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Digital 4K Video Camera Recorder FDR-AX40/AX53/AX55/AXP55
How to Use

Before use

Model Information
Model Information [1]
Parts and controls
Parts and controls (front/top) [2]
Parts and controls (LCD monitor) [3]
Parts and controls (side) [4]
Parts and controls (back/bottom) [5]
Screen indicators
Screen indicators [6]
Movie recording format
Recording formats available with this product and their features [7]

Getting started

Checking the supplied items
Supplied items [8]

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  • Page 1: Before Use

    Digital 4K Video Camera Recorder FDR-AX40/AX53/AX55/AXP55 How to Use Before use Model Information Model Information [1] Parts and controls Parts and controls (front/top) [2] Parts and controls (LCD monitor) [3] Parts and controls (side) [4] Parts and controls (back/bottom) [5]...
  • Page 2 Power source preparations Attaching the battery pack [9] Charging the battery pack using the AC Adaptor [10] Charging the battery pack using your computer [11] Turning the power on [12] Using this product supplying power from a wall outlet (wall socket) [13] Initial setup Initial setting [14] Preparing a memory card...
  • Page 3 Decreasing the voice volume of the person recording the movie (My Voice Canceling) [26] Recording the selected subject clearly (Lock-on AF) [27] Using the Time-lapse Capture function [28] Playback Playing images using Event View Playing movies and photos from the Event View screen [29] Screen display on the Event View screen [30] Creating a highlight movie About Highlight Movie Maker [31]...
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Using the projector for your computer or other devices(models with the projector) [44] Playing images on a 4K TV Viewing images on a 4K TV [45] Enlarging a part of an XAVC S 4K movie on the screen during playback on TV (Trimming Playback) [46] Playing images on a high definition TV Connecting this product to a high definition TV [47]...
  • Page 5 Saving images on an external media device Notes on use of the USB external hard disk [61] Saving images on an USB external hard disk device [62] Saving the desired images in this product to the external media device [63] Playing back images in the USB external hard disk device on this product [64] Deleting images in the USB external hard disk device [65] Creating a disc with a recorder...
  • Page 6 Transferring movies (MP4) and photos to your smartphone or tablet [75] Transferring movies (MP4) and photos to your smartphone or tablet using the NFC function (NFC one-touch sharing) [76] Transferring images to a computer Send to Computer [77] Transferring images to a TV Playing images on a TV (View on TV) [78] Live Streaming About Live Streaming [79]...
  • Page 7 Photo [90] Time-lapse Capture [91] Smth Slw REC [92] Golf Shot [93] High Speed REC [94] Camera/Mic White Balance [95] Spot Meter/Fcs [96] Spot Meter [97] Spot Focus [98] Exposure [99] Focus [100] IRIS [101] Shutter Speed [102] AGC Limit [103] AE Shift [104] White Balance Shift [105] Low Lux [106]...
  • Page 8 Smile Sensitivity [121] Flash (Only when connecting an external flash) [122] Flash Level (Only when connecting an external flash) [123] Red Eye Reduction (Only when connecting an external flash) [124] My Voice Canceling [125] Blt-in Zoom Mic [126] Auto Wind NR [127] Audio Mode [128] Audio Rec Level [129] My Button [130]...
  • Page 9 Multi Camera Ctrl Set [149] Vid REC during strm. [150] WPS Push [151] Access point settings [152] Edit Device Name [153] Disp MAC Address [154] SSID/PW Reset [155] Network Info Reset [156] Playback Function Event View [157] Edit/Copy Delete [158] Protect [159] Copy (models with the internal memory) [160] Direct Copy [161]...
  • Page 10 Monitor Brightness [181] Auto Keystone ADJ (Models with the projector) [182] REC Lamp [183] Remote Ctrl [184] Power ON w/monitor (FDR-AX40) [185] Language Setting [186] 24p Mode (1080 50i-compatible device) [187] Cancel 24p Mode (1080 50i-compatible device) [188] Battery Info [189]...
  • Page 11 Expected movie recording time and number of recordable photos for the internal memory Notes on recording movies [199] Expected recording time of movies (models with the internal memory) [200] Expected number of recordable photos (models with the internal memory) [201] Expected movie recording time and number of recordable photos for memory cards Notes on recording movies [202]...
  • Page 12 Note on disposal/transfer of the memory card [215] Maintenance On handling the LCD monitor [216] To clean the casing and the projector lens surface (models with the projector) [217] About care and storage of the lens [218] Using this product abroad Using this product abroad [219] Trademarks On trademarks [220]...
  • Page 13 Overall operations The power does not turn on. [225] This product does not operate even when the power is set to on. [226] The menu settings have been changed automatically. [227] This product gets warm. [228] A rattling noise is heard when this product is shaken. [229] Intelligent Auto is canceled.
  • Page 14 The data file name is not indicated correctly or flashes. [246] Images cannot be played back or the memory card is not recognized. [247] The data file cannot be copied from internal memory (models with the internal memory). [248] Recording Pressing START/STOP or PHOTO does not record images.
  • Page 15 The wireless access point you want to connect to does not appear. [270] [WPS Push] does not work. [271] [Ctrl with Smartphone], [Send to Smartphone], [Send to Computer] or [View on TV] terminates prematurely. [272] Cannot transfer movies to your smartphone. [273] The shooting screen does not display smoothly.
  • Page 16: Warning Messages

    (models with the internal memory) (1080 60i-compatible device) (1080 50i-compatible device) To confirm the model name of this product See the bottom of this product. A: Model name (FDR-AX40/AX53/AX55/AXP55) Differences in functions Models with the internal memory: FDR-AX40/AX55/AXP55...
  • Page 17 Models with the projector: FDR-AXP55 Models with the Viewfinder: FDR-AX53/AX55/AXP55 Models with the Manual ring: FDR-AX53/AX55/AXP55 1080 60i-compatible device: See the bottom of this product. 1080 50i-compatible device: See the bottom of this product. Models with the USB IN/OUT jacks: Except models for Europe. Models with the USB Output only jack: Models for Europe only.
  • Page 18 (headphones) jack 8. Multi interface shoe For details on compatible accessories of the Multi interface shoe, visit the Sony website in your area, or consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Operations with other manufacture’s accessories are not guaranteed.
  • Page 19 1. PROJECTOR FOCUS lever (models with the projector) 2. LCD monitor/Touch panel If you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees, you can close the LCD monitor with the screen facing out. This is convenient during playback operations. 3. Projector lens (models with the projector) [4] How to Use Before use Parts and controls...
  • Page 20 1. Memory card access lamp While the lamp is lit or flashing, this product is reading or writing data. 2. Memory card slot 3. HDMI OUT jack 4. PROJECTOR IN jack (models with the projector) 5. Speaker (Shooting Mode) button (models with the Viewfinder) (My Voice Canceling) button Suppresses the voice of the person recording the movie.
  • Page 21: Screen Indicators

    Attach a tripod (sold separately: the length of the screw must be less than 5.5 mm (7/32 in.)). Depending on the specifications of the tripod, this product may not attach in the proper direction. 7. BATT (battery) release lever 8. Battery pack To fasten the grip belt [6] How to Use Before use...
  • Page 22 SteadyShot off White Balance Shift Zebra Peaking Cinematone Intelligent Auto Picture Effect Filter/Protector At the center of the screen ( Slideshow Set Warning Playback mode REC /STBY Recording mode AE/AF lock Wi-Fi On the right side of the screen ( Frame rate (30p/60p/50p/60i/50i/24p/25p), recording mode (PS/FX/FH/HQ/LP) and movie size Dual Video REC...
  • Page 23 Spot Meter/Fcs/Spot Meter/Exposure Audio Level Display EV AE Shift Shutter Speed IRIS Intelligent Auto Data file name Protect Time-lapse settings Note Indicators and their positions are approximate and may differ from what you actually see. Some indicators may not appear, depending on the model. [7] How to Use Before use Movie recording format...
  • Page 24: Supplied Items

    Allows you to record clearer images since XAVC S HD has more information compared with AVCHD. AVCHD Recording pixels: 1,920 × 1,080 dots Bit-rate: Max. 28 Mbps Feature: Allows you to save images on devices other than computers. Hint Bit-rate refers to the data amount recordable over a certain period of time. [8] How to Use Getting started Checking the supplied items...
  • Page 25: Attaching The Battery Pack

    Rechargeable battery pack NP-FV70 (1) When using this product while connected to a wall outlet (wall socket), such as while charging, make sure to attach the battery pack to this product. “Operating Guide” (1) [9] How to Use Getting started Power source preparations Attaching the battery pack Attach the battery pack to this product.
  • Page 26: Charging The Battery Pack Using The Ac Adaptor

    Note You cannot use any InfoLITHIUM battery pack other than the V series to this product. You cannot use the NP-FV30 InfoLITHIUM battery pack with this product. In the default setting, the power turns off automatically if you leave this product without any operation for about 2 minutes, to save battery power (Power Save).
  • Page 27: Charging The Battery Pack Using Your Computer

    A: AC Adaptor B: Power cord (mains lead) C: DC IN jack D: Align the mark on the DC plug Note Be aware of the following notes on using the AC Adaptor. Use a nearby wall outlet (wall socket) when using the AC Adaptor. Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet (wall socket) immediately if any malfunction occurs while using this product.
  • Page 28: Turning The Power On

    2. Connect this product to a running computer using the micro USB cable. The POWER/CHG (charge) lamp turns orange. The POWER/CHG (charge) lamp turns off when the battery pack is fully charged. Remove the micro USB cable from this product and the computer. : micro USB cable : To a wall outlet (wall socket) Hint...
  • Page 29 To turn off the power Close the LCD monitor. You can also turn off this product by pressing (ON/STANDBY) button. If the viewfinder (models with the viewfinder) is pulled out, retract the viewfinder as shown in the illustration below. Turning this product on or off (models with the viewfinder) The power of this product is turned on or off depending on the status of the LCD monitor or the viewfinder.
  • Page 30: Initial Setting

    Supply power to this product using the AC Adaptor. 1. Make the same connections as shown in “Charging the battery pack using the AC Adaptor” to use this product. Even if the battery pack is attached, it will not be discharged. [14] How to Use Getting started Initial setup...
  • Page 31: Inserting A Memory Card

    Hint The date and time are recorded automatically and can be displayed only during playback. To display them, select - [Setup] - [ Playback Settings] - [Data Code] - [Date/Time]. [15] How to Use Getting started Preparing a memory card Inserting a memory card Insert a memory card into this product.
  • Page 32: Types Of Memory Card You Can Use With This Product

    Do not insert any memory card other than those that fit into the memory card slot. Doing so may cause a malfunction. When inserting or ejecting the memory card, be careful so that the memory card does not pop out and drop. Memory card will not be recognized by this product unless it is inserted straight in the correct direction.
  • Page 33: Adjusting The Angle Of The Viewfinder For Easier Viewing

    Memory cards that meet the following conditions Capacity of 4 GB or more SD speed class 10: , or UHS speed class 1: or faster When recording in 100 Mbps or faster, UHS speed class 3: is required. Note The movies recorded will be divided into files of 4GB when a SDHC memory card is used to record XAVC S movies over extended periods of time.
  • Page 34: Recording Movies

    [18] How to Use Recording Recording movies/photos Recording movies Record movies. 1. Open the LCD monitor of this product and turn the power on. You can also turn on this product by pressing (ON/STANDBY) button or by pulling out the viewfinder (models with the viewfinder). 2.
  • Page 35: Shooting Photos

    display. It is recommended you record images with [Grid Line] set to [On] using the outer frame of [Grid Line] as a guide. Check the subject on the LCD monitor, and then start recording. If the lens cover does not fully open, only a black screen and sound may be recorded. While recording XAVC S 4K movies, you cannot output movies to an external monitor via an HDMI/video connection.
  • Page 36 When the focus is adjusted properly, the AE/AF lock indicator appears on the LCD monitor. Note The following states will be indicated if data is still being written onto the recording media after recording has finished. During this time, do not apply shock or vibration to this product, or remove the battery pack or AC Adaptor.
  • Page 37 2. Rotate the MANUAL ring to make adjustments. Note Manual settings will be retained even if you change the assigned item of the MANUAL ring. However, if you set [Exposure] after setting [AE Shift] manually, [Exposure] will override [AE Shift]. If you set either one of [Exposure], [IRIS], or [Shutter Speed], the settings of other 2 items are canceled.
  • Page 38 Hint The camera data that appears on the LCD monitor will differ, depending on the recording settings of this product. The settings will be displayed with the following icons. The settings will be displayed on the playback screen with the following icons. : Automatic : Exposure is set manually.
  • Page 39: Recording In Mirror Mode

    [23] How to Use Recording Useful functions for recording Capturing photos during movie recording (Dual Capture) You can shoot photos during movie recording. 1. Press PHOTO during movie recording to capture still photos. Note You cannot capture photos during movie recording in the following situation(s): When [ File Format] is set to [ AVCHD] and [...
  • Page 40: Intelligent Auto

    Hint A mirror-image of the subject appears on the LCD monitor, but the image will be normal when recorded. [25] How to Use Recording Useful functions for recording Intelligent Auto This product records images after selecting the most suitable setting for the subjects or the situation automatically.
  • Page 41 Camera-shake detection: (Walk), (Tripod) Sound detection: (Auto Wind NR) Note This product may not detect the expected scene or subject, depending on the recording conditions. [26] How to Use Recording Useful functions for recording Decreasing the voice volume of the person recording the movie (My Voice Canceling) You can record movies decreasing the voice volume of the person recording the movie.
  • Page 42 This product can track a subject you select and adjust the focus automatically. 1. Touch the subject you want to track while recording. To cancel the Lock-on AF function, select Note The Lock-on AF function is not available when [ File Format] is set to [ XAVC S 4K] and [Dual Video REC] is set to [On].
  • Page 43: Playing Movies And Photos From The Event View Screen

    monitor. The time-lapse capture will be stopped if you press the PHOTO button during time- lapse capture. Note To save battery power, it is recommended to power the camcorder using the AC adaptor during when using the time-lapse capture mode. [29] How to Use Playback Playing images using Event View...
  • Page 44 When you select [ XAVC S 4K], change the [ Frame Rate] setting according to the movie you want to play as well (1080 60i-compatible device). Frame Rate]: When you select 30p, 24p movies will not appear. When you select 24p, 30p movies will not appear. 3.
  • Page 45: Screen Display On The Event View Screen

    Some buttons described above may not appear, depending on the image being played back. In the default setting, a protected demonstration movie is pre-recorded (models with the internal memory and FDR-AX40/AX55/AXP55). Hint As you repeat selecting during playback, movies are played as fast as about 5 times - about 10 times - about 30 times - about 60 times.
  • Page 46: Index Screen

    9. Time-line bar 10. To change Event Scale (approx. 3 months/1.5 years) Index screen 1. Event name 2. To close the index screen 3. To the previous event 4. To the next event 5. To the movie/photo recording mode 6. Last played image 7.
  • Page 47 of movies (AVCHD format) you have recorded, freeing you from complicated editing work. Highlight movies created with Highlight Movie Maker are edited to match the background music you select allowing you to share moving scenes by viewing together with your friends and family or uploading to a video sharing site.
  • Page 48 3. To change the settings, select , change the settings according to your preference on the displayed setting screen then select 4. On the setting confirmation screen, select . The highlight movie is created. The time required to create a highlight movie is about twice the total duration of the movie being created.
  • Page 49 Only AVCHD movies (except 24p movies) can be used for a highlight movie. Background music preinstalled on this product have officially been contracted between Sony and licensors. Movies containing the said background music are allowed for private use, duplication, distribution, or public transmission only when the said movies are intended for nonprofit purposes and without receiving any kind of consideration from the person to whom the said movies are presented to.
  • Page 50 [33] How to Use Playback Creating a highlight movie Adding a highlight point during recording You can specify highlight points (scenes to be included in a highlight movie) during recording. 1. On the movie recording screen, select at the bottom right corner when a scene you want to include in the highlight movie appears.
  • Page 51 2. Select at the top right corner of the screen - MP4 - 3. Select to move the desired event to the center ( ) and then select it ( Highlight movies are saved with the date it was created on. 4.
  • Page 52: Notes On Editing

    The format of a movie to be played or edited can be changed on the Event View screen. 1. Press (View Images) to enter the playback mode. 2. Select the movie format you want to play from at the top right corner of the LCD monitor.
  • Page 53: Deleting By Date

    2. On the Event View screen, select , and then select the movie format you want to delete. An icon other than may be displayed depending on the [ File Format] setting and playback movie format setting. - [Edit/Copy] - [Delete]. 4.
  • Page 54: Dividing A Movie

    want to delete. Another icon may appear instead of depending on the [ File Format] setting and the movie playback format. - [Edit/Copy] - [Delete]. 4. Select [All In Event]. 5. Select the date you want to delete using , and then select [39] How to Use Playback Editing images from the playback screen...
  • Page 55 A: Returns to the beginning of the selected movie B: Adjusts the dividing point with more precision Note A slight difference may occur from the point where you select and the actual dividing point, as this product selects the dividing point based on about half-second increments. An XAVC S movie or an MP4 movie cannot be divided.
  • Page 56 B: Adjusts the capturing point with more precision Note You cannot capture photos from a movie saved on a memory card. (models with the USB output only jack) Hint The recording date and time of captured photos are the same as the recording date and time of the movies.
  • Page 57 [42] How to Use Playback Using the built-in projector Notes on using the projector (models with the projector) The LCD monitor turns off while an image is being projected. Be careful of the following operations or situations while using the projector. Make sure not to project images towards the eyes.
  • Page 58 3. Select [Project] on the LCD monitor. This screen appears the first time you use the built-in projector after this product is turned on. 4. Adjust the focus of the projected image using the PROJECTOR FOCUS lever. A: PROJECTOR FOCUS lever The projected image is larger when the distance between this product and the reflecting surface increase.
  • Page 59 You can project images from a computer or other devices using the built-in projector. 1. Connect the PROJECTOR IN jack of this product to an HDMI output jack of the other device using the HDMI cable (supplied). 2. Face the projector lens towards a surface, such as a wall, and then press PROJECTOR.
  • Page 60: Viewing Images On A 4K

    Hint If the terminal of the device connected is not compatible with the HDMI cable (supplied), use an HDMI plug adaptor (sold separately). For details, refer to the instruction manual supplied with the external media device. [45] How to Use Playback Playing images on a 4K TV Viewing images on a 4K TV...
  • Page 61 [46] How to Use Playback Playing images on a 4K TV Enlarging a part of an XAVC S 4K movie on the screen during playback on TV (Trimming Playback) You can enlarge a desired part of the image while a movie recorded in [ XAVC S 4K] format is being played back on TV.
  • Page 62: Connecting This Product To A High Definition

    The size of the trimmed image can be adjusted with the (zoom in)/ (zoom out) buttons. You can also adjust the image size with the power zoom lever. Note Enlarged images cannot be played back on the LCD monitor of this product. (Trimming Playback) button is not displayed on the LCD monitor of this product in the following cases: When this product is connected to a TV that is not 4K or high definition...
  • Page 63: Enjoying 5.1Ch Surround

    [Auto], [1080p], [1080i], [720p] Playback image quality: High definition image quality HDMI Resolution: [2160p/1080p] Playback image quality: 4K (You cannot view images on a high definition TV.) When the movie format is XAVC S HD or AVCHD HDMI Resolution: [Auto], [2160p/1080p], [1080p], [1080i], [720p] Playback image quality: High definition image quality 2.
  • Page 64: Using Bravia

    A: Built-in microphone Note The sound of XAVC S and MP4 movies are recorded in 2ch sound. The built-in speaker does not output 5.1ch surround sound even if you play back a movie recorded with 5.1ch surround sound on this product. To enjoy the 5.1ch surround sound of the movies recorded in 5.1ch sound, you need a device compatible with 5.1ch surround.
  • Page 65: On The Hdmi Cable

    This product is compatible with the Photo TV HD standard. Photo TV HD allows for highly- detailed, photo-like depiction of subtle textures and colors. By connecting Sony’s Photo TV HD-compatible devices using the HDMI cable(*), a whole new world of photos can be enjoyed in breathtaking HD quality.
  • Page 66 1. Switch the setting of this product according to the resolution of the connected 4K or high definition TV. - [Setup] - [ Connection] - [HDMI Resolution] - desired setting. HDMI Resolution: 4K TV: [Auto](*), [2160p/1080p] (*), [1080p], [1080i], [720p] High definition TV: [Auto], [1080p], [1080i], [720p] A black screen appears for several seconds when the Trimming Playback function is turned on or off.
  • Page 67: Connecting This Product To A Non-High-Definition

    When this product is connected to a TV that is not 4K or high definition When a movie recorded in XAVC S HD or AVCHD format is played back When only photos are played back The trimming playback frame may not appear if you touch the periphery of the playback screen.
  • Page 68 Saving format: AVCHD Hint For the latest storage environment, visit the following website. http://www.sony.net/ You may also save by connecting a recorder with an AV cable (sold separately). The image quality will be standard definition. To transfer images to your smartphone Connect this product and your smartphone via Wi-Fi to transfer MP4 movies to the smartphone.
  • Page 69: Installing The Playmemories Home Software In Your

    F: Play the imported images G: Share images on PlayMemories Online Installing the PlayMemories Home software in your computer PlayMemories Home can be downloaded from the following URL. http://www.sony.net/pm/ [56] How to Use Saving images Using the PlayMemories Home software Checking the computer system You can check the system requirements for software at the following URL.
  • Page 70 1. Access the following download page using an Internet browser on your computer to download the PlayMemories Home software. http://www.sony.net/pm/ Install the software according to the on-screen instructions. When the installation has completed, PlayMemories Home starts. If the PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software is installed on your computer, it will be overwritten by the PlayMemories Home software.
  • Page 71: Disconnecting This Product From The

    In this case, you can release the connection without performing the above operations. [59] How to Use Saving images Using the PlayMemories Home software About the dedicated software for this product You can download the dedicated software from the Sony website. Windows: http://www.sony.co.jp/imsoft/Win/ Mac: http://www.sony.co.jp/imsoft/Mac/ Note The software that can be used with this product will differ, depending on the countries/regions.
  • Page 72: Creating A Blu-Ray

    You can create a Blu-ray disc with an AVCHD movie previously imported to a computer. To create a Blu-ray disc, the “BD Add-on Software” must be installed. http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/BDUW/ Your computer must support the creation of Blu-ray discs. BD-R (unrewritable) and BD-RE (rewritable) media are available for creating Blu-ray discs.
  • Page 73: Saving Images On An Usb External Hard Disk

    If this product does not recognize the external media device, try the following operations. Reconnect the USB Adaptor Cable to this product. If the external media device has the AC power cord (mains lead), connect it to a wall outlet (wall socket).
  • Page 74: Saving The Desired Images In This Product To The External Media

    Movies and photos that are stored on the recording media, and that have not yet been saved on to an external media device can be saved on the connected media device at this time. This operation is available only when there are newly recorded images in this product.
  • Page 75: Playing Back Images In The Usb External Hard Disk Device On This

    3. Select - [Edit/Copy] - [Copy], and then follow the on-screen instructions to save images. Hint If you want to copy images that have not yet been copied, select - [Edit/Copy] - [Direct Copy] while this product is connected to the external media device. [64] How to Use Saving images Saving images on an external media device...
  • Page 76: Deleting Images In The Usb External Hard Disk

    You can also view images on a TV connected to this product. When an external media device is connected, will appear on the Event View screen. To play back the images saved on an external media device using your computer, select the drive that represents the external media device on the PlayMemories Home software, and then play movies.
  • Page 77: What You Can Do With The Wi-Fi

    You can copy images on this product onto a disc or video casette. Connect this product to a disc recorder with an AV cable (sold separately). Note Connect the AC Adaptor to this product, and then connect the AC Adaptor to a wall outlet (wall socket).
  • Page 78: Using Your Smartphone Or Tablet As A Wireless Remote

    What you can do with the Wi-Fi function Explains what you can do using the Wi-Fi function of this product. Saving movies and photos to your computer Transferring movies (MP4) and photos to your smartphone or tablet Using your smartphone or tablet as a wireless remote commander Playing images on a TV...
  • Page 79: About The Playmemories Mobile

    Live Streaming Multi Camera Control Note The Wi-Fi function of this product cannot be used by connecting to a public wireless network. PlayMemories Mobile is not guaranteed to work on all smartphones and tablets. [68] How to Use Using the Wi-Fi function Installing PlayMemories Mobile About the PlayMemories Mobile software To perform operations such as [Ctrl with Smartphone] and [Send to Smartphone], the...
  • Page 80: Connecting To Your Nfc-Enabled Smartphone Or

    If PlayMemories Mobile is already installed in your smartphone, update the application to the latest version. For details on PlayMemories Mobile, visit the PlayMemories Mobile support page (http://www.sony.net/pmm/). [69] How to Use Using the Wi-Fi function Connecting a smartphone Connecting to your NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet You can easily connect this product to your NFC-enabled Android smartphone or tablet.
  • Page 81: Connecting To Your Smartphone Or Tablet Using The Qr

    To use the one-touch functions of this product, an NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet is required. NFC (Near Field Communication) is an international standard for short-range wireless communication technology. If the connection is not made successfully, try the procedures shown in “Connecting to an Android smartphone or tablet.”...
  • Page 82 4. Select [OK]. (If a message appears, select [OK] again.) 5. With your smartphone, read the QR Code displayed on the LCD monitor of the camcorder. Android When [Connect with the camera?] is displayed, select [Connect]. iPhone/iPad Follow the on-screen instructions and install the profile (setting information). On Home, select [Settings] - [Wi-Fi].
  • Page 83 Go back to the Home screen and start up PlayMemories Mobile. Note If the camcorder cannot be connected with the smartphone by NFC or by reading the QR Code, connect by using the SSID and the password. Hint Once the QR Code is read and the connection has been successfully established, the SSID (DIRECT-xxxx) and the password of the camcorder will be registered onto your smartphone.
  • Page 84 1. Start up PlayMemories Mobile on the smartphone. 2. Select the SSID displayed on this product. 3. Enter the password displayed on this product. [72] How to Use Using the Wi-Fi function Connecting a smartphone Connecting to your iPhone or iPad (by entering an SSID and password) Shows how to connect this product to your iPhone or iPad.
  • Page 85 1. Open the settings menu. 2. Select Wi-Fi. 3. Select the SSID displayed on this product. 4. Enter the password displayed on this product. 5. Confirm that the SSID displayed on this product is selected.
  • Page 86 6. Go back to Home and start up PlayMemories Mobile. [73] How to Use Using the Wi-Fi function Controlling via a smartphone Using your smartphone or tablet as a wireless remote commander You can operate this product using your smartphone or tablet as a wireless remote commander.
  • Page 87 3. Start PlayMemories Mobile, select [Scan QR Code of the Camera] - [OK] - [OK], then scan the QR Code displayed on the LCD monitor of this product with your smartphone or tablet. Connect to this product using your smartphone. For details on connecting your smartphone, see “Related Topic.”...
  • Page 88 3. Enter the recording mode, and then touch (N mark) of this product to (N mark) of your smartphone. Make sure that (N mark) is displayed on the LCD monitor of this product. Hold this product and your smartphone together and keep them still for about 1-2 seconds until PlayMemories Mobile starts up on your smartphone.
  • Page 89 [75] How to Use Using the Wi-Fi function Transferring images to a smartphone Transferring movies (MP4) and photos to your smartphone or tablet Transfer images to your smartphone or tablet. 1. Install PlayMemories Mobile on your smartphone. If PlayMemories Mobile is already installed in your smartphone, update the software to the latest version.
  • Page 90 6. Start PlayMemories Mobile, select [Scan QR Code of the Camera] - [OK] - [OK], then read the QR Code displayed on the LCD monitor of this product with your smartphone or tablet. Connect to this product using your smartphone. For details on the connection method of your smartphone, see “Related Topic.”...
  • Page 91 Make sure that your smartphone is not in sleep mode and the screen is unlocked in advance. 1. Install PlayMemories Mobile on your smartphone. If PlayMemories Mobile is already installed in your smartphone, update the software to the latest version. 2.
  • Page 92 You can transfer and save movies and photos to your computer. 1. Install the software on your computer. For Windows: PlayMemories Home http://www.sony.net/pm/ For Mac: Wireless Auto Import http://www.sony.co.jp/imsoft/Mac/ If connecting this product to your computer for the first time after installing the software, set [USB Connect Setting] to [Mass Storage] on this product, and then connect this product to your computer with the USB Cable.
  • Page 93 2. Connect this product to the wireless network access point. If your access point does not support the WPS push button, refer to “Access point settings”. If your access point supports the WPS push button, refer to “WPS Push”. Settings for steps 1 and 2 are required only the first time. 3.
  • Page 94: About Live Streaming

    3. Select - [Wireless] - [ Function] - [View on TV] - the type of image you want to transfer. 4. Play a movie or a photo on the TV. Note This function is not available for [ XAVC S 4K] (models with the 4K functionality) and XAVC S HD] movies.
  • Page 95: Preparing Live Streaming

    Configure the network settings on this product and register the video sharing site account and SNS settings using the dedicated application “PlayMemories Home” installed on your computer, in advance. You can download “PlayMemories Home” from the following support site. http://www.sony.net/pm/ A: USB Connect to your computer with Mass Storage. B: “PlayMemories Home”...
  • Page 96: Performing Live Streaming

    You can set the following with the live streaming settings of “PlayMemories Home.” Select “PlayMemories Home” - [Tools] - [Network Settings Tool]. For details, see http://www.sony.net/guide/nst/. Streaming settings: You can set the streaming method and information of videos. Streaming site, channel, image quality, and saving settings of the streaming site...
  • Page 97 Streaming]. 2. Press the START/STOP button to start streaming. [Connecting...] and the registered SSID are displayed during streaming preparation then is displayed when Live Streaming starts. 3. Press the START/STOP button again to stop streaming. is flashing until Live Streaming finished. Note For some languages, the onscreen-displays might change to English while using the Live Streaming function.
  • Page 98: Camera Control

    There are restrictions when performing Live Streaming. Restrictions for Ustream There are some restrictions for video streaming on Ustream. For details, see the Ustream site. Network connection Use a smartphone capable of tethering or Wi-Fi router for Live Streaming. However, proper operation with all smartphones or Wi-Fi routers is not guaranteed.
  • Page 99 simultaneously by connecting them to Wi-Fi. You can also perform some basic operations of the connected cameras, such as configuring the settings, from this product. Recorded images can be edited with PlayMemories Home, including editing such as creating a PinP (Picture in Picture; an image with an inset window of another image) clip. 1.
  • Page 100 [Connect Device Swt] (displayed when one camera is connected) Disconnects the currently connected camera and selects another device. [Connect Device Reg] (displayed when several cameras are connected) Registers cameras that have not been registered before. [Shooting Mode] Selects the shooting mode of the connected camera (for one camera when only one camera is connected and for all cameras when several cameras are connected).
  • Page 101 Icons displayed differ according to the status of the connected cameras. Depending on the connected camera, its LCD monitor may turn off, or its operations may become unavailable. Menu items that can be configured on the connected camera will be displayed. Even if this product is turned off while the connected camera is shooting, the connected camera continues shooting.
  • Page 102 can control another camera with this product. 1. Turn on the power of the camera you want to connect and set it in a state ready for Wi- Fi connection. For details on the operation, refer to the instructions manual of the camera. 2.
  • Page 103 (Picture in Picture; an image with an inset window of another image) clips, etc. Installing PlayMemories Home To edit PinP clips, etc., you need to install PlayMemories Home on your computer. PlayMemories Home can be installed from the following URL. http://www.sony.net/pm/ [87] How to Use Menu operations Using menu items...
  • Page 104: Setting Up Menu Items

    Setting up menu items This product has various menu items under each of 7 menu categories. 1. Select 2. Select a category. 3. Select your desired menu item. Note Select to finish setting the menu or to return to the previous screen. To find a menu item quickly The [Camera/Mic], [Wireless] and [Setup] menus have sub-categories.
  • Page 105: How To Use The Keyboard

    A: Sub-category icons When you cannot select a menu item Some menu items or settings are not available, depending on the settings of this product. When you select grayed out menu items or settings, this product displays the reason why you cannot select the menu item.
  • Page 106 3. Space Enters a space. 4. Input box The characters you entered are displayed. indicates the limit to text length. 5. Move cursor Moves the cursor in the input box to the right or left. 6. Delete Deletes the character preceding the cursor. Switches the next character to a capital or small letter.
  • Page 107 What is Time-lapse Capture? In Time-lapse Capture mode, photos are taken sequentially at regular intervals. From these photos, you can create a movie by using the application for computers PlayMemories Home (Windows OS: ver. 5.1 or later, Mac OS: ver. 3.1 or later). You can express events that take place over a long time, such as the transition of the sky, and growth of plants, in a short period.
  • Page 108: Smth Slw Rec

    Note To prevent running short of battery power, it is recommended to power the camcorder using the AC adaptor during time-lapse capture. The shooting time calculated based on settings is displayed on the settings screen for Time-lapse Capture. Note that the displayed shooting time is a rough indication and the actual shooting time may vary depending on the shooting conditions.
  • Page 109: Golf Shot

    [3sec Before]: This product records a movie of approximately 3 seconds before the START/STOP button is pressed. 4. Press the START/STOP button. [Recording...] disappears when recording is finished. Note You cannot record sound. Image quality is not as good as that of normal recording. When you set [ File Format] to [ XAVC S 4K] or [...
  • Page 110: High Speed Rec

    seconds A: The point when you press START/STOP B: The sound of a club hitting the ball C: This product records images in this 2 second period. Note If this product cannot detect the sound of a club hitting the ball, this product automatically sets the impact point at 0.5 second before the START/STOP button has been pressed, and records a movie in the time period between 1.5 seconds before the impact point to 0.5 second after the impact point.
  • Page 111: White Balance

    - [Image Quality/ Size] - [ File Format] - [ XAVC S HD]. - [Shooting Mode] - [High Speed REC]. Note When you set [ File Format] to [ XAVC S 4K] or [ AVCHD], this function is not available. [95] How to Use Menu operations Camera/Mic...
  • Page 112: Spot Meter

    same lighting conditions as you will shoot the subject. 3. Select If the lighting conditions changed by bringing this product outdoors from inside the house, or vice versa, you need to redo the [One Push] procedure to readjust the white balance. Hint You can check the currently selected color balance on the LCD monitor.
  • Page 113: Spot Focus

    useful when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background, such as subjects in the spotlight on stage. - [Camera/Mic] - [ Manual Settings] - [Spot Meter]. 2. Touch the subject which you want to adjust the exposure. To return the setting to automatic exposure, select [Auto].
  • Page 114 You can fix the brightness of an image manually. Adjust the brightness when the subject is too bright or too dark. - [Camera/Mic] - [ Manual Settings] - [Exposure] - desired setting. Descriptions of menu items Auto: The exposure is adjusted automatically. Manual: Select if the subject is white or the backlight is bright, or select...
  • Page 115: Shutter Speed

    you want to record a subject at close range, move the power zoom lever to W (wide angle), then adjust the focus. This product displays the focal distance information for a few seconds when [Focus] is set to [Manual] or when you set the focus manually. You can use this information as a guide when the subject is dark and focus adjustment is difficult.
  • Page 116: Agc Limit

    Manual: Adjust the shutter speed using to get a fast shutter speed, and to get a slow shutter speed. Hint Moving objects you record will look different depending on the shutter speed. Set the shutter speed faster to record a fast-moving object clearly without blurring, and set the shutter speed slower to emphasize the movement of a moving object.
  • Page 117 The gain is automatically adjusted. 24dB/21dB/18dB/15dB/12dB/9dB/6dB/3dB/0dB ( The gain is automatically adjusted up to the selected limit. Note At a higher gain, the brightness becomes more appropriate in dim scenes, but the noise increases. At a lower gain, the noise decreases, but the shutter speed becomes slower to compensate for the lack of brightness, causing camera shake or subject blur.
  • Page 118: Scene Selection

    The white balance is adjusted automatically. On ( and adjusted number): Adjust the white balance using when the images appear bluish, and when the images appear reddish. [106] How to Use Menu operations Camera/Mic Low Lux You can record bright color images, even in dim light. - [Camera/Mic] - [ Manual Settings] - [Low Lux] - desired setting.
  • Page 119 (Sunrise&Sunset)(*): Reproduces the atmosphere of scenes such as sunsets or sunrises. (Fireworks)(*): Takes spectacular shots of fireworks. (Landscape)(*): Shoots distant subjects clearly. This setting also prevents this product from focusing on glass or metal mesh in windows between this product and the subject. (Portrait): Brings out the subject such as people or flowers while creating a soft background.
  • Page 120: Picture Effect

    (Beach): Takes the vivid blue of the ocean or a lake. (Snow): Takes bright pictures of a white landscape. Adjusted to focus on subjects farther away only. Note If you set [Scene Selection], the following settings are canceled. White Balance IRIS Shutter Speed Cinematone...
  • Page 121 (Toy Camera): Allows you to shoot an image having a unique color tone with its surrounding colors dark. Select the effect you want with [OPTION]. (Pop Color): Allows you to shoot a pop art-like colorful image with emphasis on the color tone. (Posterization): Creates a high contrast, abstract look by heavily emphasizing primary colors, or in black and white.
  • Page 122 Uses the Cinematone function. Note When you switch this function on or off, the image will be paused temporarily. When [ Cinematone] is set to [On], the [Scene Selection] setting changes to [Auto]. When [ Cinematone] is set to [On], the [Picture Effect] setting changes to [Off]. [110] How to Use Menu operations Camera/Mic...
  • Page 123 When you press START/STOP, the setting is cleared. [111] How to Use Menu operations Camera/Mic Self-Timer Press PHOTO to start the count down. A photo is recorded after about 10 seconds. - [Camera/Mic] - [ Camera Settings] - [ Self-Timer] - desired setting. Descriptions of menu items Off: Cancels the self-timer.
  • Page 124 Reduces camera shake using the SteadyShot function in wide-angle shooting. Off ( Does not use the SteadyShot function. Note The angle of view will be changed after changing the settings of the [ SteadyShot] function. When you set [ SteadyShot] to [Active], the zoom magnification is 40x when recording an HD movie and 30x when recording a 4K movie.
  • Page 125: Digital Zoom

    [114] How to Use Menu operations Camera/Mic Digital Zoom You can select the maximum zoom level. Note that the image quality decreases when you use the digital zoom. - [Camera/Mic] - [ Camera Settings] - [Digital Zoom] - desired setting. Descriptions of menu items Off: Digital zoom cannot be used.
  • Page 126 - [Camera/Mic] - [ Camera Settings] - [Auto Back Light] - desired setting. Descriptions of menu items The exposure for backlit subjects is adjusted automatically. Off: Does not adjust the exposure for backlit subjects. [117] How to Use Menu operations Camera/Mic Manual Ring Setting (models with the viewfinder) You can assign one menu item you often use to the MANUAL ring.
  • Page 127: Face Detection

    [119] How to Use Menu operations Camera/Mic Face Detection You can set this product to detect a face automatically. This product adjusts the focus/color/exposure automatically for the face of the selected subject. - [Camera/Mic] - [ Face] - [Face Detection] - desired setting. Descriptions of menu items Auto: Detects faces.
  • Page 128: Smile Sensitivity

    a smile. Always On ( The shutter is released when this product detects a smile whenever this product is in recording mode. Off: Smiles are not detected, so photos are not recorded automatically. Note Smiles may not be detected depending on recording conditions, subject conditions, and the setting of this product.
  • Page 129 - [Camera/Mic] - [ Flash] - [Flash] - desired setting. Descriptions of menu items Auto: Automatically flashes when there is insufficient ambient light. On ( Always uses the flash regardless of the surrounding brightness. Off ( Records without flash. Note The flash does not operate in the movie recording mode.
  • Page 130: My Voice Canceling

    [124] How to Use Menu operations Camera/Mic Red Eye Reduction (Only when connecting an external flash) Prevent redeye by activating the pre-flash before the flash operates. Set this function when you record photos using an external flash (sold separately) compatible with this product. - [Camera/Mic] - [ Flash] - [Red Eye Reduction] - desired setting.
  • Page 131: Auto Wind Nr

    Note Set [My Voice Canceling] to [Off] if you want to record a movie without decreasing the voice volume of the person recording the movie. Depending on the recording condition, you cannot decrease the voice volume of the person recording the movie as expected. The [My Voice Canceling] function does not activate while an external microphone is connected to this product.
  • Page 132: Audio Mode

    Off ( Does not reduce the wind noise. Reduces the wind noise. Note When you set [Auto Wind NR] to [Off], Intelligent Auto is set to [Off]. [Auto Wind NR] will not function while an external microphone is attached to this product. [128] How to Use Menu operations Camera/Mic...
  • Page 133 Descriptions of menu items Auto: The audio recording level is adjusted automatically. Manual ( Adjust the audio recording level with to raise the audio recording level and lower the audio recording level. Note The manually set value will be reset each time you switch between [Auto] and [Manual]. When [Audio Rec Level] is set to [Manual], Blt-in Zoom Mic will switch to [Off].
  • Page 134: Grid Line

    4. Select [131] How to Use Menu operations Camera/Mic Focus Magnifier (models with the viewfinder) You can magnify an image that appears at the center of the LCD monitor by about 2.0 times to confirm the sharpness of the focus. - [Camera/Mic] - [ Shooting Assist] - [Focus Magnifier] - desired setting.
  • Page 135: Display Setting

    Off: Does not display the grid lines. Displays the grid lines. Hint Positioning the subject at the cross point of the grid lines makes a balanced composition. The lines are not recorded. The outer frame of grid lines shows the display area of a TV which is not compatible with full pixel display.
  • Page 136 - [Camera/Mic] - [ Shooting Assist] - [Zebra] - desired setting. Descriptions of menu items Off: Does not display the zebra pattern. (70): Displays the zebra pattern over the part of an image that exceeds the brightness level of about 70 IRE. (100): Displays the zebra pattern over the part of an image that exceeds the brightness level of about 100 IRE.
  • Page 137: Audio Level Display

    Displays the enhanced outlines in red. (Yellow) Displays the enhanced outlines in yellow. Note The enhanced outlines may not appear in a dark location. Hint The enhanced outlines will not be recorded on the image. [136] How to Use Menu operations Camera/Mic Audio Level Display You can select whether or not to display the audio level meter.
  • Page 138: Frame Rate

    selected. When [ File Format] is set to [ XAVC S HD], you can only select [50Mbps ] during normal recording; and [60Mbps ] or [100Mbps ] during [High Speed REC]. When [ File Format] is set to [ AVCHD]: Highest Quality Records a movie in the highest quality possible (when in 60i (*)/50i (**)/24p (*)/25p (**)).
  • Page 139 following. Available frame rate settings XAVC S 4K: 30p(*)/25p(**) 24p(*) XAVC S HD: 60p(*)/50p(**) 30p(*)/25p(**) 24p(*) AVCHD: 60i(*)/50i(**) 60p(*)/50p(**) 24p(*)/25p(**) Descriptions of menu items 60i(*)/50i(**): This is an ordinary setting for recording AVCHD movies. 60p(*)/50p(**): You can record movies with a data volume twice that of 60i(*) or 50i(**)/30p(*) or 25p(**) per unit time.
  • Page 140: Dual Video Rec

    Dual Video REC You can set the dual recording mode (recording an MP4 movie during movie recording) to on or off. - [Image Quality/ Size] - [Dual Video REC] - desired setting. Descriptions of menu items On : Records an MP4 movie while recording a 4K or HD movie. Off: Does not record an MP4 movie while recording a 4K or HD movie.
  • Page 141: Image Size

    This setting is suitable for watching on a 4K TV. Both recording and playback switches. Movies you can play are also switched according to the [ Frame Rate] setting value. XAVC S HD: Records HD (high definition) images in XAVC S format. This setting is suitable for watching on an HD (high definition) TV.
  • Page 142: Ctrl With Smartphone

    [142] How to Use Menu operations Wireless Ctrl with Smartphone You can use your smartphone as a wireless remote commander. - [Wireless] - [ Function] - [Ctrl with Smartphone]. [143] How to Use Menu operations Wireless Multi Camera Control You can control other cameras connected to this product via Wi-Fi. For details, see “Related Topic.”...
  • Page 143: Airplane Mode

    Note Do not close the LCD monitor while transferring files. Transferring will be interrupted. [146] How to Use Menu operations Wireless Send to Computer Transfer images recorded with this product to your computer. 1. Press the button on this product to enter the playback mode. - [Wireless] - [ Function] - [Send to Computer].
  • Page 144 When you board an airplane, you can deactivate the Wi-Fi function temporarily. - [Wireless] - [ Setting] - [Airplane Mode] - desired setting. Descriptions of menu items Off: Normal setting. On ( Use the setting when you are on board an airplane. [149] How to Use Menu operations Wireless...
  • Page 145: Wps Push

    Records videos on the recording media of this product during Live Streaming. Off: Does not record videos on the recording media of this product during Live Streaming. Note If the internal memory or the memory card becomes full, recording stops automatically without stopping streaming.
  • Page 146 name, security mode, and password of the access point. The password may be preset in some devices. For details, see the access point operating instructions or contact the administrator. - [Wireless] - [ Setting] - [Access point settings]. 2. Select the access point you want to register. The desired access point is displayed: Select the access point.
  • Page 147: Edit Device Name

    Select [On] or [Off]. Note To give the registered access point priority, set [Priority Connection] to [On]. Hint For input method, see “How to use the keyboard.” [153] How to Use Menu operations Wireless Edit Device Name You can change the device name for Wi-Fi Direct etc. - [Wireless] - [ Setting] - [Edit Device Name].
  • Page 148: Network Info Reset

    This product shares the SSID/password for [Multi Connection] of [Multi Camera Ctrl Set], [Send to Smartphone] and [Ctrl with Smartphone] with a device that has permission to connect. If you want to change the device that is permitted to connect to this product, reset the SSID/password by the following procedure.
  • Page 149 [158] How to Use Menu operations Edit/Copy Delete You can delete unnecessary images. 1. Press the button on this product to enter the playback mode. 2. On the Event View screen, select , and then select the movie format you want to delete.
  • Page 150 2. On the Event View screen, select , and then select the movie format you want to protect. An icon other than may be displayed depending on the [ File Format] setting and playback movie format setting. - [Edit/Copy] - [Protect] - desired setting. Descriptions of menu items Multiple Images: You can select images to be protected.
  • Page 151: Direct Copy

    All In Event: You can copy all images in the selected date at one time. Select the date you want to copy using , and then select Note Do not close the LCD monitor while copying files. Copying will be interrupted. You can copy [ XAVC S 4K] movies only at the currently selected frame rate.
  • Page 152: Media Info

    Int. Memory: Records, plays or edits images on the internal memory. Memory Card: Records, plays or edits images on a memory card. Note You cannot select a different recording medium for movies and for photos. [163] How to Use Menu operations Setup Media Info You can check the remaining recordable time and the approximate free and used space of...
  • Page 153 recording media. Protected movies and photos will also be deleted. Make sure not to do the following while [Executing...] is displayed. Open/Close the LCD monitor. Operate buttons on this product. Eject the memory card from this product. Disconnect the AC Adaptor. Remove the battery pack.
  • Page 154: File Number

    Repair the image database file when necessary, such as when the image database repair message appears. - [Setup] - [ Media Settings] - [Repair Img. DB F.] - desired recording medium, and select [167] How to Use Menu operations Setup File Number You can select the way to assign file number of photos/MP4 movies.
  • Page 155 Data code is not displayed. Date/Time: Date Time Camera Data: Movie Photo SteadyShot off White Balance Shutter Speed F-stop Gain Brightness Exposure Flash Note The data code is displayed on the TV screen if you connect this product to a TV. Depending on the recording media condition, [-- -- --] may appear.
  • Page 156 Volume You can adjust the volume of playback sound. - [Setup] - [ Playback Settings] - [Volume] - adjust the volume using [170] How to Use Menu operations Setup Motion Interval ADJ Adjusts the residual image intervals of a motion shot video. - [Setup] - [ Playback Settings] - [Motion Interval ADJ].
  • Page 157 - [Setup] - [ Playback Settings] - [Empty Music]. [173] How to Use Menu operations Setup TC/UB (Time code/User bit) You can record the time code (TC) and user bit (UB) as the data attached to images. What is the time code? Time code is the function that assists advanced image editing by recording hours/minutes/seconds/ frames on image data through the time that progresses while recording.
  • Page 158 When the frame rate is 25p or 50p (1080 50i-compatible device): 00:00:00:00 - 23:59:59:24 When the frame rate is 24p, you can set the last 2 digits of the time code between 0 and 23 in multiples of 4. To reset the time code - [Setup] - [ TC/UB] - [TC Preset] - [RESET].
  • Page 159 Preset: Records the newly set time code on the recording media. Regenerate: Reads the last time code of the previous recording from the recording media and records the new time code sequentially from the last time code. Note Settings for the time code/user bit cannot be set when [Shooting Mode] is set to [Photo] or [Time-lapse Capture].
  • Page 160: Hdmi Resolution

    A: Images recorded in 16:9 (wide) mode B: Images recorded in 4:3 mode [175] How to Use Menu operations Setup HDMI Resolution Select the output image resolution when connecting this product to a TV with the HDMI cable. - [Setup] - [ Connection] - [HDMI Resolution] - desired setting.
  • Page 161: Usb Connect

    Operates this product using the TV’s Remote Commander. Off: Does not operate this product using the TV’s Remote Commander. [177] How to Use Menu operations Setup USB Connect Select this item if a USB connection does not start even when you connect this product to an external device with the USB Cable.
  • Page 162: Usb Lun Setting

    your computer, use the PlayMemories Home software. If the “Device Stage*” window does not open when you connect this product to a computer equipped with Windows 7 or Windows 8, set [USB Connect Setting] to [Auto]. “Device Stage” is a menu of Windows 7 or Windows 8, that is used to manage devices (camcorder, camera, etc.) that are connected to the computer.
  • Page 163: Monitor Brightness

    [181] How to Use Menu operations Setup Monitor Brightness You can adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor. - [Setup] - [ General Settings] - [Monitor Brightness] - desired setting. Descriptions of menu items Normal: Normal setting (normal brightness). Bright: Select this when the LCD monitor is not bright enough.
  • Page 164: Rec Lamp

    Select this when you use the supplied Wireless Remote Commander. Off: Select this when you do not use supplied Wireless Remote Commander. [185] How to Use Menu operations Setup Power ON w/monitor (FDR-AX40) Set whether you turn on/off the product by opening/closing the LCD monitor or not.
  • Page 165: Language Setting

    - [Setup] - [ General Settings] - [Power ON w/monitor] - desired setting. Descriptions of menu items Turns on/off this product when opening/closing the LCD monitor. Off: Select this setting when you want to close the LCD monitor during recording. [186] How to Use Menu operations Setup...
  • Page 166: Battery Info

    [188] How to Use Menu operations Setup Cancel 24p Mode (1080 50i-compatible device) Return the system to 50i mode by canceling 24p mode. - [Setup] - [ General Settings] - [Cancel 24p Mode] - [189] How to Use Menu operations Setup Battery Info You can check the estimated remaining capacity of the battery pack.
  • Page 167: Demo Mode

    not attempt to operate this product for more than about 1 minute. Off: The backlight of the LCD monitor is always on brightly. This product does not turn off automatically. Note This setting works only when using the battery pack. [191] How to Use Menu operations Setup...
  • Page 168 Note In the default setting, the protected demonstration movie is pre-recorded in the Event View. If you delete the demonstration movie, you cannot recover it (FDR- AX40/AX55/AXP55). A movie you have recorded will be registered as the demonstration movie if it satisfies all of the following conditions.
  • Page 169: Area Setting

    [195] How to Use Menu operations Setup Area Setting You can adjust a time difference without stopping the clock. Select your local area when using this product in other time zones. - [Setup] - [ Clock Settings] - [Area Setting] - [Home] - desired setting. Hint You can set another place as a [Destination].
  • Page 170: Expected Recording Time With Each Battery Pack

    [197] How to Use Charging time/recording time of movies/number of recordable photos Expected recording and playback times for individual batteries Expected recording time with each battery pack Approximate recording time with each battery pack is shown as follows. Continuous recording time NP-FV70 (supplied): 150 min 150 min...
  • Page 171: Expected Playback Time With Each Battery Pack

    [198] How to Use Charging time/recording time of movies/number of recordable photos Expected recording and playback times for individual batteries Expected playback time with each battery pack Approximate playback time with each battery pack is shown as follows. NP-FV70 (supplied): 250 min 250 min NP-FV100A:...
  • Page 172 REC Mode]. You can record movies of a maximum of 9,999 scenes in XAVC S format or 3,999 scenes in AVCHD format. And you can record a maximum of 40,000 MP4 movies and photos collectively. The maximum continuous recording time of a movie is approximately 13 hours. This product uses the VBR (Variable Bit Rate) format to automatically adjust image quality to suit the recording scene.
  • Page 173 XAVC S HD Frame Rate Dual Video REC Expected recording time 2 h 35 min (2 h 35 min) 60p ( )/50p ( 2 h 25 min (2 h 25 min) 30p ( )/25p ( 2 h 35 min (2 h 35 min) 2 h 25 min (2 h 25 min) 24p ( 2 h 35 min (2 h 35 min)
  • Page 174 The number in ( ) is the minimum recordable time. 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). [201] How to Use Charging time/recording time of movies/number of recordable...
  • Page 175: Expected Recording Time Of Movies

    [203] How to Use Charging time/recording time of movies/number of recordable photos Expected movie recording time and number of recordable photos for memory cards Expected recording time of movies The expected recording time of movies when saving on a memory card is shown as follows. 16 GB XAVC S 4K When [...
  • Page 176 35 min (35 min) 24p (*) 35 min (35 min) AVCHD Dual Video Expected recording REC Mode time 60p Quality (*)/50p Quality 1 h 15 min (1 h 15 min) (**) 1 h 15 min (1 h 15 min) Highest Quality 1 h 25 min (1 h 25 min) 1 h 40 min (1 h 40 min) High Quality...
  • Page 177 When [ REC Mode] is set to [60Mbps Frame Rate Dual Video REC Expected recording time 1h 00 min (1h 00 min) 30p (*)/25p (**) 1h 00 min (1h 00 min) 1h 00 min (1h 00 min) 24p (*) 1h 00 min (1h 00 min) XAVC S HD Frame Rate Dual Video REC...
  • Page 178 7 h 45 min (6 h 50 min) Long Time 12 h 20 min (10 h 05 min) 64 GB XAVC S 4K When [ REC Mode] is set to [100Mbps Frame Rate Dual Video REC Expected recording time 1 h 15 min (1 h 15 min) 30p (*)/25p (**) 1 h 15 min (1 h 15 min) 1 h 15 min (1 h 15 min)
  • Page 179 2 h 35 min (2 h 35 min) AVCHD Dual Video Expected recording REC Mode time 60p Quality (*)/50p Quality 5 h 05 min (5 h 05 min) (**) 5 h 15 min (5 h 15 min) Highest Quality 6 h 00 min (6 h 00 min) 6 h 50 min (6 h 50 min) High Quality 8 h 10 min (8 h 10 min)
  • Page 180 When [ REC Mode] is set to [60Mbps Frame Rate Dual Video REC Expected recording time 4 h 05 min (4 h 05 min) 30p (*)/25p (**) 4 h 15 min (4 h 15 min) 4 h 05 min (4 h 05 min) 24p (*) 4 h 15 min (4 h 15 min) XAVC S HD...
  • Page 181 21 h 30 min (17 h 25 min) Standard 28 h 50 min (21 h 55 min) 31 h 25 min (27 h 40 min) Long Time 49 h 45 min (40 h 50 min) 256 GB XAVC S 4K When [ REC Mode] is set to [100Mbps Frame Rate...
  • Page 182 60p (*)/50p (**) 10 h 25 min (10 h 25 min) 9 h 45 min (9 h 45 min) 30p (*)/25p (**) 10 h 25 min (10 h 25 min) 9 h 45 min (9 h 45 min) 24p (*) 10 h 25 min (10 h 25 min) AVCHD Dual Video...
  • Page 183: Expected Number Of Recordable Photos

    When using a Sony memory card. When recording AVCHD movies with [Audio Mode] set to [5.1ch Surround]. The number in ( ) is the minimum recordable time. [204] How to Use Charging time/recording time of movies/number of recordable photos Expected movie recording time and number of recordable photos for memory...
  • Page 184 The number of recordable photos of memory card may vary depending on the recording conditions. The unique image processing system of Sony’s BIONZ X allows still image resolution equivalent to the sizes described. [205] How to Use Charging time/recording time of movies/number of recordable...
  • Page 185: Recording Pixels And Aspect Ratio

    1080 60i-compatible device 1080 50i-compatible device [206] How to Use Charging time/recording time of movies/number of recordable photos Pixels recorded at each image size of photos Recording pixels and aspect ratio The photo recording pixels and the aspect ratio. Photo recording mode, Dual Capture: 5,440 ×...
  • Page 186: About The Memory Card

    this is not a malfunction. [208] How to Use Additional information Precautions About the memory card A memory card formatted by a computer (Windows OS/Mac OS) is not guaranteed to be compatible with this product. Data read/write speed may vary depending on the combination of the memory card and memory card compliant product you use.
  • Page 187: About The Memory Stick Media

    If using the memory card adaptor to allow use of a memory card in a device compatible with memory cards, make sure that the memory card is inserted facing in the correct direction. If the memory card is not inserted to the end, it may not work correctly. On image data compatibility Image data files recorded on memory card by this product conform to the “Design rule for Camera File system”...
  • Page 188: About The Infolithium Battery Pack

    [209] How to Use Additional information Precautions About the InfoLITHIUM battery pack This product operates only with an InfoLITHIUM V series battery packs. InfoLITHIUM V series battery packs have the mark. What is an InfoLITHIUM battery pack? An InfoLITHIUM battery pack is a lithium-ion battery pack that has functions for communicating information related to operating conditions between this product and an AC Adaptor/charger (sold separately).
  • Page 189: On Use And Care

    battery pack is also consumed when this product is in recording standby or playback pause. Have spare battery packs ready for 2 or 3 times the expected recording time, and make trial recordings before making the actual recording. Do not expose the battery pack to water. The battery pack is not water resistant. About the remaining battery power indicator When the power goes off even though the remaining battery power indicator indicates that the battery pack has enough power to operate, charge the battery pack fully again.
  • Page 190 TV, you need a TV that supports the signal format for this product. Television programs, films, video tapes, and other materials may be copyrighted. Unauthorized recording of such materials may be contrary to the copyright laws. LCD monitor The LCD monitor is manufactured using extremely high-precision technology, so over 99.99% of the pixels are operational for effective use.
  • Page 191 Sometimes this malfunction cannot be repaired. If any solid object or liquid gets inside the casing, unplug your product and have it checked by a Sony dealer before operating it any further. Avoid rough handling, disassembling, modifying, physical shock, or impact such as hammering, dropping or stepping on the product.
  • Page 192 This product is equipped with a ZEISS lens, which was developed jointly by ZEISS, in Germany, and Sony Corporation, and produces superior images. It adopts the MTF(*) measurement system for video cameras and offers a quality typical of a ZEISS lens.
  • Page 193: On Connecting To A Computer Or Accessory Etc

    [212] How to Use Additional information Handling of this product Notes on optional accessories We recommend using genuine Sony accessories. Genuine Sony accessories may not be available in some countries/regions. [213] How to Use Additional information Handling of this product On moisture condensation...
  • Page 194 If this product is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place, moisture may condense inside this product. This may cause a malfunction to this product. If moisture condensation occurs Leave this product for about 1 hour without turning it on. Where moisture condensation frequently occurs Moisture may condense when you bring this product from a cold place into a warm place (or vice versa) or when you use this product in a humid place as follows:...
  • Page 195: On Handling The Lcd Monitor

    deletion software on a computer. Also, when you dispose of the memory card, it is recommended that you destroy the actual body of the memory card. [216] How to Use Additional information Maintenance On handling the LCD monitor If you leave fingerprints, hand cream, etc. on the LCD monitor, the coating of the LCD monitor will come off easily.
  • Page 196: Using This Product Abroad

    When there are fingerprints on the lens surface In hot or humid locations When the lens is exposed to salty air such as at the seaside Store in a well-ventilated location subject to little dirt or dust. To prevent mold, periodically clean and store the lens as described above. [219] How to Use Additional information Using this product abroad...
  • Page 197 Sony Corporation. AVCHD, AVCHD logotype, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD Progressive logotype are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation. XAVC and are registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. PlayMemories Home, the PlayMemories Home logo, PlayMemories Online, the PlayMemories Online logo, PlayMemories Mobile and the PlayMemories Mobile logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
  • Page 198: Notes On The License

    InfoLITHIUM is a trademark of Sony Corporation. BIONZ X is a trademark of Sony Corporation. BRAVIA and Photo TV HD are trademarks of Sony Corporation. Blu-ray Disc™ and Blu-ray™ are trademarks of the Blu-ray Disc Association. Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
  • Page 199: Zoom Magnifications

    GPL/LGPL. Source code is provided on the web. Use the following URL to download it. http://oss.sony.net/Products/Linux We would prefer you do not contact us about the contents of source code.
  • Page 200: If You Have Problems

    3. Perform [Initialize]. If you select [Initialize], all settings, including the clock setting, are reset. 4. Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Note You may need to initialize or change the current internal memory (Models with the internal memory) of this product depending on the problem.
  • Page 201: The Power Does Not Turn On

    During repair, we may check a minimum amount of data stored on the internal memory (Models with the internal memory) in order to investigate the problem. However, your Sony dealer will neither copy nor retain your data. [225] Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Overall operations The power does not turn on.
  • Page 202: This Product Gets Warm

    This product gets warm. Camera body and battery may get warm with use – this is normal. [229] Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Overall operations A rattling noise is heard when this product is shaken. If no noise is heard when this product is turned on and is in movie/photo recording mode, the noise is produced by the movement of the internal lens.
  • Page 203: The Power Abruptly Turns Off

    If the temperature of the battery pack is too high or too low, you may not be able to charge it. Attach the charged battery pack to this product correctly. If the problem persists, disconnect the AC Adaptor from a wall outlet (wall socket) and contact your Sony dealer. The battery pack may be damaged.
  • Page 204: The Remaining Battery Power Is Not Displayed Correctly

    [234] Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Batteries/power sources The remaining battery power is not displayed correctly. The ambient temperature is too high or too low. This is normal. The battery pack has not been charged enough. Fully charge the battery again. If the problem persists, replace the battery pack with a new one.
  • Page 205: The Buttons On The Lcd Monitor Quickly Disappear

    [238] Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Monitor The buttons on the LCD monitor quickly disappear. If you set [Display Setting] to [On], the buttons do not disappear from the LCD monitor while in recording mode. [239] Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Monitor There are dots in the shape of a grid on the monitor. These dots are a normal result of the manufacturing process of the monitor and do not affect the recording in any way.
  • Page 206: Operations Using The Memory Card Cannot Be Performed

    You can adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor. - [Setup] - [ General Settings] - [Monitor Brightness] - [Bright]. [242] Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Viewfinder The image in the viewfinder is not clear (models with the viewfinder). Move the viewfinder lens adjustment lever until the image appears clearly. [243] Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Viewfinder...
  • Page 207: Images Stored On The Memory Card Cannot Be Deleted

    speed class 10: , or capacity of 4 GB or more with UHS speed class 1: when recording movies in the following conditions. When recording movies with [ REC Mode] is set to [60Mbps When recording movies in XAVC S HD format (when the [ File Format] is set to [ XAVC S HD]).
  • Page 208: Photos Cannot Be Recorded

    If you use the memory card formatted on a computer, format it again on this product. Memory card will not be recognized by this product unless it is inserted straight in the correct direction. You cannot copy XAVC S format movies stored on the internal memory of the camcorder to the microSDHC memory card.
  • Page 209: The Imaging Field Looks Different

    [251] Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Recording The access lamp remains lit or flashing even if recording has stopped. This product is recording the scene you have just shot on the memory card. [252] Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Recording The imaging field looks different. The imaging field may look different depending on the condition of this product. This is not a malfunction.
  • Page 210: The Auto Focus Does Not Function

    There is a slight time lag between the moment when START/STOP is pressed and the actual movie recording starts or stops. On this product, there may be a slight time difference between the moment when you press START/STOP and when the actual movie recording starts/stops. This is not a malfunction.
  • Page 211: Horizontal Stripes Appear On The Images

    If you record and delete images repeatedly for a long time, the files on the recording media may become fragmented and images cannot be recorded or played back correctly. After backing up the images on other media, perform [Format] of the recording media on this product.
  • Page 212: Sound Is Not Recorded Correctly

    Sound is not recorded correctly. If you connect or disconnect an external microphone, etc. while recording movies, the sound may not be recorded correctly. The sound will be recorded correctly by restoring the microphone connection at the start of movie recording. If you turn the volume down to the minimum level by adjusting in [Audio Rec Level], the sound of movies cannot be recorded.
  • Page 213: The Movie Freezes

    You may not be able to play back photos if you have changed file or folder names, or have edited the data on a computer. (The file name flashes in that case.) This is not a malfunction. [266] Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Playback The movie freezes.
  • Page 214 [269] Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Playback Left and right sound is heard unbalanced when playing back movies on computers or other devices. Change the sound conversion type (downmix type) when playing back on 2ch stereo devices. Refer to the instruction manual supplied with your playback device for details. Change the sound to 2ch when creating a disc using the PlayMemories Home software.
  • Page 215: Cannot Transfer Movies To Your Smartphone

    Computer] or [View on TV] terminates prematurely. If the battery level is low, [Ctrl with Smartphone], [Send to Smartphone], [Send to Computer] or [View on TV] may terminate prematurely. Connect the AC Adaptor or charge the battery pack before use. Do not close the LCD monitor while copying/transferring files.
  • Page 216: The Nfc Connection Does Not Work

    [276] Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Wi-Fi The NFC connection does not work. Change the position of the compatible device to reduce the distance between mark) on the smartphone and (N mark) on this product. If this still does not solve the problem, move the smartphone a few millimeters, or move the smartphone away from this product and wait for 10 seconds or more before touching again.
  • Page 217: Neither Image Nor Sound Is Played On The Connected Tv

    [279] Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Playback on a TV Neither image nor sound is played on the connected TV. Images are not output from the HDMI OUT jack, if copyright protection signals are recorded in the images. [280] Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Playback on a TV The top, bottom, right, and left edges of images are trimmed slightly on a connected TV.
  • Page 218: Images Are Not Copied Correctly

    [283] Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Copying/Connecting to other devices Images are not copied correctly. You cannot copy images using the HDMI cable. An AV cable (sold separately) is not connected properly. Make sure that the cable is connected to the input jack of the device. Do not close the LCD monitor while copying files.
  • Page 219 If the problem persists even after you have tried to fix a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. When you contact them, give them the complete error code beginning with C or E displayed on the LCD monitor.
  • Page 220 No memory card is inserted. Fast flashing There is not enough free spaces for recording images. After storing the images on other media, delete unnecessary images, or format the memory card. The image data base file may be damaged. Check the data base file by selecting [Setup] - [ Media Settings] - [Repair Img.
  • Page 221 [288] Troubleshooting Self-diagnosis display/Warning indicators Error messages during Live Streaming Error messages during Live Streaming If any trouble occurs when connecting to Live Streaming, the following messages appear. Follow the instructions for each error message to resolve the problem. [Setting] Live streaming information has not been set to the device.
  • Page 222: Warning Indicators

    An unknown error has occurred on Ustream. Wait a moment and then try confirming the connection again. Twitter post failed. Twitter post error. Check the network or log in to Twitter again. Facebook post failed. Facebook post error. Check the network or log in to Facebook again. [289] Troubleshooting Warning messages Warning messages...
  • Page 223 Inconsistencies found in image database file. Do you want to repair the image database file? The Image Database File is damaged. Do you want to repair the Image Database File? Inconsistencies found in image database file. Cannot record or play HD movies.
  • Page 224 The maximum number of still image folders has been reached. Cannot record still images. You cannot create folders exceeding 999MSDCF. You cannot create or delete created folders using this product. Format the memory card, or delete folders using your computer. This memory card may not be able to record or play movies.

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