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HDMI Output

The camera can record video directly to connected HDMI recorders.

A third-party type A HDMI cable is required. The cable must be purchased separately. Always turn the camera off before connecting or disconnecting a cable.

  • If a memory card is inserted in the camera when it is connected to a recorder, video will be recorded both to the recorder and the memory card. If no memory card is inserted, the footage will be recorded only to the external device.

HDMI

  • -button menu : —
  • Camera controls : —
  • Other menus :

Adjust settings for connection to HDMI devices.

Use [HDMI] in the setup menu.

Options for Use When Connecting to External HDMI Recorders

[Output resolution] The format for output to HDMI devices can be selected from [Auto], [4320p (progressive)], [2160p (progressive)], [1080p (progressive)], [1080i (interlaced)], and [720p (progressive)].
  • Regardless of the option selected for [Output resolution], the maximum output resolution for RAW video is 1920 × 1080.
[Output range] The RGB video signal input range varies with the HDMI device. [Auto], which matches the output range to the HDMI device, is recommended in most situations. If the camera is unable to determine the correct RGB video signal output range for the HDMI device, you can choose from the following options:
  • [Limited range]: For devices with an RGB video signal input range of 16 to 235. Choose this option if you notice a loss of detail in shadows.
  • [Full range]: For devices with an RGB video signal input range of 0 to 255. Choose this option if you notice that shadows are "washed out" or too bright.
[Output shooting info] Choose whether shooting information is displayed on the HDMI device. If [ON] is selected, icons and other information in the shooting display will be recorded with the footage saved to external recorders.
[Mirror camera info display] Choose whether the camera display remains on while an HDMI device is connected.
  • If [OFF] is selected, the display will remain off, reducing the drain on the camera battery.
  • [Mirror camera info display] will be fixed at [ON] while [OFF] is selected for [Output shooting info].

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When "Auto" Is Selected for Output Resolution

  • When [Auto] is selected for [HDMI] > [Output resolution] in the setup menu, the camera automatically detects whether the external recorder supports the frame size and rate selected on the camera. If it does not, the camera will search for a supported resolution and frame rate. If no supported resolution and frame rate is found, output will be suspended.
  • The camera searches for a supported resolution and frame rate in the order listed below.
Frame size/frame rate Output resolution/frame rate search order
No memory card inserted in camera Memory card inserted in camera
[7680×4320; 30p] 4320/30p → 2160/30p → 1080/30p 1080/30p
[7680×4320; 25p] 4320/25p → 2160/25p → 1080/25p 1080/25p
[7680×4320; 24p] 4320/24p → 2160/24p → 1080/24p 1080/24p
[3840×2160; 120p] 2160/120p → 1080/120p → 2160/60p → 1080/60p → 2160/30p → 1080/30p 1080/60p → 1080/30p
[3840×2160; 100p] 2160/100p → 1080/100p → 2160/50p → 1080/50p → 2160/25p → 1080/25p 1080/50p → 1080/25p
[3840×2160; 60p] 2160/60p → 1080/60p → 2160/30p → 1080/30p 2160/60p → 1080/60p → 2160/30p → 1080/30p
[3840×2160; 50p] 2160/50p → 1080/50p → 2160/25p → 1080/25p 2160/50p → 1080/50p → 2160/25p → 1080/25p
[3840×2160; 30p] 2160/30p → 1080/30p 2160/30p → 1080/30p
[3840×2160; 25p] 2160/25p → 1080/25p 2160/25p → 1080/25p
[3840×2160; 24p] 2160/24p → 1080/24p 2160/24p → 1080/24p
[1920×1080; 120p] 1080/120p → 1080/60p → 1080/30p 1080/120p → 1080/60p → 1080/30p
[1920×1080; 100p] 1080/100p → 1080/50p → 1080/25p 1080/100p → 1080/50p → 1080/25p
[1920×1080; 60p] 1080/60p → 1080/30p 1080/60p → 1080/30p
[1920×1080; 50p] 1080/50p → 1080/25p 1080/50p → 1080/25p
[1920×1080; 30p] 1080/30p 1080/30p
[1920×1080; 25p] 1080/25p 1080/25p
[1920×1080; 24p] 1080/24p 1080/24p

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  • Video will not be output at 1080i even when a recorder that supports this option is connected. Choose [1080i (interlaced)] for interlaced output.

When an Option Other Than "Auto" Is Selected for Output Resolution

The signal will be output at the selected resolution.

Frame size/frame rate Output resolution/frame rate search order
4320p
(progressive)
2160p (progressive) 1080p (progressive) 1080i
(interlaced)
720p
(progressive)
[7680×4320; 30p] 4320/30p 2160/30p 1080/30p 1080/60i 720/60p
[7680×4320; 25p] 4320/25p 2160/25p 1080/25p 1080/50i 720/50p
[7680×4320; 24p] 4320/24p 2160/24p 1080/24p 1080/60i 720/60p
[3840×2160; 120p] 2160/120p → 2160/60p → 2160/30p* 1080/120p → 1080/60p → 1080/ 30p* 1080/60i 720/60p
[3840×2160; 100p] 2160/100p → 2160/50p → 2160/25p* 1080/100p → 1080/50p → 1080/25p* 1080/50i 720/50p
[3840×2160; 60p] 2160/60p → 2160/30p* 1080/60p → 1080/30p* 1080/60i 720/60p
[3840×2160; 50p] 2160/50p → 2160/25p* 1080/50p → 1080/25p* 1080/50i 720/50p
[3840×2160; 30p] 2160/30p 1080/30p 1080/60i 720/60p
[3840×2160; 25p] 2160/25p 1080/25p 1080/50i 720/50p
[3840×2160; 24p] 2160/24p 1080/24p 1080/60i 720/60p
[1920×1080; 120p] 1080/120p → 1080/60p → 1080/30p* 1080/60i 720/60p
[1920×1080; 100p] 1080/100p → 1080/50p → 1080/50p* 1080/50i 720/50p
[1920×1080; 60p] 1080/60p → 1080/30p* 1080/60i 720/60p
[1920×1080; 50p] 1080/50p → 1080/25p* 1080/50i 720/50p
[1920×1080; 30p] 1080/30p 1080/60i 720/60p
[1920×1080; 25p] 1080/25p 1080/50i 720/50p
[1920×1080; 24p] 1080/24p 1080/60i 720/60p

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* Recording rate changes if original frame rate (120p, 100p, 60p, or 50p) is not compatible with frame rate chosen for external recorder.

Caution: Auto Output Resolution

HDMI output will be suspended if:

  • output resolution is higher than the current frame size or
  • the recorder does not support the selected output resolution.
Caution: "4320p (Progressive)" and "2160p (Progressive)"

If a memory card is inserted when [4320p (progressive)] or [2160p (progressive)] is selected for output resolution, footage filmed at a frame size of 7680 × 4320 or a frame size/frame rate of 3840 × 2160; 120p or 3840 × 2160; 100p will not be output via HDMI. Remove the memory card before recording footage to an external recorder.

YCbCr and Bit Depth

The YCbCr value and bit depth for footage output to external HDMI devices varies with the options selected for [Video file type] and [Frame size/frame rate] in the video recording menu.

Video file type Frame size/frame rate YCbCr and bit depth
N-RAW 12-bit (NEV) 8256×4644
  • Video mode (ready to record/recording in progress): 4:2:2 10-bit
  • Video playback: 4:2:2 8-bit
4128×2322
5392×3032
3840×2160
ProRes RAW HQ 12-bit (MOV) 4128×2322
  • Video mode (ready to record/recording in progress): 4:2:2 10-bit
  • Video playback: 4:2:2 8-bit
5392×3032
3840×2160
ProRes 422 HQ 10-bit (MOV) 3840×2160 4:2:2 10-bit
1920×1080
H.265 10-bit (MOV) 7680×4320 4:2:0 10-bit
3840×2160 120p/100p
3840×2160 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p 4:2:2 10-bit
1920×1080
H.265 8-bit (MOV) 7680×4320 4:2:0 8-bit
3840×2160 120p/100p
3840×2160 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p 4:2:2 8-bit
1920×1080
H.264 8-bit (MP4) 1920×1080 4:2:2 8-bit

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Recording to External Recorders That Support a Bit Depth of 10 Bits

The HDMI signal will be output at a bit depth of 10 bits only to HDMI recorders that support this option.

External Recording Control: External Rec. Cntrl (HDMI)

  • -button menu : —
  • Camera controls : —
  • Other menus :

Choose whether camera controls can be used to start and stop recording on the external recorder.

Settings can be adjusted using [External rec. cntrl (HDMI)] in the video recording menu.

  • For information on whether your recorder supports external recording control, consult the manufacturer.
  • The camera display will turn off automatically when the time selected for Custom Setting c3 [Power off delay] > [Standby timer] expires, ending HDMI output. When recording videos to an external device, select [Standby timer] and choose [No limit] or a time longer than the anticipated recording time.
  • An icon appears in the camera display when [ON] is selected: is displayed if no footage is currently being recorded, while videos are being recorded. During recording, check the recorder and recorder display to ensure that footage is being saved to the device.
  • Note that selecting [ON] may disrupt the footage output to the device.