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Sony DCR-SR42 Handycam® Operating Manual

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Digital Video Camera Recorder
Operating Guide
DCR-SR42/SR62/SR82/SR200/SR300
For details on the advanced operations, please refer
to "Handycam Handbook" (PDF).
© 2007 Sony Corporation
3-098-548-11(1)

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  • Page 1 Digital Video Camera Recorder Operating Guide DCR-SR42/SR62/SR82/SR200/SR300 For details on the advanced operations, please refer to “Handycam Handbook” (PDF). © 2007 Sony Corporation 3-098-548-11(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- Serial No. Model No. AC- Serial No.
  • Page 5: Declaration Of Conformity

    Declaration of Conformity Trade Name: SONY Model No.: DCR-SR82 Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc. Address: 16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127 U.S.A Telephone number: 858-942-2230 This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two...
  • Page 6 For customers in the U.S.A. and CANADA Battery pack This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
  • Page 7: Notes On Use

    Notes on use • The camcorder is not dustproofed, dripproofed or waterproofed. See “Precautions” (p.34). • To prevent the hard disk from being broken or recorded images from being lost, do not do the following when either of the respective lamps of the POWER switch (p.13) or the access lamp* is –...
  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS ... 2 Read this first ... 4 Notes on use... 7 Getting Started Step 1: Checking supplied items... 9 Step 2: Charging the battery pack ... 11 Step 3: Turning the power on, and setting the date and time ... 13 Changing the language setting ...
  • Page 9: Step 1: Checking Supplied Items

    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.11) Power cord (1) (p.11) Handycam Station (1) (p.11) A/V connecting cable (1) (p.25) USB cable (1) (p.27) Wireless Remote Commander (1)
  • Page 10 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 11: Step 2: Charging The Battery Pack

    Step 2: Charging the battery pack Battery pack DC IN jack You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (H series) after attaching it to your camcorder. • Your camcorder operates only with an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (H series). Attach the battery pack by sliding it in the direction of the arrow until it clicks.
  • Page 12 To charge the battery pack using only the AC Adaptor Turn the POWER switch to OFF (CHG), then connect the AC Adaptor directly to the DC IN jack on the camcorder. POWER switch DC plug Open the jack cover Available running time for the supplied battery pack Charging time: Approximate time (min.) required when you...
  • Page 13: 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. While pressing the green button, turn the POWER switch repeatedly in the direction of the arrow until the respective lamp lights up. When you record or play back an image, turn the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow repeatedly until the...
  • Page 14: Step 4: Preparing For Recording

    Step 4: Preparing for recording 2 180 degrees (max.) 1 90 degrees to the camcorder 2 90 degrees (max.) Adjust the LCD panel. Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder (1), then rotate it to the best angle to record or play (2). Turn the POWER switch to turn on your camcorder.
  • Page 15: Recording

    Recording Lens cover switch (DCR-SR42/SR62/ SR82) POWER switch START/STOP B EASY button Slide the lens cover switch to open (DCR-SR42/SR62/SR82). • For DCR-SR200/SR300, the lens cover opens and closes automatically. Turn the POWER switch until the respective lamp lights up. Press the green button only when the POWER switch is in the OFF (CHG) position.
  • Page 16 DCR-SR62/SR82: 1,800 ([1.0M]) DCR-SR200: 480 ([4.0M]) DCR-SR300: 315 ([6.1M]) • All numbers measured when using a “Memory Stick Duo” made by Sony Corporation. The number of recordable images varies depending on the recording environment. • The number of recordable images varies depending on the image quality or the image size.
  • Page 17: Playback

    Playback (VIEW IMAGES) button B 1 Returns to the recording screen 2 Previous 6 images 3 Next 6 images 4 Returns to the recording screen 5 Displays movies Turn the POWER switch to turn on your camcorder. Press (VIEW IMAGES) A (or B) button. The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen.
  • Page 18 To adjust the sound volume of movies When playing back a movie, touch (OPTION) t tab t [VOLUME], then adjust the volume with • When playback from the selected movie reaches the last movie, the screen returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen.
  • Page 19: Parts And Functions Used For The Camcorder

    Parts and functions used for the camcorder DCR-SR42/SR62/SR82 DCR-SR42/SR62/SR82 Handycam Station Recording 1 Power zoom lever To use zoom, move the power zoom lever. Move the power zoom lever slightly for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom.
  • Page 20: Lcd Screen

    7 Remote sensor* Receive the signal from the Remote Commander. 8 Flash* Flashes when using the flash. 9 LCD screen To record in mirror mode, open the LCD screen 90 degrees to the camcorder (1), then rotate it 180 degrees to the lens side (2). q;...
  • Page 21 ws DISC BURN button Create a DVD by connecting the camcorder to a computer. For details, see “Handycam Handbook” (PDF). (USB) jack Connect with the USB cable. DCR-SR42/SR62/SR82 DCR-SR200/SR300 Except for DCR-SR42 For DCR-SR42, the position of the buttons differ from the illustration.
  • Page 22: Indicators Displayed During Recording/playback

    Indicators displayed during recording/playback Recording movies Viewing movies 1 Recording mode (HQ / SP / LP) 2 HOME button 3 Remaining battery (approx.) 4 Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or [REC] (recording)) 5 Counter (hour/minute/second) 6 OPTION button 7 Dual Rec (DCR-SR200/SR300) 8 VIEW IMAGES button 9 5.1ch surround recording (DCR-SR200/ SR300)
  • Page 23 Indicators when you made changes Following indicators appear during recording/playback to indicate the settings of your camcorder. Upper left Bottom Upper left Indicator Meaning 5.1ch surround recording/ playback* Self-timer recording Flash MICREF LEVEL low WIDE SELECT* WIDE SELECT* Upper right Indicator Meaning FADER...
  • Page 24: Saving Images

    Saving images Recorded images are stored on the internal hard disk of your camcorder. Due to the limited capacity of the internal hard disk, make sure that you save the image data to some type of external media such as a DVD-R or a computer.
  • Page 25: Playing The Image On A Tv

    Playing the image on a Connect your camcorder to the input jack of TV or VCR using A/V connecting cable 1 (supplied) or A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO 2 (optional). For details, see “Handycam Handbook” (PDF). A/V OUT jack S VIDEO VIDEO (Yellow)
  • Page 26: Performing With A Computer

    Performing with a computer In the supplied CD-ROM, “Handycam Handbook” (PDF) and “Picture Motion Browser” (Software) are contained. On the advanced use of your camcorder or how to use connecting to your computer, see “Handycam Handbook” (PDF). By using “Picture Motion Browser,” you can enjoy the following operations: –...
  • Page 27 Hard disk: Available free hard disk space for installation required: Approximately 600 MB (for creating a DVD, 5 GB or more may be required) Display: DirectX 7 or later-compatible video card, Minimum 1024 × 768 dots, High Color (16 bit color) Others: USB port (this must be provided as standard), Disc drive that can burn...
  • Page 28: Performing Various Functions - " Home" And " Option

    • Once you register on the website, you can get secure and useful customer support. http://www.sony.net/registration/di/ • For the information about Picture Motion Browser, visit the following URL: http://www.sony.net/support-disoft/ Performing various functions - “...
  • Page 29 2 Touch (HELP). The bottom of the (HELP) button turns orange. 3 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]. 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.
  • Page 30 (SETTINGS) category MOVIE SETTINGS [REC MODE], [NIGHTSHOT LIGHT], [WIDE SELECT]* [DIGITAL ZOOM], [STEADYSHOT], [AUTO SLW SHUTTR], [GUIDEFRAME]* [ZEBRA]* [FLASH LEVEL]* REDUC]* PHOTO SETTINGS IMAGE SIZE]* QUALITY], [FILE NO.], [NIGHTSHOT LIGHT], [STEADYSHOT]* [GUIDEFRAME]* [FLASH LEVEL]* REDUC]* , [STILL MEDIA]* VIEW IMAGES SET [DATA CODE], [ SOUND/DISP SET* [VOLUME]*...
  • Page 31: Troubleshooting

    • During repair, we may check a minimum amount of data stored on the hard disk in order to investigate the problem. However, your Sony dealer will neither copy nor retain your data. The power does not turn on.
  • Page 32: Warning Indicators

    If indicators appear on the LCD screen, check the following. 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 33 (Warning on the hard disk of the camcorder)* Fast flashing • An error may have occurred with the hard disk drive in your camcorder. (Warning on the hard disk of the camcorder)* Fast flashing • The hard disk of the camcorder is fully recorded.
  • Page 34: 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 35: Specifications

    About care and storage of the lens • Wipe the surface of the lens clean with a soft cloth in the following instances: – When there are fingerprints on the lens surface. – In hot or humid locations – When the lens is exposed to salty air such as at the seaside.
  • Page 36 Effective (Still): Approx. 340 000 pixels DCR-SR62/SR82 3.0 mm (1/6 type) CCD (Charge Coupled Device) Gross: Approx. 1 070 000 pixels Effective (Movie, 16:9) Approx. 670 000 pixels Effective (Movie, 4:3) Approx. 690 000 pixels Effective (Still, 4:3) Approx. 1 000 000 pixels Effective (Still, 16:9) Approx.
  • Page 37 The unique pixel array of Sony’s ClearVid CMOS Sensor and image processing system (new Enhanced Imaging Processor) allows still image resolution equivalent to the sizes described.
  • Page 38 Handycam Station DCRA-C171 Input/Output connectors Audio/Video output 10 pin connector Video signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω (ohms) Luminance signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω (ohms) Chrominance signal: 0.286 Vp-p, 75 Ω (ohms) Audio signal: 327 mV (at load impedance 47 kΩ (kilohms)), Output impedance less than 2.2 kΩ...
  • Page 39 Duo,” “ ,” “Memory Stick PRO Duo,” “ “MagicGate,” “ “MagicGate Memory Stick” and “MagicGate Memory Stick Duo” are trademarks of Sony Corporation. • “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • DVD-R, DVD+R DL, DVD-RW, and DVD+RW logo are trademarks.
  • Page 40 Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at our Customer Support Website. Printed on 70% or more recycled paper using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)- free vegetable oil based ink. Printed in Japan...

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