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  • Brand: Sony
  • Product: Digital Camera
  • Model/name: Cybershot DSC-H20
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© 2009 Sony Corporation 4-133-901-11(1)
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Cyber-shot Handbook
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How to use this handbook
Click on a button at upper right to jump to the corresponding page.
This is convenient when searching for a function you want to view.
Search for information by function.
Search for information by operation.
Search for information in a listing of
MENU/Settings items.
Search for information by keyword.
Marks and notations used in this handbook
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operations is shown by arrows (t).
Operate the camera in the order indicated.
Marks are shown as they appear in the
camera’s default setting.
The default setting is indicated by .
Indicates cautions and limitations relevant
to the correct operation of the camera.
Indicates information that is useful to know.
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Notes on using the camera
Notes on the types of “Memory Stick”
media that you can use (sold
separately)
“Memory Stick Duo” media:
You can use a “Memory Stick
Duo” media with the camera.
“Memory Stick”
media: You cannot use a
“Memory Stick” media
with the camera.
Other memory cards cannot be used.
• For details on “Memory Stick Duo” media, see
page 142.
When using a “Memory Stick Duo”
media with “Memory Stick” media
compatible equipment
You can use the “Memory Stick Duo” media
by inserting it into the “Memory Stick Duo”
media Adaptor (sold separately).
Notes on the battery pack
• Charge the battery pack (supplied) before using
the camera for the first time.
• You can charge the battery pack even if it is not
completely discharged. In addition, even if the
battery pack is not fully charged, you can use the
partially charged capacity of the battery pack as
is.
• If you do not intend to use the battery pack for a
long time, use up the existing charge and
remove it from the camera, then store it in a
cool, dry place. This is to maintain the battery
pack functions.
• For details on the usable battery pack, see
page 144.
Carl Zeiss lens
The camera is equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens
which is capable of reproducing sharp images with
excellent contrast.
The lens for the camera has been produced under a
quality assurance system certified by Carl Zeiss in
accordance with the quality standards of Carl Zeiss
in Germany.
Notes on the LCD screen and lens
• The LCD screen is manufactured using
extremely high-precision technology so over
99.99% of the pixels are operational for
effective use. However, some tiny black and/or
bright dots (white, red, blue or green) may
appear on the LCD screen. These dots are a
normal result of the manufacturing process and
do not affect the recording.
• Exposing the LCD screen or the lens to direct
sunlight for long periods may cause
malfunctions. Be careful when placing the
camera near a window or outdoors.
• Do not press against the LCD screen. The screen
may be discolored and that may cause a
malfunction.
• Images may trail across on the LCD screen in a
cold location. This is not a malfunction.
• Be careful not to bump the movable lens, and be
careful not to apply force to it.
The images used in this Handbook
The images used as examples in this Handbook are
reproduced images, and are not actual images shot
using this camera.
“Memory Stick
Duo” media
Adaptor
Black, white, red,
blue or green dots
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Notes on using the camera
How to use this handbook····································· 2
Notes on using the camera ··································· 3
Operation Search·················································· 7
MENU/Settings Search ······································· 10
Identifying parts··················································· 15
Using the mode dial ············································ 16
Changing the DISP (screen display) setting ······· 17
Using the internal memory ·································· 19
Shooting
Intelligent Auto Adjustment ································· 20
Scene Selection ·················································· 21
Easy Shooting····················································· 23
Program Auto······················································ 25
Manual Exposure Shooting································· 26
Movie Mode························································· 27
Smile Shutter······················································· 28
Zoom··································································· 29
Self-Timer···························································· 30
Macro ·································································· 31
Flash ··································································· 32
Viewing
Viewing still images············································· 33
Playback zoom···················································· 34
Image Index ························································ 35
Delete·································································· 36
Viewing movies ··················································· 37
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MENU (Shooting)
MENU items (Shooting) ······································ 10
MENU (Viewing)
MENU items (Viewing)········································ 12
Settings
Setting items ······················································· 13
TV
Viewing images on a TV ··································· 105
Computer
Enjoying your Windows computer····················· 108
Installing the software (supplied)······················· 110
On “PMB (Picture Motion Browser)” (supplied)
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Enjoying images on your computer··················· 112
Using the “Music Transfer” (supplied)··············· 116
Using your Macintosh computer························ 117
Viewing “Cyber-shot Step-up Guide” ················ 120
Printing
Printing still images ··········································· 121
Printing images directly using a PictBridge
compliant printer················································ 122
Printing at a shop ·············································· 124
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting ················································ 125
Warning indicators and messages···················· 135
Others
Using the camera abroad — Power sources ···· 141
On the “Memory Stick Duo” media···················· 142
On the battery pack··········································· 144
On the battery charger ······································ 145
Index
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Leaving the settings to
the camera
Intelligent Auto Adjustment······························· 20
Scene Selection··················································· 21
Scene Recognition·············································· 51
Shooting portraits Soft Snap ······························································· 21
Twilight Portrait ···················································· 21
Smile Shutter ························································ 28
Scene Recognition·············································· 51
Face Detection····················································· 54
Anti Blink································································ 57
Red Eye Reduction············································· 58
Shooting in manual
mode
Manual Exposure Shooting ······························ 26
Shooting food
arrangements
Gourmet ································································· 21
Shooting close to
objects
Macro ······································································ 31
Shooting moving
objects
Advanced Sports Shooting······························· 21
Movie Mode··························································· 27
Burst········································································ 42
Shooting without blur High Sensitivity····················································· 21
2-second delay self-timer·································· 30
ISO··········································································· 45
SteadyShot···························································· 63
Shooting with backlight Forced Flash························································· 32
Scene Recognition·············································· 51
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Shooting in dark places High Sensitivity····················································· 21
Slow Synchro (Flash On)·································· 32
ISO··········································································· 45
Adjusting exposure Histogram ······························································ 18
EV ············································································ 44
Changing focus
position
Focus ······································································ 48
Face Detection····················································· 54
Changing image size Image Size····························································· 39
Deleting images Delete································································ 36, 75
Format ···································································· 97
Displaying enlarged
images
Playback zoom····················································· 34
Trimming ································································ 72
Editing images Retouch·································································· 72
Multi-Purpose Resize········································· 74
Playing back a series of
images in order
Slideshow ······························································ 64
Shooting/Viewing with
easy-to-see indicators
Easy Shooting ······················································ 23
Printing images with
the date
Using the “PMB (Picture Motion Browser)”
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Changing date and
time settings
Area Setting ························································ 103
Date & Time Setting·········································· 104
Initializing settings Initialize··································································· 89
Printing images Print ······································································· 121
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Viewing on TVs Viewing images on a TV·································· 105
Information about
optional accessories
“Cyber-shot Step-up Guide” ··························· 120
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You can select the various shooting functions easily from the MENU button.
1 Press the MENU button to display the Menu
screen.
2 Select the desired menu item with v/V/b/B on
the control button.
3 Press the MENU button to turn off the Menu
screen.
In the table below, indicates a function is available and — that it is unavailable. The icons
below [ ] and [ ] indicate the available modes.
MENU items (Shooting)
Mode dial
Menu items
Scene Selection — — — — —
Movie shooting mode — — — — —
Image Size
Flash — — — — —
REC Mode — —
EV — —
ISO — — —
White Balance — —
Focus — — —
Metering Mode — — —
Scene Recognition — — — — —
Smile Detection Sensitivity — —
Face Detection — —
Flash Level — — — —
Anti Blink — — — — —
Red Eye Reduction — —
DRO — — — —
Color Mode — — —
Contrast — — — —
Sharpness — — — —
SteadyShot — —
(Settings) —
MENU button
Control button
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• Only the items that are available for each mode are displayed on the screen.
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You can select the various viewing functions easily from the MENU button.
1 Press the (Playback) button to switch to
playback mode.
2 Press the MENU button to display the Menu
screen.
3 Select the desired menu item with v/V/b/B on
the control button.
4 Press z on the center of the control button.
In the table below, indicates a function is available and — that it is unavailable.
• Only the items that are available for each mode are displayed on the screen.
• When the mode dial is set to (Easy Shooting), if you press MENU, the Delete screen appears. You
can select between [Delete Single Image] or [Delete All Images].
MENU items (Viewing)
View Mode
Menu items
“Memory Stick Duo” media
Internal
Memory
Date View Event View Favorites Folder View Folder View
(Slideshow)
(Date List) — — — —
(Event List) — — — —
(View Mode) —
(Filter by Faces) — —
(Add / Remove
Favorites)
— —
(Retouch)
(Multi-Purpose
Resize)
(Delete) —
(Protect)
DPOF —
(Print)
(Rotate)
(Select Folder) — — — —
(Settings)
Notes
Control button
MENU button
(Playback)
button
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You can change the settings on the (Settings) screen.
1 Press the MENU button to display the Menu
screen.
2 Select (Settings) with V on the control button,
then press z on the center of the control button to
display the setup screen.
3 Select the desired category with v/V, then press
B to select each item, then z.
4 Select the desired setting, then press z.
Setting items
Categories Items
Shooting Settings AF Illuminator
Grid Line
Digital Zoom
Conversion Lens
Auto Orientation
Auto Review
Main Settings Beep
Language Setting
Function Guide
Initialize
Demo Mode
COMPONENT
Video Out
Wide Zoom Display
USB Connect
Download Music
Format Music
“Memory Stick” Tool Format
Create REC.Folder
Change REC.Folder
Delete REC.Folder
Copy
File Number
Internal Memory Tool Format
File Number
Clock Settings Area Setting
Date & Time Setting
Control button
MENU button
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• [Shooting Settings] appears only when settings have been entered from shooting mode.
• [“Memory Stick” Tool] appears only when a “Memory Stick Duo” media is inserted in the camera, while
[Internal Memory Tool] appears only when a “Memory Stick Duo” media is not inserted.
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Identifying parts
A (Smile) button (28)
B ON/OFF (Power) button
C Mode dial (16)
D Shutter button
E For shooting: W/T (zoom) lever (29)
For viewing: (Playback zoom) lever/
(Index) lever (34, 35)
F Microphone
G Flash
H Hook for lens cap strap
I Self-timer lamp/Smile Shutter lamp/AF
illuminator
J Lens
K LCD screen
L Speaker
M Hook for wrist strap
N (Playback) button (33)
O (Delete) button (36)
P MENU button (10)
Q Control button
Menu on: v/V/b/B/z
Menu off: DISP/ / /
R Tripod receptacle
S Battery/“Memory Stick Duo” media cover
T Battery insertion slot
U “Memory Stick Duo” media slot
V Multi connector
W Battery eject lever
X Access lamp
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Using the mode dial
Set the mode dial to the desired function.
(Movie Mode) Allows you to record movies with audio (page 27).
(Manual Exposure
Shooting)
Allows you to adjust the exposure manually (both the shutter speed
and the aperture value) (page 26). You can set various functions
using the menu.
(Program Auto) Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both
the shutter speed and the aperture value) (page 25). You can set
various functions using the menu.
(Intelligent Auto
Adjustment)
Allows you to shoot with the settings adjusted automatically
(page 20).
(Easy Shooting) Allows you to shoot/view still images with easy-to-see indicators
(page 23).
(Scene Selection) Allows you to shoot with preset settings according to the scene
(page 21).
Mode dial
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Changing the DISP (screen
display) setting
1 Press DISP (screen display) on the control button.
2 Select the desired mode with the control button.
• If you view images in bright outside light, adjust the screen brightness up. However, the battery power
may decrease faster under such condition.
(Bright +
Image Only)
Sets screen brighter and displays only images.
(Bright +
Histogram)
Sets screen brighter and displays a graph of the
image brightness.
Image information is also displayed during
playback.
(Bright) Sets screen brighter and displays the
information.
(Normal) Sets screen to standard brightness and displays
the information.
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A histogram is a graph showing the brightness of an image. The graph display indicates a bright
image when skewed to the right side, and a dark image when skewed to the left side.
1 Press DISP (screen display) on the control button, then select [Bright +
Histogram].
• The histogram also appears when playing back a single image, but you cannot adjust the exposure.
• The histogram does not appear while recording movies, playing back movies, viewing vertical
orientation images or rotated still images.
• A large difference in the histogram displayed during shooting and playback may occur when:
– The flash strobes.
– The shutter speed is slow or fast.
• The histogram may not appear for images recorded using other cameras.
Histogram
Notes
Bright
Dark
A
B
A Number of pixels
B Brightness
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Using the internal memory
The camera has approximately 11 MB of internal memory. This memory is not removable. Even
when there is no “Memory Stick Duo” media inserted in the camera, you can record images
using this internal memory.
We recommend that you copy (back up) data without error using one of the following methods.
To copy (back up) data on a hard disk of your computer
Perform the procedure on pages 112 to 113 without a “Memory Stick Duo” media inserted in the
camera.
To copy (back up) data on a “Memory Stick Duo” media
Prepare a “Memory Stick Duo” media with sufficient free capacity, then perform the procedure
explained in [Copy] (page 101).
• You cannot transfer image data on a “Memory Stick Duo” media to the internal memory.
• By making a USB connection between the camera and a computer with a cable for multi-use terminal,
you can transfer data stored in the internal memory to a computer. However you cannot transfer data on a
computer to the internal memory.
When a “Memory Stick Duo” media is inserted
[Recording]: Images are recorded on the “Memory Stick
Duo” media.
[Playback]: Images on the “Memory Stick Duo” media are
played back.
[Menu, Settings, etc.]: Various functions can be
performed on images on the “Memory Stick Duo” media.
When there is no “Memory Stick Duo” media
inserted
[Recording]: Images are recorded using the internal
memory.
[Playback]: Images stored in the internal memory are played
back.
[Menu, Settings, etc.]: Various functions can be
performed on images in the internal memory.
On image data stored in the internal memory
Notes
Internal
memory
B
B
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Intelligent Auto Adjustment
Allows you to shoot still images with the setting adjusted automatically.
1 Set the mode dial to (Intelligent Auto Adjustment).
2 Shoot with the shutter button.
• Flash mode is set to [Flash Auto] or [Flash Off].
Note
zOn Scene Recognition
Scene Recognition operates in Intelligent Auto Adjustment mode. This function lets the
camera automatically recognize the shooting conditions and shoot the image.
The camera recognizes (Twilight), (Twilight Portrait), (Twilight using a tripod),
(Backlight), (Backlight Portrait), (Landscape), (Macro) or (Portrait), and
displays an icon on the LCD screen when the scene is recognized.
For details, see page 51.
Scene Recognition icon
zIf you shoot a still image of a subject that is difficult
to focus on
• The shortest shooting distance is approximately 2 cm (13/16 inches) (W), 90 cm (2 feet 11 1/2
inches) (T) (from the lens).
• When the camera cannot focus on the subject automatically, the AE/AF lock indicator changes to
flash slowly and the beep does not sound. Either recompose the shot or change the focus setting
(page 48).
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.
– There is reflective light or shiny surfaces.
– The subject is backlit or there is a flashing light.
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Scene Selection
Allows you to shoot with preset settings according to the scene.
1 Set the mode dial to (Scene Selection).
2 Select the desired mode t z on the control button.
If you want to switch to another scene, press the MENU button.
(High Sensitivity) Allows you to shoot images without a
flash under low light conditions,
reducing blur.
(Soft Snap) Allows you to shoot images with a softer atmosphere for
portraits and flowers, etc.
(Advanced
Sports Shooting)
Allows you to shoot fast movements such as in sports.
While the shutter button is pressed halfway, subject
motion is predicted and focus is adjusted.
(Landscape) Allows easy shooting of distant scenes by focusing in
the distance. Shoots vivid blue sky and flora colors.
(Twilight Portrait) Allows you to shoot sharp images of people with the
night view in the background without compromising the
atmosphere.
(Twilight) Allows you to shoot night scenes at far distance without
losing the dark atmosphere of the surroundings.
(Gourmet) Shifts to Macro mode, allowing you to shoot food
arrangements in delicious and bright color.
(Beach) Allows you to record the blue of the water clearly when
shooting seaside or lakeside scenes.
(Snow) Allows you to record clear images preventing sunken
colors in snowy scenes or other places where the whole
screen appears white.
(Fireworks) Allows you to record fireworks in all their splendor.
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• When you shoot images using (Twilight Portrait), (Twilight) or (Fireworks) mode, the shutter
speed is slower and the images tend to blur. To prevent blurring, the use of a tripod is recommended.
For shooting an image appropriately according to the scene condition, a combination of
functions is determined by the camera. indicates a function is available, and — that it is
unavailable. The icons below [Flash] indicate the available flash modes.
Some functions are not available, depending on the Scene Selection mode.
*1
[Flash] for [White Balance] cannot be selected.
*2 [Off] for [Face Detection] cannot be selected.
Note
Functions you can use in Scene Selection
Macro
On
Flash
Face
Detection/
Smile
Shutter
Burst/
Bracket
White
Balance
Red Eye
Reduction
Anti
Blink
Steady-
Shot
— *1
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Easy Shooting
Allows you shoot still images using the minimum necessary functions.
The settings you can change are [Image Size], [Self-Timer] and [Flash].
The text size increases and indicators become easier to see.
1 Set the mode dial to (Easy Shooting).
2 Shoot with the shutter button.
• The battery charge is used up more quickly because the screen brightness increases automatically.
Note
zChanging Image Size, Flash and Self-Timer settings
Image Size: MENU t [Image Size] t z on the control button t desired
mode t z
Select between [Large] or [Small] size.
Self-Timer: on the control button t desired mode
Select between [Self-Timer 10sec] or [Self-Timer Off] mode.
Flash: on the control button t desired mode
Select between [Flash Auto] or [Flash Off] mode.
MENU t [Flash] t z on the control button t desired mode
t z
Select between [Auto] or [Off] mode.
zOn Scene Recognition
Scene Recognition operates in Easy Shooting mode. This function lets the camera
automatically recognize the shooting conditions and shoot the image.
The camera recognizes (Twilight), (Twilight Portrait), (Twilight using a tripod),
(Backlight), (Backlight Portrait), (Landscape), (Macro) or (Portrait), and
displays an icon on the LCD screen when the scene is recognized.
For details, see page 51.
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zOn Easy Viewing mode
When you press the (Playback) button with the mode dial set to (Easy Shooting),
the playback screen text becomes larger and easier to see. And the functions that can be
used are limited to the minimum.
• View Mode is set to [Folder View]. If you set the mode dial to a mode other than (Easy
Shooting), then playback images, the images are displayed in the preselected View Mode.
(Delete) button You can delete the currently displayed image.
Select [OK] t z.
MENU button You can delete the currently displayed image with [Delete Single
Image], delete all images in a folder with [Delete All Images].
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Program Auto
Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the
aperture value). Also you can select various settings using the menu.
1 Set the mode dial to (Program Auto).
2 Shoot with the shutter button.
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Manual Exposure Shooting
You can shoot at your favorite exposure by manually setting the shutter speed and aperture
value.
1 Set the mode dial to (Manual Exposure Shooting).
2 Press z on the control button.
3 Select the shutter speed and aperture value using control button.
• Select a shutter speed from 1/2000 to 30 second.
• When the zoom is fully set to W side, you can select an aperture F3.5 or F8.0.
When the zoom is fully set to T side, you can select an aperture F4.4 or F10.
4 Press the shutter button to shoot the image.
• If proper exposure is not obtained by your settings, the setting value indicators on the screen will flash
when the shutter button is pressed halfway down. You can shoot in this condition, but exposure
readjustment is recommended.
• The flash is set to [Flash On] or [Flash Off].
Control button Feature
v V Aperture value
b B Shutter speed
z Return
Notes
zSetting the shutter speed and aperture value
The difference between the settings and proper exposure judged by the camera appears as an
EV value on screen.
• When the shutter speed is one second or slower, the shutter speed is indicated by [”], for example,
[1”].
• When you set the shutter speed slower, using a tripod is recommended to prevent the effects of
vibration.
• When the shutter speed becomes slower than a certain speed, the NR slow shutter function is
activated automatically to reduce image noise, and [NR] appears on the screen.
• If you select slow shutter speeds, it takes time to process the data.
Shutter speed/aperture value
Exposure value
0EV is the value judged as the most suitable by the camera.
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Movie Mode
Allows you to record movies with audio.
1 Set the mode dial to (Movie Mode).
2 Press the shutter button fully down.
3 To stop recording, press the shutter button fully down again.
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Smile Shutter
When the camera detects a smile, the shutter is released automatically.
1 Press (Smile) button.
2 Wait detecting a smile.
When the smile level exceeds the b point on the indicator, the
camera records images automatically.
If you press the shutter button during Smile Shutter, the camera
shoots the image, then returns to Smile Shutter mode.
3 To stop shooting, press (Smile) button again.
• Shooting using the Smile Shutter ends automatically when either the “Memory Stick Duo” media or
internal memory becomes full.
• Smiles may not be detected correctly depending on the conditions.
• You cannot use the digital zoom function.
• When (Advanced Sports Shooting), (Landscape), (Twilight), (Gourmet) or (Fireworks)
mode is selected in Scene Selection, you cannot use the Smile Shutter function.
Notes
Smile Detection Sensitivity
indicator
Face Detection frame
zHints for better capturing of smiles
• The shutter operates when any person whose face is being detected smiles.
• You can select or register the priority subject for face detection with [Face Detection]. When the
selected-face is registered in the camera memory, Smile Detection is performed only for that face.
To perform smile detection for a different face, change the priority face with z on the control
button (page 54).
• If a smile is not detected, set the [Smile Detection Sensitivity] in setting menu.
1 Do not cover the eyes with the bangs.
Do not obscure the face by hat, masks, sunglasses, etc.
2 Try to orient the face in front of the camera and be as
level as possible. Keep the eyes narrowed.
3 Give a clear smile with an open mouth. The smile is
easier to detect when the teeth are showing.
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Zoom
You can enlarge the image when shooting. The camera’s optical zoom function can enlarge
images up to 10×.
1 Move the W/T (Zoom) lever.
When the lever is moved towards T, the camera zooms in.
When the lever is moved towards W, the camera zooms out.
Moving the lever slightly zooms slowly and moving the lever
fully zooms fast.
• When the zoom scale exceeds 10×, see page 82.
• The operating sound of the lens or beep sound of buttons might be recorded while shooting a movie.
• Even if you turn the lever fully, the camera zooms slowly while shooting a movie.
Notes
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Self-Timer
1 Press (Self-Timer) on the control button.
2 Select the desired mode with the control button.
• In Easy Shooting mode, you can select only [On] (10 sec) or [Off].
• In Advanced Sports Shooting mode, the Self-Timer cannot be used.
(Self-Timer
Off)
Does not use the self-timer.
(Self-Timer
10sec)
Sets the 10-second delay self-timer.
When you press the shutter button, the self-timer lamp flashes and a
beep sounds until the shutter operates.
To cancel, press again.
(Self-Timer
2sec)
Sets the 2-second delay self-timer.
Notes
zReducing blurring with the two-second self-timer
• Use the 2-second delay self-timer to prevent blur of an image. The shutter is released 2 seconds after
you press the shutter button, which reduces camera shake when the shutter button is pressed.
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Macro
Use this setting to capture beautiful close-up images of small subjects such as insects or flowers.
1 Press (Macro) on the control button.
2 Select the desired mode with the control button.
• The Auto Focus speed becomes slower when you shoot images in the Macro mode.
• Macro mode is fixed to [Auto] when the camera is in Intelligent Auto Adjustment mode or in Movie
Mode.
(Auto) Adjusts the focus automatically from distant subjects to close-up.
• Normally, put the camera in this mode.
(Macro On) Adjusts the focus with priority on close-up subjects. Set Macro On
when shooting close subjects.
• Setting the zoom all the way to the W side is recommended.
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Flash
1 Press (Flash) on the control button.
2 Select the desired mode with the control button.
• The flash strobes twice. The first flash adjusts the light quantity.
• While charging the flash, is displayed.
• You cannot use the flash during burst or bracket shooting.
• [Flash On] and [Slow Synchro (Flash On)] are not available when the camera is in Intelligent Auto
Adjustment mode.
• In Easy Shooting mode, you can select only [Flash Auto] or [Flash Off].
• In Manual Exposure Shooting mode, you can select only [Flash On] or [Flash Off].
(Flash Auto) Flashes when there is insufficient light or backlight.
(Flash On) Flash always operates.
(Slow
Synchro (Flash
On))
Flash always operates.
The shutter speed is slow in a dark place to clearly shoot the
background that is out of flash light.
(Flash Off) Flash does not operate.
Notes
zWhen the “White circular spots” appears in flash
photos
This is caused by particles (dust, pollen, etc.) floating close to the lens. When they are
accentuated by the camera’s flash, they appear as white circular spots.
How can the “White circular spots” be reduced?
• Light the room and shoot the subject without a flash.
• Select (High Sensitivity) mode in Scene Selection. ([Flash Off] is automatically selected.)
• Even though you selected (High Sensitivity) mode in Scene Selection, the shutter speed might be
slower under low-light conditions, or in a dark place. In that case, use a tripod or hold your arms
firmly at your side after pressing the shutter button.
Camera
Subject
Particles (dust, pollen, etc.)
in the air
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Viewing still images
1 Press the (Playback) button to switch to playback mode.
2 Select an image with the control button.
• You may not be able to play back some images shot using other cameras. Play such images in Folder
View (MENU t [View Mode] t [Folder View]).
• When the mode dial is set to (Easy Shooting), the images are played back in Folder View, and the
available function are limited. If you want to use all viewing functions, set the mode dial to a mode other
than .
Notes
zViewing images taken with a different camera
The screen to choose a viewing method is displayed if you plug into this camera a “Memory
Stick Duo” media containing both images taken with this camera and images taken with
another camera.
“Playback only registered images”/“Playback all images with folder view”
If you select “Playback only registered images”, images are played in the selected View
Mode. Some images taken with other cameras may not be played at this time.
If you select “Playback all images with folder view”, the camera switches to Folder View
and plays all images.
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Playback zoom
Plays back the enlarged image.
1 Move the lever towards (Playback zoom) while
viewing still image playback.
The image is enlarged to twice the previous size, at the center of the
image.
2 Adjust the position with the control button.
3 Adjust the magnification using the W/T (Zoom) lever.
Move the lever towards (T) to zoom in further, or towards W to
zoom out.
Press z on the control button to cancel playback zoom.
Shows the displayed
area of the whole
image
zTo save enlarged images
You can save an enlarged image by using the trimming function.
Press MENU t [Retouch] t [Trimming].
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Image Index
Displays multiple images at the same time.
1 Press the (Playback) button to switch to playback mode.
2 Move the (Index) lever to display the image index screen.
Move the lever again to display an index screen with even more images.
3 To return to the single-image screen, select an image with the control
button, then press z.
• When the mode dial is set to (Easy Shooting), you cannot view images in index mode.
Note
zDisplaying images of the desired date/event/folder
Select the left side bar with the control button, then select the
desired date/event/folder with v/V.
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Delete
Allows you to select unwanted images for deletion. You can also delete images from the MENU
button (page 75).
1 Press the (Playback) button to switch to playback mode.
2 (Delete) button t desired mode t z on the control button
• When the mode dial is set to (Easy Shooting), you can delete only the currently displayed image.
• When [View Mode] is set to [Favorites], you cannot delete images.
This Image Deletes the currently displayed image in single-image
mode.
Multiple Images Allows you to select and delete multiple images.
Do as the following after step 2.
1Select an image then press z.
Repeat the above steps until there are no more images to
be deleted. Select an image with a mark again to
release the mark.
2MENU t [OK] t z
All in This Folder
All in Date Range
All in Event
Deletes all images in the selected folder, date range or
event group at once.
Press [OK] t z after step 2.
Exit Cancels the deletion.
Notes
zYou can switch between index and single-image
mode when selecting images
Move the W/T (zoom) lever towards (T) in index mode to
return to single-image mode, and move the lever towards
(W) in single-image mode to return to index mode.
• You can also switch between index and single-image mode in [Add /
Remove Favorites], [Protect] or [DPOF].
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Viewing movies
1 Press the (Playback) button to switch to playback mode.
2 Select a movie with the control button.
3 Press z.
Movie playback starts.
• You may not be able to play back some images shot using other cameras.
Control button Playback feature
z Pause
B Fast forward
b Fast rewind
V Displays the volume control screen. Adjust the volume
with v/V.
Note
zOn the movie viewing screen
Select the image you want to display using b/B on the control button, and press z.
The Playback bar appears, and the current position of the movie is displayed.
, or appears on the movie viewing screen.
The icon displayed may vary depending on image size
and quality.
Playback bar
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Movie shooting mode
Allows you to shoot movies with preset settings according to the scene.
1 Set the mode dial to (Movie Mode).
2 MENU t (Movie shooting mode) t desired mode
(Auto) Adjusts the setting automatically.
(High
Sensitivity)
Shoots movies with high sensitivity under low light conditions.
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Image Size
The image size determines the size of the image file that is recorded when you take a image.
The larger the image size, the more detail will be reproduced when the image is printed on large-
format paper. The smaller the image size, the more images can be recorded. Select the image size
that matches the way you will view your images.
1 MENU t (Image Size) t desired size
• When you print images recorded with 16:9 aspect ratio, both edges may be cut off.
When shooting still images
Image size Usage guidelines No. of
images
Printing
(3648×2736) For prints up to A3+ size Less
More
Fine
Rough
(2592×1944) For prints up to A4 size
(2048×1536) For prints up to L/2L size
(640×480) For e-mail attachments
(3648×2432) 3:2 aspect ratio as in photo prints and
postcards
Less Fine
(3648×2056) For viewing on a high-definition TV Less
More
Fine
Rough
(1920×1080)
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The larger the image size, the higher the image quality. The higher the amount of data used per
second (average bit rate), the smoother the playback image.
The movies shot with this camera will be recorded in MPEG-4, Approx. 30fps, Progressive,
AAC, mp4 format.
• A telephoto image results when the [VGA] image size is selected for movies.
• You can record movies with an image size of [1280×720] on “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media. When
using recording media other than “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media, set the movie image size to [VGA].
In Easy Shooting mode
Large Shoots images in [10M] size.
Small Shoots images in [3M] size.
When shooting movies
Movie image size Average bit rate Usage guidelines
1280×720(Fine) 9 Mbps Shoot highest quality movie for display
on HDTV
1280×720(Standard) 6 Mbps Shoot standard quality movie for display
on HDTV
VGA 3 Mbps Shoot at an image size suitable for WEB
upload
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zOn “image quality” and “image size”
A digital image is made up of a collection of small dots called pixels.
If it contains a large number of pixels, the image becomes large, it takes up more memory,
and the image is displayed in fine detail. “Image size” is shown by the number of pixels.
Although you cannot see the differences on the screen of the camera, the fine detail and data
processing time differ when the image is printed or displayed on a computer screen.
Description of the pixels and the image size
1 Image size: 10M
3648 pixels × 2736 pixels = 9,980,928 pixels
2 Image size: VGA
640 pixels × 480 pixels = 307,200 pixels
Many pixels
(Fine image quality and large file size)
Few pixels
(Rough image quality but small file size)
Pixels
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Flash
In Easy Shooting mode, you can select the Flash setting also from the MENU button.
1 Set the mode dial to (Easy Shooting).
2 MENU t [Flash] t z on the control button
3 Select the desired mode t z.
Auto Flash strobes when there is insufficient light or backlight.
Off Does not use the flash.
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REC Mode
You can select Normal (single-image), Burst or Exposure Bracket as the shooting mode.
1 MENU t (REC Mode) t desired mode
(Normal) Records a single image.
(Burst) Records up to 100 images in succession when you press and hold
down the shutter button.
• Burst shooting is not available during Easy Shooting, Movie Mode or
Smile Shutter.
• The flash is set to [Flash Off].
• When recording with the self timer, a series of a maximum of five
images is recorded.
• You cannot select the shutter speed of 1/3 second or slower when you
perform burst shooting with the mode dial set to “M”.
• The recording interval becomes longer, depending on the setting for the
image size.
• When the battery level is low, or when the internal memory or “Memory
Stick Duo” media is full, the Burst stops.
• The focus, white balance, and exposure are adjusted for the first image,
and these settings are also used for the other images.
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BRK±0.3EV
BRK±0.7EV
BRK±1.0EV
Records a series of three images with the exposure values
automatically shifted (Exposure Bracket). When you cannot decide
the correct exposure, shoot in the Exposure Bracket mode, shifting
the exposure value. You can select the image with the best
exposure afterward.
The larger the bracket step value, the larger the shift of the
exposure value.
• Exposure Bracket mode is not available during Intelligent Auto
Adjustment, Easy Shooting, Movie Mode, or Smile Shutter.
• The flash is set to [Flash Off].
• The focus and white balance are adjusted for the first image, and these
settings are also used for the other images.
• You cannot select the shutter speed of 1/3 second or slower when you
perform burst shooting with the mode dial set to “M”.
• When you adjust the exposure manually, the exposure is shifted based on
the adjusted brightness.
• The recording interval becomes longer depending on the shooting
conditions.
• If the subject is too bright or too dark, you may not be able to shoot
properly with the selected bracket step value.
• [VGA] image size will be set while recording on internal memory.
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EV
You can adjust the exposure manually in 1/3 EV steps in a range of –2.0 EV to +2.0 EV.
1 MENU t (EV) t desired EV setting
• In Easy Shooting mode, the EV setting cannot be adjusted.
• If you shoot a subject in extremely bright or dark conditions, or when you use the flash, the exposure
adjustment may not be effective.
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zAdjusting the exposure for better looking images
You can create various images by adjusting the exposure and the ISO sensitivity. Exposure
is the amount of light that the camera will receive when you release the shutter.
Shutter speed = Length of time the camera receives light
Aperture = Size of the opening allowing light to pass through
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
= Recording sensitivity
Overexposure = too much light
Whitish image
Lower EV setting –
Correct exposure
Higher EV setting +
Underexposure = too little light
Darker image
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ISO
Adjusts the luminous sensitivity.
1 Set the mode dial to (Manual Exposure Shooting) or (Program Auto).
2 MENU t (ISO) t desired mode
• ISO settings other than [ISO AUTO], [ISO 80] to [ISO 800] cannot be selected when the recording mode
is set to Burst or Exposure Bracket mode, or when [DRO] is set to [DRO plus].
(Auto) Sets the ISO sensitivity automatically.
/ / / /
/ /
You can reduce image blurring in dark locations or moving subjects
by increasing ISO sensitivity (select a larger number).
Note
zAdjusting ISO Sensitivity (Recommended Exposure
Index)
ISO sensitivity is a speed rating for recording media that incorporates an image sensor that
receives light. Even when the exposure is the same, images differ depending on the ISO
sensitivity.
High ISO sensitivity
Records a bright image even in dark locations while increasing
shutter speed to reduce blur.
However, the image tends to become noisy.
Low ISO sensitivity
Records a smoother image.
However, when the exposure is insufficient, the image may become
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White Balance
Adjusts color tones according to the surrounding light conditions. Use this function if image
color appears unnatural.
1 MENU t (White Balance) t desired mode
(Auto) Adjusts the white balance automatically so that the colors appear
natural.
(Daylight) Adjusts for outdoors conditions on a fine day,
evening views, night scenes, neon signs,
fireworks, etc.
(Cloudy) Adjusts for a cloudy sky or a shady location.
(Fluorescent
Light 1)
(Fluorescent
Light 2)
(Fluorescent
Light 3)
[Fluorescent Light 1]: Adjusts for white
fluorescent lighting.
[Fluorescent Light 2]: Adjusts for natural white
fluorescent lighting.
[Fluorescent Light 3]: Adjusts for day white
fluorescent lighting.
n
(Incandescent)
Adjusts for places under incandescent lamp, or
under bright lighting, such as in a photo studio.
(Flash) Adjusts for the flash conditions.
(One Push) Adjusts the white balance depending on the light source. The white
color memorized in [One Push Set] mode is the white reference.
Use this mode if [Auto] or other modes cannot render the color
properly.
(One Push
Set)
Captures a reference white in [One Push] mode
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• [White Balance] cannot be adjusted in Intelligent Auto Adjustment, or Easy Shooting mode.
• In Scene Selection mode, you can change the white balance setting only in (High Sensitivity) or
(Gourmet) mode.
• When shooting movies or when Scene Selection is set to (High Sensitivity) mode, [Flash] in [White
Balance] cannot be selected.
• Under fluorescent lights that flicker, the white balance function may not work correctly even though you
select [Fluorescent Light 1], [Fluorescent Light 2] or [Fluorescent Light 3].
• When shooting with a flash in other than [Flash] mode, [White Balance] is set to [Auto].
• [One Push Set] cannot be selected while charging the flash.
1 Frame a white object such as a piece of paper filling the screen under the
same lighting conditions as you will shoot the subject.
2 MENU t [White Balance] t [One Push Set] t z on the control button.
3 The screen momentarily turns black, and when white balance has been
adjusted and stored in memory, the recording screen is displayed again.
• If the indicator flashes during shooting, white balance is not yet set, or cannot to be set. If white
balance cannot be set, shoot in [Auto] setting.
• Do not shake or strike the camera while [One Push Set] is in progress.
• When flash mode is set to [Flash On] or [Slow Synchro (Flash On)], white balance is adjusted
under flash condition.
Notes
To capture a reference white in [One Push Set]
mode
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zEffects of lighting conditions
The apparent color of the subject is affected by the lighting conditions.
The color tones are adjusted automatically in the Intelligent Auto Adjustment mode, but you
can adjust color tones manually using the White Balance function.
Weather/lighting Daylight Cloudy Fluorescent Incandescent
Characteristics of
light
White (standard) Bluish Green-tinged Reddish
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Focus
You can change the focus method. Use the menu when it is difficult to get the proper focus in
auto focus mode.
AF stands for “Auto Focus,” a function that adjusts the focus automatically.
1 Set the mode dial to (Manual Exposure Shooting), (Program Auto) or
(Movie Mode).
2 MENU t (Focus) t desired mode
(Multi AF) Focuses on a subject in all ranges of the
finder frame automatically.
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.
(Center AF) Focuses on a subject in the center of the
finder frame automatically. Using the AF
lock function together, you can compose the
image the way you want.
(Spot AF) Focuses on an extremely small subject or a
narrow area automatically. Using the AF
lock function together, you can compose the
image the way you want. Hold the camera
steady so as not to misalign the subject and
the AF range finder frame.
1.0 m/
3.0 m/7.0 m/
(unlimited
distance)
Automatically focuses quickly on the area around a previously set
distance (Semi-manual). This mode is useful when repeatedly
shooting a subject at the same distance. Use “Semi-manual” when
it is difficult to get sharp focus with automatic focusing, such as
when shooting a subject through a net or window.
• Focuses on a subject in all ranges of the finder frame in Semi-manual
mode.
AF range finder frame
(Only for still image)
AF range finder frame
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• When using the digital zoom or [AF Illuminator], the AF range finder frame is disabled and appears in a
dotted line. In this case, the camera works to focus on the subjects at the center of the screen.
• When the focus mode is set to other than [Multi AF], you cannot use the Face Detection function.
• Only [Multi AF] or (unlimited distance) is available for movies.
• The focus mode is fixed to [Multi AF] while the Smile Shutter function is activated.
• The Semi-manual distance setting contains some errors, and this error increases when the zoom is set to
the T side or the lens is tilted upward or downward.
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zFocusing on subjects near the edge of the screen
If the subject is out of focus, do as follows:
1Recompose the shot so that the subject is centered
in the AF range finder, and press the shutter
button halfway to focus on the subject (AF lock).
2When the AE/AF lock indicator stops flashing and
remains on, return to the fully composed shot, and
press the shutter button fully down.
• As long as you do not press the shutter button fully
down, you can retry the procedure as many times as
necessary.
AF range finder
frame
AE/AF lock
indicator
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Metering Mode
Selects the metering mode that sets which part of the subject to measure to determine the
exposure.
1 Set the mode dial to (Manual Exposure Shooting), (Program Auto) or
(Movie Mode).
2 MENU t (Metering Mode) t desired mode
• In Movie Mode, [Spot] cannot be selected.
• If you set the Metering Mode to other than [Multi], the Face Detection function cannot be used.
• The Metering Mode is fixed to [Multi] while the Smile Shutter function is activated.
(Multi) Divides into multiple regions and measures each region. The
camera determines a well-balanced exposure (Multi-pattern
metering).
(Center) Measures the center of the image, and determines the exposure
based on the brightness of the subject there (Center-weighted
metering).
(Spot) Measures only a part of the subject
(Spot metering). This function is useful
when the subject is backlit or when
there is strong contrast between the
subject and the background.
Notes
Spot metering cross
hairs
Positions on the subject

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