Never use the plug without the fuse cover. If you should lose the fuse cover, please contact your nearest Sony service station. FOR CUSTOMERS IN EUROPE ATTENTION The electromagnetic fields at the specific frequencies may influence the picture and sound of this camcorder.
camera, and thus may appear different from what you see. • The illustrations used on this manual are based on the model DCR-HC20E. Notes on using the camcorder • Hold your camcorder correctly. • If the Strap Belt is too long, fasten the Strap Belt as shown in the following illustration.
Table of Contents Read this first ... 2 Quick Start Guide Recording movies ... 8 Recording/Playing back with ease ... 10 Getting started Step 1: Checking supplied items... 11 Step 2: Charging the battery pack... 12 Using an outside power source ... 14 Step 3: Turning the power on...
Recording a picture using various effects ... 31 Fading in and out of a scene – FADER ... 31 Searching for the starting point ... 32 Searching for the last scene of the most recent recording – END SEARCH ... 32 Searching manually –...
Advanced operations Customizing Your Cam- corder Changing the menu settings ... 43 Using the (MANUAL SET) menu – PROGRAM AE/P EFFECT, etc..44 Using the (CAMERA SET) menu – D ZOOM/16:9WIDE, etc..47 Using the (PLAYER SET)/ SET) menu – HiFi SOUND/AUDIO MIX ...
Quick Start Guide Recording movies Attach the charged battery pack to the camcorder. To charge the battery, see page 12. Slide the battery pack in the direction of the arrow until it clicks. Insert a cassette into the camcorder. Slide the OPEN/ ZEJECT lever in the direction of the...
Start recording while checking the subject on the LCD screen. The date and time is not set up in the default setting. To set the date and time, see page 17. Set the LENS COVER switch to OPEN. Open the LCD panel. While pressing the green button, slide the POWER switch down to light up...
Recording/Playing back with ease By switching to Easy Handycam operation, recording/playback operation becomes even easier. Easy Handycam operation allows easy recording/playback for even first time users by providing only the basic functions for recording/playback. Press EASY when recording/ playing back. EASY lights up in blue (a) and the screen font size increases (b) during Easy Handycam operation.
Getting started Step 1: Checking supplied items Make sure you have following items supplied with your camcorder. The number in parentheses indicates the number of that item supplied. AC Adaptor (1) Mains lead (1) Wireless Remote Commander (1) (DCR-HC18E/HC20E) A button-type lithium battery is already installed.
Step 2: Charging the battery pack You can charge the battery by attaching the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (P series) to your camcorder. b Notes • You cannot use batteries other than the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (P series) (p. 83). • Do not short-circuit the DC plug of the AC Adaptor or battery terminals with any metallic objects.
To remove the battery pack BATT (battery) POWER release button switch Battery pack Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG). Slide the battery pack out in the direction of the arrow while pressing the BATT (battery) release button down. b Note •...
When LCD BACKLIGHT is set to OFF Battery pack Continuous recording time NP-FP50 (supplied) NP-FP70 NP-FP90 Recording time when recording with the viewfinder Approximate number of minutes available when you use a fully charged battery pack at 25°C (77°F). Battery pack Continuous recording time NP-FP50...
Step 3: Turning the power on You need to slide the POWER switch repeatedly to select the desired power mode to record or play. When using this camcorder for the first time, the CLOCK SET screen appears (p. 17). LENS COVER switch POWER switch Set the LENS COVER switch to OPEN.
Step 4: Adjusting the LCD panel and viewfinder Adjusting the LCD panel You can adjust the angle and brightness of the LCD panel to meet various recording situations. Even when there are obstructions between you and the subject, you can check the subject on the LCD screen during recording by adjusting the angle of the LCD panel.
To use the viewfinder during operation When you are recording, you can adjust the exposure (p. 28) and fader (p. 31) while checking the image on the viewfinder. Have the LCD panel rotated 180 degrees and closed with the screen facing out. Slide the POWER switch to select the CAMERA mode.
Touch to display PAGE1. 60min 0:00:00 PAGE1 PAGE2 SPOT FOCUS SPOT FOCUS B AL METER MENU FADER EXPO– SURE Touch MENU. MANUAL SET PROGRAM AE P EFFECT FLASH MODE FLASH LVL AUTO SHTR EXEC RET. Select (SETUP MENU) with , then touch EXEC. SETUP MENU CLOCK SET --:--:--...
Step 6: Inserting a cassette tape You can use mini DV cassettes only. For details on these cassettes (such as write- protection), see page 81. b Note • Do not force the cassette into the compartment. This may cause a malfunction of your camcorder. Slide the OPEN/ZEJECT the direction of the arrow and open the lid.
Step 7: Setting the screen language You can select the language to be used on the LCD screen. Turn on your camcorder. Open the LCD panel. Touch to display PAGE1. 60min STBY 0:00:00 PAGE1 PAGE2 SPOT FOCUS SPOT FOCUS B AL METER MENU FADER...
Recording Recording movies Before recording, follow steps 1 to 7 in “Getting started” (p. 11 - p. 20). When you are recording, movies will be recorded along with stereo sound. Camera recording lamp LENS COVER switch REC START/STOP REC START/STOP z Tip •...
E Tape photo recording/Time code or tape counter (hour: minute: second) F Recording capacity of the tape (p. 54) G Function button b Notes • Before changing the battery pack, slide the POWER switch up to OFF (CHG). • In the default setting, when you do not operate the camcorder for more than about 5 minutes, the power will automatically turn off to prevent battery loss ([A.SHUT OFF], p.
Extend the viewfinder. Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder, then rotate it 180 degrees towards the subject. A mirror-image of the subject appears on the LCD screen, but the picture will be normal when recorded. Using the self-timer With the self-timer, you can start recording after a delay of about 10 seconds.
Recording still images – Tape photo recording You can record still images. Before recording, follow steps 1 to 7 in “Getting started” (p. 11 - p. 20). PHOTO LENS COVER switch POWER switch Set the LENS COVER switch to OPEN. Open the LCD panel.
Recording with ease – Easy Handycam With this Easy Handycam operation, most of the camera settings are set to the automatic mode, only basic functions become available, and the screen font size increases for easy viewing. Even first time users can enjoy easy recording.
Adjusting the exposure The exposure is adjusted automatically in the default setting. Adjusting the exposure for backlit subjects When your subject has its back to the sun or other light, you can adjust the exposure to prevent the subject from becoming shadowed.
To return the setting to automatic exposure Follow steps 1 to 3, then touch [ step 4. Or set [EXPOSURE] to [ (p. 28). b Notes • You cannot use the Flexible spot meter together with the NightShot plus function. •...
Adjusting the exposure manually You can fix the brightness of a picture at the best exposure. When recording indoors on a clear day, for instance, you can avoid backlight shadows on people next to the window by manually fixing the exposure to that of the wall side of the room.
Recording in dark places – NightShot plus You can record subjects in dark places (such as when capturing the face of your baby sleeping) with this function. Set the NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch to ON. and ”NIGHTSHOT PLUS” appear. To cancel NightShot plus, set the NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch to OFF.
To adjust the focus automatically Follow steps 1 to 3, then touch [ step 4. Or, set [FOCUS] to [ b Note • You cannot use the SPOT FOCUS function together with [PROGRAM AE]. z Tip • If you set [SPOT FOCUS], [FOCUS] is automatically set to [MANUAL].
Recording a picture using various effects POWER switch REC START/ REC START/STOP STOP Fading in and out of a scene – FADER You can add the following effects to currently recording pictures. [BLACK] (black fader) [WHITE] (white fader) [MOSC. FADER] (mosaic fader) [MONOTONE] When fading in, the picture gradually changes from black-and-white to color.
Searching for the starting point Searching for the last scene of the most recent recording – END SEARCH This function is handy when you have played back the tape, for example, but want to start recording right after the most recently recorded scene.
Reviewing the most recently recorded scenes – Rec review You can view a few seconds of the scene recorded just before you stopped the tape. Slide the POWER switch to select the CAMERA mode. Touch to display [PAGE1]. Touch MENU. Select (CAMERA SET), then select [EDITSEARCH] with...
Playback Viewing pictures recorded on a tape Make sure you have a recorded tape inserted into your camcorder. When you want to play back recordings on your TV, see page 39. For DCR-HC18E/HC20E: You can control playback using the Remote Commander.
Indicators displayed during playback 60min 0:00:00:15 60min A Remaining battery time B Recording mode (SP or LP) C Tape transport indicator D Time code (hour: minute: second: frame) or tape counter (hour: minute: second) E Function button F Video operation buttons Playing back in various modes To fast forward or rewind during playback –...
Playing back with ease – Easy Handycam Easy Handycam operation allows easy playback for even first time users by providing only the basic functions for playback. Also, the screen font size increases for easy viewing. Make sure you have a recorded tape inserted into your camcorder.
Various playback functions You can display the recorded date and camera setting data. DSPL/BATT INFO POWER switch Displaying the screen indicators You can choose to display the time code, tape counter, and other information on the screen. Press DSPL/BATT INFO. The indicators appear/disappear as you press the button.
If you record the picture without setting the clock, [-- -- ----] and [--:--:--] will appear. 60min 0:00:00:00 AUTO F1. 7 A SteadyShot off B Exposure C White balance D Gain E Shutter speed F Aperture value Playback...
Playing the picture on a TV A/V OUT jack A/V connecting cable (supplied)*1 Signal flow *1 The supplied A/V connecting cable has a video plug and an S video plug for the video connection. *2 This connection produces higher quality DV format pictures.
Locating a scene on a tape for playback (DCR-HC18E/HC20E) Searching quickly for a desired scene – Zero set memory mREW PLAY STOP DISPLAY ZERO SET MEMORY During playback, press ZERO SET MEMORY on the Remote Commander at the point you want to locate later on.
Playback starts automatically from the selected title. TITLE SEARCH HAPPY NEW YEAR! PRESENT GOOD MORNING WEDDING NIGHT BASEBALL Point where the playback starts Present point on the tape To cancel the operation Press STOP on the Remote Commander. b Notes •...
choosing the recording date on the screen. ([CM SEARCH] is set to [ON] by default). When you are using a cassette that does not have Cassette Memory, your camcorder searches the still image automatically regardless of the recording date. SEARCH M. .
Advanced operations Customizing Your Camcorder Changing the menu settings You can change various settings or make detailed adjustments using the menu items displayed on the screen. Turn on the power (p. 15). Touch to display [PAGE1]. 60min STBY 0:00:00 PAGE1 PAGE2 SPOT FOCUS...
Using the (MANUAL SET) menu – PROGRAM AE/P EFFECT, etc. You can select items listed below on the MANUAL SET menu. To select items, see “Changing the menu settings” (p. 43). The default settings are marked with G. The indicators in parentheses appear when the PROGRAM AE You can record pictures easily in a situation that requires various techniques by selecting the following settings.
**Your camcorder is adjusted to focus only on distant subjects. Note • When you set the NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch to ON, [PROGRAM AE] does not work. (The indicator flashes.) P EFFECT You can add special effects (such as films) to a picture before or after recording. appears when the effect is selected.
FLASH LVL Note that these settings will not function with external flashes that do not support the following settings. HIGH GNORMAL Note • The setting returns to [NORMAL] when you disconnect the power source from your camcorder for more than 5 minutes. AUTO SHTR Customizing Your Camcorder To make the flash (optional) level higher than normal.
Using the (CAMERA SET) menu – D ZOOM/16:9WIDE, etc. You can select items listed below on the CAMERA SET menu. To select items, see “Changing the menu settings” (p. 43). The default settings are marked with G. The indicators in parentheses appear when the D ZOOM You can select the maximum zoom level in case you want to zoom to a level greater than 10 times while recording on a tape.
When viewed on the LCD screen/viewfinder * The picture appears in full screen when the wide-screen TV switches to full mode. **Played in 4:3 mode. When you play a picture in the wide mode, it appears as you have seen on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
Using the (PLAYER SET)/ (VCR SET) menu SOUND/AUDIO MIX You can select items listed below in the menu (the PLAYER SET menu for DCR-HC16E/ HC18E, the VCR SET menu for DCR-HC20E). To select these items, see “Changing the menu settings” (p. 43). HiFi SOUND You can select how to play back audio recorded on a tape in stereo mode.
Using the SET) menu – LCD B.L./LCD COLOR/VF B.L. You can select items listed below on the LCD/ VF SET menu. To select items, see “Changing the menu settings” (p. 43). LCD B.L. You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen’s backlight. The recorded picture will not be affected by this setting.
Using the SET) menu – TITLE/TAPE TITLE/ERASE ALL, etc. You can select items listed below on the CM SET menu. To select items, see “Changing the menu settings” (p. 43). TITLE Any titles you have superimposed using this camcorder can only be viewed on a video cassette device with the index titler function.
Color white t yellow t violet t red t cyan t green t blue Size small y large (You can only select the small size when you are entering more than 13 characters.) Position You can select from 8 to 9 choices. Touch [TITLE OK], then touch [SAVE TITLE].
CM SEARCH For DCR-HC18E/HC20E: TAPE TITLE You can label a cassette with Cassette Memory (up to 10 letters). The label will be displayed for approximately 5 seconds when you select the CAMERA mode and insert a cassette, or when you select the PLAY/EDIT mode. Up to 4 titles will be displayed at the same time if the cassette has titles superimposed.
Select to record in the SP (Standard Play) mode on a cassette. Select to increase the recording time to 1.5 times the SP mode (Long Play). The use of Sony Excellence/Master mini DV cassette is recommended to get the most out of your camcorder.
GOFF ON ( Notes • When you use frame recording continuously, the remaining tape time will not be indicated correctly. • The last scene will be longer than other scenes. INT.REC You can record pictures on the tape at a selected interval. You can achieve excellent recordings of flowers blooming, etc.
Tips • If you adjust the focus manually, you may be able to record clear pictures even if the light changes (p. 30). • You can silence the beeps during recording (p. 59). Customizing Your Camcorder...
Using the (SETUP MENU) menu – CLOCK SET/ USB STREAM/LANGUAGE, etc. You can select items listed below on the SETUP MENU menu. To select items, see “Changing the menu settings” (p. 43). CLOCK SET You can set the date and time (p. 17). USB STREAM You can connect a USB cable (supplied) to your camcorder, and view the picture displayed on the screen of your camcorder on your computer (USB Streaming).
– When a mode other than CAMERA is selected. • If [A.SHUT OFF] is set to [5min] when the camcorder is used on the battery pack, the power will be turned off after approximately 5 minutes (p. 59). Customizing Your Camcorder...
Using the (OTHERS) menu TIME, etc. You can select items listed below on the OTHERS menu. To select these items, see “Changing the menu settings” (p. 43). WORLD TIME You can adjust the time difference when using your camcorder abroad. Set the time difference by touching accordance with the time difference.
Note • The setting returns to [ON] when you have the power source disconnected from your camcorder for more than 5 minutes. DISPLAY GLCD V-OUT/LCD REC LAMP VIDEO EDIT Select to make programs and dubbing the selected scenes to a tape on a VCR (p.
Dubbing/Editing Connecting to a VCR or TV A/V OUT jack A/V connecting cable (supplied)*1 Signal flow *1 The supplied A/V connecting cable has a video plug and an S video plug for the video connection. *2 This connection produces higher quality DV format pictures.
transmitted digitally, producing high quality pictures. Note that you cannot record the picture and sound separately. For details, see page 84. Dubbing/Editing Dubbing to another tape You can copy and edit the picture played back on your camcorder to other recording devices (such as VCRs).
Recording pictures from a VCR (DCR-HC20E) You can record and edit pictures from a VCR on a tape inserted in your camcorder via an i.LINK cable. Insert a cassette for recording in your camcorder. Connect your VCR to your camcorder (p.
• Insert a cassette for recording. • Set the input selector to input mode if your VCR has one. Prepare your camcorder (playing device). • Insert a cassette for editing. • Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to select the PLAY/EDIT mode. Touch to display [PAGE1].
The following [IR SETUP] codes are recorded on your camcorder by default. (It is set at “3” as the default setting.) Manufacturing [IR SETUP] code company Sony 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Aiwa 47, 53, 54 Akai 50, 62, 74...
Remove the cassette from your camcorder. Prepare a pen and paper to take notes. Set the VCR to recording pause mode. Skip this step if you have selected i.LINK in step 9 (p. 64). b Note • Run the tape for about 10 seconds before pausing.
Prepare a cassette. Insert a tape to be played back into the camcorder, then insert a cassette for recording into your VCR. Touch to display [PAGE1]. Touch MENU. Select (OTHERS), then select [VIDEO EDIT] with then touch [EXEC] Search for the beginning of the first scene that you want to dub on your camcorder, then pause playback.
To save a program without using it to record Touch [ END] in step 9. The program is stored in memory until the cassette is ejected. To erase programs Follow steps 1 to 4 in “Recording the selected scenes as programs” (p. 66), then touch [UNDO].
Dubbing sound to a recorded tape Preparing for audio recording Internal microphone Signal flow Record audio in one of the following ways. • Using the internal microphone (no connection required). • Connecting a microphone (optional) to the MIC jack. The audio input to be recorded takes precedence over others in the order of MIC jack t internal microphone.
Touch (pause) again at the point where you want to start recording the sound. The playback pauses. Touch and select [PAGE3]. Touch [A DUB CTRL]. 60min 0:00:00:00 A DUB CTRL RET. AUDIO Touch [AUDIO DUB]. X mark appears on the LCD A green screen.
Creating DVDs or VCDs When your camcorder is connected to a Sony VAIO series personal computer, you can easily burn the picture recorded on the tape to a DVD (Direct Access to “Click to DVD”). And, when...
If the problem persists, disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall socket and contact your Sony dealer. The battery pack may be damaged. (p. 12) • The temperature of the environment is too low, or the battery pack has not been charged enough.
Symptom The remaining battery time indicator does not indicate the correct time. The power turns off frequently although the remaining battery indicator indicates that the battery pack has enough power to operate. The power abruptly turns off. A problem occurs when the camcorder is connected to the AC Adaptor.
Symptom An unknown picture appears on the screen. An unknown indicator appears on the screen. The buttons do not appear on the touch panel. The buttons on the touch panel do not work correctly or do not work at all. The picture in the viewfinder is not clear.
Symptom A vertical band appears when recording a bright subject. The color of the picture is not correctly displayed. Picture appears too bright on the screen, and the subject does not appear on the screen. The screen is too dark for the image to be seen.
Symptom The sound breaks off. For DCR-HC18E/HC20E: Cannot perform Date search with the recording date displayed on the screen. “---” is displayed on the screen. The END SEARCH function does not work. The END SEARCH function does not work correctly. Noises appear and is displayed on the screen.
VCR correctly, then check the connection between your camcorder and the VCR. (p. 61) cWhen your camcorder is connected to a DV device that is not a Sony product via an i.LINK cable, select [IR] in step 9 of “Step 1: Preparing your camcorder and VCR for operation”...
Troubleshooting Cause and/or Corrective Actions Some symptoms can be fixed by yourself. If the problem persists even after you tried a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. C:04:ss cA battery pack that is not an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is being used.
Indication (Warning indicator pertaining to the external flash) * You hear a melody or beep sound when the warning indicators appear on the screen. Cause and/or Corrective Actions Slow flashing: • During charging Fast flashing: • The self-diagnosis display code is displayed (p. 78).* •...
Warning messages If messages appear on the screen, check the following. See the page in parentheses for details. Subjects Indications Battery Use the ”InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. Battery level is low. Old battery. Use a new one. Z Re-attach the power source. Moisture % Z Moisture condensation.
Additional Information Using your camcorder abroad Power supply You can use your camcorder in any countries/ regions using the AC Adaptor supplied with your camcorder within AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz. On TV color systems Your camcorder is a PAL system-based camcorder.
z Tip • The memory capacity of the cassette marked with is 4k bits. Your camcorder can accommodate cassettes having a memory capacity of up to 16k bits. Copyright signal When you play back If the cassette you play back on your camcorder contains copyright signals, you cannot copy it to a tape in another video camera connected to your camcorder.
About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack This unit is compatible with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (P series). Your camcorder operates only with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. “InfoLITHIUM” P series battery packs have the mark. What is the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack? The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is a lithium- ion battery pack that has functions for communicating information related to operating conditions between your camcorder and an...
Tips • i.LINK is a more familiar term for the IEEE 1394 data transport bus proposed by Sony, and is a trademark approved by many corporations. • IEEE 1394 is an international standard standardized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Interface, see page 61, 62. This unit can also be connected to other i.LINK (DV Interface) compatible device made by Sony (e.g. a VAIO series personal computer) as well as to video device. Before connecting this unit to your computer,...
• If the following problem occurs, clean the video heads for 10 seconds with the Sony DVM-12CLD cleaning cassette (optional). – Mosaic-pattern noise appears on the playback picture or the screen is displayed in blue.
LCD screen • Do not add excessive pressure on the LCD screen, as it may cause damage. • If your camcorder is used in a cold place, a residual image may appear on the LCD screen. This is not a malfunction. •...
Procedures Connect your camcorder to a wall socket using the supplied AC Adaptor, and leave it with the POWER switch set to OFF (CHG) for more than 24 hours. Additional Information Specification Video camera recorder System Video recording system 2 rotary heads, Helical scanning system Audio recording system Rotary heads, PCM system Quantization: 12 bits (Fs 32 kHz, stereo 1,...
AUTO], [ONE PUSH], [INDOOR] (3 200 K), [OUTDOOR] (5 800 K) Minimum illumination 5 lx (lux) (F 1.7) 0 lx (lux) (during the NightShot plus function)* * Objects unable to be seen due to the dark can be shot with infrared lighting. Input/Output connectors Audio/Video output 10-pin connector...
Types of differences DCR-HC DV Interface Remote sensor – z Provided – Not provided Additional Information IN/OUT...
Quick Reference Identifying parts and controls Camcorder A LCD/Touch panel screen (p. 2, 16) B LCD BACKLIGHT button* (p. 16) C REC START/STOP button (p. 21) D BACK LIGHT button* (p. 26) E DSPL/BATT INFO button (p. 13, 37) F EASY button (p. 25, 36) G Viewfinder (p.
Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens which can reproduce fine images. The lens for your camcorder was developed jointly by Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony Corporation. It adopts the MTF measurement system for video cameras and offers a quality as fine as a Carl Zeiss lens.
A PHOTO button (p. 24) B Viewfinder lens adjustment lever (p. 16) C BATT (battery) release button (p. 13) D CHG (charge) lamp (p. 12) E REC START/STOP button (p. 21) F DC IN jack (p. 12) G Power zoom lever H CAMERA, PLAY/EDIT mode lamps (p.
A OPEN/ZEJECT lever (p. 19) B Strap Belt C Cassette lid (p. 19) D Tripod receptacle Make sure that the length of the tripod screw is less than 5.5 mm (7/32 inch). Otherwise, you cannot attach the tripod securely, and the screw may damage your camcorder.
Remote Commander (DCR-HC18E/HC20E) Remove the insulation sheet before using the Remote Commander. A PHOTO button (p. 24) B SEARCH M. button* (p. 40) C ./> buttons* (p. 40) D Video control buttons (Rewind, Playback, Fast-forward, Pause, Stop, Slow) (p. 35) E ZERO SET MEMORY button* (p.
WARNING Battery may explode if mistreated. Do not recharge, disassemble or dispose of in fire. CAUTION Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Indicators for the LCD screen and viewfinder Following indicators will appear on the LCD screen and viewfinder to indicate the state of your camcorder. Indicators vary depending on your camcorder model. Example: Indicators in the CAMERA mode Time code (p. 22)/Tape counter (p. 22)/Self- diagnosis (p.