Sony Explains What is the XAVC Video Recording Format

The following Sony video was created in order to explain the basic function of the XAVC recording format which can be found on many of the latest cameras from the company.

Introduced back in late 2012, XAVC is a video recording format developed by Sony which can support 4K (4096 × 2160 and 3840 × 2160) at up to 60 frames per second with color depth of up to 12 bits.

The XAVC S format announced in April 2014 was designed for the consumer market and is supported by quite a few of the most recent Sony cameras including all of the recent A7 series cameras as well as the RX10 and RX10 II and a few other models.

The above video is a short simplified explanation of how XAVC works, If you are interested in a more technical (longer) explanation, the following video published early last year shows Hugo Gaggioni, CTO of Sony Professional Solutions of America, explains the topic in much more depth.

Sony’s Hugo Gaggioni on XAVC in depth


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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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