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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 LSony Cyber-shot DSC-W290/L 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Blue)

Sony - 12.1 megapixel - Memory Stick - 5 x optical zoom - ISO 3200 - Built-in Flash - 6.1 ounce

Taking great pictures is easier than ever with the DSC-W290 Cyber-shot digital camera. The iAuto mode adjusts the settings for you based on your surroundings, so all you have to do is press a button to capture shots with the right amount of light and beautiful clarity. And with the ingenious Face Detection mode, faces in your photos will look more realistic with natural skin tones and sharp details. Tired of blurry photos? Optical SteadyShot image stabilization minimizes blur for better results.... Read more

 

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ScareCrow 7:14pm on Monday, November 1st, 2010 
My last camera was a Sony Cybershot and I loved it!! Compact, easy to use, great pics., etc.
DerekH 4:23pm on Sunday, October 17th, 2010 
I recently bought the new 12 MP Sony Cybershot or the W290 DSC as I keep calling it. And really for the money it is an excellent camera.
saintthomas 4:28am on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 
Sony Cyber-shot W290 comes with 12.1 megapixel sensor and a zoom wide angle 5x optical starting at 28mm.
hank_beas 11:29pm on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 
I never owned a camera. This is first time I purchased in my life. I was wondering how it will work. I had a dsc T20 model before w290. Its video quality was not as good as w290; but I could zoom while recording video.
dmaster 1:00am on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 
Great Camera I love this camera and then I thought I screwed it up, but I went and redid what screwed it up in the first place. Recall issue - does not power up. I had the same problem that another reviewer, Sara Tillman, described here. Sony DSC-W290 The camera is a workhorse following the former models. The new upgrades are astonishing. Battery life is great. Dont waste your money Please, dont waste you money with this.
eskayes 2:26am on Saturday, August 14th, 2010 
This camera has a great zoom for a such a small camera. We bought this as a gift for my mom and she absolutly loves it. Very easy to use. This is quite a camera for only around $200. Does standard as well as 16:9 aspect ratio image size.
ron mac lellan 1:33am on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 
A really great camera. The pictures are so clear and the videos are as well. There are some cool effects that can be done on the camera.
j_lalith 5:20pm on Thursday, June 17th, 2010 
I had this camera for 10 days and i tried many (if not all)of its features. The way sony corp. advertise about this camera. We were excited, we have an older cybershot and wanted to upgrade with better zoom ability.
simosx 6:58am on Saturday, April 17th, 2010 
Very good camera both for outdoor and indoor shooting. Built is exceptionally solid compared to the Canon or Nikon. Vibrant LCD and good battery life.
mummydc 11:24am on Saturday, April 10th, 2010 
I am surprised of the poor quality of the pictures taken with this camera. I changed the settings trying to get better pictures out of it. This is an easy to carry camera for travelers...  this camera is an excellent buy..a good camera for fast trips when a slr is too big..
boomstick 3:47am on Thursday, March 18th, 2010 
I know that many of the know-it-alls here at Epinions want the stock list of technical details that can be found at the manufacturers website and if t... I played with the W290 more than 1 month and all the cameras that the strength and weakness.

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Disposal of waste batteries (applicable in the European Union and other European countries with separate collection systems)
Notice for customers in the United Kingdom
A moulded plug complying with BS 1363 is fitted to this equipment for your safety and convenience. Should the fuse in the plug supplied need to be replaced, a fuse of the same rating as the supplied one and approved by ASTA or BSI to BS 1362, (i.e., marked with an or mark) must be used. If the plug supplied with this equipment has a detachable fuse cover, be sure to attach the fuse cover after you change the fuse. Never use the plug without the fuse cover. If you should lose the fuse cover, please contact your nearest Sony service station.
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Table of contents

Notes on using the camera... 8
Checking the accessories supplied... 10 Identifying parts.... 11 Charging the battery pack... 12 Inserting the battery pack/a Memory Stick Duo media (sold separately)... 14 Setting the clock... 16

Shooting/viewing images

Shooting images... 18 Viewing images... 19

Using shooting functions

... 20
Displaying minimum indicators (Easy Shooting).. 20 Detecting smiles and shooting automatically (Smile Shutter).. 21 Detecting the shooting conditions automatically (Scene Recognition). 22 Focusing on the face of the subject (Face Detection).. 24 Shooting close-ups (Macro)... 25 Using the self-timer.... 25 Selecting a flash mode... 26 Changing the screen display.. 26 Selecting the image size to match the usage.. 27 Using the Shooting mode that matches the scene (Scene Selection). 28 Shooting movies... 30

Using viewing functions

... 32
Viewing an enlarged image (Playback zoom)... 32 Searching for an image (Image Index).. 32 Viewing still images with music (Slideshow).. 33 Selecting the display format (View Mode).. 34

Deleting images

.... 35
Deleting images.... 35 Deleting all images (Format)... 36
Connecting to other devices
Viewing images on a TV... 37 Printing still images... 37 Using the camera with a computer.. 39

Changing camera settings

Changing the operation sounds.. 43 Using the MENU items... 44 Using the (Settings) items... 47

Others

... 49
List of icons displayed on the screen.. 49 Learning more about the camera (Cyber-shot Handbook). 52 Troubleshooting.... 53 Precautions.... 56 Specifications... 57
x Notes on using the camera
Internal memory and Memory Stick Duo media back up
Do not turn off the camera, remove the battery pack, or remove the Memory Stick Duo media while the access lamp is lit. Otherwise, the internal memory data or Memory Stick Duo media may be damaged. Be sure to make a backup copy to protect your data.

Notes on the LCD screen and lens
The LCD screen is manufactured using

On management files

When you insert a Memory Stick Duo media without a management file into the camera and turn on the power, part of the Memory Stick Duo media capacity is used to automatically create a management file. It may take some time until you can perform the next operation.
extremely high-precision technology so over 99.99% of the pixels are operational for effective use. However, some tiny black and/ or bright dots (white, red, blue or green) may appear on the LCD screen. These dots are a normal result of the manufacturing process, and do not affect the recording. When the battery level becomes low, the lens might stop moving. Insert a charged battery pack and turn on the camera again.

On cameras temperature

Your camera and battery may get warm due to continuous use, but it is not a malfunction.
Notes on recording/playback
Before you start recording, make a trial
On the overheat protection
Depending on the camera and battery temperature, you may be unable to record movies or the power may turn off automatically to protect the camera. A message will be displayed on the LCD screen before the power turns off or you can no longer record movies.
recording to make sure that the camera is working correctly. The camera is neither dust-proof, nor splashproof, nor water-proof. Read Precautions (page 56) before operating the camera. Avoid exposing the camera to water. If water enters inside the camera, a malfunction may occur. In some cases, the camera cannot be repaired. Do not aim the camera at the sun or other bright light. It may cause the malfunction of the camera. Do not use the camera near a location that generates strong radio waves or emits radiation. Otherwise, the camera may not properly record or play back images. Using the camera in sandy or dusty locations may cause malfunctions. If moisture condensation occurs, remove it before using the camera (page 56). Do not shake or strike the camera. It may cause a malfunction and you may not be able to record images. Furthermore, the recording media may become unusable or image data may be damaged. Clean the flash surface before use. The heat of flash emission may cause dirt on the flash surface to become discolored or to stick to the flash surface, resulting in insufficient light emission.
On image data compatibility

Charging the battery pack
1 Insert the battery pack into the battery charger.
You can charge the battery even when it is partially charged.

Battery pack

the battery 2 Connectto the wall charger outlet (wall socket).
If you continue charging the battery pack for about one more hour after the CHARGE lamp turns off, the charge will last slightly longer (full charge). CHARGE lamp Lit: Charging Off: Charging finished (normal charge)
For customers in the USA and Canada Plug
CHARGE lamp For customers in countries/regions other than the USA and Canada Power cord (mains lead)

CHARGE lamp

3 When charging is finished, disconnect the battery charger.

x Charging time

Full charge time Approx. 330 min. Normal charge time Approx. 270 min.
The table above shows the time required to charge a fully depleted battery pack at a temperature of
25C (77F). Charging may take longer depending on conditions of use and circumstances.
Connect the battery charger to the nearest wall outlet (wall socket). When charging is finished, disconnect the power cord (mains lead) from the wall outlet (wall
socket), and remove the battery pack from the battery charger.
Be sure to use the battery pack or the battery charger of the genuine Sony brand.
x Battery life and number of images you can record/view
Battery life (min.) DSC-W290 Shooting still images DSC-W270/W275 Viewing still images DSC-W290 DSC-W270/W275 Approx. 165 Approx. 340 Approx. 400 Approx. 330 Approx. 6800 Approx. 8000 Approx. 150 No. of Images Approx. 300
The measurement method is based on the CIPA standard. (CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association)
The battery life and the number of still images may vary depending on the camera settings.

zUsing the camera abroad

You can use the camera, the battery charger (supplied), and the AC-LS5K AC Adaptor (sold separately) in any country or region where the power supply is within 100 V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. Do not use an electronic transformer (travel converter). This may cause a malfunction.
Inserting the battery pack/a Memory Stick Duo media (sold separately)

1 Open the cover.

Getting started 14GB
the Memory 2 Insertmedia (sold Stick Duo separately).
With the terminal side facing the lens, insert the Memory Stick Duo media until it clicks into place.
3 Insert the battery pack.
Insert the battery while pressing the lever in the direction of the arrow.

4 Close the cover.

x Memory Stick media that you can use

Memory Stick Duo media

x When there is no Memory Stick Duo media inserted
Images are stored in the cameras internal memory (approximately 11 MB). To copy images from the internal memory to a Memory Stick Duo media, insert the Memory Stick Duo media in the camera, then select MENU t (Settings) t (Memory Stick Tool) t [Copy].
You can also use a Memory Stick PRO Duo media or Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media with the camera. For details on the number of images/time that can be recorded, see pages 28, 31. Other types of Memory Stick media or memory card are not compatible with the camera. Memory Stick media You cannot use a Memory Stick media with the camera.
x To remove the battery pack

Battery eject lever

x To remove the Memory Stick Duo media

Access lamp

Slide the battery eject lever. Be sure not to drop the battery pack.
x Checking the remaining battery charge
A remaining charge indicator appears on the upper left of the LCD screen.
Make sure that the access lamp is not lit, then push the Memory Stick Duo media in once.
It takes about one minute until the correct
Never remove the Memory Stick Duo
remaining charge indicator appears.
The remaining charge indicator may not be
correct under certain circumstances.
If the NP-FG1 battery pack (sold separately)
media/battery pack when the access lamp is lit. This may cause damage to data in the Memory Stick Duo media/internal memory.
is used, the minute display is also shown after the remaining charge indicator. Battery capacity decreases over time and through repeated use. When the operating time per charge decreases markedly, the battery pack needs to be replaced. Purchase a new battery pack. If the camera is running on and you do not operate the camera for about three minutes, the camera turns off automatically (Auto power-off function).

Setting the clock

1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button.
The camera is turned on. It may take time for the power to turn on and allow operation.

ON/OFF (Power) button

2 Select a setting item with v/ V on the control button, then

press z.

Date & Time Format: Select the date and time display format. Daylight Savings: Select Daylight Savings On/Off. Date & Time: Sets the date and time.

Control button

Set the 3 B, then numeric value and desired settings with v/V/b/ press z.
Midnight is indicated as 12:00 AM, and noon as 12:00 PM.
4 Select [Go to next], then press z.
desired area 5 Select yourcontrol button,with b/B on the then press z.
6 Select [OK], then press z.
The camera does not have a feature for superimposing dates on images. By using PMB in the
CD-ROM (supplied), you can print or save images with the date.
x Setting the date and time again
Press the MENU button, then select (Settings) t (Clock Settings) (page 48).

Shooting images

to 1 Set the camera Adjustment), (Intelligent Auto then press ON/OFF (Power) button.
To shoot movies, set the mode dial to (Movie Mode) (page 30).

Mode dial

2 Hold the camera steady as

illustrated.

Press the T button to zoom in, W button to zoom out.

W/T (Zoom) button

3 Press the shutter button halfway down

to focus.

is displayed to indicate that SteadyShot is working. When the image is in focus, a beep sounds and the z indicator lights. The shortest shooting distance is approximately 10 cm (4 inches) (W)/50 cm (19 3/4 inches) (T) (from the lens).

Shutter button

SteadyShot mark

AE/AF lock

4 Press the shutter button fully down.

The image is shot.

Viewing images

1 Press the button.

(Playback)
The last image shot is displayed. When images on the Memory Stick Duo media recorded with other cameras cannot be played back on this camera, view the images in [Folder View] (page 34).

(Playback) button

x Selecting next/previous image
Select an image with B (next)/b (previous) on the control button.

x Deleting an image

1 Press (Delete) button. 2 Select [This Image] with v on the control button, then press z.
x Returning to shooting images
Press the shutter button halfway down.

x Turning off the camera

Press ON/OFF (Power) button.
Control button (Delete) button
Displaying minimum indicators (Easy Shooting)
This mode reduces the minimum number of settings. The text size increases and indicators become easier to see.
1 Set the mode dial to Shooting).
Action Self-Timer Image Size Flash
How to change Press on the control button t Select [Self-Timer 10sec] or [SelfTimer Off]. Press MENU t Select [Large] or [Small] from [Image Size]. Press on the control button t Select [Flash Auto] or [Flash Off]/ Press MENU t [Flash] t Select [Auto] or [Off].

zOn Easy Viewing mode

When you press the (Playback) button with the mode dial set to (Easy Shooting), the playback screen text becomes larger and easier to see. In addition, the functions that can be used are limited. (Delete) button: You can delete the currently displayed image. Select [OK] t z. MENU button: You can delete the currently displayed image with [Delete Single Image], delete all images in a folder with [Delete All Images].
Detecting smiles and shooting automatically (Smile Shutter)

1 Press

(Smile) button.

(Smile) button

detecting smile. 2 Wait the smile levelaexceeds the b point When
on the indicator, the camera shoots images automatically. When you press (Smile) button again, Smile Shutter ends. Even if you press the shutter button during Smile Shutter, the camera shoots the image, then returns to Smile Shutter mode.
Face Detection frame Smile Detection Sensitivity indicator
zHints for better capturing of smiles
1 Do not cover the eyes with the bangs. 2 Try to orient the face in front of the camera and be as level as possible. The detection rate is higher when the eyes are narrowed. 3 Give a clear smile with an open mouth. The smile is easier to detect when the teeth are showing.
Detecting the shooting conditions automatically (Scene Recognition)
1 Set the mode dial to Auto Adjustment).

(Intelligent

camera at the 2 Aim thecamera recognizes a subject. When the scene, a Scene
Recognition icon, (Twilight), (Twilight Portrait), (Twilight using a tripod), (Backlight), (Backlight Portrait), (Landscape), (Macro) or (Portrait) is displayed on the LCD screen.

Scene Recognition icon

3 Press the shutter button halfway down to focus on the subject, then shoot images.
Shooting two images with different settings and selecting the one you like
Press the MENU button, then select (Scene Recognition) t (Advanced) with v/V/b/B on the control button. When the camera recognizes a difficult-to-shoot scene ( (Twilight), (Twilight Portrait), (Twilight using a tripod), (Backlight), (Backlight Portrait)), it changes the settings as follows and shoots two images with different effects.
First shot Shot in Slow Synchro mode Shot in Slow Synchro mode using the face most illuminated by the flash as the reference Shot in Slow Synchro mode Shot using the flash Shot using the face most illuminated by the flash as the reference Second shot Shot with the sensitivity increased to reduce blur Shot with the sensitivity increased using the face most illuminated by the flash as the reference to reduce blur
Shot with a slower shutter speed and the sensitivity not increased Shot with the background brightness and contrast adjusted (DROplus) Shot with the face and background brightness and contrast adjusted (DROplus)
When shooting with Scene Recognition set to [Advanced], the camera automatically takes two shots when (Portrait) is recognized. An image without closed eyes is automatically selected, displayed, and recorded.
Focusing on the face of the subject (Face Detection)
The camera detects the face of the subject and focuses on it. You can select which subject takes priority when focusing.

1 Press the MENU button.

MENU button
(Face Detection) with 2 Select on the control button v/V/b/B t desired mode t z.
(Off): Does not use Face Detection. (Auto): Automatically selects and focuses on a priority face. (Child Priority): Detects and shoots with priority on a childs face. (Adult Priority): Detects and shoots with priority on an adults face.
zRegistering the priority face (Selected-face Memory)
1 Press z on the control button during Face Detection. The leftmost face is registered as the priority face, and the frame changes to an orange-colored. 2 Each time you press z, the priority face moves one face to the right. Press z repeatedly until the orange frame ( ) is on the face you want to register. 3 To cancel the face registration (Off), move the orange frame to the rightmost face, then press z again.

Selecting the image size to match the usage
The image size determines the size of the image file that is recorded when you take a image. The larger the image size, the more detail will be reproduced when the image is printed on large-format paper. The smaller the image size, the more images can be recorded. Select the image size that matches the way you will view your images.
(Image Size) with v/V/ 2 Select the control button t b/B on desired size t z.

Image size (40003000)

Usage guidelines For prints up to A3+ size

No. of images Less

Printing Fine

(32642448)

For prints up to A3 size

(25921944)

For prints up to A4 size

(20481536)

For prints up to L/2L size

(640480)

For e-mail attachments More Rough Fine

(40002672)

3:2 aspect ratio as in photo prints and postcards For viewing on a high-definition TV.

(40002248)

(19201080) More Rough
When you print images shot with 16:9 aspect ratio, both edges may be cut off.
x Number of still images that can be recorded

(Units: Images)

Capacity Internal memory Size 12M 8M 5M 3M VGA 3:2(11M) 16:9(9M) 16:9(2M) Memory Stick Duo media formatted with this camera 1 GB 2 GB 4 GB 8 GB 16 GB 3162 16230
Approx. 256 MB 512 MB 11 MB 94 482
The number of still images may vary depending on the shooting conditions and the recording

media.

When the number of remaining shootable images is greater than 9,999, the >9999 indicator

appears.

When an image shot with other cameras is played back on this camera, the image may not appear
in the actual image size.
Using the Shooting mode that matches the scene (Scene Selection)
1 Set the mode dial to Selection).

(Scene

A list of Scene Selection modes is displayed.
desired mode with 2 Select theon the control button t v/V/b/B z.
If you want to switch to another scene, press the MENU button.
(High Sensitivity): Shoots images without a flash even in low lighting.
(Gourmet): Shoots food arrangements in delicious color.
(Beach): Shoots seaside or lakeside scenes with the blueness of the water captured more vividly. (Soft Snap): Shoots images with a softer atmosphere for portraits of people, flowers, etc. (Landscape): Shoots with the focus on a distant subject. (Snow): Shoots snow scenes in white more clearly.

(Fireworks): Shoots fireworks in all their splendor.
(Twilight Portrait): Shoots sharp images of people in a dark place without losing the nighttime atmosphere. (Twilight): Shoots night scenes without losing the nighttime atmosphere.
(Underwater): Shoots underwater in natural colors when the water-proof case is attached.
The flash does not operate in some modes.

Shooting movies

1 Set the mode dial to Mode).

(Movie

2 Press the shutter button fully down to start recording. 3 Press the shutter button fully down again to stop recording.

x Viewing movies

1 Press the (Playback) button and press B (next)/b (previous) on the control button to select a movie to view. 2 Press z.
Button z B b V Playback feature Pause Fast forward Fast rewind Displays the volume control screen. Adjust the volume with v/V.

x Image size

The larger the image size, the higher the image quality. The higher the amount of data used per second (average bit rate), the smoother the playback image.
Movie image size 1280720(Fine) 1280720(Standard) VGA Average bit rate 9 Mbps 6 Mbps 3 Mbps Usage guidelines Shoot highest quality movie for display on HDTV Shoot standard quality movie for display on HDTV Shoot at an image size suitable for WEB upload

x Maximum recording time

The table below shows the approximate maximum recording times. These are the total times for all movie files. Continuous shooting is possible for approximately 29 minutes.
(Units: hour : minute : second)
Capacity Internal memory Size 1280720(Fine) 1280720(Standard) VGA Approx. 11 MB 0:00:10 Memory Stick Duo media formatted with this camera 256 MB 512 MB 0:03:00 0:04:30 0:09:20 0:06:40 0:09:50 0:19:GB 0:13:50 0:20:20 0:40:GB 0:28:30 0:41:30 1:23:GB 0:56:20 1:22:10 2:44:GB 1:53:50 2:46:GB 3:51:40 5:38:00

5:32:30 11:16:10

The recording time may vary depending on the shooting conditions and the recording media. The continuous shooting time differs according to the shooting conditions (temperature, etc.). Movies with the size set to [1280720] can only be recorded on a Memory Stick PRO Duo
Viewing an enlarged image (Playback zoom)
(Playback) 1 Press thedisplay an image, button to then press (Playback zoom) button.
The image is enlarged at twice the size, with the center of the image.
2 Adjust the zoom scale and position.
button: Zooms in. W button of the W/T (Zoom) button: Zooms out. v/V/b/B on the control button: Adjusts the position.
Shows the displayed area of the whole image
Searching for an image (Image Index)
(Playback) 1 Press thedisplay an image, button to then press button.

(Image Index)

Press (Image Index) button again to display an index screen with even more images.
an image with 2 Select control button. v/V/b/B on the
To return to the single-image screen, press z.

Viewing still images with music (Slideshow)
1 Press thestill (Playback) button to display a image, then press

the MENU button.

(Slideshow) with 2 Select the control button, v/V/ b/B on then press z.
3 Select [Start] with v on the control button, then press z. The slideshow starts.
To end the slideshow, press z.
zSelecting background music
You can transfer a desired music file from your CDs or MP3 files to the camera to play back during slideshow. To transfer music files, install the Music Transfer software (supplied) to your computer (page 40), then follow the steps below. 1 Press MENU t (Settings) t (Main Settings) t [Download Music] t [OK]. 2 Make a USB connection between the camera and your computer. 3 Start and operate Music Transfer. For details on Music Transfer, see the Music Transfer help.
Selecting the display format (View Mode)
Allows you to select the display format for viewing multiple images when using Memory Stick Duo media.
(Playback) button to 1 Press the image, then press the display an MENU button.
Select (View Mode) with v/ 2 V/b/B on the control button t desired mode t z.
(Date View): Displays images by the date. (Event View): Analyzes the dates shots and frequency, automatically organizes the images into groups and displays them. (Favorites): Displays images registered as Favorites. (Folder View): Displays and organizes images by folders.
When you cannot play back images recorded with other cameras, view the images in [Folder

View].

1 Press an(Playback) button to display image, then press

(Delete) button.

(Delete) button
the control button 2 Press v/V ondesired setting. to select the
All in Date Range: You can delete all images in the displayed date range. According to the View Mode, this item will MENU button be [All in This Folder] or [All in Event]. Multiple Images: You can select and delete multiple images. Select the images, press z, and then press the MENU button to delete. This Image: You can delete the currently displayed image. Exit: Cancels the deletion.
Deleting all images (Format)
You can delete all data stored on Memory Stick Duo media or the internal memory. If a Memory Stick Duo media is inserted, all data stored on the Memory Stick Duo media are deleted. If no Memory Stick Duo media is inserted, all data stored in the internal memory are deleted.
Select V on 2 the control(Settings) withpress z. button, then
(Internal 3 Select (Memory Stick Tool) or then pressMemory Tool) with v/V/b/B on the control button, [Format] t z.

[Import] button. 3 Click thesee the PMB Guide. For details,
x Stage 3: Viewing PMB Guide
Double-click the (PMB Guide) icon on the desktop.
To access the PMB Guide from the start menu: Click [Start] t [All Programs] t [Sony Picture Utility] t [Help] t [PMB Guide].
Do not disconnect the cable for multi-use terminal from the camera while the camera is operating
or while Accessing appears on the screen of the camera. Doing so may corrupt the data.
When using a battery with little remaining charge, you may not be able to transfer the data or the
data may be corrupted. Using the AC Adaptor (sold separately) and the USB /AV/ DC IN cable for multi-use terminal (sold separately) is recommended.
x Using the camera with your Macintosh computer
You can copy images to your Macintosh computer. However, PMB is not compatible. When images are exported to Memory Stick Duo media, view them in [Folder View]. You can install Music Transfer on your Macintosh computer. Recommended computer environment The following environment is recommended for a computer connected to the camera. Recommended environment for importing images OS (pre-installed): Mac OS 9.1/9.2/ Mac OS X (v10.1 to v10.5) USB jack: Provided as standard Recommended environment for using Music Transfer OS (pre-installed): Mac OS X (v10.3 to v10.5) Memory: 64 MB or more (128 MB or more is recommended) Hard Disk (Disk space required for installation): Approximately 50 MB
Changing the operation sounds
You can set the sound produced when you operate the camera.
V on 2 Select (Settings) withpress z. the control button, then
v/V/b/B 3 Select (Main Settings) with mode t on the control button, then press [Beep] t desired z.
Shutter: Turns on the shutter sound when you press the shutter button. High/Low: Turns on the beep/shutter sound when you press the control/shutter button. If you want to lower the volume, select [Low]. Off: Turns off the beep/shutter sound.

Using the MENU items

Displays available functions for easy setting when the camera is in shooting or playback mode. Only the items that are available for each mode are displayed on the screen. Select (Settings) t [Main Settings] t [Initialize] to initialize the settings to the default setting.
MENU 1 Press the screen.button to display the Menu
menu item 2 Select the desiredthe control with v/V/b/B on button. During playback, confirm by pressing z.
3 Press the MENU button to turn off the Menu screen.

x MENU in shooting mode

Item Movie shooting mode Description Changes the settings according to the movie scene mode. ( Image Size Auto/ High Sensitivity/ Underwater)
Sets the image size. ( ( / / / / / / / ) VGA)

Battery pack and power

Cannot insert the battery pack.
Insert the battery pack correctly by pushing the battery eject lever (page 14).
Cannot turn on the camera.
After inserting the battery pack into the camera, it may take a few moments for the camera to

power up.

Insert the battery pack correctly (page 14). The battery pack is discharged. Insert a charged battery pack (page 12). The battery pack is dead. Replace it with a new one. Use a recommended battery pack.
The power turns off suddenly.
Depending on the camera and battery temperature, the power may turn off automatically to
protect the camera. In this case, a message is displayed on the LCD screen before the power turns off. If you do not operate the camera for about three minutes while the power is on, the camera turns off automatically to prevent wearing down the battery pack. Turn on the camera again (page 16). The battery pack is dead. Replace it with a new one.
The remaining charge indicator is incorrect.
The battery charge will quickly get used up and the actual remaining battery charge will be
lower than the indicator in the following cases: When you use the camera in an extremely hot or cold location. When you use the flash and zoom frequently. When you repeatedly turn the power on and off. When you set the screen brightness higher using DISP (screen display) settings. A discrepancy arose between the remaining charge indicator and the actual remaining battery charge. Fully discharge the battery pack once, then charge it to correct the indication. The battery pack is discharged. Insert the charged battery pack (page 12). The battery pack is dead. Replace it with a new one.
Cannot charge the battery pack while it is inside the camera.
You cannot charge the battery pack using the AC Adaptor (sold separately). Use the battery
charger (supplied) to charge the battery.
The CHARGE lamp flashes while charging the battery.
Remove and reinsert the battery pack, making sure it is installed correctly. The temperature may be inappropriate for charging. Try charging the battery pack again
within the proper charging temperature range (10C to 30C (50F to 86F)).

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Viewing still images 31 Playback zoom 32 Image Index 33 Delete 34 Viewing movies 35

MENU (Shooting)

MENU items (Shooting) 10

MENU (Viewing)

Operation Search MENU items (Viewing) 11

Settings

MENU/Settings Search Setting items 12
Viewing images on a TV 101

Computer

Enjoying your Windows computer 104 Installing the software (supplied) 106 On PMB (Picture Motion Browser) (supplied) 107 Enjoying images on your computer 108 Using the Music Transfer (supplied) 112 Using your Macintosh computer 113 Viewing Cyber-shot Step-up Guide 116

Printing

Printing still images 117 Printing images directly using a PictBridge compliant printer 118 Printing at a shop 120

Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting 121 Warning indicators and messages 131

Others

Using the camera abroad Power sources 137 On the Memory Stick Duo media 138 On the battery pack 140 On the battery charger 141
Operation Search MENU/Settings Search

Index 142

Leaving the settings to Intelligent Auto Adjustment 19 the camera Scene Selection 20

Scene Recognition 49

Table of contents Operation Search

Shooting portraits

Soft Snap 20 Twilight Portrait 20 Smile Shutter 26 Scene Recognition 49 Face Detection 52 Anti Blink 55 Red Eye Reduction 56 Gourmet 20
Shooting food arrangements Shooting close to objects Shooting moving objects Shooting without blur

Macro 29

Movie Mode 24 Burst 40 High Sensitivity 20 2-second delay self-timer 28 ISO 42 SteadyShot 59
Shooting with backlight Forced Flash 30
Shooting in dark places High Sensitivity 20
Slow Synchro (Flash On) 30 ISO 42

Adjusting exposure

Histogram 17 EV 41 Focus 46 Face Detection 52 Image Size 37 Delete 34, 71 Format 93 Playback zoom 32 Trimming 68 Retouch 68 Multi-Purpose Resize 70
Changing focus position Changing image size Deleting images
Displaying enlarged images Editing images
Playing back a series of Slideshow 60 images in order Shooting/Viewing with easy-to-see indicators Printing images with the date Changing date and time settings Initializing settings Printing images

Easy Shooting 22

Using the PMB (Picture Motion Browser)
Area Setting 99 Date & Time Setting 100 Initialize 85 Print 117

When you press the (Playback) button with the mode dial set to (Easy Shooting), the playback screen text becomes larger and easier to see. In addition, the functions that can be used are limited. (Delete) button MENU button You can delete the currently displayed image. Select [OK] t z. You can delete the currently displayed image with [Delete Single Image], delete all images in a folder with [Delete All Images].
View Mode is set to [Folder View]. If you set the mode dial to a mode other than (Easy Shooting), then playback images, the images are displayed in the preselected View Mode.

Movie Mode

Allows you to record movies with audio.

(Movie Mode).

2 Press the shutter button fully down. 3 To stop recording, press the shutter button fully down again.

Program Auto

Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value). Also you can select various settings using the menu.

(Program Auto).

Smile Shutter
When the camera detects a smile, the shutter is released automatically.

1 Press

(Smile) button.
2 Wait detecting a smile.
When the smile level exceeds the b point on the indicator, the camera records images automatically. If you press the shutter button during Smile Shutter, the camera shoots the image, then returns to Smile Shutter mode.
3 To stop shooting, press

(Smile) button again.

Face Detection frame Smile Detection Sensitivity indicator
Shooting using the Smile Shutter ends automatically when either the Memory Stick Duo media or internal memory becomes full. Smiles may not be detected correctly depending on the conditions. You cannot use the digital zoom function. When (Landscape), (Twilight), (Gourmet), (Fireworks) or (Underwater) mode is selected in Scene Selection, you cannot use the Smile Shutter function.
zHints for better capturing of smiles
Do not cover the eyes with the bangs. Do not obscure the face by hat, masks, sunglasses, etc. 2 Try to orient the face in front of the camera and be as level as possible. Keep the eyes narrowed. 3 Give a clear smile with an open mouth. The smile is easier to detect when the teeth are showing.
The shutter operates when any person whose face is being detected smiles. You can select or register the priority subject for face detection with [Face Detection]. When the selected-face is registered in the camera memory, Smile Detection is performed only for that face. To perform smile detection for a different face, change the priority face with z on the control button (page 52). If a smile is not detected, set the [Smile Detection Sensitivity] in setting menu.

You can enlarge the image when shooting. The cameras optical zoom function can enlarge images up to 5.
1 Press the W/T (zoom) button.
Press the T button to zoom in, and the W button to zoom out.
When the zoom scale exceeds 5, see page 78.

T button

W button
You cannot change the zoom scale while shooting a movie.

Self-Timer

1 Press (Self-Timer) on the control button. 2 Select the desired mode with the control button.
(Self-Timer Off) (Self-Timer 10sec) Sets the 10-second delay self-timer. When you press the shutter button, the self-timer lamp flashes and a beep sounds until the shutter operates. To cancel, press again. Sets the 2-second delay self-timer. Does not use the self-timer.

(Self-Timer 2sec) Note

In Easy Shooting mode, you can select only [On] (10 sec) or [Off].
zReducing blurring with the two-second self-timer
Use the 2-second delay self-timer to prevent blur of an image. The shutter is released 2 seconds after you press the shutter button, which reduces camera shake when the shutter button is pressed.
Use this setting to capture beautiful close-up images of small subjects such as insects or flowers.
(Macro) on the control button.
2 Select the desired mode with the control button.
(Auto) (Macro On) Adjusts the focus automatically from distant subjects to close-up.
Normally, put the camera in this mode.
Adjusts the focus with priority on close-up subjects. Set Macro On when shooting close subjects.
Setting the zoom all the way to the W side is recommended.
The Auto Focus speed becomes slower when you shoot images in the Macro mode. Macro mode is fixed to [Auto] when the camera is in Intelligent Auto Adjustment mode or in Movie Mode.
1 Press (Flash) on the control button. 2 Select the desired mode with the control button.
(Flash Auto) Flashes when there is insufficient light or backlight. (Flash On) (Slow Synchro (Flash On)) (Flash Off) Notes Flash always operates.
Flash always operates. The shutter speed is slow in a dark place to clearly shoot the background that is out of flash light. Flash does not operate.
The flash strobes twice. The first flash adjusts the light quantity. While charging the flash, is displayed. You cannot use the flash during burst or bracket shooting. [Flash On] and [Slow Synchro (Flash On)] are not available when the camera is in Intelligent Auto Adjustment mode. In Easy Shooting mode, you can select only [Flash Auto] or [Flash Off].

1 Set the mode dial to 2 MENU t
(Auto) (High Sensitivity) (Underwater)
(Movie shooting mode) t desired mode
Adjusts the setting automatically.
Shoots movies with high sensitivity under low light conditions. Shoots underwater in natural colors when using a water proof housing (Marine pack, etc.).

Image Size

The image size determines the size of the image file that is recorded when you take a image. The larger the image size, the more detail will be reproduced when the image is printed on largeformat paper. The smaller the image size, the more images can be recorded. Select the image size that matches the way you will view your images.

1 MENU t

(Image Size) t desired size
When shooting still images
Image size Usage guidelines No. of images Printing
(40003000) For prints up to A3+ size
(32642448) For prints up to A3 size
(25921944) For prints up to A4 size
(20481536) For prints up to L/2L size

(640480)

For e-mail attachments More Rough Fine
(40002672) 3:2 aspect ratio as in photo prints and postcards (40002248) For viewing on a high-definition TV

(19201080)

More Note
When you print images recorded with 16:9 aspect ratio, both edges may be cut off.

In Easy Shooting mode

Large Small Shoots images in [12M] size. Shoots images in [3M] size.

When shooting movies

The larger the image size, the higher the image quality. The higher the amount of data used per second (average bit rate), the smoother the playback image. The movies shot with this camera will be recorded in MPEG-4, Approx. 30fps, Progressive, AAC, mp4 format.
Movie image size Average bit rate Usage guidelines
1280720(Fine) 1280720(Standard) VGA

9 Mbps 6 Mbps 3 Mbps

Shoot highest quality movie for display on HDTV Shoot standard quality movie for display on HDTV Shoot at an image size suitable for WEB upload
A telephoto image results when the [VGA] image size is selected for movies. Movies with the size set to [1280720] can only be recorded on a Memory Stick PRO Duo media. When using recording media other than Memory Stick PRO Duo media, set the movie image size to [VGA].
zOn image quality and image size
A digital image is made up of a collection of small dots called pixels. If it contains a large number of pixels, the image becomes large, it takes up more memory, and the image is displayed in fine detail. Image size is shown by the number of pixels. Although you cannot see the differences on the screen of the camera, the fine detail and data processing time differ when the image is printed or displayed on a computer screen. Description of the pixels and the image size

zEffects of lighting conditions
The apparent color of the subject is affected by the lighting conditions. The color tones are adjusted automatically in the Intelligent Auto Adjustment mode, but you can adjust color tones manually using the White Balance function.
Weather/lighting Characteristics of light
Daylight White (standard) Cloudy Bluish Fluorescent Green-tinged Incandescent Reddish

Underwater White Balance

Adjusts the color tone when the camera is set to movies. (Underwater) mode or (Underwater) for

(Auto)

(Underwater White Balance) t desired mode
Automatically adjusts color tones underwater so they appear natural.
(Underwater 1) Adjusts for underwater conditions where blue is strong. (Underwater 2) Adjusts for underwater conditions where green is strong. Notes
Depending on the color of the water, the Underwater White Balance may not work correctly even though you select [Underwater 1] or [Underwater 2]. [Underwater White Balance] cannot be selected when the flash mode is set to [Flash On].
You can change the focus method. Use the menu when it is difficult to get the proper focus in auto focus mode. AF stands for Auto Focus, a function that adjusts the focus automatically.

(Focus) t desired mode

Focuses on a subject in all ranges of the finder frame automatically. When you press the shutter button halfway down in still image shooting mode, a green frame is displayed around the area that is in focus.

(Multi AF)

AF range finder frame
(Only for still image) When the Face Detection function is active, AF operates with priority on faces. When Scene Selection is set to (Underwater) mode, focus operation is suited to underwater shooting. When focus is achieved by halfpressing the shutter button, a large frame is displayed in green.

(Center AF)

Focuses on a subject in the center of the finder frame automatically. Using the AF lock function together, you can compose the image the way you want.

(Spot AF)

Focuses on an extremely small subject or a narrow area automatically. Using the AF lock function together, you can compose the image the way you want. Hold the camera steady so as not to misalign the subject and the AF range finder frame.
0.5 m/1.0 m/ 3.0 m/7.0 m/ (unlimited distance)
Automatically focuses quickly on the area around a previously set distance (Semi-manual). This mode is useful when repeatedly shooting a subject at the same distance. Use Semi-manual when it is difficult to get sharp focus with automatic focusing, such as when shooting a subject through a net or window.
Focuses on a subject in all ranges of the finder frame in Semi-manual mode.
When you use [Digital Zoom] or [AF Illuminator], the AF range finder frame is disabled and appears in a dotted line. In this case, the camera works to focus on the subjects at the center of the screen. When the focus mode is set to other than [Multi AF], you cannot use the Face Detection function. Only [Multi AF] or (unlimited distance) is available for movies. When the Movie shooting mode is set to [Underwater], the focus mode is fixed to [Multi AF]. The focus mode is fixed to [Multi AF] while the Smile Shutter function is activated. The Semi-manual distance setting contains some errors, and this error increases when the zoom is set to the T side or the lens is tilted upward or downward.

Example of an image where (Backlight) has activated
(Scene Recognition) t desired mode
When the camera recognizes the scene, it switches to the optimal settings and shoots the image. When the camera recognizes the scene, it switches to the optimal settings. If the camera recognizes (Twilight), (Twilight Portrait), (Twilight using a tripod), (Backlight) or (Backlight Portrait), it automatically changes the setting and shoots another image.
If two images are recorded, Auto Review displays them tiled vertically. When the subject blinks while set to [Advanced] and the camera recognizes (Portrait), the camera automatically takes one more shot. If eyes are open in the second image, only the second image is recorded. For details on the Anti Blink function, see What is the Anti Blink function?.

(Advanced)

Scene Recognition does not function when using digital zoom. When the recording mode is set to Burst, or when the Smile Shutter function is activated, Scene Recognition is fixed to [Auto]. The available flash settings are [Flash Auto] and [Flash Off]. (Twilight using a tripod) scenes sometimes cannot be recognized in an environment where vibrations are transferred to the camera even though it is fixed on a tripod. Sometimes a slow shutter results when a scene is recognized as a (Twilight using a tripod). Keep the camera still during shooting. The Scene Recognition icon appears regardless of the screen display settings. These scenes may not be recognized depending on the situation.
zWhat is the Anti Blink function?
When set to [Advanced] and the camera recognizes (Portrait), the camera automatically takes one more shot if closed eyes are detected. If eyes are open in the second image, only the second image is recorded. If eyes are closed in both images, the message Blinked eye detected is displayed and only the first image is recorded.
Smile Detection Sensitivity
Sets the sensitivity of the Smile Shutter function for detecting smiles.
(Smile Detection Sensitivity) t desired mode
Detects a big smile. Detects a normal smile. Detects even a slight smile.

Date List

This feature selects the date to be played back when using Date View. Step 2 is unnecessary when [Date View] is already set.
1 Press the 2 MENU t button 3 MENU t
(Playback) button to switch to playback mode. (View Mode) t (Date List) t z (Date View) t z on the control
4 Select the date you want to display t z.
This item is not displayed when the internal memory is used to record images.

zOn the Date List screen

Select the month you want to display with /. To exit from Date List, select with the control button, then press z.

Event List

This feature selects the event group to be played back when using Event View. You can enter a desired event name for each group using the PMB software (supplied). For details on entering the event name, see the PMB Guide. Step 2 is unnecessary when [Event View] is already set.
(View Mode) t (Event List) t z
(Event View) t z on the control
4 Select the event group you want to display t z.
zOn the Event List screen
The month indicator on the right of the screen displays the event month located at the top of the screen. Select the event month you want to display with /. To exit from Event List, select with the control button, then press z.
Allows you to select the display format for viewing multiple images.

1 Press the 2 MENU t

(Playback) button to switch to playback mode. (View Mode) t desired mode t z on the control button
Displays images by the date. Select [Date List] from the Menu to select a specific date with a calendar display. Analyzes the dates shots and frequency, automatically organizes the images into groups and displays them. Select [Event List] from the Menu to select the event group to view. Displays images registered as Favorites. Select the number of the Favorites you want to display.

(Date View)

(Event View)

(Favorites)

(Folder View) Images are displayed, organized by folders. When a recording folder is already created, select [Select Folder] from the Menu to select a folder to view. Notes
When using the internal memory, the view mode is set to [Folder View]. When images recorded with other cameras cannot be played back on this camera, view the images in [Folder View].

zOn [Event View]

[Event View] is the function that the camera analyzes the dates shots and frequency, automatically organizes the images into groups and displays them. You can give convenient names to each event when using the supplied PMB software.

For details on using Music Transfer, see the help in Music Transfer.

Format

Formats the Memory Stick Duo media or the internal memory. A commercially available Memory Stick Duo media is already formatted, and can be used immediately.
1 MENU t (Settings) t (Memory Stick Tool) or (Internal Memory Tool) t [Format] t [OK] t z on the control button
Note that formatting permanently erases all data including even protected images.

Create REC.Folder

Creates a folder in Memory Stick Duo media for recording images. Images are recorded in the newly created folder until you create another folder or select another recording folder.
1 MENU t (Settings) t (Memory Stick Tool) t [Create REC.Folder] t [OK] t z on the control button
This item is not displayed when the internal memory is used to record images. When you insert a Memory Stick Duo media that was used with other equipment into the camera and shoot images, a new folder may be automatically created. Up to 4,000 images can be stored in one folder. When the folder capacity is exceeded, a new folder is automatically created.

zOn the folders

After a new folder is created, you can change the storage destination folder (page 95) and select the folder for viewing images (page 74).

Change REC.Folder

Changes the folder in Memory Stick Duo media that is currently used for recording images.
1 MENU t (Settings) t REC.Folder] 3 [OK] t z
(Memory Stick Tool) t [Change
2 Select a folder with b/B on the control button.
This item is not displayed when the internal memory is used to record images. The following folder cannot be selected as a recording folder. 100 folder A folder with a number that has only either sssMSDCF or sssMNV01. You cannot move recorded images to another folder.

Delete REC.Folder

Deletes a folder for recording images in Memory Stick Duo media.
(Memory Stick Tool) t [Delete
This item is not displayed when the internal memory is used to record images. If you delete the folder set as the recording folder using [Delete REC.Folder], the folder that has the largest folder number is selected as the next recording folder. You can delete only empty folders. If a folder contains images, or files that cannot be played back by the camera, first delete these images and files, and then delete the folder.
Copies all images in the internal memory to a Memory Stick Duo media.
1 Insert a Memory Stick Duo media with sufficient free capacity into the camera. 2 MENU t (Settings) t t z on the control button

zViewing images using PMB
Organize images on the computer on a calendar by shooting date to view them. For details on the PMB, see the PMB Guide.
Example: Month display screen
Importing images to a computer without using PMB When the AutoPlay Wizard appears in step 1, click [Open folder to view files] t [OK] t [DCIM] t copy the desired images to the computer.
Exporting images to view on the camera
You can export images in your computer to a Memory Stick Duo media, and view them on the camera. This section describes the procedure for automatically selecting and exporting images that have not been exported to Memory Stick Duo media in the camera. The images can also be exported manually. For details, see the PMB Guide.

2 Double-click 3 Click

(PMB) on the desktop to start up PMB.
on the top of the screen.
The easy export screen appears.

4 Click [Export].

When you play back exported images on this camera, the mark is displayed on the LCD screen.
You cannot play back some images depending on the image size. No guarantees are made for playing back, on this camera, files containing images which were processed on a computer or images which were shot using other cameras. This method cannot be used to export movies. Movies should be exported to the camera manually.
Deleting the USB connection
Perform the procedures from step 1 to 3 below before:
Disconnecting the cable for multi-use terminal. Removing a Memory Stick Duo media. Inserting a Memory Stick Duo media into the camera after copying images from the internal memory. Turning off the camera.

Windows Vista

1 Double-click the disconnect icon on the tasktray. 2 Click (USB Mass Storage Device) t [Stop]. 3 Confirm the device on the confirmation window, then click [OK].

Disconnect icon

Windows XP
Image file storage destinations and file names
The image files recorded with the camera are grouped as folders on the Memory Stick Duo media or the internal memory. AFolder containing image data recorded using a camera not equipped with the folder creating function. BFolder containing still image data recorded using the camera. CFolder containing movie data recorded using the camera.

Viewing Cyber-shot Step-up Guide
Cyber-shot Step-up Guide further introduces how to use the camera and optional accessories.

Viewing on Windows

When you install Cyber-shot Handbook, Cyber-shot Step-up Guide is also installed.

1 Double-click

(Step-up Guide) on the desktop.
To access Step-up Guide from the Start menu, click [Start] t [All Programs] t [Sony Picture Utility] t [Step-up Guide].

Viewing on Macintosh

1 Copy the [stepupguide] folder in the [stepupguide] folder to your computer. 2 Select [stepupguide], [language] and then [GB] folder stored in the CDROM (supplied), and copy all the files in the [GB] folder to the [img] folder in the [stepupguide] folder that you copied to your computer in step 1. (Overwrite the files in the [img] folder with the files from the [GB] folder.) 3 After copying is complete, double-click stepupguide.hqx in the [stepupguide] folder to uncompress it, then double-click the generated file stepupguide.
If an uncompress tool for HQX file is not installed, install the Stuffit Expander.

Printing still images

You can print still images by the following methods.
Printing directly using a PictBridge compliant printer (page 118)
You can print images by connecting the camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer.
Printing directly using a Memory Stick media compliant printer
You can print images with a Memory Stick media compliant printer. For details, see the operating instructions supplied with the printer.
Printing using a computer
You can import images to a computer using the supplied PMB software and print the images. You can insert the date on the image and print it. For details, see the PMB Guide.
Printing at a shop (page 120)
You can take a Memory Stick Duo media containing images shot with the camera to a photo printing service shop. You can make a (Print order) mark on the images which you want to print out in advance.
When you print images shot in [16:9] mode, both edges may be cut off.
Printing images directly using a PictBridge compliant printer
Even if you do not have a computer, you can print images shot using the camera by connecting the camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is based on the CIPA standard. (CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association) Note

You can select Face Detection only when the focus mode is set to [Multi AF] and the metering mode is set to [Multi].

The flash does not work.

You cannot use the flash when: [REC Mode] is set to [Burst] or Exposure Bracket (page 40). (High Sensitivity), (Twilight) or (Fireworks) mode is selected in the Scene Selection. Shooting movies. Set the flash to (Flash On) (page 30) when the Scene Selection mode is set to (Landscape), (Gourmet), (Beach), (Snow) or (Underwater) mode.
Fuzzy white circular spots appear in images shot using the flash.
Particles (dust, pollen, etc.) in the air reflected the flash light and appeared in the image. This is not a malfunction.
The close-up shoot function (Macro) does not work.
(Landscape), (Twilight) or (Fireworks) mode is selected in the Scene Selection. Macro mode is set to [Auto] when the camera is in Intelligent Auto Adjustment mode or in Movie Mode.
Macro shooting cannot be turned off.
There is no function for forcibly turning off macro shooting. In [Auto] mode, telephoto shooting is possible even in the macro shooting condition.
The date and time are not displayed on the LCD screen.
While shooting, the date and time are not displayed. They are displayed only during playback.
Cannot insert dates on images.
This camera does not have a feature for superimposing dates on images. By using PMB, you can print or save images with the date (page 107).
The F value and shutter speed flash when you press and hold the shutter button halfway down.
The exposure is incorrect. Correct the exposure (page 41).
The LCD screen is too dark or too bright.
Adjust the brightness of the backlight (page 16).

The image is too dark.

You are shooting a subject with a light source behind the subject. Select the metering mode (page 48) or adjust the exposure (page 41).

The image is too bright.

Adjust the exposure (page 41).
The image colors are not correct.
Set [Color Mode] to [Normal] (page 58). Adjust the White Balance (page 43).
Vertical streaks appear when you are shooting a very bright subject.
The smear phenomenon is occurring and white, black, red, purple, or other streaks appear on the image. This phenomenon is not a malfunction.
Noise appears in the image when you view the screen in a dark place.
The camera is attempting to increase the visibility of the screen by temporarily brightening the image under conditions of low illumination. There is no effect on the recorded image.

Printing is canceled.

Confirm that you have disconnected the cable for multi-use terminal before the Connecting) mark disappears. (PictBridge
Cannot insert the date or print images in the index mode.
The printer does not provide these functions. Consult the printer manufacturer as to whether the printer provides these functions or not. The date may not be inserted in the index mode depending on the printer. Consult the printer manufacturer.
---- -- -- is printed on the date-inserted part of the image.
The image does not have the recording data so the date cannot be inserted. Set [Date] to [Off] and print the image again (page 119).
Cannot select the print size.
Consult the printer manufacturer as to whether the printer can provide the desired size.
Cannot print the image at the size selected.
When you use paper of a different size after connecting the printer to the camera, disconnect and then reconnect the cable for multi-use terminal. The print setting of the camera differs from that of the printer. Change the setting of either the camera (page 119) or the printer.
Cannot operate the camera after cancelling printing.
Wait for a while as the printer is carrying out the cancellation. It may take some time depending on the printer.

The lens gets fogged.

Moisture condensation has occurred. Turn off the camera and leave it for about an hour before using it.
The camera turns off with the lens portion extended.
The battery pack is discharged. Replace it with a charged battery pack, then turn the camera on again. Do not attempt to force the lens that has stopped moving.
The camera becomes warm when you use it for a long time.
This is not a malfunction.
The Clock Set screen appears when you turn on the camera.
Set the date and time again (page 100). The internal rechargeable backup battery has discharged. Insert a charged battery, and set aside for 24 hours or more with the power left off.
You want to change the date or time.
Change the settings by MENU t [Settings] t [Clock Settings] t [Date & Time Setting].
The date or time is incorrect.
The Area Setting is set to a different location than your current location. Change the setting by MENU t [Settings] t [Clock Settings] t [Area Setting].

 

Technical specifications

Full description

Taking great pictures is easier than ever with the DSC-W290 Cyber-shot digital camera. The iAuto mode adjusts the settings for you based on your surroundings, so all you have to do is press a button to capture shots with the right amount of light and beautiful clarity. And with the ingenious Face Detection mode, faces in your photos will look more realistic with natural skin tones and sharp details. Tired of blurry photos? Optical SteadyShot image stabilization minimizes blur for better results. You can also connect your camera to a compatible HDTV and show off your shots on the big screen in high definition.

General
Product TypeDigital camera - compact
Width3.9 in
Depth0.9 in
Height2.2 in
Weight6.1 oz
Enclosure ColorBlue
Main Features
Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Color SupportColor
Optical Sensor TypeSuper HAD CCD
Effective Sensor Resolution12,100,000 pixels
Optical Sensor Size1/2.3"
Light SensitivityISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO auto
Digital Zoom2 x
Shooting ModesFrame movie mode
Shooting ProgramsLandscape, hi-speed shutter, twilight portrait, fireworks, soft snap, underwater, twilight mode, beach, snow, high sensitivity, gourmet
Special EffectsBlack & White, Sepia, Vivid, Fisheye, Soft Focus, happy face, Retro, cross filter, partial color, radial blur, unsharp masking
Image StabilizerOptical (Steady Shot)
Max Shutter Speed1/1000 sec
Min Shutter Speed1 sec
Exposure MeteringMulti-segment
Exposure ModesProgram, automatic
Exposure Compensation±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Auto Exposure Bracketing3 steps in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV steps
Face DetectionYes
White BalanceAutomatic, presets
White Balance PresetsIncandescent, cloudy, flash, daylight, fluorescent light (cool white), fluorescent light (daylight), fluorescent light (warm white), underwater
Still Image FormatJPEG
Continuous Shooting Speed1.8 frames per second
Video Capture1280 x 720 - 30 fps 640 x 480 - 30 fps
Memory / Storage
Supported Flash MemoryMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo
Integrated Memory11 MB
Camera Flash
Camera FlashBuilt-in flash
Flash ModesFill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction
Red Eye ReductionYes
Effective Flash Range8 in - 20 ft
FeaturesAF illuminator
Lens System
TypeZoom lens - 5 mm - 25 mm - f/3.3-5.2
Focal Length5 mm - 25 mm
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera28 - 140mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, manual
Auto FocusTTL contrast detection
Auto Focus Points (Zones)9
Lens ApertureF/3.3-5.2
Optical Zoom5 x
Zoom AdjustmentMotorized drive
Lens Construction7 group(s) / 9 element(s)
Lens ManufacturerCarl Zeiss
FeaturesBuilt-in lens shield, aspherical lens
Additional Features
Self TimerYes
Self Timer Delay10 sec, 2 sec
Additional FeaturesDirect print, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, auto power save, digital noise reduction, PictBridge support, histogram display, cropping an image, resizing an image, 720p HD movie recording, 16:9 widescreen mode, in-camera red-eye fix, Dynamic Range Optimizer, face detection, built-in help guide, Blink Detection technology, Smile Detection technology
Display
TypeLCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color
Display Form FactorBuilt-in
Display Format230,400 pixels
Microphone
TypeMicrophone - built-in
Microphone Operation ModeMono
Connections
Connector TypeUSB Composite video/audio output HD component output
Expansion Slot(s)1 x Memory Stick PRO Duo
Software
SoftwareDrivers & Utilities, Sony Picture Motion Browser
System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System SupportApple Mac OS 9.2, Apple Mac OS 9.1, MS Windows Vista SP1, MS Windows XP SP3, Apple Mac OS X 10.1 - 10.5, MS Windows 2000 Professional SP4
Peripheral DevicesUSB port, CD-ROM drive
Miscellaneous
Included AccessoriesWrist strap
Cables IncludedA/V cable USB cable
Power
Power DeviceBattery charger - external
Battery
Supported BatterySony NP-BG1
Supported Battery Details1 x Sony NP-BG1 Li-ion rechargeable battery - 960 mAh ( included )
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support1 year warranty
Service & Support DetailsLimited warranty - parts and labor - 1 year
Universal Product Identifiers
BrandSony
Part NumberDSCW290/L
GTIN00027242749153, 04905524587050

 

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