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Sony Handycam HDR-PJ790V Operating Manual

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Digital HD Video
Camera Recorder
Operating Guide
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Table of contents
Getting started
Advanced operations
Saving movies and photos
with a computer
Saving images on an external
media device
Customizing your camcorder


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  • Page 1 Digital HD Video Table of contents Camera Recorder Getting started Recording/Playback Operating Guide Advanced operations Editing Saving movies and photos with a computer Saving images on an external Please also refer to : media device Customizing your camcorder Others/Index HDR-PJ780E/PJ780VE/PJ790/PJ790E/PJ790V/PJ790VE...
  • Page 2: Read This First

    Record the serial number a risk of electric shock to in the space provided below. Refer to these persons. numbers whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. This symbol is intended to alert the user to the Model No.
  • Page 3: Important Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS. DANGER - TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, CAREFULLY FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS. Read these instructions.  Keep these instructions.  Heed all warnings.  Follow all instructions.  Do not use this apparatus near water. ...
  • Page 4 Representative plug of power supply cord of countries/regions around the world. A Type B Type BF Type B3 Type C Type SE Type O Type (American (British Type) (British Type) (British Type) (CEE Type) (CEE Type) (Ocean Type) Type) The representative supply voltage and plug type are described in this chart. Depend on an area, Different type of plug and supply voltage are used.
  • Page 5 Countries/regions Voltage Frequency (Hz) Plug type Thailand C/BF Vietnam Oceania Countries/regions Voltage Frequency (Hz) Plug type Australia New Zealand 230/240 North America Countries/regions Voltage Frequency (Hz) Plug type Canada Central America Countries/regions Voltage Frequency (Hz) Plug type Bahamas 120/240 Costa Rica Cuba 110/220 Dominican (rep)
  • Page 6 Be sure to charge the battery pack using a  genuine Sony battery charger or a device that For more information can charge the battery pack. regarding recycling of Keep the battery pack out of the reach of small ...
  • Page 7: Declaration Of Conformity

    Trade Name: SONY equipment and receiver. Model No.: HDR-PJ790V Connect the equipment into an outlet on  Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc. a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. Address: 16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127 U.S.A.
  • Page 8 This product has been manufactured by of this product. The recycling of materials or on behalf of Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 will help to conserve natural resources. For Konan Minato-ku Tokyo, 108-0075 Japan. more detailed information about recycling...
  • Page 9 Never use the plug without the fuse cover. format for your camcorder. For details on the If you should lose the fuse cover, please signal format, refer to “How to use this manual” contact your nearest Sony service station. (p. 11). Television programs, films, video tapes, ...
  • Page 10: Learning More About The Camcorder ("handycam" User Guide)

    (white, red, blue, or green in color) that appear constantly on the LCD screen. These points are normal results of the manufacturing process and do not affect the recording in any way. Access the Sony support page. Support/ Select your country or region. Black points...
  • Page 11: How To Use This Manual

    How to use this manual In this manual, the differences in the specifications for each model are described together. If you find the description “Models with ... ” like below, confirm in this chapter whether the description applies to your camcorder. ...
  • Page 12: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Read this first..................2 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS.
  • Page 13 Editing Editing on your camcorder..............41 Deleting movies and photos..
  • Page 14: Parts And Controls

    Multi interface shoe, visit the Sony web site  LCD screen/Touch panel (22, 24) in your area, or consult your Sony dealer or If you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees, you localauthorized Sony service facility. can close the LCD panel with the LCD screen Operations with other manufacture’s...
  • Page 15  LIGHT (Video Light) button  NIGHTSHOT button  POWER button  Memory card access lamp (25) While the lamp is lit or flashing, the camcorder is reading or writing data.  Memory card slot (25)  (View Images) button ...
  • Page 16 To remove the lens hood, turn the securing ring   Tripod receptacle of the lens hood in the opposite direction from Attach a tripod (sold separately: the length of that of the arrow. the screw must be less than 5.5 mm (7/32 in.)). Remove the lens hood when you record movies ...
  • Page 17 To attach the wind screen The wind screen can reduce wind noise in windy conditions. Insert the front side of the built-in microphone into the hole at the bottom of  DATA CODE button (53) the wind screen (), then pull the tag on Displays the date and time, camera setting the windscreen backwards until the wind data, or coordinates (models with GPS) of the...
  • Page 18: Getting Started

    “PlayMemories Home Help Guide” can be The USB connection support cable is designed  downloaded from the Sony website (p. 44). for use with this camcorder only. Use this cable when the Built-in USB Cable of the camcorder (p. 20) is too short for connection.
  • Page 19: Charging The Battery Pack

    Charging the battery pack Turn off your camcorder by closing the LCD screen, and attach the battery pack (be sure to store the viewfinder first). Align the indentation on the camcorder  and projection on the battery pack, then slide the battery pack upwards. Battery pack Connect the AC Adaptor () and CHG (charge) lamp...
  • Page 20: Charging The Battery Using Your Computer

    You can charge the battery by connecting the Built-in USB Cable to a wall outlet (wall socket) using an AC-UD10 USB charger/AC Adaptor (sold separately). You cannot use a Sony CP- AH2R, CP-AL, or AC-UP100 portable power supply device (sold separately) to charge the camcorder.
  • Page 21: Charging The Battery Pack Abroad

    To remove the battery pack Close the LCD screen. Slide the BATT (battery) release lever () and remove the battery pack (). To use your camcorder continuously for a long time Connect the AC adaptor and the power cord (mains lead) to your camcorder and the wall outlet (wall socket).
  • Page 22: Turning The Power On, And Setting The Date And Time

    Turning the power on, and setting the date and time For information on your camcorder model, see the following page: Functions and equipment  p.11 Open the LCD screen of your camcorder and turn the power You can also turn on the camcorder by ...
  • Page 23 To turn off the power Close the LCD screen or press the POWER button (p. 15). If the viewfinder is pulled out, retract the viewfinder as shown in the illustration on the right. On turning the camcorder on or off using the LCD screen or the viewfinder The power of the camcorder is turned on or off depending on the status of the LCD screen or the viewfinder.
  • Page 24 To adjust the angle of the LCD panel First open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the  90 degrees (max.) camcorder (), and then adjust the angle ().  180 degrees (max.)  90 degrees to the camcorder To turn off the beep sound ...
  • Page 25: Preparing The Recording Media

    Preparing the recording media The recording media that can be used are displayed on the screen of your camcorder as following icons. Default recording medium Alternative recording medium Internal memory Memory card Notes You cannot select a different recording medium for movies and for photos. ...
  • Page 26 To eject the memory card Open the cover and lightly push the memory card in once. Notes To ensure stable operation of the memory card, it is recommended to format the memory card with your  camcorder before the first use (p. 53). Formatting the memory card will erase all the data stored on it and the data will be irrecoverable.
  • Page 27: Recording/playback

    Recording/Playback Recording For information on your camcorder model, see the following page: Functions and equipment  p.11 In the default setting, movies and photos are recorded on the internal memory. Movies are recorded with high definition image quality (HD). Recording movies Open the LCD screen.
  • Page 28: Shooting Photos

    Shooting photos Open the LCD screen and press MODE to turn on the (Photo) lamp. You can also switch the shooting mode by  selecting [MODE] on the LCD screen. Press PHOTO lightly to adjust the focus, then press it fully. When the focus is adjusted properly, ...
  • Page 29 Screen indicators during recording Described here are icons for both movie recording and photo recording modes. Refer to the page in ( ) for details. STBY STBY 00:00:00 >9999 16 : 9 24.1M MODE 5.1ch 5.1ch AUTO  Zoom button (W: Wide/T: Telephoto), START/STOP button (in movie recording mode), PHOTO button (in photo recording mode) ...
  • Page 30: Zooming

    To record in mirror mode Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder (), then rotate it 180 degrees to the lens side (). A mirror-image of the subject appears on the LCD screen, but the image will be normal when recorded.
  • Page 31: Playback

    Playback For information on your camcorder model, see the following page: Functions and equipment  p.11 You can search for recorded images by date and time of recording (Event View) or location of recording (Map View (models with GPS)). Open the LCD screen and press button on the camcorder to enter the playback mode.
  • Page 32 during playback, movies are played as fast as about 5 times  about As you repeat selecting  10 times  about 30 times  about 60 times. Select during pause to play movies slowly.   [Slideshow Set]. To repeat Slideshow, select ...
  • Page 33 To play movies and photos from the Map View (Models with GPS)  Switch to the Map View by touching MENU [Map View]. 1 1 2013 1 2 2013 2012 2013 H i g h l i g h t When you use the map data for the first time: ...
  • Page 34: Advanced Operations

    Advanced operations Recording images with various settings PS can be set only when the the [ Frame Rate] is set to [60p] (models with the NTSC For information on your camcorder model, color system) / [50p] (models with the PAL see the following page: color system).
  • Page 35: Selecting The Suitable Setting Automatically For The Recording Situation

    To record images brighter than those Selecting the suitable setting recorded using the Intelligent Auto automatically for the recording function situation (Intelligent Auto)  [Camera/Mic]  Select Your camcorder records movies after Manual Settings]  [Low Lux]. selecting the most suitable setting for the subjects or the situation automatically.
  • Page 36: Using The Manual Adjustment Features

    Using the manual adjustment features It is convenient to make manual STBY adjustments using the MANUAL dial, Dial Setting Focus by assigning a menu item ([Focus] in the Exposure IRIS Shutter Speed default setting) to the MANUAL dial. AE Shift White Balance Shift RESET [MANUAL]: EXEC...
  • Page 37: Recording Information On Your Location (models With Gps)

    Recording Playing images on a information on your location (Models with If you connect the camcorder to the HDMI input jack of a TV, the image quality viewed GPS) on the TV screen is high definition image quality (HD). And if you can connect the For information on your camcorder model, camcorder to the A/V input jack of a TV, see the following page:...
  • Page 38: Enjoying 5.1ch Surround Sound

    HDMI output takes priority. By connecting Sony’s Photo TV HD- compatible devices using an HDMI cable * , Enjoying 5.1ch surround sound a whole new world of photos can be enjoyed in breathtaking HD quality.
  • Page 39: Using The Built-in Projector

    Using the built-in projector PROJECTOR FOCUS lever You can use a flat surface such as a wall as a screen to view recorded images using the built-in projector. The projected image is larger when the  distance between your camcorder and the reflecting surface increase.
  • Page 40 To use the projector for your Using the projector shortens battery  life (using the supplied AC Adaptor is computer or smartphone recommended). The following operations are unavailable while  you are using the projector. Map operation (models with GPS) ...
  • Page 41: Editing

    Editing Editing on your camcorder 1 1 2013 1 2 2013 For information on your camcorder model, see the following page: Functions and equipment  p.11 1 18 2013 1 19 2013 Delete Notes Some basic editing operations can be done on ...
  • Page 42: Capturing A Photo From A Movie

    Select the point where you want to divide the movie into scenes using , and then select A: Returns to the beginning of the selected movie B: Adjusts the capturing point with more precision If the movie was recorded with one of the following image quality levels, the A: Returns to the beginning of the selected image size will be set as shown below.
  • Page 43: Saving Movies And Photos With A Computer

    Create a movie disc Share images in “PlayMemories Online” “PlayMemories Home” can be downloaded from the following URL. Notes An Internet connection is required to install “PlayMemories Home. ”  An Internet connection is required to use “PlayMemories Online” and other online services. The services ...
  • Page 44: Preparing A Computer (windows)

    [Run].  Microsoft Windows XP SP3 /Windows Vista /Windows 7 SP1/Windows 8 Install according to the on-screen Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster, or Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or faster (Intel Core instructions. 2 Duo 2.26 GHz or faster is required when...
  • Page 45: Starting The "playmemories Home" Software

    Guide”) on the software or visit the separate files on a computer, however, the files PlayMemories Home support page (http:// will be handled properly by the import function and the playback function of the camcorder or the “PlayMemories Home” software.
  • Page 46: Saving Images On An External Media Device

    Saving images on an external media device Creating a standard definition image quality (STD) disc with Connect your camcorder to the recording device with an AV a recorder Cable (sold separately). Connect your camcorder to the input jacks  Connect your camcorder to a disc recorder of the recording device.
  • Page 47: Quality

    Saving images on an external media device with high definition (HD) image quality USB Adaptor Cable VMC-UAM2 You can save movies and photos on an (sold separately) external media device (USB storage devices), such as an external hard disk drive. The following functions will be available after you have saved your images on an external media device.
  • Page 48 For details on available external media devices,  device go to the Sony support website in your country/region. 1 Select [Play without copying.] in step 2. The number of scenes you can save on the ...
  • Page 49 If your camcorder does not recognize the  external media device, try the following operations. Reconnect the USB Adaptor Cable to your  camcorder. If the external media device has the AC power  cord (mains lead), connect it to the wall outlet (wall socket).
  • Page 50: Customizing Your Camcorder

    Customizing your camcorder Using menus The camcorder has various menu items To find a menu item quickly under each of 6 menu categories. The [Camera/Mic] and [Setup] menus have Shooting Mode sub-categories. Select the sub-category icon so that the LCD screen displays the list of Camera/Mic menus in the sub-category selected.
  • Page 51: Menu Lists

    Menu lists Shooting Mode Movie .......... Records movies. Photo ........... Shoots photos. Smth Slw REC ......Records smooth slow-motion movies. Golf Shot ........Divides two seconds of fast movement into frames which are then recorded as a movie and photos. Keep the subject in the white frame in the center of the screen when recording.
  • Page 52: Playback Function

    Face Face Detection ....Automatically detects faces. Smile Shutter ....Automatically takes a shot whenever a smile is detected. Smile Sensitivity .... Sets the smile detection sensitivity for the Smile Shutter function. Flash Flash ........Sets how the flash is activated when shooting photos. Flash Level .......
  • Page 53 Edit/Copy Delete.......... Deletes movies or photos. Protect ........Protects movies or photos to avoid deleting. Copy ..........Copies images. Direct Copy ....... Copies images stored in the camcorder to some type of external media device. Setup Media Settings Media Select ....Selects the type of recording media (p. 25). Media Info ......
  • Page 54 Calibration ....... Calibrates the touch panel. Battery Info ...... Displays the approximate remaining battery time. Power Save ...... Sets the LCD screen and the power so that they turn off automatically. Initialize ......Initializes all the settings to the default settings. Demo Mode ....
  • Page 55: Others/index

    However, The playback screen is displayed. Stop  your Sony dealer will neither copy nor retain  playback, and select [Shooting your data. ...
  • Page 56: Self-diagnosis Display/warning Indicators

    “PlayMemories Home. ” your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. In this case, when you “PlayMemories Home” does not work contact them, give them all the numbers of correctly.
  • Page 57  The battery pack is nearly used up. The recording medium is full.   Photos cannot be recorded during processing.  Wait for a while, then record. When set to the following, you cannot shoot  The battery pack temperature is high. Change ...
  • Page 58: Recording Time Of Movies/number Of Recordable Photos

    Recording time of movies/number of recordable photos The recording and playback time will be  shorter, depending on the conditions under which you use your camcorder, such as when For information on your camcorder model, use your camcorder in low temperatures. see the following page: Functions and equipment ...
  • Page 59: Memory Card

    Recording time (320) (650) (1305) HDR-PJ790/PJ790E HDR-PJ790V/PJ790VE 33 h 32 h Standard definition image quality (STD) (33 h) (32 h) (unit: minute) Recording mode 16 GB 32 GB 64 GB [Standard (200) (410) (825) When using a Sony memory card. ...
  • Page 60: Expected Number Of Recordable Photos

    Notes Notes The recordable time may vary depending on The unique pixel array of Sony’s ClearVid and   the recording and subject conditions and [REC the image processing system of Sony’s BIONZ Mode] and [ Frame Rate] (p. 52).
  • Page 61: About Handling Of Your Camcorder

    About handling of your camcorder MP4: Approx. 6 Mbps (average) 1,280  720  pixels/25p, 16:9 Standard definition image quality (STD): On use and care  HQ: Approx. 9 Mbps (average) 720  576 pixels/50i, STD 9 M (HQ), 16:9/4:3 The camcorder is not dustproofed, dripproofed ...
  • Page 62 LCD screen or the If any solid object or liquid gets inside the  viewfinder. casing, unplug your camcorder and have it checked by a Sony dealer before operating it any further. Notes on charging through the USB Avoid rough handling, disassembling, ...
  • Page 63  properly. In this case, replace the battery with separately) and the built-in flash at the same a Sony CR2025 lithium battery. Use of another time. battery may present a risk of fire or explosion. When an external microphone (sold separately) ...
  • Page 64: Lcd Screen

    Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl gently remove those from the screen then clean Zeiss lens, which was developed jointly it with a soft cloth, etc. by Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony Corporation, and produces superior LCD screen images. It adopts the MTF measurement...
  • Page 65: Specifications

    Specifications System On charging the pre-installed Signal format: rechargeable battery NTSC color, EIA standards (HDR-PJ780E * PJ780VE * /PJ790/PJ790E * /PJ790V/ Your camcorder has a pre-installed PJ790VE * PAL color, CCIR standards (HDR-PJ780E/ rechargeable battery to retain the date, PJ780VE/PJ790E/PJ790VE) time, and other settings even when the HD TV LCD screen is closed.
  • Page 66 0 lx (lux) (NIGHTSHOT is set to [On]) +140 °F) Dimensions (approx.): The unique pixel array of Sony’s ClearVid 74.2 mm  84.6 mm  137.5 mm (3 in.  and the image processing system 3 3/8 in.  5 1/2 in.) (w/h/d) including the...
  • Page 67 (mains lead) “x.v.Color” and “x.v.Colour” are trademarks of  See the label on the AC Adaptor for other Sony Corporation. specifications. “BIONZ” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.  is a registered trademark of Rechargeable battery pack NP-FV50  Sony Corporation.
  • Page 68: Products (models With Gps)

    LICENSE. If you do not agree to the terms of this LICENSE, SONY is unwilling to license the SOFTWARE to you. In such event, the SOFTWARE will not be available and you may not use the SOFTWARE.
  • Page 69 “AS IS” and without warranty of any of a sale or transfer of the PRODUCT, provided you kind and SONY, its affiliates, its and their respective retain no copies of the SOFTWARE, transfer all of the suppliers and SONY’s Licensors (in this section,...
  • Page 71 Copyright and trademark information Japan 1993-2011 NAVTEQ 2012 ZENRIN CO., LTD. Australia  Hema Maps Pty. Ltd, 2010. Copyright. Based on data provided under license from PSMA Australia Limited ( Product incorporates data which is  2010 Telstra Corporation Limited, GM Holden Limited, Intelematics Australia Pty Ltd, NAVTEQ International LLC, Sentinel Content Pty Limited and Continental Pty Ltd.
  • Page 72: Screen Indicators

    Screen indicators The following indicators appear when you Intelligent Auto (face  detection/scene detection/ change the settings. See page 29 also for the camera-shake detection/ indicators that appear during recording or sound detection) (35) playing. Center Center Indicator Meaning Slideshow Set (32) Left Right NightShot...
  • Page 73 AGC Limit (51) Spot Meter/Fcs (51)/Spot Meter (51)/ Exposure (51) AE Shift (51) Shutter Speed (51) IRIS (51) Intelligent Auto (35) Data file name 101-0005 Protect (53)  Flash (52)/Flash Level (52)/Red Eye Reduction (52) Indicators and their positions are approximate ...
  • Page 74: Index

    Index Symbols 5.1ch surround sound ....38 “Handycam” User Guide ...10 Parts and controls .......14 HDMI Cable ........37 Photo Capture ......42 How to use this manual .....11 Photos ..........28 AVCHD recording disc ..10, 34 HQ ..........34 Playback ........31 PlayMemories Home..18, 43, 44 PlayMemories Home Help Battery pack .........19 Initial setup ........22...
  • Page 75 USB ..........20 USB Adaptor Cable ....47 USB connection support cable ..........18 VBR ..........60 Wall outlet (wall socket) ....21 Warning indicators .....56 Wind noise ........52 Windows ........44 Wind screen ........17 Wireless Remote Commander ......17, 63 Zoom ..........30 You will find the menu lists on pages 51 to 54...
  • Page 76 Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at our Customer Support Website. 2013 Sony Corporation Printed in China ...

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