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“Handycam” Handbook
Table of Contents
HDR-TG5/TG5V
Useful Recording Techniques
Index
 2009 Sony Corporation
4-133-712-11(1)
US
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The example images used in this “Handycam” Handbook for illustration purposes are captured using a
digital still camera, and therefore may appear different from images and screen indicators that actually
appear on your camcorder.
In this “Handycam” Handbook, the internal memory of your camcorder and “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media are called “recording media.”
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media and “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo” media are both referred to as
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media in this manual.
Design and specifications of your camcorder and accessories are subject to change without notice.
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Table of Contents
Using the “Handycam” Handbook.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Searching for information quickly.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Useful recording techniques.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Parts and controls.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Screen indicators.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Using menus.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
To change settings by using MENU.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Using the OPTION MENU.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Menu lists.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Read this before operating your camcorder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Getting started
Recording/Playback
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Five pieces of advice for successful recording.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recording.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recording movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Shooting photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Useful functions for recording movies and photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Zooming.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recording high quality photos during movie recording (Dual Rec).. . . . . . . . . . . .
Recording in mirror mode.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recording fast action in slow-motion (SMTH SLW REC).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Acquiring location information (GPS) (HDR-TG5V).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playback on the camcorder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playing movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Viewing photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Useful functions for playing movies and photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Searching for desired images by date (Date Index).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Searching for a desired scene by recording location (Map Index)
(HDR-TG5V).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Searching for desired scene by pinpoint (Film Roll Index).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Searching for desired scene by face (Face Index).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playing back a digest of your movies (Highlight Playback).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using PB zoom with photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playing back a series of photos (Slide show).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Useful Recording Techniques
Step 1: Charging the battery pack.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Step 2: Turning the power on, and setting the date and time.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Changing the language setting.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
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Editing
Utilizing recording media
Changing the recording media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting the recording media for movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting the recording media for photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Inserting “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Preventing data on the internal memory from being recovered.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Deleting movies and photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Acquiring the current location information (HDR-TG5V).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Capturing a photo from a movie.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Dubbing/copying movies and photos from the internal memory to “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Dubbing movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Copying photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Protecting recorded movies and photos (Protect).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Dividing a movie.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Using the Playlist of movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Creating the Playlist .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Playing the Playlist.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Creating a disc with a DVD writer, recorder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Creating a high definition image quality (HD) disc with a DVD writer, etc.
(USB cable connection).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Creating a standard definition image quality (SD) disc with a recorder, etc.
(A/V connecting cable connection).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
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Playing images on a TV.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting a TV using [TV CONNECT Guide].. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting to a high definition TV.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting to a non-high-definition 16:9 (wide) or 4:3 TV.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using “BRAVIA” Sync.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Customizing your camcorder
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Index
MANUAL SETTINGS (Items to adjust for scene condition).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
SHOOTING SET (Items for customized shooting).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
RECORDING SET (Items for image quality and recording mode).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
FACE FUNC. SET (Items to set face function).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
PHOTO SETTINGS (Items for recording photos).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
PLAYBACK (Items for playback).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
EDIT (Items for editing).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
PLAYBACK SET (Items to customize the display).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
OTHERS (Items for other settings).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MANAGE MEDIA (Items for recording media).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
SOUND/DISP SET (Items to adjust the sound and the screen).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
OUTPUT SETTINGS (Items for when connected to a TV).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
CLOCK/ LANG (Items to set clock and language).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
GENERAL SET (Other setup items).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Troubleshooting.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Self-diagnosis display/Warning indicators. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Additional information
Useful Recording Techniques
Recording time of movies/number of recordable photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Expected time of recording and playback with the supplied battery pack
.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Expected recording time of movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Expected number of recordable photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Using your camcorder abroad.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
File/folder structure on the internal memory and “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Maintenance and precautions.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
About the AVCHD format.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
About GPS (HDR-TG5V).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
About the “Memory Stick” media.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
About x.v.Color.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
About handling of your camcorder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Index.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
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Troubleshooting
Index
Useful recording techniques
Checking your golf
swing
 SMTH SLW REC........................................... 30
 BEACH........................................................ 65
 SNOW........................................................ 66
Capturing photos
during movie
recording
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Getting a good shot
of a ski slope or
beach
Capturing smiles
automatically (SMILE
SHUTTER)
 Dual Rec..................................................... 29
 SMILE DETECTION...................................... 77
 SMILE SENSITIVITY..................................... 77
 SMILE PRIORITY......................................... 77
Flowers in close-up
 SPOTLIGHT................................................. 65
 PORTRAIT................................................... 65
 FOCUS........................................................ 69
 TELE MACRO............................................... 70
Fireworks with all its
splendor
Focusing on the dog
on the left side of
the screen
 FIREWORKS................................................ 65
 FOCUS........................................................ 69
Useful Recording Techniques
A child on the stage
under a spot light
 FOCUS........................................................ 69
 SPOT FOCUS............................................... 68
 SPOT MTR/FCS............................................ 67
Index
Parts and controls
Figures in ( ) are reference pages.
START/STOP button (25)
Power zoom lever (29, 40)
Lens (Carl Zeiss lens) (17)
PHOTO button (27)
GPS switch (HDR-TG5V) (31)
RESET button
Press RESET to initialize all the settings
including the clock setting.
Useful Recording Techniques
Flash
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 /CHG (charge) lamp
 (Movie)/ (Photo) lamps (22)
BATT (battery) release lever
Battery pack
“Memory Stick Duo” media slot
Access lamp (Internal memory, “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media) (63)
While the lamp is lit or flashing, the
camcorder is reading or writing data.
DC IN jack (18, 20)
LCD screen/Touch panel (10, 30)
If you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees, you
can close the LCD panel with the LCD screen
facing out. This is convenient during playback
operations.
Speaker
Index
A/V Remote Connector (43)
Built-in microphone
Hook for wrist strap
Attach the strap (supplied) and place your
hand through the loop to prevent the
camcorder from damage by being dropped.
USB adaptor cap
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“Handycam” Station Cradle
Tripod receptacle
Attach a tripod (sold separately) to the
tripod receptacle using a tripod screw (sold
separately: the length of the screw must be less
than 5.5 mm (7/32 in.)).
Interface connector
Connect to the interface connector on your
camcorder when you attach your camcorder
to the “Handycam” Station Cradle.
A/V OUT jack (43, 60)
HDMI OUT jack (44)
Useful Recording Techniques
Interface connector
Connects your camcorder to the “Handycam”
Station Cradle or the Dedicated USB Terminal
Adaptor.
By attaching the Dedicated USB Terminal
Adaptor, you can connect the USB cable
to your camcorder without using the
“Handycam” Station Cradle.
DC IN jack (18)
Dedicated USB
Terminal
Adaptor
 (USB) jack (59)
Screen indicators
USB cable
Upper left
 Notes
 Depending on when or where you use the
camcorder, attach the Dedicated USB Terminal
Adaptor to either the long or the short cable.
 Be careful not to hang or give strong impact
to the adaptor or the cable. It may become
damaged.
 Attach the USB adaptor cap on the USB cable
when carrying it in bags, etc.
Center
Upper right
SP
Index
Bottom
Upper left
Indicator
Indicator
Meaning
MENU button (11)
100/112
Self-timer recording (79)
YOUR LOCATION
button (51)
Flash (79),
REDEYE REDUC (80)
MICREF LEVEL low (72)
Bottom
Indicator
WIDE SELECT (75)
Meaning
[FACE DETECTION] set
to [OFF] (76)
SMILE DETECTION (77)

Manual focus (69)
BLT-IN ZOOM MIC (72)
60 min
SCENE SELECTION (65)
Remaining battery
Return button (11)

White balance (66)
Slide show set (41)
X.V.COLOR (75)

Warning (103)
OPTION button (12)

Playback mode (34)
Meaning
[STBY]/[REC]
Recording status (25)
CONVERSION LENS (73)
PLAYBACK button (33)
Slide show button (41)
Upper right
Indicator
101-0005
Meaning
Recording image quality
(HD/SD) and recording
mode (FH/HQ/SP/LP)
(74)
Recording/playback/
editing media (62)
Counter (hour:minute:
second) (34)
[00min]
Estimated recording
remaining time (25)
9999
9999
FADER (66)
Approximate number of
recordable photos and
recording media (27)
Playback folder (35)
Data file name (35)
Protected image (55)
Index button (35)


Indicators and their positions are approximate
and may differ from what you actually see.
Some indicators may not appear, depending on
your camcorder model.
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0:00:00

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Photo size (79)
SteadyShot off (72)
SPOT MTR/FCS (67)/
SPOT METER (68)/
EXPOSURE (69)
TELE MACRO (70)
Center
Indicator
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GPS tracking status (31)
Meaning
Current playing movie or
photo/Number of total
recorded movies or photos
(34)
Using menus
To register your favorite menu items to
MY MENU
 In step 3, touch [MY MENU
SETTING].
 Touch [RECORDING] or
[PLAYBACK].
 Open the LCD screen of your
camcorder.
Select [RECORDING] to change the
items for MY MENU(RECORDING)
or [PLAYBACK] to change the items
for MY MENU(PLAYBACK).
The lens cover is opened and your
camcorder is turned on.
 Touch
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Your camcorder has MY MENU where
6 menu items you use most often can be
registered, and MENU, where all menu
items are displayed.
MY MENU is displayed by default.
(MENU).
STBY
(MENU)
The MY MENU screen is displayed.
 the item to be
 Touch
registered.
, after MY MENU
 Touch
screen is displayed.
To MENU screen

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 Touch the button to be changed.
MY MENU items in recording mode are
different from those in playback mode.
 Notes
You can register up to 6 menu items in each MY
MENU for recording and playback mode.
 Touch the menu item to be
changed.
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Tips
The default settings for each MY MENU are the
following:
 MY MENU for recording mode
/
SET], [ REC MODE],
[
[ IMAGE SIZE], [PHOTO MEDIA SET],
[FLASH MODE], [SMILE DETECTION]
 MY MENU for playback mode
/
SET],
[ DELETE], [ DELETE], [


 After changing the setting, touch
.
[HIGHLIGHT], [LCD BRIGHT], [MOVIE
DUB]
To change settings by using MENU
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 Open the LCD screen of your
camcorder.
The lens cover is opened and your
camcorder is turned on.
 Touch
(MENU).
The MY MENU screen is displayed.

Moves through 4 items at once
Moves from category to category
and
Displays
If the MENU screen was previously
displayed, the MENU screen will be
displayed again. Proceed to step 4.

.

The MENU items are displayed.
Category

You may not be able to set some menu
items, depending on the recording or
playback conditions.
Grayed out menu items or settings are not
available.
You can touch  or  and drag on the
screen to scroll the list of the menu.
 After changing the setting, touch

.

To MY MENU screen
 Touch the menu item to be
changed.
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 Touch
To return to the previous screen, touch
.
Tips
Depending on the menu items being changed,
your camcorder switches between playback
mode and recording mode.

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Using the
OPTION MENU
 Touch
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The
OPTION MENU appears just
like the pop-up window that appears when
you right-click the mouse on a computer.
The menu items you can change in the
context appear.
(OPTION).
(OPTION)
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 Touch the desired tab  the
item to change the setting.
Menu item
Tab
 After completing the setting,
touch
.
 Notes
Grayed out menu items or settings are not
available.
 When the item you want is not on the screen,
touch another tab. (There may be no tab.)
 The tabs and items that appear on the screen
depend on the recording/playback status of
your camcorder at the time.
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Menu lists
(MANUAL SETTINGS) category
SCENE SELECTION
FADER
WHITE BAL.
SPOT MTR/FCS
SPOT METER
SPOT FOCUS
EXPOSURE
FOCUS
TELE MACRO
SMTH SLW REC
65
66
66
67
68
68
69
69
70
30
(EDIT) category
DELETE
DELETE
PROTECT
PROTECT
DIVIDE
PHOTO CAPTURE
MOVIE DUB
PHOTO COPY PLAYLIST EDIT (SHOOTING SET) category
71
71
72
72
72
72
73
73
(PLAYBACK SET) category
/
SET
DATA CODE
YOUR LOCATION*
USB CONNECT
USB CONNECT
74
74
75
75
DISC BURN
76
76
77
77
77
59
Operating Guide
43
40
40
87
(MANAGE MEDIA) category
79
79
79
80
80
80
62
62
88
64, 88
101, 104
(SOUND/DISP SET) category
VOLUME
BEEP
LCD BRIGHT
LCD BL LEVEL
LCD COLOR
DISPLAY SET
34
13
34
90
90
90
91
91
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MOVIE MEDIA SET
PHOTO MEDIA SET
MEDIA INFO
MEDIA FORMAT
REPAIR IMG.DB F.
(PLAYBACK) category
VISUAL INDEX
59
TV CONNECT Guide
EMPTY MUSIC
DOWNLOAD MUSIC
BATTERY INFO
(PHOTO SETTINGS) category
SELF-TIMER
IMAGE SIZE
FLASH MODE
FLASH LEVEL
REDEYE REDUC
FILE NO.
51
USB CONNECT
(FACE FUNC. SET) category
FRAME SETTING
FACE DETECTION
SMILE DETECTION
SMILE SENSITIVITY
SMILE PRIORITY
84
84
(OTHERS) category
(RECORDING SET) category
/
SET
REC MODE
X.V.COLOR
WIDE SELECT
49
49
55
55
56
52
53
54
57
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DIGITAL ZOOM
GUIDEFRAME
STEADYSHOT
BLT-IN ZOOM MIC
MICREF LEVEL
AUTO BACK LIGHT
AUTO SLW SHUTTR
CONVERSION LENS
36
36
38
38
39
58
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DATE INDEX
MAP*
FILM ROLL
FACE
HIGHLIGHT
PLAYLIST
(OUTPUT SETTINGS) category
TV TYPE
COMPONENT
HDMI RESOLUTION
DISP OUTPUT
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(CLOCK/
92
92
93
93
LANG) category
CLOCK SET
AREA SET
AUTO CLOCK ADJ*
AUTO AREA ADJ*
DST SET/SUMMERTIME
LANGUAGE SET
22
94
94
94
95
95
(GENERAL SET) category
DEMO MODE
CALIBRATION
A.SHUT OFF
CTRL FOR HDMI
96
117
96
97
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* HDR-TG5V
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Read this before
operating your
camcorder
LCD screen
The numbers in ( ) are the supplied
quantity.
 AC Adaptor (1)
 Power cord (Mains lead) (1)
 “Handycam” Station Cradle (1) 
 Component A/V cable (1) 
 A/V connecting cable (1) 
 USB cable (long) (1) 
 USB cable (short) (1) 
 Dedicated USB Terminal Adaptor (1)/
USB adaptor cap (1) 
Battery/Memory Stick Duo cover



Rechargeable battery pack NP-FH50 (1)
Wrist strap (1)
 CD-ROM “Handycam” Application
Software (1)

 “PMB”
(software, including “PMB Guide”)
Handbook (PDF)
 “Handycam”

“Operating Guide” (1)


See page 62 for the “Memory Stick” media you
can use with this camcorder.

Using the camcorder

Do not hold the camcorder by the following
parts, and also do not hold the camcorder by
the jack covers.
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

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The Dedicated USB Terminal Adaptor and the
USB adaptor cap are attached to the USB cable
(short) beforehand.
The camcorder is not dustproofed, dripproofed
or waterproofed. See “About handling of your
camcorder” (p. 116).
Do not do any of the following when the
(Movie)/ (Photo) mode lamps (p. 22) or
the access lamps (p. 63) are lit or flashing.
Otherwise, the recording media may be
damaged, recorded images may be lost or other
malfunctions could occur.
 Ejecting the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
from the camcorder
 Removing the battery pack or AC Adaptor
from the camcorder
 Applying mechanical shock or vibration to
the camcorder
If you close the LCD panel when your
camcorder is connected to other devices with
the USB cable, the recorded images may be lost.
When connecting your camcorder to another
device with a cable, be sure to insert the
connector plug in the correct way. Pushing the
plug forcibly into the terminal will damage the
terminal and may result in a malfunction of
your camcorder.
Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the
“Handycam” Station Cradle, holding both the
“Handycam” Station Cradle and the DC plug.
Even if the camcorder is turned off, the GPS
function is working as long as the GPS switch
is set to ON. Make sure that the GPS switch is
set to OFF during take off and landing of an
airplane (HDR-TG5V).
Be sure to turn off your camcorder when you
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Supplied items
insert the camcorder into the “Handycam”
Station Cradle or remove the camcorder from it.

Menu items, LCD panel, and lens

Playing back recorded images on other
devices

Your camcorder is compatible with MPEG-4
AVC/H.264 High Profile for high definition
image quality (HD) recording. Therefore,
you cannot play back images recorded with
high definition image quality (HD) on your
camcorder with the following devices;
 Other AVCHD format compatible devices
which are not compatible with High Profile
 Devices which are not compatible with the
AVCHD format
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A menu item that is grayed out is not available
under the current recording or playback
conditions.
The LCD screen is manufactured using
extremely high-precision technology, so over
99.99% of the pixels are operational for effective
use. However, there may be some tiny black
points and/or bright points (white, red, blue,
or green in color) that appear constantly on the
LCD screen. These points are normal results of
the manufacturing process and do not affect the
recording in any way.
Television programs, films, video tapes,
and other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such materials may
be contrary to the copyright laws.
Discs recorded with HD image quality
(high definition)
Black points
White, red, blue or green points


Exposing the LCD screen, or the lens to direct
sunlight for long periods of time may cause
malfunctions.
Do not aim at the sun. Doing so might cause
your camcorder to malfunction. Take images
of the sun only in low light conditions, such as
at dusk.
Save all your recorded image data

About changing the language setting

The on-screen displays in each local language
are used for illustrating the operating
procedures. Change the screen language before
using your camcorder if necessary (p. 23).


Before starting to record, test the recording
function to make sure that the image and sound
are recorded without any problems.
Compensation for the contents of recordings
cannot be provided, even if recording or
playback is not possible due to a malfunction of
the camcorder, storage media, etc.
TV color systems differ depending on the
country/region. To view your recordings on a
TV, you need an NTSC system-based TV.
Be sure to remove the battery pack or the AC
Adaptor after turning off the camcorder.
Note on the camcorder/battery pack
temperature
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16
When the temperature of the camcorder
or battery pack becomes extremely high or
extremely low, you may not be able to record
or play back on the camcorder, due to the
protection features of the camcorder being
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To prevent your image data from being lost,
save all your recorded images on external media
periodically. It is recommended that you save
the image data on a disc such as a DVD-R using
your computer (see Operating Guide). Also,
you can save your image data using a VCR, or a
DVD/HDD recorder (p. 59).
Notes on battery pack/AC Adaptor
Recording

This camcorder captures high definition footage
in the AVCHD format. DVD media containing
AVCHD footage should not be used with DVD
based players or recorders, as the DVD player/
recorder may fail to eject the media and may
erase its contents without warning. DVD media
containing AVCHD footage may be played on
a compatible Blu-ray Disc player/recorder or
other compatible device.
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
activated in such situations. In this case, an
indicator appears on the LCD screen (p. 103).
When the camcorder is connected to a
computer
Do not try to format the media of the
camcorder using a computer. If you do so, your
camcorder may not operate correctly.
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Note on disposal/transfer

Even if you perform [
DELETE ALL],
DELETE ALL], [ DELETE ALL] or
[
[MEDIA FORMAT] (p. 88) or formatting the
media of the camcorder, you may not delete
data from the media completely. When you
transfer the camcorder, it is recommended that
you perform [ EMPTY] (p. 64) to prevent the
recovery of your data. Also, when you dispose
of the camcorder, it is recommended that you
destroy the actual body of the camcorder.

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If you cannot record/play back images,
perform [MEDIA FORMAT]
If you repeat recording/deleting images for
a long time, fragmentation of data occurs on
the recording media. Images cannot be saved
or recorded. In such a case, save your images
on some type of external media first (p. 59,
see Operating Guide too), and then perform
[MEDIA FORMAT] (p. 88).
Carl Zeiss lens
Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl Zeiss
lens, which was developed jointly by Carl Zeiss,
in Germany, and Sony Corporation, and produces
superior images. It adopts the MTF measurement
system for video cameras and offers a quality
typical of a Carl Zeiss lens.
MTF= Modulation Transfer Function. The
number value indicates the amount of light from a
subject coming into the lens.
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Getting started
Step 1: Charging the battery pack
5


3
/CHG (charge) lamp

5
 Battery pack
1
2
DC plug
Power cord
(Mains lead)
AC Adaptor
To the wall outlet
(wall socket)
You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack NP-FH50 (p. 115) after attaching it to your
camcorder.
You cannot attach any “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack other than NP-FH50 to your camcorder.
1
2
3
4
Connect the AC Adaptor to the DC IN jack on the “Handycam” Station
Cradle.

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DC IN jack

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Be sure that the  mark on the DC plug is facing up.
Connect the power cord (mains lead) to the AC Adaptor and the wall
outlet (wall socket).
Turn off your camcorder by closing the LCD screen.
Open the battery/Memory Stick Duo cover.
Insert the battery in the direction of the arrow all the way in until it clicks.
 Close the battery/Memory Stick Duo cover.
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Insert the battery.
5
Place the camcorder on the “Handycam” Station Cradle as shown above,
and insert it into the “Handycam” Station Cradle securely, all the way to
the bottom.




See page 106 on recording and playing time.
When your camcorder is on, you can check the approximate amount of remaining battery power with the
remaining battery indicator at the upper left on the LCD screen.
When inserting the camcorder into the “Handycam” Station Cradle, close the DC IN jack cover.
Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the DC IN jack holding both the “Handycam” Station Cradle and the
DC plug.
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The /CHG (charge) lamp lights up and charging starts. When the /CHG (charge) lamp
turns off, the battery is fully charged.
Charging time
Approximate time (min.) required when you fully charge a fully discharged battery pack.

Charging time
135
When the battery pack is charged at 25 C (77 ˚F) (10 C to 30 C (50 ˚F to 86 ˚F) is recommended)
To remove your camcorder from the “Handycam” Station Cradle
Close the LCD panel, then remove the camcorder from the “Handycam” Station Cradle
holding both your camcorder and the “Handycam” Station Cradle.
Close the LCD panel with your camcorder turns off, then connect the AC Adaptor to the DC
IN jack on your camcorder.
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To charge the battery pack using only the AC Adaptor
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Battery pack
NP-FH50 (supplied)
DC IN jack
Open the jack cover
To remove the battery pack
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DC plug
With the  mark on the bottom
Turn off your camcorder and open the battery/Memory Stick Duo cover.
Slide the BATT (battery) release lever (), then eject the battery pack ().
Be sure not to drop the battery pack.
To use a wall outlet (wall socket) as a power source
Make the same connections as “Step 1: Charging the battery pack.” Even if the battery pack is
attached, the battery pack is not discharged.
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
Charging the battery pack abroad
You can charge the battery pack in any countries/regions using the AC Adaptor supplied with
your camcorder within the AC 100 V - 240 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz range.

Do not use an electronic voltage transformer.
Notes on the battery pack


Notes on the AC Adaptor



Use the nearby wall outlet (wall socket) when using the AC Adaptor. Disconnect the AC Adaptor from
the wall outlet (wall socket) immediately if any malfunction occurs while using your camcorder.
Do not use the AC Adaptor placed in a narrow space, such as between a wall and furniture.
Do not short-circuit the DC plug of the AC Adaptor or battery terminal with any metallic objects. This
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
When you remove the battery pack or disconnect the AC Adaptor, close the LCD screen and make sure
(Movie) lamp/ (Photo) lamp (p. 22) are turned off.
that the
The /CHG (charge) lamp flashes during charging under the following conditions:
 The battery pack is not attached correctly.
 The battery pack is damaged.
In the default setting, the power turns off automatically if you leave your camcorder without any
operation for about 5 minutes, to save battery power ([A.SHUT OFF], p. 96).
may cause a malfunction.
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Step 2: Turning the power on, and setting the
date and time
1
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Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
The lens cover is opened and your camcorder is turned on.
(Movie): To record movies
(Photo): To record photos
/
, then touch [NEXT].
Touch the button on
the LCD screen.

3
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2
Select the desired geographical area with
To set the date and time again, touch
(MENU)  [CLOCK SET] (under
[CLOCK/
LANG] category). When an item is not on the screen, touch
/
until the item appears.
Set [DST SET] or [SUMMERTIME], date and time, then touch
.
The clock starts.

If you set [DST SET] or [SUMMERTIME] to [ON], the clock advances 1 hour.
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The date and time does not appear during recording, but they are automatically recorded on the
recording media, and can be displayed during playback. To display the date and time, touch
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

To turn off the power
Close the LCD screen. The
off.
(Movie) lamp flashes for a few seconds and the power is turned
You can change the on-screen displays to show messages in a specified language.
(MENU)  [ LANGUAGE SET] (under [CLOCK/ LANG] category) 
Touch

.
a desired language 
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Changing the language setting
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
(MENU)  [DATA CODE] (under
[PLAYBACK SET] category)  [DATE/TIME] 

.
(MENU)  [BEEP] (under
[SOUND/DISP
You can turn off the operation beeps by touching

.
SET] category)  [OFF] 
If the button you touch does not react correctly, calibrate the touch panel (p. 117).
Once the clock is set, the clock time is automatically adjusted with [AUTO CLOCK ADJ] and [AUTO
AREA ADJ] set to [ON] (p. 94). The clock may not be adjusted to the correct time automatically,
depending on the country/region selected for your camcorder. In this case, set [AUTO CLOCK ADJ] and
[AUTO AREA ADJ] to [OFF] (HDR-TG5V).
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Recording/Playback
Five pieces of advice for successful recording
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Stabilizing your camcorder
When you hold the camcorder, keep your upper body upright,
and hold your arms close to your body.
The SteadyShot function is effective against camera-shake,
however, it is essential that you not move the camcorder.
Zooming smoothly
Zoom in and out slowly and smoothly. And, use zooming
sparingly. Excessive zooming will make movies that may make
the viewer feel tired when viewing them.
Accentuating movies with narration
Consider the sound to be recorded with your movies. Narrate
the subject, or talk to the subject during shooting.
Aim for a balanced volume of voices, since the recording person
is closer to the microphone than the recorded person.
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Evoking a feeling of spaciousness
Use the panning technique. Stabilize yourself, move your
camcorder horizontally as you turn your upper body slowly. Stay
still at the end of panning for a while to make the scene look
stable.
Using accessories
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Make good use of camcorder accessories.
For example, using a tripod, you can make a time-lapse
recording or record subjects in dim light, such as scenes of
fireworks, or night views. By always carrying spare batteries, you
can continue recording without worrying about battery power
shortages.
Recording
Built-in microphone
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Recording movies
In the default setting, movies are recorded
with high definition image quality (HD) on
the internal memory (p. 62, 74).
Do not touch the built-in microphone during recording.
 Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
The lens cover is opened and your camcorder is turned on.
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
 Press START/STOP fully to start recording.
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[STBY]  [REC]
To stop recording, press START/STOP fully again.
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








 90 degrees to
the camcorder
Tips
You can record photos during movie recording by pressing PHOTO fully ([Dual Rec], p. 29).
When a face is detected, a white frame appears and the image quality around the face is optimized
automatically ([FACE DETECTION]/[FRAME SETTING], p. 76).
In the default setting, a photo is recorded automatically when the camcorder detects the smile of a
person during movie recording ([SMILE DETECTION], p. 77/[FRAME SETTING], p. 76). An orange
frame appears around a face targeted for possible smile detection shot.
You can capture photos from recorded movies (p. 52).





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 270 degrees (max.)
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The icons and indicators on the LCD panel will be displayed for about 5 seconds, then they will be
disappeared, after turning on your camcorder or switching the recording/playback modes. To display the
icon and indicators again, touch the LCD panel.
If you close the LCD screen while recording movies, the camcorder stops recording.
See page 106 on the recordable time of movies.
When a movie file exceeds 2 GB, the next movie file is created automatically.
You can change the recording media and the recording mode (p. 62, 74).
[ STEADYSHOT] is set to [ON] in the default setting.
It will take several seconds until you can start recording after you turn on the camcorder. You cannot
operate your camcorder during this time.
If the access lamp is lit or flashing after recording is finished, it means that data is still being written onto
the recording media. Do not apply shock or vibration to your camcorder, and do not remove the battery
or AC Adaptor.
(MENU) 
You can check the recordable time and the remaining capacity, etc., by touching
[MANAGE MEDIA] category) (p. 88).
[MEDIA INFO] (under
To adjust the angle of the LCD panel, first open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder (), and
then adjust the angle (). If you rotate the LCD panel 270 degrees to the lens side (), you can record
movies/photos in mirror mode.
Data code during recording
The recording date, time and condition , and coordinates (HDR-TG5V) are recorded
automatically on the recording media. They are not displayed during recording. However, you
can check them as [DATA CODE] during playback (p. 84).
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Shooting photos
In the default setting, photos are recorded on the internal memory (p. 62).
 Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
The lens cover is opened and your camcorder is turned on.
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 Press PHOTO lightly to turn on the
(Photo) lamp.
The LCD screen display switches for photo recording mode, and the screen aspect ratio
becomes 4:3.
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 Press PHOTO lightly to adjust the focus, then press it fully.
When




disappears, the photo is recorded.
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Flashes  Lights up
See page 107 on the recordable number of photos.
(MENU)  [ IMAGE SIZE] (under
[PHOTO SETTINGS]
To change the image size, touch

(p. 79).
category)  a desired setting 
Your camcorder flashes automatically when there is insufficient ambient light. The flash does not work
during movie recording. You can change how your camcorder flashes by [FLASH MODE] (p. 79).
is displayed.
You cannot record photos while
To switch between movie recording mode and photo recording mode
Press START/STOP lightly to switch to movie recording mode. Press PHOTO lightly to switch
to photo recording mode.
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Press lightly to switch to movie
recording mode
Press lightly to switch to photo
recording mode
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If white circular spots appear on photos
This is caused by particles (dust, pollen, etc.) floating close to the lens. When they are
accentuated by the camcorder’s flash, they appear as white circular spots.
To reduce the white circular spots, light the room and shoot the subject without a flash.
Subject
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Particles (dust,
pollen, etc.) in
the air
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Useful functions for recording movies and photos
You can magnify images up to 10 times the original size with the power zoom lever.
Wider range of view
(Wide angle)
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Zooming
Close view
(Telephoto)
Move the power zoom lever slightly for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom.
Tips
You can set [


DIGITAL ZOOM] (p. 71) if you want to zoom to a greater level.
Useful Recording Techniques
 Notes
Be sure to keep your finger on the power zoom lever. If you move your finger off the power zoom lever,
the operation sound of the power zoom lever may also be recorded.
 The minimum possible distance between camcorder and subject while maintaining sharp focus is about
1 cm (about 13/32 in.) for wide angle and about 80 cm (about 31 1/2 in.) for telephoto.

Recording high quality photos during movie recording (Dual Rec)
You can record photos during movie recording by pressing PHOTO fully.
 Notes
You cannot use the flash during Dual Rec.

may appear when the capacity of the recording media is not enough or when you record photos
is displayed.
continuously. You cannot record photos while

Tips
During movie recording, the size of photos becomes [


2.3M] (16:9 wide) or [1.7M] (4:3).
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Recording in mirror mode
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Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder (), then rotate it 270 degrees to the lens
side ().
Tips
A mirror-image of the subject appears on the LCD screen, but the image will be normal when recorded.


Recording fast action in slow-motion (SMTH SLW REC)
 Touch
(MENU)  [SMTH SLW REC] (under
[MANUAL SETTINGS]
category).
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Fast moving subjects and actions, which cannot be captured under the ordinary shooting
conditions, can be shot in smooth moving slow-motion for about 3 seconds.
This is useful to shoot fast actions such as a golf or tennis swing.
 Press START/STOP fully.
An about-3-second movie is recorded as a 12-second-slow-motion movie.
[Recording…] disappears, when recording is finished.
to cancel the smooth slow recording.
To change the setting
Touch
(OPTION), then select the setting you want to change.
[TIMING]
Select the recording start point after START/STOP is fully pressed. The default setting is [3sec
AFTER].
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Touch
[3sec BEFORE]
 Notes
 You cannot record sound with [SMTH SLW REC].
 Image quality of [SMTH SLW REC] is not as good as that of normal recording.
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[3sec AFTER]
Acquiring location information (GPS) (HDR-TG5V)

Useful Recording Techniques
Set the GPS switch to ON (
appears on the LCD screen). Your camcorder starts trying
to triangulate. When your camcorder triangulates successfully, it will record the location
information at the time movies and photos were recorded.
The movies and photos with location information will appear on a map (p. 36), so that you
can remember where you recorded those movies and photos.
In addition, you can acquire your current location information to check where you are at the
moment (p. 51).
You can display where movies and photos were recorded on a map. For details, see page 36.
 Notes
The indicator changes according to the strength of GPS signal reception.

Triangulating status
Function off
GPS indicators
GPS reception status
No indicator
The GPS switch is set to OFF, or the GPS receiver is not
functioning normally.
Your camcorder cannot find a GPS signal, therefore, it
cannot triangulate. Use your camcorder in an open area.
Processing
Your camcorder is confirming the GPS signal, and will be
able to acquire location information soon. Wait until your
camcorder completes the triangulation.
Triangulating
Your camcorder is receiving a GPS signal, and can acquire
location information.
Triangulating
Your camcorder is receiving a strong GPS signal, and can
acquire location information.
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Difficult



Tips
show GPS signal stability. When fewer than 3 dots are displayed, the
The 3 dots in the lower right of
GPS signal is not stable enough to triangulate in the current environment. To successfully triangulate,
move to an open area first, and turn the GPS switch to OFF and ON again, or turn the power of your
camcorder off and on.
Your camcorder quits trying to triangulate after a few minutes of unsuccessful attempts. If your
(triangulation process not started) even after moved to an open area,
camcorder continues to display
turn the GPS switch to OFF and ON again, or turn the power of your camcorder off and on.
You can search for movies and photos to be played on the Map Index (p. 36).
When you play movies and photos with [DATA CODE] set to [COORDINATES], the location
information appears on the LCD screen (p. 84).
You can use [AUTO CLOCK ADJ] and [AUTO AREA ADJ] to adjust the clock and the area (p. 94).






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
The GPS switch is set to ON in the default setting. Movies and photos recorded during triangulation by
GPS will be recorded with location information. If you do not want to record location information, set
the GPS switch to OFF.
It may take from several seconds to several minutes to acquire the location information when you use the
GPS for the first time or use it again after long intervals.
Even if the camcorder is turned off, the GPS function is working as long as the GPS switch is set to ON.
Make sure that the GPS switch is set to OFF during take off and landing of an airplane.
You may not be able to acquire location information depending on the strength of GPS reception.
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Playback on the camcorder
Playing movies
 Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
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In the default setting, movies and photos that are recorded on the internal memory are played
(p. 62).
The lens cover is opened and your camcorder is turned on.
 Touch
(PLAYBACK).
 Touch
(or
) ()  a desired movie ().
Movies are displayed and sorted by recording date.

/
: Displays movies recorded on the previous/next date.**

/
: Displays the previous/next movie.
 Returns to the recording screen.
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Index
 Switches operating button display.
 To MENU screen
 Displays the Map Index screen (p. 36) (HDR-TG5V).

: Displays high definition image quality (HD) movies*.

: Displays photos.
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The VISUAL INDEX screen appears after some seconds.
*
appears when the standard definition image quality (SD) movie is selected with [
SET] (p. 74).
/
** is displayed when  is touched.

You can scroll the display by touching and dragging  or .
 appears with the movie or photo that was most recently played or recorded. If you touch the
movie or photo with , you can continue playback from the previous time. ( appears on the
photo recorded on “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.)
Your camcorder starts playing the selected movie.
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
Volume adjustment
Previous
Next
OPTION
To stop
To fast-forward
To fast-reverse
To pause/play





Useful Recording Techniques
Tips
When playback from the selected movie reaches the last movie, the screen returns to the VISUAL INDEX
screen.
/
during pause to play back movies slowly.
Touch
/
during playback, movies are played as fast as about 5 times 
As you repeat touching
about 10 times  about 30 times  about 60 times.
(MENU)  [VISUAL INDEX] (under
You can display the VISUAL INDEX by touching
[PLAYBACK] category).
You can display the VISUAL INDEX after rotating the LCD screen 180 degrees, and closing with the
screen facing out.
The recording date, time, and shooting conditions , and coordinates (HDR-TG5V) are recorded
automatically during recording. This information is not displayed during recording, but you can display it
(MENU)  [DATA CODE] (under
[PLAYBACK SET] category)
during playback by touching

.
 a desired setting 


To adjust the sound volume of movies
While playing back movies, touch
You can adjust the sound volume by using
 adjust with
/
/

in the OPTION MENU.
.
Viewing photos
Touch the
(Photo) ()  a desired photo () on the VISUAL INDEX screen.
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Index

Previous
To start/stop slide show
Next
OPTION MENU
To the VISUAL
INDEX screen
Tips
When viewing photos recorded on “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media,
the screen.
Useful Recording Techniques
*  is displayed when  is touched.
Your camcorder displays the selected photo.
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 Switches operating button display.
 To MENU screen
 Displays the Map Index screen (p. 36) (HDR-TG5V).

: Displays high definition image quality (HD) movies.
 : Displays photos.

/
: Displays photos recorded on the previous/next date.*

/
: Displays the previous/next photo.
 Returns to the recording screen.


(playback folder) appears on
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Useful functions for playing movies and photos
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Searching for desired images by date (Date Index)
You can search for desired images by date efficiently.
Select the recording media which contains the image you want to play back before the
operation (p. 62).
 Notes
You cannot use the Date Index function for photos on the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.

 Touch
(MENU)  [DATE INDEX] (under
[PLAYBACK] category).
Returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen
/
to select the date of the desired image, then touch
.
Useful Recording Techniques
 Touch
The images of the selected date are displayed on the VISUAL INDEX screen.
Tips
On the [Film Roll Index]/[Face Index] screen, you can use the Date Index function.


Searching for a desired scene by recording location (Map Index) (HDR-TG5V)


You can use the Map Index only with movies and photos having location information that was recorded
with the GPS switch set to ON (p. 31).
You cannot use the Map Index with photos recorded on “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.
 Touch
(PLAYBACK).
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Index
Where movies and photos were recorded is marked on a map. You can select a movie or photo
by recording location. Select the recording media which contains the movie or photo you
want to play back before starting this operation (p. 62).
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears.
 Touch
(Map Index).
Returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen
Next
Image marker
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Scale
Previous
Displays photos



You can change the scale using the zoom lever (W: larger, T: smaller).
The point you touch on the map scrolls to the center automatically. If you hold a certain point, the map
keeps scrolling.
will appear at the upper right corner of the thumbnail of the movie or photo without location
information.
played back.
The image marker turns red. The movies or photos recorded at that location are displayed
on the left of the screen.
Useful Recording Techniques
 Touch the image marker where you recorded the movies and photos to be
 Touch the desired movie or photo.
Playback starts from the selected scene.
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 Notes
Make sure that you set the GPS switch to ON prior to recording, to be able to create movies and photos
that you can search for on the Map Index (p. 31).
 The map always displays the north at the top.
 When you record several movies and photos at the same location, the movie or photo recorded most
recently will be displayed on the LCD screen.

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


Tips
Searching for desired scene by pinpoint (Film Roll Index)
Movies can be divided by a set time and the first scene of each division is displayed on the
INDEX screen. You can start playing back a movie from the selected thumbnail.
Select the recording media which contains the movie you want to play back before the
operation (p. 62).
 Touch
(MENU)  [
FILM ROLL] (under
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You can also display the Map Index by touching
(MENU)  [ MAP] (under
[PLAYBACK] category).
You can also search for the thumbnail of the movie or photo you want to play by touching
/
in step 3. The recording location of the movie or photo will be displayed at the
center of the map.
[PLAYBACK] category).
Returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen
 Touch
/
to select the desired movie.
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Sets the interval at which to create thumbnails of
scenes in a movie.
 Touch
/
to search for the desired scene, then touch the scene you
want to play back.
Playback starts from the selected scene.
Searching for desired scene by face (Face Index)
 Touch
(MENU)  [
FACE] (under
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[PLAYBACK] category).
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The face images detected during movie recording are displayed on the INDEX screen.
You can play back the movie from the selected face image.
Select the recording media which contains the movie you want to play back before the
operation (p. 62).
Returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen
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 Touch
/
to select the desired movie.
 Touch
/
to search for the desired face image, then touch the desired
face image to view the scene.
Playback starts from the beginning of the scene with the selected face image.
 Notes
Faces may not be detected depending on recording conditions.
Example: People wearing glasses or hats, or who do not face towards the camera.
 Make sure that you set [FACE DETECTION] to [ON] (the default setting) prior to recording, to search
movies on the Face Index (p. 76).

Your camcorder selects a number of short scenes at random, puts them together, and plays
them back as a digest of your high definition image quality (HD) movies with music and
visual effects. You cannot record a scene and specify it as a highlight scene. Scenes selected for
Highlight Playback differ each time Highlight Playback is selected.
Select the recording media which contains the movie you want to play back before you start
the operation (p. 62).
Touch
(MENU)  [HIGHLIGHT] (under
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Playing back a digest of your movies (Highlight Playback)
[PLAYBACK] category)
The settings for Highlight Playback appear. The Highlight Playback starts after several
seconds.
Returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen
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To stop Highlight Playback
To pause, touch
To stop, touch
.
or
.
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To Change the settings for Highlight Playback
After touching [HIGHLIGHT], touch [HIGHLIGHT SET] before the Highlight Playback
starts. You can set following items.



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
[PLAYBACK RANGE]
.
Set the range of movies to be played by selecting the from and to date, then touch
If no range is set, your camcorder plays the movies starting from those of the date displayed on the
VISUAL INDEX screen until the most recently recorded movie.
[THEME]
Select one of the following: [SIMPLE], [NOSTALGIC], [STYLISH], [ACTIVE] (the default setting)
The music category is selected automatically according to the theme.
[MUSIC]
From the music category, you can select one of the following: [MUSIC1], [MUSIC2], [MUSIC3],
[MUSIC4] (the default setting), [ORIGINAL SOUND]
[SHUFFLE]
To play back movies in random order, select [ON].
 Notes
The [PLAYBACK RANGE] setting is cleared when the Highlight Playback stops.
 You cannot save scenes selected for [HIGHLIGHT].

Tips
You can change the settings for Highlight Playback during Highlight Playback by touching
(OPTION).
If you change the settings for Highlight Playback, Highlight Playback scenes are re-selected.
If you change [MUSIC] after you select [THEME], the music will be selected automatically for the theme
from next time.



To change music files


You can transfer music files from audio CDs or MP3 files to your camcorder, and play them with
Highlight Playback. To transfer music files, you need to install the supplied software “PMB” on your
computer. Turn on your camcorder and computer, connect them with the supplied USB cable, then touch
[DOWNLOAD MUSIC] on the camcorder screen. (If the [USB SELECT] screen does not appear, touch
(MENU)  [DOWNLOAD MUSIC] (under
[OTHERS] category)). For details, see the “PMB
Guide.”
After the music file is transferred to the camcorder, if you cannot play the music, the music file may be
(MENU)  [EMPTY MUSIC] (under
[OTHERS]
damaged. Delete the music file by touching
category), then transfer the music file again. If you delete music files using [EMPTY MUSIC], the music
data recorded on your camcorder at the factory will be deleted too. In this case, you can restore them
using Music Transfer supplied with PMB. Refer to the PMB Guide for details.
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
Using PB zoom with photos
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You can magnify photos from about 1.1 to 5 times the original size.
Magnification can be adjusted with the power zoom lever.
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 Play back the photo you want to magnify.
 Magnify the photo with T (Telephoto).
The screen is framed.
displayed frame.
 Adjust the magnification with W (Wide angle)/T (Telephoto).
To cancel, touch
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 Touch the screen at the point you want to display in the center of the
.
Playing back a series of photos (Slide show)
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Touch
on the photo playback screen.
The slide show begins from the selected photo.
To stop the slide show
.
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Touch
To restart the slide show
Touch
again.
 Notes
You cannot operate playback zoom during slide show.

Tips
(OPTION) 
You can set continuous slide show playback by selecting
SET] while playing photos. The default setting is [ON] (continuous playback).


tab  [SLIDE SHOW
Useful Recording Techniques
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Playing images on a TV
Connecting a TV using [TV CONNECT Guide]
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Connection methods and the image quality (high definition (HD) or standard definition
(SD)) viewed on the TV screen differ depending on what type of TV is connected, and the
connectors used. You can connect your camcorder to the TV easily following the instructions
displayed on the LCD screen, [TV CONNECT Guide].
 Switch the input on the TV to the connected jack.
Refer to the instruction manuals of the TV.
 Turn on your camcorder, and touch
(under

(MENU)  [TV CONNECT Guide]
[OTHERS] category) on the LCD screen.
Use the supplied AC Adaptor as the power source (p. 20).
Useful Recording Techniques
 Connect your camcorder and TV referring to [TV CONNECT Guide].
Connectors on your camcorder
A/V OUT jack
A/V Remote
Connector
Input connectors on
the TV
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

When the A/V connecting cable is used to output movies, movies are output with standard
definition image quality (SD).
Your camcorder is equipped with an A/V Remote Connector, and the “Handycam” Station Cradle
is equipped with an A/V OUT jack (p. 7, 8). Connect the A/V connecting cable or component A/V
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cable either to the “Handycam” Station Cradle or to your camcorder.
 Play back movies and photos on your camcorder (p. 33).
High definition image quality (HD) movies are played back with high definition image quality
(HD). Standard definition image quality (SD) movies are played back with standard definition
image quality (SD).
Type
Camcorder
 (p. 44)
Cable
Component A/V cable
(supplied)
TV
(Green) Y
: Signal flow
MENU setting
[COMPONENT]
(under
[OUTPUT
SETTINGS] category) 
[1080i/480i] (p. 92)
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 (p. 44)
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Connecting to a high definition TV
(Blue) PB/CB
(Red) PR/CR
(White)
(Red)
 Notes
If you connect only component video plugs, audio signals are not output. Connect the white and red
plugs to output audio signals.

HDMI cable (sold separately)
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#
 Notes
Use the HDMI OUT jack of the “Handycam” Station Cradle. Your camcorder is not equipped a HDMI
OUT jack.
 Use an HDMI cable with the HDMI logo.
 Images are not output from the HDMI OUT jack of the “Handycam” Station Cradle, if copyright
protection signals are recorded in the images.
 Some TVs may not function correctly (e.g., no sound or image) with this connection.
 Do not connect the HDMI OUT jack of the “Handycam” Station Cradle and HDMI OUT jack of the
external device with the HDMI cable. This may cause a malfunction.

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Connecting to a non-high-definition 16:9 (wide) or 4:3 TV
High definition image quality (HD) movies are converted to standard definition image quality
(SD) and played back. Standard definition image quality (SD) movies are played back with
standard definition image quality (SD).
 (p. 46)
 (p. 46)
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 (p. 46)
To set the aspect ratio according to the connected TV (16:9/4:3)
Set [TV TYPE] to [16:9] or [4:3] according to your TV (p. 92).
 Notes
When you play back standard definition image quality (SD) movies on a 4:3 TV that is not compatible
(MENU)  [ WIDE SELECT]
with the 16:9 signal, record movies with 4:3 aspect ratio. Touch
[RECORDING SET] category)  [4:3] 

(p. 75).
(under

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: Signal flow
Type
Camcorder
Cable
TV
(Blue) PB/CB
(Red) PR/CR
(White)
[COMPONENT]
(under
[OUTPUT
SETTINGS] category) 
[480i] (p. 92)
[TV TYPE] (under
[OUTPUT SETTINGS]
category)  [16:9]/[4:3]*
(p. 92)
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Component A/V cable (supplied)
(Green) Y
MENU setting
(Red)
 Notes
If you connect only component video plugs, audio signals are not output. Connect the white and red
plugs to output audio signals.

(White)
(Red)
(Yellow)
 Notes
When the S VIDEO plug (S VIDEO channel) is connected, audio signals are not output. To output audio
signals, connect the white and red plugs to the audio input jack of your TV.
 This connection produces higher resolution images compared with the A/V connecting cable (Type ).

A/V connecting cable
(supplied)
(Yellow)
(White)
(Red)
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[TV TYPE] (under
[OUTPUT SETTINGS]
category)  [16:9]/[4:3]*
(p. 92)
A/V connecting cable with
S VIDEO (sold separately)
[TV TYPE] (under
[OUTPUT SETTINGS]
category)  [16:9]/[4:3]*
(p. 92)
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* Set [TV TYPE] according to your TV.
When connecting to your TV via a VCR
Connect your camcorder to the LINE IN input on the VCR using the A/V connecting cable.
Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE (VIDEO 1, VIDEO 2, etc.).
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When your TV is monaural (When your TV has only one audio input jack)
Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video input jack and connect the
white (left channel) or red (right channel) plug to the audio input jack of your TV or VCR.
Tips
If you connect your camcorder to the TV using more than one type of cable to output images, the order
of priority of the TV input jacks is as follows:
HDMI  component  S VIDEO  video
HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) is an interface to send both video/audio signals. The
HDMI OUT jack outputs high quality images and digital audio.


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
Using “BRAVIA” Sync
You can operate your camcorder with the Remote Commander of your TV by connecting
your camcorder to a “BRAVIA” Sync compatible TV launched in 2008 or later with the HDMI
cable.
 Connect your camcorder and a “BRAVIA” Sync compatible TV with the HDMI
cable (sold separately).
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HDMI cable
 Turn on your camcorder.
The TV input is switched automatically, and the image of your camcorder is displayed
on the TV.
 Operate it with the remote commander of the TV.
You can do the following operations.
display
(PLAYBACK) of
(MENU) by pressing the SYNC MENU button.
display an index screen, such as the VISUAL INDEX screen, and play back the desired movies
or photos by pressing up/down/left/right/enter buttons on the remote commander of your TV.
 To
 Notes
There may be some operations you cannot do with the Remote Commander.
 To set your camcorder, touch
(MENU)  [CTRL FOR HDMI] (under

.
category)  [ON] (the default setting) 

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[GENERAL SET]
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 To

Also set your TV. Refer to the instruction manual of the TV for details.
Tips
If you turn off the TV, your camcorder is turned off simultaneously.


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Editing
[
Deleting movies and
photos

Touch and display the mark
on the movies or photos to be
deleted.
 Notes
You cannot restore images once they are
deleted.
 Do not remove the battery pack or the AC
Adaptor from your camcorder while deleting
the images. It may damage the recording media.
 Do not eject “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
while deleting images from the “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media.
 You cannot delete protected movies and photos.
Undo the protection of the movies and photos
to delete them, before you try to delete them
(p. 55).
 If the deleted movie is included in the Playlist
(p. 57), the movie added to the Playlist is
deleted also from the Playlist.
 Save important movies and photos in advance
(p. 59, see Operating Guide too).
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You can free media space by deleting
movies and photos from recording media.
Select the recording medium that contains
the movies and photos you want to delete
before starting the operation (p. 62). For
movies, select the image quality (p. 74).
DELETE].
To delete photos, touch [ DELETE]
[EDIT] category) 
(under
[ DELETE].

Touch




To delete all movies/photos at one time
In step 2, touch [ DELETE] 
DELETE ALL]/[
DELETE ALL]
[

.
 [YES]  [YES] 
Tips
You can select up to 100 images at one time.
You can delete an image on the playback screen
OPTION MENU.
from
To delete all images recorded in the recording
media, and recover all the recordable space of
the media, format the media (p. 88).
Reduced-size images which enable you to view
many images at the same time on an index
screen are called “thumbnails.”
Touch

To delete all photos at one time, touch
[ DELETE]  [ DELETE ALL]  [YES]

.
 [YES] 
To delete all the movies/photos
recorded on the same day at one time
You can delete photos by selecting
recording dates only when photos are
recorded on the internal memory.
In step 2, touch [ DELETE] 
DELETE by date]/[
DELETE
[
by date].
(MENU).
To delete movies, touch
[ DELETE] (under [EDIT]
category)  [
DELETE] or

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To delete all photos on the same day at one
time, touch [ DELETE]  [ DELETE
by date].
Index
1
2
 [YES] 
.
Useful Recording Techniques
4


Tips
Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.


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Touch
/
to select the recording
date of the desired movies/photos, then
.
touch
Tips
Touch the image down on the LCD screen
to
to confirm the image. Touch
return to the previous screen.


Touch
.
 [YES] 

Useful Recording Techniques
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50
Acquiring the current
location information
(HDR-TG5V)

scrolling.
You can also display the current location
(MENU)  [ YOUR
by touching
[OTHERS] category).
LOCATION] (under
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You can display the current location on a
map. Set the GPS switch to ON so that your
camcorder can acquire the current location
information (p. 31).
Touch
( YOUR LOCATION) on
the recording screen.
Useful Recording Techniques
The current location is displayed and
marked at the center of the LCD screen. If
you touch a certain point on the screen, the
map shows the area with that point at the
center.
(your location) at the bottom
Touch
left of the LCD screen to move the current
location back to the center.
To close the map screen
Touch
.
 Notes
The map always displays the north at the top.

Tips
You can change the scale using the zoom lever
(W: larger, T: smaller).
Your camcorder acquires the current location
information every 10 seconds. The displays
of the center marker, etc., appear differently
according to the status of the current inquiry.
When your camcorder cannot acquire the
current location information, the center marker
turns gray and the map shows the last location
acquired.
If you hold a certain point, the map keeps




Index

51
Capturing a photo
from a movie
5
Touch

.
Touch
(MENU)  [PHOTO
CAPTURE] (under [EDIT]
category).
The [PHOTO CAPTURE] screen
appears.
Touch the movie to be captured.
The selected movie starts playback.
Touch
at the point where
you want to capture.
The movie pauses. Play and pause
.
toggles as you press
Adjust the capturing point with
more precision after you selected
the point with
.
Useful Recording Techniques
 Notes
The image size is fixed depending on the image
quality of the movie:
2.1M] with high definition image quality
[
(HD)
0.2M] in 16:9 (wide) with standard
[
definition image quality (SD)
 [VGA(0.3M)] in 4:3 with standard definition
image quality (SD)
 The recording medium where you want to save
photos should have enough free space.
 The recording date and time of captured photos
is the same as the recording date and time of
the movies.
 If the movie you are capturing from has no data
code, the recording date and time of the photo
will be the date and time you captured from
the movie.

1
Returns to the beginning of the selected
movie
Touch
.
Index
4
, then repeat steps from step 2.
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Select the recording media which contains
movies and the image quality, and the
recording media where you want to save
photos before the operation (p. 62, 74).
2
3
touch
The captured photo is saved on the
recording media selected in [PHOTO
MEDIA SET] (p. 62).
When capturing is finished, the screen
returns to pause.


To continue capturing, touch
, then
repeat steps from step 3.
To capture a photo from another movie,
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Dubbing/copying
movies and photos
from the internal
memory to “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media
 Touch the type of dubbing.
Dubbing movies
You can dub movies recorded on the
internal memory of your camcorder to
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.
Insert “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
into your camcorder before the operation.
 Select the movie to be dubbed.
[DUB by select]: Touch the movie to be
dubbed, and mark it with . You can
select multiple movies.
Tips
The original movie will not be deleted after
dubbing.
All included images in a Playlist will be dubbed.
The images recorded by this camcorder and
stored onto the recording media are called
“original.”
Tips
Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.





Remaining capacity of the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
Useful Recording Techniques
 Notes
When you record a movie on the “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media for the first time, create
the image database file by touching
(MENU)  [REPAIR IMG.DB F.] (under
[MANAGE MEDIA] category)  [MEMORY
STICK].
 Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet
(wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor to
prevent your camcorder from running out of
power during dubbing.


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[DUB by select]: To select movies and
dub
[DUB by date]: To dub all movies of a
specified date
DUB ALL]: To dub the high
[
definition image quality (HD) Playlist
DUB ALL]: To dub the standard
[
definition image quality (SD) Playlist
When you select the Playlist as the
source of dubbing, follow the on-screen
instructions to dub the Playlist.
[DUB by date]: Select the recording
date of the movie to be dubbed, then
. You cannot select multiple
touch
dates.
(MENU)  [MOVIE
 Touch
DUB] (under [EDIT] category).
Index
The [MOVIE DUB] screen appears.
 Touch

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 [YES] 
.
Tips
To check the dubbed movies after dubbing is
finished, select [MEMORY STICK] on [MOVIE
MEDIA SET] and play them back (p. 62).
Tips
Press and hold the image down on the
screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.




You can copy photos from the internal
memory of the camcorder to “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media.
Insert a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
into your camcorder before the operation.
 Notes
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet
(wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor to
prevent your camcorder from running out of
power during copying.

 Touch

Tips
To check the copied photos after copying
is finished, select [MEMORY STICK] on
[PHOTO MEDIA SET] and play them back
(p. 62).

The [PHOTO COPY] screen appears.

 [YES] 
.
Useful Recording Techniques
(MENU)  [PHOTO
 Touch
COPY] (under [EDIT] category).
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[COPY by date]: Select the recording
date of the photo to be copied, then
. You cannot select multiple
touch
dates.
Copying photos
 Touch the type of copying.
[COPY by select]: To copy selected
photos
[COPY by date]: To copy all photos of
a specified date
 Select the photo to be copied.
Index
[COPY by select]: Touch the photo to
be copied, and mark with . You can
select multiple photos.
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4
Protecting recorded
movies and photos
(Protect)
Touch

To undo the protection of movies and
photos
Touch the movie or photo marked with 
in step 3.
 disappears.
To protect all the movies and photos
recorded on the same day at one time
Tips
You can protect movies and photos on the
OPTION MENU.
playback screen from


Touch
[ PRT. by date] of a photo is only valid
when the recorded media is an internal
memory.
(MENU).
In step 2, touch [ PROTECT] 
PRT. by date]/[
PRT. by date].
[
To protect movies, touch
[ PROTECT] (under [EDIT]
category)  [
PROTECT]/
[
PROTECT].

3

To protect all photos on the same day at
one time, touch [ PROTECT] 
[ PRT. by date].
To protect photos, touch [ PROTECT]
[EDIT] category) 
(under
[ PROTECT].
Touch the movies and photos to
be protected.
Useful Recording Techniques
1
2
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Protect movies and photos to avoid deleting
them by mistake.
Select the recording medium that contains
the movies and photos you want to protect
before starting the operation (p. 62). For
movies, select the image quality (p. 74).
 [YES] 
.
Touch
/
to select the recording
date of the desired movies/photos, then
.
touch
 is displayed on the selected images.
Tips
Touch the image down on the LCD screen
to
to confirm the image. Touch
return to the previous screen.


Touch
.


To undo the protection of movies and
photos recorded on the same day at
one time
In step  above, select the recording date
of the desired movies/photos, then touch
 [OFF] 

.
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Index
Tips
Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
You can select up to 100 images at one
time.


 [ON] 
Dividing a movie

1
2
3
Tips
You can divide a movie on the playback screen
OPTION MENU.
from

Touch
(MENU) 
[ DIVIDE] (under [EDIT]
category).

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Select the recording media which contains
the movie and the image quality you want
to divide before the operation (p. 62, 74).
where you touch
and the actual dividing
point, as your camcorder selects the dividing
point based on about half-second increments.
If you divide the original movie, the movie
added to the Playlist will also be divided.
Touch the movie to be divided.
The selected movie starts playback.
Touch
at the point where
you want to divide the movie into
scenes.
Useful Recording Techniques
The movie pauses. Play and pause
.
toggles as you press
Adjusts the dividing point with
more precision after you selected
the dividing point with
.
4
Returns to the beginning of the selected
movie
Touch
 [YES] 
.
Index
 Notes
You cannot restore movies once they are
divided.
 Do not remove the battery pack or the AC
Adaptor from your camcorder while dividing
the movie. It may damage the recording media.
Also, do not eject the “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media while dividing movies on the “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media.
 A slight difference may occur from the point

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Using the Playlist of
movies
To add all the movies recorded on the
same day at one time
The Playlist is a list showing thumbnails of
the movies that you have selected.
The original movies are not changed even if
you edit or delete the movies added to the
Playlist.
Select the recording media and the image
quality you want to create, play, or edit a
Playlist before the operation (p. 62, 74).
Touch
/
to select the recording
date of the desired movie, then touch
.
Creating the Playlist

ADD] or [
Touch
.

ADD].
Tips
You cannot create a Playlist which contains both
high definition image quality (HD) movies and
standard definition image quality (SD) movies.
You can add a maximum of 999 high definition
image quality (HD) movies, or 99 standard
definition image quality (SD) movies to the
Playlist.
You can add a movie on the playback screen
or the INDEX screen by touching
(OPTION).
You can copy the Playlist to a disc as it is, by
using the supplied software.



The selected movie is marked with .


 [YES] 
.
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Index
Tips
Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.

 Touch


 Notes
Do not remove the battery pack or the AC
Adaptor from your camcorder while adding
movies to the Playlist. It may damage the
recording media. Also, do not eject the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media while editing
movies on the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.
 You cannot add photos to the Playlist.
[EDIT]
 Touch the movie to be added to
the Playlist.

 [YES] 
Useful Recording Techniques
 Touch [
Tips
Touch the image on the LCD screen to
to return
confirm the image. Touch
to the previous screen.

 Notes
High definition image quality (HD) movies and
standard definition image quality (SD) movies
are added to an individual Playlist.

(MENU) 
 Touch
[PLAYLIST EDIT] (under
category).
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In step 2, touch [
ADD by date]/
ADD by date].
[
The recording dates of movies are
displayed on the screen.
Touch
.
Playing the Playlist
Select the recording media and the image
quality you want to play a Playlist before
the operation (p. 62).
 [YES] 

Tips
Even if you erase a movie from a Playlist, the
original movie is not erased.


To change the order within the Playlist
Touch
(MENU)  [PLAYLIST
EDIT] (under [EDIT] category).
MOVE]/[
MOVE].
Touch [
Select the movie to be moved.
Movies added to the Playlist appear.
The selected movie is marked with .
Tips
Touch the image on the LCD screen to
to return
confirm the image. Touch
to the previous screen.


The Playlist is played back from the
selected movie to the end, then the
screen returns to the Playlist screen.
Touch
.
Select the destination with
/
.
To erase unnecessary movies from the
Playlist
Touch
(MENU)  [PLAYLIST
EDIT] (under [EDIT] category).
ERASE]/[
ERASE].
Touch [
To erase all the movies from the Playlist,
touch [
ERASE ALL]/[
ERASE
.
ALL]  [YES]  [YES] 
Select the movie to be erased from the
list.
Useful Recording Techniques
 Touch the movie you want to
play back.
Table of Contents
(MENU) 
 Touch
[PLAYLIST] (under [PLAYBACK]
category).
Destination bar
Touch
.
 [YES] 

Tips
When you select multiple movies, the movies
are moved following the order appearing in the
Playlist.


Index
The selected movie is marked with .
Tips
Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.


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Creating a disc with a
DVD writer, recorder
USB cable (supplied).
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Creating a high definition image
quality (HD) disc with a DVD writer,
etc. (USB cable connection)
Use USB cable to connect your camcorder
to a disc creation device, which is
compatible with high definition image
quality (HD) movies, such as a Sony DVD
writer. Refer also to the instruction manuals
supplied with the device to be connected.
The method used to create a disc by
connecting your camcorder to a Sony DVD
writer is described here.


Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall
socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this
operation (p. 20).
Sony DVD writer may not be available in some
countries/regions.
 Touch [ USB CONNECT] when
movies are recorded on the
internal memory, or [ USB
CONNECT] when movies are
recorded on “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media on the camcorder
screen.
 Connect the AC Adaptor to the
“Handycam” Station Cradle and
the wall outlet (wall socket).

If the [USB SELECT] screen does not
(MENU)  [USB
appear, touch
[OTHERS]
CONNECT] (under
category).
If you do not use the “Handycam” Station
Cradle, connect the AC Adaptor and
Dedicated USB Terminal Adaptor to the
camcorder (p. 8, 19), then proceed to
step 3.
Useful Recording Techniques

The [USB SELECT] screen appears on
the camcorder screen.
 Record movies on the connected
device.
 Set the camcorder onto the
“Handycam” Station Cradle.

 After the operation is completed,
touch [END]  [YES] on the
camcorder screen.
 Connect the  (USB) jack of the
“Handycam” Station Cradle or the
Dedicated USB Terminal Adaptor
and a DVD writer, etc., with the
 Disconnect the USB cable.
59
Index
 Turn on the camcorder by
opening the LCD screen.
For details, refer to the instruction
manuals supplied with the device to be
connected.
(sold separately)
When connecting to another device
via the S VIDEO jack, by using an A/V
connecting cable with an S VIDEO cable
(sold separately), higher quality images can
be produced than with an A/V connecting
cable. Connect the white and red plug
(left/right audio) and the S VIDEO plug
(S VIDEO channel) of the A/V connecting
cable with an S VIDEO cable. If you
connect the S VIDEO plug only, you will
hear no sound. The yellow plug (video)
connection is not necessary.
Creating a standard definition
image quality (SD) disc with a
recorder, etc. (A/V connecting cable
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 Notes
 The high definition image quality (HD) disc
that you created should not be used in DVD
players/recorders. Because DVD players/
recorders are not compatible with the AVCHD
format, DVD players/recorders may fail to eject
the disc.
connection)
You can dub images played back on your
camcorder on a disc or video cassette,
by connecting your camcorder to a disc
recorder, a Sony DVD writer, etc. with
the A/V connecting cable. Connect the
device in either way of  or . Refer
also to the instruction manuals supplied
with the devices to be connected. Select the
recording media that contains movies and
the image quality you want to dub before
starting the operation (p. 62, 74).
Input
Sony DVD writer may not be available in some
countries/regions.
S VIDEO
 Notes
 Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall
socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this
operation (p. 20).
 High definition image quality (HD) movies
will be dubbed with standard definition image
quality (SD).
Useful Recording Techniques

A/V OUT jack
VIDEO
(Yellow)
(White)
AUDIO
A/V connecting cable (supplied)
(Yellow)
(Red)
Signal flow
 Insert the recording media in the
recording device.
A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO
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Index
Connect the A/V connecting cable to the
input jack of another device.
Your camcorder is equipped with an A/V
Remote Connector, and the “Handycam”
Station Cradle is equipped with an
A/V OUT jack (p. 7, 8). Connect the A/V
connecting cable either to the “Handycam”
Station Cradle or to your camcorder,
depending on your setup.

If your recording device has an input
selector, set it to the input mode.


Connect your camcorder to the input jacks
of the recording device.
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 Connect your camcorder to the
recording device (a disc recorder,
etc.) with the A/V connecting
cable  (supplied) or an A/V
connecting cable with S VIDEO
 (sold separately).
category)  [4:3] 

.
When you connect a monaural device, connect
the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable
to the video input jack, and the white (left
channel) or the red (right channel) plug to the
audio input jack on the device.
 Start playback on your
camcorder, and record it on the
recording device.

Refer to the instruction manuals supplied
with your recording device for details.
Useful Recording Techniques
 When dubbing is finished, stop
the recording device, and then
your camcorder.
 Notes
Since dubbing is performed via analog data
transfer, the image quality may deteriorate.
 You cannot dub images to recorders connected
with an HDMI cable.
 To hide the screen indicators (such as a counter,
etc.) on the screen of the monitor device
(MENU)  [DISP
connected, touch
[OUTPUT SETTINGS]
OUTPUT] (under
category)  [LCD PANEL] (the default

.
setting) 
 To record the date/time, coordinates (HDRTG5V), or camera settings data, touch
(MENU)  [DATA CODE] (under
[PLAYBACK SET] category)  a desired

. In addition, touch
setting 
(MENU)  [DISP OUTPUT] (under
[OUTPUT SETTINGS] category)  [V
.
OUT/PANEL] 
 When the screen size of display devices (TV,
(MENU)  [TV
etc.) is 4:3, touch
[OUTPUT SETTINGS]
TYPE] (under

Index
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Utilizing recording media
Changing the
recording media
Selecting the recording media for
photos
The [PHOTO MEDIA SET] screen
appears.
 Touch the desired recording
medium.
Internal memory
 Touch [YES] 
Photos
Movies
“Memory Stick” media


You can do recording, playback, and editing
operations on the selected medium.
See page 106 for the recordable time of movies.
See page 107 for the number of recordable
photos.
To check the recording media settings
Light up the (Movie) lamp to check the
recording medium used for movies, or the
(Photo) lamp for photos. The media icon
is displayed at the top right corner of the
screen.
Selecting the recording media for
movies
(MENU)  [MOVIE
 Touch
MEDIA SET] (under [MANAGE
MEDIA] category).
: Internal memory
: “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
The [MOVIE MEDIA SET] screen
appears.
Inserting “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media
 Touch the desired medium.
 Touch [YES] 
.
The recording medium is changed.
Useful Recording Techniques

Table of Contents
(MENU)  [PHOTO
 Touch
MEDIA SET] (under [MANAGE
MEDIA] category).
You can select the internal memory or
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media as the
recording, playback, or editing medium on
your camcorder. Select the medium to be
used for movies and photos separately. In
the default setting, both movies and photos
are recorded on the internal memory.

.
Types of “Memory Stick” media you can
use with your camcorder

For recording movies, it is recommended that
you use “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media of 1
GB or larger marked with:

PRO Duo” media)*

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(“Memory Stick
(“Memory Stick
Index
The recording medium is changed.
Set the recording medium to [MEMORY
STICK] to record movies and/or photos on
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media (p. 62).

PRO-HG Duo” media)
* Marked with Mark2 or not, either can be
used.
See page 107 for the recordable time of
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.


Access lamp
The [Create a new Image Database
File.] screen appears if you insert new
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media when
the (Movie) lamp is lit.
“Memory Stick” media
(You cannot use it in your camcorder.)




You cannot use any type of memory card other
than those mentioned above.
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media can be
used only with “Memory Stick PRO” media
compatible equipment.
Do not attach a label or the like on “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media or “Memory Stick Duo”
media adaptor.
Insert the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media into
the “Memory Stick Duo” media adaptor when
using “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media with
“Memory Stick” media compatible equipment.
Confirm the direction of the “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media. If you forcibly
insert the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
in the wrong direction, the “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media, “Memory Stick Duo”
media slot, or image data may be damaged.
 Touch [YES].

To record only photos on “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media, touch [NO].
Useful Recording Techniques

Table of Contents

“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media/“Memory Stick PRO-HG
Duo” media
(This size can be used with your camcorder.)
 Notes
If [Failed to create a new Image Database File.
It may be possible that there is not enough
free space.] is displayed in step 2, format the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media (p. 88).

 Insert the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media.
Open the battery/Memory Stick
Duo cover.
 Insert the “Memory Stick Duo”
media until it clicks.
 Close the battery/Memory Stick
Duo cover.
To eject the “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media


63
Do not open the battery/Memory Stick Duo
cover during recording.
When inserting or ejecting the “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media, be careful so that the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media does not pop
out and drop.
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Open the battery/Memory Stick Duo cover
and lightly push the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media in once.
MEMORY].
Preventing data on the
internal memory from
being recovered
The [
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[ EMPTY] allows you to write
unintelligible data onto the internal
memory of the camcorder. In this way,
it may become more difficult to recover
any original data. When you dispose of or
transfer the camcorder, it is recommended
that you perform [ EMPTY].
FORMAT] screen appears.
Touch [EMPTY].
 Notes
If you perform [ EMPTY], all the images are
deleted. To avoid the loss of important images,
they should be saved (p. 59, see Operating
Guide too) before performing [ EMPTY].
 You cannot perform [
EMPTY] unless you
connect the AC Adaptor to the wall outlet (wall
socket).
 Disconnect all cables except the AC Adaptor.
Do not disconnect the AC Adaptor during the
operation.
EMPTY], do not apply
 While performing [
any vibrations or shocks to your camcorder.
The [
EMPTY] screen appears.

Touch [YES]  [YES] 
 Notes
The actual performing time for [ EMPTY] is
about 40 minutes.
EMPTY] while
 If you stop performing [
[Executing…] appears, be sure to complete the
operation by performing [MEDIA FORMAT]
or [ EMPTY] when you use the camcorder
next time.

1
Connect the AC Adaptor to the
“Handycam” Station Cradle and
the wall outlet (wall socket).

2
.
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If you do not use the “Handycam” Station
Cradle, connect the AC Adaptor to the
camcorder (p. 19), then proceed to step 3.
Set the camcorder onto the
“Handycam” Station Cradle.
3
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Open the LCD screen to turn on
your camcorder.
4
Touch
(MENU)  [MEDIA
FORMAT] (under [MANAGE
MEDIA] category)  [INT.
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Customizing your camcorder
MANUAL SETTINGS (Items to adjust for scene condition)
The default settings are marked with .
You can record images effectively in various situations.
Steps
(MENU)  [SCENE SELECTION] (under

desired setting 
[MANUAL SETTINGS] category)  a
Automatically records images effectively without the [SCENE SELECTION]
function.
 AUTO
Maintains the darkening atmosphere of the distant
surroundings in twilight scenes.
TWILIGHT* ( )
Enables to take photos of people and background using
) a flash.
CANDLE ( )
Maintains the dim atmosphere of a candlelit scene.
SUNRISE&SUNSET*
(
)
Reproduces the atmosphere of scenes such as sunsets or
sunrises.
FIREWORKS* ( )
Takes spectacular shots of fireworks.
LANDSCAPE*(
)
)
Prevents people’s faces from appearing excessively white
when subjects are lit by strong light.
Takes the vivid blue of the ocean or a lake.
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)
Shoots distant subjects clearly. This setting also prevents
your camcorder from focusing on glass or metal mesh in
windows between the camcorder and the subject.
Brings out the subject such as people or flowers while
creating a soft background.
PORTRAIT (Soft
portrait) ( )
SPOTLIGHT**(
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TWILIGHT PORT. (
BEACH** (
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SCENE SELECTION
SNOW** ( )
Takes bright pictures of a white landscape.
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* Adjusted to focus on subjects farther away only.
** Adjusted not to focus on subjects a short distance away.
 Notes
Even if you set [TWILIGHT PORT.], the setting changes to [AUTO] in movie recording mode.
 If you set [SCENE SELECTION], [WHITE BAL.] setting is canceled.

FADER
You can record a transition with the following effects adding to the interval between scenes.
Select the desired effect in [STBY] (to fading in) or [REC] (to fading out) mode.
Steps
(MENU)  [ FADER] (under

setting 
Does not use an effect.
WHITE FADER
Fades in/out with the white effect.
BLACK FADER
Fades in/out with the black effect.
Out
In
Out
In
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 OFF
[MANUAL SETTINGS] category)  a desired
To cancel the fader before starting the operation, touch [OFF].
Tips
When you press START/STOP fully, the setting is cleared.
A movie recorded using [BLACK FADER] may be difficult to see in the VISUAL INDEX screen.



WHITE BAL. (White balance)
Steps
(MENU)  [WHITE BAL.] (under

setting 
[MANUAL SETTINGS] category)  a desired
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You can adjust the color balance to the brightness of the recording environment.
OUTDOOR (
The white balance is adjusted automatically.
The white balance is appropriately adjusted for the following recording
conditions:
 Outdoors
 Night views, neon signs and fireworks
 Sunrise or sunset
 Under daylight fluorescent lamps
)
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 AUTO
The white balance is appropriately adjusted for the following recording
conditions:
 Indoors
 At party scenes or studios where the lighting conditions change quickly
 Under video lamps in a studio, or under sodium lamps or incandescentlike color lamps
INDOOR ()
The white balance will be adjusted according to the ambient light.
)
same lighting conditions as you will shoot the subject.
].
flashes quickly. When the white balance has been adjusted and stored in
the memory, the indicator stops flashing.
Touch [
 Notes
Set [WHITE BAL.] to [AUTO] or adjust the color in [ONE PUSH] under white or cool white fluorescent
lamps.
is flashing quickly.
 When you select [ONE PUSH], keep framing white objects while
flashes slowly if [ONE PUSH] could not be set.

 When [ONE PUSH] was selected, if
keeps flashing after touching
, set [WHITE BAL.] to
[AUTO].
 If you set [WHITE BAL.], [SCENE SELECTION] is set to [AUTO].

Tips
If you have changed the battery pack while [AUTO] was selected, or taken your camcorder outdoors after
inside use (or vice versa), select [AUTO] and aim your camcorder at a nearby white object for about 10
seconds for better color balance adjustment.
When the white balance has been set with [ONE PUSH], if the lighting conditions changed by bringing
your camcorder outdoors from inside the house, or vice versa, you need to redo the [ONE PUSH]
procedure to readjust the white balance.
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ONE PUSH (
Touch [ONE PUSH].
Frame a white object such as a piece of paper, to fill the screen under the



You can adjust the brightness and focus for the selected subject simultaneously. This function
enables you to use [SPOT METER] (p. 68) and [SPOT FOCUS] (p. 68) at the same time.
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SPOT MTR/FCS (Spot meter/focus)
Steps
(MENU)  [SPOT MTR/FCS] (under [MANUAL SETTINGS] category)  touch
the subject you want to adjust the brightness and focus on  [END] 
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To adjust the brightness and focus automatically, touch [AUTO].
 Notes
[EXPOSURE] and [FOCUS] are automatically set to [MANUAL].

SPOT METER (Flexible spot meter)
Steps
(MENU)  [SPOT METER] (under [MANUAL SETTINGS] category)  touch
the point where you want to fix and adjust the exposure on the screen  [END] 
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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.
To return the setting to automatic exposure, touch [AUTO].
 Notes
[EXPOSURE] is automatically set to [MANUAL].

SPOT FOCUS
Steps
(MENU)  [SPOT FOCUS] (under [MANUAL SETTINGS] category)  touch
the point to be focused within the frame on the screen  [END] 
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You can select and adjust the focal point to aim it at a subject not located at the center of the
screen.
 Notes
[FOCUS] is automatically set to [MANUAL].
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To adjust the focus automatically, touch [AUTO].
EXPOSURE
You can fix the brightness of a picture manually. Adjust the brightness when the subject is too
bright or too dark.
Steps
(MENU)  [EXPOSURE] (under

(darker)/
(brighter) 
[MANUAL SETTINGS] category)  [MANUAL]

FOCUS
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To adjust the exposure automatically, touch [AUTO].
You can adjust the focus manually. You can select this function also when you want to focus
on a certain subject intentionally.
Steps
(MENU)  [FOCUS] (under [MANUAL SETTINGS] category)  [MANUAL]


(focusing on close subjects)/
(focusing on distant subjects) 
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To adjust the focus automatically, touch [AUTO].
 Notes
When you set [FOCUS] to [MANUAL],  appears.
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
The minimum possible distance between camcorder and subject while maintaining sharp focus is about
1 cm (about 13/32 in.) for wide angle and about 80 cm (about 31 1/2 in.) for telephoto.
Tips
appears when the focus cannot be adjusted any closer, and appears when the focus cannot be
adjusted farther away.
It is easier to focus on the subject by moving the power zoom lever towards T (telephoto) to adjust the
focus, then towards W (wide angle) to adjust the zoom for recording. When you want to record a subject
at close range, move the power zoom lever to W (wide angle), then adjust the focus.
The focal distance information (distance at which the subject is focused on; used as a guide if it is dark
and focus adjustment is difficult) appears for a few seconds in the following cases. (This information will
not display correctly if a conversion lens (sold separately) is being used.)
 When the focus mode is switched from automatic to manual
 When you set focus manually



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TELE MACRO
This is useful to shoot small subjects, such as flowers or insects. You can blur out backgrounds
and the subject stands out clearer.
Cancels TELE MACRO. (TELE MACRO is also canceled when you move the
zoom lever to the W side.)
 OFF
ON (
[MANUAL SETTINGS] category)  a desired
)
The zoom (p. 29) moves to the top of
the T (telephoto) side automatically
and allows recording subjects at a
close distance down to about 36 cm
(14 1/4 in.).
Useful Recording Techniques
Steps
(MENU)  [TELE MACRO] (under

setting 
 Notes
When recording a distant subject, focusing may be difficult and can take some time.
 Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 69) when it is hard to focus automatically.

SMTH SLW REC (Smooth slow rec)
See page 30.
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SHOOTING SET (Items for customized shooting)
The default settings are marked with .
You can select the maximum zoom level up to 10 × in case you want to zoom to a level greater
than following optical zoom during recording. Note that the image quality decreases when
you use the digital zoom.
Steps
(MENU)  [ DIGITAL ZOOM] (under

desired setting 
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DIGITAL ZOOM
[SHOOTING SET] category)  a
The right side of the bar shows the digital zooming factor. The
zooming zone appears when you select the zooming level.
Up to 10 × zoom is performed optically.
20 ×
Up to 10 × zoom is performed optically, and after that, up to 20 × zoom is
performed digitally.
120 ×
Up to 10 × zoom is performed optically, and after that, up to 120 × zoom is
performed digitally.
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 OFF
GUIDEFRAME
You can display the frame and check that the subject is horizontal or vertical.
The frame is not recorded.
Steps
(MENU)  [GUIDEFRAME] (under

setting 
 OFF
[SHOOTING SET] category)  a desired
Does not display the guide frame.
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ON
Displays the guide frame.
Tips
Positioning the subject at the cross point of the guide frame makes a balanced composition.
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STEADYSHOT
You can compensate for camera shake.
Set [ STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] ( ) when using a tripod (sold separately), then the image
becomes natural.
 ON
OFF (
[SHOOTING SET] category)  a desired
The SteadyShot function is used.
)
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Steps
(MENU)  [ STEADYSHOT] (under

setting 
The SteadyShot function is not used.
BLT-IN ZOOM MIC (Built-in zoom microphone)
You can record a movie with vivid sound appropriate to the zoom position.
 OFF
ON ( )
[SHOOTING SET] category)  a
The microphone does not record sound following zooming in or out.
The microphone records sound following
zooming in or out.
Useful Recording Techniques
Steps
(MENU)  [BLT-IN ZOOM MIC] (under

desired setting 
MICREF LEVEL (Microphone reference level)
You can select the microphone level for recording sound.
Steps
(MENU)  [MICREF LEVEL] (under

setting 
 NORMAL
Records various ambient sounds, converting them into the appropriate level.
Records ambient sound faithfully. Select [LOW] when you want to record
an exciting and powerful sound in a concert hall, etc. (This setting is not
suitable for recording conversations.)
AUTO BACK LIGHT
Your camcorder adjusts the exposure for backlit subjects automatically.
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LOW ( )
[SHOOTING SET] category)  a desired
Steps
(MENU)  [AUTO BACK LIGHT] (under

desired setting 
 ON
Adjusts the exposure for backlit subjects automatically.
Does not adjust the exposure for backlight subjects.
AUTO SLW SHUTTR (Auto Slow Shutter)
When recording in dark places, the shutter speed is automatically reduced to 1/30 second.
Steps
(MENU)  [AUTO SLW SHUTTR] (under

desired setting 
 ON
OFF
[SHOOTING SET] category)  a
The Auto Slow Shutter function is used.
The Auto Slow Shutter function is not used.
When using a conversion lens (sold separately), use this function to record using the optimum
compensation for camera shake and focus for the lens.
Steps
(MENU)  [CONVERSION LENS] (under

desired setting 
WIDE CONVERSION
( )
[SHOOTING SET] category)  a
Select this when you do not use a conversion lens.
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CONVERSION LENS
 OFF
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OFF
[SHOOTING SET] category)  a
Select this when you use a wide-conversion lens.
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RECORDING SET (Items for image quality and recording
mode)
The default settings are marked with .
SET
You can select image quality for recording, playback, or editing from high definition image
quality (HD) or standard definition image quality (SD).
Steps
(MENU)  [
setting  [YES] 

/
SET] (under
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[RECORDING SET] category)  a desired
HD QUALITY
Records, plays, or edits high definition image quality (HD) images.
SD QUALITY
Records, plays, or edits standard definition image quality (SD) images.
Tips
You can record, play, or edit movies in the selected image quality only. To record, play, or edit movies in
another image quality, change this setting.

REC MODE (Recording mode)
Steps
(MENU)  [ REC MODE] (under

setting 
[RECORDING SET] category)  a desired
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
You can select a recording mode to record high definition image quality (HD) movies
from 4 levels. When recording fast moving subject, a high image quality, such as [FH], is
recommended.
HD FH (
Records in the highest quality mode (AVC HD 16M (FH))*1.
)
HD HQ (
)
Records in high quality mode (AVC HD 9M (HQ))*2.
 HD SP (
)
Records in standard quality mode (AVC HD 7M (SP))*2.
HD LP (
)
Increases the recording time (Long Play) (AVC HD 5M (LP))*2.
*1Movies are recorded with AVCHD 1920  1080/60i format.
*2Movies are recorded with AVCHD 1440  1080/60i format.
SD HQ (
)
Records in high quality mode (SD 9M (HQ)).
 SD SP (
)
Records in standard quality mode (SD 6M (SP)).
SD LP (
)
Increases the recording time (Long Play) (SD 3M (LP)).
*3 Movies are recorded with MPEG-2 format.
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You can select a recording mode to record standard definition image quality (SD)*3 movies
from 3 levels.
 Notes
If you record in the LP mode, the quality of movies may be degraded, or scenes with quick movements
may appear with block noise when you play back the image.

Tips
See page 106 for the expected recording time of each recording mode.
You can select the [ REC MODE] for each recording media separately.
Figures such as 16M in the table show the average movie recording bit rate. M stands for Mbps.



X.V.COLOR
You can capture wider range of colors. Various colors such as the brilliant color of flowers and
turquoise blue of the sea can be more faithfully reproduced. Refer to the instruction manuals
of the TV.
Steps
(MENU)  [ X.V.COLOR] (under

setting 
 OFF
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
[RECORDING SET] category)  a desired
Records in ordinary color range.
)
Records in x.v.Color.
 Notes
Set [ X.V.COLOR] to [ON] when the recorded movie will be played back on an x.v.Color-compliant
TV.
 If the movie recorded with this function [ON] is played back on a non-x.v.Color-compliant TV, the color
may not be reproduced correctly.
X.V.COLOR] cannot be set to [ON]:
 [
 When recording standard definition image quality (SD) movies
 While recording a movie.

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ON (
WIDE SELECT
When recording standard definition image quality (SD) movies, you can select the horizontal
to vertical ratio according to the TV connected. Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied
with your TV.
Steps
(MENU)  [ WIDE SELECT] (under

desired setting 
4:3 (
)
Records movies to the full screen on a 16:9 (wide) TV screen.
Records movies to the full screen on a 4:3 TV screen.
 Notes
Set [TV TYPE] correctly according to the TV connected for playback (p. 92).

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 16:9 WIDE
[RECORDING SET] category)  a
FACE FUNC. SET (Items to set face function)
The default settings are marked with .
Sets whether to display the detection frame or not when a face is detected by [FACE
DETECTION] or [SMILE DETECTION].
Steps
(MENU)  [FRAME SETTING] (under

setting 
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FRAME SETTING
[FACE FUNC. SET] category)  a desired
Orange frame: A face targeted for possible smile detection shot.
SP
White frame: Detects faces
 ON
Displays the detection frame.
Does not display the detection frame.
OFF
 Notes
The detection frame does not appear while using mirror mode (p. 30).

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SMILE DETECTION
FACE DETECTION
Detects the faces of your subjects and adjusts the focus/color/exposure automatically. Also,
it adjusts the image quality of face parts more finely, in the case of the high definition image
quality (HD) movies.
Steps
(MENU)  [FACE DETECTION] (under

desired setting 
OFF (
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 ON
[FACE FUNC. SET] category)  a
Detects faces.
)
Does not detect faces.
 Notes
Faces may not be detected depending on recording conditions, subject conditions, and the setting of your
camcorder.
 [FACE DETECTION] may not function properly depending on recording conditions. Set [FACE
DETECTION] to [OFF] in this case.

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Tips
The detected faces are recorded in Face Index, however, some faces may not be. Also, there is a limit to
the number of faces that can be recorded in Face Index. To play back from the Face Index, see page 38.


SMILE DETECTION
Steps
(MENU)  [SMILE DETECTION] (under

desired setting 
 DUAL CAPTURE (
ALWAYS ON (
)
)
OFF
[FACE FUNC. SET] category)  a
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The shutter is released when the camcorder detects a smile (SMILE SHUTTER).
Only during movie recording, the shutter is released automatically, when the
camcorder detects a smile.
The shutter is released when the camcorder detects a smile whenever the
camcorder is in recording mode.
Smiles are not detected, so photos are not recorded automatically.
 Notes
Smiles may not be detected depending on recording conditions, subject conditions, and the setting of
your camcorder.
appears on the screen in movie recording standby, and
 When [DUAL CAPTURE] is selected,
when movie recording starts.
changes into


SMILE SENSITIVITY
Useful Recording Techniques
Tips
If a smile is not detected, set the [SMILE SENSITIVITY] (p. 77).
You can select the subject that has priority for smile detection with [SMILE PRIORITY] (p. 77).


Sets the smile detection sensitivity using the SMILE SHUTTER function.
Steps
(MENU)  [SMILE SENSITIVITY] (under

desired setting 
HIGH
 MEDIUM
LOW
[FACE FUNC. SET] category)  a
Detects even a slight smile.
Detects a normal smile.
Detects a big smile.
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SMILE PRIORITY
Selects the priority subject for the SMILE SHUTTER function.
Steps
(MENU)  [SMILE PRIORITY] (under

setting 
[FACE FUNC. SET] category)  a desired
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 AUTO
Detects and shoots smiling faces automatically.
CHILD PRIORITY
Detects and shoots with priority on a child’s face.
ADULT PRIORITY
Detects and shoots with priority on an adult’s face.
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PHOTO SETTINGS (Items for recording photos)
The default settings are marked with .
Press PHOTO fully to start the count down. A photo is recorded after about 10 seconds.
Steps
(MENU)  [ SELF-TIMER] (under

setting 
 OFF
[PHOTO SETTINGS] category)  a desired
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SELF-TIMER
Cancels the self-timer.
Starts the self-timer recording. To cancel the recording, touch [RESET].
ON ( )
IMAGE SIZE
You can select a photo size to be shot.
 4.0M (
1.9M (
Records photos in the high quality (2,304 × 1,728).
)
3.0M (
[PHOTO SETTINGS] category)  a desired
Records photos in the high quality in the 16:9 (wide) ratio (2,304 × 1,296).
)
Allows you to record more photos in relatively clear quality (1,600 × 1,200).
)
VGA(0.3M) (
)
Allows the maximum number of photos to be recorded (640 × 480).
Useful Recording Techniques
Steps
(MENU)  [ IMAGE SIZE] (under

setting 
 Notes
(Photo) lamp is lit.
The selected image size is effective when the
 See page 107 for the number of recordable photos.

FLASH MODE
You can select the flash setting when you record photos with the built-in flash.
 AUTO
[PHOTO SETTINGS] category)  a desired
Automatically flashes when there is insufficient ambient light.
ON ( )
Always uses the flash regardless of the surrounding brightness.
OFF ( )
Records without flash.
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Steps
(MENU)  [FLASH MODE] (under

setting 
 Notes
The recommended distance to the subject when using the built-in flash is approximately 0.3 to 1.5 m (1
to 5 feet).
 Remove any dust from the surface of the flash before using it. Flash effect may be impaired if heat
discoloration or dust obscures the lamp.
 The /CHG (charge) lamp (p. 18) flickers while charging the flash, and remains lit when the battery
charge is complete.
 If you use the flash in bright places such as when shooting a backlit subject, the flash may not be effective.

You can set this function when you use the built-in flash.
Steps
(MENU)  [FLASH LEVEL] (under

setting 
HIGH (
)
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FLASH LEVEL
[PHOTO SETTINGS] category)  a desired
Makes the flash level higher.
 NORMAL ( )
LOW (
)
Makes the flash level lower.
You can set this function when you record photos using the built-in flash.
When you set [REDEYE REDUC] to [ON], then set [FLASH MODE] to [AUTO] or [ON],
appears. You can prevent redeye by activating the pre-flash before the flash flashes.
Steps
(MENU)  [REDEYE REDUC] (under

desired setting 
 OFF
ON (
[PHOTO SETTINGS] category)  a
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REDEYE REDUC (Redeye reduction)
Does not prevent redeye.
)
Prevents redeye.
 Notes
The redeye reduction may not produce the desired effect due to individual differences and other
conditions.
 The redeye function does not work with automatic recording by [SMILE DETECTION].

You can select the way to assign file number of photos.
Steps
(MENU)  [FILE NO.] (under

setting 
[PHOTO SETTINGS] category)  a desired
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FILE NO. (File number)
 SERIES
Assigns file numbers in sequence, following the largest file number existing
on the current recording medium.
 When the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media is replaced with another one,
the file number is assigned for each “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.
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RESET
Assigns file numbers of photos in sequence.
file number becomes larger each time you record a photo.
 Even if the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media is replaced with another one,
the file number is assigned in sequence.
 The
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PLAYBACK (Items for playback)
VISUAL INDEX
Table of Contents
See page 33.
DATE INDEX
See page 36.
MAP (HDR-TG5V)
See page 36.
FILM ROLL
See page 38.
Useful Recording Techniques
FACE
See page 38.
HIGHLIGHT
See page 39.
PLAYLIST
See page 58.
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EDIT (Items for editing)
DELETE
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See page 49.
DELETE
See page 49.
PROTECT
See page 55.
PROTECT
See page 55.
Useful Recording Techniques
DIVIDE
See page 56.
PHOTO CAPTURE
See page 52.
MOVIE DUB
See page 53.
PHOTO COPY
See page 54.
PLAYLIST EDIT
See page 57.
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83
PLAYBACK SET (Items to customize the display)
The default settings are marked with .
SET
You can select image quality for recording, playback, or editing from high definition image
quality (HD) or standard definition image quality (SD).
Steps
(MENU)  [
setting  [YES] 

/
SET] (under
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/
[PLAYBACK SET] category)  a desired
HD QUALITY
Records, plays, or edits high definition image quality (HD) image.
SD QUALITY
Records, plays, or edits standard definition image quality (SD) image.
Tips
You can record, play, or edit movies in the selected image quality only. To record, play, or edit movies in
another image quality, perform this setting again.


During playback, your camcorder displays the information (data code) recorded automatically
at the time of recording.
Steps
(MENU)  [DATA CODE] (under

setting 
[PLAYBACK SET] category)  a desired
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DATA CODE
HDR-TG5
 OFF
Data code is not displayed.
DATE/TIME
Displays the date and time.
CAMERA DATA
Displays camera setting data.
DATE/TIME
Index
 Date
 Time
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CAMERA DATA
Movie
Photo
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 SteadyShot off
 Brightness
 White balance
 Gain
 Shutter speed
 Aperture value
 Exposure
 Flash
Tips
The data code is displayed on the TV screen if you connect your camcorder to a TV.
Depending on the recording media condition, bars [--:--:--] appear.


HDR-TG5V
 OFF
Data code is not displayed.
DATE/TIME
Displays the date and time.
CAMERA DATA
Displays camera setting data.
COORDINATES
Displays coordinates.
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
DATE/TIME
Index
 Date
 Time
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CAMERA DATA
Movie
Photo
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 SteadyShot off
 Brightness
 White balance
 Gain
 Shutter speed
 Aperture value
 Exposure
 Flash
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COORDINATES
 Latitude
 Longitude
Tips
The data code is displayed on the TV screen if you connect your camcorder to a TV.
Depending on the recording media condition, bars [--:--:--] appear.



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86
OTHERS (Items for other settings)
The default settings are marked with .
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YOUR LOCATION (HDR-TG5V)
See page 51.
USB CONNECT
See page 59.
TV CONNECT Guide
See page 43.
EMPTY MUSIC
Useful Recording Techniques
See page 40.
DOWNLOAD MUSIC
See page 40.
BATTERY INFO
You can check the estimated remaining capacity of the battery.
Steps
(MENU)  [BATTERY INFO] (under
[OTHERS] category)  check 
.
SP
To close the battery information screen
.
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Touch
87
MANAGE MEDIA (Items for recording media)
MOVIE MEDIA SET
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See page 62.
PHOTO MEDIA SET
See page 62.
MEDIA INFO
You can check the remaining recordable time for each recording mode of the recording media
selected on [MOVIE MEDIA SET] (p. 62), and the approximate free and used media space of
the recording media.
[MANAGE MEDIA] category)  check 
Tips
You can check the recordable free space, etc., by touching


at the lower right on the screen.
To turn off the display
Touch
.
 Notes
The calculation for recording media space is 1 MB = 1,048,576 bytes. The fractions less than MB are
discarded when the recording media space is displayed.
 Since there is a management file area, the used space is not displayed as 0 MB even if you perform
[MEDIA FORMAT] (p. 88).
Useful Recording Techniques
Steps
(MENU)  [MEDIA INFO] (under
.

Tips
Only the information of the medium selected on [MOVIE MEDIA SET] (p. 62) is displayed. Change the
medium setting if necessary.


MEDIA FORMAT
Steps
(MENU)  [MEDIA FORMAT] (under [MANAGE MEDIA] category)  [INT.
.
MEMORY]/[MEMORY STICK]  [YES]  [YES] 
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Formatting deletes all the movies and photos to recover recordable free space. Select the
recording media to be formatted.
 Notes
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall socket) using AC Adaptor supplied for this operation
(p. 20).
 To avoid the loss of important images, you should save them (p. 59, see Operating Guide too) before
formatting the recording media.
 Protected movies and photos will also be deleted.
 While [Executing…] is displayed, do not close the LCD screen, operate the buttons on the camcorder,
disconnect the AC Adaptor, or eject the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media from your camcorder (The
access lamp is lit or flashing while formatting the medium.).

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REPAIR IMG.DB F.
See page 101, 104.
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Index
89
SOUND/DISP SET (Items to adjust the sound and the
screen)
The default settings are marked with .
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VOLUME
You can adjust the volume of playback sound.
Steps
(MENU)  [VOLUME] (under

(louder) 
[SOUND/DISP SET] category) 
(quieter)/
BEEP
Steps
(MENU)  [BEEP] (under
[SOUND/DISP SET] category)  a desired setting 
 ON
OFF
A melody sounds when you start/stop recording, or operate the touch panel.
Cancels the melody.
LCD BRIGHT
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen.
Steps
(MENU)  [LCD BRIGHT] (under [SOUND/DISP SET] category) 

(darker)/
(brighter) 
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
Tips
This adjustment does not affect the recorded images in any way.


LCD BL LEVEL (LCD back light level)
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen’s backlight.
 NORMAL
BRIGHT
[SOUND/DISP SET] category)  a desired
Standard brightness.
Brightens the LCD screen.
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Index
Steps
(MENU)  [LCD BL LEVEL] (under

setting 
 Notes
When you connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor,
[BRIGHT] is automatically selected for the setting.
 When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is slightly reduced during recording.
 If you open the LCD panel 180 degrees to face the screen outside and close the LCD panel to the
camcorder body, the setting becomes [NORMAL] automatically.

LCD COLOR
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Tips
This adjustment does not affect the recorded images in any way.


You can adjust the color of the LCD screen.
Steps
(MENU)  [LCD COLOR] (under
(higher intensity) 
intensity)/
[SOUND/DISP SET] category) 
(lower

Tips
This adjustment does not affect the recorded images in any way.


You can set the duration of displaying the icons or indicators on the LCD screen.
Steps
(MENU)  [DISPLAY SET] (under

setting 
 AUTO
ON
[SOUND/DISP SET] category)  a desired
Displays only about 5 seconds.
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DISPLAY SET
Displays always.
Tips
The icons or indicators are displayed in the following cases.
 When you turn on your camcorder.
 The LCD screen is touched.
 When you switch your camcorder to the movie recording, photo recording, or playback modes.


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OUTPUT SETTINGS (Items for when connected to a TV)
The default settings are marked with .
You need to convert the signal depending on the TV connected when playing back movies
and photos. The recorded movies and photos are played back as following illustrations.
Steps
(MENU)  [TV TYPE] (under

setting 
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TV TYPE
[OUTPUT SETTINGS] category)  a desired
Select this to view your movies on a 16:9 (wide) TV. The recorded movies
and photos are played back as shown below.
Movies and photos recorded in 16:9
(wide) mode
Movies and photos recorded in 4:3
mode
 16:9
Movies and photos recorded in 16:9
(wide) mode
Movies and photos recorded in 4:3
mode
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Select this to view your movies and photos on a 4:3 standard TV. The
recorded movies and photos are played back as shown below.
4:3
 Notes
Horizontal to vertical ratio of high definition image quality (HD) movies is 16:9.
 When you connect your camcorder to a TV compatible with the ID-1/ID-2 system, set [TV TYPE] to
[16:9]. The TV switches to full mode automatically. Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with
your TV.

Select [COMPONENT] when connecting your camcorder to a TV with the component input
jack.
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COMPONENT
Steps
(MENU)  [COMPONENT] (under

setting 
 1080i/480i
Select this when connecting your camcorder to a TV with the component
input jack.
Select this when connecting your camcorder to a TV that has the component
input jack and is capable of displaying the 1080i signal.
HDMI RESOLUTION
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480i
[OUTPUT SETTINGS] category)  a desired
Select the output image resolution when connecting your camcorder to a TV with an HDMI
cable.
Steps
(MENU)  [HDMI RESOLUTION] (under [OUTPUT SETTINGS] category) 


[HD CONTENTS]/[SD CONTENTS]  a desired setting 
HD CONTENTS
 AUTO
Normal setting (outputs the signal according to the TV automatically).
1080i
Outputs the 1080i signal.
720p
Outputs the 720p signal.
480p
Outputs the 480p signal.
SD CONTENTS
Set the output image resolution recorded with standard definition image quality (SD).
 AUTO
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Set the output image resolution recorded with high definition image quality (HD).
Normal setting (outputs the signal according to the TV automatically).
480p
Outputs the 480p signal.
480i
Outputs the 480i signal.
DISP OUTPUT (Display output)
You can set where the screen displays are to be output.
 LCD PANEL
V-OUT/PANEL
[OUTPUT SETTINGS] category)  a
Shows displays such as the time code on the LCD screen.
Shows displays such as the time code on the LCD screen, and on the TV
screen.
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Steps
(MENU)  [DISP OUTPUT] (under

desired setting 
CLOCK/
LANG (Items to set clock and language)
The default settings are marked with .
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CLOCK SET
See page 22.
AREA SET
You can adjust a time difference without stopping the clock. Set your local area when using
your camcorder in other time zones. Refer to the world time difference on page 109.
Steps
(MENU)  [AREA SET] (under


/
area using
[CLOCK/
LANG] category)  set your local
AUTO CLOCK ADJ (Auto clock adjustment) (HDR-TG5V)
Steps
(MENU)  [AUTO CLOCK ADJ] (under

desired setting 
 ON
OFF
[CLOCK/
LANG] category)  a
Adjusts the clock automatically.
Does not adjust the clock automatically.
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Your camcorder will maintain the correct clock time by acquiring the time from GPS.
Set the GPS switch to ON in advance.
 Notes
You must set the date and time on your camcorder before using your camcorder (p. 22).
 There may be discrepancies of a few seconds even if [AUTO CLOCK ADJ] is activated.
 The clock is adjusted automatically by [AUTO CLOCK ADJ] when you turn off your camcorder if the
camcorder is receiving a GPS signal while it is being used. The clock is not adjusted until the camcorder
is turned off. Also, the clock is not adjusted unless the camcorder is receiving a GPS signal, even if the
GPS switch is set to ON.

AUTO AREA ADJ (Auto area adjustment) (HDR-TG5V)
Steps
(MENU)  [AUTO AREA ADJ] (under

setting 
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[CLOCK/
LANG] category)  a desired
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Your camcorder will compensate for a time differences with the current area automatically
when it detects a time difference, by acquiring the current location information from GPS.
Set the GPS switch to ON in advance.
 ON
OFF
Compensates for the time difference with the current area automatically.
Does not compensate for the time difference with the current area
automatically.
DST SET/SUMMERTIME
You can change this setting without stopping the clock. Set to [ON] to move the time forward
1 hour.
Steps
(MENU)  [DST SET] or [SUMMERTIME] (under
 a desired setting 

 OFF
ON
[CLOCK/
LANG] category)
Does not set the DST SET or summertime.
Sets the DST SET or summertime.
You can select the language to be used on the LCD screen.
Steps
(MENU)  [ LANGUAGE SET] (under

desired setting 
[CLOCK/
LANG] category)  a
Tips
Your camcorder offers [ENG[SIMP]] (simplified English) for when you cannot find your native tongue
among the options.

Useful Recording Techniques
LANGUAGE SET

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 Notes
You must set date and time on your camcorder before using your camcorder (p. 22).

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GENERAL SET (Other setup items)
The default settings are marked with .
When your camcorder is connected to a wall outlet (wall socket), a demonstration movie
appear about 10 minutes after you turn on the (Movie) lamp.
Steps
(MENU)  [DEMO MODE] (under
setting 
 ON
OFF
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DEMO MODE
[GENERAL SET] category)  a desired
The demonstration appears.
The demonstration does not appear.
Tips
, the demonstration starts playing.
When you set this item to [ON] and touch
The demonstration will be suspended:
 When you press START/STOP or PHOTO
 The LCD screen is rotated, and closed with the screen facing out
A movie you have recorded will be registered as the demonstration movie if the movie satisfies all of the
following conditions.
 The movie is protected
 The movie is the first one displayed on the VISUAL INDEX screen
 The movie is saved on the internal memory
 The movie is recorded with high definition image quality (HD)



CALIBRATION
Useful Recording Techniques

See page 117.
A.SHUT OFF (Auto shut off )
You can set your camcorder to turn off automatically when you do not operate your
camcorder for more than about 5 minutes.
 5min
NEVER
[GENERAL SET] category)  a desired
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Steps
(MENU)  [A.SHUT OFF] (under

setting 
The camcorder turns off automatically.
The camcorder does not turn off automatically.
 Notes
When you connect your camcorder to a wall outlet (wall socket), [A.SHUT OFF] is automatically set to
[NEVER].

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CTRL FOR HDMI (Control for HDMI)
When connecting your camcorder to a “BRAVIA” Sync compatible TV with the HDMI cable
(sold separately), you can play back movies on your camcorder by aiming the TV’s Remote
Commander at the TV (p. 47).
 ON
OFF
[GENERAL SET] category)  a desired
Operates your camcorder using the TV’s Remote Commander.
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Steps
(MENU)  [CTRL FOR HDMI] (under

setting 
Does not operate your camcorder using the TV’s Remote Commander.
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting












The camcorder does not operate even
when the power is set to on.
Overall operations........................................... p. 98
Batteries/power sources ................................. p. 99
LCD screen....................................................... p. 99
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.................. p. 99
Recording........................................................p. 100
Playback..........................................................p. 101
Playing back images stored on “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media on other devices..............p. 101
Editing movies/photos on your camcorder
..........................................................................p. 102
Playback on the TV.......................................p. 102
Dubbing/Connecting to other devices........p. 102
GPS (HDR-TG5V).........................................p. 102
Examples of functions that cannot be used
simultaneously................................................p. 102


The menu settings have changed
automatically.

Notes before sending your camcorder
for repair



The following menu items return to the
default settings in more than 12 hours after
you close the LCD screen.
 [AUTO BACK LIGHT]
 [SPOT MTR/FCS]
 [SPOT METER]
 [SPOT FOCUS]
 [EXPOSURE]
 [FOCUS]
 [SCENE SELECTION]
 [WHITE BAL.]
 [BLT-IN ZOOM MIC]
 [MICREF LEVEL]
The following menu items return to the
default settings when you switch between
movie recording and photo recording and
playback modes.
[
FADER]
 [TELE MACRO]
[
SELF-TIMER]
Your camcorder gets warm.

The power does not turn on.
Attach a charged battery pack to the
camcorder (p. 18).
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Your camcorder may become warm during
operation. This is not a malfunction.
Index
Your camcorder may be required to initialize
or change the current internal memory of your
camcorder, depending on the problem. In the
event of this, the data stored on the internal
memory will be deleted. Be sure to save the
data on the internal memory on other media
(backup) before sending your camcorder for
repair (p. 59, see Operating Guide too). We
will not compensate you for any loss of internal
memory data.
During repair, we may check a minimum
amount of data stored on the internal memory
in order to investigate the problem. However,
your Sony dealer will neither copy nor retain
your data.
Overall operations

It takes a few seconds for your camcorder to
be ready to shoot after the power is turned on.
This is not a malfunction.
Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall
outlet (wall socket) or remove the battery
pack, then reconnect it after about 1 minute.
If the functions still do not work, press RESET
(p. 7) using a pointed object. (If you press
RESET, all settings, including the clock setting,
are reset.)
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

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If you run into any problems using your
camcorder, use the following list to
troubleshoot the problem. If the problem
persists, disconnect the power source and
contact your Sony dealer.
The plug of the AC Adaptor has been
disconnected from the wall outlet (wall
socket). Connect it to the wall outlet (wall
socket) (p. 18).
Set the camcorder onto the “Handycam”
Station Cradle securely (p. 18).
problem persists, replace the battery pack with
a new one (p. 116).
Batteries/power sources
The power abruptly turns off.


Menu items are grayed out.


The buttons do not appear on the touch
panel.
The /CHG (charge) lamp does not light
while the battery pack is being charged.





Close the LCD screen (p. 18).
Attach the battery pack to the camcorder
correctly (p. 18).
Connect the power cord (mains lead) to the
wall outlet (wall socket) properly.
The battery charge is completed (p. 18).
Set the camcorder onto the “Handycam”
Station Cradle securely (p. 18).
The buttons on the touch panel do not
work correctly or do not work at all.



Operations using the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media cannot be performed.

The ambient temperature is too high or too
low. This is not a malfunction.
The battery pack has not been charged
enough. Fully charge the battery again. If the
problem persists, replace the battery pack with
a new one (p. 116).
The indicated time may not be correct
depending on the environment of use.
Images stored on the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media cannot be deleted.



The maximum number of images that you can
delete on the index screen at one time is 100.
You cannot delete the protected images.
The data file name is not indicated
correctly or flashes.
The battery pack is quickly discharged.

If you use “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
formatted on a computer, format it again on
your camcorder (p. 88).


The ambient temperature is too high or low.
This is not a malfunction.
The battery pack has not been charged
enough. Fully charge the battery again. If the
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The file is damaged.
The file format is not supported by your
camcorder (p. 115).
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
Set [DISPLAY SET] to [ON] (p. 91).
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
Attach the battery pack to the camcorder
correctly (p. 18). If the problem persists,
disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall
outlet (wall socket) and contact your Sony
dealer. The battery pack may be damaged.
The remaining battery time indicator does
not indicate the correct time.

Adjust the touch panel ([CALIBRATION])
(p. 117).
The buttons on the touch panel quickly
disappear.
The /CHG (charge) lamp flashes while
the battery pack is being charged.

Touch the LCD screen lightly.
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
You cannot select grayed items in the current
recording/playback situation.
There are some functions you cannot activate
simultaneously (p. 102).
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
LCD screen
Use the AC Adaptor.
In the default setting, when about 5 minutes
have elapsed while you do not operate your
camcorder, the camcorder is automatically
turned off (A.SHUT OFF). Change the setting
of [A.SHUT OFF] (p. 96), or turn on the
power again.
Charge the battery pack (p. 18).
Recording
the recording media.
Refer also to “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media (p. 99).




There is a time difference between the
point when START/STOP is pressed fully
and the point that the recording movie is
started or stopped actually.
Your camcorder is recording the image you
have just shot on the recording media. You
cannot make new recording during this
period.
The recording media is full. Delete
unnecessary images (p. 49).
Total number of movie scenes or photos
exceeds the recordable capacity of your
camcorder (p. 106, 107). Delete unnecessary
images (p. 49).

The auto focus does not function.
The imaging field may look different
depending on the condition of your
camcorder. This is not a malfunction.


The flash does not work.


The horizontal to vertical ratio of high
definition image quality (HD) movies is 16:9
(wide).
Set [FOCUS] to [AUTO] (p. 69).
The recording conditions are not suitable for
auto focus. Adjust the focus manually (p. 69).
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
Your camcorder is recording the scene you
have just shot on the recording media.
The imaging field looks different.

On your camcorder, there may be a slight time
difference between the point where you press
START/STOP fully and the actual point that
recording movie starts/stops. This is not a
malfunction.
The horizontal to vertical ratio of the
movie (16:9 (wide)/4:3) cannot be
changed.
The access lamp remains lit or flashing
even if recording was stopped.

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Pressing START/STOP or PHOTO fully does
not record images.
Depending on the recording conditions, the
time available for recording may be shorter, for
example when recording a fast moving object,
etc. (p. 106).
SteadyShot does not function.
You cannot record with the flash while:
 Capturing photos while recording a movie
 [CONVERSION LENS] is set to [WIDE
CONVERSION]
Even if auto flash or
(Auto redeye
reduction) is selected, you cannot use the
flash with:
 [SPOT MTR/FCS]
 [SPOT METER]
 [MANUAL] in [EXPOSURE]
 [TWILIGHT], [CANDLE],
[SUNRISE&SUNSET], [FIREWORKS],
[LANDSCAPE], [SPOTLIGHT], [BEACH] or
[SNOW] in [SCENE SELECTION]


Set [ STEADYSHOT] to [ON] (p. 72).
Even if [ STEADYSHOT] is set to
[ON], your camcorder may not be able to
compensate for excessive vibrations.
The subjects passing by the screen very
fast appear crooked.

Horizontal stripes appear on the images.

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This occurs when recording images under a
fluorescent lamp, sodium lamp, or mercury
Index
The actual recording time for movies is
less than the expected recording time of
This is called the focal plane phenomenon.
This is not a malfunction. Because of the way
the image device (CMOS sensor) reads out
image signals, the subjects passing by the lens
rapidly might appear crooked depending on
the recording conditions.
lamp. This is not a malfunction.
is indicated on an image on the
VISUAL INDEX screen.
Black bands appear when you record a TV
screen or computer screen.

Set [

STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] (p. 72).

You cannot adjust [LCD BL LEVEL] when:
 The LCD panel is closed on your camcorder
with the LCD screen facing out.
 The power is supplied from the AC Adaptor.
No sound or only a quiet sound is heard
during playback.
Magnification changes when the
recording mode is switched.



You cannot use digital zoom when your
camcorder is in the photo recording mode.

Playback



Select the recording media and the image
quality of a movie you want to play back by
touching
(MENU)  [MOVIE MEDIA
SET]/[PHOTO MEDIA SET] (under
[MANAGE MEDIA] category) (p. 62).
Select the image quality of a movie you want
to play back by touching
(MENU) 
[
/
SET] (under
[PLAYBACK SET]
category) (p. 84).
A movie is played back automatically.

Playing back images stored on
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media on
other devices
Photos cannot be played back.


Photos cannot be played back if you have
modified files or folders, or have edited the
data on a computer. (The file name flashes in
that case.) This is not a malfunction.
Photos recorded on other devices may not be
played back. This is not a malfunction.
Images cannot be played back or the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media is not
recognized.


This may appear on an image recorded on
other devices, edited on a computer, etc.
You removed the AC Adaptor or the battery
pack before the access lamp is turned off after
recording. This may damage your image data
and
is displayed.
101
You cannot play back high definition image
quality (HD) movies on “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media on a device that is not compatible
with AVCHD format.
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is indicated on an image on the
VISUAL INDEX screen.

Movies play automatically as a demonstration
movie when the filmed movie fulfills a certain
condition on your camcorder (p. 96). This is
not a malfunction.
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Images cannot be played back.
Turn up the volume (p. 34).
Sound is quiet when the LCD screen is closed
facing out. Open the LCD screen.
When you record sound with [MICREF
LEVEL] (p. 72) set to [LOW], the recorded
sound may be difficult to hear.
Sounds cannot be recorded while shooting
an about-3-second movie using [SMTH SLW
REC].
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[LCD BL LEVEL] cannot be adjusted.
The image data base file may be damaged.
Check the data base file by touching
(MENU)  [REPAIR IMG.DB F.] (under
[MANAGE MEDIA] category)  the
recording medium. If it still appears, delete the
image with
(p. 49).
Editing movies/photos on your
camcorder
TV.

Unable to edit.
Unable to edit because of the condition of the
image.
Black bands appear at the top and bottom
of the screen of the 4:3 TV.
Movies cannot be added in the Playlist.




There is no free space in the recording media.
You can add no more than 999 high definition
image quality (HD) movies, or 99 standard
definition image quality (SD) movies, to a
Playlist. Erase unnecessary movies from the
Playlist (p. 58).
You cannot add photos in the Playlist.
Dubbing/Connecting to other
devices
Images are not dubbed correctly.
A movie cannot be divided.


A movie that is too short cannot be divided.
A protected movie cannot be divided.

A photo cannot be captured from a
movie.

GPS (HDR-TG5V)
The recording media where you want to save
photos is full.
The camcorder is not receiving a GPS
signal (HDR-TG5V).
Playback on the TV

Neither image nor sound is played on the
connected TV.



When you are using the component A/V
cable, set [COMPONENT] according to the
requirements of the connected device (p. 92).
When you are using the component video
plug, make sure the red and white plugs of the
A/V connecting cable are connected (p. 44,
45).
Images are not output from the HDMI OUT
jack, if copyright protection signals are
recorded in the images.
When you are using the S VIDEO plug,
make sure the red and white plugs of the A/V
connecting cable are connected (p. 46).
Your camcorder may not be able to receive
radio signals from GPS satellites because of
obstructions. Bring your camcorder to an
open area, and set the GPS switch to ON
again.
The current location on the map of the
camcorder is different from the actual
current location (HDR-TG5V).

The margin of error of the radio signal from
GPS satellites is large. The margin of error can
be as wide as several-hundred meters at the
maximum.
Examples of functions that cannot
be used simultaneously
The following list shows examples of
unworkable combinations of functions and
The image appears distorted on the 4:3
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
You cannot dub images using the HDMI cable.
The A/V connecting cable is not connected
properly. Make sure to connect the cable to the
input jack of another device (p. 60).
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
This happens when viewing an image recorded
in the 16:9 (wide) mode on a 4:3 TV. This is
not a malfunction.
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
This happens when viewing an image
recorded in the 16:9 (wide) mode on a 4:3 TV.
Set [TV TYPE] correctly (p. 92) and play back
the image.
menu items.

Because of following settings
[FACE
DETECTION]
[SMTH SLW REC],
[ DIGITAL ZOOM],
[SPOT MTR/FCS], [SPOT
METER], [SPOT FOCUS],
[EXPOSURE], [FOCUS],
[TWILIGHT], [TWILIGHT
PORT.], [CANDLE],
[SUNRISE&SUNSET],
[FIREWORKS],
[LANDSCAPE],
[SPOTLIGHT], [BEACH],
[SNOW], [WHITE BAL.],
[SMTH SLW REC],
[ DIGITAL ZOOM],
[ FADER], [ SELFTIMER]
[SMILE
SENSITIVITY]
[SMTH SLW REC],
[ DIGITAL ZOOM],
[ FADER], [ SELFTIMER]
[SMILE
PRIORITY]
[SMTH SLW REC],
[ DIGITAL ZOOM],
[ FADER], [ SELFTIMER]
[FRAME
SETTING]
[SMTH SLW REC]
[SCENE
SELECTION]
[ FADER], [TELE
MACRO]
C:13: / C:32:
Remove the power source. Reconnect it and
operate your camcorder again.

C:06:
The battery pack temperature is high. Change
the battery pack or place it in a cool place.

E:20: / E:31: / E:61: / E:62: /
E:91: / E:94: / E:95: / E:96:
 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”.
101-0001 (Warning indicator pertaining
to files)
Slow flashing
 The file is damaged.
 The file is unreadable.
 (Battery level warning)
Slow flashing
 The battery pack is nearly used up.
 Depending on the operating environment or
battery conditions,  may flash, even if there
are about 20 minutes remaining.
Self-diagnosis display/Warning
indicators
If indicators appear on the LCD screen,
check the following.
If the problem persists even after you
have tried to fix a couple of times, contact
your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony
service facility.
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[SMILE
DETECTION]

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Cannot use
The battery pack is not an “InfoLITHIUM”
battery pack NP-FH50. Use an
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack NP-FH50.
(p. 115).
Connect the DC plug of the AC Adaptor to the
DC IN jack of “Handycam” Station Cradle or
your camcorder securely (p. 18).
(Warning indicator pertaining to
battery pack temperature)

The battery pack temperature is high. Change
the battery pack or place it in a cool place.
Slow flashing
 Free spaces for recording images are running
out. For the type of “Memory Stick” media you
can use with your camcorder, see page 62.
 No “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media is
inserted (p. 62).
C:(or E:) : (Self-diagnosis display)
C:04:
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(Warning indicator pertaining to
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media)
Fast flashing
 There are not enough free spaces for recording
images. After storing the images on other
media (p. 59, see Operating Guide too), delete
unnecessary images, or format the “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media (p. 88).
 The image data base file may be damaged.
Check the data base file by touching
(MENU)  [REPAIR IMG.DB F.] (under
[MANAGE MEDIA] category)  the
recording medium.
 The “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media is
damaged.
(Warning indicator pertaining to
photo recording)


Description of warning messages
If messages appear on the screen, follow the
instructions.
Recording media
The “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media is
damaged.
The “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media is not
formatted correctly (p. 88).
Internal memory format error.
Incompatible “Memory Stick Duo” media are
inserted (p. 62).
Data error.
 (Warning indicator pertaining to
the write-protect of the “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media)



Access to the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
was restricted on another device.
(Warning indicator pertaining to the
flash)

The amount of lights is not sufficient, so
camera-shake easily occurs. Use the flash.
The camcorder is unsteady, so camera-shake
easily occurs. Hold the camcorder steady with
both hands and record the image. However,
note that the camera-shake warning indicator
does not disappear.
The image management file is damaged. When
you touch [YES], a new image management
file is created. The old recorded images on the
media cannot be played back (Image files are
not damaged). If you execute [REPAIR IMG.
DB F.] after creating new information, playing
back the old recorded images may become
possible. If it does not work, copy the image
using the supplied software.
Inconsistencies found in Image Database
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Index
(Warning indicator pertaining to
camera-shake warning)

An error occurred during reading or writing
the internal memory of the camcorder.
If the message is preceded by a GPS indicator,
there may be some trouble with the GPS
receiver. Turn on your camcorder again.
(HDR-TG5V)
The Image Database File is damaged. Do
you want to create a new file?
HD movie management information is
damaged. Create new information?
Fast flashing
 There is something wrong with the flash.

The internal memory of the camcorder
is set differently from the default format.
Performing [MEDIA FORMAT] (p. 88) may
enable you to use your camcorder. This will
delete all data in the internal memory.
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
(Warning indicator pertaining to
incompatible “Memory Stick Duo” media)

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
Tips
You may hear a melody when some warning
indicators appear on the screen.


(Warning indicators pertaining
to “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
formatting)

The recording media is full.
Photos cannot be recorded during processing.
Wait for a while, then record.


record or play movies.

This Memory Stick may not be able to
record or play images correctly.

The image management file is damaged, and
you cannot record movies or photos. Touch
[YES] to repair.
You can record photos on “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media.

No further selection is possible.
Writing data onto the media of the camcorder
has failed. Attempts were made to recover the
data, but they were unsuccessful.
Reinsert the Memory Stick.
Reinsert the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
a few times. If even then the indicator flashes,
the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media could
be damaged. Try with another “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media.
You can select only 100 images at one time for:
 Deleting movies/photos
 Protecting movies/photos, or releasing the
protection
 Dubbing movies
 Copying photos
 Editing the Playlist of high definition image
quality (HD) movies/Photos
Data protected.

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

Reinsert the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media,
and follow the instructions on the LCD screen.
Other
Your camcorder tries to recover data
automatically if the data writing was not
performed properly.
Cannot recover data.

Use “Memory Stick” media recommended for
your camcorder (p.62).
Do not eject the Memory Stick during
writing. Data may be damaged.
Recovering data.

Use “Memory Stick” media recommended for
your camcorder (p. 62).
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File. Do you want to repair the Image
Database File?
The Image Database File is damaged. Do
you want to repair the Image Database
File?
Inconsistencies found in Image Database
File. Cannot record or play HD movies. Do
you want to repair the Image Database
File?
You tried to delete protected data. Release the
protection of the data.
This Memory Stick is not formatted
correctly.

Check the format, then format the “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media with your camcorder if
necessary (p. 88).


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Still picture folder is full. Cannot record
still pictures.
You cannot create folders exceeding
999MSDCF. You cannot create or delete
created folders using your camcorder.
Format the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
(p. 88), or delete folders using your computer.
This Memory Stick may not be able to
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Additional information
Recording time of
movies/number of
recordable photos
(unit: minute)
“HD” stands for high definition image
quality, and “SD” stands for standard image
quality.

High definition image quality (HD)
(unit: minute)
Recording mode
Approximate time available when you use a
fully charged battery pack.



Typical recording
time
HD
SD
50
65
HDR-TG5
HDR-TG5V
115 (115) 110 (110)
230 (165) 220 (155)
290 (205) 275 (195)
390 (300) 370 (285)
Standard definition image quality (SD)
(unit: minute)
Each recording time is measured under the
following condition:
REC MODE]: SP
[
 Recording media: The internal memory or
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
Typical recording time shows the time when
you repeat recording start/stop, switching the
MODE ramp, and zooming.
Times measured when using the camcorder at
25 C (77 ˚F) (10 C to 30 C (50 ˚F to 86 ˚F) is
recommended.)
The recording and playback time will be
shorter when you use your camcorder in low
temperatures.
The recording and playback time will be shorter
depending on the conditions under which you
use your camcorder.
Recording mode
[SD HQ]
[SD SP]
[SD LP]
Recording time
HDR-TG5
HDR-TG5V
235 (210) 225 (200)
340 (210) 325 (200)
715 (460) 680 (440)
 Notes
The number in ( ) is the minimum recordable
time.

Tips
You can record movies of a maximum of 3,999
scenes with high definition image quality (HD),
and 9,999 scenes with standard definition image
quality (SD).
Your camcorder uses the VBR (Variable Bit
Rate) format to automatically adjust image
quality to suit the recording scene. This
technology causes fluctuations in the recording
time of the media. Movies containing quickly
moving and complex images are recorded at
a higher bit rate, and this reduces the overall



Playing time
Approximate time available when you use a
fully charged battery pack.
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Index

Continuous
recording time
HD
SD
100
135
Recording time
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[HD FH]
[HD HQ]
[HD SP]
[HD LP]
(unit: minute)

The internal memory or “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media is used as the recording media.
Internal memory
Recording time
Image quality
NP-FH50
(supplied)
SD
180
Expected recording time of movies
Expected time of recording and
playback with the supplied battery
pack
Battery pack
HD
155
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Battery pack
Image quality
NP-FH50
(supplied)
recording time.
Expected number of recordable
photos
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
Internal memory
High definition image quality (HD)
You can record the maximum 9,999 photos.
(unit: minute)
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB
AVC HD
9M
(HQ)
10
(9)
25
(20)
55
(40)
115
(80)
230
(165)
AVC HD
7M
(SP)
15
(10)
35
(25)
70
(50)
145
(100)
290
(205)
AVC HD
5M
(LP)
20
(15)
45
(35)
95
(70)
195
(150)
390
(300)
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
4.0M
2304  1728
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB


(unit: minute)
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB
SD 9M
(HQ)
10
(10)
25
(25)
55
(50)
115
(105)
SD 6M
(SP)
20
(10)
40
(25)
80
(50)
170
(105)
SD 3M
(LP)
40
(25)
85
(55)
170
(110)
355
(230)
235
(210)
340
(210)
715
(460)
The selected image size is effective when the
(Photo) lamp is lit.
The number of recordable photos shown is for
the maximum image size of your camcorder.
The actual number of recordable photos is
displayed on the LCD screen during recording
(p. 8).
 Notes
Numbers in the table are based on using Sony
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media. The number
of recordable photos may vary depending
on the recording conditions, and the type of
“Memory Stick” media.
 The unique pixel array of Sony’s ClearVid and
the image processing system (BIONZ) allow
still image resolution equivalent to the sizes
described.

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Standard definition image quality (SD)
470
970
1850
3850
7700
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1GB
AVC HD
16M
(FH)
6
(6)
10
(10)
25
(25)
55
(55)
115
(115)
Tips
You can also use “Memory Stick Duo” media
with a capacity of under 1 GB for recording
photos.

 Notes
 Numbers in the table are based on using Sony
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.
 The recordable time may vary depending on
the recording and subject conditions, [ REC
MODE] (p. 74), and the type of “Memory Stick”
media.
 The number in ( ) is the minimum recordable
time.

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Using your camcorder
abroad
System
PAL
Power supply
Viewing high definition image quality
(HD) movies
PAL-M
PAL-N
SECAM
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In countries/regions where 1080/60i is
supported, you can view the movies with
the same high definition image quality
(HD) as that of the recorded movies.
You need an NTSC-system-based and
1080/60i compatible TV (or monitor) with
component and AUDIO/VIDEO input
jacks. A component A/V cable or an HDMI
cable (sold separately) must be connected.
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You can use your camcorder in any
countries/regions using the AC Adaptor
supplied with your camcorder within the
AC 100 V to 240 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz range.
Used in
Australia, Austria, Belgium,
China, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Finland, Germany,
Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary,
Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New
Zealand, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Singapore, Slovak
Republic, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, Thailand, United
Kingdom, etc.
Brazil
Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay
Bulgaria, France, Guiana, Iran,
Iraq, Monaco, Russia, Ukraine,
etc.
Viewing standard definition image
quality (SD) movies
To view standard definition image quality
(SD) movies, you need an NTSC-systembased TV with AUDIO/VIDEO input
jacks. An A/V connecting cable must be
connected.
On TV color systems
Your camcorder is an NTSC-system-based
camcorder. If you want to view the playback
image on a TV, it must be an NTSCsystem-based TV with an AUDIO/VIDEO
input jack.
Used in
Bahama Islands, Bolivia,
Canada, Central America,
Chile, Colombia, Ecuador,
Guyana, Jamaica, Japan,
Korea, Mexico, Peru, Surinam,
Taiwan, the Philippines, the
USA, Venezuela, etc.
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NTSC
108
Setting to the local time
You can easily set the clock to the local time by setting a time difference when using
(MENU)  [AREA SET] and [DST SET] or
your camcorder abroad. Touch
[SUMMERTIME] (under [CLOCK/ LANG] category) (p. 94, 95).
When [AUTO CLOCK ADJ] and [AUTO AREA ADJ] are set to [ON], the clock is set to the
local time automatically by the GPS function (p. 94).
World time difference
Time-zone
differences
+12:00
Lisbon, London
Berlin, Paris
Helsinki, Cairo, Istanbul
Moscow, Nairobi
Tehran
Abu Dhabi, Baku
Kabul
Karachi, Islamabad
Calcutta, New Delhi
Almaty, Dhaka
Yangon
Bangkok, Jakarta
Hong Kong, Singapore,
Beijing
Seoul, Tokyo
Adelaide, Darwin
Melbourne, Sydney
Solomon Is
–11:00
–10:00
–09:00
–08:00
–07:00
–06:00
–05:00
–04:00
–03:30
–03:00
–02:00
–01:00
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Area setting
Fiji, Wellington, Eniwetok,
Kwajalein
Samoa
Hawaii
Alaska
Los Angeles, Tijuana
Denver, Arizona
Chicago, Mexico City
New York, Bogota
Santiago
St.John’s
Brasilia, Montevideo
Fernando de Noronha
Azores, Cape Verde Is.
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+09:00
+09:30
+10:00
+11:00
Area setting
Useful Recording Techniques
Time-zone
differences
GMT
+01:00
+02:00
+03:00
+03:30
+04:00
+04:30
+05:00
+05:30
+06:00
+06:30
+07:00
+08:00
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HDR-TG5V
File/folder structure on the internal memory and
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
When the capacity of a file number
exceeds 9999, another folder is created
to record new movie files.
The folder name goes up: [101PNV01]
 [102PNV01]
Image management files
When you delete the files, you cannot
record/play back the images correctly.
The files are defaulted as hidden files
and not usually displayed.

SD movie files (MPEG-2 files)
The extension of the files is “.MPG”.
The maximum size is 2 GB. When the
capacity of a file exceeds 2 GB, the file
becomes divided.
The file numbers go up automatically.
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By setting
(MENU)  [USB
[OTHERS] category)
CONNECT] (under
 [ USB CONNECT]/[ USB CONNECT],
you can access the recording media from the
computer through USB connection.
Access from the computer using the supplied
software “PMB.” Do not modify the files or
folders on the camcorder from the computer.
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Photo files (JPEG files)
The extension of the files is “.JPG”. The
file numbers go up automatically. When
the capacity of a file number exceeds
9999, another folder is created to store
new photo files.
The folder name goes up: [101MSDCF]
 [102MSDCF]
HD movie management information
folder
This folder contains recording data of
high definition image quality (HD)
movies. Do not try to open this folder
or access the contents of this folder from
a computer. Doing so might damage
image files, or prevent image files from
being played back.
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* Only for the internal memory
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The file/folder structure is shown below. You do not usually need to acknowledge the file/
folder structure, when recording/playing back movies and photos on the camcorder. To enjoy
movies or photos by connecting your camcorder to a computer, see “PMB Guide” then use the
supplied application.



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
The image files may be destroyed or may not be
played back.
Operation is not guaranteed, if you perform the
above operation.
When you delete image files, follow the steps
on page 49. Do not delete the image files on the
camcorder directly from the computer.
Do not format the recording media using a
computer. The camcorder may not operate
correctly.
Do not copy the files on the recording
media from the computer. Operation is not
guaranteed.
Useful Recording Techniques
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111
Maintenance and
precautions
About the AVCHD format
What is the AVCHD format?
About GPS (HDR-TG5V)
The GPS (Global Positioning System) is a
system that calculates geographical location
from highly accurate US space satellites.
This system allows you to pinpoint your
exact location on the earth. The GPS
satellites are located in 6 orbits, 20,000 km
above the earth. The GPS system consists
of 24 or more GPS satellites. A GPS receiver
receives radio signals from the satellites,
and calculates the current location of the
receiver based on the orbital information
(almanac data) and travel time of the
signals, etc.
Determining a location is called
“triangulating.” A GPS receiver can
determine the location’s latitude and
longitude by receiving signals from 3 or
more satellites.
Recording and playback on your
camcorder


Video signal*3: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 1920
 1080/60i, 1440  1080/60i
Audio signal: Dolby Digital 2ch
Recording media: Internal memory,
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
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*1 1080i specification
A high definition specification which utilizes
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As the positions of GPS satellites vary
constantly, it may take longer to determine
the location or the receiver may not be able to
determine the location at all, depending on the
location and time you use the camcorder.
“GPS” is a system for determining geographic
location by triangulating radio signals from
GPS satellites. Avoid using the camcorder
in places where radio signals are blocked or
reflected, such as a shadowy place surrounded
by buildings or trees, etc. Use the camcorder in
open sky environments.
You may not be able to record location
information at locations or in situations where
radio signals from the GPS satellites do not
reach the camcorder as follows.
 In tunnels, indoors or under the shade of
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Based on the AVCHD format, your
camcorder records with the high definition
image quality (HD) mentioned below.
In addition to high definition image
quality (HD), your camcorder is capable of
recording a standard definition (SD) signal
in the conventional MPEG-2 format.
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The AVCHD format is a high definition
digital video camera format used to
record a high definition (HD) signal of
either the 1080i specification*1 or the
720p specification*2 using efficient data
compression coding technology. The
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format is adopted to
compress video data, and the Dolby Digital
or Linear PCM system is used to compress
audio data.
The MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format is capable
of compressing images at higher efficiency
than that of the conventional image
compressing format. The MPEG-4 AVC/
H.264 format enables a high definition
video signal shot on a digital video camera
recorder to be recorded on 8 cm DVD
discs, hard disk drive, flash memory,
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media, etc.
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1,080 effective scanning lines and the interlace
system.
*2 720p specification
A high definition specification which utilizes
720 effective scanning lines and the progressive
system.
*3 Data recorded in AVCHD format other than
the above mentioned cannot be played on your
camcorder.
buildings.
tall buildings or at narrow streets
surrounded by buildings.
 In underground locations, locations
surrounded by dense trees, under an elevated
bridge, or in locations where magnetic fields
are generated, such as near high voltage
cables.
 Near devices that generate radio signals of the
same frequency band as the camcorder: near
1.5 GHz band mobile telephones, etc.
On the map data
 Between
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On triangulating errors
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On the geographic coordinate system
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On copyright
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The map data of the camcorder is copyrighted.
Unauthorized copying or other usage of the
map data may be contrary to the copyright laws.
On the navigation function
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The camcorder does not have a navigation
function that uses GPS.
During take off and landing of an airplane,
set the GPS switch to OFF and turn off the
camcorder, as you will be instructed to do by
the on-board announcement. In other cases, use
GPS in accordance with the regulations of the
place or situation.
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Australia
Copyright. Based on data provided under
license from PSMA Australia Limited (www.
psma.com.au).
Austria
© Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen
Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and
Slovenia
© EuroGeographics
France
source: Géoroute® IGN France & BD Carto®
IGN France
Germany
Die Grundlagendaten wurden mit
Genehmigung der zustaendigen Behoerden
entnommen.
Great Britain
Based upon Crown Copyright material.
Greece
© EuroGeographics; Copyright Geomatics Ltd.
On the restriction of use of GPS on an
airplane
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The “WGS-84” geographic coordinate system
is used.
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If you move to another location right after
setting the GPS switch to ON, it may take
a longer time for the camcorder to start
trianguating, compared to when you stay in the
same place.
Error caused by the position of GPS satellites
The camcorder automatically triangulates your
current location when the camcorder receives
radio signals from 3 or more GPS satellites. The
triangulating error allowed by the GPS satellites
is about 30 m (98 feet). Depending on the
environment of the location, the triangulating
error can be greater. In this case, your actual
location may not match the location on the map
based on the GPS information. Meanwhile,
the GPS satellites are controlled by the Unites
States Department of Defense, and the degree of
accuracy may be changed intentionally.
Error during the triangulating process
The camcorder acquires location information
every 10 seconds during triangulating. There
is a slight time difference between when the
location information is acquired and when the
location information is recorded on an image,
therefore, the actual recording location may not
match exactly the location on the map based on
the GPS information.
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The camcorder contains map data for the
following countries/regions. Europe, Japan,
North America, Oceania, etc.
Built-in map is powered by companies as
follows; Map of Japan by Zenrin Co., Ltd., other
areas by NAVTEQ.
The map data included is as of the date of
production of this manual.
GPS maps will appear in 2-dimensional
graphics except for certain landmarks in Japan,
which will appear in 3D.
The map always displays the north at the top.
You cannot change the language on the map.
You cannot update the map data.
The scale of the map is 100 feet to 6,000 miles.
Hungary
Copyright © 2003; Top-Map Ltd.
Italy
La Banca Dati Italiana è stata prodotta usando
quale riferimento anche cartografia numerica
ed al tratto prodotta e fornita dalla Regione
Toscana.
Japan
Types of “Memory Stick” media
Recording/Playback
“Memory Stick PRO

Duo” media
“Memory Stick PRO-HG
*
Duo” media
data transfer but it supports 4-bit parallel data
transfer the same as with “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media.
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About the “Memory Stick” media
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Types of “Memory Stick” media
“Memory Stick Duo”
media (with MagicGate)
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Recording/Playback
—
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“Memory Stick” media are a compact,
portable IC recording medium with a large
data capacity.
You can use only “Memory Stick Duo”
media, which are about the half size of
standard “Memory Stick” media, with your
camcorder.
However, we do not guarantee the
operation of all types of “Memory Stick
Duo” media on your camcorder.
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Norway
Copyright © 2000; Norwegian Mapping
Authority
Portugal
Source: IgeoE – Portugal
Spain
Información geográfica propiedad del CNIG
Sweden
Based upon electronic data © National Land
Survey Sweden.
Switzerland
Topografische Grundlage: © Bundesamt für
Landestopographie.
This product cannot record or play data that
uses “MagicGate” technology. “MagicGate” is
a copyright protection technology that records
and transfers the contents in an encrypted
format.
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media formatted by a
computer (Windows OS/Mac OS) does not have
guaranteed compatibility with your camcorder.
Data read/write speed may vary depending on
the combination of the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media and “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media compliant product you use.
Damaged or lost data may occur in the
following cases (the data will not be
compensated for):
 If you eject the “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media, or turn off your camcorder while your
camcorder is reading or writing image files on
the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media (while
the access lamp is lit or flashing)
 If you use the “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media near magnets or magnetic fields
It is recommended that you make a back-up of
important data on the hard disk of a computer.
Be careful not to apply excessive force when
writing a memo area on “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media.
Do not attach a label or the like on “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media or “Memory Stick Duo”
media adaptor.
When you carry or store “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media, put it in its case.
Do not touch, or allow metallic objects to come
into contact with the terminals.
Do not bend, drop or apply strong force to the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.
Do not disassemble or modify the “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media.
Do not let the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
get wet.
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On the “Memory Stick Duo” media
adaptor
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About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery
pack
Your camcorder operates only with an
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack NP-FH50.
“InfoLITHIUM” H series battery packs
mark.
have the
What is an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack?
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The maximum memory capacity of “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media that can be used with
your camcorder is 16 GB.
To charge the battery pack
On image data compatibility
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Image data files recorded on “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media by your camcorder conform
to the “Design rule for Camera File system”
universal standard established by the JEITA
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Be sure to charge the battery pack before you
start using your camcorder.
We recommend charging the battery pack in
an ambient temperature of between 10 C to
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On “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
An “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is a
lithium-ion battery pack that has functions
for communicating information related to
operating conditions between your camcorder
and an AC Adaptor/charger (sold separately).
The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack calculates the
power consumption according to the operating
conditions of your camcorder, and displays the
remaining battery time in minutes.
The battery pack NP-FH50 is compatible with
“ActiFORCE.” “ActiFORCE” is a new generation
power system. Battery capacity, boost charge,
and the speed and accuracy of battery time
remaining calculations have been improved
when compared with current “InfoLITHIUM”
P-series batteries.
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When using “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
with “Memory Stick” media compliant device,
be sure to insert the “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media into “Memory Stick Duo” media adaptor.
When using “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
with “Memory Stick” media compliant device
inserting “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
into “Memory Stick Duo” media adaptor, make
sure the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media are
inserted facing in the correct direction. Note
that improper use may cause a malfunction.
When using “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
inserted into “Memory Stick Duo” media
adaptor on “Memory Stick” media compliant
device, make sure the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media adaptor is inserted into the device
in the correct direction. If inserted in the wrong
direction, the device may be damaged.
Do not insert “Memory Stick Duo” media
adaptor without “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media attached into “Memory Stick” media
compliant device. Doing so may result in
malfunctions of the device.
(Japan Electronics and Information Technology
Industries Association).
On your camcorder, you cannot play back
photos recorded on other devices (DCRTRV900 or DSC-D700/D770) that do not
conform to the universal standard. (These
models are not sold in some regions.)
If you cannot use “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media that have been used with another device,
format it with your camcorder (p. 88). Note
that formatting erases all information on the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.
You may not be able to play back images with
your camcorder:
 When playing back image data modified on
your computer
 When playing back image data recorded with
other devices
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Keep the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media out
of the reach of small children. There is danger
that a child might swallow it.
Do not insert anything other than “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media into the “Memory
Stick Duo” media slot. Doing so may cause a
malfunction.
Do not use or keep the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media in the following locations:
 Places subject to extremely high temperature,
such as a car parked outside in the summer
 Places under direct sunlight
 Places with extremely high humidity or
subject to corrosive gases
30 C (50 ˚F to 86 ˚F) until the /CHG (charge)
lampturns off. If you charge the battery pack
outside of this temperature range, you may not
be able to charge it efficiently.
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To use the battery pack effectively
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About battery life
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About x.v.Color
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On use and care
When the power goes off even though the
remaining battery time indicator indicates that
the battery pack has enough power to operate,
charge the battery pack fully again. Remaining
battery time will be indicated correctly. Note,
however, that the battery indication will not be
restored if it is used in high temperatures for
a long time, or if left in a fully charged state,
or when the battery pack is frequently used.
Use the remaining battery time indication as a
rough guide only.
The  mark that indicates low battery flashes
even if there are still 20 minutes of battery
time remaining, depending on the operating
conditions or ambient temperature.
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About storage of the battery pack
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If the battery pack is not used for a long time,
fully charge the battery pack and use it up on
your camcorder once a year to maintain proper
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Do not use or store the camcorder and
accessories in the following locations:
 Anywhere extremely hot, cold or humid.
Never leave them exposed to temperatures
above 60 C (140 °F), such as under direct
sunlight, near heaters or in a car parked in
the sun. They may malfunction or become
deformed.
 Near strong magnetic fields or mechanical
vibration. The camcorder may malfunction.
 Near strong radio waves or radiation. The
camcorder may not be able to record properly.
 Near AM receivers and video equipment.
Noise may occur.
 On a sandy beach or anywhere dusty. If
sand or dust gets in your camcorder, it may
malfunction. Sometimes this malfunction
cannot be repaired.
 Near windows or outdoors, where the LCD
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x.v.Color is a more familiar term for the xvYCC
standard proposed by Sony, and is a trademark
of Sony.
xvYCC is an international standard for color
space in video. This standard can express a
wider color range than the currently used
broadcast standard.
About handling of your camcorder
About the remaining battery time
indicator

Battery capacity decreases over time and
through repeated use. If decreased usage time
between charges becomes significant, it is
probably time to replace it with a new one.
Each battery’s life is governed by storage,
operating and environmental conditions.
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Battery pack performance decreases when the
ambient temperature is 10 C (50 °F) or below,
and the length of time you can use the battery
pack becomes shorter. In that case, do one
of the following to use the battery pack for a
longer time.
 Put the battery pack in a pocket to warm it
up, and install it on your camcorder right
before you start taking shots.
Frequent use of the LCD screen or a frequent
playback, fast forward or reverse operation
wears out the battery pack faster.
Be sure to close the LCD screen when not
recording or playing back on your camcorder.
The battery pack is also consumed when your
camcorder is in recording standby or playback
pause.
Have spare battery packs ready for 2 or 3 times
the expected recording time, and make trial
recordings before making the actual recording.
Do not expose the battery pack to water. The
battery pack is not water resistant.
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function. To store the battery pack, remove it
from your camcorder and put it in a dry, cool
place.
To discharge the battery pack on your
(MENU)
camcorder completely, touch
[GENERAL
 [A.SHUT OFF] (under
SET] category)  [NEVER], and leave your
camcorder in recording standby until the power
goes off (p. 96).
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LCD screen
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To keep your camcorder in optimum state for a
long time, turn it on and let it run by recording
and playing back images about once a month.
Use up the battery pack completely before
storing it.
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If fingerprints or dust make the LCD screen
dirty, it is recommended that you use a soft
cloth to clean it.
When you use the LCD Cleaning Kit (sold
separately), do not apply the cleaning liquid
directly to the LCD screen. Use cleaning paper
moistened with the liquid.
Moisture condensation
On adjustment of the touch panel
(CALIBRATION)
If your camcorder is brought directly from a cold
place to a warm place, moisture may condense
inside your camcorder. This may cause a
malfunction to your camcorder.
The buttons on the touch panel may not work
correctly. If this happens, follow the procedure
below. It is recommended that you connect your
camcorder to the wall outlet (wall socket) using
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Do not exert excessive pressure on the LCD
screen, as it may cause uneven color and other
damage.
If your camcorder is used in a cold place, a
residual image may appear on the LCD screen.
This is not a malfunction.
While using your camcorder, the back of
the LCD screen may heat up. This is not a
malfunction.
To clean the LCD screen
When not using your camcorder for a
long time

If moisture condensation has occurred
Leave your camcorder for about 1 hour without
turning it on.
Note on moisture condensation
Moisture may condense when you bring your
camcorder from a cold place into a warm place
(or vice versa) or when you use your camcorder
in a humid place as follows:
 You bring your camcorder from a ski slope
into a place warmed up by a heating device.
 You bring your camcorder from an air
conditioned car or room into a hot place
outside.
 You use your camcorder after a squall or a
shower.
 You use your camcorder in a hot and humid
place.
How to prevent moisture condensation
When you bring your camcorder from a cold
place into a warm place, put your camcorder in
a plastic bag and seal it tightly. Remove the bag
when the air temperature inside the plastic bag
has reached the surrounding temperature (after
about 1 hour).
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screen, or the lens may be exposed to direct
sunlight. This damages the LCD screen.
Operate your camcorder on DC 6.8 V/7.2 V
(battery pack) or DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor).
For DC or AC operation, use the accessories
recommended in these operating instructions.
Do not let your camcorder get wet, for example,
from rain or sea water. If your camcorder
gets wet, it may malfunction. Sometimes this
malfunction cannot be repaired.
If any solid object or liquid gets inside the
casing, unplug your camcorder and have it
checked by a Sony dealer before operating it
any further.
Avoid rough handling, disassembling,
modifying, physical shock, or impact such
as hammering, dropping or stepping on the
product. Be particularly careful of the lens.
Keep the LCD screen closed when you are not
using your camcorder.
Do not wrap your camcorder with a towel, for
example, and operate it. Doing so might cause
heat to build up inside.
When disconnecting the power cord (mains
lead), pull it by the plug and not the cord.
Do not damage the power cord (mains lead)
such as by placing anything heavy on it.
Do not use a deformed or damaged battery
pack.
Keep metal contacts clean.
If the battery electrolytic liquid has leaked:
 Consult your local authorized Sony service
facility.
 Wash off any liquid that may have contacted
your skin.
 If any liquid gets in your eyes, wash with
plenty of water and consult a doctor.
the supplied AC Adaptor during the operation.

(MENU) [CALIBRATION] (under
[GENERAL SET] category).
On charging the pre-installed
rechargeable battery
Touch “” displayed on the screen with the
corner of “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media or
the like 3 times.
Touch [CANCEL] to cancel calibration.
 Notes
If you did not press the right spot, try the
calibration again.
 Do not use a sharp-pointed object for
calibration. Doing so may damage the LCD
screen.
 You cannot calibrate the LCD screen if it is
rotated, or closed with the screen facing out.
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How to charge the pre-installed
rechargeable battery
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If the casing is soiled, clean the camcorder body
with a soft cloth lightly moistened with water,
and then wipe the casing with a dry soft cloth.
Avoid the following to avoid damage to the
finish:
 Using chemicals such as thinner, benzine,
alcohol, chemical cloths, repellent, insecticide
and sunscreen
 Handling the camcorder with above
substances on your hands
 Leaving the casing in contact with rubber or
vinyl objects for a long period of time
Note on disposal/transfer of the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
Even if you delete data in the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media or format the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media on your camcorder or a computer,
you may not delete data from the “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media completely. When you give the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media to somebody, it
is recommended that you delete date completely
using data deletion software on a computer. Also,
when you dispose of the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media, it is recommended that you destroy
the actual body of the “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media.
About care and storage of the lens
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Wipe the surface of the lens clean with a soft
cloth in the following instances:
 When there are fingerprints on the lens
surface
 In hot or humid locations
 When the lens is exposed to salty air such as
at the seaside
Store in a well-ventilated location subject to
little dirt or dust.
To prevent mold, periodically clean the lens as
described above.
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Connect your camcorder to a wall outlet (wall
socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor, and leave
it with the LCD screen closed for more than 24
hours.
On handling the casing
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Your camcorder has a pre-installed rechargeable
battery to retain the date, time, and other settings
even when the LCD screen is closed. The preinstalled rechargeable battery is always charged
while your camcorder is connected to the wall
outlet (wall socket) via the AC Adaptor or while
the battery pack is attached. The rechargeable
battery will be fully discharged in about 3 months
if you do not use your camcorder at all. Use
your camcorder after charging the pre-installed
rechargeable battery.
However, even if the pre-installed rechargeable
battery is not charged, the camcorder operation
will not be affected as long as you are not
recording the date.
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On trademarks
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“C Library,” “Expat,” “zlib,” “libjpeg,” “dtoa,” and
“pcre” software are provided in your camcorder.
We provide this software based on license
agreements with their owners of copyright. Based
on requests by the owners of copyright of these
software applications, we have an obligation
to inform you of the following. Please read the
following sections.
Read “license1.pdf ” in the “License” folder on the
CD-ROM. You will find licenses (in English) of
“C Library,” “Expat,” “zlib,” “libjpeg,” “dtoa,” and
“pcre” software.
All other product names mentioned herein may
be the trademarks or registered trademarks of
their respective companies. Furthermore, 
and  are not mentioned in each case in this
Handbook.
On GNU GPL/LGPL applied software
The software that is eligible for the following
GNU General Public License (hereinafter referred
to as “GPL”) or GNU Lesser General Public
License (hereinafter referred to as “LGPL”) are
included in the camcorder.
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THIS PRODUCT IS LICENSED UNDER THE
AVC PATENT PORTFOLIO LICENSE FOR THE
PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL USE
OF A CONSUMER TO
(i) ENCODE VIDEO IN COMPLIANCE WITH
THE AVC STANDARD (“AVC VIDEO”) AND
/OR
(ii) DECODE AVC VIDEO THAT WAS
ENCODED BY A CONSUMER ENGAGED IN A
PERSONAL AND
NON-COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY AND/OR
WAS OBTAINED FROM A VIDEO PROVIDER
LICENSED TO PROVIDE AVC VIDEO.
NO LICENSE IS GRANTED OR SHALL BE
IMPLIED FOR ANY OTHER USE.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY BE
OBTAINED FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C.
SEE <HTTP://MPEGLA.COM>
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ANY USE OF THIS PRODUCT OTHER
THAN CONSUMER PERSONAL USE IN ANY
MANNER THAT COMPLIES WITH THE
MPEG-2 STANDARD FOR ENCODING VIDEO
INFORMATION FOR PACKAGED MEDIA
IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED WITHOUT A
LICENSE UNDER APPLICABLE PATENTS IN
THE MPEG-2 PATENT PORTFOLIO, WHICH
LICENSE IS AVAILABLE FROM MPEG LA,
L.L.C., 250 STEELE STREET, SUITE 300,
DENVER, COLORADO 80206.
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Notes on the License
“Handycam” and
are
registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.
“AVCHD” and “AVCHD” logotype are
trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony
Corporation.
“Memory Stick,” “
,” “Memory Stick Duo,”
“
,” “Memory Stick PRO
Duo,” “
,” “Memory
Stick PRO-HG Duo,” “
,” “Memory Stick Micro,” “MagicGate,” “
,” “MagicGate Memory
Stick” and “MagicGate Memory Stick Duo” are
trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony
Corporation.
“InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
“x.v.Color” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
“BIONZ” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
“BRAVIA” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
“Blu-ray Disc” and the logo are trademarks.
Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks
of Dolby Laboratories.
HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition
Multimedia Interface are trademarks or
registered trademarks of HDMI Licencing LLC.
Microsoft, Windows, Windows Media,
Windows Vista, and DirectX are either
registered trademarks or trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/
or other countries.
Macintosh and Mac OS are registered
trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and other
countries.
Intel, Intel Core, and Pentium are trademarks
or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation
or its subsidiaries in the United States and other
countries.
“PLAYSTATION” is a registered trademark of
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc..
Adobe, the Adobe logo, and Adobe Acrobat
are either registered trademarks or trademarks
of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United
States and/or other countries.
NAVTEQ and the NAVTEQ Maps logo are
trademarks of NAVTEQ in the US and other
countries.
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This informs you that you have a right to have
access to, modify, and redistribute source code for
these software programs under the conditions of
the supplied GPL/LGPL.
Source code is provided on the web. Use
the following URL to download it. When
downloading the source code, select DCR-SR87 as
the model for your camcorder.
http://www.sony.net/Products/Linux/
We would prefer you do not contact us about the
contents of source code.
Read “license2.pdf ” in the “License” folder on the
CD-ROM. You will find licenses (in English) of
“GPL,” and “LGPL” software.
To view the PDF, Adobe Reader is needed. If
it is not installed on your computer, you can
download it from the Adobe Systems web page:
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Useful Recording Techniques
Index
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Index
Symbols
A
B
BATTERY INFO..........................87
Battery pack..................................18
BEACH.........................................65
BEEP.............................................90
BLACK FADER...........................66
BLT-IN ZOOM MIC...................72
“BRAVIA” Sync............................47
C
E
EDIT..............................................49
Empty............................................64
Expected time of recording
and playback with the supplied
battery pack................................106
EXPOSURE..................................69
F
FACE DETECTION........... 76, 103
FACE FUNC. SET.......................76
Face Index.....................................38
FADER..........................................66
FH..................................................74
file................................................110
FILE NO........................................80
Film Roll Index............................38
FIREWORKS...............................65
FLASH LEVEL.............................80
FLASH MODE.............................79
FOCUS..........................................69
folder...........................................110
Format...........................................88
121
G
GENERAL SET............................96
GPS................................................31
GUIDEFRAME...........................71
H
“Handycam” Station Cradle
............................................ 8, 15, 18
HD/SD SET............................74, 84
HDMI RESOLUTION................93
HD movie management
information folder.....................110
Highlight Playback......................39
HQ.................................................74
I
Image management files...........110
Image quality................................74
IMAGE SIZE................................79
INDOOR......................................67
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack
.....................................................115
Internal memory........................110
J
JPEG............................................110
L
LANDSCAPE...............................65
LANGUAGE SET..................23, 95
LCD BL LEVEL...........................90
LCD BRIGHT..............................90
LCD COLOR................................91
LP...................................................74
M
Maintenance...............................112
MANAGE MEDIA................62, 88
MANUAL SETTINGS................65
Map Index....................................36
MEDIA FORMAT.................64, 88
MEDIA INFO..............................88
“Memory Stick” media....... 62, 114
Index
CALIBRATION.........................118
CAMERA DATA...................85, 86
CANDLE......................................65
Capturing a photo from a movie
.......................................................52
Charging the battery pack..........18
Charging the battery pack abroad
.............................................. 20, 108
CLOCK/LANG............................94
CLOCK SET.................................22
COMPONENT............................92
CONVERSION LENS.................73
Copy..............................................54
Creating a disc.............................59
Creating a high definition image
quality (HD) disc.........................59
Creating a standard definition
image quality (SD) disc...............60
D
DATA CODE.........................22, 84
DATE/TIME................... 22, 84, 85
Date Index....................................36
Dedicated USB Terminal Adaptor
............................................ 8, 15, 59
DELETE........................................49
Deleting data..........................49, 88
DEMO MODE.............................96
DIGITAL ZOOM........................71
Disc recorder................................60
DISPLAY SET..............................91
DISP OUTPUT............................93
DIVIDE.........................................56
DOWNLOAD MUSIC...............40
DST SET.......................................95
Dual Rec.......................................29
Dubbing........................................53
DVD writer..................................59
FRAME SETTING............. 76, 103
Fully charged................................18
Useful Recording Techniques
A.SHUT OFF...............................96
A/V connecting cable.................60
Abroad........................................108
AREA SET....................................94
AUTO AREA ADJ.......................94
AUTO BACK LIGHT.................72
AUTO CLOCK ADJ...................94
AUTO SLW SHUTTR................73
AVCHD format..........................112
CTRL FOR HDMI.......................97
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1080i/480i.....................................93
16:9................................................92
4:3..................................................92
480i................................................93
NTSC..........................................108
O
ONE PUSH..................................67
OPTION MENU.........................12
Original.........................................53
OTHERS.......................................87
OUTDOOR..................................67
OUTPUT SETTINGS.................92
P
S
SCENE SELECTION......... 65, 103
Screen indicators...........................8
Self-diagnosis display/Warning
indicators....................................103
SELF-TIMER................................79
Shooting........................................26
SHOOTING SET.........................71
Slide show.....................................41
SLIDE SHOW SET......................42
SMILE DETECTION......... 77, 103
SMILE PRIORITY.............. 77, 103
SMILE SENSITIVITY........ 77, 103
SMILE SHUTTER.......................77
SMTH SLW REC.........................30
SNOW...........................................66
SOUND/DISP SET......................90
SP...................................................74
SPOT FOCUS..............................68
SPOTLIGHT................................65
SPOT METER..............................68
SPOT MTR/FCS..........................67
STEADYSHOT............................72
SUMMERTIME...........................95
SUNRISE&SUNSET...................65
Supplied items..............................15
122
U
USB cable......................................59
USB CONNECT..........................59
V
VBR.............................................106
Viewing.........................................34
VISUAL INDEX..........................33
Volume....................................34, 90
W
Wall outlet (wall socket).............18
Warning messages.....................104
WHITE BAL................................66
WHITE FADER...........................66
Wide angle....................................29
WIDE SELECT............................75
X
x.v.Color............................... 75, 116
Y
YOUR LOCATION.....................51
Z
Zoom.......................................29, 40
Index
PAL..............................................108
PB zoom........................................40
PHOTO CAPTURE....................52
PHOTO COPY............................54
PHOTO MEDIA SET.................62
Photos.....................................26, 34
PHOTO SETTINGS....................79
PLAYBACK..................................33
PLAYBACK SET..........................84
Playing..........................................33
Playlist...........................................57
PMB Guide.....................................2
PORTRAIT...................................65
Power on.......................................22
Precautions.................................112
R
REC MODE..................................74
Recording.....................................25
Recording and playback time
.....................................................106
Recording media.........................62
RECORDING SET......................74
Recording time of movies/
number of recordable photos
.....................................................106
REDEYE REDUC........................80
Repair............................................98
REPAIR IMG.DB F........... 101, 104
RESET.............................................7
T
TELE MACRO.............................70
Telephoto......................................29
Thumbnail....................................49
TIMING........................................30
Tripod.............................................8
Troubleshooting...........................98
TV..................................................43
TV color systems.......................108
TV CONNECT Guide................43
TV TYPE......................................92
TWILIGHT..................................65
TWILIGHT PORT......................65
Useful Recording Techniques
N
PROTECT....................................55
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“Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”
media.................................... 62, 114
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
.............................................. 62, 114
Menus......................................10, 13
MICREF LEVEL..........................72
Mirror mode................................30
Moisture condensation.............117
MOVIE DUB...............................53
MOVIE MEDIA SET..................62
Movies.....................................25, 33
MPEG..........................................110
MPEG-2......................................110
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264................112
MY MENU...................................10
MY MENU SETTING................10
Table of Contents
Useful Recording Techniques
Index
Additional information on this product and
answers to frequently asked questions can
be found at our Customer Support Website.
http://www.sony.net/
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Key Features

  • CMOS 25.4 / 5 mm (1 / 5")
  • Optical zoom: 10x Digital zoom: 20x
  • Memory card
  • Built-in flash
  • LCD 6.86 cm (2.7")
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Built-in microphone
  • Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) 10.92 h

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