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Sony HDR-CX7/CX7K Operating Manual

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Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
Operating Guide
For details on the advanced operations, please refer to
"Handycam Handbook" (PDF).
© 2007 Sony Corporation


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  • Page 1 Digital HD Video Camera Recorder Operating Guide HDR-CX7/CX7K For details on the advanced operations, please refer to “Handycam Handbook” (PDF). © 2007 Sony Corporation 3-214-660-11(1)
  • Page 2 WARNING To reduce fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture. This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage” within the product’s enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
  • Page 3: Replacement Parts

    Cleaning Unplug the set from the wall outlet before cleaning or polishing it. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a cloth lightly dampened with water for cleaning the exterior of the set. Installation Water and Moisture Do not use power-line operated sets near water – for example, near a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen sink, or laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool, etc.
  • Page 4: Read This First

    The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom. Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever you call your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. HDR- Serial No. Model No. AC- Serial No.
  • Page 5: Notes On Use

    PRO-HG Duo” are both called as “Memory Stick PRO Duo” in this manual. Using the camcorder • The camcorder is not dustproofed, dripproofed or waterproofed. See “Precautions” (p. 35). • To prevent the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” from being broken or recorded images from being lost, do not do the following when either of the respective lamps of the POWER switch (p.
  • Page 6: About Language Setting

    When the camcorder is connected to a computer • Do not try to format the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” in the camcorder using a computer. If you do so, your camcorder may not operate correctly. About language setting •...
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Read this first ...4 Notes on use ... 5 Getting Started Step 1: Checking supplied items ...8 Step 2: Charging the battery pack ...9 Step 3: Turning the power on, and setting the date and time ...12 Changing the language setting ...
  • Page 8: 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. 9) Power cord (1) (p. 9) Handycam Station (1) (p.
  • Page 9: Step 2: Charging The Battery Pack

    You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (H series) after attaching it to your camcorder. b Notes • Your camcorder operates only with an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (H series). Connect the AC Adaptor to the DC IN jack on the Handycam Station.
  • Page 10 POWER switch to OFF (CHG) and turn off the • 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 DC plug Station, even when the power cord is disconnected from the wall outlet.
  • Page 11 Adaptor or battery terminal with any metallic objects. This may cause a malfunction. • Even if your camcorder is turned off, AC power (house current) is still supplied to it while connected to the wall outlet via the AC Adaptor.
  • Page 12: Step 3: Turning The Power On, And Setting The Date And Time

    The clock starts. Touch the button on the LCD screen. When using the camcorder for the first time, the [CLOCK SET] screen appears on the LCD screen. z Tips • The date and time do not appear during recording, but they are automatically recorded on the “Memory Stick PRO Duo,”...
  • Page 13: Step 4: Inserting A "Memory Stick Pro Duo

    Duo cover, lightly push the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” in once. b Notes • When the access lamp is lit or flashing, your camcorder is reading/writing data. To prevent image data from being damaged, do not: (Movie) – eject the “Memory Stick PRO Duo”...
  • Page 14: Recording/Playback

    Recording/Playback Recording START/STOP B Slide the POWER switch A until the respective lamp lights up. Press the green button only when the POWER switch is in the OFF (CHG) position. • (Movie): To record movies • (Still): To record still images Start recording.
  • Page 15 INFO]. • You can capture up to 3 still images by pressing PHOTO during movie recording. • The maximum recordable time of Sony “Memory Stick PRO Duo” is as follows with recording mode [HD SP] (the default setting); 512 MB: approx. 8 minutes 1 GB: approx.
  • Page 16: Playback

    3 Next 6 images 4 Returns to the recording screen 5 HD (high definition) image quality movie tab* Slide the POWER switch A to turn on your camcorder. Press the (VIEW IMAGES) B (or D) button. The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen (It may take some time to display the thumbnails).
  • Page 17: Playing The Image On A Tv

    Handycam Station or to your camcorder, depending on your setup. Do not connect A/V connecting cables to both the Handycam Station and your camcorder at the same time, as image disturbance may occur. • For details on connecting and dubbing recorded images to VCR or DVD/HDD recorders, see “Handycam Handbook”...
  • Page 18: Names And Functions Of Parts And Controls

    5 Battery pack (p. 9) (Movie)/ (Still) mode lamps (p. 14) 7 /CHG (charge) lamp Lights up while charging your camcorder, or flickers while charging the flash, and remains lit when the flash charging is complete. (flash) button You can select the settings for the flash.
  • Page 19 RESET to initialize all the settings, including settings for date and time. qd LCD screen/touch panel To record in mirror mode, open the LCD screen 90 degrees to the camcorder (1), then rotate it 180 degrees to the lens side (2). (HOME) button (p. 23) qg Zoom buttons Press for zooming in/out.
  • Page 20 The accessory can be turned on or off as you operate the POWER switch on your camcorder. eg DISC BURN button Create a disc by connecting the camcorder to a computer. For details, see “Picture Motion Browser Guide.” eh Interface connector (USB) jack Connect the USB cable.
  • Page 21: Indicators Displayed During Recording/Playback

    Indicators displayed during recording/playback Recording movies Recording still images Viewing movies Viewing still images A Recording quality (HD/SD) and Recording mode (XP/HQ/SP/LP) B HOME button C Remaining battery (approx.) D Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or [REC] (recording)) E Counter (hour/minute/second) F OPTION button G Dual Rec H VIEW IMAGES button...
  • Page 22 Indicators on the LCD screens Following indicators appear during recording/playback to indicate the settings of your camcorder. Upper left Center Bottom Upper left Indicator Meaning 5.1ch surround recording/playback Self-timer recording Flash, REDEYE REDUC MICREF LEVEL low WIDE SELECT Center Indicator...
  • Page 23: Performing Various Functions

    Using the HOME MENU You can change the recording functions and the operating settings for your convenience. For details, see “Handycam Handbook” (PDF). Turn on your camcorder, then press (HOME) A (or B). Category Touch the desired category. Touch the desired setup item.
  • Page 24 • When the item you want is not on the screen, touch another tab. • The tabs and items that appear on the screen depend on the recording/playback status of your camcorder at the time. • Some items appear without a tab. • The OPTION MENU cannot be used during Easy Handycam operation (p.
  • Page 25 CLOCK/ LANG [CLOCK SET]* , [AREA SET], [DST SET]/[SUMMERTIME], [ LANGUAGE SET]* GENERAL SET [DEMO MODE], [REC LAMP], [CALIBRATION], [A.SHUT OFF], [REMOTE CTRL] You can set these items also during Easy Handycam operation (p. 15). The menu name is changed to [SOUND SETTINGS] during Easy Handycam operation (p.
  • Page 26: Deleting Images

    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 imported to your computer on a disc. You can also edit those images.
  • Page 27: Enjoying With A Computer

    Enjoying with a computer Viewing “Handycam Handbook” (PDF) For advanced use of your camcorder, see “Handycam Handbook” (PDF). To view “Handycam Handbook” (PDF), you need to install Adobe Reader on your computer. For Windows users Turn on the computer. Place the CD-ROM (supplied) in the disc drive of your computer.
  • Page 28: What You Can Do With A Windows Computer

    By pressing DISC BURN (p. 20) on the Handycam Station, you can save images recorded on your camcorder to a disc on your computer. Importing images taken with your camcorder to a computer Viewing imported images on a...
  • Page 29 Stick PRO Duo” in a Memory Stick slot of a computer. However, in the following cases, do not use the Memory Stick slot of the computer, but connect your camcorder to the computer with the USB cable: – The computer is not compatible with a “Memory Stick PRO Duo.”...
  • Page 30 Double-click to start “Picture Motion Browser Guide.” Connecting your camcorder to a computer To connect your camcorder to a computer, follow the steps below. 1 Connect the AC Adaptor to the Handycam Station and a wall outlet. 2 Set the camcorder onto the Handycam Station, then slide the POWER switch to turn on your camcorder.
  • Page 31 Handycam Station and the computer. b Notes • Do not disconnect the USB cable while the access lamp is lit. • Before turning off your camcorder, disconnect the USB cable following the proper procedures described above. • Disconnect the USB cable using the proper procedures described above.
  • Page 32: Troubleshooting

    If you run into any problems using your camcorder, use the following table to troubleshoot the problem. If the problem persists, disconnect the power source and contact your Sony dealer. Menu items are grayed out. • There are some functions you cannot activate simultaneously. For details, see “Handycam Handbook”...
  • Page 33 If indicators appear on the LCD screen, check the following. You can fix some symptoms by yourself. 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...
  • Page 34 • The amount of light 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 35: Additional Information

    • 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 36: Rechargeable Battery

    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 37: Specifications

    Industries Association). Files in this format can have additional information such as your camcorder’s setting information at the time of recording. The unique pixel array of Sony’s ClearVid CMOS sensor and image processing system (new Enhanced Imaging Processor) allows still image resolution equivalent to the sizes described.
  • Page 38 80 g (2.9 oz) Operating temperature 0 °C to + 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F) Type Lithium ion Design and specifications are subject to change without notice. • Your camcorder is produced under the license of Dolby Laboratories.
  • Page 39 “MagicGate Memory Stick” and “MagicGate Memory Stick Duo” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. • “x.v.Color” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
  • Page 40 Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at our Customer Support Website. Printed on 70% or more recycled paper using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)- free vegetable oil based ink. Printed in Japan...

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