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Digital Video Camera
Recorder
Operating Guide
DCR-SX45E/SX65E/SX85E
4-264-740-12(1)
Table of contents
Getting started
Recording/Playback
Making good use of your
camcorder
Saving movies and photos
with a computer
Saving images with an
external device
Customizing your camcorder
Additional information
Quick reference

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  • Page 1 Digital Video Camera Recorder Operating Guide DCR-SX45E/SX65E/SX85E 4-264-740-12(1) Table of contents Getting started Recording/Playback Making good use of your camcorder Saving movies and photos with a computer Saving images with an external device Customizing your camcorder Additional information Quick reference...
  • Page 2: Read This First

    Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium ion  batteries. Be sure to charge the battery pack using a  genuine Sony battery charger or a device that can charge the battery pack. Keep the battery pack out of the reach of small  children.
  • Page 3 Never use the plug without the fuse cover. If you should lose the fuse cover, please contact your nearest Sony service station.
  • Page 4 For the 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 Declaration of Conformity Trade Name: SONY Model No.: DCR-SX45E...
  • Page 5: Supplied Items

     with this camcorder. Using the camcorder Do not hold the camcorder by the following  parts, and also do not hold the camcorder by the jack covers. LCD screen Battery pack Built-in USB Cable The camcorder is not dustproofed, dripproofed ...
  • Page 6  or battery pack becomes extremely high or extremely low, you may not be able to record or play back on the camcorder, due to the protection features of the camcorder being activated in such situations. In this case, an...
  • Page 7 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: Operation Flow

     Expected recording time (MEDIA INFO) Shooting photos  p. 21 Playing movies and photos Playback on the camcorder  p. 23 Playing images on a TV  p. 26 Saving images Saving movies and photos with a computer  p. 30 Saving movies and photos in external media ...
  • Page 9: Table Of Contents

    Playback on the camcorder ........
  • Page 10 Quick reference Screen indicators ................. . 59 Parts and controls .
  • Page 11: Getting Started

     Notes You cannot attach any “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack other than the V series to your camcorder.  Turn off your camcorder by closing the LCD screen. Attach the battery pack by sliding it in the direction of the arrow until it clicks.
  • Page 12  Depending on the type of USB device used, charging may not function properly. If you connect the camcorder to a notebook computer that is not connected to an AC power source, the  battery of the notebook computer may be depleted rapidly. In this case, do not leave your camcorder connected for a long time.
  • Page 13: Charging The Battery Pack Abroad

     Remove the battery pack from your camcorder and put it in a cool place. In the default setting, the power turns off automatically if you leave your camcorder without any  operation for about 5 minutes, to save battery power ([A.SHUT OFF]).
  • Page 14: Step 2: Turning The Power On, And Setting The Date And Time

    Open the LCD screen of your camcorder. Your camcorder is turned on and the lens cover is opened. To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is open, press POWER.  Select the desired geographical area with Touch the button on the LCD screen.
  • Page 15: Changing The Language Setting

     You can turn off your camcorder also by pressing POWER.  When [POWER ON BY LCD] is set to [OFF], turn off your camcorder by pressing POWER.  Changing the language setting You can change the on-screen displays to show messages in a specified language.
  • Page 16: Step 3: Preparing The Recording Media

    Step 3: Preparing the recording media The recording media that can be used differs depending on your camcorder. The following icons are displayed on the screen of your camcorder. DCR-SXE: DCR-SXE/SXE: In the default setting, both movies and photos are recorded on this recording media. You can perform recording, playback and editing operations on the selected medium.
  • Page 17: To Check The Recording Media Settings

    Images recorded on SDXC memory cards cannot be played back or imported on non-exFAT * -compatible  computers, AV components, etc., connected to this camcorder by USB cable. Check that the connected devices are compatible with exFAT beforehand. If you connect a device that is not compatible with exFAT, the screen for initialization may appear.
  • Page 18: To Memory Card (Dcr-Sx65E/Sx85E)

    Do not attach a label, etc., to a memory card or memory card adaptor. Doing so may cause a malfunction.  Open the cover, orient the memory card’s notched corner as shown in the illustration, and insert into the memory card slot until it clicks. Close the cover after inserting the memory card.
  • Page 19: Recording/Playback

    Open the LCD screen of your camcorder. Your camcorder is turned on and the lens cover is opened. To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER (p. 14).  You can switch recording modes by pressing MODE. Press MODE to light up the desired recording ...
  • Page 20: Recording Movies  P

    The following states will be indicated if data is still being written onto the recording media after recording  has finished. During this time, do not apply shock or vibration to the camcorder, or remove the battery or AC Adaptor.
  • Page 21 [ON], and record images using the outer frame displayed on the screen as a guide. STEADYSHOT] is set to [STANDARD] in the default setting.  To adjust the angle of the LCD panel, first open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder (), and  then adjust the angle ().
  • Page 22  Press PHOTO lightly to adjust the focus, then press it fully. You can record photos also by touching  Tips  To change the image size, touch  [PHOTO SETTINGS] category)  a desired setting  on the LCD screen. Flashes ...
  • Page 23: Playback On The Camcorder

    See page 16 on changing the recording media (DCR-SX65E/SX85E).  Open the LCD screen of your camcorder. Your camcorder turns on. To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER (p. 14).  Press (VIEW IMAGES).
  • Page 24: Playing Movies

     movie or photo with , you can continue playback from the previous time. ( appears on the photo recorded on a memory card.) Playing movies Your camcorder starts playing the selected movie. Volume adjustment Previous To stop To fast-reverse Tips ...
  • Page 25: Viewing Photos

    Viewing photos Your camcorder displays the selected photo. Previous To the VISUAL INDEX screen Tips  When viewing photos recorded on a memory card,  To start/stop slide show Next OPTION (playback folder) appears on the screen.
  • Page 26: Playing Images On A Tv

    Playing images on a TV Connect your camcorder to the input jack of a TV or VCR using the A/V connecting cable  or an A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO . Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 13). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
  • Page 27  Connect your camcorder to a TV with the A/V connecting cable (, supplied) or an A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO (, sold separately). Connect your camcorder to the input jack of the TV.  Play back movies and photos on your camcorder (p. 23).
  • Page 28: Making Good Use Of Your Camcorder

    Making good use of your camcorder Deleting movies and photos You can free media space by deleting movies and photos from recording media.  Notes You cannot restore images once they are  deleted. Save important movies and photos in advance.
  • Page 29  Touch to select the recording date of the desired movies/photos, then touch Touch the image down on the LCD screen  to confirm the image. Touch return to the previous screen.  Touch [YES]  ...
  • Page 30: Saving Movies And Photos With A Computer

    To save movies and photos using a computer, install “PMB” from the supplied CD-ROM beforehand.  Notes Do not format the media of your camcorder  from a computer. Your camcorder may not operate correctly. You can create discs using 12 cm discs of ...
  • Page 31 Launcher. ” Double-click the “PMB Launcher” short-cut icon on the computer screen to start “PMB Launcher. ”  Confirm that your camcorder is not connected to the computer.  Turn on the computer. Log on as an Administrator for ...
  • Page 32  exceed 2 GB, it will be divided automatically. Although the file may appear to be divided when viewed on a PC, your camcorder and the “PMB” importing function will process the file appropriately. When you delete image files, follow the steps ...
  • Page 33: Starting Pmb (Picture Motion Browser)

    “PMB Portable”. Starting up “PMB Portable” (Windows)  Turn on your camcorder, then connect it to a computer with the Built-in USB cable. The [USB SELECT] screen appears on the LCD of your camcorder.
  • Page 34 Starting up “PMB Portable” (Macintosh)  Turn on your camcorder, then connect it to a computer with the Built-in USB cable. The [USB SELECT] screen appears on the LCD of your camcorder.  Touch to select the recording media for which you wish to use “PMB Portable.
  • Page 35: Saving Images With An External Device

     socket) using the supplied AC adaptor (p. 13). Refer to the instruction manual supplied with  the external media. Refer to the Sony support page for your  country/region for details on external media that can be used. Tips ...
  • Page 36 DCR-SX45E: Movies and photos that have not yet been saved on to external media can be saved. This screen will appear only when there ...
  • Page 37 (p. 26).  Notes The Date Index of photos cannot be displayed.  If your camcorder does not recognize the  external media, try the following operations. Reconnect the USB Adaptor Cable to your  camcorder If the external media has the AC power cable, ...
  • Page 38: Creating A Disc With A Dvd Writer, Recorder

    Refer also to the instruction manual supplied with the DVD writer.  Notes Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall  socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 13). Only unused discs of the following types can ...
  • Page 39 To play back a disc on the DVD writer  Connect the AC Adaptor and the power cord (mains lead) to the DC IN jack of your camcorder and the wall outlet (wall socket) (p. 13).  Turn on your camcorder, and connect the DVD writer to the ...
  • Page 40: Camcorder Screen

    DVDirect Express, with the USB cable. Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.  Notes Sony DVD writer may not be available in some  countries/regions. Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall ...
  • Page 41 Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall  socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 13). Sony DVD writer may not be available in some  countries/regions.  A/V connecting cable (supplied) Connect the A/V connecting cable to the input jack of another device.
  • Page 42  Start playback on your camcorder, and record it on the recording device. Refer to the instruction manuals supplied  with your recording device for details.  When dubbing is finished, stop the recording device, and then your camcorder. ...
  • Page 43: Customizing Your Camcorder

    Using the menus, you can perform useful functions and change various settings. If you make good use of menu operations, you can enjoy using your camcorder. The camcorder has various menu items under each of eight menu categories. MANUAL SETTINGS (Items to adjust for scene condition)  p. 46 SHOOTING SET (Items for customized shooting) ...
  • Page 44 Grayed out menu items or settings are not available.  Tips  Depending on the menu items being changed, your camcorder switches between playback mode and  recording mode (movie/photo). Using MY MENU You can use the menu items more easily by registering the menu items you use most often on MY MENU.
  • Page 45 When the item you want is not on the screen, touch another tab. (There may be no tab.)  The tabs and items that appear on the screen depend on the recording/playback status of your camcorder  at the time.
  • Page 46 WIDE SELECT ... Sets the horizontal to vertical ratio when recording movies. (PHOTO SETTINGS) category SELF-TIMER ... Sets the self-timer when your camcorder is in photo recording mode. IMAGE SIZE ... Sets the photo size. FILE NO..Sets how to assign the file number.
  • Page 47 (EDIT) category DELETE DELETE ... Deletes movies. DELETE ... Deletes photos. PROTECT PROTECT ... Protects movies to avoid deleting. PROTECT ... Protects photos to avoid deleting. DIVIDE ... Divides movies. PHOTO CAPTURE * ... Captures photos from desired scenes of movies. MOVIE DUB * DUB by select ...
  • Page 48 POWER SETTINGS A.SHUT OFF ... Changes the [A.SHUT OFF] setting (p. 11). POWER ON BY LCD ... Sets whether or not the camcorder is turned on and off when you open OTHER SETTINGS DEMO MODE... Sets whether the demonstration appears or not.
  • Page 49: Getting Detailed Information From The "Handycam" Handbook

    [Install]. Install by following the instructions on the screen. The model name of your camcorder is  printed on its bottom surface. To view the “Handycam” Handbook, double-click the short-cut icon on the computer screen.
  • Page 50: Additional Information

     Press RESET (p. 60) using a pointed object, and turn the camcorder on. If you press RESET, all settings, including the clock setting, are reset.  Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Your camcorder may be required to initialize or ...
  • Page 51 If the problem persists even after you have tried to fix a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. In this case, when you contact them, give them all the numbers of the error code beginning with C or E.
  • Page 52 The memory card is damaged. Format the  memory card with your camcorder (p. 47). Incompatible memory card is inserted (p. 17).   Access to the memory card was restricted on  another device. The camcorder is unsteady. Hold the camcorder ...
  • Page 53: Recording Time Of Movies/Number Of Recordable Photos

       recommended. The recording and playback time will be  shorter when you use your camcorder in low temperatures. The recording and playback time will be shorter  depending on the conditions under which you use your camcorder.
  • Page 54: Memory Card

    The maximum continuous recording time of  movies is approximately 13 hours. 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 the media.
  • Page 55: 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 56 (wall socket) via the AC Adaptor or while the battery pack is attached. The 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-...
  • Page 57: Specifications

    Specifications System Signal format: PAL color, CCIR standards Movie recording format: Video: MPEG-2 PS Audio: Dolby Digital 2ch Dolby Digital Stereo Creator Photo file format : DCF Ver.2.0 Compatible : Exif Ver.2.21 Compatible : MPF Baseline Compatible Recording media (Movie/Photo) Internal memory DCR-SX65E: 4 GB DCR-SX85E: 16 GB...
  • Page 58: Charging Time

    Stick PRO-HG Duo, ” “ Micro, ” “MagicGate, ” “ “MagicGate Memory Stick” and “MagicGate Memory Stick Duo” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony  Corporation. “DVDirect” is a trademark of Sony  Corporation.
  • Page 59: Screen Indicators

    101-0005  Indicators and their positions are approximate  and may differ from what you actually see. Some indicators may not appear, depending on  your camcorder model. Meaning Estimated recording remaining time FADER Approximate number of recordable photos and...
  • Page 60: Parts And Controls

    Parts and controls Figures in ( ) are reference pages.  Lens (Carl Zeiss lens)  LED VIDEO LIGHT  Built-in microphone  LCD screen/Touch panel If you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees, you can close the LCD panel with the LCD screen facing out.
  • Page 61  Grip belt (19)  Access lamp (memory card) (17) While the lamp is lit or flashing, the camcorder is reading or writing data.  Memory card slot (17)  Built-in USB Cable  Tripod receptacle Attach a tripod (sold separately) to the...
  • Page 62: Index

    Index Symbols 16:9 ...27 4:3 ...27 A/V connecting cable...26, 41 Battery pack ...11 Built-in USB Cable ...5, 12 Care ...55 Charging the battery pack ...11 Charging the battery pack abroad ...13 CLOCK SET ...14 Computer...30 Computer system ...30 Copy ...18 Creating a disc ...38 DATA CODE ...15 DATE/TIME...15...
  • Page 64 Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at our Customer Support Website. http://www.sony.net/ 2011 Sony Corporation  Printed in China...

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