Sony SLT-A57 Camera User Guide

Sony SLT-A57 Camera User Guide

4-420-759-11(1)

Interchangeable Lens

Digital Camera

Instruction Manual

A-mount

Preparing the camera

Shooting and viewing images

Shooting images to suit your subject

Using the shooting functions

Using the playback functions

Functions list

Viewing images on a computer

Others

Index

SLT-A57

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-A57

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

This device complies with Part 15 of the

FCC Rules, Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.

For Customers in the U.S.A.

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-A57

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.

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Note:

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the

FCC Rules.

These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.

This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.

However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

– Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

– Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

– Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

The supplied interface cable must be used with the equipment in order to comply with the limits for a digital device pursuant to

Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules.

For Customers in Europe

Notice for the customers in the countries applying EU Directives

The manufacturer of this product is Sony

Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan Minato-ku

Tokyo, 108-0075 Japan. The Authorized

Representative for EMC and product safety is Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger

Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany. For any service or guarantee matters please refer to the addresses given in separate service or guarantee documents.

This product has been tested and found compliant with the limits set out in the

EMC Directive for using connection cables shorter than 3 meters (9.8 feet).

Attention

The electromagnetic fields at the specific frequencies may influence the picture and sound of this unit.

Notice

If static electricity or electromagnetism causes data transfer to discontinue midway

(fail), restart the application or disconnect and connect the communication cable

(USB, etc.) again.

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Disposal of Old Electrical &

Electronic Equipment (Applicable in the European Union and other

European countries with separate collection systems)

Disposal of waste batteries

(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.

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

Notes on using your camera .............................................. 9

Preparing the camera

Checking the supplied items ............................................ 11

Identifying parts .............................................................. 12

Charging the battery pack ................................................ 18

Inserting the battery pack/memory card (sold separately)

..................................................................................... 20

Attaching a lens ............................................................... 23

Turning the camera on and setting the clock ................... 26

Before shooting ............................................................... 28

Adjusting the viewfinder to the visual acuity (diopter adjustment)......................................................... 28

Holding the camera properly ...................................... 28

Shooting and viewing images

Shooting still images ....................................................... 30

Recording movies ............................................................ 32

Playing back images ........................................................ 33

Deleting images (Delete) ................................................. 34

Shooting images to suit your subject

Adjusting the angle of the LCD screen ........................... 35

Shooting with the various shooting modes ...................... 36

Superior Auto .................................................. 37

Scene Selection .................................................. 38

Sweep Panorama/

3D Sweep Panorama ....... 39

Continuous Advance Priority AE Mode ............ 40

Using the shooting functions

Using the flash ................................................................. 41

Adjusting the brightness of the image ............................. 43

Selecting the drive mode .................................... 45

Switching the recording information display (DISP) ...... 46

Setting image size ............................................................ 47

Image Size .................................................................. 47

Panorama: Size ........................................................... 47

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Using the playback functions

Enlarging images ............................................................. 49

Switching to the display of the image list ....................... 50

Viewing images on a TV screen ...................................... 51

Functions list

Viewing images on a computer

Using with your computer ............................................... 65

Using the software ........................................................... 67

Selecting the method for creating a disc of movies ......... 70

Others

Functions that can be operated with the buttons/switch

..................................................................................... 52

Selecting a function with the Fn (Function) button ......... 53

Functions that can be selected with the Fn (Function) button

..................................................................................... 54

The functions selected with the MENU button ............... 56

Using the guide function of the camera ........................... 63

In-Camera Guide ........................................................ 63

Shooting Tip ............................................................... 63

List of icons on the screen ............................................... 73

Functions available for each shooting mode ................... 76

Flash modes available ...................................................... 77

Learning more about the camera (

α Handbook) .............. 78

Checking the number of recordable images/recording time

..................................................................................... 79

Specifications .................................................................. 83

Index ................................................................................92

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Notes on using your camera

Shooting procedure

• This camera has 2 modes for monitoring subjects: the LCD screen mode using the

LCD screen, and the viewfinder mode using the viewfinder.

• The recorded image may be different from the image you monitored before recording.

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 screen, electronic viewfinder, lens, and image sensor

• The LCD screen and electronic viewfinder are manufactured using extremely high-precision technology so over 99.99% of the pixels are operational for effective use. However, there may be some tiny black points and/or bright points (white, red, blue or green in color) that constantly appear on the LCD screen and electronic viewfinder. These points are normal in the manufacturing process and do not affect the images in any way.

• Do not hold the camera by taking hold of the LCD screen.

• Do not expose the camera to sunlight or shoot sunward for a long time. The internal mechanism may be damaged. If sunlight is focused on a nearby object, it may cause a fire.

• There is a magnet on the back and around the rotating shaft of the hinge part of the

LCD screen. Do not bring anything that is easily affected by a magnet, such as floppy disk, credit cards near the LCD screen.

• Images may trail across on the screen in a cold location. This is not a malfunction.

When turning on the camera in a cold location, the screen may become temporarily dark. When the camera warms up, the screen will function normally.

Notes on long-time recording

• When you continue to shoot for a long time, the temperature of the camera rises.

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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 movies to a computer

When importing AVCHD movies to a computer, for Windows computers, use the

“PlayMemories Home” software on the

CD-ROM (supplied).

Notes when playing movies on other devices

• This camera uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

High Profile for AVCHD format recording. Movies recorded in AVCHD format with this camera cannot be played with the following devices.

– Other devices compatible with

AVCHD format that does not support

High Profile

– Devices incompatible with the

AVCHD format

This camera also uses MPEG-4 AVC/

H.264 Main Profile for MP4 format recording. For this reason, movies recorded in MP4 format with this camera cannot be played on devices other than those that support MPEG-4 AVC/H.264.

• Discs recorded with HD image quality

(high definition) can be played back only on AVCHD format-compatible devices.

DVD-based players or recorders cannot play back HD image quality discs, as they are incompatible with the AVCHD format. Also, DVD-based players or recorders may fail to eject HD image quality discs.

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Notes on using your camera

• 1080 60p/50p movies can be played back on compatible devices only.

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.

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

SLT-A57

SLT-A57K

SLT-A57Y

Lens

DT18-55mm

DT18-55mm and

DT55-200mm

Preparing the camera

Checking the supplied items

First check the model name of your camera (page 10). 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)

• Body cap (1) (Attached on the camera)

• Power cord (mains lead) (1) (not supplied in the U.S.A. and

Canada)

• Rechargeable battery pack NP-

FM500H (1)

• USB cable (1)

• Shoulder strap (1)

• Eyecup (1) (Attached on the camera)

• CD-ROM (1)

– Application Software for

α camera

α Handbook

• Instruction Manual (1) (This manual)

SLT-A57K

• DT18-55mm zoom lens (1)/Front lens cap (1)/Packaging lid (1)

SLT-A57Y

• DT18-55mm zoom lens (1)/Front lens cap (1)/Packaging lid (1)

• DT55-200mm zoom lens (1)/

Front lens cap (1)/Rear lens cap

(1)/Lens hood (1)

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Identifying parts

See the pages in parentheses for details of operation.

Front side

A

Shutter button (30)

B

Power switch (26)

C

Control dial

D

Remote sensor (45)

E

Self-timer lamp (45)

F

Lens contacts*

G

Mirror*

H

Preview button (52)/Focus

Magnifier button (52)

I

Mount

J

Built-in flash* (41)

K

Microphone**

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L

Mode dial (36)

M

(Flash pop-up) button (41,

52)

N

Mounting index (23)

O

Lens release button (24)

P

Focus mode switch (52)

* Do not directly touch these

parts.

** Do not cover this part

during movie recording.

Doing so may cause noise or lower the volume.

Identifying parts

Rear side

A

Eyepiece sensors

B

Viewfinder*

• When you look into the viewfinder, the viewfinder mode is activated, and when you take your face away from the viewfinder, the screen mode returns to the LCD screen mode.

C

Diopter-adjustment dial (28)

D

LCD screen (73)

E

Light sensor

F

Eyecup

G

For shooting: Fn (Function)

button (53, 54)

For viewing: (Image

rotation) button (52)

H

Control button

v/V/b/B/DISP (Display) (46)/

WB (White balance) (52)/

(Drive) (45, 52)/

(Picture Effect) (52)

I

Control button (Enter)/AF button/Object Tracking button

(54)

J

(In-Camera Guide) button

(63)

For viewing: (Delete) button

(34)

K

(Playback) button (33)

* Do not directly touch this

part.

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Identifying parts

Top side

A

Auto-lock Accessory shoe

B

MENU button (56)

C

MOVIE button (32, 52)

D

FINDER/LCD button (52)

E

(Exposure) button (43)

F

ISO button (52, 59)

G

Image sensor position mark

H

For shooting: ZOOM button

(52)

For viewing: (Zoom in)

button (52)

I

For shooting: AEL (AE lock)

button (52, 59)/AV (Aperture

value) button (52)

For viewing: (Zoom out)

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button (49)/

(Image index)

button (50)

Identifying parts

Sides/Bottom

A

Hooks for shoulder strap

• Attach both ends of the strap onto the camera.

B

REMOTE terminal

• When connecting the RM-

L1AM 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.

C

Speaker

D

DC IN terminal

• When connecting the AC-

PW10AM 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.

E

Microphone jack

• When an external microphone is connected, the internal microphone is turned off automatically. When the external microphone is a plugin-power type, the power of the microphone is supplied by the camera.

F

HDMI mini terminal (51)

G

(USB) terminal

H

Access lamp (21)

I

Memory card insertion slot (20)

J

Memory card cover (20)

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K

Battery insertion slot (20)

L

Battery cover (20)

M

Tripod receptacle

• Use a tripod with a screw length of less than 5.5 mm (7/32 inch).

You will be unable to firmly secure the camera to tripods with a screw length of 5.5 mm

(7/32 inch) or longer, and attempting to do so may damage the camera.

Identifying parts

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Identifying parts

Lens

DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM

(Supplied with the SLT-A57K/A57Y)

DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM

(Supplied with the SLT-A57Y)

A

Focusing ring

B

Zoom ring

C

Focal-length scale

D

Focal-length index

E

Lens contacts

F

Focusing mode switch

G

Mounting index

• The DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6

SAM/DT 55-200mm F4-5.6

SAM are designed for Sony Amount cameras (models equipped with an APS-C sized image sensor). You cannot use these lenses on 35mm-format cameras.

• For the lenses other than DT 18-

55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM/DT 55-

200mm F4-5.6 SAM, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the lens.

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Charging the battery pack

When using the camera for the first time, be sure to charge the NP-

FM500H “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (supplied).

The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack can be charged even when it has not been fully depleted.

It can also be used when it has not been fully charged.

The battery pack is discharged little by little, even when you do not use it.

To avoid missing an opportunity to shoot, check the remaining battery level before you shoot. If the battery level is low, charge it again.

1

Insert the battery pack onto the battery charger.

Push the battery pack until it clicks.

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Charging the battery pack

2

Connect the battery charger to the wall outlet (wall socket).

Light on: Charging

Light off: Charge completed

Charging time About 175 minutes

For the U.S.A and Canada

Plug

• 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)

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)

1

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.

3

Close the cover.

Lock lever

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. Slide the lock lever in the direction of the arrow 10 seconds after turning off the camera, then remove the battery pack. Be careful not to drop the battery pack.

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

Available memory cards

The following memory cards are compatible with this camera. However, all memory cards are not guaranteed to work with this camera.

Types of memory card

Memory Stick PRO Duo

Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

SD memory card

SDHC memory card

SDXC memory card

• MultiMediaCard cannot be used.

Still images

Movies

(Mark2)

(Class 4 or faster)

(Class 4 or faster)

(Class 4 or faster)

In this manual

Memory Stick

PRO Duo

SD card

Note

• Images recorded on an SDXC memory card cannot be imported to or played on computers or AV devices that are not compatible with exFAT. Make sure that the device is compatible with exFAT before connecting it to the camera. If you connect your camera to an incompatible device, you may be prompted to format the card.

Never format the card in response to this prompt, as doing so will erase all data on the card. (exFAT is the file system used on SDXC memory cards.)

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Attaching a lens

1

Remove the body cap from the camera and the packaging lid from the rear of the lens.

• When changing the lens, quickly change the lens away from dusty locations so as to keep dust or debris from getting inside the camera.

• When shooting, remove the front lens cap from the front of the lens.

Front lens cap

Body cap

Packaging lid

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.

Lens release button

2

Attach the caps to the front and rear of the lens and the body cap to the camera.

• Before you attach them, remove dust from them.

• A rear lens cap is not supplied with the DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM Lens

Kit. When you store the lens without attaching it to the camera, purchase the Rear Lens Cap ALC-R55.

To attach a lens hood

It is recommended that you use a lens hood to reduce flare and ensure maximum image quality.

Fit the hood into the mount on the end of the lens barrel and rotate the hood clockwise until it clicks.

Notes

• A lens hood is not included with the DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM. You can use the

ALC-SH108 (sold separately).

• The lens hood may block the light of the flash. Remove the lens hood when using the flash.

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Attaching a lens

• 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.

The screen used for setting date and time appears.

• To turn the camera off, set it to OFF.

2

Verify that [Enter] is selected on the LCD screen, then press the center of the control button.

3

Select your area with b/B on the control button, then

press the center of the control button.

4

Select each item with b/B

and set the numeric value

with v/V.

[Daylight Svg.:]: Turns on or off the daylight saving time setting.

[Date Format:]: Selects the format to display date.

• Midnight is indicated as 12:00 AM, and noon as 12:00 PM.

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Turning the camera on and setting the clock

5

Repeat step 4 to set other items, then press the center of the control button.

6

Verify that [Enter] is selected, then press the center of the control button.

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.

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.

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.

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Before shooting

Adjusting the viewfinder to the visual acuity (diopter adjustment)

Adjust the diopter-adjustment dial to your eyesight until the display appears clearly in the viewfinder.

• If you cannot see the entire screen in the viewfinder, you can change the scale of the viewfinder screen

(page 58).

Note

• The dioptic adjustment attachment (sold separately) cannot be used with this camera.

Holding the camera properly

Stabilize your upper body and take a position that keeps the camera from moving.

In LCD screen mode In viewfinder mode In viewfinder mode

(vertical position)

Point

1

One hand holds the grip of the camera, and the other hand supports the lens.

Point

2

Take a secure stance with your feet shoulder-width apart.

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Before shooting

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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Shooting and viewing images

Shooting still images

The “Intelligent Auto” mode allows you to easily shoot any subject under any conditions because the camera makes appropriate judgments on the situation to adjust the settings.

Select when shooting in a location where the use of a flash is restricted.

1

Set the mode dial to or

(Flash Off).

or

2

Hold the camera, monitoring your shot with the LCD screen or viewfinder.

3

Overlay the AF area on the desired subject.

• If the (Camera shake warning) indicator flashes, carefully shoot the subject, holding the camera steady, or by using a tripod.

• When the camera recognizes the scene, the Scene Recognition icon appears on the screen and suitable settings for that scene will be put into effect.

4

When using a zoom lens, turn the zoom ring, then decide on your shot.

AF area

(Camera shake warning) indicator

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.

6

Press the shutter button fully down to shoot.

• When the camera detects and shoots a face with [Auto Port.

Framing] set to [Auto], the captured image is automatically trimmed into a suitable composition. Both the original and the trimmed images are saved

(page 54).

Focus indicator

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Recording movies

1

Press the MOVIE button to start recording.

• 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 36).

• The camera continues to adjust the focus when it is in autofocus mode.

MOVIE button

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 57).

• 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.

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Playing back images

1

Press the button.

button

2

MENU button t

desired mode

• 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.

3

Select an image with b/B on the control button.

• To play back movies, press the center of the control button.

During movie playback

To pause/resume

To fast-forward

To fast-rewind

To slow-forward

To slow-reverse

To adjust sound volume

To display the information

Control button/control dial operation

z

B b

Rotate the control dial to the right during pause

Rotate the control dial to the left during pause

• The movie is played back frame-byframe.

V v t v/V

Note

• Movies recorded with other devices may not be played back on this camera.

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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

Select [Delete] with v on the control button, then press

the center of the control button.

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Shooting images to suit your subject

Adjusting the angle of the LCD screen

Adjust the LCD screen to an easily viewable angle.

• The LCD screen tilts 180 degrees.

• The LCD screen can be rotated leftward

270 degrees from the position in which the LCD screen is facing forward.

• When the LCD screen is not used, it is recommended that you close it with the screen side facing to the camera.

Note

• When the LCD screen 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:

(Intelligent

Auto)

(Superior

(Scene

Selection)

The “Intelligent Auto” mode allows you to easily shoot any subject under any conditions because the camera makes appropriate judgments on the situation to adjust the settings.

Select “Flash Off” when you want to shoot without the flash.

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.

Selecting an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting conditions allows you to shoot the image with a suitable setting for the subject.

Allows you to shoot panoramic images.

(Sweep

Panorama)

(3D Sweep

Panorama)

(Cont. Priority

AE Mode)

Allows you to shoot 3D panoramic images for playback on a

3D compatible TV.

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 or 10 images per second.

(Movie)

(Program Auto)

Allows you to shoot movies with the exposure adjusted manually (both the shutter speed and the aperture value).

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)

Allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually using the control dial.

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(Shutter Priority)

Allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually using the control dial.

(Manual

Exposure)

Shooting with the various shooting modes

Allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure manually

(both the shutter speed and the aperture value) using the control dial.

Superior Auto

1

Set the mode dial to (Superior Auto).

2

Point the camera towards the 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.

Recognized scene mode mark

Shooting function

Number of images to be shot

3

Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.

Scene recognized by the camera

(Night Scene)

(Backlight Portrait)

(Backlight)

(Spotlight)

(Hand-held Twilight)

(Portrait)

(Macro)

(Low Brightness)

Shooting function

Cont. Shooting (45)

Daylight Sync.

Slow Sync. (41)

Slow Shutter

(Landscape)

(Tripod Night Scene)

(Night Portrait)

(Baby)

Auto HDR (54)

Hand-held Twilight (38)

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Shooting with the various shooting modes

Scene Selection

1

Set the mode dial to (Scene Selection).

2

Select the desired mode with v/V, then press the center of the

control button.

• To change the scene, press the Fn button, then select another scene.

3

Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.

(Portrait) Blurs away backgrounds and sharpens the subject. Expresses skin tones softly.

(Sports Action) Shoots a moving subject at a fast shutter speed so that the subject looks as if it is standing still. The camera shoots images continuously while the shutter button is pressed.

(Macro)

(Landscape)

(Sunset)

(Night Scene)

Shoots close subjects such as flowers, foods.

Shoots the entire range of scenery in sharp focus with vivid colors.

Shoots the red of the sunrise or sunset beautifully.

Shoots night scenes at a distance without losing the dark atmosphere of the surroundings.

(Hand-held

Twilight)

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.

(Night Portrait) Shoots portraits in night scenes.

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Shooting with the various shooting modes

Sweep Panorama/ 3D Sweep Panorama

1

Set the mode dial to (Sweep Panorama)/ (3D Sweep

Panorama).

2

Point the camera at the edge of the subject, then press the shutter button halfway down to adjust the focus.

This part will not be taken

3

Press the shutter button fully down.

4

Pan or tilt the camera to the end, following the guidance on the screen.

Guidance bar

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Shooting with the various shooting modes

Continuous Advance Priority AE Mode

1

Set the mode dial to (Cont. Priority AE Mode).

2

Select the desired mode with v/V on the control button, then

press the center z on the control button.

• To change the mode, press the Fn button, then select another mode.

3

Adjust the focus and shoot the subjects.

• The camera continues to shoot while the shutter button is pressed fully down.

(Tele-zoom

Cont. Priority AE)

AE)

(Cont. Priority

The camera records the images continuously at a maximum of about 12 images per second.

• The minimum zoom scale of the camera is set to 1.4 times and the image size can be set to M or S.

The camera records the images continuously at a maximum of about 10 images per second. The image size can be set to

L.

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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 77.

2

Press the button.

The flash pops up.

• In Intelligent Auto, Superior Auto or

Scene Selection mode, the flash automatically pops up if the amount of light is insufficient or the subject is backlit. The built-in flash does not pop up even if you press the button.

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.

• When you press the shutter button halfway down under dark lighting in autofocus mode, the flash may be fired to help focus on a subject (AF

Illuminator).

(Flash charging) indicator

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(Flash Off)

(Autoflash)

(Fill-flash)

(Slow Sync.)

(Rear Sync.)

(Wireless)

Using the flash

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.

Fires if it is dark or against light.

Fires every time you trigger the shutter.

Fires every time you trigger the shutter. Slow sync shooting allows you to shoot a clear image of both the subject and the background by slowing the shutter speed.

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.

button

2

Adjust the exposure with the control dial.

Toward + (over): Brightens an image.

Toward – (under): Darkens an image.

• In viewfinder mode, confirm the exposure using the EV scale.

The LCD screen after the exposure is adjusted.

Compensated exposure

The screen in the viewfinder

Standard exposure

3

Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.

Shooting techniques

• Adjust the compensation level by checking the recorded image.

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Adjusting the brightness of the image

• Using bracket shooting, you can shoot multiple images with the exposure

shifted to the plus or minus sides (page 45).

Note

• This item cannot be set when the exposure mode is set to Intelligent Auto, Superior

Auto, or Scene Selection.

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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.

on the control button t

Select the desired mode

(Single

Shooting)

This mode is for normal shooting.

(Cont. Shooting)

The camera records the images continuously.

(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.

(Bracket:

Cont.)

Bracket) bracket)

(Single

(WB

You can shoot 3 images, each with different degrees of exposure.

You can shoot 3 images, shot by shot, each with different degrees of exposure.

(Remote Cdr.)

Based on the selected white balance, and the color temperature/color filter, 3 images are recorded with the white balance shifted.

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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Switching the recording information display (DISP)

Each time you press DISP on the control button, the recording information display changes as follows.

You can select the available displays in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen separately.

Graphic Display Display All Info.

No Disp. Info.

Level

Digital level gauge

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

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Setting image size

Image Size

[Aspect Ratio]: [3:2]

Image size

L:16M

M:8.4M

S:4.0M

4912 × 3264 pixels

3568 × 2368 pixels

2448 × 1624 pixels

[Aspect Ratio]: [16:9]

Usage guidelines

For prints up to A3+ size

For prints up to A4 size

For prints up to L/2L size

Image size

L:14M

M:7.1M

S:3.4M

4912 × 2760 pixels

3568 × 2000 pixels

2448 × 1376 pixels

Usage guidelines

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 56).

Size] t Select the desired size

[Panorama: Size]

Standard

Wide

[Panorama: Direction] is set to [Up] [Down]: 3872 × 2160

[Panorama: Direction] is set to [Right] [Left]: 8192 × 1856

[Panorama: Direction] is set to [Up] [Down]: 5536 × 2160

[Panorama: Direction] is set to [Right] [Left]: 12416 × 1856

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[3D Pan.: Image Size]

16:9

Standard

Wide

1920 × 1080

4912 × 1080

7152 × 1080

Setting image size

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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 button or button.

• Rotating the control dial switches the image at the same display magnification. When you shoot multiple images with the same composition, you can compare their focus conditions.

3

Select the portion you want to enlarge with v/V/b/B on the

control button.

To cancel the enlarged playback

Press the center of the control button so that the image returns to the normal size.

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Switching to the display of the image list

You can display multiple images on the screen simultaneously.

Press the button.

The image index screen is displayed.

• You can select the number of images displayed on one page of the image index screen using [Image Index] in the

Playback menu.

button

To return to the single-image screen

Press the center of the control button when you select the desired image.

To display the desired folder

Select the left bar on the image index screen with the control button, then select the desired folder with v/V. Pressing the center of the control button when the left bar is selected switches the view mode.

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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 mini terminal

2

Turn on the TV and switch the input.

• See also the operating instructions supplied with the TV.

3

Turn on the camera, and press the

button.

Images shot with the camera appear on the TV screen.

Select the desired image with b/B on the control button.

• The LCD screen on the camera does not turned on.

Control button

button

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Functions list

Functions that can be operated with the buttons/switch

You can set up or operate various functions with these buttons/switch.

For the location of the buttons/switch, see “Identifying parts” (page 12).

button

button

ISO button

FINDER/LCD button

MENU button

MOVIE button

AEL button/AV button/ button/ button

Pops the flash up.

Compensates the exposure.

Adjusts the ISO sensitivity.

Switches the display between the LCD screen and the viewfinder.

Displays the menu screen for setting up the menu item.

Records movies.

Fixes the exposure of the entire screen./Sets up the aperture value./Displays multiple images on the screen simultaneously./Scales down an image that has been scaled up when viewing images.

ZOOM button/ button

Fn button/

Control button

button

button/

button

button

Focus mode switch

Preview button/Focus

Magnifier button

Magnifies and shoots the subject using the zoom feature of the camera (ZOOM)./Scales an image up when viewing images.

Displays the setup screen of the function that is set using the Fn button./Rotates images.

Sets up the following functions: Display, White

Balance, Drive mode, Picture Effect, and Autofocus.

Plays back images.

Displays a shooting tip or In-Camera Guide./Deletes images.

Switches the autofocus and manual focus.

Checks blurring of the background./Allows you to check the focus by enlarging the image before shooting.

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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 control button,

then press the center z to execute.

The setup screen appears.

3

Following the operation guide, select and execute the desired function.

Operation guide

To set up the camera directly from the recording information screen

Turn the control dial without pressing the center z in step 2. You can set up the camera directly from the recording information screen.

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Functions that can be selected with the Fn (Function) button

The functions that can be selected with the Fn button are as follows:

Scene Selection

Selects an appropriate mode from among the Scene Selection preset settings to suit shooting conditions.

(Portrait/Sports Action/Macro/Landscape/Sunset/Night

Scene/Hand-held Twilight/Night Portrait)

Movie

Cont. Priority AE

Mode

Drive Mode

Selects the exposure mode to suit your subject or your effect and records movies.

(P/A/S/M)

Sets the speed for continuous shooting.

(Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE/Cont. Priority AE)

Flash Mode

Sets the drive mode such as continuous shooting.

(Single Shooting/Cont. Shooting/Self-timer/Bracket: Cont./

Single Bracket/WB bracket/Remote Cdr.)

Sets the flash mode.

(Flash Off/Autoflash/Fill-flash/Slow Sync./Rear Sync./

Wireless)

Autofocus Mode

AF area

Selects the method for focusing according to movement of the subject.

(Single-shot AF/Automatic AF/Continuous AF)

Selects the area of focus.

(Wide/Zone/Spot/Local)

Object Tracking

Keeps the focus on a subject while tracking it.

(On/Off)

Smile/Face Detect.

Automatically captures people’s face(s) with the optimal focus and exposure./Shoots when a smile is detected.

(Face Detection Off/Face Detection On (Regist. Faces)/Face

Detection On/Smile Shutter)

Auto Port. Framing

Analyzes the scene when capturing face and automatically saves another image with well-balanced composition.

(Auto/Off)

ISO

Sets the sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the faster the shutter speed.

(Multi Frame Noise Reduct./ISO AUTO to 16000)

Metering Mode

Selects the method for measuring brightness.

(Multi segment/Center weighted/Spot)

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Flash Comp.

White Balance

DRO/Auto HDR

Creative Style

Picture Effect

Functions that can be selected with the Fn (Function) button

Adjusts the intensity of flash output.

(+2.0EV to –2.0EV)

Adjusts the color tone of images.

(Auto WB/Daylight/Shade/Cloudy/Incandescent/Fluor.:

Warm White/Fluor.: Cool White/Fluor.: Day White/Fluor.:

Daylight/Flash/C.Temp./Filter/Custom)

Compensates for the brightness and contrast automatically.

(Off/D-RangeOptimizer/Auto HDR)

Selects your desired image processing.

(Standard/Vivid/Portrait/Landscape/Sunset/Black & White)

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)

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The functions selected with the MENU button

You can set up the basic settings for the camera as a whole or execute functions such as shooting, playback, or other operations.

Press the MENU button, then set up the desired item with v/V/b/B on the control button, then press the center of the control button.

Select a page of the menu Select an item on the menu

Still shooting menu

Image Size

Selects the size of still images.

(L:16M/M:8.4M/S:4.0M (When [Aspect Ratio] is set to 3:2)

L:14M/M:7.1M/S:3.4M (When [Aspect Ratio] is set to 16:9))

Aspect Ratio

Quality

Selects the aspect ratio for still images.

(3:2/16:9)

Sets the image quality for still images.

(RAW/RAW & JPEG/Fine/Standard)

Panorama: Size

Selects the size of panoramic images.

(Standard/Wide)

Panorama: Direction Sets the shooting direction for panoramic images.

(Right/Left/Up/Down)

3D Pan.: Image Size

Selects the size of 3D-images.

(16:9/Standard/Wide)

3D Pan.: Direction

Sets the shooting direction for 3D-images.

(Right/Left)

Clear Image Zoom

Zooms an image with higher quality than Digital Zoom.

(On/Off)

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Digital Zoom

Long Exposure NR

High ISO NR

Flash control

AF Illuminator

Color Space

The functions selected with the MENU button

Zooms an image with higher magnification than Clear Image

Zoom. This feature can be also available in movie recording.

(On/Off)

Sets noise reduction processing for shots in which shutter speed will be 1 second or longer.

(On/Off)

Sets noise reduction processing for high-sensitivity shooting.

(High/Normal/Low)

Sets the method for determining the intensity of flash output.

(ADI flash/Pre-flash TTL)

Sets the AF illuminator, which sheds light on a dark scene to aid focusing.

(Auto/Off)

Changes the range of reproducible colors.

(sRGB/AdobeRGB)

SteadyShot

Shooting Tip List

Movie shooting menu

Sets SteadyShot.

(On/Off)

Allows you to access all shooting tips.

File Format

Record Setting

Selects the movie file format.

(AVCHD/MP4)

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

Sets whether or not to record audio when shooting a movie.

(On/Off)

Wind Noise Reduct.

Reduces wind noise during movie recording.

(On/Off)

SteadyShot

Sets SteadyShot.

(On/Off)

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The functions selected with the MENU button

Custom menu

Eye-Start AF

Sets whether or not to use auto focus when you look through the viewfinder.

(On/Off)

FINDER/LCD Setting

Sets the method for switching between the viewfinder and

LCD screen.

(Auto/Manual)

Viewfinder Magnifi.

Changes the screen size in the viewfinder. If you cannot see the entire screen in the viewfinder, set it to [Standard].

(Maximum/Standard)

Red Eye Reduction

Reduces the red-eye phenomenon during flash use.

(On/Off)

Release w/o Lens

S. Auto Cont.

Shooting

Sets whether shutter can open when lens is not attached.

(Enable/Disable)

Sets whether or not to shoot continuously in Superior Auto mode.

(Auto/Off)

S. Auto Image

Extract.

Sets whether or not to save all the images that were shot continuously in Superior Auto mode.

(Auto/Off)

Grid Line

Sets a grid line display to enable alignment to a structural outline.

(Rule of 3rds Grid/Square Grid/Diag. + Square Grid/Off)

Auto Review

Displays the captured image after shooting. Sets auto review.

(10 Sec/5 Sec/2 Sec/Off)

DISP Button(Monitor) Allows you to select the available screen display modes of the LCD screen that can be selected by pressing DISP on the control button.

(Graphic Display/Display All Info./No Disp. Info./Level/

Histogram/For viewfinder)

DISP Button(Finder)

Allows you to select the available screen display modes of the viewfinder that can be selected by pressing DISP on the control button.

(Graphic Display/Display All Info./No Disp. Info./Level/

Histogram)

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Peaking Level

Peaking Color

Live View Display

The functions selected with the MENU button

Enhances the outline of in-focus ranges with a specific color in manual focus mode.

(High/Mid/Low/Off)

Sets the color used for the peaking function.

(Red/Yellow/White)

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

Assigns the desired function to the AEL button.

(Exposure Comp./Drive Mode/Flash Mode/Autofocus Mode/

AF area/Face Detection/Smile Shutter/Auto Port. Framing/

ISO/Metering Mode/Flash Comp./White Balance/DRO/Auto

HDR/Creative Style/Picture Effect/Image Size/Quality/AEL hold/AEL toggle/ AEL hold/ AEL toggle/Object

Tracking/AF lock/Aperture Preview/Shot. Result Preview/

Zoom/Focus Magnifier)

ISO Button

Assigns the desired function to the ISO button.

(Exposure Comp./Drive Mode/Flash Mode/Autofocus Mode/

AF area/Face Detection/Smile Shutter/Auto Port. Framing/

ISO/Metering Mode/Flash Comp./White Balance/DRO/Auto

HDR/Creative Style/Picture Effect/Image Size/Quality/AEL hold/AEL toggle/

AEL hold/

AEL toggle/Object

Tracking/AF lock/Aperture Preview/Shot. Result Preview/

Zoom/Focus Magnifier)

Preview Button

Selects the method to be used for the operating preview button.

(Shot. Result Preview/Aperture Preview/Focus Magnifier)

Focus Hold Button

MOVIE Button

Sets the function of the focus hold button of the lens.

(Focus Hold/D.O.F.Preview)

Selects the appropriate mode for the MOVIE button.

(Always/Movie Mode Only)

Lens Comp.: Shading Compensates for the shaded corners of the screen caused by the lens attached.

(Auto/Off)

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The functions selected with the MENU button

Lens Comp.: Chro.

Aber.

Lens Comp.:

Distortion

Front Curtain Shutter Sets whether or not to use the electronic front curtain shutter function.

(On/Off)

Face Registration

Compensates for distortion on the screen caused by the lens attached.

(Auto/Off)

Registers or changes the person to be given priority in the focus.

(New Registration/Order Exchanging/Delete/Delete All)

Face Priority

Tracking

Reduces the color deviation at the corners of the screen caused by the lens attached.

(Auto/Off)

Sets whether to preferentially-track a certain face or not when the camera detects that face during object tracking.

(On/Off)

Playback menu

Delete

View Mode

Slide Show

Image Index

3D Viewing

Protect

Specify Printing

Deletes images.

(Multiple Img./All in Folder/All AVCHD view files)

Allows you to determine how to group the playback images.

(Folder View(Still)/Folder View(MP4)/AVCHD View)

Shows a slide show.

(Repeat/Interval/Image Type)

Displays the image list.

(4 Images/9 Images)

Plays back 3D-images using a 3D-compatible TV connected to the camera.

Protects or cancels protection for an image.

(Multiple Img./Cancel All Images/Cancel All Movies(MP4)/

Cancel All AVCHD view files)

Specifies or unspecifies the images for DPOF.

(DPOF Setup/Date Imprint)

Volume Settings

Playback Display

Sets the volume for movie playback.

Sets how to play back an image recorded in portrait.

(Auto Rotate/Manual Rotate)

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The functions selected with the MENU button

Memory Card Tool menu

Format

File Number

Formats the memory card.

Sets the method used to assign file numbers to still images and MP4 movies.

(Series/Reset)

Folder Name

Select REC Folder

Sets the folder format for still images.

(Standard Form/Date Form)

Changes the selected folder for storing still images and MP4 movies.

New Folder

Recover Image DB

Creates a new folder for storing still images and MP4 movies.

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

Area Setting

Setup menu

Sets date and time, and daylight savings.

Sets the location of use.

Menu start

LCD Brightness

Viewfinder Bright.

Eco Mode

Power Save

Sets the default position of the cursor on the menu to the top item or the last-selected item.

(Top/Previous)

Sets the brightness of the LCD screen.

(Auto/Manual)

Sets the brightness of the viewfinder.

(Auto/Manual)

Sets the level of the power saving feature.

(Standard/Max)

Sets the interval after which power save mode engages.

(30 Min/5 Min/1 Min/20 Sec/10 Sec)

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HDMI Resolution

CTRL FOR HDMI

The functions selected with the MENU button

Sets the resolution when the camera is connected to an HDMI

TV.

(Auto/1080p/1080i)

Operates the camera from a TV that support “BRAVIA”

Sync.

(On/Off)

Upload Settings*

USB Connection

Audio signals

Cleaning Mode

Sets the upload function of the camera when using an Eye-Fi card.

(On/Off)

Sets the USB connection method.

(Auto/Mass Storage/MTP)

Sets whether or not to use the beep sound when the focus is achieved or the self-timer is working.

(On/Off)

Starts the cleaning mode to clean the image sensor.

* Appears when an Eye-Fi card (sold separately) is inserted in the camera.

Version

Language

Mode Dial Guide

Demo Mode

Initialize

Displays the camera software version.

Selects the language.

Turns on or off the mode dial guide (the explanation of each shooting mode).

(On/Off)

Sets the demonstration playback of a movie to on or off.

(On/Off)

Restores the settings to their defaults.

(Reset Default/Rec mode reset/Custom reset)

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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 control button, the appropriate setup is indicated in order to enable them.

(In-Camera Guide) button

Shooting Tip

The camera displays the shooting tips in accordance with the shooting mode selected.

1

Press the (In-Camera Guide) button when the recording information display is displayed.

A shooting tip list in accordance with the current subject appears automatically.

(In-Camera Guide) button

2

Select the desired shooting tip with v/V on the control button,

then press the center of the control button.

The shooting tip is displayed.

• You can scroll the screen with v/V.

• You can select the item with b/B.

To access all shooting tips

You can search through all the shooting tips from the menu.

Use this item when you want to read shooting tips you have seen before.

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shooting tip

Using the guide function of the camera

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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”

You can open RAW format image files.

• “PlayMemories Home”

You can import still images or movies recorded with the camera to your computer so that you can view them, and use various convenient features to enhance the images you have shot.

For detailed notes on installation, also see page 67.

Notes

• Use “Image Data Converter” to play back RAW images.

• “PlayMemories Home” is not compatible with Mac computers. When you play back images on Mac computers, use the appropriate application software supplied with the Mac computer.

Recommended computer environment (Windows)

The following computer environment is recommended when using the supplied software and importing images via a USB connection.

OS (pre-installed)

“PlayMemories

Home”

“Image Data

Converter Ver.4”

Microsoft Windows XP* SP3/Windows Vista** SP2/

Windows 7 SP1

CPU: Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or faster

(For playing/editing the High Definition movies: Intel Core

Duo 1.66 GHz or faster/Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or faster,

Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz or faster (AVC HD (FX/FH)),

Intel Core 2 Duo 2.40 GHz or faster (AVC HD (PS)))

Memory: Windows XP 512MB or more (1 GB or more is recommended), Windows Vista/Windows 7 1 GB or more

Hard Disk: Disk space required for installationapproximately 500 MB

Display: Screen resolution-1024 × 768 dots or more

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.

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Using with your computer

** Starter (Edition) is not supported.

Recommended computer environment (Mac)

The following computer environment is recommended when using the supplied software and importing images via a USB connection.

OS (pre-installed)

“Image Data

Converter Ver.4”

USB Connection: Mac OS X v10.3 – 10.7

“Image Data Converter Ver.4”: Mac OS X v10.5, 10.6

(Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion)

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 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 “PlayMemories Home” are checked and follow the instructions on the screen.

• Connect the camera to the computer during the procedure following the instructions on the screen.

• When the restarting confirmation message appears, restart the computer following the instructions on the screen.

• DirectX may be installed depending on the system environment of your computer.

3

Remove the CD-ROM after the installation is complete.

The following software is installed and shortcut icons appear on the desktop.

“Image Data Converter”

“PlayMemories Home”

“PlayMemories Home Help Guide”

Note

• If “PMB” (Picture Motion Browser) supplied with a camera that was purchased before 2011 has already been installed on the computer, “PMB” is overwritten by

“PlayMemories Home,” and you may be unable to use some functions of “PMB.”

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Using the software

Installing the software (Mac)

Log on as Administrator.

1

Turn on your Mac computer, and insert the CD-ROM (supplied) into the CD-ROM drive.

2

Double-click the CD-ROM icon.

3

Copy the [IDC_INST.pkg] file in the [MAC] folder to the hard disk icon.

4

Double-click the [IDC_INST.pkg] file in the copy-to folder.

Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.

Using “Image Data Converter”

With “Image Data Converter” you can do the following, etc.:

• To edit images recorded in RAW format with various corrections, such as tone curve, and sharpness.

• To adjust images with white balance, exposure, and creative style, etc.

• To save the images displayed and edited on a computer.

You can either save the image as RAW format or save it in the general file format.

• To display and compare RAW/JPEG images recorded with this camera.

• To rate the images on a scale of five.

• To set color labels.

To use “Image Data Converter,” refer to Help.

Click [Start] t [All Programs] t [Image Data Converter] t [Help] t

[Image Data Converter Ver.4].

Using “PlayMemories Home”

With “PlayMemories Home” you can do the following, etc.:

• To set images shot with the camera and display them on the computer.

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Using the software

• To organize images on the computer on a calendar by shooting date to view them.

• To retouch (red-eye reduction, etc.), print, send still images as e-mail attachments, and change the shooting date.

• To print or save still images with the date.

• To create Blu-ray discs or DVD discs from AVCHD movies imported to a computer. (An Internet connection environment is required when a Bluray disc/DVD disc is created for the first time.)

Notes

• “PlayMemories Home” is not compatible with Mac computers. When you play back images on Mac computers, use the appropriate application software supplied with the Mac computer.

• Movies recorded with the [60p 28M(PS)]/[50p 28M(PS)], [60i 24M(FX)]/[50i

24M(FX)] or [24p 24M(FX)]/[25p 24M(FX)] setting in [Record Setting] are converted by “PlayMemories Home” in order to create an AVCHD recording disc.

This conversion can take a long time. Also, you cannot create a disc with the original image quality. If you want to keep the original image quality, you must store your movies on a Blu-ray disc.

To use “PlayMemories Home,” refer to “PlayMemories Home Help

Guide.”

Double-click the shortcut of (PlayMemories Home Help Guide) on the desktop. Or, click [Start] t [All Programs] t [PlayMemories Home] t

[PlayMemories Home Help Guide].

“PlayMemories Home” support page (English only) http://www.sony.co.jp/pmh-se/

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Selecting the method for creating a disc of movies

You can create a disc from AVCHD movies that have been recorded with this camera.

Depending on the disc type, playable devices may vary. Select the method that suits your disc player.

Here, 2 ways of creating a disc of movies are described; creating a disc with a computer using “PlayMemories Home” or creating a disc with devices other than a computer such as a DVD writer.

Disc type/usage

Record setting available

PS FX FH

Player

Blu-ray disc playback devices

(Sony Blu-ray disc player,

PlayStation®3, etc.)

To keep high-definition image quality (HD)

AVCHD format playback devices

(Sony Blu-ray disc player,

PlayStation®3, etc.)

To keep high-definition image quality (HD)

(AVCHD recording disc)

–* –*

–* –* –*

Ordinary DVD playback devices

(DVD player, computer that can play DVDs, etc.)

To keep standard definition image quality

(STD)

* When creating a disc using “PlayMemories Home,” changing the image quality to a lower setting allows you to create a disc.

Creating a disc using a computer

You can import AVCHD movies to a computer using “PlayMemories

Home” and create an AVCHD recording disc or a standard definition image quality (STD) disc.

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Selecting the method for creating a disc of movies

For details on the method for creating a disc using “PlayMemories Home,” see “PlayMemories Home Help Guide.”

Notes

• To create Blu-ray discs with “PlayMemories Home,” you have to install proprietary add-on software. For details, access following URL: http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/BDUW/

• The PlayStation®3 may not be available in some countries/regions.

• Movies recorded with the [60p 28M(PS)]/[50p 28M(PS)], [60i 24M(FX)]/[50i

24M(FX)] or [24p 24M(FX)]/[25p 24M(FX)] setting in [Record Setting] are converted by “PlayMemories Home” in order to create an AVCHD recording disc.

This conversion can take a long time. Also, you cannot create a disc with the original image quality. If you want to keep the original image quality, you must store your movies on a Blu-ray disc.

• To play back movies recorded with the [60p 28M(PS)]/[50p 28M(PS)] setting on a

Blu-ray disc, a device compatible with the AVCHD Ver 2.0 format is required.

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

DVD writer other than

DVDirect Express: To create an AVCHD recording disc or DVD with standard image quality (STD)

Disc type

Blu-ray disc recorder: To create a Blu-ray disc or

DVD with standard image quality (STD)

High-definition image quality

(HD)

Standard definition image quality

(STD)

High-definition image quality

(HD) (AVCHD recording disc)

Standard definition image quality

(STD)

HDD recorder, etc.: To create a DVD with standard image quality

(STD)

Standard definition image quality

(STD)

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Selecting the method for creating a disc of movies

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/

• To copy movies recorded with the [60p 28M(PS)]/[50p 28M(PS)] setting to a Bluray disc, a device compatible with the AVCHD Ver 2.0 format is required. To play back the created Blu-ray disc, a device compatible with the AVCHD Ver 2.0 format is required.

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Others

List of icons on the screen

Graphic Display (LCD screen)

A

Display Indication

Exposure mode (36)

P

A S M

Display All Info. (LCD screen)

For playback (Basic information display)

Scene Recognition icons

(30, 37)

Memory card (20)/

Upload (61)

100

Remaining number of recordable images

Aspect ratio of still

images (56)

3D Sweep Panorama (39)

16M 8.4M

4.0M 14M

7.1M 3.4M

Image size of still images

(47)

Image quality of still

images (56)

Frame rate of movies (57)

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Display Indication

Image size of movies (57)

100% Remaining battery (21)

Flash charge in progress

(41)

Setting Effect OFF (58)

No audio recording of

movies (57)

SteadyShot/Camera

shake warning (56, 57)

SteadyShot error

Overheating warning (9)

Database file full/

Database file error

View Mode (60)

100-0003

Folder - file number

-

Protect (60)

DPOF

DPOF set (60)

Remaining battery

warning (21)

B

Display Indication

Spot metering area (54)

AF area (54)

Smart Zoom (52)

Clear Image Zoom (52)

Digital Zoom (52)

Shutter speed indicator

(46)

Aperture indicator (46)

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List of icons on the screen

C

Display Indication

REC 0:12

Recording time of the movie (m:s) z

1/250

F3.5

Focus (31)

Shutter speed (36)

Aperture (36)

EV scale (43) (Only for

viewfinder)

+3.0

Exposure compensation

(43)

AE lock (52)

ISO400

3/7

2012-1-1

10:37AM

Auto HDR image warning

Picture Effect error

ISO sensitivity (52)

File number/Number of images in the view mode

Date of recording

D

Display Indication

Drive mode (45)

Flash mode (41)/Red-eye

reduction (58)

Focus mode (54)

AF area (54)

Object tracking (54)

Display Indication

Face Detection (54)/

Smile Shutter (54)

Auto Portrait Framing

(54)

Smile Detection

Sensitivity indicator (54)

E

Display Indication

Metering mode (54)

Flash compensation (54)

AWB

7500K

A5 G5

White balance (Auto,

Preset, Custom, Color temperature, Color filter)

(52)

+3 +3 +3

D-Range Optimizer (54)/

Auto HDR (54)

Creative Style (54)/

Contrast, Saturation,

Sharpness

Picture Effect (54)

List of icons on the screen

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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

(30)

(30)

(37)

(38)

Exposure

Comp.

(43)

Self-timer

(45)

Cont.

Shooting

(45)

Face

Detection

(54)

Smile

Shutter

(54)

Auto Port.

Framing

(54)

(39)

(39)

(40)

/

(36)

(36)

(36)

(36)

(32)

*

* 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)

(Slow

Sync.)

(Rear

Sync.) (Wireless)

(30)

(30)

(37)

(38)

– –

(39)

(40)

(39)

/

(36)

(36)

(36)

(36)

(32)

– – – – –

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Learning more about the camera

(

α Handbook)

α Handbook,” which explains how to use the camera in detail, is included on the CD-ROM (supplied). Refer to it for in-depth instructions on the many functions of the camera.

For Windows users

1

Turn on your computer, and insert the CD-ROM (supplied) into the CD-ROM drive.

2

Click [Handbook].

3

Click [Install].

4

Start “

α Handbook” from the shortcut on the desktop.

For Mac users

1

Turn on your computer, and insert the CD-ROM (supplied) into the CD-ROM drive.

2

Select the [Handbook] folder and copy “Handbook.pdf” stored in the [GB] folder to your computer.

3

After copying is complete, double-click “Handbook.pdf.”

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Checking the number of recordable images/recording time

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.

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 34, 60).

• 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 16M

Aspect Ratio: 3:2*

“Memory Stick PRO Duo” (Units: Images)

Size

Standard

RAW

Capacity

Fine

RAW & JPEG

2GB 4GB 8GB 16GB 32GB

410

295

80

110

820

590

160

220

1650

1150

325

445

3350

2400

650

890

6700

4800

1300

1750

* 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).

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The number of images that can be recorded using a battery pack

The approximate number of images that can be recorded is 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.

LCD screen mode

Viewfinder mode

Approx. 590 images

Approx. 550 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.

• 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)

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

2GB

10 m

10 m

9 m

10 m

10 m

4GB

20 m

30 m

15 m

20 m

30 m

8GB

40 m

1 h

35 m

40 m

1 h

16GB

1 h 30 m

2 h

1 h 15 m

1 h 30 m

2 h

32GB

3 h

4 h 5 m

2 h 30 m

3 h

4 h 5 m

20 m

1 h 10 m

40 m

2 h 25 m

1 h 20 m

4 h 55 m

2 h 45 m

10 h

5 h 30 m

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 33.

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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following values indicate the continuous time from when the camera starts recording until the camera stops recording.)

Ambient temperature

20°C (68°F)

30°C (86°F)

40°C (104°F)

Continuous recording time for movies

About 29 minutes

About 29 minutes

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].

• The maximum continuous recording time is 29 minutes.

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Specifications

Camera

[System]

Camera Type

Lens

[Anti-Dust]

System

Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera

A-mount lens

[Image sensor]

Image format 23.5 mm×15.6 mm (APS-C format) CMOS image sensor

Total pixel number of image sensor

Approx. 16 700 000 pixels

Effective pixel number of camera

Approx. 16 100 000 pixels

[SteadyShot]

For still images

For movies

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)

System: Electronic

Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and image sensor-shift mechanism

[Auto focus system]

System TTL phase-detection system, 15 points (3 points cross type)

–1 EV to 18 EV (at ISO 100 equivalent)

Approx. 1 m to 5 m (3.3 feet to 16.4 feet)

Sensitivity Range

AF illuminator

[Electronic viewfinder]

Type

Screen size

Total number of dots

Effective number of dots

Electronic viewfinder (color)

1.2 cm (0.46 type)

1 440 000 dots equivalent

When [Viewfinder Magnifi.] is set to [Maximum]:

1 440 000 dots equivalent

When [Viewfinder Magnifi.] is set to [Standard]:

1 253 280 dots equivalent

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Specifications

Frame coverage

Magnification

Eye Point

Diopter Adjustment

100%

When [Viewfinder Magnifi.] is set to [Maximum]:

1.04× with 50 mm lens at infinity, –1 m –1 (diopter)

When [Viewfinder Magnifi.] is set to [Standard]:

0.97× with 50 mm lens at infinity, –1 m –1 (diopter)

When [Viewfinder Magnifi.] is set to [Maximum]:

Approximately 23.1 mm from the eyepiece, 18 mm from the eyepiece frame (at –1 m –1 )

When [Viewfinder Magnifi.] is set to [Standard]:

Approximately 25.2 mm from the eyepiece, 20.1 mm from the eyepiece frame (at –1 m –1 )

–4.0 m –1 to +3.0 m –1 (diopter)

[LCD screen]

LCD panel

Total number of dots

7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT drive

921 600 (640 × 3 (RGB) × 480) dots

[Exposure control]

Metering Cell

Metering method

Metering Range

“Exmor” CMOS sensor

1 200-zone evaluative metering

–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)

Still images: AUTO (ISO 100 – 3 200), ISO 100 to

16 000 (1 EV step)

Movies: AUTO (ISO 100 – 3 200 equivalent), ISO 100 to 3 200 equivalent (1 EV step)

Exposure compensation ±3.0 EV (1/3 EV step)

[Shutter]

Type

Speed range

Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type

Still images: 1/4 000 second to 30 seconds, bulb

Movies: 1/4 000 second to 1/4 second (1/3 step), up to

1/60 in AUTO mode

1/160 second Flash sync speed

[Built-In-Flash]

Flash G.No.

Recycling time

GN 10 (in meters at ISO 100)

Approx. 3 seconds

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Flash coverage Covering 18 mm lens (focal length that the lens indicates)

±2.0 EV (1/3 EV step) Flash compensation

Flash range

Aperture F2.8

100 1 m – 3.6 m

(3.3 feet –

11.8 feet)

F4.0

1 m – 2.5 m

(3.3 feet –

8.2 feet)

200 1 m – 5 m

(3.3 feet –

16.4 feet)

400 1.4 m – 7.1 m (4.6 feet –

23.3 feet)

1 m – 3.6 m

(3.3 feet –

11.8 feet)

1 m – 5 m

(3.3 feet –

16.4 feet)

800 2 m – 10 m

(6.6 feet –

32.8 feet)

F5.6

1 m – 1.8 m

(3.3 feet –

5.9 feet)

1 m – 2.5 m

(3.3 feet –

8.2 feet)

1 m – 3.6 m

(3.3 feet –

11.8 feet)

1.4 m – 7.1 m (4.6 feet –

23.3 feet)

1 m – 5 m

(3.3 feet –

16.4 feet)

[Continuous shooting]

Continuous shooting speed Tele-zoom cont. priority AE: Maximum 12 images per second/Cont. Priority AE: Maximum 10 images per second/ : Maximum 8 images per second/

Maximum 3 images per second

:

• Our measurement conditions. The speed of continuous shooting may be slower, depending on shooting conditions (Image size, ISO setting, High

ISO NR, or the setting of [Lens Comp.: Distortion]).

The maximum number of continuous shots

In Tele-zoom cont. priority AE mode

Fine: 23 images/Standard: 25 images

In Cont. Priority AE mode

Fine: 23 images/Standard: 27 images/RAW & JPEG:

18 images/RAW: 21 images

In Continuous shooting

Fine: 25 images/Standard: 29 images/RAW & JPEG:

19 images/RAW: 21 images

[Image zooming playback]

Scaling range Image size: L: Approx. ×1.0 – ×15.4/M: Approx. ×1.0 –

×11.2/S: Approx. ×1.0 – ×7.7

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Specifications

[Recording format]

File format

3D still images

Movie (AVCHD format)

Movie (MP4 format)

JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF Baseline) compliant, RAW (Sony’s exclusive ARW2.3 format)

MPO (MPF Extended (Disparity Image)) compliant

AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compatible

Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Audio: Dolby Digital 2ch, equipped with Dolby Digital

Stereo Creator

• Manufactured under license from Dolby

Laboratories.

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

HDMI

Mic Terminal

REMOTE Terminal

[Power, general]

Used battery pack

[Others]

Microphone

Speaker

Print features

Dimensions

Mass

Operating temperature miniB, Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0)

HDMI minijack

3.5 mm Stereo minijack

Rechargeable battery pack NP-FM500H

Stereo

Monaural

Exif Print compatible, PRINT Image Matching III compatible, DPOF compatible

Approx. 132.1 mm × 97.5 mm × 80.7 mm

(5 1/4 inches × 3 7/8 inches × 3 1/4 inches) (W/H/D, excluding protrusions)

Approx. 618 g (1 lb 5.7 oz) (with battery and “Memory

Stick PRO Duo” media)

Approx. 539 g (1 lb 2.9 oz) (body only)

0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)

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Specifications

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.

Battery charger/Battery

BC-VM10A Battery charger

Input rating

Output rating

100 V - 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, 9 W

8.4 V DC, 0.75 A

Operating temperature range 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)

Storage temperature range –20°C to +60°C (–4°F to +140°F)

Maximum dimensions

Mass

Approx. 70 mm × 25 mm × 95 mm (2 7/8 inches ×

1 inch × 3 3/4 inches) (W/H/D)

Approx. 90 g (3.2 oz)

Rechargeable battery pack NP-FM500H

Used battery

Maximum voltage

Nominal voltage

Maximum charge voltage

Maximum charge current

Capacity

Maximum dimensions

Mass

Lithium-ion battery

DC 8.4 V

DC 7.2 V

DC 8.4 V

2.0 A

Typical

Minimum

11.8 Wh (1 650 mAh)

11.5 Wh (1 600 mAh)

Approx. 38.2 mm × 20.5 mm × 55.6 mm (1 9/16 inches

× 13/16 inches × 2 1/4 inches) (W/H/D)

Approx. 78 g (2.8 oz)

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Specifications

Lens

Name (Model name)

DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM

(SAL1855)

DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM

(SAL55200-2)

Equivalent 35mmformat focal length*

(mm)

Lens groups-elements

Angle of view*

Minimum focus** (m

(feet))

Maximum magnification (X)

Minimum f-stop

Filter diameter (mm)

Dimensions (maximum diameter × height)

(approx., mm (in.))

Mass (approx., g (oz.))

27–82.5

7–8

76°-29°

0.25 (0.82)

0.34

f/22-36

55

69.5×69

(2 3/4 × 2 3/4)

82.5–300

9–13

29°-8°

0.95 (3.2)

0.29

f/32-45

55

71.5×85

(2 7/8 × 3 3/8)

210 (7 4/8) 305 (10 3/4)

* 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.

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Specifications

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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Trademarks

• is a trademark of Sony

Corporation.

• “Memory Stick,”

Stick PRO,”

“Memory Stick Duo,”

, “Memory Stick

PRO Duo,”

, “Memory

,

“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 Progressive” and

“AVCHD Progressive” 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 High-

Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.

• Mac and Mac OS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

• PowerPC is a registered trademark of IBM Corporation in the United

States.

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Specifications

• Intel, Intel Core, MMX, and

Pentium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel

Corporation.

• SDXC Logo is a trademark of SD-

3C, 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.

Accessible in areas where the

PlayStation Store is available.

Specifications

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Index

Index

Numerics

3D....................................................... 39

A

AE Lock ............................................. 52

AEL button......................................... 52

AF area............................................... 54

AF illuminator.................................... 57

Aperture Priority ................................ 36

Area Setting ....................................... 27

Aspect ratio ........................................ 56

Audio signals ..................................... 62

Auto HDR .......................................... 55

Auto Port. Framing ............................ 54

Auto review........................................ 58

Autofocus mode ................................. 54

AVCHD ....................................... 57

,

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B

Battery pack ................................. 18

,

20

Bracket ............................................... 45

C

Cleaning mode ................................... 62

Clear Image Zoom ............................. 56

Continuous Advance Priority AE ...... 40

Continuous shooting .......................... 45

Creative Style..................................... 55

D

Date imprint ....................................... 60

Date/Time setup ................................. 26

DC IN terminal .................................. 15

Delete ........................................... 34

,

60

Digital Zoom...................................... 57

Diopter-adjustment ............................ 28

Disc creation ...................................... 70

DISP................................................... 46

DPOF Setup ....................................... 60

D-Range Optimizer ............................ 55

Drive mode......................................... 45

E

Electronic Front Curtain Shutter........ 60

Enlarged image .................................. 49

EV scale ............................................. 43

Exposure compensation ..................... 43

Eye-Fi................................................. 62

Eye-Start AF ...................................... 58

F

Face Detection ................................... 54

Face Priority Tracking ....................... 60

FINDER/LCD Setting........................ 58

Flash compensation............................ 55

Flash mode ................................... 41

,

77

Flash Off ...................................... 30

,

41

Fn button ...................................... 52

,

54

Focal length........................................ 88

Focus Hold Button ............................. 59

Focus Magnifier ................................. 52

Folder Name....................................... 61

Format ................................................ 61

Func. of AEL button .......................... 59

H

Hand-held Twilight............................ 38

Histogram........................................... 58

I

Image Data Converter ........................ 68

Image Index ....................................... 50

Image quality ..................................... 56

Image size .......................................... 47

In-Camera Guide................................ 63

Initialize ............................................. 62

Intelligent Auto .................................. 30

ISO Button ......................................... 59

ISO sensitivity.................................... 54

J

JPEG .................................................. 56

L

Landscape .......................................... 38

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Language ............................................ 62

LCD brightness................................... 61

LCD screen...................................35

,

73

Lens ..............................................17

,

23

Lens Compensation ............................ 59

M

Macro.................................................. 38

Manual Exposure................................ 37

Manual focus ...................................... 52

Memory card ...................................... 20

Menu................................................... 56

Metering mode ................................... 54

Movie Audio Recording ..................... 57

MOVIE Button ................................... 59

Movie File Format.............................. 57

Multi frame noise reduction ............... 54

N

Night Portrait ...................................... 38

Night Scene ........................................ 38

Noise reduction.............................54

,

57

Number of recordable images ......79

,

80

O

Object Tracking .................................. 54

P

Peaking ............................................... 59

Picture Effect ...................................... 52

Playback Display ................................ 60

PlayMemories Home ....................67

,

68

Portrait ................................................ 38

Power Save ......................................... 61

Preview Button ................................... 59

Program Auto ..................................... 36

Protect................................................. 60

Q

Quality ................................................ 56

R

RAW................................................... 56

Record Setting .................................... 57

Recording information display ........... 46

Recording movies............................... 32

Recover Image DB ............................. 61

Index

Red Eye Reduction ............................. 58

Remote Commander........................... 15

Reset ................................................... 62

Rotate.................................................. 52

S

Scene Selection................................... 38

Select REC Folder .............................. 61

Self-timer............................................ 45

Set the clock ....................................... 26

Shooting.............................................. 30

Shooting Tip ....................................... 63

Shutter Priority ................................... 36

Slide show .......................................... 60

Slow Sync........................................... 41

Smile Shutter ...................................... 54

Software.............................................. 67

Specifications ..................................... 83

Sports Action ...................................... 38

SteadyShot function ........................... 57

Sunset ................................................. 38

Superior Auto ..................................... 37

Superior Auto Cont. Shooting ............ 58

Superior Auto Image Extract.............. 58

Sweep Panorama ................................ 39

T

Tele-zoom Continuous Priority AE.... 40

U

USB connection.................................. 62

V

Version ............................................... 62

View Mode .........................................33

Viewfinder.......................................... 58

Viewing image ................................... 33

Viewing images on a TV screen......... 51

Volume Settings ................................. 60

W

White balance ..................................... 55

Z

Zoom ............................................30

,

52

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