b (auto) mode can also be used for simple, “point-and-shoot” movie recording.

  1. Turn the camera on.

    The monitor and control panel will light.

  2. Select movie mode.

    Rotate the photo/movie selector to 1. Note that optional flash units cannot be used when the camera is in movie mode.

  3. Select b mode.

    Pressing the mode dial lock release on top of the camera, rotate the mode dial to b.

    Mode dial

    Mode dial lock release

  4. Start recording.

    Press the movie-record button to start recording. While recording is in progress, the camera will display a recording indicator and the time remaining. The camera can be refocused at any time during recording by pressing the AF-ON button or tapping your subject in the display. Sound is recorded via the built-in microphone; do not cover the microphone during recording.

    Movie-record button

    Recording indicator

    Time remaining

  5. End recording.

    Press the movie-record button again to end recording. The memory card access lamp will light while the camera finishes saving the movie to the memory card. Do not eject the memory card or remove or disconnect the power source until the lamp has gone out and recording is complete.

    Memory card access lamp

The 0 Icon

A 0 icon indicates that movies cannot be recorded.

In movie mode, photos can be taken without interrupting recording by pressing the shutter-release button all the way down. A C icon will flash in the display when a photo is taken.

Taking Photos in Movie Mode

Note that photos can be taken even when the subject is not in focus. Photos are recorded in finem-quality JPEG format at the dimensions currently selected for movie frame size. In continuous release modes, the frame advance rate while recording is paused varies with the option selected for Frame size/frame rate, but only one photo will be taken each time the shutter-release button is pressed while recording is in progress. Up to 50 photographs can be taken with each movie.

During Shooting

Flicker, banding, or distortion may be visible in the display and in photos and movies shot 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 the frame. 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, while noise (randomly-spaced bright pixels, fog, or lines) and unexpected colors may appear if you zoom in on the view through the lens. Flicker may occur when power aperture is used during movie recording.

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.

Recording Movies

Recording ends automatically when the maximum length is reached or the memory card fills or if the lens is removed, another mode is selected, or the photo/movie selector is rotated to C. Note that the built-in microphone may record sounds made by the camera or lens during vibration reduction, autofocus, or changes to aperture.