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Sony A7 III Fast Start

Lesson 25 of 29

Network Menu


Sony A7 III Fast Start

Lesson 25 of 29

Network Menu


Lesson Info

Network Menu

We are in the midst of the menu system and we've gotten through a lot of the key components and we're getting into the WiFi playback in the general settings menu. So a lot of the things that are not the most critical in the world, but you do need to get in through these to do the WiFi stuff and get a lot of the custom settings set up for you. Alright. This first section is on the network and there is a number of ways that you can communicate with this camera to a greater network of cameras and mobile devices out there. And so, we're gonna go through some of the many different options. We're gonna be a little light on the demos in here. We're not gonna go through everything extensively because there's a lot of stuff that this can do. To start with, we have send to smartphone functions. So once you have a photograph that you've taken in the camera, you can send it over to a smartphone that is linked to the camera. In here there is going to be a little sub menu, and so the first option is...

just sending over a photo that's already been taken. It doesn't seem like this should really be the first item in here, but it is, so the order is a little bit goofy in my mind. Alright. Next up is sending a proxy movie over. We had a question about the proxy movies, and so this is where you can choose to send over a proxy movie only and not the full res, high res image video that you might have shot. So that's your options when sending to a smartphone. You can send it to a computer as well. This is not something that's done very often because even though it's WiFi, very convenient, I hate wires. So it's nice to get away from the wires, but it's actually just a little bit simpler to hook it directly up, if you do have that cable. But you can go WiFi to the computer and download via that system. Next up, FTP transfer function, so this is for tethering. So people shooting in a studio who want to shoot with a camera download directly to their computer into light room, or some other program, you can use this to tether. And so, inside here there's gonna be a whole host of features of which I am only going to briefly talk about here. So you would be connecting up using the USB plug on the side of the camera. You can show the results of your transfers here, you can choose which one of three different servers you can have preset that you are going to, and then you can have a variety of information, of names, designation settings, and user info settings that you can have set for each of your different servers that you are communicating with. You can use this to view on a TV that has a WiFi system so you could do a slideshow remote without any cords. And then we get to the good thing. So this is the one that most people are going to be interested in, is controlling with a smartphone. So you can use your smartphone mobile device to make setting changes on the camera, and fire the camera, and see what the camera sees in here. So that's what we're gonna do a little demo on here, but let's talk a little bit more about what we can get into here because we have a little sub menu in here. So the main thing is that when you do want to do this, you want to turn this on. I leave this turned off on a normal basis because when it's left on, it's part of the WiFi signal that's on and it's using battery power. And if you use WiFi a lot, then you would turn it on, but for most of us who use it on an occasional basis, it's best to leave this and everything else turned off. The connection info will show you information about how it's hooking up with the camera and this is what we're gonna use to connect with the phone here in just a moment. So I wanted to make my own diagram because there's a lot of different things that you need to do. There are things you need to do with the phone, there are things you need to do with the camera in the setup of this. The first thing you need to do is you need to download the Sony app because that's what you're gonna be using on your mobile device to control the camera. So it's called the Play Memories Mobile from Sony, and you can download that, of course, it's a free app. Next up, on your camera is you're gonna go in to where we were just talking about on the menu, and control by smartphone, make sure that's turned on, and then go to the connection, and then you'll be walked through the next steps. So from there you need to go back onto your phone and make sure that your WiFi is turned on, you select the WiFi signal from this particular camera, enter the password which you will only need to do the first time around, and then you can open the Play Memories Mobile app. So that is what I'm going to do right now. So I've already downloaded the Play Memories Mobile part, so let's go ahead and get onto the back of the camera, and we're gonna go into the menu system, and we're gonna go into the network system, and we're gonna do control by smartphone. First thing we want to do is make sure this is turned on, so that we can actually make this work. Second thing is, we're gonna go into the connection. And there are two ways to connect, one is the barcode, the other is the password. I have found the barcode very troubling and very inconsistent in the hooking up. And it's a little bit slower, but going in, if you press the garbage can it gets you to the password, and then you have to type in the particular password. But I believe I have already done it to save us some time here in the class. So I am going to go into my phone and what I'm gonna do is go into the settings to make sure that we have WiFi turned on. Currently I am in airplane mode because I am in classroom mode myself. Going into the WiFi, let's make sure WiFi is turned on, which it is not, so let's turn that on. And we're looking for the signal from the 7M3, and there we go, top one right there. So I'm gonna select that one and if we get the check mark, that means it is connected up. Now, I did already do the password setting ahead of time, so I've saved you that hassle there. So now, my camera is connected up and I need to open the Play Memories app, which I have located right down in here with all my camera apps. And so, it should connect up here in a moment and we should see on the screen what we see with the camera, and things are working properly. So now, I can operate on the camera and I can get over and get in the photo myself. So I can position the camera as I want here. Alrighty. Okay guys, everybody up here, we're doing a group shot and I want to make sure we're in it, so I'm gonna be viewing over here. So come on up, get next to me. So I'm getting a slightly delayed view in the camera here, so you guys can see if you're in the shot. You gotta squeeze in here tight. You're gonna have to spread your legs, you can scoot down a little. Okay, there we go. So looking pretty good there, so I'm gonna hide this behind the back here, and everybody look and smile. (camera beeps) There we go, okay. So we got a shot with all of us in it, thank you, you guys can have a seat. So that's how you do your group shot with viewing to check to make sure that you are in it. So you can see on the back of the phone we now have this picture here, there we go. You went from the tallest to the shortest so easily. (laughs) So thank you for that. So that's the way that you can do the remote app and it's fun if you do need to put that camera into an unusual position. So I'm gonna go into the menu system now. Going to control by smartphone, and I'm just gonna turn this off because we don't need this anymore in the class. But that's the way that it works, and hopefully it's just as easy for you to get that hooked up. Okay, let's get that turned off and back on the menu system, and we'll go back to keynote. Alright. So you can use the barcode system, or you can give it a try, see if it works for you, as I say, it's been a little bit spotty for me in the connection on that. Alright. Next up, do you want to always leave this connected if you're the type of person that is constantly using your phone and transferring images back and forth, you may want to leave this on all the time. If you're more concerned about battery usage, and it's an occasional use of yours, then I would turn this off. So that is controlling with the smartphone. Next up, is the airplane mode, and this just turns off all the other signals in the camera. This is what I usually leave turned on just because I don't use the WiFi signal on a regular basis, and I want to get the most battery life out of the camera. So this is also gonna turn off the WiFi, or the Bluetooth system that we're gonna talk about in just a moment. Second page on the network, WiFi settings and in here this dumps us into another little sub menu. As I mentioned, this camera can be connected up to computers which have different WiFi systems and there is a WiFi WPS, where there is a device that you can just press a button and it automatically transfers images from whatever devices connected to it to that home device. So it's just a different way of downloading information. You can have different access points that you are setting. As I say, we're gonna go through this very quickly. Here you can see the address of the camera, which some devices need to connect up with. It has this other different password system for protection you may need. Then we get into the Bluetooth settings, gonna go quickly through this. If you do have a Bluetooth device, a mobile device, you can get it to hook up so that it connects with this. The Bluetooth is not as strong a signal as WiFi, so you do need to have the device pretty close for that to work. You can also have communication between the phone and the camera for other information. So for instance, you can have your phone's location information sent to your camera and linked to the meta data of the photo that you're shooting, which can be very handy for figuring out where you shot certain photographs. You can also have it linked to correct the time in the camera for timezones and daylight saving time changes that are made. Then as far as the area code also linked in with the time/date system on the camera, you can have that information sent over as well. You can change the name of the camera. For instance, if you have two of these cameras, you're gonna probably wanna change one to "A" and "B" or something like that, but that's only for people who have two of these. And this is bringing in information that might be needed for some types of servers for encrypted communication. Once again, not something that most people are gonna do on the camera, but it is available. You can completely reset all these network settings because there's a lot of little things that you might get lost in here turning on and off. And you can go just reset the network settings if you need to.

Class Description


  • Use the advanced focusing system with 425 Contrast points and 693 phase detection points
  • Understand and leverage bracketing options for Exposure, White Balance and Dynamic Range Optimizer
  • Use the multitude of customizing options
  • Use video features like 4K video, slow motion, and time-lapse
  • Better use any modern mirrorless features like the EVF


Sony set the bar high by calling the Sony A7 III a basic mirrorless camera, packing the $2,000 body-only digital camera with a 24.2 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor and image processor capable of 10 fps. The entry level full frame camera is being touted as one of the best options for full frame, even among Canon and Nikon competitors.

This class helps you get the most of your Sony camera with a complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features, whether you are just picking up the a7 III for the first time or you want to learn new tricks for your well-loved camera. Join expert photographer John Greengo as he gives you all the information you need to understand this Sony Alpha camera's buttons, menus, and functions -- without the 642-page instruction manual.


Anyone who has purchased, or is thinking about purchasing the Sony A7 III

Sony A7 III


John Greengo is a veteran instructor and an experienced photographer with over 50 Fast Start classes in the CreativeLive catalog. He has dove into the complex menu systems of multiple Sony cameras including the a6000, a6500, a9, and a7r III, as well as mirrorless and DSLRs from Panasonic, Nikon, and Canon. Besides being adept at dissecting new cameras, John works as a travel and outdoor photographer. With his experience in analyzing camera manuals, he will discuss the complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. After this class, you’ll be able to use your new Sony A7 III with confidence.


  1. Class Introduction

    Dip your feet into the world of Sony cameras with the class instruction. Walk through what to expect for the class and learn about how the camera compares to Canon and Nikon DSLRs. Note the differences with the Sony a7r III and learn camera care basics.

  2. Photo Basics

    New to photography? John covers the basics like what a mirrorless camera is and using an EVF. Learn basic terms like aperture, ISO, and shutter speed as well as factors like APS-C versus full frame sensors.

  3. Camera Controls: Control Wheel & Shutter Release

    Take your first picture (if you haven't already) with the basic, most-used controls on the Sony camera body. Explore the control wheel and shutter release, as well as the joystick that's new to the Sony a7 III (hint: the joystick also doubles as a button).

  4. Camera Controls: Mode Dial

    Learn the Sony a7 III's available modes by exploring the mode dial. From why you shouldn't use auto (and when you should) to how to use advanced modes like aperture priority mode and manual mode, dissect the different shooting modes on the camera.

  5. Camera Controls: Top Deck

    Navigate the remainder of the controls on the top of the camera, including the custom controls, like programming Sony's excellent eye AF.

  6. Camera Controls: Back Side Controls

    Demystify the controls at the back of the camera body. Learn essentials from focusing the viewfinder to AF modes to using the LCD screen.

  7. Back Side Controls: Function Button

    Jump into that "Fn" button and the quick menu controls that it brings up. Here, you can find shortcuts to adjusting options like ISO, AF mode, continuous shooting mode, and white balance.

  8. Back Side Controls: Wheel & Custom Buttons

    Continuing the journey through the back of the camera, learn all the options for the multi-purpose wheel, from shortcut EVF options to ISO.

  9. Left & Right Side Controls

    Decipher all the doors and ports at the side of the camera, including what accessories work well with the Sony camera body, the camera's NFC option, and the dual memory card slots.

  10. Bottom Controls

    The camera body doesn't have a lot of pieces at the bottom, but here, John walks photographers through easy tricks like finding the serial number and adding the battery grip accessory.

  11. Front Controls & Lenses

    Sony cameras don't often have a ton of controls at the front -- but learn the essentials on the front, as well as how to safely swap lenses. Then, dive into EF E-Mount lenses. Learn the best zoom lens and prime lenses to use with the camera body, some with built-in image stabilization. Besides using lenses from Sony and Zeiss, dig into using Canon lenses on a Sony camera with an adapter.

  12. Menu Page 1: Quality/Image Size 1

    Sony camera menus can be confusing and long -- start the trek through the a7 III's menus in this lesson by looking at the first sections on image quality, image size, and RAW vs. JPEG.

  13. Menu Page 2: Quality/Image Size 2

    Continuing diving through the image quality and size menus with features like ISO noise reduction, color space controls, and in-camera lens corrections.

  14. Menu Pages 3-5: Shoot Mode/Drive 1/AF1

    Adjust settings for multiple photos including burst mode settings and image bracketing by learning the shoot mode menu.

  15. Menu Page 6: AF2

    The Sony a7 III is often noted for the autofocus improvement over earlier models. Dig through the different AF options by digging into what all the features in the AF2 menu mean.

  16. Menu Pages 7 & 8: AF3 & AF4

    Continue digging into the AF menu and learn what features are a waste of battery and what features are actually useful like setting a second AF area.

  17. Menu Pages 9-11: Exposure & Flash

    Fine-tune your Sony camera's exposure settings with advanced menu tools like choosing whether or not to leave settings intact when the camera powers off and setting limits for the auto ISO.

  18. Menu Page 12: Color/WB/Img Processing

    Color photos not looking so hot? John walks you through the Sony camera color menu, which contains controls for options like white balance. John walks through the menu options, explaining what tools like dynamic range optimizer and picture profiles entail.

  19. Menu Page 13: Focus Assist

    Ever get home from a shoot thinking you got a great shot only to see it on a bigger screen and realize it's just a bit soft? Learn Sony's built-in tools for making sure you nab a sharp shot, including focus magnification and focus peaking, available through that OLED Tru-Finder EVF. Walk through what the different focus assist tools do, how to use them, and how to customize them.

  20. Menu Page 14: Shooting Assist

    Dig into game-changing tools you may not even realize exist by exploring the shooting assist menu. Learn how to turn on anti-flicker to get consistent results with lights that are flickering. This often happens at a speed too fast for you to perceive, but can create shots that are too dark because of the timing of the flicker and the image. Discover how to tell the face AF who to prioritize and more in the shooting assist menu.

  21. Camera Settings: Movie

    Mirrorless cameras are often just as excellent when tasked with recording video. Learn how to adjust the video settings inside the menu, including choosing 4K video or HD, along with advanced options like wind noise reduction.

  22. Camera Settings: Shutter & Steady Shot

    On the Sony a7 III, users can adjust the way the shutter works. Learn what a second curtain shutter is. Dive into how to turn the Sony camera on silent mode using a global shutter, and when you should avoid using this feature.

  23. Camera Settings: Zoom & Display Auto Review

    The Sony camera menu has several zoom and display options. Digital zoom is available but should be avoided because of a loss in image quality, leaving the menu option set to optical zoom only. Inside this submenu, learn how to adjust the display options to review your images.

  24. Camera Settings: Custom Operation

    Still using the camera's default set-up? The Sony a7 III, like many Sony cameras, can be custom programmed. Learn how to set the camera up for your shooting style for the easiest access to the most frequently used settings from customizing the control scheme to organizing your own function setting menu.

  25. Network Menu

    The Sony a7 III has both Wi-Fi and NFC. Dig into how to use the Wi-Fi to easily share images, including sending to a smartphone, sharing with a computer, or shooting with a tether.

  26. Playback Menu

    The playback menu contains all the options for working with images after you've shot them. Walk through the playback menu options, from deleting images and rating images to jumpstart the culling process.

  27. Setup Menu

    Dig into how to customize the setup of your camera, from the brightness of the LCD screen to turning down the camera's beeps. This menu is one that contains a lot of features that are set once and forgotten, John says, but there are some essential revisited sections like the sensor cleaning mode and formatting the memory card.

  28. My Menu Overview

    Find the menu daunting? Sony's My Menu allows photographers to save the most frequently used menu settings to quickly find the option without digging through pages of menu options. The custom menu idea has been around for a while on Nikon and Canon DSLRs, but it's a relatively new feature for Sony cameras.

  29. Camera Operation

    Now that you've covered the ins and outs of the cameras, work through a checklist to prep the camera for operation. Walk through a handful of different shooting scenarios from portraits to sports and how to choose the appropriate settings for that shot.


a Creativelive Student

John GreengO! What a wonderful teacher! As always to the point. You do all the testing for us and we get an amazing tour of the camera. Really thrilled with your class once again. Thanks a lot!


Thanks John. Another great class! I appreciate the thorough explanations. I many never use all of the features on this camera but at least I know what they do. Love all of your classes and would definitely recommend them.


Wonderful class. John is a great instructor. Learned a lot. Only wish he'd include a bit more on using a7iii to shoot video, such as using Clear Image Zoom, and including video in the ending Camera Operation settings section. Loved the course though.