Full Specifications and Features



Sensor Type
1/2.3 type back-illuminated "Exmor R®" CMOS Sensor
Effective Pixels (Video)
Approx. 8300K pixels


Lens Type
G™ Lens
Filter Diameter
Lens Cover
F1.6 - F3.4
Focal Distance
f=4.1 - 82.0 mm
Focal Length (35 mm equivalent) (Video)
f=31.5-630 mm
Minimum Focus Distance
Approx. 13/32" (Wide), Approx. 31 1/2"(Tele), Approx. 1 cm (Wide), Approx. 80 cm (Tele)
Iris Diaphragm
6 blades
ND Filter
OFF, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64


Optical Zoom


Viewfinder Type
0.45 type
Field of View
Diopter adjustment
Yes (-4.0-+2.0 m-1)


Screen Type
3.5 type (3.5") Xtra Fine LCD™ 3D display (1, 229K) Wide (16:9)
Marker/Grid Display
Angle Adjustment
Opening Angle: max. 180 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.

Image Stabilization

Image Stabilization Type
Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization


Focus Type
Contrast AF
Focus Mode
Auto/Manual (Ring)
Focus Area
Full range Focus
Manual Focus Assist
Magnified display for precise manual focus, Peaking Display


Metering Modes
Exposure Compensation
AE level/AE Speed (Menu)
Auto Iris Control
F1.6 - F11.0
Manual Iris Control
F1.6 - F11.0
Manual Exposure Assist
Zebra Pattern Display
Gain Control
AGC Limit
Minimum Illumination
60P: 4 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed), 50P: 3 lux (1/25 Shutter Speed)

Shutter Speed

Auto Control Range
1/30 - 1/2000 (NTSC Area) 1/25 - 1/1750 (PAL Area)
1/30 - 1/2000 (NTSC Area) 1/25 - 1/1750 (PAL Area)
Manual Iris Control (Photo Mode)
1/30 - 1/2000 (NTSC Area) 1/25 - 1/1750 (PAL Area)
Manual Shutter
1/4 - 1/9000 (NTSC Area) 1/3 - 1/9000 (PAL Area)

White Balance

White Balance Modes
Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor/Color temp
White Balance Shift

Storage Media

Media Type
XQD Memory Card x 2


Recording Format (Video)
XAVC S format MPEG4-AVC/H264
Video Resolution
4K: 3840 × 2160 60P (150) 3840 × 2160 30P (100) 3840 × 2160 30P (60) 3840 × 2160 24P (100) 3840 × 2160 24P (60) 3840 × 2160 50P (150) 3840 × 2160 25P (100) 3840 × 2160 25P (60), HD: 1920 × 1080 60P (50) 1920 × 1080 30P (50) 1920 × 1080 24P (50) 1920 × 1080 50P (50) 1920 × 1080 25P (50)
Video Recording Rate (ABR / VBR)
4K 150: Approx. 150 Mbps 100: Approx. 100 Mbps 60: Approx. 60 Mbps, HD 50: Approx. 50 Mbps


Built-in Stereo Microphone
Audio Recording Format
Linear PCM 2ch (48 kHz/16 bit)
Mic Level Control
Yes (2steps)
Monaural Speaker

Advanced Feature

Other Features


Fast Playback
About 5 times/10 times/20 times/30 times/60 times

Terminal / Shoe

Accessory shoe
HDMI Terminal
Remote Terminal
Remote terminal
STD Output
Composite Video Out (AV CABLE (sold separately))
Microphone Input
Headphone Jack
Stereo minijack
Memory Card Slot
XQD x2 (for XAVC S) Memory Stick Duo™ and SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible x1 (for AVCHD) SD/SDHC/SDXC x1 (Utility SD slot)


Battery Type
Power Consumption (LCD)
4K: 14.5 W (30P, 60 Mbps), HD: 15.7 W (60P, 50 Mbps)
Power Consumption (Viewfinder)
4K: 14.2 W (30P, 60 Mbps), HD: 15.4 W (60P, 50 Mbps)
Power Requirements
7.2 V (battery pack), 12.0 V (AC Adapter)

Size & Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D) (including supplied battery)
Approx. 7 7/16" (W) × 7 19/32" (H) × 14 1/4" (D), Approx. 189 mm × 193 mm × 362 mm
Weight (main unit only)
Approx. 86.1 oz, Approx. 2440 g
Weight (including supplied battery)
Approx. 97.7 oz (NP-F970), Approx. 2770 g (NP-F970)

Color Options


What's In The Box

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-F970) (1), AC adapter (AC-NB12A) (1), Battery Charger (AC-VL1) (1), HDMI Cable (1), USB Cable (1), "Operating Guide" (1), Large eyecup (1), Lens hood (1), A/V connecting cable (1), XQD Card (1), license CD-ROM (1), warranty (1), AC Cable (2)


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Go beyond Full HD with 4K

Meet the video camera that offers 4K recording. Shoot video that displays over 8 million pixels (3840 x 2160)—four times the resolution of Full HD—and capture moments in unrivaled, realistic detail that bursts with vibrant color.

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XAVC S recording format

Derived from a professional-quality recording format, XAVC S compresses both the video and audio (using MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and PCM, respectively) of your movies before saving as an MP4 file. XAVC S also lets you record images at 50 Mbps, enhancing the level of detail associated with Full HD content while reducing the effects of compression noise.

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Easy playback with HDMI

Connect the Handycam® to a 4K monitor or TV using the in-pack 4K-ready HDMI cable, and start watching movies in breathtakingly realistic detail. No 4K monitor? No problem. Simply connect the Handycam®, change the HDMI output settings to 1920 x 1080, and play movies on your HD TV.

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XQD media cards

The twin XQD media card slots—compatible with S- and N-Series XQD cards—deliver smooth, high read and write speeds for 4K video. With the option to switch to relay recording*, shoot longer without worrying about the recording stopping when one memory card fills up. (* Video and sound may be cut temporarily in the relay recording process.)

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XLR sound terminals

Outstanding video deserves outstanding sound. In addition to the high-quality internal microphone, two external XLR terminals let you connect high-performance pro microphones to the camera.

Creative control with ASSIGN buttons

The seven on-camera ASSIGN buttons are designed for quick, easy navigation between camera settings. Allocate specific functions—including Marker, Zebra, Peaking, Focus Magnifier, Auto Exposure Level, SteadyShot, Color Bars, Rec Lamp [F], Rec Lamp [R], and Thumbnail—to an ASSIGN button to find a setup that works best for you.