Welcome! Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony Handycam Vision™ camcorder. With your Handycam Vision you can capture life’s precious moments with superior picture and sound quality. Your Handycam Vision is loaded with advanced features, but at the same time it is very easy to use.
Usable cassettes and playback modes ... 54 Tips for using the battery pack ... 55 Maintenance information and precautions ... 58 Using your camcorder abroad ... 63 Trouble check ... 64 Self-diagnosis function ... 68 Specifications ... 69 Identifying the parts ... 70 Warning indicators ...
Over 99.99% are operational for effective use. • Do not let the camcorder get wet. Keep the camcorder away from rain and sea water. Letting the camcorder get wet may cause the unit to malfunction, and sometimes this malfunction cannot be repaired [a].
Checking supplied accessories Check that the following accessories are supplied with your camcorder. 1 Wireless Remote Commander (1) (p. 74) 2 AC-V316 AC power adaptor (1) (p. 6,24) 3 NP-F530 Battery pack (1) (p. 6,24) 4 CR2025 Lithium Battery (1) (p. 51) The lithium battery is already installed in your camcorder.
Playing time on LCD Numbers in parentheses indicate the time when you use a normally charged battery. Battery life will be shorter if you use the camcorder in a cold environment. Approximate continuous recording time indoors. ** Approximate minutes when recording while you repeat recording start/stop, zooming and turning the power on/off.
Charging and installing the battery pack Installing the battery pack Align the grooves of the battery pack with the receptacles of the camcorder and slide the battery pack down until it catches on the battery release lever and clicks. Attach the battery pack to the camcorder securely.
Inserting a cassette Make sure that the power source is installed. When you want to record in the Hi8 system, use Hi8 video cassette H. (1) While pressing the small blue button on the EJECT switch, slide it in the direction of the arrow.
Note on Standby mode If you leave the camcorder in Standby mode for 5 minutes while the cassette is inserted, the camcorder turns off automatically. This prevents wearing down the battery and wearing out the tape.
The playback quality in LP mode, however, will not be as good as that in SP mode. • When a tape recorded on this camcorder in LP mode is played back on other types of 8mm camcorders or VCRs, the playback quality may not be as good as that on this camcorder.
Camera recording Using the zoom feature Zooming is a recording technique that lets you change the size of the subject in the scene. For more professional-looking recordings, use the zoom function sparingly. “T” side: for telephoto (subject appears closer) “W” side:for wide-angle (subject appears farther away) Zooming speed (Variable speed zooming) Move the power zoom lever a little for a slower zoom, move it further for a faster zoom.
Camera recording Selecting the START/STOP mode Your camcorder has two modes besides normal start/stop mode. These modes enable you to take a series of quick shots resulting in a lively video. (1) While pressing OPEN, open the LCD panel. (2) Set START/STOP MODE to the desired mode.
Notes on the LCD panel • When closing the LCD panel, turn it vertically until it clicks [a]. • When turning the LCD panel, turn it always vertically; otherwise, the camcorder body may be damaged or the LCD panel may not close properly [b].
Turn the LCD panel back toward the viewfinder. Notes on mirror mode • When you turn the LCD panel about 135 degrees to 210 degrees, the camcorder enters mirror mode. • Using the mirror mode, you can record yourself while watching yourself on the LCD [a].
• Do not pick up the camcorder by the viewfinder or by the LCD panel [c]. • Do not place the camcorder so as to point the viewfinder or the LCD screen toward the sun. The inside of the viewfinder may be damaged. Be careful when placing the...
(Rec Review). You can monitor the sound from the speaker or headphones. Hold down the – side of EDITSEARCH until the camcorder goes back to the scene you want. The last recorded portion is played back. To go forward, hold down the + side (Edit Search).
LCD screen if necessary. (4) Press · to start playback. (5) Adjust the volume using VOLUME. You can also monitor the picture on a TV screen, after connecting the camcorder to a TV or VCR. POWER CAMERA To stop playback, press π.
When monitoring on the LCD screen You can turn the LCD panel over and move back to the camcorder with the LCD screen facing out [a]. You can adjust the angle of the LCD screen by turning the LCD screen up to 20 degrees [b].
Change the “HiFi SOUND” mode setting in the menu system. Notes on playback • Streaks appear and the sound is muted in the various playback modes. • When playback pause mode lasts for 5 minutes, the camcorder automatically enters stop mode.
Searching for the end of the picture You can go to the end of the recorded portion after you record and play back the tape to make the transition between the last scene you recorded and the next scene smooth. The tape starts rewinding or fast-forwarding and the last 5 seconds (10 seconds in LP mode) of the recorded portion play back.
Using the mains (1) Connect the mains lead to the mains. (2) Slide the connecting plate down into the guides at the rear of the camcorder until it clicks. To remove the connecting plate The connecting plate is removed in the same way as the battery pack.
Using alternative power sources Using a car battery Use Sony DC-V515A car battery charger (not supplied). Connect the car battery cord to the cigarette lighter socket of a car (12 V or 24 V). Connect the car battery cord to the camcorder in the same way as you connect the AC power adaptor.
Changing the mode settings You can change the mode settings in the menu system to further enjoy the features and functions of the camcorder. (1) Press MENU to display the menu. (2) Turn the control dial to select the desired item, then press the dial.
Selecting the mode setting of each item Items for both CAMERA and VTR modes COMMANDER <ON/OFF> • Select ON when using the supplied Remote Commander for the camcorder. • Select OFF when not using the Remote Commander. REC MODE* <SP/LP>...
D ZOOM* <ON/OFF> • Select ON to activate digital zooming. • Select OFF to not use the digital zoom. The camcorder goes back to 15x zoom. REC LAMP* <ON/OFF> • Select OFF when you do not want the camera recording/battery lamp at the front of the unit to light up.
Changing the mode settings Items for VTR mode only EDIT <ON/OFF> • Select ON to minimize picture deterioration when editing. • Normally select OFF. HiFi SOUND <STEREO/1/2> • Normally select STEREO. • Select 1 or 2 to play back a dual sound track tape. NTSC PB* <ON PAL TV/NTSC 4.43>...
When fading out, the picture gradually fades to black or mosaic while the sound decreases. When fading in [a] (1) While the camcorder is in Standby mode, press FADER until the FADER or M. (mosaic) FADER indicator flashes. (2) Press START/STOP to start recording. The fade indicator stops flashing.
Using the wide mode function Selecting the desired mode You can record a cinemalike picture (CINEMA) or a 16:9 wide picture to watch on the 16:9 wide-screen TV (16:9 FULL). CINEMA CINEMA 16:9 FULL 16:9 FULL CINEMA Black bands appear at the top and the bottom of the screen, and the viewfinder or LCD screen [a] and a normal TV screen [b] look wide.
Using the wide mode function Using the wide mode function While the camcorder is in Standby mode, press 16:9 WIDE repeatedly so that the desired mode indicator appears in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen. To cancel wide mode Press 16:9 WIDE repeatedly until the wide mode indicator disappears.
Enjoying picture effect Selecting picture effect You can make pictures like those of television with the Picture Effect function. PASTEL [a] The contrast of the picture is emphasized, and the picture looks like an animated cartoon. NEG. ART [b] The colour and brigtness of the picture is reversed. SEPIA The picture is sepia.
To turn off picture effect Press PICTURE EFFECT. The indicator in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen goes out. Note on the picture effect When you turn the power off, the camcorder returns automatically to normal mode. PASTEL NEG. ART SEPIA B &...
Focusing manually When to use manual focus In the following cases you should obtain better results by adjusting the focus manually. • Insufficient light [a] • Subjects with little contrast - walls, sky, etc. [b] • Too much brightness behind the subject [c] •...
Focusing manually Focusing manually When focusing manually, first focus in telephoto before recording, and then reset the shot length. (1) Set FOCUS to MANUAL. The f indicator appears in the viewfinder. (2) Move the power zoom lever to the “T” side until the lever reaches the end. (3) Turn the NEAR/FAR dial to achieve a sharp focus.
Using the PROGRAM AE function Selecting the best mode You can select one of six PROGRAM AE (Auto Exposure) modes to suit your shooting situation, referring to the following. Spotlight mode For subjects in spotlight, such as at the theatre or a formal event. a Soft Portrait mode For zooming in on a still subject in telephoto mode, or for a subject behind an obstacle such as a screen.
• In the Spotlight, Sports lesson and Beach & Ski modes, you cannot take close-ups because the camcorder is set to focus only on subjects in the middle to far distance. • In the Sunset & Moon and Landscape modes, the camcorder is set to focus only on distant subjects.
Shooting with backlighting When you shoot a subject with the light source behind the subject or a subject with a light background, use the BACK LIGHT function. Press BACK LIGHT. The c indicator appears in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen. [a] Subject is too dark because of backlight.
We recommend you to use a video light (not supplied). To get the best colour, you must maintain a sufficient light level. When you adjust the exposure manually • BACK LIGHT does not work. • If you press PROGRAM AE, the camcorder automatically returns to automatic exposure mode. EXPOSURE –...
Releasing the STEADY SHOT function When you shoot, the Steady Shot function is working and the camcorder compensates for camera-shake. You can release the Steady Shot function when you do not need to use the Steady Shot function. Do not use the Steady Shot function when shooting a stationary object with a tripod.
Using titles To add the title from the beginning (1) While the camcorder is in Standby mode, press TITLE repeatedly until the desired title appears. Each time a new title appears, it is flashing. When the desired title appears, wait for it to stop flashing.
Superimposing a title To select the colour of the title (1) While the camcorder is in Standby mode, press MENU to display the menu. (2) Turn the control dial to select TITLE COL, then press the dial. (3) Turn the control dial to select the desired colour, then press the dial.
Making your own titles You can make up to two titles and store them in the camcorder. We recommend to eject the cassette before you begin. Your title can have up to 22 characters. (1) While the camcorder is in Standby mode, press MENU to display the menu.
Recording with the date/time Before you start recording or during recording, press DATE or TIME. You can record the date or time displayed in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen with the picture. Press DATE (or TIME), then press TIME (or DATE) to display the date and time together.
• When you set ORC TO SET, the recording on the tape is erased for about 0.1 second so that the camcorder can check the tape condition. Be careful when you use a recorded tape. The 0.1 second blank is erased if you record from the point where you set ORC TO SET for more than 2 seconds, or if you record over the blank.
Open the jack cover. With using the supplied A/V connecting cable, connect the camcorder to the LINE IN inputs on the TV or VCR connected to the TV. Set the TV/ VCR selector on the TV to VCR. When connecting to the VCR, set the input selector on the VCR to LINE.
Before editing Connect the camcorder to the VCR using the supplied A/V connecting cable. Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE, if available. (1) While pressing the small green button on the POWER switch, set it to VTR.
(1) Insert a blank tape (or a tape you want to record over) into the VCR, and insert your recorded tape into the camcorder. (2) Play back the recorded tape on the camcorder until you locate the point where you want to start editing, then press P to set the camcorder in playback pause mode.
I indicator flashes in the viewfinder for about 5 seconds when you set the POWER switch to CAMERA. In this case, replace the battery with a Sony CR2025 or Duracell DL-2025 lithium battery. Use of any other battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.
Changing the lithium battery in the camcorder Changing the lithium battery When replacing the lithium battery, keep the battery pack or other power source attached. Otherwise, you will need to reset the date, time and other items in the menu system retained by the lithium battery.
Resetting the date and time You can reset the date and time in the menu system. (1) While the camcorder is in Standby mode, press MENU to display the menu. (2) Turn the control dial to select CLOCK SET, then press the dial.
Note on AFM HiFi stereo When you play back a tape, the sound will be in monaural if: • You record the tape using this camcorder, then play it back on an AFM HiFi monaural video recorder/player. • You record the tape on an AFM HiFi monaural video recorder, then play it back on this camcorder.
When the i indicator changes from slow flashing to rapid flashing while you are recording, set the POWER switch to OFF on the camcorder and replace the battery pack. Leave the tape in the camcorder to obtain a smooth transition between scenes after the...
This is not cause for concern and is normal. Battery pack care • Remove the battery pack form the camcorder after using it, and keep it in a cool place. When the battery pack is installed to the camcorder, a small amount of current flows to the camcorder even if the POWER switch is set to OFF.
Notes on the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack What is “InfoLITHIUM” The “InfoLITHIUM” is a lithium ion battery pack which can exchange data with compatible video equipment about its battery consumption. Sony recommends that you use the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack with video equipment having the mark.
Turn off the power and do not use the camcorder for about 1 hour. How to prevent moisture condensation When bringing the camcorder from a cold place to a warm place, put the camcorder in a plastic bag and allow it to adapt to room conditions over a period of time.
[a] Slightly dirty [b] Very dirty If this happens, clean the video heads with the Sony V8-25CLH cleaning cassette (not supplied). After checking the picture, if it is still “noisy,” repeat the cleaning. (Do not repeat cleaning more than 5 times in one session.) Caution Do not use a commercially available wet-type cleaning cassette.
Maintenance information and precautions Removing dust from inside the viewfinder (1) Remove the screw with a screwdriver (not supplied). Then, while sliding the RELEASE knob, turn the eyecup in the direction of the arrow and pull it out. (2) Clean the surface with a commercially available blower. To reattach the eyecup (1) Align the groove on the eyecup with the •...
• Keep the camcorder away from strong magnetic fields or mechanical vibration. • Do not push the LCD screen. • If the camcorder is used in a cold place, a residual image may appear on the LCD screen. This is not a malfunction.
• If you touch the liquid, wash it off with water. • If the liquid get into your eyes, wash your eyes with a lot of water and then consult a doctor. If any difficulty should arise, unplug the unit and contact your nearest Sony dealer.
Each country or area has its own electric and TV colour systems. Before using your camcorder abroad, check the following points. Power sources You can use your camcorder in any country or area with the supplied AC power adaptor within 110 V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. Difference in colour systems This camcorder is a PAL system based camcorder.
Trouble check If you run into any problem using the camcorder, use the following table to troubleshoot the problem. Should the difficulty persist, disconnect the power source and contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Camcorder Power Symptom The power is not on.
Use a charged battery pack or the AC power adaptor. (p. 6, 24) • Moisture condensation has occurred. m Remove the cassette and leave the camcorder for at least 1 hour. (p. 58) • You pressed DATE and TIME together for more than 2 seconds.
• EDIT is set to ON in the menu system. m Set it to OFF. (p. 29) • The video heads may be dirty. m Clean the heads using the Sony V8-25CLH cleaning cassette (not supplied). (p. 59) • The LCD panel is open.
When the CHARGE lamp flashes again The problem is with the AC power adaptor. Please contact your nearest Sony dealer in connection with the problem. * If you use a battery pack which you have just bought or which has been left unused for a long time, the CHARGE lamp may flash at the first charging.
(combination of a letter and figures) flashes. In this case, check the following table. First three digits If a difficulty persists after checking the problem a few times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Cause and/or Corrective Action •...
Output voltage DC OUT: 8.4 V, 1.9 A in operating mode Battery charge terminal: 8.4 V, 1.4 A in charge mode Application Sony battery packs NP-F530, NP-F730, NP-F930 lituium ion type Operating temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F) Storage temperature –20°C to +60°C (–4°F to +140°F)
Make sure that the length of the tripod screw is less than 6.5 mm (9/32 inch) otherwise, you cannot attach the tripod securely and the screw may damage the camcorder. 7 OPEN button (p. 15) 8 Viewfinder lens adjustment ring (p. 11) 9 Eyecup RELEASE knob (p.
Identifying the parts !• !ª @º @¡ @™ @£ @¢ !• EJECT switch (p. 9) !ª LANC l control jack l stands for Local Application Control Bus System. The l control jack is used for controlling the tape transport of video equipment and peripherals connected to it.
Identifying the Parts #™ #£ #¢ #∞ #§ #™ Intelligent accessory shoe #£ Speaker (p. 21) #¢ LCD screen (p. 15) #∞ Lithium battery compartment (p. 52) #§ PICTURE EFFECT button (p. 33) Note on the intelligent accessory shoe Supplies power to optional accessories such as a video light or microphone. The intelligent accessory shoe is linked to the STANDBY switch, allowing you to turn on and off the power supplied by the shoe.
Identifying the parts Remote Commander The buttons that have the same name on the Remote Commander as on the camcorder function identically. 1 Transmitter Point toward the remote sensor to control the camcorder after turning on the camcorder. 2 Video control buttons (p. 20) To prepare the Remote Commander Insert two R6 (size AA) batteries by matching the + and –...
• This camcorder works in commander mode VTR 2. The commander modes (1, 2 and 3) are used to distinguish this camcorder from other Sony VCRs to avoid remote control misoperation. If you use another Sony VCR in commander mode VTR 2, we recommend you change the commander mode or cover the remote sensor of the VCR with black paper.
8 Some other trouble has occurred. Use the self-diagnosis function (p. 68). If the display does not disappear contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. 9 The lithium battery is weak or is not installed. 0min...
Index A, B Adjusting viewfinder ... 11 AFM HiFi Sound ... 29, 54 ANTI GROUND SHOOTING ... 14 Auto focus ... 35 AUTO DATE ... 28 Backlight ... 39 Beep ... 12 C, D Camera recording ... 10 Car battery ... 25 Charging battery ...