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Interchangeable Lens
Digital Camera

Preparing the camera
Shooting and viewing
images
Handbook
A-mount
SLT-A37
Shooting images to suit
your subject
Using the shooting
functions
Using the playback
functions
Functions list
Viewing images on a
computer
Others
Advanced operations
Index
©2012 Sony Corporation
Table of Contents
Basic
operations ..............................................................................................9
This section provides basic information on operating the camera.
Notes on using your camera ............................................ 10
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Preparing the camera
Checking the supplied items ............................................ 12
Identifying parts .............................................................. 13
Charging the battery pack ................................................ 19
Inserting the battery pack/memory card (sold separately)
..................................................................................... 21
Attaching a lens ............................................................... 24
Turning the camera on and setting the clock .................... 27
Before shooting ............................................................... 29
Adjusting the viewfinder to the visual acuity (diopter
adjustment) ...................................................... 29
Holding the camera properly ...................................... 29
Shooting and viewing images
Shooting still images ....................................................... 31
Recording movies ............................................................ 33
Playing back images ........................................................ 34
Deleting images (Delete) ................................................. 35
Shooting images to suit your subject
Adjusting the angle of the LCD screen ............................ 36
Shooting with the various shooting modes....................... 37
Superior Auto .................................................. 38
Scene Selection .................................................. 38
Sweep Panorama/
3D Sweep Panorama ....... 39
Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE ............................. 40
Using the shooting functions
Using the flash................................................................. 41
Adjusting the brightness of the image .............................. 43
Selecting the drive mode..................................... 45
Switching the recording information display (DISP) ....... 46
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Setting image size ............................................................ 47
Image Size .................................................................. 47
Panorama: Size ........................................................... 47
Using the playback functions
Enlarging images ............................................................. 49
Switching to the display of the image list ........................ 50
Viewing images on a TV screen ...................................... 51
Functions list
Functions that can be operated with the buttons/switch
..................................................................................... 52
Selecting a function with the Fn (Function) button ........... 53
Functions that can be selected with the Fn (Function) button
..................................................................................... 54
The functions selected with the MENU button................. 56
Using the guide function of the camera............................ 63
In-Camera Guide ........................................................ 63
Shooting Tip ............................................................... 63
Viewing images on a computer
Using with your computer ............................................... 64
Using the software ........................................................... 66
Selecting the method for creating a disc of movies ........... 69
Others
List of icons on the screen ............................................... 71
Functions available for each shooting mode .................... 74
Flash modes available ...................................................... 75
Advanced
...............................................................
operations
This section provides further information on the camera.
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Preparation
Setting up the camera....................................................... 77
Removing the eyecup ................................................. 77
The screen displayed for shooting mode .......................... 78
Selecting the screen mode .......................................... 78
Histogram................................................................... 79
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Monitoring the subject through the lens without
effects displayed .............................................. 79
List of icons for viewfinder mode............................... 81
Shooting a clear image without camera shake.................. 83
Camera shake warning indicator ................................ 83
Using the SteadyShot function ................................... 83
Using a tripod ............................................................. 84
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Shooting
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Selecting the shooting mode ............................................ 85
Intelligent Auto/ Flash Off .............................. 85
Superior Auto.................................................... 85
Scene Selection .................................................. 86
Sweep Panorama/
3D Sweep Panorama ....... 88
Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE ............................. 90
Program Auto......................................................... 91
Aperture Priority.................................................... 92
Shutter Priority ....................................................... 94
Manual Exposure ................................................... 96
BULB .................................................................... 97
Movie recording setup ................................................... 100
Recording movies easily .......................................... 100
Digital Zoom ............................................................ 101
Recording movies with the shutter speed and aperture
adjusted ......................................................... 102
File Format ............................................................... 103
Record Setting .......................................................... 103
Audio Recording ...................................................... 104
Adjusting the focus ........................................................ 106
Autofocus ................................................................. 106
Focus-lock ................................................................ 108
Autofocus Mode ....................................................... 109
AF area..................................................................... 110
The AF illuminator ................................................... 110
Object Tracking........................................................ 111
Manual focus ............................................................ 113
Peaking..................................................................... 114
Focus Magnifier ....................................................... 114
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Detecting faces .............................................................. 116
Face Detection.......................................................... 116
Face Registration ...................................................... 117
Auto Port. Framing................................................... 118
Smile Shutter ............................................................ 119
Adjusting the brightness of the image............................ 121
AE Lock ................................................................... 121
Metering Mode ......................................................... 122
Flash Comp .............................................................. 122
Flash control............................................................. 123
The flash........................................................................ 124
Wireless flash ........................................................... 124
Setting ISO .................................................................... 126
Multi frame noise reduction ..................................... 126
Compensating for the brightness and contrast automatically
(D-Range) .............................................................. 127
D-RangeOptimizer ................................................... 127
Auto HDR ................................................................ 128
Setting the image processing ......................................... 130
Picture Effect............................................................ 130
Creative Style ........................................................... 131
Adjusting the color tones (White balance) ..................... 133
The fine adjustment screen for color......................... 134
Color Temp./Color Filter .......................................... 135
Custom white balance .............................................. 135
Magnifies images with higher scale than the optical zoom
(ZOOM) ................................................................. 137
Selecting the drive mode ................................... 140
Shooting single shot ................................................. 140
Cont. Shooting.......................................................... 140
Self-timer ................................................................. 141
Bracket: Cont./Single Bracket .................................. 141
WB bracket .............................................................. 143
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Playback
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The screen displayed for playback mode ....................... 144
Switching the screen during playback ...................... 144
List of icons on the histogram display ...................... 144
Using the playback functions......................................... 146
Rotating an image..................................................... 146
View Mode............................................................... 146
Slide Show ............................................................... 147
Playback Display...................................................... 147
Scrolling panoramic images ..................................... 148
Protecting images (Protect)............................................ 149
Deleting images (Delete) ............................................... 150
Delete (Multiple Img.).............................................. 150
Deleting all the images or movies in the same view mode
.......................................................................... 151
About playback on TV .................................................. 152
3D Viewing .............................................................. 152
Using “BRAVIA” Sync............................................ 152
Setup of the camera
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Setting the aspect ratio and image quality ...................... 154
Aspect Ratio ............................................................. 154
Quality ................................................................................ 154
Setting the other functions of the camera ....................... 156
Long Exposure NR ................................................... 156
High ISO NR ............................................................ 156
Color Space .............................................................. 157
Release w/o Lens ...................................................... 157
Grid Line .................................................................. 158
Auto Review............................................................. 158
Func. of AEL button ................................................. 158
Preview Button ......................................................... 159
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter ............................... 160
Viewfinder Bright..................................................... 160
Eco Mode ................................................................. 160
Power Save............................................................... 161
FINDER/LCD Setting .............................................. 161
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Lens compensation ........................................................ 162
Lens Comp.: Peripheral Shading .............................. 162
Lens Comp.: Chromatic Aberration .......................... 162
Lens Comp.: Distortion ............................................ 162
Setting the method for recording on a memory card....... 163
Format ...................................................................... 163
File Number ............................................................. 163
Folder Name ............................................................. 163
Select REC Folder .................................................... 164
New Folder ............................................................... 164
Recover Image DB ................................................... 165
Upload Settings ........................................................ 165
Resetting to the default .................................................. 167
Confirming the version of the camera............................ 171
Computer
Connecting the camera to the computer ......................... 172
Setting the USB connection ...................................... 172
Connecting to the computer ...................................... 172
Importing images to the computer (Windows) .......... 173
Importing images to the computer (Mac) .................. 174
Deleting the USB connection ................................... 175
Creating a movie disc .................................................... 176
Creating a high definition image quality (HD) disc
(AVCHD recording disc) ............................... 176
Creating a standard definition image quality (STD) disc
................................................................................... 177
Discs you can use with “PlayMemories Home” ........ 178
Print
Specifying DPOF .......................................................... 179
Date Imprint ............................................................. 179
Cleaning
Cleaning the camera and a lens ...................................... 180
Cleaning the image sensor ............................................. 181
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Trouble shooting/Others
Troubleshooting ....................................................................... 184
Warning messages ......................................................... 193
Precautions ............................................................................... 195
To use your camera abroad — Power sources................ 198
AVCHD format ............................................................. 199
3D-shootings.................................................................. 200
Memory card ................................................................. 201
Battery pack/Battery charger ......................................... 203
The License ................................................................... 205
Index ..................................................................................................................... 206
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Basic operations
This section provides the basic information on
operating the camera. To more effectively take
advantage of the camera, see “Advanced
operations” (page 76).
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Notes on using your camera
Back up recommendation
• This camera has 2 modes for monitoring
subjects: the LCD screen mode using the
LCD screen, and the viewfinder mode
using the viewfinder.
• The recorded image may be different
from the image you monitored before
recording.
To avoid the potential risk of data loss,
always copy (back up) data to other
medium.
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Shooting procedure
Notes on the functions available with
the camera
• To check whether it is a 1080 60icompatible device or 1080 50icompatible device, check for the
following marks on the bottom of the
camera.
1080 60i-compatible device:60i
1080 50i-compatible device:50i
• You may feel uncomfortable symptoms
such as eyestrain, nausea, or a tired
feeling while watching 3D-images
recorded with the camera on 3Dcompatible monitors. When you watch
3D-images, we recommend that you take
a break at regular time intervals. Since
the need for or frequency of break times
varies among individuals, please set your
own standards. If you feel sick, stop
watching 3D-images, and consult a
doctor as needed. Also, refer to the
operating instructions of the connected
device or the software used with the
camera. A child’s vision is always
vulnerable (especially for children under
6 years of age). Before allowing them to
watch 3D-images, please consult with an
expert, such as a pediatric or ophthalmic
doctor. Be sure to make sure your
children follow the precautions above.
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.
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Notes on the LCD screen, electronic
viewfinder, lens, and image sensor
• The LCD screen and electronic
viewfinder are 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 screen
and electronic viewfinder. These points
are normal in the manufacturing process
and do not affect the images in any way.
• Do not hold the camera by taking hold of
the LCD screen.
• Do not expose the camera to sunlight or
shoot sunward for a long time. The
internal mechanism may be damaged. If
sunlight is focused on a nearby object, it
may cause a fire.
• Images may trail across on the screen in a
cold location. This is not a malfunction.
When turning on the camera in a cold
location, the screen may become
temporarily dark. When the camera
warms up, the screen will function
normally.
Notes on long-time recording
• When you continue to shoot for a long
time, the temperature of the camera rises.
If the temperature reaches above a certain
level, the
mark is indicated on the
screen and the camera is turned off
automatically. If the power is turned off,
leave the camera for 10 minutes or longer
to allow the temperature inside the
camera to decrease to a safe level.
• Under high ambient temperatures, the
temperature of the camera rises quickly.
• When the temperature of the camera
rises, the image quality may deteriorate.
It is recommended that you wait until the
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Notes on using your camera
temperature of the camera drops before
continuing to shoot.
• The surface of the camera may get warm.
This is not a malfunction.
Notes on importing AVCHD movies to
a computer
When importing AVCHD movies to a
computer, for Windows computers, use the
“PlayMemories Home” software on the
CD-ROM (supplied).
Notes when playing movies on other
devices
• This camera uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
High Profile for AVCHD format
recording. Movies recorded in AVCHD
format with this camera cannot be played
with the following devices.
– Other devices compatible with
AVCHD format that does not support
High Profile
– Devices incompatible with the
AVCHD format
This camera also uses MPEG-4 AVC/
H.264 Main Profile for MP4 format
recording. For this reason, movies
recorded in MP4 format with this camera
cannot be played on devices other than
those that support MPEG-4 AVC/H.264.
• Discs recorded with HD image quality
(high definition) can be played back only
on AVCHD format-compatible devices.
DVD-based players or recorders cannot
play back HD image quality discs, as
they are incompatible with the AVCHD
format. Also, DVD-based players or
recorders may fail to eject HD image
quality discs.
On the data specifications described
in this manual
The data on performance and specifications
is defined under the following conditions,
except as described in this manual: at an
ordinary ambient temperature of 25ºC
(77°F), and using a battery pack that is
charged for about 1 hour after the
CHARGE lamp goes out.
Model name
This manual covers several models
supplied with different lenses.
The model name varies depending on the
supplied lens. The available model varies
depending on the countries/regions.
Model name
Lens
SLT-A37
–
SLT-A37K
DT18-55mm
SLT-A37M
DT18-135mm
SLT-A37Y
DT18-55mm and
DT55-200mm
Warning on copyright
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.
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Preparing the camera
Checking the supplied items
First check the model name of your camera (page 11). The accessories
supplied differ depending on the model.
The number in parentheses indicates the number of pieces.
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Common accessories
• Camera (1)
• BC-VW1 Battery charger (1)
• Power cord (mains lead) (1)* (not
supplied in the U.S.A. and
Canada)
* Multiple power cords may be supplied
with your camera. Use the appropriate
one that matches your country/region.
• Rechargeable battery pack NPFW50 (1)
• USB cable (1)
• Shoulder strap (1)
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• Body cap (1) (Attached on the
camera)
• Eyecup (1) (Attached on the
camera)
• CD-ROM (1)
– Application Software for 
camera
– Handbook (This manual)
• Instruction Manual (1)
SLT-A37K
• DT18-55mm zoom lens (1)/Front
lens cap (1)/Packaging lid (1)
SLT-A37M
• DT18-135mm zoom lens (1)/
Front lens cap (1)/Rear lens cap
(1)/Lens hood (1)
SLT-A37Y
• DT18-55mm zoom lens (1)/Front
lens cap (1)/Packaging lid (1)
• DT55-200mm zoom lens (1)/
Front lens cap (1)/Rear lens cap
(1)/Lens hood (1)
See the pages in parentheses for details of operation.
Front side
Preparing the camera
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Identifying parts
A Shutter button (31)
B Power switch (27)
C Control dial (92, 94, 96)
D Self-timer lamp (141)
L
(Flash pop-up) button (41,
124)
M Mounting index (24)
N Lens release button (25)
E Lens contacts*
O Focus mode switch (106, 113)
F Mirror*
* Do not directly touch these
parts.
** Do not cover this part
during movie recording.
Doing so may cause noise
or lower the volume.
G Preview button (94, 159)
H Mount
I Built-in flash* (41, 124)
J Microphone** (104)
K Mode dial (37)
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Rear side
A Eyecup (77)
144)/WB (White balance)
(133)/
(Drive) (45, 140)/
ISO (126)
B Viewfinder*
• When you look into the
viewfinder, the viewfinder
mode is activated, and when
you take your face away from
the viewfinder, the screen mode
returns to the LCD screen
mode.
I Control button (Enter)/AF
button (110)/Object Tracking
button (111)
J (In-Camera Guide) button
(63)
For viewing:
(35)
C Eyepiece sensors (77)
D Diopter-adjustment dial (29)
E LCD screen (71, 81, 144)
F Access lamp (22)
G For shooting: Fn (Function)
button (53, 54)
For viewing:
(Image
rotation) button (146)
H Control button
v/V/b/B/DISP (Display) (46,
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K
(Delete) button
(Playback) button (34)
* Do not directly touch this
part.
Top side
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Identifying parts
A Auto-lock Accessory shoe
(124)
button (49)/ (Image index)
button (50)
B MENU button (56)
J MOVIE button (33, 100)
C Microphone*
* Do not cover this part
during movie recording.
Doing so may cause noise
or lower the volume.
D FINDER/LCD button (161)
E Speaker
F
Image sensor position
mark (108)
G ZOOM button (137)
H For shooting: AEL (AE lock)
button (121, 158)
For viewing:
(Zoom in)
button (49)
I For shooting:
(Exposure)
button (43)/AV (Aperture
value) button (96)
For viewing:
(Zoom out)
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Identifying parts
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Sides/Bottom
A REMOTE terminal
• When connecting the RML1AM Remote Commander
(sold separately) to the camera,
insert the plug of the Remote
Commander into the REMOTE
terminal, aligning the guide of
the plug with the guide of the
REMOTE terminal. Make sure
that the cord of the Remote
Commander faces forward.
B Hooks for shoulder strap
• Attach both ends of the strap
onto the camera.
C HDMI mini terminal (51, 152)
D
(USB) terminal (172)
E Microphone jack
• When an external microphone
is connected, the internal
microphone is turned off
automatically. When the
external microphone is a plugin-power type, the power of the
microphone is supplied by the
camera.
F 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
with a screw length of 5.5 mm
(7/32 inch) or longer, and
attempting to do so may
damage the camera.
G Memory card insertion slot (21)
H Battery/memory card cover
(21)
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I Connection plate cover
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Identifying parts
• For using the AC-PW20 AC
Adaptor (sold separately)
Be careful not to catch the cord
of the AC Adaptor in the cover
when you close the cover.
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Identifying parts
Lens
DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
(Supplied with the SLT-A37K/A37Y)
A Focusing ring
B Zoom ring
C Focal-length scale
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D Focal-length index
DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM
(Supplied with the SLT-A37Y)
DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
(Supplied with the SLT-A37M)
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E Lens contacts
F Focusing mode switch
G Mounting index
H Lens hood index
I Zoom lock switch
• The DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
SAM/DT 55-200mm F4-5.6
SAM/DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6
SAM are designed for Sony Amount cameras (models equipped
with an APS-C sized image
sensor). You cannot use these
lenses on 35mm-format cameras.
• For the lenses other than DT 1855mm F3.5-5.6 SAM/DT 55200mm F4-5.6 SAM/DT 18135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM, refer to
the operating instructions
supplied with the lens.
When using the camera for the first time, be sure to charge the NP-FW50
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (supplied).
The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack can be charged even when it has not
been fully depleted.
It can also be used when it has not been fully charged.
The battery pack is discharged little by little, even when you do not use it.
To avoid missing an opportunity to shoot, check the remaining battery level
before you shoot. If the battery level is low, charge it again.
1
Insert the battery pack onto
the battery charger.
Push the battery pack until it clicks.
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Charging the battery pack
Charging the battery pack
2
Connect the battery charger
to the wall outlet (wall
socket).
For the U.S.A and Canada
Plug
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Light on: Charging
Light off: Charge completed
Charging time About 250 minutes
• When charging a fully depleted
battery pack at a temperature of 25°C
CHARGE lamp
(77°F).
• The CHARGE lamp turns off when For countries/regions other than the
U.S.A. and Canada
charging is completed.
CHARGE lamp
To a wall outlet
(wall socket)
Notes
• The charging time differs depending on the remaining capacity of the battery pack or
charging conditions.
• We recommend charging the battery pack in an ambient temperature of between
10°C to 30°C (50°F to 86°F). You may not be able to efficiently charge the battery
pack outside of this temperature range.
• Connect the battery charger to the nearest wall outlet (wall socket).
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1
While sliding the cover open
lever, open the cover.
2
Firmly insert the battery pack
all the way while pressing
the lock lever with the tip of
the battery.
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Inserting the battery pack/memory
card (sold separately)
Lock lever
3
Insert a memory card.
• With the notched corner facing as
illustrated, insert the memory card
until it clicks into place.
Ensure the notched corner faces
correctly.
4
Close the cover.
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Inserting the battery pack/memory card (sold separately)
To remove the battery pack
Turn off the camera. Slide the lock lever
in the direction of the arrow 10 seconds
after turning off the camera, then remove
the battery pack. Be careful not to drop
the battery pack.
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Lock lever
To remove the memory card
Check that the access lamp is not lit, then open the cover, and push the
memory card once.
To check the remaining battery level
The supplied battery pack is a lithium-ion battery pack that has functions
for exchanging information related to operating conditions with your
camera. The remaining battery time in percent figures is displayed
according to the operating conditions of your camera.
“Battery
exhausted.”
Battery level
High
Low
You cannot shoot
any more pictures.
Available memory cards
The following memory cards are compatible with this camera. However, all
memory cards are not guaranteed to work with this camera.
Types of memory card
Memory Stick PRO Duo
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
SD memory card
SDHC memory card
SDXC memory card
• MultiMediaCard cannot be used.
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Still
images
Movies
(Mark2)
In this manual
Memory Stick
PRO Duo
(Class 4 or faster)
(Class 4 or faster)
(Class 4 or faster)
SD card
Inserting the battery pack/memory card (sold separately)
Preparing the camera
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Note
• Images recorded on an SDXC memory card cannot be imported to or played on
computers or AV devices that are not compatible with exFAT. Make sure that the
device is compatible with exFAT before connecting it to the camera. If you connect
your camera to an incompatible device, you may be prompted to format the card.
Never format the card in response to this prompt, as doing so will erase all data on
the card. (exFAT is the file system used on SDXC memory cards.)
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Attaching a lens
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1
2
3
Remove the body cap from
the camera and the
packaging lid from the rear
of the lens.
• When changing the lens, quickly
change the lens away from dusty
locations so as to keep dust or debris
from getting inside the camera.
• When shooting, remove the front lens
cap from the front of the lens.
Front lens cap
Body cap
Packaging lid
Mount the lens by aligning
the orange index marks
(mounting indexes) on the
lens and camera.
Orange index marks
Turn the lens clockwise until
it clicks into the locked
position.
• Be sure to put the lens on straight.
Notes
• When attaching a lens, do not press the lens release button.
• Do not use force when attaching a lens.
• E-mount lenses are not compatible with this camera.
• When you use a lens for which a tripod socket is provided, attach the lens onto the
tripod using the tripod socket provided to help balance the weight of the lens.
• When carrying the camera with a lens attached, hold both the camera and the lens
firmly.
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• Do not hold the part of the lens that is extended for the zoom or focus adjustment.
To remove the lens
1
Press the lens release button
all the way in and turn the
lens counterclockwise until it
stops.
Lens release button
2
Attach the caps to the front
and rear of the lens and the
body cap to the camera.
• Before you attach them, remove dust
from them.
• A rear lens cap is not supplied with
the DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM Lens
Kit. When you store the lens without
attaching it to the camera, purchase
the Rear Lens Cap ALC-R55.
To attach a lens hood
It is recommended that you use a lens
hood to reduce flare and ensure
maximum image quality.
Fit the hood into the mount on the end of
the lens barrel and rotate the hood
clockwise until it clicks.
Notes
• A lens hood is not included with the DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM. You can use the
ALC-SH108 (sold separately).
• The lens hood may block the light of the flash. Remove the lens hood when using the
flash.
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Attaching a lens
Attaching a lens
• When storing, turn over the lens hood and place it onto the lens backwards.
Note on changing the lens
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When changing the lens, if dust or debris gets inside the camera and
adheres to the surface of the image sensor (the part that acts as the film), it
may appear as dark spots on the image, depending on the shooting
environment.
The camera is equipped with an anti-dust function to prevent dust from
landing on the image sensor. However, quickly change the lens away from
dusty locations when attaching/removing a lens.
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When you turn the camera on for the first time, the date/time setup screen
appears.
1
Set the power switch to ON to
turn the camera on.
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Turning the camera on and setting the
clock
The screen used for setting date and
time appears.
• To turn the camera off, set it to OFF.
2
Verify that [Enter] is selected
on the LCD screen, then
press the center of the
control button.
3
Select your area with b/B on the control button, then
press the center of the control button.
4
Select each item with b/B
and set the numeric value
with v/V.
[Daylight Svg.:]: Turns on or off the
daylight saving time setting.
[Date Format:]: Selects the format to
display date.
• Midnight is indicated as 12:00 AM,
and noon as 12:00 PM.
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Turning the camera on and setting the clock
Repeat step 4 to set other items, then press the center
of the control button.
6
Verify that [Enter] is selected, then press the center of
the control button.
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To cancel the date/time setting operation
Press the MENU button.
To set up the date/time again
When you turn the camera on for the first time, the date/time setup screen
appears automatically. The next time, set up the date and time from the
menu.
MENU button t
1 t [Date/Time Setup]
To set up the area again
You can set the area where you are using the camera. This allows you to set
the local area when you use the camera abroad.
MENU button t
1 t [Area Setting]
Maintaining the date and time setting
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, or
the battery is installed or not (page 195).
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Adjusting the viewfinder to the visual acuity (diopter
adjustment)
Adjust the diopter-adjustment
dial to your eyesight until the
display appears clearly in the
viewfinder.
• If you cannot see the entire screen in
the viewfinder, you can change the
scale of the viewfinder screen
(page 58).
Note
• The dioptic adjustment attachment (sold separately) cannot be used with this camera.
Holding the camera properly
Stabilize your upper body and take a position that keeps the
camera from moving.
In LCD screen mode
In viewfinder mode
In viewfinder mode
(vertical position)
Point 1
One hand holds the grip of the camera, and the other hand supports the lens.
Point 2
Take a secure stance with your feet shoulder-width apart.
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Preparing the camera
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Before shooting
Before shooting
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Point 3
Lightly tuck your elbows against your body.
When shooting in a kneeling position, steady your upper body by placing
your elbow on your knee.
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The “Intelligent Auto” mode allows you to easily shoot any subject under
any conditions because the camera makes appropriate judgments on the
situation to adjust the settings.
Select
when shooting in a location where the use of a flash is restricted.
1
Set the mode dial to
(Flash Off).
or
or
2
Hold the camera, monitoring your shot with the LCD
screen or viewfinder.
3
Overlay the AF area on the
desired subject.
• If the
(Camera shake
warning) indicator flashes, carefully
shoot the subject, holding the camera
steady, or by using a tripod.
• When the camera recognizes the
scene, the Scene Recognition icon
appears on the screen and suitable
settings for that scene will be put into
effect.
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Shooting and viewing images
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Shooting still images
(Camera shake
warning) indicator
AF area
When using a zoom lens,
turn the zoom ring, then
decide on your shot.
Zoom ring
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Shooting still images
5
Press the shutter button
halfway down to focus.
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When the focus is confirmed, z or
(Focus indicator) lights up
(page 107).
6
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Focus indicator
Press the shutter button fully
down to shoot.
• When the camera detects and
shoots a face with [Auto Port.
Framing] set to [Auto], the
captured image is automatically
trimmed into a suitable
composition. Both the original and
the trimmed images are saved
(page 118).
1
Press the MOVIE button to
start recording.
MOVIE button
• Movie recording can be started from
any exposure mode.
• The shutter speed and aperture are
adjusted automatically. If you want to
set them to particular values, set the
mode dial to
(Movie) (page 102).
• The camera continues to adjust the
focus when it is in autofocus mode.
2
Press the MOVIE button again to stop recording.
Notes
• The sound of the camera and the lens in operation may be recorded while recording a
movie. You can disable sound recording by setting [Audio Recording] to [Off]
(page 104).
• The continuous recording time of a movie may be shorter, depending on the ambient
temperature or the status of the camera. See “Notes on continuous movie recording.”
• When the
mark is indicated, the temperature of the camera is too high. Turn the
camera off and wait until the temperature of the camera drops (page 194).
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Shooting and viewing images
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Recording movies
Playing back images
1
Press the
button.
button
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2
3
MENU button t
desired mode
1 t [View Mode] t Select the
• To play back still images, select [Folder View(Still)], and to play back
movies, select [Folder View(MP4)] or [AVCHD View] according to the
file format.
Select an image with b/B on the control button.
• To play back movies, press the center of the control button.
During movie playback
Control button/control dial operation
To pause/resume
z
To fast-forward
B
To fast-rewind
b
To slow-forward
Rotate the control dial to the right during
pause
To slow-reverse
Rotate the control dial to the left during
pause
• The movie is played back frame-byframe.
To adjust sound volume
V t v/V
To display the information
v
Note
• Movies recorded with other devices may not be played back on this camera.
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Once you have deleted an image, you cannot restore it. Check whether to
delete the image or not beforehand.
Note
• Protected images cannot be deleted.
Deleting the image that is currently displayed
1
Display the image you want
to delete and press the
button.
button
2
Select [Delete] with v on the control button, then press
the center of the control button.
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Shooting and viewing images
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Deleting images (Delete)
Adjusting the angle of the LCD screen
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Adjust the LCD screen to an easily
viewable angle.
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Set the mode dial to the desired
mode.
The following shooting modes are provided with the camera:
The “Intelligent Auto” mode allows you to easily shoot any
(Intelligent
Auto)/
(Flash Off) subject under any conditions because the camera makes
appropriate judgments on the situation to adjust the settings.
(31, 85)
Select “Flash Off” when you want to shoot without the flash.
(Superior
Auto) (38, 85)
The camera recognizes and evaluates the shooting condition,
and appropriate settings are set automatically. The camera
saves 1 appropriate image by combining or separating
images, as necessary.
(Scene
Selection) (38, 86)
Selecting an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting
conditions allows you to shoot the image with a suitable
setting for the subject.
(Sweep
Panorama) (39, 88)
Allows you to shoot panoramic images.
(3D Sweep
Panorama) (39, 88)
Allows you to shoot 3D panoramic images for playback on a
3D compatible TV.
(Tele-zoom
Cont. Priority AE)
(40, 90)
The camera continues to shoot while the shutter button is
pressed fully down. The center area on the screen is cropped
and the camera records the images continuously at a
maximum of about 7 images per second.
(Movie) (33,
100)
Allows you to shoot movies with the exposure adjusted
manually (both the shutter speed and the aperture value).
(Program Auto)
(91)
Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically
(both the shutter speed and the aperture value). The other
settings can be adjusted manually.
(Aperture
Priority) (92)
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value
manually using the control dial.
(Shutter Priority)
(94)
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed
manually using the control dial.
(Manual
Exposure) (96)
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure manually
(both the shutter speed and the aperture value) using the
control dial.
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Shooting images to suit your subject
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Shooting with the various shooting
modes
Shooting with the various shooting modes
Superior Auto
1 Set the mode dial to
(Superior Auto).
2 Point the camera towards the
Recognized scene mode mark
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subject.
When the camera recognizes and adjusts
for shooting conditions, the following
information is indicated: recognized
scene mode mark, appropriate shooting
function, the number of images to be
shot.
Shooting function
Number of images to be shot
3 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
Scene recognized by the camera
(Night Scene)
(Hand-held Twilight)
(Landscape)
(Backlight Portrait)
(Portrait)
(Tripod Night Scene)
(Backlight)
(Macro)
(Night Portrait)
(Spotlight)
(Low Brightness)
(Baby)
Shooting function
Cont. Shooting (140)
Slow Sync. (41, 124)
Auto HDR (128)
Daylight Sync.
Slow Shutter
Hand-held Twilight (38,
86)
Scene Selection
1 Set the mode dial to
38
(Scene Selection).
2 Select the desired mode with v/V, then press the center of the
control button.
• To change the scene, press the Fn button, then select another scene.
3 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
(Portrait)
Blurs away backgrounds and sharpens the subject. Expresses
skin tones softly.
(Sports Action)
Shoots a moving subject at a fast shutter speed so that the
subject looks as if it is standing still. The camera shoots
images continuously while the shutter button is pressed.
(Macro)
Shoots close subjects such as flowers, foods.
(Landscape)
Shoots the entire range of scenery in sharp focus with vivid
colors.
(Sunset)
Shoots the red of the sunrise or sunset beautifully.
(Night Scene)
(Hand-held
Twilight)
(Night Portrait)
Shoots night scenes at a distance without losing the dark
atmosphere of the surroundings.
Shoots night scenes with less noise and blur without using a
tripod. A burst of shots are taken, and image processing is
applied to reduce subject blur, camera shake, and noise.
Shoots portraits in night scenes.
Sweep Panorama/
1 Set the mode dial to
3D Sweep Panorama
(Sweep Panorama)/
(3D Sweep
Panorama).
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Shooting images to suit your subject
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Shooting with the various shooting modes
Shooting with the various shooting modes
2 Point the camera at the edge of
the subject, then press the shutter
button halfway down to adjust the
focus.
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This part will not be taken
3 Press the shutter button fully down.
4 Pan or tilt the camera to the end,
following the guidance on the
screen.
Guidance bar
Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE
1 Set the mode dial to
(Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE).
2 Adjust the focus and shoot the subjects.
• The camera continues to shoot while the shutter button is pressed fully
down.
• The center area on the screen is cropped and the camera records the images
continuously at a maximum of about 7 images per second.
• The minimum zoom scale of the camera is set to 1.4 times and the image
size can be set to M or S.
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In a dark location, using the flash allows you to shoot the subject brightly,
and it also helps to prevent camera shake. When shooting into the sun, you
can use the flash to shoot a bright image of the backlit subject.
1 Fn button t
(Flash Mode) t Select the desired setting
• For further information on the flash modes available for each shooting
mode, see page 75.
2 Press the button.
button
The flash pops up.
• In Intelligent Auto, Superior Auto or
Scene Selection mode, the flash
automatically pops up if the amount of
light is insufficient or the subject is
backlit. The built-in flash does not pop
up even if you press the button.
Using the shooting functions
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Using the flash
3 After the flash has finished
charging, shoot the subject.
Flashing: The flash is being charged.
When the indicator flashes, you cannot
release the shutter.
Lit: The flash has been charged and
is ready to fire.
• When you press the shutter button
halfway down under dark lighting in
autofocus mode, the flash may be fired
to help focus on a subject (AF
Illuminator).
(Flash charging) indicator
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Using the flash
(Flash Off)
Does not fire even the built-in flash pops up.
• You cannot select this item when the mode dial is set to P,
A, S, or M. However, the flash will not be fired if it is not
pulled up.
(Autoflash)
Fires if it is dark or against light.
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(Fill-flash)
Fires every time you trigger the shutter. Slow sync shooting
allows you to shoot a clear image of both the subject and the
background by slowing the shutter speed.
(Rear Sync.)
Fires right before the exposure is completed every time you
trigger the shutter.
(Wireless)
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Fires every time you trigger the shutter.
(Slow Sync.)
Fires an external flash (sold separately) that is off the camera
and away from it (Wireless flash shooting).
Except for exposure mode M, the exposure is automatically selected
(Automatic exposure).
Based on the exposure acquired by the automatic exposure, you can
perform exposure compensation. You can make the entire image brighter
by shifting to the + side. The entire image becomes darker when you shift it
to the – side (Exposure compensation).
1 Press the
button.
2 Adjust the exposure with the
control dial.
button
The LCD screen after the
exposure is adjusted.
Toward + (over): Brightens an image.
Toward – (under): Darkens an image.
• In viewfinder mode, confirm the
exposure using the EV scale.
Compensated exposure
The screen in the viewfinder
Standard exposure
3 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
Shooting techniques
• Adjust the compensation level by checking the recorded image.
• Using bracket shooting, you can shoot multiple images with the exposure
shifted to the plus or minus sides (page 141).
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Using the shooting functions
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Adjusting the brightness of the image
Adjusting the brightness of the image
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Note
• This item cannot be set when the exposure mode is set to Intelligent Auto, Superior
Auto, or Scene Selection.
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You can use an appropriate drive mode to suit your purposes, such as
single-shot advanced, continuous advanced, or bracket.
on the control button t
Select the desired mode
(Single
Shooting) (140)
This mode is for normal shooting.
(Cont. Shooting)
(140)
The camera records the images continuously.
(Self-timer) (141) 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.
(Bracket
: Cont.) (141)
You can shoot 3 images, each with different degrees of
exposure.
(Single
Bracket) (141)
You can shoot 3 images, shot by shot, each with different
degrees of exposure.
(WB
bracket) (143)
Based on the selected white balance, and the color
temperature/color filter, 3 images are recorded with the white
balance shifted.
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Using the shooting functions
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Selecting the drive mode
Switching the recording information
display (DISP)
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Each time you press DISP on the control
button, the recording information display
changes as follows.
You can select the available displays in
the viewfinder or on the LCD screen
separately.
Graphic Display
Display All Info.
No Disp. Info.
Graphic Display
The Graphic Display shows the shutter
speed and aperture value as graphs, and
clearly illustrates how the exposure
works. The pointers on the shutter speed
indicator and aperture indicator indicate
the current value.
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Aperture value
Shutter speed
Image Size
MENU button t
1 t [Image Size] t Select the desired size
[Aspect Ratio]: [3:2]
Image size
Usage guidelines
L:16M
4912 × 3264 pixels
M:8.4M
3568 × 2368 pixels
For prints up to A4 size
S:4.0M
2448 × 1624 pixels
For prints up to L/2L size
For prints up to A3+ size
[Aspect Ratio]: [16:9]
Image size
Usage guidelines
L:14M
4912 × 2760 pixels
M:7.1M
3568 × 2000 pixels
S:3.4M
2448 × 1376 pixels
For viewing on a high-definition
TV
Note
• When you select a RAW image with [Quality], the image size of the RAW image
corresponds to L. This size is not displayed on the screen.
Panorama: Size
You can set the image size of panoramic images. The image size varies
depending on the setting of the shooting direction (page 90).
MENU button t
1 t [Panorama: Size] or [3D Pan.: Image
Size] t Select the desired size
[Panorama: Size]
Standard
[Panorama: Direction] is set to [Up] [Down]: 3872 × 2160
[Panorama: Direction] is set to [Right] [Left]: 8192 × 1856
Wide
[Panorama: Direction] is set to [Up] [Down]: 5536 × 2160
[Panorama: Direction] is set to [Right] [Left]: 12416 × 1856
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Using the shooting functions
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Setting image size
Setting image size
[3D Pan.: Image Size]
1920 × 1080
Standard
4912 × 1080
Wide
7152 × 1080
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16:9
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A still image can be enlarged for closer examination. This is convenient to
check the focus condition of a recorded image.
1 Display the image you want to
enlarge, then press the
button.
button
2 Zoom the image in or out with the
button or
button.
• Rotating the control dial switches the image at the same display
magnification. When you shoot multiple images with the same
composition, you can compare their focus conditions.
3 Select the portion you want to enlarge with v/V/b/B on the
control button.
To cancel the enlarged playback
Press the center of the control button so that the image returns to the normal
size.
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Using the playback functions
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Enlarging images
Switching to the display of the image
list
You can display multiple images on the screen simultaneously.
Press the button.
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The image index screen is displayed.
• You can select the number of images
displayed on one page of the image
index screen using [Image Index] in the
Playback menu.
button
To return to the single-image screen
Press the center of the control button when you select the desired image.
To display the desired folder
Select the left bar on the image index
screen with the control button, then select
the desired folder with v/V. Pressing the
center of the control button when the left
bar is selected switches the view mode.
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To view images recorded on the camera on a TV set, an HDMI cable (sold
separately) and an HD TV equipped with an HDMI connector are required.
1 Turn off both your camera and the
TV, and connect the camera to the
TV.
1 To the HDMI
connector
HDMI cable
(sold separately)
2 To the
HDMI mini terminal
2 Turn on the TV and switch the input.
• See also the operating instructions supplied with the TV.
Using the playback functions
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Viewing images on a TV screen
3 Turn on the camera, and press the
button.
Images shot with the camera appear on
the TV screen.
Select the desired image with b/B on the
control button.
• The LCD screen on the camera does
not turned on.
button
Control button
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Functions that can be operated with
the buttons/switch
You can set up or operate various functions with these buttons/switch.
For the location of the buttons/switch, see “Identifying parts” (page 13).
button (41, 124)
Pops the flash up.
Compensates the exposure./Sets up the aperture value./
Displays multiple images on the screen simultaneously./
Scales down an image that has been scaled up when
viewing images.
FINDER/LCD button (161)
Switches the display between the LCD screen and the
viewfinder.
MENU button (56)
Displays the menu screen for setting up the menu item.
MOVIE button (33, 100)
Records movies.
AEL button (121)/
button (49)
Fixes the exposure of the entire screen./Scales an image
up when viewing images.
ZOOM button (137)
Magnifies and shoots the subject using the zoom feature
of the camera (ZOOM).
Fn button (53, 54)/
button (146)
Displays the setup screen of the function that is set using
the Fn button./Rotates images.
Control button
Sets up the following functions: Display (46, 78, 144),
White Balance (133), Drive mode (45, 140), ISO (126),
and Autofocus (106).
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button (43)/AV button
(96)/ button (50)/
button (49)
button (34)
button (63)/
(35)
Plays back images.
button
Displays a shooting tip or In-Camera Guide./Deletes
images.
Focus mode switch (106,
113)
Switches the autofocus and manual focus.
Preview button (94)
Checks blurring of the background.
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This button is used for setting up or executing functions used frequently in
shooting.
1 Press the Fn button.
2 Select the desired item with v/V/b/B on the control button,
then press the center z to execute.
The setup screen appears.
3 Following the operation
guide,
select and execute the desired
function.
Functions list
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Selecting a function with the Fn
(Function) button
Operation guide
To set up the camera directly from the recording information screen
Turn the control dial without pressing the center z in step 2. You can set
up the camera directly from the recording information screen.
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Functions that can be selected with
the Fn (Function) button
The functions that can be selected with the Fn button are as follows:
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Scene Selection (38, Selects an appropriate mode from among the Scene Selection
86)
preset settings to suit shooting conditions.
(Portrait/Sports Action/Macro/Landscape/Sunset/Night
Scene/Hand-held Twilight/Night Portrait)
Movie (102)
Selects the exposure mode to suit your subject or your effect
and records movies.
(P/A/S/M)
Drive Mode (45, 140) Sets the drive mode such as continuous shooting.
(Single Shooting/Cont. Shooting/Self-timer/Bracket: Cont./
Single Bracket/WB bracket)
Flash Mode (41, 124) Sets the flash mode.
(Flash Off/Autoflash/Fill-flash/Slow Sync./Rear Sync./
Wireless)
Autofocus Mode
(109)
Selects the method for focusing according to movement of
the subject.
(Single-shot AF/Automatic AF/Continuous AF)
AF area (110)
Selects the area of focus.
(Wide/Zone/Spot/Local)
Object Tracking (111) Keeps the focus on a subject while tracking it.
(On/Off)
Smile/Face Detect.
(116, 119)
Automatically captures people’s face(s) with the optimal
focus and exposure./Shoots when a smile is detected.
(Face Detection Off/Face Detection On (Regist. Faces)/Face
Detection On/Smile Shutter)
Auto Port. Framing
(118)
Analyzes the scene when capturing face and automatically
saves another image with well-balanced composition.
(Auto/Off)
ISO (126)
Sets the sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the faster
the shutter speed.
(Multi Frame Noise Reduct./ISO AUTO to 16000)
Metering Mode (122) Selects the method for measuring brightness.
(Multi segment/Center weighted/Spot)
Flash Comp. (122)
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Adjusts the intensity of flash output.
(+2.0EV to –2.0EV)
White Balance (133)
Adjusts the color tone of images.
(Auto WB/Daylight/Shade/Cloudy/Incandescent/Fluor.:
Warm White/Fluor.: Cool White/Fluor.: Day White/Fluor.:
Daylight/Flash/C.Temp./Filter/Custom)
DRO/Auto HDR (127) Compensates for the brightness and contrast automatically.
(Off/D-RangeOptimizer/Auto HDR)
Creative Style (131)
Selects your desired image processing.
(Standard/Vivid/Portrait/Landscape/Sunset/Black & White)
Picture Effect (130)
Shoots with the desired effect filter to achieve more
impressive expression.
(Off/Toy Camera/Pop Color/Posterization/Retro Photo/Soft
High-key/Partial Color/High Contrast Mono./Soft Focus/
HDR Painting/Rich-tone Mono./Miniature)
Functions list
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Functions that can be selected with the Fn (Function) button
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The functions selected with the MENU
button
You can set up the basic settings for the camera as a whole or execute
functions such as shooting, playback, or other operations.
Press the MENU button, then set up the desired item with v/V/b/B on the
control button, then press the center of the control button.
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Select a page of the menu
Select an item on the menu
Still shooting menu
Image Size (47)
Selects the size of still images.
(L:16M/M:8.4M/S:4.0M (When [Aspect Ratio] is set to 3:2)
L:14M/M:7.1M/S:3.4M (When [Aspect Ratio] is set to 16:9))
Aspect Ratio (154)
Selects the aspect ratio for still images.
(3:2/16:9)
Quality (154)
Sets the image quality for still images.
(RAW/RAW & JPEG/Fine/Standard)
Panorama: Size (47)
Selects the size of panoramic images.
(Standard/Wide)
Panorama: Direction
(90)
Sets the shooting direction for panoramic images.
(Right/Left/Up/Down)
3D Pan.: Image Size
(47)
Selects the size of 3D-images.
(16:9/Standard/Wide)
3D Pan.: Direction
(90)
Sets the shooting direction for 3D-images.
(Right/Left)
Clear Image Zoom
(137)
Zooms an image with higher quality than Digital Zoom.
(On/Off)
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Digital Zoom (101,
137)
Zooms an image with higher magnification than Clear Image
Zoom. This feature can be also available in movie recording.
(On/Off)
Long Exposure NR
(156)
Sets noise reduction processing for shots in which shutter
speed will be 1 second or longer.
(On/Off)
High ISO NR (156)
Sets noise reduction processing for high-sensitivity shooting.
(High/Normal/Low)
Flash control (123)
Sets the method for determining the intensity of flash output.
(ADI flash/Pre-flash TTL)
AF Illuminator (110)
Sets the AF illuminator, which sheds light on a dark scene to
aid focusing.
(Auto/Off)
Color Space (157)
Changes the range of reproducible colors.
(sRGB/AdobeRGB)
SteadyShot (83)
Sets SteadyShot.
(On/Off)
Shooting Tip List (63) Allows you to access all shooting tips.
Movie shooting menu
File Format (103)
Selects the movie file format.
(AVCHD/MP4)
Record Setting (103)
Selects the size of the recorded movie frame.
(60i 24M(FX)/50i 24M(FX)/60i 17M(FH)/50i 17M(FH)/24p
24M(FX)/25p 24M(FX)/24p 17M(FH)/25p 17M(FH)/
1440×1080 12M/VGA 3M)
Audio Recording
(104)
Sets whether or not to record audio when shooting a movie.
(On/Off)
Wind Noise
Reduct. (105)
Reduces wind noise during movie recording.
(On/Off)
SteadyShot (83)
Sets SteadyShot.
(On/Off)
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Functions list
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The functions selected with the MENU button
The functions selected with the MENU button
Custom menu
Sets whether or not to use auto focus when you look through
the viewfinder.
(On/Off)
FINDER/LCD Setting
(161)
Sets the method for switching between the viewfinder and
LCD screen.
(Auto/Manual)
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Eye-Start AF
Viewfinder Magnifi.
Changes the screen size in the viewfinder. If you cannot see
the entire screen in the viewfinder, set it to [Standard].
(Maximum/Standard)
Red Eye Reduction
Reduces the red-eye phenomenon during flash use.
(On/Off)
Release w/o Lens
(157)
Sets whether shutter can open when lens is not attached.
(Enable/Disable)
S. Auto Cont.
Shooting (85)
Sets whether or not to shoot continuously in Superior Auto
mode.
(Auto/Off)
S. Auto Image
Extract. (85)
Sets whether or not to save all the images that were shot
continuously in Superior Auto mode.
(Auto/Off)
Grid Line (158)
Sets a grid line display to enable alignment to a structural
outline.
(Rule of 3rds Grid/Square Grid/Diag. + Square Grid/Off)
Auto Review (158)
Displays the captured image after shooting. Sets auto review.
(10 Sec/5 Sec/2 Sec/Off)
DISP Button(Monitor) Allows you to select the available screen display modes of
(78)
the LCD screen that can be selected by pressing DISP on the
control button.
(Graphic Display/Display All Info./No Disp. Info./
Histogram/For viewfinder)
DISP Button(Finder)
(78)
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Allows you to select the available screen display modes of
the viewfinder that can be selected by pressing DISP on the
control button.
(Graphic Display/Display All Info./No Disp. Info./
Histogram)
Peaking Level (114)
Enhances the outline of in-focus ranges with a specific color
in manual focus mode.
(High/Mid/Low/Off)
Peaking Color (114)
Sets the color used for the peaking function.
(Red/Yellow/White)
Live View Display
(79)
Sets whether or not to display the effect of a function on the
screen, such as the effect of the exposure compensation
value.
(Setting Effect ON/Setting Effect OFF)
Func. of AEL button
(158)
Assigns the desired function to the AEL button.
(Exposure Comp./Drive Mode/Flash Mode/Autofocus Mode/
AF area/Face Detection/Smile Shutter/Auto Port. Framing/
ISO/Metering Mode/Flash Comp./White Balance/DRO/Auto
HDR/Creative Style/Picture Effect/Image Size/Quality/AEL
hold/AEL toggle/ AEL hold/ AEL toggle/Object
Tracking/AF lock/Aperture Preview/Shot. Result Preview/
Zoom/Focus Magnifier)
Preview Button (159) Assigns the desired function to the preview button.
(Exposure Comp./Drive Mode/Flash Mode/Autofocus Mode/
AF area/Face Detection/Smile Shutter/Auto Port. Framing/
ISO/Metering Mode/Flash Comp./White Balance/DRO/Auto
HDR/Creative Style/Picture Effect/Image Size/Quality/AEL
hold/AEL toggle/ AEL hold/ AEL toggle/Object
Tracking/AF lock/Aperture Preview/Shot. Result Preview/
Zoom/Focus Magnifier)
Focus Hold Button
Sets the function of the focus hold button of the lens.
(Focus Hold/D.O.F.Preview)
MOVIE Button
Selects the appropriate mode for the MOVIE button.
(Always/Movie Mode Only)
Lens Comp.: Shading Compensates for the shaded corners of the screen caused by
(162)
the lens attached.
(Auto/Off)
Lens Comp.: Chro.
Aber. (162)
Reduces the color deviation at the corners of the screen
caused by the lens attached.
(Auto/Off)
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Functions list
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The functions selected with the MENU button
The functions selected with the MENU button
Lens Comp.:
Distortion (162)
Compensates for distortion on the screen caused by the lens
attached.
(Auto/Off)
Front Curtain Shutter Sets whether or not to use the electronic front curtain shutter
(160)
function.
(On/Off)
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Face Registration
(117)
Face Priority
Tracking (112)
Registers or changes the person to be given priority in the
focus.
(New Registration/Order Exchanging/Delete/Delete All)
Sets whether to preferentially-track a certain face or not when
the camera detects that face during object tracking.
(On/Off)
Playback menu
Delete (35, 150)
Deletes images.
(Multiple Img./All in Folder/All AVCHD view files)
View Mode (146)
Allows you to determine how to group the playback images.
(Folder View(Still)/Folder View(MP4)/AVCHD View)
Slide Show (147)
Shows a slide show.
(Repeat/Interval/Image Type)
Image Index (50)
Displays the image list.
(4 Images/9 Images)
3D Viewing (152)
Plays back 3D-images using a 3D-compatible TV connected
to the camera.
Protect (149)
Protects or cancels protection for an image.
(Multiple Img./Cancel All Images/Cancel All Movies(MP4)/
Cancel All AVCHD view files)
Specify Printing
(179)
Specifies or unspecifies the images for DPOF.
(DPOF Setup/Date Imprint)
Volume Settings
Sets the volume for movie playback.
Playback Display
(147)
Sets how to play back an image recorded in portrait.
(Auto Rotate/Manual Rotate)
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Memory Card Tool menu
Format (163)
Formats the memory card.
File Number (163)
Sets the method used to assign file numbers to still images
and MP4 movies.
(Series/Reset)
Folder Name (163)
Sets the folder format for still images.
(Standard Form/Date Form)
Select REC Folder
(164)
Changes the selected folder for storing still images and MP4
movies.
New Folder (164)
Creates a new folder for storing still images and MP4 movies.
Recover Image DB
(165)
Recovers the image database file and enables recording and
playback.
Display Card Space
Displays the remaining recording time of movies and the
recordable number of still images on the memory card.
Clock setup menu
Date/Time Setup (27) Sets date and time, and daylight savings.
Area Setting (28)
Sets the location of use.
Setup menu
Menu start
Sets the default position of the cursor on the menu to the top
item or the last-selected item.
(Top/Previous)
LCD Brightness
Sets the brightness of the LCD screen.
(-2 to +2)
Viewfinder Bright.
(160)
Sets the brightness of the viewfinder.
(Auto/Manual)
Eco Mode (160)
Sets the level of the power saving feature.
(Standard/Max)
Power Save (161)
Sets the interval after which power save mode engages.
(30 Min/5 Min/1 Min/20 Sec/10 Sec)
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Functions list
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The functions selected with the MENU button
The functions selected with the MENU button
Sets the resolution when the camera is connected to an HDMI
TV.
(Auto/1080p/1080i)
CTRL FOR HDMI
(153)
Operates the camera from a TV that support “BRAVIA”
Sync.
(On/Off)
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HDMI Resolution
(152)
Upload Settings*
(165)
Sets the upload function of the camera when using an Eye-Fi
card.
(On/Off)
USB Connection
(172)
Sets the USB connection method.
(Auto/Mass Storage/MTP)
Audio signals
Sets whether or not to use the beep sound when the focus is
achieved or the self-timer is working.
(On/Off)
Cleaning Mode (181) Starts the cleaning mode to clean the image sensor.
* Appears when an Eye-Fi card (sold separately) is inserted in the camera.
Version (171)
Language
Displays the camera software version.
Selects the language.
Mode Dial Guide
Turns on or off the mode dial guide (the explanation of each
shooting mode).
(On/Off)
Demo Mode
Sets the demonstration playback of a movie to on or off.
(On/Off)
Initialize (167)
Restores the settings to their defaults.
(Reset Default/Rec mode reset/Custom reset)
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In-Camera Guide
When you press the (In-Camera Guide)
button on the Fn screen or menu screen, a
guide in accordance with the currently
selected function or setting appears
automatically.
Select unavailable functions or settings
on the Fn screen, then press the center of
the control button, the appropriate setup
is indicated in order to enable them.
(In-Camera Guide) button
Shooting Tip
The camera displays the shooting tips in accordance with the shooting
mode selected.
1 Press the
(In-Camera Guide) button when the recording
information display is displayed.
Functions list
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Using the guide function of the camera
A shooting tip list in accordance with the current subject appears
automatically.
2 Select the desired shooting tip with v/V on the control button,
then press the center of the control button.
The shooting tip is displayed.
• You can scroll the screen with v/V.
• You can select the item with b/B.
To access all shooting tips
You can search through all the shooting tips from the menu.
Use this item when you want to read shooting tips you have seen before.
MENU button t
shooting tip
3 t [Shooting Tip List]t Select the desired
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Using with your computer
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Following applications are contained on the CD-ROM (supplied) to allow
more versatile use of images shot with your camera.
• “Image Data Converter”
You can open RAW format image files.
• “PlayMemories Home”
You can import still images or movies recorded with the camera to your
computer so that you can view them, and use various convenient features
to enhance the images you have shot.
For detailed notes on installation, also see page 66.
Notes
• Use “Image Data Converter” to play back RAW images.
• “PlayMemories Home” is not compatible with Mac computers. When you play back
images on Mac computers, use the appropriate application software supplied with
the Mac computer.
Recommended computer environment (Windows)
The following computer environment is recommended when using the
supplied software and importing images via a USB connection.
OS (pre-installed)
Microsoft Windows XP* SP3/Windows Vista** SP2/
Windows 7 SP1
“PlayMemories
Home”
CPU: Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or faster
(For playing/editing the High Definition movies: Intel Core
Duo 1.66 GHz or faster/Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or faster,
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz or faster (AVC HD (FX/FH)))
Memory: Windows XP 512MB or more (1 GB or more is
recommended), Windows Vista/Windows 7 1 GB or more
Hard Disk: Disk space required for installationapproximately 500 MB
Display: Screen resolution-1024 × 768 dots or more
“Image Data
Converter Ver.4”
CPU/Memory: Pentium 4 or faster/1 GB or more
Display: 1024 × 768 dots or more
* 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. Windows Image
Mastering API (IMAPI) Ver.2.0 or later is required to use the function
for creating discs.
** Starter (Edition) is not supported.
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Recommended computer environment (Mac)
The following computer environment is recommended when using the
supplied software and importing images via a USB connection.
OS (pre-installed)
USB Connection: Mac OS X v10.3 – 10.7
“Image Data Converter Ver.4”: Mac OS X v10.5, 10.6
(Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion)
“Image Data
Converter Ver.4”
CPU: Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster
Memory: 1 GB or more is recommended.
Display: 1024 × 768 dots or more
Notes
• Operation is not assured in an environment based on an upgrade of the operating
systems described above or in a multi-boot environment.
• If you connect 2 or more USB devices to a single computer at the same time, some
devices, including the camera, may not operate, depending on the types of USB
devices you are using.
• Connecting the camera using a USB interface that is compatible with Hi-Speed USB
(USB 2.0 compliant) allows advanced transfer (high speed transfer), as the camera is
compatible with Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant).
• When your computer resumes activity from suspend or sleep mode, communication
between the camera and your computer may not recover at the same time.
Viewing images on a computer
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Using with your computer
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Using the software
Installing the software (Windows)
Log on as Administrator.
1 Turn on your computer, and insert the CD-ROM (supplied) into
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the CD-ROM drive.
The installation menu screen appears.
• If it does not appear, double-click [Computer] (For Windows XP: [My
Computer]) t
(PMHOME) t [Install.exe].
• If the AutoPlay screen appears, select “Run Install.exe” and follow the
instructions that appear on the screen to proceed with the installation.
2 Connect the camera to the computer (page 172).
3 Click [Install].
Make sure that both “Image Data Converter” and “PlayMemories Home” are
checked and follow the instructions on the screen.
• When the restarting confirmation message appears, restart the computer
following the instructions on the screen.
• DirectX may be installed depending on the system environment of your
computer.
4 Remove the CD-ROM after the installation is complete.
The following software is installed and shortcut icons appear on the desktop.
“Image Data Converter”
“PlayMemories Home”
“PlayMemories Home Help Guide”
Note
• If “PMB” (Picture Motion Browser) supplied with a camera that was purchased
before 2011 has already been installed on the computer, “PMB” is overwritten by
“PlayMemories Home,” and you may be unable to use some functions of “PMB.”
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Installing the software (Mac)
Log on as Administrator.
1 Turn on your Mac computer, and insert the CD-ROM (supplied)
into the CD-ROM drive.
2 Double-click the CD-ROM icon.
3 Copy the [IDC_INST.pkg] file in the [MAC] folder to the hard
disk icon.
4 Double-click the [IDC_INST.pkg] file in the copy-to folder.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
Using “Image Data Converter”
With “Image Data Converter” you can do the following, etc.:
• To edit images recorded in RAW format with various corrections, such as
tone curve, and sharpness.
• To adjust images with white balance, exposure, and creative style, etc.
• To save the images displayed and edited on a computer.
You can either save the image as RAW format or save it in the general
file format.
• To display and compare RAW/JPEG images recorded with this camera.
• To rate the images on a scale of five.
• To set color labels.
To use “Image Data Converter,” refer to Help.
Click [Start] t [All Programs] t [Image Data Converter] t [Help] t
[Image Data Converter Ver.4].
“Image Data Converter” support page (English only)
http://www.sony.co.jp/ids-se/
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Viewing images on a computer
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Using the software
Using the software
Using “PlayMemories Home”
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With “PlayMemories Home” you can do the following, etc.:
• To set images shot with the camera and display them on the computer.
• To organize images on the computer on a calendar by shooting date to
view them.
• To retouch (red-eye reduction, etc.), print, send still images as e-mail
attachments, and change the shooting date.
• To print or save still images with the date.
• To create Blu-ray discs or DVD discs from AVCHD movies imported to
a computer. (An Internet connection environment is required when a Bluray disc/DVD disc is created for the first time.)
Notes
• “PlayMemories Home” is not compatible with Mac computers. When you play back
images on Mac computers, use the appropriate application software supplied with
the Mac computer.
• Movies recorded with the [60i 24M(FX)]/[50i 24M(FX)] or [24p 24M(FX)]/[25p
24M(FX)] setting in [Record Setting] are converted by “PlayMemories Home” in
order to create an AVCHD recording disc. This conversion can take a long time.
Also, you cannot create a disc with the original image quality. If you want to keep
the original image quality, you must store your movies on a Blu-ray disc.
To use “PlayMemories Home,” refer to “PlayMemories Home Help
Guide.”
Double-click the shortcut of (PlayMemories Home Help Guide) on the
desktop. Or, click [Start] t [All Programs] t [PlayMemories Home] t
[PlayMemories Home Help Guide].
“PlayMemories Home” support page (English only)
http://www.sony.co.jp/pmh-se/
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You can create a disc from AVCHD movies that have been recorded with
this camera.
Depending on the disc type, playable devices may vary. Select the method
that suits your disc player.
Here, 2 ways of creating a disc of movies are described; creating a disc with
a computer using “PlayMemories Home” or creating a disc with devices
other than a computer such as a recorder.
Disc type/usage
Record setting available
FX
FH
Blu-ray disc playback
devices
(Sony Blu-ray disc player,
PlayStation®3, etc.)
To keep high-definition
image quality (HD)
To keep high-definition
image quality (HD)
(AVCHD recording disc)
Player
AVCHD format playback
devices
(Sony Blu-ray disc player,
PlayStation®3, etc.)
–*
–*
–*
To keep standard definition
image quality (STD)
Ordinary DVD playback
devices
(DVD player, computer
that can play DVDs, etc.)
* When creating a disc using “PlayMemories Home,” changing the image quality to a
lower setting allows you to create a disc.
Creating a disc using a computer
You can import AVCHD movies to a computer using “PlayMemories
Home” and create an AVCHD recording disc or a standard definition image
quality (STD) disc.
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Viewing images on a computer
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Selecting the method for creating a
disc of movies
Selecting the method for creating a disc of movies
For details on the method for creating a disc using “PlayMemories Home,”
see “PlayMemories Home Help Guide.”
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Notes
• To create Blu-ray discs with “PlayMemories Home,” you have to install proprietary
add-on software. For details, access following URL:
http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/BDUW/
• The PlayStation®3 may not be available in some countries/regions.
• Movies recorded with the [60i 24M(FX)]/[50i 24M(FX)] or [24p 24M(FX)]/[25p
24M(FX)] setting in [Record Setting] are converted by “PlayMemories Home” in
order to create an AVCHD recording disc. This conversion can take a long time.
Also, you cannot create a disc with the original image quality. If you want to keep
the original image quality, you must store your movies on a Blu-ray disc (page 177).
Creating a disc with a device other than a computer
You can create a disc with a Blu-ray disc recorder etc.
The disc type you can create depends on the device used.
Device
Disc type
Blu-ray disc recorder: To
create a Blu-ray disc or
DVD with standard image
quality (STD)
HDD recorder, etc.: To
create a DVD with
standard image quality
(STD)
High-definition Standard
image quality
definition
(HD)
image quality
(STD)
Standard definition image quality
(STD)
Note
• For details on how to create a disc, refer to the operating instructions of the device
you use.
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Graphic Display (LCD screen)
A
Display
Indication
Exposure mode (37)
PAS
M
Display All Info. (LCD screen)
Scene Recognition icons
(31, 38, 85)
Memory card (21, 201)/
Upload (165)
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For playback (Basic information
display)
Remaining number of
recordable images
Aspect ratio of still
images (154)
3D Sweep Panorama (39,
88)
16M 8.4M Image size of still images
4.0M 14M (47)
7.1M 3.4M
Image quality of still
images (154)
Frame rate of movies
(103)
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Others
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List of icons on the screen
List of icons on the screen
Display
Indication
Image size of movies
(103)
C
Display
Indication
REC 0:12
Recording time of the
movie (m:s)
Flash charge in progress
(41)
z
Focus (32, 107)
1/250
Shutter speed (94)
Setting Effect OFF (79)
F3.5
Aperture (92)
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100% Remaining battery (22)
100-0003
No audio recording of
movies (104)
EV scale (43, 97, 143)
(Only for viewfinder)
SteadyShot/Camera
shake warning (83)
+3.0
AE lock (121)
SteadyShot error (192)
Auto HDR image
warning (128)
Overheating warning (10)
Database file full (194)/
Database file error (194)
View Mode (146)
Folder - file number
(174)
Picture Effect error (131)
ISO400
ISO sensitivity (126)
3/7
File number/Number of
images in the view mode
2012-1-1
10:37AM
Date of recording
-
Protect (149)
DPOF
DPOF set (179)
D
Remaining battery
warning (22)
Display
Indication
Drive mode (45, 140)
B
Display
Exposure compensation
(43)
Indication
Spot metering area (122)
AF area (110)
Flash mode (41, 124)/
Red-eye reduction (58)
Smart Zoom (137)
Clear Image Zoom (137)
Digital Zoom (137)
Shutter speed indicator
(46)
Aperture indicator (46)
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Focus mode (109)
AF area (110)
Object tracking (111)
Display
Indication
Face Detection (116)/
Smile Shutter (119)
Auto Portrait Framing
(118)
Smile Detection
Sensitivity indicator
(119)
E
Display
Indication
Metering mode (122)
Flash compensation (122)
AWB
White balance (Auto,
Preset, Custom, Color
temperature, Color filter)
(133)
7500K
A5 G5
D-Range Optimizer
(127)/Auto HDR (128)
+3 +3 +3
Creative Style (131)/
Contrast, Saturation,
Sharpness
Others
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List of icons on the screen
Picture Effect (130)
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Functions available for each shooting
mode
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The functions you can use depend on the selected shooting mode.
In the table below, indicates the function available. – indicates the
function not available.
The functions you cannot use are displayed in gray on the screen.
Shoot Mode
(31, 85)
Exposure
Comp.
(43)
Cont.
Self-timer
Shooting
(141)
(140)
Face
Smile
Detection Shutter
(116)
(119)
Auto Port.
Framing
(118)
–
(31, 85)
–
(38,
–
85)
–
(38, 86)
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
(39, 88)
–
–
–
–
–
(39, 88)
–
–
–
–
–
(40, 90)
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
(91)
(92)
(94)
(96)
(33, 100)
–
*
* When [Manual Exposure] is selected, this function is not available.
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The flash modes you can select depend on the shooting mode and functions
selected.
In the table below, indicates the function selectable. – indicates the
function not selectable.
The flash modes you cannot select are displayed in gray on the screen.
Shoot Mode
(Flash
Off)
(Fill(Autoflash) flash)
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
(31, 85)
–
(31, 85)
(Slow
(Rea
Sync.)
r Sync.) (Wireless)
–
(38,
85)
(38, 86)
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
(39, 88)
–
–
–
–
–
(39, 88)
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
(91)
–
–
(92)
–
–
(94)
–
–
(96)
–
–
(40, 90)
(33, 100)
–
Others
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Flash modes available
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Preparation
Preparation (Advanced operations)
Advanced operations
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This section provides further information
on the camera.
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Removing the eyecup
When attaching the FDA-A1AM Angle Finder (sold separately) to the
camera, remove the eyecup.
Carefully slide the eyecup off by
pushing on each side of the eyecup.
• Put your fingers under the eyecup, and
slide it upward.
Note
• When an FDA-A1AM Angle Finder (sold separately) is attached to the camera,
switch the display between the viewfinder and the LCD screen by pressing the
FINDER/LCD button. Setting [Eye-Start AF] to [Off] is recommended because the
eyepiece sensors located above the viewfinder may be activated.
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Preparation (Advanced operations)
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Setting up the camera
The screen displayed for shooting
mode
Selecting the screen mode
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You can select the desired screen mode. When you switch the screen by
pressing DISP on the control button (page 46), only selected screens are
displayed. You can set the available screens to be displayed on the LCD
screen and the viewfinder separately.
1 MENU button t
2 t [DISP Button(Monitor)] or [DISP
Button(Finder)]
2 Select the desired display with v/V/b/B on the control button,
then press the center of the control button.
3 Press the MENU button.
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Histogram
Dark
Light
Notes
• The histogram does not indicate the final recorded image. It indicates the condition
of the image just monitored on the screen. The histogram will differ based on
aperture setting, etc.
• The histogram differs between shooting and playback in the following situations:
– When firing the flash.
– When the subject has low intensity, such as night scenery.
Monitoring the subject through the lens without effects
displayed
You can monitor the subject through the lens without effects, such as the
exposure compensation, white balance, Creative Style, Picture Effect etc.,
displayed.
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Preparation (Advanced operations)
The histogram displays the luminance
distribution that shows how many pixels
of a particular brightness exist in the
picture.
The exposure compensation will change
the histogram accordingly.
Both ends of the histogram show a highkey or low-key portion. You cannot
restore these area with a computer later.
Adjust the exposure if necessary and
shoot again.
Number of pixels
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The screen displayed for shooting mode
The screen displayed for shooting mode
MENU button t
OFF]
2 t [Live View Display] t [Setting Effect
• When [Setting Effect OFF] is selected, the Live View image in M mode
is always displayed with the appropriate brightness.
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Note
• [Setting Effect OFF] cannot be selected when the exposure mode is set to Intelligent
Auto, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Movie or Scene
Selection.
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List of icons for viewfinder mode
When [For viewfinder] in [DISP Button(Monitor)] is activated, you can set
the status of the LCD screen to one suitable for used with the viewfinder,
by pressing DISP on the control button.
See pages in parentheses for details of operation.
In Intelligent Auto, Superior Auto, or
Scene Selection mode
In Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE/
P/A/S/M mode
A
Display
Display
Indication
Exposure mode (37)
Indication
16M 8.4M Image size of still images
4.0M 14M (47)
7.1M 3.4M
P AS
M
Image quality of still
images (154)
Memory card (21, 201)/
Upload (165)
Frame rate of movies
(103)
100
Remaining number of
recordable images
Aspect ratio of still
images (154)
3D Sweep Panorama (39,
88)
Image size of movies
(103)
100% Remaining battery (22)
Flash charge in progress
(41)
Setting Effect OFF (79)
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Preparation (Advanced operations)
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The screen displayed for shooting mode
The screen displayed for shooting mode
Display
Indication
Display
Indication
+3 +3 +3
Creative Style (131)/
Contrast, Saturation,
Sharpness
No audio recording of
movies (104)
SteadyShot/Camera
shake warning (83)
Picture Effect (130)
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SteadyShot error (192)
Overheating warning (10)
Database file full (194)/
Database file error (194)
Auto Portrait Framing
(118)
B
Display
AWB
Drive mode (45, 140)
Flash compensation (122)
EV scale (143)
Flash mode (41, 124)/
Red-eye reduction (58)
Focus mode (109)
AF area (110)
C
Display
Indication
1/125
Shutter speed (94)
F2.8
Aperture (92)
ISO AUTO
ISO sensitivity (126)
AE lock (121)
Object Tracking (111)
Face Detection (116)/
Smile Shutter (119)
Metering mode (122)
White balance (Auto,
Preset, Custom, Color
temperature, Color filter)
(133)
7500K
A5 G5
D-Range Optimizer
(127)/Auto HDR (128)
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Exposure compensation
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Indication
“Camera shake” refers to unwanted movement of the camera that occurs
after the shutter button has been pressed, resulting in a blurred image.
To reduce camera shake follow the instructions below.
Camera shake warning indicator
Due to potential camera shake, the
(Camera shake warning) indicator
flashes. In this case, use a tripod or the
flash.
(Camera shake warning)
indicator
Note
• The
(Camera shake warning) indicator is displayed only in the modes that
automatically set the shutter speed. This indicator is not displayed in M/S modes or
when you record movies.
Using the SteadyShot function
The SteadyShot function is available with this camera to reduce camera
shake. The SteadyShot function can be set separately for still image
shooting and for movie recording.
The SteadyShot function is set to [On] in the default settings.
MENU button t
desired setting
3 or
1 t [SteadyShot] t Select the
Note
• The SteadyShot function may not work optimally when the power has just been
turned on, right after you point the camera towards a subject, or when the shutter
button has been pressed all the way down without stopping halfway.
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Preparation (Advanced operations)
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Shooting a clear image without camera
shake
Shooting a clear image without camera shake
Using a tripod
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In the following cases, we recommend that you mount the camera on a
tripod.
• Shooting without a flash under dark conditions.
• Shooting with slow shutter speeds, which are typically used in night-time
shooting.
• Shooting a close subject, such as in macro shooting.
• Shooting with a telescopic lens.
Note
• When using a tripod, deactivate the SteadyShot function because there is a potential
for malfunction of the SteadyShot function.
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Intelligent Auto/
Set the mode dial to
(page 31).
Flash Off
(Intelligent Auto), and shoot images
• Select
when shooting in a location where the use of a flash is
restricted.
Note
• Since the camera turns on the automatic setting function, many features will be
unavailable, such as exposure compensation, ISO setting. If you want to adjust
various settings, set the mode dial to P, then shoot your subject.
Superior Auto
Set the mode dial to
(page 38).
(Superior Auto), and shoot images
To set the continuous shooting
MENU button t
desired setting
1 t [S. Auto Cont. Shooting] t Select the
To select the storage method to be used for recorded images
In continuous shooting, you can select a storage method that allows the
camera either to store 1 appropriate image from among the continuously
shot images or store all the images.
MENU button t
desired setting
1 t [S. Auto Image Extract.] t Select the
Notes
• Even when you set [S. Auto Image Extract.] to [Off] with [Hand-held Twilight]
selected from recognized scene mode, 1 combined image is saved.
• When [Quality] is set to [RAW] or [RAW & JPEG], performance will be affected.
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Selecting the shooting mode
Selecting the shooting mode
Scene Selection
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting with preset settings according to the scene
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Set the mode dial to
(Scene Selection), select the desired
mode, and shoot images (page 38).
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(Portrait)
Blurs away backgrounds and sharpens
the subject. Expresses skin tones softly.
• To blur the background more, set the
lens to the telephoto position.
• You can shoot a vivid image by
focusing on the eye that is closer to
the lens.
• Use the lens hood to shoot backlit subjects.
• Use the red-eye reduction function if the eyes of your
subject turn red from the flash (page 58).
(Sports Action)
Shoots a moving subject at a fast
shutter speed so that the subject looks
as if it is standing still. The camera
shoots images continuously while the
shutter button is pressed.
• Press and hold the shutter button
halfway down until the right moment.
(Macro)
Shoots close subjects such as flowers,
foods.
• You can shoot a closer subject using
a macro lens (sold separately).
• Set the flash mode to [Flash Off]
when you shoot a subject within 1 m
(3.3 feet).
• When shooting in macro mode, the SteadyShot function
will not be fully effective. Use a tripod to achieve better
results.
• The shortest focal distance does not change.
(Landscape)
Shoots the entire range of scenery in
sharp focus with vivid colors.
• To accentuate the openness of the
scenery, set the lens to wide angle.
(Sunset)
(Night Scene)
(Hand-held
Twilight)
(Night Portrait)
Shoots the red of the sunrise or sunset
beautifully.
Shoots night scenes at a distance
without losing the dark atmosphere of
the surroundings.
• The shutter speed is slower, so using
a tripod is recommended.
• The picture may not be taken
properly when shooting a wholly dark night scene.
Shoots night scenes with less noise and
blur without using a tripod. A burst of
shots are taken, and image processing
is applied to reduce subject blur,
camera shake, and noise.
• Reducing blur is less effective even
in [Hand-held Twilight] when shooting:
– Subjects with erratic movement
– Subjects too close to the camera
– Subjects with a repeating pattern such as tiles, and
subjects with little contrast such as sky, sandy beach, or
lawn
– Subjects with constant change such as waves or water
falls
• In the case of [Hand-held Twilight], block noise may occur
when using a light source that flickers, such as fluorescent
lighting.
Shoots portraits in night scenes.
• The shutter speed is slower, so using
a tripod is recommended.
Shooting technique
• When you want finer images, set the mode dial to P, A, S, or M and use
the creative style function (page 131). In such cases, you can adjust the
exposure, ISO, etc.
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Selecting the shooting mode
Selecting the shooting mode
Notes
• Since the camera judges the settings automatically, many features will be
unavailable, such as exposure compensation, ISO setting.
• The flash is set to [Autoflash] or [Flash Off] for each Scene Selection mode. You can
change these settings (pages 41, 75, 124).
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Sweep Panorama/
3D Sweep Panorama
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting expansive scenery, or high-rise buildings with dynamic composition.
z Shooting 3D-images with a sense of depths and viewing them using a 3Dcompatible TV.
Set the mode dial to
(Sweep Panorama) or
Panorama), and shoot images (page 39).
(3D Sweep
Notes
• If you cannot pan or tilt the camera across the entire subject within the given time, a
gray area occurs in the composed image. If this happens, move the camera fast to
record a full panoramic image.
• Since several images are stitched together, the stitched part will not be recorded
smoothly. While shooting, do not tilt the camera back and forth, or right and left
when you swing the camera straight ahead.
• Under low light conditions, panoramic images may be blurred or not be recorded.
• Under lights that flicker such as fluorescent light, the brightness or color of the
combined image is not always the same.
• When the whole angle of panoramic shooting and the angle in which you fixed the
focus and exposure with AE/AF lock are extremely different in brightness, color and
focus, the shooting will not be successful. If this happens, change the lock angle and
shoot again.
• [Sweep Panorama] or [3D Sweep Panorama] is not suitable when shooting:
– Moving subjects.
– Subjects too close to the camera.
– Subjects with a repeating pattern such as tiles, and subjects with little contrast such
as sky, sandy beach, or lawn.
– Subjects with constant change such as waves or water falls.
– Subjects with the sun or electric lights, etc. that are much brighter than
surroundings.
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• [Sweep Panorama] or [3D Sweep Panorama] recording may be discontinued in the
following situations:
– You pan or tilt the camera too fast or too slow.
– There is too much camera shake.
• The camera continues shooting during [Sweep Panorama] or [3D Sweep Panorama]
recording, and the shutter keeps clicking until the end of the shooting.
• [Auto Port. Framing] and the zoom feature of the camera (ZOOM) cannot be used.
Tips for shooting a panoramic image
Pan or tilt the camera in an arc with a
Vertical
constant velocity and in the same
direction
direction as the indication on the screen.
[Sweep Panorama] or [3D Sweep
Panorama] is better suited for still
subjects, rather than moving ones.
Horizontal direction
Radius as short as
possible
• In Sweep Panorama or 3D Sweep Panorama, it is recommended that you
use a wide-angle lens.
• When you use a lens that has a long focal length, pan or tilt the camera
more slowly than when you use a wide-angle lens.
• Determine the scene and press the shutter button halfway, so that you can
lock the focus, exposure, and white balance.
• If a section with greatly varied shapes or scenery is concentrated along a
screen edge, the image composition may fail. In such cases, adjust the
frame composition so that the section is in the center of the image, then
shoot again.
3D-images
Using the same operation as that for Sweep Panorama, the camera records
multiple images and combines them to create a 3D-image.
You can view these 3D images using a 3D-compatible TV. For details on
3D-shooting, see page 200.
To change the image size
You can select the image size: MENU button t
Size] or [3D Pan.: Image Size].
1 t [Panorama:
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Selecting the shooting mode
Selecting the shooting mode
To set the pan or tilt direction
You can set the direction in which to pan or tilt the camera.
MENU button t
1 t [Panorama: Direction] or [3D Pan.:
Direction] t Select the desired setting
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Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting a fast-moving subject continuously to capture a moment.
z Shooting a child’s expressions, changing continuously from moment to
moment.
Set the mode dial to
images (page 40).
(Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE), and shoot
• The minimum zoom scale of the camera (ZOOM) is set to 1.4 times and
the image size is set to M or S.
Shooting techniques
• When the autofocus mode is set to [Continuous AF], the focus and the
exposure continue to be adjusted during shooting. The aperture value is
set to F3.5 (when the maximum aperture value of the lens is larger than
F3.5, it is set to the maximum aperture value) and the ISO sensitivity can
be adjusted.
• In manual focus mode or when the autofocus mode is set to [Single-shot
AF], you can adjust the ISO sensitivity and the aperture. When [Singleshot AF] is selected, the focus is fixed at the first image.
Notes
• The shutter speed is slower, depending on the ISO or aperture setting. As a result, the
speed of continuous shooting may be slower.
• The Face Detection function is turned off.
• When [Auto HDR] is selected, the DRO process is performed temporarily according
to the DRO setting.
• You cannot set [Quality] to [RAW] or [RAW & JPEG].
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• The speed of continuous shooting is estimated using our criteria. The speed of
continuous shooting may be slower, depending on shooting conditions (Image size,
ISO setting, aperture value, High ISO NR, or the setting of [Lens Comp.:
Distortion]).
Program Auto
This mode is suitable for
z Using the automatic exposure, while keeping the custom settings for ISO
sensitivity, Creative Style, D-Range optimizer, etc.
1 Set the mode dial to P.
2 Set the shooting functions to your desired settings (pages 106
to 143).
• To fire the flash, press the button.
3 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
Program Shift
You can temporarily change the shutter
speed and aperture value combination
with the correct exposure determined by
the camera maintained.
Rotate the control dial to select your
desired combination while the focus is
achieved.
The exposure mode indication changes to
“P*.”
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Selecting the shooting mode
Selecting the shooting mode
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Aperture Priority
This mode is suitable for
z Putting the subject in sharp focus and blur everything in front of and beyond the
subject. Opening the aperture narrows the range that is in focus. (Depth of field
becomes shallower.)
z Shooting the depth of the scenery. Narrowing down the aperture widens the
range that is in focus. (Depth of field becomes deeper.)
1 Set the mode dial to A.
2 Select the aperture value (Fnumber) with the control dial.
• Smaller F-number: The foreground and
background of the subject are blurred.
Larger F-number: The subject and its
foreground and background are all in
focus.
• You cannot check the blurring of an
image on the LCD screen or in the
viewfinder. Check the recorded image
and adjust the aperture.
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Aperture (F-number)
3 Adjust the focus and shoot the
subject.
The shutter speed is automatically
adjusted to obtain correct exposure.
• When the camera judges that the proper
exposure is not obtained with the
selected aperture value, the shutter
speed flashes. In such cases, adjust the
aperture again.
Shutter speed
Shooting techniques
• The shutter speed may become slower depending on the aperture value.
When the shutter speed is slower, use a tripod.
• To blur the background more, use a telephoto lens or a lens that is
equipped with a smaller aperture value (bright lens).
• You can check the approximate blurring of the image before recording
using the preview button.
Note
• Press the button when you shoot with the flash. However, the flash range differs
according to the aperture value. When you shoot with the flash, check the flash range
in “Specifications.”
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Selecting the shooting mode
Selecting the shooting mode
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To check blurring of the background (Preview button)
The LCD screen and 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 of the image before shooting
and that of the actual image.
While you are pressing the preview
button, you can see the image with the
aperture used in the actual shot so that
you can check the approximate sharpness
of the subject before shooting.
• Press the preview button after you adjust the focus.
• You can adjust the aperture in preview mode.
Preview button
Note
• When another function is assigned to the preview button, set [Preview Button] to
[Shot. Result Preview] or [Aperture Preview] in the
Custom menu (page 159).
Shutter Priority
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting a moving subject at a moment in time. Use a faster shutter speed to
crisply shoot an instant of the movement.
z Tracing the movement to express the dynamism and flow. Use a slower shutter
speed to shoot a trailing image of the moving subject.
1 Set the mode dial to S.
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2 Select the shutter speed with the
control dial.
Shutter speed
3 Adjust the focus and shoot the
subject.
The aperture is automatically adjusted to
obtain correct exposure.
• When the camera judges that the proper
exposure is not obtained with the
selected shutter speed, the aperture
value flashes. In such cases, adjust the
shutter speed again.
Aperture (F-number)
Shooting techniques
• When the shutter speed is slower, use a tripod.
• When shooting an indoor sport, select a higher ISO sensitivity.
Notes
• The
(Camera shake warning) indicator is not indicated in Shutter Priority
mode.
• The higher the ISO sensitivity, the more conspicuous the noise.
• When the shutter speed is 1 second or longer, noise reduction (Long Exposure NR)
will be done for the same amount of time that the shutter was open after shooting.
You cannot do any further shooting during the reduction.
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Selecting the shooting mode
Selecting the shooting mode
• Press the button when you shoot with the flash. However, when using the flash, if
you close the aperture (a larger F-number) by making the shutter speed slower, the
light of the flash will not reach distant subjects.
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Manual Exposure
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting with the desired exposure setting by adjusting both the shutter speed
and aperture.
1 Set the mode dial to M.
2 Rotate the control dial to adjust
the shutter speed, and while
pressing the AV button, rotate the
control dial to adjust the aperture.
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AV button
Aperture (F-number)
Shutter speed
3 Shoot the image after the
LCD screen
exposure is set.
• Check the exposure value using
Metered Manual*.
Toward +: Images become brighter.
Toward –: Images become darker.
* When the camera is in M mode, it will
show an under or over compensation
value based on the correct exposure.
• In viewfinder mode, check the
exposure value using the EV scale.
Exposure value
The screen in the viewfinder
Standard exposure
Notes
• The
(Camera shake warning) indicator is not indicated in manual exposure
mode.
• When the mode dial is set to M, the ISO setting [AUTO] is set to [100]. In M mode,
the ISO setting [AUTO] is not available. Set the ISO sensitivity as necessary
(page 126).
• Press the button when you shoot with the flash. However, the flash range differs
according to the aperture value. When you shoot with the flash, check the flash range
in “Specifications.”
BULB
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting trails of light, such as fireworks.
z Shooting trails of stars.
1 Set the mode dial to M.
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Selecting the shooting mode
Selecting the shooting mode
2 Rotate the control dial to the left
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until [BULB] is indicated.
BULB
3 While pressing the AV button,
rotate the control dial to adjust
the aperture (F-number).
AV button
4 Press the shutter button halfway down to adjust the focus.
5 Press and hold the shutter button for the duration of the
shooting.
As long as the shutter button is pressed, the shutter remains open.
Shooting techniques
• Use a tripod.
• Set the focus to infinity in manual focus mode when shooting fireworks,
etc. When the infinity position of the lens is not known, first adjust the
focus on fireworks that is set off in the same general area, then shoot
them.
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• If you use a Remote Commander that is equipped with a shutter button
lock function (sold separately), you can leave the shutter open using the
Remote Commander.
Notes
• When using a tripod, turn off the SteadyShot function (page 84).
• The longer the exposure time, the more conspicuous the noise on the image.
• After shooting, noise reduction (Long Exposure NR) will be done for the same
amount of time that the shutter was open. You cannot do any further shooting during
the reduction.
• When the Smile Shutter or Auto HDR function is activated, or when [Picture Effect]
is set to [HDR Painting] or [Rich-tone Mono.], you cannot set the shutter speed to
[BULB].
• If the Smile Shutter, Auto HDR function, or the [HDR Painting] or [Rich-tone
Mono.] setting of [Picture Effect] is used with the shutter speed set to [BULB], the
shutter speed is temporarily set to 30 seconds.
• It is recommended that you start BULB shooting after the temperature of the camera
drops to prevent the quality of the image from deteriorating.
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Selecting the shooting mode
Movie recording setup
Recording movies easily
Movie recording can be started from any exposure mode.
The shutter speed and aperture value are adjusted automatically.
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Press the MOVIE button to start recording (page 33).
Shooting techniques
• Start recording after you adjust the focus.
• The following settings that were set during still image shooting can be
used.
– ISO
– White Balance
– Creative Style
– Exposure compensation
– AF area
– Metering Mode
– Face Detection
– Object Tracking
– D-Range optimizer
– Lens Comp.: Shading
– Lens Comp.: Chro. Aber.
– Lens Comp.: Distortion
– Picture Effect
• ISO, exposure compensation, Object Tracking, or AF area can be
adjusted during movie recording.
• If you assign [AF lock] to the AEL button or preview button, you can
lock the focus by pressing these buttons in autofocus mode.
Notes
• In movie recording mode, the recordable area (angle of view) is narrower than that
of still image shooting.
• When the [For viewfinder] screen is displayed on the LCD screen, the LCD screen is
switched to the [Display All Info.] screen at the moment movie recording starts.
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• Do not shoot a strong light source, such as the sun. The internal mechanism of the
camera may be damaged.
• When you import AVCHD movies to a computer, use “PlayMemories Home”
(pages 64, 173).
• When you continue to shoot for a long time, the temperature of the camera rises and
the image quality may deteriorate.
• When the
mark is indicated, the temperature of the camera is too high. Turn the
camera off and wait until the temperature of the camera drops. If you continue to
shoot, the camera is turned off automatically.
• Since the shutter speed and aperture are automatically adjusted, the shutter speed
will be higher and the movement of the subject may not be smooth under bright
conditions. Selecting manual focus and adjusting the shutter speed or aperture may
make the movement smoother (page 102).
• A value for the ISO sensitivity between ISO 100 and ISO 3200 can be selected when
you record movies. If you start movie recording with a value of ISO 3200 or larger
selected, the ISO sensitivity is switched to ISO 3200. When you finish recording
your movie, the ISO sensitivity setting is returned to the previous value.
• When ISO is set to [Multi Frame Noise Reduct.], [AUTO] is temporarily selected.
• You cannot select [Soft Focus], [HDR Painting], [Rich-tone Mono.], or [Miniature]
in Picture Effect. When movie recording starts, Picture Effect is temporarily set to
[Off].
• [Clear Image Zoom] cannot be used during movie recording.
Digital Zoom
You can use the digital zoom feature during movie recording. The quality,
however, will deteriorate because image processing is performed.
1 Press the ZOOM button.
ZOOM button
• The digital zoom is available during
movie recording even when [Digital
Zoom] is set to [Off] in the Still
shooting menu.
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Movie recording setup
Movie recording setup
2 Magnify the image up to the desired zoom factor with b/B on
the control button.
• Zoom factor of up to about 4 times is available.
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Recording movies with the shutter speed and aperture
adjusted
You can record movies with the shutter speed and aperture adjusted,
controlling the background defocus or fluidity as intended.
1 Set the focus mode switch to MF (page 113).
2 Set the mode dial to
(Movie).
3 Select the desired mode with v/V on the control button, then
press the center of the control button.
• To change the mode, press the Fn button, then select another mode.
4 Adjust the shutter speed and aperture value with the control
dial.
5 Adjust the focus, then press the MOVIE button to start
recording.
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(Program Auto) Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically
(both the shutter speed and the aperture value). The other
settings can be adjusted manually, and your setting values
can be saved.
(Aperture
Priority) (92)
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value
manually using the control dial.
(Shutter
Priority) (94)
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed
manually using the control dial.
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(Manual
Exposure) (96)
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure manually
(both the shutter speed and the aperture value) using the
control dial.
File Format
MENU button t
format
1 t [File Format] t Select the desired
AVCHD
Records 60i/50i movies or 24p/25p movies in AVCHD
format. This file format is suitable for viewing the movie on a
high-definition TV.
You can create a Blu-ray disc, an AVCHD recording disc, or
a DVD-Video disc using the supplied software
“PlayMemories Home.”
• 60i/50i movies are recorded at either 60 fields/second or at
50 fields/second, respectively. Both 60i and 50i movies
utilize the interlace scanning system, Dolby Digital audio,
and the AVCHD format.
• 24p/25p movies are recorded at either 24 frames/second or
at 25 frames/second, respectively. Both 24p and 25p
movies utilize the progressive scanning system, Dolby
Digital audio, and the AVCHD format.
MP4
Records mp4 (AVC) movies. This format is suitable for
WEB uploads, e-mail attachments, etc.
• Movies are recorded in MPEG-4 format at about 30 frames/
second, utilizing the progressive scanning system, AAC
audio, and the mp4 format.
• You cannot create a disc from the movies recorded in this
format using the supplied software “PlayMemories Home.”
Record Setting
The higher the average bit-rate, the higher the image quality.
MENU button t
size
1 t [Record Setting] t Select the desired
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Movie recording setup
Movie recording setup
[File Format]: [AVCHD]
File Format
Average
bit-rate
Recording
24 Mbps
Records high image quality movies of 1920 × 1080
(60i/50i).
60i 17M(FH)*
50i 17M(FH)**
17 Mbps
Records standard image quality movies of 1920 ×
1080 (60i/50i).
24p 24M(FX)*
25p 24M(FX)**
24 Mbps
Records high image quality moves of 1920 × 1080
(24p/25p). This produces a cinema-like
atmosphere.
24p 17M(FH)*
25p 17M(FH)**
17 Mbps
Records standard image quality movies of 1920 ×
1080 (24p/25p). This produces a cinema-like
atmosphere.
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60i 24M(FX)*
50i 24M(FX)**
[File Format]: [MP4]
1440×1080 12M
Averag
e bitrate
12 Mbps
VGA 3M
3 Mbps
File Format
Recording
Records movies of 1440 × 1080.
Records movies of VGA size.
* 1080 60i-compatible device
** 1080 50i-compatible device
Notes
• Movies recorded with the [60i 24M(FX)]/[50i 24M(FX)] or [24p 24M(FX)]/[25p
24M(FX)] setting in [Record Setting] are converted by “PlayMemories Home” in
order to create an AVCHD recording disc. This conversion can take a long time.
Also, you cannot create a disc with the original image quality. If you want to keep
the original image quality, you must store your movies on a Blu-ray disc.
• To watch 24p/25p movies on a TV, you need a TV that is compatible with 24p/25p.
If you use a non-compatible TV, the movies are converted to 60i/50i and output to
the TV.
Audio Recording
When you record movies, the operating noise of the camera or lens may be
recorded. You can record movies without audio.
MENU button t
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1 t [Audio Recording] t [Off]
When the focus mode is set to manual focus, you can disable recording of
the operating noise of the lens for the autofocus (page 113).
To reduce wind noise
You can reduce wind noise by cutting bass sound input from the built-in
microphone.
MENU button t
1 t [Wind Noise Reduct.] t [On]
Notes
• Setting this item to [On] may cause some bass sound to be recorded with too low a
volume. Set it to [Off] when the wind is not blowing.
• When an external microphone (sold separately) is used, this item does not function.
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Adjusting the focus
There are 2 methods for adjusting the focus: autofocus and manual focus.
Depending on the lens, the method for switching between the auto focus
and manual focus is different.
The switch to be
used
Lens (Always set
The lens is
the focus mode
equipped with a
focus mode switch switch on the
camera to AF.)
The lens is not
Camera
equipped with a
focus mode switch
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The type of lens
To switch to auto
focus
Set the focus mode
switch on the lens to
AF.
Set the focus mode
Set the focus mode
switch on the camera switch on the camera
to AF.
to MF.
Autofocus
1 Set the focus mode switch on the
camera to AF.
2 When the lens is equipped with
the focus mode switch, set it to
AF.
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To switch to manual
focus
Set the focus mode
switch on the lens to
MF.
3 Press the shutter button halfway
down to check the focus and shoot
the image.
• When the focus is confirmed, the focus
indicator changes to z or
(below).
• The AF area where the focus has been
confirmed turns green.
AF area
Focus indicator
Note
• While the camera is focusing automatically, do not touch the rotating focusing ring.
Shooting technique
• To select the AF area used for focusing, set up [AF area] (page 110).
Focus indicator
Focus indicator
Status
z lit
Focus locked. Ready to shoot.
lit
Focus is confirmed. Focal point moves following a moving
subject. Ready to shoot.
lit
Still focusing. You cannot release the shutter.
z flashing
Cannot focus. The shutter is locked.
Subjects that may require special focusing
Using the autofocus, it is hard to focus on the following subjects. In such
cases, use the focus lock shooting feature (page 108) or manual focus
(page 113).
• 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.
• Ambient light is not sufficient.
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Adjusting the focus
To measure the exact distance to the subject
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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.
Note
• If the subject is closer than the minimum shooting distance of the attached lens, the
focus cannot be confirmed. Make sure you put enough distance between the subject
and the camera.
Focus-lock
1 Place the subject within the AF
area and press the shutter button
halfway down.
The focus is locked.
• Set [Autofocus Mode] to [Single-shot
AF].
2 Keep the shutter button halfway
down, and put the subject back in
the original position to recompose the shot.
3 Press the shutter button fully down to take the picture.
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Autofocus Mode
Fn button t
(Single-shot
AF)
(Autofocus Mode) t Select the desired setting
The camera focuses and the focus is locked when you press
the shutter button halfway down.
(Automatic AF) The [Autofocus Mode] is switched between Single-shot AF
and Continuous AF according to the movement of the
subject.
When you press and hold the shutter button halfway down, if
the subject is motionless, the focus is locked and if the
subject is in motion, the camera continues to focus.
(Continuous
AF)
The camera continues to focus while the shutter button is
pressed and held halfway down.
• The audio signals will not sound when the subject is in
focus.
• Focus-lock cannot be used.
Shooting techniques
• Use [Single-shot AF] when the subject is motionless.
• Use [Continuous AF] when the subject is in motion.
Notes
• [Automatic AF] is selected when the exposure mode is set to Intelligent Auto,
Superior Auto or one of the following Scene Selection modes: [Portrait],
[Landscape], [Sunset], [Night Scene], [Night Portrait], or [Hand-held Twilight].
• [Single-shot AF] is selected when the exposure mode is set to Sweep Panorama, 3D
Sweep Panorama or [Macro] in Scene Selection.
• [Continuous AF] is selected when the exposure mode is set to [Sports Action] in
Scene Selection or when the Smile Shutter function is used.
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Adjusting the focus
Adjusting the focus
AF area
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Select the desired AF area to suit the
shooting conditions or your preference.
The AF area where the focus has been
confirmed turns green and the other AF
areas disappear.
AF area
Fn button t
(AF area) t Select the desired setting
(Wide)
The camera determines which of the 15 AF areas is used in
focusing.
(Zone)
Choose the zone for which you want to activate the focus
from among left, right, or center zone with the control button.
The camera determines which of the AF areas in the selected
zone is used in focusing. Press the AF button so that the setup
screen appears, and then select the desired zone.
(Spot)
The camera uses the AF area located in the center area
exclusively.
(Local)
Choose the area for which you want to activate the focus
from among 15 AF areas with the control button. Press the
AF button to display the setup screen and select the desired
area.
Notes
• [AF area] is fixed to [Wide] and you cannot select other settings when the exposure
mode is set to Intelligent Auto, Superior Auto or Scene Selection, or when the
Object Tracking function is being used or the Smile Shutter is activated.
• The AF area may not be illuminated during continuous shooting or when the shutter
button is pressed all the way down without pause.
• When [Object Tracking] is set to [On], the setup screen used for the [Zone] or
[Local] option is not displayed when you use the AF button.
The AF illuminator
You can set the AF illuminator to focus on a subject under dark lighting.
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MENU button t
setting
2 t [AF Illuminator] t Select the desired
• Since the camera uses the built-in flash as an AF illuminator, press the
button to open the flash.
Notes
• AF illuminator does not operate when [Autofocus Mode] is set to [Continuous AF]
or the subject is moving in [Automatic AF]. (The
or
indicator lights.)
• The AF illuminator may not operate with focal lengths of 300 mm or longer.
• When an external flash (sold separately) that is equipped with an AF illuminator is
attached, the AF illuminator of the external flash is used. Push the built-in flash
down.
• AF illuminator does not operate when [Smile Shutter] is set to [On].
Object Tracking
Keeps the focusing on a moving subject while tracking it. The Object
Tracking function is set to [On] in the default setting.
1 Press the center of the control button on the recording
information display.
A target frame appears.
• To turn off the Object Tracking function, press the Fn button, then set it to
[Off].
2 Align the target frame with the
subject to be tracked, and press
the center of the control button.
The camera starts tracking the subject.
• To cancel this tracking feature, press
the center again.
Target frame
3 Press the shutter button to shoot the subject.
Notes
• Tracking may be difficult in the following situations:
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Adjusting the focus
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– The subject is moving too quickly.
– The subject is too small, or too large.
– The contrast between the subject and the background is poor.
– The subject is under dark lighting.
– The ambient light changes.
• The Object Tracking function cannot be used when the exposure mode is set to
Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Tele-zoom Continuous Priority AE or
[Hand-held Twilight] in Scene Selection is used, the manual focus function is
selected.
• The camera stops tracking a subject when the subject moves off of the screen.
To preferentially-track the face
You can select whether to preferentially-track a certain face or not when the
camera detects that face during object tracking.
MENU button t
4 t [Face Priority Tracking] t [On]
When the face is not visible on the screen, the camera tracks the body, and
when the face is visible, the camera tracks the face. If the targeted person
disappears from the screen while the camera is tracking, and then returns to
the screen, the camera focuses on that face again.
• If the camera tracks a face using the Object Tracking function with Smile
Shutter turned on, the face becomes the target of the smile detection
feature.
• If you set the detected face as a target, even when [Face Priority
Tracking] is set to [Off], the camera tracks the body when the face is not
visible. If the targeted person disappears from the screen while the
camera is tracking, and then returns to the screen, the camera focuses on
that face again.
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Manual focus
When it is difficult to get the proper focus in autofocus mode, you can
adjust the focus manually.
1 Set the focus mode switch on the
lens to MF.
2 When the lens is not equipped
with the focus mode switch, set
the focus mode switch on the
camera to MF.
3 Rotate the focusing ring of the
lens to achieve a sharp focus.
Focusing
ring
Notes
• When the Wide AF area is used, the center area is used for focusing; when the Zone
AF area is used, a typical area of the selected area is used; and when the Local AF
area is used, an area that is selected with the control button is used.
• When using a tele converter (sold separately), etc., rotation of the focusing ring may
not be smooth.
• The correct focus in the viewfinder is not achieved if the diopter is not adjusted
properly in viewfinder mode (page 29).
• Make sure to set the focus mode switch to MF for manual focus. Do not rotate the
focusing ring without setting to MF. Rotating the focusing ring forcibly without
switching to MF may damage the focusing ring.
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Adjusting the focus
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Direct manual focus
When a lens that is equipped with a direct manual focus function is
mounted and [Autofocus Mode] is set to [Single-shot AF] or [Automatic
AF], you can make fine adjustments using the focusing ring after the focus
is locked. You can quickly focus on a subject rather than using the manual
focus from the beginning. This is convenient in cases such as macro
shooting (DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM etc.,).
Peaking
You can enhance the outline of in-focus ranges with a specific color in
manual focus. This function allows you to confirm the focus easily.
MENU button t
setting
2 t [Peaking Level] t Select the desired
Notes
• Since the camera judges that sharp areas are in focus, the peaking level is different,
depending on the subject, shooting situation, or on the lens used.
• The outline of in-focus ranges is not enhanced when the camera is connected using
an HDMI cable.
To set the color of the peaking function
You can set the color used for the peaking function in manual focus.
MENU button t
setting
2 t [Peaking Color] t Select the desired
Note
• This item cannot be set when [Peaking Level] is set to [Off].
Focus Magnifier
You can check the focus by enlarging the image before shooting.
1 MENU button t
Magnifier]
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3 t [Preview Button] t [Focus
2 Press the Focus Magnifier button.
Focus Magnifier button
3 Press the Focus Magnifier button
again to enlarge the image and
select the portion you want to
enlarge with v/V/b/B on the
control button.
• Each time you press the Focus
Magnifier button, the magnifier scaling
changes as follows: Full display t
Approx. ×4.8 t Approx. ×9.5
4 Confirm and adjust the focus.
• Rotate the focusing ring to adjust the focus in manual focus mode.
• If you press the AF button, the enlarged portion returns to the center.
• The Focus Magnifier function is canceled if you press the shutter button
halfway down.
5 Press the shutter button fully down to shoot the image.
• You can record images when an image is enlarged, however the recorded
image is for full display.
• The Focus Magnifier function will be released after shooting.
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Adjusting the focus
Detecting faces
Face Detection
The camera detects faces, adjusts the focus, exposure, performs image
processing, and adjusts flash settings.
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Fn button t
setting
(Smile/Face Detect.) t Select the desired
Face Detection Off
Turns off Face Detection.
Face Detection On
(Regist. Faces)
Enables Face Detection and prioritizes recognized faces that
have been registered in [Face Registration] (page 117).
Face Detection On
Enables Face Detection, but does not prioritize recognized
faces.
Smile Shutter
Detects and shoots a smile automatically.
The Face Detection frame
When the camera detects faces, gray Face
Detection frames appear. When the
camera judges that autofocus is possible,
the Face Detection frames turn white.
When you press the shutter button
halfway down, the Face Detection frames
turn green.
Face Detection
frames (gray)
Face Detection frames (white)
• If a face is not positioned inside the AF area available when you press the
shutter button halfway down, the AF area that is used for focusing turns
green.
• When the camera detects multiple faces, the camera automatically selects
a priority face and the single Face Detection frame turns white. A
magenta frame appears on a face that is registered with [Face
Registration].
Shooting technique
• Compose to overlay the Face Detection frame and the AF area.
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Notes
• When the exposure mode is Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama or Tele-zoom
Continuous Priority AE, the Face Detection function cannot be used.
• Up to 8 faces can be detected.
• The camera may not detect any faces, or may detect some other object, depending on
the shooting conditions.
Face Registration
The camera detects faces for which information has been registered in
advance.
1 MENU button t
4 t [Face Registration] t [New
Registration]
2 Align the guide frame with the face to be registered, and press
the shutter button.
3 Select [Enter] with v on the control button, then press the
center of the control button.
• Up to 8 faces of your subjects can be registered.
• Shoot the face from the front in a brightly lit place. The face may not be
registered correctly if it is obscured by a hat, a mask, sunglasses, etc.
To change the priority of faces previously registered
When you have registered multiple faces, the priority order is set. You can
change the priority order.
MENU button t
4 t [Face Registration] t [Order
Exchanging] t Select a face for which you want to change the
priority and the priority level
To delete a registered face
You can delete a registered face.
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Detecting faces
Detecting faces
MENU button t
4 t [Face Registration] t [Delete] t
Select the face you want to delete
• When you select [Delete All], you can delete all registered faces at one
time.
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Notes
• Even if you select [Delete], the data on registered faces remain stored in the camera.
If you also want to delete this data from the camera, select [Delete All].
• The registered face is not deleted even if you use [Initialize].
Auto Port. Framing
When the camera detects and shoots a face, the captured image is
automatically trimmed into a suitable composition. Both the original and
the trimmed images are saved.
• turns to green when the trimming
feature is available in Live View mode.
• The frame used for trimming is
indicated on the auto review screen
after shooting.
Auto review screen
Trimmed range
To change the setting of [Auto Port. Framing]
The default setting is [Auto].
Fn button t
setting
(Auto Port. Framing) t Select the desired
Notes
• The Auto Port. Framing function cannot be used when the exposure mode is set to
Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, or Tele-zoom Continuous Priority AE,
Movie, or [Hand-held Twilight], [Sports Action] in Scene Selection.
• The trimmed image may not be the best possible composition, depending on the
shooting conditions.
• When [Quality] is set to [RAW] or [RAW & JPEG], this function cannot be used.
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• This feature cannot be used with the following functions: Continuous shooting,
continuous bracket, [Multi Frame Noise Reduct.], [Auto HDR], the zoom feature of
the camera (ZOOM), manual focus, or [Soft Focus], [HDR Painting], [Rich-tone
Mono.], [Miniature] in Picture Effect.
Smile Shutter
When the camera detects a smile, the shutter is released automatically.
1 Fn button t
(Smile/Face Detect.) t [Smile Shutter On:
Normal Smile] t Select the desired Smile Detection
Sensitivity mode with b/B on the control button
You can set the sensitivity of the Smile Shutter function for detecting smiles
to one of the following 3 options:
(Slight Smile),
(Normal Smile),
and
(Big Smile).
• When the Smile Shutter is activated, the Smile Detection Sensitivity
indicator appears on the screen.
2 Wait detecting a smile.
The camera detects a smile and the focus
is confirmed. When the smile level
exceeds the b point on the indicator, the
camera records images automatically.
• When the camera detects the target
faces, orange Face Detection frames
appear around the faces. The Face
Detection frames turn green when these
subjects come into focus.
• When [Auto Port. Framing] is set to
[Auto], the image will be automatically
trimmed to provide a suitable
composition.
Face Detection frame
Smile Detection Sensitivity indicator
3 To stop shooting, Fn button t
(Smile/Face Detect.) t
Select an item other than [Smile Shutter].
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Detecting faces
Detecting faces
Shooting techniques
•
•
•
•
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To focus on the smile, overlay the Face Detection frame and AF area.
Do not cover the eyes with bangs, etc. Keep the eyes narrowed.
Do not obscure the face with a hat, a mask, sunglasses, etc.
Try to orient the face in front of the camera and keep it as level as
possible.
• Hold a clear smile with an open mouth. The smile is easier to detect when
the teeth are showing.
• If you press the shutter button while the Smile Shutter function is
activated, the camera shoots the image, and then returns to Smile Shutter.
Notes
• The Smile Shutter function cannot be used when the exposure mode is set to Sweep
Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Tele-zoom Continuous Priority AE, Movie, or
[Hand-held Twilight] in Scene Selection, or the manual focus is selected.
• The drive mode is automatically set to [Single Shooting].
• The AF illuminator does not work with the Smile Shutter function.
• If the camera does not detect a smile, change the settings for Smile Detection
Sensitivity.
• Smiles may not be detected correctly, depending on the shooting conditions.
• If the camera tracks a face using the Object Tracking function with Smile Shutter
turned on, the face becomes the target of the smile detection feature (page 111).
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AE Lock
When shooting into the sun or by a window, and the exposure may not be
appropriate for the subject, use the light meter where the subject is bright
enough and lock the exposure before shooting. To reduce the brightness of
the subject, point the camera forwards a spot that is brighter than the
subject and use the light meter to lock the exposure of the entire image. To
make the subject brighter, point the camera forwards a spot that is darker
than the subject and use the light meter to lock the exposure of the entire
image.
This section describes how to shoot a brighter image of the subject using
the
(Spot).
1 Fn button t
(Metering Mode) t
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Adjusting the brightness of the image
(Spot)
2 Adjust the focus on the portion you want to lock the exposure.
3 Press the AEL button to lock the
exposure.
(AE lock mark) appears.
• The exposure value based on the locked
exposure in the spot metering circle is
also indicated on the EV scale.
AEL button
4 While pressing the AEL button, focus on the subject, and shoot
the subject.
• If you continue to shoot with the same exposure value, press and hold the
AEL button after the shooting. The setting is canceled when the button is
released.
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Adjusting the brightness of the image
Metering Mode
Fn button t
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(Multi segment)
(Metering Mode) t Select the desired mode
This mode measures light on each area after dividing the total
area into multiple areas and determines the proper exposure
of the entire screen.
(Center weighted) While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this mode
measures the average brightness of the entire screen.
(Spot)
This mode measures light only in the spot metering circle
located in the center area.
Shooting techniques
• Use [Multi segment] metering for general shooting.
• When there is a high contrast subject in the AF area, measure the light of
the subject you want to shoot with the optimal exposure using the spot
metering function and take advantage of an AE lock shooting (page 121).
Note
• When the exposure mode is set to Intelligent Auto, Superior Auto, or Scene
Selection, or when the zoom feature of the camera (ZOOM) is used, [Metering
Mode] is fixed to [Multi segment] and you cannot select other modes.
Flash Comp.
When shooting with the flash, you can adjust the amount of flash light
alone, without changing the exposure compensation. You can only change
the exposure of a main subject which is within the flash range.
Fn button t
(Flash Comp.) t Select the desired setting
Toward +: Makes the flash level higher.
Toward –: Makes the flash level lower.
Notes
• This item cannot be set when the exposure mode is set to Intelligent Auto, Superior
Auto, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, or Scene Selection.
• The higher flash effect may not be visible due to the limited amount of flash light, if
the subject is outside the maximum range of the flash. If the subject is very close, the
lower flash effect may not be visible.
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Exposure compensation and flash compensation
Exposure compensation changes the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity (when
[AUTO] is selected) to perform the compensation.
Flash compensation only changes the amount of flash light.
Flash control
MENU button t
setting
2 t [Flash control] t Select the desired
ADI flash
This method controls the lighting of the flash, factoring in the
focus distance information and light metering data from the
pre-flash. This method enables an accurate flash
compensation with virtually no effect from the reflection off
the subject.
Pre-flash TTL
This method controls the amount of flash light depending on
the data only from pre-flash light metering. This method is
susceptible to the reflection off the subject.
ADI: Advanced Distance Integration
TTL: Through the lens
• When [ADI flash] is selected, using a lens that is provided with a distance
encoder feature can perform more accurate flash compensation by using
more accurate distance information.
Notes
• When the distance between the subject and the external flash (sold separately)
cannot be determined (wireless flash shooting using an external flash (sold
separately), 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 perform flash
compensations 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 a lens that is provided with a
distance encoder. To determine if the lens is equipped with a distance encoder, refer
to the operating instructions supplied with the lens.
• This item cannot be set when the exposure mode is set to Sweep Panorama, 3D
Sweep Panorama, or [Night Scene]/[Hand-held Twilight] in Scene Selection.
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Adjusting the brightness of the image
The flash
Press the Fn button, select the desired flash mode, press the
button, and shoot images (page 41).
Shooting techniques
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• The lens hood may block the light of the flash. Remove the lens hood
when using the flash.
• When using the flash, shoot the subject at a distance of 1 m (3.3 feet) or
greater.
• When shooting indoors or shooting nightscapes, you can use slow sync to
shoot a brighter image of people and backgrounds.
• You can use rear sync to shoot a natural image of the trail of a moving
subject such as a moving bicycle or a walking person.
• When using the HVL-F58AM/HVL-F43AM Flash (sold separately), you
can shoot with the High-speed sync feature at any shutter speed. For
details, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the flash.
Notes
• Do not hold the camera by grabbing the flash emitter.
• Shooting conditions required to prevent shadows from appearing on an image vary,
depending on the lens.
• When the exposure mode is set to Intelligent Auto, Superior Auto, or Scene
Selection, the [Slow Sync.], [Rear Sync.], and [Wireless] items cannot be selected.
• When the exposure mode is set to P, A, S, M, Tele-zoom Continuous Priority AE,
the [Flash Off] or [Autoflash] items cannot be selected. If you do not want to use the
flash, push the flash down.
• If you use the flash with a stereo microphone or similar device attached to the Autolock Accessory shoe, the flash may not pop up to the correct position and recorded
images may have a shadow on their corners. Remove any device from the Auto-lock
Accessory shoe.
Wireless flash
With a flash that has a wireless shooting function (sold separately), you can
shoot with the flash without a cord, even when the flash is not attached to
the camera. By changing the position of the flash, you can shoot an image
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with a three dimensional feel by highlighting the contrast of light and
shadow on the subject.
For the actual steps of shooting, refer to the operating instructions of the
flash.
1 Attach the wireless flash to the Auto-lock Accessory shoe and
turn both the camera and the flash on.
2 Fn button t
(Flash Mode) t (Wireless)
3 Remove the wireless flash from the Auto-lock Accessory shoe
and pop up the built-in flash.
• If you perform a test fire of the flash, press the AEL button.
Notes
• Turn off the wireless flash mode after wireless flash shooting. If the built-in flash is
used while the wireless flash mode is still active, inaccurate flash exposures will
result.
• Change the channel of the external flash when another photographer is using a
wireless flash nearby and his/her flash light causes your external flash to fire. To
change the channel of the external flash, refer to the operating instructions supplied
with it.
Setup of the AEL button
When using a wireless flash, it is recommended that you set [Func. of AEL
button] to [AEL hold] in the
Custom menu (page 158).
Wireless flash with lighting ratio control
You can use the wireless lighting ratio control in combination with the
multiple flashes. For details, refer to the operating instructions supplied
with the flash (HVL-F58AM, HVL-F43AM).
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The flash
Setting ISO
Sensitivity to light is expressed by the ISO number (recommended
exposure index). The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity.
1 Press ISO on the control button to
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display the ISO screen.
2 Select the desired setting with v/V on the control button.
• The larger the number, the higher the noise level.
• If you want to select [Multi Frame Noise Reduct.], display the setup screen
with B, and select the desired value with v/V.
Notes
• When the exposure mode is set to Intelligent Auto, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama,
3D Sweep Panorama, or Scene Selection, ISO is fixed to [AUTO] and you cannot
select other ISO numbers.
• When the exposure mode is set to P/A/S and ISO is set to [AUTO], ISO is
automatically set between ISO 100 and ISO 3200.
• The [AUTO] setting is not provided in exposure mode M. If you change the
exposure mode to M with the [AUTO] setting, it is switched to [100]. Set the ISO
according to your shooting conditions.
Multi frame noise reduction
The camera automatically shoots multiple images continuously, combines
the images, reduces the noise, and records 1 image. In multi frame noise
reduction, you can select larger ISO numbers than the maximum ISO
sensitivity.
The image recorded is 1 combined image.
Notes
• When [Quality] is set to [RAW] or [RAW & JPEG], this function cannot be used.
• The flash, D-Range optimizer, and [Auto HDR] cannot be used.
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Fn button t
(Off)
(DRO/Auto HDR) t Select the desired setting
Does not use the DRO/Auto HDR functions.
(D-Range Opt.) By dividing the image into small areas, the camera analyses
the contrast of light and shadow between the subject and the
background, producing the image with the optimal brightness
and gradation.
(Auto HDR)
Shoots 3 images with different exposures, and then overlays
correctly exposed image, the bright areas of an under exposed
image and the dark areas of an over exposed image to create
an image with rich gradation.
2 images are recorded: an image with the correct exposure
and an overlaid image.
D-RangeOptimizer
1 Fn button t
(DRO/Auto HDR) t
(D-Range Opt.)
2 Select an optimal level with b/B on the control button.
(Auto)
(Level)*
* Lv_ displayed with
Corrects the brightness automatically.
Optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of
the image. Select the optimal level between Lv1 (weak) and
Lv5 (strong).
is the step currently selected.
Notes
• The setting is fixed to [Off] when the exposure mode is set to Sweep Panorama or
3D Sweep Panorama, or when [Multi Frame Noise Reduct.] or [Picture Effect] is
used.
• The setting is fixed to [Off] when [Sunset], [Night Scene], [Night Portrait], or
[Hand-held Twilight] is selected in Scene Selection. The setting is fixed to [Auto]
when other modes are selected in Scene Selection.
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Compensating for the brightness and
contrast automatically (D-Range)
Compensating for the brightness and contrast automatically (D-Range)
• When shooting with the D-Range optimizer, the image may be noisy. Select the
proper level by checking the recorded image, especially when you enhance the
effect.
Auto HDR
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1 Fn button t
(DRO/Auto HDR) t
(Auto HDR)
2 Select an optimal level with b/B on the control button.
(Auto HDR:
Exposure Diff. Auto)
Corrects the exposure difference automatically.
(Exposure
Difference Level)*
Sets the exposure difference, based on the contrast of the
subject. Select the optimal level between 1.0Ev (weak) and
6.0Ev (strong).
For example: When 2.0Ev is selected, 3 images are overlaid:
an image with –1.0Ev, an image with the correct exposure,
and an image with +1.0Ev.
* _Ev displayed with
is the step currently selected.
Shooting technique
• Since the shutter is released 3 times for 1 shot, be careful about the
following:
– Use this function when the subject is motionless or does not blink.
– Do not recompose.
Notes
• You cannot use this function on RAW images.
• When the exposure mode is set to Intelligent Auto, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama,
3D Sweep Panorama, Tele-zoom Continuous Priority AE or Scene Selection, or
when [Multi Frame Noise Reduct.] is selected, you cannot select [Auto HDR].
• You cannot start the next shoot until the capture process is completed after you
shoot.
• You may not obtain a desired effect depending on the luminance difference of a
subject and the shooting conditions.
• When the flash is used, this function has little effect.
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Compensating for the brightness and contrast automatically (D-Range)
Shooting (Advanced operations)
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• When the contrast of the scene is low or when camera shake or subject blur is
occurred, you may not obtain good HDR images. If the camera has detected a
problem,
is indicated on the recorded image to inform you of this situation.
Shoot again, as necessary, paying attention to the contrast or blur.
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Setting the image processing
Picture Effect
Select the desired effect filter to achieve more impressive and artistic
expression.
Fn button t
(Picture Effect) t Select the desired setting
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• When a mode that has a fine adjustment option is selected, select the
desired setting with b/B.
(Off)
Does not use the Picture Effect function.
(Toy Camera)
Creates the look of a Toy Camera photo with shaded corners
and pronounced colors. You can set the color tone with b/B.
(Pop Color)
Creates a vivid look by emphasizing color tones.
(Posterization)
Creates a high contrast, abstract look by heavily emphasizing
primary colors, or in black and white. You can select primary
colors or black and white with b/B.
(Retro Photo)
Creates the look of an aged photo with sepia color tones and
faded contrast.
(Soft High-key)
Creates an image with the indicated atmosphere: bright,
transparent, ethereal, tender, soft.
(Partial Color)
(High Contrast
Mono.)
Creates an image which retains 1 specific color, but converts
others to black and white. You can select a color with b/B.
Creates a high-contrast image in black and white.
(Soft Focus)
Creates an image filled with a soft lighting effect. You can set
the intensity of the effect with b/B.
(HDR Painting)
Creates the look of a painting, enhancing the colors and
details. The camera releases the shutter 3 times. You can set
the effect intensity with b/B.
(Rich-tone
Mono.)
(Miniature)
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Creates an image in black and white with rich gradation and
reproduction of details. The camera releases the shutter 3
times.
Creates an image which enhances the subject vividly, with
the background defocused considerably. This effect may
often be found in pictures of miniature models. You can
select the area to be in focus with b/B. The focus on other
areas is greatly reduced.
Notes
• When the zoom feature of the camera (ZOOM) is used, the [Toy Camera] and
[Miniature] effects are not available.
• When [Partial Color] is selected, images may not retain the selected color,
depending on the subject or shooting condition.
• When the exposure mode is set to Intelligent Auto, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama,
3D Sweep Panorama or Tele-zoom Continuous Priority AE, or when [Quality] is set
to [RAW] or [RAW & JPEG], Picture Effect cannot be used.
• When [HDR Painting], [Miniature], [Rich-tone Mono.] or [Soft Focus] is selected,
you cannot confirm the effect before shooting. You cannot also set the drive mode.
• When the contrast of the scene is low or when significant camera shake or subject
blur has occurred with [HDR Painting] or [Rich-tone Mono.] selected, you may not
obtain good HDR images. If the camera detects such situation,
is indicated on the
recorded image to inform you of this situation. Shoot again, as necessary,
recomposing or paying attention to the blur.
Creative Style
You can select the desired style to be used to perform image processing,
and adjust the contrast, saturation, and sharpness for each Creative Style.
You can also adjust the exposure (shutter speed and aperture), unlike Scene
Selection where the camera adjusts the exposure.
1 Fn button t
Shooting (Advanced operations)
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Setting the image processing
(Creative Style) t Select the desired setting
2 When you want to adjust
(Contrast), (Saturation), or
(Sharpness), select the desired item with b/B on the control
button, then adjust the value with v/V.
(Standard)
For shooting various scenes with rich gradation and beautiful
colors.
(Vivid)
The saturation and contrast are heightened for shooting
striking images of colorful scenes and subjects such as
flowers, spring greenery, blue sky, or ocean views.
(Portrait)
For shooting the skin color in a soft tone, ideally suited to
shooting portraits.
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Setting the image processing
(Landscape)
The saturation, contrast, and sharpness are heightened for
shooting vivid and crisp scenery. Distant landscapes also
stand out more.
(Sunset)
For shooting the beautiful red of the setting sun.
(Black & White) For shooting images in black and white monotone.
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(Contrast), (Saturation), and
Creative Style item.
(Sharpness) can be adjusted for each
(Contrast)
The higher the value selected, the more the difference of light
and shadow is accentuated, thus making an impact on an
image.
(Saturation)
The higher the value selected, the more vivid the color. When
a lower value is selected, the color of the image is restrained
and subdued.
(Sharpness)
Adjusts the sharpness. The higher the value selected, the
more the contours are accentuated, and the lower the value
selected, the more the contours are softened.
Notes
• When the exposure mode is set to Intelligent Auto, Superior Auto or Scene
Selection, or the Picture Effect mode is selected, [Creative Style] is fixed to
[Standard] and you cannot select other settings.
• When [Black & White] is selected, you cannot adjust the saturation.
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The color tone of the subject changes depending on the characteristics of
the light source. The table below shows how the color tone changes based
on various light sources, compared with a subject that appears white under
the sunlight.
Daylight
Cloudy
Fluorescent
Incandescent
White
Bluish
Green-tinged
Reddish
Weather/
lighting
Characteristics
of light
Use this feature when the color tone of the image did not come out as you
expected, or when you want to change the color tone on purpose for
photographic expression.
Notes
• When the exposure mode is set to Intelligent Auto, Superior Auto, or Scene
Selection, [White Balance] is fixed to [Auto WB] and you cannot select other
modes.
• If the only light source available is a mercury lamp or a sodium lamp, the camera
will not be able to acquire the accurate white balance because of the characteristics
of the light source. Use the flash in such cases.
WB on the control button t Select
the desired setting
• When you select a setting other than
[C.Temp./Filter], press B so that the
fine adjustment screen appears and you
can adjust the color tone with v/V/b/
B, as necessary.
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Shooting (Advanced operations)
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Adjusting the color tones (White
balance)
Adjusting the color tones (White balance)
AWB (Auto WB)
(Daylight)
(Shade)
The camera automatically detects a light source and adjusts
the color tones.
If you select an option to suit a specific light source, the color
tones are adjusted for the light source (preset white balance).
(Cloudy)
(Incandescent)
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(Fluor.: Warm
White)
(Fluor.: Cool
White)
(Fluor.: Day
White)
(Fluor.:
Daylight)
(Flash)
Shooting techniques
• Use the white balance bracket function if you cannot get the desired color
in the selected option (page 143).
• When you select [C.Temp./Filter], you can adjust the value to the desired
value (page 135).
• When you select [Custom], you can register your setting (page 135).
The fine adjustment screen for color
You can perform a fine adjustment by
combining the color temperature with the
color filter.
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Color Temp.
Fine-tunes color in the B (blue) direction with b and the A
(amber) direction with B.
Color Filter
Fine-tunes color in the G (green) direction with v and the M
(magenta) direction with V.
Color Temp./Color Filter
1 WB on the control button t
(C.Temp./Filter) t B
2 Set the color temperature with v/V on the control button.
3 Press B to display the fine adjustment screen and compensate
the color to your preference with v/V/b/B.
Note
• Since color meters are designed for film cameras, the values differ under fluorescent/
sodium lamp/mercury lamps. We recommend that you use the custom white balance
or perform a test shooting.
Custom white balance
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.
1 WB on the control button t [
SET] t press the center of the
control button
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Adjusting the color tones (White balance)
Adjusting the color tones (White balance)
2 Hold the camera so that the white area fully covers the AF area
located in the center, and then press the shutter button down.
The shutter clicks and the calibrated values (Color Temperature and Color
filter) are displayed.
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3 Press the center of the control button.
The screen returns to the recording information display with the memorized
custom white balance setting retained.
• The custom white balance setting registered in this operation is effective
until a new setting is registered.
Note
• 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. You can shoot at this point, but it is
recommended that you set the white balance again to get a more accurate white
balance value.
To call the custom white balance setting
WB on the control button t
(Custom)
• Press B to display the fine adjustment screen and compensate the color to
your preference.
Note
• 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.
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Using the zoom feature of the camera (ZOOM), the camera allows you to
use a higher magnification zoom than the optical zoom factor of the lens to
magnify the center area on the screen and record the image.
1 Magnify the image with the zoom ring when using a zoom lens
(page 31).
2 Press the ZOOM button.
ZOOM button
3 Magnify the image to your desired zoom scale with b/B on the
control button.
• You can magnify the image at wider intervals with v/V.
The zoom features available with this camera
The icon displayed on the screen changes as follows according to the zoom
scale.
Zoom scale
(low)
Zoom scale
(high)
A : The zoom feature of the camera (ZOOM) is not used (×1.0 is
indicated).
B Smart Zoom: You can magnify images by trimming them slightly.
(Available only when [Image Size] is set to M or S.)
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Shooting (Advanced operations)
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Magnifies images with higher scale
than the optical zoom (ZOOM)
Magnifies images with higher scale than the optical zoom (ZOOM)
C Clear Image Zoom: You can magnify images using a high-quality
image process.
D
Digital Zoom: You can magnify images using an image process.
Image
size
Zoom scale with optical zoom
Zooms images by
trimming them in the
available range (without
deterioration of image
quality).
Clear Image Zoom: Off
Digital Zoom: Off
L
M
–
About 1.4×
S
About 2×
Gives priority to image
quality when zooming
images.
Clear Image Zoom: On
Digital Zoom: Off
L
About 2×
M
About 2.8×
S
About 4×
L
About 4×
M
About 5.6×
S
About 8×
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Setting
Gives priority to higher
magnification when
zooming images.
Clear Image Zoom: On
Digital Zoom: On
Notes
• The zoom feature of the camera (ZOOM) is unavailable
– When the exposure mode is set to Sweep Panorama or 3D Sweep Panorama.
– [Quality] is set to [RAW] or [RAW & JPEG].
• The [Clear Image Zoom] is unavailable
– When the exposure mode is set to Tele-zoom Continuous Priority AE.
– The drive mode is set to Continuous Shooting or continuous bracket shooting.
• You cannot use the Smart Zoom or [Clear Image Zoom] function with movies.
• When the zoom scale of the electronic zoom is higher than 2.0 times, [AF area] is set
to center weighted.
• When the electronic zoom is available, [Metering mode] is set to [Multi segment].
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To change the setting of [Clear Image Zoom]
The default setting is [On].
MENU button t
desired setting
2 t [Clear Image Zoom] t Select the
To change the setting of [Digital Zoom]
The default setting is [Off]. If you want to use higher magnification
regardless of the deterioration of the image, set it to [On].
MENU button t
setting
2 t [Digital Zoom] t Select the desired
Shooting (Advanced operations)
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Magnifies images with higher scale than the optical zoom (ZOOM)
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Selecting the drive mode
Shooting single shot
This mode is for normal shooting.
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on the control button t
(Single Shooting)
Note
• When the exposure mode is set to [Sports Action] in Scene Selection, you cannot
shoot single shot.
Cont. Shooting
The camera records the images continuously.
1
on the control button t
(Cont. Shooting) t Select
the desired speed
2 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
• When you press and hold the shutter button, the recording continues.
Shooting technique
• To shoot continuously faster, set the exposure mode to Tele-zoom
Continuous Priority AE (pages 40, 90).
Notes
• When
is selected, the image recorded between the frames is displayed.
• You cannot shoot continuously when using Scene Selection modes other than
[Sports Action].
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Self-timer
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.
1
on the control button t
(Self-timer) t Select the
desired setting
• The number after
is the number of
seconds that is currently selected.
2 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
• When the self-timer is activated, audio signals and the self-timer lamp
indicate the condition. The self-timer lamp flashes quickly and the audio
signal sounds quickly right before the shooting.
To cancel the self-timer
Press
on the control button.
Bracket: Cont./Single Bracket
Base exposure
– direction
+ direction
Bracket shooting allows you to shoot several images, each with different
degrees of exposure. Specify the value of deviation (steps) from the base
exposure, and the camera shoots 3 images while automatically shifting the
exposure.
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Shooting (Advanced operations)
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Selecting the drive mode
Selecting the drive mode
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1
on the control button t
(Bracket: Cont.) or
(Single Bracket) t Select
the desired bracket step
• _EV displayed with
is the
currently selected value. The number of
images you can record “3,” is also
displayed on the Fn screen.
2 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
The base exposure is set at the first shot in the bracket.
• Press and hold the shutter button until recording stops when [Bracket:
Cont.] is selected.
• Press the shutter button shot by shot when [Single Bracket] is selected.
Notes
• When the mode dial is set to M, the exposure is shifted by adjusting the shutter
speed.
• When you adjust the exposure, the exposure is shifted based on the compensated
value.
• The bracket cannot be used when the exposure mode is set to Intelligent Auto,
Superior Auto, Tele-zoom Continuous Priority AE, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep
Panorama, or Scene Selection.
• When the flash is fired, flash bracket shooting is used to shift the amount of flash
light. To shoot, press the shutter button shot by shot even when [Bracket: Cont.] is
selected.
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The EV scale in bracket shooting
Ambient light* bracket
(e.g., 0.3 steps, 3 shots,
Exposure compensation 0)
Flash bracket
(e.g., 0.7 steps, 3 shots,
Flash compensation –1.0)
Viewfinder
LCD screen (When
[DISP Button(Monitor)]
is set to [For
Shown in the top row.
viewfinder])
Shown in the bottom row.
* 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.
• In bracket shooting, the same number of indices as the number of
recordable images is displayed on the EV scale.
• When the bracket shooting starts, the indices that indicate already
recorded images start to disappear one by one.
WB bracket
Based on the selected white balance, and the color temperature/color filter,
3 images are recorded with the white balance shifted.
1
on the control button t
(WB bracket) t Select
the desired setting
• When Lo is selected, it is shifted by 10
MK–1*, and when Hi is selected, it is
shifted by 20 MK–1.
2 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
* MK–1: a unit to indicate the color conversion quality in color temperature filters (The
same value as the conventional unit, “Mired.”).
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Shooting (Advanced operations)
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Selecting the drive mode
The screen displayed for playback
mode
Switching the screen during playback
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Each time you press DISP on the control button, the screen changes as
follows.
With recording data
Without recording
data
Histogram
List of icons on the histogram display
A
Display
100-0003
Display
Indication
Memory card (21, 201)
Indication
16M 8.4M Image size of still images
4.0M 14M (47)
7.1M 3.4M
View mode (146)
Folder - file number
(174)
Image quality of still
images (154)
Aspect ratio of still
images (154)
3D Sweep Panorama (39,
88)
DPOF
144
Protect (149)
DPOF set (179)
Display
Indication
Display
Indication
Remaining battery
warning (22)
AWB
White balance (Auto,
Preset, Color
temperature, Color filter,
Custom) (133)
Auto Portrait Framing
(118)
Remaining battery (22)
5500K A1
M1
Database file full (194)/
Database file error (194)
D-Range Optimizer
(127)/Auto HDR/Auto
HDR image warning
(128)
Overheating warning (10)
B
Display
2012-1-1
10:37AM
Date of recording
Indication
Histogram* (79)
3/7
File number/Number of
images in the view mode
Exposure mode (37)
* When the image has a high-key or
low-key portion, that portion is flashed
on the histogram display (Luminance
limit warning).
PAS
M
1/125
Shutter speed (94)
F3.5
Aperture (92)
ISO200
ISO sensitivity (126)
–0.3
Exposure compensation
(43)
–0.3
Flash compensation (122)
Metering mode (122)
35mm
Focal length
Creative Style (131)
Picture Effect (130)
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Playback (Advanced operations)
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The screen displayed for playback mode
Using the playback functions
Rotating an image
1 Display the image you want to
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rotate, then press the
button.
button
2 Press the center of the control button.
The image is rotated counter-clockwise. When you want to do another
rotation, repeat step 2.
• Once you rotate the image, the image is played back in the rotated position,
even after you turn off the power.
To return to the normal playback screen
Press the
button again.
Notes
• You cannot rotate movies and 3D-images.
• When you copy rotated images to a computer, “PlayMemories Home” contained on
the CD-ROM (supplied) can display the rotated images correctly. However, the
images may not be rotated depending on the software.
View Mode
Selects the unit for images to be played back.
MENU button t
setting
1 t [View Mode] t Select the desired
Folder View(Still)
Displays still images by folder.
Folder View(MP4)
Displays movies (MP4) by folder.
AVCHD View
Displays only AVCHD movies.
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Slide Show
MENU button t
1 t [Slide Show]t [Enter]
Plays back recorded images in order (Slide Show). The slide show
automatically stops after all the images have been played back.
• You can view the previous/next image with b/B on the control button.
• You cannot pause the slide show.
To end in the middle of the slide show
Press the center of the control button.
To choose the interval between the images in slide show
MENU button t
1 t [Slide Show] t [Interval] t Select
the desired number of seconds
To play back repeatedly
MENU button t
1 t [Slide Show] t [Repeat] t [On]
To play back 3D-images
If you connect the camera to a 3D-compatible TV using an HDMI cable
(sold separately), you can play back 3D-images recorded with the 3D
Sweep Panorama mode. For details on 3D-shooting, see page 200. Also
refer to the operating instructions supplied with the TV.
MENU button t
[Display 3D Only]
1 t [Slide Show] t [Image Type] t
Playback Display
You can set the playback orientation of images recorded in portrait
orientation.
MENU button t
desired setting
2 t [Playback Display] t Select the
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Playback (Advanced operations)
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Using the playback functions
Using the playback functions
Scrolling panoramic images
Select a panoramic image, then press the center of the control
button.
• Pressing it again pauses the playback. You can scroll a panoramic image
by pressing v/V/b/B during pause.
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Note
• Scrolling playback is not available for images that were recorded with [3D Pan.:
Image Size] set to [16:9].
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You can protect images against accidental erasure.
1 MENU button t
1 t [Protect] t [Multiple Img.]
2 Select the image you want to
protect with b/B on the control
button, then press the center of
the control button.
A mark is put in the check box.
• To cancel a selection, press the center
again.
3 To protect other images, repeat step 2.
• You can select all the images in the folder by selecting the bar on the left of
the image index screen.
4 Press the MENU button.
Playback (Advanced operations)
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Protecting images (Protect)
5 Select [OK] with v, then press the center of the control button.
To cancel the protection of all the images or movies
You can cancel the protection of all the images or movies by the same view
mode currently displayed.
MENU button t
1 t [Protect] t [Cancel All Images],
[Cancel All Movies(MP4)] or [Cancel All AVCHD view files]
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Deleting images (Delete)
You can delete only unnecessary images, or all the images.
Once you have deleted an image, you cannot restore it. Check whether to
delete the image or not beforehand.
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Note
• Protected images cannot be deleted.
To display the desired folder
Select the bar on the left of the image index screen with the control button,
then select the desired folder with v/V.
Delete (Multiple Img.)
1 MENU button t
1 t [Delete] t [Multiple Img.]
2 Select the images you want to
delete with the control button,
then press the center of the
control button.
A mark is put in the check box.
• To cancel a selection, press the center
again.
Total number
3 To delete other images, repeat step 2.
• You can select all the images in the folder by selecting the bar on the left of
the image index screen.
4 Press the MENU button.
5 Select [OK] with v, then press the center of the control button.
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Deleting all the images or movies in the same view mode
You can delete all still images or movies by the same view mode currently
displayed.
1 MENU button t
1 t [Delete] t [All in Folder] or [All
AVCHD view files]
2 Select [Delete] with v on the control button, then press the
center of the control button.
Playback (Advanced operations)
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Deleting images (Delete)
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About playback on TV
Connect the camera to a TV using an HDMI cable (sold separately)
and play back images (page 51).
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Notes
• 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.
• When images cannot be displayed properly, set [HDMI Resolution] in the
Setup
menu to [1080p] or [1080i], according to your TV.
• 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.
On “PhotoTV HD”
This camera is compatible with the “PhotoTV HD” standard.
By connecting Sony’s PhotoTV HD-compatible devices using an HDMI
cable, a 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.
3D Viewing
If you connect the camera to a 3D-compatible TV using an HDMI cable
(sold separately), you can play back 3D-images recorded with the 3D
Sweep Panorama mode automatically. For details on 3D-shooting, see page
200. Also refer to the operating instructions supplied with the TV.
MENU button t
1 t [3D Viewing]
Using “BRAVIA” Sync
By connecting the camera to a TV that supports “BRAVIA” Sync using an
HDMI cable, you can operate the camera with the TV Remote Control.
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1 Connect a TV that supports “BRAVIA” Sync to the camera
(page 51).
The input is automatically switched and the image shot with the camera
appears on the TV screen.
2 Press the SYNC MENU button on the TV Remote Control.
3 Operate with the buttons on the TV Remote Control.
The items for SYNC MENU
Slide Show
Plays back images automatically (page 147).
Single-image
playback
Returns to the single-image screen.
Image Index
Switches to the image index screen.
3D Viewing
Plays back 3D-images when connected to a 3D-compatible
TV.
View Mode
Switches the view mode.
Delete
Deletes images.
Notes
• The operations available are restricted when the camera is connected to a TV using
an HDMI cable.
• Only TVs that support “BRAVIA” Sync can provide these operations. The SYNC
MENU operations differ depending on the TV connected. For details, refer to the
operating instructions supplied with the TV.
• If the camera performs unnecessary operations in response to the TV Remote
Control when the camera is connected to another manufacturer’s TV using an HDMI
connection, set [CTRL FOR HDMI] in the
Setup menu to [Off].
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Playback (Advanced operations)
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About playback on TV
Setting the aspect ratio and image
quality
Aspect Ratio
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MENU button t
ratio
1 t [Aspect Ratio] t Select the desired
3:2
A normal ratio.
16:9
An HDTV ratio.
Note
• This item cannot be set when the exposure mode is set to Sweep Panorama or 3D
Sweep Panorama.
Quality
MENU button t
(RAW)
(RAW &
JPEG)
(Fine)
(Standard)
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1 t [Quality] t Select the desired setting
File format: RAW (Records using the RAW compression
format.)
This format does not perform any digital processing on the
images. Select this format to process images on a computer
for professional purposes.
• The image size is fixed to the maximum size. The image
size is not displayed on the screen.
File format: RAW (Records using the RAW compression
format.) + JPEG
A RAW image and a JPEG image are created at the same
time. This is suitable when you need 2 image files, a JPEG
for viewing, and a RAW for editing.
• The image quality is fixed to [Fine] and the image size is
fixed to [L].
File format: JPEG
The image is compressed in the JPEG format when recorded.
Since the compression rate of
(Standard) is higher than
that of
(Fine), the file size of
is smaller than that
of
. This will allow more files to be recorded on one
memory card, but the image quality will be lower.
Note
• This item cannot be set when the exposure mode is set to Sweep Panorama or 3D
Sweep Panorama.
About RAW images
You need the “Image Data Converter” software included on the CD-ROM (supplied)
in order to open a RAW image recorded on this camera. With this software, a RAW
image 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.
• The RAW format image cannot be printed using a DPOF (print) designated printer.
• You cannot set [Auto HDR] or [Picture Effect] on RAW format images.
Setup of the camera (Advanced operations)
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Setting the aspect ratio and image quality
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Setting the other functions of the
camera
Long Exposure NR
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When you set the shutter speed to 1 second or longer (Long exposure
shooting), noise reduction is turned on for the same duration that the shutter
is open.
This is to reduce the grainy noise typical in a long exposure. When noise
reduction is in progress, a message appears and you cannot take another
picture. Select [On] to prioritize the image quality. Select [Off] to prioritize
the timing of shooting.
MENU button t
desired setting
2 t [Long Exposure NR] t Select the
Notes
• When the exposure mode is set to Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Telezoom Continuous Priority AE, or continuous shooting, continuous bracketing,
[Sports Action] or [Hand-held Twilight] in Scene Selection, or ISO is set to [Multi
Frame Noise Reduct.], noise reduction is not performed even when it is set to [On].
• When the exposure mode is set to Intelligent Auto, Superior Auto or Scene
Selection, you cannot turn off noise reduction.
High ISO NR
The camera reduces the noise that becomes more noticeable when the
camera sensitivity is high. A message may be indicated during the
processing and you cannot record images during this processing.
Normally, set it to [Normal]. Select [High] to reduce the noise. Select
[Low] to prioritize the timing of shooting.
MENU button t
setting
2 t [High ISO NR] t Select the desired
Notes
• When the exposure mode is set to Intelligent Auto, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama,
3D Sweep Panorama, or Scene Selection, this item cannot be set.
• Noise reduction is not performed on RAW images.
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Color Space
The way colors are represented with combinations of numbers or the range
of color reproduction is called “color space.” You can change the color
space, depending on your purpose.
MENU button t
setting
2 t [Color Space] t Select the desired
sRGB
This is the standard color space of the digital camera. Use
sRGB in normal shooting, such as when you intend to print
out the images without any modification.
AdobeRGB
This has a wide range of color reproduction. When a large
part of the subject is vivid green or red, Adobe RGB is
effective.
• The file name of the image starts with “_DSC.”
Notes
• Adobe RGB is for applications or printers that support color management and
DCF2.0 option color space. Using some applications or printers that do not support
them may result in or print images that do not faithfully reproduce the color.
• When displaying images that were recorded with Adobe RGB on the camera or nonAdobe RGB-compliant devices, the images are displayed with low saturation.
Release w/o Lens
You can release the shutter when no lens is attached. Select this when you
attach the camera on an astronomical telescope, etc.
MENU button t
1 t [Release w/o Lens] t [Enable]
Note
• Correct metering cannot be achieved when you use lenses that do not provide a lens
contact, such as the lens of an astronomical telescope. In such cases, adjust the
exposure manually by checking it on the recorded image.
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Setting the other functions of the camera
Setting the other functions of the camera
Grid Line
The grid line is an auxiliary line for shooting composition. You can set the
grid line to on/off or select the type of grid line. The available range of
movie recording is also displayed.
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MENU button t
2 t [Grid Line] t Select the desired setting
Auto Review
You can check the recorded image on the screen right after the shooting.
You can change the displayed time.
MENU button t
setting
2 t [Auto Review] t Select the desired
Notes
• In auto review, the image will not be displayed in the vertical position even if
[Playback Display] is set to [Auto Rotate] (page 147).
• In auto review, the camera may display an image to which an image process, such as
[Lens Comp.: Distortion], has not been performed, then display the same image to
which an image process has been performed.
Func. of AEL button
The function of the AEL button can be selected from the following 2
functions (page 122):
– Holding the locked exposure value by pressing the AEL button while
the button is held down ([AEL hold]).
– Holding the locked exposure value by pressing the AEL button until the
button is pressed again ([AEL toggle]).
When [ AEL hold] or [ AEL toggle] is selected, the exposure is locked
in spot metering mode.
MENU button t
desired setting
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3 t [Func. of AEL button] t Select the
Notes
• While the exposure value is locked,
appears on the LCD screen and in the
viewfinder. Be careful not to reset the setting.
• When [AEL toggle] is selected, be sure to press the AEL button again to release the
lock.
To assign another function to the AEL button
You can assign one of the following functions to the AEL button in
addition to the AEL function:
Exposure Comp./Drive Mode/Flash Mode/Autofocus Mode/AF area/Face
Detection/Smile Shutter/Auto Port. Framing/ISO/Metering Mode/Flash
Comp./White Balance/DRO/Auto HDR/Creative Style/Picture Effect/
Image Size/Quality/Object Tracking/AF lock/Aperture Preview/Shot.
Result Preview/Zoom/Focus Magnifier
Preview Button
You can check the approximate blurring of the background of the subject
before shooting (page 94). You can also assign another function to the
preview button; for example, [Focus Magnifier], which allows you to
magnify the image to confirm the focus before shooting (page 114).
Available functions are the same as those of [Func. of AEL button]
(page 158).
MENU button t
setting
3 t [Preview Button] t Select the desired
Shot. Result Preview The aperture is narrowed to match the selected aperture value
and you can check the blurring. The effect of DRO or the
shutter speed value is also reflected.
• The preview image may be darker, depending on the
shutter speed value. However, you can record images in
accordance with the brightness you have set.
Aperture Preview
The aperture is narrowed to match the selected aperture value
and you can check the blurring.
Focus Magnifier
You can magnify the image to confirm the focus before
shooting.
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Setting the other functions of the camera
Setting the other functions of the camera
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
The electronic front curtain shutter function shortens the time lag between
shutter releases.
4 t [Front Curtain Shutter] t Select the
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desired setting
Notes
• When you shoot at high shutter speeds with a large diameter lens attached, the
ghosting of a blurred area may occur, depending on the subject or shooting
conditions. In such cases, set this item to [Off].
• When a Konica Minolta lens is used, set this item to [Off]. If you set this item to
[On], the correct exposure will not be set or the image brightness will be uneven.
Viewfinder Bright.
The brightness of the viewfinder is automatically adjusted to the lighting
conditions of the subject.
You can set the brightness of the viewfinder manually.
MENU button t 1 t [Viewfinder Bright.] t [Manual] t
Select the desired setting
Note
• When using the camera with the AC-PW10AM AC Adaptor (sold separately), the
brightness of the viewfinder is always set to the brightest setting even if you select
[Auto].
Eco Mode
You can shorten the waiting time until the camera is turned off when it is
not being operated to prevent the battery from being consumed. If you set
this item to [Max], [Power Save] is set to [10 Sec]. If you do not operate the
camera for a given period of time, the brightness of the LCD screen is
reduced.
MENU button t
setting
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1 t [Eco Mode] t Select the desired
Note
• When the AC-PW10AM AC Adaptor (sold separately) is used, this item cannot be
set to [Max].
Power Save
You can set different time intervals for the camera to switch to power save
mode (Power Save). Pressing the shutter button halfway down returns the
camera to the shooting mode.
MENU button t
time
1 t [Power Save] t Select the desired
Note
• The camera does not turn to power save mode when the camera is connected to a
TV.
FINDER/LCD Setting
You can disable the automatic switching of the LCD screen and the
viewfinder and enable only the FINDER/LCD button to switch them.
MENU button t
1 t [FINDER/LCD Setting] t [Manual]
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Lens compensation
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You can automatically compensate the following characteristics: light falloff at the edges, chromatic aberration, and distortion (only for automatic
compensation compliant lenses). For further information on automatic
compensation compliant lenses, visit the Sony web site in your area, or
consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
Lens Comp.: Peripheral Shading
Compensates for the shaded corners of the screen caused by certain lens
characteristics. This item is set to [Auto] in the default settings.
MENU button t
desired setting
4 t [Lens Comp.: Shading] t Select the
Lens Comp.: Chromatic Aberration
Reduces the color deviation at the corners of the screen caused by certain
lens characteristics. This item is set to [Auto] in the default settings.
MENU button t
desired setting
4 t [Lens Comp.: Chro. Aber.] t Select the
Lens Comp.: Distortion
Compensates for the distortion of the screen caused by certain lens
characteristics. This item is set to [Off] in the default settings.
MENU button t
desired setting
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4 t [Lens Comp.: Distortion] t Select the
Format
Note that formatting irrevocably erases all data on a memory card,
including protected images.
MENU button t
1 t [Format] t [Enter]
Notes
• 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.
• Formatting may take several minutes depending on the memory card.
• When the remaining battery time is 1 percent or less, you cannot format memory
cards.
File Number
MENU button t
setting
1 t [File Number] t Select the desired
Series
The camera does not reset numbers and assigns numbers to
files in sequence until the number reaches “9999.”
Reset
The camera resets numbers when a file is recorded in a new
folder and assigns numbers to files from “0001.” When the
recording folder contains a file, a number one higher than the
largest number is assigned.
Folder Name
The recorded still images are stored in automatically-created folders in the
DCIM folder of the memory card.
MENU button t
setting
1 t [Folder Name] t Select the desired
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Setting the method for recording on a
memory card
Setting the method for recording on a memory card
Standard Form
The folder name format is as follows: folder number +
MSDCF.
Example: 100MSDCF
Date Form
The folder name format is as follows: folder number + Y (the
last digit)/MM/DD.
Example: 10020405 (Folder name: 100, date: 2012/04/05)
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Note
• The MP4 movie folder form is fixed as “folder number + ANV01.”
Select REC Folder
When a standard form folder is selected and there are 2 or more folders,
you can select the recording folder to be used to record images.
MENU button t
desired folder
1 t [Select REC Folder] t Select the
Note
• You cannot select the folder when you select the setting [Date Form].
New Folder
You can create 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. A folder for still images and a folder for MP4 movies are created at
the same time.
MENU button t
1 t [New Folder]
Notes
• When you insert a memory card that was used with other equipment into the camera
and shoot images, a new folder may be automatically created.
• Up to 4,000 images can be stored in a folder. When the folder capacity is exceeded, a
new folder is created automatically.
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Recover Image DB
When inconsistencies are found in the image database file, caused by
processing images on computers, etc., images on the memory card will not
be played back in this form. If this happens, the camera repairs the file.
MENU button t
1 t [Recover Image DB] t [Enter]
Note
• Use a sufficiently charged battery. Low battery power during repairing can cause
damage to data.
Upload Settings
Sets whether or not you use the upload function when using an Eye-Fi card
(commercially available). This item appears when an Eye-Fi card is
inserted in the camera.
MENU button t
setting
2 t [Upload Settings] t Select the desired
The status indicators in communication
Standby. No images are to be sent.
Upload standby.
Connecting.
Uploading.
Error.
Notes
• The Eco Mode function does not work while the camera is uploading images.
• Before using an Eye-Fi card, set up the wireless LAN access point and forwarding
destination. For details, refer to the operating manual supplied with the Eye-Fi card.
• Eye-Fi cards are sold in the U.S.A, Canada, Japan, and some countries in the EU (as
of March in 2012).
• For more information, please contact the manufacturer or vendor directly.
• Eye-Fi cards can be used only in the countries/regions where they were purchased.
Use Eye-Fi cards in accordance with the law of the countries/regions where you
purchased the card.
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Setting the method for recording on a memory card
Setting the method for recording on a memory card
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• Eye-Fi cards include a wireless LAN function. Do not insert any Eye-Fi cards in the
camera when it is prohibited to do so, such as on an airplane. If there is an Eye-Fi
card inserted in the camera, set [Upload Settings] to [Off].
is displayed on the
screen when [Upload Settings] is set to [Off].
• When you use a brand-new Eye-Fi card for the first time, copy the install file of EyeFi manager recorded on the card to your computer before formatting the card.
• Use an Eye-Fi card after updating the firmware to the latest version. For details, refer
to the manual that comes with the Eye-Fi card.
• The power save function of the camera does not work while it is uploading images.
• If
(error) is displayed, remove the memory card and reinsert it, or turn off then
turn on the power again. If
appears again, the Eye-Fi card may be damaged.
• Wi-Fi network communication may be influenced by other communication devices.
If the communication status is poor, move closer to the access point of the Wi-Fi
network.
• For details on the file types that can be uploaded, refer to the operating instructions
supplied with the Eye-Fi card.
• This product does not support the Eye-Fi “Endless Memory Mode.” Make sure that
Eye-Fi cards that you insert into this product have “Endless Memory Mode” turned
off.
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You can reset the main functions of the camera.
MENU button t
t [OK]
3 t [Initialize] t Select the desired setting
The items to be reset are as follows.
Shooting functions (Reset Default/Rec mode reset)
Items
Reset to
Exposure compensation (43)
±0.0
Drive mode (45, 140)
Single Shooting
Flash Mode (41, 124)
Fill-flash (differs based on whether the
built-in flash is open or not)
Autofocus Mode (109)
AF-A
AF area (110)
Wide
Object Tracking (111)
On
Smile/Face Detect. (116, 119)
Face Detection On (Regist. Faces)
Auto Port. Framing (118)
Auto
ISO (126)
AUTO
Metering Mode (122)
Multi segment
Flash Comp. (122)
±0.0
White Balance (133)
AWB (Auto white balance)
Color Temp./Color Filter (135)
5500K, Color Filter 0
Custom white balance (135)
5500K
DRO/Auto HDR (127)
D-Range Optimizer: Auto
Creative Style (131)
Standard
Picture Effect (130)
Off
Scene Selection (38, 86)
Portrait
Movie (102)
P
Still shooting menu (Reset Default/Rec mode reset)
Items
Reset to
Image Size (47)
L:16M
Aspect Ratio (154)
3:2
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Resetting to the default
Resetting to the default
Reset to
Quality (154)
Fine
Panorama: Size (47)
Standard
Panorama: Direction (90)
Right
3D Pan.: Image Size (47)
Standard
3D Pan.: Direction (90)
Right
Clear Image Zoom (137)
On
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Items
Digital Zoom (101, 137)
Off
Long Exposure NR (156)
On
High ISO NR (156)
Normal
Flash control (123)
ADI flash
AF Illuminator (110)
Auto
Color Space (157)
sRGB
SteadyShot (83)
On
Movie shooting menu (Reset Default/Rec mode reset)
Items
Reset to
File Format (103)
AVCHD
Record Setting (103)
60i 17M(FH), 50i 17M(FH)
Audio Recording (104)
On
Wind Noise Reduct. (105)
Off
SteadyShot (83)
On
Custom menu (Reset Default/Custom reset)
Items
Reset to
Eye-Start AF (77)
Off
FINDER/LCD Setting (161)
Auto
Viewfinder Magnifi. (58)
Maximum
Red Eye Reduction (58)
Off
Release w/o Lens (157)
Disable
S. Auto Cont. Shooting (85)
Auto
S. Auto Image Extract. (85)
Auto
Grid Line (158)
Off
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Items
Reset to
Auto Review (158)
2 Sec
DISP Button(Monitor) (78)
Display All Info./Graphic Display/No
Disp. Info.
DISP Button(Finder) (78)
No Disp. Info./Graphic Display
Peaking Level (114)
Off
Peaking Color (114)
White
Live View Display (79)
Setting Effect ON
Func. of AEL button (158)
AEL hold
Preview Button (159)
Shot. Result Preview
Focus Hold Button (59)
Focus Hold
MOVIE Button (59)
Always
Lens Comp.: Shading (162)
Auto
Lens Comp.: Chro. Aber. (162)
Auto
Lens Comp.: Distortion (162)
Off
Front Curtain Shutter (160)
On
Face Priority Tracking (112)
On
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Resetting to the default
Playback menu (Reset Default)
Items
Reset to
View Mode (146)
Folder View(Still)
Slide Show – Interval (147)
3 sec
Slide Show – Repeat (147)
Off
Image Index (50)
4 Images
Specify Printing – Date Imprint (179)
Off
Volume Settings (60)
2
Playback Display (147)
Auto Rotate
Memory Card Tool menu (Reset Default)
Items
Reset to
File Number (163)
Series
Folder Name (163)
Standard Form
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Resetting to the default
Setup menu (Reset Default)
Reset to
Menu start (61)
Top
LCD Brightness (61)
±0
Viewfinder Bright. (160)
Auto
Eco Mode (160)
Standard
Power Save (161)
1 Min
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Items
HDMI Resolution (152)
Auto
CTRL FOR HDMI (152)
On
Upload Settings (165)
On
USB Connection (172)
Auto
Audio signals (62)
On
Mode Dial Guide (62)
On
Demo Mode (62)
Off
Others (Reset Default)
Items
Reset to
Recording information display (LCD
screen) (46)
Display All Info.
Recording information display
(Viewfinder) (46)
No Disp. Info.
Playback display (144)
Single-image screen (with recording
information)
Note
• The face registered using [Face Registration] is not deleted, even if you use [Reset
Default]. Select [Delete All] in [Face Registration].
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Displays the version of your camera. Confirm the version when a firmware
update is released.
If you mount a lens compatible with the lens version up feature, the version
of the lens is indicated.
MENU button t
3 t [Version]
Note
• An update can be performed only when the battery level is
(3 remaining
battery icons) or more. We recommend that you use a sufficient battery or the ACPW10AM AC Adaptor (sold separately).
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Confirming the version of the camera
Connecting the camera to the
computer
Setting the USB connection
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Selects the method used for a USB connection when the camera is
connected to a computer or a USB device with a USB cable.
MENU button t
setting
2 t [USB Connection] t Select the desired
Auto
Establishes a Mass Storage or MTP connection
automatically, in accordance with a computer or other USB
devices to be connected. Windows 7 computers are
connected in MTP, and its unique functions are enabled to
use.
Mass Storage
Establishes a Mass Storage connection between the camera, a
computer, and other USB devices. Standard mode.
MTP
Establishes an MTP connection between the camera, a
computer, and other USB devices. Windows 7 computers are
connected in MTP, and its unique functions are enabled to
use. In the case of other computers (Windows Vista/XP, Mac
OS X), the AutoPlay Wizard appears, and the still images in
the recording folder on the camera are imported to the
computer.
Notes
• When this item is set to [Auto], it may take some time to establish a connection.
• If Device Stage* is not displayed with Windows 7, set this item to [Auto].
* Device Stage is a menu screen used to manage connected devices, such as a camera
(Function of Windows 7).
Connecting to the computer
1 Insert a sufficiently charged battery pack into the camera, or
connect the camera to a wall outlet (wall socket) using the ACPW10AM AC Adaptor (sold separately).
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2 Turn on the camera and the computer.
3 Check that [USB Connection] in
4 Connect the camera to your
computer.
• When a USB connection is established
for the first time, your computer
automatically runs a program to
recognize the camera. Wait for a while.
2 is set to [Mass Storage].
1 To a USB terminal of the
computer
USB cable (supplied)
2 To the USB terminal
Importing images to the computer (Windows)
“PlayMemories Home” allows you to easily import images.
For details on “PlayMemories Home” functions, see the “PlayMemories
Home Help Guide.”
Importing images to the computer without using “PlayMemories Home”
When the AutoPlay Wizard appears after making a USB connection
between the camera and a computer, click [Open folder to view files] t
[OK] t [DCIM] or [MP_ROOT] t copy the desired images to the
computer.
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Connecting the camera to the computer
Connecting the camera to the computer
File name
Folder
The type of file
File name
DCIM folder
JPEG file
DSC0ssss.JPG
JPEG file (Adobe RGB)
_DSCssss.JPG
RAW file
DSC0ssss.ARW
RAW file (Adobe RGB)
_DSCssss.ARW
MP4 file (1440 × 1080 12M)
MAH0ssss.MP4
MP4 file (VGA 3M)
MAQ0ssss.MP4
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MP_ROOT folder
• ssss (file number) stands for any number within the range of 0001 to
9999.
• When [Quality] is set to [RAW & JPEG], the numerical portions of the
name of a RAW data file and its corresponding JPEG file are the same.
Notes
• For operations such as importing AVCHD movies to the computer, use
“PlayMemories Home.”
• When the camera is connected to the computer, if you operate AVCHD movies or
folders from the connected computer, images may be damaged or cannot be played.
Do not delete or copy AVCHD movies on the memory card from the computer. Sony
is not held liable for consequences resulting from such operations via the computer.
Importing images to the computer (Mac)
1 Connect the camera to your Mac computer first. Double-click
the newly recognized icon on the desktop t the folder where
the images you want to import are stored.
2 Drag and drop the image files to the hard disk icon.
The image files are copied to the hard disk.
3 Double-click the hard disk icon t the desired image file in the
folder containing the copied files.
The image is displayed.
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The software for Mac computers
For details on other software for Mac computers, access the following
URL:
http://www.sony.co.jp/imsoft/Mac/
Deleting the USB connection
Perform the procedures from step 1 to 2 below before:
• Disconnecting the USB cable.
• Removing the memory card.
• Turning off the camera.
1 Double-click the disconnect icon
Windows Vista
on the tasktray.
• For Windows 7, click
.
2 Click
, then click
Disconnect icon
(Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device).
Notes
• Drag and drop the icon of the memory card or the drive icon to the “Trash” icon
beforehand when you use a Mac computer, and the camera is disconnected from the
computer.
• With Windows 7, the disconnect icon may not be displayed. In such cases, you can
disconnect without following the above procedure.
• Do not disconnect the USB cable when the access lamp is lit. The data may be
damaged.
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Connecting the camera to the computer
Creating a movie disc
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You can create a disc from AVCHD movies recorded on the camera.
• Movies recorded with the [60i 24M(FX)]/[50i 24M(FX)] or [24p
24M(FX)]/[25p 24M(FX)] setting in [Record Setting] are converted by
“PlayMemories Home” in order to create an AVCHD recording disc.
This conversion can take a long time. Also, you cannot create a disc with
the original image quality. If you want to keep the original image quality,
you must store your movies on a Blu-ray disc (page 177).
Creating a high definition image quality (HD) disc
(AVCHD recording disc)
You can create a high definition image quality (HD) AVCHD recording
disc from AVCHD movies imported to a computer using the supplied
software “PlayMemories Home.”
1 Start up [PlayMemories Home] and click
(Create Discs).
2 Select [AVCHD (HD)] from the drop-down list used for selecting
a disc.
3 Select the AVCHD movies you want to write.
4 Click [Add].
• You can also add movies by a drag and drop operation.
5 Create the disc following the instruction on the screen.
Notes
• Install “PlayMemories Home” beforehand.
• Still images and MP4 movie files cannot be recorded on the AVCHD recording disc.
• It may take a long time to create a disc.
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Playing back AVCHD recording disc on a computer
You can play back the discs using “PlayMemories Home.” Select the DVD
drive that hold the disc and click [Player for AVCHD] on “PlayMemories
Home.”
See “PlayMemories Home Help Guide” for details.
Note
• Movies may not be played smoothly depending on the computer environment.
Creating a Blu-ray disc
You can create a Blu-ray disc with AVCHD movies previously imported to
a computer. Your computer must support the creation of Blu-ray discs.
BD-R (non-rewritable) and BD-RE (rewritable) media can be used to create
Blu-ray discs. You cannot add contents to either type of disc once it has
been created.
To create Blu-ray discs with “PlayMemories Home,” you have to install
proprietary add-on software. For details, access the following URL:
http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/BDUW/
See “PlayMemories Home Help Guide” for details.
Creating a standard definition image quality (STD) disc
1 Start up [PlayMemories Home] and click
(Create Discs).
2 Select [DVD-Video (STD)] from the drop-down list used for
selecting a disc.
3 Select the AVCHD movies you want to write.
4 Click [Add].
• You can also add movies by a drag and drop operation.
5 Create the disc following the instruction on the screen.
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Creating a movie disc
Creating a movie disc
Notes
• Install “PlayMemories Home” beforehand.
• MP4 movie files cannot be recorded on a disc.
• It will take a longer time to create a disc because AVCHD movies are converted to
standard definition image quality (STD) movies.
• An Internet connection environment is required when creating a DVD-Video (STD)
disc for the first time.
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Discs you can use with “PlayMemories Home”
You can use 12 cm discs of following type with “PlayMemories Home.”
For Blu-ray disc, see page 177.
Disc type
Features
DVD-R/DVD+R/DVD+R DL
Unrewritable
DVD-RW/DVD+RW
Rewritable
• Always maintain your PlayStation®3 to use the latest version of the
PlayStation®3 system software.
• The PlayStation®3 may not be available in some countries/regions.
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Using the camera, you can specify the still images before you print images
at a shop or with your printer. Follow the procedure below.
DPOF specifications are left with images after printing. It is recommended
that you unspecify them after printing.
1 MENU button t
1 t [Specify Printing] t [DPOF Setup]
t [Multiple Img.]
2 Select the image with b/B on the control button.
3 Check the
mark by pressing the center of the control button.
• To unspecify DPOF, select the image again, then press the center of the
control button.
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Specifying DPOF
4 Press the MENU button.
5 Select [OK] with v, then press the center of the control button.
Notes
• You cannot specify DPOF on RAW data files.
• You cannot specify the number of images to be printed.
Date Imprint
You can date images when printing them. The position of the date (inside
or outside the image, character size, etc.) depends on your printer.
MENU button t
[On]
1 t [Specify Printing] t [Date Imprint] t
Note
• This function may not be provided, depending on the printer.
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Cleaning the camera
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• 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 images or the
performance of the camera, blow the dust away using a commercially
available blower*. For details on cleaning the image sensor, see the next
page.
* Do not use a spray blower. Using one may cause a malfunction.
• 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.
Cleaning the lens
• Do not use a cleaning solution containing organic solvents, such as
thinner, or benzine.
• When cleaning the lens surface, remove dust using a commercially
available 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.
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If dust or debris enters the camera and adheres to the image sensor (the part
that acts as the film), it may appear as dark spots on the photo image,
depending on the shooting environment. If there is dust on the image
sensor, clean the image sensor following the steps below.
Notes
• The camera starts beeping if the battery pack becomes low during cleaning. Stop
cleaning immediately and turn the camera off. The use of an AC-PW10AM AC
Adaptor (sold separately) is recommended.
• The cleaning should be completed quickly.
• Do not use a spray blower because it may scatter water droplets inside the camera
body.
Cleaning the image sensor automatically using the
cleaning mode of the camera
Cleaning (Advanced operations)
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Cleaning the image sensor
1 Confirm that the battery is fully charged (page 22).
2 Press the MENU button, then
MENU button
select
2 with b/B on the
control button.
3 Select [Cleaning Mode] with v/V,
then press the center of the
control button.
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Cleaning the image sensor
4 Select [Enter] with v, and press the center of the control
button.
The image sensor vibrates for a short time, and eliminates dust from the
sensor.
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5 Turn off the camera.
Cleaning the image sensor using a blower
If another cleaning is needed after using the cleaning mode, clean the image
sensor using a blower following the steps below.
1 Perform the cleaning operation described in steps 1 to 4 of
“Cleaning the image sensor automatically using the cleaning
mode of the camera.”
2 Detach the lens (page 25).
3 Push the V mark on the mirror
lock lever with a finger to lift up
the mirror.
• Be careful not to touch the surface of
the mirror.
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Mirror lock lever
4 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 and do not put the tip
of a blower into the cavity beyond the
mount.
• Hold the camera’s face downward to
prevent the dust from resettling in the
camera. Complete the cleaning quickly.
• Also clean the back of the mirror using
a blower.
5 After the cleaning is finished,
lower the mirror with a finger
until it clicks.
• Lower the frame of the mirror back
down with a finger. Be careful not to
touch the surface of the mirror.
• Lower the mirror down until it locks
firmly.
6 Attach the lens and turn the camera off.
• Confirm that the mirror is locked down firmly when you attach the lens.
Notes
• After the cleaning is finished, confirm that the mirror is locked down firmly when
you attach the lens. Otherwise, the lens may be scratched or this may be the cause of
additional trouble. Also, if the mirror is not locked down firmly, the autofocus does
not work during shooting.
• You cannot shoot while the mirror is lifted up.
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Cleaning the image sensor
Troubleshooting
If you experience trouble with your camera, try the following solutions.
Check the items on pages 184 to 192. Consult your Sony dealer or local
authorized Sony service facility.
Check the following items.
2
Remove the battery pack, and insert the battery pack again after
about 1 minute, and turn on the power.
3
Reset the settings (page 167).
4
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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 (page 21).
• You can use an NP-FW50 battery pack only. Make sure that the battery is
NP-FW50.
The remaining battery indicator is incorrect, or sufficient remaining
battery indicator is displayed but the power runs out too quickly. Cannot
turn on the camera.
• This phenomenon occurs when you use the camera in an extremely hot or
cold location (page 195).
• The battery pack is discharged. Install a charged battery pack (page 19).
• The battery pack is dead (page 204). Replace it with a new one.
• Install the battery pack correctly (page 21).
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,
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operate the camera, such as pressing the shutter button halfway down
(page 161).
The CHARGE lamp flashes when charging the battery pack.
• You can use an NP-FW50 battery pack only. Make sure that the battery is
NP-FW50.
• If you charge a battery pack that has not been used for a long time, the
CHARGE lamp may flash.
• The CHARGE lamp flashes in 2 ways, fast (about 0.15-second intervals)
and slow (about 1.5-second intervals). If it is flashing fast, remove the
battery pack and reattach the same battery pack securely. If the CHARGE
lamp flashes fast again, it suggests that there is something wrong with the
battery pack. Slow flashing indicates that charging is suspended because the
ambient temperature is outside the suitable range for charging the battery
pack. Charging will resume and the CHARGE lamp will be lit when the
ambient temperature returns to within the suitable temperature.
Charge the battery pack under the suitable temperatures between 10°C and
30°C (50°F and 86°F).
Shooting images
Nothing is displayed on the LCD screen in viewfinder mode when the
power is turned on.
• 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
(page 161).
The image is not clear in the viewfinder.
• Adjust the diopter scale properly using the diopter-adjustment dial
(page 29).
No images in the viewfinder.
• [FINDER/LCD Setting] is set to [Manual]. Press the FINDER/LCD button
(page 161).
• Move your eye a little closer to the viewfinder.
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Troubleshooting
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The shutter does not release.
• You are using a memory card with a write-protect switch, and the switch is
set to the LOCK position. Set the switch to the recording position.
• Check the free capacity of the memory card.
• You cannot record images while charging the built-in flash (pages 41, 124).
• In autofocus mode, the shutter cannot be released when the subject is out of
focus.
• The lens is not attached properly. Attach the lens properly (page 24).
• When the camera is attached to another device, such as an astronomical
telescope, set [Release w/o Lens] to [Enable] (page 157).
• The subject may require special focusing (page 107). Use the focus-lock or
manual focus function (pages 108, 113).
Recording takes a long time.
• The noise reduction function is turned on (page 156). This is not a
malfunction.
• You are shooting in RAW mode (page 154). Since the RAW data file is
large, the RAW mode shooting may take time.
• The Auto HDR is processing an image (page 127).
The same image is shot several times.
• The drive mode is set to [Cont. Shooting] or [Bracket: Cont.]. Set it to
[Single Shooting] (pages 45, 140).
• The exposure mode is set to Tele-zoom Continuous Priority AE (pages 40,
90).
• The exposure mode is set to Superior Auto and [S. Auto Image Extract.] is
set to [Off] (page 85).
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 the focus mode switch to AF
(autofocus) (page 106).
• When the focus mode switch is equipped with the lens, set it to AF.
• Ambient light is insufficient.
Eye-Start AF does not work.
• Set [Eye-Start AF] to [On] (page 58).
• Press the shutter button halfway down.
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The flash does not work.
• 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] (pages 41, 124).
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.
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. Check
the flash range in “Specifications.”
The date and time are recorded incorrectly.
• Set the correct date and time (page 27).
• The area selected with [Area Setting] is different from the actual area. Set
up [Area Setting] again (page 27).
The aperture value and/or shutter speed flashes when you press the
shutter button halfway down.
• Since the subject is too bright or too dark, it is beyond the available range of
the camera. Adjust the setting again.
The image is whitish (Flare).
Blurring of light appears on the image (Ghosting).
• The picture was taken under a strong light source, and excessive light has
entered the lens. Attach a lens hood.
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). You may compensate for this phenomenon with [Lens Comp.:
Shading] (page 162).
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Troubleshooting
The eyes of the subject come out red.
• Activate the red eye reduction function (page 58).
• Get close to the subject, and shoot the subject within the flash range using
the flash. Check the flash range in “Specifications.”
Dots appear and remain on the LCD screen.
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• This is not a malfunction. These dots are not recorded (page 10).
The image is blurred.
• The picture was taken in a dark location without the flash, resulting in
camera shake. The use of a tripod or the flash is recommended (pages 41,
84, 124).
The EV scale b B is flashing.
• The subject is too bright or too dark for the metering range of the camera.
Viewing images
Your camera cannot play back images.
• The folder/file name has been changed on your computer (page 172).
• 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.
• Use “PlayMemories Home” to play images stored on a PC with this camera.
• The camera is in USB mode. Delete the USB connection (page 175).
Deleting images
Your camera cannot delete an image.
• Cancel the protection (page 149).
You have deleted an image by mistake.
• Once you have deleted an image, you cannot restore it. We recommend that
you protect images that you do not want to delete (page 149).
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Computers
You do not know if the OS of your computer is compatible with the
camera.
• Check “Using with your computer” (page 64).
Your computer does not recognize your camera.
• Check that the camera is turned on.
• When the battery level is low, install the charged battery pack (page 19), or
use the AC Adaptor (sold separately).
• Use the USB cable (supplied) (page 172).
• Disconnect the USB cable, and connect it again firmly.
• 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 devices (page 172).
You cannot copy images.
• Make the USB connection by properly connecting the camera with your
computer (page 172).
• Follow the designated copy procedure for your OS (page 173).
• When you shoot images with a memory card formatted by a computer, you
may not be able to copy the images to a computer. Shoot using a memory
card formatted by your camera (page 163).
The image cannot be played back on a computer.
• If you are using “PlayMemories Home,” refer to the “PlayMemories Home
Help Guide.”
• Consult the computer or software manufacturer.
After making a USB connection, “PlayMemories Home” does not start
automatically.
• Make the USB connection after the computer is turned on (page 172).
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
Memory card
Cannot insert a memory card.
• Insertion direction of the memory card is wrong. Insert it in the correct
direction (page 21).
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Cannot record on a memory card.
• The memory card is full. Delete unnecessary images (pages 35, 150).
• An unusable memory card is inserted (pages 22, 201).
You have formatted a memory card by mistake.
• All the data on the memory card are deleted by formatting. You cannot
restore it.
Printing
Cannot print images.
• RAW images cannot be printed. To print RAW images first, convert them
to JPEG images using “Image Data Converter” on the supplied CD-ROM.
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 157).
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 of the printer. 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 “PlayMemories Home,” you can print images with date (page 68).
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• This camera does not have a feature for superimposing dates on images.
However, because 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.
Others
The lens gets fogged.
• Moisture condensation has occurred. Turn off the camera and leave it for
about 1 hour before using it (page 195).
The message “Set Area/Date/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 (pages 27, 195).
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 2 at a
time.
• This is because the compression rate and the image size after compression
change depending on the image when you shoot a JPEG image (page 154).
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 camera is turned off and the
access lamp is not lit (pages 16, 21).
The camera does not work properly.
• Turn off the camera. Remove the battery pack and insert it again. If the
camera is warm, remove the battery pack, and allow it to cool down before
trying this corrective procedure.
• If an AC Adaptor (sold separately) is used, disconnect the power plug.
Connect the power plug and turn on the camera again. If the camera does
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Troubleshooting
not work after doing these solutions, consult your Sony dealer or local
authorized Sony service facility.
is indicated on the screen.
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• The SteadyShot function does not work. You can continue to shoot but the
SteadyShot function will not work. Turn the camera off and on. If the
SteadyShot scale continues to be indicated, consult your Sony dealer or
local authorized Sony service facility.
“--E-” is indicated on the screen.
• 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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If the following messages appear,
follow the instructions below.
Set Area/Date/Time.
• Set the area, date, and time. If
you have not used the camera for
a long time, charge the internal
rechargeable battery (pages 27,
195).
Power insufficient.
• You tried to perform [Cleaning
Mode] when the battery level is
insufficient. Charge the battery
pack or use the AC Adaptor
(sold separately).
Unable to use memory card.
Format?
• The memory card was formatted
on a computer and the file format
was modified.
Select [Enter], 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.
Memory Card Error
• An incompatible memory card is
inserted or the format has failed.
Reinsert memory 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.
Memory card locked.
• You are using a memory card
with a write-protect switch, and
the switch is set to the LOCK
position. Set the switch to the
recording position.
Processing...
• When Long exposure noise
reduction or High ISO noise
reduction 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 display.
• Images recorded with other
cameras or images modified with
a computer may not be able to be
displayed.
Check the lens attachment. If the
lens is not supported, you can
permit use of the lens in the
custom menu.
• The lens is not attached properly,
or the lens is not attached.
• When attaching the camera to an
astronomical telescope or
something similar, set [Release
w/o Lens] to [Enable].
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Warning
messages
Warning messages
Unable to print.
• You tried to mark RAW images
with a DPOF mark.
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Internal temp. high. 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.
• Because you have been
recording for a long time, the
temperature inside the camera
has increased to an unacceptable
level. Stop recording.
Recording is unavailable in this
movie format.
• Set [File Format] to [MP4].
• The number of images exceeds
that for which date management
in a database file by the camera
is possible.
• Unable to register to the database
file. Import all the images to a
computer using “PlayMemories
Home” and recover the memory
card.
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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.
Image Database File error. Recover?
• You cannot record or play back
AVCHD movies because the
Image Database File is damaged.
Follow the on-screen
instructions to recover data.
Unable to magnify.
Unable to rotate image.
• Images recorded with other cameras
may not be magnified or rotated.
Cannot create more folders.
• The folder with a name beginning
with “999” exists on the memory
card. You cannot create any
folders if this is the case.
On operating temperatures
Do not use/store the camera in
the following places
Your camera is designed for use
under the temperatures between 0°C
and 40°C (32°F and 104°F). Shooting
in extremely cold or hot places that
exceed this range is not
recommended.
• 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.
• Storing 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.
• Humid places
These may mold on a lens.
On storing
Be sure to attach the front 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.
When you purchase the DT 1855mm F3.5-5.6 SAM Lens Kit,
purchase the Rear Lens Cap ALCR55 also.
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 1 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.
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, or the battery pack is charged
or discharged.
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Precautions
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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 3
months 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. If the
camera resets the settings to the
defaults each time you charge the
battery, the internal rechargeable
battery may be dead. Consult your
Sony dealer or local authorized Sony
service facility.
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 (sold separately), and leave
the camera for 24 hours or more with
the power off.
On using the lenses and
accessories
It is recommended that you use Sony
lenses/accessories* designed to suit
the characteristics of this camera.
Using the products of other
manufacturers may cause the camera
not to operate to its capability, or
result in accidents and malfunctions
of the camera.
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* Konica Minolta products are
included.
On memory cards
Do not attach a label, etc. on a
memory card or a card adaptor. This
may cause a malfunction.
On recording/playback
• When you use a memory card with
this camera for the first time, it is
recommended to format the card
using the camera for stable
performance of the memory card
before shooting. Note that
formatting permanently erases all
data on the memory card, and is
unrecoverable. Save precious data
on a computer, etc.
• If you repeatedly record/delete
images, fragmentation of data may
occur on the memory card. Movies
may not be able to be saved or
recorded. In such a case, save your
images to a computer or other
storage location, then format the
memory card (page 163).
• Before you record one-time events,
make a trial recording to make sure
that the camera is working
correctly.
• This camera is neither dust-proof,
nor splash-proof, nor water-proof.
• 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 195).
• 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 with a soft
cloth or something similar before
use. The heat of flash emission may
cause dirt on the flash surface to
emit smoke or to become burned.
• Keep the camera, supplied
accessories, etc., out of the reach of
children. A memory card, etc., may
be swallowed. If such a problem
occurs, consult a doctor
immediately.
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To use your
camera abroad —
Power sources
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You can use your camera and the
battery charger and the ACPW10AM AC Adaptor (sold
separately) in any country or region
where the power supply is within 100
V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz.
Note
• Do not use an electronic
transformer (travel converter), as
this may cause a malfunction.
On TV color systems
When you view images on a TV
screen, the camera and TV must use
the same TV color system.
NTSC system (1080 60i)
Bahama Islands, Bolivia, Canada,
Central America, Chile, Colombia,
Ecuador, Jamaica, Japan, Korea,
Mexico, Peru, Surinam, Taiwan, the
Philippines, the U.S.A., Venezuela,
etc.
PAL system (1080 50i)
Australia, Austria, Belgium, China,
Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark,
Finland, Germany, Holland, Hong
Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy,
Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand,
Norway, Poland, Portugal, Rumania,
Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain,
Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand,
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Turkey, United Kingdom, Viet Nam,
etc.
PAL-M system (1080 50i)
Brazil
PAL-N system (1080 50i)
Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay
SECAM system (1080 50i)
Bulgaria, France, Greece, Guiana,
Iran, Iraq, Monaco, Russia, Ukraine,
etc.
The AVCHD format is a high
definition digital video camera format
used to record a high definition (HD)
signal of either the 1080i
specification*1 or the 720p
specification*2 using efficient data
compression coding technology. The
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format is
adopted to compress video data, and
the Dolby Digital or Linear PCM
system is used to compress audio
data.
The MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format is
capable of compressing images at
higher efficiency than that of the
conventional image compressing
format. The MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
format enables a high definition video
signal shot on a digital video camera
recorder to be recorded on 8 cm DVD
discs, hard disk drive, flash memory,
memory card, etc.
Recording media: Memory card
*1 1080i specification
A high definition specification which
utilizes 1,080 effective scanning lines
and the interlace system.
*2 720p specification
A high definition specification which
utilizes 720 effective scanning lines
and the progressive system.
*3 Data recorded in AVCHD format
other than the above mentioned
cannot be played on your camera.
Recording and playback on
your camera
Based on the AVCHD format, your
camera records with the high
definition image quality (HD)
mentioned below.
Video signal*3:
1080 60i-compatible device
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 1920 ×
1080/60i, 1920 × 1080/24p
1080 50i-compatible device
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 1920 ×
1080/50i, 1920 × 1080/25p
Audio signal: Dolby Digital 2ch
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3D-shootings
Notes on recording
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• [3D Sweep Panorama] is not
suitable when shooting:
– Subjects are moving.
– Subjects are too close to the
camera.
– Subjects with a repeating pattern
such as tiles, and subjects with
little contrast such as sky, sandy
beach, or lawn.
• [3D Sweep Panorama] recording
may be discontinued in the
following situations:
– You pan or tilt the camera too fast
or too slow.
– There is too much camera shake.
• If you cannot pan or tilt the camera
across the entire subject within the
given time, a black area occurs in
the composed image. If this
happens, move the camera fast to
record a full panoramic image.
• Since several images are stitched
together, the stitched part will not
be recorded smoothly.
• Under low light conditions, images
may be blurred.
• Under lights that flicker such as
fluorescent light, images may not
be recorded properly.
• When the whole angle of 3D
panoramic shooting and the angle
in which you fixed the focus and
exposure with AE/AF lock are
extremely different in brightness,
color and focus, the shooting will
not be successful. If this happens,
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change the lock angle and shoot
again.
• The available shooting direction is
horizontal only.
• For details on the procedure used
for shooting 3D-images, see page
39.
Note on playback of 3Dimages
When you play back 3D-images on
the LCD screen of the camera or on a
non-3D-compatible TV, the images
are played back without the 3D
effect.
Notes on 3D-image files
• A JPEG file and an MPO are
combined to create a 3D-image. If
you erase one of these files from the
computer, the 3D-image may not be
played back properly.
• For details on the procedure used
for viewing 3D-images, see pages
147 and 152.
Notes on using memory
cards
• Do not strike, bend or drop the
memory card.
• Do not use or store the memory
card 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.
• The memory card may be hot just
after it has been used for a long
time. Be careful when you handle
it.
• When the access lamp is lit, do not
remove the memory card or the
battery pack, or turn off the power.
The data may be corrupted.
• Data may be damaged if you place
the memory card near stronglymagnetized material or use the
memory card in a static-prone or
electrically noisy environment.
• We recommend backing up
important data, such as to a hard
disk of a computer.
• 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 touch the terminal section of
the memory card with your hand or
a metal object.
• When the write-protect switch of a
memory card is set to the LOCK
position, you cannot perform
operations, such as recording or
deleting images.
• The memory cards formatted with a
computer are not guaranteed to
operate with this camera. Be sure to
format the memory cards using the
camera.
• Data read/write speeds differ
depending on the combination of
the memory cards and the
equipment used.
• Do not press down hard when you
write down on the memo area.
• Do not attach a label on the
memory cards themselves.
• Do not disassemble or modify the
memory cards.
• Do not leave the memory cards
within the reach of small children.
They might accidentally swallow it.
Notes on the “Memory
Stick” media used with
the camera
The types of “Memory Stick” media
that can be used with this camera are
as follows. However, proper
operation cannot be guaranteed for all
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
functions.
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Memory card
Memory card
“Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media*1*2*3
“Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”
media*1*2
Available with your camera
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“Memory Stick Duo” media
Unavailable with your camera
“Memory Stick” media and “Memory
Stick PRO” media
Unavailable with your camera
*1 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.
*3 When using “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media to record movies,
only those marked with Mark2
can be used.
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Notes on using “Memory Stick
Micro” media (sold
separately)
• This product is compatible with
“Memory Stick Micro” media
(“M2”). “M2” is an abbreviation for
“Memory Stick Micro” media.
• To use a “Memory Stick Micro”
media with the camera, be sure to
insert the “Memory Stick Micro”
media into an “M2” Adaptor as
large as of Duo size. If you insert a
“Memory Stick Micro” media 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” media within the reach of
small children. They might
accidentally swallow it.
• The charging time differs
depending on the remaining
capacity of the battery pack or
charging conditions.
• 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.
• Connect the battery charger to the
nearest wall outlet (wall socket).
• Do not try to charge the battery
pack again right after it has been
charged, or when it has not been
used after being charged. Doing so
will affect the performance of the
battery pack.
• Do not charge any battery pack
other than the “InfoLITHIUM” W
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.
• When the CHARGE lamp flashes,
this may indicate a battery error or
that a battery pack other than the
specified type has been installed.
Check that the battery pack is the
specified type. If the battery pack is
the specified type, remove the
battery pack, replace it with a 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.
Notes on using the
battery pack
• Use only an NP-FW50 battery
pack.
• The displayed level may not be
correct under certain circumstances.
• 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.
Effective use of the battery
pack
• Battery performance decreases in
low temperature surroundings. So,
the time that the battery pack can be
used is shorter in cold places and
the speed of continuous shooting
slows down. We recommend that
you 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, use continuous shooting
often, turn the camera on and off
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Battery pack/
Battery charger
Battery pack/Battery charger
frequently, or set the LCD screen
brighter.
Battery life
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• 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.
How to store the battery pack
If the battery pack is not to be used
for a long time, charge it and then
fully use it up once a year on your
camera before storing the battery
pack in a dry, cool place to prolong
the battery life.
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Notes on the License
“C Library”, “zlib”, and “libjpeg”
software are provided in the camera.
We provide this software based on
license agreements with their owners
of copyright. Based on requests by
the owners of copyright of these
software applications, we have an
obligation to inform you of the
following. Please read the following
sections.
Read “license3.pdf” in the “License”
folder on the CD-ROM. You will find
licenses (in English) of “C Library”,
“zlib”, and “libjpeg” software.
THIS PRODUCT IS LICENSED
UNDER THE AVC PATENT
PORTFOLIO LICENSE FOR THE
PERSONAL AND NONCOMMERCIAL USE OF A
CONSUMER TO
(i) ENCODE VIDEO IN
COMPLIANCE WITH THE AVC
STANDARD (“AVC VIDEO”)
AND/OR
(ii) DECODE AVC VIDEO THAT
WAS ENCODED BY A
CONSUMER ENGAGED IN A
PERSONAL AND NONCOMMERCIAL ACTIVITY AND/
OR WAS OBTAINED FROM A
VIDEO PROVIDER LICENSED TO
PROVIDE AVC VIDEO.
NO LICENSE IS GRANTED OR
SHALL BE IMPLIED FOR ANY
OTHER USE.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
MAY BE OBTAINED FROM
MPEG LA, L.L.C.
SEE
HTTP://WWW.MPEGLA.COM
On GNU GPL/LGPL applied
software
The software that is eligible for the
following GNU General Public
License (hereinafter referred to as
“GPL”) or GNU Lesser General
Public License (hereinafter referred
to as “LGPL”) are included in the
camera.
This informs you that you have a
right to have access to, modify, and
redistribute source code for these
software programs under the
conditions of the supplied GPL/
LGPL.
Source code is provided on the web.
Use the following URL to download
it.
http://www.sony.net/Products/Linux/
We would prefer you do not contact
us about the contents of source code.
Read “license2.pdf” in the “License”
folder on the CD-ROM. You will find
licenses (in English) of “GPL”, and
“LGPL” software.
To view the PDF, Adobe Reader is
needed. If it is not installed on your
computer, you can download it from
the Adobe Systems web page:
http://www.adobe.com/
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The License
Index
Numerics
C
3D .................................39, 89, 200
Center weighted ....................... 122
Charging battery pack ................ 19
Cleaning ................................... 180
Cleaning mode ......................... 181
Clear Image Zoom.................... 137
Color filter ............................... 135
Color Space .............................. 157
Color temperature .................... 135
Compression ratio .................... 154
Computer ........................... 64, 172
Continuous AF ......................... 109
Continuous bracket .................. 141
Continuous shooting ................ 140
Contrast .......................................131
Control button ............................ 52
Control dial .................... 92, 94, 96
Creative Style. .......................... 131
CTRL FOR HDMI ................... 152
Custom white balance .............. 135
A
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Adobe RGB ............................. 157
AE Lock .................................. 121
AEL button .............................. 158
AF area .................................... 110
AF illuminator ......................... 110
Ambient light .......................... 143
Anti-dust function.................... 181
Aperture .................................... 92
Aperture Priority........................ 92
Area Setting ............................... 28
Aspect ratio ............................. 154
Audio signals ............................. 62
Auto HDR ............................... 128
Auto Port. Framing .................. 118
Auto review ............................. 158
Autoflash ............................41, 124
Autofocus ................................ 106
Autofocus mode ...................... 109
AVCHD..............69, 103, 104, 199
B
Battery pack..................19, 21, 203
Bracket .................................... 141
“BRAVIA” Sync ..................... 152
BULB shooting ......................... 97
206
D
Date imprint ............................. 179
Date/Time setup ......................... 27
Default setting .......................... 167
Delete................................. 35, 150
Digital Zoom.................... 101, 137
Diopter-adjustment .................... 29
Disc creation ...................... 69, 176
DISP................................... 46, 144
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DPOF Setup ............................. 179
D-Range Optimizer .................. 127
Drive mode ........................ 45, 140
E
Eco Mode ................................. 160
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
............................................. 160
Enlarged image .......................... 49
EV scale ....................... 43, 97, 143
Exposure compensation ............. 43
Eyecup .......................................... 77
Eye-Fi ......................................... 165
Eyepiece sensor.................... 14, 77
Eye-Start AF .............................. 58
F
G
Graphic Display......................... 46
Grid Line ................................. 158
H
Hand-held Twilight .............. 38, 86
HDMI Resolution .................... 152
High ISO NR ........................... 156
High-speed sync ...................... 124
Histogram .................................. 79
I
Image Data Converter................ 67
Image Index ............................... 50
Image quality ........................... 154
Image sensor .................... 108, 181
Image size ................................. 47
In-Camera Guide ....................... 63
Initialize .................................. 167
Intelligent Auto .................... 31, 85
ISO sensitivity ......................... 126
J
JPEG ....................................... 154
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Index
Face Detection ......................... 116
Face Priority Tracking .............. 112
Face Registration...................... 117
File Number ............................. 163
Fill-flash............................. 41, 124
FINDER/LCD Setting .............. 161
Flash bracket ............................ 141
Flash compensation .................. 122
Flash control ............................ 123
Flash mode................... 41, 75, 124
Flash Off ................ 31, 41, 85, 124
Fn button .............................. 52, 54
Focus .......................................... 106
Focus Hold Button ..................... 59
Focus indicator......................... 107
Focus Magnifier ...................... 114
Focus mode ............................. 109
Focus-lock ............................... 108
Folder Name ............................ 163
Format ..................................... 163
Func. of AEL button ................ 158
Index
P
Peaking .................................... 114
Picture Effect ........................... 130
PlaybackDisplay ...................... 147
Playing back panoramic images
............................................. 148
PlayMemories Home.................. 68
Portrait ................................. 38, 86
Power Save .............................. 161
Preview ...................................... 94
Preview Button ........................ 159
Print. ........................................ 179
Program Auto............................. 91
Protect ...................................... 149
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L
Landscape .............................38, 86
Language ................................... 62
LCD Brightness ......................... 61
LCD screen.............36, 71, 81, 144
Lens ......................................18, 24
Lens Compensation ................. 162
Live View Display..................... 79
Long exp.NR ........................... 156
M
Macro....................................38, 86
Manual Exposure ....................... 96
Manual focus ........................... 113
Memory card ......................21, 201
Menu ......................................... 56
Metering mode ........................ 122
Moisture condensation............. 195
Movie Audio Recording .......... 104
MOVIE Button .......................... 59
Movie File Format ................... 103
Multi frame noise reduction..... 126
Multi segment .......................... 122
N
New Folder .............................. 164
Night Portrait ........................38, 86
Night Scene ..........................38, 86
Noise reduction.................126, 156
O
Object Tracking ....................... 111
208
Q
Quality ..................................... 154
R
RAW ........................................ 154
Rear sync. .......................... 41, 124
Record Setting.......................... 103
Recording information display
....................................... 46, 144
Recording movies .............. 33, 100
Recover Image DB ................... 165
Red Eye Reduction .................... 58
Reducing camera shake .............. 83
Release w/o Lens ..................... 157
Remote Commander .................. 16
Reset ........................................ 167
Rotate ....................................... 146
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S
U
Saturation ................................. 131
Scene Selection .................... 38, 86
Select REC Folder ................... 164
Self-timer .................................... 141
Set the clock ............................... 27
Sharpness ................................. 131
Shooting ..................................... 31
Shooting Tip .............................. 63
Shoulder strap ............................ 16
Shutter Priority........................... 94
Shutter speed .............................. 94
Single Bracket .......................... 141
Single-shot AF ......................... 109
Slide show................................ 147
Slow sync........................... 41, 124
Smart Zoom ............................. 137
Smile Shutter............................ 119
Software ..................................... 66
Sports Action ....................... 38, 86
Spot .......................................... 122
SteadyShot function ................... 83
Sunset................................... 38, 86
Superior Auto....................... 38, 85
Superior Auto Cont. Shooting ... 85
Superior Auto Image Extract. ..... 85
Sweep Panorama.................. 39, 88
USB connection ...................... 172
V
Version .................................... 171
View Mode .............................. 146
Viewfinder .............................. 160
Viewfinder Magnifi ................... 58
Viewing image ................... 34, 146
Viewing images on a TV screen
....................................... 51, 152
Volume Settings ........................ 60
W
White balance .......................... 133
White balance bracket.............. 143
Wind Noise Reduc ................... 105
Wireless flash .......................... 124
Z
Zoom .................................. 31, 137
Index
T
Tele-zoom Continuous Priority AE
......................................... 40, 90
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