Features & Controls (cont.)

Mounted on the back is a large, wide-view 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD with 230,000-pixels of resolution. Unlike most dSLRs, this display can tilt up or down. This offers greater versatility in framing your images with Live View mode as well as allows you to better see camera settings when shooting a fixed subject using a tripod. It can be used as the recording information display, for accessing the menus and is an excellent display for in-field review of your pictures.

The LCD monitor works as a Recording information display, allowing seamless operation with camera settings and comprehensive shooting information displayed, indicated with large, easy to read text. Aiding ease of use further, the display automatically switches from horizontal to vertical format when shooting in the upright "portrait" orientation.

The amount of time the display remains active is user selectable (10s, 20s, 30s, 1m, 5m, or 30m). When you put your eye up to the viewfinder it automatically turns off the LCD's backlight.


You can choose the display mode to be Graphical (left) or Standard (right).


Controls on the back: At the top left you can see the Menu button. To the right of the optical viewfinder you can see the AV (Exposure) button. This button also activates the Magnify option in playback mode. Next is the Fn (Function) button, which pulls up a shortcut menu with access to: AF mode, AF area, Metering mode, D-Range Optimizer, White balance, and Creative style modes. The 4-way controller is used for menu navigation, scrolling through stored images, and offers shortcuts to several camera functions: "Up" controls the LCD display, "Right" toggles Flash mode, "Down" adjust sensitivity, "Left" changes the Drive mode. Lastly, we have the Delete and Play buttons.


The control dial is located right in front of the shutter release; it controls a variety of settings within the context of the camera's current mode of operation. Next is the shutter release with the Power On/Off switch mounted around it. The Live View/OVF (Optical ViewFinder) switch is to the left, with the Smart Teleconvertor button directly to the right.


The Mode Dial is located on the top left, and has positions for Full-Auto, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Night Portrait, Sunset, Sports, Close-up, Landscape, Portrait, and Auto No-Flash modes. You can also see the Menu button from this angle.


Images are stored on either Sony Memory Stick Duo cards or SD/SDHC memory cards. Both can be loaded at the same time, but you have to tell the camera which media to use by the MSduo/SD swtich inside the memory card/IO compartment. Sony recommends using their Memory Stick PRO Duo cards with this camera.

Approx Storage Capacities


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I/O Ports: Inside the memory card compartment is the combination USB 2.0 hi-speed digital port and the Video Out port (selectable for NTSC or PAL television systems) as well as a HDMI type C minijack for High Definition output. No A/V cable is supplied with the camera. On the from of the hand-grip (not shown) is an infrared sensor for use with an optional wireless remote, and on the right side of the camera is the DC IN port for the optional AC power adapter.


The DSLR-A330 is powered by a Sony NP-FH50 6.8v 900 mAh "InfoLITHIUM" rechargeable battery pack. Sony claims the pack will allow you to capture approx. 510 pictures when using the optical viewfinder or up to 230 image with Live View (using CIPA standard.) There is a 4-level battery condition indicator on the LCD display.

The supplied BC-VH1 compact charger requires approx. 265 minutes to charge a fully depleted battery pack or 205 minutes for a normal charge. You can also purchase the optional AC-PW10AM AC Adaptor to power the camera for extended use in a studio type situation.

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