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Sony FDR-AX700 Operating Manual

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Digital 4K Video
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Operating Guide
"Help Guide" (Web manual)
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in-depth instructions on the
many functions of the camera.
Getting started
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  • Page 1 4-728-598-11(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-AX700...
  • Page 2: Read This First

    Record the model and serial number (which are located on the product) in INSTRUCTIONS the space provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever you call your Sony dealer regarding this • Read these instructions. product. • Keep these instructions. Model No. FDR- ___________________ •...
  • Page 3 • Be sure to charge the battery pack apparatus combination to avoid using a genuine Sony battery injury from tip-over. charger or a device that can charge the battery pack. • Keep the battery pack out of the reach of small children.
  • Page 4 Notice meets the FCC radio frequency (RF) Exposure Guidelines. This equipment If static electricity or has very low levels of RF energy that electromagnetism causes data is deemed to comply without testing transfer to discontinue midway (fail), of specific absorption rate(SAR). restart the application or disconnect The available scientific evidence does and connect the communication...
  • Page 5 If you have any questions about this This equipment has been tested and product, you may call: found to comply with the limits for a Sony Customer Information Center Class B digital device, pursuant to 1-800-222-SONY (7669). Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
  • Page 6 The chemical symbols for This product has been manufactured mercury (Hg) or lead (Pb) are added if by or on behalf of Sony Corporation. the battery contains more than EU Importer: Sony Europe Limited. 0.0005% mercury or 0.004% lead. By...
  • Page 7 For more detailed information about recycling of this product or battery, please contact your local Civic Office, your household waste disposal service or the shop where you purchased the product or battery. For Customers in Singapore For Customers in U.A.E. For Customers in Malaysia...
  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    Importing images to your cam/1710/h_zz/ computer ......39 Saving images on an external media device ...... 40 FDR-AX700 Help Guide Using the Wi-Fi function ..42 Customizing your camcorder ....46 You will find further information such as the following functions in Help Using the menus .....
  • Page 9: Selecting Recording Format/Image Quality

    Selecting recording format/image quality Press the MENU button  select (REC/OUT SET)  [REC SET]  [FILE FORMAT]  desired setting value. FILE Features FORMAT XAVC S 4K Allows recording with 4K Data can be saved in the resolution (3,840 × 2,160) computer using the PlayMemories Home™...
  • Page 10 [REC FORMAT] is [XAVC S 4K] 60i/50i REC FORMAT Bit-rate* Actual movie format 2160/30p 100Mbps 100 Mbps 3,840 × 2,160 (30p) 2160/30p 60Mbps 60 Mbps 3,840 × 2,160 (30p) 2160/24p 100Mbps 100 Mbps 3,840 × 2,160 (24p) 2160/24p 60Mbps 60 Mbps 3,840 ×...
  • Page 11 [REC FORMAT] is [AVCHD] 60i/50i REC FORMAT Bit-rate Actual movie format 1080/60i FX Max. 24 Mbps 1,920 × 1,080 (60i) 1080/60i FH Avg. 17 Mbps 1,920 × 1,080 (60i) 1080/60i LP Avg. 5 Mbps 1,920 × 1,080 (60i) 1080/50i FX Max.
  • Page 12: Getting Started

    Getting started Supplied items • USB cable (1) The numbers in ( ) indicate the supplied quantity. • Camcorder (1) • “Operating Guide” (This manual) • AC Adaptor (1) • Rechargeable battery pack NP- FV70A (1) • Power cord (mains lead) (1) •...
  • Page 13: 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 Connect the AC Adaptor and the power cord (mains lead) to your camcorder and the wall outlet (wall socket).
  • Page 14  Estimated time of charging the supplied battery pack (minutes) Battery pack AC Adaptor (supplied) NP-FV70A • The charging times are measured when charging an empty battery pack to its full capacity at a room temperature of 25°C (77°F).  Estimated time of recording and playback using the supplied battery pack (minutes) Recording time...
  • Page 15: 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 16: 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 power by extending the viewfinder or by pressing the  (On/Standby) button. To extend the viewfinder, grip both side of the viewfinder and pull it out horizontally.
  • Page 17: Adjusting The Viewfinder

    Adjusting the viewfinder When using the viewfinder, extend it and position your eye near it. If you extend the viewfinder while the LCD monitor is open, the display switches from the LCD monitor to the viewfinder when you position your eye near the viewfinder. If the viewfinder image appears blurred, turn the lens adjustment dial next to the viewfinder until the image is sharp.
  • Page 18: Inserting A Memory Card

    Inserting a memory card Open the cover, and insert the memory card until it clicks. Memory card slot A Memory card slot B Insert the card with the notched corner in the direction as illustrated. • The [Preparing image database file. Please wait.] screen appears if you insert a new memory card.
  • Page 19  Types of memory card you can use with your camcorder Select the type of memory card to use with the camcorder referring to the following table. SD cards Recording formats Supporting memory cards Photos SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card AVCHD SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card (Class 4 or faster, or U1 or faster.) XAVC S 4K 60 Mbps*...
  • 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 you use the camcorder with the Memory Stick Micro media or microSD memory card, insert into a dedicated card adaptor and connect it to the camcorder.
  • Page 21  Selecting the memory card slot to be used Press the SLOT SELECT button to change which slot is selected for recording. You can confirm the selected slot on the screen. When only one slot has a memory card inserted or in movie shooting, the slot that has the memory card is selected automatically.
  • Page 22: Recording/Playback

    Recording/Playback Recording Recording movies Your camcorder records movies on a memory card. The factory setting of recording movies is XAVC S 4K. Perform the following steps to record movies. See page 9 for details of the recording format and image quality of movies.
  • Page 23 turn the power off. The POWER/CHG (charge) lamp flashes while the settings are being stored.  To continue recording on the memory cards, one after another (Relay recording) Insert memory cards each in both slots A and B, so the camcorder switches memory card A (or B) just before space on the other one runs out, and continues recording on the next memory card automatically.
  • Page 24 10 h 25 min. AVCHD* 8 h 15 min. 33 h 15 min. When using a Sony memory card. When recording with the default setting: [REC FORMAT]: [2160/30p 60Mbps] (60i) or [2160/25p 60Mbps] (50i), [PROXY REC MODE]: [OFF]. Approximate recording time when recording with the following setting: [REC FORMAT]: [1080/60p 50Mbps] (60i) or [1080/50p 50Mbps] (50i), [PROXY REC MODE]: [OFF].
  • Page 25 Shooting photos Open the LCD monitor and switch the shooting mode to photo mode by selecting  (REC/OUT SET)  SHOOTING MODE]  [PHOTO] with the // //SET button. • You cannot take photos when the camcorder is in movie mode. Press the PHOTO button lightly to adjust the focus, then press it fully.
  • Page 26: Using The Manual Adjustment Features

    Using the manual adjustment features Adjusting the focus During recording or standby, press the AF/MF button  to set the focus to manual. •  appears. Move the ZOOM/FOCUS switch  , and turn the manual lens ring  • FOCUS: You can manually adjust the focus by turning the manual lens ring.
  • Page 27: Adjusting The Iris

    Adjusting the iris Set the AUTO/MANUAL switch  to “MANUAL.”  Press the IRIS button • The next to the iris value disappears, and the iris value is highlighted. Turn the manual dial  to adjust the value and press the ////SET button to enter.
  • Page 28: Adjusting The Gain

    Adjusting the gain You can use this if you do not want to increase the gain value by AGC (automatic gain control). Set the AUTO/MANUAL switch  to “MANUAL.”  Press the ISO/GAIN button • The next to the gain value disappears, and the gain value is highlighted.
  • Page 29: Adjusting The Shutter Speed

    Adjusting the shutter speed You can adjust and fix the shutter speed manually. Set the AUTO/MANUAL switch  to “MANUAL.” Press the SHUTTER SPEED button  • The next to the shutter speed value disappears, and the shutter speed value is highlighted. Turn the manual dial ...
  • Page 30 Adjusting the volume of light (ND filter) You can record the subject clearly by using the ND FILTER switch  when the recording environment is too bright. The ND filters 1, 2 and 3 reduce the volume of light to about 1/4, 1/16 and 1/64, respectively.
  • Page 31: Playback

    Playback Open the LCD monitor and press the THUMBNAIL (playback) button on the camcorder to enter the playback mode. THUMBNAIL (playback) button • The thumbnail screen appears. • You can turn on or off the date and time display on the thumbnails by pressing the DISPLAY button.
  • Page 32: Play Back

    Touch the playback mode, and select the desired image quality of movies. Playback mode Touch twice the thumbnail of the movie you want to play back. • You can also select the movie or photo to be played back by pressing the ////SET button followed by pressing the SET button.
  • Page 33 Photos  Date and time of shooting  Number of pixels  Image size Notes • You may not be able to play back images that were recorded on your camcorder with other devices normally. Also, you may not be able to play back images recorded on other devices with your camcorder.
  • Page 34  Operations of playing back photos Next Previous • Touch (playback zoom) when playing back a photo. • You can adjust the zoom with , or with the power zoom lever. • When you touch the enlarged image, the touched point will be displayed at the center of the screen.
  • Page 35  To delete the images DELETE  Select the playback mode of the image to delete on the thumbnail screen.  Press the MENU button.  Select (EDIT)  [DELETE] with the ////SET button.  Touch the thumbnail you want to delete. •...
  • Page 36: Viewing Images On A Tv

    Viewing images on a TV Playing back images Playable images may be restricted depending on the combination of the recording format, the type of playback images being selected, and the HDMI output settings. Connect the HDMI OUT terminal of the camcorder to the HDMI IN jack of a TV using the HDMI cable (sold separately).
  • Page 37  How to set the playback images FILE Playback image [HDMI] in [VIDEO OUT]* FORMAT quality XAVC S 4K 4K TV AUTO 4K image quality 2160p/1080p/480i(576i) 2160p/720p/480i(576i) 2160p/1080i/480i(576i) 1080p/480i(576i) High definition 720p/480i(576i) image quality 1080i/480i(576i) (HD) 480p(576p) Standard image 480i(576i) quality High definition AUTO...
  • Page 38 • If your TV does not have an HDMI jack, connect the Multi/Micro USB Terminal of the camcorder to the video/audio input jacks of the TV using an AV cable (sold separately). • The camcorder does not support BRAVIA Sync.
  • Page 39: 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 40: 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 41).
  • Page 41 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). AV cable (sold separately) Signal flow • For how to save images, also refer to the instruction manual of your recording device.
  • Page 42: 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 43 • Make sure that is displayed Using your smartphone on the LCD monitor of the as a wireless remote camcorder and the smartphone. • Continue touching the commander smartphone to the camcorder without moving until  One-touch connection PlayMemories Mobile starts (1 to with an Android 2 seconds).
  • Page 44 Select [Scan QR Code of the iPhone/iPad Camera] from the screen of Perform the following PlayMemories Mobile. operations.  Follow the on-screen instruction and install the profile (setting information). • If you are required to enter the pass code during installation, enter it set to the iPhone.
  • Page 45  Go back to Home and start up PlayMemories Mobile. Operate the connected smartphone. • Once the QR Code has 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 46: Customizing Your Camcorder

    Customizing your camcorder Using the menus Press the MENU button. MENU button Select a menu icon with the ////SET button and press the ////SET button to enter. 100% STBY CAMERA SET AGC LIMIT WB PRESET WB OUTDOOR LEVEL WB TEMP SET WB SET AE SHIFT D.
  • Page 48 Displayed when the camcorder UB TIME REC is in photo mode. NETWORK SET When recording in XAVC S 4K, this setting is fixed to [AUTO]. CTRL W/SMARTPHONE Displayed during playback. Wi-Fi SET Displayed when [AVCHD] is AIRPLANE MODE selected for [FILE FORMAT]. NETWORK RESET You can display the [ EDIT]...
  • Page 49: 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 50: Troubleshooting

    Overheat protection function. Depending on the camcorder and • Sony makes no guarantees and is battery temperature, you may be not responsible for any damage unable to record movies or the resulting from having inadequate...
  • Page 51 • Initialize your camcorder (page 48) All settings, including the clock setting, are reset. • Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
  • Page 52: Specifications

    Specifications Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo SD card (Class 4 or faster, or UHS speed class 1 or faster) System Capacity of 4 GB or more is Signal format: required. When [60i] is selected: Image device: UHDTV 1.0 type Exmor RS™ CMOS HDTV sensor NTSC color, EIA standards...
  • Page 53 Color temperature: Wireless LAN Preset (indoor: 3200K, outdoor: Supported standard: 5600K ±7 steps, color IEEE 802.11 b/g/n temperature set range: 2300K – Frequency: 2.4 GHz 15000K), Onepush A, B, Auto Supported security protocols: selectable WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK Minimum illumination: Configuration method: WEP/WPA- When [60i] is selected: PSK/WPA2-PSK 1.7 lux ([LOW LUX] is set to [ON]...
  • Page 54 Output voltage: DC 8.4 V* • “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of * See the label on the AC Adaptor Sony Corporation. for other specifications. • BRAVIA is a trademark of Sony Corporation. Rechargeable battery pack NP- • Blu-ray Disc™ and Blu-ray™ are FV70A trademarks of the Blu-ray Disc Output voltage: DC 7.3 V...
  • Page 55: Notes On The License

    • The N Mark is a trademark or IN WHICH IT DOES NOT RECEIVE registered trademark of NFC REMUNERATION TO Forum, Inc. in the United States (i) ENCODE VIDEO IN COMPLIANCE and in other countries. WITH THE AVC STANDARD (“AVC •...
  • Page 56 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 57: Parts And Controls

    For details on compatible Near Field Communication accessories of the Multi (NFC) is an international interface shoe, visit the Sony standard for short-range web site in your area, or wireless communication consult your Sony dealer or technology.
  • Page 58  Multi/Micro USB Terminal/ VIDEO OUT jack (41)  MIC jack (PLUG IN POWER)  Power zoom lever (22, 25, 34)  Cable clamper Dedicated to fix the HDMI cable only. Do not attach other objects such as the shoulder strap to here.
  • Page 59  Manual lens ring (26) Attaching the lens hood  Lens hood Align the marks on the lens  Lens (ZEISS lens) hood to those on the camcorder,  Internal microphone and turn the lens hood in the  ZOOM/FOCUS switch (26) direction of the arrow ...
  • Page 60  Lens adjustment dial (17)  Tripod receptacles (1/4 inch)  START/STOP button (22) For 1/4-20 UNC screws  HDMI OUT terminal (36) For attaching a tripod with a screw shorter than 5.5 mm  DC IN jack (13) (sold separately). ...
  • Page 61  Eye sensor  Battery pack (13)  Viewfinder (17)   (headphones) jack  Large eyecup (17)  SHUTTER SPEED button (29)  AUTO/MANUAL switch (27,  ISO/GAIN button (28)  IRIS button (27) 28, 29)  ND FILTER switch (30)
  • Page 62  SLOT SELECT button (21)  ASSIGN2/STATUS CHECK  THUMBNAIL (playback) button  ASSIGN3/PICTURE PROFILE button (31)  Speaker button  LCD monitor/touch panel  DISPLAY button (31)   (On/Standby) button (16)  Memory card slot A/Memory  WHITE BALANCE button card access lamp (18) ...
  • Page 63  VISUAL INDEX button may not function properly. In this  ////ENTER button case, replace the battery with a Sony CR2025 lithium battery. Use Notes of another battery may present a • Aim the Wireless Remote risk of fire or explosion.
  • Page 64: Index

    Index iOS 42 Iris 27 IRIS button 27 ISO/GAIN button 28 AC Adaptor 13 AF/MF button 26 AGC (automatic gain control) 28 LCD monitor 62 Android 42 Lens hood 59 App Store 42 AUTO/MANUAL switch 27, 28, 29 Manual lens ring 26 AVCHD 9 Manual recording 26 Memory card 18, 21, 31...
  • Page 65 Recording/playback time for the battery pack 14 Relay recording 23 SD card 19 Shutter speed 29 SHUTTER SPEED button 29 Simultaneous recording 24 SLOT SELECT button 21, 62 Smartphone 42 Software 39, 42 Specifications 52 Supplied items 12 THUMBNAIL (playback) button 31 Touch panel 62 Tripod 60 Troubleshooting 50...
  • Page 68 Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at our Customer Support Website. © 2017 Sony Corporation Printed in China...