Sony MVC-FD95 Operating Instructions (primary manual) Operating Instructions Manual

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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. MVC-FD95
Serial No. ________________________
MVC-FD95
©2000 Sony Corporation

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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. MVC-FD95 Serial No. ________________________ MVC-FD95 ©2000 Sony Corporation...

  • Page 2

    In some areas the disposal of lithium ion batteries in household or business trash may be prohibited. For the Sony Service Center nearest you call 1-800-222-SONY (United States only) For the Sony Factory Service Center nearest you call 416-499-SONY (Canada only)

  • 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/...

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    Attention The electromagnetic fields at the specific frequencies may influence the picture and sound of this camera. Be sure to read the following before using your camera Operating instructions Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly, and retain it for future reference.

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Getting started Identifying the parts ...6 Preparing the power supply ...8 Setting the date and time ...12 Inserting a floppy disk ...14 Basic operations B Recording Recording still images ...15 Recording moving images ...21 B Playback Playing back still images ...22 Playing back moving images ...23 Viewing images using a personal computer ...25...

  • Page 6: Identifying The Parts

    Getting started Identifying the parts See the pages in parentheses for details of operation. A OPEN (FLASH) button (19) B Built-in microphone Do not touch while recording. C Self-timer lamp (19) D Shutter button (15, 21) E Zoom lever (17) F Photocell window for flash Do not block while recording.

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    A LCD screen B Finder (16) C LCD ON/OFF switch (16) D VOL +/– buttons (24) E Lens cap (supplied) (Flash) button (19) G ON/CHG (Charge) lamp (9) H POWER switch (12) I Hooks for strap (External flash) jack K PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector (29) L ACCESS lamp (16) Attaching the...

  • Page 8: Preparing The Power Supply

    * What is “InfoLITHIUM”? “InfoLITHIUM” is a lithium ion battery pack which can exchange information such as battery consumption with compatible video equipment. “InfoLITHIUM” L series battery packs have the mark. “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. Battery eject lever...

  • Page 9: Charging The Battery Pack

    Charging the battery pack When the camera is turned on, you cannot charge the battery pack. Be sure to turn off the power of the camera. Battery pack Insert the battery pack into your camera. Open the DC IN cover and connect the DC connecting plug to the DC IN jack of your camera with the v mark facing up.

  • Page 10

    Charging time Battery pack NP-F330 (supplied) NP-F550 Approximate time to charge a completely discharged battery pack using the AC-L10A/ L10B/L10C AC power adaptor. (Lower temperatures require a longer charging time.) Battery life and number of images that can be recorded/played back STILL mode recording/playback NP-F330 (supplied) Battery life...

  • Page 11

    DC IN jack of your camera with the v mark facing up. Connect the power cord (mains lead) to the AC power adaptor and then to a wall outlet (mains). Using a car battery Use Sony DC adaptor/charger. to DC IN jack AC-L10A/L10B/L10C AC power adaptor...

  • Page 12: Setting The Date And Time

    Setting the date and time When you first use your camera, set the date and time. If these are not set, the CLOCK SET screen appears whenever you turn on your camera for recording. ON/CHG lamp Slide the POWER switch to the right to turn on the power. The ON/CHG (green) lamp lights up.

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    Select the desired date display format with v/V on the control button, then press the center z. Select from [Y/M/D] (year/month/day), [M/D/Y] (month/day/year), or [D/M/Y] (day/month/year). Select the year, month, day, hour or minute item you want to set with b/B on the control button.

  • Page 14: Inserting A Floppy Disk

    FD2M Floppy Disk Adaptor for Memory Stick (not supplied), other than floppy disks mentioned above. “Memory Stick” and are trademarks of Sony Corporation. Removing the floppy disk While sliding the EJECT lock to the left, slide down the DISK EJECT lever.

  • Page 15: Recording Still Images

    Basic operations Recording still images Still images are recorded in JPEG format. To record still images, slide the POWER switch to the right to turn on the power and insert a floppy disk. Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to STILL. Press and hold the shutter button halfway down and check the image.

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    Notes • When recording bright subjects, the color of the LCD screen or the finder may change after the AE is locked, however, this will not affect the recorded image. • While the image is being recorded on a floppy disk, the ACCESS lamp lights. When this lamp is lit, do not shake or strike the camera.

  • Page 17

    Checking the last recorded image (Review) Clear the menu bar (page 30), and press b on the control button. To return to the normal recording mode, press lightly on the shutter button or select [RETURN] with b/B on the control button and then press the center z. To delete the image, select [DELETE] on the review screen with b/B on the control button, then press the center z.

  • Page 18

    Activating the SteadyShot function When the SteadyShot function is working, the camera compensates for camera- shake. Set the STEADY SHOT ON/OFF switch to ON. The appears on the LCD screen or on the finder. Notes • The SteadyShot function will not correct excessive camera-shake. •...

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    Using the self-timer When you use the self-timer function, the subject is recorded 10 seconds after you press the shutter button. Self-timer lamp Shutter button on the LCD screen with v/V/b/B on the control button, then press the Select center z. The (self-timer) indicator appears on the LCD screen or on the finder, and the subject is recorded 10 seconds after you press the shutter button.

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    Notes • The recommended shooting distance is 0.6 to 2.5 m (23 5/8 inches to 8 1/3 feet). • Attaching a conversion lens (not supplied) may block the light from the flash and the recorded image may be eclipsed. • You cannot use the built-in flash and an external strobe at the same time. •...

  • Page 21: Recording Moving Images

    Recording moving images Moving images with audio are recorded in MPEG format. To record moving images, slide the POWER switch to the right to turn on the power and insert a floppy disk. Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to MOVIE. Press the shutter button fully down. “REC”...

  • Page 22: Playing Back Still Images

    Playing back still images Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to PLAY. The last recorded image (still or moving) appears on the LCD screen or on the finder. Press v on the control button to display the menu bar on the LCD screen or on the finder.

  • Page 23: Playing Back Moving Images

    Playing back moving images Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to PLAY. The last recorded image (still or moving) appears on the LCD screen or on the finder. Press v on the control button to display the menu bar on the LCD screen or on the finder.

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    To pause playback Select X (pause) on the LCD screen or on the finder with v/V/b/B on the control button, then press the center z. When the menu bar is not displayed You can directly select the image with b/B on the control button, and play back the image and sound by pressing the center z.

  • Page 25: Viewing Images Using A Personal Computer

    Viewing images using a personal computer You can view data with your camera on a personal computer and attach it to e-mail. This section describes the general method for viewing images on a personal computer. Be sure to also see the operation manuals for your personal computer and application software.

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    Viewing images For Windows 98 users Start up your personal computer and insert the floppy disk into the disk drive of your personal computer. Open [ My computer] and double click [ Double-click the desired data file. Copying moving image files and audio files to the hard disk of your personal computer before viewing is recommended.

  • Page 27: Image File Storage Destinations And Image File Names

    Image file storage destinations and image file names Image files recorded with your camera are grouped in folders by recording mode. Images in a floppy disk and ones in a “Memory Stick” have different file names. The meanings of the file names are as follows. When using floppy disks sss stands for any number within the range from 001 to 999.

  • Page 28

    The numerical portion of the following files are the same. — An image file recorded in VOICE mode and its corresponding audio file — An image file recorded in E-MAIL mode and its corresponding small-size image file — INDEX display files cannot be played back on other equipment. When using “Memory Stick”s ssss stands for any number within the range from 0001 to 9999.

  • Page 29: How To Use The Play/still Movie Selector, How To Use The Control Button

    Advanced operations Before performing advanced operations This section describes the basic control methods that are frequently used for “Advanced operations.” How to use the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector How to use the control button The control button is used to select the buttons, images and menus displayed on the LCD screen or on the finder of your camera and modify the settings.

  • Page 30

    Turning on/off the operation buttons (menu bar) on the LCD screen or on the finder Press v to display the menu bar on the LCD screen or on the finder. Press V to clear the menu bar from the LCD screen or on the finder. Note You cannot clear the menu bar on the INDEX screen (page 44).

  • Page 31: How To Change The Menu Settings

    How to change the menu settings Some of the advanced operations for your camera are executed by selecting menu items displayed on the LCD screen or on the finder with the control button. PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector Press v on the control button to display the menu bar. The menu bar appears as follows according to the position of the PLAY/STILL/ MOVIE selector.

  • Page 32

    Menu settings Menu items that can be modified differ depending on the position of the PLAY/ STILL/MOVIE selector. The LCD screen or finder shows only the items you can operate at the moment. Initial settings are indicated with x. (self-timer) Records with the self-timer (page 19).

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    Item Setting x 1600×1200 IMAGE SIZE 1600(3:2) 1600 (ECM) 1024×768 640×480 320×240 x 160×112 REC MODE TEXT VOICE E-MAIL x NORMAL Records a JPEG file in the selected REC TIME 15 sec 10 sec x 5 sec SLIDE INTERVAL Sets the slide show interval. SHOW (Only in REPEAT...

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    CAMERA Item Setting x ON DIGITAL ZOOM SHARPNESS +2 to –2 FLASH HIGH LEVEL x NORMAL Normal setting. EXPOSURE +2.0EV to –2.0EV TOOL Item Setting COPY x CANCEL RESIZE 1600×1200 (Only in 1024×768 PLAY 640×480 x CANCEL (single) mode) SETUP Item Setting x STBY/ON...

  • Page 35

    Item Setting /JPN Displays the menu items in Japanese. LANGUAGE x ENGLISH CLOCK — BEEP SHUTTER Turns off the beep only. (The shutter x ON BRIGHT INDEX (Only in PLAY (single) mode) Displays six images at a time (PLAY (INDEX) mode). DELETE (Only in PLAY (single) mode) Setting Deletes the displayed image.

  • Page 36: Various Recording, Setting The Image Size, Image Size

    B Various recording Setting the image size (IMAGE SIZE) Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to MOVIE or STILL. Select [FILE] and then [IMAGE SIZE] from the menu. Select the desired image size. Still image sizes: 1600×1200, 1600 (3:2)*, 1600 (ECM), 1024×768, 640×480 The image is recorded in the ratio of three to two to fit the printing paper size.

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    Recording still images for e-mail (E- MAIL) The E-MAIL mode records a small- size (320×240) image at the same time as a still image. Small-size images are convenient for e-mail transmission, etc. Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to STILL. Select [FILE], [REC MODE], and then [E-MAIL] from the menu.

  • Page 38: Recording Images In Macro

    Recording text documents (TEXT) Text is recorded in GIF format to provide a clear image. Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to STILL. Select [FILE], [REC MODE], and then [TEXT] from the menu. Record the image. The number of images that you can record on a floppy disk in TEXT mode Image size Number of...

  • Page 39: Focusing Manually

    Focusing manually Normally the focus is automatically adjusted. The manual focus function is convenient to focus the subject under dark situations. Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to MOVIE or STILL. Set the FOCUS AUTO/ MANUAL switch to MANUAL. The 9 (manual focus) indicator appears on the LCD screen or on the finder.

  • Page 40: Using The Program Ae Function

    Using the PROGRAM AE function PROGRAM AE +/– Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to MOVIE or STILL. Press PROGRAM AE repeatedly to select the desired PROGRAM AE mode. Aperture priority mode For making the subject stand out against an unclear background or making both the subject and the background stand out clearly.

  • Page 41: Metering Function

    Using the Spot light metering function – Select this mode when there is backlight or when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background, etc. Press SPOT METER to activate the spot light-metering function. Position the point you want to record at the spot light-metering cross hair.

  • Page 42

    Adjusting the white balance (WHITE BALANCE) Normally the white balance is automatically adjusted. Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to MOVIE or STILL. Press WHITE BALANCE repeatedly to select the desired white balance setting. IN DOOR (n) • Places where the lighting condition changes quickly •...

  • Page 43: Still Image (date/time)

    Recording the date and time on the still image (DATE/TIME) Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to STILL. Select [EFFECT] and then [DATE/TIME] from the menu. Select the date and time. DAY & TIME Imposes the date, hour, and minute. DATE Imposes the year, month, and day. Does not impose the date and time.

  • Page 44: Various Playback

    B Various playback Playing back six images at once (INDEX) Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to PLAY. Select [INDEX] on the LCD screen. Six images are displayed at once (index screen). TEXT M V C - 0 0 1 F 2 0 0 0 7 4 1 2 : 3 0 P M DELETE FILE TOOL...

  • Page 45

    Enlarging a part of the still image (Zoom and trimming) Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to PLAY. Display the image to be enlarged. Zoom in/out the image with the zoom lever. The zoom scaling indicator appears on the LCD screen or on the finder.

  • Page 46: Slide Show

    Playing back the still images in order (SLIDE SHOW) This function is useful for checking the recorded images or for presentations, etc. Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to PLAY. Select [FILE] and then [SLIDE SHOW] from the menu. Set the following items. INTERVAL You can select from 1 min (one minute), 30 sec (30 seconds),...

  • Page 47: Viewing Images On A Tv Screen

    Viewing images on a TV screen Before connecting your camera, be sure to turn off the TV. Set the TV/ VIDEO switch to “VIDEO.” to AUDIO (MONO) / VIDEO OUT jack Connect the A/V connecting cable to the AUDIO (MONO) / VIDEO OUT jack of your camera and to the audio/ video input jacks of the TV.

  • Page 48

    B Editing Preventing accidental erasure (PROTECT) The - (protect) indicator appears on protected images. In single mode Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to PLAY, then display the image to be protected. Select [FILE], [PROTECT], and then [ON] from the menu. The displayed image is protected and the - indicator appears.

  • Page 49: Deleting Images (delete)

    Deleting images (DELETE) Protected images cannot be deleted. In single mode Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to PLAY, then display the image to be deleted. Select [DELETE] and then [OK] from the menu. The image is deleted. In INDEX mode Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to PLAY, then display the INDEX screen.

  • Page 50: Copying Images (copy)

    Changing the recorded still image size (RESIZE) Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to PLAY, then display the image of which you want to change the size. Select [TOOL] and then [RESIZE] from the menu. Select the desired size. 1600×1200, 1024×768, 640×480. The resized image is recorded and the image on the LCD screen or on the finder returns to the previous...

  • Page 51

    In INDEX mode Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to PLAY, then display the INDEX screen. Select [TOOL], [COPY], and then [ALL] or [SELECT] from the menu. When you select [ALL] Select [OK]. All the images are copied. When you select [SELECT] Select the images to be copied with the control button.

  • Page 52: Copying All The Information On Your Floppy Disk (disk Copy)

    Copying all the information on your floppy disk (DISK COPY) You can copy to another disk not only the images you have recorded with your camera but also various files you have created in other software with your personal computer. Notes •...

  • Page 53

    Selecting still images to print (PRINT MARK) You can mark a print mark on still images recorded with your camera. This mark is convenient when you have images printed at a shop that conforms with the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard. In single mode Set the PLAY/STILL/MOVIE selector to PLAY and display...

  • Page 54: Format

    Format When you format a floppy disk, all data stored on the floppy disk will be deleted. Check the contents of the floppy disk before formatting. Note Even if images are protected, these images will be deleted. Insert the floppy disk you want to format.

  • Page 55: Precautions

    Additional information Precautions On cleaning Cleaning the LCD screen or finder Wipe the screen surface with a cleaning cloth (not supplied) or an LCD cleaning kit (not supplied) 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 dry.

  • Page 56

    If moisture condensation occurs Immediately eject the floppy disk, then turn off the camera and wait about an hour for the moisture to evaporate. Note that if you attempt to record with moisture remaining inside the lens, you will be unable to record clear images. On AC power adaptor •...

  • Page 57: Using Your Camera Abroad

    • Or install the fully charged battery pack in your camera, and leave your camera with the power turned off for more than 24 hours. If any problem occurs, unplug your camera and contact your nearest Sony dealer. Using your camera abroad Power sources...

  • Page 58: Troubleshooting

    Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. If code displays (C:ss:ss) appear on the LCD screen or on the finder, the self-diagnosis display function is working (page 63).

  • Page 59

    Symptom The flash does not work. The read/write time is slow when using a “Memory Stick.” The date and time are recorded incorrectly. Vertical streaks appear when you are shooting a very bright subject. The battery life is short. The indication of the battery remaining time is not proper.

  • Page 60

    Symptom Digital zoom does not function. The image is in monochrome. The image and sound break off when you play back an image on a personal computer. The image cannot be played back on a personal computer. Your camera cannot delete an image.

  • Page 61: Warning And Notice Messages

    Warning and notice messages Various messages appear on the LCD screen. Check the corresponding descriptions in the following list. Message DRIVE ERROR NO DISK FORMAT ERROR DISK PROTECT DISK FULL NO FILE FILE ERROR FILE PROTECT DISK ERROR NOT ENOUGH MEMORY IMAGE SIZE OVER INVALID OPERATION for "InfoLITHIUM"...

  • Page 62

    Message INVALID OPERATION DISK ERROR Meaning The battery level of the Floppy Disk Adaptor for Memory Stick is too low to do some operations. • The battery level of the Floppy Disk Adaptor for Memory Stick is too low to operate.

  • Page 63: Self-diagnosis Display

    E:61:ss E:91:ss If you are unable to rectify the problem even if you try corrective actions a few times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Self-diagnosis display • C: ss: ss You can repair the camera yourself.

  • Page 64: Specifications

    Used LCD panel TFT (Thin Film Transistor active matrix) drive Total number of dots 180 000 (800×225) dots General Application Sony battery pack NP-F330 (supplied)/F550 Power requirements 8.4 V Power consumption (During shooting) 3.9 W (When using the LCD screen) 3.5 W (When using the...

  • Page 65: Lcd Screen/finder Indicators

    LCD screen/finder indicators The indicators during recording A Sharpness indicator B Focus mode indicator/Macro indicator C Battery remaining indicator D Flash level indicator/Flash mode indicator E PROGRAM AE indicator/Zoom indicator F White balance indicator G SteadyShot indicator H Picture effect indicator I Date and time indicator J EV level indicator K Iris/Shutter speed indicator...

  • Page 66

    The indicators during still image playback A Protect indicator/Zoom scaling indicator B Print mark indicator C Recording mode indicator D Image size indicator E File name* The indicators during moving image playback A Moving image file indicator B Image size indicator C Playback button B is displayed during stop, and X during playback.

  • Page 67: Index

    Index Symbols “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack ...8 AC power adaptor...11 Adjusting brightness Image...41 LCD screen...16 AE (auto exposure) ...15 Auto power-off function ..9 Battery pack Charging...9 Installing...8 Remaining time ...9 Usable time...10 BEEP...35 Charging ...9 Cleaning...55 CLOCK SET...12 Control button...29 DELETE ...49 DEMO...34 DIGITAL ZOOM ...34 DISK COPY ...52...

  • Page 68

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