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A7Rii Finder / Monitor Function

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Cameras' started by starmite, May 23, 2019.

  1. starmite

    starmite TalkEmount Regular Subscribing Member

    70
    Dec 20, 2012
    While shooting during a recent vacation in Greece, the Finder / Monitor auto function ceased working on my camera. The LCD would not illuminate, but I could still use the viewfinder. If I changed the settings to either manual viewfinder or manual monitor, I could use either, but in the "auto" setting, the camera would not automatically switch between the two if I wasn't using the viewfinder. Then, mysteriously, the function resumed working later in the day. Battery power was not low.

    Has anyone else experienced a temporary glitch like this on your A7Rii? Any thoughts as to causes and/or quick remedies to restore the function?
     
  2. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    There is a sensor near the EVF to detect your face close to the camera's eye piece. Check to see if it's covered with grunge.
     
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  3. Tipton

    Tipton TalkEmount Top Veteran

    716
    Jan 30, 2016
    Rae Leggett
    It's very easy to get some dust on that little sensor and it's a bit of a pain to get it off. I found using a "rocket blower" works best. It's really too small to use a q tip or anything like that.
     
  4. starmite

    starmite TalkEmount Regular Subscribing Member

    70
    Dec 20, 2012
    Thanks gentlemen, I will check out the sensor this evening even though the camera resumed automatically switching between the EVF and the LCD panel.
     
  5. unlo

    unlo Sony ****** Subscribing Member

    Jan 19, 2014
    Ohio
    Matt
    I've found the eye cup comes off easily and makes cleaning the sensor easier.
    I've also covered about 1/3 of the sensor with a dark film to reduce the sensitivity.
     
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  6. Tipton

    Tipton TalkEmount Top Veteran

    716
    Jan 30, 2016
    Rae Leggett
    As a side note, I've found the "Touchless Shutter" app, which lets you pass your hand in front of that sensor to take a picture, to be very handy when you have the camera on a tripod but forgot your remote trigger.

    It's too bad Sony removed app functionality in the last series.
     
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