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    General camera settings

    Capturing modes

    Tip

    Swipe the screen to select the desired capturing mode or the application list.

    Icn sony camera mode manual Manual
    Manually adjust camera settings such as resolution, white balance and ISO.
    Icn sony camera superior auto Superior auto
    Optimise your settings to suit any scene.
    Icn sony camera switch video Video camera
    Manually adjust video settings such as resolution and focus mode.
    Icn sony camera apps menu Camera apps
    Select camera applications manually.

    Tip

    To learn more about how to take better photos, read the article.

    Camera apps

    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.

    Icn sony cam facein

    Face in picture

    Take photos using the front and rear cameras at the same time.

    Icn sony cam style portrait

    Style portrait

    Take photos with real-time portrait styles.

    Icn sony camera timeshift video

    Timeshift video

    Take high frame rate videos and apply slow motion effects.

    Icn sony camera 4k2k video

    4K video

    Take videos with 4K ultra high definition.

    Icn sony camera time shift

    Timeshift burst

    Find the best photo from a burst of images.

    Icn sony cam sticker creator

    Sticker creator

    Create unique stickers from your favourite photos or from your camera viewfinder.

    Icn sony cam multicam

    Multi camera

    Record the same scene from multiple angles on a single screen.

    Icn sony cam ar mask

    AR mask

    Use other faces to mask your own.

    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. Swipe the screen to select Icn sony camera apps menu, then select Icn sony sweep panorama .
    3. To select a shooting direction, tap Icn sony camera pano direction.
    4. Press the camera key and move the camera slowly and steadily in the direction of movement indicated on the screen.

    Style Portrait

    You can use the Style Portrait feature to apply touch-up effects to portrait photos as you take them, to ensure the best results. You can also use the Magic beam setting to add a spotlight pattern for the eyes.

    To use the Style portrait feature

    1. Activate the camera.
    2. Swipe the screen to select Icn sony camera apps menu, then select Icn sony cam style portrait.
    3. To display all styles, tap the style name that is currently selected, for example, Bubble.
    4. To add more styles, tap More.
    5. Select the style that you want to apply, then tap Icn sony camera onscreen lock button to take a photo.

    To use the Magic beam feature

    1. Activate the camera.
    2. Swipe screen to select Icn sony camera apps menu, then tap Icn sony cam style portrait > Icn sony cam magic beam.
    3. To apply an inside eye catchlight effect, select a customised pattern.

    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.

    Timeshift video

    You can record video at the high frame rate of 120 frames per second and then apply effects so that you can play back parts or all of the video in slow motion.

    Face in picture

    You can use the Face in picture mode to turn on the front and main cameras at the same time, so you can take a photo of yourself together with the subject.

    Timeshift burst

    The camera takes a burst of 31 photos in a window of two seconds – one second before and after you tap the on-screen camera button. So you can go back and find the perfect image.

    To use Timeshift burst

    1. Activate the camera.
    2. Swipe the screen to select Icn sony camera apps menu, then select Icn sony camera time shift .
    3. Take photos. The photos taken appear in thumbnail view.
    4. Scroll through the thumbnails and select the photo that you want to save, then tap Icn sony camera timeshift save.

    Multi camera mode

    Multi camera mode lets you shoot a photo or video that combines different angles from two different sources. Two camera displays appear on your device screen – one from your device’s camera, the other from a connected Xperia® device or a Sony camera that supports NFC and Wi-Fi Direct® technology.

    So if you’re at a concert venue, for example, and you want to capture a photo or video that combines a view of the band from one angle and the audience from another, you can use Multi camera mode for the best effect.

    You can set up Multi camera mode using NFC, which launches the pairing of the two devices using Wi-Fi Direct® technology.

    To use Multi camera mode

    1. Turn on the NFC function on both devices that you want to connect.
    2. Activate the camera on your device.
    3. Swipe the screen to select Icn sony camera apps menu, then select Icn sony cam multicam.
    4. On the screens of both devices, tap Icn sony menu add.
    5. Touch the NFC detection areas of each device together. Both devices should now connect using Wi-Fi Direct® technology.
    6. Once the devices are connected, two camera displays appear on your device screen – one from your device’s camera, the other from the camera of the connected device.
    7. To rearrange or reshape the camera displays, tap Icn sony camera multicam edit.
    8. When you are finished editing and are ready to capture the final combined photo or video, tap Done > Icn sony camera onscreen button.

    AR mask

    Use the AR mask feature to mask a selfie of your face with facial features from another human or from an animal. For example, you can fuse your face with the face of a friend to make amusing hybrid selfies.

    To use the AR mask feature

    1. Activate the camera.
    2. Swipe the screen to go to Icn sony camera apps menu, then select Icn sony cam ar mask.
    3. Point the camera towards a face, then select the mask that you want to apply.
    4. To take a photo, first tap Icn sony cam armask grip to hide all masks, then tap Icn sony camera onscreen button.
    5. To display all mask types again, locate a face in the coloured frame that appears in your camera viewfinder, then tap Icn sony cam armask smile.

    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. Swipe the screen to select Icn sony camera apps menu, then tap Icn sony and homescreen add pane .
    3. Select the application that you want to download, and follow the instructions to complete the installation.

    Auto face detection

    The camera automatically detects faces and indicates them with frames. A coloured frame shows which face has been selected for focus. Focus is set to the face closest to the centre of the camera. You can also tap one of the frames to select which face should be in focus.

    Auto-capturing

    Turn on auto-capturing to take pictures automatically using one of the options below.

    Smile Shutter
    Use Smile Shutter™ technology to photograph a face just as it smiles. The camera detects up to five faces and selects one face for smile detection and auto focus. When the selected face smiles, the camera automatically takes a photo.
    Off
    When auto-capturing is off, you can take photos using the shutter button or the camera key.

    To turn on Smile Shutter™

    1. Activate the camera.
    2. Tap Icn sony menu settings l.
    3. Find and tap Auto-capturing > Smile Shutter.
    4. When the camera is open and Smile Shutter is turned on, point the camera at your subject. The camera selects which face to focus on.
    5. The face appears inside a coloured frame and the photo is taken automatically as soon as a smile is detected.
    6. If no smile is detected, you can press the camera key to take the photo manually.

    Saving a photo's geographic location

    Enable the Save location function to geotag your photos - saving the approximate geographical location as you shoot. The geographical location is determined by wireless networks and GPS technology.

    When Icn sony status bar gps on appears on the camera screen, Saving location is turned on but the geographical position has not been found. When Icn sony camera geotag on appears, Saving location is turned on and the geographical location is available, so the geographical location can be added to your photo. When neither of these two symbols appears, Saving location is disabled.

    To turn on geotagging

    1. Activate the camera.
    2. Tap Icn sony menu settings l.
    3. Tap More, then tap the slider beside Save location to enable or disable the function.
    4. If you are enabling geotagging, you are prompted to enable Location services if they are not already enabled. Tap OK, then tap the Location slider.

    Touch capture

    With Touch capture, simply tap anywhere on the camera screen to take a photo.
    On
    Front camera only
    Off

    Grid lines

    You can use grid lines as a visual aid while shooting to help you find the right composition for your photo.

    Tip

    Grid lines are only shown on the camera screen while shooting, and do not appear in the final photo.

    Auto photo preview

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

    On
    After you shoot a photo, a preview of it appears in the lower right corner of the screen for 3 seconds.
    Front camera only
    After you shoot a photo with the front camera, a preview of it appears in the lower right corner of the screen for 3 seconds.
    Off
    The photo or video is saved after you shoot it, and no preview appears.

    Use Volume key as

    You can choose how you want to use the volume key when taking photos.

    Zoom
    Use the volume key to zoom in or out.
    Volume
    Use the volume key to adjust the volume of notifications, ringtones and music.
    Shutter
    Use the volume key to take photos.

    Sound

    When you take a photo or start recording a video, the Camera makes a shutter sound. If you use the self-timer, it will make a series of beeps to mark the countdown. You can choose to turn these sounds on or off.

    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.

    Quick launch

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

    Launch only
    When this setting is activated, you can launch the camera when the screen is locked by pressing and holding down the camera key.
    Launch and capture
    When this setting is activated, you can launch the camera and capture a photo automatically when the screen is locked by pressing and holding down the camera key.
    Launch and record video
    When this setting is activated, you can launch the camera and start capturing video when the screen is locked by pressing and holding down the camera key.
    Off

    To adjust colour and brightness

    1. Activate the camera.
    2. Tap Icn sony menu settings l > Colour and brightness.
    3. Drag the sliders to the desired positions to adjust colour and brightness.

    Note

    This setting is only available in the Superior auto and Video camera modes.

    White balance

    This setting, which is only available in Manual capturing mode, adjusts the colour balance according to the lighting conditions. You can also adjust the exposure manually in the -2.0 EV to +2.0 EV range. For example, you can increase the image brightness or decrease the overall exposure by tapping the plus or minus controls accordingly when the white balance setting icon Icn sony cam white balance main is displayed.

    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.
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