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Sony FDR-AX40 Operating Manual

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Digital 4K Video
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Operating Guide
"Help Guide" (Web manual)
Refer to "Help Guide" for
in-depth instructions on the
many functions of the camera.
Getting started
Saving images
Customizing your



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  • Page 1 4-586-523-11(1) Digital 4K Video Getting started Camera Recorder Recording/Playback Saving images Operating Guide Customizing your camcorder “Help Guide” (Web manual) Others Refer to “Help Guide” for in-depth instructions on the many functions of the camera. FDR-AX40/AX53/AX55/AXP55...
  • Page 2: Read This First

    Record the SAVE THESE serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers INSTRUCTIONS. whenever you call your Sony dealer DANGER - TO REDUCE regarding this product. THE RISK OF FIRE OR Model No. FDR- ___________________ Serial No.
  • Page 3 for replacement of the obsolete outlet. • Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus. • Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer. • Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus.
  • Page 4 Representative plug of power supply cord of countries/regions around the world. A Type B Type BF Type B3 Type C Type SE Type O Type (American (British (British (British (CEE (CEE (Ocean Type) Type) Type) Type) Type) Type) Type) The representative supply voltage and plug type are described in this chart. Depend on an area, Different type of plug and supply voltage are used.
  • Page 5 Asia Countries/regions Voltage Frequency (Hz) Plug type China Hong Kong 200/220 India 230/240 Indonesia 127/230 Japan 50/60 Korea (rep) Malaysia Philippines 220/230 Singapore Taiwan Thailand C/BF Vietnam Oceania Countries/regions Voltage Frequency (Hz) Plug type Australia New Zealand 230/240 North America Countries/regions Voltage Frequency (Hz)
  • Page 6 South America Countries/regions Voltage Frequency (Hz) Plug type Argentina C/BF/O Brazil 127/220 Chile Colombia Peru Venezuela Middle East Countries/regions Voltage Frequency (Hz) Plug type Iran C/BF Iraq C/BF Israel Saudi Arabia 127/220 A/C/BF Turkey C/BF Africa Countries/regions Voltage Frequency (Hz) Plug type Algeria 127/220...
  • Page 7 You can help • Be sure to charge the battery pack preserve our using a genuine Sony battery environment by charger or a device that can charge returning your used the battery pack. rechargeable batteries to the •...
  • Page 8 If you have any questions about this CAUTION product, you may call: You are cautioned that any changes Sony Customer Information Center or modifications not expressly 1-800-222-SONY (7669). approved in this manual could void The number below is for the FCC your authority to operate this related matters only.
  • Page 9 If For EU product compliance: Sony this equipment does cause harmful Belgium, bijkantoor van Sony Europe interference to radio or television Limited, Da Vincilaan 7-D1, 1935 reception, which can be determined Zaventem, Belgium by turning the equipment off and on,...
  • Page 10  Disposal of waste batteries information about recycling of this product or battery, please contact and electrical and electronic your local Civic Office, your household equipment (applicable in the waste disposal service or the shop European Union and other where you purchased the product or European countries with battery.
  • Page 11: Table Of Contents

    Viewing images using the built- Refer to it for in-depth instructions on in projector (FDR-AXP55) .. 33 the many functions of the camcorder. Saving images .... 34 Access the Sony support Importing images to your page. computer ......34 Saving images on an external
  • Page 12: Selecting The Recording Format For Movies

    Selecting the recording format for movies The camcorder is compatible with the XAVC S format.  What is XAVC S? XAVC S is a recording format that allows high-resolution images, such as 4K, to be highly compressed with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and recorded in the MP4 file format.
  • Page 13 AVCHD device • See the following website for the latest storage environment. • You can store images by connecting to a recorder with an analog AV cable (sold separately). Movies are copied with standard definition image quality (page 36).
  • Page 14: Getting Started

    Getting started Supplied items The numbers in ( ) indicate the supplied quantity. All models • Camcorder (1) • AC Adaptor (1) • Power cord (mains lead) (1) • Micro USB cable (1) • HDMI cable (1) • “Operating Guide” (This manual) •...
  • Page 15: Charging The Battery Pack

    Charging the battery pack Turn off your camcorder by closing the LCD monitor, retract the viewfinder*, and attach the battery pack. Battery pack * Models with the viewfinder (FDR-AX53/AX55/AXP55) only Connect the AC Adaptor and the power cord (mains lead) to your camcorder and the wall outlet (wall socket).
  • Page 16: Charging The Battery Using Your Computer

     Charging the battery using your computer Turn off your camcorder and connect the Multi/Micro USB Terminal of the camcorder (page 52) to the USB jack of a computer using the micro USB cable. • Change the setting of your computer so that it would not enter the sleep (hibernation) state before charging your camcorder.
  • Page 17: To Remove The Battery Pack

     To remove the battery pack Turn off your camcorder. Slide the BATT (battery) release lever () and remove the battery pack ().  To charge the battery pack abroad You can charge the battery pack in any countries/regions using the AC Adaptor supplied with your camcorder within the AC 100 V - 240 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz range.
  • Page 18: Turning The Power On

    Turning the power on Open the LCD monitor of your camcorder and turn the power on. • You can also turn on the camcorder by pulling out the viewfinder (models with the viewfinder (FDR-AX53/AX55/AXP55) only). Following the instructions on the LCD monitor, select the language, the geographical area, Daylight Savings or Summer Time, date format, and the date and time.
  • Page 19: Inserting A Memory Card

    • To select a memory card as the recording medium, select [Setup]  [ Media Settings]  [Media Select]  [Memory Card] (FDR-AX40/AX55/AXP55). • To eject the memory card, open the cover and lightly push the memory card in once.
  • Page 20 • Proper operation with all memory cards is not guaranteed. Contact the manufacturer of each memory card for the compatibility of memory cards other than Sony. • When using a Memory Stick Micro or microSD memory card with the camcorder, be sure to use it by inserting it into the dedicated adaptor.
  • Page 21  To format the recording media • To ensure stable operation of the memory card, it is recommended to format the memory card with your camcorder before the first use.  [Setup]  [ • To format the memory card, select Media Settings] ...
  • Page 22: Recording/Playback

    Recording/Playback Recording Recording movies Open the LCD monitor, and press START/STOP to start recording. Power zoom lever • To stop recording, press START/STOP again. • Items on the LCD monitor disappear if you do not operate the camcorder for a few seconds. To display items again, touch anywhere except the buttons on the LCD monitor.
  • Page 23 8 h. 15 min. 16 GB: 2 h. 00 min.* If you want to record up to the maximum recording time, you need to delete the demonstration movie on this product (FDR-AX40/AX55/ AXP55). When using a Sony memory card. When recording with using the default setting:...
  • Page 24: Shooting Photos

    Shooting photos Open the LCD monitor and select [MODE]  (Photo). • You can also switch between (Movie) and (Photo) by pressing (Shooting Mode) button (FDR-AX53/AX55/AXP55). Press PHOTO lightly to adjust the focus, then press it fully. Power zoom lever •...
  • Page 25: Using The Manual Adjustment Features

    Using the manual adjustment features Assigning a menu item to the MANUAL ring (FDR-AX53/ AX55/AXP55) Press and hold MANUAL button (page 53) for a few seconds. • he menu items you can control with the MANUAL ring will appear on the [Manual Ring Setting] screen. Rotate the MANUAL ring (page 53) to select the item to be assigned, and then press MANUAL button.
  • Page 26: Playback

    Highlight Movie Maker will be displayed when Movie format is set to AVCHD. • Photos and movies are stored in the same recording medium (internal memory/memory card). (FDR-AX40/AX55/AXP55) • To select the XAVC S movies or AVCHD movies you want to play, edit,  [Image Quality/Size] ...
  • Page 27: Playback Operations

    Select the image. Recorded time/ Switch number of Event name Image Type photos To go back to button the Event View (Visual screen index) Previous Movie Next Photo Change to the movie/photo Last played image recording mode  To switch between movies and photos (Visual index) Select the desired type of images.
  • Page 28 • The Movie Format Select screen appears.  Select the format of the movie.  To copy the images from the internal memory to a memory card (FDR-AX40/AX55/AXP55)  Select  [Edit/Copy]  [Copy]  [Int. Memory  Memory card]  [Multiple Images].
  • Page 29: Viewing Images On A Tv

    Viewing images on a TV Playing back images Playable images may be restricted depending on the combination of the movie format at the time of recording, the type of playback images selected on the Event View screen, and the HDMI output settings.
  • Page 30  How to set the playback images Movie [HDMI Visual index Playback format Resolution] (page 27) image quality XAVC S 4K 4K TV [Auto], [2160p/ MOVIE 4K image 1080p] PHOTO quality MOVIE/ PHOTO [1080p], [1080i], MOVIE High definition [720p] MOVIE/ image quality PHOTO (HD)
  • Page 31  Connecting the camcorder to a network-compatible Connect the camcorder to an access point with a security setting (page 41). Press (View Images) on the camcorder, and then select  [Wireless]  [ Function]  [View on TV]  image type to be played back.
  • Page 32 [HDMI Resolution] 4K TV [Auto]*, [2160p/1080p]*, [1080p], [1080i], [720p] High definition TV [Auto], [1080p], [1080i], [720p] * The screen turns blank for a few seconds when you turn on or off the trimmed movie playback function. Touch (trimming on) on the LCD monitor during playback, and then select the part to be trimmed by touching there.
  • Page 33: Viewing Images Using The Built-In Projector (Fdr-Axp55)

    Viewing images using the built-in projector (FDR-AXP55) Press the PROJECTOR button (page 53). Select [Image Shot on This Device]. Follow the operating guide on the LCD monitor, and then select [Project]. Power zoom lever/PHOTO PROJECTOR FOCUS lever Adjust the focus of the projected image. Use the power zoom lever to move the selection frame that appears on the projected image, then press the PHOTO button.
  • Page 34: Saving Images

    Calendar discs network services  To download PlayMemories Home PlayMemories Home can be downloaded from the following URL.  To check the computer system You can check the computer requirements for the software at the following URL.
  • Page 35: Saving Images On An External Media Device

    • AVCHD • See the following website for the latest storage environment. • You can store images by connecting to a recorder with an analog AV cable (sold separately). Movies are copied with standard definition image quality (page 36).
  • Page 36 How to connect a device  Recorder without a USB jack Connect a recorder to the Multi/Micro USB Terminal of your camcorder using an AV cable (sold separately). Signal flow • For how to save images, also refer to the instruction manual of your recoding device.
  • Page 37: Using The Wi-Fi Function

    • The Wi-Fi function of the camcorder cannot be used connected to a public wireless LAN. • To use the One-touch functions (NFC) of the camcorder, a smartphone or tablet supporting the NFC function is required.  • The operation methods and Android OS...
  • Page 38 Touch the camcorder to the Transferring MP4 movies smartphone. and photos to your smartphone  One-touch connection with an Android supporting NFC On the smartphone, select [Settings], then, select [More...] to check that [NFC] is enabled. Notes • Cancel the sleep mode or unlock the screen on the smartphone beforehand.
  • Page 39 Select the image you want to Select [OK]. (If a message transfer, and add , and appears, select [OK] again.)  then select • The QR Code, SSID, and password are displayed. With your smartphone, read the QR Code displayed on the LCD monitor of the Start up PlayMemories camcorder.
  • Page 40 • If the camcorder cannot be  On Home, select [Settings] connected with the smartphone  [Wi-Fi]. by NFC and by reading the QR code, connect by using the SSID and the password. For more details, refer to “Help Guide”. Using your smartphone as a wireless remote ...
  • Page 41 Install the dedicated password, then select [Next]. software in your computer (first time only). Windows: PlayMemories Home Mac: Wireless Auto Import Mac/ • If the software is already If your computer is not...
  • Page 42: Customizing Your Camcorder

    Customizing your camcorder Using the menus Menu lists Select Shooting Mode Movie Photo Time-lapse Capture Smth Slw REC Golf Shot High Speed REC Select a category. Camera/Mic Manual Settings White Balance Spot Meter/Fcs Spot Meter Spot Focus Exposure Select a desired menu item.
  • Page 43 Manual Ring Setting Live Streaming NIGHTSHOT Light Send to Smartphone Face Send to Computer Face Detection View on TV Smile Shutter Setting Smile Sensitivity Airplane Mode Flash Multi Camera Ctrl Set Flash Vid REC during strm. Flash Level WPS Push Red Eye Reduction Access point settings Microphone...
  • Page 44 TV Type You can set this item when you HDMI Resolution use an external media device (sold separately). CTRL FOR HDMI FDR-AX40/AX55/AXP55 USB Connect The feature may not be available USB Connect Setting depending on the countries/ regions. USB LUN Setting...
  • Page 45: Others

    Others Precautions • Television programs, films, video tapes, and other materials may be copyrighted. Unauthorized AC Adaptor recording of such materials may Do not short-circuit the battery be a violation of the copyright terminal with any metallic objects. laws. This may cause a malfunction. •...
  • Page 46: Troubleshooting

    • It is important to set security This is not a malfunction. when using the wireless network function. Overheat protection • Sony makes no guarantees and is Depending on the camcorder and not responsible for any damage battery temperature, you may be resulting from having inadequate...
  • Page 47: Specifications

    1 555 200 dots equivalent Capacity of 4 GB or more is Recording media (Movie/Photo): required. Internal memory (FDR-AX40/ Image device: AX55/AXP55): 64 GB 1/2.5-type (7.20 mm) XAVC S 4K (100Mbps), XAVC S back-illuminated Exmor R™...
  • Page 48 AXP55): 0 lx (lux) (shutter Continuous projection time (when speed 1/60 second) using the supplied battery pack): Approx. 2 h. 25 min. The unique image processing system of Sony’s Wireless LAN BIONZ-X allows still image Supported standard: resolution equivalent to the IEEE 802.11 b/g/n sizes described.
  • Page 49 AX55/AXP55): 4K: 4.9 W, pack HD: 3.6 W* Mass (approx.): During camera recording using FDR-AX40: LCD monitor at normal 510 g (1 lb 2.0 oz) main unit brightness: 4K: 4.9 W, HD: only 3.6 W* 610 g (1 lb 5.5 oz) including the...
  • Page 50: Rechargeable Battery

    NFC Corporation. Forum, Inc. in the United States • XAVC S and and in other countries. registered trademarks of Sony • Facebook and the “f” logo are Corporation. trademarks or registered • Memory Stick and trademarks of Facebook, Inc.
  • Page 51 GPL/LGPL. Source code is provided on the web. Use the following URL to download Linux We would prefer you do not contact us about the contents of source code. Copies of the licenses (in English) are stored in the internal memory of this product.
  • Page 52: Parts And Controls

     Projector lens (FDR-AXP55)   (headphones) jack  Multi interface shoe For details on compatible accessories of the Multi interface shoe, visit the Sony web site in your area, or consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
  • Page 53  Built-in microphone  MANUAL ring (FDR-AX53/ AX55/AXP55) (25)  Speaker Manual functions can be  assigned to the button and the (Shooting Mode) dial. button (24) (FDR-AX53/  Lens (ZEISS lens) AX55/AXP55)  MANUAL button (FDR-AX53/  (My Voice Canceling) AX55/AXP55) button Suppresses the voice of the...
  • Page 54  To fasten the grip belt  Viewfinder (FDR-AX53/AX55/ AXP55) The camcorder is turned on when the viewfinder is pulled out.  Viewfinder lens adjustment dial (FDR-AX53/AX55/AXP55) If the indications in the viewfinder appear blurred, turn the viewfinder lens adjustment dial.
  • Page 55: Index

    Index iOS 37 LCD monitor 52 AC Adaptor 15 Android 37 Manual recording 25 App Store 37 Memory card 19 Assigning a menu item 25 Memory Stick Micro™ (M2) AVCHD 12, 13 media 19 Menu lists 42 Battery pack 15 Menus 42 Beep 18 Micro USB cable 16...
  • Page 56 Supplied items 14 Touch panel 52 Trimming Playback 31 Tripod 54 Troubleshooting 46 TV 29 Wall outlet (wall socket) 16 Wi-Fi 37 Windows 34 Wireless access point 41 XAVC S 4K 12, 13 XAVC S HD 12, 13 Zoom 22...
  • Page 60 Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at our Customer Support Website. © 2016 Sony Corporation Printed in China...

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