Sony | DSLR-A200W | Sony DSLR-A200K DSLR-A200 Body with standard zoom lens Operating Instructions

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Preparing the camera
Before your operation
Shooting images
Using the shooting
function
Using the viewing
function
Changing your setup
Viewing images on a
computer
Printing images
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Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera
Instruction Manual
DSLR-A200
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© 2008 Sony Corporation
Owner’s Record
The model and serial numbers are located
on the bottom.
Record the serial number in the space
provided below.
Refer to these numbers whenever you call
upon your Sony
dealer regarding this product.
Model No. DSLR-A200
Serial No. __________________________
WARNING
To reduce fire or shock hazard, do
not expose the unit to rain or
moisture.
For Customers in the U.S.A.
This symbol is intended to alert
the user to the presence of
uninsulated “dangerous voltage”
within the product's enclosure
that may be of sufficient
magnitude to constitute a risk of
electric shock to persons.
This symbol is intended to alert
the user to the presence of
important operating and
maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
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IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS
For your protection, please read these
safety instructions completely before
operating the appliance, and keep this
manual for future reference.
Attachments
Carefully observe all warnings, precautions
and instructions on the appliance, or the
one described in the operating instructions
and adhere to them.
Cleaning
Use
Power Sources
This set should be operated only from the
type of power source indicated on the
marking label. If you are not sure of the
type of electrical power supplied to your
home, consult your dealer or local power
company. For those sets designed to
operate from battery power, or other
sources, refer to the operating instructions.
Polarization
This set may be equipped with a polarized
ac power cord plug (a plug having one
blade wider than the other).
This plug will fit into the power outlet only
one way. This is a safety feature. If you are
unable to insert the plug fully into the
outlet, try reversing the plug. If the plug
should still fail to fit, contact your
electrician to have a suitable outlet
installed. Do not defeat the safety purpose
of the polarized plug by forcing it in.
Overloading
Do not overload wall outlets, extension
cords or convenience receptacles beyond
their capacity, since this can result in fire or
electric shock.
Object and Liquid Entry
Never push objects of any kind into the set
through openings as they may touch
dangerous voltage points or short out parts
that could result in a fire or electric shock.
Never spill liquid of any kind on the set.
Do not use attachments not recommended
by the manufacturer, as they may cause
hazards.
Unplug the set from the wall outlet before
cleaning or polishing it. Do not use liquid
cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a cloth
lightly dampened with water for cleaning
the exterior of the set.
Installation
Water and Moisture
Do not use power-line operated sets near
water – for example, near a bathtub,
washbowl, kitchen sink, or laundry tub, in a
wet basement, or near a swimming pool,
etc.
Power-Cord Protection
Route the power cord so that it is not likely
to be walked on or pinched by items placed
upon or against them, paying particular
attention to the plugs, receptacles, and the
point where the cord exits from the
appliance.
Accessories
Do not place the set on an unstable cart,
stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The set may
fall, causing serious injury to a child or an
adult, and serious damage to the set. Use
only a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table
recommended by the manufacturer.
Ventilation
The slots and openings in the cabinet are
provided for necessary ventilation. To
ensure reliable operation of the set, and to
protect it from overheating, these slots and
openings must never be blocked or
covered.
– Never cover the slots and openings with a
cloth or other materials.
– Never block the slots and openings by
placing the set on a bed, sofa, rug, or
other similar surface.
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– Never place the set in a confined space,
such as a bookcase, or built-in cabinet,
unless proper ventilation is provided.
– Do not place the set near or over a
radiator or heat register, or where it is
exposed to direct sunlight.
Lightning
For added protection for this set during a
lightning storm, or when it is left
unattended and unused for long periods of
time, unplug it from the wall outlet and
disconnect the antenna or cable system.
This will prevent damage to the set due to
lightning and power-line surges.
Service
Damage Requiring Service
Unplug the set from the wall outlet and
refer servicing to qualified service
personnel under the following conditions:
– When the power cord or plug is damaged
or frayed.
– If liquid has been spilled or objects have
fallen into the set.
– If the set has been exposed to rain or
water.
– If the set has been subject to excessive
shock by being dropped, or the cabinet
has been damaged.
– If the set does not operate normally when
following the operating instructions.
Adjust only those controls that are
specified in the operating instructions.
Improper adjustment of other controls
may result in damage and will often
require extensive work by a qualified
technician to restore the set to normal
operation.
– When the set exhibits a distinct change in
performance – this indicates a need for
service.
Servicing
Do not attempt to service the set yourself as
opening or removing covers may expose
you to dangerous voltage or other hazards.
Refer all servicing to qualified service
personnel.
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Replacement parts
When replacement parts are required, be
sure the service technician has used
replacement parts specified by the
manufacturer that have the same
characteristics as the original parts.
Unauthorized substitutions may result in
fire, electric shock, or other hazards.
Safety Check
Upon completion of any service or repairs
to the set, ask the service technician to
perform routine safety checks (as specified
by the manufacturer) to determine that the
set is in safe operating condition.
Read this first
CAUTION
Replace the battery with the specified type
only. Otherwise, fire or injury may result.
Do not expose the batteries to excessive
heat such as sunshine, fire or the like.
For Customers in the U.S.A.
and Canada
RECYCLING LITHIUM-ION
BATTERIES
Lithium-Ion batteries are
recyclable.
You can help preserve
our environment by
returning your used
rechargeable batteries to
the collection and
recycling location nearest you.
For more information regarding recycling
of rechargeable batteries, call toll free
1-800-822-8837, or visit http://
www.rbrc.org/
Caution: Do not handle damaged or
leaking Lithium-Ion batteries.
For Customers in the U.S.A.
If you have any questions about this
product, you may call:
Sony Customer Information Services
Center
1-800-222-SONY (7669)
The number below is for the FCC related
matters only.
Regulatory Information
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: DSLR-A200
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics
Inc.
Address:16530 Via Esprillo,
San Diego, CA 92127 U.S.A.
Telephone No.: 858-942-2230
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This
device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
Battery pack
CAUTION
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC Rules, Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
This Class B digital apparatus complies
with Canadian ICES-003.
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in
this manual could void your authority to
operate this equipment.
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Note:
This equipment has been tested and found
to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the
FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses, and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the
following measures:
– Reorient or relocate the receiving
antenna.
– Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
– Connect the equipment into an outlet
on a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected.
– Consult the dealer or an experienced
radio/TV technician for help.
The supplied interface cable must be used
with the equipment in order to comply with
the limits for a digital device pursuant to
Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules.
For the State of California,
USA only
Perchlorate Material - special handling may
apply, See
www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/
perchlorate
Perchlorate Material: Lithium battery
contains perchlorate.
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For Customers in Europe
This product has been tested and found
compliant with the limits set out in the
EMC Directive for using connection cables
shorter than 3 meters (9.8 feet).
Attention
The electromagnetic fields at the specific
frequencies may influence the picture and
sound of this unit.
Notice
If static electricity or electromagnetism
causes data transfer to discontinue midway
(fail), restart the application or disconnect
and connect the communication cable
(USB, etc.) again.
Disposal of Old Electrical &
Electronic Equipment (Applicable in
the European Union and other
European countries with separate
collection systems)
This symbol on the product or on its
packaging indicates that this product shall
not be treated as household waste. Instead it
shall be handed over to the applicable
collection point for the recycling of
electrical and electronic equipment. By
ensuring this product is disposed of
correctly, you will help prevent potential
negative consequences for the environment
and human health, which could otherwise
be caused by inappropriate waste handling
of this product. The recycling of materials
will help to conserve natural resources. For
more detailed information about recycling
of this product, please contact your local
Civic Office, your household waste
disposal service or the shop where you
purchased the product.
Disposal of waste batteries
(applicable in the European Union
and other European countries with
separate collection systems)
This symbol on the battery or on the
packaging indicates that the battery
provided with this product shall not be
treated as household waste.
By ensuring these batteries are disposed of
correctly, you will help prevent potentially
negative consequences for the environment
and human health which could otherwise be
caused by inappropriate waste handling of
the battery. The recycling of the materials
will help to conserve natural resources.
In case of products that for safety,
performance or data integrity reasons
require a permanent connection with an
incorporated battery, this battery should be
replaced by qualified service staff only.
To ensure that the battery will be treated
properly, hand over the product at end-oflife to the applicable collection point for the
recycling of electrical and electronic
equipment.
For all other batteries, please view the
section on how to remove the battery from
the product safely. Hand the battery over to
the applicable collection point for the
recycling of waste batteries.
For more detailed information about
recycling of this product or battery, please
contact your local Civic Office, your
household waste disposal service or the
shop where you purchased the product.
Notice for customers in the
United Kingdom
A moulded plug complying with BS 1363
is fitted to this equipment for your safety
and convenience.
Should the fuse in the plug supplied need to
be replaced, a fuse of the same rating as the
supplied one and approved by ASTA or
BSI to BS 1362, (i.e., marked with an
or
mark) must be used.
If the plug supplied with this equipment has
a detachable fuse cover, be sure to attach
the fuse cover after you change the fuse.
Never use the plug without the fuse cover.
If you should lose the fuse cover, please
contact your nearest Sony service station.
Notice for the customers in
the countries applying EU
Directives
The manufacturer of this product is Sony
Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan Minato-ku
Tokyo, 108-0075 Japan. The Authorized
Representative for EMC and product safety
is Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger
Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany. For
any service or guarantee matters please
refer to the addresses given in separate
service or guarantee documents.
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Notes on using your camera
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.
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.
Back up recommendation
The pictures used in this manual
To avoid the potential risk of data loss,
always copy (back up) data to other
medium.
The photographs used as examples of
pictures in this manual are reproduced
images, and are not actual images shot
using this camera.
Notes on the LCD monitor and lens
• The LCD monitor is manufactured using
extremely high-precision technology so
over 99.99% of the pixels are operational
for effective use. However, there may be
some tiny black points and/or bright
points (white, red, blue or green in color)
that constantly appear on the LCD
monitor. These points are normal in the
manufacturing process and do not affect
the images in any way.
Black, white, red,
blue and green
points
• Do not expose the camera to direct
sunlight. If sunlight is focused on a
nearby object, it may cause a fire. When
you must place the camera under direct
sunlight, attach the lens cap.
• Images may trail across on the LCD
monitor in a cold location. This is not a
malfunction. When turning on the camera
in a cold location, the LCD monitor may
become temporarily dark. When the
camera warms up, the monitor will
function normally.
• Do not press against the LCD monitor.
The monitor may be discolored and that
may cause a malfunction.
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Warning on copyright
Table of Contents
IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS ........................................ 3
Read this first ..................................................................... 5
Notes on using your camera .............................................. 8
Preparing the
camera
Checking the accessories supplied .................................. 13
Preparing the battery pack ............................................... 14
Attaching a lens ............................................................... 19
Inserting a memory card .................................................. 21
Preparing the camera ....................................................... 25
Using the accessories supplied ........................................ 27
Checking the number of recordable images .................... 29
Cleaning ........................................................................... 31
Before your
operation
Identifying parts and screen indicators ............................ 34
Front side .................................................................... 34
Rear side ..................................................................... 35
Sides/Bottom .............................................................. 36
LCD monitor (Recording information display) ......... 37
Viewfinder .................................................................. 40
Selecting a function/setting ............................................. 41
The functions selected by the Fn (Function) button ... 43
The functions selected by the
(Drive) button
............................................................................ 43
Functions selected by the MENU button ................... 43
Shooting images Shooting an image without camera shake ....................... 45
Correct posture ........................................................... 45
Using the Super SteadyShot function ........................ 46
Using a tripod ............................................................. 47
/
Shooting with the automatic setting............... 48
Shooting with a suitable setting for the subject (Scene
Selection) .................................................................... 50
Taking portrait photos .......................................... 50
Taking landscape photos ...................................... 51
Taking small-subject photos ................................ 52
Taking moving-subject photos ............................. 53
Taking sunset photos ........................................... 54
Taking night view photos .................................... 55
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Shooting an image the way you want it (Exposure mode)
..................................................................................... 56
Shooting with program auto .................................. 57
Shooting by controlling the blur of the background
(Aperture priority) ............................................. 59
Shooting a moving subject with various expressions
(Shutter speed priority) ..................................... 61
Shooting with the exposure adjusted manually
(Manual exposure) ............................................ 63
Shooting trails with long exposure (BULB) .......... 65
Selecting the focus method .............................................. 67
Using the
Using autofocus .......................................................... 67
shooting function
Shooting with your desired composition (Focus-lock)
............................................................................ 69
Selecting the focus method to suit the movement of the
subject (Autofocus mode) ................................. 69
Selecting the focus area (AF area) ............................. 70
Adjusting the focus manually (Manual focus) ........... 71
Using the flash ................................................................. 72
Selecting the flash mode ............................................ 74
Performing wireless flash shooting ............................ 74
Adjusting the brightness of the image (Exposure, Flash
compensation, Metering) ............................................ 76
Shooting with fixed brightness (AE Lock) ................ 76
Using brightness compensation for the entire image
(Exposure compensation) .................................. 78
Adjusting the amount of flash light (Flash compensation)
............................................................................ 79
Selecting the flash control mode to set the amount of
flash light (Flash control) .................................. 79
Selecting the method for measuring the brightness of a
subject (Metering mode) ................................... 80
Setting ISO ...................................................................... 82
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Adjusting the color tones (White balance) ...................... 83
Adjusting the white balance to suit a specific light source
(Auto/Preset white balance) .............................. 83
Setting the color temperature and a filter effect (Color
Temperature/Color filter) .................................. 84
Registering the color tones (Custom white balance) .. 85
Image processing ............................................................. 87
Correcting the brightness of the image (D-Range
Optimizer) ......................................................... 87
Selecting your desired image processing (Creative Style)
............................................................................ 87
Selecting the drive mode .................................... 89
Shooting single shot ................................................... 89
Shooting continuously ................................................ 89
Using the self-timer .................................................... 90
Shooting images with the exposure shifted (Exposure
bracket) .............................................................. 90
Shooting with white balance shifted (WB bracket) ... 92
Using the viewing Playing back images ........................................................ 93
Checking the information of recorded images ................ 98
function
Protecting images (Protect) ........................................... 101
Deleting images (Delete) ............................................... 102
Viewing images on a TV screen .................................... 104
Changing your
setup
Setting image size and image quality ............................ 106
Setting the method for recording on a memory card ..... 108
Changing the noise reduction setting ............................ 110
Changing the conditions under which the shutter can close
................................................................................... 111
Changing the functions of the button and dial .............. 112
Changing other settings ................................................. 113
Setting the LCD monitor ............................................... 114
Resetting to the default .................................................. 116
Viewing images
on a computer
Copying images to your computer ................................ 119
Viewing images on your computer ............................... 123
Using the software ......................................................... 127
Printing images
Specifying DPOF .......................................................... 133
Printing images by connecting the camera to a PictBridge
compliant printer ...................................................... 135
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Others
Specifications ................................................................ 139
Troubleshooting ............................................................. 143
Warning messages ......................................................... 152
Precautions .................................................................... 154
Index .............................................................................. 156
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Preparing the camera
Checking the accessories supplied
The number in parentheses indicates the number of pieces.
• Rechargeable battery pack NPFM500H (1)
• Eyecup (1) (Attached on the
camera)
• CD-ROM (Application Software
for α camera) (1)
• Quick Start Guide (1)
• Instruction Manual (This manual)
(1)
Preparing the camera
• BC-VM10 Battery charger (1)/
Power cord (mains lead) (1)
• USB cable (1)
• Video cable (1)
• Shoulder strap (1)
• Eyepiece cover (1)
• Body cap (1) (Attached on the
camera)
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Preparing the battery pack
When using the camera for the first time, be sure to charge the NPFM500H “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (supplied).
Charging the battery pack
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.
1 Insert the battery pack on the
battery charger.
Push the battery pack until it clicks.
2 Connect the power cord (mains
lead).
Light on: Charging
Light off: Normal charge completed
One hour after the lamp is turned off: Full
charge completed
CHARGE lamp
To a wall outlet
(wall socket)
About charging time
• Time required to charge a fully depleted battery pack (supplied) at a
temperature of 25°C (77°F) is as follows.
Full charge
Normal charge
Approx. 235 min.
Approx. 175 min.
• The charging time differs depending on the remaining capacity of the
battery back or charging conditions.
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• 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.
Preparing the camera
Notes
• Connect the battery charger to an easily accessible wall outlet (wall socket) close by.
• Even if the CHARGE lamp is not lit, the battery charger is not disconnected from the
AC power source (mains) as long as it is connected to the wall outlet (wall socket). If
some trouble occurs while using the battery charger, immediately shut off the power
by disconnecting the plug from the wall outlet (wall socket).
• When charging is finished, disconnect the power cord (mains lead) from the wall
outlet (wall socket), and remove the battery pack from the battery charger. If you
leave the charged battery pack on the charger, battery life may be decreased.
• Do not charge any battery pack other than the “InfoLITHIUM” M series battery
pack in the battery charger (supplied) with your camera. Batteries other than the
specified kind may leak, overheat, or explode if you attempt to charge them, posing a
risk of injury from electrocution and burns.
• When the CHARGE lamp flashes, this may indicate a battery error or that a battery
pack other than the specified type have 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 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.
To use your camera abroad — Power sources
You can use your camera and the battery charger and the AC-VQ900AM
AC Adaptor/charger (not supplied) in any country or region where the
power supply is within 100 V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. Use a commercially
available AC plug adaptor [a], if necessary, depending on the design of the
wall outlet (wall socket) [b].
Note
• Do not use an electronic transformer (travel converter), as this may cause a
malfunction.
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Inserting the charged battery pack
1 While sliding the battery cover
open lever, open the battery
cover.
2 Firmly insert the battery pack all
the way while pressing the lock
lever with the tip of the battery.
Lock lever
3 Close the battery cover.
To remove the battery pack
Turn off the camera and slide the lock
lever in the direction of the arrow. Be
careful not to drop the battery pack.
Lock lever
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To remove the battery cover
Preparing the camera
The battery cover can be removed to
attach a vertical grip (not supplied).
To remove the cover, push the lever in
the direction of the arrow and slide it out.
To attach the cover, put the knob in the
hole, pull down the lever, and slide it in.
To check the remaining battery level
Set the POWER switch to ON and check the level on the LCD monitor. The
level is indicated with the percent figures, in addition to the following
indicators.
“Battery
exhausted”
Battery level
High
Low
You cannot shoot
any more pictures.
What is an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack?
An “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is a lithium-ion battery pack that has
functions for exchanging information related to operating conditions with
your camera. Using the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack, the remaining
battery time in percent figures is displayed according to the operating
conditions of your camera.
Notes
• 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.
Available battery packs
Use only an NP-FM500H battery pack. Note that the NP-FM55H, NPFM50 and NP-FM30 cannot be used.
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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. We
recommend the following to ensure longer battery pack use: put the
battery pack in a pocket close to your body to warm it up, and insert it in
your camera immediately before you start shooting.
• The battery pack will run out quickly if you use the flash frequently.
Battery life
• The battery life is limited. Battery capacity decreases little by little as you
use it more and more, and as time passes. If the battery operating time
seems shortened considerably, a probable cause is that the battery pack
has reached the end of its life. Buy a new battery pack.
• The battery life varies according to how it is stored and the operating
conditions and environment in which each battery pack is used.
How to store the battery pack
If the battery pack is not to be used for a long time, fully charge it and then
fully use it up once a year on your camera before storing the battery pack in
a dry, cool place to prolong the battery life.
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Attaching a lens
1 Remove the body cap from the
Body cap
Rear cap
2 Mount the lens by aligning the
orange index marks on the lens
and camera.
Preparing the camera
camera and the rear cap from the
lens.
Orange index marks
3 Turn the lens clockwise until it
clicks into the locked position.
Notes
• When attaching a lens, do not press the lens release button.
• Do not use force when attaching a lens.
Lens hood
Using a lens hood is recommended to prevent unnecessary light from
affecting your images. For attaching, refer to the operating instructions
supplied with the lens.
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To remove the lens
1 Press the lens release button all
the way in and turn the lens
counterclockwise until it stops.
• When changing the lens, quickly
change the lens away from dusty
locations so as to keep dust from
getting inside the camera.
Lens release button
2 Replace the cap on the lens and
attach the body cap to the
camera.
• Before you attach the cap, remove dust
from the cap.
Note on changing the lens
When changing the lens, if dust or debris gets inside the camera and lands
on the surface of the image sensor (the part that acts as the film), it may
appear 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.
If dust or debris lands on the image sensor
Clean the image sensor using [Cleaning mode] in the
(page 32).
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Setup menu
Inserting a memory card
You can use a CompactFlash card (CF card), Microdrive, or “Memory
Stick Duo” as a memory card.
Preparing the camera
1 Open the memory card cover.
2 Insert a memory card (not
supplied) from the terminal side
(the terminal side has a number
of small holes) with its label side
facing toward the LCD monitor.
Face side with a label
• For a “Memory Stick Duo” (not
supplied), insert it in a Memory Stick
Duo Adaptor for CompactFlash slot
(not supplied), then insert the adaptor in
the camera.
Face side with a label
3 Close the memory card cover.
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To remove the memory card
Check that the access lamp is not lit, then
open the memory card cover, push down
the memory card eject lever. After the
card is ejected a little, pull out the
memory card.
Access lamp
Memory card eject
lever
Notes on using memory cards
• 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.
On the CF card/Microdrive
• Be sure to format the CF card/Microdrive using this camera when you use
it for the first time.
• Do not remove the label of a CF card/Microdrive or attach a new label
over the label.
• Do not press on the label strongly.
Notes on use of the Microdrive
A Microdrive is a compact and lightweight hard disk drive that complies with
CompactFlash Type II.
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On the “Memory Stick”
• “Memory Stick”: You cannot use the
“Memory Stick” with your camera.
Preparing the camera
• The Microdrive is a compact hard disk drive. Since the Microdrive is a rotating disk,
the Microdrive is not strong enough to resist vibration and shock compared to a
memory card.
Be sure not to transmit vibration or shock to the Microdrive during playback or
shooting.
• Note that the use of the Microdrive under 5°C (41°F) may bring performance
degradation.
Operating temperature range when using the Microdrive: 5 to 40°C (41 to 104°F)
• Note that the Microdrive cannot be used under low atmospheric pressure (above
3 000 meters above sea-level).
• Do not write on the label.
• “Memory Stick Duo”: You can use the
“Memory Stick Duo” with your camera
by inserting it in a Memory Stick Duo
Adaptor for CompactFlash slot (not
supplied).
• “Memory Stick PRO Duo” or “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo” with a
capacity up to 8 GB have been confirmed to operate properly with this
camera.
• A “Memory Stick Duo” formatted with a computer is not guaranteed to
operate with this camera.
• Data read/write speeds differ depending on the combination of the
“Memory Stick Duo” and the equipment used.
Notes on using a “Memory Stick Duo”
• Do not press down hard when you write down on the memo area.
• Do not attach a label on the “Memory Stick Duo” itself.
• Do not strike, bend or drop the “Memory Stick Duo.”
• Do not disassemble or modify the “Memory Stick Duo.”
• Do not leave the “Memory Stick Duo” within the reach of small children. They
might accidentally swallow it.
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• Do not use or store the “Memory Stick Duo” under the following conditions:
– High temperature locations such as the hot interior of a car parked in direct
sunlight.
– Locations exposed to direct sunlight.
– Humid locations or locations with corrosive substances present.
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Preparing the camera
Setting up the date
1 Set the POWER switch to ON to
turn the camera on.
• To turn the camera off, set it to OFF.
Preparing the camera
When you turn the camera on for the first time, the date/time setup screen
appears.
2 Verify that [OK] is selected on the
LCD monitor, then press the
center of the controller.
3 Select each item with b/B and
set the numeric value with v/V.
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4 Repeat step 3 to set other items, then press the center of the
controller.
• When changing the sequence of [YYYY/MM/DD], first select [YYYY/
MM/DD] with b/B, then change it with v/V.
5 Verify that [OK] is selected, then press the center of the
controller.
To cancel the date/time setting operation
Press the MENU button.
Adjusting the focus of the finder (diopter adjustment)
Adjust the diopter-adjustment dial
to your eyesight until the indicators
appear clearly in the viewfinder.
• Turn the dial toward + when you are farsighted, toward – when you are near-sighted.
• Training the camera on the light allows you to
adjust the diopter easily.
When it is hard to rotate the diopter-adjustment dial
Remove the eyecup, then rotate the dial.
• When attaching the FDA-M1AM Magnifier
(not supplied) or the FDA-A1AM Angle
Finder (not supplied) to the camera, remove
the eyecup as illustrated and attach them.
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Using the accessories supplied
Attaching the shoulder strap
Attach the both ends of the strap on
the camera.
Preparing the camera
This section describes how to use the shoulder strap and the eyepiece cover.
The other accessories are described in the following pages.
• Rechargeable battery pack (page 14)
• Battery charger, Power cord (mains lead) (page 14)
• Eyecup (page 26)
• USB cable (pages 120, 136)
• Video cable (page 104)
• CD-ROM (page 128)
Eyepiece cover
• You can also attach the eyepiece cover
(below) on the strap.
Using the eyepiece cover
You can prevent light from entering through the viewfinder and affecting
the exposure. When the shutter is released without the use of the
viewfinder, as in bulb exposure or shooting with the self-timer, attach the
eyepiece cover.
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1 Carefully slide the eyecup off by
pushing on each side of the
eyecup.
2 Slide the eyepiece cover over the
viewfinder.
Note
• The eyepiece sensors located below the viewfinder may be activated depending on
the situation, and the focus may be adjusted or the LCD monitor may continue to
flash. In such cases, set [Eye-Start AF] (page 69) and [Auto off w/ VF] (page 115) to
[Off].
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Checking the number of recordable
images
Note
• If “0” is flashing in yellow, the memory card is full. Replace the memory card with
another one, or delete images in the current memory card (pages 21, 102).
Preparing the camera
Once you insert a memory card into the
camera and set the POWER switch to
ON, the number of images that can be
recorded (should you continue to shoot
using the current settings) is displayed on
the LCD monitor.
The number of images that can be recorded on a memory
card
The table shows the approximate number of images that can be recorded on
a memory card formatted with this camera. The values may vary depending
on the shooting conditions.
The number of images (Units: Images)
Image size: L 10M
Aspect ratio: 3:2*
Capacity
Size
Standard
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
325
653
1307
2606
Fine
241
484
969
1933
RAW & JPEG
48
98
198
397
RAW
61
124
250
500
* When [Aspect ratio] is set to [16:9], you can record more images than the numbers
shown in the table above. However, if it is set to [RAW], the number is the same as
that of the [3:2] aspect ratio.
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The number of images that can be recorded using a battery
pack
The approximate number of images that can be recorded is 750 when you
use the camera with the battery pack (supplied) at full capacity.
Note that the actual numbers may be less than those indicated depending on
the conditions of use.
• The number is calculated with a battery pack at full capacity and in the
following situation:
– At an ambient temperature of 25°C (77°F).
– [Quality] is set to [Fine].
– Focus mode is set to
(Automatic AF).
– Shooting once every 30 seconds.
– The flash strobes once every two times.
– The power turns on and off once every ten times.
• The measurement method is based on the CIPA standard.
(CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association)
• When using a Microdrive, the number of images recordable may differ.
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Cleaning
Cleaning the LCD monitor
Cleaning the lens
• When cleaning the lens surface, remove dust using a blower brush. In
case of dust that sticks to the surface, wipe it off with a soft cloth or tissue
paper slightly moistened with lens cleaning solution. Wipe in a spiral
pattern from the center to the outside. Do not spray lens cleaning solution
directly onto the lens surface.
• Do not touch the inside of the camera, such as lens contacts, or the mirror.
Since dust on the mirror or around the mirror may affect the autofocus
system, blow away dust using a commercially available blower. If dust
lands on the image sensor, it may appear on the photo image. Turn the
camera to the cleaning mode, then clean it using a blower (page 32). Do
not use a spray blower to clean the inside of the camera. Using this may
cause a malfunction.
• Do not use a cleaning solution containing organic solvents, such as
thinner, or benzine.
Preparing the camera
Wipe the screen surface with an LCD cleaning kit (not supplied) to remove
fingerprints, dust, etc.
Cleaning the camera surface
Clean the camera surface with a soft cloth slightly moistened with water,
then wipe the surface with a dry cloth. Do not use the following as they
may damage the finish or the casing.
• Chemical products such as thinner, benzine, alcohol, disposable cloths,
insect repellent, sunscreen or insecticide, etc.
• Do not touch the camera with the above on your hand.
• Do not leave the camera in contact with rubber or vinyl for a long time.
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Cleaning the image sensor
If dust or debris enters the camera and lands on the image sensor (the part
that acts as the film), it may appear on the photo image, depending on the
shooting environment. If there is dust on the image sensor, use a
commercially available blower brush and clean the image sensor following
the steps below. You can easily brush the dust away using only the blower
brush and the anti-dust function.
Notes
• Cleaning can be performed only when the battery level is
(three remaining
battery icons) or more. Low battery power during cleaning can cause damage to the
shutter. The cleaning should be completed quickly. The use of an AC Adaptor/
Charger (not supplied) is recommended.
• Do not use a spray blower because it may scatter vapor inside the camera body.
1 Confirm that the battery is fully charged (page 17).
2 Press the MENU button, then
select
3 with b/B on the
controller.
MENU button
3 Select [Cleaning mode] with v/V
on the controller, then press the
center of the controller.
The message “After cleaning, turn
camera off. Continue?” appears.
4 Select [OK] with v on the controller, and press the center of the
controller.
After the image sensor vibrates for a short time, the mirror in front is lifted.
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5 Detach the lens (page 20).
6 Use the blower brush to clean the
• Do not touch the image sensor with the
tip of the brush. Complete the cleaning
quickly.
• Hold the camera’s face downward to
prevent the dust from resettling in the
camera.
• When cleaning the image sensor, do not
put the tip of a blower brush into the
cavity beyond the lens mount.
Preparing the camera
image sensor surface and the
surrounding area.
7 Attach the lens and set the POWER switch to OFF.
Note
• The camera starts beeping if the battery pack becomes low during cleaning. Stop the
cleaning immediately and set the POWER switch to OFF.
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Before your operation
Identifying parts and screen indicators
See the pages in parentheses for details of operation.
Front side
A Shutter button (48)
B Control dial (58, 112)
C Self-timer lamp (90)
D Lens contacts*
E Mirror*
F Lens mount
G Built-in flash* (72)
H Mode dial (48)
I
(Flash pop-up) button (72)
J Lens release button (20)
K Focus mode switch (67, 71)
* Do not directly touch these parts.
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Rear side
Before your operation
A Accessory shoe (40)
M ISO button (82)
B Viewfinder (26)
N
C Eyepiece sensors (69)
D POWER switch (25)
O For shooting: AEL (AE lock)
button (64, 76)
For viewing:
(Zoom in)
button (94)
E MENU button (41)
F DISP (Display) button/LCD
brightness button (39, 93)
G
H
button (41)
For viewing:
(Image
rotation) button (94)
(Playback) button (93)
J Diopter-adjustment dial (26)
K For shooting:
button (78)
For viewing:
button (94)/
(96)
L
P For shooting: Fn (Function)
(Delete) button (102)
I LCD monitor (37, 39)
Q Access lamp (22)
R Controller (Enter)/Spot AF
(Exposure)
(Zoom out)
(Index) button
Image sensor position
mark (68)
button (70)
S Controller (v/V/b/B)
T
(Super SteadyShot) switch
(46)
(Drive) button (89)
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Sides/Bottom
A VIDEO OUT/USB terminal
(104, 120)
B Memory card cover
C Memory card insertion slot (21)
D Memory card eject lever (22)
E Hooks for shoulder strap (27)
F REMOTE terminal
• When connecting the RMS1AM/RM-L1AM Remote
Commander (not supplied) to
the camera, insert the plug of
the Remote Commander in the
REMOTE terminal, aligning
the guide of the plug on the
guide of the REMOTE
terminal.
G DC IN terminal
• When connecting the ACVQ900AM AC Adaptor/
Charger (not supplied) to the
camera, turn the camera off,
then plug the connector of the
AC Adaptor/Charger to the DC
IN terminal on the camera.
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H Battery cover (17)
I Tripod receptacle
• Use a tripod with a screw length
of less than 5.5 mm (7/32 inch).
You will be unable to firmly
secure the camera to tripods
having screws longer than 5.5
mm (7/32 inch), and may
damage the camera.
LCD monitor (Recording information display)
A
C
Display
Indication
P A S M Mode dial (48)
1/125
Shutter speed (61)
F5.6
Aperture (59)
+2.0
Exposure (63)
AE lock (76)
Indication
Drive mode (89)
Focus mode (69)
AF area (70)
Metering (80)
B
Display
Display
Before your operation
• The illustration above is for the detailed display. The enlarged display is displayed as
the default setting.
Indication
Creative Style (87)
Flash mode (74)/Red-eye
reduction (73)
Exposure-compensation
(78)/Metered Manual
(63)
Flash compensation (79)
White balance (Auto,
Preset, Color
7500K temperature, Color filter,
G9
Custom) (83)
D-Range Optimizer (87)
EV scale (63, 91)
ISO AUTO
ISO sensitivity (82)
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D
Display
90%
Indication
Battery remaining (17)
Image quality (106)
Image size (106)
100
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Remaining number of
recordable images (29)
Switching the recording information display
Press the DISP button to switch between
the enlarged display and the detailed
display.
When you rotate the camera to a vertical
position, the display automatically rotates
to adjust to the camera position.
DISP button
Detailed display
No display
Before your operation
Enlarged display
Note
• You can display the screen used for adjusting the brightness of the LCD monitor by
pressing the DISP button a little longer (page 114).
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Viewfinder
A
Display
Display
Indication
AF area (70)
Spot AF area (70)
Spot metering area (80)
Shooting area for aspect
ratio 16:9 (106)
B
Display
Indication
Flash compensation (79)
Flash charging (74)
WL
Wireless flash (74)
High-speed sync*
Manual focus (71)
z
Focus
125
Shutter speed (61)
5.6
Aperture (59)
EV scale (63, 91)
AE lock (76)
2
Shots-remaining counter
(29)
Camera shake warning
(46)
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Indication
Super SteadyShot scale
(46)
Aspect ratio 16:9 (106)
* When using the HVL-F56AM/HVLF36AM Flash (not supplied), you can
shoot with a High-speed sync feature
at any shutter speed. For details, refer
to the operating instructions supplied
with the flash.
Selecting a function/setting
You can select a function for shooting or playback from the menu list. To
display the menu list, press the Fn (Function) button,
(Drive)
button, or MENU button.
Example: When the Fn button is pressed.
Before your operation
From the menu list, use the controller to
move the cursor to the setting of your
choice and execute the selection.
: Press v/V/b/B on the controller to
move the cursor.
z: Press the center button to execute the
selection.
In this instruction manual, the process of selecting a function with the
controller from the menu list is described as follows:
Example: Fn button t [White balance] t Select the desired
setting
When you start the operation, an operation guide of controller functions
will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. Please refer to the guide when
operating the camera. The step-by-step description of the above example is
as follows:
1 Press the Fn button.
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2 Following the operation guide,
select [White balance] with v/V/
b/B on the controller, then press
the center z to execute.
Operation guide
3 Following the operation guide,
select and execute the desired
function.
For example, to change [5500K] (the
current setting), select [5500K] with v/
V, adjust the value of
[ColorTemperature] with b/B, then press
the center z to execute.
The operation guide list
The operation guide also indicates operations other than the controller
operation. The indications of icons are as follows.
MENU button
Returns with MENU button
button
button
button
button
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The functions selected by the Fn (Function) button
Flash mode (page 74)
Autofocus mode (page 69)
White balance (page 83)
Metering mode (page 80)
AF area (page 70)
D-RangeOptimizer (page 87)
(Drive) button
Single-shot adv. (page 89)
Continuous adv. (page 89)
Self-timer (page 90)
Bracket: Cont. (page 90)
Bracket: Single (page 90)
WB bracket (page 92)
Before your operation
The functions selected by the
Functions selected by the MENU button
Recording menu
Image size (106)
Aspect ratio (106)
Quality (106)
1
Creative Style (87)
Flash control (79)
Flash compens. (79)
Priority setup (111)
AF illuminator (73)
Long exp.NR (110)
2
High ISO NR (110)
Rec mode reset (116)
Custom menu
Eye-Start AF (69)
AEL button (112)
Ctrl dial setup (112)
1
Red eye reduc. (73)
Auto review (114)
Auto off w/ VF (115)
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Playback menu
Delete (102)
Format (109)
Protect (101)
1
DPOF setup (133)
• Date imprint (134)
• Index print (134)
2
PlaybackDisplay (93)
Slide show (97)
• Interval (97)
Setup menu
LCD brightness (114)
Info.disp.time (114)
Power save (113)
1
Video output (105)
Language (113)
Date/Time setup (113)
3
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Cleaning mode (32)
Reset default (117)
File number (108)
Folder name (108)
Select folder (109)
2
• New folder (109)
USB connection (120, 135)
Audio signals (113)
Shooting images
Shooting an image without camera shake
“Camera shake” refers to an 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.
Correct posture
Point 1
One hand holds the grip of the camera,
and the other hand supports the lens.
Shooting images
Stabilize your upper body and take a
position that keeps the camera from
moving.
Point 2
Lightly tuck your elbows against your
body.
When shooting in a kneeling position,
steady your upper body by placing your
elbow on your knee.
Point 3
Take a secure stance with your feet
shoulder-width apart.
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Camera shake warning indicator
Due to potential camera shake, the
(Camera shake warning) indicator flashes
in the viewfinder. In this case, use the
Super SteadyShot function, a tripod, or
the flash.
(Camera shake warning) indicator
Note
• The
(Camera shake warning) indicator is displayed only in the modes that the
shutter speed is automatically set. This indicator is not displayed in M/S/PS modes.
Using the Super SteadyShot function
This Super SteadyShot function can reduce the effect of camera shake by
the equivalent of approximately 2.5 to 3.5 increments of shutter speed.
Set the
switch to “ON.”
• The
(Super SteadyShot scale) indicator
appears. Wait until the scale becomes low,
then start shooting.
switch
(Super SteadyShot scale) indicator
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Note
• The Super SteadyShot function may not work optimally when the power has just
been turned on, when the subject has just entered the area, or when the shutter button
has been pressed all the way down without stopping halfway. Wait for the
(Super SteadyShot scale) indicator scale to go down, and then press the shutter
button down slowly.
Using a tripod
Note
• When using a tripod, deactivate the Super SteadyShot function.
Shooting images
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.
• Shooting a moving subject.
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/ Shooting with the automatic
setting
The “AUTO” mode allows you to easily shoot any subject under any
conditions.
Select
when shooting in a location where the use of a flash is restricted.
1 Set the mode dial to
or
(Flash Off).
or
2 Hold the camera and look into the
viewfinder.
The subject inside the focus area comes
into focus (Eye-Start AF, page 69).
Focus area
3 Place the desired subject within
the focus area.
• If the
(Camera shake warning)
indicator flashes, set the
switch to
ON to activate the Super SteadyShot
function, or use a tripod.
(Camera shake warning) indicator
4 When using a zoom lens, turn the
zoom ring, then decide on your
shot.
Zoom ring
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5 Press the shutter button halfway
down to focus.
When the focus is confirmed, the focus
indicator z or
(Focus indicator)
lights up (page 68).
6 Press the shutter button fully
Shooting images
Focus indicator
down to shoot.
• When the
switch is set to ON, wait
until the scale of the
(Super
SteadyShot scale) indicator becomes
low, then start shooting.
(Super SteadyShot scale) indicator
Note
• If you turn the camera off or change the recording mode in AUTO or Scene
Selection mode, the settings you set up with the Fn button,
button, ISO
button, or MENU button are reset to the default settings.
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Shooting with a suitable setting for the
subject (Scene Selection)
Selecting an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting conditions
allows you to shoot the image with a more suitable setting for the subject
than in “AUTO” mode.
Taking portrait photos
This mode is suitable to
z Blur away backgrounds and sharpen
the subject.
z Reproduce skin tones softly.
Set the mode dial to
(Portrait).
Shooting techniques
• 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 73).
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Taking landscape photos
This mode is suitable to
z Shoot the entire range of scenery in
sharp focus with vivid colors.
(Landscape).
Shooting technique
Shooting images
Set the mode dial to
• To accentuate the openness of the scenery, set the lens to wide angle.
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Taking small-subject photos
This mode is suitable to
z Shoot close subjects such as
flowers, insects, dishes, or small
goods. You can achieve clear and
sharp focus.
Set the mode dial to
(Macro).
Shooting techniques
• Get close to the subject and shoot at the minimum distance of the lens.
• You can shoot a closer subject using a macro lens.
• Set the built-in flash to (Flash Off) when you shoot a subject within
1 m (3.3 feet).
• In macro mode shooting, the Super SteadyShot function will not be fully
effective. Use a tripod to achieve better results (page 47).
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Taking moving-subject photos
This mode is suitable to
z Shoot moving subjects outdoors or
in bright places.
(Sports action).
Shooting techniques
Shooting images
Set the mode dial to
• The camera shoots images continuously while the shutter button is
pressed.
• Press and hold the shutter button halfway down until the right moment.
• Set the ISO sensitivity higher when shooting in poor light (page 82).
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Taking sunset photos
This mode is suitable to
z Shoot the red of the sunset
beautifully.
Set the mode dial to
(Sunset).
Shooting techniques
• Used to shoot an image accentuating the red color compared with other
modes. This is also suitable for shooting the beautiful red of the sunrise.
• You can adjust the depth of the color by exposure compensation. Shifting
to the under side (–) deepens the colors, while shifting to the over side (+)
attenuates the colors.
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Taking night view photos
This mode is suitable to
z Shoot portraits in night scenes.
without losing the dark atmosphere
of the surroundings.
Set the mode dial to
Set [Flash mode] to
persons (page 74).
Shooting images
z Shoot night scenes at a distance
(Night portrait/Night view).
(Flash Off) when you shoot a night view without
Shooting techniques
• Take care that the subject does not move to prevent the image from
blurring.
• The shutter speed is slower, so using a tripod is recommended.
Note
• The picture may not be taken properly when shooting a wholly dark night scene.
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Shooting an image the way you want it
(Exposure mode)
With a single lens reflex camera, you can adjust the shutter speed (how
long the shutter is open) and aperture (the range that is in focus: depth of
field) to enjoy a variety of photographic expressions.
For example, you can use a fast shutter speed to shoot the ephemeral shape
of a wave, or you can accentuate a flower by opening the aperture to put
everything in front of and beyond the flower out of focus. These are a few
of the effects you can enjoy with your camera (pages 59, 61).
Adjusting the shutter speed and aperture not only creates the photographic
effects of movement and focus, but also determines the brightness of the
image by controlling the amount of exposure (the amount of light the
camera takes in), which is the most important factor in photo shooting.
Changing of picture brightness by the amount of exposure
Amount of
exposure
low
high
When using a faster shutter speed, the camera opens the shutter for a
shorter time. This means less time for the camera to take in light, resulting
in a darker picture. To take a brighter picture, you can open the aperture
(the hole through which the light passes) to some extent in order to adjust
the amount of light the camera takes in at one time.
The brightness of the picture adjusted by the shutter speed and aperture is
called “exposure.”
This section will show you how to adjust the exposure and enjoy various
photo expressions by the use of movement, focus, and light. You can find
out the right way to shoot the image and the subject you like.
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Shooting with program auto
This mode is suitable to
z Use the automatic exposure, while
keeping the custom settings for ISO
sensitivity, Creative Style, D-Range
optimizer, etc.
measured by the camera, but change
the combination of shutter speed and
aperture depending on the subject
(Program shift).
Shooting images
z Keep the exposure compensation
1 Set the mode dial to P.
2 Set the shooting functions to your desired settings (pages 67 to
92).
The settings will be stored until you reset the settings.
• To fire the flash, press the button.
3 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
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To use Program shift
1 Press the shutter button halfway
Shutter speed
down to adjust the focus.
Aperture value
The correct exposure (shutter speed and
aperture value) determined by the camera
is indicated.
2 Rotate the control dial to select
your desired combination while
the focus is achieved.
PS
Shutter speed
Aperture
value
The recording mode indicator is switched
to “PS” (Shutter speed priority program
shift), and the shutter speed and aperture
value are changed.
• Switch to “PA” (Aperture priority
program shift) when you want to select
a combination by reference to the
aperture value (page 59).
3 Shoot the subject.
Notes
• If you turn the camera off and on or a certain period of time is passed, Program shift
“PS” or “PA” is canceled and returned to “P.”
• When Program Shift “PS” is selected, the
(Camera shake warning) indicator is
not displayed.
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Shooting by controlling the blur of the background
(Aperture priority)
This mode is suitable to
z Put 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.)
Narrowing down the aperture widens
the range that is in focus. (Depth of
field becomes deeper.)
Shooting images
z Shoot the depth of the scenery.
1 Set the mode dial to A.
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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 also
focused on.
• You cannot check the blurring of an
image in the viewfinder. Check the
recorded image and adjust the aperture.
3 Adjust the focus and shoot the
Aperture (F-number)
Shutter speed
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.
Shooting techniques
• The shutter speed may become slower depending on the aperture value.
When the shutter speed is slower, use a tripod.
• The flash range differs according to the aperture value. When you shoot
with the flash, check the flash range (page 73).
• To blur the background more, use a telephoto lens or a lens that is
equipped with a smaller diaphragm (bright lens).
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Shooting a moving subject with various expressions
(Shutter speed priority)
This mode is suitable to
z Shoot a moving subject at a moment
in time. Use a faster shutter speed to
crisply shoot an instant of the
movement.
dynamism and flow. Use a slower
shutter speed to shoot a trailing
image of the moving subject.
Shooting images
z Trace the movement to express the
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
Aperture (F-number)
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.
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 speed priority
mode.
• When using the flash, if you close the aperture (a larger F-number) by making the
shutter speed slower, the light of the flash does not reach a distant subject.
• The higher the ISO sensitivity, the more outstanding the noise.
• When the shutter speed is one second or more, noise reduction (Long exp.NR) will
be done after shooting (page 110). You cannot do any further shooting during the
reduction.
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Shooting with the exposure adjusted manually (Manual
exposure)
This mode is suitable to
z Shoot with the desired exposure
setting by adjusting both the shutter
speed and aperture.
z Use an exposure meter.
Shooting images
1 Set the mode dial to M.
2 Rotate the control dial to adjust
the shutter speed, and while
pressing the
button, rotate the
control dial to adjust the aperture.
• You can assign a function to the control
dial with [Ctrl dial setup] (page 112).
button
Shutter speed
Aperture (Fnumber)
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3 Shoot the image after the
LCD monitor (Detailed display)
exposure is set.
• Check the exposure value on the EV
scale.
Toward +: Images become brighter.
Toward –: Images become darker.
The b B arrow appears if the set
exposure is beyond the range of the EV
scale. The arrow starts flashing if the
difference becomes greater.
: Metered Manual
Standard value
Viewfinder
Standard value
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.
Manual shift
You can change the shutter speed and aperture value combination without
changing the exposure you set.
Rotate the control dial while pressing the
AEL button to select the shutter speed
and aperture value combination.
AEL button
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Shooting trails with long exposure (BULB)
This mode is suitable to
z Shoot trails of light, such as
fireworks.
z Shoot trails of stars.
Shooting images
1 Set the mode dial to M.
2 Rotate the control dial to the left
until [BULB] is indicated.
BULB
3 While pressing the
button,
rotate the control dial to adjust
the aperture (F-number).
button
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4 Press the shutter button halfway down to adjust the focus.
5 Attach the eyepiece cover (page 27).
6 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.
• If you use a Remote Commander that is equipped with a shutter button
lock function (not supplied), you can leave the shutter open using the
Remote Commander.
Notes
• The Super SteadyShot function is automatically turned off.
• The longer the exposure time, the more outstanding the noise on the image.
• After shooting, noise reduction (Long exp.NR) will be done for the same amount of
time that the shutter was open. You cannot do any further shooting during the
reduction.
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Using the shooting function
Selecting the focus method
There are two methods for adjusting the focus: autofocus and manual focus.
Using autofocus
1 Set the focus mode switch to AF.
2 Look into the viewfinder.
3 Press the shutter button halfway
Focus area sensor
down to check the focus and shoot
the image.
• When the focus is confirmed, the focus
indicator changes to z or
(page 68).
• The sensor used for focusing in the AF
area illuminated briefly in red
(page 70).
Using the shooting function
The subject inside the focus area comes into focus automatically (Eye-Start
AF).
Focus area
Focus indicator
Shooting technique
• To select the area used for focusing, set up [AF area] (page 70).
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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 69) or manual focus
(page 71).
• A subject that is low in contrast, such as blue sky or a white wall.
• Two subjects at different distances overlapping in the AF area.
• A subject that is composed of repeating patterns, such as the facade of a
building.
• A subject that is very bright or glittering, such as the sun, the body of an
automobile, or the surface of water.
To measure the exact distance to the subject
The
mark located on the top of the
camera shows the location of the image
sensor*. When you measure the exact
distance between the camera and the
subject, refer to the position of the
horizontal line.
* The image sensor is the part of the
camera that acts as the film.
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.
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To deactivate the Eye-Start AF function
MENU button t
1 t [Eye-Start AF] t [Off]
• When attaching the FDA-M1AM Magnifier (not supplied) or the FDAA1AM Angle Finder (not supplied) to the camera, setting [Eye-Start AF]
to [Off] is recommended because the eyepiece sensors located below the
viewfinder may be activated.
Shooting with your desired composition (Focus-lock)
1 Place the subject within the AF
area and press the shutter button
halfway down.
down, and put the subject back in
the original position to recompose the shot.
Using the shooting function
2 Keep the shutter button halfway
3 Press the shutter button fully down to take the picture.
Selecting the focus method to suit the movement of the
subject (Autofocus mode)
Fn button t [Autofocus mode] t Select the desired setting
(Single-shot
AF)
The camera focuses on and the focus is locked when you
press the shutter button halfway down.
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(Automatic AF) When you press and hold the shutter button, if the subject is
motionless, the focus is locked and if the subject is in motion,
the camera continues to focus.
(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.
Shooting techniques
• Use
• Use
(Single-shot AF) when the subject is motionless.
(Continuous AF) when the subject is in motion.
Selecting the focus area (AF area)
Select the desired AF are to suit the
shooting conditions or your preference.
The area used for focusing is illuminated
briefly.
AF area
Area
Fn button t [AF area] t Select the desired setting
(Wide)
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The camera determines which of the nine AF areas is used in
focusing within the AF area. If you press and hold the center
of the controller, you can adjust the focus using the spot AF
area.
(Spot)
The camera uses the spot AF area exclusively.
(Local)
Choose the area for which you want to activate the focus
from among nine areas with the controller during the
shooting. To select the spot AF area, press the center of the
controller.
Note
• The AF area may not be illuminated during continuous shooting or when the shutter
button is pressed all the way down without pause.
Adjusting the focus manually (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 to MF.
lens to achieve a sharp focus.
Focusing
ring
Notes
• In the case of a subject that can be focused in autofocus mode, the z indicator lights
up in the viewfinder when the focus is confirmed. When the Wide AF area is used,
the center area is used, and when the Local AF area is used, the area that is selected
with the controller is used.
• The camera resets the focal length to
(infinity) when the POWER switch is set to
ON.
• When using a tele converter, etc., rotation of the focusing ring may not be smooth.
• The correct focus is not achieved if the diopter is not adjusted properly (page 26).
Using the shooting function
2 Rotate the focusing ring of the
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Using the flash
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 Press the
button.
button
The flash pops up.
• In 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.
2 After the flash charging is
completed, 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 easily focus a subject (AF
illuminator).
(Flash charging)
indicator
Shooting techniques
• The lens or lens hood may block the light of the flash and a shadow may
appear on the image. Remove the lens hood.
• Shoot the subject at a distance of 1 m (3.3 feet) or greater.
Note
• Do not hold the camera by grabbing the flash emitter.
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The flash range
The range within which the correct exposure is provided depends on the
combination of the flash range and ISO sensitivity. Refer to the following
table to determine the shooting distance.
Aperture
F2.8
F4.0
ISO
AUTO 1.4 – 8.6 m (4.6 – 28 1 – 6 m (3.3 – 20
setting
feet)
feet)
F5.6
1 – 4.3 m (3.3 – 14
feet)
100
1 – 4.3 m (3.3 – 14
feet)
1 – 3 m (3.3 – 9.8
feet)
1 – 2.1 m (3.3 – 6.9
feet)
200
1 – 6 m (3.3 – 20
feet)
1 – 4.3 m (3.3 – 14
feet)
1 – 3 m (3.3 – 9.8
feet)
400
1.4 – 8.6 m (4.6 – 28 1 – 6 m (3.3 – 20
feet)
feet)
800
2 – 12 m (6.6 – 39
feet)
1600
2.8 – 17 m (9.2 – 56 2 – 12 m (6.6 – 39
feet)
feet)
3200
4 – 24 m (13 – 79
feet)
1 – 4.3 m (3.3 – 14
feet)
1.4 – 8.6 m (4.6 – 28
feet)
2.8 – 17 m (9.2 – 56 2 – 12 m (6.6 – 39
feet)
feet)
The AF illuminator
• 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 in the viewfinder.)
• The AF illuminator may not operate with focal lengths of 300 mm or
longer.
• When an external flash is attached, the AF illuminator of the external
flash is used.
Using the shooting function
1.4 – 8.6 m (4.6 – 28 1 – 6 m (3.3 – 20
feet)
feet)
To deactivate the AF illuminator
MENU button t
2 t [AF illuminator] t [Off]
To use the red-eye reduction
The red-eye reduction reduces the red-eye phenomenon by providing preflash (low-flash light) a few times before shooting when using the flash.
MENU button t
1 t [Red eye reduc.] t [On]
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Note
• The red-eye reduction is available only when the built-in flash is used.
Selecting the flash mode
Fn button t [Flash mode] t Select the desired setting
(Flash Off)
Does not fire even if the built-in flash pops up. This is not
selectable when the mode dial is set to P, A, S, or M.
(Autoflash)
Fires if it is dark or against light. This is not selectable when
the mode dial is set to P, A, S, or M.
(Fill-flash)
Fires whenever the built-in flash pops up.
(Slow sync.)
Fires whenever the built-in flash pops up. 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 whenever the
built-in flash pops up.
(Wireless)
Fires an external flash (not supplied) that is off the camera
and away from it (Wireless flash shooting).
Shooting techniques
• When shooting indoors or using nightscape, you can use slow sync to
shoot a bright image of people and the background.
• You can use rear sync to shoot a natural image of the trailing of a moving
subject such as a moving bicycle or a walking person.
Performing wireless flash shooting
With an external wireless flash (not supplied), you can shoot with the flash
without a cord when the external flash is not attached to the camera. By
changing the position of the flash, you can shoot an image 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.
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Fn button t [Flash mode] t
(Wireless)
• To do a pre-flash test, pull up the flash and press the AEL button on the
camera.
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 built-in flash light triggers firing of your flash. To
change the channel of the external flash, refer to the operating instructions supplied
with it.
Using the shooting function
The AEL button setting
When using the wireless flash, it is recommended that you set [AEL button]
(page 112) to [AEL hold] in the
Custom menu.
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Adjusting the brightness of the image
(Exposure, Flash compensation,
Metering)
Shooting with fixed brightness (AE Lock)
When shooting into the sun or by a window, the exposure may not be
appropriate for the subject because of the big difference in lighting between
the subject and the background. In such cases, 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).
The spot where you
lock the exposure.
1 Fn button t [Metering mode] t
(Spot)
2 Adjust the focus on the portion you want to lock the exposure.
The exposure is set when the focus is achieved.
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3 Press the AEL button to lock the
exposure.
(AE lock mark) appears in the
viewfinder and on the LCD monitor.
AEL button
4 While pressing the AEL button, focus on the subject, and shoot
the subject.
To check the exposure of the image
Hold down the AEL button and place the
spot metering circle on the spot where the
lighting is contrasted from the subject.
The metering indicator displays the
degree of exposure difference, zero being
the locked exposure.
Shifting to the + side makes the image
brighter, and shifting to the – side makes
the image darker.
When the image is too bright or too dark
to get the proper exposure, b or B
appears or flashes at the end of the
indicator.
Spot metering circle
Using the shooting function
• 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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Using brightness compensation for the entire image
(Exposure compensation)
Except for recording mode M, the exposure is automatically acquired.
(Automatic exposure)
Based on the exposure acquired by the automatic exposure, you can
perform exposure compensation by shifting the exposure to either the +
side or the – side, depending on your preference. You can make the entire
image brighter by shifting to the + side. The entire image becomes darker
when you shift it to the – side.
Adjust in the –
direction
Base exposure
1 Press the
button to display the
exposure compensation screen.
Adjust in the +
direction
button
2 Adjust the exposure with the
control dial.
Toward + (over): Brightens an image.
Toward – (under): Darkens an image.
Standard exposure
3 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
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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 90).
Adjusting the amount of flash light (Flash compensation)
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.
MENU button t
desired setting
1 t [Flash compens.] t Select the
Notes
• If you have adjusted the flash level,
appears in the viewfinder when the built-in
flash is pulled up. When you adjust it, be careful not to forget to reset the value.
• The positive effect may not be visible due to the limited amount of flash light, if the
subject is at or around the maximum range for the flash. If the subject is very close,
the negative effect may not be visible.
Exposure compensation and flash compensation
Exposure compensation changes the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity (when
[AUTO] is selected) to perform the compensation. If the flash is used, the amount of
flash light is also changed.
However, flash compensation only changes the amount of flash light.
Using the shooting function
• Toward +: Makes the flash level higher.
Toward –: Makes the flash level lower.
Selecting the flash control mode to set the amount of flash
light (Flash control)
MENU button t
setting
1 t [Flash control] t Select the desired
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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 (not supplied) cannot
be determined (wireless flash shooting using an external flash (not supplied),
shooting with an off-camera flash using a cable, shooting with a macro twin flash,
etc.), the camera automatically selects Pre-flash TTL mode.
• Select [Pre-flash TTL] in the following cases, as the camera cannot 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.
Selecting the method for measuring the brightness of a
subject (Metering mode)
Fn button t [Metering mode] t Select the desired mode
(Multi segment)
This divides the whole screen into 40 segments to measure
light (40-segment honeycomb pattern metering).
(Center weighted) While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this mode
measures the average brightness of the entire screen.
(Spot)
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This mode measures light only in the spot metering circle in
the center of the frame.
Shooting techniques
• Use (Multi segment) metering for general shooting.
• When shooting a subject with strong contrast in the focus area, measure
the light of the subject you want to shoot with the proper exposure using
Spot metering, then perform AE lock shooting (page 76).
Using the shooting function
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Setting ISO
Sensitivity to light is expressed by the ISO number (recommended
exposure index). The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity.
1 Press the ISO button to display
ISO button
the ISO screen.
2 Select the desired value with v/V on the controller.
• The larger the number, the higher the noise level.
Notes
• When ISO is set to [AUTO], ISO is automatically set as follows.
Recording mode
ISO
AUTO, Scene Selection
The range differs depending on the mode
P, A, S
100 – 400
• The [AUTO] setting is not provided in recording mode M. If you change the
recording mode to M with the [AUTO] setting, it is switched to [100]. Set the ISO
according to your shooting conditions.
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Adjusting the color tones (White balance)
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
Note
• 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.
Adjusting the white balance to suit a specific light source
(Auto/Preset white balance)
Using the shooting function
White balance is a feature that adjusts the color tone to approximate what
you see. 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.
Fn button t [White balance] t Select the desired setting
• When [AWB] is not selected, you can finely adjust the color tone with b/
B on the controller. Adjusting it toward + turns the image reddish and
adjusting it toward – turns the image bluish.
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AWB (Auto WB)
The camera automatically detects a light source and adjusts
the color tones.
(Daylight)
If you select an option to suit a specific light source, the color
tones are adjusted for the light source (preset white balance).
(Shade)
(Cloudy)
(Tungsten)
(Fluorescent)
(Flash)
Shooting techniques
• Use the white balance bracket function if you cannot get the desired color
in the selected option (page 92).
• When you select [5500K] (ColorTemperature) or [00] (Color filter), you
can adjust the value to the desired value (below).
• When you select
(Custom), you can register your setting (page 85).
Setting the color temperature and a filter effect (Color
Temperature/Color filter)
Fn button t [White balance] t [5500K] (ColorTemperature) or
[00] (Color filter)
• To set the color temperature, select the value with b/B.
• To set the color filter, select the compensation direction with 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 do a test shooting.
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5500K*1
(ColorTemperature)
Sets the white balance by the color temperature. The higher
the number, the more reddish the image and the lower the
number, the more bluish the image.
00*2 (Color filter)
Achieves the effect of CC (Color Compensation) filters for
photography.
Based on using the set color temperature as the standard, the
color can be compensated to G (Green) or M (Magenta).
*1
*2
The value is the color temperature value currently selected.
The value is the Color filter value currently selected.
Registering the color tones (Custom white balance)
1 Fn button t [White balance] t
2 Select [
SET] with b/B on the controller.
3 Hold the camera so that the white area fully covers the spotmetering circle and press the shutter button down.
The shutter clicks and the calibrated values (ColorTemperature and Color
filter) are displayed.
Using the shooting function
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.
4 Press the center of the controller.
The monitor returns to the recording information display with the memorized
custom white balance setting retained.
• The custom white balance setting is registered in this operation is effective
until a new setting is registered.
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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 on the LCD monitor. You can shoot at this
point, but it is recommended that you set the white balance again to get a more
correct white balance value.
To call the custom white balance setting
Fn button t [White balance] t
(Custom)
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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Image processing
Correcting the brightness of the image (D-Range
Optimizer)
Fn button t [D-RangeOptimizer] t Select the desired setting
(Off)
No compensation.
When there is a sharp contrast of light and shadow between
the subject and the background, which is common when
shooting into the sun, the camera attenuates the contrast
across the entire image to produce an image with proper
brightness and contrast.
(Advanced)
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.
Selecting your desired image processing (Creative Style)
MENU button t
setting
1 t [Creative Style] t Select the desired
• When you want to adjust (Contrast), (Saturation), or
(Sharpness), select the desired item with b/B, 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.
(Landscape)
The saturation, contrast, and sharpness are heightened for
shooting vivid and crisp scenery. Distant landscapes also
stand out more.
(Night view)
The contrast is attenuated for shooting a nightscape that is
more faithful to the real view.
(Sunset)
For shooting the beautiful red of the setting sun.
Using the shooting function
(Standard)
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(B/W)
For shooting images in black and white monotone.
(Adobe RGB)
For shooting images in Adobe RGB color space.
(Contrast), (Saturation), and
Creative Style item.
(Sharpness) can be adjusted for each
(Contrast)
The difference of light and shadow in an image (gradation).
Increase the value to get an image with strong contrast.
Decrease the value for a softer finish.
(Saturation)
The vividness of the colors. Increase the value for an image
with deep and vivid colors. Decrease the value for a quiet
finish.
(Sharpness)
The degree of highlighting of the contours. Increase the value
for a more crisp finish. Decrease the value for a softer finish.
About Adobe RGB color space
Adobe RGB color space has a wide range of color reproduction, compared
to sRGB that is the standard color space of the digital camera. If the main
purpose is to print out the image, especially when a large part of the subject
is vivid green or red, Adobe RGB is more effective than other sRGB color
modes.
• The file name of the image starts with “_DSC.”
Notes
• If the Scene Selection is used, you cannot change the settings for the Creative Style.
• When
(B/W) is selected, you cannot adjust the saturation.
•
(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 reproduce faithful color.
• When displaying images that were recorded with
(Adobe RGB) on the camera
or non-Adobe RGB-compliant devices, the images are displayed with low
saturation.
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Selecting the drive mode
This camera has five drive modes, such as single-shot advanced,
continuous advanced. Use them for your purpose.
Shooting single shot
This mode is for normal shooting.
button t
(Single-shot adv.)
Shooting continuously
1
button t
(Continuous adv.)
2 Adjust the focus and shoot the
subject.
Using the shooting function
The camera records the images continuously at a maximum of 3 images per
second*.
* Our measurement conditions: [Image size] is set to [L:10M], [Quality] is
set to [Fine], manual focus, and the shutter speed is 1/250 second or
faster.
• When you press and hold the shutter
button, the recording continues.
• The number of images that can be shot
continuously is indicated in the
The number of images that can be
viewfinder.
shot continuously
The maximum number of continuous shots
The number of continuous shooting images obtainable has an upper limit.
Fine/Standard*
No limit (Until the memory card is full)
RAW & JPEG
3 images
RAW
6 images
* The shooting speed becomes a little slower for fourth image or later.
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Using the 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
button t
• The number after
(Self-timer) t Select the desired seconds
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
To cancel the activated self-timer, press the
button.
Note
• When you press the shutter button without looking into the viewfinder, use the
eyepiece cover (page 27).
Shooting images with the exposure shifted (Exposure
bracket)
Base exposure
– direction
+ direction
Bracket shooting allows you to shoot several images, each with different
degrees of exposure. This camera is equipped with an auto bracket
function. Specify the value of deviation (steps) from the base exposure, and
the camera shoots while automatically shifting the exposure. You can
choose an image that has the brightness you like after shooting is finished.
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1
button t Desired bracket t Desired bracket step
2 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
The base exposure is set at the first shot in the bracket.
* (Bracket:
Shoots three images with the exposure shifted by a selected
step.
Press and hold the shutter button until the recording stops.
* (Bracket:
Single)
Shoots three images with the exposure shifted by a selected
step.
Press the shutter button shot by shot.
* _ ._ EV beneath
/
Cont.)
is the step currently selected.
The EV scale in bracket shooting
Ambient bracket
0.3 steps, three shots
Exposure compensation 0
Flash bracket
0.7 steps, three shots
Flash compensation –1.0
Shown in the top row.
Shown in the bottom row.
Using the shooting function
Notes
• When the mode dial is set to M, the exposure is shifted by adjusting the shutter
speed. If you shift the exposure by adjusting the aperture value, press and hold the
AEL button.
• When you adjust the exposure, the exposure is shifted based on the compensated
value.
• The bracket cannot be used when the recording mode is set to AUTO or Scene
Selection.
LCD monitor
Viewfinder
• In ambient* bracket shooting, the EV scale appears in the viewfinder, too,
but it does not appear in flash bracket shooting.
• When the bracket shooting starts, the indexes that indicate already
recorded images start to disappear one by one.
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• When Single bracket is selected, if the shutter button is pressed halfway
down and released, “br 1” appears for the ambient light bracket and “Fbr
1” appears for the flash bracket in the viewfinder. When bracket shooting
starts, it indicates what number the next frame is, for instance, “br 2,” “br
3.”
* 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.
Shooting with white balance shifted (WB bracket)
Based on the selected white balance, and color temperature/color filter,
three images are taken.
1
button t
(WB bracket) t Select the desired
setting
2 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
*1 (WB
bracket)
*1
*2
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Shoots three images with the white balance shifted. When Lo
is selected, it is shifted by 10 mired*2, and when Hi is
selected, it is shifted by 20 mired. One shot records three
images.
The value beneath
is the value currently selected.
Mired: a unit to indicate the color conversion quality in color temperature filters.
Using the viewing function
Playing back images
The last recorded image is displayed on the LCD monitor.
1 Press the
button.
button
2 Select an image with b/B on the controller.
To return to the shooting mode
Press the
button again.
To switch the recording data display
Press the DISP button.
Each time you press the DISP button, the screen changes as follows.
With recording
data
Histogram display
With recording
data
Without recording
data
Using the viewing function
Displays previous or
next images, up to five
images.
Note
• The DISP button switches the recording data display on and off in other playback
modes, such as on an enlarged screen.
To select the orientation when playing back an image recorded in the
portrait position
MENU button t
desired setting
2 t [PlaybackDisplay] t Select the
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Note
• When you play back the image on a TV or a computer, the image will be displayed
in the portrait position even if [Manual rotate] is selected.
Rotating an image
1 Display the image you want to
rotate, then press the
button.
button
2 Press the center of the controller.
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 if you turn off the power.
To return to the normal playback screen
Press the
button.
Note
• When you copy rotated images to a computer, “Picture Motion Browser” contained
on the CD-ROM (supplied) can display the rotated images correctly. However, the
images may not be rotated depending on the software.
Enlarging images
An 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
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2 Zoom the image in or out with the
or
button.
• You can select the portion you want to
enlarge with v/V/b/B on the
controller.
• 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.
• Each time you press the center of the
controller, the screen changes between
the zoomed screen and the full-screen
mode.
button
To enlarge the image centering around the previously selected point
You can select a portion of an image first, then enlarge the portion.
1 Display the image you want to
enlarge, then press the
button.
Using the viewing function
To cancel the enlarged playback
Press the
button so that the image returns to the normal size.
button
2 Press the center of the controller.
The red frame appears.
3 Move the red frame to the center point you want to enlarge with
v/V/b/B on the controller.
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4 Scale up or down the red frame to specify the portion you want
to enlarge with the
or
button.
5 Press the center of the controller.
The portion inside the red frame is enlarged.
• Press the center of the controller to return to the previous screen.
• To cancel the enlarged playback, press the
button.
Scaling range
The scaling range is as follows.
Image size
Scaling range
L
Approx. ×1.1 – ×12
M
Approx. ×1.1 – ×9.1
S
Approx. ×1.1 – ×6.1
Switching to the display of the image list
1 Press the
button.
button
The screen changes to the index screen.
2 Press the DISP button repeatedly
to select the desired screen
format.
• The screen changes in the following
order: 9 images t 25 images t 4
images
DISP button
To return to the single-image screen
Press the
button or the center of the controller when you select the
desired image.
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To select a folder
1 Select the folder bar with b/B on
the controller, then press the
center.
Folder bar
2 Select the desired folder with v/V, then press the center.
Playing back images automatically (Slide show)
MENU button t
2 t [Slide show]
Plays back recorded images in order (Slide show). The slide show
automatically stops after all the images have been played back.
To pause the slide show
Press the center of the controller. Pressing again starts the slide show again.
To end in the middle of the slide show
Press the MENU button.
To choose the interval between the images in slide show
MENU button t
2 t [Interval] t Select the desired
number of seconds
Using the viewing function
• You can view the previous/next image with b/B on the controller.
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Checking the information of recorded
images
Each time you press the DISP button, the information display changes
(page 93).
Basic information display
Display
Indication
100-0003
Folder - file number
(124)
-
Protect (101)
DPOF3
DPOF set (133)
Image quality (106)
Image size (106)
Battery remaining
warning (17)
98
1/125
Shutter speed (61)
F3.5
Aperture (59)
ISO100
ISO sensitivity (82)
2008 1 1
10:37AM
Date of recording
3/7
File number/total number
of images
Histogram display
A
Display
Indication
100-0003
Folder - file number
(124)
-
Protect (101)
DPOF3
DPOF set (133)
Indication
35mm
Focal length (141)
Creative Style (87)
AWB +1
5500K M1
White balance (Auto,
Preset, Color
temperature, Color filter,
Custom) (83)
D-Range Optimizer (87)
Image size (106)
Battery remaining
warning (17)
B
Display
2008 1 1
10:37AM
Date of recording
3/7
File number/total number
of images
Using the viewing function
Image quality (106)
Display
Indication
Histogram (100)
P A S M Mode dial (48)
1/125
Shutter speed (61)
F3.5
Aperture (59)
ISO100
ISO sensitivity (82)
–0.3
EV scale (63, 91)
–0.3
Flash compensation (79)
Metering mode (80)
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How to check the histogram
Number of pixels
A histogram is the luminance distribution
that shows how many pixels of a
particular brightness exist in the picture.
Dark
When the image has a high-key or lowkey portion, that portion is flashed on the
histogram display (Luminance limit
warning).
Light
Flashing
R (Red)
Luminance
G (Green) B (Blue)
The exposure compensation will change
the histogram accordingly. The right
illustration is an example.
Shooting with the exposure
compensation on the positive side
brightens the whole picture, making the
entire histogram shift to the bright side
(right side). If the exposure compensation
is applied on the negative side, the
histogram will shift to the other side.
Both ends of the histogram show a highkey or low-key portion. It is impossible to
restore these area with a computer later.
Adjust the exposure if necessary and
shoot again.
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Protecting images (Protect)
You can protect images against accidental erasure.
Protecting selected images/canceling the protection of the
selected images
1 MENU button t
1 t [Protect] t [Marked images]
2 Select the image you want to
-
protect with b/B on the
controller, then press the center
of the controller.
3 To protect other images, repeat step 2.
4 Press the MENU button.
5 Select [OK] with v on the controller, then press the center of
the controller.
Using the viewing function
A - mark appears on the selected
image.
• To cancel a selection, press the center
again.
Protecting all the images/canceling the protection of all the
images
MENU button t
all] t [OK]
1 t [Protect] t [All images] or [Cancel
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Deleting images (Delete)
Once you have deleted an image, you cannot restore it. Check whether you
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, then press the center of the controller.
Deleting the selected images
1 MENU button t
1 t [Delete] t [Marked images]
2 Select the images you want to
delete with the controller, then
press the center of the controller.
A
mark appears on the selected
image.
Total number
3 To delete other images, repeat step 2.
4 Press the MENU button.
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5 Select [Delete] with v on the controller, then press the center
of the controller.
Deleting all the images in the folder
1 Press the
button.
2 Select the folder bar with b on
the controller.
Folder bar
want to delete with v/V.
4 Press the
button.
5 Select [Delete] with v, then press the center of the controller.
Deleting all the images all at once
MENU button t
Using the viewing function
3 Press the center of the controller, then select the folder you
1 t [Delete] t [All images] t [Delete]
Note
• It may take a long time to delete a lot of images by selecting [All images]. It is
recommended that you delete images on a computer or format the memory card
using the camera.
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Viewing images on a TV screen
1 Turn off both your camera and the
TV, and connect the camera to the
TV.
1 To video input jack
Video cable
2 To the
VIDEO OUT
terminal
2 Turn on the TV and switch the input.
• See also the operating instructions supplied with the TV.
3 Turn on the camera, and press the
button.
Images shot with the camera appear on
the TV screen.
Select the desired image with b/B on the
controller.
• The LCD monitor on the rear of the
camera does not turned on.
Controller
button
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To use your camera abroad
It may be necessary to switch the video signal output to match that of your
TV system.
MENU button t
setting
1 t [Video output] t Select the desired
NTSC
Sets the video output signal to NTSC mode (e.g., for the
USA, Japan).
PAL
Sets the video output signal to PAL mode (e.g., for Europe).
On TV color systems
If you want to view images on a TV screen, you need a TV with a video
input jack and the video cable. The color system of the TV must match that
of your digital still camera. Check the following lists for the TV color
system of the country or region where the camera is used.
PAL system
Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany,
Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand,
United Kingdom, etc.
PAL-M system
Brazil
Using the viewing function
NTSC system
Bahama Islands, Bolivia, Canada, Central America, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador,
Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Surinam, Taiwan, the Philippines, the U.S.A.,
Venezuela, etc.
PAL-N system
Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay
SECAM system
Bulgaria, France, Guiana, Iran, Iraq, Monaco, Russia, Ukraine, etc.
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Changing your setup
Setting image size and image quality
Image size
MENU button t
1 t [Image size] t Select the desired size
[Aspect ratio]: [3:2]
L:10M
3872 × 2592 pixels
M:5.6M
2896 × 1936 pixels
S:2.5M
1920 × 1280 pixels
[Aspect ratio]: [16:9]
L:8.4M
3872 × 2176 pixels
M:4.7M
2896 × 1632 pixels
S:2.1M
1920 × 1088 pixels
Note
• When you select a RAW file with [Quality], the image size of the RAW file
corresponds to L. This size is not displayed on the LCD monitor.
Aspect ratio
MENU button t
ratio
1 t [Aspect ratio] t Select the desired
3:2
A normal ratio.
16:9
An HDTV ratio.
Quality
MENU button t
(RAW)
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1 t [Quality] t Select the desired setting
File format: RAW (raw data)
This format is not achieved by digital processing. 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 LCD monitor.
(RAW &
JPEG)
(Fine)
(Standard)
File format: RAW (raw data) + JPEG
A RAW image and a JPEG image are created at the same
time. This is suitable when you need two image files, a JPEG
for viewing, and a RAW for editing. The image quality is
fixed to [Fine] and the image size is fixed to [L].
File format: JPEG
The image is compressed in the JPEG format when recorded.
The higher the compression rate, the smaller the file size.
This will allow more files to be recorded in one memory card,
but the image quality will be lower.
Note
• For details on the number of images that can be taken when the image quality is
changed, see page 29.
Changing your setup
About RAW files
You need the “Image Data Converter SR” software included on the CD-ROM
(supplied) in order to open a RAW file recorded on this camera. With this software, a
RAW file can be opened and converted to a common format, such as JPEG or TIFF,
and its white balance, color saturation, contrast, etc., can be readjusted.
• Recording a RAW format image entails the following limitation.
– The RAW file cannot be printed using a DPOF (print) designated printer or a
PictBridge compliant printer.
• You cannot verify an effect of D-Range Optimizer advanced even if you enlarge the
image recorded in RAW format. (The effect is recorded on the image.)
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Setting the method for recording on a
memory card
Selecting the method for assigning file numbers to images
MENU button t
setting
2 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 in the following cases and assigns
numbers to files from “0001.”
–
–
–
–
When the folder format is changed.
When all the images in the folder are deleted.
When the memory card is replaced.
When the memory card is formatted.
Selecting the folder name format
The recorded images are stored in the automatically-created folder in the
DCIM folder on the memory card.
MENU button t
setting
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2 t [Folder name] t Select the desired
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: 10080405
Creating a 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.
MENU button t
2 t [New folder]
Selecting the recording folder
When a standard form folder is selected and there are two or more folders,
you can select the recording folder to be used to record images.
MENU button t
folder
2 t [Select folder]t Select the desired
Note
• You cannot select the folder when you are setting [Date form].
Changing your setup
Formatting the memory card
Note that formatting irrevocably erases all data on a memory card,
including protected images.
MENU button t
1 t [Format]t [OK]
• During the format, the access lamp lights up. Do not eject the memory
card while the lamp is lit.
Notes
• 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.
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Changing the noise reduction setting
Disabling the noise reduction at a long exposure shooting
When you set the shutter speed to a second or longer (Long exposure
shooting), the noise reduction is turned on for the same duration as the
shutter was 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
2 t [Long exp.NR] t [Off]
Note
• Noise reduction is not performed on continuous shooting or continuous bracketing
even when it is set to [On].
Disabling the noise reduction at a high ISO sensitivity
When shooting with the ISO set at 1600 or above, the camera reduces the
noise that becomes more noticeable when the camera sensitivity is high.
Select [On] to prioritize the image quality. Select [Off] to prioritize the
timing of shooting.
MENU button t
2 t [High ISO NR] t [Off]
Note
• Noise reduction is not performed on continuous shooting or continuous bracketing
even when it is set to [On].
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Changing the conditions under which the
shutter can close
Prioritizing the shutter opportunity
To prioritize the shutter opportunity, select [Release] so you can shoot
without acquiring a sharp focus.
To shoot with a sharp focus, select [AF].
MENU button t
2 t [Priority setup] t [Release]
Changing your setup
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Changing the functions of the button and
dial
Changing the function of the AEL button
The function of the AEL button can be selected from the following two
functions:
– 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]).
MENU button t
setting
1 t [AEL button] t Select the desired
Notes
• While the exposure value is locked,
appears on the LCD monitor and in the
viewfinder. Be careful not to reset the setting.
• The “Hold” and “Toggle” settings affect the manual shift (page 64) in the manual
mode.
Changing the function of the control dial
When the recording mode is M (Manual exposure) or P (Program shift),
you can set the camera to that the adjustable item (the shutter speed or the
aperture value) can be selected using only the control dial.
It is convenient that you select commonly-used one when adjusting the
exposure.
MENU button t
setting
112
1 t [Ctrl dial setup] t Select the desired
Changing other settings
Setting the sound on/off
Selects the sound produced when the shutter is locked, during self-timer
countdown, etc.
MENU button t
setting
2 t [Audio signals] t Select the desired
Setting the time to turn the camera to the power save mode
You can set the time to turn the camera to the power saving 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
Setting the date
MENU button t
and time
1 t [Date/Time setup] t Set up the date
Changing your setup
Note
• Regardless of the setting here, the camera turns to power save mode after 30 minutes
when the camera is connected to a TV.
Selecting the language
MENU button t
1t[
Language] t Select the language
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Setting the LCD monitor
Setting the brightness of the LCD monitor
MENU button t
setting
1 t [LCD brightness] t Select the desired
• On the recording information or playback screen, you can adjust the
brightness by pressing the DISP button a little longer.
Setting the displayed time of the image right after shooting
(Auto review)
You can check the recorded image on the LCD monitor right after the
shooting. You can change the displayed time.
MENU button t
setting
1 t [Auto review] t Select the desired
Note
• In auto review, the image will not be displayed in the vertical position even if you
shot the image in a vertical position (page 93).
Setting the displayed time of the LCD monitor during
shooting
During shooting, the recording information display appears on the LCD
monitor. You can change the displayed time of the display.
MENU button t
setting
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1 t [Info.disp.time] t Select the desired
Keeping on the LCD monitor while looking into the
viewfinder
In the default setting, while looking into the viewfinder, the LCD monitor
is turned off to prevent the battery pack wearing down.
If you want to turn on the LCD monitor while looking into the viewfinder,
select [Off].
MENU button t
1 t [Auto off w/ VF] t [Off]
Note
• Regardless of the setting in this menu, the recording information display
automatically turns off after a set duration (five seconds in the default setting)
(page 37).
Changing your setup
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Resetting to the default
Resetting the functions used for shooting to the default
setting
You can reset the main functions of the recording mode when the mode dial
is set to P, A, S, or M.
MENU button t
2 t [Rec mode reset] t [OK]
The items to be reset are as follows.
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Items
Reset to
Exposure compensation (78)
±0.0
Metering mode (80)
Multi segment
Autofocus mode (69)
AF-A
Drive mode (89)
Single-shot adv.
White balance (83)
AWB (Auto white balance)
ColorTemperature/Color filter (84)
5500K, Color filter 0
Custom white balance (85)
5500K
ISO (82)
AUTO
Image size (106)
L:10M
Aspect ratio (106)
3:2
Quality (106)
Fine
D-RangeOptimizer (87)
Standard
Creative Style (87)
Standard
Flash mode (74)
Fill-flash (differs based on whether the
built-in flash is open or not)
Flash control (79)
ADI flash
Flash compens. (79)
±0.0
Priority setup (111)
AF
AF illuminator (73)
Auto
Long exp.NR (110)
On
High ISO NR (110)
On
Resetting the main functions of the camera to the default
setting
You can reset the main functions of the camera.
MENU button t
3 t [Reset default] t [OK]
The items to be reset are as follows.
Items
Reset to
Exposure compensation (78)
±0.0
Metering mode (80)
Multi segment
Autofocus mode (69)
AF-A
Recording information display (37)
Enlarged display
Drive mode (89)
Single-shot adv.
White balance (83)
AWB (Auto white balance)
ColorTemperature/Color filter (84)
5500K, Color filter 0
Custom white balance (85)
5500K
AUTO
Playback display (93)
Single-image screen (with recording
data)
Image size (106)
L:10M
Aspect ratio (106)
3:2
Quality (106)
Fine
D-RangeOptimizer (87)
Standard
Creative Style (87)
Standard
Flash mode (74)
Fill-flash (differs based on whether the
built-in flash is open or not)
Flash control (79)
ADI flash
Flash compens. (79)
±0.0
Priority setup (111)
AF
AF illuminator (73)
Auto
Long exp.NR (110)
On
High ISO NR (110)
On
Changing your setup
ISO (82)
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Custom menu
Items
Reset to
Eye-Start AF (69)
On
AEL button (112)
AEL hold
Ctrl dial setup (112)
Shutter speed
Red eye reduc. (73)
Off
Auto review (114)
2 sec
Auto off w/ VF (115)
On
Playback menu
Items
Reset to
Date imprint (134)
Off
PlaybackDisplay (93)
Auto rotate
Slide show (97)
3 sec
Setup menu
118
Items
Reset to
LCD brightness (114)
±0
Info.disp.time (114)
5 sec
Power save (113)
1 min
File number (108)
Series
Folder name (108)
Standard form
USB connection (120, 135)
Mass Storage
Audio signals (113)
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Viewing images on a computer
Copying images to your computer
This section describes how to copy images in a memory card to a computer
connected using a USB cable.
Recommended computer environment
The following environment is recommended for a computer connected to
the camera to import images.
x Windows
OS (pre-installed): Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4/ Windows
XP* SP2/Windows Vista*
• Operation is not assured in an environment based on an upgrade of the
operating systems described above or in a multi-boot environment.
* 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported.
USB jack: Provided as standard
x Macintosh
OS (pre-installed): Mac OS X (v10.1.3 or later)
USB jack: Provided as standard
Viewing images on a computer
Notes on connecting your camera to a computer
• Operations are not guaranteed for all the recommended computer environments
mentioned above.
• If you connect two or more USB devices to a single computer at the same time, some
devices, including your camera, may not operate, depending on the types of USB
devices you are using.
• Operations are not guaranteed when using a USB hub or an extension cable.
• Connecting your camera using a USB interface that is compatible with Hi-Speed
USB (USB 2.0 compliant) allows advanced transfer (high speed transfer) as this
camera is compatible with Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant).
• When your computer resumes from a suspend or sleep mode, communication
between your camera and your computer may not recover at the same time.
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Stage 1: Connecting the camera and your computer
1 Insert a memory card with recorded images into the camera.
2 Insert the sufficiently charged battery pack in the camera, or
connect the camera to a wall outlet (wall socket) with the AC
Adaptor/charger (not supplied).
• When you copy images to your computer using insufficient battery pack,
copying may fail or image data may become corrupted if the battery pack
shuts down too soon.
3 Turn on the camera and the computer.
4 Check that [USB connection] in
5 Connect the camera and your
computer.
2 is set to [Mass Storage].
1 To the USB
terminal
• The AutoPlay wizard appears on the
desktop.
USB cable
2 To the
USB terminal
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Stage 2: Copying images to a computer
For Windows
This section describes an example of copying images to a “My Documents”
(For Windows Vista: “Documents”) folder.
1 Click [Copy pictures to a folder on
my computer using Microsoft
Scanner and Camera Wizard] t
[OK] as the wizard screen appears
automatically on the desktop.
• When the wizard screen does not
appear, click [My Computer] t
[Removable Disk].
2 Double-click [DCIM].
• In that case, you can also import images using “Picture Motion Browser.”
3 Double-click the folder where the
• On the storage destination of the image
files, see page 124.
Viewing images on a computer
image files you want to copy are
stored.
Then, right-click an image file to
display the menu and click
[Copy].
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4 Double-click the [My Documents]
(For Windows Vista:
[Documents]) folder. Then, rightclick on the “My Documents”
window to display the menu and
click [Paste].
The image files are copied to the “My
Documents” (For Windows Vista:
“Documents”) folder.
• When an image with the same file
name exists in the copy destination
folder, the overwrite confirmation
message appears. When you overwrite
an existing image with a new one, the
original file data is deleted. To copy an
image file to the computer without
overwriting, change the file name to a
different name and then copy the image
file. However, note that if you change
the file name, you may not be able to
play back that image with your camera
(page 125).
For Macintosh
1 Double-click the newly recognized icon t [DCIM] t the
folder where the images you want to copy are stored.
2 Drag and drop the image files to the hard disk icon.
The image files are copied to the hard disk.
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Viewing images on your computer
For Windows
This section describes the procedure for viewing copied images in the “My
Documents” (For Windows Vista: “Documents”) folder.
1 Click [Start] t [My Documents]
(For Windows Vista:
[Documents]).
• If you are using Windows 2000,
double-click [My Documents] on the
desktop.
2 Double-click the desired image
file.
The image is displayed.
Double-click the hard disk icon t the desired image file to open
the image file.
Viewing images on a computer
For Macintosh
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Deleting the USB connection
Perform the procedures listed below beforehand when:
• Disconnecting the USB cable.
• Removing the memory card.
• Turning off the camera.
x For Windows
Double-click
on the tasktray, then click
(USB Mass Storage Device)
t [Stop]. Confirm the device on the confirmation window, then click
[OK] t [OK] (unnecessary for Windows XP/Vista).
The device is disconnected.
x For Macintosh
Drag and drop the drive icon or the icon of the memory card to the
“Trash” icon.
The camera is disconnected from the computer.
Image file storage destinations and file names
The image files recorded with your camera are grouped as folders on the
memory card.
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Example: viewing folders on Windows XP
Copying images stored on a computer to a memory card
and viewing the images
This section describes the process using a Windows computer as an
example.
Viewing images on a computer
AFolders containing image data recorded
using this camera. (The first three digits
show the folder number.)
BYou can create a folder by date form
(page 108).
• You cannot record/play back any images in
the “MISC” folder.
• Image files are named as follows. ssss
(file number) stands for any number within
the range from 0001 to 9999. The numerical
portions of the name of a RAW data file and
its corresponding JPEG image file are the
same.
– JPEG files: DSC0ssss.JPG
– JPEG files (Adobe RGB):
_DSCssss.JPG
– RAW data file (other than Adobe RGB):
DSC0ssss.ARW
– RAW data file (Adobe RGB):
_DSCssss.ARW
• The extension may not be displayed
depending on the computer.
• For more information about folders, see page
108.
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1 Right-click the image file, then
click [Rename]. Change the file
name to “DSC0ssss.”
Enter a number from 0001 to 9999 for
ssss.
• If the overwrite confirmation message
appears, enter a different number.
• An extension may be displayed
depending on the computer settings.
The extension for images is JPG. Do
not change the extension.
• Step 1 is not necessary if the file name
set with your camera has not been
changed.
2 Copy the image file to the
memory card folder in the
following order.
1 Right-click the image file, then click
[Copy].
2 Double-click [Removable Disk] or
[Sony MemoryStick] in [My
Computer].
3 Right-click the [sssMSDCF]
folder in the [DCIM] folder, then click
[Paste].
• sss stands for any number within
the range from 100 to 999.
Notes
• You may be unable to play back some images depending on the image size.
• When an image file has been processed by a computer or when the image file was
recorded using a model other than that of your camera, playback on your camera is
not guaranteed.
• When there is no folder, first create a folder with your camera (page 109) and then
copy the image file.
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Using the software
To utilize images recorded with the camera, the following software is
provided: “Picture Motion Browser,” “Image Data Converter SR,” “Image
Data Lightbox SR” etc.
Note
• “Picture Motion Browser” is not compatible with Macintosh computers.
Recommended computer environment
x Windows
Recommended environment for using “Picture Motion Browser”
OS (pre-installed): Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4/Windows
XP* SP2/Windows Vista*
* 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported.
CPU/Memory: Pentium III 500 MHz or faster, 256 MB of RAM or more
(Recommended: Pentium III 800 MHz or faster and 512 MB of RAM or
more)
Hard Disk: Disk space required for installation—200 MB or more
Display: 1024 × 768 dots or more, High Color (16-bit color) or more
x Macintosh
Recommended environment for using “Image Data Converter SR Ver.2”/
“Image Data Lightbox SR”
OS (pre-installed): Mac OS X (v10.4)
CPU: Power Mac G4/G5 series (1.0 GHz or faster is recommended)/Intel
Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster
Memory: 512 MB or more (1 GB or more is recommended.)
Viewing images on a computer
Recommended environment for using “Image Data Converter SR Ver.2”/
“Image Data Lightbox SR”
OS (pre-installed): Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4/Windows
XP* SP2/Windows Vista*
* 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported.
CPU/Memory: MMX Pentium III 1 GHz or faster is recommended, RAM
512 MB or more (RAM 1 GB or more is recommended.)
Virtual memory: 700 MB or more
Display: 1024 × 768 dots or more, High Color (16-bit color) or more
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Display: 1024 × 768 dots or more, 32,000 colors or more
Installing the software
You can install the software (supplied) using the following procedure.
x Windows
• Log on as Administrator.
1 Turn on your computer, and insert
the CD-ROM (supplied) into the
CD-ROM drive.
The installation menu screen appears.
• If it does not appear, double-click
(My Computer) t
(SONYPICTUTIL) t [Install.exe].
• Under Windows Vista, the AutoPlay
screen may appear. Select “Run
Install.exe” and follow the instructions
that appear on the screen to proceed
with the installation.
2 Click [Install].
Follow the instructions on the screen.
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3 Remove the CD-ROM after the installation is complete.
The following software is installed and shortcut icons appear on the desktop.
• Sony Picture Utility
“Picture Motion Browser”
• Sony Image Data Suite
“Image Data Converter SR”
“Image Data Lightbox SR”
After you install the software, a shortcut icon for the customers registration
website is created on the desktop.
Once you register on the website, you can get secure and useful customer
support.
http://www.sony.net/registration/di/
x Macintosh
• Log on as Administrator for installation.
1 Turn on your Macintosh computer, and insert the CD-ROM
(supplied) into the CD-ROM drive.
2 Double-click the CD-ROM icon.
disk icon.
4 Double-click the [SIDS_INST.pkg] file in the copy-to folder.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
Note
• When the restarting confirmation message appears, restart the computer following
the instructions on the screen.
Viewing images on a computer
3 Copy the [SIDS_INST.pkg] file in the [MAC] folder to the hard
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Using “Picture Motion Browser”
Note
• “Picture Motion Browser” is not compatible with Macintosh computers.
With “Picture Motion Browser” you can:
• Import images shot with the camera and
display them on the computer.
• Organize images on the computer on a
calendar by shooting date to view them.
• Retouch (Red Eye Correction, etc.),
print, and send still images as e-mail
attachments, change the shooting date
and more.
• Print or save still images with the date.
• Create a data disc using a CD burner drive or DVD burner drive.
For details on “Picture Motion Browser,” refer to “Picture Motion Browser
Guide.”
To start “Picture Motion Browser Guide,” click [Start] t [All Programs]
(in Windows 2000, [Programs]) t [Sony Picture Utility] t [Help] t
[Picture Motion Browser Guide].
To start “Picture Motion Browser”
Double-click the
(Picture Motion Browser) icon on the desktop.
Or, from the Start menu: Click [Start] t [All Programs] (in Windows
2000, [Programs]) t [Sony Picture Utility] t [Picture Motion Browser].
To exit the “Picture Motion Browser,” click
button on the upper-right
corner of the screen.
Note
• The confirmation message of the Information tool appears on the screen when
starting “Picture Motion Browser” for the first time. Select [Start]. This function
informs you of news, such as software updates. You can change the setting later.
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Using “Image Data Converter SR”
Note
• If you save an image as RAW data, the image is saved in the ARW2.0 format.
With “Image Data Converter SR Ver.2.0” you can:
• Edit images recorded in RAW mode with various corrections, such as
tone curve, and sharpness.
• Adjust images with the white balance, exposure, and creative style, etc.
• Save the images displayed and edited on a computer. You can either save
the image as RAW data or save it in the general file format.
• For details on “Image Data Converter SR,” refer to the Guide.
To start the Guide, click [Start] t [All Programs] (in Windows 2000,
[Programs]) t [Sony Image Data Suite] t [Help] t [Image Data
Converter SR Ver.2].
x Macintosh
Double-click [Image Data Converter SR Ver.2] in the [Sony Image Data
Suite] folder from the [Application] folder.
To exit, click [Quit Image Data Converter SR] from the [IDC SR] menu.
Viewing images on a computer
To start up “Image Data Converter SR Ver.2.0”
x Windows
Double-click the shortcut of “Image Data Converter SR Ver.2.0” on the
desktop.
When starting up from the Start menu, click [Start] t [All Programs] (For
Windows 2000: [Programs]) t [Sony Image Data Suite] t [Image Data
Converter SR Ver.2.0].
To exit, click the
button on the upper-right corner of the screen.
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Using “Image Data Lightbox SR”
With “Image Data Lightbox SR” you can:
• Display and compare RAW/JPEG images recorded with this camera.
• Rate the images on a scale of five.
• Display an image in “Image Data Converter SR” and make adjustments to
it.
• For details on “Image Data Lightbox SR,” refer to the Guide.
To start the Guide from the Start menu, click [Start] t [All Programs] (in
Windows 2000, [Programs]) t [Sony Image Data Suite] t [Help] t
[Image Data Lightbox SR].
To start up “Image Data Lightbox SR”
x Windows
Double-click [Image Data Lightbox SR] on the desktop.
When starting up from the Start menu, click [Start] t [All Programs] (For
Windows 2000: [Programs]) t [Sony Image Data Suite] t [Image Data
Lightbox SR].
To exit, click the
button on the upper-right corner of the screen.
The dialogue used for saving a collection appears.
x Macintosh
Double-click [Image Data Lightbox SR] in the [Sony Image Data Suite]
folder from the [Application] folder.
To exit, click [Quit Image Data Lightbox SR] from the [Image Data
Lightbox SR] menu.
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Printing images
Specifying DPOF
Using the camera, you can specify the images and the number of images to
print before you print images at a shop or with your printer. Follow the
procedure below.
DPOF specifications are left with images after printing. It is recommended
that you unspecify them after printing.
Specifying /unspecifying DPOF on selected images
1 MENU button t
1 t [DPOF setup] t [Marked images]
An image is displayed on the single screen.
2 Select the image with b/B on the controller.
3 Select the number of sheets with the
/
buttons.
• To unspecify DPOF, set the number to “0.”
4 Press the MENU button.
5 Select [OK] with v on the controller, then press the center of
the controller.
Specifying/unspecifying DPOF on all the images
Printing images
Notes
• You cannot specify DPOF on RAW data files.
• You can specify any number up to 9.
• If you unspecify DPOF, the index print is also canceled.
MENU button t
1 t [DPOF setup] t [All images] or
[Cancel all] t [OK]
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Dating images
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 [DPOF setup] t [Date imprint] t
Note
• This function may not provided, depending on the printer.
Creating an index print
You can create an index print of all the images in the memory card.
MENU button t
[Create index]
1 t [DPOF setup] t [Index print] t
Notes
• The number of images that can be printed on one sheet and the format depend on the
printer. RAW images do not print in index print.
• The images you shoot after setting the index print are not included in the index print.
It is recommended that you create the index print just before printing it.
• If you unspecify DPOF, the index print is also canceled.
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Printing images by connecting the
camera to a PictBridge compliant printer
Even if you do not have a computer, you
can print images shot using your camera
by connecting the camera directly to a
PictBridge compliant printer.
“PictBridge” is based on the CIPA
standard. (CIPA: Camera & Imaging
Products Association)
Note
• You cannot print RAW data files.
Stage 1: Setting the camera
Note
• It is recommended to use the AC Adaptor/charger (not supplied) to prevent the
power from turning off partway through printing.
1 MENU button t
2 t [USB connection] t [PTP]
2 Turn the camera off and insert the memory card that the images
have been recorded on.
Printing images
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Stage 2: Connecting the camera to the printer
1 Connect the camera to the printer.
1 To the
USB terminal
USB cable
2 To the
USB terminal
2 Turn on your camera and the printer.
The screen used for selecting images you want to print appears.
Stage 3: Printing
1 Select the image to print with b/B on the controller, then press
the center of the controller.
• To cancel, press the center again.
2 Repeat step 1 if you want to print other images.
3 Press the MENU button and set up each item.
• For details on setting items, see “PictBridge menu.”
4 Select [Print] t [OK] in the menu, then press the center of the
controller.
The image is printed.
• After the screen indicating that the print is completed appears, press the
center of the controller.
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To cancel the print
During printing, pressing the center of the controller cancels the print.
Remove the USB cable or turn off the camera. When you want to print
again, follow the procedure (Stages 1 to 3) above.
PictBridge menu
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Print
Prints the selected images. For details, see “Stage 3: Printing.”
Set print q’ty
You can specify the number of prints, up to 20. The same number of prints is specified
on all the selected images.
Paper size
Auto
Printer setup
9×13cm/3.5"×5"
89×127 mm
Hagaki
100×147 mm
10×15cm
10×15 cm
4"×6"
101.6×152.4 mm
A6/4.1"×5.8"
105×148.5 mm
13×18cm/5"×7"
127×178 mm
Letter
216×279.4 mm
A4/8.3"×11.7"
210×297 mm
A3/11.7"×16.5"
297×420 mm
Printing images
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Layout
Auto
Printer setup
1-up/Borderless
Borderless, 1 image/sheet
1-up
1 image/sheet
2-up
2 images/sheet
3-up
3 images/sheet
4-up
4 images/sheet
8-up
8 images/sheet
Index
Prints all the selected images as an index
print. Printing layout follows the printer
setup.
Date imprint
Day and time
Attaches the date and time.
Date
Attaches the date.
Off
Does not attach the date.
Page 2
Unmark all
After the message appears, select [OK], then press the center of the controller. The
DPOF mark on each image is cleared. When you cancel your specification without
printing images, select this item.
Print all
Prints all the images in a memory card. After the message appears, select [OK], then
press the center of the controller.
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Others
Specifications
[Viewfinder]
Camera
Focusing Screen
Spherical Acute Matte
[System]
Field of View
0.95
Camera Type
Digital Single Lens Reflex
Camera with built-in flash
and interchangeable lenses
Lens
All of α Lens
Type
Magnification
0.83 × with 50 mm lens at
infinity, –1 m–1
Eye Relief
[Image sensor]
Total pixel number of camera
Approx. 10 800 000 pixels
Effective pixel number of camera
Approx. 10 200 000 pixels
Image format
23.6×15.8 mm (APS-C
format) Interlace scan
Primary Color
ISO sensitivity (Recommended
exposure index)
AUTO, 100 to 3200
[Super SteadyShot]
System
Image sensor-Shift
mechanism
[Anti-Dust]
System
Charge protection coating
on Low-Pass Filter and
image sensor-Shift
mechanism
Approximately 17.6 mm
from the eyepiece,
13.5 mm from the eyepiece
frame at –1 diopter
(–1 m–1)
Dioptor Adjustment
–2.5 to +1.0 m–1
[Auto Focus System]
System
TTL phase-detection
system, CCD line sensors
(9 points, 8 lines with
center cross-hair sensor)
Sensitivity Range
0 to 18 EV (at ISO 100
equivalent)
AF illuminator
Approx. 1 to 5 m (3.3 to
16 feet)
[Exposure]
Metering Cell
40-segment honeycombpattern SPC
Metering Range
1 to 20 EV (3 to 20 EV
with Spot metering), (at
ISO 100 with F1.4 lens)
Others
Super SteadyShot Compensation
capability
Approximately 2.5 to 3.5
EV decrease in shutter
speed (varies according to
shooting conditions and
lens used)
Fixed eye-level system
with pentamirror
Exposure compensation
±2.0 EV (1/3 EV step)
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[Shutter]
Type
[Others]
Electronically-controlled,
vertical-traverse, focalplane type
Speed range 1/4000 second to 30
seconds, bulb, (1/3 EV
step)
PictBridge
Compatible
Exif Print
Compatible
PRINT Image Matching III
Compatible
Flash sync speed
1/160 second
Dimensions Approx. 130.8 × 98.5 ×
71.3 mm (5 1/4 × 4 ×
2 7/8 inches) (W/H/D,
excluding protrusions)
[Built-In-Flash]
Mass
Flash G.No.
GN 12 (in meters at ISO
100)
Recycling time
Approx. 4 seconds
Flash coverage
Covering 18 mm lens
(focal length that the lens
indicates)
Operating temperature
0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
(When using the
Microdrive: 5 to 40°C (41
to 104°F))
Exif
Exif Ver.2.21
Flash compensation
±2.0 EV (1/3 EV step)
USB communication
Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0
compliant)
[Recording media]
BC-VM10 Battery charger
CompactFlash card
(TypeI,II), Microdrive,
“Memory Stick Duo”
(With a Memory Stick Duo
Adaptor for CompactFlash
slot)
[LCD monitor]
LCD panel 6.7 cm (2.7 type) TFT
drive
Total number of dots
230 400 (960 × 240) dots
[Power, general]
Used battery pack
Rechargeable battery pack
NP-FM500H
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Approx.532 g (1 lb 2.8 oz)
(without batteries, memory
card and body accessories)
Input rating 100 V – 240 V AC, 50/60
Hz
Output rating
8.4 V DC, 750 mA
Operating temperature range
0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
Storage temperature range
–20 to +60°C (–4 to
+140°F)
Maximum dimensions
Approx. 70 × 25 × 95 mm
(2 7/8 × 1× 3 3/4 inches)
(W/H/D)
Mass
Approx. 90 g (3.2 oz)
Rechargeable battery pack
NP-FM500H
Used battery
Lithium-ion battery
Maximum voltage
DC 8.4 V
Nominal voltage
DC 7.2 V
Maximum charge current
2.0 A
Maximum charge voltage
DC 8.4 V
Capacity
11.8 Wh (1 650 mAh)
Maximum dimensions
Approx. 38.2 × 20.5 × 55.6
mm (1 9/16 × 13/16 × 2 1/4
inches) (W/H/D)
Mass
Approx. 78 g (2.8 oz)
Design and specifications are subject
to change without notice.
On image data compatibility
• This camera conforms with DCF
(Design rule for Camera File
system) universal standard
established by JEITA (Japan
Trademarks
•
is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
• “Memory Stick,”
, “Memory
Stick PRO,”
,
“Memory Stick Duo,”
, “Memory Stick
PRO Duo,”
,
“Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo,”
, “Memory
Stick Micro,” “MagicGate,” and
are trademarks of
Sony Corporation.
• “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of
Sony Corporation.
• Microsoft, Windows, and Windows
Vista are either registered
trademarks or trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation in the
United States and/or other
countries.
• Macintosh, Mac OS, iMac, iBook,
PowerBook, Power Mac, and eMac
are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Apple Inc.
• Intel, Intel Core, MMX, and
Pentium are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Intel
Corporation.
• CompactFlash is a trademark of
SanDisk Corporation.
Others
On focal length
The picture angle of this camera is
narrower than that of a 35 mm-format
film camera. You can find the
approximate equivalent of the focal
length of a 35 mm-format film
camera, and shoot with the same
picture angle, by increasing the focal
length of your lens by half.
For example, by using a 50 mm lens,
you can get the approximate
equivalent of a 75 mm lens of a 35
mm-format film camera.
Electronics and Information
Technology Industries
Association).
• Playback of images recorded with
your camera on other equipment
and playback of images recorded or
edited with other equipment on
your camera are not guaranteed.
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• Microdrive is a registered
trademark of Hitachi Global
Storage Technologies in the United
States and/or other countries.
• Adobe is a registered trademark or
a trademark of Adobe Systems
Incorporated in the United States
and/or other countries.
• D-Range Optimizer Advanced uses
technology provided by Apical
Limited.
• In addition, system and product
names used in this manual are, in
general, trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective
developers or manufacturers.
However, the ™ or ® marks are not
used in all cases in this manual.
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Troubleshooting
If you experience trouble with your camera, try the following solutions.
Check the items on pages 143 to 151. Consult your Sony dealer or local
authorized Sony service facility.
1
Check the following items.
2
Remove the battery pack, and insert the battery pack again after
about one minute, and turn on the power.
3
Reset the settings (page 116).
4
Consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
Battery pack and power
The battery pack cannot be installed.
• As you insert the battery pack, use the tip of the battery pack to push the
lock lever (page 16).
• Check the model number of the battery pack.
The battery remaining indicator is incorrect, or sufficient battery
remaining indicator is displayed but the power runs out too quickly.
Others
• This phenomenon occurs when you use the camera in an extremely hot or
cold location (page 154).
• The displayed battery remaining differs from the current one. Fully
discharge and then charge the battery pack to correct the display.
• The battery pack is discharged. Install a charged battery pack (page 16).
• The battery pack is dead (page 18). Replace it with new one.
Cannot turn on the camera.
• Install the battery pack correctly (page 16).
• The battery pack is discharged. Install a charged battery pack (page 16).
• The battery pack is dead (page 18). Replace it with new one.
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The power turns off suddenly.
• If you do not operate the camera for given period of time, the camera turns
to power saving mode and nearly shuts down. To cancel the power save,
operate the camera, such as pressing the shutter button halfway down
(page 48).
Shooting images
Nothing is displayed on the LCD monitor when the power is turned on.
• In the default setting, the LCD monitor will turn off if no operation is
registered for more than five seconds to minimize the battery consumption.
You can change the time that the LCD monitor is turned off (page 113).
• The LCD monitor is set to off. Press the DISP button to turn the LCD
monitor on (page 39).
The image is not clear in the viewfinder.
• Adjust the diopter scale properly using the diopter-adjustment dial
(page 26).
The image has not been recorded.
• A memory card is not inserted.
The shutter does not release.
• Check the free capacity of the memory card (page 29). If it is full, do one of
the following:
– Delete unnecessary images (page 102).
– Change the memory card.
• You cannot record images while charging the built-in flash (page 72).
• The shutter cannot be released when the subject is out of focus (page 67).
• The lens is not attached properly. Attach the lens properly (page 19).
• When an astronomical telescope, etc., is attached to the camera, set the
recording mode to M and do your shooting.
• You try to shoot a subject that may require special focusing (page 68). Use
the focus-lock or manual focus function (pages 69, 71).
Recording takes a long time.
• The noise reduction function is turned on (page 110). This is not a
malfunction.
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• You are shooting in RAW mode (page 106). Since the RAW data file is
large, the RAW mode shooting may take time.
The image is out of focus.
• The subject is too close. Check the minimum focal distance of the lens.
• You are shooting in manual focus mode, set the focus mode lever to AF
(autofocus) (page 67).
Eye-Start AF does not work.
• Set [Eye-Start AF] to [On] (page 69).
• Press the shutter button halfway down.
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] (page 74).
Fuzzy specks appear in images shot using the flash.
• Dust in the air reflected the flash light and appeared in the image. This is
not a malfunction.
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
(page 73).
Others
The date and time are recorded incorrectly.
• Set the correct date and time (pages 25, 113).
The aperture value and/or shutter speed flash when you press the shutter
button halfway down.
• Since the subject is too bright or too dark, it is beyond the available range of
the camera. Adjust the setting again.
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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).
The eyes of the subject come out red.
• Activate the red eye reduction function (page 73).
• Get close to the subject, and shoot the subject within the flash range using
the flash (page 73).
Dots appear and remain on the LCD monitor.
• This is not a malfunction. These dots are not recorded (page 8).
The image is blurred.
• The picture was taken in a dark location without the flash, resulting in
camera shake. The use of the Super SteadyShot function or a tripod is
recommended. The flash can be used in this situation (page 46).
The EV scale b B is flashing in the viewfinder.
• The subject is too bright or too dark for the metering range of the camera.
Viewing images
Your camera cannot play back images.
• The folder/file name has been changed on your computer (page 125).
• When an image file has been processed by a computer or when the image
file was recorded using a model other than that of your camera, playback on
your camera is not guaranteed.
• The camera is in USB mode. Delete the USB connection (page 124).
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The image does not appear on the TV screen.
• Check [Video output] to see if the video output signal of your camera is set
to the color system of your TV (page 105).
• Check whether the connection is correct (page 104).
Deleting/Editing images
Your camera cannot delete an image.
• Cancel the protection (page 101).
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 101).
You cannot mark a DPOF mark.
• You cannot mark DPOF marks on RAW data files.
Computers
You do not know if the OS of your computer is compatible with the
camera.
• Check “Recommended computer environment” (pages 119, 127).
Your computer does not recognize your camera.
Others
• Check that the camera is turned on.
• When the battery level is low, install the charged battery pack (page 16), or
use the AC Adaptor/charger (not supplied).
• Use the USB cable (supplied) (page 120).
• Disconnect the USB cable, and connect it again firmly.
• Set [USB connection] to [Mass Storage] (page 120).
• Disconnect all equipment other than the camera, the keyboard and the
mouse from the USB jacks of your computer.
• Connect the camera directly to your computer without passing through a
USB hub or other device (page 119).
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You cannot copy images.
• Make the USB connection by properly connecting the camera with your
computer (page 120).
• Follow the designated copy procedure for your OS (page 121).
• 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 109).
The image cannot be played back on a computer.
• If you are using “Picture Motion Browser,” refer to the “Picture Motion
Browser Guide.”
• Consult the computer or software manufacturer.
After making a USB connection, “Picture Motion Browser” does not start
automatically.
• Make the USB connection after the computer is turned on (page 120).
You do not know how to operate the software (supplied).
• See the help or the guide of each software.
Memory card
Cannot insert a memory card.
• Insertion direction of the memory card is wrong. Insert it in the correct
direction (page 21).
Cannot record on a memory card.
• The memory card is full. Delete unnecessary images (page 102).
• An unusable memory card is inserted (page 21).
• You are using the memory card with the write-protect switch, and the
switch is set to the LOCK position. Set the switch to the recording position.
The Microdrive is heated.
• You are using the Microdrive for a long time. This is not a malfunction.
You have formatted a memory card by mistake.
• All the data on the memory card is deleted by formatting. You cannot
restore it.
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“Memory Stick PRO Duo” is not recognized by a computer with a
“Memory Stick” slot.
• If “Memory Stick PRO Duo” is not supported on your computer’s
“Memory Stick” slot, connect the camera to the computer (page 120). The
computer recognizes the “Memory Stick PRO Duo.”
Printing
Also see “PictBridge compliant printer” (as follows) in conjunction with
the following items.
The color of the image is strange.
• When you print the images recorded in Adobe RGB mode using sRGB
printers that are not compatible with Adobe RGB (DCF2.0/Exif2.21), the
images are printed at a lower intensity level (page 88).
Images are printed with both edges cut off.
• Depending on your printer, the left, right, top, and bottom edges of the
image may be cut off. Especially when you print an image shot with the
aspect ratio set to [16:9], the lateral end of the image may be cut off.
• When printing images using your own printer, cancel the trimming or
borderless settings. Consult the printer manufacturer as to whether the
printer provides these functions or not.
• When having images printed at a digital print shop, ask the shop whether
they can print the images without cutting off both edges.
Cannot print images with the date.
Others
• Using “Picture Motion Browser,” you can print images with date
(page 130).
• 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.
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PictBridge compliant printer
For details, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the printer or
consult with the manufacturer of the printer.
A connection cannot be established.
• The camera cannot be connected directly to a printer that is not compliant
with the PictBridge standard. Consult the printer manufacturer as to
whether the printer is compliant with PictBridge or not.
• Set [USB connection] to [PTP] (page 135).
• Disconnect and connect the USB cable again. If an error message is
indicated on the printer, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the
printer.
Cannot print images.
• Check that the camera and the printer are properly connected using the USB
cable.
• RAW data files cannot be printed.
• Images shot using cameras other than this camera or images modified with
a computer may not be printed.
“---- -- --” is printed on the date-inserted part of the image.
• Images that do not have the recording data cannot be printed with the date
inserted. Set [Date imprint] to [Off] and print the image again (page 138).
Cannot print the image at the size selected.
• Disconnect the USB cable and reconnect it whenever you change the paper
size after the printer has been connected to the camera.
• The print setting of the camera differs from that of the printer. Change the
setting of either the camera (page 136) or the printer.
Cannot operate the camera after canceling printing.
• Wait for a while as the printer is carrying out the cancellation. It may take
some time depending on the printer.
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Others
The lens gets fogged.
• Moisture condensation has occurred. Turn off the camera and leave it for
about an hour before using it (page 154).
The message “Set date and time?” appears when you turn on the camera.
• The camera has been left unused for sometime with a low battery or no
battery pack. Charge the battery pack and set the date again (page 25). If the
date setting is lost every time the battery pack is charged, consult your Sony
dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
The number of recordable images does not decrease or decreases two at
a time.
• This is because the compression rate and the image size after compression
change depending on the image when you shoot a JPEG image (page 106).
The setting is reset without the resetting operation.
• The battery pack was removed when the POWER switch was set to ON.
When removing the battery pack, make sure the POWER switch is set to
OFF and the access lamp is not illuminated (page 25).
The camera does not work properly.
• Turn off the camera. Remove the battery pack and insert it again. If an AC
Adaptor/charger (not supplied) is used, disconnect the power cord. If the
camera is hot, allow it to cool down before trying this corrective procedure.
If the camera does not work after doing these solutions, consult your Sony
dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
• The Super SteadyShot function does not work. You can continue to shoot
but the Super SteadyShot function will not work. Turn the camera off and
on. If the Super SteadyShot scale continues to flash, consult your Sony
dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
Others
The five bars of the Super SteadyShot scale flash.
“--E-” is indicated on the lower-right corner of the LCD monitor.
• Remove the memory card, and insert it again. If this procedure does not turn
off the indication, format the memory card.
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Warning messages
If the following messages appear,
follow the instructions.
If the message still appears,
change the memory card.
Card error
• An incompatible memory card is
inserted or the format was failed.
For “InfoLITHIUM” battery only
• An incompatible battery pack is
being used.
Set date and time?
• Set the date and time. If the
message appears frequently, the
internal backup battery is used
up. Replace the battery (pages
25, 154).
Power insufficient
• You tried to perform [Cleaning
mode] when the battery level is
insufficient. Charge the battery
pack or use the AC Adaptor/
charger (not supplied).
No card
• Insert a memory card.
Unable to use card. Format?
• The memory card was formatted
on a computer and the file format
was modified, or the memory card
was formatted on another device.
Select [OK], then format the
memory card. You can use the
memory card again, however, all
previous data in the memory card
is erased. It may take a some time
to complete the format.
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Reinsert the 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.
Processing...
• When Long exposure 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.
No lens attached. Shutter is
locked.
• The lens is not attached properly,
or the lens is not attached. When
attaching the camera to an
astronomical telescope or
something similar, set the
recording mode to M.
No images
• There is no image in the memory
card.
Unable to magnify.
Unable to rotate image.
• Images recorded with other cameras
may not be enlarged or rotated.
Image protected
• You tried to delete protected
images.
Unable to print.
• You tried to mark RAW images
with a DPOF mark.
Initializing USB connection...
• A USB connection has been
established. Do not disconnect
the USB cable.
Check the connected device.
• A PictBridge connection cannot
be established. Disconnect the
USB cable and connect it again.
Camera overheating. Allow it to
cool.
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.
• You attempted to protect images
or specified DPOF without
changing the specification of
those images.
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.
Printing canceled
• The print job was canceled.
Disconnect the USB cable or
turn the camera off.
Unable to mark.
• You attempted to mark RAW
images on the PictBridge screen.
No printable image
• You attempted to print images
from a folder that has no images
when [Folder print] was selected.
Printer error
Others
• 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.
No images changed
• Check the printer.
• Check if the image you want to
print is corrupted.
Printer busy
• Check the printer.
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Precautions
or hot places that exceed this range is
not recommended.
Do not use/store the camera in
the following places
On moisture condensation
• In an extremely hot, dry or humid
place
In places such as in a car parked in
the sun, the camera body may
become deformed and this may
cause a malfunction.
• Under direct sunlight or near a
heater
• The camera body may become
discolored or deformed, and this
may cause a malfunction.
• In a location subject to rocking
vibration
• Near strong magnetic place
• In sandy or dusty places
Be careful not to let sand or dust get
into the camera. This may cause the
camera to malfunction, and in some
cases this malfunction cannot be
repaired.
On carrying
• Be sure to attach the lens cap or
body cap when not using the
camera. When attaching the body
cap, remove all the dust from the
cap before placing it on the camera.
On operating temperatures
Your camera is designed for use
under the temperatures between 0 and
40°C (32 and 104°F) (When using a
Microdrive: 5 and 40°C (41 and
104°F)). Shooting in extremely cold
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If the camera is brought directly from
a cold to a warm location, moisture
may condense inside or outside the
camera. This moisture condensation
may cause a malfunction of the
camera.
How to prevent moisture
condensation
When bringing the camera from a
cold place to a warm place, seal the
camera in a plastic bag and allow it to
adapt to conditions at the new
location over about an hour.
If moisture condensation occurs
Turn off the camera and wait about an
hour for the moisture to evaporate.
Note that if you attempt to shoot with
moisture remaining inside the lens,
you will be unable to record clear
images.
On the internal rechargeable
battery
This camera has an internal
rechargeable battery for maintaining
the date and time and other settings
regardless of whether the power is on
or off.
This rechargeable battery is
continually charged as long as you
are using the camera. However, if you
use the camera for only short periods,
it discharges gradually, and if you do
not use the camera at all for about 8
month it becomes completely
discharged. In this case, be sure to
charge this rechargeable battery
before using the camera.
However, even if this rechargeable
battery is not charged, you can still
use the camera as long as you do not
record the date and time.
Charging method of the internal
rechargeable battery
Insert a charged battery pack in the
camera, or connect the camera to a
wall outlet (wall socket) using the AC
Adaptor/charger (not supplied), and
leave the camera for 24 hours or more
with the power off.
Notes on recording/playback
Others
• 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 154).
• Do not shake or strike the camera.
In addition to malfunctions and an
inability to record images, this may
render the memory card unusable,
or cause image data breakdown,
damage or loss.
• Clean the flash surface before use.
The heat of flash emission may
cause dirt on the flash surface to
become discolored or to stick to the
flash surface, resulting in
insufficient light emission.
• Keep the camera, supplied
accessories, etc., out of the reach of
children. The battery pack, the
accessory shoe cap, etc., may be
swallowed. If such a problem
occurs, consult a doctor
immediately.
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Index
Index
Numerics
40-segment honeycomb pattern
metering..................................80
A
Adobe RGB ................................87
AE lock .......................................76
AEL button ...............................112
AF area .......................................70
AF illuminator ............................73
Ambient bracket .........................91
Amount of exposure ...................56
Anti-dust function.......................32
Aperture ................................56, 59
Aperture priority .........................59
Aspect ratio...............................106
Audio signals ............................113
Auto off w/ VF .........................115
Auto review ..............................114
Autoflash ..............................72, 74
Autofocus ...................................67
Autofocus mode..........................69
B
Battery pack................................16
Bracket........................................90
BULB shooting...........................65
C
Center weighted..........................80
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CF card....................................... 21
Charging battery pack................ 14
Cleaning mode ........................... 32
Color filter ................................. 84
Color temperature ...................... 84
Compression ratio .................... 106
Continuous AF........................... 69
Continuous bracket .................... 90
Continuous shooting .................. 89
Contrast...................................... 87
Correct exposure.................. 60, 62
Creative Style............................. 87
Ctrl dial setup..................... 58, 112
Custom white balance................ 85
D
Date imprint ............................. 134
Date/Time setup................. 25, 113
Delete ....................................... 102
Depth of field ............................. 56
Diopter-adjustment .................... 26
DPOF setup.............................. 133
D-Range Optimizer.................... 87
Drive button ............................... 41
Drive mode ................................ 89
E
Enlarged screen.......................... 94
EV scale ......................... 64, 77, 91
Exposure .................................... 56
Exposure compensation ............. 78
Exposure lock ............................ 76
Exposure mode .......................... 56
Eyecup ....................................... 27
Eyepiece cover ........................... 27
Eyepiece sensors ........................ 28
Eye-Start AF .............................. 69
Image size ................................ 106
Index print ................................ 134
Index screen ............................... 96
Info.disp.time ........................... 114
ISO sensitivity............................ 82
J
JPEG......................................... 106
F
File number .............................. 108
Flash compensation.................... 79
Flash control .............................. 79
Flash mode ........................... 72, 74
Flash Off .............................. 48, 74
Fn button .................................... 41
Focal length.............................. 141
Focus .......................................... 67
Focus indicator........................... 68
Focus mode ................................ 69
Focus-lock.................................. 69
Folder name ............................. 108
Format ...................................... 109
L
Landscape................................... 51
LCD brightness ........................ 114
LCD monitor .................. 37, 39, 98
Lens............................................ 19
Long exp.NR............................ 110
Low-key portion....................... 100
M
I
N
Image Data Converter SR ........ 131
Image Data Lightbox SR ......... 132
Image quality ........................... 106
New folder................................ 109
Night portrait.............................. 55
Night view.................................. 55
H
Index
High ISO NR ........................... 110
High-key portion...................... 100
High-speed sync......................... 40
Histogram..................... 93, 99, 100
Macro ......................................... 52
Manual exposure ........................ 63
Manual focus.............................. 71
Manual shift ............................... 64
“Memory Stick Duo” ................. 21
Menu .......................................... 43
Metering mode ........................... 80
Microdrive.................................. 21
Moisture condensation ............. 154
Multi segment ............................ 80
157
Noise reduction.........................110
Number of images ................29, 30
P
PictBridge .................................135
Picture Motion Browser ...........130
PlaybackDisplay .........................93
Portrait ........................................50
Power save................................113
Preset white balance ...................83
Pressing halfway down.........49, 67
Print ..................................133, 135
Priority setup ............................111
Program auto ..............................57
Program Shift..............................58
Protect.......................................101
U
USB connection ............... 120, 136
R
V
RAW.................................106, 131
Rear sync. ...................................74
Rec mode reset .........................116
Red eye reduc. ............................73
Reducing camera shake ..............45
Reset .........................................116
Reset default .............................117
Rotate..........................................94
Video output ............................ 105
Viewfinder ........................... 26, 40
Viewing image................... 93, 104
S
Saturation....................................87
Scene Selection...........................50
Self-timer ....................................90
Set the clock ...............................25
Sharpness ....................................87
158
Shooting..................................... 48
Shoulder strap ............................ 27
Shutter speed........................ 56, 61
Shutter speed priority................. 61
Single bracket ............................ 90
Single-shot AF ........................... 69
Slide show.................................. 97
Slow sync................................... 74
Specifications........................... 139
Sports action .............................. 53
Spot ............................................ 80
Sunset......................................... 54
Super SteadyShot function ........ 46
W
White balance ............................ 83
White balance bracket................ 92
Wireless flash............................. 74
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