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General camera settings

Capturing mode settings overview

Icn sony camera superior auto Superior auto
Optimise your settings to suit any scene.
Icn sony camera mode manual Manual
Adjust camera settings manually.
Icn sony cam soundphoto Sound Photo
Take photos with background sound.
Icn sony camera ar effect AR effect
Take photos or videos with virtual scenes and characters.
Icn sony camera picture effect Creative effect
Apply effects to photos or videos.
Icn sony sweep panorama Sweep Panorama
Take wide-angle and panoramic photos.

Superior auto

Superior auto mode detects the conditions in which you are shooting and automatically adjusts the settings to ensure that you take the best photo possible.

Manual mode

Use Manual mode when you want to manually adjust your camera settings for taking photos and videos.

AR effect

You can apply AR (augmented reality) effects to your photos or videos and make them more fun. When using the camera, this setting lets you integrate 3D scenes into your photos or videos. Just select the scene you want and adjust its position in the viewfinder.

Creative effect

You can apply different effects on your photos or videos. For example, you can add a Nostalgic effect to make photos look older or a Sketch effect for a more fun image.

Sweep Panorama

You can take wide-angle and panoramic photos from the horizontal or vertical direction in an easy press-and-sweep motion.

To take a panoramic photo

  1. Activate the camera.
  2. Tap Icn sony camera superior auto, then select Icn sony sweep panorama .
  3. To select a shooting direction, tap Icn sony camera pano direction.
  4. Tap the screen and move the camera slowly and steadily to the direction of movement indicated on the screen.

Downloading camera applications

You can download free or paid camera applications from Google Play™ or other sources. Before you start downloading, make sure that you have a working Internet connection, preferably over Wi-Fi® to limit data traffic charges.

To download camera applications

  1. Open the camera application.
  2. Tap Icn sony camera superior auto, then tap DOWNLOADABLE .
  3. Select the application that you want to download, and follow the instructions to complete the installation.

Quick launch

Use Quick launch settings to launch the camera when the screen is locked.

Launch only
After you drag Icn sony camera cap mode normal inwards, the main camera is launched from sleep mode.
Launch and capture
After you drag Icn sony camera cap mode normal inwards, the still camera is launched from sleep mode and a photo is captured.
Launch and record video
After you drag Icn sony camera cap mode normal inwards, the video camera is launched from sleep mode and starts recording.
Off

Geotagging

Tag photos with details of where you took them.

Touch capture

Identify a focus area, and then touch the camera screen with your finger. The photo is taken as soon as you release your finger.

Data storage

You can choose to save your data either to a removable SD card or to your device's internal storage.

Internal storage
Photos or videos are saved on the device memory.
SD card
Photos or videos are saved on the SD card.

Touch Block

Activate to disable the touch operation to avoid unintentional touches.

White balance

This function adjusts the colour balance according to the lighting conditions. The white balance setting icon Icn sony cam white balance main is available on the camera screen.

Icn sony camera advanced settings white balance auto Auto
Adjusts the colour balance automatically to suit the lighting conditions.
Icn sony camera advanced settings white balance incandescent Incandescent
Adjusts the colour balance for warm lighting conditions, such as under light bulbs.
Icn sony camera advanced settings white balance fluorescent Fluorescent
Adjusts the colour balance for fluorescent lighting.
Icn sony camera advanced settings white balance daylight Daylight
Adjusts the colour balance for sunny outdoor conditions.
Icn sony camera advanced settings white balance cloudy Cloudy
Adjusts the colour balance for a cloudy sky.

Note

This setting is only available in Manual capturing mode.

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