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    Still camera settings

    To adjust the still camera settings

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

    Still camera settings overview

    Resolution

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

    8MP
    3264×2448(4:3)
    8 megapixel resolution with 4:3 aspect ratio. Suitable for photos that you want to view on non-widescreen displays or print in high resolution.
    6MP
    3264×1836(16:9)
    6 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.
    3MP
    2048×1536(4:3)
    3 megapixel resolution with 4:3 aspect ratio. Suitable for photos that you want to view on non-widescreen displays or print in high resolution.
    2MP
    1920×1080(16:9)
    2 megapixel resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio. Suitable for photos you want to view on widescreen displays.

    Note

    This setting is only available in Manual capturing mode.

    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 if you want to avoid shaking the camera when taking photos.

    On (10 s.)
    Set a 10-second delay from when you tap the camera screen until the photo is taken.
    On (2 s.)
    Set a 2-second delay from when you tap the camera screen until the photo is taken.
    0.5 sec.
    Set a half-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 focus frame stays sharp.

    Single auto focus
    The camera automatically focuses on the selected subject. Continuous autofocus is on. Touch and hold the camera screen until the focus frame changes colour, indicating that the focus is set. The photo is taken when you release your finger.
    Multi auto focus
    The focus is automatically set on several areas of the image. Touch and hold the camera screen until the focus frame changes colour, 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 coloured 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 focus frame changes colour, indicating that the focus is set. The photo is taken when you release your finger.
    Object tracking
    When you select an object by touching it in the viewfinder, the camera tracks it for you.

    Note

    This setting is only available in Manual capturing mode.

    HDR

    Use the HDR (High Dynamic Range) setting to take a photo against strong back light or in conditions where the contrast is sharp. HDR compensates for the loss of detail and produces a picture that is representative of both dark and bright areas.

    Note

    This 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.
    50
    Sets the ISO sensitivity to 50.
    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.
    1600
    Sets the ISO sensitivity to 1600.

    Note

    This 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.

    Centre
    Measures the centre of the image, and determines the exposure based on the brightness of the subject there.
    Spot
    Adjusts the exposure in a very small part of the image that you want to capture.
    Face
    Measures the amount of light on the face, and adjusts the exposure so that the face is neither too dark or too bright.
    Multi
    Divides the image into multiple regions, and measures each region to determine a well-balanced exposure.

    Note

    This setting is only available in Manual capturing mode.

    Preview

    You can choose to preview photos 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 appears 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.

    Face recognition

    You can register faces in the Camera application so that the camera automatically focuses on these faces when they appear in the viewfinder.

    Scene selection

    Use the Scene selection feature to quickly set up the camera for common situations using pre-programmed scenes. The camera determines a number of settings for you to fit the selected scene, ensuring the best possible photo.

    Icn sony cam cap mode scene selection Off
    The Scene selection feature is off and you can take photos manually.
    Icn sony cam scene softskin Soft Skin
    Take photos of faces using an enhanced beauty effect.
    Icn sony camera scene softsnap Soft snap
    Use for shooting photos against a soft background.
    Icn sony cam scene antimotion Anti motion blur
    Use for minimising camera shake when shooting a slightly dark scene.
    Icn sony camera scene landscape Landscape
    Use for landscape photos. The camera focuses on distant objects.
    Icn sony camera scene backlight correction hdr Backlight correction HDR
    Use to improve details in high contrast shots. The built-in backlight correction analyses the image and automatically adjusts it to give you a perfectly lit shot.
    Icn sony camera scene night portrait Night portrait
    Use for portrait photos taken at night or in poorly lit environments. Due to long exposure time, the camera must be held still or placed on a stable surface.
    Icn sony camera scene night scene Night scene
    Use when taking photos at night or in poorly lit environments. Due to long exposure time, the camera must be held still or placed on a stable surface.
    Icn sony cam scene handheld twilight Hand-held twilight
    Use for taking hand-held low-light photos with reduced noise and blur.
    Icn sony cam scene highsensitivity High sensitivity
    Use for taking photos without a flash under low light conditions. Reduces blur.
    Icn sony cam gourmet Gourmet
    Use for shooting food arrangements in bright colour.
    Icn sony cam scene pet Pet
    Use for taking photos of your pet. Reduces blur and red eyes.
    Icn sony camera scene beach snow Beach
    Use for taking photos of seaside or lakeside scenes.
    Icn sony cam scene snow Snow
    Use in bright environments to avoid overexposed photos.
    Icn sony camera scene party Party
    Use for indoor photos in poorly lit environments. This scene picks up indoor background lighting or candlelight. Due to long exposure time, the camera must be held still or placed on a stable surface.
    Icn sony camera scene sport Sports
    Use for photos of fast-moving objects. Short exposure time minimises motion blurring.
    Icn sony camera scene document Document
    Use for photos of text or drawings. Gives the photo increased, sharper contrast.
    Icn sony cam scene fireworks Fireworks
    Use for taking photos of fireworks in all their splendour.

    Note

    This setting is only available in Manual capturing mode.

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