Notes on using your camera Types of memory cards you can use with your camera • The memory cards that you can use with this camera are “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media, “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo” media, SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards. You cannot use a MultiMediaCard.
Notes on using your camera • Do not use the camera near a location that generates strong radio waves or emits radiation. The camera may not be able to record or play back properly. • Using the camera in sandy or dusty locations may cause malfunctions.
Notes on using your camera About this Handbook • The photographs used as examples of pictures in this Handbook are reproduced images, and are not actual images shot using this camera. • Design and specifications of recording media and other accessories are subject to change without notice.
Enjoying the camera Enjoying high definition images The movies shot with this camera will be recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Main Profile, approximately 30 frames per second, Progressive, AAC LC, “MP4 format”. – MPEG: Movie Picture Experts Group – AVC: Advanced Video Codec What is “MPEG-4 AVC/H.264”? MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 is a standard of video camera, which uses highly efficient image compression encoding technology to record HD (high definition) images.
How to handle the camera When carrying the camera, close the LCD screen as illustrated. • Be careful not to block the lens with your finger when shooting. • Do not hold the camera by only holding the battery/memory card cover, USB jack, jack •...
Notes on using your camera ...2 Enjoying the camera...5 How to handle the camera ...6 Identifying parts...10 Indicators on the screen ...11 Getting started Checking the accessories supplied ...14 1 Preparing the battery pack ...15 2 Inserting the memory card ...18 3 Turning the camera on/setting the language and clock ...19 Basic Operations Shooting images...21...
Table of contents Using functions for viewing Viewing menu ... 41 (Delete): Allows you to select and delete unwanted images (Slideshow): Playing back a series of images (Protect): Preventing accidental erasure (Rotate): Rotating a still image (Setup): Changing Setup items Customizing the settings Using Setup items...
Table of contents Others On the “Memory Stick” media ...62 On the battery ...64 Precautions ...65 Specifications ...66 Index Index...67...
Identifying parts See the pages in parentheses for details of operation. A Lens B Speaker C Hook for wrist strap (14) D Microphone E LCD screen (23) (Play) button (25) (Movie) button (21) H MENU button (27) I Power/Charge lamp (15) •...
Indicators on the screen When you tilt the multi-selector to v (DISP) repeatedly, the display changes (page 23). Indicators on the screen disappear after about 5 seconds with the default settings in effect when you purchased this camera. If you want to make indicators appear again, carry out any operation other than those using the zoom lever.
Indicators on the screen Display Indication Image size [00:00:05] Remaining recordable time (38) Movie recording (red) 01:23 Recording time (39) Information on the movie settings appears near the (Movie) icon. Note • Indicators and their positions are approximate and differ from what you actually see. (38)
Indicators on the screen When playing back still images When playing back movies Display Indication Battery remaining (16) Image size Protect (42) VOL. (25) Volume Zoom scaling Low battery warning (60) Display Indication Playback bar 00:00:00 Counter 2010-1-1 Recorded date/time of the playback image 9:30 AM BACK/...
Getting started Checking the accessories supplied • Rechargeable battery pack NP-BK1 (1) • A/V connecting cable (1) • USB connection support cable (1) • Wrist strap (1) Attach the strap and place your hand through the loop to prevent the camera from damage by being dropped, etc.
1 Preparing the battery pack Open the battery/memory card cover and insert the battery pack into this camera, then close the cover. • Insert the battery pack as far as it will go, then press the back of the battery pack gently until it clicks. Connect the camera to the computer that is turned on with the USB connection support cable (supplied).
1 Preparing the battery pack To remove the battery pack Charging time Full charge time Approx. 300 min. • Time required to charge a fully depleted battery at a temperature of 25°C (77°F). Charging may take longer under certain circumstances or conditions. •...
1 Preparing the battery pack • It takes about one minute until the correct battery remaining indicator appears. • The displayed battery remaining indicator may not be correct under certain circumstances. • If the camera is running on battery power and you do not operate the camera for about five minutes, the camera turns off automatically to prevent wearing down the battery (Auto power off function).
2 Inserting the memory card Battery/memory card cover Open the cover. Insert the memory card all the way until it clicks, with its notched corner directed downward as shown in the illustration. Close the cover. When there is no memory card inserted The camera records/plays back images using the internal memory (approx.
3 Turning the camera on/setting the language and clock LCD screen MENU button Open the LCD screen to turn the power on. • The Power/Charge lamp lights up in green. • Open the LCD screen up to a 90 degrees angle from the camera (1), then rotate it to the desired angle (2).
3 Turning the camera on/setting the language and clock Set the clock with the multi-selector. 1 Select the date display format with v/V, then press the multi-selector. 2 Select each item with b/B and set the numeric value with v/V. 3 Select [OK] with B, then press the multi-selector.
Basic Operations Shooting images Power/Charge lamp (Photo) button (Movie) button You can use this button when you open the LCD screen. MENU button Open the LCD screen to turn the power on. • The Power/Charge lamp lights up in green. Confirm the composition.
Shooting images Start shooting. When shooting still images: 1 Press and hold When the focus is set on the subject, the AF range finder frame (green) appears. A beep sound is heard, and the z (AE/AF lock) indicator (green) lights on the lower center, little toward the left side of the screen.
Shooting images Changing the screen display When you tilt the multi-selector to v (DISP) repeatedly, the display changes as follows. AUTO • Indicators on the screen disappear after about 5 seconds with the default settings in effect when you purchased the camera. The default setting is set to AUTO. If you want to make indicators appear again, carry out either of the following operations.
Shooting images Useful functions for shooting Using the zoom Slide the zoom lever toward T to zoom in, slide the zoom lever toward W to zoom out. You can use the Digital Zoom function by pressing MENU and selecting (Shooting Settings) the Digital Zoom function (page 45).
Viewing images (Play) button MENU button Open the LCD screen to turn the power on. • The Power/Charge lamp lights up in green. Press (Play) button to set the camera to playback mode. • Index screen appears. Select the image you want to playback with the multi-selector tilt to v/V/b/B. Still image: Press the multi-selector.
Viewing images To view an enlarged image (playback zoom) Slide the zoom lever toward T while displaying a still image. To undo the zoom, slide the zoom lever toward W. Adjust the position: v/V/b/B Cancel playback zoom: Press the multi-selector. To return to the index screen Slide the zoom lever toward (Index) while displaying a still image or pausing the playback...
Using the menu items MENU button Press MENU to display the menu. • The menu will be displayed only during shooting and playback mode. • Different items will become visible depending on the selected mode. Select the desired menu item with the multi-selector tilt to v/V. Select a setting with v/V, then press the multi-selector.
Menu items The available menu items vary depending on the camera mode. The shooting menu is available only in the shooting mode, and the viewing menu is available only in the playback mode. Only the available items are displayed on the screen. Menu for shooting (page 38) Photo Size...
Using with your computer Using with your computer “PMB” and other applications are contained on the CD-ROM (supplied) to allow more versatile use of images shot with your camera. Recommended computer environment (Windows) The following computer environment is recommended when using the supplied software “PMB”or “PMB Portable”...
Using with your computer Note on playback of movie files (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) To play back and editing movie files (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) recorded by the camera, you need to install the software compatible with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 or “PMB” on your computer. •...
Connecting the camera to the computer Connect the camera as illustrated below. 1 Turn the power on. 2 To the USB jack “PMB” allows you to easily import images. For details on “PMB” functions, see the “PMB Help”. Importing images to a computer (Windows) Importing images to a computer without using “PMB”...
Connecting the camera to the computer Deleting the USB connection Perform the procedures from step 1 to 3 below before: • Removing a memory card. • Inserting a memory card into the camera after copying images from the internal memory. •...
Uploading videos and still images to media services The application software “PMB Portable” is pre-installed on the camera. You can do the following using “PMB Portable”. • You can easily upload videos and still images to media services, such as a blog. •...
Services. • Your requests for the websites are redirected by the Sony servers. You may not be able to access the desired websites, depending on various circumstances, such as server maintenance.
Uploading videos and still images to media services • If we terminate the services provided by the Sony servers, we will notify you of the termination of the service on the Sony website in advance. • We may record the URLs to which you are redirected by the Sony servers, and utilize the collected information for the improvement of the products or services offered by Sony.
Using the software Installing “PMB (Picture Motion Browser)” Turn on your computer, and insert the CD-ROM (supplied) into the CD-ROM drive. The installation menu screen appears. • If it does not appear, double-click [Computer] (in Windows XP, [My Computer]) (SONYPMB). •...
Using the software Notes • Log on as Administrator. • When “PMB” is started up for the first time, the confirmation message of the Information tool appears on the screen. Select [Start]. z Introduction to “PMB” • “PMB” allows you to import images shot with the camera to a computer for display. Make a USB connection between the camera and your computer, and click [Import].
• The number of still images may vary depending on the shooting conditions and the memory card. • When the number of remaining shootable images is greater than 9,999, the “>9999” indicator appears. • When images recorded using earlier Sony models are played back on this camera, the display may differ from the actual image size.
Shooting menu Movie Size: Selecting the movie size according to use Movie image size 1920 × 1080 30P 1280 × 720 60P 1280 × 720 30P 640 × 480 30P The range you can shoot is narrowed compared to [1280 × 720 30P] or [1280 × 720 60P]. •...
Shooting menu Your camera uses the VBR (Variable Bit Rate) format to automatically adjust image quality to suit the recording scene. This technology causes fluctuations in the recording time of the memory card. Movies containing quickly moving and complex images are recorded at a higher bit rate, and this reduces the overall recording time.
Using functions for viewing Viewing menu The function in viewing mode using MENU button are described below. For details on how to operate the menu, see page 27. When the mode has been set to REC, switch it to playback with (Delete): Allows you to select and delete unwanted images This Image Deletes the currently displayed image in single-image mode.
Viewing menu Interval 1 sec 3 sec 5 sec 10 sec Repeat (Protect): Preventing accidental erasure Protects recorded images against accidental erasure. mark is displayed for registered images. (This Image) (Multiple Images) To cancel the protection Select the image for which you want to cancel protection, and unlock it by pressing the multi-selector as the same procedure to protect it.
Viewing menu 4 Select [Rotate] with v/V, then press the multi-selector. 5 Select [ ], then rotate the image with b/B. 6 Select [OK] with v/V, then press the multi-selector. • You cannot rotate the following types of images. – Movies –...
Customizing the settings Using Setup items You can change the default settings using the Setup screen. MENU button Press MENU to display the menu. Tilt the multi-selector to v/V to select Tilt to v/V/b/B to select the item you want to set. The selected item is highlighted.
Shooting Settings The default settings are marked with Digital Zoom Selects the digital zoom mode. The camera enlarges the image using optical zoom (up to 5×). When the zoom scale exceeds 5×, the camera uses digital zoom. The camera enlarges up to the total zoom scale of approximately 20×, including the optical zoom 5×.
Main Settings 1/2 The default settings are marked with Beep Selects the sound produced when you operate the camera. LCD Backlight Selects the brightness of the LCD backlight. Bright Normal • You can change the setting by tilting the multi-selector v (DISP) longer. •...
Main Settings 2/2 The default settings are marked with LUN Settings Allows you to select the settings for the display method of images on the recording media set in a connected equipment, such as a computer, when the camera is connected to a computer or AV equipment with a USB connection.
Memory Card Tool This item appears only when the memory card is inserted in the camera. Format Formats the memory card. To ensure stable operation of the memory cards, we recommend that you format the memory card the first time you use it with this camera. However, if you format the memory card, all the data on the memory card will be deleted and you cannot restore that data.
Internal Memory Tool This item appears only when the memory card is not inserted in the camera. Format Formats data stored in the internal memory. • Note that formatting irrevocably erases all data in the internal memory, including even protected images. 1 Select [Format] with the multi-selector tilt to v/V/b/B, then tilt to B.
Clock Settings For details on the operation 1 page 44 Clock Settings Sets the date and time. 1 Select [Clock Settings] with the multi-selector tilt to v/V, then press the multi-selector or tilt to 2 Select the date display format with v/V, then press the multi-selector. 3 Select each item with b/B and set the numeric value with v/V.
Viewing images on a TV Viewing images on a TV You can view images on a TV screen by connecting the camera to a TV. The connection or the image quality (HD (high definition)/SD (standard definition)) varies depending on the type of TV or input jacks the camera is connected to. •...
Viewing images on a TV Connecting to a high definition TV Images recorded with HD (high definition) image quality are played back with HD (high definition) image quality. Images recorded with SD (standard definition) image quality are played back with SD (standard definition) image quality. A/V OUT jack You cannot connect the HDMI cable and the component A/V cable at the same time.
Viewing images on a TV When connecting to your TV via a VCR Connect your camera to the LINE IN input on the VCR using the A/V connecting cable. Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE (VIDEO 1, VIDEO 2, etc.). When your TV is monaural (When your TV has only one audio input jack) Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video input jack and connect the white (left channel) or red (right channel) plug to the audio input jack of your TV or VCR.
3 Consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. When repairing the camera, we may check a minimum amount of data stored on the internal memory in order to improve the condition. However, Sony dealer will neither copy nor save your data.
Troubleshooting Battery and power Cannot turn on the camera. The remaining battery is low or depleted. • Connect the camera to a computer that is turned on, and charge the battery fully (page 15). – If you cannot turn on the camera, even after you have charged the battery, remove the battery –...
Troubleshooting The power turns off suddenly. • If you do not operate the camera for about five minutes while the power is on, the camera turns off automatically to prevent wearing down the battery. Turn on the camera again. The power may go off automatically to protect the camera depending on the temperature of •...
Troubleshooting The recording date is not superimposed on an image. This camera does not have a feature for superimposing dates on images. • The screen is too dark or too bright. Adjust the brightness of the LCD backlight (page 46). •...
Troubleshooting The top, bottom, right, and left edges of images may be trimmed slightly when you play back on a connected TV. The LCD screen of the camera can display recording images across the entire screen (full • pixel display). However, this may cause slight trimming of the top, bottom, right, and left edges of images when played back on a TV which is not compatible with full pixel display.
Troubleshooting Memory card Cannot insert a memory card. Insert it in the correct direction. • You have formatted a memory card by mistake. All the data on the memory card is deleted by formatting. You cannot restore it. • Internal memory Cannot playback or record images using the internal memory.
Warning indicators and messages Messages If the following messages appear, follow the instructions. • The battery level is low. Charge the battery immediately. For use with compatible battery only The battery inserted is not an NP-BK1 • (supplied) battery pack. System error Turn the power off and then on again.
Warning indicators and messages Cannot create more folders The folder with a name beginning with • “999” exists on the memory card. You cannot create any folders if this is the case. File error An error occurred while the image was •...
Others On the “Memory Stick” media “Memory Stick” media is a compact, portable IC recording medium with a large data capacity. You can use the following types of “Memory Stick” media listed below on this camera. However, we do not guarantee the operation of all types of “Memory Stick”...
On the “Memory Stick” media On the “Memory Stick Duo” media adaptor • When using “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media with a “Memory Stick” media compliant device, be sure to insert the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media into a “Memory Stick Duo” media adaptor.
If the battery operating time seems shortened considerably, a probable cause is that the battery has reached the end of its life. Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. • The battery life varies according to how it is stored and the operating conditions and environment.
Precautions Do not use/store the camera in the following places • In an extremely hot, cold or humid place In places such as in a car parked in the sun, the camera body may become deformed and this may cause a malfunction. •...
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Index Index Numerics 4:3 TV...51 A/V connecting cable ...51 A/V OUT jack...51 AE/AF lock indicator...22 AF range finder frame ...22 Battery ...64 Beep ...46 CD-ROM ...29 Clock Settings...50 Computer ...29 Importing images...31 Connecting 4:3 TV...51 Computer ...31 High definition TV ...52 Wide TV ...51 Copy...48 Date...50...
Index Notes on the License THIS PRODUCT IS LICENSED UNDER THE AVC PATENT PORTFOLIO LICENSE FOR THE PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL USE OF A CONSUMER TO (i) ENCODE VIDEO IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE AVC STANDARD (“AVC VIDEO”) AND (ii) DECODE AVC VIDEO THAT WAS ENCODED BY A CONSUMER ENGAGED IN A PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY AND/OR WAS OBTAINED...
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