Creative Filters Mode

You can shoot with filter effects applied. In Live View shooting, you can preview filter effects before shooting.

  1. Set the Mode dial to Creative filters.

  2. Display the Live View image.

    • Press the Live View shooting button to display the Live View image.

  3. Select [Creative filters] with Quick Control.

    • Press the Quick Control button (Timer 10sec).
    • Use the Up key Down key keys to select the icon in the upper left, then press Set button.
  4. Select a filter effect.

    • Turn the Main dial or Quick control dial dial to select a filter effect (), then press Set button.
    • The image is shown with the filter effect applied.


    • If you do not want the Live View image to be displayed when setting functions, press the Quick Control button after step 1 and select [Choose filter].
  5. Adjust the effect and shoot.

    • Press the Quick Control button and select an icon below [Creative filters] (except Miniature effect, HDR art standard, HDR art vivid, HDR art bold, or HDR art embossed).
    • Turn the Main dial or Quick control dial dial to adjust the effect, then press SET.


  • RAW and RAW+JPEG are not available. When RAW image quality is set, images are captured with FineLarge image quality. When RAW+JPEG image quality is set, images are captured with the specified JPEG image quality.
  • Continuous shooting is not available when [Grainy B/W], [Soft focus], [Fish-eye effect], [Water painting effect], [Toy camera effect], or [Miniature effect] is set.


  • In Live View shooting

  • With Grainy B/W, the grainy preview will differ somewhat from the appearance of your shots.
  • With Soft focus or Miniature effect options, the soft focus preview may differ somewhat from the appearance of your shots.
  • No histogram is displayed.
  • A magnified view is not available.
  • In Live View shooting in Creative Zone modes, some Creative filter settings are available from the Quick Control screen.

Creative Filter Characteristics

  • Grainy B/W

    Makes the image grainy and black and white. By adjusting the contrast, you can change the black-and-white effect.

  • Soft focus

    Gives the image a soft look. By adjusting the blur, you can change the degree of softness.

  • Fish-eye effect

    Gives the effect of a fish-eye lens. The image will have barrel distortion.

    Depending on the level of this filter effect, the area trimmed along the periphery of the image changes. Also, because this filter effect magnifies the center of the image, the apparent resolution at the center may degrade depending on the number of recorded pixels, so set the filter effect while checking the resulting image. One AF point is used, fixed at the center.

  • Water painting effect

    Makes the photo look like a watercolor painting with soft colors. By adjusting the effect, you can change the color density. Note that night scenes or dark scenes may not be rendered with a smooth gradation and may look irregular or have significant noise.

  • Toy camera effect

    Shifts colors to those typical of toy cameras and darkens the four corners of the image. Color tone options can be used to change the color cast.

  • Miniature effect

    Creates a diorama effect.

    Shooting under the default setting will keep the center looking sharp.

    In Live View shooting, you can move the area that looks sharp (the scene frame) as described in Miniature Effect Operations. [1-point AF] is used as the AF method. Shooting with the AF point and scene frame aligned is recommended.

    In viewfinder shooting, aim the center AF point shown in the viewfinder on the subject, then shoot.

  • HDR art standard

    Photos retain more detail in highlights and shadows. With reduced contrast and flatter gradation, the finish resembles a painting. The subject outlines will have bright (or dark) edges.

  • HDR art vivid

    The colors are more saturated than with [HDR art standard], and the low contrast and flat gradation create a graphic art effect.

  • HDR art bold

    The colors are the most saturated, making the subject pop out, and the picture looks like an oil painting.

  • HDR art embossed

    The color saturation, brightness, contrast and gradation are decreased to make the picture look flat, so that the picture looks faded and old. The subject outlines will have bright (or dark) edges.


  • [HDR art standard], [HDR art vivid], [HDR art bold], and [HDR art embossed] precautions

  • Compared to other shooting modes, the image area will be smaller.
  • Live View previews of the filter effects will not look exactly the same as your shots.
  • If you shoot a moving subject, the subject's movement may leave afterimages, or the surrounding area of the subject may become dark.
  • The image alignment may not function properly with repetitive patterns (lattice, stripes, etc.), flat or single-tone images, or images significantly misaligned due to camera shake.
  • Be careful about camera shake in handheld shots.
  • Subjects such as the sky or white walls may not be rendered with smooth gradation and may have noise or irregular exposure or colors.
  • Shooting under fluorescent or LED lighting may result in unnatural color reproduction of the illuminated areas.
  • It takes some time to record images to the card since they are merged after shooting. “buSY” and “BUSY” appear in the viewfinder and on the screen, respectively, as images are processed, and shooting is not possible until processing is finished.
  • Flash photography is not possible. However, raising the flash beforehand is recommended, to enable firing of the AF-assist beam ().


  • With [HDR art standard], [HDR art vivid], [HDR art bold], and [HDR art embossed], you can shoot high dynamic range photos that retain detail in highlights and shadows of high-contrast scenes. Three consecutive images are captured at different brightnesses each time you shoot and used to create a single image. See the precautions for [HDR art standard], [HDR art vivid], [HDR art bold], and [HDR art embossed].

Adjusting the Miniature Effect

  1. Move the AF point.

    • Move the AF point to the position to focus on.
  2. Move the scene frame and shoot.

    • Move the scene frame if the AF point is outside of it, so that the AF point is aligned with it.
    • To make the scene frame movable (displayed in orange), press the AF point selection button or tap [Scene frame adjustment] in the lower right of the screen. By tapping [Orientation switching], you can also switch between vertical and horizontal scene frame orientation. Switching scene frame orientation is also possible with the Left key Right key keys when in horizontal orientation and Up key Down key keys when in vertical orientation.
    • Turn the Main dial or Quick control dial dial to move the scene frame. To center the scene frame again, press the INFO button.
    • To confirm the position of the scene frame, press SET.