Voice memos up to 60 seconds long can be added to photographs.

During Playback

To add voice memos to selected pictures during playback:

  1. Select the photograph.

    Only one voice memo can be recorded per picture; additional voice memos cannot be recorded for pictures already marked with a h icon. The existing voice memo must be deleted before another can be recorded (Deleting Voice Memos).

  2. Hold the Fn3 (C) button.
    • Recording starts when the button is pressed and ends when it is released.

    • A C icon is displayed while recording is in progress.

  3. Release the Fn3 (C) button.

    Recording will end.

During Recording

During recording, a flashing C icon and a countdown timer showing the recording time remaining will be displayed in the rear control panel.

The i Menu

Recording can also be initiated by highlighting [Record voice memo] in the playback i menu and pressing J. To end recording, press the center of the multi selector.

During Shooting

A voice memo can be recorded with the most recent photograph during shooting. Recording can be initiated automatically or manually.

Automatic Recording

If [On (Auto and manual)] is selected for [Voice memo options] > [Voice memo] in the setup menu, recording will begin automatically when you lift your finger from the shutter-release button after shooting.

  • The recording time can be selected using [On (Auto and manual)].

Image Review

Automatic recording is not available when [On] is selected for [Image review] in the playback menu.

Automatic Recording

Voice memos will not be recorded automatically during:

  • live view,

  • focus shift, or

  • time-lapse movie recording

Manual Recording

Voice memos can be manually added to the most recent photograph.

  • Before proceeding, select [Manual only] for [Voice memo options] > [Voice memo] in the setup menu.

  • To record a voice memo, hold the Fn3 (C) button; recording will continue while the button is pressed.

Voice Memo

An icon is displayed in the rear control panel when [On (Auto and manual)] or [Manual only] is selected for [Voice memo].

On (Auto and manual)

Manual only

After Recording

If a voice memo has been recorded for the most recent photograph, a C icon will be displayed in the rear control panel.

During playback, the presence of a voice memo is indicated by a h icon.

Interrupting Recording

Pressing the shutter-release button or operating other camera controls may end recording. During interval-timer photography, recording ends about two seconds before the next shot is taken; recording also ends when the camera is turned off.

Storage Location

Voice memos for pictures taken with two memory cards inserted and [Backup], [RAW Slot 1 - JPEG Slot 2], or [JPEG Slot 1 - JPEG Slot 2] selected for [Role played by card in Slot 2] in the photo shooting menu are recorded with the copies on both cards. This applies whether the voice memo is recorded from the i menu or manually after shooting.

Voice Memo File Names

Voice memo file names have the form “DSC_nnnn.WAV”. The voice memo has the same file number (“nnnn”) as the picture with which it is associated. For example, the voice memo for the image “DSC_0002.JPG” would have the file name “DSC_0002.WAV.” Voice memo file names can be viewed on a computer.

  • Voice memos for photos recorded with [Adobe RGB] selected for [Color space] in the photo shooting menu have names of the form “_DSCnnnn.WAV”.

  • Voice memos for photos recorded with a prefix other than [DSC] selected for [File naming] in the photo shooting menu will be recorded with the selected prefix in place of [DSC].