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DCR-SR100
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Enjoying with
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Drive Handycam
Getting Started
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Handycam 24
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  • Page 1 Printed on 100% recycled paper using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)-free vegetable oil based ink. Printed in Japan Camera Operating Guide Read this first DCR-SR100 © 2006 Sony Corporation 2-672-377-12(1) Enjoying with your Hard Disk Drive Handycam Getting Started Easy Handycam 24...
  • Page 2 WARNING To reduce fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture. This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage” within the product’s enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
  • Page 3: Important Safeguards

    IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS For your protection, please read these safety instructions completely before operating the appliance, and keep this manual for future reference. Carefully observe all warnings, precautions and instructions on the appliance, or the one described in the operating instructions and adhere to them.
  • Page 4: Replacement Parts

    IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS (continued) Lightning For added protection for this set during a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable system. This will prevent damage to the set due to lightning and power-line surges.
  • Page 5: Read This First

    Caution: Do not handle damaged or leaking Lithium-Ion batteries. 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. Regulatory Information...
  • Page 6: Notes On Use

    The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom. Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever you call your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. DCR-SR100 Serial No. Model No. AC- Serial No.
  • Page 7 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 8: Notes On Using The Hard Disk Drive Handycam

    Notes on using the Hard Disk Drive Handycam Save all your recorded image data • In the case of your image data being damaged, save all your recorded images. It is recommended that you save the image data on a DVD using your computer (see “Computer Application Guide”).
  • Page 9: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS ...3 Read this first ...5 Notes on using the Hard Disk Drive Handycam ...8 Enjoying with your Hard Disk Drive Handycam What you can do with your Hard Disk Drive Handycam...12 Using your Hard Disk Drive Handycam...14 Getting Started Step 1: Checking supplied items ...15 Step 2: Charging the battery pack...16...
  • Page 10: Using The Setup Items

    Table of Contents (continued) To record in dark places (NightShot) To adjust the exposure for backlit subjects (BACK LIGHT) To record sound with more presence (5.1ch surround recording) To adjust the focus for an off center subject To fix the exposure for the selected subject To add special effects To record in mirror mode To use a tripod...
  • Page 11 TIME/LANGU...64 (CLOCK SET/AREA SET/LANGUAGE, etc.) Customizing Personal Menu ...65 Editing images Creating the Playlist ...67 Playing the Playlist ...69 Setting image protection (Protection) ...69 Dubbing, Printing Dubbing to VCR/DVD devices...71 Recording images from a TV or VCR/DVD device...73 Printing recorded still images (PictBridge compliant printer) ...75 Jacks to connect external devices...77 Troubleshooting Troubleshooting...78...
  • Page 12: Enjoying With Your Hard Disk Drive Handycam

    Enjoying with your Hard Disk Drive Handycam What you can do with your Hard Disk Drive Handycam You can record images to the hard disk of the camcorder. Hard Disk Drive Handycam offers more options than the tape or the DVD camcorder for your convenience and entertainment. “Recording and viewing”...
  • Page 13: Drive Handycam

    Realistic sounds can be recorded (5.1ch surround sound) (p.35) You can record the movie with 5.1ch surround sound. You can create a DVD containing your movies with 5.1ch surround sound with supplied computer software. This provides full sound on a home theater.
  • Page 14: Using Your Hard Disk Drive Handycam

    Using your Hard Disk Drive Handycam Images are recorded on the internal hard disk. When the hard disk becomes full, you cannot record new images. It is recommended that you save the image data periodically, then delete the unnecessary images from the hard disk of your camcorder. •...
  • Page 15: Getting Started

    Getting Started Step 1: Checking supplied items Make sure that you have following items supplied with your camcorder. The number in the parentheses indicates the number of that item supplied. AC Adaptor (1) (p.16) Power cord (1) (p.16) A/V connecting cable (1) (p.42, 71, 73) USB cable (1) (p.75, 77) Wireless Remote Commander (1) (p.41) A button-type lithium battery is already installed.
  • Page 16: Step 2: Charging The Battery Pack

    Step 2: Charging the battery pack You can charge the battery after attaching the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (P series) (p.95) to your camcorder. • You cannot use an NP-FP30 battery pack with your camcorder. (See the reverse side of the battery pack for the model number.) Installing the battery pack with excess force may lead to camcorder malfunction such as deterioration in...
  • Page 17 The CHG (charge) lamp turns off when the battery is fully charged. Remove the AC Adaptor from the DC IN jack on your camcorder. • Remove the AC Adaptor holding both your camcorder and the DC plug. To remove the battery pack Slide the POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
  • Page 18 Step 2: Charging the battery pack (continued) Playback time Approximate time (min.) available when you use a fully charged battery pack. LCD screen Battery pack opened* NP-FP50 NP-FP60 (supplied) NP-FP70 NP-FP71 NP-FP90 * When the LCD backlight turns on. On the battery pack •...
  • Page 19: Step 3: Turning The Power On, And Holding Your Camcorder

    Step 3: Turning the power on, and holding your camcorder To record, slide the POWER switch to turn on the respective lamp. When using it for the first time, the [CLOCK SET] screen appears (p.22). POWER switch Turn on the power by sliding the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow while pressing the green button in the center.
  • Page 20: Step 4: Adjusting The Lcd Screen And Viewfinder

    Step 4: Adjusting the LCD screen and viewfinder The LCD screen Open the LCD screen 90 degrees to the camcorder (1), then rotate it to the best angle to record or play (2). 2 180 DISP/BATT INFO degrees (max.) 1 90 degrees to the 2 90 degrees (max.) •...
  • Page 21: Step 5: Using The Touch Panel

    Step 5: Using the touch panel You can play back recorded images (p.28, 31), or change the settings (p.48) using the touch panel. Touch the buttons displayed on the screen. Support the rear of the LCD panel with your finger. Then, touch the buttons displayed on the screen.
  • Page 22: Step 6: Setting The Date And Time

    Step 6: Setting the date and time Set the date and time when using this camcorder for the first time. If you do not set the date and time, the [CLOCK SET] screen appears every time you turn on your camcorder or slide the POWER switch.
  • Page 23: Step 7: Selecting The Aspect Ratio (16:9 Or 4:3) Of The Recording Image

    Step 7: Selecting the aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3) of the recording image By recording in the 16:9 (wide) mode, you can enjoy wide-angle, high-resolution images. • If you intend to view images on a wide TV, recording in the 16:9 (wide) mode is recommended.
  • Page 24: Easy Handycam - Using Your Camcorder With Automatic Settings

    Easy Handycam - using your camcorder with automatic settings Using Easy Handycam operation Easy Handycam operation is a function for making nearly all settings automatic with just one press of the EASY button. Since only basic functions become available and screen font size increases for easy viewing, even first time users can enjoy easy operation.
  • Page 26: Recording With Ease

    Recording with ease Movies Slide the POWER switch A in the direction of the arrow to light up the (Movie) lamp. Press EASY. [Easy Handycam operation ON.] appears, then Press START/STOP B (or C). To stop recording, press START/STOP again. •...
  • Page 27: Still Images

    Still images Slide the POWER switch A in the direction of the arrow to light up the lamp. Press EASY. [Easy Handycam operation ON.] appears, then Press PHOTO D lightly to adjust the focus A, then press it fully B. Beep mi n EASY...
  • Page 28: Playback With Ease

    Playback with ease Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow repeatedly to light up (PLAY/EDIT) lamp. The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen. Press EASY. [Easy Handycam operation ON.] appears, then Recording date Previous 6 images Next 6 images (Movie) tab...
  • Page 29 Start playback. Movies Touch (Movie) tab, then touch the thumbnail of the movie to be played back. Beginning of the scene/ previous scene Stop (go to the VISUAL INDEX screen) When playback from the selected movie reaches the last movie, the screen returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen.
  • Page 30: Recording/playback

    Recording/Playback Recording Lens cover Opens in accordance with the setting of the POWER switch. START/STOP B Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow repeatedly to light up the respective lamp. Start recording. Movies Press START/STOP A (or B). 60min START/ STOP...
  • Page 31: Playback

    Playback Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to light up the The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen. Recording 60min 60min date Previous 6 images Next 6 images (Movie) tab • Moving the zoom lever changes the VISUAL INDEX screen indication from 6 to 12 and more images can be displayed at the same time.
  • Page 32: Searching For The Desired Images By Date (date Index)

    Playback (continued) Searching for the desired images by date (Date Index) You can search for desired images by date efficiently. Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to light up the (PLAY/EDIT) lamp. The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen. 60min 21 2006 To search for movies, touch...
  • Page 34: Functions Used For Recording/playback, Etc

    Functions used for recording/playback, etc. Recording To use zoom ... 17 Move the power zoom lever 1 slightly for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom. Wider range of view: (Wide) Close view: (Telephoto) • Be careful not to remove your finger suddenly from the power zoom lever 1.
  • Page 35: To Adjust The Exposure For Backlit Subjects (back Light)

    To adjust the exposure for backlit subjects (BACK LIGHT) ... 5 To adjust the exposure for backlit subjects, press BACK LIGHT 5 to display .. To cancel the back light function, press BACK LIGHT again. To record sound with more presence (5.1ch surround recording) ...
  • Page 36: To Record In Mirror Mode

    Functions used for recording/playback, etc. (continued) To record in mirror mode... qs Open the LCD screen qs 90 degrees to the camcorder (1), then rotate it 180 degrees to the lens side (2). • A mirror-image of the subject appears on the LCD screen, but the image will be normal when recorded.
  • Page 37: Recording/playback

    Recording/playback To check the remaining battery ... qf Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG), then press DISP/BATT INFO qf. If you press this button once, BATTERY INFO appears on the screen for about seven seconds. Press the button while BATTERY INFO appears on the screen to extend the indication to the 20- second maximum.
  • Page 38: Checking/deleting The Last Scene (review/review Deleting)

    Checking/Deleting the last scene (Review/Review deleting) You can check the last recorded movies/still images. Also, you can delete the checked images. Checking the last scene (Review) Slide the POWER switch to light up (Movie) or then touch The playback of the latest scene starts. Movie 60min REVIEW...
  • Page 39: Indicators Displayed During Recording/playback

    Indicators displayed during recording/playback Recording movies 60min 00:01:00 [ 60min ] P-MENU 1 Remaining battery (approx.) (37) 2 Recording mode (HQ / SP / LP) (61) 3 Recording status ([STBY] (standby) / [REC] (recording)) 4 Counter (hour: minute: second) 5 Remaining recordable time of movies 6 5.1ch surround recording (35) 7 Review button (38) 8 Personal Menu button (48)
  • Page 40 Indicators displayed during recording/playback (continued) Indicators on the LCD screen and viewfinder When you can change the setup items, or during recording or playback, following indicators are displayed. Upper left Upper Center 60min STBY Bottom Upper left Indicator Meaning 5.1ch surround recording (35) Self-timer recording (55) Continuous photo...
  • Page 41: Remote Commander

    Remote Commander Remove the insulation sheet before using the Remote Commander. Insulation sheet 1 DATA CODE (p.62) Displays the date and time or camera setting data of the recorded images (p.62) when you press this while playing back. 2 PHOTO (p.27, 30) The on-screen image when you press this button will be recorded as a still image.
  • Page 42: Playing The Image On A Tv

    Playing the image on a TV Connect your camcorder to the input jack of TV or VCR using A/V connecting cable 1 or A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO 2. Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p.16). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
  • Page 43 • If you connect the camcorder to a TV, you cannot play back images with 5.1ch surround sound. Using the supplied computer applications (“Computer Application Guide”), you can create a DVD containing movies with the 5.1ch surround sound on an appropriate device. •...
  • Page 44: Saving Images

    Saving images Recorded images are stored on the internal hard disk of the camcorder. Due to some limitations on the internal hard disk, make sure that you save the image data to the external media. You can save the images recorded on the camcorder as described below. Saving images on DVD using your computer By using the software in the supplied CD-ROM, you can save images recorded on the camcorder.
  • Page 45: Deleting Images

    Deleting images You can provide free hard disk space by deleting image data on the camcorder. • You can check the free hard disk space of the camcorder on [HDD INFO] (p.59). • Protected images cannot be deleted. To delete the images, cancel the protection (p.70).
  • Page 46 Deleting images (continued) Deleting images by date You can delete movies or still images by date at once. Slide the POWER switch to light up (PLAY/EDIT) lamp. The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen. 60min 21 2006 To delete movies, touch (Movie) tab.
  • Page 48: Using The Setup Items

    Using the Setup items Using the Setup items Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow repeatedly to light up the respective lamp. Touch the LCD screen to select the setup item. Unavailable items will be grayed out. x To use the short-cuts of Personal Menu On Personal Menu, short-cuts for frequently used setup items are added.
  • Page 49 t[SETUP]. 1 Touch 2 Select the desired setup item. Touch to select the item, then touch in step 2.) 3 Select the desired item. • You can also touch the item directly to select it. 4 Customize the item. After finishing the settings, touch If you decide not to change the setting, touch x To change the setup items during Easy Handycam operation does not appear during Easy Handycam operation (p.24).
  • Page 50: Setup Items

    Setup items CAMERA SET PROGRAM AE SPOT METER EXPOSURE WHITE BAL. AUTO SHUTTER SPOT FOCUS FOCUS FLASH SET SUPER NS NS LIGHT COLOR SLOW S SELF-TIMER SELF-TIMER DIGITAL ZOOM STEADYSHOT STILL SET (p.56) BURST QUALITY IMAGE SIZE PICT. APPLI. FADER D.
  • Page 51 Position of lamp: STANDARD SET (p.61) REC MODE VOLUME MULTI-SOUND MICREF LEVEL SUR MONITOR LCD/VF SET TV TYPE USB SPEED DATA CODE DISPLAY REMAINING REMOTE CTRL REC LAMP BEEP DISP OUTPUT SETUP ROTATE A.SHUT OFF CALIBRATION TIME/LANGU. (p.64) CLOCK SET AREA SET DST SET LANGUAGE...
  • Page 52: Camera Set

    CAMERA SET Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (EXPOSURE/WHITE BAL./ STEADYSHOT, etc.) The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 48 for details on selecting setup items. PROGRAM AE You can record images effectively in various situations with the PROGRAM AE function.
  • Page 53 EXPOSURE You can fix the brightness of an image manually. When recording indoors on a clear day, for example, you can avoid backlight shadows on people next to the window by fixing the exposure to that of the wall side of the room.
  • Page 54: Auto Shutter

    CAMERA SET (continued) AUTO SHUTTER Automatically activates the electronic shutter to adjust the shutter speed when recording in bright conditions if you set it to [ON] (the default setting). SPOT FOCUS You can select and adjust the focal point to aim it at a subject not located in the center of the screen.
  • Page 55: Color Slow Shutter

    • The setting returns to [OFF] after you remove the power source for more than five minutes. SUPER NS (Super NightShot) You can record images at a maximum of 16 times the sensitivity of NightShot in dark places. Set [SUPER NS] to [ON] while the NIGHTSHOT switch is set to ON.
  • Page 56: Still Set

    CAMERA SET (continued) DIGITAL ZOOM You can select the maximum zoom level in case you want to zoom to a level greater than 10×(the default setting) while recording. Note that the image quality decreases when you are using the digital zoom. The right side of the bar shows the digital zooming factor.
  • Page 57: Pict. Appli

    QUALITY B FINE ( Records still images at the fine image quality level. STANDARD ( Records still images at the standard image quality level. The size of still images (Approx. kB) 3.0M 1.9M 2.3M FINE 1540 1150 (FINE) STANDARD (STD) IMAGE SIZE B 3.0M ( Records still images clearly.
  • Page 58 PICT. APPLI. (continued) Using the viewfinder You can adjust [EXPOSURE] and [FADER] while using the viewfinder by having the LCD screen rotated 180 degrees and closed with the screen facing out. 1 Make sure the (Movie) lamp lights up. 2 Extend the viewfinder, and close the LCD screen with the screen facing out.
  • Page 59: Hdd Set

    By connecting the USB cable between the camcorder and a computer, you can access from the computer to the hard disk of the camcorder. PictBridge PRINT See page 75. • For details on a computer connection, see “Computer Application Guide”. DEMO MODE The default setting is [ON] so that you can view the demonstration in about 10 minutes,...
  • Page 60: Drop Sensor

    HDD SET (continued) DROP SENSOR The [DROP SENSOR] is set to [ON] as the default setting. When the drop sensor senses a drop of the camcorder ( may not record/play back the images to protect the internal hard disk. • Set the drop sensor to [ON] (default setting) when you use the camcorder.
  • Page 61: Standard Set

    STANDARD SET Settings while recording or other basic settings (REC MODE/LCD/VF SET/USB SPEED, etc.) The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the item is selected. See page 48 for details on selecting setup items. REC MODE (Recording mode) You can select an image quality of the movie from three levels.
  • Page 62 STANDARD SET (continued) LCD/VF SET The recorded image will not be affected even when you change the setting. LCD BRIGHT You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen. 1 Adjust the brightness with 2 Touch LCD BL LEVEL You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen’s backlight.
  • Page 63 DATE/TIME 60min 1Date 2Time CAMERA DATA Movie 60min Still image 60min 3SteadyShot off 4Exposure 5White balance 6Gain 7Shutter speed 8Aperture value 9Exposure value • appears for an image recorded using a flash. • The data code is displayed on the TV screen, if you connect your camcorder to a TV.
  • Page 64: Time/langu

    STANDARD SET (continued) BEEP B ON A melody sounds when you start/stop recording, or operate the touch panel. Cancels the melody. DISP OUTPUT B LCD PANEL Shows displays such as the counter on the LCD screen and in the viewfinder. V-OUT/PANEL Shows the display also on the TV screen.
  • Page 65: Customizing Personal Menu

    Customizing Personal Menu You can add desired setup items to Personal Menu, and customize Personal Menu settings. This is convenient if you add frequently used setup items to Personal Menu. Adding a setup item You can add up to 27 setup items for (Movie), (Still) or (PLAY/EDIT).
  • Page 66 Customizing Personal Menu (continued) Arranging the order of setup items displayed on Personal Menu t [P-MENU SET UP] Touch t [SORT]. If the desired setup item is not displayed, touch Touch the setup item you want to move. Touch to move the setup item to the desired place.
  • Page 67: Editing Images

    Editing images Creating the Playlist A Playlist is a list displaying your favorite movies selected from the original movies. Playlist Glossary (p.101) • Do not remove the battery pack or the AC Adaptor from you camcorder while editing the Playlist. It may damage the hard disk of the camcorder.
  • Page 68 Creating the Playlist (continued) Touch t [YES]. To erase all the scenes at the same time Touch [ERASE ALL] in step 2 t [YES]. • The original images are not changed even if you erase the images from the Playlist. Changing the order within the Playlist Slide the POWER switch to light up...
  • Page 69: Playing The Playlist

    Playing the Playlist You can play the Playlist. Slide the POWER switch to light up (PLAY/EDIT) lamp. The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen. Touch (Playlist) tab. A list of the scenes added in the Playlist appears. 60min EDIT 1:23:01 P-MENU...
  • Page 70 Setting image protection (Protection) (continued) To cancel protection from the desired image Touch the image marked with - in step 3. - mark disappears. Protecting images by date You can set protection for selected images by recording date. Slide the POWER switch to light up (PLAY/EDIT) lamp.
  • Page 71: Dubbing, Printing

    Dubbing, Printing Dubbing to VCR/DVD devices You can save images on your camcorder to VCRs or DVD recorders. Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p.16). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected. •...
  • Page 72 Dubbing to VCR/DVD devices (continued) Slide the POWER switch to light up (PLAY/EDIT) lamp. Set [TV TYPE] according to the playback device (p.42). Insert the recording media for your VCR or DVD recorder. If your recording device has an input selector, set it to the input mode.
  • Page 73: Recording Images From A Tv Or Vcr/dvd Device

    Recording images from a TV or VCR/DVD device You can record images or TV programs from a VCR, TV or DVD device onto the hard disk of camcorder. Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p.16).
  • Page 74 Recording images from a TV or VCR/DVD device (continued) Connect your camcorder to the TV or VCR/DVD device with the A/V connecting cable (supplied) 1 or the A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO (optional) 2. • Connect your camcorder to the output jacks of a TV or VCR/DVD device.
  • Page 75: Printing Recorded Still Images (pictbridge Compliant Printer)

    Printing recorded 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 wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation. Turn on the power of the printer.
  • Page 76 Printing recorded still images (PictBridge compliant printer) (continued) Touch [EXEC] t [YES]. When printing is finished, [Printing...] disappears and the image selection screen appears again. You can continue to print other images. When printing is finished, touch [END] t [END]. •...
  • Page 77: Jacks To Connect External Devices

    Jacks to connect external devices 2...Open the shoe cover. 456...Open the jack cover. 1 REMOTE jack • Connect other optional accessories. 2 Active Interface Shoe The Active Interface Shoe supplies power to optional accessories such as a video light, a flash, or a microphone. The accessory can be turned on or off as you operate the POWER switch on your camcorder.
  • Page 78: Troubleshooting

    If you run into any problems using your camcorder, use the following table to troubleshoot the problem. If the problem persists, remove the power source and contact your Sony dealer. • For connecting your camcorder to your computer, see “Computer Application Guide”.
  • Page 79 The CHG (charge) lamp flashes while the battery pack is being charged. • Attach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly (p.16). If the problem persists, remove the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet and contact your Sony dealer. The battery pack may be damaged.
  • Page 80 Troubleshooting (continued) A problem occurs when the camcorder is connected to the AC Adaptor. • Turn off the power, and remove the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet. Then, connect it again. LCD screen/viewfinder An unknown image appears on the screen. •...
  • Page 81 Recording Refer also to “Adjusting the image during recording” (p.82). Pressing START/STOP or PHOTO does not record movies/still images. • Slide the POWER switch to light up the • Your camcorder is recording the image you have just shot on the hard disk of the camcorder. You cannot press PHOTO while [CAPTURE] or •...
  • Page 82: Adjusting The Image During Recording

    Troubleshooting (continued) The actual recording time for movie is less than the expected approximate recording time. • When you record an object that moves fast, the time available for recording may shorten (p.17, 61). The recording stops. • The temperature of your camcorder is extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and leave it for a while in a cool place.
  • Page 83 Tiny spots in white, red, blue, or green appear on the screen. • The spots appear when you are recording in [SUPER NS] or [COLOR SLOW S]. This is not a malfunction. The color of the image is not correctly displayed. •...
  • Page 84 Troubleshooting (continued) Playback “ ” is indicated on an image in the VISUAL INDEX screen. • Loading of the data may have failed. It may be indicated correctly when you turn off the power and then turn it on again. •...
  • Page 85 You cannot use [PROGRAM AE]. • You cannot use [PROGRAM AE] together with: – NightShot – [SUPER NS] – [COLOR SLOW S] – [OLD MOVIE] • [SPORTS] will not work when the POWER switch is set to You cannot use [SPOT METER]. •...
  • Page 86 Troubleshooting (continued) [COLOR SLOW S] does not operate correctly. • [COLOR SLOW S] may not operate correctly in total darkness. Use NightShot or [SUPER NS]. • You cannot use [COLOR SLOW S] together with: – [FADER] – [D. EFFECT] – [PROGRAM AE] –...
  • Page 87 Editing for movies and still images Scenes cannot be added in the Playlist. • The added scenes exceed 99. Delete unnecessary scenes (p.45, 67). A scene cannot be deleted. • Protected images cannot be deleted. Cancel the image protection (p.70) Dubbing/Connecting to other devices Images from connected devices are not displayed on the LCD screen or the viewfinder.
  • Page 88: 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:(or E:) ss:ss (Self-diagnosis display) C:04:ss •...
  • Page 89: Hard Disk

    (Warning indicator pertaining to camera-shake warning) • 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 record the image.
  • Page 90: Lens Cover

    Warning indicators and messages (continued) Access error. • An error occurred during reading or writing the hard disk of the camcorder. Management file damaged. Create new file? • The image management file is damaged. When you touch [YES], a new image management file is created.
  • Page 91 x Easy Handycam Cannot start Easy Handycam. (p.24) Cannot cancel Easy Handycam. (p.24) Cannot start Easy Handycam with USB connected. (p.24) Cannot cancel Easy Handycam with USB connected. (p.24) Invalid during Easy Handycam operation (p.24) x Other E Please connect AC Adaptor. •...
  • Page 92: 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. Use a commercially available AC plug adaptor [a], if necessary, depending on the design of the wall outlet [b].
  • Page 93 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. Set [AREA SET] and [DST SET] in the World time difference 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 29 30 31 Area Time-zone Area setting...
  • Page 94: Files On The Camcorder Hard Disk/folder Structure

    Files on the camcorder hard disk/folder structure The files/folder structure are shown below. You do not usually need to acknowledge the files/ folder structure, when recording/playing back images on a camcorder. To enjoy still images or movies by connecting to a computer, refer to “Computer Application Guide,” then use the supplied application.
  • Page 95: Battery Life

    About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack This unit is compatible with an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (P series). Your camcorder operates only with an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. “InfoLITHIUM” P series battery packs have mark. What is an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack? An “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is a lithium-ion battery pack that has functions for communicating information related to operating conditions between your...
  • Page 96: Maintenance And Precautions

    • 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 97 On the LCD screen • Do not exert excessive pressure on the LCD screen. Blurs appear and it may cause a malfunction of your camcorder. • If your camcorder is used in a cold place, a residual image may appear on the LCD screen. This is not a malfunction.
  • Page 98 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 99: Specifications

    Specifications System Video compression format MPEG2/JPEG (Still images) Hard Disk 30 GB Audio compression format Dolby Digital 2/5.1ch Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator Video signal NTSC color, EIA standards Recording format Movie MPEG2-PS Still image Exif Ver.2.2 Recording/playback time HQ:Approx. 440 min SP: Approx.
  • Page 100 • “Handycam” and registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. • “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • “MemoryStick Duo” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • “ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder” is a trademark of Pixela Corporation. • Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
  • Page 101: Glossary

    Glossary, Index Glossary 5.1ch surround sound A system that plays back sound on 6 speakers, 3 at the front (left, right and center) and 2 at the rear (right and left) with an additional low-pass sub woofer counted as a 0.1 channel for frequencies of 120Hz or lower.
  • Page 102 Glossary (continued) Protection The setting for preventing you from deleting image data. Recording mode By setting the recording mode before recording, you can select the image quality. There are 3 modes: HQ (high quality), SP (standard play) and LP (long play). The higher the recording quality, the shorter the recording time.
  • Page 103: Index

    Index Numeric 12IMAGES ...63 16:9 (wide)...23 4:3 ...23 5.1ch surround recording ...35 5.1ch surround sound...101 6IMAGES ...63 A/V connecting cable ...15, 42, 71, 73 A/V jack...42, 71, 73, 77 AC Adaptor...15, 16 ACCESS lamp ...30 Active Interface Shoe ...77 Adjusting exposure for back light...35 Application ...
  • Page 104 Index (continued) Holding the camcorder ...19 HQ ...61 Icon...See Display indicators Image management files...94 IMAGE SIZE ...57 ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder ...15 INDOOR ...53 “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack ...95 Initialize (Reset) ...37 Insulation sheet...41 Jack...77 Jack cover ...16 JPEG...94, 101 LANDSCAPE ...52 LANGUAGE...64 LCD/VF SET...62 LCD backlight ...20...
  • Page 105 Recording time ...17 REC CTRL ...74 REC LAMP ...63 REC MODE...61 REDEYE REDUC ...54 REMAINING ...63 Remaining battery...37 Remote Commander ...41 REMOTE CTRL...63 REMOTE jack ...77 Remote sensor...37 RESET ...37 Review ...38 Review deleting ...38 Saving images...14, 44 Searching for the images by date...32 Self-diagnosis display...88 SELF-TIMER ...55, 86...

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