Bottom & Card Reader
On the bottom of the camera we have our serial number, note that for insurance purposes, standard tripod socket, for all the tripods and support accessories. We have a little cord door. If you do have an AC adapter for your camera, there'll be a little device that you plug into the battery, but you gotta have a cord that runs out of the camera and can run right through that little door that opens up. And so inside our battery compartment we have a battery lever and a standard Sony battery, which is fairly common. Pretty powerful battery, but being a mirror-less camera, you're not gonna a ton of images. It's around 300 images that you're gonna get with a battery charge. Now one of the things that I find a little annoying on this camera is that the camera does not come with a battery charger, you have to plug the camera into the wall and you can't use it so if you have two batteries, you gotta use the camera, the camera is the charger. Now in some cases it's really convenient because you...
don't need to bring a charger with you, but if you have multiple batteries you have to use the camera as a charger. So you can buy a nice little Sony battery charger, if this annoys you in any way. It's not too much money, it's only about $25. And then you can have a separate charge for your camera battery. Memory card slot uses SD cards as it's main card in here. This is the most popular card on the market right now. There are many different sizes, obviously. There is a lock switch on the side, make sure you don't accidentally bump that, because that'll make the card unreadable or un-recordable. In the camera it means there'll be some sort of card problem and then it might just be that the switch got flipped to the downward position. The speed of the card is not gonna matter too much in this camera, but if you do shoot a lot of sports and action shots very quickly, you might benefit a little from having a slightly faster memory card. But for the average shooter the speed of the card is not a major concern. The minimum speed of the card is a little more important to those of you shooting videos because shooting video is a very intensive way of recording information cause there's a lot of information coming very very quickly that it's trying to record and so you want to make sure that that minimum speed is reasonably fast if you are shooting lots of video. Now the camera will use some of the Sony proprietary memory sticks. I don't see too many of these out on the market anymore, but the camera still can use this in exactly the same slot. It's only got one slot for all the cards, so you have to choose either SD or a memory stick card. And so if you do want to shoot a lot of videos with this I would recommend a CLASS10 card or higher. So that would also include the UHS and the UHS3 cards as well. If you're not shooting videos, the speed of the card's not gonna matter nearly as much. While you can download directly from the camera to the computer, it's a little bit on the slow side. And so for most people I would recommend using a card reader or plugging that card directly into your computer. The download will go a bit faster, maybe two or three times as fast. And with those memory cards, try to format them on a regular basis. That deletes all the photos, the file directory, the ghost images, anything else that might be on the card that could cause a communication problem with the camera. And I typically will format the card once I have downloaded it and backed it up on a separate hard drive so that the images are in two separate locations. I will then clear everything off the card by formatting the card and that will be an option we'll see in the setup menu in the menu system.