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Initial Setup

The initial setup of your Sony Alpha dSLR is fast and easy. Basically, you just need to charge the battery, attach a lens, and insert a memory card. I’ll address each of these steps separately, but if you already feel you can manage these setup tasks without further instructions, feel free to skip this section entirely. You should at least skim its contents, however, because I’m going to list a few options that you might not be aware of.

Battery Included

Your Sony Alpha dSLR is a sophisticated hunk of machinery and electronics, but it needs a charged battery to function, so rejuvenating the NP-FM500H lithium-ion battery pack furnished with the camera should be your first step. A fully charged power source should be good for approximately 950 to 1,000 shots under normal temperature conditions, based on standard tests defined by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) document DC-002. If most of your pictures use the built-in flash or you are using Live View mode with the A500/A550, you can expect about half as many shots before it’s time for a recharge. While those figures sound like a lot of shooting, things like picture review can use up more power than you might expect. If your pictures are important to you, always take along one spare, fully charged battery.


  

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