Unparalleled AF performance, the key to beautiful shots
Fast and accurate autofocus captures fleeting moments in stunning detail, thanks to a combination of innovative Sony technologies. A total of 425 phase-detection AF points work in conjunction with contrast-detection AF to achieve a remarkable 0.02-sec.12 speed, while High-density AF Tracking Technology follows even erratically moving subjects. Phase-detection AF coverage (425 points) Contrast-detection AF coverage (425 points)
Real-time Tracking holds the focus on tracked subjects
When you're tracking a fast-moving subject, the camera's motion tracker uses an enhanced subject recognition algorithm (AI)13 that draws on colour, pattern (brightness), distance (depth) and face/eye information to recognise, and maintain focus on, your subject.
Enhanced Real-time Eye AF supports portrait shooting
Real-time Eye AF detects and automatically focuses on the eyes of your subject when you half-press the shutter, and you can even prioritise your subject's left or right eye. When AF-C is set, it maintains a stable focus even when the face is partially hidden or backlit, or the subject is facing downwards.
Accurate autofocus in dim lighting
Highly accurate autofocus is possible even in dark settings, thanks to the camera's advanced AF algorithm. High AF sensitivity means reliable AF-S auto-focus all the way down to EV -218.
High speed continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking
Capture all the action with continuous shooting at up to 11fps15. Even when using silent shutter16, or the live-view mode, up to 8fps15 is possible. Display lag has been minimised, and up to 116 JPEG (Standard) images17 can be shot in each burst, with group display available in the playback mode.
Real-time Eye AF for animal
The technology used in Real-time Eye AF has been adapted to support animal14 as well as human. When activated, this provides fast automatic detection and tracking of animal's eyes, with precise focus that had been difficult to achieve otherwise, all to give you great pet portraits and wildlife shots.
Focus Magnifier for finer focus adjustment in both MF/AF modes
When extra-accurate focus is called for, such as when you're taking macro shots, you can display a magnified view of the general area you want to focus on, then finely adjust the exact point of focus using the touchscreen or the focus point selector.
Built-in 5-axis optical image stabilisation
The 5-axis in-body optical image stabilisation mechanism used on our acclaimed full-frame cameras has been adapted for use as a stabilisation unit for the APS-C sensor on this model. This system compensates for camera shake along five different axes – pitch and yaw, horizontal and vertical, and rotational (roll) – to ensure steadier still images and movies during hand-held shooting. A highly accurate gyro sensor provides an image stabilisation effect equivalent to a shutter speed 5 steps19 faster. The feature allows you to zoom in on far-off subjects, snap detailed close-ups, capture night scenes and more ― all with minimal blur from camera shake.
Easy manual focus with a clearly visible peaking function
The camera's peaking function colour-highlights the most sharply focused section of the entire image area when you're using manual focus. Now blue has been added to the display's other peaking colours (red, yellow and white) to improve the visibility of in-focus areas when you're doing the delicate focusing required for macro or portrait shooting.
An innovative image-processing system
The camera's APS-C size, 24.2-megapixel20 Exmor™ CMOS sensor provides a wide sensitivity range and excellent low-noise performance. In conjunction with the latest-generation BIONZ X™ image processing engine, it delivers beautiful, high-resolution images with superb image clarity and texture reproduction.
14-bit RAW output with rich tonal gradation
True 14-bit RAW images are delivered via a high-performance LSI and the BIONZ X image processor. To retain the smoothest, most natural tonal gradations, all processing occurs at 16-bit, preventing any dithering or processing errors from being introduced into the final 14-bit RAW image output. Image sensor The latest high-speed front-end LSI 16-bit image processing
Extraordinary image quality, low noise and a wide ISO range
The standard ISO sensitivity range has been extended to ISO 100-32000 (expandable ISO 50-102400 for stills). Improved imaging algorithms, detail reproduction technology and area-division noise reduction result in more realistic textures, better detail in shadow regions, and more lifelike colours, including human skin tones and natural plant colours.
Precise AF tracking with Real-time Eye AF, for better movies
Fast Hybrid AF brings high speed, accuracy and tracking performance to meet the stringent autofocus demands of 4K movies. AF tracking sensitivity can be adjusted for either stable focus or responsive refocusing, depending on the nature of the scene, and Touch Tracking lets you initiate tracking of a moving subject simply by touching the LCD screen. Real-time Eye AF is now also available for movies.
External mic and audio input plus headphone jack
External microphones can be attached via the microphone jack, or use line input via XLR connectors with the separately available XLR adaptor kit. This enables connection with various high-end microphones for professional-level audio. In addition, a headphone jack is available so you can monitor the audio on movies as you record them.
Custom functions for greater operability
Compared to the previous model, the camera has one additional Custom button (C button), bringing the total to four. Now 11 buttons (increased from ten) can be custom-assigned to any of 91 shooting or replay functions. Frequently used functions can also be assigned to the control dial and control wheel with My Dial. My Menu allows flexible assignment of 30 menu items, and the custom settings screen helps keep track of everything. Helpful guides for menu items are also available with a single button press on the menu screen.
180°-tiltable LCD screen with versatile touch functions
The high-resolution, 921k-dot LCD has a 3.0-type screen and tilts up a full 180° and down by 74°, for easy framing of selfie shots and vlogs. The LCD's intuitive touch operations include Touch Pad (to smoothly move the focus point), Touch Focus (to set the focus point), Touch Shutter (to release the shutter), and Touch Tracking (to activate Real-Time AF).
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