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Sony DSLR-A700 User’s Guide Operating Instructions Manual

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Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera

Read This First

Operating Instructions
Before operating the unit, please read this manual and "User's Guide/Troubleshooting"
(separate volume) thoroughly, and retain them for future reference.
© 2007 Sony Corporation
3-216-919-11 (1)


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  • Page 1: Read This First

    Printed in Japan Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera Read This First DSLR-A700 Operating Instructions Before operating the unit, please read this manual and “User’s Guide/Troubleshooting” (separate volume) thoroughly, and retain them for future reference. © 2007 Sony Corporation 3-216-919-11 (1)
  • Page 2: Checking The Accessories Supplied

    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) • Wireless Remote Commander (Remote Commander) (1) • USB cable (1) •...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Composition of the operating instructions This manual Explains the set-up and basic operations for shooting/playback with your camera. Prepare the camera and shoot images easily. Checking the accessories supplied ... 2 1 Prepare the battery pack ... 4 2 Attach a lens ... 6 3 Insert a memory card (not supplied)...
  • Page 4: Prepare The Battery Pack

    Prepare the battery pack Insert the battery pack. Push the battery pack until it clicks. Battery charger CHARGE lamp Light on: Charging Light off: Completed (Normal Charge) If you continue charging the battery pack for approximately one more hour, until it is fully charged (Full Charge), the battery life will be slightly longer.
  • Page 5 Note on the battery pack Use only an NP-FM500H battery pack. Note that the NP-FM55H, NP-FM50 and NP-FM30 cannot be used. Using the AC Adaptor/charger You can connect the camera to a wall outlet (wall socket) using the AC-VQ900AM AC Adaptor/charger (not supplied). To check the remaining battery level LCD monitor Battery level...
  • Page 6: Attach A Lens

    Attach a lens Remove the body cap from the camera and the rear cap from the lens. Body cap • Make sure not to leave the interior of the camera exposed to dust or water droplets. If dust enters the camera, perform [Cleaning mode] (t “User’s Guide/Troubleshooting” (page 125)) and brush the dust away using a commercially available blower brush.
  • Page 7 To remove the lens Press the lens release button all the way in and turn the lens counterclockwise until it stops. • Replace the cap on the lens and attach the body cap (or another lens) to the camera after removing the lens. Keep dust from getting inside the camera when changing lenses! If dust or debris gets inside the camera and lands on the surface of the image sensor (the part that acts as the film), it may appear on the image, depending on the shooting...
  • Page 8: Insert A Memory Card (not Supplied)

    Insert a memory card (not supplied) Available memory cards for the camera “Memory Stick Duo” You can use a “Memory Stick Duo”, CompactFlash card (CF card), or Microdrive as a memory card. • Before using a memory card, be sure to format it using this camera. Otherwise, satisfactory performance may not be obtained.
  • Page 9 When shooting using a “Memory Stick Duo” You must set [Memory card] to [Memory Stick] in the below after turning on the camera. 1 Press MENU. 2 Set up using the multi-selector. Move the multi-selector to the right to select [ ] t [2], then press the center.
  • Page 10: Turn The Camera On/set The Clock

    Turn the camera on/set the clock Set the POWER switch to ON by sliding it in the direction of the arrow. Set the clock with the multi- selector. The direction in which the multi-selector is moved is expressed as v/V/b/B. v: Move up V: Move down b: Move to the left...
  • Page 11: Changing The Language Setting

    To change the date and time See the “User’s Guide/Troubleshooting” (page 122) Select [Date/Time setup] in the When turning on the power Unless you set the clock, “Set date and time?” appears each time the camera is turned on. To turn off the power Set the POWER switch to OFF sliding in the arrow direction.
  • Page 12: Shoot Images Easily (auto Adjustment Mode)

    Shoot images easily (Auto adjustment mode) The main functions of the camera are adjusted automatically in auto adjustment mode. Using this mode, you can shoot easily, depending entirely on the camera. However, you can change any of the settings. Set the mode dial to AUTO. Hold the grip and look into the viewfinder.
  • Page 13: The Number Of Images That Can Be Recorded

    The number of images that can be recorded 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 14: Super Steadyshot Function

    Super SteadyShot function 1 Make sure that the 2 Press the shutter button halfway down, and then press it fully down. Super SteadyShot scale This scale is displayed whenever the Super SteadyShot function is activated. A higher scale indicates more pronounced camera-shake (on a scale of five). When the Super SteadyShot function is deactivated, the scale will not be displayed.
  • Page 15: Focus

    Focus Within the focus area, there are 11 sensors to lock the focus on the subject. Press the shutter button halfway down, and the sensor in the focused area illuminated briefly in red to indicate where the focus is. Focus indicator Holding the grip and looking into the viewfinder or pressing the shutter button halfway down triggers the autofocus system.
  • Page 16: Using The Flash

    Using the flash • Do not hold the camera by grabbing the flash emitter. • If you want to make sure the flash fires without fail, set the flash mode to Guide/Troubleshooting” (page 73) Flash indicators in the viewfinder flashing: The flash is being charged. When the indicator flashes, you cannot release the shutter.
  • Page 17: Adjusting The Diopter

    Notes on using the built-in flash When shooting with the built-in flash, the lens may block the flash light and a shadow may appear on the lower part of the image. Be careful about the following: • Shoot the subject at a distance of 1 m or longer. •...
  • Page 18: View/delete Images

    View/delete images To view images Press (Playback). Front control dial To return to the recording mode Press (Playback) again. • Press the shutter button halfway down. • To delete images 1 Display the image you want to delete and press 2 Select [Delete] with v, then press the center of the multi-selector.
  • Page 19 While viewing images, you can operate the following functions. Switching the screen display with the DISP (Display) button. • Viewing an image list on the index screen with the • Enlarging images with the • “User’s Guide/Troubleshooting” (pages 83, 84, 86) (Index) button.

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