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General camera settings

Capturing mode settings overview

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 social cast Social live
Broadcast live video to Facebook™.
Icn sony camera time shift Timeshift burst
Find the best photo from a burst of images.
Icn sony camera ar effect AR effect
Take photos with virtual scenes and characters.
Icn sony camera picture effect Creative effect
Apply effects to photos or videos.
Icn sony sweep panorama Sweep Panorama
Use this setting to take wide-angle, panoramic photos. Just tap the screen and move the camera steadily from one side to the other.
Icn sony camera defocus Background defocus
Blur the background of your photos to make your subject look sharper in comparison.

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.

Manual mode

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

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. It's just like shooting with a digital SLR camera. You can select from three different blur variations and tune the blur level in the preview display.

AR effect

You can apply AR (augmented reality) effects to your photos and make them more fun. This setting lets you integrate 3D scenes into your photos as you take them. 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.

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. Tap Icn sony camera superior auto, then select Icn sony camera time shift.
  3. To take photos, press the camera key fully down and then release it. 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.

Social live

Social live is a camera shooting mode that lets you stream video live to your Facebook™ page. You just need to have an active internet connection and be logged into Facebook™. Videos can be up to 10 minutes long.

To broadcast live video using Social live

  1. Activate the camera.
  2. Tap Icn sony camera superior auto, then select Icn sony camera social cast.
  3. Log in to your Facebook™ account.
  4. Tap Icn sony gingerbread cam start recording to start broadcasting.
  5. To take a photo during the broadcast, tap Icn sony camera onscreen lock button.
  6. To stop broadcasting, tap Icn sony gingerbread cam stop recording.

Quick launch

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

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

Shutter sound

Choose to turn the shutter sound 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.

White balance

This function adjusts the color 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 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.

Note

This setting is only available in Manual capturing mode.

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