Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera ILCE-5100

AF Illuminator (still image)

The AF illuminator supplies fill light to focus more easily on a subject in dark surroundings. The red AF illuminator allows the product to focus easily when the shutter button is pressed halfway, until the focus is locked.

  1. MENU (Camera Settings) → [AF Illuminator] → desired setting.

Menu item details

Auto (default setting):
Uses the AF illuminator.
Does not use the AF illuminator.


  • You cannot use [AF Illuminator] in the following situations:
    • In movie mode
    • In [Sweep Panorama] mode
    • When [Focus Mode] is set to [Continuous AF].
    • When [Scene Selection] is set to [Landscape], [Sports Action] or [Night Scene].
    • When a Mount Adaptor is attached.
  • When [Focus Area] is set to [Wide] or [Zone], the AF range finder frame is indicated by a dotted line.
  • The AF illuminator emits a very bright light. Although there is no health hazard, do not look directly into the AF illuminator at close range.