Accessory Shoe / ACC connector
You may also have noticed the additional LED windows dotted around the lens rim, the two at the top provide IR light for the NightShot and NightFraming features (they glow a very slight red colour when switched on). The third on the right side in this picture is the laser output for Hologram AF (below).
"Now I know you gonna dig this". Here's a neat party trick to wow your friends (are the guys on STF going to love this or what), aim the camera at a dark wall and half-press the shutter release, the camera will paint a pretty laser pattern on the wall.
This pattern is used to assist the contrast detect AF system in locking AF in low light situations. The pattern appears for approximately one second and does appear to work (in most circumstances). We'll test it in a bit more detail later in the review. I'm told by Sony that this class 1 laser is completely safe to aim directly at a persons face (yes, really).
Tripod mount / camera base
Supplied In the Box
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