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General camera settings

Capturing Modes

Icn sony camera superior auto Superior auto
Optimize your settings to suit any scene.
Icn sony camera mode manual Manual
Adjust camera settings manually.
Icn sony camera 4k2k video 4K video
Take videos with 4K ultra-high definition.
Icn sony camera timeshift video Timeshift video
Take high frame-rate videos and apply slow-motion effects.
Icn sony camera defocus Background defocus
Blur the background of your photos to make your subject look sharper in comparison.
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 camera time shift Timeshift burst
Find the best photo from a burst of images.
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 multicam Multi camera
Record the same scene from multiple angles on a single screen.
Icn sony cam soundphoto Sound Photo
Take photos with background sound.
Icn sony cam ar fun AR fun
Play in your camera view finder with virtual objects and enrich your photos or videos.


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To switch between capturing modes

  1. Press and hold down the camera key.
  2. Swipe the screen to the desired capturing mode.

Superior Auto

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


The highest resolution that Superior auto mode supports is 8MP. If you want to take photos with a higher resolution, use Manual mode.

Manual mode

Use Manual mode when you want to manually adjust your camera settings for 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. 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. Swipe the screen to go to 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.

Timeshift burst

The camera takes a burst of 61 photos in a window of two seconds – one second before and after you press the camera key. So you can go back and find the perfect image.

To Use Timeshift Burst

  1. Activate the camera.
  2. Swipe the screen to go to Icn sony camera apps menu, and 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 you want to save, and then tap Icn sony camera timeshift save.

Timeshift video

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

Background Defocus Mode

Use your camera's blurred background effect to make your subjects look sharper and more vivid in comparison with their background. In Background defocus mode, the camera takes two shots, identifies the background, and then blurs it while keeping the subject sharp and in focus, like shooting with a digital SLR camera. You can select from three different blur variations and tune the blur level in the preview display.

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.

Multi-Camera Mode

Multi-camera mode lets you take a photo that combines images from two different angles and devices. You see two images in the camera viewfinder of your device—one from your own camera and one from a connected Xperia™ device or a Sony camera that supports NFC and Wi-Fi Direct™ technology. You can then edit what you see in the viewfinder before taking a photo.

So if you’re at a concert venue, for example, and you want to capture a photo 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 functions on both devices that you want to connect.
  2. Activate the camera on your device.
  3. Swipe the screen to go to 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 to one other. Both devices should now connect using Wi-Fi Direct™ technology.
  6. Once the devices are connected, two images appear in the viewfinder of your device – one from the viewfinder of your camera and another from the viewfinder of the connected device.
  7. To edit the images in your viewfinder, tap Icn sony camera multicam edit.
  8. Edit the images as desired. For example, you can tap and hold an image and drag it to the other side of the viewfinder to change the order.
  9. When you are finished editing and are ready to capture the final combined image, tap Done > Icn sony camera onscreen button.

Downloading Camera Applications

You can download free or paid camera applications from Google Play™ or other sources. Before you start downloading, make sure 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 go to Icn sony camera apps menu, then tap Icn sony interruption time add.
  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
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.

Save location

Add geographical location (geotag) information to your photos when you take 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.


Choose to turn on or turn off the shutter sound.

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

You can disable the touchscreen to avoid unintended touches when you are using the camera.

White Balance

This setting, which is only available in Manual capturing mode, adjusts the color balance according to the lighting conditions. It also allows you to 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 color balance automatically to suit the lighting conditions.
Icn sony camera advanced settings white balance incandescent Incandescent
Adjusts the color balance for warm lighting conditions, such as under light bulbs.
Icn sony camera advanced settings white balance fluorescent Fluorescent
Adjusts the color balance for fluorescent lighting.
Icn sony camera advanced settings white balance daylight Daylight
Adjusts the color balance for sunny outdoor conditions.
Icn sony camera advanced settings white balance cloudy Cloudy
Adjusts the color balance for a cloudy sky.
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