Digital single lens reflex camera (18-70mm kit) (2 pages)
Summary of Contents for Sony DSLR-A700H Users Guide
Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera User’s Guide/ Troubleshooting “Read This First” (separate volume) Explains the set-up and basic operations for shooting/ playback with your camera. Before your operation Using the shooting functions Using the viewing functions Using the menu Using your computer Printing images Troubleshooting Others...
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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.
Lightning For added protection for this set during a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable system. This will prevent damage to the set due to lightning and power-line surges.
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Notes on types of “Memory Stick” that can be used (not supplied) You can use a “Memory Stick Duo” with your camera. A “Memory Stick” cannot be used with your camera. “Memory Stick Duo” “Memory Stick” • For details on “Memory Stick Duo”, see page 161.
Notes on the LCD monitor and lens • The LCD monitor is manufactured using extremely high-precision technology so over 99.99% of the pixels are operational for effective use. However, there may be some tiny black points and/or bright points (white, red, blue or green in color) that constantly appear on the LCD monitor.
IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS ...3 Read this first ...5 Notes on using your camera ...7 Before your operation Identifying parts ...14 Indicators on the monitor...19 Switching the recording information display ...23 Number of images ...24 The number of images that can be recorded when using the battery pack ...28 Basic operation...29 How to use the multi-selector ...
Image processing and color... 61 Adjusting the white balance ... 61 Setting ISO... 64 Using the D-Range Optimizer ... 66 Using a Creative Style ... 67 Flash ... 73 Selecting the flash mode ... 73 Using the flash compensation ... 75 Shooting with Slow Sync (Shooting the dark background with flash) ...
Recording menu 3 ...101 AF-A setup AF area Priority setup AF illuminator AF w/ shutter Long exp.NR High ISO NR Recording menu 4 ...104 Memory Rec mode reset Custom menu 1...105 Eye-Start AF EyeStart trigr. AF/MF button AF/MF control AF drive speed AF area disp.
Playback menu 1... 114 Delete Format Protect DPOF setup Date imprint Index print PlaybackDisplay Playback menu 2... 119 Slide show Interval Setup menu 1 ... 120 LCD brightness Info.disp.time Power save Video output HDMI output Language Date/Time setup Setup menu 2 ... 123 Memory card File number Folder name...
Using your computer Enjoying your computer...127 Connecting the camera and your computer ...129 Copying images to your computer...130 Image file storage destinations and file names ...133 Copying images stored on a computer to a memory card and viewing the images...134 Using the software (supplied)...135 Installing the software...136 Using the “Picture Motion Browser”...137...
Before your operation Identifying parts Camera Do not directly touch these parts. See the pages in parentheses for details of operation. A ISO button (64) (Exposure) button (45) C Hooks for shoulder strap (17) D Shutter button ( step 5 in “Read This First”) E Front control dial (30, 107) F Remote sensor (60)
A Viewfinder ( step 5 in “Read This First”) B Eyepiece sensors (111) C POWER switch ( step 4 in “Read This First”) D MENU button (32) E DISP (Display) button (23, 83) (Delete) button ( step 6 in “Read This First”) (Playback) button ( “Read This First”)
A Tripod receptacle • Use a tripod with a screw length of less than 5.5 mm (7/32 inch). You will be unable to firmly secure the camera to tripods having screws longer than 5.5 mm (7/32 inch), and may damage the camera. B Battery cover open lever ( “Read This First”) C Lock lever (...
Remote Commander may shorten, or the Remote Commander may not function properly. In this case, replace the battery with a Sony CR2025 lithium battery. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.
When threading the strap through the holder ring, hold the tip of the strap with your finger, and slide the holder ring rather than the tip of the strap into position to secure the strap. If the holder ring comes off the strap, put it back on the strap from the notched side.
Indicators on the monitor See the pages in parentheses for details of operation. Viewfinder Display Indication Local AF area (49) Spot AF area (49) Spot metering area (48) Shooting area for aspect ratio 16:9 (95) Display Indication Flash-compensation (75) Flashing: The flash is being charged Lit: The flash has been charged (...
LCD monitor (Recording information display) • The illustration above is for the full display in the horizontal position (page 23). Display Indication Register number (79) P A S M Mode dial (34) 1/125 Shutter speed (39) F5.6 Aperture (37) +2.0 Exposure (45) AE lock (46) Display...
Operation guide The next operation may be indicated on the lower portion of the LCD monitor. The icons indicate the following meanings. Display Indication Multi-selector bB Multi-selector vV Multi-selector vVbB Center of the multi-selector MENU button Returns with MENU Delete button Enlarge button C button Fn button...
LCD monitor (Histogram display) Display Indication Memory card (123) 100-0003 Folder - file number (133) Protect (115) DPOF3 DPOF set (116) Image quality (96) Image size (94) Battery remaining ( 1 in “Read This First”) Playback image (85) Display Indication Histogram (85) P A S M Mode dial (34)
Switching the recording information display When recording, the LCD monitor displays various recording information. Press the DISP (Display) button to switch between the detailed display and the enlarged display. You can choose to turn off the display to minimize battery consumption. When you rotate the camera to a vertical position, the display automatically rotates to adjust to the camera position.
The tables show the approximate number of images that can be recorded on a memory card formatted with this camera. The values may vary depending on the shooting conditions. The number of images “Memory Stick Duo” Image size: L 12M (Aspect ratio: 3:2) Capacity 128MB Size...
Image size: M 5.4M (Aspect ratio: 16:9) Capacity 128MB Size Standard Fine Extra fine cRAW & JPEG RAW & JPEG Image size: S 3.0M (Aspect ratio: 3:2) Capacity 128MB Size Standard Fine Extra fine cRAW & JPEG RAW & JPEG Image size: S 2.6M (Aspect ratio: 16:9) Capacity 128MB...
CF card Image size: L 12M (Aspect ratio: 3:2) Capacity 256MB Size Standard Fine Extra fine cRAW & JPEG RAW & JPEG cRAW Image size: L 10M (Aspect ratio: 16:9) Capacity 256MB Size Standard Fine Extra fine cRAW & JPEG RAW &...
Image size: M 5.4M (Aspect ratio: 16:9) Capacity 256MB Size Standard Fine Extra fine cRAW & JPEG RAW & JPEG Image size: S 3.0M (Aspect ratio: 3:2) Capacity 256MB Size Standard Fine Extra fine cRAW & JPEG RAW & JPEG Image size: S 2.6M (Aspect ratio: 16:9) Capacity 256MB...
when using the battery pack The table shows the approximate number of images that can be recorded when you use the camera with the battery pack (supplied) at full capacity and at an ambient temperature of 25°C (77°F). The numbers of images that can be recorded take into account changing the memory card as necessary.
Basic operation How to use the multi-selector You can select and execute the various functions using the multi-selector. While viewing images, you can select playback images using the multi-selector. Examples: To select menu items To select playback images The directions in which the multi-selector is moved are expressed as follows in this MENU button operating instructions.
How to use the Fn (Function) button Using the Fn (Function) button, you can switch the recording information screen (page 23) to the Quick Navi screen. On the Quick Navi screen, you can change settings directly. In addition to the Quick Navi screen that can be controlled from the recording information screen, the Exclusive disp screen that switches the display to each exclusive screen is available.
Select the desired item with the multi-selector. Set the item with the front or rear control dial. For details on how to set up each item, see the corresponding page. • When using Creative Style (page 67), some of the setup tasks can be accomplished only on the Exclusive disp screen.
Operations available from the Quick Navi screen are: Exposure AF area Drive mode White Balance D-Range Optimizer page 66 Creative Style* Flash mode* Flash compensation page 75 Image size Image quality * Unavailable on the enlarged display screen (page 23). Operate from the How to use the menu MENU button Press the MENU button to display the menu.
Move the multi-selector to v/V to select the desired item, then press the center. Move the multi-selector to v/V to select the desired setting, then press the center. Press the MENU button to turn off the menu. The menu is also turned off if you press the shutter button halfway down. •...
Using the shooting functions Using the mode dial Set the mode dial to the desired function. Recording modes Auto adjustment mode Allows easy shooting with the settings adjusted automatically, depending entirely on the camera. Allows you to shoot with preset settings according to the scene (page 35). Program auto mode Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value).
Scene Selection You can shoot with the following preset settings according to the scene. • You can change any of the settings except Creative Style (page 67) but the settings are reset by choosing another mode or turning off the power. Portrait Shoots with backgrounds blur away, and the subject is sharpened.
Night view/portrait • The shutter speed is slower, so using a tripod is recommended. The Super SteadyShot function is also effective. Night portrait Shoots portraits in night scenes. Pull up the flash to use it. • Take care that the subject does not move to prevent the image from blurring. Night view Shoots night scenes at a distance without losing the dark atmosphere of the surroundings.
Mode dial 1 Set the mode dial to P. 2 Hold the grip and look into the viewfinder or press the shutter button halfway down until the shutter speed and aperture value are displayed in the viewfinder. 3 While the shutter speed and aperture value are displayed, select the shutter speed using the front control dial or select the aperture value using the rear control dial.
Mode dial 1 Set the mode dial to A. 2 Select an aperture value using the front or rear control dial. • The aperture range depends on the lens. • The aperture value is adjusted in 1/3 EV increments. You can set this exposure step to 1/2 EV increments with [Exposure step] in the •...
z Depth-of-field preview 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 seen in the viewfinder and in the actual picture. The preview function enables you to see the image with the aperture used in the actual shooting, allowing you to check the approximate sharpness of the subject image before the actual shooting.
Mode dial 1 Set the mode dial to S. 2 Select a shutter speed using the front or rear control dial. • You can adjust the shutter speed between 30 and 1/8000 second. You can adjust it between 30 and 1/200 second (with the Super SteadyShot function activated) or 30 and 1/250 second (with the Super SteadyShot function deactivated) when using the flash.
Shooting with manual exposure mode – M Manual exposure You can manually adjust the shutter speed and aperture values. This mode is useful when you maintain the setting of the shutter speed and the aperture value or when you use an exposure meter. Mode dial 1 Set the mode dial to M.
z EV scale The EV scale on the LCD monitor and in the viewfinder indicates the difference between the standard exposure (0.0 EV) determined by the camera meter and the set exposure determined by the shutter speed, and the aperture specified by the photographer (Metered Manual). The set exposure specified by the photographer is the same...
Manual shift You can change the shutter speed and aperture value combination without changing the exposure in manual mode. Mode dial 1 Set the mode dial to M. 2 Select a shutter speed and aperture value (page 41). 3 Press and hold the AEL (AE lock) button and turn the front control dial to select the desired shutter speed and aperture value combination.
1 Set the mode dial to M. 2 Rotate the front control dial to the left until [BULB] is indicated. 3 Rotate the rear control dial to select the aperture. 4 Attach the eyepiece cover (See below). 5 Press and hold the shutter button for the duration of the shooting. •...
Exposure Exposure is the amount of light that the camera will receive when you release the shutter. The exposure is automatically set to the proper value in the auto adjustment mode. However, you can set the exposure to your desired setting in the following setup. Adjusting the exposure You can manually shift the exposure value determined by the camera.
z Shooting techniques When shooting a whitish overall image such as a backlit subject or a snowy scene, the camera judges that the subject is too bright and may set a darker exposure for the image. In such cases, adjustment of the exposure in the + plus direction is effective.
• You can set the camera to keep the exposure value after releasing the AEL (AE lock) button or to temporarily perform spot metering with [AEL button] in the About the EV scale when the AEL (AE lock) button is pressed While you press the AEL (AE lock) button, an exposure value determined by the camera is locked as the standard value (0).
Selecting the metering mode You can select a metering mode (a method whereby the camera measures the brightness of a subject). Set the metering mode lever to the desired mode. (Multi segment) This divides the whole screen into 40 segments to measure light (40-segment honeycomb pattern metering).
Focus When you hold the grip and look into the viewfinder, or press the shutter button halfway down, the camera adjusts the focus automatically (Auto focus). Make it a habit to press the shutter button only halfway down to confirm that the subject is visually in focus. Setting the AF area You can change the focus method.
(Spot) (Local) • The local AF area that was used to focus on is illuminated briefly. • The local AF area may not be illuminated when continuous shooting is performed or when the shutter button is pressed all the way down without pause. Subjects that may require special focusing: Using the auto focus, it is hard to focus on the following subjects.
z Shooting techniques When the subject is outside the AF area (Focus-lock) 1 Place the subject within the AF area and press the shutter button halfway down. 2 Keep the shutter button halfway down, and put the subject back in the original position to re- compose the shot.
Selecting the focus mode You can select the focus operation mode. Focusing ring Set the focus mode lever to the desired mode. Auto focus Single-shot AF) The camera focuses on and the focus is locked when you press the shutter button halfway down.
Manual focus MF ( Manual focus) You can set the distance of a subject. Rotate the focusing ring of the lens to achieve a sharp focus. • In the case of a subject that can be focused in auto focus mode, the z indicator lights up in the viewfinder when the focus is confirmed.
Using AF illuminator In the auto focus mode, even when you shoot a subject under dark conditions or a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on a subject. Press the shutter button half way down, a red illuminator is automatically emitted until the focus is locked to focus more easily on a subject.
Drive mode You can use continuous shooting, self-timer, bracket, and shooting using the Remote Commander, with the DRIVE button. Press DRIVE to display the drive mode screen. Select the desired mode with v/V on the multi-selector, then select the desired setting with b/B on the multi-selector. Select the mode Press the center of the multi-selector to turn off the screen.
Shooting continuously When you press and hold the shutter button, the camera records the images continuously. Shoots at a maximum of 5 images per second* Shoots at a maximum of 3 images per second* * Our measurement conditions: [Image size] is set to [L:12M], [Quality] is set to [Fine], the focus mode is set to (Single-shot AF) or However, the speed of continuous shooting is slower when shooting under dark conditions or the D-...
Using the self-timer After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released either about ten seconds or two seconds later. 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 because the mirror is pulled up beforehand.
Bracket: Single Press the shutter button shot by shot. Shoots three images shot by shot with the exposure shifted by 0.3 of a step. Shoots five images shot by shot with the exposure shifted by 0.3 of a step. Shoots three images shot by shot with the exposure shifted by 0.5 of a step. Shoots five images shot by shot with the exposure shifted by 0.5 of a step.
• When the bracket shooting starts, the indexes that indicate already recorded images start to disappear one by one. • When Single bracket is selected, if the shutter button is pressed halfway down and released, “br 1” appears for the ambient light bracket and “Fbr 1” appears for the flash bracket in the viewfinder. When bracket shooting starts, it indicates what number the next frame is, for instance, “br 2”, “br 3”.
Shooting with the Remote Commander To shoot with the Remote Commander, set the drive mode to Verify that the subject is visually in focus, and point the transmitter at the remote sensor located on the front of the camera, then press the SHUTTER or 2 SEC button. •...
Image processing and color This section explains how to set up the ISO sensitivity of the image sensor, color processing that is a unique feature of digital cameras, Creative Style for various scenes, etc. Adjusting the white balance The color of the subject is affected by the lighting conditions. Example: The color of an image affected by light sources Weather/lighting Daylight...
2 Select the desired mode with v/V on the multi-selector, then make fine adjustments with b/B, if necessary. • Adjusting toward + increases the color temperature and the image turns reddish. Adjusting toward - decreases the color temperature and the image turns paler. Select the desired mode AWB (Auto WB) (Daylight)
1 Select a “ColorTemperature” or “Color filter” item with v/V on the multi-selector. 2 Adjust with b/B. • The color temperature can be selected between 2500K and 9900K. • The color filter value can be selected between G9 and M9. The increment is equivalent to the CC filter number 5.
2 Hold the camera so that the white area fully covers the spot-metering circle and press the shutter button down. The register selection screen appears. 3 Select a memory number with b/B, then press the center. To call the custom white balance setting •...
1 Press the ISO button to display the ISO screen. 2 Select the desired value with v/V on the multi-selector. • ISO can be set from [AUTO] and between 100 and 6400. • ISO numbers that are higher than ISO 3200 increase the appearance of noise. •...
Using the D-Range Optimizer The camera analyzes the shooting conditions and automatically corrects the image to improve the image quality. Multi-selector Fn (Function) button 1 Press the Fn (Function) button to display the Quick Navi screen (page 30). 2 Select the D-Range Optimizer item with the multi-selector. 3 Select the desired mode with the front control dial.
• The default setting is as follows: – In auto adjustment mode: Advanced Auto – In program auto, aperture priority, shutter speed priority, or manual exposure mode: Standard – In Scene Selection mode: Unfixed, depending on the selected mode • When using AE lock, the camera automatically corrects the locked image. •...
Unswitchable image styles: “Standard”, “Vivid”, “Neutral”, and “Adobe RGB” Switchable image styles: Stylebox a – c Adjustable Items Item Unswitchable image styles Switchable image styles * When “B/W” or “Sepia” is selected, you cannot adjust the saturation. • These adjustments are not always necessary. You can make an adjustment for each image style. (If one style is in multiple styleboxes, separate adjustments can be made on each of them.) •...
(Portrait) (Landscape) (Sunset) (Night view) (Autumn leaves) (B/W) (Sepia) Basic operation Multi-selector Fn (Function) button 1 Press the Fn (Function) button to display the Quick Navi screen (page 30). • When the enlarged display screen is used (page 23), you cannot display the Quick Navi screen. In this case, set up from the menu.
3 Press the center to display the Creative Style screen. • You can select this screen from the 4 Select the desired image style with v/V on the multi-selector. • You can select “Standard”, “Vivid”, “Neutral”, “Adobe RGB”, “Portrait”, “Landscape”, and “B/W” with the default setting.
To switch image styles for the stylebox 1 Display the Creative Style screen (steps 1 to 3 on page 69). 2 Select a switchable stylebox with v/V on the multi-selector. 3 Move the cursor to the right side with B, and select an image style with v/V. 4 To adjust (Contrast), (Saturation),...
Aperture –1 Zone Matching About Adobe RGB color space 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.
Flash This section explains the various shooting functions with the flash. Selecting the flash mode If the built-in flash is pulled up, the flash fires automatically when the surroundings are dark in auto adjustment or Scene Selection mode. You can intentionally change the flash mode. Multi-selector Fn (Function) button 1 Press the Fn (Function) button to display the Quick Navi screen (page 30).
(Rear sync.) (Wireless) To perform wireless flash shooting 1 Attach the external flash to the camera (page 166) and turn on the camera and the external flash. 2 Select (Wireless). 3 Remove the external flash from the camera and pull up the built-in flash on the camera. “WL”...
If the operation and the function of the AEL (AE Lock) button have been changed When using the wireless flash, it is recommended that you set [AEL button] (page 107) to [AEL hold] or AEL hold] in the Custom menu. If you select a setting that is retained after the button has been released ([AEL toggle]/[ camera is in slow sync recording mode while “AEL”...
Multi-selector Fn (Function) button 1 Press the Fn (Function) button to display the Quick Navi screen (page 30). 2 Select the flash compensation item with the multi-selector. 3 Select the desired value with the front or rear control dial. • When the Exclusive disp screen is displayed in step 2, select the desired value with b/B on the multi- selector.
Shooting with Slow Sync (Shooting the dark background with flash) When you shoot a portrait outdoors at night with a dark background, a normal use of flash will capture a clear image of the subject, but the background is out of flash range and will be too dark.
• Before you connect the flash sync cord to the flash. If the power is on, it may flash when you connect the cord. • The flash will always be full emission. Flash compensation (page 75) cannot be used. You can perform bracket shooting while holding down the AEL (AE lock) button (the aperture is adjusted, page 46).
Other operations Registering your own settings You can register a combination of frequently used modes and settings in the memory. You can recall the registered settings by selecting “MR” on the mode dial. Mode dial MENU button Multi-selector To register a setting 1 Put the camera on the setting you want to register.
Items that can be registered Recording mode (34) White Balance (61) Focus mode (52) Image quality (96) Custom button (81) Flash control (99) ISO Auto max. (100) AF area (49) AF illuminator (54) High ISO NR (103) When the mode dial is set to A, the aperture value is also registered, when set to S, the shutter speed value is also registered, and when set to M, the aperture and shutter speed values are also registered.
Using the C (Custom) button You can assign a function of your choosing to the C (Custom) button. Press the button and the setting screen of the selected function is displayed. Creative Style (page 67) is assigned to the C button as the default setting. MENU button To assign a function 1 Press the MENU button to display the menu screen.
Flash compens. Drive mode AF area Image size Quality Creative Style D-RangeOptimizer Flash mode Memory To use the assigned function Press the C (Custom) button. The assigned function is activated or its menu screen is displayed. Displays the flash compensation setup screen (page 75). Functions as the DRIVE button (page 55).
Using the viewing functions Viewing images Pressing the (Playback) button turns the camera to the playback mode and an image is displayed on the LCD monitor. (Playback) button Switching the playback screen During playback, each time you press the DISP (Display) button, the screen changes as follows.
Switching to the index screen Pressing the (Index) button switches to the index screen. Each time you press the DISP (Display) button, the screen changes as follows. Multi-selector (Index) button DISP (Display) button (Delete) button Select an image with v/V/b/B (Index) button or the center of the (Index) button multi-selector...
2 Select the desired folder with v/V, then press the center. To delete all the images in the folder 1 Select the folder you want to delete with v/V on the multi-selector. 2 Press the (Delete) button. 3 Select “Delete” with v, then press the center. •...
z About Histogram Dark Light Both ends of the histogram consist only of data of 100% black or white*. Checking the histogram allows you to know the status of the image beforehand. * To be exact, a color image is expressed with RGB. Thus, the white is equal to R255, G255, B255, and the black is equal to R0, G0, B0.
1 Display the image you want to enlarge, then press the The center of the image is enlarged. 2 Scale up or down the image with the rear control dial. 3 Select the portion you want to enlarge with v/V/b/B on the multi-selector. •...
Rotating an image At the default setting, images shot in the portrait orientation are played back in the portrait orientation. You can rotate images in the following way, if necessary. (Playback) button (Rotate) button 1 Display the image you want to rotate, then press the The screen used for rotating images appears.
Viewing images on a TV screen You can view images on a TV screen by connecting the camera to a TV. Turn off both your camera and the TV before connecting the camera and the TV. Connect the camera to the TV. 1 To video input jack Turn on the TV and switch the input.
• Use an HDMI mini connector on one end (for the camera), and a connector suitable for connection to your TV on the other end. • By connecting your camera to Sony’s VIDEO-A compatible TV using an HDMI cable, TV sets suitable image quality for viewing still picture automatically. Please refer to the operating instructions of Sony’s VIDEO-A compatible TV for more details.
PAL system Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, etc. PAL-M system Brazil PAL-N system Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay SECAM system Bulgaria, France, Guiana, Iran, Iraq, Monaco, Russia, Ukraine, etc.
Using the menu Menu list For details on how to operate the menu, see page 32. Recording menu (pages 94 to 104) Image size Aspect ratio Quality D-RangeOptimizer Creative Style Custom button Exposure step AF-A setup AF area Priority setup AF illuminator AF w/ shutter Long exp.NR...
Playback menu (pages 114 to 119) Delete Format Protect DPOF setup Date imprint • Index print • PlaybackDisplay Setup menu (pages 120 to 126) LCD brightness Info.disp.time Power save Video output HDMI output Language Date/Time setup For details on the operation Slide show Interval •...
Recording menu The default settings are marked with Image size A digital image is made up of a collection of small dots called pixels. “Image size” is shown by the number of pixels. Although you cannot see the differences on the screen of the camera, the fine detail and data processing time differ when the image is printed or displayed on a computer screen.
z Selecting image size for use Refer to the following table when selecting the image size. Image size Usage guidelines Larger For storing important images or printing A3/A3+* size or fine A4 size images For printing in A4 size or high density images in A5 size For recording a large number of images For creating web pages...
Quality The image compression rate determines the image quality. As the file size of the uncompressed image will be larger, it is common for a digital camera to compress the recorded image. RAW ( cRAW* ( RAW & JPEG ( cRAW &...
• Recording a RAW format image entails the following limitations. – The RAW file cannot be printed using a DPOF (print) designated printer or a PictBridge compliant printer. – Unlike a JPEG image, a RAW image does not go through any basic image processing, so its colors cannot be accurately reproduced in playback mode or on an auto review screen.
Custom button You can assign a function to the C (Custom) button. AF lock AF/MF control D.O.F.preview White balance Exposure comp. Flash compens. Drive mode AF area Image size Quality Creative Style D-RangeOptimizer Flash mode Memory Exposure step You can select a 0.5 or 0.3 compensation increment for shutter speed, aperture, and exposure. 0.5 EV 0.3 EV For details on the operation...
Recording menu 2 The default settings are marked with Flash mode You can select the flash mode. Autoflash ( Fill-flash ( ) Rear sync. ( Wireless ( Flash control You can select the flash control mode to set the amount of flash light. ADI flash Pre-flash TTL Manual flash...
Power ratio You can select the amount of light when [Flash control] is set to [Manual flash]. 1/16 • Under the condition in meter at ISO 100 Flash compens. For details, see page 75. ISO Auto max. You can select the upper limit of an ISO AUTO value when the mode dial is set to P, A, or S, and ISO is set to [AUTO].
Recording menu 3 The default settings are marked with AF-A setup The position “A” of the focus mode lever is set to AF-A (Automatic AF) (page 52) at the default setting. You can change the function to DMF (Direct man. focus). AF-A ( DMF ( To make a fine adjustment in Direct Manual Focus...
Priority setup Select a setting for shutter release. Release AF illuminator You can set the AF illuminator to on or off. For details on the AF illuminator, see page 54. Auto • When [AF illuminator] is set to [Off], the AF illuminator of an external flash (not supplied) is not triggered.
Long exp.NR Long exposure makes noise conspicuous. When the shutter speed is one second or slower, noise reduction is activated to reduce the grainy noise that is common in long exposures. • Noise reduction is not performed on continuous shooting or continuous bracketing even when it is set to [On].
Recording menu 4 Memory For details, see page 79. Rec mode reset You can reset the main functions of the recording mode when the mode dial is set to P, A, S, or M. 1 Select [Rec mode reset], then press the center of the multi-selector. The message “Reset recording mode?”...
Custom menu 1 Custom menu The default settings are marked with Eye-Start AF The focus is confirmed when you hold the grip and look into the viewfinder, and the shutter speed and aperture are adjusted automatically. EyeStart trigr. You can start Eye-Start AF without holding the grip. w/ GripSensor w/o GripSensor •...
AF/MF control When [AF/MF button] is set to [AF/MF control] (page 105), you can change how you operate the AF/MF button. Hold Toggle AF drive speed You can select the speed of focusing when the auto focus is activated. Fast Slow AF area disp.
Custom menu 2 The default settings are marked with AEL button The function and the mode of operation of the AEL (AE lock) button can be changed. The AEL (AE lock) button has two functions; an “AEL” function that locks the exposure value (shutter speed and aperture) in any metering mode, and a “...
Dial exp.comp You can adjust the exposure (page 45) with the front or rear control dial. Front dial Rear dial When [Ctrl dial setup] is set to [ dials are as follows. Mode Front control dial Rear control dial Front control dial Rear control dial Front control dial Rear control dial...
Ctrl dial lock You can lock the front and rear control dials to prevent them from accidentally rotating and changing the settings when you are carrying the camera. Button ops. In the default setting, pressing the ISO button, WB (White Balance) button, DRIVE button, (Exposure) button, or C (Custom) button will put the exclusive screen on the display.
Custom menu 3 The default settings are marked with Red eye reduc. Reduces the red-eye phenomenon by providing low-flash light a few times before shooting when using the flash. • Red-eye reduction is available only with the built-in flash. (When using an external flash (not supplied), the red-eye phenomenon rarely occurs.) Exp.comp.set In the default setting, if exposure compensation is selected when the flash is used, shutter...
Bracket order The order in bracket shooting (page 57) can be selected. This does not apply to DRO advanced bracket. 0 t – t + – t 0 t + Auto review After an image is recorded, you can display it on the LCD monitor for two, five, or 10 seconds.
Rec.info.disp. You can set the recording information display to rotate automatically when the camera is in a vertical position. Auto rotate Horizontal Img.orientation You can select whether or not the image orientation information is recorded with the image. Record Not record •...
Custom menu 4 Custom reset The settings in the Custom menu are all reset to the default settings. 1 Select [Custom reset], then press the center of the multi-selector. The message “Reset custom functions?” appears on the LCD monitor. 2 Select [OK] with v on the multi-selector, then press the center. The setting in the Custom menu are reset.
Playback menu 1 Playback menu The default settings are marked with Delete You can delete unnecessary images. Follow the procedure below. Marked images All images • Once you have deleted an image, you cannot restore it. • Protected images cannot be deleted. •...
Format Formats the memory card. • Note that formatting irrevocably erases all data on a recording medium, including protected images. 1 Select [Format]. The message “All data will be deleted. Format?” appears. 2 Select [OK] with v on the multi-selector, then press the center of the multi-selector. The format is completed.
To protect all the images 1 Select [All images] in [Protect]. The message “Protect images?” appears. 2 Select [OK] with v on the multi-selector, then press the center of the multi-selector. The image is protected, and the screen returns to the playback screen. To cancel the protection 1 Select [Cancel all] in [Protect].
To specify DPOF on all the images 1 Select [All images] in [DPOF setup]. The message “Number of copies?” appears. 2 Select a number of sheets with v/V on the multi-selector, then press the center of the multi- selector. The message “Set DPOF?” appears. 3 Select [OK] with v, then press the center of the multi-selector.
PlaybackDisplay When you play back an image recorded in the portrait position, the camera detects the orientation of the image and automatically displays it in the correct position. Auto rotate Manual rotate • When you play back the image on a TV or a computer, it will be displayed in the portrait position even if [Manual rotate] is selected.
Playback menu 2 The default settings are marked with Slide show Plays back recorded images in order (Slide show). Select [Slide show], then press the center of the multi-selector. The slide show starts and ends automatically after all the images have been played back. To pause the slide show, press the center of the multi-selector.
Setup menu 1 Setup menu The default settings are marked with LCD brightness You can adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor. 1 Select [LCD brightness], then press the center of the multi-selector. 2 Adjust the brightness with b/B on the multi-selector, then press the center of the multi-selector. •...
• Regardless of the setting here, the camera turns to power save mode after 30 minutes when the camera is connected to a TV. However, when connected to a TV with an HDMI cable (not supplied) and using an AC Adaptor/charger (not supplied), the power save feature does not function. Video output Sets the video signal output according to the TV color system of the connected video equipment.
For details on the operation page 32 Date/Time setup Sets the date and time. Select [Date/Time setup], then press the center of the multi-selector. Set the date and time again on the Date/Time setup screen. • For the procedure on setting the date and time, see step 4 in “Read This First”.
Setup menu 2 The default settings are marked with Memory card You can select the types of memory cards that you use for recording or playback. Memory Stick CompactFlash File number Selects the method used to assign file numbers to images. Series Reset Folder name...
Select folder When a standard form folder is selected and there are two or more folders, you can select the recording folder to be used to record images. 1 Select [Select folder], then press the center of the multi-selector. 2 Select the desired folder with v/V on the multi-selector, then press the center of the multi- selector.
Setup menu 3 The default settings are marked with Menu start In the default setting, when you press the MENU button, the displayed first. You can change this setting to display the previously selected menu screen first. Previous Delete confirm. Before deleting images or folders, a confirmation screen, such as “Delete images?”, appears.
• After the image sensor vibrates for a short time, the mirror in front is lifted. 4 Detach the lens. 5 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. •...
Using your computer Enjoying your computer Connecting the camera with your computer (page 129) Preparing the camera and the computer, and connecting the camera and your computer Copying images to your computer (page 130) Viewing images on your computer Installing the application software and utilizing images (page 135) The following software is installed.
Recommended computer environment The following environment is recommended for a computer connected to the camera to import images. x Windows OS (pre-installed): Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4/ Windows XP* SP2/Windows Vista* • Operation is not assured in an environment based on an upgrade of the operating systems described above or in a multi-boot environment.
Connecting the camera and your computer You can copy images from the camera to your computer as follows. For directly inserting the memory card in a computer Remove the memory card from the camera and insert it in the computer and copy the images.
Copying images to your computer Copying images to a computer – Windows XP/Vista This section describes an example of copying images to a “My Documents” (For Windows Vista: “Documents”) folder. After making a USB connection, click [Copy pictures to a folder on my computer using Microsoft Scanner and Camera Wizard] [OK] as the wizard screen...
• When an image with the same file name exists in the copy destination folder, the overwrite confirmation message appears. When you overwrite an existing image with a new one, the original file data is deleted. To copy an image file to the computer without overwriting, change the file name to a different name and then copy the image file.
Double-click the desired image file. The image is displayed. x Macintosh Double-click the hard disk icon desired image file to open that image file. To delete the USB connection Perform the procedures listed below beforehand when: • Disconnecting the USB cable •...
Image file storage destinations and file names The image files recorded with your camera are grouped as folders on the memory card. Example: viewing folders on Windows XP A Folders containing image data recorded using this camera. (The first three digits show the folder number.) B You can create a folder by date form (page 123).
1Right-click the image file, then click [Copy]. 2Double-click [Removable Disk] or [Sony MemoryStick] in [My Computer]. 3Right-click the [sssMSDCF] folder in the [DCIM] folder, then click [Paste]. • sss stands for any number within the...
Using the software (supplied) To utilize images recorded with the camera, the following software is provided: “Picture Motion Browser”, “Image Data Converter SR”, “Image Data Lightbox SR”, “Remote Camera Control” etc. • “Picture Motion Browser” is not compatible with Macintosh computers. Recommended computer environment x Windows...
Remove the CD-ROM after the installation is complete. The following software is installed. • Sony Picture Utility “Picture Motion Browser” • Sony Image Data Suite “Image Data Converter SR” “Image Data Lightbox SR” “Remote Camera Control” After you install the software, a shortcut icon for the customers registration website is created on the desktop.
“Picture Motion Browser Guide”. To start the “Picture Motion Browser Guide” from the Start menu, click [Start] [All Programs] (in Windows 2000, [Programs]) [Sony Picture Utility] [Help] [Picture Motion Browser Guide]. Starting and exiting the “Picture Motion Browser”...
Import the images. To start importing images, click the [Import] button. By default, images are imported into a folder created in “My Pictures” that is named with the date of importing. • For details on the operation, refer to “Picture Motion Browser Guide”.
Macintosh To start up Double-click [Image Data Converter SR Ver.2] in the [Sony Image Data Suite] folder from the [Application] folder. To exit Click [Quit Image Data Converter SR] from the [IDC SR] menu.
For details on a “Collection”, see page 141. x Macintosh To start up Double-click [Image Data Lightbox SR] in the [Sony Image Data Suite] folder from the [Application] folder. To exit Click [Quit Image Data Lightbox SR] from the [Image Data Lightbox SR] menu.
Rate images. You can attach mark(s), depending on how you rate the image on a scale of five. Prioritize images according to the rating. You can rank the images by their importance and save or delete them. Utilizing [Collection] [Collection] is a database that manages the operation status of images in “Image Data Lightbox SR”.
Macintosh To start up Double-click [Remote Camera Control] in the [Sony Image Data Suite] folder from the [Application] folder. To exit Click [Quit Remote Camera Control] from the [Remote Camera Control] menu.
Operating the camera from a computer Connect the camera and your computer using the USB cable. 1 To the USB terminal USB cable 2 To the USB terminal • Use the fully charged battery pack or the AC Adaptor/charger (not supplied). Turn on the camera and the computer, then start the “Remote Camera Control”.
Saving images recorded with the camera on a computer Perform steps 1 and 2 in “Operating the camera from a computer”. Set up the camera or the computer and take a picture with the camera. The image is shot and is saved on the computer.
Printing images How to print images Printing directly using a PictBridge compliant printer (page 146) You can print images by connecting the camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. Printing directly using a “Memory Stick Duo”/CF card/Microdrive compliant printer You can print images with a “Memory Stick Duo”/CF card/ Microdrive compliant printer.
Printing images directly using 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. (CIPA: Camera &...
Stage 3: Printing Select the image to print with b/B on the multi-selector, then press the center. • To cancel, press the center again. Repeat step 1 if you want to print other images. Press the MENU button and set up each item.
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 The message “Cancel all?” appears. Select [OK], then press the center of the multi- selector. The DPOF mark on each image is cleared.
Troubleshooting If you experience trouble with your camera, try the following solutions. Check the items on pages 149 to 157. Consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Battery pack and power The battery pack cannot be installed.
The image has not been recorded. A memory card is not inserted. • The shutter does not release. Check the free capacity of the memory card (page 24). If it is full, do one of the following: • Delete unnecessary images ( –...
A picture taken with the flash is too dark. If the subject is beyond the flash range (the distance that the flash can reach), the pictures will • be dark because the flash light does not reach the subject. If the ISO is changed, the flash range also changes with it (page 64).
The image is blurred. The picture was taken in a dark location without the flash, resulting in camera-shake. The use • of the Super SteadyShot function or a tripod is recommended. The flash can be used in this situation ( step 5 in “Read This First”).
Computers You do not know if the OS of your computer is compatible with the camera. Check “Recommended computer environment” (pages 128, 135). • Your computer does not recognize your camera. Turn on the camera. • When the battery level is low, install the charged battery pack ( •...
Memory card Cannot insert a memory card. Insertion direction of the memory card is wrong. Insert it in the correct direction ( • “Read This First”). Cannot record on a memory card. The memory card is full. Delete unnecessary images (page 114, •...
Printing Also see “PictBridge compliant printer” (as follows) in conjunction with the following items. The color of the image is strange. When you print the images recorded in Adobe RGB mode using sRGB printers that are not • compatible with Adobe RGB (DCF2.0/Exif2.21), the images are printed at a lower intensity level (page 72).
• the battery pack and set the date again ( lost every time the battery pack is charged, consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. The number of recordable images does not decrease or decreases two at a time.
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. “--E-” is indicated on the lower-right corner of the LCD monitor.
Warning messages If the following messages appear, follow the instructions. For “InfoLITHIUM” battery only An incompatible battery pack is being • used. Battery exhausted The battery pack is discharged. Charge • the battery pack. Set date and time? Set the date and time. If the message •...
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. Cover open Close the memory card cover to start • shooting.
Printer error Check the printer. • Check if the image you want to print is • corrupted. Printer busy Check the printer. •...
Others On the memory card (not supplied) On the “Memory Stick Duo” A “Memory Stick Duo” is a compact, portable IC recording medium. The types of “Memory Stick Duo” that can be used with this camera are listed in the table below. However, proper operation cannot be guaranteed for all “Memory Stick Duo”...
Notes on using “Memory Stick Micro” • To use a “Memory Stick Micro” with this camera, be sure to insert the “Memory Stick Micro” into an “M2” Adaptor as large as of Duo size. If you insert a “Memory Stick Micro” into the camera without an “M2”...
On the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack Use only an NP-FM500H battery pack. What is an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack? An “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is a lithium-ion battery pack that has functions for exchanging information related to operating conditions with your camera. Using the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack, the remaining battery time in percent figures is displayed according to the operating conditions of your camera.
On the battery charger On the battery charger • Do not charge any battery pack other than the “InfoLITHIUM” M series battery pack in the battery charger (supplied) with your camera. Batteries other than the specified kind may leak, overheat, or explode if you attempt to charge them, posing a risk of injury from electrocution and burns.
Optional accessories This section introduces how to connect and operate popular accessories for this camera. For details, refer to the operating instructions of each of the accessories. AC-VQ900AM AC Adaptor/charger When a household power outlet (AC power) is available, using an AC Adaptor/charger eliminates the possibility of running out of battery.
RM-S1AM Remote Commander This Remote Commander allows you to release the shutter without touching the camera. This keeps the camera from shaking. In addition, you can keep the shutter button down during bulb exposure (page 43). To attach the Remote Commander, flip open the cover of the REMOTE terminal and insert the plug of the Remote Commander.
When using the flash (not supplied), remove the accessory shoe cap and slide the flash onto the camera. The removed cap can be placed on the eyepiece cover. Accessory shoe cap High Speed Sync (HSS) Shooting Although a high shutter speed cannot be used in normal flash recording, the HVL-F56AM or HVL-F36AM flash allows you to take pictures using the flash with any shutter speed, including a high speed.
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. •...
On the internal rechargeable battery This camera has an internal rechargeable battery for maintaining the date and time and other settings regardless of whether the power is on or off. This rechargeable battery is continually charged as long as you are using the camera. However, if you use the camera for only short periods, it discharges gradually, and if you do not use the camera at all for about 8 month it becomes...
Camera with built-in flash and interchangeable lenses Image format 23.5×15.6 mm (APS-C format) Lens All of Sony Lens [Image sensor] Total pixel number of camera Approx. 13 053 000 pixels Effective pixel number of camera Approx. 12 246 000 pixels...
[Others] PictBridge Compatible Exif Print Compatible PRINT Image Matching III Compatible Exif Exif Ver.2.21 ARW2.0 format Dimensions Approx. 141.7 × 104.8 × 79.7 mm (5 5/8 × 4 1/4 × 3 1/4 inches) (W/H/D, excluding protrusions) Mass Approx.690 g (1 lb 8.3 oz) (without batteries, memory card and body accessories) Operating temperature...
Reset default z: reset a: not reset Pages on the “Read This First” A: AUTO shooting (page 34) B: Scene Selection (page 35) C: Reset of recording function (page 104) D: Reset default (page 126) Using the dial or button Items Super SteadyShot Adjusting the diopter...
Recording menu Items Image size Aspect ratio Quality D-RangeOptimizer Creative Style Custom button Exposure step Flash mode Flash control Power ratio Flash compens. ISO Auto max. ISO Auto min. AF-A setup AF area Priority setup AF illuminator AF w/ shutter Long exp.NR High ISO NR Resets to “Advanced Auto”...
Custom menu Items Eye-Start AF EyeStart trigr. AF/MF button AF/MF control AF drive speed AF area disp. FocusHoldButton AEL button Ctrl dial setup Dial exp.comp Ctrl dial lock Button ops. Release w/oCard Release w/oLens Red eye reduc. Exp.comp.set Bracket order Auto review Auto off w/ VF Rec.info.disp.
Setup menu Items LCD brightness Info.disp.time Power save Video output HDMI output Date/Time setup Memory card File number Folder name Select folder USB connection MassStrg.card Menu start Delete confirm. Audio signals Reset to ±0 5 sec 3 min — HD(1080i)prior. —...
Index Index Numerics 40-segment honeycomb pattern metering...48 AC Adaptor/charger ...165 Access lamp t step 3 in “Read This First” Accessory shoe cap ...167 ADI flash ...99 Adjusting exposure...45 Adjusting the diopter t step 5 in “Read This First” Adobe RGB ...72 AE lock...46 AEL button ...107 AF area ...49, 101...
Exposure step...98 Extension ...134 External flash ...74, 166 Eyecup ...44 Eyepiece cover...44 Eye-Start AF ...105 EyeStart trigr...105 File name ...133 File number...123 File storage destination ...133 Fill-flash...73 Flash (WB) ...62 Flash bracket...58 Flash compensation ...75 Flash control ...99 Flash mode...73, 99 t step 5 in “Read This First”...
Picture Motion Browser ...137 Pixel...94 Playback menu 1 ...114 Playback menu 2 ...119 PlaybackDisplay ...118 Portrait (Scene Selection) ...35 Power cord t step 1 in “Read This First” Power ratio ...100 Power save...120 t step 4 in “Read This First” Precautions ...168 Pre-flash TTL ...99 Pressing halfway down...
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