Sony DSC-S85

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Sony DSC-S85

Record Modes & Menu Options




Sony DSC-S85

A typical LCD display when in Program AE mode, onscreen icons for battery condition (graphical and time remaining in minutes), image size is 2272x1704 and Fine quality, 29 pictures remaining and a graphical representation of the space left on the Memory Stick.



Sony DSC-S85

Setting the Mode Dial to the "A"perture priority position lets you adjust the aperture value (wideangle: F2, 2.2, 2.5, 2.8, 3.2, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.6, 6.3, 7.1, 8) and the camera's exposure system will match the appropriate shutter speed.

The aperture controls the depth of field (range of focus), a smaller number yields a shallow depth of field and a higher number gives you a deeper depth of field. Shallow depth of field is prefered in portraits to blur out the background and when you shoot an outdoor scenic shot you would use F8 to put everything in focus.



Sony DSC-S85

Setting the Mode Dial to the "S"hutter speed priority positions lets you set a given shutter speed (1/1000, 1/800, 1/640, 1/500, 1/400, 1/320, 1/250, 1/200, 1/160, 1/125, 1/100, 1/80, 1/60, 1/50, 1/40, 1/30, 1/25, 1/20, 1/15, 1/13, 1/10, 1/8, 1/6, 1/5, 1/4, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.8, 1, 1.3, 1.6, 2, 2.5, 3.2, 4, 5, 6, 8 secs) and the camera will match the appropriate aperture value. You would use a high shutter speed to freeze rapid-moving subjects or use a slower shutter speed to intentionally blur them.

Setting the Mode Dial to "M"anual allows you to adjust both the shutter speed and the aperture value. You press in on the jog dial and move it to the shutter speed or the aperture value and press it again and then change the setting. The "EV" readout acts as your exposure meter and lets you know if the current settings will produce a proper exposure or over (+ number) or under (- number) exposure.



Sony DSC-S85

The focus can be automatic or you can press the FOCUS button and then rotate the command dial to select any one of the following preset distance values: 01.m, 0.2m, 0.3m, 0.5m, 0.8m, 1m, 1.5m, 2m, 3m, 5m, 7m, 10m, 15m or infinity



Sony DSC-S85

Still image record mode options:

    White Balance - Automatic, Indoor, Outdoor or One-Push custom

    ISO - Auto or fixed at 100, 200 or 400

    Image Size - 2272x1704, 2272(3:2), 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480

    Picture Quality - Fine or Standard

    Record Mode - Normal, Burst3, Exposure Bracketing, Email, Voice, Text (monochrome GIF), TIFF uncompressed

    Flash Level - High, Normal or Low

    Picture Effect - None, Negative Art, Sepia, B&W, Solarize

    Sharpness - Default is 0 but may be +1, +2 or -1 or -2





Sony DSC-S85

The S85 features the new MPEG MovieEX recording mode. You can capture full motion sequences with audio at 15 frames per second. There are three different recording modes available: 320x240 HQ is limited to 15 second clips but it plays back full screen on the LCD or TV screen.

The 320x240 (non-HQ) and 160x120 mode movies can be recorded for as long as you have available memory - no more 5, 10 or 15 second limitations as on other Sony digicams in the past. The normal 320x240 and 160x120 movies play back in a smaller screen area, see the next page for examples.



Sony DSC-S85

Movie record mode options:

    White Balance - Automatic, Indoor, Outdoor or One-Push custom

    Image Size - 320x240HQ, 320x240, 160x120

    Picture Effect - None, Negative Art, Sepia, B&W, Solarize



Sony DSC-S85 clip motion

Besides MPEG movies you can also record animated 160x120 GIF files using the ClipMotion mode. You can sequence up to 10 images into one small and compact file that can be easily emailed.






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