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"Handycam" Handbook
DCR-SX45/SX65/SX85
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2011 Sony Corporation
4-264-741-11(1)

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  • Page 1 Click “Handycam” Handbook DCR-SX45/SX65/SX85 2011 Sony Corporation 4-264-741-11(1) ...
  • Page 2: Using The "Handycam" Handbook

    Using the “Handycam” Handbook You will find information on using your camcorder to its fullest in this “Handycam” Handbook. Read the “Handycam” Handbook in addition to the Operating Guide (a separate volume). Information on using your camcorder connected to a computer will also be found in the Operating Guide and the “PMB Help”...
  • Page 3: Read This First

    Read this first Supplied items The numbers in ( ) are the supplied quantity. AC Adaptor (1)  Power cord (Mains lead) (1)  A/V connecting cable (1)   USB connection support cable (1)   Attach this to the Built-in USB Cable (p. 13), if ...
  • Page 4: Notes On Optional Accessories

    Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl Zeiss  lens, which was developed jointly by Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony Corporation, and produces superior images. It adopts the MTF measurement system for video cameras and offers a quality typical of a Carl Zeiss lens.
  • Page 5: Notes On Use

    Availability of such products is subject to  country/region. About images, illustrations, and screen displays of this manual The example images used in this manual for  illustration purposes are captured using a digital still camera, and therefore may appear different from images and screen indicators that actually appear on your camcorder.
  • Page 6: Operation Flow

    Operation flow Getting started (p. 12) Prepare the power source and recording media. Recording movies and photos (p. 20) Recording movies  p. 21  Changing the recording mode (p. 25)  Expected recording time (MEDIA INFO, p. 71) Shooting photos  p. 22 Playing movies and photos Playback on the camcorder ...
  • Page 7: Advice For Successful Recording

    Advice for successful recording  To get good results in recording Stabilizing your camcorder When you hold the camcorder, keep your upper body upright, and hold your arms close to your body. The SteadyShot function is effective against camera-shake, however, it is essential that you not move the camcorder. Zooming smoothly Zoom in and out slowly and smoothly.
  • Page 8: Useful Recording Techniques

     Useful recording techniques Capturing images beautifully without troublesome setting INTELLIGENT AUTO (24) Flowers in close-up PORTRAIT(62) TELE MACRO(65) Checking your golf swing SPORTS (62) Recording in a dimly-lit room VIDEO LIGHT (26) Capturing fireworks, or a sunset in all its splendor FIREWORKS (62) SUNRISE&SUNSET (62)
  • Page 9: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Using the “Handycam” Handbook ............. . . 2 Searching for information quickly .
  • Page 10 Making good use of your camcorder Deleting movies and photos ..............35 Protecting recorded movies and photos (Protect) .
  • Page 11 Additional information Troubleshooting ................75 Self-diagnosis display/Warning indicators.
  • Page 12: Getting Started

    Getting started Step 1: Charging the battery pack Battery pack You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (V series) after attaching it to your camcorder.  Notes You cannot attach any “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack other than the V series to your camcorder. ...
  • Page 13: Charging Time

    You can charge your camcorder by using the Built-in USB Cable from the wall outlet (wall socket) with  the USB charging AC adaptor AC-U501AD/AC-U50AG (sold separately). You cannot use Sony portable power unit CP-AH2R/CP-AL (sold separately). The USB charging AC adaptor may not be available in some countries/regions.
  • Page 14: Charging The Battery Pack Abroad

    To remove the battery pack Close the LCD screen. Slide the BATT (battery) release lever () and remove the battery pack (). To use a wall outlet (wall socket) as a power source Make the same connections as “Step 1: Charging the battery pack. ” Even if the battery pack is attached, the battery pack is not discharged.
  • Page 15: Step 2: Turning The Power On, And Setting The Date And Time

    Step 2: Turning the power on, and setting the date and time Open the LCD screen of your camcorder. Your camcorder is turned on and the lens cover is opened. To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is open, press POWER. ...
  • Page 16: Changing The Language Setting

     Notes The date and time do not appear during recording, but they are automatically recorded on the recording  media, and can be displayed during playback. To display the date and time, touch [Show others]  [PLAYBACK SET] (under TIME] ...
  • Page 17: Step 3: Preparing The Recording Media

    Step 3: Preparing the recording media The recording media that can be used differs depending on your camcorder. The following icons are displayed on the screen of your camcorder. DCR-SX: Memory card DCR-SX/SX: Internal memory In the default setting, both movies and photos are recorded on this recording media. You can perform recording, playback and editing operations on the selected medium.
  • Page 18: Inserting A Memory Card

    To check the recording media settings When recording in movie recording mode or photo recording mode, the recording media icon is displayed in the top right corner of the screen. Recording media icon The icon displayed on the LCD screen varies depending on the camcorder you use. ...
  • Page 19 Open the cover, orient the memory card’s notched corner as shown in the illustration, and insert into the memory card slot until it clicks. Close the cover after inserting the memory card.  Access lamp Note direction of notched corner. The [Create a new Image Database File.] screen may appear if you insert a new memory card.
  • Page 20: Recording/Playback

    Recording/Playback Recording In the default setting, movies are recorded on the following recording media. DCR-SX45: Memory card DCR-SX65/SX85: Internal memory Tips  See page 17 on changing the recording media (DCR-SX65/SX85).  Fasten the grip belt. Open the LCD screen of your camcorder. Your camcorder is turned on and the lens cover is opened.
  • Page 21: Recording Movies

    Recording movies Press START/STOP to start recording. You can start recording also by touching  in the bottom left of the LCD screen.  To stop recording, press START/STOP again. You can stop recording also by touching  in the bottom left of LCD screen. ...
  • Page 22: Shooting Photos

    Tips  You can capture photos from recorded movies (p. 39).  See page 83 on the recordable time of movies.  You can check the recordable time, estimated remaining capacity, etc., by touching  [Show others]  [MEDIA INFO] (under The LCD screen of your camcorder can display recording images across the entire screen (full pixel ...
  • Page 23  Press PHOTO lightly to adjust the focus, then press it fully. You can record photos also by touching  Tips  See page 84 on the recordable number of photos.  To change the image size, touch  [PHOTO SETTINGS] category)  a desired setting  on the LCD screen.
  • Page 24: Useful Functions For Recording Movies And Photos

    Useful functions for recording movies and photos Zooming You can magnify images up to 70 times the original size with the power zoom lever. You can magnify images also with the / on the LCD screen. Wider range of view Close view (Wide angle) (Telephoto)
  • Page 25: Selecting The Recording Mode

     Note The camcorder may not detect the expected  scene or subject, depending on the recording conditions. You cannot use the flash depending on the  scenes detected. To cancel INTELLIGENT AUTO Press or the detection mode icons disappear, and you can record with the preferred settings.
  • Page 26: Using The Video Light

    Using the VIDEO LIGHT You can use the VIDEO LIGHT according to the recording conditions. It is recommended that you use the VIDEO LIGHT at a distance of about 30 cm to 150 cm (11 7/8 in. to 59 1/8 in.) from the subject.
  • Page 27: Playback On The Camcorder

    Playback on the camcorder In the default setting, movies and photos that are recorded on the following recording media are played. DCR-SX45: Memory card DCR-SX65/SX85: Internal memory Tips  See page 17 on changing the recording media (DCR-SX65/SX85).  Open the LCD screen of your camcorder. Your camcorder turns on.
  • Page 28  Displays the screen to select the index type ([DATE INDEX]/[ FACE]) (p. 30, 30, 31).  : Displays movies recorded on the previous/next date.  : Displays the previous/next movie.  Returns to the recording screen.  is displayed when  is touched. You can scroll the display by touching and dragging , ...
  • Page 29: Viewing Photos

    Viewing photos Your camcorder displays the selected photo. Previous To the VISUAL INDEX screen Tips  When viewing photos recorded on a memory card,  To start/stop slide show Next OPTION (playback folder) appears on the screen.
  • Page 30: Useful Functions For Playing Movies And Photos

    Useful functions for playing movies and photos Searching for desired images by date (Date Index) You can search for desired images by date efficiently.  Notes You cannot use the Date Index function for  photos on the memory card. ...
  • Page 31: Searching For Desired Scene By Face (Face Index)

    Searching for desired scene by face (Face Index) The face images detected during movie recording are displayed on the INDEX screen. You can play back the movie from the selected face image.  Press (VIEW IMAGES). The VISUAL INDEX screen appears. ...
  • Page 32: Playing Back A Series Of Photos (Slide Show)

    Playing back a series of photos (Slide show) Touch on the photo playback screen. The slide show begins from the selected photo. To stop the slide show Touch To restart the slide show Touch again.  Notes You cannot operate playback zoom during slide ...
  • Page 33: Playing Images On A Tv

    Playing images on a TV Connect your camcorder to the input jack of a TV or VCR using the A/V connecting cable  or an A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO . Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 14). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
  • Page 34  Connect your camcorder to a TV with the A/V connecting cable (, supplied) or an A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO (, sold separately). Connect your camcorder to the input jack of the TV.  Play back movies and photos on your camcorder (p. 27). To set the aspect ratio according to the connected TV (16:9/4:3) (MENU) ...
  • Page 35: Making Good Use Of Your Camcorder

    Making good use of your camcorder Deleting movies and photos You can free media space by deleting movies and photos from recording media.  Notes You cannot restore images once they are  deleted. Save important movies and photos in advance.
  • Page 36 Touch the image down on the LCD screen  to confirm the image. Touch return to the previous screen.  Touch [YES]  ...
  • Page 37: Protecting Recorded Movies And Photos (Protect)

    Protecting recorded movies and photos (Protect) Protect movies and photos to avoid deleting them by mistake. Tips  You can protect movies and photos on the  playback screen from OPTION MENU. (MENU)  [Show Touch others]  [PROTECT] (under [EDIT] category).
  • Page 38: Dividing A Movie

    Dividing a movie (MENU)  [Show Touch others]  [ DIVIDE] (under [EDIT] category). Touch the movie to be divided. The selected movie starts playback. Touch at the point where you want to divide the movie into scenes. The movie pauses. Play and pause toggles as you press Adjusts the dividing point with more precision after you selected the dividing...
  • Page 39: Capturing A Photo From A Movie

    Capturing a photo from a movie (MENU)  [Show Touch others]  [PHOTO CAPTURE] (under [EDIT] category). The [PHOTO CAPTURE] screen appears. Touch the movie to be captured. The selected movie starts playback. Touch at the point where you want to capture. The movie pauses.
  • Page 40: Dubbing/Copying Movies And Photos From The Internal Recording Media

    Dubbing/copying movies and photos from the internal recording media to memory card (DCR-SX65/SX85) Dubbing movies You can dub movies recorded on the internal recording media of your camcorder to memory card. Insert memory card into your camcorder before the operation. ...
  • Page 41: Copying Photos

    Tips  To check the dubbed movies after dubbing is  finished, select [MEMORY CARD] on [MOVIE MEDIA SET] and play them back (p. 17). Copying photos You can copy photos from the internal recording media of the camcorder to memory card.
  • Page 42: Using The Playlist Of Movies

    Using the Playlist of movies The Playlist is a list showing thumbnails of the movies that you have selected. The original movies are not changed even if you edit or erase the movies added to the Playlist. Creating the Playlist (MENU) ...
  • Page 43: Playing The Playlist

    Playing the Playlist (MENU)  [Show  Touch others]  [PLAYLIST] (under [PLAYBACK] category). Movies added to the Playlist appear.  Touch the movie you want to play back. The Playlist is played back from the selected movie to the end, then the screen returns to the Playlist screen.
  • Page 44: Saving Movies And Photos With A Computer

    Saving movies and photos with a computer Creating a disc with one touch (One Touch Disc Burn) Movies and photos recorded on your camcorder that have not yet been saved with One Touch Disc Burn function can be saved on a disc automatically. Install “PMB”...
  • Page 45: Importing Movies And Photos To A Computer

    Importing movies and photos to a computer Movies and photos recorded on your camcorder can be imported to a computer. Turn on the computer beforehand.  Notes Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall  socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p.
  • Page 46: Creating A Disc

    Creating a disc You can create a disc by selecting movies previously imported to your computer (p. 45). Turn on your computer, and place an unused disc on the DVD drive. If any other software than “PMB” starts  automatically, shut it down. Start “PMB”.
  • Page 47: Uploading Images To A Media Service

    Notes on “PMB Portable” “PMB Portable” makes it possible to download various URLs of websites from the server administered by Sony (“Sony server”). In order to use “PMB Portable” to enjoy the benefits of the image uploading service, or other services provided by these and other websites, you must consent to the following.
  • Page 48  the Sony server. Access to certain websites may not be possible due to server maintenance, etc. In the event that a Sony server is to be  terminated, notification ahead of time will be placed on the Sony website, etc.
  • Page 49: Saving Images With An External Device

     socket) using the supplied AC adaptor (p. 14). Refer to the instruction manual supplied with  the external media. Refer to the Sony support page for your  country/region for details on external media that can be used. Tips ...
  • Page 50 DCR-SX45: Movies and photos that have not yet been saved on to external media can be saved. This screen will appear only when there  are newly recorded images. After the operation is completed, touch on the camcorder screen.  Notes The number of scenes you can save on the ...
  • Page 51 To finish the external media connection  Touch on the VISUAL INDEX screen of the external media.  Disconnect the USB Adaptor Cable.
  • Page 52: Creating A Disc With A Dvd Writer, Recorder

    Creating a disc with a DVD writer, recorder Creating a disc with the dedicated DVD writer, DVDirect Express You can create a disc or play back the images on a created disc by using the dedicated DVD writer, DVDirect Express (sold separately).
  • Page 53  Select the recording media containing the movie(s) you want to save SX65/SX85)  Touch the movie you want to burn on the disc. appears. Remaining Disc capacity Press and hold the image down on the  LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch to return to the previous screen.
  • Page 54: Creating A Disc With A Dvd Writer, Etc., Other Than Dvdirect Express

    DVDirect Express, with the USB cable. Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.  Notes Sony DVD writer may not be available in some  countries/regions. Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall ...
  • Page 55: Your Camcorder

     A/V connecting cable (supplied) Connect the A/V connecting cable to the input jack of another device.  A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO (sold separately) When connecting to another device via the S VIDEO jack, by using an A/V connecting cable with an S VIDEO cable (sold separately), higher quality images can be produced than with an A/V connecting...
  • Page 56 OUTPUT]  [V-OUT/PANEL]   When the screen size of display devices (TV,  (MENU)  [Show etc.) is 4:3, touch others]  [OUTPUT SETTINGS] (under [GENERAL SET] category)  [TV TYPE]  [4:3]    When you connect a monaural device, connect ...
  • Page 57: Customizing Your Camcorder

    Customizing your camcorder Using menus Using the menus, you can perform useful functions and change various settings. If you make good use of menu operations, you can enjoy using your camcorder. The camcorder has various menu items under each of eight menu categories. MANUAL SETTINGS (Items to adjust for scene condition) ...
  • Page 58: Using My Menu

     Notes You may not be able to set some menu items, depending on the recording or playback conditions.  Grayed out menu items or settings are not available.  Tips  Depending on the menu items being changed, your camcorder switches between playback mode and ...
  • Page 59: Option Menu

    Using the OPTION MENU The OPTION MENU appears just like the pop-up window that appears when you right-click the mouse on a computer. When the OPTION MENU. You touch appear.  Touch (OPTION).  Touch the desired tab  the item to change the setting. ...
  • Page 60: Menu Lists

    Menu lists (MANUAL SETTINGS) category SCENE SELECTION FADER WHITE BAL. SPOT MTR/FCS SPOT METER SPOT FOCUS EXPOSURE FOCUS TELE MACRO (SHOOTING SET) category REC MODE GUIDEFRAME STEADYSHOT AUTO SLW SHUTTR FACE DETECTION AUDIO REC SET BLT-IN ZOOM MIC MICREF LEVEL OTHER REC SET DIGITAL ZOOM BACK LIGHT...
  • Page 61 DISPLAY SET OUTPUT SETTINGS TV TYPE DISP OUTPUT CLOCK/ LANG CLOCK SET AREA SET DST SET/SUMMERTIME LANGUAGE SET POWER SETTINGS A.SHUT OFF POWER ON BY LCD OTHER SETTINGS DEMO MODE CALIBRATION USB LUN SETTING DCR-SX65/SX85...
  • Page 62: Manual Settings (Items To Adjust For Scene Condition)

    MANUAL SETTINGS (Items to adjust for scene condition) See “Using menus” (p. 57) on the operation. The default settings are marked with . SCENE SELECTION You can record images effectively in various situations.  AUTO Records images in average image quality without the [SCENE SELECTION] function.
  • Page 63: White Bal

    BLACK FADER Fades in/out with the black effect. To cancel the fader before starting the operation, touch [OFF]. Tips  When you press START/STOP, the setting is  cleared. A movie recorded using [BLACK FADER] may  be difficult to see in the VISUAL INDEX screen. WHITE BAL.
  • Page 64: Spot Mtr/Fcs

    SPOT MTR/FCS (Spot meter/ focus) You can adjust the brightness and focus for the selected subject simultaneously. This function enables you to use [SPOT METER] (p. 64) and [SPOT FOCUS] (p. 64) at the same time. Touch the subject in the frame of which you want to adjust the brightness and focus.
  • Page 65: Tele Macro

     Notes When you set [FOCUS] to [MANUAL],   appears. The minimum possible distance between  camcorder and subject while maintaining sharp focus is about 1 cm (about 13/32 in.) for wide angle and about 150 cm (about 59 1/8 in.) for telephoto.
  • Page 66: Shooting Set (Items For Customized Shooting)

    SHOOTING SET (Items for customized shooting) See “Using menus” (p. 57) on the operation. The default settings are marked with . REC MODE (Recording mode) See page 25. GUIDEFRAME You can display the frame and check that the subject is horizontal or vertical. The frame is not recorded.
  • Page 67: Audio Rec Set

    The subject(s) faces directly towards the  camera The detected faces are recorded in Face Index,  however, some faces may not be. Also, there is a limit to the number of faces that can be recorded in Face Index. To play back from the Face Index, see page 31.
  • Page 68: Photo Settings (Items For Recording Photos)

    PHOTO SETTINGS (Items for recording photos) See “Using menus” (p. 57) on the operation. The default settings are marked with . SELF-TIMER Press PHOTO to start the count down. A photo is recorded after about 10 seconds.  OFF Cancels the self-timer. ON ( ) Starts the self-timer recording.
  • Page 69: Playback (Items For Playback)

    PLAYBACK (Items for playback) See “Using menus” (p. 57) on the operation. VISUAL INDEX See page 27. VIEW IMAGES  DATE INDEX See page 30.  FILM ROLL See page 30.  FACE See page 31. PLAYLIST See page 42. PLAYBACK SET ...
  • Page 70: Edit (Items For Editing)

    EDIT (Items for editing) See “Using menus” (p. 57) on the operation. DELETE See page 35. PROTECT See page 37. DIVIDE See page 38. PHOTO CAPTURE See page 39. MOVIE DUB (DCR-SX65/SX85) See page 40. PHOTO COPY (DCR-SX65/ SX85) See page 41. PLAYLIST EDIT See page 42.
  • Page 71: Manage Media (Items For Recording Media)

    MANAGE MEDIA (Items for recording media) See “Using menus” (p. 57) on the operation. MEDIA SETTINGS (DCR-SX65/ SX85) See page 17. MEDIA INFO You can check the remaining recordable time for each recording mode of the recording media for movies and the approximate free and used media space of the recording media.
  • Page 72: General Set (Other Setup Items)

    GENERAL SET (Other setup items) See “Using menus” (p. 57) on the operation. The default settings are marked with . SOUND/DISP SET  VOLUME You can adjust the volume of playback sound by touching  BEEP  ON A melody sounds when you start/stop recording, or operate the touch panel.
  • Page 73  LCD PANEL Shows displays such as the time code on the LCD screen. V-OUT/PANEL Shows displays such as the time code on the LCD screen, and on the TV screen. CLOCK/ LANG  CLOCK SET See page 15.  AREA SET You can adjust a time difference without stopping the clock.
  • Page 74 When you press (VIEW IMAGES)   CALIBRATION See page 90.  USB LUN SETTING You can set the compatibility of your camcorder when using a USB connection  MULTI Default setting. SINGLE Set this if you cannot connect.  Notes Set to [MULTI] when using the PMB Portable.
  • Page 75: Additional Information

     Press RESET (p. 94) using a pointed object, and turn the camcorder on. If you press RESET, all settings, including the clock setting, are reset.  Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Your camcorder may be required to initialize or ...
  • Page 76  correctly (p. 12). If the problem persists, disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet (wall socket) and contact your Sony dealer. The battery pack may be damaged. The remaining battery time indicator does not indicate the correct time.
  • Page 77 Memory card Operations using the memory card cannot be performed. If you use the memory card formatted on a  computer, format it again on your camcorder (p. 71). Images stored on the memory card cannot be deleted. The maximum number of images that you can ...
  • Page 78 Even if [ STEADYSHOT] is set to  [ACTIVE] or [STANDARD], your camcorder may not be able to compensate for excessive vibrations. A vertical band appears when recording candlelight or electric light in the dark. This occurs when the contrast between the ...
  • Page 79 Editing movies/photos on your camcorder Unable to edit. Unable to edit because of the condition of the  image. Movies cannot be added in the Playlist. There is no free space in the recording media.  You can add no more than 99 movies to a ...
  • Page 80: Self-Diagnosis Display/Warning Indicators

    If the problem persists even after you have tried to fix a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. In this case, when you contact them, give them all the numbers of the error code beginning with C or E.
  • Page 81: Recording Media

    (Warning indicators pertaining to memory card formatting) The memory card is damaged.  The memory card is not formatted correctly  (p. 71). (Warning indicator pertaining to incompatible memory card) Incompatible memory card is inserted (p. 18).   (Warning indicator pertaining to the write-protect of the memory card) Access to the memory card was restricted on ...
  • Page 82 Write performance of the memory card  you are using is insufficient for the movie recording speed of your camcorder. Use a memory card recommended for your camcorder (p. 18). Recovering data. Your camcorder tries to recover data  automatically if the data writing was not performed properly.
  • Page 83: Recording Time Of Movies/Number Of Recordable Photos

    Recording time of movies/number of recordable photos Expected time of recording and playback with each battery pack Recording time Approximate time available when you use a fully charged battery pack. Internal memory DCR-SX65/SX85 Battery pack Continuous recording time NP-FV30 (supplied) NP-FV50 NP-FV70 NP-FV100...
  • Page 84: Expected Number Of Recordable Photos

    Tips  You can record movies of a maximum of 9,999  scenes. The maximum continuous recording time of  movies is approximately 13 hours. Your camcorder uses the VBR (Variable Bit  Rate) format to automatically adjust image quality to suit the recording scene. This technology causes fluctuations in the recording time of the media.
  • Page 85: Using Your Camcorder Abroad

    Using your camcorder abroad Power supply You can use your camcorder in any countries/regions using the AC Adaptor supplied with your camcorder within the AC 100 V to 240 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz range. On TV color systems Your camcorder is a NTSC-system-based camcorder.
  • Page 86 Setting to the local time You can easily set the clock to the local time by setting a time difference when using your camcorder abroad. Touch [GENERAL SET] category)  [AREA SET] and [DST SET]/[SUMMERTIME] (p. 73). World time difference Time-zone Area setting differences...
  • Page 87: Maintenance And Precautions

    Maintenance and precautions About the memory card Memory card formatted by a computer  (Windows OS/Mac OS) does not have guaranteed compatibility with your camcorder. Data read/write speed may vary depending  on the combination of the memory card and memory card compliant product you use.
  • Page 88: About The "Infolithium" Battery Pack

    Notes on using the “Memory Stick Micro” media To use “Memory Stick Micro” media with your  camcorder, you need a Duo-sized M2 adaptor. Insert the “Memory Stick Micro” media into the Duo-sized M2 adaptor, and then insert the adaptor into the “Memory Stick Duo” media slot.
  • Page 89: About Handling Of Your Camcorder

    If any solid object or liquid gets inside the  casing, unplug your camcorder and have it checked by a Sony dealer before operating it any further. Avoid rough handling, disassembling,  modifying, physical shock, or impact such as hammering, dropping or stepping on the product.
  • Page 90: Rechargeable Battery

    You use your camcorder after a squall or a  shower. You use your camcorder in a hot and humid  place. How to prevent moisture condensation  When you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm place, put your camcorder in a plastic bag and seal it tightly.
  • Page 91 , ” “Memory Stick Micro, ” “MagicGate, ” “ “MagicGate Memory Stick” and “MagicGate Memory Stick Duo” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony  Corporation. “DVDirect” is a trademark of Sony ...
  • Page 92 URL to download it. When downloading the source code, select DCR-SX20 as the model for your camcorder. http://www.sony.net/Products/Linux/ We would prefer you do not contact us about the contents of source code. Read “license2.pdf ” in the “License” folder on the CD-ROM.
  • Page 93: Quick Reference

    Quick reference Screen indicators Upper left Center Bottom Upper left Indicator Meaning MENU button (57) Self-timer recording (68) MICREF LEVEL low (67) WIDE SELECT (67) BLT-IN ZOOM MIC (67) 60 min Remaining battery Recording folder of memory card VIDEO LIGHT (26) Return button (57) Center Indicator...
  • Page 94: Parts And Controls

    Parts and controls Figures in ( ) are reference pages.  Lens (Carl Zeiss lens)  LED VIDEO LIGHT (26)  Built-in microphone  LCD screen/Touch panel (26, 57) If you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees, you can close the LCD panel with the LCD screen facing out.
  • Page 95  Memory card slot (18)  Built-in USB Cable  Tripod receptacle Attach a tripod (sold separately) to the tripod receptacle using a tripod screw (sold separately: the length of the screw must be less than 5.5 mm (7/32 in.)). ...
  • Page 96: Index

    Index Symbols 16:9 ...34 4:3 ...34 A.SHUT OFF ...73 A/V connecting cable...33, 55 Abroad ...85 AREA SET ...73 AUDIO REC SET ...67 AUTO BACK LIGHT ...67 AUTO SLW SHUTTR ...66 BACK LIGHT ...67, 79 BATTERY INFO ...70 Battery pack ...12 BEACH ...62 BEEP...72 BLACK FADER ...63...
  • Page 97 Photos ...22, 27 PHOTO SETTINGS ...68 PLAYBACK ...69 Playback ...27 PLAYBACK SET ...69 Playlist ...42 PLAYLIST EDIT ...70 PORTRAIT ...62 Power on ...15 POWER ON BY LCD ...73 POWER SETTINGS ...73 Precautions ...87 PROTECT ...37 Rec & zoom buttons on LCD ...21 REC MODE ...25 Recording ...21 Recording media...17...
  • Page 98 Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at our Customer Support Website. http://www.sony.net/...