Article ID : 00158622 / Last Modified : 05/03/2019

Getting started with an α (Alpha) camera

    Providing the support you need for your Sony® α Camera

    Getting started

    Getting blurred images on your camera in different modes? Unsure about the different modes of the camera?

    This section provides you with more information about the functions of your camera and guides you on how to take better images.

    basic Knowledge

    Shooting Tips

    Shooting Tips

    01 - Basic knowledge

    Improve your shooting techniques by learning the basics of the camera like ISO, Aperture, Shutter speed, etc.

    02 - Shooting tips

    Step by step lesson guide to learn how to choose lenses and shooting techniques in various scenes

    03 - Content transfer

    Learn more on how to transfer pictures and videos from a camera to various devices

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Have a question or an issue? We may already have an answer.

    Shooting Tips Compatibility & accessories

    1. Lens and accessory compatibility information
    2. Imaging Edge Mobile (formerly PlayMemories™ Mobile) compatibility
    3. Wireless Flash guide

    Gen info General information

    1. What's the difference between an A-mount and an E-mount?
    2. What's the electronic front curtain shutter function?
    3. What's NFC™?

    Shooting Tips Settings & adjustments

    1. How to clean the image sensor for ILCE series and NEX series camera
    2. How should I clean the translucent mirror and image sensor?
    3. How should interchangeable lens cameras be stored?
    4. How to reset or initialize a camera back to original factory settings

    Shooting Tips PlayMemories and Imaging Edge support

    1. PlayMemories™ Online
    2. PlayMemories Home™
    3. Imaging Edge
    4. Imaging Edge Mobile (formerly PlayMemories Mobile)
    5. PlayMemories™ Camera Apps

    Errors & Troubleshooting Errors & troubleshooting

    1. The entire picture looks blurry
    2. The camera doesn't recognize the lens and an error message is displayed
    3. The SteadyShot® indicator blinks and an ERROR icon that looks like a hand appears
    4. An Image Database file error occurs
    5. The camera doesn't focus using the Auto Focus (AF) setting
    6. The battery doesn't charge
    7. Error: REINSERT THE MEMORY CARD is displayed on the LCD screen

    For other topics, refer to the Cameras Interchangeable Lens Support page.

    Note: Not all camera models are sold in all countries.