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    Using the video camera

    To record a video using the camera key

    1. Activate the camera.
    2. To start recording a video, press the camera key.
    3. To stop recording, press the camera key again.

    Tip

    Shoot your videos in landscape orientation to get the best results.

    To record a video by tapping the screen

    1. Activate the camera.
    2. Point the camera towards the subject.
    3. Tap Icn sony gingerbread cam start recording to start recording.
    4. Tap Icn sony gingerbread cam stop recording to stop recording.

    Tip

    Shoot your videos in landscape orientation to get the best results.

    To play recorded videos

    1. Activate the camera.
    2. Tap the thumbnails at the top right of the screen.
    3. Flick left or right to browse all photo and video files. Videos are identified by Icn sony semc music play normal.
    4. Tap Icn sony semc music play normal to play a video.
    5. To stop playing the video, tap Icn sony semc music pause normal or Icn sony key and back.

    To delete a recorded video

    1. Browse to the video that you want to delete.
    2. Tap an empty area of the screen to make Icn sony camera review delete appear.
    3. Tap Icn sony camera review delete.
    4. Tap Delete to confirm.

    Using the video camera settings

    To adjust the video camera settings

    1. Activate the camera.
    2. Tap one of the settings icons on the screen.
    3. To display all settings, tap Icn sony menu settings.
    4. Select the setting that you want to adjust, then make your changes.

    To customise the video camera settings panel

    1. When the video camera is open, tap Icn sony menu settings to display all settings.
    2. Touch and hold the setting that you want to move, then drag it to the desired position.

    Tip

    If you drag the setting outside of the settings panel, the change is cancelled.

    Video camera settings overview

    Icn sony cam video camera Video camera
    Select the video camera if you want to record videos.
    Icn sony cam front video camera Front video
    Select the front video if you want to record self-portrait videos.

    Scenes

    The Scenes feature helps you to quickly set up the camera for common situations using pre-programmed scenes. The camera determines a number of settings for you to fit the selected scene, ensuring the best possible video.

    Icn sony camera scene normal Off
    The Scenes 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
    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 and snow
    Use in bright environments to avoid underexposed 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.

    Icn sony camera resolution setting hd 1280×720(16:9)
    HD (High Definition) format with 16:9 aspect ratio. 1280×720 pixels.
    Icn sony camera resolution setting vga 640×480(4:3)
    VGA format with 4:3 aspect ratio. 640x480 pixels.
    Icn sony cam resolution setting qvga 320×240(4:3)
    Quarter VGA format with 4:3 aspect ratio. 320x240 pixels.
    Icn sony camera resolution setting mms 176×144(11:9)
    Record videos suitable for sending in multimedia messages. The recording time of this video format is limited to fit in a multimedia message.

    Photo light

    Use the light to record videos when lighting conditions are poor or when there is a backlight.

    Icn sony camera photo light On
    Icn sony camera quick settings photo light off Off
    Sometimes the video quality can be better without a light, even if lighting conditions are poor.

    Self-timer

    With the self-timer you can record a video without holding the device. Use it to record group videos where everyone can be in the video. You can also use the self-timer to avoid shaking the camera when recording videos.

    Icn sony camera advanced settings self timer on On (10 s.)
    Set a 10-second delay from when you tap the camera screen until the video begins to record.
    Icn sony camera advanced settings self timer on two sec On (2 s.)
    Set a 2-second delay from when you tap the camera screen until the video begins to record.
    Icn sony camera advanced settings self timer off Off
    The video begins to record as soon as you tap the camera screen.

    Quick launch

    Use Quick launch settings to launch the camera from the lock screen. If the device is in sleep mode of camera, press the camera key.

    Icn sony semc sliding tab fastcapture pressed Launch and capture
    By pressing and holding down the camera key, the first photo is captured immediately after the camera is launched from sleep mode.
    Icn sony semc sliding tab fastcam normal Launch only (still camera)
    By pressing and holding down the camera key, the still camera is launched from sleep mode.
    Icn sony semc sliding tab fastcam videorec normal Launch and record video
    By pressing and holding down the camera key, the first video is shot immediately after the camera video camera is launched from sleep mode.
    Icn sony semc sliding tab fastcam video pressed Launch only (video camera)
    By pressing and holding down the camera key, the video camera is launched from sleep mode.
    Icn sony cam launch capture off Off

    Focus mode

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

    Icn sony camera focus mode single af Single auto focus
    The camera automatically focuses on the selected subject. Continuous autofocus is on.
    Icn sony camera focus mode face detection 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 green frame shows which face is selected and in focus. Face detection cannot be used for all scene types. Continuous autofocus is on.

    Exposure value

    Icn sony camera quick exposure level tch This setting allows you to determine the amount of light in the image you capture. A higher value indicates an increased amount of light.

    White balance

    The white balance setting adjusts the colour balance according to the lighting conditions.

    Icn sony camera advanced settings white balance auto Auto
    Adjust the colour balance automatically to the lighting conditions.
    Icn sony camera advanced settings white balance incandescent Incandescent
    Adjusts the colour balance for warm lighting conditions, such as under light bulbs.
    Icn sony camera advanced settings white balance fluorescent Fluorescent
    Adjust the colour balance for fluorescent lighting.
    Icn sony camera advanced settings white balance daylight Daylight
    Adjust the colour balance for sunny outdoor conditions.
    Icn sony camera advanced settings white balance cloudy Cloudy
    Adjust the colour balance for a cloudy sky.

    Metering

    This function automatically determines a well-balanced exposure by measuring the amount of light striking the image that you want to capture.

    Icn sony camera advanced settings metering center Centre
    Adjust the exposure to the centre of the image.
    Icn sony camera advanced settings metering average Average
    Calculate the exposure based on the amount of light striking the whole image.
    Icn sony camera advanced settings metering spot Spot
    Adjust the exposure in a very small part of the image that you want to capture.

    Image 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.

    Geotagging

    Tag videoss with details of where you took them.

    Icn sony camera geotag on On
    When geotagging is turned on, the approximate geographical location is added to videos when you take them. To use geotagging, you must enable location features from the Settings menu. For geotags to be added to a video, the location must be determined before you take the video. Your location is determined when Icn sony camera geotag on appears on the camera screen. When your device is searching for your position, Icn sony statusbar gps on appears.
    Icn sony camera geotag off Off
    When geotagging is turned off, you cannot view the location where you took a video.

    Microphone

    Select whether to pick up the surrounding sound when recording videos.

    Touch capture

    Identify a particular focus area by touching the camera screen with your finger. The photo is taken as soon as you release your finger. This setting is only available when focus mode is set to touch focus.

    Icn sony camera advanced settings touch capture on On
    Icn sony edream cam adv settings touch cap off Off

    Shutter sound

    Choose to turn on or turn off the shutter sound when you record a video.

    Data storage

    You can choose to save your data either to a removable SD card or to your device's internal storage.

    Icn sony cam data internal storage Internal storage
    Photos or videos are saved on the device memory.
    Icn sony cam data sd card SD card
    Photos or videos are saved on the SD card.
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