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  • Brand: Sony
  • Product: Digital Camera
  • Model/name: Alpha NEX-7
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English, Dutch

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© 2011 Sony Corporation
NEX-7
Interchangeable
Lens Digital Camera
α Handbook
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Notes on using the camera
How to use this handbook
Click on a button at upper right on the cover and each page to jump to the corresponding
page.
This is convenient when searching for a function you want to use.
Search for information by
function.
Search for information by
sample photos.
Search for information in
a listing of menu items.
Search for information by
keyword.
Marks and notations used in this handbook
In this handbook, the sequence of
operations is shown by arrows (t).
Operate the camera in the order
indicated.
The default setting is indicated by .
Indicates cautions and limitations
relevant to the correct operation of the
camera.
zIndicates information that is useful to
know.
The photographs used as examples of
pictures in this manual are reproduced
images, and are not actual images shot
using this camera.
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Notes on using the camera
How to use this handbook ·····································2
Sample photo ························································6
Identifying parts···················································12
List of icons on the screen···································15
Basic operations
Operating the camera··········································18
Menu ···································································21
Shooting images··················································26
Playing back images ···········································28
Deleting images···················································30
Using functions with the control wheel
DISP (Display Contents) ·····································48
(Exposure Comp.) ··········································51
(Drive Mode)··············································52
(Image Index) ·················································59
Using the Triple-dial-control function
Triple-dial-control·················································31
Exposure Settings ···············································33
Focus Settings·····················································34
White Balance Settings ·······································36
D-Range Settings················································38
Creative Style Settings ········································40
Picture Effect Settings ·········································42
Custom Settings··················································45
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Using the AF/MF button/AEL button
AEL (AE lock)······················································46
AF/MF (AF/MF control)········································47
Using functions in the menu
Shoot Mode ·························································21
Camera································································22
Image Size ··························································22
Brightness/Color··················································23
Playback······························································23
Setup···································································24
Connecting with other equipment
Viewing images on a TV····································174
Using with your computer··································177
Using the software·············································179
Connecting the camera to the computer ···········182
Creating a movie disc········································184
Printing still images ···········································188
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting·················································189
Warning messages············································195
Others
Using the camera abroad··································198
Memory card ·····················································199
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack ·······························201
Battery charger··················································203
Mount Adaptor···················································204
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AVCHD format···················································206
Cleaning ····························································207
Index
Index··································································208
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Sample photo
“This is the scene I want to capture in a photo, but how can I do?”
You may find the answer by going through the sample photos listed here. Click the
desired sample photo.
Shooting people (page 7)
Shooting macro photos (page 8)
Shooting landscapes (page 9)
Shooting sunset/night scenes (page 10)
Shooting fast moving subjects (page 11)
If you click on a photo, the screen will jump to the page describing the function
recommended for shooting that kind of photo.
Refer to those descriptions in addition to the shooting tips displayed on the screen of the
camera.
See the pages in parentheses for details of operation.
Click!
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Shooting people
A person stands out, while backgrounds
blurred away (62)
The same scene with different brightness
(57)
A happy smile (84) In candle light (64)
A person in front of night view (62) A moving person (96)
A group photo (55, 56) A person lit from behind (74)
With soft skin tones (86)
62 57
84 64
62 96
55 74
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Shooting macro photos
Defocusing the background (62) Adjusting the color to indoor light (97)
Flowers (62) Lowering the amount of flash light (101)
Focusing manually (76) In better brightness (51)
Preventing camera shake for indoor shots
(96)
Making food look appealing (51)
62 97
62 101
76 51
96 51
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Shooting landscapes
The sky in vivid colors (51) Running water (71)
Vivid green colors (106) Colored leaves (106)
Panoramic photos (65)
Scenery with a wide range of brightness
(102)
Light outdoors shot from a dark interior
(102)
Keeping your shot level (125)
51 71
106 106
65
102 102
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Shooting sunset/night scenes
Holding the camera by hand (62) Shooting the red of the sunset beautifully
(62)
Fireworks (70) Trail of light (74)
The same scene in different brightness (57)
Preventing camera shake (55)
62 62
70 74
57 55
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Shooting fast moving subjects
Following a moving subject (79) Expressing vigorous action (71)
With the subject approaching the camera
(76)
Capturing the best moment (54)
79 71
76 54
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Identifying parts
See the pages in parentheses for details of
operation.
A Flash
B AF illuminator/Self-timer lamp/Smile
Shutter lamp
C Shutter button (26)
D Navigation button (20)
E ON/OFF (Power) switch
F Remote sensor (58)
G Lens release button
H Auto-lock Accessory Shoe
I Image sensor position mark (76)
J Microphone*
K Lens
L Mount
M Image sensor **
N Lens contacts **
O (Playback) button (28)
P (flash pop-up) button (74)
Q Diopter-adjustment dial
R Control dial L (20)
S Control dial R (20)
T MOVIE button (26)
U AF/MF button/AEL button (46, 47)
V AF/MF/AEL switch lever (46, 47)
W Control wheel (18)
X Soft key C (19)
Y Soft key B (19)
Z Soft key A (19)
* Do not cover this part during movie recording.
**
Do not touch this part directly.
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A Eyepiece sensor
B Viewfinder
C Eyepiece cup
• The eyepiece cup is not attached when you
purchase the camera.
D HDMI terminal (174)
E (USB) terminal (182)
F MIC (microphone) jack
• When an external microphone is connected,
the internal microphone is turned off
automatically. When the external
microphone is a plug-in-power type, the
power of the microphone is supplied by the
camera.
G Light sensor
H LCD monitor
• The tilting LCD monitor of the camera
allows flexible shooting positions.
I Battery/memory card cover
J Hook for shoulder strap
K 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.
L Speaker
M Access lamp
N Battery compartment
O Memory card insertion slot
P Connection plate cover
• Use this when using an AC-PW20 AC
Adaptor (sold separately). Insert the
connection plate into the battery
compartment, then pass the cord through the
connection plate cover as shown below.
• Make sure that the cord is not pinched when
you close the cover.
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E18 – 55 mm F3.5-5.6 OSS (supplied with NEX-7K)
A Hood index
B Focusing ring
C Zoom ring
D Focal-length scale
E Focal-length index
F Lens contacts*
G Mounting index
* Do not touch this part directly.
Lens
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List of icons on the screen
Icons are displayed on the screen to indicate the camera status.
You can change the screen display using DISP (Display Contents) on the control wheel
(page 48).
Shooting standby
Movie recording
Playback
A
Display Indication
P A S M
Shoot Mode
Scene Selection
Scene Recognition
Aspect ratio of still
images
24M 20M 12M
10M 6M 5.1M
Image size of still
images
RAW RAW+J
FINE STD
Image quality of still
images
100 Number of recordable
still images
60i/50i
60i/50i
60p/50p
24p/25p
24p/25p
Recording mode of
movies
Memory card/Upload
123Min Recordable time of
movies
100% Remaining battery
Flash charge in progress
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B
C D
Live view
Does not record sound
during movie recording
SteadyShot/SteadyShot
warning
Control dials L/R
Overheating warning
Database file full/
Database file error
Dial/wheel lock
View mode
101-0012 Playback folder – File
number
Protect
Print order
Display Indication
Soft keys (MENU/
Shooting mode/Delete/
Enlarge)
Display Indication
Flash Mode/Red Eye
Reduction
Drive Mode
Focus mode
±0.0 Flash compensation
Metering Mode
Focus area mode
Object Tracking
Face Detection
Display Indication
Soft Skin Effect
AWB
7500K A7 G7
White Balance
DRO/Auto HDR
Creative Style
Picture Effect
Smile detection
sensitivity indicator
Display Indication
z Focus status
1/125 Shutter speed
F3.5 Aperture value
±0.0 Metered manual
±0.0
Exposure compensation
ISO400 ISO sensitivity
AE lock
Shutter speed indicator
Aperture indicator
REC 0:12 Recording time of the
movie (m:s)
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2011-1-1 9:30AM Recorded date/time of
the image
12/12 Image number/Number
of images in the view
mode
Appears when HDR did
not work on the image.
Appears when Picture
Effect did not work on
the image.
Histogram
Display Indication
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Basic operations
Operating the camera
When shooting, DISP (Display Contents), (Exposure Comp.), and (Drive
Mode) functions are assigned to the control wheel. When playing back, DISP (Display
Contents) and (Image Index) functions are assigned to the control wheel.
You can assign the functions to the right key on the control wheel (page 145).
The control wheel, soft keys, control dials, etc. allow
you to use various functions of the camera.
Control wheel
Soft keys Control wheel
Control dials
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When you turn or press the top/bottom/right/left parts of the control wheel following the
on-screen display, you can select setting items. Your selection is determined when you
press the center of the control wheel.
The soft keys have different roles, depending on the context.
The assigned role (function) of each soft key is shown on the screen.
To use the function shown at the upper right corner of the screen, press soft key A. To
use the function shown at the lower right corner of the screen, press soft key B. To use
the function shown at the center, press the center of the control wheel (soft key C).
You can assign the functions to the soft keys B and C (page 145).
In this handbook, the soft keys are indicated by the icon or the function shown on the
screen.
Soft keys
The arrow means you can turn the
control wheel.
When options are displayed on the
screen, you can browse through them
by turning or pressing the top/bottom/
right/left parts of the control wheel.
Press the center to make your choice.
In this case, soft key A works as
the MENU (Menu) button, and
soft key B as the (Object
tracking cancellation) button.
Soft key C works as the MODE
(Shoot Mode) button.
A
B
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Using the control dials L/R and control wheel, you can adjust or set related items such as
focusing, exposure compensation, and other shooting adjustments, simultaneously, on a
single screen (Triple-dial-control).
In the [Program Auto] mode, for example, you can set program shift with the control dial
L, exposure compensation with the control dial R, and ISO with the control wheel. See
pages 31 to 45 for more details.
Pressing the Navigation button toggles the functions as follows. See page 31 for more
details.
• You cannot use the Triple-dial-control with [Intelligent Auto] and [Scene Selection].
• Functions cannot be assigned to the control dials L and R or the control wheel in certain modes.
Control dials
Notes
Navigation button
Items to be set by turning the control wheel
Items to be set by turning the control dial R
Items to be set by turning the control dial L
Exposure Settings
Focus Settings
White Balance Settings
D-Range Settings
Creative Style Settings
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Using functions in the menu
Menu
You can set up the basic settings for the camera as a whole, or execute functions such as
shooting, playback, or other operations.
Allows you to select a shooting mode, such as exposure mode, panoramic, Scene
Selection.
1 Select MENU.
2 Select the desired item by pressing the
top/bottom/right/left parts of the control
wheel, and then press the center.
3 Following the instructions on the
screen, select the desired item and
press the center of the control wheel to
make your choice.
Shoot Mode
Intelligent Auto The camera evaluates the subject and makes the proper
settings. You can enjoy automatic shooting with the
appropriate settings.
Scene Selection Shoots with preset settings according to the subject or
condition.
Anti Motion Blur Reduces the camera shake when shooting a slightly dark
indoor scene or a telephoto.
Sweep Panorama Shoots with panoramic size.
3D Sweep Panorama Shoots 3D panoramic images used for playback on a 3D
compatible TV.
Manual Exposure Adjusts the aperture and shutter speed.
Shutter Priority Adjusts the shutter speed to express the movement of the
subject.
Aperture Priority Adjusts the range in focus, or defocuses the background.
MENU
Control wheel
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Allows you to set shooting functions, such as continuous shooting, self-timer, and flash.
Allows you to set the image size and aspect ratio.
Program Auto Automatic shooting that allows you to customize settings,
except for the exposure (shutter speed and aperture).
Camera
Drive Mode Selects the drive mode, such as continuous shooting,
self-timer, or bracket shooting.
Flash Mode Selects the method used to fire the flash.
AF/MF Select Selects auto focusing or manual focusing.
Autofocus Area Selects the area to be focused on.
Autofocus Mode Selects the autofocus method.
Object Tracking Keeps the focus on a subject while tracking it.
Prec. Dig. Zoom Sets the digital zoom.
Face Detection Detects people’s faces automatically, and adjusts focus and
exposure to suit the faces.
Face Registration Registers or changes the person to be given priority in the
focus.
Smile Shutter Each time the camera detects a smile, the camera releases
the shutter automatically.
Soft Skin Effect Shoots the skin smoothly in the Face Detection function.
LCD Display (DISP) Changes the information to be displayed on the LCD
monitor.
Finder Display(DISP) Changes the information to be displayed on the viewfinder.
DISP Button(Monitor) Allows you to select the kind of information to be displayed
on the LCD monitor when you press the DISP button.
Image Size
Still
Image Size Selects the image size.
Aspect Ratio Selects the aspect ratio.
Quality Selects the compression format.
3D Panorama
Image Size Selects the image size of 3D panoramic images.
Panorama Direction Selects the direction to pan the camera when shooting 3D
panoramic images.
Panorama
Image Size Selects the image size of panoramic images.
Panorama Direction Selects the direction to pan the camera when shooting
panoramic images.
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Allows you to make brightness settings such as metering mode, and color settings such
as white balance.
Allows you to set playback functions.
Movie
File Format Selects AVCHD 60i/60p, AVCHD 50i/50p or MP4.
Record Setting Selects the image size, frame rate, and image quality of
movies.
Brightness/Color
Exposure Comp. Compensates for the brightness of the entire image.
ISO Sets the ISO sensitivity.
White Balance Adjusts the color temperature according to the ambient light
conditions.
Metering Mode Selects the method used for measuring the brightness.
Flash Comp. Adjusts the amount of flash light.
DRO/Auto HDR Corrects the brightness or contrast automatically.
Picture Effect Shoots with the desired effects to express a unique
atmosphere.
Creative Style Selects the image processing method.
Playback
Delete Deletes images.
Slide Show Plays back images automatically.
View Mode Allows you to determine how to group the playback images.
Image Index Selects the number of images to be displayed on the index
screen.
Rotate Rotates images.
Protect Protects images, or cancels the protection.
3D Viewing Connects to a 3D compatible TV and allows you to view 3D
images.
Enlarge Image Enlarges the image.
Volume Settings Sets the sound volume of movies.
Specify Printing Selects the images to print, or makes printing settings.
During playback Switches the information to be displayed on the playback
screen.
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Allows you to make more detailed shooting settings, or change the camera settings.
Setup
Shooting Settings
AEL Sets how the AEL button works.
AF/MF control Sets how the AF/MF button works.
Dial/Wheel Lock Sets whether or not to lock the control dials and the control
wheel.
AF Illuminator Sets the AF illuminator to assist auto-focusing in dim
places.
Red Eye Reduction Provides pre-flash before shooting when using the flash, to
prevent eyes from being shot in red.
FINDER/LCD Setting Sets how to switch between the viewfinder and the LCD
monitor.
Live View Display Allows you to choose whether or not to show the value of
exposure compensation, etc. on the screen display.
Auto Review Sets the display time of the image right after shooting.
Grid Line Turns on the grid line that helps you to adjust the
composition of images.
Peaking Level Enhances the outline of in-focus ranges with a selected
color.
Peaking Color Sets the color used for the peaking function.
MF Assist Displays an enlarged image when focusing manually.
MF Assist Time Sets the length of time the image will be shown in an
expanded form.
Color Space Changes the range of color reproduction.
SteadyShot Sets camera shake compensation.
Release w/o Lens Sets whether or not to release the shutter when there is no lens.
Eye-Start AF Sets whether or not to use autofocus when you look through
the viewfinder.
Front Curtain Shutter Sets whether or not to use the electronic front curtain shutter
function.
Long Exposure NR Sets the noise reduction processing for long exposure
shootings.
High ISO NR Sets the noise reduction processing for high ISO sensitivity
shootings.
Lens Comp.: Shading Compensates for the shaded corners of the screen.
Lens Comp.: Chro. Aber. Reduces the color deviation at the corners of the screen.
Lens Comp.: Distortion Compensates for distortion of the screen.
Movie Audio Rec Sets the sound for movie recording.
Wind Noise Reduct. Reduces wind noise during movie recording.
AF Micro Adj. Finely adjusts the autofocused position, when using the
LA-EA2 Mount Adaptor (sold separately).
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* Appears when an Eye-Fi card (sold separately) is inserted in the camera.
Main Settings
Menu start Selects a first-displayed menu from the top menu or the last
menu screen.
Function Settings Sets the functions to call up for the Triple-dial-control.
Custom Key Settings Assigns functions to the various keys.
Beep Selects the sound produced when you operate the camera.
Language Selects the language used on the screen.
Date/Time Setup Sets the date and time.
Area Setting Selects the area where you are using the camera.
Help Guide Display Turns the Help Guide on or off.
Power Save Sets the time to turn the camera to the power save mode.
LCD Brightness Sets the brightness of the LCD monitor.
Viewfinder Bright. Sets the brightness of the viewfinder.
Display Color Selects the color of the LCD monitor.
Wide Image Selects a method to display wide images.
Playback Display Selects the method used to play back portrait images.
HDMI Resolution Sets the resolution when connected to HDMI TV.
CTRL FOR HDMI Sets whether or not to operate the camera with a “BRAVIA”
Sync compatible TV’s Remote Control.
USB Connection Selects the method used for a USB connection.
Cleaning Mode Allows you to clean the image sensor.
Version Displays the versions of the camera and the lens/mount
adaptor.
Demo Mode Sets whether or not to display the demonstration with
movies.
Reset Default Resets the camera to the factory-settings.
Memory Card Tool
Format Formats the memory card.
File Number Selects the method used for assigning file numbers to
images.
Folder Name Selects the folder name format.
Select Shoot. Folder Selects the recording folder.
New Folder Creates a new folder.
Recover Image DB Repairs the image database file when inconsistencies are
found.
Display Card Space Displays the remaining recording time of movies and the
recordable number of still images on the memory card.
Eye-Fi Setup*
Upload Settings Sets the upload function of the camera when an Eye-Fi card
is used.
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Shooting images
The [Intelligent 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.
• You can continuously record a movie for up to 29 minutes, and an MP4 format movie for up to 2 GB. The
recording time may shorten depending on the ambient temperatures or recording conditions.
1 MENU t [Shoot Mode] t [Intelligent Auto].
2 Adjust the LCD monitor angle, and hold the camera.
The Scene Recognition function begins to work.
3 To take still images, press the shutter button halfway down to focus on
your subject, and press it fully down to shoot.
To record movies, press the MOVIE button to start recording.
Press the MOVIE button again to stop recording.
Note
z On Scene Recognition
• The camera recognizes (Night Scene), (Tripod Night Scene), (Night Portrait),
(Backlight), (Backlight Portrait), (Portrait), (Landscape), (Macro),
(Spotlight), (Low Brightness), or (Baby), and displays the corresponding icon
and guide on the LCD monitor when the scene is recognized.
Scene Recognition icon and
guide
The Scene Recognition function lets the camera automatically
recognize the shooting conditions and allows you to shoot the
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z If you shoot a still image of a subject that is difficult to
focus on
• Focusing may be difficult in the following situations:
– It is dark and the subject is distant.
– The contrast between the subject and the background is poor.
– The subject is seen through glass.
– The subject is moving quickly.
– The subject reflects light such as mirror, or has shiny surfaces.
– The subject is flashing.
– The subject is backlit.
Focus indicator Status
z lit Focus locked.
lit Focus is confirmed. Focal point moves following a moving
subject.
lit Still focusing.
z flashing Cannot focus.
When the camera cannot focus on the subject automatically, the
focus indicator blinks. Either recompose the shot or change the
focus setting.
Focus indicator
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Playing back images
Plays back the recorded images.
1 Press the (Playback) button.
2 Select the image with the control wheel.
3 To play back panoramic images or movies, press the center of the control
wheel.
* The movie is played back frame-by-frame.
• Panoramic images shot on other cameras may not be played back properly.
During movie playback Control wheel operation
Pause/resume Press the center.
Fast-forward Press the right, or turn it clockwise.
Fast-rewind Press the left, or turn it counterclockwise.
Forward slow playback Turn clockwise during pause.
Reverse slow playback* Turn counterclockwise during pause.
Adjust sound volume Press the bottom t top/bottom.
Note
z Displaying a desired folder
To select a desired folder, select the bar to the left of the
image index screen (page 59), then press the top/bottom
parts of the control wheel. You can change the view
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A portion of a still image can be enlarged for closer examination during playback. This is
convenient to check the focus condition of a recorded still image. You can enlarge
playback images from the menu (page 114).
• You cannot use the enlarged playback function with movies.
• To enlarge panoramic images, pause the playback first, and then press (Enlarge Image).
Enlarged playback
1 Display the image you want to enlarge, then
select (Enlarge Image).
2 Adjust the scaling by turning the control
wheel.
3 Select the portion you want to enlarge by
pressing the top/bottom/right/left of the
control wheel.
4 To cancel the enlarged playback, select .
Notes
z Scaling range
The scaling range is as follows.
Image size Scaling range
L Approx. ×1.0 – ×16.7
M Approx. ×1.0 – ×11.8
S Approx. ×1.0 – ×8.3
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Deleting images
You can delete the image displayed.
• You cannot delete protected images.
• Once you have deleted an image, you cannot restore it. Check whether you delete the image or not
beforehand.
1 Display the image you want to delete, and
select (Delete).
2 Select OK.
Select to quit the operation.
OK
Notes
(Delete)
z To delete several images
Select MENU t [Playback] t [Delete] to select and delete several images at the same
time.
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Using the Triple-dial-control function
Triple-dial-control
The Triple-dial-control allows you to adjust or set various shooting adjustment items,
simultaneously, on a single screen.
Even though you can set these functions separately on the menu screen, using the Triple-
dial-control, you can adjust these functions interactively on the same screen.
• You cannot use the Triple-dial-control with [Intelligent Auto] and [Scene Selection].
• Functions cannot be assigned to the control dials L and R or the control wheel in certain modes.
Selecting the set of shooting adjustment items
1 Select a shooting mode from P, A, S, or M.
2 Press the Navigation button to select the
settings.
Each time you press the button, the item toggles as
follows, starting from Exposure Settings.
[Focus Settings] t [White Balance Settings] t
[D-Range Settings] t [Creative Style Settings] t
Exposure Settings
You can change the various settings by selecting MENU
t [Setup] t [Function Settings], followed by
assigning one of the following items to [Function
Settings 1 to 4].
The Exposure Settings is permanent and cannot be
altered.
Exposure Settings
(page 33)
Allows you to set the aperture, exposure compensation,
shutter speed, or ISO, depending on the shooting mode.
Focus Settings (page 34) Allows you to set the auto-focusing area, position, and
enlarging rate.
White Balance Settings
(page 36)
Allows you to set the White Balance mode, and adjust the
color temperature.
D-Range Settings
(page 38)
Allows you to set the DRO/Auto HDR mode, optimum level,
and adjust the exposure compensation value.
Creative Style Settings
(page 40)
Allows you to set the Creative Style mode, and adjust the
contrast, saturation, or sharpness.
Picture Effect Settings
(page 42)
Allows you to set the Picture Effect mode, and make further
settings depending on the sub mode.
Custom Settings (page 45) Allows you to change the mode of the functions assigned to
[Custom Settings 1, 2, 3] (page 144).
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z To prevent the dials from operating incorrectly
You can lock the control dials L/R and the control wheel by holding the Navigation button
down.
To unlock them, hold the Navigation button down again.
You can set to lock the control wheel only, or not to lock any of them by selecting MENU
t [Setup] t [Dial/Wheel Lock].
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Exposure Settings
You can set items used to adjust the exposure, such as shutter speed and aperture, on a
single screen.
1 Set each item with the control dials L/R and the control wheel.
The functions assigned to these dials vary depending on the shooting mode.
• You can set the exposure compensation by turning the control dial R when [Anti Motion Blur], [Sweep
Panorama], or [3D Sweep Panorama] is selected.
Shooting mode Control dial L Control dial R Control wheel
M (Manual Exposure) Shutter speed Aperture ISO
S (Shutter Priority) Shutter speed Exposure compensation ISO
A (Aperture Priority) Aperture Exposure compensation ISO
P (Program Auto) Program shift Exposure compensation ISO
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Focus Settings
You can set the focusing items together.
1 Press the Navigation button to select [Focus Settings].
2 Set each item with the control dials L/R and the control wheel.
Autofocus/DMF
Control dial L
(Multi) The camera determines which of the 25
AF areas is used for focusing.
When you press the shutter button
halfway down in still image shooting
mode, a green frame is displayed around
the area that is in focus.
• When the Face Detection function is
active, AF operates with priority on
faces.
AF range finder frame
(Center) The camera uses the AF area located in
the center area exclusively.
AF range finder frame
(Flexible
Spot)
Moves the focusing area to focus on a
small subject or narrow area.
You can bring the focusing area back to
the center by pressing soft key B.
AF range finder frame
Set [Autofocus Area].
In [Flexible Spot], move the area right or left.
In [Flexible Spot], turn it to move the area up
or down, and press the top/bottom/right/left to
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• When this function is set to other than [Multi], you cannot use the [Face Detection] function.
• [Multi] is selected when using [Smile Shutter].
• [Multi] is selected during movie recording. But, if you use an E-mount lens and press the shutter button
half way down during recording, the autofocus area you set before you started recording is used for
focusing.
• When the AF illuminator is used, the setting of [Autofocus Area] is invalid and the AF area is indicated
with a dotted line. AF operates with priority on and around the center area.
You can set the enlarged position for manual focusing.
You can adjust the scaling with soft key B or C.
Notes
Manual Focus
Move the enlarged position up or down.
Move the enlarged position right or left.
Move the enlarged position up or down.
Press the top/bottom/right/left to finely adjust
the position.
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White Balance Settings
Allows you to adjust the color temperature according to the ambient light conditions.
Use this feature when the color temperature of the image did not come out as you
expected, or when you want to change the color temperature on purpose for photographic
expression.
1 Press the Navigation button to select [White Balance Settings].
2 Set each item with the control dials L/R and the control wheel.
• You can adjust the color between blue (B) and amber (A), and between green (G) and magenta (M) for
each white balance mode separately. The adjusted values are retained even if you turn off the camera or
select another white balance mode.
• If you finely adjust the color between blue (B) and amber (A), and between green (G) and magenta (M)
Control dial L
AWB (Auto WB) The camera automatically detects a light source and
adjusts the color temperature.
(Daylight) If you select an option to suit a specific light source, the
color temperature is adjusted for the light source (preset
white balance).
(Shade)
(Cloudy)
(Incandescent)
(Fluor.: Warm White)
(Fluor.: Cool White)
(Fluor.: Day White)
(Fluor.: Daylight)
(Flash)
(C.Temp./Filter) Adjusts the color temperature depending on the light
source. Achieves the effect of CC (Color Compensation)
filters for photography. To select a color temperature,
press soft key B followed by turning the control dial L.
(Custom) Allows to use the white balance setting retained by
[Custom Setup].
Notes
Set the mode.
Adjust the color between B (blue) and A
(amber).
Adjust the color between G (green) and M
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for a certain color temperature in [C.Temp./Filter], the adjusted value is retained even if you select
another color temperature.
1 Select [Custom] with the control dial L.
2 Select [ (Custom Setup)] with soft key B.
3 Hold the camera so that the white area fully covers the AF area located in
the center, and then press the shutter button down.
The shutter clicks and the calibrated values (color temperature and color filter) are displayed.
• If the flash is used when the shutter button is pressed, a custom white balance is registered with the flash
light taken into account. Take pictures with the flash in later shootings.
• 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 indicator turns yellow on the recording information display. You can shoot at this point,
but it is recommended that you set the white balance again to get a more accurate white balance value.
Custom white balance
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D-Range Settings
The brightness or contrast is corrected automatically. You can set the exposure
compensation simultaneously.
1 Press the Navigation button to select [D-Range Settings].
2 Set each item with the control dials L/R and the control wheel.
• When shooting with the D-Range optimizer, the image may be noisy. Select the proper level by checking
the recorded image, especially when you enhance the effect.
• When using [Auto HDR], be aware of the followings.
– You cannot start the next shoot until the capture process is completed after you shoot.
– You cannot use this function with [RAW] and [RAW & JPEG] images.
Control dial L
AUTO, Lv1 – Lv5
(D-Range Opt.)
Optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of the
image. Select the optimal level between Lv1 (weak) and Lv5
(strong). Automatically adjusted at [AUTO].
AUTO, 1.0 EV – 6.0
EV (Auto HDR)
Sets the exposure difference, based on the contrast of the subject.
Select the optimal level between 1.0 EV (weak) and 6.0 EV
(strong). Automatically adjusted at [AUTO].
Control wheel
(Off) Does not use [DRO/Auto HDR].
(D-Range
Opt.)
By dividing the image into small areas, the camera analyzes the
contrast of light and shadow between the subject and the
background, producing the image with the optimal brightness
and gradation (DRO: Dynamic Range Optimizer).
(Auto HDR) Shoots 3 images with different exposures, and then overlays the
bright area of the under exposed image and the dark area of the
over exposed image to create an image with rich gradation. 1
image with proper exposure and 1 overlaid image are recorded
(HDR: High Dynamic Range).
Notes
Set the optimum level.
Set the exposure compensation value (–5.0
EV to +5.0 EV).
Set the mode.
This figure shows the histogram before the D-Range
Optimizer or the Auto HDR was applied, not that of the
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– Since the shutter is released 3 times for 1 shot, use this function when the subject is motionless or does
not blink, and do not recompose.
– You may not obtain a desired effect depending on the luminance difference of a subject and the
shooting conditions.
– When the flash is used, this function has little effect.
– When the contrast of the scene is low or when significant camera shake or subject blur has occurred,
you may not obtain good HDR images. If the camera detects such situation, is indicated on the
recorded image to inform you of this situation. Shoot again, as necessary, recomposing or paying
attention to the blur.
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Creative Style Settings
Allows you to select the desired image processing.
1 Press the Navigation button to select [Creative Style Settings].
2 Set each item with the control dials L/R and the control wheel.
Control dial L
(Standard) For shooting various scenes with rich gradation and beautiful
colors.
(Vivid) The saturation and contrast are heightened for shooting striking
images of colorful scenes and subjects such as flowers, spring
greenery, blue sky, or ocean views.
(Neutral) The saturation and sharpness are lowered for capturing images in
a quiet tone. This is also suitable for capturing image material to
be modified with a computer.
(Clear) For capturing images in a clear tone with limpid colors in the
highlighted area, suitable for capturing radiant light.
(Deep) For capturing images with deep and dense color expressions,
suited to capturing the solid presence of the subject.
(Light) For capturing images with bright and uncomplicated color
expressions, suited to capturing refreshingly light ambience.
(Portrait) For shooting the skin color in a soft tone, ideally suited for
shooting portraits.
(Landscape) The saturation, contrast, and sharpness are heightened for
shooting vivid and crisp scenery. Distant landscapes also stand
out more.
(Sunset) For shooting the beautiful red of the setting sun.
(Night
Scene)
The contrast is attenuated for capturing a nightscape that is more
faithful to the real view.
(Autumn
leaves)
For capturing autumn scenes, vividly highlighting the red and
yellow of coloring leaves
(Black &
White)
For shooting images in black and white monotone.
Set the mode.
Adjust the contrast, saturation, or sharpness.
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• When [Black & White] or [Sepia] is selected, you cannot adjust the saturation.
• When using [Picture Effect] (except [Off]), [Standard] is selected and you cannot call up [Creative Style
Settings].
(Sepia) For capturing images in sepia monotone.
Control wheel
(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.
(Sharpness) Adjusts the sharpness. The higher the value selected, the more
the contours are accentuated, and the lower the value selected,
the more the contours are softened.
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Picture Effect Settings
You can shoot with an effect filter to obtain the various textures.
1 MENU t [Setup] t [Function Settings] t [Picture Effect Settings].
2 Press the Navigation button to select [Picture Effect Settings].
3 Set each item with the control dials L/R.
Control dial L
(Off) Does not use the Picture Effect function.
(Toy Camera) Creates the look of a Toy Camera photo
with shaded corners and pronounced
colors.
You can set the color tone with the
control dial R.
(Pop Color) Creates a vivid look by emphasizing
color tones.
(Posterization)
Creates a high contrast, abstract look by
heavily emphasizing primary colors, or
in black and white.
You can select primary colors or black
and white with the control dial R.
(Retro Photo) Creates the look of an aged photo with
sepia color tones and faded contrast.
Set the mode.
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• You cannot call up [Picture Effect Settings] with [RAW] and [RAW & JPEG] images.
• The [Toy Camera] and [Miniature] effects are not available with [Prec. Dig. Zoom].
• When [Partial Color] is selected, images may not retain the selected color, depending on the subject.
(Soft
High-key)
Creates an image with the indicated
atmosphere: bright, transparent,
ethereal, tender, soft.
(Partial Color) Creates an image which retains a
specific color, but converts others to
black and white.
You can select a color with the control
dial R.
(High
Contrast Mono.)
Creates a high-contrast image in black
and white.
(Soft Focus) Creates an image filled with a soft
lighting effect.
You can set the intensity of the effect
with the control dial R.
(HDR
Painting)
Creates the look of a painting,
enhancing the colors and details.
The camera releases the shutter 3 times.
You can set the intensity of the effect
with the control dial R.
(Rich-tone
Mono.)
Creates an image in black and white
with rich gradation and reproduction of
details. The camera releases the shutter
3 times.
(Miniature) Creates an image which enhances the
subject vividly, with the background
defocused considerably. This effect
may often be found in pictures of
miniature models.
You can select the area to be in focus
with the control dial R. The focus on
other areas is greatly reduced.
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• You cannot check the following effects on the shooting screen, because the camera is still processing the
image that has been just shot. Also, you cannot shoot another image until the image processing is
finished. You cannot use these effects with movies.
– [Soft Focus]
– [HDR Painting]
– [Rich-tone Mono.]
– [Miniature]
• In the case of [HDR Painting] and [Rich-tone Mono.], the shutter is released 3 times for 1 shot. Be careful
about the following:
– Use this function when the subject is motionless or does not blink.
– Do not recompose.
When the contrast of the scene is low or when significant camera shake or subject blur has occurred, you
may not obtain good HDR images. If the camera detects such situation, / is indicated on the
recorded image to inform you of this situation. Shoot again, as necessary, recomposing or paying
attention to the blur.
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Custom Settings
If you select [Custom Settings], you can assign a different function to each of the control
dials L/R and the control wheel.
1 MENU t [Setup] t [Function Settings].
2 Assign [Custom Settings] to either one of [Function Settings 1 to 4].
3 Assign a function with [Custom Settings 1 to 3] (page 144).
4 Press the Navigation button to select [Custom Settings].
5 Set each item with the control dials L/R and the control wheel.
When [Creative Style] or [White Balance] is assigned to [Custom Settings 3], you can
make a fine adjustment with soft key B.
• When you cannot use the function assigned in the prevailing situation, appears.
Note
Change the mode of the function assigned to
[Custom Settings 1]. The default setting is
[White Balance].
Change the mode of the function assigned to
[Custom Settings 2]. The default setting is
[DRO/Auto HDR].
Change the mode of the function assigned to
[Custom Settings 3]. The default setting is
[Creative Style].
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Using the AF/MF button/AEL button
AEL (AE lock)
When there is wide range of brightness between the subject and the background, such as
when you are shooting a subject that is backlit or near a window, you can measure and
lock the exposure at an appropriate brightness spot. To reduce the brightness, lock the
exposure at a brighter spot than the subject. To shoot the subject brighter, lock the
exposure at a darker spot than the subject. The exposure is locked for the entire screen.
1 Set the AF/MF/AEL switch lever to AEL.
2 Focus on the spot for which you want to set the exposure.
3 Press the AEL button to lock the exposure.
(AE lock) lights up at the bottom right of the screen.
4 Holding the AEL button down, focus on your subject and shoot.
You can keep the AE locked until you press the AEL button again. Select MENU t
[Setup] t [AEL].
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AF/MF (AF/MF control)
You can switch the focusing mode between auto and manual temporarily. If you do so, in
the [Autofocus] or [DMF] mode, the focusing mode becomes manual. In the [Manual
Focus] mode, the focusing mode becomes [Autofocus].
1 Set the AF/MF/AEL switch lever to AF/MF.
2 Press the AF/MF button to switch the focusing mode.
The focusing mode remains switched while you press and hold down the AF/MF
button in the default setting. You can keep the focusing mode switched until you press
the AF/MF button again. Select MENU t [Setup] t [AF/MF control].
z Changing the function of the AF/MF button
You can change the function assigned to make the button work as the [Focus Settings] or
[MF Assist] button.
Select MENU t [Setup] t [Custom Key Settings] t [AF/MF button] t desired setting.
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Using functions with the control wheel
DISP (Display Contents)
Using the control wheel:
1 Press DISP (Display Contents) on the control wheel repeatedly to select
the desired mode.
Using the Menu:
1 During shooting, MENU t [Camera] t [LCD Display (DISP)]/[Finder
Display(DISP)].
During playback, MENU t [Playback] t [Display Contents].
2 Select the desired mode.
During shooting
LCD Display (DISP)
Graphic Display Shows basic shooting information.
Graphically shows the shutter speed and
aperture value, except for when [Shoot
Mode] is set to [Sweep Panorama] or [3D
Sweep Panorama].
Display All Info. Shows recording information.
Big Font Size
Disp.
Shows only major items in a larger size.
No Disp. Info. Does not show recording information.
Live View Priority Shows the major recording information
items to the right of the screen. The soft
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Level Indicates whether the camera is level in
both the horizontal and front-back
directions. When the camera is level in
both directions, the indicator turns to
green.
Histogram Displays the luminance distribution
graphically.
For viewfinder Shows only shooting information on the
screen (no image). Select this when you
shoot using the viewfinder.
Finder Display(DISP)
Disp. Basic Info Shows basic recording information on the
viewfinder.
Level Indicates whether the camera is level in
both the horizontal and front-back
directions. When the camera is level in
both directions, the indicator turns to
green.
Histogram Displays the luminance distribution
graphically.
z To set the screen display modes to be available
You can select which LCD monitor screen display modes can be selected in shooting mode
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• Histogram is not displayed during following operations.
– Movie recording/playback
– Panorama recording/playback
– Slide Show
During playback
Display Info. Shows recording information.
Histogram Displays the luminance distribution
graphically, in addition to recording
information.
No Disp. Info. Does not show recording information.
Note
z What is histogram ?
The histogram displays the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a
particular brightness exist in the picture. Brighter image will make the entire histogram shift
to the right side, and darker image to the left side.
• If the image has a high-key or low-key portion, that
portion flashes on the histogram display during
playback (Luminance limit warning).
Flash R (red) Luminance
G (green) B (blue)

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