Does macro mode on NEX-5N do anything?

Started Feb 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Does macro mode on NEX-5N do anything?

GaryR60 wrote:

Right. Well, I know it's an internal software-imposed mode of operation, but my point was that not even THAT seems to exist in the NEX line. Even if you set the NEX-5N to Macro, it still can't focus any closer than the optical restraints of the lens being used. Therefore, "Macro" mode isn't useful for anything on the NEX.

The difference is interchangeable lenses, and its point remains, help the user configure the camera for closeup photographs.  Your lenses would have to understand some concept of macro mode for it know to focus close (or the camera would have to have firmware update for every new lens).  I have no idea what Sony does, but the mode is still useful for configuring aperture/shutter speeds of the camera.  I imagine the camera uses a different map of aperture/shutter speed/ISO than it would in other modes.


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