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Access Sony A6000 Menu

Postby blin » Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:54 pm

Q: I have hard time to find functions in Sony A6000. Do you have a list how to access the A6000 menu?

A: Quoted from online:

3.1) Shooting Menu 1
•Image Size: Default (24M), grayed out on RAW
•Aspect Ratio: 3:2
•Panorama: Size -> Standard (only visible in Panorama mode)
•Panorama: Direction -> Right (from Left to Right, visible in Panorama mode)
•Movie File Format: AVCHD (Default)

3.2) Shooting Menu 2
•Movie Record Setting: 24p 17M (FH). I rarely ever shoot video, but when I do, I use the setting that consumes least amount of memory
•Drive Mode: Single Shooting
•Flash Mode: Auto
•Flash Comp: 0.0
•Red Eye Reduction: Off
•Focus Mode: Automatic AF (AF-A)

3.3) Shooting Menu 3
•Focus Area: Flexible Spot
•AF Illuminator: Auto
•AF Drive Speed: Normal
•AF Track Duration: Normal
•Exposure Comp: 0.0
•Exposure Step: 0.3EV

I found “Normal” for AF Drive Speed and Track Duration to be optimal for most situations.

3.4) Shooting Menu 4
•Metering Mode: Multi
•White Balance: Auto
•DRO / Auto HDR: Off
•Creative Style: Standard
•Picture Effect: Off (grayed out in RAW mode)

3.5) Shooting Menu 5
•Zoom: Grayed out in RAW
•Focus Magnifier: Used for zooming in while focusing manually. Grayed out in AF mode, must be in MF to work. I usually have this on the back button AEL, as explained above.
•Long Exposure NR: Off
•High ISO NR: Off (grayed out in RAW mode)
•Lock-on AF: Off, but can be a good option when something needs to be actively tracked
•Smile / Face Detect.: On (Regist. Faces) – works pretty well for registering and tracking faces

3.6) Shooting Menu 6
•Soft Skin Effect: Off (disabled in RAW)
•Auto Obj. Framing: Off (disabled in RAW)
•Scene Selection: grayed out in Aperture Priority, but will show a bunch of scenes when in Scene mode
•Movie: Grayed out in Aperture Priority mode. When in movie mode, I usually pick Aperture Priority as well
•SteadyShot: On – keep this turned on. It is for image stabilization, but only works with lenses that have it
•Color Space: Although color space does not matter for RAW files, I use AdobeRGB because it gives a slightly more accurate histogram to determine the correct exposure (since the camera shows histogram based on camera-rendered JPEG image, even if you shoot exclusively in RAW).

3.7) Shooting Menu 7
•Auto Slow Shut.: On
•Audio Recording: On
•Wind Noise Reduct.: Off
•Shooting Tip List: has some good info for beginners
•Memory recall: only available when when MR mode is selected on the top of the camera. Allows picking one of the three presets.
•Memory: going here will save all the current settings in one of the selected presets. I usually toggle between two presets – for Landscapes and People. For landscapes, I set camera mode to Aperture Priority, Manual Focus, ISO to 100, turn Auto ISO off and turn off other irrelevant settings such as face registration. For portraits, I set the camera to AF-A focus mode, ISO to Auto, and tweak other relevant settings.

3.8) Wheel 1
•Zebra: Off
•MF Assist: On – a great feature that automatically zooms in when you move the focus ring in manual focus mode.
•Focus Magnif. Time: 5 Sec, I like to keep it a bit longer
•Grid Line: Rule of 3rds Grid
•Auto Review: 2 Sec
•DISP Button:
Monitor: No Disp Info and For viewfinder checked. Display All Info is too cluttered and Graphic Display occupies too much of the screen.
Finder: No Disp. Info, Histogram

3.9) Wheel 2
•Peaking Level: Mid – focus peaking only works in MF mode.
•Peaking Color: Red
•Exposure Set. Guide: On
•Live View Display: Setting Effect ON
•Disp. cont. AF area: On

3.10) Wheel 3
•Pre-AF: Off
•Zoom Setting: Optical zoom only (grayed out in RAW)
•Eye-Start AF: Off – do not enable this, as it could drain the battery. This setting will automatically detect if you are using the viewfinder and try to focus. And if you put it against your body, the camera will indefinitely try to acquire focus.
•FINDER/MONITOR: Auto – will automatically switch between viewfinder and LCD.
•Release w/o Lens: Disable – do not allow firing the camera without a lens.
•AF w/ shutter: On – if you want to focus and recompose, set it to Off and use the AEL button on the back for AF On as explained earlier

3.11) Wheel 4
•AEL w/ shutter: Auto
•e-Front Curtain Shutter: On
•S. Auto Img. Extract.: grayed out in Aperture Priorty. Only works in Superior Auto mode
•Exp.comp.set: Ambient&flash
•Bracket order: 0-+

3.12) Wheel 5
•Face Registration: used for registering faces.
•AF Micro Adj: Off, don’t do this unless you want to calibrate a lens
•Lens Comp.:
Shading Comp.: Off
Chro. Aber. Comp.: Off
Distortion Comp.: Off

3.13) Wheel 6
•Function Menu Set.: Function Upper and Lower – leave these at default
•Custom Key Settings:
AEL Button: AF On, for focusing and recomposing
Custom Button 1: Focus Mode
Custom Button 2: Focus Magnifier. Once you do this, you will be able to use the C2 button in MF mode to zoom in during MF. Pressing the center button on the dial will allow to zoom in up to 11.7x (pixel level). The button won’t do anything in AF mode.
Center Button: Standard
Left Button: Drive Mode
Right Button: ISO
Down Button: Exposure Comp.
•Dial/Wheel Setup: F/no, SS
•Dial/Wheel Ev Comp: Wheel – since the lens aperture is controlled with the dial, I like to use the rear dial for exposure compensation.
•MOVIE Button: Always – will record movie any time without going into Movie Mode
•Dial / Wheel Lock: Unlock

3.14) Connection 1 and 2

I don’t care for or use these. Might be best to keep “Airplane Mode: On” to save battery life.

3.15) Applications

I don’t usually use any applications, but you can use things like Smart Remote to remotely control the camera.

3.16) Playback 1 and 2
•Display Rotation: Off – I don’t like it when the camera flips verticals
•Other settings are used for accessing specific playback functions

3.17) Setup 1
•Monitor Brightness: Manual
•Viewfinder Brightness: Auto works pretty well
•Finder Color Temp.: 0
•Volume Settings: 7
•Audio signals: Off – I always turn these off

3.18) Setup 2
•Tile Menu: Off – you don’t want extra icons to access the menu
•Mode Dial Guide: Off – won’t display the guide when changing camera modes
•Delete confirm: “Delete” first – don’t want to scroll when I need to delete something
•Pwr Save Start Time: 1 Min usually works pretty well

3.19) Setup 3
•Cleaning Mode: used for cleaning the camera sensor
•Demo Mode: grayed out
•Remote Ctrl: On (for remote control)
•HDMI Resolution: Auto
•HDMI Info. Display: On

3.20) Setup 4
•USB Connection: Auto
•USB LUN Setting: Multi
•Language: English
•Date/Time Setup: usually turn Daylight Savings On
•Area Setting: For setting the timezone

3.21) Setup 5
•Format: for formatting SD cards
•File Number: Series
•Select REC Folder: skip this
•New Folder: Skip this
•Folder Name: Standard Form
•Recover Image DB: Skip this

3.22) Setup 6
•Display Media Info.: Shows what’s on the card
•Version: Display firmware version
•Setting reset: will reset the camera settings or reinitialize the camera
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