Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Review
Top of camera controls (right)
On the top right of the camera we have the exposure mode dial, shutter release button, control dial and drive mode button. Two buttons on the rear of the camera but 'under your thumb' are exposure compensation and AE lock.
|Auto Program Exposure
This is essentially the camera's "point and shoot" mode. When you select this mode various settings return to particular defaults (listed below). However unlike other digital cameras in Auto mode they are not locked and can be adjusted (apart from color mode).
• Metering: Multi-Segment
• Flash: Auto
• AF area: Wide AF
• AF mode: Auto
• ISO: Auto
• D-Range: Standard
• Color mode: Standard
• Drive: Single shot
• Exp. comp: 0 EV
Program Exposure (with shift)
Full Manual Exposure
Scene exposure modes
Most of the settings in any of the scene exposure modes are the same as 'Auto' mode, that is Auto ISO, Multi-Segment metering etc. However there are obviously other parameters which vary with each mode.
Selects large apertures (small F numbers) to reduce the depth of field and make the portrait subject stand out from the background. Uses the Portrait image mode and Center Spot AF area.
Selects small apertures (large F numbers) to enlarge the depth of field and ensure more of the image appears to be sharp and 'in focus'. Uses the Landscape image mode and Center Spot AF area.
Selects faster shutter speeds to capture moving action, also engages continuous drive mode. Uses the Standard image mode and Center Spot AF area as well as Continuous AF.
Selects small apertures (large F numbers) to enlarge the depth of field and ensure more of the image appears to be sharp and 'in focus'. Uses the Sunset image mode and Center Spot AF area.
| Night portrait
Selects large apertures (small F numbers) to reduce the depth of field and make the portrait subject stand out from the background. Uses the Night view image mode and Center Spot AF area.
Buttons (shooting mode)
Pressing a push button setting (such as drive mode) displays the range of options available on the LCD monitor (examples above), turn the main dial to change a setting and then tap any other button (such as the shutter release) to return to shooting mode.
• Single frame advance
• Continuous advance
• Self-timer (press up/down to select between 10 or 2 seconds)
• Continuous bracketing (press up/down to select exposure step)
• Single frame bracketing (press up/down to select exposure step)
• White balance bracketing (press up/down to select Hi / Lo step)
Exposure compensation / Aperture
Auto Exposure Lock
Buttons (play mode)
|Magnify (zoom in)
In play mode enters the camera's magnify mode, press again to magnify the image further (up to 12x). Interestingly the A100 memorizes the last magnify 'level' used and returns to that when the button is pressed.
Reduce (zoom out)
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