Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
Interchangeable Lens
Digital Camera
Preparing the camera
Shooting and viewing
images
Instruction Manual
A-mount
Shooting images to suit your
subject
Using the shooting
functions
Using the playback
functions
Functions list
Viewing images on a
computer
Others
Advanced operations
Additional information on this product and
answers to frequently asked questions can be
found at our Customer Support Website.
Printed using VOC (Volatile Organic
Compound)-free vegetable oil based ink.
Index
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. SLT-A77/A77V
Serial No. __________________________
WARNING
To reduce fire or shock hazard, do
not expose the unit to rain or
moisture.
IMPORTANT SAFETY
INSTRUCTIONS
SAVE THESE
INSTRUCTIONS.
DANGER - TO
REDUCE THE RISK
OF FIRE OR
ELECTRIC SHOCK,
CAREFULLY
FOLLOW THESE
INSTRUCTIONS.
If the shape of the plug does not fit the
power outlet, use an attachment plug
adaptor of the proper configuration for the
power outlet.
Caution
Battery pack
If the battery pack is mishandled, the
battery pack can burst, cause a fire or even
chemical burns. Observe the following
cautions.
• Do not disassemble.
• Do not crush and do not expose the
battery pack to any shock or force such as
hammering, dropping or stepping on it.
• Do not short circuit and do not allow
metal objects to come into contact with
the battery terminals.
• Do not expose to high temperature above
60°C (140°F) such as in direct sunlight or
in a car parked in the sun.
• Do not incinerate or dispose of in fire.
• Do not handle damaged or leaking
lithium ion batteries.
• Be sure to charge the battery pack using a
genuine Sony battery charger or a device
that can charge the battery pack.
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• Keep the battery pack out of the reach of
small children.
• Keep the battery pack dry.
• Replace only with the same or equivalent
type recommended by Sony.
• Dispose of used battery packs promptly
as described in the instructions.
Battery charger
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).
The power cord (mains lead), if supplied, is
designed specifically for use with this
camera only, and should not be used with
other electrical equipment.
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.
Battery Pack and lens
accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
This Class B digital apparatus complies
with Canadian ICES-003.
For Customers in the U.S.A.
UL is an internationally recognized safety
organization.
The UL Mark on the product means it has
been UL Listed.
If you have any questions about this
product, you may call:
Sony Customer Information 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.: SLT-A77V
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.
CAUTION
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in
this manual could void your authority to
operate this equipment.
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
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Note:
For Customers in Europe
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.
Notice for the customers in the
countries applying EU Directives
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.
Attention
For Customers in Canada
This device complies with RSS-310 of
Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the
condition that this device does not cause
harmful interference.
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Hereby, Sony Corporation, declares that
this SLT-A77V Interchangeable Lens
Digital Camera is in compliance with the
essential requirements and other relevant
provisions of the Directive 1999/5/EC. For
details, please access the following URL:
http://www.compliance.sony.de/
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.
This product has been tested and found
compliant with the limits set out in the
R&TTE Directive for using connection
cables shorter than 3 meters (9.8 feet).
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.
On certain batteries this symbol might be
used in combination with a chemical
symbol. The chemical symbols for mercury
(Hg) or lead (Pb) are added if the battery
contains more than 0.0005% mercury or
0.004% lead.
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.
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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.
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Table of Contents
Basic
operations
...............................................................14
This section provides basic information on operating the camera.
Read this section first.
Notes on using your camera ............................................ 15
Preparing the camera
Checking the supplied items ............................................ 18
Identifying parts .............................................................. 19
Charging the battery pack ................................................ 25
Inserting the battery pack/memory card (sold separately)
..................................................................................... 27
Attaching a lens ............................................................... 30
Turning the camera on and setting the clock ................... 33
Before shooting ............................................................... 35
Adjusting the viewfinder to the visual acuity (diopter
adjustment)......................................................... 35
Holding the camera properly ...................................... 35
Shooting and viewing images
Shooting still images ....................................................... 36
Recording movies ............................................................ 38
Playing back images ........................................................ 39
Deleting images (Delete) ................................................. 40
Shooting images to suit your subject
Adjusting the angle of the LCD monitor ......................... 41
Shooting with the various shooting modes ...................... 42
......................................................................... 43
Scene Selection .................................................. 44
Sweep Panorama/
3D Sweep Panorama ....... 45
Continuous Advance Priority AE ........................ 46
Using the shooting functions
Using the flash ................................................................. 47
Adjusting the brightness of the image ............................. 49
Selecting the drive mode .................................... 51
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Switching the recording information display (DISP) ...... 52
Setting image size ............................................................ 53
Image Size .................................................................. 53
Panorama: Size ........................................................... 53
Using the playback functions
Enlarging images ............................................................. 55
Switching to the display of the image list ....................... 56
Viewing images on a TV screen ...................................... 57
Functions list
Functions that can be operated with the buttons/dial
..................................................................................... 58
Selecting a function with the Fn (Function) button ......... 59
Functions that can be selected with the Fn (Function) button
..................................................................................... 60
The functions selected with the MENU button ............... 62
Using the guide function of the camera ........................... 70
In-Camera Guide ........................................................ 70
Viewing images on a computer
Using with your computer ............................................... 71
Using the software ........................................................... 73
Selecting the method for creating a disc of movies ......... 77
Others
List of icons on the screen ............................................... 79
Functions available for each shooting mode ................... 82
Flash modes available ...................................................... 83
Advanced
operations
................................................................85
This section provides further information on the camera.
Preparation
Setting up the camera ...................................................... 86
Removing the eyecup ................................................. 86
The screen displayed for shooting mode ......................... 87
Selecting the screen mode .......................................... 87
Histogram ................................................................... 88
The digital level gauge ............................................... 89
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Graphic Display ......................................................... 89
Monitoring the subject through the lens without effects
displayed ........................................................... 89
List of icons for viewfinder mode .............................. 90
Display panel .............................................................. 93
Shooting a clear image without camera shake ................ 94
Camera shake warning indicator ................................ 94
Using the SteadyShot function ................................... 94
Using a tripod ............................................................. 95
Shooting
Selecting the shooting mode ............................................ 96
AUTO ............................................................... 96
......................................................................... 96
Scene Selection .................................................. 97
Sweep Panorama/
3D Sweep Panorama ....... 99
Cont. Priority AE ............................................... 101
Program Auto ....................................................... 102
Aperture Priority ................................................. 103
Shutter Priority ..................................................... 105
Manual Exposure ................................................. 107
BULB .................................................................. 109
Movie recording setup ................................................... 111
Recording movies easily .......................................... 111
Recording movies with the shutter speed and aperture
adjusted ........................................................... 112
File Format ............................................................... 113
Record Setting .......................................................... 114
Audio Recording ...................................................... 115
Adjusting the focus ........................................................ 116
Autofocus ................................................................. 116
Focus-lock ................................................................ 119
AF area ..................................................................... 119
The AF illuminator ................................................... 120
AF Micro Adj. .......................................................... 121
Object Tracking ........................................................ 121
Manual focus ............................................................ 123
Peaking ..................................................................... 124
Focus Magnifier ....................................................... 124
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Direct manual focus ................................................. 125
AF/MF control ......................................................... 126
Detecting faces .............................................................. 127
Face Detection .......................................................... 127
Face Registration ...................................................... 128
Smile Shutter ............................................................ 129
Adjusting the brightness of the image ........................... 131
AE Lock ................................................................... 131
Metering Mode ......................................................... 132
Flash Comp. ............................................................. 132
Flash control ............................................................. 133
The flash ........................................................................ 135
Wireless flash ........................................................... 135
Slow Sync ................................................................. 136
Using a flash equipped with a flash sync terminal cord
.......................................................................... 137
Setting ISO .................................................................... 139
Multi frame noise reduction ..................................... 140
Compensating for the brightness and contrast automatically
(D-Range) ................................................................. 141
D-RangeOptimizer ................................................... 141
Auto HDR ................................................................ 142
Setting the image processing ......................................... 144
Picture Effect ............................................................ 144
Creative Style ........................................................... 145
Adjusting the color tones (White balance) .................... 148
The fine adjustment screen for color ........................ 149
Color Temp./Color Filter ......................................... 150
Custom white balance .............................................. 150
Zooming in in one step .................................................. 153
Selecting the drive mode .................................. 154
Shooting single shot ................................................. 154
Cont. Shooting .......................................................... 154
Self-timer .................................................................. 155
Bracket: Cont./Single Bracket .................................. 155
WB bracket ............................................................... 157
DRO Bracket ............................................................ 158
Remote Cdr. ............................................................. 158
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Playback
The screen displayed for playback mode ...................... 159
Switching the screen during playback ...................... 159
List of icons on the histogram display ..................... 159
Using the playback functions ........................................ 161
Rotating an image .................................................... 161
View Mode ............................................................... 161
Slide Show ............................................................... 162
Playback Display ...................................................... 162
Scrolling panoramic images ..................................... 163
Protecting images (Protect) ........................................... 164
Deleting images (Delete) ............................................... 165
Delete (Multiple Img.) ............................................. 165
Deleting all the images or movies in the same view mode
.......................................................................... 166
About playback on TV .................................................. 167
3D Viewing .............................................................. 167
Using “BRAVIA” Sync ........................................... 167
Setup of the camera
GPS setting (SLT-A77V only) ...................................... 169
GPS Assist Data ....................................................... 170
GPS Auto Time Cor. ................................................ 170
Setting the aspect ratio and image quality ..................... 172
Aspect Ratio ............................................................. 172
Quality ...................................................................... 172
Setting the other functions of the camera ...................... 174
Long Exposure NR ................................................... 174
High ISO NR ............................................................ 174
Color Space .............................................................. 175
Release w/o Lens ...................................................... 175
Grid Line .................................................................. 176
Auto Review ............................................................. 176
Func. of AEL button ................................................ 176
ISO Button, AF/MF button ...................................... 177
Preview Button ......................................................... 177
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter .............................. 177
LCD Brightness ........................................................ 178
Viewfinder Bright. ................................................... 178
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Power Save ............................................................... 179
FINDER/LCD Setting .............................................. 179
Lens compensation ........................................................ 180
Lens Comp.: Peripheral Shading .............................. 180
Lens Comp.: Chromatic Aberration ......................... 180
Lens Comp.: Distortion ............................................ 180
Setting the method for recording on a memory card ..... 181
Format ...................................................................... 181
File Number ............................................................. 181
Folder Name ............................................................. 181
Select REC Folder .................................................... 182
New Folder ............................................................... 182
Recover Image DB ................................................... 183
Upload Settings ........................................................ 183
Registering your own settings ....................................... 185
Resetting to the default .................................................. 186
Confirming the version of the camera ........................... 190
Computer
Connecting the camera to the computer ........................ 191
Setting the USB connection ..................................... 191
Connecting to the computer ..................................... 191
Importing images to the computer (Windows) ........ 192
Importing images to the computer (Macintosh) ....... 193
Deleting the USB connection ................................... 194
Creating a movie disc .................................................... 195
Creating an AVCHD format disc ............................. 195
Creating a standard definition image quality (STD) disc
................................................................................... 196
Discs you can use with “PMB” ................................ 197
Print
Specifying DPOF ........................................................... 198
Date Imprint ............................................................. 198
Cleaning
Cleaning the camera and a lens ..................................... 199
Cleaning the image sensor ............................................. 200
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Trouble shooting/Others
Troubleshooting ............................................................. 203
Warning messages ......................................................... 212
Precautions .................................................................... 214
To use your camera abroad — Power sources .............. 217
AVCHD format ............................................................. 218
GPS (SLT-A77V only) .................................................. 219
3D-shootings ................................................................. 221
Memory card ................................................................. 222
Battery pack/Battery charger ......................................... 224
The License ................................................................... 226
Checking the number of recordable images/recording time
................................................................................... 227
Specifications ................................................................ 231
Index ............................................................................. 239
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Basic operations
This section provides the basic information on
operating the camera. Read this section first. To
more effectively take advantage of the camera, see
“Advanced operations” (page 85).
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Notes on using your camera
Shooting procedure
• This camera has 2 modes for monitoring
subjects: the LCD monitor mode using
the LCD monitor, and the viewfinder
mode using the viewfinder.
• The recorded image may be different
from the image you monitored before
recording.
Notes on the functions available with
the camera
• To check whether it is a 1080 60icompatible device or 1080 50icompatible device, check for the
following marks on the bottom of the
camera.
1080 60i-compatible device:60i
1080 50i-compatible device:50i
• This camera is compatible with 1080 60p
or 50p-format movies. Unlike standard
recording modes up to now, which record
in an interlacing method, this camera
records using a progressive method. This
increases the resolution, and provides a
smoother, more realistic image.
• You may feel uncomfortable symptoms
such as eyestrain, nausea, or a tired
feeling while watching 3D-images
recorded with the camera on 3Dcompatible monitors. When you watch
3D-images, we recommend that you take
a break at regular time intervals. Since
the need for or frequency of break times
varies among individuals, please set your
own standards. If you feel sick, stop
watching 3D-images, and consult a
doctor as needed. Also, refer to the
operating instructions of the connected
device or the software used with the
camera. A child’s vision is always
vulnerable (especially for children under
6 years of age). Before allowing them to
watch 3D-images, please consult with an
expert, such as a pediatric or ophthalmic
doctor. Be sure to make sure your
children follow the precautions above.
No compensation for contents of the
recording
The contents of the recording cannot be
compensated for if recording or playback is
not possible due to a malfunction of your
camera or a memory card, etc.
Back up recommendation
To avoid the potential risk of data loss,
always copy (back up) data to other
medium.
Notes on the LCD monitor, electronic
viewfinder, lens, and image sensor
• The LCD monitor and electronic
viewfinder are manufactured using
extremely high-precision technology so
over 99.99% of the pixels are operational
for effective use. However, there may be
some tiny black points and/or bright
points (white, red, blue or green in color)
that constantly appear on the LCD
monitor and electronic viewfinder. These
points are normal in the manufacturing
process and do not affect the images in
any way.
• Do not hold the camera by taking hold of
the LCD monitor.
• Do not expose the camera to sunlight or
shoot sunward for a long time. The
internal mechanism may be damaged. If
sunlight is focused on a nearby object, it
may cause a fire.
• There is a magnet on the back and around
the rotating shaft of the hinge part of the
LCD monitor. Do not bring anything that
is easily affected by a magnet, such as
floppy disk, credit cards near the LCD
monitor.
• Images may trail across on the screen in a
cold location. This is not a malfunction.
When turning on the camera in a cold
location, the screen may become
temporarily dark. When the camera
warms up, the screen will function
normally.
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Notes on using your camera
Notes on long-time recording
• When you continue to shoot for a long
time, the temperature of the camera rises.
If the temperature reaches above a certain
level, the
mark is indicated on the
screen and the camera is turned off
automatically. If the power is turned off,
leave the camera for 10 minutes or longer
to allow the temperature inside the
camera to decrease to a safe level.
• Under high ambient temperatures, the
temperature of the camera rises quickly.
• When the temperature of the camera
rises, the image quality may deteriorate.
It is recommended that you wait until the
temperature of the camera drops before
continuing to shoot.
• The surface of the camera may get warm.
This is not a malfunction.
Notes on importing AVCHD View
movies* to a computer
When importing AVCHD View movies to
a computer, for Windows computers, use
the “PMB” software on the CD-ROM
(supplied).
* “AVCHD View movies” are movies that
were recorded in the [AVCHD 60i/60p]/
[AVCHD 50i/50p] mode of [File Format]
(page 113).
Notes when playing movies on other
devices
• This camera uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
High Profile for AVCHD format
recording. Movies recorded in AVCHD
format with this camera cannot be played
with the following devices.
–Other devices compatible with AVCHD
format that does not support High
Profile
–Devices incompatible with the AVCHD
format
This camera also uses MPEG-4 AVC/
H.264 Main Profile for MP4 format
recording. For this reason, movies
recorded in MP4 format with this camera
cannot be played on devices other than
those that support MPEG-4 AVC/H.264.
• Discs recorded with HD image quality
(high definition) can be played back only
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on AVCHD format-compatible devices.
DVD-based players or recorders cannot
play back HD image quality discs, as
they are incompatible with the AVCHD
format. Also, DVD-based players or
recorders may fail to eject HD image
quality discs.
• 1080 60p/50p movies can be played back
on compatible devices only.
On GPS-compatible devices (SLTA77V only)
• To determine whether your camera
supports GPS function, check the model
name of your camera.
GPS-compatible: SLT-A77V
GPS-incompatible: SLT-A77
• Use GPS in accordance with regulations
of countries and regions where you use it.
• If you do not record the location
information, set [GPS On/Off] to [Off]
(page 169).
• In an airplane, make sure to turn off the
camera following cabin announcements.
Warning on copyright
Television programs, films, videotapes, and
other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such materials
may be contrary to the provisions of the
copyright laws.
The pictures used in this manual
The photographs used as examples of
pictures in this manual are reproduced
images, and are not actual images shot
using this camera.
On the data specifications described
in this manual
The data on performance and specifications
is defined under the following conditions,
except as described in this manual: at an
ordinary ambient temperature of 25ºC
(77°F), and using a battery pack that is
charged for about 1 hour after the
CHARGE lamp goes out.
Notes on using your camera
Model name
This manual covers several models
supplied with different lenses.
The model name varies depending on the
supplied lens. The available model varies
depending on the countries/regions.
Model name
Lens
SLT-A77/A77V –
SLT-A77K/
A77VK
DT18-55mm
SLT-A77Q/
A77VQ
DT16-50mm
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Preparing the camera
Checking the supplied items
First check the model name of your camera (page 17). The accessories
supplied differ depending on the model.
The number in parentheses indicates the number of pieces.
Common accessories
• Camera (1)
• BC-VM10A Battery charger (1)
• Power cord (mains lead) (1) (not
supplied in the U.S.A. and
Canada)
• Rechargeable battery pack NPFM500H (1)
• Body cap (1) (Attached on the
camera)
• Accessory shoe cap (1) (Attached
on the camera)
• Eyecup (1) (Attached on the
camera)
• CD-ROM (1)
– Application Software for α
camera
• Instruction Manual (1) (This
manual)
SLT-A77K/A77VK
• DT18-55mm zoom lens (1)/Front
lens cap (1)/Rear lens cap (1)
• USB cable (1)
SLT-A77Q/A77VQ
• DT16-50mm zoom lens (1)/Front
lens cap (1)/Rear lens cap (1)/
Lens hood (1)
• Shoulder strap (1)
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Identifying parts
See the pages in parentheses for details of operation.
Front side
Preparing the camera
A AF illuminator (120)/Self-timer
lamp (155)
B Shutter button (36)
L Mode dial (42)
M
(Flash pop-up) button (47,
135)
C Power switch (33)
N Mounting index (30)
D Front control dial (102)
O Lens release button (31)
E Remote sensor (158)
P Focus mode dial (116, 123)
F Lens contacts*
* Do not directly touch these
parts.
** Do not cover this part
during movie recording.
Doing so may cause noise
or lower the volume.
G Mirror*
H Preview button (105)
I Mount
J Built-in flash* (47, 135)
K Microphone** (115)
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Identifying parts
Rear side
A Eyecup (86)
I DISP (Display) button (87,
159)
B Eyepiece sensors (86)
J
(Smart teleconverter)
button (153)/Focus Magnifier
button (124)
K
(In-Camera Guide) button
(70)
For viewing: (Delete) button
(40)
D Diopter-adjustment dial (35)
L
(Playback) button (39)
E LCD monitor (79, 90, 159)
* Do not directly touch this
part.
C Viewfinder*
• When you look into the
viewfinder, the viewfinder
mode is activated, and when
you take your face away from
the viewfinder, the screen mode
returns to the LCD monitor
mode.
F Light sensor (178)
G Multi-selector
H For shooting: Fn (Function)
button (59, 60)
For viewing:
(Image
rotation) button (161)
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Identifying parts
Top side
Preparing the camera
A Auto-lock Accessory shoe
(135)
B MENU button (62)
C MOVIE button (38, 111)
D FINDER/LCD button (179)
E Display panel (93)
F
(Drive) button (51, 154)
G WB (White balance) button
M For shooting: AF/MF (Auto
focus/manual focus) button
(126)
For viewing:
(Enlarge)
button (55)
N For shooting: AEL (AE lock)
button (131)/SLOW SYNC
button (136)
For viewing:
(Image index)
button (56)
(148)
H
(Exposure) button (49)
I ISO button (139)
J Display panel illumination
button (93)
K
Image sensor position
mark (118)
L Rear control dial
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Identifying parts
Sides/Bottom
A Microphone jack
D REMOTE terminal
• When an external microphone
is connected, the internal
microphone is turned off
automatically. When the
external microphone is a plugin-power type, the power of the
microphone is supplied by the
camera.
• When connecting the RML1AM Remote Commander
(sold separately) to the camera,
insert the plug of the Remote
Commander into the REMOTE
terminal, aligning the guide of
the plug with the guide of the
REMOTE terminal. Make sure
that the cord of the Remote
Commander faces forward.
B Hooks for shoulder strap
• Attach both ends of the strap
onto the camera.
E Speaker
F DC IN terminal
• When connecting the ACPW10AM AC Adaptor (sold
separately) to the camera, turn
the camera off, then plug the
connector of the AC Adaptor to
the DC IN terminal on the
camera.
G HDMI terminal (57, 167)
H
C
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(Flash sync) terminal (137)
(USB) terminal (191)
I Access lamp (28)
Identifying parts
J Memory card insertion slot (27)
K Memory card cover (27)
L Battery insertion slot (27)
M Battery cover (27)
N Tripod receptacle
Preparing the camera
• Use a tripod with a screw length
of less than 5.5 mm (7/32 inch).
You will be unable to firmly
secure the camera to tripods
with a screw length of 5.5 mm
(7/32 inch) or longer, and
attempting to do so may
damage the camera.
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Identifying parts
Lens
DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
(Supplied with the SLT-A77K/
A77VK)
A Focusing ring
B Zoom ring
C Zoom lock switch
D Focal-length index
E Lens contacts
F Lens hood index
G Distance scale
H Distance index
I Focal-length scale
J Focusing mode switch
K Mounting index
• The DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
SAM/DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM
are designed for Sony A-mount
cameras (models equipped with
an APS-C sized image sensor).
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DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM
(Supplied with the SLT-A77Q/
A77VQ)
You cannot use these lenses on
35mm-format cameras.
• For the lenses other than DT 1855mm F3.5-5.6 SAM/DT 1650mm F2.8 SSM, refer to the
operating instructions supplied
with the lens.
Charging the battery pack
When using the camera for the first time, be sure to charge the NPFM500H “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (supplied).
The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack can be charged even when it has not
been fully depleted.
It can also be used when it has not been fully charged.
Insert the battery pack onto
the battery charger.
Preparing the camera
1
Push the battery pack until it clicks.
2
Connect the battery charger
to the wall outlet (wall
socket).
For the U.S.A and Canada
Plug
Light on: Charging
Light off: Charge completed
Charging time
About 175 minutes
• When charging a fully depleted
battery pack at a temperature of 25°C
(77°F).
• The CHARGE lamp turns off when
charging is completed.
CHARGE lamp
For countries/regions other than the
U.S.A. and Canada
CHARGE lamp
To a wall outlet
(wall socket)
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Charging the battery pack
Notes
• The charging time differs depending on the remaining capacity of the battery pack or
charging conditions.
• We recommend charging the battery pack in an ambient temperature of between
10°C to 30°C (50°F to 86°F). You may not be able to efficiently charge the battery
pack outside of this temperature range.
• Connect the battery charger to the nearest wall outlet (wall socket).
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Inserting the battery pack/memory
card (sold separately)
While sliding the battery
cover open lever, open the
cover.
2
Firmly insert the battery pack
all the way while pressing
the lock lever with the tip of
the battery.
Preparing the camera
1
Lock lever
3
Close the cover.
4
While sliding the memory
card cover, open the cover.
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Inserting the battery pack/memory card (sold separately)
5
Insert a memory card.
• With the notched corner facing as
illustrated, insert the memory card
until it clicks into place.
Ensure the notched corner faces
correctly.
6
Close the 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
To remove the memory card
Check that the access lamp is not lit, then open the cover, and push the
memory card once.
To check the remaining battery level
The supplied battery pack is a lithium-ion battery pack that has functions
for exchanging information related to operating conditions with your
camera. The remaining battery time in percent figures is displayed
according to the operating conditions of your camera.
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Inserting the battery pack/memory card (sold separately)
“Battery
exhausted.”
Battery level
High
Low
You cannot shoot
any more pictures.
Available memory cards
Types of memory card
Memory Stick PRO Duo
Still
images
Movies
In this manual
(Mark2)
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
SD memory card
(Class 4 or faster)
SDHC memory card
(Class 4 or faster)
SDXC memory card
(Class 4 or faster)
Memory Stick
PRO Duo
SD card
• MultiMediaCard cannot be used.
Note
• Images recorded on an SDXC memory card cannot be imported to or played on
computers or AV devices that are not compatible with exFAT. Make sure that the
device is compatible with exFAT before connecting it to the camera. If you connect
your camera to an incompatible device, you may be prompted to format the card.
Never format the card in response to this prompt, as doing so will erase all data on
the card. (exFAT is the file system used on SDXC memory cards.)
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Preparing the camera
The following memory cards are compatible with this camera. However, all
memory cards are not guaranteed to work with this camera.
Attaching a lens
1
Remove the body cap from
the camera and the rear lens
cap from the rear of the lens.
• When changing the lens, quickly
change the lens away from dusty
locations so as to keep dust or debris
from getting inside the camera.
• When shooting, remove the front lens
cap from the front of the lens.
Front lens cap
Body cap
Rear lens cap
2
Mount the lens by aligning
the orange index marks
(mounting indexes) on the
lens and camera.
Orange index marks
3
Turn the lens clockwise until
it clicks into the locked
position.
• Be sure to put the lens on straight.
Notes
• When attaching a lens, do not press the lens release button.
• Do not use force when attaching a lens.
• E-mount lenses are not compatible with this camera.
• When you use a lens for which a tripod socket is provided, attach the lens onto the
tripod using the tripod socket provided to help balance the weight of the lens.
• When carrying the camera with a lens attached, hold both the camera and the lens
firmly.
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Attaching a lens
• Do not hold the part of the lens that is extended for the zoom or focus adjustment.
To remove the lens
1
Press the lens release button
all the way in and turn the
lens counterclockwise until it
stops.
2
Attach the caps to the front
and rear of the lens and the
body cap to the camera.
• Before you attach them, remove dust
from them.
To attach a lens hood
It is recommended that you use a lens
hood to reduce flare and ensure
maximum image quality.
Fit the hood into the mount on the end of
the lens barrel and rotate the hood
clockwise until it clicks.
Notes
• Attach the lens hood properly. Otherwise, the lens hood may interfere with the
desired effect or may appear on your images.
• When the lens hood is properly attached to the DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM, the red dot
on the lens lines up with the red dot on the hood.
• A lens hood is not included with the DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM. You can use the
ALC-SH108 (sold separately).
• The lens hood may block the light of the flash. Remove the lens hood when using the
flash.
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Preparing the camera
Lens release button
Attaching a lens
• When storing, turn over the lens hood and place it onto the lens backwards.
Note on changing the lens
When changing the lens, if dust or debris gets inside the camera and
adheres to the surface of the image sensor (the part that acts as the film), it
may appear as dark spots on the image, depending on the shooting
environment.
The camera is equipped with an anti-dust function to prevent dust from
landing on the image sensor. However, quickly change the lens away from
dusty locations when attaching/removing a lens.
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Turning the camera on and setting the
clock
When you turn the camera on for the first time, the date/time setup screen
appears.
1
Set the power switch to ON to
turn the camera on.
Preparing the camera
The screen used for setting date and
time appears.
• To turn the camera off, set it to OFF.
2
Verify that [Enter] is selected
on the LCD monitor, then
press the center of the multiselector.
3
Select your area with b/B on the multi-selector, then
press the center of the multi-selector.
4
Select each item with b/B
and set the numeric value
with v/V.
[Daylight Svg.:]: Turns on or off the
daylight saving time setting.
[Date Format:]: Selects the format to
display date.
• Midnight is indicated as 12:00 AM,
and noon as 12:00 PM.
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Turning the camera on and setting the clock
5
Repeat step 4 to set other items, then press the center
of the multi-selector.
6
Verify that [Enter] is selected, then press the center of
the multi-selector.
To cancel the date/time setting operation
Press the MENU button.
To set up the date/time again
When you turn the camera on for the first time, the date/time setup screen
appears automatically. The next time, set up the date and time from the
menu.
MENU button t
1 t [Date/Time Setup]
To set up the area again
You can set the area where you are using the camera. This allows you to set
the local area when you use the camera abroad.
MENU button t
1 t [Area Setting]
Maintaining the date and time setting
This camera has an internal rechargeable battery for maintaining the date
and time and other settings regardless of whether the power is on or off, or
the battery is installed or not (page 214).
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Before shooting
Adjusting the viewfinder to the visual acuity (diopter
adjustment)
Note
• The dioptic adjustment attachment (sold separately) cannot be used with this camera.
Holding the camera properly
Stabilize your upper body and take a position that keeps the
camera from moving.
In LCD monitor mode
In viewfinder mode
In viewfinder mode
(vertical position)
Point 1
One hand holds the grip of the camera, and the other hand supports the lens.
Point 2
Take a secure stance with your feet shoulder-width apart.
Point 3
Lightly tuck your elbows against your body.
When shooting in a kneeling position, steady your upper body by placing
your elbow on your knee.
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Preparing the camera
Adjust the diopter-adjustment
dial to your eyesight until the
display appears clearly in the
viewfinder.
Shooting and viewing images
Shooting still images
The “AUTO” mode allows you to easily shoot any subject under any
conditions because the camera makes appropriate judgments on the
situation to adjust the settings.
1
Set the mode dial to
2
Hold the camera, monitoring your shot with the LCD
monitor or viewfinder.
3
Overlay the AF area on the
desired subject.
.
• If the
(Camera shake
warning) indicator flashes, carefully
shoot the subject, holding the camera
steady, or by using a tripod.
(Camera shake
warning) indicator
AF area
4
When using a zoom lens,
turn the zoom ring, then
decide on your shot.
Zoom ring
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Shooting still images
5
Press the shutter button
halfway down to focus.
When the focus is confirmed, z or
(Focus indicator) lights up
(page 118).
Shooting and viewing images
Focus indicator
6
Press the shutter button fully
down to shoot.
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Recording movies
1
Press the MOVIE button to
start recording.
MOVIE button
• Movie recording can be started from
any exposure mode.
• The shutter speed and aperture are
adjusted automatically. If you want to
set them to particular values, set the
mode dial to
(Movie) (page 112).
• The camera continues to adjust the
focus when it is in autofocus mode.
2
Press the MOVIE button again to stop recording.
Notes
• The sound of the camera and the lens in operation may be recorded while recording a
movie. You can disable sound recording by setting [Audio Recording] to [Off]
(page 115).
• The continuous recording time of a movie may be shorter, depending on the ambient
temperature or the status of the camera. See “Notes on continuous movie recording.”
• When the
mark is indicated, the temperature of the camera is too high. Turn the
camera off and wait until the temperature of the camera drops (page 213).
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Playing back images
1
Press the
button.
button
2
MENU button t
desired mode
1 t [View Mode] t Select the
3
Select an image with b/B on the multi-selector.
• To play back movies, press the center of the multi-selector.
During movie playback
Multi-selector/Front or rear control dial
operation
To pause/resume
z
To fast-forward
B
To fast-rewind
b
To slow-forward
Rotate the front or rear control dial to the
right during pause.
To slow-reverse
Rotate the front or rear control dial to the
left during pause.
• The movie is played back frame-byframe.
To adjust sound volume
V t v/V
To display the information
v
Note
• Movies recorded with other devices may not be played back on this camera.
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Shooting and viewing images
• To play back still images, select [Folder View(Still)], and to play back
movies, select [Folder View(MP4)] or [AVCHD View] according to the
file format.
Deleting images (Delete)
Once you have deleted an image, you cannot restore it. Check whether to
delete the image or not beforehand.
Note
• Protected images cannot be deleted.
Deleting the image that is currently displayed
1
Display the image you want
to delete and press the
button.
button
2
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Select [Delete] with v on the multi-selector, then press
the center of the multi-selector.
Shooting images to suit your subject
Adjusting the angle of the LCD monitor
Adjust the LCD monitor to an easily
viewable angle.
Shooting images to suit your subject
• Put your finger on the upper-left part of
the LCD monitor and draw it toward
you.
• The LCD monitor tilts 150 degrees
upward and 180 degrees downward.
• The LCD monitor rotates 180 degrees
clockwise and 90 degrees
counterclockwise.
• When the LCD monitor is not used, it is
recommended that you close it with the
screen side facing to the camera.
Note
• When the LCD monitor is open, the eye
sensor may not be able to function in
situations involving low-position shooting. If
you look into the viewfinder and the monitor
is not switched automatically, press the
FINDER/LCD button.
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Shooting with the various shooting
modes
Set the mode dial to the desired
mode.
The following shooting modes are provided with the camera:
(AUTO) (36,
96)
96)
Allows you to easily shoot any subject under any conditions
because the camera makes appropriate judgments on the
situation to adjust the settings.
(Auto+) (43, The camera recognizes and evaluates the shooting condition,
and appropriate settings are set automatically. The camera
saves 1 appropriate image by combining or separating
images, as necessary.
(Scene
Selection) (44, 97)
Selecting an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting
conditions allows you to shoot the image with a suitable
setting for the subject.
(Sweep
Panorama) (45, 99)
Allows you to shoot panoramic images.
(3D Sweep
Panorama) (45, 99)
Allows you to shoot 3D panoramic images for playback on a
3D compatible TV.
(Cont. Priority
AE) (46, 101)
The camera continues to shoot while the shutter button is
pressed fully down. The camera records the images
continuously at a maximum of about 12 images per second.
(Movie) (38,
111)
Allows you to shoot movies with the exposure adjusted
manually (both the shutter speed and the aperture value).
(Program Auto)
(102)
Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically
(both the shutter speed and the aperture value). The other
settings can be adjusted manually.
(Aperture
Priority) (103)
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value
manually using the front or rear control dial.
(Shutter Priority)
(105)
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed
manually using the front or rear control dial.
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Shooting with the various shooting modes
(Manual
Exposure) (107)
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure manually
(both the shutter speed and the aperture value) using the front
or rear control dial.
(Memory
recall) (185)
Calls up setting pre-registered in [Memory] in the
shooting menu.
1 Set the mode dial to
Still
(Auto+).
2 Point the camera towards the
Recognized scene mode mark
subject.
Shooting function
Number of images to be shot
3 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
Scene recognized by the camera
(Night Scene)
(Hand-held Twilight)
(Landscape)
(Backlight Portrait)
(Portrait)
(Tripod Night Scene)
(Backlight)
(Macro)
(Night Portrait)
(Spotlight)
(Low Brightness)
(Baby)
Shooting function
Cont. Shooting (154)
Slow Sync. (135)
Auto HDR (142)
Daylight Sync.
Slow Shutter
Hand-held Twilight (44,
97)
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Shooting images to suit your subject
When the camera recognizes and adjusts
for shooting conditions, the following
information is indicated: recognized
scene mode mark, appropriate shooting
function, the number of images to be
shot.
Shooting with the various shooting modes
Scene Selection
1 Set the mode dial to
(Scene Selection).
2 Press the center of the multi-selector.
3 Select the desired mode with v/V, then press the center of the
multi-selector.
• To change the scene, press the Fn button, then select another scene.
4 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
(Portrait)
Blurs away backgrounds and sharpens the subject. Expresses
skin tones softly.
(Sports Action)
Shoots a moving subject at a fast shutter speed so that the
subject looks as if it is standing still. The camera shoots
images continuously while the shutter button is pressed.
(Macro)
Shoots close subjects such as flowers, foods.
(Landscape)
Shoots the entire range of scenery in sharp focus with vivid
colors.
(Sunset)
(Night Scene)
(Hand-held
Twilight)
(Night Portrait)
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Shoots the red of the sunrise or sunset beautifully.
Shoots night scenes at a distance without losing the dark
atmosphere of the surroundings.
Shoots night scenes with less noise and blur without using a
tripod. A burst of shots are taken, and image processing is
applied to reduce subject blur, camera shake, and noise.
Shoots portraits in night scenes.
Shooting with the various shooting modes
Sweep Panorama/
1 Set the mode dial to
3D Sweep Panorama
(Sweep Panorama)/
(3D Sweep
Panorama).
2 Press the center of the multi-selector.
3 Point the camera at the edge of
the subject, then press the shutter
button halfway down to adjust the
focus.
Shooting images to suit your subject
This part will not be taken
4 Press the shutter button fully down.
5 Pan or tilt the camera to the end,
following the guidance on the
screen.
Guidance bar
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Shooting with the various shooting modes
Continuous Advance Priority AE
1 Set the mode dial to
(Cont. Priority AE).
2 Adjust the focus and shoot the subjects.
• The camera continues to shoot while the shutter button is pressed fully
down.
• The camera records the images continuously at a maximum of about 12
images per second.
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Using the shooting functions
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 Fn button t
(Flash Mode) t Select the desired setting
• For further information on the flash modes available for each shooting
mode, see page 83.
2 Press the
button.
button
Using the shooting functions
The flash pops up.
• In AUTO, 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.
3 After the flash has finished
charging, shoot the subject.
Flashing: The flash is being charged.
When the indicator flashes, you cannot
release the shutter.
Lit: The flash has been charged and
is ready to fire.
(Flash charging) indicator
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Using the flash
(Flash Off)
Does not fire even the built-in flash pops up.
• You cannot select this item when the mode dial is set to P,
A, S, or M. However, the flash will not be fired if it is not
pulled up.
(Autoflash)
Fires if it is dark or against light.
(Fill-flash)
(Rear Sync.)
(Wireless)
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Fires every time you trigger the shutter.
Fires right before the exposure is completed every time you
trigger the shutter.
Fires an external flash (sold separately) that is off the camera
and away from it (Wireless flash shooting).
Adjusting the brightness of the image
Except for exposure mode M, the exposure is automatically selected
(Automatic exposure).
Based on the exposure acquired by the automatic exposure, you can
perform exposure compensation. You can make the entire image brighter
by shifting to the + side. The entire image becomes darker when you shift it
to the – side (Exposure compensation).
1 Press the
button.
LCD monitor
the multi-selector.
Toward + (over): Brightens an image.
Toward – (under): Darkens an image.
• In viewfinder mode, confirm the
exposure using the EV scale.
Compensated exposure
Viewfinder
Standard exposure
3 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
Shooting techniques
• Adjust the compensation level by checking the recorded image.
• Using bracket shooting, you can shoot multiple images with the exposure
shifted to the plus or minus sides (page 155).
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Using the shooting functions
2 Adjust the exposure with b/B on
button
Adjusting the brightness of the image
Note
• This item cannot be set when the exposure mode is set to AUTO, AUTO+, or Scene
Selection.
To compensate the exposure with the front or rear control dial
MENU button t
setting
4 t [Dial exp.comp] t Select the desired
Note
• If you assign the exposure compensation function to the front or rear control dial, the
originally-assigned function can be operated with the other control dial.
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Selecting the drive mode
You can use an appropriate drive mode to suit your purposes, such as
single-shot advanced, continuous advanced, or bracket.
button t Select the desired
button
mode
(Single
Shooting) (154)
This mode is for normal shooting.
(Cont. Shooting) The camera records the images continuously.
(154)
(Bracket:
Cont.) (155)
You can shoot the specified number of images, each with
different degrees of exposure.
(Single
Bracket) (155)
You can shoot the specified number of images, shot by shot,
each with different degrees of exposure.
(WB
bracket) (157)
Based on the selected white balance, and the color
temperature/color filter, 3 images are recorded with the white
balance shifted.
(DRO
Bracket) (158)
You can shoot 3 images with the value of D-Range Optimizer
shifted.
(Remote Cdr.)
(158)
You can shoot using the SHUTTER and 2SEC (the shutter is
released after 2 seconds) buttons on the RMT-DSLR1
Wireless Remote Commander (sold separately).
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Using the shooting functions
(Self-timer) (155) 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.
Switching the recording information
display (DISP)
Each time you press the DISP button, the
recording information display changes as
follows.
You can select the available displays in
the viewfinder or on the LCD monitor
separately.
Display All Info.
No Disp. Info.
Level
Digital level gauge
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DISP button
Histogram
Setting image size
Image Size
MENU button t
1 t [Image Size] t Select the desired size
[Aspect Ratio]: [3:2]
Image size
Usage guidelines
L:24M
6000 × 4000 pixels
M:12M
4240 × 2832 pixels
For prints up to A3+ size
S:6.0M
3008 × 2000 pixels
For prints up to A5 size
For shooting at the highest image
quality
[Aspect Ratio]: [16:9]
Image size
Usage guidelines
6000 × 3376 pixels
M:10M
4240 × 2400 pixels
S:5.1M
3008 × 1688 pixels
For viewing on a high-definition
TV
Note
• When you select a RAW image with [Quality], the image size of the RAW image
corresponds to L. This size is not displayed on the screen.
Panorama: Size
You can set the image size of panoramic images. The image size varies
depending on the setting of the shooting direction (page 101).
MENU button t
1 t [Panorama: Size] or [3D Pan.: Image
Size] t Select the desired size
[Panorama: Size]
Standard
[Panorama: Direction] is set to [Up] [Down]: 3872 × 2160
[Panorama: Direction] is set to [Right] [Left]: 8192 × 1856
Wide
[Panorama: Direction] is set to [Up] [Down]: 5536 × 2160
[Panorama: Direction] is set to [Right] [Left]: 12416 × 1856
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Using the shooting functions
L:20M
Setting image size
[3D Pan.: Image Size]
16:9
1920 × 1080
Standard
4912 × 1080
Wide
7152 × 1080
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Using the playback functions
Enlarging images
A still image can be enlarged for closer examination. This is convenient to
check the focus condition of a recorded image.
1 Display the image you want to
enlarge, then press the
button
button.
2 Zoom the image in or out with the
rear control dial.
3 Select the portion you want to enlarge with v/V/b/B on the
multi-selector.
To cancel the enlarged playback
Press the center of the multi-selector so that the image returns to the normal
size.
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Using the playback functions
• Rotating the front 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.
Switching to the display of the image
list
You can display multiple images on the screen simultaneously.
Press the
button.
button
The image index screen is displayed.
To return to the single-image screen
Press the center of the multi-selector when you select the desired image.
To display the desired folder
Select the left bar on the image index
screen with the multi-selector, then select
the desired folder with v/V. Pressing the
center of the multi-selector when the left
bar is selected switches the view mode.
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Viewing images on a TV screen
To view images recorded on the camera on a TV set, an HDMI cable (sold
separately) and an HD TV equipped with an HDMI connector are required.
1 Turn off both your camera and the
TV, and connect the camera to the
TV.
1 To the HDMI
connector
HDMI cable
(sold separately)
2 To the
HDMI terminal
2 Turn on the TV and switch the input.
• See also the operating instructions supplied with the TV.
Using the playback functions
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
multi-selector.
• The LCD monitor on the camera does
not turned on.
Multi-selector
button
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Functions list
Functions that can be operated with
the buttons/dial
You can set up or operate various functions with these buttons/dial.
For the location of the buttons/dial, see “Identifying parts” (page 19).
button (47, 135)
button (51, 154)
WB button (148)
Pops the flash up.
Selects the drive mode.
Adjusts the white balance.
button (49)
Compensates the exposure.
ISO button (139)
Adjusts the ISO sensitivity.
FINDER/LCD button (179)
Switches the display between the LCD monitor and the
viewfinder.
Display panel illumination Turns on the backlight of the display panel.
button (93)
MENU button (62)
Displays the menu screen for setting up the menu item.
MOVIE button (38, 111)
Records movies.
AEL button (131)/SLOW
SYNC button (136)/
button (56)
Fixes the exposure of the entire screen./Shoots with the
flash with a slower shutter speed./Displays multiple
images on the screen simultaneously.
AF/MF button (126)/
button (55)
Switches the autofocus and manual focus temporarily./
Scales an image up when viewing images.
Fn button (59, 60)/
button (161)
Displays the setup screen of the function that is set using
the Fn button./Rotates images.
button (153)/Focus
Magnifier button (124)
Zooms in to the center of an image./Allows you to check
the focus by enlarging the image before shooting.
button (39)
button (70)/
(40)
Plays back images.
button
Displays a In-Camera Guide./Deletes images.
Focus mode dial (116,
123)
Switches the autofocus and manual focus.
Preview button (105)
Checks blurring of the background.
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Selecting a function with the Fn
(Function) button
This button is used for setting up or executing functions used frequently in
shooting.
1 Press the Fn button.
2 Select the desired item with v/V/b/B on the multi-selector,
then press the center z to execute.
The setup screen appears.
3 Following the operation guide,
Functions list
select and execute the desired
function.
Operation guide
To set up the camera directly from the recording information screen
Turn the front or rear control dial without pressing the center z in step 2.
You can set up the camera directly from the recording information screen
(except for [Memory recall]).
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Functions that can be selected with
the Fn (Function) button
The functions that can be selected with the Fn button are as follows:
Scene Selection (44, Selects an appropriate mode from among the Scene Selection
97)
preset settings to suit shooting conditions.
(Portrait/Sports Action/Macro/Landscape/Sunset/Night
Scene/Hand-held Twilight/Night Portrait)
Movie (112)
Selects the exposure mode to suit your subject or your effect.
(P/A/S/M)
Memory recall (185) Calls up setting pre-registered in [Memory] in the
shooting menu.
(Memory1/Memory2/Memory3)
Still
Drive Mode (51, 154) Sets the drive mode such as continuous shooting.
(Single Shooting/Cont. Shooting/Self-timer/Bracket: Cont./
Single Bracket/WB bracket/DRO Bracket/Remote Cdr.)
Flash Mode (47, 135) Sets the flash mode.
(Flash Off/Autoflash/Fill-flash/Slow Sync./Rear Sync./
Wireless)
AF area (119)
Selects the area of focus.
(Wide/Zone/Spot/Local)
Object Tracking (121) Keeps the focus on a subject while tracking it.
(On/Off)
Face Detection (127) Automatically captures people’s face(s) with the optimal
focus and exposure.
(On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off)
Smile Shutter (129)
Shoots when a smile is detected.
(On/Off)
ISO (139)
Sets the sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the faster
the shutter speed.
(Multi Frame Noise Reduct./ISO AUTO to 16000)
Metering Mode (132) Selects the method for measuring brightness.
(Multi segment/Center weighted/Spot)
Flash Comp. (132)
Adjusts the intensity of flash output.
(+3.0EV to –3.0EV)
White Balance (148)
Adjusts the color tone of images.
(Auto WB/Daylight/Shade/Cloudy/Incandescent/Fluor.:
Warm White/Fluor.: Cool White/Fluor.: Day White/Fluor.:
Daylight/Flash/Color Temp./Color Filter/Custom)
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Functions that can be selected with the Fn (Function) button
DRO/Auto HDR (141) Compensates for the brightness and contrast automatically.
(Off/D-Range Opt./Auto HDR)
Creative Style (145)
Selects your desired image processing.
(Style Box1–6)
Picture Effect (144)
Shoots with the desired effect filter to achieve more
impressive expression.
(Off/Toy Camera/Pop Color/Posterization/Retro Photo/Soft
High-key/Partial Color/High Contrast Mono./Soft Focus/
HDR Painting/Rich-tone Mono./Miniature)
Functions list
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The functions selected with the MENU
button
You can set up the basic settings for the camera as a whole or execute
functions such as shooting, playback, or other operations.
Press the MENU button, then set up the desired item with v/V/b/B on the
multi-selector, then press the center of the multi-selector.
Select a page of the menu
Select an item on the menu
Still shooting menu
Image Size (53)
Selects the size of still images.
(L:24M/M:12M/S:6.0M (When [Aspect Ratio] is set to 3:2)
L:20M/M:10M/S:5.1M (When [Aspect Ratio] is set to 16:9))
Aspect Ratio (172)
Selects the aspect ratio for still images.
(3:2/16:9)
Quality (172)
Sets the image quality for still images.
(RAW/RAW & JPEG/Extra fine/Fine/Standard)
Panorama: Size (53)
Selects the size of panoramic images.
(Standard/Wide)
Panorama: Direction Sets the shooting direction for panoramic images.
(101)
(Right/Left/Up/Down)
3D Pan.: Image Size
(53)
Selects the size of 3D-images.
(16:9/Standard/Wide)
3D Pan.: Direction
(101)
Sets the shooting direction for 3D-images.
(Right/Left)
Long Exposure NR
(174)
Sets noise reduction processing for shots in which shutter
speed will be 1 second or longer.
(On/Off)
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The functions selected with the MENU button
Sets noise reduction processing for high-sensitivity shooting.
(High/Normal/Low)
Flash control (133)
Sets the method for determining the intensity of flash output.
(ADI flash/Pre-flash TTL/Manual flash)
Power ratio (134)
Sets the amount of built-in flash light when [Flash control] is
set to [Manual flash].
(1/1–1/6)
AF Illuminator (120)
Sets the AF illuminator, which sheds light on a dark scene to
aid focusing.
(Auto/Off)
Color Space (175)
Changes the range of reproducible colors.
(sRGB/AdobeRGB)
SteadyShot (94)
Sets SteadyShot.
(On/Off)
Exposure step
Selects the size of the increment step for shutter speed,
aperture, and exposure.
(0.5 EV/0.3 EV)
AF-A setup (125)
Sets whether or not to fine-tune the focus manually when the
focus mode is set to [AF-A].
(AF-A/DMF)
Priority setup
Sets whether or not to release the shutter even when the focus
is not confirmed in autofocus mode.
(AF/Release)
AF w/ shutter
Sets whether or not to activate the autofocus by pressing the
shutter button halfway down.
(On/Off)
Memory (185)
Registers combinations of frequently used modes and settings
and allows easy recall of those combinations with the mode
dial.
(1/2/3)
Movie shooting menu
File Format (113)
Selects the movie file format.
(AVCHD 60i/60p/AVCHD 50i/50p/MP4)
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Functions list
High ISO NR (174)
The functions selected with the MENU button
Record Setting (114) Selects the size of the recorded movie frame.
(60i 24M(FX)/50i 24M(FX)/60i 17M(FH)/50i 17M(FH)/60p
28M(PS)/50p 28M(PS)/24p 24M(FX)/25p 24M(FX)/24p
17M(FH)/25p 17M(FH)/1440×1080 12M/VGA 3M)
Audio Recording
(115)
Sets whether or not to record audio when shooting a movie.
(On/Off)
Wind Noise Reduct.
(115)
Reduces wind noise during movie recording.
(On/Off)
SteadyShot (94)
Sets SteadyShot.
(On/Off)
Custom menu
Eye-Start AF (86)
Sets whether or not to use auto focus when you look through
the viewfinder.
(On/Off)
FINDER/LCD Setting
(179)
Sets the method for switching between the viewfinder and
LCD monitor.
(Auto/Manual)
Red Eye Reduction
Reduces the red-eye phenomenon during flash use.
(On/Off)
Release w/o Lens
(175)
Sets whether shutter can open when lens is not attached.
(Enable/Disable)
Auto+ Cont. Shooting Sets whether or not to shoot continuously in AUTO+ mode.
(96)
(Auto/Off)
Auto+ Image Extract. Sets whether or not to save all the images that were shot
(96)
continuously in AUTO+ mode.
(Auto/Off)
Grid Line (176)
Sets a grid line display to enable alignment to a structural
outline.
(Rule of 3rds Grid/Square Grid/Diag. + Square Grid/Off)
Auto Review (176)
Displays the captured image after shooting. Sets auto review.
(10 Sec/5 Sec/2 Sec/Off)
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The functions selected with the MENU button
DISP Button(Monitor) Allows you to select the available screen display modes of
(87)
the LCD monitor that can be selected by pressing the DISP
button.
(Graphic Display/Display All Info./No Disp. Info./Level/
Histogram/For viewfinder)
Allows you to select the available screen display modes of
the viewfinder that can be selected by pressing the DISP
button.
(Graphic Display/Display All Info./No Disp. Info./Level/
Histogram)
Peaking Level (124)
Enhances the outline of in-focus ranges with a specific color.
(High/Mid/Low/Off)
Peaking Color (124)
Sets the color used for the peaking function.
(Red/Yellow/White)
Live View Display
(89)
Sets whether or not to display the effect of a function on the
screen, such as the effect of the exposure compensation
value.
(Setting Effect ON/Setting Effect OFF)
Func. of AEL button
(176)
Assigns the desired function to the AEL button.
(Exposure Comp./Drive Mode/Flash Mode/AF area/Face
Detection/Smile Shutter/ISO/Metering Mode/Flash Comp./
White Balance/DRO/Auto HDR/Creative Style/Picture
Effect/Image Size/Quality/AEL hold/AEL toggle/ AEL
hold/ AEL toggle/AF/MF Control Hold/AF/MF Control
Toggle/Object Tracking/AF lock/Aperture Preview/Shot.
Result Preview/Smart Telecon./Focus Magnifier/Memory)
ISO Button (177)
Assigns the desired function to the ISO button.
(Exposure Comp./Drive Mode/Flash Mode/AF area/Face
Detection/Smile Shutter/ISO/Metering Mode/Flash Comp./
White Balance/DRO/Auto HDR/Creative Style/Picture
Effect/Image Size/Quality/AEL hold/AEL toggle/ AEL
hold/ AEL toggle/AF/MF Control Hold/AF/MF Control
Toggle/Object Tracking/AF lock/Aperture Preview/Shot.
Result Preview/Smart Telecon./Focus Magnifier/Memory)
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Functions list
DISP Button(Finder)
(87)
The functions selected with the MENU button
AF/MF button (177)
Assigns the desired function to the AF/MF button.
(Exposure Comp./Drive Mode/Flash Mode/AF area/Face
Detection/Smile Shutter/ISO/Metering Mode/Flash Comp./
White Balance/DRO/Auto HDR/Creative Style/Picture
Effect/Image Size/Quality/AEL hold/AEL toggle/ AEL
hold/ AEL toggle/AF/MF Control Hold/AF/MF Control
Toggle/Object Tracking/AF lock/Aperture Preview/Shot.
Result Preview/Smart Telecon./Focus Magnifier/Memory)
Preview Button (177) Selects the method to be used for the operating preview
button.
(Shot. Result Preview/Aperture Preview)
Focus Hold Button
Sets the function of the focus hold button of the lens.
(Focus Hold/D.O.F.Preview)
Smart Telecon.
Button (124, 153)
Selects the operation method for the
(Smart Telecon./Focus Magnifier)
Ctrl dial setup
Sets the functions of the front control dial and rear control
dial between adjustment of the shutter speed and that of the
aperture when the exposure mode is set to M.
(
SS
F/no./
F/no.
SS)
Dial exp.comp (50)
Compensates the exposure with the front or rear control dial.
(Off/
Front dial/
Rear dial)
Exp.comp.set
Sets whether or not to compensate the exposure within the
flash light range.
(Ambient&flash/Ambient only)
Bracket order
Selects the order in exposure bracket and white balance
bracket shooting.
(0 t – t +/– t 0 t +)
AF drive speed
Selects the focusing speed in autofocus mode.
(Fast/Slow)
button.
Lens Comp.: Shading Compensates for the shaded corners of the screen caused by
(180)
the lens attached.
(Auto/Off)
Lens Comp.: Chro.
Aber. (180)
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Reduces the color deviation at the corners of the screen
caused by the lens attached.
(Auto/Off)
The functions selected with the MENU button
Lens Comp.:
Distortion (180)
Compensates for distortion on the screen caused by the lens
attached.
(Auto/Off)
Front Curtain Shutter Sets whether or not to use the electronic front curtain shutter
(177)
function.
(On/Off)
Face Registration
(128)
Registers or changes the person to be given priority in the
focus.
(New Registration/Order Exchanging/Delete/Delete All)
Playback menu
Deletes images.
(Multiple Img./All in Folder/All AVCHD view files)
View Mode (161)
Allows you to determine how to group the playback images.
(Folder View(Still)/Folder View(MP4)/AVCHD View)
Slide Show (162)
Shows a slide show.
(Repeat/Interval/Image Type)
3D Viewing (167)
Plays back 3D-images using a 3D-compatible TV connected
to the camera.
Protect (164)
Protects or cancels protection for an image.
(Multiple Img./Cancel All Images/Cancel All Movies(MP4)/
Cancel All AVCHD view files)
Specify Printing
(198)
Specifies or unspecifies the images for DPOF.
(DPOF Setup/Date Imprint)
Volume Settings
Sets the volume for movie playback.
Playback Display
(162)
Sets how to play back an image recorded in portrait.
(Auto Rotate/Manual Rotate)
Memory Card Tool menu
Format (181)
Formats the memory card.
File Number (181)
Sets the method used to assign file numbers to still images
and movies.
(Series/Reset)
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Functions list
Delete (40, 165)
The functions selected with the MENU button
Folder Name (181)
Sets the folder format for still images.
(Standard Form/Date Form)
Select REC Folder
(182)
Changes the selected folder for storing still images.
New Folder (182)
Creates a new folder for storing still images and movies.
Recover Image DB
(183)
Recovers the image database file and enables recording and
playback.
Display Card Space
Displays the remaining recording time of movies and the
recordable number of still images on the memory card.
Clock setup menu
Date/Time Setup (33) Sets date and time, and daylight savings.
Area Setting (34)
Sets the location of use.
Setup menu
Menu start
Sets the default position of the cursor on the menu to the top
item or the last-selected item.
(Top/Previous)
LCD Brightness (178) Sets the brightness of the LCD monitor.
(Auto/Manual)
Viewfinder Bright.
(178)
Sets the brightness of the viewfinder.
(Auto/Manual)
GPS Settings (169)
(SLT-A77V only)
Sets the GPS functions.
Power Save (179)
Sets the interval after which power save mode engages.
(30 Min/5 Min/1 Min/20 Sec/10 Sec)
HDMI Resolution
(167)
Sets the resolution when the camera is connected to an HDMI
TV.
(Auto/1080p/1080i)
CTRL FOR HDMI
(168)
Operates the camera from a TV that support “BRAVIA”
Sync.
(On/Off)
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The functions selected with the MENU button
Upload Settings*
(183)
Sets the upload function of the camera when using an Eye-Fi
card.
(On/Off)
USB Connection
(191)
Sets the USB connection method.
(Auto/Mass Storage/MTP)
Audio signals
Sets whether or not to use the beep sound when the focus is
achieved or the self-timer is working.
(On/Off)
Cleaning Mode (200) Starts the cleaning mode to clean the image sensor.
Delete confirm.
Selects the default item of the delete confirmation screen
between [Delete] and [Cancel].
(“Delete” first/“Cancel” first)
AF Micro Adj. (121)
Allows you to make fine adjustments to the position of the
focus.
(AF Adjustment Setting/amount/Clear)
* Appears when an Eye-Fi card (sold separately) is inserted in the camera.
Version (190)
Displays the camera software version.
Selects the language.
Mode Dial Guide
Turns on or off the mode dial guide (the explanation of each
shooting mode).
(On/Off)
Demo Mode
Sets the demonstration playback of a movie to on or off.
(On/Off)
Initialize (186)
Restores the settings to their defaults.
(Reset Default/Rec mode reset/Custom reset)
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Functions list
Language
Using the guide function of the camera
In-Camera Guide
When you press the (In-Camera Guide)
button on the Fn screen or menu screen, a
guide in accordance with the currently
selected function or setting appears
automatically.
Select unavailable functions or settings
on the Fn screen, then press the center of
the multi-selector, the appropriate setup
is indicated in order to enable them.
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(In-Camera Guide) button
Viewing images on a computer
Using with your computer
Following applications are contained on the CD-ROM (supplied) to allow
more versatile use of images shot with your camera.
• “Image Data Converter”
• “PMB” (Picture Motion Browser)
If “PMB” has already been installed on the computer, and the version
number of the previously installed “PMB” is lower than that of the “PMB”
on the CD-ROM (supplied), install “PMB” also from the CD-ROM
(supplied).
For detailed notes on installation, also see page 73.
Note
• “PMB” is not compatible with Macintosh computers.
Recommended computer environment (Windows)
The following computer environment is recommended when using the
supplied software and importing images via a USB connection.
Microsoft Windows XP* SP3/Windows Vista** SP2/
Windows 7 SP1
“PMB”
CPU: Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or faster
(For playing/editing the High Definition movies: Intel Core
Duo 1.66 GHz or faster/Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or faster,
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz or faster (HD FX/HD FH), Intel
Core 2 Duo 2.40 GHz or faster (HD PS))
Memory: 512 MB or more (For playing/editing the High
Definition movies: 1 GB or more)
Hard Disk: Disk space required for installationapproximately 500 MB
Display: Screen resolution-1024 × 768 dots or more
“Image Data
Converter Ver.4”
CPU/Memory: Pentium 4 or faster/1 GB or more
Display: 1024 × 768 dots or more
* 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. Windows Image
Mastering API (IMAPI) Ver.2.0 or later is required to use the function
for creating discs.
** Starter (Edition) is not supported.
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OS (pre-installed)
Using with your computer
Recommended computer environment (Macintosh)
The following computer environment is recommended when using the
supplied software and importing images via a USB connection.
OS (pre-installed)
USB Connection: Mac OS X (v10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6)
“Image Data Converter Ver.4”: Mac OS X (v10.5, 10.6
(Snow Leopard))
“Image Data
Converter Ver.4”
CPU: Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster
Memory: 1 GB or more is recommended.
Display: 1024 × 768 dots or more
Notes
• Operation is not assured in an environment based on an upgrade of the operating
systems described above or in a multi-boot environment.
• If you connect 2 or more USB devices to a single computer at the same time, some
devices, including the camera, may not operate, depending on the types of USB
devices you are using.
• Connecting the camera using a USB interface that is compatible with Hi-Speed USB
(USB 2.0 compliant) allows advanced transfer (high speed transfer), as the camera is
compatible with Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant).
• When your computer resumes activity from suspend or sleep mode, communication
between the camera and your computer may not recover at the same time.
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Using the software
Installing the software (Windows)
Log on as Administrator.
1 Turn on your computer, and insert the CD-ROM (supplied) into
the CD-ROM drive.
The installation menu screen appears.
• If it does not appear, double-click [Computer] (For Windows XP: [My
Computer]) t
(SONYPMB) t [Install.exe].
• If the AutoPlay screen appears, select “Run Install.exe” and follow the
instructions that appear on the screen to proceed with the installation.
2 Click [Install].
Make sure that both “Image Data Converter” and “PMB” are checked and
follow the instructions on the screen.
• Connect the camera to the computer during the procedure following the
instructions on the screen (page 191).
• When the restarting confirmation message appears, restart the computer
following the instructions on the screen.
• DirectX may be installed depending on the system environment of your
computer.
The following software is installed and shortcut icons appear on the desktop.
“Image Data Converter”
“PMB”
“PMB Launcher”
“PMB Help”
Notes
• If “PMB” has already been installed on the computer, and the version of the
previously installed “PMB” is higher than that of the “PMB” on the CD-ROM
(supplied), installation is not required. The usable functions are activated when the
camera is connected to the computer using the USB cable.
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3 Remove the CD-ROM after the installation is complete.
Using the software
• If a version of “PMB” under 5.0.00 has been installed on your computer, you may be
unable to use some functions of those “PMB” when installing the “PMB” from the
supplied CD-ROM. Also, “PMB Launcher” is installed from the supplied CD-ROM
and you can start “PMB” or other software by using the “PMB Launcher.” Doubleclick the “PMB Launcher” short-cut icon on the computer screen to start “PMB
Launcher.”
Installing the software (Macintosh)
Log on as Administrator.
1 Turn on your Macintosh computer, and insert the CD-ROM
(supplied) into the CD-ROM drive.
2 Double-click the CD-ROM icon.
3 Copy the [IDC_INST.pkg] file in the [MAC] folder to the hard
disk icon.
4 Double-click the [IDC_INST.pkg] file in the copy-to folder.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
Using “Image Data Converter”
With “Image Data Converter” you can do the following, etc.:
• To edit images recorded in RAW format with various corrections, such as
tone curve, and sharpness.
• To adjust images with white balance, exposure, and creative style, etc.
• To save the images displayed and edited on a computer.
• You can either save the image as RAW format or save it in the general
file format.
• To display and compare RAW/JPEG images recorded with this camera.
• To rate the images on a scale of five.
• To set color labels.
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Using the software
To use “Image Data Converter,” refer to Help.
Click [Start] t [All Programs] t [Image Data Converter] t [Help] t
[Image Data Converter Ver.4].
“Image Data Converter” support page (English only)
http://www.sony.co.jp/ids-se/
Using “PMB”
With “PMB” you can do the following, etc.:
• To set images shot with the camera and display them on the computer.
• To organize images on the computer on a calendar by shooting date to
view them.
• To retouch (red-eye reduction, etc.), print, send still images as e-mail
attachments, and change the shooting date.
• To display the shooting location of the image on the map (SLT-A77V
only).
• To print or save still images with the date.
• To create Blu-ray discs, AVCHD format discs or DVD discs from
AVCHD View movies imported to a computer. (An Internet connection
environment is required when a Blu-ray disc/DVD disc is created for the
first time.)
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Notes
• “PMB” is not compatible with Macintosh computers.
• Movies recorded with the [60p 28M(PS)]/[50p 28M(PS)] setting in [Record Setting]
are converted by “PMB” in order to create a disc. This conversion can take a long
time. Also, you cannot create a disc with the original image quality.
• Movies recorded with the [60i 24M(FX)]/[50i 24M(FX)] or [24p 24M(FX)]/[25p
24M(FX)] setting in [Record Setting] are converted by “PMB” in order to create an
AVCHD disc. This conversion can take a long time. Also, you cannot create a disc
with the original image quality. If you want to keep the original image quality, you
must store your movies on a Blu-ray disc.
• “AVCHD View movies” are movies that were recorded in the [AVCHD 60i/60p]/
[AVCHD 50i/50p] mode of [File Format].
Using the software
To use “PMB,” refer to “PMB Help.”
Double-click the shortcut of
(PMB Help) on the desktop. Or, click
[Start] t [All Programs] t [PMB] t [PMB Help].
“PMB” support page (English only)
http://www.sony.co.jp/pmb-se/
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Selecting the method for creating a
disc of movies
You can create a disc from AVCHD View movies that have been recorded
with this camera.
Depending on the disc type, playable devices may vary. Select the method
that suits your disc player.
Here, 2 ways of creating a disc of movies are described; creating a disc with
a computer using “PMB” or creating a disc with devices other than a
computer such as a DVD writer.
Player
Disc type
Feature
Using a Blu-ray disc enables you to record
high-definition image quality (HD) movies
of a longer duration than DVD discs.
AVCHD format
playback devices
(Sony Blu-ray disc
player, PlayStation®3,
etc.)
High-definition image quality (HD) movies
can be recorded on DVD media, such as
DVD-R discs, and a high-definition image
quality (HD) disc is created.
• You cannot play a high-definition image
quality (HD) disc on ordinary DVD
players.
Ordinary DVD playback
devices
(DVD player, computer
that can play DVDs,
etc.)
Standard definition image quality (STD)
movies converted from high-definition
image quality (HD) movies can be recorded
on DVD media, such as DVD-R discs, and a
standard definition image quality (STD)
disc is created.
Creating a disc using a computer
You can import AVCHD View movies to a computer using “PMB” and
create an AVCHD format disc or a standard definition image quality (STD)
disc.
For details on the method for creating a disc using “PMB,” see “PMB
Help.”
Notes
• To create Blu-ray discs, be sure to install [BD Add-on Software] from the “PMB”
installation screen.
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Blu-ray disc playback
devices
(Blu-ray disc player,
PlayStation®3, etc.)
Selecting the method for creating a disc of movies
• The PlayStation®3 may not be available in some countries/regions.
• Movies recorded with the [60p 28M(PS)]/[50p 28M(PS)] setting in [Record Setting]
are converted by “PMB” in order to create a disc. This conversion can take a long
time. Also, you cannot create a disc with the original image quality (page 195).
• Movies recorded with the [60i 24M(FX)]/[50i 24M(FX)] or [24p 24M(FX)]/[25p
24M(FX)] setting in [Record Setting] are converted by “PMB” in order to create an
AVCHD disc. This conversion can take a long time. Also, you cannot create a disc
with the original image quality. If you want to keep the original image quality, you
must store your movies on a Blu-ray disc (page 196).
• “AVCHD View movies” are movies that were recorded in the [AVCHD 60i/60p]/
[AVCHD 50i/50p] mode of [File Format].
Creating a disc with a device other than a computer
You can create a disc with a Blu-ray disc recorder and DVD writer.
The disc type you can create depends on the device used.
Device
Disc type
Blu-ray disc recorder: To create a Bluray disc or DVD with standard image
quality (STD)
DVD writer other than DVDirect
Express: To create an AVCHD disc or
DVD with standard image quality
(STD)
HDD recorder, etc.: To create a DVD
with standard image quality (STD)
Notes
• For details on how to create a disc, refer to the operating instructions of the device
you use.
• If you create a disc using Sony DVDirect (DVD Writer), use the memory card slot of
the DVD Writer or connect the DVD Writer via USB connection to transfer the data.
• If you use Sony DVDirect (DVD Writer), check that the firmware is updated to the
newest version.
For details, see the following URL:
http://sony.storagesupport.com/
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Others
List of icons on the screen
Graphic Display (LCD monitor)
A
Display
Indication
Exposure mode (42)
PAS
M
Display All Info. (LCD monitor)
Register number (185)
Scene Recognition icons
(43, 96)
Memory card (27, 222)/
Upload (183)
For playback (Basic information
display)
100
Remaining number of
recordable images
Aspect ratio of still
images (172)
24M 12M
6.0M 20M
10M 5.1M
Image size of still images
(53)
Image quality of still
images (172)
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Others
3D Sweep Panorama (45,
99)
List of icons on the screen
Display
Indication
Display
Frame rate of movies
(114)
Smart teleconverter (153)
Shutter speed indicator
(89)
Image size of movies
(114)
100% Remaining battery (28)
Flash charge in progress
(47)
Indication
Aperture indicator (89)
C
Display
Indication
REC 0:12
Recording time of the
movie (m:s)
No audio recording of
movies (115)
z
Focus (37, 118)
1/250
Shutter speed (105)
SteadyShot/Camera
shake warning (94)
F3.5
Aperture (103)
Setting Effect OFF (89)
EV scale (49, 108, 157)
(Only for viewfinder)
GPS triangulating status
(169) (SLT-A77V only)
+3.0
Exposure compensation
(49)
AE lock (131)
GPS information (SLTA77V only)
SteadyShot error (211)
Overheating warning (16)
Database file full (213)/
Database file error (213)
View Mode (161)
35° 37’
32”N
139° 44’
31”W
Latitude and longitude
display (SLT-A77V only)
Auto HDR image
warning (142)
100-0003
Folder - file number
(193)
-
Protect (164)
ISO400
ISO sensitivity (139)
DPOF
DPOF set (198)
3/7
File number/Number of
images in the view mode
2011-1-1
10:37AM
Date of recording
Remaining battery
warning (28)
B
Display
Indication
Spot metering area (132)
AF area (119)
80
Picture Effect error (145)
List of icons on the screen
D
Display
Display
Drive mode (51, 154)
Flash mode (47, 135)/
Red-eye reduction (64)
Indication
Creative Style (145)/
Contrast, Saturation,
Sharpness
Indication
+3 +3
+3
Picture Effect (144)
Focus mode (116)
AF area (119)
Object tracking (121)
Face Detection (127)
Smile Shutter (129)
Smile Detection
Sensitivity indicator
(129)
E
Others
Display
Indication
Metering mode (132)
Flash compensation (132)
AWB
White balance (Auto,
Preset, Custom, Color
temperature, Color filter)
(148)
7500K
A5 G5
D-Range Optimizer
(141)/Auto HDR (142)
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Functions available for each shooting
mode
The functions you can use depend on the selected shooting mode.
In the table below, indicates the function available. – indicates the
function not available.
The functions you cannot use are displayed in gray on the screen.
Shoot Mode
Exposure
Self-timer
Comp. (49) (155)
(36, 96)
–
(43, 96)
–
(44, 97)
–
Cont.
Shooting
(154)
Face
Detection
(127)
Smile
Shutter
(129)
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
(45, 99)
–
–
–
(45, 99)
–
–
–
–
(46, 101)
–
–
–
–
(102)
(103)
(105)
(107)
(38, 111)
–
*
* When [Manual Exposure] is selected, this function is not available.
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–
Flash modes available
The flash modes you can select depend on the shooting mode and functions
selected.
In the table below, indicates the function selectable. – indicates the
function not selectable.
The flash modes you cannot select are displayed in gray on the screen.
Shoot Mode
(Flash
Off)
(Autoflash)
(Fillflash)
(36,
(Rear
Sync.)
(Wireless)
–
–
–
–
–
–
96)
(43,
96)
(44, 97)
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
(45, 99)
(45, 99)
(46, 101)
–
(102)
–
–
(103)
–
–
(105)
–
–
(107)
–
–
(38, 111)
–
–
Others
–
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Preparation
Advanced operations
This section provides further information
on the camera.
Preparation (Advanced operations)
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Setting up the camera
Removing the eyecup
When attaching the FDA-A1AM Angle Finder (sold separately) to the
camera, remove the eyecup.
Carefully slide the eyecup off by
pushing on each side of the eyecup.
• Put your fingers under the eyecup, and
slide it upward.
Note
• When the FDA-A1AM Angle Finder (sold separately) is attached to the camera,
setting [Eye-Start AF] to [Off] is recommended because the eyepiece sensors located
above the viewfinder may be activated.
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The screen displayed for shooting
mode
Selecting the screen mode
You can select the desired screen mode. When you switch the screen by
pressing the DISP button (page 52), only selected screens are displayed.
You can set the available screens to be displayed on the LCD monitor and
the viewfinder separately.
1 MENU button t
2 t [DISP Button(Monitor)] or [DISP
Button(Finder)]
then press the center of the multi-selector.
3 Press the MENU button.
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Preparation (Advanced operations)
2 Select the desired display with v/V/b/B on the multi-selector,
The screen displayed for shooting mode
Histogram
Number of pixels
The histogram displays the luminance
distribution that shows how many pixels
of a particular brightness exist in the
picture.
The exposure compensation will change
the histogram accordingly.
Both ends of the histogram show a highkey or low-key portion. You cannot
restore these area with a computer later.
Adjust the exposure if necessary and
shoot again.
Dark
Light
Notes
• The histogram does not indicate the final recorded image. It indicates the condition
of the image just monitored on the screen. The histogram will differ based on
aperture setting, etc.
• The histogram differs between shooting and playback in the following situations:
– When firing the flash.
– When the subject has low intensity, such as night scenery.
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The screen displayed for shooting mode
The digital level gauge
The digital level gauge indicates whether
the camera is level in both the horizontal
and front-back directions. When the
camera is level in one direction, the
indicator turns to green.
Horizontal direction
Graphic Display
The Graphic Display shows the shutter
speed and aperture value as graphs, and
clearly illustrates how the exposure
works. The pointers on the shutter speed
indicator and aperture indicator indicate
the current value.
Aperture value
Shutter speed
Monitoring the subject through the lens without effects
displayed
You can monitor the subject through the lens without effects, such as the
exposure compensation, white balance, Creative Style, Picture Effect etc.,
displayed.
MENU button t
OFF]
2 t [Live View Display] t [Setting Effect
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Preparation (Advanced operations)
Front-back direction
Notes
• The error of the digital level gauge is larger if you tilt the camera too far forward or
backward.
• A tilt of ±1° may be indicated even if the camera is almost level.
The screen displayed for shooting mode
• When [Setting Effect OFF] is selected, the Live View image in M mode
is always displayed with the appropriate brightness.
Note
• [Setting Effect OFF] cannot be selected when the exposure mode is set to AUTO,
AUTO+, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Movie or Scene Selection.
List of icons for viewfinder mode
When [For viewfinder] in [DISP Button(Monitor)] is activated, you can set
the status of the LCD monitor to one suitable for used with the viewfinder,
by pressing the DISP button.
See pages in parentheses for details of operation.
In AUTO, AUTO+, or
Scene Selection mode
A
In Continuous Advance Priority AE/
P/A/S/M mode
Display
Display
Indication
Memory card (27, 222)/
Upload (183)
Indication
Exposure mode (42)
PAS
M
100
Remaining number of
recordable images
Aspect ratio of still
images (172)
Register number (185)
90
3D Sweep Panorama (45,
99)
The screen displayed for shooting mode
Display
Indication
B
24M 12M
6.0M 20M
10M 5.1M
Image size of still images
(53)
Display
Indication
Drive mode (51, 154)
Image quality of still
images (172)
Flash mode (47, 135)/
Red-eye reduction (64)
Focus mode (116)
AF area (119)
Image size of movies
(114)
Object Tracking (121)
Face Detection (127)
100% Remaining battery (28)
Flash charge in progress
(47)
Metering mode (132)
AWB
White balance (Auto,
Preset, Custom, Color
temperature, Color filter)
(148)
Setting Effect OFF (89)
No audio recording of
movies (115)
SteadyShot/Camera
shake warning (94)
7500K
A5 G5
D-Range Optimizer
(141)/Auto HDR (142)
Creative Style (145)/
Contrast, Saturation,
Sharpness
GPS triangulating status
(169) (SLT-A77V only)
SteadyShot error (211)
Overheating warning (16)
Database file full (213)/
Database file error (213)
+3 +3
+3
Picture Effect (144)
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Preparation (Advanced operations)
Frame rate of movies
(114)
The screen displayed for shooting mode
Display
Indication
Smile Shutter (129)
Exposure compensation
(49)/Metered Manual
(108)
Flash compensation (132)
EV scale (49, 108, 157)
C
Display
Indication
1/125
Shutter speed (105)
F2.8
Aperture (103)
ISO AUTO
ISO sensitivity (139)
AE lock (131)
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The screen displayed for shooting mode
Display panel
You can adjust the shutter speed,
aperture, exposure compensation, flash
compensation, ISO sensitivity, white
balance, drive mode and image quality by
checking the display panel on the top of
the camera.
Exposure (49)/Flash
compensation (132)
ISO sensitivity (139)
White balance (148)
Drive mode (51, 154)
Image quality (172)
Display
Indication
Remaining battery (28)
[100]
Remaining number of recordable images (227)*
* Even when the remaining number of recordable images is more than 9 999, “9999”
is displayed on the display panel.
To turn on the backlight of the display panel
Press the display panel illumination
Display panel illumination button
button on the top. Pressing again turns off
the backlight.
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Preparation (Advanced operations)
Shutter speed (105)/
Aperture (103)
Shooting a clear image without camera
shake
“Camera shake” refers to unwanted movement of the camera that occurs
after the shutter button has been pressed, resulting in a blurred image.
To reduce camera shake follow the instructions below.
Camera shake warning indicator
Due to potential camera shake, the
(Camera shake warning) indicator
flashes. In this case, use a tripod or the
flash.
(Camera shake warning)
indicator
Note
• The
(Camera shake warning) indicator is displayed only in the modes that
automatically set the shutter speed. This indicator is not displayed in M/S modes or
when you record movies.
Using the SteadyShot function
The SteadyShot function is available with this camera to reduce camera
shake. The SteadyShot function can be set separately for still image
shooting and for movie recording.
The SteadyShot function is set to [On] in the default settings.
MENU button t
desired setting
2 or
1 t [SteadyShot] t Select the
Note
• The SteadyShot function may not work optimally when the power has just been
turned on, right after you point the camera towards a subject, or when the shutter
button has been pressed all the way down without stopping halfway.
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Shooting a clear image without camera shake
Using a tripod
In the following cases, we recommend that you mount the camera on a
tripod.
• Shooting without a flash under dark conditions.
• Shooting with slow shutter speeds, which are typically used in night-time
shooting.
• Shooting a close subject, such as in macro shooting.
• Shooting with a telescopic lens.
Note
• When using a tripod, deactivate the SteadyShot function because there is a potential
for malfunction of the SteadyShot function.
Preparation (Advanced operations)
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Shooting (Advanced operations)
Shooting
Selecting the shooting mode
AUTO
Set the mode dial to
, and shoot images (page 36).
Note
• Since the camera turns on the automatic setting function, many features will be
unavailable, such as exposure compensation, ISO setting. If you want to adjust
various settings, set the mode dial to P, then shoot your subject.
Set the mode dial to
(Auto+), and shoot images (page 43).
To set the continuous shooting
MENU button t
desired setting
1 t [Auto+ Cont. Shooting] t Select the
To select the storage method to be used for recorded images
In continuous shooting, you can select a storage method that allows the
camera either to store 1 appropriate image from among the continuously
shot images or store all the images.
MENU button t
desired setting
1 t [Auto+ Image Extract.] t Select the
Notes
• Even when you set [Auto+ Image Extract.] to [Off] with [Hand-held Twilight]
selected from recognized scene mode, 1 combined image is saved.
• The numbers of images that were not saved are skipped when the images are
extracted.
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Selecting the shooting mode
Scene Selection
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting with preset settings according to the scene
Set the mode dial to
(Scene Selection), select the desired
mode, and shoot images (page 44).
Blurs away backgrounds and sharpens
the subject. Expresses skin tones softly.
• To blur the background more, set the
lens to the telephoto position.
• You can shoot a vivid image by
focusing on the eye that is closer to
the lens.
• Use the lens hood to shoot backlit subjects.
• Use the red-eye reduction function if the eyes of your
subject turn red from the flash (page 64).
(Sports Action)
Shoots a moving subject at a fast
shutter speed so that the subject looks
as if it is standing still. The camera
shoots images continuously while the
shutter button is pressed.
• Press and hold the shutter button
halfway down until the right moment.
(Macro)
Shoots close subjects such as flowers,
foods.
• You can shoot a closer subject using
a macro lens (sold separately).
• Set the flash mode to [Flash Off]
when you shoot a subject within 1 m
(3.3 feet).
• When shooting in macro mode, the SteadyShot function
will not be fully effective. Use a tripod to achieve better
results.
• The shortest focal distance does not change.
(Landscape)
Shoots the entire range of scenery in
sharp focus with vivid colors.
• To accentuate the openness of the
scenery, set the lens to wide angle.
Shooting (Advanced operations)
(Portrait)
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Selecting the shooting mode
(Sunset)
(Night Scene)
(Hand-held
Twilight)
(Night Portrait)
Shoots the red of the sunrise or sunset
beautifully.
Shoots night scenes at a distance
without losing the dark atmosphere of
the surroundings.
• The shutter speed is slower, so using
a tripod is recommended.
• The picture may not be taken
properly when shooting a wholly dark night scene.
Shoots night scenes with less noise and
blur without using a tripod. A burst of
shots are taken, and image processing
is applied to reduce subject blur,
camera shake, and noise.
• Reducing blur is less effective even
in [Hand-held Twilight] when shooting:
– Subjects with erratic movement
– Subjects too close to the camera
– Subjects with a repeating pattern such as tiles, and
subjects with little contrast such as sky, sandy beach, or
lawn
– Subjects with constant change such as waves or water
falls
• In the case of [Hand-held Twilight], block noise may occur
when using a light source that flickers, such as fluorescent
lighting.
Shoots portraits in night scenes.
• The shutter speed is slower, so using
a tripod is recommended.
Shooting technique
• When you want finer images, set the mode dial to P, A, S, or M and use
the creative style function (page 145). In such cases, you can adjust the
exposure, ISO, etc.
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Selecting the shooting mode
Notes
• Since the camera judges the settings automatically, many features will be
unavailable, such as exposure compensation, ISO setting.
• The flash is set to [Autoflash] or [Flash Off] for each Scene Selection mode. You can
change these settings (pages 47, 135).
Sweep Panorama/
3D Sweep Panorama
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting expansive scenery, or high-rise buildings with dynamic composition.
z Shooting 3D-images with a sense of depths and viewing them using a 3Dcompatible TV.
(3D Sweep
Notes
• If you cannot pan or tilt the camera across the entire subject within the given time, a
gray area occurs in the composed image. If this happens, move the camera fast to
record a full panoramic image.
• Since several images are stitched together, the stitched part will not be recorded
smoothly. While shooting, do not tilt the camera back and forth, or right and left
when you swing the camera straight ahead.
• Under low light conditions, panoramic images may be blurred or not be recorded.
• Under lights that flicker such as fluorescent light, the brightness or color of the
combined image is not always the same.
• When the whole angle of panoramic shooting and the angle in which you fixed the
focus and exposure with AE/AF lock are extremely different in brightness, color and
focus, the shooting will not be successful. If this happens, change the lock angle and
shoot again.
• [Sweep Panorama] or [3D Sweep Panorama] is not suitable when shooting:
– Moving subjects.
– Subjects too close to the camera.
– Subjects with a repeating pattern such as tiles, and subjects with little contrast such
as sky, sandy beach, or lawn.
– Subjects with constant change such as waves or water falls.
– Subjects with the sun or electric lights, etc. that are much brighter than
surroundings.
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Shooting (Advanced operations)
Set the mode dial to
(Sweep Panorama) or
Panorama), and shoot images (page 45).
Selecting the shooting mode
• [Sweep Panorama] or [3D Sweep Panorama] recording may be discontinued in the
following situations:
– You pan or tilt the camera too fast or too slow.
– There is too much camera shake.
• The camera continues shooting during [Sweep Panorama] or [3D Sweep Panorama]
recording, and the shutter keeps clicking until the end of the shooting.
Tips for shooting a panoramic image
Pan or tilt the camera in an arc with a
Vertical
constant velocity and in the same
direction
direction as the indication on the screen.
[Sweep Panorama] or [3D Sweep
Panorama] is better suited for still
subjects, rather than moving ones.
Horizontal direction
Radius as short as
possible
• In Sweep Panorama or 3D Sweep Panorama, it is recommended that you
use a wide-angle lens.
• When you use a lens that has a long focal length, pan or tilt the camera
more slowly than when you use a wide-angle lens.
• Determine the scene and press the shutter button halfway, so that you can
lock the focus, exposure, and white balance.
• If a section with greatly varied shapes or scenery is concentrated along a
screen edge, the image composition may fail. In such cases, adjust the
frame composition so that the section is in the center of the image, then
shoot again.
3D-images
Using the same operation as that for Sweep Panorama, the camera records
multiple images and combines them to create a 3D-image.
You can view these 3D images using a 3D-compatible TV. For details on
3D-shooting, see page 221.
To change the image size
You can select the image size: MENU button t
Size] or [3D Pan.: Image Size].
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1 t [Panorama:
Selecting the shooting mode
To set the pan or tilt direction
You can set the direction in which to pan or tilt the camera.
MENU button t
1 t [Panorama: Direction] or [3D Pan.:
Direction] t Select the desired setting
Cont. Priority AE
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting a fast-moving subject continuously to capture a moment.
z Shooting a child’s expressions, changing continuously from moment to
moment.
(Cont. Priority AE), and shoot images
Shooting techniques
• When the autofocus mode is set to [Continuous AF], the focus and the
exposure continue to be adjusted during shooting. The ISO sensitivity can
be adjusted.
• In manual focus mode or when the autofocus mode is set to [Single-shot
AF], you can adjust the ISO sensitivity and the aperture. When [Singleshot AF] is selected, the focus is fixed at the first image.
Notes
• The Face Detection function is turned off.
• When [Auto HDR] is selected, the DRO process is performed temporarily according
to the DRO setting.
• Our measurement conditions. The speed of continuous shooting is slower,
depending on shooting conditions.
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Shooting (Advanced operations)
Set the mode dial to
(page 46).
Selecting the shooting mode
Program Auto
This mode is suitable for
z Using the automatic exposure, while keeping the custom settings for ISO
sensitivity, Creative Style, D-Range optimizer, etc.
1 Set the mode dial to P.
2 Set the shooting functions to your desired settings (pages 116
to 158).
• To fire the flash, press the
button.
3 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
Program Shift
You can temporarily change the shutter
speed and aperture value combination
with the correct exposure determined by
the camera maintained.
Rotate the front or rear control dial to
select your desired combination while the
focus is achieved.
The exposure mode indication changes to
“P*.”
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Selecting the shooting mode
Aperture Priority
This mode is suitable for
z Putting the subject in sharp focus and blur everything in front of and beyond the
subject. Opening the aperture narrows the range that is in focus. (Depth of field
becomes shallower.)
z Shooting the depth of the scenery. Narrowing down the aperture widens the
range that is in focus. (Depth of field becomes deeper.)
1 Set the mode dial to A.
Shooting (Advanced operations)
2 Select the aperture value (Fnumber) with the front or rear
control dial.
• Smaller F-number: The foreground and
background of the subject are blurred.
Larger F-number: The subject and its
foreground and background are all in
focus.
• You cannot check the blurring of an
image on the LCD monitor or in the
viewfinder. Check the recorded image
and adjust the aperture.
Aperture (F-number)
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Selecting the shooting mode
3 Adjust the focus and shoot the
subject.
The shutter speed is automatically
adjusted to obtain correct exposure.
• When the camera judges that the proper
exposure is not obtained with the
selected aperture value, the shutter
speed flashes. In such cases, adjust the
aperture again.
Shutter speed
Shooting techniques
• The shutter speed may become slower depending on the aperture value.
When the shutter speed is slower, use a tripod.
• To blur the background more, use a telephoto lens or a lens that is
equipped with a smaller aperture value (bright lens).
• You can check the approximate blurring of the image before recording
using the preview button.
Note
• Press the button when you shoot with the flash. However, the flash range differs
according to the aperture value. When you shoot with the flash, check the flash range
in “Specifications.”
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Selecting the shooting mode
Preview button
Shutter Priority
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting a moving subject at a moment in time. Use a faster shutter speed to
crisply shoot an instant of the movement.
z Tracing the movement to express the dynamism and flow. Use a slower shutter
speed to shoot a trailing image of the moving subject.
1 Set the mode dial to S.
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Shooting (Advanced operations)
To check blurring of the background (Preview button)
The LCD monitor and the viewfinder
shows an image captured with the widest
aperture. The change in aperture affects
the sharpness of the subject image,
creating a discrepancy between the
sharpness of the image before shooting
and that of the actual image.
While you are pressing the preview
button, you can see the image with the
aperture used in the actual shot so that
you can check the approximate sharpness
of the subject before shooting.
• Press the preview button after you adjust the focus.
• You can adjust the aperture in preview mode.
Selecting the shooting mode
2 Select the shutter speed with the
front or rear control dial.
Shutter speed
3 Adjust the focus and shoot the
subject.
The aperture is automatically adjusted to
obtain correct exposure.
• When the camera judges that the proper
exposure is not obtained with the
selected shutter speed, the aperture
value flashes. In such cases, adjust the
shutter speed again.
Aperture (F-number)
Shooting techniques
• When the shutter speed is slower, use a tripod.
• When shooting an indoor sport, select a higher ISO sensitivity.
Notes
• The
(Camera shake warning) indicator is not indicated in Shutter Priority
mode.
• The higher the ISO sensitivity, the more conspicuous the noise.
• When the shutter speed is 1 second or longer, noise reduction (Long Exposure NR)
will be done for the same amount of time that the shutter was open after shooting.
You cannot do any further shooting during the reduction.
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Selecting the shooting mode
• Press the button when you shoot with the flash. However, when using the flash, if
you close the aperture (a larger F-number) by making the shutter speed slower, the
light of the flash will not reach distant subjects.
Manual Exposure
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting with the desired exposure setting by adjusting both the shutter speed
and aperture.
1 Set the mode dial to M.
Shooting (Advanced operations)
2 Rotate the front control dial to
adjust the shutter speed, and
rotate the rear control dial to
adjust the aperture.
Aperture (F-number)
Shutter speed
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Selecting the shooting mode
3 Shoot the image after the
In viewfinder mode
exposure is set.
• Check the exposure value on the EV
scale (Metered Manual*) when
monitoring with the viewfinder.
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.
* When the camera is in M mode, it will
show an under or over compensation
value based on the correct exposure
using the index on the exposure
compensation indicator.
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
(page 139).
• Press the button when you shoot with the flash. However, the flash range differs
according to the aperture value. When you shoot with the flash, check the flash range
in “Specifications.”
Manual shift
You can change the shutter speed and aperture value combination without
changing the exposure you set.
Rotate the front or rear control dial while
pressing the AEL button to select the
shutter speed and aperture value
combination.
AEL button
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Selecting the shooting mode
BULB
This mode is suitable for
z Shooting trails of light, such as fireworks.
z Shooting trails of stars.
1 Set the mode dial to M.
2 Rotate the front control dial to the
left until [BULB] is indicated.
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BULB
3 Rotate the rear control dial to
adjust the aperture (F-number).
4 Press the shutter button halfway down to adjust the focus.
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Selecting the shooting mode
5 Press and hold the shutter button for the duration of the
shooting.
As long as the shutter button is pressed, the shutter remains open.
Shooting techniques
• Use a tripod.
• Set the focus to infinity in manual focus mode when shooting fireworks,
etc. When the infinity position of the lens is not known, first adjust the
focus on fireworks that is set off in the same general area, then shoot
them.
• Use the Wireless Remote Commander (sold separately) (page 158).
Pressing the SHUTTER button on the Wireless Remote Commander
triggers BULB shooting and pressing it again stops BULB shooting. You
do not need to press and hold the SHUTTER button on the Wireless
Remote Commander.
• If you use a Remote Commander that is equipped with a shutter button
lock function (sold separately), you can leave the shutter open using the
Remote Commander.
Notes
• When using a tripod, turn off the SteadyShot function (page 95).
• The longer the exposure time, the more conspicuous the noise on the image.
• After shooting, noise reduction (Long Exposure NR) will be done for the same
amount of time that the shutter was open. You cannot do any further shooting during
the reduction.
• When the Smile Shutter or Auto HDR function is activated, or when [Picture Effect]
is set to [HDR Painting] or [Rich-tone Mono.], you cannot set the shutter speed to
[BULB].
• If the Smile Shutter or Auto HDR function is used with the shutter speed set to
[BULB], the shutter speed is temporarily set to 30 seconds.
• It is recommended that you start BULB shooting after the temperature of the camera
drops to prevent the quality of the image from deteriorating.
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Movie recording setup
Recording movies easily
Movie recording can be started from any exposure mode.
The shutter speed and aperture value are adjusted automatically.
Press the MOVIE button to start recording (page 38).
Shooting techniques
Notes
• In movie recording mode, the recordable area (angle of view) is narrower than that
of still image shooting.
• When the [For viewfinder] screen is displayed on the LCD monitor, the LCD
monitor is switched to the [Display All Info.] screen at the moment movie recording
starts.
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Shooting (Advanced operations)
• Start recording after you adjust the focus.
• The following settings that were set during still image shooting can be
used.
– ISO
– White Balance
– Creative Style
– Exposure compensation
– AF area
– Metering Mode
– Face Detection
– Object Tracking
– D-Range optimizer
– Lens Comp.: Shading
– Lens Comp.: Chro. Aber.
– Lens Comp.: Distortion
– Picture Effect
• ISO, exposure compensation, Object Tracking, or AF area can be
adjusted during movie recording.
• If you assign [AF lock] to the AEL button, ISO button, or AF/MF button,
you can lock the focus by pressing these buttons in autofocus mode.
Movie recording setup
• Do not shoot a strong light source, such as the sun. The internal mechanism of the
camera may be damaged.
• When you import AVCHD View movies to a computer, use “PMB” (pages 71, 192).
• When you continue to shoot for a long time, the temperature of the camera rises and
the image quality may deteriorate.
• When the
mark is indicated, the temperature of the camera is too high. Turn the
camera off and wait until the temperature of the camera drops. If you continue to
shoot, the camera is turned off automatically.
• Since the shutter speed and aperture are automatically adjusted, the shutter speed
will be higher and the movement of the subject may not be smooth under bright
conditions. Selecting manual focus and adjusting the shutter speed or aperture may
make the movement smoother (page 123).
• When ISO is set to [Multi Frame Noise Reduct.], [AUTO] is temporarily selected.
When it is set to ISO 2000 or higher, ISO 1600 is temporarily selected.
• You cannot select [Soft Focus], [HDR Painting], [Rich-tone Mono.], or [Miniature]
in Picture Effect. When movie recording starts, Picture Effect is temporarily set to
[Off].
Recording movies with the shutter speed and aperture
adjusted
You can record movies with the shutter speed and aperture adjusted,
controlling the background defocus or fluidity as intended.
1 Set the focus mode dial to MF (page 123).
2 Set the mode dial to
(Movie).
3 Select the desired mode with v/V on the multi-selector, then
press the center of the multi-selector.
• To change the mode, press the Fn button, then select another mode.
4 Adjust the shutter speed and aperture value with the front or
rear control dial.
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Movie recording setup
5 Adjust the focus, then press the MOVIE button to start
recording.
(102)
(Program Auto) Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically
(both the shutter speed and the aperture value). The other
settings can be adjusted manually, and your setting values
can be saved.
(Aperture
Priority) (103)
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value
manually using the front or rear control dial.
(Shutter
Priority) (105)
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed
manually using the front or rear control dial.
(Manual
Exposure) (107)
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure manually
(both the shutter speed and the aperture value) using the front
or rear control dial.
AVCHD 60i/60p
AVCHD 50i/50p
1 t [File Format] t Select the desired
Records 60i/50i movies or 24p/25p movies in AVCHD
format, and 60p/50p movies in an original Sony format. This
Sony file format is suitable for viewing the movie on a highdefinition TV.
You can create a Blu-ray disc, an AVCHD disc, or a DVDVideo disc using the supplied software “PMB.”
• 60i/50i movies are recorded at either 60 fields/second or at
50 fields/second, respectively. Both 60i and 50i movies
utilize the interlace scanning system, Dolby Digital audio,
and the AVCHD format.
• 24p/25p movies are recorded at either 24 frames/second or
at 25 frames/second, respectively. Both 24p and 25p
movies utilize the progressive scanning system, Dolby
Digital audio, and the AVCHD format.
• 60p/50p movies are recorded at either 60 frames/second, or
at 50 frames/second, respectively. Both 60p and 50p
movies utilize the progressive scanning system and Dolby
Digital audio.
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File Format
MENU button t
format
Movie recording setup
MP4
Records mp4 (AVC) movies. This format is suitable for
WEB uploads, e-mail attachments, etc.
• Movies are recorded in MPEG-4 format at about 30 frames/
second, utilizing the progressive scanning system, AAC
audio, and the mp4 format.
• You cannot create a disc from the movies recorded in this
format using the supplied software “PMB.”
Record Setting
The higher the average bit-rate, the higher the image quality.
MENU button t
size
1 t [Record Setting] t Select the desired
[File Format]: [AVCHD 60i/60p]/[AVCHD 50i/50p]
File Format
Average
bit-rate
Recording
60i 24M(FX)*
50i 24M(FX)**
24 Mbps
Records high image quality movies of 1920 × 1080
(60i/50i).
60i 17M(FH)*
50i 17M(FH)**
17 Mbps
Records standard image quality movies of 1920 ×
1080 (60i/50i).
60p 28M(PS)*
50p 28M(PS)**
28 Mbps
Records highest image quality movies of 1920 ×
1080 (60p/50p).
24p 24M(FX)*
25p 24M(FX)**
24 Mbps
Records high image quality moves of 1920 × 1080
(24p/25p). This produces a cinema-like
atmosphere.
24p 17M(FH)*
25p 17M(FH)**
17 Mbps
Records standard image quality movies of 1920 ×
1080 (24p/25p). This produces a cinema-like
atmosphere.
[File Format]: [MP4]
File Format
Average
bit-rate
Recording
1440×1080 12M
12 Mbps
Records movies of 1440 × 1080.
VGA 3M
3 Mbps
Records movies of VGA size.
* 1080 60i-compatible device
** 1080 50i-compatible device
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Movie recording setup
Notes
• Movies recorded with the [60p 28M(PS)]/[50p 28M(PS)] setting in [Record Setting]
are converted by “PMB” in order to create a disc. This conversion can take a long
time. Also, you cannot create a disc with the original image quality.
• Movies recorded with the [60i 24M(FX)]/[50i 24M(FX)] or [24p 24M(FX)]/[25p
24M(FX)] setting in [Record Setting] are converted by “PMB” in order to create an
AVCHD disc. This conversion can take a long time. Also, you cannot create a disc
with the original image quality. If you want to keep the original image quality, you
must store your movies on a Blu-ray disc.
• To watch 60p/50p or 24p/25p movies on a TV, you need a TV that is compatible
with 60p/50p or 24p/25p. If you use a non-compatible TV, the movies are converted
to 60i/50i and output to the TV.
Audio Recording
MENU button t
1 t [Audio Recording] t [Off]
When the focus mode is set to manual focus, you can disable recording of
the operating noise of the lens for the autofocus (page 123).
To reduce wind noise
You can reduce wind noise by cutting bass sound input from the built-in
microphone.
MENU button t
1 t [Wind Noise Reduct.] t [On]
Notes
• Setting this item to [On] may cause some bass sound to be recorded with too low a
volume. Set it to [Off] when the wind is not blowing.
• When an external microphone (sold separately) is used, this item does not function.
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Shooting (Advanced operations)
When you record movies, the operating noise of the camera or lens may be
recorded. You can record movies without audio.
Adjusting the focus
There are 2 methods for adjusting the focus: autofocus and manual focus.
Depending on the lens, the method for switching between the auto focus
and manual focus is different.
The switch to be
used
The lens is
Lens (Set the
equipped with a
focus mode dial
focus mode switch on the camera to
positions other
than MF.)
The lens is not
Camera
equipped with a
focus mode switch
The type of lens
To switch to auto
focus
Set the focus mode
switch on the lens to
AF.
Set the focus mode Set the focus mode
dial on the camera to dial on the camera to
positions other than MF.
MF.
Autofocus
1 Set the focus mode dial on the
camera to a desired position
other than MF.
2 When the lens is equipped with
the focus mode switch, set it to
AF.
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To switch to manual
focus
Set the focus mode
switch on the lens to
MF.
Adjusting the focus
3 Press the shutter button halfway
down to check the focus and shoot
the image.
• When the focus is confirmed, the focus
indicator changes to z or
(page 118).
• The AF area where the focus has been
confirmed turns green.
AF area
Focus indicator
The camera focuses and the focus is locked when you press
the shutter button halfway down.
A (Automatic AF)
(
)
The [Autofocus Mode] is switched between Single-shot AF
and Continuous AF according to the movement of the
subject.
When you press and hold the shutter button halfway down, if
the subject is motionless, the focus is locked and if the
subject is in motion, the camera continues to focus.
• You can set the function of the “A” position of the focus
mode dial to DMF (Direct Manual Focus) with [AF-A
setup] (page 125).
C (Continuous AF)
(
)
The camera continues to focus while the shutter button is
pressed and held halfway down.
• The audio signals will not sound when the subject is in
focus.
• Focus-lock cannot be used.
Shooting technique
•
•
•
•
Use [Single-shot AF] when the subject is motionless.
Use [Continuous AF] when the subject is in motion.
To select the AF area used for focusing, set up [AF area] (page 119).
To change the focusing speed, set up [AF drive speed] (page 66).
Note
• While the camera is focusing automatically, do not touch the rotating focusing ring.
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S (Single-shot AF)
(
)
Adjusting the focus
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 119) or manual focus
(page 123).
• A subject that is low in contrast, such as blue sky or a white wall.
• Two subjects at different distances overlapping in the AF area.
• A subject that is composed of repeating patterns, such as the facade of a
building.
• A subject that is very bright or glittering, such as the sun, the body of an
automobile, or the surface of water.
• Ambient light is not sufficient.
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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Adjusting the focus
Focus-lock
1 Place the subject within the AF
area and press the shutter button
halfway down.
The focus is locked.
• Set [Autofocus Mode] to [Single-shot
AF].
2 Keep the shutter button halfway
Shooting (Advanced operations)
down, and put the subject back in
the original position to recompose the shot.
3 Press the shutter button fully down to take the picture.
AF area
Select the desired AF area to suit the
shooting conditions or your preference.
The AF area where the focus has been
confirmed turns green and the other AF
areas disappear.
AF area
Fn button t
(AF area) t Select the desired setting
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Adjusting the focus
(Wide)
The camera determines which of the 19 AF areas is used in
focusing.
(Zone)
Choose the zone for which you want to activate the focus
from among left, right, or center zone with the multi-selector.
The camera determines which of the AF areas in the selected
zone is used in focusing.
(Spot)
The camera uses the AF area located in the center area
exclusively.
(Local)
Choose the area for which you want to activate the focus
from among 19 AF areas with the multi-selector.
Notes
• [AF area] is fixed to [Wide] and you cannot select other settings when the exposure
mode is set to AUTO, AUTO+, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama or Scene
Selection, or when the Object Tracking function is being used or the Smile Shutter is
activated.
• The AF area may not be illuminated during continuous shooting or when the shutter
button is pressed all the way down without pause.
The AF illuminator
You can set the AF illuminator to focus on a subject under dark lighting.
MENU button t
setting
2 t [AF Illuminator] t Select the desired
• 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.)
• AF illuminator does not operate when [AF area] is set to [Local] or
[Zone], and the center area is not selected.
• The AF illuminator may not operate with focal lengths of 300 mm or longer.
• When an external flash (sold separately) that is equipped with an AF
illuminator is attached, the AF illuminator of the external flash is used.
• AF illuminator does not operate when [Smile Shutter] is set to [On].
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Adjusting the focus
AF Micro Adj.
You can finely adjust the focus of each lens.
Perform this operation only when needed. Note that you may not be able to
properly focus on a subject if you have made a poor adjustment.
MENU button t
the desired value
2 t [AF Micro Adj.] t [amount] t Select
• The larger the value, the farther the focusing position from the camera;
the smaller the value, the nearer the focusing position to the camera.
Object Tracking
Keeps the focusing on a moving subject while tracking it. The Object
Tracking function is set to [On] in the default setting.
1 Press the center of the multi-selector on the recording
information display.
A target frame appears.
• To turn off the Object Tracking function, press the Fn button, then set it to
[Off].
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Notes
• We recommend that you decide the value under actual shooting conditions.
• When you attach a lens that is registered on the camera, the registered value is
displayed. When you attach an unregistered lens, “±0” is displayed. If “–” is
displayed as the value, then a total of 30 lenses have been registered. When you want
to register a new lens, attach a lens for which you can delete its registered value, and
set that value to “±0,” or reset the values of all the lenses with [Clear].
• If you perform AF fine adjustment with a lens of other manufacturers, the
adjustment values of Sony, Minolta, and Konica Minolta lenses may be affected. Do
not use this function with any lens of other manufacturers.
• You cannot individually perform AF fine adjustment when using the Sony, Minolta,
and Konica Minolta lenses that have the same specifications.
Adjusting the focus
2 Align the target frame with the
subject to be tracked, and press
the center of the multi-selector.
The camera starts tracking the subject.
• To cancel this tracking feature, press
the center again.
Target frame
3 Press the shutter button to shoot the subject.
Notes
• Tracking may be difficult in the following situations:
– The subject is moving too quickly.
– The subject is too small, or too large.
– The contrast between the subject and the background is poor.
– The subject is under dark lighting.
– The ambient light changes.
• The Object Tracking function cannot be used when the exposure mode is set to
Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Continuous Advance Priority AE or [Handheld Twilight] in Scene Selection, or smart teleconverter is used, the manual focus
function is selected.
• The camera stops tracking a subject when the subject moves off of the screen.
When the subject to be tracked is a face
If the face disappears from the screen while the camera is tracking, and then
returns to the screen, the camera focuses on that face again.
• If you trigger Smile Shutter while tracking a face, the face becomes the
target of the smile detection feature.
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Adjusting the focus
Manual focus
When it is difficult to get the proper focus in autofocus mode, you can
adjust the focus manually.
1 Set the focus mode switch on the
lens to MF.
2 When the lens is not equipped
3 Rotate the focusing ring of the
lens to achieve a sharp focus.
Focusing
ring
Notes
• When the Wide AF area is used, the center area is used for focusing; when the Zone
AF area is used, a typical area of the selected area is used; and when the Local AF
area is used, an area that is selected with the multi-selector is used.
• When using a tele converter (sold separately), etc., rotation of the focusing ring may
not be smooth.
• The correct focus in the viewfinder is not achieved if the diopter is not adjusted
properly in viewfinder mode (page 35).
• Make sure to set the focus mode dial to MF for manual focus. Do not rotate the
focusing ring without setting to MF. Rotating the focusing ring forcibly without
switching to MF may damage the focusing ring (Except for lenses that are equipped
with the Direct manual focus function.).
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with the focus mode switch, set
the focus mode dial on the
camera to MF.
Adjusting the focus
Peaking
You can enhance the outline of in-focus ranges with a specific color in
manual focus. This function allows you to confirm the focus easily.
MENU button t
setting
2 t [Peaking Level] t Select the desired
Notes
• Since the camera judges that sharp areas are in focus, the peaking level is different,
depending on the subject, shooting situation, or on the lens used.
• The outline of in-focus ranges is not enhanced when the camera is connected using
an HDMI cable.
To set the color of the peaking function
You can set the color used for the peaking function in manual focus.
MENU button t
setting
2 t [Peaking Color] t Select the desired
Note
• This item cannot be set when [Peaking Level] is set to [Off].
Focus Magnifier
You can check the focus by enlarging the image before shooting.
1 MENU button t
3 t [Smart Telecon. Button] t [Focus
Magnifier]
2 Press the Focus Magnifier button.
Focus Magnifier button
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Adjusting the focus
3 Press the Focus Magnifier button
again to enlarge the image and
select the portion you want to
enlarge with v/V/b/B on the
multi-selector.
• Each time you press the Focus
Magnifier button, the zoom scaling
changes as follows: Full display t
Approx. ×5.9 t Approx. ×11.7
4 Confirm and adjust the focus.
5 Press the shutter button fully down to shoot the image.
• You can record images when an image is enlarged, however the recorded
image is for full display.
• The Focus Magnifier function will be released after shooting.
Direct manual focus
You can make fine adjustments after adjusting the focus in auto focus
(Direct manual focus). You can assign this function to the “A” position of
the focus mode dial.
You can quickly focus on a subject rather than using the manual focus from
the beginning. This is convenient in cases such as macro shooting.
1 MENU button t
3 t [AF-A setup] t [DMF]
2 Set the focus mode dial to “A.”
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• Rotate the focusing ring to adjust the focus in manual focus mode.
• If you press the center of the multi-selector in autofocus mode, the Focus
Magnifier function is canceled and the autofocus is activated.
• The Focus Magnifier function is canceled if you press the shutter button
halfway down.
Adjusting the focus
3 Press the shutter button halfway down to lock the focus.
4 Turn the focusing ring to fine-tune the focus while pressing the
shutter button halfway down.
Note
• The Direct manual focus function on the camera is not available when an SAM/SSM
lens is attached.
The Direct manual focus function on the lens
When the lens is equipped with the Direct manual focus function with the
focus mode set to [Single-shot AF] or [Automatic AF], you can finely
adjust the focus with the focusing ring after focus lock (For example, the
DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM).
AF/MF control
You can switch between auto focus and manual focus without relaxing
your position (AF/MF control).
Press the AF/MF button.
In auto focus mode: The focus mode is
switched temporarily to the manual
focus. Press and hold the AF/MF button
and adjust the focus by rotating the
focusing ring.
In manual focus mode: The focus mode is
switched temporarily to the auto focus
and the focus is locked.
AF/MF button
Focusing ring
• You can maintain the selected mode without pressing and holding the AF/
MF button with [AF/MF button] in the
Custom menu (page 177).
Note
• This function cannot be used with the DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6.
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Detecting faces
Face Detection
The camera detects faces, adjusts the focus, exposure, performs image
processing, and adjusts flash settings.
Fn button t
(Face Detection) t Select the desired setting
Off
Turns off Face Detection.
On (Regist. Faces)
Enables Face Detection and prioritizes recognized faces that
have been registered in [Face Registration] (page 128).
On
Enables Face Detection, but does not prioritize recognized
faces.
Shooting technique
• Compose to overlay the Face Detection frame and the AF area.
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The Face Detection frame
When the camera detects faces, gray Face
Detection frames appear. When the
camera judges that autofocus is possible,
the Face Detection frames turn white.
When you press the shutter button
halfway down, the Face Detection frames
Face Detection
turn green.
frames (gray)
• If a face is not positioned inside the AF
Face Detection frames (white)
area available when you press the
shutter button halfway down, the AF
area that is used for focusing turns
green.
• When the camera detects multiple
faces, the camera automatically selects
a priority face and the single Face
Detection frame turns white. A magenta
frame appears on a face that is
registered with [Face Registration].
Detecting faces
Notes
• When the exposure mode is Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama or Continuous
Advance Priority AE, the Face Detection function cannot be used.
• Up to 8 faces can be detected.
• The camera may not detect any faces, or may detect some other object, depending on
the shooting conditions.
• During [Smile Shutter] shooting, [Face Detection] is temporarily set to [On (Regist.
Faces)] even if it has been set to [Off].
Face Registration
The camera detects faces for which information has been registered in
advance.
1 MENU button t
5 t [Face Registration] t [New
Registration]
2 Align the guide frame with the face to be registered, and press
the shutter button.
3 Select [Enter] with v on the multi-selector, then press the
center of the multi-selector.
• Up to 8 faces of your subjects can be registered.
• Shoot the face from the front in a brightly lit place. The face may not be
registered correctly if it is obscured by a hat, a mask, sunglasses, etc.
To change the priority of faces previously registered
When you have registered multiple faces, the priority order is set. You can
change the priority order.
MENU button t
5 t [Face Registration] t [Order
Exchanging] t Select a face for which you want to change the
priority and the priority level
To delete a registered face
You can delete a registered face.
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Detecting faces
MENU button t
5 t [Face Registration] t [Delete] t
Select the face you want to delete
• When you select [Delete All], you can delete all registered faces at one
time.
• Even if you select [Delete], the data on registered faces remains stored in
the camera. If you also want to delete this data from the camera, select
[Delete All].
Smile Shutter
When the camera detects a smile, the shutter is released automatically.
1 Fn button t
(Smile Shutter) t [On] t Select the
desired Smile Detection Sensitivity mode
2 Wait detecting a smile.
The camera detects a smile and the focus
is confirmed. When the smile level
exceeds the b point on the indicator, the
camera records images automatically.
• When the camera detects the target
faces, orange Face Detection frames
appear around the faces. The Face
Detection frames turn green when these
subjects come into focus.
3 To stop shooting, Fn button t
Face Detection frame
Smile Detection Sensitivity indicator
(Smile Shutter) t [Off]
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Shooting (Advanced operations)
You can set the sensitivity of the Smile Shutter function for detecting smiles
to one of the following 3 options:
(Slight Smile),
(Normal Smile),
and
(Big Smile).
• When the Smile Shutter is activated, the Smile Detection Sensitivity
indicator appears on the screen.
Detecting faces
Shooting techniques
•
•
•
•
To focus on the smile, overlay the Face Detection frame and AF area.
Do not cover the eyes with bangs, etc. Keep the eyes narrowed.
Do not obscure the face with a hat, a mask, sunglasses, etc.
Try to orient the face in front of the camera and keep it as level as
possible.
• Hold a clear smile with an open mouth. The smile is easier to detect when
the teeth are showing.
• If you press the shutter button while the Smile Shutter function is
activated, the camera shoots the image, and then returns to Smile Shutter.
Notes
• The Smile Shutter function cannot be used when the exposure mode is set to Sweep
Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Continuous Advance Priority AE, Movie, or
[Hand-held Twilight] in Scene Selection, or the manual focus is selected.
• The drive mode is automatically set to [Single Shooting] or [Remote Cdr.].
• The AF illuminator does not work with the Smile Shutter function.
• If the camera does not detect a smile, change the settings for Smile Detection
Sensitivity.
• Smiles may not be detected correctly, depending on the shooting conditions.
• If you trigger Smile Shutter while tracking a face, the face becomes the target of the
smile detection feature (page 121).
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Adjusting the brightness of the image
AE Lock
When shooting into the sun or by a window, and the exposure may not be
appropriate for the subject, use the light meter where the subject is bright
enough and lock the exposure before shooting. To reduce the brightness of
the subject, point the camera forwards a spot that is brighter than the
subject and use the light meter to lock the exposure of the entire image. To
make the subject brighter, point the camera forwards a spot that is darker
than the subject and use the light meter to lock the exposure of the entire
image.
This section describes how to shoot a brighter image of the subject using
the (Spot).
(Metering Mode) t
(Spot)
2 Adjust the focus on the portion you want to lock the exposure.
3 Press the AEL button to lock the
AEL button
exposure.
(AE lock mark) appears.
• The exposure value based on the locked
exposure in the spot metering circle is
also indicated on the EV scale.
4 While pressing the AEL button, focus on the subject, and shoot
the subject.
• If you continue to shoot with the same exposure value, press and hold the
AEL button after the shooting. The setting is canceled when the button is
released.
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1 Fn button t
Adjusting the brightness of the image
Metering Mode
Fn button t
(Metering Mode) t Select the desired mode
(Multi segment)
This mode measures light on each area after dividing the total
area into multiple areas and determines the proper exposure
of the entire screen.
(Center weighted) While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this mode
measures the average brightness of the entire screen.
(Spot)
This mode measures light only in the spot metering circle
located in the center area.
Shooting techniques
• Use [Multi segment] metering for general shooting.
• When there is a high contrast subject in the AF area, measure the light of
the subject you want to shoot with the optimal exposure using the spot
metering function and take advantage of an AE lock shooting (page 131).
Note
• When the exposure mode is set to AUTO, AUTO+, or Scene Selection, or when
smart teleconverter is used, [Metering Mode] is fixed to [Multi segment] and you
cannot select other modes.
Flash Comp.
When shooting with the flash, you can adjust the amount of flash light
alone, without changing the exposure compensation. You can only change
the exposure of a main subject which is within the flash range.
Fn button t
(Flash Comp.) t Select the desired setting
Toward +: Makes the flash level higher.
Toward –: Makes the flash level lower.
Notes
• This item cannot be set when the exposure mode is set to AUTO, AUTO+, Sweep
Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, or Scene Selection.
• The higher flash effect may not be visible due to the limited amount of flash light, if
the subject is outside the maximum range of the flash. If the subject is very close, the
lower flash effect may not be visible.
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Adjusting the brightness of the image
Exposure compensation and flash compensation
Exposure compensation changes the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity (when
[AUTO] is selected) to perform the compensation.
Flash compensation only changes the amount of flash light.
Flash control
MENU button t
setting
2 t [Flash control] t Select the desired
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.
Manual flash
Sets the amount of flash light with [Power ratio] and fires a
certain amount of flash light, regardless of the brightness of a
subject.
ADI: Advanced Distance Integration
TTL: Through the lens
• When [ADI flash] is selected, using a lens that is provided with a distance
encoder feature can perform more accurate flash compensation by using
more accurate distance information.
Notes
• When the distance between the subject and the external flash (sold separately)
cannot be determined (wireless flash shooting using an external flash (sold
separately), shooting with an off-camera flash using a cable, shooting with a macro
twin flash, etc.), the camera automatically selects Pre-flash TTL mode.
• Select [Pre-flash TTL] in the following cases, as the camera cannot perform flash
compensations with ADI flash.
– A wide panel is attached to the HVL-F36AM flash.
– A diffuser is used for flash shooting.
– A filter with an exposure factor, such as an ND filter, is used.
– A close-up lens is used.
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ADI flash
Adjusting the brightness of the image
• ADI flash is only available in combination with a lens that is provided with a
distance encoder. To determine if the lens is equipped with a distance encoder, refer
to the operating instructions supplied with the lens.
• This item cannot be set when the exposure mode is set to Sweep Panorama, 3D
Sweep Panorama, or [Night Scene]/[Hand-held Twilight] in Scene Selection.
To adjust the amount of built-in flash light manually
You can adjust the amount of built-in flash light manually when [Flash
control] is set to [Manual flash].
MENU button t
setting
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2 t [Power ratio] t Select the desired
The flash
Press the Fn button, select the desired flash mode, press the
button, and shoot images (page 47).
Shooting techniques
Notes
• Do not hold the camera by grabbing the flash emitter.
• Shooting conditions required to prevent shadows from appearing on an image vary,
depending on the lens.
• When the exposure mode is set to AUTO, AUTO+, or Scene Selection, the [Rear
Sync.] and [Wireless] items cannot be selected and the slow sync shooting cannot be
used.
• When the exposure mode is set to P, A, S, M, Continuous Advance Priority AE, the
[Flash Off] or [Autoflash] items cannot be selected. If you do not want to use the
flash, push the flash down.
• If you use the flash with a stereo microphone or similar device attached to the Autolock Accessory shoe, the flash may not pop up to the correct position and recorded
images may have a shadow on their corners. Remove any device from the Auto-lock
Accessory shoe.
Wireless flash
With a flash that has a wireless shooting function (sold separately), you can
shoot with the flash without a cord, even when the flash is not attached to
the camera. By changing the position of the flash, you can shoot an image
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• The lens hood may block the light of the flash. Remove the lens hood
when using the flash.
• When using the flash, shoot the subject at a distance of 1 m (3.3 feet) or
greater.
• When shooting indoors or shooting nightscapes, you can use slow sync to
shoot a brighter image of people and backgrounds.
• You can use rear sync to shoot a natural image of the trail of a moving
subject such as a moving bicycle or a walking person.
• When using the HVL-F58AM/HVL-F43AM Flash (sold separately), you
can shoot with the High-speed sync feature at any shutter speed. For
details, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the flash.
The flash
with a three dimensional feel by highlighting the contrast of light and
shadow on the subject.
For the actual steps of shooting, refer to the operating instructions of the
flash.
1 Attach the wireless flash to the Auto-lock Accessory shoe and
turn both the camera and the flash on.
2 Fn button t
(Flash Mode) t
(Wireless)
3 Remove the wireless flash from the Auto-lock Accessory shoe
and pop up the built-in flash.
• If you perform a test fire of the flash, press the AEL button.
Notes
• Turn off the wireless flash mode after wireless flash shooting. If the built-in flash is
used while the wireless flash mode is still active, inaccurate flash exposures will
result.
• Change the channel of the external flash when another photographer is using a
wireless flash nearby and his/her built-in flash light causes your external flash to fire.
To change the channel of the external flash, refer to the operating instructions
supplied with it.
Setup of the AEL button
When using a wireless flash, it is recommended that you set [Func. of AEL
button] to [AEL hold] in the
Custom menu (page 176).
Wireless flash with lighting ratio control
You can use the wireless lighting ratio control in combination with the
multiple flashes. For details, refer to the operating instructions supplied
with the flash (HVL-F58AM, HVL-F43AM).
Slow Sync
If you use the slow sync shooting feature with a slower shutter speed, you
can capture a clear image of both the subject and the background. This is
convenient when you shoot a portrait at night with a dark background.
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The flash
Shoot with the SLOW SYNC button
pressed.
lights up on the screen to indicate the
exposure is locked.
SLOW SYNC button
Notes
• When the mode dial is set to S or M, slow sync shooting is not available using the
SLOW SYNC button.
• When a function other than the AEL function is selected in [Func. of AEL button],
slow sync shooting is not available using the SLOW SYNC button. When the AEL
function is selected in [ISO Button] or [AF/MF button], slow sync shooting is
available using the ISO or AF/MF button.
Open the cover of the (flash sync)
terminal and plug the cord in.
(flash sync) terminal
• You can use a flash equipped with a flash sync terminal of the opposite
polarity.
Notes
• Select the manual exposure mode and set the shutter speed to 1/250 second. If the
shutter speed recommended on the flash is slower than that, use the recommended
speed or an even slower speed.
• If you cannot confirm your composition in dark situations, change the [Live View
Display] setting so that the image is always displayed with the appropriate
brightness (page 89).
• Use a flash with a flash sync voltage of 400 V or less.
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Using a flash equipped with a flash sync terminal cord
The flash
• Before you connect the flash sync cord to the (flash sync) terminal, turn off the
power of the connected flash. If the power is on, it may flash when you connect the
cord.
• The flash will always be full emission. Flash compensation (page 132) cannot be
used.
• Using auto white balance is not recommended. Use custom white balance to gain
more precise white balance.
• The flash indicator is not displayed when the (flash sync) terminal is plugged in.
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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 setting with v/V on the multi-selector.
Notes
• The recordable range of the brightness of a subject (dynamic range) is slightly
narrower for areas where ISO is less than 100.
• When the exposure mode is set to AUTO, AUTO+, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep
Panorama, or Scene Selection, ISO is fixed to [AUTO] and you cannot select other
ISO numbers.
• When the exposure mode is set to P/A/S and ISO is set to [AUTO], ISO is
automatically set between ISO 100 and ISO 1600.
• The [AUTO] setting is not provided in exposure mode M. If you change the
exposure mode to M with the [AUTO] setting, it is switched to [100]. Set the ISO
according to your shooting conditions.
To change the automatic adjustment range in [AUTO]
When [AUTO] is selected, press B, select [ISO AUTO Maximum] or [ISO
AUTO Minimum], then select the desired range.
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• The larger the number, the higher the noise level.
• If you want to select [Multi Frame Noise Reduct.], display the setup screen
with B, and select the desired value with v/V.
• The number is incremented by 1/3 of a step using the rear control dial, with
similar uses as the multi-selector, and it is incremented by 1 step using the
front control dial.
Setting ISO
Multi frame noise reduction
The camera automatically shoots multiple images continuously, combines
the images, reduces the noise, and records 1 image. In multi frame noise
reduction, you can select larger ISO numbers than the maximum ISO
sensitivity.
The image recorded is 1 combined image.
Notes
• When [Quality] is set to [RAW] or [RAW & JPEG], this function cannot be used.
• The flash, D-Range optimizer, and [Auto HDR] cannot be used.
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Compensating for the brightness and
contrast automatically (D-Range)
Fn button t
(Off)
(DRO/Auto HDR) t Select the desired setting
Does not use the DRO/Auto HDR functions.
(D-Range Opt.) By dividing the image into small areas, the camera analyses
the contrast of light and shadow between the subject and the
background, producing the image with the optimal brightness
and gradation.
(Auto HDR)
Shoots 3 images with different exposures, and then overlays
correctly exposed image, the bright areas of an under exposed
image and the dark areas of an over exposed image to create
an image with rich gradation.
2 images are recorded: an image with the correct exposure
and an overlaid image.
1 Fn button t
(DRO/Auto HDR) t
(D-Range Opt.)
2 Select an optimal level with b/B on the multi-selector.
(Auto)
(Level)*
* Lv_ displayed with
Corrects the brightness automatically.
Optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of
the image. Select the optimal level between Lv1 (weak) and
Lv5 (strong).
is the step currently selected.
Notes
• The setting is fixed to [Off] when the exposure mode is set to Sweep Panorama or
3D Sweep Panorama, or when [Multi Frame Noise Reduct.] or [Picture Effect] is
used.
• The setting is fixed to [Off] when [Sunset], [Night Scene], [Night Portrait], or
[Hand-held Twilight] is selected in Scene Selection. The setting is fixed to [Auto]
when other modes are selected in Scene Selection.
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D-RangeOptimizer
Compensating for the brightness and contrast automatically (D-Range)
• When shooting with the D-Range optimizer, the image may be noisy. Select the
proper level by checking the recorded image, especially when you enhance the
effect.
Auto HDR
1 Fn button t
(DRO/Auto HDR) t
(Auto HDR)
2 Select an optimal level with b/B on the multi-selector.
(Auto HDR:
Exposure Diff. Auto)
Corrects the exposure difference automatically.
(Exposure
Difference Level)*
Sets the exposure difference, based on the contrast of the
subject. Select the optimal level between 1.0Ev (weak) and
6.0Ev (strong).
For example: When 2.0Ev is selected, 3 images are overlaid:
an image with –1.0Ev, an image with the correct exposure,
and an image with +1.0Ev.
* _Ev displayed with
is the step currently selected.
Shooting technique
• Since the shutter is released 3 times for 1 shot, be careful about the
following:
– Use this function when the subject is motionless or does not blink.
– Do not recompose.
Notes
• You cannot use this function on RAW images.
• When the exposure mode is set to AUTO, AUTO+, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep
Panorama, Continuous Advance Priority AE or Scene Selection, or when [Multi
Frame Noise Reduct.] is selected, you cannot select [Auto HDR].
• You cannot start the next shoot until the capture process is completed after you
shoot.
• You may not obtain a desired effect depending on the luminance difference of a
subject and the shooting conditions.
• When the flash is used, this function has little effect.
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Compensating for the brightness and contrast automatically (D-Range)
• When the contrast of the scene is low or when camera shake or subject blur is
occurred, you may not obtain good HDR images. If the camera has detected a
problem,
is indicated on the recorded image to inform you of this situation.
Shoot again, as necessary, paying attention to the contrast or blur.
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Setting the image processing
Picture Effect
Select the desired effect filter to achieve more impressive and artistic
expression.
Fn button t
(Picture Effect) t Select the desired setting
• When a mode that has a fine adjustment option is selected, select the
desired setting with b/B.
(Off)
Does not use the Picture Effect function.
(Toy Camera)
Creates the look of a Toy Camera photo with shaded corners
and pronounced colors. You can set the color tone with b/B.
(Pop Color)
Creates a vivid look by emphasizing color tones.
(Posterization)
Creates a high contrast, abstract look by heavily emphasizing
primary colors, or in black and white. You can select primary
colors or black and white with b/B.
(Retro Photo)
Creates the look of an aged photo with sepia color tones and
faded contrast.
(Soft High-key)
Creates an image with the indicated atmosphere: bright,
transparent, ethereal, tender, soft.
(Partial Color)
(High Contrast
Mono.)
Creates an image which retains 1 specific color, but converts
others to black and white. You can select a color with b/B.
Creates a high-contrast image in black and white.
(Soft Focus)
Creates an image filled with a soft lighting effect. You can set
the intensity of the effect with b/B.
(HDR Painting)
Creates the look of a painting, enhancing the colors and
details. The camera releases the shutter 3 times. You can set
the effect intensity with b/B.
(Rich-tone
Mono.)
(Miniature)
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Creates an image in black and white with rich gradation and
reproduction of details. The camera releases the shutter 3
times.
Creates an image which enhances the subject vividly, with
the background defocused considerably. This effect may
often be found in pictures of miniature models. You can
select the area to be in focus with b/B. The focus on other
areas is greatly reduced.
Setting the image processing
Notes
• When Smart Teleconverter is used, the [Toy Camera] and [Miniature] effects are not
available.
• When [Partial Color] is selected, images may not retain the selected color,
depending on the subject or shooting condition.
• When the exposure mode is set to AUTO, AUTO+, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep
Panorama or Continuous Advance Priority AE, or when [Quality] is set to [RAW] or
[RAW & JPEG], Picture Effect cannot be used.
• When [HDR Painting], [Miniature], [Rich-tone Mono.] or [Soft Focus] is selected,
you cannot confirm the effect before shooting. You cannot also set the drive mode.
• When the contrast of the scene is low or when significant camera shake or subject
blur has occurred with [HDR Painting] or [Rich-tone Mono.] selected, you may not
obtain good HDR images. If the camera detects such situation,
is indicated on the
recorded image to inform you of this situation. Shoot again, as necessary,
recomposing or paying attention to the blur.
1 Fn button t
(Creative Style) t Select the style box you
want to change the setting
2 Move the cursor to the right with B on the multi-selector, then
select the desired style with v/V.
3 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.
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Creative Style
You can select the desired style to be used to perform image processing,
and adjust the contrast, saturation, and sharpness for each Creative Style.
You can register and recall the settings of Creative Style for each style box.
You can also adjust the exposure (shutter speed and aperture), unlike Scene
Selection where the camera adjusts the exposure.
Setting the image processing
(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.
(Neutral)
The saturation and sharpness are lowered for capturing
images in a quiet tone. This is also suitable for capturing
image material to be modified with a computer.
(Clear)
For capturing images in a clear tone with limpid colors in the
highlighted area, suitable for capturing radiant light.
(Deep)
For capturing images with deep and dense color expressions,
suited to capturing the solid presence of the subject.
(Light)
For capturing images with bright and uncomplicated color
expressions, suited to capturing refreshingly light ambience.
(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.
(Sunset)
For shooting the beautiful red of the setting sun.
(Night Scene)
The contrast is attenuated for capturing a nightscape that is
more faithful to the real view.
(Autumn leaves) For capturing autumn scenes, vividly highlighting the red and
yellow of coloring leaves.
(Black & White) For shooting images in black and white monotone.
(Sepia)
For capturing images in sepia monotone.
(Contrast), (Saturation), and
style box item.
(Sharpness) can be adjusted for each
(Contrast)
The higher the value selected, the more the difference of light
and shadow is accentuated, thus making an impact on an
image.
(Saturation)
The higher the value selected, the more vivid the color. When
a lower value is selected, the color of the image is restrained
and subdued.
(Sharpness)
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Adjusts the sharpness. The higher the value selected, the
more the contours are accentuated, and the lower the value
selected, the more the contours are softened.
Setting the image processing
Notes
• When the exposure mode is set to AUTO, AUTO+ or Scene Selection, or the Picture
Effect mode is selected, [Creative Style] is fixed to [Standard] and you cannot select
other settings.
• When [Black & White] or [Sepia] is selected, you cannot adjust the saturation.
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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
Use this feature when the color tone of the image did not come out as you
expected, or when you want to change the color tone on purpose for
photographic expression.
Notes
• When the exposure mode is set to AUTO, AUTO+, or Scene Selection, [White
Balance] is fixed to [Auto WB] and you cannot select other modes.
• If the only light source available is a mercury lamp or a sodium lamp, the camera
will not be able to acquire the accurate white balance because of the characteristics
of the light source. Use the flash in such cases.
WB button t Select the desired
setting
• When you select a setting other than
[C.Temp./Filter], press B on the multiselector so that the fine adjustment
screen appears and you can adjust the
color tone with v/V/b/B, as necessary.
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WB button
Adjusting the color tones (White balance)
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)
(Incandescent)
(Fluor.: Warm
White)
(Fluor.: Cool
White)
(Fluor.: Day
White)
(Fluor.:
Daylight)
Shooting techniques
• Use the white balance bracket function if you cannot get the desired color
in the selected option (page 157).
• When you select [C.Temp./Filter], you can adjust the value to the desired
value (page 150).
• When you select [Custom], you can register your setting (page 150).
The fine adjustment screen for color
You can perform a fine adjustment by
combining the color temperature with the
color filter.
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(Flash)
Adjusting the color tones (White balance)
Color Temp.
Fine-tunes color in the B (blue) direction with b and the A
(amber) direction with B.
Color Filter
Fine-tunes color in the G (green) direction with v and the M
(magenta) direction with V.
Color Temp./Color Filter
1 WB button t
(C.Temp./Filter)
WB button
tB
2 Set the color temperature with v/V on the multi-selector.
3 Press B to display the fine adjustment screen and compensate
the color to your preference with v/V/b/B.
Note
• Since color meters are designed for film cameras, the values differ under fluorescent/
sodium lamp/mercury lamps. We recommend that you use the custom white balance
or perform a test shooting.
Custom white balance
In a scene where the ambient light consists of multiple types of light source,
use of custom white balance is recommended in order to accurately
reproduce the whiteness. 3 settings can be registered.
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Adjusting the color tones (White balance)
1 WB button t [
SET] t press
the center of the multi-selector
WB button
2 Hold the camera so that the white area fully covers the AF area
located in the center, and then press the shutter button down.
The shutter clicks and the calibrated values (Color Temperature and Color
filter) are displayed.
press the center of the multi-selector.
The monitor returns to the recording information display with the memorized
custom white balance setting retained.
• The custom white balance setting registered in this operation is effective
until a new setting is registered.
Note
• The message “Custom WB error” indicates that the value is beyond the expected
range. (When the flash is used on a subject in close proximity or a subject with a
bright color is in the frame.) If you register this value, the
indicator turns yellow
on the recording information display. You can shoot at this point, but it is
recommended that you set the white balance again to get a more accurate white
balance value.
To recall the custom white balance setting
WB button t Select the desired register number
• Press B on the multi-selector to display the fine adjustment screen and
compensate the color to your preference.
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3 Select a register number with b/B on the multi-selector, then
Adjusting the color tones (White balance)
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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Zooming in in one step
You can zoom in to the center of an image using the smart teleconverter
(Digital zoom) and record the image.
Press the
button.
• Each time you press the
button, the
zoom scaling changes as follows:
Approx. ×1.4 t Approx. ×2 t Off
button
The image size is automatically set to the following regardless of the
selected image size.
Image size
Approx. ×1.4
M
Approx. ×2
S
Notes
• The smart teleconverter is unavailable
– When the exposure mode is set to Sweep Panorama or 3D Sweep Panorama.
– When [Smart Telecon. Button] is set to [Focus Magnifier].
– [Quality] is set to [RAW] or [RAW & JPEG].
– The Smile Shutter function is set to [On].
• When the smart teleconverter is available (when in autofocus mode), [AF area] is set
to [Spot].
• When the smart teleconverter is available, [Metering mode] is set to [Multi
segment].
• You cannot use the smart teleconverter function with movies.
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Zoom scaling
Selecting the drive mode
Shooting single shot
This mode is for normal shooting.
(Drive) button t
Shooting)
(Single
button
Note
• When the exposure mode is set to [Sports Action] in Scene Selection, you cannot
shoot single shot.
Cont. Shooting
The camera records the images continuously.
1
(Drive) button t
(Cont. Shooting) t Select
the desired speed
2 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
• When you press and hold the shutter button, the recording continues.
Shooting technique
• To shoot continuously faster, set the exposure mode to Continuous
Advance Priority AE (pages 46, 101).
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button
Selecting the drive mode
Notes
• When
is selected, the image recorded between the frames is displayed.
• You cannot shoot continuously when using Scene Selection modes other than
[Sports Action].
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
(Drive) button t
(Selftimer) t Select the desired
setting
button
2 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
• When the self-timer is activated, audio signals and the self-timer lamp
indicate the condition. The self-timer lamp flashes quickly and the audio
signal sounds quickly right before the shooting.
To cancel the self-timer
Press the
(Drive) button.
Bracket: Cont./Single Bracket
Base exposure
– direction
+ direction
Bracket shooting allows you to shoot several images, each with different
degrees of exposure. Specify the value of deviation (steps) from the base
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• The number after
is the number of
seconds that is currently selected.
Selecting the drive mode
exposure, and the camera shoots 3 or 5 images while automatically shifting
the exposure.
1
(Drive) button t
(Bracket: Cont.) or
(Single Bracket) t Select
the desired bracket step and the
number of images
button
2 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
The base exposure is set at the first shot in the bracket.
• Press and hold the shutter button until recording stops when [Bracket:
Cont.] is selected.
• Press the shutter button shot by shot when [Single Bracket] is selected.
Notes
• When the mode dial is set to M, the exposure is shifted by adjusting the shutter
speed.
• When you adjust the exposure, the exposure is shifted based on the compensated
value.
• The bracket cannot be used when the exposure mode is set to AUTO, AUTO+,
Continuous Advance Priority AE, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, or Scene
Selection.
• When the flash is fired, flash bracket shooting is used to shift the amount of flash
light. To shoot, press the shutter button shot by shot even when [Bracket: Cont.] is
selected.
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Selecting the drive mode
The EV scale in bracket shooting
Ambient light* bracket
0.3 steps, 3 shots
Exposure compensation 0
Flash bracket
0.7 steps, 3 shots
Flash compensation –1.0
Viewfinder
LCD monitor (When
[DISP Button(Monitor)]
is set to [For
Shown in the top row.
viewfinder])
Shown in the bottom row.
WB bracket
Based on the selected white balance, and the color temperature/color filter,
3 images are recorded with the white balance shifted.
1
(Drive) button t
(WB bracket) t Select
the desired setting
button
• When Lo is selected, it is shifted by 10
MK–1*, and when Hi is selected, it is
shifted by 20 MK–1.
2 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
* MK–1: a unit to indicate the color conversion quality in color temperature filters (The
same value as the conventional unit, “Mired.”).
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* Ambient light: Any light other than the flash light that shines on the scene
for an extended period of time, such as natural light, a light bulb, or a
fluorescent light.
• In bracket shooting, the same number of indices as the number of
recordable images is displayed on the EV scale.
• When the bracket shooting starts, the indices that indicate already
recorded images start to disappear one by one.
Selecting the drive mode
DRO Bracket
3 images are recorded with the value of DRO Bracket shifted.
1
(Drive) button t
(DRO Bracket)
button
• When Lo is selected, the image is
recorded with DROLv1, Lv2, and Lv3,
and when Hi is selected, the image is
recorded with DROLv1, Lv3, and Lv5.
2 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
Remote Cdr.
You can shoot using the SHUTTER and 2SEC (the shutter is released after
2 seconds) buttons on the RMT-DSLR1 Wireless Remote Commander
(sold separately). Also, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the
Wireless Remote Commander.
1
(Drive) button t
(Remote Cdr.)
button
2 Focus on the subject, point the transmitter of the Wireless
Remote Commander to the remote sensor, and shoot the
image.
Note
• The RMT-DSLR1 Wireless Remote Commander (sold separately) cannot be used
for movie recording.
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Playback
The screen displayed for playback
mode
Switching the screen during playback
Each time you press the DISP button, the screen changes as follows.
With recording data
Without recording
data
Histogram
Playback (Advanced operations)
List of icons on the histogram display
A
Display
Indication
Memory card (27, 222)
Display
Indication
24M 12M
6.0M 20M
10M 5.1M
Image size of still images
(53)
View mode (161)
100-0003
Folder - file number
(193)
Image quality of still
images (172)
Aspect ratio of still
images (172)
3D Sweep Panorama (45,
99)
-
Protect (164)
DPOF
DPOF set (198)
159
The screen displayed for playback mode
Display
Indication
Display
Indication
Remaining battery
warning (28)
AWB
White balance (Auto,
Preset, Color
temperature, Color filter,
Custom) (148)
Remaining battery (28)
Database file full (213)/
Database file error (213)
5500K A1
M1
Overheating warning (16)
D-Range Optimizer
(141)/Auto HDR/Auto
HDR image warning
(142)
B
Display
Indication
Histogram* (88)
Exposure mode (42)
PAS
M
1/125
Shutter speed (105)
F3.5
Aperture (103)
ISO200
ISO sensitivity (139)
–0.3
Exposure compensation
(49)
–0.3
Flash compensation (132)
Metering mode (132)
35mm
Focal length
Creative Style (145)
Picture Effect (144)
160
2011-1-1
10:37AM
Date of recording
3/7
File number/Number of
images in the view mode
* When the image has a high-key or
low-key portion, that portion is flashed
on the histogram display (Luminance
limit warning).
Using the playback functions
Rotating an image
1 Display the image you want to
rotate, then press the
button.
button
2 Press the center of the multi-selector.
To return to the normal playback screen
Press the
button again.
Notes
• You cannot rotate movies.
• When you copy rotated images to a computer, “PMB” contained on the CD-ROM
(supplied) can display the rotated images correctly. However, the images may not be
rotated depending on the software.
View Mode
Selects the unit for images to be played back.
MENU button t
setting
1 t [View Mode] t Select the desired
Folder View(Still)
Displays still images by folder.
Folder View(MP4)
Displays movies (MP4) by folder.
AVCHD View
Displays only AVCHD View movies.
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The image is rotated counter-clockwise. When you want to do another
rotation, repeat step 2.
• Once you rotate the image, the image is played back in the rotated position,
even after you turn off the power.
Using the playback functions
Slide Show
MENU button t
1 t [Slide Show]t [Enter]
Plays back recorded images in order (Slide Show). The slide show
automatically stops after all the images have been played back.
• You can view the previous/next image with b/B on the multi-selector.
• You cannot pause the slide show.
To end in the middle of the slide show
Press the center of the multi-selector.
To choose the interval between the images in slide show
MENU button t
1 t [Slide Show] t [Interval] t Select
the desired number of seconds
To play back repeatedly
MENU button t
1 t [Slide Show] t [Repeat] t [On]
To play back 3D-images
If you connect the camera to a 3D-compatible TV using an HDMI cable
(sold separately), you can play back 3D-images recorded with the 3D
Sweep Panorama mode. For details on 3D-shooting, see page 221. Also
refer to the operating instructions supplied with the TV.
MENU button t
[Display 3D Only]
1 t [Slide Show] t [Image Type] t
Playback Display
You can set the playback orientation of images recorded in portrait
orientation.
MENU button t
desired setting
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2 t [Playback Display] t Select the
Using the playback functions
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.
Scrolling panoramic images
Select a panoramic image, then press the center of the multiselector.
• Pressing it again pauses the playback. You can scroll a panoramic image
by pressing v/V/b/B during pause.
Note
• Scrolling playback is not available for images that were recorded with [3D Pan.:
Image Size] set to [16:9].
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Protecting images (Protect)
You can protect images against accidental erasure.
1 MENU button t
1 t [Protect] t [Multiple Img.]
2 Select the image you want to
protect with b/B on the multiselector, then press the center of
the multi-selector.
A mark is put in the check box.
• To cancel a selection, press the center
again.
3 To protect other images, repeat step 2.
• You can select all the images in the folder by selecting the bar on the left of
the image index screen.
4 Press the MENU button.
5 Select [Enter] with v, then press the center of the multiselector.
To cancel the protection of all the images or movies
You can cancel the protection of all the images or movies by the same view
mode currently displayed.
MENU button t
1 t [Protect] t [Cancel All Images],
[Cancel All Movies(MP4)] or [Cancel All AVCHD view files]
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Deleting images (Delete)
You can delete only unnecessary images, or all the images.
Once you have deleted an image, you cannot restore it. Check whether to
delete the image or not beforehand.
Note
• Protected images cannot be deleted.
To display the desired folder
Select the bar on the left of the image index screen with the multi-selector,
then select the desired folder with v/V.
Delete (Multiple Img.)
Playback (Advanced operations)
1 MENU button t
1 t [Delete] t [Multiple Img.]
2 Select the images you want to
delete with the multi-selector,
then press the center of the multiselector.
A mark is put in the check box.
• To cancel a selection, press the center
again.
Total number
3 To delete other images, repeat step 2.
• You can select all the images in the folder by selecting the bar on the left of
the image index screen.
4 Press the MENU button.
5 Select [Delete] with v, then press the center of the multiselector.
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Deleting images (Delete)
Deleting all the images or movies in the same view mode
You can delete all still images or movies by the same view mode currently
displayed.
1 MENU button t
1 t [Delete] t [All in Folder] or [All
AVCHD view files]
2 Select [Delete] with v on the multi-selector, then press the
center of the multi-selector.
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About playback on TV
Connect the camera to a TV using an HDMI cable (sold separately)
and play back images (page 57).
Notes
• Use an HDMI cable with the HDMI logo.
• Use an HDMI mini connector on one end (for the camera), and a connector suitable
for connection to your TV on the other end.
• When images cannot be displayed properly, set [HDMI Resolution] in the
Setup
menu to [1080p] or [1080i], according to your TV.
• Some devices may not work properly.
• Do not connect the output connector of the device with the HDMI terminal on the
camera. This may cause a malfunction.
3D Viewing
If you connect the camera to a 3D-compatible TV using an HDMI cable
(sold separately), you can play back 3D-images recorded with the 3D
Sweep Panorama mode automatically. For details on 3D-shooting, see page
221. Also refer to the operating instructions supplied with the TV.
MENU button t
1 t [3D Viewing]
Using “BRAVIA” Sync
By connecting the camera to a TV that supports “BRAVIA” Sync using an
HDMI cable, you can operate the camera with the TV Remote Control.
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Playback (Advanced operations)
On “PhotoTV HD”
This camera is compatible with the “PhotoTV HD” standard.
By connecting Sony’s PhotoTV HD-compatible devices using an HDMI
cable, a whole new world of photos can be enjoyed in breathtaking Full HD
quality.
“PhotoTV HD” allows for a highly-detailed, photo-like expression of
subtle textures and colors.
About playback on TV
1 Connect a TV that supports “BRAVIA” Sync to the camera
(page 57).
The input is automatically switched and the image shot with the camera
appears on the TV screen.
2 Press the SYNC MENU button on the TV Remote Control.
3 Operate with the buttons on the TV Remote Control.
The items for SYNC MENU
Slide Show
Plays back images automatically (page 162).
Single-image
playback
Returns to the single-image screen.
Image Index
Switches to the image index screen.
3D Viewing
Plays back 3D-images when connected to a 3D-compatible
TV.
View Mode
Switches the view mode.
Delete
Deletes images.
Notes
• The operations available are restricted when the camera is connected to a TV using
an HDMI cable.
• Only TVs that support “BRAVIA” Sync can provide these operations. The SYNC
MENU operations differ depending on the TV connected. For details, refer to the
operating instructions supplied with the TV.
• If the camera performs unnecessary operations in response to the TV Remote
Control when the camera is connected to another manufacturer’s TV using an HDMI
connection, set [CTRL FOR HDMI] in the
Setup menu to [Off].
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Setup of the camera
GPS setting (SLT-A77V only)
If the camera has acquired location information using the built-in GPS
feature, this information is recorded in the images or movies at that
location.
Using the supplied software “PMB,” you can import images recorded with
location information to a computer and enjoy viewing them with a map
which shows their shooting location. See “PMB Help” for details.
MENU button t
1 t [GPS Settings] t [GPS On/Off] t [On]
The indicator changes according to the strength of GPS signal reception.
No indicator
GPS reception status
[GPS On/Off] is set to [Off].
Your camera cannot record the location information. Use your
camera in an open area.
Calculating the location information. Wait until the location
information is recordable.
The current location information is recordable.
There is a problem with the GPS feature. Turn the camera off and
on.
To receive a GPS signal
• Proper triangulation is not possible indoors or near tall buildings.
Use your camera in an open area outside, and turn on your camera again.
• It may take several tens of seconds to several minutes to acquire the
location information. You can shorten the positioning time by using GPS
assist data.
Notes
• Right after you turn the camera on, it may take several tens of seconds to several
minutes to acquire the location information. If you shoot images with the location
information not acquired, the information is not recorded. To record the correct
information, wait until the camera can receive radio signals from GPS satellites.
• During take off and landing of an airplane, turn off the camera, as you will be
instructed to do by the on-board announcement.
• Use GPS in accordance with the regulations of the place or situation.
• For detailed notes on the GPS feature, see page 219.
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Setup of the camera (Advanced operations)
GPS indicators
GPS setting (SLT-A77V only)
GPS Assist Data
The time for the GPS acquiring location information can be shortened by
taking in GPS assist data.
If the camera connects to the computer with the supplied “PMB” software
installed, the GPS assist data can be updated automatically.
To check the state of GPS assist data
MENU button t
Data]
1 t [GPS Settings] t [Use GPS Assist
Notes
• The computer is required to connect to the Internet when updating data.
• If the term of validity of assist data has run out, the time until you can record
location information cannot be shortened. It is recommended that you update the
assist data regularly. The expiration date of the assist data is about 30 days.
• If [Date/Time Setup] is not set, or set time is shifted greatly, the time for the GPS
acquiring location information cannot be shortened.
• The assist data service may be closed for various reasons.
To update the GPS assist data by inserting a memory card into the
computer
Start up [GPS Support Tool] from
(PMB Launcher), select the memory
card drive from your computer, and then update the GPS assist data. Insert
the memory card that has been updated into the camera.
GPS Auto Time Cor.
Your camera maintains correct clock time by using GPS to acquire time
information during starting up. The time is corrected when the power is
turned off.
MENU button t
t [On]
1 t [GPS Settings] t [GPS Auto Time Cor.]
Notes
• [GPS Auto Time Cor.] is invalid if [GPS On/Off] is set to [Off].
• You must set [Date/Time Setup] on the camera before using it.
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GPS setting (SLT-A77V only)
• There may be discrepancies of a few seconds.
• Depending on the area, it may not function correctly.
Setup of the camera (Advanced operations)
171
Setting the aspect ratio and image
quality
Aspect Ratio
MENU button t
ratio
1 t [Aspect Ratio] t Select the desired
3:2
A normal ratio.
16:9
An HDTV ratio.
Note
• This item cannot be set when the exposure mode is set to Sweep Panorama or 3D
Sweep Panorama.
Quality
MENU button t
(RAW)
1 t [Quality] t Select the desired setting
File format: RAW (Records using the RAW compression
format.)
This format does not perform any digital processing on the
images. Select this format to process images on a computer
for professional purposes.
• The image size is fixed to the maximum size. The image
size is not displayed on the screen.
(RAW &
File format: RAW (Records using the RAW compression
format.) + JPEG
A RAW image and a JPEG image are created at the same
time. This is suitable when you need 2 image files, a JPEG
for viewing, and a RAW for editing.
• The image quality is fixed to [Fine] and the image size is
fixed to [L].
(Extra fine)
File format: JPEG
The image is compressed in the JPEG format when recorded.
The compression rate is higher and the file size is smaller in
the following order: [Extra fine], [Fine], and [Standard].
JPEG)
(Fine)
(Standard)
Note
• This item cannot be set when the exposure mode is set to Sweep Panorama or 3D
Sweep Panorama.
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Setting the aspect ratio and image quality
About RAW images
You need the “Image Data Converter” software included on the CD-ROM (supplied)
in order to open a RAW image recorded on this camera. With this software, a RAW
image can be opened and converted to a common format, such as JPEG or TIFF, and
its white balance, color saturation, contrast, etc., can be readjusted.
• The RAW format image cannot be printed using a DPOF (print) designated printer.
• You cannot set [Auto HDR] or [Picture Effect] on RAW format images.
Setup of the camera (Advanced operations)
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Setting the other functions of the
camera
Long Exposure NR
When you set the shutter speed to 1 second or longer (Long exposure
shooting), noise reduction is turned on for the same duration that the shutter
is open.
This is to reduce the grainy noise typical in a long exposure. When noise
reduction is in progress, a message appears and you cannot take another
picture. Select [On] to prioritize the image quality. Select [Off] to prioritize
the timing of shooting.
MENU button t
desired setting
2 t [Long Exposure NR] t Select the
Notes
• When the exposure mode is set to Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama,
Continuous Advance Priority AE, or continuous shooting, continuous bracketing,
[Sports Action] or [Hand-held Twilight] in Scene Selection, or ISO is set to [Multi
Frame Noise Reduct.], noise reduction is not performed even when it is set to [On].
• When the exposure mode is set to AUTO, AUTO+ or Scene Selection, you cannot
turn off noise reduction.
High ISO NR
The camera reduces the noise that becomes more noticeable when the
camera sensitivity is high. A message may be indicated during the
processing and you cannot record images during this processing.
Normally, set it to [Normal]. Select [High] to reduce the noise. Select
[Low] to prioritize the timing of shooting.
MENU button t
setting
2 t [High ISO NR] t Select the desired
Notes
• When the exposure mode is set to AUTO, AUTO+, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep
Panorama, or Scene Selection, this item cannot be set.
• Noise reduction is not performed on RAW images.
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Setting the other functions of the camera
Color Space
The way colors are represented with combinations of numbers or the range
of color reproduction is called “color space.” You can change the color
space, depending on your purpose.
MENU button t
setting
2 t [Color Space] t Select the desired
This is the standard color space of the digital camera. Use
sRGB in normal shooting, such as when you intend to print
out the images without any modification.
AdobeRGB
This has a wide range of color reproduction. When a large
part of the subject is vivid green or red, Adobe RGB is
effective.
• The file name of the image starts with “_DSC.”
Notes
• Adobe RGB is for applications or printers that support color management and
DCF2.0 option color space. Using some applications or printers that do not support
them may result in or print images that do not faithfully reproduce the color.
• When displaying images that were recorded with Adobe RGB on the camera or nonAdobe RGB-compliant devices, the images are displayed with low saturation.
Release w/o Lens
You can release the shutter when no lens is attached. Select this when you
attach the camera on an astronomical telescope, etc.
MENU button t
1 t [Release w/o Lens] t [Enable]
Note
• Correct metering cannot be achieved when you use lenses that do not provide a lens
contact, such as the lens of an astronomical telescope. In such cases, adjust the
exposure manually by checking it on the recorded image.
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Setup of the camera (Advanced operations)
sRGB
Setting the other functions of the camera
Grid Line
The grid line is an auxiliary line for shooting composition. You can set the
grid line to on/off or select the type of grid line. The available range of
movie recording is also displayed.
MENU button t
2 t [Grid Line] t Select the desired setting
Auto Review
You can check the recorded image on the screen right after the shooting.
You can change the displayed time.
MENU button t
setting
2 t [Auto Review] t Select the desired
Note
• In auto review, the image will not be displayed in the vertical position even if
[Playback Display] is set to [Auto Rotate] (page 162).
Func. of AEL button
The function of the AEL button can be selected from the following 2
functions (page 132):
– Holding the locked exposure value by pressing the AEL button while
the button is held down ([AEL hold]).
– Holding the locked exposure value by pressing the AEL button until the
button is pressed again ([AEL toggle]).
When [ AEL hold] or [ AEL toggle] is selected, the exposure is locked
in spot metering mode.
MENU button t
desired setting
3 t [Func. of AEL button] t Select the
Notes
• While the exposure value is locked,
appears on the LCD monitor and in the
viewfinder. Be careful not to reset the setting.
• When [AEL toggle] is selected, be sure to press the AEL button again to release the
lock.
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Setting the other functions of the camera
To assign another function to the AEL button
You can assign one of the following functions to the AEL button in
addition to the AEL function:
Exposure Comp./Drive Mode/Flash Mode/AF area/Face Detection/Smile
Shutter/ISO/Metering Mode/Flash Comp./White Balance/DRO/Auto HDR/
Creative Style/Picture Effect/Image Size/Quality/AF/MF Control Hold/AF/
MF Control Toggle/Object Tracking/AF lock/Aperture Preview/Shot.
Result Preview/Smart Telecon./Focus Magnifier/Memory
ISO Button, AF/MF button
MENU button t
3 t [ISO Button] or [AF/MF button] t
Select the desired setting
Preview Button
You can check the approximate blurring of the background of the subject
before shooting.
MENU button t
setting
3 t [Preview Button] t Select the desired
Shot. Result Preview The aperture is narrowed to match the selected aperture value
and you can check the blurring. The shutter speed value is
also reflected.
Aperture Preview
The aperture is narrowed to match the selected aperture value
and you can check the blurring.
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
The electronic front curtain shutter function shortens the time lag between
shutter releases.
MENU button t
desired setting
5 t [Front Curtain Shutter] t Select the
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You can also assign another function to the ISO button or AF/MF button.
The functions available are the same as those of [Func. of AEL button]
(page 176).
Setting the other functions of the camera
Notes
• When you shoot at high shutter speeds with a large diameter lens attached, the
ghosting of a blurred area may occur, depending on the subject or shooting
conditions. In such cases, set this item to [Off].
• When a Konica Minolta lens is used, set this item to [Off]. If you set this item to
[On], the correct exposure will not be set or the image brightness will be uneven.
LCD Brightness
The brightness of the LCD monitor is automatically adjusted to the
surrounding lighting conditions using the light sensor (page 20).
You can set the brightness of the LCD monitor manually.
MENU button t
setting
1 t [LCD Brightness] t Select the desired
Notes
• When it is set to [Auto], do not cover the light sensor with your hand and so on.
• When using the camera with the AC-PW10AM AC Adaptor (sold separately), the
brightness of the LCD monitor is always set to the brightest setting even if you select
[Auto].
Viewfinder Bright.
The brightness of the viewfinder is automatically adjusted to the lighting
conditions of the subject.
You can set the brightness of the viewfinder manually.
MENU button t
1 t [Viewfinder Bright.] t [Manual] t
Select the desired setting
Note
• When using the camera with the AC-PW10AM AC Adaptor (sold separately), the
brightness of the viewfinder is always set to the brightest setting even if you select
[Auto].
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Setting the other functions of the camera
Power Save
You can set different time intervals for the camera to switch to power save
mode (Power Save). Pressing the shutter button halfway down returns the
camera to the shooting mode.
MENU button t
time
1 t [Power Save] t Select the desired
FINDER/LCD Setting
You can disable the automatic switching of the LCD monitor and the
viewfinder and enable only the FINDER/LCD button to switch them.
MENU button t
1 t [FINDER/LCD Setting] t [Manual]
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Note
• The camera does not turn to power save mode when the camera is connected to a TV
or the drive mode is set to [Remote Cdr.].
Lens compensation
You can automatically compensate the following characteristics: light falloff at the edges, chromatic aberration, and distortion (only for automatic
compensation compliant lenses). For further information on automatic
compensation compliant lenses, visit the Sony web site in your area, or
consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
Lens Comp.: Peripheral Shading
Compensates for the shaded corners of the screen caused by certain lens
characteristics. This item is set to [Auto] in the default settings.
MENU button t
desired setting
5 t [Lens Comp.: Shading] t Select the
Lens Comp.: Chromatic Aberration
Reduces the color deviation at the corners of the screen caused by certain
lens characteristics. This item is set to [Auto] in the default settings.
MENU button t
desired setting
5 t [Lens Comp.: Chro. Aber.] t Select the
Lens Comp.: Distortion
Compensates for the distortion of the screen caused by certain lens
characteristics. This item is set to [Off] in the default settings.
MENU button t
desired setting
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5 t [Lens Comp.: Distortion] t Select the
Setting the method for recording on a
memory card
Format
Note that formatting irrevocably erases all data on a memory card,
including protected images.
MENU button t
1 t [Format] t [Enter]
File Number
MENU button t
setting
1 t [File Number] t Select the desired
Series
The camera does not reset numbers and assigns numbers to
files in sequence until the number reaches “9999.”
Reset
The camera resets numbers in the following cases and assigns
numbers to files from “0001.” When the recording folder
contains a file, a number one higher than the largest number
is assigned.
– 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.
Folder Name
The recorded still images are stored in automatically-created folders in the
DCIM folder of the memory card.
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Notes
• During the format, the access lamp lights up. Do not eject the memory card while the
lamp is lit.
• Format the memory card using the camera. If you format it on a computer, the
memory card may not be usable with the camera, depending on the format type used.
• Formatting may take several minutes depending on the memory card.
• When the remaining battery time is 1 percent or less, you cannot format memory
cards.
Setting the method for recording on a memory card
MENU button t
setting
1 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: 10010405 (Folder name: 100, date: 2011/04/05)
Note
• The MP4 movie folder form is fixed as “folder number + ANV01.”
Select REC Folder
When a standard form folder is selected and there are 2 or more folders,
you can select the recording folder to be used to record images.
MENU button t
desired folder
1 t [Select REC Folder] t Select the
Note
• You cannot select the folder when you select the setting [Date Form].
New Folder
You can create a folder in a memory card for recording images.
A new folder is created with a number incremented one higher than the
largest number currently used, and the folder becomes the current recording
folder. A folder for still images and a folder for MP4 movies are created at
the same time.
MENU button t
1 t [New Folder]
Notes
• When you insert a memory card that was used with other equipment into the camera
and shoot images, a new folder may be automatically created.
• Up to 4 000 images can be stored in a folder. When the folder capacity is exceeded, a
new folder is created automatically.
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Setting the method for recording on a memory card
Recover Image DB
When inconsistencies are found in the image database file, caused by
processing images on computers, etc., images on the memory card will not
be played back in this form. If this happens, the camera repairs the file.
MENU button t
1 t [Recover Image DB] t [Enter]
Note
• Use a sufficiently charged battery. Low battery power during repairing can cause
damage to data.
Sets whether or not you use the upload function when using an Eye-Fi card
(commercially available). This item appears when an Eye-Fi card is
inserted in the camera.
MENU button t
setting
2 t [Upload Settings] t Select the desired
The status indicators in communication
Standby. No images are to be sent.
Upload standby.
Connecting.
Uploading.
Error.
Notes
• Before using an Eye-Fi card, set up the wireless LAN access point and forwarding
destination. For details, refer to the operating manual supplied with the Eye-Fi card.
• Eye-Fi cards are sold in the U.S.A, Canada, Japan, and some countries in the EU (as
of March in 2011).
• For more information, please contact the manufacturer or vendor directly.
• Eye-Fi cards can be used only in the countries/regions where they were purchased.
Use Eye-Fi cards in accordance with the law of the countries/regions where you
purchased the card.
• Eye-Fi cards include a wireless LAN function. Do not insert any Eye-Fi cards in the
camera when it is prohibited to do so, such as on an airplane. If there is an Eye-Fi
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Upload Settings
Setting the method for recording on a memory card
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
card inserted in the camera, set [Upload Settings] to [Off].
is displayed on the
screen when [Upload Settings] is set to [Off].
When you use a brand-new Eye-Fi card for the first time, copy the install file of EyeFi manager recorded on the card to your computer before formatting the card.
Use an Eye-Fi card after updating the firmware to the latest version. For details, refer
to the manual that comes with the Eye-Fi card.
The power save function of the camera does not work while it is uploading images.
If
(error) is displayed, remove the memory card and reinsert it, or turn off then
turn on the power again. If
appears again, the Eye-Fi card may be damaged.
Wi-Fi network communication may be influenced by other communication devices.
If the communication status is poor, move closer to the access point of the Wi-Fi
network.
For details on the file types that can be uploaded, refer to the operating instructions
supplied with the Eye-Fi card.
If you upload an image that was recorded with [GPS On/Off] set to [On], the
location information of the image may be made available to a third party. To prevent
this, set [GPS On/Off] to [Off] (page 169) (SLT-A77V only).
This product does not support the Eye-Fi “Endless Memory Mode.” Make sure that
Eye-Fi cards that you insert into this product have “Endless Memory Mode” turned
off.
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Registering your own settings
You can register 3 combinations of frequently used modes and settings in
the memory. You can recall the registered settings with the mode dial.
1 Put the camera on the setting you want to register.
2 MENU button t
3 t [Memory]
3 Select the number you want to register with b/B on the multiYou can change the settings after you have registered them.
Items that can be registered
Exposure mode, aperture, shutter speed, drive mode, ISO, white balance,
exposure compensation, metering mode, DRO/Auto HDR, Creative Style,
flash mode, flash compensation, Face Detection, Smile Shutter, object
tracking, Picture Effect, the position of the local AF area, and all of the
Still shooting menu items (pages 62 to 63)
To recall the saved settings
Set the mode dial to MR and select the number you want to recall. When
you want to select another number, press the Fn button, then select the
desired number.
To change the saved settings
After recalling the setting, put the camera on the setting you want to
register, then register the setting on the same number again.
Notes
• You cannot register the Program Shift and Manual Shift settings.
• The actual setting will not correspond to the positions of the dials on the camera.
Refer to the information displayed on the LCD monitor when you take pictures.
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Setup of the camera (Advanced operations)
selector, then press the center of the multi-selector.
Resetting to the default
You can reset the main functions of the camera.
MENU button t
t [Enter]
3 t [Initialize] t Select the desired setting
The items to be reset are as follows.
Shooting functions (Reset Default/Rec mode reset)
Items
Reset to
Exposure compensation (49)
±0.0
Drive mode (51, 154)
Single Shooting
Flash Mode (47, 135)
Fill-flash (differs based on whether the
built-in flash is open or not)
AF area (119)
Wide
Object Tracking (121)
On
Face Detection (127)
On (Regist. Faces)
Smile Shutter (129)
Off
ISO (139)
AUTO
Metering Mode (132)
Multi segment
Flash Comp. (132)
±0.0
White Balance (148)
AWB (Auto white balance)
Color Temp./Color Filter (150)
5500K, Color Filter 0
Custom white balance (150)
5500K
DRO/Auto HDR (141)
D-Range Optimizer: Auto
Creative Style (145)
1/Standard
Picture Effect (144)
Off
Scene Selection (44, 97)
Portrait
Movie (112)
P
Still shooting menu (Reset Default/Rec mode reset)
Items
Reset to
Image Size (53)
L:24M
Aspect Ratio (172)
3:2
Quality (172)
Fine
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Resetting to the default
Items
Reset to
Panorama: Size (53)
Standard
Panorama: Direction (101)
Right
3D Pan.: Image Size (53)
Standard
3D Pan.: Direction (101)
Right
Long Exposure NR (174)
On
High ISO NR (174)
Normal
Flash control (133)
ADI flash
1/1
AF Illuminator (120)
Auto
Color Space (175)
sRGB
SteadyShot (94)
On
Exposure step (63)
0.3 EV
AF-A setup (125)
AF-A
Priority setup (63)
AF
AF w/ shutter (63)
On
Setup of the camera (Advanced operations)
Power ratio (134)
Movie shooting menu (Reset Default/Rec mode reset)
Items
Reset to
File Format (113)
AVCHD 60i/60p, AVCHD 50i/50p
Record Setting (114)
60i 17M(FH), 50i 17M(FH)
Audio Recording (115)
On
Wind Noise Reduct. (115)
Off
SteadyShot (94)
On
Custom menu (Reset Default/Custom reset)
Items
Reset to
Eye-Start AF (86)
Off
FINDER/LCD Setting (179)
Auto
Red Eye Reduction (64)
On
Release w/o Lens (175)
Disable
Auto+ Cont. Shooting (96)
Auto
Auto+ Image Extract. (96)
Auto
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Resetting to the default
Items
Reset to
Grid Line (176)
Off
Auto Review (176)
Off
DISP Button(Monitor) (87)
Display All Info./No Disp. Info./Level/
Histogram
DISP Button(Finder) (87)
No Disp. Info./Level/Histogram
Peaking Level (124)
Off
Peaking Color (124)
White
Live View Display (89)
Setting Effect ON
Func. of AEL button (176)
AEL hold
ISO Button (177)
ISO
AF/MF button (177)
AF/MF Control Hold
Preview Button (177)
Shot. Result Preview
Focus Hold Button (66)
Focus Hold
Smart Telecon. Button (124, 153)
Smart Telecon.
Ctrl dial setup (66)
SS
Dial exp.comp (50)
Off
Exp.comp.set (66)
Ambient only
Bracket order (66)
0t–t+
AF drive speed (66)
Fast
Lens Comp.: Shading (180)
Auto
Lens Comp.: Chro. Aber. (180)
Auto
Lens Comp.: Distortion (180)
Off
Front Curtain Shutter (177)
On
F/no.
Playback menu (Reset Default)
Items
Reset to
View Mode (161)
Folder View(Still)
Slide Show – Interval (162)
3 sec
Slide Show – Repeat (162)
Off
Specify Printing – Date Imprint (198)
Off
Volume Settings (67)
2
Playback Display (162)
Auto Rotate
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Resetting to the default
Memory Card Tool menu (Reset Default)
Items
Reset to
File Number (181)
Series
Folder Name (181)
Standard Form
Setup menu (Reset Default)
Items
Reset to
Menu start (68)
Top
LCD Brightness (178)
Auto
Viewfinder Bright. (178)
Auto
Setup of the camera (Advanced operations)
GPS Settings – GPS On/Off (169) (SLT- Off
A77V only)
GPS Settings – GPS Auto Time Cor.
(170) (SLT-A77V only)
–
Power Save (179)
1 Min
HDMI Resolution (167)
Auto
CTRL FOR HDMI (167)
On
Upload Settings (183)
On
USB Connection (191)
Auto
Audio signals (69)
On
Mode Dial Guide (69)
Off
Demo Mode (69)
Off
Delete confirm. (69)
“Cancel” first
AF Micro Adj. (121)
Off
Others (Reset Default)
Items
Reset to
Recording information display (LCD
monitor) (52)
Display All Info.
Recording information display
(Viewfinder) (52)
Level
Playback display (159)
Single-image screen (with recording
information)
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Confirming the version of the camera
Displays the version of your camera. Confirm the version when a firmware
update is released.
MENU button t
3 t [Version]
Note
• An update can be performed only when the battery level is
(3 remaining
battery icons) or more. We recommend that you use a sufficient battery or the ACPW10AM AC Adaptor (sold separately).
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Computer (Advanced operations)
Computer
Connecting the camera to the
computer
Setting the USB connection
Selects the method used for a USB connection when the camera is
connected to a computer or a USB device with a USB cable.
MENU button t
setting
2 t [USB Connection] t Select the desired
Establishes a Mass Storage or MTP connection
automatically, in accordance with a computer or other USB
devices to be connected. Windows 7 computers are
connected in MTP, and its unique functions are enabled to
use.
MTP
Establishes an MTP connection between the camera, a
computer, and other USB devices. Windows 7 computers are
connected in MTP, and its unique functions are enabled to
use. In the case of other computers (Windows Vista/XP, Mac
OS X), the AutoPlay Wizard appears, and the still images in
the recording folder on the camera are imported to the
computer.
Mass Storage
Establishes a Mass Storage connection between the camera, a
computer, and other USB devices. Standard mode.
Notes
• When this item is set to [Auto], it may take some time to establish a connection.
• If Device Stage* is not displayed with Windows 7, set this item to [Auto].
* Device Stage is a menu screen used to manage connected devices, such as a camera
(Function of Windows 7).
Connecting to the computer
1 Insert a sufficiently charged battery pack into the camera, or
connect the camera to a wall outlet (wall socket) using the ACPW10AM AC Adaptor (sold separately).
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Auto
Connecting the camera to the computer
2 Turn on the camera and the computer.
3 Check that [USB Connection] in
4 Connect the camera to your
computer.
• When a USB connection is established
for the first time, your computer
automatically runs a program to
recognize the camera. Wait for a while.
2 is set to [Mass Storage].
1 To a USB terminal of the
computer
USB cable (supplied)
2 To the USB terminal
Importing images to the computer (Windows)
“PMB” allows you to easily import images.
For details on “PMB” functions, see the “PMB Help.”
Importing images to the computer without using “PMB”
When the AutoPlay Wizard appears after making a USB connection
between the camera and a computer, click [Open folder to view files] t
[OK] t [DCIM] or [MP_ROOT] t copy the desired images to the
computer.
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Connecting the camera to the computer
File name
Folder
The type of file
File name
DCIM folder
JPEG file
DSC0ssss.JPG
MP_ROOT folder
JPEG file (Adobe RGB)
_DSCssss.JPG
RAW file
DSC0ssss.ARW
RAW file (Adobe RGB)
_DSCssss.ARW
MP4 file (1440 × 1080 12M)
MAH0ssss.MP4
MP4 file (VGA 3M)
MAQ0ssss.MP4
• ssss (file number) stands for any number within the range of 0001 to
9999.
• When [Quality] is set to [RAW & JPEG], the numerical portions of the
name of a RAW data file and its corresponding JPEG file are the same.
Importing images to the computer (Macintosh)
1 Connect the camera to your Macintosh computer first. Doubleclick the newly recognized icon on the desktop t the folder
where the images you want to import are stored.
2 Drag and drop the image files to the hard disk icon.
The image files are copied to the hard disk.
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Notes
• For operations such as importing AVCHD View movies to the computer, use
“PMB.”
• Use “PMB” to import the movies with GPS location information to a computer
(SLT-A77V only).
• When the camera is connected to the computer, if you operate AVCHD View
movies or folders from the connected computer, images may be damaged or cannot
be played. Do not delete or copy AVCHD View movies on the memory card from
the computer. Sony is not held liable for consequences resulting from such
operations via the computer.
Connecting the camera to the computer
3 Double-click the hard disk icon t the desired image file in the
folder containing the copied files.
The image is displayed.
Note
• Use “iMovie” bundled with a Macintosh computer to import or operate AVCHD
View movies.
Deleting the USB connection
Perform the procedures from step 1 to 3 below before:
• Disconnecting the USB cable.
• Removing the memory card.
• Turning off the camera.
1 Double-click the disconnect icon
Windows Vista
on the tasktray.
Windows XP
Disconnect icon
2 Click
(USB Mass Storage Device) t [Stop].
3 Confirm the device on the confirmation window, then click
[OK].
Note
• Drag and drop the icon of the memory card or the drive icon to the “Trash” icon
beforehand when you use a Macintosh computer, and the camera is disconnected
from the computer.
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Creating a movie disc
You can create a disc from AVCHD View movies recorded on the camera.
• Movies recorded with the [60p 28M(PS)]/[50p 28M(PS)] setting in
[Record Setting] are converted by “PMB” in order to create a disc. This
conversion can take a long time. Also, you cannot create a disc with the
original image quality (page 75).
• Movies recorded with the [60i 24M(FX)]/[50i 24M(FX)] or [24p
24M(FX)]/[25p 24M(FX)] setting in [Record Setting] are converted by
“PMB” in order to create an AVCHD disc. This conversion can take a
long time. Also, you cannot create a disc with the original image quality.
If you want to keep the original image quality, you must store your
movies on a Blu-ray disc (page 196).
1 Select the AVCHD View movies you want to write on “PMB.”
2 Click
(Create Discs) to select [Create AVCHD Format Discs
(HD)].
The screen used for creating a disc appears.
• For details, see “PMB Help.”
Notes
• Install “PMB” beforehand.
• Still images and MP4 movie files cannot be recorded on the AVCHD format disc.
• It may take a long time to create a disc.
Playing back AVCHD format disc on a computer
You can play back AVCHD format discs using “Player for AVCHD” that
is installed together with “PMB.”
To start the software, click on [Start] t [All Programs] t [PMB] t
[PMB Launcher] t [View] t [Player for AVCHD].
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Computer (Advanced operations)
Creating an AVCHD format disc
You can create a high definition image quality (HD) AVCHD format disc
from AVCHD View movies imported to a computer using the supplied
software “PMB.”
Creating a movie disc
For detailed operations, see the Help for “Player for AVCHD.”
Note
• Movies may not be played smoothly depending on the computer environment.
Creating a Blu-ray disc
You can create a Blu-ray disc with AVCHD View movies previously
imported to a computer. Your computer must support the creation of Bluray discs.
BD-R (non-rewritable) and BD-RE (rewritable) media can be used to create
Blu-ray discs. You cannot add contents to either type of disc once it has
been created.
Click [BD Add-on Software] on the installation screen of “PMB,” and
install this plug-in according to the on-screen instructions.
Connect your computer to the Internet when you install [BD Add-on
Software].
See “PMB Help” for details.
Creating a standard definition image quality (STD) disc
You can create a standard definition image quality (STD) disc from
AVCHD View movies imported to a computer using supplied software
“PMB.”
1 Select the AVCHD View movies you want to write on “PMB.”
2 Click
(Create Discs) to select [Create DVD-Video Format
Discs (STD)].
The screen used for creating a disc appears.
• For details, see “PMB Help.”
Notes
• Install “PMB” beforehand.
• MP4 movie files cannot be recorded on a disc.
• It will take a longer time to create a disc because AVCHD View movies are
converted to standard definition image quality (STD) movies.
• An Internet connection environment is required when creating a DVD-Video (STD)
disc for the first time.
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Creating a movie disc
Discs you can use with “PMB”
You can use 12 cm discs of following type with “PMB.” For Blu-ray disc,
see page 196.
Disc type
Features
DVD-R/DVD+R/DVD+R DL
Unrewritable
DVD-RW/DVD+RW
Rewritable
• Always maintain your PlayStation®3 to use the latest version of the
PlayStation®3 system software.
• The PlayStation®3 may not be available in some countries/regions.
Computer (Advanced operations)
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Print (Advanced operations)
Print
Specifying DPOF
Using the camera, you can specify the still images before you print images
at a shop or with your printer. Follow the procedure below.
DPOF specifications are left with images after printing. It is recommended
that you unspecify them after printing.
1 MENU button t
1 t [Specify Printing] t [DPOF Setup]
t [Multiple Img.]
2 Select the image with b/B on the multi-selector.
3 Check the
mark by pressing the center of the multi-selector.
• To unspecify DPOF, select the image again, then press the center of the
multi-selector.
4 Press the MENU button.
5 Select [Enter] with v, then press the center of the multiselector.
Notes
• You cannot specify DPOF on RAW data files.
• You cannot specify the number of images to be printed.
Date Imprint
You can date images when printing them. The position of the date (inside
or outside the image, character size, etc.) depends on your printer.
MENU button t
[On]
1 t [Specify Printing] t [Date Imprint] t
Note
• This function may not be provided, depending on the printer.
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Cleaning (Advanced operations)
Cleaning
Cleaning the camera and a lens
Cleaning the camera
Cleaning the lens
• Do not use a cleaning solution containing organic solvents, such as
thinner, or benzine.
• When cleaning the lens surface, remove dust using a commercially
available blower. In case of dust that sticks to the surface, wipe it off with
a soft cloth or tissue paper slightly moistened with lens cleaning solution.
Wipe in a spiral pattern from the center to the outside. Do not spray lens
cleaning solution directly onto the lens surface.
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Cleaning (Advanced operations)
• Do not touch the inside of the camera, such as lens contacts, or the mirror.
Since dust on the mirror or around the mirror may affect the images or the
performance of the camera, blow the dust away using a commercially
available blower*. For details on cleaning the image sensor, see the next
page.
* Do not use a spray blower. Using one may cause a malfunction.
• Clean the camera surface with a soft cloth slightly moistened with water,
then wipe the surface with a dry cloth. Do not use the following as they
may damage the finish or the casing.
– Chemical products such as thinner, benzine, alcohol, disposable cloths,
insect repellent, sunscreen or insecticide, etc.
– Do not touch the camera with the above on your hand.
– Do not leave the camera in contact with rubber or vinyl for a long time.
Cleaning the image sensor
If dust or debris enters the camera and adheres to the image sensor (the part
that acts as the film), it may appear as dark spots on the photo image,
depending on the shooting environment. If there is dust on the image
sensor, clean the image sensor following the steps below.
Notes
• Cleaning cannot be performed when the battery level is 50% or less.
• The camera starts beeping if the battery pack becomes low during cleaning. Stop
cleaning immediately and turn the camera off. The use of an AC-PW10AM AC
Adaptor (sold separately) is recommended.
• The cleaning should be completed quickly.
• Do not use a spray blower because it may scatter water droplets inside the camera
body.
Cleaning the image sensor automatically using the
cleaning mode of the camera
1 Confirm that the battery is fully charged (page 28).
2 Press the MENU button, then
select
2 with b/B on the
multi-selector.
3 Select [Cleaning Mode] with v/V,
then press the center of the multiselector.
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MENU button
Cleaning the image sensor
4 Select [Enter] with v, and press the center of the multiselector.
The image sensor vibrates for a short time, and eliminates dust from the
sensor.
5 Turn off the camera.
Cleaning the image sensor using a blower
If another cleaning is needed after using the cleaning mode, clean the image
sensor using a blower following the steps below.
“Cleaning the image sensor automatically using the cleaning
mode of the camera.”
2 Detach the lens (page 31).
3 Push the V mark on the mirror
lock lever with a finger to lift up
the mirror.
• Be careful not to touch the surface of
the mirror.
Mirror lock lever
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Cleaning (Advanced operations)
1 Perform the cleaning operation described in steps 1 to 4 of
Cleaning the image sensor
4 Use the blower to clean the image
sensor surface and the
surrounding area.
• Do not touch the image sensor with the
tip of the blower and do not put the tip
of a blower into the cavity beyond the
mount.
• Hold the camera’s face downward to
prevent the dust from resettling in the
camera. Complete the cleaning quickly.
• Also clean the back of the mirror using
a blower.
5 After the cleaning is finished,
lower the mirror with a finger
until it clicks.
• Lower the frame of the mirror back
down with a finger. Be careful not to
touch the surface of the mirror.
• Lower the mirror down until it locks
firmly.
6 Attach the lens and turn the camera off.
• Confirm that the mirror is locked down firmly when you attach the lens.
Notes
• After the cleaning is finished, confirm that the mirror is locked down firmly when
you attach the lens. Otherwise, the lens may be scratched or this may be the cause of
additional trouble. Also, if the mirror is not locked down firmly, the autofocus does
not work during shooting.
• You cannot shoot while the mirror is lifted up.
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Trouble shooting/Others (Advanced operations)
Trouble shooting/Others
Troubleshooting
If you experience trouble with your camera, try the following solutions.
Check the items on pages 203 to 211. Consult your Sony dealer or local
authorized Sony service facility.
Check the following items.
2
Remove the battery pack, and insert the battery pack again after
about 1 minute, and turn on the power.
3
Reset the settings (page 186).
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 27).
• You can use an NP-FM500H battery pack only. Make sure that the battery
is NP-FM500H.
The remaining battery indicator is incorrect, or sufficient remaining
battery indicator is displayed but the power runs out too quickly. Cannot
turn on the camera.
• This phenomenon occurs when you use the camera in an extremely hot or
cold location (page 214).
• The battery pack is discharged. Install a charged battery pack (page 25).
• The battery pack is dead (page 225). Replace it with a new one.
• Install the battery pack correctly (page 27).
The power turns off suddenly.
• If you do not operate the camera for given period of time, the camera turns
to power saving mode and nearly shuts down. To cancel the power save,
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1
Troubleshooting
operate the camera, such as pressing the shutter button halfway down
(page 179).
The CHARGE lamp flashes when charging the battery pack.
• You can use an NP-FM500H battery pack only. Make sure that the battery
is NP-FM500H.
• If you charge a battery pack that has not been used for a long time, the
CHARGE lamp may flash.
• The CHARGE lamp flashes in 2 ways, fast (about 0.15-second intervals)
and slow (about 1.5-second intervals). If it is flashing fast, remove the
battery pack and reattach the same battery pack securely. If the CHARGE
lamp flashes fast again, it suggests that there is something wrong with the
battery pack. Slow flashing indicates that charging is suspended because the
ambient temperature is outside the suitable range for charging the battery
pack. Charging will resume and the CHARGE lamp will be lit when the
ambient temperature returns to within the suitable temperature.
Charge the battery pack under the suitable temperatures between 10°C and
30°C (50°F and 86°F).
Shooting images
Nothing is displayed on the LCD monitor in viewfinder mode when the
power is turned on.
• If you do not operate the camera for given period of time, the camera turns
to power saving mode and nearly shuts down. To cancel the power save,
operate the camera, such as pressing the shutter button halfway down
(page 179).
The image is not clear in the viewfinder.
• Adjust the diopter scale properly using the diopter-adjustment dial
(page 35).
No images in the viewfinder.
• [FINDER/LCD Setting] is set to [Manual]. Press the FINDER/LCD button
(page 179).
• Move your eye a little closer to the viewfinder.
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Troubleshooting
The shutter does not release.
Recording takes a long time.
• The noise reduction function is turned on (page 174). This is not a
malfunction.
• You are shooting in RAW mode (page 172). Since the RAW data file is
large, the RAW mode shooting may take time.
• The Auto HDR is processing an image (page 141).
The same image is shot several times.
• The drive mode is set to [Cont. Shooting] or [Bracket: Cont.]. Set it to
[Single Shooting] (pages 51, 154).
• The exposure mode is set to Continuous Advance Priority AE (pages 46,
101).
• The exposure mode is set to AUTO+ and [Auto+ Image Extract.] is set to
[Off] (page 96).
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 dial to
positions other than MF (page 116).
• When the focus mode switch is equipped with the lens, set it to AF.
• Ambient light is insufficient.
Eye-Start AF does not work.
• Set [Eye-Start AF] to [On] (page 86).
• Press the shutter button halfway down.
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• You are using a memory card with a write-protect switch, and the switch is
set to the LOCK position. Set the switch to the recording position.
• Check the free capacity of the memory card.
• You cannot record images while charging the built-in flash (pages 47, 135).
• In autofocus mode, the shutter cannot be released when the subject is out of
focus.
• The lens is not attached properly. Attach the lens properly (page 30).
• When the camera is attached to another device, such as an astronomical
telescope, set [Release w/o Lens] to [Enable] (page 175).
• The subject may require special focusing (page 118). Use the focus-lock or
manual focus function (pages 119, 123).
Troubleshooting
The flash does not work.
• The flash mode is set to [Autoflash]. If you want to make sure the flash fires
without fail, set the flash mode to [Fill-flash] (pages 47, 135).
The flash takes too long to recharge.
• The flash has been fired in succession in a short period. When the flash has
been fired in succession, the recharging process may take longer than usual
to avoid overheating of the camera.
A picture taken with the flash is too dark.
• If the subject is beyond the flash range (the distance that the flash can
reach), the pictures will be dark because the flash light does not reach the
subject. If the ISO is changed, the flash range also changes with it. Check
the flash range in “Specifications.”
The date and time are recorded incorrectly.
• Set the correct date and time (page 33).
• The area selected with [Area Setting] is different from the actual area. Set
up [Area Setting] again (page 33).
The aperture value and/or shutter speed flashes when you press the
shutter button halfway down.
• Since the subject is too bright or too dark, it is beyond the available range of
the camera. Adjust the setting again.
The image is whitish (Flare).
Blurring of light appears on the image (Ghosting).
• The picture was taken under a strong light source, and excessive light has
entered the lens. Attach a lens hood.
The corners of the picture are too dark.
• If any filter or hood is used, take it off and try shooting again. Depending on
the thickness of the filter and improper attachment of the hood, the filter or
the hood may partially appear in the image. The optical properties of some
lenses may cause the periphery of the image to appear too dark (insufficient
light). You may compensate for this phenomenon with [Lens Comp.:
Shading] (page 180).
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Troubleshooting
The eyes of the subject come out red.
• Activate the red eye reduction function (page 64).
• Get close to the subject, and shoot the subject within the flash range using
the flash. Check the flash range in “Specifications.”
Dots appear and remain on the LCD monitor.
• This is not a malfunction. These dots are not recorded (page 15).
The image is blurred.
The EV scale b B is flashing on the LCD monitor or 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 191).
• When an image file has been processed by a computer or when the image
file was recorded using a model other than that of your camera, playback on
your camera is not guaranteed.
• Use “PMB” to play images stored on a PC with this camera.
• The camera is in USB mode. Delete the USB connection (page 194).
Deleting images
Your camera cannot delete an image.
• Cancel the protection (page 164).
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 164).
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• The picture was taken in a dark location without the flash, resulting in
camera shake. The use of a tripod or the flash is recommended (pages 47,
95, 135).
Troubleshooting
GPS (SLT-A77V only)
The camera is not receiving a GPS signal.
• Set [GPS On/Off] to [On] (page 169).
• Your camera may not be able to receive radio signals from GPS satellites
because of obstructions.
• To triangulate the location information correctly, bring your camera to an
open area, and turn on the camera again.
Excessive error in location information.
• The margin of error can be up to several-hundred meters depending on
surrounding buildings, weak GPS signals, etc.
It takes time to triangulate although GPS assist data has been taken in.
• [Date/Time Setup] is not set, or set time is shifted greatly. Set the date and
time correctly (page 33).
• The term of validity of assist data has expired. Update the GPS assist data
(page 170).
• As the positions of GPS satellites vary constantly, it may take longer to
determine the location or the receiver may not be able to determine the
location at all, depending on the location and time you use the camera.
• “GPS” is a system for determining geographic location by triangulating
radio signals from GPS satellites. Avoid using the camera in places where
radio signals are blocked or reflected, such as a shadowy place surrounded
by buildings or trees, etc. Use the camera in open sky environments.
The location information has not been recorded.
• Use “PMB” to import the movies with GPS location information to your
computer.
Computers
You do not know if the OS of your computer is compatible with the
camera.
• Check “Using with your computer” (page 71).
Your computer does not recognize your camera.
• Check that the camera is turned on.
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Troubleshooting
• When the battery level is low, install the charged battery pack (page 25), or
use the AC Adaptor (sold separately).
• Use the USB cable (supplied) (page 191).
• Disconnect the USB cable, and connect it again firmly.
• Disconnect all equipment other than the camera, the keyboard and the
mouse from the USB jacks of your computer.
• Connect the camera directly to your computer without passing through a
USB hub or other devices (page 191).
You cannot copy images.
The image cannot be played back on a computer.
• If you are using “PMB,” refer to the “PMB Help.”
• Consult the computer or software manufacturer.
After making a USB connection, “PMB” does not start automatically.
• Make the USB connection after the computer is turned on (page 191).
Memory card
Cannot insert a memory card.
• Insertion direction of the memory card is wrong. Insert it in the correct
direction (page 27).
Cannot record on a memory card.
• The memory card is full. Delete unnecessary images (pages 40, 165).
• An unusable memory card is inserted (pages 29, 222).
You have formatted a memory card by mistake.
• All the data on the memory card are deleted by formatting. You cannot
restore it.
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• Make the USB connection by properly connecting the camera with your
computer (page 191).
• Follow the designated copy procedure for your OS (page 192).
• 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 181).
Troubleshooting
Printing
Cannot print images.
• RAW images cannot be printed. To print RAW images first, convert them
to JPEG images using “Image Data Converter” on the supplied CD-ROM.
The color of the image is strange.
• When you print the images recorded in Adobe RGB mode using sRGB
printers that are not compatible with Adobe RGB (DCF2.0/Exif2.21), the
images are printed at a lower intensity level (page 175).
Images are printed with both edges cut off.
• Depending on your printer, the left, right, top, and bottom edges of the
image may be cut off. Especially when you print an image shot with the
aspect ratio set to [16:9], the lateral end of the image may be cut off.
• When printing images using your own printer, cancel the trimming or
borderless settings. Consult the printer manufacturer as to whether the
printer provides these functions or not.
• When having images printed at a digital print shop, ask the shop whether
they can print the images without cutting off both edges.
Cannot print images with the date.
• Using “PMB,” you can print images with date (page 75).
• This camera does not have a feature for superimposing dates on images.
However, because the images shot with the camera include information on
the recording date, you can print images with the date superimposed if the
printer or the software can recognize Exif information. For compatibility
with Exif information, consult the manufacturer of the printer or the
software.
• When you print images at a shop, images can be printed with the date if you
ask them to do so.
Others
The lens gets fogged.
• Moisture condensation has occurred. Turn off the camera and leave it for
about 1 hour before using it (page 214).
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Troubleshooting
The message “Set Area/Date/Time.” appears when you turn on the
camera.
• The camera has been left unused for sometime with a low battery or no
battery pack. Charge the battery pack and set the date again (pages 33, 214).
If the date setting is lost every time the battery pack is charged, consult your
Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
The number of recordable images does not decrease or decreases 2 at a
time.
The setting is reset without the resetting operation.
• The battery pack was removed when the power switch was set to ON. When
removing the battery pack, make sure the camera is turned off and the
access lamp is not lit (pages 22, 27).
The camera does not work properly.
• Turn off the camera. Remove the battery pack and insert it again. If the
camera is warm, remove the battery pack, and allow it to cool down before
trying this corrective procedure.
• If an AC Adaptor (sold separately) is used, disconnect the power plug.
Connect the power plug and turn on the camera again. If the camera does
not work after doing these solutions, consult your Sony dealer or local
authorized Sony service facility.
is indicated on the screen.
• The SteadyShot function does not work. You can continue to shoot but the
SteadyShot function will not work. Turn the camera off and on. If the
SteadyShot scale continues to be indicated, consult your Sony dealer or
local authorized Sony service facility.
“--E-” is indicated on the screen.
• Remove the memory card, and insert it again. If this procedure does not turn
off the indication, format the memory card.
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• This is because the compression rate and the image size after compression
change depending on the image when you shoot a JPEG image (page 172).
Trouble shooting/Others (Advanced operations)
Warning
messages
If the following messages appear,
follow the instructions below.
Set Area/Date/Time.
• Set the area, date, and time. If
you have not used the camera for
a long time, charge the internal
rechargeable battery (pages 33,
214).
Power insufficient.
• You tried to perform [Cleaning
Mode] when the battery level is
insufficient. Charge the battery
pack or use the AC Adaptor
(sold separately).
Unable to use memory card.
Format?
• The memory card was formatted
on a computer and the file format
was modified.
Select [Enter], then format the
memory card. You can use the
memory card again, however, all
previous data in the memory card
is erased. It may take a some time
to complete the format.
If the message still appears,
change the memory card.
Memory Card Error
• An incompatible memory card is
inserted or the format has failed.
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Reinsert memory card.
• The inserted memory card
cannot be used in your camera.
• The memory card is damaged.
• The terminal section of the
memory card is dirty.
Memory card locked.
• You are using a memory card
with a write-protect switch, and
the switch is set to the LOCK
position. Set the switch to the
recording position.
Processing...
• When Long exposure noise
reduction or High ISO noise
reduction will be done for the
same amount of time that the
shutter was open. You cannot do
any further shooting during this
reduction.
Unable to display.
• Images recorded with other
cameras or images modified with
a computer may not be able to be
displayed.
Check the lens attachment. If the
lens is not supported, you can
permit use of the lens in the
custom menu.
• The lens is not attached properly,
or the lens is not attached.
• When attaching the camera to an
astronomical telescope or
something similar, set [Release
w/o Lens] to [Enable].
Warning messages
Unable to print.
• You tried to mark RAW images
with a DPOF mark.
Camera overheating. Allow it to
cool.
• Because you have been
recording for a long time, the
temperature inside the camera
has increased to an unacceptable
level. Stop recording.
Recording is unavailable in this
movie format.
• Set [File Format] to [MP4].
• Turn the power off, remove the
battery pack, then re-insert it. If
the message appears frequently,
consult your Sony dealer or local
authorized Sony service facility.
Image Database File error. Recover?
• You cannot record or play back
AVCHD View movies because
the Image Database File is
damaged. Follow the on-screen
instructions to recover data.
Unable to magnify.
Unable to rotate image.
• Images recorded with other cameras
may not be magnified or rotated.
Cannot create more folders.
• The folder with a name beginning
with “999” exists on the memory
card. You cannot create any
folders if this is the case.
• The number of images exceeds
that for which date management
in a database file by the camera
is possible.
• Unable to register to the database
file. Import all the images to a
computer using “PMB” and
recover the memory card.
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• 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.
Camera Error
System Error
Precautions
Do not use/store the camera in
the following places
• In an extremely hot, dry or humid
place
In places such as in a car parked in
the sun, the camera body may
become deformed and this may
cause a malfunction.
• Storing under direct sunlight or
near a heater
The camera body may become
discolored or deformed, and this
may cause a malfunction.
• In a location subject to rocking
vibration
• Near strong magnetic place
• In sandy or dusty places
Be careful not to let sand or dust get
into the camera. This may cause the
camera to malfunction, and in some
cases this malfunction cannot be
repaired.
• Humid places
These may mold on a lens.
On storing
Be sure to attach the front lens cap
or body cap when not using the
camera. When attaching the body
cap, remove all the dust from the
cap before placing it on the camera.
On operating temperatures
Your camera is designed for use
under the temperatures between 0°C
and 40°C (32°F and 104°F). Shooting
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in extremely cold or hot places that
exceed this range is not
recommended.
On moisture condensation
If the camera is brought directly from
a cold to a warm location, moisture
may condense inside or outside the
camera. This moisture condensation
may cause a malfunction of the
camera.
How to prevent moisture
condensation
When bringing the camera from a
cold place to a warm place, seal the
camera in a plastic bag and allow it to
adapt to conditions at the new
location over about 1 hour.
If moisture condensation occurs
Turn off the camera and wait about an
hour for the moisture to evaporate.
Note that if you attempt to shoot with
moisture remaining inside the lens,
you will be unable to record clear
images.
On the internal rechargeable
battery
This camera has an internal
rechargeable battery for maintaining
the date and time and other settings
regardless of whether the power is on
or off, or the battery pack is charged
or discharged.
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
Precautions
Charging method of the internal
rechargeable battery
Insert a charged battery pack in the
camera, or connect the camera to a
wall outlet (wall socket) using the AC
Adaptor (sold separately), and leave
the camera for 24 hours or more with
the power off.
On using the lenses and
accessories
It is recommended that you use Sony
lenses/accessories* designed to suit
the characteristics of this camera.
Using the products of other
manufacturers may cause the camera
not to operate to its capability, or
result in accidents and malfunctions
of the camera.
* Konica Minolta products are
included.
On memory cards
Do not attach a label, etc. on a
memory card or a card adaptor. This
may cause a malfunction.
On recording/playback
• When you use a memory card with
this camera for the first time, it is
recommended to format the card
using the camera for stable
performance of the memory card
before shooting. Note that
formatting permanently erases all
data on the memory card, and is
unrecoverable. Save precious data
on a computer, etc.
• If you repeatedly record/delete
images, fragmentation of data may
occur on the memory card. Movies
may not be able to be saved or
recorded. In such a case, save your
images to a computer or other
storage location, then format the
memory card (page 181).
• Before you record one-time events,
make a trial recording to make sure
that the camera is working
correctly.
• This camera is designed to be dustand moisture-resistant but not to be
waterproof and splash-proof. When
using the camera in the rain, be
careful not to get the camera and
lens wet. Clean the camera after use
if the camera becomes dirty. With
water, sand, dust, salt, etc., left on
the camera, the camera may cause a
malfunction.
• Do not look at the sun or a strong
light through a removed lens or the
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not use the camera at all for about 3
months it becomes completely
discharged. In this case, be sure to
charge this rechargeable battery
before using the camera.
However, even if this rechargeable
battery is not charged, you can still
use the camera as long as you do not
record the date and time. If the
camera resets the settings to the
defaults each time you charge the
battery, the internal rechargeable
battery may be dead. Consult your
Sony dealer or local authorized Sony
service facility.
Precautions
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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 214).
Do not shake or strike the camera.
In addition to malfunctions and an
inability to record images, this may
render the memory card unusable,
or cause image data breakdown,
damage or loss.
Clean the flash surface with a soft
cloth or something similar before
use. The heat of flash emission may
cause dirt on the flash surface to
emit smoke or to become burned.
Keep the camera, supplied
accessories, etc., out of the reach of
children. A memory card, etc., may
be swallowed. If such a problem
occurs, consult a doctor
immediately.
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To use your
camera abroad —
Power sources
PAL-M system (1080 50i)
Brazil
PAL-N system (1080 50i)
Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay
SECAM system (1080 50i)
Bulgaria, France, Greece, Guiana,
Iran, Iraq, Monaco, Russia, Ukraine,
etc.
Note
• Do not use an electronic
transformer (travel converter), as
this may cause a malfunction.
On TV color systems
When you view images on a TV
screen, the camera and TV must use
the same TV color system.
NTSC system (1080 60i)
Bahama Islands, Bolivia, Canada,
Central America, Chile, Colombia,
Ecuador, Jamaica, Japan, Korea,
Mexico, Peru, Surinam, Taiwan, the
Philippines, the U.S.A., Venezuela,
etc.
PAL system (1080 50i)
Australia, Austria, Belgium, China,
Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark,
Finland, Germany, Holland, Hong
Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy,
Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand,
Norway, Poland, Portugal, Rumania,
Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain,
Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand,
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You can use your camera and the
battery charger and the ACPW10AM AC Adaptor (sold
separately) in any country or region
where the power supply is within 100
V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz.
Turkey, United Kingdom, Viet Nam,
etc.
AVCHD format
The AVCHD format is a high
definition digital video camera format
used to record a high definition (HD)
signal of either the 1080i
specification*1 or the 720p
specification*2 using efficient data
compression coding technology. The
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format is
adopted to compress video data, and
the Dolby Digital or Linear PCM
system is used to compress audio
data.
The MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format is
capable of compressing images at
higher efficiency than that of the
conventional image compressing
format. The MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
format enables a high definition video
signal shot on a digital video camera
recorder to be recorded on 8 cm DVD
discs, hard disk drive, flash memory,
memory card, etc.
Recording and playback on
your camera
Based on the AVCHD format, your
camera records with the high
definition image quality (HD)
mentioned below.
Video signal*3:
1080 60i-compatible device
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 1920 ×
1080/60i, 1920 × 1080/24p
1080 50i-compatible device
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 1920 ×
1080/50i, 1920 × 1080/25p
Audio signal: Dolby Digital 2ch
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Recording media: Memory card
*1 1080i specification
A high definition specification which
utilizes 1,080 effective scanning lines
and the interlace system.
*2 720p specification
A high definition specification which
utilizes 720 effective scanning lines
and the progressive system.
*3 Data recorded in AVCHD format
other than the above mentioned
cannot be played on your camera.
GPS (SLT-A77V
only)
On triangulating errors
• If you move to another location
right after turning on the camera, it
may take a longer time for the
camera to start triangulating,
compared to when you stay in the
same place.
• Error caused by the position of GPS
satellites
The camera automatically
triangulates your current location
when the camera receives radio
signals from 3 or more GPS
satellites. The triangulating error
allowed by the GPS satellites is
about 30 m (98 feet). Depending on
the environment of the location, the
triangulating error can be greater. In
this case, your actual location may
not match the location on the map
based on the GPS information.
Meanwhile, the GPS satellites are
controlled by the United States
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This system allows you to pinpoint
your exact location on the earth. The
GPS satellites are located in 6 orbits,
20,000 km above the earth. The GPS
system consists of 24 or more GPS
satellites. A GPS receiver receives
radio signals from the satellites, and
calculates the current location of the
receiver based on the orbital
information (almanac data) and travel
time of the signals, etc.
Determining a location is called
“triangulating.” A GPS receiver can
determine the location’s latitude and
longitude by receiving signals from 3
or more satellites.
• As the positions of GPS satellites
vary constantly, it may take longer
to determine the location or the
receiver may not be able to
determine the location at all,
depending on the location and time
you use the camera.
• “GPS” is a system for determining
geographic location by
triangulating radio signals from
GPS satellites. Avoid using the
camera in places where radio
signals are blocked or reflected,
such as a shadowy place
surrounded by buildings or trees,
etc. Use the camera in open sky
environments.
• You may not be able to record
location information at locations or
in situations where radio signals
from the GPS satellites do not reach
the camera as follows.
– In tunnels, indoors or under the
shade of buildings.
– Between tall buildings or at
narrow streets surrounded by
buildings.
– In underground locations,
locations surrounded by dense
trees, under an elevated bridge, or
in locations where magnetic fields
are generated, such as near high
voltage cables.
– Near devices that generate radio
signals of the same frequency
band as the camera: near 1.5 GHz
band mobile telephones, etc.
GPS (SLT-A77V only)
Department of Defense, and the
degree of accuracy may be changed
intentionally.
• Error during the triangulating
process
The camera acquires location
information every about 15 seconds
during triangulating. There is a
slight time difference between
when the location information is
acquired and when the location
information is recorded on an
image, therefore, the actual
recording location may not match
exactly the location on the map
based on the GPS information.
On the restriction of use of
GPS on an airplane
During take off and landing of an
airplane, turn off the camera, as you
will be instructed to do by the onboard announcement.
On the other restriction
Use GPS in accordance with the
regulations of the place or situation.
On the geographic coordinate
system
The “WGS-84” geographic
coordinate system is used.
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3D-shootings
Notes on recording
Note on playback of 3Dimages
When you play back 3D-images on
the LCD monitor of the camera or on
a non-3D-compatible TV, the images
are played back without the 3D
effect.
Notes on 3D-image files
• A JPEG file and an MPO are
combined to create a 3D-image. If
you erase one of these files from the
computer, the 3D-image may not be
played back properly.
• For details on the procedure used
for viewing 3D-images, see pages
162 and 167.
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• [3D Sweep Panorama] is not
suitable when shooting:
– Subjects are moving.
– Subjects are too close to the
camera.
– Subjects with a repeating pattern
such as tiles, and subjects with
little contrast such as sky, sandy
beach, or lawn.
• [3D Sweep Panorama] recording
may be discontinued in the
following situations:
– You pan or tilt the camera too fast
or too slow.
– There is too much camera shake.
• If you cannot pan or tilt the camera
across the entire subject within the
given time, a black area occurs in
the composed image. If this
happens, move the camera fast to
record a full panoramic image.
• Since several images are stitched
together, the stitched part will not
be recorded smoothly.
• Under low light conditions, images
may be blurred.
• Under lights that flicker such as
fluorescent light, images may not
be recorded properly.
• When the whole angle of 3D
panoramic shooting and the angle
in which you fixed the focus and
exposure with AE/AF lock are
extremely different in brightness,
color and focus, the shooting will
not be successful. If this happens,
change the lock angle and shoot
again.
• The available shooting direction is
horizontal only.
• For details on the procedure used
for shooting 3D-images, see page
45.
Memory card
Notes on using memory
cards
• Do not strike, bend or drop the
memory card.
• Do not use or store the memory
card under the following
conditions:
– High temperature locations such
as the hot interior of a car parked
in direct sunlight.
– Locations exposed to direct
sunlight.
– Humid locations or locations with
corrosive substances present.
• The memory card may be hot just
after it has been used for a long
time. Be careful when you handle
it.
• When the access lamp is lit, do not
remove the memory card or the
battery pack, or turn off the power.
The data may be corrupted.
• Data may be damaged if you place
the memory card near stronglymagnetized material or use the
memory card in a static-prone or
electrically noisy environment.
• We recommend backing up
important data, such as to a hard
disk of a computer.
• When you carry or store the
memory card, put it in the case
supplied with it.
• Do not expose the memory card to
water.
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• Do not touch the terminal section of
the memory card with your hand or
a metal object.
• When the write-protect switch of a
memory card is set to the LOCK
position, you cannot perform
operations, such as recording or
deleting images.
• The memory cards formatted with a
computer are not guaranteed to
operate with this camera. Be sure to
format the memory cards using the
camera.
• Data read/write speeds differ
depending on the combination of
the memory cards and the
equipment used.
• Do not press down hard when you
write down on the memo area.
• Do not attach a label on the
memory cards themselves.
• Do not disassemble or modify the
memory cards.
• Do not leave the memory cards
within the reach of small children.
They might accidentally swallow it.
Notes on the “Memory
Stick” media used with
the camera
The types of “Memory Stick” media
that can be used with this camera are
as follows. However, proper
operation cannot be guaranteed for all
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
functions.
Memory card
“Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media*1*2*3
“Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”
media*1*2
Available with your camera
“Memory Stick Duo” media
Unavailable with your camera
• This product is compatible with
“Memory Stick Micro” media
(“M2”). “M2” is an abbreviation for
“Memory Stick Micro” media.
• To use a “Memory Stick Micro”
media with the camera, be sure to
insert the “Memory Stick Micro”
media into an “M2” Adaptor as
large as of Duo size. If you insert a
“Memory Stick Micro” media into
the camera without an “M2”
Adaptor as large as of Duo size, you
might not be able to remove it from
the camera.
• Do not leave the “Memory Stick
Micro” media within the reach of
small children. They might
accidentally swallow it.
*1 This is equipped with MagicGate
function. MagicGate is copyright
protection technology that uses
encryption technology. Data
recording/playback that requires
MagicGate functions cannot be
performed with this camera.
*2 Supports high-speed data transfer
using a parallel interface.
*3 When using “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media to record movies,
only those marked with Mark2
can be used.
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“Memory Stick” media and “Memory
Stick PRO” media
Unavailable with your camera
Notes on using “Memory Stick
Micro” media (sold
separately)
Battery pack/
Battery charger
• The charging time differs
depending on the remaining
capacity of the battery pack or
charging conditions.
• We recommend charging the
battery pack in an ambient
temperature of between 10 to 30°C
(50 to 86°F). You may not be able
to efficiently charge the battery
pack outside of this temperature
range.
• Connect the battery charger to the
nearest wall outlet (wall socket).
• Do not try to charge the battery
pack again right after it has been
charged, or when it has not been
used after being charged. Doing so
will affect the performance of the
battery pack.
• Do not charge any battery pack
other than the “InfoLITHIUM” 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 has been installed.
Check that the battery pack is the
specified type. If the battery pack is
the specified type, remove the
battery pack, replace it with a new
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one or another one and check if the
battery charger operates correctly.
If the battery charger operates
correctly, a battery error may have
occurred.
• If the battery charger is dirty,
charging may not be performed
successfully. Clean the battery
charger with dry cloth, etc.
Notes on using the
battery pack
• Use only an NP-FM500H battery
pack. Note that the NP-FM55H,
NP-FM50 and NP-FM30 cannot be
used.
• The displayed level may not be
correct under certain circumstances.
• Do not expose the battery pack to
water. The battery pack is not
water-resistant.
• Do not leave the battery pack in
extremely hot places, such as in a
car or under direct sunlight.
Effective use of the battery
pack
• Battery performance decreases in
low temperature surroundings. So,
the time that the battery pack can be
used is shorter in cold places and
the speed of continuous shooting
slows down. We recommend that
you put the battery pack in a pocket
close to your body to warm it up,
and insert it in your camera
immediately before you start
shooting.
• The battery pack will run out
quickly if you use the flash
Battery pack/Battery charger
frequently, use continuous shooting
often, turn the camera on and off
frequently, or set the LCD monitor
brighter.
Battery life
Trouble shooting/Others (Advanced operations)
• The battery life is limited. Battery
capacity decreases little by little as
you use it more and more, and as
time passes. If the battery operating
time seems shortened considerably,
a probable cause is that the battery
pack has reached the end of its life.
Buy a new battery pack.
• The battery life varies according to
how it is stored and the operating
conditions and environment in
which each battery pack is used.
How to store the battery pack
If the battery pack is not to be used
for a long time, charge it and then
fully use it up once a year on your
camera before storing the battery
pack in a dry, cool place to prolong
the battery life.
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The License
Notes on the License
“C Library”, “zlib”, and “libjpeg”
software are provided in the camera.
We provide this software based on
license agreements with their owners
of copyright. Based on requests by
the owners of copyright of these
software applications, we have an
obligation to inform you of the
following. Please read the following
sections.
Read “license3.pdf” in the “License”
folder on the CD-ROM. You will find
licenses (in English) of “C Library”,
“zlib”, and “libjpeg” software.
THIS PRODUCT IS LICENSED
UNDER THE AVC PATENT
PORTFOLIO LICENSE FOR THE
PERSONAL AND NONCOMMERCIAL USE OF A
CONSUMER TO
(i) ENCODE VIDEO IN
COMPLIANCE WITH THE AVC
STANDARD (“AVC VIDEO”)
AND/OR
(ii) DECODE AVC VIDEO THAT
WAS ENCODED BY A
CONSUMER ENGAGED IN A
PERSONAL AND NONCOMMERCIAL ACTIVITY AND/
OR WAS OBTAINED FROM A
VIDEO PROVIDER LICENSED TO
PROVIDE AVC VIDEO.
NO LICENSE IS GRANTED OR
SHALL BE IMPLIED FOR ANY
OTHER USE.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
MAY BE OBTAINED FROM
MPEG LA, L.L.C.
SEE
HTTP://WWW.MPEGLA.COM
On GNU GPL/LGPL applied
software
The software that is eligible for the
following GNU General Public
License (hereinafter referred to as
“GPL”) or GNU Lesser General
Public License (hereinafter referred
to as “LGPL”) are included in the
camera.
This informs you that you have a
right to have access to, modify, and
redistribute source code for these
software programs under the
conditions of the supplied GPL/
LGPL.
Source code is provided on the web.
Use the following URL to download
it.
http://www.sony.net/Products/Linux/
We would prefer you do not contact
us about the contents of source code.
Read “license2.pdf” in the “License”
folder on the CD-ROM. You will find
licenses (in English) of “GPL”, and
“LGPL” software.
To view the PDF, Adobe Reader is
needed. If it is not installed on your
computer, you can download it from
the Adobe Systems web page:
http://www.adobe.com/
Checking the number of recordable
images/recording time
Notes
• When “0” (the number of recordable images) flashes in yellow, the memory card is
full. Replace the memory card with another one, or delete images in the current
memory card (pages 40, 165).
• When “NO CARD” (the number of recordable images) flashes in yellow, it means
no memory card has been inserted. Insert a memory card.
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 are defined using
Sony standard memory cards for testing. The values may vary depending
on the shooting conditions and the type of memory card used.
Image Size: L 24M
Aspect Ratio: 3:2*
“Memory Stick PRO Duo”
Capacity
(Units: Images)
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB
335
680
1350
2750
5500
Fine
205
410
830
1650
3300
RAW & JPEG
54
105
220
440
880
RAW
74
145
300
600
1200
Size
Standard
32GB
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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 screen.
Checking the number of recordable images/recording time
* When [Aspect Ratio] is set to [16:9], you can record more images than the numbers
shown in the table above (except when [RAW] is selected).
The number of images that can be recorded using a
battery pack
The approximate number of images that can be recorded is as follows 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.
SLT-A77
SLT-A77V
LCD monitor mode
Approx. 530 images
Approx. 530 images
Viewfinder mode
Approx. 470 images
Approx. 470 images
• 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).
– Using the battery pack that is charged for an hour after the CHARGE
lamp goes out.
– Using Sony “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media (sold separately).
– [Quality] is set to [Fine].
– [Autofocus Mode] is set to [Automatic AF].
– Shooting once every 30 seconds.
– The flash strobes once every 2 times.
– The power turns on and off once every 10 times.
– [GPS On/Off] is set to [On] (SLT-A77V only).
• The measurement method is based on the CIPA standard.
(CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association)
Available recording time for a movie
The table below shows the approximate total recording times using a
memory card formatted with this camera.
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Checking the number of recordable images/recording time
“Memory Stick PRO Duo”
(h (hour), m (minute))
Capacity
Record
Setting
60i 24M(FX)/50i
24M(FX)
4GB
8GB
16GB
32GB
10 m
20 m
40 m
1 h 30 m
3h
60i 17M(FH)/50i
17M(FH)
10 m
30 m
1h
2h
4h5m
60p 28M(PS)/50p
28M(PS)
9m
15 m
35 m
1 h 15 m
2 h 30 m
24p 24M(FX)/25p
24M(FX)
10 m
20 m
40 m
1 h 30 m
3h
24p 17M(FH)/25p
17M(FH)
10 m
30 m
1h
2h
4h5m
1440×1080 12M
VGA 3M
20 m
40 m
1 h 20 m
2 h 45 m
5 h 30 m
1 h 10 m
2 h 25 m
4 h 55 m
10 h
20 h 5 m
Notes
• The recordable time of movies varies for the reason that the camera equipped with
VBR (Variable Bit Rate) which automatically adjusts image quality depending on
shooting scene. When you record fast-moving subject, the image is clearer but the
recordable time is shorter because it spends much memory to record. The recordable
time also vary depending on the shooting condition or subject or setting of image
quality/size.
• The values shown are not the continuous recording time.
• Recording time may depend on shooting conditions and the memory card used.
• When
is indicated, stop recording the movie. The temperature inside the camera
has increased to an unacceptable level.
• For details on movie playback, see page 39.
Notes on continuous movie recording
• It requires a lot of power to perform high quality movie recording or continuous
shooting using the APS-C size image sensor. Therefore, if you continue to shoot, the
temperature inside the camera will rise, especially that of the image sensor. In such
cases, the camera is turned off automatically since higher temperatures affect the
quality of the images or burden the internal mechanism of the camera.
• The duration of time available for movie recording is as follows when the camera
starts recording after the power of the camera has been turned off for a while. (The
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2GB
Checking the number of recordable images/recording time
following values indicate the continuous time from when the camera starts recording
until the camera stops recording.)
Ambient temperature
Continuous recording time
for movies
20°C (68°F)
About 29 minutes
30°C (86°F)
About 29 minutes
40°C (104°F)
About 13 minutes
• The duration of time available for movie recording varies with the temperature or
condition of the camera before you start recording. If you frequently recompose or
shoot images after the power is turned on, the temperature inside the camera rises
and the recording time available is shorter than the values indicated in the table
above.
• If the camera stops recording due to the temperature, leave it for several minutes
with the power turned off. Start recording after the temperature inside the camera
drops fully.
• If you observe the following points, the recording time is longer.
– Keep the camera out of direct sunlight.
– Turn the camera off when it is not being used.
– If possible, use a tripod and disable the SteadyShot function.
• The maximum size of a movie file is about 2 GB. When the file size is about 2 GB,
the recording stops automatically when [File Format] is set to [MP4], and a new
movie file is created automatically when [File Format] is set to [AVCHD 60i/60p]/
[AVCHD 50i/50p].
• The maximum continuous recording time is 29 minutes.
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Specifications
Camera
[System]
Camera Type
Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
Lens
A-mount lens
[Image sensor]
23.5 mm×15.6 mm (APS-C format) CMOS image
sensor
Total pixel number of image sensor
Approx. 24 700 000 pixels
Effective pixel number of camera
Approx. 24 300 000 pixels
[SteadyShot]
For still images
System: Image sensor-shift mechanism
Effect: Approx. 2.5 EV to 4.5 EV in shutter speed
(depending on shooting conditions and the attached
lens)
For movies
System: Electronic
[Anti-Dust]
System
Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and
image sensor-shift mechanism
[Auto focus system]
System
TTL phase-detection system, 19 points (11 points cross
type)
Sensitivity Range
–1 EV to 18 EV (at ISO 100 equivalent)
AF illuminator
Approx. 1 m to 7 m (3.3 feet to 23 feet)
[Electronic viewfinder]
Type
Electronic viewfinder (Organic Electro-Luminescence)
Screen size
1.3 cm (0.5 type)
Total number of dots
2 359 296 dots
Frame coverage
100%
Magnification
1.09 × with 50 mm lens at infinity, –1 m–1 (diopter)
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Image format
Specifications
Eye Point
Approximately 27 mm from the eyepiece, 22 mm from
the eyepiece frame at –1 m–1
Dioptor Adjustment
–4.0 m–1 to +3.0 m–1 (diopter)
[LCD monitor]
LCD panel
7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT drive
Total number of dots
921 600 (640 × 3 (RGB) × 480) dots
[Exposure control]
Metering Cell
“Exmor” CMOS sensor
Metering method
1 200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Range
–2 EV to +17 EV on Multi segment, Center weighted,
Spot modes (at ISO 100 equivalent with F1.4 lens)
ISO sensitivity (Recommended exposure index)
AUTO, ISO 50 to 16 000 (1/3 EV step)
Exposure compensation
±5.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
[Shutter]
Type
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane
type
Speed range
1/8 000 second to 30 seconds, bulb
Flash sync speed
1/250 second
[Built-In-Flash]
Flash G.No.
GN 12 (in meters at ISO 100)
Recycling time
Approx. 3 seconds
Flash coverage
Covering 16 mm lens (focal length that the lens
indicates)
Flash compensation
±3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
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Specifications
Flash range
ISO setting
Aperture F2.8
F5.6
1m–3m
(3.3 feet –
9.8 feet)
1 m – 2.1 m
(3.3 feet –
6.9 feet)
200 1.4 m – 6 m
(4.6 feet –
20 feet)
1.4 m – 4.2 1.4 m – 3 m
m (4.6 feet – (4.6 feet –
14 feet)
9.8 feet)
400 2 m – 8.4 m
(6.6 feet –
28 feet)
2m–6m
(6.6 feet –
20 feet)
2 m – 4.2 m
(6.6 feet –
14 feet)
800 2.8 m – 12 m 2.8 m – 8.4 2.8 m – 6 m
(9.2 feet –
m (9.2 feet – (9.2 feet –
39 feet)
28 feet)
20 feet)
[Continuous shooting]
Continuous shooting speed
Continuous Advance Priority AE: Maximum 12 images
per second/
: Maximum 8 images per second/
: Maximum 3 images per second
• Our measurement conditions. The speed of
continuous shooting is slower, depending on shooting
conditions.
The maximum number of continuous shots
In Continuous Advance Priority AE mode
Extra fine: 13 images/Fine: 17 images/Standard: 17
images/RAW & JPEG: 11 images/RAW: 13 images
In Continuous shooting
Extra fine: 13 images/Fine: 18 images/Standard: 18
images/RAW & JPEG: 11 images/RAW: 13 images
[Image zooming playback]
Scaling range
Image size: L: Approx. ×1.0 – ×13.6/M: Approx. ×1.0 –
×9.9/S: Approx. ×1.0 – ×6.8
[Recording format]
File format
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF Baseline)
compliant, DPOF compatible
3D still images
MPO (MPF Extended (Disparity Image)) compliant
Movie (AVCHD format)
AVCHD Ver. 1.0 compliant
Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: Dolby Digital 2ch, equipped with Dolby Digital
Stereo Creator
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F4.0
100 1 m – 4.2 m
(3.3 feet –
14 feet)
Specifications
• Manufactured under license from Dolby
Laboratories.
Movie (MP4 format)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
[Recording media]
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media, SD card
[Input/output terminals]
USB
miniB, Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0)
HDMI
HDMI minijack
Mic Terminal
3.5 mm Stereo minijack
REMOTE Terminal
[Power, general]
Used battery pack
Rechargeable battery pack NP-FM500H
[Others]
Microphone
Stereo
Speaker
Monaural
Exif Print
Compatible
PRINT Image Matching III
Compatible
Dimensions
Approx. 142.6 mm × 104.0 mm × 80.9 mm
(5 3/4 inches × 4 1/8 inches × 3 1/4 inches) (W/H/D,
excluding protrusions)
Mass
Approx. 732 g (1 lb 9.8 oz) (with battery and “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media)
Approx. 653 g (1 lb 7.0 oz) (body only)
Operating temperature
0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
On image data compatibility
• This camera conforms with DCF (Design rule for Camera File system)
universal standard established by JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information
Technology Industries Association).
• Playback of images recorded with your camera on other equipment and
playback of images recorded or edited with other equipment on your camera
are not guaranteed.
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Specifications
Battery charger/Battery
BC-VM10A Battery charger
Input rating
100 V - 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, 9 W
Output rating
8.4 V DC, 0.75 A
Operating temperature range 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
–20°C to +60°C (–4°F to +140°F)
Maximum dimensions
Approx. 70 mm × 25 mm × 95 mm (2 7/8 inches ×
1 inch × 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 voltage
DC 8.4 V
Maximum charge current
2.0 A
Capacity
Typical
11.8 Wh (1 650 mAh)
Minimum
11.5 Wh (1 600 mAh)
Maximum dimensions
Approx. 38.2 mm × 20.5 mm × 55.6 mm (1 9/16 inches
× 13/16 inches × 2 1/4 inches) (W/H/D)
Mass
Approx. 78 g (2.8 oz)
Lens
Name (Model name)
DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
(SAL1855)
DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM
(SAL1650)
Equivalent 35mmformat focal length*
(mm)
27–82.5
24–75
Lens groups-elements
Angle of view*
Minimum focus** (m
(feet))
Maximum
magnification (X)
7–8
13–16
76°-29°
83°-32°
0.25 (0.82)
0.3 (1)
0.34
0.2
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Storage temperature range
Specifications
DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
(SAL1855)
DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM
(SAL1650)
f/22-36
f/22
55
72
Dimensions (maximum
diameter × height)
(approx., mm (in.))
69.5×69
(2 3/4 × 2 3/4)
81×88
(3 1/4 × 3 1/2)
Mass (approx., g (oz.))
210 (7 4/8)
577 (20 3/8)
Name (Model name)
Minimum f-stop
Filter diameter (mm)
* The values for equivalent 35mm-format focal length and angle of view are based
on Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera equipped with an APS-C sized image
sensor.
** Minimum focus is the shortest distance from the image sensor to the subject.
• This lens is equipped with a distance encoder. The distance encoder allows more
accurate measurement (ADI) by using a flash for ADI.
• Depending on the lens mechanism, the focal length may change with any change of
the shooting distance. The focal length assumes the lens is focused at infinity.
• The infinity position provides for some adjustment to compensate for focus shift
caused by change in temperature. To shoot a subject at infinite distance in MF mode,
use the viewfinder and set focus.
On focal length
The picture angle of this camera is narrower than that of a 35 mm-format
camera. You can find the approximate equivalent of the focal length of a 35 mmformat 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 camera.
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Specifications
• PowerPC is a registered trademark
of IBM Corporation in the United
States.
• Intel, Intel Core, MMX, and
Pentium are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Intel
Corporation.
• SDXC Logo is a trademark of SD3C, LLC.
• Eye-Fi is a trademark of Eye-Fi Inc.
• MultiMediaCard is a trademark of
MultiMediaCard Association.
• “ ” and “PlayStation” are
registered trademarks of Sony
Computer Entertainment Inc.
• Adobe is a registered trademark or
a trademark of Adobe Systems
Incorporated in the United States
and/or other countries.
• 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.
• Add further enjoyment with your
PlayStation 3 by downloading the
application for PlayStation 3 from
PlayStation Store (where available.)
• The application for PlayStation 3
requires PlayStation Network
account and application download.
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Trouble shooting/Others (Advanced operations)
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.
• “PhotoTV HD” is a trademark of
Sony Corporation.
• “AVCHD” and “AVCHD”
logotype are trademarks of
Panasonic Corporation and Sony
Corporation.
• Blu-ray Disc ™ and Blu-ray ™ are
trademarks of the Blu-ray Disc
Association.
• Dolby and the double-D symbol are
trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
• Microsoft, Windows, DirectX, and
Windows Vista are either registered
trademarks or trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation in the
United States and/or other
countries.
• HDMI, the HDMI logo and HighDefinition Multimedia Interface are
trademarks or registered trademarks
of HDMI Licensing LLC.
• Macintosh and Mac OS are
trademarks or registered trademarks
of Apple Inc.
Specifications
Accessible in areas where the
PlayStation Store is available.
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Index
Index
Numerics
B
3D............................... 45, 100, 221
Battery pack ................. 25, 27, 224
Bracket ..................................... 155
Bracket order.............................. 66
“BRAVIA” Sync...................... 167
BULB shooting ........................ 109
A
C
Center weighted ....................... 132
Charging battery pack ................ 25
Cleaning mode ......................... 200
Color filter................................ 150
Color Space .............................. 175
Color temperature .................... 150
Compression ratio .................... 172
Computer.................................... 71
Continuous Advance Priority AE
....................................... 46, 101
Continuous bracket .................. 155
Continuous shooting ................ 154
Contrast .................................... 145
Creative Style ........................... 145
Ctrl dial setup ............................. 66
CTRL FOR HDMI ................... 167
Custom white balance .............. 150
D
Date imprint ............................. 198
Date/Time setup ......................... 33
DC IN terminal........................... 22
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Index
Adobe RGB.............................. 175
AE Lock ................................... 131
AEL button .............................. 174
AF area..................................... 119
AF drive speed ........................... 66
AF illuminator.......................... 120
AF Micro Adj........................... 121
AF w/ shutter ............................. 63
AF/MF button .......................... 177
AF/MF control ......................... 126
AF-A setup............................... 125
Ambient light ........................... 157
Anti-dust function .................... 200
Aperture ................................... 103
Aperture Priority ...................... 103
Area Setting ............................... 34
Aspect ratio .............................. 172
Audio signals ............................. 69
Auto HDR ................................ 142
Auto review.............................. 176
AUTO+ ................................ 43, 96
Auto+ Cont. Shooting ................ 96
Auto+ Image Extract.................. 96
Autoflash............................ 47, 135
Autofocus................................. 116
AVCHD ..................... 77, 114, 218
Index
Delete..................................40, 165
Delete confirm. ...........................69
Dial exp.comp.......................50, 66
Digital level gauge......................89
Diopter-adjustment .....................35
Direct manual focus..................125
Disc creation .......................77, 195
Display panel ..............................93
DPOF Setup..............................198
D-Range Optimizer ..................141
Drive mode .........................51, 154
DRO Bracket ............................158
Flash Off ............................ 47, 135
Fn button .............................. 58, 60
Focal length ............................. 236
Focus........................................ 116
Focus Hold Button ..................... 66
Focus indicator......................... 118
Focus Magnifier....................... 124
Focus-lock................................ 119
Folder Name ............................ 181
Format...................................... 181
Front control dial ....................... 55
Func. of AEL button ................ 176
E
G
Enlarged image ...........................55
EV scale............................108, 157
Exp.comp.set ..............................66
Exposure compensation..............49
Eyecup ........................................86
Eye-Fi .......................................183
Eyepiece sensor ..........................20
Eye-Start AF ...............................64
GPS .................................. 169, 219
GPS assist data......................... 170
GPS Auto Time Cor................. 170
Grid Line.................................. 176
F
Face Detection ..........................127
Face Registration ......................128
File Number..............................181
Fill-flash .............................47, 135
Flash bracket.............................155
Flash compensation ..................132
Flash control .............................133
Flash mode....................47, 83, 135
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H
Hand-held Twilight.............. 44, 97
HDMI Resolution .................... 167
High ISO NR ........................... 174
High-speed sync....................... 135
Histogram .................................. 88
I
Image Data Converter................ 74
Image Index ............................... 56
Image quality ........................... 172
Image size .................................. 53
ISO sensitivity ......................... 139
Index
J
N
JPEG ........................................ 172
New Folder............................... 182
Night Portrait........................ 44, 97
Night Scene .......................... 44, 97
Number of recordable images
..................................... 227, 228
L
Landscape ............................ 44, 97
Language.................................... 69
LCD brightness ........................ 178
LCD monitor................ 79, 90, 159
Lens............................................ 30
Lens Comp.: Chromatic Aberration
............................................. 180
Lens Comp.: Distortion............ 180
Lens Comp.: Peripheral Shading
............................................. 180
Live View Display ..................... 89
Long exp.NR............................ 174
M
Object Tracking........................ 121
P
Picture Effect............................ 144
PlaybackDisplay....................... 162
PMB ........................................... 75
PMB Launcher ........................... 74
Portrait.................................. 44, 97
Power ratio ............................... 134
Power Save............................... 179
Preset white balance................. 149
Pressing halfway down .............. 37
Preview..................................... 105
Preview Button......................... 177
Print.......................................... 198
Priority setup .............................. 63
Program Auto ........................... 102
Protect ...................................... 164
Q
Quality...................................... 172
R
RAW ........................................ 172
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Index
Macro ................................... 44, 97
Manual Exposure ..................... 107
Manual focus............................ 123
Memory.................................... 185
Memory card...................... 27, 222
Memory recall.......................... 185
Menu .......................................... 62
Metering mode ......................... 132
Moisture condensation ............. 214
Movie Audio Recording .......... 115
Movie File Format ................... 113
Multi frame noise reduction..... 140
Multi segment .......................... 132
Multi-selector............................. 58
O
Index
Rear control dial .........................55
Rear sync. ...........................47, 135
Record Setting ..........................114
Recording movies ...............38, 111
Recover Image DB ...................183
Red Eye Reduction .....................64
Reducing camera shake ..............94
Release w/o Lens ......................175
Remote Commander ...........22, 158
Reset .........................................186
Rotate........................................161
S
Saturation..................................145
Scene Selection.....................44, 97
Select REC Folder ....................182
Self-timer ..................................155
Set the clock ...............................33
Sharpness ..................................145
Shooting......................................36
Shoulder strap .............................22
Shutter Priority .........................105
Shutter speed ............................105
Single Bracket ..........................155
Slide show ................................162
Slow Sync .................................136
Smart teleconverter...................153
Smile Shutter ............................129
Software......................................73
Specifications ...........................231
Sports Action ........................44, 97
Spot...........................................132
242
SteadyShot function................... 94
Sunset................................... 44, 97
Sweep Panorama............ 45, 53, 99
Sweep Shooting ................... 45, 99
U
USB connection ....................... 191
V
Version..................................... 190
View Mode .............................. 161
Viewfinder ............................... 179
Viewing image................... 39, 161
Viewing images on a TV screen
....................................... 57, 167
W
White balance .......................... 148
White balance bracket.............. 157
Wind Noise Reduc. .................. 115
Wireless flash........................... 135
Wireless Remote Commander
............................................. 158
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