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Operating Instructions

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Owner's Record
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 upon your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No. DSC-P71/P51/P31
Serial No.
DSC-P71/P51/P31
© 2002 Sony Corporation
3-074-351-13(1)
Getting started ________________________
Shooting still images __________________
Viewing still images ___________________
Deleting still images ___________________
Copying still images to your computer _________
Before advanced operations _____________
Advanced still image shooting____________
Advanced still image viewing_____________
Still image editting ____________________
Enjoying movies________________________
Troubleshooting ________________________
Additional information ___________________
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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    Owner’s Record 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 upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. DSC-P71/P51/P31 Serial No.
  • Page 2 (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance. If you have any questions about this product, you may call: Sony Customer Information Services Center 1-800-222-SONY (7669) The number below is for the FCC related matters only. Declaration of Conformity...
  • Page 3 Never use the plug without the fuse cover. If you should lose the fuse cover, please contact your nearest Sony service station. For the Customers in Germany Directive:EMC Directive 89/336/EEC, 92/31/EEC...
  • Page 4 USB cable again. Trademarks • “Memory Stick,” , “MagicGate Memory Stick,” and , are trademarks of Sony Corporation. • “MagicGate” and trademarks of Sony Corporation. • Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of the U.S. Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.
  • Page 5: Before Using Your Camera

    Before using your camera Trial recording Before you record one-time events, you may want to make a trial recording to make sure that the camera is working correctly. No compensation for contents of the recording Contents of the recording cannot be compensated for if recording or playback is not possible due to a malfunction of your camera or recording medium, etc.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Before using your camera ... 5 Identifying the parts ... 8 Getting started Preparing batteries ... 14 Charging the batteries ... 14 Inserting the batteries... 17 Using an external power source... 19 Using your camera abroad ... 19 Turning on/off your camera...
  • Page 7 Before advanced operations How to setup and operate your camera ...55 Changing menu settings...55 Changing items in the SET UP screen ...55 Advanced still image shooting Adjusting the exposure (EV adjustment) 56 Adjusting color tones (WHITE BALANCE)...57 Choosing a focus method (MULTI AF/CENTER AF) ...58 Setting the distance to the subject (Focus preset) ...60...
  • Page 8: Identifying The Parts

    Identifying the parts (DSC-P71) Attaching the strap A POWER ON/OFF lamp (20) B POWER button (20) C Shutter button (26) D Flash (30) E Self-timer lamp (29)/ AF illuminator (31, 97) F Finder window G Lens H Tripod receptacle (bottom surface) •...
  • Page 9 A Finder Self-timer/recording lamp (red) AE/AF lock lamp (green) Flash charge lamp (orange) (30) B DISPLAY/LCD ON/OFF button (32) C MENU button (24) D VIDEO OUT jack (38) E Jack cover F USB jack (47) G Control button (Menu on) (v/V/b/B/z) (20)/ (Menu off) ( / /7/ ) (27, 29, 30) H RESET button (bottom surface)
  • Page 10 Identifying the parts (continued) (DSC-P51) Attaching the strap A POWER ON/OFF lamp (20) B POWER button (20) C Shutter button (26) D Flash (30) E Self-timer lamp (29)/ AF illuminator (31, 97) F Finder window G Lens H Tripod receptacle (bottom surface) •...
  • Page 11 A POWER SAVE switch B DISPLAY/LCD ON/OFF button (32) C Finder Self-timer/recording lamp (red) AE/AF lock lamp (green) Flash charge lamp (orange) (30) D MENU button (24) E VIDEO OUT jack (38) F Jack cover G USB jack (47) H Control button (Menu on) (v/V/b/B/z) (20)/ (Menu off) ( / /7/ ) (27, 29,...
  • Page 12 Identifying the parts (continued) (DSC-P31) Attaching the strap A POWER ON/OFF lamp (20) B POWER button (20) C Shutter button (26) D Flash (30) E Self-timer lamp (29)/ AF illuminator (31, 97) F Finder window G Lens H Tripod receptacle (bottom surface) •...
  • Page 13 A POWER SAVE switch B DISPLAY/LCD ON/OFF button (32) C Finder Self-timer/recording lamp (red) AE/AF lock lamp (green) Flash charge lamp (orange) (30) D MENU button (24) E Jack cover F USB jack (47) G VIDEO OUT jack (38) H Control button (Menu on) (v/V/b/B/z) (20)/ (Menu off) ( / /7/ ) (27, 29,...
  • Page 14: Getting Started

    Preparing batteries Use the following batteries in this camera. Acceptable batteries R6 (size AA) Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries (2) – NH-AA-DI (2) (supplied) – NH-AA-2DI twin-pack (recommended, not supplied) Batteries that cannot be used Manganese batteries, lithium batteries, ni- cad batteries, alkaline batteries (cannot be used with the DSC-P71) * Use of AA alkaline batteries may result in shorter than desired operating time.
  • Page 15: Charging Time

    (page 67). Precautions to be observed when charging the batteries • Do not charge any other batteries except Sony Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries in the charger supplied with your camera. If you try to charge any other type of battery (e.g.,...
  • Page 16 Charging the Nickel-Metal hydride batteries (continued) Battery remaining indicator As the battery power decreases with use, the Battery remaining indicator displays the amount of power remaining using the following symbols. Battery Battery remaining remaining guidelines indicator (A full charge is 100%) Sufficient power remaining Battery half full...
  • Page 17: Inserting The Batteries

    Inserting the batteries , Open the Battery cover. Slide it in the direction of the arrow, and it opens out. , Insert the batteries. Match the / poles of the batteries to the / marks inside the battery case. • Occasionally clean the poles of the batteries and the terminals of the Battery cover by wiping them with a dry cloth.
  • Page 18 Inserting the batteries (continued) Battery life and the number of images that can be recorded/ played back The tables show approximate guidelines for the length of time the camera can be used when picture quality is set to Standard, when you shoot in Flash mode , and when you shoot in Normal mode in an environment where the ambient temperature is 25°C (77°F), and the...
  • Page 19: Using An External Power Source

    Using an external power source DC IN jack cover DC plug AC power adaptor (not supplied) , Open the DC IN jack cover, then connect the AC-LS1 AC power adaptor (not supplied) to the DC IN jack of the camera. Connect the cable with the v mark facing •...
  • Page 20: Turning On/off Your Camera

    Turning on/off your camera POWER ON/ OFF lamp POWER button , Press the POWER button. The POWER ON/OFF lamp lights in green, the power is on. When you turn on your camera for the first time, the CLOCK SET screen appears (see the next page). To turn off the power If you press the POWER button again, the POWER ON/OFF lamp goes out, and the...
  • Page 21: Setting The Date And Time

    Setting the date and time Mode dial , Set the mode dial to • To change values for the time and the date that have been previously set, change the mode dial to SET UP, choose [CLOCK SET] in SETUP 1 (page 97), then proceed from Step 3.
  • Page 22 Setting the date and time (continued) CLOCK SET 2002 / , Choose the year, month, day, hour, and minute items using b/B. A v will be shown above, and a V will be shown below the item currently selected to be set.
  • Page 23: Shooting Still Images

    Inserting and removing a “Memory Stick” Bottom , Open the “Memory Stick” cover. Slide the cover in the direction of the arrow to open it. Label side Connector side , Insert the “Memory Stick.” Insert the “Memory Stick” all the way in until it clicks, as shown in the illustration.
  • Page 24: Deciding The Still Image Size And Quality

    Deciding the still image size and quality AUTO WHITE BAL Menu button , Set the mode dial to , turn on the power, and then push the MENU button. The menu appears. • You can also carry out this operation when the mode dial is set to SCN.
  • Page 25: Image Size And Quality

    Image size and quality You can choose image size (number of pixels) and image quality (compression ratio) based on the kind of images you want to shoot. The larger you make the image size and the higher you make the image quality, the better your image, but also the larger the amount of data needed to preserve your image.
  • Page 26: Basic Still Image Shooting (using Auto Adjustment Mode)

    Basic still image shooting (using auto adjustment mode) Mode dial , Set the mode dial to , and turn on your camera. • The lens cover opens when the power is turned • When the camera is turned on or when using the zoom, and the lens is moving, don’t touch the lens assembly (DSC-P71 only) (page 28).
  • Page 27: Checking The Last Shot Image (quick Review)

    2048 , Press the shutter fully down. A beeping sound is heard, the shooting is completed, and the still image is saved in the “Memory Stick.” When the Recording lamp (page 9) goes out, you can shoot the next image. •...
  • Page 28: Using The Zoom Feature

    Using the zoom feature W (wide-angle) T (telephoto) 2048 , Press the W (wide angle) or the T (telephoto) side of the Zoom button to choose the desired image size, and shoot your image. The minimum distance needed to focus on a subject (From the end of the lens when the zoom button is set all the way to either the W or T side) DSC-P71...
  • Page 29: Using The Self-timer

    2048 , Set the mode dial to , and press B ( ) on the control button. (Macro) appears on the LCD screen. • If the menu is currently displayed, press the MENU button first and the menu disappears. • You can perform this operation even when the mode dial is set to SCN (other than Landscape mode) (page 34), or 2048...
  • Page 30: Selecting A Flash Mode

    2048 , Center the subject in the frame, and press the shutter all the way down. The Self-timer lamp (page 8 for the DSC- P71, page 10 for the DSC-P51, page 12 for the DSC-P31) will blink in orange, and you will hear a beeping sound.
  • Page 31 To reduce “red-eye” when shooting live subjects When the flash begins to strobe before the image is shot, the red-eye phenomenon is reduced. In SET UP, set [RED EYE REDUCTION] to [ON] (page 97). appears on the LCD screen. • The amount of red-eye reduction possible varies according to the individual.
  • Page 32: Shooting With The Finder

    Shooting with the finder Finder DISPLAY/ ON/OFF button The finder is convenient when you want to save battery power, or when it is difficult to confirm the image using the LCD screen. Each time you press the DISPLAY/LCD ON/OFF button, the display changes in the following order.
  • Page 33 CAMERA MOVING IMAGE : DAY&TIME DATE/TIME : DATE DIGITAL ZOOM : RED EYE REDUCTION : AF ILLUMINATOR : CAMERA Select ) using on the control button and press DATE/TIME Select [ ] using and press CAMERA MOVING IMAGE : MPEG MOVIE DATE/TIME : DAY&TIME DIGITAL ZOOM :...
  • Page 34: Shooting According To Scene Conditions (scene Selection)

    Shooting according to scene conditions (SCENE SELECTION) Twilight mode Ordinarily shoot with the camera set to Auto (mode dial: ), but when shooting scenes or people in the dark places, or shooting landscapes, use the modes listed below to increase the quality of your images.
  • Page 35 , Select [SCN] using b/B on the control button. • (SPOT METER) is not displayed on the menu of the DSC-P51/P31 (page 61). , Select the desired mode using v/V on the control button. The mode will be set to your choice. When the setting is completed, press the MENU button.
  • Page 36: Viewing Still Images

    Viewing images on the LCD screen of your camera Single (single-image display) 100-0028 2002 7 4 10:30 • FILE BACK/NEXT You can see the images you shoot with this camera almost immediately on the LCD screen. This camera offers the following three methods for viewing your images.
  • Page 37: Viewing Index (nine- Or Triple-image Display)

    100-0029 2002 7 4 10:30 FILE BACK/NEXT , Select Still Image using b/B on the control button. b : Displays the previous image. B : Displays the next image. Viewing Index (nine- or triple-image display) • SINGLE DISPLAY , Press the Zoom W button once. The display switches to the Index (nine- image) screen.
  • Page 38: Viewing Images On A Tv Screen

    Viewing images on a TV screen VIDEO OUT jack Video connecting cable (supplied) , Using the video connecting cable, connect the VIDEO OUT jack of the camera to the Image of the TV set. • Connect the video cable to the camera and the TV set only after confirming that both are turned off.
  • Page 39: Deleting Still Images

    Watching the playback picture on TV If you want to view the playback picture on a TV, you need a TV having a video input jack and a video connecting cable. The color system of the TV must be the same as that of your digital still camera.
  • Page 40: Deleting On The Index (nine-image) Screen

    Deleting images (continued) 2048 , Select [OK] using v on the control button, then press the center z. “MEMORY STICK ACCESS” appears on the screen. When this message disappears, the image has been deleted. To cancel the deletion Using V on the control button, choose [CANCEL], then press the center z.
  • Page 41: Deleting On The Index (triple-image)

    • MENU TO NEXT , Select the image you want to delete using v/V/b/B on the control button then press the center z. (Delete) mark appears on the selected image. At this point, the image has not yet been deleted. Put the (Delete) marks on all of the images you want to delete.
  • Page 42 Deleting on the Index (triple- image) screen (continued) PRINT PROTECT DELETE 100-0028 2002 7 4 • MENU button , Press the MENU button, and select [DELETE] using the V on the control button, then press the center z. At this point, the image has not yet been deleted.
  • Page 43: Formatting A "memory Stick

    Formatting a “ Memory Stick” , Insert the “Memory Stick” you want to format into the camera. Set the mode dial to SET UP, and turn on the power. • The term “formatting” means preparing a “Memory Stick” to record images; this process is also called “initialization.”...
  • Page 44: Copying Still Images To Your Computer

    When a USB connector is not provided on your computer When neither a USB connector nor a “Memory Stick” slot is provided, you can copy images using an additional device. See the Sony Website for details.
  • Page 45: Installing The Usb Driver

    1 Installing the USB driver Opening window , Turn on your computer, and insert the supplied CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive. Do not connect your camera to your computer at this time. The opening window appears. If it does not appear, double-click (My Computer) t (ImageMixer) in order.
  • Page 46: Preparing Your Camera

    Your computer restarts. Then, you can establish the USB connection. • You can use the “PIXELA ImageMixer for Sony” software to copy images to your computer. To install this software, click “PIXELA ImageMixer,” on the opening succeeding window, then follow instructions on each window.
  • Page 47: Connecting Your Camera To Your Computer

    USB connection For Windows 2000, Me, or XP users 1 Double-click on the tasktray. 2 Click (Sony DSC), then click [Stop]. 3 Confirm the device on the confirmation window, then click [OK]. 4 Click [OK]. This step is unnecessary for Windows XP users.
  • Page 48: Copying Images

    • When the “Removable Disk” icon does not appear, see the next page. • You can use the “PIXELA ImageMixer for Sony” software to copy images to your computer. For details, see the software’s help files. , Double-click [DCIM], then double-click [100MSDCF].
  • Page 49: When A Removable Disk Icon Is Not Shown

    2 Confirm if other devices are already installed. 1 Click [Device Manager]. 2 Double-click [ Other Devices]. 3 Confirm if there is a “ Sony DSC” or “ Sony Handycam” with a mark. 3 If you find either of the devices above, follow the steps below to delete them.
  • Page 50 4 Copying images (continued) , Click to remove the checkmark from any images you do not want to copy to your computer, then click [Next]. The “Picture Name and Destination” window appears. , Specify the image file names to be copied and the copy destination, then click [Next].
  • Page 51: Image File Storage Destinations And File Names

    Click here , Click [Finish]. The wizard window closes. • When you want to continue copying other images, disconnect the USB cable once and reconnect it. Then, follow the process from Step 1. Image file storage destinations and file names The image files recorded with your camera are grouped as folders in the “Memory Stick,”...
  • Page 52 Image file storage destinations and file names (continued) Folder File name 100MSDCF DSC0ssss.JPG CLP0ssss.GIF CLP0ssss.THM MBL0ssss.GIF MBL0ssss.THM IMCIF100 DSC0ssss.JPG MOML0001 MOV0ssss.MPG Note on the table • The meanings of the file names are as above: ssss stands for any number within the range from 0001 to 9999. •...
  • Page 53: Viewing The Images On Your Computer

    48, 49. • When using Windows XP, click [Start]t[My Documents] in that order. • You can use the “PIXELA ImageMixer for Sony” software to view images on your computer. For details, see the software’s help files. , Double-click the desired image file.
  • Page 54: For Macintosh Users

    The image file opens. • You can use the “PIXELA ImageMixer for Sony” software to copy images to your computer and view the images on your computer. To install the software, insert the supplied CD-ROM drive, then click the installer icon to select the desired language under “PIXELA ImageMixer”...
  • Page 55: Before Advanced Operations

    How to setup and operate your camera Here we will explain the most commonly used menus and the SET UP screen. Control button MENU button Mode Dial Changing menu settings a Press the MENU button and the menu will be displayed. b Select the setting item you want to change using b/B on the control button.
  • Page 56: Advanced Still Image Shooting

    Adjusting the exposure – EV adjustment Mode dial: /SCN/ Used when you want to change the automatic exposure to one of your own choice. The value can be set over a range from +2.0EV to –2.0EV, in 1/3EV increments. Control button MENU button Mode dial a Set the mode dial to...
  • Page 57: Adjusting Color Tones (white Balance)

    Adjusting color tones – WHITE BALANCE Mode dial: /SCN/ When shooting images using automatic features, the white balance is set automatically in response to the condition of the subject, and the overall color balance is adjusted accordingly. When you want to fix the conditions under which the image is captured, or when shooting under special lighting conditions, you can select the...
  • Page 58: Choosing A Focus Method (multi Af/center Af)

    Choosing a focus method – MULTI AF/CENTER AF Mode dial: /SCN/ Multipoint AF When you use Multipoint AF, it calculates the distance in three places, in the center of the image, and to both the left and right of the center, you can shoot with the auto focus function without being dependent on the composition of the image.
  • Page 59: Shooting With The Af Lock Using Center Af

    Shooting with the AF lock using Center AF If it is difficult to focus because the subject is not in the center of the frame, you can focus in this situation using the AF range finder. For example, when you are shooting two human subjects, and there is a gap between them, the camera may focus on the background visible in the gap.
  • Page 60: Setting The Distance To The Subject (focus Preset)

    Setting the distance to the subject – Focus preset Mode dial: /SCN/ When shooting an image using a previously set distance to the subject, or when shooting a subject through a net or through window glass, it is difficult to get the proper focus using the auto focus function.
  • Page 61: Spot Light-metering

    a Set the mode dial to , SCN, b Press the MENU button. The menu appears. c Select [PFX] (P. EFFECT) using b/B, then select the desired mode using v/V. To cancel Picture Effect In Step 3, select [OFF] Spot light-metering Mode dial: /SCN/ When there is backlight, or the background...
  • Page 62: Shooting Multiple Frames (clip Motion)

    To cancel Spot light-metering Press the MENU button again, select (SPOT METER) using b/B on the control button, then select [OFF] using v/V. The Spot light-metering aiming point disappears, and the camera returns to normal light-metering. For the DSC-P51/P31 a Set the mode dial to , SCN, b Press B ( ) on the control...
  • Page 63 Before using Clip Motion In [MOVING IMAGE] in SET UP, select [CLIP MOTION] (pages 55, 97). Control button MENU button Mode dial Shutter button a Set the mode dial to b Press the MENU button. The menu appears. c Select (IMAGE SIZE) using b/B, and select the desired mode using v/V.
  • Page 64: Shooting In Multi Burst Mode (multi Burst)

    Shooting in Multi Burst mode – MULTI BURST Mode dial: Pressing the shutter once records 16 frames in a row. This is convenient for checking your form in sports, for example. You can set the interval between frames using the menu.
  • Page 65: Shooting Still Images For E-mail (e-mail)

    Deleting shot images When using this mode, you cannot delete only certain frames. When you delete images, all 16 of the frames are deleted at the same time. a Set the mode dial to b Press the MENU button and select [DELETE] from the menu, then press the center z.
  • Page 66: Advanced Still Image Viewing

    Enlarging a portion of a still image Mode dial: You can enlarge an image up to five times the size of the original image. You can also record the enlarged image as a new file. Control button MENU button Mode dial Zoom button Enlarging an image –...
  • Page 67: Recording An Enlarged Image - Trimming

    Recording an enlarged image – Trimming a After you have viewed an image using playback zoom, press the MENU button. b Select [TRIMMING] using B, then press the center z. c Select the image size using v/ V, then press the center z. The image is recorded, and the screen image returns to the size it was before enlargement.
  • Page 68: Rotating Still Images (rotate)

    To stop the playback of the slide show Press the center z, select [EXIT] using B, then press the center z. To fast forward or to go back to a previous image during a slide show Press the B (Forward), or the b (Backward).
  • Page 69: Still Image Editting

    Protecting images – PROTECT Mode dial: To prevent accidental erasure of an important image, you can protect it. Control button MENU button Mode dial For single images a Set the mode dial to b Display the image you want to protect using b/B.
  • Page 70: For Index (triple-image) Screen

    f To protect other images, repeat Step 5. g Press the MENU button. The menu appears. h Select [OK] using the B, then press the center z. The selected image is protected. To end the protection operation Select [CANCEL] in Step 4 or select [EXIT] in Step 8, then press the center z.
  • Page 71: Changing Image Size (resize)

    To remove protection from previously protected images In Step 4, select the image from which you want to remove protection, and press the center z. To remove protection from all of your images, repeat this process for each of them. Changing image size –...
  • Page 72: Choosing Images To Print (print)

    Choosing images to print – PRINT Mode dial: You can designate certain images to be printed. This is convenient when you want to have images printed in shops that follow DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) specifications. • Print marks cannot be attached to movies (MPEG MOVIE) or images recorded using Clip Motion.
  • Page 73: For Index (triple-image) Screen

    f To print other images, repeat Step 5 for each of them. g Press the MENU button. The menu appears h Select [OK] using B, then press the center z. The setting of the (Print) mark is completed. To delete a (Print) mark To delete a (Print) mark, select an...
  • Page 74: Enjoying Movies

    Shooting movies Mode dial: You can shoot movies. Sound cannot be recorded with movies. Before starting In [MOVING IMAGE] in SET UP, select [MPEG MOVIE] (pages 55, 97). Control button MENU button Mode dial DISPLAY/LCD ON/OFF button a Set the mode dial to b Press the MENU button.
  • Page 75: Viewing Movies On The Lcd Screen

    Viewing movies on the LCD screen Mode dial: You can view movies on the LCD screen of the camera. a Set the mode dial to b Select the desired movie using b/B. Movies are displayed a size smaller than still images. 0:00 MOV00001 2002 7 4...
  • Page 76: Deleting Movies

    Deleting movies Mode dial: Control button MENU button Mode dial Deleting on the single screen a Set the mode dial to b Select the movie you want to delete using b/B. c Press the MENU button. The menu appears. d Select [DELETE] using b/B and press the center z.
  • Page 77: Deleting On The Index (triple-image) Screen

    f Repeat Step 5 of the procedure to delete other movie. g Press the MENU button. The menu appears. h Select [OK] using b/B and press the center z. The movies are deleted when the “MEMORY STICK ACCESS” message disappears. To cancel the deletion Select [CANCEL] in Step 8, and press the center z.
  • Page 78: Editing Movies

    Editing movies Mode dial: With the mode dial, you can cut movies, or delete unnecessary portions of movies. This is the recommended mode to use when the “Memory Stick” capacity is insufficient, or when you attach movies to your e-mail messages.
  • Page 79: Deleting Unnecessary Portions Of A Movie

    e Decide on a cutting point. Press the center z at the desired cutting point. DIVIDE 0:04 DIVIDING POINT CANCEL EXIT When you want to adjust the cutting point, use [c/C] (frame forward/ rewind) and adjust the cutting point using b/ B. If you want to change the cutting point, select [CANCEL].
  • Page 80: Copying Movies To Your Computer

    Copying movies to your computer Follow the steps below to copy movies you shot to your computer. Before starting 1 Install the USB driver. 2 Insert the “Memory Stick” on which the movies are stored, into your camera. Then, turn on the camera. 3 Connect the camera to your computer.
  • Page 81: For Macintosh Users

    To copy movie files using “ImageMixer” You can copy movie files using the supplied “PIXELA ImageMixer for Sony” software. The operation is the same as the operation used to copy still images. For details, see the software’s help files.
  • Page 82: Troubleshooting

    Install the batteries correctly (page 17). p Connect it securely to your camera (page 19). p Turn on the power again (page 20). p Replace it with a charged battery (page 14). 3 Consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
  • Page 83 Shooting Still images/Movies Symptom Cause The LCD screen does not • The power was turned off with the LCD screen light when the power is set to [OFF] the last time the camera was used. turned on. The subject is not visible •...
  • Page 84 Symptom Cause Vertical streaks appear • The smear phenomenon is occurring. when you are shooting a very bright subject. You cannot shoot images. • No “Memory Stick” has been inserted. • The capacity of the “Memory Stick” is full. • The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to the LOCK position.
  • Page 85 Viewing images Symptom Cause The image cannot be • The mode dial is not set to played back. • When you load an image modified using the retouch software on your computer or directly on the camera, the image format differs so the “FILE ERROR”...
  • Page 86 Follow the copy procedure that your OS suggests (pages 48, 49, 54). p If you are using the “PIXELA ImageMixer for Sony” software, click on HELP. p If you are using the “PIXELA ImageMixer for Sony” software, click on HELP.
  • Page 87 Copy the file to the hard disk of the computer and then play the file back from the hard disk (page 80). p Check the printer settings. p Click on HELP files for the “PIXELA ImageMixer for Sony” software. Solution p Insert it from the right side (page 23).
  • Page 88 Symptom Cause The power is on, but the • The built-in microcomputer is not working camera does not work. properly. You cannot identify the — indicator on the LCD screen. The lens does not move • The battery pack is discharged. when you turn off the camera.
  • Page 89: Warnings And Messages

    Warnings and messages The following messages appear on the LCD screen. Message Meaning/ Corrective Action NO MEMORY STICK • Insert a “Memory Stick” (page 23). SYSTEM ERROR • Turn the power off and on again (page 20). MEMORY STICK ERROR •...
  • Page 90: Self-diagnostics Display

    E:91: ss cannot reverse has occurred. E:92: ss If your camera is not still functioning well after trying the countermeasure a couple of times, contact your nearest Sony service station and inform them of the 5-digit displayed code. Example: E:61:10 Countermeasure •...
  • Page 91: Additional Information

    The number of images that can be saved/ shooting time The number of images that can be saved and the shooting time are different, depending on the capacity of the “Memory Stick,” the image size, and the image quality. Refer to the following charts when you choose a “Memory Stick.”...
  • Page 92: Menu Items

    Menu items Menu items that can be changed differ depending on the position of the mode dial. The LCD screen shows only the items you can operate based on the current position of the mode dial. Factory settings are indicated with x.
  • Page 93 When the mode dial is set to , SCN. (continued) Item Setting (P.QUALITY) xFINE / STANDARD MODE(REC MODE) E-MAIL xNORMAL (FLASH LEVEL) HIGH xNORMAL PFX (P.EFFECT) SOLARIZE/B&W/SEPIA/ NEG.ART/xOFF (SHARPNESS) +2 / +1 / x0 / –1 / –2 When the mode dial is set to Item Setting (EV)
  • Page 94 When the mode dial is set to Item Setting (EV) 2.0EV / 1.7EV / 1.3EV / 1.0EV / 0.7EV / 0.3EV / x0EV / 0.3EV / 0.7EV / 1.0EV / 1.3EV / 1.7EV / 2.0EV 9 (FOCUS) / 7.0 m / 3.0 m / 1.0 m / 0.5 m / CENTER AF x MULTI AF WB (WHITE BAL) ON / x OFF...
  • Page 95 When the mode dial is set to Item Setting (EV) 2.0EV / 1.7EV / 1.3EV / 1.0EV / 0.7EV / 0.3EV / x0EV / 0.3EV / 0.7EV / 1.0EV / 1.3EV / 1.7EV / 2.0EV 9 (FOCUS) / 7.0 m / 3.0 m / 1.0 m / 0.5 m / CENTER AF x MULTI AF WB (WHITE BAL) (SPOT METER)
  • Page 96 When the mode dial is set to Item Setting DELETE CANCEL PROTECT — PRINT — SLIDE INTERVAL REPEAT START CANCEL RESIZE 2048×1536 (DSC-P71) / 1600×1200/1280×960/ 640×480/ CANCEL ROTATE (counter-clockwise) / (clockwise) / OK / CANCEL DIVIDE OK / CANCEL Description Deletes the displayed image (page 39).
  • Page 97: Set Up Items

    SET UP items Set the mode dial to SET UP. The setup screen appears. Factory settings are indicated with x. CAMERA Item Setting MOVING IMAGE MPEG MOVIE MULTI BURST DATE/TIME DAY & TIME DIGITAL ZOOM (DSC- P71/P51) RED EYE REDUCTION ON / AF ILLUMINATOR AUTO / OFF SETUP 1...
  • Page 98 SETUP 2 Item Setting BRIGHT BRIGHTNESS xNORMAL LCD BACKLIGHT BRIGHT/ NORMAL BEEP SHUTTER VIDEO OUT NTSC USB CONNECT xNORMAL POWER SAVE x ON / OFF (DSC-P71) Description Selects the LCD brightness. This has no effect on the recorded images. DARK Selects the brightness of the LCD backlight.
  • Page 99: Precautions

    Precautions Cleaning Cleaning the LCD screen Clean the screen surface with an LCD cleaning kit (not supplied) to remove fingerprints, dust, etc. Cleaning the lens Wipe the lens with a soft cloth to remove fingerprints, dust, etc. Cleaning the camera surface Clean the camera surface with a soft cloth slightly moistened with water, then wipe the surface with a dry cloth.
  • Page 100: The "memory Stick

    The “ Memory Stick” “Memory Stick” is a new compact, portable and versatile IC recording medium with a data capacity that exceeds the capacity of a floppy disk. There are two types of “Memory Stick”: an ordinary “Memory Stick” and a “MagicGate Memory Stick”...
  • Page 101: Specifications

    Battery life • The battery life is limited. Battery capacity decreases little by little as you use it more and more, and as time passes. When the battery operating time seems to have been considerably shortened, a probable cause is that the battery pack has reached the end of its life.
  • Page 102 LCD screen LCD panel used DSC-P71 3.8 cm (1.5 type) TFT drive DSC-P51 4.0 cm (1.6 type) TFT drive DSC-P31 4.0 cm (1.6 type) TFT drive Total number of dots DSC-P71 123 200 (560×220) dots DSC-P51 61 600 (280×220) dots DSC-P31 61 600 (280×220) dots Power, etc.
  • Page 103: The Lcd Screen

    The LCD screen For shooting still images SOLARIZE A Image size indicator (24, 25) B Recording mode indicator (65) C AE/AF LOCK indicator (26, 59) D Remaining battery indicator display (16) 2048 3.0m E Flash mode (30)/Red-eye reduction (31)/White balance indicator (57)/AF illuminator indicator (31, 97) F Date/time indicator (32)
  • Page 104 For shooting movies A Recording mode indicator (74) B Remaining battery indicator display (16) C White balance indicator (57) D Picture effect indicator (60) E Spot light-metering aiming point (61) F AF range finder (58) G Image size indicator (74) H Recording time remaining indicator (Maximum recording time) indicator (18)/...
  • Page 105 For still image playback x1.3 BACK/NEXT A Recording mode indicator (65) B Protection indicator (69)/Print mark indicator (72) C Zoom indicator (66) D File name (52) E Number of pages recorded in “Memory Stick” (25) F Remaining “Memory Stick” capacity indicator (25) G Image number (25) H Image size indicator (24, 25) I Date/time recorded indicator...
  • Page 106: Index

    Index Access lamp ... 23 AE/AF lock ... 26, 59 AE/AF lock lamp ... 9 AF illuminator ... 12, 31, 97 AF lock ... 59 AF lock lamp (green) ... 11, 13 AF mode ... 26 Auto Power Off feature ... 20 Battery Battery life ...
  • Page 107 Cutting movies ...78 Deleting movies ...76 Shooting movies ...74 Viewing movies ...75 MPG ...52 NR slow shutter ...35 NTSC ...98 On moisture condensation ...99 PAL ...98 Picture effect ...60 Power An external power source ...19 batteries ...14 Inserting the batteries ...17 ON/OFF ...20 Precautions ...99 RED EYE REDUCTION ...31, 97...
  • Page 108 Printed on recycled paper using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)-free vegetable oil based ink. Sony Corporation Printed in Japan...

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