The Sony SLT-A77: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide

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  • Copyright: 2012-07-26
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This book provides enthusiastic photographers with a wealth of information about the unique features of the Sony SLT-A77, an interchangeable-lens camera with an electronic viewfinder and a fixed, translucent mirror. The A77 differs from the current crop of DSLRs in its ability to use a phase detection focusing system throughout the entire picture-taking process, for both still photographs and videos. This provides an immediacy and responsiveness when using burst shots and creating HD videos that is unavailable in any other camera. In this guide, authors Carol Roullard and Brian Matsumoto teach you how to obtain exceptional photographs and videos as they cover everything from the basics of using the camera's automatic modes, to the more advanced aperture-priority, shutter-priority, program, and manual exposure modes. You'll also learn how best to take advantage of features such as the built-in dynamic range adjustment, sweep panoramic, GPS, colorization modes, facial detection and recognition, multiple shot exposures, and HD video. The authors provide you with an opportunity to improve your skills even further by discussing how third-party software and accessories can improve Sony's standard commands. You'll also learn about how the electronic viewfinder, fixed mirror, and Sony's novel shutter design improve the camera's utility for scientific photography through the microscope and telescope.Additional topics include: Advantages of the electronic viewfinder for previewing your photographs Using the accessory Sony shoe-mount flash Advantages of using the JPEG file format Advantage of having a fixed mirror and electronic first curtain shutter Settings for using the camera on a microscope and telescope Using the older Minolta Maxxum lenses

Table of Contents

Getting Startedp. 2
Introduction-The Sony SLT-A77: New Featuresp. 3
Using This Bookp. 6
Setting Up Your New Sony A77p. 8
Batteryp. 9
Memory Cardp. 10
Setting Up the Camerap. 12
Protecting the Lensp. 13
Protecting the LCD Screenp. 13
Viewing Menu Commandsp. 14
Error Messagesp. 18
Important Command Reset Capabilityp. 19
Fn Buttonp. 19
In-Camera Guide Buttonp. 23
Cleaning the Sensorp. 24
Setting the Area, Date, and Timep. 25
Dual Viewing Systemp. 26
Recommendationsp. 27
Photography Basics and the A77's External Buttonsp. 28
Introductionp. 29
File Formatsp. 31
Shutter Buttonp. 35
Focusingp. 35
White Balance and the Appearance of Colorsp. 40
Drive Mode Buttonp. 40
Recording Moviesp. 42
Managing Your Imagesp. 44
Introductionp. 45
The LCD Screenp. 45
The Viewfinderp. 46
Top LCD Display Panelp. 48
Data Display Formatsp. 49
Preview Imagesp. 52
Review Recorded Imagesp. 54
Evaluating Exposure with Histogramsp. 60
Protecting Saved Pictures and Moviesp. 62
Deleting Saved Pictures and Moviesp. 62
Working Outside the Camerap. 63
Recommendationsp. 68
Automatic Settingsp. 70
Introductionp. 71
Functions Available for Automatic Modesp. 71
Mode Dialp. 82
Auto Modep. 84
Auto+ Modep. 84
SCN Predefined Scene Modesp. 89
Recommendationsp. 91
Customizing the Camerap. 92
Introductionp. 93
Assigning Button Functionalityp. 93
Memory Commandp. 94
Utilizing Predefined Color Schemesp. 97
Customizing Camera Commandsp. 104
Recommendationsp. 106
Taking Control of the Camerap. 108
Introductionp. 109
Exposure Compensationp. 109
Customizing Automatic Focusingp. 124
DRO/Auto HDR Functionp. 126
Three Semi-automatic Modes: Shutter-Priority (S), Aperture-Priority (A), and Program (P)p. 130
Recommendationsp. 134
Manual Operation of the Camerap. 136
Introductionp. 137
Manual Focusing: Overriding Automatic Focusingp. 142
Fine Adjustment Screen for Colorp. 144
Lens Compensationp. 145
Fine Tuning Autofocusp. 146
Recommendationsp. 150
Additional Featuresp. 152
Introductionp. 153
Panoramic Modesp. 153
Continuous Advance Priority AE Modep. 162
GPS Featurep. 165
Recommendationsp. 171
Using Accessoriesp. 172
Introductionp. 173
Choosing A Kit Lensp. 173
Sony A-Mount Lensesp. 176
Buying New Third-party Lensesp. 178
Microscopesp. 178
Cable Releasep. 181
Tripodp. 181
Telescopesp. 184
Recommendationsp. 187
Flash Photographyp. 188
Introductionp. 189
Principles of Electronic Flashp. 189
Flash Artifact: Red-Eyep. 192
Flash Functionp. 193
Using Flash in Auto and Auto+ Modesp. 195
Flash Options in P, A, S, or M Modesp. 196
Recommendationp. 207
Recording Moviesp. 208
Introductionp. 209
Glossary of Movie Termsp. 210
Choosing a File Formatp. 211
Movie Qualityp. 213
Additional Movie Controlsp. 217
Framing and Starting the Moviep. 217
Movie Modep. 218
Recommendationp. 219
Menu Commandsp. 220
Common Error/Warning Messages and Resolutionsp. 246
Indexp. 253
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