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Video camera settings

To adjust the video camera settings

  1. Activate the camera.
  2. Swipe to Icn sony camera switch video.
  3. To display settings, tap Icn sony menu settings l.
  4. Select the setting that you want to adjust, then make your changes.

Video camera settings overview

Scene selection

The Scene selection feature helps you to quickly set up the camera for common situations using pre-programmed video scenes. Each scene setting is designed to produce the best quality video possible in a specific recording environment.

Icn sony cam scene auto Auto
Scene selection is automatic.
Icn sony cam cap mode scene selection Off
The Scene selection feature is off and you can shoot videos manually.
Icn sony camera scene softsnap Soft snap
Use for shooting videos against soft backgrounds.
Icn sony camera scene landscape Landscape
Use for videos of landscapes. The camera focuses on distant objects.
Icn sony camera scene night scene Night scene
When turned on, light sensitivity is increased. Use in poorly lit environments. Videos of fast-moving objects may get blurred. Hold your hand steady, or use a support. Turn off night mode when lighting conditions are good, to improve the video quality.
Icn sony camera scene beach snow Beach
Use for videos of seaside or lakeside scenes.
Icn sony cam scene snow Snow
Use in bright environments to avoid overexposed videos.
Icn sony camera scene sport Sports
Use for videos of fast-moving objects. Short exposure time minimises motion blurring.
Icn sony camera scene party Party
Use for indoor videos in poorly lit environments. This scene picks up indoor background lighting or candlelight. Videos of fast-moving objects may get blurred. Hold your hand steady, or use a support.

Video resolution

Adjust the video resolution for different formats.

Full HD
Full HD (Full High Definition) format with 16:9 aspect ratio.
HD (High Definition) format with 16:9 aspect ratio.
VGA format with 4:3 aspect ratio.
Record videos suitable for sending in multimedia messages. The recording time of this video format is limited so that video files can fit in a multimedia message.

Focus mode

The focus setting controls which part of a video-recorded subject should be sharp. When continuous autofocus is on, the camera keeps adjusting focus so that the area within the white focus frame stays sharp.

Single auto focus
The camera automatically focuses on the selected subject. Continuous autofocus is on.
Face detection
The camera automatically detects up to five human faces, indicated by frames on the screen. The camera automatically focuses on the nearest face. You can also select which face to focus on by tapping it on the screen. When you tap the camera screen, a yellow frame shows which face is selected and in focus. Face detection cannot be used for all scene types. Continuous autofocus is on.
Object tracking
When you select an object by touching it in the viewfinder, the camera tracks it for you.

Smile Shutter™(video)

Use the Smile Shutter™ function to determine what kind of smile the camera reacts to before recording a video.

Video stabiliser

When recording a video, it can be difficult to hold the device steady. The stabiliser helps you by compensating for small movements of the hand.


Use the flash light to record videos when lighting conditions are poor or when there is a backlight. The video flash icon Icn sony camera photo light is only available on the video camera screen. Note that the video quality can sometimes be better without a light even if lighting conditions are poor.

Icn sony camera photo light On
Icn sony camera quick settings photo light off Off

HDR video

Use the video HDR (High-Dynamic Range) setting to record a video against strong back light or in conditions where the contrast is sharp. Video HDR compensates for the loss of detail and produces a picture that is representative of both dark and bright areas.

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