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2-023-044-11(1) Digital Still Camera Operating Instructions Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly, and retain it for future reference. Owner’s Record The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom. Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. DSC-F88 Serial No. DSC-F88 © 2004 Sony Corporation Getting started________________________ Shooting still images__________________ Viewing still images___________________ Deleting still images __________________ Before advanced operations_____________ Advanced still image shooting ___________ Advanced still image viewing ____________ Still image editing ______________________ Still image printing _____________________ (PictBridge printer) Enjoying movies _______________________ Enjoying images on your computer _______ Troubleshooting _______________________ Additional information___________________ Index ______________________________
2 To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture. If you have any questions about this product, you may call: Sony Customer Information Services Center 1-800-222-SONY (7669) The number below is for the FCC related matters only. Regulatory Information CAUTION You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment. Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: —Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. —Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. —Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. —Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. The supplied interface cable must be used with the equipment in order to comply with the limits for a digital device pursuant to Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules. WARNING For the Customers in the U.S.A. This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage” within the product’s enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons. This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance. Declaration of Conformity Trade Name: SONY Model No.: DSC-F88 Responsible Party:Sony Electronics Inc. Address: 16450 W. Bernardo Dr, San Diego, CA 92127 U.S.A. Telephone No.: 858-942-2230 This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
3 RECYCLING LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES Lithium-Ion batteries are recyclable. You can help preserve our environment by returning your used rechargeable batteries to the collection and recycling location nearest you. For more information regarding recycling of rechargeable batteries, call toll free 1-800-822-8837, or visit http://www.rbrc.org/ Caution:Do not handle damaged or leaking Lithium-Ion batteries. A moulded plug complying with BS 1363 is fitted to this equipment for your safety and convenience. Should the fuse in the plug supplied need to be replaced, a fuse of the same rating as the supplied one and approved by ASTA or BSI to BS 1362, (i.e., marked with or mark) must be used. If the plug supplied with this equipment has a detachable fuse cover, be sure to attach the fuse cover after you change the fuse. Never use the plug without the fuse cover. If you should lose the fuse cover, please contact your nearest Sony service station. This product has been tested and found compliant with the limits sets out in the EMC Directive for using connection cables shorter than 3 meters (9.8 feet). Attention The electromagnetic field at the specific frequencies may influence the picture and sound of this camera. Notice If static electricity or electromagnetism causes data transfer to discontinue midway (fail), restart the application or disconnect and connect the USB multi cable again. For the Customers in the U.S.A. THIS DEVICE COMPLIES WITH PART 15 OF THE FCC RULES. OPERATION IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TWO CONDITIONS: (1) THIS DEVICE MAY NOT CAUSE HARMFUL INTERFERENCE, AND (2) THIS DEVICE MUST ACCEPT ANY INTERFERENCE RECEIVED, INCLUDING INTERFERENCE THAT MAY CAUSE UNDESIRED OPERATION. For the Customers in Canada THIS CLASS B DIGITAL APPARATUS COMPLIES WITH CANADIAN ICES-003. Certain countries and regions may regulate disposal of the battery used to power this product. Please consult with your local authority. For the Customers in the U.S.A. and Canada Notice for the customers in the United Kingdom Attention for the Customers in Europe “Memory Stick” Notice N50
4 Read this first Trial recording Before you record one-time events, you may want to make a trial recording to make sure that the camera is working correctly. No compensation for contents of the recording Contents of the recording cannot be compensated for if recording or playback is not possible due to a malfunction of your camera or recording medium, etc. Back up recommendation To avoid the potential risk of data loss, always copy (back up) data to a disk. Notes on image data compatibility • This camera conforms with the Design rule for Camera File system universal standard established by the JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association). • Playback of images recorded with your camera on other equipment and playback of images recorded or edited with other equipment on your camera are not guaranteed. Precaution on copyright Television programs, films, video tapes, and other materials may be copyrighted. Unauthorized recording of such materials may be contrary to the provision of the copyright laws. Do not shake or strike the camera In addition to malfunctions and inability to record images, this may render the “Memory Stick” unusable or image data breakdown, damage or loss may occur. LCD screen, LCD finder (only models with an LCD finder) and lens • The LCD screen and the LCD finder are 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 screen and the LCD finder. These points are normal in the manufacturing process and do not affect the recording in any way. • Be careful when placing the camera near a window or outdoors. Exposing the LCD screen, the finder or the lens to direct sunlight for long periods may cause malfunctions. • Do not press the LCD screen hardly. The screen may be uneven and that may cause a malfunction. • Images may be trailed on the LCD screen in a cold location. This is not a malfunction. Remove dirt from the surface of the flash If the dirt changes color or sticks to the surface of the flash due to the heat of the flash, sufficient light may not be emitted. Do not get the camera wet When taking pictures outdoors in the rain or under similar conditions, be careful not to get the camera wet. If water gets inside of the camera, it may cause the camera to malfunction, sometimes beyond repair. If moisture condensation occurs, see page 119 and follow the instructions on how to remove it before using the camera. Do not expose the camera to sand or dust Using the camera in sandy or dusty locations may cause a malfunction. Do not aim the camera at the sun or other bright light This may cause irrecoverable damage to your eyes or the malfunction of your camera. Note on locations where you can use the camera Do not use the camera near a location that generates strong radio waves or emits radiation. The camera may not be able to record or play back properly. Carl Zeiss lens This camera is equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens which is capable of reproducing sharp images with excellent contrast. The lens for this camera has been produced under a quality assurance system certified by Carl Zeiss in accordance with the quality standards of Carl Zeiss in Germany.
5 The pictures used in this manual The photographs used as examples of pictures in this manual are reproduced images, and are not actual images shot using this camera. Trademarks • is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • “Memory Stick,” , “Memory Stick PRO,” , “Memory Stick Duo,” , “Memory Stick PRO Duo,” , “MagicGate,” are trademarks of Sony Corporation. • “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • Picture Package is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • Microsoft, Windows, Windows Media, and DirectX are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. • Macintosh, Mac OS, QuickTime, iMac, iBook, PowerBook, Power Mac, and eMac are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. • Macromedia and Flash are trademarks or registered trademarks of Macromedia, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. • Intel, MMX, and Pentium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. • In addition, system and product names used in this manual are, in general, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective developers or manufacturers. However, the ™ or ® marks are not used in all cases in this manual.
6 Table of contents Read this first............................................4 Identifying the parts..................................8 Mode dial............................................10 Charging the battery pack .......................11 Using the AC Adaptor ............................14 Using your camera abroad ......................14 Turning your camera on/off....................15 How to use the control button.................16 Setting the date and time.........................17 Inserting and removing a “Memory Stick” .............................19 Setting the still image size ......................20 Image size and quality ............................21 Basic still image shooting – Using auto mode..........................23 Checking the last image shot – Quick Review..............................25 Using the zoom feature.......................25 Shooting close-ups – Macro ...............27 Using the self-timer ............................28 Rotating the lens – Mirror mode ................................29 Selecting a flash mode........................29 Shooting images with the finder.........32 Inserting the date and time on a still image.............................................. 33 Shooting according to scene conditions – Scene Selection ........................... 34 Viewing images on the LCD screen of your camera............................................ 38 Viewing images on a TV screen............. 40 Deleting images...................................... 42 Formatting a “Memory Stick”................ 44 How to setup and operate your camera .. 46 Changing menu settings ..................... 46 Changing items in the SET UP screen ............................................. 47 Deciding the still image quality.............. 47 Creating or selecting a folder ................. 48 Creating a new folder......................... 48 Selecting the recording folder ............ 48 Choosing an auto focus method..............49 Choosing a focus range finder frame – AF range finder............................49 Choosing a focus operation – AF Mode......................................50 Setting the distance to the subject – Focus preset.................................51 Shooting with manual shutter speed and aperture settings – Manual Exposure.........................52 Adjusting the exposure – EV adjustment .............................55 Displaying a histogram.......................56 Selecting the metering mode...................57 Adjusting color tones – White Balance .............................58 Adjusting the flash level – Flash Level ..................................59 Shooting images in succession................60 Shooting in Multi Burst mode – Multi Burst...................................61 Shooting with special effects – Picture Effect...............................62 Using the Cyber-shot Station ..................62 Getting started Shooting still images Viewing still images Deleting still images Before advanced operations Advanced still image shooting
7 Selecting the folder and playing back images – Folder ..............................63 Enlarging a portion of a still image.........64 Enlarging an image – Playback zoom.............................64 Recording an enlarged image – Trimming.....................................65 Playing back successive images – Slide show....................................65 Rotating still images – Rotate .................66 Playing back images shot in Multi Burst mode ...............................................67 Playing back continuously..................67 Playing back frame by frame..............67 Protecting images – Protect.....................69 Changing image size – Resize.................70 Choosing images to print – Print (DPOF) mark ......................71 Connecting to a PictBridge compliant printer..............................................73 Printing images........................................74 Printing index-images............................. 76 Shooting movies ..................................... 80 Viewing movies on the LCD screen....... 81 Deleting movies...................................... 82 Cutting movies........................................ 83 Copying images to your computer – For Windows users...................... 85 Installing the USB driver.................... 86 Connecting the camera to your computer......................................... 87 Copying images.................................. 88 Viewing the images on your computer......................................... 90 Image file storage destinations and file names.............................................. 91 Viewing an image previously copied to a computer.................................. 93 Installing “Picture Package”............... 93 Copying images using “Picture Package”........................... 95 Using “Picture Package” .................... 96 Copying images to your computer – For Macintosh users .................... 97 Using “ImageMixer VCD2” ...............98 Troubleshooting ....................................100 Warnings and messages ........................110 Self-diagnosis display – If a code starting with an alphabet letter appears.................................112 The number of images that can be saved/shooting time ......................113 Menu items............................................114 SET UP items........................................117 Precautions ............................................119 The “Memory Stick” .............................120 The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack........121 Specifications ........................................122 The LCD screen ....................................124 Index......................................................128 Advanced still image viewing Still image editing Still image printing (PictBridge printer) Enjoying movies Enjoying images on your computer Troubleshooting Additional information Index
8 K Speaker (bottom surface) • 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 longer screws, and may damage the camera. Identifying the parts See the pages in parentheses for details of operation. A Shutter button (24) B Flash (29) C Multi connector (bottom surface) D Tripod receptacle (bottom surface) E Finder window F Self-timer lamp (28)/ AF illuminator (31, 117) G Lens H Microphone I DC IN jack cover (11, 14) J DC IN jack (11, 14) 5 6 7 8 9 q; qa 1 2 3 4
9 C LCD screen For details on the items on the LCD screen, see pages 124 to 127. D (Display/LCD on/off) button (32) E MENU button (46, 114) F (Image Size/Delete) button (20, 42) G For shooting: Zoom (W/T) buttons (25) For viewing: / (Playback zoom) buttons (64)/ (Index) button (39) H POWER lamp (15) I Mode dial (10, 114) J POWER button (15) K Battery/“Memory Stick” cover L Access lamp (19) M RESET button (100) N Battery eject lever (11) O Hook for wrist strap 7 8 9 q; qa qs qd qf qg 1 2 3 4 5 6 Attaching the wrist strap A Control button Menu on: v/V/b/B/z (16) Menu off: / /7/ (29/28/25/27) Mode dial “M”: Shutter speed/ aperture value (52) B Finder (32) Self-timer/recording lamp (red) (28/24) AE/AF lock lamp (green) (24) /CHG lamp (orange) (29)
10 Mode dial Before using your camera, set the desired mark on the mode dial to . (Auto adjustment mode) The focus, exposure and white balance are automatically adjusted to allow easy shooting. The image quality is set to [Fine] (page 47). P (Program auto shooting) Shooting adjustment is automatically carried out just as in the auto adjustment mode. However, you can intentionally adjust the focus, etc. In addition, you can set the desired functions using the menu (pages 46 and 114). M (Manual exposure shooting) You can manually adjust the shutter speed and the aperture value (page 52). In addition, you can set the desired shooting functions using menus (pages 46 and 114). SCN (Scene Selection) You can easily shoot an effective photo based on the scene conditions in the scene (page 34). In addition, you can set the desired shooting functions using menus (pages 46 and 114). SET UP (Set up) You can change the settings of the camera (pages 17 and 47). (Movie shooting) You can shoot movies (page 80). (Playback/editing) You can play back or edit still images or movies (pages 38, 63, 69 and 81).
11 Getting started Charging the battery pack , Open the battery/“Memory Stick” cover. Slide the cover in the direction of the arrow. • Be sure to turn off your camera when charging the battery pack (page 15). • Your camera operates with the “InfoLITHIUM” NP-FR1 battery pack (R type) (supplied). You can use only R type battery pack (page 121). , Install the battery pack, then close the battery/“Memory Stick” cover. Make sure the battery pack is firmly inserted all the way, then close the cover. Battery insertion slot Insert the battery pack so that tip of the v marks on the side of the battery pack face the tip of the v mark on the battery insertion slot. • The battery pack is easily inserted by pushing the battery eject lever at the front of the battery compartment toward the front of the camera. , Open the DC IN jack cover and connect the AC Adaptor (supplied) to the DC IN jack of your camera. Open the cover in the arrow direction as illustrated above. Connect the DC plug with the v mark facing the LCD screen side. • Do not short the DC plug of the AC Adaptor with a metallic object, as this may cause malfunction. • Clean the DC plug of the AC Adaptor with a dry cotton bud. Do not use the dirty plug. Use of the dirty plug may not properly charge the battery pack. 1 2 Battery eject lever 3 DC plug AC Adaptor DC IN jack cover Getting started
12 , Connect the power cord (mains lead) to the AC Adaptor and to a wall outlet (wall socket). The /CHG lamp lights up when charging begins, and goes off when charging is completed. • After charging the battery pack, disconnect the AC Adaptor from the DC IN jack of your camera. To remove the battery pack Open the battery/“Memory Stick” cover. Slide the battery eject lever in the direction of the arrow, and remove the battery pack. • Be careful not to drop the battery pack when removing it. Battery remaining indicator The battery remaining indicator on the LCD screen shows the remaining shooting or viewing time. • When you switch the LCD screen on/off, it takes about one minute for the correct battery remaining time to appear. • The displayed time remaining may not be correct under certain circumstances or conditions. Charging time Approximate time to charge a completely discharged battery pack using the AC Adaptor at a temperature of 25°C (77°F). • The charging time may become longer under certain circumstances or conditions. 4 Power cord (mains lead) 2 To wall outlet (wall socket) 1 /CHG lamp Battery eject lever Battery pack Charging time (min.) NP-FR1 (supplied) Approx. 200 60min Remaining indicator Remaining time
13 Getting started Number of images and battery life that can be recorded/ viewed The tables show the approximate number of images and the battery life that can be recorded/viewed when you shoot images in normal mode with a fully charged battery pack (supplied) at a temperature of 25°C (77°F). The numbers of images that can be recorded or viewed take into account changing the “Memory Stick” as necessary. Note that the actual numbers may be less than indicated depending on the conditions of use. • The battery capacity decreases little by little as you use it more and more, and as time passes (page 121). Shooting still images Under the average conditions1) 1) Shooting in the following situations: – (P. Quality) is set to [Fine] – Shooting one time every 30 seconds – The zoom is switched alternately between the W and T ends – The flash strobes once every two times – The power turns on and off once every ten times – [AF Mode] is set to [Single] in the SET UP settings The measurement method is based on CIPA standard. (CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association) Viewing still images2) 2) Viewing single images in order at about three second intervals Shooting movies3) 3) Shooting movies continuously with the image size  • The number of images and the battery life that can be recorded/viewed are decreased under the following conditions: – The surrounding temperature is low – The flash is used – The camera has been turned on and off many times – The zoom is used frequently – [LCD Backlight] is set to [Bright] in the SET UP settings – [AF Mode] is set to [Monitor] – The battery power is low Image size NP-FR1 (supplied) LCD screen No. of images Battery life (min.) 5M On Approx. 330 Approx. 165 Off Approx. 420 Approx. 210 VGA (E-Mail) On Approx. 330 Approx. 165 Off Approx. 420 Approx. 210 Image size NP-FR1 (supplied) No. of images Battery life (min.) 5M Approx. 8000 Approx. 400 VGA (E-Mail) Approx. 8000 Approx. 400 NP-FR1 (supplied) LCD screen On LCD screen Off Approx. 180 min. Approx. 250 min.
14 Using the AC Adaptor , Open the DC IN jack cover, then connect the AC Adaptor (supplied) to the DC IN jack of the camera. Open the cover in the arrow direction as illustrated above. Connect the DC plug with the v mark facing the LCD screen side. • Connect the AC Adaptor to an easily accessible wall outlet (wall socket) close by. If some trouble occurs while using the adaptor, immediately shut off the power by disconnecting the plug from the wall outlet (wall socket). 1 AC Adaptor DC plug DC IN jack cover , Connect the power cord (mains lead) to the AC Adaptor and to a wall outlet (wall socket). • When you have finished using the AC Adaptor, disconnect it from the DC IN jack of the camera and from a wall outlet (wall socket). • The set is not disconnected from the AC power source (mains) as long as it is connected to the wall outlet (wall socket), even if the unit itself has been turned off. 2 2To a wall outlet (wall socket) Power cord (mains lead) 1 Using your camera abroad Power sources You can use your camera in any country or region with the AC Adaptor (supplied) within 100 V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. Use a commercially available AC plug adaptor [a], if necessary, depending on the design of the wall outlet (wall socket) [b]. • Do not use an electrical transformer (travel converter), as this may cause a malfunction. AC-LS5/LS5B
15 Getting started Turning your camera on/off There are following two ways to turn on the camera. Press POWER. The POWER lamp lights in green and the power is on. When you turn on the camera for the first time, the Clock Set screen appears (page 17). To turn off the power Press POWER again, the POWER lamp goes out, and the camera turns off. Rotate the lens portion. Rotating the lens portion in the arrow direction turns on the camera. To turn off the power, rotate it back. The Auto Power Off function If no tasks are performed for about three minutes when shooting, viewing images, or setting up the camera while using the battery pack, power is automatically shut off to preserve battery power. However, in the following circumstances, even if the battery pack is being used to power the camera, the Auto Power Off function will not work. • Movies are being played back • A slide show is being shown • The USB multi cable or the A/V multi cable is connected to the multi connector POWER POWER lamp
16 How to use the control button To change the current settings of the camera, bring up the menu or the SET UP screen (pages 46 and 47), and use the control button to make the changes. When setting up the menu, press v/V/b/B to select the item or the setting and make the setting. When setting up the SET UP, press v/V/b/ B to select the item or the setting and press z to make the setting. 2 1 Camera AF Mode: Digital Zoom: Date/Time: Red Eye Reduction: AF Illuminator: Auto Review: Single Smart Off Off Auto Off SELECT Cancel OK Setup 2 File Number: USB Connect: Video Out: Clock Set: 1
17 Getting started Setting the date and time , Set the mode dial to . • You can carry out this operation even when the mode dial is set to P, M, SCN, or . , Press POWER to turn on the power. The POWER lamp lights in green and the Clock Set screen appears on the LCD screen. , Select the desired date format with v/V on the control button, then press z. You can select from [Y/M/D] (year/month/ day), [M/D/Y], and [D/M/Y]. • If the rechargeable button battery, which provides the power for saving the time data, is ever fully discharged (page 120), the Clock Set screen will appear again. When this happens, reset the date and time by starting from Step 3 above. • To set the time and the date again, set the mode dial to SET UP, select [Clock Set] in (Setup 2) (pages 47 and 118), then proceed from Step 3. 1 Mode dial 2 2 2004 / : / 1 1 12 00 AM OK Cancel Clock Set D/M/Y M/D/Y Y/M/D POWER 3 2004 / : / 1 1 12 00 AM OK Cancel Clock Set D/M/Y M/D/Y Y/M/D
18 , Select the year, month, day, hour, or minute item you want to set with b/B on the control button. v is shown above and V is shown below the selected item. , Set the desired numerical value with v/V on the control button, then press z. After setting the current numerical value, set the next item. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until all of the items have been set. • If you select [D/M/Y] in Step 3, set the time on a 24- hour cycle. • 12:00 AM stands for midnight and 12:00 PM stands for noon. , Select [OK] with B on the control button, then press z. The date and time are set and the clock will start to keep time. • To cancel the setting process, select [Cancel], then press z. 4 2004 / : / 1 1 12 00 AM OK Cancel Clock Set D/M/Y M/D/Y Y/M/D 5 2005 / : / 1 1 10 00 AM OK Cancel Clock Set D/M/Y M/D/Y Y/M/D 6 2005 / : / 1 1 10 30 AM OK Cancel Clock Set D/M/Y M/D/Y Y/M/D
19 Shooting still images Inserting and removing a “Memory Stick” , Open the battery/“Memory Stick” cover. Slide the cover in the direction of the arrow. • For details on “Memory Stick,” see page 120. , Insert the “Memory Stick.” Insert the “Memory Stick” all the way in until it clicks as shown in the illustration. • Whenever you insert a “Memory Stick,” push it as far as it can go. If you do not insert it correctly, a proper recording or playback may not be carried out. , Close the battery/“Memory Stick” cover. To remove the “Memory Stick” Open the battery/“Memory Stick” cover, then push the “Memory Stick” to pop it out. • Whenever the access lamp is lit, the camera is recording or reading out an image. Never open the battery/“Memory Stick” cover or turn off the power at this time. The data may be corrupted. 1 2 Label side Terminal side 3 Access lamp Shooting still images
20 Setting the still image size , Set the mode dial to , and rotate the lens portion to turn on your camera. • You can carry out this operation even when the mode dial is set to P, M or SCN. , Press (Image Size). The Image Size setup item appears. • For more information about the image size, see page 21. , Select the desired image size with v/V on the control button. The image size is set. After the setting is completed, press (Image Size). The Image Size setup item disappears from the LCD screen. • This setting is maintained even when the power is turned off. 1 Mode dial 2 VGA (E-Mail) 1M 3M 3:2 5M 5M Image Size 3 VGA (E-Mail) 1M 3M 3:2 5M VGA Image Size
21 Shooting still images Image size and quality You can choose image size (number of pixels) and image quality (compression ratio) based on the kind of images you want to shoot. The image size is shown by the number of pixels (dots) (horizontal × vertical), which compose an image. For example, a 5M (2592×1944) size image indicates that there are 2,592 pixels horizontally 1,944 vertically. The larger the number of pixels, the larger the image size. You can select an image quality level from Fine (high quality) or Standard. Each has a different compression ratio. When you select Fine and make the image size larger, you get better quality. However, the amount of data needed to preserve your image is larger and the number of images recordable in the “Memory Stick” is fewer. Choose an image size and quality level appropriate to the kind of images you want to shoot by checking the table below. 1) The default setting is [5M]. This size can give the highest image quality using the camera. 2) This option records images in a horizontal to vertical proportion of 3:2 to match the size of the print paper used or postcards. Short description of the image size The following illustration shows a brief image using the maximum image size and the minimum one. Examples based on the image size and image quality Image size Examples 5M 1) (2592×1944) • For saving important images, printing A4 size or fine A5 size images. 3:2 2) (2592×1728) 3M (2048×1536) 1M (1280×960) • For printing postcard size images. VGA (E-Mail) (640×480) • For shooting a lot of images. • For attaching images to e-mail or creating home pages. 2592 1944 480 640 Display size: 5M Image size: 5M 2,592 pixels × 1,944 pixels = 5,038,848 Display size: VGA (E-Mail) Image size: VGA 640 pixels × 480 pixels = 307,200 Larger Smaller
22 The number of images that can be saved in a “Memory Stick”3) The number of images that can be saved in Fine (Standard)4) mode are shown below. (Units: number of images) 3) When [Mode] (REC Mode) is set to [Normal] For the number of images that can be saved in other modes, see page 113. 4) For more information about the image quality (compression ratio) setup, see page 47. Image quality Examples Fine • To shoot or print with better quality. Standard • To shoot more images. Capacity 16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB MSX-256 MSX-512 MSX-1G Image size 5M 6 (11) 12 (23) 25 (48) 51 (96) 92 (174) 188 (354) 384 (723) 3:2 6 (11) 12 (23) 25 (48) 51 (96) 92 (174) 188 (354) 384 (723) 3M 10 (18) 20 (37) 41 (74) 82 (149) 148 (264) 302 (537) 617 (1097) 1M 24 (46) 50 (93) 101 (187) 202 (376) 357 (649) 726 (1320) 1482 (2694) VGA (E- Mail) 97 (243) 196 (491) 394 (985) 790 (1975) 1428 (3571) 2904 (7261) 5928 (14821) Low compression (looks better) High compression (normal) • When the images recorded using other Sony devices are played back, the image size indication may be different from the actual image size. • When the images are viewed on the LCD screen of the camera, they all look the same size. • Number of shooting images can differ from these values according to shooting conditions. • When the remaining number of images recordable is more than 9,999, “>9999” is indicated. • You can resize the images later (Resize function, see page 70).
23 Shooting still images Basic still image shooting – Using auto mode Holding the camera correctly When shooting pictures with the camera, be careful so that your fingers do not block the lens, finder window, flash emitter, speaker, or microphone (page 8). , Set the mode dial to , and rotate the lens portion to turn on your camera. • You can create a new folder in the “Memory Stick” and select the folder for storing images (page 48). , Hold the camera steadily with both hands and position a subject in the center of the focus frame. • The minimum focal distance to a subject is approx. 50 cm (19 3/4 inches). To shoot subjects at distances closer than this, use the macro mode (page 27). • The frame indicated on the LCD screen shows the focus adjustment range. (AF range finder, see page 49.) 1 Mode dial 2
24 , Press and hold the shutter button halfway down. When the focus is achieved, the camera beeps. When the AE/AF lock indicator stops flashing and remains on, the camera is ready for shooting. • If you release your finger from the shutter button, shooting will be canceled. • When the camera does not beep, the AF adjustment is not complete. You can continue to shoot, but the focus is not set properly. , Press the shutter button fully down. The shutter clicks, the shooting is completed, and the still image is saved in the “Memory Stick.” When the recording lamp (page 9) goes out, you can shoot the next image. • When you are shooting with a battery pack, if no tasks are performed for a while with the camera turned on, power is automatically shut off to preserve battery power (page 15). About Auto Focus When you try to shoot a subject that is hard to focus on, the AE/AF lock indicator will change to flashing slowly and the AE lock beep does not sound. The Auto Focus function may be difficult to use with in the following subjects. In such cases, release the shutter button, then try to recompose the shot and focus again. • The subject is distant from the camera and dark • The contrast between the subject and its background is poor • The subject is seen through glass, such as a window • A fast-moving subject • The subject has a reflection, such as that from a mirror, or there is a luminous body and a lustrous subject • A flashing subject • A backlit subject There are two Auto Focus functions: “AF range finder frame” which sets the focus position according to the subject position and size, and “AF mode” which sets when the camera starts and stops focusing on. See page 49 for details. 3 96 60min VGA FINE 101 F3.5 30 S AF AE/AF lock indicator Flashes in green t Remains on 4 95 60min VGA 101 S AF
25 Shooting still images Checking the last image shot – Quick Review , Press b (7) on the control button. To return to shooting mode, press the shutter button lightly or press b (7) on the control button again. To delete the image displayed on the LCD screen 1 Press (Delete). 2 Select [Delete] with v on the control button, then press z. The image is deleted. • The image may appear rough right after playback starts due to the image processing. 10:30PM 2005 1 1 101-0029 Review 60min 8/8 101 VGA RETURN Using the zoom feature , Press the zoom buttons to choose the desired zoom position, and shoot your image. The minimum focal distance to the subject Approx. 50 cm (19 3/4 inches) from the lens surface • You cannot change the zoom scaling while shooting movies (page 80). T W T W 60min 60min 101 101 96 VGA S AF 96 VGA 1.1 5.0 S AF W (wide-angle) T (telephoto) Zoom Your camera is equipped with zoom functions that enlarge the image using optical zoom and two types of digital processing. Digital zoom can be selected from smart zoom or precision digital zoom. When digital zoom is set, the zoom method switches from optical zoom to digital zoom when the zoom scale exceeds 3×. To use only the optical zoom, set [Digital Zoom] to [Off] in the SET UP settings (page 117). In this case, the digital zoom area does not appear in the zoom scale display bar on the LCD screen, and the maximum zoom is 3×. The enlargement method and the zoom scale differ according to the image size and the zoom type, so select the zoom to match the shooting purpose. When you press the zoom button, the zoom scaling indicator appears on the LCD screen as follows.
26 • The zoom scaling indicator differs according to the zoom type. Optical zoom: Smart zoom: Precision digital zoom: • The AF range finder frame does not appear when using the digital zoom. The or indicator flashes, and AF operates with priority on subjects located near the center. Smart zoom The image is enlarged with almost no distortion. This lets you use smart zoom with the same feeling as optical zoom. To set smart zoom, set [Digital Zoom] to [Smart] in the SET UP settings (page 117). The default setting is smart zoom. The maximum zoom scale depends on the selected image size as follows. Smart zoom cannot be used when the image size is set to [5M] or [3:2]. The default setting of the image size is [5M]. • When using the smart zoom, the image on the LCD screen may look rough. However, this has no effect on the recorded image. • You cannot use the smart zoom in the Multi Burst mode. Precision digital zoom All image sizes are enlarged up to a maximum 6×. This function cuts out and enlarges a certain portion of the image, so the image quality deteriorates. To set precision digital zoom, set [Digital Zoom] to [Precision] in the SET UP settings (page 117). The W side of this line is optical zoom area, and the T side is digital zoom area Zoom scaling indicator Optical zoom Smart zoom Image size Maximum zoom scale 3M 3.8× 1M 6.1× VGA (E-Mail) 12× Optical zoom Precision digital zoom
27 Shooting still images Shooting close-ups – Macro For close-ups of subjects like flowers or insects, shoot using the macro feature. You can shoot subjects approaching up to 8 cm (3 1/4 inches) when the zoom is set to its W- end. However, the available focus distance depends on the zoom position. We recommend that you set the zoom to its W- end during shooting. When the zoom is set all the way to the W side: Approx. 8 cm (3 1/4 inches) from the end of the lens When the zoom is set all the way to the T side: Approx. 25 cm (9 7/8 inches) from the end of the lens • To shoot at even closer distances than in macro mode, use (Magnifying glass mode) (page 34). , Set the mode dial to , and press B ( ) on the control button. The (macro) indicator appears on the LCD screen. • If the menu is currently displayed, press MENU first to make the menu disappear. • You can carry out this operation even when the mode dial is set to P, M, SCN (other than (Magnifying glass mode), (Twilight mode), (Landscape mode), (Fireworks mode) or (Candle mode), page 34) or . 1 60min 96 VGA 101 S AF
28 , Center the subject in the frame. Press and hold the shutter button halfway down to focus on, then press the shutter button fully down. To return to normal shooting Press B ( ) on the control button again. The indicator disappears from the LCD screen. 60min 95 VGA 101 S AF 2 • When shooting in macro mode, use the LCD screen. If you use the finder, the limits of what you see and what you actually shoot may be different. This is due to the parallax effect. • When shooting in macro mode, the focus range is very narrow and you may not be able to focus on the whole of the subject. • When shooting in macro mode, the focus adjustment becomes slower to accurately focus on a close subject. Using the self-timer , Set the mode dial to , and press V ( ) on the control button. The (self-timer) indicator appears on the LCD screen. • If the menu is currently displayed, press MENU first to make the menu disappear. • You can carry out this operation even when the mode dial is set to P, M, SCN or . 1 60min VGA 101 96 S AF
29 Shooting still images , Center the subject in the frame. Press and hold the shutter button halfway down to focus on, then press the shutter button fully down. The self-timer lamp (page 8) will flash, and you will hear a beeping sound. The image will be shot after approximately 10 seconds. To cancel the self-timer during the operation Press V ( ) on the control button again. The indicator disappears from the LCD screen. • If you stand in front of the camera and press the shutter button, the focus and the exposure may not be correctly set. 2 60min VGA FINE 101 96 F3.5 30 S AF Rotating the lens – Mirror mode , Adjust the lens portion angle. When shooting in mirror mode, turn over the lens portion as illustrated above. The image on the LCD screen is a mirror-image. However, the image can be normal when recorded. Image on the LCD screen Recorded image Selecting a flash mode , Set the mode dial to , and press v ( ) on the control button repeatedly to select a flash mode. The flash mode has the following features. No indicator (Auto): The camera decides to use the flash based on lighting conditions. The flash will be used when there is not enough light. The default setting is Auto. (Forced flash): The flash will be used regardless of the amount of ambient light. (Slow synchro): The flash will be used regardless of the amount of ambient light. In this mode, the shutter speed is slower under dark conditions, so you can 60min VGA 101 96 S AF SL
30 clearly shoot a background that is out of the flash-lit area. (No flash): The flash will not be used. • If the menu is currently displayed, press MENU first to make the menu disappear. • You can carry out this operation even when the mode dial is set to P, M or SCN (other than (Twilight mode), (Twilight portrait mode), (Fireworks mode) or (Candle mode)). • The recommended distance using the flash is as follows (when [ISO] is set to [Auto]): Approx. 0.15 m (6 inches) to 2.2 m (7 feet 2 5/8 inches) (W)/Approx. 0.25 m (9 7/8 inches) to 2 m (6 feet 6 3/4 inches) (T) • The flash fires twice. First pre-emission is to adjust the amount of flash light, and second emission is to shoot the image. • You can change the brightness of the flash using [ ] (Flash Level) in the menu settings (page 115). (When the mode dial is set to , you cannot change the brightness of the flash.) • Because the shutter speed is slower under dark conditions when (Slow synchro) or (No flash) is selected, it is recommended that you use a tripod. • While the flash is being charged, the /CHG lamp flashes. After charging is completed, the lamp goes out. • This setting is maintained even when the power is turned off. To reduce “red-eye” when shooting live subjects The flash pre-strobes before shooting to reduce the red-eye phenomenon. Set [Red Eye Reduction] to [On] in the SET UP settings (page 117). appears on the LCD screen. • The amount of red-eye reduction possible varies according to the individual. In addition, the distance to the subject, and whether or not the subject has seen pre-strobe light begin to strobe may also reduce the effectiveness of the red-eye reduction process. • When [Red Eye Reduction] is set to [On], the flash fires twice or more. SL m
31 Shooting still images Shooting images with the AF illuminator The AF illuminator is fill light to focus more easily on a subject in dark surroundings. The appears on the LCD screen and the AF illuminator emits red light when the shutter button is pressed halfway until the focus is locked. When this function is not needed, set [AF Illuminator] to [Off] in the SET UP settings (page 117). • If AF illuminator light does not reach the subject sufficiently or the subject has no contrast, focus will not be achieved. (A distance up to approximately 3.0 m (9 feet 10 1/8 inches) is recommended.) • Focus is achieved as long as AF illuminator light reaches the subject, even if the light is slightly off the center of the subject. • When the focus preset distance is set (page 51), the AF illuminator does not function. • The AF range finder frame does not appear. The or indicator flashes, and AF operates with priority on subjects located near the center. • The AF illuminator does not operate when SCN is set to (Twilight mode), (Landscape mode), (Fireworks mode) in the menu settings (page 34). • The AF illuminator emits very bright light. Although there are no problems with safety, directly looking into the AF illuminator emitter at close range is not recommended. ON VGA 60min 101 96 ON FINE F3.5 30 S AF
32 Shooting images with the finder The finder is convenient when you want to save battery power, or when it is difficult to confirm the image using the LCD screen. Each time you press , the display changes in the following order. Histogram on (Image information can also be displayed during playback) r Indicators off r LCD screen off r Indicators on • The image through the finder does not indicate the actual recordable range. This is due to the parallax effect. To confirm the recordable range, use the LCD screen. • Just as with the AE/AF lock indicator on the LCD screen, when the AE/AF lock lamp of the finder section stops flashing and remains on, you can start shooting (page 23). • When the LCD screen is turned off – The digital zoom does not function (page 25). – AF mode is set to [Single] (page 50). – If you press (Flash mode)/ (Self-timer)/ (Macro) with the LCD screen turned off, the image will be displayed on the screen for approximately two seconds so you can check or change the setting. • When shooting/viewing movies, the status of the LCD screen changes as follows: Indicators off t LCD screen off t Indicators on • For details on the items displayed, see page 124. • For a detailed description of the histogram, see page 56. • This setting is maintained even when the power is turned off. Finder VGA 101 96 S AF 60min S AF VGA 101 96 S AF 60min
33 Shooting still images Inserting the date and time on a still image , Set the mode dial to SET UP. The SET UP screen appears. • The date and time cannot be inserted in Multi Burst mode. • When images are shot with the date and time inserted, the date and time cannot be removed later. • When shooting images with the date and time inserted, the actual date and time are not displayed on the LCD screen, and is displayed on the LCD screen instead. The actual date and time are indicated in red on the lower-right corner when the image is played back. , Select (Camera) with v on the control button, then press B. Select [Date/Time] with v/V on the control button, then press B. , Select the date and time setting with v/V on the control button, then press z. Day&Time: Inserts the date and the time of shooting into the image Date: Inserts the year, the month and the date of shooting into the image Off: Does not insert date/time data into the image After the setting has been completed, set the mode dial to to shoot your image. • You can shoot even when the mode dial is set to P, M or SCN. • When you chose [Date], the date will be inserted in the order set in “Setting the date and time” (page 17). • This setting is maintained even when the power is turned off. 1 2 1 SELECT Camera AF Mode: Digital Zoom: Date/Time: Red Eye Reduction: AF Illuminator: Auto Review: Single Smart Off Off Auto Off 2 Day&Time Date Off 2 1 Camera AF Mode: Digital Zoom: Date/Time: Red Eye Reduction: AF Illuminator: Auto Review: 3 2 1 PAGE SELECT Camera AF Mode: Digital Zoom: Date/Time: Red Eye Reduction: AF Illuminator: Auto Review: Single Smart Day&Time Off Auto Off
34 Shooting according to scene conditions – Scene Selection Select one of the following modes, then shoot by pressing the shutter button and this will have a positive effect on your photo. Magnifying glass mode The subject appears on the LCD screen magnified by up to 2.1×. This lets you see details that would otherwise be difficult to confirm with the naked eye. • The focal distance to the subject is from approx. 1 cm to 20 cm (13/32 inch to 7 7/8 inches). • The optical zoom is locked to the W side and cannot be used. • When you press the zoom button, the image is enlarged using the digital zoom. Twilight mode Under dark lighting conditions, you can shoot a distant night view. Because the shutter speed is slow, it is recommended that you use a tripod. Twilight portrait mode Use this mode when shooting people in the foreground at night. This mode allows you to shoot images of people in the foreground with distinct outlines without losing the feeling that you are shooting at night. Because the shutter speed is slow, it is recommended that you use a tripod. Landscape mode Focuses on images far away, so is convenient for shooting landscapes at a distance. Distance to the subject Magnification scale 1 cm (13/32 inch) 2.1× 2 cm (13/16 inch) 1.4× 5 cm (2 inches) 0.7× 10 cm (4 inches) 0.4× 20 cm (7 7/8 inches) 0.2× 1.1
35 Shooting still images Soft snap mode You can shoot the color of a person’s skin beautifully with a bright, warm color tone. This mode also has an effect on soft-focus, so an image such as that of a person or a flower is shot in the proper atmosphere. Snow mode When shooting snowy scenes or other places where the whole screen appears white, use this mode to prevent sunken colors and record clear images. Beach mode When shooting seaside or lakeside scenes, the blue of the water is clearly recorded. High-speed shutter mode Use this mode to shoot moving subjects outdoors or in other bright places. • The shutter speed becomes faster, so images shot in dark places become darker. Fireworks mode You can record fireworks in all their splendor. The focus distance is set to infinity and the shutter speed becomes slower, so using a tripod is recommended. • You can change the shutter speed by setting an EV adjustment value (page 55). Candle mode At a party, a candlelight service, and so on, you can shoot without spoiling the atmosphere effected by the candlelight. Because the shutter speed is slow, it is recommended that you use a tripod.
36 , Set the mode dial to SCN, then press MENU. The menu appears. , Select SCN (Scene) with b on the control button, then select the desired mode with v/V. To return to normal mode Set the mode dial to a different mode. • The setting is maintained even when the power is turned off. 1 WB ISO SCN Scene MENU WB ISO SCN Scene 2
37 Shooting still images Shooting with Scene Selection When shooting with the Scene Selection function, the combination of functions such as the flash mode is predetermined to make the optimum settings to match the scene. See the table below for the function setting of each shooting mode. • a indicates that the function can be set to your preference. Function Macro Flash mode AF range finder frame Focus preset White balance Burst/ Multi Burst Shooting mode — / a — a — — a a — a a a Auto — — / a a a a a a a a a a / a a a a a / a a a a a / a a a a — — — — Center AF 0.5m/1.0m/ 3.0m/7.0m — SL NR slow shutter The NR slow shutter function reduces noise from recorded images, providing clear images. When the shutter speed is set to 1/6 second or slower, the NR slow shutter function automatically works and “NR” is indicated next to the shutter speed indicator. Press the shutter button fully down. Then the screen turns black. Finally, when “Processing” disappears, the image has been recorded. • To eliminate the effects of vibration, it is recommended that you use a tripod. • When a slow shutter speed is set, processing may take some time. Capturing Processing r r
38 Viewing images on the LCD screen of your camera You can view images shot with the camera almost immediately on the LCD screen. You can select the following two methods for viewing images. Single screen You can view one image at a time, occupying the entire screen. Index screen Nine images are displayed simultaneously in separate panels on the screen. • For details on the movies, see page 81. • For a detailed description of the LCD screen indicators, see page 126. BACK/NEXT VOLUME VGA 60min 10:30PM 2005 1 1 101-0008 8/9 101 • SINGLE DISPLAY Single screen Index screen Viewing on the single-image screen , Set the mode dial to , and turn on the camera. The newest image in the selected recording folder (page 63) is displayed. • The image may appear rough right after playback starts due to the image processing. 1 BACK/NEXT 10:30PM 2005 1 1 101-0008 VOLUME VGA 60min 8/9 101 Viewing still images
39 Viewing still images , Select the desired still image with b/B on the control button. b : Displays the previous image. B : Displays the next image. 2 BACK/NEXT 10:30PM 2005 1 1 101-0003 VOLUME VGA 60min 3/9 101 Viewing on the index screen , Press (index). The display switches to the Index screen. To display the next (previous) index screen Press v/V/b/B on the control button to move the yellow frame up/down/ left/right. • SINGLE DISPLAY 1 , Press v/V/b/B on the control button to select an image. The image in the yellow frame is selected. To return to the single-image screen Press the zoom T button, or press z on the control button. 2 • SINGLE DISPLAY Zoom T
40 Viewing images on a TV screen , Connect the supplied A/V multi cable to the multi connector of the camera and the audio/video input jacks of the TV. Rotate the lens portion back to the original position and place the camera with the LCD screen facing upwards. If your TV has stereo type input jacks, connect the audio plug (black) of the A/V multi cable to the Lch audio input jack. • Turn off both the camera and the TV before connecting the camera and the TV with the A/V multi cable. , Turn on the TV, and set the TV/ Video switch to “Video.” • The name and location of this switch may differ depending on your TV. For details, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the TV. , Set the mode dial to , and turn on the camera. Press b/B on the control button to select the desired image. • When using the camera abroad, it may be necessary to switch the video output signal to match that of your TV system (page 118). 1 To multi connector A/V multi cable 2 TV/Video switch BACK/NEXT 10:30PM 2005 1 1 101-0002 VOLUME VGA 60min 2/9 101 3
41 Viewing still images Watching images on a TV screen If you want to view images on a TV, you need a TV having a video input jack and the A/V multi cable (supplied). The color system of the TV must match as that of your digital still camera. Check the following list: NTSC system Bahama Islands, Bolivia, Canada, Central America, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Surinam, Taiwan, the Philippines, the U.S.A., Venezuela, etc. 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.
42 Deleting images , Set the mode dial to , and turn on the camera. Select the image you want to delete with b/B on the control button. • Note that the images once deleted cannot be recovered. , Press (delete). The image has not yet been deleted at this point. • You cannot delete protected images (page 69). , Select [Delete] with v on the control button, then press z. “Access” appears on the LCD screen and the image will be deleted. To delete other images continuously Select the image you want to delete with b/ B on the control button. Next, select [Delete] with v on the control button, then press z. To cancel the deletion Select [Exit] with V on the control button, then press z. 1 BACK/NEXT 10:30PM 2005 1 1 101-0002 2/9 VOLUME VGA 60min 101 2 Delete Exit VGA 60min 2/9 101 BACK/NEXT 3 Delete Exit BACK/NEXT VGA 60min 2/9 101 Deleting still images
43 Deleting still images Deleting on the Index screen , While an Index screen (page 39) is displayed, press (delete). • Note that the images once deleted cannot be recovered. , Select [Select] with b/B on the control button, then press z. , Select the image you want to delete with v/V/b/B on the control button, then press z. The (delete) mark is indicated on the selected image. The image has not yet been deleted at this point. Put the mark on all of the images you want to delete. • To cancel your selection, select images you want to cancel and press z on the control button again. The mark disappears. 1 Delete Select Exit All In This Folder 2 Delete Select Exit All In This Folder 3 TO NEXT SELECT
44 , Press (delete). Select [OK] with B on the control button, then press z. “Access” appears on the LCD screen and all of the images with marks will be deleted. To cancel the deletion Select [Exit] with b on the control button, then press z. 4 Delete Exit OK To delete all the images in the folder In Step 2, Select [All In This Folder] with B on the control button, then press z. Next, select [OK], then press z. All of the unprotected images in the folder are deleted. To cancel the deletion, select [Cancel], then press z. Formatting a “Memory Stick” , Insert the “Memory Stick” you want to format into the camera. • The term “formatting” means preparing a “Memory Stick” to record images; this process is also called “initialization.” • The supplied “Memory Stick” and those available commercially, are already formatted, and can be used immediately. • When you format a “Memory Stick,” be aware that all of the data in the “Memory Stick” will be permanently erased. Protected images are also erased. 1
45 Deleting still images , Set the mode dial to SET UP, and turn on the camera. , Select (Memory Stick Tool) with v/V on the control button. Select [Format] with B on the control button, then press B. Select [OK] with v on the control button, then press z. To cancel the formatting Select [Cancel] with V on the control button, then press z. , Select [OK] with v on the control button, then press z. The “Formatting” message appears on the LCD screen. When this message disappears, the format is complete. 2 3 2 1 Memory Stick Tool Format: Create REC. folder: Change REC. folder: OK Cancel 4 Format All data will be erased 60min Ready? OK Cancel
46 How to setup and operate your camera This section describes how to operate the menu and the SET UP screen. • For details on the mode dial, see page 10. Changing menu settings a Set the mode dial to , P, M, SCN, or . b Press MENU. The menu appears. • The displayed items differ depending on the position of the mode dial. c Select the setting item you want to change with b/B on the control button. • When the mode dial is set to , press z on the control button after you select a setting. d Select the desired setting with v/V on the control button. The frame of the selected setting is scaled up, and the setting is entered. When the v mark is indicated above the item or the V mark is indicated below the item All of the available items are not displayed. Pressing v/V on the control button displays the hidden items. To turn off the menu display Press MENU. • You cannot select the dim items. • For details on the menu items, see page 114. Mode dial Control button MENU EV WB ISO 0EV 0EV 100 200 400 Auto ISO WB ISO Before advanced operations
47 Before advanced operations Changing items in the SET UP screen a Set the mode dial to SET UP. The SET UP screen appears. b Select the setting item you want to change with v/V/b/B on the control button. The frame of the item you select turns yellow. c Press z on the control button to enter the setting. To turn off the SET UP screen display Set the mode dial to any position other than SET UP. • For details on the SET UP items, see page 117. Deciding the still image quality You can select the still image quality from [Fine] or [Standard]. a Set the mode dial to P, M or SCN. b Press MENU. The menu appears. c Select (P. Quality) with b/B, then select the desired image quality with v/V. 2 1 SELECT Camera AF Mode: Digital Zoom: Date/Time: Red Eye Reduction: AF Illuminator: Auto Review: Single Smart Off Off Auto Off Cancel OK Setup 2 File Number: USB Connect: Video Out: Clock Set: 1 Mode dial Control button MENU FINE Standard P.Quality Fine WB ISO
48 Creating or selecting a folder Your camera can create multiple folders within a “Memory Stick.” You can select the folder used to store images. When not creating a new folder, “101MSDCF” folder is selected as the recording folder. You can create folders up to “999MSDCF.” • Up to 4,000 images can be stored in one folder. When the folder capacity is exceeded, a new folder is automatically created. Creating a new folder a Set the mode dial to SET UP. b Select (Memory Stick Tool) with v/V, [Create REC. Folder] with B/v/V, and [OK] with B/v , then press z. The creating folder screen appears. c Select [OK] with v , then press z. A new folder is created with a number one higher than the largest number in the “Memory Stick,” and the folder becomes the recording folder. To cancel folder creation In Step 2 or 3, select [Cancel]. • Once you create a new folder, you cannot delete the new folder with the camera. • Images are recorded in the newly created folder until a different folder is created or selected. Selecting the recording folder a Set the mode dial to SET UP. b Select (Memory Stick Tool) with v/V, [Change REC. Folder] with B/V, and [OK] with B/v , then press z. The recording folder selection screen appears. c Select the desired folder with b/B, and [OK] with v , then press z. To cancel changing the recording folder In Step 2 or 3, select [Cancel]. • You cannot select the “100MSDCF” folder as a recording folder (page 91). • The image is stored in the newly selected folder. You cannot move images to other folders using the camera. Mode dial Control button Create REC. Folder Creating REC. folder 102MSDCF Ready? OK Cancel 60min BACK/NEXT Select REC. Folder Cancel OK Folder Name: 102 2/2 Created: No. Of Files: 2005 102MSDCF 0 1 1 1: :05:34AM
49 Advanced still image shooting Choosing an auto focus method You can set the AF range finder frame and the AF mode. AF range finder frame The AF range finder frame selects the focus position according to the subject position and size. AF Mode The AF mode is set automatically when the camera starts and stops focusing on a subject. Choosing a focus range finder frame – AF range finder Multipoint AF ( ) The camera calculates the distance in five areas to the top, the bottom, the left, the right, and in the center of the image, letting you shoot using the auto focus function without worrying about the image composition. This is useful when it is difficult to focus on the subject because it is not in the center of the frame. You can check the position where the focus was adjusted using the green frame. The default setting is Multipoint AF. Center AF ( ) The AF range finder is only the center of the frame. You can shoot in desired image composition using the AF lock method. a Set the mode dial to P, M, SCN or . b Press MENU. The menu appears. c Select 9 (Focus) with b/B, then select [Multi AF] or [Center AF] with v/V. When you press and hold the shutter button halfway down, and the focus is adjusted, the color of the AF range finder frame changes from white to green. Multipoint AF Center AF Mode dial Control button MENU 60min VGAFINE 98 P 101 S AF 250 F3.5 AF range finder frame AF range finder frame indicator 60min VGAFINE 98 101 P S AF 250 F3.5 AF range finder frame AF range finder frame indicator Advanced still image shooting
50 • When you are shooting movies and you choose Multipoint AF, the distance to the center of the LCD screen is estimated as an average, so the AF works even with a certain amount of vibration. The AF range finder frame indicator is . Center AF automatically focuses only on selected frame, so this is convenient when you want to focus only on what you aim at. • When you use the digital zoom or AF illuminator, priority AF movement is given to subjects in or near the center of the frame. In this case, or flashes and the AF range finder frame is not displayed. • The AF range finder frame selection is limited according to the Scene Selection mode (page 10). Choosing a focus operation – AF Mode Single AF ( ) This mode is useful for shooting stationary subjects. The focus is not adjusted before you press and hold the shutter button halfway down. After you press and hold the shutter button halfway down and AF lock is complete, the focus is locked. The default setting is Single AF. Monitoring AF ( ) This shortens the time needed for focusing. The camera automatically adjusts the focus before you press and hold the shutter button halfway down, letting you compose images with the focus already adjusted. After you press and hold the shutter button halfway down and AF lock is complete, the focus is locked. • Battery consumption may be higher than in Single AF mode. a Set the mode dial to SET UP. b Select (Camera) with v , then select [AF Mode] with B/v. c Select the desired mode with B/v/V, then press z. • When shooting using the finder with the LCD screen off, the camera operates in Single AF mode. S AF M AF
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