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Sony DCR-VX9000E Operating Instructions Manual

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Digital Video
Operating Instructions
Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly,
and retain it for future reference.
Manual de instrucciones
Antes de utilizar la unidad, lea cuidadosamente este manual de instrucciones,
y consérvelo para futuras referencias.
©1996 by Sony Corporation
3-858-185-14 (1)


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  • Page 1: Digital Video Camera

    Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly, and retain it for future reference. Manual de instrucciones Antes de utilizar la unidad, lea cuidadosamente este manual de instrucciones, y consérvelo para futuras referencias. DCR-VX9000E ©1996 by Sony Corporation 3-858-185-14 (1)
  • Page 2 English Welcome to digital video! Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony digital camcorder. With your digital camcorder you can capture life’s precious moments with superior picture and sound quality. Your digital camcorder is loaded with advanced features, but at the same time it is very easy to use.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Resetting the date and time ... 83 Notes on video cassettes ... 85 Tips for using the battery pack ... 87 Maintenance information and precautions ... 90 Using your digital camcorder abroad ... 95 Trouble check ... 96 Specifications ... 104 Identifying the parts ... 106 Warning indicators ...
  • Page 4 Español Índice Antes de comenzar Utilización de este manual ... 5 Comprobación de los accesorios suministrados .. 7 Preparativos Fijación del visor ... 8 Carga e instalación de la batería ... 9 Inserción de un videocassette ... 13 Operaciones básicas Videofilmación ...
  • Page 5: Before You Begin Using This Manual

    Before you begin Using this manual As you read through this manual, buttons and settings on the digital camcorder are shown in capital letters. e.g. Set the POWER switch to ON. As indicated with ≥ in the illustrations, you can hear the beep sound to confirm your operation.
  • Page 6 • Do not let sand get into the digital camcorder. When you use the digital camcorder on a sandy beach or in a dusty place, protect it from the sand or dust. Sand or dust may cause the unit to malfunction, and sometimes this malfunction cannot be repaired [a].
  • Page 7: Checking Supplied Accessories

    Checking supplied accessories Check that the following accessories are supplied with your digital camcorder. !º 1 Wireless Remote Commander (1) (p.116) 2 AC-V625 AC power adaptor (1) (p. 9, 30) 3 DK-715 connecting cord (1) (p. 30) 4 NP-F950 Battery pack (1) (p. 9, 30) 5 CR2025 Lithium Battery (1) (p.
  • Page 8: Getting Started Attaching The Viewfinder

    Getting started Attaching the viewfinder Before using the digital camcorder, attach the viewfinder. (1) Loosen the viewfinder release ring. (2) Slide the viewfinder onto the attaching plate. (3) Adjust the position of the viewfinder, then tighten the viewfinder release ring.
  • Page 9: Charging And Installing The Battery Pack

    Unplug the unit from the mains, then remove the battery pack and install it into the digital camcorder. You can also use the battery pack before it is completely charged. Carga e instalación de la batería...
  • Page 10 80 (75) Numbers in parentheses indicate the time when you use a normally charged battery. Battery life will be shorter if you use the digital camcorder in a cold environment. Approximate continuous recording time indoors. ** Approximate minutes when recording while you repeat recording start/stop, zooming and turning the power on/off.
  • Page 11 •If the CHARGE lamp does not light, disconnect the mains lead. After about one minute, reconnect the mains lead again. •When operating the digital camcorder using the AC power adapter, you cannot charge the battery pack. •When a fully charged battery pack is installed, the CHARGE lamp will light once, then go out.
  • Page 12 Charging and installing the battery pack Installing the battery pack Insert the battery pack in the direction of the $ mark on the battery pack. Slide the battery pack down until it catches on the BATT lever and clicks. To remove battery pack While pressing BATT, lift the battery pack out in the direction of the arrow.
  • Page 13: Inserting A Cassette

    Inserting a cassette Use a DV cassette with logo* only. Make sure that a power source is installed. We recommend you set the POWER switch to ON before inserting the cassette. (1) Open the cassette compartment cover. (2) Insert a cassette (not supplied) with the tab upwards, and the window facing out and press down so that the cassette loads.
  • Page 14 You cannot eject the cassette while C MEMORY appears in the viewfinder because the digital camcorder is still writing information into the cassette memory. After C MEMORY disappears the cassette automatically rises. When ejecting the cassette, never close the cassette compartment cover until the cassette is completely removed.
  • Page 15: Basic Operations Camera Recording

    When you use the digital camcorder for the first time, power on it and reset the date and time to your time before you start recording (p. 83).
  • Page 16 To focus the viewfinder lens [c] If you cannot see the indicators in the viewfinder clearly, or after someone else has used the digital camcorder, focus the viewfinder lens. Turn the viewfinder lens adjustment ring so that the indicators in the viewfinder come into sharp focus.
  • Page 17 Set TALLY to OFF. The rear tally lamp cannot be turned off. Note on Standby mode If you leave the digital camcorder in Standby mode for 5 minutes while a cassette is inserted, the digital camcorder turns off automatically. This prevents wearing down the battery and wearing out the tape.
  • Page 18 Set AUDIO MODE to 12 BIT, and 1 sector is left open for audio dubbing afterwards. In 12 bit mode, the digital camcorder records one video sector [c], one audio sector [d], and one blank audio sector [e], which enables you to add narration or music after the initial recording.
  • Page 19: Using The Zoom Feature

    Using the zoom feature Zooming is a recording technique that lets you change the size of the subject in the scene. For more professional-looking recordings, use the zoom function sparingly. “T” side: for telephoto (subject appears closer) “W” side: for wide-angle (subject appears farther away) Zooming speed (Variable speed zooming)
  • Page 20: Hints For Better Shooting

    Set the grip to one of the three different position marks. •Place your right elbow against your side. •Place your left hand under the digital camcorder to support it. Be sure to not touch the built-in microphone. •Place your eye firmly against the viewfinder eyecup.
  • Page 21 Hints for better shooting •You can also record in a low position to get an interesting angle. Lift the viewfinder up for recording from a low position [a]. •While recording in a low position, you can use the front START/STOP button [b]. •You can rotate the viewfinder 120°...
  • Page 22 Si posee un trípode para cámara fotográfica, podrá utilizarlo también con esta videocámara digital. Cuando utilice un trípode que no sea Sony, cerciórese de que la longitud del tornillo del mismo sea inferior a 6,5 mm. De lo contrario, el tornillo podría dañar las partes internas de la...
  • Page 23: Checking The Recorded Picture

    (Rec Review). Hold down the – side of EDITSEARCH until the digital camcorder goes back to the scene you want. The last recorded portion is played back. To go forward, hold down the + side (Edit Search).
  • Page 24 Checking the recorded picture To stop playback Release EDITSEARCH. To begin re-recording Press START/STOP. Re-recording begins from the point you released EDITSEARCH. Provided you do not eject the cassette, the transition between the last scene you recorded and the next scene you record will be smooth.
  • Page 25: Connections For Playback

    Connections for playback You can use this digital camcorder as a VCR by connecting it to your TV for playback. There are some ways to connect the digital camcorder to your TV. When monitoring the playback picture by connecting the digital camcorder to your TV, we recommend you to use mains for power source.
  • Page 26 If your TV is already connected to a Open the jack cover and connect the digital camcorder to the LINE IN inputs on the VCR by using the supplied A/V connecting cable. Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE. Set the TV/ VCR selector on the TV to VCR.
  • Page 27: Playing Back A Tape

    You can monitor the playback picture in the viewfinder. You can also monitor the picture on a TV screen, after connecting the digital camcorder to a TV or VCR. (1) Set the POWER switch to ON (2) Set CAMERA/PLAYER to PLAYER.
  • Page 28: Various Playback Modes

    Playing back a tape To mark the portion you want to monitor again Press ZERO SET MEMORY while playing back. After you finish playing back, press 0. The tape rewinds to the position you want (0:00:00) and stops. To monitor the sound while viewing the playback picture in the viewfinder Connect headphones (not supplied) to the 2 jack...
  • Page 29 •Streaks appear and the sound is muted in the various playback modes. •When playback pause mode is left on for 5 minutes, the digital camcorder automatically enters stop mode. •When using playback slow or still picture modes, images from the previous frames might to seen mixed in with the main picture.
  • Page 30: Advanced Operations Using Alternative Power Sources

    Advanced operations Using alternative power sources You can choose any of the following power sources for your digital camcorder: battery pack and the mains. Choose the appropriate power source depending on where you want to use your digital camcorder. Place...
  • Page 31 •Charging two batteries at the same time Attach one battery to the AC power adaptor and the other to the digital camcorder. Both are charged simultaneously. When charged, CHARGE lamp and the (normal charge). If either lamp is still lit, both...
  • Page 32: Changing The Mode Settings

    Changing the mode settings You can change the mode settings in the menu system to further enjoy the features and functions of the digital camcorder. (1) Open the cover, then press MENU to display the menu. (2) Press to select the desired item, then press EXECUTE.
  • Page 33: Selecting The Mode Setting Of Each Item

    Selecting the mode setting of each item Items for both CAMERA and PLAYER modes COMMANDER* <VTR4/OFF/ID/ID SET> •Normally select VTR4. •Select OFF when not using the Remote Commander. •Select ID to register the ID number of the Remote Commander. •Select ID SET to change the ID number to match the ID of the Remote Commander.
  • Page 34 Changing the mode settings INT REC <RETURN> <SET> <INTERVAL*/REC TIME*> •Select RETURN to return to the menu to change other menu items. •Select SET to set interval recording ON or OFF. •Select INTERVAL to set or change the interval time for interval recording. •Select REC TIME to set or change the recording time for interval recording.
  • Page 35: Fade-in And Fade-out

    CM SEARCH* <ON/OFF> •Normally select ON to turn on the cassette memory search function. •Select OFF to search without using the cassette memory function. DATA CODE* <DATE/CAM/DATE> •Select DATE/CAM to display date and time, as well as various settings data, of your recordings.
  • Page 36 Fade-in and fade-out When fading in [a] (1) While the digital camcorder is in Standby mode, press FADER/OVERLAP. The fade indicator starts flashing. (2) Press START/STOP to start recording. The fade indicator stops flashing. When fading out [b] (1) During recording, press FADER/OVERLAP.
  • Page 37: Overlapping Two Pictures

    When using the overlap function, the picture gradually fades in over a still picture of the last scene recorded. (1) While the digital camcorder is in Standby mode, set DIGITAL MODE to OVERLAP. (2) Press FADER/OVERLAP repeatedly until “OVERLAP” appears in the viewfinder.
  • Page 38: Using The Wide Mode Function

    [c]. You can watch the picture of normal images on a wide-screen TV [d]. (1) While the digital camcorder is in Standby mode, set DIGITAL MODE to ZOOM/16:9 WIDE. (2) Open the cover, then press MENU to display the menu in the viewfinder.
  • Page 39 To cancel wide mode Set 16:9 WIDE to OFF in the menu system. To watch a tape recorded in 16:9 wide mode on a wide-screen TV Set the screen mode of the wide-screen TV to full mode. For details, refer to the instruction manual of your TV.
  • Page 40: Photo Recording

    If you press the PHOTO button on the Remote Commander when a still picture appears in the viewfinder, the digital camcorder will record that still picture. However, you cannot select other still pictures by using this button.
  • Page 41: Interval Recording

    1/50. Interval recording You can make a time-lapse like recording by setting the digital camcorder to automatically record and standby sequentially. You can achieve an excellent recording for flowering, emergence, etc., with this function.
  • Page 42 Interval recording (1) While the digital camcorder is in Standby mode, open the cover, then press MENU to display the menu in the viewfinder. (2) Press to select INT REC, then press EXECUTE. (3) Press to select SET, then press EXECUTE.
  • Page 43 To stop interval recording Press START/STOP twice. To cancel interval recording Set the INT REC mode to OFF in the menu system. Notes on interval recording You cannot do interval recording with photo recording. If you change the mode as follows, interval recording is cancelled •Turn STANDBY down to LOCK.
  • Page 44: Cut Recording

    Secure the digital camcorder and use the Remote Commander for effective cut recording. (1) While the digital camcorder is in Standby mode, open the cover, then press MENU to display the menu in the viewfinder.
  • Page 45 To cancel cut recording Set the FRAME REC mode to OFF in the menu system. Notes on cut recording •The portion immediately after cut recording is completed may be longer than four frames. •You cannot do cut recording with photo recording.
  • Page 46: Selecting Automatic Or Manual Mode

    Selecting automatic or manual mode The digital camcorder’s automatic functions offer you worry-free operation under most shooting conditions. But in some circumstances, manual adjustment is better for creative recording. You can adjust focus, aperture, shutter speed, gain, and white balance automatically or manually.
  • Page 47 When to adjust aperture, shutter speed, and gain manually When selecting one of aperture, shutter speed, or gain to be adjusted manually and leaving the remaining two in automatic adjustment, the remaining two automatic settings adjust their values based on the value of that one manual setting.
  • Page 48: Focusing Manually

    Selecting automatic or manual mode Settings for each item Item Selectable Variation of steps exposure Aperture 13 steps 0.5 EV/step Shutter 12 steps 1.0 EV/step speed Gain 8 steps 0.5 EV / step Note on recording in manual mode We recommend that you adjust the focus and white balance manually.
  • Page 49 Focusing manually Focusing manually When focusing manually, first focus in telephoto before recording, and then reset the shot length. (1) Set FOCUS to MANU. The f indicator appears in the viewfinder. (2) Press the power zoom button on the “T” side so that the bar in the viewfinder moves all the way to the “T”...
  • Page 50 Focusing manually To return to autofocus mode Set FOCUS to AUTO. The f indicator in the viewfinder disappears. Shooting in relatively dark places Shoot at wide-angle after focusing in the telephoto position. Shooting fast-moving subjects in relatively bright places Shoot at wide-angle. To record a very distant subject Push FOCUS down to INFINITY.
  • Page 51: Adjusting The Aperture

    Adjusting the aperture If the difference between the brightness of the subject and the background is too great, adjust the aperture manually. When the aperture opens (lowering the F value), focal point becomes smaller (reducing depth of field) so that the background will blur and the subject will be in focus [a].
  • Page 52 Adjusting the aperture To return to automatic aperture mode Set AUTO/MANUAL at the right of the dial to AUTO. About the depth of focus field The depth of focus field is the in-focus range measured from the distance behind a subject to the distance in front.
  • Page 53: Adjusting The Shutter Speed

    Adjusting the shutter speed Adjust the shutter speed to control the picture quality. When recording sports events, for example, use a high speed shutter to record fast moving objects clearly. You can select from 6 different shutter speeds SLOW, 50, 100, 215, 1000 and PRESET. SLOW and PRESET have their own menus.
  • Page 54: Adjusting The Shutter Speed

    Adjusting the shutter speed To adjust the SLOW SHTR (shutter) or S (shutter) PRESET menu items When you want to make a dark scene look brighter or give an object the appearance of motion, use a slow shutter. Select speed from the SLOW SHTR menu.
  • Page 55 DIGITAL MODE is set to OVERLAP. •When using slow shutter, focusing can become difficult. In this case set focus to manual and put the digital camcorder on a tripod. Note on the high shutter speed Using high shutter speed can cause the image to darken.
  • Page 56: Adjusting The Gain

    When shooting night scenes in automatic setting, the picture may become dark. To brighten the picture, the digital camcorder will automatically turn the gain value up, and picture noise can develop. In this case, adjust the gain in accordance with the atmosphere of the subject.
  • Page 57 To adjust the G (gain) PRESET menu item When you want to choose a gain setting higher than 9, select the appropriate level from the G PRESET menu. The setting data is set into memory. When you dial another setting, (e.g. 9), then return to PRESET, the previous setting is selected automatically.
  • Page 58: Tips For Manual Adjustment

    Tips for manual adjustment When you shoot in manual adjustment mode, we recommend you to keep the exposure fixed to make a clear picture. This section shows you what the exposure is and how to adjust each item with the exposure fixed. Understanding the exposure Exposure is determined by aperture, shutter speed and gain, and is measured in EV (exposure...
  • Page 59 Creating a desired picture without changing the exposure When the aperture value is F11, the shutter speed is 1/50, and the gain level is 0 dB, adjust the aperture value manually to F4, for example. When you change the aperture, shutter speed or gain level by 1 step, the exposure changes by 1.0 EV for shutter speed and 0.5 EV for aperture and gain.
  • Page 60: Adjusting The White Balance

    Adjusting the white balance White balance is the adjustment to make white subjects look white and to obtain a more natural colour balance. You can obtain better results by adjusting the white balance manually when lighting conditions change quickly or when recording outdoors, e.g.
  • Page 61: Adjusting White Balance Manually

    Adjusting white balance manually (1) Set AUTO LOCK to OFF. (2) Set AUTO/MANUAL under the WHT BAL dial to MANUAL. (3) Turn WHT BAL to select a white balance. Usually select e (indoor mode) or w (outdoor mode). To fix the white balance by using one-push white balance, select ∑...
  • Page 62: Adjusting The White Balance

    (4) Shoot a white object, such as paper, fully in the viewfinder. (5) Press WHITE BALANCE ∑ on the front of the digital camcorder. The ∑ indicator flashes rapidly. When the white balance has been adjusted and stored in memory, the indicator stops flashing.
  • Page 63 Shooting when the lighting condition changes •After the lighting condition changes, readjust the white balance using the WHITE BALANCE ∑ button while the digital camcorder is in Standby mode. The WHITE BALANCE ∑ button does not function during recording. •If you are adjusting the aperture (iris) and...
  • Page 64: Using The Nd Filter

    Using the ND filter The digital camcorder automatically senses the need for the ND filter, in such a case, ND ON/ OFF flashes in the display. Using the ND filter (to filter down to one-tenth the quantity of light), you can prevent the picture from going out of focus under bright conditions.
  • Page 65: Using The Zebra Pattern

    Using the zebra pattern You can set the digital camcorder to display a zebra pattern (diagonal stripes) [a] in the portion of the picture in the viewfinder where the brightness exceeds a certain level. The portion of the picture where the zebra pattern appears is an area of high brightness and overexposure.
  • Page 66: Adjusting The Recording Sound

    Adjusting the recording sound You can adjust the recording sound level. Use headphones to monitor the sound when you adjust. Checking the recording level Use the level indicator in the display window. If the input level is excessive, the PEAK indicator lights.
  • Page 67 Adjusting the recording level manually (1) Set the REC LEVEL switch to MANU. (2) Turn REC LEVEL to adjust the sound level so that the PEAK indicator does not light up (preferably between –12 dB and 0 dB). You can adjust the level of each channel separately.
  • Page 68: Adjusting The Recording Sound

    Adjusting the recording sound To use external microphone You can record narration using an external microphone. Set AUDIO INPUT SELECT to MIC. Set MIC SELECT to NORM so that you can record with an external microphone but the built- in microphone will be disabled. Set MIC SELECT to DUAL so that the external microphone records on the L channel and the built-in microphone records on the R channel.
  • Page 69: Releasing The Steady Shot Function

    This indicates that the Steady Shot function is working and the digital camcorder compensates for camera-shake. When you attach the digital camcorder to a tripod, you need not worry about camera-shake. Release the Steady Shot function. Set STEADY SHOT to OFF.
  • Page 70: Making A Custom Preset

    Making a custom preset Use this menu setting to achieve a consistent picture quality. This feature lets you customize the picture quality. Adjusts Item Colour COLOUR LV intensity Sharpness SHARPNESS WB SHIFT White balance AE SHIFT* Brightness * When the aperture, shutter speed and gain are set manually, AE SHIFT level does not change.
  • Page 71 To turn off custom preset (1) While the digital camcorder is in Standby mode, press MENU. (2) Press to select CUSTOM, then press EXECUTE. (3) Press to select SET, then press EXECUTE. (4) Press to select OFF, then press EXECUTE.
  • Page 72: Re-recording A Picture In The Middle Of A Recorded Tape

    The previous recorded portion will be erased. (1) While the digital camcorder is in Standby mode, keep pressing the + (forward playback) or – (reverse playback) side of EDITSEARCH, and release the button where you want to end the insertion [b].
  • Page 73 To change the end point Press ZERO SET MEMORY so that “ZERO SET MEMORY” disappears. Repeat steps 1 to 3. Notes on editsearch •The picture may be distorted at the end of the inserted portion when it is played back. •Zero set memory may not function when there is a blank portion between pictures on a tape.
  • Page 74: Searching The Recorded Picture

    Searching the recorded picture When you use a cassette memory-mounted DV cassette ( logo*) which can store the recorded date and time, etc., you can search the recorded picture with the date or time using the Remote Commander (Cassette memory search). You can also search the photo-recorded pictures only, or the recorded picture in the backward and forward direction from the present position...
  • Page 75 To stop searching Press π. If your tape has blank portions between pictures The digital camcorder may not search for the recorded picture or data may not be stored. Notes on searching •The digital camcorder may not search correctly if the beginning of the search portion is too close to the tape head position.
  • Page 76: Displaying Recording Data

    When bars (--:--:--) appear • A blank portion of the tape is being played back. • The tape was recorded by a digital camcorder without the Data Code function. • The tape was recorded by a digital camcorder without having date and time set.
  • Page 77: Editing Onto Another Tape

    DV connecting cable (not supplied). Before editing Connect the digital camcorder to the VCR using the supplied A/V connecting cable or the VMC- 2DV connecting cable (not supplied). Use this digital camcorder as a player.
  • Page 78: Starting Editing

    Then set the digital camcorder to playback pause mode. (4) Set the recording VCR to recording pause mode. (5) Press P on the digital camcorder and VCR simultaneously to start editing. To edit more scenes, repeat steps 3 to 5. To stop editing Press π...
  • Page 79: Audio Dubbing

    To use additional audio line in Connect the LINE OUT jacks of a audio source to the rear AUDIO IN jacks of the digital camcorder using an audio connecting cord (not supplied) and then set AUDIO INPUT SELECT to LINE.
  • Page 80 Audio dubbing Recording (1) Set the POWER switch to ON and then set CAMERA/PLAYER to PLAYER. (2) Open the cover, press ·, then ) or 0, to search for the start and end points of the recording. (3) Press P at the start point of the recording. (4) Press AUDIO DUB (5) Adjust the recording volume.
  • Page 81: Additional Information

    5 segundos cuando ponga la videocámara digital en el modo CAMERA con el interruptor POWER en ON. En este caso, reemplace la pila por otra litio CR2025 Sony. La utilización de cualquier otra pila podría suponer el riesgo de incendio o explosión.
  • Page 82 Changing the lithium battery in the digital camcorder Changing the lithium battery When replacing the lithium battery, keep the battery pack or other power source attached. Otherwise, you will need to reset the date, time and other items in the menu system retained by the lithium battery.
  • Page 83: Resetting The Date And Time

    Resetting the date and time You can reset the date and time in the menu system. (1) Open the cover, then press MENU to display the menu. (2) Press to select CLOCK SET, then press EXECUTE. (3) Press to select the desired year, then press EXECUTE.
  • Page 84 The year changes as follows: 1996 ˜ 1997 N · · · · n 2026 Note on the time indicator The internal clock of this digital camcorder operates on a 24-hour cycle. Reajuste de la fecha y la hora Para comprobar la fecha y la hora ajustadas La fecha y la hora se mostrarán en el...
  • Page 85: Notes On Video Cassettes

    Betamax cassette. We recommend using an ME cassette You can get the highest quality pictures with this digital camcorder using an ME cassette which is the highest quality cassette. You may not get as good quality with lesser quality cassettes.
  • Page 86 If the gold-plated connector of the DV cassette gets dirty or dust sticks to the connector, the digital camcorder may malfunction when using the cassette memory functions such as cassette memory search. Clean the connector with the swab once every ten times you eject the cassette [a].
  • Page 87: Tips For Using The Battery Pack

    POWER switch to OFF on the digital camcorder and replace the battery pack. Leave the tape in the digital camcorder to obtain a smooth transition between scenes after the battery pack has been replaced.
  • Page 88 Battery pack care •Remove the battery pack form the digital camcorder after using it, and keep it in a cool place. When the battery pack is installed to the digital camcorder, a small amount of current flows to the digital camcorder even if the POWER switch is set to OFF.
  • Page 89 Charging temperature You should charge batteries at temperatures from 10°C to 30°C (from 50°F to 86°F). Lower temperatures require a longer charging time. Notes on charging A brand-new battery pack A brand-new battery pack is not charged. Before using the battery pack, charge it completely. Recharge the battery pack whenever you like You do not have to discharge it before...
  • Page 90: Maintenance Information And Precautions

    Maintenance information and precautions Moisture condensation If the digital camcorder is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place, moisture may condense inside the digital camcorder, on the surface of the tape, or on the lens. In this...
  • Page 91: Video Head Cleaning

    •the playback picture does not appear •the v indicator flashes in the viewfinder. If the picture became like [a] or [b], clean the video heads with the Sony DV-12CL cleaning cassette (not supplied). After checking the picture, if it is still “noisy,” repeat the cleaning.
  • Page 92 •Should any solid object or liquid get inside the casing, unplug the digital 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.
  • Page 93 To remove dust, clean the terminals with a soft cloth. Digital camcorder care •When the digital camcorder is not to be used for a long time, disconnect the power source and remove the tape. Periodically turn on the power, operate the camera and player sections and play back a tape for about 3 minutes.
  • Page 94: And Precautions

    Sony. Esta marca indica que este producto es un accesorio genuino para productos de vídeo Sony. Cuando adquiera productos de vídeo Sony, Sony recomienda adquirir accesorios con esta marca “GENUINE VIDEO ACCESSORIES”.
  • Page 95: Using Your Digital Camcorder Abroad

    Before using your digital camcorder abroad, check the following points. Power sources You can use your digital camcorder in any country or area with the supplied AC power adaptor within 100 V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz.
  • Page 96: Trouble Check

    Trouble check If you run into any problem using the digital camcorder, use the following table to troubleshoot the problem. Should the difficulty persist, disconnect the power source and contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Digital camcorder...
  • Page 97 • The tape has run out. m Rewind the tape or use a new one. (p. 27) • The digital camcorder is updating the cassette memory data (only for DV cassettes with cassette memory). m Eject the cassette after the C MEMORY indicator disappears.
  • Page 98 Change locations. • The digital camcorder is not malfunctioning. • The video heads may be dirty. m Clean the heads using the Sony DV-12CL cleaning cassette (not supplied). (p. 91) • The video heads may be dirty. m Clean the heads using the Sony DV-12CL cleaning cassette (not supplied).
  • Page 99 Install another battery pack. When the CHARGE lamp flashes again The problem is with the AC power adaptor. Please contact your nearest Sony dealer in connection with the problem. * If you use a battery pack which you have just...
  • Page 100: Solución De Problemas

    Si se presenta algún problema al utilizar su videocámara digital, utilice la tabla siguiente para tratar de resolverlo. Si el problema persiste, desconecte la fuente de alimentación y póngase en contacto con su proveedor Sony o con un centro de reparaciones autorizado por Sony. Videocámara digital Alimentación...
  • Page 101 Síntoma El código de tiempo está parpadeando en el visualizador. La cinta no se mueve al presionar una tecla de control de vídeo. La función de videofilmación estable no trabaja. La función de enfoque automático no trabaja. El micrófono no trabaja durante la videofilmación.
  • Page 102 Cambie de lugar. • La videocámara digital no está funcionando mal. • Las cabezas de vídeo están sucias. m Límpielas utilizando un cassette limpiador DV-12CL Sony (no suministrado). (pág. 91) • Las cabezas de vídeo están sucias. m Límpielas utilizando un cassette limpiador DV-12CL Sony (no suministrado).
  • Page 103 Si la lámpara CHARGE vuelve a parpadear El problema se encuentra en el adaptador de alimentación de CA. Póngase en contacto con su proveedor Sony en relación con el problema. * Si utiliza una batería recién adquirida, o que no haya usado durante mucho tiempo, la lámpara...
  • Page 104: Specifications

    DC OUT: 8.4 V, 1.8 A in operating mode Battery charge terminal: 8.4 V, 1.4 A in charge mode Application Sony battery packs NP-F950, NP- F930, NP-F750, NP-F730 lithium ion type Operating temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F) Storage temperature –20°C to +60°C (–4°F to +140°F)
  • Page 105: Especificaciones

    Terminales de carga de batería: 8,4 V CC, 1,4 A en el modo de carga Aplicación Baterías tipo iones de litio NP-F950, NP-F930, NP-F750, NP-F730 Sony Temperatura de operación 0 a 40°C Temperatura de almacenamiento –20 a 60°C Dimensiones (Aprox.)
  • Page 106: Identifying The Parts

    Identifying the parts !¡ Identificación de partes !™ !£ !¢ !∞ !§ !¶ !• !ª @º @¡...
  • Page 107 1 Stopper (p. 8) 2 Viewfinder (p. 8, 16, 92) 3 Viewfinder adjustment ring (p. 16) 4 PUSH button (p.92) 5 Viewfinder release lever (p. 21) 6 Focus ring (p. 49) 7 FOCUS switch (p. 49) 8 ND FILTER switch (p. 64) 9 PUSH AUTO button (p.
  • Page 108 Identifying the parts @™ @£ @¢ @∞ @§ @¶ @• @ª #º Identificación de partes #¡ #™ #£ #¢ #∞...
  • Page 109 @™ BRIGHT knob (p. 16) @£ TALLY lamp (p. 17) @¢ CONTR knob (p. 16) @∞ TALLY switch (p. 17) @§ Front Remote Commander sensor (p. 119) @¶ Grip @• Grip strap @ª Lens hood You can attach a wide teleconversion lens (not supplied) by removing the lens hood.
  • Page 110 Identifying the parts #§ #¶ #• #ª $º $¡ $™ $£ $¢ Identificación de partes $∞ $§ $¶ $• $ª %º %¡ %™ %£ %¢ %∞ %§ %¶...
  • Page 111 #§ Eyecup #¶ VIEW FINDER jack (p. 8) #• S VIDEO OUT jack (p. 25) #ª RFU DC OUT jack (p. 26) $º DV OUT jack (p. 77) $¡ lLANC jack l stands for Local Application Control Bus System. The l control jack is used for controlling the tape transport of video equipment and peripherals connected to it.
  • Page 112 Identifying the parts Identificación de partes %• %ª ^º ^¡ ^™ ^£ ^¢ ^∞ ^§ &£ &™ &¡ &º ^ª ^• ^¶...
  • Page 113 %• SHUTTER SPEED dial and AUTO/MANUAL switch (p. 53) %ª DIGITAL MODE switch (p. 19, 37, 38) ^º GAIN dial and AUTO/MANUAL switch (p. 56 ) ^¡ STEADY SHOT switch (p. 69) ^™ WHT BAL (white balance) dial and AUTO/ MANUAL switch (p.
  • Page 114 Identifying the parts Identificación de partes *¡ *™ *£ *º &¢ &∞ &§ &¶ &• &ª...
  • Page 115 &¢ Carrying handle &∞ IRIS dial and AUTO/MANUAL switch (p. 51) &§ Shoulder pad (p. 21) &¶ Tripod receptacle (p. 22) &• Lithium battery cover (p. 82) &ª Shoulder pad screws (p. 21) *º Cover for menu and video controls *¡...
  • Page 116: Remote Commander

    The buttons that have the same name on the Remote Commander as on the camcorder function identically. 1 Transmitter Point toward the remote sensor to control the digital camcorder after turning on the digital camcorder. 2 PHOTO button (p.40) 3 DISPLAY button (p. 28) 4 SEARCH MODE/=/+ buttons...
  • Page 117 To use the Remote Commander Make sure that the COMMANDER is set to VTR4/ID in the menu system on the digital camcorder. Preparación del telemando Para utilizar el telemando, tendrá que insertarle dos pilas R6 (tamaño AA). Utilice las pilas R6 (tamaño AA) suministradas.
  • Page 118 Identifying the parts About the ID of the Remote Commander You can avoid having the digital camcorder accidentally respond to signals from other remote commanders by setting the VTR4/ID/ VTR2 switch to ID. Use the supplied Remote Commander when you set the switch to ID.
  • Page 119 •This digital camcorder works in commander mode VTR 4 or ID. The commander modes (VTR 4 and ID) are used to distinguish this digital camcorder from other Sony VCRs. If you use another Sony VCR at commander mode ID, we recommend that you change the...
  • Page 120: In The Viewfinder

    Identifying the parts In the viewfinder 1 Manual focusing indicator (p. 50) appears when focusing far, when focusing close. 2 ND filter indicator (p. 64) 3 White balance indicator (p. 62) 4 Steady shot indicator (p. 69) 5 Zoom indicator (p. 19, 49) 6 Manual setting data/ wide mode/ fader or overlap indicators (p.
  • Page 121 In the display window MEMORY 1 Time code 2 MEMORY indicator (p. 72) Same as ZERO SET MEMORY indicator in the viewfinder. 3 Warning indicators (p. 122) 4 Flash indicator 5 Date/aperture indicator (p.76, 51) 6 Remaining battery indicator (p. 87) 7 Time indicator 8 Remaining tape indicators 9 Audio level indicators (p.
  • Page 122: Warning Indicators

    Este indicador solamente aparecerá en el visor. 8 Se ha producido algún problema. Desconecte la fuente de alimentación y póngase en contacto con su proveedor Sony o con un centro de reparaciones autorizado por Sony. 9 La pila de litio está débil o no está...
  • Page 123: Index

    Index A, B Adjusting viewfinder ... 16 AE SHIFT ... 70 AUDIO MODE ... 18 AUDIO MONITOR ... 67 Auto focus ... 49 AUTO LOCK ... 46 BEEP ... 17 BUILT-IN MIC ... 67 C, D Camera recording ... 15 Cassette memory search ...
  • Page 124 FADER/OVERLAP ... 36, 37 Filtro ND ... 64 Fuentes de alimentación ... 30 Ganancia ... 56 I, J, K ID ... 118 Sony Corporation Printed in Japan LANC ... 111 Limpieza de las cabezas de vídeo ... 91 M, N MIC ...

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