Sony DCR-DVD653, DCR-DVD403, DCR-DVD803, DCR-DVD703, DCR-DVD203, DCR-DVD103, DCR-DVD602, DCR-DVD92 Instruction manual

Sony DCR-DVD653, DCR-DVD403, DCR-DVD803, DCR-DVD703, DCR-DVD203, DCR-DVD103, DCR-DVD602, DCR-DVD92 Instruction manual
2-587-622-13 (1)
Digital Video Camera Recorder
Operating Guide
DCR-DVD92/DVD103/DVD203/
DVD403/DVD602/DVD653/DVD703/
DVD803
Enjoying with your
DVD Handycam
10
Getting Started
16
Easy
27
Handycam
Recording/
32
Playback
Playback on DVD devices
44
Using the Recorded disc
50
Using the Setup items
52
Editing on DVD Handycam
72
Dubbing
78
Using a Computer
82
Troubleshooting
87
Additional Information 105
© 2005 Sony Corporation
Read this first
Before operating the unit, please read this
manual thoroughly, and retain it for future
reference.
For customers in the U.S.A. and
CANADA
RECYCLING LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES
WARNING
To prevent fire or shock hazard,
do not expose the unit to rain or
moisture.
Lithium-Ion batteries are
recyclable. You can help preserve
our environment by returning
your used rechargeable batteries
to the collection and recycling
location nearest you.
For more information regarding recycling of
rechargeable batteries, call toll free 1-800-8228837, or visit http://www.rbrc.org/
Caution: Do not handle damaged or leaking
Lithium-Ion batteries.
Owner’s Record
This symbol is intended to
alert the user to the presence
of uninsulated “dangerous
voltage” within the product’s
enclosure that may be of
sufficient magnitude to
constitute a risk of electric
shock to persons.
This symbol is intended to
alert the user to the presence
of important operating and
maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
CAUTION
The use of optical instruments with this
product will increase eye hazard. Use of
controls or adjustments or performance
of procedures other than those specified
herein may result in hazardous radiation
exposure.
For customers in CANADA
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“Battery pack”
THIS CLASS B DIGITAL APPARATUS
COMPLIES WITH CANADIAN ICES003.
The model and serial numbers are located on the
bottom. Record the serial number in the space
provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever
you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this
product.
Model No. DCR-DVD
Serial No.
Model No. ACSerial No.
For customers in the U.S.A.
“Battery pack”
THIS DEVICE COMPLIES WITH
PART 15 OF THE FCC RULES.
OPERATION IS SUBJECT TO THE
FOLLOWING TWO CONDITIONS:
(1) THIS DEVICE MAY NOT CAUSE
HARMFUL INTERFERENCE, AND
(2) THIS DEVICE MUST ACCEPT
ANY INTERFERENCE RECEIVED,
INCLUDING INTERFERENCE
THAT MAY CAUSE UNDESIRED
OPERATION.
If you have any questions about this product, you
may call:
Sony Customer Information Center
1-800-222-SONY (7669).
The number below is for the FCC related matters
only.
Regulatory Information
Declaration of Conformity
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: DCR-DVD103
Responsible Party:Sony Electronics Inc.
Address: 16450 W. Bernardo Dr, San Diego, CA
92127 U.S.A.
Telephone No.: 858-942-2230
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
Declaration of Conformity
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: DCR-DVD203
Responsible Party:Sony Electronics Inc.
Address: 16450 W. Bernardo Dr, San Diego, CA
92127 U.S.A.
Telephone No.: 858-942-2230
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
Declaration of Conformity
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: DCR-DVD403
Responsible Party:Sony Electronics Inc.
Address: 16450 W. Bernardo Dr, San Diego, CA
92127 U.S.A.
Telephone No.: 858-942-2230
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate
radio frequency energy and, if not installed and
used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to radio
or television reception, which can be determined
by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one
or more of the following measures:
– Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
– Increase the separation between the equipment
and receiver.
– Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
The supplied interface cable must be used with the
equipment in order to comply with the limits for a
digital device pursuant to Subpart B of Part 15 of
FCC Rules.
Notes on use
Your camcorder is supplied with two
kinds of operations guides.
– “Operating guide” (This manual)
– “First Step Guide” for using the supplied
software (stored on the supplied CD-ROM)*
* The DCR-DVD92/DVD602 do not include a
“First Step Guide”.
On using the camcorder
• Do not hold the camcorder by the following
parts.
CAUTION
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications
not expressly approved in this manual could void
your authority to operate this equipment.
View finder
LCD screen
Note
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Battery
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Read this first (continued)
•
•
To prevent discs from being broken or
recorded pictures from being lost, do
not do the following when either of the
respective lamps of the POWER switch
(p.20) or the ACCESS lamp (p.24) is on:
− to remove the battery pack or AC
Adaptor from the camcorder.
− to apply mechanical shock or vibration
to the camcorder.
Before connecting your camcorder to
another device with a USB cable etc.,
be sure to insert the connector plug in
the proper direction. If you insert the
connector plug forcibly in the wrong
direction, the terminal may be damaged,
or this may cause a malfunction of your
camcorder.
Notes on the Setup items, LCD
screen, viewfinder, and lens
•
•
•
•
A setup item that is grayed out is not
available under the current recording or
playback conditions.
The LCD screen and the viewfinder are
manufactured using extremely highprecision technology, so over 99.99% of
the pixels are operational for effective
use. However, there may be some tiny
black points and/or bright points (white,
red, blue, or green in color) that appear
constantly on the LCD screen and the
viewfinder. These points are normal.
Exposing the LCD screen, the viewfinder,
or the lens to direct sunlight for long
periods of time may cause malfunctions.
Be careful when placing the camera near
a window or outdoors.
Do not aim at the sun. Doing so might
cause your camcorder to malfunction.
Take pictures of the sun only in low light
conditions, such as at dusk.
On recording
•
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Before starting to record, test the
recording function to make sure the
picture and sound are recorded without
any problems. You cannot delete images
once you record them on a DVD-R.
•
•
•
Use a DVD-RW/DVD+RW (not supplied)
for trial recording (p.13).
Compensation for the contents of
recordings cannot be provided, even if
recording or playback is not possible
due to a malfunction of the camcorder,
storage media, etc.
TV color systems differ depending on
the countries/regions. To view your
recordings on a TV, you need an NTSC
system-based TV.
Television programs, films, video tapes,
and other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such materials
may be contrary to the copyright laws.
You cannot dub copyright protected
software on your camcorder.
On this manual
•
•
•
The images of the LCD screen and the
viewfinder used on this manual are captured
using a digital still camera, and thus may
appear different from what you see.
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.69).
The illustration used on this manual are
based on the model DCR-DVD403.
About the Carl Zeiss lens
Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl
Zeiss lens, which was developed jointly
by Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony
Corporation, and produces superior images.
It adopts the MTF* measurement system
for video cameras and offers a quality
typical of a Carl Zeiss lens.
* MTF stands for Modulation Transfer
Function. The number value indicates the
amount of light from a subject coming
into the lens.
About the disc
•
You can use 8cm DVD-Rs, 8cm DVDRWs and 8cm DVD+RWs only. Use the
discs with marks listed below.
Care and storage of the discs
•
•
•
For reliability durability of recording
/playback, we recommend that you use
Sony discs or discs with an
*
for VIDEO CAMERA mark for your
DVD Handycam. Using a disc other
than above may cause the unsatisfactory
recording/playback or you may not be
able to remove the disc from your DVD
Handycam.
*
Depending on the place you bought, the
disc has a
mark.
Keep the disc clean, or the quality of the
audio and video output may deteriorate.
Clean the disc with the supplied cleaning
cloth.
Wipe the disc from the center out. For
dirt, clean the disc with a soft cloth
slightly moistened in water, then remove
the moisture with a soft, dry cloth. Do
not use solvents such as benzine, cleaners
intended for vinyl LPs or antistatic splay,
as they may cause a malfunction to the
disc.
Notes on use
•
•
•
•
Hold the disc by its edge while supporting
the center hole lightly. Do not touch the
recording side (the opposite of the printed
side when using a single sided disc).
Before shooting, be sure to remove
dust and fingerprints from the disc with
the cleaning cloth supplied with your
camcorder.
Otherwise you may not be able to record
or play normally in some situations using
that disc.
When you set the disc in your camcorder,
press firmly until it clicks. When the
message [C:13:] appears on the LCD
screen, open the disc cover and set the
disc again.
Do not attach any adhesive material such
as a sticker on the surface of a disc. If you
do so, the disc may become unbalanced,
and this may cause a malfunction of the
disc or your camcorder.
•
•
•
Do not expose the disc to direct sunlight
or leave it in a humid place.
When you carry or store the disc, put it in
its case.
When you want to write letters or marks,
etc. on a single sided disc, write only on
the printed side using an oil-based marker
with a felt-tip, and do not touch the ink
until it dries. Do not heat the disc or use a
sharp-pointed tool, such as ball point pen.
Do not dry the surface by heating. You
cannot write on, or mark, on the doublesided discs.
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Table of Contents
Enjoying with your DVD Handycam
What you can do with your DVD Handycam............................................10
Choosing a disc .......................................................................................13
Getting Started
Step 1: Checking supplied items .............................................................16
Step 2: Charging the battery pack ...........................................................17
Step 3: Turning the power on, and holding your camcorder ....................20
Step 4: Adjusting the LCD screen and viewfinder ...................................21
Step 5: Using the touch panel .................................................................22
Step 6: Setting the date and time ............................................................23
Step 7: Inserting a disc ............................................................................24
Step 8: Selecting the aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3) of the recording picture
(DCR-DVD203/DVD403/DVD703/DVD803) ........................................................ 26
Easy Handycam
– using your camcorder with automatic settings
Operate your camcorder with ease .........................................................27
Recording with ease ................................................................................28
Playing back with ease ............................................................................29
Preparation for playing back on a DVD player (Finalizing) ......................30
Recording/Playback
Recording ................................................................................................32
Playback ..................................................................................................33
Functions used for recording/playback, etc. ............................................34
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Recording
To use zoom
To record sound with more presence (5.1ch surround recording)
(Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602)
To use the flash
To record in dark places (NightShot (DCR-DVD403/DVD803)/
NightShot plus (Except for DCR-DVD403/DVD803))
To adjust the exposure for backlit subjects
To adjust the focus for an off center subject
To fix the exposure for the selected subject
To record in mirror mode
To add special effects
To use a tripod
Playback
To play back the images in sequence
To use PB ZOOM
Recording/playback
To check the remaining battery
To turn off the operation confirmation beep
To initialize the settings
Other part names and functions
Checking/Deleting the last scene (Review/Review deleting) ...................38
Indicators displayed during recording/playback .......................................39
Remote Commander (Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602) ........................41
Playing the picture on a TV .....................................................................42
Playback on DVD devices
Making the disc compatible with playback on DVD players or
DVD drives (Finalizing) ............................................................................44
Playing back a disc on DVD players, etc. ................................................48
Playing back a disc on a computer with a DVD drive installed ................48
Using the recorded disc (DVD-RW/DVD+RW)
Recording additional scenes after finalizing ............................................50
Deleting all of the scenes on the disc (Formatting) .................................51
Using the Setup items
Using the Setup items .............................................................................52
Setup items .............................................................................................54
CAMERA SET ...................................................................................56
Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions
(EXPOSURE/WHITE BAL./STEADYSHOT, etc.)
STILL SET .........................................................................................61
Settings for still images
(BURST/QUALITY/IMAGE SIZE, etc.)
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Table of Contents (continued)
PICT.APPLI. ......................................................................................63
Special effects on pictures or additional functions on
recording/playback (PICT.EFFECT/D.EFFECT/SLIDE SHOW,etc.)
DISC SET ..........................................................................................65
Settings for discs
(FORMAT/FINALIZE/UNFINALIZE, etc.)
STANDARD SET...............................................................................65
Settings while recording on a disc or other basic settings
(REC MODE/LCD/VF SET/USB SPEED, etc.)
TIME/LANGU. ...................................................................................69
(CLOCK SET/AREA SET/LANGUAGE, etc.)
Customizing Personal Menu....................................................................70
Editing on DVD Handycam (DVD-RW:VR mode)
Editing the original data ...........................................................................72
Creating the Playlist ................................................................................74
Playing the Playlist ..................................................................................77
Dubbing
Connecting to a VCR or TV .....................................................................78
Dubbing to VCR/DVD devices .................................................................79
Recording images from a TV or VCR/DVD device
(Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602) ..........................................................80
Jacks to connect external devices ...........................................................81
Using a Computer (Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602)
Before referring to the "First Step Guide" on your computer ...................82
Installing software....................................................................................83
Viewing “First Step Guide”.......................................................................86
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting .......................................................................................87
Warning indicators and messages ........................................................101
Additional Information
Using your camcorder abroad ...............................................................105
About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack ...................................................107
Maintenance and precautions ...............................................................109
Using the Strap Belt as a wrist strap .....................................................113
Attaching the Shoulder Strap ................................................................113
Specifications ........................................................................................114
Index ......................................................................................................117
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Enjoying with your DVD Handycam
What you can do with your DVD Handycam
Your DVD Handycam records images on an 8cm DVD* disc.
You can enjoy your DVD Handycam in ways that are different from those of other media.
This makes it easier to record and view images.
A VISUAL INDEX screen that shows the
disc contents at a glance
Movies and still images are recorded on the same
disc. You can find the desired scene quickly using
this convenient index (p.29, 33).
A Slide show that plays back still
images, one after another
You can play back still images one after another
using the Slide show function. You can also enjoy
the Slide show on a DVD player if you finalize** the
disc (p.30, 44).
Using your DVD Handycam
Preparing
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Recording
(p.16)
(p.28, 32)
Playing back
on the DVD
Handycam
(p.29, 33)
Playing back on
DVD players
(Finalize** the disc)
(p.30, 44)
You can play back a disc on other DVD players or
on the DVD drive of a computer if you finalize**
it. You can also create a DVD menu that helps you
to find the desired image quickly, from a list of
thumbnails (p.30, 44).
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Playing back the recorded disc on
other DVD devices
Editing a disc using the supplied
software
You can create your own DVD discs adding special
effects or music to images using the Picture Package
software supplied with your camcorder (p.82).
• The DCR-DVD92/DVD602 do not support a computer
connection.
* DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) is a high capacity optical disc which enables you to record images. In this
manual, an 8cm DVD disc is described as a “disc.”
** Finalizing means converting a recorded disc so that it can be played back on other DVD playback
equipment (p.30, 44). After finalizing a disc, you may not be able to record on it again on your DVD
Handycam, depending on the disc type and the recording format (p.13).
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What you can do with your DVD Handycam (continued)
DVD functions different from those of tape media
Easy to record, then to play back
recordings without rewinding
You can start recording and check the recorded
images without rewinding or fast forwarding.
Images are stored on the free space on the disc
automatically. Therefore, you will not delete
important images accidentally.
Transferring data to your computer at
high speed
You can import data to your computer in less time
than the actual recording time. If your computer
supports Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0), you can transfer
data at a faster rate.
• The DCR-DVD92/DVD602 do not support a computer
connection.
Adjusting the image quality that suits
each scene
You can record images on a disc utilizing the
disc capacity more effectively thanks to the
VBR* encoding system that adjusts image quality
automatically according to the scene being recorded.
Recording an object that moves fast requires more
space to record clear images on a disc. Therefore,
the available recording time may be shorten than
normal.
* VBR stands for Variable Bit Rate. This feature enables your DVD Handycam to adjust the bit rate
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(recording capacity per a certain time) automatically in accordance with each of the recorded scenes.
Enjoying with your DVD Handycam
Choosing a disc
What kinds of disc can I use?
Disc type and the recording
format
8cm DVD-R
8cm DVD-RW
VIDEO mode
8cm DVD+RW
VR mode
Marks used in this manual
This kind
of disc can
be recorded
only once
Features
•
Use Sony discs or discs with a
has a
Enjoying with your DVD Handycam
The kinds of disc that you can use in your DVD Handycam are as follows.
When you use a DVD-RW, you can choose the recording format from VIDEO mode or VR mode.
This kind of disc can be overwritten repeatedly,
even when the disc is full, if you format* it.
mark. Depending on the place you bought, the disc
mark.
Differences in the recording
format on DVD-RWs
has wide compatibility with other
players.
(Video Recording mode) enables
you to edit, such as deleting or dividing
scenes, the material you have recorded on
your DVD Handycam. Once you finalize
the disc, you can play back the disc with a
DVD player that supports VR mode.
Note on DVD+RW
If you playback the DVD+RW recorded in
16:9 (p.26, 60 ) on a DVD player connected
to a 4:3 TV which does not support
16:9 pictures, the picture will appear
compressed lengthwise. If the DVD+RW is
recorded in the default setting, the picture
will appear in 4:3 ratio when it is played
back under the above condition.
• Refer to the instruction manuals supplied with
your TV.
• Refer to the specifications of your playback
Examples of incompatible
discs
equipment for additional compatibility
information.
•
•
•
•
•
•
12cm DVD-R
12cm DVD-RW
12cm DVD+RW
DVD+R
DVD-RAM
DVD-ROM
•
•
•
•
CD
CD-R
CD-ROM
CD-RW
* Formatting makes a disc ready for recording. Also, formatting removes all images data from a previously
recorded disc, allowing you to recover the full capacity of that disc. Therefore, you can use the disc
repeatedly (p.51).
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Choosing a disc (continued)
Do the features differ according to the disc?
What you can do with your disc differs, depending on the disc type and the recording format
used.
The number in the parentheses indicates the reference page.
Disc type
1)
Recording movies and still images
(28, 32)




Playing back the last scene immediately
(38)




Deleting the last scene immediately
(38)
–



Playing back recordings on other DVD
players if you finalize the disc 1)
(30, 44)




Playing back recordings on other DVD
players even if you do not finalize the disc 1)
(44)
–
–
–
 2)
Creating the DVD menu when you finalize
the disc
(45)


–

Recording additional scenes after finalizing
the disc
(50)
–
 3)

 4)
Using the disc repeatedly by formatting it
(51)
–



Editing images on your DVD Handycam
(72)
–
–

–
Transferring recorded scenes to your
computer and editing them
(82)




DVD discs recorded by Sony DVD Handycam are designed to be played back on home DVD players,
DVD recorders, and computer DVD drives. DVD-RWs recorded in the VR mode must be played back
on DVD playback equipment that supports the VR mode. Note that playback on all home DVD players,
DVD recorders, and computer DVD drives may not be guaranteed. Refer to the specifications of your
playback equipment for additional compatibility information.
2)
Do not try to playback these discs in the DVD-ROM drive on your computer. This may cause a
malfunction.
3)
Unfinalizing is required (p.50).
4)
A confirmation dialog asking you if you want to record additional material appears (p.50).
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How to choose a disc
The figure below helps you to choose the best disc for your purpose.
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Do you want to use the disc repeatedly?
No. I do not want to delete
images once I record them.
Yes. I want to use one disc
repeatedly.
What do you want to do with the disc after recording on it?
I want to edit the disc, such
as dividing or deleting
images.
I want to play back the disc
on various DVD playback
devices.
And, you can
play back the disc
on various DVD
playback devices.
And, you can
play back the disc
without finalizing it.
*
Did you find the disc type that suits your purpose?
Now, enjoy your DVD Handycam.
* When you play back pictures recorded in 16:9 (p.26, 60) on a DVD+RW
with a DVD player or a DVD recorder, they may appear to be compressed
in the lengthwise direction.
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Step 1: Checking supplied items
Make sure that you have following items
supplied with your camcorder.
The number in the parentheses indicates the
number of that item supplied.
Cleaning cloth (1)
Shoulder strap (1) (p.113)
8cm DVD-R DMR30 (1) (p.13)
(Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602)
Shoe cover (1) (p.81)
(Except for DCR-DVD403/DVD803)
Attached to the camcorder.
AC Adaptor (1) (p.17)
Lens cap (1) (p.20)
(DCR-DVD92/DVD602)
Attached to the camcorder.
Rechargeable battery pack (1) (p.18)
NP-FP50: Except for DCR-DVD403/
DVD803
NP-FP70: DCR-DVD403/DVD803
Power cord (1) (p.17)
CD-ROM “PicturePackage Ver.1.8” (1)
(p.82)
(Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602)
Operating Guide (This manual) (1)
A/V connecting cable (1) (p.42, 78)
USB cable (1) (p.82)
(Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602)
Wireless Remote Commander (1) (p.41)
(Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602)
A button-type lithium battery is already installed.
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Step 2: Charging the battery pack
You can charge the battery after attaching
the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (P series)
(p.107) to your camcorder.
DC IN jack cover
DC IN jack on your camcorder.
Open the DC IN jack cover to connect
the AC Adaptor.
DC IN jack cover
CHG lamp
Match the  mark
on the DC plug with
 mark on your
camcorder.
Power switch
Battery
Getting Started
DC IN jack
3 Connect the AC Adaptor to the
DC plug
Power cord
AC Adaptor
To the wall outlet
1 Slide the battery pack in the
direction of the arrow until it
clicks.
4 Connect the AC Adaptor to the
wall outlet using the power cord.
The CHG (charge) lamp lights up and
charging starts.
CHG
2 Slide the POWER switch in the
direction of the arrow to set it to
OFF (CHG) (The default setting).
5 The CHG (charge) lamp turns off
when the battery is fully charged.
Disconnect the AC Adaptor
from the DC IN jack on your
camcorder.
MODE
ON
Disconnect the AC Adaptor holding
both your camcorder and the DC plug.
OFF
(CHG)
POWER
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Step 2: Charging the battery pack (continued)
To remove a battery pack
Recording time
Slide the BATT release button in the
direction of the arrow while pressing down
the Projection in the center of the BATT
release button (), slide the battery pack
towards the back of your camcorder, then
remove the battery pack ().
Approximate time (min.) available when
you use a fully charged battery pack.
For DCR-DVD92/DVD103/DVD602/DVD653
Battery pack
Projection
BATT release
button
• When you remove the battery pack, make
sure that none of the respective lamps of
the POWER switch (p.20) is on.
When storing the battery pack
Use up the battery pack completely if
you do not intend to use it for a long time
(p.107).
To use an outside power source
Make the same connections as you do when
charging the battery pack. The battery pack
will not lose its charge in this case.
Battery pack
Charging time
NP-FP50*
130
NP-FP70**
160
NP-FP90
220
* Supplied with the models except for DCRDVD403/DVD803.
** Supplied with DCR-DVD403/DVD803.
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Typical
recording
time
NP-FP50
(supplied)
80
85
90
35
40
40
NP-FP70
170
185
190
80
90
90
NP-FP90
300
335
345
145
165
170
For DCR-DVD203/DVD703
Battery pack
Continuous
recording
time
Typical
recording
time
NP-FP50
(supplied)
75
85
90
35
40
40
NP-FP70
160
180
190
70
85
90
NP-FP90
290
320
345
140
155
170
Charging time (full charge)
Approximate time (min.) required when
you fully charge a fully discharged battery
pack.
Continuous
recording
time
For DCR-DVD403/DVD803
Continuous
recording time
Typical
recording time
NP-FP50
50
55
55
20
25
25
NP-FP70
(supplied)
115
120
125
55
55
60
NP-FP90
205
220
225
100
105
110
Battery pack
If you record under the following conditions:
Top: When the LCD backlight turns on.
Middle: When the LCD backlight turns off.
Bottom: Recording time when recording with
the viewfinder while the LCD screen is closed.
Approximate time (min.) available when
you use a fully charged battery pack.
For DCR-DVD92/DVD103/DVD602/DVD653
Battery pack
LCD screen
opened*
LCD screen
closed
NP-FP50
(supplied)
105
125
NP-FP70
225
265
NP-FP90
400
475
For DCR-DVD203/DVD703
Battery pack
LCD screen
opened*
LCD screen
closed
NP-FP50
(supplied)
90
110
NP-FP70
190
235
NP-FP90
345
415
For DCR-DVD403/DVD803
Battery pack
LCD screen
opened*
LCD screen
closed
NP-FP50
90
105
NP-FP70
(supplied)
190
225
NP-FP90
345
400
Getting Started
Playback time
On the battery pack
• Before changing the battery pack, slide the
POWER switch up to OFF (CHG).
• The CHG (charge) lamp flashes during
charging, or BATTERY INFO (p.37) will not
be correctly displayed under the following
conditions.
– The battery pack is not attached correctly.
– The battery pack is damaged.
– The battery pack is fully discharged.
(For BATTERY INFO only.)
• The power will not be supplied from the battery
as long as the AC Adaptor is connected to the
DC IN jack of your camcorder, even when the
power cord is disconnected from the wall outlet.
• We recommend that you use an NP-FP70 or
NP-FP90 battery pack when a video light
(optional) is attached.
On the charging/recording/playback time
• Times measured with the camcorder at 25 °C
(77°F). (10-30°C (50-86°F) is recommended.)
• Available recording and playback time will be
shorter when you use your camcorder in low
temperatures.
• The available recording and playback time will
be shorter depending on the conditions under
which you use your camcorder.
On the AC Adaptor
• Use the nearby wall outlet when using the AC
Adaptor. Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the
wall outlet immediately if any malfunction
occurs while using your camcorder.
• Do not use the AC Adaptor placed in a narrow
space, such as between a wall and furniture.
• Do not short-circuit the DC plug of the AC
Adaptor or battery terminal with any metallic
objects. This may cause a malfunction.
PRECAUTION
• Even if your camcorder is turned off, AC power
(house current) is still supplied to it while
connected to the wall outlet via the AC Adaptor.
* When the LCD backlight turns on.
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Step 3: Turning the power on, and holding your
camcorder
To record or play back, slide the POWER
switch to turn on the respective lamp.
When using it for the first time, the
[CLOCK SET] screen appears (p.23).
Lens cover*
• When you set the POWER switch to
(Movie) or
(Still), the lens cover opens
up (Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602).
• After you have set the date and time
([CLOCK SET], p23), the next time you
turn on the power of your camcorder, the
current date and time will be displayed on
the LCD screen for a few seconds.
2 Remove the lens cap by pressing
both knobs on the sides of the
cap (DCR-DVD92/DVD602).
POWER switch
*Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602
3 Hold your camcorder correctly.
1 Turn on the power by sliding the
POWER switch in the direction
of the arrow while pressing the
green button in the center.
When you record or play back, switch
the power mode by sliding the POWER
switch in the direction of the arrow until
the respective lamp lights up.
Green button
4 Ensure a good grip, then fasten
the belt.
MODE
ON
OFF
(CHG)
POWER
(Movie): To record movies
(Still): To record still images
(Play/Edit): To play back pictures on
your camcorder, or to edit them (DVD-RW:
VR mode only)
To turn off the power
Slide the POWER switch up to OFF
(CHG).
CHG
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• At the time of purchase, the power will be
set to turn off automatically if you leave your
camcorder without any operation attempted for
approximately 5 minutes, to save battery power.
([A.SHUT OFF], p.69).
Step 4: Adjusting the LCD screen and viewfinder
The LCD screen
The viewfinder
Open the LCD screen 90 degrees to the
camcorder (), then rotate it to the best
angle to record or play ().
DISP/BATT INFO
Viewfinder
Extend the viewfinder
until it clicks.

90 degrees
(max.)
Getting Started
180 degrees
(max.)
You can view pictures using the viewfinder
to avoid wearing down the battery, or when
the picture seen on the LCD screen is poor.

90 degrees to the
camcorder
• Be careful not to press the buttons on the LCD
frame accidentally when you open or adjust the
LCD screen.
• If you open the LCD screen 90 degrees to the
camcorder, then rotate it 180 degrees to the lens
side, you can close it with the LCD screen side
facing out. This is convenient during playback
operations.
Viewfinder lens
adjustment lever
Move it until the picture
is clear.
• You can adjust the brightness of the viewfinder
backlight by selecting [LCD/VF SET] - [VF
B.LIGHT] (p.67).
The recorded picture will not be affected by
the setting.
To darken the LCD screen
Press and hold DISP/BATT INFO for a few
seconds until
appears.
This setting is practical when you use your
camcorder in bright conditions or you want
to save battery power. The recorded picture
will not be affected by the setting. To
cancel, press and hold DISP/BATT INFO
until
disappears.
• See [LCD/VF SET] - [LCD BRIGHT] (p.66) to
adjust the brightness of the LCD screen.
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Step 5: Using the touch panel
You can play back recorded pictures (p.29,
33), or change the settings (p.52) using the
touch panel.
Touch the buttons displayed on the
screen.
Touch the button on
the LCD screen.
DISP/BATT INFO
• Perform the same actions as explained above
when you press the buttons on the LCD frame
or alongside of the LCD screen.
• Be careful not to press buttons on the LCD
frame accidentally while using the touch panel.
To hide the screen indicators
Press DISP/BATT INFO to toggle the
screen indicators (such as counter, etc.) on
or off.
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Changing the language setting
You can change the on-screen displays
to show messages in a specified
language. Select the screen language
in [LANGUAGE] on the
TIME/
LANGU. (p.69).
Step 6: Setting the date and time
Set the date and time when using this
camcorder for the first time. If you do not
set the date and time, the [CLOCK SET]
screen appears every time you turn on your
camcorder or slide the POWER switch
down.
4 Select the desired geographical
area with
5 Set [DST] or [SUMMERTIME] to
[ON] with
then touch
POWER switch
, if necessary,
/
.
–:––:––
CLOCK SET
AREA26
.
Getting Started
• If you do not use your camcorder for about
3 months, the built-in rechargeable battery
gets discharged and the date and time settings
may be cleared from the memory. In that case,
charge the rechargeable battery and then set the
date and time again (p.111).
, then touch
/
GMT -5.0
New York , Bogota
OFF
DST
DATE
2005Y JANM
1D
12:
00 AM
OK
6 Set [Y] (year) with
Skip to step 4 when you set the clock for
the first time.
1 Touch
touch
/
, then
.
You can set any year up to the year
2079.
 [SETUP].
–:––:––
CLOCK SET
AREA26
GMT -5.0
New York , Bogota
OFF
DST
DATE
2005Y JANM
1D
12:
00 AM
OK
2 Select
TIME/LANGU. with
, then touch
.
/
7 Set [M] (month), [D] (day), hour
and minute, then touch
.
The clock starts.
For midnight, set it to 12:00 AM.
For midday, set it to 12:00 PM.
• Refer to page 106 for information concerning
“World time difference.”
3 Select [CLOCK SET] with
then touch
• Instead of [DST], [SUMMERTIME] is
/
,
displayed for some models.
.
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Step 7: Inserting a disc
Disc cover
OPEN switch
A new 8cm DVD-R, DVD-RW, or
DVD+RW is required for recording (p.13).
• Remove dust or fingerprints from the
disc beforehand, using the cleaning
cloth supplied with your camcorder
(p.5).
Pickup lens
ACCESS lamp
When the disc cover
opens slightly, open
it further.
• Be careful not to obstruct the operation
POWER
switch
1 Check that the power of your
camcorder is on.
• You can remove the disc when a power
source is connected to your camcorder
even when your camcorder is turned off.
However, the disc recognition process
(step 4) does not start.
with your hand or other objects, etc., when
opening or closing the disc cover. Move the
belt to the bottom of the camcorder, then
open or close the disc cover.
• If you catch the belt or the lens cap strap*
when closing the disc cover, it may cause
your camcorder to malfunction.
*DCR-DVD92/DVD602
3 Set the disc with the recording
side facing your camcorder, then
press the center of the disc until
it clicks.
2 Slide the disc cover OPEN switch
in the direction of the arrow
(OPEN ).
[PREPARING TO OPEN] appears on the
LCD screen. Then the opening melody
sounds once, and the camcorder beeps.
After the beeps stop, the disc cover
opens slightly automatically.
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Set the disc with the
label side facing out
when using a single
sided disc.
• Do not touch the disc with the recording
side or pickup lens. For details about pickup
lens, see page 111.
4 Close the disc cover.
6 Touch [YES]  [YES].
DVD-R
You can start recording immediately
after [DISC ACCESS] disappears from
the LCD screen. You do not need to
proceed to steps after step 5.
DVD-RW
Select the recording format, then format
the disc. Proceed to step 5.
DVD+RW
The [FORMAT] screen appears.
Proceed to step 6.
• During Easy Handycam operation (p.27),
[Format the disc? If not, remove the disc.]
appears. Touch
, then proceed to step 7.
5 Select the recording format for a
DVD-RW, and touch
FORMAT :
.
VIDEO
Can playback on
various DVD devices.
Cannot edit in Camcorder
VIDEO
VR
OK
VIDEO mode
You can play back the disc on most of
DVD players if you finalize it.
VR mode
You can edit, delete pictures, or divide
movies on your camcorder (p.72).
However, the disc can be played back
only on DVD players that support VR
mode when you finalize it.
7 Touch
when [Completed.]
appears.
When the formatting is completed, you
can start recording on the DVD-RW or
the DVD+RW.
• Do not remove the battery pack or
disconnect the AC adaptor while formatting.
Getting Started
Your camcorder starts recognizing the
inserted disc.
It may take some time to recognize the
disc depending on the disc type and
condition.
To remove the disc
Perform steps 1 and 2 to open the disc
cover, then remove the disc.
It may take some time to remove the
disc depending on the disc condition or
recorded materials.
It may take up to 30 minutes to remove
a disc if it is damaged or is dirty with
fingerprints, etc.
• Do not apply shock or vibration to your
camcorder while the ACCESS lamp lights up or
flashes, or [DISC ACCESS] or [PREPARING
TO OPEN] is displayed on the LCD screen.
• If you close the disc cover with the disc set
incorrectly, it may cause your camcorder to
malfunction.
• After your camcorder recognizes the disc, disc
information such as the date you started to use
it and information on previously recorded areas
appears for about 8 seconds. The information
on previously recorded areas may not be
displayed correctly depending on the condition
of the disc.
• To delete all of the previously recorded pictures
from a DVD-RW/DVD+RW, then to use it
again to record new pictures, see “Deleting all
of the scenes on the disc (Formatting)” on page
51.
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Step 8: Selecting the aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3) of the
recording picture (DCR-DVD203/DVD403/DVD703/DVD803)
By recording in the 16:9 (wide) mode,
you can enjoy wide-angle, high-resolution
pictures.
If you intend to view pictures on a wide
TV, recording in the 16:9 (wide) mode is
recommended.
POWER switch
WIDE SELECT button
1 Slide the POWER switch down to
light up the
(Movie) lamp.
• You cannot change the aspect ratio in the
following cases:
– when the POWER switch is set to
(Still).
– while recording movies
– when [D.EFFECT] is set to [OLD
MOVIE] (p.64).
• Differences in the angle of view between
4:3 and 16:9 vary depending on the zoom
position.
• When recording on a DVD-R/DVD-RW
(VIDEO mode)/DVD+RW, the available
recording time may be shorter in the
following situations.
– when you record pictures while toggling
between 16:9 and 4:3.
– when you change the [REC MODE]
during 4:3 (p.65).
To play back pictures after connecting
your camcorder to a TV
Set [TV TYPE] to [16:9] or [4:3] according
to your TV (16:9/4:3) (p.42).
• When viewing 16:9 pictures with [TV TYPE]
set to [4:3], pictures may appear rough
depending on subjects.
CHG
MODE
ON
OFF
(CHG)
POWER
2 Press WIDE SELECT repeatedly
to select the desired screen
aspect ratio.
16:9*
4:3*
* When viewing on the LCD screen. It may
be different in the viewfinder.
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To play back images on a DVD player
or a DVD recorder
The way you see pictures on the TV screen
may differ depending on your player. For
details, refer to the instruction manuals
supplied with the devices you are using.
• When you play back pictures recorded in 16:9
on a DVD+RW with a DVD player or a DVD
recorder, they may appear to be compressed in
the lengthwise direction.
Easy Handycam – using your camcorder with automatic settings
Operate your camcorder with ease
With this Easy Handycam operation, most of the camera settings are automatically adjusted
optimally, which frees you from detailed adjustment.
Since only basic functions become available and screen font size increases for easy viewing,
even first time users can enjoy easy operation.
Complete the preparations described in steps 1 to 8 (p.16 to 26) before operation.
• When inserting a new DVD-RW, it formatted with VIDEO mode.
• When using a DVD-RW disc formatted in VR mode, you cannot use the editing function (p.72).
If you do not intend to use the Easy Handycam operation, go to page 32.
Easy Handycam– using your camcorder with automatic settings
1 Turn on the power by sliding the POWER switch
in the direction of the arrow while pressing the
green button in the center.
MODE
POWER switch
ON
OFF
(CHG)
POWER
Green button
EASY button
2 Press EASY.
Now try recording

To cancel Easy Handycam
During Easy Handycam operation
Press EASY again.
The EASY lamp turns off.
• You cannot use some buttons or switches (p.28,
• If you turn off the power without canceling
• If you set an invalid operation, [Invalid during
Easy Handycam operation, your camcorder
turns on in Easy Handycam operation
automatically when you turn on the power.
29), and some setup items (p.54).
Easy Handycam operation] appears.
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Easy Handycam – using your camcorder with automatic settings (continued)
Recording with ease
During the Easy Handycam operation, Movies [REC MODE], Still images [QUALITY] and
[IMAGE SIZE] are recorded with the default settings (p.62, 65).
1 Slide the POWER switch  down repeatedly
to light up the
(Movie) or
(Still) lamp.
Make sure the EASY lamp  lights up in blue. If not, press EASY to light it up (p.27).
 

… To record movies
… To record still images


2 Start recording.
Movies
Still Images
Press REC START/STOP  (or
).
Press PHOTO  lightly to adjust
the focus (), then press it fully
().
REC
60min
REC
0:00:00
0

START/
STOP
16:9
[STBY]  [REC]
To stop recording, press it again.
To record the next images
Perform step 2.
• You can continue recording if you have not
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finalized the disc (p.30) and there is still space
to record on the disc when:
– you turn off the power, then turn it on again.
– you remove a disc from your camcorder, then
insert it again.

SETUP
SETUP
Flashing Lights up
A shutter sound is heard. When
disappears, the image has been
recorded.
•
When you record in Easy Handycam
operation, you cannot use following
functions:
– BACK LIGHT (p.35)
– Turning off the backlight of the LCD screen
(p.21)
– Checking/Deleting the last scene (p.38)
Playing back with ease
1 Slide the POWER switch  down repeatedly
to light up the
(Play/Edit) lamp.
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen.
Make sure the EASY lamp  lights up in blue. If not, press EASY to light it up (p.27).
VISUAL INDEX screen
Next
6 pictures
Movie tab
… To playback
Still image tab
Appears with the image
on the tab that was played
back last.
2 Start playing back.
Movies
Still Images
Touch the Movie tab, then the
movie to be played back.
Beginning
of the scene/
previous scene
Toggles Play or
Pause as you touch
Stop (go to the
Reverse/
VISUAL INDEX screen) Forward
Touch the Still image tab, then
the still image to be played back.
Recording
date/time
Next
scene
Recording
date/time
Previous/Next
Easy Handycam– using your camcorder with automatic settings
Previous
6 pictures
Go to the
VISUAL INDEX screen
When the selected movie has played
back to the end, the screen returns to the
VISUAL INDEX screen.
• Touch
/
during pause to play back
movie slowly.
• When you touch a movie marked with ,
you can play it back from the point you have
stopped previously.
When you record another new image, 
appears with the image.
• When you playback during Easy Handycam
operation, you cannot use following functions:
– PB ZOOM (p.36)
– Turning off the backlight of the LCD screen
(p.21)
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Easy Handycam – using your camcorder with automatic settings (continued)
Preparation for playing back on a DVD player (Finalizing)
With Easy Handycam operation, your DVD Handycam sets up the following options
automatically. Therefore, you can finalize a disc easily.
– creating a DVD menu to display images as thumbnails on a DVD player, etc (p.45).
– creating a photomovie to playback still images on a DVD player, etc (p.46).
If you want to customize the settings above and finalize a disc, cancel Easy Handycam
operation, then finalize the disc normally (p.44).
• A DVD-R cannot be overwritten once you finalize it even when there is space to record.
• If you finalize a DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)/DVD+RW, you cannot record additional material
on the disc during Easy Handycam operation. Cancel Easy Handycam operation, then
follow the steps shown on page 50.
1 Place your camcorder in a stable position. Connect the AC Adaptor to the
DC IN jack on your camcorder.
EASY button
DC IN jack
AC Adaptor
POWER switch
to wall outlet
• Be sure to use the AC adaptor to prevent your camcorder from running out of power
during finalizing.
2 Turn on your camcorder and make sure the EASY lamp lights up.
When the EASY lamp turns off, press EASY to set the Easy Handycam operation to ON.
3 Insert the disc to be finalized.
See “Step7: Inserting a disc” on page 24 for details.
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4 Touch the LCD screen in the following steps.


Touch
Touch

Touch
Touch

Touch
Touch
• Do not apply shock or vibration to your camcorder, and do not disconnect the AC adaptor during
finalizing.
• The shorter the amount of material recorded, the longer it takes for finalizing.
5 Remove the disc from your camcorder.
Enjoy watching images on the DVD player, etc.
Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the DVD player, etc.
Deleting all the scenes after playback (format)
(DVD-RW:VIDEO mode/DVD+RW)
If you format the disc, the disc recovers recording used capacity and is reusable for recording
thereafter.
If you want to reuse a DVD-RW to record in VR mode, format the disc after canceling Easy
Handycam operation (p.51).
•
Easy Handycam– using your camcorder with automatic settings


Note that you cannot recover a scene once you delete it.
Touch the LCD screen in the following steps.
 [SETUP]
 [FORMAT]
 [YES]
 [YES]

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Recording
LENS COVER*
PHOTO
Opens in accordance
with the setting of
the POWER switch.
POWER switch
REC START/STOP 
REC START/STOP 
* Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602
1 Slide the POWER switch down repeatedly to light up the respective lamp.
: To record movies
: To record still images
: To playback/edit
MODE
ON
OFF
(CHG)
POWER
Slide the POWER
switch in the direction of
the arrow while pressing
the green button only
when the POWER
switch is in the OFF
(CHG) position.
2 Start recording.
Movies
Still Images
Press REC START/STOP  (or
).
REC
60min
REC
Press PHOTO lightly to adjust the
focus (), then press it fully ().
0:00:00
2016
FINE
0

16:9
P-MENU

P-MENU
START/
STOP
[STBY]  [REC]
To stop recording, press it again.
To check or delete the last recording
(Review/Review deleting)
See page 38.
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Flashing Lights up
A shutter sound is heard. When
disappears, the image has been
recorded.
To record the new movies/still images
Even if you remove the disc, you can
continue recording if there is still space to
record on the disc.
Perform step 2.
Playback
1 Slide the POWER switch down repeatedly to light up the
(Play/Edit)
lamp.
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen.
Disc type
Previous
6 pictures
Appears with the
image on each of the
tab that was lastly
played back.
Next
6 pictures
Movie tab
2 Start playing back.
Movies
Still Images
Touch the Movie tab, then the
movie to be played back.
Beginning
of the scene/
previous scene
Toggles Play or
Pause as you touch
Touch the Still image tab, then
the still image to be played back.
Next
scene
Previous/Next
Stop (go to the
VISUAL INDEX screen)
Recording/Playback
Still image
tab
Reverse/
Forward
Go to the
VISUAL INDEX screen
When the selected movie is played back
until the end, the screen returns to the
VISUAL INDEX screen.
• Touch
/
during pause to play back
movie slowly.
• One touch makes the reverse/fast forward
approximately 5 times faster, two touches
makes it approximately 10 times* faster.
* approximately 8 times faster using a DVD+RW
• When you touch a movie marked with ,
you can play it back from the point you have
stopped previously.
When you record another new image, 
appears with the image that was recorded last.
To adjust the volume
Touch
it with
/
 [VOLUME], then adjust
.
• If you cannot find [VOLUME ] in
,
touch [SETUP] (p.52).
To playback the disc on other DVD
devices
See page 44.
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Functions used for recording/playback, etc.
• Do not remove your finger from the power
zoom lever , when you operate it. If you
do so, the sound of the lever moving may be
recorded.
• You cannot change the zoom speed with the
zoom buttons  alongside of the LCD screen.
• The minimum distance required between your
camcorder and the subject to get a sharp focus
is about 1cm (about 1/2 inch) for wide angle
and about 80cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
• You can set [DIGITAL ZOOM] (p.60) if
you want to zoom to a level greater than the
following:
(optical zoom)
DCR-DVD403/DVD803:
DCR-DVD92/DVD103/
DVD602/DVD653
20 ×
DCR-DVD203/DVD703
12 ×
DCR-DVD403/DVD803
10 ×
To record sound with more presence
(5.1ch surround recording)(Except for
DCR-DVD92/DVD602) .............  
Except for DCR-DVD403/DVD803:
Using your camcorder, Dolby Digital 5.1
Creater*, you can record audio in the 5.1ch
surround sound** converting audio input in
4ch microphone.
When you playback the disc on playback
equipment that supports 5.1ch surround
sound, you can enjoy exciting and powerful
sound.
Recording
To use zoom ........................ 

Move the power zoom lever  slightly for
a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster
zoom.
Wider range of
view: (Wide)
Close view:
(Telephoto)
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DCR-DVD403/DVD803
You can record sound with the internal 4ch
microphone  or by attaching an external
microphone (ECM-HQP1)(optional) to the Active
Interface Shoe .
Except for DCR-DVD403/DVD803
You can record sound by attaching an external
microphone (ECM-HQP1) (optional) to the
Active Interface Shoe .
For details of the optional microphone,
refer to the instruction manual supplied
with your microphone and [EXT SUR
MIC] (p.66).
appears while recording or playing back
in 5.1ch mode, however the 5.1ch surround
sound will be converted to 2ch to be output on
your camcorder.
*
Dolby Digital 5.1 Creater compresses sound
effectively while maintaining high quality
sound. It creates Dolby Digital 5.1ch surround
sound by using disc spaces effectively. A disc
created by Dolby Digital 5.1 Creater can be
played back with DVD recorders/DVD players
compatible with your discs. If you have 5.1ch
surround system such as a home theater, you
will enjoy more powerful sound.
**
The surround speakers output stereo sound
from 6 channels, that is, 5ch from front
speakers (Left/Right/Center) and rear speakers
(Left/Right), and 0.1ch from a sub woofer that
covers the deep bass range under 120Hz. The
sub woofer channel is counted as 0.1 because
of a deep bass. It reproduces 3D sound imaging
providing more exciting and powerful sound
compared with ordinary stereo sound that
produces just left and right sound move.
• The flash charge lamp flickers when charging
To use the flash .................... 
• To record an image brighter, use Super
•
Press (flash)  repeatedly to select a
setting (DCR-DVD403/DVD803).
You can use the optional flash by attaching
to the Active Interface Shoe  (p.81)
For details, refer to the instruction manual
supplied with the flash, and [FLASH SET]
(p.58).
No indicator displayed: Automatically
flashes when there is insufficient
ambient light.

(Forced flash): Always uses the
flash regardless of the surrounding
brightness.

No flash: Records without flash.
• The recommended distance to the subject when
using the built-in flash is 0.3 to 2.5 m (1 to 8
feet).
• Remove any dust from the surface of the flash
lamp before using it. Flash effect may be
impaired if heat discoloration or dust obscures
the lamp.
To record in dark places
(NightShot (DCR-DVD403/DVD803)/
NightShot plus (Except for DCRDVD403/DVD803)) ..................... 
Set the NIGHTSHOT or NIGHTSHOT
PLUS switch  to ON. (
and
[“NIGHTSHOT”] or [“NIGHTSHOT
PLUS”] appear.)
Recording/Playback

the flash, and remains lit when the battery
charge is complete.
• If you use the flash in bright places such as
when shooting a backlit subject, the flash may
not be effective.
• Attaching a conversion lens (optional) may
create a shadow.
• You can change the brightness of the flash by
setting [FLASH LEVEL], or you can prevent
the redeye by setting [REDEYE REDUC]
(DCR-DVD403/DVD803), or [FLASH MODE]
(Except for DCR-DVD403/DVD803) (p.58).
NightShot (DCR-DVD403/DVD803)/Super
NightShot plus (Except for DCR-DVD403/
DVD803) function (p.59).
To record an image brighter in dim light, use
Color Slow Shutter function (p.59).
• The NightShot/NightShot plus and Super
NightShot/Super NightShot plus use infrared
light. Therefore, do not cover the infrared port
 with your fingers or other objects.
• Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p.58)
when it is hard to focus automatically.
• Do not use these functions in bright places. This
may cause a malfunction.
To adjust the exposure for backlit
subjects ................................. 
To adjust the exposure for backlit subjects,
press BACK LIGHT  to display . To
cancel the back light function, press BACK
LIGHT again.
To adjust the focus for an off center
subject .................................. 
See [SPOT FOCUS] on page 58.
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Functions used for recording/playback, etc.(continued)
DCR-DVD403/DVD803:
To fix the exposure for the selected
subject .................................. 
See [SPOT METER] on page 56.
To record in mirror mode ............. 
Open the LCD screen  90 degrees to the
camcorder (), then rotate it 180 degrees
to the lens side ().

Except for DCR-DVD403/DVD803:

• A mirror-image of the subject appears on the
LCD screen, but the picture will be normal
when recorded.
To add special effects ................. 
See
PICT. APPLI on page 63.
To use a tripod ......................... 
Attach the tripod (optional: the length of
the screw must be less than 5.5 mm ) to the
tripod receptacle  using a tripod screw.
Playback
To play back the images
in sequence ............................. 
See [SLIDE SHOW] on page 64.
To use PB ZOOM ................... 

You can magnify pictures from about 1.1 to
5 times the original size.
Magnification can be adjusted with the
power zoom lever  or the zoom buttons
 alongside of the LCD screen.
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
Play back the picture you want to
magnify.

Magnify the picture with T (Telephoto).
A frame appears on the LCD screen.

Touch the portion that you want to
display in the center of the LCD screen.

Adjust the magnification with W (Wide
angle)/T (Telephoto).
Other part names and functions
Built-in 4ch microphone (DCRDVD403/DVD803)
When an external microphone (optional)
is connected, it takes precedence over the
internal microphone (p.81).

Built-in stereo microphone (Except for
DCR-DVD403/DVD803)
When an external microphone (optional)
is connected, it takes precedence over the
internal microphone (p.81).

Remote sensor (Except for DCRDVD92/DVD602)
Point the Remote Commander (p.41)
towards the remote sensor to operate
your camcorder.

Recording lamp
The recording lamp lights up in red
during recording (p.68).

Speaker
Sounds come out from the speaker.
To cancel, touch [END].
• You cannot change the zoom speed with the
zoom buttons  alongside of the LCD screen.
Recording/playback
To check the remaining battery ...... 
Set the POWER switch up to OFF (CHG),
and then press DISP/BATT INFO . If
you press this button once, BATTERY
INFO appears on the screen for about 7
seconds. If you press and hold the button
for a while, this information is displayed
for about 20 seconds.
Recording
capacity
(approx.)
Remaining
battery
(approx.)
Recording/Playback

• For how to adjust the volume, see page 33.
To turn off the operation confirmation
beep ..................................... 
See [BEEP] (p.68) to set the operation
beep.
To initialize the settings .............. 
Press RESET  to initialize all the
settings, including settings for date and
time. (Setup items customized on Personal
Menu are not initialized.)
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Checking/Deleting the last scene
(Review/Review deleting)
You can check or delete the last recorded
scene.
However, you cannot delete it if:
– you have removed the disc.
– you have recorded the new scenes.
Checking the last scene
(Review)
1 Slide the POWER switch down
Deleting the last scene (Review
deleting) (DVD-RW/DVD+RW
only)
If the checked scene is unnecessary, you
can delete it on the spot.
Data once recorded on DVD-Rs cannot be
deleted.
1 Press
during the review.
to light up the
(Movie) or
(Still) lamp, then touch
.
The playback of the latest scene starts.
Movie
2 Touch [YES].
• You cannot recover a scene once you delete it.
Touch to display below function
buttons.
: Return to the beginning of the
viewing movie.
/
:Adjust the volume
Still image
To return to recording
Touch
.
• The recording data (DATA CODE) does not
appear on the Review screen.
• When reviewing still images recorded
continuously, you can forward/backward the
images with
/
.
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• You can only delete the last recorded scene.
When
is grayed out, you cannot delete
the scene due to the following reasons.
– The last recorded scene has been already
deleted.
– There is a movie or a still image that has been
recorded just after the scene being played
back.
• When you delete still images that were recorded
continuously (p.61), all the images are deleted
at same time.
You can delete a specific still image when you
record images in a DVD-RW (VR mode) (p.72).
Indicators displayed during recording/playback
( ) is a reference page.
The indicators during recording will not be recorded.
Recording movies
 Remaining battery (approx.) (37)
 Image size (Except for DCR-DVD92/
DVD103/DVD602/DVD653) (62)
 Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or
[REC] (recording)
or
2016 × 1512 (DCR-DVD403/DVD803)/
1152 × 864(DCR-DVD203/DVD703),
640 × 480)
 Counter (hour: minute: second)
 Quality ([FINE] or [STD]) (62)
 Disc type (13)
 The number of recorded still images
 Recording format of a DVD-RW (13)
 The number of recordable still image
 Remaining time of the disc (approx.) (68)
 Review button (38)
Displays the most recently recorded image.
Touch
to return to standby.
(approx.) (68)
Recording/Playback
 Recording mode ( or  or ) (65)
Recording still images
 Review button (38)
Displays the most recently recorded image.
Touch
to return to standby.
 Personal Menu button (52)
Viewing movies
Viewing still images
60min
 Playback mode
 Previous/Next button (29, 33)
 Scene number
 Video operation buttons (29, 33)
 Number of played back still images /Total
number of recorded still images
 Data file name
 VISUAL INDEX button (29, 33)
 Previous/Next button (29, 33)
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Indicators displayed during recording/playback (continued)
( ) is a reference page
Indicators on the LCD screen
and viewfinder
Center
Indicator
NightShot/NightShot
plus (35)
When you can change the setup items, or
during recording or playback, following
indicators displayed.
Upper left
Upper Center
Meaning
Super NightShot/Super
NightShot plus (59)
Upper right
Color Slow Shutter (59)
  
Warning (101)
Bottom
Center
Bottom
Indicator
Meaning
Picture effect (64)
Digital effect (63)
Upper left
Indicator
Meaning
5.1ch surround recording/
playback (34)
Self-timer recording (59)
Continuous photo
recording /Bracket
recording (61)
Flash light (58)
MICREF LEVEL low
(66)
WIDE STEREO (66)
Upper center
Indicator
Meaning
Repeat of Slide show (64)
Upper right
Indicator
Meaning
Fader (63)
LCD backlight off (21)
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
Manual focus (58)
PROGRAM AE (56)

Backlight (35)

White balance (57)
WIDE SELECT (26, 60)
SteadyShot off (61)
Flexible spot meter (56)/
Exposure (57)
DATA CODE while recording
The recording data (date/time or various
settings in effect when recording) is
recorded automatically on the disc.
They are not displayed while recording.
However, you can check them as [DATA
CODE] during playback (p.67).
Remote Commander
(Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602)
Remove the insulation sheet before using
the Remote Commander.

DATA CODE (p.67)

PHOTO (p.28, 32)
The on-screen image when you press this
button will be recorded as a still image.
Insulation sheet

SCAN/SLOW (p.29, 33)
 
(Previous/Next) (p.29, 33)
PLAY (p.29, 33)

STOP (p.29, 33)

DISPLAY (p.22)

Transmitter

START/STOP (p.28, 32)

Power zoom (p.34, 36)

PAUSE (p.29, 33)

VISUAL INDEX (p.29, 33)
Displays a VISUAL INDEX screen when you
press this while playing back.
  /  /  / /
ENTER
Recording/Playback

When you press any button, the orange frame
appears on the LCD screen. Select a desired
button or an item with  /  /  / , then press
ENTER to enter.
When no commands have been sent from the
Remote Commander in a certain period, the
orange frame disappears. When you press any
of  /  /  / , or ENTER again, the frame
appears at the position where it was displayed
last.
• Point the Remote Commander towards the
remote sensor to operate your camcorder (p.37).
• To change the battery, see page 111.
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Playing the picture on a TV
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC adaptor for this operation
(p.17). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
(Yellow)
A/V jack
(White)
S VIDEO VIDEO
(Red)
AUDIO
VCRs or TVs
: Signal flow

A/V connecting cable (supplied)
Connect to the input jack of the other device.

A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO
(optional)
When connecting to another device via the
S VIDEO jack, by using an A/V connecting
cable with an S VIDEO cable (optional),
higher quality pictures 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
(optional). The yellow plug connection is not
necessary.
When your TV is connected to a VCR
Connect your camcorder to the LINE
IN input on the VCR. Set the input
selector on the VCR to LINE.
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To set the aspect ratio according to
the connected TV (16:9/4:3)
(DCR-DVD203/DVD403/DVD703/
DVD803)
Change the setting according to the screen
size of the TV you will view pictures on.
 Slide the POWER switch down to light up
the
(Play/Edit) lamp.
 [SETUP] 
STANDARD SET  [TV TYPE] 
[16:9] or [4:3] 
.
 Touch
• When you connect your camcorder to a TV
compatible with the ID-1/ID-2 system, or via an
S VIDEO jack, and play back the disc, set [TV
TYPE] to [16:9]. The TV switched to full mode
automatically. Refer also to the manual supplied
with your TV.
• When you set [TV TYPE] to [4:3], the image
quality may deteriorate. Also, when the
recorded picture’s aspect ratio switches between
16:9 and 4:3, the image may jitter.
• When you play back a picture recorded in 16:9
aspect ratio on a 4:3 TV not compatible with
the 16:9 signal, set [TV TYPE] to [4:3].
When your TV is monaural (When
your TV has only one audio input jack)
• You can display the counter on the TV screen by
setting [DISP OUTPUT] to [V-OUT/PANEL]
(p.68).
Recording/Playback
Connect the yellow plug of the A/V
connecting cable to the video input jack
and connect the white (left channel) or the
red (right channel) plug to the audio input
jack of your TV or VCR.
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Making the disc compatible with playback on
DVD players or DVD drives (Finalizing)
Finalizing allows the recorded disc to be played back on other DVD players (DVD player/
DVD recorder etc.,) or the DVD-drive on your computer. The finalizing procedure differs
depending on the disc type.
• Playback compatibility is not guaranteed with all players.
Finalizing is required.
The disc cannot be overwritten once you finalize it even when there is space
to record.
Finalizing is required.
After finalizing, the disc can be overwritten on your camcorder when you
unfinalize it (p.50). You need to finalize it again when you play it back on
other DVD players.
Finalizing is required.
Once you finalize the disc, you can play it back on DVD players that support
the VR mode.
After finalizing, you can also record additional material at any time. You do
not need to finalize the disc again after additional recording.
You can play back the disc on DVD players without finalizing it. However,
you need to finalize the disc in the following cases:
– when you want to create a DVD menu (p.45).
– when you want to create a Photomovie (p.46).
– when you want to play back images on a DVD drive of a computer.
– when recording time is the following:
HQ mode: less than 5 minutes
SP mode: less than 8 minutes
LP mode: less than 15 minutes
When you create a DVD menu/Photomovie, a confirmation dialog appears
when you record additional material. Then, the DVD menu/Photomovie are
deleted. You must finalize the disc again when you want to create a DVD
menu/Photomovie after recording additional material on the disc.
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Steps for finalizing
Follow the steps below.
• It takes from a minute to a few hours
for finalizing. The shorter the amount of
material recorded on the disc, the longer
it takes for finalizing.
• Use an AC Adaptor as the power source
to prevent your camcorder from running
out of power during finalizing.
• When you finalize a double-sided disc, you
must finalize each side of the disc.
If you have set the DVD menu
setting, you can create a menu
screen to view the thumbnails as
a list when the disc is played back
on DVD devices.
1 Place your camcorder in a
stable position. Connect the AC
Adaptor to the DC IN jack on your
camcorder.
2 Turn on the power by sliding the
POWER switch down.
3 Insert the disc to be finalized.
4 Touch
 [FINALIZE] 
[SET].
Step 3: Customizing a Photomovie*
(p.46)
If you have set the Photomovie
setting, you can create a
Photomovie to view still images
on other DVD devices.
Step 4: Changing the disc title
(p.46)
Step 2: Customizing a DVD
menu
What is a DVD menu?
Step 5: Finalizing a disc
(p.47)
A DVD menu is a menu screen that allows
you to display the index to check the
contents of the disc or to select desired
scenes easily. When you create the DVD
menu on your camcorder, the first scene
of each movie is displayed with date as a
thumbnail.
* You cannot follow using a DVD-RW (VR
• You cannot create a DVD menu using a DVDRW (VR mode).
You can make a title on each disc.
As the default, the date when the
disc was first used is added as a
disc title.
mode).
Playback on DVD devices
Step 1: Preparing for finalizing
(p.45)
Step 2: Customizing a DVD menu*
(p.45)
Step 1: Preparing for finalizing
1 Touch [DVD MENU].
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Making the disc compatible with playback on DVD players or DVD drives
(Finalizing) (continued)
2 Select the desired one from 4
types of pattern with
/
.
1 Touch [PHOTOMOVIE].
2 Touch [YES].
Select [NO] if you do not create a
Photomovie.
Select [NO MENU] if you do not create
a DVD menu.
3 Touch
.
Step 3: Customizing a
Photomovie
What is a Photomovie ?
A Photomovie involves converting still
images in JPEG format to movies in MPEG
format to play them back on other DVD
players or on your computer. The original
still image remains in the JPEG format on
the disc.
Converted still images are played back in
sequence like a slide show. The resolution
(pixels) of the converted Photomovie,
however, is lower than that of the original
still images.
• It may take more time for finalizing when you
create a Photomovie since the more still images
recorded on the disc, the more time it takes to
create a Photomovie.
• You can view still images in the JPEG format
using the DVD drive on your computer without
creating a Photomovie (p.48).
• You cannot create a Photomovie on a DVD-RW
(VR mode) in this step. Customize it on the
EDIT screen (p.76).
3 Touch
.
Step 4: Changing the disc title
Skip to “Step 5: Finalizing a disc (p.47)” if
you do not change the disc title.
1 Touch [DISC TITLE].
2 Delete unnecessary characters
by touching [].
The yellow cursor moves and characters
are deleted from the end.
3 Select the type of a character,
then touch the desired character.
To erase a character: Touch [].
To insert a space: Touch [].
4 Touch [] as you register a
character to move to the next
entry point.
• Up to 20 characters can be registered.
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5 When you have finished entering
characters, touch
.
The disc title changes to the one you
entered.
6 Touch [END].
• When you change a disc title already set
by other devices, the 21st and subsequent
characters are deleted.
Step 5: Finalizing a disc
steps from 2 to 4 of the “steps for
finalizing” on the LCD screen.
,when [Completed]
appears.
When using a DVD-R/DVD-RW
(VIDEO mode)/DVD+RW, 
flashes after finalizing is completed
when the POWER switch is set to
(Movie) or
(Still). Remove the disc
from your camcorder.
• When you made the setting to enable a creation
of a DVD menu on DVD-R/DVD-RW (VIDEO
mode)/DVD+RW, then finalize the disc, the
DVD menu appears for a few seconds while
finalizing the disc.
• You cannot view a Photomovie with the DVDR/DVD-RW (VIDEO mode) discs on your
camcorder.
• After finalizing a disc, the disc indicator and the
recording format are displayed as shown below:
DVD-R
DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)
DVD-RW (VR mode)
2 Touch
Playback on DVD devices
1 Confirm the settings you made in
4 Touch
DVD+RW
.
3 Touch [YES]  [YES].
Finalizing starts.
• Do not apply shock or vibration to your
camcorder, and do not disconnect the AC
adaptor during finalizing.
When you need to disconnect the AC
adaptor, make sure that the power of your
camcorder is set to off and disconnect the
adaptor after the CHG (charge) lamp goes
off. Finalizing restarts when you connect
the AC adaptor and turn on your camcorder
again.
You cannot remove the disc until the
finalizing operation is completed.
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Playing back a disc
on DVD players, etc.
• Do not use the 8cm CD adaptor with an
8cm DVD as it may cause a malfunction.
• Make sure that a vertically installed DVD
device is placed in the position where a
disc can be placed horizontally.
1 Insert a disc into the DVD
devices.
2 Play back the disc.
The play back procedure varies
depending on the DVD device. For
details, refer to the instruction manual
supplied with your DVD device.
Playing back a disc on a
computer with a DVD drive
installed
• Do not use the 8cm CD adaptor with an
8cm DVD as it may cause a malfunction.
• Even when you are using a DVD+RW,
you must finalize the disc. Otherwise, it
may cause a malfunction.
Playing back movies
Use a DVD drive that supports 8cm discs,
and a DVD playback application must have
been installed on your computer.
1 Insert the finalized disc into the
DVD drive of your computer.
If you have created a DVD menu
(DVD-R/DVD-RW:VIDEO mode/
DVD+RW)
You can select the desired scene in the
menu.
A photomovie is listed after all the movies
in the menu.
Photomovie
• The disc cannot be played back, freezes for an
instant between the scenes, or some functions
may be disabled on some DVD players.
• Still images are played back as a Photomovie
swapping images in every 3 seconds.
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2 Play back the disc using a DVD
playback application.
• The disc may not be played back on some
computers. For details, refer to the instruction
manuals of your computer.
• You cannot play back or edit movies that have
been copied from the disc to the hard disk of
your computer. For details on how to import
movies, refer to the “First Step Guide” supplied
with the CD-ROM (Except for DCR-DVD92/
DVD602).
Playing back still images
Still images stored on the disc are
displayed in the JPEG format.
Note that erasing or changing the original
data may occur accidentally in this
operation since you use the original data
on the disc.
The date the disc was first used is
recorded on the volume label of the
disc.
<e.g.>
When the disc was first used at 6:00 pm on
January 1st 2005:
2005_01_01_06H00M_PM
1 Insert the finalized disc into the
DVD drive of your computer.
Volume
label
2 Click [Start]  [My Computer].
3 Right-click the DVD drive with the
disc inserted, then click [Open].
4 Double-click [DCIM] 
[100MSDCF].
5 Double-click the file to be
displayed.
The selected still image appears on the
screen.
Images are stored in the following
folders on the disc.
Movies
DVD-R/DVD-RW(VIDEO mode)/DVD+RW:
VIDEO_TS folder
DVD-RW (VR mode):
DVD_RTAV folder
Still images
DCIM\100MSDCF folder
Playback on DVD devices
Or, double-click the [My Computer]
icon on the desktop.
<e.g.>
The folder for data for DVD-Rs/DVD-RWs
(VIDEO mode)/DVD+RWs
When using Windows XP:
Still image
folder
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Recording additional scenes after finalizing
You can record additional material on the
finalized DVD-RWs (VIDEO mode)/
DVD+RWs by following the steps below if
there is space to record on the disc.
When using the finalized DVD-RW (VR
mode) disc, you can record additional
material on the disc without any additional
steps.
• Use an AC Adaptor as power source to prevent
your camcorder from running out of power
during operation.
• Do not apply shock or vibration to your
camcorder, and do not disconnect the AC
adaptor during operation.
• A DVD menu and a Photomovie created during
finalizing are deleted.
• When you use a double-sided disc, following
procedures are required on each side.
When using a DVD-RW (VIDEO
mode) disc (Unfinalizing)
1 Connect the AC Adaptor to the
When using a DVD+RW
If you have created a Photomovie or a
DVD menu in finalizing (p.44), the
following steps are required.
1 Connect the AC Adaptor to the
DC IN jack on your camcorder,
then connect the power cord to
the wall outlet.
2 Slide the POWER switch down to
light up the
lamp.
(Movie) or
(Still)
3 Insert the finalized disc into your
camcorder.
A confirmation dialog asking if you
record additional scenes appears.
DC IN jack on your camcorder,
then connect the power cord to
the wall outlet.
2 Turn on the power by sliding the
POWER switch down.
3 Insert the finalized disc into your
camcorder.
4 Touch
 [SETUP].
5 Touch
DISC SET 
[UNFINALIZE].
6 Touch [YES]  [YES], then touch
when [Completed.] appears.
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4 Touch [YES]  [YES].
[Completed.] appears, then the
screen returns to the recording screen.
Deleting all of the scenes on the disc
(Formatting)
Formatting makes the recorded disc
new and reusable by deleting all the
data recorded on the disc. The recording
capacity of the disc is recovered by
formatting it.
The procedure for formatting differs
depending on the disc type.
You cannot format this kind of
disc. Use a new disc.
You can format this kind of
disc and reuse it.
If you have finalized the disc, it
is unfinalized.
You can format this kind of
disc and reuse it.
You can format this kind of
disc and reuse it.
POWER switch down.
3 Insert the disc to be formatted
into your camcorder.
4 Touch
 [FORMAT].
DVD-RW
Select the recording format, then format
the disc. Proceed to step 5.
DVD+RW
The [FORMAT] screen appears.
Proceed to step 6.
5 Select the recording format for a
DVD-RW, then touch
.
For details on a recording format, see
page 13.
If you have finalized the
disc, the previous records on
finalizing remain on the disc.
• Use an AC adaptor as power source to
prevent your camcorder from running out
of power during formatting.
• Do not apply shock or vibration to your
camcorder, and do not disconnect the AC
adaptor during formatting.
• When you use a double-sided disc,
formatting is required on each side.
1 Connect the AC Adaptor to the
DC IN jack on your camcorder,
then connect the power cord to
the wall outlet.
6 Touch [YES]  [YES], then touch
when [Completed.] appears.
• During the Easy Handycam operation (p.27),
the screen in step 5 does not appear even if you
insert a DVD-RW in your camcorder. Proceed
to step 6.
• You cannot format a disc that has been
protected on other equipments. Cancel the
protection with the original equipment, and then
format it.
Using the Recorded disc (DVD-RW/DVD+RW)
If you have finalized the
disc, the previous records on
finalizing remain on the disc.
2 Turn on the power by sliding the
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Using the Setup items
1 Slide the POWER switch down to light up the respective lamp.
: Settings for movies
: Settings for still images
MODE
: Settings for viewing/editing
ON
OFF
(CHG)
POWER
Slide the POWER switch
while pressing the green
button in the center only
when the POWER switch
is in the OFF (CHG)
position.
2 Touch the LCD screen to select the setup item.
Unavailable items will be grayed out.
 To use the short-cuts of Personal Menu
On Personal Menu, short-cuts for frequently used setup items are added.
• You can customize Personal Menu as you like (p.70).
 Touch
.
 Touch the desired setup item.
If the desired setup item is not displayed on the screen, touch
.
/
until it is displayed.
 Select the desired setting, then touch
 To use setup items
You can customize setup items that are not added to Personal Menu.


0:00:00
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VIDEO


 Touch
[SETUP].
 Select the desired setup item.
Touch
/
to select the item, then touch
in step .)
 Select the desired item.
. (The process in step  is the same as that
• You can also touch the item directly to select it.
 Customize the item.
After finishing the settings, touch

(close) to hide the setup screen.
If you decide not to change the setting, touch
to return to the previous screen.
•
During Easy Handycam operation (p.27), available setup items are displayed when you
touch [SETUP] on the LCD screen.
Using the Setup items
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Setup items
Available setup items () vary depending on the position of a lamp.
*These functions are available during Easy Handycam operation.
Position of lamp:
Movie
Still
Play/Edit
PROGRAM AE


SPOT METER


EXPOSURE


WHITE BAL.


AUTO SHUTTER

−
SPOT FOCUS


FOCUS
FLASH SET


−

SUPER NS/SUPER NSPLUS

−
NS LIGHT


COLOR SLOW S

−
SELF-TIMER


DIGITAL ZOOM

WIDE SELECT 1)

STEADYSHOT

−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
CAMERA SET (p.56)
STILL SET (p.61)
−
−
−
−

FADER

D. EFFECT

PICT. EFFECT

−
−
−
−
−
−
BURST 2)
QUALITY
IMAGE SIZE 2)
FILE NO.



−
−
−
−
PICT.APPLI. (p.63)
REC CTRL 3)
SLIDE SHOW
DEMO MODE
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−
−

−
−
−


−
Position of lamp:
Movie
Still
Play/Edit
FORMAT*



FINALIZE*



UNFINALIZE



DISC TITLE




−
DISC SET (p.65)
STANDARD SET (p.65)
MULTI-SOUND
−
−
MICREF LEVEL

SUR MONITOR 3)

EXT SUR MIC

−
−
−
−
−
−
LCD/VF SET



TV TYPE 2)



−
−

DATA CODE
−
−
DISC REMAIN


−



REC LAMP


−
BEEP*



DISP OUTPUT



SETUP ROTATE



A.SHUT OFF



−
−

CLOCK SET*



AREA SET



DST SET/SUMMERTIME



LANGUAGE*



REC MODE
VOLUME*
USB SPEED 3)
CALIBRATION

−
−
−

Using the Setup items
REMOTE CTRL
3)

TIME/LANGU. (p.69)
1)
DCR-DVD92/DVD103/DVD602/DVD653
DCR-DVD203/DVD403/DVD703/DVD803
3)
Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602
2)
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CAMERA SET
Settings to adjust your camcorder to
the recording conditions
(EXPOSURE/WHITE BAL./
STEADYSHOT, etc.)
The default settings are marked with .
The indicators in parentheses appear when
the items are selected.
See page 52 for details on selecting
setup items.
PROGRAM AE
BEACH&SKI*(
)
Select to prevent people’s faces from
appearing dark in strong light or reflected
light, such as at a beach in midsummer or
on a ski slope.
SUNSET&MOON**(
)
You can record pictures effectively in
various situations with the PROGRAM AE
function.
 AUTO
Select to automatically record pictures
effectively without the [PROGRAM AE]
function.
SPOTLIGHT*(
)
Select to prevent people’s faces from
appearing excessively white when subjects
are lit by strong light.
PORTRAIT (Soft portrait) (
)
Select to maintain the atmosphere of
situations such as sunsets, general night
views or fireworks.
LANDSCAPE**(
)
Select to shoot distant subjects clearly.
This setting also prevents your camcorder
from focusing on glass or metal mesh
in windows that comes in between the
camcorder and the subject.
• Items with one asterisk (*) can be adjusted
Select to bring out the subject such as
people or flowers while creating a soft
background.
so as not to focus on subjects only a short
distance away. Items with two asterisks (**)
can be adjusted to focus on subjects farther
away.
• The setting returns to [AUTO] when you
have the power source disconnected from
your camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
SPORTS* (Sports lesson) ( )
SPOT METER (Flexible spot meter)
Select to minimize shake when shooting
fast moving subjects.
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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.
 AUTO
The white balance is adjusted
automatically.
OUTDOOR (
 Touch the point where you want to fix and
adjust the exposure on the screen.
appears.
 Touch [END].
To return the setting to automatic exposure,
touch [AUTO][END].
• If you set [SPOT METER], [EXPOSURE] is
automatically set to [MANUAL].
• The setting returns to [AUTO] when you have
the power source disconnected from your
camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
EXPOSURE
INDOOR ()
The white balance is set to the brightness
of warm white fluorescent lamps.
ONE PUSH (
)
The white balance will be adjusted
according to the ambient light.
 Touch [ONE PUSH].
 Frame a white object such as a piece of
paper, to fill the screen under the same
lighting conditions as you will shoot
the subject.
 Touch [
].
flashes quickly. When the white
balance has been adjusted and stored
in the memory, the indicator stops
flashing.
• Do not shake your camcorder while
is flashing quickly.
flashes slowly if white balance could
not be set.
• If
keeps flashing even after you
have touched
, set [WHITE BAL.] to
[AUTO].
•
 Touch [MANUAL].
appears.
 Adjust the exposure by touching
/
.
 Touch
.
To return the setting to automatic exposure,
touch [AUTO] 
.
• The setting returns to [AUTO] when you have
the power source disconnected from your
camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
WHITE BAL. (White balance)
You can adjust the color balance to the
brightness of the recording environment.
Using the Setup items
You can fix the brightness of a picture
manually. When recording indoors on
a clear day, for instance, you can avoid
backlight shadows on people next to the
window by fixing the exposure to that of
the wall side of the room.
)
The white balance is set to the brightness
of the outdoor environment or daylight
under fluorescent lamps.
• When you have changed the battery pack
while [AUTO] is selected, or you bring your
camcorder outdoors from inside the house
while using fixed exposure, select [AUTO] and
aim your camcorder at a nearby white object
for about 10 seconds for better color balance
adjustment.
• Redo the [ONE PUSH] procedure if you change
the [PROGRAM AE] settings, or bring your
camcorder outdoors from inside the house, or
vice versa during the [ONE PUSH] is set to on.
• Set [WHITE BAL.] to [AUTO] or [ONE
PUSH] under white or cool white fluorescent
lamps.
• The setting returns to [AUTO] when you have
the power source disconnected from your
camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
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CAMERA SET (continued)
AUTO SHUTTER
Automatically activates the electronic
shutter to adjust the shutter speed when
recording in bright conditions if you set it
to [ON] (the default setting).
SPOT FOCUS
You can select and adjust the focal point to
aim it at a subject not located in the center
of the screen.
 Touch the subject on the screen.
 appears.
 Touch [END].
To adjust the focus automatically, touch
[AUTO][END].
• If you set [SPOT FOCUS], [FOCUS] is
automatically set to [MANUAL].
• The setting returns to [AUTO] when you have
the power source disconnected from your
camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
To adjust the focus automatically, touch
[AUTO]
in step .
• It is easier to focus on the subject by moving
the power zoom lever towards T (telephoto) to
adjust the focus, then towards W (wide angle)
to adjust the zoom for recording. When you
want to record a subject at close range, move
the power zoom lever to W (wide angle), then
adjust the focus.
• The minimum distance required between
your camcorder and the subject to get a sharp
focus is about 1 cm (about 1/2 inch) for wide
angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for
telephoto.
• The setting returns to [AUTO] when you have
the power source disconnected from your
camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
FLASH SET
You can set this function when you use the
built-in flash (DCR-DVD403/DVD803)
or an external flash (optional) that is
compatible with your camcorder.
 FLASH MODE (Except for DCRDVD403/DVD803)
 ON
Flashes every time.
ON
FOCUS
You can adjust the focus manually. Select
this when you want to focus on a certain
subject intentionally.
Flashes to reduce the red-eye phenomenon.
AUTO
Flashes automatically.
AUTO
Flashes automatically to reduce the redeye phenomenon.
• If the flash is not capable of preventing the red-
 Touch [MANUAL].
 appears.
 Touch
(focusing on close subjects)/
(focusing on distant subjects) to
sharpen the focus. appears when the
focus cannot be adjusted any closer, and
appears when the focus cannot be adjusted
farther away.
 Touch
.
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eye phenomenon, you can select only [ON] or
[AUTO].
• The setting returns to [ON] when you have
the power source disconnected from your
camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
 FLASH LEVEL
HIGH(
)
Makes the flash level higher.
 NORMAL ( )
LOW(
)
Makes the flash level lower.
• The setting returns to [NORMAL] when
you disconnect the power source from your
camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
 REDEYE REDUC (DCR-DVD403/
DVD803)
You can prevent redeye by activating the
flash before recording.
Set [REDEYE REDUC] to [ON], then
press (flash) (p.35) repeatedly to select
a setting.
(Auto redeye reduction): Pre-flashes
to reduce redeye before the flash
automatically flashes when there is
insufficient ambient light.

(Forced redeye reduction): Always
uses the flash and the redeye reducing
pre-flash.

• The redeye reduction may not produce the
desired effect due to individual differences and
other conditions.
• The setting returns to [OFF] when you have
the power source disconnected from your
camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
SUPER NS (DCR-DVD403/
DVD803)/SUPER NSPLUS (Except
for DCR-DVD403/DVD803) (Super
NightShot/Super NightShot plus)
The picture will be recorded at a maximum
of 16 times the sensitivity of NightShot/
NightShot plus (p.35) recording if you
set [SUPER NS] or [SUPER NSPLUS]
to [ON] while the NIGHTSHOT or
NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch (p.35) is also
set to ON.
and [“SUPER NIGHTSHOT”] or
[“SUPER NIGHTSHOT PLUS”] flash on
the screen.
To cancel the setting, set the [SUPER NS]
or [SUPER NSPLUS] to [OFF].
[SUPER NS] or [SUPER NSPLUS] in bright
places. This may cause a malfunction.
• Do not cover the infrared port with your fingers
or other objects.
• Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p.58)
when it is hard to focus automatically.
• The shutter speed of your camcorder changes
depending on the brightness. The motion of the
picture may slow down at this time.
NS LIGHT (NightShot Light)
When using either the NightShot/NightShot
plus (p.35) or [SUPER NS] or [SUPER
NSPLUS] (p.59) function to record, you
can record clearer pictures by setting
[NS LIGHT], which emits infrared light
(invisible), to [ON] (the default setting).
• Do not cover the infrared port with your fingers
or other objects.
• The maximum shooting distance using [NS
LIGHT] is about 3 m (10 feet). If you record
subjects in dark places, such as night scenes or
in moonlight, set [NS LIGHT] to [OFF]. You
can make the image color deeper this way.
COLOR SLOW S
(Color Slow Shutter)
When you set [COLOR SLOW S] to [ON],
you can record an image brighter in color
even in dark places.
and [COLOR SLOW SHUTTER] flash
on the screen.
Using the Setup items
(No flash): Records without flash.
• Do not use NightShot/NightShot Plus and
To cancel [COLOR SLOW S], touch
[OFF].
• Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p.58)
when it is hard to focus automatically.
• The shutter speed of your camcorder changes
depending on the brightness. The motion of the
picture may slow down at this time.
SELF-TIMER
The self-timer starts recording after about
10 seconds.
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CAMERA SET (continued)
 Touch
 [SETUP] 
CAMERA SET  [SELF-TIMER] 
[ON] 
.
appears.
 Press REC START/STOP to record
movies, or PHOTO to record still images.
To cancel the count down, touch [RESET].
To cancel the self-timer, select [OFF] in
step .
• You can also use the self-timer with the
800 ×
Up to 20 × zoom is performed optically,
and after that, up to 800 × zoom is
performed digitally.
For DCR-DVD203/DVD703
 OFF
Up to 12 × zoom is performed optically.
24 ×
Remote Commander (Except for DCR-DVD92/
DVD602, p.41).
Up to 12 × zoom is performed optically,
and after that up to 24 × zoom is
performed digitally.
DIGITAL ZOOM
480 ×
You can select the maximum zoom level in
case you want to zoom greater than optical
zoom magnification listed as below:
(optical zoom)
DCR-DVD92/DVD103/
DVD602/DVD653
20 ×
DCR-DVD203/DVD703
12 ×
DCR-DVD403/DVD803
10 ×
Up to 12 × zoom is performed optically,
and after that, up to 480 × zoom is
performed digitally.
For DCR-DVD403/DVD803
 OFF
Up to 10 × zoom is performed optically.
While recording on a disc. Note that the
image quality decreases when you are
using the digital zoom.
20 ×
Up to 10 × zoom is performed optically,
and after that up to 20 × zoom is
performed digitally.
120 ×
Up to 10 × zoom is performed optically,
and after that, up to 120 × zoom is
performed digitally.
WIDE SELECT (DCR-DVD92/
DVD103/DVD602/DVD653)
The right side of the bar shows the digital
zooming factor. The zooming zone appears
when you select the zooming level.
For DCR-DVD92/DVD103/DVD602/DVD653
 OFF
 4:3
Standard setting (to record pictures to be
played back on a 4:3 TV).
Up to 20 × zoom is performed optically.
16:9 WIDE
40 ×
Records pictures to be played back on a
16:9 wide TV in full screen mode.
Up to 20 × zoom is performed optically,
and after that up to 40 × zoom is
performed digitally.
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You can record a picture in a ratio suitable
for the screen on which it will be displayed.
When viewed on the LCD screen/
viewfinder with [16:9 WIDE] selected.
STILL SET
Settings for still images
(BURST/QUALITY/IMAGE SIZE, etc.)
When viewed on a 16:9 wide
screen TV*1
When viewed on a standard TV
(4:3 screen)*2
To play back images on a DVD player or
a DVD recorder, the way you see pictures
on the TV screen may differ depending
on your player. For details, refer to the
instruction manuals supplied with the
devices you are using.
• When you play back pictures recorded in WIDE
on a DVD+RW with a DVD player or a DVD
recorder, they may appear to be compressed in
the lengthwise direction.
STEADYSHOT
You can record pictures using
[STEADYSHOT] (the default setting is
[ON]). Set [STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] ( )
when using a tripod or the conversion lens
(optional).
BURST (DCR-DVD203/DVD403/
DVD703/DVD803)
You can record several still images one
after another by pressing PHOTO.
 OFF
Select this when not recording
continuously.
NORMAL (
)
Record still images continuously at
approximately 0.5 seconds intervals. The
numbers of the maximum recordable
images are as follows;
DCR-DVD203/DVD703
1152 × 864
: 4 images
640 × 480
: 13 images
DCR-DVD403/DVD803
2016 × 1512
: 3 images
640 × 480
: 21 images
EXP. BRKTG (
)
Records 3 images consecutively with
different exposures at approximately 0.5
second intervals. You can compare the 3
images and select an image recorded at the
best exposure.
Using the Setup items
When 16:9 screen TV switches to full screen
mode, the picture appears on the TV screen at
the right ratio.
*2
When you play back in TV (4:3 screen), the
picture may be compressed. When you play
back in the wide mode, the picture appears
as you see it on the LCD screen or in the
viewfinder.
• You cannot change the aspect ratio in the
following cases:
– while recording movie
– when [D.EFFECT] is set to [OLD MOVIE]
(p.64).
• When recording on a DVD-R/DVD-RW
(VIDEO mode)/DVD+RW, the available
recording time may get shorter in the following
conditions.
– when you changed record pictures between
16:9 WIDE and 4:3.
– when you change the [REC MODE] during
4:3 (p.65).
*1
The default settings are marked with .
The indicators in parentheses appear when
the items are selected.
See page 52 for details on selecting
setup items.
• The flash will not function during continuous
recording.
• The maximum number of images will be
recorded in the self-timer mode or when you are
operating with the Remote Commander.
• You may not be able to record continuous
images up to the maximum number depending
on the image size and the remaining capacity of
the disc.
• It takes longer to record continuous images to
the disc compared to normal recording. Record
the next still image after the scroll bar indicator
(
)and the ACCESS lamp turns off.
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STILL SET (continued)
Number of still images recordable on
a disc (approx.)
QUALITY
 FINE (
)
Records still images at the fine image
quality level.
STANDARD (
)
Records still images at the standard image
quality level.
The size of still images (KB)
FINE
(FINE)
STANDARD
(STD)
2016×
1512*
1152×
864**
640×
480
approx.
approx.
approx.
approx.
approx.
approx.
1540
640
960
420
150
60
*
DCR-DVD403/DVD803
**
DCR-DVD203/DVD703
IMAGE SIZE (DCR-DVD203/
DVD403/DVD703/DVD803)
 2016×1512 (
)
(DCR-DVD403/DVD803)/
1152 × 864 (
)
(DCR-DVD203/DVD703)
Records still images clearly.
640 × 480 (
)
Allows for the maximum number of
images to be recorded.
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DVD-R
DVD-RW
(VIDEO
mode)
DVD-RW
(VR mode)
DVD+RW
2016×
1512*
1152×
864**
640×
480
810
1750
2150
4100
5100
8100
850
1850
2250
4300
5400
8600
850
1850
740
1450
2250
4300
1650
2600
5400
8600
2950
3800
Top:[FINE] / Bottom:[STANDARD]
*
DCR-DVD403/DVD803
**
DCR-DVD203/DVD703
• The table shows approximate recordable
number and the above numbers apply to a
single-sided disc, and it will be doubled for a
double-sided disc.
FILE NO.
 SERIES
Assigns numbers to files in sequence even
if the disc is changed.
RESET
Resets the file numbering to 0001 each
time the disc is changed.
PICT.APPLI.
Special effects on pictures or
additional functions on recording/
playback
(PICT.EFFECT/D.EFFECT/SLIDE
SHOW, etc.)
The default settings are marked with .
The indicators in parentheses appear when
the items are selected.
See page 52 for details on selecting
setup items.
Fading out
Fading in
WHITE FADER
BLACK FADER
FADER
You can add the following effects to
currently recording pictures.
 Select the desired effect, then touch
.
When you select [OVERLAP] or [WIPE],
the image is stored as a still image. (While
storing the image, the screen turns to blue.)
 Press REC START/STOP.
The fader indicator stops flashing and
disappears when the fade is complete.
OVERLAP (fade in only)
WIPE (fade in only)
Using the viewfinder
You can adjust [EXPOSURE] and
[FADER] while using the viewfinder by
having the LCD screen rotated 180 degrees
and closed with the screen facing out.
 Make sure the
(Movie) lamp lights up.
 Extend the viewfinder, and close the LCD
screen with the screen facing out.
appears.
 Touch
.
[Set LCD off?] appears on the screen.
 Touch [YES].
The LCD screen is turned off.
 Touch the LCD screen while checking the
display in the viewfinder.
[EXPOSURE], etc. are displayed.
 Touch the button you want to set.
[EXPOSURE] : Adjust with
/
, and
touch
.
[FADER] : Touch it repeatedly to select a
desired effect.
: The LCD screen lights up.
To hide the buttons, touch
.
D. EFFECT (Digital effect)
You can add digital effects to your
recordings.
appears.
 Touch the desired effect.
 When you select [LUMI. KEY], adjust the
Using the Setup items
To cancel the operation, touch [OFF] in
step .
effect with
/
, then touch
.
The image displayed when you touch
is saved as a still image.
 Touch
.
appears.
To cancel [D. EFFECT], touch [OFF] in
step .
LUMI. KEY (luminance key)
Replaces a brighter area in a previously
recorded still image (e.g. a person) with a
movie.
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PICT.APPLI (continued)
OLD MOVIE
Adds an old movie effect to pictures.
The scene is recorded in the WIDE (16:9)
mode.
PICT. EFFECT (Picture effect)
You can add special effects to a picture
during recording.
appears.
 OFF
Does not use [PICT. EFFECT] setting.
SEPIA
Picture appears in sepia.
B&W
Picture appears in black and white.
PASTEL
Picture appears like a pale pastel drawing.
MOSAIC
Picture appears mosaic-patterned.
REC CTRL(Except for DCR-DVD92/
DVD602)
See page 80.
SLIDE SHOW
Plays back all the images stored on a disc
in sequence (slide show).
Still images start to change to the next one
in sequence when you touch [START].
To cancel [SLIDE SHOW,] touch [END].
To pause, touch [PAUSE]. Touch [START]
again to restart the slide show.
• You can select the first picture for the slide
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show with
[START].
/
before touching
• You can repeat the slide show by touching
.
The default setting is set to [ON] (repeat slide
show).
DEMO MODE
The default setting is [ON] so that you
can view the demonstration in about 10
minutes, after you have set the POWER
switch to
(Movie) without inserting a
disc.
• The demonstration will be suspended in
situations such as those described below.
– When you touch the screen during the
demonstration. (The demonstration starts
again in about 10 minutes.)
– When you slide the disc cover OPEN switch.
– When the POWER switch is set to other than
(Movie).
– When you set the NIGHTSHOT or
NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch to ON (p.35).
DISC SET
Settings for discs
(FORMAT/FINALIZE/UNFINALIZE, etc.)
See page 52 for details on selecting
setup items.
FORMAT
See page 51.
FINALIZE
See page 44.
UNFINALIZE
See page 50.
DISC TITLE
You can make a title on each disc. As the
default, the date when the disc was first
used is added as a disc title.
 Touch
To cancel editing the title, touch [ESC] in
step .
The default settings are marked with .
The indicators in parentheses appear when
the item is selected.
See page 52 for details on selecting
setup items.
REC MODE (Recording mode)
You can select an image quality of the
movie from three levels.
HQ ()
Record in high quality mode
(approx. recordable time is up to 20 min).
 SP ()
Records in standard quality mode
(approx. recordable time is up to 30 min).
LP ()
Increases the recording time (Long Play)
(approx. recordable time is up to 60 min).
• The time in parenthesis indicates the
approximate recordable time when
recording only a movie on a single-sided
disc. When recording on a double-sided
disc, this value is applied for both sides.
• Your camcorder has a VBR encoding
system (p.12) so when you record an
object that moves fast, the time available
for recording may shorten.
• If you record in the LP mode, the quality of
scenes may be degraded, or scenes with quick
movements may appear with a block noise
when you play back the disc.
Using the Setup items
 [SETUP] 
DISC
SET  [DISC TITLE].
 Enter the disc title.
Follow steps 2 to 5 in “Step 4: Changing
the disc title” of the “Making the disc
compatible with playback on DVD players
or DVD drives (Finalizing)” (p.46).
STANDARD SET
Settings while recording on a disc or
other basic settings
(REC MODE/LCD/VF SET/USB SPEED,
etc.)
VOLUME
See page 33.
MULTI-SOUND
You can select whether to play back audio
recorded using other devices with dual
sound or stereo sound.
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STANDARD SET (continued)
 STEREO
Plays back with main and sub sound (or
stereo sound).
1
Plays back with main sound or the left
channel sound.
2
Plays back with sub sound or the right
channel sound.
• The setting returns to [STEREO] when you
have the power source disconnected from your
camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
MICREF LEVEL
You can select the microphone level for
recording sound.
Select [LOW] when you want to record
exciting and powerful sound in a concert
hall, etc.
 NORMAL
Records various surround sounds,
converting them into the same level.
LOW
Records surround sound faithfully.
This setting is not suitable for recording
conversations.
• The setting returns to [NORMAL] when you
have the power source disconnected from your
camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
SUR MONITOR (Except for DCRDVD92/DVD602)
You can display the direction from which
the recording sound comes when recording
in 5.1ch mode.
EXT SUR MIC
You can customize the sound setting when
using an external microphone (optional).
You attach an external microphone
(optional) to the Active Interface Shoe (p.
81). Refer to the instruction manuals of the
microphone for details.
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For DCR-DVD92/DVD602
 WIDE STEREO
Records 2 channel sound with more
presence.
STEREO
Records normal stereo sound.
• The setting returns to [WIDE STEREO] when
you have the power source disconnected for
more than 5 minutes.
Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602
 4CH MIC
Records 4 channel sound, front L/R
and rear L/R, converting them to 5.1ch
surround sound.
STEREO
Records normal stereo sound.
• The setting returns to [4CH MIC] when you
have the power source disconnected from your
camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
LCD/VF SET
The recorded picture will not be affected
even when you change the setting.
 LCD BRIGHT
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD
screen.
 Adjust the brightness with
 Touch
.
/
.
 LCD BL LEVEL
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD
screen’s backlight.
 NORMAL
Standard brightness.
BRIGHT
Brightens the LCD screen.
• When you use an AC Adaptor as the power
source, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected for
the setting.
• When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is
slightly reduced during recording.
 LCD COLOR
You can adjust the color on the LCD screen
with
/
.
Low intensity
High intensity
 VF B.LIGHT
You can adjust the brightness of the
viewfinder.
 NORMAL
Standard brightness.
BRIGHT
Brightens the viewfinder screen.
• When you connect your camcorder to AC
adaptor, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected
for the setting.
• When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is
slightly reduced during recording.
 VF WIDE DISP (DCR-DVD203/
You can select how a 16:9 aspect ratio
picture appears in the viewfinder.
 LETTER BOX
Normal setting (standard type of display)
SQUEZE (Squeeze)
Expands the picture vertically when black
bands appear at the top and bottom of the
screen in 16:9 aspect ratio.
• When you can set the POWER switch to
(Still), [VF WIDE DISP] or [WIDE DISPLAY]
does not appears.
TV TYPE (DCR-DVD203/DVD403/
DVD703/DVD803)
See page 42.
You can select data transfer speed used to
transfer data to your computer.
 AUTO
Sends data by switching automatically
between the Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0) and
the speed corresponding to USB1.1 (full
speed transfer).
FULL SPEED
Sends data corresponding to USB1.1 (full
speed transfer).
DATA CODE
You can check the display information
recorded automatically (data code) during
playback.
 OFF
Data code is not displayed.
CAMERA DATA
Displays the camera setting data of
recorded images.
DATE/TIME
Displays the date and time of recorded
images.
CAMERA DATA
Using the Setup items
DVD403/DVD703/DVD803)/
WIDE DISPLAY (DCR-DVD92/
DVD103/DVD602/DVD653)
USB SPEED (Except for DCRDVD92/DVD602)
Movie
Still image
 SteadyShot off
 Exposure
 White balance
 Gain
 Shutter speed
 Aperture value
 Exposure value
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STANDARD SET (continued)
DATE/TIME
REMOTE CTRL (Remote control)
(Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602)
The default setting is [ON] so that you can
use the Remote Commander (p. 41).
•
 Date
• Set to [OFF] to prevent your camcorder
 Time
from responding to a command sent by other
equipment’ remote control.
• The setting returns to [ON] when you have
the power source disconnected from your
camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
appears for an image recorded using a flash.
• The data code is displayed on the TV screen if
you connect your camcorder to a TV.
• The indicator toggles through the following
sequences as you press DATA CODE on
the remote commander: DATE/TIME 
CAMERA DATA  OFF (no indication)
(Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602).
• Depending on the disc condition, Bars [--:--:--]
appear.
• The setting returns to [OFF] when you have
the power source disconnected from your
camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
REC LAMP (Recording lamp)
The camera recording lamp will not light
up during recording when you set this to
[OFF]. (The default setting is [ON].)
BEEP
 ON
DISC REMAIN
A melody sounds when you start/stop
recording, or operate the touch panel.
 AUTO
OFF
Displays the remaining disc indicator for
about 8 seconds in situations such as those
described below.
• When you check the disc remaining by
sliding the POWER switch down to
(Movie) or
(Still).
• When you set the POWER to
(Movie)
or
(Still), then press the DISP/BATT
INFO to switch the indicator off to on.
• When the remaining capacity of the disc is
less than 5 minutes for
(Movie) or 30
images for
(Still).
• When you start recording from the line
input.
ON
Always displays the remaining disc
indicator.
Cancels the melody.
DISP OUTPUT
 LCD PANEL
Shows displays such as the counter on the
LCD screen and in the viewfinder.
V-OUT/PANEL
Shows the display also on the TV screen.
SETUP ROTATE
 NORMAL
Scrolls the setup items downwards by
touching
.
OPPOSITE
Scrolls the setup items upwards by
touching
.
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TIME/LANGU.
(CLOCK SET/AREA SET/LANGUAGE,
etc.)
A.SHUT OFF (Auto shut off)
 5 min
The camcorder is automatically turned off
when you do not operate your camcorder
for more than approximately 5 minutes.
The default settings are marked with .
The indicators in parentheses appear when
the item is selected.
See page 52 for details on selecting
setup items.
NEVER
The camcorder is not automatically turned
off.
CLOCK SET
See page 23.
• When you connect your camcorder to a wall
outlet, [A.SHUT OFF] is automatically set to
[NEVER].
CALIBRATION
See page 110.
AREA SET
Set your local area using / when using
your camcorder overseas.
Refer to the World time difference on page
106.
DST SET/SUMMERTIME
 OFF
Does not set the summertime. (daylight
saving time)
Sets the summertime. (daylight saving
time)
You can adjust a time difference in
the [AREA SET] and the [DST SET]/
[SUMMERTIME] setting without stopping
the clock.
Using the Setup items
ON
LANGUAGE
You can select the language to be used on
the LCD screen.
You can select from English, Simplified
English, Canadian-French, Latin American
Spanish, Brazilian-Portuguese, or Korean.
•
•
Traditional Chinese is also available from
setup items for customers who bought
this product in Asia, Middle East, Canada,
Latin America or in Japan (as an Overseas
Model).
Your camcorder offers [ENG[SIMP]]
(simplified English) for when you cannot
find your native tongue among the
options.
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Customizing Personal Menu
You can add desired setup items to
Personal Menu, and customize Personal
Menu settings for each POWER switch
position. This is convenient if you add
frequently used setup items to Personal
Menu.
Adding a setup item
Deleting a setup item
1 Touch
 [P-MENU SET
UP]  [DELETE].
If the desired setup item is not
displayed touch
/
.
You can add up to 27 setup items for each
POWER switch position. Delete a less
important setup item, if you want to add
more.
1 Touch
 [P-MENU SET
UP]  [ADD].
2 Touch
/
to select a setup
category, then touch
.
2 Touch the setup item that you
want to delete.
3 Touch [YES] 
.
• You cannot delete [SETUP], [FINALIZE]
and [P-MENU SET UP].
3 Touch
/
to select a setup
item, then touch
 [YES] 
.
The setup item is added to the end of
list.
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Arranging the order of setup
items displayed on Personal
Menu
1 Touch
 [P-MENU SET
UP]  [SORT].
If the desired setup item is not
displayed touch
/
.
2 Touch the setup item you want to
move.
3 Touch
/
to move the setup
item to the desired place.
4 Touch
.
To sort more items, repeat steps 2 to 4.
Using the Setup items
5 Touch [END] 
.
• You cannot move [P-MENU SET UP].
Initializing the Personal Menu
settings (Reset)
Touch
 [P-MENU SET UP]
[RESET]  [YES]  [YES] 
.

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Editing the original data
This function is available only for DVD-RWs (VR
mode).
“Original data” refers to the recorded
movies and still images data on the disc.
Using DVD-RWs recorded in VR mode,
you can edit the original images on your
camcorder.
Deleting images
The selected scene is marked with .
Press and hold the image on the LCD
screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
• You can select several movies and still
images at the same time.
6 Touch
 [YES].
• You cannot recover an image once you
delete it.
1 Slide the POWER switch down
repeatedly to light up
Edit) lamp.
(Play/
2 Insert the recorded disc into your
camcorder.
3 Select the
(Movie) tab or the
(Still image) tab that includes
the image you want to delete,
then touch [EDIT].
To delete all movies or still images
on the disc at the same time
Touch [DELETE ALL] in step 4.
• If you delete an original movie that is listed
in a Playlist (p.74), it is also deleted from the
Playlist.
• Deleting scenes may not provide enough space
to record movies or still images additionally.
• To delete all the images on the disc and restore
original recording capacity, format the disc
(p.51).
Dividing a movie
1 Slide the POWER switch down
4 Touch [DELETE].
5 Select the image to be deleted.
repeatedly to light up
Edit) lamp.
2 Insert the disc with the movies
recorded into your camcorder.
3 Touch the
(Movie) tab 
[EDIT].
4 Touch [DIVIDE].
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(Play/
5 Touch the scene to be divided.
• If the movie is added in the Playlist, dividing
the original movie does not affect the movie in
the Playlist.
The playback of the selected movie
starts.
6 Touch
at the point at which
you want to divide the movie into
scenes.
The movie pauses.
When you touch
, the operational
buttons below appears.
Returns to the beginning of the
selected movie.
Adjust the
volume
To hide the buttons, touch
• Play and pause toggles as you press
.
.
• A slight difference may occur from the point
where you touch
and the actual dividing
point, as your camcorder selects the dividing
point based on half-second increments.
7 Touch
 [YES].
• Once you divide a movie, you cannot return
it to the state it was in before you divided it.
Editing on DVD Handycam (DVD-RW:VR mode)
Adjusts the dividing point with
more precision after the dividing
point has been selected.
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Creating the Playlist
This function is available only for DVD-RWs
(VR mode).
A Playlist is a list showing thumbnails
of the still images and movies that you
have selected. The original scenes are not
changed even though you edit or delete the
scenes in the Playlist.
• You can add up to 999 scenes in the Playlist.
• Do not remove the battery pack or the AC
adaptor from you camcorder while editing the
Playlist. It may damage the disc.
1 Slide the POWER switch down
repeatedly to light up
Edit) lamp.
(Play/
2 Insert the added disc into your
camcorder.
3 Select the
(Movie) tab or the
(Still image) tab that includes
the scene you want to add to the
Playlist, then touch [EDIT].
The selected scene is marked with .
Press and hold the image on the LCD
screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
• You can select several movies and still
images at the same time.
6 Touch
 [YES].
• When you add still images in a Playlist,
they are converted automatically to a movie
and added to the Movie tab.
A movie converted from still images is
shown with
.
The original still images remain on the disc.
The resolution of the converted movie
may be lower than that of the original still
images.
To add all the movies on the disc at
the same time
Touch [
ADD ALL] in step 4.
To add all the still images on the disc
in a Playlist
4 Touch [
Touch
when [
ADD].
/
to display [ ADD]
ADD] is not displayed.
5 Select the scene to be added to
the Playlist.
It is recommended that you create a
Photomovie (p.76) beforehand, then add it
in a Playlist.
Erasing unnecessary scenes
from the Playlist
1 Slide the POWER switch down
repeatedly to light up
Edit) lamp.
(Play/
2 Insert the disc with images added
in a Playlist.
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3 Touch the
(Playlist) tab 
[EDIT].
2 Insert the disc with movies added
into a Playlist.
3 Touch the
(Playlist) tab 
[EDIT].
4 Touch [MOVE].
4 Touch [ERASE].
5 Select the scene to be deleted
5 Select the scene to be moved.
from the list.
The selected scene is marked with .
Press and hold the image on the LCD
screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
• You can select several movies and still
6 Touch
• You can select several movies and still
images at the same time.
6 Touch
.
7 Select the designated position
 [YES].
with []/[].
To erase all the scenes at the same
time
Touch [ERASE ALL] in step 3  [YES].
• The original scenes are not changed even
Move destination bar
though you erase the scenes from the Playlist.
Changing the order within the
Playlist
1 Slide the POWER switch down
repeatedly to light up
Edit) lamp.
8 Touch
 [YES].
• When you have selected multiple scenes,
the scenes are moved following the order
appeared in the Playlist.
Editing on DVD Handycam (DVD-RW:VR mode)
images at the same time.
The selected scene is marked with .
Press and hold the image on the LCD
screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
(Play/
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Creating the Playlist (continued)
• The original scenes are not changed even
Dividing a movie within the
Playlist
though you divide scenes within the Playlist.
Converting all the still images
on a disc to a movie file
(Photomovie)
1 Slide the POWER switch down
repeatedly to light up
Edit) lamp.
(Play/
2 Insert the disc with movies added
into a Playlist.
3 Touch the
(Playlist) tab 
[EDIT].
4 Touch [DIVIDE].
5 Select the scene to be divided.
Photomovie converts still images on a disc
(JPEG format) to a movie (MPEG format)
to play them back on other DVD players
or on your computer, and stores them as
a Photomovie on the disc. Converted still
images are played back in sequence, like a
slide show. However, the resolution (pixels)
of the converted Photomovie may be lower
than that of the original still images.
Photomovie categorizes still images as a
movie, you can add more images in the
Playlist.
1 Slide the POWER switch down
The playback of the selected starts.
6 Touch
at the point at which
you want to divide the movie into
scenes.
The movie pauses.
repeatedly to light up
Edit) lamp.
(Play/
2 Insert the disc with the still
images recorded into your
camcorder.
3 Touch the
(Still image) tab 
[EDIT]  [PHOTOMOVIE].
4 Touch
Touch to display
functional buttons.
See page 73 for details.
• Play and pause toggles as you press
.
• A slight difference may occur from the
point where you touch
and the actual
dividing point, as your camcorder selects
the dividing point based on half-second
increments.
7 Touch
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 [YES].
.
All of the still images on the disc
are converted to a single movie file,
and added to a movie tab. A movie
converted from still images is shown
with
on the upper right.
Playing the Playlist
• It may take more time to create a Photomovie
as more still images are recorded on the disc.
• Still images which are not compatible with your
camcorders, such as ones shot using a digital
still camera and then copied to a computer
can not be converted from still images to a
Photomovie.
This function is available only for DVD-RWs
(VR mode).
1 Slide the POWER switch down
repeatedly to light up
Edit) lamp.
(Play/
2 Insert the disc on which the
Playlist is added into your
camcorder.
3 Select the
(Playlist) tab.
A list of the scenes added in the Playlist
appears.
4 Touch the image from which you
The screen returns to the VISUAL
INDEX screen when the Playlist is
played back from the selected scene to
the end.
Editing on DVD Handycam (DVD-RW:VR mode)
want to playback.
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Connecting to a VCR or TV
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC adaptor for this operation
(p.17). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
(Yellow) (White)
A/V jack
S VIDEO VIDEO
(Red)
AUDIO
VCRs or TVs
: Video/Signal flow

A/V connecting cable (supplied)
Connect to the input jack of the other device.

A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO
(optional)
When connecting to another device via the
S VIDEO jack, by using an A/V connecting
cable with an S VIDEO cable (optional),
higher quality pictures 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
(optional). The yellow plug connection is not
necessary.
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• Connect the A/V connecting cable to the output
jack of a device you are dubbing a picture
from, or to the input jack of another device for
dubbing a picture from your camcorder.
• When you are connecting your camcorder to a
monaural device, connect the yellow plug of the
A/V connecting cable to the video jack, and the
red (right channel) or the white (left channel)
plug to the audio jack on the VCR or the TV.
Dubbing to VCR/DVD devices
You can copy pictures played back on your
camcorder to other recording devices, such
as VCRs or DVD recorders.
After dubbing them to an HDD (hard
disc drive) video recorder, you can enjoy
images stored on the hard disk of the
recorder.
• To hide the screen indicators (such as a counter,
etc.) on the screen of the monitor device
connected with the supplied A/V connecting
cable, set [DISP OUTPUT] to [LCD PANEL]
(the default setting, p.68).
1 Connect your camcorder to the
VCR using the A/V connecting
cable (supplied).
Connect your camcorder to the input
jacks of a VCR or a DVD device. See
page 78 for details on how to make the
proper connections.
5 Start the playback on your
camcorder, and record it on the
recording device.
Refer to the instruction manuals
supplied with your recording device for
details.
6 When the dubbing is finished,
stop your camcorder and the
recording device.
• To record the date/time and camera
settings data, display them on the screen
(p.67).
2 Insert the recording media for
your VCR or DVD recorder.
If your recording device has an input
selector, set it to the input mode.
repeatedly to light up the
(Play/Edit) lamp.
Dubbing
3 Slide the POWER switch down
Set [TV TYPE] according to the
playback device (p.42) (DCR-DVD203/
DVD403/DVD703/DVD803).
4 Insert the recorded disc into your
camcorder.
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Recording images from a TV or VCR/DVD device
(Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602)
You can record pictures or TV programs
from a VCR or TV onto a disc using your
camcorder.
• You cannot record TV programs which allow
you to record once, or have copy control
technology.
1 Connect your camcorder to the
TV or VCR/DVD device using the
A/V connecting cable (supplied).
Connect your camcorder to the output
jacks of a TV or VCR/DVD device. See
page 78 for details on how to make the
proper connections.
2 If you are recording from a VCR/
DVD device, insert the cassette
or DVD disc into the playback
device.
3 Slide the POWER switch down
repeatedly to light up the
(Play/Edit) lamp.
4 Touch
 [REC CTRL].
If you connected your camcorder to the
device which has the S VIDEO jack,
touch [SET]  [VIDEO INPUT] 
[S VIDEO] 
.
• Touch [SET] to change the recording mode
or adjust the volume.
• Touch [SET]  [DISC REMAIN] 
[ON] to display the remaining disc indicator
all the time.
5 Insert a blank disc into your
camcorder.
Format the disc if you use a new DVDRW/DVD+RW (p.51).
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6 Start playing the cassette or the
disc on the playback device, or
select a TV program.
The picture played on the connected
device appears on the LCD screen of
your camcorder.
7 Touch [REC] at the point you
want to start recording.
8 Touch
at the point you want
to stop recording.
9 Touch [END].
• There may be a time difference between the
point where you press [REC] and the actual
point that the recording starts/stops.
• You cannot record a picture as a still image
even if you press the PHOTO button during
recording.
• You cannot record images from a TV with no
output jacks.
Jacks to connect external devices
Pull up the
shoe cover.

Active Interface Shoe
The Active Interface Shoe supplies
power to optional accessories such as
a video light, a flash, or a microphone.
The accessory can be turned on or off
as you operate the POWER switch on
your camcorder. Refer to the operating
instructions supplied with your
accessory for details.
• The Active Interface Shoe has a safety
device for fixing the installed accessory
securely. To connect an accessory, press
down and push it to the end, and then
tighten the screw. To remove an accessory,
loosen the screw, and then press down and
pull out the accessory.
• You cannot use an external flash (optional)
and the built-in flash at the same time
(DCR-DVD403/DVD803).
• When an external microphone (optional)
is connected, it takes precedence over the
internal microphone (p. 34).
DCR-DVD403/DVD803:


DC IN jack (p.17)
REMOTE jack
• Connect other optional accessories.
Except for DCR-DVD403/DVD803:
Shoe cover

A/V (audio/video) jack (p.78)

(USB) jack (p.82)
(Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602)
Dubbing
Extend the view finder, then
remove the shoe cover.

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Before referring to the "First Step Guide" on
your computer
When you install the Picture Package
software on a Windows computer from
the supplied CD-ROM, you can enjoy the
following operations by connecting your
camcorder to your computer.
• Picture Package software does not
support Macintosh computer.
• The DCR-DVD92/DVD602 do not support
a PC connection. See “Playing back a
disc on DVD players, etc.” (p.48) to play
back images on your computer.
•
The CD-ROM (supplied) includes the
following software.
– USB Driver
– Picture Package Ver.1.8
– “First Step Guide”
About “First Step Guide”
The “First Step Guide” is an instruction
manual you can refer to on your computer.
This describes basic operations, from initial
hookup of your camcorder and computer
and making settings, to general operation
the first time you use the software stored
on the CD-ROM (supplied). After inserting
the CD-ROM, referring to “Installing
software” (p.83), start the “First Step
Guide”, then follow the instructions.
About the help function of the
software
 Viewing and Handling Pictures
 Picture Package DVD Viewer
You can view the video and still images
by selecting from thumbnails. Video
and still images are saved in folders by
date.
You can delete unnecessary scenes of
videos, or create DVDs with menus.
 Music Video/Slideshow Producer
 Picture Package Producer2
You can select your favorite video and
still images and easily create an original
video with added music and visual
styles.
 Duplicating a disc
 Picture Package Duplicator
You can copy the disc you recorded
with your camcorder.
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The Help guide explains all the functions
of all the software applications. Refer to the
Help guide for further detailed operations
after reading the “First Step Guide”
thoroughly. To display the Help guide, click
the [?] mark on the screen.
System requirements
OS: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional,
Windows XP Home Edition or Windows
XP Professional
Standard installation is required. Operation
is not assured if the above OS has been
upgraded.
CPU: Intel Pentium III 600MHz or faster
(Pentium III 1GHz or faster recommended)
Application: DirectX 9.0c or later (This
product is based on DirectX technology.
It is necessary to have DirectX installed.)/
Windows Media Player 7.0 or later/
Macromedia Flash Player 6.0 or later
Sound system: 16 bit stereo sound card and
stereo speakers
Installing software
Memory: 128 MB or more (256 MB or more
recommended)
Hard disk:
Available memory required for installation:
250 MB or more (2GB or more when using
Picture Package Duplicator.)/
Available free hard disk space
recommended: 6 GB or more (depending
on the size of the image files edited)
Display: 4 MB VRAM video card, Minimum
800 × 600 dots, High color (16 bit color,
65 000 colors), DirectDraw display driver
capability (this product will not operate
correctly at 800 × 600 dots or less, and 256
colors or less.)
Others: USB port (this must be provided as
standard)
• Your camcorder is compatible with Hi-Speed
USB (USB 2.0).
You can transfer data at a faster rate using a
computer compatible with Hi-Speed USB.
When you connect a USB interface not
compatible with Hi-Speed USB, the data
transfer ratio will be that of USB1.1 (USB full
speed).
• Operations are not guaranteed on all the
recommended environments.
You need to install the software to your
Windows computer to enjoy editing your
recorded video and still images. The
installation is required only for the first
time.
1 Confirm that your camcorder is
not connected to the computer.
2 Turn on the computer.
Log on as Administrators for
installation.
Close all applications running on the
computer before installing the software.
3 Place the CD-ROM in the disc
drive of your computer.
The installation screen appears.
If the screen does not appear
 Double-click [My Computer] (If you are
 Double-click [PICTUREPACKAGE]
(Disc drive).*
*
Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary
depending on the computer.
Using a Computer
(Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602)
using Windows XP, click [Start], then [My
Computer].)
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Installing software (continued)
4 Click [Install].
8 Select where to save the
Depending on the operating system
on the computer, a message appears
notifying you that “First Step Guide”,
cannot be installed automatically with
the InstallShield Wizard. In such a case,
manually copy “First Step Guide”
to your computer according to the
message’s instructions.
5 Select the language for the
software, then click [Next].
9 Select [NTSC], then click [Install].
application to be installed, then
click [Next].
10 Click [Install] on the [Ready to
Install the Program] screen.
6 Click [Next].
7 Read [License Agreement], check
[I accept the terms of the license
agreement] when you agree, then
click [Next].
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The installation of Picture Package
starts.
11 Click [Next], then follow the onscreen instructions to install the
“First Step Guide.”
Depending on the computer, this screen
may not be displayed. In such a case,
skip to step 12.

12 Click [Next], then follow the
on-screen instructions to install
“ImageMixer EasyStepDVD.”
Click [Finish].
14 Make sure [Yes, I want to restart
my computer now.] is checked,
then click [Finish].
13 If the [Installing Microsoft (R)
The computer turns off once, then starts
up again automatically (Restart). The
short-cut icons for [Picture Package
Menu], [Picture Package Menu
destination Folder] (and “First Step
Guide,” if installed by steps 11) appear
on the desktop.
DirectX(R)] screen is displayed,
follow the steps below to install
DirectX 9.0c. If not, skip to step
14.
 Read [License Agreement], then click
[Next].
Click [Next].
15 Remove the CD-ROM from the
disc drive of your computer.
•
If you have any questions about
PicturePackage, see “For inquires about
this software” (p.86).
Using a Computer
(Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602)

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Viewing “First Step Guide”
Displaying “First Step Guide”
To view “First Step Guide” on your
computer, Microsoft Internet Explorer
Ver.6.0 or later is recommended.
Double-click the
icon on the desktop.
For inquires about this software
Pixela User Support Center
Pixela Home Page
http://www.ppackage.com/
– North America (Los Angeles) Telephone:
+1-213-341-0163
– Europe (U.K.) Telephone:
+44-1489-564-764
– Asia (Philippines) Telephone:
+63-2-438-0090
On Copyrights
You can also start by selecting [Start],
[Programs] ([All Programs] for
Windows XP), [Picture Package], and
[First Step Guide], then start up [First
Step Guide].
• To view “First Step Guide” in HTML without
using automatic installation, copy the desired
language folder from the [FirstStepGuide]
folder on the CD-ROM, and then double-click
[Index.html].
• Refer to “FirstStepGuide.pdf” in the following
cases:
– When printing “First Step Guide”
– When “First Step Guide” is not displayed
correctly due to the browser setting even in
recommended environment.
– When the HTML version of “First Step
Guide” is not installed automatically.
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Music works, sound recording or other
third party musical contents you may
acquire from CDs, the Internet or other
sources (the “Music Contents”) are the
copyrighted work of the respective owners
thereof and are protected by copyright laws
and other applicable laws of each country/
region. Except to the extent expressly
permitted by applicable laws, you are
not permitted to use (including,
without limitation, copying, modifying,
reproducing, uploading, transmitting or
placing to the external network accessible
to the public, transferring, distributing,
lending, licensing, selling and publishing)
any of the Music Contents without
obtaining authorization or approval of
the respective owners thereof. License
of Picture Package by Sony Corporation
would not be construed as conferring to
you by implication, estoppel or otherwise,
any license or right to use the Music
Contents.
Troubleshooting
If you run into any problems using your camcorder, use the following table to troubleshoot
the problem. If the problem persists, remove the power source and contact your Sony dealer.
Overall operations/Easy Handycam
The camcorder does not operate even when the power is set to on.
•
•
Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet or remove the battery pack, then reconnect it
after about 1 minute. If the functions still do not work, press the RESET button (p.37) using
a sharp-pointed object. (If you press the RESET button, all settings, including the clock
setting, are reset, except the Personal Menu items.)
The temperature of your camcorder is extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and leave it
for a while in a cool place.
Buttons do not work.
•
During Easy Handycam operation, the available buttons are limited. Cancel Easy Handycam
operation (p.27).
You cannot turn the Easy Handycam operation on or off.
•
During recording or communicating with another device via USB cable, you cannot turn
Easy Handycam operation on or off. Cancel Easy Handycam operation (p.27).
Settings change during Easy Handycam operation.
•
Some of the settings of your camcorder are restored to the default setting when you set Easy
Handycam operation (p.27).
[DEMO MODE] does not start.
•
•
You cannot view the demonstration when the NIGHTSHOT or NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch
is set to ON. Set the NIGHTSHOT or NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch to OFF (p.35).
Remove the disc from your camcorder (p.24).
Your camcorder vibrates.
Vibration occurs depending on the condition of the disc. This is not a malfunction.
A vibration is felt in your hand or a faint sound is heard during operation.
•
This is not a malfunction.
Troubleshooting
•
A motor sound is heard from your camcorder periodically.
•
This is not a malfunction.
Your camcorder gets hot during use for a long period.
•
This is not a malfunction. Turn off your camcorder and leave it for a while in a cool place.
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Troubleshooting (continued)
Batteries/Power sources
The power does not turn on.
•
•
•
The battery pack is not attached to the camcorder. Attach a charged battery pack to the
camcorder (p.17).
The battery pack is discharged or running low. Charge the battery pack (p.17).
The plug of the AC Adaptor has been disconnected from the wall outlet. Connect it to the
wall outlet (p.17).
The power abruptly turns off.
•
•
When approximately 5 minutes have elapsed while you do not operate your camcorder, the
camcorder is automatically turned off (A.SHUT OFF). Change the setting of [A.SHUT OFF]
(p.69), or turn on the power again, or use the AC adaptor.
The battery pack is discharged or running low. Charge the battery pack (p.17).
The CHG (charge) lamp does not light while the battery pack is being charged.
•
•
•
•
Slide the POWER switch up to OFF (CHG) (p.17).
Attach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly (p.17).
No power is supplied from the wall outlet (p.17).
The battery charge is completed (p.17).
The CHG (charge) lamp flashes while the battery pack is being charged.
• Attach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly (p.17). If the problem persists, disconnect
the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet and contact your Sony dealer. The battery pack may be
damaged.
The power turns off frequently although the remaining battery indicator
indicates that the battery pack has enough power to operate.
•
A problem has occurred in the remaining battery time indicator, or the battery pack has not
been charged enough. Fully charge the battery again to correct the indication (p.17).
The remaining battery time indicator does not indicate the correct time.
•
•
•
The temperature of the environment is too high or too low. This is not a malfunction.
The battery pack has not been charged enough. Fully charge the battery again. If the problem
persists, replace the battery pack with a new one (p.17).
The indicated time may not be correct depending on the environment of use. When you open
or close the LCD screen, it takes about 1 minute to display the correct remaining battery
time.
The battery pack is quickly discharged.
•
•
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The temperature of the environment 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.17).
A problem occurs when the camcorder is connected to the AC Adaptor.
•
Turn off the power, and disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet. Then, connect it
again.
LCD screen/viewfinder
An unknown picture appears on the screen.
•
The camcorder is in [DEMO MODE] (p.64). Touch the LCD screen or insert a disc to cancel
[DEMO MODE].
An unknown indicator appears on the screen.
•
They may be warning indicators or messages (p.101).
The picture remains on the LCD screen.
•
This occurs if you disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet or remove the battery
pack without turning off the power first. This is not a malfunction.
You cannot turn the LCD backlight off.
•
During Easy Handycam operation, you cannot turn the LCD backlight on/off using the
DISP/BATT INFO. Cancel Easy Handycam operation (p.27).
The buttons do not appear on the touch panel.
•
•
Touch the LCD screen lightly.
Press DISP/BATT INFO on your camcorder (or DISPLAY on the Remote Commander:
Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602) (p.22, 41).
The buttons on the touch panel do not work correctly or do not work at all.
•
•
Adjust the screen ([CALIBRATION]) (p.110).
If you change the aspect ratio of the picture, the aspect ratio of the buttons of the touch panel
and indicators will switch to the selected one (p.26, 60).
•
•
Extend the viewfinder (p.21).
Use the viewfinder lens adjustment lever to adjust the lens (p.21).
The picture in the viewfinder has disappeared.
•
The picture is not displayed in the viewfinder when the LCD screen is open. Close the LCD
screen (p.21).
Troubleshooting
The picture in the viewfinder is not clear.
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Troubleshooting (continued)
Disc
The disc cannot be removed.
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Make sure the power source (battery pack or AC Adaptor) is connected correctly (p.17).
Remove the battery pack from the camcorder, then attach it again (p.17).
Attach a charged battery pack to the camcorder (p.17).
The disc is damaged or is dirty with fingerprints, etc. In this case, it may take up to 30
minutes to remove the disc.
The temperature of your camcorder is extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and leave it
for a while in a cool place.
Moisture condensation has occurred with the disc. Turn off your camcorder and leave it for
about 1 hour (P.109).
Finalizing is interrupted by turning off your camcorder. Turn on your camcorder and remove
the disc after finalizing is completed.
Remaining disc space indicator is not displayed.
•
Set [DISC REMAIN] to [ON] to always display the remaining disc space indicator (p.68).
The indicators of the disc type and the recording format on the LCD screen are
grayed out.
•
The disc may be created other than your camcorder. You can play back with your camcorder,
but you cannot record additional scenes.
Recording
Refer also to “Adjusting the image during recording” (p.91).
Pressing REC START/STOP or PHOTO does not record movies/still images.
•
•
•
•
•
•
Slide the POWER switch down repeatedly to light up
(Movie) or
(Still) lamp.
Your camcorder is recording the scene you have just shot on the disc. You cannot press
PHOTO while [CAPTURE] or
appears on the LCD screen (p.28, 32).
The disc has run out of space. Use a new disc or format the disc (DVD-RW/DVD+RW only,
p.51).
The DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)/DVD+RW has been finalized. Make a disc to be able to
record additional scenes (p.50).
The temperature of your camcorder is extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and leave it
for a while in a cool place.
Moisture condensation has occurred with the disc. Turn off your camcorder and leave it for
about 1 hour (p.109).
The ACCESS lamp lights up even when you stop recording.
•
Your camcorder is recording the scene you have just shot on the disc.
The shutter sound is not heard when you record a still image.
•
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Set [BEEP] to [ON] (p.68).
The external flash (optional) does not work.
•
The power of the flash is not turned on, or the flash is not attached correctly.
The actual recording time for movie is less than the expected approximate
recording time.
•
When you record an object that moves fast, the time available for recording may shorten
(p.12, 65).
The recording stops.
•
•
The temperature of your camcorder is extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and leave it
for a while in a cool place.
Moisture condensation has occurred with the disc. Turn off your camcorder and leave it
about 1 hour (P.109).
There is a time difference between the point where you press the REC START/
STOP button and the point that the recorded movie starts/stops.
•
On your camcorder, there may be a slight time difference between the point where you press
the REC START/STOP button and the actual point that recording movie starts/stops. This is
not a malfunction.
Adjusting the image during recording
Refer also to “Setup items” (p.94).
The auto focus does not function.
•
•
Set [FOCUS] to [AUTO] (p.58).
The recording conditions are not suitable for auto focus. Adjust the focus manually (p.58).
[STEADYSHOT] does not function.
•
•
Set [STEADYSHOT] to ON (p.61).
[STEADYSHOT] may not work for an excessive camera shake even if [STEADYSHOT] is
set to ON.
•
•
The back light function is cancelled when you set [EXPOSURE] to [MANUAL] (p.57) or
select [SPOT METER] (p.56).
The back light function does not work during Easy Handycam operation. Cancel Easy
Handycam operation (p.27).
Troubleshooting
The back light function does not function.
A vertical band appears when recording candlelight or electric light in the dark.
•
This occurs when the contrast between the subject and the background is too high. This is
not a malfunction.
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Troubleshooting (continued)
A vertical band appears when recording a bright subject.
•
This phenomenon is called the smear effect. This is not a malfunction.
Tiny spots in white, red, blue, or green appear on the screen.
•
The spots appear when you are recording in [SUPER NS] or [SUPER NSPLUS] , or
[COLOR SLOW S]. This is not a malfunction.
The color of the picture is not correctly displayed.
•
Set the NIGHTSHOT or NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch to OFF (p.35).
The picture appears too bright on the screen, and the subject does not appear
on the screen.
•
Set the NIGHTSHOT or NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch to OFF (p.35).
The picture appears too dark on the screen, and the subject does not appear
on the screen.
•
The LCD screen backlight is switched off. Turn on the LCD backlight by pressing and
holding the DISP/BATT INFO (p.21).
Flickering or changes in color occurs.
•
This occurs when recording pictures under a fluorescent lamp, sodium lamp, or mercury
lamp with [PORTRAIT] or [SPORTS]. Cancel [PROGRAM AE] in this case (p.56).
Black bands appear when you record a TV screen or computer screen.
•
Set [STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] (p.61).
Remote Commander (Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602)
The supplied Remote Commander does not function.
•
•
•
•
•
Set [REMOTE CTRL] to [ON] (p.68).
Insert a battery into the battery holder with the +/– polarities correctly matching the
+/– marks.
Remove any obstructions between the Remote Commander and the remote sensor.
Point the remote sensor away from strong light sources such as direct sunlight or overhead
lighting. Otherwise, the Remote Commander may not function properly.
Remove the conversion lens (optional) as the remote sensor may be obstructed by it.
Another DVD device malfunctions when you use the supplied Remote
Commander.
•
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Select a commander mode other than DVD 2 for your DVD device, or cover the sensor of
your DVD device with black paper.
Playing back a disc on your camcorder
You cannot play back a disc.
•
•
•
•
Slide the POWER switch down repeatedly to light up
(Play/Edit).
Check out the disc compatibility (p.13).
Insert a disc with the recording side facing your camcorder (p.24).
The disc recorded in other devices may not be played back on your camcorder.
The playback picture is distorted.
•
“
Clean the disc using the cleaning cloth (supplied, p.5).
” is indicated on an image in the VISUAL INDEX screen.
•
•
Clean the disc using the cleaning cloth (supplied, p.5).
Loading of the data may have failed. It may be indicated correctly when you turn off the
power and then turn it on again, or remove the disc once and set it again.
No sound or only a low sound is heard when playing back a disc.
•
•
•
•
Set [MULTI-SOUND] to [STEREO] (p.65).
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.66) set to [LOW], the recorded sound
may be difficult to hear.
Playing back a disc on other players
You cannot play back the disc or a disc cannot be recognized.
•
•
•
Clean the disc using the cleaning cloth (supplied, p.5).
Finalize the disc (p.44).
A disc recorded in VR mode cannot be played back on a player that does not support VR
mode. Check the compatibility in the instruction manual of the playback device.
•
“
Clean the disc using the cleaning cloth (supplied, p.5).
” is indicated on an image in the DVD menu.
•
Loading of the data may have failed when the disc was finalized. For DVD-RW (VIDEO
mode)/DVD+RW, make the disc capable of additional recording (p.50), then remake the
DVD menu by finalizing the disc again. The DVD menu may be displayed correctly.
Troubleshooting
The playback picture is distorted.
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Troubleshooting (continued)
Playback freezes for an instant between the scenes.
•
The image may freeze for an instant between scenes depending on the DVD device being
used.
Playback does not move to the previous scene when you press .
•
If playback crosses 2 titles made automatically by your camcorder when  is pressed,
playback may not move to the previous scene. Select the desired scene from the menu
screen. Refer to the instruction manual of the playback device for further information.
Setup items
Setup items are grayed out.
•
You cannot select grayed items in the current situation.
You cannot use [PROGRAM AE].
•
•
You cannot use [PROGRAM AE] together with:
– NightShot/NightShot plus
– [SUPER NS] or [SUPER NSPLUS]
– [COLOR SLOW S]
– [OLD MOVIE]
[SPORTS] will not work when the POWER switch is set to
(Still).
You cannot use [SPOT METER].
•
•
You cannot use [SPOT METER] together with:
– NightShot/NightShot plus
– [SUPER NS] or [SUPER NSPLUS]
– [COLOR SLOW S]
If you set [PROGRAM AE], [SPOT METER] is automatically set to [AUTO].
You cannot use [EXPOSURE].
•
•
You cannot use [EXPOSURE] together with:
– NightShot/NightShot plus
– [SUPER NS] or [SUPER NSPLUS]
– [COLOR SLOW S]
If you set [PROGRAM AE], [EXPOSURE] is automatically set to [AUTO].
You cannot use [WHITE BAL.].
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You cannot use [WHITE BAL.] together with:
– NightShot/NightShot plus
– [SUPER NS] or [SUPER NSPLUS]
You cannot use [SPOT FOCUS].
•
You cannot use [SPOT FOCUS] together with [PROGRAM AE].
You cannot use [SUPER NS] or [SUPER NSPLUS].
•
•
The NIGHTSHOT or NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch is not set to ON.
You cannot use [SUPER NS] or [SUPER NSPLUS] together with:
– [FADER]
– [D. EFFECT]
[COLOR SLOW S] does not operate correctly.
•
•
•
[COLOR SLOW S] may not operate correctly in total darkness. Use NightShot/NightShot
plus or [SUPER NS] or [SUPER NSPLUS].
You cannot use [COLOR SLOW S] together with:
– [FADER]
– [D. EFFECT]
– [PROGRAM AE]
– [EXPOSURE]
– [SPOT METER]
You cannot use [COLOR SLOW S] when the NIGHTSHOT or NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch
is set to ON.
You cannot use [SELF-TIMER].
•
You cannot use [SELF-TIMER] together with [FADER].
You cannot use [FADER].
•
You cannot use [FADER] together with:
– [SUPER NS] or [SUPER NSPLUS]
– [COLOR SLOW S]
– [D. EFFECT]
You cannot use [D. EFFECT].
•
You cannot use [D. EFFECT] together with:
– [SUPER NS] or [SUPER NSPLUS]
– [COLOR SLOW S]
– [FADER]
You cannot use [OLD MOVIE] together with:
– [PROGRAM AE]
– [PICT. EFFECT]
– [WIDE SELECT] (DCR-DVD92/DVD103/DVD602/DVD653)
Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting (continued)
You cannot use [PICT.EFFECT].
•
You cannot use [PICT.EFFECT] together with [OLD MOVIE].
You cannot view [SUR MONITOR].
•
You cannot view the [SUR MONITOR] either you are not recording in 5.1ch surround
recording or together with [FADER].
You cannot adjust [LCD BL LEVEL].
•
You cannot adjust [LCD BL LEVEL] when power is supplied from the AC adaptor, or when
you turn the LCD panel facing out on your camcorder when the POWER switch is set to
(movie) or
(Still).
Editing (DVD-RW:VR mode)
Unable to edit.
•
•
•
There are no images are recorded on the disc.
Unable to edit because of the condition of the image.
You cannot edit an image protected on the another device.
Scenes cannot be added in the Playlist.
•
The disc is full, or the added scenes exceed 999. Delete unnecessary scenes or add all the
still images by converting them to a movie (Photomovie, p.76).
A movie cannot be divided.
•
•
•
A movie that is too short cannot be divided.
A movie with a
mark cannot be divided (p.72, 76).
A movie protected on another device cannot be divided.
A scene cannot be deleted.
•
A scene protected on another device cannot be deleted.
Dubbing/Connecting to other devices
Pictures from connected devices are not displayed on the LCD screen or the
viewfinder.
•
Touch
 [REC CTRL] (Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602) (p.80).
Pictures from connected devices cannot be zoomed.
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You cannot zoom scenes input from the other device on your camcorder.
No sound is heard when playing back a disc.
•
The audio will not be output when you connect a device via the S video plug only. Connect
the white and red plugs of the A/V connecting cable, too (p.78).
You cannot dub correctly using the A/V connecting cable.
•
•
Set [DISP OUTPUT] to [LCD PANEL] (p.68).
The A/V connecting cable is not connected properly. Make sure that the A/V connecting cable
is connected to the proper jack, i.e. to the output jack of a device you are dubbing a picture
from, or to the input jack of another device for dubbing a picture from your camcorder (p.78).
Others
Unable to finalize.
•
•
Battery is running out during finalizing. Use an AC adaptor.
The disc has already been finalized. If you are using a DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)/DVD+RW,
follow the required procedure to record additional material on the disc (p.50).
You cannot edit or record additional material on a disc using other devices.
•
You may not be able to edit a disc recorded on your camcorder using other devices.
The disc title cannot be changed.
•
•
•
You cannot record a disc title on a finalized DVD-R.
The disc has already been finalized. If you are using a DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)/DVD+RW,
follow the required procedure to record additional material on the disc (p.50).
The disc title may not be changed on your camcorder if the disc title has been made by
another device.
A photomovie cannot be created.
•
•
There are no still images.
There may be a lot of still images on a disc and the remaining disc capacity is low. Delete
unnecessary images from the disc (p.72).
•
•
•
The temperature of your camcorder is extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and leave it
for a while in a cool place.
Moisture condensation has occurred with the disc. Turn off your camcorder and leave it for
about 1 hour (p.109).
Some problems have occurred in your camcorder. Remove the disc and insert it again, then
operate your camcorder again.
Troubleshooting
The melody or beep sounds for 5 seconds.
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Troubleshooting (continued)
Connecting to a computer (Except for DCR-DVD92/DVD602)
The computer does not recognize your camcorder.
•
•
•
•
•
Install the Picture Package software (p.82).
Disconnect the cable from the computer and camcorder, then connect it again firmly.
Disconnect USB device other than the keyboard, the mouse, and the camcorder from the
computer.
Disconnect the cable from the computer and camcorder, restart the computer, then connect
them again correctly.
Confirm the USB driver is correctly installed with the following procedures.
For Windows XP
1 Click [Start], then [Control Panel].
2 Click [Performance and Maintenance], then [System].
The [System Properties] window appears.
3 Click [Hardware] tab.
4 Click [Device Manager].
The [Device Manager] window appears.
5 Make sure that [SONY DDX-C1000 USB Device] appears in [DVD/CD-ROM drives],
[Generic volume] in [Storage volumes], and [USB Mass Storage Device] in [Universal
Serial Bus controllers] respectively.
When all the devices appear, the USB driver is installed correctly. If any of these devices
are not shown, install USB driver.
 Place the supplied CD-ROM in the disc drive on your computer.
 Double-click [My Computer].
 Right-click [PICTUREPACKAGE] icon (Disc drive)*, then click [Open].
*Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary depending on the computer.
 Double-click [Driver]  [Setup.exe].
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For Windows 2000
1 Click [Start], [Settings], then [Control Panel].
2 Click [System].
The [System Properties] window appears.
3 Click [Hardware] tab.
4 Click [Device Manager].
The [Device Manager] window appears.
5 Make sure that [SONY DDX-C1000 USB Device] appears in [DVD/CD-ROM drives],
[Generic volume] in [Storage volumes], and [USB Mass Storage Device] in [Universal
Serial Bus controllers] respectively.
When all the devices appear, the USB driver is installed correctly. If any of these devices
are not shown, install USB driver.
 Place the supplied CD-ROM in the disc drive on your computer.
 Double-click [My Computer].
 Right-click [PICTUREPACKAGE] icon (Disc drive)*, then click [Open].
*Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary depending on the computer.
 Double-click [Driver]  [Setup.exe].
•
Set the computer display as follows:
– Windows: 800 × 600 dots or more, High Color (16 bits, 65 000 colors) or more
Troubleshooting
An error message appears when you place the supplied CD-ROM in your
computer.
You cannot use the supplied CD-ROM on a Macintosh computer.
•
The supplied CD-ROM is not compatible with a Macintosh computer.
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Troubleshooting (continued)
[Cannot start Easy Handycam with USB connected] or [Cannot cancel Easy
Handycam with USB connected] appears on the screen of your camcorder.
•
You cannot start or cancel the Easy Handycam operation while the USB cable is connected.
Disconnect the USB cable from your camcorder first.
You cannot transfer image data from your camcorder to a computer.
•
Set [USB SPEED] to [FULL SPEED] in setup item (p.67).
The images or sound of your camcorder cannot be played back correctly.
•
•
•
When you connect your camcorder to a computer not compatible with Hi-Speed USB (USB
2.0), it may not be able to be played back correctly. However, it does not effect to the images
or sounds transferred to your computer.
When you set the [USB SPEED] to [FULL SPEED] (p.67), it may not be able to be played
back correctly. However, it does not effect to the images or sounds transferred to your
computer.
Depending on the computer you use, the played back image or sound may stops temporarily,
but this does not effect the images or sound transferred to your computer.
You cannot write data from your computer on a disc in your camcorder using
the USB cable.
•
•
The disc is not compatible with your camcorder. Use a disc compatible with your camcorder
(p.13).
You cannot write data from other than the Picture Package on a disc in your camcorder.
Picture Package does not function correctly.
•
Close Picture Package, then restart the computer.
An error message appears while operating Picture Package.
•
Close Picture Package first, then slide the POWER switch on your camcorder to turn on
another lamp.
The “First Step Guide” is not displayed correctly.
•
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Refer to the PDF file of “First Step Guide” (FirstStepGuide.pdf). For details on copying pdf
file, see page 86.
Warning indicators and messages
Self-diagnosis display/Warning
indicators
If indicators appear on the LCD screen or
in the viewfinder, check the following.
Some symptoms you can fix by yourself.
If the problem persists even after you have
tried a couple of times, contact your Sony
dealer or local authorized Sony service
facility.
C:21:00
E:20: / E:31: / E:40: /
E:61: / E:62: / E:91: /
E:94:
•
100-0001 (Warning indicator
pertaining to files)
Slow flashing
•
•
C:(or E:) : (Self-diagnosis
display)
C:04:
•
The battery pack is not an
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. Use an
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (p.107).
•
The disc is faulty. Use a compatible
disc with your camcorder (p.13).
The disc is dirty or has scratches on
it. Clean the disc with the supplied
cleaning cloth.
Slow flashing
•
•
•
Moisture condensation has occurred
with the disc. Turn off your camcorder
and leave it for about 1 hour (p.109).
•
•
•
•
Symptoms that are not described
above have occurred. Remove the disc
and insert it again, then operate your
camcorder again.
Remove the power source. Reconnect
it again and operate your camcorder
again.
•
An unrecognizable disc is inserted.*
A finalized DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)
or DVD+RW is inserted into your
camcorder when you slide the POWER
switch down repeatedly to light up
(Movie) or
(Still).*
The disc is fully recorded.*
A disc that cannot be read or written is
inserted, such as the single-sided disc
inserted inside out.
The disc recorded in the different TV
color system from your camcorder is
inserted when
(Movie) is selected.*
 You need to remove the disc*
Troubleshooting
C:32:
•
A disc is not inserted.*
Less than five minutes remains for
recording movies.
Fewer than 30 images can be
accommodated in the remaining space.
Fast flashing
•
C:21:
•
The file is damaged.
The file is unreadable.
(Warning indicator pertaining to
discs)
C:13:
•
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.”
Fast flashing
•
•
•
An unrecognizable disc is inserted.
The disc is fully recorded.
An error might have occurred with the
disc drive in your camcorder.
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Warning indicators and messages (continued)
 (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
approximately 20 minutes remaining.
 (Moisture condensation warning)*
Fast flashing
•
Moisture condensation has occurred
with the disc. Turn off your camcorder
and leave it for about 1 hour.
(High temperature warning)
Slow flashing
•
The temperature of your camcorder is
getting higher.
Fast flashing
•
The temperature of your camcorder
is extremely high.* Turn off your
camcorder and leave it for a while in a
cool place.
(Warning indicator pertaining to
the flash)*
Slow flashing
•
Still charging.
Description of warning
messages
If messages appear on the screen, follow
the instructions.
 Battery
Use the “infoLITHIUM” battery pack
(p.107)
Battery level is low (p.17, 107)
Old Battery Use a new one (p.107)
 Drive
 Drive error Turn on power again
•
A problem may have occurred with the
disc drive. Turn off and then on again.
 Moisture condensation
 Moisture condensation Turn off
for 1H (p.109)
 Condensation Cannot open Try
later (p.109)
Fast flashing
•
There is something wrong with the
flash.
 Disc
Overheated Recording disabled
* You hear a melody when the warning indicators
appear on the screen (p.68).
Overheated Cannot open Try
later
 Recording disabled
•
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A malfinction has occurred with the
disc and it cannot be used.
Disc movie area full Cannot
record movies
•
 Format error
•
Delete unnecessary scenes (p.72).
Scene number full
•
Delete unnecessary scenes (p.72).
 Disc full Cannot record
•
Delete unnecessary scenes (p.72).
Movie recording disabled
•
Movies cannot be recorded due to some
limitations of the disc. However, you
might be able to record still images.
Still recording disabled
•
Still images cannot be recorded due to
some limitations of the disc. However,
you might be able to record movies.
Playback prohibited
•
You are trying to play back an
incompatible disc with your camcorder.
 Disc finalized Cannot record
on disc
•
A finalized DVD-R cannot be recorded.
Use a new disc.
 Need to unfinalize
•
To record on the finalized DVD-RW
(VIDEO mode), unfinalize it (p.50).
•
The incompatible disc with your
camcorder is inserted. Your camcorder
cannot recognize the disc because of
malfunctions such as scratches, or the
disc is not set correctly.
Access error
•
An error occurred during reading or
writing the disc.
Data error
•
An error occurred during reading or
writing the disc.
 Flash
Charging… Cannot record still
images
•
You are trying to record a still image
while the flash is charging.
The strobe cannot charge Not
available
•
A malfinction has occurred with the
strobe and disable charging.
 Lens cover
Lens cover not fully open Turn
power off then on (p.20)
Lens cover is not closed Turn the
power off once (p.20)
Troubleshooting
 Disc error Remove disc
The disc recorded in the different
format code from your camcorder.
Formatting the disc may enable you to
use the disc on your camcorder (DVDRW/DVD+RW only) (p.51).
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Warning indicators and messages (continued)
 Easy Handycam
Cannot start Easy Handycam (p.27)
•
Cannot cancel Easy Handycam
(p.27)
•
Cannot start Easy Handycam with
USB connected (p.27)
Cannot cancel Easy Handycam with
USB connected (p.27)
Invalid during Easy Handycam
operation (p.27)
No recording in Easy Handycam
operation (p.27)
•
The DVD+RW has been finalized.
Make a disc to be able to record
additional scenes (p.50).
 Other
 Please connect AC adaptor
•
You are trying to finalize or fomat a
disc, or making a disc available for
additional recording after finalizing
with the battery capacity low. Use the
AC Adaptor as the power source to
prevent the battery from wearing out in
the middle of those operations.
Playlist full
•
•
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Cannot divide
You cannot create the playlist
exceeding 999 scenes.
You cannot add still images in a
Playlist due to the lack of remaining
capacity on the disc.
You cannot divide still images
converted to a movie.
You cannot divided a movie that is
extremely short.
Data protected
•
The disc has been protected with
another device.
Copy inhibit
•
You cannot copy scenes with the copy
protection signal.
Disc cover open, accidentally Turn
on power again
Recovering data
vibration
•
Avoid any
Your camcorder tries to recover data
automatically if the data writing was
not performed properly.
Cannot recover data
•
Writing data to the disc has failed.
Attempts were made to recover the
data, but they were unsuccessful.
Using your camcorder abroad
Power supply
System
Used in
You can use your camcorder in any
countries/regions using the AC Adaptor
supplied with your camcorder within the
AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz range.
Use a commercially available AC plug
adaptor [a], if necessary, depending on the
design of the wall outlet [b].
NTSC
Bahama Islands, Bolivia,
Canada, Central America,
Chile, Colombia, Ecuador,
Guyana, Jamaica, Japan, Korea,
Mexico, Peru, Surinam, Taiwan,
the Philippines, the U.S.A.,
Venezuela, etc.
PAL
Australia, Austria, Belgium,
China, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Finland, Germany,
Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary,
Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New
Zealand, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Singapore, Slovak
Republic, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, Thailand, United
Kingdom, etc.
PAL - M
Brazil
PAL - N
Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay.
SECAM
Bulgaria, France, Guiana, Iran,
Iraq, Monaco, Russia, Ukraine,
etc.
AC-L25A/L25B
[a]
[b]
On TV color systems
Your camcorder is an NTSC systembased camcorder. If you want to view the
playback picture on a TV, it must be an
NTSC system based TV with an AUDIO/
VIDEO input jack.
Additional Information
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Using your camcorder abroad (continued)
Simple setting of the clock by time difference
You can easily set the clock to the local time by setting a time difference when using your
camcorder abroad. Set [AREA SET] and [DST SET]/[SUMMERTIME] in the
TIME/
LANGU. (p.23).
World time difference
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Area
code
Time-zone
differences
Area setting
Area
code
Time-zone
differences
Area setting
1
GMT
Lisbon, London
17
+11:00
Solomon Is.
2
+01:00
Berlin, Paris
18
+12:00
Fiji, Wellington
3
+02:00
Helsinki, Cairo
19
– 12:00
Eniwetok, Kwajalein
4
+03:00
Moscow, Nairobi
20
– 11:00
Midway Is., Samoa
5
+03:30
Tehran
21
– 10:00
Hawaii
6
+04:00
Abu Dhabi, Baku
22
– 09:00
Alaska
7
+04:30
Kabul
23
– 08:00
LosAngeles, Tijuana
8
+05:00
Karachi, Islamabad
24
– 07:00
Denver, Arizona
9
+05:30
Calcutta, New Delhi
25
– 06:00
Chicago, Mexico City
10
+06:00
Almaty, Dhaka
26
– 05:00
NewYork, Bogota
11
+06:30
Rangoon
27
– 04:00
Santiago
12
+07:00
Bangkok, Jakarta
28
– 03:30
St. John’s
13
+08:00
HongKong, Singapore
29
– 03:00
Brasilia, Montevideo
14
+09:00
Seoul, Tokyo
30
– 02:00
Fernando de Noronha
15
+09:30
Adelaide, Darwin
31
– 01:00
Azores
16
+10:00
Melbourne, Sydney
About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack
This unit is compatible with an
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (P series).
Your camcorder operates only with an
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack.
“InfoLITHIUM” P series battery packs
have the
mark.
What is an “InfoLITHIUM” battery
pack?
An “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is a
lithium-ion battery pack that has functions
for communicating information related
to operating conditions between your
camcorder and an optional AC Adaptor/
charger (optional).
The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack
calculates the power consumption
according to the operating conditions of
your camcorder, and displays the remaining
battery time in minutes.
Charging the battery pack
• Be sure to charge the battery pack before you
start using your camcorder.
• It is recommended that you charge the battery
pack in an ambient temperature of between
10°C to 30°C (50°F to 86°F) until CHG
(Charge) lamp turns off. If you charge the
battery pack outside of this temperature range,
you may not be able to charge the battery pack
efficiently.
• After charging is complete, either disconnect
the cable from the DC IN jack on your
camcorder or remove the battery pack.
Effective use of the battery pack
• Battery pack performance decreases when the
playback, fast forward or reverse operation
wears out the battery pack faster. It is
recommended that you use a large capacity
battery pack: NP-FP70*/NP-FP90**.
• Be sure to slide the POWER switch up to
OFF (CHG) when not shooting or playing
back on your camcorder. The battery pack is
also consumed when your camcorder is in the
standby mode or playback is paused.
• Have spare battery packs ready for two or three
times the expected recording time, and make
trial recordings on a DVD-RW/DVD+RW
(optional) before making the actual recording.
• Do not expose the battery pack to water. The
battery pack is not water-resistant.
*
**
Supplied with DCR-DVD403/DVD803,
optional accessory for the models except for
DCR-DVD403/DVD803.
Optional accessory for all models.
Remaining battery time indicator
• If 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 so that the indication
on the remaining battery time indicator is
correct. Note, however, that the correct battery
indication sometimes will not be restored if
the battery is used in high temperatures for a
long time or left in a fully charged state, or
the battery pack is used frequently. Regard
the remaining battery time indication as the
approximate shooting time.
• The  mark indicating that there is little
remaining battery time sometimes flashes
depending on the operating conditions or
ambient temperature and environment even if
the remaining battery time is approximately 20
minutes.
Additional Information
surrounding temperature is 10°C (50°F) or
below, and the length of time you can use the
battery pack becomes shorter. In that case, do
one of the following to use the battery pack for
a longer time.
– Put the battery pack in a pocket to warm it up,
and insert it in your camcorder right before
you start taking shots.
– Use a large capacity battery pack: NP-FP70*/
NP-FP90**.
• Frequent use of the LCD screen or a frequent
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About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (continued)
How to store the battery pack
• If the battery pack is not used for a long time,
fully charge the battery pack and discharge
it on your camcorder once a year to maintain
the proper function. To store the battery pack,
remove it from your camcorder and put it in a
dry, cool place.
• To use the battery pack up on your camcorder,
leave your camcorder in the recording standby
without a disc inserted with the [A. SHUT
OFF] to [NEVER] in the
STANDARD
SET in the SETUP display until the power goes
off (p.69).
Battery life
• The battery life is limited. Battery capacity
drops little by little as you use it more and
more, and as time passes. When the available
battery time is shortened considerably, a
probable cause is that the battery pack has
reached the end of its life. Please buy a new
battery pack.
• The battery life varies according to how
it is stored, the operating conditions, and
environment in which each battery pack is used.
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Maintenance and precautions
On use and care
• Keep metal contacts clean.
• Do not use or store the camcorder and
battery out of children's reach. If the battery
is accidentally swallowed, consult a doctor
immediately.
• If the battery electrolytic liquid has leaked,
– consult your local authorized Sony service
facility.
– wash off any liquid that may have contacted
your skin
– if any liquid gets in your eyes, wash with
plenty of water and consult a doctor.
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
• Keep the Remote Commander and button-type
 When not using your camcorder for a
long time
• Occasionally turn it on and let it run such as
by playing back discs or recording for about 3
minutes.
• Remove a disc from your camcorder.
• Use up the battery pack completely before
storing it.
Moisture condensation
If your camcorder is brought directly from
a cold place to a warm place, moisture
may condense inside your camcorder, on
the surface of the disc, or on the pickup
lens. This may cause a malfunction to your
camcorder. If there is moisture inside your
camcorder, [ Moisture condensation
Turn off for 1H] or [ Condensation
Cannot open Try later] appears.
The indication will not appear when the
moisture condenses on the camera lens.
 If moisture condensation has occurred
Turn off your camcorder, and leave it for
about an hour.
 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.
Additional Information
•
accessories in the following locations.
– Anywhere extremely hot or cold. Never leave
them exposed to temperatures above 60°C
(140°F), such as under direct sunlight, near
heaters or in a car parked in the sun. They
may malfunction or become deformed.
– Near strong magnetic fields or mechanical
vibration. The camcorder may malfunction.
– Near strong radio waves or radiation.
The camcorder may not be able to record
properly.
– Near AM receivers and video equipment.
Noise may occur.
– On a sandy beach or anywhere dusty. If
sand or dust gets in your camcorder, it may
malfunction. Sometimes this malfunction
cannot be repaired.
– Near windows or outdoors, where the LCD
screen, the viewfinder, or the lens may be
exposed to direct sunlight. This damages the
inside of the viewfinder or the LCD screen.
– Anywhere very humid.
Operate your camcorder on DC 7.2 V (battery
pack) or DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor).
For DC or AC operation, use the accessories
recommended in these operating instructions.
Do not let your camcorder get wet, for example,
from rain or sea water. If your camcorder
gets wet, it may malfunction. Sometimes this
malfunction cannot be repaired.
If any solid object or liquid gets inside the
casing, unplug your camcorder and have it
checked by a Sony dealer before operating it
any further.
Avoid rough handling, disassembling,
modifying, physical shock, or impact such
as hammering, dropping or stepping on the
product. Be particularly careful of the lens.
Keep the POWER switch setting to OFF (CHG)
when you are not using your camcorder.
Do not wrap your camcorder with a towel, for
example, and operate it. Doing so might cause
heat to build up inside.
When disconnecting the power cord, pull it by
the plug and not the cord.
Do not damage the power cord such as by
placing anything heavy on it.
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Maintenance and precautions (continued)
• 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 one hour).
On the LCD screen
• Do not exert excessive pressure on the LCD
screen. Blurs appear and it may cause a
malfunction of your camcorder.
• If your camcorder is used in a cold place, a
residual image may appear on the LCD screen.
This is not a malfunction.
• While you are using your camcorder, the back
of the LCD screen may heat up. This is not a
malfunction.
 To clean the LCD screen
If fingerprints or dust make the LCD screen
dirty, use the cleaning cloth (supplied) to
clean the LCD screen.
When you use the LCD Cleaning Kit
(optional), do not apply the cleaning liquid
directly to the LCD screen. Use cleaning
paper moistened with the liquid.
 On adjustment of the LCD screen
(CALIBRATION)
The buttons on the touch panel may not
work correctly. If this happens, follow the
procedure below. It is recommended you
connect your camcorder to the wall outlet
using the supplied AC Adaptor during the
operation.
 Slide the POWER switch down to light up
the
(Play/Edit) lamp.
 Disconnect cables other than that of the
AC Adaptor from your camcorder, then
remove the disc from your camcorder.
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 Touch
 [SETUP] 
STANDARD SET  [CALIBRATION].
• The screen changes to 16:9 ratio when
using 4:3 ratio (DCR-DVD203/DVD403/
DVD703/DVD803).
CALIBRATION
1/3
Touch the "x"
CANCEL
 Touch the “×” displayed on the screen with
a thin object.
The position of the “×” changes.
Touch [CANCEL] to cancel.
If you did not press the right spot, try the
calibration again.
• Do not use a sharp-pointed tool to calibrate the
LCD screen.
Doing so may damage the surface of the screen.
• You cannot calibrate the LCD screen if you
have rotated it, or if you have set it with the
LCD screen side facing out.
On handling the casing
• If the casing is soiled, clean the camcorder body
with a soft cloth lightly moistened with water,
and then wipe the casing with a dry soft cloth.
• Avoid the following to avoid damage to the
finish.
– Using chemicals such as thinner, benzine,
alcohol, chemical cloths, repellent and
insecticide.
– Handling with above substances on your
hands.
– Leaving the casing in contact with rubber or
vinyl objects for a long period of time.
On the pickup lens
• Do not touch the lens inside the disc cover.
Keep the disc cover closed except when
inserting and removing the disc, to keep dust
out.
• When the camcorder does not work because the
pickup lens is dirty, clean it with a blower (not
supplied). Do not touch the pickup lens directly
during cleaning because this may cause the
camcorder to malfunction.
pickup lens
To charge the pre-installed
rechargeable battery
Your camcorder has a pre-installed
rechargeable battery to retain the date,
time, and other settings even when the
POWER switch is set to OFF (CHG).
The pre-installed rechargeable battery
is always charged while you are using
your camcorder but it will get discharged
gradually if you do not use your camcorder.
The rechargeable battery will be fully
discharged in about 3 months if you do
not use your camcorder at all. 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.
 Procedures
Care and storage of the camera lens
• Wipe the surface of the lens clean with a soft
cloth in the following instances:
– when there are fingerprints on the lens
surface.
– in hot or humid locations
– when the lens is exposed to salty air such as
at the seaside.
• Store the lens in a well-ventilated location
subject to little dirt or dust.
• To prevent mold, periodically clean the lens as
described above. It is recommended that you
operate your camcorder about once a month to
keep it in optimum state for a long time.
Connect your camcorder to a wall outlet
using the AC adaptor supplied with your
camcorder, and leave your camcorder with
the POWER switch turned off for more
than 24 hours.
To change the battery of the Remote
Commander (Except for DCR-DVD92/
DVD602)
 While pressing on the tab, inset your
fingernail into the slit to pull out the
battery case.
 Place a new battery with the + side facing
up.
 Insert the battery case back into the
Remote Commander until it clicks.
Additional Information
Tab
111
Maintenance and precautions (continued)
WARNING
Battery may explode if mistreated. Do not
recharge, disassemble or dispose of in fire.
Caution
Danger of explosion if battery is
incorrectly replaced. Replace only
with the same or equivalent type
recommended by the manufacturer.
Discard used batteries according to the
manufacturer’s instructions.
• A button-type lithium battery (CR2025) is used
in the Remote Commander. Do not use batteries
other than the CR2025.
• When the lithium battery becomes weak, the
operating distance of the Remote Commander
may shorten, or the Remote Commander may
not function properly. In this case, replace the
battery with a Sony CR2025 lithium battery.
Use of another battery may present a risk of fire
or explosion.
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Using the Strap Belt
as a wrist strap
Attaching the
Shoulder Strap
This is useful for carrying your camcorder.
You can attach the Shoulder Strap to the
hook for the Shoulder Strap.
1 Open the hook and loop fastener
of the hand pad ()and remove it
from the ring ().
Hand pad
2 Move the hand pad fully to the
right (), then close the hook
and loop fastener again ().
3 Use the Strap Belt as a wrist
strap as illustrated.
Additional Information
113
Specifications
System
Video
compression
format
DCR-DVD403/DVD803
5.9 mm (1/3 type) CCD
(Charge Coupled Device)
Gross:
Approx. 3 310 000 pixels
Effective (Movie):
Approx. 2 048 000 pixels
Effective (Still):
Approx. 3 048 000 pixels
MPEG2/JPEG (Still images)
Audio compression DCR-DVD92/DVD602
format
Dolby Digital 2ch
Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
DCR-DVD103/DVD203/
DVD403/DVD653/DVD703/
DVD803
Dolby Digital 2/5.1ch
Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator
Video signal
NTSC color, EIA standards
Usable discs
8cm DVD-R/DVD-RW/
Recording
format
Movie
DVD-R:DVD-VIDEO
DVD-RW:DVD-VIDEO
(VIDEO mode), DVDVideoRecording (VR mode)
DVD+RW:DVD+RW Video
Lens
DCR-DVD203/DVD703:
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Filter diameter:30mm (1 3/16
in.)
Optical:12×, Digital:24×, 480×
F=1.8-2.5
DVD+RW
DCR-DVD403/DVD803:
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
Filter diameter:30mm (1 3/16
in.)
Optical:10×, Digital:20×, 120×
F=1.8-2.9
Still image
Exif *1 Ver.2.2
Recording/
playback time
HQ: Approx. 20 min
SP: Approx. 30 min
LP: Approx. 60 min
Viewfinder
Electric viewfinder
DCR-DVD92/DVD602:
monochrome
DCR-DVD103/DVD203/
DVD403/DVD653/DVD703/
DVD803:
color
Image device
DCR-DVD92/DVD103/
DVD602/DVD653
3 mm (1/6 type) CCD (Charge
Coupled Device)
Gross: Approx. 680 000 pixels
Effective (Movie) :
Approx. 340 000 pixels
Effective (Still) :
Approx. 340 000 pixels
DCR-DVD203/DVD703
3.27 mm (1/5.5 type) CCD
(Charge Coupled Device)
Gross:
Approx. 1 070 000 pixels
Effective (Movie) :
Approx. 690 000 pixels
Effective (Still) :
Approx. 1 000 000 pixels
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DCR-DVD92/DVD103/
DVD602/DVD653:
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Filter diameter:30mm (1 3/16
in.)
Optical:20×, Digital:40×, 800×
F=1.8-3.1
Focal length
DCR-DVD92/DVD103/
DVD602/DVD653
f=2.3 - 46 mm (3/32 - 1 13/16
in.)
When converted to a 35 mm
still camera
For movies:
44 - 880mm (1 3/4 - 34 3/4 in.)
For still images:
44 - 880mm (1 3/4 - 34 3/4 in.)
DCR-DVD203/DVD703
f=3.0 - 36 mm (1/8 - 1 7/16 in.)
When converted to a 35 mm
still camera
For movies:
46 - 628.5mm (1 13/16 - 24 3/4
in.) (16:9 mode)*2
48 - 576mm (1 15/16 - 22 3/4
in.) (4:3 mode)
For still images:
40 - 480mm (1 5/8 - 19 in.)
DCR-DVD403/DVD803
f=5.1 - 51mm (7/32 - 2 1/8 in.)
When converted to a 35 mm
still camera
For movies:
42.8 - 495mm (1 11/16 - 19 1/2
in.) (16:9 mode)*2
45 - 450mm (1 13/16 - 17 3/4
in.) (4:3 mode)
For still images:
37 - 370mm (1 1/2 - 14 5/8 in.)
DCR-DVD103/DVD203/DVD403/
DVD653/DVD703/DVD803
Audio/Video
input/output
Color temperature [AUTO], [ONE PUSH],
[INDOOR] (3 200 K),
[OUTDOOR] (5 800 K)
Minimum
illumination
DCR-DVD92/DVD103/
DVD602/DVD653:
5 1x (lux) (F1.8)
0 lx (lux) (in the NightShot
plus function)*3
DCR-DVD203/DVD703:
7 1x (lux) (F1.8)
0 lx (lux) (in the NightShot
plus function)*3
DCR-DVD403/DVD803:
5 1x (lux) (F1.8)
0 lx (lux) (in the NightShot
function)*3
USB jack
REMOTE jack
LCD screen
Picture
*1
“Exif” is a file format for still images,
established by the JEITA (Japan Electronics
and Information Technology Industries
Association). Files in this format can have
additional information such as your camcorder’s
setting information at the time of recording.
*2
In 16:9 mode, the focal length figures are actual
figures resulting from wide angle pixel readout.
*3
Objects unable to be seen due to the dark can be
shot with infrared lighting.
• Manufactured under license from Dolby
Laboratories.
Input/Output connectors
DCR-DVD92/DVD602
Audio/Video
output
DCR-DVD92/DVD103/
DVD602/DVD653:
6.2 cm (2.5 type)
DCR-DVD203/DVD403/
DVD703/DVD803:
6.9 cm (2.7 type, aspect ratio
16:9)
Total number
of pixels
123 200 (560 ×220)
General
Power
requirements
7.2 V (battery pack)
8.4 V (AC adaptor)
Average power
consumption
(when using the
battery pack)
During camera recording using
LCD
DCR-DVD92/DVD602:3.4W
DCR-DVD103/DVD653: 3.4W
DCR-DVD203/DVD703: 3.5W
DCR-DVD403/DVD803: 4.9W
Viewfinder
DCR-DVD92/DVD602: 3.0W
DCR-DVD103/DVD653: 3.0W
DCR-DVD203/DVD703: 3.0W
DCR-DVD403/DVD803: 4.5W
Operating
temperature
0°C to + 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Additional Information
REMOTE jack
10 pin connector
Video signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω
(ohms), unbalanced
Luminance signal: 1 Vp-p, 75
Ω (ohms), unbalanced
Chrominance signal: 0.286 Vpp, 75 Ω (ohms), unbalanced
Audio signal: 327 mV (at Load
impedance 47 kΩ (kilohms)),
Output impedance less than 2.2
kΩ (kilohms)
Stereo mini-minijack (Ø 2.5
mm)
10 pin connector
Input/Output auto switch
Video signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω
(ohms), unbalanced
Luminance signal: 1 Vp-p, 75
Ω (ohms), unbalanced
Chrominance signal: 0.286 Vpp, 75 Ω (ohms), unbalanced
Audio signal: 327 mV (at Load
impedance 47 kΩ (kilohms)),
Input impedance more than
47 kΩ (kilohms), Output
impedance less than 2.2 kΩ
(kilohms)
mini-B
Stereo mini-minijack (Ø 2.5
mm)
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Specifications (continued)
Storage
temperature
-20°C to + 60°C (-4°F to
+ 140°F)
Dimensions
(Approx.)
DCR-DVD92/DVD103/
DVD203/DVD602/DVD653/
DVD703:
57 × 87 × 131mm (2 1/4 × 3
1/2 × 5 1/4 in.) (w×h×d)
DCR-DVD403/DVD803
62 × 93 × 133mm(2 1/2 × 3 3/4
× 5 1/4 in.) (w×h×d)
Mass (Approx.) DCR-DVD92/DVD103/
DVD203/DVD602/DVD653/
DVD703:
440 g (15 oz) main unit only
500 g (1 lb 1 oz) including the
NP-FP50 rechargeable battery
pack and disc
DCR-DVD403/DVD803
520 g (1 lb 2 oz) main unit only
620 g (1 lb 5 oz) including the
NP-FP70 rechargeable battery
pack and disc
Maximum
output voltage
DC 8.4V
Output voltage
DC 7.2V
Capacity
4.9 wh (680 mAh)
Dimensions
(Approx.)
31.8 × 18.5 × 45.0 mm
(1 5/16 × 3/4 × 1 13/16 in.)
(w×h×d)
Mass (Approx.) 40 g (1.5 oz)
Operating
temperature
0°C to + 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Type
Li-ion
NP-FP70:DCR-DVD403/DVD803
Maximum
output voltage
DC 8.4V
Output voltage
DC 7.2V
Capacity
9.8 wh (1360 mAh)
AC Adaptor AC-L25A/L25B
Dimensions
(Approx.)
Power
requirements
AC 100 - 240 V, 50/60 Hz
31.8 × 33.3 × 45.0 mm
(1 5/16 × 1 5/16 × 1 13/16 in.)
(w×h×d)
Mass (Approx.) 85 g (3 oz)
Current
consumption
0.35 - 0.18 A
Operating
temperature
0°C to + 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Power
consumption
18W
Type
Li-ion
Output voltage
DC 8.4V*
Operating
temperature
0°C to + 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
Storage
temperature
-20°C to + 60°C (-4°F to
+ 140°F)
Dimensions
(Approx.)
56 × 31 × 100 mm (2 1/4 ×
1 1/4 × 4 in.) (w×h×d)
excluding the projecting parts
Supplied
accessories
See page 16.
Mass (Approx.) 190 g (6.7 oz) excluding the
power cord
*
116
Rechargeable battery pack
NP-FP50:DCR-DVD92/DVD103/
DVD203/DVD602/DVD653/DVD703
See at the label of AC adaptor for other
specifications.
Index
Numeric
4ch surround recording ........ 66
5.1ch surround recording ..... 34
A
CLOCK SET ........................ 23
Fixing the exposure .............. 36
COLOR SLOW S
(Color Slow Shutter) ...... 59, 95
FLASH LEVEL ............. 58, 91
Computer.............................. 82
FLASH SET ......................... 58
Connect
FOCUS................................. 58
FLASH MODE .................... 58
TV ........................... 42, 78
A/V connecting cable..... 42, 78
Format .................................. 51
VCR .............................. 78
A/V jack ......................... 42, 78
FULL SPEED ...................... 67
Copyright ........... 4, 80, 86, 104
Active Interface Shoe ........... 81
Counter................................. 39
H
D
Help ...................................... 82
DATA CODE ....................... 67
I
AC Adaptor .......................... 17
Additional recording ............ 50
Adjusting exposure
for back light ........................ 35
AUTO SHUTTER ................ 58
A.SHUT OFF
(Auto shutter off ) ................ 69
B
Back light ............................. 35
Battery
BATTERY INFO .... 22, 37
Battery pack .................. 17
Remaining battery......... 37
BATT release button ............ 18
BEACH&SKI....................... 56
BEEP .................................... 68
BLACK FADER .................. 63
BURST ................................. 61
EXP. BRKTG................ 61
NORMAL ..................... 61
B&W .................................... 64
DATE/TIME......................... 68
DC IN jack ........................... 17
DC plug ................................ 17
Index screen display
button ................................... 39
DEMO MODE ..................... 64
INDOOR .............................. 57
DIGITAL ZOOM ................. 60
InfoLITHIUM .................... 107
Disc cover OPEN switch...... 24
Initialize (Reset) ................... 37
DISC REMAIN.................... 68
Install.................................... 83
DISC SET ............................ 65
Insulation sheet .................... 41
Disc title ......................... 46, 65
DISP/BATT INFO.... 21, 22, 37
Display indicators .......... 39, 40
DISP OUTPUT .................... 68
Dubbing................................ 79
DVD menu ........................... 45
D.EFFECT
(Digital effect) ...................... 63
CAMERA DATA ................. 67
CAMERA SET .................... 56
Charging the battery ............. 17
Battery pack .................. 18
Charging time....................... 18
CHG (charge) lamp .............. 17
Cleaning cloth ........................ 5
LANDSCAPE ...................... 56
LCD/VF SET ....................... 66
LCD BRIGHT...................... 66
LCD COLOR ....................... 67
Lens cover ...................... 20, 32
E
LUMI. KEY
(luminance key) ................... 63
EASY button ........................ 27
Edit ....................................... 72
EXPOSURE ................... 57, 94
EXT SUR MIC .................... 66
F
M
Maintenance ....................... 109
MICREF LEVEL ................. 66
Mirror mode ......................... 36
Movie
FADER ........................... 63, 95
REC MODE
(Recording mode) ......... 65
FILE NO. (File number) ...... 62
MOSAIC .............................. 64
Finalize................................. 44
MULTI-SOUND .................. 65
First Step Guide ............. 82, 86
Additional Information
CALIBRATION ................. 110
L
LP (Long Play)..................... 65
Easy Handycam operation ... 27
C
Icon ...... See Display indicators
117
Index (continued)
N
Playlist
Shoulder Strap.................... 113
DIVIDE ........................ 76
SLIDE SHOW...................... 64
Erase ............................. 74
Software ............................... 83
NORMAL ............................ 61
MOVE ........................... 75
Speaker ................................. 37
NS LIGHT
(NightShot Light) ................. 59
PORTRAIT (Soft portrait) ... 56
Specifications ..................... 114
Power cord ........................... 17
SPORTS (Sports lesson) ...... 56
Number of still images
recordable on a disc ............. 62
POWER switch .................... 17
SPOTLIGHT ........................ 56
Previous/next button............. 39
SPOT FOCUS ...................... 58
PROGRAM AE .............. 56, 94
Protect .............................. 4, 51
SPOT METER
(Flexible spot meter) ...... 56, 94
P.MENU .... See Personal Menu
STANDARD SET ................ 65
NightShot/NightShot plus .... 35
NIGHT SHOT,
NIGHTSHOT PLUS ............ 35
O
OLD MOVIE ....................... 64
STEADYSHOT .................... 61
ONE PUSH .......................... 57
Operation confirmation
beep ..........................See BEEP
Original image
Delete ............................ 72
Divide ........................... 72
OUTDOOR .......................... 57
OVERLAP ........................... 63
P
R
Still image
IMAGE SIZE ................ 62
Rechargeable battery
pack ........................See Battery
QUALITY ..................... 62
Recording ....................... 28, 32
STILL SET........................... 61
Recording time ..................... 18
Strap Belt ........................... 113
REC lamp ....................... 37, 68
SUMMERTIME ................... 23
REC MODE ......................... 65
SUNSET&MOON ............... 56
REC START/STOP .............. 32
SUPER NS,
SUPER NSPLUS ........... 59, 95
Remaining battery ................ 37
PASTEL ............................... 64
Remote Commander ............ 41
Personal Menu ............... 52, 70
Super Nightshot/
Super Nightshot plus ...... 59, 95
Remote sensor ...................... 37
Add ............................... 70
SUR MONITOR .................. 66
RESET ................................. 37
Arrange the order .......... 71
S VIDEO cable............... 42, 78
Review ................................. 38
Delete ............................ 70
S VIDEO jack ................ 42, 78
Review deleting.................... 38
Reset ............................. 71
Personal Menu button .......... 39
Photomovie .......................... 76
T
S
Telephoto.............................. 34
Self-diagnosis display ........ 101
SELF-TIMER ...................... 59
TIME/LANGU.
(Language) ........................... 69
SEPIA .................................. 64
Touch panel .......................... 22
Setup .................................... 52
Transmitter ........................... 41
CAMERA SET ............. 56
Tripod ................................... 36
DISC SET ..................... 65
TV .................................. 42, 78
PICT.APPLI. ................. 63
TV color system ................. 105
Pixela User Support Center .. 86
Setup items ................... 54
TV TYPE ............................. 42
Playback ......................... 29, 33
STANDARD SET ......... 65
PHOTO button ......... 28, 32, 41
Pickup lens ......................... 111
Picture Package .................... 82
PICT.APPLI.
(Picture Application) ............ 63
PICT.EFFECT
(Picture effect)...................... 64
STILL SET ................... 61
TIME/LANGU. ............ 69
118
SETUP ROTATE .................. 68
ADD.............................. 74
Using the Setup items ... 52
U
On trademarks
Unfinalizing.......................... 50
• Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks
USB1.1 ........................... 67, 83
USB2.0 ........................... 67, 83
of Dolby Laboratories.
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator and Dolby Digital
USB cable ............................ 16
USB jack .............................. 81
USB SPEED ........................ 67
USB driver ........................... 82
•
•
Using abroad ...................... 105
•
V
•
VF B.LIGHT
(View finder back light) ....... 67
VF WIDE DISPLAY
(View finder wide display) ... 67
Video operation buttons ....... 39
•
•
Viewfinder ............................ 21
Viewfinder lens adjustment
lever ...................................... 21
VISUAL INDEX
screen ............................. 29, 33
Volume ................................. 33
W
•
Stereo Creator are trademarks of Dolby
Laboratories.
DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD+RW logo are
trademarks.
“InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
Picture Package is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Media are
either registered trademarks or trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation in the United States
and/or other countries.
Macintosh is trademarks of Apple Computer,
Inc.
Macromedia and Macromedia Flash Player
are trademarks or registered trademarks of
Macromedia, Inc. in the United States and / or
other countries.
Pentium is a trademark or registered trademark
of Intel Corporation.
All other product names mentioned herein may be
the trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective companies. Furthermore, TM and “”
are not mentioned in each case in this manual.
Wall outlet ............................ 17
Warning indicators ............. 101
Warning messages .............. 101
WHITE BAL.
(White balance) .............. 57, 94
WHITE FADER ................... 63
Wide angle ........................... 34
WIDE SELECT ................... 60
Windows .............................. 82
World time difference ........ 106
Wrist strap .......................... 113
Z
Zoom .................................... 34
Zoom lever ........................... 34
Additional Information
WIPE .................................... 63
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