Features & Controls
The approx focal ranges are:
- Still 16:9: 27.5-550mm
- Still 4:3: 25-500mm
- Movie 16:9: 27.5-550mm (SteadyShot Standard), 28-784mm(SteadyShot Active)
- Movie 4:3: 34-680mm (SteadyShot Standard), 35-980mm(SteadyShot Active)
This lens is comprised of 12 elements in 9 groups; with 4 aspheric elements, and a maximum aperture range of f/3.2-5.8. The lens is mated to a 1/2.3-inch 18.2-megapixel Sony Exmor R CMOS image sensor. Combined, they help you capture high-quality images and full HD video. There are no filter threads.
The camera also utilizes their patented Optical SteadyShot, 3-way Active Mode image stabilization system, which significantly increases your chances at capturing high-quality handheld photos when using the lens' long telephoto reach, or shooting in low-light. We still recommend using some form of camera support when using a long zoom camera, however SteadyShot will help you capture more "keepers" if you don't have one.
When the lens is fully extended, it protrudes about 2 inches from the lens bezel.
Autofocus is handled by a 9-point contrast detection system, which has modes for: Multi Point AF, Center Weighted AF, Flexible Spot AF, Manual, Semi Manual, Tracking Focus, and Face Tracking Focus . The camera also boasts robust Face detection options, along with Smile Detection and Smile Shutter. When shooting in low light, the AF system is aided by an AF illuminator.
Sony lists the following AF ranges:
- iAuto:AF W: Approx.1cm(0.03') to Infinity, T: Approx.170cm(5.58') to Infinity
- Program Auto: W:Approx.1cm(0.03') to Infinity, T:Approx.170cm(5.58') to Infinity
- 0.35-Approx. 7.1m (1.15' - 23.3') (W) / 1.0 - 2.9m (3.28' - 9.51') (T)
- ISO3200: up to 10.1m (33.1') (W) / 4.0m (13.1') (T)
Controls on the top include the On/Off power button and the shutter release with the zoom controls mounted around it (which also control the Index and Magnify options in playback). The Mode dial has positions for Superior Auto, iAuto, Program, Manual, Memory Recall, iSweep Panorama, Movie, 3D, Scene Selection, and background defocus. Next is the Custom button, which can control various settings, depending on what you want; you can choose Exposure compensation, ISO, White Balance, etc. Lastly you can also see the stereo microphones in the center.
Lastly we have the Menu and In-Camera Guide/Delete buttons.
On the right hand side of the camera, up towards the Mode Dial, you will find a mini-HDMI port. When used with an optional HDMI cable, this port allows you to display high-quality HD video to your HDTV; which is great for sharing photos and videos with friends and family.
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