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Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
Handycam Handbook
HDR-SR11E/SR12E
© 2008 Sony Corporation
3-286-590-13(1)
Enjoying your
camcorder
Getting Started
Recording/Playback 25
Editing
Utilizing recording media
Customizing your
camcorder
Troubleshooting
Additional
Information
Reference
9
15
48
62
66
89
102
Quick
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  • Page 1 Digital HD Video Camera Recorder Handycam Handbook HDR-SR11E/SR12E © 2008 Sony Corporation 3-286-590-13(1) Enjoying your camcorder Getting Started Recording/Playback 25 Editing Utilizing recording media Customizing your camcorder Troubleshooting Additional Information Quick Reference...
  • Page 2: Read This Before Operating Your Camcorder

    Memory Stick Duo adaptor when using a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” with “Memory Stick” compatible equipment. Using the camcorder • Do not hold the camcorder by the following parts, and also do not hold the camcorder by the jack covers. (“Memory Stick (“Memory Stick...
  • Page 3 • Compensation for the contents of recordings cannot be provided, even if recording or playback is not possible due to a malfunction of the camcorder, storage media, etc. • TV color systems differ depending on the country/region. To view your recordings on a TV, you need a PAL system-based •...
  • Page 4 About the Carl Zeiss lens Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens, which was developed jointly by Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony Corporation, and produces superior images. It adopts the MTF measurement system for video cameras and offers a quality typical of a Carl Zeiss lens.
  • Page 5: Notes On Using The Hard Disk Drive Handycam

    VCR, or a DVD/HDD recorder (p. 58). Do not apply shock or vibration to your camcorder • The hard disk of the camcorder may not be recognized, or recording or playback may not be possible. • Especially, during recording/playback, do not apply shock.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Read this before operating your camcorder ... 2 Notes on using the Hard Disk Drive Handycam ... 5 Subject examples and solutions ... 8 Enjoying your camcorder Operation flow ... 9 “ HOME” and “ OPTION” - Taking advantage of two types of menus ...
  • Page 7 Deleting all images (Formatting) ... 63 Preventing data on the hard disk of the camcorder from being recovered ... 64 Repairing the image database file ... 65 Customizing your camcorder What you can do with the (SETTINGS) category of the HOME MENU ...
  • Page 8: Subject Examples And Solutions

    Subject examples and solutions Checking your golf swing B SMTH SLW REC ... 33 Capturing still images during movie recording B Dual Rec ... 32 Flowers in close- B PORTRAIT ... 86 B FOCUS ... 84 B TELE MACRO... 84 Focusing on the dog on the left side of the screen...
  • Page 9: Enjoying Your Camcorder

    • “AVCHD 1080i format” is abbreviated as “AVCHD” in this manual, except when it must be described in more detail. B Play back the images. Viewing on the LCD screen of your camcorder (p. 35) Viewing on a high definition TV (p. 42) You can enjoy highly-detailed, brilliant quality HD (high definition) movies.
  • Page 10 B Save recorded images. Dubbing images from the internal hard disk to a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” (p. 52) Dubbing to other devices (p. 58) The dubbing image quality (HD (high definition)/SD (standard definition)) varies depending on the connected device. For details, see page 58. Editing on a computer (p.
  • Page 11 • The maximum continuous recordable time is approximately 13 hours. Your camcorder uses the VBR (Variable Bit Rate) format to automatically adjust image quality to suit the recording scene. This technology causes fluctuations in the recording time of the media.
  • Page 12: Home" And " Option" - Taking Advantage Of Two Types Of Menus

    MOVIE MEDIA SET* Page PHOTO MEDIA SET* MEDIA INFO MEDIA FORMAT* REPAIR IMG.DB F. To customize your camcorder (p. 66)*. Page * You can also set these items during Easy Handycam operation (p. 25). For the items available in the page 67.
  • Page 13 Using the HOME MENU While pressing the green button, turn the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow to turn on the power. Press (HOME) A (or B). (HOME) B (HOME) A Touch the desired category. Example: (OTHERS) category Touch the desired item.
  • Page 14 Touch the item you want to learn more about. When you touch an item, its explanation appears on the screen. To apply the option, touch [YES], otherwise, touch [NO]. To deactivate the HELP (HELP) again in step 2. Touch Using the OPTION MENU Just a touch on the screen during shooting or playback displays the functions available at that moment.
  • Page 15: Getting Started

    Getting Started Step 1: Checking supplied items Make sure that you have the following items supplied with your camcorder. The number in the parentheses indicates the number of that item supplied. AC Adaptor (1) (p. 16) Power cord (Mains lead) (1) (p. 16) Handycam Station (1) (p.
  • Page 16: Step 2: Charging The Battery Pack

    (H series) (p. 106) after attaching it to your camcorder. b Notes • You cannot attach any “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack other than the H series to your camcorder. Connect the AC Adaptor to the DC IN jack on the Handycam Station.
  • Page 17 DC plug b Notes • Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the DC IN jack holding both the camcorder and the DC plug. To remove the battery pack Turn the POWER switch to OFF (CHG). Slide the BATT (battery release) lever and remove the battery pack.
  • Page 18 After a while, the approximate recordable time and battery information appear for about 7 seconds. You can view the battery information for up to 20 seconds by pressing DISP/BATT INFO again while the information is displayed. Remaining battery (approx.) Recording capacity (approx.) Charging time Approximate time (min.) required when you fully charge a fully discharged battery...
  • Page 19 Adaptor or battery terminal with any metallic objects. This may cause a malfunction. • Even if your camcorder is turned off, AC power source (mains) is still supplied to it while connected to the wall outlet (wall socket) via the...
  • Page 20: Step 3: Turning The Power On And Setting The Date And Time

    To turn off the power Turn the POWER switch to OFF (CHG). b Notes • If you do not use your camcorder for about 3 months, the built-in rechargeable battery gets discharged and the date and time settings may be cleared from the memory. In that case, charge the built-in rechargeable battery and then set the date and time again (p.
  • Page 21: Changing The Language Setting

    • It takes a few seconds for your camcorder to be ready to shoot after the power is turned on. You cannot operate your camcorder during this time. • The lens cover opens automatically when the power is turned on. It closes when the playback screen is selected, or the power is turned off.
  • Page 22: Step 5: Selecting The Media

    Step 5: Selecting the media You can select the hard disk or “Memory Stick PRO Duo” as the recording/playback/ editing media on your camcorder. Select the media for movies and still images separately. The default setting is hard disk for movies and still images.
  • Page 23 Prepare a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” if “Memory Stick PRO Duo” has been selected as the media. For types of “Memory Stick” you can use in your camcorder, see page 2. Insert the “Memory Stick PRO Duo.” 1 Open the Memory Stick Duo cover in the direction of the arrow.
  • Page 24 (100) b Notes • Numbers in the table are based on using a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” made by Sony Corporation. The recordable time may vary depending on the recording and subject conditions, [REC MODE] (p. 68), and the type of “Memory Stick.”...
  • Page 25: Recording/playback

    Recording/Playback Recording and playback with ease (Easy Handycam operation) Easy Handycam operation makes nearly all settings automatic so that you can perform recording or playback operation without detailed settings. It also makes the screen font size larger for easy viewing. The images are recorded on the selected media (p. 22). Recording movies Turn the POWER switch G in the...
  • Page 26: Playing Back Recorded Movies/still Images

    Playing back recorded movies/still images Turn the POWER switch G to turn on your camcorder. Press (VIEW IMAGES) I (or E). The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen (It may take some seconds). Appears with the image on each of the tab that was lastly played back/ recorded (B for the still image recorded on a “Memory Stick PRO Duo”)
  • Page 27 Start playback. Movies: Touch the tab, then select the desired movie to play back. Returns (to the VISUAL INDEX screen) Beginning of the movie/previous movie Stops (goes to the VISUAL INDEX screen) * The setting of [DATA CODE] is fixed to [DATE/TIME] (p. 75). z Tips •...
  • Page 28 To cancel Easy Handycam operation Press EASY A again. from the LCD screen. Menu settings during Easy Handycam operation Press (HOME) C (or B) to display the menu items available for setup changes (p. 12, 66). b Notes • Most of the menu items automatically return to the default settings.
  • Page 29: Recording

    Do not apply shock or vibration to your camcorder, and do not remove the battery or AC Adaptor. • When a movie file exceeds 2 GB, the next movie file is created automatically.
  • Page 30: Recording Movies

    • The LCD screen of your camcorder can display recording images across the entire screen (full pixel display). However, this may cause slight trimming of the top, bottom, right, and left edges of images when played back on a TV which is not compatible with full pixel display.
  • Page 31: Zooming

    Built-in microphone Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator, 5.1ch surround sound Glossary (p. 120) b Notes • If you play back 5.1ch sound on your camcorder, 5.1ch sound is automatically converted and output in 2ch. • To enjoy the 5.1ch surround sound recorded...
  • Page 32: Starting Shooting Quickly (quick On)

    • The power turns off automatically if you do not operate your camcorder for a certain period during sleep mode. You can set the time that you want the camcorder to remain on before automatically turning off in sleep mode ([QUICK ON STBY], p. 80).
  • Page 33: Adjusting The Exposure For Backlit Subjects

    . (back light) again. Recording in mirror mode Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder (1), then rotate it 180 degrees to the lens side (2). z Tips • A mirror-image of the subject appears on the LCD screen, but the image will be normal when recorded.
  • Page 34: Controlling The Image Settings Manually With The Cam Ctrl Dial

    • During Easy Handycam operation, the [SMTH SLW REC] function cannot be used. Cancel Easy Handycam operation. Controlling the image settings manually with the CAM CTRL dial You can assign one menu item you use often to the CAM CTRL dial. Since the focus adjustment is assigned to the CAM CTRL dial in the default settings, the operation below is described as...
  • Page 35: Playback

    Closes when an INDEX screen appears. (HOME) A (HOME) B (VIEW IMAGES) C Turn the POWER switch E to turn on your camcorder. Press (VIEW IMAGES) F (or C). The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen (It may take some seconds).
  • Page 36: Playing Movies

    appears when you select the movie with SD (standard definition) image quality in [MOVIE MEDIA SET] (p. 22). z Tips • The number of the images on the VISUAL INDEX screen can be changed 6 y 12 by moving the power zoom lever D.
  • Page 37: Searching For Desired Scene By Pinpoint (film Roll Index)

    Select the media which contains the movie you want to play back before the operation (p. 22). Turn the POWER switch to turn on the camcorder, and press (VIEW IMAGES). The VISUAL INDEX screen appears. Touch (Film Roll Index).
  • Page 38: Searching For Desired Images By Date (date Index)

    • You cannot use the Date Index function for still images on the “Memory Stick PRO Duo.” Turn the POWER switch to turn on the camcorder, and press (VIEW IMAGES). The VISUAL INDEX screen appears. To search for movies, touch the tab.
  • Page 39: Using Pb Zoom

    Using PB zoom You can magnify still images from about 1.1 to 5 times the original size. Magnification can be adjusted with the power zoom lever or the zoom buttons on the LCD frame. 1 Play back the still image you want to magnify.
  • Page 40: Playing The Image On A Tv

    Some settings may need to be adjusted on the TV when playing back. Refer to the instruction manual of your TV for details. Operation flow You can connect your camcorder to the TV easily following the instructions displayed on the LCD screen, [TV CONNECT Guide].
  • Page 41 Selecting the most advantageous connection - TV CONNECT Guide Your camcorder will advise you of the most advantageous way of connecting your TV. Turn on your camcorder, and touch (HOME) t (OTHERS) t [TV CONNECT Guide]. If the item is not on the screen, touch to change the page.
  • Page 42 Images recorded with HD (high definition) image quality are played back with HD (high definition) image quality. Images recorded with SD (standard definition) image quality are played back with SD (standard definition) image quality. Type Camcorder Component A/V cable (supplied) b Notes •...
  • Page 43 Notes • Use an HDMI cable with the HDMI logo. • Use an HDMI mini Connector on one end (for the camcorder), and a plug suitable for connection to your TV on the other end. • Images are not output from the HDMI OUT jack of your camcorder, if copyright protection signals are recorded in the images.
  • Page 44 • When you play back a movie recorded with SD (standard definition) image quality on a 4:3 TV that is not compatible with the 16:9 signal, touch [WIDE SELECT] t [4:3] on your camcorder when recording an image (p. 69). Type...
  • Page 45 SD (standard definition) image quality. z Tips • If you connect your camcorder to the TV using more than one type of cable to output images, the order of priority of the TV input jacks is as follows: HDMI t component t S VIDEO t video.
  • Page 46 [CTRL FOR HDMI] t [ON] (the default setting). • Also set your TV. Refer to the instruction manual of the TV for details. z Tips • If you turn off the TV, your camcorder is turned off simultaneously. (HOME) t...
  • Page 47: Saving Images

    You can save images recorded on the hard disk of the camcorder directly to a DVD with ease by pressing the Saving images on a computer (Easy PC Back-up) You can save images recorded on the camcorder on the hard disk of a computer. Creating a disc with selected images You can save images copied to your computer on a disc.
  • Page 48: Editing

    You can create and edit a Playlist (p. 55). PRINT You can print still images on a connected PictBridge printer (p. 60). USB CONNECT You can connect the camcorder to a computer etc., via the USB cable. See “Operating Guide” for connecting to the computer. TV CONNECT Guide...
  • Page 49: Deleting Images

    • You cannot restore images once they are deleted. • Do not remove the battery pack or the AC Adaptor from your camcorder while deleting the images. It may damage the media. • Do not eject “Memory Stick PRO Duo” while deleting images from the “Memory Stick PRO...
  • Page 50: Deleting Still Images

    b Notes • If the deleted movie is included in the Playlist (p. 55), the movie added to the Playlist is deleted also from the Playlist. Deleting still images Select the media which contains the still image you want to delete before the operation (p.
  • Page 51: Capturing A Still Image From A Movie

    Capturing a still image from a movie You can save a selected frame from a recorded movie as a still image. Select the media which contains movies, and the media where you want to save still images before the operation (p. 22). (HOME) t Touch (OTHERS) t [PHOTO...
  • Page 52: Dubbing/copying Images To A "memory Stick Pro Duo" With Your Camcorder

    PRO Duo” for the first time, create the image database file by touching (MANAGE MEDIA) t [REPAIR IMG.DB F.] (p. 65). • Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor to prevent your camcorder from running out of power during dubbing.
  • Page 53: Copying Still Images

    Insert a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” into your camcorder before the operation. b Notes • Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor to prevent your camcorder from running out of power during copying.
  • Page 54: Dividing A Movie

    z Tips • To check the copied still images after copying is finished, select [MEMORY STICK] on [PHOTO MEDIA SET] and play them back (p. 23). Dividing a movie Select the media which contains the movie you want to divide before the operation (p.
  • Page 55: Creating The Playlist

    • A slight difference may occur from the point where you touch and the actual dividing point, as your camcorder selects the dividing point based on about half-second increments. • If you divide the original movie, the movie added to the Playlist will also be divided.
  • Page 56: Playing The Playlist

    4 Touch b Notes • Do not remove the battery pack or the AC Adaptor from your camcorder while adding to the Playlist. It may damage the media. Also, do not eject the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” while editing movies on the “Memory Stick PRO Duo.”...
  • Page 57 The selected movie is marked with Press and hold the movie on the LCD screen to confirm the movie. Touch to return to the previous screen. t [YES] t 4 Touch To change the order within the Playlist 1 Touch (HOME) t t [PLAYLIST EDIT].
  • Page 58: Dubbing To Other Devices

    Dubbing to other devices Connecting with the A/V connecting cable You can dub images played back on your camcorder to other recording devices, such as VCRs or DVD/HDD recorders. Connect the device in either of the following ways. Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p.
  • Page 59 To record the date/time and camera settings data, display them on the screen (p. 75). • When you are connecting your camcorder to a monaural device, connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video input jack,...
  • Page 60: Printing Recorded Still Images (pictbridge Compliant Printer)

    You can print out still images using a PictBridge compliant printer, without connecting the camcorder to a computer. Connect your camcorder to the AC Adaptor to obtain power from the wall outlet (wall socket) (p. 16). Turn on the printer.
  • Page 61 The operations may not be performed properly. – Operate the POWER switch – Press (VIEW IMAGES) – Remove your camcorder from the Handycam Station – Disconnect the USB cable from your camcorder, the Handycam Station or the printer –...
  • Page 62: Utilizing Recording Media

    Utilizing recording media (MANAGE MEDIA) category This category enables you to use the hard disk or a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” for various purposes. (MANAGE MEDIA) category Item list MOVIE MEDIA SET You can select the media for movies (p. 22). PHOTO MEDIA SET You can select the media for still images (p.
  • Page 63: Deleting All Images (formatting)

    Deleting all images (Formatting) Formatting deletes all the images to recover recordable free space. Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 16). b Notes • To avoid the loss of important images, you should save them (p.
  • Page 64: Preventing Data On The Hard Disk Of The Camcorder From Being Recovered

    EMPTY] allows you to write unintelligible data onto the hard disk of the camcorder. In this way, it may become more difficult to recover any original data. When you dispose of or transfer the camcorder to others, it is recommended that you perform [ EMPTY].
  • Page 65: Repairing The Image Database File

    After [Completed.] appears, touch b Notes • Do not apply mechanical shock or vibration to your camcorder, and do not remove the AC Adaptor or the battery pack during the operation. • While repairing the image database file of the “Memory Stick PRO Duo,”...
  • Page 66: Customizing Your Camcorder

    Customizing your camcorder What you can do with the category of the You can change the recording functions and the operating settings for your convenience. Using the HOME MENU Turn on your camcorder, then press (HOME). (HOME) (HOME) (SETTINGS) category Touch (SETTINGS).
  • Page 67: List Of The (settings) Category Items

    List of the (SETTINGS) category items MOVIE SETTINGS (p. 68) Items REC MODE AUDIO MODE AE SHIFT WB SHIFT NIGHTSHOT LIGHT WIDE SELECT DIGITAL ZOOM STEADYSHOT AUTO SLW SHUTTR X.V.COLOR GUIDEFRAME ZEBRA REMAINING SET SUB-T DATE FLASH MODE* FLASH LEVEL REDEYE REDUC DIAL SETTING FACE DETECTION...
  • Page 68: Movie Settings

    GENERAL SET (p. 80) Items DEMO MODE REC LAMP CALIBRATION A.SHUT OFF QUICK ON STBY REMOTE CTRL DROP SENSOR CTRL FOR HDMI * You can set these items also during Easy Handycam operation (p. 25). ** The menu name is changed to [SOUND SETTINGS] during Easy Handycam operation.
  • Page 69: Audio Mode

    B SD SP ( Records in standard quality mode (SD 6M (SP)). SD LP ( Increases the recording time (Long Play) (SD 3M (LP)). b Notes • If you record in the LP mode, the quality of movies may be degraded, or scenes with quick movements may appear with block noise when you play back the image.
  • Page 70: Digital Zoom

    b Notes • Set [TV TYPE] correctly according to the TV connected for playback (p. 78). DIGITAL ZOOM You can select the maximum zoom level in case you want to zoom to a level greater than 12 × during recording. Note that the image quality decreases when you use the digital zoom.
  • Page 71: Remaining Set

    Displays the remaining recording time of movies for about 8 seconds in situations such as those described below. – When your camcorder recognizes the remaining media capacity while the (Movie) lamp lights up – When you press DISP/BATT INFO to...
  • Page 72 [Face Index] screen (p. 37). Face icons and their meanings : When the setting is [ON] : This icon flashes when your camcorder detects a face. The icon stops flashing when the face is recorded in [Face Index].
  • Page 73: (items For Recording Movies) Photo Settings

    CONVERSION LENS When using a conversion lens (optional), use this function to record using the optimum compensation for camera shake for each lens. You can select [WIDE CONVERSION] ) or [TELE CONVERSION] ( default setting is [OFF]. PHOTO SETTINGS (Items for recording still images) Touch 1, then 2.
  • Page 74: Nightshot Light

    “Memory Stick.” • You can record up to 9,999 still images on the hard disk. • The unique pixel array of Sony’s ClearVid CMOS sensor and image processing system (BIONZ) allows for still image resolution equivalent to the sizes described.
  • Page 75: (items For Recording Still Images)

    REDEYE REDUC See page 72. DIAL SETTING See page 72. FACE DETECTION See page 72. CONVERSION LENS See page 73. VIEW IMAGES SET (Items to customize the display) Touch 1, then 2. If the item is not on the screen, touch to change the page.
  • Page 76 • The data code is displayed on the TV screen if you connect your camcorder to a TV. • The indicator toggles through the following sequences as you press DATA CODE on the Remote Commander: [DATE/TIME] t [CAMERA DATA] t [OFF] (no indication).
  • Page 77: Sound/disp Set

    Standard brightness. BRIGHT Brightens the LCD screen. b Notes • When you connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected for the setting. • When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is slightly reduced during recording.
  • Page 78: (items To Adjust The Sound And The Screen) Output Settings

    Notes • When you connect your camcorder to outside power sources, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected for the setting. • When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is slightly reduced during recording. z Tips • This adjustment does not affect the recorded images in any way.
  • Page 79: (items For When Connecting Other Devices) Clock/ Lang

    Shows displays such as the time code in the viewfinder, on the TV screen and LCD screen. COMPONENT Select [COMPONENT] when connecting your camcorder to a TV with the component input jack. 576i Select when connecting your camcorder to a TV with the component input jack.
  • Page 80: (items To Set Clock And Language) General Set

    5 minutes. NEVER The camcorder is not automatically turned off. b Notes • When you connect your camcorder to a wall outlet (wall socket), [A.SHUT OFF] is automatically set to [NEVER]. QUICK ON STBY (Quick on standby)
  • Page 81 DROP SENSOR When the drop sensor has detected that the camcorder has been dropped, your camcorder may not allow you to record and play back correctly to protect the internal hard disk, as the default setting is [ON]. When dropping is detected, b Notes •...
  • Page 82: Activating Functions Using The

    (OPTION) MENU appears just like the pop-up window that appears when you right-click the mouse on a computer. Various available functions are displayed. Using the OPTION MENU While using your camcorder, touch (OPTION) on the screen. (OPTION) Touch the desired item.
  • Page 83: Recording Items On The Option Menu

    Recording items on the OPTION MENU Items FOCUS – SPOT FOCUS – TELE MACRO – EXPOSURE – SPOT METER – AE SHIFT SCENE SELECTION – WHITE BAL. – WB SHIFT COLOR SLOW SHTR – SUPER NIGHTSHOT – FADER – D.EFFECT –...
  • Page 84: Functions Set In The Option Menu

    [AUTO] t in step 1. b Notes • The minimum possible distance between camcorder and subject while maintaining sharp focus is about 1 cm (about 13/32 in.) for wide angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
  • Page 85: Spot Meter

    EXPOSURE You can fix the brightness of a picture manually. Adjust the brightness when the subject is too bright or too dark. 1 Touch [MANUAL]. appears. 2 Adjust the exposure by touching 3 Touch To return the setting to automatic exposure, touch [AUTO] t in step 1.
  • Page 86 LANDSCAPE*( Select to shoot distant subjects clearly. This setting also prevents your camcorder from focusing on glass or metal mesh in windows between the camcorder and the subject. PORTRAIT (Soft portrait) ( Select to bring out the subject such as people or flowers while creating a soft background.
  • Page 87 • If you have changed the battery pack while [AUTO] was selected, or taken your camcorder outdoors after inside use (or vice versa), select [AUTO] and aim your camcorder at a nearby white object for about 10 seconds for better color balance adjustment.
  • Page 88 D.EFFECT (Digital effect) When you select [OLD MOVIE], appears and you can add an old movie effect to images. To cancel [D.EFFECT], touch [OFF]. PICT.EFFECT (Picture effect) You can add special effects to an image during recording. appears. B OFF Does not use [PICT.EFFECT] setting.
  • Page 89: Troubleshooting

    • During repair, we may check a minimum amount of data stored on the hard disk in order to investigate the problem. However, your Sony dealer will neither copy nor retain your data. Overall operations/Easy Handycam operation/Remote Commander The power does not turn on.
  • Page 90 DVD device with black paper. Batteries/Power sources The power abruptly turns off. • Use the AC Adaptor. • In the default setting, when approximately 5 minutes have elapsed while you do not operate your camcorder, the camcorder is automatically turned off (A.SHUT OFF).
  • Page 91 • Attach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly (p. 16). If the problem persists, disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet (wall socket) and contact your Sony dealer. The battery pack may be damaged. The remaining battery time indicator does not indicate the correct time.
  • Page 92 (Still) (p. 30). • You cannot record images in sleep mode. Press QUICK ON (p. 32). • Your camcorder is recording the image you have just shot on the media. You cannot make new recording during this period. • The media is full. Delete unnecessary images (p.
  • Page 93 START/ STOP and the point that the recorded movie starts/stops. • On your camcorder, there may be a slight time difference between the point where you press START/STOP and the actual point that recording movie starts/stops.
  • Page 94: Playing Back Images

    You cannot adjust [LCD BL LEVEL]. • You cannot adjust [LCD BL LEVEL] when: – The LCD panel is closed on your camcorder with the LCD screen facing out. – The power is supplied from the AC Adaptor. Playing back images Images cannot be played back.
  • Page 95 The top, bottom, right, and left edges of images may be trimmed slightly when you play back on a connected • The LCD screen of your camcorder can display recording images across the entire screen (full pixel display). However, this...
  • Page 96 Dubbing/Connecting to other devices You cannot dub correctly. • You cannot dub images using the HDMI cable. • The A/V connecting cable is not connected properly. Make sure to connect to the input jack of another device (p. 40). Functions that cannot be used simultaneously The following list shows examples of unworkable combinations of functions and...
  • Page 97 Because of following Cannot use settings [FACE NightShot, [SMTH DETECTION] SLW REC], [DIGITAL ZOOM], [FOCUS], [SPOT FOCUS], [EXPOSURE], [SPOT METER], [TWILIGHT], [TWILIGHT PORT.], [CANDLE], [SUNRISE&SUNSET], [FIREWORKS], [LANDSCAPE], [SPOTLIGHT], [BEACH], [SNOW], [WHITE BAL.], [COLOR SLOW SHTR], [SUPER NIGHTSHOT], [D.EFFECT], [PICT.EFFECT] [DISP OUTPUT] [CTRL FOR HDMI] [MICREF [BLT-IN ZOOM MIC]...
  • Page 98: Self-diagnosis Display/warning Indicators

    If indicators appear in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen, check the following. If the problem persists even after you have tried to fix a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. C:(or E:) ss:ss (Self-diagnosis display) C:04:ss •...
  • Page 99 • The amount of lights is not sufficient, so camera-shake easily occurs. Use the flash. • The camcorder is unsteady, so camera- shake easily occurs. Hold the camcorder steady with both hands and record the image. However, note that the camera-shake warning indicator does not disappear.
  • Page 100 If messages appear on the screen, follow the instructions. x Media HDD format error. • The hard disk of the camcorder is set differently from the default format. Performing [ may enable you to use your camcorder. This will delete all data in the hard disk.
  • Page 101: Pictbridge Compliant Printer

    This Memory Stick is not formatted correctly. • Check the format, then format the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” with your camcorder if necessary (p. 63, 105). Memory Stick folders are full. • You cannot create folders exceeding 999MSDCF. You cannot create or delete created folders using your camcorder.
  • Page 102: Additional Information

    Additional Information Using your camcorder abroad Power supply You can use your camcorder in any countries/regions using the AC Adaptor supplied with your camcorder within the AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz range. Viewing images recorded with HD...
  • Page 103: World Time Difference

    Setting to the local time You can easily set the clock to the local time by setting a time difference when using your camcorder abroad. Touch [AREA SET] and [SUMMERTIME] (p. 79). World time difference Time-zone Area setting differences Lisbon, London...
  • Page 104: File/folder Structure On The Camcorder Hard Disk And "memory Stick Pro Duo

    The file/folder structure is shown below. You do not usually need to acknowledge the file/ folder structure, when recording/playing back images on the camcorder. To enjoy still images or movies by connecting to a computer, see “PMB Guide,” then use the supplied application.
  • Page 105: Maintenance And Precautions

    (the data will not be compensated for): – If you eject the “Memory Stick PRO Duo,” or turn off your camcorder while your camcorder is reading or writing image files on the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” (while the...
  • Page 106: About The "infolithium" Battery Pack

    “Design rule for Camera File system” universal standard established by the JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association). • On your camcorder, you cannot play back still images recorded on other devices (DCR- TRV900E or DSC-D700/D770) that do not conform to the universal standard. (These models are not sold in some regions.)
  • Page 107: About X.v.color

    About x.v.Color • x.v.Color is a more familiar term for the xvYCC standard proposed by Sony, and is a trademark of Sony. • xvYCC is an international standard for color space in video. This standard can express a wider color range than the currently used broadcast standard.
  • Page 108: About Handling Of Your Camcorder

    • If any solid object or liquid gets inside the casing, unplug your camcorder and have it checked by a Sony dealer before operating it any further. • Avoid rough handling, disassembling, modifying, physical shock, or impact such as hammering, dropping or stepping on the product.
  • Page 109 LCD screen • Do not exert excessive pressure on the LCD screen, as it may cause damage. • If your camcorder is used in a cold place, a residual image may appear on the LCD screen. This is not a malfunction.
  • Page 110 • “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • “x.v.Colour” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • “BIONZ” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • “BRAVIA” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
  • Page 111 OBTAINED FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C. SEE <HTTP://MPEGLA.COM> “C Library,” “Expat,” “zlib,” and “libjpeg” software are provided in your camcorder. We provide this software based on license agreements with their owners of copyright. Based on requests by the owners of copyright of these software applications, we have an obligation to inform you of the following.
  • Page 112: Quick Reference

    Quick Reference Identifying parts and controls The numbers in ( ) are reference pages. A Power zoom lever (31, 39) B PHOTO button (30) C Eyecup D Viewfinder (22) E Viewfinder lens adjustment lever (22) F QUICK ON button (32) G /CHG (charge) lamp H ACCESS lamp (Hard disk) (29) I DC IN jack (16)
  • Page 113 The accessory can be turned on or off as you operate the POWER switch on your camcorder. Refer to the operating instructions supplied with your accessory for details. The Active Interface Shoe has a safety device for fixing the installed accessory securely.
  • Page 114: B Nightshot

    A Speaker Playback sounds come out from the speaker. For how to adjust the volume, see page 37. B NIGHTSHOT switch (32) (VIEW IMAGES) button (35) D LCD screen/touch panel (21) (HOME) button (13, 66) F Zoom buttons (31, 39) G START/STOP button (30) H RESET button Initializes all the settings, including the...
  • Page 115 (optional: the length of the screw must be less than 5.5 mm (7/32 in.)). G Interface connector Connects your camcorder to the Handycam Station. H BATT (battery release) lever (17) Handycam Station (DISC BURN) button (47)
  • Page 116 Remote Commander may shorten, or the Remote Commander may not function properly. In this case, replace the battery with a Sony CR2025 lithium battery. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.
  • Page 117: Indicators Displayed During Recording/playback

    Indicators displayed during recording/playback Recording movies Recording still images 10.2 Viewing movies Viewing still images 10.2 A HOME button (13) B Remaining battery (approx.) (17) C Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or [REC] (recording)) D Recording quality (HD/SD) and recording mode (FH/HQ/SP/LP) (68) E Recording/playback media F Counter (hour/minute/second) G Approximate recording time remaining...
  • Page 118 Indicators when you made changes Following indicators appear during recording/playback to indicate the settings of your camcorder. Upper left Center Bottom Upper left Indicator Meaning AUDIO MODE (69) Self-timer recording (88) Flash light (71), REDEYE REDUC (72) BLT-IN ZOOM MIC...
  • Page 119 Data code during recording The recording date and time is recorded automatically on the media. They are not displayed while recording. However, you can check them as [DATA CODE] during playback (p. 75).
  • Page 120: Glossary

    (image compression) of video (movie) and audio. There are MPEG1 and MPEG2 formats. Your camcorder records movies with SD (standard definition) image quality in MPEG2 format. x MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 The latest image coding format standardized...
  • Page 121: Index

    Quick Reference Index Numeric 1080i/576i ...79 16:9 ...78 16:9 WIDE...69 21-pin adaptor...45 4:3 ...69, 78 4:3 TV...43 576i ...79 5.1ch surround recording ...31 AC Adaptor...16 Adjusting exposure for back light ...33 AE SHIFT...69, 96 AREA SET ...79 AUDIO MODE...69 AUTO SLW SHUTTR (Auto Slow Shutter)...70, 96 AVCHD format ...11, 105, 120 A.SHUT OFF (Auto shut off)
  • Page 122 HDD INFO ...62 HDMI cable ...43 HDMI OUT jack ...42 Help ...13 High altitudes ...5 High Definition TV ...42 Holding the camcorder ...29 HOME MENU ...12, 66 CLOCK/LANG ...79 GENERAL SET ...80 MOVIE SETTINGS...68 OUTPUT SETTINGS ...78 PHOTO SETTINGS...73 SETTINGS category ...66...
  • Page 123 Recording...25, 29 Recording time ...11, 18 REDEYE REDUC ...72 Remaining Battery ...17 Hard disk ...62 “Memory Stick PRO Duo” ...62 Remaining battery...17 REMAINING SET (movie) ...71 Remote Commander ...90, 116 REMOTE CTRL (Remote control)...80 REPAIR IMG.DB F..65 RESET ...114 S VIDEO cable ...44 S VIDEO jack ...58 SCENE SELECTION...85, 96...
  • Page 124 Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at our Customer Support Website. http://www.sony.net/...

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