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Camera Menus

The A57's menus are grouped into seven sections; Stills, Movie, Custom, Playback, Memory, Clock, and Setup. The left and right arrows on the multi-controller jump between menus while the up and down (or control dial) scroll through them. It's very easy to navigate once you're used to it.

Still Shooting menu

The still shooting menu provides for configuration of settings which will affect the final image file as well as the behavior of some of the automatic settings. The most commonly used of these options can also be accessed using the customizable Function buttons or by pressing one of the direct access buttons. The options for each item are revealed by pressing the center button on the multi-controller. Settings that are not available in the current shooting mode are still visible but grayed out.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Page one
Image size  • L: 16M
 • M: 8.4M
 • S: 4.0M
- 4912 x 3264
- 3568 x 2368
- 2448 x 1624
Aspect Ratio  • 3:2
 • 16:9

Quality  • RAW
 • RAW & JPEG
 • Fine
 • Standard
 
Panorama size  • Standard
 • Wide
Only available in Panorama mode
Panorama direction  • Right
 • Left
 • Up
 • Down
Only available in Panorama mode
3D Pan image size  • 16:9
 • Standard
 • Wide
Only available in 3D Panorama mode
3D Pan direction  • Right
 • Left
Only available in 3D Panorama mode
Page two
Clear Image
Zoom *
 • On
 • Off
 
Digital zoom *  • On
 • Off
 
Long exp. NR  • On
 • Off
Subtracts a 'dark frame' image if shutter speed is greater than 1 second.
High ISO NR

 • High
 • Normal
 • Low

 
Flash control  • ADI Flash
 • Pre-flash TTL
 
AF illuminator  • Auto
 • Off
 
Color Space  • sRGB
 • AdobeRGB
Page three
SteadyShot  • On
 • Off
 
Shooting tip list  • Basic techniques for shooting
 • Portraits
 • Landscapes
 • Night Scenes
 • Shooting close-up with Macro
 • Shooting a subject in motion
Photography tips split into six categories

Movie Shooting menu

The A57 houses its movie-specific options in a separate single page menu. You can choose the file format, video quality, audio settings and enable image stabilization.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Page one
File format  • AVCHD
 • MP4
 
Record setting  • 60i 24M (FX) *
 • 60i 17M (FH)
 • 60p 28M (PS) *
 • 24p 24M (FX) *
 • 24p 17M (FH) *
 • 1440 x 1080 12M
 • VGA 3M
- AVCHD only
- AVCHD only
- AVCHD only
- AVCHD only
- AVCHD only
- MP4 only
Audio recording  • On
 • Off
 
Wind Noise reduct.*  • On
 • Off
 
SteadyShot  • On
 • Off
 

Custom menu

The A57's custom menu is split across four separate pages. Here you can define two customizable buttons, setup manual focus 'peaking' and configure three lens correction settings.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Page one
Eye-Start AF  • On
 • Off
Sets the camera to AF if it detects an eye has been put to the viewfinder.
Finder/LCD setting  • Auto
 • Manual
Switch between rear LCD and EVF
Viewfinder mag. *  • Maximum
 • Standard
Std setting lowers magnification for greater eye point relief
Red eye reduc.  • On
 • Off
 
Release w/o lens  • Enable
 • Disable
 
S. Auto Cont.
Shooting
 • Auto
 • Off
Sets continuous shooting in Auto+ mode
S. Auto image extract  • Auto
 • Off
Save all images that were shot continuously in Auto+ mode
Page two
Grid line  • Rule of 3rds grid
 • Square grid
 • Diag+square grid
 • Off
 
Auto review  • 10 sec
 • 5 sec
 • 2 sec
 • Off
 
DISP Button (monitor)  • Graphic display
 • Display all info
 • Display no info
 • Level
 • Histogram
 • For viewfinder
Information displays available for rear LCD
DISP Button (finder)  • Graphic display
 • Display all info
 • Display no info
 • Level
 • Histogram
Information displays available for EVF
Peaking Level *  • High
 • Mid
 • Low
 • Off
 
Peaking color *  • Red
 • Yellow
 • White
 
Live View display *  • Setting Effect On
 • Setting Effect Off
Allows for previews of exposure compensation settings
Page three
Func. of AEL
button *
 • Exposure comp.
 • Drive mode
 • Flash mode
 • AF mode
 • AF area
 • Smile/face detect.
 • Auto portrait framing
 • ISO
 • Metering mode
 • Flash comp.
 • WB
 • DRO/Auto HDR
 • Creative Style
 • Picture Effect
 • Image size
 • Quality
 • AEL hold
 • AEL toggle
 • AEL hold
 • AEL toggle
 • Object tracking
 • AF lock
 • Aperture Preview
 • Shot. result preview
 • Zoom
 • Focus magnifier
Define AEL button functionality
ISO button *  • Exposure comp.
 • Drive mode
 • Flash mode
 • AF mode
 • AF area
 • Smile/face detect.
 • Auto portrait framing
 • ISO
 • Metering mode
 • Flash comp.
 • WB
 • DRO/Auto HDR
 • Creative Style
 • Picture Effect
 • Image size
 • Quality
 • AEL hold
 • AEL toggle
 • AEL hold
 • AEL toggle
 • Object tracking
 • AF lock
 • Aperture Preview
 • Shot. result preview
 • Zoom
 • Focus magnifier
 
Preview button *  • Shot. result preview
 • Aperture preview
 • Focus magnifier

Selects the method used to operate preview button.

Focus hold button  • Focus hold
 • DOF preview
 
Movie button *  • Always
 • Movie mode only
 
Page four
Lens comp.:
shading *
 • Auto
 • Off
Enables in-camera lens correction
Lens comp.: CA *  • Auto
 • Off
Enables in-camera lens correction
Lens comp.: distortion *  • Auto
 • Off
Enables in-camera lens correction
Front curtain
shutter *
 • On
 • Off
 
Face registration *  • New registration
 • Order exchanging
 • Delete
 • Delete All
 
Face priority
tracking *
 • On
 • Off
 

A green asterix (*) denotes options that are new compared to the previous model. Items that have simply been moved are not indicated.

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