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4-191-794-11(1)
Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
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based ink.
Printed in Japan
HXR-MC50E/MC50P
Operating Guide
Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly,
and retain it for future reference.
HXR-MC50E/MC50P
http://www.sony.net/
Digital HD Video
Camera Recorder
 2010 Sony Corporation
Read this first
Supplied items
The numbers in ( ) are the supplied
quantity.
 AC Adaptor (1)
 Power cord (Mains lead) (1)
 Component A/V cable (1) 
 A/V connecting cable (1) 
 USB cable (1) 
 USB Adaptor Cable (1) 
 Lens hood (1) 
 Microphone (1) 
 Wind Screen (1) 
 Microphone holder (1) 
 Wireless Remote Commander (1)
A button-type lithium battery is already
installed. Remove the insulation sheet before
using the Wireless Remote Commander.
Using the camcorder
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Do not hold the camcorder by the following
parts, and also do not hold the camcorder by
the jack covers.
Viewfinder
LCD Screen
Battery pack
Rechargeable battery pack NP-FV70 (1)
CD-ROM “Video Camera Application
Software” (1)
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 “PMB”
(software, including “PMB Help”)
CD-ROM “Manuals for Digital HD
Video Camera Recorder” (1)
 “Operating Guide” (2)
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Lens hood
Microphone or Microphone holder
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See page 21 for the memory card you can use
with this camcorder.
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The camcorder is not dustproofed, dripproofed
or waterproofed. See “About handling of your
camcorder” (p. 123).
Even if the camcorder is turned off, the GPS
function is working as long as the GPS switch
is set to ON. Make sure that the GPS switch is
set to OFF during take off and landing of an
airplane (HXR-MC50E).
Menu items, LCD panel, viewfinder and
lens
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A menu item that is grayed out is not available
under the current recording or playback
conditions.
The LCD screen and viewfinder are
manufactured using extremely high-precision
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. These
points are normal results of the manufacturing
process and do not affect the recording in any
way.
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Black points
White, red, blue or green points
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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 images
of the sun only in low light conditions, such as
at dusk.
About language setting
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Notes on playing back
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The on-screen displays in each local language
are used for illustrating the operating
procedures. Change the screen language before
using the camcorder if necessary (p. 19).
On recording
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To ensure stable operation of the memory card,
it is recommended to initialize the memory
card with your camcorder before the first use
(p. 98). Initializing the memory card will erase
all the data stored on it and the data will be
irrecoverable. Save your important data on your
PC etc.
Before starting to record, test the recording
function to make sure the image 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, recording media, etc.
TV color systems differ depending on the
country/region. To view your recordings on a
TV, you need a PAL system-based TV.
Television programs, films, video tapes,
and other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such materials may
be contrary to the copyright laws.
Because of the way that the image device
(CMOS sensor) reads out image signals, the
following phenomena may occur.
 The subjects passing by the frame rapidly
might appear crooked depending on the
recording conditions. (This phenomenon may
be notable in displays having high motion
resolution.)
 Horizontal lines appear on the screen during
recording under fluorescent lights. The
phenomena can be reduced by adjusting the
shutter speed (p. 33).
 Images on the screen look horizontally
divided when a subject is lighted with a flash.
The phenomena can be reduced by using a
slower shutter speed.
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The camcorder is compatible with MPEG-4
AVC/H.264 High Profile for high definition
image quality (HD) recording. Therefore, you
cannot play back images recorded with high
definition image quality (HD) on the camcorder
with the following devices;
 Other AVCHD format compatible devices
which are not compatible with High Profile
 Devices which are not compatible with the
AVCHD format
You may not be able to play back normally
images recorded on your camcorder with other
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devices. Also, you may not be able to play back
images recorded on other devices with your
camcorder.
Standard (STD) image quality movies recorded
on SD memory cards cannot be played on AV
equipment of other manufacturers.
Discs recorded with HD image quality
(high definition)
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This camcorder captures high definition footage
in the AVCHD format. DVD media containing
AVCHD footage should not be used with DVD
based players or recorders, as the DVD player/
recorder may fail to eject the media and may
erase its contents without warning. DVD media
containing AVCHD footage may be played on
a compatible Blu-ray Disc player/recorder or
other compatible device.
Save all your recorded image data
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To prevent your image data from being lost,
save all your recorded images on external media
periodically. It is recommended that you save
the image data on a disc such as DVD-R, etc.
using your computer. Also, you can save your
image data using a VCR, or a DVD/HDD
recorder (p. 72).
You cannot make a AVCHD disc from the
(MENU) 
image data recorded with
[Show others]  [ REC MODE] (under
[SHOOTING SET] category) set to [HD
FX]. Save them on a Blu-ray Disc or using an
external media (p. 67, 70).
Notes on battery pack/AC Adaptor
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Be sure to remove the battery pack or the AC
Adaptor after turning off the camcorder.
Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the
camcorder, holding both the camcorder and the
DC plug.
Note on the camcorder/battery pack
temperature
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When the temperature of the camcorder
or battery pack becomes extremely high or
extremely low, you may not be able to record
or play back on the camcorder, due to the
protection features of the camcorder being
activated in such situations. In this case, an
indicator appears on the LCD screen (p. 110).
When the camcorder is connected to a
computer or accessories
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Do not try to format the recording media of the
camcorder using a computer. If you do so, your
camcorder may not operate correctly.
When connecting the camcorder to another
device with communication cables, be sure to
insert the connector plug in the correct way.
Pushing the plug forcibly into the terminal
will damage the terminal and may result in a
malfunction of the camcorder.
If you cannot record/play back images,
perform [MEDIA FORMAT]
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If you repeat recording/deleting images for
a long time, fragmentation of data occurs on
the recording media. Images cannot be saved
or recorded. In such a case, save your images
on some type of external media first, and then
perform [MEDIA FORMAT] by touching
(MENU)  [Show others] 
[MEDIA FORMAT] (under [MANAGE
MEDIA] category)  the desired medium 
[YES]  [YES] 
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Notes on optional accessories
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We recommend using genuine Sony accessories.
Genuine Sony accessories may not be available
in some countries/regions.
About this manual, illustrations and
on-screen displays
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The example images used in this manual for
illustration purposes are captured using a
digital still camera, and therefore may appear
different from images and screen indicators that
actually appear on your camcorder. And, the
illustrations of your camcorder and its screen
indication are exaggerated or simplified for
understandability.
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In this manual, the internal memory of the
camcorder and the memory card are called
“recording media.”
In this manual, the DVD disc recorded with
high definition image quality (HD) is called
AVCHD disc.
Design and specifications of your camcorder
and accessories are subject to change without
notice.
Confirm the model name of your
camcorder
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The model name is shown in this manual when
there is a difference in specification between
models. Confirm the model name on the
bottom of your camcorder.
The main differences in specification of this
series are as follows:
 HXR-MC50E: GPS-compatible
 HXR-MC50P: GPS-incompatible
Notes on use
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Do not do any of the following. Otherwise, the
recording media may be damaged, recorded
images may be impossible to play back or may
be lost, or other malfunctions could occur.
 ejecting the memory card when the access
lamp (p. 22) is lit or flashing
 removing the battery pack or AC Adaptor
from the camcorder, or applying mechanical
shock or vibration to the camcorder when the
(Movie)/ (Photo) lamps (p. 23) or the
access lamp (p. 22) are lit or flashing
When using a shoulder belt (sold separately), do
not crash the camcorder against an object.
Do not use your camcorder in very loud areas.
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Operation flow
Getting started (p. 11)
Prepare the power source and memory card.
Recording movies and photos (p. 23)
Recording movies  p. 24
 Changing the recording mode (p. 30)
 Expected recording time (MEDIA INFO, p. 98)
Shooting photos  p. 26
Playing movies and photos
Playback on the camcorder  p. 35
Playing images on a TV  p. 43
Saving images
Saving movies and photos with a computer  p. 59
Saving movies and photos in external media  p. 70
Saving images with a DVD writer/recorder  p. 72
Deleting movies and photos (p. 46)
If you delete the image data that has been saved on your
computer or a disc, you can record new images on the free
media space again.
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Table of contents
Read this first.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Notes on use.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Operation flow.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Getting started
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Step 1: Attaching the supplied microphone and the lens hood.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Attaching the microphone holder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Attach the microphone to the microphone holder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Attaching the lens hood.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Step 2: Charging the battery pack.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Step 3: Turning the power on, and setting the date and time.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing the language setting.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Step 4: Preparing the recording media.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting the recording media for movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting the recording media for photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Inserting a memory card.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recording/Playback
Recording.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recording movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Shooting photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Useful functions for recording movies and photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Zooming.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recording better images automatically (INTELLIGENT AUTO).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting high definition image quality (HD) or standard image
quality (STD).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting the recording mode.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Prioritizing the subject.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Capturing smiles automatically (Smile Shutter) .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recording sound with more presence (5.1ch surround recording).. . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recording high quality photos during movie recording (Dual Rec).. . . . . . . . . . . .
Recording in dark places (NightShot). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recording in mirror mode.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Controlling the image settings manually with the MANUAL dial.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playback on the camcorder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Useful functions for playing movies and photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Searching for desired images by date (Date Index).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Searching for desired scene by pinpoint (Film Roll Index).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Searching for desired scene by face (Face Index).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playing back a digest of your movies (Highlight Playback).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using PB zoom with photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playing back a series of photos (Slide show).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playing images on a TV.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting a TV using [TV CONNECT Guide].. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using “BRAVIA” Sync.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Making good use of your camcorder
Deleting movies and photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Protecting recorded movies and photos (Protect).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dividing a movie.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Capturing a photo from a movie.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dubbing/copying movies and photos from the internal memory
to memory card.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dubbing movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Copying photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the Playlist of movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Creating the Playlist .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playing the Playlist.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the GPS function (HXR-MC50E).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting the GPS function.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Acquiring the current location information.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Searching for a desired scene by recording location (Map Index).. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Displaying the coordinate information (COORDINATES).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adjusting the clock and the area automatically (AUTO CLOCK ADJ/
AUTO AREA ADJ).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Saving movies and photos with a computer
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Preparing a computer (Windows).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Step 1 Checking the computer system.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Step 2 Installing the supplied software “PMB”.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Starting PMB (Picture Motion Browser).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reading “PMB Help”.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting the method for creating a disc (computer).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Creating a disc with one touch (One Touch Disc Burn).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Importing movies and photos to a computer.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Creating an AVCHD disc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Creating a standard definition image quality (STD) disc that can be played on
ordinary DVD players.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Saving images with an external device
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Saving images in external media (DIRECT COPY).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Creating a disc with a DVD writer, recorder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting the method for creating a disc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Creating a disc with the dedicated DVD writer, DVDirect Express.. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Creating a high definition image quality (HD) disc with a DVD writer, etc.,
other than DVDirect Express.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Creating a standard definition image quality (STD) disc with
a recorder, etc... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Customizing your camcorder
Using menus.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Operating menus.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using MY MENU.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
OPTION MENU.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the
Menu lists.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MANUAL SETTINGS (Items to adjust for scene condition).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
SHOOTING SET (Items for customized shooting).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
PHOTO SETTINGS (Items for recording photos).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
PLAYBACK (Items for playback).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
EDIT (Items for editing).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
OTHERS (Items for other settings). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MANAGE MEDIA (Items for recording media).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
GENERAL SET (Other setup items).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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79
80
81
82
84
89
93
95
97
97
98
99
Additional information
Troubleshooting.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Self-diagnosis display/Warning indicators. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Recording time of movies/number of recordable photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Expected time of recording and playback with each battery pack.. . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Expected recording time of movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Expected number of recordable photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Using your camcorder abroad.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
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Maintenance and precautions.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
About the AVCHD format.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
About GPS (HXR-MC50E).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
About the memory card.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
About x.v.Color.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
About handling of your camcorder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Specifications.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
Quick reference
Screen indicators.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Parts and controls.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Index.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
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Getting started
Step 1: Attaching the supplied microphone and
the lens hood
Attaching the microphone holder
Getting started
The cover of the fixing
lever
The fixing lever
 Turn up the cover of the fixing lever of the microphone holder.
 Make sure that the fixing lever is turned fully counterclockwise.
 Orient the arrow on the back of the microphone holder in the same
direction as the arrow on the Active Interface Shoe, and insert the
microphone holder in the direction of the arrow to attach.
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 Fix the microphone holder by turning the fixing lever clockwise until it
clicks.
If the microphone holder is turned, orient it in the direction shown in the illustration.
 Return the cover of the fixing lever to its original position.
 Notes
If you use the built-in microphone, remove the microphone holder.

Attach the microphone to the microphone holder
When you use the supplied microphone for recording sound, do the following steps.
MIC (PLUG IN POWER) jack
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 Attach the wind screen  to the supplied microphone .
 Unlock the stopper of the microphone holder and open the cover.
 Align the convex part of the microphone with the concave part of the
holder, then place the microphone into the holder. Close the cover and lock
the stopper securely.
Be sure to align the  mark on the microphone with the mark on the holder.
 Connect the microphone cable to the MIC (PLUG IN POWER) jack.
Getting started
Attaching the lens hood
The fixing lever
 Align the part marks ,  on the lens hood to those on the camcorder,
and attach the lens hood.
 Turn the lens hood holder clockwise to lock the lens hood.
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 Notes
Do not touch the lens or the lens cover when you attach the lens hood.
 The attached lens hood may interfere with flash operation. When you record photos with the lens hood
(MENU)  [Show others]  [FLASH MODE] (under
[PHOTO SETTINGS]
attached, touch
category)  [OFF] (the default setting).
 An optional filter, etc., cannot be attached if the lens hood is attached.

To remove the lens hood
Turn the fixing ring in the opposite direction of when attaching and remove it.
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Step 2: Charging the battery pack
Getting started
Battery pack
/CHG (flash/charge)
lamp
DC IN jack
AC
Adaptor
DC plug
Power cord (Mains lead)
To the wall outlet (wall socket)
You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (V series) after attaching it to your
camcorder.
 Notes
You cannot attach any “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack other than the V series to your camcorder.

1
2
3
Turn off your camcorder by closing the LCD screen after replacing the
viewfinder.
Attach the battery pack by sliding it in the direction of the arrow until it
clicks.
Connect the AC Adaptor and the power cord (mains lead) to your
camcorder and the wall outlet (wall socket).

Align the  mark on the DC plug with that on the DC IN jack.
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4
The /CHG (flash/charge) lamp lights up and charging starts. The /CHG (flash/charge)
lamp turns off when the battery pack is fully charged.
When the battery is charged, disconnect the AC Adaptor from the DC IN
jack of your camcorder.
Tips
See page 114 on recording and playing time.
When your camcorder is on, you can check the approximate amount of remaining battery power with the
remaining battery indicator at the upper left on the LCD screen.



Charging time
Approximate time (min.) required when you fully charge a fully discharged battery pack.
Battery pack
NP-FV50
NP-FV70 (supplied)
NP-FV100

Charging time
155
195
390
Times measured with the camcorder at 25 C (77 °F).
10 C to 30 C (50 °F to 86 °F) is recommended.
To remove the battery pack
Close the LCD screen. Slide the BATT (battery) release lever () and remove the battery
pack ().
To use a wall outlet (wall socket) as a power source
Make the same connections as “Step 2: Charging the battery pack.” Even if the battery pack is
attached, the battery pack is not discharged.
Charging the battery pack abroad
You can charge the battery pack in any countries/regions using the AC Adaptor supplied with
your camcorder within the AC 100 V - 240 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz range.
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 Notes
Do not use an electronic voltage transformer.

Notes on the battery pack



When you remove the battery pack or disconnect the AC Adaptor, replace the viewfinder, close the LCD
(Movie)/ (Photo) lamps (p. 23), the access lamp (p. 22) are turned
screen and make sure that the
off.
The /CHG (flash/charge) lamp flashes during charging under the following conditions:
 The battery pack is not attached correctly.
 The battery pack is damaged.
 The temperature of the battery pack is low.
Remove the battery pack from your camcorder and put it in a warm place.
 The temperature of the battery pack is high.
Remove the battery pack from your camcorder and put it in a cool place.
We do not recommend using an NP-FV30, which only allows short recording and playback times, with
your camcorder.



Getting started
Notes on the AC Adaptor
Use the nearby wall outlet (wall socket) when using the AC Adaptor. Disconnect the AC Adaptor from
the wall outlet (wall socket) 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.
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Step 3: Turning the power on, and setting the
date and time
1
Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
Your camcorder is turned on and the lens cover is opened.

To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is open, press POWER.
MODE lamp
POWER button
2
Select the desired geographical area with
/
, then touch [NEXT].
Touch the button on the
LCD screen

3
To set the date and time again, touch
(MENU)  [Show others]  [CLOCK/ LANG]
[GENERAL SET] category)  [CLOCK SET]. When an item is not on the screen, touch
(under
/
until the item appears.
Set [SUMMERTIME], date and time, then touch

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.
The clock starts.
If you set [SUMMERTIME] to [ON], the clock advances 1 hour.
 Notes
The date and time does not appear during recording, but they are automatically recorded on the



recording media, and can be displayed during playback. To display the date and time, touch
[PLAYBACK] category)  [DATA
(MENU)  [Show others]  [PLAYBACK SET] (under


.
CODE]  [DATE/TIME] 
If the button you touch does not react correctly, calibrate the touch panel (p. 124).
Once the clock is set, the clock time is automatically adjusted with [AUTO CLOCK ADJ] and [AUTO
AREA ADJ] set to [ON] (p. 57). The clock may not be adjusted to the correct time automatically,
depending on the country/region selected for your camcorder. In this case, set [AUTO CLOCK ADJ] and
[AUTO AREA ADJ] to [OFF] (HXR-MC50E).
To turn off the power
Close the LCD screen. The
off.
(Movie) lamp flashes for a few seconds and the power is turned
Tips
You can turn off your camcorder also by pressing POWER.

Getting started

If the viewfinder is pulled out, retract the viewfinder as shown in the illustration below.
On turning the camcorder on or off using the LCD screen or the viewfinder
The power of the camcorder is turned on or off depending on the status of the LCD screen or
the viewfinder.
Status
LCD screen
Viewfinder
Power of the
camcorder
Open
Retracted
On
Closed
Pulled out
On
Retracted
Off
Pulled out
On
 Notes
Even if the LCD screen is closed, if the viewfinder is pulled out, the camcorder is not turned off. When
you turn off the power of the camcorder, make sure that the viewfinder is retracted to the original
position.

Changing the language setting
You can change the on-screen displays to show messages in a specified language.
(MENU)  [Show others]  [CLOCK/ LANG] (under [GENERAL SET]
Touch


.
category)  [ LANGUAGE SET]  a desired language 
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Step 4: Preparing the recording media
The recording media that can be used are displayed on the screen of your camcorder as the
following icons.
*
Internal
memory
Memory
card
* In the default setting, both movies and photos are recorded on the internal memory. You can perform
recording, playback and editing operations on the selected medium.
Tips
See page 114 for the recordable time of movies.
See page 115 for the number of recordable photos.



Selecting the recording media for movies
 Touch
(MENU)  [Show others]  [MEDIA SETTINGS] (under
[MANAGE MEDIA] category)  [MOVIE MEDIA SET].
The [MOVIE MEDIA SET] screen appears.
 Touch the desired recording media.
 Touch [YES] 
.
The recording medium is changed.
Selecting the recording media for photos
 Touch
(MENU)  [Show others]  [MEDIA SETTINGS] (under
[MANAGE MEDIA] category)  [PHOTO MEDIA SET].
The [PHOTO MEDIA SET] screen appears.
 Touch the desired recording media.
 Touch [YES] 
.
The recording medium is changed.
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To check the recording media settings
In either movie recording mode or photo recording mode, the media icon of the selected
recording media is displayed at the top right corner of the screen.
Recording media icon
Inserting a memory card
 Notes
Set the recording medium to [MEMORY CARD] to record movies and/or photos on a memory card.

Types of memory card you can use with your camcorder


Getting started

Only “Memory Stick PRO Duo” (Mark2) media, “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo” media, SD memory cards
(Class 4 or faster), SDHC memory cards (Class 4 or faster) and SDXC memory cards (Class 4 or faster)
can be used with this camcorder. Operation with all memory cards is not assured.
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media of up to 32 GB and SD memory cards of up to 64 GB have been tested
and proven to operate with your camcorder.
In this manual, “Memory Stick PRO Duo” (Mark2) media and “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo” media are
called “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media and SD memory cards, SDHC memory cards and SDXC memory
cards are called SD cards.
 Notes
MultiMediaCard cannot be used.
 Images recorded on SDXC memory cards cannot be played back or imported on non-exFAT*-compatible
computers, AV components, etc., connected to this camcorder by USB cable. Check that the connected
devices are compatible with exFAT beforehand. If you connect a device that is not compatible with exFAT,
the screen for initialization may appear. Never execute initialization, otherwise all recorded contents will
be lost.
* exFAT is the file system used in SDXC memory cards.

Size of memory cards that can be used with your camcorder


Only “Memory Stick Duo” media that is about a half the size of the standard “Memory Stick” media, and
standard-sized SD memory cards can be used.
Do not attach a label, etc., to a memory card or memory card adaptor. Doing so may cause a malfunction.
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Open the cover, and insert the memory card with the notched edge in the
direction as illustrated until it clicks.

Close the cover after inserting the memory card.
Note direction of notched corner.
Access lamp
The [Create a new Image Database File.] screen may appear if you insert a new memory
card. In that case, touch [YES]. If you record only photos on the memory card, touch
[NO].

Confirm the direction of the memory card. If you forcibly insert the memory card in the wrong
direction, the memory card, memory card slot, or image data may be damaged.
 Notes
If [Failed to create a new Image Database File. It may be possible that there is not enough free space.]
(MENU)  [Show others]  [MEDIA
is displayed, format the memory card by touching
[MANAGE MEDIA] category)  [MEMORY CARD]  [YES]  [YES] 
FORMAT] (under
.

To eject the memory card
Open the cover and lightly push the memory card in once.


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Do not open the cover during recording.
When inserting or ejecting the memory card, be careful so that the memory card does not pop out and
drop.
Recording/Playback
Recording
In the default setting, movies are recorded with high definition image quality (HD) on the
internal memory.
Tips
To change the recording media, see page 20.


1
Fasten the grip belt.
Recording/Playback
2
Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
Your camcorder is turned on and the lens cover is opened.


To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER (p. 18).
You can switch recording modes by pressing MODE. Press MODE to light up the desired recording
mode lamp.
MODE button
(Movie): When recording a movie
(Photo): When recording a photo
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Recording movies
Press START/STOP to start recording.

You can start recording also by touching  in the bottom left of LCD screen.
START/STOP
button
[STBY]  [REC]
To stop recording, press START/STOP again.


You can stop recording also by touching  in the bottom left of LCD screen.
The icons and indicators on the LCD panel will be displayed for about 3 seconds, then disappear after
turning on your camcorder or switching the recording (movie/photo)/playback modes. To display the
icons and indicators again, touch anywhere on the screen except the rec & zoom buttons on the LCD.
Rec & zoom buttons on LCD
about 3sec
after
 Notes
If you close the LCD screen while recording movies, the camcorder stops recording.
 The maximum continuous recordable time of movies is about 13 hours.
 When a movie file exceeds 2 GB, the next movie file is created automatically.
 It will take several seconds until you can start recording after you turn on the camcorder. You cannot
operate your camcorder during this time.

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
The following states will be indicated if data is still being written onto the recording media after recording
has finished. During this time, do not apply shock or vibration to the camcorder, or remove the battery or
AC Adaptor.
 Access lamp (p. 22) is lit or flashing
 The media icon in the upper right of the LCD screen is flashing
Tips
See page 114 on the recordable time of movies.
You can record photos during movie recording by pressing PHOTO fully (Dual Rec, p. 32).
When a face is detected, a white frame appears and the image quality around the face is optimized
automatically ([FACE DETECTION], p. 90).
You can specify the priority face by touching it (p. 30).
You can capture photos from recorded movies (p. 49).
(MENU) 
You can check the recordable time, estimated remaining capacity, etc., by touching
[MANAGE MEDIA] category).
[Show others]  [MEDIA INFO] (under
The LCD screen of your camcorder can display recording images across the entire screen (full pixel
display). However, this may cause slight trimming of the top, bottom, right and left edges of images when
played back on a TV which is not compatible with full pixel display. In this case, set [GUIDEFRAME] to
[ON] (p. 89), and record images using the outer frame displayed on the screen as a guide.
To adjust the angle of the LCD panel, first open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder (), and
then adjust the angle ().








Recording/Playback

 90 degrees (max.)
 180 degrees (max.)
 90 degrees to the
camcorder

When you make recording with the viewfinder only, pull out the viewfinder and close the LCD panel.
If the indicator on the viewfinder appear blurred, adjust the viewfinder lever located on the side of the
viewfinder.

[
STEADYSHOT] is set to [ACTIVE] in the default setting.
Data code during recording
The recording date, time and condition , and coordinates (HXR-MC50E) are recorded
automatically on the recording media. They are not displayed during recording. However, you
(MENU)
can check them as [DATA CODE] during playback. To display them, touch
[PLAYBACK] category)  [DATA
 [Show others]  [PLAYBACK SET] (under


.
CODE]  a desired setting 
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Shooting photos
In the default setting, photos are recorded on the internal memory.
Tips
To change the recording media, see page 20.


 Press MODE to turn on the
(Photo) lamp.
The LCD screen display switches for photo recording mode, and the screen aspect ratio
becomes 4:3.
 Press PHOTO lightly to adjust the focus, then press it fully.

You can record photos also by touching
on the LCD screen.
Flashes  Lights up
When
Tips
See page 115 on the recordable number of photos.
(MENU)  [Show others]  [ IMAGE SIZE] (under
To change the image size, touch

.
[PHOTO SETTINGS] category)  a desired setting 
is displayed.
You cannot record photos while
You can record photos using the flash when there is insufficient ambient light. The flash does not work
(MENU)  [Show
in the movie recording mode. You can change how your camcorder flashes by
[PHOTO SETTINGS] category)  a desired setting 
others]  [FLASH MODE] (under
.

If the lens hood is attached, it may interfere with flash operation. When you record photos using the
flash, remove the lens hood.
If you record photos using a flash with a conversion lens (sold separately), the shadow may be reflected.







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disappears, the photo is recorded.
If white circular spots appear on photos
This is caused by particles (dust, pollen, etc.) floating close to the lens. When they are
accentuated by the camcorder’s flash, they appear as white circular spots.
To reduce the white circular spots, light the room and shoot the subject without a flash.
Particles (dust,
pollen, etc.) in
the air
Subject
Recording/Playback
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Useful functions for
recording movies and
photos
Zooming

You can magnify images up to 10 times using
optical zooming, unless [ STEADYSHOT] is
set to [ACTIVE].
Tips
You can set [ DIGITAL ZOOM] (p. 92) if you
want to zoom to a greater level.

You can magnify images up to 14 times the
original size with the power zoom lever.
You can magnify images also with the /
on the LCD screen.

Recording better images
automatically (INTELLIGENT AUTO)
By pressing
, you can record images
using the INTELLIGENT AUTO function.
When you turn the camcorder toward
the subject, the camcorder records using
the optimum combination of the three
detection modes: Face detection, Scene
detection and Camera-shake detection.
When the camcorder detects the subject,
the icons that correspond to the detected
condition are displayed.
Tips
In the default setting, INTELLIGENT AUTO
is set to ON.


Wider range of view
(Wide angle)
Close view
(Telephoto)
Move the power zoom lever slightly for a
slower zoom. Move it further for a faster
zoom.
 Notes
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.
 You cannot change the zoom speed with the
/
button on the LCD screen.
 The minimum possible distance between
camcorder and subject while maintaining sharp
focus is about 1 cm (about 13/32 in.) for wide
angle and about 80 cm (about 31 1/2 in.) for
telephoto.

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Face detection
(Portrait), (Baby)
The camcorder detects faces, and adjusts
the focus, color, and exposure.
Scene detection
(Landscape),
 (Backlight),
(Twilight), (Spotlight), (Low light),
(Macro)
The camcorder selects the most effective
setting automatically, depending on the
scene.
Camera-shake detection
(Walk), (Tripod)
The camcorder detects whether camerashake occurs or not, and makes the
optimum compensation.
 Notes
The camcorder may not detect the expected
scene or subject, depending on the recording
conditions.
 You cannot use the flash depending on the
scenes detected.

To cancel INTELLIGENT AUTO
Selecting high definition image
quality (HD) or standard image
quality (STD)
You can select the desired image quality
from the high definition image quality
(HD) that enables you to record fine
images, or the standard definition image
quality (STD) that has more compatibility
with various playback devices. Change the
image quality according to the recording
situation or the playback device.
Recording/Playback
Press
.
or the detection mode icons disappear,
and you can record with the preferred
settings.
Also, the INTELLIGENT AUTO setting
is canceled if you change the following
settings:
 NightShot
 [IRIS]
 [SHUTTER SPEED]
 [AE SHIFT]
 [WB SHIFT]
 [GOLF SHOT]
 [SMTH SLW REC]
 [SCENE SELECTION]
 [WHITE BAL.]
 [SPOT MTR/FCS]
 [SPOT METER]
 [SPOT FOCUS]
 [EXPOSURE]
 [FOCUS]
 [TELE MACRO]
STEADYSHOT]
[
STEADYSHOT]
[
 [AUTO BACK LIGHT]
 [LOW LUX]
 [FACE DETECTION]
 [SMILE PRIORITY]
 Notes
Above settings are reset to the default settings
when INTELLIGENT AUTO is set to ON.

(MENU)  [Show
 Touch
others]  [
/
SET] (under
[SHOOTING SET] category).
HD QUALITY] to
 Touch [
record high definition image
quality (HD) images, or touch
[
STD QUALITY] to record
standard definition image quality
(STD) images.
 Touch [YES] 
.
Recording image quality is changed.
Tips
You can record, play, or edit movies in the
selected image quality only. To record, play, or
edit movies in another image quality, change
this setting.


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Selecting the recording mode
You can select a recording mode to record
the high definition image quality (HD)
movies from 4 levels. The recording time
of the media is changed depending on
recording mode. In the default setting, the
recording mode is set to [HQ].
Long time recording
High quality
recording
(MENU)  [Show
 Touch
others]  [ REC MODE] (under
[SHOOTING SET] category).
 Touch a desired setting.
If you want to record high quality
images with the high definition image
quality (HD), select the FX or FH
mode. If you want to record longer
movies, select the LP mode.
 Touch




movies are recorded with AVCHD 1440 
1080/50i format. Movies are recorded with
MPEG-2 format when the standard image
quality (STD) is selected.
You can select the following high definition
image quality (HD) recording mode. “24M”
of [HD FX] is the maximum bit-rate, and the
value other than of [HD FX], such as “17M,” is
an average bit-rate.
 [HD FX] (AVC HD 24M (FX))
 [HD FH] (AVC HD 17M (FH))
 [HD HQ] (AVC HD 9M (HQ)) (the default
setting)
 [HD LP] (AVC HD 5M (LP))
The recording mode of the standard image
quality (STD) is limited to the following value.
“9M” is an average bit-rate.
 [STD HQ] (STD 9M (HQ))
“M,” such as in “24M,” means “Mbps.”
Prioritizing the subject
When [FACE DETECTION] (p. 90) is set
to [ON] (the default setting), and several
faces are detected, touch the face you want
to record as priority. Focus/color/exposure
are adjusted automatically for the selected
face.
.
 Notes
You cannot create an AVCHD disc from a
movie recorded with [HD FX] mode of
[ REC MODE]. Save a movie recorded with
[HD FX] mode onto Blu-ray discs or external
storage devices (p. 70).

Tips
Movies are recorded with AVCHD 1920 
1080/50i format when the FX or FH mode
of the high definition image quality (HD) is
selected. And when the HQ or LP mode of the
high definition image quality (HD) is selected,
Touch the face you want to record as
priority.

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The double-lined frame is displayed.
Touch the face with the double-lined frame
again to cancel.
 Notes
The face you touched may not be detected,
depending on the surrounding brightness or
hairstyle of the subject. In this case, touch the
face again when you record.



Capturing smiles automatically
(Smile Shutter)
A photo is recorded automatically when the
camcorder detects the smile of a person.
An orange frame appears around a face
targeted for a possible smile detection shot.
(MENU)  [Show others]
Touch
 [SMILE DETECTION] (under
[SHOOTING SET] category)  desired
mode (p. 91).
Tips
You can select the subject that has priority
for face detection and smile detection with
[PRIORITY SETTING] (p. 91). When you
specify the priority subject by touching the
detection frame on the LCD screen, the face
with a double-lined frame has priority.
If a smile is not detected, set the [SMILE
SENSITIVITY] (p. 91).




When [ REC MODE] is set to [HD FX], you
cannot use the Smile Shutter function.

Recording sound with more
presence (5.1ch surround
recording)
You can record Dolby Digital 5.1ch
surround sound with the built-in
microphone. Realistic sound can be enjoyed
when playing a movie on devices that
support 5.1ch surround sound.
In the default setting, sound is recorded in
2ch stereo.
To record sound in 5.1ch surround,
(MENU)  [Show others]
touch
 [AUDIO REC SET] (under
[SHOOTING SET] category)  [AUDIO
MODE]  [5.1ch SURROUND] (p. 92).
Recording/Playback
Tips
When [SMILE DETECTION] is set to [DUAL
CAPTURE], the face you touch also has priority
with the Smile Shutter function, and your
camcorder records a photo automatically when
it detects a smile on the prioritized face.
The double-lined frame around a face targeted
for possible smile detection shot turns orange.
If the face you touched disappears from the
LCD screen, the subject selected in [PRIORITY
SETTING] (p. 91) has priority. If the face you
touched returns to the screen, the face has
priority.

Built-in microphone
 Notes
If you play back 5.1ch sound on your
camcorder, 5.1ch sound is automatically
converted and output in 2ch.

 Notes
Smiles may not be detected depending on
recording conditions, subject conditions, and
the setting of your camcorder.
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

To enjoy the 5.1ch surround sound of the
movies recorded with high definition image
quality (HD) in 5.1ch sound, you need an
AVCHD format device compatible with 5.1ch
surround.
When you connect your camcorder with an
HDMI cable (sold separately), the sound of high
definition image quality (HD) movies recorded
in 5.1ch sound is automatically output in 5.1ch
sound. The sound of standard definition image
quality (STD) movies is converted to 2ch.
Tips
You can create a disc, which contains the
movies recorded on your camcorder, on a
computer using the supplied software “PMB.” If
you play the disc on a 5.1ch surround system,
you can enjoy realistic sound.
Infrared port


Recording high quality photos
during movie recording (Dual Rec)
You can record photos during movie
recording by pressing PHOTO.
 Notes
You cannot use the flash during Dual Rec.

may appear when the capacity of the
recording media is not enough or when you
record photos continuously. You cannot record
is displayed.
photos while
 When [
REC MODE] is set to [HD FX], you
cannot use Dual Rec.

Press NIGHTSHOT again to cancel the
NightShot function.
 Notes
The NightShot function uses infrared light.
Therefore, do not cover the infrared port with
your fingers or other objects.
 The lens hood (supplied) interferes with the
infrared operation and should be removed.
 Remove the conversion lens (sold separately).
 Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 86)
when it is hard to focus automatically.
 Do not use the NightShot function in bright
places. This may cause a malfunction.
 Set [LOW LUX] (p. 90) when you record photos
with color images in dim light.

Recording in mirror mode
Tips
(Movie), the
When the MODE lamp is set to
8.3M] (16:9 wide)
size of photos becomes [
or [6.2M] (4:3).
You can record photos during recording
standby in the same way as when the (Photo)
lamp is turned on.



Recording in dark places
(NightShot)
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When you press NIGHTSHOT, appears,
and you can record images even in total
darkness.
Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the
camcorder (), then rotate it 180 degrees
to the lens side ().
Tips
A mirror-image of the subject appears on the


LCD screen, but the image will be normal when
recorded.
Controlling the image settings
manually with the MANUAL dial
You can assign 1 menu item you use often
to the MANUAL dial.
Since the focus adjustment is assigned to
the MANUAL dial in the default settings,
the operation below is described as
adjusting the focus using the dial.


the SHUTTER SPEED priority mode. When
you shoot a moving subject at a higher shutter
speed, it appears as if frozen on the image. At
a lower shutter speed, the subject appears as if
it flowing.
[AE SHIFT] ... p. 87
[WB SHIFT] ... p. 88
To assign the menu item to the
MANUAL dial
Press and hold MANUAL down for a
few seconds.
MANUAL button
Pressing MANUAL switches the
setting mode between automatic and
manual.
 Rotate the MANUAL dial to adjust
the focus.
Items you can assign to the MANUAL
dial




[FOCUS] ... p. 86
[EXPOSURE] ... p. 86
[IRIS] ... Shoots images with the IRIS priority
mode. If you adjust the IRIS, you can sharpen
the subject with its background blurred or
sharpen the whole image.
[SHUTTER SPEED] ... Shoots images with
Recording/Playback
MANUAL dial
 Press MANUAL to activate the
manual adjustment mode.
Rotate the MANUAL dial and select the
item to be assigned.
Press MANUAL.
 Notes
You cannot switch the setting of [IRIS] and
[SHUTTER SPEED] between automatic and
manual by pressing MANUAL during movie
recording. Set the automatic or manual mode
before starting movie recording.
 Manual settings will be retained even if you
change the assigned item of the MANUAL dial.
However, if you set [EXPOSURE] after setting
[AE SHIFT] manually, [EXPOSURE] will
override [AE SHIFT].
 If you set either one of [EXPOSURE], [IRIS],
or [SHUTTER SPEED], the settings of other 2
items are canceled.
 If you select [RESET] in step , all the items
adjusted manually are reset to the default
settings.

Tips
The functions of the items that can be assigned
to the MANUAL dial are the same as those of
menu operation.
You can also assign menu items to the
(MENU) 
MANUAL dial by touching



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



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[Show others]  [OTHER REC SET] (under
[SHOOTING SET] category)  [DIAL
SETTING].
Even if you open the IRIS wider (a smaller
F-stop) than F3.4 when you set the zoom lever
to the W (Wide angle) side, the IRIS is reset
to F3.4 as you move the zoom lever to the T
(Telephoto) side.
If you adjust the IRIS, the in-focus range in
front of and behind the focused subject is
changed. When you open the IRIS wider (a
smaller F-stop), the in-focus range becomes
narrower, and when you close the IRIS
narrower (a larger F-stop), the in-focus range
becomes wider. You can set the IRIS to a
preferred value depending on the shooting
scenes.
It is difficult to focus automatically at a
lower shutter speed. Manual focusing with
your camcorder attached to a tripod is
recommended.
When you record images under a fluorescent
lamp, sodium lamp, or mercury lamp,
horizontal stripes may appear, flicker may
occur, or color may change. In this case, change
the shutter speed according to the power supply
frequency in your region.
Playback on the camcorder
In the default setting, movies and photos that are recorded on the internal memory are played.
Tips
To change the recording media, see page 20.


1
2
Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
Your camcorder is turned on and the lens cover is opened.

To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER (p. 18).
(VIEW IMAGES).
Press

3
You can display the VISUAL INDEX screen also by touching
screen.
Recording/Playback
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears after some seconds.
(VIEW IMAGES) on the LCD
or
()  a desired movie () to playback a movie.
Touch
Touch the (Photo) ()  a desired photo () to view a photo.
Movies are displayed and sorted by recording date.
 Switches operating button display.
 To MENU screen
 Displays the screen to select the index type ([DATE INDEX]/[ MAP] (HXRMC50E)/[ FILM ROLL]/[ FACE]) (p. 38, 56, 38, 39).

/
: Displays movies recorded on the previous/next date.*
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
/
: Displays the previous/next movie.
 Returns to the recording screen.
*  is displayed when  is touched.



appears when the standard definition image quality (STD) movie is selected with [
/
SET] (p. 29).
You can scroll the display by touching and dragging  or .
 appears with the movie or photo that was most recently played or recorded. If you touch the
movie or photo with , you can continue playback from the previous time. ( appears on the
photo recorded on the memory card.)
Playing movies
Your camcorder starts playing the selected movie.
Volume adjustment
Previous
Next
OPTION
To stop
To fast-forward
To fast-reverse
To pause/play
 Notes
You may not be able to play back the images with other devices than camcorder.

Tips
When playback from the selected movie reaches the last movie, the screen returns to the INDEX screen.
/
during pause to play back movies slowly.
Touch
/
during playback, movies are played as fast as about 5 times 
As you repeat touching
about 10 times  about 30 times  about 60 times.
(MENU)  [Show others]  [VISUAL
You can also display the VISUAL INDEX by touching
[PLAYBACK] category).
INDEX] (under
The recording date, time, and shooting conditions , and coordinates (HXR-MC50E) are recorded
automatically during recording. This information is not displayed during recording, but you can display
(MENU)  [Show others]  [PLAYBACK SET] (under
it during playback by touching


.
[PLAYBACK] category)  [DATA CODE]  a desired setting 






To adjust the sound volume of movies
While playing back movies, touch
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
 adjust with
You can also adjust the sound volume by using
/
/

in the OPTION MENU.
.
Viewing photos
Your camcorder displays the selected photo.
Previous
To start/stop slide
show
To the VISUAL INDEX
screen
Next
OPTION MENU
Tips
When viewing photos recorded on the memory card,


(playback folder) appears on the screen.
Recording/Playback
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Useful functions for
playing movies and
photos
Searching for desired images by
date (Date Index)
You can search for desired images by date
efficiently.
 Notes
You cannot use the Date Index function for
photos on the memory card.

 Press
(VIEW IMAGES).
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears.
 Touch
 [DATE INDEX].
Returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen

IMAGES] (under
[PLAYBACK] category)
 [DATE INDEX].
On the Film Roll Index/Face Index screen, you
can display the Date Index by touching the date
in the upper right corner of the screen.
Searching for desired scene by
pinpoint (Film Roll Index)
Movies can be divided by a set time and the
first scene of each division is displayed on
the INDEX screen. You can start playing
back a movie from the selected thumbnail.
 Press
(VIEW IMAGES).
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears.
 Touch
[
FILM ROLL].
Returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen
/
to select the date
 Touch
of the desired image, then touch
.
The images of the selected date are
displayed on the VISUAL INDEX
screen.
Tips
You can also display Date Index by touching
(MENU)  [Show others]  [VIEW


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Sets the interval at which to create
thumbnails of scenes in a movie.
/
to select the
 Touch
desired movie.
/
to search for the
 Touch
desired scene, then touch the
scene you want to play back.
Playback starts from the selected
scene.
Tips
You can also display the Film Roll Index by
(MENU)  [Show others] 
touching
[PLAYBACK]
[VIEW IMAGES] (under
category)  [ FILM ROLL].


Searching for desired scene by face
(Face Index)
The face images detected or touched during
movie recording are displayed on the
INDEX screen.
You can play back the movie from the
selected face image.
 Press
(VIEW IMAGES).
 Touch
[
FACE].
Returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen
/
to select the
 Touch
desired movie.
/
to search for the
 Touch
desired face image, then touch
the desired face image to view
the scene.
Tips
You can also display the Face Index by touching
(MENU)  [Show others]  [VIEW
[PLAYBACK] category)
IMAGES] (under
 [ FACE].


Playing back a digest of your
movies (Highlight Playback)
Recording/Playback
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears.
 Notes
Faces may not be detected depending on
recording conditions.
Example: People wearing glasses or hats, or who
do not face towards the camera.
 Make sure that you set [FACE DETECTION]
to [ON] (p. 90) (the default setting) prior to
recording, to search movies on the Face Index.

Your camcorder selects Highlight Playback
scenes at random, puts them together, and
plays them back as a digest of your high
definition image quality (HD) movies
with music and visual effects. Scenes
for Highlight Playback differ each time
Highlight Playback is selected. You can save
the desired Highlight Playback scenario.
Touch
(MENU)  [Show
others]  [ HIGHLIGHT] (under
[PLAYBACK] category).
The settings for Highlight Playback appear.
The Highlight Playback starts after several
seconds.
Returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen
Playback starts from the beginning of
the scene with the selected face image.
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To stop Highlight Playback
To pause, touch
To stop, touch
.
or

.
To change the settings for Highlight
Playback
After touching [ HIGHLIGHT], touch
[HIGHLIGHT SET] before the Highlight
Playback starts. You can set following items.





[PLAYBACK RANGE]
Set the range of movies to be played by selecting
.
the from and to date, then touch
If no range is set, your camcorder plays the
movies starting from those of the date displayed
on the VISUAL INDEX screen until the most
recently recorded movie.
[THEME]
Select one of the following: [SIMPLE],
[NOSTALGIC], [STYLISH], [ACTIVE] (the
default setting)
The music category is selected automatically
according to the theme.
[MUSIC]
From the music category, you can add one or
more of the following: [MUSIC1] - [MUSIC4]
(the default setting), [MUSIC5] - [MUSIC8]
(the desired music*).
* To change music files, for details, see page 41.
[AUDIO MIX]
The original sound is played back with the
music.
/
to adjust the balance between
Touch
the original sound and the music.
[SHUFFLE]
To play back movies in random order, select
[ON].
 Notes
The [PLAYBACK RANGE] setting is cleared
when the Highlight Playback stops.

Tips
You can change the settings for Highlight
Playback during Highlight Playback by
(OPTION).
touching
If you change the settings for Highlight
Playback, Highlight Playback scenes are



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re-selected.
If you change [MUSIC] after you select
[THEME], the music will be selected
automatically for the theme from next time.
To save a scenario for Highlight
Playback
Touch
(OPTION)  [ SCENARIO
SAVE]  [YES] during Highlight
Playback.

You can save a maximum of 8 scenarios.
If 8 scenarios have already been saved,
[HIGHLIGHT SCENARIO full. HIGHLIGHT
SCENARIOS may be erased when the
SCENARIO ERASE button is pressed.]
appears on the LCD screen. Touch
[ SCENARIO ERASE] to delete unwanted
scenarios.
To play back a saved Highlight Playback
scenario
Touch
(MENU)  [Show others] 
[PLAYBACK]
[ SCENARIO] (under
category) and select a scenario you want to
/
and touch
.
play back with
 Notes
If movies included in the Highlight Playback
scenario you are going to play are deleted or
divided, the scenario is played back with those
movies skipped.

To erase the saved Highlight Playback
scenario
Touch
(MENU)  [Show others] 
[EDIT]
[ SCENARIO ERASE] (under
category)  [ERASE] and select a scenario
/ , then touch
you want to erase with
 [YES] 

.


To erase all scenarios, touch
(MENU)
 [Show others]  [ SCENARIO ERASE]
[EDIT] category)  [ERASE ALL]
(under

.
 [YES]  [YES] 
You can erase also by touching
(OPTION) during Highlight Scenario Playback
or on the scenario selection screen.
To change music files

Using PB zoom with photos
You can magnify photos from about 1.1 to 5
times the original size.
Magnification can be adjusted with the
power zoom lever.
 Play back the photo you want to
magnify.
 Magnify the photo with T
(Telephoto).
Recording/Playback

You can transfer music files from audio CDs
or MP3 files to your camcorder, and play them
with Highlight Playback. To transfer music files,
you need to install the supplied software “PMB”
on your computer. Turn on your camcorder and
computer, connect them with the supplied USB
cable, then touch [DOWNLOAD MUSIC] on
the camcorder screen. (If the [USB SELECT]
(MENU)
screen does not appear, touch
 [Show others]  [MUSIC TOOL] (under
[OTHERS] category)  [DOWNLOAD
MUSIC]).
After the music file is transferred to the
camcorder, if you cannot play the music,
the music file may be damaged. Delete the
(MENU) 
music file by touching
[Show others]  [MUSIC TOOL] (under
[OTHERS] category)  [EMPTY MUSIC],
then transfer the music file again. If you delete
music files using [EMPTY MUSIC], the music
data recorded on your camcorder at the factory
will be deleted too. In this case, you can restore
them using Music Transfer, a software installed
together with “PMB.” To start Music Transfer,
click [Start]  [All Programs]  [PMB]
 [PMB Launcher]  [Export]  [Music
Transfer]. For operating instructions, see
[Music Transfer] help.
The screen is framed.
 Touch the screen at the point you
want to display in the center of
the displayed frame.
The point where you touched on the
screen is moved to the center of the
display frame.
 Adjust the magnification with W
(Wide angle)/T (Telephoto).
To cancel, touch
.
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Playing back a series of photos
(Slide show)
Touch
screen.
on the photo playback
The slide show begins from the selected
photo.
To stop the slide show
Touch
.
To restart the slide show
Touch
again.
 Notes
You cannot operate playback zoom during slide
show.

Tips
You can set continuous slide show playback
(OPTION) 
tab 
by selecting
[SLIDE SHOW SET] while playing photos. The
default setting is [ON] (continuous playback).


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Playing images on a TV
Connection methods and the image
quality (high definition (HD) or standard
definition (STD)) viewed on the TV screen
differ depending on what type of TV is
connected, and the connectors used.

If you touch [HINT], you can see tips for
the connection or change the settings of
your camcorder.
Connecting a TV using [TV
CONNECT Guide]
You can connect your camcorder to the TV
easily following the instructions displayed
on the LCD screen, [TV CONNECT
Guide].
Connectors on your
camcorder
 Connect your camcorder to the
TV.
 Switch the input on the TV to the
connected jack.
HDMI OUT jack
Recording/Playback

Input connectors
on the TV
Refer to the instruction manuals of the TV.
 Turn on your camcorder, and
touch
(MENU)  [Show
others]  [TV CONNECT Guide]
(under [OTHERS] category) on
the LCD screen.

Use the supplied AC Adaptor as the power
source (p. 16).
A/V Remote
Connector
 Touch [High Definition TV].
 Touch

/
to select the input
 Touch
jack of your TV, then touch
.

The connection method is displayed.
 [YES].
When the A/V connecting cable is used
to output movies, movies are output with
standard definition image quality (STD).
 Play back movies and photos on
your camcorder (p. 35).
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Types of connection cables between
your camcorder and TV
When connecting to your TV via a VCR

Connecting to a high definition TV
Component A/V Cable (supplied)
(Green) Y
(Blue)PB/CB
(Red)PR/CR
(White)
(Red)
HDMI Cable (sold separately)
Connecting to a non-high-definition 16:9 (wide) or 4:3
TV
To set the aspect ratio according to the
connected TV (16:9/4:3)

(White)
(Red)
A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO (sold
separately)







A/V connecting cable (supplied)
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Use an HDMI cable with the HDMI logo.
Use an HDMI mini connector on one end
(for the camcorder), and a plug suitable for
connecting your TV on the other end.
Copyright-protected images are not output
from the HDMI OUT jack of your camcorder.
Some TVs may not function correctly (e.g., no
sound or image) with this connection.
Do not connect the camcorder HDMI OUT
jack to an external device HDMI OUT jack, as
malfunction may result.
When the connected device is compatible
with 5.1ch surround sound, high definition
image quality (HD) movies are output in
5.1ch surround sound automatically. Standard
definition image quality (STD) movies are
converted to 2ch sound.
When you connect with A/V
connecting cable with S-Video
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If you connect only component video plugs,
audio signals are not output. Connect the white
and red plugs to output audio signals.
When you connect with HDMI cable
(Yellow)
(Yellow)
(White)
(Red)
Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting
cable to the video input jack and connect the
white (left channel) or red (right channel) plug
to the audio input jack of your TV or VCR.
When you connect with component
A/V cable

(White)
(Red)
Set [TV TYPE] to [16:9] or [4:3] according to
your TV (p. 100).
When your TV is monaural (When your
TV has only one audio input jack)
Component A/V Cable (supplied)
(Green) Y
(Blue)PB/CB
(Red)PR/CR
Connect your camcorder to the LINE IN input
on the VCR using the A/V connecting cable. Set
the input selector on the VCR to LINE (VIDEO
1, VIDEO 2, etc.).
When the S VIDEO plug (S VIDEO channel)

is connected, audio signals are not output. To
output audio signals, connect the white and red
plugs to the audio input jack of your TV.
This connection produces higher resolution
images compared with the A/V connecting
cable.
 Notes
When you play back standard definition image
quality (STD) movies on a 4:3 TV that is not
compatible with the 16:9 signal, record movies
(MENU)
with 4:3 aspect ratio. Touch
 [Show others]  [OTHER REC SET]
[SHOOTING SET] category) 
(under

[ WIDE SELECT]  [4:3] 

(p. 93).

Use a 21-pin adaptor (sold separately) to
view playback pictures.
TV/VCR
 Notes
There may be some operations you cannot do
with the remote commander.
(MENU)
 To set your camcorder, touch
 [Show others]  [OTHER SETTINGS]
[GENERAL SET] category) 
(under
[CTRL FOR HDMI]  [ON] (the default


.
setting) 
 Also set your TV. Refer to the instruction
manual of the TV for details.
 The operation of “BRAVIA” Sync differs
according to each model of BRAVIA. Refer to
the instruction manual of your TV for details.

Recording/Playback
If your TV/VCR has a 21-pin adaptor
(EUROCONNECTOR)
TV. You can display index screens such
as VISUAL INDEX, play selected movies
or display selected photos by pressing up/
down/left/right/enter buttons of the remote
commander of your TV.
Tips
If you turn off the TV, your camcorder is turned
off simultaneously.


On “Photo TV HD”
Tips
If you connect your camcorder to the TV using
more than one type of cable to output images,
the order of priority of the TV input jacks is as
follows:
HDMI  component  S VIDEO  video
HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface)
is an interface to send both video/audio signals.
The HDMI OUT jack outputs high quality
images and digital audio.



Using “BRAVIA” Sync
You can operate your camcorder with
the remote commander of your TV by
connecting your camcorder to a “BRAVIA”
Sync compatible TV launched in 2008 or
later with the HDMI cable.
You can operate the menu of your
camcorder by pressing the SYNC MENU
button of the remote commander of your
This camcorder is compatible with the
“Photo TV HD” standard. “Photo TV
HD” allows for highly-detailed, photo-like
depiction of subtle textures and colors.
By connecting Sony’s Photo TV HDcompatible devices using an HDMI cable*
or the component A/V cable**, a whole
new world of photos can be enjoyed in
breathtaking full HD quality.
* The TV will automatically switch to the
appropriate mode when displaying photos.
** Setup of the TV will be necessary. Please refer
to the instructions of your Photo TV HDcompatible TV for details.
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Making good use of your camcorder
Deleting movies and
photos
3
Touch and display the mark
on the movies or photos to be
deleted.
You can free media space by deleting
movies and photos from recording media.
 Notes
You cannot restore images once they are
deleted. Save important movies and photos in
advance.
 Do not remove the battery pack or the AC
Adaptor from your camcorder while deleting
the images. It may damage the recording media.
 Do not eject memory card while deleting
images from the memory card.
 You cannot delete protected movies and photos.
Undo the protection of the movies and photos
to delete them, before you try to delete them
(p. 47).
 If the deleted movie is included in the Playlist
(p. 52), the movie added to the Playlist is
deleted also from the Playlist.
 If the deleted movie is included in the saved
Highlight Playback scenario (p. 40), the movie
is also deleted from the scenario.

Tips
You can delete an image on the playback screen
OPTION MENU.
from
To delete all images recorded in the recording
media, and recover all the recordable space of
the media, format the media (p. 98).
Reduced-size images which enable you to view
many images at the same time on an index
screen are called “thumbnails.”




1
(MENU)  [Show
Touch
others]  [DELETE] (under
[EDIT] category).
2
To delete movies, touch
[ DELETE]  [
DELETE] or
[
DELETE].

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To delete photos, touch [
[ DELETE].
DELETE] 

4
Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
Touch

 [YES] 
.
To delete all movies/photos at one time
In step 2, touch [ DELETE] 
DELETE ALL]/[
DELETE ALL]
[

.
 [YES]  [YES] 

To delete all photos at one time, touch
[ DELETE]  [ DELETE ALL]  [YES]

.
 [YES] 
To delete all the movies/photos
recorded on the same day at one time
 Notes
You cannot delete photos on memory card by
recording date.

In step 2, touch [ DELETE] 
DELETE by date]/[
DELETE
[
by date].

To delete all photos on the same day at one
time, touch [ DELETE]  [ DELETE
by date].
Touch
/
to select the recording
date of the desired movies/photos, then
.
touch

Touch the image on the LCD screen to
to return
confirm the image. Touch
to the previous screen.
Touch [YES] 

.
Protecting recorded
movies and photos
(Protect)
Protect movies and photos to avoid deleting
them by mistake.
Tips
You can protect movies and photos on the
OPTION MENU.
playback screen from


1
Touch
(MENU)  [Show
others]  [PROTECT] (under
[EDIT] category).
2
To protect movies, touch
[ PROTECT] 
[
PROTECT]/[
PROTECT].

3
To protect photos, touch [
 [ PROTECT].
PROTECT]
Making good use of your camcorder
Touch the movies and photos to
be protected.
 is displayed on the selected images.

4
Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
Touch

 [YES] 
.
To undo the protection of movies and
photos
Touch the movie or photo marked with 
in step 3.
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Dividing a movie
 disappears.
To protect all the movies and photos
recorded on the same day at one time
 Notes
You cannot select [ PRT. by date] for still
images recorded on the memory card.
Touch
(MENU)  [Show
others]  [ DIVIDE] (under
[EDIT] category).
2
3
Touch the movie to be divided.

In step 2, touch [ PROTECT] 
PRT. by date]/[
PRT. by date].
[

1
The selected movie starts playback.
Touch
at the point where
you want to divide the movie into
scenes.
To protect all photos on the same day at
one time, touch [ PROTECT] 
[ PRT. by date].
The movie pauses. Play and pause
.
toggles as you press
Adjusts the dividing point with more
precision after you selected the dividing
point with
.
Touch
/
to select the recording
date of the desired movies/photos, then
.
touch

Touch the image on the LCD screen to
to return
confirm the image. Touch
to the previous screen.
Touch [PROTECT] 

.
To undo the protection of movies and
photos recorded on the same day at
one time
In step  above, select the recording date
of the desired movies/photos, then touch
 [UNPROTECT] 

.
Returns to the beginning of the selected
movie
4
Touch
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 Notes
You cannot restore movies once they are
divided.
 You cannot divide protected movie. Undo the
protection of the movie to divide it, before you
try to divide it (p. 47).
 Do not remove the battery pack or the AC
Adaptor from your camcorder while dividing
the movie. It may damage the recording media.
Also, do not eject the memory card while
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 [YES] 
Capturing a photo
from a movie




dividing movies on the memory card.
A slight difference may occur from the point
and the actual dividing
where you touch
point, as your camcorder selects the dividing
point based on about half-second increments.
If you divide the original movie, the movie
added to the Playlist will also be divided.
If the divided movie is included in the saved
Highlight Playback scenario (p. 40), the movie
is deleted from the scenario.
Only simple editing is available on the
camcorder. Use the supplied software “PMB”
for more advanced editing.
Tips
You can divide a movie on the playback screen
OPTION MENU.
from


1
Touch
(MENU)  [Show
others]  [PHOTO CAPTURE]
(under
[EDIT] category).
2
3
The [PHOTO CAPTURE] screen
appears.
Touch the movie to be captured.
The selected movie starts playback.
Touch
at the point where
you want to capture.
The movie pauses. Play and pause
.
toggles as you press
Making good use of your camcorder
Adjust the capturing point with more
precision after you selected the point with
.
Returns to the beginning of the selected
movie
4
Touch
.
When capturing is finished, the screen
returns to pause.



The captured photo is saved on the
recording media selected in [PHOTO
MEDIA SET] (p. 20).
, then
To continue capturing, touch
repeat steps from step 3.
To capture a photo from another movie,
, then repeat steps from step 2.
touch
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Touch

.
 Notes
The image size is fixed depending on the image
quality of the movie:
2.1M] with high definition image quality
[
(HD)
0.2M] in 16:9 (wide) with standard
[
definition image quality (STD)
 [VGA(0.3M)] in 4:3 with standard definition
image quality (STD)
 The recording medium where you want to save
photos should have enough free space.
 The recording date and time of captured photos
is the same as the recording date and time of
the movies.
 If the movie you are capturing from has no data
code, the recording date and time of the photo
will be the date and time you captured from
the movie.

Dubbing/copying
movies and photos
from the internal
memory to memory
card
Dubbing movies
You can dub movies recorded on the
internal memory of your camcorder to
memory card.
Insert memory card into your camcorder
before the operation.
 Notes
When you record a movie on the memory card
for the first time, create the image database file
(MENU)  [Show others]
by touching
[MANAGE
 [REPAIR IMG.DB F.] (under
MEDIA] category)  [MEMORY CARD].
 Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet
(wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor to
prevent your camcorder from running out of
power during dubbing.

Tips
The original movie will not be deleted after
dubbing.
All included images in a Playlist will be dubbed.
The images recorded by this camcorder and
stored onto the recording media are called
“original.”




(MENU)  [Show
 Touch
others]  [MOVIE DUB] (under
[EDIT] category).
The [MOVIE DUB] screen appears.
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 Touch the type of dubbing.
[DUB by select]: To select movies and
dub
[DUB by date]: To dub all movies of a
specified date
DUB ALL]: To dub the high
[
definition image quality (HD) Playlist
DUB ALL]: To dub the standard
[
definition image quality (STD) Playlist
When you select the Playlist as the
source of dubbing, follow the on-screen
instructions to dub the Playlist.
 Select the movie to be dubbed.
Remaining capacity of the memory
card

Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
[DUB by date]: Select the recording
date of the movie to be dubbed, then
. You cannot select multiple
touch
dates.
 [YES] 
.
Tips
To check the dubbed movies after dubbing is
finished, select [MEMORY CARD] on [MOVIE
MEDIA SET] and play them back (p. 20).


Copying photos
You can copy photos from the internal
memory of the camcorder to memory card.
Insert a memory card into your camcorder
before the operation.
 Notes
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet
(wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor to
prevent your camcorder from running out of
power during copying.

Making good use of your camcorder
[DUB by select]: Touch the movie to be
dubbed, and mark it with . You can
select multiple movies.
 Touch

(MENU)  [Show
 Touch
others]  [PHOTO COPY] (under
[EDIT] category).
The [PHOTO COPY] screen appears.
 Touch the type of copying.
[COPY by select]: To copy selected
photos
[COPY by date]: To copy all photos of
a specified date
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Using the Playlist of
movies
 Select the photo to be copied.
[COPY by select]: Touch the photo to
be copied, and mark with . You can
select multiple photos.
The Playlist is a list showing thumbnails of
the movies that you have selected.
The original movies are not changed even
if you edit or erase the movies added to the
Playlist.
Creating the Playlist
 Notes
High definition image quality (HD) movies and
standard definition image quality (STD) movies
are added to an individual Playlist.


Press and hold the image down on the
screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
[COPY by date]: Select the recording
date of the photo to be copied, then
. You cannot select multiple
touch
dates.
(MENU)  [Show
 Touch
others]  [PLAYLIST EDIT]
(under
[EDIT] category).
 Touch [
ADD] or [
ADD].
 Touch the movie to be added to
the Playlist.
 Touch

Tips
To check the copied photos after copying
is finished, select [MEMORY CARD] on
[PHOTO MEDIA SET] and play them back
(p. 20).


 [YES] 
.
The selected movie is marked with .

Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
 Touch

 [YES] 
.
To add all the movies recorded on the
same day at one time
In step 2, touch [
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ADD by date]/
[
ADD by date].
The recording dates of movies are
displayed on the screen.
Touch
/
to select the recording
date of the desired movie, then touch
.

Touch the image on the LCD screen to
to return
confirm the image. Touch
to the previous screen.
Touch [YES] 

.
Tips
You can add a maximum of 999 high definition
image quality (HD) movies, or 99 standard
definition image quality (STD) movies to the
Playlist.
You can add a movie on the playback screen
or the Playlist screen by touching
(OPTION).
The Playlist is played back from the
selected movie to the end, then the
screen returns to the Playlist screen.
To erase unnecessary movies from the
Playlist
Touch
(MENU)  [Show others]
 [PLAYLIST EDIT] (under
[EDIT] category).
ERASE]/[
ERASE].
Touch [
To erase all the movies from the Playlist,
touch [
ERASE ALL]/[
ERASE

ALL]  [YES]  [YES] 
.
Select the movie to be erased from the
list.
Making good use of your camcorder
 Notes
Do not remove the battery pack or the AC
Adaptor from your camcorder while adding
movies to the Playlist. It may damage the
recording media. Also, do not eject the memory
card while editing movies on the memory card.
 You cannot add photos to the Playlist.
 You cannot create a Playlist which contains
both high definition image quality (HD) movies
and standard definition image quality (STD)
movies.

 Touch the movie you want to
play back.



Playing the Playlist
(MENU)  [Show
 Touch
others]  [PLAYLIST] (under
[PLAYBACK] category).
Movies added to the Playlist appear.
The selected movie is marked with .

Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
Touch
.
 [YES] 

Tips
Even if you erase a movie from a Playlist, the
original movie is not deleted.


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Using the GPS function
(HXR-MC50E)
To change the order within the Playlist
What is GPS?
Touch
(MENU)  [Show others]
 [PLAYLIST EDIT] (under
[EDIT] category).
MOVE]/[
MOVE].
Touch [
Select the movie to be moved.
The GPS (Global Positioning System) is a
system that calculates geographical location
from highly accurate US space satellites.
This system allows you to pinpoint your
exact location on the earth.
The following function is available if you
use the GPS function.
 Your location
You can display the current location on
a map.
 Map Index
You can find a movie or photo on a map
by its recording location.
 COORDINATES
You can display the coordinate
information during playback.
 AUTO CLOCK ADJ/AUTO AREA ADJ
Your camcorder adjusts the clock
and the time difference on each area
automatically.
The selected movie is marked with .

Touch the image on the LCD screen to
to return
confirm the image. Touch
to the previous screen.
Touch
.
Select the destination with
/
.
Destination bar
Touch
.
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
Tips
When you select multiple movies, the movies
are moved following the order appearing in the
Playlist.


 [YES] 
When you conduct the following operations
for the first time, a message appears to
confirm whether you assent with the license
agreement of the map data.
( YOUR LOCATION) on
 Touch
the recording screen.
 Touch
 [ MAP] on the playback
screen.
You can use the map data by touching
[YES] on the screen after assenting to the
supplied license agreement.
You cannot use the map data when you
touch [NO]. However, when you conduct
the above operations for the second time,
the same message will appear on the screen,
and you can use the map data by touching
[YES].
Setting the GPS function
Set the GPS switch to ON (
appears on
the LCD screen). Your camcorder starts
trying to triangulate. When your camcorder
triangulates successfully, it will record the
location information at the time movies
and photos were recorded.
 Notes
Use the GPS function in outdoors. The
camcorder may not be able to receive radio
signals in places where radio signals are
blocked or reflected, such as indoors or a place
surrounded by buildings or trees.
 The indicator changes according to the strength
of GPS signal reception.



GPS
indicators
Function off
The GPS switch is
set to OFF, or the
No
indicator GPS receiver is not
functioning normally.
GPS reception status
Unable to
triangulate
Your camcorder
cannot find a GPS
signal, therefore, it
cannot triangulate.
Move to an open area
and turn on the GPS
switch again.
Processing
Your camcorder is
searching for a GPS
satellite signal. It may
take several minutes
to complete the
triangulation.
Triangulating
Your camcorder
is receiving a GPS
signal, and can acquire
location information.
Triangulating
Your camcorder is
receiving a strong GPS
signal, and can acquire
location information.



Making good use of your camcorder
Triangulating status

The GPS switch is set to ON in the default
setting. Movies and photos will be recorded
with location information. When your
camcorder cannot acquire the location
information, the last acquired location
information is recorded. If you do not want to
record location information, set the GPS switch
to OFF.
Even if the camcorder is turned off, the GPS
function is working as long as the GPS switch
is set to ON. Make sure that the GPS switch
is set to OFF during takeoff and landing of an
airplane.
show GPS
The dots in the lower right of
signal quantity. When fewer than 3 dots are
displayed, the GPS signal is not stable enough
to triangulate in the current environment. Start
recording in the current state, or move to an
open place where 3 dots are displayed.
If no satellite signal is detected after a few
minutes of searching, your camcorder quits
is displayed. To search for
searching and
a satellite signal again, turn the GPS switch to
OFF, and then ON again, or turn the power of
your camcorder off, and then on again.
Processing time can be shortened when you
load the GPS assist data into the camcorder
using the supplied software “PMB.” Install
“PMB” on your computer (p. 60) and connect
the computer to the internet. Then connect the
camcorder to the computer and the GPS assist
data will be automatically updated.
The GPS assist data may not function in the
following cases:
 When the GPS assist data are not updated for
about 30 days or more
 When the date and time of the camcorder are
not correctly set
 When the camcorder is moved for a long
distance
Acquiring the current location
information
You can display the current location on a
map. Set the GPS switch to ON so that your
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camcorder can acquire the current location
information.
Touch
( YOUR LOCATION) on
the recording screen.

You can also display the current location by
(MENU)  [Show others] 
touching
[ YOUR LOCATION] (under [OTHERS]
category).
Searching for a desired scene by
recording location (Map Index)
Where movies and photos were recorded is
marked on a map. You can select a movie or
photo by recording location.
The current location is displayed and
marked at the center of the LCD screen. If
you touch a certain point on the screen, the
map shows the area with that point at the
center.
(your location) at the bottom
Touch
left of the LCD screen to move the current
location back to the center.
To close the map screen
Touch


 Press
 Touch


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MAP].
Scale
Previous


[
Returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen
 Notes
 The map always displays the north at the top.

(VIEW IMAGES).
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears.
.
Tips
You can change the scale using the zoom lever
(W: larger, T: smaller).
Your camcorder acquires the current location
information periodically. The displays of the
center marker, etc., appear differently according
to the status of the current inquiry.
To display the current location on a map, touch
on the screen during triangulation.
the
When triangulation is unsuccessful, the map
shows the default setting location or a location
acquired previously.
If you hold a certain point, the map keeps
scrolling.
You can use the Map Index only with movies
and photos having location information that
was recorded with the GPS switch set to ON
(p. 55).
You cannot use the Map Index with photos
recorded on memory card.
Next
Image marker
Displays photos



You can change the scale using the zoom lever
(W: larger, T: smaller).
The point you touch on the map scrolls to the
center automatically. If you hold a certain point,
the map keeps scrolling.
will appear at the upper right corner of
the thumbnail of the movie or photo without
location information.
 Touch the image marker where
you recorded the movies and
photos to be played back.
[

MAP].
You can also search for the thumbnail of
the movie or photo you want to play by
/
in step 3. The recording
touching
location of the movie or photo will be
displayed at the center of the map.
Displaying the coordinate
information (COORDINATES)
During playback, your camcorder can
display the coordinates information
recorded on movies and photos.
 Touch the desired movie or
photo.
Making good use of your camcorder
The image marker turns red. The
movies or photos recorded at that
location are displayed on the left of the
screen.
Touch
(MENU)  [Show
others]  [PLAYBACK SET] (under
[PLAYBACK] category)  [DATA
CODE]  [COORDINATES] 


.
Latitude
Longitude
Playback starts from the selected scene.
 Notes
 The map always displays the north at the top.
 When you record several movies and photos at
the same location, the movie or photo recorded
most recently will be displayed on the LCD
screen.
Tips
You can also display the Map Index by touching
(MENU)  [Show others]  [VIEW
[PLAYBACK] category)
IMAGES] (under


Adjusting the clock and the area
automatically (AUTO CLOCK ADJ/
AUTO AREA ADJ)
Your camcorder can maintain accurate
time and compensate for time difference
automatically, by acquiring time and
location information from GPS.
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(MENU)  [Show
 Touch
others]  [CLOCK/ LANG]
(under
[GENERAL SET]
category)  [AUTO CLOCK
ADJ]/[AUTO AREA ADJ].
 Touch a desired setting 

.

 Notes
You must set the date and time on your
camcorder before using your camcorder (p. 18).
 There may be discrepancies of a few seconds
even if [AUTO CLOCK ADJ] is activated.
 The clock is adjusted automatically by
[AUTO CLOCK ADJ] when you turn off your
camcorder if the camcorder is receiving a GPS
signal while it is being used. The clock is not
adjusted until the camcorder is turned off. Also,
the clock is not adjusted unless the camcorder
is receiving a GPS signal, even if the GPS switch
is set to ON.
 The [AUTO AREA ADJ] function automatically
compensates for a time difference when it
detects a time differences with the current area.
 The clock may not be adjusted to the correct
time automatically, depending on the country/
region selected for your camcorder. In this case,
set [AUTO CLOCK ADJ] and [AUTO AREA
ADJ] to [OFF].

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Saving movies and photos with a computer
Preparing a computer
(Windows)
You can perform following operations using
“PMB (Picture Motion Browser).”
 Importing images to a computer
 Viewing and editing imported images
 Creating a disc
 Uploading movies and photos to websites
To save movies and photos using a
computer, install “PMB” from the supplied
CD-ROM beforehand.
 Notes
Do not format the media of your camcorder
from a computer. Your camcorder may not
operate correctly.
 This camcorder captures high definition footage
in the AVCHD format. Using the enclosed
PC software, high definition footage can be
copied onto DVD media. However, DVD media
containing AVCHD footage should not be used
with DVD based players or recorders, as the
DVD player/recorder may fail to eject the media
and may erase its contents without warning.

OS*1
Microsoft Windows XP SP3*2/Windows Vista
SP2*3/Windows 7
Application
DirectX 9.0c or later (This product is based
on DirectX technology. It is necessary to have
DirectX installed.)
Memory
For Windows XP: 512 MB or more (1 GB or
more is recommended.)
However, 256 MB or more is sufficient for
processing only the movies with standard
definition image quality (STD).
For Windows Vista/Windows 7: 1 GB or
more
Saving movies and photos with a computer
Step 1 Checking the computer
system
CPU*4
Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster, or Intel
Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or faster (Intel Core
2 Duo 2.26 GHz or faster is required when
processing HD FX/HD FH movies)
However, Intel Pentium III 1 GHz or faster is
sufficient for the following operations:
 Importing the movies and photos to the
computer
 One Touch Disc Burn
 Creating an Blu-ray disc/AVCHD disc/
DVD-video (Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or
faster is required when creating a DVD
video by converting high definition image
quality (HD) to standard definition image
quality (STD).)
 Copying a disc
 Processing only the movies with standard
definition image quality (STD)
Hard disk
Disk volume required for installation:
Approximately 500 MB (10 GB or more may
be necessary when creating AVCHD discs.
50 GB maximum may be necessary when
creating Blu-ray discs.)
Display
Minimum 1,024 × 768 dots
Others
USB port (this must be provided as standard,
Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compatible)), Bluray disc/DVD burner (CD-ROM drive is
necessary for installation) Either NTFS or
exFAT file system is recommended as the
hard disk file system.
*1Standard installation is required. Operation is
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not assured if the OS has been upgraded or in a
multi-boot environment.
*264-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not
supported. Windows Image Mastering API
(IMAPI) Ver.2.0 or newer is required to use disc
creation function, etc.
*3Starter (Edition) is not supported.
*4Faster processor is recommended.
 Notes
Operation with all computer environments is
not assured.

When using a Macintosh
The supplied software “PMB” is not
supported by Macintosh computers. To
import the movies and photos to the
computer, please contact Apple Inc..
computer before installing the software.
 Place the supplied CD-ROM in
the disc drive of your computer.
The installation screen appears.
If the screen does not appear, click
[Start]  [Computer] (in Windows
XP, [My Computer]), then double-click
[SONYPMB (E:)] (CD-ROM)*.
* Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary
depending on the computer.

 Click [Install].
Step 2 Installing the supplied
software “PMB”
Install “PMB” before connecting your
camcorder to a computer.
 Select the country or region.
 Notes
If a version of “PMB” under 5.0.00 has been
installed on your computer, you may be unable
to use some functions of those “PMB” when
installing the “PMB” from the supplied CDROM. Also, “PMB Launcher” is installed from
the supplied CD-ROM and you can start “PMB”
or other software by using the “PMB Launcher.”
Double-click the “PMB Launcher” short-cut
icon on the computer screen to start “PMB
Launcher.”
 Select the language for the
application to be installed, then
proceed to the next screen.

 Confirm that your camcorder is
not connected to the computer.
 Turn on the computer.


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Log on as an Administrator for
installation.
Close all applications running on the
 Read the terms of the license
agreement carefully. If you agree
to the terms, change to , and
then click [Next]  [Install].
 Turn on your camcorder, then
connect the camcorder to the
computer using the supplied USB
cable.
: Starts “PMB.”
: Displays “PMB Help.”
: Displays “PMB Launcher.”
“PMB Launcher” enables you to start
“PMB” or other software, or to open
web sites.
The [USB SELECT] screen appears on
the camcorder screen automatically.
 Touch [ USB CONNECT] on
the camcorder screen to make
the computer recognize your
camcorder.

If the [USB SELECT] screen does not
(MENU)  [Show
appear, touch
others]  [USB CONNECT] (under
[OTHERS] category).
 Click [Continue] on the computer
screen.



Connect the camcorder to the computer
during the installation of “PMB.”
Depending on the computer, you may
need to install third party software. If
the installation screen appears, follow
the instructions to install the required
software.
Restart the computer if required to
complete the installation.

Other icons may appear.
No icon may appear depending on the
installation procedure.
 Notes
To create discs or use other functions on
Windows XP, Image Mastering API v2.0 for
Windows XP should be installed. If Image
Mastering API v2.0 for Windows XP has not
been installed yet, select it from required
programs on the installation screen and install
it following the procedures displayed. (The
computer must be connected to the internet
for the installation.) You may install Image
Mastering API v2.0 for Windows XP in
response to the message displayed when you try
to start those functions.

Saving movies and photos with a computer
 Follow the on-screen instructions
to install the software.

To disconnect your camcorder from the
computer
Click the
icon at the bottom right of the
desktop of the computer  [Safely remove
USB Mass Storage Device].
When the installation is completed,
following icons will appear.
Remove the CD-ROM from your
computer.
Touch [END]  [YES] on the camcorder
screen.
Disconnect the USB cable.
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Starting PMB (Picture
Motion Browser)
 Notes
Access from the computer using the supplied
software “PMB.” Do not modify the files or
folders on the camcorder from the computer.
The image files may be destroyed or may not be
played back.
 Operation is not guaranteed, if you perform the
above operation.
 When importing a long movie or edited image,
use the supplied software “PMB.” If you use any
other software, images may not be imported
properly.
 When you delete image files, follow the steps
on page 46. Do not delete the image files on the
camcorder directly from the computer.
 Do not copy the files on the recording
media from the computer. Operation is not
guaranteed.
 You can create a Blu-ray disc by using a
computer with a Blu-ray disc burner. Install the
BD Add-on Software for “PMB” (p. 67).

Double-click the “PMB” short-cut icon on
the computer screen.
 Notes
If the icon is not displayed on the computer
screen, click [Start]  [All Programs]  [
PMB] to start “PMB.”

You can view, edit, or create discs of movies
and photos using “PMB.”
Reading “PMB Help”
For details on how to use “PMB,” read the
“PMB Help.” Double-click the “PMB Help”
short-cut icon on the computer screen to
open the “PMB Help.”
 Notes
If the icon is not displayed on the computer
screen, click [Start]  [All Programs] 
[PMB]  [PMB Help]. You can also open the
“PMB Help” from [Help] of “PMB.”

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Selecting the method for creating a disc
(computer)
Several methods for creating a high definition image quality (HD) disc or a standard
definition image quality (STD) disc from high definition image quality (HD) movies or
photos recorded on your camcorder are described here. Select the method that suits your
disc player.
Player
Choosing a method and disc type
Blu-ray disc playback
devices (a Blu-ray disc player,
PlayStation3, etc.)
Importing movies and photos to a
AVCHD format playback devices
(a Sony Blu-ray disc player,
PlayStation3, etc.)
computer (p. 66)

Creating a Blu-ray disc* with high
definition image quality (HD) (p. 67)
Creating a disc with one touch (One Touch
Disc Burn) (p. 65)
Importing movies and photos to a
computer (p. 66)

Creating a AVCHD format disc with high
definition image quality (HD) (p. 67)
Saving movies and photos with a computer
Ordinary DVD playback devices
(a DVD player, a computer that
can play DVDs, etc.)
Importing movies and photos to a
computer (p. 66)

Creating a standard definition image
quality (STD) disc (p. 68)
* To create a Blu-ray disc, the BD Add-on Software for “PMB” must be installed (p. 67).
Characteristics of each type of disc
Using a Blu-ray disc enables you to record high definition image quality (HD) movies of a longer
duration than DVD discs.
High definition image quality (HD) movie can be recorded on DVD media, such as DVD-R discs,
and a high definition image quality (HD) disc is created.
You can play a high definition image quality (HD) disc on AVCHD format playback devices, such as
a Sony Blu-ray disc player and a PlayStation3. You cannot play the disc on ordinary DVD players.
Standard definition image quality (STD) movie converted from high definition image quality (HD)
movie can be recorded on DVD media, such as DVD-R discs, and a standard image quality (STD)
disc is created.
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Discs you can use with “PMB”
You can use 12 cm discs of following type with “PMB.” For Blu-ray disc, see page 67.
Disc type
DVD-R/DVD+R/DVD+R DL
DVD-RW/DVD+RW
Features
Unrewritable
Rewritable
 Notes
Always maintain your PlayStation3 to use the latest version of the PlayStation3 system software.
 The PlayStation3 may not be available in some countries/regions.

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Creating a disc with
one touch
(One Touch Disc Burn)
Movies and photos recorded on your
camcorder that have not yet been saved
with One Touch Disc Burn function can
be saved on a disc automatically. Movies
and photos are saved on a disc with their
recorded image quality.
3
Press
(DISC BURN).
4
Follow the instructions on the
computer screen.
 Notes
Movies and photos are not saved on the
computer when you perform One Touch Disc
Burn.

Saving movies and photos with a computer
 Notes
 High definition image quality (HD) movies (the
default setting) will make an AVCHD disc.
 You cannot create AVCHD discs from movies
recorded with [HD FX] mode of [ REC
MODE].
 Creating a Blu-ray disc is not available with One
Touch Disc Burn.
 To create a standard definition image quality
(STD) disc from high definition image quality
(HD) movies, import movies to a computer first
(p. 66), and then create a standard definition
image quality (STD) disc (p. 68).
 Install “PMB” beforehand (p. 60), however, do
not start “PMB.”
 Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall
socket) using the AC Adaptor supplied for this
operation (p. 16).
 With One Touch Disc Burn function on your
camcorder, you can save movies and photos
recorded on the internal memory only.
1
Turn on your computer, and place
an unused disc on the DVD drive.


2
See page 64 for the type of discs you can
use.
If any other software than “PMB” starts
automatically, shut it down.
Turn on your camcorder, then
connect the camcorder to the
computer using the supplied USB
cable.
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Importing movies and
photos to a computer
Movies and photos recorded on your
camcorder can be imported to a computer.
Turn on the computer beforehand.
 Notes
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall
socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this
operation (p. 16).

1
Turn on your camcorder, then
connect the camcorder to the
computer using the supplied USB
cable.
Movies and photos are imported to
your computer.
When the operation is completed, the
“PMB” screen appears.
Tips
You can export high definition image quality
(HD) movies from your computer to your
camcorder. See “PMB Help” (p. 62) for details.


2
The [USB SELECT] screen appears on
the camcorder screen.
Touch the recording media that
contains the images you want to
save on the camcorder screen.
[ USB CONNECT]: Internal
memory
[ USB CONNECT]: Memory card

3
If the [USB SELECT] screen does not
(MENU)  [Show
appear, touch
others]  [USB CONNECT] (under
[OTHERS] category).
The window for import appears on the
computer screen.
Click [Import].

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Refer to “PMB Help” (p. 62) for details.
Creating an AVCHD
disc
You can create an AVCHD disc by putting
together high definition image quality
(HD) movies previously imported to your
computer (p. 66).
In this section, the procedure for recording
a high definition image quality (HD) movie
on a DVD disc is explained.
1
appears.

5
Follow the instructions on the
screen to create a disc.
Turn on your computer, and place
an unused disc on the DVD drive.


2
3
See page 63 for the type of discs you can
use.
If any other software than “PMB” starts
automatically, shut it down.
Start “PMB” (p. 62).



4
High definition image quality (HD)
movies are marked with .
You cannot save photos on a disc.
To select plural movies, hold the Ctrl key
down and click thumbnails.
At the top of the window, click
 [Create AVCHD Format
Discs (HD)].

Playing an AVCHD disc on a computer
You can play back AVCHD discs using
“Player for AVCHD” that is installed
together with “PMB.”
To start “Player for AVCHD” Click [Start]
 [All Programs]  [PMB]  [PMB
Launcher]  [View]  [Player for
AVCHD].
See the “Player for AVCHD” help on the
operation.
 Notes
Movies may not be played smoothly depending
on the computer environment.

Creating a Blu-ray disc
You can create a Blu-ray disc with a high
definition image quality (HD) movie
previously imported to a computer (p. 66).
To create a Blu-ray disc, the BD Add-on
Software for “PMB” must be installed. Click
[BD Add-on Software] on the installation
screen of “PMB,” and install this plug-in
according to the on-screen instructions.

The window used to select movies
It may take a long time to create a disc.
Saving movies and photos with a computer
Click [Calendar] or [Index] on
the left side in the window, and
select the date or folder, then
select the high definition image
quality (HD) movies.
To add movies to the previously selected
ones, select the movies in the main
window and drag and drop onto the
window for selecting movies.
Connect your computer to the internet when
you install [BD Add-on Software].
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Creating a standard
definition image
quality (STD) disc
that can be played on
ordinary DVD players
Place an unused Blu-ray disc in the disc
 [Create Blu-ray Disc
drive, and click
(HD)] in step 4 of “Creating an AVCHD
disc” (p. 67). Other procedures are the same
as that for creating an AVCHD disc.
 Notes
Your computer must support the creation of
Blu-ray discs.
 BD-R (unrewritable) and BD-RE (rewritable)
media are available for creating Blu-ray discs.
You cannot add contents to either type of disc
after creating the disc.

You can create a standard definition image
quality (STD) disc by selecting movies
previously imported to your computer
(p. 66).
 Notes
You may select high definition image quality
(HD) movies as sources. However, image
quality is converted from high definition (HD)
to standard definition (STD). It will take a
longer time for converting the image quality of
the movies than it took to actually record the
movies.

1
Turn on your computer, and place
an unused disc on the DVD drive.


2
3
See page 63 for the type of discs you can
use.
If any other software than “PMB” starts
automatically, shut it down.
Start “PMB” (p. 62).
Click [Calendar] or [Index] on
the left side in the window, and
select the date or folder, then
select the movies.


4
High definition image quality (HD)
movies are marked with .
To select plural movies, hold the Ctrl key
down and click thumbnails.
At the top of the window, click
 [Create DVD-Video Format
Discs (STD)].
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The window used to select movies
appears.
Capturing photos from a movie

You can save a frame of a movie as a photo
file.
Double-click the movie to be edited on
“PMB,” then click [Show Edit Palette]
on the right side of the screen  [Save
Frame]. See “PMB Help” (p. 62) for details.
To add movies to the previously selected
ones, select the movies in the main
window and drag and drop onto the
window for selecting movies.
5
Follow the instructions on the
screen to create a disc.

It may take a long time to create a disc.
Copying a disc
Saving movies and photos with a computer
You can copy a recorded disc to another
disc using “Video Disc Copier.”
Click [Start]  [All Programs]  [PMB]
 [PMB Launcher]  [Disc creation] 
[Video Disc Copier] to start the software.
See “Video Disc Copier” help on the
operation.
 Notes
You cannot copy high definition image quality
(HD) movies by converting them to standard
definition image quality (STD).
 You cannot copy to a Blu-ray disc.

Editing movies
You can cut out only necessary parts from a
movie and save it as another file.
Double-click the movie to be edited on
“PMB,” then click [Show Edit Palette]
on the right side of the screen  [Trim
Video], or select the [Manipulate] menu 
[Edit]  [Trim Video]. See “PMB Help”
(p. 62) for details.
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Saving images with an external device
Saving images in
external media
(DIRECT COPY)
You can save movies and photos on external
media (USB storage device), such as an
external hard disk drive. You can also play
back images on the camcorder or another
playback device.
 Notes
The USB Adaptor Cable VMC-UAM1 may not
be available in some countries/regions.
 You cannot use the following devices as an
external media.
 media with a capacity exceeding 2 TB
 ordinary disc drive such as CD or DVD drive
 media connected via USB hub
 media with built-in USB hub
 card reader
 You may not be able to use external media with
a code function.
 FAT file system is available for your camcorder.
If the external media was formatted to NTFS
file system, etc., format the external media on
your camcorder before use. The format screen
appears when the external media is connected
to your camcorder. The format screen may
appear even in the case of media utilizing the
FAT file system.
 Operation is not assured with every device
satisfying requirements for operating.
 Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall
socket) using the supplied AC adaptor (p. 16).
 Refer to the instruction manual supplied with
the external media.

Tips
You can also import images recorded on
external media using the supplied software
“PMB.”


1
Connect the AC Adaptor and the
power cord (mains lead) to the
DC IN jack of your camcorder and
the wall outlet (wall socket).
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2
If the external media has the AC
power cable, connect it to the
wall outlet (wall socket).
3
Connect the USB Adaptor Cable
(supplied) to the external media.
4
Connect the USB Adaptor Cable
(supplied) to the  (USB) jack of
your camcorder.
When the [Create a new Image
Database File.] screen appears, touch
[YES].
USB Adaptor
Cable (supplied)
5
Touch [Copy.] on the camcorder
screen.
Movies and photos in the internal
memory of the camcorder that have
not yet been saved on to external
media can be saved.

This screen will appear only when there
are newly recorded images.
6
After the operation is completed,
touch
on the camcorder
screen.
 Notes
The number of scenes you can save on the
external media are as follows. However, even if
the external media has free space, you cannot
save scenes exceeding the following number.
High definition image quality (HD) movies:
Max. 3,999
Standard definition image quality (STD)
movies: 9,999
Photos: 9,999 frames × 899 folders
The number of scenes may be smaller
depending on the type of images recorded.

Touch [Play without copying.] in step 5
above.
The VISUAL INDEX screen of the
external media is displayed.
(MENU)  [Show others]
Touch
 [MOVIE DUB] (when selecting
movies)/[PHOTO COPY] (when
selecting photos).
Follow the on-screen instructions to
select the recording media and image
selection methods.
When you selected [DUB by select],
touch the image to be saved.
appears.

When you selected [DUB by date], select
the date of the images to be dubbed with
/
, then touch
and go
to step .
When connecting an external media
The images saved in the external media
are displayed on the LCD screen. The
movie display and photo display buttons
on the VISUAL INDEX screen change as
illustrated below.
Remaining external media capacity

You can make menu settings of the external
media such as deleting images. Touch
(MENU)  [Show others] on the VISUAL
INDEX screen.
To save desired movies and photos
You can also save images recorded on
memory cards.
 Notes
You cannot copy or search photos by date which
are recorded on the memory card.
Saving images with an external device

Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
By touching date, you can search for
images by date.
Touch
 [YES] 
camcorder screen.
on the
To play back images in the external
media on the camcorder
Touch [Play without copying.] in step 5
above.
The VISUAL INDEX screen of the
external media is displayed.
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Creating a disc with a
DVD writer, recorder
Play back the image (p. 35).


You can also view images on a TV
connected to your camcorder (p. 43).
You can play back the high definition
image quality (HD) movies on your
computer using [Player for AVCHD]. Start
[Player for AVCHD] (p. 67), and select
the drive where the external media is
connected with [Settings].
 Notes
The Date Index and Map Index (HXR-MC50E)
of photos cannot be displayed.
 If your camcorder does not recognize the
external media, try the following operations.
 Reconnect the USB Adaptor Cable to your
camcorder
 If the external media has the AC power cable,
connect it to the wall outlet (wall socket)

To finish the external media connection
Touch
on the VISUAL INDEX
screen of the external media.
Disconnect the USB Adaptor Cable.
Selecting the method for creating
a disc
Several methods for creating an AVCHD
disc or a standard definition image quality
(STD) disc from high definition image
quality (HD) movies or photos recorded on
your camcorder are described here. Select
the method that suits your disc player.
 Notes
Prepare a DVD disc such as a DVD-R, for
creating a disc.
 See page 63 to create a Blu-ray disc.
 See page 70 to save images in the external
media.
 See page 68 for the type of discs to be created.

AVCHD format compatible device
Player


Sony Blu-ray disc player
PlayStation3, etc.
Creating device


DVD writer, DVDirect Express (p. 73)
DVD writer, etc., other than DVDirect
Express (p. 75)
Disc type

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AVCHD disc (high definition image quality
(HD))
Ordinary DVD device
Player


DVD player
Computer that can play DVDs, etc.
Creating device



DVD writer, DVDirect Express (p. 73)
DVD writer, other than DVDirect Express
(p. 75)
Disc recorder, etc. (p. 76)
Disc type

Standard definition image quality (STD) disc
You can create a disc or play back the
images on a created disc by using the
dedicated DVD writer, DVDirect Express
(sold separately).
Refer also to the instruction manual
supplied with the DVD writer.
 Notes
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall
socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this
operation (p. 16).
 Only unused discs of the following types can
be used:
 12cm DVD-R
 12cm DVD+R
 The device does not support two-layered discs.
 DVDirect Express is referred to as “DVD
writer” in this section.

 Connect the AC Adaptor and the
power cord (mains lead) to the
DC IN jack of your camcorder
and the wall outlet (wall socket)
(p. 16).
Saving images with an external device
 Notes
 Always maintain your PlayStation3 to use
the latest version of the PlayStation3 system
software.
 The PlayStation3 may not be available in some
countries/regions.
 The AVCHD disc can be played back only on
AVCHD format compatible devices.
 The AVCHD disc should not be used in DVD
players/recorders. Because DVD players/
recorders are not compatible with the AVCHD
format, DVD players/recorders may fail to eject
the disc.
 You cannot create an AVCHD disc from a
movie recorded with [HD FX] mode of
[ REC MODE]. Save a movie recorded with
[HD FX] mode onto Blu-ray discs or external
storage devices (p. 70).
Creating a disc with the dedicated
DVD writer, DVDirect Express
 Turn on your camcorder, and
connect the DVD writer to the 
(USB) jack of your camcorder with
the USB cable of the DVD writer.
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 Insert an unused disc into the
DVD writer, and close the disc
tray.
The [DISC BURN] screen appears on
the camcorder screen.
 Press
writer.


(DISC BURN) on the DVD
Movies recorded on the internal memory
that have not been saved on any discs will
be recorded onto the disc.
When there are unsaved high definition
(HD) and standard definition (STD)
image quality movies, they will be saved
on individual discs according to the image
quality.
 Repeat steps 3 and 4 when the
total memory size of movies to
be burnt exceeds that of the disc.
 When
converting high definition (HD)
movies to standard definition (STD) movies,
and creating a disc
 When dubbing images in the memory card
Touch [DISC BURN OPTION] in step 4.
Select the recording media containing
the movie(s) you want to save.
When you select movies with high
definition image quality (HD), the
screen to select the image quality of the
disc to be created appears on the LCD
screen. Select the desired image quality,
.
and touch

The image quality of the disc depends on
the recording time of the selected movies
when you create a disc converting them
from high definition image quality (HD)
to standard definition image quality
(STD).
Touch the movie you want to burn on
the disc.
appears.
 [END]  [EJECT
 Touch
DISC] on the camcorder screen.
Remove the disc after the operation is
completed.
, then disconnect the
 Touch
USB cable.
Remaining Disc capacity


Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
By touching date, you can search for
images by date.
Touch
screen.
To customize a disc with DISC BURN
OPTION
Perform this operation in the following
cases:
 When
 When
disc
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dubbing a desired image
creating multiple copies of the same

 [YES] on the camcorder
To create another disc of the same
contents, insert a new disc and touch
[CREATE SAME DISC].
After the operation is completed, touch
[EXIT]  [END] on the camcorder
screen.
Disconnect the USB cable from your
camcorder.
 Notes
Do not do any of the following when creating
a disc.
 Turn off the camcorder
 Disconnect the USB cable or the AC adaptor
 Subject the camcorder to mechanical shock
or vibration
 Eject the memory card from the camcorder
 Play the created disc to make sure dubbing was
performed correctly before deleting the movies
on your camcorder.
 If [Failed.] or [DISC BURN failed.] appears on
the screen, insert another disc into the DVD
writer and perform the DISC BURN operation
again.
your camcorder with the USB cable of
the DVD writer.



To play back a disc on the DVD writer
You can play back movies on the TV
screen by connecting the camcorder to a
TV (p. 43).
Insert a created disc into the DVD
writer.
The movies on the disc appear as
VISUAL INDEX on the camcorder
screen.
Press the play button on the DVD writer.

You can also operate by the camcorder
screen.
Touch [END]  [EJECT DISC] on the
camcorder screen and remove the disc
after the operation is completed.
and disconnect the USB
Touch
cable.
To play back a disc on the ordinary DVD
player
Select the standard image quality (STD) on
the screen to select the image quality of the
disc to be created in step 2 of “To customize
a disc with DISC BURN OPTION.”
Saving images with an external device
Tips
If the total memory size of movies to be burnt
by the DISC BURN operation exceeds that of
the disc, disc creation stops when the limit is
reached. The last movie on the disc may be
cut off.
Disc creation time to dub movies to the limit
of the disc is about 20 to 60 minutes. It may
take more time depending on the recording
mode or the number of scenes. Also, if high
definition image quality (HD) is converted to
standard definition image quality (STD), image
quality conversion takes longer than the actual
recording.


Tips
If you cannot play back created standard
definition (STD) image quality discs on any
DVD player, connect the camcorder to the
DVD writer, and then play back.


Creating a high definition image
quality (HD) disc with a DVD writer,
etc., other than DVDirect Express
Connect the AC Adaptor and the power
cord (mains lead) to the DC IN jack of
your camcorder and the wall outlet (wall
socket) (p. 16).
Turn on your camcorder, and connect
the DVD writer to the  (USB) jack of
Use USB cable to connect your camcorder
to a disc creation device, which is
compatible with high definition image
quality (HD) movies, such as a Sony DVD
writer. Refer also to the instruction manuals
supplied with the device to be connected.
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 Notes
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall
socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this
operation (p. 16).
 Sony DVD writer may not be available in some
countries/regions.
memory
[ USB CONNECT]: Memory card

 Connect the AC Adaptor and the
power cord (mains lead) to the
DC IN jack of your camcorder
and the wall outlet (wall socket)
(p. 16).
 Turn on your camcorder, and
connect a DVD writer, etc. to the
 (USB) jack of your camcorder
with the USB cable (supplied).
 Record movies on the connected
device.

For details, refer to the instruction
manuals supplied with the device to be
connected.
 After the operation is completed,
touch [END]  [YES] on the
camcorder screen.
 Disconnect the USB cable.
Creating a standard definition
image quality (STD) disc with a
recorder, etc.
The [USB SELECT] screen appears on
the camcorder screen.

If the [USB SELECT] screen does not
(MENU)  [Show
appear, touch
others]  [USB CONNECT] (under
[OTHERS] category).
 Touch the recording media that
contains the images on the
camcorder screen.
[
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USB CONNECT]: Internal
You can dub images played back on your
camcorder on a disc or video cassette,
by connecting your camcorder to a disc
recorder, a Sony DVD writer, etc., other
than DVDirect Express, with the A/V
connecting cable. Connect the device in
either way of  or . Refer also to the
instruction manuals supplied with the
devices to be connected.
 Notes
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall
socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this
operation (p. 16).
 Sony DVD writer may not be available in some
countries/regions.
 High definition image quality (HD) movies
will be dubbed with standard definition image
quality (STD).

A/V connecting cable (supplied)
Connect the A/V connecting cable to the
input jack of another device.
A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO
(sold separately)
When connecting to another device
via the S VIDEO jack, by using an A/V
connecting cable with an S VIDEO cable
(sold separately), higher quality images can
be produced than with an A/V connecting
cable. Connect the white and red plug
(left/right audio) and the S VIDEO plug
(S VIDEO channel) of the A/V connecting
cable with an S VIDEO cable. If you
connect the S VIDEO plug only, you will
hear no sound. The yellow plug (video)
connection is not necessary.
A/V Remote Connector
 Insert the recording media in the
recording device.

 Connect your camcorder to the
recording device (a disc recorder,
etc.) with the A/V connecting
cable  (supplied) or an A/V
connecting cable with S VIDEO
 (sold separately).

Refer to the instruction manuals supplied
with your recording device for details.
 When dubbing is finished, stop
the recording device, and then
your camcorder.
Saving images with an external device
S VIDEO
Connect your camcorder to the input jacks
of the recording device.
 Start playback on your
camcorder, and record it on the
recording device.

Input
If your recording device has an input
selector, set it to the input mode.
VIDEO
(Yellow)
(White)
AUDIO
(Yellow)
Signal flow
(Red)
 Notes
Since dubbing is performed via analog data
transfer, the image quality may deteriorate.
 You cannot dub images to recorders connected
with an HDMI cable.
 To hide the screen indicators (such as a counter,
etc.) on the screen of the monitor device
(MENU)  [Show
connected, touch
others]  [OUTPUT SETTINGS] (under
[GENERAL SET] category)  [DISP
OUTPUT]  [LCD PANEL] (the default


.
setting) 

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


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To record the date/time, coordinates (HXRMC50E), or camera settings data, touch
(MENU)  [Show others]  [PLAYBACK
[PLAYBACK] category) 
SET] (under
[DATA CODE]  a desired setting 

. In addition, touch

(MENU)  [Show others]  [OUTPUT
[GENERAL SET]
SETTINGS] (under
category)  [DISP OUTPUT]  [V-OUT/


.
PANEL] 
When the screen size of display devices (TV,
(MENU)  [Show
etc.) is 4:3, touch
others]  [OUTPUT SETTINGS] (under
[GENERAL SET] category)  [TV TYPE] 


.
[4:3] 
When you connect a monaural device, connect
the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable
to the video input jack, and the white (left
channel) or the red (right channel) plug to the
audio input jack on the device.
Customizing your camcorder
Using menus
Using the menus, you can perform useful functions and change various settings. If you make
good use of menu operations, you can enjoy using your camcorder.
The camcorder has various menu items under each of eight menu categories.
MANUAL SETTINGS (Items to adjust for scene condition)  p. 84
SHOOTING SET (Items for customized shooting)  p. 89
PHOTO SETTINGS (Items for recording photos)  p. 93
PLAYBACK (Items for playback)  p. 95
EDIT (Items for editing)  p. 97
OTHERS (Items for other settings)  p. 97
MANAGE MEDIA (Items for recording media)  p. 98
GENERAL SET (Other setup items)  p. 99
Operating menus
/
/


You can touch buttons and drag the screen to scroll the list of the menu.
The selected category icon is displayed in orange.
, the screen returns to the MY MENU screen.
When you touch
Customizing your camcorder

: The menu list moves from category to category.
: The menu list moves through 4 items at once.
Touch
(MENU).
Touch [Show others] on the MY MENU screen.

See the next page for details on MY MENU.
Touch the central part of the left side of screen to change the display.
Touch the menu item to be changed.
.
After changing the setting, touch
.
To finish setting the menu, touch
.
To return to the previous menu screen, touch

may not be displayed depending on the menu item.
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 Notes
You may not be able to set some menu items, depending on the recording or playback conditions.
 Grayed out menu items or settings are not available.

Tips
Depending on the menu items being changed, your camcorder switches between playback mode and
recording mode (movie/photo).


Using MY MENU
You can use the menu items more easily by registering the menu items you use most often on
MY MENU. You can register 6 menu items on each MY MENU of the MOVIE, PHOTO, and
PLAYBACK.
Example: deleting [SPOT MTR/FCS] and registering [
FADER]
Touch
(MENU).
Touch [MY MENU SETTING].
Touch [MOVIE].
Touch [SPOT MTR/FCS].
.
Touch
[MANUAL SETTINGS] category).
Touch [ FADER] (under
.
When MY MENU is displayed, touch
Repeat the same steps above to register menu items on MY MENU, and enjoy using your
camcorder.
Tips
When an external storage device is connected, the exclusive MY MENU appears.


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Using the
OPTION MENU
The OPTION MENU appears just like the pop-up window that appears when you right-click
is displayed at bottom-right of the screen, you can use
the mouse on a computer. When
, and the menu items you can change in the context
the OPTION MENU. You touch
appear.
Menu item
Tab
Touch
(OPTION).
Touch the desired tab  the item to change the setting.
.
After completing the setting, touch
 Notes
Grayed out menu items or settings are not available.
 When the item you want is not on the screen, touch another tab. (There may be no tab.)
 The tabs and items that appear on the screen depend on the recording/playback status of your camcorder
at the time.

Customizing your camcorder
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Menu lists
(MANUAL SETTINGS) category
SCENE SELECTION
FADER
WHITE BAL.
SPOT MTR/FCS
SPOT METER
SPOT FOCUS
EXPOSURE
FOCUS
TELE MACRO
AE SHIFT
WB SHIFT
GOLF SHOT
SMTH SLW REC
84
84
85
86
86
86
86
86
87
87
88
88
89
(SHOOTING SET) category
/
SET
REC MODE
GUIDEFRAME
STEADYSHOT
CONVERSION LENS
LOW LUX
FACE DETECTION
PRIORITY SETTING
SMILE DETECTION
SMILE SENSITIVITY
AUDIO REC SET
BLT-IN ZOOM MIC
29
30
89
89
90
90
90
91
91
91
(PLAYBACK) category
VISUAL INDEX
VIEW IMAGES
DATE INDEX
35
38
MAP*
56
FILM ROLL
38
FACE
39
PLAYLIST
HIGHLIGHT
SCENARIO
PLAYBACK SET
/
SET
53
39
40
29
DATA CODE
95
(EDIT) category
DELETE
DELETE
46
DELETE
46
SCENARIO ERASE
ERASE
40
ERASE ALL
40
91
47
MICREF LEVEL
91
PROTECT
47
AUDIO MODE
92
OTHER REC SET
DIGITAL ZOOM
92
AUTO BACK LIGHT
92
DIAL SETTING
33
NIGHTSHOT LIGHT
92
X.V.COLOR
92
WIDE SELECT
93
SELF-TIMER
IMAGE SIZE
STEADYSHOT
FLASH MODE
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94
95
PROTECT
PROTECT
(PHOTO SETTINGS) category
82
FLASH LEVEL
REDEYE REDUC
FILE NO.
93
93
94
94
DIVIDE
PHOTO CAPTURE
MOVIE DUB
DUB by select
48
49
51
DUB by date
51
DUB ALL/
DUB ALL
PHOTO COPY
COPY by select
51
COPY by date
PLAYLIST EDIT
ADD/
51
ADD
52
ADD by date/
ERASE/
51
ADD by date 52
ERASE
ERASE ALL/
ERASE ALL
53
53
MOVE/
MOVE
54
AUTO CLOCK ADJ*
AUTO AREA ADJ*
(OTHERS) category
SUMMERTIME
YOUR LOCATION*
USB CONNECT
USB CONNECT
55
75
USB CONNECT
75
DISC BURN
65
TV CONNECT Guide
MUSIC TOOL
EMPTY MUSIC
43
DOWNLOAD MUSIC
BATTERY INFO
41
41
LANGUAGE SET
OTHER SETTINGS
CALIBRATION
57
57
101
101
124
CTRL FOR HDMI
102
REC LAMP
102
REMOTE CTRL
102
* HXR-MC50E
97
(MANAGE MEDIA) category
MEDIA SETTINGS
MOVIE MEDIA SET
20
PHOTO MEDIA SET
20
MEDIA INFO
MEDIA FORMAT
INT. MEMORY
MEMORY CARD
REPAIR IMG.DB F.
INT. MEMORY
MEMORY CARD
98
98
98
108, 112
108, 112
(GENERAL SET) category
36, 99
BEEP
99
LCD BRIGHT
99
LCD BL LEVEL
99
LCD COLOR
100
DISPLAY SET
100
OUTPUT SETTINGS
TV TYPE
100
COMPONENT
100
HDMI RESOLUTION
101
DISP OUTPUT
101
CLOCK/ LANG
CLOCK SET
AREA SET
Customizing your camcorder
SOUND/DISP SET
VOLUME
18
101
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MANUAL
SETTINGS
(Items to adjust for scene
condition)
PORTRAIT (Soft portrait)
( )
Brings out the subject such
as people or flowers while
creating a soft background.
See “Using menus” (p. 79) on the operation.
The default settings are marked with .
SPOTLIGHT**( )
SCENE SELECTION
Prevents people’s faces from
appearing excessively white
when subjects are lit by
strong light.
You can record images effectively in various
situations.
BEACH** (
 AUTO
)
Records images in average image quality
without the [SCENE SELECTION] function.
Takes the vivid blue of the
ocean or a lake.
TWILIGHT* ( )
SNOW** ( )
Maintains the darkening
atmosphere of the distant
surroundings in twilight
scenes.
* Adjusted to focus on subjects farther away
TWILIGHT PORT. (
** Adjusted not to focus on subjects a short
Takes bright pictures of a
white landscape.
only.
)
Enables to take photos of
people and background
using a flash.
SUNRISE&SUNSET* (
Reproduces the atmosphere
of scenes such as sunsets or
sunrises.
FIREWORKS* ( )
Takes spectacular shots of
fireworks.
LANDSCAPE*(
)
Shoots distant subjects
clearly. This setting also
prevents your camcorder
from focusing on glass or
metal mesh in windows
between the camcorder and
the subject.
distance away.
)
 Notes
Even if you set [TWILIGHT PORT.], the setting
changes to [AUTO] in movie recording mode.
 When you record images with [TWILIGHT
PORT.], set [FLASH MODE] to [AUTO] or
[OFF].
 If you set [SCENE SELECTION], [WHITE
BAL.] setting is canceled.

FADER
You can record a transition with the
following effects adding to the interval
between scenes.
Select the desired effect in [STBY] (to
fading in) or [REC] (to fading out) mode.
 OFF
Does not use an effect.
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WHITE FADER
INDOOR ()
Fades in/out with the white effect.
Out
The white balance is appropriately adjusted
for the following recording conditions:
 Indoors
 At party scenes or studios where the
lighting conditions change quickly
 Under video lamps in a studio, or under
sodium lamps or incandescent-like color
lamps
In
BLACK FADER
Fades in/out with the black effect.
Out
In
ONE PUSH (
To cancel the fader before starting the
operation, touch [OFF].
Tips
When you press START/STOP, the setting is
cleared.
A movie recorded using [BLACK FADER] may
be difficult to see in the VISUAL INDEX screen.



WHITE BAL. (White balance)
You can adjust the color balance to the
brightness of the recording environment.
The white balance is adjusted automatically.
OUTDOOR ( )
The white balance is appropriately adjusted
for the following recording conditions:
 Outdoors
 Night views, neon signs and fireworks
 Sunrise or sunset
 Under daylight fluorescent lamps
 Notes
Set [WHITE BAL.] to [AUTO] or adjust the
color in [ONE PUSH] under white or cool
white fluorescent lamps.
 When you select [ONE PUSH], keep framing
is flashing quickly.
white objects while
flashes slowly if [ONE PUSH] could not

be set.
keeps
 When [ONE PUSH] was selected, if
, set [WHITE
flashing after touching
BAL.] to [AUTO].
 If you set [WHITE BAL.], [SCENE
SELECTION] is set to [AUTO].

Tips
If you have changed the battery pack while
[AUTO] was selected, or taken your camcorder
outdoors after inside use (or vice versa), aim
your camcorder at a nearby white object for
about 10 seconds for better color balance
adjustment.
When the white balance has been set with
[ONE PUSH], if the lighting conditions
changed by bringing your camcorder outdoors
Customizing your camcorder
 AUTO
)
The white balance will be adjusted
according to the ambient light.
Touch [ONE PUSH].
Frame a white object such as a piece of
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.



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from inside the house, or vice versa, you need
to redo the [ONE PUSH] procedure to readjust
the white balance.
SPOT MTR/FCS (Spot meter/
focus)
You can adjust the brightness and focus
for the selected subject simultaneously.
This function enables you to use [SPOT
METER] (p. 86) and [SPOT FOCUS]
(p. 86) at the same time.
Touch the subject in the frame of which you
want to adjust the brightness and focus.
To adjust the brightness and focus
automatically, touch [AUTO].
 Notes
[EXPOSURE] and [FOCUS] are automatically
set to [MANUAL].

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.
touch [AUTO].
 Notes
[EXPOSURE] is automatically set to
[MANUAL].

SPOT FOCUS
You can select and adjust the focal point to
aim it at a subject not located at the center
of the screen.
Touch the subject in the frame of which you
want to adjust the focus.
To adjust the focus automatically, touch
[AUTO].
 Notes
[FOCUS] is automatically set to [MANUAL].

EXPOSURE
You can fix the brightness of a picture
manually. Adjust the brightness when the
subject is too bright or too dark.
Touch
/
to adjust the brightness.
To adjust the exposure automatically, touch
[AUTO].
Tips
You can also adjust manually by using the
MANUAL dial (p. 33).


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Touch the subject in the frame of which you
want to adjust the exposure.
To return the setting to automatic exposure,
FOCUS
You can adjust the focus manually. You can
select this function also when you want to
focus on a certain subject intentionally.
Touch
(nearby subject)/
(distant
subject) to adjust the focus.
To adjust the focus automatically, touch
[AUTO].
TELE MACRO
This is useful to shoot small subjects, such
as flowers or insects. You can blur out
backgrounds and the subject stands out
clearer.
 OFF
Cancels TELE MACRO. (TELE MACRO is
also canceled when you move the zoom lever
to the W side.)
ON ( )
The zoom (p. 28) moves to the top of the T
(telephoto) side automatically and allows
recording subjects at a close distance down to
about 32 cm (12 5/8 in.).
 Notes
 When you set [FOCUS] to [MANUAL], 
appears.
 The minimum possible distance between
camcorder and subject while maintaining sharp
focus is about 1 cm (about 13/32 in.) for wide
angle and about 80 cm (about 31 1/2 in.) for
telephoto.
Tips
appears when the focus cannot be adjusted
any closer, and appears when the focus
cannot be adjusted farther away.
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 focal distance information (distance at
which the subject is focused on; used as a guide
if it is dark and focus adjustment is difficult)
appears for a few seconds in the following cases.
(This information will not display correctly if a
conversion lens (sold separately) is being used.)
 When the focus mode is switched from
automatic to manual
 When you set focus manually
You can also adjust manually by using the
MANUAL dial (p. 33).




Customizing your camcorder

 Notes
When recording a distant subject, focusing may
be difficult and can take some time.
 Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 86)
when it is hard to focus automatically.

AE SHIFT
You can adjust the exposure manually.
 OFF
Adjusts the exposure automatically.
ON (
and the adjustment value)
Adjusts the exposure manually.
Tips
You can adjust the automatic exposure level to
brighter or darker when [EXPOSURE] is set to
[AUTO].
if the subject is white or the
Touch
if the subject
backlight is bright, or touch
is black or the light is dim.



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
You can also adjust manually by using the
MANUAL dial (p. 33).
The point when START/STOP is pressed.
The impact sound*
WB SHIFT (White Balance Shift)
1.5
sec
You can adjust the white balance manually.
2-second recorded interval
 OFF
Adjusts the white balance automatically.
ON (
* The loudest sound detected during one second
before START/STOP is pressed is assumed to be
the moment of impact.
and the adjustment value)
Adjusts the white balance manually.
Tips
When the white balance is set to a lower value,
images appear bluish, and when set to a higher
value, images appear reddish.
You can also adjust manually by using the
MANUAL dial (p. 33).



GOLF SHOT
Divides 2 seconds of fast movement into
frames which are then recorded as a
movie and photos. You can view a series
of movement when playing back, which is
convenient in cases such as checking golf
swing or tennis form.
 Notes
If the impact sound is not detected, the 0.5
second point before START/STOP is pressed
is assumed as the moment of impact, and the
period of 1.5 seconds before and 0.5 second
after it (2 seconds total) is recorded.
 The size of photos becomes 1,920  1,080.
 You cannot record sound.
 Image quality is not as good as that of normal
recording.
 You cannot use [GOLF SHOT] when you set
the image quality to standard definition image
quality (STD).

On the [GOLF SHOT] screen, frame the
subject in the white guide frame in the
center of the screen, then press START/
STOP immediately after the swing.
When impact sound is detected, the
recording time period is automatically
adjusted according to that moment.
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Tips
You can set the self-timer by touching
(OPTION). With [SELF-TIMER] set to [ON],
press START/STOP to start countdown of the
timer. The point when countdown reaches 0 is
assumed as the moment of impact and motion
before and after 0 is recorded.
If camera shake is excessive, or there are moving
objects in the background during recording,
image analysis will not be performed effectively,
and images may contain noise as a result. It is
recommended that you record images under
stable conditions (for example, using a tripod).
Impact sound may be detected by the internal
microphone even when an external microphone
is attached.



88
0.5
sec

SHOOTING SET
SMTH SLW REC (Smooth slow
rec)
Fast moving subjects and actions, which
cannot be captured under the ordinary
shooting conditions, can be shot in smooth
moving slow-motion for about 3 seconds.
Press START/STOP on the [SMTH SLW
REC] screen.
An about-3-second movie is recorded
as a 12-second-slow-motion movie.
[Recording…] disappears, when recording
is finished.
Touch
recording.
to cancel the smooth slow
To change the setting
Touch
(OPTION), then select the
setting you want to change.
(Items for customized
shooting)
See “Using menus” (p. 79) on the operation.
The default settings are marked with .
/
SET
See page 29.
REC MODE (Recording
mode)
See page 30.
GUIDEFRAME
You can display the frame and check that
the subject is horizontal or vertical.
The frame is not recorded.
 OFF
Does not display the guide frame.
[TIMING]
ON
Select the recording start point after
START/STOP is pressed. The default
setting is [3sec AFTER].
Displays the guide frame.
The point when START/STOP is pressed.
Tips
Positioning the subject at the cross point of the
guide frame makes a balanced composition.
The outer frame of [GUIDEFRAME] shows the
display area of a TV which is not compatible
with full pixel display.
When recording with the viewfinder, the outer
frame of [GUIDEFRAME] is not displayed.



[3sec BEFORE]
 Notes
 You cannot record sound.
 Image quality is not as good as that of normal
recording.
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[3sec AFTER]

STEADYSHOT
You can compensate for camera shake.
Set [ STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] ( )
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when using a tripod (sold separately), then
the image becomes natural.
dim light.
 OFF
The LOW LUX function is not used.
 ACTIVE
Provides a more powerful SteadyShot effect.
ON ( )
The LOW LUX function is used.
STANDARD
Provides the SteadyShot effect under relatively
stable recording conditions.
OFF (
)
The SteadyShot function is not used.
 Notes
If you change the setting of
[ STEADYSHOT], the imaging field will also
change accordingly.
 You can magnify images up to 10 times using
optical zooming, unless [ STEADYSHOT] is
set to [ACTIVE].

FACE DETECTION
Detects the faces of your subjects
and adjusts the focus/color/exposure
automatically. Also, it adjusts the image
quality of face parts more finely, in the case
of the high definition image quality (HD)
movies.
 ON
Detects faces.
OFF (
CONVERSION LENS
When using a conversion lens (sold
separately), use this function to record
using the optimum compensation for
camera shake and focus for the lens.
 OFF
Select this when you do not use a conversion
lens.
 Notes
Faces may not be detected depending on
recording conditions, subject conditions, and
the setting of your camcorder.
 [FACE DETECTION] may not function
properly depending on recording conditions.
Set [FACE DETECTION] to [OFF] in this case.

WIDE CONVERSION ( )

Select this when you use a wide-conversion
lens.

TELE CONVERSION ( )
Select this when you use a tele-conversion
lens.
 Note
The flash is not flashed when [CONVERSION
LENS] is set to other than [OFF], you cannot
also set [FLASH MODE] (p. 94).

LOW LUX
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You can record bright color images, even in
)
Does not detect faces.

Tips
For better face detection performance, shoot the
subject(s) under the following conditions:
 Shoot in a sufficiently bright place
 The subject(s) does not wear glasses, a hat
or mask
 The subject(s) faces directly towards the
camera
The detected faces are recorded in Face Index,
however, some faces may not be. Also, there
is a limit to the number of faces that can be
recorded in Face Index. To play back from the
Face Index, see page 39.
PRIORITY SETTING
SMILE SENSITIVITY
Selects the priority subject for the face
detection or the smile shutter.
Adjusts focus/color/exposure automatically
for the selected faces.
 AUTO
Detects faces automatically.
CHILD PRIORITY
Detects with priority on a child’s face.
Sets the smile detection sensitivity using the
Smile Shutter function.
HIGH
Detects even a slight smile.
 MEDIUM
Detects a normal smile.
LOW
Detects a big smile.
ADULT PRIORITY
Detects with priority on an adult’s face.
Tips
When you specify the priority subject by
touching the detection frame on the LCD
screen, the face with a double-lined frame has
priority (p. 30).
AUDIO REC SET


SMILE DETECTION
)
Only during movie recording, the shutter is
released automatically, when the camcorder
detects a smile.
)
The shutter is released when the camcorder
detects a smile whenever the camcorder is in
recording mode.
 OFF
Smiles are not detected, so photos are not
recorded automatically.
 Notes
 Smiles may not be detected depending on
recording conditions, subject conditions, and
the setting of your camcorder.
 When [DUAL CAPTURE] is selected,
appears on the screen in movie recording
when movie
standby, and changes into
recording starts.
The microphone does not record sound
following zooming in or out.
ON ( )
The microphone records sound following
zooming in or out.
 MICREF LEVEL (Microphone
reference level)
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ALWAYS ON (
You can record a movie with vivid sound
appropriate to the zoom position.
 OFF
The shutter is released when the camcorder
detects a smile (Smile Shutter).
DUAL CAPTURE (
 BLT-IN ZOOM MIC (Built-in zoom
microphone)
You can select the microphone level for
recording sound.
 NORMAL
Records various ambient sounds, converting
them into the appropriate level.
LOW ( )
Records ambient sound faithfully. Select
[LOW] when you want to record an exciting
and powerful sound in a concert hall, etc.
(This setting is not suitable for recording
conversations.)
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 AUDIO MODE
OFF
You can change the recording sound
format.
Does not adjust the exposure for backlit
subjects.
5.1ch SURROUND (
)
Records sound in 5.1ch surround.
 2ch STEREO (
)
Records sound in 2ch stereo.
OTHER REC SET

DIGITAL ZOOM
You can select the maximum zoom level.
Note that the image quality decreases when
you use the digital zoom.
 DIAL SETTING
You can select an item you want to set to
the MANUAL dial. For details, see page 33.
 NIGHTSHOT LIGHT
When using the NightShot (p. 32) function,
you can record clearer images by activating
[NIGHTSHOT LIGHT], which emits
infrared light (invisible).
 ON
Emits infrared light.
OFF
Does not emit infrared light.
Up to 14× zoom is performed.
 Notes
Do not cover the infrared port (p. 132) with
your fingers or other objects.
 The lens hood (supplied) interferes with the
infrared operation and should be removed.
 Remove the conversion lens (sold separately).
 The maximum shooting distance using
[NIGHTSHOT LIGHT] is about 3 m (10 feet).
120×


The zooming zone appears when you select
[120×].
 OFF
Up to 120× zoom is performed digitally.
 Note
When [ STEADYSHOT] is set to other
than [ACTIVE], up to 10× zoom is performed
optically.

 AUTO BACK LIGHT
 OFF
Records in ordinary color range.
Your camcorder adjusts the exposure for
backlit subjects automatically.
ON (
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Records in x.v.Color.
 ON
Adjusts the exposure for backlit subjects
automatically.
X.V.COLOR
You can capture wider range of colors.
Various colors such as the brilliant color of
flowers and turquoise blue of the sea can
be more faithfully reproduced. Refer to the
instruction manuals of the TV.
 Notes
Set [ X.V.COLOR] to [ON] when the
recorded movie will be played back on an

PHOTO SETTINGS
(Items for recording photos)


x.v.Color-compliant TV.
If the movie recorded with this function [ON] is
played back on a non-x.v.Color-compliant TV,
the color may not be reproduced correctly.
[ X.V.COLOR] cannot be set to [ON]:
 When recording standard definition image
quality (STD) movies
 While recording a movie

WIDE SELECT
When recording standard definition image
quality (STD) movies, you can select the
horizontal to vertical ratio according to the
TV connected. Refer also to the instruction
manuals supplied with your TV.
 16:9 WIDE
Records movies to the full screen on a 16:9
(wide) TV screen.
4:3 (
See “Using menus” (p. 79) on the operation.
The default settings are marked with .
SELF-TIMER
Press PHOTO to start the count down. A
photo is recorded after about 10 seconds.
 OFF
Cancels the self-timer.
ON ( )
Starts the self-timer recording. To cancel the
recording, touch [RESET].
IMAGE SIZE
)
Records movies to the full screen on a 4:3
TV screen.
 Notes
 Set [TV TYPE] correctly according to the TV
connected for playback (p. 100).
Tips
You can also operate by pressing PHOTO on
the Wireless Remote Commander (p. 133).


You can select a photo size to be shot.
 12.0M (
)
Records photos in the highest quality (4,000
× 3,000).
9.0M (
)
Records photos in the high quality in the 16:9
(wide) ratio (4,000 × 2,250).
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6.2M (
)
Records photos clearly (2,880 × 2,160).
1.9M (
)
Allows you to record more photos in
relatively clear quality (1,600 × 1,200).
VGA(0.3M) (
)
Allows the maximum number of photos to be
recorded (640 × 480).
 Notes
The selected image size is effective when the
(Photo) lamp is lit.
 See page 115 for the number of recordable
photos.
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STEADYSHOT
You can compensate for camera shake.
Set [ STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] ( )
when using a tripod (sold separately), then
the image becomes natural.
 ON
The SteadyShot function is used.
OFF (
)
The SteadyShot function is not used.


FLASH LEVEL
You can set this function when you
record photos using the built-in flash, or
an external flash (sold separately) that is
compatible with your camcorder.
AUTO
Automatically flashes when there is
insufficient ambient light.
ON ( )
Always uses the flash regardless of the
surrounding brightness.
 OFF ( )
Records without flash.
 Notes
The recommended distance to the subject when
using the built-in flash is approximately 0.3 to
1.5 m (11 7/8 to 59 1/8 in.).
 Remove any dust from the surface of the flash
before using it. Flash effect may be impaired if
heat discoloration or dust obscures the lamp.
 The /CHG (flash/charge) lamp (p. 15) flickers
while charging the flash, and remains lit when
the battery charge is complete.
 If you use the flash in bright places such as
when shooting a backlit subject, the flash may
not be effective.
 The flash is not flashed when [CONVERSION
LENS] (p. 90) is set to other than [OFF], you
cannot also set [FLASH MODE].

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HIGH (
FLASH MODE
You can select the flash setting when you
record photos using the built-in flash, or
an external flash (sold separately) that is
compatible with your camcorder.
The flash is not flashed in movie recording
mode.
If the lens hood is attached, it may interfere
with flash operation. When you record photos
using the flash, remove the lens hood.
Makes the flash level higher.
 NORMAL ( )
)
LOW (
Makes the flash level lower.
REDEYE REDUC (Redeye
reduction)
You can set this function when you
record photos using the built-in flash, or
an external flash (sold separately) that is
compatible with your camcorder.
When you set [REDEYE REDUC] to [ON],
then set [FLASH MODE] to [AUTO] or
appears. You can prevent redeye
[ON],
by activating the pre-flash before the flash
flashes.
 OFF
Does not prevent redeye.
ON (
)
Prevents redeye.
 Notes
The redeye reduction may not produce the
desired effect due to individual differences and
other conditions.
 The redeye function does not work with
automatic recording by [SMILE DETECTION].

PLAYBACK
(Items for playback)
FILE NO. (File number)
You can select the way to assign file number
of photos.
 SERIES
Assigns file numbers of photos in sequence.
The file number becomes larger each time
you record a photo.
Even if the memory card is replaced with
another one, the file number is assigned in
sequence.
See “Using menus” (p. 79) on the operation.
VISUAL INDEX
See page 35.
VIEW IMAGES
 DATE INDEX
See page 38.
RESET

Assigns file numbers in sequence, following
the largest file number existing on the
recording medium.
When the memory card is replaced with
another one, the file number is assigned for
each memory card.
See page 54.

MAP (HXR-MC50E)
FILM ROLL
See page 38.

FACE
See page 39.
PLAYLIST
See page 52.
HIGHLIGHT
See page 39.
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SCENARIO
See page 40.
PLAYBACK SET

/
SET
See page 29.
 DATA CODE
During playback, your camcorder displays
the information (Date/time, Camera data,
Coordinates) recorded automatically at the
time of recording.
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 OFF
Data code is not displayed.
DATE/TIME
 Aperture value
 Exposure
 Flash
Displays the date and time.
COORDINATES (HXR-MC50E)
CAMERA DATA
See page 57.
Displays camera setting data.
COORDINATES*
Displays coordinates.
* HXR-MC50E

DATE/TIME

 Date
 Time
CAMERA DATA
Movie
Photo
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 SteadyShot off
 Brightness
 White balance
 Gain
 Shutter speed
Tips
The data code is displayed on the TV screen if
you connect your camcorder to a TV.
The indicator toggles through the following
sequences as you press DATA CODE on the
Wireless Remote Commander: [DATE/TIME]
 [CAMERA DATA]  [COORDINATES]
(HXR-MC50E)  [OFF] (no indication).
Depending on the recording media condition,
bars [--:--:--] appear.


EDIT
OTHERS
(Items for editing)
(Items for other settings)
See “Using menus” (p. 79) on the operation.
See “Using menus” (p. 79) on the operation.
The default settings are marked with .
DELETE
See page 46.
SCENARIO ERASE
See page 40.
PROTECT
See page 47.
DIVIDE
See page 48.
PHOTO CAPTURE
See page 49.
MOVIE DUB
See page 50.
YOUR LOCATION (HXRMC50E)
See page 54.
USB CONNECT
See page 75.
TV CONNECT Guide
See page 43.
MUSIC TOOL
See page 41.
BATTERY INFO
You can check the estimated remaining
capacity of the battery.
PHOTO COPY
PLAYLIST EDIT
See page 52.
Customizing your camcorder
See page 51.
To close the battery information screen
Touch
.
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MANAGE MEDIA
(Items for recording media)
the memory card from your camcorder (The
access lamp is lit or flashing while formatting
memory card.).
See “Using menus” (p. 79) on the operation.
MEDIA SETTINGS
See page 20.
MEDIA INFO
You can check the remaining recordable
time for each recording mode of the
recording media for movies and the
approximate free and used media space of
the recording media.
To turn off the display
Touch
.
To prevent data on the internal
memory from being recovered
[EMPTY] allows you to write unintelligible
data onto the internal memory of the
camcorder. In this way it may become more
difficult to recover any original data. When
you dispose of or transfer the camcorder,
it is recommended that you perform
[EMPTY].
When the internal memory is selected
on the [MEDIA FORMAT] screen, touch
[EMPTY].
 Notes
Since there is a management file area, the
used space is not displayed as 0 % even if you
perform [MEDIA FORMAT] (p. 98).

Tips
Only the information of the medium selected
on [MOVIE MEDIA SET] (p. 20) is displayed.
Change the medium setting if necessary.


MEDIA FORMAT
Formatting deletes all the movies and
photos to recover recordable free space.
Select the recording media to be formatted,
.
touch [YES]  [YES] 
 Notes
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall
socket) using AC Adaptor supplied for this
operation (p. 16).
 To avoid the loss of important images, you
should save them before formatting the
recording media.
 Protected movies and photos will also be
deleted.
 While [Executing…] is displayed, do not close
the LCD screen, operate the buttons on the
camcorder, disconnect the AC Adaptor, or eject

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 Notes
Connect the AC Adaptor to the wall outlet (wall
socket). You cannot perform [EMPTY] unless
you connect the AC Adaptor to the wall outlet
(wall socket).
 To avoid the loss of important images, they
should be saved on a computer or other devices
before performing [EMPTY].
 Disconnect all cables except the AC Adaptor.
Do not disconnect the AC Adaptor during the
operation.
 While deleting data, do not apply any vibrations
or shocks to your camcorder.
 The actual performing time for deleting data is
about 6 minutes.
 If you stop performing [EMPTY] while
[Executing…] appears, be sure to complete the
operation by performing [MEDIA FORMAT]
or [EMPTY] when you use the camcorder next
time.

GENERAL SET
(Other setup items)
REPAIR IMG.DB F.
See page 108, 112.
See “Using menus” (p. 79) on the operation.
The default settings are marked with .
SOUND/DISP SET
 VOLUME
You can adjust the volume of playback
/
.
sound by touching
 BEEP
ON
A melody sounds when you start/stop
recording, or operate the touch panel.
 OFF
Cancels the melody.
 LCD BRIGHT
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD
/
.
screen by touching
Tips
This adjustment does not affect the recorded
images in any way.


 LCD BL LEVEL (LCD backlight level)
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You can select the brightness of the LCD
screen’s backlight.
 NORMAL
Standard brightness.
BRIGHT
Brightens the LCD screen.
 Notes
When you connect your camcorder to the wall
outlet (wall socket) using the supplied AC
Adaptor, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected
for the setting.
 When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is
slightly reduced during recording.
 If you open the LCD panel 180 degrees to face
the screen outside and close the LCD panel

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to the camcorder body, the setting becomes
[NORMAL] automatically.
Tips
This adjustment does not affect the recorded
images in any way.


movies and photos. The recorded movies
and photos are played back as following
illustrations.
 16:9
Select this to view your movies on a 16:9
(wide) TV. The recorded movies and photos
are played back as shown below.
 LCD COLOR
You can adjust the color of the LCD screen
/
.
by touching
Movies and photos Movies and photos
recorded in 16:9 recorded in 4:3 mode
(wide) mode
Tips
This adjustment does not affect the recorded
images in any way.


 DISPLAY SET
You can set the duration of displaying the
icons or indicators on the LCD screen.
4:3
 AUTO1
Select this to view your movies and photos on
a 4:3 standard TV. The recorded movies and
photos are played back as shown below.
AUTO2
Movies and photos Movies and photos
recorded in 16:9 recorded in 4:3 mode
(wide) mode
Displays for about 3 seconds. The rec & zoom
buttons on the LCD is displayed.
Displays for about 3 seconds. The rec & zoom
buttons on the LCD is not displayed.
ON
Always displays. The rec & zoom buttons on
the LCD is not displayed.
Tips
The icons or indicators are displayed in the
following cases.
 When you turn on your camcorder.
 The LCD screen is touched (Except rec &
zoom buttons on LCD).
 When you switch your camcorder to the
movie recording, photo recording, or
playback modes.


OUTPUT SETTINGS
 TV TYPE
You need to convert the signal depending
on the TV connected when playing back
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 Notes
Horizontal to vertical ratio of high definition
image quality (HD) movies is 16:9.

 COMPONENT
Select [COMPONENT] when connecting
your camcorder to a TV with the
component input jack.
576i
Select this when connecting your
camcorder to a TV with the component
input jack.
 1080i/576i
Select this when connecting your
camcorder to a TV that has the component
input jack and is capable of displaying the
1080i signal.
 LCD PANEL
Shows displays such as the time code on the
LCD screen or viewfinder.
V-OUT/PANEL
Shows displays such as the time code on
the LCD screen or viewfinder, and on the
TV screen.
 HDMI RESOLUTION
Select the output image resolution when
connecting your camcorder to a TV with an
HDMI cable (sold separately).
HD CONTENTS
Set the output image resolution recorded with
high definition image quality (HD).
 AUTO
Normal setting (outputs the signal according
to the TV automatically).
1080p
Outputs the 1080p signal.
1080i
Outputs the 1080i signal.
CLOCK/
LANG
 CLOCK SET
See page 18.
 AREA SET
You can adjust a time difference without
stopping the clock. Set your local area when
using your camcorder in other time zones.
Refer to the world time difference on page
118.
720p
 AUTO CLOCK ADJ (Auto clock
adjustment) (HXR-MC50E)
Outputs the 720p signal.
See page 57.
576p
 AUTO AREA ADJ (Auto area
adjustment) (HXR-MC50E)
Outputs the 576p signal.
Set the output image resolution recorded with
standard definition image quality (STD).
 AUTO
Normal setting (outputs the signal according
to the TV automatically).
576p
See page 57.
 SUMMERTIME
You can change this setting without
stopping the clock. Set to [ON] to move the
time forward 1 hour.
 OFF
Does not set the summertime.
Outputs the 576p signal.
ON
576i
Sets the summertime.
Outputs the 576i signal.
 DISP OUTPUT (Display output)
You can set where the screen displays are to
be output.
Customizing your camcorder
STD CONTENTS

LANGUAGE SET
You can select the language to be used on
the LCD screen.
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Tips
Your camcorder offers [ENG[SIMP]]
(simplified English) for when you cannot find
your native tongue among the options.


OTHER SETTINGS
 CALIBRATION
See page 124.
 CTRL FOR HDMI (Control for HDMI)
When connecting your camcorder to a
“BRAVIA” Sync compatible TV with the
HDMI cable (sold separately), you can play
back movies on your camcorder by aiming
the TV’s Remote Commander at the TV
(p. 45).
 ON
Operates your camcorder using the TV’s
Remote Commander.
OFF
Does not operate your camcorder using the
TV’s Remote Commander.
 REC LAMP (Recording lamp)
You can make the camera recording lamp
on the front of your camcorder not to turn
on.
 ON
The camera recording lamp lights up.
OFF
The camera recording lamp does not light up.
 REMOTE CTRL (Remote control)
 ON
Select this when you use the supplied Wireless
Remote Commander (p. 133).
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OFF
Select this when you do not use supplied
Wireless Remote Commander.
Tips
Select [OFF] when you want to prevent your
camcorder from responding to a command sent
by another remote control unit.


Additional information
Troubleshooting
If you run into any problems using your
camcorder, follow the steps below.
 Check the list (p. 103 to 113), and
inspect your camcorder.
 Disconnect the power source, attach
the power source again after about 1
minute, and turn the camcorder on.





Playback on the TV.......................................p. 108
Dubbing/Connecting to other devices........p. 109
GPS (HXR-MC50E)......................................p. 109
Connecting to a Computer...........................p. 109
Examples of functions that cannot be used
simultaneously................................................p. 110
Overall operations/Wireless
Remote Commander
The power does not turn on.
 Press RESET (p. 132) using a pointed
object, and turn the camcorder on.
If you press RESET, all settings,
including the clock setting, are reset.
 Contact your Sony dealer or local
authorized Sony service facility.









Overall operations/Wireless Remote
Commander....................................................p. 103
Batteries/power sources ...............................p. 104
LCD screen/viewfinder.................................p. 105
Memory card..................................................p. 105
Recording........................................................p. 105
Playback..........................................................p. 107
Playing back images stored on memory card on
other devices...................................................p. 108
Editing movies/photos on your camcorder...p. 108

Attach a charged battery pack to the
camcorder (p. 15).
The plug of the AC Adaptor has been
disconnected from the wall outlet (wall
socket). Connect it to the wall outlet (wall
socket) (p. 15).
The camcorder does not operate even
when the power is set to on.




It takes a few seconds for your camcorder to
be ready to shoot after the power is turned on.
This is not a malfunction.
Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall
outlet (wall socket) or remove the battery
pack, then reconnect it after about 1 minute.
If the functions still do not work, press RESET
(p. 132) using a pointed object. (If you press
RESET, all settings, including the clock setting,
are reset.)
The temperature of your camcorder is
extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and
leave it for a while in a cool place.
The temperature of your camcorder is
extremely low. Leave your camcorder with the
power of your camcorder on. Turn off your
camcorder and take it to a warm place. Leave
the camcorder there for a while, then turn on
your camcorder.
Additional information

Your camcorder may be required to initialize or
change the internal memory of your camcorder,
depending on the problem. In the event of
this, the data stored on the internal memory
will be deleted. Be sure to save the data on the
internal memory on other media (backup)
before sending your camcorder for repair. We
will not compensate you for any loss of internal
recording media data.
During repair, we may check a minimum
amount of data stored on the internal memory
in order to investigate the problem. However,
your Sony dealer will neither copy nor retain
your data.

The menu settings have changed
automatically.

The following menu items return to the
default settings in more than 12 hours after
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
you close the LCD screen.
 [SCENE SELECTION]
 [WHITE BAL.]
 [SPOT MTR/FCS]
 [SPOT METER]
 [SPOT FOCUS]
 [EXPOSURE]
 [FOCUS]
 [LOW LUX]
 [BLT-IN ZOOM MIC]
 [MICREF LEVEL]
 [AUTO BACK LIGHT]
 [IRIS]
 [SHUTTER SPEED]
The following menu items return to the
default settings when you switch between
movie recording and photo recording and
playback modes.
[
FADER]
 [TELE MACRO]
[
SELF-TIMER]
Your camcorder gets warm.

Your camcorder may become warm during
operation. This is not a malfunction.
The supplied Wireless Remote
Commander does not function.




Set [REMOTE CTRL] to [ON] (p. 102).
Insert a battery into the battery holder with
the +/– polarities correctly matching the
+/– marks (p. 134).
Remove the lens hood (supplied) if attached.
Remove any obstructions between the
Wireless Remote Commander and the remote
Another DVD device malfunctions when
you use the supplied Wireless Remote
Commander.

Batteries/power sources
The power abruptly turns off.


Point the remote sensor away from strong light
sources such as direct sunlight or overhead
lighting. Otherwise, the Wireless Remote
Commander may not function properly.






If the temperature of the battery pack is too
high or too low, you may not be able to charge
it (p. 122).
Attach the battery pack to the camcorder
correctly (p. 15). If the problem persists,
disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall
outlet (wall socket) and contact your Sony
dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
The battery pack may be damaged.
The remaining battery time indicator does
not indicate the correct time.

GB
Close the LCD screen (p. 15).
Attach the battery pack to the camcorder
correctly (p. 15).
Connect the power cord (mains lead) to the
wall outlet (wall socket) properly.
The battery charge is completed (p. 15).
The /CHG (flash/charge) lamp flashes
while the battery pack is being charged.

104
Use the AC Adaptor.
Charge the battery pack (p. 15).
The /CHG (flash/charge) lamp does
not light while the battery pack is being
charged.
sensor.

Select a commander mode other than DVD 2
for your DVD device, or cover the sensor of
your DVD device with black paper.
The ambient temperature is too high or too
low. This is not a malfunction.
The battery pack has not been charged
enough. Fully charge the battery again. If the
problem persists, replace the battery pack with
a new one (p. 123).

The indicated time may not be correct
depending on the environment of use.
The battery pack is quickly discharged.


The ambient temperature is too high or low.
This is not a malfunction.
The battery pack has not been charged
enough. Fully charge the battery again. If the
problem persists, replace the battery pack with
a new one (p. 123).
LCD screen/viewfinder
Menu items are grayed out.


You cannot select grayed items in the current
recording/playback situation.
There are some functions you cannot activate
simultaneously (p. 110).
The buttons do not appear on the touch
panel.


Touch the LCD screen lightly.
Press DISPLAY on the Wireless Remote
Commander (p. 133).
The buttons on the touch panel do not
work correctly or do not work at all.

Adjust the touch panel ([CALIBRATION])
(p. 124).
viewfinder when the LCD panel is open
(p. 19).
Memory card
Operations using the memory card
cannot be performed.

Images stored on the memory card
cannot be deleted.




Refer also to “Memory card” (p. 105).
Pressing START/STOP or PHOTO does not
record images.
Move the viewfinder lens adjustment lever
until the image appears clearly (p. 25).
The image in the viewfinder has
disappeared.

Close the LCD panel. Even if the viewfinder
is pulled out, no image is displayed in the



The playback screen is displayed. Press MODE
to turn on the
(Movie) or (Photo) lamp
(p. 23).
Your camcorder is recording the image you
have just shot on the recording media. You
cannot make new recording during this
period.
The recording media is full. Delete
unnecessary images (p. 46).
Total number of movie scenes or photos
exceeds the recordable capacity of your
camcorder (p. 114, 115). Delete unnecessary
images (p. 46).
The temperature of your camcorder is
Additional information

The image in the viewfinder is not clear.

The file is damaged.
The file format is not supported by your
camcorder (p. 121).
Recording

Set [DISPLAY SET] to [ON] (p. 100).
The maximum number of images that you can
delete on the index screen at one time is 100.
You cannot delete the protected images.
The data file name is not indicated
correctly or flashes.
The buttons on the touch panel quickly
disappear.

If you use the memory card formatted on a
computer, format it again on your camcorder
(p. 98).
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
extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and
leave it for a while in a cool place.
The temperature of your camcorder is
extremely low. Turn off your camcorder and
take it to a warm place. Leave the camcorder
there for a while, then turn on the camcorder.
The actual recording time for movies is
less than the expected recording time of
the recording media.

Photos cannot be recorded.


You cannot record photos together with:
[
FADER]
 [GOLF SHOT]
 [SMTH SLW REC]
When [ REC MODE] is set to [HD FX], you
cannot record photos while recording movies.
The camcorder stops operating.


The access lamp remains lit or flashing
even if recording was stopped.

Your camcorder is recording the scene you
have just shot on the memory card.
The imaging field looks different.

The imaging field may look different
depending on the condition of your
camcorder. This is not a malfunction.


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You cannot record with the flash while:
 the
(movie) lamp is on
 [CONVERSION LENS] is set to other than
[OFF]
Even if auto flash or
(Auto redeye
reduction) is selected, you cannot use the
flash with:
 NightShot
 [IRIS] or [SHUTTER SPEED] that is assigned
to the MANUAL dial
 [SPOT MTR/FCS]
 [SPOT METER]
 [MANUAL] in [EXPOSURE]
 [TWILIGHT], [SUNRISE&SUNSET],
[FIREWORKS], [LANDSCAPE],
[SPOTLIGHT], [BEACH] or [SNOW] in
[SCENE SELECTION]
The temperature of your camcorder is
extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and
leave it for a while in a cool place.
The temperature of your camcorder is
extremely low. Turn off your camcorder and
take it to a warm place. Leave the camcorder
there for a while, then turn on the camcorder.
If you keep applying vibration on the
camcorder, recording may stop.
There is a time difference between the
point when START/STOP is pressed and
the point that the recording movie is
started or stopped actually.

The flash does not work.

Depending on the recording conditions, the
time available for recording may be shorter, for
example when recording a fast moving object,
etc. (p. 114).
On your camcorder, there may be a slight
time difference between the point where you
press START/STOP and the actual point that
recording movie starts/stops. This is not a
malfunction.
The horizontal to vertical ratio of the
movie (16:9 (wide)/4:3) cannot be
changed.

The horizontal to vertical ratio of high
definition image quality (HD) movies is 16:9
(wide).
The auto focus does not function.


Set [FOCUS] to [AUTO] (p. 86).
The recording conditions are not suitable for
auto focus. Adjust the focus manually (p. 86).
SteadyShot does not function.


Set [ STEADYSHOT] to [ACTIVE] or
[STANDARD], [ STEADYSHOT] to [ON]
(p. 89, 94).
Even if [ STEADYSHOT] is set to
[ACTIVE] or [STANDARD],
[ STEADYSHOT] to [ON], your camcorder
may not be able to compensate for excessive
vibrations.
The subjects passing by the screen very
fast 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 lens
rapidly might appear crooked depending on
the recording conditions.
The color of the image is not correctly
displayed.

Press NIGHTSHOT to cancel the NightShot
function (p. 32).
The screen image is bright, and the
subject does not appear on the screen.

Press NIGHTSHOT to cancel the NightShot
function (p. 32).
Horizontal stripes appear on the images.
This occurs when recording images under a
fluorescent lamp, sodium lamp, or mercury
lamp. This is not a malfunction.
The image appears divided horizontally.

This occurs when you light the subject using
a flash. This can be avoided by using a shutter
speed as slow as possible (p. 33).
Black bands appear when you record a TV
screen or computer screen.

Set [ STEADYSHOT] to an option except
for [ACTIVE] (p. 89).

You cannot adjust [LCD BL LEVEL] when:
 The LCD panel is closed on your camcorder
with the LCD screen facing out.
 The power is supplied from the AC Adaptor.
Magnification changes when the
recording mode is switched.

You cannot use digital zoom when your
camcorder is in the photo recording mode.
Sound is not recorded correctly.


If you disconnect an external microphone, etc.
during recording movies, sound may not be
recorded correctly.
Connect the microphone again in the same
way as when you start recording movies.
Playback
Images cannot be played back.



Select the type of recording media you want to
play back (p. 20).
Select the image quality of the movie you want
to play back (p. 29).
Images recorded on other devices may not be
played back. This is not a malfunction.
Photos cannot be played back.

Photos 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.
Additional information

[LCD BL LEVEL] cannot be adjusted.
is indicated on an image on the
VISUAL INDEX screen.


This may appear on an image recorded on
other devices, edited on a computer, etc.
You removed the AC Adaptor or the battery
pack while the recording media icon at the top
right corner of the screen flashes, or before
the access lamp is turned off after recording.
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This may damage your image data and
displayed.
is
is indicated on an image on the
VISUAL INDEX screen.

The image data base file may be damaged.
Check the data base file by touching
(MENU)  [Show others]  [REPAIR
IMG.DB F.] (under
[MANAGE MEDIA]
category)  the recording medium. If it still
appears, delete the image with
(p. 46).
No sound or only a quiet sound is heard
during playback.




Turn up the volume (p. 36).
Sound is quiet when the LCD screen is closed
facing out. Open the LCD screen.
When you record sound with [MICREF
LEVEL] (p. 91) set to [LOW], the recorded
sound may be difficult to hear.
Sounds cannot be recorded while shooting
with [SMTH SLW REC] or [GOLF SHOT].
Left and right sound will be heard
unbalanced when playing back movies on
computers or other devices.




Change the sound conversion type (downmix
type) when playing back on 2ch stereo devices.
Refer to the instruction manual supplied with
your playback device for details.
Change the sound to 2ch when creating a disc
using the supplied software “PMB.”
This happens when sound recorded in 5.1ch
surround is converted to 2ch (normal stereo
sound) by a computer or other device. This is
not a malfunction.
Record sound with [AUDIO MODE] set to
[2ch STEREO] (the default setting) (p. 92).
Playing back images stored on
memory card on other devices
Images cannot be played back or the
memory card is not recognized.

The playback device does not support playing
back memory cards (p. 3).
Editing movies/photos on your
camcorder
Unable to edit.

Unable to edit because of the condition of the
image.
Movies cannot be added in the Playlist.



There is no free space in the recording media.
You can add no more than 999 high definition
image quality (HD) movies, or 99 standard
definition image quality (STD) movies, to a
Playlist. Erase unnecessary movies from the
Playlist (p. 53).
You cannot add photos in the Playlist.
A movie cannot be divided.


A movie that is too short cannot be divided.
A protected movie cannot be divided.
A photo cannot be captured from a
movie.

The recording media where you want to save
photos is full.
Playback on the TV
Neither image nor sound is played on the
connected TV.

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When you are using the component A/V
cable, set [COMPONENT] according to the
requirements of the connected device (p. 100).



When you are using the component video
plug, make sure the red and white plugs of the
A/V connecting cable are connected (p. 44).
Images are not output from the HDMI OUT
jack, if copyright protection signals are
recorded in the images.
When you are using the S VIDEO plug,
make sure the red and white plugs of the A/V
connecting cable are connected (p. 44).
The top, bottom, right, and left edges
of images are trimmed slightly on a
connected TV.


The LCD screen of your camcorder can
display recording images across the entire
screen (full pixel display). However, this may
cause slight trimming of the top, bottom, right,
and left edges of images when played back on
a TV which is not compatible with full pixel
display.
It is recommended you record images using
the outer frame of [GUIDEFRAME] (p. 89)
as a guide.
The image appears distorted on the 4:3
TV.

This happens when viewing an image recorded
in the 16:9 (wide) mode on a 4:3 TV. Set [TV
TYPE] correctly (p. 100) and play back the
image.

This happens when viewing an image recorded
in the 16:9 (wide) mode on a 4:3 TV. This is
not a malfunction.
Dubbing/Connecting to other
devices
Images are not dubbed correctly.

You cannot dub images using the HDMI cable
(sold separately).
The A/V connecting cable is not connected
properly. Make sure to connect the cable to the
input jack of another device (p. 76).
GPS (HXR-MC50E)
The camcorder is not receiving a GPS
signal.

Your camcorder may not be able to receive
radio signals from GPS satellites because of
obstructions. Bring your camcorder to an
open area, and set the GPS switch to ON
again. See page 119 for details on locations or
situations where radio signals may not reach.
The current location on the map of the
camcorder is different from the actual
current location.

The margin of error of the radio signal from
GPS satellites is large. The margin of error can
be as wide as several-hundred meters at the
maximum.
Connecting to a Computer
“PMB” cannot be installed.

Check the computer environment or
installation procedure required to install
“PMB”.
Additional information
Black bands appear at the top and bottom
of the screen of the 4:3 TV.

“PMB” does not work correctly.

Quit “PMB” and restart your computer.
The camcorder is not recognized by the
computer.


Disconnect devices from the USB jack of the
computer other than the keyboard, mouse,
and your camcorder.
Disconnect the USB cable from the computer
and your camcorder, and restart the computer,
then connect the computer and your
camcorder again in the correct order.
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Examples of functions that cannot
be used simultaneously
The following list shows examples of
unworkable combinations of functions and
menu items.
Cannot use
Because of following settings
[IRIS] and
[SHUTTER
SPEED] in the
MANUAL dial
items
NightShot
INTELLIGENT
AUTO
[GOLF SHOT], [SMTH SLW
REC]
[FACE
DETECTION]
NightShot, [GOLF SHOT],
[SMTH SLW REC],
[ DIGITAL ZOOM],
[SPOT MTR/FCS],
[SPOT METER], [SPOT
FOCUS], [EXPOSURE],
[FOCUS], [TWILIGHT],
[SUNRISE&SUNSET],
[FIREWORKS],
[LANDSCAPE],
[SPOTLIGHT], [BEACH],
[SNOW], [WHITE BAL.],
[ FADER], [ SELFTIMER]
[PRIORITY
SETTING]/
[SMILE
DETECTION]/
[SMILE
SENSITIVITY]
[SCENE
SELECTION]
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NightShot, [GOLF SHOT],
[SMTH SLW REC],
[ DIGITAL ZOOM],
[SPOT MTR/FCS],
[SPOT METER], [SPOT
FOCUS], [EXPOSURE],
[FOCUS], [TWILIGHT],
[SUNRISE&SUNSET],
[FIREWORKS],
[LANDSCAPE],
[SPOTLIGHT], [BEACH],
[SNOW], [WHITE BAL.],
[ FADER], [ SELFTIMER]
NightShot, [GOLF SHOT],
[SMTH SLW REC], [LOW
LUX], [ FADER], [TELE
MACRO]
Self-diagnosis display/Warning
indicators
If indicators appear on the LCD screen or
viewfinder, check the following.
If the problem persists even after you
have tried to fix a couple of times, contact
your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony
service facility. In this case, 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 (V series). Use an
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (V series)
(p. 122).
 Connect the DC plug of the AC Adaptor to the
DC IN jack of your camcorder securely (p. 15).
C:06:
The battery pack temperature is high. Change
the battery pack or place it in a cool place.

C:13: / C:32:
Remove the power source. Reconnect it and
operate your camcorder again.

E::
Follow the steps from  to  on page 103.

 (Battery level warning)
Slow flashing
 The battery pack is nearly used up.
 Depending on the operating environment or
battery conditions,  may flash, even if there
are about 20 minutes remaining.
(Warning indicator pertaining to
battery pack temperature)

The battery pack temperature is high. Change
the battery pack or place it in a cool place.
(High temperature warning)
Slow flashing
 The temperature of your camcorder is getting
higher. Turn off your camcorder and leave it
for a while in a cool place.
Fast flashing
 The temperature of your camcorder is
extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and
leave it for a while in a cool place.
(Low temperature warning)
Fast flashing
 The temperature of your camcorder is
extremely low. Make the camcorder warm.
(Warning indicator pertaining to
memory card)
(Warning indicators pertaining to
memory card formatting)


The memory card is damaged.
The memory card is not formatted correctly
(p. 98).

Incompatible memory card is inserted (p. 21).
 (Warning indicator pertaining to
the write-protect of the memory card)


You are using the memory card with the writeprotect switch, and the switch is set to the
LOCK position.
Access to the memory card was restricted on
another device.
(Warning indicator pertaining to the
flash)
Fast flashing
 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 record the image. However,
note that the camera-shake warning indicator
does not disappear.
(Warning indicator pertaining to
photo recording)



The recording media is full.
Photos cannot be recorded during processing.
Wait for a while, then record.
When [ REC MODE] is set to [HD FX], you
cannot record photos while recording movies.
Additional information
Slow flashing
 Free spaces for recording images are running
out. For the type of memory card you can use
with your camcorder, see page 21.
 No memory card is inserted (p. 21).
Fast flashing
 There are not enough free spaces for recording
images. After storing the images on other
media (p. 70), delete unnecessary images, or
format the memory card (p. 98).
 The image data base file may be damaged.
Check the data base file by touching
(MENU)  [Show others]  [REPAIR
IMG.DB F.] (under
[MANAGE MEDIA]
category)  the recording medium.
 The memory card is damaged.
(Warning indicator pertaining to
incompatible memory card)
(Warning indicator pertaining to smile
shutter)

The smile shutter cannot be used with the
current setting of the camcorder.
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Tips
You may hear a melody when some warning
indicators appear on the screen.


There is no HD movie management
information. Create new information?

Description of warning messages
If messages appear on the screen, follow the
instructions.
Recording media

Internal memory format error.

The internal memory of the camcorder
is set differently from the default format.
Performing [MEDIA FORMAT] (p. 98) may
enable you to use your camcorder. This will
delete all data in the internal recording media.
Data error.




An error occurred during reading or writing
the internal memory of the camcorder.
If the message is preceded by a GPS indicator,
there may be some trouble with the GPS
receiver. Turn on your camcorder again (HXRMC50E).
This may occur when you keep applying shock
on the camcorder.
Movies recorded on other devices may not be
played back.
The Image Database File is damaged. Do
you want to create a new file?
HD movie management information is
damaged. Create new information?

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The management file is damaged. When
you touch [YES], a new management file
is created. The old recorded images on the
media cannot be played back (Image files are
not damaged). If you execute [REPAIR IMG.
DB F.] after creating new information, playing
back the old recorded images may become
possible. If it does not work, copy the image
using the supplied software.
You cannot record or play back movies
because no high definition image quality (HD)
movie management information exists. If you
touch [YES], new management information
is created and you can record or play back
movies with high definition image quality
(HD).
You can record standard definition image
quality (STD) movies or photos.
Inconsistencies found in Image Database
File. Do you want to repair the Image
Database File?
The Image Database File is damaged. Do
you want to repair the Image Database
File?
Inconsistencies found in Image Database
File. Cannot record or play HD movies. Do
you want to repair the Image Database
File?


The management file is damaged, and you
cannot record movies or photos. Touch [YES]
to repair.
You can record photos on a memory card.
Recovering data.

Your camcorder tries to recover data
automatically if the data writing was not
performed properly.
Cannot recover data.

Writing data onto the media of the camcorder
has failed. Attempts were made to recover the
data, but they were unsuccessful.

Reinsert the memory card a few times. If even
then the indicator flashes, the memory card
could be damaged. Try with another memory
card.
Reinsert the memory card.
This memory card is not formatted
correctly.

Format the memory card (p. 98). Note that if
you format the memory card, all the recorded
movies and photos are deleted.
quality (HD) movies
Data protected.

You tried to delete protected data. Release the
protection of the data.
Still picture folder is full. Cannot record
still pictures.


You cannot create folders exceeding
999MSDCF. You cannot create or delete
created folders using your camcorder.
Format the memory card (p. 98), or delete
folders using your computer.
This memory card may not be able to
record or play movies.

Use a memory card recommended for your
camcorder (p. 21).
This memory card may not be able to
record or play images correctly.


Use a memory card recommended for your
camcorder (p. 21).
Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized
Sony service facility.
Do not eject the memory card during
writing. Data may be damaged.

Reinsert the memory card, and follow the
instructions on the LCD screen.
Additional information
Other
No further selection is possible.

You can select only 100 images at one time for:
 Deleting movies/photos
 Protecting movies/photos, or releasing the
protection
 Dubbing movies
 Copying photos
 Editing the Playlist of high definition image
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Recording time of
movies/number of
recordable photos
“HD” stands for high definition image
quality, and “STD” stands for standard
image quality.
Expected time of recording and
playback with each battery pack
(unit: minute)
Battery pack
Image quality
NP-FV50
HD
190
215
395
440
785
870
NP-FV70
(supplied)
NP-FV100
Recording time
Approximate time available when you use a
fully charged battery pack.
(unit: minute)
Battery pack
Image quality
NP-FV50
NP-FV70
(supplied)
NP-FV100






Continuous
recording time
HD STD
110
145
115
155
230
300
240
325
455
600
485
650
Typical recording
time
HD STD
55
70
55
75
115
150
120
160
225
300
240
325
Top: When the LCD screen is opened
Bottom: When recording with the viewfinder
without opening the LCD screen
Each recording time is measured when the
[ REC MODE] is set to HQ.
Typical recording time shows the time when
you repeat recording start/stop, switching the
MODE lamp, and zooming.
Times measured when using the camcorder at
25 C (77 °F). 10 C to 30 C (50 °F to 86 °F) 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.
Playing time
Approximate time available when you use a
fully charged battery pack.
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
STD
240
280
490
565
980
1120
Top: When the LCD screen is opened
Bottom: When playing with the viewfinder
without opening the LCD screen
Expected recording time of movies
Internal memory
High definition image quality (HD) in h (hour) and m
(minute)
Recording mode
[HD FX]
[HD FH]
[HD HQ]
[HD LP]
(5.1ch)*
[HD LP]
(2ch)*
Recording time
HXR-MC50P HXR-MC50E
6h5m
6h
7 h 45 m 7 h 40 m
15 h 50 m 15 h 35 m
25 h 35 m 25 h 15 m
26 h 55 m 26 h 35 m
Standard definition image quality (STD) in h (hour) and
m (minute)
Recording mode
[STD HQ]
(5.1ch)*
[STD HQ]
(2ch)*
Recording time
HXR-MC50P HXR-MC50E
15 h 50 m 15 h 35 m
16 h 15 m
16 h 5 m
* You can change the recording sound format with
[AUDIO MODE] (p. 92).
Tips
You can record movies of a maximum of 3,999
scenes with high definition image quality (HD),
and 9,999 scenes with standard definition image
quality (STD).
The maximum continuous recording time of
movies is approximately 13 hours.
Your camcorder uses the VBR (Variable Bit
Rate) format to automatically adjust image
quality to suit the recording scene. This
technology causes fluctuations in the recording
time of the media. Movies containing quickly
moving and complex images are recorded at
a higher bit rate, and this reduces the overall
recording time.




Memory card
High definition image quality (HD)
(unit: minute)
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB
AVC HD AVC HD
17M 9M (HQ)
(FH)
6
10
(6)
(9)
10
25
(10) (15)
25
55
(25) (40)
55
115
(55) (80)
110
230
(110) (160)
AVC HD
5M (LP)
5.1ch*
20
(15)
45
(35)
90
(70)
185
(150)
375
(300)
AVC HD
5M (LP)
2ch*
20
(15)
45
(35)
95
(75)
195
(155)
395
(315)
175
(175)
225
(225)
750
(605)
790
(630)
465
(325)
Standard definition image quality (STD)
(unit: minute)
1GB
2GB
4GB
STD 9M (HQ) 5.1ch* STD 9M (HQ) 2ch*
10
10
(10)
(10)
25
25
(25)
(25)
55
55
(50)
(50)
8GB
16GB
32GB
230
(205)
465
(415)
235
(210)
475
(425)
* You can change the recording sound format with
[AUDIO MODE] (p. 92).
 Notes
The recordable time may vary depending on the
recording and subject conditions and [ REC
MODE] (p. 30).
 The number in ( ) is the minimum recordable
time.

Expected number of recordable
photos
Internal memory
You can record the maximum 9,999 photos.
Memory card
12.0M
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB
32GB



165
335
670
1350
2750
5500
The selected image size is effective when the
(Photo) lamp is lit.
The number of recordable photos of memory
card shown is for the maximum image size
of your camcorder. The actual number of
recordable photos is displayed on the LCD
screen during recording (p. 130).
The number of recordable photos of memory
card may vary depending on the recording
conditions.
Additional information
32GB
AVC HD
24M
(FX)
5
(5)
10
(10)
20
(20)
40
(40)
85
(85)
(unit: minute)
STD 9M (HQ) 5.1ch* STD 9M (HQ) 2ch*
115
115
(100)
(105)
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 Notes
The unique pixel array of Sony’s ClearVid and
the image processing system allow still image
resolution equivalent to the sizes described.

Tips
The following list shows the bit rate, pixels and
aspect ratio of each recording mode (movie +
audio, etc.).
 High definition image quality (HD):
FX: Max. 24Mbps 1,920  1,080 pixels/16:9
FH: Approx. 17Mbps (average) 1,920  1,080
pixels/16:9
HQ: Approx. 9Mbps (average) 1,440  1,080
pixels/16:9
LP: Approx. 5Mbps (average) 1,440  1,080
pixels/16:9
 Standard definition image quality (STD):
HQ: Approx. 9Mbps (average) 720  576
pixels/16:9, 4:3
The photo recording pixels and the aspect ratio.
 Photo recording mode:
4,000  3,000 dots/4:3
4,000  2,250 dots/16:9
2,880  2,160 dots/16:9
1,600  1,200 dots/4:3
640  480 dots/4:3
 Dual recording:
3,840  2,160 dots/16:9
2,880  2,160 dots/4:3
 Capturing a photo from a movie:
1,920  1,080 dots/16:9
640  360 dots/16:9
640  480 dots/4:3



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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 Hz/60 Hz range.
System
PAL-M
PAL-N
NTSC
Viewing high definition image quality
(HD) movies
In countries/regions where 1080/50i is
supported, you can view the movies with
the same high definition image quality
(HD) as that of the recorded movies. You
need a PAL-system-based and 1080/50i
compatible TV (or monitor) with
component and AUDIO/VIDEO input
jacks. A component A/V cable or an HDMI
cable (sold separately) must be connected.
SECAM
Used in
Brazil
Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay
Bahama Islands, Bolivia,
Canada, Central America,
Chile, Colombia, Ecuador,
Guyana, Jamaica, Japan,
Korea, Mexico, Peru, Surinam,
Taiwan, the Philippines, the
USA, Venezuela, etc.
Bulgaria, France, Guiana, Iran,
Iraq, Monaco, Russia, Ukraine,
etc.
Viewing standard definition image
quality (STD) movies
To view standard definition image quality
(STD) movies, you need a PAL-systembased TV with AUDIO/VIDEO input
jacks. An A/V connecting cable must be
connected.
On TV color systems
System
PAL
Additional information
Your camcorder is a PAL-system-based
camcorder. If you want to view the playback
image on a TV, it must be a PAL-systembased TV with an AUDIO/VIDEO input
jack.
Used in
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.
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Setting to the local time
You can easily set the clock to the local time by setting a time difference when using your
(MENU)  [Show others]  [CLOCK/ LANG] (under
camcorder abroad. Touch
[GENERAL SET] category)  [AREA SET] and [SUMMERTIME] (p. 101).
HXR-MC50E
When [AUTO CLOCK ADJ] and [AUTO AREA ADJ] are set to [ON], the clock is set to the
local time automatically by the GPS function (p. 101).
World time difference
Time-zone
differences
GMT
+01:00
+02:00
+03:00
+03:30
+04:00
+04:30
+05:00
+05:30
+06:00
+06:30
+07:00
+08:00
+09:00
+09:30
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Area setting
Lisbon, London
Berlin, Paris
Helsinki, Cairo, Istanbul
Moscow, Nairobi
Tehran
Abu Dhabi, Baku
Kabul
Karachi, Islamabad
Calcutta, New Delhi
Almaty, Dhaka
Yangon
Bangkok, Jakarta
Hong Kong, Singapore,
Beijing
Seoul, Tokyo
Adelaide, Darwin
Time-zone
differences
+10:00
+11:00
+12:00
–11:00
–10:00
–09:00
–08:00
–07:00
–06:00
–05:00
–04:00
–03:30
–03:00
–02:00
–01:00
Area setting
Melbourne, Sydney
Solomon Is
Fiji, Wellington, Eniwetok,
Kwajalein
Samoa
Hawaii
Alaska
Los Angeles, Tijuana
Denver, Arizona
Chicago, Mexico City
New York, Bogota
Santiago
St.John’s
Brasilia, Montevideo
Fernando de Noronha
Azores, Cape Verde Is.
Maintenance and
precautions
About the AVCHD format
What is the AVCHD format?
The AVCHD format is a high definition
digital video camera format used to
record a high definition (HD) signal of
either the 1080i specification*1 or the
720p specification*2 using efficient data
compression coding technology. The
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format is adopted to
compress video data, and the Dolby Digital
or Linear PCM system is used to compress
audio data.
The MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format is capable
of compressing images at higher efficiency
than that of the conventional image
compressing format. The MPEG-4 AVC/
H.264 format enables a high definition
video signal shot on a digital video camera
recorder to be recorded on 8 cm DVD
discs, hard disk drive, flash memory,
memory card, etc.
Recording and playback on your
camcorder
A high definition specification which utilizes
720 effective scanning lines and the progressive
system.
*3 Data recorded in AVCHD format other than
the above mentioned cannot be played on your
camcorder.
About GPS (HXR-MC50E)
The GPS (Global Positioning System) is a
system that calculates geographical location
from highly accurate US space satellites.
This system allows you to pinpoint your
exact location on the earth. The GPS
satellites are located in 6 orbits, 20,000 km
above the earth. The GPS system consists of
24 or more GPS satellites. A GPS receiver
receives radio signals from the satellites,
and calculates the current location of the
receiver based on the orbital information
(almanac data) and travel time of the
signals, etc.
Determining a location is called
“triangulating.” A GPS receiver can
determine the location’s latitude and
longitude by receiving signals from 3 or
more satellites.


Video signal*3: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 1920
 1080/50i, 1440  1080/50i
Audio signal: Dolby Digital 2ch/5.1ch
Recording media: Internal memory,
memory card
*1 1080i specification
A high definition specification which utilizes
1,080 effective scanning lines and the interlace
system.

As the positions of GPS satellites vary
constantly, it may take longer to determine
the location or the receiver may not be able to
determine the location at all, depending on the
location and time you use the camcorder.
“GPS” is a system for determining geographic
location by triangulating radio signals from
GPS satellites. Avoid using the camcorder
in places where radio signals are blocked or
reflected, such as a shadowy place surrounded
by buildings or trees, etc. Use the camcorder in
open sky environments.
You may not be able to record location
information at locations or in situations where
radio signals from the GPS satellites do not
reach the camcorder as follows.
Additional information
Based on the AVCHD format, your
camcorder records with the high definition
image quality (HD) mentioned below.
In addition to high definition image
quality (HD), your camcorder is capable
of recording a standard definition (STD)
signal in the conventional MPEG-2 format.
*2 720p specification
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 In
tunnels, indoors or under the shade of
buildings.
 Between tall buildings or at narrow streets
surrounded by buildings.
 In underground locations, locations
surrounded by dense trees, under an elevated
bridge, or in locations where magnetic fields
are generated, such as near high voltage
cables.
 Near devices that generate radio signals of the
same frequency band as the camcorder: near
1.5 GHz band mobile telephones, etc.
On triangulating errors



If you move to another location right after
setting the GPS switch to ON, it may take
a longer time for the camcorder to start
triangulating, compared to when you stay in the
same place.
Error caused by the position of GPS satellites
The camcorder automatically triangulates your
current location when the camcorder receives
radio signals from 3 or more GPS satellites. The
triangulating error allowed by the GPS satellites
is about ±10 m (±32 feet). Depending on the
environment of the location, the triangulating
error can be greater. In this case, your actual
location may not match the location on the map
based on the GPS information. Meanwhile,
the GPS satellites are controlled by the United
States Department of Defense, and the degree of
accuracy may be changed intentionally.
Error during the triangulating process
The camcorder acquires location information
periodically during triangulating. There is
a slight time difference between when the
location information is acquired and when the
location information is recorded on an image,
therefore, the actual recording location may not
match exactly the location on the map based on
the GPS information.
On the restriction of use of GPS on an
airplane

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During take off and landing of an airplane,
set the GPS switch to OFF and turn off the
camcorder, as you will be instructed to do by

the on-board announcement.
Use GPS in accordance with the regulations
of the country or region where the camcorder
is used.
On the map data








The camcorder contains map data for the
following countries/regions. Europe, Japan,
North America, Oceania, etc.
Built-in map is powered by companies as
follows; Map of Japan by Zenrin Co., Ltd., other
areas by NAVTEQ.
The map data included is as of the date of
production of this manual.
GPS maps will appear in 2-dimensional
graphics except for certain landmarks in Japan,
which will appear in 3D.
The map always displays the north at the top.
You cannot change the language on the map.
You cannot update the map data
The scale of the map is 25 m to 6,000 km (100
feet to 6,000 miles).
On the geographic coordinate system

The “WGS-84” geographic coordinate system
is used.
On copyright

The map data of the camcorder is copyrighted.
Unauthorized copying or other usage of the
map data may be contrary to the copyright laws.
On the navigation function

The camcorder does not have a navigation
function that uses GPS.
Australia
Copyright. Based on data provided under
license from PSMA Australia Limited (www.
psma.com.au).
Austria
© Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen
Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and
Slovenia
© EuroGeographics
France
source: Géoroute® IGN France & BD Carto®
IGN France
Germany
Die Grundlagendaten wurden mit
Genehmigung der zustaendigen Behoerden
entnommen.
Great Britain
Based upon Crown Copyright material.
Greece
© EuroGeographics; Copyright Geomatics Ltd.
Hungary
Copyright © 2003; Top-Map Ltd.
Italy
La Banca Dati Italiana è stata prodotta usando
quale riferimento anche cartografia numerica
ed al tratto prodotta e fornita dalla Regione
Toscana.
Japan










On the memory card adaptor

About the memory card


Memory card formatted by a computer
(Windows OS/Mac OS) does not have
guaranteed compatibility with your camcorder.
Data read/write speed may vary depending
Additional information
Norway
Copyright © 2000; Norwegian Mapping
Authority
Portugal
Source: IgeoE – Portugal
Spain
Información geográfica propiedad del CNIG
Sweden
Based upon electronic data © National Land
Survey Sweden.
Switzerland
Topografische Grundlage: © Bundesamt für
Landestopographie.
on the combination of the memory card and
memory card compliant product you use.
Damaged or lost data may occur in the
following cases (the data will not be
compensated for):
 If you eject the memory card, or turn off your
camcorder while your camcorder is reading
or writing image files on the memory card
(while the access lamp is lit or flashing)
 If you use the memory card near magnets or
magnetic fields
It is recommended that you make a back-up of
important data on the hard disk of a computer.
Do not attach a label or the like on memory
card or memory card adaptor.
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 card.
Do not disassemble or modify the memory
card.
Do not let the memory card get wet.
Keep the memory card out of the reach of small
children. There is danger that a child might
swallow it.
Do not insert anything other than a memory
card of the compatible size into the memory
card slot, as doing so may cause a malfunction.
Do not use or keep the memory card in the
following locations:
 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
When using memory card with memory card
compliant device inserting memory card
into memory card adaptor, make sure the
memory card is inserted facing in the correct
direction. Note that improper use may cause a
malfunction.
On image data compatibility

Image data files recorded on memory card by
your camcorder conform to the “Design rule
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


for Camera File system” universal standard
established by the JEITA (Japan Electronics
and Information Technology Industries
Association).
On your camcorder, you cannot play back
photos recorded on other devices (DCRTRV900E or DSC-D700/D770) that do not
conform to the universal standard. (These
models are not sold in some regions.)
If you cannot use memory card that have been
used with another device, format it with your
camcorder (p. 98). Note that formatting erases
all information on the memory card.
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
About the “Memory Stick” media
Types of “Memory Stick” media
Recording/Playback
“Memory Stick Duo”

media (with MagicGate)
“Memory Stick PRO

Duo” (Mark2) media
“Memory Stick PRO-HG
*
Duo” media
* This product does not support 8-bit parallel

data transfer but it supports 4-bit parallel data
transfer the same as with “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media.
This product cannot record or play data that
uses “MagicGate” technology. “MagicGate” is
a copyright protection technology that records
and transfers the contents in an encrypted
format.
About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery
pack
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Your camcorder operates only with an
“InfoLITHIUM” V series battery packs.
“InfoLITHIUM” V series battery packs
mark.
have the
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 AC Adaptor/charger (sold separately).
The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack calculates the
power consumption according to the operating
conditions of your camcorder, and displays the
remaining battery time in minutes.
The battery pack NP-FV70 is compatible with
“ActiFORCE.”
“ActiFORCE” is a new generation power
system. Battery capacity, boost charge, and
the speed and accuracy of battery time
remaining calculations have been improved
when compared with current “InfoLITHIUM”
P-series battery.
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 10 C to 30 C
(50 °F to 86 °F) until the /CHG (flash/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
ambient 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 install it on your camcorder right
before you start taking shots.
 Use a large capacity battery pack: NP-FV70
(supplied) or NP-FV100 (sold separately).
Frequent use of the LCD screen or a frequent
playback, fast forward or reverse operation
wears out the battery pack faster. We
recommend using a large capacity battery
pack: NP-FV70 (supplied) or NP-FV100 (sold
separately).



Be sure to close the LCD screen 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 2 or 3 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. 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
rough guide only.
The  mark that indicates low battery flashes
even if there are still 20 minutes of battery
time remaining, depending on the operating
conditions or ambient temperature.
About x.v.Color


About handling of your camcorder
On use and care

About storage of the battery pack




About battery life


Battery capacity decreases over time and
through repeated use. If decreased usage time
between charges becomes significant, it is
probably time to replace it with a new one.
Each battery’s life is governed by storage,
operating and environmental conditions.


Do not use or store the camcorder and
accessories in the following locations:
 Anywhere extremely hot, cold or humid.
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, or the lens may be exposed to direct
sunlight. This damages the LCD screen.
Operate your camcorder on DC 6.8 V/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,
Additional information

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, leave your camcorder in
recording standby until the power goes off.
x.v.Color is a more familiar term for the xvYCC
standard proposed by Sony, and is a trademark
of Sony.
xvYCC is an international standard for color
space in video. This standard can express a
wider color range than the currently used
broadcast standard.
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






modifying, physical shock, or impact such
as hammering, dropping or stepping on the
product. Be particularly careful of the lens.
Keep the LCD screen closed 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 (mains
lead), pull it by the plug and not the cord.
Do not damage the power cord (mains lead)
such as by placing anything heavy on it.
Do not use a deformed or damaged battery
pack.
Keep metal contacts clean.
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


To keep your camcorder in optimum state for a
long time, turn it on and let it run by recording
and playing back images about once a month.
Use up the battery pack completely before
storing it.
Moisture condensation
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If your camcorder is brought directly from a cold
place to a warm place, moisture may condense
inside your camcorder. This may cause a
malfunction to your camcorder.
 If moisture condensation has occurred
Leave your camcorder for about 1 hour without
turning it on.
 Note on moisture condensation
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 follows:
 You bring your camcorder from a ski slope
into a place warmed up by a heating device.
 You bring your camcorder from an air

conditioned car or room into a hot place
outside.
 You use your camcorder after a squall or a
shower.
 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 1 hour).
LCD screen



Do not exert excessive pressure on the LCD
screen, as it may cause uneven color and other
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 that you use a soft
cloth to clean it.
When you use the LCD Cleaning Kit (sold
separately), do not apply the cleaning liquid
directly to the LCD screen. Use cleaning paper
moistened with the liquid.
On adjustment of the touch panel
(CALIBRATION)
The buttons on the touch panel may not work
correctly. If this happens, follow the procedure
below. It is recommended that you connect your
camcorder to the wall outlet (wall socket) using
the supplied AC Adaptor during the operation.

(MENU)  [Show others] 
[GENERAL
[OTHER SETTINGS] (under
SET] category)  [CALIBRATION].
On charging the pre-installed
rechargeable battery
Touch “” displayed on the screen with the
corner of memory card or the like 3 times.
Touch [CANCEL] to cancel calibration.
 Notes
If you did not press the right spot, try the
calibration again.
 Do not use a sharp-pointed object for
calibration. Doing so may damage the LCD
screen.
 You cannot calibrate the LCD screen if it is
rotated, or closed with the screen facing out.

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, insecticide
and sunscreen
 Handling the camcorder with above
substances on your hands
 Leaving the casing in contact with rubber or
vinyl objects for a long period of time



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.
How to charge the pre-installed
rechargeable battery
Connect your camcorder to a wall outlet (wall
socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor, and leave
it with the LCD screen closed for more than 24
hours.
Note on disposal/transfer
Even if you delete all movies and still images,
or perform [MEDIA FORMAT] (p. 98), data
on the internal memory may not be completely
erased. When you transfer the camcorder, it is
recommended that you perform [EMPTY] (p. 98)
to prevent the recovery of your data. Also, when
you dispose of the camcorder, it is recommended
that you destroy the actual body of the camcorder.
Additional information
About care and storage of the lens
Your camcorder has a pre-installed rechargeable
battery to retain the date, time, and other settings
even when the LCD screen is closed. The preinstalled rechargeable battery is always charged
while your camcorder is connected to the wall
outlet (wall socket) via the AC Adaptor or while
the battery pack is attached. The rechargeable
battery will be fully discharged in about 3 months
if you do not use your camcorder at all. Use
your camcorder after charging the pre-installed
rechargeable battery.
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.
Note on disposal/transfer of the
memory card
Even if you delete data in the memory card or
format the memory card on your camcorder or
a computer, you may not delete data from the
memory card completely. When you give the
memory card to somebody, it is recommended
that you delete date completely using data
deletion software on a computer. Also, when you
dispose of the memory card, it is recommended
that you destroy the actual body of the memory
card.
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Specifications
System
Signal format: PAL color, CCIR standards
HDTV 1080/50i specification
Movie recording format:
HD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD format
compatible
STD: MPEG-2 PS
Audio recording system:
Dolby Digital 2ch/5.1ch
Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator
Photo file format
: DCF Ver.2.0 Compatible
: Exif Ver.2.21 Compatible
: MPF Baseline Compatible
Recording media (Movie/Photo)
Internal memory: 64 GB*1
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
SD Memory card (Class 4 or faster)
*1 When measuring media capacity, 1 GB
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equals 1 billion bytes, a portion of which
is used for system management and/or
application files.
The capacity that a user can use is below.
HXR-MC50P:
Approximately 63.6 GB
HXR-MC50E:
Approximately 62.8 GB
Viewfinder: Electronic viewfinder: color
Image device: 6.3 mm (1/2.88 type) CMOS sensor
Recording pixels (photo, 4:3):
Max. 12.0 mega (4 000  3 000) pixels*2
Gross: Approx. 6 631 000 pixels
Effective (movie, 16:9):
Approx. 4 150 000 pixels*3
Effective (photo, 16:9):
Approx. 4 500 000 pixels
Effective (photo, 4:3):
Approx. 6 000 000 pixels
Lens: G lens
10  (Optical)*3, 14 *4, 120  (Digital)
Filter diameter: 37 mm (1 1/2 in.)
F1.8 ~ 3.4
Focal length:
f=3.8 ~ 38.0 mm (5/32 ~ 1 1/2 in.)
When converted to a 35 mm still camera
For movies*3: 29.8 ~ 298 mm (1 3/16 ~ 11 3/4
in.) (16:9)
For photos: 26.3 ~ 263 mm (1 1/16 ~ 10 3/8
in.) (4:3)
Color temperature: [AUTO], [ONE PUSH],
[INDOOR] (3 200 K), [OUTDOOR]
(5 800 K)
Minimum illumination
11 lx (lux) (in default setting, shutter speed 1/50
second)
3 lx (lux) (LOW LUX is set to [ON], shutter speed
1/25 second)
0 lx (lux) (NIGHTSHOT is set to [ON])
*2 The unique pixel array of Sony’s ClearVid
and the image processing system allow
still image resolution equivalent to the
sizes described.
3
* [ STEADYSHOT] is set to
[STANDARD] or [OFF].
*4 [ STEADYSHOT] is set to [ACTIVE].
Input/Output connectors
A/V Remote Connector: Component/video and
audio output jack
HDMI OUT jack: HDMI mini connector
USB jack: mini-AB
Headphone jack: Stereo minijack ( 3.5 mm)
MIC input jack: Stereo minijack ( 3.5 mm)
LCD screen
Picture: 8.8 cm (3.5 type, aspect ratio 16:9)
Total number of pixels: 921 600 (1 920  480)
General
Power requirements: DC 6.8 V/7.2 V (battery
pack) DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor)
Average power consumption:
During camera recording using the
viewfinder at normal brightness:
HD: 3.2 W STD: 2.4 W
During camera recording using LCD screen
at normal brightness:
HD: 3.4 W STD: 2.6 W
Operating temperature: 0 C to 40 C (32 °F to
104 °F)
Storage temperature: –20 C to + 60 C (-4 °F to
+140 °F)
Dimensions (approx.):
85  74  176 mm (3 3/8 × 3 × 7 in.) (w/h/d)
including the projecting parts
85  74  244 mm (3 3/8 × 3 × 9 5/8 in.) (w/
h/d) including the projecting parts, and the
supplied rechargeable battery pack attached
Mass (approx.)
HXR-MC50P:
460 g (1 lb) main unit only
660 g (1 lb 7 oz) including the supplied
rechargeable battery pack, lens hood,
microphone and microphone holder
HXR-MC50E:
470 g (1 lb) main unit only
670 g (1 lb 7 oz) including the supplied
rechargeable battery pack, lens hood,
microphone and microphone holder
AC Adaptor AC-L200C/AC-L200D
Power requirements: AC 100 V - 240 V,
50 Hz/60 Hz
Current consumption: 0.35 A - 0.18 A
Power consumption: 18 W
Output voltage: DC 8.4 V*
Operating temperature: 0 C to 40 C (32 °F to
104 °F)
Storage temperature: –20 C to + 60 C (-4 °F to
+140 °F)
Dimensions (approx.): 48  29  81 mm (1 15/16
 1 3/16  3 1/4 in.) (w/h/d) excluding the
projecting parts
Mass (approx.): 170 g (6.0 oz) excluding the
power cord (mains lead)
* See the label on the AC Adaptor for other
specifications.
Rechargeable battery pack NP-FV70
Maximum output voltage: DC 8.4 V
Output voltage: DC 6.8 V
Maximum charge voltage: DC 8.4 V
Maximum charge current: 3.0 A
Capacity
Typical: 14.0 Wh (2 060 mAh)
Minimum: 13 Wh (1 960 mAh)
Type: Li-ion
“AVCHD” and “AVCHD” logotype are
trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony
Corporation.
 “Memory Stick,” “
,” “Memory Stick Duo,”
“
,” “Memory Stick PRO
Duo,” “
,” “Memory
Stick PRO-HG 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.
 “x.v.Colour” is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
 “BRAVIA” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
 “DVDirect” is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
 “Blu-ray Disc” and the logo are trademarks.
 Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks
of Dolby Laboratories.
 HDMI, the HDMI Logo, and High-Definition
Multimedia Interface are trademarks or
registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC
in the United States and other countries.
 Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista, and
DirectX are either registered trademarks or
trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the
United States and/or other countries.
 Macintosh and Mac OS are registered
trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and other
countries.
 Intel, Intel Core, and Pentium are trademarks
or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation
or its subsidiaries in the United States and other
countries.
 “PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony
Computer Entertainment Inc..
 Adobe, the Adobe logo, and Adobe Acrobat
are either registered trademarks or trademarks
of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United
States and/or other countries.
 NAVTEQ and the NAVTEQ Maps logo are
trademarks of NAVTEQ in the US and other
countries.
 SDXC and SDHC logo are trademarks of SD3C, LLC.
 MultiMediaCard is a trademark of
MultiMediaCard Association.
All other product names mentioned herein may

Additional information
Design and specifications of your camcorder and
accessories are subject to change without notice.
 Manufactured under license from Dolby
Laboratories.
On trademarks
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be the trademarks or registered trademarks of
their respective companies. Furthermore,  and
 are not mentioned in each case in this manual.
Notes on the License
ANY USE OF THIS PRODUCT OTHER
THAN CONSUMER PERSONAL USE IN ANY
MANNER THAT COMPLIES WITH THE
MPEG-2 STANDARD FOR ENCODING VIDEO
INFORMATION FOR PACKAGED MEDIA
IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED WITHOUT A
LICENSE UNDER APPLICABLE PATENTS IN
THE MPEG-2 PATENT PORTFOLIO, WHICH
LICENSE IS AVAILABLE FROM MPEG LA,
L.L.C., 250 STEELE STREET, SUITE 300,
DENVER, COLORADO 80206.
THIS PRODUCT IS LICENSED UNDER THE
AVC PATENT PORTFOLIO LICENSE FOR THE
PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL USE
OF A CONSUMER TO
(i) ENCODE VIDEO IN COMPLIANCE
WITH THE AVC STANDARD (“AVC VIDEO”)
AND/OR
(ii) DECODE AVC VIDEO THAT WAS
ENCODED BY A CONSUMER ENGAGED IN A
PERSONAL AND
NON-COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY AND/OR
WAS OBTAINED FROM A VIDEO PROVIDER
LICENSED TO PROVIDE AVC VIDEO.
NO LICENSE IS GRANTED OR SHALL BE
IMPLIED FOR ANY OTHER USE.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY BE
OBTAINED FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C.
SEE <HTTP://WWW.MPEGLA.COM>
“C Library,” “Expat,” “zlib,” “libjpeg,” “dtoa,” and
“pcre” software are provided in your camcorder.
We provide this software based on license
agreements with their owners of copyright. Based
on requests by the owners of copyright of these
software applications, we have an obligation
to inform you of the following. Please read the
following sections.
Read “license1.pdf ” in the “License” folder on the
CD-ROM. You will find licenses (in English) of
“C Library,” “Expat,” “zlib,” “libjpeg,” “dtoa,” and
“pcre” software.
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On GNU GPL/LGPL applied software
The software that is eligible for the following
GNU General Public License (hereinafter referred
to as “GPL”) or GNU Lesser General Public
License (hereinafter referred to as “LGPL”) are
included in the camcorder.
This informs you that you have a right to have
access to, modify, and redistribute source code for
these software programs under the conditions of
the supplied GPL/LGPL.
Source code is provided on the web. Use
the following URL to download it. When
downloading the source code, select HXR-MC50
as the model for your camcorder.
http://www.sony.net/Products/Linux/
We would prefer you do not contact us about the
contents of source code.
Read “license2.pdf ” in the “License” folder on the
CD-ROM. You will find licenses (in English) of
“GPL,” and “LGPL” software.
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/
Additional information
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Quick reference
Screen indicators
Upper left
Center
Upper right
Bottom
Upper left
Indicator
Meaning
Upper right
Indicator
0:00:00
Counter (hour:minute:
second) (36)
[00min]
Estimated recording
remaining time (24)
MENU button (79)
AUDIO MODE (92)
Self-timer recording (93)
9999
9999
GPS tracking status (55)
Flash (94)/
REDEYE REDUC (94)
MICREF LEVEL low (91)
100/112
WIDE SELECT (93)
BLT-IN ZOOM MIC (91)
60 min
Remaining battery
Recording folder
Indicator
Center
Meaning
[STBY]/[REC]
Recording status (24)
NightShot (32)

Warning (110)

Playback mode (36)
Meaning
[FACE DETECTION] set
to [OFF] (90)
SMILE DETECTION (91)
LOW LUX (90)

Manual focus (86)
SCENE SELECTION (84)
Photo size (93)
Slide show set (42)
FADER (84)
Approximate number of
recordable photos and
recording media (26)
Playback folder (37)
Current playing movie or
photo/Number of total
recorded movies or photos
(36)
Bottom
Return button (79)
Indicator
Meaning
Recording image quality
(HD/STD) and recording
mode (FX/FH/HQ/LP)
(30)
Recording/playback/
editing media (20)

White balance (85)
SteadyShot off (89)
SPOT MTR/FCS (86)/
SPOT METER (86)/
EXPOSURE (86)
AE SHIFT (87)
WB SHIFT (88)
TELE MACRO (87)
X.V.COLOR (92)
SHUTTER SPEED (33)
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Parts and controls
Indicator
Meaning
Figures in ( ) are reference pages.
IRIS (33)
CONVERSION LENS (90)
INTELLIGENT AUTO
(28)

OPTION button (81)
VIEW IMAGES button
(35)
Slide show button (42)
101-0005

YOUR
LOCATION button (55)
Data file name (37)
Protected image (47)
Index button (37)


Indicators and their positions are approximate
and may differ from what you actually see.
Some indicators may not appear, depending on
your camcorder model.
Active Interface Shoe
The Active Interface Shoe supplies power to
accessories such as a video light, a flash, or a
microphone (sold separately). The accessory
can be turned on or off as you open or close
the LCD screen of your camcorder. Refer to
the operating instructions supplied with your
accessory for details.
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 open or close the shoe cover,
slide it as indicated by the arrow.

When you are recording movies with an
external flash (sold separately) 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 (sold
separately) and the built-in flash at the same
time.

When an external microphone (sold
Quick reference
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separately) is connected, it takes precedence
over the built-in microphone (p. 31).
Built-in microphone (31)
Flash
Lens (G lens)
MIC (PLUG IN POWER) jack
 (headphones) jack
The marks of the lens hood
Remote sensor/Infrared port
Point the Wireless Remote Commander
(p. 133) towards the remote sensor to operate
your camcorder.
Camera recording lamp (102)
The camera recording lamp lights up in red
during recording. The lamp flashes when the
remaining recording media capacity or battery
power is low.
Microphone and microphone holder
(11)
Lens hood (13)
MANUAL button (33)
MANUAL dial (33)
LCD screen/Touch panel (18, 32)
If you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees, you
can close the LCD panel with the LCD screen
facing out. This is convenient during playback
operations.

(VIEW IMAGES) button (35)
(DISC BURN) button (65)
NIGHTSHOT button (32)

(INTELLIGENT AUTO) button (28)
POWER button (18)
RESET button

Press RESET using a pointed object.
Press RESET to initialize all the settings
including the clock setting.
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Speaker
Memory card slot (22)
MODE button (23)
Memory card Access lamp (22)
While the lamp is lit or flashing, the
camcorder is reading or writing data.

(Movie)/ (Photo) lamps (23)
 (USB) jack (73, 76)
HDMI OUT jack (43)
GPS switch (HXR-MC50E) (55)
BATT (battery) release lever (16)
Wireless Remote Commander
Eyecup
Viewfinder (25)
Viewfinder lens adjustment lever (25)
Battery pack (15)
A/V Remote Connector (43)
DC IN jack (15)
PHOTO button (26)
 /CHG (flash/charge) lamp (15)
START/STOP button (24)
Grip belt (23)
Hook for a shoulder belt
Tripod receptacle
Attach a tripod (sold separately) to the
tripod receptacle using a tripod screw (sold
separately: the length of the screw must be less
than 5.5 mm (7/32 in.)).
PHOTO button (26)
The on-screen image when you press this
button will be recorded as a still image.
SCAN/SLOW buttons (36)
Quick reference
Power zoom lever (28, 41)
DATA CODE button (95)
Displays the date and time, camera setting
data, or coordinates (HXR-MC50E) of the
recorded images when you press this button
during playback.
/ (Previous/Next) buttons (36)
PLAY button
STOP button
DISPLAY button (24)
Transmitter
START/STOP button (24)
Power zoom buttons
PAUSE button
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VISUAL INDEX button (36)
Displays a VISUAL INDEX screen during
playback.
////ENTER buttons
When you press any of these buttons, the
orange frame appears on the LCD screen.
Select a desired button or an item with
///, then press ENTER to enter.
 Notes
Remove the insulation sheet before using the
Wireless Remote Commander.

Insulation sheet



Point the Wireless Remote Commander
towards the remote sensor to operate your
camcorder (p. 132).
When no commands have been sent from the
Wireless Remote Commander within a certain
period, the orange frame disappears. When
you press any of ///, or ENTER again,
the frame appears at the position where it was
displayed last.
You cannot select some buttons on the LCD
screen using ///.
To change the battery of the Wireless
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 Wireless
Remote Commander until it clicks.
Tab
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WARNING
Battery may explode if mistreated. Do not
recharge, disassemble or dispose of in fire.

When the lithium battery becomes weak, the
operating distance of the Wireless Remote
Commander may shorten, or the Wireless
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.
Index
Symbols
1080i/576i...................................101
16:9..............................................100
4:3................................................100
5.1ch surround recording...........31
576i..............................................100
A
A/V connecting cable...........44, 77
Abroad........................................117
AE SHIFT.....................................87
AREA SET..................................101
AUDIO MODE............................92
AUDIO REC SET........................91
AUTO AREA ADJ.......................57
AUTO BACK LIGHT.................92
AUTO CLOCK ADJ...................57
AVCHD........................................63
AVCHD format..........................119
B
BATTERY INFO..........................97
Battery of the Wireless Remote
Commander...............................134
Battery pack..................................15
BEACH.........................................84
BEEP.............................................99
BLACK FADER...........................85
BLT-IN ZOOM MIC...................91
Blu-ray disc...................................67
“BRAVIA” Sync............................45
C
FOCUS..........................................86
Format...........................................98
Fully charged................................15
FX..................................................30
G
GENERAL SET............................99
GOLF SHOT................................88
GPS................................................54
GUIDEFRAME...........................89
D
H
DATA CODE...............................18
DATE/TIME................................18
Date Index....................................38
DELETE........................................46
DIAL SETTING...........................33
DIGITAL ZOOM........................92
Disc recorder................................76
DISPLAY SET............................100
DISP OUTPUT..........................101
DIVIDE.........................................48
DOWNLOAD MUSIC...............41
Dual Rec.......................................32
Dubbing........................................50
DVDirect Express........................73
DVD writer............................73, 75
HD/STD SET...............................29
HDMI RESOLUTION..............101
HIGHLIGHT...............................39
Highlight Playback......................39
HQ.................................................30
E
Editing movies.............................69
EMPTY.........................................98
EMPTY MUSIC..........................41
EXPOSURE..................................86
External media.............................70
F
FACE DETECTION........... 90, 110
Face Index.....................................39
FADER..........................................84
FH..................................................30
FILE NO........................................95
Film Roll Index............................38
FIREWORKS...............................84
FLASH LEVEL.............................94
FLASH MODE.............................94
I
Image quality................................29
IMAGE SIZE................................93
INDOOR......................................85
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack
.....................................................122
Install.............................................60
INTELLIGENT AUTO...... 28, 110
L
LANDSCAPE...............................84
LANGUAGE SET............... 19, 101
LCD BL LEVEL...........................99
LCD BRIGHT..............................99
LCD COLOR..............................100
LOW LUX....................................90
LP...................................................30
Quick reference
CALIBRATION.........................124
CAMERA DATA.........................96
Capturing a photo from a movie
.......................................................49
Capturing photos from a movie
.......................................................69
Charging the battery pack..........15
Charging the battery pack abroad
.............................................. 16, 117
CLOCK/LANG..........................101
CLOCK SET.................................18
COMPONENT..........................100
Computer.....................................59
Computer system.........................59
CONVERSION LENS.................90
COORDINATES.........................57
Copy..............................................51
Copying a disc..............................69
Creating a disc.......................63, 72
Creating a standard definition
image quality (STD) disc............68
Creating AVCHD disc................67
CTRL FOR HDMI.....................102
M
Macintosh.....................................60
Maintenance...............................119
MANAGE MEDIA................20, 98
MANUAL SETTINGS................84
Map Index....................................56
MY MENU...................................80
MEDIA FORMAT.......................98
MEDIA INFO..............................98
MEDIA SETTINGS.....................20
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Memory card................................21
“Memory Stick” media....... 21, 121
“Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”
media...........................................122
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
.......................................................21
Menus......................................79, 82
MICREF LEVEL..........................91
Mirror mode................................32
Moisture condensation.............124
MOVIE DUB...............................50
MOVIE MEDIA SET..................20
Movies.....................................24, 36
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264................119
MUSIC TOOL.............................97
MY MENU SETTING................80
N
NightShot......................................32
NIGHTSHOT LIGHT................92
O
ONE PUSH..................................85
One Touch Disc Burn.................65
Operation flow...............................6
OPTION MENU.........................81
Original.........................................50
OTHER REC SET........................92
OTHERS.......................................97
OTHER SETTINGS..................102
OUTDOOR..................................85
OUTPUT SETTINGS...............100
P
PAL..............................................117
PB zoom........................................41
PHOTO CAPTURE....................49
PHOTO COPY............................51
PHOTO MEDIA SET.................20
Photos.....................................26, 37
PHOTO SETTINGS....................93
PLAYBACK..................................95
PLAYBACK SET..........................95
Playing..........................................35
Playing AVCHD disc..................67
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Playlist...........................................52
PLAYLIST EDIT..........................52
PMB (Picture Motion Browser)
.................................................59, 62
PMB Help.....................................62
PORTRAIT...................................84
Power on.......................................18
Precautions.................................119
PRIORITY SETTING........ 91, 110
PROTECT....................................47
R
Software........................................60
SOUND/DISP SET......................99
Specifications.............................126
SPOT FOCUS..............................86
SPOTLIGHT................................84
SPOT METER..............................86
SPOT MTR/FCS..........................86
STEADYSHOT......................89, 94
SUMMERTIME.........................101
SUNRISE&SUNSET...................84
Supplied items................................2
REC LAMP.................................102
REC MODE..................................30
Recording.....................................23
Recording and playback time
.....................................................114
Recording media.........................20
Recording time of movies/
number of recordable photos
.....................................................114
REDEYE REDUC........................94
REMOTE CTRL........................102
Repair..........................................103
REPAIR IMG.DB F........... 108, 112
RESET.........................................132
TELE MACRO.............................87
Telephoto......................................28
Thumbnail....................................46
Tripod.........................................133
Troubleshooting.........................103
Turning the power on.................18
TV..................................................43
TV color systems.......................117
TV CONNECT Guide................43
TV TYPE....................................100
TWILIGHT..................................84
TWILIGHT PORT......................84
T
S
U
Saving images in external media
.......................................................70
SCENARIO..................................40
SCENARIO ERASE.....................40
SCENE SELECTION......... 84, 110
Screen indicators.......................130
Self-diagnosis display/Warning
indicators....................................110
SELF-TIMER................................93
Setting the date and time............18
SHOOTING SET.........................89
Slide show.....................................42
SLIDE SHOW SET......................42
SMILE DETECTION......... 91, 110
SMILE SENSITIVITY........ 91, 110
Smile Shutter................................31
SMTH SLW REC.........................89
SNOW...........................................84
USB cable................................73, 75
USB CONNECT....................66, 75
V
VBR.............................................114
VIEW IMAGES...........................38
VISUAL INDEX..........................35
Volume....................................36, 99
W
Wall outlet (wall socket).............15
Warning messages.....................112
WB SHIFT....................................88
WHITE BAL................................85
WHITE FADER...........................85
Wide angle....................................28
WIDE SELECT............................93
Windows.......................................59
X
x.v.Color............................... 92, 123
Y
YOUR LOCATION.....................55
Z
Zoom.......................................28, 41
Quick reference
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4-191-794-11(1)
Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
Printed on 70% or more recycled paper using VOC
(Volatile Organic Compound)-free vegetable oil
based ink.
Printed in Japan
HXR-MC50E/MC50P
Operating Guide
Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly,
and retain it for future reference.
HXR-MC50E/MC50P
http://www.sony.net/
Digital HD Video
Camera Recorder
 2010 Sony Corporation
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