Precision Power PC1000.1 Operating instructions

2-591-678-11 (1)
Digital Video Camera Recorder
Operating Guide
DCR-PC1000
Getting Started
8
Recording/
20
Playback
Using the Menu
36
Dubbing/Editing
63
Using a Computer
73
Troubleshooting
86
Additional Information 106
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Read this first
Before operating the unit, please read this
manual thoroughly, and retain it for future
reference.
WARNING
To prevent fire or shock hazard,
do not expose the unit to rain or
moisture.
Lithium-Ion batteries are
recyclable. You can help preserve
our environment by returning
your used rechargeable batteries
to the collection and recycling
location nearest you.
For more information regarding recycling of
rechargeable batteries, call toll free 1-800-8228837, or visit http://www.rbrc.org/
Caution: Do not handle damaged or leaking
Lithium-Ion batteries.
“Memory Stick”
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
This symbol is intended to
alert the user to the presence
of uninsulated “dangerous
voltage” within the product’s
enclosure that may be of
sufficient magnitude to
constitute a risk of electric
shock to persons.
This symbol is intended to
alert the user to the presence
of important operating and
maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
Notice
If static electricity or electromagnetism causes
data transfer to discontinue midway (fail), restart
the application or disconnect and connect the
communication cable (USB, etc.) again.
For customers in the U.S.A. and
CANADA
RECYCLING LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES
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This Class B digital apparatus complies with
Canadian ICES-003.
For customers in the U.S.A.
If you have any questions about this product, you
may call:
Sony Customer Information Center 1-800-222SONY (7669).
The number below is for the FCC related matters
only.
Regulatory Information
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: DCR-PC1000
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
Address: 16450 W. Bernardo Dr, San Diego, CA
92127 U.S.A.
Telephone No.: 858-942-2230
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC
Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
Note
DCR-PC1000 is to be used with the Handycam
Station Model DCRA-C140 and AC Power
Adaptor Model AC-L200.
Owner’s Record
The model and serial numbers are located on the
bottom. Record the serial number in the space
provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever
you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this
product.
Model No. DCR-PC1000
Serial No.
Model No. ACSerial No.
CAUTION
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate this
equipment.
Note
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates,
uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and,
if not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to
radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference
to radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following
measures:
– Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
– Increase the separation between the equipment
and receiver.
– Connect the equipment into an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the receiver
is connected.
– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
The supplied interface cable must be used with
the equipment in order to comply with the limits
for a digital device pursuant to Subpart B of Part
15 of FCC Rules.
Notes on use
Your camcorder is supplied with two
kinds of operations guides.
– “Operating Guide” (This manual)
– “First Step Guide” for connecting the
camcorder to a computer and using the
supplied software (stored on the supplied
CD-ROM)
On the types of recording media you
can use in your camcorder
• A mini DV cassette marked with
(mini DV cassettes with Cassette Memory
are incompatible) (p. 107).
• “Memory Stick Duo” marked with
,
(p. 108).
On using the camcorder
• Do not hold the camcorder by the
following parts.
LCD panel
• The camcorder is not dustproofed,
dripproofed or waterproofed.
See “Maintenance and precautions” (p.
112).
• Before connecting your camcorder to
another device with a USB or i.LINK
cable, be sure to insert the connector
plug in the proper direction. If you insert
the connector plug forcibly in the wrong
direction, the terminal may be damaged,
or this may cause a malfunction of your
camcorder.
Continued 
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• Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the
Handycam Station holding both the
camcorder and the DC plug.
• Be sure to slide the POWER switch
up to OFF (CHG) when you insert the
camcorder into the Handycam Station or
remove the camcorder from it.
On the menu items, LCD panel,
viewfinder, and lens
• A menu item that is grayed out is not
available under the current recording or
playback conditions.
• The LCD screen and the viewfinder are
manufactured using extremely highprecision technology, so over 99.99% of
the pixels are operational for effective
use. However, there may be some tiny
black points and/or bright points (white,
red, blue, or green in color) that appear
constantly on the LCD screen and the
viewfinder. These points are normal
results of the manufacturing process and
do not affect the recording in any way.
• Exposing the LCD screen, the viewfinder,
or the lens to direct sunlight for long
periods of time may cause malfunctions.
• Do not aim at the sun. Doing so might
cause your camcorder to malfunction.
Take pictures of the sun only in low light
conditions, such as at dusk.
On recording
• Before starting to record, test the
recording function to make sure the
picture and sound are recorded without
any problems.
• Compensation for the contents of
recordings cannot be provided, even if
recording or playback is not possible
due to a malfunction of the camcorder,
storage media, etc.
• TV color systems differ depending on
the countries/regions. To view your
recordings on a TV, you need an NTSC
system-based TV.
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• Television programs, films, video tapes,
and other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such materials
may be contrary to the copyright laws.
On this manual
• The images of the LCD screen and
the viewfinder used in this manual for
illustration purposes are captured using
a digital still camera, and therefore may
appear different.
• The on-screen displays in each local
language are used for illustrating the
operating procedures. Change the screen
language before using your camcorder if
necessary (p. 15).
About the Carl Zeiss lens
Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl
Zeiss lens, which was developed jointly
by Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony
Corporation, and produces superior images.
It adopts the MTF measurement system for
video cameras and offers a quality typical
of a Carl Zeiss lens. Also, the lens for
your camcorder is T*-coated to suppress
unwanted reflections and faithfully
reproduce colors.
MTF= Modulation Transfer Function. The
number value indicates the amount of light
from a subject coming into the lens.
Table of Contents
Getting Started
Step 1: Checking supplied items ...............................................................8
Step 2: Charging the battery pack .............................................................9
Step 3: Turning the power on and holding your camcorder firmly ...........13
Step 4: Adjusting the LCD panel and viewfinder .....................................14
Step 5: Using the touch panel .................................................................15
Changing the language setting .....................................................................15
Checking the screen indicators (Display guide) ...........................................15
Step 6: Setting the date and time ............................................................16
Step 7: Inserting a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo”....................................17
Step 8: Selecting the aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3) of the recording picture
.......................................................................................................19
Recording/Playback
Recording/Playback with ease (Easy Handycam) ...................................20
Recording ................................................................................................22
Playback ..................................................................................................23
Functions used for recording/playback, etc. ............................................24
Recording
To use zoom
Controlling the settings with the CAM CTRL dial/
MANUAL button (Assignable dial)
To record sound with more presence (4CH MIC recording)
To use the flash
To adjust the exposure for backlit subjects
To record in mirror mode
To use a tripod
Playback
To use PB zoom
Recording/playback
To check the remaining battery (Battery Info)
To turn off the operation confirmation beep
To initialize the settings
Other part names and functions
Continued 
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Indicators displayed during recording/playback .......................................28
Searching for the starting point ...............................................................31
Searching for the last scene of the most recent recording (END SEARCH)
.............................................................................................................31
Searching manually (EDIT SEARCH) .............................................................31
Reviewing the most recently recorded scenes (Rec review) .........................31
Remote Commander ...............................................................................32
Searching quickly for a desired scene (Zero set memory) ............................32
Searching for a scene by date of recording (Date search) ...........................33
Playing the picture on a TV .....................................................................34
Using the Menu
Using the menu items ............................................................36
Menu items ..............................................................................................38
CAMERA SET menu ..........................................................................40
Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (EXPOSURE/
WHITE BAL./STEADYSHOT, etc.)
MEMORY SET menu .........................................................................45
Settings for the “Memory Stick Duo”(BURST/QUALITY/IMAGE SIZE/ALL
ERASE/NEW FOLDER, etc.)
PICT.APPLI. menu ............................................................................48
Special effects on pictures or additional functions on recording/playback
(SLIDE SHOW/PICT. EFFECT/FRAME REC, etc.)
EDIT/PLAY menu .............................................................................53
Settings for editing or playing back in various modes (VAR.SPD PB/END
SEARCH, etc.)
STANDARD SET menu ....................................................................54
Settings while recording on a tape or other basic settings (REC MODE/
MULTI-SOUND/LCD/VF SET/DISP OUTPUT, etc.)
TIME/LANGU. menu .........................................................................58
(CLOCK SET/WORLD TIME/LANGUAGE)
Customizing Personal Menu....................................................................59
Using the CAM CTRL dial .......................................................................61
Dubbing/Editing
Connecting to a VCR or TV .....................................................................63
Dubbing to another device such as a VCR, DVD recorder, etc................64
Recording pictures from a VCR or TV .....................................................65
Dubbing pictures from a tape to a “Memory Stick Duo”...........................66
Dubbing sound to a recorded tape ..........................................................67
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Deleting recorded pictures from the “Memory Stick Duo”........................69
Marking images on the “Memory Stick Duo” with specific information
(Image protection/Print mark) ........................................................69
Printing recorded images (PictBridge compliant printer) .........................70
Jacks to connect external devices ...........................................................72
Using a computer
Before referring to the “First Step Guide” on your computer ...................73
Installing the software and “First Step Guide” on a computer .................75
Viewing “First Step Guide”.......................................................................80
Creating a DVD (Direct Access to “Click to DVD”) ...................................81
Connecting an analog VCR to the computer via your camcorder
(Signal convert function) ................................................................84
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting .......................................................................................86
Warning indicators and messages ........................................................101
Additional Information
Using your camcorder abroad ...............................................................106
Usable cassette tapes ...........................................................................107
About the “Memory Stick” ......................................................................108
About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack ...................................................110
About i.LINK ..........................................................................................111
Maintenance and precautions ...............................................................112
Specifications ........................................................................................116
Index .....................................................................................................118
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Step 1: Checking supplied items
Make sure that you have following items
supplied with your camcorder.
The number in the parentheses indicates the
number of that item supplied.
A/V connecting cable (1) (p. 34, 63)
“Memory Stick Duo” 16MB (1) (p. 18, 108)
USB cable (1) (p. 73, 84)
Shoulder Strap (1)
Memory Stick Duo adaptor (1) (p. 109)
Rechargeable battery pack NP-FA50 (1)
(p. 9, 110)
AC Adaptor (1) (p. 9)
CD-ROM “Picture Package Ver.1.7” (1)
(p. 73)
Operating Guide (This manual) (1)
Power cord (1) (p. 9)
Handycam Station (1) (p.10)
Wireless Remote Commander (1)
(p. 32)
A button-type lithium battery is already installed.
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Step 2: Charging the battery pack
You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM”
battery pack (A series) (p. 110) after
attaching it to your camcorder.
2 Insert the battery pack to the end
with the  mark facing outwards.
Getting Started
POWER
switch
DC IN jack
DC plug
To the wall outlet
Power cord
3 Close the battery cover.
AC Adaptor
1 Slide the battery cover in the
direction of the arrow .
Be sure to close the cover completely.
Continued 
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Step2:Charging the battery pack (Continued)
4 Slide the POWER switch up to
(CHG) OFF. (The default setting.)
7 Insert the camcorder into the
Handycam Station securely.
Be sure to insert the camcorder to the
end.
5 Connect the AC Adaptor to the
DC IN jack on the Handycam
Station. Be sure that the  mark
on the DC plug is facing up.
/CHG
(charge)
lamp
The CHG (charge) lamp lights up and
charging starts. The CHG (charge) lamp
turns off when the battery pack is fully
charged.
• When inserting the camcorder into the
Handycam Station, close the DC IN jack cover
on the camcorder.
The  mark faces up.
6 Connect the power cord to the AC
Adaptor and the wall outlet.
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To charge the battery pack using the
AC Adaptor
Slide the POWER switch up to (CHG)OFF.
Then connect the AC Adaptor directly to
the DC IN jack on the camcorder.
To remove the battery pack
Slide the POWER switch up to (CHG)OFF.
Then open the battery cover to remove the
battery pack.
Getting Started
POWER
switch
DC IN jack
DC plug
Facing the  mark
to the LCD screen.
To the wall outlet
Power cord AC Adaptor
To remove your camcorder from the
Handycam Station
Turn off the power, then remove the
camcorder from the Handycam Station
holding both your camcorder and the
Handycam Station.
When storing the battery pack
Fully discharge the battery before storing it
for an extended period (p. 110).
To use an outside power source
You can operate your camcorder using the
power from the wall outlet by making the
same connections as you do when charging
the battery pack. The battery pack will not
lose its charge in this case.
Continued 
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Step2:Charging the battery pack (Continued)
Charging time
Approximate time (min.) required when
you fully charge a fully discharged battery
pack.
Battery pack
Charging time
NP-FA50 (supplied)
125
NP-FA70
155
Recording time
Approximate time (min.) available when
you use a fully charged battery pack.
Battery pack
Continuous
recording
time*
Typical
recording
time*
NP-FA50
(supplied)
80
85
90
45
45
50
NP-FA70
150
165
170
85
90
95
* Top: When the LCD backlight turns on.
Middle: When the LCD backlight turns off.
Bottom: Recording time when recording with
the viewfinder while the LCD panel is closed.
• Typical recording time shows the time when
you repeat recording start/stop, turning the
power on/off and zooming.
Playing time
Approximate time (min.) available when
you use a fully charged battery pack.
Battery pack
LCD panel
opened*
LCD panel
closed
NP-FA50
(supplied)
115
140
NP-FA70
215
260
* When the LCD backlight turns on.
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On the battery pack
• Before changing the battery pack, slide the
POWER switch up to (CHG) OFF.
• The CHG (charge) lamp flashes during
charging, or the battery information (p. 26) will
not be correctly displayed under the following
conditions.
– The battery pack is not attached correctly.
– The battery pack is damaged.
– The battery pack is fully discharged. (For
Battery Info only.)
• The power will not be supplied from the
battery as long as the AC Adaptor is connected
to the DC IN jack of your camcorder or the
Handycam Station, even when the power cord is
disconnected from the wall outlet.
On the charging/recording/playback time
• Times measured with the camcorder at
77 °F (25 °C) . (50 °F to 86 °F (10 to 30 °C) is
recommended.)
• The recording and playback time will be
shorter when you use your camcorder in low
temperatures.
• The recording and playback time will be shorter
depending on the conditions under which you
use your camcorder.
On the AC Adaptor
• Use the nearby wall outlet when using the AC
Adaptor. Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the
wall outlet immediately if any malfunction
occurs while using your camcorder.
• Do not use the AC Adaptor placed in a narrow
space, such as between a wall and furniture.
• Do not short-circuit the DC plug of the AC
Adaptor or battery terminal with any metallic
objects. This may cause a malfunction.
PRECAUTION
• Even if your camcorder is turned off, AC power
(house current) is still supplied to it while
connected to the wall outlet via the AC Adaptor.
Step 3: Turning the power on and holding your
camcorder firmly
To record or play back, slide the POWER
switch repeatedly to turn on the respective
lamp.
When using it for the first time, the
[CLOCK SET] screen appears (p. 16).
2 Hold the camcorder correctly.
Getting Started
POWER
switch
3 Ensure a good grip, then fasten
the Strap Belt.
1 Slide the POWER switch
repeatedly in the direction of the
arrow to turn on the respective
lamp.
The lens cover opens automatically
when the POWER switch is set to
CAMERA-TAPE or CAMERAMEMORY.
If the POWER
switch is set to
(CHG) OFF, slide it
down while pressing
the green button.
Lamps that light up
CAMERA-TAPE: To record on a tape.
CAMERA-MEMORY: To record on a
“Memory Stick Duo.”
PLAY/EDIT: To play or edit pictures.
• When you slide the POWER switch
from (CHG) OFF to CAMERA-TAPE or
CAMERA-MEMORY, the current date and
time will be displayed on the LCD screen
for about 5 seconds.
To turn off the power
Slide the POWER switch up to (CHG)OFF.
• At the time of purchase, the power will be
set to turn off automatically if you leave your
camcorder without any operation attempted for
approximately 5 minutes, to save battery power.
([A.SHUT OFF], p. 58).
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Step 4: Adjusting the LCD panel and viewfinder
The LCD panel
Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the
camcorder (), then rotate it to the best
angle to record or play ().
To turn off the LCD backlight to make
the battery last longer
Press and hold DISPLAY BATT INFO for
a few seconds until
appears.
This setting is practical when you use
your camcorder in bright conditions or
where you want to save battery power. The
recorded picture will not be affected by the
setting. To turn on the LCD backlight, press
and hold DISPLAY BATT INFO for a few
seconds until
disappears.
• See [LCD BRIGHT] (p. 55) to adjust the
brightness of the LCD screen.
90
degrees
to the
camcorder
The viewfinder
You can view images using the viewfinder
with the LCD panel closed. The battery
will last longer than when using the LCD
panel.
180 degrees
(max.)
90 degrees
(max.)
DISPLAY BATT INFO
• Do not press the buttons under the LCD frame
accidentally when you open or adjust the LCD
panel.
• If you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees to the
lens side from the status , you can close the
LCD panel with the LCD screen facing out.
This is convenient during playback operations.
• When closing the LCD panel, rotate the LCD
panel in the horizontal position as illustrated
in , and then close the LCD panel facing
inward.
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Viewfinder lens
adjustment lever
Move it until the
picture is clear.
• You can adjust the brightness of the viewfinder
backlight by selecting [LCD/VF SET] - [VF
B.LIGHT] (p. 55).
• You can adjust manually with the CAM
CTRL dial the [EXPOSURE] setting using the
viewfinder (p. 40).
Step 5: Using the touch panel
You can play back recorded pictures (p.
23), or change the settings (p. 36) using the
touch panel.
Touch the button on the LCD screen.
You can easily check the meaning of each
indicator that appears on the LCD screen.
1 Touch
.
Touch [MENU] during Easy Handycam
operation (p. 20).
60min
0:00:00
MENU
1/3
DIAL
SET
DISP
GUIDE
TELE
MACRO
EXPOSURE
FADER
Getting Started
Place your hand on the rear side of
the LCD panel to support it. Then,
touch the buttons displayed on the
screen.
Checking the screen indicators
(Display guide)
2 Touch [DISP GUIDE].
DISPLAY BATT INFO
• Perform the same actions as explained above
when you press the buttons under the LCD
frame.
• Be careful not to press buttons under the LCD
frame accidentally while using the touch panel.
Select area for guide.
END
DISP GUIDE
The indicators vary depending on the
settings.
3 Touch the area including the
To hide the screen indicators
indicator that you want to check.
Press DISPLAY BATT INFO to toggle the
screen indicators (such as time code, etc.)
on or off.
The meanings of the indicators in the
area are listed on the screen. If you
cannot find the indicator you want to
check, touch
/
to toggle.
When you touch
, the screen returns
to the area selecting display.
Changing the language setting
You can change the on-screen displays
to show messages in a specified
language. Select the screen language
in [LANGUAGE] on the
(TIME/
LANGU.) menu (p. 36, 58).
DISP GUIDE
END
1/2
FOCUS:
MANUAL
PROGRAM AE:
SPOTLIGHT
STEADYSHOT:
OFF
To finish the operation
Touch [END].
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Step 6: Setting the date and time
Set the date and time when using this
camcorder for the first time. If you do not
set the date and time, the [CLOCK SET]
screen appears every time you turn on your
camcorder or change the POWER switch
position.
3 Select [CLOCK SET] with
then touch
–:––:––
CLOCK SET
• If you do not use your camcorder for about
3 months, the built-in rechargeable battery
gets discharged and the date and time settings
may be cleared from the memory. In that case,
charge the rechargeable battery and then set the
date and time again (p. 114).
/
.
DATE
2005 Y JAN M
1D
12: 00 AM
OK
4 Set [Y] (year) with
touch
/
, then
.
You can set any year up to the year
2079.
–:––:––
CLOCK SET
DATE
2005 Y
JAN
M
1D
12: 00
AM
OK
POWER switch
Skip to step 4 when you set the clock for
the first time.
1 Touch
[MENU].
–:––:––
60min
CAMERA SET
PROGRAM AE
SPOT METER
EXPOSURE
2 Select
with
/
OK
(TIME/LANGU.) menu
, then touch
.
–:––:––
60min
DISP OUTPUT
MENU ROTATE
A.SHUT OFF
CLOCK SET
WORLD
––:––:––
LANGUAGE
PROGRAM
16
AE
OK
5 Set [M] (month), [D] (day), hour
and minute, then touch
.
The clock starts.
For midnight, set it to 12:00 AM.
For midday, set it to 12:00 PM.
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Step 7: Inserting a tape or a “Memory Stick
Duo”
Cassette tape
You can use mini DV
(p. 107).
cassettes only
• The recordable time varies depending on [
REC MODE] (p. 54).
1 Slide and hold the
2 Insert a cassette with its window
facing outwards, then press
Push the center
of the back of the
cassette lightly
.
Window
Getting Started
OPEN/
EJECT lever in the direction of
the arrow and open the lid.
OPEN/EJECT lever
The cassette compartment automatically
slides back in. Do not force the cassette
into the compartment. This may cause a
malfunction.
Lid
The cassette compartment automatically
comes out and opens up.
3 Close the lid.
To eject the cassette
Open the lid following the same procedure
as described in Step 1 and remove the
cassette.
Continued 
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Step 7: Inserting a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo” (Continued)
“Memory Stick Duo”
You can use only a “Memory Stick
Duo” marked with
or
(p. 108).
• The number and time of recordable pictures
varies depending on the image quality or the
image size. For details, see page 45.
Insert the “Memory Stick Duo”
into the “Memory Stick Duo”
slot in the right direction until it
clicks.
Access lamp
• If you force the “Memory Stick Duo”
into the slot in the wrong direction, the
“Memory Stick Duo,” the “Memory Stick
Duo” slot, or image data may be damaged.
To eject a “Memory Stick Duo”
Lightly push the “Memory Stick Duo” in
once.
• When the access lamp is lit or flashing, your
camcorder is reading/writing data. Do not shake
or knock your camcorder, turn the power off,
eject the “Memory Stick Duo,” or remove the
battery pack. Otherwise, image data may be
damaged.
• Caution that the “Memory Stick Duo” might
pop up and drop off.
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Step 8: Selecting the aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3)
of the recording picture
By recording in the 16:9 (wide) mode,
you can enjoy wide-angle, high-quality
pictures.
• If you intend to view pictures on a wide
TV, recording in the 16:9 (wide) mode is
recommended.
Recording a moving picture or still
image on the “Memory Stick Duo”
 Set the POWER switch to CAMERAMEMORY.
The aspect ratio of the picture switches
to 4:3.
• Still images will be fixed to image size 1920 ×
1080 (
) in the 16:9 (wide) mode. In the 4:3
mode, you can select up to 1920 × 1440 (
).
• If you record movies (MPEG MOVIE EX) in
the 16:9 (wide) mode, black bands appear at
the top and bottom of the picture when they are
played back.
• For the number of recordable pictures, see page
46.
WIDE SELECT button
Getting Started
 Press WIDE SELECT to select the
desired screen aspect ratio.
POWER switch
Selecting the aspect ratio for
recording movies on a tape
Be sure to set the POWER switch to
CAMERA-TAPE.
Press WIDE SELECT repeatedly to
select the desired screen aspect
ratio.
16:9*
4:3*
* When viewing on the LCD screen. It may be
different in the viewfinder.
• If you play back a picture on TV, set [TV
TYPE] for playback in the aspect ratio of the
TV (p. 34).
• When viewing pictures recorded in 16:9 aspect
ratio with [TV TYPE] set to [4:3], pictures may
appear rough depending on the subject (p. 34).
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Recording/Playback with ease
(Easy Handycam)
With this Easy Handycam operation, most of the
camera settings are automatically adjusted optimally,
which frees you from detailed adjustment.
Since only basic functions become available and
screen font size increases for easy viewing, even first
time users can enjoy easy operation.
Go through the procedures described in steps 1 to 8
(p. 8 to 19) before operation.
E
D
A
C
B
Recording with ease
1 Slide the POWER switch  in the direction of the arrow repeatedly to turn
on the respective lamp to select a recording medium.
Recording movies
: Light up the
CAMERA-TAPE lamp.
: Light up the
Recording still images
CAMERA-MEMORY lamp.
If the POWER
switch  is set to
(CHG) OFF, slide
it down while
pressing the green
button.
2 Press EASY .
Easy Handycam
operation
ON.
The EASY lights up in blue.
3Start recording.
Movies
Still images (4:3)
Press REC START/STOP  or .
60min
REC
A
MENU
The indicator () changes
[STBY] to [REC].
To stop recording, press  (or )
again.
20
Press PHOTO .
Beep
60min
30
Shutter click
MENU
FlashingLights up
Press and hold
Press fully to record.
lightly to adjust the
focus.
When
disappears, the image has been
recorded.
Playing back with ease
1 Slide the POWER switch  in the direction of the arrow repeatedly to turn
on the PLAY/EDIT lamp.
2 Press EASY .
The EASY lights up in blue.
Easy Handycam
operation
ON.
Movies
Still images
Touch
, then touch
to
start playback.
Slow playback
is available on
the Remote Commander.
A
Touch
a picture.
A

B
to select
B
C
 Stop
 Play/Pause toggles as you touch it
/
Recording/Playback
3 Start playing back.
C
MENU
 Tape playback
 Previous/Next
 Delete (p. 69)
 Rewind/Fast forward
To cancel Easy Handycam operation
Press EASY  again.
The EASY lamp turns off and all the
settings are returned to the previous
situation.
• During Easy Handycam operation, the
following buttons are unavailable, since the
items are set automatically.
– CAM CTRL dial
– MANUAL button
– (flash) button
– BACK LIGHT button
– DISPLAY BATT INFO button (when kept
pressing)
– WIDE SELECT button (in the CAMERAMEMORY mode)
– PHOTO button (in the CAMERA-TAPE
mode)
• The recording mode for tape and the image
quality and size for “Memory Stick Duo” return
to the default settings.
• If you touch [MENU], adjustable items will
be displayed. Items not displayed return to the
default settings (p.38).
• [Invalid during Easy Handycam operation]
appears if operations not available during Easy
Handycam are attempted.
21
Recording
CAM CTRL dial
Lens cover
Opens in accordance with the
setting of the POWER switch.
PHOTO
REC START/STOP 
POWER switch
REC START/
STOP 
1 Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow repeatedly to turn on
the respective lamp to select a recording medium.
To record on a tape, light up the
CAMERA-TAPE lamp.
If the POWER
switch is set to
To record on a “Memory Stick Duo,”
(CHG) OFF, slide
light up the CAMERA-MEMORY lamp. it down while
pressing the green
button.
2 Start recording.
Movies
Still images
Press REC START/STOP  (or
).
60min
REC
60min
Press and hold PHOTO lightly to
adjust the focus (), then press it fully
().
A
Beep
60min
A
EX) recorded on a “Memory Stick Duo”
will be monaural.
To stop movie recording
Press REC START/STOP again.
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• You can record a still image on a “Memory
Stick Duo,” while recording movies on a tape or
in standby mode.
Still images will be fixed to image size [640
× 360] in 16:9 screen, or [640 × 480] in 4:3
screen.
Shutter click
B
The indicator () changes [STBY]
(tape only) to [REC].
• The sound of a movie (MPEG MOVIE
11
Flashing Lights up
A shutter sound is heard. When
disappears, the image has been recorded.
To check the latest recording on a
“Memory Stick Duo”
Touch
. To delete the picture, touch
[YES]. Touch
to return to the
standby mode.

Playback
1 Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow repeatedly to turn on
the PLAY/EDIT lamp.
2 Start playing back.
Movies
Still images
A
Touch
.
The most recently recorded image is
displayed.
to
A
C
B
C
P-MENU
B
 Tape playback
 Previous/Next
 Stop
 Play/Pause toggles as you touch it
 Index screen display
 Rewind/Fast forward
• Playback automatically stops if pause is
engaged for more than 3 minutes.
On a “Memory Stick Duo” :
Touch

/
to select
a picture with , then touch
.
To adjust the volume
Rotate the CAM CTRL dial to adjust the
volume. You can also adjust the volume on
the menu (p. 54).
To search for a scene during playback
Touch and hold
/
during playback
(Picture Search), or
/
while fast
forwarding or rewinding the tape (Skip
Scan).
• You can play back in various modes ([
SPD PB], p. 53).
To display pictures on a “Memory
Stick Duo” on the Index screen
Recording/Playback
On a Tape:
Touch
, then touch
start playback.
• You can delete unnecessary pictures from a
“Memory Stick Duo” (p. 69).
•
is not displayed when a “Memory
Stick Duo” is not inserted or no image files
exist in it.
Touch
. Touch the picture you want to
display in the single display mode.
To view pictures in other folders, touch

[PB FOLDER], select a
folder with
/
, then touch
(p.
48).
B
A
C
VAR.
 Previous/Next 6 pictures
 The picture displayed before switching to
the index screen.
 Movie icon
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Functions used for recording/playback, etc.
Wider range of
view: (Wide angle)
Close view:
(Telephoto)
• You cannot change the zoom speed with the
zoom buttons  under the LCD frame.
• The minimum distance required between your
camcorder and the subject to get a sharp focus
is about 1 cm (about 1/2 in.) for wide angle and
about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
• You can set [DIGITAL ZOOM] if you want to
zoom to a level greater than 10 ×.
• Be sure to keep your finger on the power zoom
lever. If you move your finger off the power
zoom lever, the operation sound of the power
zoom lever may also be recorded.
3
4
5
Controlling the settings with the
CAM CTRL dial/MANUAL button
(Assignable dial).................. 
6
7
8
9
CAM CTRL
dial
MANUAL
button
0
Recording
To use zoom ......................  
Move the power zoom lever  slightly for
a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster
zoom.
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You can assign some of the camera settings
to the CAM CTRL dial such as focus
adjustment (default setting). See page 61
for details.
During playback, you can adjust the
volume using the CAM CTRL dial (p. 23).
• At the time of purchase, the [FOCUS] (p. 42)
setting is assigned to the CAM CTRL dial. If
you press the MANUAL button, you can switch
from the auto setting to the manual setting and
adjust the focus manually.
To record sound with more presence
(4CH MIC recording) .................
Connect the optional microphone (ECMHQP1) to the Active Interface Shoe  (p.
72).
See [EXT SUR MIC] on page 55 for
details.
To record in mirror mode ............ 
Open the LCD panel  90 degrees to the
camcorder (), then rotate it 270 degrees
to the lens side ().
To use the flash .......................
Press (flash) repeatedly to select a setting.
• The recommended distance to the subject when
using the built-in flash is 0.3 to 2.5 m (1 to 8
feet).
• Remove any dust from the surface of the flash
lamp before using it. Flash effect may be
impaired if heat discoloration or dust obscures
the lamp.
• The flash charge lamp flickers when charging
the flash, and remains lit when the battery
charge is complete.
• You can only use the flash in the CAMERAMEMORY mode.
• If you use the flash in bright places such as
when shooting a backlit subject, the flash may
not be effective.
• When attaching a conversion lens (optional)
or a filter (optional) to the camcorder, the flash
light does not emit light.
• You can change the brightness of the flash by
setting [FLASH LEVEL], or you can prevent
the redeye by setting [REDEYE REDUC], in
[FLASH SET] (p. 43).
• A mirror-image of the subject appears on the
LCD screen, but the picture will be normal
when recorded.
To use a tripod ........................ 
Attach the tripod (optional: the length of
the screw must be less than 5.5 mm (7/32
in.) to the tripod receptacle  using a
tripod screw.
Recording/Playback
No indicator displayed: Automatically
flashes when there is insufficient ambient
light.

(Forced flash): Always uses the flash
regardless of the surrounding brightness.

(No flash): Records without flash.
To adjust the exposure for backlit
subjects ................................ 
To adjust the exposure for backlit subjects,
press BACK LIGHT  to display . To
cancel the back light function, press BACK
LIGHT again.
Continued 
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Functions used for recording/playback, etc. (Continued)

Adjust the magnification with W (Wide
angle)/T (Telephoto).
To cancel, touch [END].
• You cannot change the zoom speed with the
zoom buttons  under the LCD frame.
Recording/playback
6
7
qs
qa
qd
qf
2
To check the remaining battery
(Battery Info) .......................... 
Set the POWER switch up to (CHG)
OFF, then press DISPLAY BATT INFO
. The battery information appears for
about 7 seconds. By pressing DISPLAY
BATT INFO, you can view the battery
information for up to 20 seconds while it is
displayed.
Remaining battery (approx.)
qg
qh
72
81
Recording capacity (approx.)
Playback
To use PB zoom ..................  
You can magnify pictures from about 1.1 to
5 times the original size.
Magnification can be adjusted with the
power zoom lever  or the zoom buttons
 under the LCD frame.
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
Play back the picture you want to
magnify.

Magnify the picture with T (Telephoto).

Touch the screen at the point you want
to display in the center of the displayed
frame.
To turn off the operation confirmation
beep .................................... 
See [BEEP] (p. 57) to set the operation
beep.
To initialize the settings ............. 
Press RESET  to initialize all the
settings, including the setting of the date
and time.
(Menu items customized on Personal Menu
are not initialized.)
Other part names and functions

Internal stereo microphone
When an external microphone is
connected, the audio input from the
external microphone takes precedence
over others.

Speaker
Sounds come out from the speaker.
• For how to adjust the volume, see page 23.
REC lamp
The REC lamp lights up in red during
recording (p. 57).

Remote sensor
Point the Remote Commander (p. 32)
towards the remote sensor to operate
your camcorder.
Recording/Playback

27
Indicators displayed during recording/playback
Recording movies
Recording still images
In the CAMERA-TAPE mode
1
2
3
4
5
8
1
60min
90
1920 FINE
qa
11
101
P-MENU
6
7
qs 7

Remaining battery (approx.)

Recording folder (48)

Recording mode ( or ) (54)

Image size (19, 46)

Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or
[REC] (recording))

Quality ([FINE] or [STD]) (45)

“Memory Stick Duo” indicator and the
number of images that can be recorded
(approx.)

Review button (22)

Time code (hour: minute: second:
frame)/Tape counter (hour: minute:
second)

Recording capacity of the tape
(approx.) (57)

END SEARCH/EDIT SEARCH/Rec
review display switch button (31)

Personal Menu button (36)
In the CAMERA-MEMORY mode
A
B
C
D
E




Recording folder (48)
Recording capacity (approx.)
Movie size (47)
Recording start indicator
(appears for about 5 seconds)
 Review button (22)
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Data code during playback
The date/time data and the camera setting
data will be recorded automatically.
They do not appear on the screen during
recording, but you can check them as
[DATA CODE] during playback (p. 56).
( ) is a reference page.
The indicators during recording will not be recorded.
Viewing movies
Viewing still images
On a tape
1
2
qd
4
5
1
qg 9
qh qj
MEMORY PLAY
wd wf
qk
ql
qf

w;
ws
7
Tape transport indicator
Data file name
Video operation buttons (23)

Picture number/Total number of
recorded pictures in the current
playback folder

Playback folder (48)

Previous/Next folder icon
When there is a “Memory Stick Duo”
inserted in the camcorder,
(STOP)
changes to
(“Memory Stick Duo”
playback) if a tape is not used for playback.
On a “Memory Stick Duo”
The following indicators appear when the
first or last picture of the current folder is
displayed and when there are multiple folders
on the same “Memory Stick Duo.”
: Touch
to move to the previous
folder.
: Touch
to move to the next folder.
: Touch
/
to move to either
the previous or the next folder.
D
A
0:00:00
E
B
F
C






wa

Data file name
Play/Pause button (23)
Previous/Next image button (23)
Image size (47)
Playing time
Previous/Next scene button
A movie file will be divided into a maximum
of 60 scenes. The number of scenes divided
depends on the length of the movie. After
selecting a scene from which to start the
playback, touch
to play back.

Image delete button (69)

Tape playback select button (23)

Previous/Next image button (23)

Index screen display button (23)

Image protection mark (69)

Print mark (70)
Continued 
Recording/Playback

7
29
Indicators displayed during recording/playback (Continued)
Indicators when you made
changes
You can check the [DISP GUIDE] (p. 15)
to check the function of each indicator that
appears on the LCD screen.
Upper left
Slide show (49)
LCD backlight off (14)
Center
Indicator
Meaning
Color Slow Shutter (43)
Upper right
PictBridge connecting
(70)

Warning (101)
Bottom
Bottom
Center
Indicator
AE SHIFT (42)
Upper left
Indicator
WB SHIFT (42)
Meaning
Picture effect (50)
EXT SUR MIC (55)
4CH MIC recording (55)
AUDIO MODE (54)
Digital effect (49)

Manual focus (42)
EXP.FOCUS (42)
Continuous photo
recording (45)
 
PROGRAM AE (40)
Recording mode (54)
Sharpness (41)
Self-timer recording (44)
WIDE SELECT (19)
Interval photo recording
(51)
Flash light (43)
Frame recording (51)
Meaning
A/VDV OUT (56)
DV input (64)
DV output (64)
USB connection (85)
i.LINK connection (85)
Zero set memory (32)
30

Backlight (25)

White balance (41)
SteadyShot off (44)
Progressive recording
(44)
Zebra (43)
Upper right
Indicator
Meaning
Tele macro (43)
CAMERA COLOR (42)
Searching for the starting point
Make sure that the CAMERA-TAPE lamp
lights up (p. 22).
Searching for the last scene of the
most recent recording (END SEARCH)
[END SEARCH] will not work once you
eject the cassette after you have recorded
on the tape.
Touch
You can search for the start point to start
the next recording while viewing the
pictures on the screen. The sound is not
played back during the search.
1 Touch
.

1
.
60min
STBY
0:00:00
0:00:00
EXECUTING
EDIT
CANCEL
Touch here
to cancel the
operation.
The last scene of the most recent
recording is played back for about 5
seconds, and the camcorder enters the
standby mode at the point where the last
recording has finished.
• [END SEARCH] will not work correctly
when there is a blank section between
recorded sections on the tape.
• You can also select [END SEARCH] from
the menu. When the PLAY/EDIT lamp
lights up, select the [END SEARCH] shortcut in Personal Menu (p. 36).
2 Touch and hold
(to go
backward)/
(to go forward)
and release it at the point where
you want the recording to start.
Recording/Playback
60min
END SEARCH
Searching manually
(EDIT SEARCH)
Reviewing the most recently
recorded scenes (Rec review)
You can view about 2 seconds of the scene
recorded just before you stopped the tape.
Touch

60min
.
STBY
0:00:00
EDIT
The last 2 seconds (approx.) of the most
recently recorded scene are played back.
Then, your camcorder is set to the standby.
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Remote Commander
Remove the insulation sheet before using
the Remote Commander.
• To change the battery, see page 115.
Searching quickly for a desired
scene (Zero set memory)
Insulation sheet
1 During playback, press ZERO
1
6
SET MEMORY  at a point you
want to locate later on.
7
The tape counter is reset to “0:00:00”
and
appears on the screen.
q;
8
2
60min
0:00:00
3
4
P-MENU
9
5
If the tape counter is not displayed,
press DISPLAY .
2 Press STOP  when you want to
 PHOTO (p. 22)
The on-screen image when you press this
button will be recorded as a still image.
 SEARCH M. (p. 33)


 Video control buttons (Rewind,
Playback, Fast-forward, Pause, Stop,
Slow) (p. 23)
 ZERO SET MEMORY
 Transmitter
stop playback.
3 Press REW .
The tape stops automatically when the
tape counter reaches “0:00:00.”
4 Press PLAY .
Playback starts from the point
designated “0:00:00” on the tape
counter.
 REC START/STOP (p. 22)
 Power zoom (p. 24)
 DISPLAY (p. 15)
 Memory control buttons (Index, –/+,
Memory playback) (p. 23)
32
• Aim the Remote Commander towards the
remote sensor to operate your camcorder (p.
27).
• There may be a discrepancy of several seconds
between the time code and the tape counter.
• Zero set memory will not function correctly
if there is a blank section between recorded
sections on the tape.
To cancel the operation
Press ZERO SET MEMORY  again.
Searching for a scene by date of
recording (Date search)
You can locate the point where the
recording date changes.
1 Slide the POWER switch down to
turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp.
2 Press SEARCH M. .
to select a recording date.
60 min
0:00:00:00
30 min
DATE -01
SEACH
Recording/Playback
3 Press (previous)/(next) 
P.MENU
To cancel the operation
Press STOP .
• The Date search will not function correctly
when there is a blank section between recorded
sections on the tape.
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Playing the picture on a TV
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation
(p. 11). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
A/V jack*
1
A/V
(Yellow) (White)
(Red)
VCRs or TVs
2
: Signal flow


Connect to the input jack of the other device.
To set the aspect ratio according to
the connected TV (16:9/4:3)
A/V connecting cable with S
VIDEO (optional)
Change the setting according to the screen
size of the TV you will view pictures on.
A/V connecting cable (supplied)
When connecting to another device via the
S VIDEO jack, by using the A/V connecting
cable with an S VIDEO cable (optional),
pictures can be reproduced more faithfully
than with the supplied A/V cable connection.
Connect the white and red plugs (left/right
audio) and S VIDEO plug (S VIDEO
channel) of an A/V connecting cable
(optional). In this case, the yellow (standard
video) plug connection is not necessary. S
VIDEO connection only will not output
audio.
When your TV is connected to a VCR
Connect your camcorder to the LINE IN
input on the VCR. Set the input selector on
the VCR to LINE.
34
*The A/V jacks are equipped on the
Handycam Station and the camcorder
itself respectively. Connect the A/V
connecting cable either to your camcorder
or to the Handycam Station.
 Slide the POWER switch down to turn on
the PLAY/EDIT lamp.
 [MENU] 
(STANDARD SET)  [TV TYPE] 
[16:9] or [4:3] 
.
 Touch
• When you connect your camcorder to a TV
compatible with the ID-1/ID-2 system, or via
an S VIDEO jack, and play back the tape, set
[TV TYPE] to [16:9]. The TV automatically
switches the aspect ratio according to the
playback picture.
Refer also to the manual supplied with your TV.
• When you set [TV TYPE] to [4:3], or when the
picture’s aspect ratio switches between 16:9 and
4:3, the image may jitter.
• On some 4:3 TVs, the still image recorded in
4:3 aspect ratio may not appear in full screen.
This is not a malfunction.
• When you play back a picture recorded in 16:9
aspect ratio on a 4:3 TV not compatible with
the 16:9 signal, set [TV TYPE] to [4:3].
Connect the yellow plug of the A/V
connecting cable to the video input jack
and connect the white (left channel) or the
red (right channel) plug to the audio input
jack of your TV or VCR.
Recording/Playback
When your TV is monaural (When
your TV has only one audio input jack)
• Do not connect A/V connecting cables to both
your camcorder and the Handycam Station at
the same time. The image might get disturbed.
• You can display the time code on the TV screen
by setting [DISP OUTPUT] to [V-OUT/
PANEL] (p. 57).
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Using the menu items
Follow the instructions below to use each of the menu items listed after this page.
1 Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the respective lamp.
[CAMERA-TAPE] lamp:
settings on a tape
[CAMERA-MEMORY] lamp:
settings on a “Memory Stick
Duo”
[PLAY/EDIT] lamp: settings for viewing/editing
2 Touch the LCD screen to select the menu item.
Unavailable items will be grayed out.
 To use the short-cuts of Personal Menu
On Personal Menu, short-cuts for frequently used menu items are added.
• You can customize Personal Menu as you like (p. 59).
 Touch
.
60min
1/3
0:00:00:00
MENU
DISP
GUIDE
END
SEARCH
VOLUME
USB
SELECT
VAR.
SPD PB
 Touch the desired item.
If the desired item is not displayed on the screen, touch
.
/
until the item is displayed.
 Select the desired setting, then touch
 To use menu items
You can customize menu items that are not added to Personal Menu.




BURN DVD
BURN VCD
END SEARCH
 Touch
[MENU].
The menu index screen appears.
 Select the desired menu.
Touch
/
to select the item, then touch
that in step .)
 Select the desired item.
• You can also touch the item directly to select it.
 Customize the item.
36
. (The process in step  is the same as
After finishing the settings, touch

(close) to hide the menu screen.
If you decide not to change the setting, touch
to return to the previous screen.
• You can also change the settings to [FOCUS], [EXPOSURE], [AE SHIFT] or [WB SHIFT]
using the CAM CTRL dial (p. 61).
• During Easy Handycam operation, if you press [MENU] on the screen, the buttons for the
menu items available for the operation are displayed.
Using the Menu
37
Menu
items
• The menu items available for the operation () differ depending on where the lit lamp for the POWER switch
is positioned.
TAPE
MEMORY
PLAY/EDIT
Easy Handycam
PROGRAM AE
SPOT METER


AUTO


EXPOSURE
WHITE BAL.
SHARPNESS
AUTO SHUTTER
AE SHIFT
CAMERA COLOR
WB SHIFT
SPOT FOCUS
FOCUS
EXP.FOCUS
TELE MACRO
FLASH SET
COLOR SLOW S
ZEBRA
HISTOGRAM
SELF-TIMER
DIGITAL ZOOM
STEADYSHOT
PROGRES.REC
DIAL SET

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Position of lamp:
CAMERA SET menu (p. 40)
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OFF
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AUTO
OFF
OFF
*2
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OFF
OFF
OFF
*1
OFF
ON
OFF
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MEMORY SET menu (p. 45)
STILL SET
MOVIE SET
ALL ERASE
FORMAT
FILE NO.
NEW FOLDER
REC FOLDER
PB FOLDER
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SERIES
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PICT.APPLI. menu (p. 48)
FADER
SLIDE SHOW
D. EFFECT
PICT. EFFECT
FRAME REC
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Position of lamp:
SMTH INT.REC
INT.REC-STL
DEMO MODE
PictBridge PRINT
USB SELECT
TAPE
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PLAY/EDIT
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Easy Handycam
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EDIT/PLAY menu (p. 53)
VAR. SPD PB
REC CTRL
AUD DUB CTRL
REC MOVIE
BURN DVD
END SEARCH
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LCD/VF SET
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A/V  DV OUT
VIDEO INPUT
TV TYPE
USB CAMERA
DISP GUIDE
GUIDEFRAME
DATA CODE
REMAINING
REMOTE CTRL
REC LAMP
BEEP
DISP OUTPUT
MENU ROTATE
A.SHUT OFF
CALIBRATION
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Using the Menu
REC MODE
AUDIO MODE
VOLUME
MULTI-SOUND
AUDIO MIX
EXT SUR MIC
ON
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TIME/LANGU. menu (p. 58)
CLOCK SET
WORLD TIME
LANGUAGE
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CAMERA SET menu
Settings to adjust your camcorder to the
recording conditions (EXPOSURE/WHITE
BAL./STEADYSHOT, etc.)
The default settings are marked with .
The indicators in parentheses appear when
the items are selected.
See page 36 for details on selecting
menu items.
PROGRAM AE
You can record pictures effectively in
various situations with the PROGRAM AE
function.
 AUTO
Select to automatically record pictures
effectively without the [PROGRAM AE]
function.
SPOTLIGHT*( )
Select to prevent people's faces from
appearing excessively white when subjects
are lit by strong light.
PORTRAIT (Soft portrait) (
)
views or fireworks.
LANDSCAPE**(
)
Select to shoot distant subjects clearly.
This setting also prevents your camcorder
from focusing on glass or metal mesh
in windows that comes in between the
camcorder and the subject.
• Items with one asterisk (*) can be adjusted
to focus on subjects only a short distance
away. Items with two asterisks (**) can be
adjusted to focus on subjects farther away.
SPOT METER (Flexible spot
meter)
You can adjust and fix the exposure
to the subject, so that it is recorded in
suitable brightness even when there is
strong contrast between the subject and
the background, such as subjects in the
spotlight on stage.
1
2
Select to bring out the subject such as
people or flowers while creating a soft
background.
BEACH&SKI*( )
 Touch the point where you want to fix and
adjust the exposure on the screen.
appears.
 Touch [END].
To return the setting to automatic exposure,
touch [AUTO][END].
Select to prevent people's faces from
appearing dark in strong light or reflected
light, such as at a beach in midsummer or
on a ski slope.
SUNSET&MOON**(
40
)
Select to maintain the atmosphere of
situations such as sunsets, general night
• If you set [SPOT METER], [EXPOSURE] is
automatically set to [MANUAL].
EXPOSURE
You can fix the brightness of a picture
manually. When recording indoors on
a clear day, for instance, you can avoid
backlight shadows on people next to the
window by fixing the exposure to that of
the wall side of the room.
 Frame a white object such as a piece of
2
3
1
 Touch [MANUAL].
 Adjust the exposure by touching
/
 Touch
.
.
appears.
To return the setting to automatic exposure,
touch [AUTO]
.
• You can also adjust the setting using the CAM
CTRL dial (p. 61).
You can adjust the color balance to the
brightness of the recording environment.
 AUTO
The white balance is adjusted
automatically.
OUTDOOR (
)
The white balance is adjusted to be
appropriate for the following recording
conditions:
– Outdoors
– Night views, neon signs and fireworks
– Sunrise or sunset
– Under daylight fluorescent lamps
INDOOR ()
The white balance is adjusted to be
appropriate for the following recording
conditions:
– Indoors
– At party scenes or studios where the
lighting conditions change quickly
– Under the video lamps of those at a studio,
or under sodium lamps or incandescent-like
color lamps
ONE PUSH (
)
The white balance will be adjusted
according to the ambient light.
 Touch [ONE PUSH].
• Keep framing a white object while
is flashing quickly.
•
flashes slowly if white balance
could not be set.
• If
keeps flashing even after you
have touched
, set [WHITE BAL.]
to [AUTO].
• When you have changed the battery pack
while [AUTO] is selected, or you bring your
camcorder outdoors from inside the house
while using fixed exposure, select [AUTO] and
aim your camcorder at a nearby white object
for about 10 seconds for better color balance
adjustment.
• Redo the [ONE PUSH] procedure if you change
the [PROGRAM AE] settings, or bring your
camcorder outdoors from inside the house, or
vice versa.
• To adjust the white balance under white or cool
white fluorescent lamps, set [WHITE BAL.] to
[AUTO], or follow the procedure when using
[ONE PUSH].
• The setting returns to [AUTO] when you have
the power source disconnected from your
camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
Using the Menu
WHITE BAL. (White balance)
paper, to fill the screen under the same
lighting conditions as you will shoot
the subject.
 Touch [
].
flashes quickly. When the white
balance has been adjusted and stored
in the memory, the indicator stops
flashing.
SHARPNESS
You can adjust the sharpness of the image
outline with
/
.
appears when
the sharpness is anything other than the
default setting.
Soften
Sharpen
AUTO SHUTTER
Automatically activates the electronic
shutter to adjust the shutter speed when
recording in bright conditions if you set it
to [ON] (the default setting).
Continued 
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CAMERA SET menu (Continued)
AE SHIFT
When you set [AE SHIFT] to [ON], you
can adjust the exposure using
(dark)/
(bright).
and the setting value
appear when [AE SHIFT] is set to [ON].
• You cannot use [AE SHIFT] when
[EXPOSURE] is set to [MANUAL].
• You can also adjust the setting manually using
the CAM CTRL dial (p. 61).
CAMERA COLOR
You can adjust the color intensity with
/
.
Decreases
color intensity
Increases
color intensity
WB SHIFT (White Balance Shift)
When you set [WB SHIFT] to [ON], you
can adjust the white balance to the desired
setting using
/
.
and the setting value are displayed
when [WB SHIFT] is set to [ON].
• When the white balance is set to a lower value,
pictures appear bluish, and when set to a higher
value, pictures appear reddish.
• You can also adjust the setting manually using
the CAM CTRL dial (p. 61).
SPOT FOCUS
You can select and adjust the focal point to
aim it at a subject not located in the center
of the screen.
1
2
 Touch the subject on the screen.
 appears.
 Touch [END].
To adjust the focus automatically, touch
[AUTO][END].
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• If you set [SPOT FOCUS], [FOCUS] is
automatically set to [MANUAL].
FOCUS
You can adjust the focus manually. Select
this when you want to focus on a certain
subject intentionally.
 Touch [MANUAL].
 appears.
 Touch
(focusing on close subjects)/
(focusing on distant subjects) to
sharpen the focus. appears when the
focus cannot be adjusted any closer, and
appears when the focus cannot be adjusted
farther away.
 Touch
.
To adjust the focus automatically, touch
[AUTO]
in step .
• It is easier to focus on the subject by moving
the power zoom lever towards T (telephoto) to
adjust the focus, then towards W (wide angle)
to adjust the zoom for recording. When you
want to record a subject at close range, move
the power zoom lever to W (wide angle), then
adjust the focus.
• The minimum distance required between your
camcorder and the subject to get a sharp focus
is about 1 cm (about 1/2 in.) for wide angle and
about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
• You can also adjust the focus manually using
the CAM CTRL dial (p. 61).
EXP.FOCUS (Expanded focus)
When you set the POWER switch to
CAMERA-MEMORY and [EXP.FOCUS]
to [ON], you can enlarge the picture
displayed on the LCD screen to 2 times
bigger. This function makes it easier
to adjust the focus. While displaying
the enlarged picture, instead of the 
indicator in normal [FOCUS] setting, the
indicator appears.
• When you finish focusing, the screen
automatically returns to the normal picture
display.
TELE MACRO
This is useful to shoot small subjects, such
as flowers or insects. You can blur away
backgrounds and the subject stands out
clearer.
When you set [TELE MACRO] to [ON]
( ), the zoom (p. 24) moves to the top of
the T (Telephoto) side automatically and
allows for recording subjects at a close
distance, down to about 50 cm (19 3/4 in.).
• When recording a distant subject, it may
difficult to focus on and take time for focusing.
• Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 42)
when it is hard to focus automatically.
FLASH SET
Note that these settings will not function
with external flashes (optional) that do not
support the following settings.
 FLASH LEVEL
HIGH(
)
Makes the flash level higher.
 NORMAL( )
LOW(
)
Makes the flash level lower.
• The setting returns to [NORMAL] when
you disconnect the power source from your
camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
 REDEYE REDUC
You can prevent redeye by activating the
flash before recording.
(Auto redeye reduction): Pre-flashes to
reduce redeye before the flash automatically
flashes when there is insufficient ambient
light.

(Forced redeye reduction): Always uses
the flash and the redeye reducing pre-flash.

(No flash): Records without flash.
• The redeye reduction may not produce the
desired effect due to individual differences and
other conditions.
COLOR SLOW S
(Color Slow Shutter)
When you set [COLOR SLOW S] to [ON],
you can record an image brighter in color
even in dark places.
and [COLOR SLOW SHUTTER]
appear on the screen.
Using the Menu
To cancel, touch [OFF], or zoom to wideangle (W side).
Set [REDEYE REDUC] to [ON], then
press (flash) (p. 25) repeatedly to select
a setting.
To cancel [COLOR SLOW S], touch
[OFF].
• Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 42)
when it is hard to focus automatically.
• The shutter speed of your camcorder changes
depending on the brightness. The motion of the
picture may slow down at this time.
ZEBRA
This is useful as a guide when adjusting the
brightness. When you change the default
setting,
is displayed. The zebra pattern
is not recorded.
 OFF
The zebra pattern is not displayed.
70
The zebra pattern appears at a screen
brightness level of about 70 IRE.
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CAMERA SET menu (Continued)
100
The zebra pattern appears at a screen
brightness level of about 100 IRE or
higher.
• Portions of the screen where brightness is about
100 IRE or above may appear overexposed.
• The zebra pattern is diagonal stripes that appear
in portions of the screen where brightness is at a
preset level.
DIGITAL ZOOM
You can select the maximum zoom level
in case you want to zoom to a level greater
than 10 × (the default setting) while
recording on a tape. Note that the image
quality decreases when you are using the
digital zoom.
HISTOGRAM
Pixels
When you set [HISTOGRAM] to [ON],
the [HISTOGRAM] (a graph to display
a distribution of tones in your picture)
window appears on the screen.
This item is useful when you adjust
exposure. You can adjust the
[EXPOSURE] or [AE SHIFT] checking
the [HISTOGRAM] window. The
[HISTOGRAM] will not be recorded on a
tape or “Memory Stick Duo.”
Darker
Brighter
Brightness
• The left area on the graph shows the darker
areas of the picture while the right area shows
the brighter areas.
SELF-TIMER
The self-timer starts recording after about
10 seconds.
 Touch
[SELF-TIMER][ON]
.
appears.
 Press REC START/STOP to record
movies, or PHOTO to record still images.
To cancel the count down, touch [RESET].
To cancel the self-timer, select [OFF] in
step .
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• You can also use the self-timer with the Remote
Commander (p. 32).
The right side of the bar shows the digital
zooming factor. The zooming zone
appears when you select the zooming
level.
 OFF
Up to 10 × zoom is performed optically.
20 ×
Up to 10 × zoom is performed optically,
and after that, up to 20 × zoom is
performed digitally.
120 ×
Up to 10 × zoom is performed optically,
and after that, up to 120 × zoom is
performed digitally.
STEADYSHOT
You can compensate for camera shake
(the default setting is [ON]). Set
[STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] ( ) when
using a tripod (optional) or the conversion
lens (optional).
PROGRES.REC
You can reduce image blur when recording
moving pictures on tapes, intended for
import to your computer as still images, by
setting [PROGRES.REC] to [ON] (
).
This is especially useful for analyzing highspeed action, such as sports scenes. Touch
[OFF] to cancel this mode.
MEMORY SET menu
Note on the progressive recording mode
In a normal TV broadcast, the screen is
divided into 2 finer fields and these are
displayed in turn, every 1/60 of a second.
Thus, the actual picture displayed in an
instant covers only half of the apparent
picture area. In progressive recording, the
picture is fully displayed with all the pixels.
A picture recorded in this mode appears
clearer, but a moving subject may appear
awkward.
DIAL SET
You can assign the setting item to the CAM
CTRL dial and adjust the assigned item
manually using the CAM CTRL dial.
Settings for the “Memory Stick Duo”
(BURST/QUALITY/IMAGE SIZE/ALL ERASE/
NEW FOLDER, etc.)
The default settings are marked with .
The indicators in parentheses appear when
the items are selected.
See page 36 for details on selecting
menu items.
STILL SET

 OFF
NORMAL (
)
Records from 3 (1920 × 1440 image size),
5 (1600 × 1200 image size) to 25 (640 ×
480 image size) images continuously at
about 0.5 second intervals.
The maximum number of images are
recorded when you press and hold PHOTO
fully.
Assigns [FOCUS] (p. 42) setting to the
CAM CTRL dial.
[EXPOSURE]
Assigns [EXPOSURE] (p. 40) setting to
the CAM CTRL dial.
[AE SHIFT]
EXP. BRKTG (
Assigns [AE SHIFT] (p. 42) setting to the
CAM CTRL dial.
Using the Menu
Select this when not recording
continuously.
 [FOCUS]
)
Records 3 images consecutively with
different exposures at about 0.5 second
intervals. You can compare the 3 images
and select an image recorded at the best
exposure.
[WB SHIFT]
Assigns [WB SHIFT] (p. 42) setting to the
CAM CTRL dial.
• See page 61 for details on the CAM CTRL dial.
BURST
You can record several still images one
after another by pressing PHOTO.
• The flash will not function during [BURST].
• The maximum number of images will be
recorded in the self-timer mode or when you are
operating with the Remote Commander.
• [EXP. BRKTG] will not function when you
have space for fewer than 3 images remaining
on the “Memory Stick Duo.”
• When you set WIDE (16:9) ratio of the screen
you can record 3 images (1920 × 1080 image
size) continuously.

QUALITY
 FINE (
)
Records still images at the fine image
quality level.
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MEMORY SET menu (Continued)
STANDARD (
)
In 16:9 aspect ratio
Records still images at the standard image
quality level.

IMAGE SIZE
 1920 × 1440 (
)
Records still images clearly.
1600 × 1200 (
)
Allows you to record more still images in
relatively clear quality.
640 × 480 (
• If you set 16:9 (wide) ratio of the screen,
[IMAGE SIZE] is set to [1920 × 1080]
automatically (p. 19).
Capacity of the “Memory Stick Duo”
(MB) and the number of recordable
pictures
In 4:3 aspect ratio
1920 ×
1440 *
1600 ×
1200 *
640 ×
480*
16MB
(supplied)
11
26
16
37
96
240
32MB
22
54
32
75
190
485
64MB
45
105
65
150
390
980
128MB
91
215
130
300
780
1970
256MB
165
395
235
540
1400
3550
512MB
335
800
480
1100
2850
7200
680
1600
980
2250
5900
14500
* Top: [FINE] is selected for image quality.
Bottom: [STANDARD] is selected for image
quality.
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640 × 360 *
16MB
(supplied)
14
34
115
240
32MB
29
69
240
485
64MB
59
135
490
980
128MB
115
280
980
1970
256MB
215
500
1750
3550
512MB
435
1000
3600
7200
1GB
890
2100
7300
14500
)
Allows for the maximum number of
images to be recorded.
1GB
1920 × 1080 *
* Top: [FINE] is selected for image quality.
Bottom: [STANDARD] is selected for image
quality.
• When using the “Memory Stick Duo” made by
Sony Corporation. The number of recordable
pictures varies depending on the recording
environment.
• The image size of a 4:3 picture is as follows.
– [FINE] is selected for an image size of [1920
× 1440] - approx. 1380kB.
– [FINE] is selected for an image size of [1600
× 1200] - approx. 960kB.
– [FINE] is selected for an image size of [640 ×
480] - approx. 150kB.
– [STANDARD] is selected for an image size
of [1920 × 1440] - approx. 580kB.
– [STANDARD] is selected for an image size
of [1600 × 1200] - approx. 420kB.
– [STANDARD] is selected for an image size
of [640 × 480] - approx. 60kB.
• The image size of a 16:9 picture is as follows.
– [FINE] is selected for an image size of [1920
× 1080] - approx. 1060kB.
– [FINE] is selected for an image size of [640 ×
360] - approx. 130kB.
– [STANDARD] is selected for an image size
of [1920 × 1080] - approx. 450kB.
– [STANDARD] is selected for an image size
of [640 × 360] - approx. 60kB.
• Do not do any of the following while [
Erasing all data...] is displayed:
– Operate the POWER switch/operation
buttons.
– Eject the “Memory Stick Duo.”
MOVIE SET

IMAGE SIZE
 320 × 240 (
)
Records movies in high resolution.
160 × 112 (
)
Allows for more movie recording time.
Capacity of the “Memory Stick Duo”
(MB) and the recordable time (hour:
minute: second)
320 × 240
160 × 112
00:02:40
00:10:40
32MB
00:05:20
00:21:20
64MB
00:10:40
00:42:40
128MB
00:21:20
01:25:20
256MB
00:42:40
02:50:40
512MB
01:25:20
05:41:20
1GB
02:50:40
11:22:40
• When using the “Memory Stick Duo” made by
Sony Corporation. The recordable time varies
depending on the recording environment.
ALL ERASE
Deletes all the pictures on a “Memory Stick
Duo” without image protection, or in the
selected folder.
 Select [ALL FILES] or [CURRENT
The supplied or newly purchased “Memory
Stick Duo” has been formatted at the
factory, and does not require formatting.
To execute formatting, touch [YES] twice

.
Formatting is completed, and all the images
will be deleted.
• Do not do any of the following while [
Formatting…] is displayed:
– Operate the POWER switch/operation
buttons.
– Eject the “Memory Stick Duo.”
• Formatting erases everything on the “Memory
Stick Duo” including protected image data and
newly created folders.
Using the Menu
16MB (supplied)
FORMAT
FILE NO.
 SERIES
Assigns file numbers in sequence even if
the “Memory Stick Duo” is replaced with
another one. The file number is reset when
a new folder is created or the recording
folder is replaced with another.
RESET
Resets the file number to 0001 each time
the “Memory Stick Duo” is changed.
FOLDER].
[ALL FILES]: Deletes all the images on the
“Memory Stick Duo.”
[CURRENT FOLDER]: Deletes all the
images in the selected folder.
 Touch [YES] twice 
.
• Cancel image protection on the “Memory Stick
Duo” beforehand when using the “Memory
Stick Duo” with the write-protect tab (p. 108).
• The folder will not be deleted even when you
delete all the pictures in the folder.
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MEMORY SET menu (Continued)
Special effects on pictures or additional
functions on recording/playback (SLIDE
SHOW/PICT. EFFECT/FRAME REC, etc.)
NEW FOLDER
You can create a new folder (102MSDCF
to 999MSDCF) on a “Memory Stick
Duo.” When a folder is full (a maximum
of 9999 images are stored) a new folder is
automatically created.
Touch [YES] 
PICT.APPLI. menu
.
• You cannot delete the created folders using
your camcorder. You will have to format the
“Memory Stick Duo” (p. 47), or delete them
using your computer.
• The number of recordable pictures on a
“Memory Stick Duo” may decrease as the
number of folders increases.
The default settings are marked with .
The indicators in parentheses appear when
the items are selected.
See page 36 for details on selecting
menu items.
FADER
You can add the following effects to
currently recording pictures.
 Select the desired effect, then touch
REC FOLDER (Recording folder)
Select the folder to be used for recording
with
/
, then touch
.
• As the default setting, pictures are saved in the
101MSDCF folder.
• Once you record a picture in a folder, the
same folder will be set as the default folder for
playback.
.
When you select [OVERLAP], [WIPE]
or [DOT FADER], the image on a tape is
stored as a still image. (While storing the
image, the screen turns to blue.)
 Press REC START/STOP.
The fader indicator stops flashing and
disappears when the fade is complete.
To cancel the operation, touch [OFF] in
step .
STBY
Fading out
PB FOLDER (Playback folder)
Select the playback folder with
then touch
.
/
,
REC
Fading in
WHITE FADER
BLACK FADER
MOSAIC FADER
MONOTONE
When fading in, the picture gradually
changes from black-and-white to color.
When fading out, it gradually changes from
color to black-and-white.
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OVERLAP (fade in only)
D. EFFECT (Digital effect)
You can add digital effects to your
recordings.
WIPE (fade in only)
DOT FADER (fade in only)
SLIDE SHOW
/
, then
touch
.
When you select [STILL] or [LUMI.
KEY], the image when you touch
is
saved as a still image.
Effect
Items to adjust
CINEMA
EFECT*
No adjustment
necessary.
DELAY
MOTION
The speed of repeats
STILL
The degree of
transparency of the
still image you want
to superimpose on a
movie.
FLASH
The interval of frameby-frame playback.
LUMI. KEY
The color scheme of
the area in the still
image which is to be
swapped with a movie.
TRAIL
The fade time of the
incidental image.
SLOW
SHUTTR*
Shutter speed (1 is
1/30, 2 is 1/15, 3 is
1/8, 4 is 1/4).
OLD MOVIE*
No adjustment
necessary.
 Touch
[PB FOLDER].
 Select [ALL FILES (
)] or [CURRENT
FOLDER ( )], then touch
.
If you select [CURRENT FOLDER ( )],
all the images in the current playback
folder selected in [PB FOLDER] (p. 48)
are played back in sequence.
 Touch [REPEAT].
 Select [ON] or [OFF], then
.
To repeat the slide show, select [ON] ( ).
To execute the slide show only once, select
[OFF].
 Touch [END][START].
To cancel [SLIDE SHOW], touch [END].
To pause, touch [PAUSE].
• You can select the first picture for the slide
show with
/
before touching
[START].
• If movies are played in the slide show, you can
adjust the volume with
/
.
Using the Menu
Plays back the images stored on a
“Memory Stick Duo,” or in a folder in
sequence (slide show).
 Touch the desired effect.
 Adjust the effect with
* Available during recording only.
 Touch
.
appears.
To cancel [D. EFFECT], touch [OFF] in
step .
CINEMA EFECT (Cinematic effect)
You can add a cinematic atmosphere to
pictures by adjusting to a 16:9 screen and
progressive picture.
Continued 
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PICT.APPLI. menu (Continued)
DELAY MOTION (Delay motion)
You can record a movie with a repeat
effect.
STILL
Records a movie while superimposing it on
a previously recorded still image.
FLASH (flash motion)
Records a movie with a serial-still-image
effect (strobe effect).
LUMI. KEY (luminance key)
Replaces a brighter area in a previously
recorded still image (e.g. background of a
person) with a movie.
• You cannot add effects to externally input
pictures. The playback pictures edited with
digital effects are output via the DV Interface
(i.LINK) or (USB) jack without effect
control.
• You can save pictures edited using special
effects on a “Memory Stick Duo” (p. 66) or
record them on another tape (p. 64).
PICT. EFFECT (Picture effect)
You can add special effects to a picture
during recording or playback.
appears.
 OFF
Does not use [PICT. EFFECT] setting.
SKINTONE
Makes skin texture look more smoother
and more appealing.
NEG.ART
TRAIL
Records a picture so that an incidental
image like a trail is left.
SLOW SHUTTR (slow shutter)
The shutter speed is slowed down. Suitable
for shooting a subject more clearly in a
dark place.
• Adjust the focus manually using a tripod since
adjusting the focus automatically is hard when
[SLOW SHUTTR] is selected. ([FOCUS], p.
42)
OLD MOVIE
Adds an old movie effect with a sepia hue
to pictures.
• You cannot change to another digital effect
•
•
•
•
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while recording pictures on a tape with
[CINEMA EFECT] selected.
The digital effect function is suspended while
using zoom with [DELAY MOTION] selected.
It is recommended that you mount your
camcorder on a tripod when you select
[DELAY MOTION].
You cannot select 16:9/4:3 as the aspect ratio
for [OLD MOVIE].
You cannot record pictures edited using special
effects on the tape in your camcorder.
The color and brightness are reversed.
SEPIA
Pictures appear in sepia.
B&W
Pictures appear in black and white.
SOLARIZE
Pictures appear as an illustration with
strong contrast.
PASTEL
Pictures appear as a pale pastel drawing.*
MOSAIC
Pictures appear mosaic-patterned.*
* Available during recording only.
• While using the back light function, you cannot
select [SKINTONE]. And when you use the
back light function with [PICT.EFFECT] set to
[SKINTONE], the [SKINTONE] setting will be
cancelled.
• You cannot add effects to externally input
pictures. The playback pictures edited with
picture effects are output via the DV Interface
(i.LINK) or (USB) jack without effect
control.
• You can save pictures edited using special
effects on a “Memory Stick Duo” (p. 66) or
record them on another tape (p. 64).
FRAME REC (Frame recording)
 Touch [ON] ( ) 

 Press REC START/STOP.
.
A picture (approximately 6 frames) is
recorded, and your camcorder enters the
standby mode.
 Move the subject and repeat step .
• The remaining tape time will not be indicated
correctly.
• The last scene will be longer than other scenes.
 Touch

/
to select a
desired interval time (1 to 120 seconds)
.
 Touch [REC START].
Recording starts and  changes to red.
To interrupt, touch [REC STOP] in step .
To resume, touch [REC START].
To cancel, touch [REC STOP], then [END].
• When your camcorder has shot several frames,
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
SMTH INT.REC (Smooth interval
tape recording)
Your camcorder will shoot 1 frame of
the picture at a selected interval and
keep them in memory until it has stored
several frames. This function is useful to
observe the movement of clouds or the
changes of daylight. These pictures appear
smooth when played back. Connect your
camcorder to the wall outlet using the
supplied AC Adaptor for this operation.
•
it records them on the tape, after performing
the END SEARCH function depending on the
interval length.
Do not turn off the power or disconnect the
power source while a message is displayed on
the screen.
The camcorder will shoot several frames for
the first and last shots of the Smooth interval
recording.
Smooth interval recording is released when
approximately 12 hours have elapsed after
shooting has begun.
Sounds are not recorded.
The last few frames may not be recorded if the
battery or tape has run out.
There may be discrepancies in the interval.
If you adjust the focus manually, you can
record clear pictures even if the light changes
([FOCUS], p. 42).
You can silence the recording beep by setting of
[BEEP] (p.57).
Using the Menu
You can record pictures with a stop-motion
animated effect by alternately frame
recording and then moving the subject a
little. Operate your camcorder using the
Remote Commander to prevent camera
shake.
[a]: Recording
[b]: Interval
INT.REC-STL
(Interval photo recording)
You can record still images on the
“Memory Stick Duo” at a selected interval.
This function is useful to observe the
movement of clouds or the changes in
daylight, etc.
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PICT.APPLI. menu (Continued)
[MEMORY STICK]
[a]: Recording
[b]: Interval
 Touch
a desired interval time (1, 5
or 10 minutes) 
 [ON] 

.
 Press PHOTO fully.
stops flashing and the interval still
image recording starts.

To cancel [INT.REC-STL], select [OFF]
in step .
DEMO MODE
The default setting is [ON], allowing you
to view the demonstration in about 10
minutes, after you have removed both a
cassette and a “Memory Stick Duo” from
your camcorder, and slide the POWER
switch down to turn on the CAMERATAPE lamp.
• The demonstration will be suspended in
situations such as those described below.
– When you touch the screen during the
demonstration. (The demonstration starts
again in about 10 minutes.)
– When a cassette or a “Memory Stick Duo” is
inserted.
– When the POWER switch is set to other than
CAMERA-TAPE.
PictBridge PRINT
See page 70.
USB SELECT
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You can connect the camcorder to a
personal computer with a USB cable
(supplied) and view pictures on the
computer. You can also connect the
camcorder to a PictBridge-compatible
printer (p. 70) using this function. Refer
to “First Step Guide” on the supplied CDROM for details.
Select this to view pictures on a “Memory
Stick Duo” on the computer or to import
them to the computer.
[PictBridge PRINT]
Select this when you connect the
camcorder to a PictBridge-compatible
printer to print out directly (p. 70).
[DV STREAM]
Select this to view movies on a tape on
the computer or to import them to the
computer.
[MULTI CONNCT]
Select this to view pictures on a “Memory
Stick Duo” or a tape on the computer.
You can also select this mode to import
pictures to the computer. This mode is
convenient since you need not change the
mode for either media.
• [MULTI CONNCT] or [DV STREAM] is
available only for Windows XP Service Pack1
(SP1) or Windows XP Service Pack2 (SP2)
supporting High-Speed USB (USB 2.0) device.
EDIT/PLAY menu
Settings for editing or playing back
in various modes (VAR.SPD PB/END
SEARCH, etc.)
The default settings are marked with .
The indicators in parentheses appear when
the items are selected.
See page 36 for details on selecting
menu items.
VAR.SPD PB
(Various speed playback)
You can play back in various modes while
viewing movies.
 Touch the following buttons during
playback.
Touch
change the
playback
direction*
(frame)
play back
slowly**
To reverse direction :
(frame) 
See page 65.
AUD DUB CTRL (Audio dubbing)
See page 68.
REC MOVIE (Recording control)
See page 66.
BURN DVD
When your camcorder is connected to a
Sony VAIO series personal computer, you
can easily burn the picture recorded on the
tape on a DVD (Direct Access to “Click to
DVD”) using this command. See “Creating
a DVD (Direct Access to “Click to DVD”)”
(p. 81) for details.
Using the Menu
To
REC CTRL (Movie recording
control)
END SEARCH
EXEC
play back 2 times
(double speed)
faster (double
To reverse direction:
speed)
(frame) 
(double speed)
play back frame
by frame
(frame) during
playback pause.
To reverse direction:
(frame) during
frame playback.
The most recently recorded picture is
played back for about 5 seconds and then
stops automatically.
CANCEL
Stops [END SEARCH].
* Horizontal lines may appear at the top,
bottom, or in the center of the screen. This
is not a malfunction.
**Pictures output from the DV Interface
(i.LINK) cannot be played back smoothly
in slow mode.
 Touch

.
To return to the normal playback mode,
touch
(Play/Pause) twice (once from
frame playback).
• You will not hear the recorded sound. You may
see mosaic-like images of the previously played
picture.
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STANDARD SET menu
Settings while recording on a tape or other
basic settings (REC MODE/MULTI-SOUND/
LCD/VF SET/DISP OUTPUT, etc.)
The default settings are marked with .
The indicators in parentheses appear when
the items are selected.
See page 36 for details on selecting
menu items.
REC MODE (Recording mode)
 SP ()
Records in the SP (Standard Play) mode
on a cassette.
LP ()
Increases the recording time to 1.5 times
the SP mode (Long Play).
• If you record in the LP mode, a mosaic-like
noise may appear or sound may be interrupted
when you play back the tape on other
camcorders or VCRs.
• When you mix recordings in the SP mode
and in the LP mode on one tape, the playback
picture may be distorted or the time code may
not be written properly between the scenes.
 STEREO
Plays back with main and sub sound (or
stereo sound).
1
Plays back with main sound or the left
channel sound.
2
Plays back with sub sound or the right
channel sound.
• You can play back, but cannot record a dual
sound track cassette on your camcorder.
• The setting returns to [STEREO] when you
have the power source disconnected from your
camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
AUDIO MIX
You can monitor the sound recorded on
the tape with audio dubbing or 4CH MIC
recording during playback.
When playing back an audio dubbed
recording
See page 68.
When playing back a 4CH MIC recording
AUDIO MODE
60min
Records in the 12-bit mode (2 stereo
sounds).
16BIT (
VOLUME
/
to adjust the volume.
• You can also adjust the setting manually using
the CAM CTRL dial (p. 23).
MULTI-SOUND
You can select whether to play back audio
recorded using other devices with dual
sound or stereo sound.
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ST1/
FRONT
ST2/
REAR
)
Records in the 16-bit mode (1 stereo
sound with high quality).
Touch
0:00:00:00
AUDIO MIX
 12BIT
Touch
/ to adjust the balance of the
front and rear sound. Then touch
.
You can monitor the front sound at the
side, and the rear sound at the
side. Your camcorder cannot output 4ch
audio simultaneously as it only supports
2ch audio output. When you set the audio
balance bar to the center, the front and
rear sounds are output at equal level.
The adjusted audio balance returns to the
default setting in about 5 minutes after the
battery pack, or other power source has
been disconnected.
EXT SUR MIC (External surround
microphone)
You can enjoy 5.1ch surround sound by
following the procedure below, using an
optional microphone and a Sony VAIO
series personal computer.
Recording
Attach the ECM-HQP1 microphone
(optional) to your camcorder and make a
recording.
Record four audio channels (front-left,
front-right, rear-left, and rear-right)
simultaneously.

Playback
Play back the created DVD on the 5.1ch
home theater system.
 Connect the ECM-HQP1 microphone
(optional) to the Active Interface Shoe.
Refer to the manual of the microphone for
details.
 Select the sound setting.
 4CH MIC (
)
Records 4 channel sound, front L/R and
rear L/R, at the same time by connecting a
microphone (optional).
WIDE STEREO (
)
Records 2 channel sound with more
presence by connecting a microphone
(optional).
STEREO
Records the stereo sound normally.
• This manual describes how to record. For
details on creating a DVD (“Click to DVD”
function), see page 81 or refer to “First Step
Guide” on the supplied CD-ROM (p. 80).
• You need a compatible accessory such as
the ECM-HQP1 microphone (optional) to
record the sound in the [4CH MIC] or [WIDE
STEREO] setting.
LCD/VF SET
Using the Menu
Creating DVD
Create a DVD compliant with 5.1ch
surround sound playback on a Sony VAIO
series personal computer using “Click to
DVD” (Ver.2.0 or later).

• Sound is recorded in the [STEREO] setting
if the microphone is not connected, even if
another setting is selected.
• Sound is recorded in the 12-bit mode in [4CH
MIC]. If [AUDIO MODE] has been set to
[16BIT(
)], it automatically switches to the
12-bit mode. The audio mode setting returns to
the previous settings if you change the setting
from [4CH MIC] to [WIDE STEREO] or
[STEREO].
• You can check the recorded front and rear
sound after recording ([AUDIO MIX], p.54).
• Your camcorder cannot output 5.1ch surround
sound.
• For creating a 5.1ch surround sound compliant
DVD, you need software and a device that
supports this function. In the case of Sony
products, a VAIO series personal computer preinstalled with “Click to DVD” (Ver.2.0 or later)
supports this function.
• Some application software bundled with VAIO
does not allow for 4CH MIC recording signal.
The recorded picture will not be affected
by this operation.
 LCD BRIGHT
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD
screen.
 Adjust the brightness with
 Touch
.
/
.
 LCD BL LEVEL
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD
screen’s backlight.
 NORMAL
Standard brightness.
BRIGHT
Brightens the LCD screen.
• When you connect your camcorder to outside
power sources, [BRIGHT] is automatically
selected for the setting.
• When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is
slightly reduced during recording.
Continued 
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STANDARD SET menu (Continued)
 LCD COLOR
 VIDEO
You can adjust the color on the LCD screen
with
/
.
Connects via video plug of the A/V
connecting cable (supplied).
S VIDEO
Low intensity
High intensity
 VF B.LIGHT
You can adjust the brightness of the
viewfinder.
 NORMAL
Standard brightness.
BRIGHT
Brightens the viewfinder screen.
• When you connect your camcorder to outside
power sources, [BRIGHT] is automatically
selected for the setting.
• When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is
slightly reduced during recording.
 VF WIDE DISP
You can select how a 16:9 aspect ratio
picture appears in the viewfinder.
 LETTER BOX
Normal setting (standard type of display)
SQUEZE (Squeeze)
Expands the picture vertically when black
bands appear at the top and bottom of the
screen in 16:9 aspect ratio.
A/VDV OUT
When you set [A/VDV OUT] (
)
to [ON], you can convert the signal to the
appropriate one by connecting a digital
device and an analog device to your
camcorder. See page 84 for details.
VIDEO INPUT
Selects the video plug to connect when you
input the picture from the other device via
A/V connecting cable.
Connects via S VIDEO plug of the A/V
connecting cable with S VIDEO cable
(optional).
TV TYPE
See page 34.
USB CAMERA
When you set [USB CAMERA] to [DV
STREAM] and connect your camcorder
to your computer via the USB cable
(supplied), you can view the picture your
camcorder is currently seeing on your
computer like a live camera.
You can also import the picture to your
computer. Refer to the “First Step Guide”
on the supplied CD-ROM for details.
• [USB CAMERA] is available only for Windows
XP Service Pack1 (SP1) or Windows XP
Service Pack2 (SP2) supporting High-Speed
USB (USB 2.0) device.
DISP GUIDE
See page 15.
GUIDEFRAME
You can display the frame and check that
the subject is horizontal or vertical by
setting [GUIDEFRAME] to [ON]. The
frame is not recorded. Press DISPLAY
BATT INFO to make the frame disappear.
• Pointing the subject at the cross point of the
guide frame makes a balanced composition.
DATA CODE
Displays information recorded
automatically (data code) during recording.
 OFF
Data code is not displayed.
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DATE/TIME
REMOTE CTRL (Remote control)
Displays the date and time.
The default setting is [ON], allowing you to
use the Remote Commander (p. 32).
CAMERA DATA (below)
Displays camera setting data.
This cannot be selected during Easy
Handycam operation.
60min
0:00:00:00
6
5
AUTO
100 AWB
F1. 8
9dB
1
2
3
4
 SteadyShot off*
 Exposure*
 White balance*
 Shutter speed
 Aperture value
* Appears only during tape playback.
• Camera setting data does not appear when
movies on a “Memory Stick Duo” are played
back.
• The exposure adjustment value (0EV), a shutter
speed, and the aperture value appear when still
images on a “Memory Stick Duo” are played
back.
• appears for a picture recorded using a flash.
• In the DATE/TIME data display, the date and
time are displayed in the same area. If you
record a picture without setting the clock, [--- -----] and [--:--:--] will appear.
REMAINING
 AUTO
REC LAMP (Recording lamp)
The camera recording lamp will not light
up during recording when you set this to
[OFF]. (The default setting is [ON].)
BEEP
 ON
A melody sounds when you start/stop
recording, or operate the touch panel.
Using the Menu
 Gain*
• Set to [OFF] to prevent your camcorder from
responding to a command sent by another VCR
remote control unit.
• The setting returns to [ON] when you have
the power source disconnected from your
camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
OFF
Cancels the melody.
DISP OUTPUT
 LCD PANEL
Shows displays such as the time code on
the LCD screen and in the viewfinder.
V-OUT/PANEL
Shows displays such as the time code on
the TV screen, LCD screen, and in the
viewfinder.
Displays the remaining tape indicator for
about 8 seconds in situations such as those
described below.
• When you set the POWER switch to PLAY/
EDIT or CAMERA-TAPE with a cassette
inserted.
• When you touch
(Play/Pause).
ON
Always displays the remaining tape
indicator.
Continued 
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STANDARD SET menu (Continued)
TIME/LANGU. menu
(CLOCK SET/WORLD TIME/LANGUAGE)
MENU ROTATE
 NORMAL
Scrolls the menu items downwards by
touching
.
OPPOSITE
Scrolls the menu items upwards by
touching
.
A.SHUT OFF (Auto shut off)
 5 min
The camcorder is automatically turned off
when you do not operate your camcorder
for more than approximately 5 minutes.
NEVER
The camcorder is not automatically turned
off.
• When you connect your camcorder to a wall
outlet, [A.SHUT OFF] is automatically set to
[NEVER].
CALIBRATION
See page 114.
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See page 36 for details on selecting
menu items.
CLOCK SET
See page 16.
WORLD TIME
When using your camcorder abroad, you
can set the time difference by touching
/
, the clock will be adjusted in
accordance with the time difference.
If you set the time difference to 0, the clock
returns to the originally set time.
LANGUAGE
You can select the language to be used on
the LCD screen.
You can select from English, Simplified
English, Canadian-French, Latin American
Spanish, Brazilian-Portuguese, or Korean.
• Traditional Chinese is also available on menu
for customers who bought this product in Asia,
Middle East, Canada, Latin America or in Japan
(as an Overseas Model).
• Your camcorder offers [ENG[SIMP]]
(simplified English) for when you cannot find
your native tongue among the options.
Customizing Personal
Menu
You can add desired menu items to
Personal Menu, and customize Personal
Menu settings for each POWER switch
position. This is convenient if you add
frequently used menu items to Personal
Menu.
You can add up to 28 menu items for each
POWER switch position. Delete a less
important menu item, if you want to add
more.
[P-MENU
[P-MENU
SET UP]
[DELETE].
60min
STBY
Select button to delete.
MENU
1/3
0:00:00
END
DIAL
SET
DISP
GUIDE
TELE
MACRO
EXPOSURE
FADER
SET UP]
If the desired menu item is not
displayed, touch
/ .
0:00:00
END
CAMERA SET
PICT. APPLI.
EDIT/PLAY
STANDARD SET
TIME/LANGU.
2 Touch the menu item that you
want to delete.
60min
DELETE
0:00:00
STBY
Delete this from
CAMERA-TAPE mode's
P-MENU?
YES
Using the Menu
[ADD].
60min
STBY
Select the category.
1 Touch
If the desired menu item is not
displayed, touch
/ .
Adding a menu item
1 Touch
Deleting a menu item
NO
OK
2 Touch
/
to select a menu
category, then touch
.
60min
Select the item.
STBY
0:00:00
3 Touch [YES]
.
• You cannot delete [MENU] and [P-MENU
SET UP].
END
PROGRAM AE
SPOT METER
EXPOSURE
WHITE BAL.
SHARPNESS
OK
3 Touch
/
to select a menu
[YES]
item, then touch
.
The menu item is added to the end of
list.
Continued 
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Customizing Personal Menu (Continued)
Arranging the order of menu items
displayed on Personal Menu
1 Touch
[P-MENU
SET UP]
[SORT].
If the desired menu item is not
displayed, touch
/ .
2 Touch the menu item you want to
move.
3 Touch
/
to move the menu
item to the desired place.
4 Touch
.
To sort more items, repeat steps 2 to 4.
5 Touch [END]
.
• You cannot move [P-MENU SET UP].
Initializing the Personal Menu
settings (Reset)
Touch
[P-MENU SET UP]
[RESET][YES][YES]
.
If the desired menu item is not displayed,
touch
/ .
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Using the CAM CTRL
dial
Assignable dial
CAM CTRL dial
*1
1 Set the POWER switch to
CAMERA-TAPE or CAMERAMEMORY.
MANUAL button *2
2 Press the MANUAL button.
The indicator of the setting item
appears on the screen.
9 1. 2 m
*1 You can adjust the assigned item manually.
*2 Press this button to switch the assigned item
auto/manual setting.
Items that can be set
–
–
–
–
[FOCUS] (p. 42)
[EXPOSURE] (p. 40)
[AE SHIFT] (p. 42)
[WB SHIFT] (P. 42)
• You can easily change settings only with the
CAM CTRL dial and the MANUAL button
while recording.
• During playback (when the POWER switch is
set to PLAY/EDIT), you can adjust the volume
with the CAM CTRL dial (p. 23).
Setting with the CAM CTRL dial
The following is an example of the
procedure to adjust [FOCUS] setting
manually. The procedure is the same for
other setting items.
• See page 30 for the name and display position
of the indicators.
3 Rotate the CAM CTRL dial and
adjust the setting.
Adjust the focus manually in case of the
[FOCUS] setting.
Using the Menu
You can assign some of your setting items
to the CAM CTRL dial and adjust the
following settings with the dial opeation.
The settings that can be set with the dial
operation are the same with those on the
menu.
[FOCUS] is assigned to the CAM CTRL
dial at the time of purchase.
P-MENU
Press the MANUAL button again when you
want to return to the auto setting.
Changing the item assigned to
the CAM CTRL dial
Select the setting item from the [DIAL
SET] menu to change the item assigned
to the CAM CTRL dial (p. 45). You
can assign the item with the following
procedure as well.
1 Set the POWER switch to
CAMERA-TAPE or CAMERAMEMORY.
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Using the CAM CTRL dial (Continued)
2 Press and hold the MANUAL
button for several seconds.
The [DIAL SET] screen appears.
60 min
STBY
0:00:00
DIAL SET
FOCUS
EXPOSURE
AE SHIFT
WB SHIFT
RESET
[MANUAL]:EXEC
3 Rotate the CAM CTRL dial and
select an item to be assigned.
4 Press the MANUAL button.
A message appears and you can set the
selected item with the dial operation.
9
EXPOSURE is set
• Manual settings will be retained even if you
change an assigned item.
If [AE SHIFT] and [EXPOSURE] are set at
the same time, [EXPOSURE] overrides [AE
SHIFT].
• If you select [RESET] in Step 3, all the settings
set manually return to the default setting. The
item assigned to the CAM CTRL dial returns to
[FOCUS].
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Connecting to a VCR or TV
Connect your camcorder to a VCR or a TV to one of the following connections.
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation
(p. 9). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
A/V jack*
1
A/V
AUDIO/
VIDEO jacks
(Yellow)
(White)
(Red)
VCRs or TVs
To S VIDEO jack
2
DV
To DV Interface (i.LINK)
: Signal fllow


3
i.LINK compliant
device
*The A/V jacks are equipped on the Handycam Station
and the camcorder itself respectively. Connect the
A/V connecting cable either to your camcorder or to the
Handycam Station.
A/V connecting cable (supplied)

Connect the A/V connecting cable to your
camcorder or the Handycam Station. The
A/V jack works as an input as well as an
output, switching automatically depending
on the operational status.
Use an i.LINK cable (optional) to connect
your camcorder to another device. The video
and audio signals are transmitted digitally,
producing high quality pictures. Note that
you cannot output the picture and sound
separately.
• Connect the A/V connecting cable to the output
jack of a device you are dubbing a picture
from, or to the input jack of another device for
dubbing a picture from your camcorder.
• When you are connecting your camcorder to a
monaural device, connect the yellow plug of the
A/V connecting cable to the video jack, and the
red (right channel) or the white (left channel)
plug to the audio jack on the VCR or the TV.
• When you connect a device via an A/V
connecting cable (supplied), set [DISP
OUTPUT] to [LCD PANEL] (the default
setting) (p. 57) to prevent the screen display
dubbed with pictures.
A/V connecting cable with S
VIDEO (optional)
When connecting to another device via the
S VIDEO jack, by using the A/V connecting
cable with an S VIDEO cable (optional),
pictures can be reproduced more faithfully
than with the supplied A/V cable connection.
Connect the white and red plugs (left/right
audio) and S VIDEO plug (S VIDEO
channel) of an A/V connecting cable
(optional). In this case, the yellow (standard
video) plug connection is not necessary. S
VIDEO connection only will not output
audio.
Dubbing/Editing
To i.LINK
(IEEE1394)
device
i.LINK cable (optional)
Continued 
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Connecting to a VCR or TV
(Continued)
• You cannot use [DV STREAM] via the DV
Interface (i.LINK) and via the (USB) jack at
the same time. When using the DV Interface
(i.LINK), disconnect the USB cable (supplied)
from the (USB) jack.
• While your camcorder is receiving signals from
another device via an i.LINK cable (optional),
appears on the LCD screen, and
while your camcorder is sending signals to
another device via an i.LINK cable (optional),
appears on the LCD screen on
your camcorder.
Dubbing to another device
such as a VCR, DVD
recorder, etc.
You can copy the picture played back on
your camcorder to other recording devices
(such as VCRs).
1 Connect your VCR to your
camcorder as a recording device.
See page 63 for connection details.
2 Prepare your VCR for recording.
When dubbing to the VCR, insert a
cassette for recording.
When dubbing to the DVD recorder,
insert a DVD for recording.
If your recording device has an input
selector, set it to set it to the appropriate
input (such as video input1, video
input2, etc.).
3 Prepare your camcorder for
playback.
Insert the recorded cassette.
Set [TV TYPE] according to the
playback device (TV, etc.) (p. 34).
4 Start the playback on your
camcorder, and record it on the
VCR.
Refer to the operating instructions
supplied with your recording device for
details.
5 When the dubbing is finished,
stop your camcorder and the
VCR.
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Recording pictures from a
VCR or TV
• The following cannot be output via the DV
interface (i.LINK):
– Indicators
– [PICT. EFFECT] (p. 50), [D. EFFECT] (p.
49) or PB zoom (p. 26).
– Titles that are recorded on other camcorder.
• To record the date/time and camera settings data
when connected by the A/V connecting cable
(supplied), display them on the screen (p. 56).
• When connected using an i.LINK cable
(optional), the recorded picture becomes rough
when a picture is paused on your camcorder
while recording to a VCR.
• When connected using an i.LINK cable
(optional), data code (date/time/camera
settings data) may not be displayed or recorded
depending on the device or application.
You can record pictures or TV programs
from a VCR or TV on a tape or a “Memory
Stick Duo.” You can also record a scene as
a still image on a “Memory Stick Duo.”
Be sure to insert a cassette or a “Memory
Stick Duo” for recording in your camcorder
beforehand.
• You cannot record pictures when the output
jacks are not equipped on your TV.
Recording movies
1 Connect your TV or VCR to your
camcorder.
See page 63 for details of connecting.
Dubbing/Editing
• The
indicator appears when you
connect your camcorder and other devices
via an i.LINK cable. (This indicator may
also appear on your TV.)
• When using the A/V connecting cable,
connect your camcorder to the output jacks
on your TV or VCR.
2 If you are recording from a VCR,
insert a cassette.
3 Slide the POWER switch down to
turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp.
4 Operate your camcorder to
record movies.
When recording on a tape, touch
[
REC CTRL][REC PAUSE].
When recording on a “Memory Stick
Duo,” touch
[MENU]
(EDIT/PLAY)[ REC MOVIE].
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Recording pictures from a VCR or
TV (Continued)
5 Start playing the cassette on your
VCR, or select a TV program.
The picture played on the connected
device appears on the LCD screen of
your camcorder.
Dubbing pictures from a
tape to a “Memory Stick
Duo”
You can record movies or still images on a
“Memory Stick Duo.” Make sure you have
a recorded tape and a “Memory Stick Duo”
inserted into your camcorder.
6 Touch [REC START] at the point
1 Slide the POWER switch down to
7 Stop recording.
2 Search and record the scene you
you want to start recording.
want to record.
When recording on a tape, touch
(STOP) or [REC PAUSE].
When recording on a “Memory Stick
Duo,” touch [REC STOP].
8 Touch

turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp.
.
Recording still images
1 Perform steps 1 to 3 in
When you dub pictures as a still image
Touch
(PLAY) to play back the
tape, then press PHOTO lightly at the
scene you want to record. Check the
image and press it fully.
When you dub pictures as a movie
Touch
[MENU]
(EDIT/PLAY)[ REC MOVIE]
(PLAY) to play back the tape, then
touch [REC START] at the point you
want to start recording.
At the point you want to stop recording,
touch [REC STOP]
(STOP)

.
“Recording movies.”
2 Play the video, or receive the TV
program you want to record.
The pictures on the VCR or TV appear
on the screen of your camcorder.
3 Press PHOTO lightly at the scene
you want to record. Check the
image and press it fully.
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• You cannot dub pictures to a “Memory Stick
Duo” while playing back with [DELAY
MOTION] selected in [D. EFFECT].
• The data code recorded on the tape cannot be
recorded on the “Memory Stick Duo.” The
time and date the picture is recorded on the
“Memory Stick Duo” will be recorded.
• The sound is recorded in 32kHz monaural.
• For the recording time of movies, see page 47.
• Still images will be fixed to image size [640
× 360] when playing back the 16:9 picture, or
[640 × 480] when playing back the 4:3 picture.
Dubbing sound to a recorded tape
You can add sound to a tape already recorded in the 12-bit mode (p. 54) without erasing the
original sound.
Connecting
*The A/V jacks are equipped on the Handycam
Station and the camcorder itself respectively.
Connect the A/V connecting cable either to your
camcorder or to the Handycam Station.
 Active
Interface Shoe
 Internal
microphone
A/V
 A/V jack*
Do not connect
the Video plug
(Yellow).
(white)
(red)
AUDIO OUT
Dubbing/Editing
A/V connecting cable (supplied)
: Signal flow
Audio device (such as
CD/MD) players
You can record audio by connecting in one
of the following ways.
 An external microphone (optional) to the
Active Interface Shoe.
 An audio device to the Handycam
Station or your camcorder using the A/V
connecting cable.
 Using the internal microphone (no
connection required).
The audio input to be recorded takes
precedence over others in the order of
.
You cannot record additional audio:
– When the tape has been recorded in the 16-bit
mode (p. 54).
– When the tape has been recorded in the LP
mode.
– When your camcorder is connected via an
i.LINK cable (optional).
– When the tape is recorded in 4CH MIC mode.
– On blank sections of the tape.
– When the tape has been recorded in a TV color
system other than that of your camcorder.
– When the write-protect tab of the cassette is set
to SAVE.
• When you are using the A/V jack or the internal
microphone, the picture will not be output from
the A/V jack. Check the picture on the LCD
screen or the viewfinder.
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Dubbing sound to a recorded tape (Continued)
• When you attach an external microphone
(optional) to the Active Interface Shoe, you can
check the picture and the sound by connecting
your camcorder to a TV or other device using
the A/V connecting cable. However, sound
you are recording is not output from your
camcorder. Check the sound using a TV or
other device.
5 Touch
(stop) when you want
to stop recording.
To dub on other scenes, repeat step 2
to select scenes, then touch [AUDIO
DUB].
6 Touch
Recording sound

.
Insert a recorded cassette into your
camcorder beforehand.
1 Slide the POWER switch down to
turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp.
2 Touch
(Play/Pause) to play
back the tape, then touch it again
at the point where you want to
start recording the sound.
3 Touch
 [MENU] 
(EDIT/PLAY)  [AUD DUB CTRL]

 [AUDIO DUB].
appears
60min
AUD DUB CTRL
• To set the end point for audio dubbing,
beforehand, press ZERO SET MEMORY
on the Remote Commander at the scene at
which you want to stop audio dubbing during
playback. After step 2 to 4, the recording stops
automatically at the selected scene.
• You can only record additional audio over a
tape recorded on your camcorder. The sound
may deteriorate when you dub audio on a tape
recorded on other camcorders (including other
DCR-PC1000 camcorders).
To check the recorded sound
 Play back the tape on which you have
recorded audio (p. 23).
 [MENU] 
(STANDARD SET) 
 [AUDIO
MIX] 
.
 Touch
60min
0:00:00:00
0:00:00:00
AUDIO MIX
ST1/
FRONT
ST2/
REAR
AUDIO
DUB
/ to adjust the balance of
the original sound (ST1) and the sound
recorded afterwards(ST2), then touch
 Touch
4 Touch
(play) and start
playing back the audio you want
to record at the same time.
appears while recording the new
sound in stereo 2 (ST2) during the
playback of the tape.
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.
• The original sound (ST1) is output at the default
setting.
• The adjusted audio balance returns to the
default setting in about 5 minutes after the
battery pack or other power sources have been
disconnected.
Deleting recorded pictures
from the “Memory Stick
Duo”
Marking images on the
“Memory Stick Duo” with
specific information
(Image protection/Print mark)
1 Slide the POWER switch down to
turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp.
2 Touch
60min
101–0001
.
1920
2 / 10 101
MEMORY PLAY
P-MENU
3 Select a picture you want to
delete with
/
.
4 Touch
Preventing accidental erasure
(Image protection)
You can select and mark images to prevent
accidental erasure.
1 Slide the POWER switch down to
turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp.
2 Touch


[PROTECT].

[YES].
• The pictures cannot be restored once they
are deleted.
3 Touch the image that you want to
protect.
PROTECT
• You can delete pictures on the index screen (p.
23). You can easily search for the picture to be
deleted by displaying 6 pictures at once.
Touch
 [ DELETE]  the picture you
want to delete 
 [YES].
• Pictures cannot be deleted when a “Memory
Stick Duo” with the write-protect tab is set to
the write-protect position (p. 108), or when the
selected picture is protected (p. 69).
Dubbing/Editing
• To delete all pictures at once, select [
ALL ERASE] (p. 47).
When you are using a “Memory Stick
Duo” with the write-protect tab, make sure
the write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick
Duo” is not set to the write-protect position
(p. 108).
101–0002
2/ 10
4 Touch

appears
101
OK
[END].
• To cancel image protection, touch the image
again to cancel image protection in step 3.
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Marking images on the “Memory
Stick Duo” with specific information
(Image protection/Print mark) (Continued)
Selecting still images for
printing (Print mark)
The DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
standard is used to select images for
printing on your camcorder.
By marking images that you want to print
out, you do not need to reselect them when
you print them out. (You cannot specify the
number of printouts.)
1 Slide the POWER switch down to
turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp.
2 Touch


[PRINT
MARK].
3 Touch the image that you want to
Printing recorded images
(PictBridge compliant printer)
You can print out pictures using a
PictBridge compliant printer without
connecting the camcorder to a computer.
Connect the AC Adaptor to the Handycam
Station to supply power from the wall
outlet.
Insert the “Memory Stick Duo” on which
still images are stored into your camcorder
and insert your camcorder to the Handycam
Station. Then turn on the power of the
printer.
Connect your camcorder to the
printer
1 Slide the POWER switch down to
turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp.
print out later.
PRINT MARK
appears
101–0002
2/ 10
4 Touch
101
OK
[END].
• To cancel Print mark, touch the image again to
cancel Print mark in step 3.
• Do not mark images on your camcorder if the
“Memory Stick Duo” already has some images
with the Print mark put on using other devices.
This may change the information of the images
with the Print mark put on using the other
device.
2 Touch
[MENU]
(PICT.APPLI.)[USB
SELECT][PictBridge PRINT]

.
• You can also touch
 [MENU] 
[PICT.APPLI.]  [PictBridge PRINT]
instead of the above.
3 Connect the
(USB) jack of the
Handycam Station to the printer
using the USB cable (supplied).
4 Set the USB ON/OFF switch of
the Handycam Staion to [ON].
When [“PictBridge PRINT” connecting]
appears on the screen, touch
.
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When connection is complete,
(PictBridge connecting) appears
on the screen.
PRINT
101-0001
1 / 10
1920
101
END
5 Touch [EXEC][YES].
When printing is finished, [Printing...]
disappears and the image selection
screen appears again.
Touch [END] when printing is
completed.
+
-
SET
EXEC
One of the images stored on the
“Memory Stick Duo” will be displayed.
• We cannot guarantee the operation of models
that are not PictBridge compatible.
Printing
with
2 Touch
/
.
[COPIES].
3 Select the number of copies to be
printed with
/
.
You can set a maximum of 20 copies of
one image to be printed.
4 Touch
[END].
To print the date on the image, touch
[DATE/TIME][DATE] or
[DAY&TIME]
.
Dubbing/Editing
1 Select the image to be printed
• Refer also to the operating instructions for the
printer to be used.
• Do not attempt the following operations when
is on the screen. The operations may not be
performed properly.
– Operating the POWER switch.
– Remove your camcorder from the Handycam
Station.
– Set the USB ON/OFF switch to [OFF].
– Disconnect the USB cable (supplied) from
the Handycam Staiton or the printer.
– Removing the “Memory Stick Duo” from
your camcorder.
• If the printer stops working, disconnect the
USB cable (supplied), turn the printer off and
on again and restart the operation from the
beginning.
• If you print a still image recorded with a 16:9
ratio, left and right ends of the image may be
cut off.
• Some printer models may not support the
date printing function. Refer to your printer’s
operating instructions for details.
• We cannot guarantee the printing of images
recorded with a device other than your
camcorder.
• PictBridge is an industry standard established
by the Camera & Imaging Products Association
(CIPA). You can print still images without using
a computer by connecting a printer directly to
a digital video camera or digital still camera,
regardless of model or manufacturer.
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Jacks to connect external devices
• The Active Interface Shoe has a safety
device for fixing the installed accessory
securely. To connect an accessory, press
down and push it to the end, and then
tighten the screw. To remove an accessory,
loosen the screw, and then press down and
pull out the accessory.
• When you are recording on a “Memory
Stick Duo” with an external flash (optional)
connected to the accessory shoe, turn off
the power of the external flash to prevent
charging noise being recorded.
• You cannot use an external flash (optional)
and the built-in flash at the same time.
• When an external microphone (optional)
is connected, it takes precedence over the
internal microphone (p. 27).
Camcorder
1
2
3

LANC jack (blue)
• The LANC control jack is used for
controlling the tape transport of video
devices and peripherals connected to it.
Handycam Station
8
 A/V (audio/video) jack (p. 34, 63, 84)
 DC IN jack (p. 9)
 DV Interface (i.LINK) jack (p. 63, 81)
 (USB) jack
7
DC IN
4
A/V
3
DV
5
6
 Active Interface Shoe
(p. 67)
The Active Interface Shoe supplies
power to optional accessories such as
a video light, a flash, or a microphone.
The accessory can be turned on or off
as you operate the POWER switch on
your camcorder. Refer to the operating
instructions supplied with your
accessory for details.
• When you connect an accessory, open the
shoe cover. Pull up the shoe cover, then
rotate it to the direction of the arrow to
open.
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• When you set the POWER switch to
PLAY/EDIT and connect the USB cable
(supplied), the window to check the
previous connection setting appears. When
you use the connection setting displayed
on the screen, touch [OK]. If you touch
[SETTING], you can change the connection
setting on the [USB SELECT] (p. 52)
screen.
• When you change the connection setting on
the [USB SELECT] screen, the window to
check the connection setting won’t appear.
 USB ON/OFF switch
Set the USB ON/OFF switch to [ON] while
using the USB connection.
 Interface connector
Before referring to the “First Step Guide” on
your computer
When you install the Picture Package
Ver.1.7 software on a Windows computer
from the supplied CD-ROM, you can enjoy
the following operations by connecting
your camcorder to your computer.
Copying tape to Video CD
• Software and features available for Macintosh
computers differ from those available for
Windows computers. For details, refer to
chapter 6 of “First Step Guide” on CD-ROM.
For “First Step Guide”, see the next section.
• There are 2 ways to connect your camcorder to
a computer.
– USB cable (supplied)
– i.LINK cable (optional)
You can save video and still images copied
onto a computer to a CD-R.
For details on connection, see “First Step
Guide”.
You can import the entire contents of a tape
to create a video CD.
Save the images on CD-R
Burning Video CD
You can compose a video CD with a menu
of videos and slide shows. ImageMixer
VCD2 is compatible with high resolution
still images.
• The CD-ROM (supplied) includes the following
software.
– USB Driver
– Picture Package Ver.1.7
– ImageMixer VCD2
– “First Step Guide”
Viewing video and pictures on PC
You can view the video and still images
copied from your camcorder by selecting
from thumbnails. Video and still images are
saved in folders by date.
Music Video/Slideshow Producer
You can select your favorite video and still
images from video and still images saved
on your computer and easily create an
original short video or original slide show
with added music and visual styles.
Automatic Music Video Producer
You can easily create an original short
video with added music and visual styles
using video recorded on a tape.
“First Step Guide” is an instruction manual
you can refer to on your computer.
This “First Step Guide” describes basic
operations, from initial hookup of your
camcorder and computer and making
settings, to general operation the first
time you use the software and “First Step
Guide” stored on the CD-ROM (supplied).
After installing the CD-ROM, reading
“Viewing “First Step Guide”” (p. 80), start
the “First Step Guide”, then follow the
instructions.
Using a computer
About “First Step Guide”
About the help function of the
software
The Help guide explains all the functions
of all the software applications. Refer to the
Help guide for further detailed operations
after reading the “First Step Guide”
thoroughly. To display the Help guide, click
the [?] mark on the screen.
Continued 
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Before referring to the “First Step Guide” on your computer (Continued)
System requirements
 For Windows users
When using Picture Package
OS: Microsoft Windows 98, Windows
98SE, Windows 2000 Professional,
Windows Millennium Edition,
Windows XP Home Edition or
Windows XP Professional
Standard installation is required.
Operation is not assured if the above
OS has been upgraded.
DV STREAM in USB connection is
only compatible with Windows XP
Service Pack1 (SP1) and Service Pack2
(SP2).
DV capturing via the i.LINK interface
is not compatible with Windows 98 and
Windows 98 SE.
CPU: Intel Pentium III 500 MHz or faster
(800 MHz or faster recommended) (For
using ImageMixer VCD2, Intel Pentium
4 1.3 GHz or faster recommended)
Application: DirectX 9.0c or later (This
product is based on DirectX technology.
It is necessary to have DirectX
installed.)
Windows Media Player 7.0 or later
Macromedia Flash Player 6.0 or later
Sound system: 16 bit stereo sound card
and stereo speakers
Memory: 128 MB or more
Hard disk: Available memory required for
installation: 500 MB or more
Available free hard disk space
recommended: 6 GB or more
(depending on the size of the image
files edited)
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Display: 4 MB VRAM video card,
Minimum 800 × 600 dots, High
color (16 bit color, 65 000 colors),
DirectDraw display driver capability
(This product will not operate correctly
at less than 800 × 600 dots, or less than
256 colors.)
Others: (USB) port (This must be
provided as standard. DV STREAM
requires Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0).), an
i.LINK interface (IEEE1394, i.LINK)
(to connect via an i.LINK cable), disc
drive (You need a CD-R drive to create
a video CD.
For the compatible drive, visit the
following
URL: http://www.ppackage.com/)
When playing pictures recorded on a
“Memory Stick Duo” on a computer
OS: Microsoft Windows 98, Windows
98SE, Windows 2000 Professional,
Windows Millennium Edition,
Windows XP Home Edition or
Windows XP Professional
Standard installation is required.
Operation is not assured if the above
OS has been upgraded.
CPU: MMX Pentium 200MHz or faster
Application: Windows Media Player
(This must be installed to play back
movies.)
Others: (USB) port (This must be
provided as standard), disc drive
 For Macintosh users
When using ImageMixer VCD2
OS: Mac OS X (v10.1.5 or later)
CPU: iMac, eMac, iBook, PowerBook,
PowerMac G3/G4/G5 series
Memory: 128 MB or more
Hard disk: Available memory required for
installation: 250 MB or more
Available free hard disk space
recommended: 4 GB or more
(depending on the size of the image
files edited)
Display: Minimum 1 024 × 768 dots,
32 000 colors (This product will not
operate correctly at less than 1 024 ×
768 dots or 256 colors.)
Application: QuickTime 4 or later
(QuickTime 5 recommended)
Other: Disc drive
When only copying pictures recorded on a
“Memory Stick Duo” on a computer
OS: Mac OS 9.1/9.2 or Mac OS X (v
10.0/v 10.1/v 10.2/v 10.3)
Application: QuickTime 3.0 or later (This
must be installed to play back movies.)
Others: (USB) port (This must be
provided as standard)
• When you connect your camcorder to a
Macintosh computer using a USB cable
(supplied), you cannot copy pictures recorded
on a tape to the computer. To copy recordings
from a tape, connect your camcorder to the
computer with an i.LINK cable (optional) and
use the standard software in the OS.
Installing the software and
“First Step Guide” on a
computer
You need to install the software etc., with
the supplied CD-ROM on your computer
before connecting your camcorder
and your computer. Once you install it, the
installation is not required thereafter.
The software to be used varies depending
on the OS system you are using.
Windows computer: Picture Package
(including ImageMixer VCD2)
Macintosh computer: ImageMixer VCD2
For the details on the software, refer to
“First Step Guide”.
Installing on a Windows
computer
Log on as Administrators for installation
for Windows 2000/Windows XP.
not connected to the computer.
2 Turn on the computer.
Using a computer
1 Confirm that your camcorder is
Close all applications running on the
computer before installing the software.
3 Place the CD-ROM in the disc
drive of your computer.
The installation screen appears.
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Installing the software and “First Step Guide” on a computer (Continued)
If the screen does not appear
 Double-click [My Computer].
 Double-click [PICTUREPACKAGE]
(Disc drive).*
* Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary
depending on the computer.
7 Read [License Agreement], check
[I accept the terms of the license
agreement] when you agree, then
click [Next].
4 Click [Install].
8 Select where to save the
software, then click [Next].
Depending on the operating system
on the computer, a message appears
notifying you that “First Step Guide”
cannot be installed automatically with
the InstallShield Wizard. In such a
case, manually copy “First Step Guide”
to your computer according to the
message’s instructions.
5 Select the language for the
application to be installed, then
click [Next].
6 Click [Next].
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9 Click [Install] on the [Ready to
Install the Program] screen.
The installation of Picture Package
starts.
10 Click [Next] to install the “First
 Click [Next].
Step Guide.”
Depending on the computer, this screen
may not be displayed. In such a case,
skip to step 11.
 Click [Finish].
Follow the on-screen instructions until
installation of “First Step Guide” is
complete.
11 Click [Next], then follow the
USB driver for using DV STREAM.
Only displayed with Windows XP
Service Pack1 (SP1). Otherwise skip to
step 14.
 Click [Next].
12 If the [Installing Microsoft (R)
DirectX(R)] screen is displayed,
follow the steps below to install
DirectX 9.0c. If not, skip to step
13.
Using a computer
on-screen instructions until
installation of ImageMixer VCD2
is complete.
13 Follow the steps below to install
 Read [License Agreement], check [I
Agree] when you agree, then click
[Next].
 Read [License Agreement], then click
[Next].
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Installing the software and “First Step Guide” on a computer (Continued)
 Click [Finish].
14 Make sure [Yes, I want to restart
my computer now.] is checked,
then click [Finish].
 Click [Next].
 Read [License Agreement], check [I
Agree] when you agree, then click
[Next].
 Click [Finish].
The computer turns off once, then starts
up again automatically (Restart). The
short-cut icons for [Picture Package
Menu] and [Picture Package Menu
destination Folder] (and “First Step
Guide”, if installed by steps 10) appear
on the desktop.
16 Remove the CD-ROM from the
disc drive of your computer.
• If you have any questions about Picture
Package, contact information is listed on page
80.
15 Follow the steps below to
update DirectX 9.
Only displayed with Windows XP
Service Pack1 (SP1).
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Installing on a Macintosh
computer
1 Confirm that your camcorder is
not connected to the computer.
2 Turn on the computer.
Close all applications running on the
computer before installing the software.
3 Place the CD-ROM in the disc
drive of your computer.
4 Double-click CD-ROM icon.
5 Copy “FirstStepGuide.pdf,” stored
6 Copy [IMXINST.SIT] in the [MAC]
folder of the CD-ROM to a folder
of your choice.
Using a computer
in the desired language in the
[FirstStepGuide] folder, to your
computer.
7 Double-click [IMXINST.SIT] in the
folder it was copied to.
8 Double-click the unzipped
[ImageMixerVCD2_Install].
9 When the user acceptance screen
is displayed, enter your name and
password.
The installation of ImageMixer VCD2
starts.
• For details on how to use ImageMixer VCD2,
refer to software’s on-line help.
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Viewing “First Step Guide”
Displaying “First Step Guide”
Starting up on a Windows computer
Pixela User Support Center
Viewing with Microsoft Internet Explorer
Ver.6.0 or later is recommended.
Double-click the
icon on the desktop.
Pixela Home Page
Windows: http://www.ppackage.com/
Macintosh: http://www.ImageMixer.com/
– North America (Los Angeles) Telephone:
+1-213-341-0163
– Europe (U.K.) Telephone:
+44-1489-564-764
– Asia (Philippines) Telephone:
+63-2-438-0090
You can also start by selecting [Start],
[Programs] ([All Programs] for
Windows XP), [Picture Package], and
[First Step Guide], then start up [First
Step Guide].
• To view “First Step Guide” in HTML
without using automatic installation,
copy the desired language folder from the
[FirstStepGuide] folder on the CD-ROM,
and then double-click “index.html”.
• Refer to “FirstStepGuide.pdf” located in
your desired language in the following
cases:
– When printing “First Step Guide”
– When “First Step Guide” is not displayed
correctly due to the browser setting even
in recommended environment.
– When the HTML version of “First Step
Guide” is not installed automatically.
Starting up on a Macintosh computer
Double-click “FirstStepGuide.pdf”.
To view the PDF, Adobe Reader is
needed. If it is not installed on your
computer, you can download it from the
Adobe Systems web page:
http://www.adobe.com/
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For inquires about this software
On Copyrights
Music works, sound recording or other
third party musical contents you may
acquire from CDs, the Internet or other
sources (the “Music Contents”) are the
copyrighted work of the respective owners
thereof and are protected by copyright laws
and other applicable laws of each country/
region. Except to the extent expressly
permitted by applicable laws, you are
not permitted to use (including,
without limitation, copying, modifying,
reproducing, uploading, transmitting or
placing to the external network accessible
to the public, transferring, distributing,
lending, licensing, selling and publishing)
any of the Music Contents without
obtaining authorization or approval of
the respective owners thereof. License
of Picture Package by Sony Corporation
would not be construed as conferring to
you by implication, estoppel or otherwise,
any license or right to use the Music
Contents.
Creating a DVD (Direct
Access to “Click to DVD”)
You can create DVDs when you connect
your camcorder to a Sony VAIO series
computer* that supports “Click to DVD”
via an i.LINK cable (optional). The picture
is automatically copied and written to a
DVD.
The following procedures describe how
to create a DVD from a picture recorded
on a tape. For system and operation
requirements, visit the following URL:
to i.LINK
(IEEE1394)
connector
i.LINK cable
(optional)
DV
to DV
Interface
(i.LINK)
Using the Direct Access to “Click to
DVD” function for the first time
The Direct Access to “Click to DVD”
function enables you to copy pictures
recorded on a tape to a DVD easily if your
camcorder is connected to a computer.
Before operating the Direct Access to
“Click to DVD” function, follow the steps
below to start “Click to DVD Automatic
Mode Launcher.”
 Turn on the computer.
 Click the start menu, then select [All
Programs].
 Select [Click to DVD] from the programs
displayed, then click [Click to DVD
Automatic Mode Launcher].
[Click to DVD Automatic Mode
Launcher] starts up.
• After you start up [Click to DVD
Automatic Mode Launcher] once, from
then on it starts up automatically when
you turn on your computer.
• [Click to DVD Automatic Mode
Launcher] is set up for each Windows XP
user.
Using a computer
– Europe
http://www.vaio-link.com/
– USA
http://ciscdb.sel.sony.com/perl/select-pn.pl
– Asia Pacific Regional
http://www.css.ap.sony.com/
– Korea
http://scs.sony.co.kr/
– Taiwan
http://vaio-online.sony.com/tw/vaio/
– China
http://www.sonystyle.com.cn/vaio/
– Thailand
http://www.sony.co.th/vaio/index.html
– Latin America
http://vaio-online.sony.com/
* Note that you need a Sony VAIO
computer equipped with a DVD drive
that can be used to write DVDs. You also
need the computer with “Click to DVD
Ver.1.2” (Sony original software) or later
installed.
1 Turn on the computer.
Close all applications running with an
i.LINK.
2 Prepare the power source for the
camcorder.
• You can only use an i.LINK cable
(optional) for this operation. You cannot
use a USB cable (supplied).
Use the supplied AC Adaptor as the
power source since it takes a few hours
to create a DVD.
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Creating a DVD (Direct Access to “Click to DVD”) (Continued)
3 Slide the POWER switch down to
turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp.
4 Insert a recorded cassette into
your camcorder.
5 Connect the Handycam Station
to a computer via an i.LINK cable
(optional) (p. 81).
• When you connect your camcorder to
a computer, make sure you insert the
connector in the correct direction. If you
insert the connector forcibly, it may be
damaged, and causes a malfunction of your
camcorder.
• For details, see “First Step Guide”.
6 Touch
 [MENU] 
(EDIT/PLAY)  [BURN DVD] 
.
“Click to DVD” starts up and the
on-screen instructions appear on your
computer.
7 Place a writable DVD in the disc
CAPTURING: The picture recorded
on the tape is being copied to the
computer.
CONVERTING: The picture is being
converted to the MPEG2 format.
WRITING: The picture is being written
onto the DVD.
• If you use a DVD-RW/+RW which has
other data stored on it, the message [This
is a recorded disc. Delete and overwrite?]
appears on the LCD screen of your
camcorder. When you touch [EXEC], the
existing data is erased and new data is
written.
9 Touch [NO] to finish creating a
DVD.
60min
0:00:00:00
BURN DVD
COMPLETED
Create another
copy?
Disctray opens.
YES
NO
The disc tray comes out automatically.
To create another DVD with the same
content, touch [YES].
The disc tray comes out. Place a new
writable DVD in the disc drive. Then,
repeat step 8 and 9.
drive of the computer.
8 Touch [EXEC] on the screen of
your camcorder.
0:00:00:00
60min
BURN DVD
START
CREATE DVD?
EXEC
CANCEL
The status of the operation on your
computer is displayed on the LCD
screen of your camcorder.
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To cancel the operation
Touch [CANCEL] on the LCD screen on
your camcorder.
• You cannot cancel the operation after
[Finalizing DVD.] is displayed on the LCD
screen of your camcorder.
• Do not disconnect the i.LINK cable (optional)
or set the POWER switch to another mode on
your camcorder until the picture is completely
copied to the computer.
• When [CONVERTING] or [WRITING] is
displayed on the screen, capturing of pictures
has already finished. Even if you disconnect
the i.LINK cable or turn off the camcorder at
this stage, DVD creation will continue on your
computer.
• When any of the following occurs, copying of
the picture is canceled. A DVD containing the
data up to the point the operation was canceled
is created. Refer to the help files of “Click to
DVD Automatic Mode Launcher” for details.
– When there is a blank portion of 10 seconds
or longer on the tape.
– When the data of the tape contains a date
before the recording date of the later images.
– When normal and wide size pictures are
recorded on the same tape.
• You cannot operate your camcorder in the
following situations:
– While playing back a tape
– While recording images onto a “Memory
Stick Duo”
– When “Click to DVD” is started up from the
computer
– When [A/VDV OUT] in the menu setting
of your camcorder is set to [ON].
Using a computer
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Connecting an analog VCR to the computer via your
camcorder (Signal convert function)
Using the A/V connecting cable and an i.LINK cable (optional) or a USB cable (supplied),
you can convert an analog signal output from an analog device such as a VCR to a digital
signal and transfer it to a digital device, such as a computer, via your camcorder.
Software that can record the video signal must be installed on your computer beforehand.
A/V jack*
*The A/V jacks are equipped on the
Handycam Station and the camcorder
itself respectively. Connect the
A/V connecting cable either to your
camcorder or to the Handycam Station.
1
A/V
(Yellow) (White) (Red)
VCRs
Computer
To S VIDEO jack
DV Interface (i.LINK) 2
DV
To i.LINK (IEEE
1394) jack
3
i.LINK
(IEEE 1394) jack
(USB) jack
(USB) jack
4

A/V connecting cable (supplied)


A/V connecting cable with S
VIDEO (optional)
When connecting to another device via the
S VIDEO jack, by using the A/V connecting
cable with an S VIDEO cable (optional),
pictures can be reproduced more faithfully
than with the supplied A/V cable connection.
Connect the white and red plugs (left/right
audio) and S VIDEO plug (S VIDEO
channel) of an A/V connecting cable
(optional). In this case, the yellow (standard
video) plug connection is not necessary. S
VIDEO connection only will not output
audio.
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i.LINK cable (optional)
Use an i.LINK cable (optional) to connect
your camcorder to another device. The video
and audio signals are transmitted digitally,
producing high quality pictures. Note that
you cannot output the picture and sound
separately.
Connect the A/V connecting cable to your
camcorder or the Handycam Station. The A/V
jack accepts analog signals.

USB cable (supplied)
You can connect your camcorder and your
computer with a USB cable (supplied).
• You can use a USB cable (supplied) only
for Windows XP Service Pack1 (SP1)
or Windows XP Service Pack2 (SP2)
supporting High-Speed USB (USB 2.0)
device.
• You cannot convert an analog signal to
digital via the DV Interface (i.LINK)
and via the (USB) jack at the same time.
Be sure not to connect an i.LINK cable
(optional) and a USB cable (supplied) at the
same time.
• While your camcorder is sending signals
to other device,
appears on
the LCD screen when using the i.LINK
cable (optional). While sending such signals
when using the USB cable (supplied),
also appears.
Set [DISP OUTPUT] to [LCD PANEL] on
the menu (p. 57) beforehand. (The default
setting is [LCD PANEL].) Connect the
camcorder and the video device using
the A/V connecting cable or the A/V
connecting cable with the S VIDEO cable
attached beforehand.
– When connecting the camcorder and the
computer using a USB cable (supplied)
Be sure not to connect a USB cable (supplied)
at this time.
– When connecting the camcorder and
the computer using an i.LINK cable
(optional)
Connect an i.LINK cable beforehand.
2 Slide the POWER switch of your
camcorder down to turn on the
PLAY/EDIT lamp.
Use the supplied AC Adaptor as the
power source.
3 On the LCD screen, touch
video unit.
5 Start capturing procedures on
your computer.
Regarding operation, refer to the
operating instructions supplied with the
software or the on-line help.
After capturing images and sound, stop
capturing procedures on your computer,
and stop playback on the analog video
unit.
• Video Capturing Tool in the bundled software
Picture Package supports the signal convert
function. When you use this function, remove a
cassette tape from your camcorder.
• The bundled software ImageMixer VCD2 does
not support the signal convert function.
• You may not be able to output the pictures
correctly depending on the condition of the
analog video signal input to your camcorder.
• You cannot transfer pictures with copyright
protection signals to a computer.
• When you are using a USB cable (supplied)
or an i.LINK cable (optional) to connect your
camcorder to a computer, make sure you insert
the connectors in the correct direction. If you
insert the connectors forcibly, they may be
damaged, and cause a malfunction of your
camcorder.
Using a computer
1 Turn on the analog video unit.
4 Start playback on the analog
[MENU] 
(STANDARD
SET)  [A/VDV OUT]  [ON] 
.

When using a USB cable (supplied)
Touch
[MENU]
(PICT.
APPLI.)[USB SELECT][DV
STREAM], then connect the camcorder
to the computer using a USB cable
(supplied).
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Troubleshooting
If you run into any problems using your camcorder, use the following table to troubleshoot
the problem. If the problem persists, remove the power source and contact your Sony dealer.
Overall operations/Easy Handycam
The power does not turn on.
• The battery pack is discharged, running low, or not attached to the camcorder.
• Attach a charged battery pack to the camcorder (p. 9).
• Use the AC Adaptor to connect to a wall outlet (p. 9).
• Insert your camcorder into the Handycam Station correctly (p. 10).
The camcorder does not operate even when the power is set to on.
• Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet or remove the battery pack, then reconnect it
after about 1 minute. If the functions still do not work, press the RESET button (p. 26) using
a sharp-pointed object. (If you press the RESET button, all settings, including the clock
setting, are reset, except the Personal Menu items.)
Buttons do not work.
• During Easy Handycam operation, the available buttons are limited (p. 21).
You cannot turn Easy Handycam operation on or off.
• During recording or communicating with another device via USB cable (supplied), you
cannot turn Easy Handycam operation on or off.
Settings change during Easy Handycam operation.
• During Easy Handycam operation, the settings of the functions that are not displayed on the
screen return to their defaults. Previously made settings are restored when you cancel the
Easy Handycam operation.
[DEMO MODE] does not start.
• Eject the cassette and “Memory Stick Duo” from your camcorder (p. 17, 18).
The camcorder gets warm.
• The camcorder may get warmer while you use it. This is not a malfunction.
Batteries/Power sources
The power abruptly turns off.
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• When approximately 5 minutes have elapsed while you do not operate your camcorder, the
camcorder is automatically turned off (A.SHUT OFF). Change the setting of [A.SHUT OFF]
(p. 58), or turn on the power again (p. 13), or use the AC Adaptor.
• Charge the battery pack (p. 9).
The CHG (charge) lamp does not light while the battery pack is being charged.
• Slide the POWER switch up to (CHG) OFF (p. 10).
• Attach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly (p. 9).
• No power is supplied from the wall outlet. (p. 9).
• Insert your camcorder into the Handycam Station correctly (p. 10).
• The battery charge is completed (p. 10).
The CHG (charge) lamp flashes while the battery pack is being charged.
• Attach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly. If the problem persists, disconnect the
AC Adaptor from the wall outlet and contact your Sony dealer.The battery pack may be
damaged.
The power turns off frequently although the remaining battery time indicator
indicates that the battery pack has enough power to operate.
• A problem has occurred in the remaining battery time indicator, or the battery pack has not
been charged enough. Fully charge the battery again to correct the indication (p. 9).
The remaining battery time indicator does not indicate the correct time.
The battery pack is quickly discharged.
• The temperature of the environment is too high or low, or the battery pack has not been
charged enough. This is not a malfunction.
• Fully charge the battery again. If the problem persists, replace the battery pack with a new
one. It may be damaged (p. 9, 110).
Troubleshooting
• The temperature of the environment is too high or too low, or the battery pack has not been
charged enough. This is not a malfunction.
• Fully charge the battery again. If the problem persists, replace the battery pack with a new
one. It may be damaged (p. 9, 110).
• The indicated time may not be correct depending on the environment of use. When you open
or close the LCD panel, it takes about 1 minute to display the correct remaining battery time.
A problem occurs when the camcorder is connected to the AC Adaptor.
• Turn off the power, and disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet. Then, connect it
again.
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Troubleshooting (Continued)
LCD screen/viewfinder
An unknown picture appears on the LCD screen or viewfinder.
• The camcorder is in [DEMO MODE] (p. 52). Touch the LCD screen or insert a cassette or a
“Memory Stick Duo” to cancel [DEMO MODE].
An unknown indicator appears on the screen.
• Refer to the indicator list (p. 101).
The picture remains on the LCD screen.
• This occurs if you disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet or remove the battery
pack without turning off the power first. This is not a malfunction.
You cannot turn the LCD backlight off.
• During Easy Handycam operation (p. 20), you cannot turn the LCD backlight on/off using
the DISPLAY BATT INFO.
The buttons do not appear on the touch panel.
• Touch the LCD screen lightly.
• Press DISPLAY BATT INFO on your camcorder (or DISPLAY on the Remote Commander)
(p. 15).
The buttons on the touch panel do not work correctly or do not work at all.
• Adjust the screen ([CALIBRATION]) (p. 114).
• If you change the aspect ratio of the picture, the aspect ratio of the buttons of the touch panel
and indicators will switch to the selected one (p. 19).
The picture in the viewfinder is not clear.
• Use the viewfinder lens adjustment lever to adjust the lens (p. 14).
The picture in the viewfinder has disappeared.
• Close the LCD panel. The picture is not displayed in the viewfinder when the LCD panel is
open (p. 14).
Cassette tapes
The cassette cannot be ejected from the compartment.
• Make sure the power source (battery pack or AC Adaptor) is connected correctly (p. 9).
• Remove the battery pack from the camcorder, then attach it again (p. 11).
• Attach a charged battery pack to the camcorder (p. 9).
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The cassette is not ejected even when the cassette lid is open.
• Moisture condensation is starting in your camcorder (p. 113).
The Cassette Memory indicator or title display does not appear while using a
cassette with Cassette Memory.
• This camcorder does not support Cassette Memory, so the indicator does not appear.
The remaining tape indicator is not displayed.
• Set [
REMAINING] to [ON] to always display the remaining tape indicator (p. 57).
The cassette is noisier during rewinding or fast-forwarding.
• When using the AC adaptor, rewind/fast forward speed increases (compared with battery
operation) and therefore increases noise.
“Memory Stick Duo”
You cannot operate functions using the “Memory Stick Duo.”
The picture is played back in the wide angle mode.
• The recording angle when the power switch is set to CAMERA-MEMORY is wider than
when it is set to CAMERA-TAPE.
Troubleshooting
• Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the CAMERA-MEMORY or PLAY/EDIT lamp
(p. 13).
• Insert a “Memory Stick Duo” into your camcorder (p. 18).
• If you use a “Memory Stick Duo” formatted on a computer, format it on your camcorder (p.
108).
Pictures cannot be deleted.
• Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the “Memory Stick Duo.” (p. 108)
• Cancel image protection on the picture (p. 69).
• The maximum number of pictures that you can delete at one time is 100.
You cannot delete all pictures at once.
• Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the “Memory Stick Duo.” (p. 108)
• Cancel image protection on the pictures (p. 69).
You cannot format the “Memory Stick Duo.”
• Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the “Memory Stick Duo.” (p. 108)
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Troubleshooting (Continued)
Image protection cannot be applied.
• Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the “Memory Stick Duo.” (p. 108)
• Perform the operation again on the index screen (p. 69).
You cannot mark pictures for print.
• Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the “Memory Stick Duo.” (p. 108)
• Perform the operation again on the index screen (p. 70).
• The maximum number of pictures you can mark for print is 999.
• Movies cannot be marked for print.
The data file name is not indicated correctly.
• Only the file name is displayed if the directory structure does not conform to the universal
standard.
• The file is damaged.
• The file format is not supported on your camcorder (p. 108).
The data file name flashes.
• The file is damaged.
• The file format is not supported on your camcorder (p. 108).
Recording
Refer also to “Adjusting the image during recording” (p. 92) and “Memory Stick Duo”
section (p. 89).
The tape does not start when you press REC START/STOP.
• Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the CAMERA-TAPE lamp (p. 22).
• The tape has reached the end. Rewind it, or insert a new cassette.
• Set the write-protect tab to REC or insert a new cassette (p. 107).
• The tape is stuck to the drum due to moisture condensation. Remove the cassette and leave
your camcorder for at least 1 hour, then re-insert the cassette (p. 113).
You cannot record on the “Memory Stick Duo.”
• Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the “Memory Stick Duo.” (p. 108)
• The capacity is full. Delete unnecessary pictures recorded on the “Memory Stick Duo.” (p.
69)
• Format the “Memory Stick Duo” on your camcorder or insert another “Memory Stick Duo.”
(p. 47)
• In the following settings, still images cannot be recorded on a “Memory Stick Duo” during
tape recording.
– [PROGRES.REC]
– [SMTH INT.REC]
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You cannot record a smooth transition on a tape from the last recorded scene
to the next.
• Note the following.
– Perform END SEARCH. (p. 31)
– Do not remove the cassette. (The picture will be recorded continuously without a break
even when you turn the power off.)
– Do not record pictures in SP mode and LP mode on the same tape.
– Avoid stopping then recording a movie in the LP mode.
The shutter sound is not heard when you record a still image.
• Set [BEEP] to [ON] (p. 57).
The internal flash does not work.
The external flash (optional) does not work.
• The power of the flash is not turned on, or the flash is not attached correctly.
• The external flash (optional) does not work when the POWER switch is set to CAMERATAPE.
Troubleshooting
• You cannot use the internal flash with:
– [COLOR SLOW S]
– [D. EFFECT]
– [PROGRES.REC]
– [BURST]
– When the POWER switch is set to CAMERA-TAPE
• Even if auto flashing or
(Auto redeye reduction) is selected, you cannot use the internal
flash with:
– [SPOTLIGHT], [SUNSET&MOON], and [LANDSCAPE] of [PROGRAM AE]
– [EXPOSURE]
– [SPOT METER]
• When attaching a conversion lens (optional) or a filter (optional) to the camcorder, the flash
light does not emit light since the flash light has been blocked.
[END SEARCH] does not work.
• The cassette was ejected after recording (p. 31).
• The cassette is new and has nothing recorded.
[END SEARCH] does not work correctly.
• There is a blank section in the beginning or middle of the tape. This is not a malfunction.
Smooth interval recording stops/[Smooth interval rec discontinued due to
error.] appears and recording stops.
• The video head may be dirty. Use a cleaning cassette (optional).
• Try again from the beginning.
• Use a Sony mini DV cassette.
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Troubleshooting (Continued)
Adjusting the image during recording
Refer also to “Menu” (p. 95).
The auto focus does not function.
• Set [FOCUS] to [AUTO] (p. 42).
• The recording conditions are not suitable for auto focus. Adjust the focus manually (p. 42).
[STEADYSHOT] does not function.
• Set [STEADYSHOT] to [ON] (p. 44).
The BACK LIGHT function does not function.
• The BACK LIGHT function is canceled when you set [EXPOSURE] to [MANUAL] (p. 40)
or select [SPOT METER] (p. 40).
• The BACK LIGHT function does not work during Easy Handycam operation.
The [FLASH LEVEL] cannot be changed.
• [FLASH LEVEL] cannot be changed during Easy Handycam operation (p. 43).
[DIGITAL ZOOM] does not function.
• [DIGITAL ZOOM] does not function when you set [TELE MACRO] to [ON].
Tiny spots in white, red, blue, or green appear on the screen.
• The spots appear when you are recording in [SLOW SHUTTR], or [COLOR SLOW S]. This
is not a malfunction.
The subjects passing by the frame might appear crooked.
• This is called the focal plane phenomenon. This is not a malfunction. Because of the way
the image device (CMOS sensor) reads out image signals, the subjects passing by the frame
rapidly might crooked depending on the recording conditions.
The picture appears too dark on the screen, and the subject does not appear
on the screen.
• The LCD backlight is turned off. Press and hold DISPLAY BATT INFO for a few seconds to
turn on the backlight (p. 14).
The picture appears bright, horizontal black bands appear, or changes in color
occurs.
• This occurs when recording pictures under a fluorescent lamp, sodium lamp, or mercury
lamp. This is not a malfunction. Cancel [PROGRAM AE] (p.40) or [PROGRES.REC] (p.44)
to lessen the symptom.
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Black bands appear when you record a TV screen or computer screen.
• Set [STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] (p. 44).
Playback
If you are playing back the pictures stored on a “Memory Stick Duo,” refer also to the
“Memory Stick Duo” section (p. 89).
You cannot play back the tape.
• Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp.
• Rewind the tape (p. 23).
The pictures stored on a “Memory Stick Duo” are not played back in the actual
size or aspect ratio.
• Pictures recorded on other devices may not appear in the actual size. This is not a
malfunction.
• If you play back a movie recorded on the “Memory Stick Duo” with a 16:9 ratio, the black
bands will appear at the top and bottom of the screen. This is not a malfunction.
Image data stored on a “Memory Stick Duo” cannot be played back.
Horizontal lines appear on the picture. The displayed pictures are not clear or
do not appear.
Troubleshooting
• Image data cannot be played back if you have modified files or folders, or have edited the
data on a computer. (The file name flashes in that case.) This is not a malfunction (p. 109).
• Pictures recorded on other devices may not be played back. This is not a malfunction (p.
109).
• Clean the head using the cleaning cassette (optional) (p. 113).
You cannot hear the sound recorded with 4CH MIC REC.
• Adjust [AUDIO MIX] (p. 54).
Fine patterns flicker, diagonal lines look jagged.
• Adjust [SHARPNESS] to the
(soften) side (p. 41).
Continued 
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Troubleshooting (Continued)
No sound or only a low sound is heard.
• Set [MULTI-SOUND] to [STEREO] (p. 54).
• Turn up the volume (p. 23).
• Adjust [AUDIO MIX] from the [ST2/REAR] (additional sound) side until the sound is heard
appropriately (p. 68).
• When you are using an S VIDEO plug, make sure the red and white plugs of the A/V
connecting cable are connected as well (p. 34).
The sound breaks off.
• Clean the head using the cleaning cassette (optional) (p. 113).
“---” is displayed on the screen.
• The tape you are playing was recorded without setting the date and time.
• A blank section on the tape is being played.
• The data code on a tape with a scratch or noise cannot be read.
Noises appear and
is displayed on the screen.
• The tape was recorded in a TV color system other than that of your camcorder (NTSC). This
is not a malfunction (p. 106).
Date Search does not work correctly.
• If one day’s recording is less than 2 minutes, your camcorder may not accurately find the
point where the recording date changes.
• There is a blank section in the beginning or middle of the tape. This is not a malfunction.
Remote Commander
The supplied Remote Commander does not function.
• Set [REMOTE CTRL] to [ON] (p. 57).
• Remove any obstructions between the Remote Commander and the remote sensor.
• Point the remote sensor away from strong light sources such as direct sunlight or overhead
lighting. Otherwise, the Remote Commander may not function properly.
• Insert a new battery. Insert a battery into the battery holder with the +/– polarities correctly
matching the +/– marks. (p. 115).
• Remove the conversion lens (optional) as the remote sensor may be obstructed by it.
Another VCR malfunctions when you use the supplied Remote Commander.
• Select a commander mode other than VTR 2 for your VCR, or cover the sensor of your VCR
with black paper.
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Menu
Menu items are grayed out.
• You cannot select grayed items in the current recording/playback situation.
You cannot use [PROGRAM AE].
• You cannot use [PROGRAM AE] together with:
– [COLOR SLOW S]
– [TELE MACRO]
You cannot use [SPOT METER].
• You cannot use [SPOT METER] together with:
– [COLOR SLOW S]
• If you set [PROGRAM AE], [SPOT METER] is automatically set to [AUTO].
You cannot use [EXPOSURE].
• You cannot use [EXPOSURE] together with:
– [COLOR SLOW S]
– [CINEMA EFECT] in [D. EFFECT]
• If you set [PROGRAM AE], [EXPOSURE] is automatically set to [AUTO].
Troubleshooting
You cannot adjust [SHARPNESS].
• You cannot adjust [SHARPNESS] with [CINEMA EFECT] of [D. EFFECT].
You cannot use [SPOT FOCUS].
• You cannot use [SPOT FOCUS] together with [PROGRAM AE].
You cannot use [TELE MACRO].
• You cannot use [TELE MACRO] together with:
– [PROGRAM AE]
– Recording a movie on a tape or “Memory Stick Duo.”
[COLOR SLOW S] does not operate correctly.
• You cannot use [COLOR SLOW S] together with:
– [FADER]
– [D. EFFECT]
– [PROGRAM AE]
– [EXPOSURE]
– [SPOT METER]
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Troubleshooting (Continued)
You cannot use [PROGRES.REC].
• You cannot use [PROGRES.REC] with [CINEMA EFECT] of [D. EFFECT].
You cannot use [FADER].
• You cannot use [FADER] together with:
– [SELF-TIMER]
– [COLOR SLOW S]
– [D. EFFECT]
– [FRAME REC]
– [SMTH INT.REC]
You cannot use [D. EFFECT].
• You cannot use [D. EFFECT] together with:
– [COLOR SLOW S]
– [FADER]
• You cannot use [CINEMA EFECT], [SLOW SHUTTR], and [OLD MOVIE] together with
[PROGRAM AE] (except [AUTO]).
• You cannot use [OLD MOVIE] together with:
– [PICT. EFFECT]
• You cannot use [CINEMA EFECT] together with:
– [EXPOSURE] set to [MANUAL]
– Other than 0 in [AE SHIFT]
– [PROGRES.REC]
– [PICT. EFFECT]
You cannot use [SMTH INT.REC].
• You cannot use [SMTH INT.REC] when you use [CINEMA EFECT] or [DELAY
MOTION] from [D. EFFECT].
You cannot use [SKINTONE] on the [PICT. EFFECT] menu.
• [PICT. EFFECT] cannot be set to [SKINTONE] while using the BACK LIGHT function.
[HISTOGRAM] is not displayed.
• [HISTOGRAM] is not displayed in the following.
– While using [EXP.FOCUS]
– While displaying the date and time
– While operating the camcorder with Easy Handycam operation
•
indicator appears and [HISTOGRAM] is not displayed in the following.
– While using [DIGITAL ZOOM]
– While using [D.EFFECT]
[AE SHIFT] cannot be operated.
• [AE SHIFT] cannot be selected when [EXPOSURE] is set to [MANUAL].
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Dubbing/Editing/Connecting to other devices
Pictures output from the camcorder do not appear on the screen of the
connected device.
• When attaching the camcorder to the Handycam Station, close the DC IN jack cover on the
camcorder, and then fully insert the camcorder into the Handycam Station in the correct
direction securely (p. 10).
Pictures from connected devices are not displayed on the LCD screen or the
viewfinder.
• Set [DISP OUTPUT] to [LCD PANEL] (p. 57).
• You cannot input a signal to your camcorder if you press DISPLAY BATT INFO while
[DISP OUTPUT] is set to [V-OUT/PANEL] (p. 57).
Pictures from connected devices cannot be zoomed.
• You cannot zoom the pictures from connected devices on your camcorder (p. 26).
Time code and other information appear on the display of the connected
device.
• Set [DISP OUTPUT] to [LCD PANEL] while connected with an A/V connecting cable (p.
57).
• Set [DISP OUTPUT] to [LCD PANEL] (p. 57).
• The A/V connecting cable is not connected properly. Make sure that the A/V connecting
cable is connected to the proper jack, i.e. to the output jack of a device you are dubbing
a picture from, or to the input jack of another device for dubbing a picture from your
camcorder.
Troubleshooting
You cannot dub correctly using the A/V connecting cable.
New sound added to a recorded tape is not heard.
• Adjust [AUDIO MIX] from the [ST1/FRONT] (original sound) side until the sound is heard
appropriately (p. 68).
Still pictures cannot be dubbed from a tape to a “Memory Stick Duo.”
• You cannot record or a distorted picture may be recorded if the tape has been used repeatedly
for recording.
Movies cannot be dubbed from a tape to a “Memory Stick Duo.”
• You cannot record or a distorted picture may be recorded in the following situations:
– The tape has a blank section.
– The tape has been used repeatedly for recording.
– The input signal has been interrupted or cut.
Continued 
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Troubleshooting (Continued)
You cannot input pictures.
• You cannot input pictures while [DISP OUTPUT] is set to [V-OUT/PANEL] (p. 57).
• You cannot input pictures if you press the DISPLAY BATT INFO button.
The picture gets disturbed or dark, or the sounds get distorted.
• A/V connecting cables are connected to both your camcorder and the Handycam Station.
Disconnect one of the A/V connecting cables.
Connecting to a computer
The computer does not recognize your camcorder.
• Disconnect the cable from the computer and camcorder, then connect it again securely.
• Set the USB ON/OFF switch on the Handycam station to [ON] (only when connected using
a USB cable (supplied)).
• Insert you camcorder into the Handycam Station correctly (p. 10).
• Disconnect USB devices other than the keyboard, the mouse, and the camcorder from the
(USB) jack on the computer.
• Disconnect the cable from the computer and camcorder, restart the computer, then connect
them again correctly.
An error message appears when you place the supplied CD-ROM in your
computer.
• Set the computer display as follows:
– Windows: 800 × 600 dots or more, High Color (16 bits, 65 000 colors or more)
– Macintosh: 1 024 × 768 dots or more, 32 000 colors or more
You cannot monitor video that the camcorder is capturing.
• Disconnect the cable from the computer, turn on the camcorder, then connect it again.
• Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the CAMERA-TAPE lamp on your camcorder
and select [DV STREAM] on the [USB CAMERA] menu. (Only when connecting to the
Windows computer with a USB cable (supplied))
• The USB connection is available only with Windows XP Service Pack1 (SP1) or Service
Pack2 (SP2) supporting High-Speed USB (USB 2.0) device.
• You cannot use DV STREAM via the USB connection and the i.LINK connection at the
same time.
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You cannot view the video recorded on a tape on the computer.
• Disconnect the cable from the computer, then connect it again.
• Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp on your camcorder and
select [DV STREAM] or [MULTI CONNCT] on the [USB SELECT] menu. (Only when
connecting to the Windows computer with a USB cable (supplied))
• The USB connection is available only with Windows XP Service Pack1 (SP1) or Service
Pack2 (SP2) supporting High-Speed USB (USB 2.0) device.
• You cannot use DV STREAM via the USB connection and the i.LINK connection at the
same time.
You cannot view the video recorded on a tape on a Macintosh computer.
• When you connect your camcorder to a Macintosh computer using a USB cable (supplied),
you cannot copy pictures recorded on a tape to the computer. To copy recordings from a
tape, connect your camcorder to the computer with an i.LINK cable (optional) and use the
standard software in the OS.
You cannot view the video and still images recorded on a “Memory Stick Duo”
on the computer.
The “Memory Stick” icon ([Removable Disk] or [Sony MemoryStick]) does not
appear on the computer screen.
Troubleshooting
• Insert a “Memory Stick Duo” in the correct direction, then push it all the way in.
• You cannot use an i.LINK cable (optional). Connect the camcorder and the computer using
the USB cable (supplied).
• Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp on your camcorder and set
[USB SELECT] to [MEMORY STICK] on the menu (p. 52).
• The computer does not recognize the “Memory Stick Duo” during camcorder operations
such as tape playback or editing. Finish any camcorder operations before connecting the
camcorder to the computer.
• Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp on your camcorder.
• Insert a “Memory Stick Duo” into your camcorder.
• Disconnect the USB device other than the keyboard, the mouse, and the camcorder from the
(USB) jack on the computer.
• Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp and set [USB SELECT] to
[MEMORY STICK] on the menu (p. 52).
• The computer does not recognize the “Memory Stick Duo” during camcorder operations
such as tape playback or editing. Finish camcorder operations before connecting the
camcorder to the computer.
Continued 
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Troubleshooting (Continued)
You cannot copy video and still images to the Windows computer.
• Display pictures recorded on a “Memory Stick Duo” with the following procedures.
1 Double-click [My Computer].
2 Double-click the icon for the newly recognized drive [Removable Disk (F:)] ([Sony
MemoryStick]). It may take some time until the drive is recognized. If the computer does
not recognize it, the USB driver may be installed incorrectly.
3 Double-click the desired image file.
[Cannot start Easy Handycam with USB connected] or [Cannot cancel Easy
Handycam with USB connected] appears on the screen of your camcorder.
• You cannot start or cancel the Easy Handycam settings while the USB cable (supplied) is
connected. Disconnect the USB cable (supplied) from your camcorder first.
Picture Package does not function correctly.
• Close Picture Package, then restart the computer.
An error message appears while operating Picture Package.
• Close Picture Package first, then slide the POWER switch on your camcorder to turn on
another lamp.
The CD-R drive is not recognized or data cannot be written on the CD-R in
Picture Package Auto Video, Producer, CD Backup, or VCD Maker.
• For compatible drives, visit the following URL:
http://www.ppackage.com/
“First Step Guide” is not displayed correctly.
• Follow the procedure below and refer to “First Step Guide” (FirstStepGuide.pdf).
1 Place the supplied CD-ROM in the disc drive of your computer.
2 Double-click [My Computer].
3 Right-click [PICTUREPACKAGE] (Disc drive)*.
* Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary depending on the computer.
4 Click [Explorer].
5 Double-click [FirstStepGuide].
6 Double-click the desired language folder.
7 Double-click “FirstStepGuide.pdf.”
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Warning indicators and messages
Self-diagnosis display/Warning
indicators
If indicators appear on the LCD screen or
in the viewfinder, check the following.
Some symptoms you can fix by yourself.
If the problem persists even after you have
tried a couple of times, contact your Sony
dealer or local authorized Sony service
facility.
C:(or E:) : (Self-diagnosis
display)
C:04:
• The battery pack is not an
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. Use an
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (p. 110).
C:21:
• Moisture condensation has occurred.
Remove the cassette and leave your
camcorder for at least 1 hour, then reinsert the cassette (p. 113).
C:31: / C:32:
• Symptoms that are not described above
have occurred. Remove and insert the
cassette, then operate your camcorder
again. Do not perform this procedure if
moisture starts to condense (p. 113).
• Remove the power source. Reconnect
it again and operate your camcorder
again.
• Change the cassette. Press RESET (p.
26), and operate your camcorder again.
E:61: / E:62: / E:91:
• Contact your Sony dealer or local
authorized Sony service facility. Inform
them of the 5-digit code, which starts
from “E.”
101-1001(Warning indicator
pertaining to files)
 (Battery level warning)
• The battery pack is nearly used up.
• Depending on the operating,
environment, or battery conditions,
 may flash, even if there are
approximately 5 to 10 minutes
remaining.
 (Moisture condensation warning)*
• Eject the cassette, remove the power
source, and then leave it for about 1
hour with the cassette lid open (p. 113).
(Warning indicator pertaining to
“Memory Stick Duo”)
• “Memory Stick Duo” is not inserted (p.
18).
(Warning indicators pertaining to
“Memory Stick Duo”)*
• The “Memory Stick Duo” is damaged.
• The “Memory Stick Duo” is not
formatted correctly (p. 47).
(Warning indicator pertaining to
incompatible “Memory Stick Duo”)*
Troubleshooting
C:22:
• Clean the head using a cleaning
cassette (optional) (p. 113).
• The file is unreadable (p. 108).
• An incompatible “Memory Stick Duo”
is inserted (p. 108).
 (Warning indicators pertaining to
the tape)
Slow flashing:
• There is less than 5 minutes remaining
on the tape.
• No cassette is inserted.*
• The write-protect tab on the cassette is
set to lock (p. 107).*
Fast flashing:
• The tape has run out.*
• The file is damaged.
Continued 
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Warning indicators and messages (Continued)
 (Eject cassette warning)*
Slow flashing:
• The write-protect tab on the cassette is
set to lock (p. 107).
Fast flashing:
• Moisture condensation has occurred (p.
113).
• The self-diagnosis display code is
displayed (p. 101).
 (Warning indicator pertaining to
image deletion)*
• The image is protected (p. 69).
 (Warning indicator pertaining
to the write-protect of the “Memory
Stick Duo”)*
• The write-protect tab on the “Memory
Stick Duo” is set to lock (p. 108).
(Warning indicator pertaining to
the flash)
* You hear a melody when the warning indicators
appear on the screen (p. 57).
Description of warning
messages
If messages appear on the screen, follow
the instructions.
 Battery
Use the “ InfoLITHIUM” battery pack
(p. 110).
Battery level is low.
• Change the battery (p. 9, 110)
Old battery. Use a new one (p. 110).
Re-attach the power source (p. 9).
 Moisture condensation
Slow flashing:
• Still charging
Fast flashing:
• The self-diagnosis display code is
displayed (p. 101).*
• There is something wrong with the
flash.
(Warning indicator pertaining to
camera-shake warning)
• The amount of lights is not sufficient,
so camera-shake easily occurs. Use
the flash.
• The camcorder is unsteady, so
camera-shake easily occurs. Hold the
camcorder steady with both hands and
shoot the image. However, note that
the camera-shake warning indicator
does not disappear.
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Moisture condensation. Eject the
cassette (p. 113)
Moisture condensation. Turn off
for 1H (p. 113).
 Cassette/Tape
Insert a cassette (p. 17).
Reinsert the cassette.
• Check if the cassette is damaged.
The tape is locked - check the
tab (p. 107).
The tape has reached the end.
• Rewind or change the tape.
 “Memory Stick Duo”
No file.
• No file is recorded or there is no
readable file on the “Memory Stick
Duo.”
Memory Stick folders are full.
Insert a Memory Stick (p. 18).
Reinsert the Memory Stick.
• Reinsert the “Memory Stick Duo” a
few times. If even then the indicator
flashes, the “Memory Stick Duo”
might be damaged. Try with another
“Memory Stick Duo.”
This is a read-only Memory Stick.
• Insert a writable “Memory Stick Duo.”
Incompatible type of Memory
Stick.
This Memory Stick is not
formatted correctly.
• Check the format, then format the
“Memory Stick Duo” as necessary (p.
47, 108).
Cannot record. The Memory Stick is
full.
• Delete unnecessary images (p. 69).
The Memory Stick is locked.
Check the tab (p. 108).
Cannot playback. Reinsert the
Memory Stick (p. 18).
Cannot record. Reinsert the Memory
Stick (p. 18).
Cannot record still images on
Memory Stick (p. 108).
Cannot record movies on Memory
Stick (p. 108).
 PictBridge compliant printer
Check the connected device.
• Switch off the printer and switch it on
again, then disconnect the USB cable
(supplied) and reconnect it.
Troubleshooting
• A type of “Memory Stick Duo”
incompatible with your camcorder is
inserted (p. 108).
• You cannot create folders exceeding
999MSDCF. You cannot delete created
folders using your camcorder.
• You will have to format the “Memory
Stick Duo” (p. 47), or delete them
using your computer.
Connect the camcorder to a
PictBridge compatible printer.
• Switch off the printer and switch it on
again, then disconnect the USB cable
(supplied) and reconnect it.
Error. Cancel the task.
• Check the printer.
Cannot print. Check the printer.
• Switch off the printer and switch it on
again, then disconnect the USB cable
(supplied) and reconnect it.
Continued 
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Warning indicators and messages (Continued)
 Flash
Charging… Cannot record still
images.
• You are trying to record a still image
while charging the flash (optional).
Lens accessory attached. Cannot
use flash.
• A conversion lens (optional) or a
filter (optional) is attached to your
camcorder, the flash light does not emit
light (p. 91).
• You cannot add sound to the tape
recorded with 4CH MIC REC.
Cannot use 4CH MIC REC (p. 55).
• Disconnect the external 4CH
microphone (optional) once, then
connect it again.
 Dirty video head. Use a cleaning
cassette (p. 113).
 Lens cover
Cannot start Easy Handycam.
Cannot cancel Easy Handycam (p.
86).
Lens cover not fully open. Turn
power off then on (p.22).
USB is invalid in this mode during
Easy Handycam
Lens cover is not closed. Turn the
power off once (p. 13).
 Others
Cannot record due to copyright
protection (p. 107).
Cannot add audio. Disconnect the
i.LINK cable (p. 67).
Not recorded in SP mode. Cannot
add audio (p. 67).
Not recorded in 12-bit audio. Cannot
add audio (p. 67).
Cannot add audio on the blank
portion of a tape (p. 67).
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Cannot add audio (p. 68).
• You cannot use USB when the POWER
switch is set to CAMERA-TAPE.
HDV recorded tape. Cannot
playback.
•
Your camcorder cannot play back this
format. Play back the tape with the
equipment that recorded it.
HDV recorded tape. Cannot add
audio.
• Your camcorder does not allow you
to add audio on a section of a tape
recorded in HDV format.
Disconnect one AV cable.
• A/V connecting cables are connected to
both the camcorder and the Handycam
Station. Disconnect one of them.
i.LINK connected. No DV streaming
by USB.
• You cannot perform DV streaming
using the USB connection while using
the i.LINK connection. Finish the DV
streaming, disconnect the i.LINK cable
(optional), then connect the USB cable
(supplied) (p. 52).
DV streaming by USB... Cannot use
i.LINK.
• The i.LINK connection cannot be
used while performing DV streaming
using USB function. Finish the DV
streaming, disconnect the USB cable
(supplied), then connect the i.LINK
cable (optional) (p. 52).
Hi-Speed USB not supported. No DV
streaming by USB.
Troubleshooting
• DV movie streaming is only
compatible with Windows XP Service
Pack1 (SP1) or Service Pack2 (SP2)
supporting High-Speed USB (USB 2.0)
device (p.52).
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Using your camcorder
abroad
Power supply
You can use your camcorder in any
countries/regions using the AC Adaptor
supplied with your camcorder within the
AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz range.
Use a commercially available AC plug
adaptor [a], if necessary, depending on the
design of the wall outlet [b].
AC-L200
[a]
[b]
On TV color systems
Your camcorder is an NTSC systembased camcorder. If you want to view the
playback picture on a TV, it must be an
NTSC system based TV (see the following
list) with an AUDIO/VIDEO input jack.
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System
Used in
NTSC
Bahama Islands, Bolivia,
Canada, Central America,
Chile, Colombia, Ecuador,
Guyana, Jamaica, Japan, Korea,
Mexico, Peru, Surinam, Taiwan,
the Philippines, the U.S.A.,
Venezuela, etc.
PAL
Australia, Austria, Belgium,
China, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Finland, Germany,
Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary,
Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New
Zealand, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Singapore, Slovak
Republic, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, Thailand, United
Kingdom, etc.
PAL - M
Brazil
PAL - N
Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay.
SECAM
Bulgaria, France, Guiana, Iran,
Iraq, Monaco, Russia, Ukraine,
etc.
Simple setting of the clock by time
difference
You can easily set the clock to the local
time by setting a time difference when
using your camcorder abroad. Select
[WORLD TIME] in the
(TIME/
LANGU.) menu, then set the time
difference (p. 58).
Usable cassette tapes
You can use mini DV format cassettes only.
Use a cassette with the
mark.
is a trademark.
Your camcorder is not compatible with
cassettes with Cassette Memory.
To prevent a blank section from being
made on the tape
Go to the end of the recorded section using
END SEARCH (p. 31) before you begin
the next recording in the following cases:
• You have played back the tape.
• You have used EDIT SEARCH.
Copyright signal
 When you play back
If the cassette you play back on your
camcorder contains copyright signals, you
cannot copy it to a tape in another video
camera connected to your camcorder.
 To prevent accidental erasure
Slide the write-protect tab on the cassette to
set it to SAVE.
REC: The cassette can be
recorded.
SAVE: The cassette cannot
be recorded (write-protected).
REC
SAVE
 When labeling the cassette
Be sure to place the label only on
the locations shown in the following
illustration so as not to cause a malfunction
of your camcorder.
Do not put a label
along this border.
 When you record
You cannot record software on your
camcorder that contains copyright control
signals for copyright protection of
software. [Cannot record due to copyright
protection.] appears on the LCD screen, or
on the viewfinder if you try to record such
software. Your camcorder does not record
copyright control signals on the tape when
it records.
 After using the cassette
Notes on use
 When cleaning the gold-plated
long time
Remove the cassette and store it.
Rewind the tape to the beginning to avoid
distortion of the picture or the sound. The
cassette should then be put in its case, and
stored in an upright position.
connector
Generally, clean the gold-plated connector
on a cassette with a cotton-wool swab after
every 10 times it has been ejected.
If the gold-plated connector on the cassette
is dirty or dusty, the remaining tape
indicator may not be indicated correctly.
Additional Information
 When not using your camcorder for a
Labeling position
Gold-plated connector
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About the “Memory Stick”
A “Memory Stick” is a compact, portable
IC recording medium with a data capacity
that exceeds the capacity of a floppy disk.
You can use only a “Memory Stick Duo,”
which is about the half size of a standard
“Memory Stick” in your camcorder.
However, appearance on the list below does
not guarantee the operation of all types of
“Memory Stick Duo” in your camcorder.
Types of “Memory Stick”
Recording/
Playback
“Memory Stick”
–
“Memory Stick Duo”*1

“MagicGate Memory Stick”
–
“Memory Stick Duo”
*2*3
(MagicGate/Parallel Transfer)*1
On a “Memory Stick Duo” with a
write-protect tab
You can prevent accidental erasure of
images when you slide the write-protect tab
on the “Memory Stick Duo” with a small
tapered object, to the write-protect position.
The “Memory Stick Duo” supplied with
your camcorder is not equipped with a
write-protect tab.
“MagicGate Memory Stick
Duo” *1
*3
Notes on use
“Memory Stick PRO”
–
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” *1
*2*3
Image data may be damaged in the
following cases. Compensation for
damaged image data will not be made.
*1
A “Memory Stick Duo” is about half the size of
a standard “Memory Stick.”
*2
The types of “Memory Stick” that support high
speed data transfer. The speed of data transfer
varies depending on the device to be used.
*3
“MagicGate” is a copyright protection
technology that records and transfers the
contents in an encrypted format. Note that data
that uses “MagicGate” technology cannot be
recorded or played on your camcorder.
• Still image format: Your camcorder compresses
and records image data in the JPEG (Joint
Photographic Experts Group) format. The file
extension is “.JPG.”
• Movie format: Your camcorder compresses
and records picture data in the MPEG (Moving
Picture Experts Group) format. The file
extension is “.MPG.”
• File names of still images:
– 101- 0001: This file name appears on the
screen of your camcorder.
– DSC00001.JPG: This file name appears on
the display of a computer.
• File names of movies:
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– MOV00001: This file name appears on the
screen on your camcorder.
– MOV00001.MPG: This file name appears on
the display of a computer.
• A “Memory Stick Duo” formatted by a
computer (Windows OS/Mac OS) does not have
guaranteed compatibility with your camcorder.
• Data read/write speed may vary depending on
the combination of the “Memory Stick” and
“Memory Stick” compliant product you use.
• If you eject the “Memory Stick Duo,” turn
the power off on your camcorder, or remove
the battery pack for replacement while your
camcorder is reading or writing image files
on the “Memory Stick Duo” (while the access
lamp is lit or flashing).
• If you use the “Memory Stick Duo” near
magnets or magnetic fields.
It is recommended you make a back-up
of important data on the hard disk of a
computer.
 On handling a “Memory Stick”
• Do not insert a Memory Stick Duo adaptor
without a “Memory Stick Duo” attached. Doing
so may result in malfunctions of the unit.
• Be careful not to apply excessive force when
writing on a memo area on a “Memory Stick
Duo.”
• Do not attach a label or the like on a “Memory
Stick Duo” or a Memory Stick Duo adaptor.
• When you carry or store a “Memory Stick
Duo,” put it in its case.
• Do not touch, or allow metallic objects to come
into contact with the terminals.
• Do not bend, drop or apply strong force to the
“Memory Stick Duo.”
• Do not disassemble or modify the “Memory
Stick Duo.”
• Do not let the “Memory Stick Duo” get wet.
• Be careful to keep “Memory Stick Duo” media
out of the reach of small children. There is
danger that a child might swallow it.
 On a “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
Keep the following in mind when handling
a “Memory Stick Duo.”
 On a location for use
Do not use or keep the “Memory Stick
Duo” in the following locations.
 On the Memory Stick Duo adaptor
(supplied)
After inserting a “Memory Stick Duo”
into the Memory Stick Duo adaptor, you
can use it with a standard “Memory Stick”
compliant device.
• When using a “Memory Stick Duo” with a
“Memory Stick” compliant device, be sure to
insert the “Memory Stick Duo” into a Memory
Stick Duo adaptor.
• When inserting a “Memory Stick Duo” into
a Memory Stick Duo adaptor, make sure the
“Memory Stick Duo” is inserted facing in the
correct direction, then insert it all the way in.
Note that improper use may damage the device.
Also, if you force the “Memory Stick Duo”
into the “Memory Stick Duo” slot in the wrong
direction, the “Memory Stick Duo” slot may be
damaged.
• Do not insert anything other than a “Memory
Stick Duo” into the “Memory Stick Duo” slot.
Doing so may cause a malfunction.
On image data compatibility
• Image data files recorded on a “Memory
Stick Duo” by your camcorder conform to
the Design Rule for Camera File Systems
universal standard established by the JEITA
(Japan Electronics and Information Technology
Industries Association).
• On your camcorder, you cannot play back still
images recorded on other devices (DCRTRV900 or DSC-D700/D770) that do not
conform to the universal standard. (These
models are not sold in some regions.)
• If you cannot use a “Memory Stick Duo”
that has been used with another device,
format it with your camcorder (p. 47). Note
that formatting erases all information on the
“Memory Stick Duo.”
• You may not be able to play back images with
your camcorder:
– When playing back image data modified on
your computer.
– When playing back image data recorded with
other devices.
Additional Information
• Places subject to extremely high temperature,
such as a car parked outside in the summer.
• Places under direct sunlight.
• Places with extremely high humidity or subject
to corrosive gases.
• The maximum memory capacity of a “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” that can be used on your
camcorder is 1 GB.
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About the
“InfoLITHIUM” battery
pack
This unit is compatible with an
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (A series).
Your camcorder operates only with an
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack.
“InfoLITHIUM” A series battery packs
have the
mark.
What is an “InfoLITHIUM” battery
pack?
An “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is a
lithium-ion battery pack that has functions
for communicating information related
to operating conditions between your
camcorder and an optional AC Adaptor/
charger.
The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack
calculates the power consumption
according to the operating conditions of
your camcorder, and displays the remaining
battery time in minutes.
To charge the battery pack
• Be sure to charge the battery pack before you
start using your camcorder.
• We recommend charging the battery pack in an
ambient temperature of between 50 °F to 86 °F
(10°C to 30°C) until the CHG (charge) lamp
turns off. If you charge the battery pack outside
of this temperature range, you may not be able
to charge it efficiently.
To use the battery pack effectively
• Battery pack performance decreases when the
surrounding temperature is 10°C (50 °F) or
below, and the length of time you can use the
battery pack becomes shorter. In that case, do
one of the following to use the battery pack for
a longer time.
– Put the battery pack in a pocket to warm it up,
and insert it in your camcorder right before
you start taking shots.
– Use a large capacity battery pack: NP-FA70
(optional).
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• Frequent use of the LCD screen or a frequent
playback, fast forward or rewind operation
wears out the battery pack faster.
We recommend using a large capacity battery
pack: NP-FA70 (optional).
• Be sure to set the POWER switch to (CHG)
OFF when not recording or playing back
on your camcorder. The battery pack is also
consumed when your camcorder is in recording
standby or playback pause.
• Have spare battery packs ready for two or
three times the expected recording time, and
make trial recordings before making the actual
recording.
• Do not expose the battery pack to water. The
battery pack is not water resistant.
About the remaining battery time
indicator
• When the power goes off even though the
remaining battery time indicator indicates
that the battery pack has enough power to
operate, charge the battery pack fully again.
The indication on the remaining battery time
will be indicated correctly. Note, however,
that the battery indication will not be restored
if it is used in high temperatures for a long
time, or if left in a fully charged state, or when
the battery pack is frequently used. Use the
remaining battery time indication as a guide to
the approximate shooting time.
• The  mark that indicates low battery flashes
even if there are still 5 to 10 minutes of battery
time remaining, depending on the operating
conditions or ambient temperature and
environment.
About storage of the battery pack
• If the battery pack is not used for a long time,
fully charge the battery pack and use it up on
your camcorder once a year to maintain proper
function. To store the battery pack, remove it
from your camcorder and put it in a dry, cool
place.
• To discharge the battery pack on your
camcorder completely, set [A.SHUT OFF]
to [NEVER] on the
(STANDARD
SET) menu and leave your camcorder in tape
recording standby until the power goes off (p.
58).
About i.LINK
About battery life
• The battery life is limited. Battery capacity
drops little by little as you use it more and
more, and as time passes. When the available
battery time is shortened considerably, a
probable cause is that the battery pack has
reached the end of its life. Please buy a new
battery pack.
• The battery life varies depending on how it
is stored and the operating conditions and
environment for each battery pack.
The DV Interface on this unit is an i.LINKcompliant DV Interface. This section
describes the i.LINK standard and its
features.
What is i.LINK?
• Normally, only one device can be connected to
this unit with the i.LINK cable (optional). When
connecting this unit to an i.LINK-compatible
device having two or more DV Interfaces, refer
to the operating instructions of the device to be
connected.
• i.LINK is a more familiar term for the IEEE
1394 data transport bus proposed by Sony, and
is a trademark approved by many corporations.
• IEEE 1394 is an international standard
standardized by the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers.
Additional Information
i.LINK is a digital serial interface for
transferring digital video, digital audio,
and other data to other i.LINK-compatible
devices. You can also control other devices
using the i.LINK.
i.LINK-compatible devices can be
connected using an i.LINK cable
(optional). Possible applications are
operations and data transactions with
various digital AV devices.
When two or more i.LINK-compatible
devices are connected to this unit in a daisy
chain, operations and data transactions are
possible with not only the device that this
unit is connected to but also with other
devices via the directly connected device.
Note, however, that the method of
operation sometimes varies according to
the characteristics and specifications of the
device to be connected. Also, operations
and data transactions may not be possible
on some connected devices.
About the i.LINK Baud rate
i.LINK's maximum baud rate varies
according to the device. There are three
types.
S100 (approx. 100Mbps*)
S200 (approx. 200Mbps)
S400 (approx. 400Mbps)
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About i.LINK (Continued)
Maintenance and
precautions
The baud rate is listed under
“Specifications” in the operating
instructions of each piece of equipment. It
is also indicated near the i.LINK interface
on some devices.
The baud rate may differ from the indicated
value when the unit is connected to a
device with a different maximum baud rate.
On use and care
* What is Mbps?
Mbps stands for “megabits per second,”
or the amount of data that can be sent or
received in one second. For example, a
baud rate of 100 Mbps means that 100
megabits of data can be sent in one second.
To use i.LINK functions on this unit
For details on how to dub when this unit is
connected to other video devices having a
DV Interface, see page 63.
This unit can also be connected to other
i.LINK (DV Interface) compatible devices
made by Sony (e.g. a VAIO series personal
computer) as well as to video devices.
Before connecting this unit to your
computer, make sure that application
software supported by this unit is already
installed on your computer.
Some i.LINK compatible video devices,
such as Digital Televisions, DVD,
MICROMV or HDV recorders/players are
not compatible with DV devices. Before
connecting to other devices, be sure to
confirm whether the device is compatible
with a DV device or not. For details on
precautions and compatible application
software, refer also to the operating
instructions for the device to be connected.
About the required i.LINK cable
Use the Sony i.LINK 4-pin-to-4-pin cable
(during DV dubbing).
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• Do not use or store the camcorder and
accessories in the following locations.
– Anywhere extremely hot or cold. Never leave
them exposed to temperatures above 60°C
(140 °F), such as under direct sunlight, near
heaters or in a car parked in the sun. They
may malfunction or become deformed.
– Near strong magnetic fields or mechanical
vibration. The camcorder may malfunction.
– Near strong radio waves or radiation.
The camcorder may not be able to record
properly.
– Near AM receivers and video equipment.
Noise may occur.
– On a sandy beach or anywhere dusty. If
sand or dust gets in your camcorder, it may
malfunction. Sometimes this malfunction
cannot be repaired.
– Near windows or outdoors, where the LCD
screen, the viewfinder, or the lens may be
exposed to direct sunlight. This damages the
inside of the viewfinder or the LCD screen.
– Anywhere very humid.
• Operate your camcorder on DC 7.2 V (battery
pack) or DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor).
• For DC or AC operation, use the accessories
recommended in these operating instructions.
• Do not let your camcorder get wet, for example,
from rain or sea water. If your camcorder
gets wet, it may malfunction. Sometimes this
malfunction cannot be repaired.
• If any solid object or liquid gets inside the
casing, unplug your camcorder and have it
checked by a Sony dealer before operating it
any further.
• Avoid rough handling, disassembling,
modifying, physical shock, or impact such
as hammering, dropping or stepping on the
product. Be particularly careful of the lens.
• Keep the POWER switch setting to (CHG) OFF
when you are not using your camcorder.
• Do not wrap your camcorder with a towel, for
example, and operate it. Doing so might cause
heat to build up inside.
• When disconnecting the power cord, pull it by
the plug and not the cord.
• Do not damage the power cord such as by
placing anything heavy on it.
• Keep metal contacts clean.
• Keep the Remote Commander and button-type
battery out of children’s reach. If the battery
is accidentally swallowed, consult a doctor
immediately.
• If the battery electrolytic liquid has leaked,
– consult your local authorized Sony service
facility.
– wash off any liquid that may have contacted
your skin
– if any liquid gets in your eyes, wash with
plenty of water and consult a doctor.
 When not using your camcorder for a
long time
• Occasionally turn it on and let it run such as by
playing back tapes for about 3 minutes.
• Use up the battery pack completely before
storing it.
Moisture condensation
 If moisture condensation has occurred
None of the functions except cassette
ejection will work. Eject the cassette, turn
off your camcorder, and leave it for about
one hour with the cassette lid open. Your
camcorder can be used again if  or 
does not appear when the power is turned
on again.
If moisture starts to condense, your
camcorder sometimes cannot detect
condensation. If this happens, the cassette
is sometimes not ejected for 10 seconds
after the cassette lid is opened. This is not
a malfunction. Do not close the cassette lid
until the cassette is ejected.
Moisture may condense when you bring
your camcorder from a cold place into a
warm place (or vice versa) or when you use
your camcorder in a humid place as shown
below.
• When you bring your camcorder from a ski
slope into a place warmed up by a heating
device.
• When you bring your camcorder from an
air conditioned car or room into a hot place
outside.
• When you use your camcorder after a squall or
a shower.
• When you use your camcorder in a hot and
humid place.
 How to prevent moisture condensation
When you bring your camcorder from a
cold place into a warm place, put your
camcorder in a plastic bag and seal it
tightly. Remove the bag when the air
temperature inside the plastic bag has
reached the surrounding temperature (after
about one hour).
Video head
• When the video head becomes dirty, you cannot
record pictures normally, or distorted picture or
sound is played back.
• If the following problem occurs, clean the video
heads for 10 seconds with the Sony DVM12CLD cleaning cassette (optional).
– Mosaic-pattern noise appears on the playback
picture or the screen is displayed in blue.
Additional Information
If your camcorder is brought directly from
a cold place to a warm place, moisture may
condense inside your camcorder, on the
surface of the tape, or on the lens. In this
state, the tape may stick to the head drum
and be damaged or your camcorder may
not operate correctly. If there is moisture
inside your camcorder, [ Moisture
condensation. Eject the cassette.] or [
Moisture condensation. Turn off for 1H.]
appears. The indicator will not appear when
the moisture condenses on the lens.
 Note on moisture condensation
– Playback pictures do not move.
– Playback pictures do not appear or the sound
breaks off.
– [ Dirty video head. Use a cleaning
cassette.] appears on the screen during
recording.
– [ Dirty video head. Use a cleaning
cassette.] appears on the screen during
playback.
• The video head suffers from wear after long
use. If you cannot obtain a clear image even
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Maintenance and precautions (Continued)
after using a cleaning cassette, it might be
because the video head is worn. Please contact
your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony
service facility to have the video head replaced.
LCD screen
• Do not exert excessive pressure on the LCD
screen, as it may cause damage.
• If your camcorder is used in a cold place, a
residual image may appear on the LCD screen.
This is not a malfunction.
• While using your camcorder, the back of
the LCD screen may heat up. This is not a
malfunction.
 To clean the LCD screen
If fingerprints or dust make the LCD screen
dirty, it is recommended you use a soft
cloth to clean it. When you use the LCD
Cleaning Kit (optional), do not apply the
cleaning liquid directly to the LCD screen.
Use cleaning paper moistened with the
liquid.
 On adjustment of the LCD screen
(CALIBRATION)
The buttons on the touch panel may not
work correctly. If this happens, follow the
procedure below. It is recommended you
connect your camcorder or the Handycam
Station to the wall outlet using the supplied
AC Adaptor during the operation.
 Slide the POWER switch down to turn on
the PLAY/EDIT lamp.
 Disconnect cables other than that of the
AC Adaptor from your camcorder or the
Handycam Station, then eject the cassette
and “Memory Stick Duo” from your
camcorder.
 Touch
 [MENU] 
(STANDARD SET)  [CALIBRATION]

.
• The screen changes to 16:9 ratio when
using 4:3 ratio.
CALIBRATION
Touch the "x"
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CANCEL
1/3
 Touch the “×” displayed on the screen with
the corner of the supplied “Memory Stick
Duo.”
Touch [CANCEL] to cancel.
The position of the “×” changes. If you did
not press the right spot, start from step 
again.
• You cannot calibrate the LCD screen if it is
rotated.
On handling the casing
• If the casing is soiled, clean the camcorder body
with a soft cloth lightly moistened with water,
and then wipe the casing with a dry soft cloth.
• Avoid the following to avoid damage to the
finish.
– Using chemicals such as thinner, benzine,
alcohol, chemical cloths, repellent and
insecticide.
– Handling with above substances on your
hands.
– Leaving the casing in contact with rubber or
vinyl objects for a long period of time.
About care and storage of the lens
• Wipe the surface of the lens clean with a soft
cloth in the following instances:
– When there are fingerprints on the lens
surface.
– In hot or humid locations
– When the lens is exposed to salty air such as
at the seaside.
• Store in a well-ventilated location subject to
little dirt or dust.
• To prevent mold, periodically clean the lens as
described above. It is recommended that you
operate your camcorder about once a month to
keep it in optimum state for a long time.
To charge the pre-installed
rechargeable battery
Your camcorder has a pre-installed
rechargeable battery to retain the date,
time, and other settings even when the
POWER switch is set to (CHG) OFF. The
pre-installed rechargeable battery is always
charged while your camcorder is connected
to the wall outlet via the AC Adaptor
or while the battery pack is inserted.
The rechargeable battery will be fully
discharged in about 3 months if you do
not use your camcorder at all without the
AC adaptor connected or the battery pack
attached. However, even if the pre-installed
rechargeable battery is not charged, the
camcorder operation will not be affected as
long as you are not recording the date.
• When the lithium battery becomes weak, the
operating distance of the Remote Commander
may shorten, or the Remote Commander may
not function properly. In this case, replace the
battery with a Sony CR2025 lithium battery.
Use of another battery may present a risk of fire
or explosion.
 Procedures
Connect your camcorder to a wall outlet
using the supplied AC Adaptor or the
Handycam Station, and leave it with the
POWER switch set to (CHG) OFF for more
than 24 hours.
To change the battery of the Remote
Commander
 While pressing on the tab, inset your
fingernail into the slit to pull out the
battery case.
 Place a new battery with the + side facing
up.
 Insert the battery case back into the
Remote Commander until it clicks.
WARNING
Battery may explode if mistreated. Do not
recharge, disassemble or dispose of in fire.
Caution
Danger of explosion if battery is
incorrectly replaced. Replace only with
the same or equivalent type recommended
by the manufacturer.
Discard used batteries according to the
manufacturer’s instructions.
Additional Information
Tab
115
Specifications
System
Video recording
system
Still image
recording system
Audio recording
system
Video signal
Usable cassette
Tape speed
Recording/
playback time
Fast forward/
rewind time
Viewfinder
Image device
Lens
Focal length
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2 rotary heads, Helical
scanning system
Exif Ver. 2.2*1
Rotary heads, PCM system
Quantization: 12 bits (Fs 32
kHz, stereo 1, stereo 2), 16 bits
(Fs 48 kHz, stereo)
NTSC color, EIA standards
Mini DV cassette with the
mark printed
SP: Approx. 18.81 mm/s
LP: Approx. 12.56 mm/s
SP: 60 min (using a DVM60
cassette)
LP: 90 min (using a DVM60
cassette)
Approx. 2 min 40 s
(using a DVM60 cassette and
rechargeable battery pack)
Approx. 1 min 45 s (using
a DVM60 cassette and AC
Adaptor)
Electric viewfinder (color)
3.0 mm (1/6 type) 3 CMOS
sensor
Gross: Approx. 790 000 pixels
Effective (still): Approx.
690 000 pixels
Effective (movie): Approx.
670 000 pixels
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
10 × (Optical), 120 × (Digital)
f=2.77 ~ 27.7 mm (1/8 ~
1 1/8 in.)
When converted to a 35 mm
still camera
In CAMERA-TAPE *2 :
44 ~ 520 mm (1 3/4 ~ 20 1/2
in.) (16:9),
41 ~ 480 mm (1 5/8 ~ 19 in.)
(4:3)
In CAMERA-MEMORY:
40 ~ 400 mm (1 5/8 ~ 15 3/4
in.) (4:3),
43.5 ~ 435 mm (1 3/4 ~
17 1/4 in.) (16:9)
F1.8 ~ 2.4
Filter diameter: 30 mm
(1 3/16 in.)
Color temperature [AUTO], [ONE PUSH],
[INDOOR] (3 200 K),
[OUTDOOR] (5 800 K)
Minimum
7 1x (lux) (F 1.8)
illumination
*1“Exif” is a file format for still images,
established by the JEITA (Japan Electronics
and Information Technology Industries
Association). Files in this format can have
additional information such as your camcorder’s
setting information at the time of recording.
2
* The focal length figures are actual figures
resulting from wide angle pixel read-out.
Input/Output connectors
Audio/Video
input/output
LANC jack
10-pin connector
Input/output auto switch
Video signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω
(ohms), unbalanced
Luminance signal: 1 Vp-p,
75 Ω (ohms), unbalanced
Chrominance signal:
0.286 Vp-p, 75 Ω (ohms),
unbalanced
Audio signal: 327 mV (at
load impedance 47 kΩ),
Input impedance more than
47 kΩ (kilohms), Output
impedance with less than 2.2
kΩ (kilohms)
Stereo mini-minijack (Ø 2.5
mm)
LCD screen
Picture
Total dot number
6.9 cm (2.7 type, aspect ratio
16:9)
123 200 (560 × 220)
General
Power
requirements
Average power
consumption
DC 7.2 V (battery pack)
DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor)
During camera recording using
the viewfinder 3.0 W
(when using the battery pack)
During camera recording using
the LCD 3.4 W
(when using the battery pack)
Operating
temperature
Storage
temperature
Dimensions
(approx.)
Mass (approx.)
Supplied
accessories
0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104
°F)
-20 °C to + 60 °C (-4 °F to +
140 °F)
54 × 117 × 102 mm (2 1/4 ×
4 5/8 × 4 1/8 in.) (w/h/d)
400 g (14 oz) main unit only
470 g (1 lb) including the
NP-FA50 rechargeable battery
pack and DVM60 cassette.
See page 8.
Handycam Staion Input/Output
connectors DCRA-C140
Audio/Video
input/output
DV jack
4-pin connector, S100
Power
requirements
Current
consumption
Power
consumption
Output voltage
AC 100 - 240 V, 50/60 Hz
Operating
temperature
Storage
temperature
Dimensions
(approx.)
0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104
°F)
-20 °C to + 60 °C (-4 °F to +
140 °F)
48 × 29 × 81 mm (1 15/16 × 1
3/16 × 3 1/4 in.)
(w/h/d) excluding the
projecting parts
170 g (6.0 oz) excluding the
power cord
Mass (approx.)
0.35 - 0.18 A
18 W
DC 8.4 V*
* See the label on the AC Adaptor for other
specifications.
Rechargeable battery pack (NP-FA50)
Maximum output DC 8.4 V
voltage
Output voltage
DC 7.2 V
Capacity
4.9 wh (680 mAh)
Dimensions
(approx.)
Mass (approx.)
47.2 × 6.8 × 75.5 mm
(1 7/8 × 9/32 × 3 in.) (w/h/d)
50 g (1.8 oz)
Operating
temperature
Type
0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104
°F)
Lithium ion
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
Additional Information
USB jack
10-pin connector
Input/output auto switch
Video signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω
(ohms), unbalanced
Luminance signal: 1 Vp-p,
75 Ω (ohms), unbalanced
Chrominance signal:
0.286 Vp-p, 75 Ω (ohms),
unbalanced
Audio signal: 327 mV (at
load impedance 47 kΩ),
Input impedance more than
47 kΩ (kilohms), Output
impedance with less than 2.2
kΩ (kilohms)
mini-B
AC Adaptor AC-L200
117
Index
Numeric
12BIT ................................... 54
16BIT ................................... 54
4CH MIC ............................. 55
4CH MIC recording ....... 25, 55
Button-type lithium battery
............................................ 115
B&W .................................... 50
A/V connecting cable
............................ 34, 63, 67, 84
A/VDV OUT ................... 56
A/V jack ............. 34, 63, 67, 84
Access lamp ......................... 18
Active Interface Shoe ..... 67, 72
AC Adaptor ............................ 9
Calibration.......................... 114
CAMERA DATA ................. 57
CAMERA SET menu .......... 40
CAM CTRL Dial ................. 61
Cassette ........................ 17, 107
Insert/Eject .................... 17
CD-ROM .............................. 73
ALL ERASE ........................ 47
Aspect ratio .......................... 19
Assignable dial ............... 24, 61
AUDIO MIX .................. 54, 68
AUDIO MODE .................... 54
AUD DUB CTRL
(Audio dubbing) ................... 68
AUTO SHUTTER ................ 41
A.SHUT OFF (Auto shut off)
.............................................. 58
Battery pack .................... 9
Pre-installed rechargeable
battery ......................... 114
118
Double speed Playback ........ 53
Dubbing................................ 64
DV Interface ......................... 63
DV STREAM ................. 52, 56
D. EFFECT (Digital effect)
........................................ 49, 96
E
EASY button ........................ 20
Easy Handycam ................... 20
EDIT SEARCH.................... 31
CINEMA EFECT
(Cinematic effect) ................ 49
END SEARCH............... 31, 53
Click to DVD ....................... 81
CLOCK SET ........................ 16
COLOR SLOW S
(Color Slow Shutter) ...... 43, 95
END SEARCH/EDIT
SEARCH/Rec review display
switch button ........................ 28
ERASE
ALL ERASE ................. 47
Compression format ........... 108
Pictures ......................... 69
Computer.............................. 75
EXPOSURE ................... 40, 95
Connect
EXP. BRKTG
(Exposure bracketing) .......... 45
TV ........................... 34, 63
BACK LIGHT ................ 25, 92
BATT INFO (Battery info)
...................................... 26
DOT FADER ........................ 49
CHG (charge) lamp .............. 10
Computer ...................... 73
Battery pack .................... 9
DISP OUTPUT .................... 57
Charging time....................... 12
B
Battery
DISP GUIDE (Display guide)
.............................................. 15
Charging the battery ............... 9
Adjusting exposure for back
light ................................ 25, 92
AE SHIFT ...................... 42, 96
DISPLAY BATT INFO button
........................................ 14, 26
Display indicators ................ 28
C
CAMERA COLOR .............. 42
A
DIGITAL ZOOM ........... 44, 92
EXP.FOCUS (Expanded focus)
.............................................. 42
D
EXT SUR MIC (External
surround microphone) .......... 55
DATA CODE ....................... 56
EDIT/PLAY menu ............... 53
Date search ........................... 33
Remaining battery......... 26
DATE/TIME......................... 57
F
BEACH&SKI....................... 40
DC IN jack ............................. 9
FADER ........................... 48, 96
BEEP .................................... 57
DC plug .................................. 9
FILE NO. (File number) ...... 47
BLACK FADER .................. 48
DELAY MOTION................ 50
FINE..................................... 45
BURN DVD ......................... 53
Delete pictures ..................... 69
First Step Guide ............. 73, 80
BURST ................................. 45
DEMO MODE ............... 52, 86
Flash button .................... 25, 91
DIAL SET ............................ 45
FLASH LEVEL ............. 43, 92
FLASH (Flash motion) ........ 50
Install.................................... 75
Main sound........................... 54
FLASH SET ......................... 43
Insulation sheet .................... 32
MANUAL button ................. 61
FOCUS........................... 42, 92
Interface connector............... 72
MEMORY SET menu .......... 45
Folder
Internal microphone ............. 27
“Memory Stick” ........... 52, 108
INT.REC-STL
(Interval photo recording) .... 51
“Memory Stick Duo” ........... 17
i.LINK ................................ 111
Insert/Eject .................... 18
i.LINK cable ............ 63, 81, 84
Number of recordable
pictures.......................... 46
NEW FOLDER............. 48
PB FOLDER
(Playback folder) .......... 48
REC FOLDER
(Recording folder) ........ 48
FORMAT ..................... 47, 108
Frame-by-frame playback .... 53
FRAME REC
(Frame recording) ................ 51
Full charge ........................... 10
J
FORMAT ...................... 47
Recordable time ............ 47
Jack ...................................... 72
Write-protect tab ......... 108
JPEG .................................. 108
Memory Stick Duo adaptor
........................................ 8, 109
L
“Memory Stick Duo” slot .... 18
Menu .................................... 36
G
Label .................................. 107
CAMERA SET menu ... 40
GUIDEFRAME ................... 56
LANC jack ........................... 72
EDIT/PLAY menu ........ 53
LANDSCAPE ...................... 40
MEMORY SET menu .. 45
LANGUAGE........................ 58
Menu items ................... 38
LCD/VF SET ....................... 55
Personal Menu ........ 36, 59
LCD backlight................ 14, 88
PICT.APPLI. menu ....... 48
HISTOGRAM ................ 44, 96
LCD BL LEVEL
(LCD back light) .................. 55
Holding the camcorder......... 13
STANDARD SET menu
...................................... 54
LCD BRIGHT...................... 55
TIME/LANGU. menu .. 58
H
Handycam Station .......... 10, 72
Help ...................................... 73
Using the menu ............. 36
LCD PANEL ........................ 57
Icon ...... See Display indicators
MENU ROTATE .................. 58
LCD panel ............................ 14
ImageMixer VCD2............... 73
Mirror mode ......................... 25
LCD BL LEVEL .......... 55
Image delete button .............. 29
Moisture condensation ....... 113
LCD BRIGHT .............. 55
Image protection .................. 69
MONOTONE ....................... 48
LCD COLOR ................ 56
Image quality (QUALITY) .. 45
MOSAIC .............................. 50
LCD screen .......................... 15
Image size (IMAGE SIZE) .. 46
MOSAIC FADER ................ 48
Lens cover ............................ 22
Movie ............................ 47
Movie
LETTER BOX ..................... 56
Still image ..................... 46
Movie format .............. 108
Lid ........................................ 17
Index screen ......................... 23
LP (Long Play)..................... 54
REC MODE
(Recording mode) ......... 54
Index screen display button.. 29
LUMI. KEY (Luminance key)
.............................................. 50
I
Indicators.............................. 30
INDOOR .............................. 41
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack
............................................ 110
Initialize (Reset) ................... 26
M
Macintosh....................... 74, 79
Additional Information
LCD COLOR ....................... 56
MOVIE SET ........................ 47
MPEG ................................ 108
MPEG MOVIE EX .............. 22
MULTI CONNCT ................ 52
MULTI-SOUND .................. 54
Maintenance ....................... 112
Continued 
119
Index (Continued)
N
NEG.ART............................. 50
Pixela user support center .... 80
Remaining battery ................ 28
Playback ............................... 23
Remote Commander ............ 32
Double speed ................ 53
Frame ............................ 53
REMOTE CTRL
(Remote control) .................. 57
Reverse ......................... 53
Remote sensor ...................... 27
NEW FOLDER .................... 48
NORMAL ............................ 45
NTSC ................................. 106
Number of recordable pictures
.............................................. 46
O
RESET button ...................... 26
Reversal Playback ................ 53
PORTRAIT (Soft portrait) ... 40
Review button ...................... 28
Power cord ............................. 9
OLD MOVIE ....................... 50
ONE PUSH .......................... 41
OPEN/EJECT lever.............. 17
Operation confirmation beep
..................................See BEEP
OUTDOOR .......................... 41
OVERLAP ........................... 49
POWER switch .................... 13
S
Previous/Next image button
.............................................. 29
Searching for the starting point
.............................................. 31
Print ...................................... 70
Self-diagnosis display ........ 101
Print mark............................. 70
SELF-TIMER ...................... 44
PROGRAM AE .............. 40, 95
SEPIA .................................. 50
PROGRES.REC ............. 44, 96
Setting the date and time ...... 16
P.MENU .... See Personal Menu
SHARPNESS ................. 41, 95
Shoulder Strap........................ 8
P
PAL .............................. 94, 106
PASTEL ............................... 50
PB FOLDER (Playback folder)
.............................................. 48
PB zoom ............................... 26
Q
Signal convert function ........ 84
QUALITY ............................ 45
SKINTONE.................... 50, 96
Skip Scan ............................. 23
R
SLIDE SHOW...................... 49
Slow Playback ...................... 53
Personal Menu ............... 36, 59
Rechargeable battery pack
................................See Battery
Add ............................... 59
Recording ............................. 22
Arrange the order .......... 60
Recording capacity............... 28
SMTH INT.REC (Smooth
interval recording) .......... 51, 96
Customize ..................... 59
Recording time ............... 12, 47
Software ............................... 75
Delete ............................ 59
REC CTRL
(Recording control) .............. 65
SOLARIZE .......................... 50
REC FOLDER
(Recording folder)................ 48
Speaker ................................. 27
Reset ............................. 60
Use ................................ 36
Personal Menu button .......... 28
SLOW SHUTTR
(Slow shutter) ....................... 50
SP (Standard Play) ............... 54
REC LAMP.......................... 57
Specifications ..................... 116
REC lamp (Recording lamp)
.............................................. 27
SPOTLIGHT ........................ 40
Picture Package .................... 73
REC MODE
(Recording mode) ................ 54
SPOT METER
(Flexible spot meter) ...... 40, 95
Picture Search ...................... 23
REC MOVIE ........................ 66
SQUEZE (Squeeze) ............. 56
PICT.APPLI. menu (Picture
Application menu) ............... 48
Rec review............................ 31
STANDARD ........................ 46
REC START/STOP ........ 20, 22
STANDARD SET menu ...... 54
PICT. EFFECT (Picture effect)
.............................................. 50
REDEYE REDUC ............... 43
STEADYSHOT .............. 44, 92
REMAINING....................... 57
STEREO .............................. 55
PHOTO button ......... 20, 22, 32
PictBridge ............................ 70
PictBridge PRINT ................ 70
120
Slow .............................. 53
Playing time ......................... 12
SPOT FOCUS ................ 42, 95
STILL................................... 50
Still image
Image size ..................... 46
Quality .......................... 45
Still image format ....... 108
STILL SET........................... 45
Strap Belt ............................. 13
Sub sound ............................. 54
SUNSET&MOON ............... 40
System requirement ............. 74
S VIDEO cable............... 34, 63
S VIDEO jack ................ 34, 63
T
V
VAR.SPD PB (Various speed
playback) .............................. 53
VF B.LIGHT
(Viewfinder brightness) ........ 56
VF WIDE DISP
(Viewfinder wide) ................ 56
Video head ......................... 113
VIDEO INPUT .................... 56
Video operation buttons ....... 29
Viewfinder ............................ 14
Brightness ..................... 56
Viewfinder lens adjustment
lever ...................................... 14
VOLUME............................. 54
Tape ...................... See Cassette
Volume ................................. 23
Tape counter ......................... 28
V-OUT/PANEL .................... 57
Tape playback select button
.............................................. 29
Telephoto.............................. 24
TELE MACRO .............. 43, 95
TIME/LANGU. menu .......... 58
Time code ............................. 28
Touch panel .......................... 15
W
Warning indicators ............. 101
Warning messages .............. 101
WB SHIFT (White Balance
Shift) .................................... 42
WHITE BAL. (White balance)
.............................................. 41
TRAIL .................................. 50
White Balance Shift ............. 42
Transmitter ........................... 32
WHITE FADER ................... 48
Tripod ................................... 25
Wide angle ........................... 24
TV ........................................ 34
WIDE SELECT ................... 19
TV color systems ............... 106
WIDE STEREO ................... 55
TV TYPE ............................. 34
Windows ........................ 74, 75
U
USB CAMERA.................... 56
USB jack .............................. 72
Additional Information
Trademark .......................... 123
WIPE .................................... 49
WORLD TIME .................... 58
Write-protect tab ........ 107, 108
USB ON/OFF switch ........... 72
Z
USB SELECT ...................... 52
ZEBRA ................................ 43
Using abroad ...................... 106
Zero set memory .................. 32
ZERO SET MEMORY button
.............................................. 32
Zoom .................................... 24
Zoom lever ........................... 24
121
On trademarks
• “Memory Stick,” “
,” “Memory Stick
Duo,” “
,” “Memory Stick
PRO Duo,” “
,”
“MagicGate,” “
,”
“MagicGate Memory Stick” and “MagicGate
Memory Stick Duo” are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.
• “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
• i.LINK and are trademarks of Sony
Corporation.
• Picture Package is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
•
is a trademark.
• Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Media are
trademarks or registered trademarks of U.S.
Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other
countries.
• iMac, iBook, Macintosh, Mac OS, PowerBook
and PowerMac are trademarks of Apple
Computer, Inc in the U.S. and other countries.
• eMac is trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.
• QuickTime and the QuickTime logo are
trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.
• Roxio is a registered trademark of Roxio, Inc.
• Toast is a trademark of Roxio, Inc.
• Windows Media Player is a trademark of
Microsoft Corporation.
• Macromedia and Macromedia Flash Player
are trademarks or registered trademarks of
Macromedia, Inc. in the United States and other
countries.
• Pentium is a trademark or registered trademark
of Intel Corporation.
All other product names mentioned herein may
be the trademarks or registered trademarks of
their respective companies. Furthermore, TM and
“®” are not mentioned in each case in this manual.