Sound Recording

You can record movies while recording sound with the built-in monaural microphone or an external stereo microphone. You can also freely adjust the sound-recording level.

Use [Shooting: Sound recording] to set sound recording functions.

Caution

  • Sounds from Wi-Fi operations may be captured with built-in or external microphones. During sound recording, using the wireless communication function is not recommended.
  • When connecting an external microphone or headphones to the camera, be sure to insert the plug all the way in.
  • The camera’s built-in microphone may also record mechanical sounds of the lens or sounds of camera/lens operations if AF operations are performed or the camera or lens is operated during movie recording. In this case, using an external microphone may reduce these sounds. If the sounds are still distracting with an external microphone, it may be more effective to remove the external microphone from the camera and position it away from the camera and lens.
  • Do not connect anything other than an external microphone to the camera’s external microphone IN terminal.
  • Noise reduction is not applied to the audio played through headphones. Thus, the audio recorded with the movie will be different.
  • Do not change the [Shooting: Sound recording] settings when listening with headphones. This may cause sudden loud output that may hurt your ears.

Note

  • In [Scene Intelligent Auto (movies)] mode, the settings available for [Shooting: Sound recording] are [On] or [Off]. Set to [On] for automatic adjustment of the recording level.
  • Audio is also output when the camera is connected to televisions via HDMI, except when [Sound rec.] is set to [Disable]. In case of feedback from television audio output, move the camera away from the television or turn down the volume.
  • The volume balance between L/R (left/right) cannot be adjusted.
  • Sound is recorded at a 48 kHz/16-bit sampling rate.

Sound Recording/Sound-Recording Level

  • Auto

    The sound-recording level is adjusted automatically. Auto level control will take effect automatically in response to the sound level.

  • Manual

    You can adjust the sound-recording level as needed. Select [Rec. level] and turn the Quick control dial 1 dial while looking at the level meter to adjust the sound-recording level. Look at the peak hold indicator, and adjust so that the level meter sometimes lights up on the right of the “12” (–12 dB) mark for the loudest sounds. If it exceeds “0”, the sound will be distorted.

  • Disable

    Sound will not be recorded.

Wind Filter

Set to [Enable] to reduce wind noise when there is wind outdoors. Only activated when the camera’s built-in microphone is used. When the wind filter function takes effect, part of the low bass sounds will also be reduced.

Attenuator

Automatically suppresses sound distortion caused by loud noises. Even if [Sound rec.] is set to [Auto] or [Manual] for recording, sound distortion may still result if there is a very loud sound. In this case, setting it to [Enable] is recommended.

  • Microphone

    Normally, the built-in microphone records in mono.

    Any external microphones with a 3.5 mm mini-jack connected to the camera’s external microphone IN terminal () are used instead. Using Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1 (sold separately) is recommended.

  • Headphones

    By connecting commercially available headphones with a 3.5 mm mini-jack to the headphone terminal (), you can listen to the sound as movies are recorded. To adjust headphone volume, press the Q (Quick Control) button, select [Headphone terminal], and adjust by turning the Main dial or Quick control dial 2 dial or press Multi-controller left or right ().

    You can also use headphones during movie playback.