Movie Recording

Autoexposure Movie Recording

Autoexposure control will take effect to suit the scene's current brightness.

  1. Set the power switch to Movies.

    • After the sound of the reflex mirror moving, the image appears on the screen.
  2. Set the Mode dial to a mode other than Special scene, Creative filters, or Manual exposure.

  3. Focus on the subject.

    • Before recording a movie, focus with AF () or manual focus ().
    • By default, [Shooting: Movie Servo AF] is set to [Enable] so that the camera always keeps focusing ().
    • When you press the shutter button halfway, the camera will focus with the current AF method.
  4. Record the movie.

    • Press the Live View shooting button to start recording a movie.
    • You can also start recording a movie by tapping [Movie recording icon] on the screen.


    • [Movie recording icon] is not displayed under the following settings.
      • [Video snapshot] is set to [Enable]
      • [Time-lapse movie] is set to an option other than [Disable]
      • In Creative filters mode (movie)
      • In Special scene mode (HDR movie)
    • While the movie is being recorded, the [REC] icon will be displayed in the upper right of the screen.
    • Sound is recorded by the built-in microphone ().
    • To stop recording the movie, press the Live View shooting button again.
    • You can also stop recording a movie by tapping [Stop recording] on the screen.

ISO speed in Basic Zone modes

  • The ISO speed will be set automatically within ISO 100–12800.

ISO speed in Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, and Aperture-priority AE modes

  • The ISO speed will be set automatically within ISO 100–12800. The maximum varies depending on the [Max for Auto] setting in [Shooting: MovieISO speed settings] ().
  • Under [Set-up: Custom Functions(C.Fn)], if [2: ISO expansion] is set to [1:Enable], [H(25600)] can also be selected for [Max for Auto].


  • When the Special scene mode is set, HDR movie recording takes effect ().
  • Even if you set the Shutter-priority AE or Aperture-priority AE mode, movie recording with priority given to shutter speed or aperture value cannot be performed. Autoexposure recording takes effect as in the Program AE mode.


  • In Scene Intelligent Auto mode, a scene icon for the scene detected by the camera is displayed in the upper left of the screen ().
  • In Creative Zone modes, you can press the AE Lock button () to lock the exposure (AE lock). After applying AE lock during movie recording, you can cancel it by pressing the AF point selection button. (AE lock setting is retained until you press the AF point selection button.)
  • Exposure compensation in Creative Zone modes can be set in a range of up to ±3 stops.
  • ISO speed, shutter speed, and aperture value are not recorded in movie Exif information.
  • With autoexposure movie recording (except in time-lapse movie recording), this camera supports the Speedlite's function to turn on the LED light automatically in low-light conditions. For details, refer to the Instruction Manual of the EX series Speedlite equipped with an LED light.

Manual Exposure Movie Recording

You can manually set the shutter speed, aperture value, and ISO speed for movie recording.

  1. Set the power switch to Movies.

  2. Set the Mode dial to Manual exposure.

  3. Set the ISO speed.

    • Press the ISO button.

      The ISO speed setting screen is displayed.

    • Set with the Main dial or Quick control dial dial.
  4. Set the shutter speed and aperture value.

    • Press the shutter button halfway and check the exposure level indicator.
    • To set the shutter speed (1), turn the Main dial dial, and to set the aperture value (2), turn the Quick control dial dial.
  5. Focus and record the movie.


  • During movie recording, avoid changing the shutter speed, aperture value, or ISO speed, which may record changes in the exposure or create more noise at high ISO speeds.
  • When recording a movie of a moving subject, a shutter speed of approx. 1/25 sec. to 1/125 sec. is recommended. The faster the shutter speed, the less smooth the subject's movement will look.
  • If you change the shutter speed while recording under fluorescent or LED lighting, image flicker may be recorded.


  • With ISO Auto, exposure compensation can be set in a range of ±3 stops ().
  • When ISO Auto is set, you can press the AE Lock button to lock the ISO speed. After locking the ISO speed during movie recording, you can cancel it by pressing the AF point selection button. (ISO speed lock is maintained until you press the AF point selection button.)
  • If you press the AE Lock button and recompose the shot, you can see the exposure level difference on the exposure level indicator compared to when the AE Lock button was pressed.
  • With the camera ready to shoot in the Manual exposure mode, you can display the histogram by pressing the INFO button.

ISO Speed in M Mode

You can set the ISO speed manually or select [AUTO]. For details on ISO speed, see ISO Speed in Movie Recording.

Available Shutter Speeds

Shutter speed in Manual exposure mode can be set in a range of 1/4000–1/8 sec.


  • The available shutter speeds will differ for time-lapse movie recording ().

Still Photo Shooting

Still photos cannot be taken during movie recording. To take still photos, stop the movie recording and perform viewfinder shooting or Live View shooting.

Information Display (Movie Recording)

For details on the icons on the movie recording screen, see Movie Recording Screen.


  • Precautions for movie recording

  • Do not point the camera toward an intense light source, such as the sun or an intense artificial light source. Doing so may damage the image sensor or the camera's internal components.
  • If you record something that has fine detail, moire or false colors may result.
  • If [Auto white balance] or [Auto: White priority] is set and the ISO speed or aperture value changes during movie recording, the white balance may also change.
  • If you record a movie under fluorescent or LED lighting, the movie image may flicker.
  • If you perform AF with a USM lens during movie recording in low light, horizontal banding noise may be recorded in the movie. The same type of noise may occur if you focus manually (MF) with certain lenses equipped with an electronic focusing ring.
  • Recording a few test movies is recommended if you intend to perform zooming during movie recording. Zooming as you record movies may cause exposure changes or lens sounds to be recorded, an uneven audio level, or loss of focus.
  • Large aperture values may delay or prevent accurate focusing.
  • Performing AF by pressing the shutter button halfway during movie recording may cause the following kinds of issues: significant temporary loss of focus, recording of changes in movie brightness, temporary stopping of movie recording, or recording of mechanical lens sounds.
  • Avoid covering the built-in microphones () with your fingers or other objects.
  • Also see General Movie Recording Precautions.
  • If necessary, also see General Still Photo Shooting Precautions.


  • Notes for movie recording

  • Each time you record a movie, a new movie file is created on the card.
  • The movie's field of view coverage for recording 4K, Full HD, and HD movies is approx. 100%.
  • To enable starting or stopping movie recording by pressing the shutter button completely, you can set [Fully-press] for [Set-up: Shutter btn function for movies] to [Start/stop mov rec].
  • Stereo sound is recorded by the camera's built-in microphones ().
  • Any external microphones such as Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1 (sold separately) connected to the camera's external microphone IN terminal are used instead of the build-in microphones ().
  • Most external microphones equipped with a 3.5 mm mini-jack can be used.
  • With EF lenses, focus preset during movie recording is available when using (super) telephoto lenses equipped with this function released in and after the second half of 2011.
  • YCbCr 4:2:0 (8-bit) color sampling and the BT.709 color space are used for 4K, Full HD, and HD movies.