Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera ILCE-5100

Metering Mode

Selects the metering mode that sets which part of the screen to measure for determining the exposure.

  1. MENU (Camera Settings)[Metering Mode] → desired setting.

Menu item details

Multi (default setting):
Measures light on each area after dividing the total area into multiple areas and determines the proper exposure of the entire screen (Multi-pattern metering).

Measures the average brightness of the entire screen, while emphasizing the central area of the screen (Center-weighted metering).

Measures only the central area (Spot metering). This function is useful when the subject is backlit or when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background.


  • [Multi] is selected when using the following functions:
    • [Intelligent Auto]
    • [Superior Auto]
    • [Scene Selection]
    • Zoom functions other than optical zoom