Pixel Shift Multi Shooting

In "Pixel Shift Multi Shooting," the camera shoots four uncompressed RAW images while shifting the image sensor one pixel at a time. You can generate images with a higher resolution than is possible with regular shooting by combining the four RAW images on a computer using the Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit)*1 application. This is helpful when shooting still subjects.

*1:
Installing Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit) on a computer will install three applications: “  Remote ” , “  Viewer ” and “  Edit ”.
Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit) can be downloaded here.

Pixel Shift Multi Shooting is available in the “  Remote ” application when shooting remotely (tethered) and also on the camera itself. Instructions are provided here for both methods.

Note

Any camera movement or subject blurring as the four Pixel Shift Multi images are captured may prevent the RAW images from being combined correctly, and a faint grid pattern may be visible. Similarly, images may not be combined correctly if nearby people or objects move, which may affect lighting on the subject.
Keep this in mind when setting up any photography equipment, and at the time of shooting.

Shooting Procedure

  1. Setting up photography equipment
  2. Configuring camera settings
  3. Shooting
  4. Combining Pixel Shift Multi images
  5. Adjusting and Developing Images
  1. Setting up photography equipment

Equipment setup notes

  • Place the camera on a tripod or other stable surface to hold it steady.
  • Make sure the camera and subject will remain steady if nearby people or objects move.
  • Make sure the camera or lens weight or other factors will not cause the camera to move as you shoot.
  1. Configuring camera settings

When shooting remotely

  1. Confirm that MENU →  (Network) → [Ctrl w/ Smartphone] → [Ctrl w/ Smartphone] is set to [Off].
  2. Select MENU →  (Setup) → [USB Connection] → [PC Remote].
  3. Use a USB cable to connect the camera to the computer where Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit) is installed.
  4. Start the “  Remote ” application and set the following settings.
  • In the shooting panel, select [Px. Shift Multi Shoot.].
  • Set [4 Photos] using the button for switching the number of shots, and select a capture interval*2 with the button for switching the capture interval.
    *2:
    The RAW images may not be combined correctly if the shooting environment changes when the four images are captured in Pixel Shift Multi Shooting, as caused by camera shake, subject movement or changes in subject brightness.We recommend setting the smallest capture interval, 1 second.
    When using flash, set the capture interval accounting for the time required to charge the flash.

When shooting with the camera itself

Select MENU →  (Camera Settings 1) → [Px. Shift Multi Shoot.], set the capture interval*2, and shoot.

*2:
The RAW images may not be combined correctly if the shooting environment changes when the four images are captured in Pixel Shift Multi Shooting, as caused by camera shake, subject movement or changes in subject brightness.We recommend setting the smallest capture interval, 1 second.
When using flash, set the capture interval accounting for the time required to charge the flash.
  1. Shooting

Shooting notes

  • Make sure subject brightness in the shooting environment does not change when the four Pixel Shift Multi images are captured.
    Especially when shooting highly reflective subjects such as metal or glass, ensure that subject brightness will not be affected by any nearby movement.
  • Set a suitable exposure time, because some light sources may flicker.

Notes when using flash

  • To ensure ample flash brightness, set a high flash intensity and wide angle.
  • Set the capture interval accounting for the time required to charge the flash.
  • The flash sync speed is 1/13 second. Setting [Exposure step] to [0.5EV] sets the shutter speed to 1/10 second.

When shooting remotely

To shoot, click the shutter button in the “  Remote ” application.

Hint

It may be helpful to set the number of shots to [1 Photo] and take a test shot. Use the test image to confirm that the shooting settings (such as flash intensity and angle) are correct.

When shooting with the camera itself

Press the shutter button down fully to take the picture.
Pressing the shutter button on the camera may cause camera shake. We recommend shooting with one of the following.

  • Remote Commander(sold separately)
  • Camera self-timer
  • Remotely from a smartphone
  1. Combining Pixel Shift Multi images

When shooting remotely

After you shoot, the images are automatically combined to generate a RAW image with the file extension ARQ.

When shooting with the camera itself

  1. Transfer the four RAW images (file extension: ARW) to the computer.
  • Transferring from the camera
    1-1.
    In MENU →  (Setup) → [USB Connection], select [Auto], [Mass Storage], or [MTP].
    1-2.
    Connect the computer to the camera with a USB cable and transfer the four RAW images to the computer.
  • Transferring from storage media

    Insert the storage medium containing the RAW images from Pixel Shift Multi Shooting in the computer and transfer the four RAW images (file extension: ARW) to the computer.

  1. Start the “  Viewer ” application and select a RAW image from Pixel Shift Multi Shooting (labeled  in the Viewer).
  2. Select [Create Px. Shift Multi Shoot. Composite Image] from the [File] menu.
  3. Set [Output method] and [File settings], and then select [Save].
  4. The four RAW images are combined to generate a single RAW image with the file extension ARQ.
  1. Adjusting and Developing Images

By switching to the “ Edit ”  application, you can develop and save RAW files as JPEG or TIFF files.

Hint

You can reduce noise that appears at the edges of images in Pixel Shift Multi Shooting. This noise is caused by vibration or other factors. Use the slider to adjust the amount of correction. This panel is displayed only when you select an image shot with Pixel Shift Multi Shooting, in ARQ format.

For instructions on the “ Remote ” , “ Viewer ” and “ Edit ” applications, see this page.