Digital Video Camera Recorder Handycam Handbook DCR-SR45/SR46/SR65/SR85 2008 Sony Corporation 3-286-670-11(1) Enjoying your camcorder Getting Started Recording/Playback 22 Editing Utilizing recording media Customizing your camcorder Troubleshooting Additional Information Quick Reference...
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” with “Memory Stick” compatible equipment. On using the camcorder Do not hold the camcorder by the following parts, and also do not hold the camcorder by the jack covers. LCD screen The camcorder is not dustproofed, dripproofed ...
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.
Deleting images ... 37 Capturing a still image from a movie ... 40 Dubbing/copying images to a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” with your camcorder ... 41 Dividing a movie ... 43 Creating the Playlist ... 44 Dubbing to other devices ... 46 Printing recorded still images (PictBridge compliant printer) ...
... 71 Troubleshooting Troubleshooting ... 76 Warning indicators and messages ... 83 Additional Information Using your camcorder abroad ... 87 File/folder structure on the camcorder hard disk and “Memory Stick PRO Duo” ... 89 Maintenance and precautions ... 90 Quick Reference Identifying parts and controls ...
Checking your golf swing SPORTS ...73 Flowers in close-up PORTRAIT ..73 FOCUS ..71 TELE MACRO ...71 Focusing on the dog on the left side of the screen FOCUS ..71 SPOT FOCUS ...71 Getting a good shot of a ski slope or beach Backlight ...28 BEACH .
Dubbing to other devices (p. 46) Delete images. If the media of your camcorder is full, you cannot record new images. Delete the image data that has been saved on your computer or a disc. If you delete the images, you can record new images on the free media space again.
“ HOME” and “ - Taking advantage of two types of menus “ HOME MENU” - the starting point for operations with your camcorder Category Categories and items of the HOME MENU (CAMERA) category Item MOVIE* PHOTO* (VIEW IMAGES) category...
Using the HOME MENU While pressing the green button, turn the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow to turn on the power. (HOME) (or ). Press (HOME) (HOME) Touch the desired category. Example: (OTHERS) category Touch the desired item.
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 Touch (HELP) again in step 2. Using the OPTION MENU Just a touch on the screen during shooting or playback displays the functions available at that moment.
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. 13) Power cord (Mains lead) (1) (p. 13) Handycam Station (1) (p.
You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (H series) (p. 91) after attaching it to your camcorder. Notes Your camcorder operates only with an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (H series). Turn the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow to OFF (CHG) (the default setting).
Same as DCR-SR45/SR46, you can charge the battery pack by connecting the AC Adaptor to your camcorder. For DCR-SR65/SR85: To remove your camcorder from the Handycam Station Turn off the power, then remove the camcorder from the Handycam Station holding both your camcorder and the Handycam Station.
Charging time Approximate time (min.) required when you fully charge a fully discharged battery pack. Battery pack NP-FH40 (supplied) NP-FH50 NP-FH70 NP-FH100 Recording time Approximate time (min.) available when you use a fully charged battery pack. DCR-SR45/SR46: Continuous Battery pack recording time NP-FH40 (supplied) NP-FH50 NP-FH70...
The power will not be supplied from the battery as long as the AC Adaptor is connected to the DC IN jack of your camcorder or the Handycam Station (DCR-SR65/SR85), even when the power cord (mains lead) is disconnected from the wall outlet (wall socket).
Step 3: Turning the power on, and setting the date and time Set the date and time when using this camcorder for the first time. If you do not set the date and time, the [CLOCK SET] screen appears every time you turn on your camcorder or change the POWER switch position.
To turn off the power Turn the POWER switch to OFF (CHG). 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.
back images, close the LENS COVER. Adjusting the LCD panel Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder (), then rotate it to the best angle to record or play (). 90 degrees to the 90 degrees camcorder (max.)
DCR-SR45: 640 minutes DCR-SR46/SR65: 870 minutes DCR-SR85: 1,310 minutes “Memory Stick PRO Duo” (4 GB) made by Sony Corporation: 80 minutes Check the number of recordable still images on the LCD screen of your camcorder (p. 102). (HOME) ...
[MEMORY STICK] has been selected as the media. For types of “Memory Stick” you can use in your camcorder, see page 2. Insert a “Memory Stick PRO Duo.” Open the Memory Stick Duo cover in the direction of the arrow.
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 operations without detailed settings. It also makes the screen font size larger for easy viewing. The images are recorded on the selected media (p. 20). Open the LENS COVER (p.
Playing back recorded movies/still images Turn the POWER switch to turn on your camcorder. (VIEW IMAGES) (or ). Press The [VISUAL INDEX] screen appears on the LCD screen. (It may take some seconds.) HOME MENU Previous 6 images...
Tips When playback from the selected movie reaches the last movie, the screen returns to the [VISUAL INDEX] screen. You can slow down the playback speed by touching You can adjust the volume by touching [VOLUME], then with Still images: Touch the tab and the still image to be played back.
If the ACCESS lamp is lit or flashing after recording is finished, it means data is still being written onto the media. Do not apply shock or vibration to your camcorder, and do not remove the battery or AC Adaptor. The maximum continuous recordable time is ...
Recording movies Turn the POWER switch until the (Movie) lamp lights up. Press START/STOP (or ). [STBY] [REC] To stop recording, press START/STOP again. Tips For the recordable time and the number of recordable images, see pages 57 and 60. When a face is detected during movie ...
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. 67)).
(back light) again. Recording in mirror mode Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder (), then rotate it 180 degrees to the lens side (). Tips A mirror-image of the subject appears on the ...
The default setting is the hard disk. (HOME) (VIEW IMAGES) Turn the POWER switch to turn on your camcorder. (VIEW IMAGES) (or ). Press The [VISUAL INDEX] screen appears on the LCD screen. (It may take some seconds.)
Start playback. Playing movies Touch the tab, and the movie to be played back. Returns (to the [VISUAL INDEX] screen) Beginning of the movie/ previous movie Stops (goes to the [VISUAL INDEX] screen) Tips When playback from the selected movie reaches the last movie, the screen returns to the [VISUAL ...
Select beforehand the media which contains the recorded movie you want to play back (p. 20). Turn the POWER switch to turn on the camcorder, and press IMAGES). The [VISUAL INDEX] screen appears on the LCD screen. Touch (Film Roll Index).
You cannot use the date index for still images on the “Memory Stick PRO Duo.” Turn the POWER switch to turn on the camcorder, and press IMAGES). The [VISUAL INDEX] screen appears on the LCD screen. To search for movies, touch the tab.
Magnify the still image with T (Telephoto). The screen is framed. Touch the screen at the point you want to display in the center of the displayed frame. Adjust the magnification with W (Wide angle)/T (Telephoto). To cancel, touch Playing back a series of still images (Slide show) Touch...
Connect your camcorder to the input jack of a TV or VCR using the A/V connecting cable or an A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO . Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 13). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
[OUTPUT SETTINGS] [TV TYPE] [16:9] or [4:3] Notes When you connect your camcorder to a TV compatible with the ID-1/ID-2 system, set [TV TYPE] to [16:9]. The TV switches to full mode automatically. Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with your TV.
You can save images recorded on the hard disk of your camcorder directly to a DVD with ease by pressing Saving images on a computer You can save images recorded on the camcorder on the hard disk of a computer. Creating a DVD with selected images You can save images imported to your computer on a DVD.
PRINT You can print still images on a connected PictBridge printer (p. 49). USB CONNECT You can connect the camcorder to a computer etc. via the USB cable (p. 89). See “Operating Guide” for connecting to the computer. Deleting images You can delete images recorded on the media using your camcorder.
Touch the movie to be deleted. The selected image is marked with . Press and hold the image on the LCD screen to confirm. Touch to return to the previous screen. [YES] Touch To delete all movies at one time DELETE ALL] ...
Touch to select the recording date of the desired still images, then touch The still images recorded on the selected date are displayed on the screen. Touch the still image on the LCD screen to confirm. Touch to return to the previous screen.
Dubbing/copying images to a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” with your camcorder Dubbing movies You can dub movies recorded on the hard disk of your camcorder to a “Memory Stick PRO Duo.” Insert a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” into your camcorder before the operation.
Insert a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” into your camcorder before the operation. 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 dubbing.
Stick PRO Duo.” A slight difference may occur from the point where you touch 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.
Notes Do not remove the battery pack or the AC Adaptor from your camcorder while editing the Playlist. Also, do not remove the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” while editing movies on the “Memory Stick PRO Duo.” You cannot add still images to a Playlist.
Touch the image from which you want to play back. The Playlist is played back from the selected image to the end, then the screen returns to the Playlist screen. To erase unnecessary movies from the Playlist Touch (HOME) (OTHERS) ...
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.
(p. 65). To record the date/time and camera settings data, display them on the screen (p. 62). 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,...
Connect the (USB) jack of your camcorder and a DVD writer, etc., with the supplied USB cable. The [USB SELECT] screen appears automatically. Touch [ USB CONNECT] or [ CONNECT] according to the media on which the movie you want to dub is recorded.
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. 13). Turn on the printer.
Press (VIEW IMAGES) Remove your camcorder from the Handycam Station (DCR-SR65/SR85) Remove the USB cable from your camcorder, the Handycam Station (DCR-SR65/SR85), or the printer Remove the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” from your camcorder while printing...
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. 20). PHOTO MEDIA SET You can select the media for still images (p.
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. 13). Notes To avoid the loss of important images, you ...
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...
(HOME) Touch MEDIA) [REPAIR IMG.DB F.] [HDD] or [MEMORY STICK]. Touch [YES]. Your camcorder will check the management file. When mismatching is not found, touch to finish. Touch [YES]. When [Completed.] appears, touch ...
Customizing your camcorder What you can do with the the HOME MENU 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).
Notes When using a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” made by Sony Corporation. The recordable time for movies varies depending on the recording conditions, [REC MODE], and the type of “Memory Stick.” If you record in LP mode, the quality of ...
WIDE SELECT When recording images, you can select the aspect ratio according to the TV connected. Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with your TV. 16:9 WIDE Records images to the full screen on a 16:9 (wide) TV screen. :3 ( Records images to the full screen on a 4:3 TV screen.
Face icons and their meanings : This icon appears 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. : This icon appears when faces cannot be recorded in Face Index.
Notes VGA When using a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” made 640 × 480 by Sony Corporation. The number of recordable still images varies depending on the recording 2800 conditions or type of “Memory Stick.” 5800 You can record up to 9,999 still images on the ...
You can set this function to record still images when you use an external flash (optional) that is compatible with your camcorder. Attach the external flash to the Active Interface Shoe (p. 98). ON ( ) Flashes every time.
(DCR-SR65/SR85). 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] ...
Thumbnail Glossary (p. 104) ZOOM LINK Change the number of thumbnails (6 or 12) with the power zoom lever on your camcorder.* 6IMAGES Displays thumbnails of 6 images. 12IMAGES Displays thumbnails of 12 images. * You can operate with the zoom buttons on the LCD screen.
NORMAL Standard brightness. BRIGHT Brightens the LCD screen. Notes When you connect your camcorder to a wall outlet (wall socket), [BRIGHT] is automatically selected for the setting. When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is slightly reduced during recording.
OUTPUT SETTINGS (Items for when connecting other devices) Touch , then . If the item is not on the screen, touch to change the page. How to set (HOME) menu page 55 (OPTION) menu page 69 The default settings are marked with . TV TYPE See page 35.
AREA SET You can adjust a time difference without stopping the clock. Set your local area using using your camcorder in other time zones. Refer to the world time difference on page DST SET/SUMMERTIME You can change this setting without stopping the clock.
The default setting is [ON], allowing you to use the supplied Remote Commander (p. 100). Tips Set to [OFF] to prevent your camcorder from responding to a command sent by another VCR remote control unit. (VIEW DROP SENSOR [DROP SENSOR] is set to [ON] as the default setting.
In a non-gravity situation, the drop sensor is activated. When you record images during activity such as roller-coasting or skydiving, you can set [DROP SENSOR] to [OFF] ( ) so that the drop sensor is not activated.
Various available functions are displayed. Using the OPTION MENU While using your camcorder, touch (OPTION) on the screen. (OPTION) Touch the desired item. If you cannot find the desired item, touch another tab to change the page.
Recording items on the OPTION MENU Items FOCUS SPOT FOCUS TELE MACRO EXPOSURE SPOT METER SCENE SELECTION WHITE BAL. COLOR SLOW SHTR S. NIGHTSHOT PLS FADER D.EFFECT PICT.EFFECT REC MODE BLT-IN ZOOM MIC MICREF LEVEL IMAGE SIZE SELF-TIMER FLASH MODE** * Items that are included also in the HOME MENU.
. 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. Tips ...
Notes When recording a distant subject, focusing may be difficult and can take some time. Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 71) when it is hard to focus automatically. EXPOSURE You can fix the brightness of an image manually.
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 ( Select to bring out the subject such as people or flowers while creating a soft background.
If you changed the battery pack, or moved your camcorder to or from outdoors when [AUTO] was selected, aim your camcorder at a nearby white object with [AUTO] for about 10 seconds for better color balance adjustment. If you change the [SCENE SELECTION] ...
BLACK FADER 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. ...
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.
Turn the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) (p. 13). Attach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly (p. 13). Connect the power cord (mains lead) to the wall outlet (wall socket) properly.
correctly (p. 13). 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.
The temperature of your camcorder is extremely low. Turn off the camcorder and take it to a warm place. Leave the camcorder there for a while, then turn on the camcorder. The ACCESS lamp remains lit even when you stop recording.
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 cannot be played back.
properly. Make sure that the A/V connecting cable is connected to the proper jack, i.e. to the input jack of another device for dubbing an image from your camcorder (p. 46). Functions that cannot be used simultaneously The following list shows examples of unworkable combinations of functions and menu items.
Cannot use Because of following settings [WHITE BAL.] NightShot plus, [S. NIGHTSHOT PLS] [COLOR SLOW NightShot plus, SHTR] [S. NIGHTSHOT PLS], [FADER], [D.EFFECT], [SCENE SELECTION] [S. NIGHTSHOT [FADER], [D.EFFECT] PLS] [FADER] [D.EFFECT], [S. NIGHTSHOT PLS], [COLOR SLOW SHTR], [CANDLE]/ [FIREWORKS] in [SCENE SELECTION] [D.EFFECT] [S.
Self-diagnosis display/Warning indicators If indicators appear on the LCD screen, check the following. If the problem persists even after you have tried a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. C:04:00 C:(or E:) : (Self-diagnosis display) C:04:...
If messages appear on the screen, follow the instructions. Media HDD format error. The hard disk of the camcorder is set differently from the default format. Performing [MEDIA FORMAT] (p. 52) may enable you to use your camcorder.
Data error. An error occurred during reading or writing the hard disk of the camcorder. This may occur when constant shock is applied to the camcorder. The Image Database File is damaged. Do you want to create a new file? The image database file is damaged.
Other No further selection is possible. You can select only 100 images at one time for: dubbing movies copying still images deleting images printing still images Data protected. You tried to delete data protected on ...
[b]. AC-L200/L200B On TV color systems Your camcorder is an NTSC-system- based camcorder. If you want to view the playback image on a TV, it must be an NTSC-system-based TV with an AUDIO/ VIDEO input jack.
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 [DST SET] or [SUMMERTIME] (p. 17). World time difference Time-zone Area setting...
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.
If you eject the “Memory Stick PRO Duo,” turn the power off on your camcorder, or remove the battery pack for replacement while your camcorder is reading or writing image files on the “Memory Stick PRO Duo”...
Put the battery pack in a pocket to warm it up, and insert it in your camcorder right before you start taking shots Use a large capacity battery pack: NP-FH70/ ...
Sometimes this malfunction cannot be repaired. 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. (HOME) Avoid rough handling, disassembling, ...
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.
On handling the casing If the casing is soiled, clean the camcorder body with a soft cloth lightly moistened with water, and then wipe the casing with a dry soft cloth. Avoid the following to avoid damage to the ...
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Quick Reference Identifying parts and controls The numbers in ( ) are reference pages. Power zoom lever (27, 32) PHOTO button (22, 25) QUICK ON button (27) CHG (charge) lamp (13) (Movie)/ (Still) mode lamps (25) ...
LCD screen/touch panel (19) (HOME) button (10, 55) Zoom buttons (27, 32) START/STOP button (22, 25) Speaker For how to adjust the volume, see page RESET button Initializes all the settings, including the setting of the date and time. ...
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.
Tripod receptacle Attach the tripod (optional: the length of the screw must be less than 5.5 mm (7/32 in.)) to the tripod receptacle using a tripod screw. BATT (battery) release lever (14) For DCR-SR65/SR85: Handycam Station: (DISC BURN) button (36) ...
Remote Commander. Insulation sheet Point the Remote Commander towards the remote sensor to operate your camcorder (p. 98). When no commands have been sent from the Remote Commander in a certain period, the orange frame disappears. When you press any of ...
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.
Indicators displayed during recording/playback Recording movies Recording still images Viewing movies Viewing still images HOME button (9, 55) Remaining battery (approx.) (14) Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or [REC] (recording)) Recording mode (HQ/SP/LP) (57) The recording/playback media (20) ...
Indicators when you made changes Following indicators appear during recording/playback to indicate the settings of your camcorder. Upper left Bottom Upper left Indicator Meaning Self-timer recording (75) Flash/REDEYE REDUC (61) MICREF LEVEL low (75) WIDE SELECT (58) BLT-IN ZOOM MIC...
MPEG stands for Moving Picture Experts Group, the group of standards for the coding (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. Thumbnail Reduced-size images which enable you to view many images at the same time.