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Interchangeable Lens
Digital Camera
Instruction Manual
A-mount
Preparing the camera
Before your operation
Shooting images
Using the shooting function
Using the viewing function
Changing your setup
Viewing images on a
computer
Printing images
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  • Page 1 Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at our Customer Support Website. Printed using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)-free vegetable oil based ink. Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera Instruction Manual A-mount Preparing the camera Before your operation Shooting images Using the shooting function Using the viewing function...
  • Page 2: Electric Shock

    • 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.
  • Page 3 • 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 pack promptly described the instructions. Battery charger...
  • Page 4 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-A35 Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
  • Page 5: For Customers In Europe

    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.
  • Page 6 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.
  • Page 7: Notes On Using Your Camera

    Note on using the lenses and accessories It is recommended that you use Sony lenses/accessories* designed to suit the characteristics of this camera. Using the products of other manufacturers may cause the camera not to operate to its capability, or result in accidents and malfunctions of the camera.
  • Page 8 Notes on long-time recording • When you continue to shoot for a long time, the temperature of the camera rises. If the temperature reaches above a certain level, the mark is indicated on the screen and the camera is turned off automatically.
  • Page 9: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Notes on using your camera ... 7 Preparing the Checking the accessories supplied ... 13 camera Identifying parts ... 14 Charging the battery pack ... 19 Inserting the battery pack/memory card (sold separately) Attaching a lens ... 27 Preparing the camera ...
  • Page 10 Shooting an image the way you want it (Exposure mode) Recording movies ... 85 Using the Selecting the focus method ... 89 shooting function Detecting faces ... 96 Using the flash ... 99 Adjusting the brightness of the image (Exposure, Flash Shooting with an effect filter to obtain the various textures (Picture Effect) ...
  • Page 11 Using brightness compensation for the entire image (Exposure compensation) ... 104 Adjusting the amount of flash light (Flash Compensation) ... 106 Selecting the flash control mode to set the amount of flash light (Flash control) ... 107 Selecting the method for measuring the brightness of a subject (Metering Mode) ...
  • Page 12 Using the viewing Playing back images ... 123 function Checking the information of recorded images ... 129 Protecting images (Protect) ... 133 Deleting images (Delete) ... 134 Viewing images on a TV screen ... 136 Changing your Setting image size and image quality ... 140 setup Setting the method for recording on a memory card ...
  • Page 13: Preparing The Camera

    Preparing the camera Checking the accessories supplied The number in parentheses indicates the number of pieces. Common accessories • BC-VW1 Battery charger (1) • Power cord (mains lead) (1) (not supplied in the U.S.A. and Canada) • Rechargeable battery pack NP- FW50 (1) •...
  • Page 14: Identifying Parts

    Identifying parts See the pages in parentheses for details of operation. Front side Shutter button (60) Power switch (30) Control dial (77) Self-timer lamp (120) Lens contacts* Mirror* Preview button (78) Mount Built-in flash* (99) Microphone** Mode dial (60 – 84) (Flash pop-up) button (99) Lens release button (28) Focus mode switch (89, 94)
  • Page 15 Rear side Microphone** Auto-lock Accessory shoe (102) MENU button (50) Viewfinder* (40) Eyepiece sensors (40) Diopter-adjustment dial (31) LCD monitor (43, 123, 129) (Playback) button (123) Access lamp (23) For shooting: Focus Magnifier button (95, 148) For viewing: (Delete) button (134) MOVIE button (85) FINDER/LCD button (40, 153)
  • Page 16 Control button When the menu is turned on: v/ V/b/B button (47) When the menu is turned off: DISP (Display) (41, 123)/WB (White balance) (115)/ (Drive) (119)/ISO (109) Control button (Enter) (47)/AF button (93) * Do not directly touch these parts.
  • Page 17 Sides/Bottom REMOTE terminal • When connecting the RM- S1AM/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.
  • Page 18 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 lens on 35mm-format cameras. • For the lenses other than DT 18- 55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM/DT 55-...
  • Page 19: Charging The Battery Pack

    Charging the battery pack When using the camera for the first time, be sure to charge the NP-FW50 “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (supplied). The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack can be charged even when it has not been fully depleted. It can also be used when it has not been fully charged. Insert the battery pack onto the battery charger.
  • Page 20 Notes • The charging time differs depending on the remaining capacity of the battery back or charging conditions. • We recommend charging the battery pack in an ambient temperature of between 10 to 30°C (50 to 86°F). You may not be able to efficiently charge the battery pack outside of this temperature range.
  • Page 21: Inserting The Battery Pack/memory Card (sold Separately)

    Inserting the battery pack/memory card (sold separately) While sliding the 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. Insert a memory card. • With the notched corner facing as illustrated, insert the memory card until it clicks into place.
  • Page 22 Available memory cards • Only “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media, “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo” media, SD memory cards, SDHC memory cards and SDXC memory cards can be used with this camera. A MultiMediaCard cannot be used with this camera. However, proper operation cannot be guaranteed for all memory cards functions.
  • Page 23 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 Check the level with the following indicators and percent figures displayed on the screen.
  • Page 24: Notes On Using Memory Cards

    Effective use of the battery pack • Battery performance decreases in low temperature surroundings. So, the time that the battery pack can be used is shorter in cold places and the speed of continuous shooting slows down. We recommend that you put the battery pack in a pocket close to your body to warm it up, and insert it in your camera immediately before you start shooting.
  • Page 25 • We recommend backing up important data, such as to a hard disk of a computer. • When you carry or store the memory card, put it in the case supplied with • Do not expose the memory card to water. •...
  • Page 26 Notes on the “Memory Stick” media used with the camera The types of “Memory Stick” media that can be used with this camera are listed in the table below. However, proper operation cannot be guaranteed for all “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media functions. “Memory Stick PRO Duo”...
  • Page 27: Attaching A Lens

    Attaching a lens Remove the body cap from the camera, 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. •...
  • Page 28 • Do not hold by any part of the lens that protrudes when zooming or focusing. 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.
  • Page 29 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.
  • Page 30: 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. The screen used for setting date and time appears.
  • Page 31 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.
  • Page 32: Using The Accessories Supplied

    Using the accessories supplied This section describes how to use the shoulder strap and eyecup. The other accessories are described in the following pages. • Rechargeable battery pack (page 19) • Battery charger (page 19) • Power cord (mains lead) (not supplied in the U.S.A. and Canada) (page 19) •...
  • Page 33: Removing The Eyecup

    Removing the eyecup When attaching the FDA-A1AM Angle Finder (sold separately) to the camera, remove the eyecup. Carefully slide the eyecup off by pushing on each side of the eyecup. • Put your fingers under the eyecup, and slide it upward. Note •...
  • Page 34: Checking The Number Of Recordable Images

    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.
  • Page 35 – 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). – [Image: Quality] is set to [Fine]. – [Autofocus Mode] is set to [Automatic AF].
  • Page 36: Cleaning

    Cleaning Cleaning the camera • Do not touch the inside of the camera, such as lens contacts, or the mirror. Since dust on the mirror or around the mirror may affect the images or the performance of the camera, blow the dust away using a commercially available blower*.
  • Page 37: Cleaning The Image Sensor

    Cleaning the image sensor If dust or debris enters the camera and adheres to the image sensor (the part that acts as the film), it may appear as dark spots on the photo image, depending on the shooting environment. If there is dust on the image sensor, clean the image sensor following the steps below.
  • Page 38 Select [Enter] with v, and press the center of the control button. The image sensor vibrates for a short time, and eliminates dust from the sensor. Turn off the camera. To clean the image sensor using a blower If another cleaning is needed after using the cleaning mode, clean the image sensor using a blower following the steps below.
  • Page 39 Use the blower to clean the image sensor surface and the surrounding area. • Do not touch the image sensor with the tip of the blower and do not put the tip of a blower into the cavity beyond the mount.
  • Page 40: Before Your Operation

    Screen indicators Switching the screen mode between the LCD monitor and the electronic viewfinder When you look into the viewfinder, the viewfinder mode is activated, and when you take your face away from the viewfinder, the screen mode returns to the LCD monitor mode.
  • Page 41: Switching The Recording Information Display (disp)

    Switching the recording information display (DISP) Each time you press DISP on the control button, the recording information display changes as follows. The status of the screen in the viewfinder changes as follows (“Recording information on” (For Live View) is skipped).
  • Page 42 MENU button t Each time you press DISP on the control button, the screen changes as follows. Graphic Display To turn off indication of the shutter speed, aperture value, EV scale, and SteadyShot scale in the viewfinder When you turn off the recording information, you can also turn off the indication of the shutter speed, aperture value, EV scale, and SteadyShot scale.
  • Page 43: Recording Information Display (graphic Display/recording Information (for Live View))

    Recording information display (Graphic Display/Recording information (For Live View)) Graphic Display Display Indication Exposure mode (60 – 84) A S M Memory card (21) Remaining number of recordable images (34) Image size of still images (140)/Aspect ratio of still images (141)/Image size of panoramic images (140) Recording information display...
  • Page 44 Display Indication Spot metering area (108) AF area (93) Shutter speed indicator (79) Aperture indicator (76) Display Indication REC 0:12 Recording time of the movie (m:s) Focus (90) 1/250 Shutter speed (79) F3.5 Aperture (76) EV scale (82, 122) AE lock (103) SteadyShot scale (58) Display Indication...
  • Page 45: Recording Information Display (for Viewfinder)

    Recording information display (For viewfinder) See pages in parentheses for details of operation. In AUTO, AUTO+, or Scene Selection mode Display Indication Exposure mode (60 – 84) P A S M Memory card (21) Remaining number of recordable images (34) Image size of still images (140)/Aspect ratio of still images (141)
  • Page 46 Display Indication White balance (Auto, Preset, Custom, Color temperature, Color filter) 7500K G9 (115) D-Range Optimizer (110)/Auto HDR (111) Creative Style (113) Metering mode (108) Exposure compensation (104)/Metered Manual (82) Flash compensation (106) EV scale (82, 122) Display Indication 1/125 Shutter speed (79) F2.8 Aperture (76)
  • Page 47: Selecting A Function/setting

    Selecting a function/setting You can select a function for shooting or playback with the one of buttons, such as the Fn (Function) button, or the MENU button. When you start an operation, an operation guide of control button functions will be displayed at the bottom of the screen.
  • Page 48: Selecting A Function With The Fn (function) 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.
  • Page 49: The Functions Selected By The Fn (function) Button

    The functions selected by the Fn (Function) button SCN/Picture Effect Selects an appropriate mode from among the Scene Selection (64, 67) preset settings to suit shooting conditions, or an effect from among the Picture Effect filters. Sweep Shooting (69) Switches between Sweep Panorama and 3D Sweep Panorama.
  • Page 50: The Functions Selected By The Menu Button

    The functions selected by 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, select the desired page with b/B on the control button, and select the desired item with v/V.
  • Page 51 Panorama: Size Selects the size of panoramic images. (140) Panorama: Direction Sets the shooting direction for panoramic images. (71) 3D Pan.: Image Size Selects the size of 3D-images. (140) 3D Pan.: Direction Sets the shooting direction for 3D-images. (71) Flash control (107) Sets the method for determining the intensity of flash output.
  • Page 52 Custom menu Eye-Start AF (40) FINDER/LCD Setting (153) AEL button (148) Focus Hold Button (148) Focus Magnifier (148) Red Eye Reduction (101) Release w/oLens (150) Sets whether or not to use auto focus when you look through viewfinder. Sets the method for switching between the viewfinder and LCD monitor.
  • Page 53 Grid Line (153) Histogram (105) Sets display in finder (42) Display Rec. Data (41) Auto Review (152) Auto+ Cont. Advance (63) Auto+ Image Extract. (63) Playback menu Delete (134) Still/Movie Select (124) Slide Show (127) Image Index (127) 3D Viewing (137) Protect (133) Specify Printing (171)
  • Page 54 Volume Settings (124) Select Folder (123) Select Date (125) Playback Display (123) Memory Card Tool menu Format (144) File Number (143) Folder Name (143) Select REC Folder (144) New Folder (144) Recover Image DB (145) Display Card Space (145) Sets the volume for movie playback. Changes the folder for images to play back.
  • Page 55 Clock setup menu Date/Time Setup (30) Sets date and time, and daylight savings. Area Setting (31) Setup menu LCD Brightness (152) Sets the brightness of the LCD monitor. Viewfinder Bright. (152) Power Save (150) CTRL FOR HDMI (138) Language (151) Help Guide Display (150) Sets the location of use.
  • Page 56 Upload Settings (145)* USB Connection (164) Audio signals (150) Cleaning Mode (37) Version (154) Demo Mode (151) Menu start (151) * Appears when an Eye-Fi card (sold separately) is inserted in the camera. Reset Default (155) 1 2 3 Sets the upload function of the camera when using an Eye-Fi card.
  • Page 57: Shooting Images

    Shooting images Shooting an image without camera shake “Camera shake” refers to unwanted movement of the camera that occurs after the shutter button has been pressed, resulting in a blurred image. To reduce camera shake, follow the instructions below. Correct posture Stabilize your upper body and take a position that keeps the camera from moving.
  • Page 58: Using The Steadyshot Function

    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. Camera shake warning indicator Due to potential camera shake, the (Camera shake warning) indicator flashes. In this case, use a tripod or the flash.
  • Page 59: Using A Tripod

    Note • The SteadyShot function may not work optimally when the power has just been turned on, right after you point the camera towards a subject, or when the shutter button has been pressed all the way down without stopping halfway. Using a tripod In the following cases, we recommend that you mount the camera on a tripod.
  • Page 60: Shooting With The Automatic Setting

    Shooting with the automatic setting Shooting with appropriate settings automatically The “AUTO” mode allows you to easily shoot any subject under any conditions because the camera makes appropriate judgments on the situation to adjust the settings. Select when shooting in a location where the use of a flash is restricted. Set the mode dial to (Flash Off).
  • Page 61 Press the shutter button halfway down to focus. When the focus is confirmed, z or (Focus indicator) lights up (page 90). • Waiting until the (SteadyShot scale) indicator is low makes the SteadyShot function more effective. Press the shutter button fully down to shoot.
  • Page 62: Shooting With The Settings That The Camera Adjusts

    Shooting with the settings that the camera adjusts automatically The camera recognizes and evaluates the shooting condition, and appropriate settings are set automatically. The camera saves one appropriate image by combining or separating images, as necessary. Set the mode dial to Point the camera towards the subject.
  • Page 63 To set the continuous shooting MENU button t 2 t [Auto+ Cont. Advance] t Select the desired setting To select the storage method to be used for recorded images In continuous shooting, you can select a storage method that allows the camera either to store one appropriate image from among the continuously shot images or store all the images.
  • Page 64: Shooting With A Suitable Setting For The Subject

    Shooting with a suitable setting for the subject Selecting an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting conditions allows you to shoot the image with a suitable setting for the subject. When you turn the mode dial, the explanation of the selected mode and methods of shooting are displayed on the screen (Help Guide Display).
  • Page 65 (Portrait) Blurs away backgrounds and sharpens the subject. Expresses skin tones softly. • To blur the background more, set the lens to the telephoto position. • You can shoot a vivid image by focusing on the eye that is closer to the lens. •...
  • Page 66 (Hand-held Shoots night scenes with less noise and Twilight) blur without using a tripod. A burst of shots are taken, and image processing is applied to reduce subject blur, camera shake, and noise. • Reducing blur is less effective even in [Hand-held •...
  • Page 67: Shooting With An Effect Filter To Obtain The Various Textures (picture Effect)

    Shooting with an effect filter to obtain the various textures (Picture Effect) This mode is suitable for Shooting with an effect filter to obtain the various textures. Set the mode dial to Press the center of the control button. Select the desired mode with v/V, then press the center of the control button.
  • Page 68 (Partial Color Creates an image which retains the color green, but converts (Green)) others to black and white. • Images may not retain the selected color, depending on the (Partial Color Creates an image which retains the color blue, but converts (Blue)) others to black and white.
  • Page 69: Shooting Panoramic Images (sweep Shooting)

    Shooting panoramic images (Sweep Shooting) This mode is suitable for Shooting expansive scenery, or high-rise buildings with dynamic composition. Set the mode dial to Press the center of the control button. Select [Sweep Panorama] with v/V, then press the center of the control button.
  • Page 70 Pan or tilt the camera to the end, following the guidance on the screen. Notes • If you cannot pan or tilt the camera across the entire subject within the given time, a gray area occurs in the composed image. If this happens, move the camera fast to record a full panoramic image.
  • Page 71 Tips for shooting a panoramic image Pan or tilt the camera in an arc with a constant velocity and in the same direction as the indication on the screen. [Sweep Panorama] is better suited for still subjects, rather than moving ones. •...
  • Page 72: Shooting Continuously At High Speed (tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority Ae)

    Shooting continuously at high speed (Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE) This mode is suitable for Shooting a fast-moving subject continuously to capture a moment. Shooting a child’s expressions, changing continuously from moment to moment. Set the mode dial to Priority AE). Adjust the focus and shoot the subjects.
  • Page 73 Notes • The Face Detection function is turned off. • When [Auto HDR] is selected, the DRO process is performed temporarily according to the DRO setting. • You cannot set [Image: Quality] to [RAW] or [RAW & JPEG]. • Our measurement conditions. The speed of continuous shooting is slower, depending on shooting conditions.
  • Page 74: Shooting An Image The Way You Want It (exposure Mode)

    Shooting an image the way you want it (Exposure mode) With an Interchangeable Lens Digital 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. Adjusting the shutter speed and aperture not only creates the photographic effects of movement and focus, but also determines the brightness of the image by controlling the amount of exposure (the amount of light the...
  • Page 75: Shooting With Program Auto

    Shooting with program auto This mode is suitable for Using the automatic exposure, while keeping the custom settings for ISO sensitivity, Creative Style, D-Range optimizer, etc. Set the mode dial to P. Set the shooting functions to your desired settings (pages 89 to 122).
  • Page 76: Shooting By Controlling The Blur Of The Background (aperture Priority)

    Shooting by controlling the blur of the background (Aperture priority) This mode is suitable for Putting the subject in sharp focus and blur everything in front of and beyond the subject. Opening the aperture narrows the range that is in focus.
  • Page 77 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 all in focus. • You cannot check the blurring of an image on the LCD monitor or in the viewfinder.
  • Page 78 To check blurring of the background (Preview button) The LCD monitor and the viewfinder shows an image captured with the widest aperture. The change in aperture affects the sharpness of the subject image, creating a discrepancy between the sharpness of the image before shooting Preview button and that of the actual image.
  • Page 79: Shooting A Moving Subject With Various Expressions (shutter Speed Priority)

    Shooting a moving subject with various expressions (Shutter speed priority) This mode is suitable for Shooting a moving subject at a moment in time. Use a faster shutter speed to crisply shoot an instant of the movement. Tracing the movement to express the dynamism and flow.
  • Page 80: 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 81: Shooting With The Exposure Adjusted Manually (manual Exposure)

    Shooting with the exposure adjusted manually (Manual exposure) This mode is suitable for Shooting with the desired exposure setting by adjusting both the shutter speed and aperture. Set the mode dial to M. Rotate the control dial to adjust the shutter speed, and while pressing the button, rotate the control dial to adjust the aperture.
  • Page 82 Shoot the image after the exposure is set. • Check the exposure value on the EV scale (Metered Manual*). 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 83: Shooting Trails With Long Exposure (bulb)

    Shooting trails with long exposure (BULB) This mode is suitable for Shooting trails of light, such as fireworks. Shooting 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 84 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 85: Recording Movies

    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. • The camera continues to adjust the focus when it is in autofocus mode. Press the MOVIE button again to stop recording.
  • Page 86 • Do not shoot a strong light source, such as the sun. The internal mechanism of the camera may be damaged. • When you import AVCHD movies to a computer, use “PMB” (page 164). • When you continue to shoot for a long time, the temperature of the camera rises and the image quality may deteriorate.
  • Page 87: Available Recording Time For A Movie

    Audio recording When you record movies, the operating noise of the camera or lens may be recorded. You can reduce the noise of the camera by using a tripod, and setting the SteadyShot function to off. You can also record movies without audio. MENU button t 1 t [Movie: Audio Rec.] t [Off] To change the size...
  • Page 88: Notes On Continuous Movie Recording

    • For details on movie playback, see page 124. 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.
  • Page 89: Using The Shooting Function

    Using the shooting function Selecting the focus method There are two methods for adjusting the focus: autofocus and manual focus. Depending on the lens, the method for switching between the auto focus and manual focus is different. The type of lens The lens is equipped with a focus mode switch...
  • Page 90 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 • The AF area where the focus has been confirmed turns green. Note •...
  • Page 91: Shooting With Your Desired Composition (focus-lock)

    To measure the exact distance to the subject mark located on the top of the camera shows the location of the image sensor*. When you measure the exact distance between the camera and the subject, refer to the position of the horizontal line.
  • Page 92: Selecting The Focus Method To Suit The Movement Of The Subject (autofocus Mode)

    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 The camera focuses and the focus is locked when you press the shutter button halfway down. (Automatic AF) The [Autofocus Mode] is switched between Single-shot AF and Continuous AF according to the movement of the subject.
  • Page 93: Selecting The Focus Area (af Area)

    Selecting the focus area (AF area) Select the desired AF area to suit the shooting conditions or your preference. The AF area where the focus has been confirmed turns green and the other AF areas disappear. Fn button t (AF area) t Select the desired setting (Wide) The camera determines which of the 15 AF areas is used in focusing.
  • Page 94: Adjusting The Focus Manually (manual Focus)

    Adjusting the focus manually (Manual focus) When it is difficult to get the proper focus in autofocus mode, you can adjust the focus manually. Set the focus mode switch on the lens to MF. When the lens is not equipped with the focus mode switch, set the focus mode switch on the camera to MF.
  • Page 95: Checking The Focus By Enlarging The Image

    Checking the focus by enlarging the image You can check the focus by enlarging the image before shooting. MENU button t Press the Focus Magnifier button. Press the Focus Magnifier button again to enlarge the image and select the portion you want to enlarge with v/V/b/B on the control button.
  • Page 96: Detecting Faces

    Detecting faces Using the Face Detection function The camera detects faces, adjusts the focus, exposure, performs image processing, and adjusts flash settings. The Face Detection function is set to [On] in the default setting. The Face Detection frame When the camera detects faces, white Face Detection frames appear.
  • Page 97: Capturing Smiling Faces (smile Shutter)

    • Up to eight faces can be detected. • The camera may not detect any faces, or may detect some other object, depending on the shooting conditions. Capturing smiling faces (Smile Shutter) When the camera detects a smile, the shutter is released automatically. Fn button t (Smile Shutter) t [On] t Select the desired Smile Detection Sensitivity mode...
  • Page 98 Shooting techniques • To focus on the smile, overlay the Face Detection frame and AF area. • Do not cover the eyes with bangs, etc. Keep the eyes narrowed. • Do not obscure the face with a hat, a mask, sunglasses, etc. •...
  • Page 99: 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. Fn button t (Flash Mode) t Select the desired setting Press the...
  • Page 100 (Flash Off) Does not fire even the built-in flash pops up. (Autoflash) Fires if it is dark or against light. (Fill-flash) Fires every time you trigger the shutter. (Slow Sync.) 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.
  • Page 101 The flash range The range of the built-in flash depends on the ISO sensitivity and aperture value. Refer to the following table. Aperture F2.8 1 – 3.6 m (3.3 – 12 setting feet) 1 – 5.1 m (3.3 – 17 feet) 1.4 –...
  • Page 102: Performing Wireless Flash Shooting

    Performing wireless flash shooting With a flash that has a wireless shooting function (sold separately), you can shoot with the flash without a cord, even when the flash is not attached to the camera. By changing the position of the flash, you can shoot an image with a three dimensional feel by highlighting the contrast of light and shadow on the subject.
  • Page 103: 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 104: Using Brightness Compensation For The Entire Image (exposure Compensation)

    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 105 Press the button. Adjust the exposure with the control dial. Toward + (over): Brightens an image. Toward – (under): Darkens an image. Adjust the focus and shoot the subject. Shooting techniques • Adjust the compensation level by checking the recorded image. •...
  • Page 106: Adjusting The Amount Of Flash Light (flash Compensation)

    MENU button t • Instead of the Graphic Display, the histogram is displayed after you press DISP on the control button several times. 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 entire histogram shift to the bright side...
  • Page 107: Selecting The Flash Control Mode To Set The Amount Of Flash Light (flash Control)

    Fn button t (Flash Compensation) t Select the desired setting Toward +: Makes the flash level higher. Toward –: Makes the flash level lower. Notes • This item cannot be set when the exposure mode is set to AUTO, AUTO+, Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection, or Picture Effect.
  • Page 108: Selecting The Method For Measuring The Brightness Of A Subject (metering Mode)

    Notes • When the distance between the subject and the external flash (sold separately) cannot be determined (wireless flash shooting using an external flash (sold separately), shooting with an off-camera flash using a cable, shooting with a macro twin flash, etc.), the camera automatically selects Pre-flash TTL mode. •...
  • Page 109: 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 ISO on the control button to display the ISO screen. Select the desired setting with v/V on the control button. •...
  • Page 110: Compensating For The Brightness And Contrast Automatically (d-range)

    Compensating for the brightness and contrast automatically (D-Range) D-RANGE button t Select the desired setting (Off) Does not use the DRO/Auto HDR functions. By dividing the image into small areas, the camera analyses RangeOptimizer) the contrast of light and shadow between the subject and the background, producing the image with the optimal brightness and gradation.
  • Page 111: Correcting The Brightness Of The Image (d-range Optimizer)

    Correcting the brightness of the image (D-Range Optimizer) D-RANGE button t Select an optimal level with b/B on the control button. (Auto) Corrects the brightness automatically. (Level)* Optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of the image. Select the optimal level between Lv1 (weak) and Lv5 (strong).
  • Page 112 (Auto Exposure Corrects the exposure difference automatically. Diff.) (Exposure Sets the exposure difference, based on the contrast of the Difference Level)* subject. Select the optimal level between 1.0Ev (weak) and 6.0Ev (strong). For example: When 2.0Ev is selected, three images are overlaid: an image with –1.0Ev, an image with the correct exposure, and an image with +1.0Ev.
  • Page 113: Image Processing

    Image processing Selecting your desired image processing (Creative Style) In addition to the desired image processing, you can adjust the exposure (shutter speed and aperture) as you like with [Creative Style], unlike Scene Selection where the camera adjusts the exposure. You can fine-tune the contrast, saturation, or sharpness on each item of Creative Style.
  • Page 114: Changing The Range Of Color Reproduction (color Space)

    (Contrast), (Saturation), and Creative Style item. (Contrast) The higher the value selected, the more the difference of light and shadow is accentuated, thus making an impact on an image. (Saturation) The higher the value selected, the more vivid the color. When a lower value is selected, the color of the image is restrained and subdued.
  • Page 115: 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 116: Setting The Color Temperature And A Filter Effect (color Temperature/color Filter)

    AWB (Auto WB) The camera automatically detects a light source and adjusts the color tones. (Daylight) If you select an option to suit a specific light source, the color tones are adjusted for the light source (preset white balance). (Shade) (Cloudy) (Incandescent) (Fluorescent)
  • Page 117: Registering The Color Tones (custom White Balance)

    5500K* (Color Sets the white balance by the color temperature. The higher Temp.) 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 118 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.
  • Page 119: Selecting The Drive Mode

    Selecting the drive mode This camera has five drive modes, such as single-shot advanced, and continuous advanced. Use them to suit your purpose. Shooting single shot This mode is for normal shooting. on the control button t (Single-shot Adv.) Note •...
  • Page 120: Using The Self-timer

    The maximum number of continuous shots The number of continuous shooting images obtainable has an upper limit. Continuous adv. Fine 14 images Standard 18 images RAW & JPEG 6 images 6 images Shooting technique • To shoot continuously faster, set the exposure mode to Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE (page 72).
  • Page 121: Shooting Images With The Exposure Shifted (exposure Bracket)

    To cancel the self-timer Press on the control button. Shooting images with the exposure shifted (Exposure bracket) – direction Base exposure Bracket shooting allows you to shoot several images, each with different degrees of exposure. Specify the value of deviation (steps) from the base exposure, and the camera shoots three images while automatically shifting the exposure.
  • Page 122: Shooting With White Balance Shifted (wb Bracket)

    The EV scale in bracket shooting LCD monitor/ Viewfinder LCD monitor (When [Display Rec. Data] is set to [For viewfinder]) Shown in the top row. * Ambient light: Any light other than the flash light that shines on the scene for an extended period of time, such as natural light, a light bulb, or a fluorescent light.
  • Page 123: 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 control button. To return to the shooting mode Press the button again. To switch the recording data display Press DISP on the control button.
  • Page 124: Playing Back Movies

    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. To scroll panoramic images Select a panoramic image, then press the center of the control button. Pressing it again pauses the playback.
  • Page 125: Rotating An Image

    To select the date of movies to be played back Movies are stored by date. MENU button t 2 t [Select Date] t Select the desired date Note • Movies recorded with other devices may not be played back on this camera. Rotating an image Display the image you want to rotate, then press the...
  • Page 126: Enlarging Images

    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 button or button.
  • Page 127: Switching To The Display Of The Image List

    Switching to the display of the image list MENU button t 1 t [Image Index] t Select the desired number of images to be displayed on one page • You can also display the image list using the To return to the single-image screen Press the center of the control button when you select the desired image.
  • Page 128 To play back movies You cannot play back still images and movies in the same slide show. Switch to a movie playback with [Still/Movie Select], then select the movie type. MENU button t Select the desired movie type To play back 3D-images If you connect the camera to a 3D-compatible TV using an HDMI cable (sold separately), you can play back 3D-images recorded with the 3D Sweep Panorama mode.
  • Page 129 Checking the information of recorded images Each time you press DISP on the control button, the information display changes (page 123). Basic information display Still image Display Indication Memory card (21) Still image/Movie 100-0003 Folder - file number (165) 2011 1 1 Recording date Image size of still images (140)/Aspect ratio of still...
  • Page 130 Display Indication 2011 1 1 Date of recording 10:37AM Auto HDR image warning (111) 1/125 Shutter speed (79) F3.5 Aperture (76) ISO200 ISO sensitivity (109) File number/total number of images Playback Playback bar 5:40 Counter Display Indication Volume...
  • Page 131: Histogram Display

    Histogram display Display Indication Memory card (21) Still image 100-0003 Folder - file number (165) Image size of still images (140)/Aspect ratio of still images (141)/Image size of panoramic images (140) Image quality of still images (141) Protect (133) DPOF3 DPOF set (171) Remaining battery warning (23)
  • Page 132 Display Indication D-Range Optimizer (110)/Auto HDR/Auto HDR image warning (111) 2011 1 1 Date of recording 10:37AM File number/total number of images * When the image has a high-key or low-key portion, that portion is flashed on the histogram display (Luminance limit warning).
  • Page 133: 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 control button, then press the center of the control button.
  • Page 134: Deleting Images (delete)

    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 Select [Delete] with v on the control button, then press the center of the control button.
  • Page 135 Press the MENU button. Select [Delete] with v, then press the center of the control button. Deleting all the images in the folder Deletes all still images in the folder. This appears during still image playback only. MENU button t Select [Delete] with v on the control button, then press the center of the control button.
  • Page 136: Viewing Images On A Tv Screen

    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.
  • Page 137 • The audio is not output while a movie is being recorded. On “PhotoTV HD” This camera is compatible with the “PhotoTV HD” standard. By connecting Sony’s PhotoTV HD-compatible devices using an HDMI cable, a whole new world of photos can be enjoyed in breathtaking Full HD quality.
  • Page 138 Using “BRAVIA” Sync By connecting the camera to a TV that supports “BRAVIA” Sync using an HDMI cable, you can operate the camera with the TV Remote Control. Connect a TV that supports “BRAVIA” Sync to the camera (page 136). The input is automatically switched and the image shot with the camera appears on the TV screen.
  • Page 139 To use your camera abroad When you view images on a TV screen, the camera and TV must use the same TV color system. NTSC system (1080 60i) Bahama Islands, Bolivia, Canada, Central America, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Surinam, Taiwan, the Philippines, the U.S.A., Venezuela, etc.
  • Page 140: Changing Your Setup

    Setting image size and image quality Image: Size MENU button t size [Image: Aspect Ratio]: [3:2] Image size L:16M 4912 × 3264 pixels M:8.4M 3568 × 2368 pixels S:4.0M 2448 × 1624 pixels [Image: Aspect Ratio]: [16:9] Image size L:14M 4912 ×...
  • Page 141 [3D Pan.: Image Size] (16:9) Horizontal: 1920 × 1080 (Standard) Horizontal: 4912 × 1080 (Wide) Horizontal: 7152 × 1080 Movie: Size The larger the image size, the higher the image quality. MENU button t 1 t [Movie: Size] t Select the desired size [AVCHD] mode (1920 ×...
  • Page 142 (RAW) File format: RAW (Records using the RAW compression format.) This format does not perform any digital processing on the images. Select this format to process images on a computer for professional purposes. • The image size is fixed to the maximum size. The image (RAW &...
  • Page 143: 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 1 t [File Number] t Select the desired setting Series The camera does not reset numbers and assigns numbers to files in sequence until the number reaches “9999.”...
  • Page 144: 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 145 Recovering image database When inconsistencies are found in the image database file of movies, caused by processing movies on computers, etc., movies on the memory card will not be played back in this form. If this happens, the camera repairs the file.
  • Page 146 Notes • Before using an Eye-Fi card, set up the wireless LAN access point and forwarding destination. For details, refer to the operating manual supplied with the Eye-Fi card. • Eye-Fi cards are sold in the U.S.A, Canada, Japan, and some countries in the EU (as of March in 2010).
  • Page 147: Changing The Noise Reduction Setting

    Changing the noise reduction setting Disabling the noise reduction during long exposure shootings When you set the shutter speed to a second or longer (Long exposure shooting), noise reduction is turned on for the same duration that the shutter is open. This is to reduce the grainy noise typical in a long exposure.
  • Page 148: Changing The Function Of The Buttons

    Changing the function of the buttons Changing the operation 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 149 Assigning the desired function to the D-RANGE button You can assign one of the following functions to the D-RANGE button. MENU button t 3 t [D-RANGE button] t Select the desired setting Drive Mode Assigns “Drive Mode” to the D-RANGE button. Flash Mode Assigns “Flash Mode”...
  • Page 150: 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 setting Removing the Help Guide from the screen You can turn off the Help Guide that is displayed when you operate the camera.
  • Page 151: Selecting The Language

    Note • Correct metering cannot be achieved when you use lenses that do not provide a lens contact, such as the lens of an astronomical telescope. In such cases, adjust the exposure manually by checking it on the recorded image. Selecting the language MENU button t 1 t [...
  • Page 152: Setting The Lcd Monitor/electronic Viewfinder

    Setting the LCD monitor/electronic viewfinder Setting the brightness of the LCD monitor MENU button t setting Notes • Set it to [Manual] for interior photography because [Sunny Weather] is too bright. • The battery pack will run out quickly if you use the camera for a long time with [Sunny Weather] selected.
  • Page 153 Setting the method used to switch the LCD monitor and the viewfinder You can disable the automatic switching of the LCD monitor and the viewfinder and enable only the FINDER/LCD button to switch them. MENU button t 1 t [FINDER/LCD Setting] t [Manual] Setting the grid line The grid line is an auxiliary line for shooting composition.
  • Page 154: Confirming The Version Of The Camera

    Confirming the version of the camera Displays the version of your camera. Confirm the version when a firmware update is released. MENU button t Note • An update can be performed only when the battery level is battery icons) or more. We recommend that you use a sufficient battery or the AC- PW20 AC Adaptor (sold separately).
  • Page 155: Resetting To The Default

    Resetting to the default You can reset the main functions of the camera. MENU button t 3 t [Reset Default] t [Enter] The items to be reset are as follows. Items Exposure compensation (104) Recording information display (41) Playback display (123) Drive mode (119) Flash Mode (99) Autofocus Mode (92)
  • Page 156 Items Movie: Audio Rec. (87) SteadyShot (58) Panorama: Size (140) Panorama: Direction (71) 3D Pan.: Image Size (140) 3D Pan.: Direction (71) Flash control (107) AF Illuminator (101) Color Space (114) Long Exposure NR (147) High ISO NR (147) D-RANGE button (149) Custom menu Items Eye-Start AF (40)
  • Page 157 Items Slide Show – Repeat (127) Specify Printing – Date Imprint (172) Volume Settings (124) Playback Display (123) Memory Card Tool menu Items File Number (143) Folder Name (143) Setup menu Items LCD Brightness (152) Viewfinder Bright. (152) Power Save (150) CTRL FOR HDMI (138) Help Guide Display (150) Upload Settings (145)
  • Page 158: 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. • Sony Image Data Suite “Image Data Converter SR” “Image Data Lightbox SR” • “PMB” (Picture Motion Browser) See page 160 for notes on installation of “PMB.”...
  • Page 159 Recommended computer environment (Macintosh) The following computer environment is recommended when using the supplied software and importing images via a USB connection. OS (pre-installed) USB Connection: Mac OS X (v10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6) “Image Data Converter SR Ver.3”/“Image Data Lightbox SR”: Mac OS X (v10.4, 10.5, 10.6 (Snow Leopard)) “Image Data CPU: Power PC G4/G5 series (1.0 GHz or faster is...
  • Page 160: Using The Software

    Click [Install]. Make sure that both “Sony Image Data Suite” and “PMB” are checked and follow the instructions on the screen. • Connect the camera to the computer during the procedure following the instructions on the screen (page 164).
  • Page 161 • If “PMB” has already been installed on the computer, and the version of the previously installed “PMB” is higher than that of the “PMB” on the CD-ROM (supplied), installation is not required. The usable functions are activated when the camera is connected to the computer using the USB cable.
  • Page 162 To use “Image Data Converter SR,” refer to Help. Click [Start] t [All Programs] t [Sony Image Data Suite] t [Help] t [Image Data Converter SR Ver.3]. “Image Data Converter SR” support page (English only) http://www.sony.co.jp/ids-se/ Using “Image Data Lightbox SR”...
  • Page 163 • “PMB” is not compatible with Macintosh computers. To use “PMB,” refer to “PMB Help.” Double-click the shortcut of (PMB Help) on the desktop. Or, click [Start] t [All Programs] t [PMB] t [PMB Help]. “PMB” support page (English only) http://www.sony.co.jp/pmb-se/...
  • Page 164: Connecting The Camera To The Computer

    Connecting the camera to the computer Insert a sufficiently charged battery pack into the camera, or connect the camera to a wall outlet (wall socket) using the AC- PW20 AC Adaptor (sold separately). Turn on the camera and the computer. Check that [USB Connection] in Connect the camera to your computer.
  • Page 165 Do not delete or copy AVCHD format movies on the memory card from the computer. Sony is not held liable for consequences resulting from such operations via the computer.
  • Page 166: Deleting The Usb Connection

    Note • Use “iMovie” bundled with a Macintosh computer to import or operate AVCHD format movies. Deleting the USB connection Perform the procedures from step 1 to 3 below before: • Disconnecting the USB cable. • Removing the memory card. •...
  • Page 167: Creating A Movie Disc

    Notes • If you use a Sony DVDirect (DVD Writer), you can transfer data by inserting a memory card into the memory card slot of the DVD writer, or connecting your camera to the DVD writer with a USB cable.
  • Page 168: Creating An Avchd Format Disc

    (HD) disc is created. • You can play a high definition image quality (HD) disc on AVCHD format playback devices, such as a Sony Blu-ray disc player and a PlayStation®3. You cannot play the disc on ordinary DVD players. Standard definition image quality (STD) movie converted from high...
  • Page 169 Notes • Install “PMB” beforehand. • Still images and MP4 movie files cannot be recorded on the AVCHD format disc. • It may take a long time to create a disc. Playing AVCHD format disc on a computer You can play back AVCHD format discs using “Player for AVCHD” that is installed together with “PMB.”...
  • Page 170 Creating a standard definition image quality (STD) disc You can create a standard definition image quality (STD) disc from AVCHD format movies imported to a computer using supplied software “PMB.” Select the AVCHD format movies you want to write on “PMB.” Click (Create Discs) to select [Create DVD-Video Format Discs (STD)].
  • Page 171: Printing Images

    Printing images Specifying DPOF Using the camera, you can specify the still 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 172 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 1 t [Specify Printing] t [Date Imprint] t [On] Note • This function may not be provided, depending on the printer.
  • Page 173: Others

    Others Specifications Camera [System] Camera Type Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera Lens A-mount lens [Image sensor] Image format 23.5×15.6 mm (APS-C format) CMOS image sensor Total pixel number of image sensor Approx. 16 500 000 pixels Effective pixel number of camera Approx.
  • Page 174 [Exposure control] Metering Cell “Exmor” CMOS sensor Metering method 1200-zone evaluative metering Metering Range –2 to +17 EV on Multi segment, Center weighted, Spot modes (at ISO 100 equivalent with F1.4 lens) ISO sensitivity (Recommended exposure index) AUTO, ISO 100 to 12800 Exposure compensation ±2.0 EV (1/3 EV step) [Shutter]...
  • Page 175: Rechargeable Battery Pack

    [Others] Exif Print Compatible PRINT Image Matching III Compatible Dimensions Approx. 124.4 × 92 × 84.7 mm (4 7/8 × 3 5/8 × 3 1/3 inches) (W/H/D, excluding protrusions) Mass Approx. 473 g (16.7 oz) (with battery and “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media) Approx.
  • Page 176 Lens Name (Model name) Equivalent 35mm- format focal length* (mm) Lens groups-elements Angle of view* Minimum focus* (feet)) Maximum magnification (X) Minimum f-stop Filter diameter (mm) Dimensions (maximum diameter × height) (approx., mm (in.)) Mass (approx., g (oz.)) *1 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.
  • Page 177 Trademarks • is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • “Memory Stick,” , “Memory Stick PRO,” “Memory Stick Duo,” , “Memory Stick PRO Duo,”...
  • Page 178 • 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.
  • Page 179: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting If you experience trouble with your camera, try the following solutions. Check the items on pages 179 to 187. 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 180 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 150).
  • Page 181 The shutter does not release. • You are using a memory card with a write-protect switch, and the switch is set to the LOCK position. Set the switch to the recording position. • Check the free capacity of the memory card (page 34). •...
  • Page 182 The flash does not work. • The flash mode is set to [Autoflash]. If you want to make sure the flash fires without fail, set the flash mode to [Fill-flash] (page 99). The flash takes too long to recharge. • The flash has been fired in succession in a short period. When the flash has been fired in succession, the recharging process may take longer than usual to avoid overheating of the camera.
  • Page 183 The eyes of the subject come out red. • Activate the red eye reduction function (page 101). • Get close to the subject, and shoot the subject within the flash range using the flash (page 101). Dots appear and remain on the LCD monitor. •...
  • Page 184 Computers You do not know if the OS of your computer is compatible with the camera. • Check “Using with your computer” (page 158). 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 19), or use the AC Adaptor (sold separately).
  • Page 185 Cannot record on a memory card. • The memory card is full. Delete unnecessary images (page 134). • An unusable memory card is inserted (page 21). You have formatted a memory card by mistake. • All the data on the memory card are deleted by formatting. You cannot restore it.
  • Page 186 • If an AC Adaptor (sold separately) is used, disconnect the power plug. Connect the power plug and turn on the camera again. If the camera does not work after doing these solutions, consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
  • Page 187 • The SteadyShot function does not work. You can continue to shoot but the SteadyShot function will not work. Turn the camera off and on. If the SteadyShot scale continues to flash, consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
  • Page 188: Warning Messages

    Warning messages If the following messages appear, follow the instructions below. Incompatible battery. Use correct model. • An incompatible battery pack is being used. Set Area/Date/Time. • Set the area and date, time. If you have not used the camera for a long time, charge the internal rechargeable battery (pages 30, 192).
  • Page 189 Camera Error 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. Image Database File error. Reboot. • There is something wrong occurred in the Image Database File.
  • Page 190 Image Database File error. Recover? • You cannot record or play back AVCHD format movies because the Image Database File is damaged. Follow the on-screen instructions to recover data. Unable to magnify. Unable to rotate image. • Images recorded with other cameras may not be enlarged or rotated.
  • Page 191: 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 192: On The Internal Rechargeable

    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 193 camera may not be able to record or play back properly. • Using the camera in sandy or dusty locations may cause malfunctions. • If moisture condensation occurs, remove it before using the camera (page 191). • Do not shake or strike the camera. In addition to malfunctions and an inability to record images, this may render the memory card unusable,...
  • Page 194: Avchd Format

    AVCHD format The AVCHD format is a high definition digital video camera format used to record a high definition (HD) signal of either the 1080i specification* or the 720p specification* using efficient data compression coding technology. The MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format is adopted to compress video data, and the Dolby Digital or Linear PCM system is used to compress audio...
  • Page 195: 3d-shootings

    3D-shootings Notes on recording • [3D Panorama] is not suitable when shooting: – Subjects are moving. – Subjects are too close to the camera. – Subjects with a repeating pattern such as tiles, and subjects with little contrast such as sky, sandy beach, or lawn.
  • Page 196: Index

    Index Numerics 3D ...71, 195 Adobe RGB ...114 AE Lock...103 AEL button ...148 AF area ...93 AF illuminator ...101 Ambient light...122 Amount of exposure ...74 Anti-dust function...37 Aperture ...74, 76 Aperture priority ...76 Aperture value ...76 Area Setting ...31 Aspect ratio...141 Audio signals ...150 Auto HDR...111 Auto review ...152...
  • Page 197 Drive mode ... 119 Enlarged image ... 126 EV scale ... 82, 104, 122 Exposure ... 74 Exposure compensation ... 104 Exposure mode ... 74 Eyecup ... 33 Eye-Fi... 145 Eyepiece sensors ... 40 Eye-Start AF ... 40 Face Detection ... 96 File Number ...
  • Page 198 Memory card ...21, 24 “Memory Stick PRO Duo” ...21, 24 Menu...50 Menu start ...151 Metering mode...108 Moisture condensation...191 Movie Audio Rec..87 Movie File Format ...86 Multi frame noise reduction ...109 Multi segment ...108 New Folder ...144 Night Portrait ...64 Night View ...64 Noise reduction...147 Number of recordable images...
  • Page 199 Shutter speed... 74, 79 Wireless flash ... 102 Shutter speed priority... 79 Single-shot AF ... 92 Slide show... 127 Slow sync..99 Smile Shutter... 97 Specifications... 173 Sports Action ... 64 Spot ... 108 SteadyShot function ... 58 Sunset... 64 Sweep Panorama...
  • Page 200 GPL/ LGPL. Source code is provided on the web. Use the following URL to download http://www.sony.net/Products/Linux/ We would prefer you do not contact us about the contents of source code. Read “license2.pdf” in the “License” folder on the CD-ROM. You will find licenses (in English) of “GPL”, and...

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