You'll appreciate this camera's large, 3 inch, XtraFine™ color LCD screen with 921k pixels and wide-angle viewing. LCDs get brighter with every new model and this is a beautiful, bright display. When you turn the camera to portrait orientation the display automatically switches from horizontal to vertical format. It is worth noting that the Sony a700's LCD does not provide a "Live View" on the LCD. Still, since you can plug the a700 into a HDTV using the HDMI connection, one might say that the lack of Live View capability is negligible.
The amount of time the display remains illuminated is user selectable and putting your eye up to the eyecup will automatically turn off the
LCD's back light.
The 3" color LCD monitor on the back of the a700 is used to display the camera menus. Navigation is facilitated by the Multi-selector joystick.
The rear controls starting with the upper left, next to the eyecup:
And on the other side: Mode dial - The Mode dial has 12 selections:
Images are stored on Sony Memory Stick Duo cards (Memory Stick Duo™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™), Compact Flash (Type I or II) memory or the IBM/Hitachi Microdrive.
I/O Ports: Inside the IO compartment you'll find a HDMI terminal, A USB 2/Video out port, the Flash sync terminal the Remote connection and a DC in connector
The DSLR-A700 is powered by a Sony Rechargeable Battery Back NP-FM500H (7.2 V), InfoLithium "M" series. Battery life is approx. 650 shots (CIPA measurement). Power saving mode shut down is selectable after 1, 3, 5, 10 or 30 minutes.
A full charge took approx. 3 hours with the supplied BC-VM10 compact charger. The optional
AC-VQ900AM AC Adaptor/Charger can power the camera and rapid-charge two battery packs.
Sony offers the optional Vertical Grip VG-C70AM which provides a firm, comfortable grip, with
duplicate controls for easy vertical shooting. The Vertical Grip holds 2
NP-FM500H InfoLithium batteries.
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