Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Review
|The A700's menus (accessed by pressing the MENU button in any mode) are grouped into four sections; Record (4 pages), Custom (4 pages), Playback (2 pages) and Setup (3 pages). The menus are navigated using either the multi-controller or the control dials (rear scrolls horizontally through the menus, front scrolls up and down individual menus). It's a fast and efficient system.|
The record menu provides for configuration of settings which will affect the final image file as well as the behavior of some of the automatic settings. Many of the more common options can be accessed using the Quick Navi function or by pressing one of the external buttons, so there's not much need to visit this menu on a regular basis in everyday photography. The options for each item are revealed by pressing the center button on the multi-controller.
|Option||Values / Actions||Notes|
|Image size|| • L: 12M
• M: 6.4M
• S: 3.0M
- 4272 x 2848
|Aspect Ratio|| • 3:2
|| • RAW
• RAW & JPEG
• RAW & JPEG
• Extra Fine
- uncompressed RAW
|Creative Style [clip]|| • Standard
| • Standard
• Night View
• Autumn Leaves
|Custom Button|| • AF Lock
• AF/MF control
• D.O.F Preview
• White Balance
• Exposure Comp.
• Flash Comp.
• Drive Mode
• AF Area
• Image Size
• Creative Style
• D-Range Optimizer
• Flash Mode
Define the setting controlled by the 'C' button [clip]
|Exposure Step|| • 0.5 EV
• 0.3 EV
|- AUTO / scene modes only|
|Flash control|| • ADI flash
• Pre-flash TTL
• Manual Flash
|Power Ratio|| • 1/1 (GN12)
• 1/2 (GN8.4)
• 1/4 (GN6)
• 1/4 (GN4.2)
• 1/16 (GN3)
|- manual flash output power|
|Flash Compens.||• +3 to -3 slider|
|Flash default|| • Auto flash
|ISO Auto max.|| • 1600
|ISO Auto min.|| • 400
|- adjusts function of 'AFA' position on focus mode dial|
|AF area|| • Wide
|Priority Setup .|| • AF
|Choose whether the camera will release the shutter without focus lock|
|AF Illuminator|| • Auto
|AF w/ shutter|| • On
|– determines whether half-press activates the AF.|
|Long Exposure NR|| • On
|- exposures of 1 second or longer|
|High ISO NR|| • High
|- ISO 1600 and higher|
|Memory||• Select Register (1,2 or 3)||Allows you to save current settings to one of three custom memory registers|
|Rec mode reset||Displays a 'Reset recording mode? OK /Cancel dialog box.|
In addition to the record menu options the A700 also has four pages of custom menu options which allow for personalization of the camera to a very high degree.
|Option||Values / Actions||Notes|
|Eye-Start AF|| • On
|Eye-Start trigger|| • w/ GripSensor
• w/o GripSensor
|determines whether the eye start AF requires you to be holding the grip to activate.|
|AF/MF button|| • AF/MF control
• AF lock
|AF/MF control|| • Hold
|Choose if the AF/MF button must be held or toggles focus mode.|
|AF drive speed|| • Fast
|Focus speed can be reduced for awkward subjects such as macros|
|AF area Disp.|| • 0.3 sec display
• 0.6 sec display
• Display off
|Controls how long the selected AF area is illuminated in the viewfinder|
|Focus Hold Button [clip]|| • Focus Hold
• D.O.F preview
|Determines function of focus hold button (on lenses that have one).|
|AEL button [clip]||• AEL hold
• AEL toggle
• Spot AE hold
• Spot AE toggle
|Choose if the AEL button must be held or toggles AE lock, additionally this can be set to spot meter.|
|Ctrl dial setup|| • Front SS / Rear F/no
• Front F/no / Rear SS
|Sets the function of the control dial in P and M modes [clip]|
|Dial Exp Comp.|| • Off
• Front dial
• Rear dial
|allows you to set one of the dials to offer direct access to exposure compensation.|
|Ctrl dial lock|| • On
|When selected (on) the control dials only function when the shutter speed and aperture are displayed on-screen / in the viewfinder|
|Button ops.|| • Exclusive Display
• Quick Navi
|Determines whether pressing the external buttons (ISO etc) brings up a dedicated menu or allows you to change settings directly on the Quick Navi screen.|
|Release w/o Card|| • Enable
|Release w/o Lens|| • Enable
|Red Eye Reduction|| • On
|Exp. Comp. Set|| • On: no lens
• Off: no lens
• Ambient & flash
|Bracket order|| • 0, -, +
• -, 0, +
|Auto Review|| • 10 secs
• 5 secs
• 2 secs
|Auto Off w/ VF|| • On
|When set to on the eye sensors are used to switch off the LCD|
|Rec. info. disp|| • Auto rotate
|Controls whether the recording information display is rotated or not|
|Img. Orientation|| • Record
• Not Record
|Custom Reset||Enter||Displays a 'Reset custom functions? OK /Cancel dialog box.|
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