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Mobile HD Snap
For details on the advanced operations, please access
"Mobile HD Snap Camera Handbook" contained on
the supplied CD-ROM via a computer.

Instruction Manual

Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly, and retain it for future reference.
© 2009 Sony Corporation


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  • Page 1: Instruction Manual

    For details on the advanced operations, please access “Mobile HD Snap Camera Handbook” contained on the supplied CD-ROM via a computer. Instruction Manual Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly, and retain it for future reference. MHS-PM1 © 2009 Sony Corporation 4-135-531-14(1)
  • Page 2: Read This First

    • 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: Regulatory Information

    [ Regulatory Information Declaration of Conformity Trade Name : SONY Model No. : MHS-PM1 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.
  • Page 4: For Customers In Europe

    For Customers in Europe [ Notice for the customers in the countries applying EU Directives The manufacturer of this product is Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan Minato-ku Tokyo, 108- 0075 Japan. The Authorized Representative for EMC and product safety is Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Page 5: Notes On Using Your Camera

    [ Disposal of waste batteries (applicable in the European Union and other European countries with separate collection systems) This symbol on the battery or on the packaging indicates that the battery provided with this product shall not be treated as household waste. By ensuring these batteries are disposed of correctly, you will help prevent potentially negative consequences for the environment and...
  • Page 6: About This Manual

    • When inserting or ejecting the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media, be careful so that the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media does not pop out and drop. • When connecting your camera to another device with a cable, be sure to insert the connector plug in the correct way.
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Read this first ... 2 Notes on using your camera ... 5 Enjoying the camera ... 8 Getting started ... 10 Checking the accessories supplied ... 10 1 Preparing the battery pack ... 11 2 Inserting the battery pack/“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media (sold separately) ...
  • Page 8: Enjoying The Camera

    Enjoying the camera Enjoying high definition images The movies shot with this camera will be recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Main Profile, approximately 30 frames per second, Progressive, AAC LC, “MP4 format”. – MPEG: Movie Picture Experts Group – AVC: Advanced Video Codec What is “MPEG-4 AVC/H.264”? MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 is a standard of video camera, which uses highly efficient image compression encoding technology to record HD (high definition) images.
  • Page 9 Flow of use B Getting started For types of “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media, you can use with your camera, see page 5. B Shooting in HD (high definition) image quality Select the image size suited for your purpose. For the image size and image quality, see page 17.
  • Page 10: Getting Started

    Getting started Checking the accessories supplied • Battery charger BC-CSK/BC-CSKA (1) • Power cord (mains lead) (1) (not supplied in the USA and Canada) • Rechargeable battery pack NP-BK1 (1) Attach the strap and place your hand through the loop to prevent the camera from damage by being dropped, etc.
  • Page 11: Preparing The Battery Pack

    1 Preparing the battery pack For customers in the USA and Canada Plug CHARGE lamp Insert the battery pack into the battery charger. • Insert the battery pack as far as it will go, then press the back of the battery pack gently until it clicks. Connect the battery charger to the wall outlet (wall socket).
  • Page 12: Inserting The Battery Pack/"memory Stick Pro Duo" Media (sold Separately)

    2 Inserting the battery pack/“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media (sold separately) Battery/“Memory Stick Duo” media cover Open the battery/“Memory Stick Duo” media cover. Insert the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media (sold separately) all the way in until it clicks. Close the battery/“Memory Stick Duo” media cover. [ When there is no “Memory Stick PRO Duo”...
  • Page 13 [ To remove “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media Open the battery/“Memory Stick Duo” media cover. Make sure that the access lamp is not lit, then push the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media in once. • Never remove “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media when the access lamp is lit. This may cause damage to data in the “Memory Stick PRO Duo”...
  • Page 14: Turning The Camera On/setting The Clock

    3 Turning the camera on/setting the clock MENU button LCD screen Rotate the lens portion. Rotating the lens portion in the arrow direction turns on the camera. To turn off the power, rotate it back. • You can also turn the power on by pressing ON/OFF button. •...
  • Page 15: Shooting Images Easily

    Shooting images easily MENU button MOVIE button Zoom lever PHOTO button (Play) button Rotate the lens portion to turn the power on. You can also turn the power on by pressing ON/OFF. Confirm the composition. Position the subject in the center of the screen. Start shooting.
  • Page 16 • Black bands appear on the top and bottom of the image in the following situations: –When the image size is either [1080 30P] or [720 30P]. –When the aspect ratio is 3:2. • You cannot shoot still images while shooting movies. •...
  • Page 17: Useful Functions For Shooting

    Useful functions for shooting [ W/T Using the zoom Slide the zoom lever toward T to zoom in, slide the zoom lever toward W to zoom out. • This camera is only capable of digital zoom. • When using the zoom, the image may not zoom in or zoom out smoothly.
  • Page 18: Selecting A Shooting Mode

    720 30P: Shoot HD (high definition) quality movies in sizes suited for display on computer VGA 30P: Shoot SD (standard definition) quality movies in sizes suited for uploading on websites [ Selecting a shooting mode Press MENU, then select the desired item in (Camera) (page 22).
  • Page 19: Viewing/editing Images

    Viewing/Editing images MENU button (Delete) button (Sharemark) button Zoom lever (Play) button Rotate the lens portion to turn the power on. You can also turn the power on by pressing ON/OFF. Press (Play) button to set the camera to playback mode. Index screen appears.
  • Page 20 Press (Delete) and select [Select] with v/V, then press the multi-selector. Select the images you want to delete with v/V/b/B, then press the multi-selector to display the (Delete) indicator on the selected image. Press (Delete). Select [OK] with B, then press the multi-selector. •...
  • Page 21 Connecting to a non-high-definition 16:9 (wide) or 4:3 TV Images recorded with HD (high definition) quality is converted to SD (standard definition) and played back. Images recorded with SD (standard definition) image quality are played back with SD (standard definition) image quality. A/V OUT jack •...
  • Page 22: Changing The Settings - Menu/setup

    Changing the settings – Menu/Setup MENU button Multi-selector Press MENU to display the menu. Select the desired menu item with the multi-selector tilt to b/B. • In shooting mode, cannot set an item with gray. • In playback mode, press the multi-selector after setting an item.
  • Page 23: Enjoying Your Computer

    Enjoying your computer Viewing “Mobile HD Snap Camera Handbook” (PDF) For advanced use of your camera, see “Mobile HD Snap Camera Handbook” (PDF). To view “Mobile HD Snap Camera Handbook” (PDF), you need to install Adobe Reader on your computer. [ For Windows users Turn on the computer.
  • Page 24 Display: DirectX 7 or later-compatible video card, Minimum 1,024 Others: USB port (this must be provided as standard, Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compatible)) * For “PMB Portable”, the disk volume required on using the program temporarily is approximately 1 GB. [ Note on playback of movie files (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) To play back and editing movie files...
  • Page 25 • If the icon is not displayed on the computer screen, click [Start] t [All Programs] t [Sony Picture Utility] t [PMB] to start “PMB” or click [Start] t [All Programs] t [Sony Picture Utility] t [Help] t [PMB Guide].
  • Page 26 Sony server. There may be times when you cannot access the website because of server maintenance or for other reasons. • If the operation of the Sony server is to be terminated, you will be notified of the termination ahead of time on Sony’s website, etc.
  • Page 27: Using Your Macintosh Computer

    Using your Macintosh computer You can copy images to your Macintosh computer. • “PMB” is not compatible with Macintosh computers. Recommended computer environment The following environment is recommended for a computer connected to the camera. OS (pre-installed): Mac OS 9.1/9.2/ Mac OS X (v10.1 to v10.5) USB jack: Provided as standard b Notes...
  • Page 28: Indicators On The Screen

    Indicators on the screen Each time you tilt the multi-selector to v (DISP), the display changes (page 17). In shooting standby When recording movies When playing back still images When playing back movies Display Indication Battery remaining Shooting mode • When switching to the shooting mode, appears for approximately two seconds.
  • Page 29 Display Indication Image size Still image shooting mode [400] Remaining number of recordable images Menu/Guide menu DPOF • Pressing MENU switches the menu/guide menu on/ off. Playback bar 101_0012 Folder-file number 2009 1 1 Recorded date/time of the 9:30 AM playback image BACK/ Select images...
  • Page 30: Battery Life And Memory Capacity

    Battery life and memory capacity Battery life and the available recording and playback time The tables show the approximate time (min.) that the images can be recorded/ played back with the battery at full capacity and at an ambient temperature of 25°C (77°F).
  • Page 31: Number Of Still Images And Recording Time Of Movies

    • When the number of remaining shootable images is greater than 9,999, the “>9999” indicator appears. • When images recorded using earlier Sony models are played back on this camera, the display may differ from the actual image size. • All numbers measured when using “Memory Stick PRO Duo”...
  • Page 32: Troubleshooting

    Handbook” (PDF). Turn the power off, and turn it on again after about one minute. Consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. When repairing the camera, we may check a minimum amount of data stored on the internal memory in order to improve the condition.
  • Page 33: Computers

    Click [View] and click [Devices by type]. If the driver below, not correctly recognized, is installed, right-click it and click [Uninstall]. • [Sony Webcam] in [Imaging devices] When [Confirm Device Removal] screen appears, click [OK] and delete it. Turn off the power of the camera, remove the USB cable, and re-start the computer.
  • Page 34 b Notes • The computer may not operate properly when you delete devices other than [USB Composite Device], [USB Audio Device], or [USB Device]. • Press MENU and select (Setup 2) t [USB Connect] t [Web Camera], then press the multi-selector (page 22). •...
  • Page 35: Precautions

    Precautions [ Do not use/store the camera in the following places • In an extremely hot, cold or humid place In places such as in a car parked in the sun, the camera body may become deformed and this may cause a malfunction. •...
  • Page 36: On The Internal Rechargeable

    Note that if you attempt to shoot with moisture remaining inside the lens, you will be unable to record clear images. [ On disposing the battery Contact the nearest Sony dealer when disposing the battery. [ On the internal rechargeable backup battery...
  • Page 37: Specifications

    Specifications Camera [System] Image device: 7.13 mm (1/2.5 type) CMOS sensor Total pixel number of camera: Approx. 5 040 000 (2 592 × 1 944) pixels Effective pixel number of camera: Approx. 5 040 000 (2 592 × 1 944) pixels (still images), Approx.
  • Page 38 • “Memory Stick”, , “Memory Stick Duo”, , “Memory Stick PRO Duo”, Stick Micro”, “MagicGate”, and are trademarks of Sony Corporation. • Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista and DirectX are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
  • 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 China...

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