Choosing Sony Alpha A65/A77 Shooting Modes - dummies

Choosing Sony Alpha A65/A77 Shooting Modes

By Robert Correll

Part of Sony Alpha SLT-A65/A77 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

What shooting mode should you use? Your Sony Alpha A65/A77 has modes you can choose based on how the photo should look, the situation, and your photographic experience level. Are you taking action shots of a sports game? Are you taking portraits for the holiday card?

Basic and Advanced Shooting Modes
Name Description
Auto Automatic mode. Your camera makes most decisions. Use when
you’re getting to know about your camera and photography, or when
you want to relax and have fun.
Auto+ Auto, plus recognizes some shooting conditions.
Flash Off (A65 only) Auto, but with flash disabled.
Scene Selection Choose a scene, such as Portrait or Landscape, that matches the
shooting conditions and your subject.
Sweep Panorama Create panoramas.
3D Sweep Panorama The same as Sweep Panorama, only in 3D photos.
Continuous Advance Priority AE Achieves the fastest frame rate.
P (Program Auto) Automatic exposure, but you control creative settings.
A (Aperture priority) You set aperture; the camera sets the rest for proper exposure.
Good for portraits, landscapes, and close-ups.
S (Shutter speed priority) Aperture priority but instead, you set shutter speed. Good for
action (yours and your subject’s).
M (Manual exposure) You make all exposure and function decisions.
Movie A more advanced movie mode, with P, A, S, and M sub-modes.
Memory Recall (A77 only) The A77’s mode that stores and recalls up to three
different presets that you create.