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Operating Instructions

Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly,
and retain it for future reference.
Owner's Record
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 upon your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No. DCR-VX2100
Serial No.
DCR-VX2100
©2003 Sony Corporation
3-087-414-11 (1)
Model No. AC-
Serial No.

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  • Page 1: Digital Video Camera

    Owner’s Record 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 upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. DCR-VX2100 Serial No.
  • Page 2: Declaration Of Conformity

    Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony Digital Handycam camcorder. With your Digital Handycam, you can capture life’s precious moments with superior picture and sound quality. Your Digital Handycam is loaded with advanced features, but at the same time it is very easy to use. You will soon be producing home video that you can enjoy for years to come.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Quick Start Guide ... 4 Getting Started Using this manual ... 6 Checking supplied accessories ... 8 Step 1 Preparing the power supply ... 9 Step 2 Setting the date and time ... 14 Step 3 Inserting a cassette ... 15 Recording –...
  • Page 4: Quick Start Guide

    Quick Start Guide Connecting the power cord Use the battery pack when using your camcorder outdoors (p. 9). AC Adaptor (supplied) Inserting a cassette While pressing the small blue button on the EJECT switch, slide it in the direction of the arrow. This guide introduces you to the basic way of recording/ playback.
  • Page 5: Recording A Picture

    Recording a picture Viewfinder When the LCD panel is closed, use the viewfinder placing your eye against its eyecup. Press START/ STOP. Your camcorder starts recording. To stop recording, press START/ STOP again. POWER Monitoring the playback picture on the LCD screen (p.
  • Page 6: Getting Started

    — Getting Started — Using this manual As you read through this manual, buttons and settings on your camcorder are shown in capital letters. e.g. Set the POWER switch to CAMERA. When you carry out an operation, you can hear a beep or a melody sound to indicate that the operation is being carried out.
  • Page 7: Precautions On Camcorder Care

    Using this manual Note on TV color systems TV color systems differ by country or region. To view your recordings on a TV, you need an NTSC system-based TV. Copyright precautions Television programs, films, video tapes, and other materials may be copyrighted. Unauthorized recording of such materials may be contrary to the provision of the copyright laws.
  • Page 8: Checking Supplied Accessories

    Checking supplied accessories Make sure that the following accessories are supplied with your camcorder. 1 Wireless Remote Commander (1) (p. 170) 2 AC-L15A/L15B AC Adaptor (1), Power cord (1) (p. 10) 3 NP-F330 rechargeable battery pack (1) (p. 9, 10) 4 Size AA (R6) battery for Remote Commander (2) (p.
  • Page 9: Step 1 Preparing The Power Supply

    Step 1 Preparing the power supply Installing the battery pack Install the battery pack to use your camcorder outdoors. (1) Lift up the viewfinder. (2) Insert the battery pack in the direction of the V mark on the battery pack. Slide the battery pack until it clicks.
  • Page 10: Charging The Battery Pack

    Step 1 Preparing the power supply Charging the battery pack Use the battery pack after charging it. Your camcorder operates only with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (L series). (1) Open the DC IN jack cover and connect the AC Adaptor supplied with your camcorder to the DC IN jack with the plug’s v mark facing toward the LCD panel side.
  • Page 11: Charging Time

    Step 1 Preparing the power supply Until your camcorder calculates the actual remaining battery time “- - - - min” appears in the display window. While charging the battery pack, no indicator appears or the indicator flashes in the display window in the following cases: –...
  • Page 12: Playing Time

    “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (L series). Your camcorder operates only with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery. “InfoLITHIUM” battery packs (L series) have the mark. “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. If the camcorder is immediately turned off Even if the remaining battery time is enough to operate, charge the battery pack fully again.
  • Page 13: Connecting To A Wall Outlet

    •The DC IN jack has source priority. This means that the battery pack cannot supply any power if the power cord is connected to the DC IN jack, even when the power cord is not plugged into a wall outlet. Using a car battery Use the Sony DC Adaptor/Charger (optional).
  • Page 14: Step 2 Setting The Date And Time

    Step 2 Setting the date and time Set the date and time when you use your camcorder for the first time. "CLOCK SET" will be displayed each time that you set the POWER switch to CAMERA or MEMORY unless you set the date and time settings. If you do not use your camcorder for about four months, the date and time may be cleared from memory (bars may appear) because the built-in rechargeable battery installed in your camcorder will have been discharged (p.160).
  • Page 15: Step 3 Inserting A Cassette

    Step 3 Inserting a cassette (1) Install the power source. (2) While pressing the small blue button on the EJECT switch, slide it in the direction of the arrow. After the cassette lid is opened, the cassette compartment automatically opens. (3) Push the middle portion of the back of the cassette to insert it.
  • Page 16: Recording - Basics

    Recording a picture Your camcorder automatically focuses for you. (1) Open the shutter of the hood with a lens cap. For more information about attaching the hood with a lens cap, see page 167. (2) Install the power source and insert a cassette. See “Step 1” to “Step 3” (p. 9 to 15) for more information.
  • Page 17 Recording a picture Note on the recording mode Your camcorder records and plays back in SP (standard play) mode and in LP (long play) mode. Select SP or LP in the menu settings. In LP mode, you can record 1.5 times as long as in SP mode.
  • Page 18: Adjusting The Lcd Screen

    Recording a picture Adjusting the LCD screen The LCD panel is opened up to 90 degrees and it rotates about 90 degrees to the viewfinder side and about 180 degrees to the lens side. If you turn the LCD panel over so that it faces the other way in standby or recording mode, the mode).
  • Page 19: Adjusting The Brightness Of The Lcd Screen

    Recording a picture Adjusting the brightness of the LCD screen To adjust the brightness of the LCD screen, press LCD BRIGHT + or –. The battery life is longer when the LCD panel is closed. Use the viewfinder instead of the LCD screen to save the battery power.
  • Page 20: Adjusting The Viewfinder

    Recording a picture Adjusting the viewfinder If you record pictures with the LCD panel closed, check the picture with the viewfinder. Adjust the viewfinder lens to your eyesight so that the images in the viewfinder come into sharp focus. Lift up the viewfinder and move the viewfinder adjustment lever. Viewfinder adjustment lever To adjust the brightness of the viewfinder screen, use the VF B.L.
  • Page 21: Using The Zoom Feature

    Recording a picture Using the zoom feature To zoom using the zoom lever/handle zoom lever Press the power zoom lever a little for a slower zoom. Press it deeper for a faster zoom. Using the zoom function sparingly results in better-looking recordings. “T”...
  • Page 22: Indicators Displayed During Recording

    Recording a picture Using the disital zoom – Zoom greater than 12× Zoom greater than 12× is performed digitally, if you set D ZOOM to 24× or 48× in the menu settings. The digital zoom function is set to OFF as a default setting (p. 109). If you use the digital zoom function, the picture quality deteriorates.
  • Page 23: Shooting Backlit Subjects (back Light)

    Recording a picture Time code The time code indicates the recording or playback time, “0:00:00” (hours : minutes : seconds) in CAMERA mode and “0:00:00:00” (hours : minutes : seconds : frames) in VCR mode. You cannot rewrite only the time code. Your camcorder uses the drop frame mode.
  • Page 24: Using The Spot Light Function

    Recording a picture Using the spot light function This function prevents people’s faces, for example, from appearing excessively white when shooting subjects lit by strong light, such as in the theater. Press SPOT LIGHT in standby, recording, or memory mode. indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
  • Page 25: Self-timer Recording

    Recording a picture Self-timer recording You can make a recording with the self-timer. This recording is useful when you want to record yourself. You can also use the Remote Commander. (1) Press (self-timer) in standby mode. The the LCD screen or in the viewfinder. (2) Press START/STOP.
  • Page 26: Checking The Recording - End Search / Editsearch / Rec Review

    Checking the recording – END SEARCH / EDITSEARCH / Rec Review You can use these buttons to check recorded pictures or shoot so that the transition between the last recorded scene and the next scene you will record is smooth. Searching the end point of the recording —...
  • Page 27: Playback - Basics

    — Playback – Basics — Playing back a tape You can monitor the playback picture on the LCD screen. If you close the LCD panel, you can monitor the playback picture in the viewfinder. You can also control playback using the Remote Commander supplied with your camcorder. (1) Install the power source and insert the recorded tape.
  • Page 28 Playing back a tape When monitoring on the LCD screen You can turn the LCD panel over and move it back to the camcorder body with the LCD screen facing out. When you close the LCD panel You cannot monitor the sound from the speaker. However, when the LCD panel is turned over to view on the LCD screen, you can monitor the sound from the speaker.
  • Page 29: Using The Data Code Function

    Playing back a tape Using the data code function Your camcorder automatically records not only images on the tape but also the recording data (date/time or various settings when recorded) (Data code). Press DATA CODE on the camcorder or on the Remote Commander supplied with your camcorder in playback mode.
  • Page 30: Various Playback Modes

    Playing back a tape Various playback modes To operate video control buttons, set the POWER switch to VCR. To view a still picture (playback pause) Press X during playback. To resume normal playback, press N or X. To advance the tape Press M in stop mode.
  • Page 31: Viewing The Recording On Tv

    Viewing the recording on TV Connect your camcorder to your TV or VCR with the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder to watch the playback picture on the TV screen. You can operate the video control buttons in the same way as when you monitor playback pictures on the LCD screen.
  • Page 32: Advanced Recording Operations

    Recording a still image on a tape – Tape Photo recording You can record still images on tapes with all the pixels in the progressive recording mode. See page 34 for details. This mode is useful when you print images using a video printer (optional).
  • Page 33: Self-timer Tape Photo Recording

    Recording a still image on a tape – Tape Photo recording Self-timer tape photo recording You can make a tape photo recording with the self-timer. This mode is useful when you want to record yourself. You can also use the Remote Commander. (1) Press (self-timer) in standby mode.
  • Page 34: Shooting With All The Pixels - Prog. Scan

    Shooting with all the pixels – PROG. SCAN To import moving images to your PC to view still images, we recommend you record in progressive recording mode. To use progressive recording mode, follow the procedure below. Still images produced this way are more stable than those recorded on tapes in normal mode, and thus are more suitable for analyzing high-speed action such as sports scenes.
  • Page 35: Using The Guide Frame

    Using the guide frame You can easily make the picture be on a horizontal line using the guide frame. The guide frame is not recorded. (1) Press MENU to display the menu in standby, recording, or memory mode. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select GUIDEFRAME, then press the dial.
  • Page 36: Using The Wide Mode

    Using the wide mode You can record a 16:9 wide picture to watch on a 16:9 wide-screen TV (16:9WIDE). Black bands appear on the screen during recording in the 16:9WIDE mode [a]. The picture during playing back in the 4:3 mode on a wide-screen TV [b] or a normal TV [c]* is compressed in the widthwise direction.
  • Page 37 Using the wide mode In wide mode, you cannot select the following modes: •Old movie •Progressive recording mode During recording You cannot operate the wide mode function. When you cancel the wide mode, set your camcorder to the standby mode and then set 16:9WIDE to OFF in the menu settings. Connection for a TV Pictures recorded in the 16:9WIDE mode automatically appear on the TV screen at full size when:...
  • Page 38: Using The Fader Function

    Using the fader function You can fade the picture in or out to give your recording a professional appearance. FADER OVERLAP* WIPE* DOT* (Random) * Fade in only MONOTONE When fading in, the picture gradually changes from black-and-white to color. When fading out the picture gradually changes from color to black-and-white.
  • Page 39 Using the fader function (1) When fading in [a] In standby mode, press FADER until the desired fader indicator flashes. When fading out [b] In recording mode, press FADER until the desired fader indicator flashes. The indicator changes as follows: FADER t MONOTONE t OVERLAP tWIPE tDOTt no indicator The last selected fader mode is indicated first.
  • Page 40: Using Special Effects - Picture Effect

    Using special effects – Picture effect You can digitally process images to obtain special effects like those in films or on TV. NEG. ART [a] : The color and brightness of the picture is reversed. SEPIA : B&W : SOLARIZE [b] : The light intensity is emphatic, and the picture looks like an illustration. SLIM [c] : STRETCH [d] : The picture expands horizontally.
  • Page 41: Using Special Effects - Digital Effect

    Using special effects – Digital effect You can add special effects to recorded pictures using the various digital functions. The sound is recorded normally. STILL You can record a still image so that it is superimposed on a moving picture. FLASH (FLASH MOTION) You can record still images successively at constant intervals.
  • Page 42 Using special effects – Digital effect (1) In standby or recording mode, press DIGITAL EFFECT. The digital effect indicator appears. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired digital effect mode. The digital effect indicator changes as follows: STILL y FLASH y LUMI.
  • Page 43 Using special effects – Digital effect Notes •The following functions do not work in digital effect mode: – Fader – Low lux mode of PROGRAM AE – Tape Photo recording – Shutter speed (1/30 or smaller) adjustment •The following functions do not work in old movie mode: –...
  • Page 44: Shooting With Manual Adjustment

    Shooting with manual adjustment Under normal conditions, this unit automatically makes various adjustments as it shoots. However, you can adjust the following functions manually to suit your preference. Functions you can adjust by setting the AUTO LOCK selector to the center (auto lock release) position Brightness (exposure), shutter speed, white balance, and PROGRAM AE Functions you can adjust in menu settings...
  • Page 45: Adjusting Exposure

    Shooting with manual adjustment Adjusting exposure Adjust the exposure manually under the following cases. •The background is too bright (back lighting) •Insufficient light: most of the picture is dark •Bright subject and dark background •To record the darkness faithfully (1) Set the AUTO LOCK selector to the center (auto lock release) position while the camcorder is in standby, recording, or memory mode.
  • Page 46: Adjusting The Shutter Speed

    Shooting with manual adjustment Adjusting the shutter speed (1) Set the AUTO LOCK selector to the center (auto lock release) position while the camcorder is in standby, recording, or memory mode. (2) If the PROGRAM AE indicator is lit, press PROGRAM AE repeatedly until the indicator disappears from the LCD or viewfinder screen.
  • Page 47: Using The Nd Filter

    Shooting with manual adjustment Using the ND filter Using the ND filter (the ND filter 1 setting corresponds to 1/4 of the quantity of light and the ND filter 2 setting corresponds to 1/32 of the quantity of light), you can record a picture clearly by adjusting light amounts, even if you shoot under too bright conditions.
  • Page 48: Shooting With The Zebra Pattern

    Shooting with manual adjustment Shooting with the zebra pattern You can set the camcorder to display a zebra pattern (diagonal stripes) in the portion of the picture on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder with a subject whose brightness exceeds a certain level.
  • Page 49: Releasing The Steadyshot Function

    Shooting with manual adjustment Releasing the SteadyShot function When the SteadyShot function is working, the camcorder compensates for camera- shake. You can release the SteadyShot function when you do not need to use it. The indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder. Do not use the SteadyShot function when shooting a stationary object with a tripod.
  • Page 50: Adjusting The White Balance

    Adjusting the white balance White balance adjustment makes white subjects look white and allows more natural color balance for camera recording. Normally, white balance is automatically adjusted. You can obtain better results by adjusting the white balance manually when lighting conditions change quickly or when recording outdoors: e.g., neon signs, fireworks.
  • Page 51 Adjusting the white balance If you have selected When you set the white balance to one-push white balance mode, the setting is locked and maintained even if lighting conditions change. You can achieve recording with natural colors without the image being affected by ambient light. (With the indicator on the screen) (1) Aim a white object such as paper fully.
  • Page 52: Adjusting Recording Level Manually - Sound Recording Level

    Adjusting recording level manually – Sound recording level You can adjust the recording sound level. Use headphones to monitor the sound when you adjust it. Setting up the menu (1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or VCR. (2) Press MENU to display the menu. (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select (4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select MIC LEVEL, then press the dial.
  • Page 53 Adjusting recording level manually – Sound recording level Notes on the manual adjustment •The recording level setting is retained for about five minutes after removing the battery. •The recording level indicator appears at the lower-right on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
  • Page 54: Presetting The Adjustment For Picture Quality - Custom Preset

    Presetting the adjustment for picture quality – Custom preset You can preset the camcorder to record the picture with the desired picture quality. When presetting, adjust the picture by shooting a subject and checking the picture displayed on a TV using the menu settings. (1) Press CUSTOM PRESET to display the CUSTOM PRESET menu in standby or memory mode.
  • Page 55 Presetting the adjustment for picture quality Items to be adjusted Meaning Item Color intensity COLOR LVL Sharpness SHARPNESS WB SHIFT White balance Brightness AE SHIFT AGC LIMIT Auto Gain-limit RESET Sets items above to the default settings. To cancel using the custom preset Select OFF in step 4, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
  • Page 56: Using The Program Ae Function

    Using the PROGRAM AE function You can select from five PROGRAM AE (Auto Exposure) modes to suit your shooting situation, referring to the following. Selecting the best mode Select a proper PROGRAM AE mode referring to the following description. A: Aperture priority mode Selecting the aperture to determine the desired depth of field.
  • Page 57 Using the PROGRAM AE function Using the PROGRAM AE function (1) Set the AUTO LOCK selector to the center (auto lock release) position while the camcorder is in standby, recording, or memory mode. (2) Press PROGRAM AE. The PROGRAM AE indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
  • Page 58 Using the PROGRAM AE function Notes •In sports lesson mode, you cannot take close-ups. This is because your camcorder is set to focus only on subjects in the middle to far distance. •In sunset & moon mode, your camcorder is set to focus only on distant subjects. •The old movie mode and the shutter speed adjustment do not work in PROGRAM AE mode.
  • Page 59: Focusing Manually

    Focusing manually You can gain better results by manually adjusting the focus in the following cases: •The autofocus mode is not effective when shooting – subjects through glass coated with water droplets – horizontal stripes – subjects with little contrast with backgrounds such as walls and sky •When you want to change the focus from a subject in the foreground to a subject in the background •Shooting a stationary subject when using a tripod...
  • Page 60: Interval Recording

    Interval recording You can make a time-lapse recording by setting the camcorder to automatically record and standby sequentially. You can achieve an excellent recording for flowering, emergence, etc., with this function. [a] Recording time [b]Waiting time (1) Press MENU to display the menu in standby mode. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select INT.
  • Page 61 Interval recording (6) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ON, then press the dial. (7) Press MENU to erase the menu display. The interval recording indicator flashes. (8) Press START/STOP to start interval recording. The interval recording indicator lights up. MENU I NTERVAL To cancel the interval recording...
  • Page 62: Frame By Frame Recording - Cut Recording

    Frame by frame recording – Cut recording You can make a recording with a stop-motion animated effect using cut recording. To create this effect, alternately move the subject a little and make a cut recording. We recommend that you use a tripod, and operate the camcorder using the Remote Commander after step 6.
  • Page 63: Marking An Index

    Marking an Index If you mark an index at the scene you want to search for, you can easily search for the scene later (p. 65). In recording mode [a]: Press INDEX MARK. The “INDEX MARK” indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder for seven seconds and the index is marked after the indicator disappears.
  • Page 64: Advanced Playback Operations

    Quickly locating a scene using the zero set memory function Using the zero set memory function, your camcorder rewinds or advances the tape to locate the desired scene, and the searching automatically stops at the scene having a tape counter value of “0:00:00.” You can do this with the Remote Commander. (1) In playback mode, press DISPLAY if the counter is not on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
  • Page 65: Searching For A Recording By Index - Index Search

    Searching for a recording by index – Index search You can automatically search for the point where an index is marked and start playback from that point (Index search). Use a tape with cassette memory for convenience. Use the Remote Commander for this operation. Use this function to check where indexes are marked or to edit the tape at each sequence where the index is marked.
  • Page 66 Searching for a recording by index – Index search In the •The bar in the •The mark in the If a tape has a blank portion between recorded portions The index search function may not work correctly. If you mark an index onto an external input signal “LINE”...
  • Page 67: Searching The Boundaries Of Recorded Tape By Title - Title Search

    Searching the boundaries of recorded tape by title – Title search If you use a tape with cassette memory, you can search for the boundaries of recorded tape by title (Title search) (p. 144). Use the Remote Commander for this operation. (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
  • Page 68: Searching A Recording By Date - Date Search

    Searching a recording by date – Date search You can automatically search for the point where the recording date changes and start playback from that point (Date search). Use a tape with cassette memory for convenience. Use the Remote Commander for this operation. Use this function to check where recording dates change or to edit the tape at each recording date.
  • Page 69: Searching For The Date Without Using Cassette Memory

    Searching a recording by date – Date search Note If one day’s recording is less than two minutes, your camcorder may not accurately find the point where the recording date changes. In the mark •The bar in the •The mark in the If a tape has a blank portion between recorded portions The date search function may not work correctly.
  • Page 70: Searching For A Photo - Photo Search/photo Scan

    Searching for a photo – Photo search/ Photo scan You can search for a still picture you have recorded on a tape (photo search). You can also search for still pictures one after another and display each picture for five seconds automatically regardless of cassette memory (photo scan).
  • Page 71 Searching for a photo – Photo search/Photo scan Searching for a photo without using cassette memory (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR. (2) Set CM SEARCH in (3) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the photo search indicator appears.
  • Page 72: Playing Back A Tape With Picture Effects

    Playing back a tape with picture effects During playback, you can process a scene using the picture effect functions: NEG. ART, SEPIA, B&W and SOLARIZE. In playback or playback pause mode, press PICTURE EFFECT and turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial until the desired picture effect indicator (NEG. ART, SEPIA, B&W or SOLARIZE) appears.
  • Page 73: Playing Back A Tape With Digital Effects

    Playing back a tape with digital effects During playback, you can process a scene using the digital effect functions: STILL, FLASH, LUMI. and TRAIL. (1) In playback or playback pause mode, press DIGITAL EFFECT and turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial until the desired digital effect indicator (STILL, FLASH, LUMI.
  • Page 74: Editing

    Dubbing a tape Using the A/V connecting cable Connect your camcorder to the VCR using the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder. Before a dubbing Set DISPLAY to LCD in the menu settings. (Default setting is LCD.) Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE, if available. (1) Insert a blank tape (or a tape you want to record over) into the VCR, and insert the recorded tape into your camcorder.
  • Page 75 Dubbing a tape Connect using an S video cable (optional) to obtain high-quality pictures With this connection, you do not need to connect the yellow (video) plug of the A/V connecting cable. Connect the S video cable (optional) to the S video jacks on both your camcorder and the TV or the VCR.
  • Page 76: Dubbing Only Desired Scenes - Digital Program Editing

    Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing You can duplicate selected scenes (programs) for editing onto a tape without operating the VCR. Scenes can be selected by frame. [a] Undesired frame [b]Moves the scene Before operating the digital program editing Preparation 1 Connecting the VCR (p.
  • Page 77: Set The Ir Setup Code

    Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Preparation 2: Setting the VCR to operate by infrared rays emitter To edit using the VCR, send the control signal by infrared ray to the remote sensor on the VCR. When you connect using the A/V cable, this procedure is required. (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
  • Page 78 About the IR SETUP code The IR SETUP code is stored in the memory of your camcorder. Be sure to set the correct code, depending on your VCR. Code number 1 is the default setting. Brand Sony Admiral (M. Wards) Aiwa...
  • Page 79 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Setting the buttons to cancel the recording pause on the VCR (1) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select PAUSEMODE, then press the dial. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the button to cancel recording pause on the VCR, then press the dial.
  • Page 80 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Confirming the VCR operation (1) Insert a recordable tape into the VCR, then set it to recording pause. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select IR TEST, then press the dial. (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select EXECUTE, then press the dial.
  • Page 81 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Preparation 2: Setting the VCR to operate with an i.LINK cable When you connect using an i.LINK cable (optional), follow the procedures below. (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder. (2) Turn the power of the connected VCR on, then set the input selector to DV input.
  • Page 82 Remove the cassette from the camcorder beforehand. We recommend that you prepare a pen and paper for notes. When you connect to a Sony VCR using an i.LINK cable, and have set CONTROL to i.LINK, the setup below is not necessary.
  • Page 83 (14)Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select Errors in editing If you connect your camcorder to Sony equipment with the DV jack, the range of errors is within +/– 5 frames. The range may become wider in the following conditions: •The interval between CUT-IN and CUT-OUT is less than five seconds (p.
  • Page 84 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing If the VCR does not operate correctly Make sure the IR SETUP code is correct; reset if necessary. When the operations of the VCR do not work with an i.LINK cable Keep the i.LINK connection, and carry out Preparation 2 (p. 77) again. The audio and video signals are sent as digital signals.
  • Page 85 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (6) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, or MARK on the Remote Commander. The CUT-IN point of the first program is set, and the top part of the program mark changes to light blue. (7) Search for the end of the first scene you want to insert using the video operating buttons, then pause playback (p.
  • Page 86: Erasing All Programs

    Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Erasing the last program To change the end of the last program, delete the CUT-OUT mark. To erase the whole program, delete both the CUT-IN and CUT-OUT marks. (1) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select UNDO, then press the dial. The last set program mark flashes.
  • Page 87 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Operation 2: Performing a digital program editing (Dubbing a tape) Make sure your camcorder and VCR are connected, and that the VCR is set to recording pause. When you use an i.LINK cable, you do not have to set the VCR to recording pause.
  • Page 88: Using With An Analog Video Unit And A Pc - Signal Convert Function

    Using with an analog video unit and a PC – Signal convert function You can convert the analog input signal to the digital signal and output it from the DV Interface on this camcorder. You can capture images and sound from an analog video unit connecting a PC which has i.LINK (IEEE1394) connector to your camcorder.
  • Page 89: Recording Video Or Tv Programs

    Recording video or TV programs Using the A/V connecting cable You can record a tape from another VCR or a TV program from a TV that has video/ audio outputs. Use your camcorder as a recorder. (1) Insert a blank tape (or a tape you want to record over) into your camcorder. If you want to record a tape from the VCR, insert a recorded tape into the VCR.
  • Page 90 Your camcorder works in the commander mode, VTR 2. Commander modes 1, 2 and 3 are used to distinguish your camcorder from other Sony VCRs to avoid remote control misoperation. If you use another Sony VCR in the commander mode VTR 2, we recommend changing the commander mode or covering the sensor of the VCR with black paper.
  • Page 91 Recording video or TV programs Using an i.LINK cable Simply connect the i.LINK cable (optional) to DV products. With digital-to-digital connection, video and audio signals are transmitted in digital form for high-quality editing. (1) Insert a blank tape (or a tape you want to record over) into your camcorder, and insert the recorded tape into the VCR.
  • Page 92 Your camcorder works in the commander mode, VTR 2. Commander modes 1, 2 and 3 are used to distinguish your camcorder from other Sony VCRs to avoid remote control misoperation. If you use another Sony VCR in the commander mode VTR 2, we recommend changing the commander mode or covering the sensor of the VCR with black paper.
  • Page 93: Inserting A Scene From A Vcr - Insert Editing

    Inserting a scene from a VCR – Insert editing You can insert a new scene from a VCR onto your originally recorded tape by specifying the insert start and end points. Use the Remote Commander for this operation. Connections are the same as on page 74 or 88. Insert a cassette containing the desired scene into the VCR.
  • Page 94: Inserting A Scene From A Vcr – Insert Editing

    Inserting a scene from a VCR – Insert editing To change the insert end point Press ZERO SET MEMORY on the Remote Commander again after step 5 to erase the ZERO SET MEMORY indicator and begin from step 3. Using the Remote Commander In step 5, press zREC and MARK simultaneously, then immediately press X.
  • Page 95: Audio Dubbing

    Audio dubbing You can record an audio sound to add to the original sound on a tape by connecting audio equipment or a microphone. If you connect audio equipment, you can add sound to your recorded tape by specifying the starting and ending points. The original sound will not be erased.
  • Page 96 Audio dubbing Connecting the microphone with the intelligent accessory shoe Dubbing with the AUDIO L/R jacks : Signal flow Dubbing with the supplied microphone No connection is necessary. Notes • When dubbing with the built-in microphone or an external one, you can check the recorded picture on the LCD screen, in the viewfinder, or on the screen of equipment connected with the VIDEO jack, and you can check the recorded sound by using headphones.
  • Page 97: Adding An Audio Sound On A Recorded Tape

    Audio dubbing Adding an audio sound on a recorded tape (1) Insert the recorded tape into your camcorder. (2) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder. (3) Locate the recording start point by pressing N. Then press X at the point where you want to start recording to set your camcorder to the playback pause mode.
  • Page 98 Audio dubbing Notes •New sound cannot be recorded on a tape already recorded in the 16-bit mode (p. 113). •New sound cannot be recorded on a tape already recorded in the LP mode. •You cannot add audio with the If you make all the connections The audio input to be recorded will take precedence over others in the following order.
  • Page 99: Superimposing A Title

    Superimposing a title If you use a tape with cassette memory, you can superimpose the title while recording or after recording. When you play back the tape, the title is displayed for five seconds from the point where you superimposed it. You can select one of eight preset titles and two custom titles (p.
  • Page 100 Superimposing a title (5) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial again to complete the setting. In playback, playback pause, or recording mode: The “TITLE SAVE” indicator appears on the screen for five seconds and the title is set. In standby mode: The “TITLE”...
  • Page 101 Superimposing a title Title setting •The title color changes as follows: WHITE y YELLOW y VIOLET y RED y CYAN y GREEN y BLUE •The title size changes as follows: SMALL y LARGE You cannot input more than 12 characters in LARGE size. •If you select the title size “SMALL,”...
  • Page 102: Erasing A Title

    Superimposing a title Erasing a title (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR or CAMERA. (2) Press MENU to display the menu. (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select (4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select TITLEERASE, then press the dial. The title erase display appears.
  • Page 103: Making Your Own Titles

    Making your own titles You can make up to two titles and store them in cassette memory. Each title can have up to 20 characters. (1) Press TITLE in the standby, playback, or playback pause mode. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select CUSTOM1 SET or CUSTOM2 SET, then press the dial.
  • Page 104: To Change A Title You Have Stored

    Making your own titles To change a title you have stored In step 3, select CUSTOM1 SET or CUSTOM2 SET, depending on which title you want to change, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [C], then press the dial to delete the title.
  • Page 105: Labeling A Cassette

    Labeling a cassette If you use a tape with cassette memory, you can label a cassette. The label can consist of up to 10 characters and is stored in cassette memory. When you insert the labeled cassette and set the POWER switch to VCR, CAMERA, or MEMORY, the label is displayed for about five seconds.
  • Page 106 Labeling a cassette To change the label you have made Insert the cassette to change the label, and operate in the same way as you do to make a new label. If you set the write-protect tab of the tape to lock You cannot label the tape.
  • Page 107: Erasing The Cassette Memory Data

    Erasing the cassette memory data You can erase data stored in cassette memory, each item’s data can be erased separately. You can also erase all items’ data once. Erasing each item’s data separately (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR or CAMERA. (2) Press MENU to display the menu display.
  • Page 108: Erasing All The Data In Cassette Memory

    Erasing the cassette memory data Erasing all the data in cassette memory (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR or CAMERA. (2) Press MENU to display the menu display. (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select (4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ERASE ALL, then press the dial. (5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select OK, then press the dial.
  • Page 109: Customizing Your Camcorder

    — Customizing Your Camcorder — Changing the menu settings To change the mode settings in the menu settings, select the menu items with the SEL/ PUSH EXEC dial. The default settings can be partially changed. First, select the icon, then the menu item and then the mode. (1) In standby, or when the POWER switch is set to VCR or MEMORY, press MENU.
  • Page 110 Changing the menu settings To make the menu display disappear Press MENU. Menu items are displayed as the following icons: MANUAL SET CAMERA SET VCR SET LCD/VF SET MEMORY SET CM SET TAPE SET SETUP MENU OTHERS Selecting the mode setting of each item Menu items differ depending on the position of the POWER switch.
  • Page 111 Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode FRAME REC z OFF INT. REC z OFF HiFi SOUND z STEREO AUDIO MIX — A/VtDV OUT z OFF LCD B. L. z BRT NORMAL BRIGHT LCD COLOR — VF B.L. z BRT NORMAL BRIGHT GUIDEFRAME z OFF...
  • Page 112 Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode CONTINUOUS z OFF QUALITY z SUPER FINE PRINT MARK z OFF PROTECT z OFF SLIDE SHOW DELETE ALL FORMAT z RETURN PHOTO SAVE Formatting erases all information on the “Memory Stick” Check the contents of the “Memory Stick” before formatting: •Formatting erases the protected image data on the “Memory Stick.”...
  • Page 113 When you play back the tape on other camcorders or VCRs, noise may occur in pictures or sound. •When you record in the LP mode, we recommend using a Sony Excellence/Master mini DV cassette so that you can get the most out of your camcorder.
  • Page 114 Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode z AUTO qREMAIN DATA CODE z DATE/CAM MIC LEVEL z AUTO CLOCK SET — LTR SIZE z NORMAL DEMO MODE z ON WORLD TIME Notes on DEMO MODE •You cannot select DEMO MODE when a cassette is inserted in your camcorder. •DEMO MODE is set to STBY (Standby) at the factory and the demonstration starts about 10 minutes after you have set the POWER switch to CAMERA without a cassette inserted.
  • Page 115 Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode BEEP z MELODY NORMAL COMMANDER z ON DISPLAY z LCD V-OUT/LCD REC LAMP z ON COLOR BAR z OFF VIDEO EDIT EDIT SET Note If you press DISPLAY with DISPLAY set to V-OUT/LCD in the menu settings, the picture from a TV or VCR will not appear on the LCD screen even when your camcorder is connected to outputs on the TV or VCR (except using an i.LINK cable).
  • Page 116: Memory Stick" Operations

    Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction The “Memory Stick” is a new light and small recording media which, despite its size, can store more data than a floppy disk. You can use following types of “Memory Stick” on your camcorder. However, appearance on the list does not guarantee the operation of all types of “Memory Stick”...
  • Page 117 •All other product names mentioned herein may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Furthermore, “™” and “®” are not mentioned in each case in this manual. and “MagicGate Memory Stick” are trademarks of Sony ” are trademarks of Sony Corporation. ” are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
  • Page 118 Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction Inserting a “Memory Stick” Insert the “Memory Stick” with the Sony logo pointing toward the LCD panel and the b mark pointing inward. Access lamp To eject a “Memory Stick” Push the “Memory Stick” inward, then release your finger. The “Memory Stick” comes out a little.
  • Page 119: Image Quality Settings

    Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction Selecting the image quality mode You can select the image quality mode in still picture recording. The default setting is SUPER FINE. (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR or MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the right (unlock) position.
  • Page 120 Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction Differences in image quality mode Recorded images are compressed in JPEG format before being stored in memory. The memory capacity allotted to each image varies depending on the image quality mode selected. Details are shown in the table below. Image quality mode SUPER FINE FINE...
  • Page 121: Recording Still Images On A "memory Stick" - Memory Photo Recording

    Recording still images on a “Memory Stick” – Memory Photo recording You can record still images on a “Memory Stick.” Before operation Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the right (unlock) position.
  • Page 122: Recording Images Continuously

    Recording still images on a “Memory Stick” – Memory Photo recording While you are recording a still image You can neither turn off the power nor press PHOTO. When you press PHOTO on the Remote Commander Your camcorder immediately records the image that is on the screen when you press the button.
  • Page 123 Recording still images on a “Memory Stick” – Memory Photo recording (1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the right (unlock) position. (2) Press MENU to display the menu. (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select (4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select CONTINUOUS, then press the dial.
  • Page 124: Self-timer Memory Photo Recording

    Recording still images on a “Memory Stick” – Memory Photo recording Note on using a video flash light (optional) The video flash light does not work in the continuous or multi screen mode if you install it to the intelligent accessory shoe. Self-timer memory photo recording You can make a memory photo recording with the self-timer.
  • Page 125: Superimposing A Still Image In A "memory Stick" On A Moving Picture - Memory Mix

    Superimposing a still image in a “Memory Stick” on a moving picture – MEMORY MIX You can superimpose a still image you have recorded on a “Memory Stick” on the top of the moving picture you are recording. M. CHROM (Memory chromakey) You can swap a blue area of a still image such as an illustration or a frame with a moving picture.
  • Page 126 Superimposing a still image in a “Memory Stick” on a moving picture – MEMORY MIX Before operation Insert a recorded “Memory Stick” and a tape to be recorded into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA. (2) Press MEMORY MIX in standby mode. The last recorded or last composed image appears on the lower part of the screen as a thumbnail image.
  • Page 127 Superimposing a still image in a “Memory Stick” on a moving picture – MEMORY MIX Items to be adjusted M. CHROM M. LUMI C. CHROM M. OVERLAP As the bar is shorter, the effect is enhanced. To change the still image to be superimposed Do either of the following: –...
  • Page 128: Recording An Image From A Tape As A Still Image

    Recording an image from a tape as a still image Your camcorder can read moving picture data recorded on a tape and record it as a still image on a “Memory Stick.” Your camcorder can also take in moving picture data through the input connector and record it as a still image on a “Memory Stick.”...
  • Page 129: Recording A Still Image From Other Equipment

    Recording an image from a tape as a still image Titles that are already recorded on tapes You cannot record the titles on a “Memory Stick.” When you press PHOTO on the Remote Commander Your camcorder immediately records the image that is on the screen when you press the button.
  • Page 130 Recording an image from a tape as a still image When recording the image through the DV Interface DV Interface i.LINK : Signal flow i.LINK cable (optional)
  • Page 131: Copying Still Images From A Tape - Photo Save

    Copying still images from a tape – Photo save Using the search function, you can automatically take in only still images from tapes and record them on a “Memory Stick” in sequence. Before operation •Insert a recorded tape into your camcorder and rewind the tape. •Insert a “Memory Stick”...
  • Page 132 Copying still images from a tape – Photo save To cancel copying Press MENU. When the memory of the “Memory Stick” is full “MEMORY FULL” appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder, and the copying stops. Insert another “Memory Stick” and repeat the procedure from step 2. When the access lamp is lit or flashing Never shake or strike your camcorder.
  • Page 133: Viewing A Still Picture - Memory Photo Playback

    Viewing a still picture – Memory Photo playback You can play back still images recorded on a “Memory Stick.” You can also play back six images at a time by selecting the index screen. Before operation Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR or MEMORY.
  • Page 134: Viewing A Still Picture – Memory Photo Playback

    Viewing a still picture – Memory Photo playback Screen indicators during still image playback 100–0002 Data file name On data file name •When the hyphen is indicated between the directory and the file number, this data file name means that this file corresponds to the DCF98 standard. •When the underbar is indicated between the directory and the file number, this data file name means that this file does not correspond to the DCF98 standard.
  • Page 135 Viewing a still picture – Memory Photo playback A red B mark appears above the image that is displayed before changing to the index screen mode. MEMORY – : to display the previous six images MEMORY + : to display the following six images 100-0019 12 / 19 [a] File name...
  • Page 136: Copying An Image Recorded On A "memory Stick" To Tapes

    Copying an image recorded on a “Memory Stick” to tapes You can copy still images or titles recorded on a “Memory Stick” to a tape. Before operation Insert a tape for recording and a “Memory Stick” for playback into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
  • Page 137 Copying an image recorded on a “Memory Stick” to tapes Note on the index screen You cannot record the index screen. Image data modified with personal computers or shot with other equipment You may not be able to copy them with your camcorder. If you press DISPLAY in standby or recording mode You can see memory playback and the file name indicators in addition to the indicators pertinent to tapes, such as the time code indicator.
  • Page 138: Playing Back Images Continuously - Slide Show

    Playing back images continuously – SLIDE SHOW You can automatically play back images in sequence. This function is useful especially when checking recorded images or during a presentation. Before operation Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the right (unlock) position.
  • Page 139: Preventing Accidental Erasure - Image Protection

    Preventing accidental erasure – Image protection To prevent accidental erasure of important images, you can protect selected images. Before operation Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY or VCR. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the right (unlock) position.
  • Page 140: Deleting Images

    Deleting images You can delete images stored in a “Memory Stick.” Deleting selected images Before operation Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY or VCR. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the right (unlock) position. (2) Play back the image you want to delete (p.
  • Page 141 Deleting images Deleting all the images You can delete all the unprotected images in a “Memory Stick.” Before operation Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the right (unlock) position.
  • Page 142 Deleting images To cancel deleting all the images in the “Memory Stick” Select RETURN in step 5 or 6, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
  • Page 143: Writing A Print Mark - Print Mark

    Writing a print mark – Print mark You can specify the recorded still image to be printed out. This function is useful for printing out still images later. Your camcorder conforms with the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard for specifying the still images to print out.
  • Page 144: Additional Information

    32 (15 bytes/one item of the data) 6 (10 bytes/one item of the data) 12 (10 bytes/one item of the data) S-VHS, S-VHSC, MICROMV cassette. (Cassette Memory) mark. Sony mark to enjoy your camcorder fully. is 4 K bits. Your camcorder can 8 mm,...
  • Page 145: Audio Mode

    Usable cassettes Audio mode 12-bit mode: The original sound can be recorded in stereo 1, and the new sound in stereo 2 in 32 kHz. The balance between stereo 1 and stereo 2 can be adjusted by selecting AUDIO MIX in the menu settings during playback. Both sounds can be played back.
  • Page 146: About I.link

    Tips •i.LINK, a nickname for IEEE 1394 that Sony proposed, is a trademark supported by a majority of companies worldwide. •IEEE 1394 is an international standard defined by IEEE, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
  • Page 147 For details on dubbing your camcorder to your VCR equipped with DV Interface, see page 75, 91. Your camcorder is available for use with other devices equipped with Sony i.LINK connector (DV Interface) (eg. VAIO personal computer series). Beware that some of the video equipment such as the Digital Televisions, the DVD recorders/players or the MICROMV recorders/players are equipped with the i.LINK...
  • Page 148: Troubleshooting

    If you run into any problem using your camcorder, use the following table to troubleshoot the problem. If the problem persists, disconnect the power source and contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. If “C:ss:ss” appears on the LCD screen, display window or in the viewfinder, the self-diagnosis display function has worked.
  • Page 149 • The tape has run out. c Rewind the tape. (p. 30) • The video head may be dirty. c Clean the heads using the Sony DVM12CL cleaning cassette (optional). (p. 159) • The volume is turned to minimum. c Turn up the volume. (p. 27) •...
  • Page 150 Troubleshooting Symptom Displaying the recorded date, date search function does not work. The new sound now being added, or that has been added to the recorded tape is not heard. The title is not displayed. The sound is muted or images do not appear when monitoring images through TV/VCR.
  • Page 151 Troubleshooting Symptom The cassette cannot be removed from the holder. The % and Z indicators flash and no functions except for cassette ejection work. indicator does not appear when using a tape with cassette memory. Remaining tape indicator is not displayed. When operating using the “Memory Stick”...
  • Page 152 •The input selector on the VCR is not set correctly. c Check the connection and set up the selector position. (p. 74) •The camcorder is not connected to Sony DV equipment (When the i.LINK cable is connected). c Set CONTROL to IR in the menu settings and set the recording VCR to be controlled by infrared rays.
  • Page 153 • The AC Adaptor is disconnected. c Connect it properly. • The battery pack malfunctions. c Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. • The POWER switch is not set to OFF (CHG). c Set it to OFF (CHG).
  • Page 154: Self-diagnosis Display

    Disconnect the power cord of the AC Adaptor or remove the battery pack. After reconnecting the power source, operate your camcorder. •A malfunction that you cannot service has occurred. c Contact your Sony dealer and inform them of the 5-digit code. (example: E:61:10) On the LCD screen or in the...
  • Page 155: Warning Indicators And Messages

    Warning indicators and messages If indicators and messages appear on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder, check the following: See the page in parentheses “( )” for more information. Warning indicators E The battery is dead or nearly dead Slow flashing: •The battery is nearly dead.
  • Page 156: Warning Messages

    Warning indicators and messages 100-0001 “(Warning indicators) Memory Stick” file error* Slow flashing: •File is broken. •File has no compatibility. “Memory Stick” format error* Fast flashing: •There are two directories or more. •Data is broken. •“Memory Stick” is not formatted correctly (p. 112). Warning messages •CLOCK SET •FOR “InfoLITHIUM”...
  • Page 157: Using Your Camcorder Abroad

    Using your camcorder abroad Using your camcorder abroad You can use your camcorder in any country or region with the AC Adaptor supplied with your camcorder within 100 V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. Use a commercially available AC plug adaptor [a], if necessary, depending on the design of the wall outlet [b].
  • Page 158: Maintenance Information And Precautions

    Maintenance information and precautions Moisture condensation If your camcorder is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place, moisture may condense inside your camcorder, on the surface of the tape, or on the lens. In this condition, the tape may stick to the head drum and be damaged or your camcorder may not operate correctly.
  • Page 159 LCD screen or in the viewfinder. If the above problem, [a] or [b] occurs, clean the video heads for 10 seconds with the Sony DVM12CL cleaning cassette (optional). Check the picture and if the above problem persists, repeat cleaning.
  • Page 160 •If any solid object or liquid get inside the casing, unplug your camcorder and have it checked by a Sony dealer before operating it any further. •Avoid rough handling or mechanical shock. Be particularly careful of the lens. •Keep the POWER switch set to OFF (CHG) when you are not using your camcorder.
  • Page 161 Maintenance information and precautions •Do not let sand get into your camcorder. When you use your camcorder on a sandy beach or in a dusty place, protect it from the sand or dust. Sand or dust may cause your camcorder to malfunction, and sometimes this malfunction cannot be repaired. AC Adaptor •Unplug the unit from the wall outlet when you are not using the unit for a long time.
  • Page 162 •If you touch the liquid, wash it off with water. •If the liquid get into your eyes, wash your eyes with a lot of water and then consult a doctor. If any problem occurs, unplug your camcorder and contact your nearest Sony dealer.
  • Page 163: Specifications

    Specifications Video camera recorder System Video recording system 2 rotary heads Helical scanning system Audio recording system Rotary heads, PCM system Quantization: 12 bits (Fs 32 kHz, stereo 1, stereo 2), 16 bits (Fs48 kHz, stereo) Video signal NTSC color, EIA standards Usable cassette Mini DV cassette with the mark printed...
  • Page 164: Quick Reference

    Identifying the parts and controls Camcorder 1 INDEX MARK button (p. 63) 2 Zoom ring (p. 21) 3 Focus ring (p. 59) 4 ND FILTER selector (p. 47) 5 FOCUS selector (p. 59) 6 PUSH AUTO button (p. 59) 7 FADER button (p. 39) These are trademarks.
  • Page 165: Identifying The Parts And Controls

    Identifying the parts and controls qh Speaker qj LCD screen (p. 18) qk LCD BRIGHT buttons (p. 19) ql VOLUME buttons (p. 27) w; MEMORY PLAY button (p. 133) wa DISPLAY button (p. 28) ws MEMORY – button (p. 126, 133) wd DATA CODE button (p.
  • Page 166 Identifying the parts and controls SLOW STOP PLAY eg Handle zoom lever (p. 21) eh Handle zoom switch (p. 21) ej Video control buttons (p. 27, 30, 85) C SLOW (slow playback) AUDIO DUB (dubbing) x STOP (stop) m REW (rewind) N PLAY (playback) M FF (Fast-forward) X PAUSE (pause)
  • Page 167 To remove the hood with a lens cap, loosen the lower hood fixing screw, and unscrew the hood with a lens cap counterclockwise. When using additional filters We recommend that you use Sony made filters. To open/close the shutter of the hood with a lens cap, slide the knob to your desired direction according to the arrow.
  • Page 168 Identifying the parts and controls rg Hooks for shoulder strap rh Power zoom lever (p. 21) rj PHOTO button (p. 32, 121) rk BATT (battery) RELEASE lever (p. 9) rl PROGRAM AE button (p. 58) t; AUTO LOCK selector (p. 44) ta WHT BAL button (p.
  • Page 169 AUDIO L/R jack (p. 31, 74, 89, 96) DV Interface (p. 75, 91, 130) This “i.LINK” mark is a trademark of Sony Corporation and indicates that this product is in agreement with IEEE 1394- 1995 specifications and their revisions.
  • Page 170: Remote Commander

    Identifying the parts and controls Remote Commander The buttons that have the same name on the Remote Commander as on your camcorder function identically to the buttons on your camcorder. 1 Transmitter Point toward the remote sensor to control your camcorder after turning on your camcorder.
  • Page 171 •Your camcorder works in the commander mode VTR 2. Commander modes 1, 2 and 3 are used to distinguish your camcorder from other Sony VCRs to avoid remote control misoperation. If you use another Sony VCR in the commander mode VTR 2, we recommend changing the commander mode or covering the sensor of the VCR with black paper.
  • Page 172: Operation Indicators

    Identifying the parts and controls Operation indicators 1 Cassette memory (p. 144) 2 Remaining battery time (p. 22) 3 Zoom (p. 21)/Exposure (p. 45)/ Data file name (p. 116) 4 Digital effect (p. 41)/FADER (p. 38)/ MEMORY MIX (p. 126) 5 16:9WIDE (p.
  • Page 173: Quick Function Guide

    Quick Function Guide Functions to adjust exposure (in the recording mode) •In insufficient light •In dark environments such as sunset, fireworks, or general night views •Shooting backlit subjects •In spotlight, such as at the theater or a formal event Functions to give images more impact (in the recording mode) •Smooth transition between scenes •Taking a still picture •Digital processing of images...
  • Page 174: Index

    Index A, B A/V connecting cable ... 31, 74, 89 AC Adaptor ... 10 Adjusting shutter speed ... 46 Adjusting viewfinder ... 20 AE SHIFT ... 56 Audio dubbing ... 95 AUDIO LEVEL ... 52 AUDIO MIX ... 111 AUDIO MODE ... 113 AUTO SHTR ...
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