Sony | DSLR-A700 | Troubleshooting | Sony DSLR-A700 Troubleshooting

Before your
operation
Using the shooting
functions
Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera
User’s Guide/
Troubleshooting
Using the viewing
functions
Using the menu
Using your computer
Printing images
Troubleshooting
Others
“Read This First” (separate volume)
Explains the set-up and basic operations for shooting/
playback with your camera.
Index
WARNING
To reduce fire or shock hazard, do
not expose the unit to rain or
moisture.
For Customers in the U.S.A.
This symbol is intended to
alert the user to the presence
of uninsulated “dangerous
voltage” within the product's
enclosure that may be of
sufficient magnitude to
constitute a risk of electric
shock to persons.
This symbol is intended to
alert the user to the presence
of important operating and
maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
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IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS
For your protection, please read these safety
instructions completely before operating
the appliance, and keep this manual for
future reference.
Carefully observe all warnings, precautions
and instructions on the appliance, or the one
described in the operating instructions and
adhere to them.
Use
Power Sources
Cleaning
Unplug the set from the wall outlet before
cleaning or polishing it. Do not use liquid cleaners
or aerosol cleaners. Use a cloth lightly dampened
with water for cleaning the exterior of the set.
Installation
Water and Moisture
Do not use power-line operated sets near water –
for example, near a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen
sink, or laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a
swimming pool, etc.
This set should be operated only from the type of
power source indicated on the marking label. If
you are not sure of the type of electrical power
supplied to your home, consult your dealer or
local power company. For those sets designed to
operate from battery power, or other sources, refer
to the operating instructions.
Power-Cord Protection
Polarization
Accessories
This set may be equipped with a polarized ac
power cord plug (a plug having one blade wider
than the other).
This plug will fit into the power outlet only one
way. This is a safety feature. If you are unable to
insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing
the plug. If the plug should still fail to fit, contact
your electrician to have a suitable outlet installed.
Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized
plug by forcing it in.
Do not place the set on an unstable cart, stand,
tripod, bracket, or table. The set may fall, causing
serious injury to a child or an adult, and serious
damage to the set. Use only a cart, stand, tripod,
bracket, or table recommended by the
manufacturer.
Overloading
Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords or
convenience receptacles beyond their capacity,
since this can result in fire or electric shock.
Object and Liquid Entry
Never push objects of any kind into the set
through openings as they may touch dangerous
voltage points or short out parts that could result
in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any
kind on the set.
Attachments
Route the power cord so that it is not likely to be
walked on or pinched by items placed upon or
against them, paying particular attention to the
plugs, receptacles, and the point where the cord
exits from the appliance.
Ventilation
The slots and openings in the cabinet are provided
for necessary ventilation. To ensure reliable
operation of the set, and to protect it from
overheating, these slots and openings must never
be blocked or covered.
– Never cover the slots and openings with a cloth
or other materials.
– Never block the slots and openings by placing
the set on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar
surface.
– Never place the set in a confined space, such as
a bookcase, or built-in cabinet, unless proper
ventilation is provided.
– Do not place the set near or over a radiator or
heat register, or where it is exposed to direct
sunlight.
Do not use attachments not recommended by the
manufacturer, as they may cause hazards.
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Lightning
Safety Check
For added protection for this set during a lightning
storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for
long periods of time, unplug it from the wall
outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable system.
This will prevent damage to the set due to
lightning and power-line surges.
Upon completion of any service or repairs to the
set, ask the service technician to perform routine
safety checks (as specified by the manufacturer)
to determine that the set is in safe operating
condition.
Service
Damage Requiring Service
Unplug the set from the wall outlet and refer
servicing to qualified service personnel under the
following conditions:
– When the power cord or plug is damaged or
frayed.
– If liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen
into the set.
– If the set has been exposed to rain or water.
– If the set has been subject to excessive shock by
being dropped, or the cabinet has been
damaged.
– If the set does not operate normally when
following the operating instructions. Adjust
only those controls that are specified in the
operating instructions. Improper adjustment of
other controls may result in damage and will
often require extensive work by a qualified
technician to restore the set to normal operation.
– When the set exhibits a distinct change in
performance – this indicates a need for service.
Servicing
Do not attempt to service the set yourself as
opening or removing covers may expose you to
dangerous voltage or other hazards.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Replacement parts
When replacement parts are required, be sure the
service technician has used replacement parts
specified by the manufacturer that have the same
characteristics as the original parts.
Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire,
electric shock, or other hazards.
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Read this first
CAUTION
Replace the battery with the specified type
only. Otherwise, fire or injury may result.
Do not expose the batteries to excessive heat such
as sunshine, fire or the like.
For Customers in the U.S.A. and
Canada
RECYCLING LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES
Regulatory Information
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: DSLR-A700
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
Address: 16530 Via Esprillo,
San Diego, CA 92127 U.S.A.
Telephone No.: 858-942-2230
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Lithium-Ion batteries are
recyclable.
You can help preserve our
environment by returning your
used rechargeable batteries to
the collection and recycling
location nearest you.
CAUTION
For more information regarding recycling of
rechargeable batteries, call toll free
1-800-822-8837, or visit http://www.rbrc.org/
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate this
equipment.
Caution: Do not handle damaged or leaking
Lithium-Ion batteries.
Battery pack
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC
Rules, Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with
Canadian ICES-003.
For Customers in the U.S.A.
If you have any questions about this product, you
may call:
Sony Customer Information Services Center
1-800-222-SONY (7669)
The number below is for the FCC related matters
only.
Note:
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates,
uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and,
if not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to
radio communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning the
equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to
try to correct the interference by one or more of
the following measures:
– Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
– Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
– Connect the equipment into an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
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The supplied interface cable must be used with the
equipment in order to comply with the limits for a
digital device pursuant to Subpart B of Part 15 of
FCC Rules.
For the State of California, USA
only
Perchlorate Material - special handling may
apply, See
www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate
Perchlorate Material: Lithium battery contains
perchlorate.
For Customers in Europe
This product has been tested and found compliant
with the limits set out in the EMC Directive for
using connection cables shorter than 3 meters (9.8
feet).
Attention
The electromagnetic fields at the specific
frequencies may influence the picture and sound
of this unit.
Notice
If static electricity or electromagnetism causes
data transfer to discontinue midway (fail), restart
the application or disconnect and connect the
communication cable (USB, etc.) again.
Disposal of Old Electrical & Electronic
Equipment (Applicable in the
European Union and other European
countries with separate collection
systems)
This symbol on the product or on its packaging
indicates that this product shall not be treated as
household waste. Instead it shall be handed over
to the applicable collection point for the recycling
of electrical and electronic equipment. By
ensuring this product is disposed of correctly, you
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will help prevent potential negative consequences
for the environment and human health, which
could otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste
handling of this product. The recycling of
materials will help to conserve natural resources.
For more detailed information about recycling of
this product, please contact your local Civic
Office, your household waste disposal service or
the shop where you purchased the product.
Applicable Accessories: Remote Commander
Notice for customers in the
United Kingdom
A moulded plug complying with BS 1363 is fitted
to this equipment for your safety and
convenience.
Should the fuse in the plug supplied need to be
replaced, a fuse of the same rating as the supplied
one and approved by ASTA or BSI to BS 1362,
(i.e., marked with an
or
mark) must be
used.
If the plug supplied with this equipment has a
detachable fuse cover, be sure to attach the fuse
cover after you change the fuse. Never use the
plug without the fuse cover. If you should lose the
fuse cover, please contact your nearest Sony
service station.
Notice for the customers in the
countries applying EU Directives
The manufacturer of this product is Sony
Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan Minato-ku Tokyo, 1080075 Japan. The Authorized Representative for
EMC and product safety is Sony Deutschland
GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart,
Germany. For any service or guarantee matters
please refer to the addresses given in separate
service or guarantee documents.
Notes on using your camera
Notes on types of “Memory Stick” that
can be used (not supplied)
You can use a “Memory Stick Duo” with
your camera. A “Memory Stick” cannot be
used with your camera.
“Memory Stick Duo”
“Memory Stick”
• For details on “Memory Stick Duo”, see
page 161.
Notes on the “InfoLITHIUM” battery
pack
• Charge the NP-FM500H (supplied) battery pack
before using the camera for the first time.
(t step 1 in “Read This First”)
• The battery pack can be charged even if it is not
completely discharged. Also, even if the battery
pack is not fully charged, you can use the
partially charged capacity of the battery pack as
is.
• If you do not intend to use the battery pack for a
long time, use up the existing charge and
remove it from your camera, then store it in a
cool, dry place. This is to maintain the battery
pack functions (page 163).
• For details on the battery pack, see page 163.
No compensation for contents of the
recording
The contents of the recording cannot be
compensated for if recording or playback is not
possible due to a malfunction of your camera or a
memory card, etc.
Notes on recording/playback
• Before you record one-time events, make a trial
recording to make sure that the camera is
working correctly.
• This camera is designed to be dust- and
moisture-resistant but not to be waterproof and
splash-proof. When using the camera in the rain,
be careful not to get the camera and lens wet.
Clean the camera after use if the camera
becomes dirty. With water, sand, dust, salt, etc.,
left on the camera, the camera may cause a
malfunction. Read also “Precautions” (page
168).
• Do not look at the sun or a strong light through a
removed lens or the viewfinder. This may cause
irrecoverable damage to your eyes. Or it may
cause a malfunction of your camera.
• Do not use the camera near a location that
generates strong radio waves or emits radiation.
The camera may not be able to record or play
back properly.
• Using the camera in sandy or dusty locations
may cause malfunctions.
• If moisture condensation occurs, remove it
before using the camera (page 168).
• Do not shake or strike the camera. In addition to
malfunctions and an inability to record images,
this may render the memory card unusable, or
cause image data breakdown, damage or loss.
• Clean the flash surface before use. The heat of
flash emission may cause dirt on the flash
surface to become discolored or to stick to the
flash surface, resulting in insufficient light
emission.
• Keep the camera, supplied accessories, etc., out
of the reach of children. The battery pack, the
accessory shoe cap, etc., may be swallowed. If
such a problem occurs, consult a doctor
immediately.
Back up recommendation
To avoid the potential risk of data loss, always
copy (back up) data to other medium.
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Notes on the LCD monitor and lens
On image data compatibility
• The LCD monitor is manufactured using
extremely high-precision technology so over
99.99% of the pixels are operational for
effective use. However, there may be some tiny
black points and/or bright points (white, red,
blue or green in color) that constantly appear on
the LCD monitor. These points are normal in the
manufacturing process and do not affect the
images in any way.
• This camera conforms with DCF (Design rule
for Camera File system) universal standard
established by JEITA (Japan Electronics and
Information Technology Industries
Association).
• Playback of images recorded with your camera
on other equipment and playback of images
recorded or edited with other equipment on your
camera are not guaranteed.
Warning on copyright
Black, white, red, blue
and green points
• Do not expose the camera to direct sunlight. If
sunlight is focused on a nearby object, it may
cause a fire. When you must place the camera
under direct sunlight, attach the lens cap.
• Images may trail across on the LCD monitor in
a cold location. This is not a malfunction. When
turning on the camera in a cold location, the
LCD monitor may become temporarily dark.
When the camera warms up, the monitor will
function normally.
• Do not press against the LCD monitor. The
monitor may be discolored and that may cause a
malfunction.
On focal length
The picture angle of this camera is narrower than
that of a 35 mm-format film camera. You can find
the approximate equivalent of the focal length of a
35 mm-format film camera, and shoot with the
same picture angle, by increasing the focal length
of your lens by half.
For example, by using a 50 mm lens, you can get
the approximate equivalent of a 75 mm lens of a
35 mm-format film camera.
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Television programs, films, videotapes, and other
materials may be copyrighted. Unauthorized
recording of such materials may be contrary to the
provisions of the copyright laws.
The pictures used in this manual
The photographs used as examples of pictures in
this manual are reproduced images, and are not
actual images shot using this camera.
Table of contents
IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS ...................................................................3
Read this first ............................................................................................5
Notes on using your camera .....................................................................7
Before your operation
Identifying parts .......................................................................................14
Indicators on the monitor.........................................................................19
Switching the recording information display ............................................23
Number of images ...................................................................................24
The number of images that can be recorded when using the battery pack
................................................................................................................28
Basic operation........................................................................................29
How to use the multi-selector .......................................................................... 29
How to use the Fn (Function) button ............................................................... 30
How to use the menu....................................................................................... 32
Using the shooting functions
Using the mode dial.................................................................................34
Scene Selection............................................................................................... 35
Shooting with program auto – P ...................................................................... 36
Shooting with aperture priority mode – A ........................................................ 37
Shooting with shutter speed priority mode – S................................................ 39
Shooting with manual exposure mode – M ..................................................... 41
Exposure .................................................................................................45
Adjusting the exposure ................................................................................... 45
Locking the exposure (AE lock) ...................................................................... 46
Selecting the metering mode .......................................................................... 48
Focus.......................................................................................................49
Setting the AF area.......................................................................................... 49
Selecting the focus mode................................................................................ 52
Switching the AF/MF easily ............................................................................. 53
Using AF illuminator ........................................................................................ 54
Drive mode ..............................................................................................55
Shooting continuously ..................................................................................... 56
Using the self-timer ......................................................................................... 57
Shooting images with the exposure shifted – Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single
......................................................................................................................... 57
Shooting with the WB bracket ......................................................................... 59
Shooting with the DRO advanced bracket...................................................... 59
Shooting with the Remote Commander........................................................... 60
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Image processing and color.................................................................... 61
Adjusting the white balance ............................................................................ 61
Setting ISO....................................................................................................... 64
Using the D-Range Optimizer ......................................................................... 66
Using a Creative Style ..................................................................................... 67
Flash ....................................................................................................... 73
Selecting the flash mode ................................................................................. 73
Using the flash compensation ......................................................................... 75
Shooting with Slow Sync (Shooting the dark background with flash) ............. 77
Using the flash sync terminal .......................................................................... 77
Other operations ..................................................................................... 79
Registering your own settings ......................................................................... 79
Using the C (Custom) button........................................................................... 81
Using the viewing functions
Viewing images....................................................................................... 83
Switching the playback screen ....................................................................... 83
Switching to the index screen ......................................................................... 84
Displaying the histogram................................................................................. 85
Enlarging images............................................................................................. 86
Rotating an image ........................................................................................... 88
Viewing images on a TV screen ............................................................. 89
Operating with the Remote Commander......................................................... 91
Using the menu
Menu list.................................................................................................. 92
Recording menu 1 ............................................................................ 94
Image size
Aspect ratio
Quality
D-RangeOptimizer
Creative Style
Custom button
Exposure step
Recording menu 2 ............................................................................ 99
Flash mode
Flash control
Power ratio
Flash compens.
ISO Auto max.
ISO Auto min.
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Recording menu 3 ..........................................................................101
AF-A setup
AF area
Priority setup
AF illuminator
AF w/ shutter
Long exp.NR
High ISO NR
Recording menu 4 ..........................................................................104
Memory
Rec mode reset
Custom menu 1................................................................................105
Eye-Start AF
EyeStart trigr.
AF/MF button
AF/MF control
AF drive speed
AF area disp.
FocusHoldButton
Custom menu 2................................................................................107
AEL button
Ctrl dial setup
Dial exp.comp
Ctrl dial lock
Button ops.
Release w/oCard
Release w/oLens
Custom menu 3................................................................................110
Red eye reduc.
Exp.comp.set
Bracket order
Auto review
Auto off w/ VF
Rec.info.disp.
Img.orientation
Custom menu 4................................................................................113
Custom reset
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Playback menu 1............................................................................ 114
Delete
Format
Protect
DPOF setup
Date imprint
Index print
PlaybackDisplay
Playback menu 2............................................................................ 119
Slide show
Interval
Setup menu 1 ................................................................................. 120
LCD brightness
Info.disp.time
Power save
Video output
HDMI output
Language
Date/Time setup
Setup menu 2 ................................................................................. 123
Memory card
File number
Folder name
Select folder
New folder
USB connection
MassStrg.card
Setup menu 3 ................................................................................. 125
Menu start
Delete confirm.
Audio signals
Cleaning mode
Reset default
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Using your computer
Enjoying your computer.........................................................................127
Connecting the camera and your computer ..........................................129
Copying images to your computer.........................................................130
Image file storage destinations and file names .....................................133
Copying images stored on a computer to a memory card and viewing the
images...................................................................................................134
Using the software (supplied)................................................................135
Installing the software............................................................................136
Using the “Picture Motion Browser”.......................................................137
Using the “Image Data Converter SR” ..................................................139
Using the “Image Data Lightbox SR”.....................................................140
Using the “Remote Camera Control”.....................................................142
Printing images
How to print images...............................................................................145
Printing images directly using a PictBridge compliant printer................146
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting.....................................................................................149
Warning messages................................................................................158
Others
On the memory card (not supplied).......................................................161
On the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack .......................................................163
On the battery charger ..........................................................................164
Optional accessories .............................................................................165
Precautions ...........................................................................................168
Specifications ........................................................................................170
Reset default .........................................................................................172
Index
176
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Before your operation
Identifying parts
Camera
* Do not directly touch these parts.
See the pages in parentheses for details of
operation.
P Built-in flash* (t step 5 in “Read This
First”)
Q DRIVE button (55)
R Mode dial (34)
S HDMI terminal (90, 121, 148)
T VIDEO OUT/
129)
U
(USB) terminal (89,
Flash sync terminal (77)
V REMOTE terminal (166)
W DC IN terminal (165)
A ISO button (64)
B
(Exposure) button (45)
C Hooks for shoulder strap (17)
D Shutter button (t step 5 in “Read This
First”)
E Front control dial (30, 107)
F Remote sensor (60)
G Grip sensor (105)
H AF illuminator (54, 102)/Self-timer
lamp (57)
I Depth-of-field preview button (39)
J Lens contacts*
K Mirror*
L Lens mount
M Lens release button (t step 2 in “Read
This First”)
N Focus mode lever (52, 101)
O WB (White Balance) button (61)
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N Metering mode lever (48)
P
Image sensor position mark (50)
Q For shooting: AF/MF (Auto focus/
manual focus) button (53)
For viewing:
(Enlarge) button (86)
R Rear control dial (30, 107)
Before your operation
O For shooting: AEL (AE lock) button
(43, 46)/SLOW SYNC button (77)
For viewing:
(Index) button (84)
S Access lamp (t step 3 in “Read This
First”)
T
(Super SteadyShot) switch (t step
5 in “Read This First”)
U Memory card cover (t step 3 in “Read
This First”)
V “Memory Stick Duo” insertion slot (t
step 3 in “Read This First”)
A Viewfinder (t step 5 in “Read This
First”)
B Eyepiece sensors (111)
W CF card insertion slot (t step 3 in
“Read This First”)
X CF card eject lever (t step 3 in “Read
This First”)
C POWER switch (t step 4 in “Read
This First”)
D MENU button (32)
E DISP (Display) button (23, 83)
F
(Delete) button (t step 6 in “Read
This First”)
G
(Playback) button (t step 6 in
“Read This First”)
H LCD monitor (20, 23)
I Multi-selector (29)
J For shooting: C (Custom) button (81,
98)
For viewing:
(Histogram) button
(85)
K For shooting: Fn (Function) button (30)
For viewing:
(Rotate) button (88)
L Accessory shoe (166)
M Diopter-adjustment dial (t step 5 in
“Read This First”)
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Remote Commander
A Tripod receptacle
• Use a tripod with a screw length of less than
5.5 mm (7/32 inch). You will be unable to
firmly secure the camera to tripods having
screws longer than 5.5 mm (7/32 inch), and
may damage the camera.
B Battery cover open lever (t step 1 in
“Read This First”)
C Lock lever (t step 1 in “Read This
First”)
• With the exception of the 2 SEC and SHUTTER
buttons, the buttons only work when the camera
is connected to a TV (pages 60, 91, 148).
A 2 SEC (shutter release in 2 seconds)
button
B SHUTTER button
D Battery insertion slot (t step 1 in
“Read This First”)
C
E Battery cover (t step 1 in “Read This
First”)
E
(Index) button (84)
F
(Rotate) button (88)
G
(Playback) button (83)
(Histogram) button (85)
D DISP (Display) button (83)
H MENU button (32)
I PRINT button (148)
J Transmitter
K
L
M
(Slide show) button (119)
/
(Scale up/down) buttons (86)
(Delete) button (t step 6 in “Read
This First”)
N v/V/b/B/
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(29)
• Remove the insulation sheet before using the
Remote Commander.
This camera has two hooks to attach the
shoulder strap. Attach the end of the strap
without the remote commander clip on the
grip side of the camera. Attach the other
end of the strap on the other side of the
camera.
Remote commander clip
• Point the Remote Commander at the remote
sensor on the front of the camera in order to
operate the camera (page 14).
Before your operation
Insulation sheet
Attaching the shoulder strap
To change the battery of the Remote
Commander
1 While pressing on the tab, inset your
fingernail into the slit to pull out the
battery case.
2 Place a new battery with the + side facing
up.
3 Insert the battery case back into the
Remote Commander until it clicks.
Holder Ring
Tab
WARNING
Battery may explode if mistreated. Do
not recharge, disassemble or dispose of
in fire.
• When the lithium battery becomes weak, the
operating distance of the Remote Commander
may shorten, or the Remote Commander may
not function properly. In this case, replace the
battery with a Sony CR2025 lithium battery.
Use of another battery may present a risk of fire
or explosion.
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When threading the strap through the
holder ring, hold the tip of the strap with
your finger, and slide the holder ring rather
than the tip of the strap into position to
secure the strap.
If the holder ring comes off the strap, put it
back on the strap from the notched side.
Notched side
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Indicators on the monitor
See the pages in parentheses for details of
operation.
Indication
Super SteadyShot scale (t
step 5 in “Read This First”)
Aspect ratio 16:9 (95)
Before your operation
Viewfinder
Display
A
Display
Indication
Local AF area (49)
Spot AF area (49)
Spot metering area (48)
Shooting area for aspect
ratio 16:9 (95)
B
Display
Indication
Flash-compensation (75)
Flashing: The flash is being
charged
Lit: The flash has been
charged (t step 5 in “Read
This First”)
WL
Wireless flash (73)
High-speed sync (167)
Manual focus (53)
z
Focus (t step 5 in “Read
This First”)
125
Shutter speed (39)
5.6
Aperture (37)
EV scale (42, 47, 58)
AE lock (46)
9
Shots-remaining counter
(56)
Camera-shake warning (t
step 5 in “Read This First”)
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LCD monitor (Recording information
display)
C
Display
Indication
Drive mode (55)
Focus mode (52)
AF area (49)
Metering (48)
D-range optimizer (66)
• The illustration above is for the full display in
the horizontal position (page 23).
Creative Style (67)
A
Display
Indication
Register number (79)
PASM
Mode dial (34)
1/125
Shutter speed (39)
F5.6
Aperture (37)
+2.0
Exposure (45)
AE lock (46)
B
Display
Indication
Flash mode (73)/Red-eye
reduction (110)
+1
+1
+1
+1
+1
AWB
+1
5500K M1
Contrast, Saturation,
Sharpness, Brightness,
Zone Matching (68)
White balance (Auto,
Preset, Color temperature,
Color filter, Custom) (61)
D
Display
90%
Exposure-compensation
(45)/Metered Manual (42)
Indication
Battery remaining (t step
1 in “Read This First”)
Image quality (96)
Flash-compensation (75)
EV scale (42, 47, 58)
Image size (94)
ISO AUTO
ISO sensitivity (64)
Memory card (123)
100
20
Remaining number of
recordable images (24)
E
LCD monitor (single-image playback)
Operation guide
Display
Before your operation
The next operation may be indicated on the
lower portion of the LCD monitor. The
icons indicate the following meanings.
Indication
Multi-selector bB
Multi-selector vV
Multi-selector vVbB
z
Center of the multi-selector
MENU button
Returns with MENU
Display
Delete button
Indication
Memory card (123)
Enlarge button
100-0003
Folder - file number (133)
C button
-
Protect (115)
Fn button
DPOF3
DPOF set (116)
button
Image quality (96)
Front or rear control dial
Front control dial
Rear control dial
Image size (94)
Battery remaining (t step
1 in “Read This First”)
1/30
Shutter speed (39)
F4.0
Aperture (37)
ISO 400
ISO sensitivity (64)
2007 1 1
10:37PM
Date of recording
3/7
File number/total number
of images
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LCD monitor (Histogram display)
Display
Indication
Creative Style (67)
AWB
+1
5500K M1
D-range optimizer (66)
A
Display
Indication
Memory card (123)
100-0003
Folder - file number (133)
-
Protect (115)
DPOF3
DPOF set (116)
Image quality (96)
Image size (94)
Battery remaining (t step
1 in “Read This First”)
Playback image (85)
B
Display
Indication
Histogram (85)
PASM
Mode dial (34)
1/125
Shutter speed (39)
F3.5
Aperture (37)
ISO100
ISO sensitivity (64)
–0.3
EV scale (45)
–0.3
Flash-compensation (75)
Metering mode (48)
35mm
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White balance (Auto,
Preset, Color temperature,
Color filter, Custom) (61)
Focal length (8)
2007 1 1
10:37PM
Date of recording
3/7
File number/total number
of images
Switching the recording information display
Horizontal position
Detailed display
Enlarged display
Before your operation
When recording, the LCD monitor displays various recording information.
Press the DISP (Display) button to switch between the detailed display and the enlarged
display. You can choose to turn off the display to minimize battery consumption.
When you rotate the camera to a vertical position, the display automatically rotates to adjust to
the camera position.
No display
DISP (Display) button
Vertical position
Detailed display
Enlarged display
No display
DISP (Display) button
• The instructions in this operating instructions are based on the detailed display in the horizontal position.
(The upper-left illustration.)
• You can choose to keep the display from rotating in the vertical position with [Rec.info.disp.] in the
Custom menu (page 112)
• You can adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor by pressing the DISP (Display) button a little longer
(page 120).
• For the screen displayed in playback mode, see page 83.
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Number of images
The tables show the approximate number of images that can be recorded on a memory card
formatted with this camera. The values may vary depending on the shooting conditions.
The number of images
“Memory Stick Duo”
Image size: L 12M (Aspect ratio: 3:2)
Capacity
Size
128MB
256MB
(Units: Images)
512MB
1GB
2GB
4GB
Standard
31
57
120
245
496
982
1973
Fine
21
38
81
167
338
669
1344
Extra fine
11
20
43
89
180
358
720
cRAW & JPEG
6
11
24
51
103
204
410
RAW & JPEG
4
8
18
38
77
153
309
cRAW
9
17
35
73
148
293
590
RAW
6
11
24
50
100
199
401
Image size: L 10M (Aspect ratio: 16:9)
Capacity
Size
128MB
256MB
(Units: Images)
512MB
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
Standard
36
65
136
280
565
1120
2250
Fine
24
44
94
193
390
773
1553
Extra fine
13
24
51
105
212
420
844
cRAW & JPEG
6
12
25
53
107
212
427
RAW & JPEG
5
9
19
39
80
158
318
cRAW
9
17
35
73
148
293
590
RAW
6
11
24
50
100
199
401
Image size: M 6.4M (Aspect ratio: 3:2)
Capacity
Size
24
8GB
128MB
256MB
(Units: Images)
512MB
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
Standard
50
89
188
385
776
1536
Fine
35
63
134
275
555
1099
3087
2208
Extra fine
19
35
75
154
311
617
1240
cRAW & JPEG
7
13
28
57
117
231
465
RAW & JPEG
5
9
20
42
85
169
339
Image size: M 5.4M (Aspect ratio: 16:9)
Capacity
Size
128MB
256MB
(Units: Images)
512MB
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
56
99
209
429
865
1712
3439
Fine
40
72
152
312
630
1248
2508
Extra fine
22
41
87
178
360
713
1433
cRAW & JPEG
7
13
29
59
120
237
477
RAW & JPEG
5
9
21
43
86
172
345
Image size: S 3.0M (Aspect ratio: 3:2)
Capacity
Size
128MB
256MB
(Units: Images)
512MB
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
Standard
74
132
276
566
1142
2262
4543
Fine
56
101
212
435
877
1737
3489
Extra fine
33
59
125
256
517
1024
2057
cRAW & JPEG
8
14
30
62
126
251
504
RAW & JPEG
5
10
21
44
90
179
359
Image size: S 2.6M (Aspect ratio: 16:9)
Capacity
Size
128MB
256MB
Before your operation
Standard
(Units: Images)
512MB
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
Standard
81
145
305
625
1262
2497
5016
Fine
62
112
236
484
977
1933
3883
Extra fine
38
68
143
294
593
1175
2360
cRAW & JPEG
8
14
31
63
128
255
512
RAW & JPEG
5
10
22
45
91
181
363
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CF card
Image size: L 12M (Aspect ratio: 3:2)
Capacity
Size
256MB
512MB
(Units: Images)
1GB
2GB
4GB
Standard
64
129
255
500
1001
2000
Fine
43
87
174
341
682
1363
Extra fine
23
46
93
182
365
730
cRAW & JPEG
13
26
53
103
208
415
RAW & JPEG
10
20
40
78
156
313
cRAW
19
38
76
149
299
598
RAW
13
26
52
101
203
406
Image size: L 10M (Aspect ratio: 16:9)
Capacity
Size
256MB
512MB
(Units: Images)
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
Standard
73
147
291
570
1142
2281
Fine
50
101
201
393
788
1574
Extra fine
27
55
109
214
428
856
cRAW & JPEG
13
27
55
108
217
433
RAW & JPEG
10
20
41
80
161
323
cRAW
19
38
76
149
299
598
RAW
13
26
52
101
203
406
Image size: M 6.4M (Aspect ratio: 3:2)
Capacity
Size
Standard
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8GB
256MB
512MB
(Units: Images)
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
100
202
400
783
1567
Fine
71
144
286
560
1121
3129
2239
Extra fine
40
81
160
314
629
1257
cRAW & JPEG
15
30
60
118
236
472
RAW & JPEG
11
22
44
86
172
344
Image size: M 5.4M (Aspect ratio: 16:9)
Capacity
Size
512MB
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
112
225
446
872
1746
3487
Fine
81
164
325
636
1273
2542
Extra fine
46
93
185
363
727
1452
cRAW & JPEG
15
31
61
121
242
484
RAW & JPEG
11
22
44
87
175
350
Image size: S 3.0M (Aspect ratio: 3:2)
Capacity
Size
256MB
512MB
(Units: Images)
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
Standard
148
298
589
1152
2307
Fine
113
228
452
885
1772
3537
66
134
266
522
1044
2086
Extra fine
4605
cRAW & JPEG
16
33
65
128
256
511
RAW & JPEG
11
23
46
91
182
364
Image size: S 2.6M (Aspect ratio: 16:9)
Capacity
Size
256MB
512MB
(Units: Images)
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
Standard
163
329
650
1273
2547
Fine
126
254
503
985
1972
3937
76
154
306
598
1198
2392
Extra fine
Before your operation
Standard
256MB
(Units: Images)
5085
cRAW & JPEG
16
33
66
130
260
519
RAW & JPEG
11
23
47
92
184
368
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The number of images that can be recorded
when using the battery pack
The table shows the approximate number of
images that can be recorded when you use
the camera with the battery pack (supplied)
at full capacity and at an ambient
temperature of 25°C (77°F). The numbers
of images that can be recorded take into
account changing the memory card as
necessary.
Note that the actual numbers may be less
than those indicated depending on the
conditions of use.
Memory card
No. of images
“Memory Stick Duo”
Approx. 650
CF card
Approx. 650
• Shooting in the following situations:
– [Quality] is set to [Fine].
– Focus mode is set to AF-A (Automatic AF).
– Shooting once every 30 seconds.
– The flash strobes once every two times.
– The power turns on and off once every ten
times.
• The measurement method is based on the CIPA
standard.
(CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products
Association)
• The number of shooting images does not
change, regardless of image size.
• The battery capacity decreases as the number of
uses increases and also over time (page 163).
• The number of images that can be recorded is
decreased under the following conditions:
– The surrounding temperature is low.
– The flash is used frequently.
– The camera has been turned on and off many
times.
– Focus mode is set to AF-C (Continuous AF).
– The battery power is low.
• When using a Microdrive, the number of images
recordable may differ.
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Basic operation
How to use the multi-selector
MENU button
Multi-selector
The directions in which the multi-selector is
moved are expressed as follows in this
operating instructions.
Up:
v
Down:
V
To the right: B
To the left: b
Before your operation
You can select and execute the various functions using the multi-selector. While viewing
images, you can select playback images using the multi-selector.
(Playback)
button
Examples:
To select menu items
Moving the multi-selector to v/V/b/B moves the cursor in
the corresponding direction. Pressing the center of the
multi-selector enters the selected item.
To select playback images
On the single screen
Select a previous or next image by moving the multiselector to b/B.
On the index screen
Select the desired image by moving the multi-selector to v/
V/b/B.
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How to use the Fn (Function) button
Using the Fn (Function) button, you can switch the recording information screen (page 23) to
the Quick Navi screen. On the Quick Navi screen, you can change settings directly. In
addition to the Quick Navi screen that can be controlled from the recording information
screen, the Exclusive disp screen that switches the display to each exclusive screen is
available.
In this operating instructions, examples use the Quick Navi screen for explanations.
Quick Navi screen
Exclusive disp screen
Front control dial
Rear control dial
Multi-selector
Fn (Function) button
How to operate on the Quick Navi screen
1 Press the Fn (Function) button so that the Quick Navi screen appears.
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2 Select the desired item with the multi-selector.
Before your operation
3 Set the item with the front or rear control dial.
For details on how to set up each item, see the corresponding page.
• When using Creative Style (page 67), some of the setup tasks can be accomplished only on the Exclusive
disp screen.
How to operate on the Exclusive disp screen
1 Follow steps 1 and 2 on the procedure of “How to operate on the Quick Navi
screen”.
2 Press the center of the multi-selector so that the
Exclusive disp screen appears.
3 Set up with the multi-selector.
For details on how to set up each item, see the corresponding page.
• You can also substitute the front and rear control dials for the multi-selector.
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Operations available from the Quick Navi screen are:
Exposure
AF area
Drive mode
White Balance
ISO
D-Range Optimizer
Creative Style*
Flash mode*
Flash compensation
Image size
Image quality
page 45
page 49
page 55
page 61
page 64
page 66
page 67
page 73
page 75
page 94
page 96
Gray items are not available.
* Unavailable on the enlarged display screen (page 23). Operate from the
Recording menu.
How to use the menu
MENU button
Multi-selector
1 Press the MENU button to display the menu.
2 Move the multi-selector to b/B to select the
desired menu page.
Recording menu [1, 2, 3, 4]
Custom menu [1, 2, 3, 4]
Playback menu [1, 2]
Setup menu [1, 2, 3]
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Menu now
selected
Menus not
selected
3 Move the multi-selector to v/V to select the
4 Move the multi-selector to v/V to select the
Before your operation
desired item, then press the center.
desired setting, then press the center.
5 Press the MENU button to turn off the menu.
The menu is also turned off if you press the shutter button halfway down.
• When setting the menu, you can substitute the front or rear control dial for the multi-selector. Rotating the
front control dial moves the cursor to v/V and rotating the rear control dial moves it to b/B.
• During operation, if you press the MENU button, the setup is canceled.
• When you display a menu, you can display the previously selected menu first with [Menu start] in the
Setup menu (page 125).
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Using the shooting functions
Using the mode dial
Set the mode dial to the desired function.
Mode dial
Recording modes
:
Auto adjustment mode
Allows easy shooting with the settings adjusted automatically, depending entirely
on the camera. t step 5 in “Read This First”
: Scene Selection mode
Allows you to shoot with preset settings according to the scene (page 35).
P:
Program auto mode
Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter
speed and the aperture value). The other settings can be adjusted, and your setting
values can be saved (page 36).
A:
Aperture priority mode
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually (page 37).
S:
Shutter speed priority mode
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually (page 39).
M:
Manual exposure mode
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure manually (both the shutter speed
and the aperture value) (page 41).
MR:
Memory recall mode
Allows you to recall a setup registered in [Memory] in the
(page 79).
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Recording menu
Scene Selection
You can shoot with the following preset settings according to the scene.
• You can change any of the settings except Creative Style (page 67) but the settings are reset by choosing
another mode or turning off the power.
Shoots with backgrounds blur away, and the subject is sharpened.
• To blur the background more, using the telephoto position of the lens is more
effective.
• It is recommended that you use the flash when the subject is backlit. Also, when
you do not use the flash, it is recommended that you use the lens hood to prevent
unnecessary light from seeping into the lens.
Landscape
Shoots scenery with vivid and sharp colors.
Using the shooting functions
Portrait
• It is recommended that you push down the flash not to fire the flash.
• The shutter speed becomes slower when the subject is dark. If
appears in the
viewfinder, be careful about camera shake or use a tripod. The Super
SteadyShot function is also effective.
Macro
Shoots close subjects such as flowers, insects.
You can achieve clear and sharp focus.
• When shooting with the built-in flash within the range of 1 m (39 3/8 inches),
shadows may appear on the lower part of the image. Do not use with the built-in
flash.
• The minimum recording distance is not changed even if you select Macro. To
shoot a larger image, using a macro lens is recommended.
Sports action
Shoots moving subjects outdoors or in bright places.
• The camera continues to focus while the shutter button is pressed and held
halfway down (Continuous AF, page 52).
• The camera shoots the image continuously while the shutter button is pressed
(Continuous adv., page 56).
• Do not use the flash if the subject is out of the flash range (Push the built-in flash
back down). Flash range t page 65
Sunset
Shoots the red of the sunset beautifully.
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Night view/portrait
• The shutter speed is slower, so using a tripod is recommended. The Super SteadyShot function is also
effective.
Night portrait
Shoots portraits in night scenes.
Pull up the flash to use it.
• Take care that the subject does not move to prevent the image from blurring.
Night view
Shoots night scenes at a distance without losing the dark atmosphere of
the surroundings.
Do not use the flash (Push the flash back down).
• The picture may not be taken properly when shooting a wholly dark night scene.
Shooting with program auto – P
In program auto mode, the camera automatically adjusts the shutter speed and the aperture
according to the brightness of the subject just as in the auto adjustment mode (mode dial:
AUTO).
z The difference between auto adjustment mode and program auto mode
In both auto adjustment and program auto mode, the shutter speed and aperture are automatically
adjusted.
You can change other settings. In auto adjustment mode, the new settings will be reset when another
mode is selected or the power is turned off.
In program auto mode, the new settings will be maintained if another mode has been selected or the
power has been turned off.
When the camera is in auto adjustment mode and the flash is up, the camera flashes automatically
whenever it is necessary. When the camera is in program auto mode and the flash is up, the camera
always flashes when it shoots.
Program shift
You can temporarily change the aperture value and shutter speed combination that was
adjusted by the camera.
There are two methods for the program shift function.
PS shift: You can choose the desired shutter speed. The aperture value is adjusted
automatically.
PA shift: You can choose the desired aperture value. The shutter speed is adjusted
automatically.
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Front control dial
Mode dial
Shutter button
1 Set the mode dial to P.
2 Hold the grip and look into the viewfinder or press the shutter button halfway down until the
shutter speed and aperture value are displayed in the viewfinder.
3 While the shutter speed and aperture value are displayed, select the shutter speed using the front
control dial or select the aperture value using the rear control dial.
PS shift
PA shift
Front control
dial
Rear control
dial
Using the shooting functions
Rear control dial
• You can switch the PS shift and the PA shift with [Ctrl dial setup] in the Custom menu (page 107).
• When the shutter speed and the aperture value are displayed, you no longer have to keep pressing the
shutter button.
• When the shutter speed and the aperture value disappear seconds later, the adjusted values also disappear.
• When the flash is pulled up, you cannot select the program shift. When the program shift is turned on,
pulling up the flash cancels the program shift.
Shooting with aperture priority mode – A
You can adjust the aperture manually. If you open the aperture (a smaller F-number), the infocus range becomes narrower. Only the main subject is then in focus. When the aperture is
closed (a larger F-number), the in-focus range becomes wider. The whole image is sharpened.
The shutter speed is automatically adjusted.
Open the aperture
Close the aperture
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Mode dial
Front control dial
Rear control dial
1 Set the mode dial to A.
2 Select an aperture value using the front or rear control dial.
• The aperture range depends on the lens.
• The aperture value is adjusted in 1/3 EV increments. You can set this exposure step to 1/2 EV
increments with [Exposure step] in the
Recording menu (page 98).
• If the proper exposure is not obtained after making the settings, the shutter speed on the LCD monitor and
in the viewfinder flashes when the shutter button is pressed halfway down. You can shoot at this point, but
adjusting again is recommended.
• When the flash is pulled up, the flash fires regardless of the amount of ambient light (page 73).
• When using the flash, if you close the aperture (a larger F-number), the flash light does not reach a distant
subject. Opening the aperture (a smaller F-number) is recommended.
• If you close the aperture (a larger F-number), the amount of light passing through the lens is decreased
and the shutter speed becomes slower. Using a tripod is recommended.
z Shooting techniques
The depth of field is the in-focus range. Opening the aperture makes the depth of field shallower (the infocus range becomes narrower) and closing the aperture makes the depth of field wider (the in-focus
range becomes wider).
Open the aperture
The subject is sharpened with
its background blurred.
Close the aperture
Over a wide range, both
nearby and faraway subjects
are brought into focus.
Adjust the aperture to suit your purpose, either to sharpen the specific area of image, or to focus on the
entire image.
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z Depth-of-field preview
The viewfinder shows an image captured with the widest aperture. The change in aperture affects the
sharpness of the subject image, creating a discrepancy between the sharpness seen in the viewfinder and
in the actual picture. The preview function enables you to see the image with the aperture used in the
actual shooting, allowing you to check the approximate sharpness of the subject image before the actual
shooting.
Using the shooting functions
Depth-of-field preview
button
Press the depth-of-field preview button after the subject is in focus.
While the button is held down, the aperture is narrowed to match the aperture value displayed in the
viewfinder.
• The image in the viewfinder will be darker.
• When the focus is not fixed and the depth-of-field preview button is pressed, you cannot take a picture.
To take a picture, press the depth-of-field preview button with z lit in the viewfinder.
• With a lens equipped with a focus hold button, you can set the camera to perform the preview function
using the focus hold button with [FocusHoldButton] in the Custom menu (page 106).
Shooting with shutter speed priority mode – S
You can adjust the shutter speed manually. If you shoot a moving subject at a higher shutter
speed, it appears as if frozen on the image. At a lower shutter speed, the subject appears as if it
flowing.
Aperture value is automatically adjusted.
High shutter speed
Slow shutter speed
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Mode dial
Front control dial
Rear control dial
1 Set the mode dial to S.
2 Select a shutter speed using the front or rear control dial.
• You can adjust the shutter speed between 30 and 1/8000 second. You can adjust it between 30 and
1/200 second (with the Super SteadyShot function activated) or 30 and 1/250 second (with the Super
SteadyShot function deactivated) when using the flash.
• The shutter speed is adjusted in 1/3 EV increments. You can set this exposure step to 1/2 EV
increments with [Exposure step] in the
Recording menu (page 98).
• If the proper exposure is not obtained after making the settings, the aperture value on the LCD monitor
and in the viewfinder flashes when the shutter button is pressed halfway down. You can shoot at this
point, but adjusting again is recommended.
• When the flash is pulled up, the flash fires regardless of the amount of ambient light (page 73).
• When using the flash, if you close the aperture (a larger F-number) by making the shutter speed slower,
the flash light does not reach a distant subject.
• When the shutter speed is one second or more, the noise reduction (Long exp.NR) will be done after
shooting (page 103).
• The
(Camera-shake warning) indicator does not appear in the shutter speed priority mode.
z Shooting techniques
When shooting a moving person, car, or spindrift, etc., using the high shutter speed,
you can express moment that is beyond what the human eye can see.
When shooting a subject such as the flow of a river at a slower shutter speed, you can
create an image that captures the subject’s flowing movement. In such cases, use of a
tripod is recommended to prevent camera shake.
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Shooting with manual exposure mode – M
Manual exposure
You can manually adjust the shutter speed and aperture values.
This mode is useful when you maintain the setting of the shutter speed and the aperture value
or when you use an exposure meter.
Front control dial
Rear control dial
Using the shooting functions
Mode dial
1 Set the mode dial to M.
2 Select a shutter speed using the front control dial and an aperture value using the rear control
dial.
Front control
dial
Rear control
dial
• “BULB” (Bulb shooting) is indicated next to “30” (page 43).
• In the manual exposure mode, even when [ISO sensitivity] (page 64) is set to [AUTO], it is fixed to ISO
200.
• You can exchange their functions of the front and rear control dials with [Ctrl dial setup] in the Custom
menu (page 107).
• When the flash is pulled up, the flash fires regardless of the amount of ambient light (page 73).
• The
(Camera-shake warning) indicator does not appear in the manual exposure mode.
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z EV scale
The EV scale on the LCD monitor and in the viewfinder indicates the difference between the standard
exposure (0.0 EV) determined by the camera meter and the set exposure determined by the shutter speed,
and the aperture specified by the photographer (Metered Manual).
The set exposure
specified by the
photographer is the same
as the exposure
determined by the meter.
The set exposure
specified by the
photographer is 1.0 EV
more (+) than the
standard exposure
determined by the meter.
The b B arrow appears if
the set exposure is
beyond the range of the
EV scale. The arrow
starts flashing if the
difference becomes
greater.
LCD
monitor
Viewfinder
: Metered Manual
• If the exposure is adjusted, the standard exposure (0.0 EV) is shifted by just the corresponding amount of
the adjustment.
z How to use the AEL button in manual mode
While you press and hold the AEL (AE lock) button, the exposure determined by the meter is locked as the
standard exposure (0.0 EV). When you recompose your shot with the AEL (AE lock) button pressed, an
exposure value within the spot metering circle appears as the second standard index.
The following illustrations show a case where the set exposure specified by the photographer is 1.0 EV
more than the locked standard exposure determined by the meter. When the composition is changed in the
viewfinder, the exposure within the spot metering circle is 0.7 EV more than the set exposure, thereby
making it 1.7 EV more than the standard exposure determined by the meter.
The exposure specified
by the photographer
The exposure within the
spot metering circle
when you recompose
your shot.
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Spot metering circle
Manual shift
You can change the shutter speed and aperture value combination without changing the
exposure in manual mode.
Front control dial
AEL (AE lock) button
1 Set the mode dial to M.
Using the shooting functions
Mode dial
2 Select a shutter speed and aperture value (page 41).
3 Press and hold the AEL (AE lock) button and turn the front control dial to select the desired
shutter speed and aperture value combination.
BULB (long exposure) shooting
As long as the shutter button is pressed, the shutter remains open. You can shoot trails of light,
such as fireworks. Attach a tripod to the camera when using the bulb shooting function.
Mode dial
Front control dial
Shutter button
Rear control dial
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1 Set the mode dial to M.
2 Rotate the front control dial to the left until [BULB] is indicated.
3 Rotate the rear control dial to select the aperture.
4 Attach the eyepiece cover (See below).
5 Press and hold the shutter button for the duration of the shooting.
• You can shoot in bulb exposure mode up to about four and a half hours using a fully charged battery pack.
• After shooting, the noise reduction will be done for the same amount of time that the shutter was open.
When the message “Processing...” appears, you cannot do any further shooting. You can cancel this
function with [Long exp.NR] in the
Recording menu (page 103).
• The Super SteadyShot function is automatically turned off.
• The higher the ISO sensitivity, or the longer the exposure time, the more outstanding the noise on the
monitor.
• To reduce camera-shake, connecting the Remote Commander is recommended (pages 60, 166).
To attach the eyepiece cover
When the shutter is released without the use of the viewfinder, as in bulb exposure or shooting with the
self-timer, attach the eyepiece cover to prevent light from entering through the viewfinder and affecting
the exposure.
1 Carefully slide the eyecup off by pushing on each side of the eyecup.
2 Slide the eyepiece cover over the viewfinder. The cover is normally attached to the shoulder
strap.
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Exposure
Exposure is the amount of light that the camera will receive when you release the shutter. The
exposure is automatically set to the proper value in the auto adjustment mode. However, you
can set the exposure to your desired setting in the following setup.
Adjusting the exposure
(Exposure) button
Multi-selector
1 Press the
Using the shooting functions
You can manually shift the exposure value determined by the camera. Use this mode when
you brighten or darken the overall screen.
(Exposure) button to display the Exposure comp. screen.
The compensation level is also checked on the EV scale in the
viewfinder.
2 Adjust the exposure with b/B on the multi-selector.
Toward –
Toward +
Toward +: Brightens an image.
0: The exposure is determined automatically
by the camera.
Toward –: Darkens an image.
• You can substitute the Fn (Function) button for the
(Exposure) button (page 30).
• The exposure is compensated by 1/3 of a step between ±3.0 EV. You can set this exposure step to 1/2 EV
increments with [Exposure step] in the
Recording menu (page 98).
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z Shooting techniques
When shooting a whitish overall image such as a backlit subject or a snowy scene, the camera judges that
the subject is too bright and may set a darker exposure for the image. In such cases, adjustment of the
exposure in the + plus direction is effective.
Adjust in the + direction
When shooting a darker overall image, the camera judges that the subject is too dark and may set a
brighter exposure for the image. In such cases, adjustment of the exposure in the – minus direction is
effective.
Adjust in the – direction
Locking the exposure (AE lock)
You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is
effective when the metering object and focusing object are different, or when you want to
shoot continuously while keeping the same exposure value.
Shutter button
AEL (AE lock) button
1 Target the subject for which you want to meter the exposure.
• Adjust the focus (you do not need to lock the focus.)
2 Press the AEL (AE lock) button.
•
lights up in the viewfinder and on the LCD monitor to indicate that the exposure is locked.
3 While pressing the AEL (AE lock) button, recompose the image, if necessary, and press the
shutter button to take the picture.
• If the AEL (AE lock) button is kept down after a shot, you can continue to shoot with the same exposure
value. The setting is canceled when the button is released.
• When the flash is fired in a mode other than shutter speed priority mode or manual mode, the slow sync
shooting is performed (page 77).
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• You can set the camera to keep the exposure value after releasing the AEL (AE lock) button or to
temporarily perform spot metering with [AEL button] in the Custom menu (page 107).
About the EV scale when the AEL (AE lock) button is pressed
• If the exposure is beyond the range of the EV scale, bB appears at the end of the EV scale. The bB starts
flashing if the difference becomes any greater.
Example: When the composition is determined in the scene below and the AEL (AE lock)
button is pressed
2 Bright area
Spot metering circle
Using the shooting functions
While you press the AEL (AE lock) button, an exposure value determined by the camera is
locked as the standard value (0). At the same time, an exposure value within the spot metering
circle appears as the second standard index.
1 Slightly darker area
The indicator displays are as follows when the AEL (AE lock) button is pressed.
Multi segment/
Center weighted metering
AEL (AE lock) button is
pressed
Recompose on 1 while
holding the AEL (AE lock)
button down
The locked exposure
The locked exposure
The light level within the
spot metering circle is
0.3 EV less than the locked
exposure (varies according to
the recomposition of the
shot).
The light level of 1 is
1.3 EV less than the locked
exposure (varies according
to the recomposition of the
shot).
Recompose on 2 while
holding the AEL (AE lock)
button down
Turn the camera on 2 and
the light level of 2 is
displayed. The arrow
indicates 2 will white out.
Spot metering
The locked exposure
The locked exposure is
equal to the light level
within the spot metering
circle.
The light level of 1 is
1.0 EV less than the locked
exposure (varies according
to the recomposition of the
shot).
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Selecting the metering mode
You can select a metering mode (a method whereby the camera measures the brightness of a
subject).
Metering mode lever
Set the metering mode lever to the desired mode.
(Multi segment)
This divides the whole screen into 40 segments to measure light (40-segment honeycomb
pattern metering). This is suitable for general shooting, including shooting into direct sunlight.
(Center weighted)
While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this mode measures the average brightness
of the entire screen. If you shoot directly into the sunlight or the subject is not in the center of
the image, you must use exposure compensation (page 45).
(Spot)
This mode measures light only in the spot metering circle in the center of the frame. This is
suitable for shooting a subject with strong contrast or measuring the light of a specific area of
the screen. If the area to be measured is not in the center of the screen, use AE lock to take the
picture (page 46).
Spot metering area
Position of the subject.
z Multi segment metering
The screen of this camera is equipped with 39 honeycomb sharped metering
elements and one metering element that covers the surrounding area. These
elements work in sync with auto focus, allowing the camera to accurately
measure the position and brightness of the subject in order to determine the
exposure.
• In multi segment metering, if the focus is locked, the exposure (the shutter
speed and the aperture) is locked simultaneously (only when
(Singleshot AF) or
(Automatic AF)).
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Focus
When you hold the grip and look into the viewfinder, or press the shutter button halfway
down, the camera adjusts the focus automatically (Auto focus). Make it a habit to press the
shutter button only halfway down to confirm that the subject is visually in focus.
Setting the AF area
Front control dial
Multi-selector
Rear control dial
Using the shooting functions
You can change the focus method. Change the method when it is difficult to get the proper
focus.
Fn (Function) button
1 Press the Fn (Function) button to display the Quick Navi screen (page 30).
2 Select the AF area item with the multi-selector.
3 Select the desired mode with front or rear control dial.
• After selecting the AF area in step 2, if you press the center of the multi-selector, the screen switches to
the Exclusive disp screen. On this screen, select the desired mode with v/V on the multi-selector, then
press the center.
• You can also select the AF area from the
Recording menu (page 101).
(
(Wide)
: The default setting)
The camera determines which of the 11 AF area is used in
focusing within the wide AF area.
AF area
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(Spot)
The camera uses the spot AF area exclusively.
Spot AF area
(Local)
Choose a local AF area from the 11 areas. Select a local AF area
that you want to activate the focus with the multi-selector. Press
the center of the multi-selector to use the spot AF area in focusing.
Local AF area
Spot AF area
• After shooting, area selection is still available. Be sure not to
move the multi-selector unless it is necessary.
• The local AF area that was used to focus on is illuminated briefly.
• The local AF area may not be illuminated when continuous shooting is performed or when the shutter
button is pressed all the way down without pause.
Subjects that may require special focusing:
Using the auto focus, it is hard to focus on the following subjects. In such cases, use the focus lock shooting
feature (page 51) or manual focus (page 53).
– A subject that is low in contrast, such as blue sky or a white wall.
– Two subjects at different distances overlapping in the AF area.
– A subject that is composed of repeating patterns, such as the facade of a building.
– A subject that is very bright or glittering, such as the sun, the body of an automobile, or the surface of
water.
To measure the exact distance to the subject
The
mark located on the top of the camera shows the location of the
image sensor*. When you measure the exact distance between the camera and
the subject, refer to the position of the horizontal line.
* The image sensor is the part of the camera that acts as the film.
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When the subject is outside the AF area (Focus-lock)
1 Place the subject within the AF area and press the shutter button halfway down.
2 Keep the shutter button halfway down, and put the subject back in the original position to recompose the shot.
1
2
Using the shooting functions
If the subject is off-center and outside the AF area, the
background within the AF area will be in focus and the
subject will be out of focus. To prevent this, lock the focus
by following the steps below.
3 Press the shutter button fully down to take the picture.
If anything but the subject is in the AF area
When
(Wide) is selected (the default setting), an undesired subject that is located in another area
may be in focus. In such cases, pressing the center of the multi-selector focuses on the center area even if
(Spot) is not selected.
Press and hold the center of the multi-selector, then shoot the subject.
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Selecting the focus mode
You can select the focus operation mode.
Focusing ring
Focus mode lever
Set the focus mode lever to the desired mode.
Auto focus
S(
Single-shot AF)
The camera focuses on and the focus is locked when you press the shutter button halfway
down. This mode is used when shooting a motionless subject.
A(
Automatic AF)
This AF mode automatically switches between Single-shot AF and Continuous AF. When you
press and hold the shutter button, if the subject is motionless, the focus is locked and if the
subject is in motion, the camera continues to focus. This mode is used in various situations.
• You can substitute DMF (Direct Manual Focus) for AF-A with [AF-A setup] in the
(page 101).
C(
Recording menu
Continuous AF)
In this mode, the camera continues to focus while the shutter button is pressed and held
halfway down. This mode is used when the subject is in motion.
• If the Wide AF area is selected, the AF area switches to match the position of the subject.
• The audio signal will not sound when the subject is in focus.
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Manual focus
MF (
Manual focus)
You can set the distance of a subject.
Rotate the focusing ring of the lens to achieve a sharp focus.
Switching the AF/MF easily
The focus mode can be switched not only with the focus mode lever located on the front of the
camera, but also with the AF/MF button located on the rear. You can switch between auto
focus and manual focus without relaxing your position (AF/MF control).
Using the shooting functions
• In the case of a subject that can be focused in auto focus mode, the z indicator lights up in the viewfinder
when the focus is confirmed. When the Wide AF area is used, the center area is used, and when the Local
AF area is used, the area that is selected with the multi-selector is used.
• To obtain steady exposure in manual focus mode, the camera uses the distance information to determine
the exposure. To improve the precision of the distance information, the camera resets the focal length to
(infinity) when the POWER switch is set to ON.
• When using a tele converter, etc., rotation of the focusing ring may not be smooth.
Focusing ring
AF/MF button
In auto focus mode
By pressing the AF/MF button, the focus mode is switched temporarily to the manual focus.
Press and hold the AF/MF button and adjust the focus by rotating the focusing ring.
In manual focus mode
By pressing the AF/MF button, the focus mode is switched temporarily to the auto focus and
the focus is locked. In the case where the manual focus is used mainly, this is convenient to
activate the auto focus only when you need to use it.
• You can set the AF/MF button to work as the AF lock button with [AF/MF button] in the Custom menu
(page 105).
• You can maintain the selected mode without pressing and holding the AF/MF button with [AF/MF
control] in the Custom menu (page 106).
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Using AF illuminator
In the auto focus mode, even when you shoot a subject under dark conditions or a low contrast
subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on a subject.
Press the shutter button half way down, a red illuminator is automatically emitted until the
focus is locked to focus more easily on a subject.
AF illuminator
• The range of the AF illuminator is approximately 1 to 7 m (3.3 to 23 feet).
• AF illuminator does not operate when the focus mode is set to Continuous AF or the subject is moving.
(The
or
indicator lights in the viewfinder)
• The AF illuminator may not operate with focal lengths of 300 mm or longer.
• When an external flash is attached, the AF illuminator of the external flash is used.
• You can deactivate the AF illuminator with [AF illuminator] in the
Recording menu (page 102).
• The AF illuminator does not operate when the center area is not selected with AF area set to Local AF
area.
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Drive mode
You can use continuous shooting, self-timer, bracket, and shooting using the Remote
Commander, with the DRIVE button.
DRIVE button
1 Press DRIVE to display the drive mode screen.
Using the shooting functions
Multi-selector
2 Select the desired mode with v/V on the multi-selector, then select the
desired setting with b/B on the multi-selector.
Select the mode
Select the setting
3 Press the center of the multi-selector to turn off the screen.
(
: The default setting)
Single-shot adv.
• Also used for canceling other drive modes.
Continuous adv. (page 56)
Self-timer (page 57)
Bracket: Cont. (page 57)
Bracket: Single (page 58)
WB bracket (page 59)
DRO adv. bracket (page 59)
Remote Commander (page 60)
• You can substitute the Fn (Function) button for the DRIVE button (page 30).
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Shooting continuously
When you press and hold the shutter button, the camera records the images continuously.
Shoots at a maximum of 5 images per second*
Shoots at a maximum of 3 images per second*
* Our measurement conditions: [Image size] is set to [L:12M], [Quality] is set to [Fine], the focus mode is
set to
(Single-shot AF) or
(Manual focus), and the shutter speed is 1/250 second or faster.
However, the speed of continuous shooting is slower when shooting under dark conditions or the DRange Optimizer is set to
(Advanced Auto) or
(Advanced: Level).
• The number of images that can be shot continuously is indicated in the viewfinder, and when shooting
continuously, this number decreases.
After the images have been recorded on the memory card, the number returns to the original number,
depending on the camera memory buffer.
• When the built-in flash is fired, images are shot after the flash has been charged.
• When the focus mode is set to Continuous AF or Automatic AF, the focus is set separately on each image.
When set to Single-shot AF, the focus is fixed on the first image.
• The last image is displayed in auto review.
• The number of continuous shooting images obtainable has an upper limit.
The maximum number of continuous shots
RAW
18 images
cRAW
25 images
RAW & JPEG
12 images
cRAW & JPEG
12 images
Extra fine
16 images
Fine/Standard
No limit (Until the memory card is full)
• These numbers depend on the writing speed of a memory card, the shooting condition, etc. So, use the
table only as a guide.
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Using the self-timer
After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released either about ten seconds or two
seconds later. The 10-second self-timer is convenient when the photographer appears in a
photo and the 2-second self-timer is convenient to reduce the camera-shake because the mirror
is pulled up beforehand.
10sec self-timer
2sec self-timer
• When using the 10-second self-timer, the self-timer lamp located on the front side flashes before the
shutter is released. The countdown sound also starts.
• To cancel the activated 10-second self-timer, press the DRIVE button. You cannot cancel the 2-second
self-timer in the middle.
• When there is bright lighting, a reflector or something similar behind the camera, and you press the shutter
button without looking into the viewfinder, use the eyepiece cover attached on the shoulder strap to
prevent unnecessary lighting from seeping through the viewfinder and affecting the exposure (page 44).
Using the shooting functions
Check that the focus is confirmed on the subject, then press the shutter button.
Shooting images with the exposure shifted – Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single
An accurate exposure setting is required for some shooting. In such cases, a photographer
continuously shoots some images with the exposure shifted, aside from the correct exposure
image.
Correct
– direction
+ direction
Bracket: Cont.
Press and hold the shutter button until the recording stops.
Shoots three images continuously with the exposure shifted by 0.3 of a step.
Shoots five images continuously with the exposure shifted by 0.3 of a step.
Shoots three images continuously with the exposure shifted by 0.5 of a step.
Shoots five images continuously with the exposure shifted by 0.5 of a step.
Shoots three images continuously with the exposure shifted by 0.7 of a step.
Shoots five images continuously with the exposure shifted by 0.7 of a step.
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Bracket: Single
Press the shutter button shot by shot.
Shoots three images shot by shot with the exposure shifted by 0.3 of a step.
Shoots five images shot by shot with the exposure shifted by 0.3 of a step.
Shoots three images shot by shot with the exposure shifted by 0.5 of a step.
Shoots five images shot by shot with the exposure shifted by 0.5 of a step.
Shoots three images shot by shot with the exposure shifted by 0.7 of a step.
Shoots five images shot by shot with the exposure shifted by 0.7 of a step.
• When using the flash, press the shutter button shot by shot regardless of the setting.
• The following is an example of shooting order. You can change the order with [Bracket order] in the
Custom menu (page 111).
Three shots : 0 t -0.3 t +0.3
Five shots : 0 t –0.5 t +0.5 t –1.0 t +1.0
• The base exposure is set at the first shot in the bracket. The base exposure moves if exposure
compensation is used.
• Normally, the focal point changes in every shooting. The focal point is fixed only in continuous bracket
shooting when the focus mode is set to Single-shot AF or Automatic AF with an still subject.
• When the flash is not used, ambient* bracket shooting is performed and the shutter speed and aperture are
changed to accommodate bracket shooting. When the flash is used, flash bracket shooting is performed
and the flash light is changed.
• In ambient bracket shooting, the shutter speed and aperture change in program auto mode, the shutter
speed changes in aperture priority mode, and aperture changes in shutter speed priority mode. Normally,
the shutter speed changes in manual mode. You can change the aperture by pressing and holding the AEL
(AE Lock) button while taking a picture.
* Ambient light: Any light other than the flash light that shines on the scene for an extended period of
time, such as natural light, a light bulb, or a fluorescent light.
The EV scale in bracket shooting
When bracket shooting is selected, the EV scale is changed.
Ambient bracket
0.3 steps, three shots
Exposure compensation 0
Ambient bracket
0.5 steps, five shots
Exposure compensation
1.0
Flash bracket
0.7 steps, three shots
Flash compensation –1.0
Shown in the top row.
Shown in the top row.
Shown in the bottom
row.
LCD
monitor
Viewfinder
• In ambient bracket shooting, the EV scale appears in the viewfinder, too, but it does not appear in flash
bracket shooting.
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• When the bracket shooting starts, the indexes that indicate already recorded images start to disappear one
by one.
• When Single bracket is selected, if the shutter button is pressed halfway down and released, “br 1”
appears for the ambient light bracket and “Fbr 1” appears for the flash bracket in the viewfinder. When
bracket shooting starts, it indicates what number the next frame is, for instance, “br 2”, “br 3”.
Shooting with the WB bracket
Shifts the white balance by 10 mired* when taking a picture.
Shifts the white balance by 20 mired* when taking a picture.
* Mired: a unit to indicate the color conversion quality in color temperature filters.
• Only the image recorded last is displayed in auto review (page 111).
Using the shooting functions
Based on the selected white balance, three pictures are taken while automatically shifting the
color temperature. One shot records three images in the order of “an image with normal white
balance”, “– side (an image with paler colors)”, and “+ side (an image with reddish colors)”.
Shooting with the DRO advanced bracket
DRO advanced bracket shooting takes three pictures while separately optimizing the gradation
and colors in each image area. One shot records three images in the following order: “low” t
“mid” t “high”.
(DRO: D-Range Optimizer)
Lowers the DRO bracket when taking a picture.
Amplifies the DRO bracket when taking a picture.
• When DRO advanced bracket shooting is selected, the D-Range Optimizer setting (page 66) is
temporarily deactivated.
• Correction with DRO advanced bracket has no effect on RAW files.
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Shooting with the Remote Commander
To shoot with the Remote Commander, set the drive mode to
(Remote Commander).
Transmitter
SHUTTER button
When the button is pressed, the shutter is released right away.
2 SEC button
After you press the button, the shutter is released about two seconds
later.
Verify that the subject is visually in focus, and point the transmitter at the remote sensor
located on the front of the camera, then press the SHUTTER or 2 SEC button.
• You cannot use the other drive modes (Continuous advanced, etc.).
• To lock the focus (focus lock shooting, page 51), press the shutter button on the camera halfway down and
release the button, then shoot with the Remote Commander. After shooting, the focus remains locked.
Any operation on the camera will release the focus lock.
• In BULB shooting (page 43), the camera starts exposure right away when you press the SHUTTER
button, and the camera starts exposure two seconds later when you press the 2 SEC button. By pressing
the SHUTTER or 2 SEC button again, the exposure will be done right away.
• The other buttons are used when the camera is connected to a TV (pages 91, 148).
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Image processing and color
This section explains how to set up the ISO sensitivity of the image sensor, color processing
that is a unique feature of digital cameras, Creative Style for various scenes, etc.
Adjusting the white balance
The color of the subject is affected by the lighting conditions.
Weather/lighting
Daylight
Cloudy
Fluorescent
Incandescent
Characteristics of
light
White (standard)
Bluish
Green-tinged
Reddish
Using the shooting functions
Example: The color of an image affected by light sources
The color tones are adjusted automatically in the auto white balance mode.
However, you can adjust color tones manually with the white balance mode.
Front control dial
WB (White Balance) button
Multi-selector
Rear control dial
1 Press the WB (White Balance) button to display the White balance mode screen.
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2 Select the desired mode with v/V on the multi-selector, then make fine adjustments with b/B, if
necessary.
• Adjusting toward + increases the color temperature and the image turns reddish. Adjusting toward decreases the color temperature and the image turns paler.
Select the desired mode
Adjust the color temperature
(
AWB (Auto WB)
: The default setting)
Adjusts the white balance automatically.
(Daylight)
Adjusts for outdoors, sunlit subjects (+3 to –3).
(Shade)
Adjusts for shady conditions on a clear day (+3 to –3).
(Cloudy)
Adjusts for a cloudy sky (+3 to –3).
(Tungsten)
Adjusts for incandescent lighting or video light such as at
photography studios (+3 to –3).
(Fluorescent)
Adjusts for fluorescent lighting (+4 to –2).
(Flash)
Adjusts for flash condition (+3 to –3).
ColorTemperature/Color
filter
See the following page.
(Custom 1 – 3/Custom
setup)
Uses the custom white balance. See page 63.
• You can substitute the Fn (Function) button for the WB (White Balance) button (page 30).
ColorTemperature/Color filter
You can set the white balance using a color temperature.
Based on using the set color temperature as the standard, the color can be compensated from G
(Green) to M (Magenta) just like using a CC (Color Compensation) filter for photography.
• When setting the color temperature measured by the color meter, test shooting is recommended before the
actual photo is taken.
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1 Select a “ColorTemperature” or “Color filter” item with v/V on the multi-selector.
• The color temperature can be selected between 2500K and 9900K.
• The color filter value can be selected between G9 and M9. The increment is equivalent to the CC filter
number 5.
3 Press the center of the multi-selector after the setting is completed.
Custom white balance
Using the shooting functions
2 Adjust with b/B.
In a scene where the ambient light consists of multiple types of light source, use of custom
white balance is recommended in order to accurately reproduce the whiteness. Up to three
settings are registered.
1 Select a custom white balance item with v/V on the multi-selector.
2 Switch the item with b/B.
To register a setting
1 Select [
SET], then press the center of the multi-selector to display the register screen.
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2 Hold the camera so that the white area fully covers the spot-metering circle and press the shutter
button down.
The register selection screen appears.
3 Select a memory number with b/B, then press the center.
To call the custom white balance setting
Select the desired number.
• The custom white balance setting registered in this operation is effective until a new setting is registered.
(The setting is retained after the power is turned off.)
• If the flash is used when the shutter button is pressed, a custom white balance is registered with the flash
light taken into account. Take pictures with the flash in later shootings.
• The message “Custom WB error” indicates that the value is beyond the expected range. (When the flash is
used on a subject in close proximity or a subject with a bright color is in the frame.) If you register this
value, the
indicator turns yellow on the recording information display on the LCD monitor. You can
shoot at this point, but it is recommended that you set the white balance again to get a more correct white
balance value.
Setting ISO
Sensitivity to light is expressed by the ISO number (recommended exposure index). The
larger the number from the standard (ISO 200), the higher the sensitivity.
ISO button
Multi-selector
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1 Press the ISO button to display the ISO screen.
• ISO can be set from [AUTO] and between 100 and 6400.
• ISO numbers that are higher than ISO 3200 increase the appearance of noise.
• You can use the front or rear control dial instead. The number is incremented by 1 step using the front
control dial and it is incremented by 1/3 step using the rear control dial.
• You can substitute the Fn (Function) button for the ISO button (page 30). As in this case above, the
number is incremented by 1 step using the front control dial and it is incremented by 1/3 step using the
rear control dial.
• When ISO is set to [AUTO] and the mode dial is set to P, A, or S, the ISO sensitivity is automatically
adjusted between ISO 200 and ISO 800. You can change the maximum and minimum values with [ISO
Auto max.] and [ISO Auto min.] in the
Recording menu (page 100). If the mode dial is set to M, it is
fixed at ISO 200.
• The built-in flash range (the range within which the correct exposure is provided) depends on the aperture
value and ISO sensitivity. Refer to the following table to determine the shooting distance.
Aperture
F2.8
F4.0
F5.6
AUTO
2 – 12 m
(6.6 – 40 feet)
1.4 – 8.6 m
(4.6 – 28 feet)
1–6m
(3.3 – 20 feet)
100
1 – 4.3 m
(3.3 – 14 feet)
1–3m
(3.3 – 10 feet)
1 – 2.1 m
(3.3 – 7 feet)
200
1–6m
(3.3 – 20 feet)
1 – 4.3 m
(3.3 – 14 feet)
1–3m
(3.3 – 10 feet)
400
1.4 – 8.6 m
(4.6 – 28 feet)
1–6m
(3.3 – 20 feet)
1 – 4.3 m
(3.3 – 14 feet)
800
2 – 12 m
(6.6 – 40 feet)
1.4 – 8.6 m
(4.6 – 28 feet)
1–6m
(3.3 – 20 feet)
1600
2.8 – 17 m
(9 – 56 feet)
2 – 12 m
(6.6 – 40 feet)
1.4 – 8.6 m
(4.6 – 28 feet)
3200
4 – 24 m
(13 – 79 feet)
2.8 – 17 m
(9 – 56 feet)
2 – 12 m
(6.6 – 40 feet)
6400
5.6 – 34 m
(18 – 112 feet)
4 – 24 m
(13 – 79 feet)
2.8 – 17 m
(9 – 56 feet)
ISO setting
Using the shooting functions
2 Select the desired value with v/V on the multi-selector.
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Using the D-Range Optimizer
The camera analyzes the shooting conditions and automatically corrects the image to improve
the image quality.
Front control dial
Rear control dial
Multi-selector
Fn (Function) button
1 Press the Fn (Function) button to display the Quick Navi screen (page 30).
2 Select the D-Range Optimizer item with the multi-selector.
3 Select the desired mode with the front control dial.
• When selecting Advanced: Level, adjust the level with the rear control dial.
• After selecting the D-Range Optimizer item in step 2, if you press the center of the multi-selector, the
screen switches to the Exclusive disp screen. On this screen, select the desired mode with v/V on the
multi-selector, then press the center. When in Advanced: Level, adjust the level with b/B.
• You can also switch the screen to the Exclusive disp screen from the
Recording menu (page 97).
(Off)
Does not correct brightness or contrast.
(Standard)
Adjusts the brightness and contrast of the whole screen.
(Advanced Auto)
Automatically, optimizes the contrast and the color reproduction
of the recorded image by area.
(Advanced: Level)
–
Optimizes the contrast and the color reproduction of the recorded
image by area. The optimizing level is selected between
(weak) and
(strong) in five levels.
• Standard is effective when the screen is wholly dark such as with a backlit subject and Advanced is
effective when the difference between the bright and dark portions on the screen is extremely large.
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Using a Creative Style
This camera is pre-programmed with image styles optimal for various scenes and purposes.
You can take a picture with an appropriate color balance and tone.
The camera is equipped with four unswitchable styles (“Standard”, “Vivid”, “Neutral”, and
“Adobe RGB”) and three styleboxes, to which you can assign image styles of your choosing.
“Portrait”, “Landscape”, and “B/W” are assigned to the styleboxes as the default settings.
To take pictures with the styleboxes as they are. t See “Basic operation” (page 69).
Using the shooting functions
• The default setting is as follows:
– In auto adjustment mode: Advanced Auto
– In program auto, aperture priority, shutter speed priority, or manual exposure mode: Standard
– In Scene Selection mode: Unfixed, depending on the selected mode
• When using AE lock, the camera automatically corrects the locked image.
• When in Continuous advance mode, the correction is fixed onto the first image, the same correction is
used for the second or later images.
• D-Range Optimizer other than
(Standard) has no effect on RAW files. Correct images using the DRange Optimizer function of “Image Data Converter SR.”
• When DRO advanced bracket shooting is selected, the setting here is temporarily deactivated.
To take pictures with an image style (see “Image styles”, (page 68)) assigned to the stylebox.
t See “Advanced operation” (page 70).
• If the Scene Selection is used, you cannot change the settings for the Creative Style.
You can adjust the contrast for each image style separately. The switchable image styles and
unswitchable ones have different items that can be adjusted.
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Unswitchable image styles:
“Standard”, “Vivid”, “Neutral”, and
“Adobe RGB”
Switchable image styles: Stylebox
a–c
Adjustable Items
Item
Contrast
Saturation
Sharpness
Brightness
Zone
Matching
Unswitchable image
styles
–3 to +3
–3 to +3
–3 to +3
not
adjustable
not
adjustable
Switchable image
styles
–3 to +3
–3 to +3*
–3 to +3
–3 to +3
–1 to +2
* When “B/W” or “Sepia” is selected, you cannot adjust the saturation.
• These adjustments are not always necessary. You can make an adjustment for each image style. (If
one style is in multiple styleboxes, separate adjustments can be made on each of them.)
• When you need to adjust contrast, saturation, and sharpness before other items, select “Standard”
image style to make the adjustments.
Image styles
(
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: The default setting)
(Standard)
For capturing various scenes with rich gradation and beautiful
colors.
(Vivid)
The saturation and contrast are heightened for capturing
striking images of colorful scenes and subjects such as
flowers, spring greenery, blue sky, or ocean views.
(Neutral)
The saturation and sharpness are lowered for capturing
images in a quiet tone. This is also suitable for capturing
image material to be modified with a computer.
(Adobe RGB)
For capturing images in Adobe RGB color space.
(Clear)
For capturing images in a clear tone with limpid colors in the
highlighted area, suitable for capturing radiant light.
(Deep)
For capturing images with deep and dense color expressions,
suited to capturing the solid presence of the subject.
(Light)
For capturing images with bright and uncomplicated color
expressions, suited to capturing refreshingly light ambience.
For capturing the skin color in a soft tone, ideally suited to
capturing portraits.
(Landscape)
The saturation, contrast, and sharpness are heightened for
capturing vivid and crisp scenery. Distant landscapes also
stand out more.
(Sunset)
For capturing the beautiful red of the setting sun.
(Night view)
The contrast is attenuated for capturing a nightscape that is
more faithful to the real view.
(Autumn leaves)
For capturing autumn scenes, vividly highlighting the red and
yellow of coloring leaves.
(B/W)
For capturing images in black and white monotone.
(Sepia)
For capturing images in sepia monotone.
Using the shooting functions
(Portrait)
Basic operation
Front control dial
Multi-selector
Rear control dial
Fn (Function) button
1 Press the Fn (Function) button to display the Quick Navi screen (page 30).
• When the enlarged display screen is used (page 23), you cannot display the Quick Navi screen. In this
case, set up from the menu.
2 Select a Creative Style item with the multi-selector.
• If you do not make adjustments on contrast, etc., you can make other settings from this menu using
the front or rear control dial.
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3 Press the center to display the Creative Style screen.
• You can select this screen from the
Recording menu (page 97).
4 Select the desired image style with v/V on the multi-selector.
• You can select “Standard”, “Vivid”, “Neutral”, “Adobe RGB”, “Portrait”, “Landscape”, and “B/W”
with the default setting. To select other image styles, see “Advanced operation” (below).
5 To adjust (Contrast),
adjustments with v/V.
(Saturation), and
(Sharpness), select the item with b/B and make
6 Press the center of the multi-selector after the setting is completed.
Advanced operation
Of the seven image styles explained in “Basic operation”, the last three styles are Styleboxes 1
– 3, which can be switched.
Example: When you have assigned “Standard” to one stylebox and “Landscape” to two
styleboxes.
Standard
Saturation, contrast, and sharpness can be adjusted.
Vivid
Unswitchable
Neutral
Adobe RGB
Standard
Switchable
Landscape
Landscape
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Brightness and Zone Matching can be adjusted, in addition
to saturation, contrast, and sharpness.
Different adjustments can be set for each “Landscape”.
To switch image styles for the stylebox
1 Display the Creative Style screen (steps 1 to 3 on page 69).
Using the shooting functions
2 Select a switchable stylebox with v/V on the multi-selector.
3 Move the cursor to the right side with B, and select an image style with v/V.
4 To adjust (Contrast),
(Saturation),
(Sharpness),
(Brightness), and
Matching), select an item with b/B and make adjustments with v/V.
(Zone
5 Press the center of the multi-selector after the setting is completed.
Zone Matching
Image styles in the switchable style boxes can adjust the Zone Matching.
You can keep the image from becoming overexposed or underexposed.
This function is also available for a RAW file.
–1
This keeps the image from becoming underexposed with
shooting a high-keyed subject. Use in low-key
(predominantly dark) scenes is recommended, as the image
tends to become whitish.
0
Zone Matching is not performed.
+1 to +2
This keeps the image from becoming overexposed with
shooting a low-keyed subject. Use in high-key
(predominantly light) scenes is recommended, as the image
tends to have heightened noise level.
• When Zone Matching is not set to 0, the contrast cannot be adjusted.
• Refer to the following table to determine the flash range.
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(At ISO 100)
Aperture
Zone
Matching
F2.8
F4.0
F5.6
–1
1.7 – 10 m
(5.6 – 33 feet)
1.2 – 7 m
(3.9 – 23 feet)
1–5m
(3.3 – 17 feet)
+1
2.4 – 14 m
(7.9 – 46 feet)
1.7 – 10 m
(5.6 – 33 feet)
1.2 – 7 m
(3.9 – 23 feet)
+2
2.8 – 17 m
(9 – 56 feet)
2 – 12 m
(6.6 – 40 feet)
1.4 – 8.6 m
(4.6 – 28 feet)
About Adobe RGB color space
Adobe RGB color space has a wide range of color reproduction, compared to sRGB that is the standard
color space of the digital camera. If the main purpose is to print out the image, especially when a large part
of the subject is vivid green or red, Adobe RGB is more effective than other sRGB color modes.
• The file name of the image starts with “_DSC”.
About color matching in Adobe RGB
When displaying images that were recorded with Adobe RGB on non-Adobe RGB-compliant devices, or on
the LCD monitor on the rear of the camera, images are displayed with low saturation. To edit or print
images recorded with Adobe RGB, use applications or printers that support color management and DCF2.0
option color space. Using some applications and printers that do not support color management may result
in or print images that do not reproduce faithful color.
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Flash
This section explains the various shooting functions with the flash.
Selecting the flash mode
If the built-in flash is pulled up, the flash fires automatically when the surroundings are dark in
auto adjustment or Scene Selection mode. You can intentionally change the flash mode.
Rear control dial
Multi-selector
Fn (Function) button
Using the shooting functions
Front control dial
1 Press the Fn (Function) button to display the Quick Navi screen (page 30).
• When the enlarged display screen is used (page 23), you cannot display the Quick Navi screen. In this
case, set up from the menu.
2 Select a Flash item with the multi-selector.
3 Select the desired mode with the front or rear control dial.
• The flash indicator is displayed only when the flash is pulled up.
• After selecting the flash item in step 2, if you press the center of the multi-selector, the screen switches
to the Exclusive disp screen. On this screen, select the desired mode with v/V on the multi-selector, then
press the center.
• You can also select the flash mode from the
Recording menu (page 99).
(
(Autoflash)
: The default setting)
Fires if it is dark or against light.
• This is not selectable when the mode dial is set to P, A, S, or M.
(Fill-flash)
Fires whenever the built-in flash is pulled up.
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(Rear sync.)
Ordinarily, the flash is fired right after the shutter has been
released, then objects illuminated by other light sources are
captured. This causes certain subjects, such as trailing light,
to appear unnatural when the slower shutter speed is used.
In rear sync mode, the objects illuminated by other light
sources are captured first, then the flash is fired. You can
capture a flowing light or the trail of a moving subject in a
more realistic way when shooting a moving subject using a
slower shutter speed with the flash.
(Wireless)
Using an external flash (not supplied) mounted on the camera
may make certain pictures appear too flat. In such a case, an
off-camera flash in a proper position can create more contrast,
resulting in a more three-dimensional picture.
This camera can do this shooting without a cable using the
flash light to transmit the signal between the camera and the
flash (Wireless flash shooting).
• Wireless flash shooting requires the flash HVL-F56AM or
HVL-F36AM (not supplied).
To perform wireless flash shooting
1 Attach the external flash to the camera (page 166) and turn on the camera and the external flash.
2 Select
(Wireless).
3 Remove the external flash from the camera and pull up the built-in flash on the camera.
“WL” appears in the viewfinder and on the LCD monitor.
4 Determine the position of the camera and the external flash.
5 Make sure the built-in flash and the external flash are fully charged.
• The built-in flash is fully charged when
• The external flash is fully charged when
flashes on the front of the flash.
appears in the viewfinder.
appears on the back of the external flash and the red lamp
6 Press the AEL (AE Lock) button on the camera to test fire the flash.
• If the flash does not fire, change the camera, external flash, or subject position.
7 Check both flashes again to make sure they are fully charged. Press the shutter button to take a
picture.
• Turn off the wireless flash mode after wireless flash shooting. (You can either deactivate the camera and
the external flash separately, or you can attach the external flash to the camera and select a different flash
mode, as shown on page 73). If the built-in flash is used while the wireless flash mode is still active,
inaccurate flash exposures will result.
• You can select the wireless setting on the camera and the external flash separately. See page 73 to set the
camera. To set the external flash, refer to the operating instructions supplied with it.
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If the operation and the function of the AEL (AE Lock) button have been changed
When using the wireless flash, it is recommended that you set [AEL button] (page 107) to [AEL hold] or
[ AEL hold] in the Custom menu.
If you select a setting that is retained after the button has been released ([AEL toggle]/[ AEL toggle]) the
camera is in slow sync recording mode while “AEL” appears in the viewfinder and on the LCD monitor.
Every test fire will cause the slow sync recording mode to switch on and off.
Using the shooting functions
About the position of the camera and the flash
This camera uses the flash light of its built-in flash to send a signal to the off-camera flash to fire. Take note
of the following points to ensure proper transmission of the signal.
• Wireless flash shooting should be performed in a dark environment such as indoors, etc.
• We recommend that you place the camera and the external flash in the gray area within radius 5 m
(16.4 ft) as illustrated below. For more information about flash range, also refer to the operating
instructions supplied with your flash.
• Do not place the external flash directly behind the subject.
z About the wireless flash channels
Change the channel of the external flash when another photographer is using a wireless flash nearby and
his/her built-in flash light triggers firing of your flash.
To change the channel of the external flash, refer to the operating instructions supplied with it.
Using the flash compensation
When shooting with the flash, you can adjust the amount of flash light alone, without
changing the exposure compensation. You can change the exposure of a subject which is
within the flash range, while leaving the exposure of the background, which is out of the flash
range, as it is.
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Front control dial
Rear control dial
Multi-selector
Fn (Function) button
1 Press the Fn (Function) button to display the Quick Navi screen (page 30).
2 Select the flash compensation item with the multi-selector.
Flash compensation item
3 Select the desired value with the front or rear control dial.
• When the Exclusive disp screen is displayed in step 2, select the desired value with b/B on the multiselector.
• You can also select the Exclusive disp screen from the
Recording menu (page 100).
• You can set the degree of compensation in 1/3 increments within ±3.0. You can set this exposure step to
1/2 EV increments with [Exposure step] in the
Recording menu (page 98).
• When the built-in flash is pulled up, the set flash compensation value is displayed on the LCD monitor.
• When you press the shutter button halfway down,
appears in the viewfinder.
• When performing flash compensation with the built-in flash, the positive effect may not be visible due to
the limited amount of flash light, if the subject is at or around the maximum range for the flash. If the
subject is very close, the negative effect may not be visible.
z Exposure compensation and flash compensation
Exposure compensation changes the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity (when [AUTO] is
selected) to perform the compensation. If the flash is used, the amount of flash light is also changed*.
On the other hand, flash compensation only changes the amount of flash light, thereby controlling the
relative effect of the flash light on the whole picture. For instance, if you want to reduce the flash light,
you can set the flash compensation on the slightly negative side and at the same time set the exposure
compensation on the positive side to adjust the brightness of the entire picture.
* You can keep the amount of flash light from changing with the exposure compensation with
[Exp.comp.set] in the Custom menu (page 110).
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Shooting with Slow Sync (Shooting the dark background with flash)
When you shoot a portrait outdoors at night with a dark background, a normal use of flash will
capture a clear image of the subject, but the background is out of flash range and will be too
dark. In such a case, slow sync shooting (shooting with the flash and a slow shutter speed)
allows you to capture a clear image of both the subject and the background.
SLOW SYNC button
Using the shooting functions
Flash
1 Pull up the built-in flash.
2 Shoot with the SLOW SYNC button pressed.
in the viewfinder and on the LCD monitor lights up to indicate the exposure is locked.
• Use of a tripod is recommended because of the slower shutter speed.
• In shutter speed priority mode or manual mode, slow sync shooting is not available using the AEL (AE
lock) button.
• You can set the camera to keep the slow sync mode after the SLOW SYNC button is released with [AEL
button] in the Custom menu (page 107).
Using the flash sync terminal
You can use a flash equipped with a flash sync cord.
Flash sync terminal
Open the cover of the flash sync terminal and plug the cord in.
• Select the manual exposure mode and set the shutter speed to 1/200 second with the Super SteadyShot on
or 1/250 second with the Super SteadyShot off. If the shutter speed recommended on the flash is slower
than that, use the recommended speed or an even slower speed.
• Use a flash with a flash sync voltage of 400V or less.
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• Before you connect the flash sync cord to the Flash sync terminal, turn off the power of the connected
flash. If the power is on, it may flash when you connect the cord.
• The flash will always be full emission. Flash compensation (page 75) cannot be used. You can perform
bracket shooting while holding down the AEL (AE lock) button (the aperture is adjusted, page 46).
• Using auto white balance is not recommended. Use custom white balance to gain more precise white
balance.
• You can use a flash equipped with a flash sync terminal of the opposite polarity.
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Other operations
Registering your own settings
You can register a combination of frequently used modes and settings in the memory. You can
recall the registered settings by selecting “MR” on the mode dial.
MENU button
Multi-selector
To register a setting
Using the shooting functions
Mode dial
1 Put the camera on the setting you want to register. See the next page for the items that can be
registered.
• The items to be registered include all the functions and recording menus with exclusive buttons and
levers. You cannot register only some of the items.
2 Press the MENU button to display the menu screen.
3 Select
Recording menu t [4] t [Memory] with the multi-selector (page 32).
4 Press the center of the multi-selector to display the Select register screen.
The memory information set in step 1 (the current setting on the camera) will be displayed.
5 Select the number you want to register with b/B, then press the center.
• You can register up to three settings.
• You can rewrite the settings as many times as you like.
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Items that can be registered
Recording mode1) (34)
White
Balance2) (61)
Page numbers in parentheses
Drive mode (55)
ISO sensitivity (64)
Exposure comp. (45)
Metering mode (48)
Focus mode (52)
Image size (94)
Aspect ratio (95)
Image quality (96)
D-Range Optimizer (66)
Creative Style3) (67)
Custom button (81)
Exposure step (98)
Flash mode (73)
Flash control (99)
Power ratio (100)
Flash compens. (75)
ISO Auto max. (100)
ISO Auto min. (100)
AF-A setup (101)
AF area (49)
AF area position (49)
Priority setup (102)
AF illuminator (54)
AF w/ shutter (102)
Long exp.NR (103)
High ISO NR (103)
1) When the mode dial is set to A, the aperture value is also registered, when set to S, the shutter speed value
is also registered, and when set to M, the aperture and shutter speed values are also registered. Program
shift and manual shift cannot be registered.
2)
The number and the settings will be registered with the custom white balance.
3)
Contrast, saturation, sharpness, brightness, and Zone Matching will be registered at the same time.
To recall the saved settings
1 Set the mode dial to MR to display the Memory recall screen.
2 Select the number to be recalled with b/B on the multi-selector, and press the center.
• After you have recalled a setting, the actual setting will not correspond to the positions of the dials and
levers on the camera. Refer to the information displayed on the LCD monitor when you take pictures.
• You can change the settings after you have recalled a saved setting. A new setting can be registered by
following the steps in “To register a setting”.
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Using the C (Custom) button
You can assign a function of your choosing to the C (Custom) button. Press the button and the
setting screen of the selected function is displayed.
Creative Style (page 67) is assigned to the C button as the default setting.
C (Custom) button
Using the shooting functions
Multi-selector
MENU button
To assign a function
1 Press the MENU button to display the menu screen.
2 Select
Recording menu t [1] t [Custom button] with the multi-selector (page 32).
3 Press the center of the multi-selector.
4 Select the item to be assigned with v/V and press the center.
(
: The default setting)
AF lock
Functions as the AF lock button (page 105).
AF/MF control
Functions as the AF/MF button (page 53).
D.O.F.preview
Functions as the Depth-of-field preview button (page 39).
ISO
Functions as the ISO button (page 64).
White balance
Functions as the white balance button (page 61).
Exposure comp.
Functions as the exposure button (page 45).
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Flash compens.
Displays the flash compensation setup screen (page 75).
Drive mode
Functions as the DRIVE button (page 55).
AF area
Displays the AF area setup screen (page 49).
Image size
Displays the image size setup screen (page 94).
Quality
Displays the image quality setup screen (page 96).
Creative Style
Displays the Creative Style setup screen (page 67).
D-RangeOptimizer
Displays the D-Range Optimizer setup screen (page 66).
Flash mode
Displays the flash mode screen (page 73).
Memory
Displays the register setup screen (page 79).
To use the assigned function
Press the C (Custom) button.
The assigned function is activated or its menu screen is displayed.
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Using the viewing functions
Viewing images
Pressing the
(Playback) button turns the camera to the playback mode and an image is
displayed on the LCD monitor.
Multi-selector
Select an image with b/B.
Switching the playback screen
During playback, each time you press the DISP (Display) button, the screen changes as
follows.
Using the viewing functions
(Playback) button
DISP (Display) button
Latest recording history,
up to five images.
With recording data
With recording data
Without recording
data
• The DISP (Display) button switches the recording data display on and off in other playback modes, such
as on an enlarged screen.
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Switching to the index screen
Pressing the
(Index) button switches to the index screen. Each time you press the DISP
(Display) button, the screen changes as follows.
Multi-selector
(Index) button
DISP (Display) button
(Delete) button
Select an image with v/V/b/B
(Index) button
9-image index
25-image index
(Index) button or the center of the
multi-selector
4-image index
Rotating the rear dial switches the index images screen-by-screen. This is convenient when
you want to switch to the next screen quickly.
To select the folder
1 Select the folder bar with b/B on the multi-selector, then press the center.
The currently selected folder/The total number of folders
The currently number of images contained in the folder
Folder bar
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2 Select the desired folder with v/V, then press the center.
To delete all the images in the folder
1 Select the folder you want to delete with v/V on the multi-selector.
2 Press the
(Delete) button.
• You can set the confirmation screen to [Delete], as previously selected with [Delete confirm.] in the
Setup menu (page 125).
• When you want to delete selected images, see page 114.
• Once you have deleted an image, you cannot restore it.
• Protected images cannot be deleted.
Displaying the histogram
Using the viewing functions
3 Select “Delete” with v, then press the center.
Pressing the
(Histogram) button displays the histogram and recording data of the
displayed image. Pressing it again turns the screen to a previous screen.
(Histogram) button
When the image has a high-key or
low-key portion, that portion is
illuminated on the histogram display
(Luminance limit warning).
Luminance
R (Red)
G (Green)
B (Blue)
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z About Histogram
Number of pixels
A histogram is the luminance distribution that shows how many
pixels of a particular brightness exist in the picture. This camera
has four histogram displays that are separately for luminance and
RGB, and each shows the brightness on the horizontal axis (left
side is black, right side is white) and the number of pixels on the
vertical axis. The exposure compensation will change the
histogram accordingly. Below is an example.
Dark
Light
Use the exposure
compensation on
the positive side.
This compensation
brightens the whole
picture, making the
entire histogram shift
to the bright side (right
side). If the exposure
compensation is
applied on the negative
side, the histogram will
shift to the other side.
Both ends of the histogram consist only of data of 100% black or white*. Checking the histogram allows
you to know the status of the image beforehand.
* To be exact, a color image is expressed with RGB. Thus, the white is equal to R255, G255, B255, and
the black is equal to R0, G0, B0.
Enlarging images
An image can be enlarged for closer examination.
(Enlarge) button
Front control dial
Multi-selector
Rear control dial
(Playback) button
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1 Display the image you want to enlarge, then press the
The center of the image is enlarged.
(Enlarge) button.
3 Select the portion you want to enlarge with v/V/b/B on the multi-selector.
• Each time you press the center of the multi-selector, the screen changes between the enlarged screen
and the whole screen.
The portion to be
enlarged if the
center is pressed
Using the viewing functions
2 Scale up or down the image with the rear control dial.
The map of the enlarged portion
• You can select an image with the front control dial.
4 Press the
(Enlarge) or
(Playback) button so that enlarged playback is canceled and the
screen returns to the screen that was displayed before enlarging.
The scaling range is as follows.
Image size
Scaling range
L
Approx. ×1.1 – ×13
M
Approx. ×1.1 – ×10
S
Approx. ×1.1 – ×6.7
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Rotating an image
At the default setting, images shot in the portrait orientation are played back in the portrait
orientation. You can rotate images in the following way, if necessary.
(Playback) button
(Rotate) button
1 Display the image you want to rotate, then press the
The screen used for rotating images appears.
(Rotate) button.
2 Press the center of the multi-selector to rotate the image to your desired orientation.
3 Press the
(Playback) or
(Rotate) button to return to the normal screen.
• Once you rotate the image, the image is played back in the rotated position, even if you turn off the power.
• When you copy rotated images to a computer, “Picture Motion Browser” contained on the CD-ROM
(supplied) can display the rotated images correctly. However, the images may not be rotated depending on
the software.
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Viewing images on a TV screen
You can view images on a TV screen by connecting the camera to a TV.
Turn off both your camera and the TV before connecting the camera and the TV.
1 Connect the camera to the TV.
Using the viewing functions
1 To video input 2 To the VIDEO
jack
OUT terminal
Video cable
2 Turn on the TV and switch the input.
• See also the operating instructions supplied with the TV.
3 Turn on the camera, and press
(Playback).
Images shot with the camera appear on the TV screen.
Select the desired image with b/B on the multi-selector.
Multi-selector
(Playback) button
• When using your camera abroad, it may be necessary to switch the video signal output to match that
of your TV system (page 121).
• The LCD monitor on the rear of the camera does not turned on.
• The quality of images displayed on a TV connected with a video cable is lower for different systems,
compared to images displayed on an HDTV connected with an HDMI cable or on a PC monitor.
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When using an HDTV equipped with an HDMI connector
If you are using an HDTV equipped with an HDMI connector, you can view images higher
image quality by using an HDMI cable (not supplied).
1 To the HDMI
connector
HDMI cable
(not supplied)
2 To the
HDMI
terminal
1 Connect the camera to the TV with the HDMI cable.
2 Turn on the TV and switch the input.
3 Turn on the camera.
The camera turns to the playback mode automatically.
• Use an HDMI cable with the HDMI logo.
• Use an HDMI mini connector on one end (for the camera), and a connector suitable for connection to your
TV on the other end.
• By connecting your camera to Sony’s VIDEO-A compatible TV using an HDMI cable, TV sets suitable
image quality for viewing still picture automatically. Please refer to the operating instructions of Sony’s
VIDEO-A compatible TV for more details.
• Some devices may not work properly.
• Do not connect the output connector of the device with the HDMI terminal on the camera. This may cause
a malfunction.
• You can change the type of output signal with [HDMI output] in the Setup menu (page 121).
On “PhotoTV HD”
This camera is compatible with the “PhotoTV HD” standard.
By connecting Sony’s PhotoTV HD-compatible devices using an HDMI cable, whole new
world of photos can be enjoyed in breathtaking Full HD quality.
PhotoTV HD allows for a highly-detailed, photo-like expression of subtle textures and colors.
On TV color systems
If you want to view images on a TV screen, you need a TV with a video input jack and the
video cable. The color system of the TV must match that of your digital still camera. Check
the following lists for the TV color system of the country or region where the camera is used.
NTSC system
Bahama Islands, Bolivia, Canada, Central America, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica,
Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Surinam, Taiwan, the Philippines, the U.S.A., Venezuela, etc.
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PAL system
Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland,
Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal,
Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, etc.
PAL-M system
Brazil
PAL-N system
Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay
Bulgaria, France, Guiana, Iran, Iraq, Monaco, Russia, Ukraine, etc.
Operating with the Remote Commander
Connecting the camera to a TV and turning to the playback mode allows you to play back
images using the Remote Commander. Most of the buttons on the Remote Commander have
the same functions as the buttons on the camera.
Buttons on the Remote Commander
Page
A
85
(Histogram)
B DISP (Display)
83
C
(Index)
84
D
(Rotate)
88
E
(Playback)
83
F MENU
32
G
119
H
I
(Slide show)
/
(Scale up/down)
(Delete)
J v/V/b/B/
Using the viewing functions
SECAM system
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This First”
t
29
• The other buttons are used when the camera is in recording mode or is connected to a PictBridge printer
(pages 60, 148).
Slide show
The
(Slide show) button on the Remote Commander easily starts/stops a slide show (page
119). During a slide show, the following operations are available from the Remote
Commander.
• Displaying the previous/next image with b/B.
• Pausing/playing back the slide show with .
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Using the menu
Menu list
For details on how to operate the menu, see page 32.
Recording menu (pages 94 to 104)
1
Image size
Aspect ratio
Quality
D-RangeOptimizer
Creative Style
Custom button
Exposure step
2
Flash mode
Flash control
• Power ratio
Flash compens.
ISO Auto max.
ISO Auto min.
3
AF-A setup
AF area
Priority setup
AF illuminator
AF w/ shutter
Long exp.NR
High ISO NR
4
Memory
Rec mode reset
Custom menu (pages 105 to 113)
1
Eye-Start AF
EyeStart trigr.
AF/MF button
AF/MF control
AF drive speed
AF area disp.
FocusHoldButton
2
AEL button
Ctrl dial setup
Dial exp.comp
Ctrl dial lock
Button ops.
Release w/oCard
Release w/oLens
3
Red eye reduc.
Exp.comp.set
Bracket order
Auto review
Auto off w/ VF
Rec.info.disp.
Img.orientation
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4
Custom reset
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Playback menu (pages 114 to 119)
1
2
Delete
Format
Protect
DPOF setup
• Date imprint
• Index print
PlaybackDisplay
Slide show
• Interval
Setup menu (pages 120 to 126)
LCD brightness
Info.disp.time
Power save
Video output
HDMI output
Language
Date/Time setup
2
Memory card
File number
Folder name
Select folder
• New folder
USB connection
• MassStrg.card
3
Menu start
Delete confirm.
Audio signals
Cleaning mode
Reset default
Using the menu
1
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Recording menu 1
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Recording menu
The default settings are marked with
.
Image size
A digital image is made up of a collection of small dots called pixels.
“Image size” is shown by the number of pixels. Although you cannot see the differences on
the screen of the camera, the fine detail and data processing time differ when the image is
printed or displayed on a computer screen.
Pixel
Pixels
Many pixels
(Fine image
quality and large
file size)
Few pixels
(Rough image
quality but small
file size)
1 Image size: L
2 Image size: S
[Aspect ratio]: [3:2]
L:12M
4272 × 2848 pixels
M:6.4M
3104 × 2064 pixels
S:3.0M
2128 × 1424 pixels
[Aspect ratio]: [16:9]
L:10M
4272 × 2400 pixels
M:5.4M
3104 × 1744 pixels
S:2.6M
2128 × 1200 pixels
• When you select a RAW file with [Quality], the image size of the RAW file corresponds to L. This size is
not displayed on the LCD monitor.
• You can also use the Fn (Function) button for operations (page 30).
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z Selecting image size for use
Refer to the following table when selecting the image size.
Image size
Usage guidelines
L
For storing important images or printing A3/A3+*
size or fine A4 size images
Larger
M
For printing in A4 size or high density images in
A5 size
S
For recording a large number of images
For creating web pages
Smaller
No. of
images
Printing
Less
Fine
More
Rough
Aspect ratio
Recording menu
* This is a size larger than A3 size. You can print images with a margin around the A3 size image.
You can select the aspect ratio to suit your purpose.
3:2
A normal ratio.
16:9
An HDTV ratio. [16:9] is recommended when viewing on an
HDTV.
When [16:9] is selected, make your composition in this area.
• RAW files recorded in 16:9 ratio are displayed in 16:9 ratio using compatible software, such as “Image
Data Converter SR”, but they are displayed in 3:2 ratio if the software is not compatible with this ratio.
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Quality
The image compression rate determines the image quality. As the file size of the
uncompressed image will be larger, it is common for a digital camera to compress the
recorded image.
RAW (
)
cRAW* (
File format: RAW (raw data)
A RAW file is the raw material to be processed on the
computer for professional purposes. The file can be opened
with the “Image Data Converter SR” provided on the CDROM (supplied) (page 139). “c” of “cRAW” means
“compressed”.
)
• The image size is fixed to the maximum size. The image size is
not displayed on the LCD monitor.
RAW & JPEG (
)
cRAW & JPEG* (
Extra fine (
Fine (
Standard (
)
)
)
)
File format: RAW (raw data) + JPEG
A RAW image and a JPEG image are created at the same
time. This is suitable when you need two image files, a JPEG
for viewing, and a RAW for editing. The image quality is
fixed to [Fine].
File format: JPEG
The image is compressed in the JPEG format
when recorded. The higher the compression
rate, the smaller the file size. This will allow
more files to be recorded in one memory
card, but the image quality will be lower.
Once the image quality is lowered, it cannot
be restored on a computer afterwards. If you
plan to process or edit the image file later,
consider the image quality carefully when
selecting the setting.
Compression
ratio
Low
High
* The data is compressed up to about 60 to 70% compared to an image not compressed. Use this setting
when you want to increase the number of images that can be taken.
• You can also use the Fn (Function) button for operation (page 30).
• For details on the number of images that can be taken when the image quality is changed, see page 24.
z About RAW files
The RAW format file is the raw data yet to go through any kind of digital processing. A RAW file is
different from a more common file format such as JPEG in that it is the raw material to be processed for
professional purposes. You need the “Image Data Converter SR” software included on the CD-ROM
(supplied) in order to open a RAW file recorded on this camera. With this software, a RAW file can be
opened and converted to a common format, such as JPEG or TIFF, and its white balance, color saturation,
contrast, etc., can be readjusted.
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• Recording a RAW format image entails the following limitations.
– The RAW file cannot be printed using a DPOF (print) designated printer or a PictBridge compliant
printer.
– Unlike a JPEG image, a RAW image does not go through any basic image processing, so its colors
cannot be accurately reproduced in playback mode or on an auto review screen. If the data is correctly
recorded, accurate colors can be reproduced on a computer.
• You cannot verify the effects of D-Range Optimizer other than those of
(Standard) if you play back
and enlarge an image recorded in RAW or cRAW format.
D-RangeOptimizer
You can analyze the recorded scene and make automatic adjustments to optimize the image
quality.
)
Standard (
For details, see page 66.
)
Advanced Auto (
)
Advanced: Level (
–
)
Recording menu
Off (
Creative Style
You can select image styles most suitable for the recorded scenes and purposes.
Standard (
Vivid (
)
For details, see page 67.
)
Neutral (
Adobe RGB (
)
)
1
2
3
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Custom button
You can assign a function to the C (Custom) button.
AF lock
For details, see page 81.
AF/MF control
D.O.F.preview
ISO
White balance
Exposure comp.
Flash compens.
Drive mode
AF area
Image size
Quality
Creative Style
D-RangeOptimizer
Flash mode
Memory
Exposure step
You can select a 0.5 or 0.3 compensation increment for shutter speed, aperture, and exposure.
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0.5 EV
Changes in 1/2 EV steps
0.3 EV
Changes in 1/3 EV steps
Recording menu 2
The default settings are marked with
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.
Flash mode
You can select the flash mode.
Autoflash (
)
For details, see page 73.
Fill-flash ( )
Rear sync. (
Wireless (
)
)
You can select the flash control mode to set the amount of flash light.
ADI flash
A pre-flash is fired right before shooting, and the camera sets
the amount of flash light by measuring the amount of
reflected light from the pre-flash and the associated distance
information.
Pre-flash TTL
A pre-flash is fired right before shooting, and the camera sets
the amount of flash light by measuring only the amount of
reflected light from the pre-flash. The distance information is
not used in the calculation.
Manual flash
The built-in flash fires with certain amount of flash light
regardless of the brightness of a subject. This option is
disabled when [Autoflash] is selected.
Recording menu
Flash control
ADI: Advanced Distance Integration
TTL: Through the lens
• When the distance between the subject and the external flash (not supplied) cannot be determined,
(wireless flash shooting using an external flash (not supplied), shooting with an off-camera flash using a
cable, shooting with a macro twin flash, etc.) the camera automatically selects Pre-flash TTL mode.
• Select [Pre-flash TTL] in the following cases, as the camera cannot obtain accurate distance information
with ADI flash.
– A wide panel is attached to the HVL-F36AM flash.
– A diffuser is used for flash shooting.
– A filter with an exposure factor, such as an ND filter, is used.
– A close-up lens is used.
• ADI flash is only available in combination with the lens that is provided with a distance encoder. To
determine the lens is equipped with a distance encoder, refer to the operating instructions supplied with
the lens.
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Power ratio
You can select the amount of light when [Flash control] is set to [Manual flash].
1/1
Guide number approx. 12
1/2
Guide number approx. 8.4
1/4
Guide number approx. 6
1/8
Guide number approx. 4.2
1/16
Guide number approx. 3
• Under the condition in meter at ISO 100
Flash compens.
For details, see page 75.
ISO Auto max.
You can select the upper limit of an ISO AUTO value when the mode dial is set to P, A, or S,
and ISO is set to [AUTO].
1600
800
Automatically adjusts ISO with the selected value set to the
upper limit.
400
ISO Auto min.
You can select the lower limit of an ISO AUTO value when the mode dial is set to P, A, or S,
and ISO is set to [AUTO].
400
200
100
Automatically adjusts ISO with the selected value set to the
lower limit.
Recording menu 3
The default settings are marked with
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.
AF-A setup
The position “A” of the focus mode lever is set to AF-A (Automatic AF) (page 52) at the
default setting. You can change the function to DMF (Direct man. focus).
AF-A (
)
Assigns the Automatic AF function.
DMF (
)
Assigns the Direct man. focus function. You can make a fine
adjustment after adjusting the focus in auto focus.
To make a fine adjustment in Direct Manual Focus
1 Set to [DMF].
3 Press the shutter button halfway down to lock the focus.
4 Turn the focusing ring to fine-tune the focus while pressing the shutter button halfway down.
Shutter button
Recording menu
2 Set the focus mode lever to “A”.
Focusing ring
Focus mode lever
5 Press the shutter button fully down.
• Once you release your finger from the shutter button, the focus lock operation starts again from the
beginning when you press the shutter button halfway down.
AF area
You can select the AF area.
Wide (
Spot (
Local (
)
For details, see page 49.
)
)
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Priority setup
Select a setting for shutter release.
AF
The shutter cannot be released when the focus is not
confirmed.
Release
The shutter can be released even when the focus is not
confirmed. Select this setting if the shooting opportunity
takes precedence.
AF illuminator
You can set the AF illuminator to on or off. For details on the AF illuminator, see page 54.
Auto
Automatically fills the AF illuminator if necessary.
Off
Does not fill the AF illuminator.
• When [AF illuminator] is set to [Off], the AF illuminator of an external flash (not supplied) is not
triggered.
AF w/ shutter
At the default setting, adjusting the focus is carried out by pressing the shutter button halfway
down. You can deactivate this action.
On
Adjusts the focus by pressing the shutter button halfway
down.
Off
Does not adjust the focus by pressing the shutter button
halfway down.
• When it is set to [Off], adjust the focus by pressing the center of the multi-selector. The shutter can be
released even when the focus is not confirmed. This is useful when shooting continuously at the same
focus position. Setting [AF/MF button] to [AF lock] or assigning AF lock to the C (Custom) button can
also adjust the focus.
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Long exp.NR
Long exposure makes noise conspicuous. When the shutter speed is one second or slower,
noise reduction is activated to reduce the grainy noise that is common in long exposures.
When a long exposure of one second or longer takes place,
the noise reduction process is performed for the duration that
the shutter was open. While the noise reduction is being
performed, the message “Processing...” appears on the LCD
monitor. You cannot take the next picture until the process is
over.
Off
This mode does not perform noise reduction. This is suitable
when timing of shooting takes precedence. However, this
makes the noise more conspicuous. It is recommended that
you activate the noise reduction if you use long exposure.
• Noise reduction is not performed on continuous shooting or continuous bracketing even when it is set to
[On].
Recording menu
On
High ISO NR
When the camera sensitivity is set high, noise in the pictures tends to become more noticeable.
When the ISO is set to 1600 or above, High ISO noise reduction is automatically activated to
lower the noise.
High
High ISO noise reduction is high.
Normal
High ISO noise reduction is normal.
Low
High ISO noise reduction is low.
• When [High] is selected, the speed of continuous shooting becomes approx. 3.5 images/sec.
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Recording menu 4
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Memory
For details, see page 79.
Rec mode reset
You can reset the main functions of the recording mode when the mode dial is set to P, A, S,
or M.
1 Select [Rec mode reset], then press the center of the multi-selector.
The message “Reset recording mode?” appears on the LCD monitor.
2 Select [OK] with v on the multi-selector, then press the center of the multi-selector.
The main functions of the recording mode are reset.
• The items to be reset are the functions operated with the exclusive buttons and all the items in the
Recording menu. For details on the items to be reset, see “Reset default” (page 172).
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Custom menu 1
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Custom menu
The default settings are marked with
.
Eye-Start AF
The focus is confirmed when you hold the grip and look into the viewfinder, and the shutter
speed and aperture are adjusted automatically.
On
Automatically adjusts the focus.
• This mode uses up the battery charge faster than [Off].
Off
Does not adjust the focus.
EyeStart trigr.
w/ GripSensor
The focus is automatically confirmed when you hold the grip
and look into the viewfinder.
w/o GripSensor
The focus is automatically confirmed when you look into the
viewfinder. Holding the grip is not necessary to activate the
auto focus.
Custom menu
You can start Eye-Start AF without holding the grip.
• When you take pictures with a tripod and your fingers are not on the grip or when you shoot with gloves
on, the Eye-Start AF will not be activated even if [w/ GripSensor] is selected. Also, when your hands are
dry, this function may not be fully effective. In such cases, select [w/o GripSensor] or confirm the focus
by holding the shutter button halfway down.
AF/MF button
The AF/MF button switches between AF (auto focus) and MF (manual focus) in the default
setting (page 53). This button can be used as the AF Lock button.
AF/MF control
See page 53.
AF lock
Uses the button as the AF lock button. Press the button and
the focus is locked there when the auto focus is activated. If
the auto focus is not activated, this button activates it, and the
focus will be confirmed and locked.
Press the shutter button to take pictures while holding the AF/
MF button down.
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AF/MF control
When [AF/MF button] is set to [AF/MF control] (page 105), you can change how you operate
the AF/MF button.
Hold
AF and MF are switched only while the button is held down.
Toggle
Press and release the button to switch AF and MF. Press and
release the button again to go back to the previous setting.
AF drive speed
You can select the speed of focusing when the auto focus is activated.
Fast
Confirms the focus quickly.
Slow
Confirms the focus slowly.
• Use this setting when a subject is a little hard to focus on, such
as in macro shooting.
AF area disp.
When the shutter button is pressed halfway down, the local AF area in focus is briefly
illuminated in red. You can change the duration of illumination or turn off the illumination.
0.6 sec
The local AF area is illuminated for 0.6 seconds.
0.3 sec
The local AF area is illuminated for 0.3 seconds.
Off
The local AF area is illuminated only when the multi-selector
is pressed.
FocusHoldButton
If you use a lens equipped with a focus hold button, you can change the function of the button
to preview a shot.
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Focus hold
Uses the button as the focus hold button.
D.O.F.preview
Uses the focus hold button as the depth-of-field preview
button.
Custom menu 2
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The default settings are marked with
.
AEL button
The function and the mode of operation of the AEL (AE lock) button can be changed.
The AEL (AE lock) button has two functions; an “AEL” function that locks the exposure
value (shutter speed and aperture) in any metering mode, and a “ (Spot) AEL” function that
temporarily performs spot metering and locks the acquired exposure value. The AEL button
has two modes of operation; “hold” that functions only when the button is held down, and
“toggle” that switches between activation and deactivation each time the button is pressed. Of
these, the following combinations are available.
While the button is held down, the exposure value in the
selected metering mode is locked.
AEL toggle
Press the button once and release it, and the exposure value in
the selected metering mode stays locked. Press the button
again, and the lock is released.
AEL hold
While the button is held down, the camera temporarily
performs spot metering regardless of the metering mode
previously selected and locks the acquired exposure value.
AEL toggle
Press the button once and release it, and the camera
temporarily performs spot metering regardless of the
metering mode previously selected and locks the acquired
exposure value. Press the button again, and the lock is
released.
Custom menu
AEL hold
• “AEL” is useful when you want to keep regular exposures on multiple images and “hold” is useful when
you want to temporarily use the spot metering.
• While the exposure value is locked,
appears on the LCD monitor and in the viewfinder. Be sure to
remember to release the lock when “AEL toggle” is selected.
• Except when shutter speed priority mode or the manual mode is selected, slow sync is selected
automatically whenever the flash is used. In this case, spot metering is disabled and “hold” and “toggle”
are the only switchable alternatives (page 77).
• The “hold” and “toggle” settings affect the manual shift (page 43) in the manual mode.
Ctrl dial setup
When the mode dial is set to P or M, adjusting the shutter speed is performed with the front
control dial and adjusting the aperture is performed with the rear control dial at the default
setting. You can reverse this assignment.
SS
F/no.
F/no.
SS
Adjusts the shutter speed with the front control dial and
adjusts the aperture with the rear control dial.
Adjusts the aperture with the front control dial and adjusts the
shutter speed with the rear control dial.
• When the mode dial is set to A or S, this assignment is not available.
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Dial exp.comp
You can adjust the exposure (page 45) with the front or rear control dial.
Off
Does not adjust the exposure with the dials.
Front dial
Adjusts the exposure with the front control dial.
Rear dial
Adjusts the exposure with the rear control dial.
When [Ctrl dial setup] is set to [
dials are as follows.
Mode
P
A
S
M
Off
S
M
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Front dial
Rear dial
PS shift
Exposure
PS shift
Rear control dial
PA shift
PA shift
Exposure
Front control dial
Aperture
Exposure
Aperture
Rear control dial
Aperture
Aperture
Exposure
Front control dial
Shutter speed
Exposure
Shutter speed
Rear control dial
Shutter speed
Shutter speed
Exposure
Front control dial
Shutter speed
Shutter speed
Shutter speed
Rear control dial
Aperture
Aperture
Aperture
Mode
A
F/no.], the functions of the front and rear control
Front control dial
When [Ctrl dial setup] is set to [
dials are as follows.
P
SS
F/no.
Off
SS], the functions of the front and rear control
Front dial
Rear dial
Front control dial
PA shift
Exposure
PA shift
Rear control dial
PS shift
PS shift
Exposure
Front control dial
Aperture
Exposure
Aperture
Rear control dial
Aperture
Aperture
Exposure
Front control dial
Shutter speed
Exposure
Shutter speed
Rear control dial
Shutter speed
Shutter speed
Exposure
Front control dial
Aperture
Aperture
Aperture
Rear control dial
Shutter speed
Shutter speed
Shutter speed
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Ctrl dial lock
You can lock the front and rear control dials to prevent them from accidentally rotating and
changing the settings when you are carrying the camera.
On
The front and rear control dial function only when the shutter
speed and the aperture are displayed.
Off
The front and rear control dial function at all times.
Button ops.
Exclusive disp
Displays an exclusive screen for each mode.
Quick Navi
Displays the Quick Navi screen of the mode selected at the
time.
Custom menu
In the default setting, pressing the ISO button, WB (White Balance) button, DRIVE button,
(Exposure) button, or C (Custom) button will put the exclusive screen on the display. You
can choose to have the Quick Navi screen (page 30) displayed instead.
• Even if [Quick Navi] is selected, the exclusive screen will be displayed when no item is applicable on the
enlarged display screen.
Release w/oCard
You can set the shutter lock to keep the shutter from releasing when no memory card is
inserted in the camera.
Enable
The shutter can be released when no memory card is inserted
in the camera.
Disable
The shutter cannot be released when no memory card is
inserted in the camera.
Release w/oLens
You can set the shutter lock to keep the shutter from releasing when no lens is mounted on the
camera. When attaching the camera to an astronomical telescope, for example, select [Enable]
so the shutter can be released.
Enable
The shutter can be released when no lens is mounted on the
camera.
Disable
The shutter cannot be released when no lens is mounted on
the camera.
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Custom menu 3
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The default settings are marked with
.
Red eye reduc.
Reduces the red-eye phenomenon by providing low-flash light a few times before shooting
when using the flash.
On
Reduces the red-eye phenomenon.
Off
Does not use red-eye reduction.
• Red-eye reduction is available only with the built-in flash. (When using an external flash (not supplied),
the red-eye phenomenon rarely occurs.)
Exp.comp.set
In the default setting, if exposure compensation is selected when the flash is used, shutter
speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity (only in AUTO mode), and amount of flash light all change in
order to perform exposure compensation (page 45). By fixing the amount of flash light, you
can limit the effect of exposure compensation to the background that is illuminated only by
ambient light (light other than the flash).
Ambient&flash
Exposure compensation is performed on both the ambient
light range (the background that the flash light does not
reach) and the flash light range.
• Values that change: shutter speed, aperture, ISO (only in AUTO
mode), amount of flash light
• Values that do not change: none
Ambient only
The exposure compensation is limited to the ambient light
range (the background), while the exposure of the flash light
range is fixed.
• Values that change: shutter speed, aperture, ISO (only in AUTO
mode)
• Values that do not change: amount of flash light
• With the flash compensation, you can limit the compensation to flash light range by fixing the exposure of
ambient light range that the flash light does not reach (page 75).
Values that change: amount of flash light
Values that do not change: shutter speed, aperture, ISO
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Bracket order
The order in bracket shooting (page 57) can be selected. This does not apply to DRO advanced
bracket.
0t–t+
Uses 0 EV in shooting the first picture which presents the best
shooting opportunity.
Example: ±0EV t –0.3EV t +0.3EV t –0.7EV t +0.7EV
–t0t+
Ordered from low to high exposure.
Example: –0.7EV t –0.3EV t ±0EV t +0.3EV t +0.7EV
Auto review
10 sec
Displays the image on the LCD monitor for 10 seconds.
5 sec
Displays the image on the LCD monitor for five seconds.
2 sec
Displays the image on the LCD monitor for two seconds.
Off
Deactivates auto review.
Custom menu
After an image is recorded, you can display it on the LCD monitor for two, five, or 10
seconds. You can also delete it during instant playback.
To delete the image during instant playback
Press
(Delete), then select [Delete] on the confirmation screen with v on the multi-selector, then press
the center of the multi-selector.
• When an image recorded in Local AF area is enlarged on the auto review screen, the image is enlarged
from around the selected area used for focus adjustment.
• Auto review of continuous shooting, and bracket shooting shows only the image recorded last. If you
delete the image following the process above, only the displayed image is deleted.
• In auto review, the image will not be displayed in the vertical position even if you shot the image in a
vertical position (page 112).
Auto off w/ VF
The eyepiece sensors located right below the viewfinder determine whether the photographer
is looking into the viewfinder or not. The LCD monitor can be set to turn off automatically
when you are looking into the viewfinder.
On
The LCD monitor turns off automatically when you look into
the viewfinder.
Off
The LCD monitor stays on when you look into the
viewfinder.
• Regardless of the setting in this menu, the recording information display automatically turns off after a set
duration (five seconds in the default setting (page 120)).
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Rec.info.disp.
You can set the recording information display to rotate automatically when the camera is in a
vertical position.
Auto rotate
The display rotates automatically to a vertical position when
the camera is in a vertical position.
Horizontal
The display does not rotate when the camera is in a vertical
position.
Img.orientation
You can select whether or not the image orientation information is recorded with the image.
Record
The image orientation is recorded with the image.
• When [PlaybackDisplay] is set to [Auto rotate] in the
Playback menu, the image is played back in a vertical position
(page 118).
Not record
The image orientation is not recorded with the image.
• When [Record] is selected, an image loaded on a computer will be displayed in the vertical position with
“Picture Motion Browser”/“Image Data Converter SR” (supplied). The image may not be displayed in a
vertical position, depending on the software employed.
• To rotate the displayed image manually, see page 88.
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Custom reset
The settings in the
Custom menu are all reset to the default settings.
1 Select [Custom reset], then press the center of the multi-selector.
The message “Reset custom functions?” appears on the LCD monitor.
2 Select [OK] with v on the multi-selector, then press the center.
The setting in the Custom menu are reset.
Custom menu
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Playback menu
The default settings are marked with
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Delete
You can delete unnecessary images. Follow the procedure below.
Marked images
Deletes only the selected images.
All images
Deletes all the images on the memory card.
• Once you have deleted an image, you cannot restore it.
• Protected images cannot be deleted.
• Use the
(Delete) button to quickly delete images shot by shot (t step 6 in “Read This First”).
To delete selected images
1 Select [Marked images] in [Delete].
2 Select the image you want to delete with b/B on the multi-selector, then press the center of the
multi-selector.
A
mark appears on the selected image.
Total number
• To cancel a selection, press the center again.
3 To delete other images, repeat step 2.
• To cancel, press
(Playback).
4 Press MENU.
The message “Delete images?” appears.
5 Select [Delete] with v on the multi-selector, then press the center of the multi-selector.
The selected images are deleted, and the screen returns to the playback screen.
To delete all images
1 Select [All images] in [Delete].
The message “Delete all images on card?” appears.
2 Select [Delete] with v on the multi-selector, then press the center of the multi-selector.
All the images are deleted, and the screen returns to the playback screen.
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Format
Formats the memory card.
• Note that formatting irrevocably erases all data on a recording medium, including protected images.
1 Select [Format].
The message “All data will be deleted. Format?” appears.
2 Select [OK] with v on the multi-selector, then press the center of the multi-selector.
The format is completed.
Protect
Protects images against accidental erasure. Follow the procedure below.
Marked images
Protects only the selected images.
All images
Protects all the images on the memory card.
Cancel all
Cancels the protection of all the images on the memory card.
Playback menu
• During the format, the access lamp lights up. Do not eject the memory card while the lamp is lit.
• Format the memory card using the camera. If you format it on a computer, the memory card may not be
usable with the camera, depending on the format type used.
• You cannot format a “Memory Stick Duo” that is inserted into the CF card insertion slot using an adaptor.
To format it, directly insert into the “Memory Stick Duo” insertion slot.
To protect selected images
1 Select [Marked images] in [Protect].
2 Select the image you want to protect with b/B on the multi-selector, then press the center of the
multi-selector.
A - mark appears on the selected image.
-
• To cancel a selection, press the center again.
3 To protect other images, repeat step 2.
• To cancel, press
(Playback).
4 Press MENU.
The message “Protect images?” appears.
5 Select [OK] with v on the multi-selector, then press the center of the multi-selector.
The image is protected, and the screen returns to the playback screen.
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To protect all the images
1 Select [All images] in [Protect].
The message “Protect images?” appears.
2 Select [OK] with v on the multi-selector, then press the center of the multi-selector.
The image is protected, and the screen returns to the playback screen.
To cancel the protection
1 Select [Cancel all] in [Protect].
The message “Cancel all?” appears.
2 Select [OK] with v on the multi-selector, then press the center of the multi-selector.
The image protection is canceled, and the screen returns to the playback screen.
DPOF setup
Using the camera, you can specify the images and the number of images to print before you
print images at a shop or with your printer. Follow the procedure below.
Marked images
Specifies DPOF only on the selected images.
All images
Specifies DPOF on all the images in the memory card.
Cancel all
Unspecifies DPOF on all the images in the memory card.
• You cannot mark RAW data files.
• You can specify any number up to 9.
To specify DPOF on selected images
1 Select [Marked images] in [DPOF setup].
2 Select the image you want to mark with b/B on the multi-selector, then select the number of
sheets with the rear control dial.
A DPOF mark appears on the selected image, and the number of sheets is selected.
DPOF
Total number
• To cancel a selection, rotate the rear control dial to remove the DPOF mark.
3 To specify DPOF on other images, repeat step 2.
• To cancel, press
(Playback).
4 Press MENU.
The message “Set DPOF?” appears.
5 Select [OK] with v, then press the center of the multi-selector.
The DPOF is specified on the selected images, and the screen returns to the playback screen.
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To specify DPOF on all the images
1 Select [All images] in [DPOF setup].
The message “Number of copies?” appears.
2 Select a number of sheets with v/V on the multi-selector, then press the center of the multiselector.
The message “Set DPOF?” appears.
3 Select [OK] with v, then press the center of the multi-selector.
The DPOF is specified on all the images, and the screen returns to the playback screen.
• If you insert a memory card that contains DPOF-marked images specified with other cameras into this
camera, then specify images to which to attach a DPOF-mark, the DPOF specifications made with other
cameras are canceled.
To unspecify DPOF on all the images
1 Select [Cancel all] in [DPOF setup].
The message “Cancel all?” appears.
2 Select [OK] with v on the multi-selector, then press the center of the multi-selector.
The DPOF is unspecified on all the images, and the screen returning to the playback screen.
Playback menu
When you do so, the index print is also canceled. Since the DPOF marks are left on after
printing, it is recommended that you just clear the marks.
Date imprint
You can impose the date onto images when printing images. The position of the date (inside or
outside the image, character size, etc.) depends on your printer.
On
Imposes the date.
Off
Does not impose the date.
• Normally, only the date is inserted, however, imposed items may be different depending on the printer.
This function may not be provided, depending on the printer.
Index print
You can create an index print of all the images in the memory card.
Create index
Specifies an index print.
Delete index
Does not specify an index print.
• The number of images to print on a sheet and the format depend on the printer. RAW images do not print
in index print.
• The images you shot after setting the index print are not included in the index print. It is recommended
that you create the index print just before printing it.
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PlaybackDisplay
When you play back an image recorded in the portrait position, the camera detects the
orientation of the image and automatically displays it in the correct position.
Auto rotate
Displays the image in the portrait position, if required.
Manual rotate
Displays all images in the landscape position.
• When you play back the image on a TV or a computer, it will be displayed in the portrait position even if
[Manual rotate] is selected.
• If [Not record] is selected with [Img.orientation] in the Custom menu, the image will not be displayed
in the portrait position (page 112).
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Slide show
Plays back recorded images in order (Slide show).
Select [Slide show], then press the center of the multi-selector.
The slide show starts and ends automatically after all the images have been played back.
To pause the slide show, press the center of the multi-selector. Pressing again starts the slide show
again.
To end in the middle of the slide show, press the MENU button.
• You can view the previous/next image with b/B during a slide show.
You can choose the interval between the images in the slide show mode.
30 sec
The image switches every 30 seconds.
10 sec
The image switches every 10 seconds.
5 sec
The image switches every five seconds.
3 sec
The image switches every three seconds.
1 sec
The image switches every one second.
Playback menu
Interval
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Setup menu
The default settings are marked with
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LCD brightness
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor.
1 Select [LCD brightness], then press the center of the multi-selector.
2 Adjust the brightness with b/B on the multi-selector, then press the center of the multi-selector.
• On the recording information or playback screen, you can adjust the brightness by pressing the DISP
(Display) button a little longer.
Info.disp.time
During shooting, the recording information display appears on the LCD monitor. You can
change the displayed time of the display.
1 min
Displays for one minute.
30 sec
Displays for 30 seconds.
10 sec
Displays for 10 seconds.
5 sec
Displays for five seconds.
• The display appears again if you press the shutter button halfway down or perform some other operation.
Power save
If you do not operate the camera for given period of time, the camera turns to power saving
mode and almost completely shuts down (Power Save). t step 4 in “Read This First”
You can set the time to turn the camera to the power save mode.
30 min
The camera turns to power save mode after 30 minutes.
10 min
The camera turns to power save mode after 10 minutes.
5 min
The camera turns to power save mode after five minutes.
3 min
The camera turns to power save mode after three minutes.
1 min
The camera turns to power save mode after one minute.
• Pressing the shutter button halfway down returns the camera to the recording mode.
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• Regardless of the setting here, the camera turns to power save mode after 30 minutes when the camera is
connected to a TV. However, when connected to a TV with an HDMI cable (not supplied) and using an
AC Adaptor/charger (not supplied), the power save feature does not function.
Video output
Sets the video signal output according to the TV color system of the connected video
equipment. Different countries and regions use different TV color systems. If you want to
view images on a TV screen, check page 90 for the TV color system of the country or region
where the camera is used.
NTSC
Sets the video output signal to NTSC mode (e.g., for the USA,
Japan).
PAL
Sets the video output signal to PAL mode (e.g., for Europe).
Setup menu
HDMI output
When you connect the camera with an HDTV using an HDMI terminal (page 90), the output
signal from this camera is determined automatically. When displaying images recorded with a
camera, other signals may make the image clearer, depending on the subject. You can make
the following changes.
HD(1080i)prior.
Prioritizes HD (1080i) signal output.
HD(720p)prior.
Prioritizes HD (720p) signal output.
SD priority
Prioritizes SD (standard) signal output
• The above settings do not apply if the TV does not support the selected signal, in which case the camera
outputs the signal supported by the TV.
Language
Select the language to be used to display the menu items, warning, and messages.
1 Select [
Language], then press the center of the multi-selector.
2 Select the desired language with v/V on the multi-selector, then press the center of the multiselector.
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Date/Time setup
Sets the date and time.
Select [Date/Time setup], then press the center of the multi-selector. Set the date and time
again on the Date/Time setup screen.
• For the procedure on setting the date and time, see step 4 in “Read This First”.
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The default settings are marked with
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Memory card
You can select the types of memory cards that you use for recording or playback.
Memory Stick
Uses the “Memory Stick Duo” for recording or playback.
CompactFlash
Uses the CF card/Microdrive for recording or playback.
File number
Selects the method used to assign file numbers to images.
Assigns numbers to files in sequence even if the recording
folder or the memory card is changed, or all of the images are
deleted.
Reset
Starts from 0001 each time the folder is changed or each time
a recording date changes when using a date form folder.
When the recording folder contains a file, a number one
higher than the largest number is assigned.
Setup menu
Series
Folder name
The default standard form folder (100MSDCF, etc.) can be changed to a date form folder to
classify the folders by date for storage and playback.
Standard form
Selects the standard form folder.
Date form
Selects the date form folder. A new folder will be created
automatically every time a recording date changes.
• The folders and images saved in the standard form folder will retain their names.
• If the [Date form] is selected, the folder name will be displayed as follows.
Example:
A
B
A: Folder number
B: Y (the last digit) / MM / DD
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Select folder
When a standard form folder is selected and there are two or more folders, you can select the
recording folder to be used to record images.
1 Select [Select folder], then press the center of the multi-selector.
2 Select the desired folder with v/V on the multi-selector, then press the center of the multiselector.
• You cannot select the folder when you are setting [Date form].
New folder
Creates a folder in a memory card for recording images.
A new folder is created with a number incremented one higher than the largest number
currently used, and the folder becomes the current recording folder.
USB connection
Selects the USB mode to be used when connecting the camera to a computer, etc., using a
USB cable.
Mass Storage
Used for copying images to the computer. The camera is
recognized as a USB mass storage device.
PTP
Prints the images with a PictBridge compliant printer or
copies images to PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) compliant
devices.
• For details on printing with a PictBridge compliant printer, see
page 146.
Remote PC
Using “Remote Camera Control” contained on the CD-ROM
(supplied), you can operate some functions of the camera
(such as shooting) from a computer, store the recorded
images to a computer, etc.
MassStrg.card
When the Mass Storage connection is used and a “Memory Stick Duo” and a CF card/
Microdrive are both inserted in the camera, both can be displayed depending on the PC used.
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Both cards
Displays both the “Memory Stick Duo” and CF card/
Microdrive. This is supported by a PC running Windows
2000 SP3, or a later version of OS.
Selected card
Displays only the card selected with [Memory card].
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The default settings are marked with
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Menu start
In the default setting, when you press the MENU button, the
1 or
1 menu screen is
displayed first. You can change this setting to display the previously selected menu screen
first.
Top
Displays the
Previous
Displays the previously selected menu screen first.
1 or
1 menu screen first.
Delete confirm.
“Delete” first
[Delete] is selected by default.
“Cancel” first
[Cancel] is selected by default.
Setup menu
Before deleting images or folders, a confirmation screen, such as “Delete images?”, appears.
Normally, [Cancel] is selected by default, but you can set this default option so that [Delete] is
selected.
Audio signals
Selects the sound produced when the shutter is locked, during self-timer countdown, etc.
On
Turns on the sound.
Off
Turns off the sound.
Cleaning mode
If dust or debris enters the camera and lands on the image sensor (the part that acts as the
film), it may appear on the photo image, depending on the shooting environment. If there is
dust on the image sensor, use a commercially available blower and clean the image sensor
following the steps below. You can easily clean the image sensor using only the blower and
the anti-dust function.
• Cleaning can be performed only when the battery level is
(three remaining
battery icons) or more. Low battery power during cleaning can cause damage to
the shutter. The cleaning should be completed quickly.
1 Confirm that the battery is fully charged.
• The use of an AC Adaptor/charger (not supplied) is recommended.
2 Select [Cleaning mode], then press the center of the multi-selector.
The message “After cleaning, turn camera off. Continue?” appears.
3 Select [OK] with v on the multi-selector, and press the center of the multi-selector.
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• After the image sensor vibrates for a short time, the mirror in front is lifted.
4 Detach the lens.
5 Use the blower to clean the image sensor surface and the surrounding area.
•
•
•
•
Do not touch the image sensor with the tip of the blower. Complete the cleaning quickly.
Hold the camera’s face downward to prevent the dust from resettling in the camera.
Do not use a spray blower because it may scatter vapor inside the camera body.
When cleaning the image sensor, do not put the tip of a blower into the cavity
beyond the lens mount. You do not need to put the blower close to the image
sensor.
6 Attach the lens and set the POWER switch to OFF.
• The camera starts beeping if the battery pack becomes low during cleaning. Stop the cleaning
immediately and set the POWER switch to OFF.
z To keep dust from entering the camera
• Choose a location with little dust to change the lens, and complete the operation quickly.
• Do not leave the camera without a lens or the body cap.
• When attaching the body cap, remove all the dust from the cap before placing it on the camera.
Reset default
You can reset the main functions of the camera.
1 Select [Reset default], then press the center of the multi-selector.
The message “Reset default?” appears.
2 Select [OK] with v on the multi-selector, then press the center of the multi-selector.
The main functions are reset.
• For details on the items to be reset, see “Reset default” (page 172).
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Using your computer
Enjoying your computer
Connecting the camera with your computer (page 129)
Preparing the camera and the computer, and connecting the
camera and your computer
Using your computer
Copying images to your computer (page 130)
Viewing images on your computer
Installing the application software and utilizing images (page 135)
The following software is installed.
“Picture Motion Browser”
“Image Data Converter SR”
“Image Data Lightbox SR”
“Remote Camera Control”
•
•
•
•
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Recommended computer
environment
The following environment is
recommended for a computer connected to
the camera to import images.
x Windows
OS (pre-installed): Microsoft Windows
2000 Professional SP4/ Windows XP*
SP2/Windows Vista*
• Operation is not assured in an environment
based on an upgrade of the operating
systems described above or in a multi-boot
environment.
* 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not
supported.
USB jack: Provided as standard
x Macintosh
OS (pre-installed): Mac OS X (v10.1.3 or
later)
USB jack: Provided as standard
Notes on connecting your camera to a
computer
• Operations are not guaranteed for all the
recommended computer environments
mentioned above.
• If you connect two or more USB devices to a
single computer at the same time, some devices,
including your camera, may not operate,
depending on the types of USB devices you are
using.
• Operations are not guaranteed when using a
USB hub or an extension cable.
• Connecting your camera using a USB interface
that is compatible with Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0
compliant) allows advanced transfer (high speed
transfer) as this camera is compatible with HiSpeed USB (USB 2.0 compliant).
• Check that [USB connection] in the Setup
menu is set to [Mass Storage].
• When your computer resumes from a suspend or
sleep mode, communication between your
camera and your computer may not recover at
the same time.
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Connecting the camera and your computer
You can copy images from the camera to
your computer as follows.
For directly inserting the memory card
in a computer
4 Connect the camera and your
computer.
Remove the memory card from the camera
and insert it in the computer and copy the
images.
1 To the USB
terminal
For connecting the camera with the
memory card inserted to a computer
using the USB connection
Follow the procedure on pages 130 to 132
to copy images.
USB cable
• Check that [USB connection] in the Setup
menu is set to [Mass Storage] (page 124).
recorded images into the camera.
2 Insert the sufficiently charged
battery pack in the camera, or
connect the camera to a wall
outlet (wall socket) with the AC
Adaptor/charger (not supplied).
2 To the USB
terminal
Using your computer
1 Insert a memory card with
• When you copy images to your computer
using insufficient battery pack, copying may
fail or image data may become corrupted if
the battery pack shut down too soon.
3 Turn on the camera and the
computer.
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Copying images to your computer
Copying images to a computer
– Windows XP/Vista
This section describes an example of
copying images to a “My Documents” (For
Windows Vista: “Documents”) folder.
3 Double-click the folder where the
image files you want to copy are
stored.
Then, right-click an image file to
display the menu and click
[Copy].
1 After making a USB connection,
click [Copy pictures to a folder on
my computer using Microsoft
Scanner and Camera Wizard] t
[OK] as the wizard screen
appears automatically on the
desktop.
1
2
• On the storage destination of the image
files, see page 133.
1
4 Double-click the [My Documents]
2
(For Windows Vista:
[Documents]) folder. Then, rightclick on the “My Documents”
window to display the menu and
click [Paste].
• When the wizard screen does not appear,
t “Copying images to a Computer –
Windows 2000” (page 131).
2 Double-click [DCIM].
• In that case, you can also import images
using “Picture Motion Browser”.
1
2
The image files are copied to the “My
Documents” (For Windows Vista:
“Documents”) folder.
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• When an image with the same file name
exists in the copy destination folder, the
overwrite confirmation message appears.
When you overwrite an existing image with
a new one, the original file data is deleted.
To copy an image file to the computer
without overwriting, change the file name to
a different name and then copy the image
file. However, note that if you change the
file name, you may not be able to play back
that image with your camera (page 134).
Viewing images on your
computer
x Windows
This section describes the procedure for
viewing copied images in the “My
Documents” (For Windows Vista:
“Documents”) folder.
1 Click [Start] t [My Documents]
Copying images to a Computer
– Windows 2000
(For Windows Vista:
[Documents]).
This section describes an example of
copying images to the “My Documents”
folder.
2
[Removable Disk].
2 Follow the step 2 and later in
“Copying images to a computer –
Windows XP/Vista”.
Copying images to a Computer
– Macintosh
1
Using your computer
1 Double-click [My Computer] t
The contents of the “My Documents”
(For Windows Vista: “Documents”)
folder are displayed.
• If you are using Windows 2000, doubleclick [My Documents] on the desktop.
1 Double-click the newly
recognized icon t [DCIM] t the
folder where the images you want
to copy are stored.
2 Drag and drop the image files to
the hard disk icon.
The image files are copied to the hard
disk.
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2 Double-click the desired image
file.
4 Click [OK].
The device is disconnected.
• Step 4 is unnecessary for Windows XP/
Vista.
x Macintosh
Drag and drop the drive icon or the icon of
the memory card to the “Trash” icon.
The camera is disconnected from the
computer.
The image is displayed.
x Macintosh
Double-click the hard disk icon t the
desired image file to open that image file.
To delete the USB connection
Perform the procedures listed below
beforehand when:
• Disconnecting the USB cable
• Removing the memory card
• Turning off the camera
x Windows
1 Double-click
on the tasktray.
Double-click here
2 Click
[Stop].
(USB Mass Storage Device) t
3 Confirm the device on the confirmation
window, then click [OK].
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Image file storage destinations and file names
The image files recorded with your camera
are grouped as folders on the memory card.
Example: viewing folders on Windows XP
Using your computer
A Folders containing image data recorded
using this camera. (The first three digits
show the folder number.)
B You can create a folder by date form (page
123).
• You cannot record/play back any images to the
“MISC” folder.
• Image files are named as follows. ssss (file
number) stands for any number within the range
from 0001 to 9999. The numerical portions of
the name of a RAW data file and its
corresponding JPEG image file are the same.
– JPEG files: DSC0ssss.JPG
– JPEG files (Adobe RGB):
_DSCssss.JPG
– RAW data file (other than Adobe RGB):
DSC0ssss.ARW
– RAW data file (Adobe RGB):
_DSCssss.ARW
• The extension may not be displayed depending
on the computer.
• For more information about folders, see pages
123, 124.
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Copying images stored on a computer to a
memory card and viewing the images
This section describes the process using a
Windows computer as an example.
When an image file copied to a computer
no longer remains on a memory card, you
can view that image again on the camera by
copying the image file on the computer to a
memory card.
• Step 1 is not necessary if the file name set with
your camera has not been changed.
• You may be unable to play back some images
depending on the image size.
• When an image file has been processed by a
computer or when the image file was recorded
using a model other than that of your camera,
playback on your camera is not guaranteed.
• When there is no folder, first create a folder with
your camera (page 124) and then copy the
image file.
1 Right-click the image file, then
click [Rename]. Change the file
name to “DSC0ssss”.
Enter a number from 0001 to 9999 for
ssss.
1
2
• If the overwrite confirmation message
appears, enter a different number.
• An extension may be displayed depending
on the computer settings. The extension for
images is JPG. Do not change the extension.
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2 Copy the image file to the
memory card folder in the
following order.
1Right-click the image file, then click
[Copy].
2Double-click [Removable Disk] or
[Sony MemoryStick] in [My
Computer].
3Right-click the [sssMSDCF] folder
in the [DCIM] folder, then click [Paste].
• sss stands for any number within the
range from 100 to 999.
Using the software (supplied)
To utilize images recorded with the camera,
the following software is provided: “Picture
Motion Browser”, “Image Data Converter
SR”, “Image Data Lightbox SR”, “Remote
Camera Control” etc.
• “Picture Motion Browser” is not compatible
with Macintosh computers.
Recommended computer
environment
* 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not
supported.
x Macintosh
Recommended environment for using
“Image Data Converter SR Ver.2”/
“Image Data Lightbox SR”/“Remote
Camera Control”
OS (pre-installed): Mac OS X (v10.4) or
later
CPU: Power Mac G4/G5 series (1.0 GHz or
faster is recommended)/ Intel Core Solo/
Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster
Recommended environment for using
“Picture Motion Browser”
Memory: 512 MB or more (1 GB or more is
recommended.)
OS (pre-installed): Microsoft Windows
2000 Professional SP4/Windows XP*
SP2/Windows Vista*
Display: 1024 × 768 dots or more,
32,000 colors or more
CPU/Memory: Pentium III 500 MHz or
faster, 256 MB of RAM or more
(Recommended: Pentium III 800 MHz or
faster and 512 MB of RAM or more)
Hard Disk: Disk space required for
installation—200 MB or more
Using your computer
x Windows
Display:
1024 × 768 dots or more, High Color (16bit color) or more
Recommended environment for using
“Image Data Converter SR Ver.2”/
“Image Data Lightbox SR”/“Remote
Camera Control”
OS (pre-installed): Microsoft Windows
2000 Professional SP4/ Windows XP*
SP2/Windows Vista* (“Remote Camera
Control” is only for Windows XP* SP2/
Windows Vista*)
CPU/Memory: MMX Pentium III 1 GHz or
faster is recommended, RAM 512 MB or
more (RAM 1 GB or more is
recommended.)
Virtual memory: 700 MB or more
Display: 1024 × 768 dots or more, High
Color (16-bit color) or more
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Installing the software
You can install the software (supplied)
using the following procedure.
x Windows
• Log on as Administrator.
1 Turn on your computer, and
insert the CD-ROM (supplied) into
the CD-ROM drive.
The installation menu screen appears.
agreement, click the radio button next to
[I accept the terms of the license
agreement] and then click [Next].
5 Follow the instructions on the
screen to complete the
installation.
• When the restarting confirmation message
appears, restart the computer following the
instructions on the screen.
6 Remove the CD-ROM after the
installation is complete.
The following software is installed.
• If it does not appear, double-click
(My
Computer) t
(SONYPICTUTIL).
• Under Windows Vista, the AutoPlay screen
may appear. Select “Run Install.exe” and
follow the instructions that appear on the
screen to proceed with the installation.
2 Click [Install].
The “Choose Setup Language” screen
appears.
3 Select the desired language, then
click [Next].
The [Location Settings] screen appears.
• Sony Picture Utility
“Picture Motion Browser”
• Sony Image Data Suite
“Image Data Converter SR”
“Image Data Lightbox SR”
“Remote Camera Control”
After you install the software, a shortcut
icon for the customers registration website
is created on the desktop.
Once you register on the website, you can
get secure and useful customer support.
http://www.sony.net/registration/di/
x Macintosh
• Log on as Administrator for installation.
1 Turn on your Macintosh computer, and
insert the CD-ROM (supplied) into the
CD-ROM drive.
2 Double-click the CD-ROM icon.
4 Select the [Region] and [Country/
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Area], then click [Next].
3 Copy the [SIDS_INST.pkg] file in the
[MAC] folder to the hard disk icon.
When the [Welcome to the InstallShield
Wizard for SonyPicture Utility]
appears, click [Next].
4 Double-click the [SIDS_INST.pkg] file in
the copy-to folder.
Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the installation.
The “License Agreement” screen
appears. Read the agreement carefully.
If you accept the terms of the
• When the restarting confirmation message
appears, restart the computer following the
instructions on the screen.
Using the “Picture Motion Browser”
You can use images from the camera more
than ever by taking advantage of the
software.
This section summarizes the “Picture
Motion Browser” and gives the basic
instructions.
• “Picture Motion Browser” is not compatible
with Macintosh computers.
“Picture Motion Browser”
overview
With the “Picture Motion Browser” you
can:
Exiting the “Picture Motion Browser”
Click
button in the top right corner of
the screen.
Importing images
1 Connect the camera to your
computer by following
“Connecting the camera and your
computer”.
After the camera is automatically
detected, the [Import Media Files]
screen is displayed.
Using your computer
• Import images shot with the camera and display
them on the computer.
• Organize images on the computer on a calendar
by shooting date to view them.
• Retouch (Red Eye Correction, etc.), print, and
send still images as e-mail attachments, change
the shooting date and more.
• Still images can be printed or saved with the
date.
• You can create a data disc using a CD burner
drive or DVD burner drive.
• For details on the “Picture Motion Browser”,
refer to the “Picture Motion Browser Guide”.
“Picture Motion Browser” for the first time.
Select [Start]. This function informs you of
news, such as software updates. You can change
the setting later.
To start the “Picture Motion Browser
Guide” from the Start menu, click [Start] t
[All Programs] (in Windows 2000,
[Programs]) t [Sony Picture Utility] t
[Help] t [Picture Motion Browser Guide].
Starting and exiting the “Picture
Motion Browser”
• In Windows XP/Vista, if the AutoPlay
Wizard appears, close it.
Starting the “Picture Motion Browser”
Double-click the
(Picture Motion
Browser) icon on the desktop.
Or, from the Start menu: Click [Start] t
[All Programs] (in Windows 2000,
[Programs]) t [Sony Picture Utility] t
[Picture Motion Browser].
• The confirmation message of the Information
tool appears on the screen when starting the
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2 Import the images.
To start importing images, click the
[Import] button.
You can view images arranged by shooting
date on a calendar. For details on the
operation, refer to “Picture Motion Browser
Guide”.
By default, images are imported into a
folder created in “My Pictures” that is
named with the date of importing.
Example: Month display screen
• For details on the operation, refer to “Picture
Motion Browser Guide”.
Viewing images
When importing is complete, the “Picture
Motion Browser” starts. Thumbnails of the
imported images are displayed.
• The “My Pictures” folder is set as the default
folder in “Viewed folders”.
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Using the “Image Data Converter SR”
Overview of “Image Data
Converter SR Ver.2.0”
Using “Image Data Converter SR Ver.2.0”
you can edit images recorded in RAW
mode with various corrections, such as tone
curve, and sharpness. Also, you can save
the images in a general-purpose file format.
Adjusting the image
You can adjust the white balance, exposure,
and Creative Style of the image using the
buttons on the tool bar.
• If you save an image as RAW data, the image is
saved in the ARW2.0 format.
• For details, refer to the Help.
To start the Help from the Start menu, click
[Start] t [All Programs] (in Windows
2000, [Programs]) t [Sony Image Data
Suite] t [Help] t [Image Data Converter
SR Ver.2].
x Windows
To start up
Click the shortcut of “Image Data
Converter SR Ver.2.0” on the desktop.
When starting up from the Start menu, click
[Start] t [All Programs] (For Windows
2000: [Programs]) t [Sony Image Data
Suite] t [Image Data Converter SR
Ver.2.0].
To exit
Click the
the screen.
button on the upper-right of
Saving the image
You can save the still images displayed and
edited on a PC. You can either save the
image as RAW data or save it in the general
file format.
Using your computer
Starting up or exiting “Image
Data Converter SR Ver.2.0”
• For details, refer to the Help of “Image Data
Converter SR”.
Technical Support
Additional information on this product
and answers to frequently asked
questions can be found at the Sony
Customer Support Website.
http://www.sony.net/
x Macintosh
To start up
Double-click [Image Data Converter SR
Ver.2] in the [Sony Image Data Suite]
folder from the [Application] folder.
To exit
Click [Quit Image Data Converter SR] from
the [IDC SR] menu.
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Using the “Image Data Lightbox SR”
Overview of “Image Data
Lightbox SR”
“Image Data Lightbox SR” allows you to
do the following:
• Display and compare RAW/JPEG images
recorded with this camera.
• Rate the images on a scale of five.
• Display an image in “Image Data Converter
SR” and make adjustments to it.
• For details, please refer to the Help.
To start the Help from the Start menu, click
[Start] t [All Programs] (in Windows
2000, [Programs]) t [Sony Image Data
Suite] t [Help] t [Image Data Lightbox
SR].
Starting up or exiting “Image
Data Lightbox SR”
x Windows
To start up
Double-click [Image Data Lightbox SR] on
the desktop.
When starting up from the Start menu, click
[Start] t [All Programs] (For Windows
2000: [Programs]) t [Sony Image Data
Suite] t [Image Data Lightbox SR].
To exit
Click the
button on the upper-right of
the screen.
The dialogue used for saving a collection
appears. For details on a “Collection”, see
page 141.
x Macintosh
To start up
Double-click [Image Data Lightbox SR] in
the [Sony Image Data Suite] folder from the
[Application] folder.
To exit
Click [Quit Image Data Lightbox SR] from
the [Image Data Lightbox SR] menu.
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Displaying an image
When you start up, the operation menu will
be displayed.
Click [Open an Image File] or [Open a
Folder of Images] to display the image.
You can continue to add images by
selecting [Open a Folder of Images] or
[Open an Image File] from the file menu.
Images in another folder can be also
displayed or operated.
Comparing and prioritizing
Images
You can rate the images on the screen, and
identify the most important images.
1 Compare images.
You can display up to four images at a
time to make comparisons.
2 Rate images.
You can attach
mark(s), depending
on how you rate the image on a scale of
five.
mark(s)
rating.
You can rank the images by their
importance and save or delete them.
Using your computer
3 Prioritize images according to the
Utilizing [Collection]
[Collection] is a database that manages the
operation status of images in “Image Data
Lightbox SR”.
You can save an operation status as it is,
such as for images selected from multiple
folders based on their rating information.
You can resume the operation by opening a
[Collection] file.
To resume an operation, start up “Image
Data Lightbox SR”, click [Open a Previous
Collection File], and select the desired
collection file.
• For details, refer to the Help of “Image Data
Lightbox SR”.
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Using the “Remote Camera Control”
Overview of “Remote Camera
Control”
Setting the camera
When the camera is connected to a PC, you
can use “Remote Camera Control” to take
pictures or change settings on the camera
from the PC.
You can also save recorded images directly
on the PC.
MENU
button
Multiselector
• For details, refer to the Help.
To start the Help from the Start menu, click
[Start] t [All Programs] t [Sony Image
Data Suite] t [Help] t [Remote Camera
Control].
Starting up or exiting “Remote
Camera Control”
x Windows
To start up
Click [Start] t [All Programs] t [Sony
Image Data Suite] t [Remote Camera
Control].
To exit
Click the
the screen.
2
Select
(Setup) t [2] t [USB
connection] with the multiselector (page 32).
3 Select [Remote PC] with v/V, then
press the center of the multiselector.
The USB mode is set to [Remote PC].
button on the upper-right of
x Macintosh
To start up
Double-click [Remote Camera Control] in
the [Sony Image Data Suite] folder from the
[Application] folder.
To exit
Click [Quit Remote Camera Control] from
the [Remote Camera Control] menu.
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1 Press MENU to display the menu.
4 Turn the camera off.
Operating the camera from a
computer
1 Connect the camera and your
2 Turn on the camera and the
computer, then start the “Remote
Camera Control”.
computer using the USB cable.
1 To the USB
terminal
3 Make settings on the control
panel, such as those for drive
mode, white balance, etc.
2 To the USB
terminal
• Use the fully charged battery pack or the AC
Adaptor/charger (not supplied).
Using your computer
USB cable
4 Adjust the focus and click the
(Shutter) button.
The camera shoots a subject and the
image is stored on the computer.
• For details on the operation, refer to the help of
“Remote Camera Control”.
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Saving images recorded with
the camera on a computer
1 Perform steps 1 and 2 in
“Operating the camera from a
computer”.
2 Set up the camera or the
computer and take a picture with
the camera.
The image is shot and is saved on the
computer.
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Printing images
How to print images
Printing directly using a PictBridge compliant printer (page 146)
You can print images by connecting the camera directly to a
PictBridge compliant printer.
Printing directly using a “Memory Stick Duo”/CF card/Microdrive compliant
printer
You can print images with a “Memory Stick Duo”/CF card/
Microdrive compliant printer.
For details, see the operating instructions supplied with the printer.
You can copy images to a computer using the supplied “Picture
Motion Browser” software and print the images. For details, see the
“Picture Motion Browser Guide”.
Printing images
Printing using a computer
Printing at a shop
You can take a memory card containing images shot with your
camera to a photo printing service shop. You can make a DPOF
mark on images that you want to print out in advance.
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Printing images directly using a PictBridge
compliant printer
Even if you do not have a computer, you
can print images shot using your camera by
connecting the camera directly to a
PictBridge compliant printer.
Stage 2: Connecting the camera
to the printer
1 Connect the camera to the
• “PictBridge” is based on the CIPA standard.
(CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products
Association)
• You cannot print RAW data files.
printer.
Stage 1: Setting the camera
2 To the USB
terminal
USB cable
MENU
button
Multiselector
• It is recommended to use the AC Adaptor/
charger (not supplied) to prevent the power
from turning off partway through printing.
1 Press MENU to display the menu.
2
Select
(Setup) t [2] t [USB
connection] with the multiselector (page 32).
1 To the
USB
terminal
2 Turn on your camera and the
printer.
The following screen appears.
3 Select [PTP] with v/V, then press
the center of the multi-selector.
The USB mode is set to [PTP].
4 Turn the camera off and insert the
memory card that the images
have been recorded.
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Total
number
Stage 3: Printing
1 Select the image to print with b/B
on the multi-selector, then press
the center.
• To cancel, press the center again.
2 Repeat step 1 if you want to print
other images.
3 Press the MENU button and set
up each item.
you want to print again, follow the
procedure (Stages 1 to 3) above.
PictBridge menu
Page 1
Print
Prints the selected images. For details, see
“Stage 3: Printing”.
Set print q’ty
You can specify the number of prints, up to
20. The same number of prints is specified
on all the selected images.
Paper size
Printer setup
9×13cm/3.5"×5"
89×127mm
Hagaki
100×147mm
10×15cm
10×15cm
center of the multi-selector.
4"×6"
101.6×152.4mm
The message “Print images?” appears.
A6/4.1"×5.8"
105×148.5mm
13×18cm/5"×7"
127×178mm
Letter
216×279.4mm
A4/8.3"×11.7"
210×297mm
A3/11.7"×16.5"
297×420mm
4 Select “Print”, then press the
5 Select [OK] with v on the multiselector, then press the center.
The image is printed.
Printing images
Auto
For details on setting items, see
“PictBridge menu”.
6 After the message “Printing
finished” appears, press the
center of the multi-selector.
To cancel the print
During printing, pressing the center of the
multi-selector cancels the print. Remove the
USB cable or turn off the camera. When
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Layout
Auto
Printer setup
1-up/Borderless
Borderless, 1
image/sheet
1-up
1 image/sheet
2-up
2 images/sheet
3-up
3 images/sheet
4-up
4 images/sheet
8-up
8 images/sheet
Index
Prints all the
selected images as
an index print.
Printing layout
follows the printer
setup.
Date imprint
Once you connect the camera to an HDTV
with an HDMI cable (not supplied), you can
easily print images while viewing them on
the TV.
1 Connect the camera to a TV (page
90).
2 Connect the camera to a printer
(page 146).
3 Display the image you want to
print.
Day and time
Attaches the date
and time.
Date
Attaches the date.
Off
Does not attach the
date.
Page 2
Unmark all
The message “Cancel all?” appears. Select
[OK], then press the center of the multiselector. The DPOF mark on each image is
cleared. When you cancel your
specification without printing images,
select this item.
Folder print
Prints all the images in a folder. Select the
folder with v/V on the multi-selector, then
press the center of the multi-selector. The
message “Print images?” appears. Select
[OK], then press the center of the multiselector.
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Printing with the Remote
Commander (supplied)
4 Press the PRINT button on the
Remote Commander.
• Depending on the menu setup of the camera,
setup for printing is fixed as follows:
– The number of sheets: 1 sheet
– Paper size: Auto
– Layout: Auto
– Date imprint: Off
• When the camera is connected to a TV with the
video cable (supplied), the PRINT button is
disabled.
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
If you experience trouble with your camera, try the following solutions. Check the items on
pages 149 to 157. Consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
Battery pack and power
The battery pack cannot be installed.
• As you insert the battery pack, use the tip of the battery pack to push the lock lever (t step 1
in “Read This First”).
Cannot turn on the camera.
• Install the battery pack correctly (t step 1 in “Read This First”).
• The battery pack is discharged. Install a charged battery pack (t step 1 in “Read This First”).
• The battery pack is dead (page 163). Replace it with new one.
The power turns off suddenly.
• If you do not operate the camera for given period of time, the camera turns to power saving
mode and nearly shuts down. To cancel the power save, operate the camera, such as pressing
the shutter button halfway down (t step 4 in “Read This First”).
• The battery pack is discharged (page 163). Install a charged battery pack (t step 1 in “Read
This First”).
• This phenomenon occurs when you use the camera in an extremely hot or cold location
(page 163).
• The displayed battery remaining differs from the current one. Fully discharge and then charge
the battery pack to correct the display.
• The battery pack is dead (page 163). Replace it with new one.
Troubleshooting
The battery remaining indicator is incorrect, or sufficient battery remaining
indicator is displayed but the power runs out too quickly.
Shooting images
Nothing is displayed on the LCD monitor when the power is turned on.
• In the default setting, the LCD monitor will turn off if no operation is registered for more than
five seconds to minimize the battery consumption. You can change the time setting
(page 120).
• The LCD monitor is set to off. Press the DISP (Display) button to turn the LCD monitor on
(page 23).
The image is not clear in the viewfinder.
• Adjust the diopter scale properly using the diopter-adjustment dial (t step 5 in “Read This
First”).
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The image has not been recorded.
• A memory card is not inserted.
The shutter does not release.
• Check the free capacity of the memory card (page 24). If it is full, do one of the following:
– Delete unnecessary images (t step 6 in “Read This First”).
– Change the memory card.
• You cannot record images while charging the built-in flash (t step 5 in “Read This First”).
• The shutter cannot be released when the subject is out of focus. (The shutter lock can be
deactivated (page 102).)
• The shutter cannot be released when the camera is attached to another device, such as an
astronomical telescope, etc. (The shutter lock can be deactivated in this situation (page 109).)
• The shutter cannot be released with “----” flashing at the lower-right corner on the LCD
monitor and “0” flashing in the viewfinder. This indication means a memory card is not
inserted in the camera or an incorrect type of memory card is selected. Select your memory
card type with [Memory card] in the Setup menu, then insert your memory card into the
camera (t step 3 in “Read This First”, page 123).
• The shutter cannot be released with “--” lit at the upper-right corner on the LCD monitor. This
indication means the lens is not attached properly. Attach the lens properly (t step 2 in
“Read This First”).
Recording takes a long time.
• The noise reduction function is activated (page 103). This is not a malfunction.
• You are shooting in RAW mode (page 96). Since the RAW data file is large, the RAW mode
shooting may take time.
The image is out of focus.
• The subject is too close. Check the minimum focal distance of the lens.
• You are shooting in manual focus mode, set to auto focus mode with the focus mode lever
(page 52).
• You try to shoot a subject that may require special focusing (page 50). Use the focus-lock or
manual focus function (pages 51, 53).
The flash does not work.
• The built-in flash is closed. Pull it up.
• The flash mode is set to [Autoflash]. If you want to make sure the flash fires without fail, set
the flash mode to [Fill-flash] (page 73).
Fuzzy specks appear in images shot using the flash.
• Dust in the air reflected the flash light and appeared in the image. This is not a malfunction.
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A picture taken with the flash is too dark.
• If the subject is beyond the flash range (the distance that the flash can reach), the pictures will
be dark because the flash light does not reach the subject. If the ISO is changed, the flash
range also changes with it (page 64).
The bottom of a picture taken with the flash is too dark.
• The picture was taken with the lens hood on. Remove the lens hood when the built-in flash is
used. With some lenses, the bottom of the picture may become dark even without the lens
hood (t step 5 in “Read This First”).
The flash takes too long to recharge.
• The flash has been fired in succession in a short period. When the flash has been fired in
succession, the recharging process may take longer than usual to avoid overheating of the
camera.
The date and time are recorded incorrectly.
• Set the correct date and time (page 122, t step 4 in “Read This First”).
The aperture value and/or shutter speed flash when you press the shutter
button halfway down.
• Since the subject is too bright or too dark, it is beyond the available range. Adjust the setting
Excessive light appears in the image.
• The picture was taken under a strong light source, and excessive light has entered the lens.
Attach a lens hood.
Troubleshooting
again.
The corners of the picture are too dark.
• If any filter or hood is used, take it off and try shooting again. Depending on the thickness of
the filter and improper attachment of the hood, the filter or the hood may partially appear in
the image. The optical properties of some lenses may cause the periphery of the image to
appear too dark (insufficient light).
The eyes of the subject come out red.
• Activate the red eye reduction function (page 110).
• Get close to the subject, and shoot the subject within the flash range using the flash (page 65).
Dots appear and remain on the screen.
• This is not a malfunction. These dots are not recorded (page 8).
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The image is blurred.
• The picture was taken in a dark location without the flash, resulting in camera-shake. The use
of the Super SteadyShot function or a tripod is recommended. The flash can be used in this
situation (t step 5 in “Read This First”).
• The picture of the subject was taken at a very short distance, such as in macro shooting. The
Super SteadyShot function may not be fully effective when the subject is very near. In such a
case, turn off the Super SteadyShot function and consider using a tripod (t step 5 in “Read
This First”).
• The subject was moving quickly. Select a higher shutter speed or a higher ISO sensitivity (the
higher the ISO sensitivity, the noisier the image).
The EV scale b B is flashing in the viewfinder.
• The subject is too bright or too dark for the metering range of the camera.
Viewing images
Refer to “Computers” (page 153) in conjunction with the following items.
Your camera cannot play back images.
• The folder/file name has been changed on your computer (page 134).
• When an image file has been processed by a computer or when the image file was recorded
using a model other than that of your camera, playback on your camera is not guaranteed.
• The camera is in USB mode. Delete the USB connection (page 132).
The image does not appear on the TV screen.
• Check [Video output] to see if the video output signal of your camera is set to the color
system of your TV (page 121).
• Check whether the connection is correct (page 89).
• If a USB cable is connected to the camera, disconnect the USB cable (page 132).
Deleting/Editing images
Your camera cannot delete an image.
• Cancel the protection (page 115).
You have deleted an image by mistake.
• Once you have deleted an image, you cannot restore it. We recommend that you protect
images (page 115).
You cannot mark a DPOF mark.
• You cannot mark DPOF marks on RAW data files.
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Computers
You do not know if the OS of your computer is compatible with the camera.
• Check “Recommended computer environment” (pages 128, 135).
Your computer does not recognize your camera.
• Turn on the camera.
• When the battery level is low, install the charged battery pack (t step 1 in “Read This
First”), or use the AC Adaptor/charger (not supplied) (page 165).
• Use the USB cable (supplied) (page 129).
• Disconnect the USB cable, and connect it again firmly.
• Set [USB connection] to [Mass Storage] (page 124).
• Disconnect all equipment other than the camera, the keyboard and the mouse from the USB
jacks of your computer.
• Connect the camera directly to your computer without passing through a USB hub or other
device (page 129).
You cannot copy images.
• When you are copying images from the camera to your computer, if you open the memory
card cover, the copy is canceled. Do not open the memory card cover during copying.
copy the images to a computer. Shoot using a memory card formatted by your camera
(page 115).
The image cannot be played back on a computer.
• If you are using “Picture Motion Browser”, refer to the “Picture Motion Browser Guide”.
• Consult the computer or software manufacturer.
Troubleshooting
• Make the USB connection by properly connecting the camera with your computer (page 129).
• Follow the designated copy procedure for your OS (pages 130, 131).
• When you shoot images with a memory card formatted by a computer, you may not be able to
After making a USB connection, “Picture Motion Browser” does not start
automatically.
• Make the USB connection after the computer is turned on (page 129).
You do not know how to operate the software (supplied).
• See the help or the guide of each software.
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Memory card
Cannot insert a memory card.
• Insertion direction of the memory card is wrong. Insert it in the correct direction (t step 3 in
“Read This First”).
Cannot record on a memory card.
• The memory card is full. Delete unnecessary images (page 114, t step 6 in “Read This
First”).
• An unusable memory card is inserted (t step 3 in “Read This First”).
• You are using the memory card with the write-protect switch, and the switch is set to the
LOCK position. Set the switch to the recording position.
The Microdrive is heated.
• You are using the Microdrive for a long time. This is not a malfunction.
You have formatted a memory card by mistake.
• All the data on the memory card is deleted by formatting. You cannot restore it.
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” is not recognized by a computer with a “Memory
Stick” slot.
• If “Memory Stick PRO Duo” is not supported, connect the camera to the computer
(page 129). The computer recognizes the “Memory Stick PRO Duo”.
Remote Commander
The supplied Remote Commander does not function.
• To shoot, set the drive mode to [Remote Commander]. To play back, connect the camera
to a TV.
• Insert a battery into the battery holder with the +/– polarities correctly matching the +/–
marks.
• Remove any obstructions between the Remote Commander and the remote sensor.
• Point the remote sensor away from strong light sources such as direct sunlight or overhead
lighting. Otherwise, the Remote Commander may not function properly.
• A lens or hood may cover the remote sensor to protect it from the light. Operate the Remote
Commander from postitions where the light from the Remote Commander is not obscured.
Another DVD device malfunctions when you use the supplied Remote
Commander.
• Select a commander mode other than DVD 2 for your DVD device, or cover the sensor of
your DVD device with black paper.
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Printing
Also see “PictBridge compliant printer” (as follows) in conjunction with the following items.
The color of the image is strange.
• When you print the images recorded in Adobe RGB mode using sRGB printers that are not
compatible with Adobe RGB (DCF2.0/Exif2.21), the images are printed at a lower intensity
level (page 72).
Images are printed with both edges cut off.
• Depending on your printer, the left, right, top, and bottom edges of the image may be cut off.
Especially when you print an image shot with the aspect ratio set to [16:9], the lateral end of
the image may be cut off.
• When printing images using your own printer, cancel the trimming or borderless settings.
Consult the printer manufacturer as to whether the printer provides these functions or not.
• When having images printed at a digital print shop, ask the shop whether they can print the
images without cutting off both edges.
Cannot print images with the date.
• Using “Picture Motion Browser”, you can print images with date (page 137).
• This camera does not have a feature for superimposing dates on images. However, because
PictBridge compliant printer
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the images shot with the camera include information on the recording date, you can print
images with the date superimposed if the printer or the software can recognize Exif
information. For compatibility with Exif information, consult the manufacturer of the printer
or the software.
• When you print images at a shop, images can be printed with the date if you ask them to do so.
A connection cannot be established.
• The camera cannot be connected directly to a printer that is not compliant with the PictBridge
standard. Consult the printer manufacturer as to whether the printer is compliant with
PictBridge or not.
• Check that the printer is turned on and can be connected to the camera.
• Set [USB connection] to [PTP] (page 124).
• Disconnect and connect the USB cable again. If an error message is indicated on the printer,
refer to the operating instructions supplied with the printer.
Cannot print images.
• Check that the camera and the printer are properly connected using the USB cable.
• RAW data files cannot be printed.
• Images shot using cameras other than this camera or images modified with a computer may
not be printed.
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Cannot insert the date or print images in the index mode.
• The printer does not provide these functions. Consult the printer manufacturer as to whether
the printer provides these functions or not.
• The date may not be superimposed in the index mode depending on the printer. Consult the
printer manufacturer.
“---- -- --” is printed on the date-inserted part of the image.
• Images that do not have the recording data cannot be printed with the date inserted. Set [Date
imprint] to [Off] and print the image again (page 148).
Cannot select the print size.
• Consult the printer manufacturer as to whether the printer can provide the desired size.
Cannot print the image at the size selected.
• Disconnect the USB cable and reconnect it whenever you change the paper size after the
printer has been connected to the camera.
• The print setting of the camera differs from that of the printer. Change the setting of either the
camera (page 147) or the printer.
Cannot operate the camera after canceling printing.
• Wait for a while as the printer is carrying out the cancellation. It may take some time
depending on the printer.
Others
The lens gets fogged.
• Moisture condensation has occurred. Turn off the camera and leave it for about an hour before
using it (page 168).
The message “Set date and time?” appears when you turn on the camera.
• The camera has been left unused for sometime with a low battery or no battery pack. Charge
the battery pack and set the date again (t step 4 in “Read This First”). If the date setting is
lost every time the battery pack is charged, consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony
service facility.
The number of recordable images does not decrease or decreases two at a
time.
• This is because the compression rate and the image size after compression change depending
on the image when you shoot with a JPEG image (page 96).
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The setting is reset without the resetting operation.
• The battery pack was removed when the POWER switch was set to ON. When removing the
battery pack, make sure the POWER switch is set to OFF and the access lamp is not
illuminated (t step 1 in “Read This First”).
The camera does not work properly.
• Turn off the camera. Remove the battery pack and insert it again. If an AC Adaptor/charger
(not supplied) is used, disconnect the power cord. If the camera is hot, allow it to cool down
before trying this corrective procedure.
The five bars of the Super SteadyShot scale flash.
• The Super SteadyShot function does not work. You can continue to shoot but the Super
SteadyShot function will not work. Turn the camera off and on. If the Super SteadyShot scale
continues to flash, consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
“--E-” is indicated on the lower-right corner of the LCD monitor.
• Remove the memory card, and insert it again. If this procedure does not turn off the
indication, format the memory card.
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Warning messages
If the following messages appear, follow
the instructions.
Card error
• An incompatible memory card is
For “InfoLITHIUM” battery only
• An incompatible battery pack is being
used.
inserted or the format was failed.
Read only memory
• Your camera cannot record or delete
Battery exhausted
• The battery pack is discharged. Charge
the battery pack.
Set date and time?
• Set the date and time. If the message
appears frequently, the internal backup
battery is used up. Replace the battery
(pages 156, 169).
Power insufficient
• You tried to perform [Cleaning mode]
when the battery level is insufficient.
Charge the battery pack or use the AC
Adaptor/charger (not supplied).
No Memory Stick
No CF card
Reinsert the Memory Stick.
Reinsert the CF card.
• The inserted memory card cannot be
used in your camera.
• The memory card is damaged.
• The terminal section of the memory
card is dirty.
Use Memory Stick slot to format.
• You attempt to format the “Memory
Stick Duo” that is inserted into the CF
card insertion slot using an adaptor.
Insert the “Memory Stick Duo” into the
“Memory Stick Duo” insertion slot and
format it.
Processing...
• The type of the memory card inserted
• When Long exposure noise reduction
into the camera is different from the
memory card type selected with
[Memory card] in the
Setup menu.
Set it to appropriate position.
will be done for the same amount of
time that the shutter was open. You
cannot do any further shooting during
this reduction.
Unable to use Memory Stick.
Format?
Unable to use CF card. Format?
• The memory card was formatted on a
computer and the file format was
modified, or the memory card was
formatted on another device.
Select [OK], then format the memory
card. You can use the memory card
again, however, all previous data in the
memory card is erased. It may take a
some time to complete the format.
If the message still appears, change the
memory card.
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images on this “Memory Stick Duo”.
No Memory Stick inserted. Shutter is
locked.
No CF card inserted. Shutter is
locked.
• [Release w/oCard] is set to [Disable].
Set it to [Enable] or insert a memory
card.
No lens attached. Shutter is locked.
• [Release w/oLens] is set to [Disable].
Attach a lens. When attaching the
camera to an astronomical telescope or
something similar, set it to [Enable] in
the Custom menu.
Camera error
System error
• Turn the power off, remove the battery
pack, then re-insert it. If the message
appears frequently, consult your Sony
dealer or local authorized Sony service
facility.
Unable to display.
• Images recorded with other cameras or
images modified with a computer may
not be able to be displayed.
Cover open
• Close the memory card cover to start
shooting.
• Check that the access lamp is not lit,
No images
then open the cover when you replace
the memory card.
• There is no image in the memory card.
Image protected
• You tried to delete protected images.
Release the protection.
Unable to print.
• You tried to mark RAW images with a
• Images recorded with other cameras
may not be enlarged or rotated.
No images changed
• You attempted to protect images or
specified DPOF without changing the
specification of those images.
Initializing USB connection...
• A USB connection has been
established. Do not disconnect the USB
cable.
Check the connected device.
• A PictBridge connection cannot be
established. Disconnect the USB cable
and connect it again.
Cannot create more folders.
• The folder with a name beginning with
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DPOF mark.
Unable to magnify.
Unable to rotate image.
“999” exists on the memory card. You
cannot create any folders if this is the
case.
Printing canceled
• The print job was canceled. Disconnect
the USB cable or turn the camera off.
Camera overheating. Allow it to cool.
• The camera has become hot because
you have been shooting continuously.
Turn the power off. Cool the camera
and wait until the camera is ready to
shoot again.
Unable to mark.
• You attempted to mark RAW images on
the PictBridge screen.
No printable image
• You attempted to print images from a
folder that has no images when [Folder
print] was selected.
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Printer error
• Check the printer.
• Check if the image you want to print is
corrupted.
Printer busy
• Check the printer.
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Others
On the memory card (not supplied)
On the “Memory Stick Duo”
A “Memory Stick Duo” is a compact,
portable IC recording medium. The types of
“Memory Stick Duo” that can be used with
this camera are listed in the table below.
However, proper operation cannot be
guaranteed for all “Memory Stick Duo”
functions.
“Memory Stick” type
Recording/
Playback
Memory Stick Duo
(without MagicGate)
a
Memory Stick Duo
(with MagicGate)
a*1*2
MagicGate Memory Stick
Duo
a*1
Memory Stick PRO Duo
a*1*2
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
a*1*2
*1
• A “Memory Stick Duo” formatted with a
computer is not guaranteed to operate with this
camera.
• Data read/write speeds differ depending on the
combination of the “Memory Stick Duo” and
the equipment used.
• Do not remove the “Memory Stick Duo” while
reading or writing data.
• Data may be corrupted in the following cases:
– When the “Memory Stick Duo” is removed or
the camera is turned off during a read or write
operation
– When the “Memory Stick Duo” is used in
locations subject to static electricity or
electrical noise
• We recommend backing up important data.
• Do not press down hard when you write down
on the memo area.
• Do not attach a label on the “Memory Stick
Duo” itself.
• When you carry or store the “Memory Stick
Duo”, put it in the case supplied with it.
• Do not touch the terminal section of the
“Memory Stick Duo” with your hand or a metal
object.
• Do not strike, bend or drop the “Memory Stick
Duo”.
• Do not disassemble or modify the “Memory
Stick Duo”.
• Do not expose the “Memory Stick Duo” to
water.
• Do not leave the “Memory Stick Duo” within
the reach of small children. They might
accidentally swallow it.
• Do not insert any object other than a “Memory
Stick Duo” into the “Memory Stick Duo”
insertion slot. It may cause a malfunction.
• Do not use or store the “Memory Stick Duo”
under the following conditions:
– High temperature locations such as the hot
interior of a car parked in direct sunlight
– Locations exposed to direct sunlight
– Humid locations or locations with corrosive
substances present
Others
This is equipped with MagicGate function.
MagicGate is copyright protection technology
that uses encryption technology. Data
recording/playback that requires MagicGate
functions cannot be performed with this
camera.
*2
Supports high-speed data transfer using a
parallel interface.
Notes on using a “Memory Stick Duo”
Note on using “Memory Stick PRO
Duo”
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” or “Memory Stick
PRO-HG Duo” with a capacity up to 8 GB have
been confirmed to operate properly with this
camera.
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Notes on using “Memory Stick Micro”
• To use a “Memory Stick Micro” with this
camera, be sure to insert the “Memory Stick
Micro” into an “M2” Adaptor as large as of Duo
size. If you insert a “Memory Stick Micro” into
the camera without an “M2” Adaptor as large as
of Duo size, you might not be able to remove it
from the camera.
• Do not leave the “Memory Stick Micro” within
the reach of small children. They might
accidentally swallow it.
On the CF card/Microdrive
• Be sure to format the recording medium using
this camera when you use it for the first time.
• Data may be damaged in the following cases:
– Removing the memory card while reading or
writing data.
– If you store the memory card near stronglymagnetized material.
• The memory card may be hot just after it has
been used. Be careful when you handle it.
• Do not remove the label or attach a new label
over the label.
• When you carry or store the memory card, put it
in the case supplied with it.
• Do not expose the memory card to water.
• Do not press on the label strongly.
• Do not touch the terminal section of the memory
card with your hand or a metal object.
Notes on use of the Microdrive
A Microdrive is a compact and lightweight hard
disk drive that complies with CompactFlash Type
II.
• The Microdrive is a compact hard disk drive.
Since the Microdrive is a rotating disk, the
Microdrive is not strong enough to resist
vibration and shock compared to a “Memory
Stick”, which uses flash memory.
Be sure not to transmit vibration or shock to the
Microdrive during playback or shooting.
• Note that the use of the Microdrive under 5°C
(41°F) may bring performance degradation.
Operating temperature range when using the
Microdrive: 5 to 40°C (41 to 104°F)
• Note that the Microdrive cannot be used under
low atmospheric pressure (above 3 000 meters
above sea-level).
• Do not write on the label.
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On the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack
Use only an NP-FM500H battery pack.
What is an “InfoLITHIUM” battery
pack?
An “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is a lithium-ion
battery pack that has functions for exchanging
information related to operating conditions with
your camera. Using the “InfoLITHIUM” battery
pack, the remaining battery time in percent figures
is displayed according to the operating conditions
of your camera.
On charging the battery pack
We recommend charging the battery pack in an
ambient temperature of between 10 to 30°C (50 to
86°F). You may not be able to efficiently charge
the battery pack outside of this temperature range.
Effective use of the battery pack
If the battery pack is not to be used for a long
time, fully charge it and then fully use it up once a
year on your camera before storing the battery
pack in a dry, cool place. Repeat this charging and
using up once a year to maintain the battery
pack’s function.
On battery life
• The battery life is limited. Battery capacity
decreases little by little as you use it more and
more, and as time passes. If the battery
operating time seems shortened considerably, a
probable cause is that the battery pack has
reached the end of its life. Buy a new battery
pack.
• The battery life varies according to how it is
stored and the operating conditions and
environment in which each battery pack is used.
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• Battery performance decreases in low
temperature surroundings. So, the time that the
battery pack can be used is shorter in cold
places. We recommend the following to ensure
longer battery pack use:
– Put the battery pack in a pocket close to your
body to warm it up, and insert it in your
camera immediately before you start
shooting.
• The battery pack will run out quickly if you use
the flash frequently.
• We recommend having spare battery packs
handy, and making trial shots before taking the
actual shots.
• Do not expose the battery pack to water. The
battery pack is not water-resistant.
• Do not leave the battery pack in extremely hot
places, such as in a car or under direct sunlight.
How to store the battery pack
On the remaining battery indicator
The power may go off although the battery
remaining indicator shows there is enough power
to operate. Use the battery pack up and charge the
battery pack fully again so that the indication on
the battery remaining indicator is correct. Note,
however, that the correct battery indication
sometimes will not be restored if the battery pack
is used in high temperatures for a long time, left in
a fully charged state or used frequently.
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On the battery charger
On the battery charger
• Do not charge any battery pack other than the
“InfoLITHIUM” M series battery pack in the
battery charger (supplied) with your camera.
Batteries other than the specified kind may leak,
overheat, or explode if you attempt to charge
them, posing a risk of injury from electrocution
and burns.
• Remove the charged battery pack from the
battery charger. If you leave the charged battery
pack in the charger, battery life may be
decreased.
• When the CHARGE lamp flashes, this may
indicate a battery error or that a battery pack
other than the specified type have been inserted.
Check that the battery pack is the specified type.
If the battery pack is the specified type, remove
the battery pack, replace it with new one or
another one and check if the battery charger
operates correctly. If the battery charger
operates correctly, a battery error may have
occurred.
• If the battery charger is dirty, charging may not
be performed successfully. Clean the battery
charger with dry cloth, etc.
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Optional accessories
This section introduces how to connect and operate popular accessories for this camera.
For details, refer to the operating instructions of each of the accessories.
AC-VQ900AM AC Adaptor/charger
When a household power outlet (AC power) is available, using an AC Adaptor/charger
eliminates the possibility of running out of battery.
To wall outlet
(wall socket)
To connect the adaptor, set the POWER switch of the camera to OFF, flip open the cover, and
insert the plug of the AC Adaptor/charger into the DC IN terminal.
• When disconnecting the AC Adaptor/charger from the camera, turn the power off beforehand.
• You cannot use any AC adaptor/charger other than the AC-VQ900AM.
VG-C70AM Vertical Grip
Others
Vertical Grip
The Vertical Grip is equipped with a portrait shooting shutter button and a power switch, as
well as front and rear control dials and an AEL (AE lock) button, which allows you to operate
the camera the same way as in the landscape position. The Vertical Grip can accept either one
or two of the battery pack(s), NP-FM500H, used with this camera.
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RM-S1AM Remote Commander
This Remote Commander allows you to release the shutter without touching the camera. This
keeps the camera from shaking. In addition, you can keep the shutter button down during bulb
exposure (page 43).
To attach the Remote Commander, flip open the cover of the REMOTE terminal and insert the
plug of the Remote Commander.
With the Remote Commander clip attached to the shoulder strap, you can catch the cord to
secure it.
HVL-F56AM/HVL-F36AM Flash
A powerful flash can cover a longer distance than the built-in flash can, enabling flash
shooting that produces beautiful images.
Flash HVL-F56AM
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When using the flash (not supplied), remove the accessory shoe cap and slide the flash onto
the camera. The removed cap can be placed on the eyepiece cover.
Accessory shoe cap
High Speed Sync (HSS) Shooting
Although a high shutter speed cannot be used in normal flash recording, the HVL-F56AM or
HVL-F36AM flash allows you to take pictures using the flash with any shutter speed,
including a high speed. It also enables you to take pictures with the flash in bright conditions
with the iris open.
• In high speed sync mode, “H” or “HSS” appears in the viewfinder and on the LCD monitor.
• High speed sync mode is not available when the two-second self-timer or [Rear sync.] is selected.
FDA-A1AM Angle Finder/FDA-M1AM Magnifier
When using the Angle Finder or Magnifier, remove the eyecup.
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Precautions
x Do not use/store the camera in the
following places
• In an extremely hot, dry or humid place
In places such as in a car parked in the sun, the
camera body may become deformed and this
may cause a malfunction.
• Under direct sunlight or near a heater
The camera body may become discolored or
deformed, and this may cause a malfunction.
• In a location subject to rocking vibration
• Near strong magnetic place
• In sandy or dusty places
Be careful not to let sand or dust get into the
camera. This may cause the camera to
malfunction, and in some cases this malfunction
cannot be repaired.
x On carrying
Be sure to attach the lens cap or body cap when
not using the camera. When attaching the body
cap, remove all the dust from the cap before
placing it on the camera.
x On cleaning
Cleaning the LCD monitor
Wipe the screen surface with an LCD cleaning kit
(not supplied) to remove fingerprints, dust, etc.
Cleaning the lens
• When cleaning the lens surface, remove dust
using a blower. In case of dust that sticks to the
surface, wipe it off with a soft cloth or tissue
paper slightly moistened with lens cleaning
solution. Wipe in a spiral pattern from the center
to the outside. Do not spray lens cleaning
solution directly onto the lens surface.
• Do not touch the inside of the camera, such as
lens contacts, or the mirror. Since dust on the
mirror or around the mirror may affect the auto
focus system, blow away dust using a blower. If
dust lands on the image sensor, it may appear on
the photo image. Turn the camera to the
cleaning mode (page 125), then clean it using a
blower. Do not use a spray blower to clean the
inside of the camera. Using this may cause a
malfunction.
• Do not use a cleaning solution containing
organic solvents, such as thinner, or benzine.
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Cleaning the camera surface
Clean the camera surface with a soft cloth slightly
moistened with water, then wipe the surface with
a dry cloth. Do not use the following as they may
damage the finish or the casing.
• Chemical products such as thinner, benzine,
alcohol, disposable cloths, insect repellent,
sunscreen or insecticide, etc.
• Do not touch the camera with the above on your
hand.
• Do not leave the camera in contact with rubber
or vinyl for a long time.
x On operating temperatures
Your camera is designed for use under the
temperatures between 0 and 40°C (32 and 104°F)
(When using a Microdrive: 5 and 40°C (41 and
104°F)). Shooting in extremely cold or hot places
that exceed this range is not recommended.
x On moisture condensation
If the camera is brought directly from a cold to a
warm location, moisture may condense inside or
outside the camera. This moisture condensation
may cause a malfunction of the camera.
How to prevent moisture condensation
When bringing the camera from a cold place to a
warm place, seal the camera in a plastic bag and
allow it to adapt to conditions at the new location
over about an hour.
If moisture condensation occurs
Turn off the camera and wait about an hour for the
moisture to evaporate. Note that if you attempt to
shoot with moisture remaining inside the lens, you
will be unable to record clear images.
x On the internal rechargeable
battery
This camera has an internal rechargeable battery
for maintaining the date and time and other
settings regardless of whether the power is on or
off.
This rechargeable battery is continually charged
as long as you are using the camera. However, if
you use the camera for only short periods, it
discharges gradually, and if you do not use the
camera at all for about 8 month it becomes
completely discharged. In this case, be sure to
charge this rechargeable battery before using the
camera.
However, even if this rechargeable battery is not
charged, you can still use the camera as long as
you do not record the date and time.
Charging method of the internal
rechargeable battery
Insert a charged battery pack in the camera, or
connect the camera to a wall outlet (wall socket)
using the AC Adaptor/charger (not supplied), and
leave the camera for 24 hours or more with the
power off.
Charging method of the NP-FM500H
battery pack
t
step 1 in “Read This First”
For Customers in Europe
Disposal of waste batteries
(applicable in the European Union and
other European countries with
separate collection systems)
Others
This symbol on the battery or on the packaging
indicates that the battery provided with this
product shall not be treated as household waste.
By ensuring these batteries are disposed of
correctly, you will help prevent potentially
negative consequences for the environment and
human health which could otherwise be caused by
inappropriate waste handling of the battery. The
recycling of the materials will help to conserve
natural resources.
In case of products that for safety, performance or
data integrity reasons require a permanent
connection with an incorporated battery, this
battery should be replaced by qualified service
staff only.
To ensure that the battery will be treated properly,
hand over the product at end-of-life to the
applicable collection point for the recycling of
electrical and electronic equipment.
For all other batteries, please view the section on
how to remove the battery from the product
safely. Hand the battery over to the applicable
collection point for the recycling of waste
batteries.
For more detailed information about recycling of
this product or battery, please contact your local
Civic Office, your household waste disposal
service or the shop where you purchased the
product.
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Specifications
Camera
[Exposure]
Metering Cell
[System]
Camera Type
Digital Single Lens Reflex
Camera with built-in flash and
interchangeable lenses
Image format
23.5×15.6 mm (APS-C format)
Lens
All of Sony Lens
Metering Range 0 EV to 20 EV (+2 EV to +20
EV with Spot metering), (at
ISO 100 with F1.4 lens)
[Shutter]
Type
Total pixel number of camera
Approx. 13 053 000 pixels
Electronically-controlled,
vertical-traverse, focal-plane
type
Speed range
Effective pixel number of camera
Approx. 12 246 000 pixels
1/8000 second to 30 seconds,
bulb
Flash Sync Speed
[Image sensor]
1/250 second (with Super
SteadyShot off),
1/200 second (with Super
SteadyShot on)
[Super SteadyShot]
System
Image sensor-Shift mechanism
Super SteadyShot Compensation capability
Approximately 2.5 EV to 4 EV
decrease in shutter speed
(varies according to shooting
conditions and lens used)
[Anti-Dust]
System
Type
[Built-In-Flash]
Flash G.No.
GN 12 (in meters at ISO 100)
Recycling Time Approx. 3 seconds
[Recording media]
Charge protection coating on
Low-Pass Filter and image
sensor-Shift mechanism
[Viewfinder]
CompactFlash card(TypeI,II),
Microdrive, “Memory Stick
Duo”
[LCD monitor]
Fixed eye-level system with
optical glass type pentaprism
Focusing Screen Spherical Acute Matte
Field of View
0.95
Magnification
0.9 × with 50 mm lens at
infinity, –1 m–1
Eye Relief
Approximately 25 mm from the
eyepiece, 21 mm from the
eyepiece frame at –1 diopter
(–1m–1)
LCD panel
7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT drive
Total number of dots
921 600 (640 ×3 (RGB) × 480)
dots
[Input/output terminals]
VIDEO OUT terminal
Special multi-connector
USB terminal
Special multi-connector, Hispeed USB (USB 2.0
compliant)
Dioptor Adjustment
–3.0 to +1.0 m–1
HDMI OUT terminal
HDMI type C minijack
[Auto Focus System]
Sync. terminal
System
REMOTE terminal
TTL phase-detection system,
CCD line sensors (Metering
area 11 points)
[Power, general]
Used battery pack
Sensitivity Range
0 EV to +18 EV (at ISO 100
equivalent)
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40-segment honeycomb-pattern
SPC
Rechargeable battery pack
NP-FM500H
[Others]
PictBridge
Compatible
Exif Print
Compatible
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
PRINT Image Matching III
Compatible
Exif
Exif Ver.2.21
RAW
ARW2.0 format
Dimensions
Approx. 141.7 × 104.8 ×
79.7 mm (5 5/8 × 4 1/4 ×
3 1/4 inches) (W/H/D,
excluding protrusions)
Mass
Approx.690 g (1 lb 8.3 oz)
(without batteries, memory card
and body accessories)
Operating temperature
0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
(When using the Microdrive: 5
to 40°C (41 to 104°F))
BC-VM10 Battery charger
Input rating
100 V – 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Output rating
8.4 V DC, 750 mA
Operating temperature range
0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
Storage temperature range
–20 to +60°C (–4 to +140°F)
Mass
Approx. 90 g (3.2 oz)
Others
Maximum dimensions
Approx. 70 × 25 × 95 mm
(2 7/8 × 1× 3 3/4 inches) (W/H/
D)
Rechargeable battery pack NP-FM500H
Used battery
Lithium-ion battery
Maximum voltage
DC 8.4 V
Nominal voltage DC 7.2 V
Maximum charge current
2.0 A
Maximum charge voltage
DC 8.4 V
Capacity
11.8 Wh (1 650 mAh)
Maximum dimensions
Approx. 38.2 × 20.5 × 55.6 mm
(1 9/16 × 13/16 × 2 1/4 inches)
(W/H/D)
Mass
Approx. 78 g (2.8 oz)
171
Reset default
z: reset
a: not reset
* t Pages on the “Read This First”
A: AUTO shooting (page 34)
B: Scene Selection (page 35)
C: Reset of recording function (page 104)
D: Reset default (page 126)
Using the dial or button
Items
Reset to
A
B
C
D
Page
Super SteadyShot
—
a
a
a
a
14*
Adjusting the diopter
—
a
a
a
a
17*
Detailed display
a
a
a
z
23
Exposure mode
—
—
—
a
a
34
Exposure compensation
±0
z
z
z
z
45
Multi segment
z
z
a
a
48
a
a
52
Recording display
Metering mode
AF-A
z
z
Single-image advance
z
z2)
z
z
55
AWB (Auto white balance)
z
z
z
z
61
5500K, Color filter 0
—
—
z
z
62
Custom white balance
5500K
a
a
z
z
63
ISO
AUTO
z
z
z
z
64
Creative Style
a
a
z
z
81
Single-image screen (with
recording data)
a
a
a
z
83
Focus mode
(AF-S/AF-A/AF-C/MF)
Drive mode
White balance
Color temperature/color filter
C (Custom) button
Playback display
1)
2)
172
1)
“AF-C” when in Sports action mode, “AF-S” when in Macro mode.
“Continuous Hi” when in Sports action mode.
Recording menu
Reset to
A
B
C
D
Page
Image size
Items
L:12M
a
a
z
z
94
Aspect ratio
3:2
a
a
z
z
95
Fine
a
a
z
z
96
D-RangeOptimizer
Standard
z3)
z3)
z
z
66
Creative Style
Standard
z
—
z
z
67
Custom button
Creative Style
a
a
z
z
81
Exposure step
0.3 EV
a
a
z
z
98
Flash mode
Autoflash
z
z
z4)
z5)
73
Flash control
Quality
z
z
z
z
99
1/1
a
a
z
z
100
Flash compens.
±0.0
z
z
z
z
75
ISO Auto max.
800
—
—
z
z
100
ISO Auto min.
200
—
—
z
z
100
AF-A setup
AF-A
z
z
z
z
101
AF area
Wide
z
z
z
z
49
Priority setup
AF
z
z
z
z
102
AF illuminator
Auto
z
z
z
z
54
AF w/ shutter
On
z
z
z
z
102
Long exp.NR
On
z
z
z
z
103
Normal
z
z
z
z
103
High ISO NR
Others
ADI flash
Power ratio
3)
Resets to “Advanced Auto” when in AUTO. For Scene Selection, reset is different, depending on the
mode.
4)
“Fill-flash”
5) “Autoflash” or “Fill-flash” (“Rear sync.” or “Wireless” is canceled.)
173
Custom menu
Reset to
A
B
C
D
Page
Eye-Start AF
Items
On
a
a
a
z
105
EyeStart trigr.
w/ GripSensor
a
a
a
z
105
AF/MF button
AF/MF control
a
a
a
z
105
AF/MF control
Hold
a
a
a
z
106
AF drive speed
Fast
a
a
a
z
106
0.3 sec
a
a
a
z
106
FocusHoldButton
Focus hold
a
a
a
z
106
AEL button
AEL hold
a
a
a
z
107
Ctrl dial setup
SS
AF area disp.
a
a
a
z
107
Dial exp.comp
Off
a
a
a
z
108
Ctrl dial lock
Off
a
a
a
z
109
Exclusive disp
a
a
a
z
109
Enable
a
a
a
z
109
a
a
z
109
Button ops.
Release w/oCard
F/no.
Disable
a
Red eye reduc.
Off
a
a
a
z
110
Exp.comp.set
Ambient&flash
a
a
a
z
110
Bracket order
0t–t+
a
a
a
z
111
Auto review
2 sec
a
a
a
z
111
On
a
a
a
z
111
Auto rotate
a
a
a
z
112
Record
a
a
a
z
112
Release w/oLens
Auto off w/ VF
Rec.info.disp.
Img.orientation
Playback menu
Items
Reset to
A
B
C
D
Page
Date imprint
Off
a
a
a
z
117
Index print
—
a
a
a
a
117
Auto rotate
a
a
a
z
118
3 sec
a
a
a
z
119
PlaybackDisplay
Slide show
174
Setup menu
Items
Reset to
A
B
C
D
Page
±0
a
a
a
z
120
Info.disp.time
5 sec
a
a
a
z
120
Power save
LCD brightness
3 min
a
a
a
z
120
Video output
—
a
a
a
a
121
HDMI output
HD(1080i)prior.
a
a
a
z
121
—
a
a
a
a
122
Memory card
CompactFlash
a
a
a
a
123
File number
Series
a
a
a
z
123
Folder name
Standard form
a
a
a
z
123
Select folder
—
a
a
a
a
124
USB connection
Mass Storage
a
a
a
z
124
MassStrg.card
Selected card
a
a
a
z
124
Top
a
a
a
z
125
“Cancel” first
a
a
a
z
125
On
a
a
a
z
125
Date/Time setup
Menu start
Delete confirm.
Audio signals
Others
175
Index
Index
Numerics
B
40-segment honeycomb pattern
metering.........................48
Battery charger................... 164
A
t step 1 in “Read This
First”
Battery pack ....................... 163
AC Adaptor/charger ...........165
Access lamp
t step 3 in “Read This
First”
Accessory shoe cap ............167
ADI flash ..............................99
Adjusting exposure...............45
Adjusting the diopter
t step 5 in “Read This
First”
t step 1 in “Read This
First”
Continuous shooting............. 56
Contrast ................................ 67
Copying images to your
computer ..................... 130
Creative Style ................. 67, 97
Ctrl dial lock....................... 109
Bracket ................................. 57
Ctrl dial setup ..................... 107
Bracket order...................... 111
Custom button ................ 81, 98
Brightness ............................ 68
Custom menu 1................... 105
BULB shooting .................... 43
Custom menu 2................... 107
Button ops. ......................... 109
Custom menu 3................... 110
Custom menu 4................... 113
C
Custom reset....................... 113
AE lock.................................46
Camera-shake warning
t step 5 in “Read This
First”
AEL button .........................107
CD-ROM ........................... 136
AF area .........................49, 101
Center weighted ................... 48
AF area disp........................106
AF illuminator ....................102
Charging battery pack
t step 1 in “Read This
First”
AF lock ...............................105
Cleaning ............................. 168
Daylight (WB)...................... 62
AF w/ shutter ......................102
Cleaning mode ................... 125
DC IN terminal................... 165
AF/MF button...............53, 105
Cloudy (WB)........................ 62
Delete ................................. 114
AF/MF control....................106
Color .................................... 61
AF-A setup .........................101
Color filter............................ 62
Ambient bracket ...................58
Color temperature ................ 62
Aperture priority...................37
Compression ratio ................ 96
Aspect ratio...........................95
Computer ........................... 127
Adobe RGB ..........................72
AF drive speed....................106
Custom white balance .......... 63
D
Date imprint........................ 117
Date/Time setup ................. 122
t step 4 in “Read This
First”
t step 6 in “Read This
First”
Delete confirm.................... 125
Depth-of-field preview ......... 39
Dial exp.comp .................... 108
Direct Manual Focus .......... 101
Attaching a lens
t step 2 in “Read This
First”
Copying images .......... 130
Audio signals ......................125
Software...................... 135
D-Range Optimizer ........ 66, 97
Auto adjustment mode
t step 5 in “Read This
First”
Viewing image files stored
on a computer with your
camera......................... 134
Drive mode........................... 55
Auto off w/ VF ...................111
176
Continuous bracket............... 57
Recommended
environment ........ 128, 135
Connecting
Distance to the subject.......... 50
DPOF setup ........................ 116
E
Effective pixels................... 170
Auto review ........................111
Computer .................... 129
Enlarge ................................. 86
Autoflash ..............................73
Printer ......................... 146
EV scale.................... 42, 47, 58
Automatic AF .......................52
TV................................. 89
Exp.comp.set ...................... 110
Continuous AF ..................... 52
Exposure Bracket ................. 57
Exposure step........................98
I
Manual focus ........................53
Extension ............................134
Identifying parts ................... 14
Manual shift..........................43
External flash ................74, 166
Image Data Converter SR .. 139
Mass Storage ......................124
Eyecup ..................................44
Image Data Lightbox SR.... 140
Memory ........................79, 104
Eyepiece cover......................44
Image file storage destinations
and file names ............. 133
Memory card ..............123, 161
Eye-Start AF .......................105
EyeStart trigr.......................105
Image quality........................ 96
Insert/Remove
t step 3 in “Read This
First”
Image size ............................ 94
F
Img.orientation ................... 112
Number of images .........24
“Memory Stick Duo”..........161
File name ............................133
Index print .......................... 117
File number.........................123
Index screen ......................... 84
File storage destination .......133
Indicator ............................... 19
Fill-flash................................73
Info.disp.time ..................... 120
Flash (WB) ...........................62
Install.................................. 136
Flash bracket.........................58
Flash compensation ..............75
Internal rechargeable battery
.................................... 169
Flash control .........................99
ISO ....................................... 64
Playback menu 2 .........119
Flash mode......................73, 99
ISO Auto max. ................... 100
Recording menu 1 .........94
ISO Auto min. .................... 100
Recording menu 2 .........99
t step 5 in “Read This
First”
Menu.....................................32
Custom menu 1 ...........105
Custom menu 2 ...........107
Custom menu 3 ...........110
Custom menu 4 ...........113
Playback menu 1 .........114
Recording menu 3 .......101
Flash range............................65
J
Recording menu 4 .......104
Flash sync terminal ...............77
JPEG..................................... 96
Setup menu 1...............120
Fluorescent (WB)..................62
Setup menu 2...............123
F-number ..............................37
L
Focus.....................................49
Landscape (Scene Selection)
...................................... 35
Menu start ...........................125
Language............................ 121
Moisture condensation........168
Focus mode...........................52
FocusHoldButton................106
Format.................................115
H
HDMI output ................90, 121
High ISO NR ......................103
High Speed Sync shooting
.....................................167
Histogram display.................85
Holding the camera
t step 5 in “Read This
First”
LCD monitor ........................ 20
LCDbrightness ................... 120
Local AF area....................... 50
Locking exposure ................. 46
Metering mode......................48
Multi segment .......................48
Index
t step 4 in “Read This
First”
Focus-lock ............................51
Folder name ........................123
Setup menu 3...............125
N
New folder ..........................124
Night portrait ........................36
Long exp.NR ...................... 103
Night view (Scene Selection)
.......................................36
Long exposure shooting ....... 43
Number of images ................24
Luminance limit warning ..... 85
O
M
OS ...............................128, 135
Macro ................................... 35
Manual exposure .................. 41
P
Manual flash......................... 99
PictBridge ...........................146
177
Picture Motion Browser .....137
Reset default ...................... 126
U
Pixel......................................94
Rotate ................................... 88
USB cable................... 129, 146
S
USB connection.................. 124
Playback menu 2 ................119
PlaybackDisplay .................118
Saturation ............................. 67
Portrait (Scene Selection) .....35
Scene Selection .................... 35
Power cord
t step 1 in “Read This
First”
Screen
Playback menu 1 ................114
Power ratio .........................100
Power save..........................120
t step 4 in “Read This
First”
Changing the display .... 23
V
Indicator........................ 19
Vertical Grip....................... 165
Select folder ....................... 124
Video output....................... 121
Self-timer ............................. 57
Viewing image ..................... 83
t step 6 in “Read This
First”
Precautions .........................168
Set the clock
t step 4 in “Read This
First”
Pre-flash TTL .......................99
Setup menu 1 ..................... 120
W
Pressing halfway down
t step 5 in “Read This
First”
Setup menu 2 ..................... 123
Warning messages.............. 158
Setup menu 3 ..................... 125
White balance....................... 61
Print ....................................145
Shade (WB).......................... 62
White balance bracket .......... 59
Printing directly ..................146
Sharpness ............................. 67
Wide AF area ....................... 49
Priority setup ......................102
Shoulder strap ...................... 17
Windows computer
Program auto shooting..........34
Shutter speed priority........... 39
Program Shift .......................36
Single bracket ...................... 58
Protect.................................115
Single-shot AF ..................... 52
Slide show.......................... 119
R
Slow Sync ............................ 77
RAW.....................................96
Software ............................. 136
Rear sync. .............................74
Specifications..................... 170
Rec mode reset ...................104
Sports action ........................ 35
Rec.info.disp.......................112
Spot ...................................... 48
Recording information display
.........................20, 23, 112
Spot AF area ........................ 50
Recording menu 1 ................94
Super SteadyShot scale
t step 5 in “Read This
First”
Recording menu 2 ................99
Recording menu 3 ..............101
Recording menu 4 ..............104
Red eye reduc. ....................110
Release w/oCard.................109
Release w/oLens.................109
Remote Camera Control .....142
Remote Commander
.........................16, 60, 166
178
Using your camera abroad
t step 1 in “Read This
First”
Sunset (Scene Selection)...... 35
T
Troubleshooting ................. 149
Tungsten (WB) .................... 62
TV ........................................ 89
Recommended
environment ................ 128
Wireless flash ....................... 74
Z
Zone Matching ............... 68, 71
Zoom
t step 5 in “Read This
First”
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, “Memory Stick PRO”,
, “Memory Stick Duo”,
, “Memory Stick PRO Duo”,
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