Features & Controls
To help reduce the occurrence of camera shake and image blur, Sony has included their optical SteadyShot image stabilization system. When the camera is powered down, the lens retracts almost fully inside the body (there is a small lens bezel.
Autofocus is handled by a 9-point contrast detection system, which has modes for: Multi, Single, Flexible Spot, Semi Manual, and Manual. The camera also boasts robust Face detection options, along with Smile Detection and Smile Shutter. Sony does not list the focus range.
- 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). You can also see the stereo microphones.
Back Controls: At the very top you can see the movie mode shutter release, which is extremely convenient. You can start recording video at any time, no matter what exposure mode you are in. The Mode dial with Positions for SCeNe modes, iAuto, Superior Auto, Program, Manual, iSweep Panorama, Video, and 3D. Next we can see the Play button, which is used to enter the playback mode. The 4-way controller encircles the "set" button, and offers a control wheel mounted around it. The 4-way gives quick access to features such as the flash mode, the self-timer, burst mode as well as changing what is displayed on the 2.8-inch LCD screen. Rotating the control wheel lets you quickly scroll through menus, stored files, and adjust specific exposure settings depending on the mode being used. Below that are the menu and guide/delete buttons.
At this time, we are uncertain which is actually supplied; our eval unit was missing a USB or Multi cable altogether when we received it, so Sony shipped the above cable to us for our review. One would assume that the above is the cable supplied with the camera.
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