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    Posted: 08 September 2022 at 01:08
Iím trying to determine which A-mount cameras have Portuguese as an option. Is there a compendium in this regard?

I want to give a cheap used camera to a friend in Brazil, along with some Minolta glass, flash and a bag. There are very few options for buying such things in Brazil.
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Originally posted by macronut macronut wrote:

Iím trying to determine which A-mount cameras have Portuguese as an option. Is there a compendium in this regard?


Huh - I would have thought mhohner.de would have it, but no ... my only other guess is the Sony support office in Portugal or Brazil.
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I suppose a rather long winded way to check before you buy is to go on Sony's site and check in the user manual ?
If there are only a handful of bodies your looking at ( ie, what's available for sale within your budget ) it wouldn't take long to check .
I am assuming it states the language options in the manual ?
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Originally posted by neilt3 neilt3 wrote:

I suppose a rather long winded way to check before you buy is to go on Sony's site and check in the user manual ?
If there are only a handful of bodies your looking at ( ie, what's available for sale within your budget ) it wouldn't take long to check .
I am assuming it states the language options in the manual ?


That was my only thought, and hoping it wouldnít come down to that.
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Originally posted by 4paul 4paul wrote:

Originally posted by macronut macronut wrote:

Iím trying to determine which A-mount cameras have Portuguese as an option. Is there a compendium in this regard?


Huh - I would have thought mhohner.de would have it, but no ... my only other guess is the Sony support office in Portugal or Brazil.


While there may still be a Sony Brazil support site, it would be in a language I canít read and probably poorly staffed. Sony cares nothing about Brazil, and why should they? The government keeps policies in place that hold the economy down, as far as the residents are concerned. Thereís a big gap there between rich and poor. The middle class isnít as prevalent as a country like America. Itís one of the very worst countries to buy electronics. The prices are absurd. The average person could only dream of buying the latest camera or PlayStation. Brazil is always several generations behind. PlayStation 3 is modern there. Many people still use PlayStation 2. Most people donít have a gaming system at all. As for cameras, I searched hi and low for used camera stores in Manaus, Rio and Salvador during my trips. I couldnít find any. Iím sure they are very uncommon. They may exist, but a person would need a local resident to direct you to them.

Read this information posted online 2 years agoÖ

Two years after Nikon, Sony is now saying goodbye to Brazil, too. The company has announced that it is ceasing all operations in this country after 48 years of business. This includes the production and sales of cameras, but also TVs, audio equipment, and more.

In the press release, Sony announced that itís going to close the factory in Manaus at the end of March 2021. In mid-2021, the company plans to cease the sales of consumer products such as cameras, TV, and audio. As far as other branches go (Games, Professional Solutions, Music, and Pictures Entertainment), Sony writes that it will ďcontinue to maintain their strong presence in the local market.Ē According to Somag News, Sony will continue to sell PlayStation branded consoles in Brazil, but only through a distributor.

So, there will no longer be production or direct sales of Sony gear in Brazil. However, Sony Brasil will continue to offer consumer support for its products under warranty. ďThe decision aims to strengthen the structure and sustainability of its businesses, in order to respond to rapid changes in the external environment,Ē Sony writes. It seems to me that the current pandemic didnít spare Sony just like many other companies. Therefore, theyíre finding ways to restructure the business and survive these turbulent time.
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I've looked on my A-Mount (North American Market) Language settings:
English
Francais
Espanol
Italiano
with 2 Oriental Language options I can't definitively identify but suspect:
Chinese
Korean

I suspect different markets had different options since seeing Japan market cameras are Japanese only.

If the Europeans and other markets would chime in, we could quickly create that compendium.

FWIW my Olympus has 34 language options, including Portuges(Pt).

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Would be great to create! I have found the same set of languages as you referenced in some of my cameras. My A580 does have Portuguese, but I struggle to find another one on the used market for a reasonable price. My search would start and end with the A580 if not for this. I think it would be the perfect camera to give my friend. I think an optical viewfinder for her first DSLR would be ideal, and it has the tilting screen and video capability.



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Do they specifically want an OVF or would they be happy with an SLT?
Personally I use both both and I'm happy , though the APS-C OVF's are a bit small in comparison.
I'm at the workshop welding my van up at the moment but can check my cameras out later .
I've got the a100, a580 ,a700 ,a900 , a37 , a77ii and a99ii , all European market cameras .
Any of those of interest ?
Only the a580 has live view and shoots video if these DSLRs , though some A3** models did as well , which I don't have .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AsD Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 September 2022 at 17:01
Just checked my a380, a33, a58 and a77ii.

All look to have Portuguese as an option.

Good luck with this.

Fwiw, I sold an a580 a couple of weeks ago.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 September 2022 at 23:16
I checked a few of my cameras , but can't remember which bag the a580's in . Turned out the bag I thought it was in had a Canon EOS 3 in !
Anyhow , you already know what languages are on that .
Why not add to the thread stating what languages are on yours for anyone else doing a search .

European DSLRs

Sony a100 ; 15 language's .
English , French , German , Spanish , Italian , Portuguese , Dutch , Russian , Swedish , Danish , Norwegian , Finnish , Polish , Czech , Hungarian .


Sony a900 ; 15 language's .
English , French , German , Spanish , Italian , Portuguese , Dutch , Russian , Swedish , Danish , Norwegian , Finnish , Polish , Czech , Hungarian .

European SLTs

Sony a37 ; 17 language's
English , French , German , Spanish , Italian , Portuguese , Dutch , Russian , Swedish , Danish , Norwegian , Finnish , Polish , Czech , Hungarian , Turkish , and something else , possibly Evenki !

Sony a77ii ; 18 language's
English , French , German , Spanish , Italian , Portuguese , Dutch , Russian , Swedish , Danish , Norwegian , Finnish , Polish , Czech , Hungarian , Turkish ,Ukrainian , and something else , possibly Evenki .

Sony a99ii ; 18 language's
English , French , German , Spanish , Italian , Portuguese , Dutch , Russian , Swedish , Danish , Norwegian , Finnish , Polish , Czech , Hungarian , Turkish ,Ukrainian , and something else , possibly Evenki .


Probably an American market DSLR .

( it has the Nickle contacts on the grip to only allow eye start AF to function when held , rather than when the cameras bouncing off your chest and just being triggered by eye eye sensors . These contacts are banned in Europe in case we all die of nickel poisoning ! )

Sony a700 ; 6 language's .
English , French , Spanish ,Italian .
And two with Far eastern symbols . Maybe Chinese and Korean as cameras for the Japanese market only seem to have Japanese as an option and nothing else .


It sounds like your just very restricted for language options with cameras intended for North America and Japan .
Import one from Europe and you'll be O.K .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote macronut Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 September 2022 at 02:58
I have:

A900 - English, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional)

A850 - English, french, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional)

A580 - English, French, spanish, Italian, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional)

I have a second A580 that is out for a repair. I know it has Portuguese because I remember checking the menu for it awhile ago. I assumed all A580ís would have Portuguese, but tonight I discovered one of mine does not. Not sure if the one I sent to a repairman for a new internal battery is a European model or if Sony included more languages in North America later in production. My assumption based on the discussion here so far, I must have unknowingly bought a European A580.   Hopefully I will have it returned to me soon.

A700 - English, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional)

A350 - English, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional)

A300 - English, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional)

A77II - English, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional)

A99Ii- English, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional)

It would appear that Sony has stuck with the same list of languages throughout their A-mount camera lineup in North America.   I can see why Sony didnít feel the need to include as many languages as they packed into their European cameras. But it does create a problem for some people Iím sure, and I dont really see why itís a big deal to include all the languages in the US models. Unless itís money driven. Something to the effect of preventing people from spending less money on products from overseas.

So, this leaves me no choice but to send my friend my minty backup A580 that has very few clicks (and soon to be new internal battery at a little over $100) or source another European camera, A580 or otherwise.    Not what I was hoping to discover!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 September 2022 at 09:12
Well from the first camera in 2006 , the a100 to the a99ii , they have been consistent in Europe, no doubt the North American cameras have also always been the same .

Sounds like you know your options.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote macronut Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 September 2022 at 11:48
Originally posted by neilt3 neilt3 wrote:

Well from the first camera in 2006 , the a100 to the a99ii , they have been consistent in Europe, no doubt the North American cameras have also always been the same .

Sounds like you know your options.


Seems so. I was confused because my A580 had many languages. It must be an overseas camera.
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