Movies can be recorded in live view.

  1. Rotate the live view selector to 1 (movie live view).

    Live view selector

  2. Press the a button.

    The mirror will be raised and the view through the lens will be displayed in the camera monitor, modified for the effects of exposure. The subject will no longer be visible in the viewfinder.

    a button

    The 0 Icon

    A 0 icon (0 The Live View Display) indicates that movies cannot be recorded.

    White Balance

    White balance can be set at any time by pressing the U button and rotating a command dial (0 White Balance Options).

  3. Choose a focus mode (0 Choosing a Focus Mode).

  4. Choose an AF-area mode (0 Choosing an AF-Area Mode).

    Pinpoint AF

    Pinpoint AF is not available in movie mode.

  5. Focus.

    Frame the opening shot and press the AF-ON button to focus. Note that the number of subjects that can be detected in face-priority AF drops during movie recording.

    AF-ON button

    Focusing

    Focus can also be adjusted by pressing the shutter-release button halfway before beginning recording, or you can focus manually as described in “Manual Focus” (0 Manual Focus).

  6. Start recording.

    Press the movie-record button to start recording. A recording indicator and the time available are displayed in the monitor. Exposure can be locked by pressing the center of the sub-selector (0 Autoexposure (AE) Lock) or altered by up to ±3 EV using exposure compensation (0 Exposure Compensation); spot metering is not available. In autofocus mode, the camera can be refocused by pressing the AF-ON button or by tapping your subject in the monitor.

    Movie-record button

    Recording indicator

    Time remaining

    Audio

    The camera can record both video and sound; do not cover the microphone on the front of the camera during movie recording. Note that the built-in microphone may record sounds made by the camera or lens during autofocus, vibration reduction, or changes to aperture.

  7. End recording.

    Press the movie-record button again to end recording. Recording will end automatically when the maximum length is reached, or the memory card is full (note that depending on memory card write speed, shooting may end before the maximum length is reached).

  8. Exit live view.

    Press the a button to exit live view.

Exposure Mode

The following exposure settings can be adjusted in movie mode:

  Aperture Shutter speed ISO sensitivity
P, S 1 2, 3
A 2, 3
M 3, 4

Exposure for mode S is equivalent to mode P.

The upper limit for ISO sensitivity can be selected using the ISO sensitivity settings > Maximum sensitivity option in the movie shooting menu (0 ISO Sensitivity Settings).

Regardless of the option chosen for ISO sensitivity settings > Maximum sensitivity or for ISO sensitivity (mode M), the upper limit when On is selected for Electronic VR in the movie shooting menu is ISO 25600.

If On is selected for ISO sensitivity settings > Auto ISO control (mode M) in the movie shooting menu, the upper limit for ISO sensitivity can be selected using the Maximum sensitivity option.

In exposure mode M, shutter speed can be set to values between 1/25 s and 1/8000 s (the slowest available shutter speed varies with the frame rate; 0 Frame Size, Frame Rate, and Movie Quality). In other exposure modes, shutter speed is adjusted automatically. If the subject is over- or under-exposed in mode P or S, end live view and start live view again or select exposure A and adjust aperture.

Indices

If Index marking is assigned to a control using Custom Setting g1 (Custom control assignment, 0 Custom Control Assignment), you can press the selected control during recording to add indices that can be used to locate frames during editing and playback (0 Viewing Movies). Up to 20 indices can be added to each movie.

Index

See Also

For information on:

  • Choosing the role played by the center of the multi selector, see A > Custom Setting f2 (Multi selector center button; 0 Multi Selector Center Button).
  • Choosing the roles of the Fn1, Fn2, and Pv buttons and the center of the sub-selector, see A > Custom Setting g1 (Custom control assignment; 0 Custom Control Assignment).
  • Choosing whether the shutter-release button can be used to start live view or to start and end movie recording, see A > Custom Setting g1 (Custom control assignment) > Shutter-release button (0 Custom Control Assignment).
  • Preventing unintended operation of the a button, see A > Custom Setting f8 (Live view button options; 0 Live View Button Options).

Using the i Button

The options listed below can be accessed by pressing the i button in movie mode. Use the touch screen or navigate the menu using the multi selector and J button, pressing 1 or 3 to highlight items, 2 to view options, and J to select the highlighted option and return to the i-button menu. Press the i button again to exit to the shooting display.

i button

Using an External Microphone

The optional ME-1 stereo microphone or ME-W1 wireless microphone can be used to record sound for movies (0 Other Accessories).

Headphones

Third-party headphones can be used. Note that high sound levels may result in high volume; particular care should be taken when headphones are used.

Image Area: Choosing a Movie Crop

You can choose an image area using the Image area > Choose image area option in the movie shooting menu. Select FX to shoot movies in what is referred to as “FX-based movie format”, DX to shoot in “DX-based movie format”. The differences between the two are illustrated below.

FX   DX

The sizes of the areas recorded are approximately 35.9 × 20.2 mm (FX-based movie format) and 23.5 × 13.2 mm (DX-based movie format). Movies shot with a DX-format lens and On selected for Image area > Auto DX crop (0 Automatic Crop Selection) in the movie shooting menu are recorded in DX-based movie format, as are all movies (regardless of the lens used or the option selected for Image area > Choose image area) with a frame size of 1920 × 1080 (slow-mo). Enabling electronic vibration reduction by selecting On for Electronic VR in the i-button menu reduces the size of the crop, slightly increasing the apparent focal length.

Frame Size, Frame Rate, and Movie Quality

The Frame size/frame rate option in the movie shooting menu is used to choose the movie frame size (in pixels) and frame rate. You can also choose from two Movie quality options: high and normal. Together, these options determine the maximum bit rate, as shown in the following table.

Option 1 Maximum bit rate (Mbps)
( high quality/Normal)
Maximum length
r 3840 × 2160 (4K UHD); 30p 2 144 29 min. 59 s 3
s 3840 × 2160 (4K UHD); 25p 2
t 3840 × 2160 (4K UHD); 24p 2
y/y 1920 × 1080; 60p 48/24
z/z 1920 × 1080; 50p
1/1 1920 × 1080; 30p 24/12
2/2 1920 × 1080; 25p
3/3 1920 × 1080; 24p
4/4 1280 × 720; 60p
5/5 1280 × 720; 50p
A 1920 × 1080; 30p ×4 (slow-mo) 4 36

Recording: 3 min.

Playback: 12 min.

B 1920 × 1080; 25p ×4 (slow-mo) 4
C 1920 × 1080; 24p ×5 (slow-mo) 4 29

Recording: 3 min.

Playback: 15 min.

Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps for values listed as 30p, 23.976 fps for values listed as 24p, and 59.94 fps for values listed as 60p.

When this option is selected, movie quality is fixed at “high”.

Each movie will be recorded across up to 8 files of up to 4 GB each. The number of files and the length of each file vary with the options selected for Frame size/frame rate and Movie quality.

See “Slow Motion Movies” (0 Slow-Motion Movies).

Slow-Motion Movies

To record silent slow-motion movies, select 1920×1080; 30p ×4 (slow-mo), 1920×1080; 25p ×4 (slow-mo), or 1920×1080; 24p ×5 (slow-mo) for Frame size/frame rate in the movie shooting menu. Movies recorded at 4 or 5 times the rated speed are played back at the rated speed for a slow-motion effect; for example, movies shot with 1920×1080; 30p ×4 (slow-mo) selected will be recorded at a frame of roughly 120 fps (120p) and play back at approximately 30 fps (30p).

Frame size/frame rate Frame rate *
Recorded at Plays back at
1920 × 1080; 30p ×4 (slow-mo) 120p 30p
1920 × 1080; 25p ×4 (slow-mo) 100p 25p
1920 × 1080; 24p ×5 (slow-mo) 120p 24p

Actual frame rate is 119.88 fps for values listed as 120p, 29.97 fps for values listed as 30p, and 23.976 fps for values listed as 24p.

Slow-Motion Movies

When a slow-motion option is selected, quality is fixed at “normal” and the image area is fixed at DX, regardless of the lens used or the option selected for Image area > Choose image area in the movie shooting menu (0 Image Area). Movies shot with face-priority AF, pinpoint AF, or subject-tracking AF selected for AF-area mode (0 Choosing an AF-Area Mode) are recorded using wide-area AF.

The Live View Display

The Information Display

To hide or display indicators in the monitor, press the R button.

Virtual horizon (0 Virtual Horizon)   Information on   Information off

  Histogram   Framing guides  

The Count-Down Display

A count down will be displayed 30 s before live view ends automatically (0 The Live View Display). Depending on shooting conditions, the timer may appear immediately when movie recording begins. Note that regardless of the amount of recording time available, live view will still end automatically when the timer expires.

Adjusting Settings During Movie Recording

Headphone volume cannot be adjusted during recording. If an option other than I (microphone off) is currently selected, microphone sensitivity can be changed to any setting other than I while recording is in progress.

Taking Photos in Movie Mode

To take photos in movie mode (either in live view or during movie recording), select Take photos for Custom Setting g1 (Custom control assignment) > Shutter-release button (0 Custom Control Assignment). Photos with an aspect ratio of 16 : 9 can then be taken at any time by pressing the shutter-release button all the way down. If movie recording is in progress, recording will end and the footage recorded to that point will be saved.

Except at a frame size of 3840 × 2160 (0 Frame Size, Frame Rate, and Movie Quality), photographs are recorded in the format selected for Image quality in the photo shooting menu (0 Image Quality); photos taken at a frame size of 3840 × 2160 are recorded at an image quality of JPEG fine . For information on image size, see “Image Size” (0 Image Size). Note that the exposure for photographs cannot be previewed when the live view selector is rotated to 1; mode P, S, or A is recommended but accurate results can be achieved in mode M by previewing exposure with the live view selector rotated to C.

Image Size

The size of photos taken in movie mode varies with the image area (0 Image Area) and the option selected for Image size in the photo shooting menu (0 Image Size).

Image area Image size Size (pixels)
FX Large 8256 × 4640
Medium 6192 × 3480
Small 4128 × 2320
DX Large 5408 × 3040
Medium 4048 × 2272
Small 2704 × 1520

Recording Movies

Movies are recorded in the sRGB color space. Flicker, banding, or distortion may be visible in the monitor and in the final movie under fluorescent, mercury vapor, or sodium lamps or with subjects that are in motion, particularly if the camera is panned horizontally or an object moves horizontally at high speed through frame (for information on reducing flicker and banding, see the section on the movie shooting menu Flicker reduction option, 0 Flicker Reduction). Flicker may also appear while power aperture is in use. Jagged edges, color fringing, moiré, and bright spots may also appear. Bright regions or bands may appear in some areas of the frame with flashing signs and other intermittent light sources or if the subject is briefly illuminated by a strobe or other bright, momentary light source. When recording movies, avoid pointing the camera at the sun or other strong light sources. Failure to observe this precaution could result in damage to the camera’s internal circuitry. Note that noise (randomly-spaced bright pixels, fog, or lines) and unexpected colors may appear if you zoom in on the view through the lens (0 Live View Zoom Preview) in movie mode.

Flash lighting cannot be used.

Recording ends automatically if the lens is removed or the live view selector is rotated to a new setting.

Wireless Remote Controllers and Remote Cords

If Record movies is selected for Custom Setting g1 (Custom control assignment) > Shutter-release button (0 Custom Control Assignment), the shutter-release buttons on optional wireless remote controllers and remote cords (0 Other Accessories) can be pressed halfway to start live view or pressed all the way down to start and end movie recording.