Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera Instruction Manual A-mount SLT-A57 4-420-759-11(1) 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...
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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) Attaching a lens ... 23 Turning the camera on and setting the clock ...
Using the playback functions Enlarging images ... 49 Switching to the display of the image list ... 50 Viewing images on a TV screen ... 51 Functions list Functions that can be operated with the buttons/switch Selecting a function with the Fn (Function) button ... 53 Functions that can be selected with the Fn (Function) button The functions selected with the MENU button ...
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.
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.
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) •...
Identifying parts See the pages in parentheses for details of operation. Front side Shutter button (30) Power switch (26) Control dial Remote sensor (45) Self-timer lamp (45) Lens contacts* Mirror* Preview button (52)/Focus Magnifier button (52) Mount Built-in flash* (41) Microphone** Mode dial (36) (Flash pop-up) button (41,...
Rear side Eyepiece sensors 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. Diopter-adjustment dial (28) LCD screen (73) Light sensor Eyecup For shooting: Fn (Function)
Top side Auto-lock Accessory shoe MENU button (56) MOVIE button (32, 52) FINDER/LCD button (52) (Exposure) button (43) ISO button (52, 59) Image sensor position mark For shooting: ZOOM button (52) For viewing: (Zoom in) button (52) For shooting: AEL (AE lock) button (52, 59)/AV (Aperture value) button (52) For viewing:...
Sides/Bottom Hooks for shoulder strap • Attach both ends of the strap onto the camera. 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.
Battery insertion slot (20) Battery cover (20) 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.
Lens contacts Focusing mode switch Mounting index • The DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM/DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM are designed for Sony A- mount 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-...
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.
Connect the battery charger to the wall outlet (wall socket). Light on: Charging Light off: Charge completed About 175 minutes Charging time • When charging a fully depleted battery pack at a temperature of 25°C (77°F). • The CHARGE lamp turns off when charging is completed.
Inserting the battery pack/memory card (sold separately) While sliding the battery cover open lever, open the cover. Firmly insert the battery pack all the way while pressing the lock lever with the tip of the battery. Close the cover. While sliding the memory card cover, open the cover.
Insert a memory card. • With the notched corner facing as illustrated, insert the memory card until it clicks into place. 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.
Battery level High 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 •...
Attaching a lens 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.
• Do not hold the part of the lens that is extended for the zoom or focus adjustment. To remove the lens Press the lens release button all the way in and turn the lens counterclockwise until it stops. Attach the caps to the front and rear of the lens and the body cap to the camera.
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.
Turning the camera on and setting the clock When you turn the camera on for the first time, the date/time setup screen appears. Set the power switch to ON to turn the camera on. The screen used for setting date and time appears.
Repeat step 4 to set other items, then press the center of the control button. 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.
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).
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. Set the mode dial to (Flash Off).
Press the shutter button halfway down to focus. When the focus is confirmed, z or (Focus indicator) lights up. 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.
Recording movies 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 •...
Playing back images Press the button. 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. Select an image with b/B on the control button. •...
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 Display the image you want to delete and press the button.
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.
Shooting with the various shooting modes Set the mode dial to the desired mode. The following shooting modes are provided with the camera: (Intelligent The “Intelligent Auto” mode allows you to easily shoot any Auto)/ (Flash Off) subject under any conditions because the camera makes appropriate judgments on the situation to adjust the settings.
(Manual Allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure manually Exposure) (both the shutter speed and the aperture value) using the control dial. Superior Auto Set the mode dial to 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...
Scene Selection Set the mode dial to 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. Adjust the focus and shoot the subject. (Portrait) Blurs away backgrounds and sharpens the subject.
Sweep Panorama/ Set the mode dial to Panorama). Point the camera at the edge of the subject, then press the shutter button halfway down to adjust the focus. Press the shutter button fully down. Pan or tilt the camera to the end, following the guidance on the screen.
Continuous Advance Priority AE Mode Set the mode dial to 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. Adjust the focus and shoot the subjects.
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. Fn button t •...
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 –...
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.
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 This mode is for normal shooting. Shooting) (Cont.
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.
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. Display the image you want to enlarge, then press the Zoom the image in or out with the •...
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.
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. Turn off both your camera and the TV, and connect the camera to the Turn on the TV and switch the input.
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...
Selecting a function with the Fn (Function) button This button is used for setting up or executing functions used frequently in shooting. Press the Fn button. Select the desired item with v/V/b/B on the control button, then press the center z to execute. The setup screen appears.
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...
Functions that can be selected with the Fn (Function) button Flash Comp. Adjusts the intensity of flash output. (+2.0EV to –2.0EV) White Balance Adjusts the color tone of images. (Auto WB/Daylight/Shade/Cloudy/Incandescent/Fluor.: Warm White/Fluor.: Cool White/Fluor.: Day White/Fluor.: Daylight/Flash/C.Temp./Filter/Custom) DRO/Auto HDR Compensates for the brightness and contrast automatically.
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.
Digital Zoom Zooms an image with higher magnification than Clear Image Zoom. This feature can be also available in movie recording. (On/Off) Long Exposure NR Sets noise reduction processing for shots in which shutter speed will be 1 second or longer. (On/Off) High ISO NR Sets noise reduction processing for high-sensitivity shooting.
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].
Peaking Level Enhances the outline of in-focus ranges with a specific color in manual focus mode. (High/Mid/Low/Off) Peaking Color Sets the color used for the peaking function. (Red/Yellow/White) Live View Display Sets whether or not to display the effect of a function on the screen, such as the effect of the exposure compensation value.
Lens Comp.: Chro. Reduces the color deviation at the corners of the screen Aber. caused by the lens attached. (Auto/Off) Lens Comp.: Compensates for distortion on the screen caused by the lens Distortion attached. (Auto/Off) Front Curtain Shutter Sets whether or not to use the electronic front curtain shutter function.
Memory Card Tool menu Format Formats the memory card. File Number Sets the method used to assign file numbers to still images and MP4 movies. (Series/Reset) Folder Name Sets the folder format for still images. (Standard Form/Date Form) Select REC Folder Changes the selected folder for storing still images and MP4 movies.
HDMI Resolution Sets the resolution when the camera is connected to an HDMI (Auto/1080p/1080i) CTRL FOR HDMI Operates the camera from a TV that support “BRAVIA” Sync. (On/Off) Upload Settings* Sets the upload function of the camera when using an Eye-Fi card.
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.
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.
** 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) USB Connection: Mac OS X v10.3 – 10.7 “Image Data Converter Ver.4”: Mac OS X v10.5, 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion) “Image Data CPU: Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster...
Using the software Installing the software (Windows) Log on as Administrator. 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 (PMHOME) t [Install.exe].
Installing the software (Mac) Log on as Administrator. Turn on your Mac computer, and insert the CD-ROM (supplied) into the CD-ROM drive. Double-click the CD-ROM icon. Copy the [IDC_INST.pkg] file in the [MAC] folder to the hard disk icon. Double-click the [IDC_INST.pkg] file in the copy-to folder. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
To use “PlayMemories Home,” refer to “PlayMemories Home Help Guide.” Double-click the shortcut of 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/ (PlayMemories Home Help Guide) on the Using the software...
Record setting available –* –* –* –* –* Player Blu-ray disc playback devices (Sony Blu-ray disc player, PlayStation®3, etc.) AVCHD format playback devices (Sony Blu-ray disc player, PlayStation®3, etc.) Ordinary DVD playback devices (DVD player, computer that can play DVDs, etc.)
• 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”...
• 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.
Others List of icons on the screen Graphic Display (LCD screen) Display All Info. (LCD screen) For playback (Basic information display) Display Indication Exposure mode (36) A S M Scene Recognition icons (30, 37) Memory card (20)/ Upload (61) Remaining number of recordable images Aspect ratio of still images (56)
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. Exposure Shoot Mode Comp.
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 (Autoflash)
Learning more about the camera ( Handbook) “ 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 Turn on your computer, and insert the CD-ROM (supplied) into the CD-ROM drive.
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.
– 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].
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” Capacity Record Setting 60i 24M(FX)/50i 10 m 24M(FX) 60i 17M(FH)/50i 10 m 17M(FH) 60p 28M(PS)/50p 28M(PS) 24p 24M(FX)/25p 10 m 24M(FX) 24p 17M(FH)/25p 10 m 17M(FH) 1440×1080 12M 20 m VGA 3M 1 h 10 m Notes •...
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) • 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.
Specifications Camera [System] Camera Type Lens [Image sensor] Image format Total pixel number of image sensor Effective pixel number of camera [SteadyShot] For still images For movies [Anti-Dust] System [Auto focus system] System Sensitivity Range AF illuminator [Electronic viewfinder] Type Screen size Total number of dots Effective number of dots...
Frame coverage Magnification Eye Point Diopter Adjustment [LCD screen] LCD panel Total number of dots [Exposure control] Metering Cell Metering method Metering Range ISO sensitivity (Recommended exposure index) Exposure compensation [Shutter] Type Speed range Flash sync speed [Built-In-Flash] Flash G.No. Recycling time 100% When [Viewfinder Magnifi.] is set to [Maximum]:...
Flash coverage Flash compensation Flash range [Continuous shooting] Continuous shooting speed The maximum number of continuous shots [Image zooming playback] Scaling range Covering 18 mm lens (focal length that the lens indicates) ±2.0 EV (1/3 EV step) Aperture F2.8 F4.0 100 1 m –...
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.
Lens DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM Name (Model name) Equivalent 35mm- format 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.)) * 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.
Trademarks • is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • “Memory Stick,” Stick PRO,” “Memory Stick Duo,” , “Memory Stick PRO Duo,” “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo,” Stick Micro,” “MagicGate,” and are trademarks of Sony Corporation. • “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.