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DCR-SR37E/SR38E/SR47E/SR48E/
SR57E/SR67E/SR77E/SR87E
Digital Video Camera Recorder
Operating Guide
2009 Sony Corporation
4-124-309-11(1)
Table of contents
Getting started
Recording
Playback
Saving movies and photos
with a computer
Saving images with a DVD
writer, recorder
Making good use of your
camcorder
Additional information
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  • Page 1 DCR-SR37E/SR38E/SR47E/SR48E/ SR57E/SR67E/SR77E/SR87E Digital Video Camera Recorder Operating Guide 2009 Sony Corporation  4-124-309-11(1) Table of contents Getting started Recording Playback Saving movies and photos with a computer Saving images with a DVD writer, recorder Making good use of your camcorder...
  • Page 2: Read This Before Operating Your Camcorder

    Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium ion  batteries. Be sure to charge the battery pack using a  genuine Sony battery charger or a device that can charge the battery pack. Keep the battery pack out of the reach of small  children.
  • Page 3 For customers in the U.S.A. If you have any questions about this product, you may call: Sony Customer Information Center 1-800-222-SONY (7669). The number below is for the FCC related matters only.
  • Page 4 Regulatory Information Declaration of Conformity Trade Name: SONY Model No.: DCR-SR87E Responsible Party:Sony Electronics Inc. Address: 16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127 U.S.A. Telephone No.: 858-942-2230 This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the...
  • Page 5: Using The Camcorder

    Do not apply shock or vibration to the  camcorder. The camcorder may not be able to record or play movies and photos. Do not use the camcorder in very loud areas.  The camcorder may not be able to record or play movies and photos.
  • Page 6: About This Manual

    The on-screen displays in each local language  are used for illustrating the operating procedures. Change the screen language before using the camcorder if necessary (p. 13). About this manual The images of the LCD screen used in this ...
  • Page 7: Operation Flow

    Saving movies and photos with a computer (p. 22) Creating a disc with a DVD writer or recorder (p. 28) Operating by the camcorder screen, you can create a disc and  play it back on DVDirect Express by connecting the dedicated DVD writer, DVDirect Express (sold separately) to your camcorder.
  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    Read this before operating your camcorder........
  • Page 9: Making Good Use Of Your Camcorder

    Customizing your camcorder with menus........
  • Page 10: Getting Started

    You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (H series) after attaching it to your camcorder. You cannot attach any “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack other than the H series to your camcorder.  Turn off your camcorder by closing the LCD screen.
  • Page 11: Charging The Battery Pack Abroad

    When your camcorder is on, you can check the approximate amount of remaining battery power with the  remaining battery indicator at the upper left on the LCD screen. To remove the battery pack Close the LCD screen. Slide the BATT (battery) release lever  and remove the battery pack .
  • Page 12: Step 2: Turning The Power On, And Setting The Date And Time

    Open the LCD screen of your camcorder. Your camcorder is turned on. To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is open, press POWER.  Select the desired geographical area with Touch the button on the LCD screen.
  • Page 13: Changing The Language Setting

    You can turn off your camcorder also by pressing POWER.  When [POWER ON BY LCD] is set to [OFF], turn off your camcorder by pressing POWER.  Changing the language setting You can change the on-screen displays to show messages in a specified language.
  • Page 14: Recording

     Fasten the grip belt.  Open the lens cover.  Open the LCD screen of your camcorder. Your camcorder is turned on. To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER (p. 12). ...
  • Page 15 STEADYSHOT] is set to [ON] in the default setting.  To adjust the angle of the LCD panel, first open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder , and then  adjust the angle . If you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees to the lens side , you can record movies/ photos in mirror mode.
  • Page 16 Open the lens cover.  Open the LCD screen of your camcorder. Your camcorder is turned on. To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER (p. 12).   Press MODE to turn on the The aspect ratio of the screen becomes 4:3.
  • Page 17: Recording And Playing Movies And Photos Easily

     Press PHOTO lightly to adjust the focus, then press it fully. Move the power zoom lever slightly for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom.  You can check the recordable number of photos on the LCD screen (p. 52). ...
  • Page 18: Playback

    In the default setting, movies and photos on the internal hard disk are played (p. 35). Playing movies  Open the LCD screen of your camcorder. Your camcorder is turned on. To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER (p. 12).   Press (VIEW IMAGES).
  • Page 19 Your camcorder starts playing the selected movie. Previous Volume adjustment To stop To fast-reverse When playback from the selected movie reaches the last movie, the screen returns to the VISUAL  INDEX screen. Touch during pause to play back movies slowly.
  • Page 20 Your camcorder displays the selected photo. Previous To the VISUAL INDEX screen You can zoom in the photo by moving the power zoom lever while viewing photos (PB ZOOM). If you  touch a point in the PB ZOOM frame, the point comes to the center in the frame.
  • Page 21: Playing Images On A Tv

    Playing images on a TV Connect your camcorder to the input jack of a TV or VCR using the A/V connecting cable  or an A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO . Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 11). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
  • Page 22: Saving Movies And Photos With A Computer

     To save movies and photos using a computer, install “PMB” from the supplied CD-ROM beforehand. Do not format the hard disk of your camcorder  from a computer. Your camcorder may not operate correctly. You can create discs using 12 cm discs of ...
  • Page 23 “PMB” first, some functions may not work correctly. See page 42 on the “Handycam Handbook”.   Confirm that your camcorder is not connected to the computer.  Turn on the computer. Log on as an Administrator for ...
  • Page 24: Creating A Disc With One Touch (One Touch Disc Burn)

    Install “PMB” beforehand (p. 22), however, do  not start “PMB. ” Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall  socket) using the AC Adaptor supplied for this operation (p. 11). With the One Touch Disc Burn function, you ...
  • Page 25: Importing Movies And Photos To A Computer (Easy Pc Back-Up)

    Easy PC Back-up can be imported to a computer automatically. Turn on the computer beforehand. Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall  socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 11).
  • Page 26: Changing The Destination Drive Or Folder For Movies And Photos

    If the icon is not displayed on the computer  screen, click [Start]  [All Programs]  [Sony Picture Utility]  [PMB] to start “PMB. ” You can view, edit, or create discs of movies and photos using “PMB. ”...
  • Page 27: Creating A Disc

    Copying a disc You can copy a recorded disc to another disc using “Video Disc Copier. ” Click [Start]  [All Programs]  [Sony Picture Utility]  [Video Disc Copier] to start the software. See “Video Disc Copier” help on the operation.
  • Page 28: Saving Images With A Dvd Writer, Recorder

    Creating a disc with the dedicated DVD writer, DVDirect Express Operating by the camcorder screen, you can save movies to a disc when using a dedicated DVD writer, DVDirect Express (sold separately). You can also play back these images on the created disc.
  • Page 29 USB cable from your camcorder. To play back a disc on the DVD writer  T urn on your camcorder, and connect the DVD writer to the  (USB) jack of your camcorder with the USB cable of the DVD writer.
  • Page 30 You can play back created discs on a general  DVD player. If playback is not possible for any reason, connect the camcorder to the DVD writer, and then play back. The disc mark appears on the camcorder ...
  • Page 31: Creating A Disc With A Dvd Writer, Etc., Other Than Dvdirect Express

    Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall  socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 11). Sony DVD writer may not be available in some  countries/regions. Turn on your camcorder, and connect a DVD writer, etc., to the ...
  • Page 32: Creating A Disc With A Recorder, Etc

    You can dub images played back on your camcorder to a disc or video cassette, by connecting your camcorder to a disc recorder, a Sony DVD writer other than DVDirect Express, ect., with the A/V connecting cable. Connect the device in either way of ...
  • Page 33: Your Camcorder

    A/V connecting cable to the video input jack, and the white (left channel) or the red (right channel) plug to the audio input jack on the device. Sony DVD writer may not be available in some  countries/regions. ...
  • Page 34: Making Good Use Of Your Camcorder

    ALL]  [YES]  [YES]  Formatting the recording media Formatting deletes all the movies and photos to recover recordable free space. Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall  socket) using the AC Adaptor supplied for this operation (p. 11).
  • Page 35: Coping With Shooting Conditions

    You can select the internal hard disk or “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media as the recording, playback, or editing medium on your camcorder. Select the medium to be used for movies and photos separately. In the default setting, both movies and photos are recorded on the hard disk.
  • Page 36: To Check The Recording Media Settings

    PRO Duo” media)  PRO-HG Duo” media) “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media of up to 16 GB  are confirmed to work with this camcorder.  Open the “Memory Stick Duo” media cover, and insert the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media into the “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 37: Memory Stick Pro Duo" Media

    The [Create a new Image Database File.] screen appears when you insert new “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media while the (Movie) lamp is lit.  Touch [YES]. To record only photos on “Memory Stick  PRO Duo” media, touch [NO]. If [Failed to create a new Image Database File.
  • Page 38: Customizing Your Camcorder With Menus

    “Handycam Handbook” (p. 42). Using the HOME MENU When you press the (HOME) button, the HOME MENU appears. You can change the settings of your camcorder. (HOME) (HOME) button DCR-SR38E/SR48E/SR57E/SR67E/SR77E/ SR87E  Touch the desired category ...
  • Page 39 List of the HOME MENU (CAMERA) category MOVIE ... p. 14 PHOTO ... p. 16 (VIEW IMAGES) category VISUAL INDEX ... p. 18 FILM ROLL ... p. 18 FACE... p. 18 PLAYLIST... Displays and plays a movie playlist. (OTHERS) category DELETE DELETE ...
  • Page 40 CALIBRATION ... Calibrates the touch panel. A.SHUT OFF ... Changes the [A.SHUT OFF] setting (p. 11). POWER ON BY LCD ... Sets whether or not the camcorder is turned on and off when you open high image quality, such as [HQ], is recommended.
  • Page 41 DROP SENSOR ... p. 5 [SOUND/DISP SET] is changed to [SOUND SETTINGS] during Easy Handycam operation.  DCR-SR57E/SR67E/SR77E/SR87E List of the OPTION MENU The following items are available on the OPTION MENU only. SPOT MTR/FCS... Adjusts the brightness and focus for the seleted subject simultaneously. SPOT METER ...
  • Page 42: Getting Detailed Information From The "Handycam Handbook

    Select the desired language and the model name of your camcorder, then click [Handycam Handbook (PDF)]. The model name of your camcorder is  printed on its bottom surface. Click [Exit]  [Exit], then remove the CD-ROM from your computer.
  • Page 43: Additional Information

    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. See the “Handycam Handbook” (p. 42) for ...
  • Page 44 If indicators appear 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:04: The battery pack is not an “InfoLITHIUM”...
  • Page 45  Access to the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media  was restricted on another device. The camcorder is unsteady. Hold the camcorder  steady with both hands. However, note that the camera-shake warning indicator does not disappear. The drop sensor function is activated. You ...
  • Page 46: Precautions

    If any solid object or liquid gets inside the  casing, unplug your camcorder and have it checked by a Sony dealer before operating it any further. Avoid rough handling, disassembling,  modifying, physical shock, or impact such as hammering, dropping or stepping on the product.
  • Page 47: Rechargeable Battery

    (wall socket) via the AC Adaptor or while the battery pack is attached. The rechargeable battery will be fully discharged in about 3 months if you do not use your camcorder at all. Use your camcorder after charging the pre-installed rechargeable battery. However, even if the pre-...
  • Page 48: Specifications

    Specifications System Signal format: PAL color, CCIR standards Movie recording format DCR-SR37E/SR38E/SR47E/SR48E Video: MPEG2-PS Audio: Dolby Digital 2ch Dolby Digital Stereo Creator DCR-SR57E/SR67E/SR77E/SR87E Video: MPEG2-PS Audio: Dolby Digital 2ch/5.1ch Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator Photo file format : DCF Ver.2.0 Compatible : Exif Ver.2.21 Compatible : MPF Baseline Compatible Recording media (Movie/Photo)
  • Page 49 Output voltage: DC 6.8 V Maximum charge voltage: DC 8.4 V Maximum charge current: 1.75 A Capacity: 6.1 Wh (900 mAh) Type: Li-ion Design and specifications of your camcorder and accessories are subject to change without notice. Manufactured under license from Dolby  Laboratories.
  • Page 50  is recorded in 2ch stereo. The number in ( ) is the minimum recordable  time. A Sony “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media is  Recording time used. The recording time will vary depending on the 15 h 10 m ...
  • Page 51 Stick PRO-HG Duo, ” “ “Memory Stick Micro, ” “MagicGate, ” “ , ” “MagicGate Memory Stick” and “MagicGate Memory Stick Duo” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony  Corporation. “DVDirect” is a trademark of Sony ...
  • Page 52: Screen Indicators

    101-0001 101-0005  Indicators and their positions are approximate  and may differ from what you actually see. Depending on the models of camcorder, some  indicator may not be displayed. Meaning Drop sensor off Drop sensor activated Approximate number of...
  • Page 53: Parts And Controls

    PHOTO button (17)  CHG (charge) lamp (10)  ACCESS lamp (Hard disk) (10) While the lamp is lit or flashing, the camcorder is reading or writing data.  Battery pack (10)  BATT (battery) release lever (11)  DC IN jack (10) ...
  • Page 54 (VIEW IMAGES) button (18)  Access lamp (“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media) (36) While the lamp is lit or flashing, the camcorder is reading or writing data.   (Backlight) button (35)  RESET button Press RESET to initialize all the settings including the clock setting.
  • Page 55: Index

    Index A/V connecting cable...21, 32 Backlight ...35 Battery ...10 Capturing photos from a movie ...27 Charging the battery abroad ...11 Charging the battery pack ...10 Computer...22 Computer system ...22 Copy ...37 Copying a disc ...27 Creating a disc ...27 DATE/TIME...12 Delete ...34 Destination drive or folder ...26 Disc recorder ...32...
  • Page 56 Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at our Customer Support Website. http://www.sony.net/ Printed on 70% or more recycled paper using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)-free vegetable oil based ink. Printed in China...