At default settings, the following items appear in the i menu for movie mode.

“Same as Photo Settings”

If Same as photo settings is selected for Set Picture Control, White balance, Active D-Lighting, or Vibration reduction in the movie shooting menu, a h icon will appear at the top left corner of the i menu, indicating that the options selected for these settings in photo mode also apply in movie mode and vice versa.

Set Picture Control

Choose a Picture Control for movie recording. For more information, see “Set Picture Control” (0 Set Picture Control).

White Balance

Adjust white balance for movie recording. For more information, see “White Balance” (0 White Balance, White Balance).

Frame Size, Frame Rate, and Movie Quality

Select the movie frame size (in pixels) and frame rate. You can also choose from two Movie quality options: High quality (indicated by frame size/rate icons with “m”) and Normal. Together, these options determine the maximum bit rate, as shown in the following table.

Frame size/frame rate 1 Max. bit rate (Mbps) Max. recording time
High quality Normal
r 3840 × 2160 (4K UHD); 30p 144  2 29 min. 59 s 4
s 3840 × 2160 (4K UHD); 25p
t 3840 × 2160 (4K UHD); 24p
w 1920 × 1080; 120p 3
x 1920 × 1080; 100p 3
y/y 1920 × 1080; 60p 56 28
z/z 1920 × 1080; 50p
1/1 1920 × 1080; 30p 28 14
2/2 1920 × 1080; 25p
3/3 1920 × 1080; 24p
A 1920 × 1080; 30p ×4 (slow-motion) 3 36  2 3 min.
B 1920 × 1080; 25p ×4 (slow-motion) 3
C 1920 × 1080; 24p ×5 (slow-motion) 3 29

Actual frame rates for values listed as 120p, 60p, 30p, and 24p are respectively 119.88 fps, 59.94 fps, 29.97 fps, and 23.976 fps.

Movie quality fixed at High quality.

Image area fixed at DX (Z 7) or FX (Z 6); face detection not enabled in auto-area AF AF-area mode.

Each movie may 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. Movies recorded to memory cards formatted in the camera will however be recorded as a single file regardless of size if the card has a capacity over 32 GB.

The option currently selected is shown by an icon in the display.

Slow-Motion Movies

To record silent slow-motion movies, select a “slow-motion” option for Frame size/frame rate. Slow-motion movies are recorded at 4 or 5 times the rated speed and play back at the rated speed. Movies shot at 1920 × 1080; 30p ×4 (slow-motion), for example, are recorded at a frame rate of roughly 120 fps and play back at around 30 fps, meaning that 10 seconds recording produces about 40 seconds of footage.

  Approximately 10 s
  Approximately 40 s

Recording and playback speeds are shown below.

Frame size/frame rate Recording speed Normal
A 1920 × 1080; 30p ×4 (slow-motion) 120p (119.88 fps) 30p (29.97 fps)
B 1920 × 1080; 25p ×4 (slow-motion) 100p (100 fps) 25p (25 fps)
C 1920 × 1080; 24p ×5 (slow-motion) 120p (119.88 fps) 24p (23.976 fps)

Slow-Motion Movies

Features such as flicker reduction, electronic vibration reduction, and time code output cannot be used when a “slow-motion” option is selected.

Microphone Sensitivity

Turn the built-in or external microphones on or off or adjust microphone sensitivity. Choose bA to adjust sensitivity automatically or Microphone off to turn sound recording off or adjust microphone sensitivity manually by choosing a value between b1 and b20 (the higher the value, the higher the sensitivity).

At settings other than bA, the option currently selected is shown by an icon in the display.

If the sound level is displayed in red, the volume is too high. Reduce microphone sensitivity.

The 2 Icon

Movies recorded with the microphone off are indicated by a 2 icon in full-frame and movie playback.

Choose Image Area

Choose the size of the area on the image sensor used to record movies. 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 formats are shown in the illustration.


The dimensions of the area recorded vary with the frame size:

Format Frame size Area recorded (approximate)
Z 7 Z 6
FX-based movie format 3840 × 2160 35.9 × 20.2 mm
1920 × 1080 35.8 × 20.1 mm 35.9 × 20.1 mm
DX-based movie format 3840 × 2160 23.5 × 13.2 mm 23.4 × 13.2 mm
1920 × 1080 23.4 × 13.1 mm

The option currently selected is shown by an icon in the display.


Choose how the camera sets exposure in movie mode. For more information, see “Metering” (0 Metering), but note that spot metering is not available.

Wi-Fi Connection

Enable or disable Wi-Fi. For more information, see “Wi-Fi Connection” (0 Wi-Fi Connection).

Active D-Lighting

Choose an Active D-Lighting option for movie mode. For more information, see “Active D-Lighting” (0 Active D-Lighting). Note that if Same as photo settings is selected for Active D-Lighting in the movie shooting menu and Auto is selected in the photo shooting menu, movies will be shot at a setting equivalent to Normal.

Electronic VR

Select On to enable electronic vibration reduction in movie mode. Electronic vibration reduction is not available at frame sizes of 1920 × 1080; 120p, 1920 × 1080; 100p, or 1920 × 1080 (slow-motion). Note that when electronic vibration reduction is on, the angle of view will be reduced, slightly increasing the apparent focal length, and the maximum sensitivity for movie recording is fixed at ISO 25600 (Z 7) or 51200 (Z 6).

An icon appears in the display while On is selected.

Vibration Reduction

Choose vibration reduction option for movie mode. For more information, see “Vibration Reduction” (0 Vibration Reduction).

AF-Area Mode

Choose how the camera selects the focus point when autofocus is enabled in movie mode. For more information, see “AF-Area Mode” (0 AF-Area Mode).

d Single-point AF
f Wide-area AF (S)
g Wide-area AF (L)
h Auto-area AF

Focus Mode

Choose how the camera focuses in movie mode. For more information, see “Choosing a Focus Mode” (0 Choosing a Focus Mode).

AF-S Single AF
AF-C Continuous AF
AF-F Full-time AF
MF Manual focus