Movie Recording Quality
You can set the image size, frame rate, and compression method in the [Movie rec. size] menu of [: Movie rec quality].
- Card write/read speeds required for movie recording (card performance requirements) vary by movie recording quality.
Movie Recording Size
The movie is recorded in 4K quality. The aspect ratio is 16:9.
The movie will be recorded in Full High-Definition (Full HD) quality. The aspect ratio is 16:9.
- If you change the [: Video system] setting, also set [: Movie rec quality] again.
- Other devices may not play movies such as 4K, /, and High Frame Rate movies normally, because playback is processing-intensive.
- Apparent resolution and noise vary slightly depending on movie recording quality, cropped shooting settings, and the lens used.
4K Movie Recording
- Recording 4K movies requires a stable card with a fast writing speed. For details, see Cards That Can Record Movies.
- 4K movie recording greatly increases the processing load, which may increase the internal camera temperature faster or higher than for regular movies. If  or a red  icon appears during movie recording, the card may be hot, so stop recording the movie and let the camera cool down before removing the card. (Do not remove the card immediately.)
- From a 4K movie, you can select any frame to save to the card as a JPEG still image ().
The movie image area varies depending on factors such as movie recording quality and cropped shooting settings and the lens used.
RF lenses: With [: Movie cropping] set to [Disable]
- (time-lapse) / (1920×1080) / (time-lapse)
- RF or EF lenses: With [: Movie cropping] set to [Enable]
- (3840×2160) / (time-lapse) / (1920×1080) / (time-lapse)
Frame rate (fps: frames per second)
 119.9 fps/ 59.94 fps/ 29.97 fps
For areas where the TV system is NTSC (North America, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, etc.). For , see High Frame Rate.
 100.0 fps/ 50.00 fps/ 25.00 fps
For areas where the TV system is PAL (Europe, Russia, China, Australia, etc.). For , see High Frame Rate.
 23.98 fps
Mainly for cinematic purposes. (23.98 fps) is available when [: Video system] is set to [For NTSC].
 IPB (Standard)
Compresses multiple frames at a time efficiently for recording.
 IPB (Light)
Since the movie is recorded at a bit rate lower than with IPB (Standard), the file size will be smaller than with IPB (Standard) and the playback compatibility will be higher. This will make the available recording time longer than with IPB (Standard) (with a card having the same capacity).
Movie recording format
All movies you record with the camera are recorded as movie files in MP4 format (file extension “.MP4”).
Cards That Can Record Movies
See Card performance requirements for details on cards that can record at each level of movie recording quality.
- Before recording 4K movies, format cards by selecting [Low level format] in [: Format card] ().
- If you use a slow-writing card when recording movies, the movie may not be recorded properly. Also, if you play back a movie on a card with a slow reading speed, the movie may not be played back properly.
- When recording movies, use high-performance cards with a writing speed sufficiently higher than the bit rate.
- When movies cannot be recorded properly, format the card and try again. If formatting the card does not resolve the problem, refer to the card manufacturer’s website, etc.
High Frame Rate
You can record Full HD movies at a high frame rate of 119.9 fps or 100.0 fps. This is ideal for recording movies that will be played back in slow motion. The maximum recording time per movie is 7 min. 29 sec.
- Movies are recorded in or quality.
- Sound is not recorded in High Frame Rate movies.
- Time code display during movie recording advances 4 sec. per second.
- Because High Frame Rate movies are recorded as 29.97 fps/25.00 fps movie files, they are played in slow motion at 1/4 speed.
Precautions when set to [High Frame Rate: Enable]
- Time codes are not recorded when [Count up] is set to [Free run] in [: Time code] ().
- Check the [Movie rec. size] setting if you return this setting to [Disable].
- The screen may flicker if you record High Frame Rate movies under fluorescent or LED lighting.
- For a moment when you start or stop recording High Frame Rate movies, the movie is not updated, and the frame stops momentarily. Be aware of this when recording movies to external devices via HDMI.
- Movie frame rates shown on the screen as you record High Frame Rate movies do not correspond to the frame rate of the movie recorded.
- Headphones cannot be used (no sound is audible).
- The frame rate of HDMI video output is 59.94 fps or 50.00 fps.
Movie Files Exceeding 4 GB
Using SD/SDHC cards formatted with the camera
If you use the camera to format an SD/SDHC card, the camera will format it in FAT32.
With a FAT32-formatted card, if you record a movie and the file size exceeds 4 GB, a new movie file will be created automatically.
When you play back the movie, you will have to play back each movie file individually. Movie files cannot be played back automatically in consecutive order. After the movie playback ends, select the next movie and play it back.
Using SDXC cards formatted with the camera
If you use the camera to format an SDXC card, the camera will format it in exFAT.
When using an exFAT-formatted card, even if the file size exceeds 4 GB during movie recording, the movie will be saved as a single file (rather than being split into multiple files).
Total Movie Recording Time and File Size Per Minute
For details, see Movie recording.
Movie Recording Time Limit
When recording non-High Frame Rate movies
The maximum recording time per movie is 29 min. 59 sec. Once 29 min. 59 sec. is reached, recording automatically stops. You can start recording a movie again by pressing the movie shooting button (which records the movie as a new file).
When recording High Frame Rate movies
The maximum recording time per movie is 7 min. 29 sec. Once 7 min. 29 sec. is reached, recording automatically stops. You can start recording a High Frame Rate movie again by pressing the movie shooting button (which records the movie as a new file).
- The camera’s internal temperature may rise and less recording time may be available after extended movie playback/Live View display.