Sony cameras can be customized extensively to suit each individual user’s needs. In this video, I share my own menu settings and custom buttons for bird photography as well as the reasons behind them.
Between the more recent full-frame Sony cameras that I’ve owned including the a7R III, a7R IV, and a9, they’ve all been set up in the same general way for my bird photography. There are a few minor exceptions due to missing menu items in older models or because of the a9’s added dial on the top of the camera, but beyond that I’ve come to settle in on this setup. If you’re looking for a bird photographer’s perspective based on extensive real-world use, this video should help.
As you can see, I’m pairing up my Sony cameras with the bird-friendly FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens. Previously I shared a video on the settings for that lens and my preferences, plus a few accessories that make it even better. For further reading and sample photos, check out my long-term review.
The best camera settings will still require a competent photographer using them to get the full potential, and for that there is no substitute for getting out there and shooting and becoming familiar with your gear.