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Mobile HD Snap Camera
© 2012 Sony Corporation


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  • Page 1 Handbook Mobile HD Snap Camera MHS-TS55 © 2012 Sony Corporation 4-412-628-11(2)
  • Page 2: How To Use This Handbook

    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.
  • Page 3: Notes On Using The Camera

    Notes on using the camera Language displayed on the LCD screen This camera supports English language display only. 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.
  • Page 4 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.
  • Page 5: Life With "bloggie

    Life with “Bloggie” Capture your life At a party Record still images at maximum 12M (4128 × 3096) and movies at maximum 1920 × 1080 30p full high-definition (page 33, 35). Also, you can record still images during movie recording (page 30). During a walk Take compact “Bloggie”...
  • Page 6 Share your life Import and upload captured moments You can use Wi-Fi to directly upload and share recorded images from the camera (page 47). You can also transfer images to a smartphone or a tablet computer (page 49). Connect to TV Connect your “Bloggie”...
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    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 ················································ 10 Settings Search··················································· 11 Identifying parts··················································· 13 List of buttons/icons displayed on the screen ····· 14 How to hold the camera ······································...
  • Page 8 Viewing Viewing································································ 38 Playback zoom···················································· 40 Delete·································································· 41 Volume control ···················································· 42 Using Wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) What you can do with Wi-Fi ································ 43 Setting Wi-Fi························································ 44 Live Streaming ···················································· 46 Uploading images directly (Post and Share)······· 47 Uploading images to “PlayMemories Online” (Save to PlayMemories Online) ··························...
  • Page 9 Troubleshooting Troubleshooting ·················································· 61 Warning indicators and messages ······················ 66 Others Number of still images and recordable time of movies································································· 68 Built-in battery pack············································· 69 Precautions ························································· 70 Specifications ······················································ 72 Index Index ··································································· 74...
  • Page 10: Operation Search

    Operation Search Shooting still images Shooting movies Changing image size Deleting images Displaying enlarged images Changing clock settings Initializing settings Viewing on TVs Uploading images to a network service Shooting (Still images) ······································· 27 Shooting (Movies) ··············································· 29 Photo Size ·····························································...
  • Page 11: Settings Search

    Settings Search Setting items All settings can be changed in both shooting and playback mode. Items Wi-Fi Settings Beep Demo Mode Initialize HDMI Output LUN Settings(USB) Format Date & Time Setting How to set items 1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button. 2 Tap [MENU] t [Main Settings].
  • Page 12 3 Tap the items. The displayed items scroll by dragging the LCD screen up and down with your finger. 4 Tap the desired mode. 5 Tap [Back].
  • Page 13: Identifying Parts

    Identifying parts A Built-in antenna • Do not cover the built-in antenna part with your hand when using Wi-Fi. B Lens C Light D Hook for wrist strap E LCD screen/Touch panel F Speaker G Movie button H Stereo microphone I ON/OFF (Power) button •...
  • Page 14: List Of Buttons/icons Displayed On The Screen

    List of buttons/icons displayed on the screen Buttons and icons are displayed on the screen to indicate the camera status. When in standby for shooting When shooting movies When playing back Buttons Display Indication Menu Zoom scaling Viewing mode Light Playback bar Back Delete...
  • Page 15 Display Indication During Wi-Fi connection 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 4 seconds.
  • Page 16: How To Hold The Camera

    How to hold the camera Be careful not to block the lens, stereo microphone, light or built-in antenna with your finger when shooting. Note • Do not cover the built-in antenna part with your hand if Wi-Fi connection is difficult. Do not hold the built-in USB arm or HDMI OUT jack cover.
  • Page 17 When you shoot movies holding the camera vertically 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.
  • Page 18: How To Use The Touch Panel

    How to use the touch panel You can operate the camera by tapping the buttons on the LCD screen or dragging the screen. Note • Do not operate with a sharp-pointed object, such as pen or finger nail. Select the items (Tap) Lightly touch the buttons or items on the screen with your finger.
  • Page 19 Display the next screen quickly (Flick) Drag the screen quickly. To stop the screen, tap with your finger.
  • Page 20: Checking The Accessories Supplied

    Checking the accessories supplied • USB connection support cable (1) (Sony Corporation 1-836-378-) Use this if the built-in USB arm of the camera cannot be connected to the computer (page 21). • Wrist strap (1) • Instruction Manual (1) • Important Notice (1) •...
  • Page 21: Charging The Camera

    Charging the camera The camera’s battery is continuously recharged whenever the camera is connected to a running computer. 1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button to turn off the camera. 2 Push the “PUSH” part at the bottom of the camera. The built-in USB arm comes out as shown in the illustration.
  • Page 22 Notes • While the camera is connected to a computer, you cannot operate the camera. Be sure to disconnect the camera before operation. • Do not apply force to the camera, when you connect the camera to a computer. This may cause damage to the camera or the computer.
  • Page 23 How long does it take to charge the camera? Charging time Full charge time Computer AC-UD20 (sold separately) • 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. •...
  • Page 24: Installing "software" On A Computer

    Installing “Software” on a computer 1 Turn on the camera, then connect to a computer via USB. 2 Access the website: Double-click [Computer] (in Windows XP, [My Computer]) t [START] t [Start_Bloggie]. 3 Follow the instructions and install the software from the website.
  • Page 25: Setting The Clock

    Setting the 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 date display format, then tap [Next]. 3 Select Daylight Savings [On]/[Off], then tap [Next].
  • Page 26 To set the date and time again Tap [MENU] t [Main Settings] t [Date & Time Setting] (page 58).
  • Page 27: Shooting (still Images)

    Shooting (Still images) 1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button. 2 Compose the shot. Be sure not to place fingers on the lens. Touch and hold T on the T/W (zoom) bar to zoom in, W to zoom out. 3 Press the (Shutter) button halfway down.
  • Page 28 If you shoot a still image of a subject that is difficult to focus on • The shortest shooting distance is approximately 10 cm (4 inches). • If the camera cannot focus on a subject automatically, the AE/AF lock indicator changes to slow flashing and the beep does not sound.
  • Page 29: Shooting (movies)

    Shooting (Movies) 1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button. 2 Compose the shot. Be sure not to place fingers on the lens. Touch and hold T on the T/W (zoom) bar to zoom in, W to zoom out. 3 Press the movie button. To finish shooting the movie, press the movie button again.
  • Page 30 To shoot still images during movie recording • Press the (Shutter) button fully down during movie recording. • The recorded still image appears small on the LCD screen of the camera. • The image sizes are as follows, depending on the movie size. –...
  • Page 31: Zoom

    Zoom You can enlarge the image when shooting. The camera’s zoom function can enlarge images up to 4×. 1 Touch and hold T or W. Touch and hold T to zoom in, W to zoom out. Notes • Only Digital zoom is available with this camera. •...
  • Page 32: Light

    Light You can shoot with the light of the camera turned on. 1 Press on the shooting screen. To turn off the light, press again. Notes • You can use the light in shooting mode only. • The camera emits very bright light. Do not aim directly at eyes at close range. •...
  • Page 33: Photo Size

    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 Tap [MENU] t [Shooting Settings].
  • Page 34 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.
  • Page 35: Movie Size

    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 Tap [MENU] t [Shooting Settings]. Tap the LCD screen when the screen display is not shown.
  • Page 36: Flicker Reduction

    Flicker Reduction Curbs the flicker generated by fluorescent by using the electro-shutter. 1 Tap [MENU] t [Shooting Settings]. Tap the LCD screen when the screen display is not shown. 2 Tap the desired mode from [Flicker Reduction]. (On) Uses the Flicker Reduction. (Off) Does not use the Flicker Reduction.
  • Page 37: Self-timer

    Self-Timer 1 Tap [MENU] t [Shooting Settings]. Tap the LCD screen when the screen display is not shown. 2 Tap the desired mode from [Self-Timer]. (Off) Does not use the self-timer. (10sec) Sets the 10 seconds delay self-timer. When you press the timer icon flashes, and after rapid beep sounds are heard, the camera will shoot.
  • Page 38: Viewing

    Viewing 1 Tap (Playback) to switch to playback mode. The index screen appears. 2 Select an image and tap. A single movie plays back when an image is selected. To show previous/next images Drag your finger in the direction of the arrows. You can send multiple images at one time by flicking.
  • Page 39 To go back to shooting mode Do one of the following: – Tap on the index screen. – Press the (Shutter) button or movie button. To go back to the index screen (Shutter) button Movie button...
  • Page 40: Playback Zoom

    Playback zoom Enlarges the played back still images. 1 Tap (Playback) to switch to playback mode. 2 Select the still image and tap. 3 Double-tap the part you want to enlarge. 4 Adjust the magnification and the part to enlarge. Each double-tap on the LCD screen enlarges the image up to 8 times its original size.
  • Page 41: Delete

    Delete Allows you to select unwanted images for deletion. 1 Tap (Playback) to switch to playback mode. 2 Tap (Delete) on the index screen. 3 Tap the center of the images you want to delete. Repeat the above step until there are no more images to be deleted.
  • Page 42: Volume Control

    Volume control You can adjust the volume for playback movies. 1 Tap (Playback) to switch to playback mode. 2 Select a movie and tap. 3 Tap (Volume control). Tap the LCD screen when the screen display is not shown. 4 Touch and hold to increase, the volume.
  • Page 43: What You Can Do With Wi-fi

    What you can do with Wi-Fi Wi-Fi allows you to connect to the network service via a LAN environment, either in or outside the home. Before you connect, you first need to register your access point. You can use Wi-Fi from the menu screen, which is opened by tapping the MENU button. Depending on the region, menu contents may differ.
  • Page 44: Setting Wi-fi

    Setting Wi-Fi 1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button. 2 Tap [MENU] t [Main Settings] t [Wi-Fi Settings], and [Wi-Fi Connection] to show the mark. 3 Select an access point to connect. 4 Enter the password. Notes • Network device connections and setting methods differ according to the device. •...
  • Page 45 How to use the keyboard Touching the text field brings the keyboard up. Enter your text, then touch • The number of characters you can input is limited. • Hold the camera horizontally. Character input Text field Input switch key Tapping the input switch key toggles character input key between alphabetical and numerical input.
  • Page 46: Live Streaming

    Registration with the live streaming service is required in advance. 1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button. 2 Register with a live streaming service for this purpose. • For details, see 3 Tap [MENU] t [Live Streaming]. 4 Establish the Wi-Fi connection.
  • Page 47: Uploading Images Directly (post And Share)

    Share], or by “PlayMemories Home”. • You can select the upload destination from “PlayMemories Home”. • Depending on the region or country, available services may differ. How to use Wi-Fi For details, see the introduction of Wi-Fi features in website: “ bloggie”. [Exit].
  • Page 48: Uploading Images To "playmemories Online" (save To Playmemories Online)

    When uploading has finished, the upload completion screen is displayed. 5 Tap Note • To use “PlayMemories Online”, you need to establish your own account. How to use Wi-Fi For details, see the introduction of Wi-Fi features in website: “ bloggie”.
  • Page 49: Copying Images To A Smartphone

    3 Select and transfer the camera contents using the installed application on the smartphone. Note • Depending on their size, certain images transferred to a smartphone may not be playable. How to use Wi-Fi For details, see the introduction of Wi-Fi features in website: “ bloggie”.
  • Page 50: Using The Software

    • To view a website, you will be redirected to it by the Sony server. There may be times when you cannot access the website because of server maintenance or for other reasons.
  • Page 51: Recommended Computer Environment

    Recommended computer environment See page 24 for installing the software. Windows The following computer environment is recommended when using “PlayMemories Home”, and importing images via a USB connection. OS (pre-installed) Others 64bit and Starter Editions are not supported. Starter Edition is not supported. Minimum requirement to play back HD movies The above system requirements do not guarantee proper operation.
  • Page 52 Beep Sets the sound for when you operate the camera. 1 Tap [MENU] t [Main Settings] t [Beep] t desired mode. Turns on the beep sound when you press the movie button. Turns off the beep sound. (Shutter) button or...
  • Page 53 Demo Mode Performs a demonstration of the camera. 1 Tap [MENU] t [Main Settings] t [Demo Mode] t desired mode. Performs a demonstration. Does not perform a demonstration. Note • The demonstration stops when operating any of the following. – Touch LCD screen. –...
  • Page 54: Initialize

    Initialize Initializes the setting to the default setting. Even if you execute this function, the images are retained. 1 Tap [MENU] t [Main Settings] t [Initialize] t [OK]. Note • Perform initialization after charging the camera to prevent the camera from turning off during the process.
  • Page 55 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 Tap [MENU] t [Main Settings] t [HDMI Output] t desired mode.
  • Page 56 LUN Settings(USB) 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 Tap [MENU] t [Main Settings] t [LUN Settings(USB)] t desired mode.
  • Page 57: Format

    Format Formats the internal memory. 1 Tap [MENU] t [Main Settings] t [Format] t [OK]. Note • Note that formatting permanently erases all data.
  • Page 58: Date & Time Setting

    Date & Time Setting Sets the date and time again. 1 Tap [MENU] t [Main Settings] t [Date & Time Setting]. 2 Tap the items you want to set. Date & Time Format Selects the date and time display format. Daylight Savings Pushes forward an hour.
  • Page 59: Viewing Images On A Tv

    Viewing images on a TV Connect the camera to a TV which has an HDMI terminal 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).
  • Page 60 On TV color systems If you want to view images on a TV screen, you need a TV with an HDMI terminal 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 55).
  • Page 61: Troubleshooting

    Then turn the camera on again (page 13). 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.
  • Page 62: Viewing Images

    • 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 69). Consult your nearest Sony dealer. Shooting still images/movies Cannot record images.
  • Page 63 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.
  • Page 64 Wireless network Cannot establish a connection with the Wireless LAN access point. • Check to make sure the power of the Wireless LAN access point is on. • The communication range may be shortened by the surrounding conditions, such as various obstacles, radio wave traffic, and the wall material between this camera and the Wireless LAN access point.
  • Page 65 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.
  • Page 66: Warning Indicators And Messages

    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 •...
  • Page 67 Maximum number of images already selected • Up to 100 files can be selected when using [Delete] and [Share]. Operation cannot be executed in unsupported files • Playback zoom cannot be performed on movies. Invalid operation • This message appears if you perform an invalid operation. The upload place deleted •...
  • Page 68: Number Of Still Images And Recordable Time Of

    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 Capacity 1276 1723 7221 Notes • When the number of remaining recordable images is greater than 9,999, the “>9999” indicator appears. •...
  • Page 69: Built-in Battery Pack

    • 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...
  • Page 70: 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 71 In order to comply with such laws and regulations, SONY may take the steps to prevent or limit the use of such services the access to such Website by using Network Linkage Function. SONY and Licensors shall NOT be liable...
  • Page 72: Specifications

    Specifications Camera [System] Image device: 7.35 mm (1/2.5 type) CMOS sensor Total pixel number of camera: Approx. 13.0 Megapixels Effective pixel number of camera: Approx. 8.3 Megapixels (still image, 16:9), Approx. 12.8 Megapixels (still image, 4:3), Approx. 2.1 Megapixels ([1920×1080 30p] movie) Lens: F2.8 f = 5.3 mm (7/32 inches)
  • Page 73 • “Bloggie” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • “ ” and “PlayStation” are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. • 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.
  • Page 74 Index Battery pack ...69 Beep ...52 Charging ...21 Clock Settings ...25 Computer Recommended environment ...51 Uploading images ...50 Date & Time Setting ...58 Daylight Savings ...25, 58 Delete ...41 Demo Mode ...53 Flicker Reduction ...36 Format ...57 HDMI OUT jack ...59 HDMI Output ...55...
  • Page 75 Warning messages ...66 Wi-Fi ...43 Windows computer ...51 Zoom ...31...

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