The little Sony arrived. Any tips setting it up?

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Guy Parsons
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Some reading, my choices for what suits me.

Out of the box, the first thing that annoyed me was the constant AF, so turn that off so it only starts AF at half press.

In the shop when tried I found that the default AF whatever it was, jumped all over the place and never seemed to be where I wanted it.

So again, out of the box I did my usual thing with all cameras and set the AF to centre box only. That way for scenes etc I aim the AF box at the point of interest, half press, hold, reframe and full press to shoot. More reliable focus behaviour that way.

For shooting people or groups then change to a face seeking AF mode.

Do plenty of reading about the AF modes as they are extensive and confusing, it is all a bit complex.

If intending to shoot raw, then set raw+jpg, your choice of jpg quality but I set my jpg to the middle quality, Fine I think they call it. If shooting jpg only then set it to Super Fine or whatever the largest jpg is so there is more data to work with when post process fiddling.

The settings for the jpg are your choice as to what you like to see out of the box. As I end up using the raw file I set the jpg to Natural and (my habit) set the sharpening to -1 and do any needed sharpening or boosting later in post process if I decide to use the jpg if in a hurry.

The degree of sharpening always depends on the size of the image displayed and what medium, print or screen. You need to experiment. I found that smaller displays, like those bookshelf sized digital picture frames, need a bump in saturation, contrast and sharpening that would look awful if that image was on say a 50" display. Smaller screens need to make more impact than bigger screens.

With all the initial fiddling and chimping you will find that battery life seems short so you always need a spare. I bought the Sony USB charger which comes with a spare so then I can use the camera to charge one battery and the little charger for the other. Here is the item at an Aussie shop but I bought it directly from a Sony shop in a mall. That shop linked has the charger plus BX1 battery at Oz$75 and the BX1 battery alone at Oz$68, so it is a cheap to buy useful and tiny USB charger.

Do not store a fully charged battery within that charger (or any charger) as they slowly drain back to flat.

As mentioned before, even though I use a system camera mainly in A mode I found that A mode was a waste of effort on the M6, so set it to P mode and use the front dial as program shift if you think you know better than the camera. In a couple of thousand shots last holiday I used P mode for 99.9% of the time and had no problems.

Things like having the camera turn on or off when handling the EVF or touching the review button are your choice. I never seem to use the EVF so I set it to not turn off the camera when pushed down, as for me that means I would be changing to using the screen and would want it still on. Power on due to popping up the EVF makes sense.

Power on using the review button leaves the lens retracted, but I do find accidental grabs and presses of that button turn on the camera when I didn't intend to, so again your choice of how to use it.

When reviewing an image a double tap on the screen enlarges it at the touch point and a finger can slide the image around, another double tap takes it back to normal.

There's lots more but best if you play and ask questions as the usual variety of answers may have what you need in it.

Regards.... Guy

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