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Sony W1 Questions

Today I decided to place an order for a W1. It seems to be pretty good. Now I have a couple of questions. 1) Is there a shutter priority mode? I like to be able to manually set the shutter speed for fast action scenes, or just to shoot fast enough to avoid handshake. 2) Is there spot focusing? Or just center focusing? I really like spot focusing. 7900 doesn't have it.

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It has Multi AF, Center AF or fixed focus. The V1 i had went to 800ISO, if you turn the ISO up a little more may you can set a faster shutter speed. I think the only priority settings are the "scene modes" there may be an action ssetting in the scene modes.

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