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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 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

You can adjust the video resolution for different file formats.

Full HD (30 fps)


These settings are only available in Manual capturing mode.

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.


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.

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.


This setting is only available in Manual capturing mode.


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
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