How to Reset a Sony Cyber-Shot

by Melissa King
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If you have changed any of the settings on your Sony Cyber-Shot camera, you can use the device's reset function to change them back to their factory default values. Most Cyber-Shot cameras have either a Reset button or an Initialize option that enables you to restore the settings. If your camera was manufactured before the year 2000, you will need to perform a manual power reset instead.

The Reset Button

Step 1

Locate the Reset button on your Cyber-Shot camera. Depending on the model, you may find the button on the bottom or side of the device. For some models, the button is located under the camera's battery or memory card slot cover.

Step 2

Insert a pointed object, such as the tip of a ballpoint pen or a paperclip, into the Reset button hole.

Press and hold the button for three seconds, and then release it to reset the camera.

Initializing the Camera

Step 1

Power on the camera, and select "Menu," then "Settings."

Step 2

Select "Main Settings," then "Initialize."

Select "OK," and press the center button on the control wheel. After a few seconds, the camera's default settings will be restored (although all photographs will remain).

Manual Power Reset

Step 1

Power off the camera, and open the battery slot cover. This is usually located on the side of the device.

Step 2

Press the Battery Eject lever to remove the battery pack.

Step 3

Remove the small lithium battery from the battery pack.

Step 4

Wait for 30 seconds, and then reinsert the lithium battery into the battery pack. Insert the battery pack into the camera, and close the cover.

Power the camera back on to complete the reset process.


  • Do not turn the Cyber-Shot off during the initialization process. Doing so may corrupt the camera's data.


  • To delete pictures in bulk, go to "Menu" and then "Delete." Select a folder, and then select "All in This Folder." Alternatively, select "All in Date Range" and choose a date range to erase.


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About the Author

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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