Digital Still CameraDSC-W830

AF Illuminator

The AF illuminator supplies fill light to focus more easily on a subject in dark surroundings.

The AF illuminator emits red light allowing the camera to focus easily when the shutter button is pressed halfway, until focus is locked.

The indicator appears at this time.

  1. Set the camera to shooting mode.
  2. MENU - (Settings) - (Shooting Settings) - [AF Illuminator] - desired mode - on the control button

Auto(Default setting):

Sets whether to use the AF illuminator automatically in dark surroundings.


Does not use the AF illuminator.


  • Focus is achieved as long as the AF illuminator light reaches the subject, regardless of whether light fails to reach the center of the subject.
  • You cannot use the AF illuminator in the following situations:
    • In movie mode
    • In [Sweep Panorama]
    • When (Landscape), (Night Scene), (Pet) or (Fireworks) mode is selected in Scene Selection.
    • When [Self-Timer] is set to [Self-portrait One Person] or [Self-portrait Two People].
  • When you use the AF illuminator, the normal AF range finder frame is disabled and a new AF range finder frame is displayed by a dotted line. AF operates with priority on subjects located near the center of the frame.
  • The AF illuminator emits very bright light. Although there is no health hazard, do not look directly into the AF illuminator emitter at close range.