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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-CX400E/CX410VE/CX430V/CX430VE/CX510E/PJ420E/PJ420VE/ PJ430/PJ430E/PJ430V/PJ430VE/PJ510E...
  • 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 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) El Salvador...
  • 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 UL is an internationally recognized safety Model No.: HDR-PJ430V organization. Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc. The UL Mark on the product means it has Address: 16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, been UL Listed. CA 92127 U.S.A.
  • Page 8 This product has been manufactured by and human health, which could otherwise or on behalf of Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 be caused by inappropriate waste handling Konan Minato-ku Tokyo, 108-0075 Japan. of this product. The recycling of materials Inquiries related to product compliance will help to conserve natural resources.
  • Page 9 By ensuring these batteries are disposed of If you should lose the fuse cover, please correctly, you will help prevent potentially contact your nearest Sony service station. negative consequences for the environment and human health which could otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste handling of the battery.
  • Page 10: Lcd Panel

    For information on your camcorder model, flashing green or the access lamp (p. 25) is lit or flashing see the following page: When the camcorder is connected to other  Functions and equipment  p.12 devices through a USB connection and the power of the camcorder is turned on, do not close the LCD panel.
  • Page 11: Learning More About The Camcorder ("Handycam" User Guide)

    (“Handycam” User Guide) “Handycam” User Guide is an on-line manual. Refer to it for in-depth instructions on the many functions of the camcorder. Access the Sony support page. Support/ Select your country or region. Search for the model name of your camcorder within the support page.
  • Page 12: 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 13: Differences In Equipment

    Differences in equipment Illustrations used in this manual are based on HDR-PJ420E. Model name Projector HDR-CX400E/CX410VE/CX430V/CX430VE/CX510E  HDR-PJ420E/PJ420VE/PJ430/PJ430E/PJ430V/PJ430VE/PJ510E  Notes For the following items, the descriptions are explained with the model name.  Safety Regulation (p. 2)  Parts and controls (p. 16) ...
  • Page 14: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Read this first..................2 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS.
  • Page 15 Editing Editing on your camcorder..............40 Deleting movies and photos..
  • Page 16: Parts And Controls

     Multi interface shoe For details on compatible accessories of the Multi interface shoe, visit the Sony web site in your area, or consult your Sony dealer or localauthorized Sony service facility. Operations with other manufacture’s  LCD screen/Touch panel (23, 24) accessories are not guaranteed.
  • Page 17 HDR-CX400E/CX410VE/CX430V/ CX430VE/CX510E HDR-PJ420E/PJ420VE/PJ430/PJ430E/ PJ430V/PJ430VE/PJ510E  Power zoom lever (30)  PHOTO button (28)  POWER/CHG (charge) lamp (20)  Battery pack (20)  START/STOP button (27)  DC IN jack (20)  Multi/Micro USB Terminal (36) Supports Micro USB compatible devices. ...
  • Page 18 To fasten the grip belt To attach the Step Down Ring Align the Step Down Ring with the camcorder properly (), then turn it in the direction of the arrow until the Step Down Ring is locked in place (). You can change the filter diameter to 37mm ...
  • Page 19: Getting Started

    The “PlayMemories Home” software and  “PlayMemories Home Help Guide” can be Power cord (Mains lead) (1) downloaded from the Sony website (p. 43). HDMI cable (1) USB connection support cable (1) The USB connection support cable is designed ...
  • Page 20: Charging The Battery Pack

    Charging the battery pack Close the LCD screen and attach the battery pack. 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 the power cord (mains lead) () POWER/CHG (charge) lamp to your camcorder and the wall...
  • Page 21: 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 22: 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 23: 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.12 Open the LCD screen of your camcorder and turn the power You can also turn on the camcorder by ...
  • Page 24 To turn off the power Close the LCD screen or press the POWER button (p. 17). To adjust the angle of the LCD panel First open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder (), and then adjust the angle ...
  • Page 25: Preparing The Recording Media

    Preparing the recording media For information on your camcorder model, see the following page: Functions and equipment  p.12 The recording media that can be used are displayed on the screen of your camcorder as following icons. Default recording medium Alternative recording medium Models without internal Memory card...
  • 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. 51). 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.12 In the default setting, movies and photos are recorded on the following media. Movies are recorded in high definition image quality (HD). Models without internal memory: Memory card Models with internal memory: Internal memory Recording movies Open the LCD screen.
  • Page 28: Shooting Photos

    Shooting photos Open the LCD screen and select [MODE]  (Photo). Press PHOTO lightly to adjust the focus, then press it fully. When the focus is adjusted properly,  AE/AF lock indicator appears on the LCD screen.  To change the image size: [ Image Size] (p.
  • 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 8.9M 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.12 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: 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 37: 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 38: Using The Built-In Projector (Models With A Projector)

    Using the built-in projector (Models with a projector) Adjust the focus of the projected image using the PROJECTOR For information on your camcorder model, FOCUS lever. see the following page: Functions and equipment  p.12 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.
  • Page 39 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 40: 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.12 1 18 2013 1 19 2013 Delete Notes Some basic editing operations can be done on ...
  • Page 41: Capturing A Photo From A Movie

    Select the point where you want Select the point where you want to divide the movie into scenes to capture a photo using using , and then select , and then select A: Returns to the beginning of the selected movie A: Returns to the beginning of the selected B: Adjusts the capturing point with more...
  • Page 42: 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 43: 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 44: 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 45: Saving Images On An External Media Device

    Saving images on an external media device Creating a standard definition image quality (STD) disc with Insert the recording medium in the recording device (a disc a recorder recorder, etc.). If your recording device has an input  Connect your camcorder to a disc recorder selector, set it to the input mode.
  • Page 46: 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 47 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 48 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 49: 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 50: 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 51: Playback Function

    Audio Mode ....Sets the recording sound format (5.1ch surround/2ch stereo). Audio Rec Level ..... Adjusts the audio recording level. Shooting Assist My Button ......Assigns functions to My Buttons. Grid Line ......Displays grid lines as a guide to make sure the subject is horizontal or vertical.
  • Page 52 Download Music* ..Downloads your favorite music files from the computer to your camcorder (while the camcorder is connected to the computer) that can be played with the Highlight Playback scenes....Deletes all music files. Empty Music* Connection TV Type ......Converts the signal depending on the TV connected (p. 36). HDMI Resolution ...
  • Page 53: Others/Index

    You in order to investigate the problem. However, cannot make new recording during this your Sony dealer will neither copy nor retain period. your data. The recording media is full. Delete See the “Handycam”...
  • Page 54: Self-Diagnosis Display/Warning Indicators

    Quit “PlayMemories Home” and restart your  your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony computer. service facility. In this case, when you contact them, give them all the numbers of The camcorder is not recognized by the computer.
  • Page 55  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 56: Recording Time Of Movies/Number Of Recordable Photos

    Recording time of movies/number of recordable photos Typical recording time (unit: minute) Battery pack For information on your camcorder model, Image quality see the following page: NP-FV50 Functions and equipment  p.12 (supplied) “HD” stands for high definition image Each recording time is measured when the ...
  • Page 57: Expected Recording Time Of Movies

    HDR-CX430V/CX430VE/PJ430/PJ430E/PJ430V/ Expected recording time of PJ430VE movies High definition image quality (HD) in h (hour) and min Internal memory (HDR-CX430V/ (minute) CX430VE/CX510E/PJ420E/PJ420VE/ Recording time PJ430/PJ430E/PJ430V/PJ430VE/ HDR-CX430V/ Recording mode PJ510E) HDR-PJ430/PJ430E CX430VE/PJ430V/ PJ430VE HDR-PJ420E/PJ420VE [50p Quality 2 h 30 min 2 h 15 min ]/[60p High definition image quality (HD) in h (hour) and min (2 h 30 min)
  • Page 58: Memory Card

    MP in h (hour) and min (minute) [Standard Recording time (200) (410) (825) 22 h (22 h) When using a Sony memory card.  Standard definition image quality (STD) in h (hour) and min (minute) Notes The recordable time may vary depending on Recording mode Recording time ...
  • Page 59: Expected Number Of Recordable Photos

    Standard definition image quality (STD):  Notes HQ: Approx. 9 Mbps (average) 720  576 The unique pixel array of Sony’s ClearVid and  pixels/50i, STD 9 M (HQ), 16:9/4:3 the image processing system of Sony’s BIONZ The photo recording pixels and the aspect ratio.
  • Page 60: About Handling Of Your Camcorder

    LCD screen 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 61 We recommend using genuine Sony accessories.  extremely low, you may not be able to record Genuine Sony accessories may not be available  or play back on the camcorder, due to the in some countries/regions.
  • Page 62 LCD screen On charging the pre-installed rechargeable battery Do not apply excessive pressure on the LCD  screen, as it may cause uneven color and other Your camcorder has a pre-installed damage. rechargeable battery to retain the date, If your camcorder is used in a cold place, a ...
  • Page 63: Specifications

    PJ430V) or 1/25 second (HDR-CX400E/ HDR-PJ420E: 15.5 GB * CX410VE/CX430VE/CX510E/PJ420E/ HDR-PJ420VE: 12.5 GB * PJ420VE/PJ430E/PJ430VE/PJ510E)) HDR-CX430V/CX430VE/PJ430V/PJ430VE: The unique pixel array of Sony’s ClearVid 28.1 GB * and the image processing system HDR-PJ430/PJ430E: 31.1 GB * (BIONZ) allow still image resolution HDR-CX510E/PJ510E: 62.4 GB * equivalent to the sizes described.
  • Page 64 Dimensions (approx.): Input/Output connectors HDR-CX400E/CX410VE/CX430V/ HDMI OUT jack: HDMI micro connector CX430VE/CX510E: PROJECTOR IN jack (HDR-PJ420E/PJ420VE/ 58 mm  66 mm  121 mm (2 3/8 in.  PJ430/PJ430E/PJ430V/PJ430VE/PJ510E): 2 5/8 in.  4 7/8 in.) (w/h/d) including the HDMI micro connector projecting parts MIC input jack: Stereo minijack (...
  • Page 65 “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony  Corporation. “x.v.Color” and “x.v.Colour” are trademarks of  Sony Corporation. “BIONZ” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.  “BRAVIA” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.  Blu-ray Disc and Blu-ray are trademarks ...
  • Page 66: Products (Models With Gps)

    License, you agree to be bound by the terms of this 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 67 “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 68 Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, which EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE is expressly excluded. Any dispute arising out of this LAW. SONY SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LICENSE shall be subject to the exclusive venue of CLAIM, DEMAND OR ACTION, IRRESPECTIVE...
  • Page 69 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 70: Screen Indicators

    Screen indicators Center The following indicators appear when you change the settings. See page 29 also for the Indicator Meaning Slideshow Set (32) indicators that appear during recording or Warning (54) playing.  Playback mode (31)  Center Left Right Right Indicator Meaning...
  • Page 71 Indicators and their positions are approximate  and may differ from what you actually see. Some indicators may not appear, depending on  your camcorder model.
  • Page 72: Index

    Index Symbols 5.1ch surround sound ....37 “Handycam” User Guide ...11 Parts and controls .......16 HDMI Cable ........36 Photo Capture ......41 How to use this manual .....12 Photos ..........28 AVCHD recording disc ..11, 34 HQ ..........34 Playback ........31 PlayMemories Home..19, 42, 43 PlayMemories Home Help Battery pack .........20 Initialize ........53...
  • Page 73 USB ..........21 USB Adaptor Cable ....46 USB connection support cable ..........19 VBR ..........58 Wall outlet (wall socket) ....22 Warning indicators .....54 Wind noise ........50 Windows ........43 Zoom ..........30 You will find the menu lists on pages 50 to 52.
  • 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 ...