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Sony DSLR-A100 Operating Instructions Manual

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Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera

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DSLR-A100
Operating Instructions
Before operating the unit, please read this manual and "User's Guide/Troubleshooting"
(separate volume) thoroughly, and retain them for future reference.
© 2006 Sony Corporation
2-681-186-12 (1)
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  • Page 1: Read This First

    Printed in Malaysia Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera Read This First DSLR-A100 Operating Instructions Before operating the unit, please read this manual and “User’s Guide/Troubleshooting” (separate volume) thoroughly, and retain them for future reference. © 2006 Sony Corporation 2-681-186-12 (1)
  • Page 2: Checking The Accessories Supplied

    Checking the accessories supplied The number in parentheses indicates the number of pieces. • BC-VM10 Battery charger (1) • Power cord (mains lead) (1) • Rechargeable battery pack NP-FM55H (1) • Memory Stick Duo Adaptor for CompactFlash slot AD-MSCF1 (1) •...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Composition of the operating instructions This manual Explains the set-up and basic operations for shooting/playback with your camera. Prepare the camera and shoot images easily. Checking the accessories supplied ... 2 1 Prepare the battery pack ... 4 2 Attaching a lens ... 6 3 Turn the camera on/set the clock ...
  • Page 4: Prepare The Battery Pack

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

    Attaching a lens Remove the body cap from the camera and the rear cap from the lens. Body cap • Do not leave the interior of the camera exposed to dust or water droplet, and do not touch or damage the interior. Attach the lens.
  • Page 7 To remove the lens Press the lens release button all the way in and turn the lens counterclockwise until it stops. • Replace the cap on the lens and attach the body cap (or another lens) to the camera after removing the lens. Keep dust from getting inside the camera when changing lenses! If dust or debris gets inside the camera and lands on the surface of the CCD (the part that acts as the film), it may appear on the image, depending on the shooting environment.
  • Page 8: Turn The Camera On/Set The Clock

    Turn the camera on/set the clock Set the POWER switch to ON by sliding it in the direction of the arrow. Set the clock with the controller. Select [Yes], then press the center of the controller. • If you set the clock later, select [No] with B, then press the center of the controller.
  • Page 9: Changing The Language Setting

    To change the date and time Select [Date/Time set] in the Setup menu and perform the procedure in step 2-2 to -4. “User’s Guide/Troubleshooting” (page 99) When turning on the power • Unless you set the clock, “Set date and time?” appears each time the camera is turned on. To turn off the power Set the POWER switch to OFF sliding in the arrow direction.
  • Page 10: Insert A Recording Medium (Not Supplied)

    Insert a recording medium (not supplied) Available recording medium for the camera “Memory Stick Duo” (using the Memory Stick Duo Adaptor for CompactFlash slot) You can use a “Memory Stick Duo”, CompactFlash card (CF card), or Microdrive as a recording medium. •...
  • Page 11 Note on the Memory Stick Duo Adaptor for CompactFlash slot To remove the “Memory Stick Duo” from the adaptor, push it once. To remove the recording medium CF card eject lever Access lamp CompactFlash/Microdrive We have checked the operations, however, we cannot guarantee proper operation of all CF cards/Microdrives.
  • Page 12: Shoot Images Easily (Auto Adjustment Mode)

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

    The Number of images that can be recorded Once you insert a recording medium into the camera and set the POWER switch to ON, the number of images that can be recorded (should you continue to shoot using the current settings) is displayed on the LCD monitor.
  • Page 14: Super Steadyshot Function

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

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

    Using the flash • If you want to make sure the flash fires without fail, set the flash mode to dial and Fn button. t “User’s Guide/Troubleshooting” (page 54) Flash indicators in the viewfinder flashing: The flash is being charged. When the indicator flashes, you cannot release the shutter.
  • Page 17: Adjusting The Diopter

    AF illuminator When you press the shutter button halfway down with the built-in flash pulled up in dark surroundings, the flash may be triggered. This is an AF illuminator allowing the camera to focus more easily on a subject. • The range of the AF illuminator is approximately 1 to 5 m (39 3/8 to 196 7/8 inches). •...
  • Page 18: View/Delete Images

    View/delete images Press (Playback). To return to the recording mode Press (Playback) again. • Press the shutter button halfway down. • To delete images 1 Display the image you want to delete and press 2 Select [Yes] with b, then press the center of controller. Select an image with b/B on the controller.
  • Page 19 You can view playback images on the index screen with the (Display) button or enlarge the image with the (Enlarge) button. “User’s Guide/Troubleshooting” (pages 72, 77)