Shooting movies

You can set the recording format and exposure and record movies by using the dedicated menu items for movies.

  1. Press the MODE (Mode) button, use the control wheel to select [Movie], and then press the center.

  2. Press the REC (Recording) button to start recording.

  3. Press the REC button again to stop recording.

To select the recording format ( File Format)

The resolution and degree of compatibility vary depending on the recording format (XAVC HS 4K/XAVC S 4K/XAVC S HD/XAVC S-I 4K/XAVC S-I HD/XAVC S-I DCI 4K*). Select the format in accordance with the purpose of the movie to be shot.

* When the camera’s system software (firmware) version is Ver.2.00 or later

To select the frame rate or image quality ( Movie Settings)

The frame rate determines the smoothness of motion in movies. ([Movie Settings][Rec Frame Rate])

The image quality changes with the bit rate. ([Movie Settings][Record Setting])

If the bit rate is high, the amount of information will increase and you can shoot high-quality movies. However, this will result in a larger volume of data.

Select the frame rate and bit rate according to your preference and purpose.

To adjust the exposure (Exposure Ctrl Type/Exposure mode)

When [Exposure Ctrl Type] is set to [P/A/S/M Mode], select the exposure mode using the shutter speed and aperture value combination in the same way as when shooting a still image.

When [Exposure Ctrl Type] is set to [Flexible Exp. Mode], you can set the shutter speed, aperture value, and ISO sensitivity automatically or manually.

To select the focusing method ( Focus Mode/ Focus Area)

Select (Continuous AF) or (Manual Focus) for [Focus Mode]. You can specify the focus area by setting [Focus Area].

Even during shooting with manual focus, you can temporarily switch to auto focus in the following ways.

  • Press the custom key to which [AF On] is assigned, or press the shutter button halfway.
  • Press the custom key to which [Eye AF] is assigned.
  • Touch the subject on the monitor.

To record movie audio in 4 channels

Attach the XLR handle unit (supplied only with the ILME-FX30) or a genuine Sony accessory that supports 4-channel and 24-bit audio recording to the Multi Interface Shoe of the camera.


  • You can also assign the start/stop movie recording function to a preferred key.
  • You can focus quickly while shooting movies by pressing the shutter button halfway down. (The sound of auto focus operation may be recorded in some cases.)
  • You can change the settings for ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, and focus area while shooting movies.
  • The sounds of the camera and lens in operation may be recorded during movie shooting. To prevent sounds from being recorded, set [Audio Recording] to [Off].
  • To prevent the operating sound of the zoom ring from being recorded when a power zoom lens is used, we recommend recording movies using the zoom lever of the lens. When moving the zoom lever of the lens, be careful not to flip the lever.


  • An icon indicating that data is being written is displayed after shooting. Do not remove the memory card while the icon is displayed.
  • You cannot start recording a movie while writing data. Wait until data writing is completed and “STBY” is displayed before recording a movie.
  • When playing back an XAVC S-I DCI 4K movie recorded with this camera on another camera of the same model, check the system software (firmware) version of the camera. If the system software version is earlier than Ver.2.00, XAVC S-I DCI 4K movies cannot be played back.
  • If the (Overheating warning) icon appears, the temperature of the camera has risen. Turn the power off and cool the camera and wait until the camera is ready to shoot again.
  • The temperature of the camera tends to rise when shooting movies continuously, and you may feel that the camera is warm. This is not a malfunction. Also, [Internal temp. high. Allow it to cool.] may appear. In such cases, turn the power off and cool the camera 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 record another movie by pressing the REC button again. Recording may stop to protect the product, depending on the temperature of the product or the battery.