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General camera settings

Capturing modes overview

You can choose from a range of capturing modes and camera apps. Simply swipe left or right on the camera screen to switch between them.

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 to suit any scene.

Icn sony camera apps menu

Camera apps

Select camera applications manually.

Camera apps

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 soundphoto

Sound Photo

Take photos with background sound.

Icn sony cam sticker creator

Sticker creator

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

Icn sony cam style portrait

Style portrait

Take photos with real-time portrait styles.

Icn sony cam facein

Face in picture

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

Icn sony camera time shift

Timeshift burst

Find the best photo from a burst of images.

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

With the Creative effect app you can preset effects and colour filters before taking a photo or recording a video.

Sound photo

Record a background sound and take a photo at the same time with the Sound Photo app.

Sticker creator

With the Sticker creator app you can create unique stickers from your favourite photos or viewfinder.

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 catchlight 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.

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 61 photos in a window of two seconds – one second before and after you tap the on-screen camera button.

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.

Hand Shutter
Turn your palm towards the camera to turn on self-timer and take self-portraits in Manual and Superior auto capturing modes.
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.

Note

The Hand Shutter function is available for taking self-portraits only.

To turn on Smile Shutter™

  1. When using the camera, tap Icn sony menu settings l.
  2. Tap More > Auto-capturing > Smile Shutter.
  3. Close the settings menu.
  4. When a smile is detected, the camera automatically takes a photo. If no smile is detected, press the camera key to take a photo manually.

To turn on Hand Shutter

  1. Activate the camera.
  2. Switch to the front camera by tapping Icn sony cam front main
  3. Tap Icn sony menu settings l.
  4. Find and tap More >Auto-capturing > Hand Shutter .

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 statusbar 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

Touch to adjust

Touch the screen to choose an area to focus on while taking pictures.

Focus only
Focus and brightness

Note

This function is available in Superior auto mode only.

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.

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.

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, focus, exposure and shutter speed

White balance, 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 Icn sony cam white balance main is displayed. Focus and shutter speed can be set for either manual or automatic adjustment.

White balance

Icn sony cam wb auto

Auto

Adjust the colour balance automatically.

  Icn sony camera advanced settings white balance incandescent

Incandescent

Adjust the colour balance for warm lighting conditions, such as under light bulbs.

  Icn sony camera advanced settings white balance fluorescent

Fluorescent

Adjust the colour balance for fluorescent lighting.

  Icn sony camera advanced settings white balance daylight

Daylight

Adjust the colour balance for sunny outdoor conditions.

  Icn sony camera advanced settings white balance cloudy

Cloudy

Adjust the colour balance for a cloudy sky.

Focus AF

Icn sony focus af

Adjust focus automatically.

Focus MF

Icn sony focus mf

Adjust focus manually.

SS auto

Icn sony ss auto

Adjust shutter speed automatically.

SS 1/8

Icn sony ss 18

Adjust shutter speed manually.

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