on the back of the A500 is a large, wide-view 3-inch Clear Photo LCD
with 230,400-pixels of resolution. Unlike most DSLR's, this display
can extend away from the body and 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
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
horizontal to vertical format when shooting in the upright "portrait"
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
You can choose the display mode to be Graphical (left) or Standard (right).
on the back: At the top left you can see the Menu and Display buttons.
To the right of the optical viewfinder you can see the Smart
teleconverter, the AV (Exposure)
button (which also serves as the "zoom out" button in playback mode)
and the AE Lock button (which also serves as the "zoom in" button in
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 Playback and Delete buttons.
are several controls located on the top of the grip side of the camera.
At the front edge just below the shutter release is the control dial
which controls a variety of settings within the context of the camera's
current mode of operation. The shutter release is inset and surrounded
by the camera's power switch. Below that is the MF checkLV button. when
pressed, the OV mirror slides out of the way and the image is magnified
and displayed on the LCD to check the cameras focus. then to the left
is the switch that changes the view between the OVF and the LCD. Then
along the bottom is the D-Range (Dynamic) button, the drive mode button
(7 modes to choose from), and the ISO button.
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.
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
Chart reflects capacities for SD cards only.
I/O Ports: Contained inside one
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 front of the hand-grip (not shown) is an
infrared sensor for use with an optional wireless remote, also there is
a port for use with either the RM-S1AM or RM-L1AM wired Remote
Commanders. Lastly is the DC in port.
The DSLR-A500 is powered by a Sony NP-FM500H 8.7v 1650 mAh
"InfoLITHIUM" rechargeable battery pack. Sony
claims the pack will allow you to capture approx. 1000 pictures when
using the optical viewfinder or up to 520 images with Live View (using
CIPA standard.) There is a 5-level
battery condition indicator on the LCD display.
The supplied BC-VM10 battery charger requires approx. 235
minutes to charge a fully depleted battery pack or 175 minutes for a
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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