Draytek 2700GE/E Network Router User Manual

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Handycam Handbook
DCR-SX30E/SX31E/SX40E/SX41E/SX50E/
SX60E
Useful Recording Techniques
Index
 2009 Sony Corporation
4-132-761-12(1)
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About this Handycam Handbook
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Index
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The example images used in this Handycam Handbook 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.
In this Handycam Handbook, the internal memory of your camcorder and “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media are called “recording media.”
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media and “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo” media are both referred to as
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media in this manual.
Design and specifications of your camcorder and accessories are subject to change without notice.
Table of contents
Step 1: Charging the battery pack.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Step 2: Turning the power on, and setting the date and time.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Changing the language setting.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Recording/Playback
Index
Five pieces of advice for successful recording.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Easy Handycam Operation)
Recording and playing movies and photos easily (
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Recording movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Shooting photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Playing movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Viewing photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Recording.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Recording movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Shooting photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Useful functions for recording movies and photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Zooming.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Adjusting the exposure for backlit subjects.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Recording in mirror mode.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Switching the screen display.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Playback on the camcorder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Playing movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Viewing photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Useful functions for playing movies and photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Searching for desired scene by pinpoint (Film Roll Index).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Useful Recording Techniques
Getting started
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Using the Handycam Handbook.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Searching for information quickly.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Useful recording techniques.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Parts and controls.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Screen indicators.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
“ HOME” and “ OPTION” - Taking advantage of two types of menus.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Using the HOME MENU.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Using the OPTION MENU.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Menu lists.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
List of the HOME MENU.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
List of the OPTION MENU.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Read this before operating your camcorder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
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Editing
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Utilizing recording media
Changing the recording media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting the recording media for movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting the recording media for photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Inserting “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Checking the media information.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Deleting all movies and photos (Formatting).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Preventing data on the internal memory from being recovered.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Deleting movies and photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Capturing a photo from a movie.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dubbing/copying movies and photos from the internal memory to
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dubbing movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Copying photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Protecting recorded movies and photos (Protect).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dividing a movie.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the Playlist of movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Creating the Playlist .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playing the Playlist.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Creating a disc with a DVD writer, recorder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Creating a disc with the dedicated DVD writer, DVDirect Express.. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Creating a disc with a DVD writer, etc., other than DVDirect Express.. . . . . . . . . .
Creating a disc with a recorder, etc... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Checking the battery information.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Searching for desired scene by face (Face Index).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Searching for desired images by date (Date Index).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using PB zoom with photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playing back a series of photos (Slide show).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playing images on a TV.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Customizing your camcorder
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Index
MOVIE SETTINGS (Items for recording movies).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
PHOTO SETTINGS (Items for recording photos).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
VIEW IMAGES SET (Items to customize the display).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
SOUND/DISP SET (Items to adjust the sound and the screen).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
OUTPUT SETTINGS (Items for when connected to a TV).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
CLOCK/ LANG (Items to set clock and language).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
GENERAL SET (Other setup items).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Functions set in the OPTION MENU.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Self-diagnosis display/Warning indicators. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Additional information
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Recording time of movies/number of recordable photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Expected time of recording and playback with each battery pack.. . . . . . . . . . . . .
Expected recording time of movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Expected number of recordable photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using your camcorder abroad.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
File/folder structure on the internal memory and
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Maintenance and precautions.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
About the “Memory Stick” media.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
About handling of your camcorder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Index.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Useful recording techniques
Checking your golf
swing
 SPORTS...................................................... 77
 Backlight................................................... 30
 BEACH........................................................ 77
 SNOW........................................................ 77
Flowers in close-up
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Getting a good shot
of a ski slope or
beach
A child on the stage
under a spot light
 PORTRAIT................................................... 77
 FOCUS........................................................ 76
 TELE MACRO............................................... 75
 SPOTLIGHT................................................. 77
Fireworks with all its
splendor
 FOCUS........................................................ 76
 SPOT FOCUS............................................... 75
 SPOT MTR/FCS............................................ 74
 FIREWORKS................................................ 77
 FOCUS........................................................ 76
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Focusing on the dog
on the left side of
the screen
Index
Parts and controls
Figures in ( ) are reference pages.
BATT (battery) release lever (16)
CHG (charge) lamp (15)
START/STOP button (21, 27)
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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.)).
Grip belt (20, 26)
Hook for a shoulder belt
DC IN jack (15)
A/V Remote Connector (39, 53)
LENS COVER switch (20, 22, 26, 28)
Built-in microphone
LCD screen/Touch panel (9, 31)
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.
POWER button (17)
PHOTO button (23, 28)
EASY button (21)
MODE button (22, 28)
 RESET button
Press RESET to initialize all the settings
including the clock setting.
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(Movie)/ (Photo) lamps (17)
Battery pack (15)
Tripod receptacle
 (Backlight) button (30, 85)
DISP (display) button (31)
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Power zoom lever (30, 37)
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Lens (Carl Zeiss lens) (14)
Speaker
Upper right

Indicator
While the lamp is lit or flashing, the
camcorder is reading or writing data.
 (USB) jack* (52)
0:00:00
Counter (hour:minute:
second) (21, 26)
[00min]
Estimated recording
remaining time (20, 26)
* DCR-SX30E/SX31E/SX50E: Output only
9999
9999
Screen indicators
Upper left
Center
Upper right
Meaning
Recording mode (HQ/SP/
LP) (60)
Recording/playback/
editing media (55)
100/112
FADER (79)
Approximate number of
recordable photos and
recording media (23, 28)
Playback folder (34)
Current playing movie or
photo/Number of total
recorded movies or photos
(23, 24, 32, 33)
Indicator
Bottom
Face Index (35)

Upper left
Indicator
Meaning
Manual focus (76)
SCENE SELECTION (77)
HOME button (9)
Self-timer recording (80)

BLT-IN ZOOM MIC (79)
White balance (78)
SteadyShot off (61)
SPOT MTR/FCS (74)/
EXPOSURE (76)/SPOT
METER (74)
TELE MACRO (75)
MICREF LEVEL low (80)
WIDE SELECT (60)
 60 min
Meaning
Useful Recording Techniques
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(DISC BURN) button (see Operating
Guide)
“Memory Stick Duo” media slot (56)
Access lamp (Internal memory, “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media) (56)
Remaining battery
Return button (9)

Center
Backlight (30)
OPTION button (9)
Indicator
Meaning
[STBY]/[REC]
Recording status (21, 27)
VIEW IMAGES button
(23, 32)
101-0001
101-0005

Slide show set (38)

Warning (85)

Playback mode (24, 33)
Data file name (25, 33)
Protected image (46)
VISUAL INDEX button
(24, 33)

Indicators and their positions are approximate
and may differ from what you actually see.
Index
Slide show button (38)
Photo size (64)
Using the HELP function
Using the
To see the descriptions on the HOME
MENU, touch (HELP) on the HOME
MENU screen. (The bottom of turns
orange.) Then, touch the item you want to
know about.
Using the
HOME MENU
OPTION MENU
The OPTION MENU appears just like
the pop-up window that appears when you
right-click the mouse on a computer. The
menu items you can change in the context
appear.
When you touch (HOME), the HOME
MENU appears. You can change the
settings of your camcorder, etc.
(HOME)
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“ HOME” and
“ OPTION” - Taking
advantage of two
types of menus
(OPTION)
 Touch the desired tab  the
item to change the setting.
Menu item
Menu item
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 Touch the desired category 
the menu item to be changed.
Category
 Follow the instructions on the
screen.
Tab
 After completing the setting,
touch
.
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

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 After completing the setting,
touch
.
When the item is not on the screen, touch
/ .
To return to the previous screen, touch
.
To hide the HOME MENU screen, touch
.
You cannot select the grayed items or
settings.
 Notes
When the item you want is not on the screen,
touch another tab. (There may be no tab.)
 You cannot use the OPTION MENU during
Easy Handycam operation.
 The tabs and items that appear on the screen
depend on the recording/playback status of
your camcorder at the time.
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Index
10
Menu lists
List of the
(MANAGE MEDIA) category
HOME MENU
(CAMERA) category
MOVIE*
PHOTO*
p. 26
p. 28
(SETTINGS) category
MOVIE SETTINGS
REC MODE
(VIEW IMAGES) category
VISUAL INDEX*
FILM ROLL*
FACE*
PLAYLIST
p. 33
p. 35
p. 35
p. 48
p. 41
DELETE
p. 41
p. 44
p. 44
DUB ALL
PHOTO COPY
COPY by select
COPY by date
p. 62
REMAINING SET
p. 62
FACE SET*
p. 63
p. 64
FILE NO.
p. 64
AUTO SLW SHUTTR
p. 64
GUIDEFRAME
p. 65
p. 66
p. 45
p. 24, 33
p. 45
p. 41
p. 41
PROTECT
p. 46
PROTECT
p. 46
DIVIDE
p. 47
ERASE
p. 49
ERASE ALL
p. 49
MOVE
p. 49
USB CONNECT
USB CONNECT
p. 52
p. 68
LCD BRIGHT
p. 68
LCD BL LEVEL
p. 68
LCD COLOR
p. 69
OUTPUT SETTINGS
TV TYPE
p. 70
DISP OUTPUT
p. 70
p. 71
SUMMERTIME
p. 71
LANGUAGE SET*
p. 52
Operating Guide
p. 54
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p. 17
AREA SET
p. 71
GENERAL SET
DEMO MODE
p. 72
CALIBRATION
p. 96
A.SHUT OFF
p. 72
POWER ON BY LCD
p. 73
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p. 48
BEEP*
CLOCK/ LANG
CLOCK SET*
p. 48
ADD by date
BATTERY INFO
p. 61
GUIDEFRAME
SOUND/DISP SET
VOLUME*
DELETE
USB CONNECT
p. 61
AUTO SLW SHUTTR
p. 44
DELETE
DISC BURN
p. 61
VIEW IMAGES SET
DATA CODE
EDIT
PLAYLIST EDIT
ADD
DIGITAL ZOOM
PHOTO SETTINGS
IMAGE SIZE*
p. 43
DUB by date
p. 60
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PHOTO CAPTURE
MOVIE DUB
DUB by select
p. 60
WIDE SELECT
STEADYSHOT
(OTHERS) category
DELETE*
DELETE
p. 55
p. 55
p. 57
p. 58
p. 84
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MOVIE MEDIA SET*
PHOTO MEDIA SET*
MEDIA INFO
MEDIA FORMAT*
REPAIR IMG.DB F.

[SOUND/DISP SET] is changed to [SOUND
SETTINGS] during Easy Handycam operation.
* You can set this item during Easy Handycam
operation.
OPTION MENU
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List of the
Following items are available on the
OPTION MENU only.
tab
SPOT MTR/FCS
p. 74
SPOT METER
p. 74
SPOT FOCUS
p. 75
p. 75
p. 76
FOCUS
p. 76
SCENE SELECTION
p. 77
WHITE BAL.
p. 78
FADER
p. 79
BLT-IN ZOOM MIC
p. 79
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TELE MACRO
EXPOSURE
tab
tab
MICREF LEVEL
p. 80
SELF-TIMER
p. 80
The tab depends on the situation/no tab
SLIDE SHOW
p. 38
SLIDE SHOW SET
p. 38
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Read this before
operating your
camcorder

The numbers in ( ) are the supplied
quantity.
 AC Adaptor (1)
 Power cord (Mains lead) (1)
 A/V connecting cable (1) 
 USB cable (1) 
 Rechargeable battery pack NP-FH30 (1)
 CD-ROM “Handycam Application
Software” (1)
 “PMB”

(software, including “PMB Guide” )
Handbook” (PDF)

 “Handycam

“Operating Guide” (1)


See page 55 for the “Memory Stick” media you
can use with this camcorder.

Using the camcorder

Do not hold the camcorder by the following
parts, and also do not hold the camcorder by
the jack covers.
LCD screen
A menu item that is grayed out is not available
under the current recording or playback
conditions.
The LCD screen is 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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Menu items, LCD panel, and lens
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Supplied items
Do not do any of the following when the
(Movie)/ (Photo) lamps (p. 17) or the access
lamp (p. 56) are lit or flashing. Otherwise, the
recording media may be damaged, recorded
images may be lost or other malfunctions could
occur.
 Ejecting the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
from the camcorder
 Removing the battery pack or AC Adaptor
from the camcorder
 Applying mechanical shock or vibration to
the camcorder
When connecting your camcorder to another
device with a cable, 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
your camcorder.
Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the
camcorder, holding both the camcorder and the
DC plug.
Battery pack


The camcorder is not dustproofed, dripproofed
or waterproofed. See “About handling of your
camcorder” (p. 95).
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Exposing the LCD screen, or the lens to direct
sunlight for long periods of time may cause
malfunctions.
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Black points
White, red, blue or green points

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.
Note on disposal/transfer

About changing the language setting
The on-screen displays in each local language
are used for illustrating the operating
procedures. Change the screen language before
using your camcorder if necessary (p. 18).
Recording




Carl Zeiss lens
Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl Zeiss
lens, which was developed jointly by Carl Zeiss,
in Germany, and Sony Corporation, and produces
superior images. It adopts the MTF measurement
system for video cameras and offers a quality
typical of a Carl Zeiss lens.
MTF= Modulation Transfer Function. The
number value indicates the amount of light from a
subject coming into the lens.
Save all your recorded image data

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 (p. 50,
see Operating Guide too), and then perform
[MEDIA FORMAT] (p. 58).
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 a DVD-R using
your computer (see Operating Guide). Also, you
can save your image data using a DVD writer, a
VCR, or a DVD/HDD recorder (p. 50).
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
If you cannot record/play back images,
perform [MEDIA FORMAT]
Before starting to record, test the recording
function to make sure that 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, storage 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.
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
Even if you perform [ DELETE ALL],
[ DELETE ALL] or [MEDIA FORMAT],
some data might not be entirely deleted from
the internal memory. When you transfer the
camcorder, it is recommended that you perform
[ EMPTY] (p. 59) 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.
Notes on battery pack/AC Adaptor

Be sure to remove the battery pack or the AC
Adaptor after turning off the camcorder.

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When the camcorder is connected to a
computer
Do not try to format the media of the
camcorder using a computer. If you do so, your
camcorder may not operate correctly.
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Getting started
Step 1: Charging the battery pack
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CHG (charge) lamp
DC plug
DC IN jack
Battery pack
To the wall outlet
(wall socket)
Power cord (Mains lead)
You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (H series) after attaching it to your
camcorder.

You cannot attach any “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack other than the H series to your camcorder.
1
2
3
Turn off your camcorder by closing the LCD screen.
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AC Adaptor
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).

When the battery is charged, disconnect the AC Adaptor from the DC IN
jack of your camcorder.


See page 88 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.
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4
Be sure that the  mark on the DC plug is facing down.
The CHG (charge) lamp lights up and charging starts. The CHG (charge) lamp turns off
when the battery pack is fully charged.
Charging time
Approximate time (min.) required when you fully charge a fully discharged battery pack.

Charging time
115
135
170
390
When the battery pack is charged at 25 C (77 ˚F) (10 C to 30 C (50 ˚F to 86 ˚F) is recommended)
To remove the battery pack
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Battery pack
NP-FH30 (supplied)
NP-FH50
NP-FH70
NP-FH100
Close the LCD screen. Slide the BATT (battery) release lever  and remove the battery pack
.
Make the same connections as “Step 1: 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.

Useful Recording Techniques
To use a wall outlet (wall socket) as a power source
Do not use an electronic voltage transformer.
Notes on the battery pack



When you remove the battery pack or disconnect the AC Adaptor, close the LCD screen and make sure
(Movie)/ (Photo) lamps (p. 17) are turned off.
that the
The CHG (charge) lamp flashes during charging under the following conditions:
 The battery pack is not attached correctly.
 The battery pack is damaged.
In the default setting, the power turns off automatically if you leave your camcorder without any
operation for about 5 minutes, to save battery power ([A.SHUT OFF] p. 72).



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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Notes on the AC Adaptor
Step 2: Turning the power on, and setting the
date and time
Your camcorder is turned on.

To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is open, press POWER.
POWER button
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1
Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
(Movie): To record movies
(Photo): To record photos
Touch the button on
the LCD screen.

3
/ , then touch [NEXT].
To set the date and time again, touch
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [CLOCK/ LANG] 
[CLOCK SET]. When an item is not on the screen, touch / until the item appears.
Set [SUMMERTIME], date and time, then touch
Useful Recording Techniques
2
Select the desired geographical area with
.
The clock starts.

If you set [SUMMERTIME] to [ON], the clock advances 1 hour.
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

The date and time does not appear during recording, but they are automatically recorded on the
(HOME)
recording media, and can be displayed during playback. To display the date and time, touch
(SETTINGS)  [VIEW IMAGES SET]  [DATA CODE]  [DATE/TIME] 


.

(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [SOUND/DISP
You can turn off the operation beeps by touching


.
SET]  [BEEP]  [OFF] 
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
If the button you touch does not react correctly, calibrate the touch panel (p. 96).
To turn off the power
Close the LCD screen. The
off.
(Movie) lamp flashes for a few seconds and the power is turned


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POWER button
You can turn off your camcorder also by pressing POWER.
When [POWER ON BY LCD] (p. 73) is set to [OFF], turn off your camcorder by pressing POWER.
Changing the language setting
Useful Recording Techniques
You can change the on-screen displays to show messages in a specified language.
(SETTINGS)  [CLOCK/ LANG]  [ LANGUAGE SET] 
Touch (HOME) 


.
a desired language 
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Recording/Playback
Five pieces of advice for successful recording
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Stabilizing your camcorder
When you hold the camcorder, keep your upper body upright,
and hold your arms close to your body.
The SteadyShot function is effective against camera-shake,
however, it is essential that you not move the camcorder.
Zooming smoothly
Zoom in and out slowly and smoothly. And, use zooming
sparingly. Excessive zooming will make movies that may make
the viewer feel tired when viewing them.
Accentuating movies with narration
Consider the sound to be recorded with your movies. Narrate
the subject, or talk to the subject during shooting.
Aim for a balanced volume of voices, since the recording person
is closer to the microphone than the recorded person.
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Evoking a feeling of spaciousness
Use the panning technique. Stabilize yourself, move your
camcorder horizontally as you turn your upper body slowly. Stay
still at the end of panning for a while to make the scene look
stable.
Using accessories
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Index
Make good use of camcorder accessories.
For example, using a tripod, you can make a time-lapse
recording or record subjects in dim light, such as scenes of
fireworks, or night views. By always carrying spare batteries, you
can continue recording without worrying about battery power
shortages.
Recording and playing movies and photos easily
Easy Handycam Operation)
(

When Easy Handycam operation is started, nearly all menu settings are reset to the default settings
automatically. (Some menu items retain the settings that were made before Easy Handycam operation.)
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Simply press EASY. You can record or play movies and photos easily (Easy Handycam
operation).
During Easy Handycam operation, you can set basic options, such as changing the image size
or deleting images, among the setting and adjustment items. Other items are set automatically.
Recording movies
In the default setting, movies are recorded on the
internal memory (p. 55).
Useful Recording Techniques
 Fasten the grip belt.
 Open the lens cover.
 Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.

To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER (p. 17).
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Your camcorder is turned on.
 Press EASY.
appears on the LCD screen.
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 Press START/STOP to start recording.
START/STOP button
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[STBY]  [REC]
To stop recording, press START/STOP again.
Tips
The [REC MODE] is fixed to [SP] (p. 60).


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21
Shooting photos
 Open the lens cover.
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 Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
Your camcorder is turned on.

To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER (p. 17).
Useful Recording Techniques
 Press EASY.
appears on the LCD screen.
 Press MODE to turn on the
The aspect ratio of the screen becomes 4:3.
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
(Photo) lamp.
22
 Press PHOTO lightly to adjust the focus, then press it fully.
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Flashes  Lights up
When
disappears, the photo is recorded on the internal memory.
 Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
Your camcorder is turned on.

To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER (p. 17).
 Touch
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Playing movies
(VIEW IMAGES).
(VIEW IMAGES)
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears after some seconds.
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 Touch the
(Movie) tab ()  a desired movie ().
Previous 6 images
Next 6 images
Returns to the
recording screen




: Displays the Film Roll Index screen (p. 35).
: Displays the Face Index screen (p. 35).
: Displays movies.
: Displays photos.
 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 “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.)
Your camcorder starts playing the selected movie.
Volume adjustment
Previous
Next
To stop
Useful Recording Techniques

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Searches for images by
date (p. 36)
HOME MENU
To fast-forward
To fast-reverse
To pause/play
Tips
When playback from the selected movie reaches the last movie, the screen returns to the VISUAL INDEX
screen.
/
during pause.
You can slow down the playback speed by touching
 adjust with
/

during playback.
You can adjust the volume by touching
The setting of [DATA CODE] is fixed to [DATE/TIME] (p. 66).
To change the recording media, select the recording media on [MOVIE MEDIA SET] (p. 55).





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Index

Viewing photos
On the VISUAL INDEX screen, touch the
().
(Photo) tab ()  a desired photo
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Your camcorder starts playing the selected photo.
Slide show/pause
Next
To the VISUAL
INDEX screen
Tips
The setting of [DATA CODE] is fixed to [DATE/TIME] (p. 66).
To change the recording media, select the recording media on [PHOTO MEDIA SET] (p. 55).



Useful Recording Techniques
Previous
To cancel Easy Handycam operation
After you finish recording, or close menu setting screen, press EASY again.
from the LCD screen.
disappears
Menu settings during Easy Handycam operation
Touch (HOME) to display the menu items available for setup changes. See “Menu lists”
(p. 11) on the available menu items.
Invalid buttons during Easy Handycam operation
You cannot use some buttons/functions during Easy Handycam operation since they are
automatically set. If you set an invalid operation, [Invalid during Easy Handycam operation.]
may appear.
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 Notes
OPTION MENU.
You cannot use the
 Cancel Easy Handycam operation if you want to add effects to images or change settings.

Recording
In the default setting, movies are recorded on the
internal memory (p. 55).
 Fasten the grip belt.
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Recording movies
 Open the lens cover.
Useful Recording Techniques
 Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
Your camcorder is turned on.

To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER (p. 17).
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 Press START/STOP to start recording.
START/STOP button
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[STBY]  [REC]
To stop recording, press START/STOP again.








Useful Recording Techniques

See page 88 on the recordable time of movies.
When a movie file exceeds 2 GB, the next movie file is created automatically.
You can change the recording media and recording mode (p. 55, 60).
[ STEADYSHOT] is set to [ON] in the default setting.
It will take several seconds until you can start recording after you turn on the camcorder. You cannot
operate your camcorder during this time.
If you close the LCD screen while recording movies, the camcorder stops recording.
If the access lamp is lit or flashing after recording is finished, it means that data is still being written onto
the recording media. Do not apply shock or vibration to your camcorder, and do not remove the battery
or AC Adaptor.
(HOME) 
You can check the recordable time and the remaining capacity, etc., by touching
(MANAGE MEDIA)  [MEDIA INFO] (p. 57).
To adjust the angle of the LCD panel, first open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder , and then
adjust the angle . If you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees to the lens side , you can record movies/
photos in mirror mode.
 90 degrees (max.)
 90 degrees to the camcorder
 180 degrees (max.)


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Tips
When a face is detected during movie recording, flashes and the detected face is stored in the index.
You can search for a desired scene by a face image when playing back ([Face Index], p. 35).
You can capture photos from recorded movies (p. 43).
(HOME) 
(CAMERA)  [MOVIE].
You can switch the shooting mode by touching


Data code during recording
The recording date, time and condition are recorded automatically on the recording media.
They are not displayed during recording. However, you can check them as [DATA CODE]
during playback (p. 66).
In the default setting, photos are recorded on the internal memory (p. 55).
 Open the lens cover.
Your camcorder is turned on.

To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER (p. 17).
 Press MODE to turn on the

(Photo) lamp.
Useful Recording Techniques
 Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
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Shooting photos
The aspect ratio of the screen becomes 4:3.
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 Press PHOTO lightly to adjust the focus, then press it fully.
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Flashes  Lights up
When


See page 89 on the recordable number of photos.
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [PHOTO SETTINGS] 
To change the image size, touch


(p. 64).
[ IMAGE SIZE]  a desired setting 
is displayed.
You cannot record photos while
Useful Recording Techniques

disappears, the photo is recorded.
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29
Useful functions for recording movies and photos
You can magnify images up to 60 times the original size with the power zoom lever.
Wider range of view
(Wide angle)
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Zooming
Close view
(Telephoto)
Move the power zoom lever slightly for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom.
Tips
You can set [DIGITAL ZOOM] (p. 61) if you want to zoom to a greater level.


Useful Recording Techniques
 Notes
SteadyShot may not reduce image blurring as desired when the power zoom lever is set to the T
(Telephoto) side.
 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.
 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 150 cm (about 59 1/8 in.) for telephoto.

Adjusting the exposure for backlit subjects
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To adjust the exposure for backlit subjects, press  (backlight) to display . To cancel the
backlight function, press  (backlight) again.
Recording in mirror mode
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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.


Switching the screen display
Useful Recording Techniques
Information (remaining battery capacity, etc.) toggles off and on each time you press DISP.
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31
Playback on the camcorder
Playing movies
 Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
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In the default setting, movies and photos that are recorded on the internal memory are played
(p. 55).
Your camcorder is turned on.

To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER (p. 17).
 Touch
(VIEW IMAGES).
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(VIEW IMAGES)
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears after some seconds.
 Touch the
(Movie) tab ()  a desired movie ().
To the list of recording
dates (p. 36)
Previous
Next
To return to
recording mode

: Displays the Film Roll Index screen (p. 35).
: Displays the Face Index screen (p. 35).
: Displays movies.
: Displays photos.
 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 “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.)
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



Your camcorder starts playing the selected movie.
Next
Volume adjustment
OPTION
To stop
To fast-forward
To fast-reverse
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Previous
To pause/play
Tips
When playback from the selected movie reaches the last movie, the screen returns to the VISUAL 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.
The recording date, time, and shooting conditions are recorded automatically during recording. This
information is not displayed during recording, but you can display it during playback by touching
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [VIEW IMAGES SET]  [DATA CODE]  a desired setting 


.




To adjust the sound volume of movies
While playing back movies, touch

 adjust with
You can adjust the sound volume from the OPTION MENU.
/

.
Useful Recording Techniques

Viewing photos
Touch the
screen.
(Photo) tab ()  a desired photo () on the VISUAL INDEX
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Your camcorder displays the selected photo.
To start/stop slide show
Next
OPTION MENU
To the VISUAL
INDEX screen
Tips
When viewing photos recorded on “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media,
the screen.
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Previous


(playback folder) appears on
Useful Recording Techniques
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34
Useful functions for playing movies and photos
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.
Select the recording media which contains the movie you want to play back before the
operation (p. 55).
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Searching for desired scene by pinpoint (Film Roll Index)
 Touch
(VIEW IMAGES).
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears.
 Touch
(Film Roll Index).
Returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen.
 Touch
/
to select the desired movie.
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Sets the interval at which to create thumbnails of scenes in a movie.
 Touch
/ to search for the desired scene, then touch the scene you want
to play back.
Playback starts from the selected scene.
Searching for desired scene by face (Face Index)
 Touch
(VIEW IMAGES).
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears.
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Index
The face images detected during movie recording are displayed on the INDEX screen.
You can play back the movie from the selected face image.
Select the recording media which contains the movie you want to play back before the
operation (p. 55).
 Touch
(Face Index).
Returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen.
/
to select the desired movie.
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 Touch
 Touch
/ to search for the desired face image, then touch the desired
face image to view the scene.
Playback starts from the beginning of the scene with the selected face image.
Searching for desired images by date (Date Index)
You can search for desired images by date efficiently.
Select the recording media which contains the image you want to play back before the
operation (p. 55).
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 Notes
Faces may not be detected depending on recording conditions.
Example: People wearing glasses or hats, or who do not face towards the camera.

 Notes
You cannot use the Date Index function for photos on the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.

 Touch
(VIEW IMAGES).
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears.
 To search for movies, touch the
the (Photo) tab.
(Movie) tab. To search for photos, touch
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 Touch date on the screen.
The recording dates of images are displayed on the screen.
Returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen.
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 Touch
/
to select the date of the desired image, then touch
.
The images of the selected date are displayed on the VISUAL INDEX screen.
Tips
On the [Film Roll Index]/[Face Index] screen, you can use the Date Index function by following the steps
3 to 4.


You can magnify photos from about 1.1 to 5 times the original size.
Magnification can be adjusted with the power zoom lever.
Useful Recording Techniques
Using PB zoom with photos
 Play back the photo you want to magnify.
 Magnify the photo with T (Telephoto).
Index
The screen is framed.
37
 Touch the screen at the point you want to display in the center of the
displayed frame.
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 Adjust the magnification with W (Wide angle)/T (Telephoto).
To cancel, touch
.
Playing back a series of photos (Slide show)
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Touch
on the photo playback screen.
The slide show begins from the selected photo.
To stop the slide show
Touch
.
To restart the slide show
Touch
again.
Tips
(OPTION) 
tab  [SLIDE SHOW] on the
You can also play back the slide show by touching
VISUAL INDEX screen.
(OPTION) 
tab  [SLIDE SHOW
You can set continuous slide show playback by selecting
SET] while playing photos. The default setting is [ON] (continuous playback).



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Index
 Notes
You cannot operate playback zoom during slide show.

Playing images on a TV
A/V connecting cable (supplied)
Connecting to another device via the A/V jack using an A/V connecting cable.
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Connect your camcorder to the input jack of a TV or VCR using the A/V connecting cable
 or an A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO . Connect your camcorder to the wall
outlet (wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 16). Refer also to the
instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
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 plugs (left/right audio) and the S VIDEO plug
(S VIDEO channel) of the A/V connecting cable with an S VIDEO cable (sold separately). The
yellow plug connection is not necessary. Connecting only the S VIDEO plug will not output
audio.
S VIDEO
VIDEO
AUDIO
(Yellow)
(White)
TVs
(Red)
(Yellow)
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IN
VCRs
:Signal flow
A/V Remote Connector
 Set the input selector of the TV to the input your camcorder will be
connected to.
 Connect your camcorder to a TV with the A/V connecting cable (,
supplied) or an A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO (, sold separately).
Connect your camcorder to the input jack of the TV.
 Play back movies and photos on your camcorder (p. 32).
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Index
For details, refer to the instruction manuals supplied with the TV.
To set the aspect ratio according to the connected TV (16:9/4:3)
Touch (HOME) 


[4:3] 
.
(SETTINGS)  [OUTPUT SETTINGS]  [TV TYPE]  [16:9] or
Tips
(HOME) 
To check information (counter, etc.) on the screen of the monitor, touch
 [OUTPUT SETTINGS]  [DISP OUTPUT]  [V-OUT/PANEL] (default setting) 
.

(SETTINGS)


When connecting to your TV via a VCR
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.).
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
When your TV is monaural (When your TV has only one audio input jack)
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.
If your TV/VCR has a 21-pin adaptor (EUROCONNECTOR)
Use a 21-pin adaptor (sold separately) to view playback pictures.
 Notes
When you set [TV TYPE] to [4:3], the image quality may deteriorate. Also, when the recorded image’s
aspect ratio switches between 16:9 (wide) and 4:3, the image may jitter.
 On some 4:3 TVs, the photos recorded in 4:3 aspect ratio may not be displayed full screen. This is not a
malfunction.


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TV/VCR
When you play back an image recorded in 16:9 (wide) aspect ratio on a 4:3 TV not compatible with the
16:9 (wide) signal, set [TV TYPE] to [4:3].
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Editing
3
Deleting movies and
photos
Touch and display the mark
on the movies or photos to be
deleted.
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You can free media space by deleting
movies and photos from recording media.
Select the recording medium that contains
the movies and photos you want to delete
before starting the operation (p. 55).
 Notes
You cannot restore images once they are
deleted.
 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 Stick PRO Duo” media
while deleting images from the “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media.
 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. 46).
 If the deleted movie is included in the Playlist
(p. 48), the movie added to the Playlist is
deleted also from the Playlist.
 Save important movies and photos in advance
(p. 46).

4
Touch
.


In step 2, touch [ DELETE] 
[ DELETE ALL]  [YES]  [YES] 

.

Tips
You can select up to 100 images at one time.
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. 58).
Reduced-size images which enable you to view
many images at the same time on an index
screen are called “thumbnails.”
Touch (HOME) 
 [DELETE].
To delete all the movies/photos
recorded on the same day at one time


(OTHERS)
To delete movies, touch
[ DELETE]  [ DELETE].
To delete photos, touch [
[ DELETE].
You can delete photos by selecting recording
dates only when photos are recorded on the
internal memory.
In step 2, touch [ DELETE] 
[ DELETE by date].
2

To delete all photos at one time, touch
[ DELETE]  [ DELETE ALL]  [YES]

.
 [YES] 
DELETE] 
41
To delete all photos on the same day at one
time, touch [ DELETE]  [ DELETE
by date].
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1

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
 [YES] 
To delete all movies/photos at one time


Tips
Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.


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Touch / to select the recording date
of the desired movies/photos, then touch
.
The movies/photos recorded on the
selected date are displayed on the
screen.
Tips
Touch the image down on the LCD screen
to return
to confirm the image. Touch
to the previous screen.


Touch
 [YES] 

.
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42
Capturing a photo
from a movie


Touch
Touch (HOME) 
(OTHERS)
 [PHOTO CAPTURE].
The [PHOTO CAPTURE] screen
appears.
Touch the movie to be captured.
The movie pauses. Play and pause
.
toggles as you press
Adjust the capturing point with
more precision after you selected
the point with
.
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The selected movie starts playback.
Touch
at the point where
you want to capture.
Returns to the beginning of the selected
movie.
Touch
Index
4
.
 Notes
The image size is fixed depending on the aspect
ratio of the movie:
0.2M] in the aspect ratio 16:9
[
 [VGA(0.3M)] in the aspect ratio 4:3
 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.
 You cannot capture a photo from a movie
recorded on “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
(DCR-SX30E/SX31E/SX50E).

1
2
3

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5
You can save a selected frame from a
recorded movie as a photo.
Select the recording media which contains
movies, and the recording media where you
want to save photos before the operation
(p. 55).
To continue capturing, touch
, then
repeat steps from step 3.
To capture a photo from another movie,
, then repeat steps from step 2.
touch
.
The captured photo is saved on the
recording media selected in [PHOTO
MEDIA SET] (p. 55).
When capturing is finished, the screen
returns to pause.
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Dubbing/copying
movies and photos
from the internal
memory to “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media
 Touch the type of dubbing.
Dubbing movies
You can dub movies recorded on the
internal memory of your camcorder to
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.
Insert “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
into your camcorder before the operation.
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[DUB by select]: To select movies and
dub
[DUB by date]: To dub all movies of a
specified date
[ DUB ALL]: To dub the 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.
[DUB by select]: Touch the movie to be
dubbed, and mark it with . You can
select multiple movies.
 Notes
When you record a movie on the “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media for the first time, create
(HOME)
the image database file by touching
(MANAGE MEDIA)  [REPAIR IMG.

DB F.]  [MEMORY STICK].
 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.




 Touch (HOME) 
 [MOVIE DUB].
Tips
Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.

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.”


Useful Recording Techniques
Remaining capacity of the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
[DUB by date]: Select the recording
date of the movie to be dubbed, then
. You cannot select multiple
touch
dates.
(OTHERS)
The [MOVIE DUB] screen appears.
Index
 Touch
.
44
 [YES] 

Tips
To check the dubbed movies after dubbing is
finished, select [MEMORY STICK] on [MOVIE
MEDIA SET] and play them back (p. 55).
Tips
Press and hold the image down on the
to
screen to confirm the image. Touch
return to the previous screen.




You can copy photos from the internal
memory of the camcorder to “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media.
Insert “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
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.
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[COPY by date]: Select the recording
date of the photo to be copied, then
. You cannot select multiple
touch
dates.
Copying photos

 [YES] 

(OTHERS)
Tips
To check the copied photos after copying
is finished, select [MEMORY STICK] on
[PHOTO MEDIA SET] and play them back
(p. 55).

The [PHOTO COPY] screen appears.

Useful Recording Techniques
 Touch (HOME) 
 [PHOTO COPY].
 Touch
.
 Touch the type of copying.
[COPY by select]: To copy selected
photos
[COPY by date]: To copy all photos of
a specified date
 Select the photo to be copied.
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[COPY by select]: Touch the photo to
be copied, and mark with . You can
select multiple photos.
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Protecting recorded
movies and photos
(Protect)
To undo the protection of movies and
photos
Touch the movie or photo marked with 
in step 3.
 disappears.
To protect all the movies and photos
recorded on the same day at one time

In step 2, touch [ PROTECT] 
[ PRT. by date].
Tips
You can protect movies and photos on the
OPTION MENU.
playback screen from


1
Touch (HOME) 
 [EDIT].
You can protect photos recorded on the internal
memory by selecting their recording date.

To protect all photos on the same day at
one time, touch [ PROTECT] 
[ PRT. by date].
(OTHERS)
To protect movies, touch
[ PROTECT]  [ PROTECT].
3
To protect photos, touch [
 [ PROTECT].
Touch / to select the recording date
of the desired movies/photos, then touch
.
PROTECT]
Touch the movies and photos to
be protected.
Tips
Touch the image down on the LCD screen
to return
to confirm the image. Touch
to the previous screen.


 is displayed on the selected images.
Touch
 [ON] 

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2

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Protect movies and photos to avoid deleting
them by mistake.
Select the recording medium that contains
the movies and photos you want to protect
before starting the operation (p. 55).
.
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
 [OFF] 

.
Tips
Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
You can select up to 100 images at one
time.


4
Touch
.
 [YES] 
Index


46
Dividing a movie


1
Touch (HOME) 
(OTHERS)
 [EDIT]  [ DIVIDE].
2
3
Tips
You can divide a movie on the playback screen
OPTION MENU.
from


Touch the movie to be divided.
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Select the recording medium which
contains the movie you want to divide
before the operation (p. 55).
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.
The selected movie starts playback.
Touch
at the point where
you want to divide the movie into
scenes.
Useful Recording Techniques
The movie pauses. Play and pause
.
toggles as you press
Adjusts the dividing point with
more precision after you selected
the dividing point with
.
4
Returns to the beginning of the selected
movie.
Touch
.
 [YES] 

Index
 Notes
You cannot restore movies once they are
divided.
 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 Stick PRO Duo”
media while dividing movies on the “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media.

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Using the Playlist of
movies
Touch / to select the recording date
.
of the desired movie, then touch
The movies recorded on the selected
date are displayed on the screen.
Creating the Playlist
(OTHERS)
Touch
 [YES] 

.
 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 Stick PRO Duo” media while editing
movies on the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.
 You cannot add photos to the Playlist.
ADD].

 Touch the movie to be added to
the Playlist.
Tips
You can add a maximum of 99 movies to the
Playlist.
You can add a movie on the playback screen or
(OPTION).
the INDEX screen by touching
You can copy the Playlist to a disc as it is, by
using the supplied software.



The selected movie is marked with .

Tips
Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.


 [YES] 
Playing the Playlist
Select the recording media you want to play
a Playlist before the operation (p. 55).

(VIEW
 Touch (HOME) 
IMAGES)  [PLAYLIST].
To add all the movies recorded on the
same day at one time
In step 2, touch [
Movies added to the Playlist appear.
ADD by date].
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Index
 Touch
.
Useful Recording Techniques
 Touch [
Tips
Touch the image on the LCD screen to
to return to
confirm the image. Touch
the previous screen.


 Touch (HOME) 
 [PLAYLIST EDIT].
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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 delete the movies added to the
Playlist.
Select the recording media you want to
create, play, or edit a Playlist before the
operation (p. 55).
The recording dates of movies are
displayed on the screen.
The selected movie is marked with .
Tips
Touch the image on the LCD screen to
to return to
confirm the image. Touch
the previous screen.


The Playlist is played back from the
selected movie to the end, then the
screen returns to the Playlist screen.
Touch
.
Select the destination with
/
.

.
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 Touch the movie you want to
play back.
To erase unnecessary movies from the
Playlist
Touch
 [YES] 
Tips
When you select multiple movies, the movies
are moved following the order appearing in the
Playlist.


Destination bar
Useful Recording Techniques
Touch (HOME)  (OTHERS) 
[PLAYLIST EDIT].
Touch [ ERASE].
To erase all the movies from the Playlist,
touch [ ERASE ALL]  [YES] 
.
[YES] 
Select the movie to be erased from the
list.
The selected movie is marked with .
Tips
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 erased.

Index

To change the order within the Playlist
Touch (HOME)  (OTHERS) 
[PLAYLIST EDIT].
Touch [ MOVE].
Select the movie to be moved.
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Creating a disc with a
DVD writer, recorder
 Insert an unused disc into the
DVD writer, and close the disc
tray.
The [DISC BURN] screen appears on
the camcorder screen.
Operating on the camcorder screen, you
can save movies on a disc when using the
dedicated DVD writer, DVDirect Express
(sold separately). You can also play back
images on a created disc.
Refer also to the instruction manual
supplied with the DVD 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.
After the disc has been created, the disc
tray on the DVD writer opens and you
can remove the disc.
 Turn on your camcorder, and
connect the DVD writer to the
 (USB) jack of your camcorder
with the USB cable of the DVD
writer.

You can also operate with
BURN) on your camcorder.
(DISC
 Repeat steps 2 and 3 when the
total memory size of movies to
be burnt exceeds that of the disc.
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
 Press
writer.
DVDirect Express is referred to as “DVD
writer” in this section.
Only unused discs of the following types can
be used:
 12cm DVD-R
 12cm DVD+R
The device does not support two-layered discs.
Sony DVD writer may not be available in some
countries/regions.
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Creating a disc with the dedicated
DVD writer, DVDirect Express
 After the operation is completed,
touch
 [END] on the
camcorder screen.

 Close the disc tray on the DVD
writer, and disconnect the USB
cable.
 Notes
Use the supplied AC Adaptor as the power
source (p. 16). When using battery power, the
DVD writer does not work.

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Index
The [EXTERNAL DRIVE] screen
appears on the camcorder screen.
Touch [EJECT DISC] and remove any
inserted disc.
To create a disc with the selected
images
To dub a desired image onto the disc or to
create many of the same discs, perform this
operation.
Touch [DISC BURN OPTION] in step 3
above.
To play back a disc on the DVD writer
Turn on your camcorder, and connect
the DVD writer to the  (USB) jack of
your camcorder with the USB cable of
the DVD writer.
The [EXTERNAL DRIVE] screen
appears.
Tips
You can play back movies on the TV
screen by connecting the camcorder to a
TV (p. 39).


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.
The movie plays back on the camcorder
screen.
Remaining Disc capacity
Tips
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.





You can also operate by the camcorder
screen (p. 32).
Touch [END]  [EJECT DISC] on the
camcorder screen and remove the disc
after the operation is completed.
and disconnect the USB
Touch
cable.
To create another disc of the same
contents, insert a new disc and touch
[CREATE SAME DISC].
 Notes
Be sure to turn on the camcorder. The DVD
writer is powered from the camcorder.
 You can use [DISC BURN OPTION] to create
many of the same disc.

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Touch
 [YES] on the camcorder
screen.
The disc tray on the DVD writer opens
after creating the disc.
Remove the disc from the DVD writer,
and close the disc tray.
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Select the recording media containing
the movie(s) you want to save.
Movie thumbnails appear on the
camcorder screen.
Touch the movie you want to burn on
the disc.
appears.
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After the operation is completed, touch
[EXIT]  [END] on the camcorder
screen.
Close the disc tray on the DVD writer,
and disconnect the USB cable from your
camcorder.



The [USB SELECT] screen appears on
the camcorder screen.




 Touch [ USB CONNECT] when
movies are recorded on the
internal memory, or [ USB
CONNECT] when movies are
recorded on “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media on the camcorder
screen.
 Record movies on the connected
device.
Creating a disc with a DVD writer,
etc., other than DVDirect Express


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.
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.
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You can save movies on a disc by
connecting your camcorder to disc creation
devices, such as a Sony DVD writer other
than DVDirect Express, with the USB
cable. Refer also to the instruction manuals
supplied with the devices to be connected.
The method used to create a disc by
connecting your camcorder to a Sony DVD
writer with the USB cable is described here.

If the [USB SELECT] screen does
not appear, touch (HOME) 
(OTHERS)  [USB CONNECT].
Useful Recording Techniques
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.
You can play back created discs on a general
DVD player. If playback is not possible for any
reason, connect the camcorder to the DVD
writer, and then play back.
The disc mark appears on the camcorder
screen.


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
 Turn on your camcorder, and
connect a DVD writer, etc., to the
 (USB) jack of your camcorder
with the USB cable (supplied).
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 Stick PRO Duo” media
from the camcorder
You cannot add movies to a created disc.
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
(DISC BURN) again.
writer and touch
A/V Remote
Connector
Creating a disc with a recorder, etc.

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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 other than
DVDirect Express, etc., 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. Select the
recording medium that contains movies
you want to dub before starting the
operation (p. 55).
Input
S VIDEO
VIDEO
Sony DVD writer may not be available in some
countries/regions.
(Yellow)
(White)
 Notes
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall
socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this
operation (p. 16).
AUDIO

(Red)
A/V connecting cable (supplied)
Connect the A/V connecting cable to the
input jack of another device.
Signal flow
A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO
(sold separately)
 Insert the recording media in the
recording device.
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.

If your recording device has an input
selector, set it to the input mode.
Connect your camcorder to the input jacks
of the recording device.
 Start playback on your
camcorder, and record it on the
recording device.
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 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).

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(Yellow)

Checking the battery
information
Refer to the instruction manuals supplied
with your recording device for details.
You can check the estimated remaining
capacity of the battery.
Touch (HOME) 
[BATTERY INFO].
The remaining battery capacity is shown.

To close the battery information screen
Touch
.
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 Notes
Since dubbing is performed via analog data
transfer, the image quality may deteriorate.
 To hide the screen indicators (such as a counter,
etc.) on the screen of the monitor device
(HOME) 
connected, touch
(SETTINGS)  [OUTPUT SETTINGS]
 [DISP OUTPUT]  [LCD PANEL] (the


.
default setting) 
 To record the date/time or camera settings data,
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS) 
touch
[VIEW IMAGES SET]  [DATA CODE]  a


desired setting 
. In addition, touch
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [OUTPUT SETTINGS]
 [DISP OUTPUT]  [V-OUT/PANEL] 


.
 When the screen size of display devices
(HOME) 
(TV, etc.) is 4:3, touch
(SETTINGS)  [OUTPUT SETTINGS]


 [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.
(OTHERS) 
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 When dubbing is finished, stop
the recording device, and then
your camcorder.
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Utilizing recording media
Changing the
recording media
Selecting the recording media for
photos
The [PHOTO MEDIA SET] screen
appears.
 Touch the desired recording
medium.
Internal memory
 Touch [YES] 
Photos
Movies
“Memory Stick” media


You can do recording, playback, and editing
operations on the selected medium.
See page 88 for the recordable time of movies.
See page 89 for the number of recordable
photos.
To check the recording media settings
Light up the (Movie) lamp to check the
recording medium used for movies, or the
(Photo) lamp for photos. The media icon
is displayed at the top right corner of the
screen.
Selecting the recording media for
movies
 Touch (HOME) 
(MANAGE MEDIA)  [MOVIE
MEDIA SET].
: Internal memory
: “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
The [MOVIE MEDIA SET] screen
appears.
Inserting “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media
 Touch the desired medium.
 Touch [YES] 
.
The recording medium is changed.
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 Touch (HOME) 
(MANAGE MEDIA)  [PHOTO
MEDIA SET].
You can select the internal memory or
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media as the
recording, playback, or editing medium on
your camcorder. Select the medium to be
used for movies and photos separately. In
the default setting, both movies and photos
are recorded on the internal memory.

.
Types of “Memory Stick” media you can
use with your camcorder

For recording movies, it is recommended that
you use “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media of 512
MB or larger marked with:

PRO Duo” media)*
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(“Memory Stick
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The recording medium is changed.
Set the recording medium to [MEMORY
STICK] to record movies and/or photos on
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media (p. 55).


Close the “Memory Stick Duo” media
cover after inserting the “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media.
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media/“Memory Stick PRO-HG
Duo” media .
(This size can be used with your camcorder.)
Access lamp
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(“Memory Stick
PRO-HG Duo” media)
* Marked with Mark2 or not, either can be
used.
See page 89 for the recordable time of “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media.

The [Create a new Image Database
File.] screen appears if you insert new
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media when
the (Movie) lamp is lit.
“Memory Stick” media.
(You cannot use it in your camcorder.)
 Touch [YES].



 Notes
If [Failed to create a new Image Database File.
It may be possible that there is not enough
free space.] is displayed in step 2, format the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media (p. 58).

To eject the “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media
 Open the “Memory Stick Duo”
media cover, and insert the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
into the “Memory Stick Duo”
media slot until it clicks.

To record only photos on “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media, touch [NO].
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

You cannot use any type of memory card other
than those mentioned above.
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media can be
used only with “Memory Stick PRO” media
compatible equipment.
Do not attach a label or the like on “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media or “Memory Stick Duo”
media adaptor.
Insert the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media into
the “Memory Stick Duo” media adaptor when
using “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media with
“Memory Stick” media compatible equipment.
Open the “Memory Stick Duo” media cover
and lightly push the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media in once.


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Confirm the direction of the “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media. If you forcibly
insert the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
in the wrong direction, the “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media, “Memory Stick Duo”
media slot, or image data may be damaged.
Do not open the “Memory Stick Duo” media
cover during recording.
When inserting or ejecting the “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media, be careful so that the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media does not pop
out and drop.
Checking the media
information
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You can check the remaining recordable
time for each recording mode of the
recording media selected on [MOVIE
MEDIA SET] (p. 55), and the approximate
free and used media space of the recording
media.
 Notes
During Easy Handycam operation, you cannot
check the media information. Cancel Easy
Handycam operation.

Touch (HOME) 
(MANAGE
MEDIA)  [MEDIA INFO].
Useful Recording Techniques
The remaining recordable time for each
recording mode is displayed.
Tips
You can check the recordable free space, etc., by
at the lower right on the screen.
touching


To turn off the display
Touch
.
 Notes
The calculation for recording media space is 1
MB = 1,048,576 bytes. The fractions less than
MB are discarded when the recording media
space is displayed. The displayed size of the
whole internal memory space will be slightly
smaller than the size shown below despite
displaying both free and used internal memory
space.
 DCR-SX30E/SX40E: 4,000 MB
 DCR-SX31E/SX41E: 8,000 MB
 DCR-SX50E/SX60E: 16,000 MB
 Since there is a management file area, the used
space is not displayed as 0 MB even if you
perform [MEDIA FORMAT] (p. 58).

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Tips
Only the information of the medium selected
on [MOVIE MEDIA SET] (p. 55) is displayed.
Change the medium setting if necessary.


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Deleting all movies
and photos (Formatting)
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Formatting deletes all the movies and
photos to recover recordable free space.
 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 (p. 50, see Operating Guide
too) before formatting the recording media.
 Protected movies and photos will also be
deleted.

1
Useful Recording Techniques
Touch (HOME) 
(MANAGE MEDIA)  [MEDIA
FORMAT].
2
Touch the recording media to
be formatted ([INT. MEMORY] or
[MEMORY STICK]).
3
Touch [YES]  [YES] 
.
 Notes
While [Executing…] is displayed, do not close
the LCD screen, operate the buttons on the
camcorder, disconnect the AC Adaptor, or eject
the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media from your
camcorder (The access lamp is lit or flashing
while formatting the medium.).

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4
Preventing data on the
internal memory from
being recovered
Touch [EMPTY].
5
EMPTY] screen appears.
Touch [YES]  [YES] 
 Notes
If you perform [ EMPTY], all the images are
deleted. To avoid the loss of important images,
they should be saved (p. 50, see Operating
Guide too) before performing [ EMPTY].
 You cannot perform [
EMPTY] unless you
connect the AC Adaptor to the wall outlet (wall
socket).
 Disconnect all cables except the AC Adaptor.
Do not disconnect the AC Adaptor during the
operation.
EMPTY], do not apply
 While performing [
any vibrations or shocks to your camcorder.
.
 Notes
The actual performing time for [ EMPTY] is
as follows:
 DCR-SX30E/SX40E: about 1 minute
 DCR-SX31E/SX41E: about 1 minute
 DCR-SX50E/SX60E: about 2 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.

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[ 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].
The [

Connect the AC Adaptor to the
DC IN jack on the camcorder and
the wall outlet (wall socket).
Useful Recording Techniques
1
2
Open the LCD screen to turn on
your camcorder.
3
The [
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Touch (HOME) 
(MANAGE MEDIA)  [MEDIA
FORMAT]  [INT. MEMORY].
FORMAT] screen appears.
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Customizing your camcorder
MOVIE SETTINGS (Items for recording movies)
The default settings are marked with .
Steps
(HOME) 


(SETTINGS)  [MOVIE SETTINGS]  [REC MODE]  a desired setting

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REC MODE (Recording mode)
You can select a recording mode to record movies from 3 levels.
HQ (
Records in high quality mode (9M (HQ)).
)
 SP (
)
Records in standard quality mode (6M (SP)).
LP (
)
Increases the recording time (Long Play) (3M (LP)).
 Notes
If you record in the LP mode, the quality of movies may be degraded, or scenes with quick movements
may appear with block noise when you play back the image.



WIDE SELECT
You can select the horizontal to vertical ratio according to the TV connected. Refer also to the
instruction manuals supplied with your TV.
Steps
(HOME) 
setting 
 16:9 WIDE
4:3 (
)
Useful Recording Techniques
Tips
See page 88 for the expected recording time of each recording mode.
You can select the [REC MODE] for each recording media separately.
Figures such as 9M in the table show the average bit rate. M stands for Mbps.


(SETTINGS)  [MOVIE SETTINGS]  [WIDE SELECT]  a desired


Records movies to the full screen on a 16:9 (wide) TV screen.
Records movies to the full screen on a 4:3 TV screen.
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Set [TV TYPE] correctly according to the TV connected for playback (p. 70).
DIGITAL ZOOM
You can select the maximum zoom level up to 60 × in case you want to zoom to a level greater
than following optical zoom during recording. Note that the image quality decreases when
you use the digital zoom.
(SETTINGS)  [MOVIE SETTINGS]  [DIGITAL ZOOM]  a desired


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Steps
(HOME) 
setting 
The right side of the bar shows the digital zooming factor. The
zooming zone appears when you select the zooming level.
 OFF
Up to 60 × zoom is performed optically.
2000 ×
Up to 60 × zoom is performed optically, and after that, up to 2000 × zoom is
performed digitally.
STEADYSHOT
You can compensate for camera shake.
Set [ STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] ( ) when using a tripod (sold separately), then the image
becomes natural.
Steps
(HOME) 
setting 
 ON
OFF (
(SETTINGS)  [MOVIE SETTINGS]  [

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120 ×
Up to 60 × zoom is performed optically, and after that, up to 120 × zoom is
performed digitally.
STEADYSHOT]  a desired

The SteadyShot function is used.
)
The SteadyShot function is not used.
AUTO SLW SHUTTR (Auto Slow Shutter)
Steps
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [MOVIE SETTINGS]  [AUTO SLW SHUTTR]  a


desired setting 
 ON
OFF
The Auto Slow Shutter function is used.
The Auto Slow Shutter function is not used.
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When recording in dark places, the shutter speed is automatically reduced to 1/25 second.
GUIDEFRAME
You can display the frame and check that the subject is horizontal or vertical.
The frame is not recorded. Press DISP to make the frame disappear.
(SETTINGS)  [MOVIE SETTINGS]  [GUIDEFRAME]  a desired


 OFF
ON
Does not display the guide frame.
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Steps
(HOME) 
setting 
Displays the guide frame.
Tips
Positioning the subject at the cross point of the guide frame makes a balanced composition.


Steps
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [MOVIE SETTINGS]  [


desired setting 
 ON
AUTO
REMAINING SET]  a
Always displays the remaining recording media indicator.
Displays the remaining recording time of movies for about 8 seconds in
situations such as those described below.
 When your camcorder recognizes the remaining recording media capacity
while the
(Movie) lamp lights up
 When you press DISP to switch the indicator from off to on while the
(Movie) lamp lights up
 When you select the movie recording mode on the HOME MENU
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REMAINING SET
 Notes
When the remaining recordable time for movies is less than 5 minutes, the indicator stays on the screen.

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FACE SET
 ON
OFF
(SETTINGS)  [MOVIE SETTINGS]  [

FACE SET]  a desired

The camcorder detects faces automatically and displays the Face Index
screen (p. 35).
Face icons and their meanings
: This icon appears when the setting is [ON].
: This icon flashes when your camcorder detects a face. The icon stops
flashing when the face is recorded in Face Index.
: This icon appears when faces cannot be recorded in Face Index.
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Steps
(HOME) 
setting 
Does not display the Face Index screen.
 Notes
The number of faces detected in a movie is limited.

Useful Recording Techniques
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PHOTO SETTINGS (Items for recording photos)
The default settings are marked with .
You can select a photo size to be shot.
Steps
(HOME) 
setting 
(SETTINGS)  [PHOTO SETTINGS]  [

 VGA(0.3M) (
0.2M (
)
)
IMAGE SIZE]  a desired

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IMAGE SIZE
Records photos clearly (640 × 480).
Allows the maximum number of photos to be recorded (640 × 360).
The image size is set to [ 0.2M] automatically in the 16:9 (wide) aspect
ratio.
 Notes
See page 89 for the number of recordable photos.

You can select the way to assign file number of photos.
Steps
(HOME) 


 SERIES
RESET
(SETTINGS)  [PHOTO SETTINGS]  [FILE NO.]  a desired setting

Assigns file numbers of photos in sequence.
file number becomes larger each time you record a photo.
 Even if the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media is replaced with another one,
the file number is assigned in sequence.
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FILE NO. (File number)
 The
Assigns file numbers in sequence, following the largest file number existing
on the current recording medium.
 When the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media is replaced with another one,
the file number is assigned for each “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.
AUTO SLW SHUTTR (Auto Slow Shutter)
Steps
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [PHOTO SETTINGS]  [AUTO SLW SHUTTR]  a


desired setting 
 ON
OFF
The Auto Slow Shutter function is used.
The Auto Slow Shutter function is not used.
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When recording in dark places, the shutter speed is automatically reduced to 1/25 second.
GUIDEFRAME
You can display the frame and check that the subject is horizontal or vertical.
The frame is not recorded. Press DISP to make the frame disappear.
 OFF
ON
(SETTINGS)  [PHOTO SETTINGS]  [GUIDEFRAME]  a desired


Does not display the guide frame.
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Steps
(HOME) 
setting 
Displays the guide frame.
Tips
Positioning the subject at the cross point of the guide frame makes a balanced composition.


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VIEW IMAGES SET (Items to customize the display)
The default settings are marked with .
During playback, your camcorder displays the information (data code) recorded automatically
at the time of recording.
Steps
(HOME) 
setting 
(SETTINGS)  [VIEW IMAGES SET]  [DATA CODE]  a desired

 OFF
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DATA CODE

Data code is not displayed.
DATE/TIME
Displays the date and time.
CAMERA DATA
Displays camera setting data.
DATE/TIME
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 Date
 Time
CAMERA DATA
Movie
Photo
Index
 SteadyShot off
 Brightness
 White balance
 Gain
 Shutter speed
 Aperture value
 Exposure
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Tips
The data code is displayed on the TV screen if you connect your camcorder to a TV.
Depending on the recording media condition, bars [--:--:--] appear.



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SOUND/DISP SET (Items to adjust the sound and the screen)
The default settings are marked with .
You can adjust the volume of playback sound.
Steps
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [SOUND/DISP SET]  [VOLUME] 


(louder) 
(quieter)/
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VOLUME
BEEP
Steps
(HOME) 

(SETTINGS)  [SOUND/DISP SET]  [BEEP]  a desired setting 

A melody sounds when you start/stop recording, or operate the touch panel.
Cancels the melody.
OFF
LCD BRIGHT
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen.
Steps
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [SOUND/DISP SET]  [LCD BRIGHT] 


(brighter) 
(darker)/
Useful Recording Techniques
 ON
Tips
This adjustment does not affect the recorded images in any way.


LCD BL LEVEL (LCD back light level)
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen’s backlight.
 NORMAL
BRIGHT
(SETTINGS)  [SOUND/DISP SET]  [LCD BL LEVEL]  a desired


Standard brightness.
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.

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Steps
(HOME) 
setting 

If you open the LCD panel 180 degrees to face the screen outside and close the LCD panel to the
camcorder body, the setting becomes [NORMAL] automatically.
Tips
This adjustment does not affect the recorded images in any way.


You can adjust the color of the LCD screen.
Steps
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [SOUND/DISP SET]  [LCD COLOR] 


(higher intensity) 
intensity)/
(lower
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LCD COLOR
Tips
This adjustment does not affect the recorded images in any way.


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OUTPUT SETTINGS (Items for when connected to a TV)
The default settings are marked with .
See page 40.
DISP OUTPUT (Display output)
You can set where the screen displays are to be output.
Steps
(HOME) 
setting 
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TV TYPE
(SETTINGS)  [OUTPUT SETTINGS]  [DISP OUTPUT]  a desired

 LCD PANEL
V-OUT/PANEL

Shows displays such as the time code on the LCD screen.
Shows displays such as the time code on the LCD screen, and on the TV
screen.
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CLOCK/
LANG (Items to set clock and language)
The default settings are marked with .
See page 17.
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 91.
Steps
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [CLOCK/


using / 
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CLOCK SET
LANG]  [AREA SET]  set your local area
SUMMERTIME
Steps
(HOME) 
setting 
(SETTINGS)  [CLOCK/

LANG]  [SUMMERTIME]  a desired

 OFF
Does not set the summertime.
Sets the summertime.
ON
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You can change this setting without stopping the clock. Set to [ON] to move the time forward
1 hour.
LANGUAGE SET
You can select the language to be used on the LCD screen.
Steps
(HOME) 
setting 
(SETTINGS)  [CLOCK/

LANG]  [
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Tips
Your camcorder offers [ENG[SIMP]] (simplified English) for when you cannot find your native tongue
among the options.


LANGUAGE SET]  a desired

GENERAL SET (Other setup items)
The default settings are marked with .
When your camcorder is connected to a wall outlet (wall socket), a demonstration movie
appear about 10 minutes after you turn on the (Movie) lamp by pressing MODE.
Steps
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [GENERAL SET]  [DEMO MODE]  a desired setting
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DEMO MODE

 ON
The demonstration appears.
The demonstration does not appear.
OFF
Tips
When you set this item to [ON] and touch
, the demonstration starts playing.
The demonstration will be suspended:
 When you press START/STOP
 When you touch the screen during the demonstration (The demonstration starts again after about 10
minutes.)
 When you turn on the
(Photo) lamp
 When you touch
(HOME)



See page 96.
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CALIBRATION
A.SHUT OFF (Auto shut off )
You can set your camcorder to turn off automatically when you do not operate your
camcorder for more than about 5 minutes.
Steps
(HOME) 

 5min
The camcorder turns off automatically.
The camcorder does not turn off automatically.
 Notes
When you connect your camcorder to a wall outlet (wall socket), [A.SHUT OFF] is automatically set to
[NEVER].

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NEVER
(SETTINGS)  [GENERAL SET]  [A.SHUT OFF]  a desired setting 

POWER ON BY LCD
You can set your camcorder to turn on and off when you open and close the LCD screen.
 ON
OFF
(SETTINGS)  [GENERAL SET]  [POWER ON BY LCD]  a desired


The camcorder turns on and off when the LCD screen opens and closes.
The camcorder does not turn on and off when the LCD screen opens and
closes.
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Steps
(HOME) 
setting 
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Functions set in the
OPTION MENU
Items you can set only on the
OPTION MENU will be described below.
The default settings are marked with .
You can adjust the brightness and focus for the selected subject simultaneously. This function
enables you to use [SPOT METER] (p. 74) and [SPOT FOCUS] (p. 75) at the same time.
Steps
 [SPOT MTR/FCS]  touch the subject you
In recording mode, (OPTION) 
want to adjust the brightness and focus on  [END] 
 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.
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To adjust the brightness and focus automatically, touch [AUTO].
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SPOT MTR/FCS
Steps
 [SPOT METER]  touch the point where
In recording mode, (OPTION) 
you want to fix and adjust the exposure on the screen  [END] 
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To return the setting to automatic exposure, touch [AUTO].
 Notes
[EXPOSURE] is automatically set to [MANUAL].

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SPOT FOCUS
You can select and adjust the focal point to aim it at a subject not located at the center of the
screen.
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Steps
 [SPOT FOCUS]  touch the point to be
In recording mode, (OPTION) 
focused within the frame on the screen  [END] 
To adjust the focus automatically, touch [AUTO].
 Notes
[FOCUS] is automatically set to [MANUAL].

This is useful to shoot small subjects, such as flowers or insects. You can blur out backgrounds
and the subject stands out clearer.
Steps
In recording mode,
(OPTION) 

[TELE MACRO]  a desired setting 

Cancels TELE MACRO. (TELE MACRO is also canceled when you move the
zoom lever to the W side.)
 OFF
ON (
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TELE MACRO
)
The zoom (p. 30) moves to the top of
the T (telephoto) side automatically
and allows recording subjects at a
close distance down to about 50 cm
(19 3/4 in.).
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 Notes
When recording a distant subject, focusing may be difficult and can take some time.
 Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 76) when it is hard to focus automatically.

EXPOSURE
You can fix the brightness of a picture manually. Adjust the brightness when the subject is too
bright or too dark.
(OPTION) 

[EXPOSURE]  [MANUAL] 
(darker)/

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Steps
In recording mode,
(brighter) 
To adjust the exposure automatically, touch [AUTO].
FOCUS
Steps
 [FOCUS]  [MANUAL] 
In recording mode, (OPTION) 

(focusing on distant subjects) 
close subjects)/
(focusing on
Useful Recording Techniques
You can adjust the focus manually. You can select this function also when you want to focus
on a certain subject intentionally.
To adjust the focus automatically, touch [AUTO].
 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 150 cm (about 59 1/8 in.) for telephoto.



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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


SCENE SELECTION
You can record images effectively in various situations.
(OPTION) 

[SCENE SELECTION]  a desired setting 

Automatically records images effectively without the [SCENE SELECTION]
function.
 AUTO
Maintains the darkening atmosphere of the distant
surroundings in twilight scenes.
CANDLE ( )
Maintains the dim atmosphere of a candlelit scene.
SUNRISE&SUNSET*
(
)
Reproduces the atmosphere of scenes such as sunsets or
sunrises.
FIREWORKS* ( )
Takes spectacular shots of fireworks.
LANDSCAPE*(
)
Brings out the subject such as people or flowers while
creating a soft background.
PORTRAIT (Soft
portrait) ( )
SPOTLIGHT**(
)
Prevents people’s faces from appearing excessively white
when subjects are lit by strong light.
Select to minimize shake when shooting fast moving
subjects.
SPORTS** ( )
BEACH** (
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.
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TWILIGHT* ( )
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In recording mode,
)
Takes the vivid blue of the ocean or a lake.
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SNOW** ( )
Takes bright pictures of a white landscape.
* Adjusted to focus on subjects farther away only.
** Adjusted not to focus on subjects a short distance away.
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 Notes
If you set [SCENE SELECTION], [WHITE BAL.] setting is canceled.

WHITE BAL. (White balance)
Steps
In recording mode,
 AUTO

[WHITE BAL.]  a desired setting 

The white balance is adjusted automatically.
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
)
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 incandescentlike color lamps
INDOOR ()
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OUTDOOR (
(OPTION) 
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You can adjust the color balance to the brightness of the recording environment.
The white balance will be adjusted according to the ambient light.
ONE PUSH (
)
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.
].
flashes quickly. When the white balance has been adjusted and stored in
the memory, the indicator stops flashing.
Touch [
 Notes
Set [WHITE BAL.] to [AUTO] or adjust the color in [ONE PUSH] under white or cool white fluorescent
lamps.
is flashing quickly.
 When you select [ONE PUSH], keep framing white objects while
flashes slowly if [ONE PUSH] could not be set.

 When [ONE PUSH] was selected, if
keeps flashing after touching
, set [WHITE BAL.] to
[AUTO].
 If you set [WHITE BAL.], [SCENE SELECTION] is set to [AUTO].

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Tips
If you have changed the battery pack while [AUTO] was selected, or taken your camcorder outdoors after
inside use (or vice versa), select [AUTO] and 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 from inside the house, or vice versa, you need to redo the [ONE PUSH]
procedure to readjust the white balance.
FADER
Steps
In recording mode,
(OPTION) 
 OFF
Does not use an effect.

[FADER]  a desired setting 
Fades in/out with the white effect.
BLACK FADER
Fades in/out with the black effect.
Out
In
Out
In
To cancel the fader before starting the operation, touch [OFF].
Tips
When you press START/STOP, the setting is cleared.


BLT-IN ZOOM MIC (Built-in zoom microphone)
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WHITE FADER

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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.
You can record a movie with directional sound as you zoom in or out.
Steps
In recording mode,
(OPTION) 

[BLT-IN ZOOM MIC]  a desired setting 

 OFF
ON ( )
The microphone does not record sound following zooming in or out.
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The microphone records sound following
zooming in or out.
MICREF LEVEL (Microphone reference level)
You can select the microphone level for recording sound.
(OPTION) 

[MICREF LEVEL]  a desired setting 

 NORMAL
LOW ( )
Records various ambient sounds, converting them into the appropriate level.
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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In recording mode,
SELF-TIMER
Press PHOTO to start the count down. A photo is recorded after about 10 seconds.
(OPTION) 
 OFF
Cancels the self-timer.
ON ( )

[SELF-TIMER]  a desired setting 

Starts the self-timer recording. To cancel the recording, touch [RESET].
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Steps
In recording mode,
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting











Overall operations/Easy Handycam operation
............................................................................ p. 81
Batteries/power sources ................................. p. 82
LCD screen....................................................... p. 82
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.................. p. 82
Recording.......................................................... p. 83
Playback............................................................ p. 84
Playing back images stored on “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media on other devices................ p. 84
Editing movies/photos on your camcorder
............................................................................ p. 84
Connecting/Dubbing to other devices.......... p. 85
Functions that cannot be used simultaneously
............................................................................ p. 85

Buttons do not work.

Notes before sending your camcorder
for repair


During Easy Handycam operation, the
playback zoom (p. 37) function is not
available.
The

(OPTION) button is not displayed.
The OPTION MENU cannot be used during
Easy Handycam operation.
The menu settings have changed
automatically.





The power does not turn on.
Attach a charged battery pack to the
camcorder (p. 15).
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During Easy Handycam operation, nearly all
the menu items will be automatically set to the
default settings.
Some menu items, such as [ IMAGE SIZE],
retain the settings that were made before Easy
Handycam operation.
During Easy Handycam operation, some
menu items are fixed as follows.
 [REC MODE]: [SP]
 [DATA CODE]: [DATE/TIME]
Some menu items retain the setting made
during Easy Handycam operation even after
Easy Handycam operation is finished.
The following items return to the default
settings in more than 12 hours after you close
the LCD screen.
 [SPOT MTR/FCS]
 [SPOT METER]
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Your camcorder may be required to initialize
or change the current 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 (p. 50, see Operating Guide too). We
will not compensate you for any loss of internal
memory 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.
Overall operations/Easy Handycam
operation

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. 7) using a pointed object. (If you press
RESET, all settings, including the clock setting,
are reset.)
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
The camcorder does not operate even
when the power is set to on.
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If you run into any problems using your
camcorder, use the following list to
troubleshoot the problem. If the problem
persists, disconnect the power source and
contact your Sony dealer.
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).
 [SPOT
FOCUS]
 [EXPOSURE]
 [FOCUS]
 [SCENE

The battery pack is quickly discharged.

Your camcorder gets warm.


Your camcorder may become warm during
operation. This is not a malfunction.
Batteries/power sources
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. 95).
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SELECTION]
BAL.]
 [BLT-IN ZOOM MIC]
 [MICREF LEVEL]
 Backlight
 [WHITE
enough. Fully charge the battery again. If the
problem persists, replace the battery pack with
a new one (p. 95).
The indicated time may not be correct
depending on the environment of use.
LCD screen
The power abruptly turns off.




The buttons do not appear on the touch
panel.

The CHG (charge) lamp does not light
while the battery pack is being charged.





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).

Operations using the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media cannot be performed.
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. The battery pack may be damaged.

If you use “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
formatted on a computer, format it again on
your camcorder (p. 58).
Images stored on the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media cannot be deleted.

The ambient temperature is too high or too
low. This is not a malfunction.
The battery pack has not been charged

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The maximum number of images that you can
delete on the index screen at one time is 100.
You cannot delete the protected images.
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
Adjust the touch panel [CALIBRATION]
(p. 96).
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
The remaining battery time indicator does
not indicate the correct time.

Touch the LCD screen lightly.
Press DISP (p. 31).
The buttons on the touch panel do not
work correctly or do not work at all.
The CHG (charge) lamp flashes while the
battery pack is being charged.

You cannot select grayed items in the current
recording/playback situation.
There are some functions you cannot activate
simultaneously (p. 85).
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
Menu items are grayed out.
Use the AC Adaptor.
In the default setting, when about 5 minutes
have elapsed while you do not operate your
camcorder, the camcorder is automatically
turned off (A.SHUT OFF). Change the setting
of [A.SHUT OFF] (p. 72), or turn on the
power again.
Charge the battery pack (p. 15).
The data file name is not indicated
correctly or flashes.


the point that the recording movie is
started or stopped actually.

Recording
The auto focus does not function.
Refer also to “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media (p. 82).


Pressing START/STOP or PHOTO does not
record images.



SteadyShot does not function.
The playback screen is displayed. Press MODE
to turn on the
(Movie) or (Photo) lamp
(p. 26, 28).
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. 41).
Total number of movie scenes or photos
exceeds the recordable capacity of your
camcorder (p. 88). Delete unnecessary images
(p. 41).




Your camcorder is recording the scene you
have just shot on the recording media.
This phenomenon is called the smear effect.
This is not a malfunction.
Black bands appear when you record a TV
screen or computer screen.

The imaging field may look different
depending on the condition of your
camcorder. This is not a malfunction.
Set [
STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] (p. 61).
Undesirable flicker occurs.

This occurs when recording images under a
fluorescent lamp, sodium lamp, or mercury
lamp. This is not a malfunction.
[LCD BL LEVEL] cannot be adjusted.
Depending on the recording conditions, the
time available for recording may be shorter, for
example when recording a fast moving object,
etc. (p. 88).

There is a time difference between the
point when START/STOP is pressed and
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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.
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The actual recording time for movies is
less than the expected recording time of
the recording media.

This occurs when the contrast between the
subject and the background is too high. This is
not a malfunction.
A vertical white line may appear on an
image taken in bright light.
The imaging field looks different.

Set [ STEADYSHOT] to [ON] (p. 61).
Even if [ STEADYSHOT] is set to
[ON], your camcorder may not be able to
compensate for excessive vibrations.
A vertical band appears when recording
candlelight or electric light in the dark.
The access lamp remains lit or flashing
even if recording was stopped.

Set [FOCUS] to [AUTO] (p. 76).
The recording conditions are not suitable for
auto focus. Adjust the focus manually (p. 76).
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
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.
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The file is damaged.
The file format is not supported by your
camcorder (p. 94).
Playback
computers or other devices.

Images cannot be played back.


Playing back images stored on
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media on
other devices
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.
Photos recorded on other devices may not be
played back. This is not a malfunction.
Images cannot be played back or the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media is not
recognized.
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 before the access lamp is turned off after
recording. This may damage your image data
and
is displayed.
Editing movies/photos on your
camcorder
Unable to edit.

is indicated on an image on the
VISUAL INDEX screen.





There is no free space in the recording media.
You can add no more than 99 movies to a
Playlist. Erase unnecessary movies from the
Playlist (p. 49).
You cannot add photos in the Playlist.
A movie cannot be divided.

Turn up the volume (p. 33).
Sound is not output when the LCD screen is
closed. Open the LCD screen.
When you record sound with [MICREF
LEVEL] (p. 80) set to [LOW], the recorded
sound may be difficult to hear.

A movie that is too short cannot be divided.
A protected movie cannot be divided.
A photo cannot be captured from a
movie.

Left and right sound will be heard
unbalanced when playing back movies on
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The recording media where you want to save
photos is full.
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
Unable to edit because of the condition of the
image.
Movies cannot be added in the Playlist.
The image data base file may be damaged.
Check the data base file by touching
(HOME) 
(MANAGE MEDIA)
 [REPAIR IMG.DB F.]  the recording
medium. If it still appears, delete the image
with
(p. 41).
No sound or only a quiet sound is heard
during playback.

The device may not support “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media.
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
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Select the recording media you want to play
back by touching (HOME) 
(MANAGE MEDIA)  [MOVIE MEDIA
SET]/[PHOTO MEDIA SET] (p. 55).
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.”
Connecting/Dubbing to other
devices

C:(or E:) : (Self-diagnosis display)
When you are using the S VIDEO plug,
make sure the red and white plugs of the A/V
connecting cable are connected (p. 39).
C:04:
 The battery pack is not an “InfoLITHIUM”
battery pack (H series). Use an
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (H series)
(p. 94).
 Connect the DC plug of the AC Adaptor to the
DC IN jack of your camcorder securely (p. 15).
The aspect ratio of the playback is not
correct when connecting your camcorder
to the TV.

Set [TV TYPE] according to your TV (p. 40).
C:13: / C:32:
Remove the power source. Reconnect it and
operate your camcorder again.
Images are not dubbed correctly.


The A/V connecting cable is not connected
properly. Make sure to connect the cable to the
input jack of another device (p. 53).
The following list shows examples of
unworkable combinations of functions and
menu items.
Because of following settings
[SCENE
SELECTION]
[FADER], [TELE MACRO]
Backlight
[SPOT MTR/FCS], [SPOT
METER], [MANUAL]
in [EXPOSURE],
[FIREWORKS]
101-0001 (Warning indicator pertaining
to files)
Slow flashing
 The file is damaged.
 The file is unreadable.
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E:20: / E:31: / E:61: / E:62: /
E:91: / E:94:
 A malfunction that you cannot service has
occurred. Contact your Sony dealer or local
authorized Sony service facility. Inform them
of the 5-digit code, which starts from “E.”
Functions that cannot be used
simultaneously
Cannot use
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You cannot hear the sound on the TV
connected to your camcorder.
 (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.
Self-diagnosis display/Warning
indicators
(Warning indicator pertaining to
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media)
Slow flashing
 Free spaces for recording images are running
out. For the type of “Memory Stick” media you
can use with your camcorder, see page 55.
 No “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media is
inserted (p. 56).
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If indicators appear on the LCD screen,
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.
Fast flashing
 There are not enough free space for recording
images. After storing the images on other
media (p. 50, see Operating Guide too), delete
unnecessary images, or format the “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media (p. 58).
 The image data base file may be damaged.
Check the data base file by touching
(HOME) 
(MANAGE MEDIA)
 [REPAIR IMG.DB F.]  the recording
medium.
 The “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media is
damaged.
Description of warning messages
If messages appear on the screen, follow the
instructions.
Internal memory format error.

(Warning indicators pertaining
to “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
formatting)


Data error.

The Image Database File is damaged. Do
you want to create a new file?

Incompatible “Memory Stick Duo” media are
inserted (p. 55).
 (Warning indicator pertaining to
the write-protect of the “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media)

Access to the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
was restricted on another device.


Recovering data.
The recording media is full.
Tips
You may hear a melody when some warning
indicators appear on the screen.



The image management file is damaged, and
you cannot record movies or photos. Touch
[YES] to repair.
You can record photos on “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media.
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Your camcorder tries to recover data
automatically if the data writing was not
performed properly.
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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 image management file is damaged. When
you touch [YES], a new image 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.
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?
(Warning indicator pertaining to
camera-shake warning)

An error occurred during reading or writing
the internal memory of the camcorder.
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The “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media is
damaged.
The “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media is not
formatted correctly (p. 58).
(Warning indicator pertaining to
incompatible “Memory Stick Duo” media)

The internal memory of the camcorder
is set differently from the default format.
Performing [MEDIA FORMAT] (p. 58) may
enable you to use your camcorder. This will
delete all data in the internal memory.
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Recording media
 Deleting
images
images, or releasing the protection
 Dubbing movies
 Copying photos
Cannot recover data.

 Protecting
Writing data onto the recording media of the
camcorder has failed. Attempts were made to
recover the data, but they were unsuccessful.


Reinsert the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
a few times. If even then the indicator flashes,
the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media could
be damaged. Try with another “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media.
You tried to delete protected data. Release the
protection of the data.
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Data protected.
Reinsert the Memory Stick.
This Memory Stick is not formatted
correctly.

Check the format, then format the “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media with your camcorder if
necessary (p. 58).


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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 Stick PRO Duo” media
(p. 58), or delete folders using your computer.
This Memory Stick may not be able to
record or play movies.

Use “Memory Stick” media recommended for
your camcorder (p. 55).
This Memory Stick may not be able to
record or play images correctly.

Use “Memory Stick” media recommended for
your camcorder (p. 55).
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Do not eject the Memory Stick during
writing. Data may be damaged.
Reinsert the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media,
and follow the instructions on the LCD screen.
Other
No further selection is possible.

You can select only 100 images at one time for:
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Additional information
Recording time of
movies/number of
recordable photos
Internal memory/ “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
(unit: minute)
Expected time of recording and
playback with each battery pack
135
220
465
1045
Recording time
Expected recording time of movies
Approximate time available when you use a
fully charged battery pack.
Internal memory
Internal memory/ “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
DCR-SX30E/SX40E:
(unit: minute)
Battery pack





165
350
785
Typical recording
time
50
(unit: minute)
Recording mode
[HQ]
[SP]
[LP]
80
170
390
Recording time
55 (50)
85 (50)
175 (115)
DCR-SX31E/SX41E:
(unit: minute)
Each recording time is measured when the
[REC MODE] is set to SP.
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.
Recording mode
[HQ]
[SP]
[LP]
Recording time
120 (105)
170 (105)
360 (230)
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NP-FH30
(supplied)
NP-FH50
NP-FH70
NP-FH100
Continuous
recording time
100
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Battery pack
NP-FH30
(supplied)
NP-FH50
NP-FH70
NP-FH100
DCR-SX50E/SX60E:
(unit: minute)
Recording mode
[HQ]
[SP]
[LP]
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Playing time
Recording time
235 (210)
340 (210)
715 (460)
Approximate time available when you use a
fully charged battery pack.
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 Notes
The number in ( ) is the minimum recordable
time.
Expected number of recordable
photos


Internal memory

You can record the maximum 9,999 photos.
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
VGA
640 × 480
512MB
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
(unit: minute)
512MB
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB
SP
9
(5)
20
(10)
40
(25)
80
(50)
170
(105)
LP
20
(10)
40
(25)
85
(55)
170
(110)
355
(230)
235
(210)
340
(210)
715
(460)

The number of recordable photos 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. 8).
 Notes
Numbers in the table are based on using Sony
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media. The number
of recordable photos may vary depending
on the recording conditions, and the type of
“Memory Stick” media.

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1GB
HQ
6
(5)
10
(10)
25
(25)
55
(50)
115
(105)
2800
5700
11500
23000
47000
94000
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Tips
You can record movies of a maximum of 9,999
scenes.
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.
Tips
You can also use “Memory Stick Duo” media
with a capacity of under 512 MB for recording
photos.


 Notes
Numbers in the table are based on using Sony
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.
 The recordable time may vary depending on the
recording and subject conditions, [REC MODE]
(p. 60), and the type of “Memory Stick” media.
 The number in ( ) is the minimum recordable
time.
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Using your camcorder
abroad
Power supply
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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.
On TV color systems
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.
System
PAL
SECAM
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PAL-M
PAL-N
NTSC
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.
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.
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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
(SETTINGS)  [CLOCK/ LANG] 
camcorder abroad. Touch (HOME) 
[AREA SET] and [SUMMERTIME] (p. 71).
–11:00
–10:00
Time-zone
differences
–09:00
–08:00
–07:00
–06:00
–05:00
–04:00
–03:30
–03:00
–02:00
–01:00
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
Melbourne, Sydney
Solomon Is
Fiji, Wellington, Eniwetok,
Kwajalein
Samoa
Hawaii
Area setting
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.
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+09:00
+09:30
+10:00
+11:00
+12:00
Area setting
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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
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File/folder structure on the internal memory and
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
The folder name goes up: [101MSDCF]
 [102MSDCF]
Image management files
When you delete the files, you cannot
record/play back the images correctly.
The files are defaulted as hidden files
and not usually displayed.





Photo files (JPEG files)
The extension of the files is “.JPG”. The
file numbers go up automatically. When
the capacity of a file number exceeds
9999, another folder is created to store
new photo files.

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Movie files (MPEG2 files)
The extension of the files is “.MPG”.
The maximum size is 2 GB. When the
capacity of a file exceeds 2 GB, the file
becomes divided.
The file numbers go up automatically.
When the capacity of a file number
exceeds 9999, another folder is created
to record new movie files.
The folder name goes up: [101PNV01]
 [102PNV01]
By setting
(HOME)  (OTHERS) 
[USB CONNECT]  [ USB CONNECT]/
[ USB CONNECT], you can access the
recording media from the computer through
USB connection.
Access from the computer using the supplied
software “PMB.” Do not modify the files
or folders on the camcorder through the
computer without using the supplied computer
application. The image files may be destroyed
or may not be played back.
Operation is not guaranteed, if you perform the
above operation.
When you delete image files, follow the steps
on page 41. Do not delete the image files on the
camcorder directly from the computer.
Do not format the recording media using a
computer. The camcorder may not operate
correctly.
Do not copy the files on the recording
media from the computer. Operation is not
guaranteed.
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* Only for the internal memory
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The file/folder structure is shown below. You do not usually need to acknowledge the file/
folder structure, when recording/playing back movies and photos on the camcorder. To enjoy
movies or photos by connecting your camcorder to a computer, see “PMB Guide” then use the
supplied application.
Maintenance and
precautions

“Memory Stick” media are a compact,
portable IC recording medium with a large
data capacity.
You can use only “Memory Stick Duo”
media, which are about the half size of
standard “Memory Stick” media, with your
camcorder.
However, we do not guarantee the
operation of all types of “Memory Stick
Duo” media on your camcorder.









* 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.




On the “Memory Stick Duo” media
adaptor


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When using “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
with “Memory Stick” media compliant device,
be sure to insert the “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media into “Memory Stick Duo” media adaptor.
When using “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
with “Memory Stick” media compliant device
inserting “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
into “Memory Stick Duo” media adaptor, make
sure the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media are
inserted facing in the correct direction. Note
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

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.
This product is compatible with “Memory Stick
Micro” media (“M2”). “M2” is the abbreviation
for the “Memory Stick Micro” media.
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media formatted by a
computer (Windows OS/Mac OS) does not have
guaranteed compatibility with your camcorder.
Data read/write speed may vary depending on
the combination of the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media and “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media 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 Stick PRO Duo”
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Types of “Memory Stick” media
Recording/Playback
“Memory Stick Duo”
—
media (with MagicGate)
“Memory Stick PRO

Duo” media
“Memory Stick PRO-HG
*
Duo” media
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media, or turn off your camcorder while your
camcorder is reading or writing image files on
the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media (while
the access lamp is lit or flashing)
 If you use the “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media near magnets or magnetic fields
It is recommended that you make a back-up of
important data on the hard disk of a computer.
Be careful not to apply excessive force when
writing a memo area on “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media.
Do not attach a label or the like on “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media or “Memory Stick Duo”
media adaptor.
When you carry or store “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media, put it in its case.
Do not touch, or allow metallic objects to come
into contact with the terminals.
Do not bend, drop or apply strong force to the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.
Do not disassemble or modify the “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media.
Do not let the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
get wet.
Keep the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media out
of the reach of small children. There is danger
that a child might swallow it.
Do not insert anything other than “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media into the “Memory
Stick Duo” media slot. Doing so may cause a
malfunction.
Do not use or keep the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media 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


About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery
pack
Your camcorder operates only with an
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (H series).
“InfoLITHIUM” H series battery packs
mark.
have the
On “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media

The maximum memory capacity of “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media that can be used with
your camcorder is 16 GB.
What is an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack?

Notes on using “Memory Stick Micro”
media

To use “Memory Stick Micro” media with your
camcorder, you need a Duo-sized M2 Adaptor.
Insert the “Memory Stick Micro” media into
the Duo-sized M2 Adaptor, and then insert the
adaptor into the “Memory Stick Duo” media
slot. If you insert a “Memory Stick Micro”
media into your camcorder without using a
Duo-sized M2 Adaptor, you might not be able
to remove it from your camcorder.
Do not leave the “Memory Stick Micro” media
within the reach of small children. They might
accidentally swallow it.

To charge the battery pack


On image data compatibility


Image data files recorded on “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media by your camcorder conform
to the “Design rule 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 Stick PRO Duo”
media that have been used with another device,
format it with your camcorder (p. 58). Note
that formatting erases all information on the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.
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 (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

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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-FH70/
FH100 (sold separately).
Frequent use of the LCD screen or a frequent
playback, fast forward or reverse operation
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
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.
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
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
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
that improper use may cause a malfunction.
When using “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
inserted into “Memory Stick Duo” media
adaptor on “Memory Stick” media compliant
device, make sure the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media adaptor is inserted into the device
in the correct direction. If inserted in the wrong
direction, the device may be damaged.
Do not insert “Memory Stick Duo” media
adaptor without “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media attached into “Memory Stick” media
compliant device. Doing so may result in
malfunctions of the device.



About handling of your camcorder
On use and care

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 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.
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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
(HOME) 
camcorder completely, touch
(SETTINGS)  [GENERAL SET] 
[A.SHUT OFF]  [NEVER], and leave your
camcorder in recording standby until the power
goes off (p. 72).
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,
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.
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Each battery’s life is governed by storage,
operating and environmental conditions.
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wears out the battery pack faster. We
recommend using a large capacity battery pack:
NP-FH70/FH100 (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.
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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.
LCD screen
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To clean the LCD screen
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When not using your camcorder for a
long time
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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.
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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.
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).
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.
Touch
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS) 
[GENERAL SET]  [CALIBRATION].
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On adjustment of the touch panel
(CALIBRATION)
Moisture condensation
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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.
Touch “” displayed on the screen with the
corner of “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media or
the like 3 times.
Touch [CANCEL] to cancel calibration.
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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.
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hours.
On handling the casing
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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
Note on disposal/transfer of the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
About care and storage of the lens
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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.
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Even if you delete data in the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media or format the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media on your camcorder or a computer,
you may not delete data from the “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media completely. When you give the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media to somebody, it
is recommended that you delete date completely
using data deletion software on a computer. Also,
when you dispose of the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media, it is recommended that you destroy
the actual body of the “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media.
On charging the pre-installed
rechargeable battery
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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.
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
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On trademarks
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“C Library,” “Expat,” “zlib,” and “libjpeg” 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,” and “libjpeg” software.
On GNU GPL/LGPL applied software
All other product names mentioned herein may
be the trademarks or registered trademarks of
their respective companies. Furthermore, 
and  are not mentioned in each case in this
Handbook.
To view the PDF, Adobe Reader is needed. If
it is not installed on your computer, you can
download it from the Adobe Systems web page:
http://www.adobe.com/
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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 DCR-SR87 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.
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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.
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Notes on the License
“Handycam” and
are
registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.
“Memory Stick,” “
,” “Memory Stick Duo,”
“
,” “Memory Stick PRO
Duo,” “
,” “Memory
Stick PRO-HG Duo,”
“
,” “Memory Stick
Micro,” “MagicGate,” “
,”
“MagicGate Memory Stick” and “MagicGate
Memory Stick Duo” are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.
“InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
“DVDirect” is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks
of Dolby Laboratories.
Microsoft, Windows, Windows Media,
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.
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.
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Symbols
A
A.SHUT OFF...............................72
A/V connecting cable.................53
Abroad..........................................90
AREA SET....................................71
AUTO SLW SHUTTR..........61, 64
B
C
CALIBRATION...........................96
CAMERA DATA.........................66
CANDLE......................................77
Capturing a photo from
a movie..........................................43
Charging the battery pack..........15
Charging the battery pack
abroad.....................................16, 90
CLOCK/LANG............................71
CLOCK SET...........................17, 71
Copy..............................................45
Creating a disc.............................50
D
M
Easy Handycam Operation........20
EDIT..............................................47
Empty............................................59
EXPOSURE..................................76
F
Face Index.....................................35
FACE SET.....................................63
FADER..........................................79
File.................................................92
FILE NO........................................64
Film Roll Index............................35
FIREWORKS...............................77
FOCUS..........................................76
Folder............................................92
Format...........................................58
G
GENERAL SET............................72
GUIDEFRAME.....................62, 65
H
HELP function...............................9
HOME MENU.........................9, 11
HQ.................................................60
I
Image management file..............92
IMAGE SIZE................................64
INDOOR......................................78
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack
.......................................................94
Internal memory..........................92
J
JPEG..............................................92
L
LANDSCAPE...............................77
LANGUAGE SET..................18, 71
LCD BL LEVEL...........................68
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Maintenance.................................93
MANAGE MEDIA......................55
MEDIA FORMAT.......................58
MEDIA INFO..............................57
“Memory Stick” media..........55, 93
“Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”
media.......................................56, 93
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
.......................................... 55, 56, 92
Menus..............................................9
MICREF LEVEL..........................80
Mirror mode................................31
Moisture condensation...............96
MOVIE DUB...............................44
MOVIE MEDIA SET..................55
Movies.............................. 23, 26, 32
MOVIE SETTINGS....................60
MPEG 2........................................92
O
ONE PUSH..................................78
OPTION MENU.............. 9, 12, 74
original..........................................44
OTHERS.......................................41
OUTDOOR..................................78
OUTPUT SETTINGS.................70
P
PAL................................................90
PB zoom........................................37
PHOTO CAPTURE....................43
PHOTO COPY............................45
PHOTO MEDIA SET.................55
Photos.............................. 25, 28, 33
PHOTO SETTINGS....................64
Playing....................................23, 32
Playlist...........................................48
PMB Guide.....................................2
PORTRAIT...................................77
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DATA CODE...............................66
DATE/TIME..........................17, 66
Date Index....................................36
DELETE........................................41
Deleting data..........................41, 58
DEMO MODE.............................72
DIGITAL ZOOM........................61
DISC BURN.................................11
Disc recorder................................53
DISP OUTPUT............................70
DIVIDE.........................................47
E
LCD BRIGHT..............................68
LCD COLOR................................69
LP...................................................60
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BATTERY INFO..........................54
Battery pack..................................15
BEACH.........................................77
BEEP.............................................68
BLACK FADER...........................79
BLT-IN ZOOM MIC...................79
Dubbing........................................44
DVDirect Express........................50
DVD writer..................................52
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16:9..........................................40, 60
4:3............................................40, 60
R
REC MODE..................................60
Recording.....................................26
Recording and playback time....88
Recording media.........................55
Recording time of movies/
number of recordable photos.....88
REMAINING SET.......................62
REPAIR IMG.DB F................84, 86
RESET.............................................7
U
USB cable......................................52
USB CONNECT..........................52
V
VBR...............................................89
VIEW IMAGES SET...................66
Viewing...................................25, 33
VISUAL INDEX....................23, 32
Volume..........................................33
W
Warning messages.......................86
WHITE BAL................................78
WHITE FADER...........................79
Wide angle....................................30
WIDE SELECT............................60
Z
Zoom.......................................30, 37
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SCENE SELECTION............77, 85
Screen indicators...........................8
Self-diagnosis display/Warning
indicators......................................85
SELF-TIMER................................80
Shooting........................................28
Slide show.....................................38
SLIDE SHOW SET......................38
SNOW...........................................77
SOUND/DISP SET......................68
SP...................................................60
SPORTS........................................77
SPOT FOCUS..............................75
SPOTLIGHT................................77
SPOT METER..............................74
SPOT MTR/FCS..........................74
STEADYSHOT............................61
SUMMERTIME...........................71
SUNRISE&SUNSET...................77
Supplied items..............................13
TV..................................................39
TV color systems.........................90
TV TYPE......................................70
TWILIGHT..................................77
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Power on.......................................17
POWER ON BY LCD.................73
Precautions...................................93
PROTECT....................................46
T
TELE MACRO.............................75
Telephoto......................................30
Thumbnail....................................41
Tripod.............................................7
Troubleshooting...........................81
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Additional information on this product and
answers to frequently asked questions can
be found at our Customer Support Website.
http://www.sony.net/
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