Shooting movies

You can record movies by pressing the MOVIE (Movie) button.

  1. Press the MOVIE button to start recording.

    • Since the [MOVIE Button] is set to [Always] in the default setting, movie recording can be started from any shooting mode.

  2. Press the MOVIE button again to stop recording.


  • You can assign the start/stop movie recording function to a preferred key. MENU(Camera Settings2) → [Custom Key(Shoot.)] → set the function to the preferred key.
  • When you want to specify the area to be focused on, set the area using [Focus Area].
  • To keep the focus on a face, arrange the composition so that the focus area frame and face detection frame overlap, or set the [Focus Area] to [Wide].
  • To adjust the shutter speed and aperture value to the desired settings, set the shooting mode to (Movie/S&Q Motion).
  • The following settings for still image shooting are applied to the movie shooting:
    • ISO
    • White Balance
    • Creative Style
    • Exposure Comp.
    • Metering Mode
    • Face Detection
    • D-Range Opt.
    • Lens Comp.
    • Picture Effect
  • You can change the settings for ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, and focus area while shooting movies.
  • While shooting movies, the recorded image can be output without the shooting information display by setting [HDMI Info. Display] to [Off].


  • The sound of the lens and the product in operation may be recorded during movie recording.
    You can turn the sound off by selecting MENU → (Camera Settings2) → [Audio Recording][Off].
  • When shooting, the sound of the shoulder strap hooks (triangular hook) could be recorded, depending on the situation used.
  • The temperature of the camera tends to rise when shooting movies continuously, and you may feel that the camera is hot. This is not a malfunction. Also, [Internal temp. high. Allow it to cool.] may appear. In such cases, turn the camera off and wait until the camera is ready to shoot again.
  • When the icon appears, the temperature of the camera is too high. Turn the camera off and wait until the camera is ready to shoot again.
  • For the continuous shooting time of a movie recording, refer to “Recordable movie times.” When movie recording is finished, you can restart recording by pressing the MOVIE button again. Recording may stop to protect the product, depending on the temperature of the product or the battery.
  • Auto focus function can be used only when the shooting mode is set to [Program Auto]. In that case, the aperture value is locked to F3.5 (when the minimum F-value of the lens is F3.5 or larger, the aperture value is set to the minimum F-value).
  • When the mode dial is set to (Movie/S&Q Motion) or when shooting movies, you cannot select [Lock-on AF] for [Focus Area].
  • When the shooting mode is (Movie/S&Q Motion), [AF System] is set to [Ddc Phase AF Only]. The number of focus points is limited to 61.
  • In [Program Auto] mode when shooting movies, the aperture value and the shutter speed will be set automatically and cannot be changed. For that reason, the shutter speed may become fast in a bright environment, and the motion of the subject may not record smoothly. By changing the exposure mode and adjusting the aperture value and the shutter speed, the motion of the subject can be recorded smoothly.
  • In movie shooting mode, the following settings cannot be set in [Picture Effect]. When a movie recording starts, [Off] will be set temporarily.
    • Rich-tone Mono.
  • If you point the camera at an extremely strong light source while shooting a movie at low ISO sensitivity, the highlighted area in the image may be recorded as a black area.
  • If the display mode of the monitor is set to [For viewfinder], the display mode will switch to [Display All Info.] when movie shooting starts.
  • Use PlayMemories Home when importing XAVC S movies, AVCHD movies, and MP4 movies to a computer.