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Sony DCR-SR40 Handycam Operating Manual

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Operating Guide
Also refer to "Handycam Handbook" (PDF)
By referring to "Handycam Handbook" (PDF)
contained in the supplied CD-ROM, you can find
more detailed information on how to use the
© 2006 Sony Corporation


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  • Page 1 Printed in Japan Operating Guide DCR-SR40/SR60/SR80 Also refer to “Handycam Handbook” (PDF) By referring to “Handycam Handbook” (PDF) contained in the supplied CD-ROM, you can find more detailed information on how to use the camcorder. © 2006 Sony Corporation 2-887-134-11(1)
  • Page 2: Important Safeguards

    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: Replacement Parts

    Cleaning Unplug the set from the wall outlet before cleaning or polishing it. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a cloth lightly dampened with water for cleaning the exterior of the set. Installation Water and Moisture Do not use power-line operated sets near water – for example, near a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen sink, or laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool, etc.
  • Page 4: Read This First

    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-SR Serial No. Model No. AC- Serial No.
  • Page 5: Battery Pack

    Note This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
  • Page 6: Notes On Use

    Notes on use • The camcorder is not dust proofed, drip proofed or waterproofed. See “Precautions” (p.31). • To prevent the hard disk from being broken or recorded images from being lost, do not remove the battery pack or AC Adaptor from the camcorder when either of the respective lamps of the POWER switch (p.12) or the ACCESS lamp* is on.
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS ...2 Read this first ...4 Notes on use ...6 Getting Started Step 1: Checking supplied items ...8 Step 2: Charging the battery pack...10 Step 3: Turning the power on and setting the date and time...12 Step 4: Making setting adjustments before recording ...13 Recording/Playback Recording ...14...
  • Page 8: Step 1: Checking Supplied Items

    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.10) Power cord (1) (p.10) Handycam Station (1) (p.10) A/V connecting cable (1) (p.20) USB cable (1) Wireless Remote Commander (1)
  • Page 9 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 10: Step 2: Charging The Battery Pack

    Step 2: Charging the battery pack Battery pack DC IN jack You can charge the battery after attaching the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (P series) to your camcorder. Slide the battery pack in the direction of the arrow until it clicks. Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow to set it to OFF (CHG) (The default setting).
  • Page 11 To charge the battery pack using only the AC Adaptor Slide the POWER switch up to OFF (CHG), then connect the AC Adaptor directly to the DC IN jack on the camcorder. POWER switch DC IN jack DC plug Open the jack cover Available running time for the supplied battery pack NP-FP50 Charging time:...
  • Page 12: Step 3: Turning The Power On And Setting The Date And Time

    Step 3: Turning the power on and setting the date and time Touch the button on the LCD screen. Remove the lens cap by pressing both tabs on the sides of the cap. Pull the lens cap string down until stopped by the grip belt (DCR- SR40).
  • Page 13: Step 4: Making Setting Adjustments Before Recording

    Step 4: Making setting adjustments before recording 2 180 degrees (max.) 1 90 degrees to the camcorder 2 90 degrees (max.) Open the LCD screen 90 degrees to the camcorder (1), then rotate it to the best angle to record or play (2).
  • Page 14: Recording

    Recording Lens cover Opens in accordance with the setting of the POWER switch (DCR-SR60/SR80). START/STOP B START/STOP A 60min START/ STOP [STBY] b [REC] Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow repeatedly until the respective lamp lights up. Press the green button only when the POWER switch is in the OFF (CHG) position.
  • Page 15: Playback

    Playback Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to light up the The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen. Recording 60min 60min date 21 2006 Previous 6 images Next 6 images (Movie) tab Start playback. Movies Touch (Movie) tab and the movie to be played back.
  • Page 16: Parts And Functions Used For The Camcorder

    Parts and functions used for the camcorder Handycam Station Recording 1 NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch To record in dark places, set the NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch to ON. ( [“NIGHTSHOT PLUS”] appear.) 2 Power zoom lever To use zoom, move the power zoom lever. Move the power zoom lever slightly for a slower zoom.
  • Page 17: Zoom Buttons

    qs Shoulder belt hook To attach the shoulder belt, attach the shoulder belt (optional) with your camcorder to the shoulder belt hook. qd BACK LIGHT button To adjust the exposure for backlit subjects, press BACK LIGHT to display .. To cancel the back light function, press BACK LIGHT again.
  • Page 18: Indicators Displayed During Recording/playback

    Indicators displayed during recording/playback Recording movies 60min 1 Remaining battery (approx.) 2 Recording mode (HQ / SP / LP) 3 Recording status ([STBY] (standby) / [REC] (recording)) 4 Counter (hour: minute: second) 5 Remaining recordable time of movies 6 Review button 7 Personal Menu button Viewing movies 60min...
  • Page 19 Indicators on the LCD screen 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 Self-timer recording Continuous photo recording /Bracket recording Flash light MICREF LEVEL low Upper center Indicator...
  • Page 20: Deleting Images

    Deleting images Select the (Movie) tab or the (Still) tab on the VISUAL INDEX screen. Touch [EDIT] t [DELETE], then select the image to be deleted. The selected image is marked with Touch t [YES]. To delete all movies or still images at once Touch [EDIT] t [DELETE ALL] in step 2, then follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Page 21: Performing With A Computer

    Macintosh, apply the compliant software introduced on the following website. • The system requirements for Macintosh are also shown on the website. Pixela home page: Compliant Software: – Capty MPEG Edit EX (Video editing software) – Capty DVD/VCD 2 (DVD authoring...
  • Page 22: Installing Software

    CPU : Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or faster (Pentium 4 1.7 GHz or faster recommended), or the equivalent CPU Application : DirectX 9.0c or later (This product is based on DirectX technology. It is necessary to have DirectX installed.) Sound system : 16 bit stereo sound card and stereo speakers Memory : For Windows 2000 Professional:...
  • Page 23 9 Select a folder to save the software, then click [Next]. 0 Select [NTSC], then click [Next]. qa Click [Install] on the [Ready to Install the Program] screen. The installation for “ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder” starts. ® qs If the [Installing Microsoft screen is displayed, follow the steps below to install DirectX 9.0c.
  • Page 24: Performing Various Functions - Setup

    Performing various functions - Setup Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow repeatedly until the respective lamp lights up. : Settings for movies : Settings for still images : Settings for PLAY/EDIT Touch the LCD screen to select the setup item. Unavailable items will be grayed out.
  • Page 25: Setup Items

    Setup items Available setup items vary depending on the operating mode. Unavailable items will be grayed out on the LCD screen of the camcorder. For details, refer to “Handycam Handbook” (PDF). CAMERA SET PROGRAM AE: Records images effectively in various situations. SPOT METER: Adjusts and fix the exposure to a subject.
  • Page 26: Standard Set

  • Page 27: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting If you run into any problems using your camcorder, refer to the following table to troubleshoot them. If your problem persists, remove the power source and contact with your Sony dealer. Note before sending your camcorder for repair • Your camcorder may be required to initialize or change the current hard disk of the camcorder, depending on the problem.
  • Page 28 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 29: Warning Indicators

    You can solve some of the symptoms by yourself. If your 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 display) C:04:ss •...
  • Page 30 (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 31: Precautions

    If the battery is accidentally swallowed, consult with a doctor immediately (DCR-SR60/SR80). • If the battery electrolytic liquid has leaked, – consult with your local authorized Sony service facility. – wash off any liquid that may have contacted your skin.
  • Page 32 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. • Avoid the followings to prevent damage to the finish.
  • Page 33: Specifications

    Specifications System Video compression format MPEG2/JPEG (Still images) Hard Disk DCR-SR40/SR60 30 GB DCR-SR80 60 GB When measuring media capacity, 1GB equals 1 billion bytes, a portion of which is used for data management. Audio compression format Dolby Digital 2ch Dolby Digital Stereo Creator Video signal NTSC color, EIA standards...
  • Page 34 Input/Output connectors DCR-SR40 Audio/Video output 10 pin connector Video signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω (ohms), unbalanced Luminance signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω (ohms), unbalanced Chrominance signal: 0.286 Vp-p, 75 Ω (ohms), unbalanced Audio signal: 327 mV (at load impedance 47 kΩ (kilohms)), Output impedance less than 2.2 kΩ...
  • Page 35 • “Handycam” and registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. • “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • “Memory Stick 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.

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