HDR-XR500E/XR500VE/ XR520E/XR520VE

4-131-475-11(1)
Table of contents
HDR-XR500E/XR500VE/
XR520E/XR520VE
Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
Operating Guide
 2009 Sony Corporation
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Getting started
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Recording
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Playback
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Saving movies and photos
with a computer
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Saving images with a DVD
writer/ recorder
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Making good use of your
camcorder
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Additional information
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Read this first
Before operating the unit, please read this
manual thoroughly, and retain it for future
reference.
WARNING
To reduce fire or shock hazard, do not
expose the unit to rain or moisture.
Do not expose the batteries to
excessive heat such as sunshine, fire or
the like.
CAUTION
Battery pack
If the battery pack is mishandled, the
battery pack can burst, cause a fire or even
chemical burns. Observe the following
cautions.
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Do not disassemble.
Do not crush and do not expose the battery
pack to any shock or force such as hammering,
dropping or stepping on it.
Do not short circuit and do not allow metal
objects to come into contact with the battery
terminals.
Do not expose to high temperature above 60°C
(140°F) such as in direct sunlight or in a car
parked in the sun.
Do not incinerate or dispose of in fire.
Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium ion
batteries.
Be sure to charge the battery with Sony battery
charger or the device that can charge the battery
pack.
Keep the battery pack out of the reach of small
children.
Keep the battery pack dry.
Replace only with the same or equivalent type
recommended by Sony.
Dispose of used battery promptly according to
the instructions.
Replace the battery with the specified type
only. Otherwise, fire or injury may result.
AC Adaptor
Do not use the AC Adaptor placed in a
narrow space, such as between a wall and
furniture.
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.
Even if your camcorder is turned off, AC
power source (mains) is still supplied to
it while connected to the wall outlet (wall
socket) via the AC Adaptor.
Excessive sound pressure from earphones
and headphones cause hearing loss.
Notice for customers in the United
Kingdom
A moulded plug complying with BS1363 is
fitted to this equipment for your safety and
convenience.
Should the fuse in the plug supplied need to
be replaced, a fuse of the same rating as the
supplied one and approved by ASTA or BSI
to BS1362 (i.e., marked with or mark)
must be used. If the plug supplied with this
equipment has a detachable fuse cover,
be sure to attach the fuse cover after you
change the fuse. Never use the plug without
the fuse cover.
If you should lose the fuse cover, please
contact your nearest Sony service station.
FOR CUSTOMERS IN EUROPE
Hereby, Sony Corporation, declares that
this HDR-XR500VE/XR520VE Digital HD
Video Camera Recorder is in compliance
with the essential requirements and other
relevant provisions of the Directive 1999/5/
EC. For details, please access the following
URL: http://www.compliance.sony.de/
Notice for the customers in the
countries applying EU Directives
(HDR-XR500E/XR520E)
The manufacturer of this product is Sony
Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan Minato-ku
Tokyo, 108-0075 Japan. The Authorized
Representative for EMC and product safety
is Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger
Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany. For
any service or guarantee matters please
refer to the addresses given in separate
service or guarantee documents.
ATTENTION
The electromagnetic fields at the specific
frequencies may influence the picture and
sound of this unit.
This product has been tested and found
compliant with the limits set out in the
EMC Regulation for using connection
cables shorter than 3 meters (9.8 feet).
Notice
If static electricity or electromagnetism
causes data transfer to discontinue midway
(fail), restart the application or disconnect
and connect the cable (USB, etc.) again.
Disposal of Old Electrical
& Electronic Equipment
(Applicable in the European
Union and other European
countries with separate
collection systems)
This symbol on the product or on its
packaging indicates that this product shall
not be treated as household waste. Instead
it shall be handed over to the applicable
collection point for the recycling of
electrical and electronic equipment.
By ensuring this product is disposed of
correctly, you will help prevent potential
negative consequences for the environment
and human health, which could otherwise
be caused by inappropriate waste handling
of this product. The recycling of materials
will help to conserve natural resources.
For more detailed information about
recycling of this product, please contact
your local Civic Office, your household
waste disposal service or the shop where
you purchased the product.
Applicable Accessories: Wireless Remote
Commander
Disposal of waste batteries
(applicable in the European
Union and other European
countries with separate
collection systems)
This symbol on the battery or on the
packaging indicates that the battery
provided with this product shall not be
treated as household waste.
By ensuring these batteries are disposed of
correctly, you will help prevent potentially
negative consequences for the environment
and human health which could otherwise
be caused by inappropriate waste handling
of the battery. The recycling of the materials
will help to conserve natural resources.
In case of products that for safety,
performance or data integrity reasons
require a permanent connection with an
incorporated battery, this battery should be
replaced by qualified service staff only.
To ensure that the battery will be treated
properly, hand over the product at end-oflife to the applicable collection point for
the recycling of electrical and electronic
equipment.
For all other batteries, please view the
section on how to remove the battery from
the product safely. Hand the battery over
to the applicable collection point for the
recycling of waste batteries.
For more detailed information about
recycling of this product or battery, please
contact your local Civic Office, your
household waste disposal service or the
shop where you purchased the product.
For customers in the U.S.A.
If you have any questions about this
product, you may call:
Sony Customer Information Center 1-800222-SONY (7669).
The number below is for the FCC related
matters only.
Regulatory Information
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: HDR-XR520E
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
Address: 16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego,
CA 92127 U.S.A.
Telephone number: 858-942-2230
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference,
and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
CAUTION
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in
this manual could void your authority to
operate this equipment.
Note
This equipment has been tested and found
to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the
FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses, and
can radiate radio frequency energy and,
if not installed and used in accordance
with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the
user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following
measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
 Connect the equipment into an outlet on
a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
 Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/
TV technician for help.
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Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: HDR-XR500E
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
Address: 16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego,
CA 92127 U.S.A.
Telephone number: 858-942-2230
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference,
and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
The supplied interface cable must be used
with the equipment in order to comply with
the limits for a digital device pursuant to
Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules.
Battery pack
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
Supplied items
The numbers in ( ) are the supplied
quantity.
 AC Adaptor (1)
 Power cord (Mains lead) (1)
 Component A/V cable (1) 
 A/V connecting cable (1) 
 USB cable (1) 
 Wireless Remote Commander (1)
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A button-type lithium battery is already
installed. Remove the insulation sheet before
using the Wireless Remote Commander.
Insulation sheet
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Rechargeable battery pack NP-FH60 (1)
CD-ROM “Handycam Application
Software” (1)
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 “PMB”
(software, including “PMB Guide”)
 “Handycam Handbook” (PDF)
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“Operating Guide” (This manual) (1)
See page 40 for the “Memory Stick” media you
can use with this camcorder.
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Notes on use
Using the camcorder
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The camcorder is not dustproofed, dripproofed
or waterproofed. See “Precautions” (p. 51).
Do not do any of the following when the
(Movie)/ (Photo) mode lamps (p. 12) or the
ACCESS lamps (p. 10), the access lamp (p. 41)
are lit or flashing. Otherwise, the recording
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media may be damaged, recorded images may
be lost or other malfunctions could occur.
 ejecting the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
 removing the battery pack or AC Adaptor
from the camcorder
Do not apply shock or vibration to the
camcorder. The camcorder may not be able to
record or play movies and photos.
Do not use the camcorder in very loud areas.
The camcorder may not be able to record or
play movies and photos.
When connecting the camcorder to another
device with communication cables, be sure to
insert the connector plug in the correct way.
Pushing the plug forcibly into the terminal
will damage the terminal and may result in a
malfunction of the camcorder.
Do not close the LCD screen when the
camcorder is connected to another device with
the USB cable. Your recorded images may be
lost.
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-XR500VE/XR520VE).
To protect the internal hard disk from shock
by dropping, the camcorder has drop sensor
function. When a drop occurs, or under a nongravity condition, the block noise made when
this function is activated by the camcorder may
also be recorded. If the drop sensor catches a
drop repeatedly, recording/playback may be
stopped.
When the temperature of the camcorder
becomes extremely high or extremely low, you
may not be able to record or play back on the
camcorder, due to the protection features of the
camcorder being activated in such situations. In
this case, a message appears on the LCD screen
or in the viewfinder (p. 50).
Do not turn on the camcorder in a low-pressure
area, where the altitude is more than 5,000
meters (16,000 feet). Doing so may damage the
hard disk drive of the camcorder.
If you repeat recording/deleting images for
a long time, fragmentation of data occurs on
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the recording media. Images cannot be saved
or recorded. In such a case, save your images
on some type of external media first, and then
perform [MEDIA FORMAT] (p. 38).
The viewfinder and the LCD screen are
manufactured using extremely high-precision
technology, so over 99.99% of the pixels are
operational for effective use. However, there
may be some tiny black points and/or bright
points (white, red, blue, or green in color) that
appear constantly on the LCD screen. These
points are normal results of the manufacturing
process and do not affect the recording in any
way.
On recording
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Before starting to record, test the recording
function to make sure the image and sound are
recorded without any problems.
Compensation for the contents of recordings
cannot be provided, even if recording or
playback is not possible due to a malfunction of
the camcorder, recording media, etc.
TV color systems differ depending on the
country/region. To view your recordings on a
TV, you need a PAL system-based TV.
Television programs, films, video tapes,
and other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such materials may
be contrary to the copyright laws.
To prevent your image data from being lost,
save all your recorded images on external media
periodically. It is recommended that you save
the image data on a disc such as DVD-R using
your computer. Also, you can save your image
data using a VCR, or a DVD/HDD recorder.
On playing back recorded images on
other devices
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The camcorder is compatible with MPEG-4
AVC/H.264 High Profile for high definition
image quality (HD) recording. Therefore, you
cannot play back images recorded with high
definition image quality (HD) on the camcorder
with the following devices;
 Other AVCHD format compatible devices
which are not compatible with High Profile
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which are not compatible with the
AVCHD format
Discs recorded with high definition
image quality (HD)
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This camcorder captures high definition footage
in the AVCHD format. DVD media containing
AVCHD footage should not be used with DVD
based players or recorders, as the DVD player/
recorder may fail to eject the media and may
erase its contents without warning. DVD media
containing AVCHD footage may be played on
a compatible Blu-ray Disc player/recorder or
other compatible device.
About language setting
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The on-screen displays in each local language
are used for illustrating the operating
procedures. Change the screen language before
using the camcorder if necessary (p. 13).
About this manual
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The images of the LCD screen used in this
manual for illustration purposes are captured
using a digital still camera, and therefore may
appear different from the actual images of the
LCD screen.
In this Operating Guide, the hard disk of the
camcorder and “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media are called “recording media.”
In this Operating Guide, both “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media and “Memory Stick PRO-HG
Duo” media are referred as “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media.
You will find the “Handycam Handbook” (PDF)
on the supplied CD-ROM (p. 48).
The screenshots are from Windows Vista. The
scenes may vary depending on the operating
system of the computer.
Operation flow
Recording movies and photos (p. 14)
In the default settings, movies are recorded with high definition
image quality (HD) on the internal hard disk.
 In the default settings, photos are recorded on the internal hard
disk.
 You can change the recording media selected, and the image
quality of movies (p. 40, 44).
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Playing movies and photos (p. 18)
Playing movies and photos on your camcorder (p. 18)
Playing movies and photos on a connected TV (p. 21)
Saving movies and photos on a disc
Saving movies and photos with a computer (p. 23)
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You can create a disc with either high definition image quality
(HD) or standard definition image quality (SD) from high
definition image quality (HD) movies imported to the computer.
See page 26 on the characteristics of each type of disc.
Creating a disc with a DVD writer or a recorder (p. 34)
Deleting movies and photos (p. 38)
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You can free recording space by deleting movies and photos that
you have saved on other media, from the internal hard disk.
Table of contents
Read this first.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Operation flow.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Getting started
Step 1: Charging the battery pack.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Charging the battery pack abroad.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Step 2: Turning the power on, and setting the date and time.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing the language setting.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Recording
Recording.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Recording and playing movies and photos easily
(Easy Handycam operation).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Acquiring recording location information using the GPS
(HDR-XR500VE/XR520VE).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Playback
Playback on the camcorder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Playing images on a TV.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Saving movies and photos with a computer
Preparing a computer (Windows).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
When using a Macintosh.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting the method for creating a disc (computer).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Creating a disc with one touch (One Touch Disc Burn).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Importing movies and photos to a computer (Easy PC Back-up).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing the destination drive or folder for movies and photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Starting PMB (Picture Motion Browser).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Creating a high definition image quality (HD) disc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playing a high definition image quality (HD) disc on a computer.. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Creating a Blu-ray disc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Creating a standard definition image quality (SD) disc that can be played
on ordinary DVD players.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Copying a disc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Editing movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Capturing photos from a movie.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Saving images with a DVD writer, recorder
Selecting the method for creating a disc (DVD writer/recorder).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Creating a high definition image quality (HD) disc with a DVD writer, etc.
(USB cable connection).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Creating a standard definition image quality (SD) disc with a recorder, etc.
(A/V connecting cable connection).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Making good use of your camcorder
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Table of contents
Deleting movies and photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Coping with shooting conditions.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing the recording medium.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
To check the recording media settings.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dubbing or copying movies and photos from the internal hard disk to a
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Customizing your camcorder with menus.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the HELP function.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Getting detailed information from the “Handycam Handbook”.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Additional information
Troubleshooting.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Precautions.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Specifications.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Screen indicators.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Parts and controls.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Index.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Getting started
Step 1: Charging the battery pack
Battery pack
DC IN jack
DC plug
AC Adaptor
Power cord (mains lead)
ACCESS lamp
(hard disk)
/CHG lamp
To the wall outlet (wall socket)
You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (H series) after attaching it to your
camcorder.
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You cannot attach any “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack other than the H series to your camcorder.
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Turn off your camcorder by retracting the viewfinder and closing the LCD
screen.
Attach the battery pack by sliding it in the direction of the arrow until it
clicks.
Connect the AC Adaptor and the power cord (mains lead) to your
camcorder and the wall outlet (wall socket).
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Align the  mark on the DC plug with that on the DC IN jack.
The /CHG lamp lights up and charging starts. The /CHG lamp turns off when the
battery pack is fully charged.
When the battery is charged, disconnect the AC Adaptor from the DC IN
jack of your camcorder.
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See page 55 on charging, 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.
To remove the battery pack
Retract the viewfinder and close the LCD screen. Slide the BATT (battery) release lever 
and remove the battery pack .
Make the same connections as “Step 1: Charging the battery pack.”
Notes on the battery pack and the AC Adaptor



When you remove the battery pack or disconnect the AC Adaptor, retract the viewfinder and close the
LCD screen, then make sure that the
(Movie) lamp/ (Photo) lamp (p. 12)/ACCESS lamps (p. 10)/
access lamp(p. 41) are turned off.
Do not short-circuit the DC plug of the AC Adaptor or battery terminal with any metallic objects. This
may cause a malfunction.
In the default setting, the power turns off automatically if you leave your camcorder without any
operation for approximately 5 minutes, to save battery power ([A.SHUT OFF]).
Getting started
To use a wall outlet (wall socket) as a power source
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.
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Step 2: Turning the power on, and setting the
date and time
1
Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
Your camcorder is turned on.

To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is open, press POWER.
POWER
(Movie): To record movies
(Photo): To record photos
2
Select the desired geographical area with
/ , then touch [NEXT].
Touch the button on the
LCD screen.

3
To set the date and time again, touch
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [CLOCK/ LANG] 
[CLOCK SET]. When an item is not on the screen, touch / until the item appears.
Set [SUMMERTIME], date and time, then touch
The clock starts.



12
.
If you set [SUMMERTIME] to [ON], the clock advances 1 hour.
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
(HOME)

(SETTINGS)  [VIEW IMAGES SET]  [DATA CODE]  [DATE/TIME] 


.
You can turn off the operation beeps by touching
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [SOUND/DISP
SET]  [BEEP]  [OFF] 


.
To turn off the power
Close the LCD screen. The
turned off.
(Movie) lamp flashes several seconds, then the camcorder is
POWER


You can turn off your camcorder also by pressing POWER.
If the viewfinder is pulled out, retract the viewfinder as shown in the illustration below.
Getting started
Changing the language setting
You can change the on-screen displays to show messages in a specified language.
Touch (HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [CLOCK/ LANG]  [ LANGUAGE SET]
 the desired language 


.
On turning the camcorder on or off using the LCD screen or the viewfinder
The power of the camcorder is turned on or off depending on the status of the LCD screen or
the viewfinder.
Status
LCD screen
Open
Closed
Viewfinder
Retracted
Pulled out
Retracted
Pulled out
Power of the
camcorder
On
On
Off
On
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Recording
Recording
Recording movies
In the default setting, movies are recorded with
high definition image quality (HD) on the hard disk
(p. 40, 44).
 Fasten the grip belt.
 Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
Your camcorder is turned on.

To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER.
 Press START/STOP to start recording.
Zoom lever
Wide
Telephoto
[STBY]  [REC]
To stop recording, press START/STOP again.






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Move the power zoom lever slightly for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom.
If you close the LCD screen during recording, the camcorder stops recording.
See page 55 on the recordable time of movies.
The maximum continuous recordable time of movies is about 13 hours.
When a movie file exceeds 2 GB, the next movie file is created automatically.
You can change the recording media and image quality (p. 40, 44).



You can change the recording mode of movies (p. 44).
[ STEADYSHOT] is set to [ACTIVE] in the default setting.
To adjust the angle of the LCD panel, first open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder (), and
then adjust the angle (). If you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees to the lens side (), you can record
movies/photos in mirror mode.
 90 degrees (max.)
 180 degrees (max.)
 90 degrees to the camcorder
When you make recording by only using the viewfinder, pull out the viewfinder and close the LCD panel
(), then adjust the angle to your preference (). If the indicators on the viewfinder appear blurred,
adjust the focus with the viewfinder lens adjustment lever located beneath the viewfinder.

In the default setting, a photo is recorded automatically when the camcorder detects the smile of a person
during movie recording ([SMILE SHUTTER]). An orange frame appears around a face targeted for
possible smile detection shot. You can change the setting in the menu.
You can increase the zooming level by using the digital zoom. Set the zooming level by touching
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [MOVIE SETTINGS]  [DIGITAL ZOOM]  the desired setting



.
When viewing movies on an x.v.Color-compliant TV, record movies with the x.v.Color function. Touch
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [MOVIE SETTINGS]  [X.V.COLOR]  [ON] 


. Some settings may be required on a TV to view the movies. Refer to the instruction manuals of
the TV.
Recording



Shooting photos
In the default setting, photos are recorded on the hard disk (p. 40).
 Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
Your camcorder is turned on.

To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER.
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 Press MODE to turn on the
(Photo) lamp.
The aspect ratio of the screen becomes 4:3.
 Press PHOTO lightly to adjust the focus, then press it fully.
Zoom lever
Wide
Telephoto
Flashes  Lights up
When






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disappears, the photo is recorded.
Move the power zoom lever slightly for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom.
You can check the recordable number of photos on the LCD screen (p. 58).
To change the image size, touch
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [PHOTO SETTINGS] 
[ IMAGE SIZE]  a desired setting 


.
You can record photos during movie recording by pressing PHOTO. The image file size is 8.3M when
recording high definition image quality (HD) movies.
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 touching
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [PHOTO SETTINGS]  [FLASH MODE]  a desired setting 


You cannot record photos while
is displayed.
.
Recording and playing movies and photos easily (Easy Handycam
operation)
Simply press EASY.
To cancel Easy Handycam operation, press EASY again after you finish recording, or menu
operations. During Easy Handycam operation, you can set basic options, such as changing
the image size or deleting images, among the setting and adjustment items. Other items are
set automatically.

When Easy Handycam operation is started, nearly all menu settings are reset to the default settings
automatically. (Some menu items retain the settings that were made before Easy Handycam
operation.)
Recording
appears during Easy Handycam operation mode.
Acquiring recording location information using the GPS (HDR-XR500VE/
XR520VE)
When you set the GPS switch to ON,
appears on the LCD screen, and your camcorder
acquires the location information from the GPS satellites. Acquiring the location information
enables you to use functions such as the Map Index.
The indicator changes according to the strength of GPS signal reception.

Make sure that the GPS switch is set to OFF during take off and landing of an airplane.

Built-in map is powered by companies as follows; Map of Japan by ZENRIN CO., LTD., other areas
by NAVTEQ.
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Playback
Playback on the camcorder
In the default setting, movies and photos on the internal hard disk are played (p. 40).
Playing movies
 Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
Your camcorder is turned on.

To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER.
 Press
(VIEW IMAGES).
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears after some seconds.

You can display the VISUAL INDEX screen by pressing
as well.
 Touch the
(or
(VIEW IMAGES) on the LCD screen
) tab   a desired movie .
To the HIGHLIGHT
PLAYBACK screen
To the screen to select
the index type
Previous
To the list of recording
dates
Next
To return to recording
mode
 / appears on the movie/photo that was played or recorded most recently. Touch the image to
continue playing from the scene.
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Your camcorder starts playing the selected movie.
Previous
Next
Volume
OPTION MENU
To stop
To fast-forward
To fast-reverse





When playback from the selected movie reaches the last movie, the screen returns to the VISUAL
INDEX screen.
Touch
/
during pause to play back movies slowly.
As you repeat touching
/
during playback, movies are played as fast as about 5 times 
about 10 times  about 30 times  about 60 times.
You can turn on or off the on-screen display by pressing DISP located on the panel behind the LCD
panel.
The recording date, time, and shooting conditions are recorded automatically during recording.
This information are not displayed during recording, but you can display it during playback by
touching (HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [VIEW IMAGES SET]  [DATA CODE]  a
desired setting 


.
Protected demonstration movie has been provided on your camcorder when you buy it.
Playback

To pause/play
To adjust the sound volume of movies
While playing back movies, touch

 adjust with
/
You can adjust the sound volume from the OPTION MENU (p. 42).

.
Viewing photos
Touch
(Photo)   a desired photo  on the VISUAL INDEX screen.
Displays the Map Index
screen (p. 43) (HDRXR500VE/XR520VE)
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Your camcorder displays the selected photo.
Previous
To the VISUAL INDEX
screen


20
To start/stop slide show
Next
You can zoom in the photo by moving the zoom lever while viewing photos (PB ZOOM). If you touch a
point in the PB ZOOM frame, the point comes to the center in the frame.
When viewing photos recorded on a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media,
(playback folder) appears
on the screen.
Playing images on a TV
Connection methods and the image quality (high definition (HD) or standard definition
(SD)) played 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
of [TV CONNECT Guide].
Connecting a TV using [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 (HOME) 
CONNECT Guide] on the LCD screen.


(OTHERS)  [TV
When an item is not on the screen, touch / until the item appears.
Use the supplied AC Adaptor as the power source (p. 11).
 Connect your camcorder and TV referring to [TV CONNECT Guide].
Playback
Select the TV type.
High Definition TV
16:9 or 4:3 TV
TV CONNECT Guide
Connectors on your camcorder
Input connectors on
the TV
 A/V Remote Connector
 HDMI OUT (mini) jack

When the A/V connecting cable is used to output movies, movies are output with standard
definition image quality (SD).
 Play back movies and photos on your camcorder (p. 18).
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
Make the required output settings on your camcorder.
To connect a high definition TV via component video jacks:
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [OUTPUT SETTINGS]  [COMPONENT]  [1080i/576i]



To connect a non-high-definition TV via component video jacks:
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [OUTPUT SETTINGS]  [COMPONENT]  [576i] 


To connect a 4:3 TV:
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [OUTPUT SETTINGS]  [TV TYPE]  [4:3] 


To activate “BRAVIA” Sync:
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [GENERAL SET]  [CTRL FOR HDMI]  [ON] 


On “PhotoTV HD”
This camcorder is compatible with the “PhotoTV HD” standard. “PhotoTV HD” allows for
highly-detailed, photo-like depiction of subtle textures and colors. By connecting Sony’s
PhotoTV HD-compatible devices using an HDMI cable (sold separately)* or the component
A/V cable (supplied)**, a whole new world of photos can be enjoyed in breathtaking full HD
quality.
* The TV will automatically switch to the appropriate mode when displaying photos.
**Setup of the TV will be necessary. Please refer to the instruction manual of your PhotoTV HD-
compatible TV for details.
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Saving movies and photos with a computer
Preparing a computer
(Windows)
You can perform following operations using
“PMB (Picture Motion Browser).”
 Importing images to a computer
 Viewing and editing imported images
 Creating a disc
 Uploading movies and photos to websites
To save movies and photos using a
computer, install “PMB” from the supplied
CD-ROM beforehand.


Do not format the hard disk of your camcorder
from a computer. Your camcorder may not
operate correctly.
This camcorder captures high definition footage
in the AVCHD format. Using the enclosed
PC software, high definition footage can be
copied onto DVD media. However, DVD media
containing AVCHD footage should not be used
with DVD based players or recorders, as the
DVD player/recorder may fail to eject the media
and may erase its contents without warning.
OS*1
Microsoft Windows XP SP3*2/Windows Vista
SP1*3
CPU
Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz or faster (Intel
Pentium 4 3.6 GHz or faster, Intel Pentium D
2.8 GHz or faster, Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or
faster, or Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or faster
is recommended.)
However, Intel Pentium III 1 GHz or faster is
sufficient for the following operations:
 Importing the movies and photos to the
computer
 One Touch Disc Burn
 Creating an Blu-ray disc/AVCHD format
disc/DVD-video (Intel Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz
or faster, is required when creating a DVD
video by converting high definition image
quality (HD) to standard definition image
quality (SD).)
 Copying a disc
Memory
For Windows XP: 512 MB or more (1 GB or
more is recommended.)
However, 256 MB or more is sufficient for
processing only the movies with standard
definition image quality (SD).
For Windows Vista: 1 GB or more
Hard disk
Disk volume required for installation:
Approximately 500 MB (10 GB or more may
be necessary when creating AVCHD format
discs. 50 GB maximum may be necessary
when creating Blu-ray discs.)
Display
Minimum 1,024 × 768 dots
Others
USB port (this must be provided as standard,
Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compatible)), Bluray disc/DVD burner (CD-ROM drive is
necessary for installation)
Either NTFS or exFAT file system is
recommended as the hard disk file system.
Operation with all computer environments is
not assured.
*1Standard installation is required. Operation is
not assured if the OS has been upgraded or in a
multi-boot environment.
*264-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not
supported.
*3Starter (Edition) is not supported.

When using a Macintosh
The supplied software “PMB” is not
supported by Macintosh computers.
To process photos using a Macintosh
computer connected to your camcorder,
see the following website.
http://guide.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/mac/
ms/us/
Saving movies and photos with a computer
Step 1 Checking the computer
system
Software
DirectX 9.0c or later
(This product is based on DirectX
technology. It is necessary to have DirectX
installed)
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Step 2 Installing the supplied
software “PMB”
 Click [Install].
Install “PMB” before connecting your
camcorder to a computer.


If a version of “PMB” supplied with another
device has already been installed on the
computer, check the version. (The version
number is displayed by clicking [Help] - [About
PMB].) Compare the version number of the
supplied CD-ROM with that of the previously
installed “PMB,” check to ensure that the
versions have been installed in order, from the
lower to the higher. If the version number of
the previously installed “PMB” is higher than
that of the “PMB” of your camcorder, uninstall
“PMB” from the computer and then re-install
it in order, from lower to higher. If you install a
higher version of “PMB” first, some functions
may not work correctly.
See page 48 on the “Handycam Handbook.”
 Select the language for the
application to be installed, then
click [Next].
 Turn on your camcorder, then
connect the camcorder to the
computer using the supplied USB
cable.
 Confirm that your camcorder is
not connected to the computer.
 Turn on the computer.


Log on as an Administrator for
installation.
Close all applications running on the
computer before installing the software.
 Place the supplied CD-ROM in
the disc drive of your computer.
The installation screen appears.

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If the screen does not appear, click
[Start]  [Computer] (in Windows
XP, [My Computer]), then double-click
[SONYPICTUTIL (E:)] (CD-ROM).
The [USB SELECT] screen appears on
the camcorder screen automatically.
 Touch [ USB CONNECT] on the
camcorder screen.

If the [USB SELECT] screen does
not appear, touch
(HOME) 
(OTHERS)  [USB CONNECT].
 Click [Continue].
To disconnect your camcorder from the
computer
 Confirm the license agreement,
and if you accept the terms,
change to  click [Next]
 [Install] on the computer
screen.
 Click the icon at the bottom
right of the desktop of the
computer  [Safely remove USB
Mass Storage Device].
 Follow the on-screen instructions
to install the software.


Depending on the computer, you may
need to install third party software. If
the installation screen appears, follow
the instructions to install the required
software.
Restart the computer if required to
complete the installation.



Other icons may appear.
No icon may appear depending on the
installation procedure.
The Handycam Handbook is not installed
in this procedure (p. 48).
 Disconnect the USB cable.

You can create a Blu-ray disc by using a
computer with a Blu-ray disc burner. Install the
BD Add-on Software for “PMB” (p. 31).
Saving movies and photos with a computer
When the installation is completed,
following icons will appear.
 Touch [END]  [YES] on the
camcorder screen.
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Selecting the method for creating a disc
(computer)
Several methods for creating a high definition image quality (HD) disc or a standard
definition image quality (SD) disc from high definition image quality (HD) movies or
photos recorded on your camcorder are described here. Select the method that suits your
disc player.
Player
Choosing a method and disc type
Blu-ray disc playback
devices (a Blu-ray disc player,
PLAYSTATION3, etc.)
Importing movies and photos to a
AVCHD format playback devices
(a Sony Blu-ray disc player,
PLAYSTATION3, etc.)
computer (Easy PC Back-up) (p. 29)

Creating a Blu-ray disc* with high
definition image quality (HD) (p. 31)
Creating a disc with one touch (One Touch
Disc Burn) (p. 28)
Importing movies and photos to a
computer (Easy PC Back-up) (p. 29)

Creating a AVCHD format disc with high
definition image quality (HD) (p. 30)
Ordinary DVD playback devices
(a DVD player, a computer that
can play DVDs, etc.)
Importing movies and photos to a
computer (Easy PC Back-up) (p. 29)

Creating a standard definition image
quality (SD) disc (p. 32)
HD
HD
SD
* To create a Blu-ray disc, the BD Add-on Software for “PMB” must be installed (p. 31).
Characteristics of each type of disc
Using a Blu-ray disc enables you to record high definition image quality (HD) movies of a longer
duration than DVD discs.
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HD
High definition image quality (HD) movie can be recorded on DVD media, such as DVD-R discs,
and a high definition image quality (HD) disc is created.
SD
Standard definition image quality (SD) movie converted from high definition image quality (HD)
movie can be recorded on DVD media, such as DVD-R discs, and a standard image quality (SD)
disc is created.
Discs you can use with “PMB”
You can use 12 cm discs of following type with “PMB.” For Blu-ray disc, see page 31.
Disc type
DVD-R/DVD+R/DVD+R DL
DVD-RW/DVD+RW


Features
Unrewritable
Rewritable
Always maintain your PLAYSTATION3 to use the latest version of the PLAYSTATION3 system
software.
The PLAYSTATION3 may not be available in some countries/regions.
Saving movies and photos with a computer
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Creating a disc with
one touch
(One Touch Disc Burn)
You can save movies and photos on a
disc by simply pressing the
(DISC
BURN) button on your camcorder. Movies
and photos recorded on your camcorder
that have not yet been saved with One
Touch Disc Burn can be saved on a disc
automatically. Movies and photos are saved
on a disc with their recorded image quality.






High definition image quality (HD) movies
(the default setting) will make a high definition
image quality (HD) disc. You cannot play a high
definition image quality (HD) disc on DVD
players.
Creating a Blu-ray disc is not available with One
Touch Disc Burn.
To create a standard definition image quality
(SD) disc from high definition image quality
(HD) movies, import movies to a computer first
(p. 29), and then create a standard definition
image quality (SD) disc (p. 32).
Install “PMB” beforehand (p. 24), however, do
not start “PMB.”
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall
socket) using the AC Adaptor supplied for this
operation (p. 11).
With the
(DISC BURN) button, you
can save movies and photos recorded on the
internal hard disk only.
1
Turn on your computer, and place
an empty disc on the DVD drive.


2
See page 26 for the type of discs you can
use.
If any other software than “PMB” starts
automatically, shut it down.
Turn on your camcorder, and
connect it to the computer using
the USB cable.
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
3
Do not close the LCD screen when the
camcorder is connected to another device
with the USB cable. Your recorded images
may be lost.
Press the
(DISC BURN) button.
4
Follow the instructions on the
computer screen.

Movies and photos are not saved on the
computer when you perform One Touch Disc
Burn.
Importing movies and
photos to a computer
(Easy PC Back-up)
Movies and photos recorded on your
camcorder that have not yet been saved
with Easy PC Back-up can be imported
to a computer automatically. Turn on the
computer beforehand.

3
On the computer screen, click
[Easy PC Back-up]  [Import].
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall
socket) using the AC Adaptor supplied for this
operation (p. 11).
1
Turn on your camcorder, and
connect it to the computer using
the USB cable.
Movies and photos are imported to
your computer.
When the operation is completed, the
“PMB” screen appears.


2
Do not close the LCD screen when the
camcorder is connected to another device
with the USB cable. Your recorded images
may be lost.
Touch [ USB CONNECT] to
import images from the internal
hard disk, or [ USB CONNECT]
to import images from a
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.



You can create either high definition image
quality (HD) discs (Blu-ray disc/AVCHD
format disc) (p. 30) or standard definition
image quality (SD) discs (p. 32) from imported
high definition image quality (HD) movies.
See PMB Guide on importing selected movies
and photos (p. 30).
You can export high definition image quality
(HD) movies from your computer to your
camcorder. On the “PMB” screen, click
[Manipulate]  [Export to]  [Handycam
(Hard Disk Drive)]/[Handycam (Memory
Stick)]. See PMB Guide for details (p. 30).
Changing the destination drive
or folder for movies and photos
The [Handycam Utility] window
appears on the computer screen.
Saving movies and photos with a computer
The [USB SELECT] screen appears on
the camcorder screen.
When the operation is completed, a screen
to indicate that movies are being analyzed
may appear. It may take a long time to
analyze movies. In the meantime, you can
operate “PMB.”
On the [Handycam Utility] screen in
step 3 above, click [Easy PC Back-up] 
[Change]. On the screen displayed, you
can select the drive or folder where the
images are to be saved.
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Starting PMB (Picture
Motion Browser)
Double-click the “PMB” short-cut icon on
the computer screen.
Creating a high
definition image
quality (HD) disc
You can create a high definition image
quality (HD) disc by putting together high
definition image quality (HD) movies
previously imported to your computer
(p. 29).


If the icon is not displayed on the computer
screen, click [Start]  [All Programs] 
[Sony Picture Utility]  [PMB] to start “PMB.”
You can view, edit, or create discs of movies
and photos using “PMB.”
Reading “PMB Guide”
Refer to the PMB Guide for details of the
“PMB.” Double-click the PMB Guide shortcut icon on the computer screen to open
the PMB Guide.

In this section, the procedure for recording a
high definition image quality (HD) movie on a
DVD disc (p. 26) is explained.
You can play a high definition image quality
(HD) disc on AVCHD format playback devices,
such as a Sony Blu-ray disc player and a
PLAYSTATION3. You cannot play the disc on
ordinary DVD players (p. 26).
1
Turn on your computer, and place
an empty disc on the DVD drive.


2

If the icon is not displayed on the computer
screen, click [Start]  [All Programs] 
[Sony Picture Utility]  [Help]  [PMB
Guide]. You can also open the PMB Guide from
[Help] of “PMB.”
Double-click the “PMB” short-cut
icon on the computer screen to
start “PMB.”

3
You may start “PMB” also by clicking
[Start]  [All Programs]  [Sony
Picture Utility]  [PMB].
Click [Folders] or [Calendar] on
the left side in the window, and
select the folder or date, then
select the high definition image
quality (HD) movies.
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
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See page 27 for the type of discs you can
use.
If any other software than “PMB” starts
automatically, shut it down.
High definition image quality (HD)
movies are marked with .
You cannot save photos on a disc.
To select plural movies, hold the Ctrl key
down and click thumbnails.
4
At the top of the window, click
[Manipulate]  [AVCHD (HD)
Creation].
The window used to select movies
appears.

5

Connect your computer to the internet
when you install [BD Add-on Software].
You can play back high definition image
quality (HD) discs using “Player for
AVCHD” that is installed together with
“PMB.”
To start “Player for AVCHD,” Click
[Start]  [All Programs]  [Sony
Picture Utility]  [Player for AVCHD].
See the “Player for AVCHD” help on the
operation.
Place an empty Blu-ray disc in the disc
drive, and click [Manipulate]  [Bluray Disc (HD) Creation] in step 4 of
“Creating a high definition image quality
(HD) disc” (p. 30). Other procedures
are the same as that for creating a high
definition image quality (HD) disc.


Your computer must support the creation of
Blu-ray discs.
BD-R (unrewritable) and BD-RE
(rewritable) media are available for creating
Blu-ray discs. You cannot add contents to
either type of disc after creating the disc.
Saving movies and photos with a computer
It may take a long time to create a disc.
Playing a high definition image
quality (HD) disc on a computer

You can create a Blu-ray disc with a high
definition image quality (HD) movie
previously imported to a computer
(p. 29).
To create a Blu-ray disc, the BD Add-on
Software for “PMB” must be installed.
Click [BD Add-on Software] on the
installation screen of “PMB,” and install
this plug-in according to the on-screen
instructions.
To add movies to the previously selected
ones, select the movies in the main
window and drag and drop onto the
window for selecting movies.
Follow the instructions on the
screen to create a disc.

Creating a Blu-ray disc
Movies may not be played smoothly
depending on the computer environment.
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Creating a standard
definition image
quality (SD) disc that
can be played on
ordinary DVD players
4
At the top of the window, click
[Manipulate]  [DVD-Video (SD)
Creation].
You can create a standard definition image
quality (SD) disc by selecting movies
and photos previously imported to your
computer (p. 29).

The window used to select movies and
photos appears.

You may select high definition image quality
(HD) movies as sources. However, image
quality is converted from high definition
(HD) to standard definition (SD). It will take a
longer time for converting the image quality of
the movies than it took to actually record the
movies.
To add movies and photos to the
previously selected ones, select the movies
and photos in the main window and drag
and drop onto the window for selecting
movies and photos.
1
Turn on your computer, and place
an empty disc on the DVD drive.


2
See page 27 for the type of discs you can
use.
If any other software than “PMB” starts
automatically, shut it down.
Double-click the “PMB” short-cut
icon on the computer screen to
start “PMB.”

3
You may start “PMB” also by clicking
[Start]  [All Programs]  [Sony
Picture Utility]  [PMB].
Click [Folders] or [Calendar] on
the left side in the window, and
select the folder or date, then
select the movies and photos.

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High definition image quality (HD)
movies are marked with .
To select plural movies and photos, hold
the Ctrl key down and click thumbnails.
5
Follow the instructions on the
screen to create a disc.

It may take a long time to create a disc.
Copying a disc
You can copy a recorded disc to another
disc using “Video Disc Copier.”
You can also copy a disc by converting
high definition image quality (HD)
movies to standard definition image
quality (SD) movies.
Click [Start]  [All Programs]  [Sony
Picture Utility]  [Video Disc Copier]
to start the software. See the “Video Disc
Copier” help on the operation.

You cannot copy to a Blu-ray disc.
Editing movies
You can cut out only necessary parts
from a movie and save it as another file.
Using “PMB,” select the movie you
want to edit, then click [Manipulate]
 [Video Trimming] on the menu to
display the Video Trimming window. See
the PMB Guide on the operation (p. 30).
Capturing photos from a movie
You can save a frame of a movie as a
photo file.
On the movie playback window of
“PMB,” click
to display [Save Frame]
windows. See the PMB Guide on the
operation (p. 30).
Saving movies and photos with a computer
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Saving images with a DVD writer, recorder
Selecting the method for creating a disc (DVD
writer/recorder)
Several methods for creating a high definition image quality (HD) disc or a standard
definition image quality (SD) disc from high definition image quality (HD) movies or
photos recorded on your camcorder are described here. Select the method that suits your
disc player.


Prepare a DVD disc such as a DVD-R, for creating a disc.
See page 31 to create a Blu-ray disc.
Player
AVCHD format playback devices
(a Sony Blu-ray disc player,
PLAYSTATION3, etc.)
Ordinary DVD playback devices
(a DVD player, a computer that
can play DVDs, etc.)


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Choosing a method and disc type
Creating a high definition image quality
(HD) disc with a DVD writer, etc. (USB cable
connection) (p. 35)
HD
Creating a standard definition image
quality (SD) disc with a disc recorder, etc.
(A/V connecting cable connection) (p. 36)
SD
Always maintain your PLAYSTATION3 to use the latest version of the PLAYSTATION3 system
software.
The PLAYSTATION3 may not be available in some countries/regions.
Creating a high
definition image
quality (HD) disc with a
DVD writer, etc.
3
Record movies on the connected
device.
(USB cable connection)
You can save high definition image quality
(HD) movies on a disc by connecting
your camcorder to disc creation devices,
such as a Sony DVD writer, with the USB
cable. Refer also to the instruction manuals
supplied with the devices to be connected.
The method used to create a disc by
connecting your camcorder to a Sony DVD
writer with the USB cable is described here.

Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall
socket) using the AC Adaptor supplied for this
operation (p. 11).

4
After the operation is completed,
touch [END]  [YES] on the
camcorder screen.
5
Disconnect the USB cable.

1
Turn on your camcorder, and
connect a DVD writer, etc. to the
 (USB) jack of your camcorder
with the USB cable (supplied).
Touch [ USB CONNECT] when
movies are recorded on the
internal hard disk, or [ USB
CONNECT] when movies are
recorded on a “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media on the camcorder
screen.

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.
Sony DVD writer may not be available in some
countries/regions.
Saving images with a DVD writer, recorder
2
The [USB SELECT] screen appears on
the camcorder screen.
For details, refer to the instruction
manuals supplied with the device to be
connected.
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Creating a standard
definition image
quality (SD) disc with a
recorder, etc.
(A/V connecting cable
connection)
A/V Remote
Connector
You can dub images played back on your
camcorder on a disc or video cassette,
by connecting your camcorder to a disc
recorder or 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 you
want to dub before starting the operation
(p. 40).


S VIDEO
VIDEO
(Yellow)
(White)
AUDIO
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall
socket) using the AC Adaptor supplied for this
operation (p. 11).
High definition image quality (HD) movies
will be dubbed with standard definition image
quality (SD).
A/V connecting cable (supplied)
Your camcorder is equipped with A/V
Remote Connector (p. 60). Connect the
A/V connecting cable to your camcorder.
A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO (sold
separately)
When connecting to another device
via the S VIDEO jack, by using an A/V
connecting cable with an S VIDEO cable
(sold separately), higher quality images can
be produced than with an A/V connecting
cable. Connect the white and red plug
(left/right audio) and the S VIDEO plug
(S VIDEO channel) of the A/V connecting
cable with an S VIDEO cable. If you
connect the S VIDEO plug only, you will
hear no sound. The yellow plug (video)
connection is not necessary.
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Input
(Yellow)
(Red)
Signal flow
1
Insert the recording media in the
recording device.

2
If your recording device has an input
selector, set it to the input mode.
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).

Connect your camcorder to the input jacks
of the recording device.
3
Start playback on your
camcorder, and record it on the
recording device.

4
Refer to the instruction manuals supplied
with your recording device for details.
When dubbing is finished, stop
the recording device, and then
your camcorder.






Saving images with a DVD writer, recorder

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 connected, touch
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [OUTPUT SETTINGS]
 [DISP OUTPUT]  [LCD PANEL] (the
default setting) 


.
To record the date/time or camera settings data,
touch
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS) 
[VIEW IMAGES SET]  [DATA CODE]  a
desired setting 


.
In addidion touch
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [OUTPUT SETTINGS] 
[DISP OUTPUT]  [V-OUT/PANEL] 


.
When the screen size of display devices
(TV, etc.) is 4:3, touch
(HOME) 
(SETTINGS)  [OUTPUT SETTINGS] 
[TV TYPE]  [4:3] 


.
When you connect a monaural device, connect
the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable
to the video input jack, and the white (left
channel) or the red (right channel) plug to the
audio input jack on the device.
Sony DVD writer may not be available in some
countries/regions.
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Making good use of your camcorder
Deleting movies and
photos
Formatting the recording media
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. 40).
1
Touch (HOME) 
 [DELETE].
Formatting deletes all the movies and
photos to recover recordable free space.


(OTHERS)
 Touch (HOME) 
(MANAGE MEDIA)  [MEDIA
FORMAT].
2
To delete movies, touch
[ DELETE]  [
DELETE] or
[
DELETE].

3
To delete photos, touch [
[ DELETE].
 Touch the recording media to be
formatted ([HDD] or [MEMORY
STICK]).
DELETE] 
Touch and display the mark
on the movies or photos to be
deleted.
 Touch [YES]  [YES] 

4
Touch


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 [YES] 

Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall
socket) using the AC Adaptor supplied for this
operation (p. 11).
To avoid the loss of important images, you
should save them (p. 26, 34) before formatting
the recording media.
.
To delete all movies at one time
In step 2, touch [ DELETE]  [
DELETE
ALL]/[
DELETE ALL]  [YES]  [YES]


.
To delete all photos at one time
In step 2, touch [ DELETE]  [ DELETE
ALL]  [YES]  [YES] 

.

.
While [Executing…] is displayed, do not
operate the POWER switch or other buttons,
disconnect the AC Adaptor, or eject the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media from your
camcorder. (The ACCESS/access lamp is lit or
flashing while formatting the medium.)
Protected movies and photos will also be
deleted.
Coping with shooting
conditions
Many settings and adjustment options are
available on the menu (p. 42).
Recording in dark places (LOW
LUX/NIGHTSHOT)
When you want to record images in
dim light, set the STD/LOW LUX/
NIGHTSHOT switch to LOW LUX.
appears, and images will be recorded
brighter than if you do not use LOW LUX.
When you set the STD/LOW LUX/
NIGHTSHOT switch to NIGHTSHOT,
appears, and you can record images even in
total darkness.
Set the STD/LOW LUX/NIGHTSHOT
switch to STD when recording in normal
ambient light.

Using NIGHTSHOT in bright places will cause
a malfunction of your camcorder.
HDR-XR500E/XR520E
Adjusting focus, etc., manually
(MANUAL dial)
It is convenient to make manual
adjustments using the MANUAL dial, by
assigning a menu item ([FOCUS] in the
default setting) to the MANUAL dial.
MANUAL
MANUAL dial
How to use the MANUAL dial
Press MANUAL to switch to manual
operation mode, and rotate the dial to
make the adjustment. Pressing MANUAL
switches the operation mode between
manual and automatic.
To assign a menu item
Using a tripod
Attach the 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.)).
Tripod receptacle
Making good use of your camcorder
HDR-XR500VE/XR520VE
Press and hold MANUAL for a few seconds
to display the [DIAL SETTING] screen.
Rotate the MANUAL dial to assign an item.
You can assign [FOCUS], [EXPOSURE],
[AE SHIFT], or [WB SHIFT].
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Changing the
recording medium
You can select the internal hard disk 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 hard disk.
 Touch the desired recording
medium.
 Touch [YES] 
.
The recording medium is changed.
Hard disk
Movies
To check the recording media
settings
Photos
“Memory Stick” media


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.
You can do recording, playback, and editing
operations on the selected medium.
See page 55 for the recordable time of movies.
Selecting the recording media for
movies
 Touch (HOME) 
(MANAGE MEDIA)  [MOVIE
MEDIA SET].
The [MOVIE MEDIA SET] screen
appears.
 Touch the desired medium.
 Touch [YES] 
.
The recording medium is changed.
: Internal hard disk
: “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
Inserting a “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media

Types of “Memory Stick” media you can
use with your camcorder

Selecting the media for photos
 Touch (HOME) 
(MANAGE MEDIA)  [PHOTO
MEDIA SET].
40
The [PHOTO MEDIA SET] screen
appears.
Set the recording medium to [MEMORY
STICK] to record movies and/or photos on a
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media (p. 40).
For recording movies, it is recommended that
you use the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media of
1 GB or larger marked with:

(“Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media)*
(“Memory Stick

PRO-HG Duo” media)
*Marked with Mark2 or not, either can
be used.

“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media of up to 16 GB
is confirmed to work with this camcorder.
 Open the “Memory Stick Duo”
media cover, and insert the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
into the “Memory Stick Duo”
media slot until it clicks.


If you force the “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media into the slot in the wrong direction,
the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media, the
“Memory Stick Duo” media slot, or image
data may be damaged.
Close the “Memory Stick Duo” media
cover after inserting the “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media.
To eject the “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media
Open the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
cover and lightly push the “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media in once.


Do not open the “Memory Stick Duo” media
cover during recording.
When inserting or ejecting the “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” media, be careful so that the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media does not pop
out and drop.
Dubbing or copying movies and
photos from the internal hard
disk to a “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media
Touch (HOME) 
(OTHERS)
 [MOVIE DUB]/[PHOTO COPY],
then follow the displays on the screen.
Access lamp
(“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media)
 Touch [YES].


To record only photos on a “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” media, touch [NO].
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. 38).
Making good use of your camcorder
The [Create a new Image Database
File.] screen appears when you insert a
new “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media.
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Customizing your
camcorder with menus

Menu items are described in more details with
color photos in the “Handycam Handbook”
(p. 48).
Using the
Using the HELP function
To see the descriptions on the HOME
MENU, touch
(HELP) on the HOME
MENU screen. (The bottom of
turns
orange.) Then, touch the menu item you
want to know about.
HOME MENU
When you press the (HOME) button, the
HOME MENU appears. You can change the
settings of your camcorder.
(HOME)
(HOME) button
 Touch the desired category 
the menu item to be changed.
Using the
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
appears.
(OPTION)
Menu item
Category
 Touch the desired tab  the
item to change the setting.
Menu item
 Follow the instruction on the
screen.
 After completing the setting,
touch
.




When the item is not on the screen, touch
/ .
To return to the previous screen, touch
.
To hide the HOME MENU screen, touch
.
You cannot select the grayed items or
settings.
Tab
 After completing the setting,
touch
.


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OPTION MENU
When the item you want is not on the screen,
touch another tab. (There may be no tab.)
You cannot use the OPTION MENU during
Easy Handycam operation.
List of the
HOME MENU
(CAMERA) category
MOVIE.......................................... p. 14
PHOTO......................................... p. 15
SMTH SLW REC.......................... Records fast moving subjects in slow-motion.
(VIEW IMAGES) category
VISUAL INDEX............................ p. 18
MAP*....................................... Displays the Map Index for searching for movies and photos by recording
location.
FILM ROLL............................ Displays and plays the scenes by a certain interval.
FACE........................................ Displays and plays the face scenes.
PLAYLIST..................................... Displays and plays the playlist of movies.
(OTHERS) category
DELETE
Making good use of your camcorder
DELETE........................ p. 38
DELETE........................ p. 38
YOUR LOCATION*............... Displays the current location on a map.
PHOTO CAPTURE..................... Captures photos from desired scenes of movies.
MOVIE DUB
DUB/
DUB.................. p. 41
PHOTO COPY
COPY by select................ p. 41
COPY by date................... p. 41
EDIT
DELETE......................... p. 38
DELETE......................... p. 38
PROTECT...................... Sets the protection to avoid deleting movies.
PROTECT...................... Sets the protection to avoid deleting photos.
DIVIDE.......................... Divides movies.
PLAYLIST EDIT
ADD/
ADD......... Adds movies in a playlist.
ADD by date/
ADD by date............ Adds movies recorded on a same day at one time in a playlist.
ERASE/
ERASE.......................... Erases movies from a playlist.
ERASE ALL/
ERASE ALL.................. Erases all movies from a playlist.
MOVE/
MOVE.......................... Changes the order of movies in a playlist.
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USB CONNECT
USB CONNECT........... Connects the internal hard disk via USB.
USB CONNECT........... Connects the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media via USB.
DISC BURN........................ p. 28
DOWNLOAD MUSIC...... Download music files that can be played with HIGHLIGHT PLAYBACK.
TV CONNECT Guide................ p. 21
MUSIC TOOL
DOWNLOAD MUSIC...... Download music files that can be played with HIGHLIGHT PLAYBACK.
EMPTY MUSIC.................. Deletes music files.
BATTERY INFO........................... Displays the battery information.
(MANAGE MEDIA) category
MOVIE MEDIA SET................... p. 40
PHOTO MEDIA SET.................. p. 40
MEDIA INFO............................... Displays information on the recording media, such as free space.
MEDIA FORMAT........................ p. 38
REPAIR IMG.DB F....................... p. 50
(SETTINGS) category
MOVIE SETTINGS
/
SET..................... Sets image quality for recording, playback, or editing movies.
REC MODE........................ Sets the mode to record movies. When recording fast moving subject, a
high image quality, such as [FH], is recommended.
AUDIO MODE................... Sets the recording sound format (5.1ch surround./2ch stereo).
AE SHIFT............................ Adjusts the exposure.
WB SHIFT........................... Adjusts the white balance.
NIGHTSHOT LIGHT......... Emits infrared light when using NIGHTSHOT.
WIDE SELECT................... Sets the horizontal to vertical ratio when recording movies with standard
definition image quality (SD).
DIGITAL ZOOM................ p. 15
STEADYSHOT............. p. 15
X.V.COLOR......................... p. 15
GUIDEFRAME................... Displays the frame to make sure the subject is horizontal or vertical.
REMAINING SET........ Sets how the remaining recording time of the media is to be displayed.
FLASH MODE................... Sets how the flash is activated.
FLASH LEVEL.................... Sets the brightness of flash.
REDEYE REDUC............... Prevents redeye when shooting with flash.
DIAL SETTING.................. Assigns a function to the MANUAL dial (p. 39).
CONVERSION LENS........ Optimizes the SteadyShot function and focus according to the attached
lens.
AUTO BACK LIGHT......... Adjusts the exposure for backlit subjects automatically.
PHOTO SETTINGS
IMAGE SIZE................. Sets the photo size.
FILE NO. ............................ Sets how to assign the file number.
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Making good use of your camcorder
AE SHIFT............................ Adjusts the exposure.
WB SHIFT........................... Adjusts the white balance.
NIGHTSHOT LIGHT......... Emits infrared light when using NIGHTSHOT.
STEADYSHOT............. Sets the SteadyShot function when recording photos.
GUIDEFRAME................... Displays the frame to make sure the subject is horizontal or vertical
position.
FLASH MODE................... Sets how the flash is activated.
FLASH LEVEL.................... Sets the brightness of flash.
REDEYE REDUC............... Prevents redeye when shooting with flash.
DIAL SETTING.................. Assigns a function to the MANUAL dial (p. 39).
CONVERSION LENS........ Optimizes the SteadyShot function and the focus according to the
attached lens.
AUTO BACK LIGHT......... Adjusts the exposure for backlit subjects automatically.
FACE FUNC. SET
FACE DET. SETTING........ Changes the [FACE DETECTION] and [FRAME SETTING] setting.
SMILE SHUTTER.............. Changes the [DETECTION SET], [SMILE SENSITIVITY], [SMILE
PRIORITY] and [FRAME SETTING] setting.
VIEW IMAGES SET
/
SET..................... Sets image quality for recording, playback, or editing movies.
DATA CODE....................... Displays the detailed recording data during playback.
SOUND/DISP SET
VOLUME............................. p. 19
BEEP.................................... p. 12
LCD BRIGHT...................... Adjusts the brightness of the LCD screen.
LCD BL LEVEL................... Adjusts the backlight of the LCD screen.
LCD COLOR....................... Adjusts the color intensity of the LCD screen.
OUTPUT SETTINGS
TV TYPE.............................. p. 22
DISP OUTPUT................... Sets whether the on-screen displays appears on the TV screen or not.
COMPONENT................... p. 22
HDMI RESOLUTION........ Sets the output image resolution when connecting your camcoder to a TV
with an HDMI cable.
CLOCK/ LANG
CLOCK SET........................ p. 12
AREA SET........................... p. 12
AUTO CLOCK ADJ*......... Sets whether the camcorder adjusts the clock automatically by acquiring
the time from GPS or not.
AUTO AREA ADJ*. .......... Sets whether the camcorder compensates for a time differences
automatically by acquiring the current location information from GPS or
not.
SUMMERTIME.................. p. 12
LANGUAGE SET.......... p. 13
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GENERAL SET
DEMO MODE................... Sets whether the demonstration appears or not.
REC LAMP.......................... Sets the recording lamp to light up or not.
CALIBRATION................... Calibrates the touch panel.
A.SHUT OFF...................... Changes the [A.SHUT OFF] setting (p. 11).
REMOTE CTRL.................. Sets whether the Wireless Remote Commander is to be used or not.
DROP SENSOR................. p. 5
CTRL FOR HDMI.............. p. 22
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[SOUND/DISP SET] is changed to [SOUND SETTINGS] during Easy Handycam operation.
* HDR-XR500VE/XR520VE
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List of the
OPTION MENU
Following items are available on the OPTION MENU only.
tab
SPOT MTR/FCS................ Adjusts the brightness and focus for the selected subject simultaneously.
SPOT METER..................... Adjusts the brightness of images to a subject you touch on the screen.
SPOT FOCUS..................... Focuses on a subject you touch the screen.
TELE MACRO.................... Shoots a subject in focus with the background out of focus.
EXPOSURE......................... Adjusts the brightness of movies and photos.
FOCUS................................ Focuses manually.
SCENE SELECTION.......... Selects an appropriate recording setting according to the type of scene,
such as night view or beach.
WHITE BAL........................ Adjusts the white balance.
tab
FADER................................. Fades scenes in or out.
tab
BLT-IN ZOOM MIC........... Records movies with directional sound as you zoom in or out.
MICREF LEVEL.................. Sets the microphone level.
SELF-TIMER....................... Used during photo recording.
TIMING............................... Sets the timing to be used to start recording for [SMTH SLW REC].
The tab depends on the situation / no tab
SLIDE SHOW..................... Plays a series of photos.
SLIDE SHOW SET............ Sets the repetition option for the slide show.
Making good use of your camcorder
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Getting detailed
information from
the “Handycam
Handbook”
The “Handycam Handbook” is a users
guide designed to be read on a computer
screen. The functions of your camcorder
are described, some of them with color
photos. The “Handycam Handbook” is
intended to be read when you want to know
more about operating your camcorder.
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Click [Exit]  [Exit], then
remove the CD-ROM from your
computer.
To view the “Handycam Handbook,”
double-click the short-cut icon on the
computer screen.
1
To install the “Handycam
Handbook” on a Windows
computer, place the supplied
CD-ROM in the disc drive of your
computer.
2
On the installation screen
displayed, click [Handycam
Handbook].
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3
Select the desired language
and the model name of your
camcorder, then click [Handycam
Handbook (PDF)].
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The model name of your camcorder is
printed on its bottom surface.
When using a Macintosh, open the [Handbook]
– [GB] folder in the CD-ROM, then copy
[Handbook.pdf].
You need Adobe Reader to read “Handycam
Handbook.”
http://www.adobe.com/
Refer to the “PMB Guide” for details on the
supplied software “PMB” (p. 30).
Additional information
Troubleshooting
If you run into any problems using your
camcorder, use the following table to
troubleshoot the problem. If the problem
persists, disconnect the power source and
contact your Sony dealer.
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Notes before sending your camcorder for repair
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Your camcorder may be required to initialize or
change the current hard disk of your camcorder,
depending on the problem. In the event of this,
the data stored on the hard disk will be deleted.
Be sure to save the data on the internal hard
disk on other media (backup) before sending
your camcorder for repair (p. 26, 34). We will
not compensate you for any loss of hard disk
data.
During repair, we may check a minimum
amount of data stored on the hard disk in order
to investigate the problem. However, your Sony
dealer will neither copy nor retain your data.
See the Handycam Handbook (p. 48) for details
on the symptoms of your camcorder, and “PMB
Guide” (p. 30) on connecting your camcorder
to a computer.
The camcorder gets warm.
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
Attach a charged battery pack to the
camcorder (p. 10).
Connect the plug of the AC Adaptor to the
wall outlet (wall socket) (p. 11).
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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
your camcorder still does not work, press the
RESET button (p. 60) using a pointed object:
(If you press the RESET button, all settings,
including the clock setting, are reset.)
The temperature of your camcorder is
extremely high. Turn off the camcorder and
Use the AC Adaptor (p. 11).
Turn on the power again.
Charge the battery pack (p. 10).
Pressing START/STOP or PHOTO does not
record images.
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Press MODE to turn on the
(Movie) or
(Photo) lamp (p. 12).
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. 38).
Total number of movie scenes or photos
exceeds the recordable capacity of your
camcorder. Delete unnecessary images (p. 38).
The recording stops.
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The temperature of your camcorder is
extremely high/low. Turn off your camcorder
and leave it for a while in a cool/warm place.
”PMB” cannot be installed.
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Check the computer environment or
installation procedure required to install
“PMB” (p. 23).
Additional information
The camcorder does not operate even
when the power is set to on.
Your camcorder may become warm during
operation. This is not a malfunction.
The power abruptly turns off.
The power does not turn on.
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leave it for a while in a cool place.
The temperature of your camcorder is
extremely low. Leave the camcorder with the
power turned on. If you still cannot operate
your camcorder, turn off the camcorder and
take it to a warm place. Leave the camcorder
there for a while, then turn on the camcorder.
”PMB” does not work correctly.
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Quit “PMB” and restart your computer.
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The camcorder is not recognized by the
computer.
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
Disconnect devices from the USB jack of the
computer other than the keyboard, mouse,
and your camcorder.
Disconnect the USB cable from the computer
and your camcorder, and restart the computer,
then connect the computer and your
camcorder again in the proper order.
Self-diagnosis display/Warning
indicators
If indicators appear on the LCD screen or
in the viewfinder, check the following.
If the problem persists even after you
have tried to fix a couple of times, contact
your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony
service facility.
C:04:
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The battery pack is not an “InfoLITHIUM”
battery pack (H series). Use an
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (H series)
(p. 10).
Connect the DC plug of the AC Adaptor to the
DC IN jack of your camcorder securely (p. 10).
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
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Battery power is low.

The temperature of your camcorder is getting
high. Turn off your camcorder and leave it in
a cool place.
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The temperature of your camcorder is low.
Make the camcorder warm.
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No “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media is
inserted (p. 40).
When the indicator flashes, there is not
enough free space for recording images. Delete
unnecessary images (p. 38), or format the
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media (p. 38) after
storing the images on other media.
The Image Database File is damaged. Check
the Image Database File by touching
(HOME) 
(MANAGE MEDIA) 
[REPAIR IMG.DB F.]  recording media.
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C:13: / C:32:
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Remove the power source. Reconnect it and
operate your camcorder again.
E:20: / E:31: / E:61: / E:62:
/ E:91: / E:94: / E:95: /
E:96:
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Your camcorder need to be repaired. Contact
your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony
service facility. Inform them of the 5-digit
code, which starts from “E.”
101-0001
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When the indicator flashes slowly, the file is
damaged or unreadable.
The hard disk of your camcorder is full. Delete
unnecessary images on the hard disk (p. 38).
An error may have occurred with the hard
disk drive in your camcorder.
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The “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media is
damaged. Format the “Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media with your camcorder (p. 38).

An incompatible “Memory Stick Duo” media
is inserted (p. 40).
Precautions


Access to the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
was restricted on another device.
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There is something wrong with the flash.
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The amount of light is not sufficient. Use the
flash.
The camcorder is unsteady. Hold the camcorder
steady with both hands. However, note that
the camera-shake warning indicator does not
disappear.
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The drop sensor function is activated. You
may not be able to record nor play back
images.
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The recording media is full. Delete unnecessary
images (p. 38).
Photos cannot be recorded during processing.
Wait for a while, then record.
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On use and care
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Additional information
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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
screen, the viewfinder or the lens may be
exposed to direct sunlight. This damages the
inside of the LCD screen or the viewfinder.
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 camcorder turning off when you are
not using your camcorder.
Do not wrap your camcorder with a towel, for
example, and operate it. Doing so might cause
heat to build up inside.
When disconnecting the power cord (mains
lead), pull it by the plug and not the cord (lead).
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Do not damage the power cord (mains lead)
such as by placing anything heavy on it.
Do not use a deformed or damaged battery
pack.
Keep metal contacts clean.
Keep the Wireless Remote Commander and
button-type battery out of children’s reach. If
the battery is accidentally swallowed, consult a
doctor immediately.
If the battery electrolytic liquid has leaked:
 Consult your local authorized Sony service
facility.
 Wash off any liquid that may have contacted
your skin.
 If any liquid gets in your eyes, wash with
plenty of water and consult a doctor.
When not using your camcorder for a
long time
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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.
LCD screen
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
Do not exert excessive pressure on the LCD
screen, as it may cause damage.
If your camcorder is used in a cold place, a
residual image may appear on the LCD screen.
This is not a malfunction.
While using your camcorder, the back of
the LCD screen may heat up. This is not a
malfunction.
To clean the LCD screen
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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.
On handling the casing
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If the casing is soiled, clean the camcorder body
with a soft cloth lightly moistened with water,
and then wipe the casing with a dry soft cloth.
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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
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.
On charging the pre-installed
rechargeable battery
Your camcorder has a pre-installed rechargeable
battery to retain the date, time, and other settings
even when the camcorder is turned off. 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 preinstalled rechargeable battery is not charged, the
camcorder operation will not be affected as long
as you are not recording the date.
Procedures
Connect your camcorder to a wall outlet (wall
socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor, and leave
it with the LCD screen closed for more than 24
hours.
Note on disposal/transfer of the
camcorder
Even if you perform [MEDIA FORMAT] or
formatting the hard disk of the camcorder,
you may not delete data from the hard disk
completely. When you transfer the camcorder, it
is recommended that you perform [ EMPTY]
(See “Getting detailed information from the
“Handycam Handbook”” (p. 48).) 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.

When the lithium battery becomes weak, the
operating distance of the Wireless Remote
Commander may shorten, or the Wireless
Remote Commander may not function
properly. In this case, replace the battery with
a Sony CR2025 lithium battery. Use of another
battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.
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 data 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.
To change the battery of the Wireless
Remote Commander
While pressing on the tab, inset your fingernail
into the slit to pull out the battery case.
Remote Commander until it clicks.
Tab
Additional information
Place a new battery with the + side facing up.
Insert the battery case back into the Wireless
WARNING
Battery may explode if mistreated. Do not
recharge, disassemble or dispose of in fire.
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Specifications
System
Input/Output connectors
Video signal: PAL color, CCIR standards
HDTV 1080/50i specification
Video recording format:
HD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD format
compatible
SD: MPEG2-PS
Audio: Dolby Digital 2ch/5.1ch
Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator
Photo file format: DCF Ver.2.0 compatible
Exif Ver.2.21 compatible
MPF Baseline compatible
Recording medium:
Hard disk: HDR-XR500E/XR500VE: 120 GB
HDR-XR520E/XR520VE: 240 GB
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media
When measuring media capacity, 1 GB equals
1 billion bytes, a portion of which is used for
data management.
Viewfinder: Electric viewfinder: color
Image device: 6.3 mm (1/2.88 type) CMOS sensor
Recording pixels (photo, 4:3):
Max. 12.0 mega (4 000  3 000) pixels*
Gross: Approx. 6 631 000 pixels
Effective (movie, 16:9):
Approx. 4 150 000 pixels
Effective (photo, 16:9):
Approx. 4 500 000 pixels
Effective (photo, 4:3):
Approx. 6 000 000 pixels
Lens: Sony G Lens
12  (Optical), 24 , 150  (Digital)
Filter diameter: 37 mm (1 1/2 in.)
F1.8 ~ 3.4
Focal length:
f=5.5 ~ 66.0 mm (7/32 ~ 2 5/8 in.)
When converted to a 35 mm still camera
For movies: 43 ~ 516 mm (1 3/4 ~ 20 3/8 in.)
(16:9)
For photos: 38 ~ 456 mm (1 1/2 ~ 18 in.) (4:3)
Color temperature: [AUTO], [ONE PUSH],
[INDOOR] (3 200 K), [OUTDOOR] (5 800
K)
Minimum illumination: 11 lx (lux) (STD, Shutter
speed 1/50 sec) 3 lx (lux) (LOW LUX, Shutter
speed 1/25 sec) 0 lx (lux) (during NightShot
function)
A/V Remote Connector: Component/video and
audio output jack
HDMI OUT jack: HDMI mini connector
USB jack: mini-B
Headphone jack: Stereo minijack ( 3.5 mm)
MIC input jack: Stereo minijack ( 3.5 mm)
* 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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LCD screen
Image: 8.0 cm (3.2 type, aspect ratio 16:9)
Total dot number: 921 600 (1 920  480)
General
Power requirements: DC 6.8 V/7.2 V (battery
pack) DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor)
Average power consumption:
During camera recording using the
viewfinder with normal brightness:
Hard disk: HD:4.3 W SD: 3.5 W
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media: HD:4.3 W
SD: 3.4 W
During camera recording using the LCD with
normal brightness:
Hard disk: HD:4.6 W SD: 3.6 W
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media: HD:4.5 W
SD: 3.6 W
Operating temperature: 0 C to 40 C (32 °F to
104 °F)
Storage temperature: –20 C to + 60 C (-4 °F to
+ 140 °F)
Dimensions (approx.): 71  75  134 mm (2 7/8 
3  5 3/8 in.) (w/h/d) including the projecting
parts
71  75  137 mm (2 7/8  3  5 1/2 in.) (w/
h/d) including the projecting parts, and the
supplied rechargeable battery pack attached
Mass (approx.):
HDR-XR500E: 490 g (1 lb 1 oz) main unit
only
570 g (1 lb 4 oz) including the supplied
rechargeable battery pack
HDR-XR500VE/XR520E: 500 g (1 lb 1 oz)
main unit only
580 g (1 lb 4 oz) including the supplied
rechargeable battery pack
HDR-XR520VE: 510 g (1 lb 1 oz) main unit
only
590 g (1 lb 4 oz) including the supplied
rechargeable battery pack
AC Adaptor AC-L200C/AC-L200D
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Power requirements: AC 100 V - 240 V,
50 Hz/60 Hz
Current consumption: 0.35 A - 0.18 A
Power consumption: 18 W
Output voltage: DC 8.4 V*
Operating temperature: 0 C to 40 C (32 °F to
104 °F)
Storage temperature: –20 C to + 60 C (-4 °F to
+ 140 °F)
Dimensions (approx.): 48  29  81 mm (1 15/16
 1 3/16  3 1/4 in.) (w/h/d) excluding the
projecting parts
Mass (approx.): 170 g (6.0 oz) excluding the
power cord (mains lead)
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High definition image quality (HD)/Standard
definition image quality (SD)
Recording condition: Recording mode [SP],
LCD backlight [ON]
Typical recording time shows the time when
you repeat recording start/stop, turning the
power on/off and zooming.
Expected recording time of movies in
the internal hard disk

To set the recording mode, touch
(HOME)

(SETTINGS)  [MOVIE SETTINGS]
 [REC MODE]. In the default setting, the
recording mode is [HD SP] (p. 44).
* See the label on the AC Adaptor for other
High definition image quality (HD) in h (hour) m
(minute)
Rechargeable battery pack NP-FH60
Recording mode
specifications.
Maximum output voltage: DC 8.4 V
Output voltage: DC 7.2 V
Maximum charge voltage: DC 8.4 V
Maximum charge current: 2.12 A
Capacity: 7.2 Wh (1 000 mAh)
Type: Li-ion
Design and specifications of your camcorder and
accessories are subject to change without notice.
 Manufactured under license from Dolby
Laboratories.
Expected charging and running time
for the supplied battery pack (minute)
Hard disk
HD
SD
Charging time
(full charge)
Continuous
recording time
HD
SD
90
115
135
90
115
Typical recording
time
45
55
45
55
Playback time
150
150
150
150
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HDR-XR520E
[HD FH]
14 h 30 m
29 h 20 m
[HD HQ]
29 h 40 m
59 h 40 m
[HD SP]
36 h 0 m
72 h 20 m
[HD LP]
(5.1 ch)*
48 h 10 m
96 h 30 m
[HD LP]
(2 ch)*
50 h 30 m
101 h 20 m
Recording mode
Recording time
HDR-XR500VE
HDR-XR520VE
[HD FH]
14 h 30 m
29 h 10 m
[HD HQ]
29 h 30 m
59 h 20 m
[HD SP]
35 h 50 m
72 h 10 m
[HD LP]
(5.1 ch)*
47 h 50 m
96 h 10 m
[HD LP]
(2 ch)*
50 h 10 m
101 h 0 m
Additional information
Recording media
“Memory Stick PRO
Duo” media
Recording time
HDR-XR500E
Recording and playback time is approximate
time available using a fully charged battery
pack.
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Standard definition image quality (SD) in h (hour) m
(minute)
Recording mode
Recording time
HDR-XR500E
HDR-XR520E
[SD HQ]
29 h 40 m
59 h 40 m
[SD SP]
43 h 50 m
88 h 10 m
[SD LP]
(5.1 ch)*
84 h 10 m
169 h 0 m
[SD LP]
(2 ch)*
91 h 50 m
184 h 20 m
Recording mode
Recording time
HDR-XR500VE
HDR-XR520VE
[SD HQ]
29 h 30 m
59 h 20 m
[SD SP]
43 h 40 m
87 h 50 m
[SD LP]
(5.1 ch)*
83 h 40 m
168 h 20 m
[SD LP]
(2 ch)*
91 h 20 m
183 h 50 m
Example of expected recording time
of movies in a “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media
Recording
mode
For 4 GB capacity in minute
High definition (HD)
Standard definition (SD)
[FH]
25 (25)
--
[HQ]
55 (35)
55 (50)
[SP]
65 (45)
80 (50)
[LP]
(5.1 ch)*
90 (70)
160 (105)
[LP]
(2 ch)*
95 (70)
170 (110)
* You can change the recording sound format
with [AUDIO MODE] (p. 44).
 The number in ( ) is the minimum recordable
time.
 A Sony “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media is
used.
 The recording time will vary depending on the
recording conditions and the type of “Memory
Stick” media used.
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On charging/recording/playback time
 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 in low temperatures, or depending
on the conditions under which you use your
camcorder.
On trademarks
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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 manual.
Additional information
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“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,” “
,”
“MagicGate,” “
,” “MagicGate
Memory Stick” and “MagicGate Memory Stick
Duo” are trademarks or registered trademarks
of Sony Corporation.
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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,
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Screen indicators
Upper left Center Upper right
Upper right
Indicator
/
Meaning
Recording quality (HD/
SD) and recording mode
(FH/HQ/SP/LP)
Recording/playback media
Bottom
Upper left
Indicator
0:00:00
Counter (hour:minute:
seond)
[00min]
Expected recording
remaining time
Meaning
FADER
HOME button
LCD backlight off
AUDIO MODE
Drop sensor off
Self-timer recording
GPS tracking status
Current location
9999
9999
Flash, REDEYE REDUC
BLT-IN ZOOM MIC
MICREF LEVEL low
100/112
WIDE SELECT
 60 min
Remaining battery
Return button
Bottom
Indicator
Indicator
Meaning
[STBY]/[REC]
Recording status
Smile detection set
LOW LUX

Photo size
NightShot
Warning
Playback mode
Manual focus
SCENE SELECTION
Slide show set

Meaning
FACE DETECTION
Center

Drop sensor activated
Approximate number of
recordable photos and
recording media
Playback folder
Current playing movie or
photo/Number of total
recorded movies or photos

White balance
SteadyShot off
SPOT MTR/FCS/
EXPOSURE/SPOT
METER
AE SHIFT
WB SHIFT
TELE MACRO
X.V.COLOR
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Indicator
Meaning

Protected image
CONVERSION LENS
OPTION button
VIEW IMAGES button
Slide show button
101-0005
Data file name
VISUAL INDEX button

Indicators and their positions are approximate
and may differ from what you actually see.
Additional information
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Parts and controls
Figures in ( ) are reference pages.
LCD screen/Touch panel (12)

(HOME) button (42)
Zoom buttons (14, 16, 20)
START/STOP button (14)
Built-in microphone
Active Interface Shoe
The Active Interface Shoe supplies power to
optional accessories such as a video light, a
flash, or a microphone. The accessory can be
turned on or off as you operate the POWER
switch on your camcorder.
Speaker
A/V Remote Connector (21, 36)

 (USB) jack (24, 28, 29, 35)
POWER button (13)
HDMI OUT (mini) jack (21)
RESET button
Press RESET to initialize all the settings
including the clock setting.
Remote sensor/Infrared port
Lens (Sony G Lens)
Flash (16)
Camera recording lamp (46)
The camera recording lamp lights up in red
during recording. The lamp flashes when the
remaining recording media capacity or battery
power is low.
MANUAL dial (39)
MANUAL button (39)
(VIEW IMAGES) button (18)
DISP (display) button (19)
To turn off the backlight of the LCD screen,
press and hold DISP down. To turn it on, press
and hold DISP down again.
EASY button (17)
GPS switch (HDR-XR500VE/XR520VE)
(17)
Access lamp (“Memory Stick PRO Duo”
media) (41)
While the lamp is lit or flashing, the
camcorder is reading or writing data.
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“Memory Stick Duo” media slot (40)
Battery pack (10)

(DISC BURN) button (28)
STD/LOW LUX/NIGHTSHOT switch (39)
MIC (PLUG IN POWER) jack
When an external microphone (optional) is
connected, it takes precedence over the builtin microphone.
Grip belt (14)
Hook for a shoulder belt
Tripod receptacle (39)
BATT (battery) release lever (11)
Eyecup
Viewfinder
Viewfinder lens adjustment lever

(Movie)/
(Photo) lamps (12)
 /CHG lamp (10)
START/STOP button (14)
DC IN jack (10)
Power zoom lever (14, 16, 20)
PHOTO button (16)
Additional information
ACCESS lamp (Hard disk) (10)
While the lamp is lit or flashing, the
camcorder is reading or writing data.
MODE button (15)
 (headphones) jack
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Index
A
Active Interface Shoe..................60
AVCHD..................................26, 34
A/V connecting cable.................36
B
Battery...........................................10
Blu-ray disc...................................31
C
Capturing photos from
a movie..........................................33
Care...............................................51
Charging the battery abroad......11
Charging the battery pack..........10
Computer.....................................23
Computer system.........................23
Copy..............................................41
Copying a disc..............................32
Creating a disc.......................26, 34
Creating a high definition image
quality (HD) disc.........................30
Creating a standard definition
image quality (SD) disc...............32
D
Delete............................................38
Destination drive or folder.........29
Disc recorder................................36
Dubbing........................................41
DVD writer..................................35
E
Easy Handycam operation.........17
Easy PC Back-up.........................29
Editing movies.............................33
F
Format...........................................38
H
Handycam Handbook.................48
HELP function.............................42
HOME MENU.......................42, 43
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I
Image quality................................40
Install.............................................24
L
Language.......................................13
LOW LUX....................................39
M
Specifications...............................54
Supplied items................................5
T
Tripod...........................................39
Troubleshooting...........................49
Turning the power on.................12
TV..................................................21
TV CONNECT Guide................21
Macintosh.....................................23
MANUAL dial.............................39
“Memory Stick”............................40
“Memory Stick PRO Duo”.........40
Menu.............................................42
Movies.....................................14, 18
USB..........................................23, 35
Using a wall outlet (wall socket)
as a power source.........................11
N
VISUAL INDEX..........................18
Volume..........................................19
NightShot......................................39
O
One Touch Disc Burn.................28
Operation beeps..........................12
Operation flow...............................7
OPTION MENU...................42, 47
P
Parts and controls........................60
Photos.....................................15, 19
Playback........................................18
Playing a high definition image
quality (HD) disc.........................31
PMB (Picture Motion
Browser)..................................23, 24
PMB Guide...................................30
Precautions...................................51
U
V
W
Warning indicators......................50
Windows.......................................23
Wireless Remote Commander
battery...........................................53
Z
Zoom................................ 14, 16, 20
R
Recording.....................................14
Recording and playback time....55
Recording media.........................40
Repair............................................49
RESET...........................................60
S
Screen indicators.........................58
Self-diagnosis display..................50
Setting the date and time............12
Software........................................24
You will find the menu lists
on pages 43 to 47.
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