On camcorder use and care
• Do not use or store the camcorder in the
– Anywhere extremely hot or cold. Never
leave your camcorder exposed to
temperatures above 60°C (140°F), such as
under direct sunlight, near heaters or in a
car parked in the sun. The camcorder may
malfunction or become deformed.
– Near strong magnetic fields or mechanical
vibration. The camcorder may malfunction.
– Near strong radio waves or radiation. The
camcorder may not be able to record
– Near AM receivers and video equipment.
Noise may occur.
– Sandy beach or anywhere dusty. If sand or
dust gets in your camcorder, it may
malfunction. Sometimes this malfunction
cannot be repaired.
– Near windows or outdoors, where the LCD
screen, the viewfinder, or the lens may be
exposed to direct sunlight. This damages
the inside of the viewfinder or the LCD
– Anywhere very humid.
• Operate your camcorder on DC 7.2 V (battery
pack) or DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor).
• For DC or AC operation, use the accessories
recommended in these operating instructions.
• Do not let your camcorder get wet, for
example, from rain or sea water. If your
camcorder gets wet, it may malfunction.
Sometimes this malfunction cannot be
• If any solid object or liquid get inside the
casing, unplug your camcorder and have it
checked by a Sony dealer before operating it
• Avoid rough handling or mechanical shock.
Be particularly careful of the lens.
• Keep the POWER switch setting to (CHG)
OFF when you are not using your camcorder.
• Do not wrap your camcorder with a towel, for
example, and operate it. Doing so might cause
heat to build up inside.
When not using your camcorder for a
Occasionally turn it on and let it run such as by
playing back tapes for about 3 minutes.
If your camcorder is brought directly from a
cold place to a warm place, moisture may
condense inside your camcorder, on the surface
of the tape, or on the lens. In this state, the tape
may stick to the head drum and be damaged or
your camcorder may not operate correctly. If
there is moisture inside your camcorder, [
Moisture condensation. Eject the cassette] or [
Moisture condensation. Turn off for 1H.]
appears. The indicator will not appear when the
moisture condenses on the lens.
If moisture condensation has occurred
None of the functions except cassette ejection
will work. Eject the cassette, turn off your
camcorder, and leave it for about one hour with
the cassette lid open. Your camcorder can be
or Z does not appear when the
used again if
power is turned on again.
If moisture starts to condense, your camcorder
sometimes cannot detect condensation. If this
happens, the cassette is sometimes not ejected
for 10 seconds after the cassette lid is opened.
This is not a malfunction. Do not close the
cassette lid until the cassette is ejected.
Note on moisture condensation
Moisture may condense when you bring your
camcorder from a cold place into a warm place
(or vice versa) or when you use your camcorder
in a humid place as shown below.
• When you bring your camcorder from a ski
slope into a place warmed up by a heating
• When you bring your camcorder from an air-
conditioned car or room into a hot place
• When you use your camcorder after a squall or
• When you use your camcorder in a hot and