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Sony DCR-SX30E Instruction & Operation Manual

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Digital Video Camera Recorder
Operating Guide
2009 Sony Corporation

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    DCR-SX30E/SX31E/SX40E/SX41E/ SX50E/SX60E Digital Video Camera Recorder Operating Guide 2009 Sony Corporation  4-132-765-11(1) Table of contents Getting started Recording Playback Saving movies and photos with a computer Saving images with a DVD writer, recorder Making good use of your camcorder...

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    Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium ion  batteries. Be sure to charge the battery pack using a  genuine Sony battery charger or a device that can charge the battery pack. Keep the battery pack out of the reach of small  children.

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    For customers in the U.S.A. If you have any questions about this product, you may call: Sony Customer Information Center 1-800-222-SONY (7669). The number below is for the FCC related matters only.

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    Regulatory Information Declaration of Conformity Trade Name: SONY Model No.: DCR-SX40E, DCR-SX41E, DCR-SX60E Responsible Party:Sony Electronics Inc. Address: 16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127 U.S.A. Telephone No.: 858-942-2230 This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the...

  • Page 5: About This Manual

    Notes on use Using the camcorder The camcorder is not dustproofed, dripproofed  or waterproofed. See “Precautions” (p. 44). Do not do any of the following when the  (Movie)/ (Photo) lamps (p. 11) or the access lamp (p. 35) are lit or flashing. Otherwise, the recording media may be damaged, recorded images may be lost or other malfunctions could occur.

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    Operation flow Recording movies and photos (p. 13) In the default settings, movies and photos are recorded on the  internal memory. You can change the recording media (p. 34).  Playing movies and photos (p. 17) Playing movies and photos on your camcorder (p. 17) Playing movies and photos on a connected TV (p.

  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Read this first..................2 Operation flow.

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    Making good use of your camcorder Deleting movies and photos..............33 Coping with shooting conditions.

  • Page 9: Getting Started

    Getting started Step 1: Charging the battery pack CHG lamp Battery pack You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (H series) after attaching it to your camcorder. You cannot attach any “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack other than the H series to your camcorder. ...

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    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 Close the LCD screen. Slide the BATT (battery) release lever  and remove the battery pack .

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    Step 2: Turning the power on, and setting the date and time 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.  Select the desired geographical area with Touch the button on the LCD screen.

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    To turn off the power Close the LCD screen. The off. You can turn off your camcorder also by pressing POWER.  When [POWER ON BY LCD] (p. 39) is set to [OFF], turn off your camcorder by pressing POWER. ...

  • Page 13: Recording

    Recording Recording Recording movies In the default setting, movies are recorded on the internal memory (p. 34).  Fasten the grip belt.  Open the lens cover.  Open the LCD screen of your camcorder. Your camcorder is turned on. To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER (p.

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     Press START/STOP to start recording. To stop recording, press START/STOP again. You can magnify images with the power zoom lever. 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. ...

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    Shooting photos In the default setting, photos are recorded on the internal memory (p. 34).  Open the lens cover.  Open the LCD screen of your camcorder. Your camcorder is turned on. To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER (p. 11). ...

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     Press PHOTO lightly to adjust the focus, then press it fully. 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. 49). ...

  • Page 17: Playback

    Playback Playback .on.the.camcorder In the default setting, movies and photos on the internal memory are played (p. 34). 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 (p. 11). ...

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    Your camcorder starts playing the selected movie. Previous Volume adjustment To stop 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. ...

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    Your camcorder displays the selected photo. Previous To the VISUAL INDEX screen You can zoom in the photo by moving the power 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 “Memory Stick PRO Duo”...

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    Playing images on a TV Connect your camcorder to the input jack of a TV or VCR using the A/V connecting cable  or an A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO . Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 10). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.

  • Page 21: Saving Movies And Photos, With A Computer

    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. ms/us/ Step 2 Installing the supplied software “PMB” Install “PMB” before connecting your camcorder to a computer.

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    See page 41 on the “Handycam Handbook”.   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. ...

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    When the installation is completed, following icons will appear. Remove the CD-ROM from your computer. Other icons may appear.  No icon may appear depending on the  installation procedure. The “Handycam Handbook” is not  installed in this procedure (p. 41). To disconnect your camcorder from the computer ...

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    Follow the instructions on the computer screen. Movies and photos are not saved on the  computer when you perform One Touch Disc Burn. 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.

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    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. ”...

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    Copying a disc You can copy a recorded disc to another disc using “Video Disc Copier. ” Click [Start]  [All Programs]  [Sony Picture Utility]  [Video Disc Copier] to start the software. See “Video Disc Copier” help on the operation.

  • Page 27: Saving Images With A Dvd

     12cm DVD+R  The device does not support two-layered discs.  Sony DVD writer may not be available in some  countries/regions. Turn on your camcorder, and connect the DVD writer to the  (USB) jack of your camcorder with the USB cable of the DVD writer.

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    To create a disc with the selected images To dub a desired image onto the disc or to create many of the same discs, perform this operation.  Touch [DISC BURN OPTION] in step 3 above.  Select the recording media containing the movie(s) you want to save.

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    If the total memory size of movies to be burnt  by the DISC BURN operation exceeds that of the disc, disc creation stops when the limit is reached. The last movie on the disc may be cut off. Disc creation time to dub movies to the limit of ...

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    Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall  socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 10). Sony DVD writer may not be available in some  countries/regions. Turn on your camcorder, and connect a DVD writer, etc., to the ...

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    You can dub images played back on your camcorder to a disc or video cassette, by connecting your camcorder to a disc recorder, a Sony DVD writer other than DVDirect Express, ect., with the A/V connecting cable. Connect the device in either way of ...

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    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. ...

  • Page 33: Making Good Use Of Your

    Making good use of your camcorder Deleting movies and photos 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. 34). (HOME) ...

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    Coping with shooting conditions A wide variety of settings and adjustment options are available on the menu (p. 37). Adjusting the exposure for backlit subjects (Backlight) To adjust the exposure for backlit subject, press  (backlight) to display . To cancel the backlight function, press ...

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    Selecting the recording media for photos  (HOME)  Touch (MANAGE MEDIA)  [PHOTO MEDIA SET]. The [PHOTO MEDIA SET] screen appears.  Touch the desired recording medium.  Touch [YES]  The recording medium is changed. To check the recording media settings Light up the (Movie) lamp to check...

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     Touch [YES]. To record only photos on “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”...

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    Customizing your camcorder with menus Menu items are described in more details with  color photos in the “Handycam Handbook” (p. 41). Using the HOME MENU When you touch (HOME), the HOME MENU appears. You can change the settings of your camcorder. (HOME) ...

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    List of the HOME MENU (CAMERA) category MOVIE ... p. 13 PHOTO ... p. 15 (VIEW IMAGES) category VISUAL INDEX ... p. 17 FILM ROLL ... p. 17 FACE... p. 17 PLAYLIST... Displays and plays a movie playlist. (OTHERS) category DELETE DELETE ...

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    MEDIA FORMAT ... p. 33 REPAIR IMG.DB F..p. 43 (SETTINGS) category MOVIE SETTINGS REC MODE... Sets the mode to record movies. When recording fast moving subjects, a high image quality, such as [HQ], is recommended. WIDE SELECT... Sets the horizontal to vertical ratio when recording movies. DIGITAL ZOOM ...

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    List of the OPTION MENU The following items are available on the OPTION MENU only. SPOT MTR/FCS... Adjusts the brightness and focus for the seleted subject simultaneously. SPOT METER ... Adjusts the brightness of images to a subject you touch on the screen. SPOT FOCUS ...

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    Getting detailed information from the “Handycam Handbook” The “Handycam Handbook” is a user 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.

  • Page 42: Additional Information

    During repair, we may check a minimum  amount of data stored on the internal memory in order to investigate the problem. However, your Sony dealer will neither copy nor retain your data. See the “Handycam Handbook” (p. 41) for ...

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    If indicators appear on the LCD screen, check the following. If the problem persists even after you have tried to fix a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. C:04: The battery pack is not an “InfoLITHIUM”...

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    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.

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    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 Wipe the surface of the lens clean with a soft ...

  • Page 46: Specifications

    Specifications System Signal format: PAL color, CCIR standards Movie recording format Video: MPEG2-PS Audio: Dolby Digital 2ch Dolby Digital Stereo Creator Photo file format : DCF Ver.2.0 Compatible : Exif Ver.2.21 Compatible : MPF Baseline Compatible Recording media (Movie/Photo) Internal memory: DCR-SX30E/SX40E: 4 GB DCR-SX31E/SX41E: 8 GB DCR-SX50E/SX60E: 16 GB...

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    [HQ] [SP] [LP] 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”...

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    Stick PRO-HG Duo, ” “ , ” “Memory Stick Micro, ” “MagicGate, ” “ , ” “MagicGate Memory Stick” and “MagicGate Memory Stick Duo” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony  Corporation.

  • Page 49: Screen Indicators

    Screen indicators Upper left Center Bottom Upper left Indicator Meaning HOME button Self-timer recording BLT-IN ZOOM MIC MICREF LEVEL low WIDE SELECT Remaining battery  60 min Return button Center Indicator Meaning [STBY]/[REC] Recording status Photo size Slide show set ...

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    Parts and controls Figures in ( ) are reference pages.  Lens (Carl Zeiss lens)  LENS COVER switch (13, 15)  Built-in microphone  Power zoom lever (14, 16)  PHOTO button (16)  MODE button (15)  (Movie)/ (Photo) lamps (11) ...

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    Index A/V connecting cable...20, 31 Backlight ...34 Battery ...9 Capturing photos from a movie ...26 Charging the battery abroad ...10 Charging the battery pack ...9 Computer...21 Computer system ...21 Copy ...36 Copying a disc ...26 Creating a disc ...26 DATE/TIME...11 DELETE ...33 Destination drive or folder ...25 Disc recorder ...31...

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    Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at our Customer Support Website. Printed on 70% or more recycled paper using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)-free vegetable oil based ink. Printed in China...

This manual also for:

Dcr-sx31e, Dcr-sx40e, Dcr-sx41e, Dcr-sx50e, Dcr-sx60e

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