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Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera
Instruction Manual
DSLR-A300/A350
© 2008 Sony Corporation
Preparing the camera
Before your operation
Shooting images
Using the shooting
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Using the viewing
function
Changing your setup
Viewing images on a
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Printing images

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    Printed on 70% or more recycled paper using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)-free vegetable oil based ink. Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera Instruction Manual DSLR-A300/A350 © 2008 Sony Corporation Preparing the camera Before your operation Shooting images Using the shooting function...

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    The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom. Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. DSLR-A300/A350 Serial No. __________________________ WARNING...

  • Page 3: Important Safeguards

    IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS For your protection, please read these safety instructions completely before operating the appliance, and keep this manual for future reference. Carefully observe all warnings, precautions and instructions on the appliance, or the one described in the operating instructions and adhere to them.

  • Page 4

    – Never block the slots and openings by placing the set on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface. – Never place the set in a confined space, such as a bookcase, or built-in cabinet, unless proper ventilation is provided. –...

  • Page 5: Read This First

    This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003. For Customers in the U.S.A. If you have any questions about this product, you may call: Sony Customer Information Services Center 1-800-222-SONY (7669) The number below is for the FCC related matters only.

  • Page 6: For Customers In Europe

    CAUTION You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment. 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.

  • Page 7

    Sony service station. Notice for the customers in the countries applying EU Directives The manufacturer of this product is Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan Minato-ku Tokyo, 108-0075 Japan. The Authorized Representative for EMC and product safety is Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany.

  • Page 8: Notes On Using Your Camera

    Notes on using your camera Shooting procedure • This camera has two modes for shooting: the Live view mode using the LCD monitor, and the viewfinder mode using the viewfinder (OVF). • There may be differences between an image recorded in Live view mode and an image recorded in viewfinder mode, such as exposure, white balance, or D- range optimizer, depending on the...

  • Page 9: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS ... 3 Read this first ... 5 Notes on using your camera ... 8 Preparing the Checking the accessories supplied ... 13 camera Preparing the battery pack ... 14 Attaching a lens ... 19 Inserting a memory card ... 21 Preparing the camera ...

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    Shooting an image the way you want it (Exposure mode) Shooting with the viewfinder (OVF) ... 67 Using the Selecting the focus method ... 72 shooting function Zooming in in one step ... 77 Using the flash ... 79 Adjusting the brightness of the image (Exposure, Flash ...

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    Setting ISO ... 90 Adjusting the color tones (White balance) ... 91 Image processing ... 95 Using the viewing Playing back images ... 101 function Checking the information of recorded images ... 106 Protecting images (Protect) ... 109 Deleting images (Delete) ... 110 Viewing images on a TV screen ...

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    Viewing images Copying images to your computer ... 127 on a computer Viewing images on your computer ... 131 Using the software ... 135 Printing images Specifying DPOF ... 141 Printing images by connecting the camera to a PictBridge Others Specifications ...

  • Page 13: Preparing The Camera

    Preparing the camera Checking the accessories supplied The number in parentheses indicates the number of pieces. • BC-VM10 Battery charger (1)/ Power cord (mains lead) (1) • Rechargeable battery pack NP- FM500H (1) • USB cable (1) • Video cable (1) •...

  • Page 14: Preparing The Battery Pack

    Preparing the battery pack When using the camera for the first time, be sure to charge the NP- FM500H “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (supplied). Charging the battery pack The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack can be charged even when it has not been fully depleted. It can also be used when it has not been fully charged.

  • Page 15

    • We recommend charging the battery pack in an ambient temperature of between 10 to 30°C (50 to 86°F). You may not be able to efficiently charge the battery pack outside of this temperature range. Notes • Connect the battery charger to an easily accessible wall outlet (wall socket) close by. •...

  • Page 16: Inserting The Charged Battery Pack

    Inserting the charged battery pack While sliding the battery cover open lever, open the battery cover. Firmly insert the battery pack all the way while pressing the lock lever with the tip of the battery. Close the battery cover. To remove the battery pack Turn off the camera and slide the lock lever in the direction of the arrow.

  • Page 17

    To remove the battery cover The battery cover can be removed to attach a vertical grip (not supplied). To remove the cover, push the lever in the direction of the arrow and slide it out. To attach the cover, put the knob in the hole, pull down the lever, and slide it in.

  • Page 18

    Effective use of the battery pack • Battery performance decreases in low temperature surroundings. So, the time that the battery pack can be used is shorter in cold places. We recommend the following to ensure longer battery pack use: put the battery pack in a pocket close to your body to warm it up, and insert it in your camera immediately before you start shooting.

  • Page 19: Attaching A Lens

    Attaching a lens Remove the body cap from the camera and the rear cap from the lens. Mount the lens by aligning the orange index marks on the lens and camera. Turn the lens clockwise until it clicks into the locked position. Notes •...

  • Page 20

    To remove the lens Press the lens release button all the way in and turn the lens counterclockwise until it stops. • When changing the lens, quickly change the lens away from dusty locations so as to keep dust from getting inside the camera.

  • Page 21: Inserting A Memory Card

    Inserting a memory card You can use a CompactFlash card (CF card), Microdrive, or “Memory Stick Duo” as a memory card. Open the memory card cover. Insert a memory card (not supplied) from the terminal side (the terminal side has a number of small holes) with its label side facing toward the LCD monitor.

  • Page 22: Notes On Using Memory Cards

    To remove the memory card Check that the access lamp is not lit, then open the memory card cover, push down the memory card eject lever. After the card is ejected a little, pull out the memory card. Notes on using memory cards •...

  • Page 23

    • The Microdrive is a compact hard disk drive. Since the Microdrive is a rotating disk, the Microdrive is not strong enough to resist vibration and shock compared to a memory card. Be sure not to transmit vibration or shock to the Microdrive during playback or shooting.

  • Page 24

    • Do not use or store the “Memory Stick Duo” under the following conditions: – High temperature locations such as the hot interior of a car parked in direct sunlight. – Locations exposed to direct sunlight. – Humid locations or locations with corrosive substances present.

  • Page 25: Preparing The Camera

    Preparing the camera Setting up the date 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. • To turn the camera off, set it to OFF. Verify that [OK] is selected on the LCD monitor, then press the center of the controller.

  • Page 26

    Repeat step 3 to set other items, then press the center of the controller. • When changing the sequence of [YYYY/MM/DD], first select [YYYY/ MM/DD] with b/B, then change it with v/V. Verify that [OK] is selected, then press the center of the controller.

  • Page 27: Using The Accessories Supplied

    Using the accessories supplied This section describes how to use the shoulder strap and the eyepiece cover. The other accessories are described in the following pages. • Rechargeable battery pack (page 14) • Battery charger, Power cord (mains lead) (page 14) •...

  • Page 28

    Tilt the LCD monitor downward. Carefully slide the eyecup off by pushing on each side of the eyecup. • Insert your fingers under the eyecup, and slide it upward. Slide the eyepiece cover over the viewfinder. Note • The eyepiece sensors located below the viewfinder may be activated depending on the situation, and the focus may be adjusted or the LCD monitor may continue to flash.

  • Page 29: Checking The Number Of Recordable Images

    Checking the number of recordable images Once you insert a memory card into the camera and set the POWER switch to ON, the number of images that can be recorded (should you continue to shoot using the current settings) is displayed on the LCD monitor.

  • Page 30

    DSLR-A300 Capacity Size Standard Fine RAW & JPEG * When [Aspect ratio] is set to [16:9], you can record more images than the numbers shown in the table above. However, if it is set to [RAW], the number is the same as that of the [3:2] aspect ratio.

  • Page 31: Cleaning

    Cleaning Cleaning the LCD monitor Wipe the screen surface with an LCD cleaning kit (not supplied) to remove fingerprints, dust, etc. Cleaning the lens • When cleaning the lens surface, remove dust using a blower. In case of dust that sticks to the surface, wipe it off with a soft cloth or tissue paper slightly moistened with lens cleaning solution.

  • Page 32: Cleaning The Image Sensor

    Cleaning the image sensor If dust or debris enters the camera and lands on the image sensor (the part that acts as the film), it may appear on the photo image, depending on the shooting environment. If there is dust on the image sensor, use a commercially available blower and clean the image sensor following the steps below.

  • Page 33

    Detach the lens (page 20). Use the blower to clean the image sensor surface and the surrounding area. • Do not touch the image sensor with the tip of the blower. Complete the cleaning quickly. • Hold the camera’s face downward to prevent the dust from resettling in the camera.

  • Page 34: Before Your Operation

    Identifying parts and screen indicators See the pages in parentheses for details of operation. Front side Shutter button (48) Control dial (58, 120) Self-timer lamp (98) Lens contacts* Mirror* Lens mount Built-in flash* (79) Mode dial (48) (Flash pop-up) button (79) Lens release button (20) Focus mode switch (72, 75) * Do not directly touch these parts.

  • Page 35: Rear Side

    Rear side Accessory shoe (71) Viewfinder (67) Eyepiece sensors (67) POWER switch (25) MENU button (40) DISP (Display) button/LCD brightness button (39, 101) (Delete) button (110) (Playback) button (101) LCD monitor (38, 39, 69, 71) • You can adjust the angle of the LCD monitor to meet various shooting situations.

  • Page 36

    (Smart teleconverter) button (77) For shooting: Fn (Function) button (40) For viewing: rotation) button (102) Access lamp (22) Controller (Enter)/Spot AF button (75) Controller (v/V/b/B) (Super SteadyShot) switch (46) (Image...

  • Page 37: Sides/bottom

    Sides/Bottom VIDEO OUT/USB terminal (112, 128) Memory card cover Memory card insertion slot (21) Memory card eject lever (22) Hooks for shoulder strap (27) REMOTE terminal • When connecting the RM- S1AM/RM-L1AM Remote Commander (not supplied) to the camera, insert the plug of the Remote Commander in the REMOTE terminal, aligning the guide of the plug on the...

  • Page 38: Lcd Monitor

    LCD monitor The indicators on the monitor are displayed as follows in Live view mode. For the indicators in viewfinder mode, see page 71. Display Indication Battery remaining (17) Smart teleconverter (77) Image quality (115) Image size (114)/Aspect ratio (115) Remaining number of recordable images (29) White balance (Auto,...

  • Page 39

    Display Indication Camera shake warning (45) Super SteadyShot scale (46) To switch the recording information display Each time you press the DISP button, the screen changes as follows. Indicators on Display Histogram on Histogram (page 107) Indication Focus mode (74) AF area (75) Metering (89) ISO sensitivity (90)

  • Page 40: Selecting A Function/setting

    Selecting a function/setting You can select a function for shooting or playback from the menu list. To display the menu list, press the Fn (Function) button, (Drive) button, or MENU button. Example: When the Fn button is pressed. From the menu list, use the controller to move the cursor to the setting of your choice and execute the selection.

  • Page 41

    Following the operation guide, select [White balance] with v/V/ b/B on the controller, then press the center z to execute. Following the operation guide, select and execute the desired function. For example, to change [5500K] (the current setting), select [5500K] with v/ V, adjust the value of [ColorTemperature] with b/B, then press the center z to execute.

  • Page 42: The Functions Selected By The Fn (function) Button

    The functions selected by the Fn (Function) button Flash mode (page 81) Autofocus mode (page 74) White balance (page 91) Metering mode (page 89) AF area (page 75) D-RangeOptimizer (page 95) The functions selected by the Single-shot adv. (page 97) Continuous adv.

  • Page 43

    Playback menu Delete (110) Format (117) Protect (109) DPOF setup (141) • Date imprint (142) • Index print (142) Setup menu LCD brightness (122) Info.disp.time (122) Power save (121) Video output (113) Language (121) Date/Time setup (121) Pixel mapping (154) Cleaning mode (32) Reset default (125) PlaybackDisplay (101)

  • Page 44: Shooting Images

    Shooting images Shooting an image without camera shake “Camera shake” refers to an unwanted movement of the camera that occurs after the shutter button has been pressed, resulting in a blurred image. To reduce camera shake, follow the instructions below. Correct posture When using the LCD monitor Low position...

  • Page 45

    Point One hand holds the grip of the camera, and the other hand supports the lens. Point Take a secure stance with your feet shoulder-width apart. Point Lightly tuck your elbows against your body. When shooting in a kneeling position, steady your upper body by placing your elbow on your knee.

  • Page 46: Using The Super Steadyshot Function

    Using the Super SteadyShot function This Super SteadyShot function can reduce the effect of camera shake by the equivalent of approximately 2.5 to 3.5 increments of shutter speed. Set the switch to “ON.” • The (Super SteadyShot scale) indicator appears. Wait until the scale becomes low, then start shooting.

  • Page 47: Using A Tripod

    Using a tripod In the following cases, we recommend that you mount the camera on a tripod. • Shooting without a flash under dark conditions. • Shooting with slow shutter speeds, which are typically used in night-time shooting. • Shooting a close subject, such as in macro shooting. •...

  • Page 48: Shooting With The Automatic Setting

    Shooting with the automatic setting The “AUTO” mode allows you to easily shoot any subject under any conditions. Select when shooting in a location where the use of a flash is restricted. Set the mode dial to (Flash Off). Hold the camera and look into the viewfinder.

  • Page 49

    Press the shutter button halfway down to focus. When the focus is confirmed, the focus indicator z or (Focus indicator) lights up (page 72). Press the shutter button fully down to shoot. • When the switch is set to ON, wait until the scale of the SteadyShot scale) indicator becomes low, then start shooting.

  • Page 50: Shooting With A Suitable Setting For The Subject (scene Selection)

    Shooting with a suitable setting for the subject (Scene Selection) Selecting an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting conditions allows you to shoot the image with a more suitable setting for the subject than in “AUTO” mode. Taking portrait photos This mode is suitable to Blur away backgrounds and sharpen the subject.

  • Page 51: Taking Landscape Photos

    Taking landscape photos This mode is suitable to Shoot the entire range of scenery in sharp focus with vivid colors. Set the mode dial to Shooting technique • To accentuate the openness of the scenery, set the lens to wide angle. (Landscape).

  • Page 52: Taking Small-subject Photos

    Taking small-subject photos This mode is suitable to Shoot close subjects such as flowers, insects, dishes, or small goods. You can achieve clear and sharp focus. Set the mode dial to Shooting techniques • Get close to the subject and shoot at the minimum distance of the lens. •...

  • Page 53: Taking Moving-subject Photos

    Taking moving-subject photos This mode is suitable to Shoot moving subjects outdoors or in bright places. Set the mode dial to Shooting techniques • The camera shoots images continuously while the shutter button is pressed. • Press and hold the shutter button halfway down until the right moment. •...

  • Page 54: Taking Sunset Photos

    Taking sunset photos This mode is suitable to Shoot the red of the sunset beautifully. Set the mode dial to Shooting techniques • Used to shoot an image accentuating the red color compared with other modes. This is also suitable for shooting the beautiful red of the sunrise. •...

  • Page 55: Taking Night View Photos

    Taking night view photos This mode is suitable to Shoot portraits in night scenes. Shoot night scenes at a distance without losing the dark atmosphere of the surroundings. Set the mode dial to Set [Flash mode] to (Flash Off) when you shoot a night view without persons (page 81).

  • Page 56: Shooting An Image The Way You Want It (exposure Mode)

    Shooting an image the way you want it (Exposure mode) With a single lens reflex camera, you can adjust the shutter speed (how long the shutter is open) and aperture (the range that is in focus: depth of field) to enjoy a variety of photographic expressions. For example, you can use a fast shutter speed to shoot the ephemeral shape of a wave, or you can accentuate a flower by opening the aperture to put everything in front of and beyond the flower out of focus.

  • Page 57: Shooting With Program Auto

    Shooting with program auto This mode is suitable to Use the automatic exposure, while keeping the custom settings for ISO sensitivity, Creative Style, D-Range optimizer, etc. Keep the exposure compensation measured by the camera, but change the combination of shutter speed and aperture depending on the subject (Program shift).

  • Page 58

    To use Program shift Press the shutter button halfway down to adjust the focus. The correct exposure (shutter speed and aperture value) determined by the camera is indicated. Rotate the control dial to select your desired combination while the focus is achieved. The recording mode indicator is switched to “P ”...

  • Page 59: Shooting By Controlling The Blur Of The Background (aperture Priority)

    Shooting by controlling the blur of the background (Aperture priority) This mode is suitable to Put the subject in sharp focus and blur everything in front of and beyond the subject. Opening the aperture narrows the range that is in focus.

  • Page 60

    Select the aperture value (F- number) with the control dial. • Smaller F-number: The foreground and background of the subject are blurred. Larger F-number: The subject and its foreground and background are also focused on. • You cannot check the blurring of an image in the viewfinder.

  • Page 61: Shooting A Moving Subject With Various Expressions (shutter Speed Priority)

    Shooting a moving subject with various expressions (Shutter speed priority) This mode is suitable to Shoot a moving subject at a moment in time. Use a faster shutter speed to crisply shoot an instant of the movement. Trace the movement to express the dynamism and flow.

  • Page 62: Control Dial

    Select the shutter speed with the control dial. Adjust the focus and shoot the subject. The aperture is automatically adjusted to obtain correct exposure. • When the camera judges that the proper exposure is not obtained with the selected shutter speed, the aperture value flashes.

  • Page 63: Shooting With The Exposure Adjusted Manually (manual Exposure)

    Shooting with the exposure adjusted manually (Manual exposure) This mode is suitable to Shoot with the desired exposure setting by adjusting both the shutter speed and aperture. Use an exposure meter. Set the mode dial to M. Rotate the control dial to adjust the shutter speed, and while pressing the button, rotate the...

  • Page 64

    Shoot the image after the exposure is set. • Check the exposure value on the EV scale. Toward +: Images become brighter. Toward –: Images become darker. The b B arrow appears if the set exposure is beyond the range of the EV scale.

  • Page 65: Shooting Trails With Long Exposure (bulb)

    Shooting trails with long exposure (BULB) This mode is suitable to Shoot trails of light, such as fireworks. Shoot trails of stars. Set the mode dial to M. Rotate the control dial to the left until [BULB] is indicated. While pressing the rotate the control dial to adjust the aperture (F-number).

  • Page 66

    Press the shutter button halfway down to adjust the focus. Press and hold the shutter button for the duration of the shooting. As long as the shutter button is pressed, the shutter remains open. Shooting techniques • Use a tripod. •...

  • Page 67: Shooting With The Viewfinder (ovf)

    Shooting with the viewfinder (OVF) You can select either the LCD monitor (Live view) or the viewfinder (OVF) to shoot images. Switching to the viewfinder Set the LIVE VIEW/OVF switch to “OVF.” The screen status changes as follows: Viewfinder display When you look into the viewfinder, the subject inside the focus area comes into focus automatically (Eye-Start AF).

  • Page 68: Adjusting The Focus Of The Finder (diopter Adjustment)

    Adjusting the focus of the finder (diopter adjustment) Adjust the diopter-adjustment dial to your eyesight until the indicators appear clearly in the viewfinder. • Turn the dial toward + when you are far- sighted, toward – when you are near-sighted. •...

  • Page 69: Lcd Monitor (recording Information Display)

    LCD monitor (Recording information display) • The illustration above is for the detailed display. The enlarged display is displayed as the default setting. Display Indication P A S M Mode dial (48) 1/125 Shutter speed (61) F5.6 Aperture (59) +2.0 Exposure (63) AE lock (83) Display...

  • Page 70

    Display Indication Battery remaining (17) Image quality (115) Switching the recording information display Press the DISP button to switch between the enlarged display and the detailed display. When you rotate the camera to a vertical position, the display automatically rotates to adjust to the camera position.

  • Page 71: Viewfinder

    Viewfinder Display Indication AF area (75) Spot AF area (75) Spot metering area (89) Shooting area for aspect ratio 16:9 (115) Display Indication Flash compensation (88) Flash charging (81) Wireless flash (81) High-speed sync* Manual focus (75) Focus Shutter speed (61) Aperture (59) EV scale (63, 99) AE lock (83)

  • Page 72: Using The Shooting Function

    Selecting the focus method There are two methods for adjusting the focus: autofocus and manual focus. Using autofocus Set the focus mode switch to AF. Press the shutter button halfway down to check the focus and shoot the image. • When the focus is confirmed, the focus indicator changes to z or (page 72).

  • Page 73: Shooting With Your Desired Composition (focus-lock)

    Subjects that may require special focusing: Using the autofocus, it is hard to focus on the following subjects. In such cases, use the focus lock shooting feature (page 73) or manual focus (page 75). • A subject that is low in contrast, such as blue sky or a white wall. •...

  • Page 74: Selecting The Focus Method To Suit The Movement Of The Subject (autofocus Mode)

    Keep the shutter button halfway down, and put the subject back in the original position to re- compose the shot. Press the shutter button fully down to take the picture. Selecting the focus method to suit the movement of the subject (Autofocus mode) Fn button t [Autofocus mode] t Select the desired setting (Single-shot...

  • Page 75: Selecting The Focus Area (af Area)

    Selecting the focus area (AF area) Select the desired AF are to suit the shooting conditions or your preference. The green frames are indicated at an area where the focus has been confirmed. • The area used for focusing is illuminated briefly in viewfinder mode.

  • Page 76

    Set the focus mode switch to MF. Rotate the focusing ring of the lens to achieve a sharp focus. Notes • In the case of a subject that can be focused in autofocus mode, the z indicator lights up when the focus is confirmed. When the Wide AF area is used, the center area is used, and when the Local AF area is used, the area that is selected with the controller is used.

  • Page 77: Zooming In In One Step

    Zooming in in one step You can zoom in to the center of an image using the smart teleconverter (Digital zoom) and record the image. Set the LIVE VIEW/OVF switch to “LIVE VIEW.” Press the button. • Each time you press the zoom scaling changes as follows: Off t Approx.

  • Page 78

    • When [Quality] is set to (RAW) or (RAW & JPEG), the smart teleconverter is unavailable.

  • Page 79: Using The Flash

    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. Press the button.

  • Page 80

    • Shooting conditions required to prevent shade from appearing on an image vary, depending on the lens. The flash range The built-in flash range depends on the ISO sensitivity and aperture value. Refer to the following table. Aperture F2.8 AUTO 1.4 – 8.6 m (4.6 – 28 setting feet) 1 –...

  • Page 81: Selecting The Flash Mode

    Selecting the flash mode Fn button t [Flash mode] t Select the desired setting (Flash Off) Does not fire even if the built-in flash pops up. This is not selectable when the mode dial is set to P, A, S, or M. (Autoflash) Fires if it is dark or against light.

  • Page 82

    Notes • Turn off the wireless flash mode after wireless flash shooting. If the built-in flash is used while the wireless flash mode is still active, inaccurate flash exposures will result. • Change the channel of the external flash when another photographer is using a wireless flash nearby and his/her built-in flash light triggers firing of your flash.

  • Page 83: Adjusting The Brightness Of The Image (exposure, Flash Compensation, Metering)

    Adjusting the brightness of the image (Exposure, Flash compensation, Metering) Shooting with fixed brightness (AE Lock) When shooting into the sun or by a window, the exposure may not be appropriate for the subject because of the big difference in lighting between the subject and the background.

  • Page 84

    Press the AEL button to lock the exposure. (AE lock mark) appears. While pressing the AEL button, focus on the subject, and shoot the subject. • If you continue to shoot with the same exposure value, press and hold the AEL button after the shooting.

  • Page 85: Using Brightness Compensation For The Entire Image (exposure Compensation)

    Using brightness compensation for the entire image (Exposure compensation) Except for recording mode M, the exposure is automatically acquired. (Automatic exposure) Based on the exposure acquired by the automatic exposure, you can perform exposure compensation by shifting the exposure to either the + side or the –...

  • Page 86

    Shooting techniques • Adjust the compensation level by checking the recorded image. • Using bracket shooting, you can shoot multiple images with the exposure shifted to the plus or minus sides (page 98).

  • Page 87

    To shoot while checking the screen using the histogram A histogram is the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a particular brightness exist in the picture. The exposure compensation will change the histogram accordingly. The right illustration is an example. Shooting with the exposure compensation on the positive side brightens the whole picture, making the...

  • Page 88: Adjusting The Amount Of Flash Light (flash Compensation)

    Adjusting the amount of flash light (Flash compensation) When shooting with the flash, you can adjust the amount of flash light alone, without changing the exposure compensation. You can only change the exposure of a main subject which is within the flash range. MENU button t desired setting •...

  • Page 89: Selecting The Method For Measuring The Brightness Of A Subject (metering Mode)

    ADI: Advanced Distance Integration TTL: Through the lens • When [ADI flash] is selected, using a lens that is provided with a distance encoder feature can perform more accurate flash compensation by using more accurate distance information. Notes • When the distance between the subject and the external flash (not supplied) cannot be determined (wireless flash shooting using an external flash (not supplied), shooting with an off-camera flash using a cable, shooting with a macro twin flash, etc.), the camera automatically selects Pre-flash TTL mode.

  • Page 90: Setting Iso

    Setting ISO Sensitivity to light is expressed by the ISO number (recommended exposure index). The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. Press the ISO button to display the ISO screen. Select the desired value with v/V on the controller. •...

  • Page 91: Adjusting The Color Tones (white Balance)

    Adjusting the color tones (White balance) The color tone of the subject changes depending on the characteristics of the light source. The table below shows how the color tone changes based on various light sources, compared with a subject that appears white under the sunlight.

  • Page 92: Setting The Color Temperature And A Filter Effect (color Temperature/color Filter)

    AWB (Auto WB) (Daylight) (Shade) (Cloudy) (Tungsten) (Fluorescent) (Flash) Shooting techniques • Use the white balance bracket function if you cannot get the desired color in the selected option (page 100). • When you select [5500K] (ColorTemperature) or [00] (Color filter), you can adjust the value to the desired value (below).

  • Page 93: Registering The Color Tones (custom White Balance)

    5500K* Sets the white balance by the color temperature. The higher (ColorTemperature) the number, the more reddish the image and the lower the number, the more bluish the image. (Color filter) Achieves the effect of CC (Color Compensation) filters for photography.

  • Page 94

    Note • The message “Custom WB error” indicates that the value is beyond the expected range. (When the flash is used on a subject in close proximity or a subject with a bright color is in the frame.) If you register this value, the on the recording information display on the LCD monitor.

  • Page 95: Image Processing

    Image processing Correcting the brightness of the image (D-Range Optimizer) Fn button t [D-RangeOptimizer] t Select the desired setting (Off) No optimization. (Standard) When there is a sharp contrast of light and shadow between the subject and the background, which is common when shooting into the sun, the camera attenuates the contrast across the entire image to produce an image with proper brightness and contrast.

  • Page 96

    Adobe RGB color space has a wide range of color reproduction, compared to sRGB that is the standard color space of the digital camera. If the main purpose is to print out the image, especially when a large part of the subject is vivid green or red, Adobe RGB is more effective than other sRGB color modes.

  • Page 97: Selecting The Drive Mode

    Selecting the drive mode This camera has five drive modes, such as single-shot advanced, continuous advanced. Use them for your purpose. Shooting single shot This mode is for normal shooting. button t Shooting continuously The camera records the images continuously at a following speed*. Live view mode Viewfinder mode * Our measurement conditions.

  • Page 98: Using The Self-timer

    Using the self-timer The 10-second self-timer is convenient when the photographer appears in a photo and the 2-second self-timer is convenient to reduce the camera shake. button t • The number after Adjust the focus and shoot the subject. • When the self-timer is activated, audio signals and the self-timer lamp indicate the condition.

  • Page 99

    button t Desired bracket t Desired bracket step Adjust the focus and shoot the subject. The base exposure is set at the first shot in the bracket. * (Bracket: Shoots three images with the exposure shifted by a selected Cont.) step.

  • Page 100: Shooting With White Balance Shifted (wb Bracket)

    • In ambient* bracket shooting, the EV scale appears on the LCD monitor/ in the viewfinder, too, but it does not appear in flash bracket shooting. • When the bracket shooting starts, the indexes that indicate already recorded images start to disappear one by one. •...

  • Page 101: Using The Viewing Function

    Using the viewing function Playing back images The last recorded image is displayed on the LCD monitor. Press the Select an image with b/B on the controller. To return to the shooting mode Press the button again. To switch the recording data display Press the DISP button.

  • Page 102: Rotating An Image

    Note • When you play back the image on a TV or a computer, the image will be displayed in the portrait position even if [Manual rotate] is selected. Rotating an image Display the image you want to rotate, then press the Press the center of the controller.

  • Page 103

    Zoom the image in or out with the button. • You can select the portion you want to enlarge with v/V/b/B on the controller. • Rotating the control dial switches the image at the same display magnification. When you shoot multiple images with the same composition, you can compare their focus conditions.

  • Page 104: Switching To The Display Of The Image List

    Scale up or down the red frame to specify the portion you want to enlarge with the Press the center of the controller. The portion inside the red frame is enlarged. • Press the center of the controller to return to the previous screen. •...

  • Page 105

    To select a folder Select the folder bar with b/B on the controller, then press the center. Select the desired folder with v/V, then press the center. Playing back images automatically (Slide show) MENU button t Plays back recorded images in order (Slide show). The slide show automatically stops after all the images have been played back.

  • Page 106: Checking The Information Of Recorded Images

    Checking the information of recorded images Each time you press the DISP button, the information display changes (page 101). Basic information display Display Indication 100-0003 Folder - file number (132) Protect (109) DPOF3 DPOF set (141) Image quality (115) Image size (114)/Aspect ratio (115) Battery remaining warning (17)

  • Page 107: Histogram Display

    Histogram display Display Indication 100-0003 Folder - file number (132) Protect (109) DPOF3 DPOF set (141) Image quality (115) Image size (114)/Aspect ratio (115) Battery remaining warning (17) Display Indication Histogram (108) P A S M Mode dial (48) 1/125 Shutter speed (61) F3.5 Aperture (59)

  • Page 108

    How to check the histogram When the image has a high-key or low- Flashing key portion, that portion is flashed on the R (Red) histogram display (Luminance limit Luminance warning). G (Green) B (Blue)

  • Page 109: Protecting Images (protect)

    Protecting images (Protect) You can protect images against accidental erasure. Protecting selected images/canceling the protection of the selected images MENU button t Select the image you want to protect with b/B on the controller, then press the center of the controller. mark appears on the selected image.

  • Page 110: Deleting Images (delete)

    Deleting images (Delete) Once you have deleted an image, you cannot restore it. Check whether you delete the image or not beforehand. Note • Protected images cannot be deleted. Deleting the image that is currently displayed Display the image you want to delete and press the Select [Delete] with v, then press the center of the controller.

  • Page 111

    Select [Delete] with v on the controller, then press the center of the controller. Deleting all the images in the folder Press the button. Select the folder bar with b on the controller. Press the center of the controller, then select the folder you want to delete with v/V.

  • Page 112: Viewing Images On A Tv Screen

    • The LCD monitor on the rear of the camera does not turned on. • If you connect the camera to a Sony TV that is compatible with the “PhotoTV HD” feature using the supplied USB cable, you can enjoy higher quality images on the...

  • Page 113

    To use your camera abroad It may be necessary to switch the video signal output to match that of your TV system. MENU button t 1 t [Video output] t Select the desired setting NTSC Sets the video output signal to NTSC mode (e.g., for the USA, Japan).

  • Page 114: Changing Your Setup

    Setting image size and image quality Image size MENU button t [Aspect ratio]: [3:2] DSLR-A350 L:14M M:7.7M S:3.5M DSLR-A300 L:10M M:5.6M S:2.5M [Aspect ratio]: [16:9] DSLR-A350 L:12M M:6.5M S:2.9M DSLR-A300 L:8.4M M:4.7M S:2.1M Note • When you select a RAW file with [Quality], the image size of the RAW file corresponds to L.

  • Page 115: Aspect Ratio

    Aspect ratio MENU button t 1 t [Aspect ratio] t Select the desired ratio A normal ratio. 16:9 An HDTV ratio. Quality MENU button t 1 t [Quality] t Select the desired setting (RAW) File format: RAW (raw data) This format does not perform any digital processing on the images.

  • Page 116: Setting The Method For Recording On A Memory Card

    Setting the method for recording on a memory card Selecting the method for assigning file numbers to images MENU button t setting Series Reset Selecting the folder name format The recorded images are stored in the automatically-created folder in the DCIM folder on the memory card.

  • Page 117: Creating A New Folder

    Creating a new folder You can create a folder in a memory card for recording images. A new folder is created with a number incremented one higher than the largest number currently used, and the folder becomes the current recording folder.

  • Page 118: Changing The Noise Reduction Setting

    Changing the noise reduction setting Disabling the noise reduction at a long exposure shooting When you set the shutter speed to a second or longer (Long exposure shooting), the noise reduction is turned on for the same duration as the shutter was open.

  • Page 119: Changing The Conditions Under Which The Shutter Can Be Released

    Changing the conditions under which the shutter can be released Prioritizing the shutter opportunity To prioritize the shutter opportunity, select [Release] so you can shoot without acquiring a sharp focus. To shoot with a sharp focus, select [AF]. MENU button t 2 t [Priority setup] t [Release]...

  • Page 120: Changing The Functions Of The Button And Dial

    Changing the functions of the button and dial Changing the function of the AEL button The function of the AEL button can be selected from the following two functions: – Holding the locked exposure value by pressing the AEL button while the button is held down ([AEL hold]).

  • Page 121: Changing Other Settings

    Changing other settings Setting the sound on/off Selects the sound produced when the shutter is locked, during self-timer countdown, etc. MENU button t 2 t [Audio signals] t Select the desired setting Setting the time to turn the camera to the power save mode You can set the time to turn the camera to the power saving mode (Power save).

  • Page 122: Setting The Lcd Monitor

    Setting the LCD monitor Setting the brightness of the LCD monitor MENU button t setting • On the recording information or playback screen, you can adjust the brightness by pressing the DISP button a little longer. Setting the displayed time of the image right after shooting (Auto review) You can check the recorded image on the LCD monitor right after the shooting.

  • Page 123

    Keeping on the LCD monitor while looking into the viewfinder When the LIVE VIEW/OVF switch is set to “OVF,” looking into the viewfinder turns off the LCD monitor. In the default setting, while looking into the viewfinder, the LCD monitor is turned off to prevent the battery pack wearing down.

  • Page 124: Resetting To The Default

    Resetting to the default Resetting the functions used for shooting to the default setting You can reset the main functions of the recording mode when the mode dial is set to P, A, S, or M. MENU button t The items to be reset are as follows. Items Exposure compensation (85) Metering mode (89)

  • Page 125

    Resetting the main functions of the camera to the default setting You can reset the main functions of the camera. MENU button t 3 t [Reset default] t [OK] The items to be reset are as follows. Items Exposure compensation (85) Metering mode (89) Autofocus mode (74) Recording information display (69)

  • Page 126

    Custom menu Items Eye-Start AF (67) AEL button (120) Ctrl dial setup (120) Red eye reduc. (80) Auto review (122) Auto off w/ VF (123) Playback menu Items Date imprint (142) PlaybackDisplay (101) Slide show (105) Setup menu Items LCD brightness (122) Info.disp.time (122) Power save (121) File number (116)

  • Page 127: Viewing Images On A Computer

    Viewing images on a computer Copying images to your computer This section describes how to copy images in a memory card to a computer connected using a USB cable. Recommended computer environment The following environment is recommended for a computer connected to the camera to import images.

  • Page 128

    Stage 1: Connecting the camera and your computer Insert a memory card with recorded images into the camera. Insert the sufficiently charged battery pack in the camera, or connect the camera to a wall outlet (wall socket) with the AC Adaptor/charger (not supplied).

  • Page 129

    Stage 2: Copying images to a computer For Windows This section describes an example of copying images to a “My Documents” (For Windows Vista: “Documents”) folder. Click [Copy pictures to a folder on my computer using Microsoft Scanner and Camera Wizard] t [OK] as the wizard screen appears automatically on the desktop.

  • Page 130

    Double-click the [My Documents] (For Windows Vista: [Documents]) folder. Then, right- click on the “My Documents” window to display the menu and click [Paste]. The image files are copied to the “My Documents” (For Windows Vista: “Documents”) folder. • When an image with the same file name exists in the copy destination folder, the overwrite confirmation message appears.

  • Page 131: Viewing Images On Your Computer

    Viewing images on your computer For Windows This section describes the procedure for viewing copied images in the “My Documents” (For Windows Vista: “Documents”) folder. Click [Start] t [My Documents] (For Windows Vista: [Documents]). • If you are using Windows 2000, double-click [My Documents] on the desktop.

  • Page 132: Deleting The Usb Connection

    Deleting the USB connection Perform the procedures listed below beforehand when: • Disconnecting the USB cable. • Removing the memory card. • Turning off the camera. x For Windows Double-click on the tasktray, then click t [Stop]. Confirm the device on the confirmation window, then click [OK] t [OK] (unnecessary for Windows XP/Vista).

  • Page 133

    Example: viewing folders on Windows XP AFolders containing image data recorded using this camera. (The first three digits show the folder number.) BYou can create a folder by date form (page 116). • You cannot record/play back any images in the “MISC”...

  • Page 134

    Right-click the image file, then click [Copy]. Double-click [Removable Disk] or [Sony MemoryStick] in [My Computer]. Right-click the [sssMSDCF] folder in the [DCIM] folder, then click [Paste]. • sss stands for any number within the range from 100 to 999.

  • Page 135: Using The Software

    Using the software To utilize images recorded with the camera, the following software is provided: “Picture Motion Browser,” “Image Data Converter SR,” “Image Data Lightbox SR” etc. Note • “Picture Motion Browser” is not compatible with Macintosh computers. Recommended computer environment x Windows Recommended environment for using “Picture Motion Browser”...

  • Page 136: Installing The Software

    Display: 1024 × 768 dots or more, 32,000 colors or more Installing the software You can install the software (supplied) using the following procedure. x Windows • Log on as Administrator. Turn on your computer, and insert the CD-ROM (supplied) into the CD-ROM drive.

  • Page 137

    The following software is installed and shortcut icons appear on the desktop. • Sony Picture Utility “Picture Motion Browser” • Sony Image Data Suite “Image Data Converter SR” “Image Data Lightbox SR” After you install the software, a shortcut icon for the customers registration website is created on the desktop.

  • Page 138

    For details on “Picture Motion Browser,” refer to “Picture Motion Browser Guide.” To start “Picture Motion Browser Guide,” click [Start] t [All Programs] (in Windows 2000, [Programs]) t [Sony Picture Utility] t [Help] t [Picture Motion Browser Guide]. To start “Picture Motion Browser”...

  • Page 139

    • For details on “Image Data Converter SR,” refer to the Guide. To start the Guide, click [Start] t [All Programs] (in Windows 2000, [Programs]) t [Sony Image Data Suite] t [Help] t [Image Data Converter SR Ver.2]. To start up “Image Data Converter SR Ver.2.0”...

  • Page 140

    • For details on “Image Data Lightbox SR,” refer to the Guide. To start the Guide from the Start menu, click [Start] t [All Programs] (in Windows 2000, [Programs]) t [Sony Image Data Suite] t [Help] t [Image Data Lightbox SR].

  • Page 141: Printing Images

    Printing images Specifying DPOF Using the camera, you can specify the images and the number of images to print before you print images at a shop or with your printer. Follow the procedure below. DPOF specifications are left with images after printing. It is recommended that you unspecify them after printing.

  • Page 142: Creating An Index Print

    Dating images You can date images when printing them. The position of the date (inside or outside the image, character size, etc.) depends on your printer. MENU button t [On] Note • This function may not provided, depending on the printer. Creating an index print You can create an index print of all the images in the memory card.

  • Page 143: Printing Images By Connecting The Camera To A Pictbridge Compliant Printer

    Printing images by connecting the camera to a PictBridge compliant printer Even if you do not have a computer, you can print images shot using your camera by connecting the camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. “PictBridge” is based on the CIPA standard.

  • Page 144

    Stage 2: Connecting the camera to the printer Connect the camera to the printer. Turn on your camera and the printer. The screen used for selecting images you want to print appears. Stage 3: Printing Select the image to print with b/B on the controller, then press the center of the controller.

  • Page 145

    To cancel the print During printing, pressing the center of the controller cancels the print. Remove the USB cable or turn off the camera. When you want to print again, follow the procedure (Stages 1 to 3) above. PictBridge menu Page 1 Print Prints the selected images.

  • Page 146

    Layout Auto 1-up/Borderless 1-up 2-up 3-up 4-up 8-up Index Date imprint Day and time Date Page 2 Unmark all After the message appears, select [OK], then press the center of the controller. The DPOF mark on each image is cleared. When you cancel your specification without printing images, select this item.

  • Page 147: Others

    Others Specifications Camera [System] Camera Type Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera with built-in flash and interchangeable lenses Lens All of [Image sensor] Total pixel number of camera DSLR-A350 Approx. 14 900 000 pixels DSLR-A300 Approx. 10 800 000 pixels Effective pixel number of camera DSLR-A350 Approx.

  • Page 148

    [Viewfinder] Type Fixed eye-level penta- Dach-mirror Field of View 0.95 Magnification 0.74 × with 50 mm lens at infinity, –1 m Eye Relief Approximately 20.8 mm from the eyepiece, 16.7 mm from the eyepiece frame at –1 diopter (–1 m –1 Dioptor Adjustment –3.0 to +1.0 m...

  • Page 149: Rechargeable Battery Pack

    Mass Approx.582 g (1 lb 4.5 oz) (without batteries, memory card and body accessories) Operating temperature 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F) (When using the Microdrive: 5 to 40°C (41 to 104°F)) Exif Exif Ver.2.21 USB communication Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant) BC-VM10 Battery charger Input rating 100 V –...

  • Page 150

    Trademarks • is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • “Memory Stick,” Stick PRO,” “Memory Stick Duo,” PRO Duo,” “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo,” Stick Micro,” “MagicGate,” and are trademarks of Sony Corporation. • “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • Microsoft, Windows, and Windows...

  • Page 151: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting If you experience trouble with your camera, try the following solutions. Check the items on pages 151 to 160. Consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Check the following items. Remove the battery pack, and insert the battery pack again after about one minute, and turn on the power.

  • Page 152

    The power turns off suddenly. • If you do not operate the camera for given period of time, the camera turns to power saving mode and nearly shuts down. To cancel the power save, operate the camera, such as pressing the shutter button halfway down (page 121).

  • Page 153

    • You try to shoot a subject that may require special focusing (page 73). Use the focus-lock or manual focus function (pages 73, 75). Recording takes a long time. • The noise reduction function is turned on (page 118). This is not a malfunction.

  • Page 154

    The aperture value and/or shutter speed flash when you press the shutter button halfway down. • Since the subject is too bright or too dark, it is beyond the available range of the camera. Adjust the setting again. The image is whitish (Flare). Blurring of light appears on the image (Ghosting).

  • Page 155

    The color of an image recorded in Live view mode is strange. • In Live view mode, carefully check the image displayed on the LCD monitor before shooting. The camera may not be able to recognize the color of the image right after switching to the Live view mode. In such cases, the expected result may not be obtained.

  • Page 156

    Your computer does not recognize your camera. • Check that the camera is turned on. • When the battery level is low, install the charged battery pack (page 16), or use the AC Adaptor/charger (not supplied). • Use the USB cable (supplied) (page 128). •...

  • Page 157

    Cannot record on a memory card. • The memory card is full. Delete unnecessary images (page 110). • An unusable memory card is inserted (page 21). • You are using the memory card with the write-protect switch, and the switch is set to the LOCK position. Set the switch to the recording position. The Microdrive is heated.

  • Page 158

    Cannot print images with the date. • Using “Picture Motion Browser,” you can print images with date (page 138). • This camera does not have a feature for superimposing dates on images. However, because the images shot with the camera include information on the recording date, you can print images with the date superimposed if the printer or the software can recognize Exif information.

  • Page 159

    • The camera has been left unused for sometime with a low battery or no battery pack. Charge the battery pack and set the date again (page 25). If the date setting is lost every time the battery pack is charged, consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.

  • Page 160

    • The Super SteadyShot function does not work. You can continue to shoot but the Super SteadyShot function will not work. Turn the camera off and on. If the Super SteadyShot scale continues to flash, consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.

  • Page 161: Warning Messages

    Warning messages If the following messages appear, follow the instructions. For “InfoLITHIUM” battery only • An incompatible battery pack is being used (page 17). Set date and time? • Set the date and time. If you have not used the camera for a long time, charge the internal rechargeable battery (pages 25, 163).

  • Page 162

    System error • Turn the power off, remove the battery pack, then re-insert it. If the message appears frequently, consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Unable to magnify. Unable to rotate image. • Images recorded with other cameras may not be enlarged or rotated.

  • Page 163: Precautions

    Precautions Do not use/store the camera in the following places • In an extremely hot, dry or humid place In places such as in a car parked in the sun, the camera body may become deformed and this may cause a malfunction. •...

  • Page 164

    Consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Charging method of the internal rechargeable battery Insert a charged battery pack in the...

  • Page 165: Index

    Index Index Numerics 40-segment honeycomb pattern metering ... 148 Adobe RGB... 95 AE lock ... 83 AEL button ... 120 AF area... 75 AF illuminator... 80 Ambient bracket... 100 Amount of exposure... 56 Anti-dust function ... 32 Aperture ... 56, 59 Aperture priority ...

  • Page 166

    Exposure compensation...85 Exposure lock ...83 Exposure mode ...56 Eyecup ...27 Eyepiece cover...27 Eyepiece sensors...28 Eye-Start AF ...67 File number...116 Flash compensation ...88 Flash control ...88 Flash mode...79, 81 Flash Off ...48, 81 Fn button...40 Focal length ...149 Focus...72 Focus indicator ...72 Focus mode...74 Focus-lock ...73 Folder name ...116...

  • Page 167

    Night view... 55 Noise reduction ... 118 Number of recordable images ... 29, 30 PictBridge ... 143 Picture Motion Browser... 138 Pixel mapping ... 154 PlaybackDisplay ... 101 Portrait ... 50 Power save ... 121 Preset white balance... 91 Pressing halfway down ... 49, 72 Print...

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