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Digital Video Camera Recorder
Operating Guide
DCR-DVD510E/DVD910E
© 2008 Sony Corporation
3-285-370-11(1)
Enjoying with Your
10
Camcorder
Getting Started
18
Recording/Playback 30
Editing
46
60
Utilizing Media
Customizing Your
71
Camcorder
Performing with Your
91
Computer
95
Troubleshooting
Additional
109
Information
Quick
122
Reference

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  • Page 1 Printed on 70% or more recycled paper using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) -free vegetable oil based ink. Printed in Japan Digital Video Camera Recorder Operating Guide DCR-DVD510E/DVD910E © 2008 Sony Corporation 3-285-370-11(1) Enjoying with Your Camcorder Getting Started Recording/Playback 30 Editing...
  • Page 2: Read This Before Operating Your Camcorder

    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.
  • Page 3: Regulatory Information

    Notice for the customers in the countries applying EU Directives 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.
  • Page 4 Use the discs with marks listed below. See page 10 for details. For reliability and durability of recording/ playback, we recommend that you use Sony discs or discs with a CAMERA) mark for your camcorder. * Depending on the place you purchase, the disc mark.
  • Page 5 Using the camcorder • Do not hold the camcorder by the following parts. Viewfinder LCD screen Battery • The camcorder is not dustproofed, dripproofed or waterproofed. See “About handling of your camcorder” (p. 115). • To prevent media from being broken or...
  • Page 6 About the Carl Zeiss lens Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens, which was developed jointly by Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony Corporation, and produces superior images. It adopts the MTF measurement system for video cameras and offers a quality typical of a Carl Zeiss lens.
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Read this before operating your camcorder ... 2 Table of Contents ... 7 Subject examples and solutions ... 9 Enjoying with Your Camcorder Media for your camcorder ... 10 Using your camcorder ... 13 “ HOME” and “ OPTION” - Taking advantage of two types of menus ...
  • Page 8 ... 91 Troubleshooting Troubleshooting ... 95 Warning indicators and messages ... 104 Additional Information Using your camcorder abroad ... 109 File/folder structure on a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” ... 111 Maintenance and precautions ... 112 Specifications ... 119 Quick Reference Identifying parts and controls ...
  • Page 9: Subject Examples And Solutions

    Subject examples and solutions Shooting Checking your golf swing B SMTH SLW REC ... 37 Capturing still images during movie recording B Dual Rec ... 36 Flowers in close- B PORTRAIT ... 88 B FOCUS... 86 B TELE MACRO ... 86 Focusing on the dog on the left side of the screen...
  • Page 10: Enjoying With Your Camcorder

    “Memory Stick PRO Duo” to a disc without connecting another device (p. 50). z Tips • Discs you can use with your camcorder are 8cm DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-R and DVD+R DL discs. • See page 4 for the types of “Memory Stick” you can use in your camcorder.
  • Page 11: Recording Time Of Movies

    * Formatting deletes all images and returns the recording media to its original empty state (p. 65). Even when using a new disc, format it with your camcorder (p. 26). ** Finalizing is required to play the disc in a DVD drive on a computer. A DVD+RW that is not finalized may cause the computer to malfunction.
  • Page 12 Media for your camcorder (Continued) Your camcorder uses the VBR (Variable Bit Rate) format to automatically adjust image quality to suit the recording scene. This technology causes fluctuations in the recording time of media. Movies containing quickly moving and complex images are recorded at a higher bit rate, and this reduces the overall recording...
  • Page 13: Using Your Camcorder

    In the case of recording on a disc, select the disc that best suits your needs. Do you want to delete or edit images on your camcorder? *Select the recording format and format the disc on your camcorder (p. 26). zTips • You can select the disc from [DISC SELECT GUIDE] (p. 69).
  • Page 14 You can view the images recorded and edited on your camcorder on the connected TV. Playing the disc on other devices (p. 64) To play a disc recorded on your camcorder on other devices, you need to finalize the disc first.
  • Page 15: Home" And " - Taking Advantage Of Two Types Of Menus

    MEDIA FORMAT* UNFINALIZE Page DISC SELECT GUIDE REPAIR IMG.DB F. (SETTINGS) category* To customize your camcorder (p. 71). You can also set these items during Easy Handycam operation (p. 30). For items available in the Page see page 71. The item is available during Easy Handycam operation (p.
  • Page 16 HOME” and “ (Continued) Using the HOME MENU While pressing the green button, turn the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow to turn on your camcorder. (HOME) A (or B). Press (HOME) A (HOME) B Touch the desired category.
  • Page 17 Touch the item you want to know the content. When you touch an item, its explanation appears on the screen. To apply the option, touch [YES], otherwise, touch [NO]. To deactivate the HELP Touch (HELP) again in step 2. Using the OPTION MENU Just a touch on the screen during shooting or playback displays the functions available at that moment.
  • Page 18: Getting Started

    Getting Started Step 1: Checking supplied items Make sure that you have the following items supplied with your camcorder. The number in the parentheses indicates the number of that item supplied. AC Adaptor (1) (p. 19) Power cord (mains lead) (1) (p. 19) A/V connecting cable (1) (p.
  • Page 19: Step 2: Charging The Battery Pack

    You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (H series) (p. 114) after attaching it to your camcorder. b Notes • Your camcorder operates only with “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (H series). Turn the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow to OFF (CHG) (the default setting).
  • Page 20 Step 2: Charging the battery pack (Continued) b Notes • Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the DC IN jack holding both the camcorder and the DC plug. To remove the battery pack 1 Turn the POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
  • Page 21 • The power will not be supplied from the battery as long as the AC Adaptor is connected to the DC IN jack of your camcorder, even when the power cord (mains lead) is disconnected from the wall outlet (wall socket).
  • Page 22: Step 3: Turning The Power On, And Setting The Date And Time

    Adaptor or battery terminal with any metallic objects. This may cause a malfunction. • 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.
  • Page 23: Changing The Language Setting

    (p. 118). • It takes a few seconds for your camcorder to be ready to shoot after the power is turned on. You cannot operate your camcorder during this time.
  • Page 24: Step 4: Making Adjustments Before Recording

    Tips • If you open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder, then rotate it 180 degrees to the lens side, you can close the LCD panel with the LCD screen facing out. This is convenient during playback operations.
  • Page 25: Step 5: Selecting Media For Movies

    Step 5: Selecting media for movies You can set the media to be used for movies. You can select a disc or a “Memory Stick PRO Duo.” b Notes • You can record, play back, or edit images on the selected media.
  • Page 26: Step 6: Inserting A Disc Or A "memory Stick Pro Duo

    Set the disc with the label side facing out when using a single-sided disc. Close the disc cover. [DISC ACCESS] appears on the screen. It may take some time for the camcorder to recognize the disc. x DVD-RW/DVD+RW A screen appears to ask whether you will use [DISC SELECT GUIDE].
  • Page 27 Move the grip belt to the bottom of the camcorder, then open or close the disc cover. • If you catch the grip belt when closing the disc cover, it may cause your camcorder to malfunction.
  • Page 28 Step 6: Inserting a disc or a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” (Continued) Inserting a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” See page 4 on the “Memory Stick” you can use with your camcorder. z Tips • If you record only still images on the “Memory Stick PRO Duo,” operations after step 3 are unnecessary.
  • Page 29 170 (100) b Notes • Numbers in the table are of when using a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” made by Sony Corporation. The recordable time varies depending on the recording conditions, the type of “Memory Stick,” or the [REC MODE] setting (p.
  • Page 30: Recording/playback

    Recording/Playback Recording and playing back with ease (Easy Handycam operation) Easy Handycam operation makes nearly all settings automatic so that you can perform recording or playing back operation without detailed settings. It also makes the screen font size larger for easy viewing. The images are recorded on the selected media (p. 25). Movies Turn the POWER switch G until the...
  • Page 31: Playing Back Recorded Movies/still Images

    Playing back recorded movies/still images Turn the POWER switch G to turn on your camcorder. (VIEW IMAGES) I (or E). Press The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen. (It may take some time to display the thumbnails.) Film Roll Index (p. 41)
  • Page 32 Recording and playing back with ease (Easy Handycam operation) (Continued) • You can adjust the volume by touching SETTINGS] t [VOLUME], then with • You can change the movie media with [MOVIE MEDIA SET] (p. 25). Still images: Touch the tab and the still image to be played back.
  • Page 33: Recording

    • If the ACCESS lamp (p. 26)/access lamp (p. 28) are lit or flashing after recording is finished, it means data is still being written onto the media. Do not apply shock or vibration to your camcorder, and do not remove the battery pack or the AC Adaptor.
  • Page 34: Still Images

    Recording (Continued) Movies Turn the POWER switch (Movie) lamp lights up. Press START/STOP B (or C). [STBY] To stop recording, press START/STOP again. b Notes • You cannot record still images on a disc. z Tips • See page 11 for the recordable time of movies, and page 77 for the number of recordable still images. •...
  • Page 35: Zooming

    • You cannot change the zoom speed with the zoom buttons on the LCD frame. • The minimum possible distance between camcorder and subject while maintaining sharp focus is about 1 cm (about 13/32 in.) for wide angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
  • Page 36: Starting To Record Quickly (quick On)

    You can save the battery power. • If you do not operate your camcorder and leave it in sleep mode for a while, your camcorder automatically turns off. With [QUICK ON STBY], you can set the time after which the camcorder turns off in sleep mode (p.
  • Page 37: Adjusting The Exposure For Backlit Subjects

    When you are recording, you can show the recording image to the person being recorded. Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder (1), then rotate it 180 degrees to the lens side (2). z Tips • A mirror-image of the subject appears on the LCD screen, but the image will be normal when recorded.
  • Page 38 Select [ON] ( ) to superimpose sounds such as conversation on the slow motion pictures. The default setting is [OFF]. Your camcorder records sounds for about 12 seconds while [Recording···] is displayed in step 2. b Notes • Sounds cannot be recorded while recording a 3 second-movie (approx.).
  • Page 39: Playback

    (HOME) E (HOME) D (VIEW IMAGES) C Turn the POWER switch A to turn on your camcorder. Press (VIEW IMAGES) B (or C). The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the screen. (It may take some time to display the thumbnails.) Film Roll Index (p.
  • Page 40 Playback (Continued) Start playback. Movies Touch the tab and the movie to be played back. When playback from the selected movie reaches the last movie, the screen returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen. Returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen. Beginning of the movie/ previous movie Stop (goes to the VISUAL INDEX screen.)
  • Page 41: Searching For Scenes With Pinpoint Accuracy (film Roll Index)

    Select beforehand media which contains the movie you want to play back (p. 25). Press (VIEW IMAGES) on your camcorder. The VISUAL INDEX screen appears. Touch (Film Roll Index). Previous/Next movie Previous scene Next scene Changes the interval of scenes.
  • Page 42: Searching For Desired Images By Date (date Index)

    Duo” by date. Select [MEMORY STICK] on [MOVIE MEDIA SET] beforehand (p. 25). Press (VIEW IMAGES) on your camcorder. The VISUAL INDEX screen appears. Touch the date button at the upper right corner of the screen. The recording dates of movies are displayed on the screen.
  • Page 43: Playing Back A Series Of Still Images (slide Show)

    [SLIDE SHOW SET]. As the default setting is [ON], displayed on the LCD screen and your camcorder repeats a slide show of still images. If you set [SLIDE SHOW SET] to [OFF], your camcorder plays the still images in slide show mode once, starting from the selected still image.
  • Page 44: Playing The Images On A Tv

    Connect your camcorder to the input jack of a TV or VCR using the A/V connecting cable 1 or an A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO 2. Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 19). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
  • Page 45 b Notes • When you set [TV TYPE] to [4:3], the image quality may deteriorate. Also, when the recorded image’s aspect ratio switches between 16:9 (wide) and 4:3, the image may jitter. • When you play back an image recorded in 16:9 (wide) aspect ratio on a 4:3 TV not compatible with the 16:9 (wide) signal, set [TV TYPE] to [4:3].
  • Page 46: Editing

    You can create and edit a Playlist (p. 52). PRINT You can print still images on a connected PictBridge printer (p. 58). USB CONNECT You can connect your camcorder to a computer or another device using the USB cable (p. 91). Deleting images b Notes •...
  • Page 47 You cannot delete the most recently recorded movie: – if you remove the disc from your camcorder after recording. – if you turn off your camcorder after recording. b Notes • Do not remove the battery pack or the AC Adaptor from your camcorder while deleting movies.
  • Page 48: Deleting Still Images

    Deleting images (Continued) Deleting still images Touch (HOME) t (OTHERS) t [DELETE]. Touch [ DELETE]. Touch [ DELETE]. Touch the still image to be deleted. The selected still image is marked with Press and hold the still image on the screen to confirm.
  • Page 49: Capturing A Still Image From A Movie (dcr-dvd910e)

    Capturing a still image from a movie (DCR- DVD910E) You can capture a still image at any point during movie playback. Select the media which contains the movies beforehand (p. 25). Insert a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” beforehand. Movies in Still images in b Notes •...
  • Page 50: Dubbing Movies To Media Within Your Camcorder (dcr-dvd910e)

    Dubbing movies to media within your camcorder (DCR-DVD910E) You can dub movies from a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” to a disc. Insert a disc in your camcorder beforehand. From b Notes • Using the AC Adaptor as the power source is recommended to prevent the power from being turned off during operation.
  • Page 51: Dividing Movies

    Previous backup history will be deleted.], you can back up all movies, including movies that have been backed up previously. Your camcorder will keep a backup history of movies only when they are saved with the [BACKUP] function.
  • Page 52: Creating The Playlist

    Tips • You can divide a movie when viewing it by touching (OPTION). • The images recorded on your camcorder are called “original.” Creating the Playlist A Playlist is a list showing thumbnails of the movies that you have selected. The...
  • Page 53: Playing The Playlist

    4 When [Completed.] appears, touch b Notes • Do not remove the battery pack or the AC Adaptor from your camcorder while adding the movies. • Do not remove the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” while adding movies in the “Memory Stick PRO Duo.”...
  • Page 54 Creating the Playlist (Continued) To erase unnecessary movies from the Playlist 1 Touch (HOME) t t [PLAYLIST EDIT]. 2 Touch [ ERASE]. To erase all the movies from the Playlist, touch [ ERASE ALL] t [YES] t [YES]. Then, when Completed.] appears, touch 3 Touch the movie to be erased from the Playlist.
  • Page 55 • A slight difference may occur from the point where you touch and the actual dividing point, as your camcorder selects the dividing point based on about half-second increments. z Tips • The original movies are not divided even if you...
  • Page 56: Dubbing Movies To Vcr Or Dvd/hdd Recorders

    Dubbing movies to VCR or DVD/HDD recorders Connecting a device with the A/V connecting cable You can dub movies played back on your camcorder to other recording devices, such as VCRs or DVD/HDD recorders. Connect the device in either of the following ways.
  • Page 57 • To record the date/time and camera settings data, display them on the screen (p. 78). • When you are connecting your camcorder to a monaural device, connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video input jack,...
  • Page 58: Printing Still Images (pictbridge Compliant Printer)

    You can print out still images using a PictBridge compliant printer, without connecting the camcorder to a computer. Connect your camcorder to the AC Adaptor to obtain power from the wall outlet (wall socket) (p. 19). Insert the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” that contains the still images you want to print into your camcorder.
  • Page 59 – To operate the POWER switch – To press (VIEW IMAGES) – To disconnect the USB cable from your camcorder or the printer – To remove the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” from your camcorder • If the printer stops working, disconnect the USB cable, turn the printer off and on again, and restart the operation from the beginning.
  • Page 60: Utilizing Media

    You can unfinalize a disc and record more images on the disc (p. 67). DISC SELECT GUIDE Your camcorder advises you of the right disc for your purpose (p. 69). REPAIR IMG.DB F. You can repair the image database file of a...
  • Page 61: Making The Disc Compatible With Playback On Other Devices (finalizing)

    Making the disc compatible with playback on other devices (Finalizing) Finalizing makes the recorded disc compatible for playback with other devices and DVD drives of computers. Before finalizing, you can select the style of the DVD menu which displays the movie list (p.
  • Page 62 Making the disc compatible with playback on other devices (Finalizing) (Continued) To add movies to a finalized disc (p.67) Unfinalize the disc. Movies can be added as usual. When the DVD menu has been created, a confirmation screen prompts you to confirm that you wish to add movies.
  • Page 63: Finalizing A Disc

    AC Adaptor during finalizing. When you need to disconnect the AC Adaptor, make sure that the power of your camcorder is set to off and disconnect the AC Adaptor after (Movie) or (Still) lamp goes off.
  • Page 64: Playing A Disc On Other Devices

    Playing a disc on a computer If you finalize the disc (p. 61) that was recorded on your camcorder, you can play back the disc on a computer that DVD playback application is installed.
  • Page 65: Checking Media Information

    * To create the DVD menu on a DVD+RW, finalize the disc again (p. 63). Connect the AC Adaptor to the DC IN jack on your camcorder, then connect the power cord (mains lead) to the wall outlet (wall socket).
  • Page 66 Notes • Do not apply shock or vibration to your camcorder, and do not disconnect the AC Adaptor during formatting. • When you use a double-sided disc, formatting is required on each side. You can format each side in the different recording format.
  • Page 67: Recording Additional Movies After Finalizing

    Use a new disc. When using a DVD-RW (VIDEO mode) (Unfinalizing) Connect the AC Adaptor to the DC IN jack on your camcorder, then connect the power cord (mains lead) to the wall outlet (wall socket). Turn on your camcorder.
  • Page 68 When [Completed.] appears, touch b Notes • Do not apply shock or vibration to your camcorder, and do not disconnect the AC Adaptor during the operation. • A DVD menu created during finalizing is deleted. • For a double-sided disc, perform these steps for...
  • Page 69: Finding The Right Disc (disc Select Guide)

    “Memory Stick PRO Duo,” and repairs any inconsistencies found. (HOME) t Touch (MANAGE MEDIA) t [REPAIR IMG.DB F.]. Touch [YES]. Your camcorder will check the image database file. When mismatching is not found, touch to finish the operation. Touch [YES]. When [Completed.] appears, touch b Notes •...
  • Page 70 Repairing the image database file (Continued) • While the image database file is being repaired, do not remove the “Memory Stick PRO Duo.”...
  • Page 71: Customizing Your Camcorder

    Customizing Your Camcorder What you can do with the category of the You can change the recording functions and the operating settings for your convenience. Using the HOME MENU Turn on your camcorder, then press (HOME). (HOME) (HOME) (SETTINGS) category Touch (SETTINGS).
  • Page 72 What you can do with the (Continued) Items GUIDEFRAME ZEBRA REMAINING SET SUB-T DATE FLASH MODE* FLASH LEVEL REDEYE REDUC FACE DETECTION INDEX SET* CONVERSION LENS PHOTO SETTINGS (p. 77) Items IMAGE SIZE FILE NO. NIGHTSHOT LIGHT STEADYSHOT GUIDEFRAME ZEBRA FLASH MODE* FLASH LEVEL REDEYE REDUC...
  • Page 73: Movie Settings

    MOVIE SETTINGS (Items for recording movies) Touch 1, then 2. If the item is not on the screen, touch to change the page. How to set (HOME MENU) t page 71 (OPTION MENU) t page 84 The default settings are marked with B. REC MODE (Recording mode) You can select a recording mode to record a...
  • Page 74 MOVIE SETTINGS (Continued) DIGITAL ZOOM You can select the maximum zoom level in case you want to zoom greater than optical zoom magnification. Note that the image quality decreases when you use the digital zoom. The right side of the bar shows the digital zooming factor.
  • Page 75: Redeye Reduction

    You can set this function when you record still images using the built-in flash, or an external flash (optional) that is compatible with your camcorder. If you set [FLASH MODE] (p. 75) to [AUTO] or [ON] when [REDEYE REDUC] is set to [ON], appears on the screen.
  • Page 76: Conversion Lens

    Face icons and their meanings : This icon appears when the setting is [ON]. : This icon flashes when your camcorder detects a face. The icon stops flashing when the face is recorded in Face Index. : This icon appears when faces cannot be recorded in Face Index.
  • Page 77: (items For Recording Movies) Photo Settings

    Corporation. The recordable number of still images varies depending on the recording conditions or the type of “Memory Stick.” • The unique pixel array of Sony’s ClearVid CMOS Sensor and image processing system BIONZ allow the still image resolution equivalent to the sizes described.
  • Page 78: (items For Recording Still Images)

    (HOME MENU) t page 71 (OPTION MENU) t page 84 The default settings are marked with B. DATA CODE During playback, your camcorder displays the information (data code) recorded automatically at the time of recording. B OFF Data code is not displayed.
  • Page 79 • The data code is displayed on the TV screen if you connect your camcorder to a TV. • The indicator toggles through the following sequences as you press DATA CODE on the Remote Commander: [DATE/TIME] t [CAMERA DATA] t [OFF] (no indication).
  • Page 80: Sound/disp Set

    B NORMAL Standard brightness. BRIGHT Brightens the LCD screen. b Notes • When you connect your camcorder to outside power sources, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected for the setting. • When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is slightly reduced during recording.
  • Page 81: (items To Adjust Sound And The Screen) Output Settings

    Notes • When you connect your camcorder to outside power sources, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected for the setting. • When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is slightly reduced during recording. z Tips • This adjustment does not affect the recorded images in any way.
  • Page 82: (items For When Connecting Other Devices) Clock/ Lang

    AREA SET You can adjust a time difference without stopping the clock. Set your local area using using your camcorder in other time zones. Refer to the world time difference on page 110. SUMMERTIME You can change this setting without stopping the clock.
  • Page 83: Quick On Stby

    NEVER The camcorder is not automatically turned off. b Notes • When you connect your camcorder to a wall outlet (wall socket), [A.SHUT OFF] is automatically set to [NEVER]. QUICK ON STBY You can set the time after which the camcorder turns off automatically in sleep mode.
  • Page 84: Activating Functions Using The Option Menu

    The OPTION MENU appears just like the pop-up window that appears when you right-click the mouse on a computer. Various functions are displayed. Using the OPTION MENU While using your camcorder, touch (OPTION) on the screen. (OPTION) Touch the desired item.
  • Page 85: Recording Items On The Option Menu

    Recording items on the OPTION MENU Items FOCUS SPOT FOCUS TELE MACRO EXPOSURE SPOT METER SCENE SELECTION WHITE BAL. COLOR SLOW SHTR SUPER NIGHTSHOT FADER D.EFFECT PICT.EFFECT REC MODE BLT-IN ZOOM MIC MICREF LEVEL IMAGE SIZE SELF-TIMER TIMING RECORD SOUND FLASH MODE * Items that are included also in the HOME MENU...
  • Page 86: Menu

    1. b Notes • The minimum possible distance between the camcorder and the subject while maintaining sharp focus is about 1 cm (about 13/32 in.) for wide angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
  • Page 87 EXPOSURE You can fix the brightness of an image manually. Adjust the brightness when the subject is too bright or too dark relative to the background. 1 Touch [MANUAL]. appears. 2 Adjust the exposure by touching 3 Touch To return the setting to automatic exposure, touch [AUTO] t in step 1.
  • Page 88 Select this to take the vivid blue of the ocean or a lake. SNOW Select this to take bright pictures of a white landscape. * Your camcorder is set to focus only on distant subjects. ** Your camcorder is set not to focus on nearby subjects. b Notes •...
  • Page 89 Tips • If you changed the battery pack, or moved your camcorder to or from outdoors when [AUTO] was selected, aim your camcorder at a nearby white object with [AUTO] for about 10 seconds for better color balance adjustment.
  • Page 90 SELF-TIMER When you set [SELF-TIMER] to [ON], appears on the screen. When you press PHOTO, your camcorder starts counting down, and records a still image after about 10 seconds. To cancel recording, touch [RESET]. To cancel the self-timer, select [OFF].
  • Page 91: Performing With Your Computer

    Browser” does not support a Macintosh computer. On the advanced use of images on your camcorder connected to your Macintosh computer, see the following URL: http://guide.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/mac/ ms/us/ Installing the software Environment for using “Picture Motion Browser” OS: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional...
  • Page 92 Stick PRO Duo” in a Memory Stick slot of a computer. However, in the following cases, do not use the Memory Stick slot of the computer, but connect your camcorder to the computer with the USB cable: – The computer is not compatible with a “Memory Stick PRO Duo.”...
  • Page 93 Remove the CD-ROM from the disc drive of your computer. Operating the Picture Motion Browser • To start “Picture Motion Browser,” click [Start] - [All Programs] - [Sony Picture Utility] - [PMB - Picture Motion Browser]. • The basic operation of “Picture Motion Browser”...
  • Page 94 What you can do with Windows computer (Continued) b Notes • Do not disconnect the USB cable while the ACCESS/access lamp is lit. • Before turning off your camcorder, disconnect the USB cable following the proper procedures described above. • Disconnect the USB cable using the proper procedures described above.
  • Page 95: Troubleshooting

    (wall socket) (p. 19). The camcorder does not operate even when the power is set to on. • It takes a few seconds for your camcorder to be ready to record after the power is turned on. This is not a malfunction.
  • Page 96 Your camcorder gets warm. • This is because the power has been turned on for a long time. This is not a malfunction. Turn off your camcorder and leave it for a while in a cool place. The supplied Remote Commander does not function.
  • Page 97 (wall socket) and contact your Sony dealer. The battery pack may be damaged. The remaining battery time indicator does not indicate the correct time. • The ambient temperature is too high or too low. This is not a malfunction.
  • Page 98 Turn off your camcorder and leave it for a while in a cool place. • Moisture condensation has occurred. Turn off your camcorder and leave it for about 1 hour (p. 116). • The number of still images exceeds the capacity of your camcorder (p.
  • Page 99 Turn off your camcorder and leave it for a while in a cool place. • Moisture condensation has occurred. Turn off your camcorder and leave it about 1 hour (p. 116). There is a time difference between the point where you press START/ STOP and the point that movie recording starts/stops.
  • Page 100 You cannot adjust [LCD BL LEVEL]. • You cannot adjust [LCD BL LEVEL] when: – The LCD panel is closed on your camcorder with the LCD screen facing out. – The power is supplied from the AC Adaptor. Playing back images on your...
  • Page 101 “Picture Motion Browser” software, select 2ch for the audio setting. • Record movies with [AUDIO MODE] set to [2ch STEREO] on your camcorder (p. 73). Playing back a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” on other devices You cannot play back the “Memory Stick PRO Duo,”...
  • Page 102 Make sure that the A/V connecting cable is connected to the proper jack, i.e. to the input jack of another device for dubbing a movie from your camcorder (p. 56). Connecting to a computer You cannot install “Picture Motion Browser.”...
  • Page 103 • 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 an orderly manner (p. 93).
  • Page 104: Warning Indicators And Messages

    Some symptoms you can fix by yourself. If the problem persists even after you have tried a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. C:04:00 C: (or E:) ss:ss (Self-diagnosis...
  • Page 105 E:20:ss / E:31:ss / E:61:ss / E:62:ss / E:91:ss / E:94:ss • A malfunction that you cannot service has occurred. Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Inform them of the 5-digit code, which starts from “E.”...
  • Page 106 • The amount of lights is not sufficient, so camera-shake easily occurs. Use the flash. • The camcorder is unsteady, so camera- shake easily occurs. Hold the camcorder steady with both hands and shoot the image. However, note that the camera-shake warning indicator does not disappear.
  • Page 107 This Memory Stick is not formatted correctly. • Check the format, then format the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” with your camcorder if necessary (p. 66). Memory Stick folders are full. • You cannot create folders exceeding 999MSDCF. You cannot create or delete created folders using your camcorder.
  • Page 108 • Writing data to the media has failed. Attempts were made to recover the data, but they were unsuccessful. Please wait. • This is displayed if the disc removal process takes time. Turn on the camcorder and leave it for about 10 minutes, preventing vibration.
  • Page 109: Additional Information

    Additional Information Using your camcorder abroad Power supply You can use your camcorder in any countries/regions using the AC Adaptor supplied with your camcorder within the AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz range. On TV color systems Your camcorder is a PAL-system-based camcorder.
  • Page 110: World Time Difference

    Using your camcorder abroad (Continued) Setting to the local time You can easily set the clock to the local time by setting a time difference when using your camcorder abroad. Touch [AREA SET] and [SUMMERTIME] (p. 82). World time difference...
  • Page 111: File/folder Structure On A "memory Stick Pro Duo

    • Do not modify the files or folders in the camcorder from a computer. The image files may be destroyed or may not be played back. • We (Sony) will not be responsible for the results of operating the data on the media in the camcorder from a computer.
  • Page 112: Maintenance And Precautions

    Otherwise you may not be able to record or play normally in some situations using that disc. • When you set the disc in your camcorder, press firmly until it clicks. When the message [C:13:ss] appears on the LCD screen, open the disc cover and set the disc again.
  • Page 113: About The "memory Stick

    “Memory Stick Duo” (with MagicGate) “Memory Stick PRO Duo” “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo” * Your camcorder is not compatible with 8-bit parallel data transfer, but performs 4-bit parallel data transfer, which is used by a “Memory Stick PRO Duo.” • This product cannot record or play data that uses “MagicGate”...
  • Page 114: About The "infolithium" Battery Pack

    “Design rule for Camera File system” universal standard established by the JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association). • On your camcorder, you cannot play back still images recorded on other devices (DCR- TRV900E or DSC-D700/D770) that do not conform to the universal standard. (These models are not sold in some regions.)
  • Page 115: About Handling Of Your Camcorder

    To store the battery pack, remove it from your camcorder and put it in a dry, cool place. • To discharge the battery pack on your...
  • Page 116: Moisture Condensation

    • 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.
  • Page 117 On handling the casing • 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.
  • Page 118 Adaptor or while the battery pack is attached. The pre-installed rechargeable battery will be fully discharged in about 3 months if you do not use your camcorder at all. Use your camcorder after charging the pre-installed rechargeable battery. However, even if the pre-installed...
  • Page 119: Specifications

    ** The unique pixel array of Sony’s ClearVid CMOS sensor and image processing system BIONZ allow the still image resolution equivalent to the sizes described.
  • Page 120 Memory Stick Duo” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. • “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • “BIONZ” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-R, and DVD+R DL logo are trademarks. • Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
  • Page 121 STEELE STREET, SUITE 300, DENVER, COLORADO 80206. “C Library,” “Expat,” “zlib,” and “libjpeg” software are provided in your camcorder. We provide this software based on license agreements with their owners of copyright. Based on requests by the owners of copyright of these software applications, we have an obligation to inform you of the following.
  • Page 122: Quick Reference

    Quick Reference Identifying parts and controls The numbers in ( ) are reference pages. A Power zoom lever (35, 42) B PHOTO button (30, 34) C POWER switch (22) D /CHG (flash/charge) lamp (19) E QUICK ON button/lamp (36) F A/V Remote Connector (44, 56) Connect other optional accessories.
  • Page 123 J BATT (battery) release button (20) K Speaker Playback sounds come out from the speaker. For how to adjust the volume, see page 40. L Battery pack (19) (USB) jack (58) DCR-DVD510E: output only N NIGHTSHOT switch (36) Continued ,...
  • Page 124 The accessory can be turned on or off as you operate the POWER switch on your camcorder. Refer to the operating instructions supplied with your accessory for details. The Active Interface Shoe has a safety device for fixing the installed accessory securely.
  • Page 125 Remote Commander may shorten, or the 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.
  • Page 126: Indicators Displayed During Recording/playback

    Indicators displayed during recording/playback Recording movies Recording still images Viewing movies Viewing still images A HOME button (16, 71) B Remaining battery (approx.) (20) C Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or [REC] (recording)) D Recording mode (HQ/SP/LP) (73) E Media type (10) F Counter (hour/minute/second) G OPTION button (17, 84) H Dual Rec (36)
  • Page 127 Tips • The contents and positions of the indicators illustrated here may differ from the actual indicators on the screen of your camcorder. Data code during recording The recording date, time, and camera setting data are recorded automatically on the media.
  • Page 128: Glossary

    One of the recording formats you can select when using a DVD-RW. VR mode enables editing (deleting or sequence rearrangement) with your camcorder. Finalizing the disc lets you play it back on a VR mode compatible DVD device. INDEX], etc. are...
  • Page 129: Index

    Index Numeric 12IMAGES ...79 16:9 ...44 16:9 WIDE...27 21-pin adaptor...45 4:3 ...27, 44 5.1ch surround recording ...35 5.1ch surround sound...35 6IMAGES ...79 8cm DVD...10 AC Adaptor...19 Additional recording...67 AREA SET ...82 Aspect ratio...44 AUDIO MODE...73 AUTO SLW SHUTTR (Auto slow shutter) ...74, 103 A.SHUT OFF (Auto shut off) ...83 A/V connecting cable ...44, 56...
  • Page 130 Index (Continued) IMAGE SIZE ...77 INDEX SET (face index set) ...76 Indicators ...127 INDOOR ...88 InfoLITHIUM ...114 Install (software)...91 Insulation sheet...125 JPEG...128 LANDSCAPE ...88 LANGUAGE SET...82 LAST SCENE DEL (delete) ...47 LCD backlight ...24 LCD BL LEVEL (LCD back light level)...80, 100 LCD BRIGHT ...80 LCD COLOR ...80 LCD panel ...24...
  • Page 131 SUNRISE&SUNSET ...87 SUPER NIGHTSHOT ..89, 103 TELE MACRO ...86, 103 Tripod ...124 TV color system...109 TV TYPE ...44, 81 TWILIGHT...87 TWILIGHT PORT...87 UNFINALIZE...67, 102 USB 2.0 ...91 USB cable ...58, 92 Using abroad...109 VBR ...12 VF B.LIGHT (Viewfinder backlight) ...80 VIDEO mode ...10 VIEW IMAGES SET ...78 VISUAL INDEX ...31, 39...

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