Alas, it doesn't seem to make any difference.
When the camera is switched to Manual the Iris, Gain and Shutter speed are highlighted and I can change them readily manually.
If I press the Manual button again, all three of the highlights go away, supposedly indicating they are all in Auto mode.
In either case if I press the PAE button, I still get the exact same error box I quoted in the first message! It doesn't seem to matter whether the camera is in Auto or Manual - same error and no PAE.
I have two of these cameras, and the result is exactly the same with either camera, so it's probably not a defective camera - unless they are both defective in the same way - not impossible but less likely.
Maybe it's one of the newer Sony bugs?
PS: Further playing; the indicators for the Iris, Gain and Shutter have three states: "A", "E" and blank leading the number. No matter which appears for each one right before I press PAE, the result is the same -> the error box.
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