced
for operational ease. The mechanism
easily adjusts to support everything
from extremely low to extremely high
shooting angles whether orienting the
camera in the vertical or horizontal
direction. Moreover, this same wideranging flexibility is available when
utilizing a tripod or vertical grip. The
close alignment of the optical axis
and screen center also contributes to
natural framing and shooting comfort.
Whenever challenging shots require
extra-clear viewing and unrivaled
flexibility, this LCD will meet your need.
Anti-relfective film
General RGB
Clear protective
General RGBW
Reinforced glass
Enhanced brightness
makes it easier to
check the focus and
image even in strong
Reflection reducing
structure improves
visibility from wide
viewing angles,
maintains high contrast
and more accurately
reproduces deep blacks.
Resin filling
take control
Smooth integrated control dial
More intuitive Quick Navi Pro
The new Silent Multi
Controller on the front
of the body combines
a dial and button to
enable smooth, easy
selection and adjustment
of numerous camera
settings including focus mode, focus
area, exposure compensation, ISO
sensitivity and metering method.
Depending on your preference, you
may find it an extremely useful
addition to the a99.
The new Quick Navi Pro interface
clearly displays all major shooting
options on the screen so you can
rapidly find desired options, confirm
current settings and make adjustments
without searching through dedicated
menus. Convenient new features
include a histogram and digital level
gauge for easy reference and an
indicator that appears with one press
to display multiple functions adjacently
for easy dial selection. When fleeting
shooting opportunities arise, you’ll be
able to respond swiftly with just the
right settings.
Dual Slot for freer control of data
Two media slots are provided along with highly flexible recording features.
One slot supports Memory Sticks and SD memory cards, while the other is
fully dedicated to SD cards. You can record movies simultaneously to both
media for backup purposes—a world first*—without slowing the camera
down, simultaneously record still images to both media, record to different
media by file format (RAW/JPEG), or record to different media by type of
recording (still/movie). Moreover, the a99 makes it easy to copy folders
from one card to another. Whatever your backup and usage intentions,
this flexible new Dual Slot provides more freedom to do things your way.
* Among interchangeable lens digital cameras as of September
12th, 2012, according to Sony’s internal survey.
Quick Navi Pro
take control
Customizable buttons
Five different buttons—the
AF/MF, AEL, ISO, Preview and
Custom Key buttons—can be
reassigned to activate any
of 33 functions for enhanced
shooting convenience.
Assignable functions now
include AF On, FE lock and
Spot metering AE lock, as well
as Exposure Compensation,
Drive Mode, Flash Mode,
Focus Area, Face Detection,
Smile Shutter, ISO Sensitivity
and Metering Mode.
Refinements for
serious shooting
The a99 offers even greater comfort
and handling ease than the acclaimed
a77. Its optimized contours, thicker
and taller grip, and wider thumb grip
fit your hand more comfortably and
contribute to a steady grasp. Frequently
used controls are placed within natural
reach, with main buttons near your
thumb and dials placed front and rear
for comfortable adjustment of major
and minor parameters. Buttons are
more varied in shape and height to
support swifter tactile recognition while
your eye stays on the viewfinder.
You can also assign the
front and rear dials to adjust
exposure compensation
functions (other than aperture
and shutter speed) and
customize the camera to
automatically switch AF or
AE on or off when the shutter
button is halfway pressed.
Multi-interface shoe
expands compatiblity
The highly expandable a99 features
a newly developed Multi Interface
Shoe that is uniquely shaped to
take advantage of wide-ranging
accessories including products that
break down the barriers between
movie and photo shooting.
A Shoe Adaptor is also provided
that enables compatibility with
conventional camera accessories.
Memory Function
Combinations of settings that
you consider especially useful
can be registered in memory
for quick recall whenever similar
shooting situations arise. This
feature lets you register up
to three user-programmable
groups of settings and quickly
access them by using the MR
setting on the mode dial, which
features a center lockable
button that prevents accidental
mode changes.
A new locking mechanism on the
mode dial also prevents unintentional
mode changes and missed photo
opportunities. Clearly, meticulous
refinement makes this is a camera body
worthy of Sony’s top-of-the-line model.
get tough
Robust magnesium alloy body
The rigidly constructed a99 is supremely lightweight. Its rugged magnesium-alloy
top and rear panels interlock with front and side panels constructed of highly rigid
engineering plastic to offer protective external shielding. Inside, a rigid magnesium
chassis reinforced by stainless steel and other structural components contributes to
a supremely rigid and lightweight camera able to withstand passionate usage in
challenging conditions.
The world’s lightest camera with full-frame sensor*
Supremely lightweight construction contributes to agile handling in the field that,
combined with full-frame performance, gives the a99 unrivaled appeal. Recordbreaking lightness was achieved through the use of lightweight materials like
magnesium alloy and engineering plastic, as well as the elimination of unnecessary
mechanisms such as heavy pentaprisms and active mirrors, thanks to Translucent
Mirror Technology.
* Among interchangeable lens digital cameras as of September 12, 2012 according to Sony’s internal survey.
200,000 shutter
release cycles
The new extremely durable
shutter unit has been proven to
endure approximately 200,000
shutter releases, a figure that
rivals high-end professional
cameras. While rugged enough
to withstand the demands of
6fps (10fps in tele-zoom mode)
continuous shooting, it offers
exceptional precision at shutter
speeds up to 1/8000 sec. made
all the more accurate by the
continuous support of auto
diagnosis and correction. This
proven combination of supreme
accuracy and durability lets
you shoot year upon year
without worrying about wearing
out the shutter unit.
Dust and moisture protection
Comprehensive dust and moisture
resistance contributes to high reliability.
Sony tightly interlocked the panels
and components, added sealing
around most buttons and dials, and
placed gaskets along the edges of
the viewfinder and LCDs (top and
rear) to help prevent water and dust
from entering the body during tough
usage. Similar protection was applied
to openings such as the media
compartment, which is protected by an
interlocking structure. Jack covers are
fitted with rubber-based covers for better
sealing and are organized by function
to minimize opening and closing. The
front section of the accessory shoe is
also constructed of highly dust/water
resistant parts.
get tough
Vertical grip for triple
battery advantage
The optional vertical grip (VG-C99AM)
features optimized contours and
essential controls that make vertical
shooting nearly as comfortable as
horizontal shooting. It can house
two batteries that combine with the
main battery to offer a three-battery
advantage that practically triples
shooting stamina whether shooting
still images or movies. The grip’s
batteries can also be changed while
continuing to shoot movies. Dust and
moisture resistance meet the same high
standards as the camera body.
Reliable anti-dust measures
Before blowing air
Advanced dust resistance helps keep
your photos blemish-free. If dust particles
enter the camera when the lens is
being changed, two levels of protection
safeguard the image sensor. The first
level of protection is a newly developed
coating on the surface of the optical
low-pass filter. Even in the most adverse
temperature and humidity conditions,
this highly effective Anti-dust Coating
effectively suppresses the attachment
of both dry and moist dust particles and
simplifies their removal. The second level
of protection is an anti-dust mechanism
that vibrates the filter at high speed
every time the camera is switched off to
dislodge any dust particles that settled
on its surface.
After blowing air
Newly enhanced
coating material
Optical low-pass filter
Conventional surface
Optical low-pass filter
Dry-type dust
Moist-type dust
et into motion
Experience movie making in full-frame high definition.
David likes to work fast and light with a small production footprint. Because the a99 has less rolling shutter
than the competition. He can spend more time shooting hand held with significantly less need for third party
rigs. After using the tiltable LCD that pivots and swivels in every direction, David admits he will never go back
to shooting video with a fixed LCD camera.
“In Southern Spain we went swimming in a beautiful lake. We were there to shoot people jumping off of cliffs,
but when the fixer’s wife was drying off after a dip in the lake she pulled the towel up over her face in a way
that caught my eye.”
“The a99 has significantly
less rolling shutter than
most DSLRs, uses the
AVCHD codec, and has
an EVF that allows me to
see what I’m shooting in
real time in video mode.”
Expressive 35mm full-frame moviemaking
The full-frame a99 empowers you to create highly expressive movies with
professional-quality bokeh, a stunning sense of depth and extremely low noise
even in dark environments. This exceptional performance is made possible by the
potent combination of a 35mm full-size sensor, flexible lens interchangeability,
ISO 100-6400 sensitivity and various advances from professional Sony movie
production equipment. You can also enjoy unlimited creative freedom thanks to a
diverse range of moviemaking accessories, as well as take full advantage of bright
high-performance a lenses including full-frame Carl Zeiss and Sony G models.
Simultaneous Full HD movie output via HDMI
(with shooting info On/Off flexibility)
An HDMI terminal makes it easy to transfer Full HD movie signals
in real-time to an external monitor for accurate, large-screen
viewing and listening. This feature supports uncompressed movie
recording on external recording equipment and lets you output
uncompressed movies with the shooting info display function off.
Memory Card
External device
Silent Multi Controller for movies
P/A/S/M manual movie modes
Perfect for use while shooting movies, this control lets
you freely adjusts image and sound settings without
producing mechanical noise that might be captured in
the soundtrack. The new Silent Multi Controller on the front
of the body combines a dial and button for smooth, easy
selection and adjustment of numerous settings including
audio recording and AF area.
Manual operation frees you to realize
your vision. Using manual focus and
P/A/S/M modes (Program, Aperture
Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual), you
can flexibly adjust background blur and
manually control exposure to achieve
desired brightness and dynamism.
Estimated continuous movie shooting time
Continuous recording time
for movies
Approx. 29 minutes
Approx. 29 minutes
Approx. 29 minutes
get into motion
Full HD 60p movie recording
Create movies of amazing clarity that
play extra smoothly by recording them
at Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)
in the AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive)
format—at the extremely high frame
rate of 60fps. All the while, you can
enjoy the huge advantages of 35mm
full-frame movie capture and full-time
continuous AF with three-level subject
tracking sensitivity. This unrivaled
combination of quality and speed
enables first-rate still image extraction
and post-production techniques like
slow motion. The a99 also supports
24p movie recording.
Full-time Continuous
AF with 3-level subject
tracking sensitivity
Optional XLR Adaptor Kit for
sound production befitting
full-frame movies
When shooting movies, Fulltime Continuous AF Movie
delivers the superior speed and
precision of full-time continuous
phase detection autofocusing
thanks to Translucent Mirror
Technology. Advanced subject
tracking is provided in your
choice of three sensitivity
levels—Hi for prioritized tracking
speed, Mid for balanced speed
and focal precision, or Low for
prioritized stability. Whether
capturing fast-moving athletes,
models in studios, or faces in
a crowd, you’ll enjoy sharp,
accurate autofocusing.
This adaptor kit features XLR
terminals, the professional standard
for movie production, to enable
sound recording via wide-ranging
professional microphones and line-in
connection for sound input. Users
can therefore achieve versatile,
high-quality sound expression that is
suitable for full-frame movie quality.
The ability to separately control left
and right channel input directly from
the XLR adaptor helps simplify postshoot editing.
Audio level display and
recording level control
Precise monitoring and adjustment
of the microphone recording level is
possible while shooting movies. The
audio rec level control simultaneously
adjusts both the L and R channels with
32-step precision.
headphone jack
Professional sound production
versatility and connectivity free you
to create soundtracks as professional
as your images. During movie
recording and playback, you can
monitor the sound using headphones
connected with the a99. Stereo sound
output is guaranteed to provide the
highest possible playback quality
via recommended Sony high-end
headphones. Live (real-time) and Lipsync settings are provided for output
timing that satisfies professional needs.
16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL1635F28Z), 1/640 sec., F2.8, ISO 400, EV+1.7
unleash your creativity
Exposure compensation
and bracketing
DRO on (Lv.5)
Final image with optimum shadow/highlight detail
Highlight details
Mid-tone details
Shadow details
Achieve just the right exposure by using
Exposure Compensation to increase
or decrease the exposure in 1/3 or 1/2
stop increments (between -5 and +5
EV ). Or use Auto Exposure Bracketing to
record three or five images at different
exposure values, compare the results
and choose the best one.
DRO off
Auto HDR
Multi Frame NR
Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)
The Auto HDR function captures the
expanded detail of high dynamic
range photos. When you press the
shutter button, it instantly records
three frames at different exposures
and composites the best details
from each—in the highlights, midtones and shadows—to create a
single image with wider dynamic
range than any single exposure
could possibly capture. The resulting
image is breathtaking and ideal for
post processing. You can select the
exposure range, making adjustments
in 1EV steps up to a maximum ±6EV.
No tripod is necessary when shooting
because subject movement is
precisely compensated for.
The Multi Frame NR mode is extremely
effective at suppressing noise in dark,
challenging shooting situations.
Candlelit rooms, for example, can be
vividly captured without using a tripod
or flash. By seamlessly compositing
six images, this mode achieves noise
reduction equivalent to a 2-stop lower
shutter speed. Noise is lower than when
shooting normally at the same ISO
speed, and sensitivity equivalent to
ISO 51200 becomes possible when
shooting at the highest ISO speed.
Compatible with any ISO setting, the
Multi Frame NR mode can also be used
in combination with all P/A/S/M modes.
In difficult lighting conditions, DRO
analyzes and corrects your image
in real time to expand its dynamic
range and achieve smoother, more
natural gradients with more detail in
the highlights and shadows. If a backlit
subject’s face is dark, for example, it
recovers details hidden in the shadows
and delivers a naturally bright image.
DRO can be used effectively during
continuous shooting and lets you
choose the amount of correction up
to 5 steps.
Exposure modes
The clearly labeled mode dial on top
of the a99 provides quick access to all
available exposure modes (Program
Auto, Aperture priority, Shutter speed
priority, Manual exposure modes, Auto
mode and 8 Scene Selection modes).
unleash your creativity
Creative Style
Creative Style settings swiftly
bring out the character of
your scene. Depending on
your subject and creative
intentions, you can simply
select any of 13 settings
(including Standard, Vivid,
Neutral, Portrait, Landscape,
Sunset, Black & White, Clear
and Deep). The camera will
then adjust color and other
image parameters to create
the appropriate mood, while
letting you fine-tune contrast,
saturation* and sharpness to
suit your personal preference
and achieve just the right
finishing touch.
Picture Effect
1200-zone Evaluative Metering
Drive modes
It’s easy to apply innovative effects
to your still images and movies. The
11 customizable modes (with 15
effects) include HDR Painting, Rich
Tone Monochrome, Soft Focus and
a Miniature mode that makes your
subject look like a miniature model.
An advanced evaluative metering
sensor with 1200 zones ensures
balanced exposures in wide-ranging
lighting conditions as well as accurate
subject recognition. Multi segment,
Center weighted and Spot metering
modes are selectable.
User-friendly icons make it easy to
switch between single-shot, continuous,
bracketed and self-timer shooting.
Just select the drive mode along with
selectable parameters (such as selftimer shooting with 2 or 10-second
delay). Then start shooting.
Creative Style: Landscape
Two-axis White Balance
Creative Style: Standard
* Not available when B/W mode
is selected.
Two-axis White Balance enables finer white
balance adjustment than automatic
white balance can provide. You can
adjust white balance in the amber-blue
and green-magenta directions to achieve
more true-to-life color under almost any
kind of light source.
get to know the a99
AF Illuminator/Self-timer
Lens release button
Remote sensor
Mounting index
Front dial control
Custom button
Silent multi-controller
Lens contacts
Preview button
get to know the a99
Playback button
Eyepiece sensors
DISP button
LCD screen
MOVIE button
Fn button/Image rotation button
MENU button
AF/MF button/Enlarge button
Rear control dial
Smart teleconverter button/
Zoom button/Focus Magnifier button
AEL button/SLOW SYNC button/
Image index button
Access lamp
AF RANGE button/Delete button
get to know the a99
Image sensor position mark
Remaining battery
Drive button
Display panel
Exposure/Flash Compensation
White Balance button
Drive mode
Exposure button
Multi Interface Shoe
Remaining number of recordable images
Power switch
Mode dial
Image quality
Shutter button
Mode dial lock release button
White balance
ISO button
ISO sensitivity
Display panel illumination button
Shutter speed/Aperture
get to know the a99
Flash sync terminal
Diopter-adjustment dial
Microphone jack
SLOT 1 (Memory card slot 1)
Headphones jack
Battery (inside)
HDMI terminal
SLOT 2 (Memory card slot 2)
USB terminal
Vertical Control On/Off
DC IN terminal
Control dial
REMOTE terminal
Function button/Image rotation button
Smart teleconverter button/
Zoom button/Focus Magnifier button
AEL button/SLOW SYNC button/
Image index button
AF/MF button/Enlarge button
extend your
point of view
300mm F2.8 G SSM II
Carl Zeiss® lenses
Developed jointly by Sony and renowned optical manufacturer Carl Zeiss, these
superb AF-capable lenses feature Carl Zeiss optical formulas and coatings and
are designed for professional photographers seeking utmost image quality.
This super telephoto G lens delivers
both high contrast and beautiful bokeh
effects at levels far surpassing those of
existing 300mm F2.8 lenses. It features a
new high-performance optical design,
a quiet high-speed SSM autofocus drive
system with enhanced object tracking,
and an anti-glare Nano AR coating.
Distagon T*
24mm F2 ZA SSM
Planar T*
85mm F1.4 ZA
Sonnar T*
135mm F1.8 ZA
Vario-Sonnar T*
16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM
G Lenses™
Sony’s highest quality professional lenses
are at the top of their class, delivering
exceptional in-focus image quality
and beautiful defocusing courtesy of
advanced aspherical and ED glass
elements as well as renowned Sony
quality assurance technology.
F1.4 G
F2.8 G
F4.5-5.6 G SSM
F4-5.6 G SSM
Vario-Sonnar T*
24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM
extend your point of view
135mm F2.8 [T4.5] STF (SAL135F28)
This special-purpose lens features apodization optics that deliver superb clarity at the
point of focus and exceptionally smooth transitions between in-focus and defocused
areas. A manual aperture ring provides added control over defocusing, which is
especially desirable around T4.5 to T6.7.
Sony full-frame lenses
Designed to bring out the full potential
of Sony a digital cameras with 35mm
full-frame sensors—including extremely
high-resolution, high sensitivity and
stunning sense of depth—Sony fullframe lenses integrate the latest lens
technologies and include top-quality G
series and Carl Zeiss lenses crafted to the
highest standards of optical precision.
F2.8 SAM
F2.8 Fisheye
F2.8 Macro
F2.8 SAM
F2.8 Macro
Sony DT lenses
Sony DT lenses are designed for digital
interchangeable lens cameras with
APS-C type image sensors and have
slightly different optical requirements
than 35mm full-frame image sensors.
When a DT lens is mounted on the
a99, it automatically switches to the
APS-C mode and adjusts the XGA
OLED Tru-Finder to clearly display
the image with 100% coverage while
maintaining high resolution.
DT 11-18mm
DT 18–250mm
DT 16-50mm
F2.8 SSM
DT 16-80mm
F3.5-4.5 ZA
DT 55-200mm
F4-5.6 SAM
DT 55-300mm
F4.5-5.6 SAM
DT 16-105mm
DT 30mm
F2.8 Macro SAM
Teleconverters boost the focal length
of lenses without affecting resolving
power and are a great way to extend
your telephoto range in the field without
adding much weight or bulk to your kit.
DT 18-55mm
F3.5-5.6 SAM
DT 35mm
F1.8 SAM
DT 50mm
F1.8 SAM
*1: Compatible with MF and AF
focusing modes.
Compatible lenses
SAL70200G (70-200mm F2.8G)*1
SAL70400G (70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM)*2
SAL300F28G (300mm F2.8G)*1
SAL135F28 (135mm F2.8 [T4.5] STF)*2
SAL300F28G2 (300mm F2.8 G SSM II)*1
SAL500F4G (500mm F4 G SSM)*3
*2: Compatible
with MF focusing mode only.
*3: SAL14TC: Compatible with MF
and AF focusing modes, SAL20TC:
Compatible MF focusing mode only.
expand your horizons
This powerful flagship flash unit (GN 60) features an LED light and delivers creative
lighting for both still image and movie shooting. As a lighting solution that supports
stringent professional demands, it offers a flexible rotation mechanism for Quick Shift
Bounce as well as quick and intuitive operation via Quick Navi, which has received
rave reviews on a series cameras. Also included are a built-in video LED lighting
feature, a color temperature conversion filter for LED lighting, a diffuser and a bounce
adaptor. Moreover, meticulous dust and moisture resistance support reliable shooting
in various types of conditions.
• Guide number of 60 (105mm, ISO 100m)
• Wireless multi flash ratio control
• Fast approx. 3.5 second recharge time
• Dust and moisture resistant design
• Built-in wide panel and bounce sheet
• Multi Interface Shoe
• Shoe Adaptor (ADP-AMA) is included for usage
with Auto-lock Accessory Shoe cameras
Bounce light 1 only
Bounce light 1 + 2
Bounce light 1 + 2 + 3
Bounce light 1 + 2 + 3 + 4
Wireless multi-flash with flash ratio control
This large-capacity flash unit features
Sony’s Quick Shift Bounce design, which
enables wide-ranging angle adjustment
and the same lighting whether shooting
in the landscape or portrait position.
Shoe Adaptor ADP-MAA, which comes
bundled with the a99, is required to
mount this flash unit on the a99.
• Guide number of 43 (at 105mm, ISO 100m)
• Wireless multi flash ratio control
• Built-in wide panel and bounce sheet
• Effective dust and moisture resistance
• Fast 2.9 second recharge time
Ring Light
XLR Adaptor Kit
The HVL-RL1 offers highly effective
illumination of small subjects for
macro shooting. Its powerful approx.
700 lx/0.3m (LED) performance
is approximately 4 times brighter
than in the previous model and
brightness can be steplessly dimmed
to achieve creative lighting that
subtly reflects your intentions.
Extremely smooth lighting effects
can also be achieved without clearly
revealing the source of light.
• Can be mounted on Multi Interface Shoe cameras.
Full-ring illumination for shadowless lighting
• Half-ring illumination for shadows and contrast
• Continuous illumination allows lighting to be
checked at any time
• Filter diameter: 49mm, 55mm
• Shoe Adaptor (ADP-AMA) is included for usage
with Auto-lock Accessory Shoe cameras
This kit meets the audio needs of
professional movie production by
providing two pro-standard XLR terminals
that reliably connect the camera
with professional XLR-connected
microphones, mixing consoles and
sound studios. Direct separate control
of the left and right channels provides
versatile possibilities such as control of
recording level adjustment, attenuation
and wind noise reduction to match
microphone characteristics and creative
intentions. MIC/LINE input switching for
each channel is also provided to greatly
simplify post-shoot editing.
VCT-55LH bracket
• Various types of microphones are supported
• A lock mechanism prevents accidental cable
• ECM-XM1 monaural shotgun microphone included
• Optional bracket is required to attach to a99
(adaptor cannot be attached directly to a99)
expand your horizions
Vertical Grip
Featuring optimal contours and
essential controls, this grip provides
comfort and handling on a par with
horizontal shooting. It also offers a
triple battery advantage (two batteries
plus one in the camera) for extended
shooting and playback.
• Holds up to two NP-FM500H rechargeable
battery packs (sold separately)
• Dust and moisture resistant design
Remote Commander
Back pack
Stereo Microphone
Shotgun Microphone
During movie shooting, this compact
stereo microphone provides crisp,
clear recording quality. It includes
selectable directivity (90°/120°) for
capturing dialogue or ambient sound.
This professional quality “shotgun”
microphone offers high directivity for
isolating specific sound sources, as well
as low noise and a wide dynamic range.
• Compact, lightweight design
• Includes shock mount holder, spacer, wind
screen, shoe adaptor and low-cut mode for
reducing unwanted low frequencies
In addition to holding the camera with
standard lens attached, this bag’s
ample dimensions can carry various
shooting-related accessories, up to
four interchangeable lenses, and a
laptop PC with up to 15.5 inch monitor.
The designer paid close attention to
details like the rain cover and various
belt features that reduce the fatigue
of carrying a heavy load. This is truly
a back pack designed to meet the
stringent demands of professional
• Includes shock mount holder, wind screen,
carrying case, pouch and battery
(Sony Alkaline LR44)
• Shoe Adaptor ADP-MAA (included with a99)
is necessary for usage with Multi Interface Shoe
equipped camera
• Plug-in power or three “AA” alkaline batteries
• Can be mounted on Multi Interface Shoe cameras
• Features easily accessible side opening, multiple
pockets, 4 padded dividers and an integrated
rain cover.
This wireless remote commander for
a A-mount and E-mount cameras
provides easy remote start/stop
functionality whether shooting still
images or movies.
system at a glance
Flash/Flash Accessories
Macro Twin
Flash Kit
Ring Light
Sync Terminal
Shoe Adaptor
Cable for Flash
Stereo Microphone
Clip-on LCD Monitor
Shotgun Microphone
XLR Adaptor Kit
Macro Light
Ring Light
Shoe Cap
Vertical Grip
HDMI Cable
Shooting Accessories
Multi Flash Cable
External Battery
Adaptor for Flash
Extension Cable
for Flash
Triple Connector
for Flash
HDMI Cable (Mini)
Memory Cards
Screen Protector
Semi Hard Sheet
Finder Accessory
Remote Commander
(*Still images only)
Lens Accessories
Memory Stick PRO-HG DuoHX/
Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark 2
Battery Pack
AC Adaptor
Battery Charger
Angle Finder
SD Memory Card
Circular PL Filters
ND Filters [8x]
MC Protectors
Grip Belt
Shoulder Strap
Shoulder Strap
Shoulder Strap
Shoulder Strap
Soft Carrying
Soft Carrying
Back Pack
Back Pack
Type Bag
Soft Carrying
explore the possibilities
PlayMemories™ Home
PlayMemories™ Online
PlayMemories™ Studio*
This convenient software makes it easy
to download photos to a computer for
viewing, editing, printing, sharing (via
e-mail or web upload), burning to disc
or retouching.
Shoot photos and videos with your
favorite camera or smartphone and
effortlessly enjoy them on your tablet,
computer, BRAVIA and more! Start with
5GB of free storage space! For details,
Now you can enjoy photos and movies
on your game machine, thanks to
PlayMemories Studio software for PS3.
Image Data Converter and
Remote Camera Control
Image Data Converter software lets
you enjoy advanced features for
browsing, manipulating, converting
and managing the full-resolution RAW
images you capture. While viewing
the images, you can expertly adjust
exposure, white balance, tonal curves,
saturation, contrast, hue, sharpness and
more. The viewer window presents RAW
and JPEG files as thumbnails, along
with your preference ratings if desired,
to support easy comparison of multiple
images and enhance the browsing
and management of your image data.
Bundled Remote Camera Control
software can enhance the efficiency
of your studio workflow by letting you
remotely activate and deactivate still/
movie recording and control various
camera settings from a PC. Automatic
transfer of still images from the camera
to the PC is also possible. Controllable
settings include exposure mode, ISO
speed, various audio and image
settings, etc.
* Optional software
Reykjavik, Iceland
GPS capability
The built-in GPS (Global Positioning
System) feature can tag your
photographs with data that indicates
where and when they were taken.
When you view tagged photographs
on a PC installed with bundled PMB
software, or on a connected BRAVIA
TV with the Photo Map function, the
photos can be displayed on a map to
indicate where they were taken.
A highly sensitive antenna in the camera
ensures clear reception of global
positioning data wherever you travel.
Paris, France
Detroit, USA
Death Valley, USA
Madrid, Spain
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Assignment of a Lifetime locations
Main specifications of
Camera type
Lens compatibility
Image sensor
Number of pixels (effective)
Number of pixels (total)
Image sensor aspect ratio
Anti-dust system
Recording system (still images)
Recording format
Image size (pixels) 3:2 aspect ratio
Interchangeable lens digital camera
Sony A-mount lenses, operation with Minolta/Konica lenses confirmed
35mm full-frame (35.8 x 23.9mm), Exmor CMOS sensor
Approx. 24.3 megapixels
Approx. 24.7 megapixels
Charge protection coating on low-pass filter and image sensor shift mechanism
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format),
35mm full-frame L: 6000 x 4000 (24M), M: 3936 x 2624 (10M),
S: 2640 x 1760 (4.6M) APS-C L: 3936 x 2624 (10M), M: 2640 x 1760 (4.6M),
S: 1728 x 1152 (2.0M)
16:9 aspect ratio
35mm full-frame L: 6000 x 3376 (20M), M: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M), S: 2640 x 1488
(3.9M) APS-C L: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M), M: 2640 x 1488 (3.9M), S: 1728 x 976 (1.7M)
Sweep Panorama
Wide: horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23M), vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M), Standard:
horizontal 8,192 x 1,856 (15M), vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Extra fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
14 bit
11 types (15 variations): Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro
Photo, Partial Color (R), Partial Color (G), Partial Color (B), Partial Color (Y), High
Contrast Monochrome,Toy Camera, Soft High-key , Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone
Mono, Miniature
Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night scene,
Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3
steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))
Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1-5)), Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto
Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1-6 EV, 1.0 EV step))
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Image quality modes
RAW output
Picture Effect
Creative Style
Dynamic range functions
Color Space
Recording system (movie)
Recording format
Video compression
Audio recording format
Image size (pixels) NTSC
**Maximum bit rate
***Average bit rate
Movie functions
Recording mode on 2 memory cards
Noise reduction
Noise reduction
Multi Frame NR
White balance
AWB micro adjustment
Focusing system
Focus sensor
Focus point
Sensistivity range
Focus mode
AF mode
Focus area
Other features
Exposure control
Metering type
Metering sensor
Metering sensitivity
Exposure modes
Scene Selection
Exposure compensation
AE bracketing
AE lock
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)
AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive)/MP4
AVCHD Ver. 2.0 compliant/MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
Dolby Digital (AC-3)/MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28Mbps**/PS, 60i/24Mbps**/FX, 60i/17Mbps***/FH,
24p/24Mbps**/FX, 24p/17Mbps***/FH)
MP4: 1440 x 1080 (30fps/12Mbps***), 640 x 480 (30fps/3Mbps***)
Audio Level Display, Audio Rec Level, AF Tracking Duration, Auto Slow Shutter, HDMI info.
Display (on/off selectable)
Memory Stick PRO DuoTM, Memory Stick PRO-HG DuoTM, SD memory card, SDHC
memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
Slot 1: Multi slot for Memory Stick PRO Duo/SD (UHS-I compliant) memory card
Slot 2: SD (UHS-I compliant) memory card only
Simult. Rec (Still), Simult. Rec (Movie), Simult. Rec (Still/Movie), Sort (JPEG/RAW), Sort
(Still/Movie), Copy
Long exposure NR: On/Off selectable, available for shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.
High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off selectable
Auto/ISO 100 to 51200
Auto/Daylight/Shade/Cloudy/Incandescent/Fluorescent <Warm White/Cool White/Day
White/Daylight>/Flash/Color Temperature <2500 to 9900K> & color filter <G7 to M7,
A7 to B7>/Custom <3>
Yes <G7 to M7 (15 steps), A7 to B7 (15 steps)>
3 frames, H/L selectable
TTL Phase-detection AF
Detector 1: CCD line sensors
Detector 2: 102 assist points *1
Detector 1: 19 points (11 points cross type)
Detector 2: 102 assist points*1
Detector 1: -1 to 18 EV (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
Direct Manual Focus, Manual focus selectable
Single-shot AF (AF-S), Automatic AF (AF-A), Continuous AF (AF-C), Depth Map Assist
Continuous AF (AF-D)*1 selectable
Wide (auto,19 points)/Zone/Spot/Local selectable
Tracking focus, Predictive control (AF-A, AF-C, AF-D*1), Focus lock, Eye-start AF, AF
illuminator (built-in, LED type, range: Approx. 1-7m (Approx. 3.3 to 23 feet)), AF range
control, AF micro adjustment, AF ON
1200-zone evaluative metering
Exmor CMOS sensor
-2 to 17 EV (at ISO 100 equivalent with F1.4 lens attached)
Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed
priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama,Tele-zoom Continuous
Priority AE, Movie (Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A)/Shutter-speed priority (S)/
Manual (M) selectable in manual focus mode)
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night scene,
Hand-held Twilight
+/-5.0 EV (1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable)
Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, With 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 2. 0EV, 3.0 EV increments,
3/5 frames (2.0 EV, 3.0 EV: only 3 frames) selectable
Available with AE lock button. AE is also locked when focus is locked in multi-segment
metering mode.
Still images: ISO 100-25600 equivalent (1/3 EV step), (ISO numbers up from ISO 50
can be set as expanded ISO range.), AUTO (ISO 100–6400, selectable lower limit
and upper limit )
Movies: ISO 100-6400 equivalent (1/3 EV step)/AUTO (ISO 100–3200 equivalent)
Number of dots
Brightness control
Color temperature control
Field coverage
Diopter adjustment
Eye point
Real-time image-adjustment display
LCD screen
Total number of dots
Brightness control
Adjustable angle
Display selecter (Finder/LCD)
Real-time image-adjustment display
Focus Magnifier
Peaking MF
Display Panel
XGA OLED, 1.3 cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (color)
2,359,296 dots
Auto/Manual (3 steps between -1 and +1)
Manual (5 steps)
Approx. 0.71x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1)
-4.0 to +3.0m-1
Approx. 27mm from the eyepiece lens, 22mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter
(CIPA standard)
Graphic Display/Display All Info./No Disp. Info./Digital Level Gauge/ Histogram
7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT drive
Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny weather
Tilt angle: 140°upward and 180° downward
Rotation angle: 180° clockwise and 90° counterclockwise
Graphic Display/Display All Info./No Disp. Info./Digital Level Gauge/Histogram/Shooting
information for viewfinder mode
35mm full-frame: 5.9x, 11.7x APS-C: 3.8x, 7.7x
Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Top Panel (setting mode indicator LCD)
Other features
Face detection
Auto Portrait Framing
Clear Image Zoom
Smart zoom(still image) M: approx. 1.5x S: approx. 2.3x
Digital Zoom
Digital zoom(still image) Approx. 4x
Digital zoom(movie)
Approx. 4x
Smart Teleconverter
Approx. 1.4x/2x
Lens compensation
Peripheral shading, chromatic aberration, distortion
Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter speed
Still images: 1/8000 to 30 sec, Bulb
Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 step)
NTSC: up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode)
PAL: up to 1/50 in AUTO mode (up to 1/25 in Auto slow shutter mode)
Flash sync. speed
Electronic Front Shutter Curtain
SteadyShot INSIDE (image stabilization)
Compensation effect
Flash Control (with optional external flash)
Flash compensation
Flash bracketing
Flash modes
External flash
FE level lock
Wireless control
Drive modes
Continuous shooting speed
(approx., max.)*2
No. of frames recordable* (approx.)*2 when
used with SD-UHS1 card
PC interface
HD output
Compatible OS
Compatible standards
1/250 sec.
Yes (ON/OFF)
For still images: Image Sensor-Shift mechanism, For movies: Electronic
Equivalent to approx. 2.5 to 4.5 steps in shutter speeds
* Varies according to shooting conditions and lens used
ADI, Pre-flash TTL
+/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
0.3/0.5/0.7/2.0/3.0 EV steps, 3/5 frames (2.0/3.0 EV: only 3 frames) selectable
Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off
selectable), Hi-speed sync*3, Wireless*3
Sony a System Flash compatible with Multi Interface Shoe, attach the shoe adaptor for
flash compatible with auto-lock accessory shoe
Yes (wireless flash with lighting ratio control)
Single Shooting, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay
selectable), Bracket: Cont., Bracket: Single, White Balance bracket, DRO bracket,
Remote Control (with optional RMT-DSLR2)
Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE: Maximum Approx. 10/8fps selectable
Continuous shooting Hi:
35mm full-frame: Maximum approx. 6fps
APS-C: Maximum approx. 7fps
Continuous shooting Lo:
35mm full-frame: Maximum approx. 2.5fps
APS-C: Maximum approx. 2.5fps
Continuous shooting Hi: Extra FINE 15, FINE 24, STD 29, RAW 15, RAW+JPEG 12
Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE (8fps): Extra FINE 20, FINE 28, STD 31, RAW
19, RAW+JPEG 18,Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE (10fps): Extra FINE 20,
FINE 26, STD 28
Custom function
Memory function
Still images
External Power
With battery and
Memory Stick PRO Duo included
Body only
W x H x D (excluding protrusions)
Body material
Operating temperature
Custom key settings, Programmable setting
Yes (3 sets)
One rechargeable battery pack NP-FM500H
Approx. 410 shots (Viewfinder)/approx. 500 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA measurement)
Approx. 155 min with viewfinder, approx. 155 min with LCD monitor
AC Adaptor AC-PW10AM (sold separately)
Approx. 812 g (approx. 1 lb 12.7 oz)
Approx. 733 g (approx. 1 lb 9.9 oz)
Approx. 147 x 111.2 x 78.4mm (approx. 5 7/8 x 4 1/2 x 3 1/8")
Magnesium Alloy and High rigidity engineering plastic exterior
32–104°F/ 0–40°C
Movie recording time for single media (Memory Stick PRO Duo, in hours and minutes, approx.)
50i 24M (FX) (PAL)
60p 28M (PS) (NTSC/PAL)
50p 28M (PS)
1h 30m
1h 15m
2h 30m
24p 24M (FX) (NTSC/PAL)
25p 24M (FX) (PAL)
1h 30m
MP4 1440×1080 12M
1h 20m
2h 45m
5h 30m
* The numbers in the table above show the approximate maximum recordable time obtained by totaling all movie files.
* The size of a movie file is limited to approx. 2GB.
Number of recordable still images for single media
Media: Memory Stick PRO Duo, Image size: 35mm full-frame, L 24M (3:2 aspect ratio)
Extra Fine
* The actual numbers may be less than those indicated depending on the conditions of use.
Single (with or without shooting information, RGB histogram & highlight/shadow
warning), 4/9-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (Maximum magnification
L: 16.7x, M: 11.8x, S: 8.3x), Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, off), Image orientation (On/Off
selectable), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (Still), Forward/Rewind
(Movie), Delete, Protect
miniB, Hi-speed USB (USB2.0) (Mass-storage (Multi LUN), MTP, PC remote)
HDMI mini connector (Type-C), BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV HD
Sync. terminal, Multi Interface Shoe*7, Auto-lock accessory shoe compatible with
supplied shoe adaptor, Microphone terminal (3.5mm Stereo minijack), DC IN terminal,
Wired remote terminal, Headphone terminal (3.5mm Stereo minijack), Vertical Grip
Windows XP*4 SP3, Windows Vista*5 SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X (v. 10.3-10.8)
Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-ALST1 (with supplied shoe adaptor)/ECM-CG50/
XLR-K1M (sold separately)
Built-in, monaural, Volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7
Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting
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System requirements of bundled software
PlayMemories Home™
Image Data Converter Ver. 4/Remote Camera Control Ver. 3
Microsoft Windows ®
Windows® XP** SP3, Windows Vista® SP2, Windows 7 SP1
Mac OS X (v10.5 (Leopard), v. 10.6 (Snow Leopard),
v. 10.7 (Lion), v. 10.8 (Mountain Lion))
Pentium 4 or faster
Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster
Pentium III 800 MHz or faster
For playing/editing High Definition movies: Intel Core
Duo 1.66 GHz or faster/Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or faster,
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz or faster (AVC HD (FX/FH)),
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.40 GHz or faster (AVC HD (PS)
1 GB or more is recommended.
1 GB or more is recommended.
512 MB or more (For playing/editing High Definition movies: 1 GB or more)
Microsoft Windows®
Windows® XP** SP3, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 7 SP1
The computer environment must also satisfy the operating requirements of the OS.
* Must be installed with the listed OS at delivery. Proper operation cannot be guaranteed with an upgraded OS environment.
** 64-bit and Starter Editions are not supported. Windows Image Mastering API (IMAPI) Ver. 2.0 or later is required for disc burning function.
Trademarks & Remarks
* is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
* Exmor
, SteadyShot, VAIO
, InfoLithium
, Memory Stick
, Translucent Mirror Technology
, Tru-Finder
Memory Stick PRO Duo
, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
, and Multi Interface Shoe
, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.
* PLAYSTATION is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
are trademarks.
* Blu-ray Disc and
and AVCHD Progressive
and their respective logos are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.
* SD Logo, SDHC Logo and SDXC Logo are trademarks of SD-3C, LLC.
* HDMI, HDMI Logo, and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States and other countries.
* All other company and product names mentioned herein are used for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
* InfoLithium
is a lithium battery pack which can exchange data with compatible electronic equipment about its energy consumption.
Sony recommends that you use the battery pack with electronic equipment bearing the
* WhiteMagic™ and
are trademarks of Japan Display Inc.
• Screen displays are simulated.
• Simulated effects are used to illustrate some functions.
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