Sony HANDYCAM DCR-DVD810 Operating Manual

Sony HANDYCAM DCR-DVD810 Operating Manual

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  • Page 1 Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at our Customer Support Website. Printed on 70% or more recycled paper using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)- free vegetable oil based ink. Printed in China © 2008 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 2 IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS For your protection, please read these safety WARNING instructions completely before operating the appliance, and keep this manual for To reduce fire or shock hazard, do future reference. not expose the unit to rain or Carefully observe all warnings, precautions moisture.
  • Page 3 Cleaning outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable system. This will prevent damage to the set due to Unplug the set from the wall outlet before lightning and power-line surges. cleaning or polishing it. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a cloth lightly dampened Service with water for cleaning the exterior of the set.
  • Page 4: Read This Before Operating Your Camcorder

    Record the serial number in the space Declaration of Conformity provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever Trade Name: SONY you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this Model No.: DCR-DVD710 product. Responsible Party:Sony Electronics Inc. Model No. DCR- Address: 16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA Serial No.
  • Page 5 – Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. For reliability and durability of recording/ The supplied interface cable must be used with the playback, we recommend that you use Sony equipment in order to comply with the limits for a Continued ,...
  • Page 6 Read this before operating your camcorder (Continued) discs or discs with a (for VIDEO • Do not attach a label or the like on a CAMERA) mark for your camcorder. “Memory Stick PRO Duo” or a Memory Stick Duo adaptor. * Depending on the place you purchase, the disc mark.
  • Page 7 Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl Use a DVD-RW/DVD+RW for trial Zeiss lens, which was developed jointly by recording. Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony – DCR-DVD810 Corporation, and produces superior images. Make trial recording on the internal memory.
  • Page 8 Read this before operating your camcorder (Continued) MTF = Modulation Transfer Function. The number value indicates the amount of light from a subject coming into the lens. About this manual • The LCD screens and the viewfinder images and indicators shown in this manual were taken with a digital still camera, and may look different from what you actually see.
  • Page 9: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Read this before operating your Recording in dark places (NightShot plus) .......... 41 camcorder ........4 Adjusting the exposure for backlit Table of Contents ......9 subjects ........41 Subject examples and solutions ... 11 Recording in mirror mode ... 41 Playback ........43 Searching for scenes with pinpoint Enjoying with Your Camcorder...
  • Page 10 Table of Contents (Continued) Recording additional movies after Performing with Your Computer finalizing ........74 Finding the right disc (DISC SELECT What you can do with Windows GUIDE) ........75 computer ........97 Repairing the image database file ............ 76 Troubleshooting Preventing data on the internal memory from being recovered...
  • Page 11: Subject Examples And Solutions

    Subject examples and solutions Shooting Flowers in close-up A child on the stage under a spot light B PORTRAIT ........94 B SPOTLIGHT........94 B FOCUS..........92 B TELE MACRO ......... 92 Focusing on the Fireworks with all dog on the left side its splendor of the screen B FOCUS..........
  • Page 12: Enjoying With Your Camcorder

    Enjoying with Your Camcorder Enjoy using various “Media” according to your needs Selecting media You can select desired media for recording/playback/editing from the internal memory (DCR- DVD810), a disc or a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” (p. 28). To set the media for movies or still images, you can select either [MOVIE MEDIA SET] or [PHOTO MEDIA SET] (DCR- DVD810) according to your needs.
  • Page 13: Media For Your Camcorder

    Media for your camcorder With your camcorder, you can record images on either the internal memory (DCR-DVD810), an 8cm DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-R or DVD+R DL disc, or a “Memory Stick PRO Duo.” See page 6 for the types of “Memory Stick” you can use in your camcorder. Recording format for DVD-RW When you use a DVD-RW, you can choose the recording format from VIDEO mode or VR mode.
  • Page 14 Media for your camcorder (Continued) Recording time of movies Figures in the table are the approximate recording time in minutes using the internal memory (DCR-DVD810) and on one side of a disc. The recordable time on the acceptable media varies depending on media type and the [REC MODE] (p.
  • Page 15: Using Your Camcorder

    Using your camcorder 1Selecting media (p. 28) You can select media separately for movies and still images. In the case of recording on a disc, select the disc that best suits your needs. Do you want to delete or edit images on your camcorder? Do you want to delete images and reuse the disc?
  • Page 16 Using your camcorder (Continued) 4Viewing on other devices Viewing images on a TV (p. 48) You can view the images recorded and edited on your camcorder on the connected TV. Playing the disc on other devices (p. 70) To play a disc recorded on your camcorder on other devices, you need to finalize the disc first.
  • Page 17: Home" And " - Taking Advantage Of Two Types Of Menus

    “ HOME” and “ OPTION” - Taking advantage of two types of menus “ HOME MENU” - the starting point for operations with your camcorder (HELP) Displays a description of the item (p. 18) Category Categories and items of the HOME MENU (CAMERA) category (MANAGE MEDIA) category Items...
  • Page 18 “ HOME” and “ OPTION” - Taking advantage of two types of menus (Continued) Using the HOME MENU Touch the desired item. Example: [EDIT] While pressing the green button, turn the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow to turn on your camcorder.
  • Page 19 Touch the item you want to know the content. When you touch an item, its explanation appears on the screen. To apply the option, touch [YES], otherwise, touch [NO]. To deactivate the HELP Touch (HELP) again in step 2. Using the OPTION MENU Just a touch on the screen during shooting or playback displays the functions available at that moment.
  • Page 20: Getting Started

    Getting Started Step 1: Checking supplied items Make sure that you have the following Rechargeable battery pack NP-FH40 (1) (p. 21) items supplied with your camcorder. The number in the parentheses indicates the number of that item supplied. AC Adaptor (1) (p. 21) CD-ROM “Handycam Application Software”...
  • Page 21: Step 2: Charging The Battery Pack

    Step 2: Charging the battery pack POWER switch DC IN jack Battery CHG (charge) lamp To the wall outlet (wall socket) Jack cover AC Adaptor DC plug Power cord (mains lead) You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM” Match the v mark on the DC plug with the v mark on your camcorder.
  • Page 22 Step 2: Charging the battery pack (Continued) To remove the battery pack Remaining battery (approx.) 1 Turn the POWER switch to OFF (CHG). 2 Slide the BATT (battery) release lever (1) and remove the battery pack (2). Recording capacity (approx.) Charging time BATT (battery) Approximate time (min.) required when...
  • Page 23 DCR-DVD710/DVD810 * Typical recording time shows the time when you repeat recording start/stop, turning the Continuous Typical power on/off and zooming. Battery pack recording recording b Notes time time* • See page 28 for selecting the media. NP-FH40 (supplied) • All times measured with recording mode [SP] under the following conditions: NP-FH50 Top: When the LCD backlight turns on.
  • Page 24 Step 2: Charging the battery pack (Continued) When playing a disc • We do not recommend using an NP-FH30, which only allows short recording and playback DCR-DVD610 times, with your camcorder. LCD panel LCD panel Battery pack On the charging/recording/playback time opened* closed •...
  • Page 25: Step 3: Turning The Power On, And Setting The Date And Time

    Step 3: Turning the power on, and setting the date and time Set the date and time when using this camcorder for the first time. If you do not Select the desired geographical set the date and time, the [CLOCK SET] area with , then touch screen appears every time you turn on your...
  • Page 26: Changing The Language Setting

    Step 4: Making Step 3: Turning the power on, and setting the date and time (Continued) adjustments before recording b Notes about 3 • If you do not use your camcorder for months , the built-in rechargeable battery gets Opening the lens cover discharged and the date and time settings may be cleared from the memory.
  • Page 27 to save battery power. The recorded image z Tips will not be affected by the setting. To turn • You can adjust the brightness of the viewfinder on the LCD backlight, press and hold DISP/ backlight by touching (HOME) (SETTINGS) t [SOUND/DISP SET] BATT INFO for a few seconds until t [VF B.LIGHT] (p.
  • Page 28: Step 5: Selecting Media

    Step 5: Selecting media You can set the media to be used for movies and still images separately. For movies, you can select the internal memory*, a disc, or a “Memory Stick PRO Duo.” For still images, you can select the internal memory*, or a “Memory Stick PRO Duo.” DCR-DVD610/DVD710 In the default setting, movies are recorded on a disc.
  • Page 29 To confirm the selected media Selecting media for still images (DCR-DVD810) 1 Slide the POWER switch to turn on the lamp of the mode ( (Movie)/ (Still)) that you want to check the media. Touch (HOME) t (MANAGE MEDIA) t [PHOTO 2 Confirm the media icon displayed at the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Page 30: Step 6: Inserting A Disc Or A "Memory Stick Pro Duo

    Step 6: Inserting a disc or a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” When you select [INT. MEMORY] in “Step 5,” this “Step 6” operation is Set the disc with the recording unnecessary (DCR-DVD810). side facing your camcorder, then press the center of the disc until it Inserting a disc clicks.
  • Page 31 b Notes Touch the option that is right for • Be careful not to obstruct the operation with your hand or other objects, when opening or you on the screen. closing the disc cover. Move the grip belt to the bottom of the camcorder, then open or close the x DVD-RW disc cover.
  • Page 32 Step 6: Inserting a disc or a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” (Continued) Inserting a “Memory Stick PRO If you select [MEMORY STICK] in Duo” “Step 5” for movie recording, slide the POWER switch This operation is necessary only when you repeatedly until the (Movie) select [MEMORY STICK] in “Step 5.”...
  • Page 33 To remove the “Memory Stick PRO b Notes Duo” • Numbers in the table are of when using a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” made by Sony Open the LCD panel and Memory Stick Corporation. The recordable time varies Duo cover. Lightly push the “Memory Stick depending on the recording conditions, the type PRO Duo”...
  • Page 34: Recording/Playback

    Recording/Playback Recording and playing back with ease (Easy Handycam operation) Easy Handycam operation makes nearly all settings automatic so that you can perform recording or playing back operation without detailed settings. It also makes the screen font size larger for easy viewing. The images are recorded on the selected media (p. 28). If the POWER switch is set to OFF (CHG), turn it while pressing...
  • Page 35 Playing back recorded movies/still images Turn the POWER switch G to turn on your camcorder. (VIEW IMAGES) I (or D). Press The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the screen. (It may take some time to display the thumbnails.) Film Roll Index (p. 45) Face Index (p.
  • Page 36 Recording and playing back with ease (Easy Handycam operation) (Continued) zTips • When playback from the selected movie reaches the last movie, the screen returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen. • You can slow down the playback speed by touching during pause.
  • Page 37 To cancel Easy Handycam operation Press EASY A again. disappears from the screen. Menu settings during Easy Handycam operation (HOME) C (or B) to display Touch the menu items available for setup changes (p.17, 78). b Notes • Most of the menu items automatically return to the default settings.
  • Page 38: Recording

    Recording The images are recorded on the media selected on the media setting (p. 28). DCR-DVD610/DVD710 In the default setting, movies are recorded on a disc. Still images are recorded on a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” only. DCR-DVD810 In the default setting, both movies and still images are recorded on the internal memory. Open the lens cover PHOTO F (p.
  • Page 39 Movies Still Images Turn the POWER switch A until Turn the POWER switch until (Movie) lamp lights up. (Still) lamp lights up. Press PHOTO F lightly to adjust Press START/STOP B (or C). the focus A (a beep sounds), then press it fully B (a shutter click sounds).
  • Page 40: Zooming

    Recording (Continued) focus is about 1 cm (about 13/32 in.) for wide Zooming angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto. You can zoom in up to the magnifications z Tips shown in the following table. • Using [DIGITAL ZOOM] (p. 81), you can (optical zoom) zoom in further than the magnification shown in the table when recording movies.
  • Page 41: Starting To Record Quickly (Quick On)

    To record in dark places, set the Starting to record quickly NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch to ON to (QUICK ON) display b Notes • The NightShot plus and Super NightShot plus functions use infrared light. Therefore, do not cover the infrared port with your fingers or other objects.
  • Page 42 Recording (Continued) Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder (1), then rotate it 180 degrees to the lens side (2). z Tips • A mirror-image of the subject appears on the LCD screen, but the image will be normal when recorded.
  • Page 43: Playback

    Playback You can play back images recorded on the media selected in the media setting (p. 28). DCR-DVD610/DVD710 In the default setting, movies on a disc are played. Still images are recorded and played on a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” only. DCR-DVD810 In the default setting, images in the internal memory are played.
  • Page 44 Playback (Continued) z Tips • The number of the images on the VISUAL INDEX screen can be changed 6 y 12 by moving the power (HOME) D (or E) t (SETTINGS) t [VIEW zoom lever . To fix this number, touch IMAGES SET] t [ DISPLAY] (p.
  • Page 45: Searching For Scenes With Pinpoint Accuracy (Film Roll Index)

    To adjust the sound volume of movies Touch to search for the While playing back movies, touch desired scene. (OPTION) t tab t [VOLUME], then adjust the volume with Playback starts from the selected scene. z Tips • You can switch screen to the VISUAL INDEX (HOME) D (or E) t screen by touching z Tips...
  • Page 46: Searching For Desired Images By Date (Date Index)

    Playback (Continued) Touch to search for the To search for movies, touch the desired face image, then select tab. To search for still the face image of the scene you images, touch the tab. want to play back. Playback starts from the selected scene. Touch the date button at the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Page 47: Playing Back A Series Of Still Images (Slide Show)

    b Notes • You cannot operate playback zoom during slide show. z Tips • You can also play back the slide show by (OPTION) t tab t [SLIDE touching SHOW] on the VISUAL INDEX screen. • While playing back still images, you can set continuous slide show playback by touching (OPTION) t tab t [SLIDE SHOW...
  • Page 48: Playing The Images On A Tv

    Playing the images on a TV Connect your camcorder to the input jack of a TV or VCR using the A/V connecting cable 1 or an 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 49 b Notes • When you connect your camcorder to a TV compatible with the ID-1/ID-2 system, set [TV TYPE] to [16:9]. The TV switches to full mode automatically. Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with your TV. • When you set [TV TYPE] to [4:3], the image quality may deteriorate.
  • Page 50: Editing

    Editing (OTHERS) category PLAYLIST EDIT This category enables you to edit or print images on the media, or copy them onto You can create and edit a Playlist (p. 59). your computer for viewing, editing or creating an original DVD. PRINT You can print still images on a connected PictBridge printer (p.
  • Page 51: Deleting Images

    Deleting images b Notes Touch t [YES]. • You cannot restore images once they are deleted. z Tips When [Completed.] appears, • You can select up to 100 images at one time. touch Deleting movies To delete all movies at one time Select beforehand the media which contains the movie you want to delete (p.
  • Page 52 Deleting images (Continued) To delete the most recently recorded Touch (HOME) t movie (OTHERS) t [DELETE]. 1 In step 3, touch [ LAST SCENE Touch [ DELETE]. DEL]. t [YES]. 2 Touch 3 When [Completed.] appears, touch Touch [ DELETE]. You cannot delete the most recently recorded movie: –...
  • Page 53: Capturing A Still Image From A Movie

    Capturing a still image from a movie To delete all the still images recorded You can capture a still image at any point during movie playback. on the same day at one time Select the media which contains the movies beforehand, and the media where you want to save the still images (p.
  • Page 54 Capturing a still image from a movie (Continued) b Notes Touch the movie that you want to • The media where you want to save still images has to have enough free space. play back and capture an image • Recording date and time of created still images from.
  • Page 55: Dubbing/Copying Images To Media Within Your Camcorder

    Dubbing/copying images to media within your camcorder The [MOVIE DUB] screen appears. Dubbing movies You can dub movies from the internal memory (DCR-DVD810) or a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” to a disc. Insert a disc in your camcorder beforehand. The media you can select depends on your camcorder model.
  • Page 56 Dubbing/copying images to media within your camcorder (Continued) If the disc space is not sufficient to 2 Touch [YES]. record the entire movie, [Not enough 3 When [Completed.] appears, touch memory space.] appears. To back up movies that have not been backed up yet Touch t [YES].
  • Page 57 To copy all the still images recorded z Tips on the same day at one time • To check the copied still images, select [MEMORY STICK] on [PHOTO MEDIA SET] 1 In step 2, touch [COPY by date]. (p. 28). Touch (HOME) t (OTHERS) t [PHOTO COPY].
  • Page 58: Dividing Movies

    Dividing movies b Notes • You cannot restore movies once they are divided. Select beforehand the media which contains • Do not remove the battery pack or the AC the movie you want to divide (p. 28). Adaptor from your camcorder while dividing movies.
  • Page 59: Creating The Playlist

    Creating the Playlist Touch t [YES]. A Playlist is a list showing thumbnails of the movies that you have selected. The When [Completed.] appears, original scenes are not changed even touch though you edit or delete the movies in the Playlist.
  • Page 60 Creating the Playlist (Continued) To erase unnecessary movies from b Notes the Playlist • Do not remove the battery pack or the AC Adaptor from your camcorder while adding the movies. • Do not remove the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” while adding movies in the “Memory Stick PRO 1 Touch (HOME) t...
  • Page 61 To change the order within the Playlist To divide a movie in the Playlist (HOME) t (HOME) t 1 Touch (OTHERS) 1 Touch (OTHERS) t [PLAYLIST EDIT]. t [PLAYLIST EDIT]. 2 Touch [ MOVE]. 2 Touch [DIVIDE]. 3 Select the movie that you want to move. 3 Touch the movie that you want to divide.
  • Page 62: Dubbing Movies To Vcr Or Dvd/Hdd Recorders

    Dubbing movies to VCR or DVD/HDD recorders Connecting a device with the A/V connecting cable You can dub movies played back on your camcorder to other recording devices, such as VCRs or DVD/HDD recorders. Connect the device in either of the following ways. Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p.
  • Page 63 (HOME) t (SETTINGS) t Refer to the instruction manuals touch [OUTPUT SETTINGS] t [DISP OUTPUT] supplied with your recording device for t [LCD PANEL] (the default setting) (p. 87). details. • To record the date/time and camera settings data, display them on the screen (p. 84). •...
  • Page 64: Printing Still Images (Pictbridge Compliant Printer)

    Printing still images Dubbing movies to VCR or DVD/ HDD recorders (Continued) (PictBridge compliant printer) Connect the (USB) jack of your camcorder to a DVD writer, etc. using the supplied USB cable (p. 129). You can print out still images using a The [USB SELECT] screen appears on PictBridge compliant printer, without the screen.
  • Page 65 To finish printing Touch the still image to be On the INDEX screen of still images, touch printed. b Notes • We can guarantee the operation of only models that are PictBridge compatible. • Refer also to the instruction manual of the printer to be used.
  • Page 66: Utilizing Media

    Utilizing Media (MANAGE MEDIA) category This category enables you to use the media for various purposes. (MANAGE MEDIA) category Item list MOVIE MEDIA SET You can select the media for movies (p. 28). PHOTO MEDIA SET (DCR-DVD810) You can select the media for still images (p.
  • Page 67: Making The Disc Compatible With Playback On Other Devices (Finalizing)

    Making the disc compatible with playback on other devices (Finalizing) Finalizing makes the recorded disc compatible for playback with other devices and DVD drives of computers. Before finalizing, you can select the style of the DVD menu which displays the movie list (p.
  • Page 68 Making the disc compatible with playback on other devices (Finalizing) (Continued) To add movies to a finalized disc (p.74) Make a new Movies cannot be added. recording Unfinalize the disc. Movies can be added as usual. When the DVD menu has been created, a confirmation screen prompts you to confirm that you wish to add movies.
  • Page 69 Finalizing a disc Touch [YES] t [YES]. b Notes Finalizing starts. • It takes from a minute to a maximum of several hours to finalize a disc. The shorter the amount of material recorded on the disc, the longer it When finalizing is completed, takes for finalizing.
  • Page 70: Playing A Disc On Other Devices

    Playing a disc on Making the disc compatible with playback on other devices (Finalizing) (Continued) other devices b Notes Playing a disc on other devices • During Easy Handycam operation (p. 34), the DVD menu style is fixed to [STYLE1]. Finalizing a disc (p.
  • Page 71: Checking Media Information

    Checking media information z Tips You can check the remaining recordable time or space of the media selected on • For details on operations and procedures, see the [MOVIE MEDIA SET] (p. 28). “PMB Guide” on the supplied CD-ROM (p. 97). The volume label of the disc (HOME) t Touch...
  • Page 72: Formatting Media

    Formatting media Formatting deletes all images and returns the recording media to its original empty When [Completed.] appears, state. touch To avoid the loss of important images, dub or copy them on other media (p. 55, 62) before performing [MEDIA FORMAT]. b Notes Formatting the internal memory •...
  • Page 73 • You cannot format a disc that has been protected on other devices. Cancel the Connect the AC Adaptor to the protection with the original device, and then DC IN jack on your camcorder, format it. then connect the power cord z Tips (mains lead) to the wall outlet (wall socket).
  • Page 74: Recording Additional Movies After Finalizing

    Recording additional movies after finalizing When [Completed.] appears, touch You can record additional movies on the finalized DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)/ DVD+RW discs after the following steps, if the disc has free space. When using a DVD+RW When using the finalized DVD-RW (VR mode), you can record additional movies on If you have created a DVD menu (p.
  • Page 75: Finding The Right Disc (Disc Select Guide)

    Finding the right disc (DISC SELECT GUIDE) b Notes Select the option that is right for you on the screen, then you will be informed of the • Do not apply shock or vibration to your appropriate disc for your purposes. camcorder, and do not disconnect the AC Adaptor during the operation.
  • Page 76: Repairing The Image Database File

    Repairing the image database file b Notes • Do not apply mechanical shock or vibration to the camcorder during this operation. This function checks the image database • Do not disconnect the AC Adaptor or remove file and the consistency of movies and still the battery pack.
  • Page 77: Preventing Data On The Internal Memory From Being Recovered (Dcr-Dvd810)

    Preventing data on the internal memory from being recovered (DCR-DVD810) EMPTY] allows you to write unintelligible data onto the internal Press and hold the . (BACK memory. In this way, it may become more LIGHT) button down (p. 129). difficult to recover any original data. When The [ EMPTY] screen appears.
  • Page 78: Customizing Your Camcorder

    Customizing Your Camcorder What you can do with the (SETTINGS) category of the HOME MENU You can change the recording functions and the operating settings for your convenience. Touch the desired setup item. If the item is not on the screen, touch Using the HOME MENU to change the page.
  • Page 79: List Of The (Settings) Category Items

  • Page 80: Movie Settings

    MOVIE SETTINGS (Items for recording movies) AUDIO MODE (DCR- DVD710/DVD810) You can select audio recording format. B 5.1ch SURROUND ( Records 5.1ch surround sound. Touch 1, then 2. 2ch STEREO ( If the item is not on the screen, touch Records stereo sound.
  • Page 81 DIGITAL ZOOM STEADYSHOT You can select the maximum zoom level in You can compensate for camera shake. Set case you want to zoom greater than optical [STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] ( ) when zoom magnification. Note that the image using a tripod (optional), then the image quality decreases when you use the digital becomes natural.
  • Page 82: (Items For Recording Movies) Photo Settings

    MOVIE SETTINGS (Continued) PHOTO SETTINGS (Items for recording still images) b Notes • When the remaining recordable time for movies is less than 5 minutes, the indicator stays on the screen. SUB-T DATE You can display the recording date and time Touch 1, then 2.
  • Page 83 Notes • Numbers in the table are of when using a b Notes “Memory Stick PRO Duo” made by Sony • Remove any dust from the surface of the flash Corporation. The recordable number of still before using it. Flash effect may be impaired if images varies depending on the recording heat discoloration or dust obscures the lamp.
  • Page 84: (Items For Recording Still Images)

    PHOTO SETTINGS (Continued) VIEW IMAGES SET (Items to customize the display) REDEYE REDUC (Redeye reduction) (DCR-DVD710/DVD810) You can set this function when you record still images using an external flash (optional) that is compatible with your Touch 1, then 2. camcorder.
  • Page 85 CAMERA DATA DISPLAY Movie You can select the number of thumbnails that appear on the VISUAL INDEX or Playlist screen. Thumbnail Glossary (p. 135) B ZOOM LINK Changes the number of thumbnails (6 or 12) with the power zoom lever on your camcorder.* Still image 6IMAGES...
  • Page 86: Sound/Disp Set

    SOUND/DISP SET (Items to adjust sound and the screen) LCD BL LEVEL (LCD backlight level) You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen’s backlight. B NORMAL Standard brightness. Touch 1, then 2. If the item is not on the screen, touch BRIGHT to change the page.
  • Page 87: (Items To Adjust Sound And The Screen) Output Settings

    OUTPUT SETTINGS (Items for when connecting other devices) b Notes • When you connect your camcorder to outside power sources, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected for the setting. • When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is slightly reduced during recording. z Tips Touch 1, then 2.
  • Page 88: (Items For When Connecting Other Devices) Clock/ Lang

    CLOCK/ LANG GENERAL SET (Items to set clock and language) (Other setup items) Touch 1, then 2. Touch 1, then 2. If the item is not on the screen, touch If the item is not on the screen, touch to change the page. to change the page.
  • Page 89 A.SHUT OFF (Auto shut off) B 5min The camcorder is automatically turned off when you do not operate your camcorder for more than approximately 5 minutes. NEVER The camcorder is not automatically turned off. b Notes • When you connect your camcorder to a wall outlet (wall socket), [A.SHUT OFF] is automatically set to [NEVER].
  • Page 90: Activating Functions Using The Option Menu

    Activating functions using the OPTION MENU The OPTION MENU appears just like the pop-up window that appears when you Change the setting, then touch right-click the mouse on a computer. Various functions are displayed. Using the OPTION MENU b Notes •...
  • Page 91: Recording Items On The Option Menu

  • Page 92: Menu

    Functions set in the OPTION MENU Items you can set only on the OPTION SPOT FOCUS MENU will be described below. You can select and adjust the focal point to The default settings are marked with B. aim it at a subject not located at the center of the screen.
  • Page 93 b Notes • Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 92) when it is hard to focus automatically. • If you set [SPOT METER], [EXPOSURE] is automatically set to [MANUAL]. EXPOSURE SCENE SELECTION You can fix the brightness of an image manually.
  • Page 94 Functions set in the OPTION MENU (Continued) LANDSCAPE * Your camcorder is set to focus only on distant subjects. Select this to record distant subjects ** Your camcorder is set not to focus on nearby clearly. This setting also prevents your subjects.
  • Page 95 b Notes to [ON] while the NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch (p. 41) is also set to ON. • Set [WHITE BAL.] to [AUTO] or adjust the appears on the screen. color in [ONE PUSH] under white or cool white fluorescent lamps. To return to the normal setting, set [S.
  • Page 96 Functions set in the OPTION MENU (Continued) LOW ( D.EFFECT (Digital effect) Records surround sound faithfully. This setting is not suitable for recording When you set [OLD MOVIE], appears conversations. and you can add an old movie effect to images. SELF-TIMER To cancel [D.EFFECT], touch [OFF].
  • Page 97: Performing With Your Computer

    On the advanced use of images on your or more may be necessary when creating a camcorder connected to your Macintosh DVD.) computer, see the following URL: Display: Minimum 1,024 × 768 dots ms/us/ Others: USB port (this must be provided as standard), Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compatible is recommended), DVD...
  • Page 98 What you can do with Windows computer (Continued) If the screen does not appear • Depending on your computer, 8 cm media (DVD+R DL, etc.) cannot be used. 1 Click [Start], then click [My Computer]. • If you use a Notebook PC, connect it to the AC (For Windows 2000, double-click [My Adaptor as the power source.
  • Page 99 To disconnect the USB cable • To start “Picture Motion Browser,” click 1 Click the [Unplug or eject hardware] icon [Start] - [All Programs] - [Sony Picture on the task tray on the bottom right of the Utility] - [PMB - Picture Motion desk top.
  • Page 100 What you can do with Windows computer (Continued) 6 Disconnect the USB cable from the camcorder and the computer. b Notes • Do not disconnect the USB cable while the ACCESS/access lamp is lit. • Before turning off your camcorder, disconnect the USB cable following the proper procedures described above.
  • Page 101: Troubleshooting

    If the problem the following buttons/functions are not persists, disconnect the power source and available. contact your Sony dealer. – Turning the LCD backlight on and off • Overall operations/Easy Handycam operation/ (pressing and holding the DISP BATT/ Remote Commander ........
  • Page 102 Troubleshooting (Continued) Turn off your camcorder and leave it for a Even if you press EASY, menu while in a cool place. settings do not switch to their defaults automatically. The supplied Remote Commander • Following menu settings remain as they were does not function (DCR-DVD710/ set even during Easy Handycam operation DVD810).
  • Page 103 (p. 21). If the problem persists, clear. disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet (wall socket) and contact your Sony • Pull out the viewfinder, then move the dealer. The battery pack may be damaged. viewfinder lens adjustment lever until the image appears clearly (p.
  • Page 104 Troubleshooting (Continued) • Your camcorder is recording the image you The indicators of the disc type and have just shot on the media. the recording format on the LCD • The media has run out of space. Format the screen are grayed out. media (internal memory (DCR-DVD810)/ DVD-RW/DVD+RW/“Memory Stick PRO •...
  • Page 105 The recording stops. The color of the image is not correctly displayed. • The temperature of your camcorder is extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and • Set the NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch to OFF leave it for a while in a cool place. (p.
  • Page 106 Troubleshooting (Continued) • Images recorded on other devices may [COLOR SLOW SHTR] does not neither be played back, nor displayed in operate correctly. actual size. This is not a malfunction (p. 119). • [COLOR SLOW SHTR] may not operate correctly in total darkness. Use NightShot plus or [S.
  • Page 107 (downmix system). For details, refer to the The playback image is distorted. instruction manuals of the playback device. • Clean the disc using a soft cloth (p. 118). • When you create a disc using the supplied “Picture Motion Browser” software, select 2ch for the audio setting.
  • Page 108 Troubleshooting (Continued) Movies cannot be divided. You cannot edit or record additional images on a disc using other • A movie that is too short cannot be divided. devices. • A movie protected on another device cannot • You may not be able to edit or record be divided.
  • Page 109 Because of following Your camcorder is not recognized by Cannot use settings the computer. [SCENE NightShot plus, • Install “Picture Motion Browser” (p. 98). SELECTION] [S. NIGHTSHOT PLS], • Disconnect devices from the USB jack of the [COLOR SLOW computer other than the keyboard, mouse, SHTR], [OLD MOVIE], and your camcorder.
  • Page 110: Warning Indicators And Messages

    Some symptoms you can fix by yourself. If code, which starts from “E.” the problem persists even after you have tried a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer 101-0001 (Warning indicator or local authorized Sony service facility. pertaining to files)
  • Page 111 E (Battery level warning) (Warning indicator pertaining to incompatible “Memory Stick PRO Slow flashing Duo”)* • The battery pack is nearly used up. • An incompatible “Memory Stick PRO • Depending on the operating, p. 118 Duo” is inserted ( environment, or battery conditions, E may flash, even if there are approximately 20 minutes remaining.
  • Page 112 Warning indicators and messages (Continued) Description of warning Reinsert the Memory Stick. messages • Reinsert the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” a few times. If even then the indicator If messages appear on the screen, follow the flashes, the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” instructions.
  • Page 113 database file is created. The old Data protected. recorded images on the “Memory Stick PRO Duo” cannot be played back • The image has been protected with (Image files are not damaged). If you another device. Cancel the protection perform [REPAIR IMG.DB F.] (p. 76) on the device.
  • Page 114: Additional Information

    Additional Information Using your camcorder abroad Power supply System Used in You can use your camcorder in any Bahama Islands, Bolivia, countries/regions using the AC Adaptor Canada, Central America, supplied with your camcorder within the Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz range. NTSC Guyana, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Use a commercially available AC plug...
  • Page 115 Setting to the local time You can easily set the clock to the local time by setting a time difference when using your (HOME) t (SETTINGS) t [CLOCK/ LANG] t camcorder abroad. Touch [AREA SET] and [DST SET] or [SUMMERTIME] (p. 88). World time difference Time-zone Time-zone...
  • Page 116: File/Folder Structure On The Internal Memory (Dcr-Dvd810) And A "Memory Stick Pro Duo

    The files are defaulted as hidden files may be destroyed or may not be played back. and not usually displayed. • We (Sony) will not be responsible for the results B Movie files (MPEG2 files) of operating the data on the media in the The extension of the files is “.MPG”.
  • Page 117: Maintenance And Precautions

    Maintenance and precautions Recording on the A side About the disc Place the disc in your camcorder with the side with the symbol at the center facing See page 13 for the details of discs outwards until it clicks. which you can use with your camcorder.
  • Page 118: About The "Memory Stick

    Maintenance and precautions (Continued) Care and storage of the discs * Your camcorder is not compatible with 8-bit parallel data transfer, but performs 4-bit parallel • Keep the disc clean, or the image quality of the data transfer, which is used by a “Memory Stick audio and video output may deteriorate.
  • Page 119: About The "Infolithium" Battery Pack

    • Do not insert anything other than a “Memory “Design rule for Camera File system” universal Stick PRO Duo” into the Memory Stick Duo standard established by the JEITA (Japan slot. Doing so may cause a malfunction. Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association).
  • Page 120 Maintenance and precautions (Continued) To charge the battery pack when the battery pack is frequently used. Use the remaining battery time indication as a rough • Be sure to charge the battery pack before you guide only. start using your camcorder. •...
  • Page 121: About Handling Of Your Camcorder

    Note on moisture condensation casing, unplug your camcorder and have it Moisture may condense when you bring checked by a Sony dealer before operating it your camcorder from a cold place into a any further. warm place (or vice versa) or when you use •...
  • Page 122 Maintenance and precautions (Continued) How to prevent moisture condensation Duo” or the like. The position of “×” changes. When you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm place, put your Touch [CANCEL] to cancel. camcorder in a plastic bag and seal it tightly.
  • Page 123 On the pickup lens • Do not touch the lens inside the disc cover. Keep the disc cover closed except when inserting and removing the disc, to keep dust out. • When your camcorder does not work because the pickup lens is dirty, clean it with a camera blower (optional).
  • Page 124 Maintenance and precautions (Continued) On charging the pre-installed rechargeable battery Your camcorder has a pre-installed rechargeable battery to retain the date, time, and other settings even when the POWER switch is set to OFF (CHG). The pre- installed rechargeable battery is always charged while your camcorder is connected to the wall outlet (wall socket) via the AC Adaptor or while the battery pack is...
  • Page 125: Specifications

    Specifications System DCR-DVD710/DVD810 3 mm (1/6 type) CCD (Charge Coupled Video compression format Device) MPEG2/JPEG (Still images) Gross: Audio compression format Approx. 1 070 000 pixels DCR-DVD610 Effective (Movie, 16:9) Dolby Digital 2ch Approx. 670 000 pixels Dolby Digital Stereo Creator Effective (Still, 16:9) Approx.
  • Page 126 Specifications (Continued) General Minimum illumination DCR-DVD610 Power requirements 6 lx (lux) (AUTO SLW SHUTTR ON, Shutter DC 6.8 V/7.2 V (battery pack) speed 1/30 second) DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor) 0 lx (lux) (during NightShot plus function) Average power consumption DCR-DVD710/DVD810 Using the LCD screen or the viewfinder with 8 lx (lux) (AUTO SLW SHUTTR ON, Shutter...
  • Page 127 Memory Stick Duo” are trademarks or 0 °C to +40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F) registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. Storage temperature • “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony -20 °C to +60 °C (-4 °F to +140 °F) Corporation. Dimensions (Approx.) •...
  • Page 128 Source code is provided on the web. To download, go to the following website and select DCR-DVD810. 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 129: Quick Reference

    Quick Reference Identifying parts and controls The numbers in ( ) are reference pages. A NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch (41) P DISP/BATT INFO button (22) B Memory Stick Duo slot/cover and * DCR-DVD810 access lamp (32) The access lamp lights for both the internal memory* and a “Memory Stick PRO Duo.”...
  • Page 130 Identifying parts and controls (Continued) A POWER switch (25) B Viewfinder (27) C CHG (charge) lamp (21) (Movie)/ (Still) mode lamps (25) E Battery pack (21) F Built-in microphone (40) An Active Interface Shoe* compatible microphone (optional) will take precedence when connected. G Power zoom lever (40, 46) H PHOTO button (34, 39) I DC IN jack (21)
  • Page 131 A Active Interface Shoe F Lens (Carl Zeiss Lens) (7) The Active Interface Shoe supplies G Infrared port/Remote sensor power to optional accessories such as a Point the Remote Commander* (p. 132) video light, a flash, or a microphone. towards the remote sensor to operate The accessory can be turned on or off as your camcorder.
  • Page 132 In this case, replace the M b / B / v / V / ENTER buttons battery with a Sony CR2025 lithium battery. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire When you press any button on the VISUAL or explosion.
  • Page 133: Indicators Displayed During Recording/Playback

    Indicators displayed during recording/playback A HOME button (18, 78) Recording movies B Remaining battery (approx.) (22) C Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or [REC] (recording)) D Recording mode (HQ/SP/LP) (80) E Media type (13) F Counter (hour/minute/second) G OPTION button (19, 90) H Remaining recordable time of movies Recording still images I Audio mode (80) (DCR-DVD710/...
  • Page 134 Indicators displayed during recording/playback (Continued) Indicator Meaning Indicators when you made changes Warning (110) Following indicators appear during PictBridge connecting recording/playback to indicate the settings (64) of your camcorder. Upper left Upper right Bottom Indicator Meaning Face Index set (82) Manual focus (92) SCENE SELECTION (93)
  • Page 135: Glossary

    Glossary x 5.1ch surround sound x VIDEO mode A system that plays back sound on 6 speakers, 3 at One of the recording formats you can select when the front (left, right and center) and 2 at the rear using a DVD-RW. VIDEO mode provides (right and left) with an additional low-pass excellent compatibility with other DVD devices.
  • Page 136: Index

    Index Numeric CLOCK/LANG....88 COLOR SLOW SHTR (Color 12IMAGES......85 Easy Handycam operation..34 Slow Shutter) ....95, 109 16:9........48 Editing ........50 Computer ......97 16:9 WIDE ......31 EXPOSURE ....93, 109 Connecting 4:3........31, 48 Printer ......64 5.1ch surround recording..40 TV......... 48 5.1ch surround sound ...40 Face Index ......45, 82 VCR or DVD/HDD...
  • Page 137 INDEX SET (Face Index set) NightShot plus...... 41 ..........82 NTSC ......... 114 QUICK ON......41 Indicators ......134 Number of still images QUICK ON STBY ....89 INDOOR.......94 recordable......83 InfoLITHIUM.....119 Install (software)....97 REC MODE (Recording mode) Insulation sheet ....132 OLD MOVIE ....... 96 ..........80 ONE PUSH ......
  • Page 138 Index (Continued) SUNRISE&SUNSET ...93 S.NIGHTSHOT PLS (Super NightShot plus).....95, 109 TELE MACRO.....92, 109 Tripod .........130 TV color system ....114 TV TYPE......48, 87 TWILIGHT ......93 UNFINALIZE ....74, 108 USB 2.0 ........97 USB cable.......64, 98 Using abroad.......114 VBR........14 VF B.LIGHT (Viewfinder backlight)......86 VIDEO mode......13 VIEW IMAGES SET ...84 VISUAL INDEX ....35, 43...
  • Page 140 Spanish Quick Guide/Guía rápida en español Paso 1: Comprobación de los componentes incluidos Asegúrese de que dispone de los siguientes Batería recargable NP-FH40 (1) componentes incluidos con su videocámara. El número entre paréntesis indica el número de componentes incluidos de cada artículo. Adaptador de ca (1) CD-ROM “Handycam Application Software”...
  • Page 141 Paso 2: Recarga de la batería Interruptor POWER Toma DC Batería Indicador CHG (carga) Al tomacorriente de pared Tapa de la toma Adaptador de ca Clavija de cc Cable de alimentación Puede recargar la batería Haga coincidir la marca v de la clavija de cc con la marca v de la videocámara.
  • Page 142 Paso 2: Recarga de la batería (Continuación) Para extraer la batería nuevo DISP/BATT INFO mientras aparece dicha información. 1 Deslice el interruptor POWER hacia la Energía restante de la batería (aprox.) posición OFF (CHG). 2 Deslice la palanca de liberación BATT (batería) (1) y extraiga la batería (2).
  • Page 143 DCR-DVD710/DVD810 Tiempo de Tiempo de grabación Batería grabación Tiempo de normal Tiempo de continua grabación (típico)* Batería grabación normal continua NP-FH100 (típico)* NP-FH40 (incluida) DCR-DVD710/DVD810 NP-FH50 Tiempo de Tiempo de grabación Batería grabación NP-FH70 normal continua (típico)* NP-FH40 NP-FH100 (incluida) NP-FH50 * El tiempo de grabación normal indica el tiempo de grabación al repetir las operaciones de inicio/...
  • Page 144 Paso 2: Recarga de la batería (Continuación) DCR-DVD710/DVD810 – La batería está completamente gastada (sólo para la información sobre la batería). Panel de • No se suministrará energía de la batería Panel de LCD Batería mientras el adaptador de ca se encuentre abierto* cerrado conectado a la toma DC IN de la videocámara,...
  • Page 145 Paso 3: Conexión de la alimentación y ajuste de la fecha y la hora Ajuste la fecha y la hora cuando utilice la videocámara por primera vez. Si no ajusta la fecha y la hora, aparecerá la pantalla [AJUS.RELOJ] cada vez que encienda la videocámara o cambie la posición del interruptor POWER.
  • Page 146 Paso 4: Realización Paso 3: Conexión de la alimentación y ajuste de la fecha y la hora (continuación) de ajustes antes de la grabación Para el mediodía, ajuste el reloj en 12:00 pm. Apertura de la tapa del objetivo Deslice el interruptor LENS COVER hacia Para apagar la videocámara la posición OPEN.
  • Page 147 Para desactivar la luz de fondo de la Visor pantalla LCD y conseguir que la batería dure más tiempo (DCR-DVD710/DVD810) Mantenga presionado DISP/BATT INFO durante unos segundos hasta que aparezca Este ajuste resulta práctico cuando utiliza la videocámara en condiciones de mucho Palanca de ajuste del brillo o si desea ahorrar energía de la objetivo del visor...
  • Page 148 Paso 5: Selección de un medio Puede definir en forma separada el medio que usará para películas y el que usará para imágenes fijas. Para películas, puede seleccionar la memoria interna*, un disco o un “Memory Stick PRO Duo”. Para imágenes fijas, puede seleccionar la memoria interna*, o un “Memory Stick PRO Duo”.
  • Page 149 Para confirmar el medio seleccionado Selección de un medio para imágenes fijas (DCR-DVD810) 1 Deslice el interruptor POWER para encender el indicador del modo (Película)/ (Imagen fija)) en que desea comprobar el medio. Toque (HOME) t (GESTIONAR SOPORTE) t 2 Verifique el icono de medio que aparece en la esquina superior izquierda de la [AJ.SOPORTE FOTO].
  • Page 150 Paso 6: Inserción de un disco o un “Memory Stick PRO Duo” Si selecciona [MEMORIA INTERNA] en el “Paso 5”, la operación de este paso es Coloque el disco con la cara de innecesaria (DCR-DVD810). grabación hacia la videocámara y presione el centro del disco hasta Inserción de un disco que haga clic.
  • Page 151 b Notas Toque la opción que desee en la • Asegúrese de no obstruir la operación con su mano u otros objetos al abrir o cerrar la cubierta pantalla. del disco. Mueva la correa hacia la parte inferior de la videocámara y luego abra o cierre la x DVD-RW cubierta del disco.
  • Page 152 Paso 6: Inserción de un disco o un “Memory Stick PRO Duo” (Continuación) Inserción de un “Memory Stick Si selecciona [MEMORY STICK] PRO Duo” en el “Paso 5” para la grabación de películas, deslice el interruptor Esta operación es necesaria sólo si POWER varias veces hasta que selecciona [MEMORY STICK] en el “Paso se encienda el indicador...
  • Page 153 • No abra la cubierta del Memory Stick Duo utilización de un “Memory Stick PRO Duo” mientras realiza una grabación. fabricado por Sony Corporation. El tiempo de • Insertar “Memory Stick PRO Duo” a la fuerza grabación varía según las condiciones de en la dirección incorrecta puede causar un mal...
  • Page 154 Spanish Quick Guide/Guía rápida en español Grabación Las imágenes se graban en el medio seleccionado en el ajuste de medio. DCR-DVD610/DVD710 En el ajuste predeterminado, las películas se graban en un disco. Las imágenes fijas se graban sólo en un “Memory Stick PRO Duo”. DCR-DVD810 En el ajuste predeterminado, tanto las películas como las imágenes fijas se graban en la memoria interna.
  • Page 155 z Sugerencias (HOME) t • Puede consultar el espacio libre para películas en el medio al tocar (GESTIONAR SOPORTE) t [INFO SOPORTE]. Películas Imágenes fijas Deslice el interruptor POWER A Deslice el interruptor POWER A hasta que se encienda el hasta que se encienda el indicador (Película).
  • Page 156 Reproducción Puede reproducir imágenes grabadas en el medio seleccionado en el ajuste de medio. DCR-DVD610/DVD710 En el ajuste predeterminado, se reproducen las películas de un disco. Las imágenes fijas se graban y se reproducen sólo en un “Memory Stick PRO Duo”. DCR-DVD810 En el ajuste predeterminado, se reproducen las imágenes de la memoria interna.
  • Page 157 z Sugerencias • El número de imágenes que aparece en la pantalla VISUAL INDEX se puede cambiar entre 6 y 12 al mover la palanca del zoom motorizado F. Para fijar este número, toque (HOME) D (o E) t (AJUSTES) t [VIEW IMAGES SET]t [DISPLAY Iniciar reproducción.
  • Page 158 Reproducción (Continuación) Ajustar el volumen del sonido de las películas (OPTION) t ficha t [VOL.] y luego ajuste el volumen Al reproducir películas, toque z Sugerencias (HOME) D (o E) t • Puede cambiar la pantalla a VISUAL INDEX al tocar (VISUALIZAR IMÁGENES) t [VISUAL INDEX].

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