How to use this handbook Click on a button on the right to jump to the corresponding page. This is convenient when searching for a function you want to view. Marks and notations used in this handbook Search for information by function. Search for information by operation.
Notes on using the camera Internal memory back up Be sure to make a backup copy to protect your data. Notes on recording/playback and connection • Before you start recording, make a trial recording to make sure that the camera is working correctly.
JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association). • Sony does not guarantee that the camera will play back images recorded or edited with other equipment, or that other equipment will play back images recorded with the camera.
Life with “Bloggie” Capture your life At a party Record still images at maximum 5M (2592 × 1944) and movies at maximum 1920 × 1080 30p full high-vision (page 48, 50). Also, you can record still images during movie recording (page 32). During a walk Take compact “Bloggie”...
Share your life Import and upload captured moments You can upload images easily and intuitively, using the Bloggie Software pre-loaded on the internal memory (page 25, 47). You can also choose the images and the sharing site to upload in advance (Share it Later) (page 53).
Enjoy 3D images Shoot in 3D You can shoot still images and movies in 3D with this camera. This camera allows you to record any scene in 3D, recreating the feeling of really being there. See page 29, 31 about the way to shoot. View in 3D You can view the images shot in 3D on a TV which supports 3D by connecting an HDMI...
Table of contents Notes on using the camera How to use this handbook····································· 2 Notes on using the camera ··································· 3 Life with “Bloggie”·················································· 5 Operation Search ················································ 11 About operation buttons of the camera ··············· 12 Menu/Settings Search········································· 13 Identifying parts···················································...
Viewing Viewing································································ 39 Playback zoom···················································· 41 Volume control ···················································· 42 Computer Recommended computer environment ··············· 43 Using the Bloggie Software································· 45 Importing images to a computer·························· 46 Uploading images to a media service ················· 47 Settings Menu items·························································· 13 Setting items ······················································· 14 Viewing images on a TV ·····································...
Others Number of still images and recordable time of movies································································· 74 Built-in battery pack············································· 75 Precautions ························································· 76 Specifications ······················································ 77 Index Index ··································································· 79...
About operation buttons of the camera Multi-selector buttons You can use the multi-selector buttons (v/V/b/B) to activate functions such as zooming when shooting or playing back images. The function that is allocated to each multi-selector button is displayed on the LCD screen of the camera.
Menu/Settings Search Menu items In the table below, indicates settings that can be changed, while – indicates settings that cannot be changed. Click an item to jump to the corresponding page. Items Photo Size Movie Size Delete Protect Share it Later 3D Adjust 1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button.
3 Select the desired menu item by using v/V to set. 4 Select the desired setting item by using b/B, then press the MOVIE/ ENTER button. Press the function button ( Setting items In the table below, indicates settings that can be changed, while – indicates settings that cannot be changed.
To cancel changing settings Select [Cancel], then press the MOVIE/ENTER button. If [Cancel] does not appear on the screen, directly set back to the previous setting. • Selected settings are retained even if the power is turned off.
Identifying parts A Light B Lens C Hook for wrist strap D LCD screen E Function buttons F 3D/2D button G MOVIE/ENTER button Multi-selector buttons (v/V/b/B) H Speaker I Stereo microphone J ON/OFF (Power) button • Press and hold the ON/OFF (Power) button for at least 7 seconds to force-quit the camera.
List of icons displayed on the screen Icons are displayed on the screen to indicate the camera status. When in standby for shooting When shooting movies When playing back Icons Display Indication Battery remaining Low battery warning Photo Size (aspect ratio/ resolution) Movie Size (resolution vertical shooting/frame rate)
Notes • Indicators and their positions are approximate and differ from what you actually see. • The screen display shifts both horizontally and vertically depending on the camera aspect. • The screen display disappears automatically after about 5 seconds.
How to hold the camera • Be careful not to block the lens or microphone with your finger when shooting. • Do not hold the USB jack or HDMI OUT jack cover. Also, do not hold the 360 Video Lens when it is attached to the camera.
Holding the camera vertically when you shoot movies Portrait images are recorded. Black bands appear on the left and right of the screen during playback on TV or computer. This is useful when shooting portrait objects. Hold the camera horizontally when you shoot in 3D. Holding the camera horizontally is recommended to record more extended sound.
Checking the accessories supplied • USB connection support cable (1) Use this if the USB jack of the camera cannot be connected to the computer (page 22). • 360 Video Lens VCL-BPP3 (1) / 360 Video Lens case (1) (only for MHS-FS3K) •...
Charging the camera The camera’s battery is continuously charged whenever the camera is connected to a running computer. 1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button to turn off the camera. 2 Slide the slide lever at the side of the camera. The USB jack comes out as shown in the illustration.
4 When charging is finished, disconnect the USB connection between the camera and computer (page 23). Install Bloggie Software (pre-loaded on the internal memory) after completing the procedure above. Notes • While the camera is connected to a computer, you cannot operate the camera. Be sure to disconnect the camera before operation.
How long does it take to charge the camera? Charging time Full charge time Approx. 200 min. • Time required to charge a fully depleted battery at a temperature of 25°C (77°F). Charging may take longer under certain circumstances or conditions. How long can I record or play back images? Standard battery life Recording time*...
Installing the software You can do the following using the Bloggie Software (pre-loaded on the internal memory). – Import images shot with the camera to a computer, and play back. – Upload images to a network service. 1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button to turn on the camera.
4 Activate the installer. Windows 7 1 Click [Open folder to view files] on the AutoPlay screen. 2 Double-click “Setup_Bloggie_Windows.exe” in the folder. Windows Vista/Windows XP 1 Click [Setup Bloggie Software] on the AutoPlay screen. • If the AutoPlay screen does not appear, click [Start] t [Computer] (in Windows XP, [My Computer]), then double-click [Bloggie Software] t “Setup_Bloggie_Windows.exe.”...
3 Double click the “Bloggie” icon. 5 Click [Install], and follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation. 6 Disconnect the USB connection between the camera and computer after the installation is completed (page 23). • For details on the Bloggie Software, see page 45. Notes •...
Setting the language and clock 1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button. The camera is turned on. The demonstration movie plays back when you turn on the camera for the first time. 2 Select the desired language by using v/V/b/B, then press the function button ([OK]).
3D shooting (Still images) Hold the camera horizontally when shooting. 1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button. After turning on the camera, confirm that it is in 3D mode (shown by the icon). 2 Compose the shot. Be sure not to place fingers on the lens. When shooting 2D images, press v to zoom in or V to zoom out.
To shoot a 2D still image • Press the 3D/2D button to select 3D shooting or 2D shooting while the camera is on. • You can shoot in either the vertical or horizontal position. • The z indicator (AE/AF lock) lights on the top of the display when the image is in focus by pressing the (Shutter) button half way down.
3D shooting (Movies) Hold the camera horizontally when shooting. 1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button. After turning on the camera, confirm that it is in 3D mode (shown by the icon). 2 Compose the shot. Be sure not to place fingers on the lens. 3 Press the MOVIE/ENTER button.
To shoot the 2D movie • Press the 3D/2D button to select 3D shooting or 2D shooting while the camera is on. • You can shoot in either the vertical or horizontal position. To shoot still images during movie recording (2D only) •...
Zoom The zoom function is allowed only for 2D shooting. You can enlarge the image when shooting. The camera’s zoom function can enlarge images up to 4 times. 1 Press and hold v or V. Press and hold v to zoom in or V to zoom out. Notes •...
Light You can shoot with the light of the camera turned on. 1 Press b on the shooting screen. Press b again to turn off the light. Notes • You can only use the light in shooting mode. Note that you cannot use it when the 360 Video Lens is attached to the camera.
Self-Timer 1 Press B on the shooting standby screen. 2 Select the desired mode by using B. (Off) Does not use the self-timer. (2sec) Sets the 2-second delay self-timer. When you press the button, a self-timer icon flashes, and after rapid beep sounds are heard, the camera will shoot.
Shooting 360 Video images (MHS- FS3K only) By attaching the supplied 360 Video Lens to the camera, you can shoot 360-degree images of the area around the camera. 1 Take out the 360 Video Lens from its case. • Press and hold the f mark of the 360 Video Lens case to open it. 2 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button.
4 Start shooting (page 29, 31). Notes • Do not attach or remove the 360 Video Lens during shooting. • The still image size is fixed to 3M (16:9), and the movie size is fixed to 1920 × 1080 30p. •...
Viewing 360 Video images You can play back 360 Video images on the computer using the Bloggie Software. For details on the installation of the Bloggie Software, see page 25. Image played back on this camera Ring-shaped image Notes • You can play back each 1/4 portion of the 360-degree panoramic view image, scene by scene, on the camera in 360 playback mode (page 40).
Viewing 1 Press the function button ( The index screen appears. 2 Select an image by using v/V/b/B, then press the MOVIE/ENTER button. A single movie plays back when a movie is selected. The movie will be paused if you press the MOVIE/ ENTER button.
To go back to the shooting screen Do one of the following: – Press the function button ( 2011-01-01 – Press the (Shutter) button. To go back to the index screen Press v during playback of the still images or movies. Viewing the 360 Video images (MHS-FS3K only) You can play back each 1/4 portion of the 360-degree panoramic view image, scene by scene, on the camera in 360 playback mode.
Playback zoom Enlarges recorded 2D still images. This function is allowed only in 2D mode. 1 Press the function button ( 2 Select a still image, then press the MOVIE/ENTER button. 3 Press the MOVIE/ENTER button. 4 Adjust the magnification and the part to enlarge.
Volume control You can adjust the volume for playback movies. 1 Press the function button ( ) to switch to playback mode. 2 Select a movie, then press the MOVIE/ENTER button. 3 Press V. 4 Press B to increase or b to decrease the volume.
Recommended computer environment Windows The following computer environment is recommended when using the Bloggie Software, and importing images via a USB connection. OS (pre-installed) Others Windows XP 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. Starter (Edition) is not supported. Macintosh The following computer environment is recommended when using the Bloggie Software or importing images via a USB connection.
Note on playback of movie files (MPEG-4 AVC/ H.264) To play back and edit movie files (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) recorded by the camera on your computer, you need to install the software compatible with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 or the Bloggie Software. • Even in a PC environment where operations are guaranteed, images may not play back smoothly due to dropped frames, etc.
Using the Bloggie Software Activating 1 Double-click the Bloggie Software (pre-loaded on the internal memory) shortcut icon on the desktop. On-screen items A Sharing site: Drag and drop the thumbnail. B Displays the images in the camera. C Displays imported images in the computer. D Thumbnails: Double-click to play.
Importing images to a computer To connect the camera to your computer, see page 43. Windows When using the Bloggie Software See page 45. When not using the Bloggie Software When the AutoPlay Wizard appears after making a USB connection between the camera and a computer, click [Open folder to view files] t [OK] t [DCIM] or [MP_ROOT] t copy the desired images to the computer.
Photo Size The photo size determines the size of the image file that is recorded when you take an image. The larger the photo size, the more detail will be reproduced when the image is printed on large- format paper. The smaller the photo size, the more images can be recorded. 1 Press the function button ([Menu]) to display the menu screen.
On “image quality” and “image size” A digital image is made up of a collection of small dots called pixels. If it contains a large number of pixels, the image becomes large, it takes up more memory, and the image is displayed in fine detail. “Image size” is shown by the number of pixels. Although you cannot see the differences on the screen of the camera, the fine detail and data processing time differ when the image is printed or displayed on a computer screen.
Movie Size The larger the movie size, the higher the movie quality. The movies shot with the camera will be recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Main Profile, approximately 30 or 60 frames per second, Progressive, AAC LC, “MP4 format”. 1 Press the function button ([Menu]) to display the menu screen. 2 Select [Movie Size] by using v/V and the desired size by using b/B.
Delete Allows you to select unwanted images for deletion. 1 Press the function button ( 2 Press the function button ([Menu]) to display the menu screen. 3 Select (Delete) by using v/V. Then press the MOVIE/ENTER button to decide. (This Image) Deletes the image that is being selected.
Protect Protects recorded images against accidental erasure. mark is displayed when playing back registered images. 1 Press the function button ( 2 Press the function button ([Menu]) to display the menu screen. 3 Select (Protect) by using v/V. Then press the MOVIE/ENTER button to decide.
Share it Later You can install the Bloggie Software (pre-loaded on the internal memory) to upload images for sharing. You can also choose images and the sharing site to upload in advance. For information on how to upload images, see page 47. 1 Press the function button ( 2 Press the function button ([Menu]) to display the menu screen.
3D Adjust Adjusts the parallax of a 3D image. 1 Press the function button ( 2 Press the MOVIE/ENTER button to select the image you want to adjust. 3 Press the function button ([Menu]) to display the menu screen. 4 Select (3D Adjust) by using v/V and the desired size by using b/B.
Flicker Reduction Curbs the flicker generated by fluorescent by using the electro-shutter. 1 Press the function button ([Menu]) t Select Reduction] t desired mode Uses the Flicker Reduction. Does not use the Flicker Reduction. (Settings) t [Flicker...
Beep Sets the sound for when you operate the camera. 1 Press the function button ([Menu]) t Select desired mode. Turns on the beep sound when you press the the MOVIE/ENTER button. Turns off the beep sound. (Settings) t [Beep] t (Shutter) button or...
Demo Mode Performs a demonstration of the camera. 1 Press the function button ([Menu]) t Select Mode] t desired mode. Performs a demonstration. Does not perform a demonstration. Note • The demonstration stops when operating any of the following. – Press the (Shutter) button or the MOVIE/ENTER button.
Initialize Initializes the setting to the default setting. Even if you execute this function, the images are retained. 1 Press the function button ([Menu]) t Select t Press the function button ([OK]). Note • Perform initialization after charging the camera to prevent the camera from turning off during the process.
LUN Setting Sets the display method for the recording media displayed on a computer screen or other monitor when the camera is connected with a computer or AV component using a USB connection. 1 Press the function button ([Menu]) t Select Setting] t desired mode.
HDMI Output Selects the type of signal to be output to a TV from the HDMI OUT jack. If images are not displayed on the TV clearly, changing the setting may improve the display. 1 Press the function button ([Menu]) t Select Output] t desired mode.
Format Formats the internal memory. 1 Press the function button ([Menu]) t Select (Settings) t [Format] t Press the function button ([OK]). Note • Note that formatting permanently erases all data including even protected images.
Daylight Savings Sets the camera for Daylight Saving Time. 1 Press the function button ([Menu]) t Select Savings] t desired mode The time advances by one hour after setting to On. Sets the Daylight Savings on. Sets the Daylight Savings off. (Settings) t [Daylight...
Viewing images on a TV Connect the camera to a TV which has an HDMI jack with an HDMI cable (sold separately). Refer also to the instruction manuals of the TV. 1 Turn off both the camera and the TV. 2 Open the jack cover and connect the camera to the TV with the HDMI cable (sold separately).
Using the camera as a Web camera You can use the camera as a Web camera by connecting it to a computer (USB streaming). You can switch between 3D and 2D during use. 1 Connect the camera to a computer. 2 Press the function button ([Menu]) t Select [Web Camera].
On TV color systems If you want to view images on a TV screen, you need a TV with an HDMI jack and an HDMI cable (sold separately). The color system of the TV must match that of the camera. Check the following lists for the TV color system of the country or region where the camera is used, and set [HDMI Output] (page 61).
Then turn the camera on again (page 16). 4 Consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Be aware that by sending the camera for repair, you give consent that the contents of the internal memory, music files may be checked.
• A discrepancy arose between the remaining charge indicator and the actual remaining battery charge. Fully discharge the battery pack once, then charge it to correct the indication. • The battery pack is dead (page 75). Consult your nearest Sony dealer. Shooting still images/movies Cannot record images.
The top and bottom edges of images are trimmed slightly on a connected TV. • The LCD screen of the camera can display recording images across the entire screen (full pixel display). However, this may cause slight trimming of the top, bottom, right, and left edges of images when played back on a TV that is not compatible with full pixel display.
Others The camera does not work properly. • Press and hold the ON/OFF (Power) button for at least 7 seconds, and force-quit the camera. Then turn the camera on again. The lens gets fogged. • Moisture condensation has occurred. Turn off the camera and wait about an hour for the moisture to evaporate.
Warning indicators and messages If the following messages appear, follow the instructions. • The battery level is low. Charge the battery pack immediately. Depending on the conditions of use, the indicator may flash even though there are still 5 to 10 minutes of remaining battery time left. System error •...
Image size over limit • You are playing back an image with size that cannot be played back on the camera. Maximum number of images already selected • Up to 100 files can be selected when using [Delete], [Share it Later] and [Protect]. Operation cannot be executed for movie files •...
Number of still images and recordable time of movies The number of still images and recordable time may vary depending on the shooting conditions. Still images (Units: Images) Size 4:3 (5M) 2729 16:9 (3M) 6020 16:9 (0.4M) 33544 16:9 (2M)(3D) 2445 Notes •...
• The battery life is limited. Battery capacity decreases over time and through repeated use. If decreased usage time between charges becomes significant, consult your nearest Sony dealer. • The battery life varies according to how it is stored and the operating conditions and environment in...
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.
Specifications Camera [System] Image device: 4.5 mm (1/4 type) CMOS sensor Total pixel number of camera: Approx. 5 110 000 pixels Effective pixel number of camera: Approx. 3 110 000 pixels (still image, 16:9), Approx. 5 030 000 pixels (still image, 4:3), Approx.
Trademarks • “Bloggie” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • 360 Video is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States and other countries.