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Digital Video Camera Recorder
Operating Guide
DCR-VX2200E
© 2009 Sony Corporation
4-161-228-13(1)
Getting Started
Recording/
Playback
Using the Menu
Dubbing/Editing
Using a Computer
Troubleshooting
Additional Information
Quick Reference
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  • Page 1 Digital Video Camera Recorder Operating Guide DCR-VX2200E © 2009 Sony Corporation 4-161-228-13(1) Getting Started Recording/ Playback Using the Menu Dubbing/Editing Using a Computer Troubleshooting Additional Information Quick Reference...
  • Page 2: Read This First

    • Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium ion batteries. • Be sure to charge the battery pack using a genuine Sony battery charger or a device that can charge the battery pack. • Keep the battery pack out of the reach of small children.
  • Page 3 (i.LINK, etc.) again. Notice for the customers in the countries applying EU Directives The manufacturer of this product is Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan Minato-ku Tokyo, 108- 0075 Japan. The Authorized Representative for EMC and product safety is Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61,70327 Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Page 4: Regulatory Information

    Read this first (Continued) For the customers in the U.S.A. If you have any questions about this product, you may call: Sony Customer Information Center 1-800-222- SONY (7669). The number below is for the FCC related matters only. Regulatory Information...
  • Page 5 • “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media can be used only with “Memory Stick PRO” media compatible equipment. • Do not attach a label or the like on a “Memory Stick Duo” media or a “Memory Stick Duo” media Adaptor. When using a “Memory Stick Duo” media with “Memory Stick”...
  • Page 6 Read this first (Continued) Do not expose your camcorder’s viewfinder, lens, or LCD screen to the sun or strong light source for extended periods. • Intense light sources, especially the sun will converge on the viewfinder or lens and damage the internal parts of your camcorder.
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Read this first ...2 Getting Started Step 1: Checking supplied items ...10 Step 2: Attaching the lens hood with lens cover ...11 Step 3: Charging the battery pack ...12 Step 4: Turning the power on and holding your camcorder properly ...15 Step 5: Adjusting the LCD panel and viewfinder ...16 Step 6: Setting the date and time ...17 Changing the language setting ...
  • Page 8 Table of Contents (Continued) Locating a scene on a tape ... 47 Searching quickly for a desired scene (Zero set memory) ... 47 Searching for a scene by date of recording (Date search) ... 48 Searching for a recording start point (Index search) ... 48 Playing the picture on a TV ...
  • Page 9 Additional Information Using your camcorder abroad ...88 Maintenance and precautions ...89 Usable cassette tapes ... 89 About the “Memory Stick” media ... 90 About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack ... 91 About i.LINK... 92 About handling of your camcorder ... 93 Specifications ...97 Quick Reference Identifying parts and controls ...101...
  • Page 10: Getting Started

    Getting Started Step 1: Checking supplied items Make sure that you have following items supplied with your camcorder. The number in the parentheses indicates the number of that item supplied. • The cassette tape and “Memory Stick Duo” media are not included. See p. 4, p. 89 and p. 90 for types of cassette tapes and “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 11: Step 2: Attaching The Lens Hood With Lens Cover

    Step 2: Attaching the lens hood with lens cover PUSH (lens hood release) button Align the marks on the lens hood to those on the camcorder, and turn the lens hood in the direction of the arrow To remove the Lens hood with lens cover Turn the lens hood in the opposite direction to the arrow 2 in the illustration while...
  • Page 12: Step 3: Charging The Battery Pack

    Step 3: Charging the battery pack You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (L series) with the supplied AC Adaptor. b Notes • You cannot use batteries other than the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (L series) (p. 91). DC plug DC IN jack AC Adaptor Power cord (mains lead) Press the battery pack against the...
  • Page 13 After charging the battery The CHG lamp turns off when the battery is fully charged. Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the DC IN jack. z Tips • You can check the remaining battery life with the battery info function (p. 46) To remove the battery pack Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
  • Page 14 Step 3: Charging the battery pack (Continued) – The battery pack is too cold. Replace the battery pack, or remove it and put it in a warm place. – The battery pack is too hot. Replace the battery pack, or remove it and put it in a cool place.
  • Page 15: Step 4: Turning The Power On And Holding Your Camcorder Properly

    Step 4: Turning the power on and holding your camcorder properly To record or play back, set the POWER switch to the respective direction. When you use your camcorder for the first time, the [CLOCK SET] screen appears (p. 17). POWER switch While pressing the green button, slide the POWER switch.
  • Page 16: Step 5: Adjusting The Lcd Panel And Viewfinder

    Step 5: Adjusting the LCD panel and viewfinder The LCD panel Open the LCD panel 180 degrees (1), then rotate it to the best angle to record or play back (2). 1Open 180 degrees. 290 degrees (max.) 2180 degrees (max.) DISPLAY/BATT INFO button z Tips •...
  • Page 17: Step 6: Setting The Date And Time

    Step 6: Setting the date and time Set the date and time when using this camcorder for the first time. If you do not set the date and time, [CLOCK SET] screen appears every time you turn on your camcorder or change the POWER switch positions.
  • Page 18: Changing The Language Setting

    Step 6: Setting the date and time (Continued) z Tips • The date and time are automatically recorded on the tape, and can be displayed during playback (DATA CODE button, p. 45). Changing the language setting You can change the on-screen displays to show messages in a specified language.
  • Page 19: Step 7: Inserting A Tape Or A "memory Stick Duo" Media

    Step 7: Inserting a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo” media Cassette tape You can use mini DV cassettes only (p. 89). Slide and hold the OPEN/ EJECT lever in the direction of the arrow and open the lid. OPEN/EJECT lever The cassette compartment automatically comes out.
  • Page 20 Step 7: Inserting a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo” media (Continued) Insert the “Memory Stick Duo” media into the “Memory Stick Duo” media slot in the right direction until it clicks. Access lamp b Notes • If you insert the “Memory Stick Duo” media into the slot in the wrong direction, the “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 21: Recording/playback

    Recording/Playback Recording REC START/STOP button B PHOTO/EXPANDED FOCUS button Recording lamp Your camcorder records movies on tape and still images on “Memory Stick Duo” media. Do the following steps to record movies. Open the shutter of the lens hood. Slide the POWER switch to CAMERA while pressing the green button. Recording lamp Lens hood with lens cover POWER switch...
  • Page 22 Recording (Continued) Press the REC START/STOP button A (or B). [STBY] t [REC] The recording lamp lights up during recording. To stop the movie recording, press the REC START/STOP button again. z Tips • You can switch the aspect ratio to 16:9 ([DV WIDE REC] p. 66). •...
  • Page 23 ([PHOTO/EXP.FOCUS] p. 69). • The unique pixel array of Sony's ClearVid CMOS sensor and image processing system (Enhanced Imaging Processor) allows for still image resolution equivalent to the sizes described.
  • Page 24: Changing The Settings Of Your Camcorder Recordings

    Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings Adjusting the zoom Move the power zoom lever C slightly for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom. Wide view: (Wide angle) Close view: (Telephoto) z Tips • The minimum distance required between your camcorder and the subject for focus is about 1 cm (about 13/32 in.) for wide angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
  • Page 25: Adjusting The Focus Manually

    Adjusting the focus manually You can adjust the focus manually for different recording conditions. Use this function in the following cases. – To record a subject behind a window covered with raindrops. – To record horizontal stripes. – To record a subject with little contrast between the subject and its background.
  • Page 26: Adjusting The Image Brightness

    Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued) Using the expanded focus (Expanded focus) Assign [EXP.FOCUS] to the PHOTO/ EXPANDED FOCUS button D beforehand ([PHOTO/EXP.FOCUS], p. 69). During standby, press the PHOTO/ EXPANDED FOCUS button D. [EXPANDED FOCUS] appears and the center of the screen is magnified by about 2.0 times.
  • Page 27 value). The current F value appears on the screen. 1 Select [IRIS] from (CAMERA SET) menu t [IRIS/EXPOSURE] t [RING ASSIGN] (p. 55). 2 During recording or standby, set the AUTO/MANUAL switch F to MANUAL. 3 When the iris is automatically adjusted, press the IRIS/EXPOSURE button H.
  • Page 28 Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued) z Tips • When you press the GAIN button C while is displayed on the screen next to the gain value, disappears and you can adjust the gain manually. When you press the GAIN button C again, appears and you can adjust the gain with the iris ring.
  • Page 29: Adjusting To Natural Color (white Balance)

    To adjust the shutter speed automatically Press the SHUTTER SPEED button D twice, or set the AUTO/MANUAL switch F to AUTO. The shutter speed value disappears, or appears next to the shutter speed value. b Notes • When you set the AUTO/MANUAL switch F to AUTO, other manually adjusted items (iris, gain, white balance) also become automatic.
  • Page 30: Customizing The Picture Quality (picture Profile)

    Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued) Indicator Shooting conditions • White balance values adjusted for light (Memory A) sources can be stored in memory A and (Memory B) memory B. Follow the steps in “To save the adjusted white balance value in memory A or B”...
  • Page 31 Picture profile number (setting Recording condition name) You can assign your own :USER setting You can assign your own :USER setting. Appropriate setting to :PORTRAIT record people Appropriate setting to :CINEMA record film-like pictures Appropriate setting to :SUNSET record sunset Appropriate setting to :MONOTONE record monotone pictures...
  • Page 32 Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued) GAMMA To select a gamma curve. Item [STANDARD] [CINEMATONE1] [CINEMATONE2] BLK COMPNSTN To select a gamma curve characteristic for dark areas. Item [OFF] [STRETCH] [COMPRESS] KNEE POINT To set the point at which video signal compression starts in order to prevent over-highlighting, by limiting signals in high contrast areas of the subject to the dynamic range of your camcorder.
  • Page 33 COLOR PHASE To set the color phase. Item Description and settings -7 (greenish) to +7 (reddish) COLOR DEPTH To set the color depth. This function is more effective for chromatic colors and less effective for achromatic colors. The color looks deeper as you increase the setting value to more positive side, and lighter as you decrease the value to more negative side.
  • Page 34 Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued) SKINTONE DTL To adjust the detail of skintone areas to reduce wrinkles. Item [ON/OFF] [LEVEL] [COLOR SEL] PROFILE NAME To name the picture profiles set in [PP1] through [PP6] (p. 35). COPY To copy the settings of the picture profile to another picture profile number.
  • Page 35: Adjusting The Volume

    To name the picture profile settings You can name picture profile1 through 6. 1 Press the PICTURE PROFILE button 2 Select the picture profile that you want to name with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial 3 Select [SETTING] t [PROFILE NAME] with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial 4 Select a letter with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A.
  • Page 36 Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued) Set the AUDIO LEVEL switch A of the channel to be adjusted to MAN. appears on the screen. Turn the AUDIO LEVEL dial B to adjust the volume during recording or standby. To restore automatic adjustment Set the AUDIO LEVEL switch A to AUTO.
  • Page 37: Assigning The Functions To The Assign Buttons

    Assigning the functions to the ASSIGN buttons Some functions need to be assigned to the ASSIGN buttons for use. You can assign a single function to any one of the ASSIGN 1 to 6 buttons. Functions you can assign to the ASSIGN buttons The buttons in parentheses indicate that the functions are assigned to the buttons by...
  • Page 38: Recording An Index Signal

    Assigning the functions to the ASSIGN buttons (Continued) Select [OK] with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A. Press the MENU button B to hide the menu screen. z Tips • Shot transition is assigned to the ASSIGN 4, 5 and 6 buttons (p. 39). Cancel the shot transition assignment to return to the pre-setting assignment.
  • Page 39: Using The Shot Transition

    Sony recommends that you use a tripod to avoid image blurring. SHOT-A SHOT-B You can set the transition curve and duration using [SHOT TRANSITION] (p.
  • Page 40 Assigning the functions to the ASSIGN buttons (Continued) Store the settings (shot) 1 Press the ASSIGN 4 button repeatedly to bring up the SHOT TRANSITION STORE screen. STBY SHOT TRANSITION 2 Adjust the desired items manually. See pages 24 to 30 for details on adjustment.
  • Page 41 – The ASSIGN button to which [SMTH SLW REC] is assigned. z Tips • You can also make a transition from the SHOT- A to saved SHOT-B or from the SHOT-B to the SHOT-A. For example, to make a transition from the SHOT-A to the SHOT-B, display the shot transition check screen, press the ASSIGN 5 button to bring up the SHOT-A and press the...
  • Page 42: Playback

    SEL/PUSH EXEC dial You can play back movies as follows. Slide the POWER switch to VCR while pressing the green button. Start playing back. Press (rewind) to go to the point you want to view, then press N (play) to start playback.
  • Page 43: Playback

    z Tips • See page 108 for indicators displayed on the screen during playback. • See page 45 for how to switch displays during playback. • To play back the tape recorded using a monaural microphone connected, see [MULTI-SOUND] (p. 62). •...
  • Page 44: Playback

    Playback (Continued) b Notes • Still images cannot be restored once you delete them. • You cannot delete still images when the “Memory Stick Duo” media is write-protected (p. 90) or the still image is protected (p. 79). z Tips •...
  • Page 45: Changing/checking The Settings In Your Camcorder

    Changing/checking the settings in your camcorder Changing the screen You can turn on and off the display of the time code, tape counter, and other information on the screen. Press the DISPLAY/BATT INFO button E. The screen indicators turn on (displayed) and off (undisplayed) as you press the button.
  • Page 46: Displaying The Settings In Your Camcorder (status Check)

    Changing/checking the settings in your camcorder (Continued) appears during playback of the movie recorded with the shot transition. b Notes • The exposure correction value (0EV), shutter speed and iris will be displayed during viewing of still images on “Memory Stick Duo” media. •...
  • Page 47: Locating A Scene On A Tape

    Locating a scene on a tape b Notes • See page 105 for details on how to use the Remote Commander. Searching quickly for a desired scene (Zero set memory) During playback, press the ZERO SET MEM button H on your camcorder or the ZERO SET MEMORY button D on the Remote Commander at the scene...
  • Page 48: Searching For A Scene By Date Of Recording (date Search)

    Locating a scene on a tape (Continued) Searching for a scene by date of recording (Date search) You can search scenes by recording dates. Set the POWER switch to VCR. Press the SEARCH M. button A on the Remote Commander repeatedly to select [DATE SEARCH].
  • Page 49: Playing The Picture On A Tv

    Playing the picture on a TV You can connect your camcorder to the input jack of a TV or a VCR using the A/V connecting cable (1) or the A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO (2). Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p.
  • Page 50 Playing the picture on a TV (Continued) b Notes • When you set [TV TYPE] to [4:3], or when the picture’s aspect ratio switches between 16:9 and 4:3, the image may jitter. • On some 4:3 TVs, a still image recorded in 4:3 aspect ratio may not appear in full screen.
  • Page 51: Using The Menu

    Using the Menu Using the menu items You can change various settings or make detailed adjustments using the menu items displayed on the screen. POWER switch SEL/PUSH EXEC dial While pressing the green button, set the POWER switch. Press and hold the green button when you slide the POWER switch from...
  • Page 52 Using the menu items (Continued) Press the MENU button to hide the menu screen. To return to the previous screen, select RETURN].
  • Page 53: Menu Items

    Menu items Available menu items (z) vary depending on the POWER switch position. (CAMERA SET) menu (p. 55) PROG.SCAN IRIS/EXPOSURE GAIN SETUP AGC LIMIT MINUS AGC WB PRESET AWB SENS AE SHIFT AE RESPONSE AT IRIS LMT FLCKR REDUCE CNTRST ENHCR BACK LIGHT SPOTLIGHT STEADYSHOT...
  • Page 54 Menu items (Continued) LCD BL LEVEL VF B.LIGHT VF POWERMODE LETTER SIZE REMAINING DISP OUTPUT (IN/OUT REC) menu (p. 66) DV REC MODE DV WIDE REC TV TYPE (MEMORY SET) menu (p. 67) ALL ERASE FORMAT FILE NO. NEW FOLDER REC FOLDER PB FOLDER (OTHERS) (p.
  • Page 55: (camera Set) Menu

    (CAMERA SET) menu Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (GAIN SETUP/BACK LIGHT/STEADYSHOT, etc.) The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 51 for details on selecting menu items.
  • Page 56: Agc Limit

    Press the MENU button t select the 3 Select [OK] with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. 4 Press the MENU button to hide the menu screen. AGC LIMIT You can select the upper limit for the Auto Gain Control (AGC) from [OFF] (21dB, the default setting), [18dB], [15dB], [12dB], [9dB], [6dB], [3dB] and [0dB].
  • Page 57 AE RESPONSE You can select the speed at which the automatic exposure adjustment function follows changes in the brightness of the subject. You can select the speed from [FAST], [MIDDLE] and [SLOW]. The default setting is [FAST]. AT IRIS LMT You can select the highest iris value for the automatic adjustment from [F11], [F9.6], [F8], [F6.8], [F5.6], [F4.8] and [F4].
  • Page 58 WIDE CONV. This is for use with wide conversion lenses (optional). It is the optimum setting for use with a Sony wide conversion lens. AF ASSIST When you set this function to [ON], you can temporarily focus manually using the focus ring during the auto focus adjustment.
  • Page 59 After executing [SMTH SLW REC] with an ASSIGN button, you can also cancel [SMTH SLW REC] by pressing the ASSIGN button again. See page 37 for details on how to use the ASSIGN buttons. You can select the [SMTH SLW REC] settings suitable for your recording.
  • Page 60 Press the MENU button t select the The operation of your camcorder differs depending on when you press the REC START/STOP button. If you press the button during [INTERVAL REC] recording, the recording temporarily stops. If you press it again, the [INTERVAL REC] recording restarts, If you press the button during [INTERVAL REC] interval, the [INTERVAL REC]...
  • Page 61 SOFT TRANS Make the transition slowly at the beginning and end, and linearly in between. b Notes • You cannot change [TRANS TIME] and [TRANS CURVE] settings during store, check, or execution of [SHOT TRANSITION]. Cancel [SHOT TRANSITION] setting by pressing the ASSIGN 4 button several times before changing [TRANS TIME] or [TRANS CURVE] setting.
  • Page 62: (audio Set) Menu

    (AUDIO SET) menu Settings for the audio recording (DV AU.MODE/DV AUDIO MIX, etc.) The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 51 for details on selecting menu items. Press the MENU button t select the (AUDIO SET) with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
  • Page 63: (display Set) Menu

    (DISPLAY SET) menu Display settings of the display and the viewfinder (MARKER/VF B.LIGHT/DISP OUTPUT, etc.) The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 51 for details on selecting menu items. Press the MENU button t select the (DISPLAY SET) with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
  • Page 64 Press the MENU button t select the b Notes • You cannot record an image with enhanced details on a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo” media. z Tips • You can focus more easily using this function in combination with the expanded focus function (p.
  • Page 65 AU.LVL DISP (Audio level display) When you set this function to [ON], you can display the audio level meter on the screen. The default setting is [ON]. Audio level meter LCD BRIGHT You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
  • Page 66: (in/out Rec) Menu

    Press the MENU button t select the (DISPLAY SET) with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. REMAINING B AUTO Displays the remaining time of a tape for about 8 seconds in the following situation: • When you set the POWER switch to VCR or CAMERA with a cassette inserted.
  • Page 67: (memory Set) Menu

    b Notes • Set [TV TYPE] correctly to suite a TV that you want to connect for playback (p. 67). TV TYPE You need to convert the signal depending on a type of your TV when playing back the picture. The recorded pictures are played back as following illustrations.
  • Page 68 Press the MENU button t select the dial. FORMAT You do not need to format the “Memory Stick Duo” media since it is already formatted at the factory. If you want to format the “Memory Stick Duo” media, select [YES] [YES].
  • Page 69: (others) Menu

    (OTHERS) menu Settings while recording on a tape or other basic settings (BEEP, etc.) The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 51 for details on selecting menu items. Press the MENU button t select the (OTHERS) with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
  • Page 70: World Time

    Press the MENU button t select the WORLD TIME When you use your camcorder abroad, you can adjust the clock to the local time by setting the time difference with the dial. PUSH EXEC When you set the time difference to 0, the clock returns to the original setting.
  • Page 71: Dubbing/editing

    Dubbing/Editing Dubbing to VCR, DVD/HDD device, etc. You can dub images played back on your camcorder to other recording devices, such as VCRs or DVD/HDD recorders. You can connect your camcorder to VCRs or DVD/HDD recorders, using the A/V connecting cable (1), the A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO (2), or the i.LINK cable (3).
  • Page 72 Dubbing to VCR, DVD/HDD device, etc. (Continued) b Notes • When you are connecting your camcorder to a monaural device, connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video input jack, and the red (right channel) or the white (left channel) plug to the audio input jack on the device.
  • Page 73: Recording Pictures From A Vcr

    Recording pictures from a VCR You can record pictures from a VCR on a tape. You can record a scene as a still image on a “Memory Stick Duo” media. Be sure to insert a cassette or a “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 74 Recording pictures from a VCR (Continued) Set your camcorder to recording pause. While pressing X (PAUSE), press both z REC (record) buttons simultaneously. Start playing the cassette on your VCR. The picture played on the VCR appears on the LCD screen of your camcorder. Press (PAUSE) again at the point you want to start recording.
  • Page 75: Using A Computer

    Using a Computer Copying movies on a tape to a computer Connect your camcorder to the computer with an i.LINK cable. The computer needs to have an i.LINK connector and be installed with editing software that can copy video signals. b Notes •...
  • Page 76: Copying Still Images To A Computer

    Copying still images to a computer System requirements • For details on precautions and compatible application software, refer also to the operating instructions of the device to be connected. • Required hardware: “Memory Stick Duo” media slot, “Memory Stick” Reader/Writer compatible with “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 77: Troubleshooting

    The CHG lamp flashes while the battery pack is being charged. • Attach the battery pack to the camcorder 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.
  • Page 78 Troubleshooting (Continued) The battery pack discharges too quickly. • Ambient temperature is too high or low, or the battery pack has not been charged enough. This is not a malfunction. • Fully charge the battery again. If the problem persists, the battery may be worn-out. Replace it with a new one (p.
  • Page 79 The cassette is noisier during rewinding or fast-forwarding. • When using the AC Adaptor, rewind/fast forward speed increases (compared with battery operation) and therefore increases noise. This is not a malfunction. You cannot delete pictures of the “Memory Stick Duo” media. •...
  • Page 80 Troubleshooting (Continued) The shutter sound is not heard when you record a still image. • Set [BEEP] to [ON] (p. 70). • There is no shutter sound while during movie shooting. End search does not work. • Do not eject the cassette after recording (p. 38). •...
  • Page 81 Shutter speed, gain, white balance or iris cannot be adjusted manually. • Set the AUTO/MANUAL switch to MANUAL. Tiny spots in white, red, blue, or green appear on the screen. • This phenomenon appears when using a slow shutter speed (p. 28). This is not a malfunction. The subjects passing by the frame very fast appear crooked.
  • Page 82 The movies freeze for a while, or the sound breaks off. • This occurs if the tape or video head is dirty (p. 95). • Use the Sony mini DV cassette tape. “---” is displayed on the screen. • The tape you are playing back was recorded without setting the date and time.
  • Page 83 Date Search does not work correctly. • Be sure to record more than 2 minutes after the date changed. If one day’s recording is too short, your camcorder may not accurately find the point where the recording date changes. • There is a blank section between recorded sections of the tape. This is not a malfunction. New sound added to a recorded tape on another camcorder is not heard.
  • Page 84 Troubleshooting (Continued) Connecting to a computer The computer does not recognize your camcorder. • Disconnect the cable from the computer and camcorder, then connect it again securely. • Disconnect the cable from the computer, restart the computer, then connect the computer to your camcorder correctly.
  • Page 85: Warning Indicators And Messages

    LCD screen or in the viewfinder. Some symptoms you can fix by yourself. If the problem persists even after you have tried a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. C: (or E:) ss:ss (Self-diagnosis...
  • Page 86: Moisture Condensation

    Warning indicators and messages (Continued) (Warning indicator pertaining to battery pack temperature) • The battery pack is too hot. Replace the battery pack, or remove it and put it in a cool place. (Warning indicator pertaining to battery pack temperature) •...
  • Page 87 Memory Stick folders are full. • You cannot create folders exceeding 999MSDCF. You cannot delete created folders using your camcorder. • You will have to format the “Memory Stick Duo” media (p. 68), or delete them using your computer. Cannot record still images on Memory Stick.
  • Page 88: Additional Information

    Additional Information Using your camcorder abroad Power supply You can use your camcorder in any country/region 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 PAL system, so its picture can only be viewed on a PAL system TV with an AUDIO/VIDEO input...
  • Page 89: Maintenance And Precautions

    Maintenance and precautions Usable cassette tapes You can use mini DV format cassettes only. Use a cassette with the Your camcorder is not compatible with the Cassette Memory function. Playback Your camcorder can play back pictures in the DV format. To prevent a blank section from being created on the tape Go to the end of the recorded section using...
  • Page 90: About The "memory Stick" Media

    Maintenance and precautions (Continued) About the “Memory Stick” media A “Memory Stick” media is a compact, portable IC recording medium with a large data capacity. You can use the following types of “Memory Stick” media listed below on the camcorder. However, we do not guarantee the operation of all types of “Memory Stick”...
  • Page 91: About The "infolithium" Battery Pack

    Stick Duo” media adaptor in the wrong direction, it may be damaged. • Do not insert a “Memory Stick Duo” media adaptor without a “Memory Stick Duo” media attached. Doing so may result in malfunctions of the unit. On a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media •...
  • Page 92: About I.link

    • 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.
  • Page 93: About Handling Of Your Camcorder

    DV Interface, see page 71. This unit can also be connected to other i.LINK (DV Interface) compatible devices made by Sony (e.g. a VAIO series personal computer) as well as to video devices. Some i.LINK compatible video devices, such as Digital Televisions, DVD, MICROMV or HDV recorders/players are not compatible with DV devices.
  • Page 94 • 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 95: Rechargeable Battery

    • If the video heads are dirty, video or sound distortion may be apparent. • 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.
  • Page 96 Maintenance and precautions (Continued) camcorder operation will not be affected as long as you are not recording the date. Procedures Connect your camcorder to a wall outlet (wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor, and leave it with the POWER switch set to OFF (CHG) for more than 24 hours.
  • Page 97: Specifications

    Industries Association). Files in this format can have additional information such as your camcorder’s setting information at the time of recording. **The unique pixel array of Sony’s ClearVid CMOS sensor and image processing system (Enhanced Imaging Processor) allows for still image resolution equivalent to the sizes described.
  • Page 98 Specifications (Continued) Output connectors A/V Remote Connector 10-pin connector When A/V connecting cable is connected Video signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω (ohms) Luminance signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω (ohms) Chrominance signal: 0.3 Vp-p (burst signal), 75 Ω (ohms) Audio signal: 327 mV (at load impedance 47 kΩ...
  • Page 99 AC Adaptor AC-L100/AC-L100C Power requirements AC 100 V - 240 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz Current consumption 0.35 A - 0.18 A Power consumption 18 W Output voltage DC 8.4 V* Operating temperature 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F) Storage temperature -20 °C to +60 °C (-4 °F to +140 °F) Dimensions (approx.)
  • Page 100 Duo,” “ PRO Duo,” “ “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo,” “ Micro,” “MagicGate,” “ “MagicGate Memory Stick” and “MagicGate Memory Stick Duo” are trademarks of Sony Corporation. • “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
  • Page 101: Quick Reference

    Quick Reference Identifying parts and controls The numbers in ( ) are reference pages. DV jack (71, 75) B A/V Remote Connector (49) (headphones) jack When you use headphones, the speaker on your camcorder is silent. D DC IN jack (12) E Remote sensor (back) (105) F Recording lamp (back) (21) The recording lamp flashes if the...
  • Page 102 Identifying parts and controls (Continued) A LCD screen (16) B Hook for the shoulder strap (103) C ZERO SET MEM button (47) D DATA CODE button (45) E Video control buttons (STOP/REW/ PLAY*/FF/PAUSE/REC/SLOW) (42) F VOLUME/MEMORY button* (43) G MEMORY/DELETE button (43) H MEMORY/INDEX button* (43) I MEMORY/PLAY button (43) J DISPLAY/BATT INFO button (45, 46)
  • Page 103 A Hook for the shoulder strap (103) B Zoom lever (24) C PHOTO/EXPANDED FOCUS button (23, 26) D Access lamp (20) E “Memory Stick Duo” media slot (19) F Grip belt (15) G Iris ring (26) H Zoom ring (24) I MIC (PLUG IN POWER) jack When a microphone is connected, it is dominantly used for sound recording...
  • Page 104 Identifying parts and controls (Continued) A Remote sensor (front) (105) B FOCUS switch (25) C PUSH AUTO button (25) D ND FILTER switch (OFF/1/2/3) (29) E Handle zoom switch (FIX/VAR/OFF) (24) F ASSIGN 1 button/ZEBRA button (37) G ASSIGN 2 button*/AE SHIFT button (37) H ASSIGN 3 button/REC REVIEW button (37)
  • Page 105: Remote Commander

    Remote Commander may shorten, or the Remote Commander may not function properly. In this case, replace the battery with a Sony CR2025 lithium battery. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.
  • Page 106: Indicators For The Lcd Screen And Viewfinder

    Indicators for the LCD screen and viewfinder The numbers in ( ) are reference pages. The indicators will not be recorded on the tape during recording. Recording movies A Recording format and mode (66) B Remaining battery (approx.) C Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or [REC] (recording)) D During recording: Tape counter (hour: minute: second)
  • Page 107: Viewing Movies

    Viewing movies K Tape transport indicator Recording mode (SP or LP) appears when a tape recorded in the DV format is played back. Viewing still images L Data file name M Picture number/Total number of recorded pictures in the current playback folder N Playback folder (68) O Previous/Next folder icon...
  • Page 108 Indicators for the LCD screen and viewfinder (Continued) Indicators when you made changes Upper left Bottom Upper left Indicator Meaning SP LP DV REC MODE (66) DV WIDE REC (66) DV FRAME REC (60) ND filter (29) INTERVAL REC (59) Upper right Indicator Meaning...
  • Page 109: Index

    Index Numeric 12BIT...62 16BIT...62 6sec AFTER ...58 6sec BEFORE...58 6sec CENTER...58 AC Adaptor...12 Access lamp ...20 ADVANCE...63 AE RESPONSE ...57 AE SHIFT...56 AF ASSIST...58 AGC LIMIT...56 ALL ERASE...67 ALL FILES...67 ASSIGN BTN ...69 ASSIGN buttons ...37 AT IRIS LMT ...57 AUDIO LEVEL dial...35 AUDIO LEVEL switch ...35 AUDIO LIMIT ...62...
  • Page 110 Index (Continued) Grip belt...15 GUIDEFRAME...64 HANDLE ZOOM...58 Handle zoom...24 Headphones jack...101 HISTOGRAM ...63, 80 Hook for the shoulder strap ...102, 103 INDEX MARK...38 Index screen...43 Index search...48 Index signal ...38 Indicators ...108 INDOOR ...29, 30 Indoor ...30 “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack ...91 Insulation sheet...105 INTELLIGENT ...56...
  • Page 111 REC FOLDER (Recording folder) ...68 REC LAMP (Recording lamp) ...21, 70 REC REVIEW ...37, 38 Rec review ...38 REC START/STOP button ...21 Recording...21 Recording time ...13 REMAINING ...66 Remaining battery...46 Remote Commander ...105 REMOTE CTRL (Remote control)...70 RESET button ...102 S VIDEO cable ...49, 71 S VIDEO jack ...49, 71 Self-diagnosis display...85...
  • Page 112 Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at our Customer Support Website. http://www.sony.net/ Printed on 70% or more recycled paper using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) -free vegetable oil based bink. Printed in Japan...

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