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    Still camera settings

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    To adjust the still camera settings

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

    Still camera settings overview

    Resolution

    Choose between several picture sizes and aspect ratios before taking a photo. A photo with a higher resolution requires more memory.

    3264×2448(4:3)
    8 megapixel picture size with 4:3 aspect ratio. Suitable for photos that you want to view on non-widescreen displays or print in high resolution.
    3104×1746(16:9)
    5 megapixel picture size with 16:9 aspect ratio. Suitable for photos that you want to view on non-widescreen displays or print in high resolution.
    1632×1224(4:3)
    2 megapixel picture size with 4:3 aspect ratio. Suitable for photos that you want to view on non-widescreen displays.
    1920×1080(16:9)
    2 megapixel picture size with 16:9 aspect ratio. Suitable for photos that you want to view on widescreen displays.

    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 where everyone can be in the photo. You can also use the self-timer to avoid shaking the camera when taking photos.

    On (10 sec.)
    Set a 10-second delay from when you tap the camera screen until the photo is taken.
    On (2 sec.)
    Set a 2-second delay from when you tap the camera screen until the photo is taken.
    Off
    The photo is taken as soon as you tap the camera screen.

    Smile Shutter™

    Use the Smile Shutter™ function to determine what kind of smile the camera reacts to before taking a photo.

    Focus mode

    The focus function controls which part of a photo should be sharp. When continuous autofocus is on, the camera keeps adjusting focus so that the area within the yellow focus frame stays sharp.

    Single autofocus
    The camera automatically focuses on the selected subject. Continuous autofocus is on. Touch and hold the camera screen until the yellow focus frame turns blue, indicating that the focus is set. The photo is taken when you release your finger.
    Multi autofocus
    The focus is automatically set on several areas of the image. Touch and hold the camera screen until the yellow focus frame turns blue, indicating that the focus is set. The photo is taken when you release your finger. Continuous autofocus is off.
    Face detection
    The camera automatically detects up to five human faces, indicated by frames on the screen. The camera automatically focuses on the nearest face. You can also select which face to focus on by tapping it on the screen. When you tap the camera screen, a blue frame shows which face is selected and in focus. Face detection cannot be used for all scene types. Continuous autofocus is on.
    Touch focus
    Touch a specific area on the camera screen to set the area of focus. Continuous autofocus is off. Touch and hold the camera screen until the yellow focus frame turns blue, indicating that the focus is set. The photo is taken when you release your finger.
    NoteThis setting is only available in Manual capturing mode.

    ISO

    You can reduce image blurring caused by dark conditions or moving subjects by increasing the ISO sensitivity.

    Auto
    Sets the ISO sensitivity automatically.
    100
    Sets the ISO sensitivity to 100.
    200
    Sets the ISO sensitivity to 200.
    400
    Sets the ISO sensitivity to 400.
    800
    Sets the ISO sensitivity to 800.
    NoteThis 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 image you want to capture.

    Center
    Adjusts the exposure to the centre of the image.
    Average
    Calculates the exposure based on the amount of light striking the whole image.
    Spot
    Adjusts the exposure in a very small part of the image that you want to capture.
    NoteThis setting is only available in Manual capturing mode.

    Image stabiliser

    When taking a photo, it can be difficult to hold the device steady. The stabiliser helps you by compensating for small movements of the hand.

    NoteThis setting is only available in Manual capturing mode.

    Preview

    You can choose to preview photos or videos just after you shoot them.

    Unlimited
    The preview of the photo or video appears after you shoot it.
    5 seconds
    The preview of the photo or video apears for 5 seconds after you shoot it.
    3 seconds
    The preview of the photo or video appears for 3 seconds after you shoot it.
    Edit
    The photo or video opens for editing after you shoot it.
    Off
    The photo or video is saved after you shoot it, and no preview appears.

    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 in the camera screen:

    Auto
    The camera automatically determines if the lighting conditions require the use of a flash.
    Icn sony camera quick settings flash auto
    Fill flash
    Use this setting when the background is brighter than the subject. This removes unwanted dark shadows.
    Icn sony camera quick settings flash fill
    Red-eye reduction
    Reduces the red colour of eyes when taking a photo.
    Icn sony camera quick settings flash red eye reduction
    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 quick settings flash off
    Flashlight
    A torch or camera light is turned on when you take photos.
    Icn sony camera photo light

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