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Still camera settings

To adjust the still camera settings

  1. Activate the camera.
  2. To display all settings, tap Icn sony menu settings l.
  3. Select the setting that you want to adjust, then edit as desired.

Still camera settings overview

Resolution

Choose between several resolutions and aspect ratios before taking a photo. A photo with a higher resolution has a higher quality, but requires more memory.

Main camera:

13MP

4096×3072 (4:3)

13 megapixel resolution with 4:3 aspect ratio. Suitable for photos that you want to view on non-widescreen displays or print in high resolution.

9MP

4920×2204 (16:9)

9 megapixel resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio. Suitable for photos that you want to view on widescreen displays.

8MP

3264×2448 (4:3)

8 megapixel resolution with 4:3 aspect ratio. Suitable for photos that you want to view on non-widescreen displays or print in high resolution.

8MP

3840×2160 (16:9)

8 megapixel resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio. Suitable for photos that you want to view on widescreen displays.

3MP

2048×1536 (4:3)

3 megapixel resolution with 4:3 aspect ratio. Suitable for photos that you want to view on non-widescreen displays or print in high resolution. This setting is only available in Manual capturing mode.

2MP

1920×1080 (16:9)

2 megapixel resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio. Suitable for photos that you want to view on widescreen displays. This setting is only available in Manual capturing mode.

Front camera:

8MP

3264×2448 (4:3)

8 megapixel resolution with 4:3 aspect ratio. Suitable for photos that you want to view on non-widescreen displays or print in high resolution.

5MP

3072×1728 (16:9)

5 megapixel resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio. Suitable for photos that you want to view on non-widescreen displays or print in high resolution.

3MP

2048×1536 (4:3)

3 megapixel resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio. Suitable for photos that you want to view on widescreen displays. This setting is only available in Manual capturing mode.

2MP

1920×1080 (16:9)

2 megapixel resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio. Suitable for photos that you want to view on widescreen displays. This setting is only available in Manual capturing mode.

Self-timer

With the self-timer, you can take a photo without holding the device. Use this function to take self-portraits or group photos with everyone in the photo. You can also use the self-timer if you want to avoid shaking the camera when taking photos.

10 sec. delay

A photo is taken ten seconds after you press the shutter button or camera key.

3 sec. delay

A photo is taken three seconds after you press the shutter button or camera key.

Off

The photo is taken instantly when you press the shutter button or camera key. There is no delay.

Soft Skin Effect

You can turn on the Soft Skin Effect on your device to make skin tones slightly softened while taking selfies in Manual and Superior auto capturing modes.

Object tracking

When you select an object by touching it in the viewfinder, the camera tracks it for you.

HDR

Use the HDR (High Dynamic Range) setting to take a photo against strong back light or in conditions where the contrast is sharp. HDR compensates for the loss of detail and produces a picture that is representative of both dark and bright areas.

Note

This setting is only available in Manual capturing mode.

ISO

The ISO sensitivity can be set to adjust automatically, or can be manually adjusted to sensitivity settings ranging from 100 to 3200.

Note

This setting is only available in Manual capturing mode.

Metering

This function automatically determines a well-balanced exposure by measuring the amount of light striking the subject you want to capture.

Face
Measures the amount of light on your subject’s face, and adjusts the exposure so that the face is neither too dark nor too bright.
Centre
Determines the centre of the image, and sets the exposure based on the brightness of the subject there.
Spot
Adjusts the exposure in a very small part of the subject that you want to capture.
Touch
Adjusts the exposure to the desired part of the subject when you touch the screen.

Note

This setting is only available in Manual capturing mode.

Flash

Use the flash to take photos when lighting conditions are poor or when there is a backlight. The following options are available when you tap the flash icon Icn sony camera quick settings flash auto on the camera screen:

Icn sony camera quick settings flash auto Auto
The camera automatically determines whether the lighting conditions require the use of a flash.
Icn sony camera quick settings flash fill Fill flash
Use this setting when the background is brighter than the subject. This setting removes unwanted dark shadows.
Icn sony camera quick settings flash red eye reduction Red-eye reduction
Reduces the red colour of eyes when taking a photo.
Icn sony camera quick settings flash off Off
The flash is turned off. Sometimes photo quality can be better without the flash, even if lighting conditions are poor. Taking a good photo without using the flash requires a steady hand. Use the self-timer to avoid blurred photos.
Icn sony camera photo light Torch
The flash shines continuously while taking pictures.

Scene selection

Use the Scene selection feature to quickly set up the camera for common situations using pre-programmed scenes. The camera determines a number of settings for you to fit the selected scene, ensuring the best possible photo.

Icn sony cam cap mode scene selection Off
The Scene selection feature is off and you can take photos manually.
Icn sony cam scene softskin Soft Skin
Take portraits using an enhanced beauty effect.
Icn sony camera scene softsnap Soft snap
Use for shooting photos against a soft background.
Icn sony cam scene antimotion Anti motion blur
Use for minimising camera shake when shooting a slightly dark scene.
Icn sony camera scene landscape Landscape
Use for landscape photos. The camera focuses on distant objects.
Icn sony camera scene backlight correction hdr Backlight correction HDR
Use to improve details in high contrast shots. The built-in backlight correction analyses the image and automatically adjusts it to give you a perfectly lit shot.
Icn sony camera scene night portrait Night portrait
Use for portrait photos taken at night or in poorly lit environments. Due to the long exposure time, the camera must be held still or placed on a stable surface.
Icn sony camera scene night scene Night scene
Use when taking photos at night or in poorly lit environments. Due to the long exposure time, the camera must be held still or placed on a stable surface.
Icn sony cam scene handheld twilight Hand-held twilight
Use for taking hand-held low-light photos with reduced noise and blur.
Icn sony cam scene highsensitivity High sensitivity
Use for taking photos without a flash in low light conditions. Reduces blur.
Icn sony cam gourmet Gourmet
Use for shooting food arrangements in bright colour.
Icn sony cam scene pet Pet
Use for taking photos of your pet. Reduces blur and red eyes.
Icn sony camera scene beach snow Beach
Use for taking photos of seaside or lakeside scenes.
Icn sony cam scene snow Snow
Use in bright environments to avoid overexposed photos.
Icn sony camera scene party Party
Use for indoor photos in poorly lit environments. This scene picks up indoor background lighting or candlelight. Due to the long exposure time, the camera must be held still or placed on a stable surface.
Icn sony camera scene sport Sports
Use for photos of fast-moving objects. The short exposure time minimises motion blurring.
Icn sony camera scene document Document
Use for photos of text or drawings. Gives the photo sharper contrast.
Icn sony cam scene fireworks Fireworks
Use for taking photos of fireworks in all their splendour.

Note

These settings are only available in Manual capturing mode.

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